<![CDATA[NBC New York - Entertainment News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usSat, 25 Feb 2017 23:03:46 -0500Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:03:46 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Mandy Moore's 'This Is Us' Warm-up]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:13:36 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TSJF-Mandy-Moore.jpg

Mandy Moore chats about the downsides of being mistaken for a famed choreographer who shares your name when you can't dance and walks Jimmy through a warm up she uses while filming 'This Is Us.'

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<![CDATA[Young 'Moonlight' Star Ready for 89th Annual Academy Awards]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:47:24 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.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.

In contrast to his character's struggles with race, class and sexual identity in the film, the 12-years-old Hibbert says he has no worries, and his plans for Sunday night are to "chill out, have fun, and pray," he said in an interview with NBC Miami.

Hibbert's classmate, Jaden Piner, plays his close friend in the movie — and in real life. "Yeah, that's like my best friend," Hibbert said.

“Moonlight” is nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Hibbert said he never acted in a film prior to this. "I got the audition from school, and I thought it was this little movie," he said. "But it turned out to be so big, and it's just amazing."

Hibbert is currently preparing for his new role in an upcoming television show. Whether “Moonlight” takes home an Oscar or not, he said this unexpected journey is just getting started.

"My teacher always told me to have discipline," he said. "So I'm going to have a lot, a lot of discipline over there. Be very, very quiet, a little bit, but if we win, we gotta get a little crazy."

The rising star also said he hopes to run into another Oscar nominee this weekend: Denzel Washington.

As Hibbert continues to take on his big screen ambitions, he has a message for everyone back home: "My message to everyone here in Miami is stay humble and keep working hard, because you can get somewhere in life if you just keep working hard."

Director Barry Jenkins, and the playwright of which the film is based on, Tarell Alvin McCraney, are also Miami natives.

Both of them attended Miami Northwestern Senior High School together, but they didn't know each other until Jenkins came across McCraney's play, Jenkins said in the film's commentary.

"Moonlight" is also nominated for Best Director and Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, among others.



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<![CDATA['Tonight Show' Whisper Challenge With Hugh Jackman]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:38:07 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TSJF-Hugh-Jackman.jpg

Jimmy and Hugh Jackman take turns guessing random words, names and phrases while wearing noise-canceling headphones, before Hugh gets a delicious surprise from a special guest.

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<![CDATA[Oscars Preps: It's a Plastic Wrap for Red Carpet]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:48:10 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/02-24-2017-red-carpet.JPG

The Oscars red carpet was under wraps Friday morning, ensuring it will look its best for awards night. Annette Arreola reports for Today in LA on Friday Feb. 24, 2017.



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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Janelle Monae, Emma Watson, Dan Stevens]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:50:03 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.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.nbcnewyork.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.

The movie "Hell or High Water" is based on McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara. The movie is about a Texas Ranger looking for one last triumph before his retirement.

McNamara was a member of the U.S. Marshals Service before he was forced into retirement at 57 due to federal age restrictions. McNamara discovered he wasn't ready to leave law enforcement, so in 2012, he ran for McLennan County Sheriff and won.

Now, the sheriff's story could win a coveted Oscar for his screenplay-writing cousin, Taylor Sheridan.

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Sheridan wrote the screenplay for "Hell or High Water" after growing up in Bosque County and idolizing McNamara. It's his second movie penned, with the first being the Writer's Guild of America-nominated "Sicario."

Sheridan consulted the sheriff as he developed the script and worked hand in hand with lead actor Jeff Bridges. McNamara told NBC 5 he also worked very closely with Bridges as he prepared for the role.

McNamara says Bridges looked for advice on everything from clothes to line reading as the mentor/mentee relationship grew. When the crew was ready to film, Bridges nailed down McNamara's Texas look, making them look like twins.

Now, McNamara is in need of advice as he makes plans to head to L.A. on Sunday to walk the red carpet. His trademark Texas threads won't work among the glitzy and glamorous.

"Cowboy boots and a hat aren't allowed, so I'll be wearing a tux," he said.

Editor's Note:  A previous version of this story said McNamara was a Texas Ranger. That was an error and the story has been corrected.



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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump's Golfing]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:26:59 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.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.

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<![CDATA[Meyers Celebrates Three-Year 'Late Night' Anniversary]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:20:35 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.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.nbcnewyork.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.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Elijah Wood Is Friends With the Bachelor]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:24:44 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.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.

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<![CDATA[Oscar Isaac Is 'Hamlet' at Public Theater]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:34:59 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.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.

Peter Friedman and Matthew Saldívar also star.

Gold's "Hamlet" was originally scheduled to open the current season at Theater for a New Audience's Polonsky Shakespeare Center in downtown Brooklyn, but was canceled after the director parted ways with the theater in June 2016 after creative differences. 

Afterwards, Oskar Eustis -- the Public's artistic director -- had attempted to co-produce with Theater for a New Audience but that effort fell through. 

Membership tickets will be available beginning March 9. Single tickets, starting at $95, go on sale March 30.

For tickets and information, visit publictheater.org.



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<![CDATA[Octavia Spencer, Scarlett Johansson, to Host 'SNL' in March]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:27:53 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/scarlett+octavia+.jpg

"Saturday Night Live" announced its hosts for the first two weeks of March, and viewers are in for a treat -- as well as a few first timers. 

Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer will make her SNL debut on March 4. Father John Misty will also make his debut on the show as a musical guest.

Scarlett Johansson will host for the fifth time on March 11, and Grammy Award winning singer, Lorde, will do her first solo performance on the show.



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<![CDATA[Katy Perry's Falling House Backup Dancer Goes Viral]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:53:37 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-643883124-katy-perry-brit.jpg

Talk about bringing down the house. 

That's exactly what one of Katy Perry's backup dancers did at the BRIT Awards. 

During Wednesday’s BRIT Awards, one of Perry’s backup dancers who was dressed as a house fell off of the stage. Video of the incident soon surfaced online, leading people to label the dancer as the new "Left Shark."

Left Shark became popular following the 2015 Super Bowl, when one of Perry’s backup dancers, dressed as a shark, seemed to have forgotten their dance moves.



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<![CDATA[Ellen DeGeneres Surprises NYC Students With College Tuition]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:15:26 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/Rozman_20170222_14110_1904r.jpg

Ellen DeGeneres is known for surprising guests with extraordinary gifts. But on Thursday's show the beloved host raised the bar to a higher degree, doing something she has never done before.

DeGeneres and Walmart have gifted the graduating class of Brooklyn's Summit Academy Charter School four-year college scholarships to any State University of New York school.

The $1.6 million donation will cover the costs of tuition for 41 graduating seniors.

"Our mission is for them to go to college," Summit Academy Charter School Principal Cheryl Swift said. "Now they don't have any obstacles."

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Students said they were shocked by the guesture, calling it "stunning" and a "once in a lifetime opportunity."

The school's founder Natasha Campbell first connected with DeGeneres earlier this month when she shared the school's inspirational story with the talk show host in a letter.

Campbell shared that Summit Academy Charter School is located in an impoverished neighborhood where only 4 percent of people in the community have college degrees.

Degeneres invited Campbell and Cheryl Lundy Swift, the school's principal, to share their story during a visit to the show and surprised the educators with $25,000 check from Walmart to help the school continue making a positive impact on their students and community. 

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The school's mission is to have their students "attend, excel and graduate from college." Campbell revealed that the graduating class of 2017 is tracking for a 100 percent college acceptance rate.

"Their wildest dreams can be achieved," Campbell said of the donation.



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<![CDATA[Wahlberg Brothers Under Fire in Wahlburgers Lawsuit]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:52:02 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Wahlburgers+Opening+100115.jpg

The Wahlberg brothers - Mark, Donnie and Paul - are facing a lawsuit from their Massachusetts-based Wahlburgers burger chain business partners and family friends, who claim the Wahlberg brothers left them out of plans to grow the business.

According to the Boston Globe, William "Billy" Leonard and Edward St. Croix claim in the lawsuit they were pivotal in the creation of the chain.

The first Wahlburgers restaurant opened up in Hingham, Massachusetts in 2011, with Leonard and St. Croix having ownership stake.

The lawsuit alleges the Wahlberg brothers worked together to eliminate Leonard and St. Croix from the chain over the next few years by reducing ownership stake and leaving them out of expansion plans.

According to the Globe, a spokeswoman for Wahlburgers Corporate Headquarters said in a statement that the lawsuit is unfounded.



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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.nbcnewyork.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. 

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<![CDATA[Oscars 2017: Lost in 'La La Land']]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:30:54 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/la-la-land.jpg

Aziz Ansari, while hosting "Saturday Night Live" last month, played a man grilled by cops for committing an unthinkable pop culture thought crime: not loving "La La Land."
 
After denying guilt, he's confronted with his own words, caught on surveillance video: "It was good, but I thought it kinda dragged in the middle."

The bit captured the real drag about "La La Land": Sure, it's a good movie. But the record-tying 14 Oscar nominations bestowed upon the musical ode to Los Angeles and show business represent a tired song-and-dance from a Hollywood machine in love with itself.

Sunday night's Academy Awards are shaping up as a "La La Land" love-it-or-hate referendum. That's not fair to other filmmakers or to director Damien Chazelle and his "La La Land" team – not to mention moviegoers.

There's a lot to like about "La La Land": The exhilarating opening sequence, a traffic-jam musical fantasia, called "Another Day of Sun," beams. The film succeeded in reviving interest in movie musicals some 65 years after "Singin' in the Rain" (which didn't notch a Best Picture nomination) staked its claim as perhaps the greatest of the genre.

Still, the “La La Land” celebration of the "City of Stars" doesn't shine as bright as its buoyant start promises. 

As appealing as they are, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are far from the entertainment world's strongest musical performers. In small doses, the regular-folks-singing-and-dancing conceit works (assuming Stone and Gosling can ever be seen as regular folks). But there's not enough charm in the musical sequences or in the star-crossed aspiring-actress-meets-struggling-jazzman love story to sustain a two-hour-plus film.

And there's not enough substance in “La La Land” to merit 14 nominations in a year where stronger arguments could be made for rewarding fact-based high-quality stories of overcoming adversity ("Hidden Figures" and "Lion"), searing human dramas ("Moonlight," "Manchester by the Sea" and "Fences") and smart sci-fi ("Arrival").

We've seen this show before, most recently with "Birdman" and "The Artist": Hollywood goes gaga over good films about the entertainment industry and deems them great with its most cherished award. That might mean a short-term box office boost, but a longer term disconnect from a public confused over what the fuss was all about. 

"La La Land," no ticket-selling slouch, is so far a close second in the domestic take among Best Picture nominees, running just behind "Hidden Figures." The movie, about pioneering African-American women who worked in key behind-the-scenes jobs for NASA in the 1960s, hits its marks for excellence, timeliness and wide-ranging appeal.

Some might complain the escapism embedded in "La La Land" isn't in tune with this politically turbulent period. There's nothing wrong, though, with going to the movies to forget troubles. What movies fans can't escape is a Hollywood establishment guilty of mistaking like for love – and for loving itself too much.

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[And The Oscar Goes To: Predicting the Academy Award Winners]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:25:08 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.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.

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The Nominees: "Arrival," ''Fences," ''Hacksaw Ridge," ''Hell or High Water," ''Hidden Figures," ''La La Land," ''Lion," ''Manchester by the Sea" and "Moonlight."

BAHR:

Will Win: It has to be "La La Land."

Should Win: "La La Land," although that's not the stylish choice of the moment. I think we've all been burned too many times, by "The Artist" and "Argo" and other films that lure us in with their retro, navel gazing sensibilities and then evaporate from our memories come March 1. "La La Land" is different. It'll be a modern classic that we'll be watching for years to come.

Should Have Been a Contender: Mike Mills' "20th Century Women" is a film that gets better with every viewing. It is deep and funny and gives a poignant historical context of the lives of women in the very recent past.

COYLE:

Will Win: It would be idiotic to pick against "La La Land," the 14-time nominated favorite and Golden Globe winner. And, yet, I can't help myself. The election of Donald Trump changed the mood so drastically in Hollywood that I just don't see Chazelle's effervescent musical waltzing off with best picture. "Moonlight," lyrical and poetic, isn't a social issue film. But it feels more of-the-moment. Maybe it pulls off one of the most historic upsets in Oscar history. Just don't bet the house.

Should Win: "Moonlight," but not because of the post-election angst. Because it's beautiful.

Should Have Been a Contender: It had zero shot, but Terence Davies' "Sunset Song" was a pastoral hymn of a movie: a radiant portrait of Scottish farm life and time passing over it. Yeah, so not exactly Oscar bait.

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BEST ACTOR

The Nominees: Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea"; Andrew Garfield, "Hacksaw Ridge"; Ryan Gosling, "La La Land"; Viggo Mortensen, "Captain Fantastic" and Denzel Washington, "Fences."

BAHR:

Will Win: It's probably going to be Denzel Washington, and it won't be a bad call either. Washington has lived in August Wilson's Troy Maxson for years and his is a powerfully resonant interpretation.

Should Win: Casey Affleck has become another unpopular choice of late, but his performance in "Manchester by the Sea" is so singular and specific to him. He's the only one who could have made Lee Chandler work.

Should Have Been a Contender: Honestly, Tom Hanks. He was great in "Sully." Perhaps we've come to expect only the impossible from him at this point, though.

COYLE:

Will Win: This has turned into a nail-biter. I think the SAG winner Denzel takes it.

Should Win: If you look up "powerhouse performance" in the dictionary, you should just be treated to a torrent of words from the titanic Denzel. Affleck, too, is deserving. But I'm going to go with Gosling, who's being curiously underrated this year despite being more-or-less the coolest movie star on the planet. My vote, though, is more for him in "The Nice Guys" than "La La Land."

Should Have Been a Contender: Johnny Depp in "The Art of the Deal." No, the Funny or Die feature film about Trump wasn't even eligible. But before Alec Baldwin took over the part, Depp turned in his best wigged performance in years.

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BEST ACTRESS

The Nominees: Isabelle Huppert, "Elle"; Ruth Negga, "Loving"; Natalie Portman, "Jackie"; Emma Stone, "La La Land" and Meryl Streep, "Florence Foster Jenkins."

BAHR:

Will Win: Emma Stone. The academy loves ingenues. It's even better when the role itself is "ingenue."

Should Win: This is a tough one. Stone is wonderful, but Natalie Portman had such an impossible task in embodying the public and private sides of Jackie Kennedy in a non-campy way, and she pulled it off magnificently.

Should Have Been a Contender: Annette Bening was transcendent as a the spirited single mom raising a teenage boy in 1979 Santa Barbara in Mike Mills' crisp and vibrant "20th Century Women."

COYLE:

Will Win: It's a competitive category, but Stone.

Should Win: Stone. What's not to like here? She can do it all.

Should Have Been a Contender: Honorable mention to Beyonce in "Lemonade" but Hailee Steinfeld, people. Already a nominee for "True Grit," the 20-year-old was uncannily good — funny, smart, real — in Kelly Fremon Craig's teen comedy "The Edge of Seventeen."

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

The Nominees: Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight"; Jeff Bridges, "Hell or High Water"; Lucas Hedges, "Manchester by the Sea"; Dev Patel, "Lion" and Michael Shannon "Nocturnal Animals."

BAHR:

Will Win: Mahershala Ali. Has anyone done so much to win an audience over with so little screen time?

Should Win: Mahershala Ali. Full stop. It's the role that made us all learn the name of an actor who we've all seen many times before. That's no small thing.

Should Have Been a Contender: I'm going to go out on a limb in support of one of my favorite performances of the year and say Ralph Fiennes for "A Bigger Splash." He never had a chance, but he's just bursting with joy and energy and delusion and it's one that makes me smile every time I think about it.

COYLE:

Will Win: Ali. From the vast cast of "Moonlight," he has (deservedly) been chosen

Should Win: Ali should because "Moonlight" is at its most soulful when he's onscreen. But we should all be rooting for a Michael Shannon speech if not on Sunday, some Oscars soon.

Should Have Been a Contender: The Academy Awards aren't really built to suitably reward the three Chirons of "Moonlight." Three actors — Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sander, Trevante Rhodes — playing the same character across three chapters, add up to the year's best performance.

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

The Nominees: Viola Davis, "Fences"; Naomie Harris, "Moonlight"; Nicole Kidman, "Lion"; Octavia Spencer, "Hidden Figures" and Michelle Williams, "Manchester by the Sea."

BAHR:

Will Win: It has to be Viola Davis, right? She's terrific in "Fences," even if it is more of a co-lead.

Should Win: "Supporting" quibbles aside, Davis is still the strongest candidate in a very strong category. Sorry, Michelle.

Should Have Been a Contender: Sometimes I fear we've forgotten what a real supporting part is (i.e., not just whoever is second-billed). Kelly Reichardt's "Certain Women" was never going to break through the Oscar ranks — it's too quiet, too slow, and, let's face it, probably too female — but if there were any justice, Lily Gladstone would have been among the nominated at least.

COYLE:

Will Win: Davis is the lock of all locks.

Should Win: Davis. It will be her first Oscar, but it won't be her last.

Should Have Been a Contender: It's a strange thing that Octavia Spencer, a fine actress, has been singled out for "Hidden Figures." Both of her co-stars, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae, are better in it. Monae, also electric in "Moonlight," really should have been in the running. Her entry into movies was one of the best things about 2016.

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BEST DIRECTOR

The Nominees: "La La Land," Damien Chazelle; "Hacksaw Ridge," Mel Gibson; "Moonlight," Barry Jenkins; "Manchester by the Sea," Kenneth Lonergan and "Arrival," Denis Villeneuve.

BAHR:

Will Win: Damien Chazelle, of course.

Should Win: "La La Land" was not an inevitability, nor is any original musical and Chazelle willed this impossible project into being despite all the odds — whether it be the time constraint of a sunset for the perfect shot or shutting down a freeway to stage the perfect opening number. The work is on the screen.

Should Have Been a Contender: Pablo Larrain had not one but two brilliant, genre defying biopics this year in "Neruda" and "Jackie."

COYLE:

Will Win: The 32-year-old wunderkind Chazelle appears to have it in the bag.

Should Win: Both Chazelle and Jenkins are overwhelmingly worthy. Just give these two exceptionally talented and annoyingly young filmmakers the keys to Hollywood.

Should Have Been a Contender: Andrea Arnold, the British director of "American Honey," created the year's most intoxicating sensory experience in her wild cross-country exploration. One of the most offensive Oscar stats is that no woman has been nominated in this category since 2010.

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<![CDATA[Kanye West Crucifixion Statue Unveiled on Hollywood Boulevard]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:40:39 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.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. 

The Academy Awards honors the best in film every year and is often a time of celebration for Hollywood's elite. 

But, Plastic Jesus told NBC4 his art "focuses on the side of Hollywood that's often forgotten" and touches on topics such as drug abuse, mental health and idolatry. 

Celebrities are often elevated and treated like "God-like figures," Plastic Jesus said. And, when they [celebrities] do show their humanity "we then crucify them." 

The artist referenced West's "brilliance" as a musician and West's recent hospitalization after abruptly canceling the remaining dates of his Saint Pablo tour.

While this year's work focuses on the public's obsession with celebrity, Plastic Jesus has touched on other topics during Oscar week in years past.

Previous installations include a life-size Oscar statue snorting cocaine on all fours in 2015 and an Oscar statuette working a stripper pole in 2016.

For those who missed the Kanye statue at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, the piece will be on display Saturday at "Anesthesia: The Art of Oblivion." 



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<![CDATA[Gordon Ramsay's In-Laws Charged in Computer Hacking Case]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:56:10 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/kitchen-182614341.jpg

A few of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's in-laws are heading to court over charges of computer hacking, London's Metropolitan Police Service said Tuesday.

NBC News reported that Chris Hutcheson, 68, is the father of Ramsay's wife, Tana, and is among those charged with violating the Criminal Law Act of 1977 between Oct. 23, 2010, and March 3, 2011. He will appear in court March 14 with three of his other children who are charged as well. Police said they "conspired together to cause a computer to access programs and data held in any computer without authority." 

Tana, an author and TV host, has been married to Ramsay for 20 years and is famously estranged from her father. She is not named in the case.

This is not the first time Hutcheson has been accused of hacking. Ramsay had fired Hutcheson as chief executive of his holding company in October 2010 before alleging the following year that Hutcheson hacked into his email and even siphoned 1.4 million pounds (about $1.75 million) from Gordon Ramsay Holdings. The two reached a settlement out of court.



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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.nbcnewyork.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.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon's Monologue Takes on Trump, Spicer, GOP]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:36:56 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.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.nbcnewyork.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.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Terry Crews Says Fart Jokes Work]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:19:39 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.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.

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