<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:53:55 -0800 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:53:55 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Vaughn Takes Chicago Polar Plunge]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:53:22 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages_464871218.jpg

Actor Vince Vaughn joined nearly 4,000 Chicagoans in an icy dip into Lake Michigan for the annual Polar Plunge on Sunday to support the Special Olympics.

"It’s too late to turn back now," he told the crowd before heading into the icy waters.  "Let’s just get out and have some fun.

The "Wedding Crashers" actor took a quick dip, wearing his Blackhawks jersey. 

If Jimmy Fallon's dip last year is any indication, this will be a one-time deal for Vaughn. On "The Tonight Show" segment following the 2014 Polar Plunge, Fallon said "absolutely not" to a repeat.

"I'll donate money. I'll do whatever else. I'm not -- I mean, that was just crazy," Fallon said.

Fortunately for Vaughn, this year's weather was on his side, although it may not have seemed like it. Despite suffering one of the coldest Februaries on record in Chicago, the temperature was above 20 degrees. Last year, temperatures barely reached the teens.

The warmth of the air, however, is not much of an indication for the warmth of the water. More than 85 percent of Lake Michigan was covered in ice, and the consistent record-breaking low temperatures this winter meant the water was downright icy cold.

Regarding the Chicago brand of cold, however, Vaughn had another advantage over Fallon. The actor grew up in suburban Lake Forest, while Fallon grew up in New York. As cold as the winters can be in New York, Chicagoans know that's one area where Chicago often overcomes its second-city status.

Vaughn is no stranger to daring stunts on North Avenue Beach. In 2010, he jumped out of an airplane at the Chicago Air and Water Show and landed -- safely -- on the beach. As Casey Hogan, the president of Special Olympics Chicago, the beneficiary of the event, said, jumping into a lake should be easy in comparison.

Vaughn may not have had the mayor of Chicago at his side when plunging into the frigid Lake Michigan, but he was joined by a slew of other celebrities, including Lady Gaga and her fiance Taylor Kinney, star of "Chicago Fire." Kinney plunged with his co-stars David Eigenberg and Randy Flagler.

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia was also scheduled to take the plunge. Last year Mayor Rahm Emanuel participated with Jimmy Fallon after challenging the comedian to do the stunt.



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<![CDATA[For Dakota Johnson, "SNL" Is a Family Affair]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:47:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Dakota-Johnson-SNL-Feb-28.jpg

“Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson revealed during her first hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” a special connection to the show.

In her opening monologue, Johnson said that her dad, Don Johnson, proposed to her mom, Melanie Griffith, after Griffith hosted “SNL” in December of 1988.

“And exactly nine months later, I was born,” she said. “So I must have been conceived that night, after the show. Or maybe even during the show.”

The camera cut to the audience where Dakota's Johnson's parents were seated, shielding their eyes with their hands in the cameo.

Asked if they were embarrassed by the story, Don Johnson told Dakota they were just afraid she was "going to be naked."

Johnson’s monologue was followed up with a send-up of Toyota's Super Bowl ad that showed a father dropping off his daughter at the airport so she can join the military. In "SNL's" version, the seemingly heartwarming father-daughter moment turned out to be a recruiting ad for a terrorist group.

“Dad, it’s just ISIS,” the girl (Johnson) tells her father (Taran Killam) before climbing into a pickup truck filled with heavily-armed militants. Cue the tagline: “ISIS: We’ll take it from here, Dad.”

The host (playing herself) also fielded questions from a surprisingly well-informed fourth-grader (Kyle Mooney) at a “Fifty Shades of Grey” press junket.

“I gotta ask—does your character play video games?” he asked.

“Um, I don’t think she does,” Johnson replied.

“Oh, of course—she prefers twisted games of sexual domination,” he concluded.

The first “SNL” episode since the Oscars opened with “Giuliani,” a spoof of the Oscar-winning film “Birdman” that lampooned the former New York mayor’s divisive comments about President Barack Obama. During a break from a guest appearance on FOX News with host Gretchen Carlson (Vanessa Bayer), Rudy Giuliani (Killam) grapples with the voice of his conscience (Beck Bennett).

Weekend Update co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che credited ISIS with “a devastating psychological attack that made us question everything we believed in,” also known as #TheDress. (Jost said it was #whiteandgold. Che didn’t care.)

“Have you ever seen two groups of people look at the exact same image and have two totally different opinions about it?” an exasperated Jost asked Che.

“Yeah, I remember one time,” Che said, before a picture of Obama appeared onscreen.

Joining them at the desk was a remarkably spry Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (McKinnon), who dispelled any notions of retirement, even at 81.

“I might be the oldest justice on the bench, but that doesn’t mean I’m the closest to death,” she told Jost. “Have you seen Justice Scalia? He looks like he’s permanently hooked up to an IV bag of bolognese.

"Hey Scalia! Ya just got Gins-burned!” she crowed, before breaking into a dance at the desk.

Also making an appearance were Riblet (Moynihan), Che’s microphone-obsessed friend from high school, and Kanye West (Jay Pharoah), who rapped a series of overblown, self-centered apologies.

The band Alabama Shakes performed, with singer/guitarist Brittany Howard belting out “Gimme All Your Love” and “Don’t Wanna Fight No More” to roars of applause.

Another crowd favorite: "SNL’s" tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy, beloved for his role as Mr. Spock in “Star Trek.” In “Emergency Room,” two confused nurses (Johnson and Leslie Jones) try to help a dying patient (Killam), only to find that the doctor on call (Kenan Thompson) has arrived dressed as Worf, from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

During the goodbyes, cast members — and, from the audience, Don Johnson — saluted Nimoy with Spock’s iconic Vulcan farewell.

“SNL” returns March 7 featuring Chris Hemsworth and the Zac Brown Band.



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<![CDATA[Astronaut's Vulcan Tribute to Leonard Nimoy ]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:38:29 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/11036297_10153067319546772_6134829756795390802_n.jpg

American astronaut Terry Virts tweeted a photo tribute to actor Leonard Nimoy on Saturday from the International Space Station. 

Virts shared an image of the split-fingered Vulcan salute against the backdrop of Earth. It contained no written message, but comes a day after the death of 83-year-old Nimoy.

Nimoy played the half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock on the classic television series "Star Trek."

The actor was a native of Boston and the Massachusetts coastline is visible to the right of Virts' hand.

NASA tweeted its own tribute to Nimoy on Friday, explaining how so "many of us at NASA were inspired by Star Trek."

Other astronauts have been tweeting messages about Nimoy’s impact on their own careers.

"#RIP @TheRealNimoy who popularized #space travel for generations to come so we may live long and prosper," Scott Kelley said in a tweet.

Live Long and Prosper, Mr. #Spock!" tweeted Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, aboard the International Space Station.



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<![CDATA[Leonard Nimoy: He Lived Long and Prospered]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:34:36 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages_161468824_10_Spock.jpg

Leonard Nimoy's finest moment as Mr. Spock came in his death scene from 1982’s "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" as he haltingly bid James T. Kirk farewell: "I have been, and always shall be, your friend."

The dramatic, if temporary, goodbye underscored the most highly illogical – and winning – aspect of Nimoy's uptight, iconic Vulcan: Mr. Spock, in some respects, emerged as the most human member of the "Star Trek" universe.

Nimoy, who died Friday at age 83, will be remembered for that scene and many others from nearly a half-century’s worth of "Star Trek" TV episodes and movies. He'll also be remembered for embodying his wish for others, bestowed with a blessing-like V-shaped split of his fingers: Leonard Nimoy lived long and prospered.

Television viewers had never encountered a show like "Star Trek" before the space drama's 1966 debut on NBC, and they certainly never met a character like Mr. Spock. He spoke with a deep, calm voice, though he often said more with the raise of an eyebrow, which, like his ears and hair, was of the pointy variety.

Spock's first name was unpronounceable, and it could be harder at times to put into words what the data-spewing science officer was thinking as he shot quizzical looks at his crewmates on the Starship Enterprise.

Nimoy generated his most amusing moments when playing the preternaturally unflappable foil to William Shatner's often-impulsive Kirk and DeForest Kelley's excitable Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy.

But Nimoy made Spock far more than a spiky-eared straight man for his beloved scenery-chewing co-stars. Rather than portraying Spock as an automaton, he imbued him with a wry sense of humor, offering a balancing subtlety on a show that mixed melodrama and action with allegories during a turbulent social period.

Spock didn't understand humans – and he wasn't alone. That, combined with own identity crisis as a half human, half Vulcan, made him oddly relatable.

The crew's voyage to Omicron Ceti III, where Spock's human side – brimming with laughter and love – most memorably surfaced thanks to some spores and a woman named Leila, could have been played for laughs. But Nimoy, by emphasizing Spock's internal struggle, brought out the Vulcan's vulnerability.

Spock also brought out Nimoy's vulnerability. The actor, who also was a poet and photographer, grew sensitive about being pigeonholed and penned a 1975 memoir defiantly titled, "I Am Not Spock." He wrote a sequel 20 years later – "I Am Spock" – after growing to appreciate his role not only in entertainment history, but in helping inspire countless imaginations – including that of President Barack Obama, our Trekker-in-Chief – and a scientific revolution forged by geeks raised on "Star Trek."

Nimoy’s fans span decades and universes, from the short-lived first series to the franchise's movie-house rebirth to his parts in the two most recent "Star Trek" big-screen reboots, in which Spock meets his younger self, as portrayed by Zachary Quinto.

Nimoy, by bringing his uncommon talent to an uncommon character, leaves this planet as a TV and movie friend to legions of admirers able to see part of themselves in an alien who made the search for Spock one of pop culture's greatest adventures.

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multimedia NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon Asks: What Color is #TheDress?]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:27:07 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Jimmy-Fallon-Ponders-TheDress.jpg

The question that divided social media over the week also seemed to wreak havoc on "The Tonight Show" — or at least on the mind of its host.

“I apologize if I’m in a weird mood tonight," Jimmy Fallon said in his opening monologue Friday night. "I just lost all my friends over the color of a dress."

That would be #TheDress, which was so bafflingly polychromatic that it spawned a contentious debate (blue and black? white and gold?) and more than a few jokes.

“I think somebody should ask Obama, our country’s first gold president," he said.

“It’s gold history month,” quipped Fallon’s announcer, Steve Higgins.

Fallon wrestled with the question again in his weekly "Thank-You Notes" bit.

“Thank you, anonymous thief who stole Lupita Nyong’o’s $150,000 dress — or as the rest of the world calls it, not the dress we care about right now,” Fallon said. “It wasn’t blue and black, that’s all I’m saying.”

And when Fallon thanked the Cleveland Browns for introducing a new logo that's virtually identical to their old one ("more importantly: still not brown”), he nearly gave up on the question altogether.

“I don’t know what color anything is anymore," he said, before bursting into an impromptu “West Side Story”-styled song-and-dance number in the studio. (“Is it black and blue?! No it’s white and gold!”)

Comediennes Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, whose Comedy Central show "Broad City" is in its second season, visited "Tonight" to play a game of "Truth or Truth" with Fallon.

“Have you ever stolen anything?" Jacobson cooly asked Fallon.

“No,” Fallon deadpanned. “Just a couple of TVs.”

Besides trying to eke out gossipy details from each other's pasts, the guests and the host tried to stay as straight-faced as possible — and make the others crack up with hilariously over-the-top renditions of "truth or truth?"

Josh Hutcherson — known for his role as Peeta Mellark in "The Hunger Games" movies — also stopped by the studio to talk about his role in Ron Howard's upcoming project, "The Trailer." Naturally, Fallon asked him about his Twitter account.

“You can drunk-text, right?" Hutcherson said. "If you drunk-tweet, it’s like 2.1 million times worse. It can take 12 years to build a career, and you can ruin it in 140 characters or less.”



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<![CDATA[Oscars Red Carpet: Best & Worst Dressed]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:36:24 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lupita-oscars-15.jpg See the looks from the red carpet of the 2015 Academy Awards. Check back for the latest photos throughout the night.]]> <![CDATA[Pearl-Covered Oscar Gown Believed Found]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:15:47 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lupita-oscars-15.jpg

The missing pearl-covered $150,000 gown worn by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o at the Academy Awards has been returned to the West Hollywood hotel from which it was taken, apparently by the thief who stole it, authorities said.

Nicole Nishida of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said investigators were in possession of a dress similar to the one worn by Nyong'o.

The white dress believed to be the same one was found abandoned under a sink in a bathroom at the London West Hollywood hotel, the same hotel where the actress had been staying when it was stolen on Wednesday, Nishida said.

The person who had returned the dress had taken it to the downtown Los Angeles garment district and found out that the pearls were fake, Nishida said.

The dress, a white Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein gown decorated with 6,000 pearls, was a showstopper on the red carpet before Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.

Nyong'o won the Oscar for best supporting actress in 2014 for her portrayal of an abused slave in that year's best-picture winner, "12 Years a Slave."

She also appeared in the Liam Neeson thriller "Non-Stop" and will be seen in the highly anticipated "Stars Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens."

Kate Larsen contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Leonard Nimoy's Most Memorable Moments]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:46:46 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages_161468824_10_Spock.jpg

"Star Trek" fans mourned the loss of Leonard Nimoy on social media Friday, sharing videos of the actor better known to millions as Mr. Spock and memorializing his best moments on the screen.

Perhaps the most poignant video clips shared after Nimoy's death were the scenes of his Spock character's death and funeral in the 1982 spinoff film "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan."

Nimoy died Friday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He had told Piers Morgan last year that he had developed the illness, 30 years after he'd quit smoking. "It can sneak up on you later," he said, and he urged his fans to quit smoking.

Back in 1993, Nimoy had made a guest appearance on "The Simpsons," sending up his own iconic character.

He made an appearance on the game show "What's My Line?" in the '70s as the show's titular mystery guest.

Check out the video for Nimoy's bizarre but infectious, and unmistakably '60s, hobbit-themed novelty song "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins":

Nimoy first appeared alongside his future "Star Trek" costar William Shatner in the 1964 film "U.N.C.L.E."



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<![CDATA[New Photo of Redmayne as Transgender Painter Released]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:00:55 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/eddie-redmayne-danishgirl.jpg

 

The first photo of Eddie Redmayne in his upcoming role as a transgender Danish painter in "The Danish Girl" has just been released, showing the actor in a curly bob, red lipstick and a gold dress.

The photo was tweeted Friday by the production company Working Title.

"The Danish Girl," due out sometime next year, tells the story of Lili Elbe, who in 1930 became one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

The film, based on David Ebershoff’s nonfiction novel, follows Elbe's journey from her life as Einar Wegener through her gender transition, and her fight to save her marriage.

Redmayne's casting as Elbe was met with some controversy from critics who said a transgender woman should have been cast in the role.

"There is an incredibly valid discussion for why a trans actress isn’t playing the part, because there are so many brilliant trans actresses, and I’m sure there are many who could play this part sensationally," Redmayne told The Telegraph earlier this year. He said he has met with trans people in order to research his role. 

The eager actor has said he likes to take on complicated roles. His starring role in “The Theory of Everything" he Best Actor award at the Academy Awards last Sunday.

For that film, the 32-year-old star worked with choreographer Alexandra Reynolds and analyzed his every movement to be sure that they matched Steven Hawking’s at each stage of the physicist’s life. Redmayne will reunite with Reynolds to perfect his portrayal of Elbe in "The Danish Girl."

Tom Hooper ("The King’s Speech") is directing "The Danish Girl," which also stars Amber Heard ("Zombieland"), Ben Whishaw ("Skyfall"), and Matthias Schoenaerts ("Rust and Bone").

Hooper called the film "an extraordinary love story and a story about finding your true self" in an interview last year with The Hollywood Reporter.



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<![CDATA[Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson Play "Truth or Truth" on "Tonight"]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:51:56 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Jimmy-Fallon-Truth-or-Truth-Abbi-Jacobson-Idina-Glazer.jpg Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, stars of Comedy Central's "Broad City," join Jimmy Fallon on "Tonight" for a game of "Truth or Truth."

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<![CDATA[Watch: Jimmy Fallon Thanks Kale, the Cleveland Browns]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:55:14 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Thank-You-Notes-27-Feb.jpg Jimmy Fallon writes thank-you notes to Alaska, kale and the Cleveland Browns.

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<![CDATA[Anne Heche on Being "Dig" Action Hero]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:22:57 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dig-promo-meredith-02.jpg Anne Heche talks on "The Meredith Vieira Show" about her new role in "Dig."]]> <![CDATA[Naomi Campbell Grabs Camera Outside Havana Hotel]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:09:27 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/f_ots_naomi_campbell2_150226.video-260x195.jpg

Supermodel Naomi Campbell was caught on camera lunging at an NBC News cameraman as she left her hotel in Cuba.

The catwalk queen refused to speak to waiting reporters outside the Hotel Nacional in Havana on Thursday. When Campbell spotted the cameraman, she charged towards him, grabbed his camera and demanded he stop.

“Why are you filming me,” Campbell said. “Stop filming me.”

Campbell has been accused of assault several times in the past. In 2006 she was charged with reckless assault and later sentenced to community service and anger management for striking her maid on the head with a cellphone.

In another incident, Campbell pleaded guilty in Toronto to an assault charge for beating an assistant during the production of a movie in 1998.

The London-born model reached out to NBC News and apologized for grabbing the camera in Thursday's incident, NBC News reported.

"I am sorry for what happened. It was all a big misunderstanding. Please forgive me," Campbell said in a telephone interview on Thursday afternoon.



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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Life and Times of Leonard Nimoy]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:32:05 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP090426039682_0_Spock.jpg Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for playing "Spock" on "Star Trek," died on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. He was 83.

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<![CDATA["Dig's" Jason Isaacs On Craziest "Harry Potter" Fan Request]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:16:14 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dig-promo-meredith-01.jpg "Dig" star Jason Isaacs describes one of his more memorable run ins with fans who adored him as Lucius Malfoy in the "Harry Potter" series.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: Will Forte Reveals "Second Chance Theater" Ideas]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:21:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Will+Forte.JPG Seth Meyers asks Will Forte to perform some of his best unseen sketches "Second Chance Theater" sketches the next time the "SNL" alum returns to “Late Night.”

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<![CDATA[Watch: “Tonight Show” Hashtags #EmailFail]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:07:46 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Hashtags.JPG In light of the Gmail glitch that forced users to send email to the wrong people, Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #EmailFail.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Flip Cup with Margot Robbie]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:11:01 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Margot+Robbie.png Jimmy Fallon and Margot Robbie face off in a winner-take-all Flip Cup battle for toilet paper and red Solo cups.]]> <![CDATA[New Deal for "House of Cards"]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:55:55 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP301700536338.JPG

In the viral "Sesame Street" spoof of "House of Cards," the story of political intrigue is reframed as "The Three Little Pigs," narrated by a power – and pork – hungry lupine villain named Frank Underwolf.

"In this town, you have to know which way the wind is blowing – and right now, it's about to get very windy," says Underwolf, star of "House of Bricks."

Close your eyes and the line could have come straight out of "House of Cards" – and not just because Muppet Frank Underwolf is an eerie aural ringer for Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood.

Now, with the third season of "House of Cards" set to hit Netflix Friday, it's clear that Sesame Street isn't all that far from Pennsylvania Avenue.

After blowing into the White House on an ill wind spawned by ruthless schemes and murder, newly minted First Couple Frank and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) might just learn something this season about the limits of presidential power.

Some say that power corrupts, while others believe it reveals character. "House of Cards" focuses on how the pursuit of power does both. In the show's first two seasons, the Underwoods cut a serpentine path to the presidency, littered with bodies, dead and otherwise. That dynamic appears bound to change this season, with plenty of other Frank Underwolfs lurking, ready to try to blow that White House down.

"Sesame Street," in keeping with a formula that’s worked wonders for more than 45 years, used "House of Bricks" to entertain adults and teach the kiddies a lesson – in this case, about counting to three and about subtraction. In "House of Cards," the math only goes up to two for the Underwoods (except, of course, one night last season when an amorous Secret Service agent made for an odd No. 3). Lessons – at least positive one – are rarely learned in the Underwood underworld.

The Underwoods may have finally landed in the White House, but the “Sesame Street” parody marks a perhaps a more meaningful arrival: a permanent spot in the popular culture. "House of Bricks" is an appropriate addition to the cannon of the folks who brought us "Monsterpiece Theater.”

"House of Cards" ultimately is a twisted fairly tale – the type that rarely ends after happily ever after. An ill wind, in Mother Goose and in politics, tends to eventually blows back. 

Check out the meeting of PBS and Netflix as "House of Cards" deals fans a new season worthy of binge-watching.

 

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multimedia NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Robin Williams' Daughter Zelda Speaks Out ]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:54:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP091109053180.jpg

Six months after the death of her father, beloved comedian Robin Williams, Zelda Williams is "taking it one step at a time."

Speaking publicly for the first time since her father's passing in August, Williams opens up to NBC's Kate Snow about honoring his legacy of charity works and trying to move forward with her own life.

Williams, 25, says she doesn't dwell on what led the "Mork & Mindy" and "Good Will Hunting" star to commit suicide. "I don’t think there’s a point," she said in the interview which aired Thursday on "Today." "It’s not important to ask."

On Friday Williams will honor her dad's legacy of giving back when she presents an award to her father and his teammates who joined him in a triathlon every year at the Challenged Athlete Foundation. The foundation helps to provide prosthetics to disabled athletes. "Dad was an extremely athletic person," says Williams. "People don't know about that."

According to Williams her father always enjoyed humanitarian work. "That was what his favorite thing other than comedy really was."

Of the public outpouring of love and grief for her dad in the wake of his passing, Williams says people will remember her father for "the characters that he had so much fun being, and that's what's important, and I do think that's what a lot of people will hold on to and that's not going anywhere."

In memory of her dad Williams got a tattoo of a hummingbird on her right hand, choosing the location because she says it's something she wants to see everyday. "Hummingbirds are fun and flighty and strange. It's hard to keep them in one place and Dad was a bit like that. Keeping a conversation in one moment was impossible with him."

Williams says life without her father is hard, but she continues to try and move forward. "It’s going to take a lot of work to allow myself to have the sort of fun, happy life that I had, but that's important. Anybody who has ever lost anyone works very hard to continue that memory in a positive way."



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<![CDATA[Aguilera Knows Why Blake Shelton Wins "The Voice"]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:36:42 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Christina+Aguilera.JPG Christina Aguilera talks about her Grammy win for "Say Someting" and reveals the reason behind Blake Shelton's success in "The Voice."

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<![CDATA[Watch: Ice T Re-Voices "Scooby-Doo," “Dora" & "G.I. Joe" Cartoons]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:20:27 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Ice+T.JPG Ice T revealed to Jimmy Fallon that he once had a long career doing voiceover for animated children's shows like "G.I. Joe," "Scooby-Doo" and "Dora the Explorer.”

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<![CDATA[Watch: "Celebrity Whispers" With Chris Pratt, Anna Faris]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:18:05 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Celebrity+Whispers.png Peggy Hess, Jimmy Fallon's entertainment correspondent, reports on what stars like Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are whispering about to each other on the red carpet.]]> <![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Brit Awards]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:19:56 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP448615825861.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: Naya Rivera Expecting]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:45:05 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Naya+Rivera.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.

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<![CDATA["Parks and Rec" Cast Talk Finale on "Late Night"]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:19:05 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Parks+and+Rec+1.JPG The cast of "Parks and Recreation" talk about filming the series finale and reveals an alternate ending Chris Pratt pitched for himself.

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<![CDATA["Parks" Cast Sings "Bye, Bye, Li'l Sebastion"]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:32:57 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Parks+and+Rec+Song.JPG "The Parks and Recreation" cast sings “Bye, Bye Li’l Sebastian” in honor of the series finale.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Random Object Shootout with Gabrielle Union]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:56:50 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Random+Basketball.JPG Gabrielle Union and Jimmy Fallon, with some ringer assistance from Josh Duhamel, compete in a shooting contest using random objects including a doll bathtub filled with super bouncy balls.

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