<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usTue, 27 Sep 2016 03:21:46 -0400Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:21:46 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Obama's Hard Stance on Ketchup]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:25:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TLMD-obama-efe-12164203w.jpg

In this uncertain election season with its scandals, attacks and bald-faced lies, it’s refreshing when a politician takes a hardline stance on the world stage’s most pressing issues.

That’s exactly what President Barack Obama did when pressed by chef and television star Anthony Bourdain on how appropriate ketchup on a hotdog is.

“Is ketchup on a hot dog ever acceptable?” Bourdain asked the president on the season premiere of his television show “Parts Unknown.”

Obama’s response was a swift “No.”

Well… “It's not acceptable past the age of 8,” the president relented.

“My hot dog question might have been diplomatically problematic for a first-term president. He answered without hesitation -- like a Chicagoan,” Bourdain wrote of his recent bun cha meal with the president in Vietnam.

Bourdain also recently rattled off his favorite places to eat in Chicago during a Reddit AMAA.



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<![CDATA[Tom Hanks Photobombs Couple's Wedding Shoot in Central Park]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:43:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tom+hanks+wedding+photobomb.jpg A delighted couple was more than happy to have their Central Park wedding shoot crashed by the star of "Sully." Photos provided to NBC 4 New York by Meg Miller.

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<![CDATA['Dirty Jobs' Host Almost Shoots Down Invasive Drone With Gun]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:50:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mikerowe1.jpg

From slopping through feces-filled sewers to braving shark bites while wearing a chainmail suit, Mike Rowe, the former host of Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs," is used to battling not-so-ideal situations.

But the San Francisco resident found himself face-to-face with a new challenge last week, that being a new age piece of technology infringing upon his privacy, according to Rowe's Facebook post.

While fast asleep inside his San Francisco home, Rowe thought we was immersed in a deep dream about buzzing bees before he came to and realized that something was noisily moving about outside. The former television host, who happened to be naked at the time, whisked the blinds open only to find a drone peering into his abode recording his every move, Rowe wrote in the post.

Rowe grabbed his 12-gauge shotgun, scurried out onto his deck still entirely exposed and pointed the barrel into the blue sky. He pumped a round into the chamber and was about to slam the trigger, but the potential consequences sunk into his decision-making process and he set the weapon down.

As to why he had a change of heart, Rowe penned that he'd rather not have the headline "Dirty Jobs Guy Totally Loses It - Gets Naked and Shoots Drone From San Francisco Skies" forever linked to his reputation, according to the post.

The detailed and, at times, whimsical tale has been shared over 10,000 times on Facebook and collected more than 56,000 reactions ranging from sympathy to laughter and outrage to shock. One Facebook user even suggested that Rowe construct a potato cannon to blow the machine out of the sky if it ever makes a second appearance while another nonchalantly recommended that a power washer would do the trick.

Although Rowe resorted to his usual satire while describing the ordeal — something that some commenters appreciated from the quick-witted character — many were disgusted by the breach of privacy, according to the post.



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<![CDATA['Do The Right Thing' Cast: Where Are They Now?]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:31:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/do-th-right-thing-cast.jpg

Bill Nunn, who passed away Saturday, starred in over 71 film and television roles over the span of his career. His roles ran the gamut from newspaper editor Joseph Robertson in "Spider-Man" (2002) and its sequels to playing opposite stars like Harrison Ford, Whoopi Goldberg and Hugh Grant in films like "Regarding Henry," "Sister Act" and "Extreme Measures." 

But to a generation of film fans, Nunn will forever be immortalized as 'Radio Raheem' from Spike Lee's 1989 classic, "Do The Right Thing." 

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"Do the Right Thing" (DTRT) may have been controversial in its time, yet it plays alarmingly contemporary in light of recent deaths of black men at the hands of police. The scene featuring the death of Nunn's character could be ripped from today's headlines and, with little tweaking, be substituted with Eric Garner, Terence Crutcher or Keith Lamont Scott. But beyond its lasting social significance, the film was also a showcase for a group of largely unknown actors who have gone on to become major players on both the big and small screens.

Samuel L. Jackson: To kids today, Jackson may be Nick Fury of "Avengers" fame or the guy pitching you Capital One Credit cards, but at the time of his casting as Mister Senor Love Daddy in DTRT, Jackson had less than a dozen film credits to his name. One film, "Sea of Love," listed him simply as Black Guy in the credits, while he had a memorable turn as Hold-Up Man in Eddie Murphy's "Coming To America." He's come a log way in the years since, playing everything from his Oscar-nominated role as Jules Winnfield in "Pulp Fiction" to Mace Windu in "Star Wars" episodes I, II and III. At one point, Jackson was recognized as the highest-grossing actor of all time, but he was recently surpassed by Harrison Ford.

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Jackson now has 166 film credits to his name and counting. He'll reprise his role of Nick Fury in "Avengers: Infinity War" in 2018. 

John Turturro: A veteran actor of more than 100 film and television productions, Turturro actually made his screen debut as an uncredited extra in Martin Scorsese's 1980 classic "Raging Bull." He had small roles in big films including "The Color of Money," with Paul Newman and Tom Cruise, and Woody Allen's 1986 "Hannah and Her Sisters" before catching the eye of director Spike Lee, who cast him as Pino in DTRT. He quickly became a favorite of the director, appearing in no less than seven Spike Lee "joints" over the course of his career.

Turturro most recently captured raves and critical acclaim in the HBO miniseries "The Night Of."

Martin Lawrence: Lee cast Lawrence in DTRT for his first film role, although the character he played, Cee, didn't have much screen time. Lawrence went from that bit part to major Hollywood roles starring opposite Will Smith in "Bad Boys" and "Bad Boys 2" and spawned his own "Big Momma" movie franchise. The comedian also starred in a TV series "Martin" from 1992-1997.

Lawrence recently confirmed he and Smith will be partnering again for a third film in the "Bad Boys" franchise.

Danny Aiello: With the exception of stage and theater actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, many of the actors appearing in DTRT were relatively new to their craft. Danny Aiello was the other notable exception, having already been a movie veteran when he appeared in the film. With credits including "The Godfather: Part II" and "Fort Apache the Bronx," Aiello added a certain amount of gravitas, complexity and humanity to what could have been a two-dimensional role of pizzeria owner Salvatore "Sal" Frangione.

Aiello was rewarded for his effort with the only acting nomination bestowed on the film at the Academy Awards: best actor in a supporting role. 

Now 83, Aiello is still acting. He most recently appeared in the 2014 film "Reach Me" with Kyra Sedgwick and Thomas Jane. 

Giancarlo Esposito: Long before he terrified TV audiences as drug kingpin Gustavo Fring on the hit "Breaking Bad," two-time Oscar nominee Giancarlo Esposito brought the character Buggin' Out to life. He had his "brand new white Air Jordan's" stepped on by a Larry-Bird-T-shirt-wearing neighbor in DTRT, and the rest was history. 

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Esposito has gone on to have a prolific career in both television ("Breaking Bad," "Once Upon a Time," "Revolution") and movies ("Derailed," "Sherrybaby" "Waiting to Exhale"). Nominated for a supporting actor Emmy for "Breaking Bad," Esposito is currently one of the stars of the Netflix musical drama "The Get Down." 

Rosie Perez: Rosie Perez burst into the public consciousness in the musical intro of DTRT, which was her film debut. Perez has gone on to a long career in films like "White Men Can't Jump," "Fearless" and "It Could Happen to You." 

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In 2014, fans got to see another side of Perez as she joined the hit daytime talker "The View," opposite Whoopi Goldberg and then co-host Rosie O'Donnell, before departing the program in 2015.

Spike Lee: Lee wrote, directed and starred in DTRT, which was nominated for two Academy Awards, including best original screenplay. It was Lee's third major film production and the first to deal head-on with the issues of race and police brutality. His two preceding films, "She's Gotta Have It" in 1986 and "School Daze" in 1988, only flirted with the idea of sexual politics and racial inequality.

Lee now has 66 directing credits under his belt and was also nominated in 1998 for his documentary "4 Little Girls." Lee received an honorary Oscar in 2015, but still called for an Oscar boycott in 2016 to protest the lack of diversity in Academy Award nominations. 

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Upon hearing of Nunn's death, Lee took to Instagram and Twitter to mourn the passing of his friend.

"My Dear Friend, My Dear Morehouse Brother- Da Great Actor Bill Nunn As Most Of You Know Him As Radio Raheem Passed Away This Morning In His Hometown Of Pittsburgh. Long Live Bill NUNN. RADIO RAHEEM Is Now RESTING IN POWER. RADIO RAHEEM WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTING DA POWERS DAT BE. MAY GOD WATCH OVER BILL NUNN."



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<![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Visit to Canada]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:29:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610197132-kate2.jpg A look throughout the years of Prince William, Prince George and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, alongside Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family.

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<![CDATA[Biden to Make 1st 'Tonight Show' Visit Thursday]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:52:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bidenGettyImages-167290730.jpg

Vice President Joe Biden will appear as a guest on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Thursday, Sept. 29.

This will mark Biden’s first appearance on the program. In recent weeks Fallon has hosted both Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Trump appeared on Sept. 15, and Clinton on Sept. 19.

Both candidates will be take part in their first head-to-head debate this evening at 9 p.m.



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<![CDATA['Making a Murderer' Subject Steven Avery Is Engaged: Lawyer]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:08:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/avery-AP_070302017.jpg

"Making a Murderer" subject Steven Avery is engaged, his lawyer confirmed to NBC Chicago.

Avery is set to marry Lynn Hartman, a legal secretary from Nevada, according to his lawyer Kathleen Zellner.

The 54-year-old who has spent more than a decade in prison for the murder of Teresa Halbach, told the Daily Mail his relationship with Hartman began with letters and phone calls, but the pair met in person last week when Hartman visited him at the Waupun Correctional Institute in Wisconsin.

Avery told the website he’s "happy" and said "she treats me decent, she loves me, she’s kind of spoiling me right now."

According to her social media profiles, Hartman is a self-described bankruptcy specialist, legal assistant and "supporter of the wrongfully convicted Steven Avery."

Avery was launched into the spotlight when a Netflix docu-series chronicled his release from prison after spending 18 years behind bars for a rape he didn’t commit and his eventual arrest on murder charges soon after his release.

Avery was convicted in 2007 of killing Halbach, a 25-year-old photographer for "Auto Trader" magazine who vanished while taking photographs of a van at the Avery family's salvage yard in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.

Both Avery and and his then 16-year-old nephew Brendan Dassey were sentenced to life in prison in the case, but Dassey’s conviction was recently overturned by a federal magistrate judge. Wisconsin's attorney general has appealed that decision, however, keeping the now 26-year-old Dassey behind bars.

Avery’s attorney is seeking permission to perform extensive scientific tests on evidence she believes will show he’s innocent.

It’s not Avery’s first engagement and, if the two wed, it won’t be his first marriage. Avery had previously wed Lori Mathiesen and was also formerly engaged to Sandy Greenman, a woman featured at the end of the Netflix series, and Jodi Stachowski, who also appeared in episodes. 

Stachowski has claimed Avery is not the man he was portrayed to be in the documentary series and called him a “monster” behind closed doors.

"He threatened to kill me, and my family and a friend of mine," Stachowski said in an interview with HLN’s "Nancy Grace" show just as the Netflix documentary about Avery’s conviction was sweeping the nation.

In her first interview following the series' release, Stachowski said she endured an allegedly violent, volatile and abusive two-year relationship with Avery.

While neither Avery nor his lawyer have not commented on the abuse allegations, Stachowski said she asked Avery multiple times if he killed Halbach, and each time he adamantly denied it. She also said she had not seen Avery physically hurt others during their relationship.



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<![CDATA['Today's' Savannah Guthrie Reveals Her Baby's Gender]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:58:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/guthScreen-Shot-2016-09-26-at-10.38.18-AM.jpg

Savannah Guthrie revealed Monday her second child with husband Mike Feldman will be a boy! He will join the family, including 2-year-old big sister, Vale, this December.

"I thought, it's already enough upheaval for a little girl to have a new baby — we got to tell you what kind of baby," she said. "So baby brother is on his way in December!"

The big reveal was made with the help of blue milkshakes inside Studio 1A and something a little less subtle outside — a plane flying an aerial banner declaring, "It's a boy!"


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<![CDATA[Bill Nunn Dies at 62]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:59:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/radioraheem.jpg

Bill Nunn, the actor most famous for his role as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," died Saturday in Pittsburgh, Lee announced on Instagram. He was 62.

"My Dear Friend, My Dear Morehouse Brother- Da Great Actor Bill Nunn As Most Of You Know Him As Radio Raheem Passed Away This Morning In His Hometown Of Pittsburgh. Long Live Bill NUNN," Lee wrote on Instagram.

Nunn appeared in a number films throughout his career, which spanned from the late 1980s into the 21st Century. He acted opposite Tobey Maguire in the "Spiderman" franchise, in "New Jack City" with Wesley Snipes, and in "Sister Act" starring Whoopi Goldberg.

But his most notable role was Radio Raheem, the Bedford-Stuyvesant resident who spoke in poetic prose about his brass knuckles emblazoned with the words "love" and "hate." 

In the film, racial tensions in the Brooklyn neighborhood simmer during a steamy summer day. They boil over at night when Nunn's character is choked to death by a New York City police officer. 

"RADIO RAHEEM Is Now RESTING IN POWER," Lee wrote on Instagram. "RADIO RAHEEM WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTING DA POWERS DAT BE. MAY GOD WATCH OVER BILL NUNN."

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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Global Citizen Festival in Central Park]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:39:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610175280.jpg Rihanna, Eddie Vedder, Chris Martin and Kendrick Lamar were among a long list of artists to perform Saturday at the Global Citizen Festival in New York.

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<![CDATA[Watch Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith 'Poetry Battle']]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:31:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/20160924+Oprah+Will+Smith+Thumb.jpg Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith share the work of African-American poets during the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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<![CDATA[Whoopi Goldberg 'Probably Not' Returning to 'The View']]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:50:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/whoopGettyImages-605883170.jpg

After 10 years on "The View," Whoopi Goldberg may be ready to say goodbye to the daytime talk-show. 

In an interview on the "Wendy Williams Show" Friday, Goldberg revealed that she's "probably not" going to rejoin the cast after season 20.

"I know you've only signed on, according to what we've talked about, for one more year. So, in September, when everyone comes back for the new season, you might not be there," Williams pressed.

"No, probably not," Goldberg replied.

Upon gasps from the audience and protests by Williams herself, a steadfast Goldberg said "I have to do it, baby." 

Goldberg said her time at "The View," which she's co-hosted since 2007, was great, but now was time to "go and grow." 

"I've got stuff to do. I've got movies I need to direct, I got books I gotta finish," Goldberg said, adding that "Now, I’m alley-ooping elsewhere."

Goldberg appeared on Williams’ show to promote her new reality series "Strut," which documents the first trans-specific modeling agency. The season premiere episode aired Tuesday on Oxygen. Goldberg, an executive producer on the show, said she joined the project to help foster a more sympathetic outlook on transgender people.

"The conversations that we’re having about people’s gender and the questions we’re asking may not be the best questions to ask," she said. "And maybe if we realize that transgender people have moms and dads, and boyfriends and girlfriends, that we can be kinder when we’re with them."

Editors Note: An earlier version of this story reported Whoopi Goldberg announced her departure from the talk-show "The View." Goldberg did not make an annoucement on her exit from the show, rather, she said she may not return.



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<![CDATA[Top Entertainment Photos]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:20:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-610279504_master.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Celeb Breakups: Anthony Bourdain and Ottavia Busia]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:14:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-498512408.jpg Nothing lasts forever, especially when you're a celebrity. See whose relationships have hit the rocks.

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<![CDATA[NBC Daytime]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:02:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc-daytime.gif ]]> <![CDATA[Steve Harvey on His Talk With Sons About Police Encounters]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:42:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/steveRaceAndPolicing1LR.jpg

In wake of the recent shootings of black men by police officers in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina, Steve Harvey hosted an hour-long show dedicated to improving race relations.

Harvey assembled a diverse audience Thursday that included both police officers and people who say they live in fear of police. During the episode, Harvey spoke about raising his own three sons and how told them how to respond if they're ever stopped by police.

"It has been ingrained in us from the time I was taught how to drive, I was taught how to behave when I'm stopped," he said. 

Harvey went into detail about the procedure he tells his sons to follow, everything from hand placement on the wheel to the vocal volume they should use with officers. As the officer approaches the car, he said wrists should be displayed on top of the steering wheel and should only be moved when his sons are told to do so by the officer. Every single move the driver makes in the car should be narrated, Harvey said, and not without calling an officer "sir" or "ma'am."

"Submit to every single thing he tells you, and try to get back to the house," Harvey said. 

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Harvey tweeted that the procedure doesn't always work, "but in that moment, the only goal is to try to #gethomesafe."

After the segment aired, Harvey received both praise from viewers on social media about his advice and criticism from those who both defended the police and those who condemned the recent shootings across the country. 

Emory Law professor Dorothy A. Brown wrote on Twitter in response to the tips that "as we know that doesn't always work." 

"That is so terrifying," she wrote. "We can't do anything to guarantee our safety."


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<![CDATA[Sean 'Diddy' Combs Pledges $1M to Howard University]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:43:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/p+diddy+feuerherd.jpg

Sean "Diddy" Combs will give $1 million to his alma mater, Howard University, he announced Thursday.

The historically black university helped the musician and entrepreneur get his start, he said.

“I was blessed to receive a great education from Howard University – one of the best schools in the world – and it helped to fuel my success in business and life," he said in a statement. "This scholarship will make it possible for the next generation of leaders to pursue their dreams and achieve greatness."

The funds will support The Sean Combs Scholarship Fund, which will award scholarships starting in fall 2017 to undergraduate business majors.

In addition to receiving financial aid, scholarship recipients will get summer internships at Bad Boy Entertainment or Revolt Media & TV and have a mentor from Combs Enterprises, the star said in his statement.



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<![CDATA['Late Night’: Chris Pratt Rides a Horse Like a Jet Ski]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 02:14:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e004_424_chrispratt_horse_20160922_1200x675_771602499655.jpg Chris Pratt talks to host Seth Meyers about his newly found affinity for horse riding. “I had a contentious relationship with the equine,” he notes about his previous experiences with horses.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night’: Forced Friendship With Miley Cyrus]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 02:12:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/miley-cyrus-maya-marty-nbc.jpg Host Seth Meyers explains that NBC has something called enforced friends — which partners various employees of the broadcasting corporation together in the hopes of establishing new relationships. Meyers takes us through his forced friendship with NBC’s newly purchased pawn Miley Cyrus.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show’ Fans More Interested in Hugh Jackman’s Coffee Company]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 02:09:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e004_539_hughjackman_coffee_20160922_1200x675_771598915986.jpg Hugh Jackman chats with Jimmy about his Laughing Man Foundation coffee shop and hosting Global Citizen Festival.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’ Singing Tweets About Fall With Shawn Mendes]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 02:08:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mendes_Screen-Shot-2016-09-23-at-2.06.20-AM.jpg Shawn Mendes and The Roots help Jimmy Fallon sing his favorite tweets with the hashtag #FallSongs.]]> <![CDATA[Brad Pitt Investigated After Alleged Child Abuse Claims]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:10:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/476377453.jpg

A child abuse allegation against Brad Pitt has triggered a "routine" investigation by the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles County, a source close to the agency told NBC News Thursday.

The investigation stems from a recent incident with a child on board a private plane flying from Europe to Los Angeles, the source said. The incident was anonymously reported to authorities several days later. Pitt has six children with actress Angelina Jolie, who filed for divorce from the actor on Monday.

According to the DCFS source, Pitt is not allowed to have contact with the child, which is usual in such cases, while the investigation is ongoing.

The Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI have not launched an investigation. An FBI spokeswoman, Laura Eimiller, said in a statement late Thursday that the agency is still evaluating whether to do its own investigation into the allegations.

Citing irreconcilable differences, Jolie filed for divorce "for the health of the family," her lawyer Robert Offer told The Associated Press. Jolie is asking for physical custody of their six children — Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 8. The couple married on August 14, 2014 after a 12-year relationship.

"Angelina will always do what’s in the best interest to protect her children," her manager Geyer Kosinski told E! News in a statement. "She appreciates everyone's understanding of their need for privacy at this time."

In a statement released to People Magazine, Pitt said his focus is also on the "well-being of our kids," adding that he is saddened by divorce and asking "the press to give [the children] the space they deserve during this challenging time."

Pitt was previously married to actress Jennifer Aniston in 2000, divorcing in 2005. This was the third marriage for Jolie, having previously been wed to Jonny Lee Miller in 1996 and Billy Bob Thornton in 2000.

The divorce was first reported by TMZ.



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<![CDATA[Clinton Takes On Zach Galifianakis on 'Between Two Ferns']]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:46:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hillary-between-two-ferns.jpg

On “Between Two Ferns,” Zach Galifianakis asked Hillary Clinton who made her infamous pantsuits. Halloween’s coming up, and he’s thinking of going as a librarian from outer space.

“I think that would be a good look on you,” Clinton said, smiling.

The episode, released today on "Funny or Die," was filmed on the same day the Democratic nominee was diagnosed with pneumonia several weeks ago, according to NBC News. Despite the illness, Clinton received no sympathy from Galifianakis, who brought his comedic A-game to the interview on his fake talk show. She met Galifianakis' awkward questions with deadpan responses and an impressive death stare. 

“Critics have questioned some of your decision making recently, and by you doing this show I hope it finally lays that to rest,” Galifianakis said.

“Oh, I think it absolutely proves their case, don’t you?” Clinton countered.

The "Hangover" actor ignored the barb. “Are you excited to be the first girl president?” he asked.

“For a younger, younger generation, you will also become their first white president, and that’s pretty neat, too,” he added, to which Clinton responded with a frown.

Galifianakis also made sexist remarks about Clinton’s stint as secretary of state, questioning her typing skills and wondering how President Barack Obama likes his coffee.

“What happens if you become pregnant?" he said. "Are we going to be stuck with Tim Kaine for nine months? How does this work?”

“You know Zach, those are really out-of-date questions,” Clinton said. “You need to get out more.”

Like most interviews on "Between Two Ferns," this one was tense, and it became combative when the comedian started putting words in her mouth.

“Don’t tell me what to say,” she retorted. 

Galifianakis then transitioned to another topic: the Republican nominee. 

“When you see how well it works for Donald Trump, do you ever think to yourself, ‘Oh, maybe I should be more racist?’” he asked. Clinton, who has often defended minorities, and whose platform emphasizes racial equality, returned to her silent judgment.

Then, Galifianakis proposed a government where Trump won the presidency and Kid Rock served as secretary of state. Would Clinton move to Canada, like some of her supporters plan to do in the face of a Trump administration? She said instead, she would fight to save America from demise. Galifianakis took her statement literally, envisioning her as the leader of a second civil war.

“No, I wouldn’t take up arms,” she said. “I think that might be a little extreme." 

“Oh right, because you were saying before we were rolling that you wanted to take away everyone’s guns,” Galifianakis said. “Very cool. Cool, cool, cool.”

Finally, he asked a real question: What would Clinton’s priority be if elected president?

“Oh Zach, it has to be the economy,” said Clinton, taking a page from her husband’s years in the White House. “We need more good jobs with rising incomes. We’ve got to make the economy work for everybody, not just those on top.”



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<![CDATA[Oscar Winner Cotillard Thrust Into Unwelcome Spotlight]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:39:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/marion-GettyImages-533073442.jpg

Right about now you may be asking yourself, "Who the heck is Marion Cotillard?"

For starters, she's an Academy Award-winning actress, having won the coveted best actress prize in 2008 for her role in "La Vie en Rose."  Cotillard became the first French actress to win the Oscar for a leading role in a French language film.

She was also a 2015 Oscar nominee for her leading role in "Two Days, One Night," losing to Julianne Moore for her role in the Alzheimer's drama "Still Alice."

The 40-year-old French actress began her career in television overseas in the early '90s, but didn't truly come to the attention of American audiences until her 2003 role in the film "Big Fish" co-starring Ewan McGregor and Jessica Lange. After her Oscar win in 2008, opportunities in American roles followed. She co-starred in 2009's "Nine" opposite multiple Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, and "Public Enemies" in 2009 with Johnny Depp.

Her American breakthrough role was as the female lead in the high-concept thriller "Inception" opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in 2010. After that other blockbuster films quickly followed:  "Contagion" opposite Matt Damon in 2011, "The Dark Knight Rises" in 2012 with Christian Bale, and a comedic turn in 2013 in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."

Cotillard recently wrapped filming "Allied" with Brad Pitt. The actor's recent divorce announcement led to speculation about a romantic involvement with Pitt, which she adamantly denied. 

"Firstly, many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need," Cotillard wrote. "Secondly to those who have indicated that I am devastated, I am very well thank you."

Cotillard is expecting her second child with French actor/director Guillaume Canet, her partner since 2007. Cotillard and Canet are parents to 5-year-old son Marcel.



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<![CDATA[Girl Gives Dad Tips While He Does Her Hair in Viral Video]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:17:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Culpepper-Video-Still.jpg

A Rowlett, Texas, father's video that shows his young daughter giving him encouragement while he does her hair, originally posted on YouTube, has gone viral on Facebook.

Derrick Culpepper says he posted the video showing him doing his daughter Linda's hair before school on YouTube about 10 months ago.

The video shows Culpepper's daughter, who was 3 years old at the time, giving him tips and pointers along the way.

"You brush it, then you put a band on it," she says.

She even encourages him as he does her hair.

"You're getting it down, you're almost done, you're doing a good job," Linda says in the video.

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Culpepper, who is black, said he wanted to share something positive in the face of all the police shootings of black drivers.

"I was just so encouraged by what she was saying that I was like, 'man, I better capture this on video,'" said Culpepper.

Someone shared it on Facebook and the video skyrocketed. Culpepper says he's gotten calls from BuzzFeed and the New York Post. He's also gotten phone calls from around the country thanking him for being a positive role model.

"Man I was shocked," said Culpepper. "When I saw it I looked and it had 5,000 views, and I was like, 'where'd this come from?'"

The video has been shared many times on Facebook, but one of the first posts has racked up more than 500,000 views.

Meanwhile, adorable Linda has had a birthday, and is now 4 years old.

The Culpeppers have become celebrities at their church in Plano, but they're taking it all in stride.

"I'm just wanting to be a vessel, show the Savior, through my character and through the way that I raise my family," Culpepper said.



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<![CDATA[Band's Instruments Made of Trash]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:45:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/garbangeband-092016.PNG

One man's trash is another man's trombone. 

An internationally-renowned orchestra from Cateura, Paraguay, that has played with the likes of Metallica brought the sweet sound of music to East Los Angeles using instruments entirely made of garbage.

The "Landfill Orchestra" featured in a documentary of the same name straight from a slum in Paraguay are bringing the message to LA that you can achieve great things even when you start with nothing.

"Who would have ever thought you could make music from recycled items?" said LAUSD music student Kaelee Aguilar.

LAUSD students, many members of their school's music programs, filled Torres High School in East LA to hear a once-in-a-lifetime performance from the unique youth orchestra.

The band used oil cans, pots, and old utensils collected from the Cateura landfill to make the instruments. Three million pounds of solid waste are dumped each day at the landfill.

Cynthia Serbin in the orchestra says she has always loved music.

"My instrument is made out of pan, to cook bread," she said.

She plays a violin with a front made out of an old paint can. The back, a baking pan. Wood from pallets form the rest with a fork stabilizing where the strings end.

It is, to say the least, inspirational.

The thought of rebirthing the trash into musical treasure caught the attention documentary filmmakers.

"I love the topic of 'Landfill Harmonic' because it was discovering magic in the most unexpected place, which is a landfill, Julian Penaranda-Loftus, the producer and co-director of the documentary said. "This is the reason a lot of people want to play the violin. This is the reason music should stay alive."

It is the reason a student from South America can form a bond with a student from East LA, and without speaking a single word, they understand each other perfectly as they play "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" together.

The documentary "Landfill Harmonic" premieres Friday at the Laemmle Theatre in Santa Monica.



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<![CDATA['Late Night’: Neil Patrick Harris' Family Is Serious about Halloween]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:54:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e003_423_neilpatrickharris_halloween_20160921_1200x675_770753091951.jpg Neil Patrick Harris tells host Seth Meyers that Halloween is serious business in his family. Host Seth Meyers realizes that he’ll soon be getting into the holiday with his own infant.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night’: A Closer Look at New Questions Over Trump’s Foundation]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:52:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e003_423_closerlook_20160921_1200x675_770754627654.jpg The Washington Post recently reported that Donald Trump spent more than a quarter of a million from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits involving his for profit business and that may have been against the law, host Seth Meyers notes.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show’ Superlatives: 2016 NFL Season - Bears and Cowboys]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:45:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e003_538_superlatives_20160921_1200x675_770753091681.jpg Jimmy Falllon hands out superlatives to Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys NFL players.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’: Bobbing for Apples With Priyanka Chopra]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:43:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e003_538_bobbingforapples_20160921_1200x675_770754115808.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Priyanka Chopra celebrate the fall season by taking turns to see who can grab the most apples using only their mouths.]]> <![CDATA[Hollywood Stars Unite in Video Slamming Donald Trump ]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:02:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/3HillaryVid.jpg

The last time this many Avengers assembled it was to defeat the nearly indestructible android Ultron in "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

So what was the dire threat this time?

Donald Trump.

"Avengers" director Joss Whedon called upon a few of his celebrity friends, 27 in all, in a video aimed at encouraging voter registration and keeping Trump out of the White House. 

The video, released by activist production company Save The Day, features 27 celebrities ― including Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Neil Patrick Harris, Keegan-Michael Key, Don Cheadle, James Franco, Taran Killam, Stanley Tucci, Martin Sheen, and Leslie Odom Jr. 

With both humor and earnest conviction, the stars laid out their case why no one should sit on the sidelines in the upcoming election. 

"You only get this many famous people together if the issue is one that truly matters to all of us. A disease, or ecological crisis or a racist, abusive coward who could permanently damage the fabric of our society," the stars said.

"We cannot pretend both sides are equally unfavorable," says Sheen.

"We can't say one vote doesn't matter," says Blindspot star Ashley Johnson.

"Your vote matters," added Cheadle.



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<![CDATA['Painted as the Bad Guy': Strahan Defends Leaving 'Live']]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:40:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-476327635.jpg

Michael Strahan expressed his disappointment with the reaction his former co-host, Kelly Ripa, had to his exit from "Live With Kelly and Michael" while defending himself in a new interview.

"The most disappointing thing to me was that I was painted as the bad guy, because I value the way I carry myself," he said in an interview with People Magazine.

After spending four years on the show, Strahan announced in April he would be leaving for a position as a co-host on "Good Morning America." Following the abrupt announcement, Ripa took off from work the next day — it was revealed she wasn't given earlier notice of his departure.

The former New York Giant and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end insists he did nothing wrong, as the news was delivered three months before his would-be exit. Strahan said he had no regrets about the situation.

"I think you have regrets or you feel bad about something if you feel like you did something wrong, or you did it in the wrong way," Strahan said. "I felt like I went about it in the best way possible."

While he acknowledged that others may not agree, Strahan defended his actions, saying that he remained honorable and accountable to all involved.

Of his friendship with Ripa, Strahan said, "I don't know what it is to be honest with you. I wish her well though."



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<![CDATA[Food to Indulge on at the Big E]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:16:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Big+E+Maine+Potato.JPG

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