<![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 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:05:09 -0500 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:05:09 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth Sport Mullets ]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:16:12 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-03-06+at+6.12.03+AM.png

Two of Australia’s finest exports, Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth, donned mullets to play a game of Musical Beers.

Jackman is no stranger to the “business in the front, party in the back” hairstyle. The actor, who was on “The Tonight Show” Thursday promoting his sci-fi action movie “Chappie,” sported a mullet in the movie as well as when he met his wife 19 years earlier.

“I thought it was going to remind her of the early days when she fell in love with me,” Jackman said of his "Chappie" hairstyle. “Not so much. She told me to put a bag over my head.”

The host, never one to pass on a good joke, pulled out two mullet hair wigs for them to wear.

“Let’s keep these on for the rest of the interview,” Fallon said.

Fallon then invited Jackman to play the adult version of musical chairs, Musical Beers, and brought out “SNL” favorites Colin Jones, Kate McKinnon and Bobby Moynihan, as well as the show's host this weekend, Chris Hemsworth, to join the game.

Hemsworth, noticing Jackman’s hairstyle, requested a mullet of his own to rock.

In this version of the game, the group walked around a table while The Roots’ Questlove played the pop hit “Bang Bang” by Ariana Grande and Jessie J. When the music stopped, the contestants had to grab a cub of beer and whoever was empty handed stepped out.

The players dwindled quickly, and Jackman was knocked out early. In the end Fallon and Hemsworth were the last men standing, going head-to-head for the last cup. But it was a fast-acting move by the “Wolverine” actor, and not merit alone, that gave Fallon the game-winning beer. 

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<![CDATA[Musical Beers with Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:48:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Beer+Muscial+Chairs.JPG It's every person for themselves as Jimmy Fallon, Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth, Kate McKinnon, Colin Jost and Bobby Moynihan compete in an intense game that puts an adult twist on musical chairs.

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<![CDATA[Bad Sponsors: At-Home Lasik, Filthy Origami]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:02:50 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Bad+Sponsors.png “Late Night’s” overhead was getting expensive and the show was forced to take on advertisers that Seth isn’t very proud of.]]> <![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:39:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA["Tonight Show" Hashtags: #SpringBreakRaps]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:15:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Hashtags+Raps.png With spring break around the corner for many students, Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #SpringBreakRaps]]> <![CDATA[Harrison Ford Hurt in Plane Crash]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:58:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/accidente-harrison-ford.jpg

Harrison Ford's family says the actor is "battered, but OK" after crash landing a single-engine vintage plane onto a Venice golf course shortly after takeoff Thursday.

Ford,  an experienced pilot, was hospitalized and expected to undergo surgery for some injuries. His family said he is in stable condition.

"He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man. Thank you for all your thoughts and good vibes for my dad," Ben Ford, the actor's son, posted on his Twitter page.

Ford reported engine trouble shortly after takeoff and tried to return to the airport, according to the NTSB. His publicist said he was flying a World War II vintage plane at the time.

"He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely," his publicist said in a statement. "He was banged up and is in the hospital receiving medical care. The injuries sustained are not life threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery."

Dr. Sanjay Khurana, a spinal surgeon on the course, braved a potentially explosive situation to help the actor.

"I did a brief exam and I smelled the fuel and I didn't want it to ignite," he told NBC4.

As he was examining the pilot, the doctor realized he was looking at a familiar face.

"I watched 'Star Wars' as a kid. I think we all did, right? 'Raiders of the Lost Arc' ... iconic films.

"I wanted to do my best. I tried my best to help someone in distress."

Aerial footage of the minutes after the crash showed the small single-engine vintage World War II trainer plane crashed on the ground at Penmar Golf Club. One person could be seen being treated by paramedics.

Fire and NTSB officials said the emergency landing was handled skillfully, and no one else was injured.

Firefighters described his injuries as "moderate."

In a 2008 interview with National Geographic, Ford talked about his love of flying.

"I fly myself everywhere. I like all kinds of flying, including practical flying for search and rescue. And I also like to fly into the backcountry, usually the Frank Church Wilderness in Idaho," the "Indiana Jones" actor told the magazine. "I go with a group of friends, and we set up camp for about five days and explore little dirt strips and canyons."

He also recalled helming a helicopter when it was forced to crash.

"Well, there was a mechanical failure while we were practicing power recovery autorotations. It was more or less a hard landing," he recalled. "Luckily, I was with another aviation professional and neither of us was hurt — and both of us are still flying."

The cause of Thursday's plane crash is not yet known.

Witnesses saw the plane clip a tree before coming down.

"We saw this beautiful plane. It looks like a plane I see often, leaving from Santa Monica Airport," said Howard Teba, who was at the golf course when the plane crashed. "Must have hit the top of a tree."

Teba said it appeared that the pilot was the only person on board the plane. Two men who are apparently doctors were golfing at the time and came to the actor's aid, Teba said.

The plane crashed on the golf course just west of the airport shortly after takeoff from the Santa Monica Airport, according to Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Ford's career in Hollywood took off after he starred as Han Solo in "Star Wars" in 1977, but it was his role as the adventurous protagonist in the "Indiana Jones" movies that became his most iconic.

After six decades of acting, the actor still stars in blockbuster hits like the baseball sports drama "42" and has signed on for another film reprising his futuristic thriller "Blade Runner."

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<![CDATA[Felicity Huffman Inherited Madonna's Underwear]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:53:45 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Felicity+Huffman.JPG Felicity Huffman once inherited Madonna's underwear when she took over the Material Girl's dressing room during her stage debut of "Speed the Plow."

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<![CDATA[Watch: "Tonight Show" Audience Suggestion Box]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:16:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Tonight+Show+Audience+Suggestion+Box.png Jimmy Fallon reads suggestions from the audience, including one that asks to hear the guy who recorded AOL's "you've got mail" line, Elwood Edwards.]]> <![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon and Zoe Kravitz Play Giant Beer Pong]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:10:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_167611_1356.JPG

Zoe Kravitz almost missed her “Tonight Show” appearance.

The "Divergent" actress was stuck in rush hour traffic Wednesday, and like a true New Yorker, jumped out of the car and hopped on the subway.

“People were calling to tell me I was late,” Kravitz said. “I was like, ‘I’m on D train.’ It was so much faster.”

Fallon asked the offspring of rocker Lenny Kravitz to thank her father for randomly picking him and his wife up at an airport in the Bahamas and getting them drunk off “Dark and Stormys.” Apparently, Fallon’s driver — who happened to be a friend of Kravitz — couldn’t make it to the airport and asked the "Fly Away" musician for a favor.

“I was like ‘What are you doing here man?’” Fallon said, confused about the encounter.

“I’m here to pick you up an take you to your boat,” Kravitz said.

The host, enamored by the Grammy Award winner’s humble gesture, proclaimed to be “officially in love with Lenny Kravitz as a human being.”

Fallon then challenged Zoe Kravitz to a game of Giant Beer Pong. The two players took turns attempting to throw giant Ping-Pong balls into oversized red Solo cups. And just like the famous drinking game, every time a player scored, the opponent had to chug a cup of beer.

Kravitz went first and nailed her shot like a college champ. Fallon went next, but failed to score a point.

“Jimmy, I’m disappointed,” said Kravitz. “You talked all this smack before the show,”

Both contestants failed to score on their second round, but Fallon did make a shot on his third try, forcing Zoe to take a drink.

“Chug it all,” Fallon rallied.

With the score tied, the next player to make a shot would win the game. Watch the video above to see who was declared the Giant Beer Pong Champion.



Photo Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC
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<![CDATA[Watch: Giant Beer Pong With Zoë Kravitz]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:39:51 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Zoe+Kravitz.JPG Jimmy Fallon and "Divergent" star Zoë Kravitz go head-to-head in a giant game of Beer Pong.

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<![CDATA[Seth Meyers' Dad Was a "Magnum P.I." Doppelganger]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:28:27 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Magnum+PI.png Growing up, Seth Meyers and his brother were sure their father — who looks like Tom Selleck — was Thomas Magnum from the TV series "Magnum, P.I." Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to win the Magnum, P.I. look-alike contest. ]]> <![CDATA[Watch: The Time Ansel Elgort's Mom Met Bruce Willis]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:30:00 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Ansel+Elgort.JPG Ansel Elgort talks to Jimmy Fallon about presenting at the Oscars and revealed his mom's lack of pop culture awareness.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Pros and Cons of Watching "Empire"]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:03:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Pros+and+Cons2.png The Fox show's popularity inspired Jimmy Fallon to weigh the good and bad of getting invested in the hip-hop soap opera “Empire."]]> <![CDATA[No Camping at Dead's Last Shows]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:24:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/199*120/85921011.jpg

Bad news, Grateful Dead fans: Overnight parking or camping won't be allowed outside Soldier Field during the band’s Chicago farewell shows in July, despite the efforts of many petitioners.

Soldier Field spokesperson Luca Serra said Tuesday that officials decided not to permit overnight parking or camping during the Grateful Dead's "Fare Thee Well" tour after an assessment by the Chicago Park District and other city agencies.

More than 11,000 Grateful Dead fans signed a petition earlier this year asking officials to allow concert-goers to stay in the lots outside the venue, citing safety concerns with driving during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

“While we understand the desires of some of the community excited about the band’s last performances, the decision was made with the health and safety of concertgoers and lakefront visitors as top of mind during this busy weekend,” Serra said in a statement.

Serra said Soldier Field shares the campus with three museums and a harbor and is close to the “very populated” South Loop community, which is why camping is typically not allowed.

“For those traveling, we recommend staying at Chicago’s exceptional hotels to experience all that Chicago has to offer during their stay,” Serra said.

Camping is a tradition for many Dead fans and typically led to what some described as a tent city, where people would often sell food, drinks and other goods outside venues.

The band’s three-day 50th anniversary performance is scheduled to take place during the Fourth of July weekend is said to be their “last-ever performance together.”

Tickets for the highly anticipated event sold out within moments Saturday, causing prices to soar as high as $116,000 on resale sites like StubHub.



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<![CDATA[Vince Vaughn Recreates Stock Photos]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:46:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/vince+vaughn+stock+1.jpg

Much like b-roll, stock photos can get… monotonous. Not anymore, thanks to actors in Vince Vaughn’s new movie "Unfinished Business."

The cast of the movie, which comes out Friday, teamed up with iStock by Getty Images to create new, free stock photos featuring Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tim Wilkinson and other co-stars.

The images showcase classic stock photography scenes like meetings, presentations, coworker excitement and more.

“iStock grew out of the small business sector and understanding the needs of SMBs and creatives is part of our DNA,” Craig Peters, General Manager of iStock, said in a statement. “We hope these images bring a smile to people’s faces as they recognise classic business stock concepts with a twist.”

The hilarious star stock images will be offered in sets of four, with the first set already available on iStock.

The next sets will be released on the March 9 and 16 and a “best of” selection will be available on March 23.



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<![CDATA[Top 10 Towns for Families in Connecticut]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:36:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/d1b87808249e433ab8dd3c142789d912.jpg

Consumer advocacy site NerdWallet has released a list of top towns for young families in Connecticut, and Hartford County dominates the top 10.

The study pulls data from the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey and factors in home affordability, growth and prosperity pertaining to average family income, family friendliness and quality of education.

The top 10 rank as follows:

  1. Simsbury: Located just outside of Hartford, this 345-year-old town is known for its high-quality schools and relative affordability. Families can enjoy spending time outside on the 84-mile Farmington Canal Heritage Trail.
  2. Trumbull: Situated in Fairfield County, Trumbull's location allows for an easy commute to New York City, as well as employment opportunities at local companies. Trumbull schools are highly rated.
  3. Kensington: This section of Berlin is known for its affordability and easy access to Hartford, which is less than 15 miles away. Kensington is located on the New Haven-Springfield commuter line, which is set to launch in 2016.
  4. Glastonbury: Residents of Glastonbury have seen an 85 percent increase in average family income since 1999. The town is known for its schools and proximity to Fortune 500 companies such as United Technologies and Aetna. Glastonbury maintains a small-town vibe with events such as the annual Apple Harvest Festival, 40 years strong.
  5. Orange: Despite relatively high living expenses, Orange is home to quality schools. More than a third of families living in Orange have children under the age of 18. The town hosts the annual Orange County Fair, a tradition that began in 1898.
  6. Wethersfield: The second-oldest town in the state is home to a large number of families with young children. The average family income has jumped 89 percent since 1999.
  7. Newington: Families in Newington enjoy a lower cost of living. The town is located just seven miles from Hartford but maintains a strong sense of community with its annual Waterfall Festival, which celebrates a 16-foot natural waterfall in Mill Pond Park.
  8. Winsted: Residents of Winsted enjoy close proximity to Bradley International Airport. The town, which contains "the gateway to the Berkshire Mountains," is located in the northwest hills of Connecticut.
  9. Portland: The smallest of the top 10 towns, Portland is home to just over 5,600 residents. Despite its small size, Portland is rife with history. It was one of the country's most important brownstone suppliers in the 1800s, evidences by quarries that line the downtown section.
  10. North Haven: Located 10 miles from Yale University, North Haven is home to Quinnipiac University's graduate programs. Families can enjoy hiking, rock climbing and horseback riding in nearby Sleeping Giant State Park, which is located in Hamden.

Learn more about the study and see the full list of top 47 towns online.



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<![CDATA[Mohegan Sun Reveals Plans for Earth Hotel]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:24:13 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mohegan+sun+casino+generic.jpg

Mohegan Sun Casino, already one of the largest entertainment, gaming, dining and resort destinations in the country, will expand further with a second hotel tower in Uncasville.

The casino unveiled plans for the interior and exterior design of a new 400-room Earth Hotel tower were unveiled at a news conference Thursday.

The $120 million project is modeled after the Sky Hotel, which opened in 2002.

The hotel is expected to employ more than 1,000 people with construction and permanent jobs, according to Mohegan Sun.

Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman attended the announcement alongside Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority CEO Mitchell Etess and Mohegan Tribe Chairman Kevin "Red Eagle" Brown.

The hotel is expected to open in 2016.

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<![CDATA[Free Pancakes for a Good Cause]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:34:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Oat+Pancakes+Edited.jpg

It’s National Pancake Day and you can get free pancakes at IHOP today for a good cause.

The restaurant is offering customers one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in the hopes that you’ll pay it forward by making a voluntary donation to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospital for Children, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or other local charities.

The tradition of Pancake Day dates back several centuries to when the English prepared for fasting during Lent, according to a news release from IHOP, but the IHOP tradition is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The National Pancake Day giveaway runs from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3 to celebrate the “Decade of Giving.”

“It’s both incredible and incredibly gratifying that we are now marking a full decade of National Pancake Day, which has become not only a favorite of guests, but of our franchisees and team members,” Julia Stewart, interim president of International House of Pancakes, LLC, said in a statement. “Little did we dream, ten years ago, that thanks to the generosity of our guests, we would be able to raise $16 million dollars, one short stack at a time, and make a substantial difference in the lives of the children in our local communities!”

There are at least seven IHOP locations in Connecticut. Find the closest one to you here.



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<![CDATA[Last Line of the News Story: Apple iCar, Kosher Pot]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:09:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Last+Line+News+Story.png Since most people only read headlines to get the gist of an article, Seth Meyers reveals some interesting facts hidden in the “last line” of news stories.]]> <![CDATA[Ryan Reynolds Talks About Fatherhood]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:14:43 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_167609_0433.JPG

Ryan Reynolds loves being a father, but admitted that he could use more sleep.

The “Green Lantern” actor stopped by “The Tonight Show” Monday to talk about his new movie “The Woman in Gold” and chatted with Jimmy Fallon about his newborn daughter's "sleep allergy."

"We think that she thinks she's protecting us from the sleep monsters," Reynolds said. "She's like, 'Oh, I gotta keep them up or the sleep monsters will get them’.”

The 38-year-old actor even tried using “that Baby Einstein Stuff” to get the 9-week-old to nap, but revealed a major flaw in this method.

“For me, that's like horse tranquilizer," Reynolds joked. "I could go down on a lit stove."

Fallon then challenged Reynolds, who had yet to win a game on “The Tonight Show,” to play a round of “Egg Russian Roulette.”

“I always like to lose when I come play fun games,” Reynolds quipped. “I lost in Old Man Shuffleboard and Water War.”

Egg Russian Roulette is played with a carton of 12 eggs — eight boiled and four raw. Each contestant takes turns selecting one egg at a time and smashing it over their head. The first person to crack two raw eggs loses.

Reynolds went first, and feeling good about his choice, crushed the egg over his head without hesitation.

“In your face Jimmy,” he gloated while pointing at his opponent.

Next, Fallon selected an egg and immediately seemed to regret his choice.

“Oh no, I already know what’s going to go down,” Fallon cried as he broke a raw egg over his head.

The actor hit a streak of beginners luck, selecting a hard boiled egg on his second and third round.

“I’m still going to dinner after this,” Reynolds joked.

The host was also able to salvage his hair from yolk on his next two turns.

Reynolds finally picks one he’s “not confident about,” shaking the raw egg nervously as he smashed it over his head.

With the score tied, Fallon suggested they each grab an egg and simultaneously crack them on their heads.

Watch the clip to see if Reynolds was finally able to break his “Tonight Show” game losing streak.



Photo Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Watch: "History of Duets" With Kelly Clarkson]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:39:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Kelly+Clarkson.JPG Jimmy Fallon and Kelly Clarkson perform a medley of the greatest duets of all time including including Sonny and Cher‘s “I Got You Babe,” Human League‘s “Don’t You Want Me" and Elton John‘s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

Photo Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Watch: Egg Russian Roulette with Ryan Reynolds]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:24:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Falln+Ryan+Reynolds.JPG Jimmy Fallon and Ryan Reynolds take turns smashing eggs on their heads without knowing which are cooked and which are raw.

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<![CDATA[Disneyland Memorabilia Auction Fetches $1.7 Million]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:51:50 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/1350768.jpg

A Disneyland memorabilia collector has taken a cue from the movie "Frozen" and decided to "Let It Go."

Van Eaton Galleries says nearly 1,000 items — including a bird from the Enchanted Tiki Room and an original "Pirates of the Caribbean" skeleton — brought in $1.7 million during a weekend auction held online and in Sherman Oaks, California.

Bids came from around the world.

The top seller was a green 1970s-era animatronic Tiki Room bird, which fetched $153,400. The 1967 "Pirates" skeleton, which holds a cutlass and chugs from a bottle, went for $129,800.

Other items offered by the anonymous collector were the original Frontierland cigar store Indian, a 1960s Mark Twain Riverboat life preserver, a doll from "It's a Small World" and poster artwork for "Captain EO."

Prices included a buyer's premium, which is an additional charge on the winning bid.



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<![CDATA[Stallone Breaks Up Movie Set Fight]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:35:47 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Stallone-AP.jpg

Sylvester Stallone played peacemaker after a real life fight broke out during filming of the new Rocky movie “Creed” in Aston, Pennsylvania, Monday.

TMZ first reported a boxer/actor jumped out of the boxing ring while a scene was being filmed and attacked an actor who was playing his corner coach. Sources confirmed with NBC10 there was an altercation on the set and that Stallone helped break up the fight.

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Sources said the fight was minor and no one was seriously injured. They have not yet revealed, however, what led to the fight.

Crews for the upcoming movie have been filming in several locations in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.

The movie focuses on the grandson of Apollo Creed, the fictional rival of the famous Rocky Balboa, who is now working with Balboa to help become a boxing champion. It will be the seventh film in the "Rocky" franchise.

Along with Stallone, the film stars Michael B. Jordan, who will play Apollo’s grandson, and is directed by Ryan Coogler. Coogler’s first film, “Fruitvale Station,” garnered critical acclaim and also starred Jordan in the lead role as Oscar Grant, an Oakland man who was killed by a police officer.

“Creed” is scheduled to be released Nov. 25.

Here are pictures and video from the set:



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Man Tapes Mentos on Body, Bathes in Coke]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:27:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-03-02+at+11.59.29+AM.png

Check out this video bubbling up around the Internet.

Well known YouTube user Hajime taped Mentos candies all over his body and jumped into a tub full of Coke Zero.

The resulting messy video has been viewed over 6 million times and doesn’t appear to be fizzling out anytime soon. 

The video was posted in July 2014, but it only recently went viral.

A similar video of a man covered in Mentos being submerged in Coke also captured a lot of attention last summer.  


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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Gaga, Vaughn Take Polar Plunge]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:07:20 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages_464871214.jpg Lady Gaga, her fiance Taylor Kinney and actor Vince Vaughn joined thousands for Chicagoans in an icy dip into Lake Michigan for the annual Polar Plunge on Sunday, March 1, 2015.

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<![CDATA[Gaga, Vaughn Take Polar Plunge]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:21:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages_464871218.jpg

Lady Gaga and Vince Vaughn joined more than 4,500 Chicagoans in an icy dip into Lake Michigan for the annual Polar Plunge on Sunday to support the Special Olympics.

"It’s too late to turn back now," Vaughn told the crowd before heading into the icy waters. "Let’s just get out and have some fun.

The "Wedding Crashers" actor and Lake Forest native was dressed in his Chicago Blackhawks jersey and jeans. He first went in up to his knees, then slowly fell backward in the water.

While Vaughn was the guest of honor at the event, Lady Gaga's appearance was a surprise. Polar Plunge spokeswoman Maura Bruton confirmed to The Associated Press that Gaga participated in the plunge.

She entered the water on the shoulders of her fiance, Taylor Kinney, star of "Chicago Fire." Kinney was scheduled to participate in the event his year with co-stars David Eigenberg and Randy Flagler. All three participated in last year's event.

Last year, "Tonight Show " host Jimmy Fallon helped raise more than $1 million at the event. Fallon jumped into Lake Michigan wearing a suit and tie.

But don't expect him to participate in the plunge any time soon. On "The Tonight Show" segment following the 2014 Polar Plunge, Fallon said "absolutely not" to a repeat.

"I'll donate money. I'll do whatever else. I'm not -- I mean, that was just crazy," Fallon said.

Fortunately for Vaughn and others, this year's weather for the Polar Plunge wasn't as bad as last year's when temperatures barely reached the teens. Despite suffering one of the coldest Februaries on record in Chicago, the temperature was above 20 degrees Sunday.

The warmth of the air, however, is not much of an indication for the warmth of the water. More than 85 percent of Lake Michigan was covered in ice, and the consistent record-breaking low temperatures this winter meant the water was downright icy cold.

Regarding the Chicago brand of cold, however, Vaughn had another advantage over Fallon. The actor grew up in suburban Lake Forest, while Fallon grew up in New York. As cold as the winters can be in New York, Chicagoans know that's one area where Chicago often overcomes its second-city status.

Vaughn is no stranger to daring stunts on North Avenue Beach. In 2010, he jumped out of an airplane at the Chicago Air and Water Show and landed -- safely -- on the beach. As Casey Hogan, the president of Special Olympics Chicago, the beneficiary of the event, said, jumping into a lake should be easy in comparison.

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia also took the plunge Sunday. Last year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel participated with Fallon after challenging the comedian to do the stunt.

This year's event had a record 4,500 people register to take the plunge, and participants raised $1.1 million.



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<![CDATA[For Dakota Johnson, "SNL" Is a Family Affair]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:08:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Dakota-Johnson-SNL-Feb-28.jpg

“Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson revealed during her first hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” a special connection to the show.

In her opening monologue, Johnson said that her dad, Don Johnson, proposed to her mom, Melanie Griffith, after Griffith hosted “SNL” in December of 1988.

“And exactly nine months later, I was born,” she said. “So I must have been conceived that night, after the show. Or maybe even during the show.”

The camera cut to the audience where Dakota's Johnson's parents were seated, shielding their eyes with their hands in the cameo.

Asked if they were embarrassed by the story, Don Johnson told Dakota they were just afraid she was "going to be naked."

Johnson’s monologue was followed up with a send-up of Toyota's Super Bowl ad that showed a father dropping off his daughter at the airport so she can join the military. In "SNL's" version, the seemingly heartwarming father-daughter moment turned out to be a recruiting ad for a terrorist group.

“Dad, it’s just ISIS,” the girl (Johnson) tells her father (Taran Killam) before climbing into a pickup truck filled with heavily-armed militants. Cue the tagline: “ISIS: We’ll take it from here, Dad.”

The host (playing herself) also fielded questions from a surprisingly well-informed fourth-grader (Kyle Mooney) at a “Fifty Shades of Grey” press junket.

“I gotta ask—does your character play video games?” he asked.

“Um, I don’t think she does,” Johnson replied.

“Oh, of course—she prefers twisted games of sexual domination,” he concluded.

The first “SNL” episode since the Oscars opened with “Giuliani,” a spoof of the Oscar-winning film “Birdman” that lampooned the former New York mayor’s divisive comments about President Barack Obama. During a break from a guest appearance on FOX News with host Gretchen Carlson (Vanessa Bayer), Rudy Giuliani (Killam) grapples with the voice of his conscience (Beck Bennett).

Weekend Update co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che credited ISIS with “a devastating psychological attack that made us question everything we believed in,” also known as #TheDress. (Jost said it was #whiteandgold. Che didn’t care.)

“Have you ever seen two groups of people look at the exact same image and have two totally different opinions about it?” an exasperated Jost asked Che.

“Yeah, I remember one time,” Che said, before a picture of Obama appeared onscreen.

Joining them at the desk was a remarkably spry Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (McKinnon), who dispelled any notions of retirement, even at 81.

“I might be the oldest justice on the bench, but that doesn’t mean I’m the closest to death,” she told Jost. “Have you seen Justice Scalia? He looks like he’s permanently hooked up to an IV bag of bolognese.

"Hey Scalia! Ya just got Gins-burned!” she crowed, before breaking into a dance at the desk.

Also making an appearance were Riblet (Moynihan), Che’s microphone-obsessed friend from high school, and Kanye West (Jay Pharoah), who rapped a series of overblown, self-centered apologies.

The band Alabama Shakes performed, with singer/guitarist Brittany Howard belting out “Gimme All Your Love” and “Don’t Wanna Fight No More” to roars of applause.

Another crowd favorite: "SNL’s" tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy, beloved for his role as Mr. Spock in “Star Trek.” In “Emergency Room,” two confused nurses (Johnson and Leslie Jones) try to help a dying patient (Killam), only to find that the doctor on call (Kenan Thompson) has arrived dressed as Worf, from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

During the goodbyes, cast members — and, from the audience, Don Johnson — saluted Nimoy with Spock’s iconic Vulcan farewell.

“SNL” returns March 7 featuring Chris Hemsworth and the Zac Brown Band.



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<![CDATA[Astronaut's Vulcan Tribute to Leonard Nimoy ]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:38:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/11036297_10153067319546772_6134829756795390802_n.jpg

American astronaut Terry Virts tweeted a photo tribute to actor Leonard Nimoy on Saturday from the International Space Station. 

Virts shared an image of the split-fingered Vulcan salute against the backdrop of Earth. It contained no written message, but comes a day after the death of 83-year-old Nimoy.

Nimoy played the half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock on the classic television series "Star Trek."

The actor was a native of Boston and the Massachusetts coastline is visible to the right of Virts' hand.

NASA tweeted its own tribute to Nimoy on Friday, explaining how so "many of us at NASA were inspired by Star Trek."

Other astronauts have been tweeting messages about Nimoy’s impact on their own careers.

"#RIP @TheRealNimoy who popularized #space travel for generations to come so we may live long and prosper," Scott Kelley said in a tweet.

Live Long and Prosper, Mr. #Spock!" tweeted Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, aboard the International Space Station.



Photo Credit: Terry Virts/ NASA
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<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon Asks: What Color is #TheDress?]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:27:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Jimmy-Fallon-Ponders-TheDress.jpg

The question that divided social media over the week also seemed to wreak havoc on "The Tonight Show" — or at least on the mind of its host.

“I apologize if I’m in a weird mood tonight," Jimmy Fallon said in his opening monologue Friday night. "I just lost all my friends over the color of a dress."

That would be #TheDress, which was so bafflingly polychromatic that it spawned a contentious debate (blue and black? white and gold?) and more than a few jokes.

“I think somebody should ask Obama, our country’s first gold president," he said.

“It’s gold history month,” quipped Fallon’s announcer, Steve Higgins.

Fallon wrestled with the question again in his weekly "Thank-You Notes" bit.

“Thank you, anonymous thief who stole Lupita Nyong’o’s $150,000 dress — or as the rest of the world calls it, not the dress we care about right now,” Fallon said. “It wasn’t blue and black, that’s all I’m saying.”

And when Fallon thanked the Cleveland Browns for introducing a new logo that's virtually identical to their old one ("more importantly: still not brown”), he nearly gave up on the question altogether.

“I don’t know what color anything is anymore," he said, before bursting into an impromptu “West Side Story”-styled song-and-dance number in the studio. (“Is it black and blue?! No it’s white and gold!”)

Comediennes Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, whose Comedy Central show "Broad City" is in its second season, visited "Tonight" to play a game of "Truth or Truth" with Fallon.

“Have you ever stolen anything?" Jacobson cooly asked Fallon.

“No,” Fallon deadpanned. “Just a couple of TVs.”

Besides trying to eke out gossipy details from each other's pasts, the guests and the host tried to stay as straight-faced as possible — and make the others crack up with hilariously over-the-top renditions of "truth or truth?"

Josh Hutcherson — known for his role as Peeta Mellark in "The Hunger Games" movies — also stopped by the studio to talk about his role in Ron Howard's upcoming project, "The Trailer." Naturally, Fallon asked him about his Twitter account.

“You can drunk-text, right?" Hutcherson said. "If you drunk-tweet, it’s like 2.1 million times worse. It can take 12 years to build a career, and you can ruin it in 140 characters or less.”



Photo Credit: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
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<![CDATA[Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson Play "Truth or Truth" on "Tonight"]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:51:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Jimmy-Fallon-Truth-or-Truth-Abbi-Jacobson-Idina-Glazer.jpg Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, stars of Comedy Central's "Broad City," join Jimmy Fallon on "Tonight" for a game of "Truth or Truth."

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<![CDATA[Watch: Jimmy Fallon Thanks Kale, the Cleveland Browns]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:55:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Thank-You-Notes-27-Feb.jpg Jimmy Fallon writes thank-you notes to Alaska, kale and the Cleveland Browns.

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<![CDATA[Nyong'o's Stolen Oscar Gown Found]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:15:47 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lupita-oscars-15.jpg

The missing pearl-covered $150,000 gown worn by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o at the Academy Awards has been returned to the West Hollywood hotel from which it was taken, apparently by the thief who stole it, authorities said.

Nicole Nishida of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said investigators were in possession of a dress similar to the one worn by Nyong'o.

The white dress believed to be the same one was found abandoned under a sink in a bathroom at the London West Hollywood hotel, the same hotel where the actress had been staying when it was stolen on Wednesday, Nishida said.

The person who had returned the dress had taken it to the downtown Los Angeles garment district and found out that the pearls were fake, Nishida said.

The dress, a white Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein gown decorated with 6,000 pearls, was a showstopper on the red carpet before Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.

Nyong'o won the Oscar for best supporting actress in 2014 for her portrayal of an abused slave in that year's best-picture winner, "12 Years a Slave."

She also appeared in the Liam Neeson thriller "Non-Stop" and will be seen in the highly anticipated "Stars Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens."

Kate Larsen contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[The Dress Debate: It's All About Perception]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:43:09 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/the-dress-B-1l26HXAAEJ48-.jpg

Whether you are gung-ho "white and gold" or a big believer in "blue and black," there is no question the great dress debate is dividing homes and offices across America.

Wallingford Eye Associates is no exception.

With his employees are dealing with quite the color conundrum, Dr. Thomas Conrod believes it all has to do with our visual perception.

“Our eyes just receive the images, but our brain processes the information, and sometimes our brain uses addition information, background information, to affect what we see,” said Conrod.

According to Conrod, the varying visuals are less about the dress and more about everything around it, from the background to the lighting and, in this particular picture, even the jacket.

“People perceive the amount of lighting on the dress to be different, so your visual cortex says ‘Well, there is more lighting in that room,’ so the color our eyes is actually seeing is affected by the information our brain is putting in as well,” Conrod said.

Conrod explained that an individual's visual perception can actually change, which is perhaps why some people just can't commit.

“I think each time I look at it, it looks different to me,” said Cheshire resident Jennie Flavell.

The company that designed the dress says it's made in blue and black.

But a picture is worth a thousand words and when it comes to this one, people clearly are not done talking.

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<![CDATA[Leonard Nimoy: He Lived Long and Prospered]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:34:36 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages_161468824_10_Spock.jpg

Leonard Nimoy's finest moment as Mr. Spock came in his death scene from 1982’s "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" as he haltingly bid James T. Kirk farewell: "I have been, and always shall be, your friend."

The dramatic, if temporary, goodbye underscored the most highly illogical – and winning – aspect of Nimoy's uptight, iconic Vulcan: Mr. Spock, in some respects, emerged as the most human member of the "Star Trek" universe.

Nimoy, who died Friday at age 83, will be remembered for that scene and many others from nearly a half-century’s worth of "Star Trek" TV episodes and movies. He'll also be remembered for embodying his wish for others, bestowed with a blessing-like V-shaped split of his fingers: Leonard Nimoy lived long and prospered.

Television viewers had never encountered a show like "Star Trek" before the space drama's 1966 debut on NBC, and they certainly never met a character like Mr. Spock. He spoke with a deep, calm voice, though he often said more with the raise of an eyebrow, which, like his ears and hair, was of the pointy variety.

Spock's first name was unpronounceable, and it could be harder at times to put into words what the data-spewing science officer was thinking as he shot quizzical looks at his crewmates on the Starship Enterprise.

Nimoy generated his most amusing moments when playing the preternaturally unflappable foil to William Shatner's often-impulsive Kirk and DeForest Kelley's excitable Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy.

But Nimoy made Spock far more than a spiky-eared straight man for his beloved scenery-chewing co-stars. Rather than portraying Spock as an automaton, he imbued him with a wry sense of humor, offering a balancing subtlety on a show that mixed melodrama and action with allegories during a turbulent social period.

Spock didn't understand humans – and he wasn't alone. That, combined with own identity crisis as a half human, half Vulcan, made him oddly relatable.

The crew's voyage to Omicron Ceti III, where Spock's human side – brimming with laughter and love – most memorably surfaced thanks to some spores and a woman named Leila, could have been played for laughs. But Nimoy, by emphasizing Spock's internal struggle, brought out the Vulcan's vulnerability.

Spock also brought out Nimoy's vulnerability. The actor, who also was a poet and photographer, grew sensitive about being pigeonholed and penned a 1975 memoir defiantly titled, "I Am Not Spock." He wrote a sequel 20 years later – "I Am Spock" – after growing to appreciate his role not only in entertainment history, but in helping inspire countless imaginations – including that of President Barack Obama, our Trekker-in-Chief – and a scientific revolution forged by geeks raised on "Star Trek."

Nimoy’s fans span decades and universes, from the short-lived first series to the franchise's movie-house rebirth to his parts in the two most recent "Star Trek" big-screen reboots, in which Spock meets his younger self, as portrayed by Zachary Quinto.

Nimoy, by bringing his uncommon talent to an uncommon character, leaves this planet as a TV and movie friend to legions of admirers able to see part of themselves in an alien who made the search for Spock one of pop culture's greatest adventures.

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multimedia NYCity News Service 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[WATCH: Leonard Nimoy's Most Memorable Moments]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:46:46 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages_161468824_10_Spock.jpg

"Star Trek" fans mourned the loss of Leonard Nimoy on social media Friday, sharing videos of the actor better known to millions as Mr. Spock and memorializing his best moments on the screen.

Perhaps the most poignant video clips shared after Nimoy's death were the scenes of his Spock character's death and funeral in the 1982 spinoff film "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan."

Nimoy died Friday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He had told Piers Morgan last year that he had developed the illness, 30 years after he'd quit smoking. "It can sneak up on you later," he said, and he urged his fans to quit smoking.

Back in 1993, Nimoy had made a guest appearance on "The Simpsons," sending up his own iconic character.

He made an appearance on the game show "What's My Line?" in the '70s as the show's titular mystery guest.

Check out the video for Nimoy's bizarre but infectious, and unmistakably '60s, hobbit-themed novelty song "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins":

Nimoy first appeared alongside his future "Star Trek" costar William Shatner in the 1964 film "U.N.C.L.E."



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