<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usSat, 02 Jul 2016 05:40:10 -0400Sat, 02 Jul 2016 05:40:10 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Kenny Chesney, Meghan Trainor to Perform at 'Fireworks Spectacular']]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:42:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fireworks-479518210.jpg

Kenny Chesney, 5 Seconds of Summer, Meghan Trainor, the Radio City Rockettes, Pitbull and DNCE are set to perform at this year's "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" Monday on NBC. 

"Today" co-hosts Willie Geist and Tamron Hall will return to host the two-hour Monday broadcast featuring fireworks lighting up sky over New York City.

The 2016 display, which will include more than 56,000 pyrotechnic effects, will be fired from five locations on the East River in midtown and within the Seaport district. This year, the 25-minute display will introduce pyro-writing, which uses fireworks to spell out USA in the sky.


Amy Kule, the executive producer of the event, said in a press release that this is their biggest show since the millennial display in 2000, which included more than 60,000 firework shells launched from 13 barges surrounding New York City. The is the 40th year of the annual event. 

The fireworks celebration will be choreographed to an arrangement of patriotic musical selections, including "This Land is Your Land," "The Star-Spangled Banner," "God Bless America," among others. The show will culminate with a rendition of "America the Beautiful" performed by Jennifer Holliday and the United States Air Force Band. A bell will also chime 13 times during the display to pay homage to the original 13 colonies.

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<![CDATA[Edward Snowden to Join Daniel Radcliffe on Stage]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:51:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_730582618628.jpg

Edward Snowden will appear in a new play at the Public Theater in New York, beginning this weekend, via video from Moscow, Russia, The New York Times reported. The fugitive will make a cameo in a pre-recorded video each night to exchange ideas about privacy and lines from "The Tempest" with actor Daniel Radcliffe, who plays a writer in the show. 

"Privacy," a British play that explores how the digital age has made public what was once personal, was conceived before Snowden leaked government documents. However, his actions have greatly influenced the play, which was rewritten with an American context, according to the Times. 

The play is set as a work of documentary theater, with actors reciting dialogue taken from interviews the play's creators, James Graham and Josie Rourke, conducted with politicians, scholars and journalists. Rourke and Graham were unable to reach Snowden before the play's 2014 run in London, but after later getting in touch the two revised the script to put together the one-minute exchange between Snowden and Radcliffe for the American production, the Times reported.

“[Snowden] is hoping that the playwrights and actors here can take abstract concepts and make them more concrete for people who might not read N.S.A. documents at their computers," Ben Wizner, Snowden's lawyer from the American Civil Liberties Union, told the Times.

Snowden has recently used digital technology to make other public appearances in the U.S. from Russia. Earlier this year, he appeared at the Tribeca Film Festival where he wheeled himself on stage via a wheeled robot some have dubbed the "Snowbot."

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<![CDATA[Matthew McConaughey to Teach Film Class]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:49:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/JAYTESTpicture1.jpg

He’s been an AIDS-stricken drug dealer, hurled through space and spent time dazed and confused. Now Matthew McConaughey is headed back to the University of Texas at Austin as professor.

The Academy Award-winning Texan and UT Austin alum will partner with "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross to teach a filmmaking class at the Moody College of Communication, according to a video released by the university Thursday.

Up to 30 students can enroll in the course which will only be open to juniors and seniors but there are no prerequisites or fees required, The Dallas Morning News reports.

A public affairs representative for UT Austin told the San Antonio Express-News that McConaughey will take students "behind the scenes" of his upcoming film "Free State of Jones" through recorded videos and at least one on-campus visit. 

This will be the second time McConaughey co-teaches this course with university lecturer Scott Rice, the school's student newspaper The Daily Texan and The San Antonio Express-News reported.

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<![CDATA[Judi Dench Gets First Tattoo at 81]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:02:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/judi-dench-tattoo-01.jpg

British actress Judi Dench is showing the world that she knows how to seize the day, getting her first tattoo for her 81st birthday. 

The "James Bond" actress got the phrase, 'carpe diem,' which means 'seize the day' in Latin, in capital letters tattooed to her wrist for her birthday last December, she recently told Surrey Life magazine, BBC reported. 

She said the tattoo was a present from her daughter, actress Finty Willaims.

Her tattoo garnered attention earlier this month when it was seen on her wrist at a James Bond gala event celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Dench has said previously that she was considering getting a tattoo for her 80th birthday. She said she had chosen an Indian symbol, but was concerned about being set up and tricked into getting something rude tattooed.

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<![CDATA[Pippen Lists Highland Park Mansion]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:17:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/pippen+house+0628.jpg

The north suburban home of former Chicago Bulls player Scottie Pippen is now on the market.

The Hall of Famer and his wife, Larsa, listed the five-bedroom, 10,000 square-foot home on a 2.9-acre lot in Highland Park Monday for just under $3.1 million.

Built in 2003, the Pippen family purchased the home for a little over $2.22 million in 2004, according to real estate site Redfin.com. The house boasts an outdoor pool, a wine cellar, and of course, a basketball court with a large rendering of Pippen’s Bulls jersey on the wood floor.

Pippen joins former teammate Michael Jordan in having a home on the market in Highland Park. Jordan originally listed his home in the northern suburb for $29 million in 2012. But four years later, the asking price for the 9-bedroom, 17-bath estate with ‘23’ on the front gate has dropped to $14.9 million.

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<![CDATA[Celeb Breakups: Lisa Marie Presley Changes Divorce FiIling to Separation]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 08:30:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-184716077-lisamarie.jpg Nothing lasts forever, especially when you're a celebrity. See whose relationships have hit the rocks.

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<![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Prince Harry at the Sentebale Concert in London]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:16:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543492012-royal.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['Sixteen Candles' Home for Sale]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:13:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/181*120/01_3022PayneSt_57_FrontView_LowRes%5B1%5D.jpg

On a quiet tree-lined street in a Chicago suburb, a home with big Hollywood history has just hit the market.

The six-bedroom, four-bathroom brick home at 3022 Payne Street in Evanston has been listed for $1.49 million.

The single-family home may look familiar to fans of the iconic 1984 John Hughes film “Sixteen Candles,” as it is the home of Samantha Baker, played by Molly Ringwald, whose family forgets her 16th birthday. 

“As you enter the foyer, you will picture yourself sharing dinner parties in the amazing dining room and the elegant living room with a wood burning fireplace and gorgeous plastic cast molding,” the listing boasts. 

According to Forbes, the estate is being sold by investment banker Stephen Miles and his wife, who raised their children in the home.

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<![CDATA[There's Nothing Subtle About the 'Purge' Movies]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:31:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/edt-the-purge-anarchy.jpg

"The Purge" movie series centers on a dystopian (and not-too-distant) reconstituted U.S. in which citizens get to "release the beast" for 12 hours once a year – killing at will without fear of punishment. 

The goal is to rid the country of undesirables (read: the poor) and allow the populace to get violence out of its system during one annual gore fest in which only the fast and furious (and wealthy) survive. But the most elusive beast may be the series' politics.

Shots taken at the gun industry and the One Percent suggest the filmmakers are firing from the left. But the thing that flowed most liberally in 2013's "The Purge" and 2014's "The Purge: Anarchy" was blood.

Now "The Purge: Election Year" arrives Friday, perhaps to make a timely statement – or at least to leave no doubt the low-budget horror series is a cut above ordinary slasher flicks.

The first installment proved a surprise draw, with its story of one family’s struggle for survival set against a tableau of a purportedly Utopian society built on mayhem sanctioned by the “new founding fathers.” The movie unspooled with an air of constant tension and a whiff of allegory that recalled a low-budget game-changer of the 1960s: the original "Night of the Living Dead."

"The Purge: Anarchy" presented a wider array of characters than the original. More significantly, viewers got a chilling glimpse into the mechanics behind the night of bloodshed. "Anarchy" portrayed government leaders as provocateurs and puppet masters, egging on cowardly masked marauders and its own police-state forces. The rich, meanwhile, paid big bucks for the thrill of the kill, a la "The Most Dangerous Game." In this case, however, the well-heeled were aided by night-vision goggles.

"Anarchy," which improved on its predecessor in quality and box office take, also succeeded in offering compelling heroes – including Carmelo Johns (Michael K. Williams), a charismatic African-American leader armed with 1960s rhetoric and 2020s firepower. But the mysterious Sarge, a would-be avenger turned savior, emerged as the most memorable character.

Sarge (played with brooding intensity by Frank Grillo) returns in the new film to protect an idealistic senator (Elizabeth Mitchell) who lost her family in a long-ago purge. She wants to end the practice and become president. But escaping purge night in Washington might be tougher than getting elected.  

There’s nothing subtle, of course, about “The Purge,” whose latest installment arrives on the Fourth of July weekend as the nation faces a historic election battle focused on competing views of our identity, with much of the fight over immigration.

The Purge: Election Year” lands with the promise of offering another disturbing horror show that at least attempts to make audiences think about a beast that has no name, but seems all too familiar.

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

<![CDATA[Chelsea Handler Opens Up About Abortions at 16]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:14:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-457522426.jpg

Comedian Chelsea Handler opened up about her two abortions at age 16 in a personal essay for Playboy Magazine's "Freedom Issue." She also applauded U.S. reproductive laws for allowing her to rectify her "irresponsible" teenage actions with a "thoughtful" decision.

Handler, 41, wrote that she first got pregnant when she was going through a "bad stage" in her life and having unprotected sex with her boyfriend at the time.

"The idea that I would have a child and raise it by myself at that age, when I couldn’t even find my way home at night, was ridiculous," Handler wrote. "My parents recognized that, so they acted like parents for one of the very first times in my life and took me to Planned Parenthood."

"When it was over, I was relieved in every possible way."

Handler said she got pregnant again later that year and could barely afford to pay the $230 for a safe abortion at Planned Parenthood.

"We all make mistakes all the time," she wrote. "I happened to f*** up twice at the age of 16. I’m grateful that I came to my senses and was able to get an abortion legally without risking my health or bankrupting myself or my family. I’m 41 now. I don’t ever look back and think, God, I wish I’d had that baby."

"It’s infuriating to hear politicians make bogus promises about overturning [Roe v. Wade] that has protected us for more than 40 years."

She also described her anger at political efforts to "subvert" the 1973 ruling by "passing lesser laws that close clinics or restrict abortion access for women."

Still, Handler said she does not believe Roe v. Wade is in danger of being overturned.

"We’re too far ahead of the game," Handler wrote. "Once you go forward in history, you don’t go backward."

Handler's essay comes in light of Monday's Supreme Court decision that threw out a Texas law that was found to place an "undue burden" on women seeking abortions in the guise of protecting women's health.

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<![CDATA[Caitlyn Jenner Revisits Olympic Gold 40 Years Later]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:30:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jenner-si.jpg

Caitlyn Jenner is back on the cover of Sports Illustrated on the 40th anniversary of her striking Olympic gold.

"Caitlyn Jenner as you know her now. Bruce Jenner as you never knew him then," the issue says opposite a photo that shows Jenner in gold sequin jumpsuit and wearing her "XXI Olympiad Montreal 1976" medal.

In an accompanying interview and 20-minute film "Jenner: 40 Years After Gold," the athlete, reality star, and activist shares her mixed feelings about the Olympic decathlon achievement that made her a household name.

She keeps her gold medal in the "nail drawer" of the bathroom at her Malibu, California, home and says, "it's funny I never take this thing out."

The medal was a big hit for her kids at "show and tell," she allowed. But she said she never put it on display.

Jenner explained that the decathlon "was the perfect distraction" over her gender dysphoria.

"I had proved myself as a man and I still had this person living inside me that I had never really ever dealt with," Jenner said in the video.

She said that the morning after winning gold as Bruce Jenner she was "disgusted" when looking at herself in the mirror at her Montreal hotel room.

"I was big and thick and masculine," she said. "The rest of the world thought it was this Greek god kind of body. I hated it. But it’s what I was given, so I just tried to do the best I could with it.”

Jenner said she is still "very proud of that part of my life" but that sports is "not real life.

"What I’m dealing with now, this is about who you are as a human being" she said. "What did I do for the world in 1976, besides maybe getting a few people to exercise a little bit? I didn’t make a difference in the world.”

Click here to read the full article and watch the film.

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<![CDATA[Adele Burps Onstage at Glastonbury Festival]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:15:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Adele-Glastonbury.jpg

Adele greeted a fan with a slightly unexpected "Hello" this weekend, according to video from a music festival, by burping, "Today" reports.

The singer apparently invited the fan on stage during the Glastonbury Festival in England and was taking a selfie with her when she exclaimed: "Oh my God, I just burped!"

"Today" reports she pinned the belch on a "dirty burger" she ate before going onstage, an incident that has been dubbed "Glastonburpy" online.

The Grammy winner sent Maria off with a hug, a photo and a one-of-a-kind memory.

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<![CDATA[Jay Leno Survives Stunt Car Crash While Taping TV Show]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:13:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/539161302-jay-leno-garage.jpg

Comedian and car enthusiast Jay Leno was visibly shaken after getting into a car crash while filming an upcoming episode of CNBC's "Jay Leno's Garage," but he recovered quickly, CNBC reports.

As seen in the video above, Leno was in the driver's seat of legendary stunt driver Bob Riggle's two-wheel stunt car at Irwindale Track.

In the episode, which airs on Wednesday, Leno can be heard saying it is "2,500 horsepower on two wheels. What could go wrong?" as Riggle, 80 years old, revs the engine.

Leno is in the passenger seat when Riggle loses control and the car rolls over twice.

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<![CDATA[Kanye West's Naked Ambition]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:03:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/looks-locos-met-gala-2016-portada.jpg

Kanye West last month marked the second anniversary of his marriage to Kim Kardashian, whose dubious celebrity exploded in 2007 with the leaking of a sex tape.

But it wasn't until Friday, with the debut of his controversial video for "Famous," that West cemented his status, for better or worse, as a full-fledged Kardashian Family member.

The video, featuring nude renderings of various public figures (presumably fakes) and his wife's world-famous behind (presumably in the flesh), offered an unexplained statement about the nature of celebrity. But what came through clearly is that the rap star's biggest influence these days is the Kardashians, whose talent rests in a knack for being famous for being famous.

That's a mixed bag for West, whose tendencies toward hype and ego ("My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live," he once declared) too often overshadow his standing (over-reliance on Auto-Tune aside) as a major musical force.

He seems to be in a friendly competition with his over-sharing spouse to "break the Internet." Kanye West, though, out-smashes Kim Kardashian West in one significant respect: He drags a slew of others into the raw picture – including her step-kin Caitlyn Jenner, former President George W. Bush (whom he slammed over the handling of Hurricane Katrina more than a decade ago) and Bill Cosby (whom he defended in a tweet earlier this year).

But the primary focus of the chatter spurred by the video is Taylor Swift, already reportedly upset over the song, in which West claims credit for her success, calls her the B-word and proclaims the duo “might still have sex” (he says she approved the line, but she says that’s not the case).

West, of course, stormed the stage in 2009 while Swift collected an MTV Video Music Award in his bizarre attempt to avenge Beyoncé’s loss.

Yeezus might want to take a close look at Beyoncé’s recent album/film “Lemonade,” which tackles celebrity in a more substantive, mature and probably lasting fashion.

For West’s strange video bedfellows, the price of "Famous" remains uncertain. For the rapper, the running total undoubtedly will include the cost of keeping up with his less artistically inclined wife and in-laws.

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Several Fireworks Postponed Because of Weather]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:00:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fireworks+generic+1.jpg

Several fireworks displays have been postponed because of the forecast for later today.

July 1: 

Danbury: POSTPONED FROM JULY 1 TO JULY 2, Danbury Fair. Fireworks begin at dusk. Rain date is July 2.


Killingly: POSTPONED FROM JULY 1 TO JULY 8, Red, White and Blue BBQ, Owen Ball Park; 9:15 p.m.

Meriden: POSTPONED FROM JULY 1 TO JULY 8, Hubbard Park, 9:15 p.m.

Middletown: POSTPONED UNTIL JULY 2. 9:30 P.M. 



New London: POSTPONED FROM JULY  1 TO JULY 6, Ocean Beach Park; 9:15 p.m.

Oxford: POSTPONED FROM JULY 1 TO JULY 2, Quaker Farms Fire Co. Annual Carnival, 30 Great Oak Road, 9:45 p.m.

Shelton, POSTPONED FROM JULY 1 TO JULY 3, Riverwalk. Rain date, July 3. 

Simsbury: POSTPONED FROM JULY 1 TO JULY 2, The Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows. 

Stafford Springs: POSTPONED FROM JULY 1 TO JULY 29, Stafford Motor Speedway. Fireworks will be after feature events.

Stamford: POSTPONED FROM JULY 1 TO JULY 2, Cummings Park. 9 p.m.

Stratford: POSTPONED FROM July 1 TO JULY 5, Short Beach Park, after sunset.

West Haven: Savin Rock Fireworks, POSTPONED FROM JULY 1 TO JULY 5, Bradley Point, 9 p.m.

July 2:

Bristol/Southington: July 2, Lake Compounce. Laser show starts at 9 p.m. Fireworks launched from the far side of the lake as well as from barges floating in the lake.

Danbury: JULY 2, Danbury Fair. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Darien: July 2, Darien High School. Fireworks will begin when it gets dark. The raindate is Sunday, July 3.

Fairfield: July 2, Penfield or Jennings Beach. Fireworks after dark, usually around 9:15 p.m.

Greenwich: July 2, Greenwich Point and Binney Park, at dusk. Rain date is July 3.

Hamden: postponed to July 2, Town Center Park, 9:20 p.m.

Lakeville: July 2, Lime Rock Park. Rain date is July 3.

Manchester: July 2, Manchester Band Shell.

Middletown: July 2. 9:30 p.m.

Naugatuck, July 2, Old Firehouse Road, 9:15 p.m.

New Britain: July 2, New Britain Stadium. 

New Milford: July 2. Rain date, July 29. 

Orange: July 2. Rain date is July 3

Simsbury: July 2, The Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows.

Stamford: July 2, Cummings Park. 9 p.m.

Warren: July 2, Lake Waramaug, flare lighting at 9 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Rain date on July 3.

Wallingford: July 2, 9 p.m., Moran Middle School

Washington: July 2, Shepaug Valley Middle High School.

July 3:

Derby-Shelton: July 3, fireworks follow 7 p.m. concert

Madison: July 3, waterfront area off West Wharf Beach, 9:30 p.m. Rain date is July 8.

Norwalk: July 3, Calf Pasture Beach 

Shelton: July 3, Riverwalk.

Waterbury: July 3, Holy Land and Brass Mill Center Shopping Mall, 9:15 p.m.


July 4:

Middlebury: July 4, Quassy, after dark.

New Britain: July 4, Great American Boom, Stanley Quarter Park, 9:15 p.m. 

4 July, 2016 – Fireworks
4:00 PM – Independence Day Celebrations – East Rock Park & WCHS

New Haven: July 4, East Rock Park and Wilbur Cross High School.

Norwich: July 4, Connecticut Tigers Game, after the game. 

Ridgefield: July 4, Ridgefield High School. Gates open at 6 p.m. and fireworks begin at dusk. Rain date is July 5. No admittance without a parking pass, which cost $20. Purchased it at Fairfield County Bank, Ridgefield Town Hall, Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce.

Rowayton: July 4, Bayley Beach, 9:15 p.m.

Weston: July 4, Weston Middle School Field, 9:20 p.m.

July 5:

Stratford: July 5, Short Beach Park, after sunset.

West Haven: Savin Rock Fireworks, Jult 5, Bradley Point, 9 p.m.

July 6:

New London: July 6, Ocean Beach Park; 9:15 p.m.

Vernon: July 6, Henry Park, 9:40 p.m. Rain date is July 7.

July 8:

Killingly: July 8, Red, White and Blue BBQ, Owen Ball Park; 9:15 p.m.

Meriden: July 8, Hubbard Park, 9:15 p.m.

Milford: July 8, Lisman Landing Marina, 9:15 p.m.

Windsor Locks: July 8, Veteran's Memorial Park, 9:30 p.m. 

July 9:

Beacon Falls: July 9, Pent Road Recreation Complex at dusk.

Guilford: July 9, Fairgrounds, Lovers Lane

New London: July 9, Sailfest, Old Firehouse Road.

July 10:

Enfield: July 10, Enfield green, 9:45 p.m. 

July 29:

Stafford Springs: July 29, Stafford Motor Speedway. Fireworks will be after feature events.