<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Sun, 02 Aug 2015 00:25:03 -0400 Sun, 02 Aug 2015 00:25:03 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Bobbi Kristina Mourned at Funeral]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:03:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-482664846.jpg Friends and family attended the memorial service for Bobbi Kristina Brown at a church in suburban Atlanta.

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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:47:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[WATCH: 1,000 Rockers Woo Foo Fighters]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:04:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DNC-THUR-P7.jpg

A conductor in front of the setting sun counts out a beat, then scores of drum sets, electric guitars and basses crash to life in a rousing, rocking rendition of "Learn to Fly."

That's how this epic love letter to the Foo Fighters begins. The seven-minute video of 1,000 musicians playing the rock band's popular song was made to convince the Americans to play a concert in Cesena, on Italy's east coast.

"Come and play in here, give a concert to all of us in Cesena," says Rockin1000 project leader Fabio Zaffagnini in the video.

But the chorus that belted out "I'm looking to the sky to save me" didn't need divine intervention for their dream to come true.

Posted on Thursday, July 30, the project's video passed 10 million views on YouTube within two days; among the viewers was Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl.

He posted his own video where he promises, in Italian, that his band is coming to Cesena.

"This video, was good! Super nice. Thank you so much," he said, according to the BBC's translation. "We're coming, I swear. We'll see each other soon." 

It's not clear yet when the Foo Fighters will visit, but just asking them to come was a massive undertaking, according to Zaffagnini. He said the video took one year to put together and that the army of participants that came to the Cesena video taping were all volunteers.

"Italy is a country where dreams cannot easily come true, but it's a land of passion and creativity, so what we did in here is just a huge, huge miracle," Zaffagnini says.



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<![CDATA['Tonight': First Drafts of Rock Does The Beach Boys]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 02:39:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/073115-kevin-bacon-beach-boys-tonight-show.jpg With a little help from Kevin Bacon, First Drafts of Rock takes a look at an early version of The Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun, Fun."

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Mel B Predicts an 'AGT' Winner]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 02:19:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/073115-mel-b-agt-tonight-show.jpg Mel B talks about "America's Got Talent," and she and Jimmy continue with their tradition of trying to predict a winner before the live rounds.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Baby Pygmy Hippo Learns He's a Natural Swimmer]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 10:40:06 -0400 YouTube video posted by the zoo.]]> YouTube video posted by the zoo.]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Melbourne-Zoo-Pygmy-Hippo.jpg

A baby pygmy hippo jumps into the water for the very first time in a delightful video posted by an Australian Zoo, proving that even pygmy hippos start small.

The little hippo's name is Obi, and he dives into the pool at the Melbourne Zoo with his mother, Petre, in video posted in June, when Obi was three weeks old.

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Quite the natural, Obi tries to hop on his mother's back and even nuzzles her snout while splashing around. 

"He loves the water and spends hours in the small pool," Wild Sea Manager Justin Valentine said in a Melbourne Zoo press release posted after Obi hit the waves.

Pygmy hippos are found in West Africa – Obi means "heart" in Igbo, a language from Nigeria – and are much less aquatic then their larger cousins. 

"Its nose and ears close underwater just like a hippo's do, but its head is rounder and narrower, its neck is proportionally longer, and its eyes are not on the top of its head," according to the San Diego Zoo.

Calves, like Obi, can't walk well in their first few weeks of life, according to the San Diego Zoo. But pygmy hippo mothers have a sneaky solution: tucking the calf away in bushes while she feeds.



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<![CDATA[Valerie Harper Out of Hospital, Resting With Family]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:53:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_298491359449.jpg

Actress Valerie Harper is resting and feeling better according to a spokesperson for the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine, where Harper was performing in the show "Nice Work If You Can Get It," alongside Sally Struthers.

Harper was taken to York Hospital Wednesday and was discharged Thursday. Her husband told the Ogunquit Playhouse that she is relaxing with family in an undisclosed location.

Bradford Kenney, Executive Artistic Director for the playhouse, said Harper had been feeling "off" all week. On Wednesday night, she was feeling faint in her dressing room, and the staff suggested she seek medical attention.

"She wanted to still go on stage," said Kenney.

Harper is 75 years old and has terminal cancer. Two years ago, doctors told her she had just three months to live. She said she was determined to keep living and working.

"She's out there to inspire people," said Kenney.

The Ogunquit Playhouse staff said reports that Harper had collapsed and was in a coma are "absolutely not true."

The day before she was hospitalized, Harper sat down with WCSH, an affiliate of necn and NBC, and said she was feeling "amazingly good," but admitted it hasn't been easy to perform.

"I'm having a really tough time," Harper told WCSH. "I think it’s the medication."

Kenney said Harper is optimistic she will be strong enough to return to the stage before the show ends on August 15.

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<![CDATA[Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Are Having a Baby]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:12:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_913714341861.jpg

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have announced on Facebook that they are expecting a baby girl.

"This will be a new chapter in our lives. We've already been so fortunate for the opportunity to touch people's lives around the world -- Cilla as a doctor and educator, and me through this community and philanthropy. Now we'll focus on making the world a better place for our child and the next generation," Facebook founder and CEO wrote in a post on Friday. 

The couple tied the knot at a small ceremony at his Palo Alto, California, home in 2012. They met at Harvard and have been together for more than nine years before getting married.



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<![CDATA[Box Office Preview: 'Mission Impossible,' 'Vacation,' and More]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:41:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_bop0730_1500x845.jpg See the latest films coming to theaters this weekend.]]> <![CDATA['Shame on Him': Stars Condemn Lion Killing]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:30:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TLMD-leon-cecil-zimbabue-nbc-vod-.png

Celebrities have slammed Walter James Palmer over the killing of Cecil the lion, calling the American dentist a “coward,” and urging that his license be revoked.

Palmer has admitted to killing the 13-year-old predator, a favorite with foreign tourists and the subject of a study by Oxford University, but said he had hired professional guides and believed all the necessary hunting permits were in order.

Palmer sent an apology letter to his patients, but that has not stopped stars from sharing strong words about him.

Betty White slammed the Minnesota dentist, saying to The Associated Press on Thursday: “You don’t want to hear some of the things I want to do to that man."

“It’s such a heartbreaker," White continued. "You can’t even talk about it, and to see this king of the jungle and personifying it in every way, this gorgeous creature. How can somebody do that?”

Mia Farrow tweeted the dentist’s full office address on Wednesday, saying: "#CecilTheLion -Gentle protector of 6 cubs. Loved by many. Killed by Dentist Walter Palmer.” She later deleted the tweet.

Earlier this week, Jimmy Kimmel took time out of his late-night show to reprimand the dentist, saying: “I’m honestly curious to know why a human being would feel compelled to do that. How is that fun?"

Other celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Osbourne, and Ricky Gervais also took to social media to express their outrage.



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<![CDATA[Ice T Re-Voices 'Care Bears,' 'The Smurfs']]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:22:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Ice-T.png Jimmy Fallon discovers that Ice T used to do voiceover work for children's cartoons, like "Care Bears," "The Smurfs" and "Dora the Explorer.”]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': New England Scram Chowder]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:23:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+New+England+Scram+Chowder.png Seth Meyer shares his thoughts on Boston losing its Olympic bid.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show' Hashtags: #AirportFail]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:24:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Hashtag+AirportFail.png Jimmy Fallon discovers that Ice T used to do voiceover work for children's cartoons, like "Care Bears," "The Smurfs" and "Dora the Explorer.”]]> <![CDATA[Gathering of the Vibes Returns to Bridgeport]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:24:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HeatAtTheVibes073015.jpg

The Vibes are back in Bridgeport!

Tens of thousands people are descending on Seaside Park for the annual Gathering of the Vibes musical festival.

"It feels like a really fun place for everybody who is involved," said James Dieli, a vendor from Peace Love Taco of Boulder, Colorado.

"It’s super crazy, but it’s like the best experience because it’s a nonstop concert," said Morgan Rakow, another vendor from Rhinebeck, New York.

The four day outdoor festival draws music fans from across the country, ready to spend the next few days taking in in a wide variety of acts, crafts and food vendors. The big concert is now in its 20th year.

"What’s good about Gathering of the vibes is that community feeling," said Dieli.

Given how hot it can get at the festival, hydration of festivalgoers is always a big concern. Organizers have about 7,000 gallons of water or sale and 100,000 pounds of ice on hand.

"We have big huge tractor trailers filled with ice and water and we have distribution on golf carts," said Jennifer Jennings, the event’s hospitality director.

Organizers say if concertgoers can deal with the heat, the annual event is sure to be a hit for all who attend.

"It’s kind of a trip to come back here and see all these people having so much fun. It’s amazing. I love it," said Ryan Wood of Ansonia, a vendor from the Gouda Boys.

Gathering of the Vibes runs through Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: 'Concrete River' Premiere]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:24:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/topEnt-GettyImages-482315580.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA['Tonight’ Word Sneak With Jason Segel]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:39:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Word+Sneak+Jason+Segel.png Fallon Word Sneak with Jason Segel]]> <![CDATA[Fun Home Performs 'Changing My Major']]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:14:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Fun+Home.JPG The Tony-winning Broadway musical Fun Home performs 'Changing My Major' on 'Late Night.'

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<![CDATA[Microsoft's Clippy Brings Windows 10 to ‘Tonight']]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:19:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Microsoft+Clippy.png Jimmy Fallon gets a menacing visit from Microsoft Office assistant Clippy while talking about the Windows 10 launch.]]> <![CDATA['Law & Order' Director Arrested on Child Porn Charges]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:23:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jason+alexander+arrest.jpg

"Law & Order" director Jason "Jace" Alexander has been arrested on child pornography charges, according to police.

Alexander, 51, was arrested Wednesday in Westchester County and charged with one count of promoting a sexual performance by a child and one count of possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child, police said.

Officials allegedly found digital pornography files on computers and external hard drives at Alexander’s Dobbs Ferry home. The files showed children younger than 16 years of age engaged in child pornography, police said.

Alexander was arraigned in Dobbs Ferry Village Court and held on $10,000 cash bail. He is due in court on November 19. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of seven years in state prison.

Alexander has directly nearly three dozen episodes of "Law and Order" since the mid-1990s. He is also known for his work on "Rescue Me" and "Carry Me Home." He and his wife have three children.

Attorney information was not immediately available.

Alexander’s representative did not return a request for comment from E! News. The Director’s Guild of America, where Alexander serves as vice president, said they had no comment.



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<![CDATA[Globetrotters' Star Makes 150-foot Shot Atop Ride]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:56:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/229*120/Screen+Shot+2015-07-29+at+9.41.27+PM.png

Adrenaline-lovers take on the AtmostFear ride in Wildwood, N.J. to experience the thrill of free fall.

But a Harlem Globetrotter ascended 150-feet to the top of the amusement park ride for another reason.

Female star Sweet J Ekworomadu made history Tuesday afternoon after hitting a trick shot from the top of the ride at Morey’s Piers.

Fans watched in awe as she knocked down the shot with nothing but the basket in sight. Take a look in the video embedded above.

The Globetrotters will be beach side at the Wildwoods Convention Center until Friday.

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<![CDATA[Billy Eichner, Julie Klausner on ‘Difficult People’]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:07:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Billy+Eichner+and+Julie+Klausner.JPG Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner get to work with a slew of great guest stars on the Hulu series.

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<![CDATA[Ron Weasley’s Drunk Happy Birthday Wish]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:29:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Harry+Potter.JPG Drunk Ron Weasley (Simon Pegg) visits “The Tonight Show” to wish Harry Potter an early happy birthday.

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<![CDATA['Tonight' Inflatable Flip Cup With Danny DeVito]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:00:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Fanny+DeVito.JPG Jimmy Fallon competes against Danny DeVito in a game of flip cup while wearing inflatable fat suits.

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<![CDATA['Conan' Show Stole Jokes: Lawsuit]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:55:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/072815-conan-obrien-lawsuit.jpg

A San Diego man is taking Conan O'Brien and the "Conan" team to court, alleging the talk show host stole jokes posted on social media. 

Robert Alexander Kaseberg has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in California federal court, claiming Conan O’Brien, TBS, “Conan” Executive Producer Jeff Ross and “Conan” Head Writer Mike Sweeney stole four of his jokes, first seen on his blog and his Twitter account. He filed the lawsuit on July 22.

"We at Conaco firmly believe there is no merit to this lawsuit," said Drew Shane, a spokesperson for Conaco, LLC, to NBC San Diego in a statement. Conaco, LLC is the production company behind "Conan."

The first joke allegedly stolen was posted on Kaseberg’s online blog on Jan. 14, poking fun at a Delta Airlines flight.

“A Delta flight this week took off from Cleveland to New York with just two passengers. And they fought over control of the armrest the entire flight,” the joke read, according to the lawsuit.

That same evening, the joke appeared in Conan's late-night monologue, the lawsuit said.

A second joke posted to his blog and Twitter account on Feb. 3 about Tom Brady later appeared on the show the following day, the suit claims.

"Tom Brady said he wants to give his MVP truck to the man who won the game for the Patriots. So enjoy that truck, Pete Carroll," the second joke reads, according to the lawsuit. 

He posted the third joke listed in the action on his personal blog and Twitter account on Feb. 17. 

"The Washington Monument is ten inches shorter than previously thought. You know the winter has been cold when a monument suffers from shrinkage," the third joke reads, according to the lawsuit. 

That same night it appeared in the comedian's monologue. 

A fourth joke posted on June 9 made fun of streets named after Bruce Jenner, who had just revealed he was changing his name to Caitlyn Jenner amid his gender transition; the joke also appeared in the monologue that same day, the lawsuit alleges.

Kaseberg did not receive money for the jokes or any credit for the jokes, the lawsuit says.

He is seeking more than $600,000 in damages.

Andy Richter, O'Brien's sidekick on the show, poked fun at the lawsuit on Twitter. 



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