<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - ]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Tue, 05 May 2015 14:20:02 -0400 Tue, 05 May 2015 14:20:02 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Lily Tomlin Used to Be Lorne Michaels' Boss]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 11:32:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Lily+Tomlin.JPG Everyone has worked for Lorne Michaels, but Seth Meyers is surprised to learn that the "SNL" creator once worked for funny woman Lily Tomlin.

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<![CDATA[Fallon, Jack Black Recreate "More Than Words"]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 11:33:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Jack+Black.JPG Jimmy Fallon & Jack Black do a shot-for-shot remake of Extreme's "More Than Words" music video.

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<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon Received a Joan Rivers Joke Card]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 05:20:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon+melissa+rivers.JPG Melissa Rivers shares Joan Rivers' old report cards featured in Melissa's memoir, "The Book of Joan," and gifts Fallon one of Joan's jokes from her famous archives.

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<![CDATA["The Voice" Recap: Mother's Day Dedications]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 23:09:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Meghan-Linsey-4-May-2015.jpg

With only six artists remaining on “The Voice,” it was time to double down.

In a test of both artistry and endurance, each of the remaining contestants performed twice on Monday night’s live show. And in honor of Mother’s Day, each artist dedicated one of their songs to the mothers in their lives.

India Carney opened the show with an inspiring performance of “Glory,” the Oscar-winning anthem by Common and John Legend from the movie “Selma.” Carney dedicated the performance to her mother, “the strongest woman she knows.”

Joshua Davis, the last remaining artist from Team Adam, started off his set with the upbeat U2 song “Desire.”

Koryn Hawthorne sang “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M. to honor her mother, who Hawthorne said has inspired her by overcoming so many difficulties in her life.

Next up was Team Xtina’s Kimberly Nichole, who belted out “Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Meghan Linsey, the last competitor standing from Team Blake, delivered a sassy, howling rendition of her Nashville “tip jar” song: James Taylor’s “Steamroller Blues.”

Sawyer Fredericks sang “Shine On” by May Erlewine, a song that hearkens to his family’s farming roots.

Nichole turned up the energy with her second song, a frenetic performance of Michael Jackson’s electric pop hit “Dirty Diana.”

Davis dedicated his second song, the Beatles classic “In My Life,” to “the most important person in his life”: his wife.

Hawthorne returned to the stage with a hard-driving, gritty performance of Aerosmith’s rock classic “Dream On.” “As far as my connection to it, I’m living the dream right now on ‘The Voice,’” the 17-year-old said.

Carney, who earned an instant save last week by a margin of only two votes, belted out “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith in her return to the stage.

Fredericks showcased his Americana side with an upbeat arrangement “Take Me to the River.”

And in the final performance of the night, Linsey brought down the curtain — and the house — with a stirring rendition her mom’s favorite song: “Amazing Grace.”

Tune in Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT to find out which singers advance to the Top 5 — plus performances from Season 7 champion Craig Wayne Boyd and season 5 runner-up Jacquie Lee.



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<![CDATA[Stars Wow at 2015 Met Gala]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 11:22:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/472164598.jpg The inspiration behind this year's event is the Met exhibition "China: Through the Looking Glass."

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<![CDATA[Scarlett Johansson Hosts "SNL"]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 11:07:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Scarlett-Johansson-SNL-2-May-2015.jpg

Being an Avenger is a tough gig, what with all the saving Manhattan from aliens (as in the original “Avengers” movie) or battling terrifying sentient robots (as in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”).

Still, there are perks. Some of the Marvel team’s iconic superheroes, like Thor and Iron Man, star in standalone flicks. But so far, Scarlett Johansson’s character Black Widow has gone without her own movie.

That changed with Johansson’s hosting appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”

Saturday’s episode featured a trailer for “Black Widow: Age of Me,” a rom-com from the writers of “27 Dresses,” in which Johansson’s martial arts expert juggles an internship at a fashion magazine and budding relationship with her boyfriend — who just might happen to be a certain megalomaniacal robot.

In her opening monologue, Johansson serenaded Kenan Thompson and Taran Killam with a “lullaby” she sings to help her baby daughter fall asleep, although it had a decidedly different effect on the two men.

In the cold open sketch, the cast abandoned NBC’s daylong programming of hockey, Kentucky Derby and night golf — “without a doubt, one of the whitest days in the history of sports” — and broadcasted a pirated feed of the boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

The visuals, however, were a bit distorted. Mayweather (Jay Pharoah) appeared bit taller, while Pacquiao (Aidy Bryant) looked like a white woman with a fake goatee and a t-shirt.

Never one to shy from political satire, "SNL" also found some bleak humor in this week's unrest in Baltimore. In a broadcast from Camden Yards, Orioles commentators Jim Palmer (Killam) and Frank Robinson (Thompson) tried to narrate the game, which was held in an empty stadium as violent protests rocked Baltimore.

“Well, the White Sox are coming in after winning two on the road, but Baltimore has just been on fire this week,” Robinson said, before grimacing. "I'm sorry."

And in the video short “Blazer,” renegade cop Detective Don Blazer (Killam) dished out tough-guy street justice (even against Wiz Khalifa) in the only way he knew how: with unabashed racial prejudice.

Another sketch featured Virgin America’s first fully automated flight attendants (Johansson and Vanessa Bayer), who admittedly had a few faulty circuits and an internal clock that dated to last Halloween.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (McKinnon), a.k.a. “Notorious RBG,” returned to “Weekend Update” to explain her comments during the court’s recent marriage equality case — and, as usual, direct a few “Gins-burns” at fellow justice Antonin Scalia.

“Next time, I’m just gonna put a crumpled-up black cocktail napkin in my place—no one will know I’m gone,” the perpetually feisty justice crowed. “The arguments I heard were so weak, I just hope they weren’t holding up Justice Scalia’s chair.”

Co-host Colin Jost also welcomed “Game of Thrones” characters Samwell Tarley (Bobby Moynihan) and Gilly (Bayer), the show’s de facto “hottest couple” by virtue of the fact that they are the show’s only surviving couple.

“It’s not easy being thrust into the spotlight,” the lumpy Tarley said.

“Everyone’s lookin’ at me now,” Gilly whined, “wondering what kind of rags will I be wearin’, what will I be complainin’ about, how sick will my baby be?”

And on a day of wall-to-wall sports coverage, co-host Michael Che introduced Charles Barkley (Thompson) and Shaquille O’Neill (a cross-eyed Pharoah) to talk the NBA Playoffs, even though they got a little distracted.

Khalifa entertained the Studio 8H crowd with performances of “We Dem Boyz” and “See You Again.”

“SNL” returns May 9 for its penultimate episode of the season, hosted by Reese Witherspoon and featuring musical guest Florence & the Machine.



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<![CDATA["Walking Dead" Star Regrets Rant]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 08:33:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/chad+coleman.jpg

A star of "The Walking Dead" who also appeared in hit TV show "The Wire" and the movie "Horrible Bosses" apparently became enraged on a subway in New York City Friday over an alleged racial slur aimed at him, according to TMZ.

TMZ obtained video of the fracas, which the site says shows actor Chad Coleman screaming on the train, demanding to know "where my humanitarians are" as he reminds everyone in the car which hit TV shows he's been on.

Coleman issued an apology for his actions Saturday morning through TMZ. He told TMZ that he couldn't control his emotions because he harbored "built up frustration" over recent events in Baltimore.

In the nearly 4-minute TMZ video, TMZ says Coleman goes on a largely nonsensical profanity-laced rant about humanity and the truth, screaming, "My name is Chad L. Coleman!"

He calls someone a fool, though it's not clear who or why, and keeps screaming as riders move away from him and people in security shirts board the train, according to the TMZ video, which has no context about what preceded the rant.

Coleman, known for his roles of "Tyreese" in "The Walking Dead" and "Cutty" in "The Wire," told TMZ he was upset because a woman asked a man she was with if they knew the actor and the man used a racial slur when telling her they did not know him.

He told the website he was screaming about humanity in response to the unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray. Authorities said this week his death was a homicide, and six police officers have been charged, one of them with murder. 

A call to Coleman's booking agency wasn't immediately returned.



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<![CDATA["Tonight Show" Thank You Notes]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 09:27:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Hulk-Thank-You-Notes-1-May.jpg Jimmy pens thank you notes to the Avengers villain Ultron, Pringles and other things.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: "Tonight Show" Spoofs "Avengers: Age of Ultron"]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 09:15:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Cage-of-Boron-1-May-2015-1080_1200x675_438139971935.jpg Tonight Show writer Arthur hits the NYC streets to talk with people about "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and see if they notice he's mispronouncing the title.]]> <![CDATA[It's a Girl! Royal Baby Finally Arrives]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 15:22:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/471956068.jpg

The royal baby has been introduced!

Just hours after giving birth to a girl, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, stepped outside a London hospital with husband Prince William and the princess on Saturday. They didn't speak, but smiled and waved to the crowd.

Her Royal Highness delivered her second child at 8:34 a.m. local time (3:34 a.m. ET), at a healthy weight of 8 pounds, 3 ounces, Kensington Palace officials announced on social media.

Kate and her newborn daughter are both doing well, officials said. Her husband, Prince William, was by her side for the birth.

The Duke drove the Duchess by car from Kensington Palace to the hospital at 6 a.m. local time (1 a.m. ET) when she started going into labor, the palace said.

A growing crowd of well-wishers and media had gathered around the hospital in recent days, eagerly awaiting the new royal baby in what U.K. tabloids dubbed "The Great Kate Wait." That crowd swelled with the royal pronouncement in Saturday's early hours, as media and royal family fans gathered outside the Lindo Wing in eager anticipation of the royal baby's delivery.

William was briefly seen walking out of the hospital at about 4 p.m. on Saturday, and returned a short while later with the couple's first child, Prince George. The crowd outside the hospital erupted in cheers as William exited.

"How's your daughter? How's she doing?" a woman yelled to him.

"I am very happy, thank you," William responded.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were "absolutely delighted" at the birth of the new princess, Clarence House said.

The president congratulated the royal couple in a statement.

"Michelle and I are delighted to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family, and all the people of the United Kingdom on the birth of the Royal Princess,” the statement read. ”On behalf of the American people, we wish the Duke and Duchess and their son George much joy and happiness on the occasion of the arrival of the newest member of their family.”

The celebration also spread worldwide where the announcement began: on social media. #RoyalBaby trended worldwide on Twitter Saturday, while both #RoyalBaby and "Duchess of Cambridge" were top trends in the United States.

The Royal Navy tweeted a picture of sailors above the H.M.S. Lancaster, also known as the "Queen's Frigate," in a formation spelling out the word "sister."

London landmarks were set to join in the celebration: The Tower Bridge, the London Eye and the iconic fountain at Trafalgar Square are all set to be lit pink tonight. The Union Jack flying above Buckingham Palace is larger than usuall, and London's BT Tower emblazoned its screen with "It's a girl" backed in pink.

Monday will see even more official celebrations. The bells of Westminster Abbey will toll. In keeping with British tradition, two simultaneous Royal Army gun salutes will herald the new princess.

The baby's gender had remained a mystery, even to the Duke and Duchess, according to royal officials. That mystery — and debate over the baby's name — fueled avid speculation among media and bookmakers. (Florence was a among the early favorites, but Charlotte and Alice have made a surge among the betting public.) The palace has not yet announced the newborn princess's name.

The new baby is fourth in line to the throne, after her older brother, and will bear the title of Princess of Cambridge. The newborn's older brother was born on July 22, 2013.

Guy Thorpe Beeston, the doctor who oversaw the young prince's birth, also delivered the new royal baby, a palace spokesperson said.

Prince William and the Duchess marked their fourth wedding anniversary at Kensington Palace on Wednesday while waiting for the birth.



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<![CDATA[Kirstie Alley or Christie Ally?]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 16:00:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/kirstie+alley.jpg

No, Kirstie Alley is not involved with politically motivated lane closures in New Jersey.

The actress became a trending topic throughout the U.S. on Twitter on Friday after jokes and confusion from people reading the phrase "Christie ally" in headlines.

David Wildstein was an ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. He pleaded guilty Friday for his role in lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in 2013.

The "Cheers" star responded to the fiasco on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Johnny Weir's Attention-Grabbing Derby Hat]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 10:09:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/JohnnyWeirHatDerby.jpg

Johnny Weir grabbed attention Friday with his massive Kentucky Derby hat that Al Roker said resembled a “direct TV dish.”

The former Olympian was discussing derby hat trends with his partner in crime, Tara Lipinski, and anchor Dylan Dreyer in a segment on “Today.” Lipinski sported a small, stylish fascinator headpiece, while Weir wore a large cap, a so-called “hatinator.”

“I had to build up a lot of weave in this to actually keep this hatinator on,” Weir said. “It’s stunning and it’s that statement piece you look for when you are having that derby moment.”

Weir and Lipinski will host NBC’s coverage of the derby this Saturday.

You can see more photos of their hats below.



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<![CDATA[Cobie Smulders' Husband Is an "Avengers" Super-Fan]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 04:32:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Cobie+Smulders.JPG Cobie Smulders stopped by "Late Night" and revealed that her husband, Taran Killam, is the biggest "Avengers" fan ever.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Box of Lies with Scarlett Johansson]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 06:59:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Scarlett+Johansson+BOL.JPG Fallon Box of Lies with Scarlett Johansson

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<![CDATA["Tonight Show" Hashtags: #MyDumbFight]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 09:39:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Hashtag+MyDumbFight.png Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #MyDumbFight.]]> <![CDATA[2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 02:51:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/471713278.jpg Music's biggest names will appear and perform at the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards Thursday when the event airs live from Miami on Telemundo.]]> <![CDATA[Santos, Lopez Set for Billboard Latin Music Awards]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:11:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/459315066.jpg

Music's biggest names will appear and perform at the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards Thursday when the event airs live from Miami on Telemundo.

Jennifer Lopez, Romeo Santos, Juanes, Natalia Jimenez, AfroJack, Wisin, Daddy Yankee, Carlos Santana, J Balvin, Carlos Vives, Marc Anthony, Luis Fonsi, Gerardo Ortiz, Pedro Fernandez, Belinda, Juan Magan, Gente de Zona, DJ Juan Magan and Ne-Yo are just some of stars set to rock the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Florida.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, as determined by the actual sales, radio airplay, streaming and social data that informs Billboard's weekly charts.

Santos leads the Latin Music Awards pack with 21 nods in 16 categories (a record in the history of the awards) including Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Top Latin Album of the Year.

Enrique Iglesias follows closely with 19 entries in 15 categories. Both acts broke the previous record of most finalist nods for a single year, held by Tito El Bambino and Don Omar, who both garnered 18 nods in 2010 and 2013, respectively.

Colombian chart newcomer J Balvin is a 12-time finalist in 11 categories. Marc Anthony and Drake–who collaborated with Santos on the single "Odio"–are both named to seven categories, followed by Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona (both featured on the Iglesias hit "Bailando") who are up for six awards each.

Lopez will perform a musical tribute Thursday to the late Selena Quintanilla-Perez. The performance will include a medley of Selena's greatest hits, according to Telemundo. Lopez originally paid tribute to the late Selena Quintanilla by portraying the famous singer in the 1997 biopic "Selena."

Selena was shot and killed by her former fan club president Yolanda Saldivar on March 31, 1995, at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi.

"There is never going to be another Selena," Lopez told Billboard of the Mexican-American entertainer. "And as far as music goes, that's what's beautiful about artistry...It's a special thing that Selena had. That's why we're still talking about her 20 years later."

The Billboard Latin Music Awards will air live from 8 p.m. ET on Telemundo.

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



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Chelsea Handler's Crazy 40th Birthday]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:00:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Chelsea+Handler.JPG Chelsea Handler chats with Seth Meyers about mingling backstage at the Mark Twain Awards and reveals her 40th birthday party got a little out of hand.

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<![CDATA[What's Behind the Kentucky Derby's Trademark Hats?]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 08:48:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/kd488034839.jpg

The Kentucky Derby may be the greatest two minutes in sports, but at Churchill Downs on Saturday, the competition parading in the stands could give the thoroughbreds a run for their money.

From towering hat designs festooned with ribbons to delicate fascinators, the modern taste for the Derby's trademark accessory has spawned contests at parties, and given business a boost for milliners.

Although the annual battle for the Derby's most eye-catching hat has taken on a life of its own in recent decades, the tradition of wearing one to the race traces back to day one, says Kentucky Derby Museum curator Chris Goodlett.

When Meriweather Lewis Clark Jr., the grandson of legendary explorer William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition, founded the Kentucky Derby, he wanted to bring elegance and class to American horse racing, inspired by the grand races of London and Paris.

Defying social norms that excluded women from places men were gambling, he marketed his race to the fashionable upper crust. That meant women appeared front and center at the races, dressed in stylish clothes, shoes and — the centerpiece of the wardrobe — a dashing hat.

"The presence of ladies in the grandstand added great splendor to the racing scene," Goodlett said. "News articles in 1875 make reference to the dress of the ladies, with specific mention of hats."

Eventually, in the 1960s, women began wearing larger and more extravagant hats, the better to be seen in the stands on television. What began as an elite custom morphed into a grand show of symbolic reverence, as the Derby played host to some of the most diverse displays of head wear worldwide.

Today, the annual Run for the Roses can be the backbone of many milliners', or women's hatmakers, shops every year, with business booming in the April run-up to the big event. 

"When I first opened the boutique, I made one or two hats for the Derby," said milliner Linda Pagan, who owns The Hat Shop in New York and has been creating one-of-a-kind Derby hats for close to 20 years. "Now, it is the biggest month of our year."

The process of custom-making a hat is labor-intensive, and a Derby hat can take weeks to create. Many of Pagan’s clients start shopping for the perfect Derby hat as early as January, especially those who plan on wearing a grandiose wide-brim headpiece.

Celebrating the Derby in style doesn't have to mean an enormous hat, though. There's also the fascinator, a sort of cross between a miniature hat and a hair accessory, embellished with feathers, flowers, beads or lace and perched on the side of a woman's head, in a style that Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has made unmistakable.

Philip Treacy, the famed Irish milliner who designed 36 hats for the royal wedding (including the infamous "Teletubby" one) and almost single-handedly revived the fascinator, has pronounced the style dead, to his delight, but it still has its fans at races stateside. The Louisville Courier-Journal's fashion editor Christine Fellingham estimates that a third of Derby-goers now wear fascinators.

They're stylish, sure, but Pagan points out that they're also easy to wear, and transport.

"Once upon a time, airlines use to have special sections on-board for storing hat boxes," Pagan notes. Now, due to ever-tougher luggage restrictions, "wild horse" shoppers who wait until the last stretch to score a hat may have to settle for a humble cocktail hat or fascinator.

That modern-day practical consideration could keep fascinators a popular choice for the Derby's hat-donning ladies, just as wide-brimmed hats once were for Derby-goers hoping not to burn their fair skin in the blazing sun of the grandstands.

Whatever hat a Derby fan chooses — whether it's off the rack or custom-made, awe-inspiringly elegant or gruesomely garish — Pagan says there's a key to finding the perfect one: "Confidence."



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<![CDATA[Fallon Puppies Predict the 2015 Kentucky Derby]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:41:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Puppies+Derby.png Jimmy Fallon welcomes back his panel of puppies to predict the results of the 141st Kentucky Derby.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon Interviews Khaleesi from "Game of Thrones"]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:01:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Kristin++Wig+2.JPG “Game of Thrones’” Daenerys Targaryen makes a surprise visit to “The Tonight Show” and chats with Jimmy Fallon about her crazy life.

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<![CDATA[Tim McGraw Surprises Beachgoers]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:57:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tim+mcgraw+in+san+diego.jpg

A secret concert in Southern California didn't stay that way for long as the country twang of superstar Tim McGraw drew hundreds of beachgoers to the Hotel Del Coronado Wednesday night.

The Grammy-winning artist performed at a private event for the 25th anniversary of Zaxby's, a fast-casual restaurant chain. 

But because the stage was set up on the public beach in front of the hotel, hundreds of fans – who learned of the concert online — soon packed the sand to cheer on his songs like "Live Like You Were Dying" and "Barbecue Stain." 

McGraw had given no indication about the private show on his website.

See the ecstatic reaction of surprised fans, and the disappointment of those who missed it, below:



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<![CDATA["Pied Piper” in Silicon Valley]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:18:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/piedpipermain.jpg

Spotted: Real life “I Am Pied Piper” billboards just like the ones from last Sunday’s “Silicon Valley” in the real Silicon Valley. And the HBO show's fans can’t stop tweeting about it.

That’s exactly the kind of reaction the show’s creator, Mike Judge, best known for "Office Space" and "Beavis and Butt-head," was hoping for when HBO paid for nine billboards along U.S. Highway 101 and parts of the Peninsula through May 3.

Not because he needs the extra publicity — the show, which spoofs tech culture, has been doing great and just got renewed for a third season. Judge is excited about what this kind of original “real life” advertising can do. Judge said he was inspired by an ad agency in Austin that was paid $60,000 to come up with a slogan for the University of Texas.

"They came up with ‘We are Texas’ — $60,000,” he told NBC Bay Area via Twitter. “That's where I got the idea.”

The billboard — just like the one in the show about the fictional start-up “Pied Piper” started by a group of engineer friends — features a girl playing a guitar. In the show, the “I Am Pied Piper” billboard is strategically placed right outside Pied Piper’s arch nemesis Hooli to spite its billionaire CEO Gavin Belsom.

As for the mysterious girl with the guitar who doesn't seem to have a direct connection to the imaginary Pied Piper, Judge says: “I see that all the time in advertising now ... In fact, the day I was describing it to our art department, Apple's home page featured a multiracial girl playing a guitar. As did B of A's.”

Turns out, the girl with the guitar actually exists, and she's also working on a “stealth mode startup.” “That’s me on the billboard!” Angeline Vuong, who works as a digital consultant in Los Angeles, tweeted at NBC Bay Area Monday. Vuong said her friend is an assistant art director on “Silicon Valley” and asked her to take the photo.

HBO's VP of program advertising told The Technology Chronicles the billboards bring "an aspect of the show to life in the real world, and serve as a surprise and delight tactic that spoke directly to the local enthusiastic fan base of the show.”

When asked what he thinks about a De Anza College student’s efforts to put up a giant “Hollywood”-style Silicon Valley sign in San Jose as a "distinguished landmark," Judge, who used to live in Silicon Valley, said it was a good idea. “Yeah they need a landmark up there,” he said.



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