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<![CDATA['Joy' to 'Star Wars': The Holiday Movie Guide]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:49:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/starwars56266a49255b6.jpg

'Tis the season to be heading to the cinema.

Whether it's to avoid plundering relatives, the crush of bargain-hungry mall shoppers or to catch the latest award-season entry, watching a movie (or three) over the holiday season has become a joyful tradition as much as decorating the tree, the giving of gifts or sleeping off a big turkey dinner. 

And for movie buffs, the final days of 2015 are certainly packed with blockbusters ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "The Hateful Eight"), seasonal frights ("Krampus"), indie gems ("Youth," "45 Years"), award bait ("The Revenant," "Joy," "The Danish Girl") and familial laughs ("Sisters").

'The Danish Girl' (Nov. 27)

Eddie Redmayne is sure to lock down another best actor Oscar nomination for his role as Lili Elbe, the first person to believed to have undergone sex reassignment surgery in the 1930s. Redmayne delivers a stunning portrayal of the transgender pioneer alongside co-star Alicia Vikander as Elbe's emotional support and wife, the portrait artist Gerda Wegener. Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") directs. 

'Legend' (Nov. 20)

Tom Hardy does double duty as London's most notorious gangsters: twin brothers Reggie and Ron Kray. Directed by Brian Helgeland ("L.A. Confidential," "Mystic River"), "Legend" charts the rise and fall true story of the Krays, who dominated organized crime in the East of London during the 1950s and 1960s. 

'Krampus' (Dec. 4)

Here's a holiday film that will have you second guessing bad thoughts about visiting family members. According to European legend, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic creature who punishes misbehaving children during the Christmas season. In "Krampus," it's a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers – inparticular young Max (Emjay Anthony), who is disillusioned by the holidays and turns his back on Christmas. Also starring Adam Scott and Toni Collette.

'Youth' (Dec. 4)

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, "Youth" follows a retired orchestra conductor (Michael Caine), his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and his film director best friend (Harvey Keitel) as they holiday together in the Swiss Alps. This visually stunning film explores familial ties, the mental and physical effects of aging, the binds of lifelong friendship and the passions that propel us through the decades. 

'The Big Short' (Dec. 11)

Based on the 2010 book of the same name by Michael Lewis, "The Big Short" charts the financial crisis of 2008 and the group of investors who bet against it and won big. Featuring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Marissa Tomei, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo, Karen Gillan and Selena Gomez.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' (Dec. 18)

For many, "The Force Awakens" is not only the most highly-anticipated release of 2015, but of the last decade. Director J.J. Abrams ("Lost," "Star Trek") returns us to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away to revisit the cast of the original "Star Wars" trilogy (Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill) in a sequel set some 30 years after "Return of the Jedi." Also along for the intergalactic ride are newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver, who will be tasked with carrying the franchise forward in future installments. 

'Sisters' (Dec. 18)

A different take on aging and familial ties to "Youth" (above), the re-teaming of former "SNL" players Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as siblings who decide to throw one final party before their parents sell the family home is played straight for laughs. Along for the ride are co-stars John Cena, Maya Rudolph, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, John Leguizamo, Kate McKinnon and Dan Byrd.

'45 Years' (Dec. 23)

Already receiving award season buzz, "45 Years" stars Charlotte Rampling as Kate Mercer and Tom Courtenay as Geoff Mercer, a couple whose impending titular wedding anniversary celebration is rocked when news from Geoff's past surfaces unannounced. Directed by Andrew Haigh ("Weekend"), "45 Years" gently examines a rock-solid relationship under stress from a distant past.


'Where to Invade Next' (Dec. 23)

Arriving just as the 2016 presidential campaign really starts to heat up, patriotic provocateur Michael Moore's latest explores just what it will take to make America great once again. In this docu-comedy, Moore ("Fahrenheit 9/11," "Bowling for Columbine") "invades" other nations in an effort to discover what they have to offer in contrast to the United States.

'The Hateful Eight' (Dec. 25)

Controversial filmmaker Quentin Tarantino delivers his eighth film which follows a group of bounty hunters and fugitives in post-Civil War Wyoming who encounter each other while sheltering from a blizzard in a mountain-side stagecoach stopover. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern, Tarantino's update on the classic western tale features music composed by Ennio Morricone ("The Good, the Bad and the Ugly").

'Point Break' (Dec. 25)

This action thriller is a remake of the 1991 flick of the same name starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. This time around young FBI agent Johnny Utah is played by Luke Bracey and instead of infiltrating a gang of robbing surfers, he must go undercover to expose a gang of thieves who participate in extreme sports.

'Concussion' (Dec. 25)

Based on a 2009 GQ exposé, "Concussion" stars Will Smith as real-life forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu who must fight the National Football League when his research on brain injuries uncovers CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy)—a football-related brain trauma—in a pro player. Also stars Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Albert Brooks.

'The Revenant' (Dec. 25)

This vengeance-fueled epic features Leonardo DiCaprio as 1800's frontiersman Hugh Glass, who is left for dead by his hunting team after he is mauled in a brutal bear attack. With revenge in his heart, Glass sets out through the icy terrain to track down John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the man who abandoned Glass and betrayed his family. Also starring Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter and Lukas Haas, "The Revenant" is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu who won the best picture and director Academy Awards for "Birdman" in 2015.

'Joy' Dec. 25

From David O. Russell, the director of "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle," comes the comedy-drama "Joy" starring Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano, the creator of the "Miracle Mop" and president of the Ingenious Designs company. Russell charts Joy's life from age 10 to 40 as she becomes matriarch of her family. "Joy" features returning Russell players Bradley Cooper, Elisabeth Rohm and Robert De Niro.

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<![CDATA[Redmayne Talks Transgender Role in 'The Danish Girl']]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:19:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DanishGirl-thumb.jpg Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne discusses his role as Lili Elbe, the first known person to undergo gender reassignment surgery. "The Danish Girl" is in theaters Nov. 27, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:00:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Carey, Benatar Set for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:06:40 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/459648360.jpg

The holidays are officially here as the 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade returns to march down the streets of New York on Thursday, Nov. 26.

Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of "Today" will anchor the NBC broadcast, airing from 9 a.m.-noon in all time zones.

Celebrities and performers joining in the festivities this year include Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Mariah Carey, Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson, Cirque du Soleil, Daughtry, Andra Day, Andy Grammer, Sandra Lee, Shawn Mendes, MercyMe, MIPSO, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, Jennifer Nettles, NHL legends Mark and Marty Howe, Jake Owen, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's, Rachel Platten, Questlove, the Muppets of "Sesame Street," Prince Royce, the cast of Broadway's "School of Rock," Trey Songz, Jordin Sparks, the Radio City Rockettes, Chica and the gang from Sprout and Train.

Set for 34th Street performances are Broadway productions "Fiddler on the Roof," "Finding Neverland," "The King & I," "On Your Feet!" and "Something Rotten." In addition, spectators will get a sneak preview performance from NBC's "The Wiz Live!" which premieres Thursday, Dec. 3 (8 p.m. ET/PT).

Since 1924, the Macy's Parade has marked the start of the holiday season, introducing a cherished march of magic that has dazzled generations of fans. For the 89th edition, the famed spectacle's line-up will feature 17 giant character balloons; 24 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles, and trycaloons; 27 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands; and of course, the one-and-only Santa Claus. 

Look Up

This year four new giant character balloons will take center stage including "Angry Birds'" Red by Rovio Entertainment; the pre-historic and legendary DINO by Sinclair Oil; "Ice Age's" Scrat and his Acorn by Twentieth Century Fox; and Ronald McDonald debuting in his fourth whimsical giant balloon.

Returning balloon characters include "Adventure Time" with Finn & Jake, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," the Elf on the Shelf, Hello Kitty, "How to Train Your Dragon's" Toothless, Paddington, Pikachu, Pillsbury, Doughboy, "Skylanders" Eruptor, Snoopy & Woodstock, SpongeBob SquarePants, the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger and Thomas the Tank Engine. Returning balloonicles (a Macy's Parade hybrid of cold-air balloon and vehicle) include the Aflac Duck and the Kool-Aid Man.

Ease on Down the Road

This year's six new parade floats include "Big City Cheer!" by Spirit of America Productions, "The Colonel's Road Trip to NYC" by Kentucky Fried Chicken, "The Cranberry Cooperative" by Ocean Spray, "Discover Adventure!" by Build-a-Bear, "Heartwarming Holiday Countdown" by Hallmark Channel and celebrating the 50th anniversary of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "Snoopy's Doghouse" by Peanuts Worldwide.

Twelve band ensembles will take up the call of the baton and march down the streets of Manhattan, creating a wave of thunderous applause. Joining the fun are Gulf Coast High School (Naples, FL), Lewis Cass High School (Walton, IN), Munford High School (Munford, TN), Nogales High School (La Puente, CA), North Hardin High School (Radcliff, KY), Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL), University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), Walled Lake Central High School (Walled Lake, MI), West Chester University of Pennsylvania (West Chester, PA) and the NYPD Marching Band (New York).

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Macy's Great American Marching Band will welcome back a selection of alumni band members, in addition to a new class of more than 250 elite high school marching band students from across the country.

Specialty Performers

The Macy's Parade always promises a unique, exciting, and sometimes humorous look at the nation's finest performance groups. This year, special groups include the 610 Stompers (New Orleans, LA), Brooklyn Jumbies (Brooklyn, NY), J.U.M.P. jump rope team (Strongsville, OH) and the Kruti Dance Academy (Duluth, GA). Completing the performance groups are the Spirit of America Cheer and the Spirit of America Dance Stars, which both feature 550 of the nation's best cheerleaders and dancers.

The New York City Route

More than 3.5 million spectators will line the parade route beginning at New York's 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will then march to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. At 34th Street, the parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy's Herald Square.

For an insider's look at the holiday procession, fans nationwide should check Macys.com/parade for regular updates including behind-the-scenes previews, animated videos and other exclusive content. 

The 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade airs Thursday Nov. 26 from 9 a.m.-noon in all time zones on NBC. An encore presentation begins at 2 p.m. in all time zones. 

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<![CDATA['Creed' Adds to a 'Rocky' History]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:44:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CRD-03084.jpg

In 2006's "Rocky Balboa," the old boxer stands forlornly amid the wreckage of a former Philadelphia ice skating rink, recalling his first awkward date there with his late wife, Adrian, three decades and five movies earlier.

Rocky's brusque brother-in-law, Paulie, breaks his bittersweet reverie: "You're living backwards, Rocco! Change the channel from yesterday – yesterday wasn't so great."

In the annals of "Rocky" movies, "yesterday" ranged from beyond great (the classic first installment in 1976) to miserable (1990's "Rocky V"), with a more gradual quality drop from film to film, in-between.

Now Sylvester Stallone's perennial underdog gets to keep a booted foot in the past as he lurches into the present with "Creed" – the first "Rocky" movie where Rocky isn't the star. The film offers an opportunity to extend the legacy of the series, nearly 40 years after Rocky Balboa became a movie icon.

"Creed" is the story of Adonis Johnson, the out-of-wedlock son of Rocky's late rival-turned-friend, boxing champ Apollo Creed. Rocky trains the young fighter, who was born after his father's death.

Credit Stallone with being secure enough in his stardom not only to take a supporting role, but cede creative control to a formidable new team that includes actor Michael B. Jordan and writer-director Ryan Coogler, who previously worked together on the powerful "Fruitvale Station."

Some might cringe at the thought of another "Rocky" movie, while purists might balk at sidelining the battered brawler from the main event. But the best moments of the series never hinged on the title character as much as on the strong supporting characters Stallone created to surround him, from Paulie to Adrian to grizzled trainer Mickey, whose role Rocky tackles in the new film.

Apollo Creed stands tall among Stallone's greatest characters. As embodied by Carl Weathers, Creed packed brains and a flair for showmanship, along with a fearsome punch. Like the mightiest of the "Rocky" cast, before the cartoonish Clubber Lang and Ivan Drago entered the picture, Apollo Creed emerged as a fully drawn human, far more than a gladiator in red, white and blue boxing trunks.

Stallone could have proudly tossed in the towel after "Rocky Balboa," which offered a fitting requiem for a film series characterized by sentiment and excesses. "Rocky Balboa" gave us both in a stirring, but unbelievable fight sequence, even by "Rocky" standards.

But like Rocky, Stallone never quits. Check out a preview of "Creed," as the film prepares to flip the channel on a "Rocky" history.



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['Tonight Show': Box of Lies with Adele]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:37:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Box+of+Lies+with+Adele.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon and Adele take turns trying to stump each other about what items are hidden inside their mystery boxes.]]> <![CDATA[DVD Preview: 'Ted 2' and 'American Ultra' and More]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:47:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_videoview1123_1500x845.jpg The raunchy comedy "Ted 2" leads this week's new Blu-ray and DVD releases.]]> <![CDATA[Sarah Palin: U.S. Can't Filter 'Bad Guys' From Refugees]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:23:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PalinLateNight-NUP_171832_0047.jpg

Sarah Palin doesn’t trust the federal government’s vetting process of Syrian refugees.

“There’s no way to filter out those who’d want to do this country harm,” she told “Late Night” host Seth Meyers on Monday.

Meyers asked Palin why there was so much resistance from governors to accept Syrian refugees. At least 31 governors said they opposed the resettlement of refugees from the war-torn country in their states following the Paris attacks that killed 130 people on Nov. 13.

“Their message is not ‘we don’t want Syrian refugees,’” Palin said. “Their message is ‘what is the vetting process? How do we know these are the innocents that are coming over and actually needing aid and they’re not the bad guys infiltrating under the guise of refugees?’”

Meyers reminded the former governor of Alaska that there is an 18 to 24 month vetting period refugees need to pass before being accepted, and, even with that in place, there would never be a fool-proof way of weeding out potential terrorists from real refugees.

“You should not trust what the federal government is telling you about the 18 to 24 month vetting process,” Palin said, adding that freedom is a foundation of being American.

“That’s why people are so desperate to come here,” Meyers said, calling the rejection of refugees fear-based. “I do think they want to come here to enjoy the same things you and I are lucky enough to enjoy.”

Palin agreed, saying freedom is “an exceptionalism we’re all blessed with.”

“It’s just unfortunate that as we know, as we saw in Paris, there are some people, though, want to get to a country to do harm,” she said.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Dictionary Definitions 'Money,' 'Pumpkin Beer']]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:34:52 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Dictionary+Money+Pumpkin+Beer.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon takes a look at the latest definitions added to existing words in the dictionary, like "karaoke" and "tryptophan."]]> <![CDATA['Late Show': Sarah Palin Talks Syrian Refugees]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:29:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Late+Show+Sarah+Palin+Talks+Syrian+Refugees.png "Late Show" host Seth Meyers talks to Sarah Palin about why governors are trying to block Syrian refugees from entering their states.]]> <![CDATA['Late Show': Jeb Bush's Christianity Test for Syrian Refugees]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:25:52 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Late+Show+Jeb+Bush%27s+Christianity+Test+for+Syrian+Refugees.png "Late Show" host Seth Meyers looks at Jeb Bush's proposed Christianity test for Syrian refugees.]]> <![CDATA[Roker Says Taxi Passed Him]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:28:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP291274024838.jpg

Al Roker said he filed a complaint with New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission after a yellow cab passed him and his sick son to pick up a "white guy."

In a series of tweets Saturday, the "Today" show meteorologist said he was trying to hail a cab with his 13-year-old son when he was passed by. Roker said the cab pulled up and he was reaching for the door when the driver took off and picked up a white passenger about a block away.

"Filed a complaint today after getting passed up again by a NYC Yellow cab. Cabbie picked up a white guy a block away. Wonder why Uber wins?" Roker said.

Roker tweeted he was trying to hail a cab to get "a sick kid to the dr." He said his son asked why the cab driver passed them over.

"I said, 'Nick, ignorant people make dumb choices,'" Roker tweeted. "This happens to folks of color every day. And while most cabbies do their job, there are those ignorant, racist ones who hurt the others."

Roker said he'd keep his 421,000 followers updated on the claim he filed with the TLC.

The TLC told the Daily News it was investigating.

"We're grateful that Mr. Roker took the time to file a complaint, and I can assure him that we will investigate this thoroughly and take every appropriate action," a spokeswoman for the commission said.

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<![CDATA[Eddie Murphy's Twain Triumph]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:24:16 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-493293914.jpg

Chris Rock, in his funny and heartfelt tribute to Eddie Murphy during February's "Saturday Night Live" 40th anniversary special, credited his friend with inspiring a generation of comics – and saving the show.

If not for Murphy, Rock noted, "I'd be like the funny UPS driver in Queens – and Tina Fey would be the funniest English professor at Drexel University."

Murphy appeared touched, though his own short, unfocused remarks didn't come close to matching Rock’s introduction. For once, Eddie Murphy wasn't funny.

The backstory that perhaps explained the awkwardness later emerged: Murphy had balked at playing the embattled Bill Cosby in a sketch that night and was left with nothing to do other than accept Rock's plaudits. 

It marked another chapter in Murphy's uneasy post-departure relationship with the show that launched his career. But more importantly, Rock's brief salute underscored that Murphy hasn't always gotten his proper due as one of the major comedy powerhouses of the last 35 years.

That changed, in part, last month when Murphy notched the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The ceremony, to be broadcast on PBS Monday, offers Rock and other fans a whole 90-minute show to celebrate the man who kept “SNL” alive and changed comedy.

It seems odd, in some respects, to give what amounts to a lifetime achievement award to someone still relatively young. But Murphy’s packed huge accomplishments and laughs into his 54 years. He got an early start, beginning his standup career at age 15 and joining “SNL” four years later. As part of the first post-original cast lineup, he helped reinvent and reinvigorate the show with his caustic take on Gumby and his streetwise Mister Rogers takeoff, Mister Robinson.

Murphy’s star quickly rose in Hollywood, where the “48 Hours” and “Beverly Hills Cop” franchises helped establish comedy as a major box office force. He extended the no-holds-barred standup approach of Richard Pryor with “Delirious” and “Raw.” Still, Murphy also proved himself a family friendly performer by playing the title roles in remakes of “The Nutty Professor” and “Dr. Dolittle,” before bringing his voice to the wisecracking Donkey in the “Shrek” animated hits.

The long career has included some bombs, which prompted a David Spade quip during “Weekend Update” that soured Murphy on “SNL” for two decades. “Look, children,” Spade said, with a picture of Murphy behind him. “It’s a falling star. Make a wish.” 

Murphy didn’t return to the show until February’s special. Fey was there and so was Will Ferrell – both great performers who inexplicably got the Twain Prize before Murphy.

While Murphy seemed to enjoy a Spike TV tribute three years ago, there’s no love lost between him and the Hollywood establishment whose pockets he helped line. He’s likely still smarting from not getting an Oscar for his stunning dramatic turn in 2006’s “Dreamgirls” (not that the winner, Alan Arkin, didn’t do a great job in “Little Miss Sunshine”). Murphy’s bowing out of hosting the 2012 Academy Awards didn’t endear him to entertainment moguls.

The Twain ceremony drew devotees from Murphy’s crowd: comedians – among them former SNL stars Rock, Tracy Morgan and Kevin Nealon, along with Dave Chappelle, Trevor Noah and Murphy’s “Coming to America” co-star Arsenio Hall.

Murphy reportedly was comfortable enough at the Kennedy Center to forgo any qualms about lampooning previous Twain Prize winner Cosby (“Bill has one of these. Did you all make Bill give his back?" he said before launching into a Cosby impersonation: "I would like to talk to some of the people who feel like I should give back some of my [expletive] trophies!").

Unlike his brief “SNL” anniversary show appearance, this marked vintage Murphy – back on the big stage, making jokes. Perhaps the tribute will inspire Murphy like he inspired others, and spur him to get back to the business of being one of the funniest people on the planet. In the meantime, check out a preview of the Twain Prize show, which celebrates Murphy’s legacy on the medium that spawned his career.


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['The Wiz Live!' First Look: Character Costumes]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:27:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NUP_171101_7086.JPG Check out Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion from "The Wiz Live!" The musical special airs Dec. 3 on NBC.

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<![CDATA[Spike Lee's ‘Chi-Raq’ Makes World Premiere Sunday]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:22:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477813206.jpg

Spike Lee's controversial film “Chi-Raq” will make its world premiere Sunday night in Chicago.

The film's title, a portmanteau of "Chicago" and Iraq," has garnered significant criticism throughout the production process.

Area politicians, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said the title denigrates residents of Englewood and surrounding areas, where the movie was filmed by comparing their neighborhoods to war-torn Iraq.

The film’s IMDB page describes the movie as a “modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.”

In the movie, a group of women organize to take a stand against the violence after a child is killed by a stray bullet, according to IMDB.

The film’s stars include Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, John Cusack and Samuel L Jackson.

Several of the movie's cast members attended a service led by Father Michael Pfleger, a supporter of the film, at Saint Sabina Church on Sunday.

Lee spoke at the service and addressed skeptics head-on. “Chicago, you gotta deal with the truth,” Lee said. “These numbers don’t lie. So you can dig your head in the sand and say ‘Spike’s from New York he don’t know what he’s talking about,’ but the truth is the truth no matter where you come from,” Spike said.

The invite-only premiere will be held at the Chicago Theatre. “Chi-Raq” will be released in select theaters Dec. 4.

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<![CDATA['SNL' Pokes Fun at Carson's Refugee Views]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:33:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-498290248.jpg

"Saturday Night Live" started with "Fox and Friends."

The crew likened videos of Wal-Mart shoppers on Black Friday to Syrian refugees coming into the country. 

"Syria's always been good to me," Brian Moynihan said before talking into his cellphone -- mistaking Syria for Apple's Siri.

Jay Pharoah played a soft-spoken Ben Carson.

"Sorry if I seem revved up about this," Pharoah said with a monotone as the presidential candidate about the vetting process for refugees.

"All refugees will be given mad libs that says 'death to blank,'" Pharoah explained. "Anyone that writes 'America' will not be allowed in America."

Faux Carson said in close to a whisper President Obama made him so angry it was enough to "flip his top."  

When asked why Carson appeared so calm, he responded: "Oh I'm like a koala bear. I may seem nice on the outside but on the inside, I've never held an elected office."

The refugee issue and other political hot topics resurfaced in a later bit where a family gathered at the table for Thanksgiving could only stop bickering for one thing: Adele. A recording of her song "Hello" was enough to get everyone to stop yelling at each other and instead stand up and sing along. 

Adele performed later on "SNL" as the musical guest. 

Matthew McConaughey hosted and in his monologue riffed on the origin of "alright, alright, alright," his famous catch phrase from "Dazed and Confused."

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<![CDATA[WATCH: 'Funny or Die' Spoofs NBC’s 'Chicago' Trilogy]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 20:16:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-496399540.jpg

NBC recently premiered “Chicago Med,” completing the Dick Wolf trilogy of the “Chicago” franchise. However, the shows’ creators may need to consider adding a fourth drama thanks to a "Funny or Die" parody called “Chicago Sanitation.”

The spoof takes viewers through a rollercoaster of emotions as workers try to juggle life, love, and garbage.

The humorous take on NBC’s hit shows features quotes like: “You sort garbage better than anyone on this team. Why can’t you sort out your life?”

The video wraps up by teasing the “newest” shows of the “Chicago” series you may (or may not) see on NBC’s upcoming lineup.

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<![CDATA['Cards Sharks' Host Jim Perry Dies at 82]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:04:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/jim-perry_456cb855d7f03069ff40b758c4e285c2.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

Jim Perry, best known as the host of game shows "Card Sharks" and "$ale of the Century," died Friday in Oregon following a five-year battle with cancer, surrounded by his wife and children. He was 82. 

The Camden, N.J., native was a star basketball player while growing up and was nicknamed "Big Jim" at 6-foot-4. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and joined the Special Services, where he worked on Armed Forces Radio during the Korean War, NBC News reported.

After his time in the service, Perry teamed with comedian Sid Ceasar, touring as a pair for several years. He served as host of the Miss Canada Pageant, which he emceed from 1967 until 1990; he was the announcer on 1969's syndicated program "That Show" starring Joan Rivers; and from 1969 to 1972, he was a weekend overnight DJ at WABC radio in New York.

Perry's first major American network hosting job came in 1967 with "It's Your Move." He began hosting NBC's "Card Sharks" in 1978 until 1981. In 1982, NBC named Perry as the host of revamped edition of the beloved series "$ale of the Century," which aired for six years and was spun off into a nightly syndicated version, which saw Perry doing double duty as the host of both shows.

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<![CDATA[Box Office Preview: 'Mockingjay - Part 2']]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:07:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_bop1119_1500x845.jpg "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" hits theaters this week.]]> <![CDATA['Mockingjay Part 2' and Katniss Aim High]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:03:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SP1_D74_23733_R+%281%29.jpg

In "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," due out Friday, teenager Katniss Everdeen carries the weight of saving Panem upon her deceivingly slim shoulders, fortified by her bow-shooting exploits and a powerful inner resolve.

But the character, in the fourth and final installment of "The Hunger Games" movie series, faces a perhaps even bigger (if more subjective) challenge: fighting for her place as filmdom's greatest woman action hero.

The competition is high in quality, if not numbers, thanks to Hollywood's slow pace in giving women meaningful roles in a genre that's exploded over recent decades.

For some, thoughts of favorites could race to the butt-kicking likes of Angelia Jolie's Lara Croft from the "Tomb Raider" movies, Lucy Liu's Oh-Ren-Ishii from "Kill Bill" and Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow from the "Avengers" series. The old-school among us might turn to Linda Hamilton's version of Sarah Connor from the "Terminator" flicks or the proto (and comeback-bound) action-movie feminist, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) of "Star Wars" fame.

But better arguments could be made for some characters more down to earth than their fantastical settings. Lawrence's Katniss has earned a place in elite company with Sigourney Weaver's Ripley of the "Alien" movies and Emma Watson's Hermione Granger of the "Harry Potter" series.

Space traveling Ripley and multi-gifted muggle-born Hermione proved the most human of movie heroes – cautious but brave, not always sure of themselves but certain of right from wrong, with their brains a more potent weapon than their very different brands of brawn. They became breakout stars of franchises whose strength rests not as much in the action sequences as much as in the stakes that propel them.

Katniss both fits and expands the mold – going from a frightened teen who sacrifices herself for her younger sister in a game where children killing one another is Reality TV sport, to becoming the unwilling face of a revolution.

The evolution of Katniss over the last three years from the relatively weak first film to the increasingly compelling second and third installments has offered the opportunity to watch 25-year-old Lawrence grow into a rare superstar whose talent matches her accolades (including an Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook") and box office prowess.

Thanks in great part of Lawrence's acting ability, we care about Katniss, who desperately cares about saving those closest to her – and the rest of humanity, to boot. 


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['Tonight Show': Fallon Interviews Jindal (Aziz Ansari) ]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 03:25:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Jimmy+Fallon+Interviews+Bobby+Jindal+Aziz+Ansari+About+Ending+His+Campaign.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon talks to former GOP presidential candidate Bobby Jindal (Aziz Ansari) about suspending his campaign for now. ]]> <![CDATA[Gwen Stefani Talks Blake Shelton on 'Ellen']]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:29:20 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ellen_112015_13054_gwenstefani-Publicity_1200x675_570719811985.jpg "Voice" coach Gwen Stefani stops by the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Friday, Nov. 20. Find out what the singer says when host DeGeneres asks whether she thinks Blake Shelton is a good kisser. ]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Fred Armisen Recaps 'The Originals']]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 03:14:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+Fred+Armisens+Extremely+Accurate+TV+Recaps+The+Originals.png Fred Armisen gives his hilarious, extremely accurate TV recap of “The Originals."]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Secret Handshake With Bieber]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 03:10:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Secret+Handshake+with+Justin+Bieber.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon and Justin Bieber greet each other with their elaborate secret handshake.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Josh Hutcherson on Living in a Hotel with Co-Stars]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 03:08:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+Josh+Hutcherson+on+Living+in+a+Hotel+with+His+Hunger+Games+Co-Stars.png Josh Hutcherson tells “Late Night” host Seth Meyers about his experience of living with his “Hunger Games” co-stars in a hotel.]]>