<![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, 27 Jul 2015 21:30:43 -0400 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:30:43 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: Coco, Ice-T Expecting]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:39:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_86170741596.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Chief Keef Hologram Show Shut Down]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:31:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/chief-keef-mugshot-1.jpg

The "secret location" for rapper Chief Keef's rescheduled hologram concert turned out to be at a festival in Hammond, Indiana. Despite the rapper's efforts to continue the show after its initial cancellation, however, it was cut short by police.

The concert was held at Craze Fest, a hip-hop music festival at Wolf Lake Pavilion in Hammond, according to the Chicago Tribune. Within minutes, however, the show was shut down as police rushed toward the stage and ordered concert-goers to leave, the Tribune reported.

Alki David, CEO of FilmOn Networks and Hologram USA, which organized and streamed the show, tweeted that the police shut down the concert and 20 officers "raided and bulldozed the trailer."

The show was originally slated to take place at Redmoon Theater in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood last week, but it was later canceled because the theater "did not understand the full nature of the event," according to Debbie Saul, Redmoon's director of marketing.

Following the cancellation, Keef said the show would go on in a "secret Chicago location."

Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, decided to put on the hologram show after news broke about a shooting and car chase on the South Side that led to the deaths of Keef’s friend Marvin Carr, also known as rapper Capo, and 13-month-old Dillan Harris.

The toddler was in a stroller when it was struck by a car that fled the scene of a fatal shooting that killed Carr. Keef wanted "to speak out against all the violence,” said Owen Phillips, a spokesman for David, who recently signed the rapper.

Money collected at the concert was expected to be donated to Chicago charities and the victims’ families. Keef and David planned to match the proceeds.

Keef was unable to appear in person for the concert due to an outstanding warrant. A video the rapper posted on Instagram alleges he has been "banned by the mayor of Chicago."

The warrant against Keef, who grew up in Englewood and has a history of gun and drug charges, stems from allegations that he hasn’t paid child support, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.

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<![CDATA[Remembering Bobbi Kristina Brown]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:20:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_9328041881351.jpg Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, the only daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died Sunday, nearly six months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub of her home, her family said.]]> <![CDATA[Bobbi Kristina Brown Dies: Celebrities React]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:40:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-154589928.jpg

Bobbi Kristina Brown died Sunday at the age of 22, nearly six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome.

As news spread of her death, celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Rosie O'Donnell, Missy Elliott, Taraji P. Henson, and more mourned the loss on social media.

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<![CDATA['Finally at Peace': Bobbi Kristina Brown Dies at 22]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:03:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP166916409954.jpg

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of late Grammy-winning pop star Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, has died at age 22.

"Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God.  We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months," a spokesperson for the Houston family told NBC News. Brown died Sunday at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia.

The aspiring actress and singer was the only child of Houston and the fourth child of Bobby Brown. 

Brown was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in a suburban Atlanta townhome on January 31. Brown's long term partner Nick Gordon, who she referred to as her husband, along with a friend found her. CPR was performed at the scene and Brown was placed on a respirator when admitted to North Fulton Hospital the same day.

It remains unclear why Brown was unconscious. An investigation into the incident remains open, according to Roswell's chief of police. The investigative file was handed over to the Fulton County District Attorney who will determine whether any charges will be filed, authorities said in late June.

Brown was moved from North Fulton to Emory University Hospital in Georgia, and then to a rehabilitation facility on March 20. Throughout, her father remained optimistic about his daughter's recovery, even going so far as to tell a Texas concert audience in April that "Bobbi is awake. She's watching me."

Only days later Cissy Houston, the grandmother of Bobbi Kristina, issued a statement saying her granddaughter remained in an unresponsive state and "while she is no longer in a medically induced coma she has a tracheotomy and according to the doctors she has global and irreversible brain damage." Brown was moved to hospice care on June 24.

As the news of her death spread across social media, many celebrities tweeted condolences.

"My heart is truly heavy. May u rest in peace with your mommy #BobbiKristina sending prayers 2 the Brown/Houston family," Missy Elliot tweeted. Oprah Winfrey tweeted, "Peace at Last!"

Brown's tragic passing comes little more than three years after her mother was found unresponsive in bathtub in a Beverly Hills, California hotel. She later died. Authorities concluded Houston, 48, drowned. Heart disease and cocaine use were listed as contributing factors in her death. Houston, who sold more than 50 million records in the United States and was awarded six Grammys, had struggled with addiction for many years.

A child star by default, Bobbi Kristina Brown grew up in the glare of the media spotlight due to her parents success and much publicized accounts of their combustible 14 year marriage. Houston and Brown divorced in 2007 with Houston retaining sole custody of their daughter.

Of her mother, Brown told "Access Hollywood" in 2011 that Houston "supports me, she loves me, she gives me good mommy hugs." Brown was in the hotel the day her mother was pronounced dead. The same evening the then 18-year-old was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center where she was treated for stress and anxiety.

Houston's mother Cissy spoke with People in 2013 about how her daughter's death continued to adversely affect her granddaughter. "Of course I worry about her," Cissy said. "It doesn't mean that she is going to follow her [mother's] same path. She could but anybody could. I don't want to jinx her. I'm trying to make sure she doesn't."

Though her fame never matched the stratospheric heights of her mother's, Brown was familiar to audiences through appearances on reality television, such as the the 2012 Lifetime series "The Houstons: On Our Own," which followed Houston's family after her death. While still attending elementary school Brown featured on the 2005 Bravo docu-drama series, "Being Bobby Brown," in which she was often seen accompanying one of her parents on tour.

Prolific on Twitter, Brown wrote about moving her career to the next level only two days prior to her hospitalization in January. "Let's start this career up&&moving OUT to TO YOU ALLLL quick shall we !?!???!" she tweeted. Her Twitter feed was peppered with motivational quotes, images and mentions of Gordon and her late mother. On Instagram she shared images of herself and Gordon.

In the wake of her mother's death Brown made headlines for yet another reason, her relationship and subsequent reported marriage to Gordon, 25. The couple attracted much scrutiny due to Gordon's past association with Brown's family.

Houston opened her home to 12-year-old Gordon when his birth mother could no longer care for him, according to reports. Never legally adopted, Gordon was raised alongside Houston's daughter. Brown and Gordon went public with their relationship two months after Houston's death in 2012. The couple continued to court controversy when in 2013 they were evicted from their Atlanta apartment after multiple noise complaints from a neighbor.

The union drew criticism from both fans and family, including Pat Houston, Brown's aunt. "It just didn't sit right with me," Pat said during a 2014 episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" "I always looked at them as being the brother-and-sister type. I just did not see the relationship moving in that direction." 

Brown publicly insisted her late mother would have approved of the relationship.

"I'm tired of hearing people say, 'Eww you're engaged to your brother or if Whitney was still alive would we be together or would she approve of this.' Let me clear up something. We aren't even real brother and sister, nor is he my adoptive brother," she posted on Facebook ahead of announcing she had married Gordon in January 2014.

But according to her father, the pair never officially tied the knot. Bobby Brown issued the following statement four days after her hospitalization in January: "To correct earlier reports, Bobbi Kristina is not and has never been married to Nick Gordon."

Reports of an ongoing feud between Gordon and Bobbi Kristina's father surfaced after she was hospitalized. Bobby Brown refused Gordon access to his daughter, asking her boyfriend to reveal details of exactly what happened on the day Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive at home.

In March Gordon was featured on an episode of "Dr. Phil" alongside his birth mother. After appearing on the show–which host Phil McGraw described as an "intervention"–Gordon checked into a rehab facility.

Brown’s court-appointed conservator filed a lawsuit June 24 against Gordon in Fulton County Superior Court, alleging that Gordon had physically abused Bobbi Kristina, and that Gordon had taken more than $11,000 from her bank account.

In March 2014 Bobbi Kristina came under scrutiny for her rapidly diminishing physique, which she proudly showed off on social media platforms. "I am my mothers child! Have you ever heard of a #fastmetabolism ?" she tweeted in response to questions and comments about her size.

Rumors and reports surfaced that like her parents, Brown was facing addiction issues. In July of last year a photo was reportedly posted to her Instagram account showing her allegedly smoking marijuana out of a bong. She denied the photo was hers.

Brown was back in the headlines again in late 2014 when she went public with her anger toward director Angela Bassett, who chose not to feature the budding actress in the Houston biopic "Whitney," which aired January 17 on Lifetime. Bassett told Entertainment Weekly there were "a number of reasons" why she did not consider Brown for the title role. "One being that she’s not an actress," Bassett said. Brown later apologized for a Twitter rant aimed at the director. Though approached, Houston's family chose not to participate in any aspect of the Lifetime movie. 

A resolute Cissy Houston discussed her granddaughter's ongoing medical condition during a March radio interview with New York's WBLS. She encouraged fans to continue to pray for Bobby Kristina, adding she would be thankful if God worked a miracle, but if it "happens the other way, I'm all right."

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<![CDATA[Special Olympics Kicks Off]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:38:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-481983578.jpg

Seven thousand athletes representing 177 countries gathered to kick off the 2015 Special Olympics World Games at the Los Angeles Coliseum Saturday night, marking the largest event hosted by the city since the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.

First Lady Michelle Obama, along with a slew of other celebrities, attended Saturday's opening ceremony, which included performances by Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, Cody Simpson and Nicole Scherzinger.

"It's all about doing the best that you can do, the best that you're capable of and sharing in the joy," said Bob Gladwell of the Lake Arrowhead Rotary Club. "And you spend time with the athletes here and you know you get so much more than they get."

Athletes will compete in 25 sporting events during the games, concluding on Aug. 2. More than 500,000 spectators are expected to attend the free events.

Dylan Rae of Australia is a Special Olympics bowler who isn't competing, but traveled to LA to cheer on his fellow Australians.

"It just gives Dylan an opportunity to socialize with his peers and also to be a bit independent and enjoy sports just like everybody else can," Julie Rae, Dylan's mother, said.

Coaches and competitors have been attending welcome parties around Southern California since last week. The torch, also known as the Flame of Hope, has been making its way through California and will make its final stop in LA at the opening ceremony.

NBC4 reporter Kate Larsen contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA[Gymnast Johnson Gets Engaged]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:29:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/shawn+johnson+andrew+east.jpg

Cubs fans at Friday's game witnessed a special moment between Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson and her now fiance Andrew East as he popped the question on the field.

Johnson and fellow Olympic gymnast Alicia Sacramone threw the first pitch at the game, but before Johnson exited the field, East knelt down in front of her on the homeplate and proposed.

East is a snapper who recently signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson earned fame in 2008 when she won the gold medal for the balance beam in the Beijing Olympics. She also later competed in "Dancing With the Stars" and won the competition.

The Chicago Cubs also tweeted about the special moment, congratulating the couple on their engagement.

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<![CDATA[Kim Kardashian Requests New Twitter Feature]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:12:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4783559081.jpg

Kim Kardashian, who has a 33.8 million following on Twitter, had a suggestion for the social networking service. And it looks like her request was heard.

Kardashian tweeted Friday night that she had emailed Twitter to get a new feature that would allow people to edit tweets without having to delete them and repost with corrections.

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The request may have been inspired by her misspelling of Giorgio Armani’s name in a tweet last month.

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Kardashian’s request was retweeted thousands of times. It was also replied to by Twitter co-founder and interim CEO Jack Dorsey.

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<![CDATA[Parking Attendant Gave Away Grandmaster Flash's Car: NYPD]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:18:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP111130074003-1.jpg

New York City hip-hop great DJ Grandmaster Flash is searching for his white Dodge Charger after a parking attendant accidentally released it to someone else, the artist and police tell NBC News. 

Grandmaster Flash -- real name Joseph Saddler -- explained the incident in a series of Instagram posts, saying he left the car with an attendant at the 101 Car Park garage in the Chelsea section of Manhattan last week. 

"When I came back two hours later, homeboy told me he gave my car to somebody with no ID that looked like me. What?" Saddler said in a video on Instagram. 

"How should anyone be allowed to walk into a public car park and get a car released without the stub, without ANY ID, how is this possible?" he wrote in another post. 

A spokesman for the NYPD told NBC News that Saddler filed a report about the stolen car on July 16 and that the car still hasn't been found. 

The crime is categorized as grand larceny auto, the spokesman, Det. Martin Speechley, told NBC News. 

Saddler's team added on his Facebook page that the Dodge was "full of priceless vintage records and equipment."

"A car is one thing, but his records??? That's his life," the post said. 

Two supervisors at the garage refused to comment to NBC News. One said he could not speak about an ongoing police investigation, and the other said to contact his lawyer, who he would not identify.

A Bronx native, the 57-year-old Grandmaster Flash is considered one of the pioneers of hip-hop DJing, cutting and mixing. 

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<![CDATA['Tonight' Thank You Notes: Ashley Madison Hack, Katy Perry]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:28:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Tonight-nbc_tjf_hlt_s2e171_298_ThankYouNotes_20150724_1200x675_491177539700.jpg Jimmy pens thank you notes to Dr. Seuss' new book, Lululemon's craft beer and other things.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Singing With Ladysmith Snack Mambazo]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:29:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/jimmy-fallon-ladysmith-snack-ben-jerrys.jpg Ladysmith Snack Mambazo performs a song honoring the group's love for Ben & Jerry's Tonight Dough ice cream.

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<![CDATA[Boyfriend Charged in Reality TV Star Death ]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:56:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1be49827-528c-17a2-b427-0b289955a51d_LD_CR_10042013-194.jpg

Robert Reagan was charged Friday with murder in the stabbing death of his longtime girlfriend Loredana Nesci, a Los Angeles lawyer turned reality TV star.

If convicted, Reagan, 51, faces up to 26 years to life in prison according to the LA County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors allege that he used a knife in the killing.

Nesci, who starred in "Loredana, Esq." on SundanceTV, was found dead at her California home Wednesday.

Police said that around 7:20 a.m. on Wednesday they received an emergency call from a "distraught male." Officers arrived at the Redondo Beach home Nesci shared with Reagan and their 5-year-old son Rocco Nesci-Reagan and found the reality star's body. According to South Bay-based newspaper The Daily Breeze their child was not home at the time.

Reagan has not commented. He is being held on $1 million bail, police records show.

PHOTOS: Dangerous reality TV

Nesci, often dubbed "The Legal Diva," grew up in Connecticut and got her bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut in Storrs. She moved to California in 1996 and worked as a Los Angeles police officer. During her time on the force, she helped the FBI handle what is now dubbed the famous North Hollywood shootout of 1997, according to her website bio.

She went to law school years later and graduated with her Juris Doctorate from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut in 2002. She worked as a lawyer and returned to California two years later, where she opened her own practice. In 2008, she began hosting her own radio show on KCAA 1050 AM. Her reality series premiered on the SundanceTV channel in March 2014 and documented her life at home and on the job.

The show documented the couple's struggle with mounting bills and arguments over the care of their young son while Reagan was traveling to develop a beverage business.

Nesci often posted photos and videos of her son and the family's two dogs, Louie and Toukie, on her Instagram page. The family also has two cats. Her friends are working to try and find homes for the pets.

PHOTOS: Reality TV's coolest kids

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<![CDATA['Sharknado 4' Is Happening: You Decide the Plot]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:46:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sharknadoaprilheader.jpg

There's going to be a "Sharknado 4." Yes, the sharks will get sucked up into waterspouts yet again. But this fourth movie will have a different twist: Viewers get to decide the fate of Tara Reid's character.

The third TV flick, "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!," ended with space shuttle wreckage coming straight for Reid's character, April, but cut to black before the impact. The movie then informed fans, "You decide if #AprilLives or #AprilDies." Fans can vote with those hashtags on Twitter or on sharknado.syfy.com with the character's fate finally being revealed in "Sharknado 4," likely airing next summer.

CLICK: The most ridiculous "Sharknado 3" moments

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Regina, senior vice president of program strategy at Syfy, said the original ending was going to be a happy family moment. But they wanted to turn things on its head. "We needed to do something that was going to keep the audience in jeopardy and want to come back for another Sharknado," Regina said. "That led to the idea that I came up with in having the audience vote. Sharknado, more than anything on television, is a social interaction with the viewers, so we wanted to make it interactive."

This kind of stunt isn't necessarily new. "Hawaii Five-0" has let fans decide endings on CBS. The Batman comic books let readers decide if Jason Tood, the second Robin, lived or died at the hands of the Joker, "Psych" has done it on USA and viewers have a hand in a bevy of reality shows including "The Voice" and "Dancing With the Stars."

CLICK: The best cameos in "Sharknado 3"

For her part, Reid has been campaigning for April to live.

"For all the amazing fans of #Sharknado3 if you want April to live #aprilives thank you all for being a part of this unforgettable moment," she tweeted. Another tweet read "This is it show me your love and support I need you! You are the fans that made this movie keep it going! #AprilLives."

Make your voices heard. Save April. Or kill her. It's up to you.

(E! and Syfy are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

CLICK: The best things ever said on TV

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<![CDATA[Curry Wishes 'Happy Birthday' to Boy Fighting Cancer]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:54:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/stephmain1.png

Hundreds of birthday cards arrived last weekend for a nine-year-old Texas boy fighting a rare type of cancer, according to KWTX. The wishes kept pouring in from friends, family and well-wishers all weekend

Then on Wednesday, Taliq got a message from his favorite NBA player.

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry wished Taliq a happy birthday and speedy recovery via a video message on Twitter.

Taliq's mother Tanisha wanted to make his tenth birthday a special one because she believes little words of encouragement will help him battle his cancer, KWTX reported. So she asked everyone she knew — and strangers — to send him birthday cards.

Doctors diagnosed Taliq with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma on Feb. 18. DIPG is a type of brain tumor found in the pons, part of the brainstem on the lower back of the brain, KWTX reported. Taliq gained 55 pounds since his diagnosis.

Taliq's mother said that the birthday cards and gifts — some which arrived all the way from Australia — immediately made him feel better. Taliq didn't complain about a headache for the first time in months. "Tears just came to my eyes because as a mother, I have been waiting four months to wait to hear him say those words," she told KWTX.

Taliq's mother Tanisha has set up a Go Fund Me site for her son.

Photo Credit: Tanisha Davis via Go Fund Me/Stepen Curry
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<![CDATA['Tonight': Say Anything with Katie Holmes]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:30:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/holmes-nup_170182_0555.jpg Katie Holmes and Jimmy Fallon play a game where they take turns saying random words, and the first person to stumble, blank or repeat a word gets a piece of tape stuck on their face.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Tales from the Set of 'Wet Hot American Summer']]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:54:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s2e170_297_Hashtags_ThereISaidIt_20150723_1200x675_490638403681.jpg David Wain and Michael Showalter tell Jimmy Fallon about pranking Tonight Show head writer A.D. Miles while on set for "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Summer Camp."]]> <![CDATA['Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' Full Trailer ]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:25:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SP1_D106_32299_R.jpg

Oh hey, it's the lizard mutts!

The half-human, half-lizard creatures make their debut in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2," and no, they're not friendly, and yes, they pose grave danger for heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her District 13 friends and allies who make it their mission to try to destroy the evil President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and liberate the people of Panem.

"We got one shot," Katniss says, as seen in a new trailer that debuted at 2015 Comic-Con in San Diego earlier this month and released online Thursday. "Nothing good is safe while he's alive. Snow has to pay for what he's done."

"I'm been watching you and you watching me," says President Snow. "My dear Miss Everdeen, make no mistake, the game is coming to its end."

READ: 16 moments from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" trailer that we're completely freaking out over

The new trailer shows a lot of footage previously seen in past teasers and trailers, such as Annie and Finnick's wedding and Katniss leading her people into battle.

Spoiler alert!

Those who have read the books know that a heartbreaking scene involves a lizard mutt and a beloved character. The trailer also shows silver parachutes floating down in the sky, which also lead to destruction and devastation.

Then, there's the debut of Tigris, a fan favorite character, who is a former Hunger Games stylist whose appearance was altered to resemble a tiger. Finally, there's an epic, blink-and-you'll-miss-it kiss!

The movie also stars returning actors such as Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and Philip Seymour Hoffman. His performance as Plutarch Heavensbee marks the late actor's final role.

Watch the trailer above. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2," the fourth and final film in the hit sci-fi series, is set for release on Nov. 20.

CLICK: Who said it: Jennifer Lawrence or Garfield?

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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Hair-Raising Revelation]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:34:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/jake-seth-nup_170177_0438.jpg On a trip backstage to Jake Gyllenhaal's dressing room, Seth Meyers makes a startling discovery...

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<![CDATA[Bobby Shmurda Faces New Charges]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:53:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ackquille+pollard+bobby+shmurda+kimberly+rousseau.jpg

Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda, who is currently awaiting trial in a drugs and violent crime case, is facing new charges of promoting prison contraband and perjury for allegedly taking a knife from his visiting girlfriend while he was jailed at Rikers Island. 

Ackquille Pollard, 20, received a sharp metal object from his girlfriend, 18-year-old Kimberly Rousseau while she was visiting him at Riker's Island on June 21, according to Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson. Rousseau allegedly reached under her bra, took out the homemade knife and handed it to Pollard.

Rousseau is facing separate charges of felony and misdemeanor promoting prison contraband and criminal possession of a weapon. She has pleaded not guilty.

Pollard, who's also accused of lying to the grand jury about the incident, pleaded not guilty to all the charges when he was arraigned in Bronx Supreme Court Thursday. The case has been adjourned until October, and he was returned to Riker's, the district attorney said. 

Pollard was arrested last December in an investigation into a gang that police allege sold drugs, dealt guns and committed violent crimes. He was arraigned on conspiracy, reckless endangerment, and weapons and drug charges, and has remained jailed since then. 

The Brooklyn-born Pollard is best known for the hit song "Hot Boy." He also put out a music video that popularized a dance craze called the "Shmoney dance," and reportedly signed a lucrative record deal with Epic Records. 

Pollard's attorney last Decemebr, Howard Greenberg, told reporters at the time he believes Pollard and the other defendants were targeted because "the government hates rap and hates rappers and hates lyrics." 

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<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon Joins U2 in Concert, Sings 'Desire']]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:53:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-07-23+at+1.45.25+PM.jpg

Way to steal the spotlight, Jimmy Fallon.

Just over one week after returning to "The Tonight Show" following a freak accident which caused him to nearly lose his finger, the 40-year-old funnyman attended U2's concert in NYC's Madison Square Garden, where he joined the band on stage and gave a rockin' performance.

Fallon was in the audience hilariously holding a sign which read "singer with a broken finger" before U2 frontman Bono invited him to take the stage to help sing "Desire."

"I'm a big fan of Irish people that fall down and hurt themselves," Fallon said, per Rolling Stone, referring to Bono's cycling accident. "So you're like a mentor to me, brother. Edge, what you did a couple of weeks ago falling off the stage was classic, brother. I'm happy to be a part of the club."

WATCH: See Jimmy Fallon talk about his scary injury

Fallon then gave his best Bono impression–and even played the harmonica at the end of the song, proving he's truly on the mend following his recent accident and subsequent surgery.

After the song, Fallon and U2 introduced yet another surprise and asked The Roots (Fallon's "Tonight Show" band) to join the stage.

"I brought a few friends of mine," Fallon said. "I'd like to introduce them. You know them from Philadelphia. The Roots, ladies and gentlemen!"

PHOTOS: Injured celebrities

In addition to taking the stage with Bono, the comedian invited Chevy Chase to join him on The Tonight Show on Wednesday evening, asking the fellow SNL alum to lend him a hand--literally--to perform a piano duet.

Chase, who also happens to be injured, happily obliged and the two joined forces to play "Heart and Soul," using both of their "working hands" to play the piano.

PHOTOS: Musicians performing live on stage

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<![CDATA[Taylor Swift Apologizes to Nicki Minaj After Feud]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:54:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-138844701_SwiftMinaj.jpg

Taylor Swift is admitting defeat.

After she and Nicki Minaj feuded on Twitter following MTV's announcement of this year's nominees for the Video Music Awards, Swift is saying sorry. It all began when Minaj tweeted her frustration about the lack of nominations for "Anaconda" and "Feelin' Myself."

"If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year. Oh but trust me. I'll be on that stage to collect my awards for vid of the year. Feeling Myself &Anaconda," the outspoken rapper wrote.

But Swift and her fans took it personally (despite having zero names mentioned), believing that it was an attack against her music video for "Bad Blood," which definitely features pretty slender women. She responded to Minaj's tweet, writing, "@NICKIMINAJ I've done nothing but love &support you. It's unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot."

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Minaj defended herself and explained that her tweet was more about the "white media and their tactics." The back-and-forth went on and on, causing other celebrities, including Katy Perry, to weigh in on the headline-making fiasco. Even though T. Swift and the "Starships" singer seemingly had put their fight to bed, Perry couldn't help but take a dig at her rumored enemy.

"Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman..." she wrote.

Although the tweet might seem a tad incomprehensible, the gist of it is Perry's calling Swift a hypocrite since the 25-year-old pop star penned her hit "Bad Blood" about her ongoing feud with her (Minaj has since favorited the tweet).

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Seeing as the VMAs feud has reached new heights, Swift decided to take the high road and apologize to Minaj directly (via Twitter, of course).

"I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I'm sorry, Nicki. @NICKIMINAJ," she posted Thursday.

In response, Minaj tweeted there were no hard feelings after a fan tweeted that he was happy the performers had made up.

"I've always loved her. Everyone makes mistakes. She gained so much more respect from me. Let's move on," Minaj tweeted.

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<![CDATA[Caitlyn Jenner's New Reality]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:26:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NUP_170039_0001.JPG

The most stirring moment in Caitlyn Jenner's short public life came last week when, in accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs, she spoke words embodying the spirit of the honor: “It’s not just about me – it’s about all of us accepting one another. We are all different.”

Her poignant, selfless speech followed an April interview with Diane Sawyer that largely answered questions about the former athlete’s transition from male to female without veering deep into sensationalism, and a glamorous Vanity Fair cover last month that made a bold statement.

On Sunday, Jenner makes perhaps her most daring public move yet: a return to E!, home of “Total Divas,” “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” and, of course,  “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”  

The network bills “I Am Cait,” Jenner’s new eight-part program, as a “docu-series.” The phrasing is key: It’s a hopeful signal that E! plans to present a portrait rooted more in reality than in Reality TV – in other words, keeping away from a "Keeping Up with Caitlyn" approach.

Jenner’s media choices so far offer a tacit recognition that her transition not only marks a new passage for the 1976 American Olympic hero, but also, in a sense, for fans across the country and beyond. The decathlon champion faces a major balancing act being at the center of a show that seeks to inform and inspire, while avoiding a tone of exploitation and still grabbing ratings.

Entertainment isn't necessarily at odds with the sensitive telling of a good story, and Jenner’s is a compelling one: an unlikely journey from a 1970s superstar athlete to a 2000s put-upon Reality TV dad/stepdad to a gender transition at age 65 – with every step playing out before millions.

The scrutiny of a mass audience and ever-present cameras can impact a show’s subjects, as evidenced from the odyssey of the Loud family on PBS in the early 1970s to the boisterous saga of the Osbourne family on MTV three decades later. Viewers have been conditioned in recent years by Reality TV to expect less a documentary style in non-scripted TV fare than a mutated sitcom fueled by conflict – manufactured, exaggerated and otherwise.

Conflict comes with significant life change. Jenner, as she enters perhaps the most crucial phase of her public and personal life, knows she needs to carefully share her story, cognizant that her TV show and the rest of her public life are about far more than just her own challenges. As she put it at the ESPYs: “If there is one thing I do know about my life, it is the power of the spotlight. Sometimes it gets overwhelming, but with attention comes responsibility.”

Check out a preview of “I Am Cait” (above), as Jenner faces new responsibility with the courage that helped earn her the Ashe Award.

(E! and NBC are part of the NBCUniversal family.)


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[Nick Cannon Snaps Selfie From Hospital Bed]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:26:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rs_600x600-150722151425-600.nick-cannon-hospital.jw.72215.jpg

But first, let's take a selfie.

And Nick Cannon did just that Wednesday when he posted a photo of himself from a hospital bed.

The "America's Got Talent" host posted a lengthy message to fans, vaguely explaining a bit of backstory on what landed him in the hospital in the first place.

"Don't worry, temporary pit stop...Sometimes I can be a little too bull headed and stubborn. I gotta stop running my body to the ground," he wrote.

"I be wanting to grind nonstop but the engine can't run on fumes. On the low though, I really think I'm a super hero ... Now I'm not saying I'm Batman, but I am saying nobody has ever seen me and Batman in the same room together. LOL #ImGood."

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A source tells E! News that his hit show is currently on hiatus until August, so there will be no changes to production.

While it's unclear exactly why Cannon is in the hospital, the father of twins has been very outspoken about living with lupus over the years.

In an interview with HuffPost Live, the 34-year-old explained that his illness "actually drives me."

"I just want to get out there and continue to educate and be that pillar in the community to say, 'Hey, well he's doing it and he's strong when he does it.' So I feel like it's given me new purpose on this Earth, so I embrace it wholeheartedly."

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