<![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 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:31:31 -0700 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:31:31 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Michelle Obama to Appear on "The Tonight Show"]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:23:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/flotus-fallon-tonightshow-470823871.jpg

First Lady Michelle Obama is set to make an appearance on the Thursday, April 2 telecast of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

The first lady will discuss what’s on tap for the fifth anniversary celebration of her Let’s Move! initiative, including the #GimmeFive challenge. Let’s Move encourages everyone to eat better, be more active and lead a healthier life.

She last appeared on "Tonight" in February 2014, shortly after Fallon took over as host of the show, and appeared in a skit called, "Ew" alongside Fallon and comedian Will Ferrell.

In 2013 Obama appeared on Fallon's then program "Late Night," where she and the host performed in the video sketch "The Evolution of Mom Dancing."

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<![CDATA[Trevor Noah to Replace Jon Stewart at "Daily Show"]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:02:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/136528315_TrevorNoah.jpg

South African comedian Trevor Noah, who joined "The Daily Show" as an on-air contributor in December, will replace the outgoing Jon Stewart as host of the satirical news program, Comedy Central announced Monday.

31-year-old Noah has appeared on "The Daily Show" only three times since his debut. 

"You don't believe it for the first few hours," Noah, who is currently on tour in Dubai, told the New York Times of his promotion. "You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you're in a place where you can't really get alcohol."

Stewart, 52, announced in February that he was leaving "The Daily Show" after 16 years. Comedy Central has not yet revealed an exit date for Stewart or a premiere date for Noah.

"I'm thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He's a tremendous comic and talent that we've loved working with," Stewart said in a statement. "In fact, I may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!"

"Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny," Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless said in a statement. "For the next host of 'The Daily Show,' we set out to find a fresh voice who can speak to our audience with a keen take on the events of the day, and we found that in Trevor. He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America."

Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, Noah became a well-known face in his home country through hosting numerous award shows and two seasons of his own late night talk show, "Tonight with Trevor Noah."

Noah made his U.S. television debut in 2012 on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," has appeared on "Late Show with David Letterman," and made his "Daily Show" debut in 2014. He was the subject of the 2012 documentary film, "You Laugh But It's True," which chronicled Noah's career in post-apartheid South Africa and his preparations for his one-man show "The Daywalker."

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<![CDATA[Sold-Out Crowd Descends on Levi's for WrestleMania]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:44:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/WM31_03292015ca_2266.jpg

A sold-out crowd of 76,000 screaming fans descended on Levis Stadium for WrestleMania 31, which is considered the Super Bowl of wrestling.

After four days of buildup, the gates to the main event opened at 1:30 p.m. The crowd had been loud and enthusiastic all night. Some wrestling fans paid more than $10,000 for a ticket.

Joe DiBenedetto came from Fresno to watch the show. He said he had a great time at WrestleMania.

“The charisma, the camaraderie -- everybody around us," DiBenedetto said. "It was like one, big happy family. And I mean you got to see some old characters, new characters, arising, departure. Everything was great.”

Fans watched as Sting stepped into a WWE ring after 14 years of anticipation, and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was named a Hall of Fame inductee. Also, East Bay native The Rock paid a visit to the event.

But 15-year-old Damian Prado had his own highlights.

"I got to spend time with my father, and not just that, but I also got to spend time with the WWE Universe," Prado said. "So, it was awesome.”

WrestleMania 31 drew an international crowd with fans from 40 countries. People like Frankie Lawrence came from Bedford, England.

”This was a dream come true, coming across to America for the first time and actually watching my dream, WrestleMania,” Lawrence said.

Many jumped on light rail and came directly from a fan event at the San Jose Convention Center. The trains were definitely crowded, and many people had to stand for the trip.

"The light rail was an easy way to get from the hotel and convention to Levi's Stadium. You don't have to worry about car and parking parking and all the hassles," WrestleMania attendee Jason Heinitz said.

For those who opted to drive, many complained about a major backup once they got off Highway 101 and tried to make it to the stadium. But late Sunday afternoon, that seemed to clear up.

After the event, the parking lot cleared out within 45 minutes.

From $2,000 seats, to merchandise sales, and all the extra hotel and visitor dollars, this event is expected to bring well over $100 million to the local economy.

One thing is for sure -- this will definitely be a good trial run for the Super Bowl next year.

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<![CDATA[Robin Williams' Children Battle Widow Over Estate ]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:38:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP741201775385.jpg

Seven months after Robin Williams tragic suicide, his family is taking their battle over his estate to the courtroom.

According to court documents, Williams’ three children will dispute with the late actor's widow, Susan Schneider, Monday morning over the rights to Williams' Marin County home and the belongings inside.

In her filing, Schnieder alleges the comedian's children from two previous marriages took items without her permission from the Tiburon, California, home she shared with Williams.

Williams' trust granted his children his memorabilia and awards in the entertainment industry and some other specific personal items, but also called for the creation of provisions to benefit his wife, who has two teenage sons of her own. This included the couple's home in Tiburon, California and "the contents thereof,” according to the actors will, The New York Times reported.

Schneider is asking the court to exclude the contents of the Tiburon home from items Williams wanted the children to have.

The case over the details of Williams’ trust is expected to go beyond Monday’s initial hearing.

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<![CDATA[2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:52:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NUP_168016_0013.JPG The hottest celebrities in music attended the 2015 iHeartRadio Music at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Calif. Click through to see some of your favorite stars on the red carpet and performances from the show.

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<![CDATA[Music Festival Bans Selfie Sticks]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:03:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/Coachella2014-Sunday-Scenery.jpg

Festival goers can leave behind their selfie sticks when packing for their trips this year.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California is the latest in a string of festivals and venues to ban ticket holders from carrying in the popular selfie stick. 

"NO Selfie Sticks / Narsisstics [sic]," the website reads. Festival organizers did not immediately reply to a request for comment. 

Selfie sticks help large groups take selfies easier, but organizers of several large music festivals around the nation are banning the stick on their grounds. 

Earlier in the week, Lollapalooza, a summer music festival in Chicago, also had a noticable addition to its FAQ section on the website for 2015 festival goers, NBC Chicago reported: no selfie sticks.

"GoPro attachments like sticks, selfie sticks & monopods," the website clarified. Professional recording equipment, such as detachable zoom lenses and tripods, will also not be allowed into festival grounds. 

It was immediately unclear whether other large music festivals in California would institute a similar ban. HARD Fest, a popular music festival in Los Angeles, did not specifically mention selfie sticks on their prohibited items list, though they do not allow professional recording equipment such as cameras with detachable lenses, or videos cameras or GoPros. 

Other popular California music festivals, such as Outside Lands in August or County Summer in June, do not specifically mention selfie sticks. The highly anticipated San Diego festival, Kaaboo, will not allow audio or video recording equipment on festival grounds. 

ULTRA, a large music event in Miami, specified on their website that they would not allow festivals goers in Miami to bring in "professional cameras, flash cameras or video and audio recording equipment, or camera poles." Summerfest, a Milwaulkee, WI festival, did not specify whether they would allow the sticks. 

Music festivals are not the first to institute a selfie stick ban. The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museumbanned the popular sticks in February

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<![CDATA["The Rock Obama" Returns to "SNL"]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 03:38:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SNL-The-Rock-Obama-2.jpg

Whether he’s throwing down The People’s Elbow or underpinning the next explosive iteration of “Fast and the Furious,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a talent for keeping a franchise alive.

And with “Furious 7” hitting theaters on Friday, it was only fair that his fourth “Saturday Night Live” hosting appearance marked the return of another classic: The Rock Obama.

In the cold open sketch, President Barack Obama (Jay Pharoah) tried to keep his temper in check while meeting with three of his most outspoken critics: House Speaker John Boehner (Taran Killam), Sen. Tom Cotton (Kyle Mooney) and Sen. Ted Cruz (Bobby Moynihan).

But when the obstinate Republican senators pushed him too far, the commander-in-chief transformed into his surly counterpart: The Rock Obama (Johnson).

“Don’t be alarmed,” the hulking president said. “The Rock Obama much like Barack Obama, only larger and more violent.”

His first target: Boehner.

“You. Orange Man,” he said, lifting Boehner by his collar. “You like Israel? Maybe you should go visit Israel!” as he tossed the House speaker through a White House window.

The Rock Obama dispatched with Cotton and Cruz in similar fashion, only to be interrupted by his wife Michelle (Sasheer Zamata) and an apologetic Secret Service agent (Beck Bennett).

“Turns out there’s been a mentally ill vagrant living in the White House garden for the last two months,” the agent said.

“Are you kidding me?! My garden?!” the first lady howled, before she, too, transformed into her larger, more violent alter-ego: She-Rock Obama (Leslie Jones).

“You tried to protect us—but who will protect you?!” she shouted, ripping off the agent’s arm and clubbing him over the head with it.

In his opening monologue, Johnson pointed out his skill at keeping franchises alive.

“Some folks in the industry have even referred to me as ‘Franchise Viagra,” he said, before launching into a song about how he’d revive movie series both moribund and beloved.

While filming a WWE promo shoot, Koko WatchOut (Johnson) took trash-talking with rival Trashyard Mutt (Moynihan) a little too seriously, to disastrous effect.

“He has herpes!” WatchOut shouted. "It's true! Oh, he's got herpes and he's got it bad!"

But even when Mutt asked him off-camera to keep the smacktalk limited to the wrestling mat, WatchOut overstepped his bounds.

“You remember the college girlfriend named Donna? It turns out that eight months after you broke up, she had a baby girl! Evelyn!

“What?!” a shellshocked Mutt cried.

“I met her! She’s a lovely girl! An honors student! And she doesn’t want a thing to do with you man, because you’re unfit to be a dad!”

Johnson also took on the title role in a mock movie trailer for an upcoming live-action reboot of “Bambi.” But unlike Disney original, Bambi and his friends—Thumper (Killam), Flower (Pharoah) and Faline (Cecily Strong) — have a thirst for vengeance and serious firepower.

“When I was a boy, they took away my mother,” the musclebound fawn says in the trailer. “Now it’s time for them to pay—dearly.”

On “Weekend Update,” co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che welcomed back Russian villager Olya Povlatsky (McKinnon) to discuss the Russian economy’s new signs of bouncing back. (Despite the recuperating ruble, she was still in need of a snack.)

“You know District 12 in Hunger Games? Based on richest neighborhood in my village,” she deadpanned. “Even Ebola would not come to Russia! It almost came, and then was like ‘No, too easy.’”

“Come on, Olya,” Jost chided her. “Russia can’t be that bad.”

“I have had frostbite ever since I was born, Colin,” she replied. “This is why my toes are like One Direction: Only four left.”

Breakthrough British singer-songwriter George Ezra lit up the Studio 8H stage, performing “Budapest” and “Blame It on Me.”

“SNL” returns on April 4 with veteran host Michael Keaton and first-time musical guest Carly Rae Jepsen.

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<![CDATA[WrestleMania Takes Over Levi's Stadium]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:55:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/wrestlemania_hall_of_fame_set1.JPG

Wrestling fans have had lots to do before the main WrestleMania event Sunday evening.

At the SAP Center Saturday, a WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony inducted some of the biggest legends in wrestling into the Hall of Fame. And some of the biggest names in wrestling were there to honor them.

Several wrestling stars on the red carpet have ties to the Bay Area, including Roman Reigns, who will be wrestling tomorrow in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Levis Stadium against Brock Lesnar.

Roman said he has lots of family in the Bay Area. So does Eva Marie from the show "Total Divas." She was born and raised in Concord and graduated from Northgate High School. She said she is thrilled WrestleMania will be held at the new Levi's Stadium.

"I think Levi's Stadium is phenomenal," Marie said. "I can't wait for us to go in there and perform tomorrow night. I think it's great for the community. It brings so many people out that wouldn't normally come out to Levi's Stadium because it's the 49ers spot. So now that WrestleMania is there, it's bringing so much awareness to that facility. It's awesome."

Brett Heart already has been inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame. He said he is happy to have played a role in making wrestling so popular.

Seventy-one-thousand fans are expected to attend Sunday's event at Levi's Stadium. But on Saturday, it was all about honoring the legends as they are inducted into the Hall of Fame, including Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

VTA said it is ready to handle tens of thousands of fans. The system has had some practice, with a whole season of 49ers games under its belt. The big difference is that tomorrow, many more fans will be from out of town. And they will be using the light rail line for the first time.

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<![CDATA[Slime and Stars at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 09:23:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP292145567037.jpg Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Will Forte Sings Ode to His Beard]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:29:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Will-Forte-Beard-Song.jpg

What do you do when your beard goes away? If you're Will Forte, you grow another one. And then you sing about it.

Forte joined Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” and lamented the loss of the bushy beard he grew for his role in the TV comedy “The Last Man on Earth.” Forte even saved the beard hair—but not for himself.

“We were talking about this before: You gave your mom your beard hair?” Fallon asked.

“Mom requested the beard hair,” Forte insisted. “She does art projects based on all my things, and she said, ‘May I have your beard hair for a project I’m working on?’”

But with no art project to show for it and only a scant beard to replace the shaggy original, Forte decided to express his sorrow through music.

“This song is about the depression and sadness I went through when I had to shave my beard off,” Forte said. “It’s a tough time in every man’s life when he has to shave his beard.”

As is his weekly habit, Fallon took some time to pen thank-you notes. On Friday’s list of recipients: Pope Francis, garage sales and the Final Four.

“Thank you, the Final Four — or as you’re now known, One Direction,” joked Fallon, riffing on the much-lamented departure of Zayn Malik from the band.

Fallon was also sure to thank Madame Tussauds for making a wax figure of him.

“Which reminds me — sure, honey, I’d love to go to your sister’s for dinner this weekend,” Fallon said, mock-guffawing as he looked at his waxen doppelgänger.

Adam Horovitz (better known as rapper Ad-Rock of Beastie Boys fame) stopped by “Tonight” to chat with Fallon about his acting role opposite Ben Stiller in the upcoming movie “While We’re Young.”

“I’m on a talk show!” Horovitz said gleefully, before becoming self-critically taking stock of his apparel. “I feel like I should have worn a hat,” Horovitz mused. (He later returned to the stage wearing a purple beanie.)

Jeremy Wade, the host of Animal Planet’s “River Monsters,” also visited the studio — and he brought along a few tanks full of peculiar specimens. Among them were electric catfish — which Forte ill-advisedly tried to kiss — and the decidedly bizarre hagfish, which oozed gobs of sticky slime all over Fallon’s hands.

It still remains to be seen whether those hagfish earn a thank-you note next week.

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<![CDATA[Fallon Thank-You Notes: Final Four, Pope Francis]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:10:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Thank-You-Notes-Tussauds.jpg Jimmy pens thank you notes to Pope Francis, garage sales and the new wax sculptures of him at Madame Tussauds.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Will Forte Sings an Ode to His Beard on "Tonight"]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:52:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Will-Forte-Ode-to-Beard-27-Mar-2015-1080_1200x675_419463747703.jpg Will Forte recently shaved off his beard and he misses it very, very much.]]> <![CDATA[iHeartRadio Music Awards to Honor Justin Timberlake]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:36:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/450400702.jpg

The 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards turns up the volume Sunday night with a live telecast on NBC featuring and celebrating the recording industry's biggest names, including Justin Timberlake who will be presented with the Innovator Award.

Hosted by Jamie Foxx, the three hour ceremony from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles will showcase the year's most popular artists and songs determined by the iHeartRadio chart and fan voting through iHeartRadio stations. 

Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith lead the nominations with five apiece, while Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift both received four nominations. With Luke Bryan, they are all up for Artist of the Year.

Azalea and Smith will also face off in the best new artist category along with Bastille, Cole Swindell and Meghan Trainor.

Click here for the complete list of iHeartRadio Music Award nominees.

The evening will include performances by Rihanna, Azalea, Smith, Madonna, Jason Aldean, Trainor, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Nate Ruess, Alesso and Florida Georgia Line along with appearances from Taylor Swift and others. iHeartRadio also promises the ceremony will feature unexpected collaborations.

Multiple Grammy- and Emmy-winner Timberlake is set to receive the prestigious iHeartRadio Innovator Award in recognition of his contributions to the music industry and his ability to cross entertainment genres including singing, songwriting, acting and live performing.

One of the most followed people on social media, Timberlake has more than 95 million followers across all his platforms. Released in 2013, Timberlake's "20/20 Experience" was the best-selling album of that year and has to date sold in excess of five million albums and 15 million tracks.

"Justin is one of the most dynamic artists of our lifetime, a visionary whose influence on pop culture starts with brilliant music and stretches well beyond,” said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms for iHeartMedia. “I’m amazed how he regularly breaks barriers that continue to shape and define music trends. We’re thrilled to recognize him amongst his peers — who also proudly call themselves his fans."

The iHeartRadio Music Awards airs live from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday, March 29 on NBC.

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<![CDATA[Justin Bieber's Risky Roast]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:23:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/466366940.jpg

At one point during the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, host Kevin Hart asks the guest of dishonor, "This is like suicide. Why would you do it?"

It's less a quip, than the serious, central question of the roast, which airs Monday night. The TV special marks a risky move for a tarnished teen idol with a latent self-destructive streak: Either he's hammering another nail into the career coffin or he's betting humor will exorcise his largely self-made demons and spur a rebirth at age 21.

But as history shows with these bawdy Comedy Central insult fests, there's a thin one-liner between being in on the joke and becoming a joke.

David Hasselhoff's 2010 roast – which aired as he tried to come back from an embarrassing and sad viral video of him writhing drunk on the floor eating a cheeseburger – marked his permanent transformation into a campy figure ("It's kind of ironic that you made millions playing a lifeguard, because every night you drown in your own sorrows," Jeffrey Ross told the former "Baywatch" star).

James Franco's 2013 stint on the rotisserie seemingly started out as another whimsical detour in his polymath path, but turned ugly at times ("If anyone bombs here, they're just doing an impression of James Franco at the Oscars," Nick Kroll cracked in one of the tamer barbs of the night).

The most unlikely triumph came for Charlie Sheen whose 2011 roast, following his self-immolation, ignited his Phoenix-like rise from the ashes (as host Seth McFarlane told the fallen "Two and a Half Men" star: "I never thought I would live to see the night that you would live to see this night").

Bieber might like to think his veins also are coursing with tiger blood, but his behavior over the last year-plus – including a DUI arrest and the egging of a neighbor’s house – suggest a cub out of control.

He's displayed, until recently, little sense of humor about his reported hard partying ways and his fall from his initial good-kid grace. That's a shame, because he showed glimmers of a talent for comedy in his 2010 "Saturday Night Live" appearance, playing a cute crooning schoolboy to Tina Fey's swooning teacher.

Now Bieber is a running "SNL" gag, with Kate McKinnon portraying him as a dim, ants-in-his-pants poseur. "My brain is broken," McKinnon-as-Bieber declared in a sketch last year.

To Bieber's credit, he praised McKinnon's recent takeoff of his Calvin Klein ad, tweeting, "Well played. lol." In another promising sign, Bieber reportedly turned serious after being roasted by the unlikely likes of Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart and Shaquille O'Neal. "I've lost some of my best qualities. For that, I am sorry," Bieber said. "I'm looking forward to being someone who you guys can all look at and be proud of."

After the taping earlier this month, Bieber tweeted: "Tonight was one of the best nights ever. Thank you to everyone involved. Thank you."

His feelings might change after Monday's night roast airs as Twitter users render the final verdict. In meantime, check out a preview as Bieber bids to smash his bad-boy image and wipe the egg off his face.


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[Seth's Affirmations: Seth Is a Powerhouse, Seth Is in the Moment]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:01:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Affirmations+.png The “Late Night” writers were kind enough to write some affirmations for Seth Meyers to provide him with emotional support and encouragement. ]]> <![CDATA[Watch: "Tonight Show" Hashtags #HowIQuit]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:20:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Hashtag+HowIQuit.png Jimmy Fallon asks "Tonight Show" fans to submit their story of how they quit a job via Twitter with the hashtag #HowIQuit.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: "Tonight Show" Screen Grabs]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:26:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Tonight+Show+Screen+Grabs.png Jimmy Fallon asks "Tonight Show" fans to send in screenshots found on the Internet and shares some of his favorite submissions, including a 1000-year-old grandmother and an interesting Pat Benatar album cover on Pandora.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: "Late Night" Celebrity Spelling Bee]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:15:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Celebrity+Spelling+Bee.JPG In this day and age, we know so much about celebrity lives thanks to social network and gossip magazine, but the real question is: Can you spell their name? Find out in this "Late Night" game of "Celebrity Spelling Bee."

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<![CDATA["Mitt in the Mirror" With Mitt Romney & Jimmy Fallon]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:16:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NUP_167998_1610.JPG

Mitt Romney finally revealed why he isn’t running in 2016, ending his presidential aspirations.

The 2012 Republican presidential candidate stopped by "The Tonight Show" Wednesday and chatted with Jimmy Fallon about the 2016 election and revealed that his 2-year-old grandson is training him for the Evander Holyfield charity fight.

Romney will be squaring off against the former heavyweight boxing champion on May 15 for Charity Vision’s “Fight Night” in Salt Lake City. Charity Vision is a non-profit organization that focuses on restoring curable sight impairment worldwide.

“It’s going to be a very quick battle,” Romney joked.

Having officially bowed out of the GOP race in January, the former Governor of Massachusetts was free to crack jokes about President Obama’s golf game, Hillary Clinton’s emails and his own presidential bid loss when he spoke to his “reflection” before sitting down with Fallon.

Fallon, pretending to be Romney in the “reflection” asked the real Mitt if he was ready for big interview.

“Well, actually I’m a little nervous," Romney admitted. "Jimmy is probably going to ask me why I didn’t run for president. What should I say?”

“Just tell him you enjoy the freedom. You get to sit back, relax, golf all the time, go on vacation whenever you want,” Fallon said as Mitt's reflection.

“AKA, be president?” Romney quipped.

Romney’s reflection, worried about the Holyfield charity fight, wanted some assurance that they weren’t crazy for taking on a heavyweight champion. The real Romney reminded the reflection that it was all in good fun. After all, he said, "what’s the worst that can happen?”

“That’s true, I guess it’s not the first time we lose to a black guy,” replied “reflection” Romney.

Watch the clip above to see what else Mitt Romney contemplates about with himself while talking to his “reflection.”

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<![CDATA[Watch: Mitt Romney in the Mirror]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 01:27:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Mitt+Romney+Face+Off.JPG Before his "Tonight Show" interview, Gov. Romney talks to his "reflection" in the mirror.

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<![CDATA["Name Our Roo": LA Zoo Holds Kangaroo Naming Contest]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:53:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*128/la-zoo-name-our-kangaroos-032515.jpg

With each spring comes new life.

The Los Angeles Zoo is currently housing a bounty of babies — a baby hippo, koala, monkey, giraffe and more —  and it wants the public's help in naming the zoo's latest little one, a kangaroo joey.

"Since these newborns won’t be babies forever, we decided to highlight the excitement with a 'NameOurRoo' contest," said Laura Stegman, spokeswoman for the Greater LA Zoo Association.

"It's the first time in nearly 20 years that the general public has been offered the chance to name a baby animal at the LA Zoo," she added.

Now through April 26, visitors can submit a photo of the western gray kangaroo baby along with a potential name using the hashtag #NameOurRoo on Twitter, Instagram or the zoo's website.

The voting and judging process will be open to the public from April 27 to May 1. The winner who comes up with the best baby name will receive a GoPro Hero4 camera and a family deluxe zoo membership, according to a statement.

The "Name Our Roo" contest is part of the zoo's "Meet our Babies" program. Zoo-goers who visit now through the end of April will receive an activity guide containing fun facts and a map to find all the babies at the 133-acre wildlife park.

The "Meet the Babies" program and the "Name Our Roo" contest are part of the zoo's efforts to spotlight the park's endangered and vulnerable species breeding programs.

Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy of Jamie Pham ]]>
<![CDATA[Fans React to Zayn Malik Quitting One Direction]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:25:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/459478626.jpg

One Direction fans, or One Directioners, took to social media Wednesday to share their despair over news that Zayn Malik has left the group after 5 years.

Fans expressed their sadness and shared their memories of seeing the whole band perform, using the hashtag #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik on Twitter.

Even the Beliebers, Harmonizers and fans of other groups showed their support for One Direction.

Take a look a their messages below: 

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<![CDATA[Lollapalooza Releases 2015 Lineup]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:07:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Lolla_2012_img_2318.jpg

Paul McCartney, Metallica and Florence + the Machine are the headline acts for Lollapalooza 2015, festival organizers announced Wednesday morning.

Other big acts for the three-day festival, which runs July 31 through Aug. 2 at Grant Park, include Sam Smith, Bassnectar, The Weeknd, and The Chainsmokers.

Discounted three-day passes quickly sold out after being made available Tuesday, but several other packages -- VIP Lolla Lounge passes, platinum passes, and travel packages -- remain available. 


Friday, July 31st: 

Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Gary Clark Jr., Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, the War on Drugs, DJ Snake, Sylvan Esso, MS MR, Tove Lo, Glass Animals, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, First Aid Kit, DJ Mustard, James Bay, Broods, MisterWives, What So Not, Sxa, Jamestown Revival, Philip Selway, Young Thug, Coasts, Destructo, Borns, Badbadnotgood, Mighty Oaks, Bear’s Den, Peking Duk, Black Pistol Fire, Spookyland, Bully, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Kyle Thornton & the Company, The New Pacific, Daye Jack, The Pop Ups, Q Brothers, School of Rock AllStars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips.

Saturday, August 1st: 

Metallica, Sam Smith, Alesso, Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, Brand New, Carnage, G-Easy, Walk the Moon, Tyler the Creator, The Tallest Man on Earth, Banks, Chet Faker, Sturgill Simpson, Death From Above 1979, Toro y Moi, Charli XCX, Django Django, Boys Noize, Delta Spirit, RL Grime, Givers, Ryn Weaver, Travi$ Scott, Caked Up, Hermitude, Wet, Holychild, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Zella Day, Mr. Eden, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Snbrn, Ellie King, Beat Connection, Mick Jenkins, Raury, Jack Novak, Pell, White Sea, Hippo Campus, Coin, Danny Weinkauf, School of Rock Allstars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips, The Helmets.

Sunday, Augugst 2nd: 

Florence + the Machine, Bassnectar, Of Monsters and Men, A$AP Rocky, TV On The Radio, Nero, twenty one pilots, Nicky Romero, Kygo, Marina and the Diamonds, FKA Twigs, Lord Huron, Gogol Bordello, Stromae, Odesza, Logic, The Chainsmokers, Wild Belle, Twin Peaks, Angus & Julia Stone, George Ezra, Strand of Oaks, Moon Taxi, Shakey Graves, Galantis, Night Terrors of 1927, Alison Wonderland, Circa Waves, DMAs, Sheppard, Mako, Skylar Spence, the Wombats, Halsey, Lion Babe, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Vérité, Jacklndn, Zebra Katz, the Lonely Biscuits, SirenXX, In the Whale, Atarah Valentine, The Pop Ups, Danny Weinkauf, Motown Pete, Q Brothers, School of Rock Allstars

See the full lineup schedule, get festival information and buy tickets at Lollapalooza.com.

Many Lollapalooza fans attempting to purchase three-day passes during Tuesday morning’s sale ran into a big a problem when their Chase Bank credit cards were rejected during their purchase. Chase said the issue was resolved.

Photo Credit: Chris Shields ]]>
<![CDATA[Watch: The Pros and Cons of March Madness]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:18:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Pros+and+Cons3.png Jimmy Fallon weighs the good and bad of NCAA March Madness.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: Freestylin' With The Roots, Spring Edition]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:29:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Freestylin+With+the+Roots.png Jimmy Fallon gets to know members of the “Tonight Show" audience and asks The Roots to improv songs about them based on what he learns.]]> <![CDATA[Vote in the "Late Night" Tournament of Things!]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 03:43:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Tournament.png In honor of March Madness, Seth Meyers has created a non-NCAA basketball bracket competition of unrelated and random things. ]]> <![CDATA[SF Music Company Sued By Fox Over "Empire" Name]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:17:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Empire+Fox+Howard+Henson.jpg

Fox is suing a San Francisco digital music distribution company because of its name.

According to TMZ, Twentieth Century Fox Television filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against EMPIRE Distribution over the name it shares with Fox's popular television series "Empire."

Founded in 2010, EMPIRE Distribution releases digital music from urban artists including leading hip-hop stars Snoop Dogg, T.I. and Kendrick Lamar.

Fox's fictional Empire Records releases urban music including hip-hop and R&B, but in a real life twist, songs from the series are actually available for sale. Columbia Records released songs from each episode for the duration of the series and then dropped the "Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire" compilation on March 10. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, beating Madonna's "Rebel Heart" album with 130,000 sales in the first week, reported Billboard.

“Fox, through the Empire program, advertises, distributes, and streams music and sells downloads under the ‘Empire’ mark," explained EMPIRE founder and CEO Ghazi Shami in a statement. "This music shares the same search terms as EMPIRE's music, the musical genres are identical, and the songs and albums are positioned in close proximity in online outlets such as iTunes, Google Play, Amazon.com, and Spotify. It isn’t just a fictional show; they are functioning as a record label in the real world. This only makes the public confusion worse.”

EMPIRE Distribution plans to respond to the lawsuit.

“We are confident that this is a textbook trademark infringement case,” said Michael Hobbs of Troutman Sanders LLP, the law firm representing EMPIRE, in a statement. “EMPIRE was started over five years before the first broadcast of the show, the marks are identical, and they sell the same products to the same customers. The significant number of incidents of actual public confusion is disturbing.

“The only alternative with which we are left is to litigate, which we will do vigorously to protect our client’s valuable rights," he said.

Photo Credit: Chuck Hodes/Fox]]>
<![CDATA["The Voice" Recap: A #Knockout Steal]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:52:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Caitlin-Caporale-The-Voice-24-Mar-2015.jpg

Tuesday night’s #knockout episode of “The Voice” had singers belting it out to stay in the competition  — and a surprise steal that left one singer ecstatic over the last minute save.

In the second night of #VoiceKnockout rounds, pairs of singers from the same team competed against each other to earn a place in the live rounds. And while all the coaches faced tough decisions in choosing one singer over another, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera clung to their remaining steals in hopes of claiming talented performers from other teams. (Nate Ruess, the energetic frontman of the rock band fun., continued advising the young singers on their knockout songs.)

The first #VoiceKnockout featured two artists Shelton called his "two young country vocalists": Corey Kent White and Cody Wickline.

Wickline performed “Til My Last Day” by Justin Moore, while White performed an emotional rendition of Tim McGraw’s Grammy Award-winning “Live Like You Were Dying” in honor of his sick grandfather.

A clearly torn Shelton struggled to choose one competitor over the other. But with his back to the wall, he picked Wickline.

“I’m so glad knowing that my grandfather was able to watch this performance,” said Wickline, after telling the judges that his grandfather was recovering. “This is better than it could have ever worked out in my wildest dreams.”

Next up were two pop-rock singers from Adam Levine’s team: Blaze Johnson, Jr. and Deanna Johnson. (“Johnson and Johnson!” quipped Shelton.)

Blaze channeled some of the adversity he faced growing up in a performance of The Fray’s “You Found Me.” Deanna aimed high with a rendition of “Listen to Your Heart” by Roxette.

Ruess challenged Deanna to relax onstage. “There’s a uniqueness to your voice that nobody else has these days, but you’re stressing me out,” he said. “At some point, you need to just lose yourself for a second.”

But while several coaches all criticized Deanna for her nerves onstage, Levine chose her over Blaze, citing her vast potential as a performer.

The night’s third and final #VoiceKnockout featured two of Team Pharrell’s powerhouse vocalists: Hannah Kirby, who belted out Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love,” and Caitlin Caporale, who sang “Warrior” by Demi Lovato.

“You’re both my favorites, and I’m so proud of how you’ve come in this round,” Williams said. “But I’m going to choose Caitlin.”

Turning to Kirby, a gracious Williams said: “When you have those dance moves and that voice, people believe in you.”

“Yes they do,” Shelton cut in, right as he used his only steal to bring Kirby — an original member of Team Blake — back into the fold.

“I never dreamed I’d have the opportunity to have you back where you belong,” Shelton told an ecstatic Kirby, as the two embraced.

That left Aguilera with the lone remaining steal, which she’s sure to use next week as the knockout rounds continue.

"The Voice" returns Monday, March 30 at 8 ET / 7 CT on NBC.

Photo Credit: NBC Universal]]>
<![CDATA["Entourage" Trailer]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:00:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Entourage+production+pic.jpg Vince, Ari and the gang are all back in the first full trailer for the big screen version of "Entourage," hitting theaters June 5.]]>