<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usFri, 24 Feb 2017 21:25:25 -0500Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:25:25 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Kindergartner Transforms Into Black Female Icons]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:23:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lola+Jones_Rosa+Parks.jpg
A mother and daughter from the Evergreen State have put a new spin on playing dress-up. Each day in February, Cristi Jones of Kent, Washington, takes to Twitter to post a portrait of her 5-year-old daughter...

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<![CDATA[Young 'Moonlight' Star Ready for 89th Annual Academy Awards]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:45:04 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614915572.jpg
With the 89th annual Academy Awards fast approaching, a South Florida native is making his way to Los Angeles for Sunday's big night. Norland Middle School student Alex Hibbert, who plays Chiron in “Moonlight," says he's ready to make the trip from Miami to the City of Angels. The film tells a story about Chiron's journey as a black, gay man living in Liberty City, being raised by a mother with a drug addiction.

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<![CDATA[Hartford Yard Goats Hold National Anthem Auditions Saturday]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:09:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Yard+Goats+logo_1200.jpg
The Hartford Yard Goats Baseball Club will hold auditions for the National Anthem over the weekend.   Singers will try out at the Spotlight Theatres on 39 Front Street in Hartford at 9 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Hartford Yard Goats’ spokesman Jeff Dooley.   Audition slots have been filled already.   The baseball team’s home opener will be played at Dunkin’ Donuts Park on Thursday, April 13.  

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Janelle Monae, Emma Watson, Dan Stevens]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:50:03 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17055250013135jan.jpg
Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA['Hell or High Water' Sheriff Saddles Up for Oscars]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:22:35 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/parnell-mcnamara-jeff-bridges.jpg
Hollywood will honor the best in the business Sunday night at the Oscars, and one of the nominees in the Best Picture category has a distinct Texas connection.

Photo Credit: Parnell McNamara]]>
<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump's Golfing]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:26:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Seth+Meyers+closer+look+trump.jpg
Seth Meyers discusses President Donald Trump's recent endeavors, which include spending a lot of time at Mar-a-Lago and golfing at two of his golf courses in Florida.]]>
<![CDATA[Meyers Celebrates Three-Year 'Late Night' Anniversary]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:20:35 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Seth-Meyers1.jpg
Seth Meyers didn't want to bring up his show's anniversary, so an audience member does for him.

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<![CDATA[Fallon Reveals 'Tonight' Easter Eggs on Amazon Echo]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:29:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tonight-show-alexa.jpg
Jimmy Fallon brings out his Amazon Echo to show off some of the hidden features fans can play with when using "Tonight Show's" Alexa skill.]]>
<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Elijah Wood Is Friends With the Bachelor]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:24:44 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nick-viall-elijah-wood-tonight-show.jpg
Elijah Wood reveals his real-life friendship with "The Bachelor's" Nick Viall, causing him and Jimmy Fallon to get lost in a conversation about how "real" Viall is on the show, Corinne and who should get that final rose.]]>
<![CDATA[Octavia Spencer, Scarlett Johansson, to Host 'SNL' in March]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:27:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/scarlett+octavia+.jpg
"Saturday Night Live" just announced its hosts for the first two weeks of March, and viewers are in for a treat -- as well as a few first timers.

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<![CDATA[Oscar Isaac, Keegan-Michael Key Starring in 'Hamlet' at NYC Public Theater]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:34:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-603148450+%281%29.jpg
To be, or not to be? That is the question Oscar Isaac will be asking eight times a week this summer, when he leads the Public Theater's new production of William Shakespeare's classic drama "Hamlet." Directed by Tony winner Sam Gold ("Fun Home"), the limited-run production will begin previews at the Public's Anspacher Theater on June 20, with an official opening set for July 13. In addition to Isaac, the cast of "Hamlet" will include comedian Keegan-Michael Key as Horatio, "Fun Home" alum Roberta Colindrez as Rosencrantz, "G.L.O.W." star Gayle Rankin as Ophelia and "Boardwalk Empire" alum Anatol Yusef as Laertes.

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<![CDATA[Ellen Degeneres Surprises NYC Students With College Tuition]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:15:26 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/Rozman_20170222_14110_1904r.jpg
The $1.6 million donation will cover the costs of tuition for 41 graduating seniors.

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<![CDATA[Wahlberg Brothers Under Fire in Wahlburgers Lawsuit]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:52:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Wahlburgers+Opening+100115.jpg
The Wahlberg brothers, Mark, Donnie and Paul, are facing a lawsuit from their Wahlburgers burger chain business partners and family friends, who claim the Wahlberg brothers left them out of plans to grow the business.

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<![CDATA[One Last Ride: Jackman on Playing Logan for the Final Time]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:42:21 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Logan_Thumb.jpg
Actor Hugh Jackman talks about playing Wolverine for the last time in "Logan", the latest installment in the X-Men franchise. Jackman first appeared as the clawed mutant in Bryan Singer's "X-Men" in 2000. ]]>
<![CDATA[And The Oscar Goes To: Predicting the Academy Award Winners]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:25:08 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/oscarwinners.jpg
Ahead of Sunday's 89th Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony many expect will be a "La La Land" sweep.]]>
<![CDATA[Oscars 2017: The 5 Best Movies About Hollywood ]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:38:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hoorayfor+hollywood.jpg
There have been great movies about Hollywood almost as long as Hollywood has been making them. Damien Chazelle's much-Oscar nominated "La La Land" is part of a grand tradition going back beyond "Singin' in the Rain" and running past "Mulholland Drive."]]>
<![CDATA[Kanye West Crucifixion Statue Unveiled on Hollywood Boulevard]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:40:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/PLASTIC-JESUS-STATUE-01.jpg
Ahead of Oscars weekend, a gold-painted statue depicting Kanye West as Christ on the cross popped up for a short time Wednesday in Hollywood. The life-sized crucifixion statue titled "False Idol" depicts the rapper as Jesus Christ, with nails in his hands, wearing a crown of thorns, gold chains, a cloth and Yeezy sneakers. The provocative work of art is by Plastic Jesus, a Los Angeles-based street artist who is known for his political and cultural art.

Photo Credit: Plastic Jesus]]>
<![CDATA['This Is Us' Cast Discuss Emotional Fallout From Episode]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:56:24 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/thisisuspresstour.jpg
Sterling K. Brown and Ron Cephas Jones discuss the emotional fallout from Tuesday's episode.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump's Immigration Policies]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:38:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Seth+Meyers+closer+look+trump.jpg
Host Seth Meyers talks about the Trump administration's major changes, which include ramping up deportation enforcement.]]>
<![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon's Monologue Takes on Trump, Spicer, GOP]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:36:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FALLON_GettyImages-528518222.jpg
Jimmy Fallon kicks off the "Tonight Show" with some jokes about President Donald Trump's frequent vacations, Sean Spicer's press briefings and angry town halls.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Egg Russian Roulette With Neil Patrick Harris]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:16:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/neilpatrickharris-on-tonight.jpg
Neil Patrick Harris and Jimmy Fallon take turns smashing eggs on their heads without knowing which are cooked and which are raw.]]>
<![CDATA['Late Night': Terry Crews Says Fart Jokes Work]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:19:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/terry-crews-on-late-night.jpg
Seth Meyers sits down with Terry Crews, who is still surprised that he, his fart jokes and his 'Brooklyn Nine Nine' crew won a Golden Globe Award.]]>
<![CDATA[Rihanna Named Harvard's Humanitarian of the Year]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:49:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/topEnt-GettyImages-512067286.jpg
Rihanna is known for her music. But now, she’s being celebrated for a different kind of achievement — her humanitarian work.

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<![CDATA['A Particular Set of Skills': 'Taken' Prequel Set for Debut]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:31:35 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cliveclive.jpg
“Taken,” a modern-day, nail-biting thriller, follows the story of Bryan Mills in a new television series that takes place 30 years before the movie of the same name. As he fights to overcome the trauma of the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative.

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<![CDATA[Welcome Back: Guthrie Returning to 'Today' March 3]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:20:00 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/savannah-guthrie-0607.jpg
After having her second child, Charles Max Feldman, in December, Savannah Guthrie tweeted on Wednesday that she would be returning to the “Today" show in March.

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<![CDATA[Five Things to Watch for at the Oscars]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:34:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/oscars-edited.jpg
"La La Land" arrives as a heavy favorite. But expect some drama beyond the musical.

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<![CDATA[Selena Gomez Selling Fort Worth Home]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:51:51 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Gomez_Thumb.jpg
Pop star Selena Gomez is selling her 10,000 square foot Fort Worth dream home. You can come and get it, for a cool $3 million.

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<![CDATA[ 'Little People' Stars Jeremy, Audrey Roloff Expecting Baby]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:40:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/littlepeoplebigworld.jpg
"Little People, Big World" stars Jeremy and Audrey Roloff are expecting their first child together.

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<![CDATA['Snubbed' Bill Cosby Slams NBC Following Anniversary Special]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:50:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/COSBY_AP_16306785825662.jpg
Cosby took to social media Wednesday to slam the network for what he believes was an attempt to snub his connection to NBC during a recent 90th anniversary special celebrating the network's programming.

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<![CDATA[Jay Z to Become 1st Rapper in Songwriters Hall of Fame ]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:26:52 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/JayZ-black-lives-song.jpg
The Songwriters Hall announced Wednesday that songwriting heavyweights in the industry, including Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Max Martin and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will also be part of its 2017 class.

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<![CDATA[Jordan Peele Turns Focus to Directing in 'Get Out' ]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:03:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/get+out+of+my+face.jpg
Peele's directorial debut, "Get Out," is one of those rare creations that functions both as a taut psychological thriller and as searing social commentary about racism in the modern era.

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<![CDATA[Today Marks 'National Margarita Day']]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:18:18 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Margarita.png
Happy National Margarita Day. Every year on Feb. 22, restaurants and bars around the country celebrate the classic cocktail composed of tequila, triple sec and lime.

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