<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usTue, 25 Oct 2016 15:32:16 -0400Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:32:16 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[20 Haunted Houses to Visit in the Tri-State This October]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:55:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_519258516434.jpg

With creepy clowns on the prowl across the nation these days, real life is beginning to feel like a horror movie. But for those who prefer to get their dose of the unearthly and macabre the old fashioned way, there are plenty of opportunities in the tri-state this Halloween season.

From the frightening forests of Connecticut to the wicked warehouses of New York City, there are dozens of attractions to check out. Most of them are in the $20 to $50 range and are open rain or shine through early November. Tickets tend to be cheaper online and some places give deals on weekdays.

New York City

Blood Manor bills itself as "New York City's premiere haunted attraction." It's in a West Village warehouse filled with freaks, creeps, and yes, plenty of blood. In early November, the Manor will have Lights Out Nights, where visitors have just a glow stick to show them the way. General admission: $35. 

New York Haunted Hayride is a Randall's Island haunt right in the shadow of Manhattan's towering skyline. In addition to the hayride, which features ghostly apparitions and backwoods hillbillies, there's also a dark maze and a haunted village with a Theatre Macabre, supernatural psychics, and more. General admission: $37.

The Uninvited: Awakening is an immersive horror production that lets visitors choose their own adventure in the historic Graham Court building in Harlem. Theatrical storytelling, twisting halls, grisly scenes, and state-of-the-art special effects combine to induce a "heart pounding experience." General admission: $45. 

This Is Real is an "all new horror experience" in Red Hook from the creators of Nightmare: New York. As part of a "theatrical immersion," guests have been abducted and must figure out a way to escape their captors in an hour-long "survival game and extreme hide and seek." General admission: $100.

North of NYC

Headless Horseman is a bit of a trek from the city, but the haunt includes 10 attractions, among them, a haunted manor, motel, diner and greenhouse. Naturally, there's plenty of Headless Horseman to go around at this Ulster Park attraction, including the Horseman's Spawn hayride and the Horseman's Tomb haunted house. General admission: $39.95 plus tax.

Pure Terror Scream Park features six haunted houses at one location in Monroe. There's a crypt of evil dead, a post-zombie apocalypse medical building, a dwelling of evil witches, a circus of creepy clowns, a house full of horror movie legends and another house that's completely in the dark. General admission: $45.

The Forest of Fear was voted the scariest haunt in New York state by users of HauntWorld.com. The Tuxedo Park haunt has seven attractions, including a slaughterhouse, hillbilly house, chainsaw repair shop, spa of the macabre, and a cemetery of the dead. General admission: $30.

Haunt at Rocky Ledge says it has the only haunted cornfield in Westchester County. The White Plains attraction also has two "mind-blowing" haunted houses and "frightening, winding wooded trails" on eight ghoulish acres. General admission: $24. 

Long Island

Bayville Scream Park is an attraction-packed haunt in Bayville. Billed as "Long Island's Halloween theme park," there is an evil woods, terrifying temple, frightening funhouse and a haunted mansion. There's also a house of zombie pirates and a new event, The Cage, for 2016. General admission: $49.75.

Darkside Haunted Houses has been around for nearly two decades. There's two attractions at this Wading River haunt in the middle of a deserted field: The Village and The House. Visitors traverse 30 detailed scenes, including a graveyard, crypt, insane asylum and slaughterhouse. General admission: $25. 

Gateway's Haunted Playhouse is just what it sounds like: a haunted house in a theater. The Bellport haunt has plenty of dark corridors hiding madmen and bloody clowns. Guests can take a ride in a coffin, shoot zombies at the new Zombie Shooting Gallery or grab a beer at the Fear Garden. General admission: $25. 

Chamber of Horrors is bringing back its "Trilogy of Fear." This year there are three new houses: Maniac Manor, Murderer's Row and Ward 9. The Hauppauge haunt also has Kill the Light on Sunday nights, when the lights are turned off and guests have only a glowstick to see with. General admission: $25.

New Jersey

Brighton Asylum is a Passaic haunt in an industrial warehouse that The Today Show called "the scariest place on earth." Guests must descened into The Tunnel before reaching the Asylum, where they'll encounter plenty of monsters, maniacs and escaped patients. Special events include Brighton Asylum Escape and Zombie Attack. General admission: $33.

Bane has one big haunted house instead of several smaller ones. The Livingston haunt was called the "scariest haunted house in New Jersey" by The Star-Ledger. Guests will encounter 70 live actors as they climb, push and spin their way through the morbid interactive house. General admission: $27. 

Pantophobia is an entirely outdoor haunted attraction. The Scotch Plains haunt pits guests against flesh-eating zombies as they navigate an abandoned amusement park. There's also a family-friendly Pumpkin Express train ride that travels to a pumpkin patch. General admission: $30.  

Haunted Scarehouse is an attraction in Wharton inspired by Disney's "awe-inspiring levels of craftsmanship, detail, and live performance." Visitors navigate two large houses filled with maze-like corridors and elaborate, ghastly scenes. There are also 60-minute escape room experiences that can be purchased separately. General admission: $25. 


Fright Haven is centered around the legend of a Gothic Victorian mansion where a Halloween party was held hundreds of years ago. No one returned from the party and now it's infested with cannibalistic vampires. There's also a pitch-black Fear Institute and a Carnival of Evil in 3D at this Stratford attraction. General admission: $20.

Creeperum is an "emporium of the bizarre" where a lab-created creature stalks the rooms. The creature was created by a mad scientist who mysteriously went missing. Guests who enter this Hamden haunt are left to "wander in almost total darkness searching for a way out." General admission: $20. 

Trail of Terror is an outdoor haunted attraction that has guests confronting creepy clowns, chainsaw-wielding psychos and indescribable creatures. The haunt is set in the woods of Wallingford and you never know when a ghoul will emerge from deep in the trees. General admission: $20.

The Haunted Graveyard bills itself as New England's largest Halloween attraction. Those who visit go on a one-mile journey through dark catacombs, an eerie cemetery, torture chamber, creepy cornfield, misty lake, and more. Tickets for various carnival rides at this Bristol haunt are sold separately. General admission: $25.99. 

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<![CDATA[Rihanna, Missy Elliott Plead for Help Finding Missing Dancer]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:23:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/shirlene+quigley+alternate+photo.jpg

Mega music stars are joining in the surging call for help finding a 32-year-old backup dancer from New Jersey who vanished near the Port Authority Bus Terminal over the weekend after making a cryptic comment to friends.

Rihanna posted an emotional plea on Instagram for information on the whereabouts of Shirlene Quigley, who has also performed with Beyonce and Missy Elliott. 

Calling Quigley a "beautiful soul," Rihanna wrote, "My heart aches thinking of how heavy this is on all who love her!" The Instagram post included a video of the missing woman contemplating peace and love.

"Imagine if we treated each other like we all came from the same family," Quigley says in the video. "If you are in my life, I love you, whether it be 10 seconds or forever, because we're all family." 

Quigley, who lives alone in North Bergen and teaches dance at Peridance Capezio Center and Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan, according to her Facebook page, was last seen getting on a bus at Port Authority around 1 a.m. Sunday, her father said. 

Her father, who lives in California, said Quigley normally calls him every day around 6 p.m., and he became concerned when he hadn't heard from her.

"I just want her to come home, or if someone has her to let her be," the father said. "She's everything to me. She's why I live." 

Missy Elliott posted a collage of Quigley, urging people to call police if they have information.

"Need help from the whole Dance Community to spread the word!" Elliott wrote on Instagram. "Those who have met her know her spirit is always bubbly and kind & uplifting energy! Sending countless prayers."

Police say Quigley's phone was found at a bridal store in Chelsea; her father says she could've been there to pick up something for a show. 

Quigley's father said his daughter made a strange comment to her friend recently along the lines of "Get ready, it's about to happen and I'm going to need you to sub for me." 

Quigley attended Liberty Church in Brooklyn; her father says that she is very religious, and that lately she has seemed "euphoric." 

Her landlord saw her leave her New Jersey home Saturday afternoon and later called a friend to say Quigley did not seem well, the friend said. 

According to her personal website, Quigley's dance career launched when she was 18 and earned a role as one of the "uhh ohh girls" on Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" music video. She has performed on an array of awards shows, including the VMA's, Grammy's and ESPY Awards. 

Quigley created the first high heel dance class at a studio in her hometown of Los Angeles and later brought the workshop to New York City. She has also taught at dance studios around the world, her website says.

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<![CDATA[O'Conner Posts Frantic Facebook Note Following Surgery]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:05:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sinead-o%27conner.jpg

Sinead O'Conner said she rushed to the hospital earlier this week following complications from surgery. The singer posted on Facebook saying she was unable to breathe and that her liver had been accidentally damaged during a medical procedure.  

The "Nothing Compares To You" singer also bemoaned she was alone and had no emotional support in her posts.

"Gotta go to emergency. Liver all f----- and killing me," O'Conner wrote. "Can't breathe properly it so sore. Am posting as am lonely. Story of life. Wish was not so alone in world. Gotta be worth something to someone after all these years and after all I given. Am so shocked to be so all alone."

In an earlier note posted that same day O'Conner said she has been in rehab following 30 years of substance abuse and would be living in a "sober living environment" for the next year. 

In May, O'Connor caused a brief scare when she was reported as missing in the Chicago suburbs, but was found safe at the Best Western hotel in Morton Grove, where several police cars and an ambulance had been spotted.

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:29:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-617860394-ent.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Obama Talks Trump on 'Kimmel']]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:22:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/O_K_AP_16298806924053.jpg President Barack Obama took a dig at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during an appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" show on Oct. 24, 2016.

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<![CDATA['Late Night’: 'Trump Kind of Christmas']]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:48:27 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e017_437_anagasteyer_trumpkindofchristmas_20161024_1200x675_792866371919.jpg Ana Gasteyer talks about her upcoming participation in a "Trump Christmas" family special. She provides the “Late Night” audience a glimpse of this performance.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night’: Trump’s Closing Arguments]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:49:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e017_437_closerlook_20161024_1200x675_792863811900.jpg With the election nearing, host Seth Meyers looks at how Donald Trump’s campaign is wrapping up the election cycle.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’: This Week in Memes]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:08:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e021_556_weekinmemes_20161024_1200x675_792866371799.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon turns viral photos of celebs and pop culture from the week into memes.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight': Random Questions With Ricky Gervais]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:50:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e021_556_randompeoplerandomquestions_20161024_1200x675_792865347887.jpg Ricky Gervais and host Jimmy Fallon take turns answering questions asked by random people on the streets of New York City, no matter how absurd or personal.]]> <![CDATA[Pete Burns, Lead Singer in Band Dead or Alive, Dies at 57]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:05:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/deadoralive.jpg

Dead or Alive singer Pete Burns died Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest, his management team confirmed. Burns was 57.

Burns, who was also appeared on "Celebrity Big Brother" in 2006, had a 1985 hit with "You Spin Me Round." 

The management statement said: "All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star. He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented soul, and he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories he has left us with."

Burns has appeared on reality television shows in recent years including "Celebrity Wife Swap" and "The Body Shocking Show." 

His passing was noted across social media Monday. Performer Boy George recognized Burns as a "true eccentric" and a big part of the performer's life.

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<![CDATA[Walmart Scraps 'Suicide Scar' Makeup Kit Amid Outrage]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:02:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/walmart_north_las_vegas.jpg

Outraged mental health advocates petitioned Walmart to stop selling a "Suicide Scar Wound" makeup kit offered on the retailer's website.

Walmart, one of the leading retailers in the United States, can be a one-stop shop for Halloween necessities like candy, costumes, and decorations.

This year the site featured a "Razor Blade Suicide Scar Wound" latex costume makeup kit. The product, according to Walmart, was not something they put up for sale online, but rather a third-party vendor, that Walmart did not identify.

The title and photo of a razor blade with two bloody slash marks instigated outrage from the community.

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"I would like to know which part of this is a suitable costume for anyone," one person said on Twitter. "Self harm isn't a 'scary costume' for all to wear."

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A group called Revolving of Doors launched a change.org petition.

"This is not just a disgrace to the sensitivity to those who suffer from self-harm, but a shame on Walmart for making light of the situation," the petition stated.

"This 'costume' is real life for many people, many people who are contemplating volumes higher than self-harm," the petition added. "Suicide is not a joke, not a costume, and not funny."

The controversy prompted Walmart to remove the costume from their site over the weekend, telling Facebook followers they too thought it was "unacceptable."

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If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255.

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<![CDATA[Pooches Sniff Out Best Costume Title in NYC Parade]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:33:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dog-split-3.jpg Dog owners dressed up their pooches in creative costumes to bring the Halloween spirit to Tompkins Square Park in lower Manhattan. Dogs dressed up and strutted their stuff in a runway competition for big prizes. Check out some of the cute costumes in the 26th annual parade:]]> <![CDATA[Retro LA Home Once Owned by Ike and Tina Turner for Sale]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:58:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/knbc-tina-turner-ike-turner-home-for-sale.jpg Perched on a hill in a South Los Angeles neighborhood often called the "Black Beverly Hills," a retro residence Ike and Tina Turner once called home is being sold for $999,000.

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<![CDATA[David Hyde Pierce Finds 'A Life' Comes With No Certainties]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:40:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ALifeMain.jpg

In Adam Bock’s notes for “A Life,” a world premiere now at Playwrights Horizons, the author reports that both his parents died in quick succession -- seven weeks apart -- just a few years ago.

The “heartbreaking and incomprehensible” event has clearly informed the Obie Award winner’s disarming 85-minute drama, which features an unsettling performance by theater mainstay David Hyde Pierce, as an everyman gay New Yorker in his mid-50s.

Single (again) and with a caring social circle, Pierce’s Nate Martin, an ad agency proofreader, might well have been a stand-in for half the audience members at the recent performance I attended. He’s a guy like us. That’s relevant, given the startling direction “A Life” veers off in, halfway through.

“A Life” is staged upstairs at PH’s tiny Peter Jay Sharp Theater, and so when Pierce begins with a funny monologue about Nate’s interest in astrology, speaking from the orange sofa in his cozy apartment, we have the sense this is a one-on-one chat.

Nate turned to the stars decades earlier for help making sense of life after a chart reader promised wealth on the horizon … and then it materialized, in a way. His sense is that astrology may be as useful as any other roadmap for explaining the random events that comprise his life, or ours.

And then, a random event materializes. Stop reading if you want to avoid a big spoiler: In the middle of jotting a note on his to do list -- a ho-hum reminder to request a move at the office, away from a gum-chewing pod mate -- Nate grabs his arm and that’s it. It’s a heart attack.

Pierce pulls off the abrupt scene so effectively that for a moment I thought about calling 911. For the uncomfortable four or five minutes after, little happens: the lighting changes and we hear voices on the street, indicating the passage of time. All the while, Nate’s on the floor, slumped over.

Eventually, Nate’s friend Curtis (the relatable Brad Heberlee) gets help breaking into the apartment and discovers his friend’s body.

The rest of “A Life” depicts the banal mechanics of what happens when, say, you die in your apartment. You’ve thought about it, right? Other people going through your stuff? How everyone else’s life just … goes on?

The medical examiner’s team comes to remove Nate’s body. Curtis is there, trying to process his own shock, but the ME puts him off for a minute to answer her cellphone. It’s a call from her friend, who wants to talk about the new Fiat 500L she just bought: There will be no: “Hey, let me call you back.”

Later, two workers prepare Pierce’s body for burial, clipping his toenails, slathering moisturizer on his scrawny legs and finding the right shade of makeup for his colorless lips (“nude” works best). The women play music and chat about their dreary lives.

Laura Jellinek’s set for Nate’s apartment adjusts dramatically for the final scenes, which have Curtis and Nate’s sister (Lynne McCollough) giving eulogies at the funeral. Lighting and scenic design mesh to end the show with us believing we see Nate walking into his own coffin.

At the same time, we hear Nate speak in voiceover, talking about “the weight of the earth pressing down on the wood” of his casket. “A Life” is a cold, searingly honest and effective reality check. Every life includes a death.

“A Life,” through Nov. 27 at Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 416 W. 42nd St. Tickets: $55-$99. Call 212-279-4200.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn

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<![CDATA[A Resistance Heroine Tries to Find Purpose in 'Plenty' ]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:55:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PlentyMain.jpg

Rachel Weisz is mesmerizing in the first New York revival of “Plenty,” the 1978 David Hare drama about a female British secret agent whose dissatisfying post-war life drives her slowly mad -- but the award-winning actress would have been better served by a more coherently directed and designed production.

The Public Theater produced the first staging of “Plenty” in 1982, starring Kate Nelligan. A few years later, it was a celebrated Meryl Streep film. “Plenty” is now at The Public again, directed by five-time Tony nominee David Leveaux (“Nine,” “The Real Thing”).

“Plenty” is a story about grand expectations and subsequent disillusionment in the wake of World War II, when there was an unrealized belief that post-war England would be in a period of wealth: “We’re all going to be rich … peace and plenty,” says Alice (Emily Bergl), the Bohemian roommate of Weisz’s unstable Susan Traherne.

We meet Susan at the “end” of her story, in her flat, where she and Alice (Emily Bergl) are considering a lump on the floor: a mildly obese, naked man, bleeding from his thumb. The man is her diplomat husband (Corey Stoll), who isn’t dead, as he first appears, but is, at least, ruined. Susan has been working diligently to destroy his career.

From there, we flash back 20 years to France, where Susan is at her most vibrant, as a teenager aiding the resistance. A soldier has parachuted into a field and their worries about avoiding the Gestapo paint a clear picture of her as an adrenaline junkie.

So what’s an adrenaline junkie to do when world affairs defy her another hit? Have a long, slow meltdown, it turns out.

Part of my difficulty with “Plenty” is that it can be hard to follow the chronology, even though we know it’s a non-linear story. Scenes are set between 1943 and 1962, and though they progress almost sequentially, there is little connective tissue from one to another.

In Leveaux’s interpretation, I was particularly unsure what time or place it was. Perhaps it was the dim lighting and relatively spare visual cues. Or maybe it was the fact Weisz is costumed as a fashion model with seemingly no regard for a given era.

Weisz, at least, offers a consistent portrayal of a woman who is manic, manipulative and hollow. The character’s arc is devastating, but -- and I mean this in the best possible way -- her performance is like a slow-motion car crash from which you can’t avert your eyes.

Stoll, seen this summer in The Public’s “Troilus and Cressida,” does good work as her listless and co-dependent spouse, Raymond Brock, whose eyes seem willingly shut to his wife’s deterioration. Bergl is excellent as the fun-loving and enabling roommate.

I also enjoyed Byron Jennings (Roundabout’s “She Loves Me”) as Leonard Darwin, a foreign serviceman, and Brock’s superior, whose crisis of conscience over English involvement in the Suez Canal fiasco is a metaphor for the crumbling British empire.

The turntable set features enormous moving walls, topped off by bars of electric light. A climactic scene that has Susan reliving her great, long ago period of perceived relevance sees one wall gradually leaning back on hydraulics to simulate a cliff, but its slow descent was a distraction from the already difficult-to-track proceedings.

“Plenty,” through Dec. 1 at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. Tickets: $95 and up. Call 212-967-7555.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn

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<![CDATA['Bandstand' Swings to Broadway]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:44:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BandstandMusical.jpg

After a critically acclaimed world premiere engagement at Paper Mill Playhouse last fall, the new musical "Bandstand" will transfer to Broadway this spring --with an opening night set for April 26, 2017.

Starring Laura Osnes ("Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella") and Corey Cott ("Newsies"), "Bandstand" brings the smoke-filled, swing-fueled night clubs of 1945 to life with a brand new score from first-time Broadway composing and writing team of Richard Oberacker (music) and Robert Taylor (lyrics).

Oberacker and Taylor collaborate on the book for the piece, too. Its story is focused on a group of WWII veterans led by a singer/songwriter (Cott) who team with a young war widow (Osnes) to create a swing band of a national radio competition.

The show wants to illustrate how art can help people heal from tragedy and loss during tough times.

An official theater, full company, and first performance date are expected to be announced shortly. 

Choreography will come from Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler, of "Hamilton" fame. He told The New York Times his hip-hop choreography is actually rooted in swing -- music he himself used to learn to dance. 

"In so many random ways, those styles of the '40s and'’50s are so similar to hip-hop -- a group of people trying to give voice to unrest," he revealed. "Even though this is a period piece, it feels like a contemporary piece of theater."

For more information and tickets, visit bandstandbroadway.com.

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<![CDATA[Jake Gyllenhaal's Broadway Return Postponed ]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:39:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-539752478.jpg

Fans of Jake Gyllenhaal are going to have to wait a little bit longer for the 35-year-old actor to return to Broadway.

A scheduling conflict for Gyllenhaal has caused the revival of Lanford Wilson's acclaimed 1987 play "Burn This" to back out of its planned run this spring. It is now aiming for a premiere sometime during the 2017-18 season, the show's producers said in an email to NBC 4 New York.

Tony winner Michael Mayer ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch") was set to direct the play. Performances were slated to begin in February ahead of a March 6 opening.

The revival was also to re-open the Hudson Theatre on West 44th Street. The playhouse originally opened in 1903 and is currently going through an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation funded by the Ambassador Theatre Group.

Producers told NBC 4 New York they'll be looking for a new home outside of the Hudson Theatre for the show when it returns.

"Burn This" originally premiered on Broadway in 1987 in a production starring John Malkovich and Joan Allen. The play takes place in the wake of the death of a young gay couple, focusing on four friends left behind, picking up the pieces of their lives.

Gyllenhaal -- who who made his Broadway debut in 2015's "Constellations" -- isn't running away from the New York stage entirely, though.

Why, from Oct. 24 - Oct. 26, he'll lead a benefit concert performance of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's "Sunday in the Park with George," alongside Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford. The musical will take place at New York City Center.

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<![CDATA[Celebrity Chicago Cubs Fans Celebrate Historic Win]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:58:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-492529998.jpg

Bob Newhart, a native Chicagoan and infamous Cubs fan, may have forgotten his "W" flag at home, but that didn't stop him or his grandkids from taking a DIY approach to properly celebrate their team's historic NLCS win Saturday night.

"I'm in Seattle with my grandkids," Newhart tweeted. "I forgot my W flag, so my grandkids made me one. Isn't it beautiful! #GoCubsGo #FlyTheW."

Newhart was one of multiple famous, die-hard Cubs fans who took to Twitter after the win.

Actor John Cusack simply tweeted, "It's. Done."

He followed up with a photo of himself and Kerry Wood "moments before it happened- and IT happened."

“New Girl” actor and Evanston native Jake Johnson tweeted, "They did it!!!!! #FlyTheW @Cubs."

Actor Joe Mantegna and Fall Out Boy and Wilmette native Pete Wentz were succinct in their tweets. "CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!," Mantegna wrote. "Yessss!!!!! CUBS!!!!" Wentz said.

Then there was the moment Hillary Clinton found out the Cubs won.

Clinton's press secretary Nick Merrill tweeted a photo of the Democratic presidential candidate looking at her phone totally shocked when she learned the Cubs were headed to the World Series.

"That look when you cap off a day on the trail by watching the @Cubs cement their trip to the #WorldSeries. #FlyTheW."

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<![CDATA[Robin Williams' Family Gives Grants to Challenged Athletes]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:01:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Challenged-Athletes-Triathl.jpg Robin Williams' family attended the Challenged Athletes Foundation's Triathlon Challenge to present grants to three challenged athletes. NBC 7's Liberty Zabala reports.]]> <![CDATA[Obama Tweets Cubs Congrats]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:59:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/obama+sox+GettyImages-102211309.png

Chicago Cubs fans are still in a state of gleeful delirium after the team advanced to the World Series on Saturday night, and even some Chicago White Sox fans were willing to offer congratulations to their North Side rivals.

Perhaps the most famous White Sox fan in America was one of those that congratulated the Cubs on getting to the World Series, as President Barack Obama offered his congratulations on Twitter Sunday morning: [[398107811, C]]

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<![CDATA[Saturday Night Live: Tom Hanks Hosts, Lady Gaga Performs]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:41:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tom-Hanks-SNL-Debate.jpg

With Halloween around the corner, it’s fitting that “Saturday Night Live” would open this week’s episode with something unsettling, like the latest presidential debate. Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump returned to go hair-to-head with Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton in this sendup, moderated by the night’s guest host, Tom Hanks, as Fox News’ Chris Wallace.

The unprecedented discourse in this election cycle, particularly from the GOP candidate, allows a mean-mugging Baldwin to draw laughs by simply repeating some of the real Trump’s words verbatim.

For instance, Trump dropped two new terms at the debate this week: “bad hombres” and “nasty woman,” the latter of which was directed specifically at Clinton. In the sketch, Baldwin pulls out a notecard to make sure he'd said everything he'd intended; one side of the card reads in large handwriting, "Nasty woman" and the other, "Bad hombres." 

And, as McKinnon illustrated by playing a self-congratulating, sometimes smug Clinton, Trump’s consistent choice to cross such lines of generally acceptable social conduct might give Clinton the feeling that she’s got the election on lock.

Baldwin’s Trump did point out, though, that he’s ahead in every poll (well, every poll that’s conducted at a Cracker Barrel restaurant), and that, anyway, the election system is rigged against him. The media are to blame for much of that, he said.

Hanks’ Wallace asked Trump how it is that the media are making him look bad.

“By taking everything I say, and everything I do, and putting it on television,” he replied.

When McKinnon’s Clinton was asked about Wikileaks and the emails from her private server, she masterfully dodged the question and pivoted right to Trump’s treatment of women.

“Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” Baldwin’s Trump said, at which point cameras panned out to the SNL audience to show everyone laughing, hard, at the claim, which real Trump has made on more than one occasion. As Michael Che said later on the Weekend Update segment, “Nobody has more respect for women than you do? What about other women? What about RuPaul?”

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The debate cold open ended with the Democratic candidate pledging to be a “stone-cold B” if elected, while Trump promoted the probably-not-real Nov. 9, 2016, launch of Trump TV.

Nine-time host Tom Hanks ("Inferno," “Sully”) performed a monologue in a cardigan as “America’s dad,” gently coaching the country through difficult times as one might an adolescent daughter or son (“Sure, China might be popular right now, but you, you are so dang creative!”) and lamely offering up cautionary advice (“You’ve got a lotta guns, kiddo — do you need all those guns?”) that will likely go unheeded.

Kenan Thompson hosted "Black Jeopardy!" in the episode’s first post-opening sketch. Cast members Sasheer Zamata and Leslie Jones took two of the contestant spots, while Hanks' character Doug, a stereotypical "blue collar" Trump supporter, took the third. Despite all low expectations, white contestant Doug performed competitively, impressing the host and other contestants with his distrust of the government and his appreciation for sturdily built females and Tyler Perry films. But just as everyone was feeling like maybe they weren’t so different from one another after all, it was time for Final Jeopardy. The category? “Lives That Matter.”

“Well, it was fun while it lasted, Doug,” Thompson said, closing out the sketch.

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As Saturday saw the 11th in a series of women come out to publicly accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, the Weekend Update segment went for the GOP candidate right away.

On Trump alleging that his women accusers are just looking for their "10 minutes of fame”: “He’s so cheap, he’s lowballing them on their minutes of fame.”

Mocking the GOP candidate’s seeming inability to keep from behaving like a reality show personality: “‘I’ll tell if you if I’m going to tear apart the fabric of our democracy…right after this break.”

Cast member Leslie Jones guested on Weekend Update, addressing cybersecurity in the wake of this week’s massive DDoS attacks on a DNS company in New Hampshire. Major sites from Twitter to Netflix to Soundcloud were all taken down Friday in a highly coordinated attack.

Jones was personally the victim of hackers earlier this year, and on Saturday’s show she called out trolls for sitting behind their screens rather than confronting people in real life. Also, she said, she’s not trying to hide anything, so why bother hacking her? “If you want to see Leslie Jones naked — just ask!” she said.

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Cecily Strong appeared as her “Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party” character, sloshing white wine and passionately mispronouncing hot takes on the election.

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Alec Baldwin joined Tom Hanks for a Sully-related sketch.

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Several other sketches were Halloween-themed, including one featuring Hanks debuting a character, David Pumpkins, who may or may not be the scariest Halloween character of all time.

Lady Gaga performed two songs from her new album “Joanne”: “A-Yo” and “Million Reasons.”

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<![CDATA[Miley Cyrus Campaigns for Clinton at College Dorm in Virginia]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:26:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Miley+Cyrus+GMU.jpg

She came in like a wrecking ball.

Singer and entertainer Miley Cyrus went door-knocking for Hillary Clinton at a George Mason University dorm Saturday afternoon.

Dressed in an “American flag” outfit that consisted of an oversize blue bow and a red-and-white striped skirt, Cyrus told students she agrees with Clinton’s views.

“Me and Hillary share equality for all. Everyone gets stuck on voting for her out of fear of what could be, but I would vote for her anyway,” she said. “Trump doesn’t understand how personal it is for women to be in control of their own health – access to checkups, birth control.”

She spoke about a recent trip home to Nashville that she described as a “wakeup call.”

“I saw one Hillary poster in a sea of terrifying Trump supporters and posters. This election has been super hateful, not only for the nominees themselves, but within our own community. When I post support for Hillary on Instagram, I can’t believe the hate that I get,” Cyrus said. “It seems like you’re just talking to different people that live on different planets.”

She added that “it’s not like I don’t understand the other side, because I grew up with a super conservative family.”

Many of the students told her they will be voting for Clinton, including Vashti Aveirls, who described meeting Cyrus as “surreal.”

“It was super cool. She’s beautiful and she’s a good person,” Aveirls said. “It’s nice to know that Hillary has people out here that actually care about her message, coming door to door, knocking on college student’s doors, so I felt really happy.”

GMU student Lauren Henry also met Cyrus.

“I’m pretty sure all of us are registered to vote already and are definitely planning on it, so having her there to hype us up and try to extend that excitement to other family members and community was really exciting,” Henry said.

Cyrus suggested to students that they convince their friends to vote on Election Day by making it a social event.

“You can go out to eat and celebrate afterward. Make a whole day out of it. It’s just fun to go. It’s important,” she said.

Cyrus’ visit caused a big stir on campus. Dozens of students camped out in the lobby of Piedmont Hall, the dorm where Cyrus was. The students told News4 they had been waiting for three hours to catch a glimpse of her. Outside the dorm, a long line of students sang “Wrecking Ball” as they waited, then cheered when they saw her in a window.

Donald Trump was in Virginia too this afternoon, holding a rally at Regent University.

Garren Shipley, the Virginia communications director for the Republican National Committee, said in an email, “Hillary Clinton has often said that this campaign is about role models. Miley Cyrus is campaigning for her today in Northern Virginia. Foam finger manufacturers could not be reached for comment."

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Cyrus wasn't the only star musician stumping for Clinton with college voters. 

Katy Perry also hit the dorms on Saturday. The "Roar" singer knocked on doors at UNLV in the hopes of convincing young Nevada voters to support Clinton. Her shirt read "Nasty Woman" in a reference to a comment Trump made against Clinton at the final presidential debate. 

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<![CDATA[These Days, Trump Not Finding 'SNL' Very Funny]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:28:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/SNL+Trump+Alec+Baldwin.png

"Saturday Night Live" writers could save some work this week by having Alec Baldwin, in pursed-lipped Donald Trump mode, read the presidential candidate's tweet declaring himself the victim of a "hit job" by the show.

At least that way, Trump's words might actually sound funny.

After last weekend's skit depicting him stalking Hillary Clinton during their second debate, the GOP standard bearer wrote, in part: "Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!"

The 7:14 a.m. Sunday missive suggested at least a few things: Trump, amid a punishing campaign over the future of the country, closely watches "SNL." Alec Baldwin, by seamlessly inhabiting the Trump persona, is getting under the candidate's skin.

Most significantly, Trump's tweet lumps satire into his growing, democracy-undermining claims that he's the victim of a plot to rob him of the presidency.

Trump, whose presidential run was initially viewed by some as a joke, now is tacitly leading a campaign against comedy – at least when the humor targets him.

One sign of a potentially larger backlash came Sunday when 200 audience members reportedly walked out of an Amy Schumer performance in Tampa after she cited Trump's response to the "SNL" sketch – and excoriated him as an "orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster."

The patrons, who paid hard-earned money to join the crowd at the Amalie Arena, exercised their right to leave, presumably either because the comedian bashed their preferred candidate or ruined their plans for some escapism.

Trump's reaction to "SNL" is both more absurd and troubling coming from a candidate determined to preemptively cast into doubt the results of an election polls suggest he's likely to lose.

His slamming of "SNL" also smacks of irony: He hosted the show last year, using the media that's supposedly among the forces colluding against him to boost his exposure, pre-primaries.

But the more he's in the public eye, the more Trump exposes himself in unflattering ways. The revelation of the 2005 "hot-mic" tape in which the then-star of "The Apprentice" cites his celebrity as carte blanche to accost women spurred not only widespread condemnation but provided fresh comic fodder for outlets from "Family Guy" (which incorporated excepts into its latest episode) to "SNL."

As Trump well knows, the NBC late-night comedy show began setting its sights on presidents and presidential wannabes with the 1976 Ford-Carter race. President Gerald Ford and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, probably the two most scathingly lampooned U.S. political figures in "SNL" history, pre-Trump, had enough of a sense of humor to make cameos (Ford in a taped shot) during their respective campaigns.

Trump likely won't be making a return appearance before Election Day. We'll have to make do with Baldwin, who is expected to take the Studio 8H stage Saturday, likely to parody the third and final debate and the rest of the week in Trump World.

Many will be watching – including, perhaps, Donald Trump, who wants voters to take him seriously, but can't take a joke.

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[NBA to Offer Virtual Reality Broadcast]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:50:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nextvr.jpg

The NBA wants to bring fans closer to the action. The league announced Thursday that one game each week would broadcasted in virtual reality.

This makes the NBA the first professional sports league to offer this option, working with NextVR to produce games in the regular season. In order to watch games in this format, fans will need a subscription to NBA League Pass and a Samsung VR headset.

The broadcasts will offer multiple camera angles, instant replays, graphics and commentators exclusive to VR.

This also points to the international following that the NBA has, NBA vice president of global media distribution Jeff Marsillo said to USA Today.

“We broadcast our games in over 210 countries now, and these are passionate fans,” he said. “But for most of them, they’re not able to attend a game in person, let alone sit courtside.”

The multiyear commitment deal with NextVR will change that.

A free trial of this experience is offered on Oct. 29 for the Sacramento Kings vs San Antonio Spurs game.

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<![CDATA[Model Katie May's Death Caused By Chiropractic Procedure]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:30:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/katiemayfeuerherd.jpg

Former "Playboy" model Katie May's death in February was caused by a chiropractic procedure to her neck, the Los Angeles County coroner's office told NBC News.

May died on Feb. 4 due to a "manipulation of the neck," the coroner's office said. Her death was ruled an accident.

On Friday, the American Chiropractic Association offered condolences to May's family, but defended chiropractic neck procedures.

"Our sympathy goes out to the family of Katie May," they wrote in a statement. "With respect to the safety of neck manipulation, it’s important to understand there are risks and benefits to all treatments; however, the best available evidence indicates there is no causal relationship between neck manipulation and stroke."

"Millions of neck manipulations are performed safely in the U.S. every year, providing patients relief from common forms of neck pain and headache, and helping them to get back to their normal activities," the statement continued.

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<![CDATA[Michelle's Style Shines Through 8 Years of State Dinners]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:28:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/01shmobama20.jpg First Lady Michelle Obama has been a fashionista for the eight years she’s been in the spotlight. Here are some of her iconic looks during various state dinners that the Obamas have hosted.

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