<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:57:45 -0400 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:57:45 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’: Do Not Read List]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:29:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Do+Not+Read1.png Jimmy Fallon shares some books you probably should avoid reading this year, including "Hamburgers: Bad News for Cows."]]> <![CDATA[Christie May Go 'Nuclear' if Ignored Next Debate]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:23:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Chris+Christie+Interview.png

It wasn't the "belt grabber" or "back it up" we hoped for, but Chris Christie did perform an encore snippet of "Dance You Do at a Springsteen Concert" from the infamous "The Evolution of Dad Dancing" skit.

The New Jersey governor and presidential candidate stopped by the "Tonight Show" Monday and challenged Jimmy Fallon to a lip syncing battle.

"When I say we are going to lip sync, we are going to lip sync," Christie asserted as he pulled a microphone from behind his chair and began rocking to Springsteen's hit "Born in the USA."

"You won! You're the lip sync winner," Fallon cut it, interrupting his performance as he handed Christie a championship medal.

The GOP nominee hopeful chatted about meeting Fallon's wife in New Hampshire and revealed his plans to take a more aggressive approach during the next GOP face-off, which will be moderated by CNN later this month.

"In the last debate, I was waiting for you to talk," Fallon said referring to the first Republican primary debate on the Fox News Channel.

"Me, too," Christie quipped, noting at one point he went 20 questions without being called on. "But stay tuned on Sept. 16th, we may be changing tactics. You know, if I get to like 15 questions in a row -— count 'em at home — if I get to 15 in a row, you're going to go 'Uh oh, he's going to go nuclear now.'"

"That's what I'm talking about!" Fallon cheered. "That's what we want to see!"

Christie's return to late-night TV comes as he's been struggling to gain momentum in the crowded Republican field in the summer polls. During the interview, Fallon, who often jokes about Christie during his monologue, pressed the famously brash governor, suggesting that he's been overshadowed by billionaire businessman and Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Christie had several notable clashes with his opponents during the Fox News debate and his performance was generally well-reviewed, but Trump nonetheless dominated coverage of the event.

"Donald Trump now is in the lead in all these polls. Is this a surprise to you?" Fallon asked Christie.

"I completely expected that, didn't you?" Christie responded sarcastically. "Everything he does is fabulous, wonderful, spectacular, amazing. It's the best."

Christie also talked during the interview about a sleepover he had with rival Marco Rubio at 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney's home ahead of a Fourth of July parade in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. After dinner the night before the parade, he said, Romney invited the two competitors, along with their families and a handful of his grandkids on a boat ride that included an unexpected stop for ice cream.

"[Romney] was like, 'Let's go for ice cream.' I was like, 'All right,' " Christie recalled.

"First of all, you weren't like, 'All right,' Fallon chimed. "You were like, 'Yes!'"

Christie jokingly stormed off the stage. When he returned to his chair, he told Fallon, "If I ever leave public life, you're going to have to hire two writers just to replace the garbage you say about me."
 



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<![CDATA[Gov. Christie, Fallon Talk Republican Debates]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:36:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Chris+Christie.png Chris Christie explains to Jimmy Fallon why we didn't hear much from the New Jersey governor during the first Republican presidential primary debate.]]> <![CDATA[SpongeBob SquarePants Coming to Broadway]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:57:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-72812998+%281%29.jpg

SpongeBob SquarePants is making the move from his pineapple under the sea to the Great White Way, in a new musical set to hit Broadway in the 2016-17 season.

“The SpongeBob Musical” will follow the popular Nickelodeon character and his band of friends in a new journey set to originals songs from some of music’s biggest names, including David Bowie, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, Panic! At the Disco, Cyndi Lauper, Dirty Projectors, Jonathan Coulton and The Flaming Lips will also write new songs to fill out the score. Music supervision will come from Tony winner Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”), with a book coming from Kyle Jarrow (“Whisper House”).

The project co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau (“Superior Donuts”), who says she was attracted to the ensemble nature of the material.

“[SpongeBob’s] the classic underdog hero,” she explained. “Our production sets him on a hero’s journey with real stakes, all the while retaining the show’s trippy humor and irreverence.”

Landau also said that their actors won’t be using prosthetics or costumes to bring the show’s characters to life. 

“The SpongeBob Musical” will have its world premiere in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre beginning June 7, 2016, in a limited engagement through July 3. Casting is expected to be announced shortly.



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<![CDATA[Jon Rudnitsky Joins 'SNL' as Featured Player]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:56:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/150831-rudnitsky-snl-1115a_9e5e8f7ca68d07d02930e45ba6ea60f2.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

A new face for a new season.

Stand-up comic Jon Rudnitsky joins the cast of "Saturday Night Live" for its 41st season as a featured player.

The 25-year-old comedian hails from Harrington Park, New Jersey and graduated from the University of Southern California. Rudnitsky won the 2012 Laugh Factory Laugh Bowl, featured in this year's New Faces showcase at Montreal's Just for Laughs festival and gained a YouTube following thanks to his parodies of "House of Cards" and "True Detective."

"SNL" returns with new episodes on Oct. 3 with host Miley Cyrus. Amy Schumer makes her hosting debut on Oct. 10, and former cast member Tracy Morgan returns on Oct. 17.

Morgan has been recovering from a traumatic brain injury after a June 2014 car wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike. Soon after the news of his return to "SNL" broke, the comedian said on Twitter he was "stoked to be going home."

The most Emmy-nominated show of all time, "Saturday Night Live" celebrated its 40th anniversary with a star-studded broadcast special in February.



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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:00:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA['Concussion' Trailer]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:07:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/concussion-Concussion_DTR1_Txtd-StereoSplit_h264_hd_1200x675_516568643856.jpg Will Smith takes on the NFL in "Concussion," in theaters December 25. ]]> <![CDATA[Miley Cyrus' Wacky MTV VMAs Outfits]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:13:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-486018870.jpg Host Miley Cyrus kept the outfits coming at 2015 MTV Video Music Awards – each one wackier than the last.

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<![CDATA[MTV VMAs 2015: Best Moments ]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:54:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485987428+1.jpg The best pictures and moments from the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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<![CDATA[MTV VMAs Red Carpet: Best and Worst Dressed]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 01:00:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485984216.jpg All the best and worst looks from the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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<![CDATA[Bathtub Girl Meets Luke Bryan: 'I Love Him']]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:42:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Ava_Finley_Luke_Bryan.png

A little girl struggles to say who she loves and her dad couldn't make out the words. 

The two-year-old professed her love to country singer Luke Bryan during bath time. The video of the father-daughter episode went viral, followed by an in person meeting with the superstar. 

As Ava Finley took a bath last year, the toddler began babbling with her dad Jonathan Finley and he started shooting video of her chatter. At first, he didn't know exactly what she was talking about. 

"A little bunny? You look funny?" he asked. 

What the little girl from Calera, Ala. was trying to tell her father was — Luke Bryan! Her pronunciation was a little tough to make out.

"I love him!" she exclaimed.

Ava became a Bryan fan after listening to his music with her aunts. "Play It Again" is her favorite song. 

Ava's mom first shared the video on her personal Facebook page last year. After being nudged by friends, she posted it to Twitter in April of this year and tagged Bryan, who eventually saw the video and retweeted it. His record label got in contact with the Finleys and invited them to a concert and meet-and-greet this year.

"She is really shy around people she doesn’t know. I was kind of afraid she would chicken out," said Ava's mom Adrian Finley. 

Dressed up in her cowboy boots and a white bow, Ava finally met Bryan before his concert in Atlanta on Aug. 23. Upon seeing her, Bryan scooped up Ava and gave her a big hug. He shared the moment on his Facebook page. 

"She was even cuter in person," Bryan wrote.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Run With Kevin Hart During Philly 5K ]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:34:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kevin-Hart-Run.jpg

Thousands of people joined superstar comedian Kevin Hart for a 5K run in Philadelphia Saturday morning.

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Hart, a Philly native, teamed up with Nike+ Run Club to organize the race, which began at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at 8:04 a.m. and ended there. Prior to his hometown, the comedian held 5K runs in seven other cities, including New York and Houston.

Comedian J.B. Smoove and 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor were among the participants Saturday. [[323327931, C]]

Hart claimed that nearly 4500 people came out for the event, which was open to runners of all speeds and paces.

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“When I first started doing these spontaneous 5K runs it was just something I was doing authentically through social media,” Hart told NBC10’s Monique Braxton. “Nike got wind of it and Nike was like, ‘What you’re doing is amazing. You’re motivating people, you’re pushing people to do better, to simply be the best version of themselves that they possibly can.’”

Hart, who has over 21 million followers on Twitter, says the event is part of his goal of motivating his fans to get fit and healthy.

“When it comes to physical fitness and health I think that’s something that I’ve really adapted to and that’s something that I take serious now,” he said. “We’re simply in the business of making people understand and grasp the concept of taking care of yourself. “

Hart finished the race in a little under 22 minutes. He congratulated and high-fived runners as they finished at the Rocky steps.

Hart will perform Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field as part of his “What Now” comedy tour.
 


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<![CDATA[Spike Lee's Oscar Joint]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:01:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_570934070274.jpg

It would be too easy to declare the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did the right thing this week by tapping filmmaker Spike Lee for an honorary Oscar.

Like the best of Lee's movies, which are propelled by though-provoking ambiguity, the award's significance doesn't fall into a simple good or bad category.

Sure, the honor marks long-overdue recognition for one of the strongest filmmakers of the last three decades. But Lee's belated Oscar also underscores Hollywood's failure to do the right thing at the right time – especially in rewarding major talents who don't fit familiar molds.

One unfortunate drawback of the honorary award is that it's handed out at the untelevised Governors Awards ceremony in November – meaning whatever in-person message the outspoken Lee delivers to Oscar voters months after the vexing nomination snubs for "Selma" director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo won't draw the worldwide audience of the February Academy Awards broadcast.

Much of the Hollywood establishment never knew what to make of Lee, beginning with his sexually charged 1986 indie splash, "She's Gotta Have It." His (so far) masterpiece "Do the Right Thing," the tale of a racially roiled Brooklyn, spoke to its times (1989) and resonates today amid the current Black Lives Matter movement. But the Academy largely overlooked the powerful film (save for a screenplay nomination for Lee and a supporting actor nod for Danny Aiello) in a year that "Driving Miss Daisy," a very different movie about race, won Best Picture.

Lee went onto produce more high-quality movies, among them "Jungle Fever," and "Malcolm X," which at least earned Denzel Washington a Best Actor nomination.  

The filmmaker follows an eclectic muse, serving up everything from comedies (“Girl 6”) to musicals (“School Daze”) to searing documentaries tackling Hurricane Katrina (“When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts”) and the 1963 Birmingham church bombing (“4 Little Girls,” which earned him the second of his two Oscar nominations, this one for Best Documentary Feature). Even some of Lee’s smaller films (the bittersweet "Crooklyn") and semi-misfires ("Bamboozled") proved compelling to varying degrees.

His catalog also contains sadly underrated triumphs, like the late 1977-set New York tale "Summer of Sam" and the gritty crime drama "Clockers." The worst (and best) thing you could say about "Clockers" is that it played less like a Spike Lee Joint than a flick directed by Martin Scorsese, another great New York filmmaker mistreated by the Oscars. 

Scorsese didn’t notch a Best Director statuette until 2007, when he won for “The Departed,” three decades after “Taxi Driver.” Scorsese was 64 when he got to hold his first Oscar. Paul Newman was 62 when he won a Best Actor trophy for the Scorsese-directed “The Color of Money” in 1987, a year after getting an honorary Oscar and three decades after his first nomination.

Lee, at age 58, is a youngster compared to this year's other octogenarian honorary Oscar winners: proto-indie film queen Gena Rowlands and 1950s-1960s cinematic sweetheart Debbie Reynolds. There's still time for Lee to produce a new masterpiece, and force the Academy to do the right thing, on his terms and on its biggest stage.

 

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[Police Shut Down Seinfeld's Lemonade Stand: Report]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:25:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lemonade+seinfeld.jpg

No lemonade for you!

That's what the cops had to tell several people who had allegedly illegally parked cars around a roadside lemonade stand set up by comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his family last week in East Hampton Village, according to the community news website 27east.com.

The "Seinfeld" star and his family had set up the lemonade stand on Aug. 18 to raise money for his wife's charity, Baby Buggy. At least one neighbor called police after seeing the attention the lemonade stand was drawing, and police came and shut the operation down, 27east.com reports.

Village police told the family that it was against the law to operate a lemonade stand because village code prohibits all forms of street peddling, according to 27east.com.

The family had more humor about the encounter than Seinfeld's TV character had during neighborly spats with Newman, however.

Seinfeld's wife, Jessica, posted a photo to Instagram showing the comic, their son, Julian, and a couple of Julian's friends standing with their hands behind their head near a village police cruiser.

 

"Lemonade dreams crushed by local neighbor, but not before raising lots of money for @loverecycled," she wrote. "Thanks to all of our customers and big tippers!"



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<![CDATA[Schumer, Lawrence Dance on Billy Joel's Piano]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:07:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SchumerLawrence.jpg

Concertgoers at Billy Joel’s highly-anticipated Wrigley Field performance Thursday night got an extra treat when famed comedian Amy Schumer and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence jumped onstage.

The duo, who recently revealed they’re writing a screenplay together, took off their shoes and hopped on top of Joel’s grand piano as he sang his hit song “Uptown Girl.”

The song is also featured in Schumer’s hit flick “Trainwreck.”

News of the pair’s plans for a surprise dance first appeared on Twitter Thursday evening when video was posted showing them at a rehearsal with Joel.

Schumer has been spotted several times in Chicago this week and is expected to appear at the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival in Tinley Park along with Aziz Ansari.
 


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<![CDATA[Robin Williams' Family Back in Court]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:13:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_090813048528.jpg

Attorneys for Robin Williams' wife and children were due back in court Friday in the ongoing fight over the late actor's estate.

The two sides were scheduled to go before a San Francisco judge, as court documents indicate they remain at odds over the division of Williams' personal items and a reserve fund to maintain Susan Williams in the home she shared with Robin Williams.

Williams' children from previous marriages, Zachary, Zelda and Cody Williams, say the estate's trustees have determined the division of all of Williams' personal property, and those decisions are final. They accuse Susan Williams of holding on to property that is theirs.

Susan Williams' attorney, James Wagstaffe, had said after a court hearing in June that Susan Williams wanted to keep items such as her husband's slippers, T-shirts and some boxer shorts.

The children also say the trustees have arrived at a figure for a reserve fund for Susan Williams to cover the costs of the Tiburon home, but she wants more.

Susan Williams says the trustees have refused to explain how they calculated the amounts for her reserve fund, which were different from figures she arrived at.

Robin Williams died in August 2014 at the Tiburon home. The coroner ruled his death a suicide. The actor's wife has said he struggled with depression, anxiety and a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.



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<![CDATA[Trump Has Attendee Pull at His Hair, Attacks Media]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:02:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_343928941003.jpg

Donald Trump forcefully defended his hair and attacked the New York Times for a front-page report on his adversarial relationship with Spanish-language media during a rally in South Carolina on Thursday.

The GOP presidential frontrunner took umbrage to the opening paragraph of the Times story that details how Hispanic radio host Ricardo Sánchez has nicknamed Trump "El hombre del peluquín," or "the man of the toupee."

"I don't wear a toupee. It's my hair. I swear," he said before inviting a woman in attendance to inspect his head. 



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<![CDATA[Misty Copeland Debuts on Broadway]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:43:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485224106.jpg

After making history as the first black woman to be named principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland conquered the Great White Way on Tuesday night, making her Broadway debut in the acclaimed revival of “On the Town.”

She’ll be with the show for just 12 performances, through its closing at the Lyric Theatre on Sept. 6.

Copeland’s performance was met with thunderous applause from the enthusiastic audience, which included celebrities like Grammy-winner Josh Groban, Tony-winner Phylicia Rashad, NBC’s own Al Roker (“Today”) and Tamara Tunie (“Law & Order: SVU”).

Also in the audience? Ninety-year-old dancer Billie Allen, the first black woman to perform in “On the Town” back in the show’s original 1944 production.

“As somebody with Broadway ambitions myself, to see Misty up there and making her Broadway debut was spectacular,” Groban told NBC New York. “Her dancing is transcendent, and to see her technique within a musical was a wonderful experience for everybody involved.”

Copeland plays Ivy Smith in the show, an inspiring performer and the current winner of the monthly “Miss Turnstile” competition. Smith becomes the object of affection for sailor Gabey (Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck), who, with the help of friends Chip (Jay Armstrong Johnson) and Ozzie (Clyde Alves), sets out to find her while on 24-hour shore leave in New York City.

The musical, which features music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, is based on Jerome Robbin’s 1944 ballet “Fancy Free.” Many of the show’s biggest dance numbers — choreographed in this production by Emmy winner Joshua Bergasse — feature Copeland’s character.

That includes the “Presentation of Miss Turnstiles,” in which we first meet Ivy. The dance paints the picture of a day in the life of Miss Turnstiles, and has Copeland pirouetting from photo shoots to night clubs to taking care of her fictional husband in her home.

You can watch Copeland perform the number here. As you’ll see, it’s a much more lighthearted dance than Copeland typically performs at the American Ballet Theatre. And yet she feels completely at home in it, punching up the humor of the piece and moving comfortably through the numbers more complicated movements.

Copeland is equally at home during the show’s book scenes. Her Ivy is more bubbly and bold than her predecessor Megan Fairchild’s, creating a sweet dynamic between Ivy and Gabey that puts their enthusiasm, nervousness and affection for one another on equal playing ground. 

We see a more traditional, romantic movement from Copeland during the show's stunning "The Real Coney Island" ballet. Copeland moves through the dance with poise and grace, leaving a trail of elegant lines and effortless flips behind her.

Her tenderness is perfectly matched with Yazbeck's rustic, masculine strength. The two are a dynamic pair, and when they hit that final pose at the piece's conclusion, you'll be left breathless.

“We really made that dance our own,” Yazbeck explained to NBC New York. “She was so collaborative and professional. We only rehearsed for a half hour one day, and then did two run-throughs the next day. And that was it. She’s the real deal.”

“I’m pretty much jealous of any other man who gets to partner with her in the future,” Yazbeck added. “Because she’s pretty incredible.”

Copeland's jeté into “On the Town” is the latest move in a history-making year for the 32-year-old. In addition to dancing leads in productions of “The Nutcracker,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Swan Lake,” she’s also been featured on TV’s “60 Minutes” and on the cover of Time Magazine as one of their “100 Most Influential People in 2015.”

In a lovely coincidence, her first performance also happened to land on the birthday of Leonard Bernstein, who composed “On the Town” when he was only 26. Act II opened with the cast and audience paying tribute to the late composer with a rendition of a song he didn’t write: “Happy Birthday.”

For tickets to “On the Town” more information, visit onthetownbroadway.com.



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