<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbclosangeles.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usSat, 21 Apr 2018 02:14:27 -0700Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:14:27 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Tonight': Anthony Mackie's First Time Smoking Weed]]> Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:09:45 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2018-04-21+at+4.08.08+AM.png

Anthony Mackie reminds Jimmy Fallon of the time they ate sushi with Mick Jagger at the Met Ball until 7 a.m., describes his first weed experience, which ended with him getting chased by a moose, and gives a brilliant recap of "Avengers: Infinity War."

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Karate Piñata with Anthony Mackie & Ralph Macchio]]> Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:01:49 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2018-04-21+at+3.57.37+AM.png

Jimmy Fallon challenges Anthony Mackie and Ralph Macchio, who brings his "Karate Kid" expertise, to face off in a game that combines the skill of karate with the fun of a piñata party.

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<![CDATA[EDM Icon Avicii Remembered as 'Beautiful Soul']]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:18:13 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/508889298-Avicii-DJ-Set.jpg

The sudden death of popular DJ Avicii, the pioneering EDM producer who made hit songs like "Le7els" and "Wake Me Up," prompted an outpouring of love from fellow DJs and musicians.

He was remembered as a "beautiful soul" by Calvin Harris and as a game-changer for modern dance music by Deadmau5.

Avicii, whose given name was Tim Bergling, was 28. He was found dead Friday in Oman, according to his publicist.

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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:13:59 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Tina Fey Surprises Fans While They Thank Her]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:05:22 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2018-04-20+at+2.53.58+AM.png

Tina Fey surprises superfans while they film video messages to her, sharing how her career and "Mean Girls" impacted them, and Jimmy Fallon surprises Tina with a heartfelt message of his own.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Superlatives 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:49:13 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/Screen+Shot+2018-04-20+at+2.48.22+AM.png

Jimmy Fallon hands out superlatives to the NHL players competing in the playoffs for the Stanley Cup.

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<![CDATA[Dystopia Redux: 'Westworld' and 'Handmaid' Set for Return]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:11:18 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/bestdramaactress_evanrachelwood_westworld.jpg

The first season of Hulu's "A Handmaid's Tale" essentially left off where Margaret Atwood's book ended. The initial season finale of HBO's "Westworld," which traveled far beyond the original 1973 movie, offered only hints of what's to come (including more fantasy theme parks).

Both shows' inaugural outings ended with varying levels of violence as the women – whether robots or those just treated like automatons – finally struck back.

The two small-screen standouts are set to return within days of one another – arriving amid unknowns galore, but with the promise of delivering a double dose of dystopia for the #MeToo era.

"Westworld," which starts anew Sunday, shocked and captivated with its tale of an Old West-themed playground for the rich staffed by robots there to be killed and raped at will. But the artificial characters grew increasingly sentient and rebelled, led by Thandie Newton's saloon madam and Evan Rachel Wood's farm dweller, both no longer willing to play the victim. 

"The Handmaid's Tale," which embarks on its next chapter April 25, generated chills with its bleak depiction of a society in which fertile "handmaids" are assigned to wealthy families for procreation, which takes place in the form of ritualized rape.

The shows haven't reached "Black Mirror" levels of occasional, eerie prescience. But they've tapped fears – variously, of out-of-control technology, wealth and autocracy spelling the oppression of women. In different ways, the dramas tackle what it means to be human – and to be treated as human.

"Westworld" debuted weeks before the 2016 election, while "The Handmaid's Tale," propelled by Elisabeth Moss’ Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning performance, arrived three months after the massive post-inauguration Women's March.

Both shows were between seasons when the #MeToo/Time's Up movement dawned, with the misogynist abuse of power no longer relegated to the shadows.

The returns of "Westworld" and "A Handmaid's Tale" now bode to resonate in ways perhaps not even their formidable creative teams imagined.

Through newly seeing synthetic eyes and from under handmaids' winged bonnets peak glimmers of hope, via two dramas that dare us to do more than just watch.

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[Extravagant Beverly Hills Mansion Once Owned by Mark Wahlberg Sells for $12.4M]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:19:37 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/193*120/12-1-16-Wahlberg-home.jpg A Beverly Hills mansion and fitness lovers' paradise previously owned by actor Mark Wahlberg has sold for $12.4 million, a far cry from the $30 million it was originally listed for, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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<![CDATA[Bruno Mars Remembers Namesake and WWE Legend ]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:57:38 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bruinomars77771.jpg

Bruno Mars sent his condolences to the family of WWE legend Bruno Sammartino, the man who is the inspiration for his stage name, via Twitter Thursday morning.

“Sending love and prayers to Bruno Sammartino’s family. He was such a gentleman when I met him & really meant a lot to my father & I. RIP,” the tweet said.

Sammartino died Wednesday at the age of 82, according to WWE. The “Italian Superman” held numerous titles and was the WWE’s longest-reigning world champion which ESPN says he held for nearly eight consecutive years.

Mars was born Peter Gene Hernandez, but was nicknamed “Bruno” by his father because he was a huge fan of the wrestler. His dad said the inspiration for the nickname was because Mars was a “chunky” baby — and Sammartino was about 275 pounds at his prime wrestling weight.

The two Brunos met last August during a "24K Magic World Tour" pit-stop in Pittsburgh and the “Finesse” singer shared a photo on Instagram.

Sammartino said Mars was “the most humble, nicest guy. He couldn't have been more respectful" and was "extremely impressed.”

Mars’ fans have been sending their support to the singer via Twitter as well.

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<![CDATA[Time Reveals Its 100 Most Influential List]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:18:28 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/timeinflu.jpg

Who would've thought Donald Trump and Cardi B would find themselves sharing time together on any list. Well, that happened Thursday when Time revealed its 100 Most Influential People list.

The list, categorized between pioneers, artists, leaders, icons and titans, comprises a wide ranging grouping across the political and entertainment spectrum including celebrities such as Sterling K. Brown, Gal Gadot, Millie Bobby Brown, Roseanne Barr and Jimmy Kimmel, to world leaders like Trump, Kim Jong Un and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Other notable mentions include late night host Jimmy Kimmel, special counsel Robert Mueller and soon to be bethroed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

According to Time, the annual list "isn't a measure of power," but rather a designation of people whose time "in our estimation, is now."

Former President Barack Obama wrote an introduction for the survivors of the Parkland, Fla. shooting.

"The Parkland, Fla., students don’t have the kind of lobbyists or big budgets for attack ads that their opponents do. Most of them can’t even vote yet," Obama wrote. "But they have the power so often inherent in youth: to see the world anew; to reject the old constraints, outdated conventions and cowardice too often dressed up as wisdom."

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<![CDATA[Look From Above: New Photos of Disneyland's Star Wars Land and More]]> Mon, 29 Jan 2018 20:15:49 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/starwars-land-cover-split.jpg

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<![CDATA[Doctor Who Treated Prince Pays $30K to Settle Violation]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:24:56 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/74378148-Prince-Performance.jpg

A Minnesota doctor accused of illegally prescribing an opioid painkiller for Prince a week before the musician died from a fentanyl overdose has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a federal civil violation, according to documents made public Thursday.

The settlement between the U.S. Attorney's Office and Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg comes as state prosecutors prepared to announce Thursday morning whether they'll file any criminal charges stemming from their two-year investigation into Prince's death.

Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016. An autopsy found he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin. State and federal authorities have been investigating the source of the fentanyl for nearly two years, and no one has been criminally charged.

But federal prosecutors and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration alleged Schulenberg, a family physician who saw Prince at least twice before he died, violated the Controlled Substances Act when he wrote a prescription in the name of someone else on April 14, 2016.

The settlement, dated Monday, does not name Prince or make any references to the Prince investigation — but search warrants previously released say Schulenberg told authorities he prescribed oxycodone to Prince on April 14 and put it under the name of Prince's bodyguard and close friend, Kirk Johnson, "for Prince's privacy." Schulenberg's attorney has disputed that.

Oxycodone, the generic name for the active ingredient in OxyContin, was not listed as a cause of Prince's death. But it is part of a family of painkillers driving the nation's overdose and addiction epidemic, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 2 million Americans abused or were addicted to prescription opioids, including oxycodone, in 2014.

A laboratory report obtained by The Associated Press notes that one of the pills found in a prescription bottle in Paisley Park that bore Johnson's name tested positive for oxycodone.

"Doctors are trusted medical professionals and, in the midst of our opioid crisis, they must be part of the solution," U.S. Attorney Greg Brooker said in a statement Thursday. "As licensed professionals, doctors are held to a high level of accountability in their prescribing practices, especially when it comes to highly addictive painkillers. ... We are committed to using every available tool to stem the tide of opioid abuse."

The settlement notes that the agreement "is neither an admission of facts nor liability by Dr. Schulenberg." And in a separate letter to Schulenberg's attorneys, prosecutors say Schulenberg is not currently a target of any criminal investigation.

Under the settlement, Schulenberg has 30 days to pay $30,000 to the U.S. government. He also agreed to stricter requirements for logging and reporting his prescriptions of controlled substances for two years. Among them, he must keep detailed logs of all controlled substances he prescribes, allow the DEA to inspect the logs and other records without prior notice, and allow the DEA access to his prescribing history on demand.

It's illegal for a doctor to write a prescription for someone under another person's name. Anyone convicted of doing so could lose their DEA registration — meaning they could no longer prescribe controlled substances — and could face discipline from their state medical board.

The settlement says the DEA won't revoke Schulenberg's registration, unless he does not comply. It's unclear whether the state medical board will take action. His license is currently active and he has no disciplinary action against him.

A confidential toxicology report obtained by The Associated Press in March showed high concentrations of fentanyl in the singer's blood, liver and stomach. The concentration of fentanyl in Prince's blood alone was 67.8 micrograms per liter, which outside experts called "exceedingly high."

Prince did not have a prescription for fentanyl. Search warrants unsealed about a year after he died showed that authorities searched his home, cellphone records of associates and his email accounts to try to determine how he got the drug. Authorities found numerous pills in various containers stashed around Prince's home, including some counterfeit pills that contained fentanyl.

While many who knew Prince over the years said he had a reputation for clean living, some said he also struggled with pain after years of performing at an intense level. Documents unsealed last year paint a picture of a man struggling with an addiction to prescription opioids and withdrawal, and they also show there were efforts to get him help.

Associates at Paisley Park told investigators that Prince was recently "going through withdrawals, which are believed to be the result of the abuse of prescription medication," according to an affidavit.

Just six days before he died, Prince passed out on a plane, and an emergency stop was made in Moline, Illinois. The musician had to be revived with two doses of a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

The day before his death, Paisley Park staffers contacted California addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld as they were trying to get Prince help. Kornfeld sent his son, Andrew, to Minnesota that night, and the younger Kornfeld was among those who found Prince's body. Andrew Kornfeld was carrying buprenorphine, a medication that can be used to help treat opioid addiction.

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<![CDATA[Chadwick Boseman of 'Black Panther' to Give HU Grad Speech]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:29:44 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/041818+chadwick+boseman.jpg

Wakanda forever!

Actor Chadwick Boseman will deliver the keynote address at Howard University's graduation ceremony next month, the school announced Wednesday.

Best known for his role in "Black Panther," Boseman also has portrayed Thurgood Marshall, James Brown and Jackie Robinson. He said he's honored to return to his alma mater, from which he graduated in 2000.

“I’m excited to return to the Mecca in celebration of the achievements of our illustrious students,” Boseman said in a statement. “Let’s listen, learn and build with one another.”

The university's president, Wayne Frederick, said Boseman "reminds us of the excellence found in the African diaspora and how places like Howard are hidden, untapped gems producing the next generation of scientists, engineers and doctors."

At the ceremony Saturday, May 12, Boseman will receive an honorary doctorate.

Former FBI director James Comey delivered the keynote speech at Howard's 2017 graduation. Former president Barack Obama made the speech the previous year.

Boseman will speak at the school at a tumultuous time. Students went on strike for days earlier this month with complaints about student housing, sexual assault reforms, campus police and more.

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<![CDATA[James Defends Reporter Asking About Death of Erin Popovich]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:16:28 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lebronpop.jpg

It was a raw moment caught on live television. Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James was asked his thoughts on the recently announced death of Erin Popovich, the wife of San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich. In very un-LeBron James fashion, he halted, cursed and fought back tears in composing a response. 

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James' stunned, emotional reaction had many on social media crying foul, believing TNT reporter Allie LaForce intentionally blindsided James with the question.

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But James says that couldn't be further from the truth. James said he was told he'd be asked about Erin Popovich before they went on camera, and that his emotions simply got away from him.

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"I'm not on social media right now, but I was made aware through some friends, through texts, that a question was asked to me postgame, and a lot of people feel like I was blindsided," James said on UNINTERRUPTED. "That is absolutely false. Allie LaForce told me that she was going to ask me the question and if it was OK."

"That was just my emotions coming straight from my heart about the late Erin Popovich," James continued in the video. "It's unfortunate, it's a tragic loss. My thoughts, my prayers once again go out to the Popovich family. To Gregg, to the Spurs family, to the whole Spurs fan base."

James also took a second to implore those on social media to lay off the reporter.

"Please get off Allie LaForce's back, because she followed the proper protocol and she warned me. Get off her back, man. She's very professional and she does a great job at her work."

The Spurs confirmed Erin Popovich's death Wednesday. The team didn't provide further details. The Popovichs have two children and two grandchildren. They met at the Air Force Academy in 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons. Erin's father, Jim Conboy, was Air Force's head athletic trainer.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Wheel of Freestyle With Letitia Wright]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:01:16 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/Screen+Shot+2018-04-19+at+4.00.19+AM.png

Letitia Wright of "Black Panther" and The Roots' Black Thought take turns working three random words they've never seen before into a freestyle rap (plus a surprise freestyle from Jimmy Fallon).

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Hashtag #StonerStories]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:50:13 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e110_853_hashtags_20180418-152412222161700002.jpg

Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #StonerStories.

<![CDATA[David Bowie Art Installation Takes Over NYC Subway Station ]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:49:15 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/190*120/bowie6.jpg Subway riders can visit the one and only "Ziggy Stardust" underground. OK, not really. But a special immersive David Bowie takeover has swept the Broadway-Lafayette subway station.

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<![CDATA[Bodak Bernie? Sanders, Cardi B Unite Over Social Security]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:47:04 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bernicardi.jpg

Whoever said politics makes strange bedfellows had no idea.

Sen. Bernie Sanders added his voice to the call to protect social security following on the heels of Cardi B's recent praise for former President Franklin Roosevelt and his work for the senior community.

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“Cardi B is right. We've got to protect social security for all generations,” Sanders said in a tweeted video.

In a recent GQ profile Cardi B praised FDR for various accomplishments including his commitment to the elderly.

"He helped us get over the Depression, all while he was in a wheelchair. Like, this man was suffering from polio at the time of his presidency, and yet all he was worried about was trying to make America great—make America great again for real," Cardi B said. "He's the real 'Make America Great Again,' because if it wasn't for him, old people wouldn't even get Social Security."

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<![CDATA[Queen Elizabeth's Royal Corgi Dynasty in Photos]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:14:09 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-515462654_master.jpg From family snaps to public photobombs, see the British monarchy's royal corgi companions in photos.

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<![CDATA[Wrestling Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino Dies at 82]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:28:36 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/brunobruno1.jpg

Bruno Sammartino, professional wrestling's "Living Legend" and one of its longest-reigning champions, has died. Sammartino was 82.

Family friend and former wrestling announcer Christopher Cruise said Sammartino died Wednesday morning and had been hospitalized for two months.

Sammartino was wrestling's biggest box office draw in the 1960s and 1970s and held the World Wide Wrestling Federation championship for more than 11 years (4,040 days) over two title runs.

He was born in Italy and his family immigrated when he was a child to Pittsburgh, where he learned how to become a pro wrestler.

The promotion now known as WWE said Sammartino sold out Madison Square Garden , known as the mecca of professional wrestling, 187 times over his career.

Sammartino and WWE had a bitter falling out in the late 1980s that lasted until the company's greatest star accepted his induction into the Hall of Fame in 2013. He was inducted by Arnold Schwarzenegger .

Sammartino defeated Buddy Rogers in just 48 seconds to become the second-ever WWE Champion in front of nearly 20,000 fans on May 17, 1963 at the old Madison Square Garden. He held the title until 1971. His second reign began in 1973 and it lasted until he was pinned by "Superstar" Billy Graham in 1977. Sammartino became a broadcaster for the company in the 1980s and later became outspoken about the company's evolving philosophy that put the emphasis on entertainment.

Sammartino's family fled a Nazi invasion of his village in Italy and he hid with his mother in a mountain called Valla Rocca during the German occupation. They eventually joined his immigrant father in Pittsburgh in 1950.

He became a noted weightlifter and the WWE said he once bench-pressed 569 pounds in 1959 which was noticed by promoter Vincent J. McMahon. Sammartino's Italian heritage, brute strength and good-guy charisma helped make him an instant star in the northeast. He had rivalries with Killer Kowalski, Gorilla Monsoon and George "The Animal" Steele during his title runs and later wrestled famous grudge matches at Shea Stadium against Pedo Morales and Larry Zbyszko. Sammartino and Hulk Hogan are the biggest long-term box office draws in WWE history and two tagged together in the "Legend's" final match.

He was a broadcaster for several years in the 1980s and competed in a battle royal at the second WrestleMania in 1986. He was in his son David's corner for a bout at the first WrestleMania in 1985.

But Sammartino soon grew tired of promoter Vince McMahon's outlandish storylines that became more focused on sports entertainment than good wrestling and was outraged over the drug culture he said had permeated the industry.

He walked away in 1988 and finally returned in 2013 to accept his induction into the Hall of Fame when he became convinced WWE had cleaned up its act.

Paul Levesque, a top WWE executive better known in the ring as Triple H, helped the company make peace with Sammartino.

"Devastated to hear the passing of a true icon, legend, great, honest and wonderful man... A true friend...and one of the toughest people I've ever met . My thoughts are with his entire family," Levesque tweeted.

Olympic gold medalist and WWE star Kurt Angle, a Pittsburgh native, called Sammartino "a hometown hero ."

"I grew up watching Bruno. He was an amazing performer, who made his Pittsburgh natives proud. He was a champion's champion. I got to know Bruno in his latter years, after he retired from the then WWWF. He carried himself with dignity, and was always courteous to his fans. A true role model and hero," he wrote.

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto said Sammartino was one of the city's greatest ambassadors .

"Bruno Sammartino was one of the greatest ambassadors the city of Pittsburgh ever had," he said. "Like so many of us, his immigrant family moved here to build a new life, and through his uncommon strength and surprising grace he embodied the spirit of Pittsburgh on the world stage. Some of the fondest memories of my childhood are of sitting in the basement with my grandfather on Saturday mornings and watching Bruno wrestle."

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<![CDATA[Happy Birthday Kal-El: Superman Celebrates 80 Years]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:25:32 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/superman80thThumb.jpg Faster than a speeding bullet, Superman has grown from his first appearance in a 1938 comic book sold for a dime, to a billowing global franchise worth millions in merchandise and licenses in 80 years. See some of the big names that brought this iconic superhero to life on screen.]]>