<![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 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:44:56 -0400 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:44:56 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Miley Cyrus' Wacky MTV VMAs Outfits]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:15:41 -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[Writer-Director Wes Craven Dies at 76]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:34:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/wes-craven-portrait.jpg

Wes Craven, the writer and director for famed horror movies, died Sunday afternoon after battling brain cancer, according to a statement put out by his family. He was 76 years old. 

"It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed away at 1PM on Sunday, August 30 after battling brain cancer. He was 76 years old. Craven was surrounded by love, in the presence of his family at his Los Angeles home," the family's statement said.

A prolific writer, director and editor, Craven was credited with reinventing the teen horror genre with the 1984 release of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" starring a then-unknown Johnny Depp. The movie led to several sequels, as did his 1996 movie "Scream."

This year, Craven was an executive producer for the TV show "Scream", a remake of his original movies.

The director admitted his knack for scaring people was a gift but said audiences probably think "some part of me must be twisted up."

"There's craziness in the world, and these films are about the craziness that threatens the goodness,” Craven said about the "Scream" series.

"The Hills Have Eyes", "The Last House on the Left", "The Serpent and the Rainbow", "The People Under the Stairs", and "Red Eye" include other movies Craven produced or directed.

Besides his work in horror films, Craven also directed the drama "Music of the Heart," which earned Meryl Streep an Oscar nomination.

Craven was survived by his wife, producer and former Disney Studios Vice President Iya Labunka, his son, daughter, stepdaughter and grandchildren.

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<![CDATA[MTV VMAs 2015: Best Moments ]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:29:23 -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]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:56:33 -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[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[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.

<![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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<![CDATA[WATCH 'The Voice' Takes a Psychedelic Trip]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:41:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/150824_2895159_The_Voice_Coaches__Virtual_Reality.jpg

Rainbows and butterflies and unicorns, oh my!

"The Voice" gets a whole new look as season nine coaches take a psychedelic trip in the latest promo for the hit singing competion series, which returns with blind auditions September 21 on NBC. 

In the promo clip released Tuesday, coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams don virtual reality headsets and go on a wild and colorful ride to a land where animation rules and anything is possible.

As Stefani, Williams and Shelton fly in on their big red chairs, scene-stealer Levine opts for a unicorn. In the pursuit of talent for the upcoming series, Stefani sprouts butterfly wings to get ahead of her fellow coaches. And just like on the actual show, the four stars can't help but indulge in some friendly arguing. 

If the new promo isn't enough to whet your appetite for the new season, news that Missy Elliott is joining the "Voice" family as adviser to Team Pharrell will have you wishing it were Sept. 21 already. 

As for the rest of season nine's guest advisers, Selena Gomez is set to mentor returning coach Stefani's team, Shelton has recruited fellow country crooner Brad Paisley and Levine has tasked John Fogerty with mentoring his contestants.

And if that's not enough star power for you, Rihanna is set to be the key adviser for all of the contestants, a role previously filled by Taylor Swift and Nate Reuss. 

"The Voice" returns to NBC on Monday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. ET

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<![CDATA[Jenner PCH Crash Presented to LA DA's Office]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 07:15:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/201*120/08-25-2015-caitlyn-jenner-leather-jacket-1.jpg

A fatal crash on Pacific Coast Highway involving Caitlyn Jenner has been presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

The office confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department presented the case in connection with the fatal February crash to the Major Crimes Division, responsible for handling high-profile cases. It was not immediately clear what charges, if any, Jenner might face.

Jenner was hauling an off-road vehicle on a trailer behind her Cadillac Escalade on Feb. 7 when she steered to avoid cars slowing for a traffic light in front of her on PCH in Malibu.

Jenner's SUV rear-ended two cars, pushing the Lexus into oncoming traffic and also hitting a Prius. The 69-year-old Lexus driver was killed when her car was struck head-on by a Hummer.

The Associated Press reported last week that the sheriff's report recommended a manslaughter charge, but a source familiar with the case told NBC News no recommendation was made. If prosecutors make a decision to charge Jenner, she will be charged with misdemeanor manslaughter, at most, the source said.

A timetable for a decision from the district attorney's office also was not available Tuesday.

Jenner's attorney declined to comment, the AP reported.

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<![CDATA['Carmichael Show' Finds Comedy in Current Events]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:04:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NUP_168478_2133.JPG

Depending on your point of view, Jerrod Carmichael meeting sitcom legend Norman Lear a week to the day "The Carmichael Show" premieres on NBC is either an incredible coincidence or a twist of fate foreshadowing success.

For Lear, 93, is the hit producer behind such television comedy classics as "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons," "Maude" and "Good Times." Such shows, Carmichael says, along with "Cheers, "The Cosby Show" and "Murphy Brown," were a constant in his youth and continue to inform his work.  

"It was amazing," he says of the meeting the following day via phone from Los Angeles. "He's great, so smart. And I got the chance to tell him 'thank you' and how much his work inspires me."

Carmichael rose to pop culture prominence in 2014 due to a role in the big screen hit "Neighbors" and his own HBO comedy special, "Love at the Store," directed by Spike Lee. With "The Carmichael Show" (premiering Wednesday, August 26 at 9/8c), the 27-year-old rising star transfers his conversational stand-up style to the sitcom format, finding humor through misinformed and misunderstood characters grappling with current social events. 

"It's new for me," says Carmichael of making the format shift. "Being a new creative outlet there is always a lot to learn. The curve was trying to bring the same truth of my stand-up to this outlet. Really just kind of figuring out how to have the other side of the argument. Making sure that we had the full argument.

"I always lean toward stories or shows that make me think, make me feel something," explains co-creator and writer Carmichael of his hopes for "TCS," which is semi-autobiographical. Set in Charlotte, N.C. (Carmichael was raised in Winston-Salem), the series revolves around the relationships Carmichael has with his often politically incorrect father, Joe (David Alan Grier), Bible-quoting mother, Cynthia (Loretta Devine), ever-hustling brother Bobby (Lil Rey Howery) and therapist-in-training girlfriend Maxine (Amber Stevens West). 

"TCS" maintains a multi-camera format giving it a classic series feel. And like those above-mentioned sitcoms of the seventies and eighties Carmichael says are "always playing in my house," the new series is not afraid to tackle of-the-moment issues, filtering upcoming topics such as gender identity, racial profiling, religion in schools and presidential politics through the lens of familial humor. 

"When you are talking about current events a lot times comedy just naturally happens," Carmichael explains when asked how he maintains a balance between the seriousness of certain subject matter and the desire to create laughs. "You start getting enough perspectives in one room and comedy is going to occur. You're always going to have people who disagree with one another and as long as you can keep it true to conversation, true to perspective, I don't really worry about the comedy. Making sure the perspective is there is priority number one and jokes just come out of that."

"The Carmichael Show" debuts with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. C on NBC. 

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<![CDATA[Jon Stewart Wrestles With John Cena, His Future]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 07:13:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/stewart-GettyImages-154080498.jpg

As a bearded Jon Stewart stalked the hulking John Cena with a metal folding chair Sunday night at World Wrestling Entertainment’s SummerSlam in Brooklyn, one of the announcers asked in mock horror: "What is Jon Stewart doing?"

Good question. And one that could just as easily have been asked the following evening when he was body-slammed by John Cena on "Monday Night Raw."

Only Stewart knows why he picked the WWE events for his first major appearances since wrapping his 16-year-plus run in the rollicking ring known as "The Daily Show" on Aug. 6. Perhaps the choice represents a wry commentary on the outsized expectations for whatever he chooses as his next act. Or maybe he just couldn't resist another opportunity to indulge in his love of professional wrestling.

Either way, Stewart's grappling with his future is a main event of comedy.

He's not the only former late night TV titan drawing attention for post-hosting appearances. David Letterman, sporting a similar retirement beard, unexpectedly joined Steve Martin and Martin Short on-stage in San Antonio last month and delivered a Top 10 list of “Interesting Facts About Donald Trump” (No. 7: “He wants to build a wall? How about building the wall around that thing on his head?”).

Letterman has hinted he'll be back in the public eye in some form. His soon-to-debut successor, Stephen Colbert recently told Howard Stern he'd like to have Letterman on as a guest on “Late Show.” Since leaving “The Tonight Show” for good last year, Jay Leno's been busy with stand-up appearances and his upcoming auto-focused CNBC show, “Jay Leno’s Garage.”

The former hosts’ still-emerging paths diverge from that of late night king Johnny Carson, who went into near-hermit-hood after his 30-year run on "The Tonight Show," save for a couple cameos on Letterman's CBS program.

Stewart's case is different from his late night peers' in some key ways. At age 52, he's more than a decade younger that Letterman and Leno. And charting the course of Stewart's future, thanks to his young, devoted and digitally engaged audience, is a public participation sport: A Change.org petition calling for him to moderate one of the presidential debates has drawn nearly 300,000 supporters since being posted late last week.

News of the online drafting effort overshadowed Comedy Central’s fun and, um, cheeky first "Daily Show" promo featuring Stewart’s successor, Trevor Noah. The petition also underscored Stewart's unique place in the popular culture, and the lines he's blurred over the years as a comic, White House visitor, commentator of sorts (see his in-person 2004 “Crossfire” takedown), political performance artist (his and Colbert’s 2010 “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear”) and restless entertainment polymath (his fact-based 2014 film, "Rosewater”).

Stewart's extracurricular activities also, of course, have included forays into professional wrestling. The hyperbolic WWE announcers on Sunday, no doubt to Stewart's delight, declared him a “criminal” with “no business being in” the ring as he slammed Cena in the mid-section with the chair.

Where Stewart belongs, in the short term and otherwise, is up to nobody but him. We're just waiting and watching for his next match.


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['Jackass' Star Charged After Climbing Hollywood Crane]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:53:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/150809-steve-o-crane-hollywood.jpg

"Jackass" star Steve-O will face five criminal charges after he climbed a crane in Hollywood to protest SeaWorld and drew dozens of emergency responders to a construction site earlier this month.

The city of Los Angeles will also seek financial restitution for the cost of the police and fire response, said Frank Mateljan, spokesman for the City Attorney's Office.

Steve-O, whose legal name is Stephen Glover, was charged Monday with one count each of creating a false emergency, use of unregistered fireworks, storing fireworks without a permit, possession of fireworks without a permit, and trespassing, Mateljan said.

The charges stem from the Aug. 9 incident and a subsequent search of Glover's house, he said.

Glover's representative didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The 41-year-old scrambled up a crane at least 100 feet high on Sunset Boulevard, inflating a large killer whale balloon emblazoned with "SeaWorld Sucks" and lighting fireworks when he reached the top, police said.

Glover, known for his outlandish stunts in the "Jackass" TV show and movies, later climbed down and was taken into custody.

Because the first responders were not sure whether he needed to be rescued, five ambulances, a helicopter and more than 80 firefighters went to the scene, Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said the next day.

She said resources were stretched thin because firefighters were called around the same time to rescue the operator of a harbor crane who was stricken with a medical emergency.

Prosecutors are working with police and fire department officials to determine how much restitution will be sought, Meteljan said Tuesday.

Glover's arraignment was set for Aug. 31.

The performer was cited last year for another protest against the theme park. Glover said his demonstrations are in response to controversy over the 2013 documentary "Blackfish," which criticized SeaWorld's treatment of killer whales.

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<![CDATA['The Voice' Season 9: Go Behind the Scenes]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:21:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Voice+Season+9.jpg Take a sneak peek behind the scenes of season nine of "The Voice," returning September 21 to NBC.

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<![CDATA[Caitlyn Jenner Costume Sparks Social Media Outrage]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:01:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480846712_caitlyn_jenner_homicidio.jpg

Halloween costumes and decorations seem to arrive in stores earlier and earlier every year.

October is more than two months away, yet one celebrity attire is already causing a social media firestorm.

The “Call Me Caitlyn” costume, reminiscent of Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, consists of a corset-like top, shorts and a wig. 

Though Halloween costumes lampooning current events and celebrities are nothing new, Jenner's supporters condemn the attire as "transphobic" and "disgusting” and have launched a petition calling on one retailer to halt production.

“To make a costume out of a marginalized identity reduces that person and community to a stereotype for privileged people to abuse,” the petition statement read. “In this case, if you follow through with production of a Caitlyn Jenner costume, cisgender people will purchase it to make fun of her and our community.”

Spirit Halloween, a company behind pop-up costume stores that appear nationwide during the fall season, defended the ensemble in a statement to CNBC.

"At Spirit Halloween, we create a wide range of costumes that are often based upon celebrities, public figures, heroes and superheroes," said Lisa Barr, senior director of marking at Spirit Halloween. "We feel that Caitlyn Jenner is all of the above and that she should be celebrated. The Caitlyn Jenner costume reflects just that."

Spirit isn’t new to controversy. Last year, the company was criticized for selling "Slenderman" costumes inspired by the fictional internet character who allegedly compelled two 12-year-old girls to stab a classmate 19 times in a wooded park earlier that year.

Despite the company’s stated intentions, the advertisement, which features a features a tattooed male donning the outfit, “mocks the validity of a transgender’s identity,” according to a petition signer.

But Spirit isn’t the only company carrying the “Call Me Caitlyn” this year. Several online retailers are selling the costume under the “humorous” category, which some say undermines the struggles transgender people like Jenner go through every day.  

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