<![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 Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:59:22 -0700 Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:59:22 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[ 'Ellen' Goes Bi-Coastal With Clinton, Fallon]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:22:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-76434677.jpg

Ellen DeGeneres is going bi-coastal for the fall premiere of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Kicking off in Los Angeles on Tuesday September 8 and Wednesday Sept. 9, season 13 of "Ellen" will then head to New York City's Rockefeller Center where the host will sit down with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and "Tonight Show" star Jimmy Fallon on Thursday Sept. 10 and Friday Sept. 11. 

"These 3 women are changing the world," DeGeneres tweeted when news of Clinton's appearance was announced. Alongside the democratic presidential front-runner were photos of Caitlyn Jenner and Malala Yousafzai, who will also guest on episodes the same week. 

Jenner will sit-down for her first interview since becoming the most high-profile transgender woman in the world, and 18 year-old, activist, author, and youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner Yousafzai will discuss the upcoming documentary "He Named Me Malala."

It will be Clinton's first talk show appearance since announcing her candidacy and will mark her sixth appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Also lining up for premiere week is Grammy-winning singer Pink, who will make two appearances during the New York shows including an exclusive debut performance of the new "Ellen" theme song "Today’s the Day." Pink wrote and recorded the song for the new season.  

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" returns with new episodes Tuesday, September 8th. Check your local listings or log on to www.ellentv.com.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Anthony Sadler Recalls French Train Attack]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:10:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/anthony+sadler.png

The American student who, along with two friends, helped thwart an attack aboard a French train en route to Paris from Amsterdam, nearly didn’t leave the Dutch city, underlining how easily their heroic triumph could have been a tragedy.

“You almost didn’t make this train, right?” host Jimmy Fallon asked.

“We were having so much fun in Amsterdam, we actually almost stayed,” Anthony Sadler revealed on the “Tonight Show” Tuesday, compelling Fallon to crack a string of stereotypical Amsterdam-themed insinuations.

"Please just walk me through what happened," Fallon asked. "I know you've probably told the story a thousand times."

"I could tell it to you all day, man," the 23-year-old California State University student replied.

Sadler explained that he was sleeping on the train when a gunshot went off followed by the sound of glass breaking and he awoke in the commotion. He turned to look at his childhood friends, Spencer Stone, a U.S. Air Force member, and Alek Skarlatos, a member of the Oregon National Guard, and noticed they were looking behind them.

"There's the gunman coming in the train cocking an AK and I'm like, 'Is this real? Is somebody playing a joke?' the California native recalled. “The next second I look back at my friends and he's just like, 'Go.' Both of them get up and then I just followed them.”

The three friends subdued the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El-Khazzani, by “beating him down a little bit” and Sadler says he’s thankful no shots were fired in the ensuing struggle.

Sadler said he had no military training, but, thankfully, his friends did. And despite being slashed by a box cutter while holding El-Khazanni in a chokehold, Stone was able to give medical assistance to another injured passenger.

“I couldn’t have picked a better two [friends] to be with,” the student proclaimed.

El-Khazzani was carrying several magazines of ammunition for his assault rifle and a bottle of petrol. The Moroccan’s phone showed that he had watched a jihadist video shortly before launching the attack, and prosecutors have filed formal charges against him.

All three Americans received the France’s highest honor, the French Legion of Honor, from President Francois Hollande for their bravery. 

<![CDATA[Kermit the Frog Steps Out With New Girlfriend]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:13:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/abc_muppets_01_lb_150901_16x9_992.jpg

Many were shocked, even saddened in early August 2015 when one of the most iconic couples in Hollywood announced they would split. 

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy called it quits after decades as an item

But now, less than a month after their conscious uncoupling, Kermit apparently has a new love interest.

The Muppets' star frog has been seen with a new pig named Denise, who People Magazine identified as a top marketing executive at ABC. Kermit and Piggy will appear in "The Muppets," an ABC series set to premier on Sept. 22.

Kermit's move to date another pig may come as a shock to some after he released a statement in early August about the break up with Miss Piggy that seemed to disparage porcine relationships

"It can be tough to work with your ex," Kermit said, according to People Magazine. "It can be tough to be the executive producer on your ex’s late-night TV show, especially when your ex is a pig. I don’t know whether any of you have ever dated pigs."

Miss Piggy, meanwhile, has a new love interest all her own. Liam Hemsworth posted a photo to Instagram on Monday that showed the actor staring lovingly into Miss Piggy's eyes. He captioned the photo: Spent Friday with the most beautiful girl in the world. Kermit, #SorryNotSorry. #TheMuppets #MissPiggy. 

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<![CDATA['Tonight' Pros and Cons: Burning Man]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 01:08:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fallon+pros+and+cons+burning+man.png Jimmy Fallon weighs the good and bad of partying in the middle of the Nevada desert for a week at Burning Man.]]> <![CDATA[Movie Star Escapes Manhattan High-Rise Fire]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:12:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dylan+baker+high+rise+fire.jpg

An actor who has starred in "Anchorman" and TV shows including "Chicago Fire" and "The Good Wife" escaped a high-rise fire in Manhattan after he tried to get his elderly neighbor out of the burning home Tuesday afternoon. 

Dylan Baker had just returned with his family to their home on the 33rd floor of a 46-floor building in Hell's Kitchen when flames burst out of his next-door neighbor's apartment. 

"When I opened the door, it was a full-fledged fire," he said. "It was terrifying." 

Baker said he tried to look for his elderly neighbor, a woman he calls Vivian.

"I banged on the door and shouted her name. I opened her door -- I was surprised to find it open -- and there were flames everywhere, and smoke was coming out at me so I had to slam the door," he said. 

"I yelled again, I didn't hear anything. So we got the heck out," he said. 

Baker called 911 and hurried his family out of the building.

Another elderly resident named Joanne said alarms blared as smoke filled the hallways on her 25th floor. She walked down 25 flights of stairs along with her neighbors. She said most people were calm and orderly as they filed out of the building. 

The fire department arrived minutes later and got the fire under control. 

FDNY Chief Michael McLaughlin said the fire was in the main living area of the studio apartment, and there was heavy smoke on the floor. 

The fire never spread to any other apartments in the building on 43rd Street near 10th Avenue, but the woman who lives there was found unconscious on the floor. Firefighters rushed her downstairs to an ambulance. 

The woman remains in the hospital in critical condition, according to authorities. 

When she was brought down, "she looked to be in pretty bad shape," according to Baker. "My daughter won't get that image out of her head." 

"Vivian's a lovely person, she's a friend of ours," said Baker.

Officials are looking into a cause of the fire.

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<![CDATA[French Train Hero Sadler Describes Disarming Gunman]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 01:16:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fallon+anthony+sadler.JPG Anthony Sadler explains to Jimmy how his European trip ended with him and two friends being hailed international heroes.

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<![CDATA[Fighter Ronda Rousey Accepts NJ Marine's Ball Invite]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:17:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480821508.jpg

Ronda Rousey said she'd take a night off from kicking and punching to dance and twirl at a Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

Rousey, 28 — the reigning champion in the UFC women's bantamweight division and arguably the sport's biggest star — accepted an invitation from U.S. Marine Jarrod Haschert, 22, according to a news report on Tuesday.

In a video posted to on his Facebook page Thursday, Haschert, a New Jersey native, confesses to Rousey that she is his "celebrity crush" and he would love to take her to the ball on Dec. 11.

"I love everything that you do and I think you are a phenomenal person," said the rosy-faced, North Carolina-based marine in the video that had been viewed nearly 5 million times by Tuesday night.

"If you (consider it), you will truly be making my dream come true," he continued.

It was a few days until Rousey accepted, after a TMZ cameraman asked about the proposal point-blank in video published Tuesday. A beaming Rousey is seen saying yes to the date, with just one stipulation: "He’s gotta be a gentleman. I’m not a first date kind of girl."

Rousey admitted she was at a loss on how to reach him. She agreed to the date after a January fight against former boxer Holly Holm was moved to Nov. 14.

Rousey did make one other request of Haschert: That he get dates for three of her friends as well.

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<![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’: Do Not Read List]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:29:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Do+Not+Read1.png Jimmy Fallon shares some books you probably should avoid reading this year, including "Hamburgers: Bad News for Cows."]]> <![CDATA[Christie May Go 'Nuclear' if Ignored Next Debate]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:54:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Chris+Christie+Interview.png

It wasn't the "belt grabber" or "back it up" we hoped for, but Chris Christie did perform an encore snippet of "Dance You Do at a Springsteen Concert" from the infamous "The Evolution of Dad Dancing" skit.

The New Jersey governor and presidential candidate stopped by the "Tonight Show" Monday and challenged Jimmy Fallon to a lip syncing battle.

"When I say we are going to lip sync, we are going to lip sync," Christie asserted as he pulled a microphone from behind his chair and began rocking to Springsteen's hit "Born in the USA."

"You won! You're the lip sync winner," Fallon cut it, interrupting his performance as he handed Christie a championship medal.

The GOP nominee hopeful chatted about meeting Fallon's wife in New Hampshire and revealed his plans to take a more aggressive approach during the next GOP face-off, which will be moderated by CNN later this month.

"In the last debate, I was waiting for you to talk," Fallon said referring to the first Republican primary debate on the Fox News Channel.

"Me, too," Christie quipped, noting at one point he went 20 questions without being called on. "But stay tuned on Sept. 16th, we may be changing tactics. You know, if I get to like 15 questions in a row -— count 'em at home — if I get to 15 in a row, you're going to go 'Uh oh, he's going to go nuclear now.'"

"That's what I'm talking about!" Fallon cheered. "That's what we want to see!"

Christie's return to late-night TV comes as he's been struggling to gain momentum in the crowded Republican field in the summer polls. During the interview, Fallon, who often jokes about Christie during his monologue, pressed the famously brash governor, suggesting that he's been overshadowed by billionaire businessman and Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Christie had several notable clashes with his opponents during the Fox News debate and his performance was generally well-reviewed, but Trump nonetheless dominated coverage of the event.

"Donald Trump now is in the lead in all these polls. Is this a surprise to you?" Fallon asked Christie.

"I completely expected that, didn't you?" Christie responded sarcastically. "Everything he does is fabulous, wonderful, spectacular, amazing. It's the best."

Christie also talked during the interview about a sleepover he had with rival Marco Rubio at 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney's home ahead of a Fourth of July parade in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. After dinner the night before the parade, he said, Romney invited the two competitors, along with their families and a handful of his grandkids on a boat ride that included an unexpected stop for ice cream.

"[Romney] was like, 'Let's go for ice cream.' I was like, 'All right,' " Christie recalled.

"First of all, you weren't like, 'All right,' Fallon chimed. "You were like, 'Yes!'"

Christie jokingly stormed off the stage. When he returned to his chair, he told Fallon, "If I ever leave public life, you're going to have to hire two writers just to replace the garbage you say about me."

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<![CDATA[Gov. Christie, Fallon Talk Republican Debates]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:45:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Chris+Christie.png Chris Christie explains to "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon why we didn't hear much from the New Jersey governor during the first Republican presidential primary debate.]]> <![CDATA[SpongeBob SquarePants Coming to Broadway]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:57:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-72812998+%281%29.jpg

SpongeBob SquarePants is making the move from his pineapple under the sea to the Great White Way, in a new musical set to hit Broadway in the 2016-17 season.

“The SpongeBob Musical” will follow the popular Nickelodeon character and his band of friends in a new journey set to originals songs from some of music’s biggest names, including David Bowie, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, Panic! At the Disco, Cyndi Lauper, Dirty Projectors, Jonathan Coulton and The Flaming Lips will also write new songs to fill out the score. Music supervision will come from Tony winner Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”), with a book coming from Kyle Jarrow (“Whisper House”).

The project co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau (“Superior Donuts”), who says she was attracted to the ensemble nature of the material.

“[SpongeBob’s] the classic underdog hero,” she explained. “Our production sets him on a hero’s journey with real stakes, all the while retaining the show’s trippy humor and irreverence.”

Landau also said that their actors won’t be using prosthetics or costumes to bring the show’s characters to life. 

“The SpongeBob Musical” will have its world premiere in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre beginning June 7, 2016, in a limited engagement through July 3. Casting is expected to be announced shortly.

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<![CDATA[Jon Rudnitsky Joins 'SNL' as Featured Player]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 04:06:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/150831-rudnitsky-snl-1115a_9e5e8f7ca68d07d02930e45ba6ea60f2.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

A new face for a new season.

Stand-up comic Jon Rudnitsky joins the cast of "Saturday Night Live" for its 41st season as a featured player.

The 25-year-old comedian hails from Harrington Park, New Jersey and graduated from the University of Southern California. Rudnitsky won the 2012 Laugh Factory Laugh Bowl, featured in this year's New Faces showcase at Montreal's Just for Laughs festival and gained a YouTube following thanks to his parodies of "House of Cards" and "True Detective."

"SNL" returns with new episodes on Oct. 3 with host Miley Cyrus. Amy Schumer makes her hosting debut on Oct. 10, and former cast member Tracy Morgan returns on Oct. 17.

Morgan has been recovering from a traumatic brain injury after a June 2014 car wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike. Soon after the news of his return to "SNL" broke, the comedian said on Twitter he was "stoked to be going home."

The most Emmy-nominated show of all time, "Saturday Night Live" celebrated its 40th anniversary with a star-studded broadcast special in February.

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<![CDATA['Concussion' Trailer]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:07:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/concussion-Concussion_DTR1_Txtd-StereoSplit_h264_hd_1200x675_516568643856.jpg Will Smith takes on the NFL in "Concussion," in theaters December 25. ]]> <![CDATA[Miley Cyrus' Wacky MTV VMAs Outfits]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:13:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-486018870.jpg Host Miley Cyrus kept the outfits coming at 2015 MTV Video Music Awards – each one wackier than the last.

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<![CDATA[MTV VMAs 2015: Best Moments ]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:54:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485987428+1.jpg The best pictures and moments from the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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<![CDATA[MTV VMAs Red Carpet: Best and Worst Dressed]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:00:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485984216.jpg All the best and worst looks from the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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<![CDATA[Bathtub Girl Meets Luke Bryan: 'I Love Him']]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:42:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Ava_Finley_Luke_Bryan.png

A little girl struggles to say who she loves and her dad couldn't make out the words. 

The two-year-old professed her love to country singer Luke Bryan during bath time. The video of the father-daughter episode went viral, followed by an in person meeting with the superstar. 

As Ava Finley took a bath last year, the toddler began babbling with her dad Jonathan Finley and he started shooting video of her chatter. At first, he didn't know exactly what she was talking about. 

"A little bunny? You look funny?" he asked. 

What the little girl from Calera, Ala. was trying to tell her father was — Luke Bryan! Her pronunciation was a little tough to make out.

"I love him!" she exclaimed.

Ava became a Bryan fan after listening to his music with her aunts. "Play It Again" is her favorite song. 

Ava's mom first shared the video on her personal Facebook page last year. After being nudged by friends, she posted it to Twitter in April of this year and tagged Bryan, who eventually saw the video and retweeted it. His record label got in contact with the Finleys and invited them to a concert and meet-and-greet this year.

"She is really shy around people she doesn’t know. I was kind of afraid she would chicken out," said Ava's mom Adrian Finley. 

Dressed up in her cowboy boots and a white bow, Ava finally met Bryan before his concert in Atlanta on Aug. 23. Upon seeing her, Bryan scooped up Ava and gave her a big hug. He shared the moment on his Facebook page. 

"She was even cuter in person," Bryan wrote.

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<![CDATA[Kevin Hart’s Philly 5K ]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:34:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Kevin-Hart-Run.jpg

Thousands of people joined superstar comedian Kevin Hart for a 5K run in Philadelphia Saturday morning.

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Hart, a Philly native, teamed up with Nike+ Run Club to organize the race, which began at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at 8:04 a.m. and ended there. Prior to his hometown, the comedian held 5K runs in seven other cities, including New York and Houston.

Comedian J.B. Smoove and 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor were among the participants Saturday. [[323327931, C]]

Hart claimed that nearly 4500 people came out for the event, which was open to runners of all speeds and paces.

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“When I first started doing these spontaneous 5K runs it was just something I was doing authentically through social media,” Hart told NBC10’s Monique Braxton. “Nike got wind of it and Nike was like, ‘What you’re doing is amazing. You’re motivating people, you’re pushing people to do better, to simply be the best version of themselves that they possibly can.’”

Hart, who has over 21 million followers on Twitter, says the event is part of his goal of motivating his fans to get fit and healthy.

“When it comes to physical fitness and health I think that’s something that I’ve really adapted to and that’s something that I take serious now,” he said. “We’re simply in the business of making people understand and grasp the concept of taking care of yourself. “

Hart finished the race in a little under 22 minutes. He congratulated and high-fived runners as they finished at the Rocky steps.

Hart will perform Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field as part of his “What Now” comedy tour.

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<![CDATA[Spike Lee's Oscar Joint]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:01:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_570934070274.jpg

It would be too easy to declare the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did the right thing this week by tapping filmmaker Spike Lee for an honorary Oscar.

Like the best of Lee's movies, which are propelled by though-provoking ambiguity, the award's significance doesn't fall into a simple good or bad category.

Sure, the honor marks long-overdue recognition for one of the strongest filmmakers of the last three decades. But Lee's belated Oscar also underscores Hollywood's failure to do the right thing at the right time – especially in rewarding major talents who don't fit familiar molds.

One unfortunate drawback of the honorary award is that it's handed out at the untelevised Governors Awards ceremony in November – meaning whatever in-person message the outspoken Lee delivers to Oscar voters months after the vexing nomination snubs for "Selma" director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo won't draw the worldwide audience of the February Academy Awards broadcast.

Much of the Hollywood establishment never knew what to make of Lee, beginning with his sexually charged 1986 indie splash, "She's Gotta Have It." His (so far) masterpiece "Do the Right Thing," the tale of a racially roiled Brooklyn, spoke to its times (1989) and resonates today amid the current Black Lives Matter movement. But the Academy largely overlooked the powerful film (save for a screenplay nomination for Lee and a supporting actor nod for Danny Aiello) in a year that "Driving Miss Daisy," a very different movie about race, won Best Picture.

Lee went onto produce more high-quality movies, among them "Jungle Fever," and "Malcolm X," which at least earned Denzel Washington a Best Actor nomination.  

The filmmaker follows an eclectic muse, serving up everything from comedies (“Girl 6”) to musicals (“School Daze”) to searing documentaries tackling Hurricane Katrina (“When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts”) and the 1963 Birmingham church bombing (“4 Little Girls,” which earned him the second of his two Oscar nominations, this one for Best Documentary Feature). Even some of Lee’s smaller films (the bittersweet "Crooklyn") and semi-misfires ("Bamboozled") proved compelling to varying degrees.

His catalog also contains sadly underrated triumphs, like the late 1977-set New York tale "Summer of Sam" and the gritty crime drama "Clockers." The worst (and best) thing you could say about "Clockers" is that it played less like a Spike Lee Joint than a flick directed by Martin Scorsese, another great New York filmmaker mistreated by the Oscars. 

Scorsese didn’t notch a Best Director statuette until 2007, when he won for “The Departed,” three decades after “Taxi Driver.” Scorsese was 64 when he got to hold his first Oscar. Paul Newman was 62 when he won a Best Actor trophy for the Scorsese-directed “The Color of Money” in 1987, a year after getting an honorary Oscar and three decades after his first nomination.

Lee, at age 58, is a youngster compared to this year's other octogenarian honorary Oscar winners: proto-indie film queen Gena Rowlands and 1950s-1960s cinematic sweetheart Debbie Reynolds. There's still time for Lee to produce a new masterpiece, and force the Academy to do the right thing, on his terms and on its biggest stage.


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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