<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usThu, 23 Feb 2017 04:40:39 -0500Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:40:39 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump's Immigration Policies]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:23:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Seth+Meyers+closer+look+trump.jpg

Host Seth Meyers talks about the Trump administration's major changes, which include ramping up deportation enforcement.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon's Monologue Takes On Trump, Spicer, GOP]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:16:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FALLON_GettyImages-528518222.jpg

Jimmy Fallon kicks off the "Tonight Show" with some jokes about President Trump's frequent vacations, Sean Spicer's press briefings and angry town halls.



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<![CDATA['Tonight': Egg Russian Roulette With Neil Patrick Harris]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:25:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/neilpatrickharris-on-tonight.jpg

Neil Patrick Harris and Jimmy Fallon take turns smashing eggs on their heads without knowing which are cooked and which are raw.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Terry Crews Says Fart Jokes Work]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 02:40:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/terry-crews-on-late-night.jpg

Seth Meyers sits down with Terry Crews, who is still surprised that he, his fart jokes and his 'Brooklyn Nine Nine' crew won a Golden Globe Award.

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: 2017 BRIT Awards]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:32:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-643878092.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[HBO Releases Trailer for UConn Women's Basketball Doc]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:57:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/uconnhbo.jpg

As if the march to their 100th consecutive victory wasn't impressive enough, now the women of UConn are getting the HBO treatment. HBO just released the trailer for "UConn: The March to Madness."

HBO cameras have been following the Huskies around much of the season. UConn is 26-0 and just last week won its 100th consecutive game with a victory over South Carolina.

"No one expects you to be perfect... except us," says coach Geno Auriemma in the minute-long teaser trailer. "That's what's gotten us to where we are today."

The HBO show debuts March 1. Half-hour episodes will thenair each Wednesday during the NCAA Tournament.



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<![CDATA[Rihanna Named Harvard's Humanitarian of the Year]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:49:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/topEnt-GettyImages-512067286.jpg

Rihanna may be known for her music, but now she’s being celebrated for a different kind of achievement — her humanitarian work.

Harvard announced Wednesday that the singer was named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year.

"Rihanna has charitably built a state-of- the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados," said Harvard Foundation director S. Allen Counter.

Rihanna also created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program for students from the Caribbean who attend college in the U.S, and is a supporter of the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project. The project aims to provide children with access to education in more than 60 developing countries.

She'll be presented with the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Sanders Theatre. 



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<![CDATA[Welcome Back: Guthrie Returning to 'Today' March 3]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:20:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/savannah-guthrie-0607.jpg

After having her second child, Charles Max Feldman, in December, Savannah Guthrie tweeted on Wednesday that she would be returning to the “Today Show” in March.

Posting a photo of her with “Charley,” she said, “Hey, little one, you’re not the *only* good reason to wake up early!! I’m headed back to @TODAYshow March 3! Excited to see you all!”

Guthrie has been off the show since Dec. 2. The news of her return comes just one day after her fellow NBC star, Hoda Kotb, announced that she adopted a child on Tuesday. Guthrie tweeted that she was "overjoyed" by the news. 



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<![CDATA[Five Things to Watch for at the Oscars]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:34:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/oscars-edited.jpg

"La La Land," with its record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, could turn acceptance speeches at Sunday's Academy Awards into the same old song and dance.

But it's far from certain that the movie musical will capture all the Oscar drama.

Here are five things to watch for at Sunday night's ceremony, to be broadcast on ABC:

Jimmying Open the Show
First-time Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel takes the stage of the Dolby Theatre seven weeks after his late night rival Jimmy Fallon's strong performance at the Golden Globes.

Kimmel doesn't possess the musical comedy chops of Fallon, who opened the Globes with an elaborate "La La Land” parody, or of past Oscars hosts like Billy Crystal, Neil Patrick Harris and Hugh Jackman.

But look for Kimmel, whose post-show movie parody videos earned more laughs than some Oscars hosts of recent years, to assemble a top-notch cameo-filled reel for prime time. Last year's gem – a satire of "The Producers" called "Trumped" – proved both funny and prescient. 

Political Floorshow
"Trumped" aside, Kimmel's not known as a particularly political comedian. But it's a good bet that President Trump's name – and policies – will be on the lips of some winners.

The first Reality-TV president has loomed throughout the awards season – from Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech likening him to a bully to Busta Rhymes rapping about "President Agent Orange" at the Grammys.

A suggested play-at-home Oscars game: Count whether "La La Land" or Trump gets more mentions.

Will "Bonnie and Clyde" Steal the Show?
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, co-stars of "Bonnie and Clyde," might reunite a half-century later to present the Best Picture statuette, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

The news spurred hopes that other stars from the classic crop of 1967 Best Picture nominees will appear.

The wish list includes Dustin Hoffman ("The Graduate") and Sidney Poitier ("Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner" and Best Picture winner "In the Heat of the Night"), who turned 90 this week. 

#OscarsNotAsWhite
Last year's troubling lack of recognition for performers and filmmakers of color spurred the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite – and calls for a boycott.

The nominations this time around better reflect Hollywood's quality output – as well as the country’s population. Seven of the 20 acting nominations went to actors of color. Meanwhile, four of the nine best picture nominees feature non-white primary protagonists. 

Denzel Washington's brilliant turn in "Fences" would be a Best Actor lock most years, though Casey Affleck's chilling turn in "Manchester by the Sea" makes for a tight race.

Viola Davis is a Best Supporting Actress favorite for "Fences," though it’s puzzling that she wasn’t put up for Best Actress. Speaking of which: The most glaring snub of awards season remains Oscar voters' failure to nominate Taraji P. Henson for "Hidden Figures."

"La La”-Land Grab
"La La Land," a fine but flawed film, captured the imagination of Hollywood, which tends to reward movies about the entertainment industry (“Birdman” and “The Artist” are the two most recent examples of good films enshrined in greatness with Best Picture victories). 

But anything could happen, given this year’s crowded field of nine nominated movies  – even if might be folly to hope for a surprising and satisfying Hollywood ending.

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Selena Gomez Selling Fort Worth Home]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:49:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Gomez_Thumb.jpg Pop star Selena Gomez is selling her 10,000 square foot Fort Worth dream home. You can come and get it, for a cool $3 million.

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<![CDATA[ 'Little People' Stars Jeremy, Audrey Roloff Expecting Baby]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:40:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/littlepeoplebigworld.jpg

"Little People, Big World" stars Jeremy and Audrey Roloff are expecting their first child together.

The pair tells Us Weekly that Audrey Roloff discovered she was pregnant after returning home from a gender reveal party for Jeremy's twin brother, Zach Roloff, and his wife, Tori, who are expecting a baby boy in May.

She says she "was so surprised" after seeing a positive result on a pregnancy test. The 25-year-old says it could be the start of a large family. She says she wants "at least four" children.

The baby is due on Sept. 1.



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<![CDATA[Jay Z to Become 1st Rapper in Songwriters Hall of Fame ]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:26:52 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/JayZ-black-lives-song.jpg

Jay Z is set to become the first rapper ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Songwriters Hall announced Wednesday that songwriting heavyweights in the industry, including Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Max Martin and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will also be part of its 2017 class.

The organization's 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place June 15 in New York.

Chicago band members Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera, along with Motown founder Berry Gordy, who deferred his induction in 2016, will also be inducted.

Jay Z is the first rapper to be nominated for the Songwriters Hall. Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years. Jay Z released his debut album "Reasonable Doubt" in 1996.



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<![CDATA[Jordan Peele Turns Focus to Directing in 'Get Out' ]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:03:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/get+out+of+my+face.jpg

Jordan Peele is "kind of done" with performing.

While that might be a dagger in the hearts of fans who came to know and love Peele as an uncannily calm Barack Obama, the endlessly annoying Meegan or any of the other characters he played in the sketch comedy series "Key & Peele," the good news is that he's still in the business of entertaining. He's just taking a seat behind the camera. The better news? He's really good at it.

His directorial debut, "Get Out," in theaters Friday, is one of those rare creations that functions both as a taut psychological thriller and as searing social commentary about racism in the modern era. The premise is simple: A black man, Chris, (Daniel Kaluuya) goes upstate with his white girlfriend, Rose, (Allison Williams) to meet her parents (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener) and things get weird. It's been described as "The Stepford Wives" meets "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."

Peele, who also wrote the film, isn't necessarily commenting on interracial relationships directly. His mother is white, as is his wife, comedian Chelsea Peretti — although he met her after it was written. Instead, it's in part based on the experience of being the only black man at an event full of mostly older, white people.

"There's a desire to connect that is sweet and endearing, but I wanted with this movie to show how you experience it different from our perspective," Peele said. "It's one thing to have one conversation with somebody but when every conversation you're having begins to resemble that conversation you begin to realize that you are being seen as other... it's at least a reminder that we're not past race."

Like "Scream," ''Get Out " is a satire with "full thriller vocabulary."

Peele was unabashed in referencing his influences during filming — often telling his production designer that he wanted one thing to feel very David Lynch and another to have more of a David Cronenberg vibe. He described it as pooling his influences and melting them down to create something new.

"(Quentin) Tarantino is the guy who taught me with the most clarity that you don't have to be afraid of your influences in order to create something absolutely new," Peele said. "I mean, what is more unique than 'Pulp Fiction' and what is also simultaneously more derivative? I think that's something very freeing for artists to realize. There's no way to escape that which formed you as an artist."

Peele is a lifetime fan of horror films and thrillers and on one level wanted to make something for the underserved black audience — but not exclusively so.

"The black horror movie audience is a very loyal fan base," Peele said. "We come out and we enjoy horror movies and there's this extreme lack of representation of black characters, black protagonists, but also the values that you see demonstrated in a theater — people yelling at the screen, 'get out! Get out of the house!'"

That's part of the reason Peele created the character of Chris's friend (played by comedian Lil Rel Howery), who serves as the voice of reason and caution. He's warns his friend not to go and demands he leave when things seem off.

"There's an element to being African-American where you are perceptive to things that somebody else may not be," Peele said. "That, to me, became a cool special power and kind of helped justify what would make a horror movie with black people in it unique."

But it was also important to Peele that "Get Out" wasn't "just a black movie."

"It had to be an inclusive film. If it doesn't work for everybody then it's not worth it There's this mix of the movie itself being about the fact that there's never been a movie like this," he said. "Part of what's special about this movie is that it is about representation. It's about giving someone like me a chance and a platform to make a movie from my perspective and trust that an audience will come and see it."

The same theory applied to casting his lead actor, Kaluuya, a name likely unfamiliar to most audiences. You might recognize him — he was in the TV show "Skins," and in films like "Sicario" and "Kick-Ass 2" — but he hasn't had the chance to stand out on his own yet. Peele realized early on that there wasn't a large pool of 26-year-old African-American leading men to drawn from.

"When I was putting this movie together, the black actors who are this age that would have been considered stars of films were Michael B. Jordan, maybe Chadwick Boseman and ... you got any more?" Peele said. "We very quickly realized that the only answer here is somebody who is a star but who we haven't seen get to be a star yet."

But Peele is optimistic. He sees a renaissance happening in Hollywood where people are finally being given chances, apparent in the rise of talents like Donald Glover and the worldwide success of films like "Straight Outta Compton."

"That's why it's cool to be in the industry right now," he said. "You see the emergence of people who should have been in the picture the whole time."



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<![CDATA['Snubbed' Bill Cosby Slams NBC Following Anniversary Special]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:50:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/COSBY_AP_16306785825662.jpg

Bill Cosby took to social media Wednesday to slam NBC for what he believes was an attempt to snub his connection to the network during a recent 90th anniversary special celebrating the NBC programming.

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With the hashtags #legacycan'tbeabolished and #theworldseesthetruth Cosby retweeted an article headlined that he was "snubbed" during the special.

He later tweeted #NoBillCosby (NBC).

Cosby helmed both "The Cosby Show" on NBC from 1984-1992 and co-starred on "I Spy," which also aired on the network from 1965 to 1968.

Cosby, 79, was charged with aggravated sexual assault on Dec. 30, 2015, just days before the 12-year statute of limitations would have run out over a 2004 encounter at his estate near Philadelphia.  He is scheduled to go on trial in June. Cosby has denied all allegations of sexual assault.

NBC had no response to Cosby's tweet when asked for comment.



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<![CDATA['This Is Us' Cast Discuss Emotional Fallout From Episode]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:09:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/thisisuspresstour.jpg

Sterling K. Brown and Ron Cephas Jones discuss the emotional fallout from Tuesday's episode.



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<![CDATA[Harrison Ford's Near-Miss Landing]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:41:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Harrison_Ford_Video_for_Facebook_1_1200x675_882150979739.jpg

Cameras trained on the runways at John Wayne Airport in Orange County captured Harrison Ford's taxiway landing on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Gwen Stefani Goes Up Against Blake Shelton on 'The Voice']]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:12:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/gwen-stefani-late-night.jpg

Gwen Stefani talked with Seth Meyers about working with her boyfriend, Blake Shelton, who she said is "in trouble" on this season of "The Voice."

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Seth Meyers Makes the Perfect Oscar Film]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:41:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/seth-meyers-oscar-bait.jpg

Seth Meyers debuts his latest project, "Oscar Bait," the perfect Oscar film released shamelessly right before Oscar season.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon as Trump Unveils 'Trump News Network']]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:26:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/jimmy-fallon-as-trump.jpg

Jimmy Fallon takes on the Donald Trump character once again to address the issue of fake news and announce his very own news network.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Milo Ventimiglia Is Team Jack Pearson]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:54:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Milo-Ventimiglia-Tonight-Show.jpg

Milo Ventimiglia brainstorms a more exciting lie for how his arm ended up in a cast, brings Jimmy Fallon some gifts from his NBC drama "This Is Us" and reveals why he's not #TeamJess on Gilmore Girls.

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<![CDATA[Ready or Not! Lauryn Hill Welcomes First Grandchild]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:43:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/laurynhill2.jpg

Lauryn Hill is facing one of the hardest decisions of her life: whether to go by Nana, Nai Nai or Gramms, after her six Grammy awards.

The singer/songwriter welcomed her first grandchild at the ripe young age of 41, courtesy of her 19-year-old son, Zion Marley, according to Billboard. Zion is one of five children Hill has with Rohan Marley, the child of reggae sensation Bob Marley. 

Zion posted photos with his newborn, Zephaniah, and lauded his baby’s mother, whose name has not been disclosed.

“Thank you for bearing him and putting up w everything I put you thru.. idk how you do it but you deserve all the love and all the respect.. you are a WARRIOR bringing in little ‘Zeph Curry,’” Zion captioned a photo of his partner.

Hill has yet to publicly comment on her new grandmother status. 



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<![CDATA['This is Us' Cast Warns Viewers to Prepare for Tearjerker ]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:55:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/thisisuspresstour.jpg

Get the tissues ready.  

Cast members of the NBC hit "This is Us" took to social media en masse to warn viewers to buckle up for a particularly emotional episode Tuesday night. 

Mild spoiler ahead.

The episode appears to prominently feature Sterling K. Brown's Randall Pearson and his ailing father, William Hill, played by Ron Cephas Jones.

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<![CDATA[Judge Orders Chris Brown to Stay Away From Karrueche Tran]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:42:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/newtran.jpg

A judge has ordered R&B singer Chris Brown to stay away from his ex-girlfriend after she accused him of repeatedly threatening her.

The Grammy winner was ordered to stay 100 yards away from Karrueche Tran and make no attempt to contact her.

The order also calls for Brown to surrender any firearms he has until a March 9 hearing on the restraining order.

Tran wrote in court documents that Brown has repeatedly threatened her since December in text messages and through friends.

An email message sent to Brown's attorney Mark Geragos was not immediately returned.

The order, which was granted Friday, was first reported Tuesday by celebrity website TMZ.



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<![CDATA[Magic Johnson Takes Lakers Reins Amid Front Office Shakeup]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:53:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lakers-shakeup.jpg

Lakers legend and NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson has been named president of basketball operations in a major front office restructuring for the storied franchise.

General manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss, team president Jeannie Buss' brother, have been relieved of their duties, the Lakers announced Tuesday. The restructuring comes during the worst four-year stretch in franchise history.

"Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers to the heights Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect," Jeanie Buss said. "Effective immediately, Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me."

Kupchak had been the 16-time NBA champion franchise's GM since 2000, when Jerry West left the club. He had been in the front office for three decades, including the last 17 as general manager -- the league's longest current stretch as front office chief. 

Jim Buss had been in the team's front office for 19 years. 

The team has already started a search for a new general manager, the result of which will be announced in "short order," Jeanie Buss added.

Johnson, a beloved fan-favorite who guided the team to five league titles during his 13 NBA seasons, said he hopes to restore the franchise's mystique fter four straight losing seasons.

"It's a dream come true to return to the Lakers as President of Basketball Operations working closely with Jeanie Buss and the Buss family," said Johnson. "Since 1979, I've been a part of the Laker Nation and I'm passionate about this organization. I will do everything I can to build a winning culture on and off the court. We have a great coach in Luke Walton and good young players. We will work tirelessly to return our Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions." 

The Lakers are 19-39 this season after an encouraging start under first-year head coach Walton. They finished 17-65 last season, a franchise low in the last year of Kobe Bryant's two decades with the team.

The Lakers clinched back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010, but then descended to the depths of the NBA -- a dramatic reversal of fortunes for one of the NBA most popular and successful franchises. After an extraordinary trade for Pau Gasol propelled the Lakers to three straight NBA Finals appearances, Kupchak and Jim Buss made a series of high-profile personnel moves that did not pan out. 

They made a pricey trade for Dwight Howard, who fled the franchise after one year, and another deal for Steve Nash, who barely played thanks to back woes. The Lakers are still feeling the effects of that deal, which will cost them their first-round pick this summer if it isn't in the top three.

The front officer moves come two days before the league's trade deadline. 

This will be Johnson's first foray into a decision-making NBA executive role, but he has been a successful businessman and investor since his playing career ended. He also briefly coached the Lakers, but dropped his ceremonial title as a team vice president last June after his frequent criticisms of Jim Buss and former coaches.

He sold his ownership stake in 2010.

The Lakers' recent ineptitude didn't hurt their place as Los Angeles' most beloved sports franchise and a worldwide brand, but Jeanie Buss finally tired of the apparent lack of progress. The Lakers have a talented young core with D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson, but haven't been able to translate that potential into wins despite playing an exciting style under Walton.

The team also parted ways with Vice President of Public Relations John Black.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Jay-Z Reportedly Starting Venture Capital Fund ]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:46:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/492684008-Jay-Z-Copyright-Lawsuit.jpg

Some rappers start clothing lines. Others start venture capital funds.

Rapper Jay Z is putting his money to work in start-up and technology investing, Axios reported on Tuesday, according to NBC News.

Unnamed sources told Axios that Jay Z, born as Shawn Carter, will partner with venture capital firm Sherpa Capital, which has invested in companies like Uber, Airbnb and Slack.

The "99 Problems" singer — who is married to pop star Beyonce — is no stranger to the business world.

Jay-Z's entertainment company, Roc Nation, has made some investments in tech startups such as private-jet rental company BlackJet and French audio equipment company Devialet, according to Crunchbase. Jay-Z will partner with Roc Nation president Jay Brown for the new fund, the report says.



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<![CDATA[Not Quitting His Day Job: Hanks' Debut Book Due in October ]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:42:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tomhanksrap.jpg

Tom Hanks is putting his love of vintage typewriters to good use: his collection of short stories will be published in October.

The Oscar-winning actor's first book, "UNCOMMON TYPE: Some Stories," features 17 stories, each in some way involving a different typewriter. It's due out Oct. 24 from Alfred A. Knopf, the publisher said Tuesday.

Among the stories written by Hanks, who owns over 100 typewriters, is one about an immigrant arriving in New York City, another about a bowler who becomes a celebrity and another about an eccentric billionaire.

Hanks said in a statement that he began work on the stories in 2015: "I wrote in hotels during press tours. I wrote on vacation. I wrote on planes, at home, and in the office."



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<![CDATA[Issa Rae Feels 'Validated' by Black Women in Hollywood Honor]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:31:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/issaraeshot.jpg

When Issa Rae watched Oprah Winfrey being honored at Essence magazine's Black Women in Hollywood Awards last year, the actress hoped she would one day be recognized in the same fashion. But she didn't think it would come this soon.

Rae, Janelle Monae, Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi will be honored Thursday in Los Angeles at the magazine's 10th annual awards. Past honorees include Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis, Halle Berry, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer.

"I used to say, 'It would be so cool to be up there,' but I didn't imagine it now," Rae, creator and star of HBO's "Insecure," said in a phone interview. "I was thinking maybe after a couple more films, a couple TV shows under my belt. ... That's really what I thought. It's just so encouraging to be awarded so early in my career. But that's what Essence does. It gets behind and supports black women. Now I feel like I can be on that journey."

This year's awards recognize "Hollywood's Next Generation."

Singer-actress Monae starred in two films up for best picture at the Oscars, "Hidden Figures" and "Moonlight." King is featured on television's "How to Get Away With Murder" and Shahidi appears on the sitcom "black-ish."

"These women are making their own waves," said Vanessa K. De Luca, editor-in-chief at Essence. "We think about who's had a stellar year. We think about who's been working quietly behind the scenes forever and deserves recognition. We think about who are going to be the women to pick up the mantle. We think about who are new and next. This year, we are taking a look at the new Hollywood."

De Luca said the awards provide an opportunity for the actresses to network with each other. She said many carve out time in their schedules to make sure they attend the awards, an event Winfrey has called "a sacred place" for black women.

Rae is one of them. The actresses-writer-director calls the event a "bonding experience."

And she feels validated by the recognition.

"It shows I'm on the right path," she said. "This is basically telling me, 'Hey girl, You're up next.'"



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<![CDATA['Today' Anchor Hoda Kotb Adopts 'Valentine's Baby' Girl]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:01:43 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hoda-and-baby.jpg

Hoda Kotb has welcomed a baby girl to her family.

The "Today" anchor announced Tuesday that she's become a mom after adopting baby Haley Joy Kotb. 

"She is the love of my life," Kotb told her NBC colleagues by phone, her voice breaking with emotion several times. 

Kotb, 52, lives with boyfriend Joe Schiffman, who she has been dating since 2013, Today.com reported. Schiffman is a New York-based financial executive. 

Kotb was previously married for two years, having met and divorced her husband on Valentine's Day. 

Asked how old little Haley was, Kotb said on "Today" that her child was a "Valentine's baby."



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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump's Attacks on the Press]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:30:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Seth+Meyers+closer+look+trump.jpg

Host Seth Meyers breaks down the recent dealings of President Trump, which include ordering meatloaf for Chris Christie, attacking the press and finding a replacement national security adviser.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Anna Kendrick Will Never Be Your Bridesmaid]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:29:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Anna-Kendrick-on-Late-Night.jpg

Host Seth Meyers sits down with actress Anna Kendrick, who hates going to weddings, tries not to be invited to them and will never participate in them.

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<![CDATA[Frances Bean Cobain Pays Tribute to Father on his 50th Birthday]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:44:20 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cobain+collage.jpg

Frances Bean Cobain paid tribute to her father, Kurt Cobain, with a note posted to Instagram for what would have been his 50th birthday. The Nirvana frontman died in 1994.

"Today would have been your 50th Birthday

You are loved and you are missed

Thank you for giving me

The GIFT of Life

Forever your Daughter, Frances Bean Cobain."

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Cobain, who had mounting drug issues in the last years of his life, died of a shotgun wound to the head. His death was ruled a suicide.

Frances Bean, whose mother is musician and Cobain's former wife Courtney Love, was two years old when her father died.

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<![CDATA[Metal Show Canceled Amid Threats]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:02:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2-18-17_Oakland_Metro_Operahouse.jpg

A Swedish heavy metal band scheduled to rock the Metro Operahouse in Oakland Saturday night didn't even see the stage.

That's because police were worried about public safety after reports surfaced that the band, coined Marduk, has ties to white supremacy and anti-Semitism. Those reports materialized into threats directed at the Oakland Metro Operahouse.

Out of an abundance of caution to protect employees and the public from any potential harm carried out by protesters decrying the band, the Oakland Police Department advised the Oakland Metro Operahouse to call off the event.

The music hall did investigate the band and found no evidence to suggest that the band has a history of controversial behavior.

"In the last week, we have read interview after interview with Marduk spanning over the last 20 years and found no statements indicating the band are white supremacists, nationalists, or anti-immigrant," a statement published on the Oakland Metro Operhouse Facebook page read.

However, in the wake of protests that erupted on the UC Berkeley campus surrounding Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopolous' scheduled visit, police still urged the hosts to cancel the event in the name of public safety.

Police also stated that the Oakland Metro Operahouse did not give the department's Special Events Unit ample time to create a thorough security plan.

Droves of frustrated and impassioned fans took to Facebook to voice their displeasure with the cancelation and the police department's treatment of the band.

"There goes freedom of speech," Manuel Sosa wrote.

Christian Becerra, claiming to be a fan of the band since 2002, added that Marduk is "not a racist band."

Dozens of people unaware that the show had been canceled showed up to a dark venue full of questions and complaints.

"They try to close down a local death metal show that has nothing to do with anything," Robert Burton from Concord said. "Nobody's a Nazi here."



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