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<![CDATA[15 Hot Holiday Toys]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:42:57 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gift-Triptych_edited-1.jpg

Reptiles, princesses and interactive robots are among the most talked about toys this holiday season. Check out the items kids are likely dreaming about as they draw up their wish lists.

Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll

Disney’s hit 2013 movie “Frozen” has inspired perhaps the most popular toy of the season, the Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll. “Frozen” is the highest-grossing animated film of all time, so it’s no wonder that the Elsa doll has sold out at many online retailers. Raise Elsa’s arms and she’ll sing the hit song “Let It Go.” Touch her snowflake necklace and it will light up as Elsa says 15 phrases from the film. Elsa can even speak and sing in English and Spanish.

Transformers Age of Extinction Chomp and Stomp Grimlock Figure

Another massively popular film franchise gave rise to the Transformers Age of Extinction Chomp and Stomp Grimlock Figure. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is the highest grossing film of 2014 worldwide. Kids are sure to dig this toy version of the Dinobots leader, which is the largest Dinobot toy ever created. The part-robot, part-dinosaur can transform in an instant and features battle sounds, pop-out weapons and light-up eyes.

Zoomer Dino

But Grimlock isn’t the only prehistoric reptilian roaring into the holiday season. Zoomer Dino does more than transform — he spins, dances, roars, and even burps and farts. But don’t let his temperament fool you. Dino won the 2014 Toy of the Year Award in the Innovative Toy of the Year category and uses True Balance technology to explore his owner’s house on two feet.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stretch N Shout

Speaking of reptiles, kids will love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stretch N Shout dolls, which are available as turtles Raphael and Leonardo. Coming on the heels of this year’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” film, these flexible fighters let out battle cries and recreate sounds from the movie when their arms are stretched.

LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lair Attack

And that’s not the only Ninja Turtles toy worth checking out this holiday season. The LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lair Attack set features everything a fan of Leonardo, Raphael and the gang will need. Train and battle in all three stories of the Turtles’ lair with tons of weapons, gear, and of course, pizza.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls Collection

Another gang worth checking out this holiday season is the My Little Pony Equestria Girls Collection dolls. You can find Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Rarity, Fluttershy and the rest of the My Little Pony characters in this collection. They’ve all traveled through a magic mirror and have transformed into little girls. Collect them all and relive all the fun moments from the hit television series.

My Friend Cayla Doll

Another girl is tearing up the U.K. and is sure to be a hit over here in the United States too. The My Friend Cayla Doll is much more than a doll, she’s a friend that can chat about her favorite hobbies, tell stories, share recipes, play games and answer all sorts of fun questions. Simply download the free app for Android and iOS and connect Cayla to the Internet via Bluetooth. She uses speech-to-text technology to look up answers to all your kids’ questions.

MiP 2 Personal Robot

The MiP 2 Personal Robot is another interactive pal that could become your child's best robotic friend. MiP has 7 built-in play modes, but the fun is endless when you download this lively robot’s app for iOS and Android. It’ll play maze games, dance to songs and interact with its environment at the push of a button — all on two wheels!

Little Live Pets Bird Cage’s Friendly Frank

In a similar vein, the Little Live Pets Bird Cage’s Friendly Frank will interact with your kids just like a real parrot pal. If they talk with Frank and press the button on his chest, he’ll repeat what they say. And if he’s really happy, he’ll chirp or sing a little song. He’s always ready to explore the world, whether he’s traveling on a finger or in his portable cage.

Razor Crazy Cart

And if adventure is what your kids are after, the Razor Crazy Cart is the answer. This go-kart doesn’t just go forward, it goes backwards, sideways, diagonally and any direction in-between, all at speeds up to 12 mph. If that isn’t enough, riders can go into Crazy Cart mode and spin in rapid, 360 degree turns. It may be the most extreme toy of the holiday season.

Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car

If the ground isn’t enough, then take to the sky with the Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car. Although this car is made to tear up the streets, it performs best when it’s flying at heights of over 200 feet. It uses dual propellers spinning at over 35,000 RPMS to achieve this feat. Friends can team up with their Street Hawks and see who dominates the land and air.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Demolisher 2-in-1 Blaster

Kids can also face off with the Nerf N-Strike Elite Demolisher 2-in-1 Blaster. This Nerf gun on steroids fires darts, missiles or both at distances up to 90 feet away. A 10-dart clip ensures that the Blaster’s owner never runs out of ammunition. Anyone with inferior firepower is headed for defeat on the battlefield.

Disney Jr. Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart

Future physicians can come to the rescue with the Disney Jr. Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart. This mobile clinic has motion-activated sirens that light up and play the “Doc Mobile” song when little doctors are on call. Boo-boos are history when this cart rolls by with its EKG, otoscope, thermometer, bandage sticker dispenser, CB radio, gurney and more.

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

Photographers-to-be should check out the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch. This touch screen watch has a camera enhanced with photo effects, video recorder, voice recorder, learning games, and all the watch staples like a timer and alarm clock. It’s the most fun way to teach your kids time. It’s also splash proof and features 50 clock face designs.

LeapFrog LeapTV Educational Active Video Game System

The LeapFrog LeapTV Educational Active Video Game System is another great educational toy that combines fun and learning. This console teaches reading, math, science and problem solving, and gets kids moving while they learn. Over 100 educator-approved games use body motion, pointer play and classic control to create an interactive and fun experience.

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<![CDATA[Aniston, Hart Set for First People Magazine Awards]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:14:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/aniston_722x406_2198340808.jpg

Just in time for the Holidays People and NBC are joining forces to give pop culture fans a big Hollywood A-lister-packed gift in the from of the first ever People Magazine Awards.

The two hour special event will be hosted by "America's Got Talent" emcee Nick Cannon. "It's People Magazine, the most iconic magazine of our culture," said Cannon. "To be a part of it, to be the host, I am truly excited. We're going to have fun with this."

Airing Thursday, December 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, the live show will celebrate the best in celebrity and entertainment, and feature appearances by Jennifer Aniston, Jeff Bridges, Billy Eichner, Josh Gad, Josh Groban, Diane Guerrero, Ryan Guzman, Jon Hamm, Kevin Hart, Kate Hudson, Mindy Kaling, Michael Keaton, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Messina, Chloë Grace Moretz, Kate Upton, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Sean Hayes, Karlie Kloss, John Krasinski, Lisa Kudrow, Elisabeth Moss and Ryan Phillippe.

"Voice" coaches Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine (with Maroon 5) are set to perform alongside Aussie pop punk band 5 Seconds of Summer. 

The Hero of the Year Award will be presented to Nora Sandigo, the legal guardian of more than 800 American children of undocumented immigrants. Should a parent be deported, Sandigo steps in to arrange care for the child or children they leave behind. In many cases she cares for them herself, temporarily.

Readers and viewers had their chance to get in on the excitement by voting for the Best People Cover of the Year. By tweeting their pick with the hashtag #PEOPLEMagazineAwards, participants got to weigh in on whether little Prince George, the wedding of Amal Alamuddin to George Clooney or Chris Hemswoth's Sexiest Man Alive cover is the best of 2014.

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<![CDATA[The Final “Word” on "The Colbert Report"]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:14:39 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP763373860260.jpg

Stephen Colbert's scheduled guest for the final edition of "The Colbert Report" Thursday is his “colleague and lifelong friend,” known as "Grimmy” – as in the Grim Reaper.

That's a sign Colbert is ready to kill off the conservative blowhard character he embodied for the past nine years – 17 years counting the embryonic iteration that began as a "Daily Show" correspondent in 1997.

But there's nothing to be sad about: It’s time to give Colbert's bloviating alter ego a sendoff as big as his ego. Colbert, who created the character as a takeoff on Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly, pulled off the amazing feat of becoming a bigger TV icon than the figure he satirized.

From the start, Colbert's run defied and exceeded expectations. As previously noted, he set the bar high on his first show on Oct. 17, 2005, when he introduced "The Word" segment and the concept of "truthiness" – something that feels or sounds true, but might not be.

Few would have guessed that Colbert could keep up the quality, especially considering his disadvantage compared to his Comedy Central colleague Jon Stewart and other late night hosts who essentially play themselves as they play off the news of the day. Colbert dug in a level deeper, reacting to the news as, well, a reactionary rather than a straight-out joke teller.

Colbert took his act on the road early on, serving up his most daring moment in 2006 when he roasted then-President Bush at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in the guise of a supporter. “I stand by this man, because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things, things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares,” Colbert said, with Bush just feet away.

Along with Stewart, Colbert blurred the lines of comedy and activism when they took to the Washington Mall for their 2010 “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear,” which wasn’t as much a parody of Glenn Brock's supposedly nonpolitical  “Restoring Honor” rally as a rebuttal.

Colbert bounded over lines when he testified – in character – before Congress in 2010 on the plight of migrant workers, and when he started his own PAC to protest the power of PACs.

But no matter what side of the Fox-MSNBC divide you sit on, it's difficult to argue with Colbert’s support of veterans, which, as previously noted, made him the Bob Hope of the era of comic irony. Colbert mounted a week of shows from Iraq in 2009, backing the troops while mocking the war through his hawk persona.

By making fun of self-styled patriots of the right, he became, in the eyes of fans, a patriot of the left whose quick-witted comedy proved his devotion to a nation worthy of his love and his parodist's critical and clever eye. Or, as he put it in the title of best-selling book, “I am America (And So Can You!)”.

Colbert's lived his shallow character so deeply, he could out-O'Reilly O'Reilly – his "Papa Bear" – in their face-to-face TV powwows. Their first meeting, in which O’Reilly suggested that just maybe some people were taking him too seriously, ended with a classic Colbert quip: “If you’re an act, then what am I?”

Colbert faces a new identity crisis as he gives up his character and replaces David Letterman on CBS's "Late Show" next year, presumably as himself. Grimmy might take away the version of Stephen Colbert that we've learned to laugh at and with over the last nine years. But we're left with stellar performer and satirist, who is ready for a new phase in which truth just might finally trump truthiness.

 

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multimedia 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[Vanessa Bayer's Gives Drake "Sound Advice"]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:10:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Vanessa+Bayer+Drake.jpg Vanessa Bayer talks to Seth Meyers about her webseries "Sound Advice," in which she plays a media coach who give successful people condescending career tips.

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<![CDATA[Fallon: Christoph Waltz Explains Krampus]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:21:52 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Christoph+Waltz+Explains+Krampus.jpg Christoph Waltz and Jimmy Fallon discuss the differences between Austrian and U.S. holiday traditions, including the Elf on a Shelf and Krampus.

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<![CDATA[Fallon and Timberlake Sing "Jumper" at Summer Camp]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:09:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Camp+Winnipesauke.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are bff’s at summer camp, where they play truth or dare and sing "Jumper" by Third Eye Blind.

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<![CDATA[Probation for Chris Brown Bodyguard]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:57:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1107-hollosy.jpg

A bodyguard for singer Chris Brown has been sentenced for punching a man outside a D.C. hotel last year.

Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was sentenced Thursday to a 90-day jail term on a misdemeanor charge of simple assault; however, the judge suspended all jail time on the condition that he successfully complete a year of probation.

Judge Patricia A. Wynn also ordered Hollosy to perform 24 hours of community service.

Both Hollosy and Brown were arrested after the incident in October 2013 outside the W Hotel near the White House.

Hollosy told police he punched the man after he tried to enter Brown's tour bus. But the man, a Greenbelt resident who was 20 at the time, said Brown and Hollosy punched him when he tried to get into a photograph with Brown.

Court papers say the man's nose was broken.

Hollosy was convicted of misdemeanor assault in April. Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in September and was sentenced to time served.



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<![CDATA["The Voice": Past Winners]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:20:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/492509423.jpg Click through to see photos of the winners and runners-up from all past seasons of "The Voice."

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<![CDATA["The Voice": Greatest Moments]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:19:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Vocie+logo+cropped.jpeg Click through to see the greatest moments from "The Voice." From performances to surprise appearances, the singing reality show competition kept the audience cheering for more.]]> <![CDATA["The Voice" Season 7 Greatest Moments]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:32:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NUP_166040_4283.JPG "The Voice" season 7 winner has been revealed.

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<![CDATA[Oprah, Jimmy Fallon Star in Soap Opera]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:18:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Oprah+Fav+Gift.jpg

Did you know Oprah Winfrey and Jimmy Fallon starred together in a soap opera in the 1980s?

Well, not really, but the "Tonight Show" host and "Selma" star pretended to be husband and wife in a 80s soap opera comedy sketch titled "Midnight Meadows." “Meadows” featured big hair, big shoulder pads, and auto-tuned voices.

Monday's episode marked the queen of audience gift giving's first “Tonight Show” appearance, appropriately on the day that Jimmy Fallon kicked off a week of audience gift giveaways.

“Are you familiar with giving things away?” asked Fallon. “Wonder where we got that idea.”

“I’m glad, because it made the audience happy,” Winfrey said. “I can see everybody so happy.”

Winfrey chatted with Fallon about her own excitement when she would surprise audience members during the famous “Favorite Things” segments, and how she “literally” could not sleep the night before the big car giveaway.

“I was so particular about it, I even thought the bows weren’t big enough,” said Winfrey.

“If you are going to get a car, you need a giant bow,” Fallon joked.

Fallon also surprised Winfrey by gifting her dogs ugly Christmas sweaters.

"They are so cute!" she gushed.

Winfrey admitted that she missed doing her show, and revealed that she used to shake everyone’s hands after the show for the first 10 years on air. One day, an OB-GYN appointment forced her to skip the meet-and-greet after a taping, but made her realize that she had more energy to tape the second show of the day.

“That's when I started to spend time with the audience instead,” she said. “Everyday, after the show, I would sit with the audience and talk for 45 minutes.”

Fallon also talked with Winfrey about her new movie “Selma,” and asked the former talk show host how she became interested in acting. Oprah revealed that when she wanted to do the movie “The Color Purple,” her bosses at “The Oprah Winfrey Show” gave her two weeks off to work on the project --  which required a two-month commitment.

“I gave up all of my vacations for the entire duration of my contract in order to do the movie,” Winfrey said. “So when it came time to negotiate my contract, my lawyer said that I would never want to be in that position again, and that I should be my own boss. That’s how I ended up owning the show.”



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<![CDATA[Prince George's Holiday Photos Released ]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:12:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP10042432684.jpg

Prince William and Kate Middleton released three official Christmas photos of their 16-month old son Prince George on Saturday.

In the images, the third-in-line to the British throne looks cheerful, wearing a navy sweater vest with Coldstream Guardsmen in bearskin hats and red tunics, over a long-sleeve white shirt, plus dark shorts. Knee-high socks and black shoes complete his adorable outfit.

The prince sports light blond hair and rosy, chubby cheeks. He was photographed last month, sitting on a flight of stairs in a courtyard at Kensington Palace in London. 

His attire prompted U.K.'s Sunday Times to call him, "Mummy's Little Soldier Prince" and The Sunday Express chimed in with "Little Prince Charming", according to The Associated Press.

The last time the royals released images of the prince was in July, just before his first birthday.

The release of new images ahead of Christmas is being seen as a "thank you" note of sorts to Britain's media, which have so far allowed George to grow up largely free from intrusions, according to AP.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have recently returned from a three-day trip to the United States. William and Kate, who is pregnant with their second child, spent most of their time in New York City, where they visited an education center, the Empire State Building and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The couple also attended a gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as an NBA basketball game.

William also met with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Kate will not be traveling with her husband on his next official visits to Japan and China early next year as she is due in April.



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<![CDATA[A Public Service Announcement From "50 Cent"]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:55:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Meyers+50+Cent.jpg Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson offers a public service announcement on when it is appropriate to pronounce his name, "fifty" and when you can say "fiddy."

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<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon & Oprah Winfrey's Vocal Effects Soap Opera]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:41:52 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Oprah+Soapopera.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Oprah Winfrey show clips from their short-lived '80s soap opera, "Midnight Meadows."

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<![CDATA[Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:32:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/457742206.jpg

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has released its list of inductees for next year. The class of 2015 includes: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Green Day, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, and Bill Withers and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Ringo Starr will be also receive the Award For Musical Excellence. Starr — the former drummer for The Beatles — is the last of his bandmates to receive the honor from the Cleveland-based museum.

The 1950s R&B group the "5" Royales will receive the Early Influence Award as well.

The list includes many artists who have passed away. Paul Butterfield died back in 1987, Stevie Ray Vaughan died in 1990, and Lou Reed died last year.

Artists become eligible for induction into the museum 25 years after the release of their first record. Although very few bands are inducted the first year they are eligible, Green Day managed to land the honor, according to Rolling Stone.

"I had to go for a walk," the punk rock band’s frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said to Rolling Stone. "I wound up at this cafe and I sat down and my son met up with me. I told him and he was like, 'Oh my God. No way.' It just took some time to sink in. We're in incredible company and I'm still trying to make sense of this. It's just incredible."

So far, 726 acts have been inducted across 29 ceremonies, according to the museum’s website.

The 2015 induction ceremony is set to take place April 18.



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<![CDATA[Fallon Gave Oprah Winfrey Her Favorite Gift]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:43:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Oprah+Fav+Gift.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Oprah discuss her famous "Favorite Things" audience giveaways and which one kept her up all night fretting over bows.

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<![CDATA["The Voice" Recap: Season Finale Showdown]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:29:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NUP_166038_1060.JPG

Four singers stepped into the spotlight Monday night with the dream of becoming "The Voice."

After a last minute #VoiceWildcard save a week earlier, Damien Lewis joined final three competitors Craig Wayne Boyd, Chris Jamison and Matt McAndrew in "The Voice" arena for the season seven live showdown ahead of the star-studded finale reveal Tuesday from 9/8c on NBC.

Each singer was tasked with three performances: one song chosen by their coach, a duet with their coach, and to debut an original, previously unreleased single. All before a live studio audience of their families, friends and fellow top 20 "Voice" artists, with America watching at home.

Battling it out on the coaching panel were Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

"I got three times the firepower," coach Adam boasted during the episode intro. Adam and coach Blake kept their verbal sparring to a minimum Monday as Damien, Jamison and McAndrew (all Team Adam), and Boyd (Team Blake) laid their musical talent on the line in effort to win the Universal Music recording contract grand prize.

"I'm going to do everything in my power to get that record deal," said Damien, who got the competition started with the heartfelt "A Song For You" by Donny Hathaway, chosen for him by his coach.

Blake praised the Monroe, Louisiana native's ability to "float through a melody" but still retain the power of his voice. "It feels like a record you would make after this show," Gwen told the artist, who previously worked as a TSA officer at Los Angeles International Airport.

"It's so freakin' hard to sing," Blake said of his reason for never recording his original song "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face." But Blake believed Nashville resident Boyd had the ability to "shred it."

"That song was meant for you," Blake told Boyd, who was stolen twice during the season and competed for both Team Gwen and Team Blake. "You're ripe and ready to pick," Gwen told Boyd, adding she believed he had a big future as a touring artist.

The first duet of the finals saw coach Adam and Jamison tackle the Robin Thicke falsetto-fest "Lost Without You."

University of the Arts Philadelphia alum and music teacher Matt McAndrew was looking forward to the challenge of performing an original song and not having to sing in the shadow of other singers' fame. He sang "Wasted Love," a soul-searching ballad his coach said they had been working on "24/7."

"I completely got lost in that performance," said Gwen of McAndrew's effort. Coach Adam went so far as to describe his charge's single as "one of the best songs I've ever heard in my life."

Country boys Boyd and coach Blake next took the stage for their duet of Randy Houser's driving guitar hit "Boots On."

Damien then returned to the "Voice" arena alongside his coach for a performance of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" by Elton John.

Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, university mailman Jamison debuted the original single "Velvet."

Shushing the cheering crowd, Pharrell told Jamison he believed "a star was born on this televison show," and watching Jamison change and grow as an artist is the reason America keeps voting him through each week

For their duet, coach Adam and McAndrew teamed for a performance of "Lost Stars" from the movie "Begin Again."

Craig Wayne Boyd dedicated his moving performance of Alabama's "In Pictures" to his two-year-old son.

Boyd's former coach Gwen said she knew had a "magic" when they worked together. His current coach descrbed the song – about the relationship between a father and a son – as a perfect statement for Boyd's life right now.

For his original single debut Damien chose the fist-pumping anthem "Soldier."

"I'm bursting with pride for all three of these guys," said Adam, adding he was the "happiest coach, win or lose."

Jamison, who professed to being shy when he started season seven, was charged by coach Adam to sing Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River." "Chris has one of the best falsettos," said Adam.

Closing out the finals was pop rocker McAndrew performing the 1939 classic  "Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz."

Gwen called the performance "beautiful," while Pharrell described McAndrew as "magical." For coach Adam it was "pure, so simply bittersweet."

Voting for "The Voice" final is open until noon eastern Tuesday, December 12, with the season seven winner set to be revealed during the star-studded "Voice" finale featuring Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and Jennifer Hudson airing live from 9/8c on NBC.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Latest "Insurgent" Trailer]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:07:35 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/I_D024_10238_R.jpg "Insurgent," starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet, arrives in theaters on March 20, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Martin Freeman Mixes "The Hobbit," "The Office" on "SNL"]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:55:22 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Martin-Freeman-Bilbo-Office-SNL.jpg

In his first hosting appearance on "Saturday Night Live," Martin Freeman summoned his deadpan humor from "The Office" and his hobbit ears from "The Hobbit" — and that was just in one sketch.

The British actor combined the two in a clever mashup. In "The Office: Middle Earth," Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) played practical jokes on Gollum (Taran Killam) and contended with his absurd boss Gandalf (Bobby Moynihan) at the U.K.'s worst-run paper company.

"Moreso than a boss, I'm more of a chilled-out entertainer slash wizard," said a shirt-and-tie-and-wizard-hat wearing Gandalf, in a perfect facsimile of Ricky Gervais' character in the original British TV series.

Gollum, wearing a shirt collar and cuffs, fell for stunts dreamed up by Tauriel (Kate McKinnon) and Baggins.

"You don't choose the people you work with," Baggins said, as Gollum devours a raw fish.

"Oh, there's now giant spiders in the parking lot," he mused as his co-workers dashed through the office brandishing axes and swords.

In his opening monologue, Freeman poked fun at a different fellowship: British actors. "All British celebrities know each other and are friends," he said as "Harry Potter" actors Maggie Smith (McKinnon) and Alan Rickman (Killam) tiptoed onstage.

"We all live in a single mansion," wheezed Smith. "Martin and I split a bunk bed. I sleep on the tip tippy top."

The cold open featured a spoof of "Charlie Rose," as the venerable host (Killam) interviewed two psychologists (Moynihan and Kyle Mooney) who got paid $80 million to devise CIA torture tactics outlined in a recent Senate report. It turns out they moonlight devising other "methods" of more everyday torture.

"We don't want to be known as the 'rectal feeding guys,'" one says. For example: "We do all the customer service" for Time Warner Cable. "It was our idea that when you call on the phone you have to ask a robot to talk to a human."

And: "We created the concept of self-checkout. That's the beaty of it: People don't realize it's torture."

"Weekend Update" co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che kept their monologues short — although they did take aim at the Senate report on CIA torture.

"You don't need torture to get people to admit stuff," Che deadpanned. "Just get them really drunk and log them into Facebook."

Sasheer Zamata visited the "Weekend Update" desk to talk about the lack of diversity in the tech industry. Her target: emojis, the tiny graphics that double as their own smartphone hieroglyphics.

"There are over 800 emojis available on Apple products, and not one of them is of a black person," she vented to Jost. "There are two dragons, nine cat faces, [and] three generations of a white family. Even the black power fist is white."

Zamata's only option for a black emoji stand-in: A "dark moon," as Jost put it. "Yeah, that's the closest thing they have," Zamata said. "It looks like a baby Charles Barkley."

To recognize the beginning of Hanukkah on Tuesday, Che welcomed his podiatrist's son, Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy (Vanessa Bayer). Wearing his typical New York Yankees yarmulke, Jacob explained Hanukkah prayers, gave thanks for his bar mitzvah dancers (Tornado and Sky) and issued a tearful thank-you for his hero, former Yankee Derek Jeter.

British pop star Charli XCX also performed her singles "Break the Rules" and "Boom Clap," her first Billboard Top 10 hit as a solo artist.

"SNL" returns Dec. 20 with Amy Adams and musical guest One Direction.


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<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon and Martin Freeman Play Antler Ring Toss]]> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:53:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/460382136.jpg

Martin Freeman is one of Britain's busiest actors. He co-stars opposite Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. John Watson in "Sherlock." He's hosting "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. And he's been a virtual silver-screen fixture as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit" movie trilogy.

But for all his current roles, the British actor is still most often recognized in America for his part in "Love Actually," he told Jimmy Fallon during a visit to "The Tonight Show" Friday.

"I've been asked by Americans at airports, like, 'Have you done anything besides "Love Actually"?'" said Freeman, who also garnered a Golden Globe nomination this year for his role in the FX miniseries "Fargo."

Freeman's final turn as Baggins comes Friday with the release of "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." But he told Fallon he still regrets missing out a different magical film franchise.

"I was one of seven British actors who were not in 'Harry Potter," Freeman joked. "For a long time, it was me and six other people staring through the window like orphans."

Fallon challenged Freeman to a game of antler ring toss, in which the two competed to land rings on deer antlers attached to matching camouflage helmets. (Naturally, they were also wearing matching camouflage vests.)

"This is the entire reason I came, ring toss," Freeman said.

Fallon scored an early ringer, but both he and Freeman struggled to aim and keep their balance while wearing the top-heavy helmets.

"There's no reason you should be good at this," Fallon reassured his guest.

"And there's every reason you should be good at this!" Freeman cracked mid-toss at his host – and Fallon was, winning with two rings to Freeman's one.

Also appearing on Friday night's episode was actress Megan Mullally, who is performing in "It's Only a Play" on Broadway.

Yusuf / Cat Stevens rounded out "Tonight" with a bluesy performance of "You Are My Sunshine" – yes, the lullaby – from his new album "Tell 'Em I'm Gone."



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<![CDATA["Thank You Notes": Gingerbread Man, Rico Suave]]> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:11:28 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-12-13+at+1.40.04+PM.jpg Jimmy Fallon pens thank you notes to cardigans, holiday cards and other things.

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