<![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 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:29:13 -0400 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:29:13 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Watch: "Tonight Show" Screen Grabs]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:26:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Tonight+Show+Screen+Grabs.png Jimmy Fallon asks "Tonight Show" fans to send in screenshots found on the Internet and shares some of his favorite submissions, including a 1000-year-old grandmother and an interesting Pat Benatar album cover on Pandora.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: "Late Night" Celebrity Spelling Bee]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:15:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Celebrity+Spelling+Bee.JPG In this day and age, we know so much about celebrity lives thanks to social network and gossip magazine, but the real question is: Can you spell their name? Find out in this "Late Night" game of "Celebrity Spelling Bee."

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<![CDATA["Mitt in the Mirror" With Mitt Romney & Jimmy Fallon]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:16:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_167998_1610.JPG

Mitt Romney finally revealed why he isn’t running in 2016, ending his presidential aspirations.

The 2012 Republican presidential candidate stopped by "The Tonight Show" Wednesday and chatted with Jimmy Fallon about the 2016 election and revealed that his 2-year-old grandson is training him for the Evander Holyfield charity fight.

Romney will be squaring off against the former heavyweight boxing champion on May 15 for Charity Vision’s “Fight Night” in Salt Lake City. Charity Vision is a non-profit organization that focuses on restoring curable sight impairment worldwide.

“It’s going to be a very quick battle,” Romney joked.

Having officially bowed out of the GOP race in January, the former Governor of Massachusetts was free to crack jokes about President Obama’s golf game, Hillary Clinton’s emails and his own presidential bid loss when he spoke to his “reflection” before sitting down with Fallon.

Fallon, pretending to be Romney in the “reflection” asked the real Mitt if he was ready for big interview.

“Well, actually I’m a little nervous," Romney admitted. "Jimmy is probably going to ask me why I didn’t run for president. What should I say?”

“Just tell him you enjoy the freedom. You get to sit back, relax, golf all the time, go on vacation whenever you want,” Fallon said as Mitt's reflection.

“AKA, be president?” Romney quipped.

Romney’s reflection, worried about the Holyfield charity fight, wanted some assurance that they weren’t crazy for taking on a heavyweight champion. The real Romney reminded the reflection that it was all in good fun. After all, he said, "what’s the worst that can happen?”

“That’s true, I guess it’s not the first time we lose to a black guy,” replied “reflection” Romney.

Watch the clip above to see what else Mitt Romney contemplates about with himself while talking to his “reflection.”

Photo Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Watch: Mitt Romney in the Mirror]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:27:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Mitt+Romney+Face+Off.JPG Before his "Tonight Show" interview, Gov. Romney talks to his "reflection" in the mirror.

Photo Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC]]>
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<![CDATA["Name Our Roo": LA Zoo Holds Kangaroo Naming Contest]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:53:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*128/la-zoo-name-our-kangaroos-032515.jpg

With each spring comes new life.

The Los Angeles Zoo is currently housing a bounty of babies — a baby hippo, koala, monkey, giraffe and more —  and it wants the public's help in naming the zoo's latest little one, a kangaroo joey.

"Since these newborns won’t be babies forever, we decided to highlight the excitement with a 'NameOurRoo' contest," said Laura Stegman, spokeswoman for the Greater LA Zoo Association.

"It's the first time in nearly 20 years that the general public has been offered the chance to name a baby animal at the LA Zoo," she added.

Now through April 26, visitors can submit a photo of the western gray kangaroo baby along with a potential name using the hashtag #NameOurRoo on Twitter, Instagram or the zoo's website.

The voting and judging process will be open to the public from April 27 to May 1. The winner who comes up with the best baby name will receive a GoPro Hero4 camera and a family deluxe zoo membership, according to a statement.

The "Name Our Roo" contest is part of the zoo's "Meet our Babies" program. Zoo-goers who visit now through the end of April will receive an activity guide containing fun facts and a map to find all the babies at the 133-acre wildlife park.

The "Meet the Babies" program and the "Name Our Roo" contest are part of the zoo's efforts to spotlight the park's endangered and vulnerable species breeding programs.

Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy of Jamie Pham ]]>
<![CDATA[Fans React to Zayn Malik Quitting One Direction]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:25:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/459478626.jpg

One Direction fans, or One Directioners, took to social media Wednesday to share their despair over news that Zayn Malik has left the group after 5 years.

Fans expressed their sadness and shared their memories of seeing the whole band perform, using the hashtag #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik on Twitter.

Even the Beliebers, Harmonizers and fans of other groups showed their support for One Direction.

Take a look a their messages below: 

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<![CDATA[Watch: The Pros and Cons of March Madness]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:18:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Pros+and+Cons3.png Jimmy Fallon weighs the good and bad of NCAA March Madness.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: Freestylin' With The Roots, Spring Edition]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:29:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Freestylin+With+the+Roots.png Jimmy Fallon gets to know members of the “Tonight Show" audience and asks The Roots to improv songs about them based on what he learns.]]> <![CDATA[Vote in the "Late Night" Tournament of Things!]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:43:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Tournament.png In honor of March Madness, Seth Meyers has created a non-NCAA basketball bracket competition of unrelated and random things. ]]> <![CDATA[SF Music Company Sued By Fox Over "Empire" Name]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:17:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Empire+Fox+Howard+Henson.jpg

Fox is suing a San Francisco digital music distribution company because of its name.

According to TMZ, Twentieth Century Fox Television filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against EMPIRE Distribution over the name it shares with Fox's popular television series "Empire."

Founded in 2010, EMPIRE Distribution releases digital music from urban artists including leading hip-hop stars Snoop Dogg, T.I. and Kendrick Lamar.

Fox's fictional Empire Records releases urban music including hip-hop and R&B, but in a real life twist, songs from the series are actually available for sale. Columbia Records released songs from each episode for the duration of the series and then dropped the "Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire" compilation on March 10. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, beating Madonna's "Rebel Heart" album with 130,000 sales in the first week, reported Billboard.

“Fox, through the Empire program, advertises, distributes, and streams music and sells downloads under the ‘Empire’ mark," explained EMPIRE founder and CEO Ghazi Shami in a statement. "This music shares the same search terms as EMPIRE's music, the musical genres are identical, and the songs and albums are positioned in close proximity in online outlets such as iTunes, Google Play, Amazon.com, and Spotify. It isn’t just a fictional show; they are functioning as a record label in the real world. This only makes the public confusion worse.”

EMPIRE Distribution plans to respond to the lawsuit.

“We are confident that this is a textbook trademark infringement case,” said Michael Hobbs of Troutman Sanders LLP, the law firm representing EMPIRE, in a statement. “EMPIRE was started over five years before the first broadcast of the show, the marks are identical, and they sell the same products to the same customers. The significant number of incidents of actual public confusion is disturbing.

“The only alternative with which we are left is to litigate, which we will do vigorously to protect our client’s valuable rights," he said.

Photo Credit: Chuck Hodes/Fox]]>
<![CDATA["The Voice" Recap: A #Knockout Steal]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:52:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Caitlin-Caporale-The-Voice-24-Mar-2015.jpg

Tuesday night’s #knockout episode of “The Voice” had singers belting it out to stay in the competition  — and a surprise steal that left one singer ecstatic over the last minute save.

In the second night of #VoiceKnockout rounds, pairs of singers from the same team competed against each other to earn a place in the live rounds. And while all the coaches faced tough decisions in choosing one singer over another, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera clung to their remaining steals in hopes of claiming talented performers from other teams. (Nate Ruess, the energetic frontman of the rock band fun., continued advising the young singers on their knockout songs.)

The first #VoiceKnockout featured two artists Shelton called his "two young country vocalists": Corey Kent White and Cody Wickline.

Wickline performed “Til My Last Day” by Justin Moore, while White performed an emotional rendition of Tim McGraw’s Grammy Award-winning “Live Like You Were Dying” in honor of his sick grandfather.

A clearly torn Shelton struggled to choose one competitor over the other. But with his back to the wall, he picked Wickline.

“I’m so glad knowing that my grandfather was able to watch this performance,” said Wickline, after telling the judges that his grandfather was recovering. “This is better than it could have ever worked out in my wildest dreams.”

Next up were two pop-rock singers from Adam Levine’s team: Blaze Johnson, Jr. and Deanna Johnson. (“Johnson and Johnson!” quipped Shelton.)

Blaze channeled some of the adversity he faced growing up in a performance of The Fray’s “You Found Me.” Deanna aimed high with a rendition of “Listen to Your Heart” by Roxette.

Ruess challenged Deanna to relax onstage. “There’s a uniqueness to your voice that nobody else has these days, but you’re stressing me out,” he said. “At some point, you need to just lose yourself for a second.”

But while several coaches all criticized Deanna for her nerves onstage, Levine chose her over Blaze, citing her vast potential as a performer.

The night’s third and final #VoiceKnockout featured two of Team Pharrell’s powerhouse vocalists: Hannah Kirby, who belted out Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love,” and Caitlin Caporale, who sang “Warrior” by Demi Lovato.

“You’re both my favorites, and I’m so proud of how you’ve come in this round,” Williams said. “But I’m going to choose Caitlin.”

Turning to Kirby, a gracious Williams said: “When you have those dance moves and that voice, people believe in you.”

“Yes they do,” Shelton cut in, right as he used his only steal to bring Kirby — an original member of Team Blake — back into the fold.

“I never dreamed I’d have the opportunity to have you back where you belong,” Shelton told an ecstatic Kirby, as the two embraced.

That left Aguilera with the lone remaining steal, which she’s sure to use next week as the knockout rounds continue.

"The Voice" returns Monday, March 30 at 8 ET / 7 CT on NBC.

Photo Credit: NBC Universal]]>
<![CDATA[Watch: Three Questions With "Late Night" Amber and Michelle]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 06:45:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Three+Questions.png Seth Meyers sent "Late Night" writers Amber and Michelle out to the streets of New York City to ask random strangers three questions in an effort to learn more about the city's residents. ]]> <![CDATA[Watch: Pie Golf with Bubba Watson and January Jones]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:04:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Pie+Golf.JPG Jimmy Fallon and Bubba Watson play a game of Pie Golf and get a pie smashed in their face by January Jones each time their opponent successfully hits a target with a golf ball.

Photo Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Watch: "Villanova Piccolo Girl" Sits In With The Roots]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:04:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Piccolo+Villanova+Girl.JPG Roxanne Chalifoux, the crying Villanova piccolo player, sits in with the Roots and chats with Jimmy Fallon about her newfound fame after cameras captured her emotional reactions to her school's March Madness loss.

Photo Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[USO Awards Banquet Honors Stevie Nicks, Peyton Manning]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:51:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/483637197.jpg

Stevie Nicks, Peyton Manning and author Sebastian Junger are bringing some celebrity luster to a USO awards banquet in Arlington.

But the real stars of the event Tuesday night are nearly 30 Medal of Honor recipients being recognized for heroism in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

The nonprofit organization is dedicated to lifting the spirits of America's troops and their families.

Singer Stevie Nicks holds the USO record for the most hours spent over a five-year period visiting combat-wounded service members.

The USO is recognizing Denver Broncos quarterback Manning for joining a tour that included stops in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

Junger is getting this year's Legacy of Hope Award for his books and films about the challenges military members face in combat and upon returning home.

Photo Credit: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank]]>
<![CDATA["Game of Thrones" Premiere Party Comes to San Francisco]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:18:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GOTPremiere.jpg

The cast and crew of one of the most beloved fantasy series on TV will be celebrating the show’s season premiere in San Francisco.

Following last week’s world premiere in England, HBO is hosting a star-studded “Game of Thrones” U.S. premiere screening Monday night at the War Memorial Opera House. The show, based on the novels by George R. R. Martin, is entering its fifth season.

Cast members including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage, and Emilia Clarke are slated to appear. The network will stream video of the red carpet arrivals live on Facebook.

When the screening ends, the show’s stars will head to City Hall for an after-party along with 1,000 lucky fans.

HBO spokeswoman Janine McGoldrick told the San Francisco Chronicle that the Bay Area was selected to host the premiere not only because of its large “Game of Thrones” fanbase, but because of its ties to technology – specifically, AppleTV.

“The decision to do the ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere in San Francisco is tied to our announcement of HBO Now,” McGoldrick said.

HBO announced recently that their new streaming service, HBO Now, will be exclusively available on AppleTV beginning April 12. Just in time for fans to tune in for the “Game of Thrones” television premiere, which will air that same day.

But for those who prefer to read the books before watching the show, beware of spoilers. "Game of Thrones" co-creator David Benioff recently confirmed that the show will most likely end before the final book in the series is released.

<![CDATA[Angelina Jolie: I Had My Ovaries Removed]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:27:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP249863482610.jpg

Angelina Jolie has penned an op-ed for The New York Times revealing how she voluntarily underwent surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.

Two years ago Jolie chronicled her preventative double mastectomy after learning she carries the BRCA1 gene, which sharply increases her chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Jolie’s mother died of ovarian cancer and she lost her aunt to breast cancer.

In the op-ed piece published Tuesday, "Angelina Jolie Pitt: Diary of a Surgery," Jolie wrote she had planned on having the laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy surgery ever since making the decision to undergo the mastectomy, but felt compelled to do it immediately after a routine test turned up elevated inflammatory markers that could indicate the on-set of cancer.

"I had been planning this for some time. It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts a woman into forced menopause," she wrote. "So I was readying myself physically and emotionally, discussing options with doctors, researching alternative medicine, and mapping my hormones for estrogen or progesterone replacement. But I felt I still had months to make the date."

Jolie wrote that her husband, actor Brad Pitt, was on a plane to see her immediately after she learned she needed to have surgery.

The actress and director, 39, went on to reiterate that her decision may not be right for every woman, but after speaking to many doctors, surgeons and naturopaths, she felt good about her choice.

"The most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you personally."

Jolie chose to keep her uterus, opting out of a hysterectomy, and last week underwent surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.

"I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family," she wrote in the Times. "I know my children will never have to say, 'Mom died of ovarian cancer.'"

Photo Credit: Joel Ryan/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA["The Voice" Recap: #VoiceKnockout Begins]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:17:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Sarah+Potenza+-+The+Voice+-+23+March.jpg

It's probably safe to say that Monday night's episode of "The Voice" was a knockout — or, better yet, a whole bunch of knockouts.

Monday's episode marked the beginning of the #VoiceKnockout rounds, as singers from the same team went head-to-head for a spot in the live shows. The coaches had to pick only one singer from each knockout pairing — but they also had the chance to steal the contestants who were eliminated in other teams' knockouts.

Nate Ruess, the dynamic frontman of the band fun. who recently released his first solo single "Nothing Without Love," also made an appearance as a special advisor, coaching the contestants through the vocal artistry and stage delivery of their songs.

The first knockout face-off of the night featured two singers from Team Christina: Ashley Morgan and Sonic.

"My team is bursting at the seams with future superstars," coach Christina Aguilera said.

Morgan, who Aguilera stole from Team Pharrell, performed Pat Benetar's rock anthem "Heartbreaker," while Sonic sang "A Woman's Worth" by Alicia Keys. Morgan's performance earned plenty of applause, but Aguilera picked Sonic to advance to the live show round.

Next up were Brian Johnson and Sarah Potenza, both of Team Blake. The smoky-voiced Johnson delivered a performance of "Nothing Ever Hurt Like You" by James Morrison. Potenza sang "Wasted Love" by Matt McAndrew, a competitor from season 7 of "The Voice."

McAndrew returned to the stage to talk Potenza through the performance of his debut single. "Can you believe that @MattMcAndrew came to see me !!!" Potenza tweeted after her performance.

Shelton struggled with the decision, and ultimately picked Potenza. "There's absolutely nobody else like her in the competition," he said.

But before Johnson could even leave the stage, Adam Levine used his #VoiceSteal to make him the newest member of #TeamAdam.

"You should be in this competition one hundred percent," Levine said.

The third face-off pitted Nathan Hermida against Clinton Washington, both of Team Adam.

Ruess challenged Washington to sing his song pick — "Wanted" by Hunter Hayes — with more power than finesse. "I'd rather be moved by something than impressed by something," Ruess said.

Hermida played to his strength as an airy-voiced tenor, singing "Leave Your Lover" by Sam Smith.

"I gotta go with my heart. The winner of this knockout is Nathan," Levine said. "His performance really spoke to my soul."

Because Anthony Riley had to leave the show for personal reasons, Coach Pharrell Williams challenged Mia Z, Paul Pfau and Sawyer Fredericks to compete for two spots in a three-person knockout.

Mia Z showcased her dynamic vocal range with a performance of "Hold On, I'm Coming" by Sam and Dave. Pfau picked up his guitar and sang John Mayer's bluesy version of "I Don't Need No Doctor" by Ray Charles, while Fredericks set down his guitar for a performance of "Collide" by Howie Day.

"We've been given a very rare circumstance, so this decision is very, very tough," Williams said. His first pick was Fredericks, and the second winner — announced after a tense break — was Mia.

Shelton paired two Team Blake competitors he stole from other coaches: Travis Ewing and Meghan Linsey, who had opened for Shelton on one of his previous tours. Linsey belted out a soulful rendition of the Aretha Franklin hit "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman." Ewing picked Gavin DeGraw's defiant song "I Don't Wanna Be."

"Even when you were playing on a country music tour, I always knew there was this soulful Meghan in there," Shelton said, before picking her.

In the final knockout of the night, Aguilera pitted Koryn Hawthorne against Kimberly Nichole. Nichole sang "If You Love Somebody" by Sting, while Hawthorne decided to sing "Try" by Pink.

The judges agreed that the matchup was best of the knockout rounds in the show. Aguilera struggled to choose between the two powerhouse singers, but finally decided on Nichole.

"She is such a firecracker," Aguilera said. "You never know what to expect with her."

Anguished at the thought of letting such a talented artist depart the competition, Aguilera begged the other coaches to steal Hawthorne for their teams. Just as Aguilera returned to her seat, Williams surprised both coach and contestant with a last-minute steal, promising Hawthorne another shot at glory.

"The Voice" returns Tuesday night at 8/7 Central on NBC.

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<![CDATA["House of Cards" President More Popular Than Obama]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:12:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/presidents-media-trip.jpg

Who's more popular – Frank Underwood or Barack Obama?

Fictional U.S. President Frank Underwood of "House of Cards" is one of several on-screen world leaders viewed more favorably than real-life President Obama, a recent poll by Reuters has found.

Underwood, the "House of Cards" character played by Kevin Spacey, is viewed favorably by 57 percent of Americans — even though the Netflix series depicts him orchestrating several deaths, including slayings of a lawmaker and journalist.

"The West Wing" Commander-in-Chief Josiah Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen in the NBC series that ran from 1999 to 2006, performed even better, getting high marks from 82 percent of viewers.

Other television presidents who were rated include Fitzgerald Grant of ABC's "Scandal," who was viewed favorably by 60 percent, and David Palmer of Fox series "24," with 89 percent.

"Battlestar Galactica's" President Laura Roslin, played by Mary McDonnell, drew a 78 percent favorable rating.

Obama trailed his on-screen rivals, with 46 percent favorability. The poll showed that 54 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Obama, the news agency reported.

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<![CDATA[Vin Diesel Names Daughter After Paul Walker]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:56:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/168245681.jpg

Almost 16 months after "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker was killed in a tragic car accident, co-star and friend Vin Diesel has done something to keep the late actor's memory "part of his family."

Diesel shared on the "Today" show Monday that he and longtime girlfriend Paloma Jimenez named their daughter Pauline as a tribute to Walker. 

"It felt like, you know, a way to keep his memory a part of my family and a part of my world," Diesel said in an interview. 

The "Furious 7" star said he felt the spirit of Walker, with whom he did five of the seven  "Fast and the Furious" films, was present when his daughter was born. 

"He was in the room," he recalled. "There's no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting this umbilical cord. I just ... knew he was there."

"Furious 7," Walker's last film, opens in theaters nationwide April 3.

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<![CDATA[ATVs Confiscated During "Ride Out" for Meek Mill]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:56:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Dirt-Bikes-Seized.jpg

Philadelphia Police seized dozens of ATVs and dirt bikes and arrested four people Saturday after riders took to the streets in preparation for a concert from local hip hop star Meek Mill.

Police told NBC10 they received word on social media that a "ride out" in honor of the 27-year-old rapper, born Robert Williams, was set to take place.  Meek grew up in Philadelphia and was active in the dirt bike riding community. His “Welcome Back” concert began at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.

"We just got wind on social media that there might be a ride out for this concert," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Dennis Wilson.

A citywide crackdown began at noon. The riders were spotted in North Philadelphia and Hunting Park throughout the day. Police told NBC10 they followed one group of riders who traveled from North Philadelphia to the Philadelphia Zoo before abandoning their vehicles and then running into a nearby garage. Police then took the vehicles without incident.

In all, police confiscated 68 dirt bikes and ATVs as well as three trucks.

"Two of the trucks were transporting stolen ATVs and dirt bikes," Wilson said. "Most of these seizures were a result of bikes that were trucked in. Some of these dirt bikes were just abandoned. The riders, when we closed in on them, jumped off and ran away."

In addition to the seized vehicles, police also made four arrests.

"One of the individuals we stopped had a gun on him," Wilson said. "He was arrested for the gun. Another individual had illegal drugs. Four of the bikes were stolen. We have two arrests on those bikes and I believe we have warrants in the pipeline for the other two individuals."

Wilson said the majority of the riders came from New York and Maryland and many did not know it was against the law to ride in the streets. 

"They were responding to what they saw on social media and they thought they were allowed to be part of the ride out, which of course was illegal," Wilson said.

One man whose vehicle was confiscated spoke to NBC10.

"We all heard about it from the same place, all over the media where everybody else heard it," said the man, who did not want to be identified. "No one actually knew it was illegal. We were just there to show a cause for children."

The man told NBC10 he hopes he can get his bike back so that he can get back to New York.

Both dirt bikes and ATVs are illegal on city streets. For years, police have tried to crack down on city dirt bike riders but are not allowed to pursue them due to a department policy which makes it illegal to chase a vehicle that's only committing a moving violation.

"It's extremely dangerous," Wilson said. "It causes auto accidents. There's always the possibility that we have individuals on the sidewalk that are gonna be hit by these dirt bikes."

Despite the fact that it's illegal, dirt bike and ATV riding in the streets is a popular activity in Philly, especially during the spring and summer months. Wilson still had a warning for riders however.

"When we catch you, we're gonna seize them," Wilson said. "You're not gonna be allowed to get them back."

<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon's Thank-You Notes]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 09:54:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-03-21+at+9.10.40+AM.png Jimmy Fallon writes thank-you notes to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Wichita State University Mascot and hand warmers. ]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Grande, Fallon Have a Sing-Off]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 09:45:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_167881_0864.JPG

Ariana Grande had a singing contest with Jimmy Fallon on Friday’s episode of “The Tonight Show.”

Grande and Fallon pretended to be selfie-obsessed teenage girls who eventually decided to have a sing-off during his recurring sketch "EW!"

Wanna see who was the better vocalist? The answer shouldn’t be a surprise, but you can still check out both give it their best shot in the video above.

Michael Strahan, Channing Tatum, Will Ferrell, and Zac Efron have also worn dresses for Fallon's TeenNick Spoof sitcom.

Photo Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Free Italian Ice on First Day of Spring]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:25:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ritas+italian+ice+first+day+of+spring.jpg

Winter weather can't shake the celebration of spring, which residents are celebrating with free treats from Rita's Italian Ice.

Hundreds of people have passed through Rita's on New Britain Avenue for a free scoop that seems better suited to six months from now.

But as of 6:45 p.m. Friday, it's officially spring, and Rita's won't let a little snow shake a tradition 23 years strong.

"It's a little cold but the best things in life are free," said customer Sam Bolorin.

Rita's locations around the country, including 11 in Connecticut, are offering free Italian ice until 9 p.m. Find a store near you.

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<![CDATA[Seth's Story: Getting Drunk for Work]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:50:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Drunk+Story.png Seth Meyers got really drunk while filming a St. Patrick’s Day segment for “Late Night,” but his wife can't complain because "it was for work." ]]> <![CDATA[Watch: Emotional Interview With Ben Stiller]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:41:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Ben+Stiller1.JPG Jimmy Fallon and Ben Stiller have a conversation with each other while adapting to random emotional situations.

Photo Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Watch: “Tonight Show” Hashtags #IOnceOverheard]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:36:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Hashtags1.png In light of murder suspect Robert Durst's possible confession in The Jinx, Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #IOnceOverheard.]]> <![CDATA[Will Ferrell Transforms Into Little Debbie]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:09:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-03-19+at+6.34.32+AM.png

Will Ferrell is the new face of Little Debbie snack cakes.

The actor and comedian stopped by “The Tonight Show” Wednesday dressed as the snack icon Little Debbie, sporting her signature blue gingham-print dress, a curly red wig under a straw hat and black Mary Janes.

Ferrell, who is making the talk-show rounds to promote his latest movie “Get Hard,” explained to Fallon why he's been force to take on this new venture.

"Let's be honest, Jim: I'm not the Hollywood hunk I once was," Ferrell said. "This mug ain't makin' the moolah like it used to. I got a mouth to feed. Specifically, my mouth."

This Little “Debbie,” who repeatedly referred to Fallon as “Jim,” was a little stingier then most corporate sponsored guests. After asking the audience if they enjoyed the famous snack cakes — building up expectations for free samples — Ferrell told them to buy their own.

“You can buy one, you can buy, everyone can buy one,” Ferrell said as he pointed towards the crowd.

The “SNL” alum, who demanded to be called Debbie, claimed to be a Little Debbie cakes expert who could tell the difference between “a Debbie snack cake and a baked potato” with his eyes closed.

Fallon put Ferrell up to the challenge and pulled out a plate with a hot potato and a Little Debbie snack cake.

“A delicious cake with cream filling, white icing and fudge trimming — I know a little Zebra Cake when I can taste one,” Ferrell said of his selection.

The “Elf” star then sang a rendition of the famous jingle before skipping around the studio passing out sweet treats to the audience.

<![CDATA[Watch: Will Ferrell is Little Debbie]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:15:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Will+Ferrell.JPG Will Ferrell, dressed as Little Debbie, announces that he's the new spokesperson for the snack cakes company.

Photo Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Watch: Seth Meyers Does St.Patrick's Day]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 05:45:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Does+St.+Paddy%27s+Day.JPG In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Seth Meyers stopped by a local New York City bar to drink and chat with fellow partygoers.

Photo Credit: Lloyd Bishop/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Watch: “Tonight Show’s” The Big Question]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 05:37:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+The+Big+Question.png Jimmy Fallon sends his writer Arthur out to the streets on Manhattan to ask St. Patrick's Day partygoers one really, really long question.]]> <![CDATA[Premiere Date Announced for "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!"]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:10:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/33827bbe43dc4db1bb785de21ca7c559.jpg

The SyFy network has announced a premiere date for "Sharknado 3."

"Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" will air on July 22 at 9 p.m., the network announced Wednesday.

“We wanted this third title to boldly go where no shark movie has gone before," said Chris Regina, SyFy's senior vice president of program strategy. "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! embraces the larger-than-life irreverence that has made these movies so popular and entertaining.”

This year, the toothy storm terrorizes Washington, D.C., with Washington Redskins tackle Tom Compton in a cameo role as a reporter. The Sharknado will then barrel down to Florida.

Ian Ziering and Tara Reid will reprise their roles as Fin and April, with David Hasselhoff as Fin's father, Gil; and Bo Derek as April's mother, May.

In the movie, Dallas Mavericks owner and "Shark Tank" star Mark Cuban will play the president of the United States. Conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter will be vice president.

The network previously said Jerry Springer will play a tourist and 'N Sync singer Chris Kirkpatrick will be a pool lifeguard.

According to DCist, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann filmed a scene for the cult phenomenon in D.C. last week.

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<![CDATA[Robin Thicke, Paula Patton Granted Divorce]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:23:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Paula-Patton-Robin-Thicke.jpg

Paula Patton and Robin Thicke are another step closer to divorce.

The actress from "Precious" and "2 Guns" was granted a divorce Tuesday from the "Blurred Lines" singer in Los Angeles. Their legal split will go into effect April 14.

The 39-year-old actress and 38-year-old singer announced they were separating last year after nine years of marriage. They have a 4-year-old son.

Patton was the inspiration behind much of Thicke's music and appeared in some of his videos.

Thicke promoted his latest album, "Paula," last summer with several public appearances accompanied by reconciliation pleas.

Photo Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]]>