<![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-usWed, 22 Feb 2017 01:01:33 -0800Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:01:33 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Gwen Stefani Goes Up Against Blake Shelton on 'The Voice']]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:12:35 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/gwen-stefani-late-night.jpg

Gwen Stefani talked with Seth Meyers about working with her boyfriend, Blake Shelton, who she said is "in trouble" on this season of "The Voice."

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Seth Meyers Makes the Perfect Oscar Film]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:09:08 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/seth-meyers-oscar-bait.jpg

Seth Meyers debuts his new latest project, "Oscar Bait," the perfect Oscar film released shamelessly right before Oscar season.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon as Trump Unveils 'Trump News Network']]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:00:11 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/jimmy-fallon-as-trump.jpg

Jimmy Fallon takes on the Donald Trump character once again to address the issue of fake news and announce his very own news network.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Milo Ventimiglia Is Team Jack Pearson]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:54:25 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Milo-Ventimiglia-Tonight-Show.jpg

Milo Ventimiglia brainstorms a more exciting lie for how his arm ended up in a cast, brings Jimmy Fallon some gifts from his NBC drama "This Is Us" and reveals why he's not #TeamJess on Gilmore Girls.

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<![CDATA[Ready or Not! Lauryn Hill Welcomes First Grandchild]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:34:29 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/laurynhill2.jpg

Lauryn Hill is facing one of the hardest decisions of her life: whether to go by Nana, Nai Nai or Gramms, after her six Grammy awards.

The singer/songwriter welcomed her first grandchild at the ripe young age of 41, courtesy of her 19-year-old son, Zion Marley, according to Billboard. Zion is one of five children Hill has with Rohan Marley, the child of reggae sensation Bob Marley. 

Zion posted photos with his newborn, Zephaniah, and lauded his baby’s mother, whose name has not been disclosed.

“Thank you for bearing him and putting up w everything I put you thru.. idk how you do it but you deserve all the love and all the respect.. you are a WARRIOR bringing in little ‘Zeph Curry,’” Zion captioned a photo of his partner.

Hill has yet to publicly comment on her new grandmother status. 



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<![CDATA['This is Us' Cast Warns Viewers to Prepare for Tearjerker ]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:55:48 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/thisisuspresstour.jpg

Get the tissues ready.  

Cast members of the NBC hit "This is Us" took to social media en masse to warn viewers to buckle up for a particularly emotional episode Tuesday night. 

Mild spoiler ahead.

The episode appears to prominently feature Sterling K. Brown's Randall Pearson and his ailing father, William Hill, played by Ron Cephas Jones.

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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:13:59 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Judge Orders Chris Brown to Stay Away From Karrueche Tran]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:35:38 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/newtran.jpg

A judge has ordered R&B singer Chris Brown to stay away from his ex-girlfriend after she accused him of repeatedly threatening her.

The Grammy winner was ordered to stay 100 yards away from Karrueche Tran and make no attempt to contact her.

The order also calls for Brown to surrender any firearms he has until a March 9 hearing on the restraining order.

Tran wrote in court documents that Brown has repeatedly threatened her since December in text messages and through friends.

An email message sent to Brown's attorney Mark Geragos was not immediately returned.

The order, which was granted Friday, was first reported Tuesday by celebrity website TMZ.



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<![CDATA[Magic to Run Show in Lakers' Major Front Office Shakeup]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:54:32 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lakers-shakeup.jpg

Lakers legend and NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson has been named president of basketball operations in a major front office restructuring for the storied franchise.

General manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss, team president Jeannie Buss' brother, have been relieved of their duties, the Lakers announced Tuesday. The restructuring comes during the worst four-year stretch in franchise history.

"Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers to the heights Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect," Jeanie Buss said. "Effective immediately, Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me."

Kupchak had been the 16-time NBA champion franchise's GM since 2000, when Jerry West left the club. He had been in the front office for three decades, including the last 17 as general manager -- the league's longest current stretch as front office chief. 

Jim Buss had been in the team's front office for 19 years. 

The team has already started a search for a new general manager, the result of which will be announced in "short order," Jeanie Buss added.

Johnson, a beloved fan-favorite who guided the team to five league titles during his 13 NBA seasons, said he hopes to restore the franchise's mystique fter four straight losing seasons.

"It's a dream come true to return to the Lakers as President of Basketball Operations working closely with Jeanie Buss and the Buss family," said Johnson. "Since 1979, I've been a part of the Laker Nation and I'm passionate about this organization. I will do everything I can to build a winning culture on and off the court. We have a great coach in Luke Walton and good young players. We will work tirelessly to return our Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions." 

The Lakers are 19-39 this season after an encouraging start under first-year head coach Walton. They finished 17-65 last season, a franchise low in the last year of Kobe Bryant's two decades with the team.

The Lakers clinched back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010, but then descended to the depths of the NBA -- a dramatic reversal of fortunes for one of the NBA most popular and successful franchises. After an extraordinary trade for Pau Gasol propelled the Lakers to three straight NBA Finals appearances, Kupchak and Jim Buss made a series of high-profile personnel moves that did not pan out. 

They made a pricey trade for Dwight Howard, who fled the franchise after one year, and another deal for Steve Nash, who barely played thanks to back woes. The Lakers are still feeling the effects of that deal, which will cost them their first-round pick this summer if it isn't in the top three.

The front officer moves come two days before the league's trade deadline. 

This will be Johnson's first foray into a decision-making NBA executive role, but he has been a successful businessman and investor since his playing career ended. He also briefly coached the Lakers, but dropped his ceremonial title as a team vice president last June after his frequent criticisms of Jim Buss and former coaches.

He sold his ownership stake in 2010.

The Lakers' recent ineptitude didn't hurt their place as Los Angeles' most beloved sports franchise and a worldwide brand, but Jeanie Buss finally tired of the apparent lack of progress. The Lakers have a talented young core with D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson, but haven't been able to translate that potential into wins despite playing an exciting style under Walton.

The team also parted ways with Vice President of Public Relations John Black.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Jay-Z Reportedly Starting Venture Capital Fund ]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:46:07 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/492684008-Jay-Z-Copyright-Lawsuit.jpg

Some rappers start clothing lines. Others start venture capital funds.

Rapper Jay Z is putting his money to work in start-up and technology investing, Axios reported on Tuesday, according to NBC News.

Unnamed sources told Axios that Jay Z, born as Shawn Carter, will partner with venture capital firm Sherpa Capital, which has invested in companies like Uber, Airbnb and Slack.

The "99 Problems" singer — who is married to pop star Beyonce — is no stranger to the business world.

Jay-Z's entertainment company, Roc Nation, has made some investments in tech startups such as private-jet rental company BlackJet and French audio equipment company Devialet, according to Crunchbase. Jay-Z will partner with Roc Nation president Jay Brown for the new fund, the report says.



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<![CDATA[Not Quitting His Day Job: Hanks' Debut Book Due in October ]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:33:28 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tomhanksrap.jpg

Tom Hanks is putting his love of vintage typewriters to good use: his collection of short stories will be published in October.

The Oscar-winning actor's first book, "UNCOMMON TYPE: Some Stories," features 17 stories, each in some way involving a different typewriter. It's due out Oct. 24 from Alfred A. Knopf, the publisher said Tuesday.

Among the stories written by Hanks, who owns over 100 typewriters, is one about an immigrant arriving in New York City, another about a bowler who becomes a celebrity and another about an eccentric billionaire.

Hanks said in a statement that he began work on the stories in 2015: "I wrote in hotels during press tours. I wrote on vacation. I wrote on planes, at home, and in the office."



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<![CDATA[Issa Rae Feels 'Validated' by Black Women in Hollywood Honor]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:31:34 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/issaraeshot.jpg

When Issa Rae watched Oprah Winfrey being honored at Essence magazine's Black Women in Hollywood Awards last year, the actress hoped she would one day be recognized in the same fashion. But she didn't think it would come this soon.

Rae, Janelle Monae, Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi will be honored Thursday in Los Angeles at the magazine's 10th annual awards. Past honorees include Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis, Halle Berry, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer.

"I used to say, 'It would be so cool to be up there,' but I didn't imagine it now," Rae, creator and star of HBO's "Insecure," said in a phone interview. "I was thinking maybe after a couple more films, a couple TV shows under my belt. ... That's really what I thought. It's just so encouraging to be awarded so early in my career. But that's what Essence does. It gets behind and supports black women. Now I feel like I can be on that journey."

This year's awards recognize "Hollywood's Next Generation."

Singer-actress Monae starred in two films up for best picture at the Oscars, "Hidden Figures" and "Moonlight." King is featured on television's "How to Get Away With Murder" and Shahidi appears on the sitcom "black-ish."

"These women are making their own waves," said Vanessa K. De Luca, editor-in-chief at Essence. "We think about who's had a stellar year. We think about who's been working quietly behind the scenes forever and deserves recognition. We think about who are going to be the women to pick up the mantle. We think about who are new and next. This year, we are taking a look at the new Hollywood."

De Luca said the awards provide an opportunity for the actresses to network with each other. She said many carve out time in their schedules to make sure they attend the awards, an event Winfrey has called "a sacred place" for black women.

Rae is one of them. The actresses-writer-director calls the event a "bonding experience."

And she feels validated by the recognition.

"It shows I'm on the right path," she said. "This is basically telling me, 'Hey girl, You're up next.'"



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<![CDATA['Today' Anchor Hoda Kotb Adopts 'Valentine's Baby' Girl]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:01:43 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hoda-and-baby.jpg

Hoda Kotb has welcomed a baby girl to her family.

The "Today" anchor announced Tuesday that she's become a mom after adopting baby Haley Joy Kotb. 

"She is the love of my life," Kotb told her NBC colleagues by phone, her voice breaking with emotion several times. 

Kotb, 52, lives with boyfriend Joe Schiffman, who she has been dating since 2013, Today.com reported. Schiffman is a New York-based financial executive. 

Kotb was previously married for two years, having met and divorced her husband on Valentine's Day. 

Asked how old little Haley was, Kotb said on "Today" that her child was a "Valentine's baby."



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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump's Attacks on the Press]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:30:54 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Seth+Meyers+closer+look+trump.jpg

Host Seth Meyers breaks down the recent dealings of President Trump, which include ordering meatloaf for Chris Christie, attacking the press and finding a replacement national security adviser.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Anna Kendrick Will Never Be Your Bridesmaid]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:29:47 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Anna-Kendrick-on-Late-Night.jpg

Host Seth Meyers sits down with actress Anna Kendrick, who hates going to weddings, tries not to be invited to them and will never participate in them.

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<![CDATA[Frances Bean Cobain Pays Tribute to Father on his 50th Birthday]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:44:20 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cobain+collage.jpg

Frances Bean Cobain paid tribute to her father, Kurt Cobain, with a note posted to Instagram for what would have been his 50th birthday. The Nirvana frontman died in 1994.

"Today would have been your 50th Birthday

You are loved and you are missed

Thank you for giving me

The GIFT of Life

Forever your Daughter, Frances Bean Cobain."

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Cobain, who had mounting drug issues in the last years of his life, died of a shotgun wound to the head. His death was ruled a suicide.

Frances Bean, whose mother is musician and Cobain's former wife Courtney Love, was two years old when her father died.

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<![CDATA[Metal Show Canceled Amid Threats]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:02:21 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/2-18-17_Oakland_Metro_Operahouse.jpg

A Swedish heavy metal band scheduled to rock the Metro Operahouse in Oakland Saturday night didn't even see the stage.

That's because police were worried about public safety after reports surfaced that the band, coined Marduk, has ties to white supremacy and anti-Semitism. Those reports materialized into threats directed at the Oakland Metro Operahouse.

Out of an abundance of caution to protect employees and the public from any potential harm carried out by protesters decrying the band, the Oakland Police Department advised the Oakland Metro Operahouse to call off the event.

The music hall did investigate the band and found no evidence to suggest that the band has a history of controversial behavior.

"In the last week, we have read interview after interview with Marduk spanning over the last 20 years and found no statements indicating the band are white supremacists, nationalists, or anti-immigrant," a statement published on the Oakland Metro Operhouse Facebook page read.

However, in the wake of protests that erupted on the UC Berkeley campus surrounding Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopolous' scheduled visit, police still urged the hosts to cancel the event in the name of public safety.

Police also stated that the Oakland Metro Operahouse did not give the department's Special Events Unit ample time to create a thorough security plan.

Droves of frustrated and impassioned fans took to Facebook to voice their displeasure with the cancelation and the police department's treatment of the band.

"There goes freedom of speech," Manuel Sosa wrote.

Christian Becerra, claiming to be a fan of the band since 2002, added that Marduk is "not a racist band."

Dozens of people unaware that the show had been canceled showed up to a dark venue full of questions and complaints.

"They try to close down a local death metal show that has nothing to do with anything," Robert Burton from Concord said. "Nobody's a Nazi here."



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<![CDATA[Katherine Heigl's Former Home Finds a Potential Buyer]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:04:46 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/Heigl-Home-Thumbnail.jpg Actress Katherine Heigl's former Los Feliz home, listed at nearly $3 million, has found a potential buyer.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Zoƫ Kravitz Surprises Jimmy]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 02:05:14 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Tonight-Show-Z-Kravitz.jpg

Zoë Kravitz, Joel McHale and Jimmy toast to Tonight Show's third anniversary with Dark 'n' Stormys served by her famous dad, Lenny Kravitz.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Thank You, Long Underwear]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:33:01 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Tonight-Show-Thank-You-Presidents-Day.jpg

Jimmy pens thank-you notes to American Girl, all-in-one shampoo and conditioners and other things.

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<![CDATA[How to Watch Oscar-Nominated Flicks From Your Couch ]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:27:29 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/oscarfilmswatch.jpg

Movie fans, rejoice! You can watch about two-thirds of the Oscar-nominated flicks from your couch.

But it'll cost you. Of the 62 full-length movies and shorts nominated for any category, only 11 are available online through an all-you-can-watch subscription — Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or HBO Now. A month's subscription to all four will cost you more than $39. Buying or renting the remainder online will cost you about $175 more.

(This doesn't include as many as 22 titles that aren't available online at all.)

Narrowing your ambitions by focusing on just best picture and the four acting categories will still cost you about $70, not including the monthly subscriptions. And limiting yourself this way might set back your hopes of winning the Oscar pool.

Here's your viewing guide:
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BEST PICTURE (AND DIRECTING)

None of the nine best picture nominees is available through a subscription service.

You can rent "Arrival" and "Hell or High Water" through Amazon, Google Play or Apple's iTunes. You'll have to buy downloads of "Hacksaw Ridge," ''Manchester by the Sea" and "Moonlight" to watch over the weekend, though iTunes says rentals of all three are coming Tuesday. "Fences" will be available for purchase only next Friday.

Rentals typically cost about $3 or $4, or a dollar more if you want it in high definition. Buying downloads usually costs about $15 for standard definition or $20 for HD. Shop around, as prices aren't always the same through the various services. Based on the cheapest options, including waiting for rentals, you'll have to spend more than $35 on the best picture movies.

You'll need to visit a theater for "Hidden Figures," ''La La Land" and "Lion." All three are available as pre-orders, meaning you buy now and the download will automatically be available whenever it comes out online. But the movies aren't likely to be online before the Feb. 26 ceremony.

The good news is you'll get the nominees for best directing out of the way, as all five movies are also up for best picture.

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ACTING NOMINEES

In addition to the best picture flicks, you'll need to watch six more movies to catch everyone nominated for the four acting categories.

"Captain Fantastic," ''Florence Foster Jenkins" and "Loving" are available for rent. "Nocturnal Animals" is available for purchase right away, with a rent option scheduled for Tuesday. "Jackie" comes out Tuesday.

The cumulative total: about $70.

To see "Elle," you'll need to visit your local cineplex or indie theater.

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SCREENPLAY CATEGORIES

All but two of the nominees in the two writing categories overlap with best picture: "The Lobster" is available through Amazon Prime, while "20th Century Women" isn't online at all.

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FULL-LENGTH CARTOONS

Netflix has "Zootopia." ''Kubo and the Two Strings" is available to rent. "Moana" will be available for purchase Tuesday. Head to theaters for "My Life as a Zucchini" and "The Red Turtle."

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FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARIES

Netflix produced "13th" and streams it exclusively. Amazon Prime has "Life, Animated." Hulu has "O.J.: Made in America" (as does WatchESPN, though you'll need to sign in with a cable or satellite TV account).

"Fire At Sea" can be rented, while "I Am Not Your Negro" isn't expected online until June.

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Rent "A Man Called Ove" and "Tanna." ''Toni Erdmann" isn't available until April 11. Pre-orders are being taken for "The Salesman," but there's no release date. Buy a ticket for "Land of Mine."

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THE 15 SHORTS

The documentary shorts "Extremis" and "The White Helmets" are available exclusively at Netflix. You can purchase the animated "Piper" through Amazon, Google Play and iTunes. ITunes also has the live action "La Femme et le TGV" and is expected to get the animated "Blind Vaysha" and "Borrowed Time" on Tuesday. Shorts cost about $2 each to buy.

The cable channel Shorts HD plans to release the shorts online on Tuesday, likely in separate packages for each of the three categories. According to iTunes, the package for animated shorts will cost about $13 and will include four of the five nominees. You'll have to buy Pixar's "Piper" separately. It's not known yet whether the packages for live action and documentary shorts will include all the nominees. Some have been left out in past years because of rights issues.

To make sure you see them all, you'll need to visit a theater, where Shorts HD runs screenings of all of them. In smaller cities, screenings are sometimes held at libraries or museums instead.

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AND THE REST ...

That leaves 15 movies for lower-profile categories such as music and makeup.

Netflix has "The Jungle Book," while Hulu and Amazon Prime offer "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi." HBO has "Hail, Caesar!" and "Jim: The James Foley Story."

Five other movies can be rented, while two are for purchase only.

That means theaters for four — if you can still find a screening. These include big releases such as "Rogue One" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," so perhaps you've seen them already.

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WATCHING THE SHOW

In major cities , the ceremony itself will be streamed online at abc.com and the ABC app if you can't get to a TV. However, you'll need to sign in with a cable or satellite account.

You also might be able to watch through an online TV subscription with Sling TV, PlayStation Vue or DirecTV Now. Availability depends on where you live; only a handful of ABC stations are offered this way.

For the E! channel's red carpet coverage, you'll need a subscription with an online TV service or a traditional cable or satellite provider. The cheapest plan with both ABC and E! is at DirecTV Now for $35 a month.

Oscar.com will have backstage and red-carpet coverage, starting at 7 p.m. ET. The stream continues once the ceremony begins at 8:30 p.m., but what's on stage will be only on ABC. It's free, with no cable or satellite account required.



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<![CDATA[Michael Jordan's Top Sports Moments]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 06:11:52 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TITLEMJ.jpg Air Jordan turns 54 today. From the unforgettable "double nickel" game at Madison Square Garden to the iconic "Flu Game" against the Utah Jazz, take a look back at some of Michael Jordan's greatest moments on the NBA hardwood.

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<![CDATA[Former Wrestler George 'The Animal' Steele Dies at 79]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:33:35 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/georgetheanimalsteelefeuerherd.jpg

Former wrestler George “The Animal” Steele has died, World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. confirmed via Twitter Friday morning.

Steele, born William James Myers, wanted to protect his anonymity when he went into wrestling in the 1960s. He originally wore a mask and called himself “The Student.” After he was recruited by the World Wide Wrestling Federation, he came up with his new ring name while in Pittsburgh, the “Steel City.”

Steele was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995, after a wrestling career spanning more than two decades, from 1967 to 1988. He was known for “his green tongue, hairy torso and insatiable appetite for turnbuckle pads,” according to a WWE statement.

But Steele was also highly educated — he played football for Michigan State and went on to get his master’s degree at Central Michigan University. Before becoming a professional wrestler, he taught at a high school in Madison Heights, Michigan.

Steele was famous for his buffoon-ish "Duh-da-dahh" gimmick on-air, though he also took pride in his ability to speak eloquently. He even dabbled in Hollywood, taking on the role of Tor Johnson for director Tim Burton’s 1994 film, “Ed Wood.”

In punk rock band Half Japanese’s song, “George Steele,” the lyrics honor the former wrestler: “There's a man who I admire, a man who set his hair on fire."

“Steele was one of the wildest and most unpredictable Superstars in sports-entertainment history,” WWE wrote in a statement, which offered condolences to Steele’s family, friends and fans.



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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Celebrities at the NBA All-Star Game]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:17:15 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-643023722.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Country Singer Craig Strickland's Widow Pens Essay on Grief]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:06:12 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/stricklandcraig.jpg

Just over a year after country singer Craig Strickland’s hunting death, his widow is sharing her mourning experience through a two-part blog post, reports Today.com.

Describing the moment when she heard that authorities had uncovered a capsized boat like her husband’s, Strickland writes, "I felt (and heard) my heart give one massive beat that seemed to push all the blood in my veins through my entire body in a single throb."

The former Miss Arkansas claims that her faith has pulled her through the pain.

"(I) realized what I was experiencing was bigger than me....It was about God, and God using Craig’s testimony to impact lives of more people than I could have ever imagined," she writes.



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<![CDATA[Trump Press Conference Provides Late-Night Fodder for Hosts]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:03:46 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/latenitetrump.jpg

Donald Trump's Thursday press conference, which touched on everything from the "fake news" media to the size of his electoral college win to Hillary Clinton to his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin provided plenty of fodder for late-night hosts across networks Thursday night.

Here's a small sampling of how several of them assessed Trump's first solo presser.



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<![CDATA[Steve Irwin's Son Shows Off Boa to Nervous Jimmy Fallon]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:48:10 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/robertirwintonightshowboa.jpg

Even though it’s been 10 years since beloved crocodile hunter Steve Irwin died, the Australian’s spirit is still alive and well. On Thursday, Steve Irwin’s son, Robert, joined Jimmy Fallon on the “Tonight Show” stage.

“It’s really nice to follow in his footsteps,” the 13-year-old said, dressed in a khaki Australia Zoo uniform, of course. Robert added that his enthusiasm for wildlife, like his dad, is “just in my blood. I think I’m the luckiest kid on planet Earth." 

Robert, who grew up at the Australia Zoo with his sister, Bindi Irwin, made sure not to visit Fallon alone. He introduced the “Tonight” host to a slew of creepy and cuddly creatures.

Even though Fallon admitted he’s afraid of animals, Robert stayed right in his element, showing off the critters with that signature, infectious Irwin passion the world loved. 

Robert first pulled out Beetlejuice, the African dwarf crocodile, an amphibian that can grow up to 5 feet. “Isn’t is just amazing!” he hailed. “They’re just like modern day dinosaurs.”

And when Fallon got up the courage to pet the little guy, Robert didn’t miss a beat. “There you go. Well done,” he encouraged.

Fallon also met Mickey, the screaming hairy armadillo, which he said "looks like Donald Trump’s toupée."

He then got to know Lady, the red-tailed boa. Lady, perhaps instinctively, began constricting around Fallon, which launched Robert into a lesson about how boa’s catch their prey.

“All of the sudden they strike and grab their prey, coil around it, and that’s how they kill them,” he explained. “It’s that just fascinating?”

The cute and fuzzy animals that stole the show, however, were two “beautiful” sloths: Valentino, the 8-pound baby, and Serenity, the 25-pound who loves cuddles 

Things got personal when Serenity, hanging onto Fallon’s hands, wrapped her legs around his waist. Robert called Fallon the official “sloth whisperer.”

Robert is part of the Wildlife Warriors organization, which his parents started. It puts on the annual "Steve Irwin Gala Dinner” to honor the life and legacy of the “original wildlife warrior.” Robert will host this year’s event with his mom, Terri Irwin, and sister on May 13 in Los Angeles.



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<![CDATA[See Inside: Meg Ryan's SoHo Loft Hits Market for $10.9M]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:03:24 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/meg+ryan+soho+thumb.jpg Actress Meg Ryan has put her "magical" SoHo loft -- featured on the cover of the November 2016 issue of "Architectural Digest" on the market. And the 4,100-square-foot palace can be yours for just under $11 million. Scroll through the photos for a look inside. You can see the full listing with Corcoran here.

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<![CDATA[Trump Continues War Against 'Fake News Media']]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:22:34 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trumpwarpress.jpg

President Donald Trump wasted little time at his Thursday news conference getting to one of his favorite subjects: bashing the "fake news media."

But Trump did take a moment to single out one example of an organization he believes is doing it right.

"I watched this morning a couple of the networks. And I have to say, 'Fox & Friends' in the morning, they’re very honorable people. They’re very — not because they’re good, because they hit me also when I do something wrong. But they have the most honest morning show," Trump said. "That’s all I can say. It’s the most honest."

Trump also addressed what he perceived to be a constantly negative tone in the media coverage about his administration.

"The tone is such hatred. I’m really not a bad person, by the way. No, but the tone is such — I do get good ratings, you have to admit that — the tone is such hatred."

Addressing a reporter from CNN, a frequent target, Trump lambasted the network yet again.

"You look at your show that goes on at 10 o’clock in the evening. You just take a look at that show. That is a constant hit. The panel is almost always exclusive anti-Trump. The good news is he doesn’t have good ratings. But the panel is almost exclusive anti-Trump," he said.  "And the hatred and venom coming from his mouth; the hatred coming from other people on your network."

Trump also had a tense exchange with NBC News' Peter Alexander, who challenged the president on his false claim that he had the biggest Electoral College victory since Ronald Reagan.

After some back and forth, Trump said: “It was a substantial victory, you do agree with that?”

“You’re the president,” Alexander responded.

Despite his constant criticism, Trump did admit to being a faithful CNN viewer.

"I watch it. I see it. I’m amazed by it. And I just think you’d be a lot better off, I honestly do. The public gets it, you know. Look, when I go to rallies, they turn around, they start screaming at CNN," he said. "They want to throw their placards at CNN."

At the same time as Trump was lambasting the media, CNN President Jeff Zucker said that his network's brand "has been as strong as it has ever been," The Associated Press reported. 

He said an internal study he ordered to find out if Trump's "fake news" label had sticking power found that less than a third of 2,000 Americans surveyed believed CNN's Trump coverage was unfair.

Trump did make one concession during the news conference. He would stop addressing the media as "fake news."

"I’m changing it from fake news, though," he said. "Very fake news."

On Thursday, the Trump campaign released a "Mainstream Media Accountability Survey." The statement accompanying the survey said "You know that I don’t trust the media to report on anything we achieve."

"You are our greatest asset in helping our movement deliver the truth to the American people. Which is why I need you to take the Mainstream Media Accountability Survey to do your part to fight back against the media’s attacks and deceptions."

Trump tweeted Friday afternoon, calling the media "enemy of the American people," and mentioning The New York Times, NBC News, ABC, CBS, and CNN. 

The tweet comes after he tweeted a similar tweet saying "The FAKE News media (failing @nytimes, @CNN, @NBCNews and many more) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people. SICK!" and then deleting the tweet immediately.



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<![CDATA[Open Wide: 'A Cure for Wellness' Cast on Making Horror Film]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:51:11 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cureforwellnessjunket.jpg

"A Cure for Wellness" opens Friday, Feb. 17th and marks director Gore Verbinski's first film since 2013's Johnny Depp vehicle "The Lone Ranger," which was not received well by fans or critics.

Verbanksi, known for crafting blockbuster films like the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, returns to his horror roots with this visually stylish thriller set in the Swiss Alps. It stars Dane DeHaan, who's sent to a remote spa to fetch his company's CEO. He soon becomes suspicious of the spa's many mysteries and supposed healing waters.

NBC caught up with the director, who also helmed 2002's horror classic "The Ring," as well as stars DeHaan and Jason Isaacs as they revealed nothing is quite as it seems in the film.

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