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<![CDATA[Latest Celeb Pics: Mann, Diaz & Upton]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:51:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP233949283839.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA["The Voice"]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:59:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_162906_1105.JPG

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<![CDATA[First Ladies of "Parks and Recreation"]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:47:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_163932_0001.JPG

On most shows, a major character's pregnancy toward the end of the sixth season would signal a dearth of ideas. The gimmick of a multiple birth might suggest a creative death knell.

But on "Parks and Recreation," news that Leslie Knope is expecting triplets seems like a natural progression for an indefatigable small-town bureaucrat who tends to think – and act – big. Motherhood also feels like an appropriate fit for Leslie, who has shown an almost maternal devotion to her beloved Pawnee, IN, which doesn't always love her back.

The show's sixth season finale arrives Thursday as Leslie grapples with her unexpected multiple pregnancy and a decision on whether to leave Pawnee for a dream National Parks Service job in Chicago – all while meeting guest star Michelle Obama, who knows something about the challenging mix of motherhood and politics.

The flurry of action comes as "Parks and Recreation" enters the rare pantheon of comedies to graduate into a seventh season, maturing but not mellowing as its heart grows along with the laughs.

"Parks and Recreation" may be set in Pawnee – at least for a moment – but it's traveled a long way from its debut five years ago as a sitcom about a woman determined to turn a hole in the ground into a park.

The Amy Poehler-led program filled a comedy void, proving a rare place on TV – and real life – where public service isn’t a cynical punch line. Poehler’s Leslie is a hyper-organized, do-gooder who is enough of a realist to know that politics is an often-fruitless vocation and enough of an optimist to keep trying.  

The show also has filled another void, morphing into the best major network workplace sitcom since "The Office," its former NBC Thursday night neighbor.

Both shows, which share creative team members and a faux documentary conceit, survived shaky first seasons. Both boast strong ensembles casts and breakout characters (with meat-loving, government-hating macho throwback Ron Swanson supplanting bizarre paper salesman Dwight Schrute as a meme favorite). Both shows lost and gained players almost seamlessly (the latest season of “Parks and Rec” saw the departures of Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe’s Ann and Chris as Billy Eichner’s Craig screamed his way to hilarity).

But while "The Office" stayed open after Steve Carell left, it’s hard to imagine “Parks and Recreation” without Poehler, who transformed the initially single-note quirky Leslie into an endearing, fleshed-out figure (even without the benefit of waffle binges). 

Leslie won’t have to worry about her waffle consumption for a while as she eats for four and contemplates uprooting her life. There’s been plenty of change in Pawnee this season, from the birth of Chris and Ann’s baby, to Ron embracing fatherhood (even taking his infant son along on his own private municipal construction project) to Tom working on opening a restaurant to the constantly maligned Jerry/Larry finding a friend in Ben. It’s all added up to another strong season for a show that consistently mines small stakes for big – and occasionally sweet – laughs.  

As we await Thursday’s Season 6 finale, in which the newly merged odd-couple towns Pawnee and Eagleton come together for a Leslie-produced unity concert, check out a promo video below: 

 

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[Billboard Latin Music Awards Host Jorge Bernal: Music is Everything]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:29:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dance-moves-latin-bill.jpg Jorge Bernal chats with "Talk Stoop" host Cat Greenleaf at the Billboard Latin Music Awards about the importance of music in Latin culture, how to "polish the belt buckles," and music memories. ]]> <![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards: Laura Pausini on Winning, Losing]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:30:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Laura_Pausini_1_1200x675_235813443933.jpg Pop star Laura Pausini chats with "Talk Stoop" host Cat Greenleaf at the Billboard Latin Music Awards about how to react when you've found out you've just lost an award to someone else, and are people really honored "just to have been nominated?"]]> <![CDATA[Stars at Coachella: Pharrell, Daft Punk & More]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:45:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP875679382722.jpg Music fans weren't the only ones in attendance over the weekend at Coachella -- big-name celebrities joined in the action, too.

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<![CDATA[Luis Fonsi's Trick for Remembering His Lyrics ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:00:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Luis_Fonsi_1_1200x675_235812931719.jpg Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi chats with "Talk Stoop" host Cat Greenleaf at the Latin Billboard Awards about how he remembers his lyrics — and a trick for when he forgets!]]> <![CDATA[Diaz Plays Roller Golf, Admits to Pranking Fallon's Daughter]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:30:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_163829_0380.JPG

Cameron Diaz stopped by "The Tonight Show" to play a wild game mixing miniature golf and roller derby--aptly named roller golf-- with host Jimmy Fallon.

But first, Diaz wanted to chat about Drew Barrymore and husband Will Kopelman's daughter who was born on Tuesday. Apparently the "The Other Woman" star helped coach Barrymore before the baby came into the world.

"I spent the weekend with her and Will and I got her game face on for the birth, making sure she was ready and she was like 'I'm so ready! Get it out of me!'" Diaz said.

Then, Fallon asked Diaz if she was going to prank Barrymore's baby like she did his baby.

"My baby was six weeks old and we were hanging out at a bachelorette party and you put her hand in a cup of warm water," Fallon explained, before revealing a photo of the prank.

"She fell asleep first, that's what happens when you fall asleep at a party," Diaz said.

"She's a baby Cameron!" Fallon shouted.

Finally, Fallon and Diaz played a treacherous game of roller golf with rug traps and a dancing panda. Yes, a dancing panda.

Watch the two play above, and check out the hilarious baby pranking photo in the video below.

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<![CDATA[Paramore Performs "Ain't It Fun" on "Late Night"]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:51:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_163835_1046.jpg Rock band Paramore stopped by Seth Meyers' studio to perform their latest single "Aint' It Fun" off of their self-titled album.]]> <![CDATA[Diaz Admits to Pranking Fallon's Baby]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:51:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_163829_0131.JPG When Jimmy Fallon's daughter fell asleep at a bachelorette party, Cameron Diaz pulled a prank on his baby.]]> <![CDATA[Cameron Diaz, Jimmy Fallon Play Roller Golf]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:48:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_163829_0380.JPG Cameron Diaz played a game of "Roller Golf," a game that combines roller derby and mini golf.]]> <![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards Noms: Album of the Year ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:54:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/marc_anthony_3.jpg

Romeo Santos leads the list of nominees for the 2014 Latin Music Billboard Awards with 17 nominations. The singer is followed by Prince Royce with 16 nominations and Marc Anthony with 15.

Other nominees incldue the late Jenni Rivera, Daddy Yankee and Enrique Iglesias with seven nominations each.

The awards show will air live from Miami, Fl. on Thursday, April 24 at 7pm EDT/6C on Telemundo.

Here are the nominees for the different categories of "Album of the Year":

Top Latin Album of the Year:

Marc Anthony, “3.0” His first original tropical album in more than a decade, it was produced by Sergio George and himself. All eight songs reflect the unique style of one of the greatest salsa artists in history with more than 12 million albums sold worldwide.

Alejandro Fernandez, “Confidencias” Alejandro Fernandez returns to the music scene with this album, which includes 11 songs brought to life by producer Phil Ramone.

Jenni Rivera, “La Misma Gran Señora” The late singer’s album includes hits “Resulta”, “La gran señora”, “Ya lo sé”, and “Besos y copas."

Jenni Rivera, “Joyas Prestadas: Pop” A new nomination for the album. Songs “A cambio de qué”, “A que no le cuentas”, “Asi fue”, “Basta ya” and “Como tu mujer” are all included in this record.

Carlos Vives, “Corazón Profundo” The colombian songwriter’s album includes hits “Volvi a nacer”, “Corazon profundo”, “Amanecer”, and “Salvar tu amor."

Best Tropical Album:

Marc Anthony, “3.0” This album was the highest grossing latin record of 2013 in the U.S., Latin America, and Spain and it took first place in the “Top Billboard Latin Albums” in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

Prince Royce, “#1’s” Few have given bachata music international recognition like Royce. The album includes songs “Corazón sin cara”, “Stand by me”, “Te me vas”, and “El verdadero amor perdona."

“Sergio George presents Salsa Giants," Various artists This album includes two records with collaborations from Marc Anthony, Oscan de Leon, Cheo Feliciano, Luis Enrique, Andy Montañez, Willie Chirino, Jose Alberto “El canario”, La orquesta de la luz, and Charlie Zaa.

Best Regional Mexican album:

Jenni Rivera, “1969-Siempre: En Vivo Desde Monterrey Parte 1” This album contains her last live performance in Monterrey, Mexico on December 8, 2012. The album includes the songs “Dos botellas de mezcal”, “Que me entierren con la banda”, “Rosita Alvirez”, and “Vida prestada."

Jenni Rivera, “La Misma Gran Señora” This album includes hits “Resulta”, “La gran señora”, Ya lo sé”, and “Besos y copas."

Jenni Rivera, “Joyas Prestadas” This album includes songs “A cambio de qué”, “A que no le cuentas”, “Así fue”, “Basta ya” and “Como tu mujer."

“Las bandas románticas de America 2013," Various artists This album includes hits from “La arrolladora banda el limón”, “El recodo”, among others.

Best Latin Rhythm Album:

“Don Omar Presents MT02: New Generation” Don Omar has obtained a nomination in the category of “Latin rhythm” with this album, which includes the songs “Hasta que salga el sol”, “Así es que” and “Flor de campo."

Yandel, “De Líder A Leyenda” His first solo record, the album includes 17 original songs with collaborations from artists like Daddy Yankee, J. Alvarez, El General Gadiel and Don Omar.

Wisin y Yandel, “Líderes” “Líderes” includes 16 songs. The most outstanding is “Follow the leader” with an appearance by Jennifer Lopez.

And the final nominee is this category is “Pina Records presenta: La formula, The company”, Various Artists

 

 

 

 


 



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<![CDATA[Celebrity Baby Boom: Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis Welcome Baby Boy]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:27:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/u10.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2014.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Duchovny Plays Beer Hockey With Fallon]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:24:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Beer-Hockey.png

David Duchovny stopped by "The Tonight Show" for a game of beer hockey with Jimmy Fallon.

But first, the actor sat down the with late night host and talked about the Twitter account he recently created. The actor created an online frenzy after tweeting fellow "X-Files" star Gillian Anderson, igniting rumors that the two were secretly a couple. However, Duchovny said they were merely catching up.

The 53-year-old also told a story about a time a homeless man crashed a shoot for the science fiction series in Los Angeles years ago. Apparently, the man kept referring to him as "Robert Ducunny." The actor said from then on all the people on set would call him by the made up name.

WATCH: Brian Williams Raps "Gin and Juice," Confronts Jimmy Fallon Over His "Tonight Show" Mashups

Duchovny also chatted about "Californication," which will be ending its run on June 29 after seven seasons on Showtime. He said he's happy with the ending and that "the show wraps up as the romance it is."

"Robert Ducunny had a great year," Duchovny joked.

Finally, Fallon and Duchovny battled it out in a heated game of beer hockey.

Watch the two play in the video above.

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<![CDATA[Lupita Nyong'o Named People's "Most Beautiful"]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:53:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/469822707.jpg

Lupita Nyong'o has been named People magazine's "Most Beautiful Person" of 2014.

In March, Nyong'o, 31, won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in "12 Years a Slave" and has become a breakout star and newfound fashion icon.

Nyong'o was named to the cover during a segment on "Today." Of the choice, People editorial director Jess Cagle said Nyong'o was an obvious choice to grace the cover on this, the 25th anniversary of the issue.

"She is fantastic. There really was no contest this year," Cagle said of Nyong'o, adding, "The way she carries herself with such grace and humility, it put her over the top. I just love her."

"Im flattered," Nyong'o told "Today's" Savannah Guthrie of the title. "But flattered sounds like such a flighty word. I'm flattered with gravitas under it."

Asked to describe the craziest thing that has happened since she became an internationally recognised face, Nyong'o recalled a moment when a passerby stopped to take the time to address her looks.

"It just happened," she revealed. "I was sitting getting my haircut and [the passerby] peered in and said, 'Youre really beautiful. You know that actress in "12 years a Slave"? You look just like her!'"

Earlier Wednesday, "Today" had asked viewers who they think should be named to this year's cover with the "Non-Stop" actress making the top three audience choices alongside "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, Nyong'o became a Hollywood darling during the recent award season due to her honesty and sense of decorum when accepting a trophy, and her ability to command attention on the red carpet thanks to her sartorial choices.

A fashion star on and off the red carpet (which she labels "intense"), Nyong'o was recently named as a face of cosmetic brand Lancome and can currently be seen in the advertising campaign for Italian luxury label Miu Miu.

In the issue, on newsstands Friday, Nyong'o describes the best beauty compliment she has ever received as having "been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on." 

Ulitmately, Nyong'o tells People that "happiness is the most important thing"

She joins a list of women that have graced the cover of the annual celebration of beauty that includes Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beyonce Knowles, Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Lopez. 

In the 25 years People have been awarding the title, only three men have graced the cover: Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio in 1996, 1997 and 1998 respectively. Last year's cover star was Gwyneth Paltrow. 

During her acceptance speech for Best Breakthrough Performance Award at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood lunch in February, Nyong’o addressed what the notion of beauty means to her, both now and growing up as a woman of color.

"I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin, I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned," she told those in attendance, adding, "I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside. There is no shade to that beauty."

Discussing the above feelings with Guthrie, Nyong'o could not help but marvel at how far she has come. "What an incredible journey to go from that feeling to be on the cover of this magazine," she said, adding, "I hope it means something to more people than just me."

 

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<![CDATA[25 Years of People's Most Beautiful People]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:43:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP965911296656.jpg In 1990, Michelle Pfeiffer appeared on the cover of People magazine's first ever "50 Most Beautiful People In The World" issue. See who else has won the title over the years.

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<![CDATA[Fallon Reveals NHL Playoffs Superlatives]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:12:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Superlatives-Hockey.png To celebrate the NHL playoffs, Jimmy Fallon gives the players superlative awards like "Most Likely to Get a Penalty for Frosting Tips."]]> <![CDATA[Meyers Tries to Repair Relationship With Earth]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:10:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Earth-Day-Seth-Meyers.png In honor of Earth Day, Seth Meyers tries to repair our relationship with Mother Earth even though she caught us "fracking around."]]> <![CDATA[Duchovny, Fallon Play Beer Hockey]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:24:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Beer-Hockey.png Jimmy Fallon and "Californication" star David Duchovny play a heated game of beer hockey, a game that combines beer pong and table hockey.]]> <![CDATA[Stephen Colbert’s First “Late Show” Shot]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:50:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP110504053254.jpg

Stephen Colbert’s first appearance on CBS’ “Late Show” since his crowning as David Letterman’s successor bumped up against Tuesday night’s airing of “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central. But as he competed against himself in the ratings, Colbert also offered competing versions of himself.

The “Late Show” guest shot gave viewers a telling, if brief, first glimpse of the Colbert we’ll see when he takes over for Letterman next year, dropping the conservative blowhard character that propelled him to late night TV comedy stardom nearly a decade ago.
 
Colbert, in a far cry from his familiar pompous persona, seemed almost giddy as took a selfie with Letterman. “This is actually very retro now,” Colbert quipped.
 
He bantered easily with Letterman, who announced this month that he’s stepping down next year after more than two decades on “Late Show” and more than three decades into his reign as the most influential late night comedy host since Johnny Carson. Colbert, who is among the generation of performers influenced by both men, took on a deferential tone as he paid homage to the “Late Show” host Tuesday.
 
Colbert recounted how he nearly became an intern on Letterman’s old “Late Night” program nearly 30 years ago – and he read a Top 10 “Cocktails for Santa” list he and longtime colleague Paul Dinello submitted as part of a “Late Show” tryout writing package in 1997 (No. 1: “Silent Night Train”).
 
“I’m going to do whatever you’ve done,” Colbert told Letterman.
 
Colbert, of course, will need to chart his own course when he takes over “Late Show” at some undetermined point next year. In some respects, though, he’ll be playing catch-up.
 
Letterman long ago established himself as the smart and sardonic upstart of late night comedy, slowly transforming over the years into TV’s elder statesman of irreverence. Colbert, who has rarely broken character during the last decade, will have to immediately morph from his faux commentator personality to a presumably genuine version of his sharp-witted self.
 
Colbert also faces a steep challenge in besting Jimmy Kimmel, an ABC late night mainstay for 11 years, and Jimmy Fallon, the 11:30 p.m. ratings champ since taking over NBC’s “Tonight Show” in February. But during his appearance on Letterman's show Tuesday night, Colbert indicated he’s ready to compete against Kimmel and Fallon – and fresh memories of his TV character.
 
As Letterman told him, “You look right at home.”

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["The Voice" Top 10: Dani Moz, TJ Wilkins Eliminated]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:19:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/voice6.jpg

"The Voice" got its top 10 contestants Tuesday when Team Shakira's Dani Moz and Team Usher's TJ Wilkins were sent packing, capping the first live eliminations round yet this season and making what could have been a terrible night for Team Shakira only a bad one.

That result gave Shakira a bittersweet reprieve, as Dani's teammate Tess Boyer -- no stranger to plenty of past "Voice" saves -- narrowly escaped possible elimination herself thanks to the "Voice" instant Twitter save.

All three had been left in the bottom three, but Tess, who had sung Bon Jovi’s “I’ll Be There for You” Monday, earned her spot in the top 10 with her performance Tuesday of Kelly Clarkson’s "Dark Side."

"That was incredible, coming from Team Usher and now on Team Shakira. I’m rooting for you,” her former coach Usher told her.

Shakira's other artist on the chopping block, Dani, had performed Adele's "Turning Tables" in her last-chance performance Tuesday, and Shakira had pleaded with viewers to save her. “Give her another chance. She can hit any note, you name it," she said.

But by the end of the five-minute Twitter voting window to save one of the three, Tess was in the lead percentage-wise. A torn Shakira, fresh off her own performance of her new hit "Empire," was happy for her but visibly sad to see Dani go.

Earlier in the night, Shakira's other team member, country singer Kristen Merlin, had gotten her own good news when she was one of the first contestants to be declared safe — just one night after her performance of Sugarland’s “Stay” was cut in half due to a dead microphone. Shakira gave Kristen credit for being able to "persevere through anything."

Team Usher's two other members were also declared safe Tuesday night, with soul singer Josh Kaufman the first contestant of the evening to get the good news and with Bria Kelly following later.

And the entirety of Team Adam, which performed Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" with their coach Tuesday, is moving on to next week's live performance. Delvin Choice, Christina Grimmie and Kat Perkins were all declared safe.

Blake Shelton’s team, which performed Travis Tritt's "Put Some Drive in Your Country" together Tuesday, is also on its way to the next round, with soulful singer Sisaundra Lewis and country artists Jake Worthington and Audra McLaughlin all voted in by viewers.

"The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c.



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<![CDATA[Weir and Lipinski Join NBC Derby Team]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:42:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/weir-lipinski+thumb1.jpg

They're back!

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski are teaming up again, this time to cover next week's Kentucky Oaks (May 2) and Kentucky Derby (May 3) as fashion correspondents for NBC and NBCSN.

The two figure skating champions were breakout stars of NBC's Sochi Olympics coverage as much for their fashion choices and sartorial critiques as for their insider knowledge of the sport.

"Johnny and Tara have an infectious energy that will bring a fun and fresh perspective to our Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks telecasts," said Rob Hyland, Coordinating Producer for NBC Sports Group. "They will be in their element amid the big-event atmosphere and pageantry of Churchill Downs."

Weir and Lipinski have become sought-after fashion pundits following their on-air Olympic appearances and subsequent stint as Oscar red carpet commentators for "Access Hollywood."

During his time behind the mic at the Olympics, Weir's personal fashion choices were a hit with viewers and social media followers. Furs, handbags and often outré headgear were the norm for the Twitter and Instagram star.

Weir tweeted his excitement over the new appointment: 

The sporting champs already have connections to the equestrian world with Lipinksi riding horses as a youngster and Weir competing in jumping events before turning his focus to figure skating. Weir told the Associated Press he attended the 2010 Kentucky Derby as a fan and bet on the winning horse. He chose a fur-covered sombrero as his headgear for the day. 

"We've always loved loud fashion and sort of bonded over it," Lipinski said to the AP. "The whole Olympics experience was a bit of a surprise. We came in and were focused on doing a good job as rookies. But we're young and we like to have fun. The fashion was specifically for us every day and it was like, 'Oh, people are watching. This is fun.'"

NBC's 2013 Derby telecast was seen by 16.2 million viewers. Women comprised 51% of that audience ranking as the highest percentage of female viewership for any major sporting event in 2013. It was the second most-watched Derby in 25 years.

Tune in to watch Weir and Lipinsky at the Kentucky Oaks on Friday May 2 (3-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN) and the Kentucky Derby on Saturday May 3 (12-4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, 4-7 on NBC).

 

 



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<![CDATA[WATCH: McCain Talks Social Media, Putin on "Late Night"]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:36:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_163833_0589.jpg

John McCain talked about the power of social networking, Vladimir Putin and the crisis in Ukraine when he stopped by the "Late Night With Seth Meyers" studio Monday.

Host Meyers began his interview with the Arizona senator by mentioning the first time the two met: on the set of "Saturday Night Live" in 2002.

"You looked a lot younger," McCain joked. "You used to be very handsome."

"I was happier. The pressure of having a show, you just age immensely," Meyers quipped.

Then, Meyers brought up the fact that McCain appeared in an "SNL" sketch three days before the 2008 presidential election. He was in a mock QVC program trying to gather last minute votes alongside Tina Fey, who reprised her role as McCain's running mate, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

When asked if the appearance was a difficult decision for his campaign at the time, McCain said, "The purpose of campaigns is reaching people. What better way to reach young voters than to be on 'Saturday Night Live'? The hardest thing I think for a politician today very honestly is staying in touch with younger people and their hopes and dreams."

The 77-year-old also talked about the power the internet has in politics.

"Social networking was the major reason Obama was reelected in 2012," McCain said. "It's [also] working in countries around the world where people don't like the government that they have."

Then, Meyers mentioned the fact that McCain was sanctioned by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

"No Spring Break in Siberia and my secret bank account in Moscow is frozen," McCain joked. "Doesn't Vladimir understand that there's nothing that could do me more good politically than being sanctioned by Vladimir Putin? Duh."

While discussing Putin's recent actions, Meyers brought up that McCain has been critical of Barack Obama over the president's handling of the crisis in Ukraine. The "Late Night" host then asked the senator how a president projects toughness without inciting war.

"It's most important to understand Vladimir Putin for what he is, he's an old KGB colonel who said many times the worst thing that happened in the 20th century was to break up the Soviet Union and he wants to restore them," McCain said. "Russia is a gas station run by a mafia that is masquerading as a country."

He added that, as Ronald Reagan preached in his relations with the Soviet Union, the U.S. needs to maintain "peace through strength."

Finally, Meyers asked McCain what he would have done differently.

McCain said he would have given Ukrainians weapons to defend themselves and given them the money "that they need to get the economy on track."

"We're the most strongest and best nation in the world and we can make him make him pay a price," McCain said of Putin.

Watch part of the interview above.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Williams Raps "Gin and Juice" ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:31:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Brian-Williams-Snoop-Dogg.jpg

Jimmy Fallon unveiled a new Brian Williams rap video on "The Tonight Show," this time featuring Snoop Dogg's 1996 classic "Gin and Juice."

Fallon staffer John MacDonald has been remixing Williams' "NBC Nightly News" broadcasts to make the anchor appear as if he's rapping to classic hip-hop songs. A video made with Sugar Hill Gang's 1979 song "Rapper's Delight" currently has 8.9 million YouTube views.

While sitting next to Fallon as a guest on the show, Williams explained how his life has changed since the clips have aired. He also took the opportunity to take a few jabs at the late night host.

"Every night I'm doing the broadcast that pays for your hobby and all this," Williams joked while pointing at the studio, "and people think I have somehow colluded into the making of these videos. Let's be clear, I have never said hippity."

Williams also confornted Fallon over a word he said in a Baghdad broadcast during wartime, to which Fallon shrewdly replied, "I think that word was hippity."

Addressing Twitter reactions to the videos, Williams said people have been acting as if they had discovered water. "It's unbelievable, and it's all anyone mentions to me anymore."

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The NBC News anchor also revealed he recently ran into Cuba Gooding Jr. at a New York Rangers game and the actor told him he had become "a huge figure in the rap and hip-hop community."

Then, Williams astounded Fallon with rap knowledge by suggesting songs by Foxy Brown and Ludacris for future videos.

"Whatchu got in that bag?" Williams said, quoting a line from rapper Ludacris' 2001 hit "Rollout (My Business)."

Watch the rap above. You can also hear the interview below.

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<![CDATA[Williams Talks About Rapping on Fallon]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:06:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_163826_1085.JPG Brian Williams said that Jimmy Fallon's edited videos featuring the NBC Nightly News anchor rapping have had big effects on his life.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers Hails Boston Marathon Organizers]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:37:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Meyers-Late-Night-Smile.jpeg Seth Meyers takes time to congratulate the runners, event organizers, and volunteers for putting together the Boston Marathon.]]> <![CDATA[Brian Williams Raps Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice"]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:41:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rap-williams-video.png Jimmy Fallon unveiled a video edit of Brian Williams' "NBC Nightly News" broadcasts to make the anchor appear as if he is rapping, this time featuring a Snoop Dogg classic.]]> <![CDATA["The Voice" Top 12 Battle for Spot in Top 10]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:39:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_163860_1966.jpg

Live shows kicked off Monday night on "The Voice" with a few revelatory performances, a few tears and one very unfortunate dead microphone, as the top 12 contestants vied for 10 spots remaining.

Bria Kelly kicked off the night for Team Usher with a take on "Rolling in the Deep" that was more Angus Young than Adele, but while the coaches praised her version's "rock edge" and "fierceness," they also wished she'd sung it in a higher key.

Team Adam's Delvin Choice followed with a take on the Righteous Brothers' jukebox classic "Unchained Melody" that showed off his rich, supple voice and effortless command of high notes. "Truthfully, I didn't concentrate that much on the technique. I just enjoyed it," Shakira admitted.

Her own team member Dani Moz took on Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason," and though she tried to resist the urge to embellish the song with musical theatrics, the belting took over the song's emotional nuance. "I wanted there to be more dynamic," Adam said, to Shakira's protective protests. "You have the sickest range," Shakira told Dani.

Next Audra McLaughlin, Team Blake's resident female country artist, was tasked with putting her own stamp on Juice Newton's "Angel of the Morning." She did indeed imbue the song with her trademark lush, emotive tone, prompting her coach to venture that her plans to become a medical assistant may well not be what her future had in store. (Usher for his part marveled at her ability to hold notes. "I have to pee if I hold notes that long!" he joked.)

Team Usher's old-school soul crooner TJ Wilkins next got the task of performing his first contemporary song yet, John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change." Although he struggled a little with the higher notes, the coaches appreciated his energy. "You just have something infectious about you, in a good way," Blake remarked.

Next up was Team Adam's unstoppable would-be pop star Christina Grimmie, whose confident stage strut was matched by her full-throated, propulsive performance of Katy Perry's hit "Dark Horse," which she gave a thrashy ferocity that upped the dance-pop hit's ante. Usher declared her the best singer on Team Adam, while Adam complimented her for having made the song her own -- a feat Christina whooped to learn she'd accomplished.

Veteran powerhouse singer Sisaundra Lewis was next, singing Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," which her coach Blake Shelton hoped would be a vehicle for her to relax and show some finesse. Onstage, she just barely back her usual vocal fireworks to deliver a more nuanced, moving performance whose restraint the coaches praised. "You are incredible," Usher told her, saying the only other singer comparable to her was Patti LaBelle.

Next up was Team Shakira's lone country artist -- and indeed the only country singer remaining who wasn't on Team Blake -- Kristen Merlin, whose task with Sugarland's "Stay" was to convey vulnerability, a task she admitted she'd have a hard time with given how guarded she is. Kristen sang the song beautifully -- at least what the audience could hear of it. Her microphone cut out mid-song, but she gamely kept singing anyway, even though nobody else could hear her, to her coach's horror.

Somebody rushed onto the stage with a new mic moments later, but the save didn't come soon enough; Kristen gamely managed to sing only the last word of the song before it ended. The coaches gave her a standing ovation, praising her grace under fire and her singing alike. Blake called her performance "incredible," while Usher praised the texture and vulnerability in her singing.

Luckily for the next contestants, that was it for the technical difficulties Monday night. Team Adam's resident rocker Kat Perkins took on Heart's "Magic Man," a song whose ferocity she matched with her own trademark grit, strutting wildly around the stage (and the musicians) with proper rock star aplomb. "Your voice is dope," Usher told her, while Blake just voiced his incredulity that Kat, up till she hit the "Voice" stage, had been a nanny by trade.

Blake's own final team member of the night, teen country crooner Jake Worthington, next hit the stage to sing another of the sort of tender ballad that have become his bread and butter -- this time Travis Tritt's "Anymore." Jake's technique and delivery weren't perfect, but his emotional honesty was undeniable. Even he seemed to be tearing up as he sang -- making it hard for his eager audience to resist. "You nailed it," Blake told him afterward.

Jake's one-time teammate and current Team Shakira power balladeer Tess Boyer came next, performing Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There for You." The song's slow burn and fierce commitment were right up Tess's alley, and after she finished her strong performance, Blake conceded his error in having let her go -- and declared her the singer from Team Shakira to beat in the competition.

If Tess gave Blake his chance to kick himself, the night's final performer, Team Usher's soul singer Josh Kaufman, gave Adam his. The former member of Team Adam performed Sam Smith's "Stay With Me," and his dynamic, raw yet nuanced performance, replete with a natural on-stage energy, made the song sound entirely his own. The coaches remarked that he sounded as though he were performing his own song at his own show. "I am so stupid," Adam concluded, while a delighted Usher silently agreed. "You have completely made this my night," he told Josh.

But of those 12 singers who performed Monday night, only 10 will get to stick around, with the winners and losers set to be determined via viewers' votes, iTunes downloads and the same Twitter instant save that helped save would-be losers last season. Who stays and who goes will be announced Tuesday.

"The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c.



Photo Credit: Tyler Golden/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Hollywood Power Players Accused in Underage Sex Ring]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:49:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP688161883665.jpg

Days after a man came forward with sexual abuse claims against "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer, the accuser on Monday claimed the abuse was part of a drug-fueled sex ring involving Hollywood power players and underage boys.

Michael Egan and his attorney held a news conference to announce lawsuits against three other entertainment executives for the alleged abuse.

"You stand up for what's right," Egan said. "I wouldn't wish it upon any of my worst enemies."

In lawsuits filed Monday, Egan claimed he was sexually abused by: Gary Goddard, a producer and theme park designer; David Neuman, a former executive at CNN and Disney TV; and Garth Ancier, a TV executive who's been at the helm of several networks, according to the lawsuits.

The suits allege the three men were part of a Hollywood sex ring, which held parties in an Encino home and estate in Hawaii, where teenage boys were allegedly given drugs and alcohol and then coerced into sex.

Egan said he was 15 years old when the abuse started and 17 when he finally came forward to his mother, who cried at the Monday afternoon press conference announcing the new claims.

"There's talk Mike is here for his 15 minutes of fame. You call this fame? What part of this is fame? Do you think we like it? No," she said. "(I want it) so no other parent has to sit here with their child and go through this."

The lawsuit filed April 16 against Singer, claims Egan was lured into a sex ring run by a former digital entertainment company executive, Marc Collins-Rector, with promises of auditions for acting, modeling and commercial jobs.

He was put on the company's payroll as an actor, but forced to have sex with adult men at parties within Hollywood's entertainment industry, the lawsuit said.

Singer's attorney Marty Singer (no relation to Bryan Singer) wrote in a statement after Egan's remarks that the accusations were "completely fabricated."

The director’s attorney said he will prove Singer was not in Hawaii when Egan said he was abused.

NBC4 reached out to Neuman, Goddard and Ancier. By time of publication, only a representative for Goddard responded and said the allegations are without merit.

Egan and his attorney, Jeff Herman, said last week that the alleged abuse was reported by Egan's mother to the FBI and Los Angeles police. Herman later said he was not sure if his client spoke to police detectives or if the case was referred directly to the FBI.

Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said the department is looking into whether a report was made. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the agency could not comment on what Egan reported unless it resulted in a case or matter of public record.

Singer is the director of the upcoming film "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and directed previous films in the franchise, as well as the thriller "The Usual Suspects."

Alex Ben Block, senior editor at the Hollywood Reporter, said he expects studios will be looking at pulling back Singer’s name as much as promotions rev up for the latest installment of “X-Men.”

According to Block, Singer canceled an appearance at a comic book convention in Anaheim as well as an appearance in Washington.



Photo Credit: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP]]>