<![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 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:18:05 -0400 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:18:05 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Led Zeppelin Sued Over "Stairway"]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:18:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Led+Zeppelin1.jpg

Led Zeppelin may not be able to buy a “Stairway to Heaven” after some current legal troubles over the iconic 1971 song. A lawsuit was filed in Pennsylvania against the influential English rock band and its music companies. Among the defendants are Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, Super Hype Publishing Inc., and Warner Music Group.

The lawsuit was filed in late May 2014 by the family members of Randy Craig Wolfe who claim that the music from “Stairway” actually came from the rock group Spirit, of which Wolfe (a.k.a. Randy California) was a founding member in 1967. They specialized in progressive, psychedelic, and hard rock.

They assert that Page stole the tune—particularly the guitar chords—from Spirit’s instrumental song "Tauru," which the late Wolfe wrote. While Zeppelin toured with them in 1968, Page was able to become familiar with their music. As a result, they discredit the story of how Page wrote “Stairway” while secluded in a remote cabin in Wales.

"What happened to Randy California and Spirit is wrong. Led Zeppelin needs to do the right thing and give credit where credit is due. Randy California deserves writing credit for “Stairway to Heaven” and to take his place as an author of Rock’s greatest song," wrote the plaintiff in an amended complaint.

The defendants claimed that, as British citizens, they hold no stake in Pennsylvania, and the case must be transferred or dismissed.

However, an amended complaint by the plaintiff states that they are under the jurisdiction of Eastern Pennsylvania and they "exploited" the song in the area for millions of dollars through CD sales, digital downloads, television play, and concert performances.

District Court Judge Juan Sánchez denied grounds for dismissal or transfer on Oct. 10.

This is not the first time the band has been accused of stealing songs. Sixteen of their songs have been accused of being lifted from musicians like Jake Holmes, Bobby Parker, and Ritchie Valens. Among them are “Communication Breakdown,” and “Whole Lotta Love.”

According to their "Claims For Relief," the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust will receive thousands, possibly millions, of dollars in damages if successful.



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<![CDATA[Soap Opera Actress Sentenced]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:59:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/10-18-14_crystal+hunt+soap+opera.jpg

A soap opera actress who has appeared on “One Life to Live” and “Guiding Light” was sentenced to probation Friday after prosecutors say she assaulted a woman at a bar in West Hollywood last year, prosecutors said.

Crystal Hunt, 29, pleaded no contest to one felony count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

In December 2013, Hunt allegedly threw a glass of water at a woman in a West Hollywood bar following a dispute, causing injuries to the victim’s face, officials said in the statement.

An LA Superior Court judge sentenced Hunt to three years of probation and 45 days of work for the California Department of Transportation, officials said.

Hunt will appear in the "Magic Mike" 2015 sequel and "23 Blast," scheduled to be released Oct. 24, according to the International Movie Database.
 



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<![CDATA["Egg Russian Roulette" With Bradley Cooper]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:16:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Bradley_Cooper_Tonight.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Bradley Cooper took turns smashing eggs on their heads without knowing which are cooked and which are raw on "The Tonight Show."

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<![CDATA[Halloween Goes Hollywood]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:06:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/halloween-costumes.jpg

Streets and sidewalks across the country will soon be filled with Elsas, Daeneryses and Leonardos.

That's if this year's early trends in Hollywood-inspired Halloween costumes hold strong through the arrival of the Oct. 31 holiday, and can stave off the growing interest in Ebola-inspired attire.

The popularity of Disney hit "Frozen," HBO series "Game of Thrones" and a big screen revival of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" are driving costume sales for Trick-or-Treaters across age spectra, retailers say.

The National Retail Federation estimated that 2.6 million children will dress up as a "Frozen" character, such as Snow Queen Elsa or Olaf the snowman, while about 1.8 million will choose crime-fighting reptiles Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello or Raphael. Seventy-five million adults are expected to pick a traditional get-up, such as a Batman, a pirate or a witch, retailers say they're seeing more requests for costumes inspired by some of the season's hottest TV shows and films.

"Without question, outfits inspired by movies and TV are the ones that have been flying out the door versus any pop culture sensation like Miley Cyrus," said Holly Botsford, public relations manager for BuyCostumes.com.

Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Jennifer Lawrence as "Hunger Games" heroine Katniss Everdeen or "X-Men's" Mystique, Black Widow from "Captain America" (Scarlett Johansson) and Zoe Saldana as Gamora from "Guardians of the Galaxy" lead Fandango's list of top-rated movie-inspired female Halloween costumes.

The movie ticket site surveyed more than a 1,000 film fans in the first week of October to discover Groot (Vin Diesel's character in "Guardians of the Galaxy"), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Ninja Turtles, Star-Lord ("Galaxy's" Chris Pratt) and Dracula were the most nominated male characters.

Spirit Halloween has named "Game of Thrones" and "The Walking Dead" characters as their top trends of 2014. The chain, which bills itself as North America's largest seasonal Halloween retailer, partnered with HBO to license outfits inspired by both shows.

“Those two series are very popular and are also very good for costumes,” said Lisa Barr, Spirit’s senior director of marketing & creative.

“People are posting online about entertainment, making a higher level of engagement in movies and television,” said Courtland Hickey, manager of Chicago Costume. “Everyone wants to wear a costume that everyone knows and now that social media has made these series well-known, people can wear outfits that everyone will recognize as one of those characters discussed online.”

The Hollywood trend has been seen in popular couples costumes like Khaleesi and Khal Drogo from “Game of Thrones," and the fictional character Rick Grimes and a zombie outfit from “The Walking Dead."

Want to dress your baby? Retailers say the character Olaf from "Frozen" and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle looks are popular costumes for infants. Pets? Cats and dogs can also join in on the fun with a "Despicable Me" minion costume or outfits inspired by "Ghostbusters." Fandango's top-rated kid's costumes for 2014 in descending order are Olaf, a minion, the Ninja Turtles, "Frozen's" Elsa and Spider-Man.

A trending, though arguably insensitive, costume idea has even received its own Hollywood spin. Ricky's, a beauty shop chain in New York City that offers a wide range of costumes, has received Ebola costume requests on a daily basis, President Richard Parrot said. Although they have decided not to offer one, customers have been using hazmat "Breaking Bad" suits as a substitute. 

Too soon? Not at web retailer BrandsOnSale. They offer an Ebola Containment Suit costume for $79.99. "You are sure to be prepared if any outbreak happens at your Halloween party. This will literally be the most 'viral' costume of the year," reads the outfit's description.

"We don't stray away from anything that's current or controversial or anything like that," BrandsOnSale chief executive Johnathon Weeks told The Associated Press. Though Weeks admits the costume has been received with outrage by some members of the public, he says it is now the item on his site most shared on social media.

Overall, consumers are expected to shell out a lot of cash on Halloween, with The National Retail Federation projecting that people will spend $7.4 billion in 2014. The organization's president and CEO Matthew Shay said in a news release that "there will be a record number of consumers taking to the streets, visiting haunted houses and throwing unforgettable celebrations."



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<![CDATA[Fallon: Jason Schwartzman Impersonated Anthony Kiedis]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:36:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/JasonSchwartzman.jpg Jimmy talks with Jason Schwartzman about his movie "Listen Up Philip" and the time he pretended to be Red Hot Chili Peppers' frontman for a confused fan.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Fred Armisen Conducted a Seance]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:06:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/457274852.jpg Fred Armisen bought a Oujia board and contacted the comedian W.C. Fields. Watch the video and find out what they “talked” about. ]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Rachel Maddow on the Problem With Democrats]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:57:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/211*120/RachelmaddowDems.jpg Rachel Maddow explains what the Democratic party is doing wrong and what she does to get through election night coverage. ]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Rachel Maddow on Midterm Antics]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:52:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/209*120/Rachelmaddowelec.jpg Rachel Maddow talks to Seth Meyers talks about this year’s craziest midterm election antics, including “fan gate.” ]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Matt Ryan Talks On-Stage Pranks]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:48:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/MattRyan2.jpg Matt Ryan talks to Seth Meyers about working with The Royal Shakespeare Company, and the real reason why he had to change his name.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Ryan Talks "Constantine"]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:03:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/211*120/MattRyan1.jpg Matt Ryan chats with Seth Meyers about playing John Constantine in "Constantine" and the $500 lesson he learned in an Atlanta Hotel during production.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Fred Talks "Big Game Hunting"]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:43:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/457274824.jpg Fred Armisen reveals his favorite weekend pass time "Big Game Hunting." If anyone finds any board games tied together with corn husks, please return to Fred. ]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Seth's Rant Against Math]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:06:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sethmeyers+2.png Seth Meyers hates math so much that he kind of lost it on "Late Night."]]> <![CDATA[Fallon's "Breakdance Conversation" with Brad Pitt]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:05:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-10-16+at+5.23.56+AM.png Jimmy Fallon and Brad Pitt don’t need to talk in order to communicate. Check out their "breakdance conversation" from the basement of 30 Rock in New York City. ]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: Pumpkin Time Bomb with Shailene Woodley]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:02:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/Shailene+Woodley.jpg On "The Tonight Show" Wednesday, Jimmy Fallon and Shailene Woodley chat about Halloween while placing rubber bands around a pumpkin until it explodes without warning.

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<![CDATA[Michael Keaton's "Birdman" Flight]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:40:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Micahel+Keaton+Birdman.jpg

Michael Keaton hasn't won an Oscar – he’s never even been nominated – and his days as a big box office draw are two decades in the Gotham City wind. But he stands undefeated as a pivotal figure in modern movie history.  

His classic turn as Batman a quarter-century ago kicked off the cinematic superhero craze that's taken over movie theaters and is threatening to subsume TV, whose latest offerings include Fox’s Caped Crusader backstory drama “Gotham.” Even more gripping than Keaton’s gravelly voiced, butt-kicking Batman was his take on Bruce Wayne, the soft-spoken, but tormented rich guy behind the mask. The film, under Tim Burton’s direction, helped create a thirst for character-driven antihero-superhero fare rendered in lines far grayer than splashy comic book colors.

Keaton makes a semi-return to the genre this week – not as the Dark Knight, but as the living dark side of actors who get typecast as superheroes. "Birdman," which opens Friday, features Keaton as a Hollywood has-been who embarks on a challenging Broadway show as he's haunted by his seemingly inescapable past success as a big screen avian hero.

The film – whose full title is "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" – is generating buzz, sending hopes soaring that Keaton might capture overdue recognition for an acting career that deserves to be defined by more than a bat suit.

Embracing the meta premise of "Birdman" marks a bold move for the 63-year-old performer, who has long shown a gutsy streak akin to Batman’s. From the start, Keaton tackled a range of roles, scoring early success in disparate flicks like the amiable domestic comedy “Mr. Mom,” the emotional drama “Clean and Sober” and the horror-comedy “Beetlejuice.” The first Batman movie marked his biggest departure, and his casting initially infuriated fan boys who bemoaned Keaton’s perceived inability to infuse the character with the necessary brooding macho. His performance proved naysayers wrong.

His only braver move than taking the part was giving it up after 1992’s “Batman Returns,” turning down a reported $15 million to star in a third installment.

Keaton never disappeared, but his box office pull waned as he tackled a new range of roles, running from the compelling small film “Game 6” to the Disney family comedy “Herbie: Fully Loaded.” He’s morphed into a strong character actor unafraid to look less than his best, as he proved most recently by playing a moronic, disheveled yokel in Larry David's 2013 HBO comedy movie “Clear History.”

Judging from the stunning (and NSFW) "Birdman" trailer, any remnants of movie star ego disappear with Keaton's less-than-buff Riggan Thomson character running through Times Square in his underwear to the cheers of Birdman fans.

Part of us – and part of him – want to see him back in the costume, whether we’re talking about Keaton or his new alter ego, Thomson. Keaton, who may be forever associated with Batman’s cowl, clearly isn’t afraid to expose himself. “Birdman” won't be his next “Batman,” but hopefully rather a Phoenix that carries him up to where he belongs. 

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multimedia 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[Michelle Obama’s "Turn Down For What" Viral Vine]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:45:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/obama-turnip.jpg

First lady Michelle Obama didn't turn down the chance to promote a healthy diet and exercise Tuesday when she recorded a Vine video set to DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s popular tune “Turn Down for What” that quickly went viral.

The White House posted Obama's 6-second video in response to a question from Iman Crosson, an actor known for impersonating President Barack Obama. Crosson asked, “How many calories do you burn every time you ‘turn up’?!”

The FLOTUS playfully replied, “Turnip for what?” while holding a turnip and jamming to the popular song.

Obama was taking part in a White House Q&A on Vine using the hashtag #AskTheFirstLady, answering questions about her favorite vegetables and offering advice on ways to encourage kids to exercise.

This isn’t the first time Obama has used pop culture references to promote a healthier diet. In February, she starred alongside Jimmy Fallon and Will Ferrell in the skit called “Ew!” on “The Tonight Show.”

And last year, the Let’s Move! founder showed some of her moves in a skit called “The Evolution of Mom Dancing” on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."



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<![CDATA[Nasim Pedrad Has an Embarrassing Family]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:10:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NasimFamily.jpg Nasim Pedrad talks to Seth about her new show "Mulaney," and the many ways her parents have embarrassed her over the years.]]> <![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon Fires Rose, the Camerawoman]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:43:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Fires+Rose.jpg Jimmy gets inspired after learning Shonda Rhimes doesn't put up with divas on her set, so he fires his camerawoman mid-monologue. Watch to see Rose's reaction.

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<![CDATA[Meyers: Dane Cook Talks SNL Dreams]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:49:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/DaneCookSNL.jpg When Dane Cook hosted SNL, he finally found out what's behind the host's entrance door and begged got Don Pardo to swear.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Nasim Pedrad's Tinder Advice]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:42:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/211*120/Nasim+Tinder.jpg Nasim Pedra gives Tinder advice: Don’t go with a picture of yourself in a canoe, guys.

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<![CDATA[Meyers: Nasim Pedrad's Arianna Huffington Impression]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:17:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nasim_Pedrad_HuffPo_1200x675_342721091891.jpg Nasim Pedrad tells Seth Meyers that her famous Arianna Huffington impression would never have happened if it wasn't for Bill Hader's eye infection. ]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Dane Cook on Latest Stand-Up Special ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:18:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DaneCookStandup.jpg Dane Cook reveals to Seth Meyers that his latest stand-up special was almost a "complete disaster." ]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: "Box of Lies" with Emma Stone]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:41:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/EmmaStone+Fallon.jpg

Emma Stone proved to Jimmy Fallon just how awful she is at lying in a game of “Box of Lies.”

"The Amazing Spider-Man” actress stopped by “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday and announced that she will be making her Broadway debut in “Cabaret” on Nov. 11, replacing Michelle Williams in the role of Sally Bowles.

Stone also revealed just how difficult it was shooting long continuous scenes for her latest project “Birdman.”

“Making this movie, and what we had to contend with as actors, needing to rely on each other the way that a company does, is incredibly helpful now going into theater,” she said.

Fallon and Stone then took turns trying to stump each other in a game of “Box of Lies,” where both players picked a box and either described what was inside, or made up a lie about the contents. If the other player could correctly guess whether the description was the truth or a lie, that player won.

"I love to lip-sync, but I am a terrible liar," Stone admitted. "So this is a bad game for me."

Stone went first, but Fallon saw through her tall tale and called out her lie. When the tables were turned the “Tonight Show” host won by convincing Stone that a fake hand wearing a wristwatch was actually a plate with a tiny squirrel surfing on a piece of lettuce.

"I won, I won, I won," he cheered.

"You deserved it," Emma smiled clapping her hands.



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<![CDATA[Celebs Dressed Up as Other Celebs for Halloween]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:37:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lauer-paris.jpg

Everyday revelers aren't the only trick-or-treaters looking to Hollywood for Halloween costume inspiration.

Each year, a number of celebrities grab headlines and social media likes for dressing up as fellow famous folk come Allhallows Eve. Here's a look at some of the best Halloween doppelgangers from recent years"

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres dressed up as rapper Nicki Minaj in 2013. The costume was inspired by what Minaj wore when she appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” earlier that year.

The 56-year-old comedian also dressed up as “Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara in a recreated teal Zuhair Murad dress the actress wore to the Emmy Awards.

Miley Cyrus

For two years in a row, Miley Cyrus dressed as two of the most famous female rappers: Nicki Minaj and Lil' Kim. In 2012, Cyrus wore a leopard-printed bodysuit with a bright yellow wig and candy colored makeup. A year later, the 22-year-old singer was the spitting image of Lil' Kim dressed in her infamous purple jumpsuit from the 1999 Video Music Awards.

Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton was one of many who dressed up as Miley Cyrus in 2013 following the singer's notorious twerk-filled VMA's performance. "The Simple Life" star dressed in the singer's grey bear leotard and twisted her hair into two spikey buns when she attended Hugh Heffner’s Halloween party at the Playboy mansion.

That same year, the 33-year-old attended the 3rd Annual Trick or Treats! Halloween Party dressed as another famous female artist, Madonna.


Kelly Ripa


In 2011, Kelly Ripa and Nick Lachey dressed as Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, with Ripa wearing a white wedding gown and a dark wig, and Lachey in a white tuxedo and black trousers. Ironically, that same day, the reality-show star and NBA player announced the end of their 72-day marriage.

Honey Boo Boo

From one reality show family to another: the Honey Boo Boo clan kept up with the Kardashians by dressing as the entire family in 2013.

Matt Lauer

Matt Lauer stole the show when he dressed as Pamela Anderson from "Baywatch" in 2013 alongside the rest of "The Today Show" cast. During the show, Lauer even attempted his very own slow-motion run in the iconic red swimsuit.

Nicole Richie

Also in 2013, Nicole Richie and a friend recreated “your favorite #Twins Arnold Schwarzenegger & Danny DeVito” from the 1988 film.

 
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Matthew Morrison

In 2012, "Glee" star Matthew Morrison threw it back to the N'Sync days by dressing as Justin Timberlake. Morrison wore a yellow bandana, tinted sunglasses, a blousy white shirt, a double-layered vest, and baggy denim.


Kris Jenner and Kelly Osbourne

Kris Jenner and Kelly Osbourne dressed up as Korean singer/rapper PSY and Katy Perry on Fashion Police.

Fergie as Lindsey Lohan

Lindsey Lohan played both twins in "The Parent Trap," but perhaps she has a twin in real life. Fergie sported a perfect Lohan look when she dressed as the actress in 2012, wearing a long blonde wig and floral robe.



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