<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2016 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 Sun, 01 May 2016 01:24:20 -0700 Sun, 01 May 2016 01:24:20 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Obama Roasts GOP Candidates at WH Correspondents' Dinner]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:48:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WhiteHouse-GettyImages-526666530.jpg

President Barack Obama pulled out the punches during the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C., Saturday, taking jabs at the candidates vying for the Republican nomination. 

"It is an honor to be here at my last, and perhaps the last White House Correspondents' Dinner," he said, telling the audience how great they looked before getting right down to business.

Obama told the crowd at the 102nd and final dinner that his approval ratings have been rising, even in his final year in office. 

“What has changed?” he asked. “No one can figure it out.” 

Obama paused, allowing a moment to pass before a split-screen of Sen. Ted Cruz and GOP front-runner Donald Trump popped up on screen. 

Obama didn't stop there. He called out top Republicans, who have touted Paul Ryan as a possible nominee, if one can’t be chosen before the GOP convention in July. 

"Steak or fish?” he told the audience, referring to the choice on the evening’s menu. “A whole bunch of you wrote Paul Ryan. You may not like steak or fish, but that’s your choice.“ 

Ryan has said he will not seek the nomination. 

Obama wasted no time cutting into the three GOP candidates, saying “some candidates aren’t polling high enough to qualify for their own joke” over a photo of Ohio Gov. John Kasich. 

“And then there’s Ted Cruz,” he said, calling out the Texas senator for a mistake he made this week in Indiana when he referred to a basketball hoop as a “ring.”

"What else is in his lexicon? Baseball sticks? Football hats? But sure, I’m the foreign one,” Obama said, before moving on to an absent Trump. 

"Is this dinner too tacky for 'The Donald'?"

Trump’s absence “hurt” Obama, who said he “had so much fun last time.” Obama has singled out the real estate mogul in previous years, making fun of Trump's hair and the businessman's quest to see Obama's birth certificate. 

“Is he at home eating a Trump steak?” Obama asked. “What’s he doing?”

The president went on, making jabs at Trump's lack of foreign policy and experience, and his real estate prowess. 

"There's one area where Donald's experience could be valuable. And that's closing Guantanamo, because Trump knows a thing or two about closing waterfront properties into the ground."



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<![CDATA['Tonight Show' Thank You Notes, Canada's New Flag]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 02:21:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/thank-you-canada-ripa-strahan.jpg Jimmy Fallon says thanks to Michael Strahan]]> <![CDATA[Paul Rudd and Jimmy Fallon Debut Music Video]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 02:15:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/too-much-time-video-rudd-fallon.jpg Paul Rudd and Jimmy Fallon debut a music video]]> <![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Five Year Wedding Anniversary]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:19:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/th-GettyImages-113268071.jpg A look throughout the years of Prince William, Prince George and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, alongside Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family.

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<![CDATA[May Movie Guide: 'Captain America,' 'Neighbors 2' ]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:00:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CivilWar571fee863dfd0.jpg

Blockbuster season is upon us! 

As spring winds down and summer slowly starts to heat up, studios get set to release their big budget crowd-pleasers for 2016. Lining up for a shot at ruling the box office once again are Captain America, the "Neighbors" gang, the denizens of Wonderland and those uncanny X-Men. 

New cinematic additions include Tilda Swinton as a recuperating rock icon, the re-teaming of Julia Roberts and George Clooney, supposed nice guys Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, and a flock of Angry Birds. 

"A Bigger Splash" (May 4)

Tilda Swinton stars as an international rock star recuperating from recent throat surgery while vacationing on a Sicilian island with her boyfriend (Matthias Schoenaerts). An unexpected visit from an ex-boyfriend (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter (Dakota Johnson) throws the couple's plans of tranquil seclusion into chaos. From director Luca Guadagnino ("I Am Love"). 

"Captain America: Civil War" (May 6) 

The Stars and Stripes take the lead as Captain America returns for his third big screen outing featuring actor Chris Evans in the titular role. This time around he's joined by most of his Avengers clan – but just who is friend and who is foe in this Marvel multiverse mash-up remains to be seen. 

"Money Monster" (May 13)

"Ocean's Eleven" co-stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts re-team for director Jodie Foster's take on fan revenge. When a disgruntled investor (Jack O'Connell) loses money on a stock tip offered by a Wall Street guru turned TV host (Clooney), he takes the show's whole studio hostage on live television in this real-time thriller.  

"High-Rise" (May 13)

When real estate gets real scary. Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons star in this future-retro vision of life in a high-rise apartment building where class warfare escalates out of control. 

"The Angry Birds Movie" (May 20)

Feathers will definitely fly as those frustrated birds from the hit video game launch themselves onto the big screen. Constantly enraged Red (voice of Jason Sudeikis) heads to anger management class where he meets fellow flightless oddballs Chuck (Josh Gad) and Bomb (Danny McBride). When mysterious green pigs descend on their island, it's up to this trio of misfits to discover just what is behind the sudden arrival in this 3D animated comedy. 

"Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" (May 20)

Love thy neighbor, or not. Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne are back in this follow up to 2014 comedy about real folk versus a really annoying frat house. The Radners (Rogen, Byrne) revisit their worst neighbor nightmare when the unruly sisters of Kappa Nu move in next door. In an effort to eject the rowdy crew, the Radners turn to former frat stud and one-time enemy Teddy Sanders (Efron) for help. It's suburban warfare at its best/worst in this comedy from director Nicholas Stoller ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Get Him to the Greek"). Note the following trailer contains expletives. 

"The Nice Guys" (May 20)

Nice may not the be the first word that comes to mind when viewing the actions of these two. Ryan Gosling plays a down-on-his-luck private eye who joins forces with hired muscle Russell Crowe to investigate the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1977 Los Angeles. 

"Alice Through the Looking Glass" (May 27)

The Wonderland crew is back for director Tim Burton's magical envisioning of Lewis Carroll's world down the rabbit hole. In this sequel to the 2010 hit, Mia Wasikowska returns to the role of Alice as she journeys back in time to Wonderland in order to rescue the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) from Time (Sacha Baron Cohen). Also featuring Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen and the voice talent of the late Alan Rickman as the Blue Caterpillar. 

"X-Men: Apocalypse" (May 27)

In their latest big screen adventure, Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) and his friendly mutants battle the forces of evil when the world's first mutant, Apocalypse (Oscar Issac), emerges with plans to rule the world. Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Olivia Munn, Sophie Turner, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult and Hugh Jackman also star. 


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<![CDATA[Key & Peele's Big Screen Appeal]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:30:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNU-05305rv4.jpg

Comedy team Key and Peele's formidable TV show character stable includes a pair of excitable parking valets who are sent into fanboy frenzies when discussing movies. Their favorite action star: "Liam Neesons."

So it's fitting that Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's first major film together finds inspiration in Liam Neeson's "Missing" flicks. Only in the Key and Peele action-comedy "Keanu," which opens April 29, the kidnap victim is a pet cat.

With "Keanu," the duo is tackling a challenge far steeper than recovering a purloined feline: They're attempting to go from movie fans to movie stars.

Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele,” which ended in September after five great seasons, showcased not only the comedians’ fanboy credentials, but their knack for mining laughs out of movie tropes. Even their strongest takes on race – their 1950s-style mini-musical, “Negrotown,” and their “Dawn of the Dead”-like portrayal of white zombies who avoid living black people – came couched in film genre spoofs.

“Keanu” offers the promising premise of Key and Peele as two regular guys who impersonate killers to get back the title cat.

But sustaining a 90-plus-minute comedy while playing just one role each marks a departure from a half-hour multi-character show filled with punchline-driven skits. And unlike decades worth of "Saturday Night Live" stars who struck movie stardom while still on the show, Key and Peele gave up the security of a weekly TV program before taking their act to a bigger screen.

Credit the pair with quitting “Key & Peele” while they were on top to forge a film career from near scratch. It's an act of show business bravery that would do "Liam Neesons" proud.

Check out a preview of "Keanu" as Key and Peele attempt to ride to greater fame on the back of a kitty – and their own impressive talent.

 

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter. 



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<![CDATA['Game of Silence' Preview: The Uninvited ]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:53:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GameofSilence-2.jpg Jackson rejoins his friends in their quest for justice after the birth of boots’ baby and a troubling confrontation with the Warden makes him decide not to live his life in fear. Marina grows suspicious of Jacksons “double life” so to calm her suspicion Jackson takes her down to Brennan and introduces her to the old gang, leaving out the part that they were all in juvie together. Jackson also tells Gil and Shawn that he killed Red Tyson in 1988, although the we learned he is in fact just covering for Jessie. Finally, we also learn that Det. Liz Winters is a crooked cop, being controlled by Terry. ]]> <![CDATA[Shia LaBeouf Offers Soup to Victim]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 03:24:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/shia-splitscreen-0427.jpg

A Brooklyn man who was randomly punched at a Manhattan subway station by an attacker who told him it was "because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf" received a message of sympathy and an offer of soup from the actor, according to reports.

Mario Licato said that he had just gotten off a subway train Saturday afternoon at the Delancey Street-Essex Street subway station on the Lower East Side when he was clocked. 

"I didn’t even see the guy," he told Gothamist. "I just see his fist coming toward me. It knocked me, and while I was falling down the stairs, all I hear was, 'This is because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf!'"

Licato, who told Gothamist he has been approached "at least 10 times" by people who said he resembles the actor, tumbled down the stairs and lost consciousness. He said a couple rushed to help him and called 911.  

The next day, he received a call from the real LaBeouf on his work phone, Licato told Cosmopolitan.

He didn't notice the message until LaBeouf commented on one of his Instagram posts: "Hey, I left you a voicemail."

"This is Shia LaBeouf, the guy you got hit for looking like," the voicemail allegedly said.

In the message, LaBeouf "sounded bummed and genuinely really bad," Licato told Cosmopolitan, saying the actor apologized profusely. LaBeouf also allegedly said he wished he were in New York so he could bring him soup and "giggle over this."

He gave Licato his phone number and signed off with, "Keep your head up, G," the magazine reports.

Licato told Cosmopolitan the voicemail was about two minutes long and that he has listened to it about five times.

Although Licato hasn’t called LaBeouf yet, he told the magazine he will soon, likely over a glass of wine. He said he plans to ask why the guy who punched him hates LaBeouf so much.

"What did you do to some random bro in New York that he needed to punch me for it? Did you steal his girlfriend? Maybe he just really hated you sitting in the movie theater for three days straight watching your own movies?" he said.

The man who punched Licato has not been found.



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<![CDATA[Women of 'Late Night' Go Rogue After 'Lemonade' ]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:04:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e101_361_lemonade_20160428_1200x675_676052035943.jpg Host Seth Meyers shows how the empowering influence of Beyonce’s visual album "Lemonade" has affected the female staff at "Late Night" — for better or for worse.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Teen Slang With Iggy Azalea]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:37:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e101_361_teenslang_20160428_1200x675_676055619779.jpg Iggy Azalea helps "Late Night" host Seth Meyers breakdown teen slang with words like bowladex, Brooch-ella and WhileFi.]]> <![CDATA[ ‘Tonight’: Levine Isn't Joining Team Blake]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:01:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e128_460_adamlevine_blakeshelton_20160428_1200x675_676053059792.jpg "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon talks to Adam Levine about "The Voice," but the coach refuses to accept Fallon's suggestion that he join forces with Blake Shelton. But he is open to wearing his jacket as a cape. ]]> <![CDATA['Tonight' Hashtags: Weird Pet Tweets]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:57:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e128_460_hashtags_20160428_1200x675_676053059771.jpg "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #MyPetIsWeird.]]> <![CDATA[Do Celebrity Endorsements Help or Hurt?]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:48:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DAWSON_GettyImages-521061462.jpg

Celebrity surrogates have been ubiquitous on the campaign trail this season, frequently been driving the 2016 news cycle — and in some cases, forcing their preferred candidates off message.

In a crowded media marketplace, the prominence of a celebrity surrogate can make a difference — at least when it comes to media attention — but unlike most traditional political representatives, they are infamously difficult to control.

During an appearance on "Late Night with Stephen Colbert" Wednesday, actress Susan Sarandon, a passionate Bernie Sanders supporter, doubled down on her refusal to say whether or not she would support Hillary Clinton in a one-on-one race against Trump. And unscripted diatribes on Sanders' behalf from stars like Rosario Dawson, Killer Mike and Tim Robbins have begged the question: Are these kinds of endorsements really worth it?



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<![CDATA[Prescription Painkillers Found at Prince's Home: Officials]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:34:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-470571179.jpg

Prescription painkillers were found in Prince's possession when he died and in his Minneapolis home, federal law enforcement officials told NBC News. The officials have yet to say what role, if any, those medications may have played in his death.

The officials said Wednesday that the county sheriff investigating Prince's death has asked for help from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The DEA's role, officials say, will be to determine such things as where the medications came from, and what prescriptions Prince had obtained. 

Some of Prince's friends have said the musician took the painkiller Percocet to relieve pain in his hips — the result of years of jumping during performances. An autopsy was performed last week, but it may take weeks before the cause of his death would be disclosed. 



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<![CDATA[Chyna Cause of Death Still Unknown]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:08:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/chyna-2.jpg

The cause of death for WWE star Chyna has not been determined as toxicology tests are pending, coroner's officials said.

Toxicology tests are scheduled within the next few weeks as the office is dealing with a backlog of cases, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.

Chyna's manager, Anthony Anzaldo, told NBC News the wrestling star "accidentally and unintentionally misused her legally prescribed medication over the course of 2-3 weeks."

"There was no alcohol on the scene and no other legal or illegal drugs found," he said in a statement. "She fell asleep on Sunday night and peacefully took her last breath."

Chyna, born Joan Marie Laurer, was found dead Wednesday in her Redondo Beach apartment. Police were responding to a 911 call from a friend who said the former 46-year-old WWE performer failed to answer her phone for a few days.

Her brain will be donated for research involving the effects of concussions, her manager said Tuesday.

The WWE — then known as the World Wrestling Federation — hired Chyna in 1997.

After leaving the WWE in 2001, Laurer was determined to stay active in the entertainment industry. She wrote a memoir, became a semi-regular on Howard Stern's radio show and appeared in TV sitcoms like "3rd Rock From the Sun" and reality shows including "The Surreal Life." She was in Playboy twice and appeared in a string of adult films.

Chyna joins a long list of WWE professional wrestlers who have died relatively young, including Rick Rude, Curt "Mr. Perfect" Hennig, the Ultimate Warrior and Owen Hart.



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<![CDATA['Late Night': JK Simmons Talks 'L&O' and 'Oz' ]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 04:58:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/JKSIMMONS_GettyImages-525136334.jpg J.K. Simmons talks to "Late Night" host Seth Meyers about his early days of acting on "Law & Order" and "Oz." And he notes that the two shows played a nice balance of different roles, helping him from becoming a type cast actor.

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<![CDATA['Late Night' Closer Look at Northeast Primary Results]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:00:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e100_360_closerlook_20160427_1200x675_675246659911.jpg Immediately after Donald Trump’s total victory in Tuesday’s primaries, he launched what "Late Night" host Seth Meyers called a sexist attacking against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Meyers also considers the unsubstantiated claim that Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s rival, is somehow hurting the Democratic party.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': The Roots 'Game of Thrones' Rap]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:01:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e127_459_gameofthrones_rap_20160427_1200x675_675246659606.jpg Black Thought from The Roots catches "Tonight Show" viewers up on Season 6 of "Game of Thrones" with a rap.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Lauer Takes Issue With New Zealand Outhouses]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:04:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/LAUER_GettyImages-525120016.jpg Matt Lauer recounts an embarrassing story about a live report that went awry on the "Today" show while "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon acts it out.

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<![CDATA['Jurassic Park' Star Sex Assault]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:22:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/218*120/cameron+thor+jurassic+park+stilll.jpg

A Southern California actor and acting coach best known for his role in "Jurassic Park" was sentenced Wednesday to six years in a state prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl for nearly a year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office confirmed.

Cameron Thor, who has appeared in "Jurassic Park," "A Few Good Men," and "Hook," and the TV show "Star Trek: The Next Generation," was convicted of lewd acts that occurred seven years ago.  

He was initially accused of assaulting the girl from April 2008 to March 2009, officials said.

Thor was ordered to register as a sex offender by the judge after he assaulted the young girl who took acting lessons in his Agoura Hills home, the DA's office said.

The district attorney said Thor drove the girl to the Santa Monica Mountains in March 2009 where he sexually assaulted her.

Thor was charged in June of 2014 with sex crimes with a child under 14 years of age, kidnap, robbery, rape, and sexual penetration.

A jury found Thor guilty of one count of lewd act upon a child and the special allegation of substantial sexual contact in August.

The 56-year-old actor played Lewis Dodgson, a character who made a deal to buy dinosaur embryos, in the 1993 film "Jurassic Park."



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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: 'Bachelorette' Expecting]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:12:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-175829618.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2016.

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<![CDATA['Correspondent' Gervais Takes on the Media]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:39:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Special+Correspondents+Netflix.jpg

The recent 40th anniversary of "All the President's Men" and the Best Picture Oscar notched by "Spotlight" offer potent reminders not only of the power of journalism, but of the power of journalism movies. 

The films, bookending four decades, portray the press at its real-life best, which is particularly heartening amid times of great upheaval in the business and a 2015 Gallup poll putting the public’s trust in the news media at a low point.

"Spotlight" aside, though, the popular culture's take on journalism in recent years tells a different story – manifesting largely in news-driven satirical TV programs spawned by "The Daily Show," including "The Colbert Report," "The Nightly Show," "Last Week Tonight" and "Fully Frontal."

Now the movies are getting back in on the Fourth Estate comedy act. Tina Fey's "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot," based on journalist Kim Barker’s experiences as a war correspondent in Afghanistan, opened last month. The latest movie entry arrives April 29 on Netflix: Ricky Gervais' "Special Correspondents," a comedy about the journalistic mortal sin of faking it.

In the film, based on a French flick, Gervais and Eric Bana play a radio duo who produce bogus Ecuadorian war zone reports from the safety of a New York apartment, before finding themselves in trouble they never imagined. Gervais and Bana are the anti-Woodward and Bernstein – instead of following the money, they're chasing the laughs.

Truth be told, some of the best movies about journalism are farces in which reporters come off as scoundrels. Take newsmen Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht’s 1928 Broadway hit, "The Front Page," which spawned various big screen versions, including "His Girl Friday," the greatest newspaper laugher of them all.

The Great Depression proved the Golden Era for comedies brimming with dubious journalism ethics, among them "It Happened One Night," "Meet John Doe" and "Nothing Sacred," in which a small-town doctor opens a window to let out the stench when he learns a reporter is in the room.

Perhaps Gervais, who directed "Special Correspondents" and wrote the script, wanted a forum to air his grievances with the press (he noted with derisive amusement during his standup act a few years back that one British tabloid referred to him as a "chubby funster").

His fun at the expense of the media follows the recent Pulitzer Prize announcement. Winning reports, including ones that exposed shocking labor abuses and mistreatment of mental patients, only reinforced the importance of a strong press.

Satire, though, can help provide insight by spotlighting absurdities of all kinds – even among those charged with finding and sharing the truth. Check out a preview of "Special Correspondents" (above) in which Gervais presents a dim view of the media at its worst.

 

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Shia LaBeouf Doppelganger Punched]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:41:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/shia-splitscreen-0427.jpg

A Brooklyn man was randomly punched at a Manhattan subway station by an attacker who said it was "because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf," Gothamist reports.

Mario Licato told the website he had just gotten off a subway train Saturday afternoon at the Delancey Street-Essex Street subway station on the Lower East Side when he was clocked.

"I didn’t even see the guy," he told Gothamist. "I just see his fist coming toward me. It knocked me, and while I was falling down the stairs, all I hear was, 'This is because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf!'"

Licato, who told Gothamist he has been approached "at least 10 times" by people who said he resembles the actor, tumbled down the stairs and lost consciousness. He said a couple rushed to help him and called 911.  

EMTs ruled out a concussion and told him to get a butterfly bandage for his busted eyebrow, Licato told Gothamist. Police, who arrived a short time later, canvassed the area and asked questions.

Licato posted a photo of his injuries on Instagram, a bandage visible over his eyebrow and scuffs on his nose and brow.

"I wanna thank the guy who randomly decided he needed to hit me last night," he said in the post.

Licato told Gothamist he was back at work Monday but was still perplexed as to why someone would attack him for looking like LaBeouf.

"I wanna know what Shia LaBeouf did to him," Licato told Gothamist. "What did Shia LaBeouf do to him that he punched somebody that looks like him? He must have did something so mean."

The NYPD told People it is investigating the incident as an assault and no arrests had been made as of Tuesday afternoon.

NBC 4 New York has reached out to Licato and representatives of LaBeouf for comment.



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<![CDATA[Celeb Hookups: Jordan Peele Is Married]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:55:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-488131906.jpg Check out which celebrities are pairing up.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Trump & Clinton's Possible VP Picks]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 04:03:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/split2-clinton-trump-NY.jpg As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump become the clear nominees, the media has indulged "in one of its favorite parlor games," "Late Night" host Seth Meyers said, of speculating wildly on who the candidates will choose as their running mates. And why are media outlets trying to make "Veep stakes" common use.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Truth or Truth With Chelsea Handler ]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 04:02:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-524633116.jpg Jimmy Fallon sits down with Chelsea Handler for a game of Truth or Truth on "The Tonight Show."

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