<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:09:43 -0400 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:09:43 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[WATCH: Stefani, Shelton Join Fallon for Lip Sync Battle]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:02:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NUP_165522_1154.JPG

Jimmy Fallon held an intense lip sync battle with Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton on Wednesday’s episode of “The Tonight Show."

"The Voice" begins its seventh season Monday, so the two judges joined Fallon to perform songs like Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” Ellie Goulding's “Burn,” and even Starship’s 1987 hit "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now.”

The competition included tap dancing, furious moves across the stage, and a surprising duet that ended the match.

Who won? Find out in the video above.

You can also catch the premiere of the new season of "The Voice" on Monday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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<![CDATA[Meyers: Fey Revels Epic Surprise Party for Her Daughter]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:54:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/455621370.jpg Tina Fey said on "Late Night" it was really easy to plan a surprise party for her 9-year-old because she didn't catch many hints. She also talks about an eerie mask in all the photos.]]> <![CDATA[Fey Filmed With Meyers' Man Crush]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:51:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/455621368.jpg Seth Meyers said he was jealous that Tina Fey got to film "The Nest" with his man crush.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Fey Dishes on Canadian Fans]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:51:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/455621374.jpg Tina Fey said to Seth Meyers that fans at the Toronto Film Festival had elaborate demands when they asked to be photographed with her.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Fey Talks Filming With "SNL" Alums]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:51:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/455621396.jpg Tina Fey explains that the set of her new movie "The Nest" was a wild "Saturday Night Live" reunion, with Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch.]]> <![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:39:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Costumes of Comic-Con]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 17:58:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SDCC-0725-36.JPG Comic-Con wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for the fervent fans in outrageous and elaborate costumes and makeup. Here are some snapshots from the convention floor of those incredible costumes at 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International.

Photo Credit: Brad Streicher]]>
<![CDATA[Stars of Comic-Con 2014]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:27:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Ben-Affleck-452736862.jpg Check out all the hottest celebrities attending Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego.

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<![CDATA[Fallon Reveals Footage of Neeson's First Movie]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:48:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-18+at+2.50.58+AM.png Jimmy Fallon talks to Liam Neeson about his movie "A Walk Among the Tombstones," and surprises the actor with a clip from his first acting gig.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: Anchors Deliver Good News]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:58:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-18+at+2.59.55+AM.png To counter all the bad news being reported, "The Tonight Show" asked NBC news anchors across the U.S. to read stories that make us happy.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: Lip Sync Battle With Stefani, Shelton]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:42:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NUP_165522_0650.JPG Jimmy Fallon asks guests Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton to battle in an epic lip sync-off on "The Tonight Show."]]> <![CDATA[PHOTOS: "Friends" Central Perk Cafe]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:13:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/photo33crop-CN.jpg Photos taken at the new Central Perk Cafe in SoHo.

Photo Credit: Chelsea Narvaez]]>
<![CDATA[Celebrating "The Cosby Show," 30 Years Later]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:04:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/140622665.jpg

The defining moment for "The Cosby Show" arrived early: in the debut episode, which aired on NBC 30 years ago this week.

Teenage Theo, struggling in school, declares he doesn't plan on going to college, and instead will get a "regular people" job, unlike his lawyer mom and doctor dad. "If you weren’t a doctor, I wouldn’t love you less – because you’re my dad," Theo told his father, Cliff. "And so instead of acting disappointed because I’m not like you, maybe you can just accept who I am – because I’m your son."

On most shows, this would have been prelude to a father-and-son hug, giving in to the "aww"-ing audience.

Instead, Bill Cosby’s Cliff delivered perhaps the most memorable line of the classic series: "That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. No wonder you get Ds in everything!"

That exchange signaled the Huxtables weren’t the Bradys. Cosby borrowed from his life-inspired stand-up routines to present a high-achieving, if imperfect family living in a very nice Brooklyn home built on love – tough love, when needed – and humor that still rings as funny, wise and true as it did on Sept. 20, 1984. Some 30 years after their debut, the Huxtables stand as a sitcom modern family for their time, and for all time. 

Like the Bunkers before them and the Pritchetts after them, the Huxtables made an indelible mark on TV by shaking up the domestic sitcom, with smart writing and a point of a view that largely avoided the familiar and formulaic. The show’s success stems from the brilliance of Cosby, a master comedic storyteller from his days of recalling causing nighttime mischief with his brother Russell during their hardscrabble Philadelphia childhood to imparting lessons and a sense of stability wrapped in humor, via "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids."

Even if the setting of "The Cosby Show" was far more upscale than Fat Albert’s cartoon junkyard hangout, the approach proved similar. Revelations were wrought from generally low-stakes conflicts: the death of little Rudy’s goldfish; Theo getting his ear pierced; Denise slamming into Stevie Wonder’s car. In the end, Cliff, Clair, Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy were a family unit as tight as their choreographed, lip-synced version of Ray Charles’ “(Night Time is) The Right Time” – an anniversary present for Cliff’s parents.

As the show went on, growing up led to some growing pains and an expansion of the family (most notably Denise’s surprise marriage to Martin, the father of Olivia, who became Cliff’s cute-kid comedy sparring partner as Rudy moved onto middle school). The program also provided a platform for some great guest stars – Lena Horne, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Sammy Davis, Jr. – usually without stretching believability to "Brady"-like lengths.

The eight-year run of “The Cosby Show” included an incredible five-season stretch as the nation’s No. 1 show. Even if there’s no way to know whether theories the sitcom helped pave the way for Barack Obama’s election as president in 2008 are true, the show undoubtedly connected to audiences across socio-economic lines. Cosby pulled off the near impossible by giving us a family both ideal and relatable.

Other series with more irreverent views of domestic life – most prominently "Married... With Children" and "The Simpsons" – popped up seemingly as reactions to "The Cosby Show." NBC’s Thursday Must See TV line-up was later headed by "Seinfeld," a show built around hilariously selfish characters, a genre that's extended in these times.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. But sometimes it's nice to know you can go home for a reality check and laughs, both gentle and pointed, that stay with you, even 30 years later.


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

Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York

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<![CDATA[Bike From "Easy Rider" on Auction Block]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:24:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/us-easy-rider_1200x675_330278467891.jpg The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. It's set to be auctioned on October 18th and could bring $1 million to $1.2 million.

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<![CDATA[Connery, Beckham Join Scottish Independence Debate]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:04:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/seanconnery_1.jpg

Celebrities are having their say in an attempt to sway Scottish voters who go to the polls Thursday to decide whether Scotland will continue its 307-year-old union with the United Kingdom or become an independent country.

Paul McCartney, Patrick Stewart, Judi Dench, Sting and David Beckham are in favor of Scotland remaining within the union, which also includes England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Former 007 Sean Connery, Gerard Butler, members of the band Franz Ferdinand and "Trainspotting" author Irvine Welsh are among those who believe Scotland should chart its own course as an independent nation.

Scottish tennis star Andy Murray made a late show of support for independence.

In a show of bold-faced names in the lead-up to Thursday's historic vote, more than 200 celebrities (the majority of English nationality) signed a letter titled "Dear Voters of Scotland" in which they state how much they value their bonds of citizenship with the Scottish people, and to express hope that those bonds will be renewed. The letter forms part of the "Let’s Stay Together Campaign," a U.K.-wide drive to give "a voice to everyone who doesn't have a vote in the decision to break up Britain."

Other entertainment and sporting luminaries joining McCartney, Dench, Sting, Beckham and Stewart on the list supporting "Stay Together" include Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Daley, Simon Cowell, Mick Jagger, Michael Douglas and Bobby Charlton.

As early as February, David Bowie weighed in on the debate when he was awarded Best British Male at the Brit music awards. In his absence at the ceremony in London, Bowie had Kate Moss read a statement saying, "Scotland, stay with us."

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, who was born in England and has a Scottish husband, has been especially active on Twitter and her website.

Pope Francis and President Obama are also in favor of continuing unity.

In the opposing corner are actor Butler, author Welsh and Connery. The latter, long a vocal Scottish nationalist, wrote: "As a Scot and as someone with a lifelong love for both Scotland and the arts, I believe the opportunity of independence is too good to miss." Connery, 84, now resides in the Bahamas and is ineligible to vote in the referendum.

Actor and comedian Russell Brand took to Twitter to show his support for Scotland independence:

Veteran British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood expressed her solidarity with the Scots during her Red Label fashion show at London Fashion week on Sunday and said she is “very unpatriotic about England because it is completely ruined.” The designer added a "Yes" button of support to all the ensembles she sent down the catwalk.




<![CDATA[WATCH: Margulies, Fallon Play Musical Principals]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:03:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/455556922.jpg

Julianna Margulies and Jimmy Fallon played two high school principals who parody popular songs for their morning announcements in a skit on Tuesday’s episode of “The Tonight Show.”

But first, Margulies revealed the way she stays smiling in front of cameras on red carpets.

“You always look so smiley and happy,” said Fallon, after congratulating her on her Emmy win for her role on “The Good Wife.”

“I have a tip. It’s sort of an awkward thing to do, to walk down and smile for photographers,” Margulies said before explaining that while cameras are flashing, the actress hums “If I Only Had a Brain” from “The Wizard of Oz.”

“It makes you look happy and relaxed,” said Margulies. “And for some reason I can’t hum any other song.”

Finally, the two appeared in a sketch where they played high school principals that delivered their announcements to songs by Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, and Beyoncé.

Watch the hilarious clip above.

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<![CDATA[Meyers on Having Hader, Pelosi as Guests]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:48:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hader-pelosi.jpg Seth Meyers talks about having the "Saturday Night Live" favorite Bill Hader and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on the show as guests.]]> <![CDATA[A Quiet Moment With Seth Meyers]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:24:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-17+at+2.07.16+AM.png Seth Meyers tries to get a quiet moment while hosting "Late Night," but his peaceful time is short-lived.]]> <![CDATA[Lewis, Fallon Chat Using Instruments]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:51:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/455556942.jpg Jimmy Fallon talks to legendary comedian Jerry Lewis about the inspiration behind his musical comedy bits, and they recreate Jerry's band lip-sync scene from The Errand Boy.

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<![CDATA[Margulies, Fallon Play Music-Loving Principals]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:42:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/455557282.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Julianna Margulies play two high school principals who parody Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, and Beyoncé to spice up their morning announcements.]]> <![CDATA[Charles Barkley Throws "Turrible" First Pitch]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:35:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Barkley_Cubs.jpg

Everyone knows Hall of Fame NBA player Charles Barkley has an ugly golf swing. Now you can add baseball to the sports Barkley has yet to master.

Barkley threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday's Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field, and let's just say it was a bit outside. Way outside.

One of the MLB announcers couldn't resist using a Barkley-ism to call it: the pitch was just "turrible."

Move over 50 Cent and Carl Lewis, you have company.

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<![CDATA[Meredith Meets Six-Year-Old Hero]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:48:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AB003_Lunch_Box_Hero_PR_1200x675_329762883857.jpg Meredith Vieira meets the six-year-old hero who saved her grandmother by calling 9-1-1.]]> <![CDATA[Meredith Asks Regis Philbin to Share His Sex Tips]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:45:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/regis-philbin1.jpg Regis Philbin stopped by "The Meredith Vieira Show" where Meredith teased him, asking him to share his sex tips.

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<![CDATA[Apple Releases Tool to Remove U2 Album]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:14:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/455053622.jpg

Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool that lets people remove the album from their collections.

U2 played at an Apple event last week that included the unveiling of the iPhone maker's new smartwatch and updated iPhone models. In a surprise move, the Irish rock band performed at the event and put out its 11-song release.

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the new album would be given to the company's 500 million iTunes users. The release showed up in users' iTunes music libraries. The company said Monday that 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed the free album.

But some iTunes users took to Twitter to complain and ask how to remove it. While it was already possible to delete the album, Apple's tool makes it possible in one step.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Streisand Sings With Fallon on "Tonight"]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:12:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-16+at+5.18.47+AM+1.png

On Monday’s episode of “The Tonight Show,” the one and only Barbra Streisand sang a medley of songs with Jimmy Fallon in her first U.S. late-night talk show guest appearance in over 50 years.

Streisand and Fallon sang tunes off of her album “Partners,” the talk show host filling in for duet partners featured on the record. He changed outfits and imitated singers like the late rocker Elvis Presley, country artist Blake Shelton, and crooner Michael Buble.

Then, Fallon had Streisand sit at the “Tonight” desk for her interview.

“Let’s be honest, you’re never coming back here so this is special,” Fallon said.

Then, the legend talked about an experience with stage fright that kept her from performing for many years.

Streisand said that during a performance in Central Park, she “forgot the words to three of my songs. I didn’t sing again for 27 years. I did some fundraisers for charity, though.”

Finally, Streisand ended the show with a rendition of “Come Rain or Come Shine.” Fallon also announced that everyone in the crowd would be receiving a copy of the album.

Watch Fallon perform with Streisand in the video above and the interview below.

<![CDATA[Streisand Talks Past "Tonight Show" Appearances]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:00:58 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-16+at+2.20.54+AM.png Jimmy Fallon talks to Barbra Streisand about her album "Partners," and the legend recalls her last "Tonight Show" appearance circa 50 years ago.]]> <![CDATA[Hader on Getting Dramatic With Wiig]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:33:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/455499658.jpg On "Late Night," Bill Hader discusses how he handled being in the comedy-drama "The Skeleton Twins" with fellow "Saturday Night Live" alum Kristen Wiig.]]> <![CDATA[Hader Talks Impression That Didn't Make it on "SNL"]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:30:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/455499672.jpg Bill Hader talks about an impression of "60 Minutes" anchor Bob Simon that the star of the new film "The Skeleton Twins" didn't get to perform on "Saturday Night Live." Seth Meyers explains that it didn't work at dress rehearsal.]]> <![CDATA[Hader Talks Working With Meyers on "SNL"]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:27:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/455499726.jpg Star of the new film "The Skeleton Twins" Bill Hader talks about the many lessons he learned from Seth Meyers when the talk show host was the head writer at "Saturday Night Live."]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Hader on the Origin of Stefon]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:27:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/169056905.jpg Star of the new film "The Skeleton Twins" Bill Hader talks about how he invented the character of Stefon on "Saturday Night Live."]]> <![CDATA[Streisand, Fallon Sing Medley of Duets]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:09:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-16+at+4.17.05+AM.png Barbra Streisand sings a medley of duets from her new album "Partners" with Jimmy Fallon standing in for Elvis, Blake Shelton, and Michael Bublé.]]> <![CDATA[A Romantic Return for "The Mindy Project"]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:00:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Mindy+Project+crop.jpg

The most recent season of "The Mindy Project" ended on a high point: the observation deck of the Empire State Building.

That's where Mindy Kaling's lovelorn Dr. Mindy Lahiri character romantically relinked with her fellow OB/GYN, verbal sparring partner and soul mate Danny Castellano in a scene straight out of 1993's "Sleepless in Seattle" (which lovingly borrowed the meeting place from 1957’s "An Affair to Remember).

The episode – and the series – aren’t as much a derivative of the Nora Ephron playbook than a clever homage, as Kaling vies to reinvent the rom-com for today's TV audiences, favoring her hero's sardonic wit over vapid cutesy-ness. (As Mindy told then-platonic pal Danny in Season 1, "If we’re still single in five years…can we make a pact [that] we will kill each other?")

This TV season brings a flood of new romantic comedies – "Marry Me," "Manhattan Love Story," “Selfie,” “A to Z” – in the wake of the end of "How I Met Your Mother." But "The Mindy Project" returns Tuesday for a pivotal third season, already ahead of the pack.

Not that anything for the show, echoing Mindy Lahiri’s love life, has been easy: While “The Mindy Project” has earned a devoted following judging from Internet chatter, it’s far from a breakout smash, judging from the ratings (the program averaged about 3.4 million viewers last season). Kaling got up at an ungodly hour to announce the Emmy nominations in July, but her show got shut out – a snub her fiery and insecure character wouldn't have taken as gracefully. 

The bigger challenge for “The Mindy Project” is where does the smart-and-quirky Fox sitcom go from here, now that Mindy and Danny are an item, seemingly for good. It’s a set-up worthy of “Cheers,” where Sam and Diane’s explosive coupling didn’t end happily ever after for the characters, though happily for the show's longevity.

Nobody is ready yet to declare “The Mindy Project” the next “Cheers.” But even flattering surface comparisons are due to Kaling’s shrewd picking of role models, beyond Ephron. Kaling, who described growing up as a comedy nerd in her fun book “Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?,” also adds dashes of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “30 Rock” to her “Project.” (Mindy’s declaration of her right to “life, liberty and chicken wings” could have flowed from the lips of Rhoda Morgenstern or Liz Lemon.)

Kaling knows well from her stint on “The Office” as a writer and actress the value of a strong ensemble in a workplace comedy. She’s assembled a great set of characters  – Ike Barinholtz’s bizarre, good-hearted ex-con nurse Morgan Tookers is a standout. She’s also deftly juggled guest stars – among them Seth Rogen, B.J. Novak and Seth Meyers – amid a long line of Mindy boyfriends, ranging from a philandering sports agent to a minister with musical aspirations. 

Mindy’s combustible chemistry this season with Danny (Chris Messina) will help determine whether next year Kaling gets to stay home and sleep – or watch from the Empire State Building – while someone else announces Emmy nods for "The Mindy Project.” In the meantime, check out a Season 2 recap: 

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

<![CDATA[The Miss America 2015 Pageant ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:04:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/miss-america-2015-159375816.jpg Kira Kazantsev of New York was crowned Miss America 2015. Check out photos from the show.

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