<![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 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:27:55 -0400 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:27:55 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['I Hated' Football Games: Rooney Mara]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:07:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NUP_171143_04521.JPG

Rooney Mara may have football in her blood, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she actually liked watching the game.

“I hated it,” she confessed to “Late Night” host Seth Meyers on Tuesday.

Mara said she began associating football with church because her family attended games after church every Sunday when she was a child.

“Everyone else was in their sweatpants eating crappy food,” she said. “And I was in my Sunday church clothes.”

Mara’s family has founded two NFL teams -- her mother’s family founded the Pittsburgh Steelers and her father’s family founded the New York Giants.

Even though she wasn’t a big fan of football growing up, she does have a soft spot for her home team.

“I grew up in New York and my dad works for the Giants,” she said. “The Giants definitely have the edge.”

Mara is starring in “Pan”, which is set for release on Oct. 9.

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<![CDATA[Jay Leno Jumps In to Deliver Monologue Jokes]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 03:41:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/leno1.png After Jimmy Fallon pulls a hamstring during the monologue, Jay Leno tags in and tells a few jokes.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show' Asks People About Google Searches]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 03:37:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/street+search.png After learning Google Ads will start targeting according to search history, Jimmy Fallon sends his writer Arthur Meyer to the street to ask people about their latest Google searches.]]> <![CDATA[Hidden Credits: DWTS, The Price is Right & Jeopardy]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 03:30:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hidden+credits.png Seth Meyers takes a look at surprising hidden credits from Dancing With the Stars, The Price is Right and Jeopardy.]]> <![CDATA[Rooney Mara Attended Football Games in Sunday Best]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 03:31:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/mara.png Football royalty Rooney Mara attended games in church clothes.]]> <![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[First Latin AMAs: Jam, Eglesias Lead Noms]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:52:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Enrique-Iglesias-Nicky-Jam-J-Balvin.jpg

The first ever edition of the Latin American Music Awards, will be held Thursday, Oct. 8 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, and will be broadcast live on Telemundo from 8 PM ET/7C.

Nicky Jam leads the competition with six nominations, followed by Enrique Iglesias and J Balvin, who are nominated for five awards each. Calibre 50, Maná and Romeo Santos have four nominations each.

The event will be hosted by Mexican superstar Lucero, a well-known telenovela actress and singer. One of the show’s highlights is expected to be a special tribute to the Queen of Salsa, Cuban singer Celia Cruz. Cruz passed away in 2003 and is the subject of the upcoming series "Celia," debuting Oct. 13 on Telemundo.

The list of nominees include Ricky Martin, Plan B, Julion Alvarez y su Norteño Banda, Juan Gabriel, Dady Yankee and Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga, with three nominations each. Camila, Chino y Nacho, Chiquis Rivera, DJ Snake, Gente de Zona, Gerardo Ortiz, Prince Joyce and Zion & Lennox, are nominated with two each.

Artists set to perform during the ceremony include Mexican pop singer Gloria Trevi, Mexican regional music singer Gerardo Ortiz, and the Italian trio Il Volo.

The Latin American Music Awards will also pay tribute to the most influential artists according to fans, just as they do in the American Music Awards edition.

Fans will be able to cast a vote for their favorite artists, albums, songs at www.LatinAMAS.com/vota. Fans throughout the world will also be able to cast a vote via Twitter, sharing a tweet with the name and last name of the candidate, category and the hashtag #LatinAMAS.

The two-hour special will include performances from today's top artists and singers in Spanish and English, as well as the LAMA’s Red Carpet, at 8PM/7C. The show will also be broadcast by NBC Universo.

Click here for more Latin AMAs coverage in Spanish

(NBC and Telemundo are part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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<![CDATA[Jay Leno's Auto Focus]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:16:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP384824990812.jpg

The scene could have come straight out of a taped segment from Jay Leno's version of "The Tonight Show": The host, disguised as a bald Uber driver sporting hipster whiskers, whisks around unsuspecting passenger. 

"If you could have Jay Leno or Dave Letterman be your driver, which one would you choose?" he asks a young woman sitting in the backseat. 

The hidden-camera bit drives a preview for "Jay Leno's Garage," a show built around the comedian's well-known love for cars. Some 20 months after he left "The Tonight Show" for good, Leno has gone from "Jaywalking" to Jayriding with the new program, which debuts Wednesday on CNBC. He's earned a trip on his own terms.

Leno’s question to his passenger suggests, jokingly or otherwise, that he's not ready to leave behind his infamous feud with Letterman, which erupted nearly a quarter-century ago over who would replace Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show." 

The new, gentler Leno-Letterman competition, though, takes place in another arena: life after late night. Their shared role model Carson didn't leave them much of a guide. He all but disappeared from public life after his final broadcast in 1992, save for a couple of cameos on Letterman's "Late Show." 

In July, Letterman made a surprise appearance during a Steve Martin-Martin Short event in San Antonio and delivered a Top 10 list of “Interesting Facts About Donald Trump” (No. 10: “That thing on his head was the gopher in ‘Caddyshack’”).

Letterman has made rumblings about returning to the entertainment world in some form. And he’s cited the example of Jerry Seinfeld, whose web show "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" offers a fun, low-key way to keep in the spotlight without raising expectations of ever topping "Seinfeld." (In a chat with Seinfeld last year, Letterman said he was “envious” of him and joked about starting a program called, "Comedians On Horseback Getting Coffee.")

Leno seems to be following the roadmap of fellow auto aficionado Seinfeld, combining frequent stand-up appearances and with a modest, tightly focused show designed to get laughs by sharing a personal interest. 

The CNBC program, which promises looks at classic cars and “super cars” with guests that include Laurence Fishburne, Keanu Reeves and Tim Allen, seems to run at about the right pace for a comic with a familiar style – and look – that's built for comfort. In the hidden camera segment, the young woman tells her Uber driver that she finds Leno more interesting than Letterman because of “that chin” – showing that Leno is willing to take a compliment and insult wrapped into one for the cause of comedy.

Check out a preview of "Jay Leno's Garage" as the comedian shifts his career into a new gear.



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[Tom Hanks Finds Lost ID, Tweets About It]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 01:44:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tom+hanks_fixed.jpg

If you're a Fordham student who lost a student ID and your name is Lauren, you'll want to give Tom Hanks a call.

The "Castaway" actor tweeted a photo of the lost Fordham University ID at about noon on Tuesday. Fordham said it would get in touch with Hanks to get the ID back for the student, identified only as "Lauren."

"Lauren! I found your Student ID in the park. If you still need it my office will get to you. Hanx," the actor tweeted. 

The photo was retweeted more than 3,000 times, and it looks like the reach may have helped get in touch with someone who knew Lauren. Hannah Anderson tweeted a photo of a woman resembling Lauren in response.

"When Tom Hanks finds your friend's student ID in the park....," Anderson later tweeted.

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<![CDATA[Neiman Marcus Reveals 2015 Christmas Book]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:19:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Neiman-Christmas-Book-2015.gif

Each year customers of Neiman Marcus anticipate what will be offered in their annual Christmas book. This is the 89th year for The Christmas Book and for 2015 shoppers can treat themselves or their loved ones to a trip to the edge of space, a limited edition Ford Mustang car or a set of three guitars commissioned by music legends Billy Gibbons, Lyle Lovett and Steve Miller.

The folks over at Neiman Marcus gave us a sneak peek at some of their fantasy gifts Tuesday morning.

For $150,000 you can buy yourself or your honey the Arch Motorcycle & Ride experience. Not only do you get a limited edition KRGT-1 motorcycle, you get an exclusive two-day ride experience for two along the California coast with he men behind Arch Motorcycle Company, actor Keanu Reeves and Gard Hollinger.

Each year Neiman Marcus features a one-of-a-kind car, in 2015 it's a limited-edition Mustang Convertible. The sporty paint scheme and bells and whistles commemorating Mustang's 50th anniversary will run you $95,000.

$90,000 will get you a World View Exploration at the Edge of Space – the two-part adventure takes you and seven of your closest friends up 100,000 feet into space in a luxury pressurized capsule where you will experience 360 degree views of Earth.

Also featured is an Iris Apfel Accessories Trunk valued at $80,000. The gift includes lunch and a styling session with 93-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel as well as a Ikat-embellished trunk filled with accessories and vintage finds inspired by Apfel's personal collection.

A Texas Guitar Trio can be had for $30,000 each. Each guitar was commissioned by Texas music legends Billy Gibbons, Lyle Lovett and Steve Miller – the guitars will be handed over backstage at a musician's concert.

For the lady who loves her dresses, there's the Couture Diary at $10,000. Artist Abigail Vogel will hand-paint 20 of the recipient's treasured ensembles, and renowned craftsman Paul Vogel will bind the book in your choice of red or black Scandinavian calfskin.

This year's his and hers gifts is Ultimate Children's Costumes in MacKenzie-Childs Trunks. At $5,000, each personalized MacKenzie-Childs trunk features the child’s hand-painted initials and inside is a selection of Chasing Fireflies Ultimate Collection costumes. The boy's trunk features five Marvel Super Heroes costumes while the girl's trunk features four Disney princess dresses.

Three trips are considered the highlight of The Christmas Book.

  • Italy Tour With Ippolita & Artemest Craftsmen for $150,000 – You and three guests will join jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno on a seven day art tour of Florence and Venice.
  • The Orphan Barrel Project for $125,000 – Visit the legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Kentucky for barrel hunting, tasting and creating unique Orphan Barrel variants to be hand-bottled and labeled exclusively for you and five bourbon-curious friends.

  • Dream Trip to India for $400,000 – For 12 days you and a guest will experience the beauty and grandeur of India through O'Harani Luxe Experiences.

Even though some of the gifts are pricey, the folks at Neiman Marcus say there is a gift for everyone in this year’s Christmas book.

More: Neiman Marcus 2015 Christmas Book

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<![CDATA[Rihanna: Rachel Dolezal Is 'a Bit of a Hero']]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:13:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_924587167782+%281%29.jpg

Former NAACP chapter leader Rachel Dolezal sparked debates about racial identity earlier this year after her estranged parents said she was white and was pretending to be black, but for one pop star she's become "a bit of a hero." 

Rihanna told Vanity Fair that Dolezal should be praised for sparking the discussion on racial identity.

"I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit," Rihanna told the magazine for their November cover story. "Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people's perspective a bit and woke people up."

Dolezal, 37, admitted in an interview on NBC's "Today" show that she has indulged in "some level of creative nonfiction" in how she's described her life but still identifies as black.

"I definitely am not white. Nothing about being white describes who I am," she told "Today's" Savannah Guthrie. "I'm more black than I am white. That's the accurate answer from my truth."

She said that at the age of 5 she would draw her portrait with the "brown" crayon, instead of the "peach," colored one and would depict herself with curly hair.

Dolezal's mother, Ruthanne Dolezal, directly disputed those claims.

Dolezal resigned from her NAACP position in Spokane, Washington, as well as a part time teaching position at Eastern Washington University in the African-studies program.

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<![CDATA[The Weeknd, One Direction Set for Jingle Ball Tour]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:21:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_614712806491.jpg

The Weeknd, One Direction and Selena Gomez are slated to perform on the 11-date Jingle Ball tour this December.

IHeartRadio announced Monday that the tour will kick off Dec. 1 in Dallas with One Direction, Calvin Harris and Demi Lovato, and visit Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. before concluding on Dec. 19 in Tampa, Florida.

The lineup of performers varies for each city, though roughly 10 acts will hit the stage at each show.

Tickets go on sale on Oct. 12 with pre-sale availability to Capitol One cardholders beginning Oct. 6.

The Dec. 11 show at New York's Madison Square Garden will stream on Yahoo! and air as a 90-minute special on the CW Network on Dec. 17.

Nick Jonas, Ellie Goulding, Hailee Steinfeld and Zedd will also perform on the tour.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Shaqsticles with Shaquille O'Neal]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:18:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/shaquille+fallon.png Shaquille O'Neal reads jokes from popsicle sticks after talking to Jimmy Fallon about a "Tonight Show" bit poking fun at The Big Podcast with Shaq.]]> <![CDATA[Phone Booth with Hugh Jackman and Shaquille O'Neal]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 02:52:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/phone+booth.png On "The Tonight Show" Hugh Jackman and Shaquille O'Neal play a trivia game where a new mystery guest gets shoved into their phone booths after each wrong answer.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': TV Recaps 'Snapped']]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:50:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tv+recaps.png Fred Armisen gives a recap of last week’s episode of must-see “Snapped."]]> <![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: 1st Child for Roddick, Decker]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:36:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/93534046BrooklynDeckerPregnany.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Val the Bartender Gives Clinton Advice on 'SNL']]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:10:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/HRC+SNL.png

Miley Cyrus shocked the "Saturday Night Live" audience by walking out fully clothed in a multicolored floral dress and matching cap.

Cyrus kicked off the show's season premiere with a song about some of the most memorable parts of the summer.

Cast members impersonated Walter Palmer, the dentist who killed Cecil the lion, Rachel Dolezal, the woman who said she was black for over 20 years, the donut licked by Ariana Grande, Kim Davis trying to hug a reluctant Pope Francis and of course, pizza rat, during a montage while Cyrus sang a ballad. 

Most political candidates play themselves on "SNL," often for just a cameo in a sketch or to declare the show's famous tag line, "Live from New York — it's Saturday night!" Seldom do they go all-out thespian and play a character in a sketch.

But Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton appeared on the season opener as a wise bartender named Val serving, ahem, Hillary Clinton played by Kate McKinnon.

Set 'em up, and lend an ear to the troubles of a presidential candidate.

In the sketch, McKinnon sat with Cecily Strong, who was playing Clinton's long-time aide Huma Abedin, the wife of embattled former Rep. Anthony Weiner. McKinnon starts to share all her quarrels with Val.

"So, Hillary," Clinton asked McKinnon, "what brings you here tonight?"

"Well, I needed to blow off some steam," McKinnon said. "I've had a hard couple of 22 years."

Asked what she does for a living, McKinnon says in imitation of Clinton's earnest monotone: "First, I am a grandmother. Second, I am a human, entrusted with this one green Earth."

"Oh, I get it, you're a politician," Clinton responded.

When McKinnon asks Val who she is, Clinton deadpanned, "I'm just an ordinary citizen who believes the Keystone pipeline will destroy the environment."

"It took me a long time to get there but yes, I believe that too," McKinnon said.

The skit poked gentle fun at Clinton's slow opposition to the pipeline, her late-arriving support of gay marriage, and her inability to take a vacation. Notably absent was a crack about her private email server, the source of months of criticism from Republican lawmakers and candidates.

Former "SNL" cast member Darrell Hammond also made a surprise cameo playing Bill Clinton.

"Oh my God. They're multiplying!" Hammon exclaimed at the site of two Hillary's before bolting out the bar door.

The two Clinton's closed out the skit by singing Bill Withers' "Lean on Me" before Val the bartender disappeared. 

Strong returned to coax McKinnon from the bar as she recounted her experience with Val the bartender. Strong suggested she may have had too much to drink and imagined everything.

McKinnon finds a tan "business shoe" on the floor, affirming that Val "is real."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA[Spotlight on Hamptons International Film Festival ]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 17:00:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ca0_0126r_alt_lg.jpg

Having showcased six winners of the Best Picture Oscar over the last seven years, it isn't surprising the Hamptons International Film Festival has been likened to the unofficial start of the movie award season.

And with a 2015 slate including early buzz-worthy titles such as the Todd Haynes directed "Carol" featuring Cate Blanchett; the Dan Rather memogate drama "Truth," "Spotlight" based on the Boston Globe investigation into accusations of abuse and cover-ups within the Catholic Church, the Irish immigrant tale "Brooklyn," and Steven Spielberg's cold war era "Bridge of Spies," the festival (Oct. 8–12) may once again prove to be a precursor of what movies and performances we'll see getting nominated when the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Independent Spirit Awards roll out their list of notables over the coming months. 


"We are in that insane award season time frame, which is wonderful, but we have always been in that time frame so we just happen to be on that golden road," explains festival executive director Anne Chaisson. "In some years past, for example, people had no idea that "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Artist" were going to get such traction and become the films that they became. We just happened to play them early." 

"We have great audiences out here," adds festival artistic director David Nugent. "Very smart and in many ways influential audiences, and I think a lot of the filmmakers, studios and distributors are happy to have their films play in front of these audiences in the hopes of getting some buzz going." 


The 23rd outing of the film festival features 72 films and 59 shorts from 41 countries, and will attract 25,000 attendees to the east end of New York's Long Island over Columbus Day weekend. In a festival first, an inaugural awards dinner will honor actress Emily Blunt and famed documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles.

Maysles, who passed away in March, produced such works as "Grey Gardens" (1975), "Gimme Me Shelter" (1970) and "When We Were Kings" (1996), along with last year's festival audience award for documentary winner "Iris." As well as being posthumously honored this year, Maysles' final film "In Transit" will be featured in the World Cinema Documentary category. 


"It's a film he had always wanted to make and he had trouble finding funding and just getting it together," says Nugent of Maysles' co-directed documentary that focuses on those who ride the Empire Builder, the most active long-distance train route in the United States. "It really is beautiful and is a stunning portrait of America," adds Chaisson.

When pressed to name a personal favorite from this year's lineup, Chaisson likens the decision to "having to choose a favorite child. It's like 'Sophie's Choice'!" Nugent singles out "Son of Saul," winner of the Grand Prix Award at the Cannes Film Festival and Hungary’s submission for the Oscars.


"It's a holocaust drama from a first time filmmaker in Hungary which is unlike any holocaust film I have ever seen before," he says. "We have a lots of films in the festival that we like but to answer your specific question this is one of the films that was very unusual, very powerful."

A movie Chaisson is excited about is "Dheepan," winner of the Palm D’Or at Cannes. "Dheepan" follows a Tamil rebel fighter (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) who assumes the identity of a dead man in order to flee the country. "I thought it was just so timely in terms of the immigration issue. And not just for Europe but for anywhere in the world right now." 

The Hamptons International Film Festival runs October 8–12. Visit hamptonsfilmfest.org for information and tickets. 

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<![CDATA[Sneak Peek: 'Son of Saul' Clip]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:55:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Son+of+Saul+Sony.jpg "Son of Saul," Hungary's Academy Award foreign film entry, will be featured at the Hamptons International Film Festival running Oct. 8-12.

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<![CDATA[Knightley's Broadway Debut Interrupted by Marriage Proposal]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:52:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/9082_Keira+Knightley+in+rehearsal+%281%29.jpg

An audience member proposed marriage to Keira Knightley during the Oscar-nominee’s first preview performance of “Thérèse Raquin” Thursday night -- and ended up being removed from the theater in handcuffs.

The disturbance began minutes into the performance on Thursday night, when the young man — who many assumed was part of the show — proposed marriage from the railing of the mezzanine, according to reports.

Knightley, who is making her Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theatre Company's adaptation of Émile Zola’s 1867 novel, remained in character as an usher escorted the man back to his seat.

Security eventually escorted the man out of the theater, but not before he hurled a bouquet of flowers onto the stage.

Gabriel Ebert, who stars alongside Knightley, broke character in the scene, kicking the bouquet off the stage and into the wings. The audience responded with applause.

A short break in performance was announced soon thereafter.

“Roundabout takes the safety of their actors and audiences very seriously,” a spokesperson for the show told NBC 4 New York. “Extra security will be added beginning tonight. For obvious reasons, we cannot comment on the exact nature of the additional security measures.”

"Therese Raquin," written in 1867, is about a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who embarks on an illicit affair with a friend of her husband's. The story has been adapted into a 1953 film starring Simone Signoret and another last year starring Elizabeth Olsen.

The show officially opens on Oct. 29 at Studio 54.

Photo Credit: Jenny Anderson]]>
<![CDATA[Pop Culture Case of the O.J. Simpson Trial]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 05:57:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/simpson_suit_verdict.jpg

It was a made-for-TV moment, a sequence ingrained in anyone who watched it unfold live or in countless replays since: the disgraced gridiron great, his lawyer's hand on his shoulder, uncoils his clenched frame with a burst of relief, mixed perhaps with a hint of surprise, upon hearing the magic words "not guilty." 

Still, the emotions O.J. Simpson betrayed as he was acquitted 20 years ago Saturday of killing his ex-wife and her friend seemed static compared to the range of reactions from across the country. No matter where you stood on the question of the former football star's guilt or innocence, in that moment the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, the subject of a protracted, at-times lurid spectacle, were never more real to the mass audience.

The verdict offered both surface resolution and a deep, gnawing emptiness to the climax of a case that can never be fully resolved – barring a confession from the murderer, or the "real killers," as Simpson infamously put it.

Long before "Serial" and long after "Perry Mason," there was the O.J. Simpson double murder trial, a national soap opera and obsession that so engulfed, enraged and entertained people it became too easy at times forget the two innocent lives lost in a fury of bloodshed on June 12, 1994.

As for what the so-called Trial of the Century means two decades later, easy explanations are as scarce as witnesses to the killings. The requisite anniversary reflections leave us to focus on what the case wrought, rather than seek elusive, pat lessons.

As previously noted, the blanket media coverage of the fall of one of the country's greatest athletes, whose crossover appeal made him a beloved celebrity, presaged the Internet-driven, incessant stargazing mania. TMZ (via Harvey Levin, one of many reporters to cover the case) is a direct descendant of the trial – as is "CSI" and any crime lab-driven shows where DNA is the key acronym. 

From the Bronco Chase to the verdict, the Simpson case played like a national Reality TV show – one filled with catchphrases ("If it doesn't fit, you must acquit"), high-end brand-name references (Bruno Magli, Louis Vuitton) and a cast of compelling characters (Kato Kaelin, Johnnie Cochran, Marcia Clark, among them). The saga also included a Kardashian (the late family patriarch Robert Kardashian, probably Simpson's closest confidante).

For those of us who spent even a modest amount of time in the Los Angeles courtroom, the proceedings packed the odd feel of being at the taping of a familiar TV show – even if there was only one Judge Ito and he wasn't dancing.

The trial's TV arc culminated not with the verdict, but with widespread coverage of the split reaction beyond the courtroom. The images of those celebrating and those decrying Simpson’s acquittal, along with subsequent polls, exposed a divide, if far from monolithically, along racial lines.

A recent Washington Post-ABC survey indicates the nation is closer to agreeing on Simpson's guilt than it was on Oct. 3, 1995. If nothing else, the results suggest the case still prompts strong feelings, and won't be leaving the mass frame of reference anytime soon. Anyone who wasn't around for the Simpson circus will be able to get a peek through the upcoming FX series, "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson," which stars Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Simpson, if he chooses to watch, likely will be doing so from the Nevada prison where he's serving 33 years for robbery and kidnapping, stemming from a dispute over memorabilia he says was stolen from him. The remnants of past glories represented just about all he had left, even if he probably wasn't planning to sell it to pay off any of the millions he owes to the Brown and Goldman families after losing a wrongful death civil suit in 1997.

The athlete once known as “The Juice,” if only relatively briefly, regained his freedom in 1995, a luxury the victims never had. If she were still alive, Nicole Brown Simpson would be 56 and perhaps hanging out with her pal, Kris Jenner. In a better world, Ronald Goldman, by age 47, would have achieved his dream of opening a restaurant.

The anniversary of the trial’s end likely will mean repeated showings of O.J. Simpson’s reaction to the verdict. Not likely to be seen near as much is the other memorable, more searing image from the courtroom that day: Kim Goldman weeping for her brother as her father, Fred, comforts her and shakes his head in disbelief.

Whether or not the tens of millions witnesses to the verdict reacted with relief or disbelief, all can agree the jury’s rendering didn’t close the debate on a crime that, unlike just about everything else associated with Simpson case, occurred far away from any cameras.



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['Late Night': Ellen Page Gets Public Speaking Advice ]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:28:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ellen+page.png Seth Meyers gives Ellen Page speech advice on "Late Night."]]> <![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon and Miley Cyrus Get Emotional]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:25:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/miley+cyrus+emotional+interview.png Jimmy Fallon and Miley Cyrus have a conversation with each other while adapting to random emotional situations.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Demo-Panic Party]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:07:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hillary+clinton+late+night.png Hillary Clinton's supporters are getting nervous.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Cowboys and Saints NFL Superlatives]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:04:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/superlatives1.png Jimmy Fallon hands out superlatives to Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints NFL players.]]> <![CDATA[ 'Late Night': Ellen Page Talks National Vanguard Award]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 07:18:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NUP_171037_0652.JPG

Ellen Page will receive the National Vanguard Award at the upcoming Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner on Saturday in Washington.

“It’s a complete honor. I feel incredibly humbled,” Page told “Late Night” host Seth Meyers on Thursday.

The 28-year-old actress came out as gay last year at HRC’s “Time to Thrive” conference. The commission said her bravery and sincerity has helped set a “powerful example for the LGBT and allied community around the world.”

Page said she’s grateful to be associated with the organization.

“They’re an incredible organization,” she said, crediting "many activists who’ve created a world in society where I can be out and live my life and that’s something to not take for granted.”

Page said she would have to give a speech at the dinner, where Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address.

“Are you nervous about giving a speech?” Meyers asked.

“I think people think actors maybe are more comfortable in those situations. I think I can pretend I’m more comfortable, but I definitely get nervous.”

Meyers gave her some advice on how to surprise the audience, given her humbled demeanor. 

“You should take the mic and say ‘A lot of you said I could never do this,’” he suggested, telling her she should stare down and point to at least one member of the audience.

“Seth, I’m liking it,” she said. “Making a call right now.”

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<![CDATA['Brooklyn' Trailer]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:13:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Brooklyn+film+still+Saoirse+Ronan.jpg Saoirse Ronan plays an Irish immigrant in 1950s New York who must make a difficult choice between life in the new world or returning home. In theaters November 4.]]> <![CDATA['Macbeth' Trailer]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 13:09:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/macbeth-Macbeth_Trailer1_Stereo_h264_hd_1200x675_536680003684.jpg Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, "Macbeth" is in theaters December 4.]]> <![CDATA['Peanuts' Creator in Hall of Fame]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 13:16:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_tlm_muertos_shultz_ap.jpg

As the late Charles M. Schulz's legendary "Peanuts" comic turns 65-years-old on Friday, there is a flurry of interest in Snoopy and the gang as well as the man friends and family affectionately called "Sparky" in his adopted home of the Bay Area and beyond.

Schulz will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the California Museum in Sacramento on Oct. 28, with an exhibit featuring Schulz and other inductees opening on Oct. 29, according to Sacramento Bee.

The U.S. Post Office's new 'Forever' stamps featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang will be dedicated in a free ceremony at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa on Oct. 1 and are currently available for online purchase.

There's still time for Californians to apply for a Snoopy license plate. Less than 1,500 more plates need to be pre-sold before January 2016 in order for them to go into production. The cost: $50 for a Snoopy plate with a standard license number or $98 for a custom Snoopy plate. 

The Press Democrat reported that all Sonoma County residents are eligible for free Peanuts library cards that feature Snoopy and Charlie Brown.

And Hollywood is in on the action, too: "The Peanuts Movie" hits theaters nationwide in 3D on Nov. 6.

Photo Credit: AP
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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Black Simon & Garfunkel ]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 03:18:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/black+simon+garfunkel+garfunkel.png Black Simon & Garfunkel sing "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd, with a little help from the real Art Garfunkel on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."]]> <![CDATA['Suffragette' Trailer]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:53:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Suffragette+film+still+Carey+Mulligan.jpg Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep play early members of the British women's suffrage movement of the late 19th and early 20th century. "Suffragette" is in theaters October 23.

Photo Credit: Focus]]>