<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usThu, 29 Sep 2016 23:36:55 -0400Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:36:55 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Grumpy Cat Joins the Cast of 'Cats' ]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:56:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-459467912.jpg

She's taken the web by storm with over 12 million followers, made countless appearances on TV and even found herself on the New York Times bestseller list. Now, meme sensation Grumpy Cat will make her Broadway debut in the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Cats.'

Appearing on stage at the Neil Simon Theatre at the Sept. 30 performance, she'll be the first genuine feline ever to appear in the hit musical.

"Being selected as the first real cat to perform in 'Cats' on Broadway is an honor," Grumpy Cat said in a statement. "I hate it. If I’m really being honest, I’d prefer to play the Phantom in 'The Phantom of the Opera.' "

Grumpy Cat debuted on the World Wide Web on Sept. 22, 2012. When not appearing in the media, she enjoys a normal life at home as a kitty, playing with her brother Pokey and eating all the treats she can.

"Cats" is based on T.S. Eliot's poem "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats." Featuring a score by Lloyd Webber with lyrics by T.S. Eliot, Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe, the musical tells the story of a pack of "Jellicle cats."

It first opened on Broadway in 1982, and holds the title as the second longest running Broadway show of all time (Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" holds the top spot).

Since its 1981 premiere in London, “Cats” has been presented in over 30 countries, translated into 15 languages and been seen by more than 73 million people worldwide.



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<![CDATA[Headphones Required for Broadway 'Encounter' ]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:53:59 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TheEncounterMain.jpg

Headphones are strapped to every seat at the Golden Theatre, where “The Encounter,” fresh off a London run, has just opened. Theatergoers wear them for all of actor Simon McBurney’s performance, which tracks a photographer’s disorienting trip into the Amazon rainforest.

Sitting for “The Encounter” is an experience very much about sound, and only a little about sight.

McBurney is founder of the U.K. theater troupe Complicite, and an actor who has had roles in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and “Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation.” The gimmick in “The Encounter,” which McBurney conceived, directed and performs, has him using binaural technology ("3D audio”) to create a world of sound.

On stage, there’s just McBurney in a foam-walled broadcast studio, with dozens of bottles of water (some destined to become projectiles) and a Sennheiser dummy head microphone. When McBurney breathes slowly into the dummy’s ears, we hear his breath in ours. Ditto for his imitation of a jaguar in the jungle, or the drone of a Cessna.

Technologically, it’s pretty fun stuff. Alas, the story becomes so disorienting and meandering that it doesn’t make for a great night at the theater.

McBurney’s work is inspired by author Petru Popescu’s 1991 “Amazon Beaming.” That book was, itself, derived from the journals of Loren McIntyre, a National Geographic photographer who in 1971 set out to discover the source of the Amazon River.

McIntyre found himself lost among the Mayoruma tribe in Brazil’s Javari Valley, and in his journals wrote that he communicated with the tribe’s chief telepathically before reaching the river’s source.

There are readily apparent and relatable themes in “The Encounter.” Among them: we’re natural creatures, but our material possessions hold us hostage. As well, there’s a well-intentioned message about how it’s wrong to interfere with the lives of any indigenous people, particularly these, who—in the telegraphed words of a campaigner for Survival International—view “the oil underneath the ground as the blood of the earth.”

Finally, there’s a strong narrative thread about how time is a relative concept. McBurney’s own interior monologues are frequently interrupted by the aural “appearance” of his daughter, wanting a late-night snack or a bedtime story.

As the second hour evolves, “The Encounter” becomes more like performance art, with McBurney losing himself in McIntyre’s cacophonous dehydrated delusions. The story moves in fits and starts, becoming that much more difficult to follow.

I’ll argue that “The Encounter” would be more at home Off-Broadway, some place like The Public, than in the vast openness of the Golden. As things stand, any sense of intimacy it’s striving for dissipates in the space. As an aural experience, “The Encounter” is an accomplishment, but the story takes too long to arrive at an unsatisfying destination.

“The Encounter,” through Jan. 8, 2017 at the Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St. Tickets: $59-$155. Call 212-239-6200.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



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<![CDATA[Top Entertainment Photos]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:42:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-611044380.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Visit to Canada]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:24:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-611023792-kate.jpg A look throughout the years of Prince William, Prince George and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, alongside Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family.

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<![CDATA['Stranger Things' Actor's Condition]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:13:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-607663876.jpg

It appears actor Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin Henderson on the hit series “Stranger Things,” has more in common with his on-screen character than fans may have known.

Matarazzo, speaking on “The Jonathan Ross Show,” a British chat show, revealed he has a rare genetic condition known as cleidocranial dysplasia.

"It's a condition where you're born without your collarbones — I don't have any," Matarazzo said. "It affects your facial growth, your skull growth, it affects your teeth. So that's why I don't have any — these are fake. I have teeth, but they're all baby teeth. I need a lot of surgery."

According to the Genetics Home Reference, the condition impacts roughly one in a million people worldwide.

People with the condition can be anywhere from 3 to 6 inches shorter than other members of their family and may have shorter fingers, flat feet, knocked knees and an abnormal curvature of the spine.

Cleidocranial dysplasia can also decrease bone density, which can lead those with the condition to develop osteoporosis at a relatively early age. It can also delay the loss of baby teeth and the appearance of adult teeth, experts say.

"I have a really mild case and a lot of people have it much worse than I do," Matarazzo said.

He noted that he hopes incorporating his disease into his "Stranger Things" character will help raise awareness and “let people know it’s not something they should be afraid of showing.”

Matarazzo had earlier opened up about his condition in an interview with People Magazine, saying he’s had a few mouth surgeries so far.

He noted there’s one “cool” part to having cleidocranial dysplasia, and that’s that he can move his shoulders in unique ways.

"People are like, 'Well you can do these cool things with your shoulders,'" he said in the interview. "That part's cool about it."

Matarazzo said being open about his condition has shown him that he can help others with similar diagnoses.

"The feedback has been great," he told People. "A lot of people were messaging me saying, 'You made me feel better about myself, that you can show that you have this condition on TV and embrace it.' I feel like I'm raising awareness for it. It makes me feel good."



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<![CDATA['Late Night’: 2016 Presidential Debate]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:33:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e007_427_debate_20160928_1200x675_775453251723.jpg Host Seth Meyers presides over the second presidential “debate.” Cutting clips from the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the ‘Late Night’ team portrays a second debate between the two.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night’ Writer Talks Recent Athlete Protests]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:32:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e007_427_protest_20160928_1200x675_775452739865.jpg Athletes have started protesting police killing black men across the country, host Seth Meyers notes. One of his employees appears on stage to join in solidarity with these athletes. But the employee doesn’t quite understand how to express these sentiments.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight’ Superlatives: 2016 NFL Season]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:30:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e008_543_superlatives_20160928_1200x675_775452739595.jpg Jimmy Fallon hands out superlatives to Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers NFL players.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight’: First Texting Experience With Sting]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:29:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/STING_Screen-Shot-2016-09-29-at-1.55.23-AM.jpg Sting and Jimmy Fallon sing embarrassing first text exchanges between guys and girls in a romantic setting.]]> <![CDATA[Judith Light Goes Solo in Somber LaBute Drama ]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:10:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AlltheWaysMain.jpg

Neil LaBute’s new drama for MCC is a short monologue for “Transparent” star Judith Light that takes an all-too-familiar phenomenon and adds a dimension: What happens to teachers who fall into improper relationships with students—and don’t get caught?

“All the Ways to Say I Love You” casts Light as a middle-aged English teacher and guidance counselor delivering a confessional. She begins by talking about “the weight” of a lie, and from there sifts through the many she has perpetrated, assessing both their moral “heft” and the burdens she still carries because of them.

Consider yourself on notice: It’s a testament to Light’s likability and the effectiveness of LaBute’s prose that you may handily forget her “Mrs. Johnson” is duplicitous, irresponsible ... and to some degree disconnected from reality.

Early on, we learn about the circumstances that led to an affair with a young man named Tommy, more than a decade past. There was the cooled sexual relationship with her husband, after their efforts to have children failed; her student's chaotic home life and need for a nurturing presence. She’s got excuses and justifications by the boatload.

She’s also still got a job, which dawns on us as we absorb the setting: her tidy office, with its Scholastic-branded mug full of pens and pencils.

Light must track a range of emotions for an hour, with barely a break for a sip of water. She does so magnetically, animating LaBute’s material with her husky voice and wide, dark eyes. There is no shame in her retelling; indeed, there’s lingering delight in recalling her own power to affect pleasure on a young man.

At the performance I attended, one graphic line of dialogue left the audience in a hush, and I ached with embarrassment for the theatergoer who had foolishly left on her iPhone: There are some things Siri finds too loaded to deal with.

LaBute’s 10th piece for MCC is somewhat threadbare, but don't let that dissuade you from seeing it: he's reaching for exquisitely interesting material. Director Leigh Silverman (“Violet”) teases out a layered performance from stage veteran Light.

It’s implied early on that Mrs. Johnson’s marriage remains intact. She proclaims that she feels no remorse for her deeds, but she clearly isn’t immune to guilt, either. In Labute’s world, one of the ways to say I love you is to keep your mouth shut about your failings and swallow every bitter pill they’ve earned you.

“All the Ways to Say I Love You,” through Oct. 18 at MCC’s Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St. Tickets: $85-$99. Call 212-352-3101.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn 



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<![CDATA[Kim Kardashian Narrowly Avoids Prank Assault in Paris]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:10:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/kimattack.jpg

Hands off that famous derriere!

Notorious celebrity prankster Vitalii Sediuk found that out the hard way when he attempted to kiss Kim Kardashian's backside Wednesday during an appearance in Paris.

Although Sediuk got close, he was quickly subdued by Kardashian's security entourage. Sediuk, who fled after the incident, was most recently in the news for pulling a similar prank against Gigi Hadid on the streets of Milan last week. In that incident, Sediuk grabbed the model and lifted her off the ground before she elbowed him in the face and chased him away.

Sediuk posted on Instagram following the incident, saying the prank was intended as a form of "protest" against what he said was Kardashian's use of "butt implants."

"I was protesting Kim for using fake butt implants. I encourage her and the rest of Kardashian clan to popularize natural beauty among teenage girls who follow and defend them blindly," Sediuk wrote. "P.s. I was sitting there outside the posh restaurant to use free wifi and eating my ice-cream. When all of a sudden, the pack of paparazzi came out and the car with Kim Kardashian. I swear I didn't know she was going to be there."

That may be hard to believe, as it's not Sediuk's first run-in with the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star. Kardashian was approached in 2014 while trying to make her way through a hoard of press outside of Balmain's Paris Fashion Week when Sediuk dived for her legs.

Kardashian later posted a thank you to her security team.



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<![CDATA[Cecily Strong Previews SNL Season Premiere]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:52:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000013284187_1200x675_775112771736.jpg SNL cast member Cecily Strong looks ahead to the season premiere, hosted by Margot Robbie with musical guest The Weeknd.]]> <![CDATA[Kate McKinnon on Emmy Win, "SNL" & New Film]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:17:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/197*120/kate+web.JPG Emmy winner Kate McKinnon stops by to chat about the new season of Saturday Night Live, her hilarious new movie "Masterminds," & more!]]> <![CDATA[Alec Baldwin Debuts as Trump in New SNL Premiere Teaser]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:37:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/baldwinhil.jpg

The "Saturday Night Live" premiere is going to be "YUUGE."

The show, which underwent a few casting changes in the off-season with the departure of Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, debuted a teaser video via Twitter which promises show favorite Alec Baldwin donning an orange wig and doing his best Donald Trump impersonation while squaring off against Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton.

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The show is set to return Oct 1. with "Suicide Squad" star Margot Robbie as host.



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<![CDATA[Joe Biden Set to Appear on 'Law & Order: SVU']]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:11:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bidenGettyImages-609175184.jpg

Dun dunnn!

Vice President Joe Biden is set to make his debut appearance on "Law & Order: SVU" Wednesday.

The White House released a statement about the episode that Biden will be featured in, which will focus on "the rape kit backlog and efforts to end violence against women."

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SVU actress Marika Hargitay and Vice President Biden have addressed this issue off-screen as well. Biden has been part of the PSAs for Hargitay's "Joyful Heart Foundation" and the "No More" campaign to end sexual assault and domestic violence. Hargitay also recently presented Biden with the Finnegan Award at her charity's gala and lent her voice to introduce him at the Democratic National Convention.

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Despite the fact this is Biden’s first appearance on the 18-season show, he is no stranger to the camera. He made several guest appearances as himself on NBC's "Parks and Recreation."

Biden will also make an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Thursday night.



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<![CDATA[Obama Slams Trump During Steve Harvey Interview]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:21:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/steveobama.jpg

Following Monday night’s presidential debate, President Barack Obama made it clear that he doesn’t want his daughters - or anyone’s children, listening to Donald Trump.

Obama joined the Steve Harvey Morning Show Wednesday, where he discussed his disdain for Trump’s comments on women.

"You have somebody who basically insulted women," he said, "And then doubled down in terms of how he talks about them, and talks about their weight, and talks about how they look instead of the content of their character and their capabilities."

During Monday’s debate, the Republican candidate’s history of sexist comments came up. During the exchange, Trump said that most of his sexist comments have been directed at Rosie O’Donnell, whom he’s had a feud with for years. He said O'Donnell deserved the barbs he hurled which included calling her fat, a pig and a slob.

"[He is] not somebody I want in the Oval Office that my daughters are listening to and that sons are listening to," Obama said. "And so, across the board you’ve got somebody who appears to only care about himself."

The president continued to voice his support for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, listing issues the pair share a passion for, including reforming the criminal justice system and ensuring all children in the United States have ample opportunity to succeed.

"I know Hillary, I’ve seen her work," he said. "She is capable, tough, does her homework, cares about the same things I care about."

The president also encouraged listeners to get registered to vote, and to make sure they get out on Nov. 8 to cast their ballots.

"If there’s one message I want to deliver to everybody, if you don’t vote that’s a vote for Trump," he said. "If you don’t vote, that’s a vote for Trump."

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<![CDATA[Not The Race Of The Century: Usain Bolt Runs Against Corden]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:11:02 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CordonBolt.jpg

Well, this pretty much turned out how you'd expect.

"The Late Late Show" host James Corden elected to race his guest Tuesday night. Unfortunately his guest was nine-time Olympic gold medalist and "fastest man alive" Usain Bolt.

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Both Bolt and Corden were decked out in Jamaican running outfits, Bolt’s native country, and pumped up in the CBS parking lot on the starting line. They were accompanied by the entire crew of "The Late Late Show" and Owen Wilson.

Wilson took off before the race even began, probably in the hopes that he could stand a chance against the Olympian. But once the start gun fired Bolt took an easy league. He ran off the frame within seconds as the crew, including Corden, looked sluggish behind him. Bolt might well as have been jogging.

Bolt of course won easily, jumping and skipping to the finish line while Corden placed 20th.

"I would’ve liked to have been in the top 15 but it wasn’t my day,
lamented Corden in his post-race interview. "That’s the life of an athlete."



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<![CDATA[Mary J. Blige's Serenade to Clinton Hits Off-Key Note]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:11:58 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/new+hillary.jpg

To be kind, it was a little off-key.

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R&B diva Mary J. Blige is taking fire on social media for what some are dubbing a cringe worthy serenade she performs to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton about social injustice and police brutality.

"If an officer stops you, always be polite. And never ever run away. Promise mama you'll keep your hands in sight," Blige croons as a Clinton nods her head and looks on.

The video was released by the Apple Music television show "The 411." Apple Music tweeted the preview Tuesday to promote the one-on-one interview.

The one-minute trailer features Blige belting a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s "American Skin (41 Shots)" as Clinton sits beside her. The song was originally written in response to the death of Amadou Diallo, who was shot and killed by New York City police in 1999.

The tweeted preview calls the upcoming interview between the two women "an intimate conversation" and ends with Blige asking the question, “Where do we go from here?”

But the social media sphere was more focused on the trailer itself and reactions were harsh. Many pointed out the general awkwardness of the R&B diva crooning to Clinton on the serious issue of police violence.

Tweeted responses included calling Mary J. Blige’s performance "cringeworthy," "awkward," and "an absolute joke."

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Blige apparently took notice of the online haters. The singer fired back at critics in a tweet she has since deleted. According to the New York Daily News, Blige tweeted, “Everybody shut the f--- up! #takethat #haters #crabsinabarrel #simpleminded #the411”.

The interview is set to air on September 30.


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<![CDATA[Madonna Joins Katy Perry in 'Vote Naked' Movement]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:08:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PerryMadonna.jpg

The Material Girl apparently didn't want to be left out of the nude fun.

Jumping on the bandwagon started earlier this week by Katy Perry, Madonna shed her clothes Tuesday morning in an effort to get voters to the voting booths this November.

The 58-year-old pop star tweeted out a topless photo to her nearly 1.3 million followers where she reaffirmed she was voting for Hillary Clinton and teased the pic was just the first in a "nude voting series."

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The patriotic tweet even came with multiple American flag emojis.

Madonna's tweet comes on the heels of Katy Perry promising and delivering a video where she was heading to the voting booth "naked." The parody video reminds voters there's no dress code at the voting booths. 

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"I've briefly scanned the constitution and nowhere does it say you can't just roll out of bed in whatever state you woke up in," Perry says. "In the name of democracy, any just out of bed look is A-OK."

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Encouragement from Katy Perry aside, don't vote naked.


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<![CDATA[NYC Boy Offers Sage, Hilarious Advice on Surviving 3rd Grade]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:17:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/christopher+bannon.jpg

Look good on picture day. Don't call the teacher mom or dad because you might get extra homework. Drink water so you don't pass out. And choose your groups wisely, because once you get an assignment, there's no going back. 

An 8-year-old Staten Island boy had those sage words of advice -- and more -- to offer his classmates as part of a recent school project that called for 10 tips. Christopher Bannon, inspired by Marissa Moss' Amelia's School Survival Guide, according to his mother, Melissa Barvels, opted for an illustrated tutorial on surviving third grade. 

The creative, humorous guide starts with a warning from the author: "If you do not follow my tips you will be some crazy 3rd grader." 

It then begins with a key imperative: Do not lay down in the meeting area, Trust me I have tried it is not as comfortable as it looks. 

Bannon goes on to remind his classmates their picture day photos will likely end up on magnets on their home refrigerators, so they should be sure to look the part. Don't talk inappropriately, especially after lunch -- and whatever you do, don't call your teacher mom or dad because if he or she is your mother or father, you're going to get extra homework, he says. 

Work quietly, stay hydrated and don't forget your homework or you'll likely be without video games for a week, Bannon cautions. 

But the No. 1 item on his list is most crucial: HAVE FUN. 

Bannon told Babble, which first reported on the adorable assignment, he had fun making the tips for other kids. 

“It made me feel good when the kids in my class said I should be an author!" he told the website. "It also made me feel good when I was done sharing my work and my classmates gave me a huge round of applause.” 

Bannon, whose favorite classes are writing and math, said he hasn't gotten a grade on his project yet, but his teachers were laughing as he presented it, so he's optimistic. 

His mother says Bannon has always been a witty, joking kid. Plus, he's pretty darn cute. 



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<![CDATA['Late Night’: Cecily Strong Has Sympathy for Melania Trump]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:57:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e006_426_cecilystrong_melania_20160927_1200x675_774618691868.jpg Cecily Strong explains her sympathy for Melania Trump, saying that she never asked for any of this. She also says that she is good friends with Melania.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night’: A Closer Look at the Debate Fallout]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:52:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16271095428241.jpg Host Seth Meyers examines how Donald Trump’s supporters came up with excuses for his lackluster performance at the debate.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Morgan Freeman Narrating 'American Ninja Warrior']]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:50:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Suggestion_Screen-Shot-2016-09-28-at-2.47.29-AM.jpg Jimmy Fallon takes suggestions from the audience, including one asking Hashtag the Panda to skydive from a plane into the heart of the Tonight Show Farmstead Corn Maze in Meridien, Idaho.]]> <![CDATA[Rosie O'Donnell Fires Back At Trump After Debate Jab]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:46:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/RosieTrump.jpg

Longtime Donald Trump nemesis Rosie O'Donnell somehow found herself dragged into the middle of Monday's must-see presidential debate when the Republican nominee, unprompted, went into a diatribe about his longtime feud with the former talk-show host.

"Rosie O'Donnell — I said very tough things to her, and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her," Trump said.

The jab came while discussing Trump's history of sexist comments toward women, which he maintains were mostly directed at O'Donnell.

O'Donnell soon responded via Twitter. Referring to Trump as an "orange anus," O'Donnell shared a video of a segment from "The View" that originally sparked their feud.

The two have a long history of contempt for one another, dating back to 2006 when O'Donnell criticized Trump for a controversy surrounding the Miss USA beauty pageant. 

Trump's jab also didn't go unnoticed by several of O'Donnell's celebrity pals, who rushed to her defense. Seth MacFarlane, who tweeted "Am I in the ninth circle of Hell?" in regard to Trump's comments.

Singer Madonna, who co-starred with O'Donnell in "A League of Their Own," also weighed in on Twitter.

"Mess with my girl Rosie and you're messing with me!!! Cruelty never made anyone a winner," she wrote.



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<![CDATA[Wardrobe Watch: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:03:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/kate-middleton-style-sept.jpg Even before she wore a spectacular Alexander McQueen gown at her wedding to Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge had a distinctly chic sense of style, and her admirers have only grown in number.

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<![CDATA[‘Tonight’: Truth or Door With Samuel L. Jackson]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:35:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e006_541_truthordoor_20160926_1200x675_773846595691.jpg Jimmy Fallon, Samuel L. Jackson and Gina Rodriguez decide between sharing personal facts or completing mystery challenges in a twist on the game truth or dare.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight’: Samuel L. Jackson Played Golf With Arnold Palmer]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:36:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e006_541_samuelljackson_palmer_20160926_1200x675_773846083709.jpg Samuel L. Jackson remembers the time he golfed with Arnold Palmer and the compliment he got from the legend for a shot he took on the green.]]> <![CDATA[Tom Hanks Photobombs Newlyweds in Central Park]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:32:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tom+hanks+bombs+photo+shoot.jpg

A man and woman were getting their wedding photos taken in Central Park over the weekend when Tom Hanks dropped in — an unforgettable moment that was captured by New York-based studio First Day Films and photographer Meg Miller.

The Academy-Award winning actor was out for a jog in the park Saturday afternoon when he spotted Elizabeth and Ryan getting their photos taken by Miller.

“Hi, I’m Tom Hanks,” the actor said as he walked up to the shocked couple.

“Can we get a photo with you?” Elizabeth asked.

“By all means,” Hanks said, kissing her hand. “We can do that right here.”

The three of them posed for photos and took selfies together.

“Ryan, you’re a lucky man,” Hanks said. “Elizabeth, you’ve done well for yourself.”

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In Miller's video, Hanks even offers to officiate their wedding.

“You know, I am an ordained minister. If the guy cancels let me know.”

Last year, Hanks got ordained to preside over the wedding of actress Allison Williams, according to E! News.

After a few more photos and congrats, Hanks went off into the park to finish his jog.

The actor took to his Instagram on Sunday and posted one of the selfies the three took together with the caption: “Elizabeth and Ryan! Congrats and blessings! Hanx.”

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<![CDATA[Obama's Hard Stance on Ketchup]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:05:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16145366840419.jpg

In this uncertain election season with its scandals, attacks and bald-faced lies, it’s refreshing when a politician takes a hardline stance on the world stage’s most pressing issues.

That’s exactly what President Barack Obama did when pressed by chef and television star Anthony Bourdain on how appropriate ketchup on a hot dog is.

“Is ketchup on a hot dog ever acceptable?” Bourdain asked the president on the season premiere of his television show “Parts Unknown.”

Obama’s response was a swift “No.”

Well… “It's not acceptable past the age of 8,” the president relented.

“My hot dog question might have been diplomatically problematic for a first-term president. He answered without hesitation -- like a Chicagoan,” Bourdain wrote of his recent bun cha meal with the president in Vietnam.

Bourdain also recently rattled off his favorite places to eat in Chicago during a Reddit AMAA.



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<![CDATA[Tom Hanks Photobombs Couple's Wedding Shoot in Central Park]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:51:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tom+hanks+wedding+photobomb.jpg A delighted couple was more than happy to have their Central Park wedding shoot crashed by the star of "Sully." Photos provided to NBC 4 New York by Meg Miller.

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<![CDATA['Do The Right Thing' Cast: Where Are They Now?]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:31:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/do-th-right-thing-cast.jpg

Bill Nunn, who passed away Saturday, starred in over 71 film and television roles over the span of his career. His roles ran the gamut from newspaper editor Joseph Robertson in "Spider-Man" (2002) and its sequels to playing opposite stars like Harrison Ford, Whoopi Goldberg and Hugh Grant in films like "Regarding Henry," "Sister Act" and "Extreme Measures." 

But to a generation of film fans, Nunn will forever be immortalized as 'Radio Raheem' from Spike Lee's 1989 classic, "Do The Right Thing." 

"Do the Right Thing" (DTRT) may have been controversial in its time, yet it plays alarmingly contemporary in light of recent deaths of black men at the hands of police. The scene featuring the death of Nunn's character could be ripped from today's headlines and, with little tweaking, be substituted with Eric Garner, Terence Crutcher or Keith Lamont Scott. But beyond its lasting social significance, the film was also a showcase for a group of largely unknown actors who have gone on to become major players on both the big and small screens.

Samuel L. Jackson: To kids today, Jackson may be Nick Fury of "Avengers" fame or the guy pitching you Capital One Credit cards, but at the time of his casting as Mister Senor Love Daddy in DTRT, Jackson had less than a dozen film credits to his name. One film, "Sea of Love," listed him simply as Black Guy in the credits, while he had a memorable turn as Hold-Up Man in Eddie Murphy's "Coming To America." He's come a log way in the years since, playing everything from his Oscar-nominated role as Jules Winnfield in "Pulp Fiction" to Mace Windu in "Star Wars" episodes I, II and III. At one point, Jackson was recognized as the highest-grossing actor of all time, but he was recently surpassed by Harrison Ford.

Jackson now has 166 film credits to his name and counting. He'll reprise his role of Nick Fury in "Avengers: Infinity War" in 2018. 

John Turturro: A veteran actor of more than 100 film and television productions, Turturro actually made his screen debut as an uncredited extra in Martin Scorsese's 1980 classic "Raging Bull." He had small roles in big films including "The Color of Money," with Paul Newman and Tom Cruise, and Woody Allen's 1986 "Hannah and Her Sisters" before catching the eye of director Spike Lee, who cast him as Pino in DTRT. He quickly became a favorite of the director, appearing in no less than seven Spike Lee "joints" over the course of his career.

Turturro most recently captured raves and critical acclaim in the HBO miniseries "The Night Of."

Martin Lawrence: Lee cast Lawrence in DTRT for his first film role, although the character he played, Cee, didn't have much screen time. Lawrence went from that bit part to major Hollywood roles starring opposite Will Smith in "Bad Boys" and "Bad Boys 2" and spawned his own "Big Momma" movie franchise. The comedian also starred in a TV series "Martin" from 1992-1997.

Lawrence recently confirmed he and Smith will be partnering again for a third film in the "Bad Boys" franchise.

Danny Aiello: With the exception of stage and theater actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, many of the actors appearing in DTRT were relatively new to their craft. Danny Aiello was the other notable exception, having already been a movie veteran when he appeared in the film. With credits including "The Godfather: Part II" and "Fort Apache the Bronx," Aiello added a certain amount of gravitas, complexity and humanity to what could have been a two-dimensional role of pizzeria owner Salvatore "Sal" Frangione.

Aiello was rewarded for his effort with the only acting nomination bestowed on the film at the Academy Awards: best actor in a supporting role. 

Now 83, Aiello is still acting. He most recently appeared in the 2014 film "Reach Me" with Kyra Sedgwick and Thomas Jane. 

Giancarlo Esposito: Long before he terrified TV audiences as drug kingpin Gustavo Fring on the hit "Breaking Bad," two-time Oscar nominee Giancarlo Esposito brought the character Buggin' Out to life. He had his "brand new white Air Jordan's" stepped on by a Larry-Bird-T-shirt-wearing neighbor in DTRT, and the rest was history. 

Esposito has gone on to have a prolific career in both television ("Breaking Bad," "Once Upon a Time," "Revolution") and movies ("Derailed," "Sherrybaby" "Waiting to Exhale"). Nominated for a supporting actor Emmy for "Breaking Bad," Esposito is currently one of the stars of the Netflix musical drama "The Get Down." 

Rosie Perez: Rosie Perez burst into the public consciousness in the musical intro of DTRT, which was her film debut. Perez has gone on to a long career in films like "White Men Can't Jump," "Fearless" and "It Could Happen to You." 

In 2014, fans got to see another side of Perez as she joined the hit daytime talker "The View," opposite Whoopi Goldberg and then co-host Rosie O'Donnell, before departing the program in 2015.

Spike Lee: Lee wrote, directed and starred in DTRT, which was nominated for two Academy Awards, including best original screenplay. It was Lee's third major film production and the first to deal head-on with the issues of race and police brutality. His two preceding films, "She's Gotta Have It" in 1986 and "School Daze" in 1988, only flirted with the idea of sexual politics and racial inequality.

Lee now has 66 directing credits under his belt and was also nominated in 1998 for his documentary "4 Little Girls." Lee received an honorary Oscar in 2015, but still called for an Oscar boycott in 2016 to protest the lack of diversity in Academy Award nominations. 

Upon hearing of Nunn's death, Lee took to Instagram and Twitter to mourn the passing of his friend.

"My Dear Friend, My Dear Morehouse Brother- Da Great Actor Bill Nunn As Most Of You Know Him As Radio Raheem Passed Away This Morning In His Hometown Of Pittsburgh. Long Live Bill NUNN. RADIO RAHEEM Is Now RESTING IN POWER. RADIO RAHEEM WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTING DA POWERS DAT BE. MAY GOD WATCH OVER BILL NUNN."



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<![CDATA[Biden to Make 1st 'Tonight Show' Visit Thursday]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:52:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bidenGettyImages-167290730.jpg

Vice President Joe Biden will appear as a guest on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Thursday, Sept. 29.

This will mark Biden’s first appearance on the program. In recent weeks Fallon has hosted both Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Trump appeared on Sept. 15, and Clinton on Sept. 19.

Both candidates will be take part in their first head-to-head debate this evening at 9 p.m.



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