<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usWed, 24 May 2017 14:30:05 -0700Wed, 24 May 2017 14:30:05 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hyland Strikes Back Against Trolls Slamming Slim Physique ]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 14:18:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sarahsarah.jpg

"Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland took to social media Wednesday to strike back against social media trolls criticizing her thin appearance on Instagram. The young star revealed she's suffering from an undisclosed illness that has left her bed-ridden and unable to maintain muscle mass.

"I normally don't comment on things like this because it draws attention to those trying to spread negativity..but I haven't had the greatest year. This has brought a lot of changes and with that, physical changes," the actress wrote.

Hyland went on to write she wasn't a fan of "being skinny." "No one's head should be bigger than their body. But considering I've basically been on bed rest for the past few months, I've lost a lot of muscle mass," she wrote. " My circumstances have put me in a place where I'm not in control of what my body looks like."

The actress did not specify what medical condition she's ailing from. But she said her appearance has led some to accuse her of promoting anorexia, which led her to speak out publicly.

"Am I bothered by my appearance right now? Well it's never fun to look in the mirror and see your hard work at the gym fade away or have your legs be the size of ones arms," she wrote. "But I know when I get clearance I will be able to get back to the STRONG, lean, and fabulous self I know I can be."

Fans of the actress were quick to jump to her defense, offering support and condemning those who made her feel a public revelation was even necessary.



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<![CDATA[Leslie Jones to Host 2017 BET Awards]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 12:54:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/578767990-leslie-jones-twitter-rio-olympics.jpg

"Saturday Night Live" star Leslie Jones was announced to host The 2017 BET Awards. The award ceremony will be held on June 25, 2017 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

"I am so excited to be hosting The BET Awards this year," Jones said in a statement on Wednesday. "BET was the first network and place where I was on TV - I am looking to turn this whole experience into a joyful homecoming."

Last year, Jones was also the target of racist trolls, who wrote hateful comments on Twitter and hacked her accounts, posting naked pictures of the star. The attack appeared to start after she starred in "Ghostbusters," which showed the country that racism and sexism have come nowhere close to dying.

However, fans and celebrities alike rallied behind Jones with the hashtag "#LoveforLeslieJ."



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<![CDATA[Thrones Season 7 Trailer Promises 'The Great War Is Here']]> Wed, 24 May 2017 13:03:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/thronestrailr.jpg

"The great war is here," Lena Headey's Cersei proclaims in the first "Game of Thrones" season seven trailer. And what a war it looks like. 

The trailer features all your favorites doing what they do best, including sitting atop the Iron Throne. Cersei isn't giving that seat up easily, but there are definitely challengers coming her way.

"We're the last Lannisters," she says. "The last ones who count."

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Don't be so sure about that.

"I was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms," Emilia Clarke's Daenerys Targaryen says. "And I will."

Keep your eyes peeled for Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and a fair amount of dragons, sex and battles. It looks like season seven will not disappoint.

HBO previously released the official season seven key art which features the Night King. While this season was delayed from its normal spring premiere, it looks like for good reason. "Just finished reading season 7," Williams previously tweeted. "S—t gets REAL…I'd start preparing yourselves now…Scratch that, nothing will prepare you for this."

And yes, the start of season seven means the beginning of the end for the HBO fantasy drama, but that doesn't mean the end of adventures in Westeros. HBO is working on several spinoffs. Details are being kept under wraps but there is more than one project in the works to continue the tales of George R.R. Martin's characters.



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<![CDATA[Playboy Model Pleads No Contest for Post of Nude Woman ]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 12:11:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dani+mathers+conejita+playboy.jpg

A Playboy centerfold was ordered to clean up graffiti Wednesday for secretly snapping a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman in a locker room and posting it online with a mocking comment.

Dani Mathers pleaded no contest to misdemeanor invasion of privacy in Los Angeles County Superior Court for the case that sparked outrage over the incident of so-called body shaming.

Mathers, 30, had previously apologized for taking the photo at an LA Fitness club in July and posting it on Snapchat with the caption: "If I can't unsee this then you can't either."

The posting was accompanied by a selfie of Mathers in a tank top with her hand over her mouth as if she's gasping in horror.

The 2015 Playmate of the Year contended she intended to send the photo privately to a friend and accidentally posted it publicly.

Mathers was relieved to put the case behind her and was grateful to be spared a jail term, defense attorney Thomas Mesereau said outside court.

"She really apologizes from the bottom of her heart for what happened," he said. "She never thought this would come out like this. Never intended to hurt anyone."

Under terms of the plea, Mathers will be on probation for three years and must not take photos of people or post them online without their permission.

She was ordered to either serve 45 days in jail or 30 days of graffiti removal. She chose the latter.

Defense lawyer Dana Cole earlier argued unsuccessfully that the charge should be dismissed because the woman in the photo can't easily be identified.

The victim, who has not been named, had been expected to testify if the case went to trial, according to Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney.

Defendants who plead no contest do not admit guilt but do not dispute the charges and are convicted.



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<![CDATA['Clerks' Actress Lisa Spoonauer Dies in New Jersey at 44 ]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 10:51:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/clerkdeathsmith.jpg

An actress who starred in the 1994 award-winning movie "Clerks" has died. Lisa Spoonauer was 44.

The George Hassler Funeral Home says Spoonauer died Sunday at her home in Jackson, New Jersey. The cause of death wasn't released.

Kevin Smith cast Spoonauer in the role of Caitlin Bree in his first movie, which was set in the New Jersey convenience and video stores where he worked in real life.

On Instagram on Tuesday, Smith wrote that she was one of "the chief architects" of the movie. Smith said, "Lisa was easily the most natural and authentic voice in the room."

She soon left acting and became a restaurant manager and event planner.

She is survived by her husband, her daughter and a stepson.

Her funeral is scheduled for Saturday.


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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Stephen Colbert, 'Baywatch']]> Wed, 24 May 2017 12:38:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-686961806.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': McCain Approves of Trump's Strike on Syria]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 03:50:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-24-at-6.49.25-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers sits down with John McCain, who talks about the perception other world leaders have of the Trump Administration. He said President Donald Trump's swift response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria sent a strong message.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Checking in With Draining the Swamp]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 03:43:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Seth+Meyers+closer+look+trump.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a break from breaking news to check in with the promise that he called the "mission statement" of President Donald Trump's campaign: drain the swamp.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Box of Lies With Gal Gadot]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 03:36:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-24-at-6.35.51-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and Gal Gadot take turns trying to stump each other about what items are hidden inside their mystery boxes.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': The Roots Reenact 'Bachelorette' Season Premiere]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 03:34:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-24-at-6.31.35-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon has The Roots reenact a scene from Rachel Lindsay's "The Bachelorette" season premiere with the infamous "Whaboom" guy.

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<![CDATA[Farewell 007: Moore Was a Gentleman's James Bond ]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 13:20:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mooreappreciation.jpg

With all due respect to the great Roger Moore, he couldn't quite live up to the theme-song lyrics of his James Bond mid-career thriller "The Spy Who Loved Me," which declared of the super spy: "Nobody does it half as good as you/Baby you're the best."

Sean Connery emerged for many as the first and the greatest Bond. But Moore proved himself the most pivotal player to pick up 007's Walther PPK: Not only could his Bond save the day, he saved the franchise.

Moore, who died Tuesday at 89, showed that Bond movies could thrive beyond Connery's iconic portrayal (sorry, George Lazenby) – setting the stage for the enduring success of moviedom's longest-running adventure series.

Beginning with "Live and Let Die," 1973's cinematic gumbo of a Bond flick, Moore established himself as a more suave rendering of Ian Fleming's post-war British hero.

Moore seemed to enjoy wearing a tux more than Connery, and his requests for a martini "shaken, not stirred," came off as more coolly fashionable than a gruff order.

He imbued Bond with a more wry sense of humor ("Miss Anders, I didn't recognize you with your clothes on," he quipped in "The Man With the Golden Gun”) than the less-subtle Connery version ("Shocking," he declared after his fan-in-the-tub toss in "Goldfinger").

Both Bonds enjoyed success with the ladies, though Moore’s edition seemed more likely to stick around for breakfast, barring a call to action from M.  

But while Connery's Bond was rougher, Moore's successor was no less tough.

Moore, the actor, had to be a tough guy to take over from a legend and put his own mark on the role in seven outings over a dozen years that included gems (among them "The Man With the Golden Gun” and “For Your Eyes Only”). He even made the outer space misfire "Moonraker" reasonably fun.

Film fans owe Roger Moore thanks for tackling what could have been a thankless job, post-Connery. So do Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig and whatever new Bonds arrive with visions of serving Her Majesty – along with future monarchs and generations of moviegoers to come.

Against all odds, Roger Moore picked up a license to kill and turned it into a renewable license to thrill.

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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<![CDATA['The King of Cool': Stars React to Death of Roger Moore]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 12:17:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/moorereact.jpg

The passing of Sir Roger Moore was met with great sadness Tuesday as stars from across generations took to social media to express their condolences. 

Moore reached international stardom when he took over the role of James Bond in 1973 with the film "Live and Let Die." He would play Bond in seven films, including "The Man with the Golden Gun," "The Spy Who Loved Me," "Moonraker," "For Your Eyes Only," "Octopussy" and "A View to a Kill."




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<![CDATA[5 Questions With 'Love Actually' Star Martine McCutcheon ]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 12:11:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/martinemc.jpg

One of the more anticipated events leading up to Red Nose Day on Thursday, May 25, is the short reunion film "Red Nose Day Actually," featuring much of the "Love Actually" cast. Martine McCutcheon, who played Hugh Grant's love interest "Natalie" in the romance classic, spoke about her excitement reuniting with her co-stars and why she believes the film has had an enduring impact.

The original film came out 13 years ago. Why do you think fans continue to have a fascination with it?

"It's such a wonderful feeling that something that was so special to you has lasted for so long. For me, it was so exciting and something I knew I was going to treasure for a lifetime. But I didn't know that the public would cherish it for a lifetime. Everyone is saying it's kind of like "It's a Wonderful Life," and part of their Christmas ritual now. We had a dinner recently with (Director Richard Curtis) and he was just blown away too. It was his directing debut and in the grand scheme of things with everything happening with September 11th we hoped our little message would help people for a short time. And here we are 13 years later and this movie has taken on it's own thing.

Why do you think the film connected with people the way it has and did you get the sense at the time you were creating something special.

For me the reason why it touched so many people...I mean at the time it got mixed reviews. For some it was like 'Oh, its just emotional stuff. It's romance. It's just a rom-com,'  and you forget how clever Richard is in talking about really serious, poignant things as human beings. He's got the most amazing human touch. At the end of the day everyone in the world can identify with the connection of love. We've all lost love or have yearned for love. Its the one thing we all have in common.

What was it like for you being reunited with some of your cast members after all these years?

It was amazing. It was so lovely to see everyone. The only way I can explain it is you have this amazing experience when you go to college and you experience this time in your life that you'll never share with anyone else. When I got back together with those guys it was just so nice to see everyone. As one of the younger people in the cast at the time and one with the least experience they really took care of me. It was quite emotional to see everyone again. 

The reunion movie is taking part because of the Red Nose Day charity. Why is that significant?

It's a fantastic clever link by Richard. At the end of the day it's about people coming together and understanding others struggles and the different curveballs people chuck at you in life. To link "Love Actually" with comic relief is such a brilliant teaming of two things.

Would you be interested in full-feature length sequel of the film if the opportunity arose? 

Any actress would be crazy not to entertain anything that Richard does.  If he does something he does it well. He does it with his full heart he's so passionate about his charity work and comic relief. If he does another film I'd  one hundred percent be into it. I'd entertain anything he does. He's too good not to. 

Catch the "Love Actually" sequel "Red Nose Day Actually," 10 p.m. Thursday on NBC. 



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<![CDATA[A Look Back at Roger Moore's Career as James Bond]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 07:53:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_592410957642-bondd.jpg

British actor Sir Roger Moore has died at the age of 89. Moore passed away in Switzerland after what a statement posted on the actor's official media account said was a "short but brave battle with cancer." Moore was the third actor to play British secret agent James Bond, in seven feature films released between 1973 and 1985.



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<![CDATA[Rapper BIA Fundraiser for Victims]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 15:20:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Bianca+Landrau+aka+Perico+Princess.jpg

A Boston rap artist was the opening act at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England on Monday where 22 people were killed and about 50 injured in an explosion.

Bianca Landrau, known as BIA and Perico Princess, tweeted that everyone she was on stage with was OK following the incident.

The Boston area native, who graduated from Medford High School, is part of Grande's Dangerous Woman Tour, which began on Feb. 3, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona.

“Last night she called she’s doing fine, scared but everybody got out there no problem,” said her uncle Anthony Tamasi.

Since the bombing, Tamasi says family members have been eagerly waiting for updates.

Grande reported Monday that the European leg of the tour would be cancelled but it was unclear if the remainder would go on.

“Right now we don’t know if the tour will continue, it’s up to the team,” says Tamasi.

He also says that’s the last thing on his niece’s mind since she’s trying to help the victims and their families.

BIA released a statement saying, “My heart is heavy today as I extend my prayers to the children and families affected by last night’s horrible tragedy in Manchester. We are sending our love to all of Manchester during this incredibly difficult time.”

The 25-year-old graduated from Medford High School in 2008. Nick Kane, her former history teacher, says it’s not a surprise she’s trying to turn this into a positive.

“She was always concerned about people around her in the room and she was always looking out for her fellow classmates,” said Kane.

Her uncle hopes the music and BIA’s platform can make a difference, and help the victims.

“My heart goes out to the people in Manchester,” said Tamasi.

BIA’s uncle says the performers on tour are working on getting a fundraiser going for the victims and their families.





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<![CDATA[Sir Roger Moore, James Bond, Dies at Age 89]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 08:34:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bondlead.jpg The actor who famously played James Bond in seven movies -- more than any other Bond actor -- passed away after battling cancer, his children announced on Twitter on May 23, 2017. Sir Roger Moore was known for his sense of style, and closely associated with sports cars, gadgets and sex appeal. While best known for playing Bond, Moore had a long and storied career that spanned decades. His other acting credits included the lead role as Simon Templar on the series "The Saint," which made him a television star. Take a look at some highlights from across his career. ]]> <![CDATA['Appalling': Celebs, Leaders React to Manchester Attack]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 18:33:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/190*120/AP_171428369026881.jpg

After a deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England Monday night, fellow musicians, celebrities and world leaders took to social media to share their solidarity and support for the victims. 

The blast, described as a terrorist attack by a suicide bomber, followed the end of Grande's concert. The singer tweeted that she was "broken" from the tragedy. 

British Prime Minister Theresa May called the bombing as "a callous terrorist attack," and Queen Elizabeth expressed "admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded."

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President Donald Trump, during a visit to Bethlehem, condemned the "evil losers" behind the attack. He said it preyed on "innocent children" and that the "wicked ideology must be obliterated."

Trump said, "civilized nations must join together to protect human life." He also called May to offer his condolences, according to press secretary Sean Spicer.

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ISIS claimed responsibility for the deadliest terrorist attack in Britain since the 2005 London subway bombings.

Pop star Kesha was among the musicians who shared her support, writing, "praying for my old friend Ari- for her, her touring crew, her fans and their families i'm so sorry. My heart is with all of you."

See what more public figures had to say on Twitter:

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Closer Look at Trump's 1st Trip Abroad]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 04:01:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Seth+Meyers+closer+look+trump.jpg

Seth Meyers talks about big news for President Donald Trump: his first trip overseas as president. However, the Russia probe back home continues to escalate.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Kyle Chandler Loves 'Say Yes to the Dress']]> Tue, 23 May 2017 03:58:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-23-at-6.57.14-AM.jpg

Actor Kyle Chandler sits down with Seth Meyers to talk about living with his wife and two daughters, which means he now has an affinity for bridal TV shows.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Random People, Questions With Chelsea Handler]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 03:54:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-23-at-6.50.52-AM.jpg

Chelsea Handler and Jimmy Fallon take turns answering questions asked by random people on the streets of New York City, no matter how absurd or personal the query.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Black Simon & Garfunkel Sing 'Cool for the Summer]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 08:29:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-23-at-6.47.19-AM.jpg

The Roots' Questlove and Kirk perform an acoustic version of Demi Lovato's "Cool for the Summer" as Black Simon & Garfunkel.

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<![CDATA[Why the 40th Anniversary of 'Star Wars' Matters]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 13:17:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*127/GettyImages-607402182_master.jpg

This month marked the one-year anniversary of the "Late Night with Seth Meyers" recurring character "Anniversary Guy" dressing up as Darth Maul to honor the 17th anniversary of "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace."

Anniversary Guy (show writer Conner O'Malley) occasionally spouts obscurities from the studio audience to parody the media’s obsession with manufactured and overblown pop culture benchmarks. He most recently showed up in green to celebrate the seventh anniversary of “Shrek Forever After.” 

But not even O'Malley would dare mock a milestone that matters more than most, by a far, far away margin: the 40th anniversary of "Star Wars," which was released May 25, 1977.

Sure, George Lucas's space opera changed film, ushering in the era of special effects-driven fantasy epics that have only grown in number and spectacle with technological and storytelling advances he seeded.

But the strongest allure of the series is the dual "Star Wars" saga – an underdog tale that's long played out on and off the screen. 

The original installment sprouted two more classics, followed by a 16-year layoff and a troika of underwhelming films that began with "The Phantom Menace," now nearly two decades years into its stint as a punch line.

But the series came back full force under Disney’s ownership with 2015’s “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens,” J.J. Abrams’ masterful melding of the old and new. Last year's “Rogue One,” the missing link between Episodes III and IV, blasted its way into the top four of the "Star Wars" canon.

The 40th anniversary arrives less than seventh months before the slated opening of “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi,” which heralds the return of Luke Skywalker and the likely bittersweet final bow of Princess Leia, following Carrie Fisher's death.

That fans desperately want “The Last Jedi” to be great speaks to the enduring pull of a series with a deeply committed intergenerational base of followers. Likely among them is O'Malley, whose goofy, know-it-all character celebrates, mirrors and lampoons the outsized passion of pop culture enthusiasts looking for any excuse to relive past glories. 

“Stars Wars” may take place a long time ago, but it’s rooted in a new hope – the kind that makes it okay for all of us to be Anniversary Guy for a day.

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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