<![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 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:50:23 -0700 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:50:23 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Emmy Stretches the Laughs ]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:56:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP148352061286-1.jpg

It's been a, well, breakout run for "Orange is the New Black," the show about a women's prison whose first season notched three Creative Arts Emmys this past weekend and is up for some major awards in Monday's main event.

Netflix's latest hit, by turns quirky and deadly serious, is as hard to label as any of the program’s richly defined jailhouse characters whose commonality rests largely in setting and dress.

As much as "OITNB" deserves recognition, its inclusion in the Outstanding Comedy Series category seems, in some respects, as ill fitting as a standard-issue prison orange jumpsuit. This year's humor nominees, which also include the benign nerds of "The Big Bang Theory” and the more cutthroat geeks of “Silicon Valley,” make for odd cellmates, reflecting the changing world of – and perhaps a shifting definition of – TV comedy.

It's a move that started 43 years ago with "All in the Family," even if the many of the current crop of anti-sitcom sitcoms are more recent and direct descendants of "Seinfeld" – not there's anything wrong with that. Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David's celebration of unlikable characters led to Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's original UK version of "The Office." The brilliant, cringe-inducing BBC show carried the mockumentary to the TV comedy forefront – current Emmy comedy nominees “Modern Family” and “Veep” employ the form.

If “Seinfeld” broke rules for sitcoms fronted by stand-up comedians, then Louis C.K. took a sledgehammer to the genre in this past season of “Louie,” which notched an Emmy nomination in the comedy category despite turning dark and even violent at times. “OITNB” packed more laughs, by comparison.

Credit Emmy voters with making some bold choices – even if the Emmys aren’t ready to go the route of the recently revived American Comedy Awards, which created an Alternative Comedy Series category (“Key & Peele” beat out “Drunk History,” “Archer,” “Kroll Show” and “Portlandia”) to supplement its Comedy Series grouping (“Parks and Recreation” triumphed over “Modern Family,” “Veep,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”).

For the "OITNB" creative team, entering in Emmy’s comedy category probably came down to practicality. The drama race is packed with high-quality programs – including farewell favorite “Breaking Bad” – leading to snubs of worthy contenders like “Masters of Sex,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Good Wife.”

The only drama surrounding “OINTB” is how it will do on Monday's NBC Emmys broadcast – and whether the exposure will increase the captive audience that gets a wide range of entertainment value out of a show that won’t be boxed in.

Watch the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards live on Monday, August 25 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on NBC.

 

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media 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.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California



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<![CDATA[Singer R. Kelly Sued By Former Manager]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:48:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/R.Kelly_pitchfork.jpg

R. Kelly is being sued by his former manager after the singer allegedly failed to pay the first monthly payment of a $1.3 million settlement with the manager.

Winkler & McDavid, Ltd. managed the Chicago native for years up until 2013 when the two parted ways, according to the lawsuit obtained by the Chicago Tribune.

The settlement sum apparently was agreed upon when the two split at the end of last year.

The suit, filed Monday, claims Kelly didn't deliver the first payment of $40,000 that was due Aug. 1 and notes Derrel McDavid "suffered significant harm" as a result of Kelly's breach of their agreement.

McDavid seeks the full amount plus attorney fees and "further relief." 

Kelly paid $300,000 when the agreement was struck, according to the lawsuit.



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<![CDATA[Celebrity Baby Boom]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:01:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/edt469914075.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2014.

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<![CDATA[Latest Celeb Pics: Spears, Flatts, Leto]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 04:14:13 -0700 > at Planet Hollywood Casino Resort on August 15, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.]]> > at Planet Hollywood Casino Resort on August 15, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.]]> http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/453705464.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Cosby Compliments Fallon's "Chiropractonography"]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:04:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_165131_0814.JPG

Bill Cosby returned to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” and thanked him for an unlikely reason.

The last time Cosby took to the “Tonight” stage, Fallon jumped on the comedian’s back while he pretended to walk across a tight rope.

“To be honest, I didn’t think you would come back,” said Fallon.

But Cosby explained that their antics from his previous appearance was actually helpful.

“Let me thank you," said Cosby. "Jim, when you jumped and I was still trying to walk, you and I didn’t know it but we were making an adjustment,” he explained. 

"The Cosby Show" star even stood up to show the audience his moves.

"I knew it was good because when I jumped on your back, you know what I heard?" asked Fallon, who then took his cup of Sharpees and dropped them to make a crackling sound. 

When Cosby complimented Fallon on his “chiropractonography,” Fallon joked about not wanting to play him in Scrabble.

Throughout their conversation, Fallon couldn’t help but do impressions of Cosby.

Check out Cosby's first "Tonight Show" appearance below. Click here if viewing on mobile.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California



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<![CDATA[Fallon Challenges Rory McIlroy on "Tonight"]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:29:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s01e110_110_Facebreakers_Int_20140818_1200x675_319402051888.jpg Jimmy Fallon challenged pro golfer Rory McIlroy to a game of "Face Breakers," on "The Tonight Show." ]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Statham, Fallon Race in Hamster Balls]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 04:39:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/453662408.jpg

Jason Statham and Jimmy Fallon went head-to-head in a giant hamster ball race through Rockefeller Plaza on Friday's episode of "The Tonight Show."

But first, Statham told Fallon that he had a near death experience while filming "The Expendables 3." Apparently the action-film star almost lost his life after plunging 60-feet into the Black Sea while test driving a truck.

"I'm thinking 'This is how it all ends'," Statham said.

Eventually he was able to swim out of the vehicle. Statham also revealed Sylvester Stallone's surprising reaction to the incident.

"At this point, you really do understand who your friends are," Statham said. "I look at [Stallone] and he's still at the dock looking at his iPhone. He's like, 'Do You need a towel?'"

Finally, Fallon and Statham raced in giant hamster balls through Rockefeller Plaza. Who won? Watch the video above and find out. You can also hear about the near-death experience in the video below.



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<![CDATA[Fallon: Lovato Talks "Dateline NBC" Obsession]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:51:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/453662450.jpg Jimmy Fallon chats with Demi Lovato about her world tour, diving with sharks and her obsession with crime investigation shows.]]> <![CDATA[10 Movies to Get You in the Back-to-School Mood]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:31:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/10+Things+I+Hate+About+You.jpg

Some of the best films ever created revolve around the agony and ecstasy of attending school.

Be it that nerve-racking first day as a freshman, the bittersweet longing of unrequited love or the teenage angst that comes with not being part of the in-crowd, attending school is rife with emotional and social pitfalls. Perfect material for writers and directors to fashion tales of fun, danger, romance and excitement out of.

Not to mention a lot of musical numbers.

As students head back to classrooms over the coming weeks, here are 10 beloved coming-of-age films sure to alleviate any back-to-school blues.

"THE BREAKFAST CLUB" (1985)

Subject material: A jock, a nerd, a punk, a princess, and a Goth chick (Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy, respectively) report for detention on a Saturday in the high school library, and find that regardless of their apparent differences they have much in common. A standout in filmmaker John Hughes' oeuvre, "Breakfast Club" looks beyond stereotypes to examine the secret emotional life of teens.

The lesson: No matter your standing in high school, everyone feels like an outcast at some point.

"DEAD POETS SOCIETY" (1989)

Subject material: A classic of its genre made all the more poignant so soon after the passing of the film's lead Robin Williams. "Carpe Diem!" is the takeaway from this story of free-thinking educator John Keating (Williams) who arrives at the tony Welton Academy in 1959, armed only with Whitman, Tennyson and the desire to encourage self-determination in his young male charges (Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke). 

The lesson: Though medicine, law and business are noble pursuits, it's poetry, beauty, romance and love that ultimately nourish and educate the soul.

"PITCH PERFECT" (2012)

Subject material:  Barden University's all-female a cappella group, the Barden Bellas, strive to make a comeback from public humiliation with the help of reluctant new member Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick), whose participation in the group is at the demand of her dad, a Barden professor. The Bellas attempt to redeem themselves at the national titles with a little help from a hip new arrangement thanks to Beca. This hit musical comedy also stars Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow and Elizabeth Banks.

The lesson: Stick to what you love, and never eat a large meal before performing in public.

"FREAKY FRIDAY" (1976, 2003)

Subject material: Thanks to an enchanted fortune cookie, a mother (Jamie Lee Curtis) and daughter (Lindsay Lohan) at odds with each other magically find their souls switched. It's a remake of the 1976 version starring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster, and both films provide laughs as the characters attempt to come to terms with their newly inhabited bodies and the stresses of living one another's life.

The lesson: Putting yourself in the shoes of another, even your mom, provides invaluable insight and empathy.

"MEAN GIRLS" (2004)

Subject material: Another back-to-school vehicle for Lindsay Lohan, this cult favorite focuses on Cady Heron (Lohan), a 16-year-old home-schooled daughter of zoologist parents who has just returned to the U.S. after a 12-year research trip in Africa. In this fish-out-of-water tale, Heron enrolls at a local Illinois high school and makes new, decent friends whom she eventually drops in favor of joining the school's most exclusive clique, the Plastics, lead by bitchy Regina George ( Rachel McAdams). Amy Poehler and Tina Fey co-star, with Fey also writing the screenplay.

The lesson: Like your friends for who they are, not what you wish them to be. And avoid classmates with "cool" moms.

"FAME" (1980)

Subject material: So influential was this musical drama about kids attending the New York High School of Performing Arts, it spawned a 1982 TV series, a stage musical and a 2009 movie remake featuring Bebe Neuwirth and Kelsey Grammer. But it's the original starring Irene Cara and featuring the titular hit song that has the cast dancing in the streets. Divided into auditions, freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years, "Fame" has an authentic early '80s' NYC look and feel.

The lesson: It remains a refreshing look at time when fame was something attained only through achievement in a field of expertise, not simply an accomplishment in and of itself. 

"FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF" (1986)

Subject material: Sometimes the best lessons are learned outside of the classroom. High school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) decides to skip school and spend the day in downtown Chicago. He convinces his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) to join him, and the trio must find ways to avoid being caught out by their school's dean, Ferris' vengeful  sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey), and his none-the-wiser parents. Slapstick comedy is gently balanced with tender moments in this beloved film from John Hughes.

The lesson according to Ferris: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

"HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE" (2001)

Subject material: A young orphan discovers he has magical powers and must attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in order to learn his craft and reveal his true destiny. Based on the first novel of the hugely popular series of Harry Potter books by British author J.K. Rowling, the movie follows Harry as makes what will become lifelong friends, develops his magical gifts, and learns that darkness lies in wait in the form of "he who must not be named."

The lessons: Never judge a book by its cover, and with the support of friends, anything is possible.

"10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU" (1999)

Subject material: A modern update on Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," it takes its title from  a poem written by high school outcast Kat (Julia Stiles) regarding her eventual romance with fellow fringe-dweller Patrick (Heath Ledger). Miscommunication and romantic confusion abound in this bittersweet tale also starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik and Gabrielle Union. A teen film with big heart, it proved a breakout success for Stiles, Ledger and Gordon-Levitt.

The lessons: Don't be afraid to be yourself, and don't drink and swing.

"GREASE" (1978)

Subject material: It's 1958 and sweet and innocent Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) enrolls as new senior at Rydell High School where she re-encounters her summer fling Danny (John Travolta). But Danny is revealed to be a bad boy member of the leather-jacket-wearing T-Birds and plays it cool with his former flame. With a little help from the Pink Ladies, Sandy may just win Danny's heart all over again. A musical comedy classic about first loves, it features a a stellar cast (Stockard Channing, Jeff Conway, Eve Arden, Frankie Avalon) and a soundtrack stuffed with hit sing-a-long numbers.

The lesson: "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" because I'm "Hopelessly Devoted to You."

 

 



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<![CDATA["Shield" Actor Pleads Not Guilty in Wife's Murder]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:50:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/Michael+Jace+Arraignment.jpg

“The Shield” actor Michael Jace, accused of murder in the shooting death of his wife at their home in May, pleaded not guilty Thursday after waiving his rights to a preliminary hearing.

By waiving his rights, Jace’s attorneys concede there is enough evidence in the May 19 shooting to go to trial, according to Jane Robinson of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The move straight to a criminal trial means Jace was scheduled to enter a plea once again. The actor pleaded not guilty.

Jace, 51, best known for his role as LAPD officer Julien Lowe on the television drama “The Shield,” is accused of shooting his wife, April, at their home on the 5400 block of Brynhurst Avenue. Police said Jace was arrested after calling 911 and telling the operator he shot his wife.

April Jace’s body was found inside the house.

Jace has been held on $2 million bail since being arrested. The bail was set at the same price on Friday.

A three-minute 911 call was released by the Los Angeles Fire Department in June in which April Jace’s father tells a dispatcher that the actor told him he had just shot his wife. Jace's attorneys Jason Sias and Jamon Hicks did not comment on the audio's contents but noted in June that the case was still in the early stages of the investigation.

Jace was expected back in court on Sept. 17.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California

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<![CDATA[Fallon: Hamster Ball Race With Statham]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:06:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/453662414.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Jason Statham go head-to-head in a giant hamster ball race through Rockefeller Plaza.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Stallone Talks Schwarzenegger Rivalry]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:23:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Stallone-Arnold.jpg

On Thursday’s episode of “The Tonight Show,” Sylvester Stallone told Jimmy Fallon about his long-standing rivalry with his "The Expendables 3" co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“I’ve read that you guys actually hated each other for a while,” Fallon said.

“Well we were very competitive,” Stallone said. “Yeah, I think hate is a good word.”

“Did you ever hate someone so much that you’re like ‘I gotta go to the gym’?” Stallone said. “I really respect this guy, I think he’s brilliant, but I want to strangle him.”

Stallone explained that the two would try to top each other with action movies.

Fallon said, “You would do ‘Rambo’, and he—”

“–he would do Commando,” Stallone said.

Watch Stallone explain it all in the video above. 

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<![CDATA[Meyers Talks Spoilers at the Emmys]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:39:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-08-15+at+4.11.06+AM.png Seth Meyers, who will be hosting the Emmys August 25, says that he feels no sympathy for people who don't want to hear spoilers for shows they haven't started watching. ]]> <![CDATA[Meyers Gives Himself Affirmations on "Late Night"]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:06:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/453618582.jpg Seth Meyers reads words that are supposed to be affirmations of himself written by his writers, but their sentiments sound more like jabs to his self-esteem.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers Reveals New "Fredex" Package]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:16:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-08-15+at+1.08.49+AM+1.png For his segment "Fredex," Seth Meyers explains that "Late Night" sent a box of props to Fred Armisen who is away filming the next season of "Portlandia." Meyers reveals a video of Armisen improvising a new character out of the random assortment of objects.]]> <![CDATA[Robin Williams: Remembering the Laughter]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:31:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/84203252.jpg

Robin Williams stood in the eye of his own humor hurricane, a human perpetual motion machine of comedy who unleashed manic streams of pop-cultural consciousness with the improv intensity of a be-bop great and the deceivingly tight timing of a master drummer who always marched to his own off-beat.

At his best, riff-machine Williams launched mad races with his audiences to see who would run out of breath first – him from spraying jokes like a Gatling gun or us from side-splitting laughter.

News of Williams' tragic death at age 63 took away the breath of fans across the globe in a starkly different way Monday, with the reported circumstances of his demise belying the joy spread by one of our greatest comic geniuses.

We can take some comfort in recalling an often brilliant and always versatile performer who, over the last four decades, created and shared indelible characters from TV to the movies to the stage.

He gave twisted life to hilarious human cartoons ("Mork & Mindy" and "Popeye") and to cartoon characters ("Aladdin" and "Happy Feet"). In more serious turns, Williams played doctors, real and otherwise, who healed with humanity ("Awakenings" and "Good Will Hunting," which earned him an Oscar). He excelled as rebels with a cause ("Good Morning, Vietnam" and “Dead Poets Society”). He lent bittersweet dignity – and unabashed craziness – to characters on society’s fringes ("The Survivors" and Terry Gilliam's brilliant, “The Fisher King”).

It's hard to imagine anyone but Williams in those parts, and in many others.

Only Robin Williams could do justice to the greatest work of our off-kilter modern Dickens (John Irvings' "The World According to Garp"). Only Robin Williams could turn the underlying grim story of a sad dad into a  screwball, cross-dressing comedy ("Mrs. Doubtfire"). Only Robin Williams could turn a voracious, man-eating beast into a sympathetic character – and a walking, talking, wisecracking metaphor (Broadway's “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”).

Only Robin Williams could turn the stage of the Metropolitan Opera into an improv playpen, delivering a stand-up performance of operatic proportions in 1986.

Although Williams’ strongest roles widely varied, they brimmed with humor and humanity. Those qualities were borne out in real life through his devotion to the "Comic Relief" benefits for the homeless.

When his own demons played out in public, he responded with unflinching honesty – and jokes. Cocaine, he once noted, is "God's way of telling you you make too much money."

He delivered that line during his classic gig at The Met. Those of us lucky enough to have been there experienced how Williams could jolt a theater to full-blaze life, as he shape-shifted from Minnie Pearl to Pavarotti to a football coach to a flamboyant choreographer in a priceless display of free-association. He fed on our laughter, and responded by giving us more and more to laugh at.

Which makes news of his death all the more heartbreaking. All fans can do is wish his family some peace and remember the laughter, which is all we have left from a performer who gave us everything he had.

 

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media 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[Meyers: Swift Talks Mysteriously Perfect Post-Gym Look]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:03:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/453618602.jpg Taylor Swift explains to Seth Meyers why she looks glamorous after exiting the gym.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Swift Explains Her Awards Show Dancing]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:00:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/453618590.jpg Taylor Swift talks about the controversy surrounding her dance moves at awards shows on "Late Night."]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: Stallone Hated Schwarzenegger]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:00:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/453617846.jpg Sylvester Stallone talks about his movie "The Expendables 3" and this rivalry with Arnold Schwarzenegger.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon Hashtags: #VacationFail]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:57:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/171282262.jpg Jimmy Fallon reveals Twitter responses to #VacationFail on "The Tonight Show."]]> <![CDATA[Netflix Goes for Laughs With New Stand-Up Specials]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:26:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP447114978291.jpg

You can have Bill Cosby in the palm of your hand. And Jim Jefferies will tickle you at your discretion.

Netflix is announcing performances by both comics and three more, set to roll out this fall. It's the latest in the original-content initiative from this subscription Internet channel.

Here's the lineup, unveiled Thursday, with each program going online at 3:01 a.m. Eastern:

— "Jim Jefferies: BARE," premiering Aug. 29. Taped at Boston's Wilbur Theatre, it finds Jefferies weighing in on diverse topics such as politics, new fatherhood, orgies and Neil Diamond. (It will join the first season of Jefferies' FX comedy series "Legit," now streaming on Netflix.)

— Chelsea Handler in her previously announced "Uganda Be Kidding Me Live" appearance, premiering Oct. 10. It's the culmination of an international stand-up tour by Handler (who exits her E! talk show later this month, headed for a new series on Netflix in 2016) as she recounts tales of her global travels and the ridiculous characters in her life.

— "Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats" premieres Nov. 14. Originating from San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, it's a dark but silly exploration by the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star showcasing her talents as an actress, stand-up comic, writer and motorcycle enthusiast.

— "Bill Cosby 77," premiering Nov. 28. Taped July 12 (Cosby's 77th birthday) at the San Francisco Jazz Center, it's an hour-plus of comedy from Cos dealing with such topics as relationships, marriage and, of course, kids.

— "Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way," premiering Dec. 5. Burr is onstage at Atlanta's Tabernacle exploring subjects such as how nothing ruins great sex like a rom-com and how too many childhood hugs could be the downfall of man.

"Stand-up comedy is a category of original content that we're very focused on," said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix's vice president of original documentary and comedy programming. "There's a really huge scope of types of comedy within stand-up, and we have the ability to provide that entire scope."

Going forward, Netflix expects to keep introducing stand-up specials, she said.

And while other networks regularly air stand-up programs, Nishimura said Netflix has its own appeal: "Our flexibility and ubiquity of access is a really important component, specifically for comedy."

Jefferies noted that he's done specials for HBO, Showtime and FX. But he hailed the Netflix model, which presents his concert at its original length (about 77 minutes) and will keep it available to viewers for the foreseeable future.

"When you tell people you're doing a special for a cable channel, you say they're going to air it at 8 o'clock on Saturday and again at 2 in the morning on Tuesday," he explained. "But here, all you have to say is, 'It's on Netflix.' It's easier.

"People can watch it over and over again," he pointed out, then added with a laugh, "and fast forward through the bits they don't like."

With the Cosby program, Netflix is staging a hasty encore for the comedy legend, who made a celebrated return to TV stand-up after 30 years last fall with his "Far From Finished" special on Comedy Central.

Cosby said he's even more pleased with his new special. For one thing, there will be no commercial breaks, allowing the flow of his performance to be uninterrupted.

In a recent conversation, he couldn't help marveling at the pace of technology that will soon deliver him anytime, on demand, from Netflix servers to countless consumer devices. When Cosby burst on the scene a half-century ago, he won widespread exposure thanks to broadcast television and his comedy LPs.

And now?

"People can get a plug-in and put my show on their huge flat-screen TVs," he said, "while other people are watching on their i-This and i-That."

When "Bill Cosby 77" goes online, he said with a chuckle, "You will have Bill Cosby in the palm of your hand." Another chuckle. "Just as he has YOU in the palm of HIS hand."



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<![CDATA[Apple Honors Robin Williams on its Website]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:15:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/08132014-ROBIN-WILLIAMS-APPLE.jpg

Apple is honoring Robin Williams with a memorial on its web site.

Williams died Monday at his home in Tiburon, California, at the age of 63 after battling severe depression.

Apple posted a simple tribute in black-and-white which includes a picture of the late actor and comedian along with this brief message.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Robin Williams. He inspired us through his passion, his generosity, and the gift of laughter. He will be greatly missed."

Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted about WIlliams' death Monday, calling him an "incomparable talent and a great human being."

Williams is also being rememberd on iTunes, which has set up a "Remembering Robin WIlliams" section that includes over 40 of his movies and stand up comedy shows.

iTunes has divided Williams' work into "Essentials," "Comedy" and "Drama," and also posted a photo of him with the following paragraph on his illustrious career.

"One of the most beloved and unforgettable performers in the history of show business, Robin Williams brought laughter and inspiration to millions. Throughout a career that spanned five decades, Williams evolved from stand up comedian to international movie star. Among the great masters of improv, he transfixed audiences with a mile-a-minute comic energy. Williams' Golden Globe-winning turn in Good Morning, Vietnam demonstrated that his versatile acting talents were equally suited to evoking dramatic complexity. Many of Williams' most iconic performances--in Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, and his Oscar-winning triumph Good Will Hunting--were dazzling high-wire acts that left audiences in tears of laughter one minute and tears of poignancy the next."

MacRumors reminds us that a speech by WIlliams' character, Professor John Keating, in the movie Dead Poets Society, was the inspiration behind Apple's "Your Verse" line of iPad advertisements. Keating delivered the famous "What will your verse be?" line in the movie. Williams was also the voice over in this iPad Air commercial, one of his final productions.

"Medicine, law, business, engineering—these are noble pursuits, and necessary to sustain life," Williams (as Keating) says in the voiceover. "But poetry, beauty, romance, love—these are what we stay alive for."

See if you can recognize his voice:

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<![CDATA[Savannah Guthrie Welcomes Baby Girl, Shares Photos]]> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:03:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/guthrie+baby+large+photo.JPG

It’s a girl!

NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and husband Mike Feldman welcomed daughter Vale Guthrie Feldman early Wednesday, the “Today” show revealed.

Vale tipped the scales at 8 pounds, 5 ounces, the “Today” team said on Thursday’s broadcast.  She measured 19.5 inches long.

"I think we found heaven in this little hospital room in New York City," Guthrie said.

She described Vale, her first child, as having "blue eyes, a little bit of blondish hair and the chubbiest cheeks you've ever seen," Today.com also reported.

The "Today" co-anchor had hinted on Twitter that her little one had arrived about a half hour before the official reveal.

Guthrie went on maternity leave earlier this week and had chronicled her pregnancy for Today.com.

Guthrie announced in March that she had wed Feldman and the pair were expecting their first baby in the summer.

The couple broke the pregnancy news to their wedding guests, which included "Today's" Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Hoda Kotb and Willie Geist, as well as Jon and Dorothea Bon Jovi.

“Our hearts (and twitter feeds) are overflowing with joy,” Feldman tweeted at the time.

Feldman is a founding partner and managing director of communications firm The Glover Park Group, and was a former senior adviser and traveling chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore. He proposed to Guthrie in Turks and Caicos back in May, according to E! News.

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<![CDATA[Swift Gets Nerdy, Makes Announcement on "Tonight"]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:04:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/453574940.jpg

Taylor Swift got her nerd on for the recurring sketch “Ew!” on Wednesday night’s episode of “The Tonight Show.”

Sporting braces and big glasses, the pop-country superstar pretended to be a teenager next to a dress-wearing Jimmy Fallon for a mock TeenNick sitcom.

“My name’s Natalie, and I'm 13, and I like to eat apricots, and I have a band-Aid collection,” Swift said.

“Do you watch TV? My favorite show is ‘Pretty Little Liars’,” Fallon said.

“No, my mom hasn’t let me watch TV since Miley Cyrus twerked,” Swift said.

The two then showed off their dance moves to Selena Gomez’s hit “Come and Get it.”

Michael Strahan, Channing Tatum, Will Ferrell and Zach Efron have also appeared in drag for Fallon's sketch.

When Swift sat down for an interview, she talked about a scar on her leg from a hot glue accident she had as a child.

Swift also confirmed to Fallon that she will be performing at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, airing August 24.

Watch the skit above and part of the interview below.



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