<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:31:21 -0400 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:31:21 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Bill Murray's Christmas Special on "The Ellen Degeneres Show"]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:35:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ellen-bill-murray-christmas.jpg Legendary comedian Bill Murray makes his first appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." He reveals that he may be doing a Christmas Special with Sofia Coppola. And Ellen gifts Bill with a one-of-a-kind pair of Golf Pants that Bill tries on right on stage!

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<![CDATA[Sarah Jessica Parker Shoot Riles NYC Neighbors]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:12:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/455619946.jpg

Sarah Jessica Parker may have gotten “Carried” away when she put shoes outside of the New York townhouse that was the home of her “Sex and the City” character Carrie Bradshaw.

The actress agitated residents at 66 Perry St. in the West Village after staging a photo shoot for her SJP Collection shoe line on the stoop of the residence, Page Six reported. Images of the actress placing the shoes on the steps were posted to the Instagram account belonging to the shoe brand on October 7.

Tourists have been photographing and hanging around the stoop of the home, prompting its owners to put up a fence that reads: “Do NOT go on staircase please.”

However, the actress posted photos on Oct. 7 of herself leaning over the sign and placing the shoes beyond the fence.

"I heard about the shoot. They didn't get the permission from the owner. The situation with 'SATC' visitors is still very intense," Gerald Banu, president of the Perry Street Association, said to Page Six. "People who live here get upset that the sidewalks are constantly jammed."

Banu added that if a third “Sex and the City” ends up being released, "The only thing I could suggest to SJP is that when they write the next script, please have Carrie move to a new address." 

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<![CDATA[Meredith Gives Jesse Tyler Ferguson "Sex For Dummies" ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:50:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/meredith-vieira-jesse-modern-family.jpg Meredith Vieira gifts "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson a "Sex For Dummies" book after defeating him in a sex-themed spelling bee.

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<![CDATA["Constantine" Fires Up TV's Comic Obsession]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:00:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NUP_163335_2768.JPG

In "Constantine," which debuts Friday on NBC, Matt Ryan plays the title character, an occult detective who wields hellfire to battle supernatural forces in a seemingly doomed effort to save his soul – and maybe even humankind.

But you don't have to be a detective, occult or otherwise, to see that the tormented, wisecracking character is part of a larger mission to change, if not outright save television. "Constantine" arrives to add fuel to what's become TV's blaze-of-glory season for comic book heroes.

The show, based on the Hellblazer comics, joins Fox's "Gotham" and CW's "The Flash" as the fall's new superhero-themed entries, adding to the ranks of ABC's "Agents of SHIELD" and CW's "Arrow." Meanwhile, Netflix is planning multiple shows based on second-tier Marvel characters, beginning with Daredevil, and TNT reportedly has ordered a pilot based on Titans, DC’s chronicle of young superheroes-in-waiting.

The box office success of superhero movies – four of the year’s top 10 flicks were based on comic book stars – explains much of the TV boom. But the proliferation of shows also speaks to the transforming tube, from efforts to grab younger audiences amid Internet competition to more adventurous storytelling in dramas like “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men.” TV superheroes have flown from the 1950s squeaky clean fun of “Adventures of Superman” to the 1960s Pop Art camp of “Batman” to the latter-day revisionist takes of “Lois and Clark” and “Smallville” to the current mix of action and darkness, reflecting times and tastes.

Television might not offer the special effects of the movies, but it provides the opportunity for stories to unfold more slowly – even for The Flash. There’s a potential to mine quality from ambitious character-driven tales like the Batman backstory drama, “Gotham,” which, like “Constantine,” largely lurks in shadows.

The shows share some comic book lineage: Hellblazer co-creator Alan Moore helped reinvent Batman as the darkest of knights. He’s also the writing force behind the epic graphic novel “Watchmen,” whose great movie version went underappreciated. Some fans might say the same for “Constantine,” the 2005 flick starring Keanu Reeves.

“Constantine” the TV show arrives without the instant name recognition of Spider-man or Superman, even if DC/Vertigo’s Hellblazer enjoys a devoted following. Still, lack of name recognition didn’t hurt the year’s biggest movie so far, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a very different kind of tale, based on a relatively obscure Marvel series.

In the end, the strength of the story will save the day, if not John Constantine's soul. 


Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multimedia NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Zellweger: "Glad Folks Think I Look Different"]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:08:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP308970728575.jpg

Actress Renée Zellweger responded to speculation that she may have had plastic surgery, telling People magazine she looks different because she is healthier and happier than ever.

"I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," Zellweger, 45, told the magazine in a statement.

The Oscar-winner attended Elle Magazine’s annual Women in Hollywood party in Los Angeles on Monday, where her new facial features sparked Internet rumors that she went under the knife.

Zellweger did not tell People whether she had any work done, but attributed her fresh look to a lifestyle change. She called the conversation about her appearance "silly."

"My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy," she said. "For a long time I wasn't doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn't allow for taking care of myself. Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion. I was aware of the chaos and finally chose different things."

The “Bridger Jones’ Diary” star, who’s dating musician Doyle Bramhall, said she’s leading a much quieter life, that allows for “being still, making a home, loving someone, learning new things, growing as a creative person and finally growing into myself.”

She recently finished shooting “The Whole Truth,” a drama thriller in which she co-stars with Keanu Reeves and James Belushi.

"People don't know me [as] healthy for a while," Zellweger told People. "Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I'm happy."

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<![CDATA[“Orphan Black” Star Books LaBute Play]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:51:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/170290557CP00060_Broadcast_.jpg

Tatiana Maslany may be known for playing a dozen clones on the cult hit "Orphan Black," but this spring, she’ll be playing just one -- on stage.

Maslany make her New York City stage debut in the world premiere of Neil LaBute’s “The Way We Get By." The drama, about the morning-after of a hookup between two wedding guests, will begin its limited off-Broadway run at the Second Stage Theatre in March.

Thomas Sadoski, who stars on HBO’s “The Newsroom,” will join Maslany in the two-person play. This will be Sadoski’s first return to LaBute’s work after earning a 2009 Tony nomination for his role in LaBute’s "Reasons to be pretty."

Direction will come from Leigh Silverman, who was nominated for a Tony last season for her direction of “Violet," will run from May 12, 2015 through June 28. 

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<![CDATA[Unbroken: Share Your Story of Strength]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:45:02 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/195*120/zamperini+louis+torch.jpg

Louis Zamperini was an Olympic runner, WWII veteran and POW survivor whose perseverance and courage in the face of inhumane conditions is remarkable. His life story makes us re-think what we should expect of ourselves.

To celebrate the upcoming release of the film "Unbroken", which tells Zamperini's story, we are looking for other people like him. People who have showed resilience and overcome adversity amid conditions where many would have given up. If you have a story to tell, let us know.

Submit your story here. It could be shared on the "Today" show during its upcoming #IamUnbroken week.

"Unbroken," directed by Angelina Jolie, is produced by Universal and will be in theaters starting Dec. 25.

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<![CDATA["Django" Actress, Boyfriend Charged With Lewd Conduct]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:55:02 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/actress+daniele+watts+detained+lapd.jpg

"Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts and her boyfriend Brian James Lucas have each been charged with one count of lewd conduct for allegedly having sex in public moments before they were involved in an altercation with LAPD officers.

Each faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted on the misdemeanor charges, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney's office.

Watts, 28, and Lucas made headlines when they claimed Watts' brief detention outside the CBS Studio Center in Studio City last month was the result of racial profiling. Watts is black and Lucas is white.

Sgt. Jim Parker, the LAPD officer who responded to the scene in the 11900 block of Ventura Boulevard after nearby workers and residents reported a couple engaging in lewd behavior, later released an audio recording of his version of the incident.

The recorded version differed substantially from Watts' account.

Photos showing the couple in compromising positions in the passenger seat of a silver Mercedes were also released by witnesses. They were posted to the website TMZ.

Activists who initially called on the department to apologize to the couple later backtracked and called on Watts and Lucas to retract their statements, after the audiotape and photographs surfaced.

They are both slated to be arraigned Nov. 13.

Watts and Lucas will be notified by mail to appear in court in Van Nuys in three weeks. Because it is not a felony, just a misdemanor, she need not appear in person, but can have an attorney handle it for her. Her publicist told NBC4 she and Lucas were planning to get legal advice Tuesday afternoon, and will make no comment until they've done that.

Watts declined a request to speak with NBC4.

Watts and Lucas released a statement Tuesday night saying, "We are, quite frankly, appalled and disturbed that the LA prosecutors office has chosen to file these charges against us. The LAPD has previously issued a statement saying that there was no crime committed. If a passionate public embrace while displaying no nudity is grounds for having charges filed against you, then we'd expect that everyone who engages in an extended public display of affection with their loved one will be targeted as well. Sergeant Parker is still under investigation for his conduct and filing misdemeanor charges against us does not change his behavior.”

Her statement makes reference to LAPD investigating Parker. The key area that Chief Charlie Beck raised as a concern is not Parker's handling of the encounter, though that is being investigated, but the appropriateness of his releasing the audio recording.

The audio recorders that some officers carry are not department issue - officers buy their own. Policy is not clear whether officers are free to make their recordings public. Commander Andrew Smith said that issue is still under investigation. Parker's job could lose his job because he made the recording public without permission.

Parker also released a statement: "The support from all of the officers in the past six weeks who have contacted me and expressed their support for what I am doing and for what I am bringing to the public's attention only confirms that I am doing the right thing. All of the support from the community and the letters lets me know what I knew all along and that is that I did the right thing. All of the support only validates that I did the right thing and I would do it again if I had to do. Thank you."

Robert Kovacik contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Review: "Nightmare: New York" May Cause Nightmares]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:42:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Nightmare+Michael+Blase.jpg

It should be stated upfront that I scare incredibly easily. I’m the sort of person who loudly screams during horror films even when the action may not be that scary -- who still jumps when he sees a rat on the subway tracks. And yes, I sleep with a nightlight, thank you very much.

It shouldn’t surprise you, then, that I did a whole lot of screaming while walking through “Nightmare,” the famed interactive Halloween attraction now in the midst of its annual run at the Clemente Center on the Lower East Side. But the scares are so incredibly well-done that even the biggest horror buffs will be jumping in fear.

Now celebrating its 11th season, “Nightmare” is the longest running Halloween attraction in the city, and the second largest Halloween event next to the Halloween Parade. Each year, creator and co-director Timothy Haskell and co-director John Harlacher choose a new theme to build the show's scares around, fully constructing a new experience to scare the life out of you.

While past themes include fairy tales gone wrong and notorious killers, this year, Haskell and Harlacher have chosen something a little close to home: New York City. The haunted house takes you through a chronological timeline of NYC's most terrifying urban legends — from the Native American settlers who cursed the island of Mannahattan, to the super-sized rats created by Sandy.

It’s a historical tour of NYC unlike any other that you’ll ever take, that’s for sure. And along the way, you’ll meet some frightening residents of the city’s past. Like Mary Mallon, a cook who infected 53 people with typhoid fever over the course of her career (you may know her as Typhoid Mary). Or Cropsey, the escaped mental patient on Staten Island who would snatch small children in the night.

You’ll also visit some of NYC’s most haunted locales. Like Brooklyn’s Melrose Hall, long-rumored to be haunted by the spirit of an Iroquois girl who was held hostage there by a colonel during the American Revolution. And The Dakota, a co-op on the Upper West Side where John Lennon was murdered and supposedly haunts the building. (Trust: he’s not just singing “Imagine” over and over again).

The entire time, you navigate the 13-section haunted house in a small isolated group, meandering through the cramped rooms and uneven spaces. The darkness is disillusioning -- the various strobe lights even more so -- and the sounds of screams from the groups behind you and in front of you only add to the feeling of paranoia. It’s like one big anxiety attack, with no Klonopin in sight.

But it’s the 38 actors employed at “Nightmare” who give the attraction its main bite. This highly-trained team gives you truly committed performances, designed to get the most out of each scare. Nothing feels forced or out-of-place. These artists know what they’re doing, and they’re not afraid to get in your face to bring your worst fears to life.

For me, the most terrifying interactions were the ones that felt all too real. Mole people and mental patients are scary and everything, but walking into a recreated 1980s subway car and meeting a drug-addicted resident with a gun and a bad temper? That’s the stuff nightmares are really made of. And as someone who grew up taking the subway in the 1980s, that’s one walk down memory lane I didn’t want to take.

“Nightmare” also offers a premium version of the attraction, for those of you who are brave enough to handle the extra scares. You’ll be marked with a blood-red X on your face, which will signal performers to turn up the terror. This scaredy-cat didn’t go for that experience, so if you’re looking for that review, look to some other poor journalist. Meanwhile, I’ll be curled up in a ball, wishing my nightmares about “Nightmare” would somehow stop.

“Nightmare: New York,” at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Education Center, 107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington and Delancey). Tickets: $20-$60. Visit nightmarenyc.com.

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<![CDATA[Celebrities React to Oscar de la Renta's Death]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:08:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/78148902.jpg

Oscar de la Renta was one of the most celebrated and famed fashion designers and couturiers in the world.

As news spread of his death Monday night, celebrities and fans alike mourned the loss of the acclaimed fashion designer.

Vogue's Anna Wintour honored the designer Tuesday in an essay posted on the fashion magazine’s website.

“There is much being said that his passing yesterday marks the end of an era,” Wintour began. “This strength must have been with him in the hospital last week when he made the decision to turn off treatment; it was not the quality of life he wanted.”

Wintour wrote that his final words to her were “I love you, and I said I love you back.”

She also reflected on the relationship between de la Renta and his wife, Annette, of 25 years.

"Theirs was the greatest, most life-enhancing love affair," Wintour said. "Last week in the hospital he said that she never wears the beautiful jewelry he gave her, and she said simply, 'I have you.'"

Sarah Jessica Parker said in a statement to E!: "Knowing that sadly none of us will have more time with the beloved and resplendent Oscar de la Renta only enhances my exuberant appreciation of the time he gave, the talent he shared and the friendship he allowed."

Celebrities and members of the fashion industry took to social media to offer their condolences.


The Gentleman of Fashion you will always be !!! R I P @oscarprgirl @OscarPRGirl #Oscar de la Renta ��

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De la Renta has dressed practically every woman in public life. His clothes were classic, elegant, feminine and flattering —which explains why so many first ladies have chosen him to dress them for those historic moments.

On Tuesday morning, “Today” contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager talked about the late designer and how she felt wearing a custom wedding gown from him.

Most recently, Amal Clooney chose a gown created by de la Renta for her wedding to George Clooney, evidence of his prominence.

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<![CDATA[Here's to Oscar de la Renta]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:50:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/oscar-AP22989790063.jpg

"Here's to the ladies who lunch," sang Elaine Stritch in the Stephen Sondheim musical "Company."

It's a fitting refrain for designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed women atop the social hierarchy from New York to Paris in his singular vision of opulent and luxurious glamour for more than five decades.

A legend of American fashion, de la Renta died Monday of complications from cancer. He was 82.

Attending a showing by de la Renta during New York Fashion Week came with a sense of occasion. From the simple invitation printed on heavy stock to the unadorned venues, the clothing was always the focus: be it a decadently ruched or draped evening gown in fuchsia, or chic suit for day in wool bouclé. His front rows were occupied by those who did indeed lunch at Le Cirque, the Colony Club and La Côte Basque, but also by today's corporate titans, movie stars and pop icons.

Free of the histrionics that accompany much of what comprises modern fashion, de la Renta was a style constant in an industry obsessed with the next big thing. Not that he was ever stagnant, as a designer or as a business entrepreneur. But like those fabled ladies, his clothes carried a sense of old-world manners, of feminine allure, of a time when dressing meant more than throwing on any old, or new, thing. For de la Renta, being appropriately attired was key.

"I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes," he once told reporters, though he was never foolish enough to believe that the garment was ne plus ultra. "A runway is spectacle," de la Renta said per The New York Times. "It’s only fashion when a woman puts it on."

It was the women, his customers, for whom he worked so hard: Whether a jet-set dowager slipping on his narrow-shouldered jackets and buttoning up his silk taffeta gowns, or a corporate-ladder-climbing New York denizen splurging on a wedding-perfect cocktail dress from his diffusion line for Saks or Bergdorfs.

With one gracefully shod foot planted in the past—born in the Dominican Republic, he worked for Paris couture houses including Balenciaga and Lanvin in the 1950s and '60s before launching his namesake collection in New York in 1965—de la Renta continually stepped forward to embrace modernity in all its forms, be it the latest in fabric innovation or the hot social media platform

He dressed four American first ladies: Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and, for the first time only a month before his passing, Michelle Obama. His most recent sartorial coup was to outfit human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin for her September wedding to Hollywood actor George Clooney in Venice.

De la Renta was a favorite of fashion icon and former Vogue and Harper's Bazaar editor Diana Vreeland, as he was with Anna Wintour, the current editor-in-chief of American Vogue. Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Executive Director Fern Mallis called him "the sultan of suave."

To most Americans he was, and will remain, a one name brand. Like Calvin (Klein), Ralph (Lauren), Halston, (Geoffrey) Beene, Isaac (Mizrahi) or (Bill) Blass, in fashion parlance there is only one Oscar.

To paraphrase Sondheim and those elegantly attired ladies: Here's to Mr. de la Renta. Everybody rise.

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<![CDATA[Oscar de la Renta: Dressing the Stars]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:33:27 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/4884165351.jpg Oscar de la Renta made a name for himself beyond the runway, dressing countless celebrities, first ladies, and fashion icons.

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<![CDATA[Oscar de la Renta: A Legendary Catwalk Career]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:37:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/172*120/AP972515234086.jpg Oscar de la Renta was the doyen of American fashion. Spanning five decades, his career on the catwalks was a showcase of restrained glamour and luxurious elegance.

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<![CDATA[Pop Culture in the Remaking]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:05:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DF-03522.jpg

When it comes to Hollywood, everything old can be remade anew.

That's certainly the case with recent news of "Rainbow Brite" and "Jem and the Holograms" being revamped for modern audiences, "Labyrinth" getting a sequel (sadly only a rumor) and the first glimpse of a re-imagined "Thunderbirds" (no longer with strings attached).

For those quick to shout, "No! How dare they ruin what was already great!" It's hard to ignore the success already this year of rebooted versions of "Rosemary's Baby" (transported to Paris and transferred to the small screen), "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (Michelangelo and Donatello got the CGI treatment and became one of Halloween's most popular costumes) and yet another sequel to an already reworked Spider-Man franchise.

And who would lament a further installment of "Star Wars" starring the original leads, or a return visit to "Jurassic Park" featuring Chris Pratt and the latest in computer generated imagery?

Here are 10 upcoming reboots, refreshes, remakes or reimaginings (call them what you will) to get excited about:

"Rainbow Brite"

The iconic 1980s cartoon returns to Feeln for a limited series run on November 6, with Emily Osment voicing the titular character who is on a quest to save Rainbowland from dark powers. Molly Ringwald provides the voice of the evil Dark Princess. Starlite and the Color Kids are also along for the ride. The original version ran from 1984 to 1986.

"Jurassic World"

Steven Spielberg helmed the first "Jurassic Park" back in 1993 and it spawned two sequels. There's been rumors of a fourth installment since "Jurassic Park 3" roared into cinemas in 2001. Colin Trevorrow ("Safety Not Guaranteed") is directing the latest chapter which is set 22 years after the first movie and according to the official synopsis, "Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond," where staff conduct "behavioral research on the Velociraptors. After many years, Jurassic World’s attendance rates begin to decline and a new attraction, created to re-spark visitor interest, gravely backfires." Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are the leads and the film is set to bite into the box office on June 12, 2015.

"Thunderbirds Are Go"

The iconic British series from the 1960s featured marionettes and complex miniature sets and rescue crafts. The show follows the adventures of International Rescue, a group set up by ex- astronaut Jeff Tracy, his five sons, who pilot the Thunderbird craft, and London Agent Lady Penelope (to be voiced by "Gone Girl's" Rosamund Pike in the revamp). 26 half-hour episodes of "Thunderbirds Are Go!" have been made, this time featuring a mix of computer generated imagery and miniatures in an effort to retain the style of the original. One episode was screened in October at the MIP Junior Television Industry Conference in Cannes to tease the return, which is set for a spring 2015 premiere on British television. No U.S. release date has been announced.

"Jem and the Holograms"

Universal Studio's live action adaptation of the beloved 1980s cartoon will hit theaters on October 23, 2015, and like the source material will focus on Jerrica Benton and her musical alter ego Jem who transitions from small-town girl to international superstar. "Nashville" actor Aubrey Peeples is Benton/Jem, with a supporting cast featuring Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, and Hayley Kiyoko as the Holograms, along with Ryan Guzman. Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis also appear.


Quvenzhané Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") tackles the role of the singing orphan who melts the heart of a hard-nosed billionaire in this big screen update of the classic stage musical and 1982 movie adaptation. Left by her parents as a baby at a New York City orphanage with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, Annie must outwit horrible foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz stepping in for the earlier movie's Carol Burnett), and charm New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) who makes a thinly-veiled campaign move by taking Annie in. Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale also star in this modern-day retelling of a hard knock life turned sunny that hits theaters just in time for Christmas on December 19.


Along with "Terminator" (see below), "Ghostbusters" celebrated its 30th anniversary this year and as a gift to fans Sony Pictures is bring the franchise out of retirement for a reboot. If that's not enough to get loyalists shouting "Who You Gonna Call?", director Paul Feig took to Twitter on October 8 to announce his involvement with the project and this time around, the movie will star "hilarious women." Cue the rumors and let the lobbying begin with Hollywood stars including Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig already on audience's wish lists of who should step into the paranormal-hunting shoes of Venkman, Stantz and Spengler. Shooting is tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2015.

"Star Wars: Episode VII"

By the time the latest outing of the "Star Wars" franchise hits cinemas on December 18, 2015, more than a decade will have passed since episode four ("Revenge of the Sith") came out of hyperspace starring Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Hayden Chistensen as young Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. In between, fans have had two animated TV series ("The Clone Wars" and 2014's "Star Wars: Rebels"), but nothing to match the excitement generated by the latest big screen addition helmed by J.J. Abrams ("Lost," the 2009 "Star Trek" reboot) that picks up 30 years after the end of the first trilogy (episode six: "Return of the Jedi") and features Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill reprising their iconic roles alongside new castmembers Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o and Domhnall Gleeson. Little is known regarding plot or storyline, but fans have been treated to sneak peeks of the Millennium Falcon (with a Batman twist) and new creatures via social media-savvy Abrams. "Episode VII" lands December 18, 2015.

"Independence Day 2"

The 1996 original starred Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Randy Quaid, Mary McDonnell, Brent Spiner, James Duval and Vivica A. Fox. Due to hit screens in 2016, director Roland Emmerich is returning to helm the sequel and confirmed some of the original film's characters will be back, but not lead Smith. In an odd move Fox moved the release date for the film from the obviously perfect July 4 Holiday weekend to June 24, 2016. No reason was given.

"Terminator: Genisys"

Though James Cameron has no direct involvement in the latest reboot of the franchise he created 30 years ago with "Terminator," the director told Deadline he wanted to put in a good word for returning star Arnold Schwarzenegger and offered up some advice to the producer of the new film on how to deal with the actor's now advanced age (67). "I pointed out that the outer covering (of the Terminator) was actually not synthetic, that it was organic and therefore could age," Cameron said. "You could theoretically have a Terminator that was sent back in time, missed his target, and ended up just kind of living on in society. Because he is a learning computer and has a brain as a central processor he could actually become more human as he went along without getting discovered." "Terminator" and Schwarzenegger will be back July 1, 2015.


Warner Bros is bringing the famed swinger back to the big screen in a big-budget, live-action remake which stars "True Blood's" Alexander Skarsgård as Tarzan/the Earl of Greystoke who, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment according to IMDB. Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Djimon Honsou and John Hurt also star in the film, which is set to be released on July 1, 2016.

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<![CDATA["Egg Russian Roulette" With Bradley Cooper]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:16:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Bradley_Cooper_Tonight.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Bradley Cooper took turns smashing eggs on their heads without knowing which are cooked and which are raw on "The Tonight Show."

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<![CDATA[Halloween Goes Hollywood]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:23:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/halloween-costumes.jpg

Streets and sidewalks across the country will soon be filled with Elsas, Daeneryses and Leonardos.

That's if this year's early trends in Hollywood-inspired Halloween costumes hold strong through the arrival of the Oct. 31 holiday, and can stave off the growing interest in Ebola-inspired attire.

The popularity of Disney hit "Frozen," HBO series "Game of Thrones" and a big screen revival of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" are driving costume sales for Trick-or-Treaters across age spectra, retailers say.

The National Retail Federation estimated that 2.6 million children will dress up as a "Frozen" character, such as Snow Queen Elsa or Olaf the snowman, while about 1.8 million will choose crime-fighting reptiles Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello or Raphael. Seventy-five million adults are expected to pick a traditional get-up, such as a Batman, a pirate or a witch, retailers say they're seeing more requests for costumes inspired by some of the season's hottest TV shows and films.

"Without question, outfits inspired by movies and TV are the ones that have been flying out the door versus any pop culture sensation like Miley Cyrus," said Holly Botsford, public relations manager for BuyCostumes.com.

Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Jennifer Lawrence as "Hunger Games" heroine Katniss Everdeen or "X-Men's" Mystique, Black Widow from "Captain America" (Scarlett Johansson) and Zoe Saldana as Gamora from "Guardians of the Galaxy" lead Fandango's list of top-rated movie-inspired female Halloween costumes.

The movie ticket site surveyed more than a 1,000 film fans in the first week of October to discover Groot (Vin Diesel's character in "Guardians of the Galaxy"), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Ninja Turtles, Star-Lord ("Galaxy's" Chris Pratt) and Dracula were the most nominated male characters.

Spirit Halloween has named "Game of Thrones" and "The Walking Dead" characters as their top trends of 2014. The chain, which bills itself as North America's largest seasonal Halloween retailer, partnered with HBO to license outfits inspired by both shows.

“Those two series are very popular and are also very good for costumes,” said Lisa Barr, Spirit’s senior director of marketing & creative.

“People are posting online about entertainment, making a higher level of engagement in movies and television,” said Courtland Hickey, manager of Chicago Costume. “Everyone wants to wear a costume that everyone knows and now that social media has made these series well-known, people can wear outfits that everyone will recognize as one of those characters discussed online.”

The Hollywood trend has been seen in popular couples costumes like Khaleesi and Khal Drogo from “Game of Thrones," and the fictional character Rick Grimes and a zombie outfit from “The Walking Dead."

Want to dress your baby? Retailers say the character Olaf from "Frozen" and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle looks are popular costumes for infants. Pets? Cats and dogs can also join in on the fun with a "Despicable Me" minion costume or outfits inspired by "Ghostbusters." Fandango's top-rated kid's costumes for 2014 in descending order are Olaf, a minion, the Ninja Turtles, "Frozen's" Elsa and Spider-Man.

A trending, though arguably insensitive, costume idea has even received its own Hollywood spin. Ricky's, a beauty shop chain in New York City that offers a wide range of costumes, has received Ebola costume requests on a daily basis, President Richard Parrot said. Although they have decided not to offer one, customers have been using hazmat "Breaking Bad" suits as a substitute. 

Too soon? Not at web retailer BrandsOnSale. They offer an Ebola Containment Suit costume for $79.99. "You are sure to be prepared if any outbreak happens at your Halloween party. This will literally be the most 'viral' costume of the year," reads the outfit's description.

"We don't stray away from anything that's current or controversial or anything like that," BrandsOnSale chief executive Johnathon Weeks told The Associated Press. Though Weeks admits the costume has been received with outrage by some members of the public, he says it is now the item on his site most shared on social media.

Overall, consumers are expected to shell out a lot of cash on Halloween, with The National Retail Federation projecting that people will spend $7.4 billion in 2014. The organization's president and CEO Matthew Shay said in a news release that "there will be a record number of consumers taking to the streets, visiting haunted houses and throwing unforgettable celebrations."

Photo Credit: Walt Disney/Marvel/HBO
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<![CDATA[Fallon: Jason Schwartzman Impersonated Anthony Kiedis]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:36:59 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/JasonSchwartzman.jpg Jimmy talks with Jason Schwartzman about his movie "Listen Up Philip" and the time he pretended to be Red Hot Chili Peppers' frontman for a confused fan.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Fred Armisen Conducted a Seance]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:06:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/457274852.jpg Fred Armisen bought a Oujia board and contacted the comedian W.C. Fields. Watch the video and find out what they “talked” about. ]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Rachel Maddow on the Problem With Democrats]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:57:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/211*120/RachelmaddowDems.jpg Rachel Maddow explains what the Democratic party is doing wrong and what she does to get through election night coverage. ]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Rachel Maddow on Midterm Antics]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:52:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/209*120/Rachelmaddowelec.jpg Rachel Maddow talks to Seth Meyers talks about this year’s craziest midterm election antics, including “fan gate.” ]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Matt Ryan Talks On-Stage Pranks]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:48:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/MattRyan2.jpg Matt Ryan talks to Seth Meyers about working with The Royal Shakespeare Company, and the real reason why he had to change his name.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Ryan Talks "Constantine"]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:38:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/211*120/MattRyan1.jpg Matt Ryan chats with Seth Meyers about playing John Constantine in "Constantine" and the $500 lesson he learned in an Atlanta Hotel during production.]]> <![CDATA[Review: One Helluva “Town”]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:07:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/869947.jpg

Living in New York City, day in and day out, it’s easy to forget the fun of experiencing it all for the first time. The wonder of looking up at the skyscrapers from the streets below. The excitement of being among the diversity of its residents. It’s the sort of childlike discovery that makes even a crowded subway seem like a magical place.

That unmitigated glee is alive and well at the Lyric Theatre, where the Broadway revival of the they-don’t-make-‘em-like-they-used-to musical “On the Town” is now open. Tony-winning director John Rando (“Urinetown”) has embraced the classic tale, about three American sailors on 24-hour shore leave in New York City during World War II, and staged a joyous production that’ll make you want to fall in love with the city — and musical theater — all over again.

“On the Town” began as a ballet by legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins (1944’s “Fancy Free”), which was set to the music of Leonard Bernstein (“West Side Story). The idea transformed into a Broadway musical that same year, with the songwriting team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green (“Wonderful Town,” “Peter Pan”) providing book and lyrics.

Fans of the 1949 film version, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin, should be warned: that film dispensed most of the Broadway production’s songs and replaced them with new tunes by Roger Edens.

There are plenty of songs you’ll recognize regardless of your experience with the show — chief among them the infectious opener “New York, New York” (which made it to the movie), the jazz cabaret standard “I Can Cook, Too” (for which Bernstein also wrote the lyrics) and ballads like “Lonely Town” and “Some Other Time.” These songs have never sounded better either, with a superb 28-piece orchestra giving Bernstein’s complex score the fullness it deserves.

Leading the cast of 31 are our three sailors: the earnest romantic Gabey (Tony Yazbeck, “Gypsy”), the optimistic goofball Chip (Jay Armstrong Johnson, “Hands on a Hardbody”) and the sex-crazed ladies’ man Ozzie (Clyde Alves, “Bullets Over Broadway”). Together Yazbeck, Johnson and Alves give our trio of protagonists boundless energy and charm, making them loveable tour guides through this adventure.

They’re also each met with equally compelling love interests. Alysha Umphress, a standout in “American Idiot”, slays as Hildy, a no-nonsense cab driver who takes Chip under her wing. Umphress’ Hildy has just the perfect mixture of brass and sass, seen clearly in her smooth take on “I Can Cook, Too.” She makes an adorable team with Johnson, who brings the laughs (and the effervescent flips) during their duet, “Come Up to My Place.”

Elizabeth Stanley, known for her understated roles on Broadway in “Cry-Baby” and “Company,” lets loose as Claire De Loone, an anthropologist with a bit of a naughty side who quickly falls for Ozzie. Stanley has never sounded better, her soprano on full-display in numbers such as “Carried Away.” She’s also never committed to the absurd quite as flawlessly, and Alves’ Ozzie makes for a grounding partner.

In her Broadway debut, Megan Fairchild is an elegant Ivy Smith, the object of Gabey’s affections. Formerly a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, Fairchild puts her skills to good use in the “The Imaginary Coney Island” sequence, which she dances alongside Yazbeck. It’s a beautiful moment from two beautiful dancers, who make us fully believe their love connection.

Choreography (picture above) comes from the Emmy-winning Joshua Bergasse (“Smash”), who designs his movements in the spirit of Robbins’ original choreography, without literal recreation of Robbins’ work. Bergasse takes full advantage of the talent in his cast, giving intricate steps to our three leads that strongly establish character, while still allowing plenty of time to showcase the breadth of talent among the 20 ensemble members.

Rando has been with “On the Town” for nearly six years now, directing a 2008 Encores! concert production and a 2013 mounting at the Barrington Stage Company (from which most of the Broadway revival cast and creatives helm). His time with the piece has clearly been well spent, and his keen eye for pacing and comedy makes the often dated material and setups feel fresh and bright.

The show even opens with a collective singing of the national anthem — something wildly popular during wartime-entertainment, but something I’ve never experienced in my lifetime.

Kudos should also be given to the hilarious Jackie Hoffman (“Xanadu,” “The Addams Family”), clearly in her element here as she portrays multiple, wacky, scene-stealing women. One imagines Rando’s direction of Hoffman boiled down to one line: “Do your thing.” And boy, is she ever.

Sets and projections by Beowulf Boritt and costumes by Jess Goldstein color the stage with a modern elegance that perfectly matches the tone of the production. And the inventive puppet design by Matt Acheson gives “Carried Away” the bite it needs.

Of all the musicals of its generation, “On the Town” has never received the same level of praise as some of its contemporaries from, say, Cole Porter or Rodgers & Hammerstein. But 70 years after its premiere, Rando’s glorious revival reminds you just what a gem of a piece it is. This is one walk down memory lane you’ll want to take.

"On the Town," at the Lyric Theatre, 213 W. 42nd St. Tickets: $37-$157. Call 877-250-2929 or visit ticketmaster.com

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus]]>
<![CDATA[Al Pacino Returning to Broadway]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:05:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/509501135JL00001_The_Humbli.jpg

Al Pacino will return to the Great White Way in the fall of 2015 in the world premiere of a new David Mamet play, “China Doll.”

Pacino will play Mickey Ross, a billionaire with a young fiancee on the verge of semi-retirement who takes one last phone call before leaving for the day. Trouble, inevitably, ensues. David Mamet has said he wrote the play specifically for Pacino, who said he was excited about the role.

“For me over the years, the relationship and the collaboration with David Mamet has been one of the richest and most rewarding,” Pacino said in a statement. “We’ve done four projects together and the opportunity to create a new character in the David Mamet canon was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

Pacino said he was "blown away" by the play, adding that it’s "one of the most daunting and challenging roles I’ve been given to explore onstage. It’s a special gift to originate a role in the theatre, especially written by such a formidable writer and I haven’t done that in a long, long time.”

The two-time Tony-winner was last seen on Broadway in another Mamet play -- 2012’s revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Glengarry Glen Ross." (Pacino played Shelly Levene). He also received a 2011 Tony nomination for his role in the revival of "The Merchant of Venice."

Pam MacKinnon, represented this season on the boards with the revival of Edward Albee’s “A Delicate Balance," will direct "China Doll." She won a 2013 Tony Award for her direction of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf," and also directed 2012's Tony-winning Best Play, "Clybourne Park."

“China Doll” will begin performances in October 2015 at a Shubert theatre to be announced. 

Photo Credit: Gareth Cattermole]]>
<![CDATA[Meyers: Fred Talks "Big Game Hunting"]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:43:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/457274824.jpg Fred Armisen reveals his favorite weekend pass time "Big Game Hunting." If anyone finds any board games tied together with corn husks, please return to Fred. ]]>