<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:15:05 -0400 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:15:05 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[WATCH: Duchovny Plays Beer Hockey With Fallon]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:24:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Beer-Hockey.png

David Duchovny stopped by "The Tonight Show" for a game of beer hockey with Jimmy Fallon.

But first, the actor sat down the with late night host and talked about the Twitter account he recently created. The actor created an online frenzy after tweeting fellow "X-Files" star Gillian Anderson, igniting rumors that the two were secretly a couple. However, Duchovny said they were merely catching up.

The 53-year-old also told a story about a time a homeless man crashed a shoot for the science fiction series in Los Angeles years ago. Apparently, the man kept referring to him as "Robert Ducunny." The actor said from then on all the people on set would call him by the made up name.

WATCH: Brian Williams Raps "Gin and Juice," Confronts Jimmy Fallon Over His "Tonight Show" Mashups

Duchovny also chatted about "Californication," which will be ending its run on June 29 after seven seasons on Showtime. He said he's happy with the ending and that "the show wraps up as the romance it is."

"Robert Ducunny had a great year," Duchovny joked.

Finally, Fallon and Duchovny battled it out in a heated game of beer hockey.

Watch the two play in the video above.

<![CDATA[Lupita Nyong'o Named People's "Most Beautiful"]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:53:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/469822707.jpg

Lupita Nyong'o has been named People magazine's "Most Beautiful Person" of 2014.

In March, Nyong'o, 31, won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in "12 Years a Slave" and has become a breakout star and newfound fashion icon.

Nyong'o was named to the cover during a segment on "Today." Of the choice, People editorial director Jess Cagle said Nyong'o was an obvious choice to grace the cover on this, the 25th anniversary of the issue.

"She is fantastic. There really was no contest this year," Cagle said of Nyong'o, adding, "The way she carries herself with such grace and humility, it put her over the top. I just love her."

"Im flattered," Nyong'o told "Today's" Savannah Guthrie of the title. "But flattered sounds like such a flighty word. I'm flattered with gravitas under it."

Asked to describe the craziest thing that has happened since she became an internationally recognised face, Nyong'o recalled a moment when a passerby stopped to take the time to address her looks.

"It just happened," she revealed. "I was sitting getting my haircut and [the passerby] peered in and said, 'Youre really beautiful. You know that actress in "12 years a Slave"? You look just like her!'"

Earlier Wednesday, "Today" had asked viewers who they think should be named to this year's cover with the "Non-Stop" actress making the top three audience choices alongside "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, Nyong'o became a Hollywood darling during the recent award season due to her honesty and sense of decorum when accepting a trophy, and her ability to command attention on the red carpet thanks to her sartorial choices.

A fashion star on and off the red carpet (which she labels "intense"), Nyong'o was recently named as a face of cosmetic brand Lancome and can currently be seen in the advertising campaign for Italian luxury label Miu Miu.

In the issue, on newsstands Friday, Nyong'o describes the best beauty compliment she has ever received as having "been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on." 

Ulitmately, Nyong'o tells People that "happiness is the most important thing"

She joins a list of women that have graced the cover of the annual celebration of beauty that includes Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beyonce Knowles, Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Lopez. 

In the 25 years People have been awarding the title, only three men have graced the cover: Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio in 1996, 1997 and 1998 respectively. Last year's cover star was Gwyneth Paltrow. 

During her acceptance speech for Best Breakthrough Performance Award at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood lunch in February, Nyong’o addressed what the notion of beauty means to her, both now and growing up as a woman of color.

"I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin, I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned," she told those in attendance, adding, "I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside. There is no shade to that beauty."

Discussing the above feelings with Guthrie, Nyong'o could not help but marvel at how far she has come. "What an incredible journey to go from that feeling to be on the cover of this magazine," she said, adding, "I hope it means something to more people than just me."


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<![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards Noms: Album of the Year ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:54:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/marc_anthony_3.jpg

Romeo Santos leads the list of nominees for the 2014 Latin Music Billboard Awards with 17 nominations. The singer is followed by Prince Royce with 16 nominations and Marc Anthony with 15.

Other nominees incldue the late Jenni Rivera, Daddy Yankee and Enrique Iglesias with seven nominations each.

The awards show will air live from Miami, Fl. on Thursday, April 24 at 7pm EDT/6C on Telemundo.

Here are the nominees for the different categories of "Album of the Year":

Top Latin Album of the Year:

Marc Anthony, “3.0” His first original tropical album in more than a decade, it was produced by Sergio George and himself. All eight songs reflect the unique style of one of the greatest salsa artists in history with more than 12 million albums sold worldwide.

Alejandro Fernandez, “Confidencias” Alejandro Fernandez returns to the music scene with this album, which includes 11 songs brought to life by producer Phil Ramone.

Jenni Rivera, “La Misma Gran Señora” The late singer’s album includes hits “Resulta”, “La gran señora”, “Ya lo sé”, and “Besos y copas."

Jenni Rivera, “Joyas Prestadas: Pop” A new nomination for the album. Songs “A cambio de qué”, “A que no le cuentas”, “Asi fue”, “Basta ya” and “Como tu mujer” are all included in this record.

Carlos Vives, “Corazón Profundo” The colombian songwriter’s album includes hits “Volvi a nacer”, “Corazon profundo”, “Amanecer”, and “Salvar tu amor."

Best Tropical Album:

Marc Anthony, “3.0” This album was the highest grossing latin record of 2013 in the U.S., Latin America, and Spain and it took first place in the “Top Billboard Latin Albums” in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

Prince Royce, “#1’s” Few have given bachata music international recognition like Royce. The album includes songs “Corazón sin cara”, “Stand by me”, “Te me vas”, and “El verdadero amor perdona."

“Sergio George presents Salsa Giants," Various artists This album includes two records with collaborations from Marc Anthony, Oscan de Leon, Cheo Feliciano, Luis Enrique, Andy Montañez, Willie Chirino, Jose Alberto “El canario”, La orquesta de la luz, and Charlie Zaa.

Best Regional Mexican album:

Jenni Rivera, “1969-Siempre: En Vivo Desde Monterrey Parte 1” This album contains her last live performance in Monterrey, Mexico on December 8, 2012. The album includes the songs “Dos botellas de mezcal”, “Que me entierren con la banda”, “Rosita Alvirez”, and “Vida prestada."

Jenni Rivera, “La Misma Gran Señora” This album includes hits “Resulta”, “La gran señora”, Ya lo sé”, and “Besos y copas."

Jenni Rivera, “Joyas Prestadas” This album includes songs “A cambio de qué”, “A que no le cuentas”, “Así fue”, “Basta ya” and “Como tu mujer."

“Las bandas románticas de America 2013," Various artists This album includes hits from “La arrolladora banda el limón”, “El recodo”, among others.

Best Latin Rhythm Album:

“Don Omar Presents MT02: New Generation” Don Omar has obtained a nomination in the category of “Latin rhythm” with this album, which includes the songs “Hasta que salga el sol”, “Así es que” and “Flor de campo."

Yandel, “De Líder A Leyenda” His first solo record, the album includes 17 original songs with collaborations from artists like Daddy Yankee, J. Alvarez, El General Gadiel and Don Omar.

Wisin y Yandel, “Líderes” “Líderes” includes 16 songs. The most outstanding is “Follow the leader” with an appearance by Jennifer Lopez.

And the final nominee is this category is “Pina Records presenta: La formula, The company”, Various Artists






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<![CDATA[Celebrity Baby Boom: Drew Barrymore Welcomes Baby Girl]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:36:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/drew-barrymore-makeup.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2014.]]> <![CDATA[Stephen Colbert’s First “Late Show” Shot]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:50:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP110504053254.jpg

Stephen Colbert’s first appearance on CBS’ “Late Show” since his crowning as David Letterman’s successor bumped up against Tuesday night’s airing of “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central. But as he competed against himself in the ratings, Colbert also offered competing versions of himself.

The “Late Show” guest shot gave viewers a telling, if brief, first glimpse of the Colbert we’ll see when he takes over for Letterman next year, dropping the conservative blowhard character that propelled him to late night TV comedy stardom nearly a decade ago.
Colbert, in a far cry from his familiar pompous persona, seemed almost giddy as took a selfie with Letterman. “This is actually very retro now,” Colbert quipped.
He bantered easily with Letterman, who announced this month that he’s stepping down next year after more than two decades on “Late Show” and more than three decades into his reign as the most influential late night comedy host since Johnny Carson. Colbert, who is among the generation of performers influenced by both men, took on a deferential tone as he paid homage to the “Late Show” host Tuesday.
Colbert recounted how he nearly became an intern on Letterman’s old “Late Night” program nearly 30 years ago – and he read a Top 10 “Cocktails for Santa” list he and longtime colleague Paul Dinello submitted as part of a “Late Show” tryout writing package in 1997 (No. 1: “Silent Night Train”).
“I’m going to do whatever you’ve done,” Colbert told Letterman.
Colbert, of course, will need to chart his own course when he takes over “Late Show” at some undetermined point next year. In some respects, though, he’ll be playing catch-up.
Letterman long ago established himself as the smart and sardonic upstart of late night comedy, slowly transforming over the years into TV’s elder statesman of irreverence. Colbert, who has rarely broken character during the last decade, will have to immediately morph from his faux commentator personality to a presumably genuine version of his sharp-witted self.
Colbert also faces a steep challenge in besting Jimmy Kimmel, an ABC late night mainstay for 11 years, and Jimmy Fallon, the 11:30 p.m. ratings champ since taking over NBC’s “Tonight Show” in February. But during his appearance on Letterman's show Tuesday night, Colbert indicated he’s ready to compete against Kimmel and Fallon – and fresh memories of his TV character.
As Letterman told him, “You look right at home.”

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service 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[WATCH: Williams Raps "Gin and Juice" ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:31:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Brian-Williams-Snoop-Dogg.jpg

Jimmy Fallon unveiled a new Brian Williams rap video on "The Tonight Show," this time featuring Snoop Dogg's 1996 classic "Gin and Juice."

Fallon staffer John MacDonald has been remixing Williams' "NBC Nightly News" broadcasts to make the anchor appear as if he's rapping to classic hip-hop songs. A video made with Sugar Hill Gang's 1979 song "Rapper's Delight" currently has 8.9 million YouTube views.

While sitting next to Fallon as a guest on the show, Williams explained how his life has changed since the clips have aired. He also took the opportunity to take a few jabs at the late night host.

"Every night I'm doing the broadcast that pays for your hobby and all this," Williams joked while pointing at the studio, "and people think I have somehow colluded into the making of these videos. Let's be clear, I have never said hippity."

Williams also confornted Fallon over a word he said in a Baghdad broadcast during wartime, to which Fallon shrewdly replied, "I think that word was hippity."

Addressing Twitter reactions to the videos, Williams said people have been acting as if they had discovered water. "It's unbelievable, and it's all anyone mentions to me anymore."

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The NBC News anchor also revealed he recently ran into Cuba Gooding Jr. at a New York Rangers game and the actor told him he had become "a huge figure in the rap and hip-hop community."

Then, Williams astounded Fallon with rap knowledge by suggesting songs by Foxy Brown and Ludacris for future videos.

"Whatchu got in that bag?" Williams said, quoting a line from rapper Ludacris' 2001 hit "Rollout (My Business)."

Watch the rap above. You can also hear the interview below.

<![CDATA[Meyers Tries to Repair Relationship With Earth]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:10:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Earth-Day-Seth-Meyers.png In honor of Earth Day, Seth Meyers tries to repair our relationship with Mother Earth even though she caught us "fracking around."]]> <![CDATA[Duchovny, Fallon Play Beer Hockey]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:24:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Beer-Hockey.png Jimmy Fallon and "Californication" star David Duchovny play a heated game of beer hockey, a game that combines beer pong and table hockey.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon Reveals NHL Playoffs Superlatives]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:12:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Superlatives-Hockey.png To celebrate the NHL playoffs, Jimmy Fallon gives the players superlative awards like "Most Likely to Get a Penalty for Frosting Tips."]]> <![CDATA["The Voice" Top 10: Dani Moz, TJ Wilkins Eliminated]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:19:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/voice6.jpg

"The Voice" got its top 10 contestants Tuesday when Team Shakira's Dani Moz and Team Usher's TJ Wilkins were sent packing, capping the first live eliminations round yet this season and making what could have been a terrible night for Team Shakira only a bad one.

That result gave Shakira a bittersweet reprieve, as Dani's teammate Tess Boyer -- no stranger to plenty of past "Voice" saves -- narrowly escaped possible elimination herself thanks to the "Voice" instant Twitter save.

All three had been left in the bottom three, but Tess, who had sung Bon Jovi’s “I’ll Be There for You” Monday, earned her spot in the top 10 with her performance Tuesday of Kelly Clarkson’s "Dark Side."

"That was incredible, coming from Team Usher and now on Team Shakira. I’m rooting for you,” her former coach Usher told her.

Shakira's other artist on the chopping block, Dani, had performed Adele's "Turning Tables" in her last-chance performance Tuesday, and Shakira had pleaded with viewers to save her. “Give her another chance. She can hit any note, you name it," she said.

But by the end of the five-minute Twitter voting window to save one of the three, Tess was in the lead percentage-wise. A torn Shakira, fresh off her own performance of her new hit "Empire," was happy for her but visibly sad to see Dani go.

Earlier in the night, Shakira's other team member, country singer Kristen Merlin, had gotten her own good news when she was one of the first contestants to be declared safe — just one night after her performance of Sugarland’s “Stay” was cut in half due to a dead microphone. Shakira gave Kristen credit for being able to "persevere through anything."

Team Usher's two other members were also declared safe Tuesday night, with soul singer Josh Kaufman the first contestant of the evening to get the good news and with Bria Kelly following later.

And the entirety of Team Adam, which performed Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" with their coach Tuesday, is moving on to next week's live performance. Delvin Choice, Christina Grimmie and Kat Perkins were all declared safe.

Blake Shelton’s team, which performed Travis Tritt's "Put Some Drive in Your Country" together Tuesday, is also on its way to the next round, with soulful singer Sisaundra Lewis and country artists Jake Worthington and Audra McLaughlin all voted in by viewers.

"The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c.

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<![CDATA[25 Years of People's Most Beautiful People]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:46:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP965911296656.jpg In 1990, Michelle Pfeiffer appeared on the cover of People magazine's first ever "50 Most Beautiful People In The World" issue. See who else has won the title over the years.

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<![CDATA[Weir and Lipinski Join NBC Derby Team]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:42:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/weir-lipinski+thumb1.jpg

They're back!

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski are teaming up again, this time to cover next week's Kentucky Oaks (May 2) and Kentucky Derby (May 3) as fashion correspondents for NBC and NBCSN.

The two figure skating champions were breakout stars of NBC's Sochi Olympics coverage as much for their fashion choices and sartorial critiques as for their insider knowledge of the sport.

"Johnny and Tara have an infectious energy that will bring a fun and fresh perspective to our Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks telecasts," said Rob Hyland, Coordinating Producer for NBC Sports Group. "They will be in their element amid the big-event atmosphere and pageantry of Churchill Downs."

Weir and Lipinski have become sought-after fashion pundits following their on-air Olympic appearances and subsequent stint as Oscar red carpet commentators for "Access Hollywood."

During his time behind the mic at the Olympics, Weir's personal fashion choices were a hit with viewers and social media followers. Furs, handbags and often outré headgear were the norm for the Twitter and Instagram star.

Weir tweeted his excitement over the new appointment: 

The sporting champs already have connections to the equestrian world with Lipinksi riding horses as a youngster and Weir competing in jumping events before turning his focus to figure skating. Weir told the Associated Press he attended the 2010 Kentucky Derby as a fan and bet on the winning horse. He chose a fur-covered sombrero as his headgear for the day. 

"We've always loved loud fashion and sort of bonded over it," Lipinski said to the AP. "The whole Olympics experience was a bit of a surprise. We came in and were focused on doing a good job as rookies. But we're young and we like to have fun. The fashion was specifically for us every day and it was like, 'Oh, people are watching. This is fun.'"

NBC's 2013 Derby telecast was seen by 16.2 million viewers. Women comprised 51% of that audience ranking as the highest percentage of female viewership for any major sporting event in 2013. It was the second most-watched Derby in 25 years.

Tune in to watch Weir and Lipinsky at the Kentucky Oaks on Friday May 2 (3-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN) and the Kentucky Derby on Saturday May 3 (12-4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, 4-7 on NBC).



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<![CDATA[WATCH: McCain Talks Social Media, Putin on "Late Night"]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:36:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NUP_163833_0589.jpg

John McCain talked about the power of social networking, Vladimir Putin and the crisis in Ukraine when he stopped by the "Late Night With Seth Meyers" studio Monday.

Host Meyers began his interview with the Arizona senator by mentioning the first time the two met: on the set of "Saturday Night Live" in 2002.

"You looked a lot younger," McCain joked. "You used to be very handsome."

"I was happier. The pressure of having a show, you just age immensely," Meyers quipped.

Then, Meyers brought up the fact that McCain appeared in an "SNL" sketch three days before the 2008 presidential election. He was in a mock QVC program trying to gather last minute votes alongside Tina Fey, who reprised her role as McCain's running mate, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

When asked if the appearance was a difficult decision for his campaign at the time, McCain said, "The purpose of campaigns is reaching people. What better way to reach young voters than to be on 'Saturday Night Live'? The hardest thing I think for a politician today very honestly is staying in touch with younger people and their hopes and dreams."

The 77-year-old also talked about the power the internet has in politics.

"Social networking was the major reason Obama was reelected in 2012," McCain said. "It's [also] working in countries around the world where people don't like the government that they have."

Then, Meyers mentioned the fact that McCain was sanctioned by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

"No Spring Break in Siberia and my secret bank account in Moscow is frozen," McCain joked. "Doesn't Vladimir understand that there's nothing that could do me more good politically than being sanctioned by Vladimir Putin? Duh."

While discussing Putin's recent actions, Meyers brought up that McCain has been critical of Barack Obama over the president's handling of the crisis in Ukraine. The "Late Night" host then asked the senator how a president projects toughness without inciting war.

"It's most important to understand Vladimir Putin for what he is, he's an old KGB colonel who said many times the worst thing that happened in the 20th century was to break up the Soviet Union and he wants to restore them," McCain said. "Russia is a gas station run by a mafia that is masquerading as a country."

He added that, as Ronald Reagan preached in his relations with the Soviet Union, the U.S. needs to maintain "peace through strength."

Finally, Meyers asked McCain what he would have done differently.

McCain said he would have given Ukrainians weapons to defend themselves and given them the money "that they need to get the economy on track."

"We're the most strongest and best nation in the world and we can make him make him pay a price," McCain said of Putin.

Watch part of the interview above.

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<![CDATA[Meyers Hails Boston Marathon Organizers]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:37:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Meyers-Late-Night-Smile.jpeg Seth Meyers takes time to congratulate the runners, event organizers, and volunteers for putting together the Boston Marathon.]]> <![CDATA[Singer Sex Abuse Accuser Sues 3 More Hollywood Execs]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:49:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP688161883665.jpg

Days after a man came forward with sexual abuse claims against "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer, the accuser on Monday claimed the abuse was part of a drug-fueled sex ring involving Hollywood power players and underage boys.

Michael Egan and his attorney held a news conference to announce lawsuits against three other entertainment executives for the alleged abuse.

"You stand up for what's right," Egan said. "I wouldn't wish it upon any of my worst enemies."

In lawsuits filed Monday, Egan claimed he was sexually abused by: Gary Goddard, a producer and theme park designer; David Neuman, a former executive at CNN and Disney TV; and Garth Ancier, a TV executive who's been at the helm of several networks, according to the lawsuits.

The suits allege the three men were part of a Hollywood sex ring, which held parties in an Encino home and estate in Hawaii, where teenage boys were allegedly given drugs and alcohol and then coerced into sex.

Egan said he was 15 years old when the abuse started and 17 when he finally came forward to his mother, who cried at the Monday afternoon press conference announcing the new claims.

"There's talk Mike is here for his 15 minutes of fame. You call this fame? What part of this is fame? Do you think we like it? No," she said. "(I want it) so no other parent has to sit here with their child and go through this."

The lawsuit filed April 16 against Singer, claims Egan was lured into a sex ring run by a former digital entertainment company executive, Marc Collins-Rector, with promises of auditions for acting, modeling and commercial jobs.

He was put on the company's payroll as an actor, but forced to have sex with adult men at parties within Hollywood's entertainment industry, the lawsuit said.

Singer's attorney Marty Singer (no relation to Bryan Singer) wrote in a statement after Egan's remarks that the accusations were "completely fabricated."

The director’s attorney said he will prove Singer was not in Hawaii when Egan said he was abused.

NBC4 reached out to Neuman, Goddard and Ancier. By time of publication, only a representative for Goddard responded and said the allegations are without merit.

Egan and his attorney, Jeff Herman, said last week that the alleged abuse was reported by Egan's mother to the FBI and Los Angeles police. Herman later said he was not sure if his client spoke to police detectives or if the case was referred directly to the FBI.

Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said the department is looking into whether a report was made. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the agency could not comment on what Egan reported unless it resulted in a case or matter of public record.

Singer is the director of the upcoming film "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and directed previous films in the franchise, as well as the thriller "The Usual Suspects."

Alex Ben Block, senior editor at the Hollywood Reporter, said he expects studios will be looking at pulling back Singer’s name as much as promotions rev up for the latest installment of “X-Men.”

According to Block, Singer canceled an appearance at a comic book convention in Anaheim as well as an appearance in Washington.

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<![CDATA[Brian Williams Raps Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice"]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:41:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/rap-williams-video.png Jimmy Fallon unveiled a video edit of Brian Williams' "NBC Nightly News" broadcasts to make the anchor appear as if he is rapping, this time featuring a Snoop Dogg classic.]]> <![CDATA["The Voice" Top 12 Battle for Spot in Top 10]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:39:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NUP_163860_1966.jpg

Live shows kicked off Monday night on "The Voice" with a few revelatory performances, a few tears and one very unfortunate dead microphone, as the top 12 contestants vied for 10 spots remaining.

Bria Kelly kicked off the night for Team Usher with a take on "Rolling in the Deep" that was more Angus Young than Adele, but while the coaches praised her version's "rock edge" and "fierceness," they also wished she'd sung it in a higher key.

Team Adam's Delvin Choice followed with a take on the Righteous Brothers' jukebox classic "Unchained Melody" that showed off his rich, supple voice and effortless command of high notes. "Truthfully, I didn't concentrate that much on the technique. I just enjoyed it," Shakira admitted.

Her own team member Dani Moz took on Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason," and though she tried to resist the urge to embellish the song with musical theatrics, the belting took over the song's emotional nuance. "I wanted there to be more dynamic," Adam said, to Shakira's protective protests. "You have the sickest range," Shakira told Dani.

Next Audra McLaughlin, Team Blake's resident female country artist, was tasked with putting her own stamp on Juice Newton's "Angel of the Morning." She did indeed imbue the song with her trademark lush, emotive tone, prompting her coach to venture that her plans to become a medical assistant may well not be what her future had in store. (Usher for his part marveled at her ability to hold notes. "I have to pee if I hold notes that long!" he joked.)

Team Usher's old-school soul crooner TJ Wilkins next got the task of performing his first contemporary song yet, John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change." Although he struggled a little with the higher notes, the coaches appreciated his energy. "You just have something infectious about you, in a good way," Blake remarked.

Next up was Team Adam's unstoppable would-be pop star Christina Grimmie, whose confident stage strut was matched by her full-throated, propulsive performance of Katy Perry's hit "Dark Horse," which she gave a thrashy ferocity that upped the dance-pop hit's ante. Usher declared her the best singer on Team Adam, while Adam complimented her for having made the song her own -- a feat Christina whooped to learn she'd accomplished.

Veteran powerhouse singer Sisaundra Lewis was next, singing Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," which her coach Blake Shelton hoped would be a vehicle for her to relax and show some finesse. Onstage, she just barely back her usual vocal fireworks to deliver a more nuanced, moving performance whose restraint the coaches praised. "You are incredible," Usher told her, saying the only other singer comparable to her was Patti LaBelle.

Next up was Team Shakira's lone country artist -- and indeed the only country singer remaining who wasn't on Team Blake -- Kristen Merlin, whose task with Sugarland's "Stay" was to convey vulnerability, a task she admitted she'd have a hard time with given how guarded she is. Kristen sang the song beautifully -- at least what the audience could hear of it. Her microphone cut out mid-song, but she gamely kept singing anyway, even though nobody else could hear her, to her coach's horror.

Somebody rushed onto the stage with a new mic moments later, but the save didn't come soon enough; Kristen gamely managed to sing only the last word of the song before it ended. The coaches gave her a standing ovation, praising her grace under fire and her singing alike. Blake called her performance "incredible," while Usher praised the texture and vulnerability in her singing.

Luckily for the next contestants, that was it for the technical difficulties Monday night. Team Adam's resident rocker Kat Perkins took on Heart's "Magic Man," a song whose ferocity she matched with her own trademark grit, strutting wildly around the stage (and the musicians) with proper rock star aplomb. "Your voice is dope," Usher told her, while Blake just voiced his incredulity that Kat, up till she hit the "Voice" stage, had been a nanny by trade.

Blake's own final team member of the night, teen country crooner Jake Worthington, next hit the stage to sing another of the sort of tender ballad that have become his bread and butter -- this time Travis Tritt's "Anymore." Jake's technique and delivery weren't perfect, but his emotional honesty was undeniable. Even he seemed to be tearing up as he sang -- making it hard for his eager audience to resist. "You nailed it," Blake told him afterward.

Jake's one-time teammate and current Team Shakira power balladeer Tess Boyer came next, performing Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There for You." The song's slow burn and fierce commitment were right up Tess's alley, and after she finished her strong performance, Blake conceded his error in having let her go -- and declared her the singer from Team Shakira to beat in the competition.

If Tess gave Blake his chance to kick himself, the night's final performer, Team Usher's soul singer Josh Kaufman, gave Adam his. The former member of Team Adam performed Sam Smith's "Stay With Me," and his dynamic, raw yet nuanced performance, replete with a natural on-stage energy, made the song sound entirely his own. The coaches remarked that he sounded as though he were performing his own song at his own show. "I am so stupid," Adam concluded, while a delighted Usher silently agreed. "You have completely made this my night," he told Josh.

But of those 12 singers who performed Monday night, only 10 will get to stick around, with the winners and losers set to be determined via viewers' votes, iTunes downloads and the same Twitter instant save that helped save would-be losers last season. Who stays and who goes will be announced Tuesday.

"The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c.

Photo Credit: Tyler Golden/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Coachella Closes With Beck, Arcade Fire]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:51:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/181*120/Coachella2014-Saturday-ArcadeFire-8.jpg The music circus in the desert closed out Weekend 2 with main-stage sets by Arcade Fire, Beck and Calvin Harris.

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<![CDATA[Williams Talks About Rapping on Fallon]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:06:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NUP_163826_1085.JPG Brian Williams said that Jimmy Fallon's edited videos featuring the NBC Nightly News anchor rapping have had big effects on his life.]]> <![CDATA[Netflix Price Hike on the Way]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:36:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/04-21-2014-netflix-logo.jpg

Netflix is still packing 'em in.

Investors, loving the streaming company's latest earning report, are jumping into the stock, pushing the price up by more than $20 a share in extended trading Monday night. The stock surge follows another strong quarter for Netflix, which reported a larger than expected profit.

Subscribers are also streaming in. The Los Gatos, Calif.-based company says it grew by 2.25 million new subscribers, many lured in by another strong season of the Netflix original program "House of Cards."

But if you're thinking of joining, know this: Netflix also reports plans to raise the price of its streaming services by "one or two dollars" a month. It currently costs new streamers about eight dollars a month to sign on.

The price increase will be imposed on new customers by July.

Growth is pretty much everywhere, in the U.S. and overseas. Netflix took a big risk with original programming like "House of Cards." It appears to be paying off.

Netflix Inc. earned $53 million, or 86 cents per share, during the first three months of the year. That compared to $2.7 million, or 5 cents, last year.


Scott Budman is on Twitter: @scottbudman. The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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<![CDATA[Pharrell, Gaga Set for iHeartRadio Awards]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:06:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/478110695.jpg

Pharrell, Drake, Shakira, Kendrick Lamar, Pitbull, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Blake Shelton are among the artists set to perform at the first iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Other A-listers scheduled to make an appearance include Lady Gaga, Lorde, Katy Perry and Coldplay's Chris Martin. The inaugural music special is scheduled for May 1 and will air live on NBC (8-11 p.m. ET/PT) from the Shrine Auditorium.

Producers of the show have taken a different approach to staging the ceremony. In addition to live performances, the iHeartRadio Awards will also feature storytelling and artists playing not only the Shrine Auditorium, but also the stages of some of Los Angeles’ most iconic venues from The Roxy to the Hotel Café.

According to a press release, the event will highlight music's top stars "taking over Los Angeles" and telling viewers their "L.A. story -- what brought them to and through the City of Angels and how it helped make their careers."

Contenders for artist of the year are Rihanna, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Category finalists for the iHeartRadio Music Awards were announced on March 26 with round two voting at iHeartRadio.com/awards continuing through April 25. Music fans have already used hashtags to cast nearly 50 million votes across Facebook and Twitter.

Listeners can tune into their local Clear Channel radio stations for a chance to win their way into the iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Check out the full list of categories and nominees below:

Artist of the Year:
Imagine Dragons
Justin Timberlake
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Maroon 5

Song of the Year:
“Hold On We’re Going Home” – Drake ft. Majid Jordan
“Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake
“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
“Stay” – Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
“The Monster” – Eminem ft. Rihanna

Best Collaboration: (Most voted on category with more than 3.9 million votes cast to date)
“Holy Grail” – JAY Z ft. Justin Timberlake
“Stay” – Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake ft. JAY Z
“The Monster” – Eminem ft. Rihanna
“Timber” – Pitbull ft. Kesha

Best New Artist:
Florida Georgia Line
Icona Pop
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Country Song of the Year:
“Boys ‘Round Here” – Blake Shelton
“Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift
“It Goes Like This” – Thomas Rhett
“Mine Would Be You” – Blake Shelton
“That’s My Kind of Night” – Luke Bryan

Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year:
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell
“Hold On We’re Going Home” – Drake ft. Majid Jordan
“Holy Grail” – JAY Z ft. Justin Timberlake
“Pour It Up” – Rihanna
“Started From The Bottom” – Drake

EDM Song of the Year:

“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk ft. Pharrell
“Stay The Night” – Zedd ft. Hayley Williams
“Summertime Sadness” – Lana Del Rey ft. Cedric Gervais
“Sweet Nothing” – Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch
“Wake Me Up” – Avicii

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:
“Demons” – Imagine Dragons
“Do I Wanna Know?” – Arctic Monkeys
“Pompeii” – Bastille
“Royals” – Lorde
“Safe And Sound” – Capital Cities

Best Lyrics:

“Wake Me Up” – Avicii (Vocals by Aloe Blacc)
“I Love It (ft. Charli XCX)” – Icona Pop
“Say Something” – A Great Big World
“Same Love” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Wrecking Ball” – Miley Cyrus

Best Fan Army:
Arianators – Ariana Grande
Little Monsters – Lady Gaga
Lovatics – Demi Lovato
Mahomies – Austin Mahone
Rihanna Navy – Rihanna
Swifties – Taylor Swift


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<![CDATA[Discovery Channel Scuttles Everest Stunt After Tragedy]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:40:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mount+everest+climb.JPG

A televised stunt on Mount Everest that was supposed to have aired on the Discovery Channel next month has been canceled, days after an avalanche on the world's highest peak claimed the lives of at least 13 Sherpa guides.

Veteran climber Joby Ogwyn, a wing-suit flier and BASE jumper, had been planning to attempt the first wing-suit jump off the summit on May 11, a feat set to be aired live, NBC News reported. He said Saturday he had lost his Sherpa team in the Friday tragedy.

"In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mt. Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community," Discovery spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg said.

The avalanche that swept down the mountain's upper slope Friday was the deadliest disaster ever recorded on Everest.

<![CDATA[Coachella Delivers on Day II]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:43:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/181*120/Coachella2014-Saturday-Pharrell.jpg The queen of the desert bloomed again on Saturday, with sets by Lorde, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Pharrell Williams and others.

Photo Credit: Ryan Cowen]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: Royal Vacation]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:34:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP501109020810.jpg Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed home a baby boy on July 22. Click through for photos of the young family on their three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand.

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<![CDATA["Thrones" Post Taken as Threat]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:31:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/game-of-thrones-shirt-professor.jpg

A New Jersey college professor was placed on unpaid leave after posting online a photo of his 6-year-old daughter wearing a shirt with a quote from "Game of Thrones" that administrators took as a threat.

The shirt says "I will take what is mine with fire & blood," and the photo was posted on Google+ by the Bergen Community College professor, Francis Schmidt, in January, around the time HBO released a trailer for the new season of the show.

After a college dean saw the post, and perceived it as a "threatening email," Schmidt was ordered to meet with administrators and was then placed on unpaid leave. The dispute in January came to light this week after Inside Higher Ed referred to it in an online post.

Schmidt on Friday shared an email with NBC 4 New York that he said was from a human resources employee at the college at the time of the dispute.

"You are not to be on campus for any reason," the email says. "The safety of all of the members of the community is taken very seriously."

Schmidt was allowed to return to teaching later that month after he was cleared by a psychiatrist. He says he missed crucial time with students he was advising.

He says he can't imagine why anyone would think he's capable of violence.

"They claimed to have never heard of 'Game of Thrones,' and so I tried to explain it to them," he said Friday.

College spokesman Larry Hlavenka Jr. said in a statement that the matter was a private personnel issue, but added that the college takes seriously any perceived threats of violence.

"Since Jan. 1, 2014, 34 incidents of school shootings have occurred in the United States," Hlavenka said. "In following its safety and security procedures, the college investigates all situations where a member of its community – students, faculty, staff or local residents – expresses a safety or security concern."

Schmidt believes he was targeted because he filed a grievance against the school when he was not granted a sabbatical.

The faculty union has also been embroiled in contract negotiations with the college; last week the union cast a no-confidence vote in the school's president. 

--Jen Maxfield contributed to this story

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<![CDATA[10 Great Easter Movies to Watch This Weekend]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:48:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/The+Bible+Mark+Burnett.jpg

Most people can easily list their favorite Christmas, Thanksgiving and other major holiday movies. But how many of us have a list of films we enjoy every Easter?

The holiest holiday of the Christian calendar has spawned numerous adaptions of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. From the early days of Hollywood (1953's "The Robe") to the recent spate of Christianity-based fare on offer at the cineplex (2014's "Son of God"), there's an Easter-themed movie sure to appeal.

Even those looking for lighter Easter-themed fare need only look to Fred Astaire and Judy Garland ("Easter Parade") and the Peanuts gang ("It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown") for something to view this weekend.

Here, in no particular order, a list of 10 of the best Easter movies:

"The Robe" (1953)

Richard Burton plays military tribune Marcellus Gallio who commands the Roman unit that crucifies Jesus. In a dice game, Gallio wins the robe Jesus wore and is told it will serve as a reminder of his first crucifixion. Haunted by nightmares of the act he has participated in, Gallio slowly begins to believe the robe is having an effect on his life. Over time he comes to understand what Jesus was trying to achieve, and eventually converts to Christianity - much to the disgust of his peers and his father, an important Roman Senator. "The Robe" was also the first film ever to be released featuring the wide screen process known as CinemaScope.

"Son of God" (2014)

Produced by reality television competition guru Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "The Voice") and his wife, actress Roma Downey, "Son of God" was adapted from the ten-hour miniseries "The Bible" which aired in 2013 on the History channel. As a feature film it both expands upon and abridges the Jesus-driven portions of the miniseries, from birth to resurrection. While making the movie Burnett says he couldn’t help but notice certain similarities to popular contemporary entertainment. "The feeling of the movie and the pace, it’s like 'House of Cards,' that political intrigue, the political drama," he said. "It’s a political thriller wrapped in an epic – and it’s pretty epic, the scale: hundreds and hundreds of extras and special effects with miracles."

"Jesus Christ Superstar" (1973)

Based on the Broadway musical of the same name created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, this rock opera follows the final weeks of Jesus' life and features no spoken dialogue. Ted Neeley stars as Jesus, Carl Anderson as Judas, and Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene. The film centers on the conflict between Judas and Jesus leading up to the crucifixion and features the hit song, "I Don't Know How to Love Him."

"Easter Parade" (1948)

Starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire and featuring music by Irving Berlin, "Easter Parade" definitely falls on the lighter end of the Easter movie spectrum. Astair stars as a dancer suddenly bereft of a partner when his former colleague (Ann Miller) departs the duo for a solo career. Astair's character finds a replacement in a chorus dancer who can not only move, but has a great singing voice (Garland). The movie features beloved numbers such as "It Only Happens When I Dance With You," "A Couple of Swells" and of course, "Easter Parade."

"Jesus of Nazareth" (1977)

Italian director Franco Zeffirelli's dramatic take on the life of Christ is a television mini-series produced in Britain. Robert Powell portrays Jesus alongside an all-star cast that includes Christopher Plummer, Anne Bancroft, Laurence Olivier, Claudia Cardinale, Ian McShane, Olivia Hussey, James Mason, Ian Holm and Anthony Quinn.

"Ben-Hur" (1959)

Charlton Heston is Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish merchant of noble blood in this sword-and-sandals historical epic that begins with the birth of Jesus and ends with the titular character witnessing the Crucifixion. Thanks to an act he did not commit, Ben-Hur ends up a slave who must fight his way back to the land and the woman he loves. One key scene involves Ben-Hur being denied water when his slave gang arrives at Nazareth. He collapses and a local carpenter (who is revealed to be Jesus) comes to his aid against the orders of the Roman guards. The nine-minute chariot battle featured in the movie became a hallmark of great cinematic moments and the film went on to win eleven Academy Awards including Best Picture.

"The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965)

Max Von Sydow portrays Jesus in this three-plus hour movie that also features Charlton Heston as John the Baptist and follows the life of Christ from Nativity to Resurrection. Other notable stars in the movie include Angela Lansbury, Jose Ferrer, Telly Savalas and Dorothy McGuire, and it marks the final film of Claude Rains.

"It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" (1974)

In this, the 12th prime-time television outing to feature the Peanuts gang, Linus tries to convince everyone the Easter Beagle will make the holiday a success when he arrives on Easter morning. After Linus' previous belief in the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and co. don't buy in to his ideas. Even Sally has trouble keeping the faith in her "sweet baboo" following her previous disillusionment at Halloween. Of course, by the time Easter morning arrives so does the Easter Beagle (Snoopy), just in time to distribute eggs.

"The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988)

Directed by Martin Scorsese, it's one of the more controversial retellings of Jesus' life, with Willem Dafoe as Jesus, Harvey Keitel as Judas Iscariot, Barbara Hershey as Mary Magdalene, David Bowie as Pontius Pilate, and Harry Dean Stanton as Paul. Throughout the film Jesus is tempted by the various sins he must overcome, including fear, doubt, depression, reluctance and lust.

"The Passion of the Christ" (2004)

Directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus, the film covers the final 12 hours of Jesus' life and was controversial for its use of language and depiction of violence. The entire dialogue is performed in the ancient languages of Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew, with Jesus' arrest, trial, torture, crucifixion and resurrection shown in graphic detail. "The Passion of the Chris" is still the most successful non-English language film ever at the box office, grossing more than $600 million worldwide.

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<![CDATA[Coachella Returns]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:09:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/181*120/cdd16.jpg 80,000 people are back in the desert -- taking in Weekend II of Coachella 2014 and seeing such artists as Bastille, Aloe Blacc and others.

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