<![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 Wed, 06 May 2015 16:32:58 -0400 Wed, 06 May 2015 16:32:58 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[50 Cent Heads to Hamden for Vodka Bottle Signing ]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 15:21:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/50-cent1.jpg

50 Cent made a name for himself as a singer and rapper, but he’s also an entrepreneur and the face of EFFEN Vodka.

Yes, that's the name, and 50 cent, or Curtis Jackson, will be making an appearance is Hamden next week to promote it.

He invests in the product, according to Syracuse.com, and crowds have been buying when he travels to do bottle signings.

According to comments on the EFFEN Vodka Facebook page, Jackson has also taken time to take photos with everyone who makes the trip to see him.

The rapper, who has a sprawling estate in Farmington, will be at Wine Merchants, at 2300 Dixwell Ave., in Hamden, on Thursday, May 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a bottle signing.

There are several varieties of EFFEN Vodka, including original, black cherry, cucumber, Dutch raspberry and salted caramel.

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<![CDATA[Film Released About CT Man Who Played Big Bird ]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 12:09:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/162*120/92919835_10.jpg

A documentary about the Woodstock, Connecticut puppeteer behind the characters of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on "Sesame Street" became available on iTunes and OnDemand on Cinco de Mayo and was released in New York theaters on Wednesday, Tribecca Film and production company Copper Pot Pictures announced.

Caroll Spinney, 81, has brought the characters of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life since the show launched 45 years ago. The documentary, "I Am Big Bird" tells his story and highlights his career and characters.

The Today Show aired an interview with Spinney on Wednesday, a day after the movie's digital release date, addressing his 46-year career and the story of how he almost went on the Challenger spaceshuttle that exploded.

"'I Am Big Bird' captures how the love radiating from Caroll has created a worldwide cultural icon and answers why he can't say goodbye to the characters he cherishes," Copper Pot Pictures said in a news release.

He "handpicked a successor," Matt Vogel, "who has waited, quite literally, in the wings, as his understudy for almost 20 years," but Spinney has held on with no intention of retiring," according to the news release.

"Yielding the Bird would mean saying goodbye to characters that are a true expression of his
soul, characters that he loves and cherishes like his own children," Copper Pot Pictures said.

The production company describes Spinney as a man who has "pure love" filling his life, from his relationship with his mother, who "handcrafted his first puppets" and "sacrificed her own body to protect Caroll from a savage beating from his father" to finding his true love, Debra after his first wife divorced him because she was "embarrassed" by his puppetry career.

He was also very close friends with his boss, Jim Henson. A YouTube video shows him singing Kermit the Frog's "Bein' Green" as Big Bird at Henson's memorial.

"The unconditional love that envelops Caroll’s life—and which is captured in the hours of home video culled for I AM BIG BIRD — is the true secret to Big Bird’s popularity," Copper Pot Pictures said.

Spinney was also originally supposed to be on the Challenger space shuttle in 1986, but NASA ultimately decided not to go forward with that plan, according to the production company.

"Instead of boarding the shuttle, he watched from the studio as the astronauts, including his
replacement, Christa McAuliffe, perished in the disaster," Copper Pot Pictures said.

Big Bird's popularity has faded as new writers explored other characters like Elmo, but Spinney's legacy as the yellow bird is historical in American pop culture, according to the production company.

"He’s dined with heads of state, won Emmys and been named a living legend by the Library of Congress," Copper Pot Pictures said.

The documentary explores Spinney's creative process and what inspired him. It shows Spinney today and videos from his personal library "to illustrate how he became the man that became the Bird," according to the production company. The film also includes footage of Jim Henson with Kermit the Frog and interviews with Jane Henson, Vogel, Frank Oz (Cookie Monster, Bert) and Jerry Nelson (The Count).

And, as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the Muppet, who will teach us the greatest lesson of all: how to love unconditionally," Copper Pot Pictures said.

Other nationwide will start showing the documentary May 15, according to Tribecca Film.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Four Jokes to Go with Jack Black]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 14:08:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Jack+Black.JPG As Seth Meyers attempts to make the audience laugh with the dying bit "Seth the Snoop," Jack Black works to save the punchlines.

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<![CDATA[Watch: James Marsden Posts His First Instagram]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 08:41:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+James+Marsden.JPG Jimmy Fallon gives James Marsden a great selfie idea to kick off his Instagram account.

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<![CDATA[Vergara Confuses Fallon in Catchphrase Game]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 15:37:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_168637_0289+%281%291.JPG

While most guests get animated for the fast-paced game of Catchphrase, Sofia Vergara wasn’t too thrilled to play the game with Jimmy Fallon — at least initially.

"You always make me do these weird American games that I don't know how to play," she complained, adding that she didn't even have the energy to high-five Fallon.

The two were joined by actor James Marsden and Fallon's sidekick Steve Higgins on “The Tonight Show” Tuesday, and the Colombian actress soon proved how strong her competitive nature is.

Team Marsden and Higgins kicked off the game with a fast start, but when Fallon described his clue to the “Modern Family” star, her reflective response came in her mother tongue.

"Una mariquita!" the Colombian star blurted in Spanish before translating her response in English. “A ladybug.”

The “D Train” actor couldn’t guess what tune Higgins was trying to sing ("Gangnam Style") before the buzzer ran out, giving team Fallon and Vergara the win.

Soon it was the “Hot Pursuit’s” star's turn to give the host a clue, one that became lost in translation for the actress.

"What I sleep in," she said. “My outfit for sleeping.”

"Flannel pajamas," Fallon guessed.

"No, no!" she snapped. "Look at me!"

"Lingerie?" Fallon tried again.

"No. What do you wear when you are born?” she replied.

Vergara continued giving clues that seemed to only further perplex Fallon, as well as the other players. When the buzzer timed out, Vergara revealed her clue: Birthday Suit.

“I mean, I am not playing with you anymore,” the actress protested.

The two players bantered back and forth over Fallon’s inability to guess the clue versus Vergara’s “confusing descriptions.” But despite their issues with language barriers, in the end, the two were victorious.

Vergara, who stopped by the show to talk about her new movie “Hot Pursuit,” also chatted with the host about getting a very real injury during production and receiving her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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<![CDATA[Prince to Play "Rally 4 Peace" Concert in Baltimore]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 10:56:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/169206619.jpg

Prince will headline a special "Rally 4 Peace" concert on Mother’s Day in Baltimore, Maryland, a city rocked by unrest after the death of Freddie Gray.

Sunday’s concert, which will reportedly feature a number of surprise special guest stars, is slated to be held at the Royal Farms Arena, according to its promoter LiveNation. Prince’s funk-rock band 3RDEYEGIRL will also be performing.

Attendees will be encouraged to show symbolic solidarity by wearing gray as a tribute “to all those recently lost in the violence.”

“In a spirit of healing, the event is meant to be a catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S.,” the press release stated.

The city of Baltimore was rocked by protests and riots after Gray died of a spinal injury he suffered while in police custody. The six officers involved in the arrest of Gray have since been charged, one with second-degree murder.

Prince recently composed a yet-to-be-released tribute song to the people of Baltimore that, according to the singer’s publicist, also addresses "the socio/political issues around the country in the wake of a slew of killings of young black men.”

Tickets for the Sunday show go on sale at LiveNation.com Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Baltimore-based youth charities, The Associated Press reported.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that all six officers involved in Freddie Gray's arrest had been charged with homicide. In fact, two of the officers faced only assault, false imprisonment and misconduct charges; of the remaining four, one was charged with second-degree murder and the other three with involuntary manslaughter. The article has been corrected.

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<![CDATA["The Voice" Recap: America Picks the Top 5]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 15:36:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_166041_1905.JPG

For some singers, Tuesday night’s episode of “The Voice” was a joyous return to the stage.

For another, it was farewell.

After a night of knockout performances, America’s votes were tallied and the top six became the top five.

The night started with a #VoiceHomecoming performance from Jacquie Lee, a Season 5 finalist from Team Xtina, who sang her song “Tears Fall” co-written by Sia.

Host Carson Daly then announced the first artist to advance to the top five semifinals: Team Pharrell’s teen heartthrob Sawyer Fredericks.

Avery Wilson, a Season 3 competitor from Team Cee Lo, returned to the stage with his new pop single “If I Have To.”

The next singer to advance: Meghan Linsey, the Nashville soul singer and sole remaining contestant from Team Blake.

Vicci Martinez, who finished third overall in 2011 as a member of Team Cee Lo, had her homecoming with a performance of “Bad News Breaker.”

America’s third save went to another teen from Team Pharrell, Koryn Hawthorne.

Craig Wayne Boyd, Team Blake’s champion from last season, made his #VoiceHomecoming with his aptly-chosen song “I’m Still Here.”

The fourth artist to win a save was Team Adam’s Joshua Davis, which left India Carney and Kimberly Nichole — both of Team Xtina — to each perform one last time to earn America’s instant #VoiceSave.

Carney was up first, singing Pink’s “Perfect.”

Nichole sang “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes.

The votes were tallied…

…and the winner was Carney, who once again avoided elimination with a #VoiceSave.

“The Voice” returns with performances from the top five artists on Monday, May 11, at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT.

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<![CDATA[Lily Tomlin Used to Be Lorne Michaels' Boss]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 11:32:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Lily+Tomlin.JPG Everyone has worked for Lorne Michaels, but Seth Meyers is surprised to learn that the "SNL" creator once worked for funny woman Lily Tomlin.

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<![CDATA[Fallon, Jack Black Recreate "More Than Words"]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 11:33:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Jack+Black.JPG Jimmy Fallon & Jack Black do a shot-for-shot remake of Extreme's "More Than Words" music video.

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<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon Received a Joan Rivers Joke Card]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 05:20:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+melissa+rivers.JPG Melissa Rivers shares Joan Rivers' old report cards featured in Melissa's memoir, "The Book of Joan," and gifts Fallon one of Joan's jokes from her famous archives.

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<![CDATA["The Voice" Recap: Mother's Day Dedications]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 23:09:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meghan-Linsey-4-May-2015.jpg

With only six artists remaining on “The Voice,” it was time to double down.

In a test of both artistry and endurance, each of the remaining contestants performed twice on Monday night’s live show. And in honor of Mother’s Day, each artist dedicated one of their songs to the mothers in their lives.

India Carney opened the show with an inspiring performance of “Glory,” the Oscar-winning anthem by Common and John Legend from the movie “Selma.” Carney dedicated the performance to her mother, “the strongest woman she knows.”

Joshua Davis, the last remaining artist from Team Adam, started off his set with the upbeat U2 song “Desire.”

Koryn Hawthorne sang “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M. to honor her mother, who Hawthorne said has inspired her by overcoming so many difficulties in her life.

Next up was Team Xtina’s Kimberly Nichole, who belted out “Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Meghan Linsey, the last competitor standing from Team Blake, delivered a sassy, howling rendition of her Nashville “tip jar” song: James Taylor’s “Steamroller Blues.”

Sawyer Fredericks sang “Shine On” by May Erlewine, a song that hearkens to his family’s farming roots.

Nichole turned up the energy with her second song, a frenetic performance of Michael Jackson’s electric pop hit “Dirty Diana.”

Davis dedicated his second song, the Beatles classic “In My Life,” to “the most important person in his life”: his wife.

Hawthorne returned to the stage with a hard-driving, gritty performance of Aerosmith’s rock classic “Dream On.” “As far as my connection to it, I’m living the dream right now on ‘The Voice,’” the 17-year-old said.

Carney, who earned an instant save last week by a margin of only two votes, belted out “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith in her return to the stage.

Fredericks showcased his Americana side with an upbeat arrangement “Take Me to the River.”

And in the final performance of the night, Linsey brought down the curtain — and the house — with a stirring rendition her mom’s favorite song: “Amazing Grace.”

Tune in Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT to find out which singers advance to the Top 5 — plus performances from Season 7 champion Craig Wayne Boyd and season 5 runner-up Jacquie Lee.

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<![CDATA[Stars Wow at 2015 Met Gala]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 11:22:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/472164598.jpg The inspiration behind this year's event is the Met exhibition "China: Through the Looking Glass."

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<![CDATA[Scarlett Johansson Hosts "SNL"]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 11:07:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Scarlett-Johansson-SNL-2-May-2015.jpg

Being an Avenger is a tough gig, what with all the saving Manhattan from aliens (as in the original “Avengers” movie) or battling terrifying sentient robots (as in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”).

Still, there are perks. Some of the Marvel team’s iconic superheroes, like Thor and Iron Man, star in standalone flicks. But so far, Scarlett Johansson’s character Black Widow has gone without her own movie.

That changed with Johansson’s hosting appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”

Saturday’s episode featured a trailer for “Black Widow: Age of Me,” a rom-com from the writers of “27 Dresses,” in which Johansson’s martial arts expert juggles an internship at a fashion magazine and budding relationship with her boyfriend — who just might happen to be a certain megalomaniacal robot.

In her opening monologue, Johansson serenaded Kenan Thompson and Taran Killam with a “lullaby” she sings to help her baby daughter fall asleep, although it had a decidedly different effect on the two men.

In the cold open sketch, the cast abandoned NBC’s daylong programming of hockey, Kentucky Derby and night golf — “without a doubt, one of the whitest days in the history of sports” — and broadcasted a pirated feed of the boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

The visuals, however, were a bit distorted. Mayweather (Jay Pharoah) appeared bit taller, while Pacquiao (Aidy Bryant) looked like a white woman with a fake goatee and a t-shirt.

Never one to shy from political satire, "SNL" also found some bleak humor in this week's unrest in Baltimore. In a broadcast from Camden Yards, Orioles commentators Jim Palmer (Killam) and Frank Robinson (Thompson) tried to narrate the game, which was held in an empty stadium as violent protests rocked Baltimore.

“Well, the White Sox are coming in after winning two on the road, but Baltimore has just been on fire this week,” Robinson said, before grimacing. "I'm sorry."

And in the video short “Blazer,” renegade cop Detective Don Blazer (Killam) dished out tough-guy street justice (even against Wiz Khalifa) in the only way he knew how: with unabashed racial prejudice.

Another sketch featured Virgin America’s first fully automated flight attendants (Johansson and Vanessa Bayer), who admittedly had a few faulty circuits and an internal clock that dated to last Halloween.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (McKinnon), a.k.a. “Notorious RBG,” returned to “Weekend Update” to explain her comments during the court’s recent marriage equality case — and, as usual, direct a few “Gins-burns” at fellow justice Antonin Scalia.

“Next time, I’m just gonna put a crumpled-up black cocktail napkin in my place—no one will know I’m gone,” the perpetually feisty justice crowed. “The arguments I heard were so weak, I just hope they weren’t holding up Justice Scalia’s chair.”

Co-host Colin Jost also welcomed “Game of Thrones” characters Samwell Tarley (Bobby Moynihan) and Gilly (Bayer), the show’s de facto “hottest couple” by virtue of the fact that they are the show’s only surviving couple.

“It’s not easy being thrust into the spotlight,” the lumpy Tarley said.

“Everyone’s lookin’ at me now,” Gilly whined, “wondering what kind of rags will I be wearin’, what will I be complainin’ about, how sick will my baby be?”

And on a day of wall-to-wall sports coverage, co-host Michael Che introduced Charles Barkley (Thompson) and Shaquille O’Neill (a cross-eyed Pharoah) to talk the NBA Playoffs, even though they got a little distracted.

Khalifa entertained the Studio 8H crowd with performances of “We Dem Boyz” and “See You Again.”

“SNL” returns May 9 for its penultimate episode of the season, hosted by Reese Witherspoon and featuring musical guest Florence & the Machine.

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<![CDATA["Walking Dead" Star Regrets Rant]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 08:33:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/chad+coleman.jpg

A star of "The Walking Dead" who also appeared in hit TV show "The Wire" and the movie "Horrible Bosses" apparently became enraged on a subway in New York City Friday over an alleged racial slur aimed at him, according to TMZ.

TMZ obtained video of the fracas, which the site says shows actor Chad Coleman screaming on the train, demanding to know "where my humanitarians are" as he reminds everyone in the car which hit TV shows he's been on.

Coleman issued an apology for his actions Saturday morning through TMZ. He told TMZ that he couldn't control his emotions because he harbored "built up frustration" over recent events in Baltimore.

In the nearly 4-minute TMZ video, TMZ says Coleman goes on a largely nonsensical profanity-laced rant about humanity and the truth, screaming, "My name is Chad L. Coleman!"

He calls someone a fool, though it's not clear who or why, and keeps screaming as riders move away from him and people in security shirts board the train, according to the TMZ video, which has no context about what preceded the rant.

Coleman, known for his roles of "Tyreese" in "The Walking Dead" and "Cutty" in "The Wire," told TMZ he was upset because a woman asked a man she was with if they knew the actor and the man used a racial slur when telling her they did not know him.

He told the website he was screaming about humanity in response to the unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray. Authorities said this week his death was a homicide, and six police officers have been charged, one of them with murder. 

A call to Coleman's booking agency wasn't immediately returned.

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<![CDATA["Tonight Show" Thank You Notes]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 09:27:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Hulk-Thank-You-Notes-1-May.jpg Jimmy pens thank you notes to the Avengers villain Ultron, Pringles and other things.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: "Tonight Show" Spoofs "Avengers: Age of Ultron"]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 09:15:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Cage-of-Boron-1-May-2015-1080_1200x675_438139971935.jpg Tonight Show writer Arthur hits the NYC streets to talk with people about "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and see if they notice he's mispronouncing the title.]]> <![CDATA[It's a Girl! Royal Baby Finally Arrives]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 15:22:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/471956068.jpg

The royal baby has been introduced!

Just hours after giving birth to a girl, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, stepped outside a London hospital with husband Prince William and the princess on Saturday. They didn't speak, but smiled and waved to the crowd.

Her Royal Highness delivered her second child at 8:34 a.m. local time (3:34 a.m. ET), at a healthy weight of 8 pounds, 3 ounces, Kensington Palace officials announced on social media.

Kate and her newborn daughter are both doing well, officials said. Her husband, Prince William, was by her side for the birth.

The Duke drove the Duchess by car from Kensington Palace to the hospital at 6 a.m. local time (1 a.m. ET) when she started going into labor, the palace said.

A growing crowd of well-wishers and media had gathered around the hospital in recent days, eagerly awaiting the new royal baby in what U.K. tabloids dubbed "The Great Kate Wait." That crowd swelled with the royal pronouncement in Saturday's early hours, as media and royal family fans gathered outside the Lindo Wing in eager anticipation of the royal baby's delivery.

William was briefly seen walking out of the hospital at about 4 p.m. on Saturday, and returned a short while later with the couple's first child, Prince George. The crowd outside the hospital erupted in cheers as William exited.

"How's your daughter? How's she doing?" a woman yelled to him.

"I am very happy, thank you," William responded.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were "absolutely delighted" at the birth of the new princess, Clarence House said.

The president congratulated the royal couple in a statement.

"Michelle and I are delighted to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family, and all the people of the United Kingdom on the birth of the Royal Princess,” the statement read. ”On behalf of the American people, we wish the Duke and Duchess and their son George much joy and happiness on the occasion of the arrival of the newest member of their family.”

The celebration also spread worldwide where the announcement began: on social media. #RoyalBaby trended worldwide on Twitter Saturday, while both #RoyalBaby and "Duchess of Cambridge" were top trends in the United States.

The Royal Navy tweeted a picture of sailors above the H.M.S. Lancaster, also known as the "Queen's Frigate," in a formation spelling out the word "sister."

London landmarks were set to join in the celebration: The Tower Bridge, the London Eye and the iconic fountain at Trafalgar Square are all set to be lit pink tonight. The Union Jack flying above Buckingham Palace is larger than usuall, and London's BT Tower emblazoned its screen with "It's a girl" backed in pink.

Monday will see even more official celebrations. The bells of Westminster Abbey will toll. In keeping with British tradition, two simultaneous Royal Army gun salutes will herald the new princess.

The baby's gender had remained a mystery, even to the Duke and Duchess, according to royal officials. That mystery — and debate over the baby's name — fueled avid speculation among media and bookmakers. (Florence was a among the early favorites, but Charlotte and Alice have made a surge among the betting public.) The palace has not yet announced the newborn princess's name.

The new baby is fourth in line to the throne, after her older brother, and will bear the title of Princess of Cambridge. The newborn's older brother was born on July 22, 2013.

Guy Thorpe Beeston, the doctor who oversaw the young prince's birth, also delivered the new royal baby, a palace spokesperson said.

Prince William and the Duchess marked their fourth wedding anniversary at Kensington Palace on Wednesday while waiting for the birth.

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<![CDATA[Kirstie Alley or Christie Ally?]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 16:00:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/kirstie+alley.jpg

No, Kirstie Alley is not involved with politically motivated lane closures in New Jersey.

The actress became a trending topic throughout the U.S. on Twitter on Friday after jokes and confusion from people reading the phrase "Christie ally" in headlines.

David Wildstein was an ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. He pleaded guilty Friday for his role in lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in 2013.

The "Cheers" star responded to the fiasco on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Johnny Weir's Attention-Grabbing Derby Hat]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 10:09:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/JohnnyWeirHatDerby.jpg

Johnny Weir grabbed attention Friday with his massive Kentucky Derby hat that Al Roker said resembled a “direct TV dish.”

The former Olympian was discussing derby hat trends with his partner in crime, Tara Lipinski, and anchor Dylan Dreyer in a segment on “Today.” Lipinski sported a small, stylish fascinator headpiece, while Weir wore a large cap, a so-called “hatinator.”

“I had to build up a lot of weave in this to actually keep this hatinator on,” Weir said. “It’s stunning and it’s that statement piece you look for when you are having that derby moment.”

Weir and Lipinski will host NBC’s coverage of the derby this Saturday.

You can see more photos of their hats below.

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<![CDATA[Cobie Smulders' Husband Is an "Avengers" Super-Fan]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 04:32:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Cobie+Smulders.JPG Cobie Smulders stopped by "Late Night" and revealed that her husband, Taran Killam, is the biggest "Avengers" fan ever.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Box of Lies with Scarlett Johansson]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 06:59:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Scarlett+Johansson+BOL.JPG Fallon Box of Lies with Scarlett Johansson

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<![CDATA["Tonight Show" Hashtags: #MyDumbFight]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 09:39:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Hashtag+MyDumbFight.png Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #MyDumbFight.]]>