<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Fri, 29 May 2015 23:38:46 -0700 Fri, 29 May 2015 23:38:46 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Box Office Preview: "Aloha," "San Andreas" and More]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 13:14:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_bop0528001_BoxOfficePreview.jpg Natural disaster thriller "San Andreas" hits theaters this week. Plus, check out previews of "Aloha" and other upcoming movies.]]> <![CDATA["Jaws" Resurfaces to Bite Into Summer Box Office]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 13:15:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/506011503.jpg

Cue the following ominous music in your head: "Duh-nuh... duh-nuh... duh-nuh, duh-nuh duh-nuh duh-nuh..."

"Jaws," the movie that started the craze for bigger, better, more effects-laden summer blockbusters is returning to theaters to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

On June 21 fans, and those who have yet to dip their toes into the churning cinematic waters of the bloody classic, can catch the film as it was first intended: on the big screen. Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Universal Pictures will present special screenings in nearly 500 theaters around the country, with TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz providing a special introduction for an afternoon and evening showing as well as an encore presentation on June 24.

In 1975 a little-known director named Steven Spielberg unleashed on audiences what was to become the benchmark for big screen summer entertainment. The story about a giant great white shark that terrorizes a New England beach resort set a record at the time for the highest grossing film ever and went on to be nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards. Though it lost that race to "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Jaws" won the best music Oscar thanks to composer John Williams' simple, yet memorably frightening, score.

Based on Peter Benchley's best-selling novel of the same name, the movie stars Roy Scheider as a water-averse local sheriff, Richard Dreyfus as a marine biologist and Robert Shaw as a weathered seafarer who band together (on a small fishing boat, no less) to rid the island of the human-devouring monster-fish.

"'Jaws' is a classic thriller enjoyed by generations and it is ready for a comeback," said Fathom Events vice president of programming Kymberli Frueh-Owens in a statement. "Movie buffs will love seeing their favorite killer shark larger than life on the big screen. No risk of shark bite!"

Tickets can be purchased at FathomEvents.com and participating theaters.

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<![CDATA[Michael Jackson's Neverland For Sale for $100 Million]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 13:09:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP090702023731.jpg The California property that once served as Michael Jackson's home and personal fantasyland is being listed at $100 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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<![CDATA[NBC Reveals Fall Primetime Schedule]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 09:52:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NUP_168764_0685.JPG

NBC is shaking up its 2015/2016 lineup with some familiar faces and brand new stories.

Neil Patrick Harris' new variety series, "Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris" is coming to Tuesday nights through November. Billed as a unique variety show, "Best Time Ever" will include stunts, skits, pranks, audience interaction, musical numbers, giveaways and unlimited surprises. Also ordered to series is "Little Big Shots," which is hosted by Steve Harvey and features extraordinarily talented kids. The show is executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey.

Returning franchise "Heroes" will kick off Thursdays with the new series "Heroes Reborn" that examines a new group of ordinary citizens with extraordinary abilities. Greg Berlanti's "Blindspot" has gotten the post-"Voice" slot on Mondays. In this new drama a vast international plot explodes when a beautiful Jane Doe, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos, is discovered naked in Times Square with no memory of who she is or how she got there.

Two stars of previous beloved series are toplining new NBC comedies: Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives") stars in "Hot & Bothered," a behind-the-scenes comedy about working on a telenovela in which she plays a woman grappling with life and romance; and Craig T. Nelson reprises his role as Hayden Fox in "Coach," this time to help his son with a fledgling Ivy League football team.

Also on tap: a live Holiday musical presentation of "The Wiz," Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors," and Jennifer Lopez's "Shades of Blue," which will premiere at a later date. There's also "Heartbreaker," starring Melissa George as a fearless doctor inspired by real-life renowned surgeon Dr. Kathy Magliato, who always fights authority to ensure the best for her patients; and "The Player," starring Wesley Snipes and Philip Winchester as a former military operative turned security agent drawn into a high-stakes game in a Las Vegas-set thriller.

"We're attacking the new season with the same programming strategy that successfully turned NBC around — a slate of provocative and innovative series and events that cut through the clutter and will continue to build on our momentum," Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. "We have several powerful new dramas and attention-getting new comedies, including the return of Undateable, which will be broadcast live every week next season. Live programming is one more way to make a show undeniable."

NBC's prime-time schedule for the fall (new programs in italics), all times Eastern:


8-10 p.m. — "The Voice"

10-11 p.m. — "Blindspot"


8-9 p.m. — "The Voice"

9-10 p.m. — "Heartbreaker"

10-11 p.m. — "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris" / "Chicago Fire" in November


8-9 p.m. — "The Mysteries of Laura"

9-10 p.m. — "Law & Order: SVU"

10-11 p.m. — "Chicago P.D."


8-9 p.m. — "Heroes Reborn"

9-10 p.m. — "The Blacklist"

10-11 p.m. — "The Player"


8-8:30 p.m. — "Undateable"

8:30-9 p.m. — "People Are Talking"

9-10 p.m. — "Grimm"

10-11 p.m. — "Dateline NBC"


8-10 p.m. — "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery"

10-11 p.m. — "Saturday Night Live" classic reruns


7-8:20 p.m. — "Football Night in America"

8:20-11:30 p.m. — "NBC Sunday Night Football"

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: "Aloha" Premiere LA]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 07:31:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP987341867643.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Jim Parsons Plays God on Broadway]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 13:51:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/210*120/ActofGodMain.jpg

From George Burns to Alanis Morissette, pop culture has put many a human face on the Almighty. Now, we can add to that divine directory Jim Parsons, the appealing actor who plays physicist (and, heh, atheist) Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory.”

As Parsons insinuates early in “An Act of God,” his latest Broadway outing, it’s a useful TV credit to have on your CV if you’re going to step into God’s shoes (God’s shoes here, incidentally? Pragmatic orange sneakers, contrasting vividly with a white robe).

“An Act of God” is a 90-minute diversion, as often amusing as it is trifling, that has Parsons “inhabited” by the Supreme Being. That puts Parsons-as-God in a position to acknowledge what a genial fellow Parsons-the-actor is: “My depthless profundities will be aided by his offbeat charm.” Given Parsons’s charisma, it’s a buy-in we’ll make.

One-time “Daily Show” honcho David Javerbaum has adapted “An Act of God” from his social media feed and accompanying book. It’s not his first time at Broadway’s rodeo: Javerbaum was also one of the writers of the 2008 blink-or-you’ll-miss-it Broadway musical “Cry Baby.” Parsons’s “Normal Heart” co-star Joe Mantello directs.

Parsons’s God is like Sheldon Cooper after a few double espressos—snide and sarcastic, and now with the power to turn you into a pillar of salt.

The set-up has the actor seated on a white sofa delivering some new-ish commandments: “Thou Shalt Not Tell Others Whom to Fornicate,” and so on. A cheerful, “Family Feud”-style “ding!” cues us as we move down the list. Each is followed by a riff.

If you follow Javerbaum’s Twitter account, you know his deity is a sappy and progressive liberal straight out of central casting. To acknowledge the recent same-sex marriage vote in Ireland, “God” tweeted a photo of a rainbow over Dublin. The material here is uniformly in keeping with that vibe.

Parsons nails the material when it’s fresh (a Holocaust one-liner is the most daring thing in the play) and rises above it when it’s mediocre (a ringing cell phone gag is cringe-worthy, as is a story about “Adam and Steve”).

A bit about the Quran is timely and well-handled ("at the request of the producers, that is the last you’ll be hearing about Islam tonight”). Barbs aimed at audience latecomers and meant to seem spontaneous are written in to the script (“You’re lucky I’m God, and not Patti LuPone”) and are the sort of thing that was done more effectively in “Hedwig.”

God is assisted by two archangels, Gabriel (Tim Kazurinsky, a one-time “SNL” cast member) and Michael (Christopher Fitzgerald, of “Young Frankenstein”). They share a breezy chemistry with their boss, especially poor Fitzgerald, whose curiosity about the mysterious ways in which the Lord works may prove his undoing.

Though there’s no real story, Javerbaum sometimes succeeds in using his pulpit for Big Ideas, particularly the refrain that we’ve been using religion to justify horrors since the beginning of time. I appreciated his explanation of how Noah chose the animals in his ark, with its coda that belief and faith are no excuses for abandoning sound judgment.

The ending is tacked on and hokey, in spite of nifty effects. There was no easy way Javerbaum was going to tidily wrap this holy stand-up routine, and I wish he hadn’t tried. Neither heavenly nor hellish, “An Act of God” is primarily for fans of Jim Parsons. They are justifiably legion, and they will get their share of “bazingas” out of his work here.

“An Act of God,” through Aug. 2 at Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St. Tickets: $55-$149. Call Telecharge at 212-239-6200.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn

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<![CDATA[A Lost "Louie"]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 13:29:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP777574653570.jpg

This odd, even by Louis C.K. standards, fifth season of "Louie" raises the discomfort level with its serio-comic portrayal of a man feeling his relevance slipping away.

C.K. set the grim tone in the season opener, in which he gets schooled by a young owner of an upscale housewares shop who basically tells him she doesn't need his business – and insinuates the world doesn't need him, either (“We’re the future and you don’t belong in it”). Subsequent episodes delve into the touchy subject of emasculation, as seen during nightmares (sexual weirdness with a man in a bunny costume) and waking hours (some surprise romantic role reversal-role playing with his off-again love interest Pamela).

Louie's new anxieties pile onto his old worries about everything from his daughters’ well-being to the size of his gut to the state of his soul. But C.K. the performer shouldn't be too concerned: Another season of bold TV comes to a close Thursday on FX, to be followed by the television premiere of his latest stand up special, "Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store," which some fans already have downloaded from his website at $5 a pop. The double dose of C.K. follows his recent "Saturday Night Live" hosting stint in which his controversial opening monologue raised questions about taste, but not about his relevance.

The evolution of "Louie" can be seen not only in the comedy's detours into the darker parts of C.K.'s psyche (particularly in disturbing surreal sequences of a male humanoid demon attacking him in his dreams), but in its increasing focus on others and how he reacts to them. Michael Rapaport’s chilling turn as a blustery cop who becomes unhinged, Robert Kelly’s performance as Louie's hapless train wreck of a brother and Rachel Bay Jones’ portrayal of a single mom in need of some simple kindness let other characters to shine while giving voice to C.K.’s own fears – loneliness and aging, among them.

C.K. has never been afraid to make himself look bad. In the most recent episode, chronicling a miserable stand-up tour, Louie reduces a well meaning, if overbearing and chatty livery driver to tears with his sullen dismissal of him. Louie refuses to play the part of what others want him to be – even if he comes off as cruel, making the driver feel as worthless as the shopkeeper made him feel in the season’s debut episode.

Thursday’s season finale caps the two-part arc, titled, "The Road." It's not clear exactly where "Louie" is headed on this latest strange trip, even if C.K. seems to know where he wants to go. Check out a preview of "Louie" and a promo for C.K.'s stand-up special – two more acts in compelling comedy career.


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[Seismologist Tweets "San Andreas" Film Premiere]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 20:30:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Lucy+Jones.jpg

The disaster film "San Andreas" received a real-time fact check from one of Southern California's foremost seismologists during its premiere Tuesday night in Hollywood.

U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones provided candid reaction and separated fact and fiction with a stream of tweets during the film's screening at the Chinese Theatre, where she also was part of the red-carpet event alongside the likes of star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Jones has served as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's seismic safety adviser on the mayor's quake preparedness plan.

In the film, a previously unknown fault near the Hoover Dam in Nevada ruptures and shakes the San Andreas fault, capable of producing significant earthquakes. Southern California is rocked by a powerful magnitude-9.1 quake followed by an even stronger magnitude-9.6 in Northern California.

Jones had praise for some of the film's depictions of emergency response and at least one portrayal of "drop, cover and hold on" -- a safety practice designed to protect individuals from falling or flying objects. Actor Paul Giamatti, who plays a seismologist in the film, urges people to "drop, cover and hold on" when the ground begins shaking.

"Yes! Drop, cover& hold on. The right thing to do in an earthquake," she tweeted.

But she also noted that much of the movie stretched into "fantasy territory."

The San Andreas fault is known for producing significant quakes, but a magnitude-9 or larger is highly unlikely. Computer models have shown the lengthy fault -- considered a strike-slip because opposing segments of rock slide past each other horizontally -- is capable of a magnitude-8.3 quake.

The film also suggests earthquakes can be predicted when a fictional seismologist at a real Southern California university, Caltech, notices spikes in "magnetic pulses" that light up California, suggesting a mega-quake. Scientists cannot predict earthquakes, but early warning systems can give residents and businesses a few seconds heads up after a quake hits, but before strong shaking is felt. Japan has the most advanced seismic alert system in the world while the U.S. is currently testing a prototype.

In summary, Jones tweeted: "Bottom line: don't learn seismology from #SanAndreas but maybe it will inspire people to take Community Emergency Response Training."

More reaction from Jones can be found below: 

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<![CDATA[Top 9 Red Carpet Looks From Cannes]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 10:00:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cannes-doutzen-16x9.jpg

While controversy swirled around reports that several women were refused entry to the "Carol" premiere for violating the dress code by not wearing high heels, the majority of the sartorial discussion stemmed from the bold fashion choices of cinema's leading ladies.

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<![CDATA["Aquarius" Sneak Peek]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 13:11:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/aquarius-series-premiere-AQU_101_CLIP2_153_h264_hd_1200x675_452443715603.jpg Starring David Duchovny, "Aquarius" debuts May 28 at 9 p.m. on NBC and online at NBC.com.]]> <![CDATA[Snoop Dogg and Iron Chef Morimoto to Collaborate at BottleRock]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 07:57:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/snoopbottlerock.jpg

Napa's upcoming three-day music and food festival BottleRock has added a new stage for culinary "mash-ups" between artists and chefs for this year's festivities.

Among the more curious collaborations will be rapper Snoop Dogg and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

"Having artists like Snoop Dogg do an irreverent and entertaining food-related set with chefs like Iron Chef Morimoto does not happen at any other festival," BottleRock producer Dave Graham told Eventbrite's blog. "We are essentially throwing a world-class food and wine festival within a world-class music festival."

Snoop may rap, DJ (he spins under the alias Snoopadelic), or perform a combination of the two as Morimoto cooks.

BottleRock takes place at the Napa Valley Exposition on May 29-31, with music headliners including the Doggfather himself, Robert Plant, No Doubt, Imagine Dragons.

Three-day general admission and VIP tickets are sold out but single day passes ($139-149) are still available.

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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: Keira Knightley]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:34:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/476622305.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.

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<![CDATA["America's Got Talent" Returns Tonight on NBC]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 09:49:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_gottalent0525001_1500x845.jpg "America's Got Talent" returns to NBC on Tuesday, May 26, at 8 p.m. with the latest and greatest entertainment acts competing for a spot in Las Vegas.]]> <![CDATA[Cannes Film Festival 2015: Hottest Pics]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 19:55:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP847719962891.jpg Glamor, gowns and celebrities! All the hottest photos from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival red carpet. ]]>