<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:23:36 -0400 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:23:36 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA["The Voice" Gets Its Top 12 Contestants]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:49:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NUP_163514_1611.jpg

"The Voice" has gotten its top 12 contestants who will do vocal battle in the live rounds, as Usher wrapped up the playoffs Tuesday when he picked his soulful finals-bound team of three: Bria Kelly, T.J. Wilkins and Josh Kaufman.

Their success came at the expense of metalhead-turned-bluesman Stevie Jo and jazz-inflected pop singer Melissa Jimenez, who were eliminated from the team Tuesday.

T.J. earned his slot on the leaner, meaner Team Usher with his take on Chaka Khan and Rufus' "Tell Me Something Good," while Bria secured hers with a cover of the Rolling Stones' shambling, country-tinged ballad "Wild Horses" that showed, perhaps for the first time, a more vulnerable, nuanced side.

Josh, though, who as a recent Team Adam steal was perhaps the least secure on Team Usher, was the night's biggest hit. He dispelled his coach's concerns in rehearsals about the tall task he'd taken on with singing Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" with a desperate-sounding, gospel-infused rendition that showed the ordinarily low-key soul singer's range.

The selection of those three singers to represent Team Usher heading into the live rounds on "The Voice" capped a tough few nights of playoffs.

On Monday night, Adam Levine and Shakira had had to make their own grueling decisions on whom to send on to the live rounds. For Adam, that meant sticking with Delvin Choice, Christina Grimmie and Kat Perkins. For Shakira, that meant Tess Boyer, Kristen Merlen and Dani Moz.

Last week, Blake Shelton whittled down his own team, and unsurprisingly, he left it heavy on the country. Joining veteran powerhouse Sisaundra Lewis are throwback country belter Audra McLaughlin and honkytonk-ready Texan 17-year-old Jake Worthington.

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



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<![CDATA["Magic Mike" Sequel Gets Release Date ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:57:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP110913187487.jpg

Channing Tatum will be gyrating back onto the big screen next year, adding a few more fireworks to Fourth of July celebrations.

Warner Bros. announced Tuesday that the yet-to-be-titled follow up to “Magic Mike” will hit theaters July 3, 2015. Some websites are reporting that the film will be named "Magic Mike XXL," but that title has not been confirmed.

The original film starred Tatum as the titular male stripper and was directed by Steven Soderbergh. Also starring Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn and Matt Bomer, the movie was a sleeper hit of 2012, eventually grossing more than $167 million at the box office worldwide.

So popular was the film, it even spawned a Broadway musical version.

In February, Tatum tweeted a picture of himself with the accompanying caption saying that he had begun the early stages of writing the sequel.

But "Mike 2" will have to work for its audience tips when it bows. The sequel faces stiff box office competition from the next "Terminator" installment which explodes into in theaters on July 1, 2015.

Tatum will next be seen onscreen in another sequel: "22 Jump Street," the follow-up to 2012's "21 Jump Street" which was a movie reboot of the hit television series that originally aired in the late 1980s.

 



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<![CDATA[Dina Lohan Pleads Guilty to DWI, Avoids Jail]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:46:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dina+lohan+court.jpg

Dina Lohan pleaded guilty in Long Island court Tuesday to aggravated driving while intoxicated and speeding in connection with a 2013 traffic stop in exchange for no jail time.

The mother of the oft-troubled actress will lose her license for a year and, after that, her car will be outfitted with an ignition interlock so she can't drive it if she's had alcohol.

As part of the plea deal, she was also ordered to pay $2,600 in fines, complete 100 hours of community service and attend a drunk driving program.

Lohan was arrested in Sept. 2013 on the Northern State Parkway with a blood alcohol level of .20, more than twice the legal limit.

 



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<![CDATA[Stars at Coachella: Katy Perry, Paris Hilton & More]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:51:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/coachella-katy-perry-credit-Frazer-Harrison.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["The Voice": Adam, Shakira Pick Finals-Bound Teams]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:09:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NUP_163515_1953.jpg

Monday night was the chance for Adam Levine and Shakira to watch their teams of five sing for the right to remain on teams of three -- and to make the grueling decision on whom to send on to the live rounds. For Adam, that meant sticking with Delvin Choice, Christina Grimmie and Kat Perkins. For Shakira, that meant Tess Boyer, Kristen Merlen and Dani Moz.

That meant that Deja Hall and Patrick Thomson were departing Team Shakira, while Jake Barker and Morgan Wallen were leaving Team Adam.

It was Shakira's task to pick her finals-bound team first, and it was her resident country singer Kristen's task to prove that she belonged on it first. The confident bleached-blonde belter knocked the Carrie Underwood hit "Two Black Cadillacs" out of the park, to the delight of all the coaches -- most of all her own, who stood up grinning to applaud before she'd finished. Blake -- unnerved by the presence of so strong a country competitor -- declared her performance "as flawless as a live performance can be, by anybody," while Usher declared her "one of the strongest voices in the entire competition."

Tess Boyer earned her spot on the leaner Team Shakira with her soaring take on Christina Perri's "Human," which she began with moody, low-register murmurs before she growled her way to the crescendo. The undeniably strong performance had the coaches quibbling over their apparent error in letting Tess -- who had been dropped by Team Usher only to be stolen by and then dropped from Team Blake -- slip away. Adam, the only coach who hadn't worked with her, called Tess' one of the season's best performances. "Forget about it, I'll see you at the end of the show," he said.

Finally Dani secured her spot on the all-women Team Shakira with a stripped-down, piano-heavy take on the Lady Gaga hit "Edge of Glory." Dani delivered a plaintive, drama-filled take on the familiar song that sounded more like a Kurt Weill number than a dancefloor anthem -- though her over-the-top dramatic flourishes sometimes struck a sour note, after Shakira's advice that she let her guard down a bit. Usher said the performance brought him "close to tears," while Shakira admitted, "I never thought that this Gaga song was this emotional."

But while those three were heading on to the finals, two other members of Team Shakira -- Deja and Patrick -- were heading home. The coaches gave young Deja credit for tackling Jordin Sparks' "Battlefield" with a newfound confidence, though, and Usher told Patrick that his version of Ray LaMontagne's "Trouble" had finally given him a sense of what the gravelly-voiced singer was about. But it wasn't enough to redeem either.

Team Adam was heading to the chopping block next, and powerful soul singer Delvin was the first to survive it. The former Starbucks barista (and season five reject) was tackling Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," and despite the choice of an overexposed song (rule of thumb: Does YouTube video exist of the president singing it?), he imbued it with his signature rich tone and impressive vocal runs on the "Voice" stage. "There's nothing he can't do with his voice," Usher remarked, while even his own coach Adam termed his talent and growth "terrifying."

Kat Perkins, the team's resident rocker, survived it next, thanks to her reliably powerhouse take on Journey's "Open Arms," which was so strong it precluded much in the way of helpful commentary from the coaches. Usher proclaimed it "flawless" and stopped there, while Shakira praised how "emotional" and "committed" it was.

But pint-size Adam protegee Christina Grimmie, she of the pre-"Voice" YouTube fame, earned their coach's pick for the best performance of the night with her full-steam delivery of Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up." It earned her plaudits ranging from "the best singer on your team, right there" (courtesy of Blake) to "like baby Celine Dion or something" (courtesy of Usher, who must not listen to much Celine Dion to make that comparison). Christina's voice was huge, her performance committed and her energy electric.

Those three Team Adam members' successes came at the expense, though, of Jake, whose flourish-laden take on his own coach's song (Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved") didn't quite live up, and of Morgan, whose solid if low-key rendition of Florida Georgia Line's "Stay" led Usher to kick himself for not having tasked Morgan (once his own team member) with country earlier in the competition. 

Usher will get his chance to pare down his team Tuesday as playoffs continue on "The Voice."

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



Photo Credit: Tyler Golden/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Coachella 2014: Day 3]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:57:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/170*120/Coachella+2014+Day+3+Nighttime+%2875%29.jpg Coachella's first weekend ended on a high note, as big name acts and guest performers packed the festival. ]]> <![CDATA[Coachella 2014: Day 2]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:50:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/484509043%281%29.jpg Day 2 of Coachella picked up right where the first day left off -- and featured a few megastar guest performers - including Beyonce - for good measure.

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<![CDATA[Coachella 2014: Day 1]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:53:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/181*120/Coachella+2014+Friday+April+11+Crowd+Photos+%2825%29.jpg Take a journey through the people, art and performances from Day 1 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Warning: adult images).]]> <![CDATA[Seth Rogen Mocks James Franco on "SNL"]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:23:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen+shot+2014-04-13+at+9.21.23+AM.jpg

Actor and comedian Seth Rogen took to the stage as host of "Saturday Night Live" for the third time and insisted he doesn't need famous friends to help him with the gig.

Rogen, 31, kicked off the monologue saying, he couldn't remember the first time he hosted the show at the age of 23 because he was too excited. He said this time he decided to write about his experience.

"Monday. 5 p.m. Meeting with all the writers," Rogen read from his journal. "So many new people. This is great. Just got pitched about 50 ideas about weed."

Rogen, who has played stoners in a number of movies, most famously in 2008's "Pineapple Express," and even received High Times' Stoner of the Year award in 2007 continued: "4:19 a.m. Drawing a blank. Can't think of any ideas. This is hard. Smell something funky coming from one of the writer's offices," he said in a joke about 4:20, observed by marijuana smokers as a time to toke.

"4:21 a.m. Suddenly I have so many ideas. I don't remember writing any of this stuff. Looks like I wrote the word pizza 400 times."

After rehearsals on Wednesday, Rogen said he didn't feel like he did a good job so he decided to prank his friend James Franco to make himself feel better.

"I posed as a girl on Instagram," he said, referencing recent controversy surrounding Franco, who admitted to flirting with a 17-year-old girl on Instagram and via text messages.

"Told him I was way young. He seemed unfazed. I have a date to meet him at the Ace Hotel," Rogen said.

Franco, who also made a cameo in a later skit as a monster-turned-human, appeared in the monologue and complimented Rogen on his prank. He said he had been waiting at the Ace Hotel for days. 

Franco wasn't the only star to pop up in the monologue. Actress Zooey Deschanel and country musician Taylor Swift also made brief cameos.

Drugs came up again in Rogen's first skit, where he played a D.A.R.E. officer named Kellogg assigned to speak to a class about substance abuse in a new installment of the reoccurring Shallon (Nasim Pedrad) sketch.

Shallon misinterpreted Kellogg's advice to avoid drugs after he said that getting high will make her feel like she does after getting an "A" on a spelling test.

"I finished my timetables, I get to unwind with a half-hour of TV and a little bit of crack," said Shallon, much to Kellogg's chagrin.

Rogen appeared in another pot-themed sketch with a stoner (Kyle Mooney) called a "Very Smoky 420." The stoner started off the sketch with a background of the 420 (April 20) day that celebrates marijuana. He then sang along to "munchie melodies."

The stoner's dealer Scott Maher (Rogen) eventually showed up.

"So tell me, what kind of greenie, beanie, meanie, jimmie nuggies'a rollie jays do you got, dude," asked the stoner.

"Look dude, here's what I got. I got weed, weed, more weed, and guess what, more weed. You want any of that," asked Maher.

The stoner continued to speak mumbo jumbo much to the confusion of Maher, who's surprised when the stoner says he doesn't smoke marijuana. The two ended the sketch with a singalong of, "Bing Bong Rollie Jays, Take Me to Your Dealer."

The "Weekend Update" poked fun at AMC's "Mad Men," outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

But the focus was on David Ortiz, who was criticized last week after he took a selfie with President Obama during a Red Sox visit to the White House. It turned out Ortiz is Samsung's "MLB social media insider" and that the selfie was an endorsement stunt to promote the company—a fact unbeknown to the White House.

Colin Jost interviewed Ortiz (Kenan Thompson), who often answered in incoherent Spanglish and confused "Sam's son" for "Samsung." When Jost asked Ortiz if he intentionally took the photo with the president for Samsung, Ortiz said he didn't know there was anything wrong with it.

"It's a problem? I don't know. I talked to Sam's son. I talked to Sam. They tell me it's no problem," Ortiz said.

Ortiz then began to digress, showing concern about the size of the Samsung Galaxy.

"Is that a television or a phone? Samsung Galaxy. If it can't fit into my pants, that's a problem," he said.

He went on to say that Samsung gave him 100,000 chickens to endorse the company. He also said he does endorsements for antidepressants and told Jost his slogan.

"Do you suffer from depression. Don't," he said.

"What's that an ad for," asked Jost.

"Not to be sad. Why you be sad? Don't," replied Ortiz.

Ortiz said he'd send Obama a bunch of Dominican food to make up for offending him with the Samsung selfie.

Al Sharpton (Kenan Thompson), whose role as a confidential informant for the FBI during the 1980s resurfaced last week, was "Undercover Sharpton" in a blaxploitation-esque skit. After getting a wired briefcase from two FBI agents, Sharpton approached two mob men (Seth Rogen and Bobby Moynihan) in a restaurant.

"Is there any room on this here table for my abnormally heavy briefcase," asked Sharpton before sitting down with the men, who are looking to sell him cocaine.

After Sharpton began to ask the men overtly suspicious questions like if they have any identifiable tattoos, they demanded to know if he's wearing a wire.

"Ok, now I'm wondering if I'm finished with my chores there, Mr. Briefcase," said Sharpton anxiously into his bag, seconds before the FBI rushed in to arrest the men. They then informed Sharpton that he took the wrong briefcase and that the one he is holding is filled with caramel corn and demo tapes, alluding to his time in the music industry.

The musical guest Ed Sheeran performed "Don't" and "Sing."

SNL will return on May 3 with host Andrew Garfield and musical guest Coldplay.
 



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<![CDATA[Final Season Teases Both Sides of "Mad Men"]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:25:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ff178663-a8a8-298b-fbcd-867d4aa84525_Mad+Men_Stairs_Jon_Jessica_Elisabeth_January_Kiernan_Christina_1153_1182_V1.jpg

Don Draper, in the stunning last scene of the Season 6 finale of "Mad Men," takes his three kids to a crumbling Victorian home in Pennsylvania, barely recognizable from flashbacks as the brothel that was his childhood home. "This," he says, "is where I grew up."

He exchanges glances with his troubled teenage daughter Sally, perhaps more shocked by her father's honesty than by his revelation as Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides, Now" fills the silence.

Don's disclosure and the song, all about the push-and-pull realities of growing up and grappling with the kind of happy illusions ("ice cream castles in the air") he peddled as an ad man, not only proved a haunting ending to the season. The sequence also set the stage for the AMC drama's bisected final season, which arrives Sunday with the promise of finally bringing Don Draper's two lives together.

It's impossible to know, of course, exactly how "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner will end his 1960s-spanning story of a man on a collision course with himself. But it’s always been headed toward Don confronting his dual life: as Dick Whitman, the poor orphaned farm boy son of a prostitute who died in childbirth, and as Don Draper, the hard-living, lady-killer advertising genius for whom touting material comforts offers a fantasy of the happy home life he craved as a boy.

While layers of his life have peeled away over the first six seasons, confronting the truth isn’t about saving Don/Dick’s soul anymore, as much as saving his own children.

Many viewers and critics, for good reason, have seen the story of “Mad Men” as a dual tale of Don and his protégé, Peggy Olson, another master of reinvention who harbors a secret of her own. But we’ve also seen Don’s personality rub off, to different extents on Joan Holloway, the ad firm office manager turned partner, ambitious junior partner Pete Campbell and the mysterious accounts executive Bob Benson, whose full story has yet to be told.

Still, there are indications suggesting the show ultimately will end as the story of Don and Sally, who has good reason to be disillusioned by her dad. She caught him in an inmate moment with a female neighbor last season. When an older African-American woman broke into her father’s apartment, Sally didn’t know whether to believe the burglar’s story that she raised her father. That led Sally to later deliver to her father perhaps the defining line of the series, or at least last season: “I don’t know anything about you.”

With the show presumably moving into 1969, the year of Woodstock, we can expect more father-daughter clashes. Don, now in his early 40s, seems increasingly out of step with the times. But Don’s search for his identity is very much a 1960s journey, even if he favors gray flannel suits over tie-dye.

In his own way, he’s turning on (even if the hard-drinking Don leaves the acid trips to Roger Sterling). He’s tuning in (finally dealing with his past). And he’s dropping out (getting ousted from his firm after an ad pitch for Hershey in which he went from celebrating the chocolate bar as “the childhood symbol of love” to sharing boyhood memories of a prostitute who used to reward him with a Hershey bar for rifling through her johns’ pockets).

Much gets read into the pre-season ads for a show that’s ostensibly about the advertising business. Last season’s primary print campaign – an illustration of two Dons going in opposite directions with police and a cab nearby – suggested escape. This year’s promo photos also focus on transportation, with some of the characters in an airport and others on a plane.

With the final season split into two seven-episode installments set for his year and next, “Mad Men” is far from over. But there’s no escaping that the trip is coming to an end, with the people in Don’s life perhaps taking off in different directions as he gets ready, as Joni Mitchell wrote, to look at life from both sides, now.  

As we await the first half of Season 7, check out a preview 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[Photos: Royal Vacation]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:41:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/AP205065076020.jpg Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed home a baby boy on July 22. Click through for photos of the young family on their three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand.

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<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon's Thank You Notes]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:28:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon_Sat.png Jimmy Fallon writes thank you letters to LBJ, the Easter bunny, Passover seder plates, the band Kiss and others.]]> <![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon Hashtags: #MyWeirdFamily]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:16:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s01e39_039_Hashtags_20140410_1200x675_223210563563.jpg Fallon's weekly hashtag was #MyWeirdFamily, and fans tweeted strange habits and stories of their own parent, siblings, and even an aunt with an unlikely pet. ]]> <![CDATA[Seth Meyers Is No Longer the New Guy]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:35:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s01e32_SethsStory_Colbert_20140410_1200x675_223187523876.jpg Seth Meyers is excited for Stephen Colbert to take over for David Letterman, mainly because Meyers won't be the talk show host rookie anymore. ]]> <![CDATA[Stephen Colbert's Smart Human Trick]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:23:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/stephen-colbert78341238.jpg

One of the signature segments of “The Colbert Report” is “The Word,” in which Stephen Colbert takes an issue of the day and comically deconstructs it to its bare essence, usually in four syllables or less. With the news that Colbert will replace David Letterman on CBS’s “Late Show” next year, the Comedy Central host should be mulling one key word: Reinvention.

Colbert, who has brilliantly portrayed a blowhard conservative commentator for nearly a decade, is a great choice to succeed Letterman, who announced his retirement last week after 32 years of helping reinvent late night TV comedy.

But Colbert’s biggest challenge will be to create a new character: himself.

Colbert first came to prominence in 1998 on “The Daily Show,” playing an obnoxious newsman, probably best known for the “Even Stephven” bit in which he squared off in escalating bitter debates against Steve Carell, then one of the fake news show’s correspondents. Carell, of course, went on to greater fame in “The Office” and movies like “The 40-Year-old Virgin,” showing strong versatility.

There’s little doubt that the equally talented Colbert is capable of stretching and filling the Letterman role, leaving behind the friendly shadow cast by Jon Stewart and "The Daily Show." Still, it might take Colbert a while to find his comic voice outside of his iconic Bill O'Reilly-takeoff persona – and for fans to get used to him as himself.

As Colbert said Thursday in a statement, “I won't be doing the new show in character, so we'll all get to find out how much of him was me.” 

What is clear is that he’ll arrive at CBS armed with one of the sharpest, quickest wits in show business. 

At 49, Colbert is among a generation of performers equally influenced by Letterman and Johnny Carson. Like Letterman – and one of his new major network competitors, Letterman acolyte Jimmy Kimmel of ABC – Colbert knows the value of a well-aimed barb. Like Carson, Colbert is comfortable with a wide range of guests, including authors, politicians and academics.

Like recently minted “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, Colbert has a strong singing voice and is adept at mixing music with comedy (perhaps a good reason to keep Letterman sidekick Paul Shaffer and his “World’s Most Dangerous Band” around). Colbert and NBC’s Fallon, who memorably teamed on an epic version of the pop treacle “Friday” in 2011 and waged a fake feud to get flavors of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream named after themselves, now find themselves in a potential Letterman-and-Leno-like TV cold war.

Colbert, who reportedly is bringing his writers with him to “Late Show,” is poised to distinguish his edition of "Late Show" by consistently delivering a strong, topical monologue with more political edge than his rivals. Maybe he’ll even carry “The Word” with him a half-mile over from his Comedy Central studio to the Ed Sullivan Theater, where he’ll reign through at least 2020, barring an unwise move from New York.

In the meantime, the word is out on Colbert as he vies to prove that his defining role will be playing himself.

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[Fallon Does Petty, Talks Rock 'n' Roll With Nirvana]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:17:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen+shot+2014-04-10+at+5.11.44+AM.png

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” continued with its rock-themed week and jammed out with performances by Stevie Nicks and appearances by members of Nirvana.

Introduced by Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, Stevie Nicks and Fallon – portraying Tom Petty – performed the 1981 hit, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”

Fallon went so far as to recreate the original video with authentic sound equipment, clothing, and he donned a blonde wig while mimicking Petty’s onstage mannerisms.

After the performance, Fallon sat down with the Nirvana band members who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame April 10.

"It's also bittersweet, because our friend Kurt's been gone for 20 years," Novoselic said, referencing late band member Kurt Cobain. "He should be here."

The "Smell’s Like Teen Spirit" singers also reminisced about favorite touring moments including Cobain intentionally destroying an old drum set during a Nirvana show so Grohl could get a new one.

Nicks, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, also performed her classic, “Edge of Seventeen. Nicks will be going on tour with Fleetwood Mac for the first time in 17 years starting this September.

Nirvana, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, Hall and Oates, the E Street Band, Andrew Loog Oldham and Brian Epstein are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10.

 

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Stephen Colbert's Top Moments]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:23:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/stephen-colbert78341238.jpg Stephen Colbert was the longest-running correspondent on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" from 1997 to 2005, at which point he got his own late-night satire show, "The Colbert Report." Now he's slated to take over David Letterman's spot as host of "The Late Show" in 2015. Click through to recap some of the best moments of Colbert's career.

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<![CDATA[2014's Best New Theme Park Attractions]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:59:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/James-Selfie_2_-1.jpg

With summer just around the corner thoughts turn to warm-weather vacations. And what family summer vacation is complete without at least one trip to an amusement or theme park?

Every year millions of Americans flock to parks across the country for spills and stomach-lurching thrills. 2014 looks set for extra fun with many parks offering expansions on already popular attractions (Wizarding World of Harry Potter) or brand new roller coasters that are sure to be scream-inducing (Goliath).

With the opening of the "Despicable Me" Minion Mayhem experience at Universal Studios Hollywood on Apr. 12, the season of fun officially gets underway.

Check out the video above to see amusement park fan James Franco make sure he's first in line for Minion Mayhem, then read on to discover what new thrills await at a park near you:

"Despicable Me" Minion Mayhem - Universal Studios Hollywood (California)

The 3-D "Despicable Me": Minion Mayhem motion-simulator uses HD digital technology to take participants into the world of supervillain-with-a-heart-of-gold Gru, his three adopted daughters and the adorable yellow-hued, pill-shaped minions. (Opens Apr. 12)

Falcon's Fury - Busch Gardens Tampa (Florida)

Falcon's Fury is a 335 foot tower drop featuring a first-of-its-kind seating configuration. At the top of the tower seats rotate 90 degrees to position riders face-down. The result: a five-second drop at 60 mph - face first! (Spring 2014) 

New England SkyScreamer - Six Flags New England (Massachusetts)

Billed as the tallest attraction in the park’s history and the tallest swing ride on the planet, the New England Sky Screamer will lift riders over 400 feet in the air, swinging them around at speeds up to 40 miles per hour. (2014)

Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley - Universal Studios Orlando (Florida)

Opened in 2010, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction expands this year to include a replica of Diagon Alley complete with a Leaky Cauldron restaurant and a Gringotts Wizarding Bank indoor roller coaster. A Hogwarts Express train will transport visitors between the existing Hogsmeade Village at Islands of Adventure and the new Diagon Alley. (Summer 2014)

Goliath Wooden Coaster - Six Flags Great America (Illinois)

Goliath is a new triple-record-breaking wooden coaster that will be the new staple of the park’s skyline. Billed as the world's fastest wooden coaster, it will carry riders at speeds up to 72 mph, to heights of 180 feet and drops at a stomach-turning 85 degrees. Add in an underground tunnel, over-banked turns and multiple inversions - including a 180-degree zero-G roll twist - and you have a coaster not for the faint of heart. (Spring 2014)

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom (Florida)

This family friendly coaster takes riders through the story of "Snow White" on vehicles that swing back and forth. Participants cruise through a mine glittering with diamonds and emeralds and experience large lifts, across sharp banks and breath-taking turns. (Spring 2014)

Tsunami Soaker - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (California) and Six Flags St. Louis (Missouri)

The Six Flags parks outside San Francisco and St. Louis will each get the same Twist N Splash water battle rides.The Tsunami Soaker carries up to five other passengers in one of the nine round boats sitting on a circular floor atop a pool of water. Think the classic tea cup ride with added splash. As the ride begins, the floor will lower into the water leaving your boat to float, spin and splash around. Each seat is armed with a giant water gun you can aim at other riders as well as innocent bystanders. (2014)

 
 


 



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<![CDATA[Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:23:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Colbert-credit-Scott-Gries.jpg

The CBS Television Network announced Thursday that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning "The Colbert Report," will succeed David Letterman as the host of "The Late Show."

Letterman shocked late-night viewers when he announced his retirement during his Apr. 3 broadcast.

The "Late Show" host, 66, has been a familiar face on late night television since the 1982 debut of "Late Night with David Letterman" on NBC. After Jay Leno took over from Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show" when Carson retired in 1992, Letterman departed NBC for CBS' "Late Show."

"Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career," said Colbert, 49, in a statement. "I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. ... Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."

Stars, Fans React to Stephen Colbert Taking Over "Late Show"

The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment.

"Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television," Moonves said. "David Letterman's legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today's announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night."

"[Colbert] is a presence on every stage, with interests and notable accomplishments across a wide spectrum of entertainment, politics, publishing and music," added Tassler.

According to CBS, Colbert's premiere date as "Late Show" host will be announced after Lettermen determines a timetable for his final broadcasts in 2015.

After news broke that Colbert would replace Letterman, Comedy Central announced that "The Colbert Report" would end in eight months.

"Comedy Central is proud that the incredibly talented Stephen Colbert has been part of our family for nearly two decades," the network said in a statement. "We look forward to the next eight months of the ground-breaking 'Colbert Report' and wish Stephen the very best."

Colbert will take his writing staff with him to his new gig, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The host told the New York Times his "Colbert Report" character won't be making the transition. "I won't be doing the new show in character, so we'll all get to find out how much of him was me. I'm looking forward to it," Colbert said.

"The Colbert Report" was launched on Comedy Central in 2005 and went on to earn 27 Emmy nominations (four wins). Prior to his own series, Colbert was a regular correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" starring Jon Stewart.

Stewart had publicly voiced his support for Colbert to replace Letterman, telling New York magazine he believed Colbert could easily step away from his "Colbert Report" satirical news anchor character and expand his on screen profile. 

"He's wonderful in 'Colbert Report,' but he's got gears he hasn't even shown people yet," Stewart said. "He's got some skill sets that are really applicable, interviewing-wise, but also he's a really, really good actor and also an excellent improvisational comedian."

A graduate of Northwestern University, Colbert cut his comedic teeth as a member of Chicago's acclaimed Second City improv troupe alongside Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello. The trio went on to create and star in the hit Comedy Central series, "Strangers With Candy," which aired from 1999 to 2000.

Reaction to the announcement was swift with many of Colbert's contemporaries sending congratulations via Twitter:



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<![CDATA[Fans React to Colbert Taking Over "Late Show"]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:15:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP110504053254.jpg

As news broke that Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert will take over the "The Late Show" when David Letterman steps down in 2015, celebrities, fans and fellow comedians took to social media to voice their reactions.

"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon congratulated Colbert, saying in a Twitter message, "I'd like to welcome the great @StephenAtHome to network late night and also congratulate him on his new name: Jimmy Colbert."

Jimmy Kimmel, the host of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" tweeted: "Congratulations to @StephenAtHome #StephenColbert - a finer or funnier man I do not know."

Colbert, 49, said in a statement: "Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. ... Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."

Take a look at more reactions below:

 



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<![CDATA[Leary's Doppelgangers Revealed on "Late Night"]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:31:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s01e31_DenisLeary_Doppelgangers_20140409_1200x675_222317635946.jpg Seth Meyers talks to actor Denis Leary about his newest role in which he plays a failed rock star from the 90s. Leary also reveals the many other actors and actresses he's told he resembles.]]>