<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usFri, 02 Dec 2016 19:30:44 -0500Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:30:44 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Amy Schumer In Talks To Play Barbie in Live-Action Film ]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:38:40 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/barbieamy.jpg

For decades, young girls have looked up to Barbie. Now, another famous female role model, Amy Schumer, is in talks to play Mattel’s doll on the big screen.

A live-action Barbie film has been in the works since 2014, when producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald won the rights to the Barbie franchise. Since then, a slew of writers have mocked up scripts, trying to modernize the ’50s icon. Among the contenders, former “Community” writer Hilary Winston’s story stood out for its feminist bent that promotes a new idea about what constitutes beauty. The tale features a Barbie who doesn’t quite fit in with everyone else in Barbieland. After being cast out, she adventures to the real world, only to return home to save the day.

Deadline reports that Sony chief Tom Rothman personally approached Schumer about playing the film's lead. The actress and her sister, Kim Caramele, are expected to give Winston’s script a rewrite before the film’s summer 2018 release. 

Known for her punchy, progressive comedy, Schumer wrote and starred in the 2015 dramedy “Trainwreck,” for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination. The comedienne often criticizes and satirizes beauty standards in her sketch TV show, “Inside Amy Schumer.” 

As one of the breakout stars of 2015, Schumer doesn’t need another project on her hands unless it’s a perfect fit. She’s already set to appear in a film she co-wrote with her friend, Jennifer Lawrence, as well as in a mother-daughter comedy alongside Goldie Hawn. She’ll also try her hand at drama with “Thank You for Your Service,” a DreamWorks project on post traumatic stress disorder.



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<![CDATA[Smackdown: Luke Bryan Slaps Heckler From Stage With Mic]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:54:37 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lukesmack.jpg

Country star Luke Bryan took care of a heckler without skipping a beat during a concert this week by taking a swing at the man from the stage with his microphone still in hand.

Bryan was performing his single "Move" at the Charlie Daniels' all-star Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday when the outburst occurred. Fan video shows Bryan shouting, "Come on!" before stepping forward and slapping the man with his fingers while still holding onto the mic.

Bryan then continued with the song while seemingly unfazed by the incident.

Bryan's publicist says in a statement that the man was making "crude hand gestures" toward Bryan and that security personnel saw the man's "disruptive actions" and escorted him out.



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<![CDATA[Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Live Cam ]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:50:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rock+tree+ap.jpg

Watch a live feed (above) of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree around the clock. 

The 94-foot tall, 14-ton Norway spruce with 50,000 multicolored lights will be lit every day from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. until Jan. 7, except for Christmas Day, when it will stay lit for 24 hours.

The holiday tradition started in 1931. This year's tree came from the backyard of Angie and Graig Eichler in Oneonta in the northern foothills of New York's Catskill mountain range. 

After the holidays, it will be milled into lumber for Habitat for Humanity.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Singing Whisper Challenge with Emma Stone]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:38:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e047_582_whisperchallenge_20161201_1200x675_822669891668.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon and Emma Stone take turns guessing random song titles and lyrics while wearing noise-canceling headphones.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': #OfficePartyFail Hashtags]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:19:24 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FALLON_GettyImages-528518222.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #OfficePartyFail.

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<![CDATA[Mark Wahlberg's Old Mansion For Sale]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:29:15 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/193*120/12-1-16-Wahlberg-home.jpg A Beverly Hills mansion and fitness lovers' paradise previously owned by actor Mark Wahlberg is on the market.

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:01:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-626977484.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Showrunners Grapple With How To Depict Muslims Post-Election]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:11:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/muslimmuslim.jpg

Turns out President-elect Donald Trump isn't the only person with a Muslim dilemma.

Showrunners from some of the most popular shows on television, including ABC's "Quantico," and Showtime's "Homeland," said the negative hysteria surrounding the Muslim population following the presidential election has made their storytelling more difficult, as they attempt to weave intricate plots while steering clear of fueling anti-Muslim hysteria.

The plot lines of both shows often center around attempted terrorists attacks against the United States.

Approximately two weeks after Election Day, The New York Times gathered a select group of showrunners together to discuss Muslim representation on television. The roundtable included Howard Gordon, creator of both “24” and “Homeland,” and Joshua Safran creator of "Quantico," an ABC series about F.B.I. operatives.

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For his part, Safran vowed he'd never depict a Muslim as a terrorist on the show. 

"For me, it was important to not ever put a Muslim terrorist on our show," Safran said. "There hasn’t been one. This year we have the appearance of one — which is a spoiler. But it’s not true."

Gordon, also created "24," a show that often depicted Muslims as terrorists. When asked if he had any concerns about the storylines on "Homeland" being used as fodder to fuel anti-Muslim sentiment, Gordon responded, "The short answer is, absolutely, yes. On "Homeland," it’s an ongoing and very important conversation."

The roundtable discussed the necessity of bringing in diverse voices to the process. "If you bring in writers with different experiences, you get different stories, " said Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the Canadian series “Little Mosque on the Prairie.”

"I have great hope for the future," Nawaz told the Times. "I pitched a show to one of the networks about a Muslim family, and I was told by the executive, 'There is no way an American network is going to have a Muslim woman with a hijab on television. Get her out. We will not do it.' And then I watch 'Quantico' [which has a main character in a hijab]. I’m like, 'Oh my god. I’ve been vindicated.'"

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<![CDATA['Full House' Creator Buys Tanner House]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:44:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fullhousemain.jpg

The iconic "Full House" Tanner home had been on the market since May at a price tag of $4.15 million.

It finally sold this fall, the Hollywood Reporter first reported, to the perfect homeowner.

Veteran TV producer Jeff Franklin — creator of the 1987 hit TV series "Full House" — bought the 1709 Broderick Street home where the Tanner family "lived," located in the city's Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood.

Franklin paid about $4 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter, for the 2,985-square-feet home with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

Franklin posted a picture of himself on the steps of the house on Instagram. "My new house in San Francisco. Look familiar?!" he wrote.

The home's exterior, then painted white, was used as the Tanner family's residence in the original show. According to its listing on the Vanguard Properties website, the Charles Lewis Hinkel home was constructed in 1883 and is one of the city's finest examples of preserved Italianate, Victorian architecture. Inside scenes were filmed on a set in Burbank, California.

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<![CDATA[Still Packs a Punch: We Could All Use a Little "Hairspray"]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:07:28 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_175042_0008.jpg

Even mere descriptions of John Waters' 1970s trash-comedy classics – among them "Multiple Maniacs" and "Pink Flamingos" – packed the power to shock the faint of heart.

So imagine the surprise in 1988 when his first filth-free effort, the heartwarming and deceivingly gentle "Hairspray," emerged, in some respects, as his most subversive film of all. It's also proven Waters’ most enduring work, spawning a 2002 Broadway musical and a song-filled movie version five years later.

Waters' story of an oversized underdog dancing against racial intolerance twists its way onto NBC Dec. 7 with a live performance of the musical. The show returns at a time when we all could use a little "Hairspray."

The tale, set in 1962 racially torn Baltimore, offers an unlikely lead player: Tracy Turnblad, a plump, buoyant and bullied white teen. The beehive-sporting high schooler, who loves rocks-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues, finds initial bliss dancing on a local “American Bandstand”-like TV program, “The Corny Collins Show.” But the program is segregated, with black teens relegated to a monthly “Negro Day.”

Tracy and her pals’ big battle against small minds turns the seemingly innocuous reality TV show of its time into a spectacle pitting the forces of unity against the dividers.

The offbeat humor and sweetness wrapping the serious theme helped Waters break free of the cult-film label. The musical version, with upbeat, period-evoking songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, quickly gained a considerable following of its own. 

“Hairspray” follows older Broadway fare repurposed for TV in recent years – including NBC’s takes on “The Sound of Music,” “Peter Pan,” and “The Wiz” over the previous three Decembers, as well as Fox’s fun rendering of “Grease,” which aired in January.

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Hairspray Live!” boasts a cast featuring Harvey Fierstein, the gravelly voiced multi-talent who starred in the Tony-winning Broadway show. He again steps into the housedress of Waters’ drag muse Divine, who originated the role of Tracy’s agoraphobic mother Edna. Other big-name troupers set for the TV performance include Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Kristin Chenoweth and Rosie O’Donnell.

In keeping with past versions, the producers tapped an unknown – actress Maddie Baillio – to play Tracy. Sometime you need a fresh face to take a new look at an old, seemingly endless problem, and remind us that, at least in the movies and on stage, the happiest shock of all is when one person makes a difference.

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[LeBron James Is Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of Year]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:23:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/kingjamesja.jpg

LeBron James delivered on a promise and ended decades of Cleveland sports misery in 2016.

For leading the Cavaliers to an NBA title and ending the city's 52-year title drought, James was chosen as Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year on Thursday, joining Tiger Woods as the award's only two-time winners since its inception in 1954.

"I'm honored," James said following shootaround before the Cavs hosted the Los Angeles Clippers. "I'm more happy for my family, my kids, for my wife, my mom, and for my foundation, for the kids that I represent and the kids that use me as a role model and an inspiration."

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Appearing in his sixth straight NBA Finals in June, James rallied the Cavs from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the favored Golden State Warriors, who won 73 games during the regular season but couldn't put Cleveland away. James scored 41 points in Games 5 and 6 and made a key block in the final minutes of an epic Game 7, making the Cavs the first Cleveland major sports franchise to win a title since the Browns in 1964.

James was selected finals MVP for the third time in his career.

The 31-year-old James returned to Cleveland as a free agent in 2014 and pledged to bring a title to his home state. He did it in his second season, an achievement that ranks as the greatest accomplishment of his career.



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<![CDATA[Taking the Plunge: Michael Phelps Looks to Dip Into Tech ]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:30:06 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mikemikemike.jpg

Michael Phelps wants to dive into Silicon Valley's investment opportunities as he tries to make the transition from Olympic swimming star and product pitchman to entrepreneur.

"I would love to get involved, whether it's in a couple little startups here and there, take a little risk, have some fun and see where it goes," Phelps said in an interview during a recent visit to San Jose, California while appearing at an Intuit software conference.

For now, Phelps isn't providing any details about what he is going to do, though he says he has been getting advice from venture capitalists and other experienced investors in Silicon Valley startups.

Getting into tech investing would be a new direction for Phelps, whose business experience to date consists mostly of his own line of swimwear and endorsement deals with the likes of Under Armour, Visa and Wheaties.

These and other big brands have paid him an estimated $75 million during his career. That's far more than the $1.65 million that he received from the U.S. Olympic Committee and Speedo for winning a record 28 medals, including 23 golds, in five Olympics. He's still promoting products; he is currently doing commercials for computer chipmaker Intel in a campaign that began in October.

Whatever he does next, Phelps isn't ready to start his own investment fund, like retired Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant did earlier this year with entrepreneur Jeff Stibel. And if Phelps has ideas for founding a startup of his own, he's keeping them to himself.

Making the leap from pitchman to businessman won't be easy, said David Carter, executive director of the University of Southern California's Marshall Sports Business Institute. "Athletes come and go and many talk a big game, but they don't follow through," he said. Phelps "is really going to have commit to learning about business and demonstrate his seriousness about it."

Other celebrities have ventured into the tech industry in search of riches, with decidedly mixed results.

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Notable successes include rapper and record producer Dr. Dre, who was part of the founding team that sold Beats to Apple for $3 billion 2014. Actor Ashton Kutcher co-founded an investment fund in 2010 that made early investments in startups such as the ride-hailing service Uber, the home rental-service Airbnb and the music streaming service Spotify. The fund's value had soared to $250 million from $30 million, based on a review of its books earlier this year by Forbes magazine.

Among the flops: HJR Capital, a tech-investment firm that collapsed in 2009, a decade after former San Francisco 49er lineman Harris Barton founded it and later enticed ex-teammates Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott to join him. In Rhode Island, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling started a video game company that went bankrupt in 2012.

Phelps is exploring ways to expand his business ventures beyond a line of swimwear and other clothing bearing his "MP" logo. Other products are in the pipeline for next year, though he won't say what. "I am getting my feet wet," Phelps said with a grin. "2017 will be a big year."



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<![CDATA[Drop Dead: 'Walking Dead' Star Masterson Slams Body Shamers ]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:30:37 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/deaddeaddead.jpg

Drop dead.

That's "Walking Dead" star Alanna Masterson's blunt message to body shamers who harassed the actress after she returned this week from a long absence from the hit AMC show following her pregnancy.

Masterson's character had been temporarily written out, disguised as a VERY long scavenging mission, to give the actress time away on maternity leave. She returned in Sunday's episode which spotlighted her character and marked her return to the show.

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Most fans were ecstatic at her return. But Masterson said some took time to criticize the change in her appearance since having a baby in November 2015, a daughter named Marlowe.

"Dear Instagram trolls, body shamers, and the men and woman who think it's OK to comment on my weight: I hope that you don't have children. And if you do, I hope you teach them about kindness and acceptance," she wrote. " I hope they learn that it isn't OK to make fun of people or call people names."

Masterson noted nursing her daughter for the past year in the heat of summer in Georgia while pumping breast milk in a van between took work, determination, and juggling her schedule. "So before you decide to make a comment about my chest being "too large" or how "fat" I've become, just know that this little girl got the best start to life."

She added, "Your mother should be ashamed for raising such a judgmental bully. I'm sure she knows how "courageous" you must be for trolling and hiding behind your Iphone and computers. P.s. I would LOVE to see any man or woman give birth to a baby, nurse the baby, and then work 17 hour days and NAIL their own stunts."

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<![CDATA[Soon: 'Star Wars' Battle Drones]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:28:48 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/1130-2016-StarWarsDrone.jpg

It's the fight sure to get a lot of buzz this holiday season.

"Star Wars" X-Wing, Millennium Falcon and TIE fighter battle drones are coming to a store near you.

"Everybody wants to fly one, and now they can," said Kyle Dahl with drone-maker Propel.

Propel is focusing on "Star Wars," letting players fight with their smartphones.

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"There's an app on your phone and it registers your battle," Dahl said. "How many hits, who you hit, who you killed."

Up to 24 drones can play at the same time, with top speeds of 35 mph.

The drones go on sale Friday and cost $240 each.

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<![CDATA[Emily Ratajkowski Condemns Photog for Publishing Nude Pics]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:43:46 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/msemily.jpg

Actress/model Emily Ratajkowski took to social media Tuesday to condemn a photographer for publishing risque photographs of her taken during a 2012 photo shoot. 

Jonathan Leder, who photographed Ratajkowski in 2012, is releasing a new book full of never-before-seen nude and semi-nude pictures from the shoot.

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“She was very, shall we say, comfortable with her body,” Leder writes in the book's forward. “And as far as shoots go, I would say it was fun.”

Ratajkowski shot to fame in 2013 after performing in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" music video. She subsequently acted opposite Ben Affleck in 2014's "Gone Girl" and Zac Efron in 2015's "We Are Your Friends." 

Ratajkowski said it was her understanding the photos from the shoot would only be published in an artful magazine shoot. She said publishing them in this format is "a violation" and an example of what she's opposed to, "women choosing when and how to share their sexuality and bodies."



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<![CDATA[Cory's House From 'Boy Meets World' Selling for $1.59M]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:31:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/knbc-boy-meets-world-house-for-sale-tn-3.jpg Feeling nostalgic? A Los Angeles house featured in the beloved 1990s TV sitcom "Boy Meets World" has been listed for $1.59 million.

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<![CDATA[Santa Claws: Beaver Picks Through Christmas Decor at Dollar Store]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:53:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/20161130+Beaver+Thumb.jpg

Haven't we all been there at the holidays -- rifling through the boxes of pre-lit trees, prowling the shelves for just the right holiday bauble?

When it's time to decorate your dam, you have to hit the store! And that's just what this shopper did in Charlotte Hall, Maryland, on Monday.

Except this shopper was a beaver.

And its claws are better for digging through mud and sticks than through a dollar store. Police were called after the little critter damaged some of the merchandise.

"As an law enforcement officer, you just never know what your next call might be," read a Facebook post from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office.

The beaver was safely captured by animal control and taken to a wildlife rehabilitator, the sheriff's office said.

(To wait for the after-Christmas sales, of course.) 



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<![CDATA[Parton Launches 'My People Fund' to Aid Tenn. Fires Vicitms]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:33:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-514428540.jpg

Country music icon Dolly Parton is pitching in to help the victims of the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires in Sevier County, Tennessee, where she grew up.

The fires have killed at least seven people and another six are still missing, NBC News reported. 

“I’ve always believed that charity begins at home,” Parton said in a video, announcing that she will provide $1,000 a month for six months to displaced families affected by the deadly fires in the area. Her Dollywood Foundation has established the My People Fund and she invited fans to donate to it online.

“I know it’s been a trying time for my people, and this assistance will help,” she added. 

Approximately 300 buildings have been destroyed in Gatlinburg and 14,000 people had been forced to flee their homes, according to The Associated Press.

Many families are still separated and have not heard from their loved ones. Wolf McLellan, who was staying at a nearby motel, lost his dog, Kylie, to the disaster.

"She was too scared to move with the smoke and sirens and she just stood there. I didn't want to drag her. I couldn't drag her," he told the AP. "I figured the humane thing to do would be to just cut her loose."

Meanwhile, first responders, some of whom have been personally affected by the fires, are conducting a search and rescue mission. While they’ve found bodies, they’ve also been able to rescue people who were initially unable to evacuate.

Parton lauded organizations like the Red Cross for their efforts in Gatlinburg this week. “The support, as always, has been overwhelming,” she said. 



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<![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Prince Harry and Rihanna in Barbados]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:24:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-626886030-rihanna.jpg A look throughout the years at the royal family.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Vikings and Cowboys Superlatives]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:55:57 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e046_581_superlatives_20161130_1200x675_821631555822.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon hands out special accolades to 2016 Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys NFL players.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Felicity Jones Demos 'Star Wars' Fight Moves]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:20:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e046_581_felicityjones_badass_20161130_1200x675_821631555844.jpg Felicity Jones teaches Host Jimmy Fallon a fight sequence she learned from her Kung Fu training for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."]]> <![CDATA[Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Paris ]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:23:47 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-626766860.jpg

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<![CDATA[Rapper Kanye West Released From Hospital]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:16:44 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_14379640266.jpg

Rapper Kanye West has been released from the hospital following a more than week-long stay, E! News confirmed Wednesday.

He was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital Nov. 21 for exhaustion.

West was under observation at a Los Angeles hospital after he abruptly canceled the remaining dates of his national tour.

The admission followed a week of bizarre incidents during which the provocative rapper publicly railed against fellow music stars Beyoncé and Jay Z and retroactively endorsed President-elect Donald Trump.

It's hardly the first time West has found himself in hot water for combative, self-aggrandizing behavior.

The artist known for hits such as "Gold Digger" and "Jesus Walks" once famously interrupted Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards, insisting that her award should have gone to Beyoncé. Last year, he declared that he would run for president in 2020.

E! News is owned by NBC's parent company, NBC Universal. 



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<![CDATA[Santa's North Pole Home Listed on Zillow]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:31:27 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/p_f_Outside_024.jpg Popular real estate marketplace company Zillow added a new property listing to their website just in time for the holidays -- Santa Claus' North Pole house. Maison Krin is described as a "toy-lover's paradise nestled on 25 idyllic acres at the North Pole -- perfect for spirited reindeer games." The company priced the home using "comparable homes in remote locations" and "applying a Santa premium," they said in a press release.

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<![CDATA[Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro Reunite for Burger King Ad]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:25:46 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/nd51120735.jpg

Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro are back…for Burger King, that is.

Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez reunited for a commercial for Burger King’s limited-time offering of cheesy tots.

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The commerical plays off of Napoleon's love for the cafeteria side dish in the movie. 

"Whoa, are those cheesy tots?” Heder as Napoleon asks Ramirez, before requesting to try one.

He then takes a handful of tots, including one out of Ramirez’s hand, for himself.

“Dang it, those are good,” Heder says.

“Fans have been craving the return of Cheesy Tots for some time now,” Burger King president, North America Alex Macedo said in a statement. “So we wanted to give loyalists a holiday surprise after we heard so many of their requests. Now they’ll be able to warm up to these cozy cheese and potato bites this holiday season.”



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<![CDATA[I Miss Him: Barkley Reveals He and Jordan No Longer Friends]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:16:09 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jordanbark.jpg

NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley gave an interview on the Dan Le Batard radio show this week where he explained, despite a recent photo that had been making the rounds, he and once close pal Michael Jordan have not buried the hatchet.

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Barkley said a recent pic taken by TNT colleague Kenny Smith mistakenly spread the belief the two had made amends from a long-running feud. But Barkley recalled it as a brief, awkward encounter at a public event they just both happened to be attending.

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"I love Michael. I miss Michael's friendship. He was a great friend to me for a long period of time. And I love him and miss him like a brother. But we just happened to be at the same place so we took a picture together," Barkley said. "We are not back to where we use to be."

Barkley explained Jordan holds a grudge for criticism Barkley levied at him as owner of the NBA Charlotte Hornets. Barkley said Jordan surrounded himself with 'yes' men who wouldn't challenge some of his questionable personnel decisions. 

"Some people, when you're their friend, expect you to have their back no matter what. And part of my job sucks some times when I have to criticize people I like or a friend," Barkley said. "He took it personally and got really angry. And I haven't really spoken to him in years."



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<![CDATA[Celebrity Baby Boom: Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:08:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_16293858559447.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2016.

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<![CDATA[Co-stars Remember Paul Walker on Third Anniversary of Death]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:18:20 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/paul+walker+remembered.jpg

Several of Paul Walker's "Fast & Furious" co-stars took to social media Wednesday to mark the third anniversary of his tragic death.

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“This week is always really rough for those of us who really knew him,” wrote Tyrese Gibson on Instagram. The "Fast & Furious" actor shared a video that featured clips of Walker from movies, and pictures of Walker with friends and family. “Paul treated everyone with the [utmost] respect and went out of his way to make everyone feel like they mattered…… I love and I miss you dearly.”

Ludacris, who also worked with Walker on "Fast & Furious" films, posted an Instagram of Walker with the caption “gone but never forgotten.”

Jordana Brewster shared a picture of her with Walker on Twitter and wrote, “I miss you and I love you every single day.”

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The actor, along with friend and driver Roger Rodas, died in a fiery crash in Valencia in November 2013 after Rodas lost control of the car and slammed into a tree. Walker was 40 years old.



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<![CDATA[Canadian Cops Set Nickelback Punishment for Driving Drunk]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:07:32 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/71681851-Nickeback-generic.jpg

This is how you remind people to not drive drunk, according to a small-town Canadian police department: Nickelback.

This weekend, the Kensington Police Service of Prince Edward Island posted a picture to Facebook of the Canadian rock group's 2001 cassette "Silver Side Up," along with a playful threat to open it in the event of arresting drunk drivers.

“Know that the Kensington Police Service will be out for the remainder of [the] year looking for those dumb enough to feel they can drink and drive,” the post said. “And when we catch you, and we will catch you, on top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and a year’s driving suspension we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the office’s copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail.”

The Kensington police referred to this offering as the “drinking and driving gift - Christmas bonus edition.” The post, which was later deleted, also warned drivers to drink responsibly and advised them to make transportation plans ahead of holiday parties.

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Nickelback is known for an aggressive, hard rock sound that's earned six Grammy nominations, but also made the band something of a punch line to many. A 2013 poll of 830 Americans found the band slightly more popular than deeply maligned Congress, and last year police in Australia put out a wanted poster on Facebook, saying the band committed "crimes against music," according to the CBC.

The Kensington police Facebook post received plenty of feedback, much of it positive, and even replied to some of the comments.

"Doesn't the Geneva Convention specifically forbid 'cruel and unusual punishment,'" one user joked.

"Not if we play it softly," cops retorted.

The department did clarify that they do not, in fact, hate Nickelback, but were looking to grab people’s attention to spread the age old message about drinking and driving.



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<![CDATA[Serena Williams on Sexism: Being a Woman Is Not a 'Flaw']]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:26:22 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/serenaserena.jpg

Serena Williams served up another ace. Only this time it was in the form of an open letter about sexism and wage disparity between males and females in sports.

The letter, initially written for Porter Magazine’s 'Incredible Women of 2016' issue, was reprinted by The Guardian on Tuesday. Williams dedicated it to “all incredible women who strive for excellence” as she wrote about gender discrimination in sports that she and other women face.

"When the subject of equal pay comes up, it frustrates me because I know firsthand that I, like you, have done the same work and made the same sacrifices as our male counterparts," Williams wrote. "I would never want my daughter to be paid less than my son for the same work. Nor would you."

The gender wage gap in professional tennis has been a topic of conversation this year. The New York Times reported in April that last year, Roger Federer received $731,000 for defending his title at the Western & Southern Open. At the same tournament, Serena Williams received $495,000 for defending her respective title. It was just one of many instances in which the compensation disparity was evident.

Williams has made it clear on many occasions that she wants to be the “best tennis player in the world,” not “the best ‘female’ tennis player in the world.” In her letter she pointed out how descriptions tend to exclusively gender-mark women. While people call her one of the greatest “female” athletes, they do not similarly say LeBron James or Tiger Woods are considered some of the greatest “male” athletes. Instead, they are just considered great athletes.

“As we know, women have to break down many barriers on the road to success,” Williams wrote, “One of those barriers is the way we are constantly reminded we are not men, as if it is a flaw.”

Former professional tennis player Ray Moore brought sexism in tennis to light earlier in the year with his controversial comments about how female tennis players “ride on the coattails of men” and how they should thank prominent male tennis players like Federer and Nadal “because they have carried this sport.”

But despite ongoing ignorance in the sport Williams closed her letter offering encouragement to young women to follow their dreams with resilience.

“We must continue to dream big, and in doing so, we empower the next generation of women to be just as bold in their pursuits.”



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<![CDATA[Dreamy Home Elvis and Priscilla Bought as Newlyweds for Sale]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:30:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/knbc-elvis-presley-beverly-hills-home-for-sale-tn-11.jpg The West Coast home Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla purchased as young newlyweds is back on the market with a whopping $30 million price tag.

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<![CDATA[Dazzling Rockefeller Center Christmas Trees From Years Past]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:50:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/treerock.jpg Each year for the last 84 years, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York helps usher in the holiday season. Past trees have made the trek from around the country, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Take a look at the sparkling trees over the years.

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<![CDATA[Ex-NBC Boss and Hit-Making Producer Grant Tinker Dead at 90 ]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:29:06 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/grantgrant.jpg

Grant Tinker, who brought "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and other hits to the screen as a producer and a network boss, has died.

Tinker died Monday at his home in Los Angeles, according to his son, Mark Tinker. He was 90.

Though he spent years at NBC, Tinker is best known for his work at MTM Enterprises. He founded the company in 1970 with then-wife Mary Tyler Moore. In addition to Moore's own groundbreaking situation comedy, MTM scored with series' including "Rhoda," ''The Bob Newhart Show" and "Hill Street Blues."

Tinker became NBC chairman in 1981 and led the network out of the cellar with hits such as "The Cosby Show" and "Cheers."



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<![CDATA[Netflix on the Go: Company Announces Subscriber Downloads ]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:47:50 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/thisisnet.jpg

Well, that's a gamechanger.

Netflix announced Tuesday it would immediately begin allowing subscribers to download content and take it with them in addition to live streaming. 

"While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we’ve often heard they also want to continue their "Stranger Things" binge while on airplanes and other places where Internet is expensive or limited," the company announced in a release. "Just click the download button on the details page for a film or TV series and you can watch it later without an Internet connection."

So now those craving "Orange is the New Black" or "House of Cards" can watch their favorite shows on the go. The new feature is included in all plans and available for phones and tablets on Android and iOS.



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<![CDATA[SEE IT: 'This Is Us' Cast Reflects on That Awkward Reunion]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:44:28 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/thisisususu.jpg Members of the "This is Us" cast, including Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz and Susan Watson gathered to discuss the flashback scene in Tuesday's episode where Moore's character is once again reunited with William Hill. 'I feel like she's almost hoping that he doesn't live there anymore or maybe he's not alive anymore. Anything that would help ease the blow and make this lie vanish into thin air,' Moore said. ]]> <![CDATA[McConaughey Drives Students Home]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:02:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/JAYTESTpicture1.jpg

Actor Matthew McConaughey is once again showing his love for his alma mater, this time giving some students at the University of Texas a ride home.

McConaughey recently surprised the group of students by showing up in a golf cart to give them a ride.

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UT's SURE Walk program program, which stands for Students United for Rape Elimination, offers volunteers to walk, or drive, students home from campus every day of the week between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m.

The University of Texas Student Government posted a picture of the actor and students on its Facebook page Monday with the the caption: "Longhorns take care of each other, and it's 'safe' to say Matthew McConaughey agrees..."

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In June, UT announced on social media that McConaughey would be teaching a film course -- which consisted of taking 30 students behind the scenes of "The Free State of Jones" through recorded videos, the university also said he would make at least one visit to campus for the class.

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The 1993 Texas grad has a home in Austin and can often be seen on the sidelines at Longhorns football games.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Fallon Shares Obscure Podcasts]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:56:30 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e045_580_podcasts_20161129_1200x675_820675139792.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon shares snippets from a few podcasts you might want to listen to, including Morgan Freeman and Tracy Morgan chatting about nature.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Password With Natalie Portman]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:57:10 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e045_580_password_20161129_1200x675_820671555937.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon and Neil Diamond team up against Natalie Portman and J.J. Abrams in the game Password.]]>