<![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 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:52:29 -0700 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:52:29 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Fans Remember Selena]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:40:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/selena033115.jpg

It has been 20 years since the music world lost Tejano superstar Selena, but devotion to the singer runs deep in Texas, especially on the anniversary of her death.

At KNON 89.3-FM in Dallas, the requests for Selena come in daily.

“If we don’t play it for a whole show, folks will call up and ask us to play some Selena,” said radio disc jockey Jesse Gonzales.

Gonzales was 13 years old when the “Queen of Tejano” was murdered inside a Corpus Christi hotel on March 31, 1995. He had just seen her perform in Oak Cliff months before.

“She always put on a show,” said Gonzales. “She never just sang to you. She made sure you were part of what she was doing.”

Selena's death at the hands of her fan club president, Yolanda Saldivar, sent shock waves through the Latino community. Cars with ribbons and messages of mourning could be seen driving across North Texas following her death in 1995.

Twenty years later, the sorrow has turned to celebration. Parties in Oak Cliff over the weekend honored her life, and the movie version of her life story played at the Texas Theatre. The celebrations were attended by fans of all ages – including many young people who were not alive at the time of Selena’s death.

Gonzales said that’s because her soulful sound remains relevant.

“She spoke to us, our culture, who we are,” said Gonzales. “Everything that is going on in her music back then is still going on in our communities today. Our people are still going through the same things that they’ve been going through for the last 20 years.”

Saldivar is serving a life sentence in the singer's death.



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<![CDATA[11 Stars You Never Knew Were on "Miami Vice" ]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:43:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Julia+Roberts+S4+Ep22.jpg

Did you know Julia Roberts once starred on "Miami Vice"? How about Bruce Willis? Liam Neeson? Or even Helena Bonham Carter?

In celebration of all things "Vice," COZI TV fetes the eighties cop drama with the special program, "COZI TV Tributes: 'Miami Vice,'" airing April 4 at 10 p.m., followed by encore presentations througout April.  Comedian and host Chuck Nice takes a look at how the series (which ran from 1984-1989 on NBC) changed the way audiences viewed television police work, and the city of Miami.

In honor of "COZI Tributes 'Miami Vice,'" check out these before-they-were-famous stars who appeared on the series alongside well-dressed detectives Crockett (Don Johnson) and Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas).

Julia Roberts Before she was America's sweetheart, Oscar-winner Julia Roberts experimented with her dark side, playing Polly Wheeler, an art gallery manager and drug dealer's assistant with a liking for bad boys. ("Mirror Image," S4 Ep22 - 1988)

 

Bruce Willis Back in 1984, the year "Miami Vice" premiered, Crockett and Tubbs were after arms dealer extraordinaire Tony Amato, played by Willis. ("No Exit," S1 Ep7 - 1984)

 

Steve Buscemi and Willie Nelson Now that's a duo! Before "Boardwalk Empire," a young Buscemi played a middleman for a Bolivian drug lord, finding himself on Willie Nelson's bad side. ("El Viejo," S3 Ep7 - 1986)

 

Helena Bonham Carter Crockett is in love, again… And this time with Bonham Carter, a beautiful ER doctor named Theresa who just happens to be a heroin addict. ("Theresa," S3 Ep16 - 1987)

 

Benicio Del Toro Only 20 years old at the time, Del Toro played Pito, an ex-con turned thespian.("Everybody's In Show Biz," S3 Ep23 - 1987)

 

Laurence Fishburne Before he was Morpheus in "The Matrix," Fishburne went by Larry and played a prison guard, roughing up Tubbs while he was undercover in the clink. ("Walk-Alone," S3 Ep4 - 1986)

 

Liam Neeson Detective Calabrese (Saundra Santiago) falls in love with an Irish philanthropist, played by Neeson, but he ends up not being the guy she thinks he is. ("When Irish Eyes Are Crying," S3 Ep1 - 1986)

 

Stanley Tucci Tucci makes a couple of cameos during the show's five-season run. First, as Steve Demarco, the adoptive father of a smuggled baby, and later as an entirely different character in season four. ("Baby Blues," S3 Ep9 - 1986)

 

Chris Rock If James Brown is an alien, then Chris Rock is on the case (at least in this episode). In this odd Sci-Fi turn to the series, Rock plays a records clerk tasked with researching UFOs and aliens. ("Missing Hours," S4 Ep7 - 1987)

 

John Turturro In his television debut, Turturro played a pimp with an unfortunate fate. ("Rites of Passage," S1 Ep16 - 1985)

Watch "Miami Vice" weekdays 11PM/10c and Saturdays 8PM/7c on COZI TV. Go to COZITV.com to find out where to see COZI in your area.

(COZI TV and NBC are part of the NBCUniversal family)



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<![CDATA[Making of "A.D.": Behind the Scenes of NBC's Newest Mini-Series]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:55:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/THE_MAKING_OF_AD_1200x675_419181635684.jpg Loaded with exclusive clips, behind-the-scenes coverage and the epic set in Morocco, the special is full of insight into the making of the miniseries which debuts April 5 on NBC. ]]> <![CDATA[If I Were a College Mascot, I'd Be a...]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:23:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ncaa-mascots-triptych.jpg

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<![CDATA["The Voice" Recap: Final #VoiceKnockout]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:42:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/The+Voice+30+Mar.jpg

With only a few spots remaining in the live rounds, some of the best competitors on "The Voice" delivered some of their very best performances in hopes of advancing past the final round of #VoiceKnockouts.

The wild card for Monday's episode? Christina Aguilera's final steal, which she guarded closely in hopes of winning over the perfect vocalist.

Nate Ruess, the two-time Grammy Award-winning frontman of the band fun., returned to The Voice studio to help coach the singers through their songs.

The first knockout competition featured two talented soul singers from Adam Levine’s team: Tonya Boyd-Cannon, who sang the Stevie Wonder classic “I Wish,” and Barry Minniefield, who wowed judges with powerful high notes on “What You Won’t Do for Love” by Bobby Caldwell.

“America needs to see a 53-year old black man giving it his all on stage,” coach Pharrell Williams said. “I love what you guys do so much. I wish I had a steal.”

Levine was likewise torn between the two contestants, but ultimately picked Boyd-Cannon to advance.

“I am so grateful because I’ve learned so much,” a tearful Boyd-Cannon said. “I’m going to the live playoffs with Team Adam, baby!”

Coach Blake Shelton challenged Kelsie May and Brooke Adee, his “two teenage singers,” to prove themselves under the spotlight — and in front of Ruess, who left both contestants star-struck. (In rehearsal, Adee was so stunned by Ruess that she forgot the words to her song.)

May decided to perform Taylor Swift’s “Tim McGraw,” while self-described “alternative artist” Adee belted out “Electric Feel” by MGMT.

Blake lamented having to choose between the two 16-year-old talents — “What the hell am I gonna do?” he moaned — but settled on Adee. “As much as I lean country, I can’t ignore when somebody like Brooke puts together a performance that solid,” he said.

The next #VoiceKnockout featured two dynamic singers from Team Christina: India Carney and Joe Tolo.

In what Pharrell Williams called “a big moment” for both singers, Carney delivered a powerhouse performance of “Big White Room” Jessie J, while Tolo hearkened back to his religious roots by singing Joan Osborne’s “One of Us.”

Carney wowed the crowd — and the judges — with her performance, as Aguilera picked her for a spot in the live rounds.

Like Shelton, Williams pitted two of his fresh-faced vocalists against each other: Jacob Rummell and Lowell Oakley.

Rummell, whose distinctive high tenor earned him a steal from Williams, tried to find his confidence onstage with a performance of “Life of the Party” by Shawn Mendez.

Oakley struggled in rehearsals, cracking on a high note during his rehearsal of “My Girl,” the Motown classic by The Temptations. But Williams encouraged him to keep trying: “What I just heard was a beautiful take on a classic song that a lot of people can’t touch,” he told the young singer.

And even though Oakley admittedly didn’t perform how he wanted, Williams picked him — and urged him to be more confident. “I’ve saved you twice already,” he said. “I’m not gonna give up on you.”

Team Christina’s second #VoiceKnockout featured the electric tenor Rob Taylor, who delivered a thrillingly soulful rendition of Al Green’s “Love and Happiness.”

Next up was the Treeva Gibson, who sang “Chasing Pavements” by Adele.

“I grew up always wanting to be a singer — but being from the deaf community, I was never really sure I could make it,” said Gibson, whose parents are both deaf.

In an effort to inspire Gibson to sing with gusto, Ruess even grabbed the mic during rehearsals and performed his own rendition of “Chasing Pavements.”

But it was Taylor’s performance — and his dynamic falsetto — that earned him a spot on the live rounds.

In the final knockout of the night, Team Adam’s Lexi Dávila faced off against rocker Joshua Davis. Davis chose to sing the Amos Lee’s ballad “Arms of a Woman” in honor of his wife. Dávila lit up stage with an electric “Anything Can Happen."

“Lexi came out today and astonished both myself and Nate,” Levine said. “And Josh has some serious competition.”

Shelton — always eager to play the contrarian against Levine — commended Davis on his performance.

“Joshua, I really wanted to spoon with you,” Shelton said. “That is easily the best I’ve ever heard you.”

But just seconds after Levine picked Davis as the knockout winner, Aguilera swooped in with her final steal, claiming the talented Dávila for Team Christina.

“Thank you for being so dumb,” Aguilera crowed at Levine, “because she’s MINE!”

“The Voice” returns Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central, featuring a live @periscope Viewing Party with the #VoiceTop20.



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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: "Woman in Gold" Premiere]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:59:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP388902929981_0_KatieHolmes.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Extreme Dog Shaming]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:06:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Extreme+Dog+Shaming.png Seth Meyers digs up some of the worst fuzzy offenders in this "Late Night" edition of the internet phenomenon of dog-shaming.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: "Tonight Show" Popular Mathematics]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:08:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Mathematics.png In an effort to make basic math more relatable to kids, Jimmy Fallon breaks down basic arithmetic using pop-culture references and notable names]]> <![CDATA[Helen Mirren's High-Pitched Acceptance Speech]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:20:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Helen+Mirren.JPG Jimmy Fallon presents Helen with a faux award, and she gives an impromptu acceptance speech while they suck the helium out of balloons.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Tom Brady Jumps Off a Giant Cliff]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:03:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/221*120/brady4.JPG

New England Patriots quarterback and San Mateo native Tom Brady posted a video of himself jumping off a giant cliff, sending thousands of fans into a frenzy.

"Never doing that again!" Brady says in the Facebook video post from Saturday, which quickly went viral, getting over nine million views and 50K shares.

Never doing that again! #AirBrady

Posted by Tom Brady on Saturday, March 28, 2015

"Are you going to jump off?" a voice can be heard asking him at the start of the video. And the next thing you know, Brady dives. Hundreds of Pats fans commented on the post on Facebook:

"Bob Kraft and Bill Belechik just passed out," wrote Ellen Maloney.

"The best QB in the history of the NFL needs to be tucked away safely in a padded room. No more of that, TB12!," wrote Aaron Diaz.

"A collective gasp heard all over New England!" wrote Thomas Mitchell.



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<![CDATA[Helen Mirren's "Simple Life"]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:58:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/468163034.jpg

Helen Mirren may have played “The Queen” on big screen, but in real life, the actress rides the subway and washes her Crocs in the dishwasher.

The Oscar winner, who is currently living in the Big Apple while starring as Queen Elizabeth in the play “The Audience,” stopped by the “Tonight Show” Monday to talk about her new movie “Woman in Gold” and chatted with the host about her adventures traveling on New York City trains.

“It so funny to me that you take the subway,” Fallon said as he pulled out a picture of Mirren who was spotted on the R train. “You seem so posh.”

“The guy next to me is doing the classic ‘manspreading’ thing,” Mirren groused.

The actress pointed out that the move — a bane of many female subway riders — is not a new concept, men are just finally getting called out on it. 

Mirren also revealed that she is a complete addict when it comes to wearing Crocs, though that wasn’t always the case. The first time she ever saw a pair of the foam clogs she thought they were “absolutely hideous.” It wasn’t until her “The Tempest” co-star Alan Cummings convinced the actress to try a pair, that Mirren had a change of heart.

“Their so comfortable and you can wash them in the dishwasher,” Mirren said.

The “Tonight Show” host could not resist the opportunity to tease the “Prime Suspect” star about the shoes and gifted her with a special pair of Crocs featuring the British flag.

“I love them! Can I try them on right now?” Mirren asked as she proceeded to toss her heels and slip on the clogs.

Fallon praised Mirren on her “proper British accent” before asking if she would sound as posh speaking while sucking on helium. There was only one way to find out.

“Where do you keep your Academy Award?” Fallon asked in a chipmunk-like voice after inhaling a big gulp of helium balloon air.

“I keep my Academy Award on the stairs in my house in London,” Mirren said while trying hard to keep from laughing at the sound of her own voice.

Mirren then suggested that Fallon present her with an award so that she can give an impromptu acceptance speech.

Watch the video above to see who made the thank you list in Dame Helen's faux high-pitched award speech.


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<![CDATA[WrestleMania Hall of Fame Ceremony]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:55:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/wrestlemania_hall_of_fame_set1.JPG

Wrestling fans have had lots to do before the main WrestleMania event Sunday evening.

At the SAP Center Saturday, a WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony inducted some of the biggest legends in wrestling into the Hall of Fame. And some of the biggest names in wrestling were there to honor them.

Several wrestling stars on the red carpet have ties to the Bay Area, including Roman Reigns, who will be wrestling tomorrow in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Levis Stadium against Brock Lesnar.

Roman said he has lots of family in the Bay Area. So does Eva Marie from the show "Total Divas." She was born and raised in Concord and graduated from Northgate High School. She said she is thrilled WrestleMania will be held at the new Levi's Stadium.

"I think Levi's Stadium is phenomenal," Marie said. "I can't wait for us to go in there and perform tomorrow night. I think it's great for the community. It brings so many people out that wouldn't normally come out to Levi's Stadium because it's the 49ers spot. So now that WrestleMania is there, it's bringing so much awareness to that facility. It's awesome."

Brett Heart already has been inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame. He said he is happy to have played a role in making wrestling so popular.

Seventy-one-thousand fans are expected to attend Sunday's event at Levi's Stadium. But on Saturday, it was all about honoring the legends as they are inducted into the Hall of Fame, including Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

VTA said it is ready to handle tens of thousands of fans. The system has had some practice, with a whole season of 49ers games under its belt. The big difference is that tomorrow, many more fans will be from out of town. And they will be using the light rail line for the first time.



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<![CDATA[Stars You Never Knew Were on "Miami Vice"]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:11:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Julia+Roberts+S4+Ep22.jpg These 11 stars all featured on "Miami Vice" before they became household names.

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<![CDATA[Shirley Temple Memorabilia Goes on Tour Before Auction]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:07:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/shirley+temple.JPG

Costumes, toys, photos and autographs from Shirley Temple's 1930s film career are coming to a city near you.

A spokeswoman for the late actress said Monday that a collection of keepsakes from Temple's time in Hollywood will be exhibited at museums across the country before being put up for auction in July.

Publicist Cheryl Kagan says the traveling exhibition will begin April 30 at the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York.

Among the items on view will be a baby grand piano inscribed by Theodore Steinway and a child-size race car that was a gift from Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, along with Temple's autograph collection and costumes from her various films.

The exhibit will travel to Boston, New Jersey, California and Texas before the July 14 auction in Kansas City, Missouri.



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<![CDATA[Wilco Cancels Ind. Performance ]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:26:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/138868264.jpg

The Chicago-based band Wilco won’t be performing in Indianapolis for their scheduled tour date on May 7, the band announced in a Facebook post Monday afternoon.

Wilco stands in solidarity with the uproar of opposition that has come against the state of Indiana after Gov. Mike Pence signed into effect a “Religious Freedom” bill that allows businesses to refuse service to gays, lesbians and transgendered.

“The ‘Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act’ feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination to us,” the band said in their statement, while offering refunds to fans that already had purchased tickets.

A Washington-based Human Rights Campaign said Indiana lawmakers "have sent a dangerous and discriminatory message," in signing of the bill.

"They've basically said, as long as your religion tells you to, it's OK to discriminate against people despite what the law says," said Sarah Warbelow, the group's legal director.

Gov. Pence has vigorously defended the state religious objections bill since signing it into law Thursday.

"There has been a lot of misunderstanding about this bill," Pence said. "This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way I would've vetoed it."

Those arguments didn't satisfy opponents who worry the law, which will take effect in July, presents Indiana as unwelcoming and could give legal cover to businesses that don't want to provide services to gays and lesbians.


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<![CDATA[Trevor Noah's "Daily Show" Arc]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:39:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/B4Ejs_ZIYAA_s-c.jpg

The tapping of Trevor Noah to head "The Daily Shows" seems destined to unleash a flood observations based on what the young comic isn't:

He's not a household name, at least not in the U.S. He's not an American. He's not a woman – a cruel punch line to the sad joke of men filling all eight major late night weeknight TV comedy show host positions after a year-plus period during which six slots were in play.

But Noah arrives with potential positives: At 31, he'll be the youngest major late night TV comedy host since Conan O'Brien debuted on NBC's "Late Night" 22 years ago. The Soweto-reared son of a black South African mother and a white, European father promises to bring a different, not entirely Western perspective to late night comedy. His biggest advantage: Jon Stewart is in his corner.

Stewart, in his 16-year-plus stint reinventing the fake news game, has proved himself TV’s best judge of comedy talent since “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels. Stewart made his Comedy Central show the springboard for the likes of Steve Carell, as well as late night comedy figures Stephen Colbert, Larry Wilmore and John Oliver, all of whom quickly made strong impressions with their own programs.

Another key part of Stewart's talent, as he showed when he turned over his "Daily Show" seat to Oliver during the summer of 2013, is that he's created a franchise strong enough to withstand his departure.

Stewart took that summer hiatus to direct "Rosewater," a drama based an Iranian journalist’s memoir of his imprisonment. That's a sign of Stewart’s growing interest in news outside the U.S. – an interest that likely played a role in the selection of Noah, who previously hosted a talk show in his native South Africa and enjoys an international following as a stand-up comic.

Oliver's outsider status helps fuel his comedy, which is propelled by a buoyant celebration and mocking of America’s excesses (case in point: his great bit on the salmon cannon). Noah has offered his own take on the U.S. during his three “Daily Show” appearances, while displaying qualification for the hosting job: He's smart, funny – and edgy. “I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than South Africa,” he said in his opening joke during his first “Daily Show” appearance late last year, which came amid protests over the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police in Missouri and New York.

It remains unclear exactly when Stewart will step down. But Monday’s announcement wasn’t about him as much as about the future of a show where he’s always been willing to allow talented contributors to create their own moments of Zen.

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[Jay Z's Tidal Set to Relaunch]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:00:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/jay-z-454627193.jpg

Watch out, Spotify – there’s a new streaming service in town.

Music streaming service Tidal is set to officially relaunch Monday under new ownership by rapper Jay Z. The company will hold a press conference at 5 p.m. ET where its new owner “will announce a commitment to a new direction for the music industry from both a creative and business perspective.”

Tidal boasts 25 million tracks with “high fidelity sound quality, high definition music videos and expertly curated editorial" features. It could give competitors such as Spotify and Beats a reason to be concerned. Its plan of attack also includes getting first releases of tracks by big-name artists before other digital streaming services, according to TechCrunch.

Unlike Spotify, Tidal does not offer a free streaming option. The music streaming service – which Jay Z reportedly acquired for $54 million – costs subscribers $19.99 per month for high quality streaming compared to Spotify’s premium, ad-free price of $9.99 per month.

Tidal subscribers also have the option of “standard definition service” matching Spotify’s premium price of $9.99.

Tidal currently has 35,000 subscribers – a smaller amount than Spotify’s 15 million paying subscribers as of January.

Spotify has run into controversy with big-name artists such as Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean taking their entire catalogs off the service after claiming its failure to fairly compensate musicians. TechCrunch reports that Tidal is offering musicians “payouts of twice as much as its rivals.”

The Jay Z-owned streaming service has already garnered support from big-name musicians including Madonna, Kanye West, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.

West and Rihanna were just two of the musicians using social media to support Tidal by using the hashtag #TIDALforALL and changing their Twitter profile pictures to the same shade of cyan.

A teaser video featuring musicians supporting the service was released March 30 to coincide with the relaunch.

Tidal currently offers a 30-day free trial for new users.



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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama to Appear on "The Tonight Show"]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:43:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/flotus-fallon-tonightshow-470823871.jpg

First Lady Michelle Obama is set to make an appearance on the Thursday, April 2 telecast of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

The first lady will discuss what’s on tap for the fifth anniversary celebration of her Let’s Move! initiative, including the #GimmeFive challenge. Let’s Move encourages everyone to eat better, be more active and lead a healthier life.

She last appeared on "Tonight" in February 2014, shortly after Fallon took over as host of the show, and appeared in a skit called, "Ew" alongside Fallon and comedian Will Ferrell.

In 2013 Obama appeared on Fallon's then program "Late Night," where she and the host performed in the video sketch "The Evolution of Mom Dancing."



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<![CDATA["Vieira": Paula Patton On Life Since Robin Thicke Breakup ]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:38:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/F_NUP_167592_0476.jpg Paula Patton sits down with Meredith Vieira to chat about her breakup from ex-husband Robin Thicke.

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<![CDATA[Trevor Noah to Replace Jon Stewart at "Daily Show"]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:21:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/136528315_TrevorNoah.jpg

South African comedian Trevor Noah, who joined "The Daily Show" as an on-air contributor in December, will replace the outgoing Jon Stewart as host of the satirical news program, Comedy Central announced Monday.

31-year-old Noah has appeared on "The Daily Show" only three times since his debut. 

"You don't believe it for the first few hours," Noah, who is currently on tour in Dubai, told the New York Times of his promotion. "You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you're in a place where you can't really get alcohol."

Stewart, 52, announced in February that he was leaving "The Daily Show" after 16 years. Comedy Central has not yet revealed an exit date for Stewart or a premiere date for Noah.

"I'm thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He's a tremendous comic and talent that we've loved working with," Stewart said in a statement. "In fact, I may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!"

"Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny," Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless said in a statement. "For the next host of 'The Daily Show,' we set out to find a fresh voice who can speak to our audience with a keen take on the events of the day, and we found that in Trevor. He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America."

Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, Noah became a well-known face in his home country through hosting numerous award shows and two seasons of his own late night talk show, "Tonight with Trevor Noah."

Noah made his U.S. television debut in 2012 on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," has appeared on "Late Show with David Letterman," and made his "Daily Show" debut in 2014. He was the subject of the 2012 documentary film, "You Laugh But It's True," which chronicled Noah's career in post-apartheid South Africa and his preparations for his one-man show "The Daywalker."



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<![CDATA[Sold-Out Crowd Descends on Levi's for WrestleMania]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:44:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/WM31_03292015ca_2266.jpg

A sold-out crowd of 76,000 screaming fans descended on Levis Stadium for WrestleMania 31 — also known as the Super Bowl of wrestling. Tickets weren't cheap either, some wrestling fans paid more than $10,000 for a ticket. That helped make it the highest ever grossing event ever for WWE. It raked in more than $12.5 million.

Fans said it was well worth it.

After four days of buildup, the gates to the main event opened at 1:30 p.m. The crowd was loud and enthusiastic all night.

Joe DiBenedetto came from Fresno to watch the show. He said he had a great time at WrestleMania.

“The charisma, the camaraderie — everybody around us," DiBenedetto said. "It was like one, big happy family. And I mean you got to see some old characters, new characters, arising, departure. Everything was great.”

Fans watched as Sting stepped into a WWE ring after 14 years of anticipation, and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was named a Hall of Fame inductee. Also, East Bay native The Rock paid a visit to the event.

But 15-year-old Damian Prado had his own highlights.

"I got to spend time with my father, and not just that, but I also got to spend time with the WWE Universe," Prado said. "So, it was awesome.”

WrestleMania 31 drew an international crowd with fans from 40 countries. People like Frankie Lawrence came from Bedford, England.

”This was a dream come true, coming across to America for the first time and actually watching my dream, WrestleMania,” Lawrence said.

Many jumped on light rail and came directly from a fan event at the San Jose Convention Center. The trains were definitely crowded, and many people had to stand for the trip.

"The light rail was an easy way to get from the hotel and convention to Levi's Stadium. You don't have to worry about car and parking parking and all the hassles," WrestleMania attendee Jason Heinitz said.

For those who opted to drive, many complained about a major backup once they got off Highway 101 and tried to make it to the stadium. But late Sunday afternoon, that seemed to clear up.

After the event, the parking lot cleared out within 45 minutes.



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<![CDATA[Robin Williams' Children Battle Widow Over Estate ]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:08:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP741201775385.jpg

Seven months after Robin Williams' tragic suicide, his family is taking their battle over his estate to the courtroom.

According to court documents, Williams’ three children will dispute with the late actor's widow, Susan Schneider, Monday morning over the rights to Williams' Marin County home and the belongings inside.

In her filing, Schnieder alleges the comedian's children from two previous marriages took items without her permission from the Tiburon, California, home she shared with Williams.

Williams' trust granted his children his memorabilia and awards in the entertainment industry and some other specific personal items, but also called for the creation of provisions to benefit his wife, who has two teenage sons of her own. This included the couple's home in Tiburon, California and "the contents thereof,” according to the actors will, The New York Times reported.

Schneider is asking the court to exclude the contents of the Tiburon home from items Williams wanted the children to have.

The case over the details of Williams’ trust is expected to go beyond Monday’s initial hearing.



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<![CDATA[2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:52:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_168016_0013.JPG The hottest celebrities in music attended the 2015 iHeartRadio Music at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Calif. Click through to see some of your favorite stars on the red carpet and performances from the show.

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<![CDATA[Music Festival Bans Selfie Sticks]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:03:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/Coachella2014-Sunday-Scenery.jpg

Festival goers can leave behind their selfie sticks when packing for their trips this year.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California is the latest in a string of festivals and venues to ban ticket holders from carrying in the popular selfie stick. 

"NO Selfie Sticks / Narsisstics [sic]," the website reads. Festival organizers did not immediately reply to a request for comment. 

Selfie sticks help large groups take selfies easier, but organizers of several large music festivals around the nation are banning the stick on their grounds. 

Earlier in the week, Lollapalooza, a summer music festival in Chicago, also had a noticable addition to its FAQ section on the website for 2015 festival goers, NBC Chicago reported: no selfie sticks.

"GoPro attachments like sticks, selfie sticks & monopods," the website clarified. Professional recording equipment, such as detachable zoom lenses and tripods, will also not be allowed into festival grounds. 

It was immediately unclear whether other large music festivals in California would institute a similar ban. HARD Fest, a popular music festival in Los Angeles, did not specifically mention selfie sticks on their prohibited items list, though they do not allow professional recording equipment such as cameras with detachable lenses, or videos cameras or GoPros. 

Other popular California music festivals, such as Outside Lands in August or County Summer in June, do not specifically mention selfie sticks. The highly anticipated San Diego festival, Kaaboo, will not allow audio or video recording equipment on festival grounds. 

ULTRA, a large music event in Miami, specified on their website that they would not allow festivals goers in Miami to bring in "professional cameras, flash cameras or video and audio recording equipment, or camera poles." Summerfest, a Milwaulkee, WI festival, did not specify whether they would allow the sticks. 

Music festivals are not the first to institute a selfie stick ban. The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museumbanned the popular sticks in February



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<![CDATA["The Rock Obama" Returns to "SNL"]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 03:38:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SNL-The-Rock-Obama-2.jpg

Whether he’s throwing down The People’s Elbow or underpinning the next explosive iteration of “Fast and the Furious,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a talent for keeping a franchise alive.

And with “Furious 7” hitting theaters on Friday, it was only fair that his fourth “Saturday Night Live” hosting appearance marked the return of another classic: The Rock Obama.

In the cold open sketch, President Barack Obama (Jay Pharoah) tried to keep his temper in check while meeting with three of his most outspoken critics: House Speaker John Boehner (Taran Killam), Sen. Tom Cotton (Kyle Mooney) and Sen. Ted Cruz (Bobby Moynihan).

But when the obstinate Republican senators pushed him too far, the commander-in-chief transformed into his surly counterpart: The Rock Obama (Johnson).

“Don’t be alarmed,” the hulking president said. “The Rock Obama much like Barack Obama, only larger and more violent.”

His first target: Boehner.

“You. Orange Man,” he said, lifting Boehner by his collar. “You like Israel? Maybe you should go visit Israel!” as he tossed the House speaker through a White House window.

The Rock Obama dispatched with Cotton and Cruz in similar fashion, only to be interrupted by his wife Michelle (Sasheer Zamata) and an apologetic Secret Service agent (Beck Bennett).

“Turns out there’s been a mentally ill vagrant living in the White House garden for the last two months,” the agent said.

“Are you kidding me?! My garden?!” the first lady howled, before she, too, transformed into her larger, more violent alter-ego: She-Rock Obama (Leslie Jones).

“You tried to protect us—but who will protect you?!” she shouted, ripping off the agent’s arm and clubbing him over the head with it.

In his opening monologue, Johnson pointed out his skill at keeping franchises alive.

“Some folks in the industry have even referred to me as ‘Franchise Viagra,” he said, before launching into a song about how he’d revive movie series both moribund and beloved.

While filming a WWE promo shoot, Koko WatchOut (Johnson) took trash-talking with rival Trashyard Mutt (Moynihan) a little too seriously, to disastrous effect.

“He has herpes!” WatchOut shouted. "It's true! Oh, he's got herpes and he's got it bad!"

But even when Mutt asked him off-camera to keep the smacktalk limited to the wrestling mat, WatchOut overstepped his bounds.

“You remember the college girlfriend named Donna? It turns out that eight months after you broke up, she had a baby girl! Evelyn!

“What?!” a shellshocked Mutt cried.

“I met her! She’s a lovely girl! An honors student! And she doesn’t want a thing to do with you man, because you’re unfit to be a dad!”

Johnson also took on the title role in a mock movie trailer for an upcoming live-action reboot of “Bambi.” But unlike Disney original, Bambi and his friends—Thumper (Killam), Flower (Pharoah) and Faline (Cecily Strong) — have a thirst for vengeance and serious firepower.

“When I was a boy, they took away my mother,” the musclebound fawn says in the trailer. “Now it’s time for them to pay—dearly.”

On “Weekend Update,” co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che welcomed back Russian villager Olya Povlatsky (McKinnon) to discuss the Russian economy’s new signs of bouncing back. (Despite the recuperating ruble, she was still in need of a snack.)

“You know District 12 in Hunger Games? Based on richest neighborhood in my village,” she deadpanned. “Even Ebola would not come to Russia! It almost came, and then was like ‘No, too easy.’”

“Come on, Olya,” Jost chided her. “Russia can’t be that bad.”

“I have had frostbite ever since I was born, Colin,” she replied. “This is why my toes are like One Direction: Only four left.”

Breakthrough British singer-songwriter George Ezra lit up the Studio 8H stage, performing “Budapest” and “Blame It on Me.”

“SNL” returns on April 4 with veteran host Michael Keaton and first-time musical guest Carly Rae Jepsen.



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<![CDATA[Slime and Stars at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 09:23:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP292145567037.jpg Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Will Forte Sings Ode to His Beard]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:29:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Will-Forte-Beard-Song.jpg

What do you do when your beard goes away? If you're Will Forte, you grow another one. And then you sing about it.

Forte joined Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” and lamented the loss of the bushy beard he grew for his role in the TV comedy “The Last Man on Earth.” Forte even saved the beard hair—but not for himself.

“We were talking about this before: You gave your mom your beard hair?” Fallon asked.

“Mom requested the beard hair,” Forte insisted. “She does art projects based on all my things, and she said, ‘May I have your beard hair for a project I’m working on?’”

But with no art project to show for it and only a scant beard to replace the shaggy original, Forte decided to express his sorrow through music.

“This song is about the depression and sadness I went through when I had to shave my beard off,” Forte said. “It’s a tough time in every man’s life when he has to shave his beard.”

As is his weekly habit, Fallon took some time to pen thank-you notes. On Friday’s list of recipients: Pope Francis, garage sales and the Final Four.

“Thank you, the Final Four — or as you’re now known, One Direction,” joked Fallon, riffing on the much-lamented departure of Zayn Malik from the band.

Fallon was also sure to thank Madame Tussauds for making a wax figure of him.

“Which reminds me — sure, honey, I’d love to go to your sister’s for dinner this weekend,” Fallon said, mock-guffawing as he looked at his waxen doppelgänger.

Adam Horovitz (better known as rapper Ad-Rock of Beastie Boys fame) stopped by “Tonight” to chat with Fallon about his acting role opposite Ben Stiller in the upcoming movie “While We’re Young.”

“I’m on a talk show!” Horovitz said gleefully, before becoming self-critically taking stock of his apparel. “I feel like I should have worn a hat,” Horovitz mused. (He later returned to the stage wearing a purple beanie.)

Jeremy Wade, the host of Animal Planet’s “River Monsters,” also visited the studio — and he brought along a few tanks full of peculiar specimens. Among them were electric catfish — which Forte ill-advisedly tried to kiss — and the decidedly bizarre hagfish, which oozed gobs of sticky slime all over Fallon’s hands.

It still remains to be seen whether those hagfish earn a thank-you note next week.



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<![CDATA[Fallon Thank-You Notes: Final Four, Pope Francis]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:10:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Thank-You-Notes-Tussauds.jpg Jimmy pens thank you notes to Pope Francis, garage sales and the new wax sculptures of him at Madame Tussauds.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Will Forte Sings an Ode to His Beard on "Tonight"]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:52:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Will-Forte-Ode-to-Beard-27-Mar-2015-1080_1200x675_419463747703.jpg Will Forte recently shaved off his beard and he misses it very, very much.]]>