<![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, 23 Mar 2017 21:35:00 -0700Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:35:00 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Amber Heard, Scarlett Johansson ]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:46:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-657017994.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Taylor Kinney Opens Up About Break-Up With Lady Gaga]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:36:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LadyGaga-AP_207300433019.jpg

“Chicago Fire” star Taylor Kinney has stayed quiet about his break-up with ex-fiancee Lady Gaga, but in a recent interview he revealed his character’s current love life may be more exciting than his real one. 

Kinney opened up about life after his ended engagement with Gaga, who he had dated for five years. 

He told Entertainment Online at NBC’s Summer Press day that his dating life is now lived “through Chicago Fire.” 

“I live vicariously through my character,” he said.

Kinney proposed to Gaga in February 2015 and the engagement ended in July 2016. 

Details surrounding the breakup are still unclear, but the news followed weeks of rumors circulating on social media when the singer appeared in photos without her engagement ring.

Kinney told ET once he’s ready to put himself back out into the dating world, he doesn’t have a “type” in mind.

“I think of compatibility as the intangibles, and someone that you meet and connect with, and someone you can laugh with, and maybe share a sense of humor, then things go from there,” he said. 

The actor even revealed a sneak peek into the upcoming episode of “Chicago Fire,” which he said takes place entirely at Firehouse 51 and involves a predicament between the firehouse and gang members.

“They take us hostage for the most part,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Auntie Meredith Pays a Visit to Hoda and Haley]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:06:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/meridethbabystop.jpg

Looks like Hoda Kotb is getting a helping hand with afternoon feedings.

Former "Today" show co-host Meredith Vieira popped by and helped the new mom give baby Haley a bottle.

“My girl @meredithvieira !!!! didn't think I could love u any more — then you fed Haley,” Kotb wrote on Twitter.

Kotb announced her adoption of Haley Joy last month.

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<![CDATA[HGTV is Giving 'Fixer Upper' a Spinoff]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:33:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_689363212205.jpg

Fans of "Fixer Upper" on HGTV are in for a real treat.

The show is getting a spinoff that focuses on Joanna Gaines’ decisions from a design standpoint.

"Behind the Design" will focus on each project with insight into the design elements and decisions, Gaines said. She and husband Chip announced the show in an Instagram video posted from Joanna’s account.

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The couple, which owns a remodeling and design business, is famous for their show "Fixer Upper" which follows their adventures as they renovate and revitalize "fixer uppers."

A sneak-peek of the show will air following "Fixer Upper" season four’s finale.

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<![CDATA[Kate Winslet Speaks Out on Bullying Experience]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:45:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-504595398winslet.jpg

Kate Winslet on Wednesday spoke out about bullying during the United Kingdom’s WE Day even in London, Vanity Fair reported.

Winslet shared her experiences being bullied with the crowd at the event to celebrate youth making a difference in their local and global communities, according to the organization's website.

"They called me blubber. Teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard. Laughed at me," Winslet said.

Winslet shared that she was told that she "might be lucky" in her acting if she was "happy to settle for fat girl parts." According to the Oscar winner, casting agents even told her that she wasn’t what they were looking for.

"I learned to embrace my flaws, to make no apology for who I am," Winslet told the fired-up crowd. "And I decided that I simple wouldn’t listen when they said that my body didn’t fit. This is who I am."

Winslet has always been an outspoken advocate for positive body image. In 2003, she criticized GQ for reducing the size of her legs on her cover photo for the magazine.

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<![CDATA[See It: 5-Minute 'Ghost' Clip Before Film Hits Theater]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:56:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ghostinshellclip.jpg

Curious about Scarlett Johansson in the upcoming sci-fi thriller "Ghost in the Shell"? Well, now you don't have to wait. Paramount revealed a nearly 5-minute long sequence from the controversial film Wednesday.

"Ghost in the Shell" has come under fire for placing Johansson in the leading role. The film, a live-action version of Japanese anime, had been used as an example of white-washing across social media. 

In the March issue of Marie Claire, Johansson addressed the controversy directly.

"I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person. Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive," she told the magazine.  "Also, having a franchise with a female protagonist driving it is such a rare opportunity. Certainly, I feel the enormous pressure of that—the weight of such a big property on my shoulders."

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<![CDATA[Liz Taylor: Her Life in Photos on Sixth Anniversary of Death]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:42:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/liztayloranniversary.jpg Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary actress known for her beauty, her jet-set lifestyle, her charitable endeavors and her many marriages, dies on this date six years ago.

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<![CDATA[Mariah Carey's Christmas Classic to be Made into a Movie]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:17:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Mariah-Carey-GettyImages-459896940.jpg

Christmas fans, rejoice! Mariah Carey announced on Twitter that her holiday hit, "All I Want for Christmas is You" will be turned into a film.

"I am so thrilled!" the singer said in a tweet.

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The animated film is based on Carey’s song, according to the movie’s Twitter account. A teaser of the movie plays Carey’s song and features her sitting on a couch with a dog, while she says "I don’t want a lot for Christmas, there’s just one thing I need."

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The film is set to come out later this year.

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<![CDATA[Student Snags Fallon Internship by Rapping]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:48:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fallon-intern-video.jpg

Students will go to great lengths to snag the internship of their dreams, and that’s exactly what one college student did when he made a rap video to capture Jimmy Fallon’s attention, Today.com reported.

Jake Sirianni, a college student at Washington State, superimposed himself over a 2014 clip of Daniel Radcliffe on "The Tonight Show." He rewrote the words of the rap to explain why he’s a good fit for an internship with "The Tonight Show."

And his hard work paid off. On his show Wednesday night, Fallon announced that his answer was yes, Sirianni is hired.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Kristen Bell Got Co-Star Stuck in Escape Room]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:32:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kristen-bell-late-night.jpg

Kristen Bell sat down with Seth Meyers to talk about her show "The Good Place" with Ted Danson, and about that one time she failed at showing her co-star a good time.

<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump's Russia Scandal]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:33:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Seth+Meyers+closer+look+trump.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a look at the growing saga of President Donald Trump and his potential ties to the Russian government.

<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Good Name, Bad Name, Great Name]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:34:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/FALLON_GettyImages-528518222.jpg

Jimmy Fallon demonstrates that what makes a good name for one thing, like snuggle, might make a bad name for something else or make a great name for something else.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Whisper Challenge With John Cena]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:35:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/john-cena-tonight.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and John Cena take turns guessing random words, names and phrases while wearing noise-canceling headphones.

<![CDATA[Farewell to a True Original: The Final Gong For Chuck Barris]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:32:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-106864591.jpg

Chuck Barris, the “dangerous mind” behind “The Gong Show,” a grotesque burlesque masquerading as a performance competition, possessed his own unique talent: turning cheap laughs into gold.

The oddball showman of the game-show set, who died Tuesday at age 87, gleefully created programs that wrung entertainment out of embarrassment. His gong, which presaged cries of "You’re fired!," resounds as loudly and crassly as ever.

While game shows were his forte, Barris' twisted DNA lurks throughout Reality TV. In the mid-1960s, he concocted "The Dating Game," which matched couples based on answers to double-entendre-laden questions – making it a funnier forerunner of "The Bachelor."

He soon after launched "The Newlywed Game," in which young couples learned, through their separate answers to personal questions, how much (or little) they knew about one another. That chagrin machine heralded the later likes of "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica," in which "Chicken of the Sea" took on a new meaning.

"The Gong Show" foreshadowed all the William Hungs who populated the early rounds of "American Idol." But the show's clearest echoes extend to "The Apprentice," where instead of hearing a gong, losers were brusquely informed, "You're fired!" by future President Donald Trump.

Barris, who presided over the 1976 to 1980 run of "The Gong Show," offered up himself as an anti-host. His ants-in-his-pants shuffling and nervous arm-swinging lent an apt lack of polish to the shambolic proceedings.

His sneering grin suggested his own embarrassment at serving as the ringmaster for a pre-Letterman assemblage of stupid human tricks. It also connoted that Barris – like judges Jamie Farr, Jaye P. Morgan and other assorted gong-stick-wielders – were in on the sick joke.

Whether you regarded the spectacle as cruel, funny or a cynical combination of both, "The Gong Show" could make viewers feel as if they should have been the ones wearing the Unknown Comic’s paper-bag disguise, even when watching at home alone.

Barris largely traveled undercover post-"Gong Show," though his 1984 book "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," a (presumable) fantasy about his supposed secret life as an assassin for the CIA, became a critically hailed film in 2002.

The offbeat comedy offered a strangely fitting final act for a deceivingly influential show business character who dealt in pop culture oddities and delusions of grandeur that ring on, for better or worse, far past the final gong.

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[See It: Bon Jovi’s Ex-SoHo Penthouse Hits Market for $38M]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:27:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bon+jovi+brown+harris.jpg A penthouse that used to belong to rocker Jon Bon Jovi is back on the market for a whopping $38 million. Take a look inside.

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<![CDATA[See It: Is This the Worst 'Wheel of Fortune' Flub Ever?]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:10:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/wheel+flub.jpg

Get your head out of the gutter Kevin.

In what may well be the worst "Wheel of Fortune" flub in the show's 42-year-old history, a contestant was one letter short from solving a puzzle identifying an iconic Tennessee William's Pulitzer-winning play.

But on the way to "A Streetcar Named Desire" the contestant, named Kevin, veered unexpectedly into R-rated territory.

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<![CDATA[Seth Meyers Attends 'Late Night White House Press Briefing']]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 03:03:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/seth-meyers-press-briefing.jpg

Seth Meyers in a "Late Night" skit attends the "Late Night White House Press Briefing" and "asks" Sean Spicer some burning questions about the administration.

<![CDATA['Late Night': Seth Meyers Lists 'Jobs' Neil Gorsuch Had]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:58:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/neil-gorsuch-late-night.jpg

Seth Meyers has some fun with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and thinks of some "jobs" the judge used to have.

<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Charades With Joe Manganiello]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:53:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/joe-charades-tonight-show.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and Jessica Chastain face down Joe Manganiello and The Roots' Tariq in a game of charades.

<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon Buys Record-Breaking Box of Girl Scout Cookies]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:21:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/girl-scouts-tonight-show.jpg

Jimmy Fallon buys the record-breaking 100,106th box of Girl Scout cookies from 15-year-old Katie Francis.

<![CDATA[Most Beloved Puppets for World Puppetry Day]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:49:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607402348.jpg Long before films and television shows relied on CGI to make make-believe reality, puppeteers performed with elaborate dolls and muppets for audience entertainment.

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<![CDATA[Former Chicago Bulls GM Jerry Krause Dead at 77: Report]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 03:52:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-369988.jpg

Jerry Krause, known as the architect of the Chicago Bulls' dynasty in the 1990s, has passed away at the age of 77, the Chicago Bulls confirmed Tuesday. 

Krause, who won six championships during his successful tenure with the Bulls, was a member of the Bulls' front office for 18 seasons.

“The entire Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Jerry Krause,” Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. “Jerry was one of the hardest working guys I have ever been around, and he was one of the best talent evaluators ever. Jerry played an integral role in our run of six championships in eight years. He truly was the architect of all our great teams in the ’90s. I would not have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame if it were not for Jerry. We will miss him tremendously, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his wife Thelma and the Krause family.”

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A Chicago-native, Krause was hired by Reinsdorf to oversee the construction of the team's roster before the 1985-86 season. In his tenure, he drafted players like Horace Grant, traded for players like Scottie Pippen, Bill Cartwright and Dennis Rodman, and ultimately helped the team to one of the most successful runs in sports history as they won six championships in eight seasons.

“I owe a lot to Jerry. If it weren’t for him bringing me to Chicago in 1985, I probably never would have been a Bull,” Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson said in a statement. “He had a great eye for talent, and his ability to build a team is unrivaled. He’s one of the best the league has ever seen."

Even with all that success, there were always tensions between Krause and the two biggest stars in Chicago, as Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson frequently butted heads with the G.M. Krause did not attend Jordan's Hall of Fame induction in 2009, and he frequently chastised Jackson in the press during their rocky relationship.

Jordan released a statement to CNBC Tuesday saying, "Jerry was a key figure in the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty of the 1990s and meant so much to the Bulls, the White Sox and the entire city of Chicago. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Thelma, his family and friends.”

Jackson echoed Jordan's statement, saying Krause's death is "sad day for the Chicago Bulls and the entire NBA community."

"He was a man determined to create a winning team in Chicago - his hometown," Jackson said. "Jerry was known as 'The Sleuth' for his secrecy, but it was no secret that he built the dynasty in Chicago. We, who were part of his vision in that run, remember him today."

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*In the original version of this story, it was incorrectly stated that Scottie Pippen was drafted by the Bulls, when in fact he was acquired in a draft-day trade in 1987*

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