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<![CDATA[Mamet Rebounds with 'The Penitent' ]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:11:41 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PenitentMain.jpg

In David Mamet’s newest play, a psychiatrist sees his career and marriage thrown into flux after he refuses to testify on behalf of a former patient who has done something horrible. “The Penitent,” which includes among its quartet of stars the writer’s wife, is having its world premiere at the Atlantic.

Mamet’s play is often a jumble of non-cohesive ideas, but it still holds together better than recent pieces such as “The Anarchist” and “China Doll.” Viewed as an indictment of journalism or the law—take your pick—“The Penitent” is timely and exciting and, in the best of ways, awfully depressing.

Chris Bauer—he was paunchy local cop Andy Bellefleur on HBO’s “True Blood”—excels as Charles, the analyst whose gay former charge has committed a spree killing. Throughout “The Penitent,” we’re witness to Charles’s conflict over his allegiance to the Hippocratic oath and its fraught intermingling with religious law.

As the trial approaches, Charles is driven into a corner. Should he follow what he perceives to be the word of God, and not disclose things done in trust? Or take the advice of Kath, his wife (Rebecca Pidgeon), who is happy in her undisturbed bourgeois life and wants the episode behind both of them?

Pidgeon, the British-American actress and songwriter who is married to the playwright, employs the characteristic halting staccato of the author’s well-known personas, though she’s on a different page from her co-stars. Jordan Lage is nice as Charles’s lawyer, who is eager to give his client legal advice without venturing into sticky moral territory.

The play’s finest moments are provided by Lawrence Gilliard Jr., who appears too briefly as the murder suspect’s mercenary defense attorney. (At the risk of going off on a tangent, it’s thrilling to see Gilliard, a former actor on “The Walking Dead,” with both legs intact. Google “Gareth” and “cannibalism” if you need that clarified.)

Mamet crams interesting, if overused notions into the story. Do we need another drama dissecting Leviticus? At the same time, his apparent disgust for journalism and the American legal system are employed to great use—he manages in a short time to reinforce suspicions that justice always goes to the man “in the suit with the best cut.”

“The Penitent” clocks in at 80 minutes, with intermission. I could locate no dramatic purpose for an interruption in the middle of such a short play. Overall, my response here was warm-ish. Some themes pop up like a muddled game of socioreligious whack-a-mole, but the play itself entertains and boasts a variety of interesting performances.

“The Penitent,” through March 19 at the Atlantic’s Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St. Tickets: Starting at $75, via atlantictheater.org or OvationTix at 866-811-4111.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn

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<![CDATA['Biggest Loser' Host Bob Harper Suffers Heart Attack ]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:54:16 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/biggestloserheart.jpg

Fitness trainer and host of NBC's "Biggest Loser" Bob Harper says he is recovering from a serious heart attack that left him unconscious for two days.

Harper tells TMZ he was working out in a gym in New York City this month when he collapsed. He says a doctor who also was in the gym performed CPR on him.

The 51-year-old Harper says he spent eight days in a New York hospital and has not yet been cleared to fly home to Los Angeles.

Harper has been a fixture on all 17 seasons of "The Biggest Loser." He served as a trainer on the show from 2004 to 2015. He took over as host of the reality weight loss program last year.

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<![CDATA[Logan's Last Run: Jackman on Wolverine's Final Film]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:19:04 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/loganny.jpg

Hugh Jackman dons the adamantium claws one final time in "Logan," which hits theaters Friday. Jackman, along with co-stars Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Richard E. Grant, Eriq La Salle and Elise Neal took part in a special screening and fan event in New York Friday as they prepared to say their final farewell to the character.

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Jackman, who first portrayed Wolverine in 2000, said the evening was somewhat bittersweet knowing he'd never play the character again.

"I think we got to the real bottom of this character and who he is," Jackman says. "In the end it's a movie about family."

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Stewart believes what sets this film apart from earlier incarnations is the raw emotion you'll see on screen.

Fans will see, "Real people. Conversations. A lot of emotion and some sensational action," Stewart says.

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<![CDATA[O'Donnell to Lead Protest Against Trump on Tuesday]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:29:36 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/RosieTrump.jpg

Ahead of President Donald Trump’s first address of a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, there will be a rally against the new administration in front of the White House, led in part by actress and television personality Rosie O’Donnell.

In partnership with the ACLU, MoveOn.org Civic Action, National Nurses United, Hip Hop Caucus, DailyKos, Our Revolution and others, anti-Trump protesters will rally together to protest the president’s agenda, which “does not represent the values of the American people.”

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Speakers at the event will include people who say they were directly affected by Trump’s first month in office, including members of LGBTQ community, environmental groups and immigrants rights groups.

"We rally not only to resist but to build a movement of millions working for social, environmental and economic justice,” Larry Cohen of Our Revolution said in a statement.

The feud between O’Donnell and Trump spans years. During her tenure on “The View” O’Donnell was openly critical of Trump, and he infamously called her a “pig” during a Republican presidential primary debate. O’Donnell has tweeted openly against the Trump administration, and even offered to play adviser Stephen Bannon for “Saturday Night Live.”


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<![CDATA[Social Media Erupts Over #GaryFromChicago During Oscars]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:19:19 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Gary+From+Chicago.png

Aside from the unforgettable best picture blunder, one of the most-talked about moments from Sunday night’s Oscars came from a Chicago couple who stole the spotlight, and the hearts of viewers, in the middle of the show. 

Gary Cole and his fiancée Vicki Mines were visiting Los Angeles and riding a Hollywood tour bus when, in a prank led by host Jimmy Kimmel, they were unknowingly brought into the Dolby Theater during the live ceremony. The tour group had been told they were stopping to see an exhibit of Oscar dresses and gowns. 

“In a way it’s true,” Kimmel told the crowd before the unsuspecting tourists arrived. “They will see dresses and gowns, but they will be on people. So, they don’t know it but the moment they open the door, they are going to be on live TV and we are going to surprise them.” 

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Cole, who led the group with his fiancée, was brought toward the front of the stage by Kimmel before he was asked to introduce himself, all while recording every moment with his iPhone that was covered in a bright purple case. 

“You know that we are on live TV, so you don’t need to do that,” Kimmel joked as Cole answered every question with his eyes on his iPhone screen.

“I know, but I want to,” an awestruck Cole said. 

His fiancée quickly propped her cellphone on a selfie stick to record the moment as well. 

Singer Keith Urban captured the whole encounter from the front row with wife Nicole Kidman: [[414864363, C]] 

The Chicago couple, as well as the hashtag #GaryFromChicago immediately became a top-trending topic across social media. 

Many viewers resonated with their cliché, yet endearing, tourist behavior. 

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They ended up going home with much more than the memories captured on their cellphones. After the couple noted that they were planning on getting married in the summer, Kimmel asked Mines who her favorite actor was. She pointed to Denzel Washington, who was just an arms-length away. 

Washington quickly jumped up, even offering to officiate an impromptu wedding ceremony. 

“I now pronounce you husband and wife!” Washington proclaimed before posing for a selfie with the two. 

Before they made their departure, Kimmel called on actress Jennifer Aniston, who was sitting a few rows away, to give the couple something of a souvenir to take home with them. She quickly rummaged through her purse to find something before offering up her sunglasses.

And that’s not the only gift they will be getting.

Within hours, the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Bulls and Giordano’s in their hometown of Chicago were among those giving the soon-to-be newlyweds offers of their own:

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<![CDATA[An Awards Show of Firsts: Records Set at the 89th Oscars]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:03:48 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/mahershala-first.jpg The 89th Academy Awards were full of memorable moments, from the first Muslim to win an Oscar for acting, to the dramatic, flubbed announcement for "Best Picture" when the awards show kept viewers and fans on the edge of their seats. Take a look.

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<![CDATA[And The Oscar Goes To: Academy Award Winners List]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:02:32 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OscarWinners1.jpg

Partial list of winners for the 89th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Best Picture: "Moonlight."

Actor: Casey Affleck, "Manchester By the Sea."

Actress: Emma Stone, "La La Land."

Directing: Damien Chazelle, "La La Land."

Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight."

Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, "Fences."

Foreign Language Film: "The Salesman," Iran.

Production Design: "La La Land," Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco.

Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, "La La Land."

Sound Mixing: "Hacksaw Ridge," Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace.

Sound Editing: "Arrival," Sylvain Bellemare.

Original Score: "La La Land," Justin Hurwitz.

Original Song: "City of Stars" from "La La Land," music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Ben Pasek and Justin Paul.

Costume Design: Colleen Atwood, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

Documentary (short subject): "The White Helmets," Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara.

Documentary Feature: "O.J.: Made in America," Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow.

Film Editing: "Hacksaw Ridge," John Gilbert.

Makeup and Hairstyling: "Suicide Squad," Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson.

Animated Feature Film: "Zootopia," Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer.

Animated Short Film: "Piper," Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer.

Live Action Short Film: "Sing," Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy.

Visual Effects: "The Jungle Book," Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon.

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<![CDATA[Warren Buffett's Laguna Beach Pad Listed for $11 Million]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:28:17 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/lg16746519-residential-zp04e9-l.jpg Warren Buffett's Laguna Beach getaway is on the market for the first time in almost a half-century. You can own the "Oracle of Omaha's" Laguna Beach pad for $11 million.

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<![CDATA[And the Best Oscar Burn on Twitter Goes to...]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:25:35 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-645726660.jpg

When the team from "La La Land" on stage at the Oscars learned the best picture award was supposed to go to "Moonlight," producer Jordan Horowitz took to the microphone to deliver the news to the world. 

"This is not a joke," he said as he held up the winning envelope in one hand, a golden statuette in the other.

Devastating as that moment must have been for Horowitz, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and the rest of the cast and crew of "La La Land," social media did not get Horowitz's message.

The jaw-dropping finale had thousands and thousands of people sharing their shock — and jokes — on Twitter, comparing the unprecedented Oscars moment to one that recently happened at the Miss Universe contest, Photoshopping the winning envelope and more.

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<![CDATA[Analysis: A Hollywood Ending for 'Moonlight']]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:03:08 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/174*120/GettyImages-645721868+%281%29.jpg

“Moonlight,” the story of a young man searching for himself amid a hardscrabble upbringing in Miami, and “La La Land,” an old-school throwback musical about star-crossed lovers seeking fame in Los Angeles, sport little in common, save for bittersweet conclusions.

But shortly after midnight Monday, “Moonlight” scored a Hollywood ending – marking an awards show version of “Cinderella” where, amid unprecedented Oscars confusion, the right envelope finally fit the right movie.

All the questions that could answer how Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway ended up initially announcing “La La Land” as the Best Picture winner remained far from clear. Ballot tabulators PwC took responsibility for the error, saying that the presenters had been given the wrong category envelope by mistake. 

One thing is certain: “Moonlight” is a worthy victor in a year brimming with strong films.

“La La Land,” which notched a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations, is a fine movie that could have ended up going down in fandom annals as another good flick that unfairly became enshrined in greatness by a Hollywood establishment that too often over-rewards films about the entertainment industry.

There’s nothing glamorous about director Barry Jenkins’ brilliantly wrought and acted “Moonlight,” which traces, in three parts, the tale of Chiron, aka “Little.”

The character is introduced as a bullied, latchkey kid who is being raised by his crack-addicted mother (Oscar nominee Naomie Harris) and is befriended by her dealer (Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, who plays Juan with more nuance than menace). In the second part, Chiron is a high schooler dealing with his sexuality and worsening destabilization at home. In the third part, he’s a young man, hardened by prison and life as a drug dealer, but still sensitive and haunted by a past and a love he’s struggling to come to grips with.

The low-budget critical hit stood out in a year filled, as previously noted, with other searing dramas (“Fences” and “Manchester by the Sea”), true-life uplifting fare ("Hidden Figures" and "Lion") and intriguing sci-fi (“Arrival”).

There’s no need to feel sorry for “La La Land,” which took home six Oscars and whose team proved the epitome of grace amid the muddle on the Dolby Theatre stage in the ABC broadcast’s final moments. “Moonlight” scored three statuettes, including the one that counts most and could spur a deserved box office boost.

The two movies will now be linked forever in cinematic history, both winners in their own way, but with “Moonlight” outshining a lighter film that celebrated the “City of Stars.” Movie fans can only hope that the inevitable controversy and conspiracy theories bound to swell won’t overshadow the dramatic triumph of “Moonlight.”

Jere 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[Celebs Clink Glasses, Take Photos at Oscars Afterparties]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:49:36 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-645753410ali.jpg After an eventful 2017 Academy Awards ceremony, stars celebrated and chatted at the afterparties.

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<![CDATA[Savannah Guthrie Returns to the 'Today' Show]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:00:19 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/savannah-guthrie-0607.jpg

Savannah Guthrie made her return to the "Today" show anchor seat Monday, returning from maternity leave.

Savannah shared precious family moments from her maternity leave on Monday's show, including home videos and photos of newborn Charley and big sister Vale in the hospital and out on the town. 

"It's been such a lovely and magical time," she said. 

A slew of guest hosts were brought in when Guthrie left in December, before giving birth to son Charley on Dec. 8. Charley is her second child with husband Mike Feldman.

Former anchors Katie Couric and Meredith Viera each spent a week next to Matt Lauer, and "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt was one of the many other guest hosts.

Savannah tweeted her excitement to be back with the “Today” crew. She was initially set to return on Friday, March 3, but started what is looking to be busy week on Monday, beginning with former President George W. Bush on the show to discuss his new book.

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<![CDATA[Oscar Accountants Talk Mistake Protocols Before Show]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:02:32 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NA24M-148819403985500001.jpg

Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz are the two accountants from PwC who controlled the envelopes at the 89th Academy Awards. Before the big event, they talked about their job, which Ruiz called a "big responsibility." She added that they even memorize the winners so they can make sure the right names are called onstage.

<![CDATA[Jimmy Kimmel Mixes Humor, Politics at 89th Oscars]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:42:27 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-645736068.jpg

Jimmy Kimmel's 3 1/2-hour search to find the right tone for an Academy Awards broadcast that uneasily mixed humor and politics ended appropriately: in mass confusion.

The stunning "wrong-envelope" debacle in which favorite "La La Land" was announced as the best picture winner by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway —only to be given to "Moonlight" moments later — yielded the wildest conclusion in Oscars history, capping an awards show that dragged at times.

"I knew I would screw this show up," Kimmel joked.

The deft ad-lib proved the most memorable quip from an Oscars like no other, one where the focus before the bizarre climax was on an election whose results shocked Hollywood.

Kimmel, in his opening monologue Sunday night, noted the show was being viewed across the U.S. and in “225 countries that now hate us.”

But he earned bigger laughs by speculating on the reaction of an audience of one: “Some of you will get to come up here on this stage tonight and give a speech that the president of the United States will tweet about in all-caps during his 5 a.m. bowel movement.”

First-time Academy Awards host Kimmel’s joke selection ranged from teasing longtime mock enemy Matt Damon to jabbing at President Donald Trump. His approach reflected the challenge of balancing Hollywood handling itself coveted golden statuettes with handling the rise of the new president, a one-time reality TV star who regularly slams entertainment elite on Twitter and elsewhere.

Kimmel, who is not a musical performer, outsourced the opening number to Justin Timberlake, who got the crowd off its feet with “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” an apparent effort to capture the “La La Land” spirit (just as the singer did last month with his cameo in Jimmy Fallon’s Golden Globes kickoff, a “La La Land” takeoff).

While he doesn’t have a reputation as political comedian, ABC late night host Kimmel fired off some good Trump-related lines (“I want to say thank you to President Trump – remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? It’s gone, thanks to him.”) and later tweeted at the president.

But he left the expression of more pointed sentiments to the celebrities who filled the Dolby Theatre, who addressed the Trump Era with varying degrees of subtly, often without mentioning the president by name.

Some wore blue ribbons in support of the ACLU. One of those ribbons adorned the tux of “Moonlight” director and co-writer Barry Jenkins, who said while collecting a screenwriting Oscar, “All you people out there who feel like there’s no mirror for you, that your life is not reflected, the Academy has your back, the ACLU has your back, we have your back. And for the next four year we will not leave you alone, we will not forget you.”

Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi, who boycotted the Oscars in protest over Trump’s “inhumane” attempts to ban travel to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim nations, sent a message that was read when "The Salesman" won best foreign language film.

“Dividing the world into the us-and-our-enemies categories creates fear – a deceitful justification for aggression and war,” he said in the statement, presented by Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian-American engineer and astronaut.

Kimmel worked to keep things light, even if the ABC broadcast didn’t move all that quickly. He dropped candy, cookies and doughnuts in on tiny parachutes, to a soundtrack of “Ride of the Valkyries,” a nod to Ellen DeGeneres’ pizza-ordering stunt in 2014.

Employing a regular feature from his show, Kimmel had celebrities read mean tweets about themselves (“Miles Teller has the face of a guy who would request Gangnam Style at a wedding where he doesn’t know either the bride or groom.”). Kimmel’s best bit involved bringing in a busload of unsuspecting tourists to meet the stars, suggesting that perhaps there’s not as much of a disconnect between the public and Hollywood as the president would have us believe.

One of the night’s most emotional moments came when Taraji P. Henson, a star of “Hidden Figures,” a film about pioneering African-American women who played key behind-the-scenes roles at NASA during the Space Race, introduced Katherine Johnson, the mathematician she portrayed in the movie.

The 98-year-old Johnson, sitting resplendent in her wheelchair, simply thanked the audience, which greeted her with a standing ovation. For one glorious moment, Katherine Johnson was the only person who mattered at the Oscars ­– no longer a hidden hero whose achievements and embodiment of the human spirit can never be trumped.

Hopefully, her deserved moment in the spotlight won't get lost amid a massive flub — one that capped an awards show that shouldn't be rocket science.

Jere 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[WATCH: 'Moonlight,' Affleck, Stone Take Top Oscars]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:33:06 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/moonlight-best-picture-oscars.jpg

All the stars came out Sunday night for the 89th Academy Awards. Watch a round up of all the top Oscar winners.

<![CDATA[Chicago Couple Becomes Unsuspecting Oscars Celebs]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:31 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Oscar_Tourists.jpg

An unsuspecting group of tourists on a Hollywood sightseeing tour took a pitstop of a lifetime Sunday night at the Academy Awards thanks to a prank instigated by host Jimmy Kimmel.

Told they were walking into an exhibit to look at Oscar dresses, the group instead entered the actual awards ceremony starring those dresses on real-life celebrities.

Led by tourists Gary Cole and his fiancee Vicki Mines from Chicago, they were greeted by Kimmel.

"Hello, there," Kimmel said. "Welcome to the Dolby Theater. This is the home of the Academy Awards, which are in fact happening right now."

"Let me give you a little tour," he said. "This is Nicole Kidman."

Kimmel told the Chicago couple they didn't have to hold up their cell phones since they were on live TV, but they clearly couldn't help themselves.

They greeted Kidman, shook hands with/got a kiss from Ryan Gosling and even were faux-married by Denzel Washington.

Mines revealed she and Cole were getting married in July, and when Mines disclosed to Kimmel that Washington was her favorite actor, Kimmel made a suggestion.

"Will you be the best man at their wedding?"

Washington, sitting a few seats down, hopped up and pronounced them "husband and wife."

Before departing, Cole held Mahershala Ali's Oscar, Jennifer Aniston gave Miner her sunglasses, and the couple snapped some of the most exclusive selfies in existence.

They definitely will have a few stories to tell back home.

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<![CDATA[Best Moments From the 2017 Academy Awards ]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:51:14 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-645721486.jpg See some of the best moments from this year's Academy Awards

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<![CDATA[Former NASA Mathematician, 98, Gets Moment at Oscars ]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:33:05 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/katherinejhohnson.jpg

She said only "thank you," but it was one of the more moving moments of Sunday's Oscars ceremony.

Katherine Johnson, 98, the former NASA mathematician played by Taraji P. Henson in the movie "Hidden Figures," was brought on stage to thunderous applause. She was introduced by Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer, who all star in the film as female black mathematicians who helped put NASA ahead in the space race against the Soviet Union. "Hidden Figures" was nominated for best picture.

The 98-year-old Johnson wore a blue dress and was brought out in a wheelchair during Sunday's ceremony.

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<![CDATA['Hallelujerrrrrrr!': Celebrities React to Oscars Winners]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:41:56 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-645691354.jpg

The 2017 Academy Awards was history-making after 'La La Land' was mistakenly announced as best picture when the prize was meant for 'Moonlight.' The casts switched places on stage as director Barry Jenkins took to the microphone and accepted the top prize.

Also, both Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali took home an Oscar for best supporting actress and actor in a supporting role.

After Viola Davis won her first Oscar, Oprah Winfrey tweeted, "Hallelujerrrrrrr! @violadavis ! " We are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life!""

Celebrities took to social media to react to the winners.

See more celebrity reaction to the Academy Awards show below.

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<![CDATA[Not So White: Ali, Davis Win Oscars After Racism Cloud]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:20:19 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BestSupporting.jpg

What a difference a year makes.

Two years after #OscarSoWhite immersed the Academy Awards in controversy, Viola Davis took home her first Oscar for her role in "Fences" while Mahershala Ali was also a first time winner for his role in "Moonlight."

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Ali was showered with nominations and trophies for his portrayal of a drug dealer who mentors a troubled youngster in "Moonlight," which is also in the running for best picture.

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Ali thanked his "many wonderful teachers" for a valuable lesson. "It's not about you," he recalled being told, but about serving the stories and the characters he's playing.

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Davis won for her portrayal of a mother determined to hold her family together despite the rages of her husband, who is played by best actor nominee Denzel Washington.

The Oscar win comes in a role that Davis previously won a Tony Award for when she starred opposite Washington in a Broadway revival of "Fences." The film is the first big-screen adaptation of an August Wilson play.

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Davis said in her acceptance speech, "Here's to August Wilson who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people." She also praised Washington and her parents, breaking down in tears.

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<![CDATA[Chance the Rapper Buys Out Theater for Fans to See 'Get Out']]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:03:03 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-634984148.png

No one spoils their fans quite like Chance the Rapper. 

The 23-year-old Grammy Award-winning artist loves to find new ways to surprise his loyal following, and on Sunday he did just that.

The Chicago native bought out multiple showings of the new movie "Get Out" at a theater on the Chicago's South Side and invited anyone and everyone to watch it for free. 

Chance tweeted early Sunday that the horror film by Jordan Peele "WAS INCREDIBLE!! BEST FILM ACROSS ANY GENRE IN AWHILE," and encouraged his followers to see it. [[414821053, C]]

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"I bought all the tickets to #GetOut at Chatham Theatre on 87th Just pull up with ID and enjoy the movie," he tweeted, adding, "All day guys, come thru! Bring whoever, it's free I just want you to see it on 87th. There's a few more showings today!"

The Chatham 14 Theaters, located on W. 87th St. near the Dan Ryan Expressway, didn't immediately respond to requests for comment, but the website listed the 5:30, 8 and 10:30 p.m. showings as sold out.

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<![CDATA[Ruth Negga, Isabelle Huppert Kick off the Oscars Carpet ]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:02:24 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-645649704.jpg

Ruth Negga, dripping in responsibly sourced rubies with a custom Valentino gown to match, accessorized with something extra Sunday on her first Oscar red carpet as a nominee — a blue ribbon in support of the ACLU.

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The ribbon popped up on others walking the red carpet, including Lin Manual

She gave kudos to the civil rights group for helping the real "Loving" couple as they fought their way to legal marriage as a mixed-race couple. And Negga shouted out her home country, Ireland, poised in her red tiara and statement earrings.

Her gown was long-sleeved with a high lace collar in a bright red that can be tricky on red carpets. As for the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Negga planned to enjoy her moment: "My win is my nomination."

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Negga's little ribbon popped up elsewhere on the red carpet, including the lapel of Lin-Manuel Miranda, who noted his tuxedo came from Yonkers, New York, the same shop where he got his high school prom tux in 1998.

A standout this awards season, "Elle" nominee Isabelle Huppert, shimmered in a blush-tone Armani Prive, her hair loose with diamond ear cuffs ideal punctuation marks. Does the French legend care about fashion? The dark lacquer on her nails popped against her belted gown with loose, romantic sleeves.

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"Well it looks like I do pay a little bit of attention," she said. "I think all these things are rituals and you have to honor the rituals."

In Champagne: Felicity Jones, who wore a princess look that fell above the ankle.

Miranda, a song nominee, choked up a bit as she was serenaded by "Hamilton" cast members, including some Schuyler sisters.

"I hate you for making me cry before the Oscars have even started," he laughed, accompanied by his mom, Luz Towns-Miranda, who also donned the blue ACLU ribbon.

Little Sunny Pawar, the kid star of "Lion" who has been a source of great fun on the carpet this season, flashed a peace symbol and adjusted his bow tie on the carpet in a bite-size, black tuxedo, a huge smile on his face and trainers on his feet.

Hailee Steinfeld, a presenter, walked in a pleated back ruffle couture gown in a floral design with a long, sheer train, from Ralph & Russo. She's been a recent person-of-interest on red carpets. This time, her hair was up and she let her bare shoulders speak volumes.

Who slayed in trendy velvet? Presenter Taraji Henson, in off-shoulder deep blue by Alberta Ferretti and a diamond necklace perfect to show off her decolletage. She looked every bit the movie star with a high side slit. Her "Hidden Figures" co-star, Olivia Spencer, also went off the shoulder in a feathery lavender gown by Marchesa.

Ave Duvernay, the creator of the film "13th," wore high-neck, long-sleeved gray, pleats providing a bit of a bustle effect.

Chrissy Teigen joked with husband John Legend on the carpet, dressed in white Zuhair Murad Couture with gold embroidery and a dramatic cape. Another favorite carpet couple, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, chatted amiably — he in a Tom Ford tux and she in a slinky KaufmanFranco textured gown with a statement gold and silver collar adornment that lent the appearance of metallic fringe.

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<![CDATA[Oscars Couples From the 2017 Red Carpet ]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:46:14 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17058000383960.jpg

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<![CDATA[Best Looks From the 2017 Oscars Red Carpet ]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:16:29 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/oscarsredcarpet2017.jpg See the best looks from this year's red carpet at the 89th Academy Awards.

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<![CDATA[Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Just an Oscar Away From an EGOT]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:07:30 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/manuellin.jpg

If Lin-Manuel Miranda takes home the prize for best original song at Sunday night's Oscars, he will become the youngest person ever to EGOT: winning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards.

The "Hamilton" creator is nominated for writing music and lyrics for the song "How Far I'll Go," from the animated movie "Moana."

The term "EGOT" was popularized in an episode of "30 Rock" in which Tracy Morgan's character, Tracy Jordan, dons a diamond-encrusted necklace with the letters EGOT that he says once belonged to "Miami Vice" star Philip Michael Thomas.

And, as NBC News reports, Miranda also has a Pulitzer Prize, so technically he has the chance to PEGOT — something only Marvin Hamlisch and Richard Rodgers have achieved.

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