<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut https://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usWed, 22 Nov 2017 22:58:50 -0500Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:58:50 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Imprisoned Meek Mill Continues Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:14:05 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meek+Mill+Rapping.jpg

Rapper Meek Mill's five-year tradition of giving out turkeys to his fellow Philadelphians continued on Thanksgiving Eve this year despite the lionized musician's controversial imprisonment.

Mill, 30, began the holiday event in 2013 with the help of community leaders like South Philadelphia's Anton Moore. That first year, 200 turkeys were handed out at the Vare Middle School, as well as winter coats.

This year, as many as 1,000 turkeys will be distributed at four locations throughout Wednesday morning and afternoon. The first batch of birds were given out at Moore's community organization, Unity in the Community, at Point Breeze Avenue and Dickinson Street, starting at 11 a.m.

The giveaways were to proceed then at noon at Bible Way Baptist Church, 1323 North 52nd St.; 2 p.m. at Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 2101 Cecil B. Moore Ave.; and 3 p.m. at Strawberry Mansion Learning Center, Dauphin Street and North 30th Street.

Mill, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, has become a nationally-recognized figure in recent weeks after a Philadelphia Common Pleas judge sentenced him to jail for probation violations.

Activists and renowned musicians from Colin Kaepernick to Jay-Z have pointed to his jailing as symbolic of what they describe as harsh treatment of blacks by the criminal justice system.

Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins took part in a Center City #FreeMeek" rally. 

Kaepernick said in social media posts that he spoke with Mill in prison and said the rapper was "in good spirits."

Jay-Z wrote in a New York Times op-ed that the Mill has "been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside."

"Consider this: Meek was around 19 when he was convicted on charges relating to drug and gun possession, and he served an eight-month sentence," Jay-Z wrote. "Now he’s 30, so he has been on probation for basically his entire adult life."

Mill's attorneys have filed appeals to Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley's sentence of two to four years in prison. Brinkley, who has overseen Mill's decade-long probation, has not made a ruling on the appeal. 

His attorneys have also asked that Brinkley recuse herself from Mill's case and any appeals. They claimed in court filings that the judge has expressed herself over the years "in personal, injudicious terms when ruling or explaining her rulings" in the ongoing probation hearings.

The recusal request included some tawdry accusations, like a claim that she asked the Philadelphia-born rapper to record a version of a Boyz II Men song and include a shout out to Brinkley. Another claim accuses the judge of recommending Mill leave his management agency, Roc Nation, which is headed by Jay-Z, and rejoin his original manager, a Philadelphia man named Charlie Mack.

In sending Mill to jail Nov. 6, Brinkley said Mill "does what he wants" despite repeated warnings.

Twice in recent years, Brinkley ruled that Mill violated his probation by being associated with an alleged fight at a St. Louis airport and being charged with popping wheelies on a dirt bike in New York City.



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<![CDATA[Graham Slams Victoria Secret Show for Lack of Body Diversity]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:07:25 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/secretdiversity.jpg

Victoria's Secret is facing backlash for their lack of body diversity at its annual end of year fashion show.

Model Ashley Graham, who made history last year for being the first plus-sized model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, took to Instagram posting a doctored photo of her wearing the iconic angel wings with the tongue-in-cheek caption, “Got my wings!”

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Graham, who has spoken openly about body positivity and has her own lingerie line with Addition Elle for women sized between 12 and 26, has said she would “Absolutely” model for the brand if asked, but wants to still advocate for curvier women. 

Many took to social media to call out the lingerie company for only showing models of a particular size.

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For the first time, this year’s show took place in Shanghai. 


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<![CDATA[Here's Looking at 'Casablanca' at 75]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:34:38 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/casablanca-AP041117024103.jpg

"Citizen Kane" and "Vertigo," both psychologically propelled movie classics, regularly battle for the top ranking in the dubious greatest-movie-lists genre.

But perhaps the most enduring film of all strips away any Freudian sheen, and shines as an undisputed No. 1 in the romance and screenplay categories.

"Casablanca," which turns 75 Nov. 26, still works directly on the heart and mind, even as time goes by.

The story of star-crossed lovers Rick and Ilsa's unplanned reunion in Vichy-controlled Morocco premiered just under year after Pearl Harbor. "Casablanca" offered movie audiences both escape and a potent reminder of the world turmoil through two characters brought to life in stark, glorious black and white, via Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

But the true stars were the words penned by Howard Koch and brothers Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein, whose prose proved as memorable as images of Rick and Ilsa's foggy farewell.

"Casablanca" is the most quotable movie of all time, from "Round up the usual suspects" to “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine” to "Here's looking at you, kid."

The film’s most crucial line is delivered to Ilsa by Rick: “It doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that.”

Unlike “Citizen Kane” (1941) and “Vertigo” (1958), “Casablanca” doesn’t focus on the individual as much as on the shared sacrifice of love for a larger cause. That’s the most romantic movie notion of all.

Sometimes, all you’re left to cling to amid uncertainty are memories. Rick and Ilsa, at least, would always have Paris. The rest of us, luckily, will always have "Casablanca."

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[Russell Simmons Accuser: 1991 Rape Was 'Terrifying']]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:16:18 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_997622492198.jpg

Days after accusing music mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault in a detailed Los Angeles Times report, model Keri Claussen Khalighi appeared on "Megyn Kelly Today" Wednesday to shed more light on what she called the "terrifying moment" and why it has taken her years to tell her story.

Khalighi, now 43, said that she had dinner with Simmons and director Brett Ratner in New York City in 1991 when she was 17. The three of them went back to Simmons' apartment afterward, ostensibly to watch a music video, where Simmons coerced her to perform oral sex while Ratner watched, despite her pleas for help, she said.  

"I fought it wildly," Khalighi told the Times.

Simmons disputed her account in a statement to the Times, calling the interaction consensual, and Ratner's attorney said he had "no recollection" of her asking for help.

But Khalighi told Megyn Kelly "I'll never forget the look on" Ratner's face, adding that she realized "there was no help that was gonna come." 

She called it a "very confusing and terrifying moment."

Khalighi said that after it was over, she went to take a shower, where Simmons penetrated her without her consent.  

She told Kelly that the fact she stayed after the initial assault is "really important to talk about."

"I didn't run out. I stayed and I took a shower, and an additional sexual assault happened there," Khalighi said, explaining that her story helps explain why "women don't speak out right away and why there's a lot of shame around these stories." 

"I've learned … that there's a whole spectrum of variety of response" to assault, Khalighi said. "I certainly froze, and I certainly did what I could to normalize what was an incredibly hard-to-process situation. It's hard to process all of that in the moment as a 17-year-old, really at any age. It took me years to process this experience. … There's a lot of guilt and shame involved." 

Simmons' statement to the Times said that "everything that happened between us 26 years ago was completely consensual and with Keri's full participation." 

"I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being," Simmons said. "I'm deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri's assertions as to what happened over the course of that weekend."

Simmons expanded on his position in The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, saying his "loathing of any form of violence and abuse has been woven into all of my personal interactions." He suggested that Khalighi's accusation came from feeling shame.

Simmons writes that he "never committed any acts of aggression or violence in my life" or would "never knowingly cause fear or harm to anyone."

He added: "For any women from my past who I may have offended, I sincerely apologize. I am still evolving."

Khalighi called Simmons's description of a "consensual" interaction "ludicrous," adding that the two have talked privately about what happened. 

"He actually apologized," she said, adding that "what's so confusing and re-traumatizing" is that the private talk was "completely different than what's come out publicly."

Ratner has not commented publicly on Khalighi's latest comments. 

Khalighi is not the only woman accusing Ratner of misconduct. At least 14 women have come forward, with actress Olivia Munn telling the Times in a Nov. 1 report that Ratner masturbated in front of her on the set of one of his movies in 2004. Through his lawyer, Ratner has denied Munn's claim and all others. 



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<![CDATA[Still Gotta Have Spike Lee]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:08:45 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_570934070274.jpg

The now-classic montage of guys' pickup lines from Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It" included non-classic groaners like, “You’re so fine, baby, I’d drink a tub of your bathwater.”

Then there was Lee's character, fast-talking bike messenger Mars Blackmon, who responded to getting dumped with a verbal Gatling-gun plea: "Please baby please baby please baby baby baby please!”

More than three decades later, "She's Gotta Have It," Lee’s comedy-drama about a vibrant young woman taking charge of her sexuality, returns Thanksgiving, re-envisioned as a current-day 10-episode series on Netflix. The show is primed to draw a crowd, no cheesy come-ons or begging required.

That's not just a tribute to the career Lee built from his 1986 low-budget, high-impact feature film debut, but to a smart-and-funny flick ahead of its time – and as timely as ever.

The new series arrives amid an entertainment world upheaval in which men far more powerful than Mars Blackmon are being accused of far worse than spewing tacky lines.

Lee upended Hollywood with his breakout independent film, which introduced Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns), a juggler of three lovers: goofy Mars, slick model Greer and the seemingly straight-laced marriage material Jamie.

The movie presaged the likes of "Sex and the City," "Girls" and "Insecure," for its by turns comic and powerfully frank portrayal of the challenges facing an intelligent, sexy woman set on calling the shots in her love life.

“She’s Gotta Have It” showcased Lee's knack for mixing humor, serious themes – and shocking moments – in a realistic setting as he would go on to do most masterfully in “Do the Right Thing.”

The Netflix show gives a great filmmaker an opportunity not to simply rehash an early effort, but to offer a new hit on his first potent and eye-opening “joint.”

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[Widow of Grateful Dead's Longtime Lawyer Auctions Rare Items]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:06:47 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/182*120/Grateful+Dead+Banners+1989.jpg The widow of the Grateful Dead's longtime lawyer is auctioning off treasures from their long strange trip with the psychedelic rock-and-roll band.

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<![CDATA[Disney Star Jordan Fisher Wins 'Dancing With the Stars' ]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:03:33 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jordandance.jpg

Disney Channel star Jordan Fisher has been crowned the winner of "Dancing with the Stars" alongside partner Lindsay Arnold.

Fisher beat out violinist Lindsey Stirling and actor Frankie Muniz for the Mirrorball Trophy on the season 25 finale of the ABC reality competition Tuesday.

Fisher paid tribute to Arnold on Twitter after the announcement, writing: "There aren't words to describe the feeling of going through BATTLE with my SISTER. Putting in all the time and effort and energy for 12 weeks, then to be rewarded for it after having the most incredible time?! Unbelievable."

Fisher has starred in several Disney Channel series and films. He has also appeared on Broadway in "Hamilton."

This is the first "Dancing with the Stars" title for Arnold.



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<![CDATA[David Cassidy Through The Years]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:04:25 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-452902044.jpg An actor before he became known as a singer, songwriter and a guitarist, David Cassidy shaped pop culture in the 1970s. Here is a look at his life.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Gwen Stefani Covers Her Doorways in Gift Wrap]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:38:10 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e031_774_gwenstefani_traditions_20171121-151133483032400002.jpg

Gwen Stefani talks about her NBC Christmas special and the holiday traditions she still carries on from her childhood.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Maroon 5 Performs in NYC Subway in Disguise]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:01:38 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Maroon5Screen-Shot-2017-11-22-at-3.58.36-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and Maroon 5 put on disguises and give a surprise performance of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "Sugar" in a New York City subway station.



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<![CDATA['Late Night': Amber Ruffin on Shelton Being Named 'Sexiest' ]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 03:40:20 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AmberSheltonScreen-Shot-2017-11-22-at-3.38.01-AM1.jpg

"Late Night" writer Amber Ruffin recaps what's happening in pop culture news, including Blake Shelton being named "Sexiest Man Alive," and Serena Williams' wedding. 



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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump Backing Moore]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:47:04 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TrumpMooreScreen-Shot-2017-11-22-at-2.44.36-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at the White House continuing to stand by an accused sexual predator running for Senate so they can pass tax cuts.



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<![CDATA[David Cassidy: Pop's ‘Family’ Favorite]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:04:43 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-85431361.jpg

David Cassidy wasn't the first musically talented teenybopper heartthrob launched from a family friendly sitcom (Ricky Nelson beat him by a dozen years).

And he wasn't the first superstar hatched from a music-filled TV comedy built around a pre-fabricated, recording studio-enhanced band (The Monkees were four years ahead of that game).

But Cassidy, who died Tuesday at age 67, carved his own place in pop culture history as lead-singing "Partridge Family" sibling Keith – forging a fan connection as sweet as bubble gum, but far longer lasting.

He oozed appeal on multiple levels: Cassidy proved equally lovable as a sitcom big brother who played straight man to his TV brother Danny (Danny Bonaduce) and as a shaggy-haired pop idol who played to countless screaming fans.

Cassidy arrived armed with a disarming smile and a singing voice by turns reassuring and confident. He infused well-crafted treacle like "I Think I Love You" with a mix of borderline-melodramatic urgency and euphoria that got the pubescent set crying for more (even if most were too young to know exactly what "more" meant).

"The Partridge Family" landed in 1970 as a bastion of rock-and-roll wholesomeness a year after Woodstock. As the generation gap grew, millions watched a show about a widowed mom joining her five kids in the family band, hopping in an old school bus and singing that it was time to "get happy."

The somewhat meta set-up – Cassidy's stepmother, Shirley Jones, played his mother – added to the family friendly air. So did the show's Friday night timeslot on ABC, alongside "The Brady Bunch," another sunny, big-brood sitcom that exercises an oddly enduring hold on the popular consciousness more than four decades after its final delivery of affable fluff.

Still, the guitar-slinging Cassidy, whose musical ambitions ran more toward creating the next "Purple Haze" than endlessly crooning "I Woke Up in Love This Morning," became the proverbial captive of his own fame. He tried to break out of the gilded Partridge cage, most notably with a risqué, carefully cropped Rolling Stone cover shot by Annie Leibovitz in 1972.

It didn't work.

He eventually found a post-sitcom, post-superstardom niche in musical theater, most notably via "Blood Brothers." In an early 1990s production, he played opposite his younger half-brother Shaun, the "Hardy Boys"-propelled teen idol who achieved more enduring success behind the camera.

Recent years weren't kind to David Cassidy, who quickly got fired by Donald Trump on "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2011, and gained unwanted headlines as he battled the bottle and, eventually, dementia. 

But Cassidy died Tuesday with his image forever intact as the safe, first celebrity crush of legions – the green-eyed, forever young leader of the band who delivered on his promise of helping fans get happy.

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[David Cassidy, 'The Partridge Family' Star, Dies at 67]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:18:42 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+DAVID+CASSIDY+OBIT+112117.00_00_36_21.Still007.jpg

David Cassidy, best known for his role as Keith Partridge on “The Partridge Family” died at 67, his family announced Tuesday.

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<![CDATA['Forever Young': Friends, Fans Remember David Cassidy]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:06:01 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-93405200.jpg

Friends and fans of David Cassidy took to Twitter late Tuesday to remember the actor and singer, who starred in the 1970s sitcom "The Partridge Family."

Cassidy died Tuesday at age 67.

"To me and millions of us you were forever young. RIP," wrote actress Marlee Matlin.

Many posted tweets remembering Cassidy from his heartthrob days, while others wrote about more recent encounters.



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<![CDATA[Olympian Gabby Douglas Says Team Doctor Abused Her]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:49:02 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-587844736.jpg

Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas revealed in an Instagram post on Tuesday that she was abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar, who is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges on Wednesday, NBC News reported.

The disclosure came in a new apology for a tweet last week in which Douglas said, in a response to Aly Raisman talking about sexual abuse victims, that women have a responsibility to dress modestly because "dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd." She later apologized on Twitter. 


"I didn't view my comments as victim shaming because I know that no matter what you wear, it NEVER gives anyone the right to harass or abuse you," she wrote in her Instagram statement.

A representative for the Olympian confirmed the authenticity of the post and that Douglas says she was molested by Nassar, who was first publicly accused of preying on athletes more than a year ago. In her post, Douglas explained why she had not joined the other accusers until now.



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<![CDATA[Chrissy Teigen Announces Pregnancy on Instagram]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:46:39 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/john+legend+chrissy+teigen+tonys.jpg

Add one more thing for Chrissy Teigen to be thankful for. The model, television personality took to social media Tuesday to reveal she and husband John Legend were expecting a baby.

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The former Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model and musician are already parents to a daughter, Luna, born in 2016.

Earlier this year, Teigen revealed her struggles with post-partum depression following the pregnancy.

Legend quickly responded to the Instagram with a tweet of his own.

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<![CDATA[Get Ready for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:21:49 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Get_Ready_for_Macy_s_Thanksgiving_Day_Parade.jpg

The iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off the holiday season with its 91st march down the streets of Manhattan on Thursday, Nov. 23, featuring legendary 50-foot balloons, bands, dance numbers and celebs.

Coverage starts at 9 a.m. ET on NBC, and you can watch it all live at home on NBC or on the go via NBC Live. Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of "Today" will anchor the broadcast. 

You can live stream the parade on NBCNewYork.com on your desktop or laptop computer or your mobile device by clicking on this link . We've temporarily removed the need to log in with your TV provider credentials for the parade.

The colorful procession will feature a star-studded cast, including 98 Degrees, Andra Day and Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Wyclef Jean, Bravo's Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, Patti LaBelle and others.

Broadway performances from the casts of "Anastasia," "Dear Evan Hansen" and other shows will highlight this year's broadcast.

 
 
 

 

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<![CDATA[Get Ready for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:36:07 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/IMG_3397s.jpg

The iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off the holiday season with its annual march down the streets of Manhattan on Thursday, Nov. 23, featuring legendary 50-foot balloons, bands, dance numbers and celebs.

Coverage starts at 9 a.m. on NBC in all time zones, and you can watch it all live at home on NBC or on the go via NBC Live. Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of "Today" will anchor the broadcast.

You can also live stream the parade on your desktop or laptop computer or your mobile device by clicking on this link. We've temporarily removed the need to log in with your TV provider credentials for the parade.

The colorful procession will feature a star-studded cast, including 98 Degrees, Andra Day and Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Wyclef Jean, Bravo's Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, Patti LaBelle and others.

Broadway performances from the casts of "Anastasia," "Dear Evan Hansen" and other shows will highlight this year's broadcast.




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<![CDATA[Kaepernick Says Imprisoned Rapper Meek Mill in 'Good Spirits']]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:38:53 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Kaepernick_Mills.jpg

Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who started a movement of football players protesting during the national anthem, is now putting his support behind imprisoned Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill.

Kaepernick says he spoke to Meek Mill, who is currently serving two to four years in a Pennsylvania state prison for violating probation.

"Spoke to Meek Mill & he wanted ppl to know regardless of his unjust situation, he’s in good spirits & humbled by the support the people have shown him," Kaepernick tweeted Monday. "We'll continue to fight against the harsh sentencing practices that have affected Meek & millions of other [people of color] for generations."

Mill's legal team has been fighting for the release of the 30-year-old, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, since Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley put him behind bars in early November. 

A PR blitz — including a New York Times op-ed from fellow rapper Jay-Z, star-studded rallies and bus ads — has called for Mill's release. His supporters argue that the rapper was sent away on the whim of a judge, against the recommendations of prosecutors. His attorneys have called on Brinkley to remove herself from the case saying she's been unjust.

Kaepernick, who took a knee during the national anthem before each game last year to protest police mistreatment of people of color, has not been signed by any NFL team this season. Last season he played for the San Francisco 49ers.

Other NFL players, including Philadelphia Eagles star Malcolm Jenkins, have continued to protest during the Star-Spangled Banner before games. Jenkins has used his protest as a platform to promote criminal justice reform. Jenkins also appeared at a Free Meek Mill rally last week.



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<![CDATA[NBC's 2017 Holiday Line-Up ]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:30:47 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/holidayTryptich.jpg Check out some of NBC's upcoming holiday specials.]]> <![CDATA[Iran-Based Hacker Charged With Trying to Extort HBO ]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:04:55 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/thronestrailr.jpg

An Iran-based hacker plotted to extort HBO out of $6 million by threatening to release stolen episodes and scripts of hit shows, such as "Game of Thrones," at one point taunting the network with a twist on a catch phrase form that series: "Winter is coming. HBO is falling."

An indictment filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan accuses Behzad Mesri of hacking into the cable network's computer system in New York. It says he stole unaired episodes from shows including "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Deuce," story plot summaries and scripts for "Game of Thrones" and confidential cast and crew contact lists.

The Mesri, 29, a fugitive living in Iran who used the alias "Skote Vahshat," earlier this year infiltrated computer accounts of HBO employees authorized to remotely access the network's servers, the indictment says. In July, he emailed HBO executives in New York providing evidence of the hack and demanding $5.5 million in digital currency, a figure later raised to $6 million, it says. Included was an image of "Game of Thrones" Night King character, leader of an army of zombies, with the words, "Good luck HBO."

After HBO apparently refused to pay, Mesri began leaking portions of the stolen material on websites he controlled, the indictment says. One of the leaks was an unaired episode of a new HBO comedy called "Barry" on which he superimposed an opening credit showing the Night King and the "HBO is falling" threat, according to the indictment.

U.S. authorities described Mesri as a computer whiz who sometimes works with a hacker group in Iran called Turk Black Hat Security. He also has teamed the Iranian military to conduct cyberattacks targeting military and nuclear software systems and Israeli infrastructure, they said.

Although Mesri is not in custody, prosecutors decided to publicly charge him and put him on the FBI's most-wanted list to send a message to outlaw hackers that U.S. law enforcement has the means to identify, track and get them arrested if they travel to countries where the United States has better relations, acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said.

"Today, winter has come for Behzad Mesri," Kim said. "He will forever be looking over his shoulder. And if he isn't, he should be."

In a statement Tuesday, HBO said it is working with law enforcement but declined further comment.







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<![CDATA[Meet the Stars of the 2017 National Dog Show]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:34:01 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/20171120+National+Dog+Show+Thumb.jpg It's a ruff assignment, to tell the tails of the dogs who grace the stage of the 2017 National Dog Show, presented by Purina. Take a sneak peek at the canines who competed in Oaks, Pennsylvania this weekend. Then, watch to see who wins on Thanksgiving Day on NBC.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Amy Sedaris' Big Greek Thanksgiving]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:41:34 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e029_611_amysedaris_holidaytips_20171120-151125179422100002.jpg

Amy Sedaris tells Seth Meyers about her family's Mediterranean-style Thanksgiving and gives tips for holiday entertaining. 

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Trump Family Thanksgiving Secrets Revealed]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:13:30 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/PattiScreen-Shot-2017-11-21-at-3.37.59-AM.jpg

Watch "Tonight Show" correspondent Patti Harrison share what Thanksgiving is like in the Trump household. 



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<![CDATA['Tonight': Stephen Curry Reads His Veterans Day Essay]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:20:25 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/StephenCurryScreen-Shot-2017-11-21-at-3.16.52-AM.jpg

Stephen Curry talks to Jimmy Fallon about the inspiration behind The Players' Tribune Veterans Day essay he wrote about how athletes use their platforms for change.



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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump vs. LaVar Ball]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:17:12 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BBallScreen-Shot-2017-11-21-at-2.57.46-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at how Republicans are trying to sell their tax plan while the White House seems to have settled on a different message: vote for an accused sexual predator, and leave American citizens imprisoned in China.



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<![CDATA[With the Angels: Della Reese Dies at 86]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:48:26 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dellaangel.jpg

Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama "Touched by an Angel," has died at age 86.

Reese's co-star on the series, Roma Downey, said in a statement that the actress died peacefully Sunday evening in her home in the Los Angeles area. No further details were included.

Before "Touched by an Angel" debuted in 1994, Reese was mainly known as a singer, although she had costarred on "Chico and the Man," ''Charlie and Company" and "The Royal Family" and hosted her own talk show, "Della."

"Touched by an Angel" was a gamble for CBS from the start. The story of an apprentice angel (Roma Downey) and her supervisor (Reese) being sent to Earth to solve people's problems appeared to have little chance in a TV world dominated by sitcoms and police dramas.

The first season brought mediocre ratings, but slowly the show's audience grew until it became one of television's highest rated dramas. It lasted until 2003.

"Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people. She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on 'Touched By An Angel,'" Roma Downey wrote in a statement. "I know heaven has a brand new angel this day."

She had been ordained by the Chicago-based Universal Foundation for Better Living, and when co-star Downey got married, Reese performed the ceremony.

Reese's singing career also began in church, when she joined the junior gospel choir at the Olivet Baptist Church in her hometown of Detroit. Soon she was singing at other churches, at civic events and on the radio.

When Mahalia Jackson, known as The Queen of Gospel Music, came to Detroit, she needed a singer to replace a member of her troupe. She turned to Reese, who was only 13.

Jackson was so impressed by the teenager's voice that she enlisted her for a summer tour, and Reese went on to tour with her for five summers. In later years she would remark that she would never forget what she learned from the legendary gospel singer, including "how to communicate with people through song."

Reese is survived by her husband, Franklin Lett, and three children.






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