<![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-usMon, 26 Jun 2017 20:49:06 -0700Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:49:06 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: 'Blind' Premiere, Harry Potter Hits 20 Years]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:36:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Ent_Baldwins_Thumb.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Fans Gather at King’s Cross for Harry Potter’s 20th Anniversary]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:06:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fans_Gather_for_Harry_Potter_20th_Anniversary-149850715002400001.jpg

Two decades after J.K. Rowling published "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone," fans are flocking to King’s Cross station to celebrate the boy wizard and his adventures.

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<![CDATA[Rihanna Urges World Leaders to #FundEducation]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:33:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Rihanna20.jpg

Rihanna is known for calling people out on social media, but this time she’s doing it for a good cause.

Over the past week, the singer has been tweeting world leaders urging them to “#FundEducation” as part of her work with the Global Partnership for Education.

So far Rihanna has tweeted at French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Argentine president Mauricio Macri, and the press secretary for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Her goal is to get heads of state to commit $3.1 billion dollars to help educate children in developing nations.

The push comes ahead of the annual G20 summit, a meeting of the 20 major world economies. The forum will take place July 7-8, in Hamburg, Germany.

Rihanna also urged her fans to join her in reaching out to the G20 members. 

This is not the first time Rihanna has done philanthropic work for education. Last year, after being appointed as global ambassador to champion education for the Global Partnership for Education, she visited Malawi to help teach math and fundraise. She also started a scholarship to help international students coming to the United States for college.



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<![CDATA[Bear and Cub Take Dip to Cool Off]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:02:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-06-23-10h45m26s94.jpg

A mama bear and her cub took a dip in a cool spring in Chico, California, to get some relief from the triple digit temperatures. The owner of the property, Marc Miller, set up the camera in hopes of spotting a mountain lion after seeing some big cat tracks nearby. Instead, video captured the bear family cooling off.



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<![CDATA[From 'Potter' to 'Twilight,' 15 Years of Kids' Bestsellers]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:19:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-51550352.jpg Children's literature is full of all kinds of stories, packed with wizards and vampires, adventure and love. Which ones topped the charts? Check out the best-selling kids' books of the last 15 years.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Star-Studded 2017 BET Awards, Red Carpet]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:52:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/AP_17177144707481.jpg Hosted by "Saturday Night Live" fan-favorite Leslie Jones, the 2017 BET Awards telecast took place live at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 25.

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<![CDATA['Tonight' Thank You Notes: Ouija Boards, Swim Caps and Goggles]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:13:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/217*120/Screen+Shot+2017-06-24+at+1.47.11+AM.png

Jimmy pens thank you notes to Ouija Boards, swim caps and goggles.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': The Whisper Challenge With Keanu Reeves]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:11:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/Screen+Shot+2017-06-24+at+1.48.41+AM.png

Jimmy plays the Whisper Challenge with special guest Keanu Reeves.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': #SummerSongs Hashtags With Camila Cabello]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:39:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e163_698_hashtags_20170622_v2_1200x675_974349379732.jpg

Camila Cabello and The Roots help Jimmy Fallon sing his favorite tweets with the hashtag #SummerSongs.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': The Roots Celebrate Prince's 'Purple Rain']]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:24:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e163_698_purplerain_20170622_1200x675_974346307946.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and The Roots play Prince songs to get excited about Warner Brothers' re-issue of "Purple Rain," including a version Prince remastered himself.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Ice Cube Celebrates 25th Anniversary of 'Death Certificate']]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:36:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e127_547_icecube_novaseline_20170622_1200x675_974350403516.jpg

Ice Cube stops by 'Late Night' to reminisce with Seth Meyers about his controversial "Death Certificate" album.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Closer Look at the GOP's Senate Health Bill ]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:06:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e127_547_closerlook_20170622_1200x675_974337091575.jpg

After the Senate GOP released their updated version of the American Health Care Act, Seth Meyers discusses the proposed legislation.

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<![CDATA[Trevor Noah Gets Serious Over Philando Castile's Death ]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:46:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_686400904508.jpg

The origins of "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah's humor can be found in "Born a Crime," his compelling memoir about growing up in South Africa as the son of a largely absent white father and a fearless black mother who raised him.

The book makes clear that Noah’s mining of social, cultural and political absurdity for laughs isn't a defense mechanism. It's a deceivingly potent weapon aimed at disarming those with power derived from irrational, institutionalized hate and stupidity.

But Noah ditched the humor Wednesday night as he showed the disturbing dashcam video of Minnesota cop Jeronimo Yanez fatally shooting motorist Philando Castile during a 2016 traffic stop gone horribly wrong.

The footage, released after Yanez’ acquittal last week on manslaughter charges, "broke me," Noah said.

Noah's far from the first late night comedy host to turn solemn in an era when tragedy all too often brings satire to a pause, however brief.

But his searing, personal take on the verdict and the video marked an extraordinary moment for his career and for comedy. It also underscored the role he’s assumed in an otherwise all-white late night TV landscape.

Noah's bold decision to broadcast the footage came a day after a “Daily Show” Internet-only monologue in which he revealed he's been stopped by police eight to 10 times since moving to the U.S. six years ago.

"I don’t know what silent crime you think I’m on my way to commit, but I’ve been stopped in a Tesla," Noah said, going for the laugh, one of several he earned during the segment.

But he didn’t joke once when he played the video on national television Wednesday. The jury verdict, he said, proved that “in America, it is officially reasonable to be afraid of a person just because they are black.”

When Noah took over the "Daily Show" in September 2015, he initially came off as an amiable, if somewhat detached observer – especially when compared to his vaunted predecessor, Jon Stewart, whose exasperation at the state of the world grew with time.

But Noah, beginning with the presidential election season, delivered increasingly pointed barbs, tapping his feet-in-multiple-worlds perspective to occasionally liken Donald Trump to an African dictator.

This week, the man whose birth was a crime under South African apartheid conveyed the perspective of being a black person in the United States. A shooting that seemingly defies logic and human decency spurred Trevor Noah, who built a career on smart mockery of the illogical and inhumane, to get deadly serious.

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 Gong Show' Rings Again]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:40:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-563611599.jpg

The late Chuck Barris was no poet, his book, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," not withstanding. But the ethos of the schlock game show king could be summed up with a paraphrase of John Donne: Ask not for whom the gong tolls, it tolls for thee.

It tolls again for all with Thursday’s return of "The Gong Show," via ABC. Just three months after his death at age 87, Barris' warped baby gets new life on the television landscape he helped birth.

The show, from its premiere in 1976, never pretended to be more than a burlesque played for often-cruel laughs, with its gonged goodbyes presaging cries of "You're fired!"

Its reach extends from this century's boom of competition shows to Reality TV programs in which being famous for being famous – or foolish – proved enough to lure viewers.

"American Idol," the evolved child of "The Gong Show," tweaked the formula and emphasis by showcasing prodigious talents (most famously Jennifer Hudson) while mining the early auditions to mock the awful (most infamously William Hung). "Idol" eventually imploded, in part because the program became more about the celebrity judges than the contestants.

The new "Gong Show" appears to be focusing on star power, with the likes of Zach Galifianakis, Elizabeth Banks and producer Will Arnett racing to bang the gong. There's no sign of the paper bag-wearing Unknown Comic. But the host is almost certainly an exceptionally well-known comic in disguise: an unrecognizable Mike Myers, playing fictional British comedian Tommy Maitland, whose bio includes hosting an Australian game show called "Dingo's Got the Baby."

The Jiminy Glick-like gimmick represents an attempt to add another ring to the circus of the odd, while toying with the distance between the real celebrities and the deluded wannabes.

The "Gong Show" return also vies to tap nostalgia in a similar vein to ABC's summer prime-time, star-stocked revivals of the 1970s likes of "Family Feud," "Match Game" and "Pyramid" (now up to $100,000), with “Battle of the Network Stars” on the way. The network is even resurrecting "Idol" next year, two years after its last gasp on Fox.

Time and ratings will tell whether "The Gong Show" still resonates in an era when it might seem tame compared some of the current fare and figures it influenced. It's a good bet, though, that somewhere Barris is flashing his sardonic grin, laughing at the return of the television absurdity he wrought with a gong and a mallet.

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['Property Brother' Gives Sneak Peek of Home Renovation]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:33:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-694599246-propbrothers.jpg

After 10 seasons of helping other families with renovations, Drew Scott will turn his attention to his own home.

Drew and Jonathan Scott, stars of HGTV’s “Property Brothers,” gave viewers a sneak peek of their newest project, “Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House” in a Facebook Live video, according to “Today.” The show is set to premiere in November and will include four, one-hour episodes that will document the brothers’ renovation of Drew and his fiancee’s 1921 Los Angeles home.

“We love helping other families,” Drew Scott said. “But we are renovating houses for them ... at least here, I can put all the bells and whistles that I want in the house.”



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<![CDATA[Colbert Goes to Russia, Vows to Search for Comey 'Tapes' ]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:47:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/colbertemmy.jpg

Stephen Colbert is on a mission to Russia.

The host of CBS' "The Late Show" is on assignment there for a future broadcast, the network said Thursday.

Colbert, whose steady political wisecracks have been accompanied by a rise in his ratings, wasted no time in taking a dig at President Donald Trump over the possibility of tapes involving fired FBI Director James Comey.

"Don't worry, Mr. President. I'm in Russia. If the "tapes" exist, I'll bring you back a copy!" Colbert tweeted.

His message came after Trump said on Twitter that he has no recordings of his private conversations with Comey, despite an earlier suggestion that they might exist.

Colbert also posted a photo of himself wearing a trench coat and in front of a grand building that appeared to be the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.

A CBS spokeswoman said she had no information on where Colbert was visiting or how the material he was gathering in Russia would be used.



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<![CDATA[Alec Baldwin, Dressed as Trump, Causes Stir on NJ Campus]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:47:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ALEC+BALDWIN+DRESSED+AS+TRUMP+AT+MONMOUTH+-+01000704_WNBC_00000.jpg

Alec Baldwin caused quite a stir on a New Jersey college campus when he appeared in his trademark President Trump costume. 

The "30 Rock" actor and recent regular guest star on "Saturday Night Live," visited Monmouth University Tuesday sporting his recognizable Trump wig and a red tie. 

Students who spotted Baldwin told NJ.com he was taking photos in front of Wilson Hall and Murry Guggenheim Library, fashioned to look like the White House. 

"Baldwin was in full Trump attire," 20-year-old senior Richard Felicetti told NJ.com. "Onlookers stood in the library parking lot and lawn as Trump exited the library, walked down the stairs and had a conversation with who I'm assuming was his faux security team," said Felicetti.

The actor waved to onlookers, doing his classic Trump hand movements. Students thought he was taking photos for "SNL," but the university wouldn't confirm that to NJ.com. 



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<![CDATA[Carr, Raiders Reach 5-Year, $125 Million Contract Extension]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:51:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/kahrpayydayye.jpg

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr wanted to get his contract extension done before training camp next month.

He got his wish.

Carr and the team have reached what is reported to be a five-year, $125 million deal, according to a story by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com Thursday morning.

An excited Carr confirmed that report on social media.

“Now it’s done!” he wrote on Twitter. “From the jump I’ve wanted to be a Raider 4 life. One step closer to that! Blessed!!! Business done! Let’s just play now!!!”

The deal is expected to pay Carr about $25 million per season, which will make him the NFL’s highest-paid quarterback. He’s heading into the final year of his first deal, signed after he was taken in the second round of the 2014 draft. That deal will pay him about $5.4 million this season, with the new terms kicking in starting in 2018.

The Raiders have been built with salary-cap flexibility under general manager Reggie McKenzie and are a reported $31 million under the salary cap.

Earlier this offseason, the Raiders signed defensive end-linebacker Khalil Mack to a long-term extension. Still to be done is a deal for starting guard Gabe Jackson.



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<![CDATA[Transgender Former 'Glee' Star Reveals Changed Name]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:22:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-478036171.jpg

Former "Glee" guest star Charice Pempengco announced on Twitter that he will now go by the name Jake Zyrus.

Zyrus, who gained fame for his portrayal of Sunshine Corazon on "Glee”, had openly contemplated his gender identity in the past. During a 2014 "Where Are They Now" special, he told Oprah Winfrey "My soul is male," but also noted, "I’m not going to go through that stage where I change everything. I’ll cut my hair and wear boy clothes and everything, but that’s all."

Zyrus appears to have fully embraced the decision, thanking supporters on social media for their support.



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