<![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 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 04:16:49 -0700 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 04:16:49 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Comic-Con Buzz: Movie and Series Panels ]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:53:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NUP_168604_0894.JPG

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and Batman go head-to-head (or perhaps Millennium Falcon to Batmobile) as Comic-Con International gets set to kick off for another year on Wednesday evening in San Diego.

From the big movie panels to the hot small screen series reveals, here's what is creating buzz:

Big Movie Panels

With Marvel Studio's film division, Paramount and Sony sitting out this year due to their release schedule not featuring any big franchise roll-outs on the near horizon, there are five film panels being held in the over-sized Hall H that are sure to have die hard fans and casual pop culture watchers waiting in line for hours.

On Friday Lucasfilm will produce "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams, producer and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and "special guests." The latter could be the cast of old and new faces starring in the film. While the cast was already showcased during "Star Wars Celebration" in Anaheim in April, fans can at least expect to see a new trailer or get a behind the scenes look at the film, which hits theaters in December.

Warner Bros. hopes to make a splash Saturday. The studio has "Pan" and "The Man From UNCLE" due in theaters later this year, but it's the announced appearance by the cast (Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons) and director (Zack Snyder) of the highly-anticipated and much discussed "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" that will have fans camping out overnight. Fingers crossed a surprise look at "Suicide Squad" is also on the rundown, though it is not set to be released until August 2016.

On deck for 20th Century Fox in August is the reboot of "Fantastic Four," so a cast appearance at the Saturday afternoon panel is not out of the question. So is a sneak peek at "X-Men: Apocalypse," due in theaters in 2016, as well as Ryan Reynolds in "Deadpool." 

Quentin Tarantino is bringing "The Hateful Eight" to Hall H on Saturday. A full appearance schedule has not been revealed but the film (Tarantino's eighth) stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Walton Goggins, Zoe Bell, Demian Bichir and Bruce Dern. What is known is that fans of the "Pulp Fiction" director will get an "exclusive look" at the movie.

While not the must-see ticket it was in years past, the final bow for the "'The Hunger Games" franchise is sure to attract a huge crowd to Hall H on Thursday. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" – the final film of the series – hits theaters in November and it's a safe bet star Jennifer Lawrence will on hand to give a final salute to fans.

Big Series Panels

"The Walking Dead" will stagger back to Comic-Con on Friday and this year fans of the cult zombie series can look forward to a one-two punch when immediately after the original series panel ends, Hall H will host a preview of the upcoming prequel spin-off "Fear the Walking Dead."

Sunday has the cast (Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, Kiki Sukezane, Ryan Guzman, Gatlin Green, Henry Zebrowski, Judith Shekoni, Danika Yarosh and Rya Kihlstedt) of Universal's "Heroes Reborn" flexing their new powers to promote the 13-part event series coming to NBC's fall lineup. Comic-Con favorite "Grimm" will give fans a look at the fifth season's premiere episode on Saturday in Ballroom 20, as well as question and answer time with the cast (David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner, Claire Coffee). Also on deck for Universal are new series "Blindspot" and "The Player."

And the blood is still warm for the recently canceled "Hannibal," which will take its graphic bow Saturday afternoon.

DC and Warner Bros. take over Hall H Saturday with "Supergirl," "Arrow," "Gotham," "Legends of Tomorrow" and "The Flash." The three-hour presentation will showcase the above as well as a full pilot screening of "Supergirl."

Thursday will see the latest actor to portray one of TV's longest running science fiction/fantasy characters - the Doctor - make his Comic-Con debut when Peter Capaldi takes the stage in Hall H. He'll be joined by co-stars Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez as well as showrunner Steven Moffat.

(NBC and Universal are part of the NBC Universal family.)



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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: Hartnett, Girlfriend Expecting]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:37:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-456739322.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.]]> <![CDATA['Heroes Reborn,' 'The Voice' Get Fall Premiere Dates]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:43:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NUP_168604_1456.JPG

Fans of the original "Heroes" can now mark their calendars in anticipation of the series finding new powers in the form of "Heroes Reborn" come September.

On Monday NBC announced its slate of new and returning shows with applicable premiere dates for the upcoming Fall season.

Neil Patrick Harris is back in primetime with "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris" beginning Sept. 15; hot new drama "Blindspot" starts to unfold Sept. 21; "Heroes Reborn" unleashes its powers Sept. 24, the same day "The Player" makes its debut; and "Chicago Med" takes on patients from November 10. The new comedy "People Are Talking" will serve up the laughs starting October 16.

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Returning favorite "The Voice" (featuring coaches Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine) will see the big red chairs swivel again from Sept. 21, after "Sunday Night Football" kicks-off once again on Sept. 10. "The Mysteries of Laura" and "Law & Order: SVU" return to solve cases Sept. 23, and "The Blacklist" is back Sept. 24. Live episodes of "Undateable" commence Oct. 9, before "Grimm" bites back on Oct. 30.

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"Chicago P.D." signs in for its Fall shift on Sept. 30, in advance of "Chicago Fire's" return on Oct. 13.

Here's the NBC Fall Primetime weekly breakdown (including EST start times):

Thursday, Sept. 10
 8:30-11:30 — "Sunday Night Football" (Pittsburgh at New England)

Tuesday, Sept. 15
10-11 — "Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris"

Monday, Sept. 21
8-10 — "The Voice"
10-11 — "Blindspot"

Wednesday, Sept. 23
8-9 — "The Mysteries of Laura"
9-11 — "Law & Order: SVU"

Thursday, Sept. 24
8-9 — "Heroes Reborn"
9-10 — "The Blacklist"

10-11 — "The Player"

Wednesday, Sept. 30
10-11 — "Chicago P.D."

Friday, Oct. 9
8-9 — "Undateable"

Tuesday, Oct. 13
10-11 — "Chicago Fire"

Friday, Oct. 16
8:30-9 — "People Are Talking"

Friday, Oct 30
9-10 — "Grimm"

Tuesday Nov. 10
10-11— "Chicago Med"

For more information check local listings or go to NBC.com

 

(This station and NBC are part of the NBC Universal family of companies)



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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[Celebs Courtside at Wimbledon]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:07:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/celebs-stands-GettyImages-479655014.jpg Star-gazing isn't just for the red carpet! Take a look at some celebrities who've been spotted in the stands and on the sidelines rooting for their favorite sports teams.

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<![CDATA[Comic-Con Quiz: Guess the Pop Culture Pic]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:12:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/starwars-falcon.png

Comic-Con International blasts off July 8 in San Diego.

The four day festival showcases the best in comic books, merchandise and the latest movie franchise installments coming to a theater near you.

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<![CDATA[Grateful Dead Break Records]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 06:34:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/soldier+field+grateful+dead+crowd.jpg

The Deadheads have done it again at Chicago's Soldier Field, breaking the ticket sales record for the third night in a row during the final show Sunday night.

Prior to the first of the three shows Friday night, the record number of tickets sold at the stadium was 67,936 at U2's 2009 "360 Tour" stop, according to Soldier Field.

On Friday, the Grateful Dead sold a record 70,764 tickets to fans in Chicago and across the country. The next night, they sold even more — 70,844. And finally, the record-smashing third performance on Sunday saw 71,000 ticketholders.

The three-day show was the final performance by the band. When tickets sold out within minutes after they first went on sale in March, the Grateful Dead added a second two-day show in Santa Clara, California.

After selling out on Ticketmaster, passes to the Soldier Field show immediately hit the secondary market, where three-day passes were priced as high as $116,000. As the concert dates drew nearer, the price of tickets on sites like StubHub dropped drastically.



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<![CDATA[Lightning at Disney's Magic Kingdom]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 13:25:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/allyson+conway+magic+kingdom+disney+lightning+070415.jpg

Each night, thousands gather at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Orlando for fireworks. But Mother Nature decided to put on a show of her own Friday night over Cinderella's Castle.

Storms rolled through the Orlando area, bringing flashes of lightning to the skies over the "Happiest Place on Earth." Visitors gathered at the park captured stunning photos and shared them on social media.

Instagram user @ally_conway captured this photo outside the castle:

 

 

Check out other photos captured of the stunning display by visitors to the park:

 

 

 

 

 

 (H/T: WPTV)



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<![CDATA[Grateful Dead Show Breaks Record]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:44:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/grateful+dead+soldier+field+crowd.jpg

It wasn't Bears fans, but rather Deadheads who broke the ticket sales record at Soldier Field Friday night.

More than 70,000 tickets were sold to the first of the three shows on the Grateful Dead's "Fare Thee Well" tour stop in Chicago, according to Soldier Field. U2 held the previous record of 67,936 tickets sold for the 360 Tour in 2009. The new record is 70,764 tickets.

The show continues Saturday and Sunday nights at Soldier Field.

Tickets went on sale in March and sold out within minutes, immediately hitting the secondary market with prices as high as $116,000 for a three-day pass. Prices then dropped drastically on sites like StubHub as the concert dates drew nearer.

More than 80,000 people are expected to be in the stadium and at the nearby Museum Campus for the Grateful Dead show and the Fourth of July fireworks at Navy Pier. Only people with tickets will be allowed onto Soldier Field grounds.

Ticket holders can enter Soldier Field on the north side along McFetridge Drive or on the south side at the sidewalk areas connecting the stadium to the parking lots.

Tailgating will be permitted in the parking lots only.



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<![CDATA[10 Things Deadheads Should Know Before Chicago Shows]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 19:39:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0626-2015-GratefulDead.jpg

If you’re planning to say “fare thee well” to the Grateful Dead at Soldier Field this weekend, there are some things you should know.

The band’s 50th anniversary performance, set to be members' “last-ever performance together,” kicks off Friday as thousands of fans make their way to Chicago during the July 4 holiday weekend.

The “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” performance will see Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir reunite at Soldier Field, nearly 20 years to the day of the full band’s final performance, which took place at the venue roughly one month before Jerry Garcia’s death in August 1995. The band will also be joined by Phish's Trey Anastasio on guitar, Jeff Chimenti on keyboard and Bruce Hornsby on piano.

The event has made Chicago one of the top destinations for the holiday weekend, so fans will likely need to plan ahead.

Here are some things Deadheads should know before the highly-anticipated event:

1. Tailgating

Tailgating will be allowed in the parking lots of Soldier Field during the weekend, even for fans who don’t have tickets to the fest. The special event parking lots open at 3 p.m. and the North Parking Garage opens at 6 a.m. Tailgating will end once the shows begin at 7 p.m. and there will be no tailgating allowed after the shows.

2. Transportation

The CTA announced Wednesday that it would provide extra buses to routes that serve Soldier field throughout the weekend. The no. 130 and no. 146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express buses will have extra service running until one hour after the concerts end. Fans can also travel to Soldier Field via Red, Orange and Green line trains. The Roosevelt station is located at Roosevelt and State streets, a few blocks west of the stadium.

Metra will also offer extra service on several lines over the weekend.

CTA buses, cabs and Uber rides can pick up riders on Columbus between Roosevelt and Balbo. A drop-off location will be set at the 18th Street turnaround just west off the 18th Street exit from Lake Shore Drive.

For more on how to get around Chicago during the holiday weekend, click here.

3. Tickets

Most tickets are commemorative tickets but a select amount of Ticketmaster tickets are not. Fans are encouraged to be very suspect of counterfeit tickets.

Those getting tickets at Will Call can pick them up across from Gate 10 on the Southeast corner. You will need a valid proof of purchase to enter the enclosed festival grounds.

Tickets are still available on third-party sites like Stubhub. Last month, ticket prices were reportedly dropping.

A three-day pass on StubHub, once priced as high as $116,000, could be purchased for less than $500. Single day passes were as low as $195. The lowest priced tickets won't give fans a full view of the show, and all of the cheaper seats are located behind the stage, however.

Click here for more.  

4. Parking

Special Event Parking lots open at 3 p.m. and parking will be first-come, first-served. The North Parking Garage opens at 6 a.m.
Shuttles will also from the Millennium and Grant Park garages from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Parking rates are $49 for cars and $121 for RVs.

Lots close one hour after the show. No overnight parking will be allowed.

5. General Admission

Those with field-level general-admission tickets can begin lining up at 7 a.m. in the Stadium Green outside the southeast corner of the stadium.

6. Soldier Field Security

All concert-goers will undergo electronic wand screening and have all approved bags checked. Soldier Field will not allow backpacks bigger than 12x12x12, glow sticks, food, selfie sticks, strollers, camelbacks or companion pets. For a complete list of prohibited items click here.

7. The Stadium

The festival area opens at 10 a.m. at Soldier Field. Only ticketed fans will be allowed on the grounds surrounding Soldier Field.

Fans can enter the stadium in three spots -- one on the North side along McFetridge Drive, and two entry points on the South. Sidewalk areas from parking lots are the designated entry points to the festival grounds.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

8. Refunds

Partial refunds are available for those who ordered tickets via the band’s mail-order system.

More than 500,000 tickets were requested via mail order. Due to the overwhelming number of these requests, the promoters changed the seating plans to accommodate more guests. As a result, some fans were moved to seats with a lower ticket value than what they paid.

Fans who wanted a full refund needed to submit the request by June 22. But those who still want to go to the concert can receive partial refunds to make up for the difference in ticket prices. Those fans need to mail in a request by July 20.

Click here for more details. 

9. Streaming

There are several options for streaming the performances at home. A YouTube stream and webcast are available for purchase each night and the shows will also be streamed live on Pay-Per-View and satellite radio. Click here for more detail on ways to stream.

10. Other GD Events, Places to Watch in Chicago

For a complete list of Grateful Dead celebrations in the city offering a live stream of the shows, click here
 



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<![CDATA[No Felony Charges in Diddy Assault Case]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:21:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/seanCombs-GettyImages-467251773.jpg

Rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs will not face charges after he was arrested by UCLA police on suspicion of assault and making terrorist threats, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

The DA referred Combs' case to the City Attorney's office to determine whether any misdemeanor charges will be filed, DA's office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.

There was no immediate word on why county prosecutors refused to file charges.

"We are thankful that the District Attorney rejected felony charges in this matter. This case never should have been part of the criminal justice system to begin with," attorney Mark Geragos said in a statement.

Combs was arrested last week for an alleged assault involving a weight-room kettlebell at the athletics facilities of UCLA, where his son plays football.

A source familiar with the case said Combs said he acted in self-defense, and that his son felt he was being bullied by a football coach. Combs said he held up the kettlebell to defend himself, a source told NBC News.

The source added that Combs had gone to talk to the coach, who did not want to talk to the hip-hop impresario. The source said that the coach wanted to call campus police and Combs said that he would call 911.

Officials did not say who was allegedly assaulted or what led to it. No one was seriously injured, police said. Combs' attorney did not immediately return calls from NBC seeking comment.

A rep for Combs Enterprises said Combs was defending himself in the incident.

"The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate," Nathalie Moar, a rep for Combs Enterprises, said in a statement to The Associated Press. "What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son."



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<![CDATA[July 4: Macy's Fireworks All-Star Lineup]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:59:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_876825118931.jpg

NBC’s annual "Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" is set to dazzle.

An all-star lineup will celebrate the nation's birthday including a performance from multiplatinum singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran. The six time Grammy nominated artist joins country music singer Dierks Bentley, Grammy Award-winning Kelly Clarkson, singer/songwriter/guitarist Brad Paisley, rap superstar Flo Rida and Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist Meghan Trainor.

"Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" airs Saturday, July 4 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) with an hour long encore presentation at 10 p.m. NBC will provide a free stream here. You can also download our mobile app and click "Watch Live TV Now."

Emceed by "Today" show co-hosts Willie Geist and Tamron Hall, America’s most spectacular party will take place from two locations on New York City's East River in midtown and within the South Street Seaport district. The 39th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will be fired from four barges positioned between 23rd and 37th streets in midtown and from one double-barge positioned below the Brooklyn Bridge.

The 25-minute synchronized fireworks display will feature new shells and effects including multi-colored transformation ghosts, blue and red octopi, crescent moons, patriotic stars, double hearts, roaring dragons, screaming banshees, purple rain, and spider webbed shaped shells. In honor of this year’s bravery theme, the show will combine these mesmerizing effects in 22 different colors, including new neon highlighter yellow, green and pink.

"This year's Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will be an amazing spectacle featuring more than 50,000 effects in the nation's largest Independence Day celebration," said Amy Kule, Executive Producer of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. "Setting the patriotic tone for the high flying explosions will be a magnificent score featuring the U.S. Air Force Band and renowned artists Emilio and Gloria Estefan, debuting their inspiring original song, ‘America’ with VH1 Save the Music’s Park Place Community Middle School Choir, as well as music stars CeCe Winans and Rodney Atkins performing new versions of classic patriotic tunes."



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<![CDATA[Comic-Con to Stay in San Diego for 2 More Years: Mayor ]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:55:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Comic-Con-2-July-2015.jpg

The costumed characters and superheroes of make-believe will be roaming downtown San Diego a while longer.

On Thursday, organizers of San Diego's largest and most celebrated convention announced it’s here to stay through 2018.

That came after what Comic-Con officials called "touch and go" bargaining with downtown hoteliers over jacked-up room rates that had challenged the budgets of the event's faithful followers.

"The hotel community really believes it has pricing power when there's demand, and that's not unusual,” says Tourism Authority CEO Joe Terzi. “But they've been really good at recognizing the customer of Comic-Con, and that's what Comic-Con's concern was -- 'We don't want to price ourselves of that market'."

Voice of San Diego editor Scott Lewis told NBC 7 the same scenario figures to materialize in the next round of negotiations:

"This is capitalism, right?” Lewis asked, rhetorically, in an interview Thursday. “They're going to charge for their hotel rooms the most that they can. So unless a regulatory force steps in and says 'You have to, for the good of the civic cause, lower your prices for this convention that comes in every year', there's still going to be a problem from year to year."

Another perennial sticking point -- the undersized Convention's Center's crowded confines -- have become less of a problem, at least through 2018.

In recent years, off-site venues offered by nearby hotels have created a festive 'campus' atmosphere, sort of a 'moveable feast'.

But the inescapable issue of how and where to expand the center is the focus of a city report later this month.

Says Terzi: “It will, I think, reinforce what was said before, that if you're going to expand the center, it needs to be contiguous to the building to maximize the functionality."

Whatever the outcome, Comic-Con only figures to keep growing.

A logical conclusion?

More hotels are needed.

"We book up the entire downtown with Comic-Con and with other conventions -- not just Comic-Con,” says Convention Center board member Gil Cabrera. “So it is something we're going to be wanting to look at, and hopefully there'll be other folks building hotels and more rooms coming online in the future."



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<![CDATA[What a Gas! Paul Rudd Pranks Reporter]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 03:55:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_212419191330.jpg

Paul Rudd took celebrity interviewing to a new high (or perhaps, low) when he pretended to pass gas throughout an entire Q & A session with Clevver Movies.

While speaking about his highly-anticipated film "Ant-Man," the "Parks and Recreation" alum noticed he could twist in his chair and produce sounds like he was emitting gas, much to the shock and then delight of his interviewer. Check out the video above.

"I've never been tooted on in an interview before!" reporter Erin Robinson told the actor.

"Should we see if we can do this whole interview without you even getting out one question?" Rudd joked, continuing to make noises throughout.

Rudd also cracked wise Wednesday when he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"I remember being a kid and walking this boulevard and reading the names and thinking about what so many other millions of people thought about, which is, 'Who's that?'" Rudd said during the ceremony.

"The fact that millions of people are going to be able to now see me and ask that same question...is humbling beyond belief."

Rudd's "Ant-Man" co-star, Michael Douglas, and Adam Scott, who starred alongside the actor in "Parks and Rec," spoke at the ceremony.



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<![CDATA[10 Patriotic Movies to Fire Up Your July 4th]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:23:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Captain+America+The+First+Avenger+crop.jpg

The July 4 holiday allows us to indulge in all manner of Americana: from parades draped in red, white and blue to fireworks spectaculars.

Add to that list watching some of the best Hollywood has to offer.

So after that last firework dims in the sky, settle back, grab a hot dog and some popcorn and gather the family around the biggest screen in the house.

From films set around the Revolutionary War ("Glory," "The Patriot") to modern blockbusters that owe more to the imagination than historical fact ("Captain America: The First Avenger," "Jaws"), here are 10 titles sure to bolster your patriotic mood across the holiday weekend.

"Independence Day" (1996)

This blockbuster has to be high on any July 4 movie list. Completely over the top, it's the story of an alien invasion of Earth, and the last ditch attempt to save it by a disparate group of humans that takes place on, you guessed it, July 4. Starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum, it features a scene in which the president of the United States (Pullman) personally flies a fighter jet in the attack against the extraterrestrials. Best quote: "This… is our Independence Day!"

"Glory" (1989)

Partly based on the personal letters of Col. Robert Gould Shaw, "Glory" tells the story of the first formal unit of the U.S. Army during the American Civil War to be made up entirely of African-American men. Told from the point of view of Shaw (Matthew Broderick), its white commanding officer, the movie also stars Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington, who earned a best supporting actor Academy Award for his performance. 

"Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942) 

A true flag-waver, this movie stars James Cagney as entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer and dancer George M. Cohen, who boasted he was born on July 4, though records indicate the actual date was July 3, 1878. Considered by many the father of Broadway, the film chronicles Cohen's life and features all-singing, all-dancing musical numbers that would have made the subject proud.

"The Patriot" (2000)

If you can ignore the historical inaccuracies, this engrossing American Revolution-set film stars Mel Gibson in one of his most critically-respected roles as a peaceful farmer driven to lead the colonial militia after the murder of his son (Heath Ledger) by a British officer.

"Jaws" (1975) 

It's man versus nature in this classic horror/thriller from director Steven Spielberg. 40 years on it still serves up the chills and is a benchmark for summer blockbusters. The threat: A giant great white shark terrorizes holidaymakers off the coast of Cape Cod through the July 4 holiday. The protagonists: A sheriff afraid of water (Roy Scheider), a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a salty, no-nonsense fisherman (Robert Shaw). Awesome quote: "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

"Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) 

A controversial film when it was first released its message reminds us that as we celebrate, our freedom and ideals are something we must continually fight for – as much at home as on foreign soil. Directed by Oliver Stone, the biopic stars Tom Cruise as wheelchair-bound Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic, who becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist. The role earned Cruise his first Academy Award nomination and was awarded Oscars for directing (Stone) and film editing.

"Apollo 13" (1995)

Directed by Ron Howard, this biopic tells the story of NASA mission Apollo 13 – America's third attempt to land a man on the moon. An on-board explosion while en route begins to deplete the craft of its oxygen and power, and what had been a mission for the moon becomes a mission to get the astronauts on board (Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon and Gary Sinise) home safely. The film speaks to the American spirit of discovery, as well as our never-leave-a-person-behind creed.

"Top Gun" (1986)

Fighter pilots Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer peacock for instructor Kelly McGillis in this Tony Scott-directed action-adventure romp about fighter pilots attending the Navy's elite training school in San Diego. Throw in Russian MiGs and a soundtrack loaded with 1980s anthems including "Danger Zone" (Kenny Loggins) and "Take My Breath Away" (Berlin) and you've got a perfect post-fireworks movie. THE quote: "I feel the need, the need for speed!"

"Forrest Gump" (1994)

An epic American romance covering several decades in the life of the titular character (played by Tom Hanks), who despite his naivete manages to be present for, and occasionally influence, some of the country's defining moments in the latter half of the 20th century. In 2011 the Library of Congress selected the movie for preservation in the National Film Registry, describing it as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Most quoted line: "My mama always said, 'Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'"

"Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011)

Actor Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers in this action/adventure film based on the Marvel comic book character Captain America. Set during World War II, small, sickly Rogers is transformed into Captain America when he is enlisted to take part in the super-soldier experiment. The now-robust Rogers must stop the Red Skull, Hitler's henchman and leader of an organization that intends to use an artifact called the "Tesseract" to power their quest for world domination.



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<![CDATA['It's a Delightful Thing': Jon Hamm Talks 'Minions']]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:23:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/NC_minions0701001.jpg Actor Jon Hamm discusses the challenge of voicing an evil inventor in "Minions" and the end of "Mad Men."]]> <![CDATA[Macy's Is Latest to Dump Donald Trump]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:32:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/donald-trump-bogota.jpg

Macy's has announced it will no longer do business with Donald Trump in the wake of the Republican presidential candidate's remarks concerning Mexico and immigration.

In a statement to MSNBC Macy's said they "are disappointed and distressed" by recent remarks Trump made about immigrants from Mexico, adding, "We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation. In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy’s values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy’s since 2004."

A longstanding MoveOn.org petition asking Macy’s CEO Terry J. Lundren to end the department store's association with Trump was updated in light of his recent remarks about Mexico and has attracted more than 700,000 signatures. 

Macy’s joins Univision and NBC Universal in severing business ties with the outspoken developer after he said Mexican immigrants were criminals and "rapists" at his presidential announcement on June 16th.

Trump said in a statement that it was his decision to terminate his relationship with Macy's "because of the pressure being put on them by outside sources." He accused both the department store and NBC for supporting illegal immigration.

The real estate magnate also stated he was never happy that the apparel line sold under his name at Macy's was produced in China, and should he start a new product line sometime in the future he "would insist that they are made in America."



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