<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - ]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcbayarea.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area https://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usSun, 18 Mar 2018 22:18:06 -0700Sun, 18 Mar 2018 22:18:06 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Bill Hader Returns as Scaramucci to 'SNL']]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 05:17:04 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/coldopen2billhader_1200x675.jpg

Actors John Goodman and Fred Armisen made surprise appearances in “Saturday Night Live’s” cold open with host Bill Hader and Alex Moffat as CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

The cold open began as a segment from CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” show covering President Donald Trump’s firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, played by Goodman.

Armisen played author and columnist Michael Wolff, who wrote the book" Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," while Hader brought back his impersonation of Anthony Scaramucci, who had a short-lived career as a White House communications director.

A popular Hader character Stefon also returned to “Weekend Update” as the ultra-hipster who offered tips on New York hot spots for St. Patrick’s Day.

Other topics on “Weekend Update” included Kate McKinnon’s portrayal of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who received criticism for her CBS “60 Minutes” interview.

“I think the problem was the words that were coming out of my mouth were bad. That is because they came from my brain,” McKinnon’s DeVos said. “I may not be very good on camera but behind the scenes my ideas are much worse.”

The band Arcade Fire joined the show for their fourth appearance as musical guest. 

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Charades With Aaron Paul and Karlie Kloss]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:27:09 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e092_835_charades_201802316-152126554823500002.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and Karlie Kloss battle it out against Aaron Paul and The Roots' Tarik Trotter in a game of charades.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Thank You Notes to Facebook Memories, Hammers]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:16:59 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fallonScreen-Shot-2018-03-17-at-2.15.34-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon pens thank you notes to packing for vacation, sneezing and other things.

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<![CDATA[Why a 4-Year-Old Is Winning Your Office Pool]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:08:27 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/marshall-pawpatrol-split.jpg

The answer to winning your NCAA office pool might be to watch more "Paw Patrol." 

While No. 13 Marshall's historic 81-75 win over the No. 4 Wichita State Shockers shocked the world, the fact that the Thundering Herd were on a roll didn't surprise kids who picked the team to go all the way thanks to Marshall the pup from "Paw Patrol." 

It's well-known that some people make their bracket picks based on mascots or school logos. After the Thundering Herd caught fire from the three-point range late in Friday's game for the upset victory, some joked on Twitter that their bracket took a hit and maybe they should have listened to their kids.  

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In "Paw Patrol," a 10-year-old character named Ryder leads a pack of rescue pups in training to help those in distress in a town called Adventure Bay. Each dog is “ inspired by real-world jobs like a firefighter, police officer, and construction worker,” according to the show’s website.

The pups all have corresponding vehicles and catch phrases. Marshall is a clumsy Dalmatian pup who has a firefighter hat and fire truck with a ladder. His signature line is “let’s fire it up.” 

The victory was the West Virginia school's first NCAA Tournament win in program history, 31 years after its last appearance.

"Paw Patrol" took to the airwaves for Nickelodeon in August 2013. The show's Twitter account has not yet weighed in on how fired up it was by the attention. 

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Photos: Stars at 'Midnight Sun' Premiere ]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:11:44 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-932667192.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[RuPaul Honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:06:36 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-932919220.jpg

Entertainment icon and world-famous drag queen RuPaul received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday.

RuPaul Andre Charles is the 2,631st celebrity to get his own star.

The two-time Emmy winner was introduced by Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda at the ceremony, who remarked that his star should be "at least three sizes bigger than any other star on the Walk of Fame."

RuPaul reflected on his lifelong aspiration to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, sharing, "It was a dream I wasn't sure how I would achieve it but I had so much support from my family and from my faith in a benevolent universe. And that is what has brought me here today."

The ceremony took place outside of World of Wonder production offices -- the company that produces VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race,'' which brought RuPaul prime-time Emmys as outstanding host of a reality or reality-competition program in 2016 and 2017.

"RuPaul is a revolutionary performer who brought the art of drag into the American public eye and made it mainstream,'' said Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Born RuPaul Andre Charles on Nov. 17, 1960, in San Diego, he later studied theater at the North Atlanta School of Performing Arts. He settled in New York City in the mid-1980s, becoming a popular fixture on the nightclub scene earning himself the title "Queen of Manhattan.''

RuPaul's first prominent national exposure came in 1989, with a featured role dancing in the B-52's "Love Shack'' music video.

RuPaul released his first album, "Supermodel of the World'' in 1993, which topped Billboard's Heatseekers chart for new and developing recording artists. He has released 10 more studio albums, two soundtrack albums, six compilation albums, three remix albums, one extended play and 32 singles.

RuPaul has produced and hosted the competition series "RuPaul's Drag Race,'' since 2009. He also hosted "RuPaul's Drag U,'' where women are given drag makeovers and "Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul,'' both on Logo.

RuPaul has also been a judge on the Game Show Network's body-painting competition, "Skin Wars.''

RuPaul has appeared in more than 50 films and television shows both in and out of drag including "Crooklyn,'' "The Brady Bunch Movie,'' "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar,'' and "But I'm a Cheerleader.''

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<![CDATA['Life of Pi' Star Reveals He's Suffering From Rare Tumor]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:35:14 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/lifeofpistar.jpg

Irrfan Khan, the Bollywood star known for his roles in "Life of Pi," "Jurassic World," and "The Amazing Spider-Man," took to social media Friday to reveal he's been diagnosed with an neuroendocrine tumor.

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Neuroendocrine tumors, according to the Mayo Clinic, are "abnormal growths that begin in specialized cells called neuroendocrine cells,"  They can be both cancerous and benign and occur anywhere in the body. 

Khan spoke about his physical condition on social media a few weeks earlier, requesting fans not speculate about his ailing health and promising he would share details when more facts were known.

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<![CDATA[Fla. Shooting Survivors Release Original Song to Help Heal]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:17:29 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_18056804120693-parkland.jpg

Days after a gunman stormed their Florida school and killed 17 people, two young survivors wrote a song about their grief and healing. On Friday, those Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students released their song for the world to hear.

The inspirational power-ballad is called "Shine," and the students said on their YouTube page that it "is dedicated in loving memory of the 17 victims" of the Feb. 14 massacre. All proceeds will go toward their non-profit, Shine MSD, which helps fund recovery efforts for the victims and families affected by the shooting, as well as mental health programs centered around the arts.

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Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Pena penned the original song "as a creative outlet so our voices and the voices of those 17 could be heard and never forgotten," Pena wrote on Twitter.

It's packed with emotional lyrics that illustrate the trauma they experienced and how they are fighting to overcome it. A single piano leads the track with rich harmonies and powerful strings filling the background until the song reaches a crescendo with drums.

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Garrity and Pena were moved to record and release "Shine" after performing it at the Feb. 21 CNN Town Hall event along with several other students.

"What started as a personal healing journey quickly grew into an anthem met with an overwhelming response," their website says. "Sawyer, Andrea, their families and friends realized the power of healing through artistic expression, and the positive impact the arts has in inspiring hope and unity in the aftermath of tragedy."

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<![CDATA[Gal Gadot Under Fire for Stephen Hawking Tweet]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:30:33 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/wonderhawk.jpg

"Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot is under fire for a tweet she sent marking the passing of Stephen Hawking.

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Hawking, the best-known theoretical physicist of his time, died peacefully at his home in Cambridge, England, Wednesday. Hawking's book, "A Brief History of Time," became an international best seller, making him one of science's biggest celebrities since Albert Einstein.

While she meant no ill intent, some took umbrage with Gadot's reference to Hawking now being free of "physical constraints," saying it suggested the iconic physicist was better off dead than disabled.

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Gadot has not commented on the controversy since her tweet.

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<![CDATA[See It: New 'Avengers: Infinity War' Trailer Revealed]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:08:15 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/avengerstrail.jpg

Thanos is coming. And he's bringing death with him.

The new "Avengers: Infinity War" trailer dropped Friday, and it's not clear if all of Earth's mightiest heroes are going to survive the encounter against the mad titan.

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The trailer reveals Thanos travels to Earth in search of infinity gems possessed by Dr. Strange and the Vision. Once in possession of all gems, Thanos will have the ability to wipe out half the universe with a snap of his fingers. 

The film, which stars Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo opens April 27.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': John Cleese Did Not Enjoy Filming Monty Python]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:22:39 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e079_661_johncleese_autobiography_20180315-152118912315700002.jpg

John Cleese explains why filming "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" was so horrible, reveals who saved "Monty Python's Life of Brian" and reviews his favorite questions audiences have asked him.

<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump's Lies to Trudeau]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:18:39 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/trudeauScreen-Shot-2018-03-16-at-6.17.35-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at President Donald Trump lying to Canada's prime minister, major news in the Russia investigation and rumors of more staff turnover at the White House.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Hader and Fallon Play the Face It Challenge]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:11:52 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tjf_faceitchallenge_201802315-152119429298500002.jpg

Bill Hader and Jimmy Fallon go head-to-head as they are given random faces to make at each other and try to hold for 10 seconds without being the first to break into laughter.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon Gives a Pep Talk to Texas Southern Univ.]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:03:09 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TSUScreen-Shot-2018-03-16-at-6.02.00-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon gives a pep talk to the lowest-seeded school starting out the NCAA championship tournament, the Texas Southern University Tigers.

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<![CDATA[Astronaut Mae Jemison Explores Earth in 'One Strange Rock']]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:44:33 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/maejeminson.jpg

Ever wonder what it's like to look at the Earth through the eyes of an astronaut? Well, now's your chance to find out.

Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky, actor Will Smith, and eight former  astronauts join forces to tell the extraordinary story of why life as we know it exists on Earth in a 10-part cinematic series premiering March 26 on the National Geographic Channel.

Among those participating are Dr. Mae Jemison. The former astronaut just celebrated the 25th anniversary of her mission to space aboard space shuttle Endeavour, making history as the first African-American woman to go to space. Jemison is joined in the special with fellow former astronauts Chris Hadfield, Jeff Hoffman, Jerry Linenger, Mike Massimino, Leland Melvin, Nicole Stott and Peggy Whitson.

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<![CDATA[Rihanna Slams Snapchat After Ad Mocks Her Domestic Abuse]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:56:52 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/852544038-rihanna-snapchat.jpg

Snapchat has removed a distasteful ad from the popular social media app after making light of domestic violence, specifically Chris Brown’s 2009 felony assault against Rihanna.

The ad reportedly was for a game on the app called “Would You Rather?” and asked players if they would rather “Slap Rihanna” or “Punch Chris Brown.”

Snapchat told the BBC that the ad was published in error and had been removed immediately.

Rihanna expressed her disappointment in Snapchat on her Instagram story. The pop star said Snapchat let down all the women, children and men that have been victims of domestic violence and the ones who haven’t made it out yet.

“You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to to DV victims and made a joke of it!!!” Rihanna said. “Shame on you. Throw away the whole app-oligy away.”

According to the New York Times, stock prices for Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, sank 4 percent following this incident.

Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault and received five years of probation after he hit, choked, bit and tried to push Rihanna out of the car in 2009. Rihanna had visible facial injuries following the incident which required hospitalization.

According to Snapchat’s advertising policy, prohibited content includes that which may seem “shocking, sensational, or disrespectful.”

NBC has reached out to Snapchat for comment.

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<![CDATA[Demi Lovato Celebrates Six Years of Sobriety ]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:52:16 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Demi-Lovato2.jpg

Demi Lovato celebrated six years of sobriety with her followers on Twitter Thursday afternoon. 

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The singer and songwriter thanked her family, friends and CAST centers, a mental health and wellness program organization she created to help people struggling with addiction receive treatment, for being integral to her journey and recovery. 

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Lovato proclaimed "it IS possible" in her celebration tweet and launched a contest with CAST centers to give her fans and others that have recovered from addiction a chance to tell their stories. "A huge part of my recovery was learning to love myself and give back to others," Lovato said in her tweet. 

"We're launching a contest to give you guys the opportunity to use YOUR voice & share your stories." 

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The contest will give one person the chance to be a special guest speaker during the final US concert on Lovato's #tellmeyoulovemetour in Tampa, Florida. The winner will be selected on the CAST tour Instagram on March 27th. 

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<![CDATA[Report: ESPN President Stepped Down After Extortion Plot]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:34:34 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/skippercoke.jpg

The former president of ESPN said he resigned from the sports network after an extortion plot by someone who sold him cocaine.

John Skipper told the Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Thursday that the drug seller, whom he did not name, tried to extort him in December. He said he hadn't had dealings with the seller before, and previously had been "careful" about buying cocaine.

"They threatened me, and I understood immediately that threat put me and my family at risk, and this exposure would put my professional life at risk as well," Skipper said.

He said he discussed the situation with Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger on Dec. 15, 2017, and they agreed Skipper "had placed the company in an untenable position." He resigned on Dec. 18 after leading ESPN since 2012, saying he was going to seek treatment for a substance abuse problem.

He said he used drugs recreationally and that it never impacted his work at ESPN.

"Look, it was inappropriate for the president of ESPN and an officer of The Walt Disney Co. to be associated in any way with any of this," he said.

"My drug use never had any professional repercussions, but I still have profound regret," he said. "I accept that the consequences of my actions are my responsibility and have been appropriate. I also have to accept that I used very poor judgment."

Skipper did not return a message seeking comment from The Associated Press on Thursday.

He also said "rumors and speculations" that mistreatment of women contributed to his resignation were untrue, and he denied having any inappropriate relationships or sexually harassing anyone.

Skipper said he has received drug abuse treatment and therapy, and that process is ongoing. He hopes to re-enter sports media as a consultant.

"I'm actually quite excited," he said. "In some ways I have no choice but to make the best of it. And I do intend to make the best of it. I've been meeting with people, and that has gotten me even more excited. I'm healthy, and I'm ready to plunge back in."

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<![CDATA[iHeart Radio Files for Chapter 11]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:22:00 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/iheartradiobank.jpg

IHeartMedia, one of the world's largest radio and billboard companies, is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as part of an agreement with its lenders to reduce debt.

The company formerly known as Clear Channel Communications says it will operate its businesses as usual while it restructures its finances to reduce debt by more than $10 billion.

IHeartMedia, which is based in San Antonio, had warned in 2016 that it had reached an impasse with lenders. The company amassed the debt when it was taken private in 2008 by private equity firms Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital.

IHeartMedia Inc. says its billboard subsidiary, Clear Channel Outdoor, isn't part of the bankruptcy proceedings.

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<![CDATA[ 'American Idol' Contestant: Perry Kiss Not Harassment]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:29:52 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/perrykisskiss.jpg

Singer Katy Perry kissed a contestant on "American Idol" and he did not like it.

But Benjamin Glaze is downplaying some backlash aimed at Perry, who is a judge on the show. The 19-year-old took to Instagram on Wednesday to say he did not think he was sexually harassed.

The singer from Oklahoma says he was uncomfortable when Perry kissed him on the lips as he auditioned during the show's two-night season opener on ABC. Glaze says he had never been kissed before.

He needed some water before singing Nick Jonas' "Levels," which Perry called "a bit rushed."

Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan did not send Glaze to the next round. Glaze says he should have picked another song and calmed himself down regardless of the kiss.

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<![CDATA[ 'Willy Wonka' Star Appears as Contestant on 'Jeopardy!']]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 22:13:11 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/willywonka1.jpg

He played a boy who does nothing but watch TV and wears cowboy clothing in the 1971 movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

Who is "Jeopardy!" contestant Paris Themmen?

Themmen appeared on the game show on Tuesday. But he didn't tell Alex Trebek about his role as Mike Teavee when the host asked him about himself Themmen said he was an "avid backpacker."

However, some fans of the movie pointed it out on Twitter.

Themmen has appeared on several food programs since his role in the film when he was 11 years old.

Themmen finished in second place.

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<![CDATA[America's Largest eSports Stadium to Open in Texas]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:55:03 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/193*120/Esports+Stadium+Arlington+Exterior.jpg

If there was ever a competition to determine which city is truly the "sports and entertainment capital of the world," Arlington, Texas, would certainly be a contender.

The third largest city in North Texas is already home to AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park, Six Flags Over Texas, and the College Park Center (home of UTA athletics and the Dallas Wings). And the $1.1 billion Globe Life Field is set to open in 2020, elevating Arlington's status in that realm even further.

On Wednesday, city leaders announced that yet another new stadium is coming — one that will serve as a permanent home for one of the most rapidly growing sectors in all of sports entertainment: video gaming.

Arlington is partnering with Esports Venues to open the 100,000-square-foot, 1,000-seat eSports Stadium Artington in the city's existing Arlington Convention Center. The new venue will be the largest eSports stadium in the U.S., the city of Arlington said in a statement.

"We are creating the most unique and technologically advanced space available," said Ron Price, President and CEO of the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The stadium, set to open in the fall, would host local, national and international eSports competitions. The popularity of competitive video gaming is growing at an exponential pace. In 2017, the industry was valued at $493 million, and it is expected to surge to $1.5 billion by 2020.

Even Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has gotten caught up in the craze. In November, he became the part owner of an eSports team.

"Being on the forefront of new ideas and setting trends is in our DNA," said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. “eSports Stadium Arlington will further cement our city’s status as a national and international tourist destination. Players and fans will come here for the tournaments and they’ll stay even longer to experience everything Arlington has to offer.”

Texas already has a growing competitive gaming community. Christian Gross heads the University of Texas Arlington eSports team. He's watched gaming turn into a high-stakes spectator sport. And Dallas even has its own professional team now: the Dallas Fuel.

"These people are not playing to have a good time," Gross said. "They're playing to become better, to be the best in their field."

Under the new agreement, the City of Arlington and Esports Venues will jointly invest $10 million in the renovation project. Esports Venues will then lease the space from the city for 10 years, with an option for a 10-year renewal.

The City expects its renovation and equipment costs to be repaid through annual lease payments, plus event revenue and stadium naming rights.

"My first thought was, do we get to use virtual money to pay for it?" said Faith Bussey, President of Citizens for a Better Arlington.

The organization fought against the new Rangers stadium before it was approved. Now Bussey is preparing for battle again.

"Especially at the local level, most people don't have any idea what's going on. They don't know what their city councilman and mayors are up to, and they don't know where their money is being spent," Bussey said. "I know there are other things we could be spending our money on, better, more wisely."

But supporters argue now is the time to get into a quickly-growing game.

"We’re already such a large entertainment capital for Texas as a whole and the nation, I think this is only going to take us one step further," said Gross.

In addition to competition event space, the venue will also host gaming, retail and social spaces, as well as a broadcast studio and team training areas.

NBC5's Alice Barr contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Ricky Gervais on What Aging Has Done to Him]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 01:33:01 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e078_660_rickygervais_aging_20180314-152109909848500002.jpg

Ricky Gervais talks to Seth Meyers about changes he's noticed on his own anatomy now that he's reached an age where he's "closer to death." 

<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Conor Lamb's Win]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 01:17:55 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/lambScreen-Shot-2018-03-15-at-4.15.47-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at Democrats racking up another major win, #NationalStudentWalkout and President Donald Trump musing about weaponizing space.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Alicia Vikander Talks 'Tomb Raider']]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 01:04:14 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e090_833_aliciavikander_tombraider_201802314-152109923408400002.jpg

Alicia Vikander reveals how she prepared for her role as Lara Croft in "Tomb Raider" and shares some behind-the-scenes stories about the stunts she did herself.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Alicia Vikander Teaches Fallon a Swedish Game]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:56:32 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e090_833_aliciavikander_game_201802314-152109917966400002.jpg

Alicia Vikander shows Jimmy Fallon how to play a Swedish game called "Irish Christmas Eve," where you spin around in circles and try to destroy plates with a bow and arrow.

<![CDATA[Prosecutors Won't Fight Rapper Meek Mill's Release From Prison]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:56:58 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Meek+Mill+Mugshot.jpg

One day after the mother of Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill publicly asked District Attorney Larry Krasner to help free her son from jail, prosecutors answered the call.

“The office is not opposed to him being out on bail,” Krasner spokesman Ben Waxman told NBC10.

In a motion filed Wednesday in Common Pleas Court, prosecutors said "there is a strong likelihood of [Mill's] conviction being reversed" as a result of allegedly false testimony provided more than 10 years ago. 

That questionable testimony was provided by Philadelphia police officer Reginald Graham, who was among 29 so-called corrupt cops identified by the district attorney's office.

Graham was the only government witness called at the 2007 trial, putting into question whether the court had an accurate understanding of what happened more than 10 years ago when Mill was first arrested, prosecutors said.

Last month, Mill's legal team submitted two affidavits from other Philadelphia police officers alleging that Graham “repeatedly engaged in misconduct, including lying,” according to court documents.

Ultimately, Mill’s fate rests in the hands of Judge Genece Brinkley, who has been accused having an “infatuation” with the rapper. She originally sentenced the rapper to time in prison plus 10 years probation.

“I would like to thank the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office for carefully evaluating my son’s matter and not opposing the request for bail,” Mill’s mother, Kathy Williams, said.

“The fact that [his] entire conviction could be overturned is a blessing and I pray that God gives Judge Brinkley the wisdom to make the right decision and allow my son to return home to his family. I truly believe justice will prevail.”

Mill’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, also thanked Krasner’s office.

“We look forward to his immediate release by the court on bail in light of this development,” he said in a statement.

Mill was arrested in 2007 on gun charges and sentenced to 10 years probation. In 2017, Brinkley sentenced Mill to an additional two to four years in prison for a probation violation. Since then, Mill’s legal team has filed a series of unsuccessful motions to release the rapper while he sits behind bars in Chester County.

Despite his legal drama, the 30-year-old has skyrocketed to national fame after one of his songs, “Dreams and Nightmare,” became the unofficial anthem of the Eagles’ road to victory.

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<![CDATA[See the Designs for George Lucas' LA Museum]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:49:10 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/240*120/Lucas+Museum+of+Narrative+Art+-+Aerial+View+courtesy+of+MAD+Architects.jpg The Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts in Exposition Park will begin to take shape over the next few years. For now, you can see its futuristic design in these renderings.

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<![CDATA['American Idol' Contestant Kissed a Girl and Didn't Like It]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:03:32 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/katykiss.jpg

He kissed a girl. He didn't like it.

You might have a hard time imagining anyone complaining about about being on the receiving end of an unexpected smooch from pop superstar Katy Perry. But one "American Idol" contestant, 19-year-old Benjamin Glaze, wanted no part of the unexpected smooch.

Interviewed by The New York Times, Glaze, a 19-year-old cashier from Enid, Okla., was among the performers auditioning on the premiere of the show which aired on ABC. While preparing to perform celebrity judge Luke Bryan asked him if he had ever been kissed by a girl, referencing Perry's hit single. When he said he had not Perry motioned him over and offered to let him kiss her on the cheek. She then asked for another, this time turning her head in for a quick kiss.

“I was a tad bit uncomfortable,” Glaze told the Times, saying he considered his  first kiss to be a rite of passage that he was saving for someone he had feelings for. “I wanted to save it for my first relationship,” he said. “I wanted it to be special.”

Glaze adds, “Would I have done it if she said, ‘Would you kiss me?’ No, I would have said no,” he said. “I know a lot of guys would be like, ‘Heck yeah!’ But for me, I was raised in a conservative family and I was uncomfortable immediately. I wanted my first kiss to be special.”

The scene aired as part of the program's two-night season opener. To add insult to injury Glaze was rejected by the celebrity panel of judges after his audition. ABC tweeted about the kiss on the "American Idol" twitter feed, and while some social media users thought Glaze got away with a lucky kiss, others felt he had every right to be offended by the unwanted advance.  

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<![CDATA[Review: Thankfully... Not Your Father's 'Tomb Raider']]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:17:00 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tombraiderx.jpg

Let's get this out of the way up front: Angelina Jolie is a world-class actress. With film credits that include roles in "The Bone Collector," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "Changeling" and "Maleficent," plus an Oscar turn in "Girl, Interrupted," her acting bona fides are not to be disputed.

That said, Jolie's 2001 "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" and 2003 sequel "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider — The Cradle of Life," were both God-awful and a woeful waste of her considerable talents. Both films failed in almost every measure unless you were the target audience for the video game-turned-movie: 13-year-olds in hormonal overdrive.

The 2018 reboot starring Alicia Vikander is not that.

Vikander, who first became a fan favorite with a star turn in 2014's "Ex Machina," boasts Academy Awards credentials of her own, winning Best Supporting Actress for 2016's "The Danish Girl." Fans of "Ex Machina" may have feared Vikander would turn her attention to only serious fare after winning the Oscar, but with turns in 2016's "Jason Bourne" and then signing on to lead the Tomb Raider reboot, it became apparent Vikander was more than game to have a little fun. The question was could even she resuscitate the franchise from its very cheesy origins?

She can. She does.

For the uninitiated, a recap: Lara Croft is the daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanishes when she is teen. Years later Croft is pressed to have her father declared legally dead so she can take control of her family's global empire. It's a task she resists and ultimately rejects when she comes upon a clue that may lead to his whereabouts.

"When we meet her in the beginning of the film, seven or so years have passed since she last saw her dad," Vikander says. "But she is someone who hasn't been able to mourn, someone who can't really let go. Not without answers."

The story is touted as an origin tale. And indeed when we're introduced to Croft she's far from a female Indiana Jones. The very first scene sees her gasping for breath in a chokehold, reluctantly tapping out during a sparring skirmish against an MMA fighter. But it's not long before we see Croft morph from East London bike courier to globetrotting daredevil as her search takes her to uncharted destinations across the globe.

The film contains all the set action pieces you'd expect, and they work well. They work all the better given Vikander's muscular yet still delicate frame. She's no indestructible Amazon but a three-dimensional character who gets bruised, injured and bleeds. 

"What's interesting to me about Lara Croft is that when she falls, she gets hurt, but she picks herself up and keeps fighting for what she wants," said director Roar Uthaug. "In our film, that goes whether she's in the boxing ring, a bike race, or a race for her life."

The landscape for female-driven action vehicles has changed dramatically in 15 years since Jolie's Croft last graced the silver screen. In that time we've seen Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise, Charlize Theron as the "Atomic Blonde," Kate Beckinsale in the "Underworld" series, and of course Gal Gadot in the 2017 game-changing "Wonder Woman."

Those films did not reinvent the wheel. Cinema is littered with strong female action heroes from Linda Hamilton's Sarah Conner in the "Terminator" franchise to Sigourney Weaver's Ripley in "Aliens". Even on the small screen we've seen everything from Sarah Michelle Gellar's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" to Krysten Ritter's "Jessica Jones."  Those films showed you could build big-budget blockbusters around female protagonists. Vikander's "Tomb Raider" is built in a similar winning mold. 

It's also 2018 and we're in the midst of the #MeToo and Time's Up era. How films with female stars are both crafted and perceived are now reflected through that prism. The box office success of films like "Wonder Woman" and "Tomb Raider" will go a long way to making sure female-driven action blockbusters are more the norm than the exception. 

"Tomb Raider" hits theaters March 16th.

<![CDATA[No Way to Treat a Queen]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:52:42 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/bestdramaactress_clairefoy_thecrown.jpg

It's hard to imagine folks scraping by paycheck-to-paycheck feeling too sorry for Queen Elizabeth II or Claire Foy, who reportedly was paid $40,000 an episode to play her in "The Crown."

Yet news this week that Matt Smith, who portrayed Prince Philip in the Netflix series, made more than Foy strikes at the heart of fairness — and common sense: Why does the queen get less than the prince?

The controversy also links Elizabeth and Foy in new ways. They've both become, in different respects, symbols of Hollywood's battle against sexism.

The salary flap underscores a major point of the show: Even powerful women aren't immune to blatant mistreatment. Foy's depiction of Elizabeth's battles against the men trying to control her life during her early reign resonates in current times.

The crux of the first two seasons of "The Crown" rested upon Foy, who brilliantly embodied the evolution of a living, historical figure who has offered rare, intimate glimpses of herself during nine-plus decades in the public eye.

The show dramatized how the young queen got rolled by some of the men in her life, from the aging, mansplaining Winston Churchill to Philip, who chafed at his second-tier status.

Even tied by bejeweled bounds of traditional propriety, Elizabeth struck back in season 2. She sent Philip away on an extended trip so he could grow up and helped kick Prime Minister Anthony Eden to the curb after the Suez Canal disaster.

Smith, who likely commanded a higher salary because of his past star turn as Doctor Who, did a fine job as Philip. But Foy, who conveyed Elizabeth's growing steeliness, canniness and weariness with different degrees of brow-furrowing, emerged as the star of the show. Her performance also has spurred some to view Elizabeth in a new, more substantial light.

Foy and Smith are done with “The Crown.” The new Philip hasn’t been tapped, but Olivia Colman is set to play Elizabeth in Seasons 3 and 4 as the show moves into the 1960s and beyond. The producers promised this week pay parity from here on.

That passes for major progress in the Time's Up/#MeToo era, which has highlighted the systemic exploitation of even seemingly powerful women. 

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth, both a witness to history and a player, unexpectedly finds herself an ancillary part of a struggle that makes her, on some level, relatable to those who'll never wear a crown.

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[Stephen Hawking Made Geek Culture Cool ]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:49:58 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hawkingGettyImages-520677276.jpg

In the 2014 spectacle “Monty Python (Mostly) Live,” British physicist Brian Cox is blathering about the scientific significance of the troupe’s “Galaxy Song” from “The Meaning of Life” when a figure in a wheelchair suddenly knocks him into the nearby bay.

Cut to Stephen Hawking, merrily rolling away, singing the tune in his distinctive synthesized voice. Among the lyrics: “Pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space – ‘cause there's bugger-all down here on Earth."

Suffice to say that Hawking, whose death Wednesday at age 76 left the planet devoid of perhaps its smartest inhabitant, knew a lot about a lot of things – including that a sense of humor is among the most vital signs of intelligent life. (Perhaps his final joke: dying on Pi Day). 

It’s a trait he showed time and again: The man who traveled the cosmos in his mind turned himself into a staple of the pop culture universe.

Hawking, who altered the perception of black holes, in his own modest way transformed notions of fame, as he became the most eminent citizen-scientist-celebrity since Albert Einstein. The most distinguished wheelchair user since FDR and best-known sufferer of Lou Gehrig’s disease since, well, Lou Gehrig, cannily created a benign cult of personality that helped bring his science to the masses.

Sure, he got much of the job done through his accessible 1988 “A Brief History of Time,” which sold an astronomical 10 million copies. But Hawking reinforced his message by plying the entertainment world in seemingly unlikely ways.

In 1999, he seconded the call for a beer at Moe’s on “The Simpsons” (“That’s the smartest thing I’ve heard all day”). On “Futurama,” he stole Frye’s space-time discovery – and, even worse, turned down a pizza  “(“Toss it in the garbage”). He dissed Sheldon’s paper on “The Big Bang Theory” (“Too bad it’s wrong”), and played poker with Newton, Einstein – and Data – on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

Like “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, Hawking intuited that scientific innovation could be seeded into mass media. He helped make geek culture cool – crucial in an era of technological upheaval.

While most average folks probably couldn’t expound upon Hawking’s theory of black holes as energy emitters, he beamed a universal intelligence, humor and warmth that transcended his robotic, computer-generated voice. His own story, as immortalized by Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar-winning performance in 2014’s “The Theory of Everything,” offered an eon’s worth of inspiration.

Stephen Hawking, who soared beyond his physical state, used his mind to expand science and celebrity far past the limits of the imagination.

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[Nicolas Cage, Halsey Lending Voices to 'Teen Titans GO!' ]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:21:41 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cagecagecage.jpg

Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage, singer Halsey and rapper Lil Yachty will add their voices to "Teen Titans GO! to the Movies."

USA Today reports Cage will be the voice of Superman, Halsey co-stars as Wonder Woman, and Yachty plays Green Lantern in the animated movie of the Cartoon Network show due in theaters in July.

Executive producer Sam Register says, "Every superhero in the DC Universe has an impact on the fans, so we felt a great responsibility to find a voice for each character that would not only suit the role, but the playful tone of the Titans."

Cage is a major Superman fan. The actor named his son Kal-El, which was Superman's Kryptonian birth name. He also once sold an issue of Superman's 1938 debut comic for $2.1 million.

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<![CDATA[Jailed Rapper Meek Mill Makes Surprise Appearance in Philly]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:02:06 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Meek+Mill+Mugshot.jpg

Jailed Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill made a surprise appearance by phone Tuesday afternoon at the University of Pennsylvania during a criminal justice reform panel.

His lawyer, Joe Tacopina, called Mill on the phone while addressing a packed auditorium. With Mill’s mother and the Rev. Al Sharpton standing on either side, Tacopina told the musician that millions of people believe in him.

“I’m just happy to be able to shed light on the [legal] situation we’ve been going through for years,” Mill said. “I’m the platform for other people to fight for their freedom.”

The #FreeMeekMill movement has indeed become a cause celebre, with Sharpton as one of the leading figures propelling the case into national fame. (NBCUniversal, which owns this station, is also the parent company of MSNBC, where Sharpton hosts "PoliticsNation.")

Sharpton visited Mill in his Chester County prison and spoke at length with the 30-year-old. He called Mill’s two- to four-year sentence for violating probation on a roughly decade-old gun and drug case a symbol of racial disparities.

“You’re not just talking about freeing Meek,” Sharpton said into the phone. “You’re talking about freeing the whole system.”

Before the panel, Mill’s mother, Kathy Williams, called on Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner to help free her son.

Krasner, a Democrat who took office in January, has made criminal justice reform a top priority. Earlier this month, he announced the appointment of a juvenile justice advocate and lawyer who worked under President Barack Obama.

Krasner also ended cash bail for low-level offenders, saying that many people languish behind bars simply because they cannot afford to pay their way out.

Despite these efforts and other efforts, Mill has remained behind bars. Earlier this week, his attorney filed a motion to release Mill after Krasner’s office released the names of corrupt Philadelphia police. One of the officer’s involved in Mill’s arrest was on that list.

Previously, Mill’s lawyers have unsuccessfully appealed multiple times, and have also called for the judge to step aside because "there was an FBI investigation" into her conduct. The judge, in turn, threatened to sue Mill.

Correction (March 14, 9:28 a.m. ET): Meek Mill’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, was misidentified in an earlier version of this story.

Photo Credit: Pennsylvania Department of Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[MTV Cuts Programming During National School Walkouts]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:00:14 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/walkout8.jpg

As thousands of students across the county walked out of school to protest gun violence Wednesday, MTV and other Viacom networks joined the cause by suspending programming for 17 minutes during the demonstrations.

Shows on MTV, BET, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, CMT and other Viacom networks and platforms were cut about 10 a.m. when the National School Walkout officially began.

The names and pictures of young activists affected by gun violence appeared silently on MTV, including 22-year-old Sarah from D.C., whose mother was a staff member at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Though her mother survived the 2012 massacre at the school, Sarah was impacted by the loss of 20 first-graders and some of her mom's colleagues. She now marches and works with advocacy groups as a "fierce voice against gun violence," MTV wrote onscreen. 

The 17-minute program-shift paid tribute to the 17 lives lost one month ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Police say Nikolas Cruz, a former student, walked into the school on Feb. 14 and opened fire with an AR-15 rifle, killing 14 students and three staff members. Cruz has been indicted on 17 counts of premeditated first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.

Adam, a 27-year-old from New York, was also honored on MTV. He was moved by the 2014 Pulse Nightclub Shooting to form the Gays Against Guns group. A quotation from Adam appeared onscreen: "People want to help and show up, they just don't always know how."

And Martese, a 23-year-old from Chicago's South Side, spent time in college protesting gun violence. After his childhood friend was shot and killed, he joined Generation Progress' Gun Violence Prevention Network.

A simple black screen with white text appeared on Comedy Central, reading, "Viacom stands with all students as they participate in the National School Walkout against gun violence."

Social media posts showed photos of Nickelodeon during the protest. According to the tweets, the network aired a bright orange screen with the words "In support of kids leading the way today, Nickelodeon will be off the air until 17 minutes past the hour."

One Twitter user praised the network for a job "well done." Another user called Nickelodeon "always superior."

MTV and Comedy Central also changed their Twitter pictures, MTV to an orange logo and Comedy Central to a black circle, in solidarity with the students' anti-gun violence movements.

Some protesters posted on MTV's Look Different Twitter account, with one writing, "We, the students call all the politicians to action. Protect us. #NationalWalkoutDay #ENOUGH"

Viacom’s support for the young activists extended to the top, with Viacom board vice chair Shari Redstone personally donating $500,000 to the March for Our Lives movement.

In a Tuesday statement, Viacom executive Marva Smalls explained why her company took steps to stand with the high school students.

“This generation continues to be the driving force for change,” Smalls said. “We believe it’s critical to support the inspiring efforts of our youth, who are literally fighting for their lives. Viacom also has a responsibility to our audiences to do everything we can to elevate the many brave and bold activists to help them extend the reach and impact of their voices in this important movement.”

The media giant said it would continue its support through the day. In a statement, Viacom said Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” would add to its coverage of the anti-gun violence movement, and “The Opposition With Jordan Klepper” would build on its interviews with students and officials related to arming teachers, which President Donald Trump suggested as a solution to stopping school shooting. And Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards would recognize the marches during the show.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, File]]>
<![CDATA['Late Night': Alan Cumming Talks About 'Instinct']]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 02:35:53 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/alancummingScreen-Shot-2018-03-14-at-5.34.40-AM.jpg

In Alan Cumming's new series, "Instinct," he plays a former CIA operative turned professor who also happens to be gay. Cumming says he likes that the character's sexuality is far down the list of things that are most important about him and also that his sexuality is portrayed in a positive light. 

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Couple Things Including Trump Firing Tillerson]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 02:17:40 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e077_659_couplethings_20180313-152101665498800002.jpg

Seth Meyers has a couple of things to say about President Donald Trump firing Rex Tillerson.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Mispronouncing 'This Is Us' (Miss the Bus)]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 02:13:09 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e089_832_missthebus_201802313-152101671819800002.jpg

"Tonight Show" writer Arthur hits Rockefeller Plaza in NYC to see how excited people are for the season finale of "This Is Us" and if they notice he's mispronouncing the name of the show.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Chris Sullivan on Filming 'This Is Us' Finale]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 02:08:40 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e089_832_chrissullivan_thisisus_201802313-152101670583100002.jpg

Chris Sullivan talks about getting left out of the men of "This Is Us" photo for People's "Sexiest Man Alive" list and having to battle real-life food poisoning while filming Kate and Toby's wedding for the season finale.