<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usFri, 27 May 2016 09:23:02 -0700Fri, 27 May 2016 09:23:02 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[‘Late Night’: A Look at Clinton's Emails]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 04:09:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e117_377_closerlook_20160526_1200x675_693978691707.jpg With Hillary Clinton’s email back in the news, host Seth Meyers considers the latest development, or, as many media commentators say, “the drip, drip, drip.” Meyers also reveals that he plays clips of Wolf Blitzer talking about the scandal to put the baby to sleep.]]> <![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:00:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[‘Late Night’: David Alan Grier Talks 'Carmichael Show']]> Fri, 27 May 2016 04:10:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GRIER_GettyImages-534572760.jpg The second season of “The Carmichael Show” and David Alan Grier reflects what the show means for him and the relevant issues that are discussed on the script. Grier talks to host Seth Meyers about meeting Trump many years before.

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<![CDATA[Stars of Comic-Con 2014]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:59:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/452774724.jpg Check out all the hottest celebrities attending Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego.

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<![CDATA[‘Tonight': Dubsmash With Penélope Cruz]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 04:11:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e148_480_penelopecruz_dubsmash_20160526_1200x675_693978179718.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Penélope Cruz take turns recording videos using the app Dubsmash.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon Reads #SummerRaps]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 04:12:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e148_480_hashtags_20160526_1200x675_693978179609.jpg Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #SummerRaps.]]> <![CDATA[Red Nose Day Red Carpet]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 05:37:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/red-AP_51242290784.jpg See all the best looks from the red carpet for the 2016 edition of "The Red Nose Day Special," which aired on NBC.

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<![CDATA[Returning to 'Roots' Almost 4 Decades Later]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 05:36:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/roots-12888693_1591885867799385_2496988789005054716_o.jpg

"Roots" arrived on Jan. 23, 1977, three days after the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter, a white, liberal Southern Democrat elected in the turbulent wakes of Vietnam and Watergate.

The divided country came together around TV sets to watch the story of an enslaved American family. Just under 80 million votes were cast in the relatively close 1976 presidential race, but some 100 million people (about 45 percent of the population at the time) tuned in for the final chapter of the 12-hour miniseries, broadcast over eight nights on ABC.

The latest chapter in the "Roots" saga unfolds Monday with the start of a remake, via the History Channel. The current take on the television landmark comes as a new identity crisis faces the country, still struggling to come to terms with its origins.

The retelling of  “Roots” unfolds across political and media landscapes both familiar and vastly altered from four decades ago, when author Alex Haley's at least partially fictionalized account of his family's epic journey hit bookstores.

The country is in the midst of a hard-fought election season brimming with ideological clashes, confusion and uncertainty perhaps not seen since the post-Nixon years. Yet the first African-American president, who was in high school when "Roots" debuted, is winding down his second term, and it appears a woman is on the verge of heading a major-party presidential ticket for the first time.

People are inhaling more media than ever – but from many more sources. When "Roots" premiered in 1977, three networks drew the vast majority of TV viewers. Now seemingly endless television channels are in a pitched battle with online outlets for attention, making for few mass viewing opportunities beyond the Super Bowl, which pulls in "Roots"-like numbers.

The "Roots" reboot will be simulcast on History, Lifetime and A&E in hopes of reaching a wide audience during four installments spanning eight hours. But while the success of the 1977 edition grew night by night thanks to the water-cooler effect, the new version could sink or swim via social media – the same fickle force that's helped propel everything from the Kardashians to Donald Trump.

The biggest question remains whether trying to match – or exceed – the quality and sterling collective memory of a classic is worth the gamble. The new "Roots" appears to be in good hands with producers Mark Wolper (the son of original producer David L. Wolper) and LeVar Burton (who played the young Kunta Kinte in the first "Roots"). Media reports and previews suggest viewers can expect an even more unvarnished look at the horrors of slavery with a top-notch cast that includes Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker and Aniki Noni Rose.

Still, the “Roots” revival faces a steep challenge in gripping the nation again with a powerful story that still vies to help us to view our present and future through the defining chapter of the country's past.  

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[Red Nose Day: Roberts Meets School Nurse With Special Touch]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 09:12:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Roberts_Red_Nose.jpg

Actress Julia Roberts visited the Children’s First Academy in Phoenix, Arizona, where all of the students live below the poverty line and receive care thanks to new funding for their school nurse.

Her visit was part of Red Nose Day, a celebrity-packed telethon to help lift kids out of poverty. “The Red Nose Day Special" is airing Thursday, May 26 (9-11 p.m. ET) on NBC.  

"It's amazing how much they can provide in this small space for a huge amount of children who are entitled to care and love," Roberts told NBC’s Joe Fryer of her visit to the school. The Oscar-winning actress was there along with Red Nose Day executive producer Richard Curtis, who brought the U.K. tradition to the U.S. last year.

Children First Academy provides busing and social services to its students and the clinic, guided by nurse Lacey, help kids suffering from poor nutrition, lack of sleep, asthma, mental health issues, lice and other health problems.

"These are children with the toughest lives, with worst health because of that. Without this work they wouldn't get any health care," Curtis said.

Roberts called nurse Lacey "a bright light in a dark hallway" and said "we can all rise up and participate in altering" the lives of children living in poverty by raising money. 

"I'll do anything for these kids I met today," Roberts said. 

Last year, Roberts offered a comic contribution to Red Nose Day in a sketch exposing her true voice on national television. Roberts' "natural" voice, many octaves lower than her real voice, was dubbed over famous movie scenes starring the actress.

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<![CDATA[Red Nose Day: Second Annual Telethon Returns Tonight]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 08:23:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_rednoseday0525_1920x1080.jpg The "Red Nose Day" comedy telethon returns to NBC tonight. The debut of the fundraiser for children living in poverty got a solid start in the United States last year, raising $23 million.

"We want to give the feeling of people being able to directly help kids in trouble," says founder Richard Curtis. Comedian Craig Ferguson hosts tonight's event and donations will be split 50/50 among poverty-fighting charities in and outside of the United States. ]]>
<![CDATA[Trump: I've Used 'Aliases' in Business to Save Money]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 04:06:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TRUMP_GettyImages-534301596.jpg

Donald Trump told Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night that he's used "aliases" throughout his career in real estate because "otherwise, they find out it's you, and they charge you more money."

"Over the years, I've used aliases," especially when doing real estate deals, Trump acknowledged in an interview on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

"I would never want to use my name, because you had to pay more money for the land," he said. "If you try to buy land, you use different names."

It was an unusual admission from Trump, NBC News reported, who made millions on often-risky real estate deals throughout the 1980s and '90s. He downplayed the tactic, telling Kimmel: "Many people in the real estate business do that."

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<![CDATA[‘Tonight': Sandler, Fallon Sing for Troops]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 05:03:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SANDLER_GettyImages-534338998.jpg In honor of Fleet Week, Jimmy Fallon and Adam Sandler perform "Friends on All Bases" (parody of "Friends in Low Places").

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<![CDATA[‘Tonight’: Stanley Cup Playoffs Superlatives]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 05:08:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e147_479_superlatives_20160525_1200x675_693175363985.jpg Jimmy Fallon hands out superlatives to players competing for a spot in the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Finals.]]> <![CDATA[‘Late Night’: A Look at Long TSA Lines]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 05:09:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e116_376_couplethings_20160525_1200x675_693172291959.jpg Host Seth Meyers looks at the big shakeup at the TSA. Meyers shares a few things about long lines at airports.]]> <![CDATA[‘Late Night’: David Spade Talks Gift From Brother]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 05:17:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SPADE_GettyImages-534352508.jpg David Spade tells host Seth Meyers about his siblings. He recalls that one of his brothers bought Spade a “big, buck knife” one year for Christmas. Spade observes the knife has dried blood on it. The brother told Spade that he got the knife from a crime scene.

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<![CDATA[Jack Black Ready for Another Red Nose Day]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 03:46:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/jackblack--rednoseday.png

Jack Black is probably best known for comedies like "School of Rock" and his voice work in the "Kung Fu Panda" films. So some fans may have been startled a year ago to see how he was affected by his encounter in Uganda with a homeless boy named Felix.

"People were very moved and also a little shocked to see me in that kind of context, because usually I'm just clowning around and making people laugh," Black told NBC's Joe Fryer in a segment that aired Wednesday on "Today."

Black's trip to Uganda was part of the first U.S. edition of Red Nose Day. He is returning this year — with a lighter segment — for “The Red Nose Day Special,” airing Thursday, May 26 (9-11 p.m. ET) on NBC.  

Craig Ferguson will host the live, two-hour extravaganza, which will feature Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Paul Rudd, Key and Peele and many more celebrities.

Red Nose Day, a global movement to fight kids' poverty, has raised over $1 billion globally in the last 25 years.   

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<![CDATA['The Carmichael Show' Plays the Trump Card]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 12:46:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_172329_0581.JPG

"The Carmichael Show," the standout new sitcom with the old-school "All in the Family" vibe, thrives on exposing and probing splits at a time when partisanship is the new national pastime. But comedian Jerrod Carmichael, in keeping with his 1970s predecessor, Norman Lear, knows that — like charity — dissension begins at home.

"The Carmichael Show," which sees the U.S. through the prism of a far-from-monolithic black, blue-collar family from North Carolina, ends its 2016 run Sunday by tackling a red-hot (and orange-haired) topic: Donald Trump.

It's a logical choice for a show that's largely succeeded, even on a sitcom schedule, in transporting headlines to the living room – everything from racial profiling to gun control to prison reform. But "Carmichael" is far from a kitchen sink drama, thanks to the smart humor and occasional warmth that flow via one of the most relatable American working-class sitcom families since the Conners of "Roseanne." 

On the surface, the characters seem like familiar types, who pair off into couples: Joe, the blunt-talking truck driver, and his shrill and devout wife, Cynthia. Their dopey, but well-meaning son, Bobby, and his earthy estranged wife, Nekeisha. Jerrod’s well-to-do biracial girlfriend, Maxine, who’s getting a new kind of education from the Carmichaels, and Jerrod himself, part smart aleck, part family provocateur.

The main players find their beliefs constantly challenged: Liberal Maxine welcomes Jerrod’s childhood buddy from prison – until discovering good reason to be wary of him. Pious Maxine rails against the evils of pornography – until an old family secret is revealed. Joe declares his love for the Second Amendment – until he learns the hard way about the dangers of having a gun in the house.

The NBC series’ strongest episode centered on Jerrod’s refusal to give up tickets to a Bill Cosby performance, sparking a family schism with his argument for separating the comedian’s act from numerous accusations of off-stage sexual assaults. In the end, Jerrod leaves partway through the show, unable to accept his own logic.

Sunday’s season finale uses the battling Carmichaels to explore the polarizing presumptive GOP presidential nominee. Like Trump, the Carmichaels are an unpredictable bunch.

In its short run, fans have come to count on “The Carmichael Show” for funny, savvy and unflinching takes on the issues of the day. The show might not change minds, but it offers insight into why some people think the way they do, filtered through perhaps the most complicated social unit of them all: the American family.

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[Ballerinas Dance to Hip Hop]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 04:12:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Chicago-Ballerinas.jpg

If you thought doing squats was a workout — try doing them en pointe.

Video of Chicago ballerinas dancing to Jason Derulo’s "If It Ain’t Love" is going viral and viewers can’t help but be mesmerized by the dancers’ strength, beauty and poise.

The footage was posted last week on Instagram by Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center instructor Homer Hans Bryant and features the "Hiplet Sur Les Pointes" class.

The video was captioned "Because we can."

While the Instagram post has received more than 1,000 likes on the social media site, Brazilian Facebook page So Bailarinos re-posted the video on its account, where it has since garnered more than 6.8 million views.

"All I see is strong women doing something a lot of folks can't do," one user commented on the video. "I was impressed and that's how champions are created and change happens somebody pushes the envelope. Even for warming up it shows great skill strength rhythm and timing."

"I do pointe and let me tell you it is not an easy thing to do," another wrote. "These girls have incredible balance and extreme strength in their ankles in order to be able to do this."

The dance center wrote on Facebook it was excited so many had watched the video.

"We love what we do and it’s really cool to be recognized," the post read.

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<![CDATA['Ellen': DeGeneres Helps Clinton Narrow VP List]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 09:58:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Rozman_160524_1123r.jpg

Hillary Clinton "offered" Ellen DeGeneres a position in her cabinet, should the Democratic front-runner win the White House in November.

In an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" airing Wednesday, Clinton turned the table on the show's host, revealing she was there to interview DeGeneres for a possible job in her administration. 

"I know that you have a lot to contribute and I would make you really be in charge of returning kindness to America," Clinton said. "Something that you care a lot about. Try to lift people’s spirits, give them something to be happy about because your show every day does that for millions of people."

DeGeneres would continue doing her daytime show, Clinton said, but the Los Angeles-taped show would have to be moved to Washington, D.C.

"Maybe you could do it from the White House," the former secretary of state proposed to sweeten the deal.

"That would be great to do the show from the White House; why don’t I do that?" DeGeneres exclaimed. She declined the position because Clinton said she would have to live in the vice president's house and not the presidential mansion.

"I have a nice house, I'm fine," the comedian quipped.

DeGeneres tried to help Clinton narrow her vice presidential pick in "Who'd You Rather?" a game where photos of two famous people were shown and Clinton had to choose which person she preferred to run with on a ticket. [[380820931, C]]

"This is very helpful,” Clinton said.

In a contest between businessman Mark Cuban and Vice President Joe Biden, Clinton chose Biden. But he was eliminated in the next match-up when he appeared against "Scandal" star Tony Goldwyn. The actor stood strong as Clinton picked him over "Survivor" host Jeff Probst and even her Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders.

"Gotta go with Tony!" Clinton blurted out when a photo of the Vermont senator appeared.

Goldwyn was finally dethroned by George Clooney. Other potential VP picks included Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Obama and Beyoncé.

"I really believe in making lemonade out of lemons," Clinton said, a reference to the singer's new album.

Earlier in the interview, DeGeneres asked Clinton if Sanders should drop out of the race, noting "it just looks like 99 percent sure you will be the nominee."

"Look, I think he has to do what he chooses to do. I understand that, I ran all the way to the end against then Sen. Obama," Clinton said. "And when it was over, because we had a much closer race than the one currently is between Sen. Sanders and myself, I withdrew. I endorsed him and I worked really hard to elect him and I do believe that Bernie will do that.

"Saturday Night Live's" Kate McKinnon, who plays Clinton and DeGeneres on the sketch comedy show, was also on "Ellen" Wednesday with her "Ghostbusters" castmates. So, it was only fitting that she would do her most well-known impressions in front of her real-life inspirations. [[380820751, C]]

"Thank you so much for spending your life fighting for the middle class, and for women, and for kids," McKinnon told Clinton in a dead-on DeGeneres impersonation. "I’ve also spent my life fighting for kids, but I am talking about baby goats."

McKinnon then switched to her Clinton voice, telling DeGeneres, "Every day we face hard choices like which statement blazer to wear. When I’m president, I’ll make sure that every American has a fair shot to live up to his or her God-given potential to watch you dance!"

Asked which of the two ladies McKinnon has the most fun parodying, the "SNL" star had a hard time deciding, eventually choosing the person running to be "the next president of the United States."

"I gotta go with her," McKinnon laughed while pointing to Clinton.

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<![CDATA[Grande Replaces Houston Hologram on 'The Voice']]> Wed, 25 May 2016 07:05:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-524219870.jpg

Christina Aguilera and Ariana Grande proved they are in fact "Dangerous Women."

Grande filled in for a hologram version of Whitney Houston in a duet with the "Dirtty" singer on the season finale of NBC's "The Voice" on Tuesday, and Aguilera fans were not disappointed by the last-minute replacement. [[380800641, C]]

Grande's unforgettable performance comes days after the planned hologram appearance of Houston was scrapped due to technical reasons. After a video of the duet leaked online ahead of its premiere, Houston's first using the technology, the late singer's family said last week the hologram fell short of perfection and shouldn't air.

Instead, the former "Victorious" star joined Aguilera, one of show's celebrity coaches, in singing the title track off of Grande's new album, "Dangerous Woman" on Tuesday.

Former child actress Alisan Porter, who played the title role in 1991's "Curly Sue," was crowned the 10th champion of "The Voice."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA['Late Night' With Seth Meyers: A Closer Look at Congress]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 05:24:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Congress-Closer-Look-Meyers.jpg Seth Meyers takes a look at the work ethic in Congress during a recent episode of "Late Night." ]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon Treats Shelton to Sushi]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 04:43:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/blake-shelton-jimmy-fallon-eat-sushi.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Blake Shelton go out to a sushi restaurant in New York.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Pros and Cons of Hosting BBQ]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 04:46:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pro-cons-bbq-memorial-day-.jpg Jimmy Fallon shares tips on hosting a bbq on Memorial Day weekend]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Darrell Hammond on Playing Clinton]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 04:49:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hammond-meyers.jpg Darrell Hammond shares his experiences of playing Bill Clinton on 'Saturday Night Live.']]>