<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usThu, 19 Jan 2017 02:59:59 -0800Thu, 19 Jan 2017 02:59:59 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Disney Reveals Hidden Links Between Pixar Movies ]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:23:19 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP090514050419.jpg

Walt Disney Co. has all but confirmed the most feverish of movie fans' conspiracy theories: All of the Pixar movies do, in fact, exist in the same universe, run by an evil corporation inside Buckingham Palace, NBC News reported.

In two promotional videos published over the weekend — one on Disney's own Facebook page and one on the Facebook page for "Toy Story" — Disney thoroughly ties together nearly all of the Pixar movies.

The videos connect "A Bug's Life" to "Toy Story" to "Monsters, Inc." to "Finding Nemo" to "The Incredibles" to "Cars" to "Wall-E" to "Ratatouille," all the way up to the most recent features, "Inside Out" and "Finding Dory." For example, Riley, the homesick protagonist of "Inside Out," makes an appearance in "Finding Dory."

Lots of other connections have been noted, but none is more compelling than BnL, which stands for Buy n Large. The Walmart-like corporation grows so big in the Pixar universe that by the time "Wall-E" (which the company manufactured) rolls around, it is a ghost company that used to run the universe. For example, The batteries used in the toys in the "Toy Story" are made by BnL.

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<![CDATA[Top Red Carpet Looks: 2017 Golden Globes Arrivals]]> Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:20:24 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/simone-gg.jpg Take a look at some of the best red carpet looks from the 74th Golden Globe awards.

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: People's Choice Awards Arrivals]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:58:53 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-632012534.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Best-Dressed Couples on the Golden Globes Red Carpet]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:54:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/AP_17009017897311-gg.jpg Take a look at these couples on the 2017 Golden Globes red carpet.

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<![CDATA[Photographer Accidentally Captures Stunning NY Proposal]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:10:07 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/couple+park+proposal.jpg

He wasn't paid to be there, but a hobby photographer from New Jersey may have accidentally captured the perfect New York marriage proposal photograph.

James Tran took a trip into Brooklyn on Saturday to take pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge Park on a snowy day.

Instead of capturing the cold, he stumbled upon a romantic marriage proposal. 

"As I was walking around, I noticed a bunch of people gathered," he said.

"As I got a bit closer to investigate, I saw an aisle assembled from candles and rose petals, with people standing on each side with roses. Immediately, I knew there was about to be a proposal."

He said he stuck around for the next few minutes as the woman was led by a friend down the makeshift aisle, being handed a rose by each person.

Tran said he snapped a photo as the woman reached the love heart made from flowers on the icy ground. The beautiful image shows the happy couple inside the heart, with the Brooklyn Bridge wreathed in mist behind.

"She said yes, and cheers ensued," Tran recalled.

"But afterwards they seemed busy receiving hugs and kisses, so I didn't get their contact information."

Keen to send the couple his accidental engagement photographs, he went to the web.

Tran posted one of the photos he captured to community discussion website Reddit, asking for help finding the lovebirds.

By Wednesday morning, a man on the site had come forward to say he was the person in the photograph.

Tran was verifying whether the person was the subject of his photo, and planned to send the couple a range of photographs to remember the special day by.

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<![CDATA[Caitlyn Jenner to Attend Trump Inauguration: Report]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:34:58 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CaitlynJenner-AP_35986543168.jpg

Caitlyn Jenner will attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday “to bring attention to LGBTQ causes,” People magazine reports.

Jenner, 67, is going to the event as a guest of the American Unity Fund, a conservative LGBTQ rights advocacy organization.

“Caitlyn has been a Republican all her life and she sees this as an opportunity to represent and defend the LGBTQ community within her own party,” a source close to Jenner told People, adding, “She has no problem speaking out if Republicans fail to protect equal rights.”

The “I Am Cait” star, meanwhile, offered to serve as a bridge between Republicans and the LGBTQ community, tweeting Wednesday: "Republicans need help understanding LGBTQ issues and I'm here to help!"

In April, Trump said he supported transgender people using whatever bathroom they choose during an interview on the "Today" show. A few days later, Jenner made a video of herself going into the women's bathroom at New York's Trump International Hotel and Tower. 

"A trans woman in New York, I gotta take a pee. Anyway... Oh my God, Trump International Tower, I love this," Jenner says in her Facebook video. "OK, last week Donald Trump said I could take a pee anywhere in a Trump facility. I am gonna go take a pee in the ladies' room."

Jenner, who was formerly known as Bruce Jenner, made her name and gender change official in September 2015.

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<![CDATA['Baskets': A Clown Only a Mother Could Love]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:40:34 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/175*120/emmy-37-GettyImages-505082218_master.jpg

When Louie Anderson won an Emmy last year, he followed in the footsteps of many performers by giving a familial shout-out: "Mom! We did it!"

But Anderson owed special thanks to his late mother, whose figurative house slippers he walks in to portray put-upon matriarch Christine Baskets in FX' "Baskets."

The dark comedy, starring Zach Galifianakis as a depressed clown, returns Thursday for a second season to wring laughter from melancholy. 

That might not sounding like a rousing endorsement, but "Baskets" in an oddly compelling first season, put its own balloon-animal twist on the sad-clown genre.

We learned, via flashbacks, how Chip Baskets' dreams of becoming a serious artiste were raised and dashed by his misadventure as a student at a precious Parisian clowning school (L'Académie de Clown Française). 

He's forced to return to his sleepy California hometown, trailed by a reminder of his grand illusion and loss: his too-beautiful-for-him French wife (Sabina Sciubba) who wed him for a green card – and to spite her father, a wealthy entertainer. 

Baskets becomes a rodeo clown, getting laughed at as he's chased and knocked around by bulls. Outside the dusty ring, he's overshadowed by his shrill, modestly successful twin brother Dale (Galifianakis in a dual role). While his absent wife mocks him by phone and siphons what little money he has, Baskets treats Martha (a wonderfully deadpan Martha Kelly), a sweet local sad sack with a crush on him, much the same way.

But it's Christine who sheds the only modicum of light amid this slow-motion gloom. She’s powered by love and denial as she tries to get the family to post for happy photos, snapped with one of the disposable cameras she bought in bulk at Costco.

“Baskets” might be about a clown, but the show is a balancing act. While aggressively unlikable characters have become a sitcom staple, from “Seinfeld” to “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” pathetic, gradually unraveling protagonists are far from guaranteed long-term laugh-getters.

Anderson earned his Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Emmy by never falling into stunt-casting gimmickry. His funny, yet sensitive portrayal grounds the bleak “Baskets” landscape in humanity – no more so than when the dysfunctional family awkwardly comes together during Christine’s brush with death. 

At the end of last season, Chip hopped a boxcar to nowhere, more like hobo than a clown. But previews show back him at home with Christine, who asks perhaps the defining question of the series as she dutifully sews him a new costume: “What kind of clown do you think you are?”

Chip replies: "A dead-inside clown."

The two actors give life to a show that's hard to watch at times, but harder to keep your eyes away from – especially when Louie Anderson channels his mom.

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

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<![CDATA[Chrisette Michele to Perform at Trump Inauguration]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:42:19 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/chrisettetrump.jpg

Chrisette Michele, who won the Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2009, has reportedly signed on to perform at President-elect Donald Trump's Inauguration Friday. And some of her fans are less than thrilled, including the bandleader from "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon." 

Questlove Gomez tweeted he would "pay" Michele not to perform at the event. The singer joins a group that includes 16-year-old "America’s Got Talent" contestant Jackie Evancho, country singer Toby Keith and post-grunge band 3 Doors Down.

Broadway star Jennifer Holliday backed out as an inaugural performer last week, saying she did not realize that her participation would be interpreted as a statement of support for Trump.

Holliday, best known for her Tony-winning role in Broadway's "Dreamgirls," faced pressure from her gay, lesbian and black fans when it was announced she would sing at a Thursday concert at Washington's Lincoln Memorial.

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<![CDATA['This Is Us' Cast Discusses Surprising Reveals]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:22:50 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/this-is-us1.jpg Chrissy Metz and Milo Ventimiglia break down Thursday's episode, which touches on everything from the emotional fallout of Jack and Rebecca losing one of the triplets to Kate deciding it's time to take a break from her relationship with Toby.

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<![CDATA['Will & Grace' Returning to NBC for 10 Episode Run]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:22:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/willgracewill.jpg

They're back. "Will & Grace" is returning to NBC.

The show, which ran originally on NBC from 1998 to 2006, and stars Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes, is returning for a 10-episode limited run in 2017-18.

It was one of the first broadcast programs to feature gay series regulars.

Series stars Messing and Hayes took to social media Wednesday to announce the news via a NBC trailer that references everything from the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie split to Trump and the "Basket of Deplorables."

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"We're thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back," NBC's Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. "This groundbreaking series for everything from gay rights to social and political commentary— all disguised as a high-speed train of witty pop culture — is coming back where it belongs."

The cast most recently reunited in September to shoot a 10-minute episode related to the presidential election.

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<![CDATA[M. Night is Back: 'Split' a True Horror Showcase for McAvoy]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:13:35 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/splitcast.jpg

Four words horror fans thought they may never hear: M. Night is back.

Shyamalan busted out of the gates in 1999 with "The Sixth Sense," and had popular, if uneven, followups with "Unbreakable" and "Signs." But the director fell out of favor with horror fans after clunkers like "Lady in the Water," "The Happening," and "The Village."

But Shyamalan produced genuine shocks in 2015 with "The Visit" and he's done it again with "Split," a film starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley and a tour de force by James McAvoy... and James McAvoy... and James McAvoy... and James McAvoy.

Mild spoilers ahead.

McAvoy stars as a man suffering from multiple personalities who kidnaps Taylor-Joy and two classmates in broad daylight and entraps them in a dungeon. The cat and mouse that ensues as the girls attempt to outwit their captor(s) produces genuine shocks that harks back to Shyamalan's earlier works.

We caught up with the cast of "Split" as they discussed the challenges of making the film.

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<![CDATA[Eva Longoria Sells Her Romantic Home in the Hills]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:29:19 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-eva-longoria-sells-hollywood-hills-home-tn-final.jpg Actress Eva Longoria has parted ways with her romantic Mediterranean-style villa in the Hollywood Hills.

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<![CDATA[Rodgers' Father Opens Up About Family's Rift With NFL Star]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:11:53 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631769054.jpg

Aaron Rodgers’ rift with his family has been making headlines since his brother’s appearance on “The Bachelorette” last year, but little has been said about the unusual family dynamic from Rodgers’ father – until now.

In an interview with the New York Times, Ed Rodgers said the family is still learning how to deal with the star quarterback’s rise to fame.

“One in the news is enough for us,” he said, adding, “Fame can change things.”

The Rodgers family patriarch confirmed in the interview that the family hasn’t spoken to Aaron Rodgers since the end of 2014, a short time after the Green Bay Packers star first began dating actress Olivia Munn.

Jordan Rodgers first revealed his troubled relationship with his brother on the dating show in July, saying he and his brother Luke don’t speak to Aaron.

"It's something we don't really talk about a whole lot," Luke Rodgers told ‘Bachelorette’ JoJo Fletcher. "It pains both of us like not to have that relationship. We miss our brother."

It was an issue that lingered heavily over the “hometown date” episode, with two empty chairs sitting at the Rodgers’ family dinner table, presumably for Aaron and Munn. 

"I miss my brother a lot, especially in moments like this because my family means so much," Jordan said in the episode.

At the time, Aaron Rodgers declined to talk about the family dynamic publicly.

"As far as those kinds of things go, I've always found that it's a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I'm just--I'm not going to speak on those things," he said.

Ed Rodgers told the Times that while "airing public laundry is not what I would have chosen,” he wasn’t upset that it happened.

“It’s good to have it all come out,” he said.

It’s a sentiment echoed by Jordan Rodgers as well, as he told E! News in an exclusive interview that he hadn’t seen “The Bachelorette” before he became a contestant and wasn’t sure what to expect.

"Family things are always tough, and they're always tough to address, let alone on a TV show,” he said. “But I knew I made a commitment to go on there and be honest with JoJo and make sure that she knew everything because we didn't have any time off-camera and we were going to get to a proposal. So you have to be honest, you have to trust she believes in the person you are.”

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Aidy Bryant's Crazy 'SNL' Story]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:48:54 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e053_473_aidybryant_passedout_20170117_1200x675_857113155759.jpg "Goody two-shoes" Aidy Bryant dishes to host Seth Meyers about that one time she blacked-out at an "SNL" "boozer" party.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Repealing 'Obamacare']]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:48:14 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e053_473_closerlook_20170117_1200x675_857113155578.jpg Host Seth Meyers dives into President-elect Donald Trump and his plan — or lack there of — for replacing the "horrible" Affordable Care Act.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': 2017 NFC Championship Superlatives]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:44:38 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e069_604_superlatives_20170117_1200x675_857113155701.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon hands out special accolades to Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers NFL players competing in the NFC Championship.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Rhyme-Versation With Michael Keaton]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:44:02 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e069_604_rhymeversation_20170117_1200x675_857110595852.jpg Michael Keaton and host Jimmy Fallon attempt to have a natural conversation while trying to rhyme the last word of their sentences with a random word, like "kale" or "unrealistic."]]> <![CDATA[First Ladies' Inaugural Fashion Through the Years]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:41:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Ladies-Thumb.jpg When first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a custom gown by Jason Wu, dazzled the room at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in 2009, President Barack Obama asked, "How good-looking is my wife?" More than 50 years prior, Jackie Kennedy looked stunning in an ivory silk satin evening gown by Oleg Cassini, which she wore to the Inaugural Gala at the National Guard Armory on Jan. 19, 1961, the evening before the inauguration. From Eleanor Roosevelt's gown in 1933 to Michelle Obama's striking red dress in 2013, see how first ladies' inaugural fashion has changed over the years.]]> <![CDATA[First Lady's Dress at Obama's Farewell Speech: What It Meant]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:52:30 -0800 The significance of Obama’s dress last Tuesday may not have been an obvious one, but for a woman whose presidency consisted of memorable and thoughtful attire, it spoke volumes.

The significance of Obama’s dress last Tuesday may not have been an obvious one, but for a woman whose presidency consisted of memorable and thoughtful attire, it spoke volumes.


In returning to Chicago last week for his farewell speech, it was clear President Barack Obama was bringing his presidency full circle, but in her own way, first lady Michelle Obama was subtly doing the same thing – using her fashion choice.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump and John Lewis]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:10:32 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Seth+Meyers+closer+look+trump.jpg Host Seth Meyers, just days before President-elect Donald Trump is to be inaugurated, dives into Trump's recent exchange with congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Dog Chocolate and Other Bad Sponsors]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:14:05 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e052_472_badsponsors_20170116_1200x675_856232003550.jpg Host Seth Meyers, in his segment "Bad Sponsors," takes a look at all the "terrible" companies his show accepted money from in order to stay on the air.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Pyramid With Strahan, Dallas Howard]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:15:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e068_603_pyramid_20170116_1200x675_856229443866.jpg Michael Strahan and Bryce Dallas Howard compete against host Jimmy Fallon and The Roots' Questlove in a game of Pyramid.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Inauguration Appearances and Other Polls]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:15:38 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/FALLON_GettyImages-528518222.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon runs through the results of some little-known polls asking things like, "What do you do when your phone battery gets to 20%?"

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<![CDATA[Trump Gala Loses B Street Band]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:46:01 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/Bruce_Springsteen1.jpg

The B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band from New Jersey, has announced it is withdrawing from performing at Donald Trump's inauguration gala.

The band announced its withdrawal from the event on its Facebook page Monday afternoon, citing its respect for Bruce himself.

"With deepest apologies to our fans and the New Jersey Inaugural Ball committee, the B Street Band is withdrawing from performing at this year's inauguration Gala," it said.

"Our decision is based solely on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band."

"The Boss" is a high profile Democrat who appeared with Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.

In a recent interview he questioned whether the president-elect was ready to take office.

During the interview on Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast, Springsteen said he questioned whether Trump "is simply competent enough to do this particular job."

The B Street Band said it would not exist without the talents of Springsteen and his primary backing band the E Street Band, and it looked forward to performing their music for years to come.

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<![CDATA[Kidman Says Comments About Trump Support Weren't Endorsement]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:11:58 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/AP_17009033596295-gg.jpg

Nicole Kidman says her comments that Americans should support President-elect Donald Trump were merely a statement of her belief in democracy, not an endorsement of the incoming president.

The Oscar-winning actress's earlier remarks sparked both criticism and praise online after they were aired by the BBC earlier this week.

Kidman tells Access Hollywood that her comments were misconstrued. She says, "I was trying to stress that I believe in democracy and the American Constitution, and it was that simple."

When an interviewer pressed her for more details, Kidman threw up her hands and said she was done commenting on the topic.

Kidman was born in Hawaii to Australian parents and holds dual citizenship in Australia and the U.S.

Kidman won an Oscar for 2002's "The Hours" and currently stars in "Lion."

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<![CDATA['Thank You All for Peeing Here': 'SNL's' Trump Presser]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:52:32 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Trump+Presser.jpg

“Yes, this is real life. This is really happening,” began “Saturday Night Live’s” Donald Trump in a colorful “rebroadcast” of the president-elect’s press event earlier this week—Trump’s first since winning the U.S. election and a gift to comedy writers.

“On January 20, I, Donald J. Trump, will become the 45th President of the United States,” he continued. “And then, two months later, Mike Pence will become the 46th.”

Alec Baldwin, back in his Trump wig after the show’s a holiday hiatus, fielded questions from a mock press corps about his conflicts of interest, his views on Russia’s reported meddling in the U.S. election, as well as his plans to replace Obamacare. (Baldwin’s Trump revealed that his plan was to replace it with the Affordable Care Act—in other words, the exact same thing.)

But the press corps’ dominant interest was in the most salacious detail of an unsubstantiated dossier published by BuzzFeed News, claiming that Russians had compromising material on Trump. 

“I’d like to ask you about your big Russian pee-pee party?” ventured the first reporter.

“No, no. I am not talking about the pee-pee,” Trump responded. “Because it didn’t happen. And it wasn’t as cool as it sounds.”

The real Trump strongly denounced the dossier—which was generated on behalf of his political opponents—as "fake news" and "phony stuff" at the press conference earlier in the week.

But "SNL's" mock press corps refused to drop their questions about the document's allegations, despite Trump’s palpable excitement about Three Doors Down agreeing to play his inauguration.

One reporter began with a serious question but eventually pivoted, unable to suppress her curiosity: “So,” the reporter asked, “did you guys, like, all pee? Or did you just, like, watch them pee?” 

A flustered Trump, in a reversal of roles, desperately tried to get reporters to focus on the issues and changed the topic to jobs.

“I’m going to bring back a thick stream of jobs back to this country,” he said. “The biggest, strongest, steadiest stream you’ve ever seen. This country will be literally showered with jobs. Because I’m a major whiz at jobs.”

Trump also used the opportunity of the press conference to knock his most-hated news outlets of the week: Buzzfeed, of course, but also CNN, an outlet that reported Trump and President Obama were briefed on intelligence from the unverified dossier published by Buzzfeed.

Trump refused to take a Buzzfeed reporter’s question.

“I took your quiz yesterday, and I’ll tell you right now,” he said, miffed. “I’m not a Joey — I’m a Rachel.” 

Steve Harvey (played by Kenan Thompson) also made a quick appearance to talk about his potential involvement with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, confirming to the media with a chuckle, “Yeah, I do government now."

When Baldwin's Trump shifted from his usual script and blurted out to a pestering reporter that "Russia hacked the election," an oddly familiar looking reporter signaled to Trump that it was in his best interest to back off the claim.

“I’m American journalist Wolf Blitzer,” the Putin lookalike said, menacingly waving a VHS “Pee Pee Tape” in front of the president-elect. Was Trump “really, really sure” that Russia was behind the hacking, he asked.

Baldwin’s Trump stammered. “It was China. I mean Canada. It was Meryl Streep! Okay this press conference is over. Thank you all for peeing here — I mean, for pissing here — I mean, for being here.”

The salacious topic surfaced again during a segment of “Weekend Update” in which Michael Che addressed “the problem with unverified claims."

"No matter how unverified they are, if it is hilarious enough people will always remember it as a fact." 

And, as he is wont to do, Trump took to Twitter Sunday to voice his disapproval of the program.

Actress Felicity Jones hosted the show and received a visit from a hologram of Tina Fey.

Musical guest Sturgill Simpson performed his country singles "Call to Arms" and "Keep it Between the Lines."

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<![CDATA[A New ‘Final’ Case for 'Sherlock']]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:18:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sherlock+bbc+one+twitter.jpg

The most shocking moment in the latest and perhaps most twist-filled episode yet of "Sherlock" didn't hinge on the revelation of a secret identity or a new look at an old piece of evidence.

No, the biggest stunner came when Holmes hugged Watson.

They stood in the reception room of 221B Baker St., two damaged men with little more to cling to than one another.

Both, at different points in the episode, used the same banal phrase to describe the dire circumstances driving their extraordinary bond: "It is what it is."

Nothing, of course, is what it seems on a show that thrives on the unexpected. The fourth season heads for a potentially explosive conclusion on PBS Sunday as Holmes battles an enemy who is, um, like no other.

Added drama looms past the closing credits: This could be, as star Benedict Cumberbatch suggested in a recent GQ UK interview, the final chapter of "Sherlock" (“It might be the end of an era,” he said).

Which would be a shame.

The show debuted in 2010, with its smart, modern take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Victorian detective of deduction. Cumberbatch’s  Holmes, a bursting bundle of insecurity and grandiosity (or, as Sherlock puts it, “a high-functioning sociopath”), needs Martin Freeman’s Dr. John Watson, a physically and psychologically battered war veteran who needs to be needed.

Short seasons of three episodes, paced about two years apart, proved worth the wait as “Sherlock” revivers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss worked on the similarly rebooted “Doctor Who” series, and Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game,” “Doctor Strange”) and Freeman (“The Hobbit”) became movie stars.

The latest season’s first installment brought the (spoiler alert) murder of Watson’s wife, Mary, whose past as a secret agent came back to haunt her and whose demise split the Holmes-Watson team. 

While uneven (Holmes' action-hero antics seemed out of character), the chapter set up the most recent episode, one of the series’ finest. 

Toby Jones turned in a chilling performance as a rich businessman/celebrity with a serial killing habit on the side. He torments and nearly kills a drug-addled Holmes, who reunites in the nick of time with the life-saving Watson. 

Their oddly affecting hug, though, gives way to a cliffhanger featuring a villain that's new (at least to the audience).

"Sherlock" is what it is, and what it is is great TV. Let's hope after Sunday’s episode, titled “The Final Problem,” that it’s not over.

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

<![CDATA['Singin’' with Debbie Reynolds for 65 Years]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:15:39 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Singin-in-the-Rain-crop.jpg

The recently aired HBO documentary, “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds,” presents a bittersweet portrait of a complicated relationship between a mother and daughter who are different, yet alike – a duo inextricably linked in life and, now, death.

As Fisher put it: "My mother really wants me to be an extension of her and sometimes to a great degree... I know what my mother feels and wants." 

The Reynolds-Fisher parallels extend to fame. Both were just 19 when they filmed movie classics, set a long time ago, that made them stars: 1952's "Singing in the Rain" and the first "Star Wars" installment in 1977.

Both films mark major anniversaries in 2017, with the 65-year-old "Singin’ in the Rain" getting special theatrical showings Jan. 15 and Jan. 18, as part of TCM’s Big Screen Classics series. The screenings offer an opportunity to see the young Reynolds at her finest, long before she became better known to some as Princess Leia's mother.

"Singin’" pairs Reynolds with two older male (human) co-stars: Donald O'Connor in the platonic, brother-like role, and Gene Kelly as her partner in bickering and eventual love interest.

They're united by a common goal: leaving the silent movie business in the late 1920s and creating the world of big movie musicals. It's not exactly destroying the Death Star, but the quest propels the plot from one great song-and-dance number to the next.

Reynolds shines as the bright and bold Kathy, brimming with the energy of youth and a confidence that belied her years.  She managed to more than keep up with her expert hoofer co-stars in the buoyant "Good Morning" sequence, which formed an memorable troika with O'Connor's acrobatic "Make 'em Laugh" spectacular and Kelly's iconic, elegantly athletic (and soggy) take on the title tune.

Unlike her daughter, Reynolds went on to other major starring roles, from "Tammy and the Bachelor" to "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" to "Mother." But like her daughter, she endured her share of scandal (Eddie Fisher leaving her for Elizabeth Taylor), and she never found a part that quite matched her breakout film.

The 40th anniversary of "Stars Wars" is coming up this year, along with a new installment that might represent Carrie Fisher's final, non-CGI-enhanced bow. The Dec. 27 death of 60-year-old Fisher, followed by the passing the next day of her mother at age 84 bodes to add to the already huge interest in the film series.

But before the latest intergalactic frenzy takes off, there's chance to see on the big screen how, a quarter-century before "Star Wars," Debbie Reynolds emerged as a cinematic a force all her own.

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

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<![CDATA[The 10 Best Inaugural Performances of All Time]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:22:04 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/beyonceatlast.jpg

The list of performers set for President-elect Donald Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration - including country performer Toby Keith and rock band 3 Doors Down - has left some people nostalgic for past celebrations that featured the entertainment world's brightest stars.

Here's a look at some of the more star-studded inaugural performances.

1. Beyoncé remains the standard-bearer for inaugural performances. Her rendition of Etta James' "At Last" in 2009 as President Barack Obama swept his wife, Michelle, into his arms capped an inauguration for the ages. 

2. Beyoncé makes a double appearance on the list. She followed up her 2009 performance with a 2013 rendition of the national anthem at Obama's second inauguration. Yes, she admitted to lip-synching the performance. No, we do not care. 

3. Beyoncé wasn't the only performer of note at Obama's 2009 inauguration. Aretha Franklin's spine-tingling performance of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" was the talk of the inauguration day. Well, that and her hat.

4. Chuck Berry? Little Richard? Enough said. The two rock and roll pioneers were joined on stage by Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills and Nash and a host of other legendary performers at the 1993 inauguration of Bill Clinton. They performed "Reelin' and Rockin," "Good Golly Miss Molly" and a few other hits. 

5. The Democrats aren't the only ones who know how to throw a party. George W. Bush was "Livin La Vida Loca" in 2001 with a little help from Ricky Martin. Technically speaking Martin didn't perform "Livin La Vida Loca" but rather "Cup of Life." But you can check out Bush dancing, well - moving - to the beat.

6. You may know Barbra Streisand today as a huge Hillary Clinton supporter. But before Streisand claimed "I'm With Her," she was with Bill, serenading him at the 1993 inaugural with "Evergreen." 

7. The Beach Boys were one of the few star-studded groups said to be mulling an offer to perform at Trump's inaugural. They have been in the presidential spotlight before. The group sang “Their Hearts Were Full of Spring,” a capella, at President Ronald Reagan's second inaugural in 1985. 

8. Bob Dylan may be notoriously hard to track down these days if you're trying to present him with a Nobel Prize, but he was on hand in 1993 for the inauguration of Bill Clinton with an acoustic rendition of "Chimes of Freedom."

9. Barack Obama bestowed Bruce Springsteen with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. Perhaps it was in part a way for saying thank you for the Boss for performing “The Rising,” complete with choir, at his inaugural in 2009.

10. James Brown performed at Richard Nixon's inaugural in 1969. Sadly, there appears to be no known video available for this event. But the knowledge alone that this took place makes it worthy of mention.

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