<![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-usFri, 06 May 2016 00:01:38 -0400Fri, 06 May 2016 00:01:38 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[A 'Good Wife' Goodbye]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 15:37:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/%27The-Good-Wife%27-CBS_AP.jpg

The most recent episode of "The Good Wife," leading up to Sunday's series finale, ended on a cliffhanger: news of a jury decision in the corruption case against Illinois Gov. Peter Florrick.

The drama, though, didn't center on him as much as the title character, his spouse-largely-in-name-only, Alicia. A guilty verdict likely means she'll remain his wife throughout his prison term. Exoneration means they'll finally divorce and she can get on with her life. 

"The Good Wife," which started with Alicia (played by Emmy winner Julianna Margulies) sticking by Peter (Chris Noth) through a prostitution scandal, comes full vicious circle as it wraps a seven-season run as one of the best dramas on network television. Once again, Alicia's stuck in the middle – her long, slow emotional jailbreak threatened by her own sense loyalty and evolving redefinition of what it means to stand by your man.

It's a fitting set-up for the end of a show whose creators redefined the possibilities of primetime network drama in an era when cable and streaming outlets dominate the genre.

The intricate CBS program began in 2009 with a simple premise: a look at political sex scandals from the perspective of the publicly silent spouse. Alicia Florrick went from shell-shock victim to powerhouse, reinventing herself as a big-time Chicago lawyer, while raising two teenagers and maintaining a sham marriage to her ambitious, wayward husband (Noth imbued the cad with deceiving depth).

Alicia endured heartbreak (the murder of her lover/boss Will Gardner), betrayals (too many to mention) and even NSA surveillance, amid her ongoing comeback. That all sounds like soap opera fodder, but rarely played that way  – even if at times the show stretched boundaries of coincidence with the same investigators, politicos, lawyers and lovers frequently set on new collision courses.

“The Good Wife” packed enough twists (Alicia giving up elected office after a scandal-tainted victory) and unraveling of old threads (Alicia learning this season of a loving, potentially life-changing phone message from Will that she never got) to keep viewers from turning away. Intelligent courtroom renderings of ripped-from-the-headlines legal issues, from abortion to gun control, also helped enliven plots.

Credit creators Robert and Michelle King with keeping the quality high while turning out nearly two dozen hour-long episodes per season. The top-notch writing was matched by strong performances from the likes of Christine Baranski (as Alicia’s boss and sometimes nemesis Diane Lockhart), Archie Panjabi (as Alicia’s mysterious co-worker/pal Kalinda Sharma) Alan Cumming (as conflicted political operative Eli Gold) and Michael J. Fox (as Louis Canning, a brilliant lawyer who uses his physical disability to his advantage).

But the clear star is Margulies, whose equal adeptness at verbal and nonverbal expression has grown more sophisticated since her “ER” days.

Sunday’s series farewell promises memorable final words as much as last looks. Perhaps it’s destiny the finale comes on Mother's Day, when Alicia’s best present to herself would be to break the bonds of wife and motherhood, and move on – presumably with hunky law firm investigator Jason Crouse (Jeffery Dean Morgan).

Whatever the decision of the jury that will determine the Florrick’s intertwined fates, the final verdict is that "The Good Wife" made for great television.


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. 

<![CDATA[Prince's Guitar Maker Reflects on the Artist's Death]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 12:55:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/princeguitar-luthier.jpg Andy Beech made 31 guitars for Prince over the course of their careers. Now, after the musician's sudden death, Beech reflects back on some of the highlights of his work, including seeing Prince pull out that famous purple guitar at the Super Bowl XLI halftime show in 2007. "It made me feel pretty good," Beech said. ]]> <![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[Tatum Gets Interviewed by Woman With Autism]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 12:37:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/speechless-carly-fleischmann-channing-tatum-today-160504-tease_1a736d7c147899244bc1c036eeb0311d.today-front-large2x.jpg

Carly Fleischmann has severe autism that makes her unable to communicate verbally, but that didn't stop her from starting her own YouTube talk show. Her first guest? Actor Channing Tatum.

"I would like to introduce you to my first guest ever!" Fleischmann told her YouTube audience while typing on a tablet. "He has been a stripper, a police officer, a secret agent, a reporter, a boyfriend to many, and soon he will dump his wife to be with me. I welcome Channing Tatum."

Fleischmann, 21, was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition at the age of 2, according to the website for her book "Carly's Voice." At age 10, she had a breakthrough when therapists discovered she could type her thoughts. Recently, Fleischmann started a YouTube channel titled, "Speechless with Carly Fleischmann," to fulfill her dream of being a talk show host, Today.com reported.

Fleischmann asked the "Magic Mike" actor if he would "date a 21-year-old person with autism."

"Yes, if I got permission from my wife," answered Tatum, who's married to actress Jenna Dewan Tatum.

Fleischmann then jokes: "All right. I've got my lawyers working on your divorce papers as we speak!" 

With Tatum in stitches, Fleischmann quizzed him on his personal life, childhood and life in Hollywood.

"Thank you, Channing, for this once-in-a-lifetime interview," she told the actor. "My bags are at your house and I'm ready to move in!"

The first installment of "Speechless" had been viewed more than one million times as of Thursday morning.

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<![CDATA[Grateful Dead Bassist Selling Calif. Mansion for $10.3M]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 14:09:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/PHIL+LESH+HOUSE10.jpg Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is selling his 2-acre, seven-bedroom estate in Ross, California, for $10.35 million. Lesh has played with the band since 1965 and was diagnosed with bladder cancer last year. He's expected to make a full recovery.

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<![CDATA[Cali. Doctor Center of Prince Death]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 06:43:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*122/doc7.JPG

A Mill Valley, California doctor’s office became Ground Zero for all-things Prince on Wednesday, a day after a newspaper reported that the late pop artist had been trying to get drug recovery help from him the day before he died.

But Dr. Howard Kornfeld, who runs “Recovery Without Walls,” did not answer the door or phone at his practice, which became a media stakeout in the affluent Marin County city. News outlets from NBC News to Extra! were there, all trying to get an interview with the man who reportedly was trying to help Prince overcome his problems.

While Kornfeld didn't want to speak, his attorney in Minneapolis did speak with reporters.

"Dr. Kornfeld felt his mission was a life-saving mission," William Mauzy said. "He felt it to be urgent."

At Kornfeld's home nearby, a “Do Not Disturb” sign hung on the door. When a reporter went to the door of the doctor’s home, a man came out to say “no comment.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune first reported that Mauzy said Prince had been trying to seek Kornfeld’s help on April 20. But Kornfeld was busy, the newspaper reported. So the doctor sent his son, Andrew Kornfeld, from San Francisco International Airport to Paisley Park in Minneapolis to help.

"Andrew's purpose for being there was to describe the Recovery Without Walls Program to familiarize Prince with that," Mauzy later told a bank of reporters on Thursday. "Prince could go there for pain management and any addiction issue."

It was Andrew Kornfeld, a consultant at the practice, who made the 911 call when he found the 57-year-old unresponsive. Prince died on April 21.

"He arrives to see him dead in the elevator," Mauzy said, deeming it "certainly a difficult time."

Complicating matters, however, is that Andrew Kornfeld, who is not a doctor, brought pills with him to help Prince and carried them over state lines. Mauzy said that Andrew Kornfeld intended to deliver the pills to a Minnesota doctor, who would administer them to Prince. Andrew Kornfeld never gave Prince any drugs, Mauzy said.

The Kornfelds hoped that Prince would agree to go to California for long-term care, Mauzy said.

The artist had performed in San Francisco and Oakland, less than a month before he died.

On his website, Kornfeld described his practice as a “personalized outpatient clinic, specializing in innovative, evidence-based medical treatment for chronic pain and drug and alcohol addiction.”

Kornfeld described himself as a “nationally recognized leader in the utilization of the opioid pain medication,” specifically buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone or Subutex. In 2013, he was profiled in the San Francisco Chronicle in an article called "Controlling Chronic Pain Without Dangerous Drugs."

Kornfeld is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Medicine and teaches at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine’s Pain Medical Fellowship Program. According to his biography, Kornfeld is the founding medical director at the Alameda County Medical Center, Pain Management and Functional Restoration Clinic.

His son, Andrew Kornfeld, is a University of California at Santa Cruz graduate, where he studied neuroscience and psychology. He has worked on several papers with his father, his biography states, and occasionally, he's acted as a peer mentor to younger patients.

<![CDATA['Late Night' Staff Helps With Jokes ]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 08:14:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/JOKES_Screen-Shot-2016-05-05-at-4.33.14-AM.jpg "Late Night" host Seth Meyers observes that because he’s a “straight, white male” there are certain jokes that his team comes up with that he doesn’t feel comfortable delivering. So he decided to bright two of his female writers on — one black, another lesbian, they noted — to tell some of those jokes.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night' Closer Look at Trump's Nominee Status]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 09:02:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e104_364_closerlook_20160504_1200x675_679736387748.jpg With the race effectively over, "Late Night" host Seth Meyers suggests that former candidates like Ted Cruz should take this time to reflect on why the voters chose Trump.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon's 'Trump' Calls 'Obama' After Indiana Win]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 04:27:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e132_464_trumpcallsobama_20160504_1200x675_679734339895.jpg "The Tonight Show" cast imagines what a conversation between Donald Trump and President Barack Obama would look like after Trump won Indiana, becoming the likely GOP nominee.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight': Musical Beers With Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 09:27:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OLSEN_Screen-Shot-2016-05-05-at-3.34.28-AM.jpg It's a free-for-all as Jimmy Fallon, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Sebastian Stan compete in a tense game that puts an adult spin on musical chairs.]]> <![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: 'Love & Friendship' Premiere]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 17:17:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/topEnt-GettyImages-527875326.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities looking their best.

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<![CDATA[Jeter, Meyers Remember 'SNL' Skit]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 07:55:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/JETER_GettyImages-527805920.jpg "Late Night" host Seth Meyers and Derek Jeter reminisced over the 2001 episode of “Saturday Night Live” when Derek Jeter “was kind enough,” Meyers said, to participate in "Weekend Update."

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<![CDATA[Hottest Looks From the 2016 Met Gala]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 12:27:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/split3-template-met-new.jpg See all the hottest looks from the 2016 Meta Gala red carpet.

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<![CDATA['Late Night' Look at Detroit Teacher Sickouts]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 07:57:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e103_363_closerlook_20160503_1200x675_678989891887.jpg It may be teacher appreciation day but those within the profession in Detroit were feeling no appreciation, "Late Night" host Seth Meyers said. With education funds drying up after the end of June, public school teachers in the financially troubled city held a “sickout” to protest the problem.]]> <![CDATA['Little Big Shots' on 'Tonight']]> Wed, 04 May 2016 07:53:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BIG_SHOTS_GettyImages-527786290.jpg Stars of NBC's "Little Big Shots," trumpet players Max, Kolbe and tap twins Freddie and Teddie, teach their talents to "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Frozen Blackjack with Chris Evans]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 07:58:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NUP_173646_1459.JPG "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon and "Captain America" star Chris Evans compete in an icy twist on blackjack, where the loser of each round gets a pitcher of ice water funneled into their pants by the winner.

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<![CDATA[Hundreds Brave Rain, Tough Judges for 'Hamilton' Open Auditions]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 07:06:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hamilton+audition+lines.jpg

An open casting call for principal roles in the Broadway blockbuster "Hamilton" drew hundreds to audition Tuesday, hours after the musical made history.

The line of hopefuls formed under a paper sign taped to Chelsea Studios on West 26th Street and snaked around the corner and up Sixth Avenue. The first person arrived at 8 p.m. Monday. By 4:46 p.m. Tuesday that paper sign was soaked by rain as the last person was called up to audition.

Good luck is just as important as good talent, with tryouts facing longshot odds at landing a role in the Broadway smash hit, which was nominated for 16 Tony Awards on Tuesday, a record. 

The parts are for principals, excluding King George, in the show's upcoming national tour. Producers are also looking for future replacements for the current Broadway production, which tells the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton through hip-hop.

"I'm so nervous," said Chanelle Patrick. She flew in from Chicago on Monday and took a cab from LaGuardia Airport straight to the front of the line. She left believing the producer loved her singing.

"When he started bobbing his head and I was picking up the speed, it seemed like he was feeling it," Patrick said. "Fingers crossed!"

The wording of the open call notice was changed to "seeking excellent performers for our current Broadway company and upcoming national tours." It had previously called for "non-white" performers, drawing protests from some equity groups. 

But the controversy didn't phase Iniko Dixon. 

"You really don't see people of color in theater...this is a chance, and it's such a revolutionary chance and I think it's great," Dixon said.

The Queens native sipped tea with honey in an attempt to soothe her voice. She waited in line for nearly 11 hours before finally getting called inside.

She is one of hundreds waiting for that call back for another round of auditions on Thursday.

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<![CDATA['Running Man' Dance on 'Ellen']]> Wed, 04 May 2016 11:08:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/050316+running+man+challenge.jpg

The University of Maryland basketball players who threw down a "running man challenge" to athletes across the country showed their dancing chops on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Tuesday.

Terrapins players Jaylen Brantley and Jared Nickens appeared on "Ellen," where they explained what went into the viral dance move.

The Terps began posting Instagram videos last month of them dancing to the 1996 Ghost Town DJ's hit "My Boo." They do the dance — which is a far cry from the running man of the '80s — in the middle of a street, popping out from under a blanket and after getting off a phone call.

Players at Virginia Tech, Villanova University and the University of Miami all accepted the challenge, posting videos of themselves doing the dance. But it turns out two high school students from New Jersey started it.

Jeremiah Hall and Kevin Vincent of Hillside, New Jersey, told DeGeneres they invented the dance when they were bored in a finance class. Later, they saw that Brantley and Nickens did their own version, which went viral.

"We was like, 'What, wait? We made this!" one of the teens said.

Nickens said they were just trying to keep their team happy.

"Basketball is such a grind, especially at the college level, so we just try to keep our teammates loose in the locker room," he said.

DeGeneres presented the high schoolers with an oversized check for $10,000 from Shutterfly to fund their future college tuition. The TV host said NCAA rules barred her from giving the Terps players much, so she presented them with tiny black shorts with their names and team numbers printed on the rear.

The Terps and teens then danced across the stage.

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<![CDATA[Captain America's Internal 'Civil War']]> Tue, 03 May 2016 15:57:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CivilWar571feeb0a53cd.jpg

The greatest climatic scene in any superhero movie yet didn't involve explosive violence, at least not of the physical variety. 

At the end of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the star-spangled soldier wakes up in what appears to be a World War II-era hospital recovery room. But the Brooklyn Dodgers game playing on the radio – a game he remembers attending – tips him off that he's a character in a play of someone else's making. He flees the building to find himself in 2011 Times Square.

The chilling scene set the stage for the subsequent ascent of the most unlikely superstar of the movie superhero world: a 1940s patriotic throwback whose strength pales next to most of his contemporaries, but whose character is as unbendable as his mighty shield.

Former milquetoast Steve Rogers faces his toughest fight in "Captain America: Civil War," which opens nationally Friday and pits factions of The Avengers – one led by him, the other by Iron Man – in a battle over a government bid to regulate superheroes.

But as we've seen with the champion of the red, white and blue, things are never as black-and-white as they appear. Captain America fights his wars on multiple fronts, battling time and even himself as he’s morphed during his initial four movie outings from a straight-arrow do-gooder to the most deceivingly complex figure in the Marvel Universe. 

He’s an independent hero – and perhaps an anti-hero – for our times, an era filled with political turmoil, upended expectations and more than our share of ambiguity.

As embodied by actor Chris Evans, who effectively conveys brains and brawn, Steve Rogers is a case study in innocence lost. The government created Captain America to fight the good fight, without question, against a defined enemy with the world at war.

Now, he’s heading the Avengers crew that’s resisting government interference spurred by the destruction wrought in battles with the likes of the Tony Stark-created Ultron. Rogers’ determination to save his World War II sidekick, Bucky Barnes, from a fate as a brainwashed assassin also drives his defection from authority.

The film brims with parallels, not only to real-life tensions over war, weapons and human rights, but to the recent "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," which also centers on the conflicts over unchecked superhero powers.

Like DC stalwarts Batman and Superman, who were born in the late 1930s, 75-year-old Captain America has endured thanks to constant reinvention. The Marvel star got his first comic book case of future shock when Jack Kirby and Stan Lee yanked him out of a state of suspended animation in early 1964, shortly after the assassination of President Kennedy and on the eve of a new era of upheaval.

Steve Rogers’ movie persona has been similarly updated, keeping the spirit of the comic book original while upping the intricacy of what it means to be an American hero. He seems determined to redefine not only himself, but also loyalty and winning. “Civil War” is shaping up as Captain America’s turn to deliver a rude awakening of his own.


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[Cops Got Unverified Tip About Prince and Cocaine]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 14:42:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-470571179.jpg

Minnesota police have released more logs of 911 calls about Prince, including a 2011 tip from a woman who said she was concerned about his "cocaine habits," NBC News reports. According to the log, Prince advised the woman "last year in Germany that he cannot control his habit and she was advised to report it." 

The name of the caller was not released and the Carver County Sheriff's Office noted since the information was a year old and there was no indication the singer was "in immediate danger," the incident was marked as closed.

Federal law enforcement officials told NBC News that prescription painkillers were found on Prince and and in his home at the time of his death on April 21, though it's unknown if they played a role in his death.

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<![CDATA[Celeb Hookups: David Hasselhoff Is Engaged]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 13:05:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490147582.jpg Check out which celebrities are pairing up.

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<![CDATA[Baby Boom: Kerry Washington Is Expecting]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 12:10:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-527563394.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2016.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Louis C.K. Quits the Internet]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 11:06:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/LOUIS_GettyImages-527343250.jpg

Louis C.K. appeared with pride for his new show and much prejudice against the internet on Monday's "Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."

The comedian told host Jimmy Fallon that he had cut himself off from the internet by having his daughter lock him out of his new phone. He pulled out a copy of Jane Austen’s "Pride and Prejudice" and said that he’s taken up reading – "something I haven’t done since I was like 19" – since he made this decision.

"I don’t go on the internet anymore," C.K. said, adding it has been over a month since he went online. "Everything is weird and mean and upsetting."

The two also discussed "Horace and Pete," a show that C.K. made in complete secrecy and total independence.

"It was more fun this way. I figured the worst thing that could happen is, I lose money," C.K. said. The show now airs, incidentally, exclusively on the internet.

Unlike C.K.’s previous work, this new show is a drama and is overall not meant to be funny. The series also stars Steve Buscemi, Alan Alda, Jessica Lange, and Edie Falco

"It gets funny in moments," C.K. said. "In the same way that when you’re at a funeral someone will once in a while break the tension."

The process of creating a show free of any studio oversight left C.K. feeling satisfied and he said that, "It’s my favorite thing that I ever did."

He continued, "Nobody made a show that looks like this."

C.K. also revealed he will be doing a stand-up tour this summer which will include stops around the U.S. and also Europe.

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<![CDATA['Hamilton' Leads Tony Nominations, Sets Record With 16 Nods]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 11:39:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Hamilton-GettyImages-510499088.jpg

"Hamilton," the megahit musical about the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton, made history yet again Tuesday, earning a record 16 Tony nominations including honors for Best Musical and three personal nominations for its star, composer and bookwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning hip-hopera broke the record set by 2001’s “The Producers” and 2009’s "Billy Elliot," which both received 15 nominations.

Close behind "Hamilton" with 10 nominations is "Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed," the behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking revue with an all-black cast recently deemed a new musical by the Tony committee, despite a request by the show’s lead producer to consider it a revival.

"Shuffle Along" and "Hamilton" will compete for the night’s top award alongside Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s "Bright Star," and two musical adaptations of popular films: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "School of Rock" and Sara Bareilles’s "Waitress."

Several high-profile, well-reviewed musicals were shut out from the Best Musical category, including Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s biographical "On Your Feet!," George Takei’s "Allegiance" and the adaptations of popular novels "American Psycho" and "Tuck Everlasting."

The Tony nominating committee included four shows in the Best Revival of a Musical category: "The Color Purple," "Spring Awakening," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "She Loves Me." The short-lived "Dames at Sea" was left adrift.

Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o picked up her first Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in "Eclipsed." The drama earned six nominations, including one for Best Play. It’ll compete in that category against 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist "The Humans," the Frank Langella-led "The Father" and the now-closed "King Charles III."

Five works earned nominations for Best Revival of a Play, including two by Arthur Miller: "The Crucible," "A View from the Bridge," "Blackbird," "Long Day’s Journey Into Night" and "Noises Off."

Film stars Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams, who headline the "Blackbird" revival, both nabbed leading acting nominations for their respective roles. Daniels will go up against Langella, Gabriel Byrne, Tim Pigott-Smith and Mark Strong.

Williams’s nomination comes in a category crowded with Hollywood A-listers, including Nyong’o, Jessica Lange, Laurie Metcalf and Sophie Okonedo.

Miranda and his "Hamilton" co-star Leslie Odom, Jr, who plays rival Aaron Burr, will both battle it out in the leading actor in a musical category — expected to be one of the evening’s tightest races.

Miranda and Odom could split the vote, giving six-time nominee Danny Burstein a shot at the prize.

Alex Brightman’s breakout performance in "School of Rock" and Zachary Levi, who starred on the NBC sitcom "Chuck", also fill out the leading actor in a musical category.

Laura Benanti, Carmen Cusack, Cynthia Erivo, Jessie Mueller and Phillipa Soo earned spots in the highly competitive lead actress in a musical category. "Shuffle Along" star Audra McDonald, who has a historic six Tony wins, was shut out of a nomination this year. 

Several big stars in high-profile roles were not among this year’s nominees. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson failed to received a nomination for her role in the revival of “The Color Purple.” “American Psycho” star Benjamin Walker was also denied a nomination.

The "Hamilton" supporting cast filled out the featured acting categories, with nominations for Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, and Renee Elise Goldsberry.

NBC's "30 Rock" star Jane Krakowski also picked up a nomination as featured actress in a musical category for "She Loves Me," as did "Orange Is the New Black" star Danielle Brooks for "The Color Purple."

In a few noncompetitive awards this year, New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse will be awarded the regional theater award. Lyricist Sheldon Harnick ("She Loves Me," "Fiddler on the Roof") and director Marshall W. Mason ("Master Class") will receive lifetime achievement awards.

Winners of the 70th Annual Tony Awards will be announced June 12 in a ceremony airing live from the Beacon Theatre in New York on CBS. James Corden, Tony winner and host of "The Late Late Show," will host.

To read a full list of nominees, click here.

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<![CDATA[Tupac's Mother Dies]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 14:53:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/afeni-GettyImages-71836885.jpg

The mother of the late rapper Tupac Shakur has died in Sausalito, California, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. She was 69.

Deputies responded to the home of Afeni Shakur Davis around 9:30 p.m. Monday, after receiving the report of a person possibly in cardiac arrest, according to Lt. Doug Pittman.

Davis was taken to the hospital, where she died about an hour later, Pittman said. The coroner’s office will lead the investigation into her death and a forensic autopsy is planned Tuesday afternoon, according to a statement. Officials said, however, that toxicology results won't be available for several weeks.

Pittman called her a "well-loved and well-respected" woman in the community who served as a leader and activist, especially in southern Marin County. "This is a tragic loss to this community," he said.

Pittman held a news conference Tuesday to assure the public that no foul play was suspected at this point. Davis was in the company of her friend when she started experiencing discomfort, he said. At that point, her friend called 911.

Born Alice Faye Williams in Lumberton, North Carolina, Davis was a reformed drug addict and member of the Black Panther Party, according to biographer Jasmine Guy.

Davis served nearly a year in prison for allegedly conspiring to bomb police stations and department stores in New York City just before giving birth to Tupac in 1971.

She served as her own defense attorney and was acquitted multiple times, according to an account of her trial in a book called "The Briar Patch" by former attorney Murray Kempton.

Davis was the subject of Tupac's Billboard hit "Dear Mama," released in 1995. Her fans on social media referenced that song in their tweets and posts.

A year later, she founded the now-defunct Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia, to preserve her son's legacy.

Tupac, also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. The hip-hop legend's best-selling albums include "All Eyez on Me" and "Greatest Hits."

Shakur attended Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley and lived in public housing in Marin County. He started his career in the early '90s with Digital Underground, an alternative hip hop group from Oakland.

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<![CDATA['Late Night' Look at Single Payer Healthcare]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 08:29:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e102_362_closerlook_H264_20160502_1200x675_678300739631.jpg Host Seth Meyers looks at Colorado’s potential to become the first in the nation to develop a single payer healthcare system. If the system passes, it would provide a real life test for the kind of insurance that Democratic presidential Bernie Sanders has proposed. Meyers also considers the GOP candidates’ proposals to allow people to buy out of state health insurance.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': MC Glamour Takes Center Stage]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 08:30:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e102_362_mcglamour_20160502_1200x675_678299715975.jpg One of the writers of "Late Night" interrupts host Seth Meyers to sing a song called MC Glamour.]]> <![CDATA[Celebrities and Their Rescue Dogs]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 12:15:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Seyfried-And-Dog.jpg Celebrities have long had a platform for advocacy. These particular celebrities, including athletes, musicians, actors and authors, love animals. They have chosen to showcase that affection not by purchasing expensive purebreds, but rather by adopting animals from shelters. Check out these photos of celebrities and their — sometimes famous — rescue pets.

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