<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usSat, 01 Oct 2016 14:58:18 -0400Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:58:18 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hefner Still Alive, Despite Rumors]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:55:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hefGettyImages-463118931.jpg

Reports of Hugh Hefner's death are greatly exaggerated, police say.

Officers responded to the Playboy founder's home just before 10:30 a.m. Friday, based on information from media outlets who were hearing rumors of his death, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez.

"This obviously did not happen," Lopez said. "Mr. Hefner spoke with an officer at the West LA station and confirmed he's OK."

The whole rumormill on his demise got started Friday on the New York Post's Page 6 gossip column headlined, "'Super sick' Hugh Hefner holes up in Playboy mansion."

The report said that a frail Hefner, who turned 90 in April, hadn't been seen in public for months.

"I'm not sure how these rumors get started but as I've already stated, Hugh Hefner is fine," said Teri Thomerson, a Playboy Enterprises spokeswoman. "It is no secret that over the past few years he has suffered with back pain that has made it a bit more challenging for him to get around, but at 90 years of age he is enjoying his life and still very involved in the day to day activities of editing the magazine."

Hefner's legendary Playboy Mansion in the Holmby Hills was bought by Daren Metropoulos, the co-owner of Twinkies maker Hostess and head of the investment firm Metropoulos & Co., for $100 million.

The deal allows for Heffner to stay in the residence for the rest of his life. The mansion has 12 bedrooms and sits on 5 acres of land.

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<![CDATA["Saturday Night Live" Returns With Political Face-Off]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:51:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_snl0930_1920x1080.jpg "Saturday Night Live" returns with all new shows this weekend. In the upcoming episode, Alec Baldwin joins Kate McKinnon for the show's take on this week's presidential debate. ]]> <![CDATA[Gauging SNL's Impact on American Politics Over the Years]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:40:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/snlGettyImages-502085804.jpg

"Saturday Night Live" returns this weekend for its 42nd season, and just in the nick of time as we stand 38 days until the presidential election. Alec Baldwin will make his SNL debut as Republican nominee Donald Trump, while Emmy winner Kate McKinnon rehashes her already fabled role as Hillary Clinton.

Mining politics for comedic fodder has been a strength of SNL over the decades. Chevy Chase made millions laugh as Gerald Ford in the 1970s, and more recently, Tina Fey invoked vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin to hilarious effect.

NBC News covers how "SNL" has affected American politics over the years.

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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:13:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Jay Z Finalizes Film, TV Deal with Weinstein Company]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:17:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/JayZ-black-lives-song.jpg

Jay Z’s not a businessman, he’s a business, man. Now, he’s dipping his feet in the film industry.

The rapper-turned-multimedia mogul just signed a deal with The Weinstein Company for movie and television production. The two-year contract will give Jay Z the platform to expand his role as a producer on the big and little screens, in both scripted and unscripted projects. In the past, he has been involved with productions such as the remakes of "Annie," "The Great Gatsby" and "Top Five."

"I'm excited to tell stories from real-life prophets, whom through their struggles have changed the world for the better, and others whose stories are filled with fantasy and delight," Jay Z in a press release Thursday. "Harvey and David [Weinstein] are visionaries both of whom have done this time and time again. I'm already passionate about what we currently have in the pipeline and I'm looking forward to discovering others."

A number of projects are already in development and are expected to be announced shortly, Variety reported.

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<![CDATA[Legion of 'Star Trek' Cast Blasts Notion of Trump Presidency]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:23:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/trektrektrek.jpg

Phasers set to maximum.

Cast-members of "Star Trek" past and present, running the gamut from the many television series to the major motion films, came out en masse on Facebook blasting the idea of a Donald Trump presidency. They said his potential election goes against the very fabric of the "ideals of the Star Trek universe."

"His election would take this country backward, perhaps disastrously," the Facebook post read. "We need to elect a president who will move this country forward into the kind of future we all dream of: where personal differences are understood and accepted, where science overrules superstition, where people work together instead of against each other."

The post is signed by over 100 actors, writers and directors who've been associated with the "Star Trek" franchise for decades, running the gamut from original cast members George Takei and Walter Koenig to current Captain Kirk and Spock Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. In between are stars from every other Star Trek series including "The Next Generation," "Deep Space Nine," "Voyager" and "Enterprise." 

The letter is also signed by Susan and Adam Nimoy, the widow and son of original Spock Leonard Nimoy.

"Either Secretary Clinton or Mr. Trump will occupy the White House," the post continued. "One is an amateur with a contemptuous ignorance of national laws and international realities, while the other has devoted her life to public service, and has deep and valuable experience with the proven ability to work with Congress to pass desperately needed legislation. If, as some say, the government is broken, a protest vote will not fix it."

Some notable omissions: past "Star Trek" "captains" portrayed by William Shatner, Patrick Stewart and Avery Brooks.  

The post is the latest Hollywood volley hurled against Trump in recent weeks. Most recently a host of stars, including Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Neil Patrick Harris united to post a scathing video slamming the Republican nominee for president.

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<![CDATA[Power Back After Universal Orlando Hit With Outage]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:23:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/universal.jpg

Universal Studios Florida was hit by a power outage Friday morning, prompting the Orlando Fire Department to help remove passengers from two rides before hour was restored, NBC affiliate WESH reported

The Orlando Fire Department said on Twitter that the outage impacted the Transformers and Men in Black rides and there were "no reports of distress." 

Eleven people were taken off the Transformers ride in a "routine rescue," and OFD was "checking elevators for anyone who may be stuck," the department wrote in a follow-up tweet. 

The park-wide outage was reported before 10 a.m. and Transformers riders were still being helped off an hour later, WESH reported. 

Universal's Islands of Adventure did not lose power, the station said.

The theme-park said on Twitter at 11:55 a.m. that power had been restored and all rides would be operational "soon." 

Comcast Corporation is the parent company of both Universal Orlando and this site. 

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<![CDATA[Wardrobe Watch: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:41:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/kate-middleton-style-sept.jpg Even before she wore a spectacular Alexander McQueen gown at her wedding to Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge had a distinctly chic sense of style, and her admirers have only grown in number.

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<![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Visit to Canada]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:36:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-611442396.jpg A look throughout the years of Prince William, Prince George and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, alongside Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family.

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<![CDATA[Stooges Documentary Trailer]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:29:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/stooges0929.jpg

Acclaimed filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, of “Coffee and Cigarettes” fame, premiered a trailer Thursday for his new film “Gimme Danger” documenting the rise of iconic rock band The Stooges.

“We are in an undisclosed location interrogating Jim Osterberg (Iggy Pop) about The Stooges, the greatest rock and roll band ever,” Jarmusch is heard saying in the beginning of the trailer.

The Stooges formed in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the late ‘60s, originally playing garage rock, and evolved their sound into a unique flavor of artsy punk rock still revered by critics and artists today.

The Stooges, with the iconoclastic Pop as their frontman, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

The film “Gimme Danger,” named after the Stooges song, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

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<![CDATA[Biden on 'Tonight Show': Trump Lacks 'Sensibilities']]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:18:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-611454868.jpg

Vice President Joe Biden laughed and made the sign of the cross when asked to share his thoughts on the first presidential debate in his first appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" on Monday night. 

"I've never quite seen anything like that," Biden told host Jimmy Fallon, noting that this observation comes from experience. He debated Republican presidential nominee Sarah Palin in 2008.

Monday night's showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was the most-watched presidential debate ever. The Nielsen company said 84 million viewers tuned in. A majority of voters who either watched the debate or said they followed debate coverage said Clinton won, according to the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Debate Reaction Poll.

"I've never seen anybody who knew as few facts," Biden said of Trump's performance. A chuckle from Fallon prompted Biden to say, "You know, it's not a joke." The vice president then warned the audience he will turn serious for a moment to talk about the election. 

"What amazes me about Donald Trump, he's probably a decent guy, but his lack of sensibilities," Biden said.

The vice president said it was "callous" of Trump to say that he rooted for the housing market to fail because it would make for good business opportunities. 

He also questioned the assertion Trump made during the debate that he is "smart" for not paying federal taxes.

"What does it make the rest of us? Suckers?" Biden said. "Can you think of any president, any president that you have studied read about or knew, who who would say anything like that? Name me one president who would do that. It angers me quite frankly."

He continued, "It's one of the things that the American people really resent. The American people don't like being played for suckers."I can't imagine why somebody would say that makes me smart."

He ended his thoughts on the subject by quoting his dad.

"When someone would say 'Joe you know I pay too much in taxes,' he'd say 'it's a small price to pay to live in this country.' I mean just pay your fair share for god's sake."

Biden said he's not surprised the presidential race is close, according to some polls, but is surprised Trump "did as well as he did in the Republican primaries" and that "he's still in the game."

"I've never known of a candidate who knows as little about the world as this man does."

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<![CDATA[ 'Late Night’: Tim Meadows' TV Pranks]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:46:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MEADOWS_Screen-Shot-2016-09-30-at-3.46.51-AM.jpg Host Seth Meyers discusses "The Ladies Man" Leon Phelps character with Tim Meadows. The character originally started out as a fun prank that Meadows came up with where he would call in to news shows embodying his character.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night’: A Closer Look at Trump Blunders]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:46:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e008_428_closerlook_20160929_1200x675_776337987642.jpg In the days following the first presidential debate, Donald Trump has continued to argue that he performed well and Hillary Clinton continues to struggle with millennial voters. Host Seth Meyers looks at these developments while also commenting on Independent candidate Gary Johnson’s inability to name a world leader he liked or admired.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Biden's Take on 1st Presidential Debate]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:44:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BIDEN+FALLON.jpg Vice President Joe Biden shares what surprised him most about the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': #Badvice Tweets ]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:08:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e009_544_hashtags_20160929_1200x675_776334915852.jpg Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #Badvice.]]> <![CDATA[Just In Time: 'SNL' Re-enters The Political Race]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:34:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/HRC+SNL.png

A recent TIME magazine cover about late night TV comedy and the presidential race featured images of Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah and John Oliver.

"Saturday Night Live," notably, didn't notch a spot under the headline, "We Joke. You Decide." The show's only mention in the article came via a reference to Meyers' previous gig as a "Weekend Update" anchor.

The omission, perhaps, is understandable: The smart piece focused on a move toward comedic partisanship, and "SNL" largely has been seen as an equal opportunity offender. More likely, though, the NBC show's absence from the article reflected its absence from the airwaves since May. 

That changes this weekend when "SNL" returns for its 42nd season – and quite possibly its most crucial presidential race sprint yet. The show arrives with the opportunity to repeat history and snatch back the comedic conversation in the election’s homestretch.

In the weeks before the 2008 vote, "SNL" produced some of its most memorable political humor when Tina Fey returned to play Sarah Palin. Fey’s portrayal of the GOP vice presidential candidate as a dangerous ditz ("And I can see Russia from my house!") helped snag “SNL” a Peabody Award. The award citation suggested the show “may have swung” the election to Barack Obama.

This season, Fey's "30 Rock" co-star and frequent "SNL" host Alec Baldwin reportedly will play Trump, presumably adding to the show's buzz like Larry David's appearances as Bernie Sanders did last season.

It's impossible, of course, to fully gauge the impact of comedy on voters. But it's easier to measure the viral impact of "SNL," through ratings and online views.

Success in those realms could prove as much as a function of the strength of the writing and candidate impressions as potentially controversial candidate cameos.

Will Hillary Clinton return as Val, the earthy bartender who appeared last season opposite her "SNL" doppelgänger Kate McKinnon?

Will Donald Trump, who hosted an "SNL" installment last November amid protests from Mexican Americans and others, go live from New York again – and face-to-face with Baldwin?

Trump seemed to be playing along with an elaborate gag during his hosting gig, goofing around in a sketch imagining him as president and "Apprentice" alumna Omarosa Manigault as his secretary of state.

A lot has changed since then with Trump gaining the GOP presidential nod – and critics decrying some comedians and news outlets for going easy on him. Bee, last week on her TBS show "Full Frontal," slammed Trump’s "SNL" hosting stint and criticized "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon for his recent tousling of the candidate’s hair during a conversation devoid of tough questions.

Meanwhile, Meyers – Fallon’s former "SNL" castmate and "Weekend Update" successor – gained notice this month for declaring Trump a "racist and a liar" during a scathing "Late Night" segment reminiscent of Jon Stewart’s prime "Daily Show" days.

Meyers, who co-wrote the classic 2008 skit pairing Fey’s Palin and Amy Poehler’s Clinton, told Time that the current election cycle served as a "catalyst" for him to display a strong point of view in his political humor.

"SNL" has long parodied presidential wannabes of all stripes, and its perceived relative lack of partisanship might bolster its comedic credibility with the undecided or wavering. But the show, born out of the cynical post-Nixon years, has always harbored a point of view, even as it tried to mirror the times – for example, the "SNL" depiction of Jimmy Carter morphed from fresh-faced would-be savior to world-weary defeatist in four years.

The first sitting president the show tackled was Gerald Ford, a former football player depicted by Chevy Chase as a hopeless klutz after a few public spills.

The show, as it returns with the 2016 election a little over a month away, is in for the kind of scrutiny Ford met four decades ago. This weekend’s season premiere, to be hosted by Margot Robbie, will help set the tone for whether "SNL" will stumble or hit a new stride at a time when its comedy could matter most.

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['Stranger Things' Actor's Condition]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:13:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-607663876.jpg

It appears actor Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin Henderson on the hit series “Stranger Things,” has more in common with his on-screen character than fans may have known.

Matarazzo, speaking on “The Jonathan Ross Show,” a British chat show, revealed he has a rare genetic condition known as cleidocranial dysplasia.

"It's a condition where you're born without your collarbones — I don't have any," Matarazzo said. "It affects your facial growth, your skull growth, it affects your teeth. So that's why I don't have any — these are fake. I have teeth, but they're all baby teeth. I need a lot of surgery."

According to the Genetics Home Reference, the condition impacts roughly one in a million people worldwide.

People with the condition can be anywhere from 3 to 6 inches shorter than other members of their family and may have shorter fingers, flat feet, knocked knees and an abnormal curvature of the spine.

Cleidocranial dysplasia can also decrease bone density, which can lead those with the condition to develop osteoporosis at a relatively early age. It can also delay the loss of baby teeth and the appearance of adult teeth, experts say.

"I have a really mild case and a lot of people have it much worse than I do," Matarazzo said.

He noted that he hopes incorporating his disease into his "Stranger Things" character will help raise awareness and “let people know it’s not something they should be afraid of showing.”

Matarazzo had earlier opened up about his condition in an interview with People Magazine, saying he’s had a few mouth surgeries so far.

He noted there’s one “cool” part to having cleidocranial dysplasia, and that’s that he can move his shoulders in unique ways.

"People are like, 'Well you can do these cool things with your shoulders,'" he said in the interview. "That part's cool about it."

Matarazzo said being open about his condition has shown him that he can help others with similar diagnoses.

"The feedback has been great," he told People. "A lot of people were messaging me saying, 'You made me feel better about myself, that you can show that you have this condition on TV and embrace it.' I feel like I'm raising awareness for it. It makes me feel good."

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<![CDATA['Late Night’: 2016 Presidential Debate]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:33:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e007_427_debate_20160928_1200x675_775453251723.jpg Host Seth Meyers presides over the second presidential “debate.” Cutting clips from the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the ‘Late Night’ team portrays a second debate between the two.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night’ Writer Talks Recent Athlete Protests]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:32:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e007_427_protest_20160928_1200x675_775452739865.jpg Athletes have started protesting police killing black men across the country, host Seth Meyers notes. One of his employees appears on stage to join in solidarity with these athletes. But the employee doesn’t quite understand how to express these sentiments.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight’ Superlatives: 2016 NFL Season]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:30:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e008_543_superlatives_20160928_1200x675_775452739595.jpg Jimmy Fallon hands out superlatives to Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers NFL players.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight’: First Texting Experience With Sting]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:29:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/STING_Screen-Shot-2016-09-29-at-1.55.23-AM.jpg Sting and Jimmy Fallon sing embarrassing first text exchanges between guys and girls in a romantic setting.]]> <![CDATA[Kim Kardashian Narrowly Avoids Prank Assault in Paris]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:10:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/kimattack.jpg

Hands off that famous derriere!

Notorious celebrity prankster Vitalii Sediuk found that out the hard way when he attempted to kiss Kim Kardashian's backside Wednesday during an appearance in Paris.

Although Sediuk got close, he was quickly subdued by Kardashian's security entourage. Sediuk, who fled after the incident, was most recently in the news for pulling a similar prank against Gigi Hadid on the streets of Milan last week. In that incident, Sediuk grabbed the model and lifted her off the ground before she elbowed him in the face and chased him away.

Sediuk posted on Instagram following the incident, saying the prank was intended as a form of "protest" against what he said was Kardashian's use of "butt implants."

"I was protesting Kim for using fake butt implants. I encourage her and the rest of Kardashian clan to popularize natural beauty among teenage girls who follow and defend them blindly," Sediuk wrote. "P.s. I was sitting there outside the posh restaurant to use free wifi and eating my ice-cream. When all of a sudden, the pack of paparazzi came out and the car with Kim Kardashian. I swear I didn't know she was going to be there."

That may be hard to believe, as it's not Sediuk's first run-in with the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star. Kardashian was approached in 2014 while trying to make her way through a hoard of press outside of Balmain's Paris Fashion Week when Sediuk dived for her legs.

Kardashian later posted a thank you to her security team.

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<![CDATA[Alec Baldwin Debuts as Trump in New SNL Premiere Teaser]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:37:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/baldwinhil.jpg

The "Saturday Night Live" premiere is going to be "YUUGE."

The show, which underwent a few casting changes in the off-season with the departure of Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, debuted a teaser video via Twitter which promises show favorite Alec Baldwin donning an orange wig and doing his best Donald Trump impersonation while squaring off against Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton.

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The show is set to return Oct 1. with "Suicide Squad" star Margot Robbie as host.

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<![CDATA[Joe Biden Set to Appear on 'Law & Order: SVU']]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:11:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bidenGettyImages-609175184.jpg

Dun dunnn!

Vice President Joe Biden is set to make his debut appearance on "Law & Order: SVU" Wednesday.

The White House released a statement about the episode that Biden will be featured in, which will focus on "the rape kit backlog and efforts to end violence against women."

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SVU actress Marika Hargitay and Vice President Biden have addressed this issue off-screen as well. Biden has been part of the PSAs for Hargitay's "Joyful Heart Foundation" and the "No More" campaign to end sexual assault and domestic violence. Hargitay also recently presented Biden with the Finnegan Award at her charity's gala and lent her voice to introduce him at the Democratic National Convention.

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Despite the fact this is Biden’s first appearance on the 18-season show, he is no stranger to the camera. He made several guest appearances as himself on NBC's "Parks and Recreation."

Biden will also make an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[Obama Slams Trump During Steve Harvey Interview]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:21:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/steveobama.jpg

Following Monday night’s presidential debate, President Barack Obama made it clear that he doesn’t want his daughters - or anyone’s children, listening to Donald Trump.

Obama joined the Steve Harvey Morning Show Wednesday, where he discussed his disdain for Trump’s comments on women.

"You have somebody who basically insulted women," he said, "And then doubled down in terms of how he talks about them, and talks about their weight, and talks about how they look instead of the content of their character and their capabilities."

During Monday’s debate, the Republican candidate’s history of sexist comments came up. During the exchange, Trump said that most of his sexist comments have been directed at Rosie O’Donnell, whom he’s had a feud with for years. He said O'Donnell deserved the barbs he hurled which included calling her fat, a pig and a slob.

"[He is] not somebody I want in the Oval Office that my daughters are listening to and that sons are listening to," Obama said. "And so, across the board you’ve got somebody who appears to only care about himself."

The president continued to voice his support for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, listing issues the pair share a passion for, including reforming the criminal justice system and ensuring all children in the United States have ample opportunity to succeed.

"I know Hillary, I’ve seen her work," he said. "She is capable, tough, does her homework, cares about the same things I care about."

The president also encouraged listeners to get registered to vote, and to make sure they get out on Nov. 8 to cast their ballots.

"If there’s one message I want to deliver to everybody, if you don’t vote that’s a vote for Trump," he said. "If you don’t vote, that’s a vote for Trump."

<![CDATA[Not The Race Of The Century: Usain Bolt Runs Against Corden]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:11:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CordonBolt.jpg

Well, this pretty much turned out how you'd expect.

"The Late Late Show" host James Corden elected to race his guest Tuesday night. Unfortunately his guest was nine-time Olympic gold medalist and "fastest man alive" Usain Bolt.

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Both Bolt and Corden were decked out in Jamaican running outfits, Bolt’s native country, and pumped up in the CBS parking lot on the starting line. They were accompanied by the entire crew of "The Late Late Show" and Owen Wilson.

Wilson took off before the race even began, probably in the hopes that he could stand a chance against the Olympian. But once the start gun fired Bolt took an easy league. He ran off the frame within seconds as the crew, including Corden, looked sluggish behind him. Bolt might well as have been jogging.

Bolt of course won easily, jumping and skipping to the finish line while Corden placed 20th.

"I would’ve liked to have been in the top 15 but it wasn’t my day,
lamented Corden in his post-race interview. "That’s the life of an athlete."

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<![CDATA[Lopez to Serve as Judge, Producer for NBC's 'World of Dance']]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:08:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/jlo12.jpg

Jennifer Lopez will wear two hats in the upcoming NBC dance competition series "World of Dance." In addition to serving as executive producer of the show, it was just announced she will be one of the judges on the expert panel.

"World of Dance" will be a 10-episode series showcasing dancers’ talents in a competition that awards the winner with a $1 million prize. Participants are divided into three groups: Junior (any size act under 16 years old), Upper (groups of 1- 4, over 16 years) and Team (groups of 5+, over 16 years).

"I identify with the struggles, passion, discipline, competition and exhilaration of dance," said Lopez. "I am excited that with this show we can skyrocket a dancer's career and help guide them to success."

Judges will score acts based on the criteria including routine, execution, presentation and crowd appeal. These categories are based on the original
"World of Dance" competition, which began as a single event on YouTube in 2008 and is now regarded as "the world's largest international urban dance competition."

"This show centers on the need to celebrate and reward the art and athleticism of the dance community and there is no one more passionate about that then Jennifer," said Meredith Ahr, President of Universal Television Alternative Studio. "Her role at the judges' table takes our joint ambitions to the next level, and we can't wait to get started."

The series will be produced by Universal Television Alternative Studios in association with Nuyorican Productions.

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<![CDATA[Mary J. Blige's Serenade to Clinton Hits Off-Key Note]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:11:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/new+hillary.jpg

To be kind, it was a little off-key.

R&B diva Mary J. Blige is taking fire on social media for what some are dubbing a cringe worthy serenade she performs to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton about social injustice and police brutality.

"If an officer stops you, always be polite. And never ever run away. Promise mama you'll keep your hands in sight," Blige croons as a Clinton nods her head and looks on.

The video was released by the Apple Music television show "The 411." Apple Music tweeted the preview Tuesday to promote the one-on-one interview.

The one-minute trailer features Blige belting a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s "American Skin (41 Shots)" as Clinton sits beside her. The song was originally written in response to the death of Amadou Diallo, who was shot and killed by New York City police in 1999.

The tweeted preview calls the upcoming interview between the two women "an intimate conversation" and ends with Blige asking the question, “Where do we go from here?”

But the social media sphere was more focused on the trailer itself and reactions were harsh. Many pointed out the general awkwardness of the R&B diva crooning to Clinton on the serious issue of police violence.

Tweeted responses included calling Mary J. Blige’s performance "cringeworthy," "awkward," and "an absolute joke."

Blige apparently took notice of the online haters. The singer fired back at critics in a tweet she has since deleted. According to the New York Daily News, Blige tweeted, “Everybody shut the f--- up! #takethat #haters #crabsinabarrel #simpleminded #the411”.

The interview is set to air on September 30.

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<![CDATA[Madonna Joins Katy Perry in 'Vote Naked' Movement]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:08:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PerryMadonna.jpg

The Material Girl apparently didn't want to be left out of the nude fun.

Jumping on the bandwagon started earlier this week by Katy Perry, Madonna shed her clothes Tuesday morning in an effort to get voters to the voting booths this November.

The 58-year-old pop star tweeted out a topless photo to her nearly 1.3 million followers where she reaffirmed she was voting for Hillary Clinton and teased the pic was just the first in a "nude voting series."

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The patriotic tweet even came with multiple American flag emojis.

Madonna's tweet comes on the heels of Katy Perry promising and delivering a video where she was heading to the voting booth "naked." The parody video reminds voters there's no dress code at the voting booths. 

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"I've briefly scanned the constitution and nowhere does it say you can't just roll out of bed in whatever state you woke up in," Perry says. "In the name of democracy, any just out of bed look is A-OK."

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Encouragement from Katy Perry aside, don't vote naked.

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<![CDATA[NYC Boy Offers Sage, Hilarious Advice on Surviving 3rd Grade]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:17:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/christopher+bannon.jpg

Look good on picture day. Don't call the teacher mom or dad because you might get extra homework. Drink water so you don't pass out. And choose your groups wisely, because once you get an assignment, there's no going back. 

An 8-year-old Staten Island boy had those sage words of advice -- and more -- to offer his classmates as part of a recent school project that called for 10 tips. Christopher Bannon, inspired by Marissa Moss' Amelia's School Survival Guide, according to his mother, Melissa Barvels, opted for an illustrated tutorial on surviving third grade. 

The creative, humorous guide starts with a warning from the author: "If you do not follow my tips you will be some crazy 3rd grader." 

It then begins with a key imperative: Do not lay down in the meeting area, Trust me I have tried it is not as comfortable as it looks. 

Bannon goes on to remind his classmates their picture day photos will likely end up on magnets on their home refrigerators, so they should be sure to look the part. Don't talk inappropriately, especially after lunch -- and whatever you do, don't call your teacher mom or dad because if he or she is your mother or father, you're going to get extra homework, he says. 

Work quietly, stay hydrated and don't forget your homework or you'll likely be without video games for a week, Bannon cautions. 

But the No. 1 item on his list is most crucial: HAVE FUN. 

Bannon told Babble, which first reported on the adorable assignment, he had fun making the tips for other kids. 

“It made me feel good when the kids in my class said I should be an author!" he told the website. "It also made me feel good when I was done sharing my work and my classmates gave me a huge round of applause.” 

Bannon, whose favorite classes are writing and math, said he hasn't gotten a grade on his project yet, but his teachers were laughing as he presented it, so he's optimistic. 

His mother says Bannon has always been a witty, joking kid. Plus, he's pretty darn cute. 

Photo Credit: Melissa Barvels]]>
<![CDATA['Late Night’: Cecily Strong Has Sympathy for Melania Trump]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:57:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e006_426_cecilystrong_melania_20160927_1200x675_774618691868.jpg Cecily Strong explains her sympathy for Melania Trump, saying that she never asked for any of this. She also says that she is good friends with Melania.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night’: A Closer Look at the Debate Fallout]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:52:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16271095428241.jpg Host Seth Meyers examines how Donald Trump’s supporters came up with excuses for his lackluster performance at the debate.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Morgan Freeman Narrating 'American Ninja Warrior']]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:50:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Suggestion_Screen-Shot-2016-09-28-at-2.47.29-AM.jpg Jimmy Fallon takes suggestions from the audience, including one asking Hashtag the Panda to skydive from a plane into the heart of the Tonight Show Farmstead Corn Maze in Meridien, Idaho.]]>