<![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 Sat, 18 Apr 2015 06:43:45 -0700 Sat, 18 Apr 2015 06:43:45 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Celebs Going Green ]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:10:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP882952624499.jpg In honor of Earth Week, we've rounded up a few celebrities committed to environmental causes. Click through to see who the greenest celebs are.

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<![CDATA["Gigante" Ending After 53 Years]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:15:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sabado+Gigante.jpg

After 53 years, Univision's popular "Sabado Gigante" (Giant Saturday) will be ending on Sept. 19, the network announced on Friday.

The variety show is hosted by Mario Kreutzberger, better known as Don Francisco.

Univision says Francisco will continue to contribute to the network with new projects and specials.

“Mario is one of the most beloved and legendary entertainers in the world and has been an innovative and inspirational force in the television industry throughout his career," said Alberto Ciurana, president of programming and content for Univision.

Francisco is expected to discuss the show's departure on April 18. He thanked Univision in a statement.

"There is no doubt that they have been fundamental in my professional development and in my personal and family life. I’m so grateful for the opportunity that Channel 13 of the Universidad Católica de Chile gave me as I was starting out, to Univision in the United States and also to the Televisa Network, which allowed us to bring our ‘Sábado Gigante’ into the homes of millions of families in the United States and the world every week," the statement said.

The show received a Guinness World Record in 2012 for longest-running variety show on television, broadcasting since 1962.

NBC 6 South Florida's Jackie Nespral began her TV career as a spokesmodel on "Sabado Gigante" in 1987.

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: "Star Wars" Celebration]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:52:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/topEnt-sw-01-469979292.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Oprah's Auction: Can You Afford It?]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:03:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/OprahAuction_HermesOrangesuedejacket300-500_RalphLauren_50-70_Marc-Jacobs-BlackSuede100-200.jpg Oprah is auctioning off a range of her possessions, from furniture to clothing and paintings. Click through to see what's estimated to be in your price point.

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<![CDATA[Making of "A.D.": Behind the Scenes of NBC's Newest Mini-Series]]> Sun, 05 Apr 2015 17:37:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/THE_MAKING_OF_AD_1200x675_419181635684.jpg Loaded with exclusive clips, behind-the-scenes coverage and the epic set in Morocco, the special is full of insight into the making of the miniseries which debuts April 5 on NBC. ]]> <![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:39:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA["Veep" Races for Laughs]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:00:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/veep15_02.jpg

Consider this: A seasoned politician seeking to become the first woman elected president slips into an Ohio Chipotle incognito to buy a burrito bowl, but she ­– and her entourage – fail to leave anything in the tip jar.

News of the fast-food follies, fairly or otherwise, dominated the first week of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential run. But the scene could have come straight out the HBO comedy "Veep": It's not hard to imagine mercurial Selina Meyer, despite her disguise, getting peeved over not being recognized – and her beleaguered bagman Gary Walsh literally beating himself up over the tip slip-up.

The fourth season premiere of "Veep" landed this past Sunday, hours after Clinton's candidacy announcement and amid Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio's respective hat tosses into the biggest political ring of them all. The show, a campaign season must-watch, promises irreverent humor at a time when we can use some comic relief in both the real and fictional political realms.

Part of this season's storyline – the vice president gleefully grabs the Oval Office after the president suddenly resigns, but faces party dissension and an uphill battle in the primaries – also echoes the most recent run of Netflix' "House of Cards." But for all the political intrigue and dark machinations in "House of Cards," "Veep" might fall closer to the way Washington operates in the same way that some former cops might tell you that classic 1970s sitcom "Barney Miller" was TV's most realistic depiction of day-to-day police work.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus puts on the performance of her career as president-for-now Meyer, a ball of energy and frustration whose smiling public face belies her irascibility and insecurity (as she said of her presidential rivals in last season’s finale: “God, can't we just take them out? Is Jack Ruby still alive?”). 

That’s one of few printable quotes from a character with the freedom (thanks to HBO) to curse more like a sailor than a commander in chief. Most of her Tumblr-friendly, f-bomb-laden insults are aimed at her inner circle of political players who show varying degrees of loyalty and brains, which tend to run in inverse proportion.

Meyer, whose new shoes squeaked as she walked to the East Room podium to deliver her first public remarks as president, is far from quiet, but sometimes struggles to be heard. That theme dominated last week's strong season opener, built around a TelePrompTer failure during Selina's first presidential speech before Congress – leaving her to awkwardly improvise (“She’s bebop speaking!” declared her political operative Dan Egan, earning him the line of the episode).

Louis-Dreyfus' Meyer is relatable if not always likable, which makes her at least half different from the scheming Underwoods of “House of Cards.”

Meyer’s White House is less a house of cards than a funhouse, complete with an array of political clowns and trick mirrors (or, in her case, the trick glass door she once unwittingly walked through amid trying to smash the proverbial glass ceiling). This season, the accidental president seeks to stick around for at least four more years, putting the upcoming 2016 primary season through a perhaps prescient comic prism.

But even if Meyer remains in the Oval Office, she’ll still be treated like she's second best – at best. The contest she has the strongest shot at winning – future burrito imbroglios aside – is the race for laughs.


Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multimedia 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[Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Ringo's Starr Turn]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:10:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Ringo+Starr1.jpg

There's a cutting one-liner, apparently apocryphally attributed to John Lennon, to the effect that Ringo Starr wasn't even the best drummer in the Beatles.

That's less a nod to Paul McCartney's percussion talents than a familiar – and unfair – knock on Starr, whose fortune and misfortune rested in being the least heralded musician in the greatest band of them all.

On Saturday, music's ultimate team player gets his due when he becomes the last member of the Beatles to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an individual artist. The Award for Musical Excellence marks a fab honor for a performer who always helped his friends get by – with little fanfare for himself.

Starr's credentials stretch far beyond his Beatles years. He's logged seven Top 10 Billboard hits  – including two No. 1 songs ("Photograph" and "You're Sixteen"), the same number Lennon scored in the decade after the band split.

The 1973 "Ringo" album went platinum and is the closest thing we'll ever have to a Beatles reunion (Lennon, McCartney and George Harrison played in various configurations on the recording, but never all together). It's also among the finest of the solo Beatles disks.

But Starr's most enduring post-Beatles contribution to music may be his All-Starr Band tours, which began in 1989 and sparked a larger performing rebirth for aging rock gods as the jukebox heroes of the 1960s and 1970s hit middle age. He helped revive the careers of some once-major stars – Peter Frampton, Randy Bachman, Todd Rundgren – and lent others now gone – Billy Preston, Levon Helm, Jack Bruce – a stage for well-deserved victory laps.

Starr showed on the tours what discerning listeners confirmed from the rarities found in the Beatles "Anthology” albums of 1990s: He's a versatile, underrated musician whose drumming always was appropriate to the song – whether he was laying down pounding tracks for "Strawberry Fields Forever" or backing Bruce on Cream's "White Room" three decades later on stage.

As Starr nears 75, he's still touring and producing new music ("Postcards From Paradise" is his latest album), while, with McCartney, keeping alive the music of the group that made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame necessary.

McCartney is slated to induct his pal, and perhaps there will be a jam – both a reminder of last year's Grammy tribute reunion show and a throwback to memories that started more than a half century ago. Only this time, Ringo will be the undisputed Starr of the show.

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multimedia 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.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Senator's "Frozen" Ringtone Interrupts Hearing]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:01:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/57648215.jpg

U.S. senators are "Frozen" fans, too.

A Senate Finance Committee meeting got an unexpected interruption from a “Let it Go” ringtone on Thursday.

Pat Roberts got a call during a meeting on U.S. Tariff Policy, and the song made popular by Disney’s hit animated feature film began playing on his cellphone.

“Aw, come on,” the senior senator from Kansas said. 

After some laughs from people in the room, the 78-year-old said, “Just let it go."

Roberts' office released a statement about the incident.

"Senator Roberts' 'Let it Go' ringtone is for his grandkids. He balances it with Johnny Cash's ‘I Walk the Line’. He changes depending on the day,” his spokeswoman Sarah Little said in a statement.

Watch the interruption above.

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<![CDATA[Lady Antebellum's Bus Catches Fire]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:55:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ladya-bus2.jpg

Country music band Lady Antebellum's tour bus caught fire on Interstate 30 in Garland Thursday morning, en route from Nashville to DFW for the American Country Music Awards at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, officials said.

The bus was transporting bandmember Hillary Scott, her husband and her tour manager when it blew a tire, according to her post on social media.

"Our bus tire caught on fire and we had to evacuate very quickly," she posted. "Everyone is safe and sound."

All four onboard were able to escape the fire without injury.

"It was me, my husband, our tour manager, and driver," Scott posted. "Thanking God for our safety and the safety of all of those who helped put this fire out and keep us safe."

Garland Fire Department Captain Billy Craven said everyone on the bus was fortunate that the driver acted quickly.

"As soon as he realized that he had a fire, he didn't hesitate to get everyone off and then call 911," he said.

Publicist Mary Hilliard said the bus is not Scott's usual bus. She did not say why Scott's usual bus was unavailable.

As of 9:45 a.m., authorities said it would take crews three to four hours to clean the wreckage. Only one or two lanes of westbound I-30 will be open near Bass Pro Drive while the scene is cleared.

NBC 5's Ellen Bryan contributed to this report. As this story is developing, elements may change.

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<![CDATA[Kenny Loggins: "I'm in Danger Zone"]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:09:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Kenny+Loggins+0415.jpg

Kenny Loggins was out for a walk Wednesday at Solana Beach in north San Diego — then fast found himself in the “Danger Zone.”

The musician — whose hit song "Danger Zone" was featured in a classic scene from “Top Gun" — happened to be at the beach near Del Mar when a Marine helicopter made an unexpected landing on the sand.

The pilots landed the heavy-duty Sea Stallion when they noticed it had low oil pressure.

Loggins, known for his popular songs of the 1970s and 1980s, posted a video on his Facebook page, saying: “I walked out there and said, ‘You’re in the ‘Danger Zone!’"

His Facebook post had amassed 300 shares and more than 1,000 likes in the first two hours after he posted it.

The iconic action movie "Top Gun" starring Tom Cruise was partly filmed in San Diego County.

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<![CDATA[Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Site Crops Kim Kardashian From Photo]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:10:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Kim-Kardashian-Photo-Ultra-Orthodox-thumbnail.jpg

An Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jewish news website has cut Kim Kardashian — one of the world's most photographed women — from a photo taken of her in Jerusalem this week.

The original photo of Kardashian, her husband, Kanye West, and Jerusalem's Mayor Nir Barkat was altered to put Kardashian behind a restaurant receipt. Kardashian was blurred in another.

Nissim Ben Haim, an editor at the Kikar HaShabbat website, said Wednesday they removed Kardashian because she's a "pornographic symbol" who contradicts ultra-Orthodox values.

In an article chiding Barkat for dining with them at a non-kosher restaurant, Kardashian was referred to as "West's wife."

Within the insular Ultra-Orthodox community, pictures of women often aren't shown out of modesty. In January, an ultra-Orthodox newspaper removed German chancellor Angela Merkel from a photo.

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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: Billy Joel, Girlfriend Expecting]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:33:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP354405471264%281%29.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.

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<![CDATA["The Voice" Recap: The Top 10]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:28:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/469727776TheVoiceMiaZ.jpg

Top 10.

There’s a nice sound to the phrase Top 10, especially in a competition all about sound. But that didn’t make Tuesday night’s episode of “The Voice” any less nerve-wracking, as America’s votes were tallied and the top 12 contestants were whittled into the top 10. (As always, spoilers incoming!)

There was plenty of singing first, of course. Pop superstar Nick Jonas — who was also a battle-round advisor for Team Xtina — opened the show with his hit song “Chains.”

After Jonas’ performance, host Carson Daly announced the first three contestants who are moving on to the Top 10: Kimberly Nichole (Team Xtina), Sawyer Fredericks (Team Pharrell) and Meghan Linsey (Team Blake).

Blake Shelton took the stage with his team to perform Wilson Pickett’s Memphis R&B classic “In the Midnight Hour.”

Daly then announced the next trio of Top 10 contestants: Joshua Davis (Team Adam), India Carney (Team Xtina) and Hannah Kirby (Team Blake).

Next up were the singers of Team Xtina, who sang the Eagles’ “Hotel California” alongside coach Christina Aguilera.

And once Team Xtina said goodbye to the Hotel California, Daly announced who made the final cut: Rob Taylor (Team XTina) and Corey Kent White (Team Blake), making it a clean sweep for both teams that performed Tuesday night.

That left Mia Z, Brian Johnson and Deanna Johnson to perform one final song in an effort to earn America’s instant save by popular tweet.

Mia Z: “Stormy Monday” T-Bone Walker

Brian Johnson: “Amazed” by Lonestar

Deanna Johnson: “It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars

After a five-minute voting period, the instant results were tallied — and it was close. Each contestant garnered at least 30 percent, with Deanna and Brian nearly tied at 35 each. But after much suspense…

… America chose to instantly save Deanna Johnson to advance to the Top 10.

When “The Voice” returns next week at 8 p.m., four musical icons will join each team as advisers for the Top 10 artists. They are:

Team Adam: Dave Stewart

Team Pharrell: Ryan Tedder

Team Christina: Mark Ronson

Team Blake: Scott Hendricks

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<![CDATA["The Voice" Recap: The Guys Came to Sing]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:58:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/469632520TheVoice.jpg

Every one of the top 12 competitors on “The Voice” gave top-notch performances on Monday night.

At this point in the competition, knockout performances are a virtual necessity: Two artists are set to go home Tuesday night, whittling down the number of contestants from 12 to 10.

But the audience made one thing abundantly clear: The male contestants hit an entirely new level.

Team Pharrell’s Sawyer Fredericks earned huge cheers for his performance of “Imagine” by John Lennon — even though Fredericks’ voice seemed to stall for a moment.

“You make everything you do seem right,” coach Blake Shelton told the young singer.

Rob Taylor of Team Xtina belted out a hair-raising performance of “I Put a Spell on You,” written by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in 1956 and popularized in famous covers by artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Nina Simone and Annie Lennox.

“That was a masterful performance,” coach Pharrell Williams said. “You made the stage yours. You made the show yours.”

And Corey Kent White — an Oklahoman like special guest advisor and two-time Grammy winner Reba McEntire — sang “Why” by Jason Aldean.

“If you can keep those eyes open a little bit more and look those girls in the eye, then you’ve got ‘em right there,” McEntire told him.

And judging by his performance, he did.

“I can sure tell you got that girl vote going for you,” coach Christina Aguilera told him.

But the ladies turned in a few outstanding performances as well.

Team Blake’s Hannah Kirby opened the show with a flinty performance of the hard-edged Stevie Nicks classic “Edge of Seventeen.”

Singing her own arrangement of “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson, Team Pharrell’s Koryn Hawthorne wowed the crowd — and McEntire, who is Clarkson’s mother-in-law.

And Team Xtina’s Kimberly Nichole brought down the house with her finale performance, growling through the American soul classic “House of the Rising Sun.”

“There are no words to describe what you’ve just done,” coach Pharrell Williams told the dynamic singer.

Brian Johnson: “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” by Sting

India Carney: “Take Me to Church” by Hozier

Mia Z: “Miss You” by the Rolling Stones

Deanna Johnson: “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” by Hillsong United

Joshua Davis: “America” by Simon and Garfunkel

Meghan Linsey: “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town

Don’t miss “The Voice” on Tuesday at 8 ET / 9 CT, as America’s votes are tallied and the top 12 becomes the top 10.

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