<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:37:38 -0700 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:37:38 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Oscar de la Renta: Dressing the Stars]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:28:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/4884165351.jpg Oscar de la Renta made a name for himself beyond the runway, dressing countless celebrities, first ladies, and fashion icons.

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<![CDATA[Unbroken: Share Your Story of Strength]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:40:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/195*120/zamperini+louis+torch.jpg

Louis Zamperini was an Olympic runner, WWII veteran and POW survivor whose perseverance and courage in the face of inhumane conditions is remarkable. His life story makes us re-think what we should expect of ourselves.

To celebrate the upcoming release of the film "Unbroken", which tells Zamperini's story, we are looking for other people like him. People who have showed resilience and overcome adversity amid conditions where many would have given up. If you have a story to tell, let us know.

Submit your story here. It could be shared on the "Today" show during its upcoming #IamUnbroken week.

"Unbroken," directed by Angelina Jolie, is produced by Universal and will be in theaters starting Dec. 25.


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<![CDATA["Django" Actress, Boyfriend Charged With Lewd Conduct]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:49:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/actress+daniele+watts+detained+lapd.jpg

"Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts and her boyfriend Brian James Lucas have each been charged with one count of lewd conduct for allegedly having sex in public moments before they were involved in an altercation with LAPD officers.

Each faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted on the misdemeanor charges, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney's office.

Watts, 28, and Lucas made headlines when they claimed Watts' brief detention outside the CBS Studio Center in Studio City last month was the result of racial profiling. Watts is black and Lucas is white.

Sgt. Jim Parker, the LAPD officer who responded to the scene in the 11900 block of Ventura Boulevard after nearby workers and residents reported a couple engaging in lewd behavior, later released an audio recording of his version of the incident.

The recorded version differed substantially from Watts' account.

Photos showing the couple in compromising positions in the passenger seat of a silver Mercedes were also released by witnesses. They were posted to the website TMZ.

Activists who initially called on the department to apologize to the couple later backtracked and called on Watts and Lucas to retract their statements, after the audiotape and photographs surfaced.

They are both slated to be arraigned Nov. 13.

Watts and Lucas will be notified by mail to appear in court in Van Nuys in three weeks. Because it is not a felony, just a misdemanor, she need not appear in person, but can have an attorney handle it for her. Her publicist told NBC4 she and Lucas were planning to get legal advice Tuesday afternoon, and will make no comment until they've done that.

Watts declined a request to speak with NBC4.

Watts and Lucas released a statement Tuesday night saying, "We are, quite frankly, appalled and disturbed that the LA prosecutors office has chosen to file these charges against us. The LAPD has previously issued a statement saying that there was no crime committed. If a passionate public embrace while displaying no nudity is grounds for having charges filed against you, then we'd expect that everyone who engages in an extended public display of affection with their loved one will be targeted as well. Sergeant Parker is still under investigation for his conduct and filing misdemeanor charges against us does not change his behavior.”

Her statement makes reference to LAPD investigating Parker. The key area that Chief Charlie Beck raised as a concern is not Parker's handling of the encounter, though that is being investigated, but the appropriateness of his releasing the audio recording.

The audio recorders that some officers carry are not department issue - officers buy their own. Policy is not clear whether officers are free to make their recordings public. Commander Andrew Smith said that issue is still under investigation. Parker's job could lose his job because he made the recording public without permission.

Parker also released a statement: "The support from all of the officers in the past six weeks who have contacted me and expressed their support for what I am doing and for what I am bringing to the public's attention only confirms that I am doing the right thing. All of the support from the community and the letters lets me know what I knew all along and that is that I did the right thing. All of the support only validates that I did the right thing and I would do it again if I had to do. Thank you."

Robert Kovacik contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Celebrities React to Oscar de la Renta's Death]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:08:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/78148902.jpg

Oscar de la Renta was one of the most celebrated and famed fashion designers and couturiers in the world.

As news spread of his death Monday night, celebrities and fans alike mourned the loss of the acclaimed fashion designer.

Vogue's Anna Wintour honored the designer Tuesday in an essay posted on the fashion magazine’s website.

“There is much being said that his passing yesterday marks the end of an era,” Wintour began. “This strength must have been with him in the hospital last week when he made the decision to turn off treatment; it was not the quality of life he wanted.”

Wintour wrote that his final words to her were “I love you, and I said I love you back.”

She also reflected on the relationship between de la Renta and his wife, Annette, of 25 years.

"Theirs was the greatest, most life-enhancing love affair," Wintour said. "Last week in the hospital he said that she never wears the beautiful jewelry he gave her, and she said simply, 'I have you.'"

Sarah Jessica Parker said in a statement to E!: "Knowing that sadly none of us will have more time with the beloved and resplendent Oscar de la Renta only enhances my exuberant appreciation of the time he gave, the talent he shared and the friendship he allowed."

Celebrities and members of the fashion industry took to social media to offer their condolences.

 

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De la Renta has dressed practically every woman in public life. His clothes were classic, elegant, feminine and flattering —which explains why so many first ladies have chosen him to dress them for those historic moments.

On Tuesday morning, “Today” contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager talked about the late designer and how she felt wearing a custom wedding gown from him.

Most recently, Amal Clooney chose a gown created by de la Renta for her wedding to George Clooney, evidence of his prominence.



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<![CDATA[Here's to Oscar de la Renta]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:50:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/oscar-AP22989790063.jpg

"Here's to the ladies who lunch," sang Elaine Stritch in the Stephen Sondheim musical "Company."

It's a fitting refrain for designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed women atop the social hierarchy from New York to Paris in his singular vision of opulent and luxurious glamour for more than five decades.

A legend of American fashion, de la Renta died Monday of complications from cancer. He was 82.

Attending a showing by de la Renta during New York fashion week came with a sense of occasion. From the simple invitation printed on heavy stock to the unadorned venues, the clothing was always the focus: be it a decadently ruched or draped evening gown in fuchsia, or chic suit for day in wool bouclé. His front rows were occupied by those who did indeed lunch at Le Cirque, the Colony Club and La Côte Basque, but also by today's corporate titans, movie stars and pop icons.

Free of the histrionics that accompany much of what comprises modern fashion, de la Renta was a style constant in an industry obsessed with the next big thing. Not that he was ever stagnant, as a designer or as a business entrepreneur. But like those fabled ladies, his clothes carried a sense of old-world manners, of feminine allure, of a time when dressing meant more than throwing on any old, or new, thing. For de la Renta, being appropriately attired was key.

"I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes," he once told reporters, though he was never foolish enough to believe that the garment was ne plus ultra. "A runway is spectacle," de la Renta said per the New York Times. "It’s only fashion when a woman puts it on."

It was the women, his customers, for whom he worked so hard: Whether a jet-set dowager slipping on his narrow-shouldered jackets and buttoning up his silk taffeta gowns, or a corporate-ladder-climbing New York denizen splurging on a wedding-perfect cocktail dress from his diffusion line for Saks or Bergdorfs.

With one gracefully shod foot planted in the past—born in the Dominican Republic, he worked for Paris couture houses including Balenciaga and Lanvin in the 1950s and '60s before launching his namesake collection in New York in 1965—de la Renta continually stepped forward to embrace modernity in all its forms, be it the latest in fabric innovation or the hot social media platform

He dressed four American first ladies: Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and, for the first time only a month before his passing, Michelle Obama. His most recent sartorial coup was to outfit human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin for her September wedding to Hollywood actor George Clooney in Venice.

De la Renta was a favorite of fashion icon and former Vogue and Harper's Bazaar editor Diana Vreeland, as he was with Anna Wintour, the current editor in chief of American Vogue. Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Executive Director Fern Mallis called him "the sultan of suave."

To most Americans he was, and will remain, a one name brand. Like Calvin (Klein), Ralph (Lauren), Halston, (Geoffrey) Beene, Isaac (Mizrahi) or (Bill) Blass, in fashion parlance there is only one Oscar.

To paraphrase Sondheim and those elegantly attired ladies: Here's to Mr. de la Renta. Everybody rise.



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<![CDATA[Watch: Singing Nun Covers "Like a Virgin"]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:28:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/450142556.jpg

A nun who became an Internet celebrity with her performances of pop songs in full habit on Italy's version of musical competition "The Voice" has released an unexpected cover as her debut single.

Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” isn’t the first thing you would associate with anyone religious — with lines like “touched for the very first time.” But Sister Cristina Scuccia, who will release her debut album on Nov. 11 after winning the singing competition earlier this year, said her cover was meant to show a new meaning to the hit song.

“Reading the text, without being influenced by previous interpretations, you discover that it is a song about the power of love to renew people [and] rescue them from their past,” the nun said to Italian newspaper Avvenire.

Scuccia’s rendition is a slow tempo ballad accompanied with a video set in Venice featuring various landmarks and the singer wearing her trademark habit.

Scuccia said to the paper that she didn’t think Madonna had heard her cover.

“I’d like to see her face when they tell her it’s a nun singing,” she said.  



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<![CDATA[Oscar de la Renta: A Legendary Catwalk Career]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:37:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/172*120/AP972515234086.jpg Oscar de la Renta was the doyen of American fashion. Spanning five decades, his career on the catwalks was a showcase of restrained glamour and luxurious elegance.

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<![CDATA[Pop Culture in the Remaking]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:05:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DF-03522.jpg

When it comes to Hollywood, everything old can be remade anew.

That's certainly the case with recent news of "Rainbow Brite" and "Jem and the Holograms" being revamped for modern audiences, "Labyrinth" getting a sequel (sadly only a rumor) and the first glimpse of a reimagined "Thunderbirds" (no longer with strings attached).

For those quick to shout, "No! How dare they ruin what was already great!" It's hard to ignore the success already this year of rebooted versions of "Rosemary's Baby" (transported to Paris and transferred to the small screen), "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (Michelangelo and Donatello got the CGI treatment and became one of Halloween's most popular costumes) and yet another sequel to an already reworked Spider-Man franchise.

And who would lament a further installment of "Star Wars" starring the original leads, or a return visit to "Jurassic Park" featuring Chris Pratt and the latest in computer generated imagery?

Here are 10 upcoming reboots, refreshes, remakes or reimaginings (call them what you will) to get excited about:

"Rainbow Brite"

The iconic 1980s cartoon returns to Feeln for a limited series run on November 6, with Emily Osment voicing the titular character who is on a quest to save Rainbowland from dark powers. Molly Ringwald provides the voice of the evil Dark Princess. Starlite and the Color Kids are also along for the ride. The original version ran from 1984 to 1986.

"Jurassic World"

Steven Spielberg helmed the first "Jurassic Park" back in 1993 and it spawned two sequels. There's been rumors of a fourth installment since "Jurassic Park 3" roared into cinemas in 2001. Colin Trevorrow ("Safety Not Guaranteed") is directing the latest chapter which is set 22 years after the first movie and according to the official synopsis, "Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond," where staff conduct "behavioral research on the Velociraptors. After many years, Jurassic World’s attendance rates begin to decline and a new attraction, created to re-spark visitor interest, gravely backfires." Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are the leads and the film is set to bite into the box office on June 12, 2015.

"Thunderbirds Are Go"

The iconic British series from the 1960s featured marionettes and complex miniature sets and rescue crafts. The show follows the adventures of International Rescue, a group set up by ex- astronaut Jeff Tracy, his five sons, who pilot the Thunderbird craft, and London Agent Lady Penelope (to be voiced by "Gone Girl's" Rosamund Pike in the revamp). 26 half-hour episodes of "Thunderbirds Are Go!" have been made, this time featuring a mix of computer generated imagery and miniatures in an effort to retain the style of the original. One episode was screened in October at the MIP Junior Television Industry Conference in Cannes to tease the return, which is set for a spring 2015 premiere on British television. No U.S. release date has been announced.

"Jem and the Holograms"

Universal Studio's live action adaptation of the beloved 1980s cartoon will hit theaters on October 23, 2015, and like the source material will focus on Jerrica Benton and her musical alter ego Jem who transitions from small-town girl to international superstar. "Nashville" actor Aubrey Peeples is Benton/Jem, with a supporting cast featuring Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, and Hayley Kiyoko as the Holograms, along with Ryan Guzman. Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis also appear.

"Annie"

Quvenzhané Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") tackles the role of the singing orphan who melts the heart of a hard-nosed billionaire in this big screen update of the classic stage musical and 1982 movie adaptation. Left by her parents as a baby at a New York City orphanage with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, Annie must outwit horrible foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz stepping in for the earlier movie's Carol Burnett), and charm New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) who makes a thinly-veiled campaign move by taking Annie in. Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale also star in this modern-day retelling of a hard knock life turned sunny that hits theaters just in time for Christmas on December 19.

"Ghostbusters"

Along with "Terminator" (see below), "Ghostbusters" celebrated its 30th anniversary this year and as a gift to fans Sony Pictures is bring the franchise out of retirement for a reboot. If that's not enough to get loyalists shouting "Who You Gonna Call?", director Paul Feig took to Twitter on October 8 to announce his involvement with the project and this time around, the movie will star "hilarious women." Cue the rumors and let the lobbying begin with Hollywood stars including Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig already on audience's wishlists of who should step into the paranormal-hunting shoes of Venkman, Stantz and Spengler. Shooting is tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2015.

"Star Wars: Episode VII"

By the time the latest outing of the "Star Wars" franchise hits cinemas on December 18, 2015, more than a decade will have passed since episode four ("Revenge of the Sith") came out of hyperspace starring Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Hayden Chistensen as young Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. In between, fans have had two animated TV series ("The Clone Wars" and 2014's "Star Wars: Rebels"), but nothing to match the excitement generated by the latest big screen addition helmed by J.J. Abrams ("Lost," the 2009 "Star Trek" reboot) that picks up 30 years after the end of the first trilogy (episode six: "Return of the Jedi") and features Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill reprising their iconic roles alongside new castmembers Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o and Domhnall Gleeson. Little is known regarding plot or storyline, but fans have been treated to sneak peeks of the Millennium Falcon (with a Batman twist) and new creatures via social media-savvy Abrams. "Episode VII" lands December 18, 2015.

"Independence Day 2"

The 1996 original starred Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Randy Quaid, Mary McDonnell, Brent Spiner, James Duval and Vivica A. Fox. Due to hit screens in 2016, director Roland Emmerich is returning to helm the sequel and confirmed some of the original film's characters will be back, but not lead Smith. In an odd move Fox moved the release date for the film from the obviously perfect July 4 Holiday weekend to June 24, 2016. No reason was given.

"Terminator: Genisys"

Though James Cameron has no direct involvement in the latest reboot of the franchise he created 30 years ago with "Terminator," the director told Deadline he wanted to put in a good word for returning star Arnold Scwarzenegger and offered up some advice to the producer of the new film on how to deal with the actor's now advanced age (67). "I pointed out that the outer covering (of the Terminator) was actually not synthetic, that it was organic and therefore could age," Cameron said. "You could theoretically have a Terminator that was sent back in time, missed his target, and ended up just kind of living on in society. Because he is a learning computer and has a brain as a central processor he could actually become more human as he went along without getting discovered." "Terminator" and Schwarzenegger will be back July 1, 2015.

"Tarzan"

Warner Bros is bringing the famed swinger back to the big screen in a big-budget, live-action remake which stars "True Blood's" Alexander Skarsgård as Tarzan/the Earl of Greystoke who, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment according to IMDB. Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Djimon Honsou and John Hurt also star in the film, which is set to be released on July 1, 2016.


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<![CDATA["Royals" Radio War for World Series]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:25:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP518057996670.jpg

There is no room for anything Royals-related in San Francisco, and that includes "Royals."

The 2013 pop hit from Lorde has been removed from at least two Bay Area radio stations going into the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.

In response, a Kansas City station vowed to put the song into heavy rotation to counter the "anti-Royals spirit."

San Francisco's KFOG acted first in announcing its "Royals" ban last week.

"Why send any positive vibes to Kansas City?" asked Jim Richards, KFOG's program director. "Why not give the song a rest? No one is going to get hurt over it."

Richards told NBC Bay Area that the powers that be decided to remove the song from KFOG's rotation "as the [Giants] players were chugging beers" Thursday night.

The station's move inspired KOIT to follow suit. 

"Our listeners told us to do it, so we did it! As of 4pm today we've removed Lorde- Royals from the our playlist until the end of the World Series," KOIT Program Director Brian Figula wrote on their site. "Go Giants, beat the Royals!"

New Zealand-born Lorde, who at 17 still has plenty of time to pick a different team, has confirmed that her song was in fact at least partially inspired by a National Geographic photo of Royals legend George Brett signing autographs.

Kansas City-based radio station 99.7 “The Point” said that as a result of KOIT’s decision, they will put Lorde’s hit “into the highest rotation” for the Oct. 21 opening night of the World Series.

It will be played “on the hour, every hour” from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

“I respect the work of Mr. Brian Figula, 96.5 KOIT Program Director, and his team of broadcast professionals at our sister stations in San Francisco, but we won’t let their anti-Royals spirit ruin this moment,” said program director Tony Lorino. “A few angry San Franciscans who don’t have a song called ‘Giants’ won’t rain on our parade.”



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<![CDATA[Led Zeppelin Sued Over "Stairway"]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:17:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Led+Zeppelin1.jpg

Led Zeppelin may not be able to buy a “Stairway to Heaven” after some current legal troubles over the iconic 1971 song. A lawsuit was filed in Pennsylvania against the influential English rock band and its music companies. Among the defendants are Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, Super Hype Publishing Inc., and Warner Music Group.

The lawsuit was filed in late May 2014 by the family members of Randy Craig Wolfe who claim that the music from “Stairway” actually came from the rock group Spirit, of which Wolfe (a.k.a. Randy California) was a founding member in 1967. They specialized in progressive, psychedelic, and hard rock.

They assert that Page stole the tune—particularly the guitar chords—from Spirit’s instrumental song "Tauru," which the late Wolfe wrote. While Zeppelin toured with them in 1968, Page was able to become familiar with their music. As a result, they discredit the story of how Page wrote “Stairway” while secluded in a remote cabin in Wales.

"What happened to Randy California and Spirit is wrong. Led Zeppelin needs to do the right thing and give credit where credit is due. Randy California deserves writing credit for “Stairway to Heaven” and to take his place as an author of Rock’s greatest song," wrote the plaintiff in an amended complaint.

The defendants claimed that, as British citizens, they hold no stake in Pennsylvania, and the case must be transferred or dismissed.

However, an amended complaint by the plaintiff states that they are under the jurisdiction of Eastern Pennsylvania and they "exploited" the song in the area for millions of dollars through CD sales, digital downloads, television play, and concert performances.

District Court Judge Juan Sánchez denied grounds for dismissal or transfer on Oct. 10.

This is not the first time the band has been accused of stealing songs. Sixteen of their songs have been accused of being lifted from musicians like Jake Holmes, Bobby Parker, and Ritchie Valens. Among them are “Communication Breakdown,” and “Whole Lotta Love.”

According to their "Claims For Relief," the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust will receive thousands, possibly millions, of dollars in damages if successful.



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<![CDATA[Soap Opera Actress Sentenced in WeHo Assault]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:44:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/10-18-14_crystal+hunt+soap+opera.jpg

A soap opera actress who has appeared on “One Life to Live” and “Guiding Light” was sentenced to probation Friday after prosecutors say she assaulted a woman at a bar in West Hollywood last year, prosecutors said.

Crystal Hunt, 29, pleaded no contest to one felony count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

In December 2013, Hunt allegedly threw a glass of water at a woman in a West Hollywood bar following a dispute, causing injuries to the victim’s face, officials said in the statement.

An LA Superior Court judge sentenced Hunt to three years of probation and 45 days of work for the California Department of Transportation, officials said.

Hunt will appear in the "Magic Mike" 2015 sequel and "23 Blast," scheduled to be released Oct. 24, according to the International Movie Database.
 



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<![CDATA["Egg Russian Roulette" With Bradley Cooper]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:16:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Bradley_Cooper_Tonight.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Bradley Cooper took turns smashing eggs on their heads without knowing which are cooked and which are raw on "The Tonight Show."

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<![CDATA[Halloween Goes Hollywood]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:23:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/halloween-costumes.jpg

Streets and sidewalks across the country will soon be filled with Elsas, Daeneryses and Leonardos.

That's if this year's early trends in Hollywood-inspired Halloween costumes hold strong through the arrival of the Oct. 31 holiday, and can stave off the growing interest in Ebola-inspired attire.

The popularity of Disney hit "Frozen," HBO series "Game of Thrones" and a big screen revival of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" are driving costume sales for Trick-or-Treaters across age spectra, retailers say.

The National Retail Federation estimated that 2.6 million children will dress up as a "Frozen" character, such as Snow Queen Elsa or Olaf the snowman, while about 1.8 million will choose crime-fighting reptiles Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello or Raphael. Seventy-five million adults are expected to pick a traditional get-up, such as a Batman, a pirate or a witch, retailers say they're seeing more requests for costumes inspired by some of the season's hottest TV shows and films.

"Without question, outfits inspired by movies and TV are the ones that have been flying out the door versus any pop culture sensation like Miley Cyrus," said Holly Botsford, public relations manager for BuyCostumes.com.

Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Jennifer Lawrence as "Hunger Games" heroine Katniss Everdeen or "X-Men's" Mystique, Black Widow from "Captain America" (Scarlett Johansson) and Zoe Saldana as Gamora from "Guardians of the Galaxy" lead Fandango's list of top-rated movie-inspired female Halloween costumes.

The movie ticket site surveyed more than a 1,000 film fans in the first week of October to discover Groot (Vin Diesel's character in "Guardians of the Galaxy"), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Ninja Turtles, Star-Lord ("Galaxy's" Chris Pratt) and Dracula were the most nominated male characters.

Spirit Halloween has named "Game of Thrones" and "The Walking Dead" characters as their top trends of 2014. The chain, which bills itself as North America's largest seasonal Halloween retailer, partnered with HBO to license outfits inspired by both shows.

“Those two series are very popular and are also very good for costumes,” said Lisa Barr, Spirit’s senior director of marketing & creative.

“People are posting online about entertainment, making a higher level of engagement in movies and television,” said Courtland Hickey, manager of Chicago Costume. “Everyone wants to wear a costume that everyone knows and now that social media has made these series well-known, people can wear outfits that everyone will recognize as one of those characters discussed online.”

The Hollywood trend has been seen in popular couples costumes like Khaleesi and Khal Drogo from “Game of Thrones," and the fictional character Rick Grimes and a zombie outfit from “The Walking Dead."

Want to dress your baby? Retailers say the character Olaf from "Frozen" and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle looks are popular costumes for infants. Pets? Cats and dogs can also join in on the fun with a "Despicable Me" minion costume or outfits inspired by "Ghostbusters." Fandango's top-rated kid's costumes for 2014 in descending order are Olaf, a minion, the Ninja Turtles, "Frozen's" Elsa and Spider-Man.

A trending, though arguably insensitive, costume idea has even received its own Hollywood spin. Ricky's, a beauty shop chain in New York City that offers a wide range of costumes, has received Ebola costume requests on a daily basis, President Richard Parrot said. Although they have decided not to offer one, customers have been using hazmat "Breaking Bad" suits as a substitute. 

Too soon? Not at web retailer BrandsOnSale. They offer an Ebola Containment Suit costume for $79.99. "You are sure to be prepared if any outbreak happens at your Halloween party. This will literally be the most 'viral' costume of the year," reads the outfit's description.

"We don't stray away from anything that's current or controversial or anything like that," BrandsOnSale chief executive Johnathon Weeks told The Associated Press. Though Weeks admits the costume has been received with outrage by some members of the public, he says it is now the item on his site most shared on social media.

Overall, consumers are expected to shell out a lot of cash on Halloween, with The National Retail Federation projecting that people will spend $7.4 billion in 2014. The organization's president and CEO Matthew Shay said in a news release that "there will be a record number of consumers taking to the streets, visiting haunted houses and throwing unforgettable celebrations."



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<![CDATA[Fallon: Jason Schwartzman Impersonated Anthony Kiedis]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:36:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/JasonSchwartzman.jpg Jimmy talks with Jason Schwartzman about his movie "Listen Up Philip" and the time he pretended to be Red Hot Chili Peppers' frontman for a confused fan.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Fred Armisen Conducted a Seance]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:06:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/457274852.jpg Fred Armisen bought a Oujia board and contacted the comedian W.C. Fields. Watch the video and find out what they “talked” about. ]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Rachel Maddow on the Problem With Democrats]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 03:57:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/RachelmaddowDems.jpg Rachel Maddow explains what the Democratic party is doing wrong and what she does to get through election night coverage. ]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Rachel Maddow on Midterm Antics]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 03:52:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/Rachelmaddowelec.jpg Rachel Maddow talks to Seth Meyers talks about this year’s craziest midterm election antics, including “fan gate.” ]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Matt Ryan Talks On-Stage Pranks]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 03:48:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/MattRyan2.jpg Matt Ryan talks to Seth Meyers about working with The Royal Shakespeare Company, and the real reason why he had to change his name.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Ryan Talks "Constantine"]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:38:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/MattRyan1.jpg Matt Ryan chats with Seth Meyers about playing John Constantine in "Constantine" and the $500 lesson he learned in an Atlanta Hotel during production.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Fred Talks "Big Game Hunting"]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:43:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/457274824.jpg Fred Armisen reveals his favorite weekend pass time "Big Game Hunting." If anyone finds any board games tied together with corn husks, please return to Fred. ]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Seth's Rant Against Math]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:06:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sethmeyers+2.png Seth Meyers hates math so much that he kind of lost it on "Late Night."]]> <![CDATA[Fallon's "Breakdance Conversation" with Brad Pitt]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:05:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-10-16+at+5.23.56+AM.png Jimmy Fallon and Brad Pitt don’t need to talk in order to communicate. Check out their "breakdance conversation" from the basement of 30 Rock in New York City. ]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: Pumpkin Time Bomb with Shailene Woodley]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:02:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Shailene+Woodley.jpg On "The Tonight Show" Wednesday, Jimmy Fallon and Shailene Woodley chat about Halloween while placing rubber bands around a pumpkin until it explodes without warning.

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