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<![CDATA['Joy' to 'Star Wars': The Holiday Movie Guide]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 23:31:26 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/starwars56266a49255b6.jpg

'Tis the season to be heading to the cinema.

Whether it's to avoid plundering relatives, the crush of bargain-hungry mall shoppers or to catch the latest award-season entry, watching a movie (or three) over the holiday season has become a joyful tradition as much as decorating the tree, the giving of gifts or sleeping off a big turkey dinner. 

And for movie buffs, the final days of 2015 are certainly packed with blockbusters ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "The Hateful Eight"), seasonal frights ("Krampus"), indie gems ("Youth," "45 Years"), award bait ("The Revenant," "Joy," "The Danish Girl") and familial laughs ("Sisters").

'The Danish Girl' (Nov. 27)

Eddie Redmayne is sure to lock down another best actor Oscar nomination for his role as Lili Elbe, the first person to believed to have undergone sex reassignment surgery in the 1930s. Redmayne delivers a stunning portrayal of the transgender pioneer alongside co-star Alicia Vikander as Elbe's emotional support and wife, the portrait artist Gerda Wegener. Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") directs. 

'Legend' (Nov. 20)

Tom Hardy does double duty as London's most notorious gangsters: twin brothers Reggie and Ron Kray. Directed by Brian Helgeland ("L.A. Confidential," "Mystic River"), "Legend" charts the rise and fall true story of the Krays, who dominated organized crime in the East of London during the 1950s and 1960s. 

'Krampus' (Dec. 4)

Here's a holiday film that will have you second guessing bad thoughts about visiting family members. According to European legend, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic creature who punishes misbehaving children during the Christmas season. In "Krampus," it's a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers – inparticular young Max (Emjay Anthony), who is disillusioned by the holidays and turns his back on Christmas. Also starring Adam Scott and Toni Collette.

'Youth' (Dec. 4)

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, "Youth" follows a retired orchestra conductor (Michael Caine), his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and his film director best friend (Harvey Keitel) as they holiday together in the Swiss Alps. This visually stunning film explores familial ties, the mental and physical effects of aging, the binds of lifelong friendship and the passions that propel us through the decades. 

'The Big Short' (Dec. 11)

Based on the 2010 book of the same name by Michael Lewis, "The Big Short" charts the financial crisis of 2008 and the group of investors who bet against it and won big. Featuring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Marissa Tomei, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo, Karen Gillan and Selena Gomez.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' (Dec. 18)

For many, "The Force Awakens" is not only the most highly-anticipated release of 2015, but of the last decade. Director J.J. Abrams ("Lost," "Star Trek") returns us to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away to revisit the cast of the original "Star Wars" trilogy (Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill) in a sequel set some 30 years after "Return of the Jedi." Also along for the intergalactic ride are newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver, who will be tasked with carrying the franchise forward in future installments. 

'Sisters' (Dec. 18)

A different take on aging and familial ties to "Youth" (above), the re-teaming of former "SNL" players Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as siblings who decide to throw one final party before their parents sell the family home is played straight for laughs. Along for the ride are co-stars John Cena, Maya Rudolph, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, John Leguizamo, Kate McKinnon and Dan Byrd.

'45 Years' (Dec. 23)

Already receiving award season buzz, "45 Years" stars Charlotte Rampling as Kate Mercer and Tom Courtenay as Geoff Mercer, a couple whose impending titular wedding anniversary celebration is rocked when news from Geoff's past surfaces unannounced. Directed by Andrew Haigh ("Weekend"), "45 Years" gently examines a rock-solid relationship under stress from a distant past.


'Where to Invade Next' (Dec. 23)

Arriving just as the 2016 presidential campaign really starts to heat up, patriotic provocateur Michael Moore's latest explores just what it will take to make America great once again. In this docu-comedy, Moore ("Fahrenheit 9/11," "Bowling for Columbine") "invades" other nations in an effort to discover what they have to offer in contrast to the United States.

'The Hateful Eight' (Dec. 25)

Controversial filmmaker Quentin Tarantino delivers his eighth film which follows a group of bounty hunters and fugitives in post-Civil War Wyoming who encounter each other while sheltering from a blizzard in a mountain-side stagecoach stopover. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern, Tarantino's update on the classic western tale features music composed by Ennio Morricone ("The Good, the Bad and the Ugly").

'Point Break' (Dec. 25)

This action thriller is a remake of the 1991 flick of the same name starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. This time around young FBI agent Johnny Utah is played by Luke Bracey and instead of infiltrating a gang of robbing surfers, he must go undercover to expose a gang of thieves who participate in extreme sports.

'Concussion' (Dec. 25)

Based on a 2009 GQ exposé, "Concussion" stars Will Smith as real-life forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu who must fight the National Football League when his research on brain injuries uncovers CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy)—a football-related brain trauma—in a pro player. Also stars Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Albert Brooks.

'The Revenant' (Dec. 25)

This vengeance-fueled epic features Leonardo DiCaprio as 1800's frontiersman Hugh Glass, who is left for dead by his hunting team after he is mauled in a brutal bear attack. With revenge in his heart, Glass sets out through the icy terrain to track down John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the man who abandoned Glass and betrayed his family. Also starring Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter and Lukas Haas, "The Revenant" is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu who won the best picture and director Academy Awards for "Birdman" in 2015.

'Joy' Dec. 25

From David O. Russell, the director of "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle," comes the comedy-drama "Joy" starring Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano, the creator of the "Miracle Mop" and president of the Ingenious Designs company. Russell charts Joy's life from age 10 to 40 as she becomes matriarch of her family. "Joy" features returning Russell players Bradley Cooper, Elisabeth Rohm and Robert De Niro.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Thank You Notes to Kids Table, Tofurky]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:25:11 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Thank+You+Notes+to+The+Kids+Table+Tofurky.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon pens thank you notes to cranberry sauce, second cousins and other things.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Worst Christmas Presents]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:26:22 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+The+Worst+Christmas+Presents+They+Ever+Got+Each+Other.png “Late Night” host Seth Meyers and his family talk about the worst presents they’ve ever given each other for Christmas, including a pink cowboy hat.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:49:12 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+Giving+Thanks+on+Thanksgiving.png “Late Night” host Seth Meyers gives thanks for the people and things he holds dear.]]> <![CDATA[Best of 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:43:12 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_797372372594-parade.jpg Millions of people attended the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on Nov. 26, 2015, in New York City. Floats graced the skies and musical and theatrical performances entertained on street level.

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<![CDATA[Thanksgiving 2015: Celebs Give Thanks]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:23:16 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_501572141294.jpg

Thanksgiving is finally here. And with it comes a turkey dinner and spending time with those we love. But it’s also a time to reflect on the things that make us thankful.

From food to family to friends, here’s a list of things celebrities, presidential candidates and others are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Laverne Cox had a lot to be thankful for, including her support network and her career.

Boy band One Direction showed they're grateful for their fans, tweeting, "Happy Thanksgiving to all our US fans!" Hugh Jackman, who's kicking off his new stage show "Broadway to Oz," thanked his fans for messages of "support and love." "To all celebrating Thanksgiving-have an awesome day," he wrote in a tweet.  

Family topped the list for Tori Spelling, Danielle Steel, Hailey Duff, Conan O’Brien and Republican presidential candidate, George Pataki.

Bethanny Frankel said she's thankful for the friends she had dinner with this year.

The First Lady and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz are thankful for those who served to protect the country.

GOP hopeful Ben Carson tweeted his followers a way to get their own "Gifted Hands" turkey while they spend time with friends and family this Thanksgiving.

Reality show matriarch, Kris Jenner, is grateful for the one person who can make her feel beautiful — her makeup artist. And her daughter, Khloe, said she got up "early cooking away for my entire family for this afternoon."

Later in the day, Kyle Jenner shared an Instagram of her "blended family" celebrating Turkey Day together.

Sometimes, it's all about the simple pleasures, as in Deborah Cox's case.

But if you need to keep things in perspective this holiday, astronaut Scott Kelly sums it up with this photo taken from space.


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<![CDATA['Tonight' NFL Superlatives: Bears and Packers]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:53:05 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+NFL+Superlatives+Chicago+Bears+and+Green+Bay+Packers.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon hands out superlatives to Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers NFL players.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Kid Dictionary With Nathan Lane]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 03:57:10 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Kid+Dictionary+with+Nathan+Lane.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon and Nathan Lane first watch clips of kids defining words, then take turns guessing what the children were describing.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Alternative Thanksgiving Day Parade]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:13:44 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+Alternative+Thanksgiving+Day+Parade.png "Late Night" host Seth Meyers looks at the promo of the Alternative Thanksgiving Day Parade.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Uzo Aduba on Starring in 'The Wiz!' with Mary J. Blige]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:11:27 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+Uzo+Aduba+on+Starring+in+The+Wiz+with+Mary+J+Blige.png Uzo Aduba tells "Late Night" host Seth Meyers what it was like working with stars like Mary J. Blige in "The Wiz!"]]> <![CDATA[Tx. Nurse Saves HGTV Star's Life]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:59:48 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/200*120/nurse+read.jpg

Ryan Read is used to life as a nurse in day surgery, but this week she suddenly found herself in the national spotlight for an observation she made more than two years ago.

In 2013, the Denton Regional Medical Center registered nurse was enjoying her day off by watching a marathon of the show Flip or Flop on HGTV.

After several episodes though, she noticed a lump on host Tarek El Moussa's throat that just didn't look right.

"I wasn't looking and don't watch TV to assess people. It just kept catching my eye, and I felt it needed to be brought to his attention," said Read.

So, she emailed the show's producers, and when El Moussa got checked out, he was eventually diagnosed with stage 2 thyroid cancer.

El Moussa, who hosts the show with his wife, has since been treated and is now in remission.

Back in 2013, Read was invited onto the show The Doctors where she got to meet the HGTV hosts personally and said she's even kept in touch with them since.

However, it was a complete surprise when the topic came back up this week.

"Yesterday, I show up to work, no makeup, hair in a ponytail, and 30 minutes into my shift I'm hearing people want to do interviews," said Read.

Apparently spurred by a recent interview, El Moussa's battle with cancer has become a topic of viral discussion over the past several days, and national news organizations, including NBC's Nightly News with Lester Holt, began reaching out to Read to hear more about her story.

Caught off guard, Read said her fellow nurses came to her aide by scrapping together hair and makeup supplies to get her camera-ready fast.

She said Wednesday that she's quickly becoming recognized as "THE Ryan" by doctors and co-workers in the halls of the hospital.

Read said she has just tried to have some fun with the attention, though, and that the real important part of the whole story is that El Moussa is healthy today after getting the help he needed.

"I was just doing what nurses do," Read said.

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<![CDATA[Wu-Tang Sells Sole Copy of New Album]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:06:34 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4908639841.jpg

Wu-Tang's new album ain't nothing to...mess with.

The 90's rap group sold a lone copy of its new album, "Once Upon A Time in Shaolin," for millions to an undisclosed buyer.

"We hope that the impact of this historical sale will echo through the ages and maybe remind us every now and then that music is a great art form that should be valued as such," Robert Fitzgerald Diggs aka RZA, Wu-Tang Clan founding member, said. 

The online auction house did not reveal the purchase price for the one-of-a-kind album but did say the "figure is in the millions," according to the press release. The mysterious buyer is not allowed to "commercialize" the album for 88 years. 

In 2013, the album was completed by the group's surviving members and has been kept in a vault at the Royal Mansour hotel in Marrakech, Morocco, since.

The auction house, Paddle8, collaborated with the group and MoMa in March to play a never-before-heard 13 minute snippet of the album. 

The album's sale beat out the auction's highest sale record of a rare recording of Elvis' first song that was sold to The White Stripes frontman Jack White for $306,000.

A hand-carved box holds the album and its accompanied by a 174-page leather-bound manuscript printed on designer parchment. 

The sale seems appropriate coming from a rap group that once said: "Cash Rules Everything Around Me."

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<![CDATA[Celebrate Thanksgiving With 'The Wiz Live!' ]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:34:20 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-11-25+at+12.19.33+PM.jpg

"The Wiz Live!" is just about a week away.

For Dorothy and Toto caught in the wilds of Oz, there's no place like home. And this Thanksgiving NBC (tune in for the behind-the-scenes making-of special Wednesday Nov. 25 at 8/7c) offer the chance to show the world exactly what or where home is for you with "The Wiz Live!" home-inspired meme campaign.

Now, through December 3rd this special campaign lets you celebrate Thanksgiving togetherness.

"Home to me is love. It's where I feel loved, it's where I feel like I can give love, and where I can just be myself. Where I feel absolutely me," says "Wiz Live!" star Queen Latifah.

To take part, just follow these instructions:

– Go to theresnoplacelikemyhome.com

 (After the cast photos load, you will see a blank black screen)

 Place your cursor directly under the words "There's No Place Like" and type your version of "Home"

 Upload and edit a photo of your choice

 Save & share your photo to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

"The Wiz LIVE!" is adapted from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum, with a book by William F. Brown, and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls. The production opened on Broadway in 1975 and won seven Tonys, including Best Musical.

Shanice Williams (Dorothy) leads an all-star cast featuring Latifah (The Wiz), Mary J. Blige (Evillene), David Alan Grier (Cowardly Lion), Ne-Yo (Tin Man), Elijah Kelley (Scarecrow), Uzo Aduba (Glinda), Amber Riley (Addaperle), Common (Bouncer), Stephanie Mills (Aunt Em) and Cirque du Soleil performers.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("The Sound of Music Live!," "Peter Pan Live!" and Oscar-winning "Chicago") will executive produce. Director Kenny Leon (Tony winner, "A Raisin in the Sun") collaborates with live television director, Matthew Diamond, and Harvey Fierstein (three-time Tony winner, "Torch Song Trilogy," "Hairspray" and "La Cage aux Folles"), who provides new written material.

"The Making of 'The Wiz Live!'" airs at 8/7c on Wednesday, Nov 25 on NBC. 

"The Wiz Live!" airs at 8/7c on Thursday, Dec. 3 on NBC.

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<![CDATA[Charlie Brown's Holiday Gift]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:06:51 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_01100804746+Charlie+Brown.jpg

In “The Peanuts Movie,” nods to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” drop like tasty snowflakes.

There's a flashback to a black-and-white Charles Schulz drawing of Charlie and his anemic Christmas tree. We hear snatches of Vince Guaraldi's bouncy "Linus and Lucy" theme. We even get a glimpse of the dancing, shoulder-bopping spiky-haired kid whose identity remains a mystery a half-century later.

The movie, with its digital 3D rendering and relatively happy ending (no spoilers, but it involves a certain red-headed lass), smooths out some of the rough edges of the old animation – as well as the underlying sadness behind the comics' rounded-headed depressive Everyman.

Still, the movie marks a fitting bookend to the original Christmas special, which celebrates its 50th anniversary Monday with a broadcast on ABC. He might not have conventional Christmas tree-buying instincts, but 65 years after his first appearance in the funny papers, good 'ol Charlie Brown still knows how to serve up the holiday gifts.

The Christmas special proved groundbreaking not for its animation style, but for a tone that echoed Schulz’s then 15-year-old strip, which chronicled, through children, a very adult search for emotional stability amid the petty cruelties of everyday life. Charlie Brown confronts futility, in the form of kite-hobbling trees and snatched-away footballs, as Linus clutches his security blanket.

The special decried the commercialization of Christmas, as sensitive Charlie Brown looked for the true meaning of the holiday surrounded by a cast of characters that included kids variously mean and insightful, and a beagle adept at quick-and-gaudy decorating.

The first and the best of a long line of “Peanuts” animated TV specials and films wound up accelerating the commercialization of the franchise. Snoopy went from being the strip’s irreverent Id, with his imagination-driven Red Baron battling, to becoming a cuddlier, more marketable figure. Schulz, though, rarely lost his edge in the daily updates, which ended with his death 15 years ago.

The new movie, which has grossed more than $100 million, shows there’s still an appetite for Peanuts, even if the film offers dollops more sugary than the old-school bittersweet. The flick, hopefully, will help drive fans new and old to the small screen Monday for a golden anniversary special preceding the broadcast, when Charlie Brown sounds TV's strongest signal that Christmastime is here.

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

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Will Smith]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:32:30 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/topEnt-AP_830181963579.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Songs of the Season: 2015 Holiday Albums]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:40:22 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_91300506647+%281%29.jpg The latest seasonal offerings from various artists including the Braxton Family, India.Arie, Kenny Rogers, Kylie Minogue, LeAnn Rimes, and even the My Little Pony gang.

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<![CDATA[Box Office Preview: 'Creed,' 'Danish Girl' and More]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:49:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_bop1124-sm.jpg Will the "Rocky" spin-off, "Creed," knockout the competition at the box office this weekend? ]]> <![CDATA[Adele, Fallon: 'Hello' With School Instruments]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:27:31 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Jimmy+Fallon+Adele+The+Roots+Sing+Hello.png Adele joins “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon and The Roots in the Tonight Show Music Room to perform "Hello" with classroom instruments.]]> <![CDATA[Oliver Platt Is Bracing for His 1st Chicago Winter]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 04:59:11 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+Oliver+Platt+Is+Bracing+for+His+First+Chicago+Winter.png Oliver Platt talks to “Late Night” host Seth Meyers about gearing up for his first winter in the Windy City of Chicago.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Ferrera's Vegas Trip With 'Superstore' Cast]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:00:15 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+America+Ferrera%27s+Crazy+Vegas+Trip+with+the+Cast+of+Superstore.png America Ferrera tells “Late Night” host Seth Meyers about her trip to Las Vegas with the cast of “Superstore."]]> <![CDATA[Redmayne Talks Transgender Role in 'The Danish Girl']]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:19:21 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DanishGirl-thumb.jpg Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne discusses his role as Lili Elbe, the first known person to undergo gender reassignment surgery. "The Danish Girl" is in theaters Nov. 27, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Carey, Benatar Set for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:56:38 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/459648360.jpg

The holidays are officially here as the 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade returns to march down the streets of New York on Thursday, Nov. 26.

Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of "Today" will anchor the NBC broadcast, airing from 9 a.m.-noon in all time zones.

Celebrities and performers joining in the festivities this year include Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Mariah Carey, Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson, Cirque du Soleil, Daughtry, Andra Day, Andy Grammer, Sandra Lee, Shawn Mendes, MercyMe, MIPSO, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, Jennifer Nettles, NHL legends Mark and Marty Howe, Jake Owen, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's, Rachel Platten, Questlove, the Muppets of "Sesame Street," Prince Royce, the cast of Broadway's "School of Rock," Trey Songz, Jordin Sparks, the Radio City Rockettes, Chica and the gang from Sprout and Train.

Set for 34th Street performances are Broadway productions "Fiddler on the Roof," "Finding Neverland," "The King & I," "On Your Feet!" and "Something Rotten." In addition, spectators will get a sneak preview performance from NBC's "The Wiz Live!" which premieres Thursday, Dec. 3 (8 p.m. ET/PT).

Since 1924, the Macy's Parade has marked the start of the holiday season, introducing a cherished march of magic that has dazzled generations of fans. For the 89th edition, the famed spectacle's line-up will feature 17 giant character balloons; 24 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles, and trycaloons; 27 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands; and of course, the one-and-only Santa Claus. 

Look Up

This year four new giant character balloons will take center stage including "Angry Birds'" Red by Rovio Entertainment; the pre-historic and legendary DINO by Sinclair Oil; "Ice Age's" Scrat and his Acorn by Twentieth Century Fox; and Ronald McDonald debuting in his fourth whimsical giant balloon.

Returning balloon characters include "Adventure Time" with Finn & Jake, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," the Elf on the Shelf, Hello Kitty, "How to Train Your Dragon's" Toothless, Paddington, Pikachu, Pillsbury, Doughboy, "Skylanders" Eruptor, Snoopy & Woodstock, SpongeBob SquarePants, the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger and Thomas the Tank Engine. Returning balloonicles (a Macy's Parade hybrid of cold-air balloon and vehicle) include the Aflac Duck and the Kool-Aid Man.

Ease on Down the Road

This year's six new parade floats include "Big City Cheer!" by Spirit of America Productions, "The Colonel's Road Trip to NYC" by Kentucky Fried Chicken, "The Cranberry Cooperative" by Ocean Spray, "Discover Adventure!" by Build-a-Bear, "Heartwarming Holiday Countdown" by Hallmark Channel and celebrating the 50th anniversary of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "Snoopy's Doghouse" by Peanuts Worldwide.

Twelve band ensembles will take up the call of the baton and march down the streets of Manhattan, creating a wave of thunderous applause. Joining the fun are Gulf Coast High School (Naples, FL), Lewis Cass High School (Walton, IN), Munford High School (Munford, TN), Nogales High School (La Puente, CA), North Hardin High School (Radcliff, KY), Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL), University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), Walled Lake Central High School (Walled Lake, MI), West Chester University of Pennsylvania (West Chester, PA) and the NYPD Marching Band (New York).

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Macy's Great American Marching Band will welcome back a selection of alumni band members, in addition to a new class of more than 250 elite high school marching band students from across the country.

Specialty Performers

The Macy's Parade always promises a unique, exciting, and sometimes humorous look at the nation's finest performance groups. This year, special groups include the 610 Stompers (New Orleans, LA), Brooklyn Jumbies (Brooklyn, NY), J.U.M.P. jump rope team (Strongsville, OH) and the Kruti Dance Academy (Duluth, GA). Completing the performance groups are the Spirit of America Cheer and the Spirit of America Dance Stars, which both feature 550 of the nation's best cheerleaders and dancers.

The New York City Route

More than 3.5 million spectators will line the parade route beginning at New York's 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will then march to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. At 34th Street, the parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy's Herald Square.

For an insider's look at the holiday procession, fans nationwide should check Macys.com/parade for regular updates including behind-the-scenes previews, animated videos and other exclusive content. 

The 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade airs Thursday Nov. 26 from 9 a.m.-noon in all time zones on NBC. An encore presentation begins at 2 p.m. in all time zones. 

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<![CDATA['Creed' Adds to a 'Rocky' History]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:44:45 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CRD-03084.jpg

In 2006's "Rocky Balboa," the old boxer stands forlornly amid the wreckage of a former Philadelphia ice skating rink, recalling his first awkward date there with his late wife, Adrian, three decades and five movies earlier.

Rocky's brusque brother-in-law, Paulie, breaks his bittersweet reverie: "You're living backwards, Rocco! Change the channel from yesterday – yesterday wasn't so great."

In the annals of "Rocky" movies, "yesterday" ranged from beyond great (the classic first installment in 1976) to miserable (1990's "Rocky V"), with a more gradual quality drop from film to film, in-between.

Now Sylvester Stallone's perennial underdog gets to keep a booted foot in the past as he lurches into the present with "Creed" – the first "Rocky" movie where Rocky isn't the star. The film offers an opportunity to extend the legacy of the series, nearly 40 years after Rocky Balboa became a movie icon.

"Creed" is the story of Adonis Johnson, the out-of-wedlock son of Rocky's late rival-turned-friend, boxing champ Apollo Creed. Rocky trains the young fighter, who was born after his father's death.

Credit Stallone with being secure enough in his stardom not only to take a supporting role, but cede creative control to a formidable new team that includes actor Michael B. Jordan and writer-director Ryan Coogler, who previously worked together on the powerful "Fruitvale Station."

Some might cringe at the thought of another "Rocky" movie, while purists might balk at sidelining the battered brawler from the main event. But the best moments of the series never hinged on the title character as much as on the strong supporting characters Stallone created to surround him, from Paulie to Adrian to grizzled trainer Mickey, whose role Rocky tackles in the new film.

Apollo Creed stands tall among Stallone's greatest characters. As embodied by Carl Weathers, Creed packed brains and a flair for showmanship, along with a fearsome punch. Like the mightiest of the "Rocky" cast, before the cartoonish Clubber Lang and Ivan Drago entered the picture, Apollo Creed emerged as a fully drawn human, far more than a gladiator in red, white and blue boxing trunks.

Stallone could have proudly tossed in the towel after "Rocky Balboa," which offered a fitting requiem for a film series characterized by sentiment and excesses. "Rocky Balboa" gave us both in a stirring, but unbelievable fight sequence, even by "Rocky" standards.

But like Rocky, Stallone never quits. Check out a preview of "Creed," as the film prepares to flip the channel on a "Rocky" history.



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

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