<![CDATA[NBC New York - Entertainment News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usTue, 24 May 2016 08:06:46 -0400Tue, 24 May 2016 08:06:46 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Late Night': Dunham's Message to Younger Self]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 08:05:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Lena_Dunham_Late_Night.jpg Lena Dunham reads a message to her younger self on "Late Night."]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Closer Look at Trump's Gun Stands]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 08:06:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/meyers-a--closer-look.jpg Seth Meyers takes a closer look at Donald Trump's gun stands.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Jimmy Fallon Plays 'Interesting' Songs]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 06:52:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/%27tonight-show-jimmy-final-fallon-do-not-play.jpg Jimmy Fallon highlights some music you should avoid.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': True Confessions With John Oliver]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 06:44:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/oliver-fallon-confessions.jpg John Oliver and Jennifer Lawrence play true confessions with Jimmy Fallon.]]> <![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:00:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Counting Down To 'The Voice']]> Mon, 23 May 2016 18:05:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_voice160523_1920x1080.jpg Four finalists give it their best shot on Monday, May 23, 2016, hoping to become the latest winner of "The Voice."]]> <![CDATA[Beyoncé-Inspired Prom Dress]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 04:29:58 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/174*120/GettyImages-472992962+%281%29.jpg

A Missouri teen just seriously raised the bar for prom fashion by re-creating Beyoncé’s famed Met Gala look on a high school budget.

India Ross, of St. Louis, told Cosmopolitan she’s "always loved" Beyoncé, and when she saw the superstar’s flesh-colored Givenchy gown, she knew that was the way she wanted to show up to her senior prom.

The 18-year-old took the idea to a local designer, Toi Hall, with what started as a simple request.

"When I gave my designer my money I said: Can you make me feel like I'm Beyoncé? And that's what she did," Ross said in a one-on-one interview with Cosmo.

The designer used mesh material to give the same see-through appearance and found jewels at cost-friendly Michaels Craft Store, Ross told the magazine.

But it wasn’t that simple, Ross warned, telling Cosmo that even her designer was at moments overwhelmed with the time-consuming project.

"You can't just place rhinestones anywhere because it would have looked a mess," she said in the interview with Cosmo. "Prom was the most stressful process ever."

But in the end it was worth it, because her prom photos quickly garnered national attention, spawning features on Huffington Post, Bravo TV, Mashable, "On-Air With Ryan Seacrest," Buzzfeed and UsWeekly, to name a few.

"I did not expect for it to blow up like this. It's been wild," Ross told Cosmo.

It should come as no surprise that the St. Louis native has her sight sets on working in the world of fashion, telling Cosmopolitan she is headed for Chicago’s Columbia College to double major in fashion business and fashion merchandising while minoring in public relations and marketing.



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<![CDATA['Frozen' Star Responds to #GiveElsaAGirlfriend]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 14:49:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/idina_menzel.jpg

The voice behind Elsa in "Frozen" has weighed in on a recent social media campaign that seeks a girlfriend for the ice princess' second movie installment.

“I think it’s great,” Broadway actress Idina Menzel told Entertainment Tonight from the 2016 Billboard Music Awards red carpet. “Disney’s just gotta contend with that. I’ll let them figure that out.”

Alexis Isabel Moncada, 17, created #GiveElsaAGirlfriend to send a strong message. The Floridian used Twitter to encourage Disney to give Elsa a same-sex partner in the forthcoming 'Frozen' sequel. 

"We see princes and princesses, beasts and women, women and frogs ... yet no women who love other women? If we're going to displace a group of people because it's inappropriate — then so is seeing every other relationship," Moncada told NBC News. 

The debate is on whether Elsa should have a girlfriend or a boyfriend.

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In response to the #GiveElsaAGirlfriend campaign, a Citizen Go petition, #CharmingPrinceForElsa, was started to promote a perfect man for Elsa. The charming prince campaign has garnered 206,000 electronic signatures in just over a week. 

Menzel says playing the character was life changing and that she supports whatever Disney decides, according to ET.

"Frozen" is the highest-grossing animated movie of all time. A release date has not been set for its sequel. 

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<![CDATA[Celeb Hookups: Eva Longoria and Jose Antonio Baston]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 10:53:51 -0400 People magazine. Longoria shared an Instagram photo on May 22, 2016, showing their rings and two cards reading "Jose Baston" and "Eva Baston." ]]> People magazine. Longoria shared an Instagram photo on May 22, 2016, showing their rings and two cards reading "Jose Baston" and "Eva Baston." ]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-474274416-evalongoria.jpg Check out which celebrities are pairing up.

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<![CDATA[Bob Dylan's Back Pages]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 06:38:02 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dylan1.jpg

The 1992 concert celebrating Bob Dylan's 30th show business anniversary featured a star-filled rendition of "My Back Pages." The likes of Neil Young, Tom Petty and George Harrison traded verses and shared the classic chorus: "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now."

The song, first recorded by Dylan at age 23, provided a perfect fit to mark the middle age of a music icon. It might seem like an equally appropriate soundtrack as the American troubadour turns 75 Tuesday.

But summing up a landmark birthday in a half-century-old song feels too pat for pop's poet of paradox. Dylan and his music are tangled up in contradictions, no easier to get a handle on now than when he was a young folk singer out of Minnesota making his mark in Greenwich Village. 

That's the way he apparently wants it. Dylan's forged a career upon defiance – from penning seminal protest songs to going electric to bucking traditional definitions of age. He thrives on upending expectations: The great anti-establishment voice of the 1960s now makes commercials (including a new take on "Forever Young" with will.i.am for Pepsi in 2009 and a more recent spot for IBM) and even released an album of songs associated with Frank Sinatra last year.

Dylan delights, perhaps most of all, in defying his own legacy, touring constantly and turning selection from his songbook into unrecognizable growls – all while producing new recordings, originals and covers alike. (His just-released album, “Fallen Angels,” offers another collection of primarily Sinatra-inspired standards. Check out Dylan’s sweet-and-smoky take on “All the Way.”)

Dylan, who lives by the credo of "don't look back" (even if he’s one memoir into a purportedly three-volume set), primarily focuses on the pages yet to be written.

Perhaps best was to commemorate his birthday is to forgo both over-analyzing and looking for easy answers – in the wind or elsewhere – and embrace the enigma that is Bob Dylan, who tries, by often inscrutable example, to get us to grow up without growing old.

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[Top Celeb Pics: Billboard Awards' Best Moments]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 00:42:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Madonna-Prince-Tribute-AP_982949973686.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities looking their best.

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<![CDATA['SNL': Larry David Returns for One Last Dance]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 08:58:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/208*120/Clinton+Sanders+SNL+Waltz.png

Larry David returned to Studio 8H for one last waltz with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. 

The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star made what perhaps could be his last appearance playing Bernie Sanders as "Saturday Night Live" breaks for the summer and the primary season draws to a close. 

As the real Clinton continues to lead in the race for the Democratic nomination, despite Sanders’ recent winning streak, the strained relationship between the candidates was lampooned in the show's cold open.

The sketch played out in a bar, where Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton engages in bar talk over beers with a defiant Sanders.

"I've done it! I've won the nomination!" McKinnon's Clinton said to the bartender, played by cast member Kenan Thompson. "I mean, no I haven't, and I keep losing states, but mathematically, I've done it!"

When the bartender announces "last call," David's Sanders refuses to leave, saying: "It’s not over 'til I say it’s over." 

"I didn’t see you sitting behind me, so far behind me you can never catch up,” Clinton quipped.

The Vermont senator joins Clinton at the bar and orders "something revolutionary...that people are flocking to.” Clinton chooses something "no one likes but will get the job done,” and the two begin to reminisce about the bitter campaign and reveal their deepest secrets.

"I dream about being a fancy millionaire or billionaire," Sanders says. "And I say fancy things like 'I'll have a tuna sandwich on a croissant.'"

"You know the presidency? I really, really want it," McKinnon's Clinton responds.

Clinton then asks him to dance, even offering up three superdelegates to a reluctant Sanders. The two waltz out the bar to the tune of Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the Flower" from "The Nutcracker," and through the "SNL" studio before Clinton says goodbye to Sanders by pushing him into an elevator.   

The show was hosted by "SNL" alum Fred Armisen who, presiding over the end of the 41st season, recalled his own beginnings on the show many years before.

"'SNL' is a very important place for me,” Armisen said, noting that his career began when he was cast for the show. “I owe everything to this place.”

He recalled his story by acting out his Long Island hometown denizens mocking his show business aspirations. But after a successful audition that included a Prince impression, his neighbors were proud of him. 

Armisen was joined in the season ender by several of his former castmates, including Andy Samberg, who starred in a new Lonely Island digital short about a sexual fetish involving Osama bin Laden. 

The show continued to echo current events on "Weekend Update" where Maya Rudolph made a special guest appearance as Brazil’s embattled President Dilma Rousseff. 

Rudolph’s Rousseff rejected the impeachment tag, calling it a "retirement" where she "make relax."

"I drink caipirinhas, enjoy Guaraná, moqueca de camarão, feijoada, brigadeiro,” Rousseff boasts.

Asked whether Brazil was ready to hold the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rousseff said, "No. But we just have to take 1 million poops out of waters and build all the buildings.”

With the Olympics set to begin in August, co-anchor Colin Jost seemed alarmed that the structures needed for the games weren’t ready.

“It’s fine. It's what you call B.Y.O.B – bring your own buildings,” Rudolph responded.

The show, and with it the season, concluded with Armisen and the "SNL" crew showing off their musical abilities with a honky-tonk about summertime in Fayetteville.



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<![CDATA[Calvin Harris Injured in Car Crash]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 10:48:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Calvin-Harris-In-Concert.jpg

Superstar DJ and producer Calvin Harris was among two people injured following a head-on car crash in Studio City Friday night, Los Angeles police said.

Harris was a passenger in an SUV traveling in the 3500 block of Coldwater Canyon Boulevard around 11 p.m. when the collision occurred, according to the LAPD.

Police said a vehicle with three juveniles inside crossed over the center divider and crashed into the SUV.

Harris suffered a cut to his nose and was taken to a hospital. He was released shortly after.

The driver from the other vehicle involved was ejected from the car and suffered a broken pelvis, police said. 

The Scottish DJ, who is dating singer Taylor Swift, was headed to the airport for a flight to Las Vegas — where he was scheduled to perform Friday night at Omnia — when the collision occurred, according to a statement on his Facebook page. Harris was not able to perform as a result of the crash. 

No other injuries were reported.

Police said no drugs or alcohol were involved. The crash was under investigation. 



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<![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’:Magazine Cover Talk With Billy Crystal]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 02:03:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e144_476_magazinecover_20160520_1200x675_690084931787.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Billy Crystal have a conversation using various magazine covers with celebrities on them.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’: Fallon Writes Thank You Notes]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 01:55:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e144_476_thankyounotes_20160520_1200x675_690082883989.jpg Jimmy Fallon pens thank you notes to Reebok, Xbox and other things.]]> <![CDATA[Bryan Cranston Takes LBJ 'All the Way']]> Fri, 20 May 2016 16:57:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP185513964717.jpg

All the turbulence buffeting the current presidential political season seems like a breeze compared to 1964, even if some similar partisan ill winds swirl.

Lyndon Baines Johnson, thrust into the presidency following the November 1963 assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, quickly found himself fighting domestic wars on two major fronts: battling a right-wing Republican (Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater) for election while twisting the arms of fellow southern Democrats and other lawmakers to pass landmark civil rights legislation.

All the while, perhaps the toughest Washington force for Johnson to control was himself – a bawdy, relentless and passionate personality obsessed by power, plagued by self-doubt and ultimately driven by a strong sense of right and wrong.

It’s the stuff, not only of key 20th Century U.S. history, but of Shakespearean drama.

Playwright Robert Schenkkan, aided by a top-notch starring performance by Bryan Cranston, proved as much on Broadway two years ago with “All the Way,” which chronicled Johnson’s 1964 odyssey. Now a movie version is set to land on HBO Saturday, at a time when we could use an example of some good breaking out of gridlock-inducing political rancor.

The small screen version of the story, which gets its title from Johnson’s campaign slogan (“All the Way with LBJ”), also comes amid a spate of high-quality TV dramas offering sharp perspectives on relatively recent history. FX’s "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” tackled mid-1990s racial divisions that pack a contemporary resonance. Ditto for HBO’s “Confirmation,” which revisited the 1991 Clarence Thomas Senate hearings.

HBO also excelled in giving another recent Broadway show the TV movie treatment, buoyed by Audra McDonald’s bravura channeling of Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill.”    

“All the Way” has attracted the public attention of President Obama, who turned 3 the summer Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with Martin Luther King Jr. among the onlookers. Obama, a big fan of the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” has shown himself more attuned to the power of the popular culture than any president since Ronald Reagan.

In a recent conversation with Cranston, for a New York Times story, Obama made a telling comment that spoke to Johnson’s unrelenting ambition. His White House predecessor, Obama said, was “hungry for the office in a way that I wasn’t.”

Cranston, proving his “Breaking Bad” run was no fluke, infused his stage rendering of Johnson with the intensity Obama referenced, bringing the portrait painted in Robert Caro’s ongoing Johnson biography series to life.

If Cranston is half as good as in the movie as he was on Broadway, “All the Way” stands to be a winner in an election year in which the verdict on the big race of the day is still blowing in the wind.

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[Top ‘SNL’ Sketches During Wild 2016 Race]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 12:45:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Bernie-Larry-SNL-Ship-.jpg

The tale of two Hillarys that played out during a "Saturday Night Live" parody of "A Christmas Carol” in December epitomized the show’s efforts this season to satirize a presidential race that’s upended expectations, great and otherwise.

In the sketch, Amy Poehler materialized as a ghostly visitor – her 2008 version of Hillary Clinton – who remarked to Kate McKinnon's contemporary rendering, "You’ve changed your hair!” But differences went far beyond the bob: The skit scored with the juxtaposition of Poehler's forced-smile Clinton against McKinnon's more intense model, who is working as hard to be liked as to win.

The segment not only captured a changing dynamic in the campaign, but reflected an evolving approach by a show that began satirizing presidential electoral politics with the 1976 Ford-Carter race.

Poehler returned during a season in which "SNL" figures of years past – Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, Darrell Hammond as Donald Trump and Larry David as Bernie Sanders – threatened to overshadow the current cast the same way Clinton, Trump and Sanders dominated attention amid a large field of candidates.

Meanwhile, appearances by the prime presidential wannabes inhabiting characters other than themselves – Clinton as an earthy bartender, Sanders as an immigrant and Trump as a smarmy music executive while hosting in November – added a new level of surreality to the usual candidate cameos in a campaign year that's unspooled like a Reality TV show run amok.

For "SNL," which ends its 2015-2016 run this weekend with Fred Armisen as host, it's been a season like no other amid a campaign that holds the same distinction.

As the show gets ready to break before returning in the fall for the presidential race homestretch, revisit some of best of "SNL" comedy drawn from the some of the strangest of political times.

Set ‘Em Up Val
The real Hillary Clinton appeared to be having fun as she played bartender Val to McKinnon’s uptight candidate. “Maybe you should take a vacation,” Val advised.

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Dueling Hillarys
Arguments over whether Poehler and McKinnon does the better imitation are pointless. Both, as this clip shows, succeed at capturing Clinton at different points.

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Crying Uncle
Bobby Moynihan’s “Weekend Update” staple – the perennially sloshed, ill-informed, ranting reductionist Drunk Uncle – made an unsurprising endorsement: “Finally someone is saying the things that I have been thinking – as well as saying.”

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Trump’s Palace
In this November sketch, the real Trump plays President Trump consulting close advisers (including Omarosa Manigault of “Apprentice” fame) during a 2018 Oval Office meeting.

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His Ship Comes In
Sanders meets David as the candidate appears as a (Democratic) socialist immigrant on a sinking ship where the one percent seek special treatment. 

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Masterful Mash-up
In the best "SNL" segment of the season, David stars in "Bern Your Enthusiasm," employing his Sanders imitation in a takeoff of his own HBO show, complete with the bouncy theme music.

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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[Ferris Bueller's 'Day Off' in 2016]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 09:38:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Ferris+Bueller.jpg

If Ferris Bueller were to re-create his epic day off in 2016, how much would it cost?

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the 1986 Chicago classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," Chicago Magazine calculated the cash needed to pull off Ferris, Cam and Sloane's iconic adventures, from parking downtown to repairing a severely damaged Ferrari.

Three people would rack up $42 for four hours of parking, $66 for tickets to the Willis Tower Skydeck and $261 for field-level Cubs tickets, according to the magazine.

The magazine calculated $80 for lunch at Cochon Volant Brasserie, "the fanciest French resto in the Loop serving lunch on weekdays"; $66 to get into the Art Institute of Chicago; and $3,000 for permits and security for the Von Steuben German Day Parade.

As for Ferrari repairs? The mag estimated Cam's damage at $1 million, for an all-day total of $1,003,515.
 
A movie tribute called Ferris Fest, complete with screenings, bus tours and a recreation of Ferris' room, takes place this weekend at filming sites across Chicago.

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<![CDATA[‘Late Night’: Closer Look at Democratic Division]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 10:27:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/split2-clinton-sanders.jpg The Democratic campaign became tense this week as differences arose between Bernie Sanders and the Democratic National Convention. But, host Seth Meyers points out, a similar situation occurred in 2008 between then-candidate Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Meyers also looks at some odd comparisons pundits made, like calling Sanders the zombie candidate.

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<![CDATA[‘Late Night’: Zac Efron Talks 'Neighbors 2']]> Fri, 20 May 2016 10:29:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/EFRON_GettyImages-484426002.jpg Zac Efron talks to host Seth Meyers about the new movie he’s starring in, ‘Neighbors 2.’

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<![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’: #MyWeirdNeighbor Tweets]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 10:30:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e143_475_hashtags_20160519_1200x675_689423939794.jpg Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #MyWeirdNeighbor.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight': Kid Stand-Up With Seth Rogen]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 10:31:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/STANDUP_GettyImages-532773088.jpg Seth Rogen and Jimmy Fallon perform stand-up jokes that were written by elementary school kids for "The Tonight Show."

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