<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:19:19 -0400 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:19:19 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA["The Voice" Recap: #VoiceTop8 Perform]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 22:49:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/The+Voice+27+April+Hannah+Kirby.jpg

The competition got closer, the cheers got louder and the performances got more spectacular as the top eight singers on “The Voice” tested their limits and wowed the crowd on Monday night.

Three iconic coaches returned to “The Voice” as special advisers. Usher, who won the show’s sixth season, teamed up with coach Adam Levine. Lending her talents to Team Pharrell and Team Xtina was Gwen Stefani, the singer of multi-platinum band No Doubt. And Cee Lo Green, who has five Grammys to his name, joined Team Blake.

The top eight opened the show with a live performance of “Hey Brother,” Avicii and Dan Tyminski’s 2013 dance-floor mega-hit.

Season 7 heartthrob Matt McAndrew returned to “The Voice” stage to perform “Counting on Love,” his new single.

Plus: Blake Shelton took to the stage to perform his song “Sangria.”

Hannah Kirby: “We Don’t Need Another Hero” by Tina Turner

Joshua Davis: “Fields of Gold” by Sting

Kimberly Nichole: “Creep” by Radiohead

Meghan Linsey: “Something” by The Beatles

India Carney: “Over the Rainbow” made famous by Judy Garland

Sawyer Fredericks: “Simple Man” by Lynryd Skynyrd

Corey Kent White: “When I See You Smile” by Bad English

India Carney: "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys

Find out who advances to the next round when "The Voice" returns Tuesday at 8 p.m. / 7 p.m. CT

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<![CDATA[Kardashian Talks Jenner: "I Support Him 100%"]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:58:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/470946422_KimKardashian.jpg

Kim Kardashian West spoke out for the first time since her stepfather, Bruce Jenner, revealed he is transitioning to life as a woman, and the reality star makes it clear he has her full support.

Kardashian said that in finally going public, Jenner has found "inner peace and just pure happiness."

"I don't know what life would be like if you always felt like you weren't yourself," she told NBC "Today's" Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview Monday. "As long as he is happy, and he wants to live his life, however he wants to live it, that just makes me happy. And I support him 100 percent."

Jenner revealed that he is transitioning into a woman in a candid interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer that aired Friday.

During the sit-down Jenner told Sawyer how Kim Kardashian had become "by far the most supportive" of his kids, and that her understanding was encouraged by her husband Kanye West.

"Bruce has always been really, really good at explaining everything to us," Kardashian told Lauer. "And these have been newer feelings — not newer feelings for him, but for us to digest... He's done a really good job at walking us through it."

Kardashian added that "there is still an adjustment, and there's family therapy, and we're really close. I see reports that say this one doesn't support him, and this one's over here, and my mom feels this way, and it's all really so made up. We all really support him. Is it a hard adjustment? Yes."

Calling the adjustment a "daily process," Kardashian stressed how important family is at this time.

"I love having so many siblings and such a supportive mom because, you know, each family member might be dealing with this in a different way," she said. "But we have each other to go through this experience with. And I'm really grateful for that."

Above all, Kardashian says she is "really happy" Jenner is living life the way he wants to live it. "And that he has found inner peace and just pure happiness. That's what life is about."

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<![CDATA[A One Direction Reunion? Hawking Says It's Possible]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:06:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Zayn-Malik.jpg

Stephen Hawking offered some theoretical hope for One Direction fans still reeling from member Zayn Malik's decision to leave the band.

The iconic physicist and cosmologist said while appearing via the hologram for a lecture at the Sydney Opera House in London over the weekend that the singer could one day be a member of a pop group in another universe.

Hawking was asked to talk about the cosmological effect of Malik's unexpected departure during the talk.

"My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay attention to the study of theoretical physics because, one day, there may well be proof of multiple universes," said Hawkins, according to a video clip posted online.

Hawkings added, "It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe lies another different universe. And in that universe, Zayn is still in One Direction."

The band announced in March that Malik had decided to leave the group after five years.

"I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band," he said in a statement posted to Facebook. "I'd like to apologize to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right."

The band continued its world tour after the announcement.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Latin Superstar Romeo Santos on "Today"]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:56:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tdy_concert_santos.jpg

Thousands of fans packed New York City's Rockefeller Plaza Monday morning to see Latin music superstar Romeo Santos perform live on NBC's "Today."

Kicking off the #Viva"Today" series, Santos is a multi-platinum-selling performer who was ranked by Billboard as the Top Latin Music Artist of 2014. Santos is nominated and will perform Thursday at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami Beach, Florida, which will air live on Telemundo.

Santos leads the Latin Music Awards pack with 21 nods in 16 categories (a record in the history of the awards) including Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Top Latin Album of the Year.

Often called the "King of Bachata" (a genre of music and dance style that originated in the Dominican Republic), 33-year-old Santos is a New York native who recently told NBC News he considers himself "a humble kid from the Bronx who's blessed."

Santos' "Propuesta Indecente" music video has attracted more than half a billion (yes, billion!) views on YouTube and the singer has performed two sold out shows at Yankee Stadium and recently added new U.S. arena dates to his Vol2 World Tour.

"My husband is forgiving me for all the kisses I'm sending Romeo," a laughing Patti Velazquez said to NBC News Monday. Velazquez and her husband woke at 3 a.m. and left their Yonkers, N.Y. home to join the crowds in midtown Manhattan in the hopes of catching a glimpse of Santos performing.

Already a global music sensation, Santos is also enjoying big-screen success thanks to his acting debut in the box-office blockbuster "Furious 7."

The Billboard Latin Music Awards will air live from 8 p.m. ET on Telemundo.

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<![CDATA[WATCH "Vieira": Mo'Nique Talks Blackball Rumors]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:51:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MoniqueMeredith.jpg Mo’nique stops by "The Meredith Vieira Show" to talk about rumors that she was blackballed in Hollywood.]]> <![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:39:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Foo Fighters Post Jim Vance Tribute Video]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:28:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-04-24_13491.jpg

The Foo Fighters are fans of veteran Washington news anchor Jim Vance, too.

In the wake of news that Vance will be signing off from Washington’s News4 at 11 next month, the Foo Fighters created a tribute video featuring one of Vance’s most-watched segments.

The clip of Vance's side-splitting reaction to a model repeatedly wobbling then falling on a catwalk — thanks to her sky-high heels — made him a bit of a YouTube celebrity a few years back. The Foo Fighters' YouTube tribute called "Jim Vance, We're Going to Miss You" opens with someone kicking back on the couch, donning an Orioles hat then playing off some "Bawlmer" stereotypes. A television then airs the Vance clip that garnered national attention.

Vance, who has worked for NBC’s Washington TV station for 46 years, will continue to anchor News4 at 6. He has been honored by many national and local journalism organizations, inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame, and named Washingtonian of the Year.

Watch the full video above.

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<![CDATA[Celeb Hookups: Reed, Somerhalder Marry]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:08:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/461394602_IanSomerhalderNikiReed.jpg Check out which celebrities are hooking up.

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<![CDATA[Shots Fired at Lil Wayne's Tour Bus Near Atlanta]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:12:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP120226067482.jpg

Lil Wayne's tour bus was hit by gunshots on a highway near Atlanta early Sunday morning, police say, hours after the rapper had performed at a club in the city.

No one was injured in the shooting on I-285 around 4 a.m. Sunday, Cobb County police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Authorities do not have any suspects, though police told E! News the shots were fired from a white vehicle.

The rapper and his entourage were later seen leaving a parked bus surrounded by crime scene tape, NBC affiliate 11Alive reported. Video on the Journal-Constitution's site showed several men, including one resembling Lil Wayne, walking and lifting up and stepping under the tape.

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<![CDATA[Cecily Strong's Best WHCD Jokes]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:06:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Cecily-Strong-White-House-Correspondents-Dinner-2.jpg "Saturday Night Live" cast member Cecily Strong shared the stage with President Obama at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday, skewering politicians, the Secret Service and even the president himself.

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<![CDATA[Oprah's Auction: Can You Afford It?]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:03:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/OprahAuction_HermesOrangesuedejacket300-500_RalphLauren_50-70_Marc-Jacobs-BlackSuede100-200.jpg Oprah is auctioning off a range of her possessions, from furniture to clothing and paintings. Click through to see what's estimated to be in your price point.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Obama Jokes at Correspondents' Dinner]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:09:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Obama-White-House-Correspondents-Dinner-1.jpg President Obama poked fun at politicians, government officials and himself at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner.

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Daytime Emmys]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:36:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP786479759164_0_Tiegan.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Fallon's Thank-You Notes]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:52:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2015-04-25+at+10.47.55+AM.png Jimmy Fallon pens thank you notes to Take Your Child to Work Day, Ray-Ban and other things. ]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: "Nonsense Karaoke" With Pratt]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:45:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/470980856.jpg Chris Pratt and Jimmy Fallon take turns on "The Tonight Show" singing well-known songs like "Uptown Funk," except the lyrics have been replaced with nonsense sentences.

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<![CDATA[Amy Winehouse's Family Upset over Documentary]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:37:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AmyWinehouse.jpg Amy Winehouse's family calls a new documentary on her life 'misleading.']]> <![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: Faison, Cobb Welcome Daughter]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:20:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP140435848101.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.

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<![CDATA["Vieira": Lance Bass Talks Bruce Jenner, Harry Styles]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:06:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vieira-bass-pix.jpg Lance Bass stops by the "Meredith Vieira Show" to talk about Bruce Jenner and rumors that Harry Styles might be leaving One Direction.]]> <![CDATA[Monty Python and the "Holy Grail" of Comedy]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:15:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP107686182720.jpg

Some 40 years ago, comedy got something completely different from both ends of the Atlantic, turning 1975 into a landmark year for laughter.

On TV, "Saturday Night Live," upended after-hours television with edgy, topical satire. Meanwhile, the Monty Python troupe, whose recently ended U.K. TV show was starting to build a latent U.S. audience via PBS, catapulted into theaters all over with "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

The 40th anniversary of "SNL" has generated much hoopla. Now it's Python's turn to celebrate a comedy legend that looms as large as the Arthurian lore they spoofed.

The surviving Pythons are set to take an in-person victory lap around the Round Table Friday during a "Holy Grail" showing before an audience of nearly 3,000 at New York's Beacon Theatre as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. The excitement over the return to Spamalot 40 years later suggests that, like a dead parrot, Monty Python's comedy never gets old.

"Holy Grail," while not an instant hit, served as slow-drying cement in securing the Pythons' place as the kings of silly, surreal and smart comedy. Movie audiences had never seen anything like it before: A fluffy, flying killer rabbit (“Run away!”). A knight determined to fight on, even after losing limb after limb with fire-hose-like gushes of blood ("Tis but a scratch!"). Shrubbery-obsessed knights dependent on a nonsense word ("Ni!").

The film echoed the spirit of the troupe’s 1969-1974 TV show, which exerted a major influence on many funny folks – including “SNL” creator Lorne Michael (who, incidentally, met Chevy Chase on line for a “Holy Grail” showing and hired him soon after). The movie’s loose, episodic storytelling style packed an influence of its own, with a twisted DNA strain that flows through the likes of Ben Stiller’s “Zoolander” and Will Ferrell’s “Anchorman” flicks, among others. 

The “Holy Grail,” perhaps more than the TV show, led to a devoted U.S. following for Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin – spurring more movies (“Life of Brian” and “The Meaning of Life”) as well as albums and live tours.

The crew, minus Chapman, who died in 1989, returned to the stage for the first time in more than three decades last July, for a series of performances at London’s O2 Arena that they swear will be their last gasp. A documentary about the ostensible final hurrah – “Monty Python: The Meaning of Live” – is set to premiere at the film festival.

The “Monty Python Live (mostly): One Down, Five to Go” stage show, for those of us on these shores lucky enough to catch the movie house simulcast of the final performance, reinforced the durability of the material – and its creators. The septuagenarian Pythons showed they are now more suited to play the pompous authority figures they first lampooned back in 1969 – and they pulled it off without losing a shred of their irreverence (check out this inspired bit with Stephen Hawking).

They’re not in any kind of shape to do silly walks. But they’ve earned their ride into history – not atop horses like King Arthur and his men, but via the clopping of coconuts that, in 1975, heralded a new kind of movie comedy built around the ancient quest for laughter.  


ere 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["Tonight": Jimmy Fallon Swaps Seats With John Cleese ]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:42:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Jimmy-Fallon-Monty-Python-John-Cleese.jpg

It all started with the coconuts.

“The Tonight Show” got infinitely sillier on Thursday night, as Jimmy Fallon welcomed Monty Python — Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and John Cleese — to Studio 6B.

The famously irreverent, mostly British sketch comedy troupe is celebrating the 40th anniversary of their (equally irreverent) classic movie, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Idle graciously bestowed Fallon with the first-ever Python Award (a coconut, naturally).

But when Cleese got upset with his spot next to Gilliam, the gracious host decided to swap seats, and roles. Cleese picked up Fallon’s notes, and Fallon talked “Holy Grail" trivia ahead of their appearance at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday night.

“We couldn’t afford real coconuts,” Fallon said, affecting a British accent that veered closer to Beatle than Python. “And it was sort of funny because Terry didn’t even know. Terry didn’t even know we had fake coconuts.”

Fallon also welcomed Captain America himself: Chris Evans, who reprises his role as Marvel’s red-white-and-blue hero in “Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.”

Then Fallon invited Evans’ brother Scott — and his own sister, Gloria Fallon — for a family round of flip cup.

And on the “Tonight Show Shaggy-Off,” Jimmy’s announcer Steve Higgins went head-to-head in a rap battle against the famously loquacious Shaggy. (The Jamaican-born reggae-fusion star recently released his new single, “I Need Your Love.”)

In his national TV debut, Miami hip-hop star LunchMoney Lewis performed his upbeat tune “Bills” off his newly released EP of the same name.

“The Tonight Show” returns Friday with “Jurassic World” star Chris Pratt and “Avengers 2” actress Elizabeth Olsen.

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<![CDATA[Seth Meyers Takes A Closer Look at "Clinton Cash"]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 04:42:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Meyers-Closer-Look-Clinton-Cash-23-April-2015-1080_1200x675_433592387826.jpg Seth Meyers takes a look at Peter Schweizer's book "Clinton Cash."]]> <![CDATA[Russell Crowe Endures Seth Meyers' Impression of Him]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 04:46:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Seth-Meyers-Russell-Crowe.jpg Are you not entertained? The "Gladiator" star is not entertained.

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<![CDATA[Walker's "Fast and the Furious" Car Up for Auction]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:34:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/159835904.jpg

Bidding is expected to be fast and furious (pun intended!) when this 1993 Toyota Supra driven by Paul Walker in the original "Fast and the Furious" movie crosses the auction block next month.

Fans of the "Fast and Furious" franchise will recognize the Supra as the car driven by the late actor in the final scenes of 2001's "The Fast and the Furious," in which his character Brian races Dom (Vin Diesel) to a railroad crossing as a train bears down.

The 3.0L,5-speed, 220-horsepower Supra is fitted with twin nitrous oxide bottles, competition seats, roll cage, APR wing and stunt suspension. It's estimated to fetch between $150,000–$200,000 when Mecum Auction puts it up for grabs at the Indiana Fair Grounds in Indianapolis on May 16.

Like any movie involving car stunts, more than one version of the Supra was built, including a "hero" car for close-up scenes. Built for the movie by Eddie Paul at The Shark Shop in El Segundo, California, the Supra up for sale was featured throughout the movie including the final race scene, according to the auction house. The current owner was not disclosed by Mecum.

The "Fast and the Furious" series has gone on to become one of the highest grossing movie franchises in history. The seven films have amassed more than $3 billion in global sales, with "Furious 7" grossing over $1.1 billion at the global box office to date.

Walker was killed in November 2013 when the Porsche Carrera he was a passenger in crashed into a light pole. Walker appears in "Furious 7" but died during filming.

Mecum Auctions Indy 2015 event will run between May 12-17 and will be broadcast live on NBCSN.

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<![CDATA[Bettor's Guide to the Kentucky Derby]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:31:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP718172799342.jpg

Fancy putting down a wager on the Kentucky Derby but don't want to look like a novice when you place your bet?

American Pharoah remains the current favorite to win the Run for the Roses on May 2 (watch it live on NBC from 4 p.m.) with odds of 2:1, with Dortmund (9:2) and Carpe Diem (7:1) also heavily favored. Last year's winner, California Chrome, entered the race as the favorite at 5:2.

American Pharoah has won both the Rebel Stakes and the Arkansas Derby so far in 2015, with Dortmund having picked up victories in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, the San Felipe Stakes, and the Santa Anita Derby. Carpe Diem is coming off wins in the Tampa Bay Derby and the Toyota Blue Grass.

For all you inexperienced bettors out there, here's a quick guide to betting on the Kentucky Derby that'll have you sounding like a serious handicapper by the time American Pharoah approaches the starting gate.


Odds-on many racing newcomers may not know what the odds actually mean. Whenever there are two numbers (e.g., 2:1 for American Pharoah at time of writing) displayed on a tote board at a racetrack or on a list of wager options, the first number (2) denotes the minimum amount of profit the wager will pay. The second number (1) is the amount you need to wager to win the first amount.

Once the final finishing places of a race are official, the track will post the prices of the winning wagers. In the above example, the horse will pay $2. The track will then add the $2 profit and the $1 wager together to derive the payout: $2 + $1 = $3. Dortmund at 9:2 would therefore pay $11 on a $2 bet.

If a horse is quoted with only a single digit, it is implied that the missing second number is a 1. In other words, a 7 on the tote board means 7:1. So if you made a $2 wager, a bet on a horse with 7:1 odds would pay $16. That's because 7:1 is the same as 14:2, so $14 + $2 = $16. (In betting on horse races, payouts are generally based on a $2 wager.)

Now that the odds makes sense, it’s time to decide the type of wager you want to make. Here are some of the most popular bets:

Win Your horse must finish first to collect.

Place Your horse must finish first or second to collect.

Show Your horse must finish first, second or third to collect.

Exacta You play two horses, and they must come in first and second in the exact order specified in order to collect.

Exacta Box You play two horses, as above, but here they must come in first and second in either order to collect.

Trifecta You play three horses, and to win, they must come in first, second and third in exact order to collect.

Trifecta Box You play three horses, and they must finish first, second and third in any order to collect.

Superfecta You play four horses, and they must come in first, second, third and fourth in exact order.

Superfecta Box You play four horses, and to win they must finish first, second, third and fourth in any order.



But novice bettors need to take into account more than just the odds for the Kentucky Derby. To further boost your chances of making a winning bet on May 2, you should also consider the following:

Distance: The Kentucky Derby is run over a distance of a mile and a quarter. Some horses are bred for distance and are usually better candidates than one without a lineage of success at long races that place a premium on endurance.

Weather/Track Condition If there is a chance for bad weather and/or an off track, it’s essential to consider that when handicapping the race. To measure a horse’s ability in this type of race, take a quick look at his past performances, and see if he has any experience on a muddy or sloppy track.

Coverage of the 141st Kentucky Derby will air live Saturday May 2 starting at 4:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: "Tonight Show" Shaggy-Off]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 04:34:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Steve-Higgins-Shaggy-Tonight.jpg Steve Higgins and Shaggy go head-to-head in a rap battle to determine who's the better Shaggy.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: John Cleese Replaces Jimmy Fallon as Host]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:01:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Jimmy-Fallon-Monty-Python-23-April-2015.jpg When Monty Python's John Cleese gets tired of sitting next to Terry Gilliam, he and Jimmy swap seats.

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<![CDATA[Ca. Tunnel Named for Robin Williams]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:21:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/6dfbc695cf154c6690b0d9db4b806dc8.jpg

The California Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to rename the Waldo Tunnel after late comedian Robin Williams.

The Waldo Tunnel is a tunnel on U.S. 101 between the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito in Marin County. William Waldo was a California politician who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1853. The tunnel’s archways are painted in rainbow colors, which is why people sometimes call it the "rainbow tunnel."

Williams was a long time resident of Marin. The idea to rename the tunnel started with an online petition that received more than 60,000 signatures.

Julie Wainwright, who started the petition, explained the reason behind it through a brief message on Change.org: "To remember and honor the very important citizen and world renowned entertainer, Robin Williams, for the joy he brought to the world and to bring awareness to the silent illness that eventually took his life."

The tunnel is reportedly featured in the Clint Eastwood film “Dirty Harry,” the Humphrey Bogart film “Dark Passage” and also plays a part in Williams’ 1999 film “Bicentennial Man.”

Williams died at his Tiburon home last August at age 63, His death shocked family, friends and fans across the Bay Area and the world, drawing an outpouring of grief and tributes.

Riya Bhattacharjee contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[DashCam Confessional the Duet]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:57:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DoverCops.jpg

Three months after becoming a viral sensation with a dashcam video of him rocking out to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," Pennslyvannia police officer Master Cpl. Jeff Davis is back. This time, he has a friend.

The video, posted to the Dover Police YouTube page begins with a tribute to the original lip-syncing video before Davis picks up Officer Demetrius Stevenson and the two proceed to perform a duet to many popular hits.

This time, both officers lend their voices to the video.

The department has said it makes the videos to show a human side to their officers.

Watch the full #DashCamDuet below.


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<![CDATA[Bruce Jenner's Biggest Challenge]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:59:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP4962292954921.jpg

Bruce Jenner's journey, from 20th century Olympic hero to 21st century reality TV show dad, represents one of the more serpentine paths in the annals of modern celebrity. It's been difficult at times to reconcile the flag-waving decathlon winner with the supporting player in the lucrative Kardashian family circus.

Now, with Jenner expected to address ongoing speculation he’s transitioning to female, he's in the midst of a stage that's deeply personal but is playing out publicly, thanks to his unique place in the popular culture. Jenner's private turning point also marks a potential turning point in how we perceive and cover the famous.

His reported decision has been told so far via news tidbits and photos. But with his Diane Sawyer interview on ABC Friday, Jenner has an opportunity to take control of his own story – and once again become an inspiration to millions.

In some ways, at least to some people, the 65-year-old Jenner's major step is more relatable than the Olympic heights he scaled in 1976 and the flighty Kardashian TV fantasy world. He went from an aspirational figure for his athletic prowess to an object of amusement, at best – and derision, at worst – during the eight years viewers tried to keep up with Kris, Kim and the rest of the family.

His reported transition provides fresh fodder to an all-too-often-salacious TV- and Internet-driven celebrity news machine that the Karshadians have kept well fed. Still, Jenner's reported decision comes amid increasing acceptance of the transgender community, at least in some segments of the news media and pop culture – thanks in part to "Orange Is the New Black" star Laverne Cox, who made the cover of Time magazine last year, and Amazon’s award-winning show “Transparent.”

Whether a majority of the public embraces Jenner’s next chapter perhaps isn't as important as whether he embraces the opportunity to use his longtime celebrity status to help others facing major life choices.

How his interview plays to TV audiences and on social media, to a large extent, will be up to him and Sawyer, a TV news pro who presumably will balance sensitivity with satisfying the curiosity Jenner has stoked in recent weeks.

The best we can hope from Jenner is the kind of honesty and courage that might not get him back on a Wheaties box, but will earn him some new fans – and help some old ones understand the new path he could be forging some four decades after his breathtaking dash onto the road to fame.


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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