<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - ]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia https://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usWed, 22 Nov 2017 04:36:46 -0500Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:36:46 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Tonight': Gwen Stefani Covers Her Doorways in Gift Wrap]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:17:56 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e031_774_gwenstefani_traditions_20171121-151133483032400002.jpg

Gwen Stefani talks about her NBC Christmas special and the holiday traditions she still carries on from her childhood.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Maroon 5 Performs in NYC Subway in Disguise]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:01:38 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Maroon5Screen-Shot-2017-11-22-at-3.58.36-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and Maroon 5 put on disguises and give a surprise performance of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "Sugar" in a New York City subway station.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Amber Ruffin on Shelton Being Named 'Sexiest' ]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 03:40:20 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AmberSheltonScreen-Shot-2017-11-22-at-3.38.01-AM1.jpg

"Late Night" writer Amber Ruffin recaps what's happening in pop culture news, including Blake Shelton being named "Sexiest Man Alive," and Serena Williams' wedding. 

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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump Backing Moore]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:47:04 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TrumpMooreScreen-Shot-2017-11-22-at-2.44.36-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at the White House continuing to stand by an accused sexual predator running for Senate so they can pass tax cuts.

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<![CDATA[David Cassidy: Pop's ‘Family’ Favorite]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:22:38 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-85431361.jpg

David Cassidy wasn't the first musically talented teenybopper heartthrob launched from a family friendly sitcom (Ricky Nelson beat him by a dozen years).

And he wasn't the first superstar hatched from a music-filled TV comedy built around a pre-fabricated, recording studio-enhanced band (The Monkees were four years ahead of that game).

But Cassidy, who died Tuesday at age 67, carved his own place in pop culture history as lead-singing "Partridge Family" sibling Keith – forging a fan connection as sweet as bubble gum, but far longer lasting.

He oozed appeal on multiple levels: Cassidy proved equally lovable as a sitcom big brother who played straight man to his TV brother Danny (Danny Bonaduce) and as a shaggy-haired pop idol who played to countless screaming fans.

Cassidy arrived armed with a disarming smile and a singing voice by turns reassuring and confident. He infused well-crafted treacle like "I Think I Love You" with a mix of borderline-melodramatic urgency and euphoria that got the pubescent set crying for more (even if most were too young to know exactly what "more" meant).

"The Partridge Family" landed in 1970 as a bastion of rock-and-roll wholesomeness a year after Woodstock. As the generation gap grew, millions watched a show about a widowed mom joining her five kids in the family band, hopping in an old school bus and singing that it was time to "get happy."

The somewhat meta set-up – Cassidy's stepmother, Shirley Jones, played his mother – added to the family friendly air. So did the show's Friday night timeslot on ABC, alongside "The Brady Bunch," another sunny, big-brood sitcom that exercises an oddly enduring hold on the popular consciousness more than four decades after its final delivery of affable fluff.

Still, the guitar-slinging Cassidy, whose musical ambitions ran more toward creating the next "Purple Haze" than endlessly crooning "I Woke Up in Love This Morning," became the proverbial captive of his own fame. He tried to break out of the gilded Partridge cage, most notably with a risqué, carefully cropped Rolling Stone cover shot by Annie Leibovitz in 1972.

It didn't work.

He eventually found a post-sitcom, post-superstardom niche in musical theater, most notably via "Blood Brothers." In an early 1990s production, he played opposite his younger half-brother Shaun, the "Hardy Boys"-propelled teen idol who achieved more enduring success behind the camera.

Recent years weren't kind to David Cassidy, who quickly got fired by Donald Trump on "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2011, and gained unwanted headlines as he battled the bottle and, eventually, dementia. 

But Cassidy died Tuesday with his image forever intact as the safe, first celebrity crush of legions – the green-eyed, forever young leader of the band who delivered on his promise of helping fans get happy.

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['Forever Young': Friends, Fans Remember David Cassidy]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:06:01 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-93405200.jpg

Friends and fans of David Cassidy took to Twitter late Tuesday to remember the actor and singer, who starred in the 1970s sitcom "The Partridge Family."

Cassidy died Tuesday at age 67.

"To me and millions of us you were forever young. RIP," wrote actress Marlee Matlin.

Many posted tweets remembering Cassidy from his heartthrob days, while others wrote about more recent encounters.

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<![CDATA[Olympian Gabby Douglas Says Team Doctor Abused Her]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:49:02 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-587844736.jpg

Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas revealed in an Instagram post on Tuesday that she was abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar, who is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges on Wednesday, NBC News reported.

The disclosure came in a new apology for a tweet last week in which Douglas said, in a response to Aly Raisman talking about sexual abuse victims, that women have a responsibility to dress modestly because "dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd." She later apologized on Twitter. 

"I didn't view my comments as victim shaming because I know that no matter what you wear, it NEVER gives anyone the right to harass or abuse you," she wrote in her Instagram statement.

A representative for the Olympian confirmed the authenticity of the post and that Douglas says she was molested by Nassar, who was first publicly accused of preying on athletes more than a year ago. In her post, Douglas explained why she had not joined the other accusers until now.

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<![CDATA[Chrissy Teigen Announces Pregnancy on Instagram]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:46:39 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/john+legend+chrissy+teigen+tonys.jpg

Add one more thing for Chrissy Teigen to be thankful for. The model, television personality took to social media Tuesday to reveal she and husband John Legend were expecting a baby.

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The former Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model and musician are already parents to a daughter, Luna, born in 2016.

Earlier this year, Teigen revealed her struggles with post-partum depression following the pregnancy.

Legend quickly responded to the Instagram with a tweet of his own.

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<![CDATA[NBC's 2017 Holiday Line-Up ]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:30:47 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/holidayTryptich.jpg Check out some of NBC's upcoming holiday specials.]]> <![CDATA[Get Ready for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:08:26 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/IMG_3397s.jpg

The iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off the holiday season with its 91st march down the streets of Manhattan on Thursday, Nov. 23, featuring legendary 50-foot balloons, bands, dance numbers and celebs.

Coverage starts at 9 a.m. on NBC, and you can watch it all live at home on NBC or on the go via NBC Live. Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of "Today" will anchor the broadcast.

You can also live stream the parade on your desktop or laptop computer or your mobile device by clicking on this link. We've temporarily removed the need to log in with your TV provider credentials for the parade.

The colorful procession will feature a star-studded cast, including 98 Degrees, Andra Day and Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Wyclef Jean, Bravo's Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, Patti LaBelle and others.

Broadway performances from the casts of "Anastasia," "Dear Evan Hansen" and other shows will highlight this year's broadcast.

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<![CDATA['Chicago Med' Star Colin Donnell Visits NBC10]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:26:32 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Chicago_med_Returns_to_NBC10.jpg

'Chicago Med' fans are in for a treat! NBC10's Erin Coleman sits down with Colin Donnell in the studio to talk about the new season of the show that begins Tuesday night on NBC10.

<![CDATA[Imprisoned Rapper Meek Mill in 'Good Spirits': Kaepernick]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:38:53 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kaepernick_Mills.jpg

Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who started a movement of football players protesting during the national anthem, is now putting his support behind imprisoned Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill.

Kaepernick says he spoke to Meek Mill, who is currently serving two to four years in a Pennsylvania state prison for violating probation.

"Spoke to Meek Mill & he wanted ppl to know regardless of his unjust situation, he’s in good spirits & humbled by the support the people have shown him," Kaepernick tweeted Monday. "We'll continue to fight against the harsh sentencing practices that have affected Meek & millions of other [people of color] for generations."

Mill's legal team has been fighting for the release of the 30-year-old, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, since Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley put him behind bars in early November. 

A PR blitz — including a New York Times op-ed from fellow rapper Jay-Z, star-studded rallies and bus ads — has called for Mill's release. His supporters argue that the rapper was sent away on the whim of a judge, against the recommendations of prosecutors. His attorneys have called on Brinkley to remove herself from the case saying she's been unjust.

Kaepernick, who took a knee during the national anthem before each game last year to protest police mistreatment of people of color, has not been signed by any NFL team this season. Last season he played for the San Francisco 49ers.

Other NFL players, including Philadelphia Eagles star Malcolm Jenkins, have continued to protest during the Star-Spangled Banner before games. Jenkins has used his protest as a platform to promote criminal justice reform. Jenkins also appeared at a Free Meek Mill rally last week.

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<![CDATA[Iran-Based Hacker Charged With Trying to Extort HBO ]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:04:55 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/thronestrailr.jpg

An Iran-based hacker plotted to extort HBO out of $6 million by threatening to release stolen episodes and scripts of hit shows, such as "Game of Thrones," at one point taunting the network with a twist on a catch phrase form that series: "Winter is coming. HBO is falling."

An indictment filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan accuses Behzad Mesri of hacking into the cable network's computer system in New York. It says he stole unaired episodes from shows including "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Deuce," story plot summaries and scripts for "Game of Thrones" and confidential cast and crew contact lists.

The Mesri, 29, a fugitive living in Iran who used the alias "Skote Vahshat," earlier this year infiltrated computer accounts of HBO employees authorized to remotely access the network's servers, the indictment says. In July, he emailed HBO executives in New York providing evidence of the hack and demanding $5.5 million in digital currency, a figure later raised to $6 million, it says. Included was an image of "Game of Thrones" Night King character, leader of an army of zombies, with the words, "Good luck HBO."

After HBO apparently refused to pay, Mesri began leaking portions of the stolen material on websites he controlled, the indictment says. One of the leaks was an unaired episode of a new HBO comedy called "Barry" on which he superimposed an opening credit showing the Night King and the "HBO is falling" threat, according to the indictment.

U.S. authorities described Mesri as a computer whiz who sometimes works with a hacker group in Iran called Turk Black Hat Security. He also has teamed the Iranian military to conduct cyberattacks targeting military and nuclear software systems and Israeli infrastructure, they said.

Although Mesri is not in custody, prosecutors decided to publicly charge him and put him on the FBI's most-wanted list to send a message to outlaw hackers that U.S. law enforcement has the means to identify, track and get them arrested if they travel to countries where the United States has better relations, acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said.

"Today, winter has come for Behzad Mesri," Kim said. "He will forever be looking over his shoulder. And if he isn't, he should be."

In a statement Tuesday, HBO said it is working with law enforcement but declined further comment.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Amy Sedaris' Big Greek Thanksgiving]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:46:34 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e029_611_amysedaris_holidaytips_20171120-151125179422100002.jpg

Amy Sedaris tells Seth Meyers about her family's Mediterranean-style Thanksgiving and gives tips for holiday entertaining. 

<![CDATA['Tonight': Trump Family Thanksgiving Secrets Revealed]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:13:30 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PattiScreen-Shot-2017-11-21-at-3.37.59-AM.jpg

Watch "Tonight Show" correspondent Patti Harrison share what Thanksgiving is like in the Trump household. 

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Stephen Curry Reads His Veterans Day Essay]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:20:25 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/StephenCurryScreen-Shot-2017-11-21-at-3.16.52-AM.jpg

Stephen Curry talks to Jimmy Fallon about the inspiration behind The Players' Tribune Veterans Day essay he wrote about how athletes use their platforms for change.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump vs. LaVar Ball]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:17:12 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BBallScreen-Shot-2017-11-21-at-2.57.46-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at how Republicans are trying to sell their tax plan while the White House seems to have settled on a different message: vote for an accused sexual predator, and leave American citizens imprisoned in China.

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<![CDATA[Top Photos From the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:50:44 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/vsTrip.jpg Models took the stage in Shanghai, China, for the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. The show will air on Tuesday, November 28.]]> <![CDATA[With the Angels: Della Reese Dies at 86]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:48:26 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dellaangel.jpg

Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama "Touched by an Angel," has died at age 86.

Reese's co-star on the series, Roma Downey, said in a statement that the actress died peacefully Sunday evening in her home in the Los Angeles area. No further details were included.

Before "Touched by an Angel" debuted in 1994, Reese was mainly known as a singer, although she had costarred on "Chico and the Man," ''Charlie and Company" and "The Royal Family" and hosted her own talk show, "Della."

"Touched by an Angel" was a gamble for CBS from the start. The story of an apprentice angel (Roma Downey) and her supervisor (Reese) being sent to Earth to solve people's problems appeared to have little chance in a TV world dominated by sitcoms and police dramas.

The first season brought mediocre ratings, but slowly the show's audience grew until it became one of television's highest rated dramas. It lasted until 2003.

"Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people. She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on 'Touched By An Angel,'" Roma Downey wrote in a statement. "I know heaven has a brand new angel this day."

She had been ordained by the Chicago-based Universal Foundation for Better Living, and when co-star Downey got married, Reese performed the ceremony.

Reese's singing career also began in church, when she joined the junior gospel choir at the Olivet Baptist Church in her hometown of Detroit. Soon she was singing at other churches, at civic events and on the radio.

When Mahalia Jackson, known as The Queen of Gospel Music, came to Detroit, she needed a singer to replace a member of her troupe. She turned to Reese, who was only 13.

Jackson was so impressed by the teenager's voice that she enlisted her for a summer tour, and Reese went on to tour with her for five summers. In later years she would remark that she would never forget what she learned from the legendary gospel singer, including "how to communicate with people through song."

Reese is survived by her husband, Franklin Lett, and three children.

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<![CDATA[Trump Slams Marshawn Lynch for Anthem Protest in Mexico ]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:20:27 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lynchtrump.jpg

President Trump took to social media Monday to slam Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch for not standing during the U.S. national anthem as the team played the New England Patriots in Mexico Sunday.

Lynch, who has not stood for the anthem since returning from retirement at the beginning of the season, was spotted standing during the Mexican anthem.

"Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down," Trump tweeted Monday morning.

Lynch is among the NFL players who have refused to stand for the national anthem in a movement started by former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, who began his protest last year to draw attention to racial injustice and social inequality across America. Critics of the protest have slammed it for being disrespectful to the U.S. military and armed forces.  

Trump's prior calls for the NFL to suspend kneeling players have not yet produced a rule change. Commissioner Roger Goodell said last month in a memo that the league believes everyone should stand for the anthem, but still does not mandate it.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendez Light Up AMAs Stage]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:18:46 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-876430684.jpg Kelly Clarkson and Pink kicked off the 2017 American Music Awards paying tribute to those affected this year by hurricanes, gun violence, hate crimes and other tragic events.

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<![CDATA[Trump Jr.'s WikiLeaks Relationship Focus of 'SNL' Cold Open]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:17:17 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/230*120/Screen+Shot+2017-11-19+at+2.15.23+AM.png

"Saturday Night Live's" cold open focused on alleged contact between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during the presidential campaign. 

Entitled "The Mueller Files," the sketch was an imagining of Trump Jr. (played by Mikey Day) and Assange (played by Kate McKinnon) meeting in a London parking garage.

"As secure as sliding into my DMs is, I thought this would be safer," Day’s Trump Jr. said.

The skit comes just days after it came to light that the real Trump Jr. had corresponded with WikiLeaks through Twitter. 

Eric Trump (played by Alex Moffat) joined them after being "scared" in the car and honking the horn. Played as a dim-witted little brother to Trump Jr., Eric donned a "Despicable Me" minion backpack where the secret files from Assange, hacked DNC emails, were kept.

In return for the dirt on Hillary Clinton, Assange asked to be cleared of all espionage charges. Trump Jr. reassured him that President Donald Trump is "always loyal to his friends."

"What about Chris Christie? And Rudy Giuliani? And mom?" a confused Eric asked his brother.  

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Meanwhile, Colin Jost and Michael Che kicked off "Weekend Update" with recent sexual assault scandals.

"Thursday is Thanksgiving, and there’s so much to be thankful for, unless you’re a human woman," Jost said.

Sen. Al Franken, an alumnus of "SNL," was accused of sexual assault by a woman who also had a photo of him with his hands cupped over her breasts while she slept.

"I know this looks bad, but remember: It also is bad," Jost said.

"And sure, this was taken before Franken ran for public office, but it was also taken after he was a sophomore in high school," he continued. "It's pretty hard to be like, 'Oh, come on, he didn’t know any better, he was only 55.'"

Kate McKinnon reprised her role as Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make an appearance on "Weekend Update" and discuss testimony the real Sessions gave earlier this week relating to the Russia probe.

"When I say 'do not' you say 'recall,'" McKinnon's Sessions said, revving up the crowd. 

"I do not remember [George Papadopoulos] talking about Russia," Sessions told Jost, mocking the real Sessions' repeated answer during the hearing.

"I remember everything," McKinnon then whispered to the crowd. 

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In a pre-taped sketch, host Chance the Rapper with Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd sang as a '90s R&B boy band and begged former President Barack Obama to resume office.

"Come back Barack," they lamented in the chorus. "Even though it’s not allowed, we want you back somehow. I need you in my life, like really bad, like world war bad."

First-time host Chance dedicated his opening monologue to Thanksgiving, singing about seeing family members you "normally fear."

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Musical guest Eminem performed a medley with Skylar Grey, starting with his new hit "Walk on Water" and sliding into "Stand" and then "Love the Way You Lie." The rapper returned to the small screen after making headlines in October when he released a freestyle rap on the BET Awards slamming President Donald Trump.

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<![CDATA[Chance the Rapper Brings Music to 1st 'SNL' Hosting Gig]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:09:17 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/225*120/Screen+Shot+2017-11-19+at+1.45.31+AM.png

First-time "Saturday Night Live" host Chance the Rapper dedicated his opening monologue to Thanksgiving.

"In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I pledge to give $1 million to Chicago public schools," he said, calling to mind a pledge he made in September to donate $2 million to 20 Chicago public schools.

But then, the Chicago native realized he didn't have enough money to be so charitable. The rapper then pondered making a holiday hit to make money.

"I wanna become the Mariah Carey of Thanksgiving," the rapper said.

Chance the Rapper then used the rest of his monologue to sing about seeing family members you "normally fear" on Thanksgiving.

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In a pre-taped sketch, Chance the Rapper, Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd sang as a '90s R&B boyband and beg former President Barack Obama to resume office.

"Come back Barack," they lament in the chorus. "Even though it’s not allowed, we want you back somehow. I need you in my life, like really bad, like world war bad."

Chance the Rapper told Jimmy Fallon on the "Tonight Show" that he showed up to "SNL's" rehearsal with five sketches to pitch for the show. Of the five, three made it to the dress rehearsal.

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<![CDATA[LAPD Investigates Nearly Two Dozen Sex Crime Cases]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:06:01 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630811651.jpg

Los Angeles police are investigating almost two dozen cases of alleged criminal sexual misconduct connected to multiple people within the entertainment industry, a senior department official told NBC News.

The cases involve individuals who are known publicly as well as others who have not yet been identified, the official said Friday.

Allegations span from misdemeanor sexual battery to felony rape, and in many cases, there are multiple complaints lodged against the same individual, the official said. With calls from victims continuing to roll in, the number of investigations is expected to rise.

While police have not said publicly who is under investigation, law enforcement's response comes after a mounting list of Hollywood heavy hitters, including Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey, have been accused of some form of sexual misconduct.

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