<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:36:47 -0500 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:36:47 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA["SNL" Tackles "Deflategate" Controversy]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:34:44 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SNL_Deflategate.jpg

"Saturday Night Live" took aim at the New England Patriots "Deflategate" scandal, mocking the way the team has handled accusations it under-inflated 11 of 12 footballs used against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

In the cold open sketch, rumpled Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (Beck Bennett) held a press conference in which he denied any knowledge of the decision to allegedly deflate the footballs. Then he blamed quarterback Tom Brady (Taran Killam).

"I never really trusted the guy. Someone that good-looking and rich — well, you've seen 'American Psycho,'" Belichick grunted. "I love him like a son — just more of an estranged son that I wouldn't trust around footballs," before shoving the oblivious quarterback toward the podium.

Only Dougie Spoons (Bobby Moynihan), the Patriots' assistant equipment co-manager, defended Brady.

"This man is a legend, a hero, and one day he is going to be the father of my child!" Dougie said before spiraling into an "A Few Good Men"-inspired admission of guilt. "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!" he shouted at a reporter (Kate McKinnon).

Colin Jost and Michael Che likewise took a swipe at Belichick and the Patriots on "Weekend Update."

"Man, that Bill Belichick always has a trick up his no-sleeves," Che said. "The Patriots of course denied the cheating accusations, saying the only deflated balls they have are because of steroids."

Blake Shelton pulled double duty in his first "SNL" appearance, both hosting the show and performing as a musical guest. And while the country star admitted he felt like a fish out of water in New York, he brought plenty of his own heartland style to the Studio 8H set.

In his opening monologue, Shelton attempted a re-hash of the country-fried variety show "Hee Haw," although the "SNL" cast was slow to catch on.

"So Pete," Shelton said to cast member Pete Davidson, "I was at the saloon the other day."

"Yeah I know," Davidson said, before taking a dig at Shelton's sister.

"Dude, this isn't a roast!" an exasperated Shelton insisted.

"That's what I said to your wife when she tried to make me dinner," Davidson shot back.

Shelton, who also splits time as a coach on NBC's "The Voice," appeared in a music video alongside Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon called "Wishin' Boot." ("It's the little black boot that makes your dreams come true.")

But Shelton's guitar wasn't just tuned for satire. He played "Boys 'Round Here" from his album "Based on a True Story..." and "Neon Light" from “Bringing Back the Sunshine," his latest album.

In "Farm Hunk" — a rural version of "The Bachelor" — Iowa farmer Ryan Coles (Shelton) fielded romantic advances from a cascade of women (Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant, Sasheer Zamata and Leslie Jones) bearing handfuls of spaghetti, a live macaw and bundles of pent-up emotional issues.

"If you're ever in New York, gimme a call and I'll shuck your corn all night long," Jones purred to him.

“SNL” returns Jan. 31 with host J. K. Simmons and musical guest D’Angelo.


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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:48:39 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/170*120/KieraKnightly_AP325553966708_2_sm.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Emma Stone and Anna Chlumsky in Their Broadway Debuts]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:50:48 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/StoneChlumsky.png

It happens all the time on Broadway: the actor who originates a role leaves the production, and another one steps in to replace him or her. Usually, said replacement doesn’t get much buzz. But with the surge of celebrity-lead productions these days, celebrity replacements are becoming more of a regular thing. And can often lead to longer runs (See: Martin Short stepping in for Nathan Lane in “It’s Only a Play”).

Let’s see how three of them — Anna Chlumsky, Richard Thomas and Emma Stone — are are doing:

Anna Chlumsky and Richard Thomas, “You Can’t Take It With You

On “Veep,” Anna Chlumsky plays the Vice President’s long-suffering Chief of Staff Amy Brookheimer — a quick-talking, foul-mouthed problem-solver, constantly forced to throw herself under the bus to save the day.

Chlumsky is showing a different side in her Broadway debut, stepping in to the role of Alice Sycamore in the hit revival of Kaufman and Hart’s “You Can’t Take It With You.” She’s lost the sarcasm and upped the level of stress, as Alice tries (and fails) to conceal her unconventional, wacky family from her straight-laced, soon-to-be in-laws (Byron Jennings and Johanna Day, perfectly paired and perfectly square).

On the surface, Alice appears to be the only normal member in a family of playwrights, painters, ballet dancers, musicians and firework-makers. But the play doesn’t really work if there isn’t a little bit of crazy inside Alice, too. After all, that carefree attitude might just be genetic.

Luckily, director Scott Ellis gets that, and allows Chlumsky to explore Alice’s manic side. As the night unravels, so too does Alice. Chlumsky gets goofy and frantic, finding physically comic moments that Rose Byrne, who originated Alice in this production, never had. Moreover, Chlumsky’s natural chemistry with Fran Kranz, who plays Alice’s fiance Kirby, brings a warmth and sweetness to Alice that you can’t help but fall for.

Chlumsky isn’t the only addition to the “You Can’t Take It With You” family. Emmy-winner Richard Thomas (“The Waltons”), last on Broadway in 2012’s “An Enemy of the People,” also has joined the cast as Paul Sycamore, Alice’s inventor father. It’s harder for Thomas to stand out among the chaos of the Sycamores, and he appears far more restrained than Mark Linn-Baker was in the role before him. But he still captures Paul’s childlike enthusiasm to get the character’s biggest laughs. John-Boy would be proud.

“You Can’t Take It With You,” through Feb. 22 at the Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St. Tickets: $37-$152. Call Telecharge, 212-239-6200.

Emma Stone, “Cabaret

When Roundabout Theatre Company originally planned to remount Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s 1998 revival of “Cabaret,” they hoped Oscar-nominated actress Emma Stone would be their Sally Bowles. Scheduling conflicts got in the way (damn you, Spider-Man), and the part instead went to another Oscar-nominee: Michelle Williams.

Williams gave a nuanced and heartbreaking portrayal of Bowles. Fragile and afraid, she played Bowles like a wannabe star with little talent and a big personality who prostituted herself to the mainstage of the Kit Kat Club. Like Roxie Heart in “Chicago,” Williams’ Bowles got wrapped up in all that jazz and just couldn’t escape.

Stone plays the part very differently, and in turn, gives the show a whole new energy. Her Bowles is not nearly as breakable. But in turn, she’s not nearly as lost. This isn’t a scared little girl, begging to be rescued. This is a strong young woman, who feels in control of her actions even when there’s no control to be had. In Stone’s hands, Bowles’ manic behavior in the book scenes come off as an adaptable woman who knows how to survive.

She can sing, too, and dance just as well — both on display in her energetic opening number “Don’t Tell Mama” and the commanding “Mein Herr.” Stone’s voice is sweet and full, with the actress’ signature husky tone all but vanished. She turns “Maybe This Time” into a tender ballad, reminiscent of Lana Del Rey. With Stone’s talent, you get the feeling that if the circumstances were right, this Sally Bowles actually could have been a star.

That makes her take on the title number “Cabaret” all the more heartbreaking. Because she’s not just giving up her chance at a happy life with Cliff (Bill Heck) — she’s giving up her chance at a successful life on the stage. Here’s hoping Stone herself doesn’t follow suit — this is one performer Broadway needs to see more of.

Emma Stone is in “Cabaret” through Feb. 15. The production closes March 29 at Studio 54, 254 W. 54nd St. Tickets: $47-$162. Call 212-719-1300 or visit www.roundabouttheatre.org for tickets.



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<![CDATA[Fallon: Blake Shelton's "Whisper Challenge" Fail]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:53:49 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/461980302.jpg

Blake Shelton isn't up for playing games that don't require keeping score.

“The Voice” coach stopped by “The Tonight Show” Thursday ahead of his “SNL" gig this weekend, where the country crooner will double as host and musical guest.

Fallon congratulated Shelton on another “Voice” win,  encouraging the singer to stand up and take a bow as the crowd cheered him on.

“You don’t have to stand up,” said Fallon.

“Well, you don’t have to tap it down,” replied Shelton. “Why Can’t you just celebrate it with me?”

Shelton revealed the he will be singing “Neon Lights” and “Boys Around Here” during his “SNL” performance, prompting Fallon to sing the songs mimicking a country accent.

“That is not even close to how that song is sung,” Shelton joked. “I seriously can’t stand you.”

Shelton, who is known to always be down for some fun and games, begrudgingly agreed to play a new game called the whisper challenge after learning that Fallon wasn’t going to keep score.

“It’s fun,” said Fallon said. “Everyone’s having a good time. Have fun for once.”

“I just want to keep score,” complained Shelton as he put on his headphones.

The whisper challenge requires that each contestant attempts to lip-read what the other player is saying while wearing headphones blaring loud music.

Fallon had a hard time trying to say “pumpkin spice latte” without laughing, making it difficult for Shelton to lip-read.

"My pee pee's stretched out?" guessed the country star. "I swear to God, this is, what is this?"

"Stop yelling at me!" cried Fallon.

"This is the stupidest thing. Literally, I have ever been a part of in my entire career," said Shelton.

Fallon fared much better at reading Shelton’s lips when it was his turn to guess “Benedict Cumberbatch,” who Shelton apparently has never heard of.

"That doesn't even mean anything!" said a baffled Shelton who thought the Oscar winner’s name was a combination of nonsense words.



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<![CDATA[Hines Ward on "Deflategate": "It's Cheating"]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:55:35 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Meyers+Hines+Ward+Deflategate.jpg Former NFL wide receiver Hines Ward stopped by "Late Night" Thursday and chatted with Seth Meyers about his own Super Bowl wins as well as what he really thinks about the "deflategate" scandal.

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<![CDATA[Fallon's Favorite #MyTouchdownDance Vines]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:14:38 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Vine+Hashtags+MyTouchdownDance.png As Super Bowl XLIX approaches, Jimmy Fallon shares some of his favorite Vines with the hashtag: #MyTouchdownDance.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: Whisper Challenge with Blake Shelton]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:36:43 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Whisper+Challenge+with+Blake+Shelton.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Blake Shelton play a game of Whisper Challenge, where each player takes turns guessing what the other one is saying while wearing noise-canceling headphones.

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<![CDATA[DreamWorks Animation Cutting 500 Jobs]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:56:31 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/106730288.jpg

DreamWorks Animation said Thursday it is reducing the number of films it produces each year from three to two and cutting 500 jobs as it tries to improve its profitability.

The company, known for animated movies such as "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda," said it is narrowing its focus to one original film and one sequel each year.

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said that the company's film plans had grown too ambitious and led to inconsistent performance.

The company has struggled with a weaker-than-expected performance from some films, such as "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," which contributed to a loss in its most recent quarter.

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. will take a $290 million pre-tax charge in connection with the restructuring. It expects the moves will save $30 million in 2015, growing to roughly $60 million by 2017.

The job cuts represent 18 percent of its workforce. They are expected to be complete by the end of the year.

The company says some of the employees at its Redwood City facility will be offered jobs at its Southern California headquarters.

DreamWorks also announced a number of management departures, including Vice Chairman Lewis Coleman, Chief Operating Officer Mark Zoradi and Dawn Taubin, who is primarily responsible for the company's marketing activities.

Movies remaining on its slate include "Home," which is set for release in March, followed by 2016 releases of "Kung Fu Panda 3," and "Trolls." In 2017, it plans to release "Boss Baby" and "The Croods 2," followed in 2018 by "Larrikins," and "How to Train Your Dragon 3." The company said that "Captain Underpants" will be produced outside of its pipeline at a significantly lower cost.

Shares of the Glendale, California, company rose 3 percent to $22 in extended trading following the announcement.



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<![CDATA[Will Ferrell Hurls Basketball at "Cheerleader's" Head]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:47:14 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP25271001815.jpg

Will Ferrell gave a Los Angeles Lakers game an unexpected halftime show when he pegged an apparent cheerleader in the face with a basketball Wednesday, in a stunt set to become a scene in his new movie.

The comic was supposedly going for a half-court shot but wound up knocking the dancer — well, stunt woman, really — off her feet mid-routine instead, video shot courtside showed.

Security quickly descended on Ferrell and hauled him off the court at New Orleans' Smoothie King Center, where the Lakers were taking on the Pelicans.

The entire kerfuffle was part of the shoot for Ferrell's upcoming movie "Daddy's Home," which the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported he's been filming in the Big Easy since November.



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<![CDATA[Anne Hathaway Books One-Woman Play at The Public]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:08:56 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/531158771PH00045_15th_Annua.jpg

Oscar winner Anne Hathaway will star in George Brant’s “Grounded” at the Public Theater this spring, in a limited engagement that begins April 7 and ends May 17. Opening night is set for April 23.

The one-woman show tackles the struggles of wartime vets adjusting to everyday life, with Hathaway playing a fighter pilot who is reassigned to remote-controlled drones after the birth of her son.

Direction will come from two-time Tony winner Julie Taymor (“The Lion King,” “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”) -- who last worked on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Brooklyn Theater in 2013.

“Grounded” first premiered in New York in January 2014 at TriBeCa’s Walkerspace, with actress Hannah Cabell in the leading role. Prior to that, it won a slew of honors in London, including the Smith Prize for Political Theater.



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<![CDATA["Into the Woods," Off the Big Screen]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:21:25 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/WoodsMain.jpg

These "Woods" have been defoliated.

There are just 10 actors and one major set piece—a piano—in the Fiasco Theater’s inventive Off-Broadway take on "Into the Woods," the favorite Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical, now open at the Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre.

While this latest revival surely stands to benefit from Disney’s recent moment with the parable, it also stands in razor-sharp contrast to the box office hit, which boasts a lush CGI beanstalk and a towering, village-crushing giantess.

There’s nothing towering or gigantic about this production of the “after happily ever after” musical, first presented at Princeton’s McCarter Theater in 2013 (and arriving in New York with the same cast). To create the image of a giant in the story’s climactic moments, a Fiasco company member merely shines a handheld downstage spotlight onto an actress, whose shadow looms large onto a curtain behind her.

The innovations drop like golden eggs from a goose during the 2-hour and 40-minute performance, co-directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, who appear respectively as the Wolf and the Baker. Brody’s Wolf arrives on stage clutching the mounted head of a lupine, as it might have been prepared by the local taxidermist (take that, Johnny Depp).

A dressmaker’s mannequin does stand-in as the tree at the grave of Cinderella’s mother. Folded paper transforms into the birds who assist her in their endeavors. That goose and the golden egg? It’s a feather duster and a glittery Christmas ornament. And so on.

The tricks serve to create a distilled, acoustic “Into the Woods” that forces us to focus on the bare bones of the story: we have our fairy tales, but this here, in the second act, is how life really is. The performances, particularly Emily Young’s winking Little Red, assume an intimate knowledge of the story (Young doubles as Rapunzel). This production will be most appreciated by theatergoers already familiar with the material.

You could not ask for a more interesting Milky White, who comes off as sullen, yet remarkably human thanks to a winning interpretation by Andy Grotelueschen, who “Moos!” and rings his cowbell at all the right moments—there’s no costume here.

I was equally taken with regional theater vet Claire Karpen’s crystalline-voiced Cinderella. Jennifer Mudge, last seen as Adrian’s confident pal in Broadway’s “Rocky,” makes for an imposing witch (in spite of the grandmotherly knit shmata on her shoulders), while co-helmer Steinfeld is an even-keeled Baker.

All the action transpires against a set framed by a surrealist’s landscape of piano keys, harps and other instrument parts. As in John Doyle’s far glitzier Sondheim revivals, the actors here double as musicians, playing cello or bassoon, though usually off to one side of the stage. The piano proves to be an excellent makeshift cliff for the climactic death of the Baker’s Wife (the appealing Jessie Austrian).

At times, the sameness of the cast (is it me, or are these woods due for some diversity planting?) was distracting. Because the talented actors seem to be in the same age range and type, including the ones playing Jack (Patrick Mulryan) and Little Red (Young and Brody are pictured, above), the characters aren’t sharply differentiated.

It may not sound like a hindrance, but you notice it during the second act finale, as the Baker and Cinderella are promising to take care of the orphaned children … who are taller than they.

The members of the Fiasco company have the resourcefulness of a community theater in how they land “Into the Woods” on what is surely a modest budget. Sometimes, what they come up with hits the mark—sometimes it doesn’t quite. Still, we’d gladly hand over five magic beans to watch them do their thing.

“Into the Woods,” through March 21 at the Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St. Tickets: $99. Call 212-719-1913.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Super Bowl 2015 Teasers, Commercials]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:20:07 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-01-22+at+11.36.10+AM.png

The Super Bowl 2015 commercial madness has already begun.

Although few full commercials have been released, many companies have revealed teasers ahead of the big game. The New England Patriots are set to take on the Seattle Seahawks live from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday, Feb. 1, airing on NBC.

Six full commercials are available:

Victoria's Secret

Bud Light

Old Spice

Dove Men+Care

Carls Jr.

Toyota

Doritos is holding its annual “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, where fans will vote on which two of the 10 finalists will air on the big day. You can vote on the finalists here

Check out teasers released ahead of the Super Bowl:

Nationwide Insurance

Snickers

Budweiser

Mercedes-Benz USA

Skittles

 

Lexus

WIX.com


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<![CDATA["Saved by the Bell" Actor Pleads Not Guilty]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:49:34 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Dustin_Diamond_mugshot1.png

The actor who played Screech in the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell" has pleaded not guilty to charges resulting from a bar fight in southeastern Wisconsin.

Dustin Diamond and his fiancee, Amanda Schutz (SHUTS), appeared in Ozaukee County Circuit Court Thursday morning on charges stemming from Christmas Day scuffle at a bar in Port Washington.

Diamond is accused of stabbing a man at the bar after Schutz became involved in an altercation. The man who was stabbed told police he had shoved Diamond forcefully and didn't realize he had been cut until later.

The 38-year-old Diamond entered the not guilty pleas to second-degree reckless endangering safety, a felony, and two misdemeanors. Schutz entered the same plea to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Diamond has been free on bond. The judge set a $500 signature bond for Schutz.

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<![CDATA[How They Reported It: The State of the Union]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:40:50 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Meyers+SOTU+How+They+Reported+It.png The State of the Union is a big event and almost every news outlet had something to say about it. Seth Meyers reads out some of his favorite headlines in a new segment called "How they reported it."]]> <![CDATA[Lip Flip: Jennifer Aniston Interviews Herself]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:38:12 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/461917012.jpg

Jennifer Aniston may have revealed what team she is rooting for during the Super Bowl.

The “Friends” actress stopped by “The Tonight Show” Wednesday to promote her latest project, “Cake,” and learned that Jimmy Fallon is “a little jealous” that Aniston vacations with "the other Jimmy” — Kimmel that is.

“I’d be fun on vacation, I can go,” said Fallon. “I have a one piece bathing suit and everything.”

Fallon assumed that he was missing out on a “raging” good time and was shocked to learn that Aniston’s guests, which include radio shock-jock Howard Stern, sit around and do arts and crafts.

“Howard is painting beautiful landscapes these days,” the Golden Globe winner revealed. “And Jimmy takes pictures off the internet and draws them.”

“I can draw too,” said Fallon. “I don’t even need the Internet, I have an imagination.”

The “Tonight Show” host praised Aniston for her performance in the critically acclaimed “Cake,” which features a makeup-free Jennifer as a woman struggling with chronic pain, an addiction to prescription pills and the death of a member of her support group.

After joking that she has always wanted to interview herself, Fallon suggested they should play a game of “Lip Flip," during which they did impressions of Billy Bob Thornton in “Sling Blade” and ended up in a heated debate about whether the New England Patriots or Seattle Seahawks will win the Super Bowl.

“Yo Jen! Who do you want to win the Super Bowl?” “Fallon” asked as the Actress' mouth was superimposed over the host with the help of CGI techonology.

“I’m going with the Pats all the way bro,” said “Aniston” as Fallon spoke with a very thick Boston accent. “Who are you rooting for?”

"Seattle, dude,” the Cake star replied as she mocked the host. "We got all the weed, man. We got the Starbucks, we got the Space Needle…Oh hey! Did I said we got the weed?"

The interview quickly turned into a split-screen back-and-forth debate where each person tried to come up with popular things associated with their respective chosen cities.
 



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<![CDATA[Watch: Mets Bucket Hat Guy Word Challenge]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:18:14 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Mets+Bucket+Hat+Guy.png Jimmy Fallon faces off against the Mets Bucket Hat Guy in a bizarre word-association challenge.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: "Lip Flip" With Jennifer Aniston]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:09:24 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Lip+Flip+Jennifer+Aniston.jpg Jennifer Aniston expresses an interest in interviewing herself, so she and Jimmy Fallon swaps mouths and end up in a debate over who will win the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots or Seattle Seahawks.

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<![CDATA[Bradley Cooper Visits Soldiers]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:43:20 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cooper4.JPG

"American Sniper" star and Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper paid a surprise visit to military members and hospital patients in San Antonio.

Cooper stopped by Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio on Jan. 14 to meet the service men and women.

About 260 service members and staff got to preview Cooper's new movie, in which he portrays North Texas military sniper Chris Kyle.

The film is based on the life of Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history and a U.S. Navy SEAL.

While the movie was playing in the auditorium of the hospital, Cooper visited patients, staff and soldiers in the Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center Rehabilitation Gym. He signed movie posters and t-shirts for them.

Cooper was joined by Chris Kyle's father, Wayne, and two veterans who were also in the movie.

A Marine tearfully thanked Cooper for his portrayal of Kyle.

CLICK HERE to see photos of Cooper's visit on the Brooke Army Medical Center's Facebook page.



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<![CDATA[Wrestler Consoles Crying Fan at Match]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:18:16 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP100328043649.jpg

It turns out even professional wrestlers have hearts.

WWE star Triple H consoled a crying fan at a Monday Night Raw show in Dallas, according to a wrestling fan at the match.

“The kid was sitting in a seat in front, and during the final match he went up to the wall,” Chris Olds explained. “Triple H turn and look at him, and the kid was crying.”

But the wrestler, whose real name is Paul Levesque, decided to console the fan despite his rough and tough demeanor in the ring, according to Olds.

“Triple H stood up and gave him a hug, talked into his ear and patted him on the head,” Olds said. The kid also received a bandana, shirts and even got to go backstage.

Triple H is not only a wrestler, but also doubles as Executive Vice President of the WWE.

You can check out Olds' photos of the interaction below.



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<![CDATA[Lauren Graham on "Gilmore Girls" Cancellation]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:41:44 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Lauren+Graham.jpg Lauren Graham stoped by "Late Night" to chat with Seth Meyers about wrapping up production on the show “Parenthood" and how she found out "Gilmore Girls" was cancelled.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Inflatable Flip Cup with Keri Russell]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:27:09 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Keri+Russell.jpg Jimmy Fallon takes on first-timer Keri Russell in a game of flip cup while wearing inflatable fat suits.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Pros and Cons of the State of the Union ]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:38:39 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Pros+and+Cons+SOTU.png In honor of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday evening, Jimmy Fallon weighs in on the good and bad of tuning in to hear his agenda for 2015.]]> <![CDATA[ "Vieira": Paula Deen Talks Racial Discrimination Lawsuit]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:59:12 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NUP_167066_0339.JPG Paula Deen sits down with Meredith Vieira to discuss her comeback and how she coped during her racial discrimination lawsuit.

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<![CDATA["American Sniper" Labeled as "Murder"]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:15:40 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sniper1.jpg

Not everyone is happy with the Academy Award-nominated film "American Sniper," with at least one prominent billboard in West L.A. defaced with the word "murder" and a number of high-profile Hollywood players appearing to denounce the Clint Eastwood-directed movie.

The billboard, at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Bundy Drive, was tagged with the word on Sunday.

"American Sniper" stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL confirmed as the deadliest sniper in U.S. history. The film has come under fire for glorifying someone who killed for a living.

Comedian Seth Rogen compared the movie to Nazi propaganda and a German sniper killing Allied soldiers in a Quentin Tarantino movie, before backing off his critique of the movie. Rogen tweeted: "American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing the third act of Inglorious Basterds."

The "Interview" actor later said he liked the film, tweeting: "I just said something 'kinda reminded' me of something else. I actually liked American Sniper. It just reminded me of the Tarantino scene."

The R-rated war drama shattered box office records over the holiday weekend becoming the biggest January opening on record. "American Sniper" took $105.3 million over the Martin Luther King Jr. four-day weekend, surpassing "Avatar" to become the biggest January weekend ever.

The film also delivered its director a weekend record. 84-year-old Eastwood's previous best weekend was $29.5 million for 2009's "Gran Torino." The box office haul makes "American Sniper, with six Academy Award nominations, the top grossing best-picture nominee.

A tweet from director Michael Moore was also viewed by social media followers as criticism of the film. "My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse," Moore wrote.

The "Fahrenheit 9/11" documentarian later backtracked, saying he never directly referenced the film: "Hmm. I never tweeted 1word bout AmericanSniper/ChrisKyle. I said my uncle killed by sniper in WWII; only cowards would do that 2 him, others."



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<![CDATA[“She Loves Me” Revival Coming]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:22:47 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/RadnorBenanti.png

“How I Met Your Mother” star Josh Radnor and “Nashville” star Laura Benanti will headline a spring 2016 limited engagement Broadway revival of “She Loves Me” for the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 50th anniversary season.

The classic musical, which features a score by Jerry Bock (music) and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics), will be directed by Scott Ellis. He knows a thing or two about directing revivals, having helmed three revivals for Broadway this season alone: “You Can’t Take It With You,” “The Elephant Man” and the upcoming “On the Twentieth Century.”

“She Loves Me” tells the story of Georg (Radnor) and Amalia (Benanti) -- coworkers who clash at the office but accidentally fall in love with one another after anonymously exchanging romantic letters.

Sound familiar? The story, adapted by Joe Masteroff from a play by Miklos Laszlo, was the basis for the 1949 James Stewart film "The Shop Around the Corner" and the 1998 movie “You’ve Got Mail” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

The revival will mark Josh Radnor’s Broadway musical debut. The actor, currently appearing on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Disgraced,” appeared in a special one-night-only gala reading of “She Loves Me” for the Roundabout back in 2011.

It will be Benanti’s first Broadway role since 2010’s “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” The Tony-winning actress is currently in rehearsals alongside the Rockettes for Radio City’s “New York Spring Spectacular,” which begins previews March 12 with a March 26 opening.

“She Loves Me” has special significance for the Roundabout. Their 1993 production, also directed by Ellis, was the first Broadway musical production in the company’s history. It launched the Musical Theatre Program, which has gone on to produce Tony-winning revivals of “Cabaret,” “Nine,” “Assassins,” The Pajama Game” and “Anything Goes.”



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<![CDATA[Watch: Catchphrase with Jennifer Lopez]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:09:51 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Jennifer+Lopez+Catchphrase.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Jennifer Lopez team up against actor Anthony Mackie and announcer Steve Higgins for a very intense game of Catchphrase.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Cheadle on "Fake Smiling" at the Golden Globes]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:17:37 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Don+Cheadle+Golden+Globes.jpg Don Cheadle and Seth Meyers explain why the Golden Globes is "one of the weirdest rooms in show business."

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