<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:31:44 -0700 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:31:44 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Valerie Harper Out of Hospital, Resting With Family]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:53:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_298491359449.jpg

Actress Valerie Harper is resting and feeling better according to a spokesperson for the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine, where Harper was performing in the show "Nice Work If You Can Get It," alongside Sally Struthers.

Harper was taken to York Hospital Wednesday and was discharged Thursday. Her husband told the Ogunquit Playhouse that she is relaxing with family in an undisclosed location.

Bradford Kenney, Executive Artistic Director for the playhouse, said Harper had been feeling "off" all week. On Wednesday night, she was feeling faint in her dressing room, and the staff suggested she seek medical attention.

"She wanted to still go on stage," said Kenney.

Harper is 75 years old and has terminal cancer. Two years ago, doctors told her she had just three months to live. She said she was determined to keep living and working.

"She's out there to inspire people," said Kenney.

The Ogunquit Playhouse staff said reports that Harper had collapsed and was in a coma are "absolutely not true."

The day before she was hospitalized, Harper sat down with WCSH, an affiliate of necn and NBC, and said she was feeling "amazingly good," but admitted it hasn't been easy to perform.

"I'm having a really tough time," Harper told WCSH. "I think it’s the medication."

Kenney said Harper is optimistic she will be strong enough to return to the stage before the show ends on August 15.

<![CDATA[Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Are Having a Baby]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:12:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_913714341861.jpg

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have announced on Facebook that they are expecting a baby girl.

"This will be a new chapter in our lives. We've already been so fortunate for the opportunity to touch people's lives around the world -- Cilla as a doctor and educator, and me through this community and philanthropy. Now we'll focus on making the world a better place for our child and the next generation," Facebook founder and CEO wrote in a post on Friday. 

The couple tied the knot at a small ceremony at his Palo Alto, California, home in 2012. They met at Harvard and have been together for more than nine years before getting married.

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<![CDATA['I Am Chris Farley' Spotlights Comedy Legend]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:27:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SNL_Farley.jpg

Melissa McCarthy memorably crashed “Weekend Update” during the February "Saturday Night Live" 40th anniversary special, all but stealing the show.

Her high-energy performance, though, was less about her than the character she channeled: Matt Foley, the ants-in-his-oversized-pants motivational speaker, prone to throwing himself through windows and onto tables after lamenting he lives "in a van, down by the river!"

The surprise segment marked a hilarious and poignant tribute to Chris Farley, a fallen “SNL” star better remembered than the Matt Foleys of the world, though rarely mentioned among the program's most vaunted players. Nearly six months after McCarthy’s homage pratfall, Farley gets a shot at rising to his rightful spot in “SNL” history with "I Am Chris Farley," a documentary that goes into limited theatrical release Friday before hitting Spike and VOD in August.

The movie arrives nearly 18 years after Farley succumbed to drugs. His death at age 33 was eerily similar to the 1982 demise of John Belushi, another outsized presence and talent first exposed to major TV audience on “SNL.”

Comparisons are understandable, but unfair to both. Belushi proved, at times, a deceptively subtle actor, driven by a smoldering, edgy vigor. During Farley’s short career he emitted an endearing sensitive and vulnerable streak, elevating him beyond acrobatic fat-guy shtick.

Farley’s greatest skit – his Chippendales dance-off against a buff Patrick Swayze – resonates not just because of his belly-bouncing audition, but because of his very real look of hurt and stunned disbelief when he loses. Farley infused a similar sense of emotional exposure into his collection of overly enthusiastic losers, from Foley to the air-quote-using blowhard commentator Bennett Brauer (“I guess I don’t ‘fit the mold’”).

Farley could have been speaking about himself. We saw him at his most awkward, sweetest and perhaps most genuine in occasional "The Chris Farley Show" skits, in which he'd nervously ask luminaries like Paul McCartney inane questions (“Remember when you were with the Beatles? That was awesome!”) – and then beat himself up, verbally and physically, over the tongue-tied queries.

He trotted his overgrown puppy, approval-seeking persona into the movies, most notably with “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep” – both silly, but surprisingly durable physically-driven underdog comedies about a clumsy, more-gullible-than-dopey, oaf who somehow manages to eventually save the day (with a little help from fellow “SNL” veteran David Spade).

Spade appears in the documentary, along with Adam Sandler, Dan Aykroyd and Lorne Michaels, among others. The challenge of the movie rests in unraveling the demons that drove and ultimately destroyed Farley. But the film also offers a welcome opportunity to celebrate a funnyman who gave his all on screens large and small – none of which were big enough to contain his talent.


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['Shame on Him': Stars Condemn Lion Killing]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:30:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TLMD-leon-cecil-zimbabue-nbc-vod-.png

Celebrities have slammed Walter James Palmer over the killing of Cecil the lion, calling the American dentist a “coward,” and urging that his license be revoked.

Palmer has admitted to killing the 13-year-old predator, a favorite with foreign tourists and the subject of a study by Oxford University, but said he had hired professional guides and believed all the necessary hunting permits were in order.

Palmer sent an apology letter to his patients, but that has not stopped stars from sharing strong words about him.

Betty White slammed the Minnesota dentist, saying to The Associated Press on Thursday: “You don’t want to hear some of the things I want to do to that man."

“It’s such a heartbreaker," White continued. "You can’t even talk about it, and to see this king of the jungle and personifying it in every way, this gorgeous creature. How can somebody do that?”

Mia Farrow tweeted the dentist’s full office address on Wednesday, saying: "#CecilTheLion -Gentle protector of 6 cubs. Loved by many. Killed by Dentist Walter Palmer.” She later deleted the tweet.

Earlier this week, Jimmy Kimmel took time out of his late-night show to reprimand the dentist, saying: “I’m honestly curious to know why a human being would feel compelled to do that. How is that fun?"

Other celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Osbourne, and Ricky Gervais also took to social media to express their outrage.

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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:47:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Box Office Preview: 'Mission Impossible,' 'Vacation,' and More]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:41:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_bop0730_1500x845.jpg See the latest films coming to theaters this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Ice T Re-Voices 'Care Bears,' 'The Smurfs']]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:22:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Ice-T.png Jimmy Fallon discovers that Ice T used to do voiceover work for children's cartoons, like "Care Bears," "The Smurfs" and "Dora the Explorer.”]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show' Hashtags: #AirportFail]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:24:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Hashtag+AirportFail.png Jimmy Fallon discovers that Ice T used to do voiceover work for children's cartoons, like "Care Bears," "The Smurfs" and "Dora the Explorer.”]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': New England Scram Chowder]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:23:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Meyers+New+England+Scram+Chowder.png Seth Meyer shares his thoughts on Boston losing its Olympic bid.]]> <![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: 'Concrete River' Premiere]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:24:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/topEnt-GettyImages-482315580.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA['Tonight’ Word Sneak With Jason Segel]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:39:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Word+Sneak+Jason+Segel.png Fallon Word Sneak with Jason Segel]]> <![CDATA[Fun Home Performs 'Changing My Major']]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:14:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Fun+Home.JPG The Tony-winning Broadway musical Fun Home performs 'Changing My Major' on 'Late Night.'

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<![CDATA[Microsoft's Clippy Brings Windows 10 to ‘Tonight']]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:19:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Microsoft+Clippy.png Jimmy Fallon gets a menacing visit from Microsoft Office assistant Clippy while talking about the Windows 10 launch.]]> <![CDATA['Law & Order' Director Arrested on Child Porn Charges]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:23:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/jason+alexander+arrest.jpg

"Law & Order" director Jason "Jace" Alexander has been arrested on child pornography charges, according to police.

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Alexander, 51, was arrested Wednesday in Westchester County and charged with one count of promoting a sexual performance by a child and one count of possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child, police said.

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Officials allegedly found digital pornography files on computers and external hard drives at Alexander’s Dobbs Ferry home. The files showed children younger than 16 years of age engaged in child pornography, police said.

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Alexander was arraigned in Dobbs Ferry Village Court and held on $10,000 cash bail. He is due in court on November 19. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of seven years in state prison.

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Alexander has directly nearly three dozen episodes of "Law and Order" since the mid-1990s. He is also known for his work on "Rescue Me" and "Carry Me Home." He and his wife have three children.

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Attorney information was not immediately available.

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Alexander’s representative did not return a request for comment from E! News. The Director’s Guild of America, where Alexander serves as vice president, said they had no comment.

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<![CDATA[Grumpy Dog Earl Challenges Grumpy Cat's Reign]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:23:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/My+Name+is+Earl.jpg

The world’s grouchiest feline has some new competition. Meet “Grumpy Dog.”

Earl, a second-generation puggle with a permanent scowl and sulky expression, is challenging Grumpy Cat’s reign over sour-faced pets of the Internet. 

The 5-month-old beagle-pug quickly rose to fame on Reddit, amassing millions of fans across multiple social media platforms and becoming the subject of some hilarious Internet memes.

Earl’s owner Derek Bloomfield tells Yahoo! News that despite the pooches peeved appearance, he is very friendly and the “most relaxed, content puppy.” 

“The vet said he’s as healthy as any other puppy,” Bloomfield said. “He just looks grumpy because of his underbite, wrinkles, and dark complexion.”

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<![CDATA[Globetrotters' Star Makes 150-foot Shot Atop Ride]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:56:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/229*120/Screen+Shot+2015-07-29+at+9.41.27+PM.png

Adrenaline-lovers take on the AtmostFear ride in Wildwood, N.J. to experience the thrill of free fall.

But a Harlem Globetrotter ascended 150-feet to the top of the amusement park ride for another reason.

Female star Sweet J Ekworomadu made history Tuesday afternoon after hitting a trick shot from the top of the ride at Morey’s Piers.

Fans watched in awe as she knocked down the shot with nothing but the basket in sight. Take a look in the video embedded above.

The Globetrotters will be beach side at the Wildwoods Convention Center until Friday.

<![CDATA[Ex-NBA All-Star Welcome Back at OC Fair Hoops, Despite Epic Prize Haul]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:27:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Gilbert-Arenas-Orange-County-Fair.jpg

Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas visited the Orange County Fair on Sunday, and posted on Instagram that he was banned from the fair's basketball games after he claimed just about every prize imaginable.

But OC Fair officials said Tuesday that Arenas is welcome back anytime at the fair's basketball games. 

His kids appeared to be the biggest winners, but the former NBA All-Star said on his Instagram account that he had been banned from the basketball hoops.

"I'd say he looks pretty happy in the picture,'' said Chris Lopez, vice president of RCS, the company that runs the carnival attractions. "Makes me wonder how he got all that home?"

Arenas won 15 prizes on Sunday, reaching the OC Fair's limit. The fair has a policy of one prize a day, and has 15 basketball-shooting games total, according to Robin Wachner, a spokeswoman for the OC Fair.

RCS and fair officials said they were unaware of Arenas' success until they saw it on social media, Wachner said.

For those wondering, Arenas' use of the hashtag "Hibachi" references his on-court habit of screaming "Hibachi" as he released a shot -- typically a three-pointer. More often than not, he made those shots, too.

Shahan Ahmed and Jessica Rice contributed to this report

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<![CDATA['Tonight' Inflatable Flip Cup With Danny DeVito]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:00:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Fanny+DeVito.JPG Jimmy Fallon competes against Danny DeVito in a game of flip cup while wearing inflatable fat suits.

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<![CDATA[It's 'Vacation' Time Again]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:36:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Vacation+Warner+Bros.jpg

Insanity, by one definition, is repeatedly doing the same thing and expecting a different result. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Memory can play tricks on you.

Clichés don't make for exciting reading, but, in the case of those above, they can add up to great movie comedy. At least that's the hope for “Vacation,” the latest sequel to the family trip series that kicked off in 1983 and has been driving off the road, careering deep into the cross-generational pop cultural consciousness, via TV repeats, ever since.

Wednesday’s attempted return to Walley World, to paraphrase another cliché, will test whether you can't leave home again.

Ed Helms stars as Rusty, the youngest member of the Griswold family, who wants to recreate the best vacation of his youth (even better, we can all agree, than subsequent jaunts to Europe and Las Vegas). Time has a way of softening harsh recollections – like Aunt Edna's post-death ride atop the family station wagon, her dog's grimmer fate and papa Clark’s high-speed, somnambulant detour.

Time hasn't dimmed the appeal of the original, which remains a relatable exaggeration of a journey into familial torment, brimming with futility and frustration. The first film tapped into the mix of excitement and vulnerability that comes with leaving home, as well as the high expectations of childhood adventures, which only ever get met in retrospect.

The original National Lampoon epic flourished in large part to Beverly D’Angelo and Chevy Chase, who wielded a sardonic edge as well-meaning suburban parents bent on making their ingrate children happy, whether they like it or not. D'Angelo and Chase turn up in the new movie, starring worthy successors Christina Applegate and Helm, whose boyish charm positions him as a potentially effective foil for the crush of adult circumstances (usually) beyond his control.

The past, though, might be the new film’s biggest roadblock – the premise invites comparisons to the widely seen original. Even a comedy built on humor, by turns gross, morbid and bawdy, can be beloved, and inspire its audience’s protective instincts (a similar challenge faces the planned reboot of another early 1980s comedy classic, “Ghostbusters”).

The new “Vacation,” perhaps not coincidentally, arrives amid the 60th anniversary commemorations of Disneyland, which endured some early, all-but-forgotten, bumps of its own. The reality, though, doesn’t matter as much as the memory. Check out a preview as a new generation of Griswolds hit the road, which has a nasty habit of hitting back.


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[Billy Eichner, Julie Klausner on ‘Difficult People’]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 04:07:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Billy+Eichner+and+Julie+Klausner.JPG Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner get to work with a slew of great guest stars on the Hulu series.

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<![CDATA[Ron Weasley’s Drunk Happy Birthday Wish]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:29:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Harry+Potter.JPG Drunk Ron Weasley (Simon Pegg) visits “The Tonight Show” to wish Harry Potter an early happy birthday.

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<![CDATA['Conan' Show Stole Jokes: Lawsuit]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:55:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/072815-conan-obrien-lawsuit.jpg

A San Diego man is taking Conan O'Brien and the "Conan" team to court, alleging the talk show host stole jokes posted on social media. 

Robert Alexander Kaseberg has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in California federal court, claiming Conan O’Brien, TBS, “Conan” Executive Producer Jeff Ross and “Conan” Head Writer Mike Sweeney stole four of his jokes, first seen on his blog and his Twitter account. He filed the lawsuit on July 22.

"We at Conaco firmly believe there is no merit to this lawsuit," said Drew Shane, a spokesperson for Conaco, LLC, to NBC San Diego in a statement. Conaco, LLC is the production company behind "Conan."

The first joke allegedly stolen was posted on Kaseberg’s online blog on Jan. 14, poking fun at a Delta Airlines flight.

“A Delta flight this week took off from Cleveland to New York with just two passengers. And they fought over control of the armrest the entire flight,” the joke read, according to the lawsuit.

That same evening, the joke appeared in Conan's late-night monologue, the lawsuit said.

A second joke posted to his blog and Twitter account on Feb. 3 about Tom Brady later appeared on the show the following day, the suit claims.

"Tom Brady said he wants to give his MVP truck to the man who won the game for the Patriots. So enjoy that truck, Pete Carroll," the second joke reads, according to the lawsuit. 

He posted the third joke listed in the action on his personal blog and Twitter account on Feb. 17. 

"The Washington Monument is ten inches shorter than previously thought. You know the winter has been cold when a monument suffers from shrinkage," the third joke reads, according to the lawsuit. 

That same night it appeared in the comedian's monologue. 

A fourth joke posted on June 9 made fun of streets named after Bruce Jenner, who had just revealed he was changing his name to Caitlyn Jenner amid his gender transition; the joke also appeared in the monologue that same day, the lawsuit alleges.

Kaseberg did not receive money for the jokes or any credit for the jokes, the lawsuit says.

He is seeking more than $600,000 in damages.

Andy Richter, O'Brien's sidekick on the show, poked fun at the lawsuit on Twitter. 

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<![CDATA[New Dr. Seuss Book Hits Bookshelves ]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 03:35:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/New+Dr+Seuss+book+0728.jpg

A new Dr. Seuss book was released on Tuesday to excited fans, more than 20 years after the La Jolla author died.

“What Pet Should I Get?” hit bookshelves nationwide, and at University of California San Diego’s Geisel Library, throngs of fans lined up to get their copy.

The author’s widow discovered the manuscript for the book in 2013 when she was donating some of his drawings to the library; it’s believed to have been written sometime between 1958 and 1962.

The book follows a brother and sister who visit a pet store to pick a pet, but aren’t able to decide on just one. It was colored by Dr. Seuss’ assistant, who collaborated with him on “Oh, the Places You Will Go.”

At Geisel Library, 100 books were available; the book is available for purchase at bookstores across the country and online.

Brian Schottlaender, the university’s librarian, said the excitement at Tuesday’s book launch party was evidence of the impact the books have had on multiple generations.

“Two or three generations of children have grown up on the classic Dr. Seuss books,” he said. “To have a new classic you can read to your kids or your grandkids is just a pretty awesome thing.”

Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Geisel, died in 1991. He and his wife, Audrey Geisel, were longtime La Jolla residents and made a number of contributions to UC San Diego.

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<![CDATA[Leah Still Challenges Fellow Charmer Riley Curry to Dance-Off]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:52:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dance-off-2015.jpg

The battle of the cuties is on.

Leah Still, the 5-year-old daughter of Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still, has challenged fellow Internet sensation Riley Curry to a dance-off.

On Riley’s third birthday, Ayesha Curry, who is married to Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, posted an Instagram video of the charming tot dancing to Silentó's "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)." 

But Leah, who was diagnosed with cancer in June 2014 and received the Jimmy V. Perseverance Award at the 2015 ESPYS, was confident she could do it better.

Devon Still took to Instagram on Sunday, saying: “I showed Leah the video of Riley doing the whip and all she kept sayin was daddy she can't do it better then me...” 

Still continued: “So I said if that's how you feel then challenge her to a dance off ... so @stephencurry30 the challenge has been sent #RileyKilledTheWhip #ButLeahPracticeThisDanceSoMuchSheBeFeelingHerself #SheLoveSeeingRileyOnTv.” 

Before treating viewers to an adorable performance, Leah says, "Riley, I saw your video. You think you can Whip better than me? I challenge you to do the Whip!"

Stephen and Ayesha Curry, who earlier this month welcomed their second baby girl, Ryan, have yet to respond.

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