<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usTue, 23 May 2017 10:53:11 -0400Tue, 23 May 2017 10:53:11 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['We Are Okay': Boston Rapper Who Opened for Ariana Grande]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 10:48:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Bianca+Landrau+aka+Perico+Princess.jpg

A Boston rap artist was the opening act at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England on Monday where at least 19 people were killed and about 50 were injured in an explosion.

Bianca Landrau, known as BIA and Perico Princess, tweeted that everyone she was on stage with was OK following the incident.

The Boston area native, who graduated from Medford High School, is part of Grande's Dangerous Woman Tour, which began on Feb. 3, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Two of Grande's backup dancers, Brian and Scott Nicholson also reported they were safe following the explosion.

Multiple U.S. officials say authorities suspect the incident was conducted by a suicide bomber.

Initial reports from the scene relayed to U.S. officials note that a number of the casualties may be from a stampede that occurred after the incident, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Who's the Best TV Dad of All Time? You Be the Judge]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 11:26:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dad+bracket3.jpg

Father's Day is quickly approaching. So who wears the crown for best TV dad of all time? Here's your chance to be the judge. Vote now in the All-Time Television Dad bracket.

The Top 8 will be revealed Friday, May 26.

The Final Four will be revealed Friday, June 2nd.

The top two dads will square off June 9th and the winner will be revealed Friday, June 16th, just before Father’s Day.

Scroll to the bottom of the bracket to place your vote. Only your first vote will be tabulated. 

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<![CDATA[Sir Roger Moore, James Bond, Dies at Age 89]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 10:33:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bondlead.jpg The actor who famously played James Bond in seven movies -- more than any other Bond actor -- passed away after battling cancer, his children announced on Twitter on May 23, 2017. Sir Roger Moore was known for his sense of style, and closely associated with sports cars, gadgets and sex appeal. While best known for playing Bond, Moore had a long and storied career that spanned decades. His other acting credits included the lead role as Simon Templar on the series "The Saint," which made him a television star. Take a look at some highlights from across his career. ]]> <![CDATA['Appalling': Celebs, Leaders React to Manchester Attack]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 09:03:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/190*120/AP_171428369026881.jpg

After a deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England Monday night, fellow musicians, celebrities and world leaders took to social media to share their solidarity and support for the victims. 

The blast, described as a terrorist attack by a suicide bomber, followed the end of Grande's concert. The singer tweeted that she was "broken" from the tragedy. 

British Prime Minister Theresa May called the bombing as "a callous terrorist attack," and Queen Elizabeth expressed "admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded."

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President Donald Trump, during a visit to Bethlehem, condemned the "evil losers" behind the attack. He said it preyed on "innocent children" and that the "wicked ideology must be obliterated."

Trump said, "civilized nations must join together to protect human life." He also called May to offer his condolences, according to press secretary Sean Spicer.

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ISIS claimed responsibility for the deadliest terrorist attack in Britain since the 2005 London subway bombings.

Pop star Kesha was among the musicians who shared her support, writing, "praying for my old friend Ari- for her, her touring crew, her fans and their families i'm so sorry. My heart is with all of you."

See what more public figures had to say on Twitter:

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<![CDATA[See Inside Cyndi Lauper's Connecticut Estate, Now for Sale]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 07:53:27 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Cyndi+Lauper+and+house+1.jpg Cyndi Lauper’s home in Stamford, Connecticut, is for sale, listed at $1.25 million. The French Country Colonial-style estate sits on the 1.58-acre property. The 3885-square-foot home's interior was designed by Howard Kaplan, and includes three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and three fireplaces.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Closer Look at Trump's 1st Trip Abroad]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 07:01:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Seth+Meyers+closer+look+trump.jpg

Seth Meyers talks about big news for President Donald Trump: his first trip overseas as president. However, the Russia probe back home continues to escalate.

<![CDATA['Late Night': Kyle Chandler Loves 'Say Yes to the Dress']]> Tue, 23 May 2017 06:58:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-23-at-6.57.14-AM.jpg

Actor Kyle Chandler sits down with Seth Meyers to talk about living with his wife and two daughters, which means he now has an affinity for bridal TV shows.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Random People, Questions With Chelsea Handler]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 06:54:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-23-at-6.50.52-AM.jpg

Chelsea Handler and Jimmy Fallon take turns answering questions asked by random people on the streets of New York City, no matter how absurd or personal the query.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Black Simon & Garfunkel Sing 'Cool for the Summer]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 07:35:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-23-at-6.47.19-AM.jpg

The Roots' Questlove and Kirk perform an acoustic version of Demi Lovato's "Cool for the Summer" as Black Simon & Garfunkel.

<![CDATA[Sale Pending for Walt Disney's Technicolor Desert Retreat]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 07:02:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/knbc-walt-disney-palm-springs-house-tn-2.jpg A Palm Springs home where Walt Disney and his wife spent their twilight years is in the process of being sold.

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<![CDATA[Why the 40th Anniversary of 'Star Wars' Matters]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 16:17:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*127/GettyImages-607402182_master.jpg

This month marked the one-year anniversary of the "Late Night with Seth Meyers" recurring character "Anniversary Guy" dressing up as Darth Maul to honor the 17th anniversary of "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace."

Anniversary Guy (show writer Conner O'Malley) occasionally spouts obscurities from the studio audience to parody the media’s obsession with manufactured and overblown pop culture benchmarks. He most recently showed up in green to celebrate the seventh anniversary of “Shrek Forever After.” 

But not even O'Malley would dare mock a milestone that matters more than most, by a far, far away margin: the 40th anniversary of "Star Wars," which was released May 25, 1977.

Sure, George Lucas's space opera changed film, ushering in the era of special effects-driven fantasy epics that have only grown in number and spectacle with technological and storytelling advances he seeded.

But the strongest allure of the series is the dual "Star Wars" saga – an underdog tale that's long played out on and off the screen. 

The original installment sprouted two more classics, followed by a 16-year layoff and a troika of underwhelming films that began with "The Phantom Menace," now nearly two decades years into its stint as a punch line.

But the series came back full force under Disney’s ownership with 2015’s “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens,” J.J. Abrams’ masterful melding of the old and new. Last year's “Rogue One,” the missing link between Episodes III and IV, blasted its way into the top four of the "Star Wars" canon.

The 40th anniversary arrives less than seventh months before the slated opening of “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi,” which heralds the return of Luke Skywalker and the likely bittersweet final bow of Princess Leia, following Carrie Fisher's death.

That fans desperately want “The Last Jedi” to be great speaks to the enduring pull of a series with a deeply committed intergenerational base of followers. Likely among them is O'Malley, whose goofy, know-it-all character celebrates, mirrors and lampoons the outsized passion of pop culture enthusiasts looking for any excuse to relive past glories. 

“Stars Wars” may take place a long time ago, but it’s rooted in a new hope – the kind that makes it okay for all of us to be Anniversary Guy for a day.

Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Stephen Colbert, 'Baywatch']]> Tue, 23 May 2017 00:24:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-686961806.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Wardrobe Watch: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 18:45:44 -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[WATCH: Pippa Middleton Post-Wedding Kiss]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 23:15:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/FO08S_1200x675_949193283697.jpg

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews kiss after their wedding at St Mark's Church in Englefield, England, on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Middleton, the sister of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, married hedge fund manager James Matthews in a ceremony Saturday. Her niece and nephew, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were in the wedding party, along with sister Kate and princes Harry and William.

<![CDATA[2017 Billboard Music Awards: Top Moments and Looks]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 08:23:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nicki-minaj-billboard.jpg Actor and singer Vanessa Hudgens hosted the 2017 Billboard Music Awards with rapper Ludacris on May 21, 2017, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nicki Minaj kicked off the show with an explosive nine-minute performance of her hit songs. The show also included heartfelt tributes, nostalgic throwbacks and a record-breaking 13 wins by rapper Drake. Here are some of the night's top moments as well as some of the hot looks from the red carpet.

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<![CDATA[2017 Cannes Red Carpet]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 05:57:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TryptichCannes.jpg The 70th Cannes Film Festival opened Wednesday, May 17, in Cote D'Azur amid heightened security measures, restricted access and even an anti-drone system.]]> <![CDATA[April the Giraffe's Baby Is Probably Bigger Than You]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 10:23:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17105735261797.jpg

Watch out, Mom. He'll be bigger than you in no time.

In just over a month, the baby giraffe that gained a following when his mother, April, was pregnant with him, is growing up big and strong.

Tajiri (Swahili for "hope") is now 6-foot-4-inches tall and 200 pounds. The baby stood at 5-foot-9-inches tall when he was born on April 15.

He is happy and doing well with April and his dad, Oliver, at Animal Adventure Park in upstate New York.

The zoo is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

April gave birth to Tajiri on April 15 at the privately owned zoo. It was her fourth calf, but the first for Oliver.

Visitors are expected to flood the zoo for its fifth season after April's pregnancy became the second most livestreamed channel in YouTube history, with more than 232 million live views during a seven-week period.

Photo Credit: Animal Adventure Park via AP
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<![CDATA[Trump Team Sings 'Hallelujah' for the Season Finale of 'SNL']]> Sun, 21 May 2017 08:53:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/222*120/Screen+Shot+2017-05-21+at+1.12.05+AM.png

In a quieter "Saturday Night Live" cold open, SNL's Trump administration serenaded the audience with Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" ballad.

Alec Baldwin's President Donald Trump was seated at the piano in a reprising of the song Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton performed on "SNL" immediately following the election in November.

But unlike the solo Clinton performance, Trump was not alone. He was accompanied by key members of his administration: Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Melania Trump (Cecily Strong), Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant), Eric Trump (Alex Moffatt) and Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day).

Scarlett Johansson made a guest appearance as Ivanka Trump and Stephen Bannon was portrayed as the Grim Reaper. 

"I'm not giving up because I didn't do anything wrong," Baldwin's Trump said at the end of the song. "But I can't speak for these people."

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson hosted "SNL" for the fifth time, and was inaugurated into the "Five-Timers Club" with a black robe presented by Baldwin. In his opening monologue he followed up on comments he made to GQ earlier this month about the "real possibility" of a presidential run. 

"Tonight I wanna put this to rest and just say once and for all: I'm in. Starting tonight, I am running for president of the United States," the actor joked.

Johnson said he had never considered a run for the White House in the past, but now he's worried he's "too qualified" for the job.

And his running mate? None other than fellow "SNL" five-timer Tom Hanks, who joined Johnson for the monologue. 

"The truth is, America needs us," Hanks said. "No one can seem to agree on anything anymore, except for two things: pizza and us." 

Johnson and Hanks plan to draw on their past movie roles to lead the country and win the hearts of the voters.

"When it comes to politics, we need more poise and less noise," Johnson said seriously. "Americans deserve strong, capable leaders. Leaders who care about this country and care about its people." 

The monologue ended with the unveiling of a Johnson-Hanks 2020 banner and red, white and blue confetti. 

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Colin Jost and Michael Che kicked off "Weekend Update" with a familiar line.

"I know I said this last week, but this week is crazy," Jost said. 

In reviewing some of the breaking stories that were published this week about the administration, Jost said that Trump is not on the way out yet, but "Mike Pence is warming up in the bullpen." 

"You're not a real politician," Che said about Trump. "You're a politician like Ja Rule is a festival organizer," referencing the rapper's failed attempt at creating the Fyre Festival.  

Jost noted that Trump will be giving a speech during his time in Saudi Arabia about Islam. He said that Trump giving the speech is "like Mike Pence giving a toast at a gay wedding."

The segment about the administration ended with a reel of "all the people Trump has lost this year" to Daniel Powter's "Bad Day." Included in the slideshow were pictures of Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani and Sean Spicer, with the words "shhh, he doesn't know it yet."

Katy Perry was the musical guest this week. She performed two songs, "Swish Swish" and "Bon Appetit."

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<![CDATA[Fans Camp Out for Tickets to the 'SNL' Season Finale]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 14:10:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/236*120/cms808.jpg

Live from New York, it's the last "Saturday Night Live" of the season. 

That's why dedicated fans have been camped outside the studio since Friday waiting for tickets to the variety show. Stand-by tickets are distributed at 7 a.m. Saturday on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The two fans at the front of the line drove from Delaware County, Pennsylvania, about two hours away from 30 Rockefeller Plaza. 

"We packed sleeping bags and chairs and we've just been sitting here since," Macy Barbacano said. 

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Barbacano said one of the reasons that compelled her to make the trip was Alec Baldwin's portrayal of President Donald Trump, a recurring skit that has contributed to "SNL's" high ratings this season. 

Season 42 of "SNL" ran from October through May, and was plenty political, covering the presidential election and the Trump administration. Notable performances include Beck Bennett as Russian President Vladimir Putin, Melissa McCarthy as Press Secretary Sean "Spicey" Spicer and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton and White House adviser Kellyanne Conway. 

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The season finale will also be the last show for cast member Bobby Moynihan, who has been part of "SNL" for nine seasons. Moynihan is leaving the show to pursue a comedy series with CBS, "Me, Myself, & I," that he is set to star in for the 2017-18 season.

It will be the fifth time Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will host "SNL." Katy Perry is this week's musical guest. 

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show' Thank You Notes: Graduation Ceremonies, Five Guys]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 02:11:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/223*120/Screen+Shot+2017-05-20+at+1.13.46+AM.png

Jimmy pens thank you notes to President Trump, the Cannes Film Festival and other things.

<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Perry's New Song Is Her Anti-Bullying Anthem]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 01:35:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/218*120/Screen+Shot+2017-05-20+at+1.12.56+AM.png

Katy Perry addresses rumors that her single "Swish Swish" is about someone everyone knows and gets hyped about her touring partnership with Boys & Girls Club of America.