<![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 Wed, 02 Sep 2015 02:42:39 -0400 Wed, 02 Sep 2015 02:42:39 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Kermit the Frog Steps Out With New Girlfriend]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:36:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/abc_muppets_01_lb_150901_16x9_992.jpg

Many were shocked, even saddened in early August 2015 when one of the most iconic couples in Hollywood announced they would split. 

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy called it quits after decades as an item

But now, less than a month after their conscious uncoupling, Kermit apparently has a new love interest.

The Muppets' star frog has been seen with a new pig named Denise, who People Magazine identified as a top marketing executive at ABC. Kermit and Piggy will appear in "The Muppets," an ABC series set to premier on Sept. 22.

Kermit's move to date another pig may come as a shock to some after he released a statement in early August about the break up with Miss Piggy that seemed to disparage porcine relationships

"It can be tough to work with your ex," Kermit said, according to People Magazine. "It can be tough to be the executive producer on your ex’s late-night TV show, especially when your ex is a pig. I don’t know whether any of you have ever dated pigs."

Miss Piggy, meanwhile, has a new love interest all her own. Liam Hemsworth posted a photo to Instagram on Monday that showed the actor staring lovingly into Miss Piggy's eyes. He captioned the photo: Spent Friday with the most beautiful girl in the world. Kermit, #SorryNotSorry. #TheMuppets #MissPiggy. 



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<![CDATA[Fighter Ronda Rousey Says Yes to Marine's Ball Invite]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:59:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480821508.jpg

Ronda Rousey said she'd take a night off from kicking and punching to dance and twirl at a Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

Rousey, 28 — the reigning MMA superstar and actress —  accepted an invitation from U.S. Marine Jarrod Haschert, 22, according to a news report on Tuesday.

In a video posted to on his Facebook page Thursday, Haschert confesses to Rousey that she is his celebrity crush and he would love to take her to the ball on Dec. 11.

"I love everything that you do and I think you are a phenomenal person," said the rosy-faced, North Carolina-based marine in the video that had been viewed nearly 5 million times by Tuesday night.

"If you (consider it), you will truly be making my dream come true," he continued.

It was a few days until Rousey accepted, after a TMZ cameraman asked about the proposal point-blank in video published Tuesday. A beaming Rousey is seen saying yes to the date, with just one stipulation: "He’s gotta be a gentleman. I’m not a first date kind of girl."

Rousey admitted she was at a loss on how to reach him. She agreed to the date after a Jan. fight against former boxer Holly Holm was moved to Nov. 14. Rousey did make one other request of Haschert: That he get dates for three of her friends as well.

To see Rousey accept the proposal go to TMZ.com.



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<![CDATA[Zachary Levi Replacing Josh Radnor in 'She Loves Me']]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:33:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-478282762+%281%29.jpg

NBC’s “Chuck” and “Heroes Reborn” star Zachary Levi will return to Broadway this spring in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock’s “She Loves Me.”

Levi will replace the previously announced Josh Radnor in the production, who had to leave the production due to scheduling conflicts.

“She Loves Me” stars Tony winner Laura Benanti as Amalia, a clerk at a perfume shop who conflicts with Levi’s Georg. Unbeknownst to both of them, Amalia and Georg are also pen pals who are anonymously falling in love with one another.

The musical, which features a book by Joe Masteroff, is inspired by the play “Parfumerie” by Miklós László -- which was adapted into the films “You’ve Got Mail” and “The Shop Around the Corner.”

The “She Loves Me” company also includes NBC’s “30 Rock” star Jane Krakowski, Gavin Creel (“Hair”), René Auberjonois (“Coco”) and Michael McGrath (“On the 20th Century”).

This will be Levi’s first Broadway show since making his debut in 2013’s “First Date.”

“She Loves Me,” directed by Scott Ellis, will begin previews Feb. 5, 2016 at Studio 54, with an opening night set for March 3. The limited engagement production is currently scheduled through May 22.

For tickets and more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org.



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<![CDATA[Gov. Christie, Fallon Talk Republican Debates]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:45:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Chris+Christie.png Chris Christie explains to "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon why we didn't hear much from the New Jersey governor during the first Republican presidential primary debate.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’: Do Not Read List]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:29:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Do+Not+Read1.png Jimmy Fallon shares some books you probably should avoid reading this year, including "Hamburgers: Bad News for Cows."]]> <![CDATA[Christie May Go 'Nuclear' if Ignored Next Debate]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:54:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Chris+Christie+Interview.png

It wasn't the "belt grabber" or "back it up" we hoped for, but Chris Christie did perform an encore snippet of "Dance You Do at a Springsteen Concert" from the infamous "The Evolution of Dad Dancing" skit.

The New Jersey governor and presidential candidate stopped by the "Tonight Show" Monday and challenged Jimmy Fallon to a lip syncing battle.

"When I say we are going to lip sync, we are going to lip sync," Christie asserted as he pulled a microphone from behind his chair and began rocking to Springsteen's hit "Born in the USA."

"You won! You're the lip sync winner," Fallon cut it, interrupting his performance as he handed Christie a championship medal.

The GOP nominee hopeful chatted about meeting Fallon's wife in New Hampshire and revealed his plans to take a more aggressive approach during the next GOP face-off, which will be moderated by CNN later this month.

"In the last debate, I was waiting for you to talk," Fallon said referring to the first Republican primary debate on the Fox News Channel.

"Me, too," Christie quipped, noting at one point he went 20 questions without being called on. "But stay tuned on Sept. 16th, we may be changing tactics. You know, if I get to like 15 questions in a row -— count 'em at home — if I get to 15 in a row, you're going to go 'Uh oh, he's going to go nuclear now.'"

"That's what I'm talking about!" Fallon cheered. "That's what we want to see!"

Christie's return to late-night TV comes as he's been struggling to gain momentum in the crowded Republican field in the summer polls. During the interview, Fallon, who often jokes about Christie during his monologue, pressed the famously brash governor, suggesting that he's been overshadowed by billionaire businessman and Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Christie had several notable clashes with his opponents during the Fox News debate and his performance was generally well-reviewed, but Trump nonetheless dominated coverage of the event.

"Donald Trump now is in the lead in all these polls. Is this a surprise to you?" Fallon asked Christie.

"I completely expected that, didn't you?" Christie responded sarcastically. "Everything he does is fabulous, wonderful, spectacular, amazing. It's the best."

Christie also talked during the interview about a sleepover he had with rival Marco Rubio at 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney's home ahead of a Fourth of July parade in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. After dinner the night before the parade, he said, Romney invited the two competitors, along with their families and a handful of his grandkids on a boat ride that included an unexpected stop for ice cream.

"[Romney] was like, 'Let's go for ice cream.' I was like, 'All right,' " Christie recalled.

"First of all, you weren't like, 'All right,' Fallon chimed. "You were like, 'Yes!'"

Christie jokingly stormed off the stage. When he returned to his chair, he told Fallon, "If I ever leave public life, you're going to have to hire two writers just to replace the garbage you say about me."
 



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<![CDATA[SpongeBob SquarePants Coming to Broadway]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:57:59 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-72812998+%281%29.jpg

SpongeBob SquarePants is making the move from his pineapple under the sea to the Great White Way, in a new musical set to hit Broadway in the 2016-17 season.

“The SpongeBob Musical” will follow the popular Nickelodeon character and his band of friends in a new journey set to originals songs from some of music’s biggest names, including David Bowie, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, Panic! At the Disco, Cyndi Lauper, Dirty Projectors, Jonathan Coulton and The Flaming Lips will also write new songs to fill out the score. Music supervision will come from Tony winner Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”), with a book coming from Kyle Jarrow (“Whisper House”).

The project co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau (“Superior Donuts”), who says she was attracted to the ensemble nature of the material.

“[SpongeBob’s] the classic underdog hero,” she explained. “Our production sets him on a hero’s journey with real stakes, all the while retaining the show’s trippy humor and irreverence.”

Landau also said that their actors won’t be using prosthetics or costumes to bring the show’s characters to life. 

“The SpongeBob Musical” will have its world premiere in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre beginning June 7, 2016, in a limited engagement through July 3. Casting is expected to be announced shortly.



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<![CDATA[Kevin Hart’s Philly 5K ]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:34:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Kevin-Hart-Run.jpg

Thousands of people joined superstar comedian Kevin Hart for a 5K run in Philadelphia Saturday morning.

Hart, a Philly native, teamed up with Nike+ Run Club to organize the race, which began at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at 8:04 a.m. and ended there. Prior to his hometown, the comedian held 5K runs in seven other cities, including New York and Houston.

Comedian J.B. Smoove and 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor were among the participants Saturday.

Hart claimed that nearly 4500 people came out for the event, which was open to runners of all speeds and paces.

“When I first started doing these spontaneous 5K runs it was just something I was doing authentically through social media,” Hart told NBC10’s Monique Braxton. “Nike got wind of it and Nike was like, ‘What you’re doing is amazing. You’re motivating people, you’re pushing people to do better, to simply be the best version of themselves that they possibly can.’”

Hart, who has over 21 million followers on Twitter, says the event is part of his goal of motivating his fans to get fit and healthy.

“When it comes to physical fitness and health I think that’s something that I’ve really adapted to and that’s something that I take serious now,” he said. “We’re simply in the business of making people understand and grasp the concept of taking care of yourself. “

Hart finished the race in a little under 22 minutes. He congratulated and high-fived runners as they finished at the Rocky steps.

Hart will perform Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field as part of his “What Now” comedy tour.
 


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<![CDATA[Bathtub Girl Meets Luke Bryan: 'I Love Him']]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:42:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Ava_Finley_Luke_Bryan.png

A little girl struggles to say who she loves and her dad couldn't make out the words. 

The two-year-old professed her love to country singer Luke Bryan during bath time. The video of the father-daughter episode went viral, followed by an in person meeting with the superstar. 

As Ava Finley took a bath last year, the toddler began babbling with her dad Jonathan Finley and he started shooting video of her chatter. At first, he didn't know exactly what she was talking about. 

"A little bunny? You look funny?" he asked. 

What the little girl from Calera, Ala. was trying to tell her father was — Luke Bryan! Her pronunciation was a little tough to make out.

"I love him!" she exclaimed.

Ava became a Bryan fan after listening to his music with her aunts. "Play It Again" is her favorite song. 

Ava's mom first shared the video on her personal Facebook page last year. After being nudged by friends, she posted it to Twitter in April of this year and tagged Bryan, who eventually saw the video and retweeted it. His record label got in contact with the Finleys and invited them to a concert and meet-and-greet this year.

"She is really shy around people she doesn’t know. I was kind of afraid she would chicken out," said Ava's mom Adrian Finley. 

Dressed up in her cowboy boots and a white bow, Ava finally met Bryan before his concert in Atlanta on Aug. 23. Upon seeing her, Bryan scooped up Ava and gave her a big hug. He shared the moment on his Facebook page. 

"She was even cuter in person," Bryan wrote.

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<![CDATA[Robin Williams' Family Back in Court]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:13:59 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_090813048528.jpg

Attorneys for Robin Williams' wife and children were due back in court Friday in the ongoing fight over the late actor's estate.

The two sides were scheduled to go before a San Francisco judge, as court documents indicate they remain at odds over the division of Williams' personal items and a reserve fund to maintain Susan Williams in the home she shared with Robin Williams.

Williams' children from previous marriages, Zachary, Zelda and Cody Williams, say the estate's trustees have determined the division of all of Williams' personal property, and those decisions are final. They accuse Susan Williams of holding on to property that is theirs.

Susan Williams' attorney, James Wagstaffe, had said after a court hearing in June that Susan Williams wanted to keep items such as her husband's slippers, T-shirts and some boxer shorts.

The children also say the trustees have arrived at a figure for a reserve fund for Susan Williams to cover the costs of the Tiburon home, but she wants more.

Susan Williams says the trustees have refused to explain how they calculated the amounts for her reserve fund, which were different from figures she arrived at.

Robin Williams died in August 2014 at the Tiburon home. The coroner ruled his death a suicide. The actor's wife has said he struggled with depression, anxiety and a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.



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<![CDATA[Trump Has Attendee Pull at His Hair, Attacks Media]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:02:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_343928941003.jpg

Donald Trump forcefully defended his hair and attacked the New York Times for a front-page report on his adversarial relationship with Spanish-language media during a rally in South Carolina on Thursday.

The GOP presidential frontrunner took umbrage to the opening paragraph of the Times story that details how Hispanic radio host Ricardo Sánchez has nicknamed Trump "El hombre del peluquín," or "the man of the toupee."

"I don't wear a toupee. It's my hair. I swear," he said before inviting a woman in attendance to inspect his head. 



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<![CDATA[Misty Copeland Debuts in 'On the Town']]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:43:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485224106.jpg

After making history as the first black woman to be named principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland conquered the Great White Way on Tuesday night, making her Broadway debut in the acclaimed revival of “On the Town.”

She’ll be with the show for just 12 performances, through its closing at the Lyric Theatre on Sept. 6.

Copeland’s performance was met with thunderous applause from the enthusiastic audience, which included celebrities like Grammy-winner Josh Groban, Tony-winner Phylicia Rashad, NBC’s own Al Roker (“Today”) and Tamara Tunie (“Law & Order: SVU”).

Also in the audience? Ninety-year-old dancer Billie Allen, the first black woman to perform in “On the Town” back in the show’s original 1944 production.

“As somebody with Broadway ambitions myself, to see Misty up there and making her Broadway debut was spectacular,” Groban told NBC New York. “Her dancing is transcendent, and to see her technique within a musical was a wonderful experience for everybody involved.”

Copeland plays Ivy Smith in the show, an inspiring performer and the current winner of the monthly “Miss Turnstile” competition. Smith becomes the object of affection for sailor Gabey (Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck), who, with the help of friends Chip (Jay Armstrong Johnson) and Ozzie (Clyde Alves), sets out to find her while on 24-hour shore leave in New York City.

The musical, which features music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, is based on Jerome Robbin’s 1944 ballet “Fancy Free.” Many of the show’s biggest dance numbers — choreographed in this production by Emmy winner Joshua Bergasse — feature Copeland’s character.

That includes the “Presentation of Miss Turnstiles,” in which we first meet Ivy. The dance paints the picture of a day in the life of Miss Turnstiles, and has Copeland pirouetting from photo shoots to night clubs to taking care of her fictional husband in her home.

You can watch Copeland perform the number here. As you’ll see, it’s a much more lighthearted dance than Copeland typically performs at the American Ballet Theatre. And yet she feels completely at home in it, punching up the humor of the piece and moving comfortably through the numbers more complicated movements.

Copeland is equally at home during the show’s book scenes. Her Ivy is more bubbly and bold than her predecessor Megan Fairchild’s, creating a sweet dynamic between Ivy and Gabey that puts their enthusiasm, nervousness and affection for one another on equal playing ground. 

We see a more traditional, romantic movement from Copeland during the show's stunning "The Real Coney Island" ballet. Copeland moves through the dance with poise and grace, leaving a trail of elegant lines and effortless flips behind her.

Her tenderness is perfectly matched with Yazbeck's rustic, masculine strength. The two are a dynamic pair, and when they hit that final pose at the piece's conclusion, you'll be left breathless.

“We really made that dance our own,” Yazbeck explained to NBC New York. “She was so collaborative and professional. We only rehearsed for a half hour one day, and then did two run-throughs the next day. And that was it. She’s the real deal.”

“I’m pretty much jealous of any other man who gets to partner with her in the future,” Yazbeck added. “Because she’s pretty incredible.”

Copeland's jeté into “On the Town” is the latest move in a history-making year for the 32-year-old. In addition to dancing leads in productions of “The Nutcracker,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Swan Lake,” she’s also been featured on TV’s “60 Minutes” and on the cover of Time Magazine as one of their “100 Most Influential People in 2015.”

In a lovely coincidence, her first performance also happened to land on the birthday of Leonard Bernstein, who composed “On the Town” when he was only 26. Act II opened with the cast and audience paying tribute to the late composer with a rendition of a song he didn’t write: “Happy Birthday.”

For tickets to “On the Town” more information, visit onthetownbroadway.com.



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<![CDATA[Jenner PCH Crash Presented to LA DA's Office]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 07:15:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/201*120/08-25-2015-caitlyn-jenner-leather-jacket-1.jpg

A fatal crash on Pacific Coast Highway involving Caitlyn Jenner has been presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

The office confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department presented the case in connection with the fatal February crash to the Major Crimes Division, responsible for handling high-profile cases. It was not immediately clear what charges, if any, Jenner might face.

Jenner was hauling an off-road vehicle on a trailer behind her Cadillac Escalade on Feb. 7 when she steered to avoid cars slowing for a traffic light in front of her on PCH in Malibu.

Jenner's SUV rear-ended two cars, pushing the Lexus into oncoming traffic and also hitting a Prius. The 69-year-old Lexus driver was killed when her car was struck head-on by a Hummer.

The Associated Press reported last week that the sheriff's report recommended a manslaughter charge, but a source familiar with the case told NBC News no recommendation was made. If prosecutors make a decision to charge Jenner, she will be charged with misdemeanor manslaughter, at most, the source said.

A timetable for a decision from the district attorney's office also was not available Tuesday.

Jenner's attorney declined to comment, the AP reported.



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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Oprah]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:39:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_546237465723-Oprah.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Caitlyn Jenner Costume Sparks Social Media Outrage]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:01:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480846712_caitlyn_jenner_homicidio.jpg

Halloween costumes and decorations seem to arrive in stores earlier and earlier every year.

October is more than two months away, yet one celebrity attire is already causing a social media firestorm.

The “Call Me Caitlyn” costume, reminiscent of Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, consists of a corset-like top, shorts and a wig. 

Though Halloween costumes lampooning current events and celebrities are nothing new, Jenner's supporters condemn the attire as "transphobic" and "disgusting” and have launched a petition calling on one retailer to halt production.

“To make a costume out of a marginalized identity reduces that person and community to a stereotype for privileged people to abuse,” the petition statement read. “In this case, if you follow through with production of a Caitlyn Jenner costume, cisgender people will purchase it to make fun of her and our community.”

Spirit Halloween, a company behind pop-up costume stores that appear nationwide during the fall season, defended the ensemble in a statement to CNBC.

"At Spirit Halloween, we create a wide range of costumes that are often based upon celebrities, public figures, heroes and superheroes," said Lisa Barr, senior director of marking at Spirit Halloween. "We feel that Caitlyn Jenner is all of the above and that she should be celebrated. The Caitlyn Jenner costume reflects just that."

Spirit isn’t new to controversy. Last year, the company was criticized for selling "Slenderman" costumes inspired by the fictional internet character who allegedly compelled two 12-year-old girls to stab a classmate 19 times in a wooded park earlier that year.

Despite the company’s stated intentions, the advertisement, which features a features a tattooed male donning the outfit, “mocks the validity of a transgender’s identity,” according to a petition signer.

But Spirit isn’t the only company carrying the “Call Me Caitlyn” this year. Several online retailers are selling the costume under the “humorous” category, which some say undermines the struggles transgender people like Jenner go through every day.  



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<![CDATA[Forest Whitaker to Make Broadway Debut]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:57:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-463136059+%281%29.jpg

This spring, Eugene O’Neill’s 1964 drama “Hughie” will once again return to New York for its third Broadway revival, this time starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker.

“The Last King of Scotland” star will make his Broadway debut as small-time gambler Erie Smith, who spends a drunken evening chatting with a Manhattan hotel’s night clerk and reminiscing over the clerk’s now-deceased predecessor.

Whitaker’s role was last played on Broadway in 1996 by another Oscar winner: Al Pacino.

Michael Grandage (“Frost/Nixon”) will direct the new production, reuniting with the creative team of set and costume designer Christopher Oram, lighting designer Neil Austin and sound designer Adam Cork -- all of whom worked together on the 2010 Broadway production of “Red.”

Casting for the role of the hotel clerk, opening dates and the official theater have yet to be announced.



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<![CDATA[Celeb Hookups: Alison Brie, Dave Franco]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:36:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-160490541.jpg Check out which celebrities are hooking up.

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<![CDATA[Man Found With Rosie O'Donnell's Daughter Arrested: Sources]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:48:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/rosie+odonnel+steven+sheerer.jpg

The 25-year-old man with whom Rosie O'Donnell's missing daughter was staying earlier this week was arrested Friday night for allegedly having inappropriate online communications with the teen, sources said.

Steven Sheerer was arrested at his New Jersey home on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and distribution of obscenity to a minor, according to police. His arrest stems from an investigation into a 17-year-old's cellphone calls that was initiated with the consent of the girl's mother. Sources said the mother is Rosie O'Donnell and the 17-year-old is her daughter, Chelsea O'Donnell.

Police said an examination of the phone showed evidence of inappropriate communications over the last several weeks between Sheerer and the 17-year-old. Investigators also executed a search warrant of Sheerer's home and seized a computer and other digital equipment, police said.

Sheerer is being held in Ocean City Jail on $40,000 cash bail. If convicted, each charge carries a penalty of five years in prison.

In 2012, Sheerer was in a car with another woman when they were stopped by police following a two-month narcotics investigation. The woman had heroin and drug paraphernalia on her while her 1-year-old and 3-year-old children were in the back seat of the car, police told NBC Philadelphia.

Police also searched Sheerer's home where they found heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. 

Sheerer was charged with third-degree possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, third-degree possession of heroin, third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was later convicted on those charges.



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<![CDATA['Tonight': A Performance by the Band Tux]]> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 03:25:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-484788394.jpg Tux (Jimmy Fallon and Jason Schwartzman) reunites to perform their classic back-to-school anthem about class picture day.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight' Thank You Notes: Bill Clinton Turns 69]]> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 03:20:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-484788416.jpg Jimmy pens thank you notes to oatmeal raisin cookies that look like chocolate chip and other things.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: Swiss Cliff Jumper Laso Schaller's Epic Plunge]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:01:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/schaller.jpg

Famed jumper Laso Schaller made headlines for setting "a new cliff-jump world record" when dramatic video of him plunging nearly 200 feet into a pool of water was released on Aug. 18.

But a technicality will keep the Swiss 27-year-old out of the official record books — the feat is too dangerous for Guinness.

During the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Schaller completed a 192.9-foot jump into a 26-foot-deep pool of water. Red Bull, which sponsors the event, said he set a record.

Guinness World Records no longer monitors that category “due to the obvious dangers involved and the inadvisability of sanctioning such a record,” a spokesperson said.

Though Guinness doesn't track cliff-jumping anymore, they do keep a record of who has the most Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series titles. Four-time winner Gary Hunt is the current record holder.

Red Bull, which sponsors the event, declined to comment.

Even with Schaller’s experience, there was a lot of extra preparation needed to make the jump.

His team built a platform that extended out from the top of the waterfall to clear a rock wall for the jump, according to a blog post from Red Bull. The team also explored the pool using scuba gear and placed six aerating tanks in his projected landing area to "soften" the water.

Schaller, a canyon guide and athlete by trade, regularly participates in high-dive shows, which involve jumping roughly 80 feet, 20 times in a day.


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