<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York https://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usThu, 14 Dec 2017 03:38:27 -0500Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:38:27 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Tonight': Jaboukie Young-White Performs TV Stand-Up Debut]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:34:45 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tjf_jaboukieyoungwhite_20171213-151323901417700002.jpg

Jaboukie Young-White makes his TV stand-up debut with jokes about how his race changes city to city, why millennials are broke and how Donald Trump's presidency makes everyday tasks revolutionary.

<![CDATA['Tonight': How Black Women Helped Stop Roy Moore]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:25:29 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/blkwomenroyScreen-Shot-2017-12-14-at-3.18.36-AM.jpg

Tonight Show correspondent Yamaneika Saunders tells Jimmy Fallon her back and every black woman's back across America hurts from carrying the weight of the election in Alabama. She says black women are as excited as Roy Moore would be if he was allowed back into Limited Too. 


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<![CDATA[PBS Suspends Distribution of Smiley Show Amid Allegations]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:54:38 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/smilAP_673656454166.jpg

PBS said Wednesday it has indefinitely suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley's talk show after an independent investigation uncovered "multiple, credible allegations" of misconduct by its host.

PBS said it had engaged an outside law firm to investigate "troubling allegations" against the host, it said in a statement.

"This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley," the statement said. "The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today's decision."

A representative for PBS declined to specify the nature of the allegations against Smiley.

His nightly program has aired on PBS since 2004.

Representatives for Smiley did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Kendrick, Wilson at Pitch Perfect 3 Premiere]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:29:38 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/kendrick-wilson-split.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Goodbye Princess: The Enduring Force of Carrie Fisher]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:02:14 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/210*120/GettyImages-607402204_master.jpg

An air of finality looms over the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi" – and not just in the title.

The installment marks the farewell flesh-and-blood performance of Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa, who first flickered onto screens 40 years ago as a hologram beamed by a droid.

The film, opening Friday, nearly a year after Fisher's death at age 60, marks an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of an actress who gave life to one of moviedom's most iconic characters. The movie, dedicated to Fisher, doesn't represent a goodbye as much as a chance to say thank you.

The most powerful force behind “Star Wars,” particularly for those of us old enough to recall the opening of the original chapter, is memory. That's been the strength and occasional bane of a series rooted its past as much as its future.

We all know the story that started long, long ago: George Lucas's original 1977-1983 trilogy blasted into pop culture history. His 1999-2005 prequel trio landed with a thud.

Disney bought the franchise for $4 billion in 2012. The studio scored with 2015's satisfyingly retro "The Force Awakens" and last year’s excellent one-off "Rogue One," which ended on a note of hope, sounded by a back-to-the-future rendering of Princess Leia.

Judging from early reviews, first time "Star Wars" director Rian Johnson largely succeeded in merging the best of the old and the new with "The Last Jedi."

While more one-offs are in the works, including a young Han Solo flick directed by Ron Howard, the final film in the current trilogy is two years away.

Barring any change of mind on using digital recreations or old footage, "Episode IX" won't include Fisher.

Over the last four decades, we've watched Fisher’s Leia go from a teenage princess asking Obi Wan Kenobi for help to kicking stormtrooper butt to leading the Resistance as a general.

We've also seen Leia's spirit represented in generations of movie heroines from Sarah Connor to Hermione Granger to Wonder Woman and Jedi-hopeful Rey, stars of what are likely to end up as the two biggest action movies to debut in 2017.

Rey is poised to be trained by Luke Skywalker, Leia's brother and presumably the "Last Jedi" of the film's title. The return of Mark Hamill, teased at the end of "The Force Awakens," offers a major draw.

But the biggest cheers filling movie theaters around the world, no doubt, will be reserved for Fisher.

Luke's mentor, Yoda, once said: “Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force."

The sage's words are worth remembering during "The Last Jedi" and the "Star Wars" adventures to come – all riding the enduring wave of hope Fisher and her greatest cinematic creation, Leia, embodied.

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['Titanic' and 'Die Hard' Among Films Added to Film Registry]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:48:32 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/filmregister.jpg

A band of misfits known as the Goonies, a sinking ship, some baseball ghosts and the unrelenting New York cop John McClane are being added to the prestigious National Film Registry.

The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that the films "The Goonies," ''Titanic," ''Field of Dreams" and "Die Hard" are among the 25 movies tapped for preservation this year.

The library selects movies for preservation because of their cultural, historic or artistic importance.

This year's slate includes the 1987 musical biopic "La Bamba," ''Superman" from 1978, the 2000 thriller "Memento" and 1941's animated "Dumbo."

This year's picks bring the total number of films in the registry to 725. Last year, "The Breakfast Club," ''The Princess Bride" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Thelma & Louise" were picked.

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<![CDATA[Have Mercy! John Stamos to Be a First-Time Dad at 54]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:04:29 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/John-Stamos-and-Caitlin-McHughGettyImages-652497224.jpg

Uncle Jesse is going to be a dad in real life.

John Stamos announced that he is expecting his first child with fiancee Caitlin McHugh, 31.

The 54-year old "Fuller House" star said that he always wanted to be a dad, but wasn't sure if it would happen because of his age.

"People would say, 'You should have a child.' I was like, 'That ship has sailed,'" he told People Magazine.

In October, Stamos proposed to McHugh at Disneyland after two years of dating. He decided to propose after finding out that she was pregnant.

"I said I better have a ring on her finger because it's the right thing to do, and I wanted to marry her anyway," he said. "So I called her parent to ask, and it was like, 'You better!'"

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<![CDATA[Anderson Cooper: Trump Taunt on Twitter Wasn't From Me]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:59:31 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/anderson-cooper-trump.jpg

CNN's Anderson Cooper said Wednesday that someone had "gained access" to his Twitter account and sent out a tweet calling President Donald Trump a "pathetic loser."

The taunt from Cooper's verified account came after Trump had tweeted in the wake of Doug Jones' projected win in Alabama's Senate election. Trump noted that he had first backed Roy Moore's primary opponent, Luther Strange.

"Oh Really? You endorsed him you tool! Pathetic loser," Cooper's Twitter account replied.

Cooper later posted that he "just woke up to find out someone gained access to my twitter account" and was investigating.

Until Wednesday, no messages had been posted to his account since Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Braxton Says Dallas Bar Banned Her For Looking 'Gangster']]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:31:36 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-870678388.jpg

Singer Tamar Braxton took to social media saying a Dallas bar turned her away Monday night for looking "like a gangster."

The bar at the center of the controversy, JR's Bar and Grill on Cedar Springs Road in Dallas, responded after receiving a wave of backlash. The eatery acknowledged Braxton was turned away, but did not elaborate as to why she was denied entry.

"Our posted policies regarding entrance into JR’s Bar & Grill are to both ensure the safety of all our customers and to certify that our staff are in accordance with the law when serving alcohol – without exception," JR's Bar and Grill said in a statement released to NBC 5. "In this instance, we were simply following our published procedures. It would have been a beautiful experience and honor to add Tamar Braxton to the long list of celebrities who have enjoyed JR's as a safe and inclusive entertainment venue. We are deeply saddened that she didn't experience the love that awaited her inside."

Braxton is in town to perform at The Great Xscape Tour at Verizon Theatre on Dec. 13.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Judd Apatow Was Tricked Into Playing Himself ]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:31:58 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e045_788_juddapatow_tricked_20171212-151314963868800002.jpg

Judd Apatow makes a case for why his HBO documentary on Garry Shandling should be longer than "O.J.: Made in America" and reveals how James Franco tricked him into playing a terrible version of "himself" in "The Disaster Artist."

<![CDATA['Tonight': 'Peanuts' ('Riverdale' Parody)]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:23:01 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/peanutsScreen-Shot-2017-12-13-at-4.19.07-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon's "Riverdale" parody, inspired by "Peanuts," features cameos from KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Madelaine Petsch and Cole Sprouse.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Seth Rogen's New Movie Honors 'The Room']]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:06:30 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e042_624_sethrogen_theroom_20171212-151314961139300002.jpg

Seth Rogen and James Franco's new movie "The Disaster Artist" tells the story of the hilariously bad film "The Room," which garnered a cult following in Los Angeles and beyond.

<![CDATA['Late Night': A Couple Things About Roy Moore's Wife Kayla]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:53:19 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e042_624_couplethings_20171212-151314957670200002.jpg

Seth Meyers has a couple of things to say to Roy Moore's wife, Kayla Moore, about her referring to their lawyer as "a Jew."

<![CDATA[Photos: Inside Elvis and Priscilla Presley's Honeymoon Home]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:16:51 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/knbc-elvis-presley-palm-springs-home-tn.jpg Elvis Presley's honeymoon hideaway in the Southern California desert is back on the market.

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<![CDATA[Toddler's Distress Signal From Mall Santa's Lap Goes Viral]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:47:18 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/kerry-spencer-santa.jpg

A mother in Utah taught both of her children to sign using American Sign Language before they could speak. What she didn't expect was for her son to use his skill to communicate that he really didn't enjoy sitting in Santa's lap.

Kerry Spencer told "Today" Parents that she didn't see Samuel's ASL sign for "help" until after the photo was taken.

Her family has been laughing about the picture for years, but this year the Stevenson University professor, now living in Maryland, decided to tweet the photo. It's now gone viral, being retweeted thousands of times.

Spencer told "Today" that, strictly speaking, the sign is "mispronounced." The thumb should be up, not sideways.

"Babies learning to sign often mispronounce words, but it is the sign he always made when he needed help," she said 

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<![CDATA['Tonight': 'Star Wars' Characters Sing 'MMMBop']]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:09:27 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jim_ETJF0787C1_TWITTER-151306443400600002.jpg

In honor of the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" premiere, Jimmy Fallon re-edits footage from the "Star Wars" films to make the characters sing "MMMBop" by Hanson.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Charades with Zendaya and Billy Crudup]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:59:31 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/charadesScreen-Shot-2017-12-12-at-3.57.11-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and Zendaya battle it out against Billy Crudup and The Roots' Tariq Trotter in a competitive game of charades.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Anthony Anderson on Playing Golf With Obama]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:49:47 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/anthonyScreen-Shot-2017-12-12-at-3.47.02-AM.jpg

Anthony Anderson tells Seth Meyers about the time he played golf with former President Barack Obama, Chris Paul and Michael Phelps. He says the golf course was shut down for their use and "snipers were on mountain ridges." 

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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump Campaigning for Moore]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:30:27 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mooreScreen-Shot-2017-12-12-at-3.28.36-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at how President Donald Trump is pulling out all the stops to help elect an accused sexual predator in Alabama's special election.

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<![CDATA[Sheryl Crow Debuts Sandy Hook Tribute Song Ahead of Anniversary]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:26:42 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sheryl-crow-sandy-hook.jpg

Sheryl Crow has written a new song to mark the five-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012.

The nine-time Grammy winner partnered with Sandy Hook Promise, the gun violence prevention nonprofit born from that tragedy, to release the song, according to Crow's website.

"I felt compelled to write 'The Dreaming Kind' for the incredible people at Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) who work so hard every day to combat gun violence," Crow said in a post on the site.

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The song "about tragedy turned to transformation and hope" pays tribute to the 20 students and six teachers who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, according to a Sandy Hook Promise news release.

"The Dreaming Kind" is available for download on Crow's website with a minimum donation of $1, but buyers may also donate more if they wish. Profits from the sale will benefit Sandy Hook Promise.

"We are grateful to Sheryl for her extraordinary generosity. Every time I listen to the song, it immediately brings me to tears. Not only does it perfectly capture the emotion of our loss and everyday losses in our country, but I believe it epitomizes everything we do at Sandy Hook Promise to move forward and create real change. We know it will resonate with people everywhere and drive people to learn more about Sandy Hook Promise's gun violence prevention programs and the positive impact they are having," said Nicole Hockley, Managing Director and co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise, and mother of Dylan, who was 6 years old when he was killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Crow has won multiple Grammys and had hits with songs such as "All I Wanna Do," "Leaving Las Vegas," and "Everyday is a Winding Road."

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<![CDATA[And Your 2018 Golden Globe Nominees Are...]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:27:55 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/goldenglobesthumb.jpg Did your favorite movies and TV shows make the cut for a Golden Globe nomination? Click through for nominees for the upcoming Golden Globes, hosted by Seth Meyers on January 7, 2018.]]> <![CDATA[See Inside the $2.5 Million ‘Saturday Night Fever’ House]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:25:40 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/saturday+night+live+house.jpg The Bay Ridge house from the iconic disco film “Saturday Night Fever” is up for sale.

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<![CDATA[Surprises and the Snubs: What the Golden Globes Missed]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:28:47 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/globessnubbed.jpg

News last month that the Golden Globes inexplicably placed "Get Out" for consideration in its Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy category spurred the film's writer-director Jordan Peele to launch a pointed tweet.

His searing racial drama, wrapped in an old-school chiller-thriller where the occasional laughs only underscore a larger societal tragedy, “is a documentary,” he wrote.

The Golden Globes horror show didn't end there: Golden Globes voters failed Monday to nominate Peele in the best director and screenplay categories (the film did notch a musical/comedy nod, while star Daniel Kaluuya landed in the best actor category for musical/comedy).

Meanwhile, two other worthy breakout films that triumphed on different scales – "Wonder Woman" and "The Big Sick" – were snubbed altogether.

The exclusions underscored that Globes voters, when faced with quality, popular films that defy easy categorization, just don't get it. That the slighted films’ stars and creative teams prominently include men of color and women only compound perceptions that Globe voters live on another planet.

The Globes, marking its upcoming 75th anniversary with the Jan. 7 awards ceremony on NBC, has long been Oscar's quirky stepsibling. But the Globes’ profile has risen in recent years, thanks, in part, to high-profile hosting performances by the likes of Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and Jimmy Fallon.

The winners’ list also increasingly has become a bellwether of the Academy Awards, even amid bizarre moves like placing “The Martian” in the musical/comedy grouping a couple years ago and nominating “The Tourist,” a dud of a supposed thriller, in that category in 2010.

This year, Globes voters from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association somehow ignored summer box office champ "Wonder Women," which soared above the superhero genre as it resonated with multiple generations of fangirls. Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot turned out the best DC flick in nearly a decade with a film by turns smart, funny and action-filled.

"The Big Sick,” the story of the sorely tested relationship between a Pakistani-born comedian (star and co-writer Kumail Nanjiani) and a white grad student, deftly balances comedy, drama and romance. Strong writing and performances by a stellar cast – including Holly Hunter and Ray Romano – brought appropriate emotion to what, in lesser hands, easily could have devolved into an illness-of-the-week weeper. Instead, we got a winning mix of “Annie Hall” and “Terms of Endearment.”

"Get Out," in which a young black man's introduction to his girlfriend's white, limousine-liberal parents quickly goes from "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" to "Night of the Living Dead," delivers an allegory for our times without skimping on the entertainment for a second. Peele packs so much into one hour and 44 minutes, the film is worth repeated viewings.

Perhaps Oscar voters might want to take another look at "Get Out," "Wonder Woman" and "The Big Sick" before the Academy Award nominations are announced next month. Otherwise, the documentary yet to be made about this awards season will center on how Hollywood proved itself out of touch yet again.

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[Neeson on the Delicate Art of Being an Aging Action Hero]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:58:29 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/neesoncommute.jpg

He's Liam Neeson. And yeah... even at 65... he could still kick your a--.

Neeson, star of the upcoming film "The Commuter" reunites with director Jaume Collet-Serra in a thriller about a man's frantic quest to uncover the truth surrounding a mysterious train passenger before it's too late. The film co-stars Sam Neill, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson.

Action audiences have come to love Neeson from his work in the "Taken" trilogy as well as turns in films like "The Grey," "Schindler's List" and the "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace." He and Collet-Serra, who also directed Neeson in "Unknown," ''Non-Stop" and "Run All Night," reflect about his film legacy and just how long he can continue beating up on co-stars half his age.

"I don't want to feel the audiences going 'Oh come on! Who do you think you are?' Anytime i see the completed film if there are action sequences I want them to look real and believable," Neeson said. "I'm 65 years of age I don't want to look like I'm trying to be 37."

Earlier this year, Neeson said he plans to transition out of the action genre and focus on dramas following the release of "The Commuter" and the upcoming "Hard Powder" co-starring Emmy Rossum.

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