<![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 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 19:12:11 -0500 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 19:12:11 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Boy's Hysterical Bar Mitzvah Invite]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:39:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/220*120/bar+mitzvah.jpg

A Chicago-area boy simply wanted to entertain his guests with a music video invitation to his bar mitzvah, but he may have invited more people than he intended when his poppy video went viral.

With almost 1 million video views on YouTube, the north suburban Deerfield 12-year-old Brody Criz and his family reached Internet stardom with their tribute to pop hits.

The video features hits like “Happy” and “Royals” along with parodies of “All of Me,” “Let It Go,” and even “Blurred Lines.”

In an interview with TODAY.com the budding star says he wants to have a career in comedy.

"I love to make people laugh," he said. "It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I love to see when people have smiles on their faces, so, I [wanted] to go above and beyond with my bar mitzvah invitation."

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<![CDATA[Kristin Cavallari On Text with Husband About Kids]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:28:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vieira-cavallari__854606.jpg Kristen Cavallari shares a story about a text with her husband that went viral. Tune in Monday to hear more of Cavallari's interview!]]> <![CDATA[Documentary Filmmaker Albert Maysles Dies at 88]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:18:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP834274366118.jpg

Albert Maysles, the acclaimed documentary filmmaker who helped pioneer feature-length nonfiction movies that used lightweight, hand-held cameras to spontaneously record the lives of both the famous and the unexamined, has died. He was 88.

Stacey Farrar, the marketing director of Maysles Films, his production company, said the filmmaker died at his home in New York on Thursday.

Maysles was best known for a handful of documentary classics he made with his brother, David, in the 1960s and 1970s. The Maysles Brothers — as many referred to them — chose subjects as ordinary as the struggles of Bible salesmen and as glamorous as Marlon Brando, Orson Welles and the Beatles, whom the pair followed in 1964 during their first trip to the United States.

One of their films, "Gimme Shelter," about The Rolling Stones' Altamont Speedway concert on Dec. 6, 1969, captured on film the killing of a fan and the darkening of the hippie dream. The Altamont concert was the Stones' disastrous effort to stage a festival like the Woodstock gathering a few months earlier.

Maysles was active right up to this death. His documentary of the fashion icon Iris Apfel, "Iris," is to be released in April. Earlier this week, the Tribeca Film Festival announced that "In Transit," a documentary he co-directed about the longest train route in the U.S., will premiere at this year's festival.

"We lost a true titan today, one who pioneered an art form and fostered a whole generation of artists," said Eamonn Bowles, president of Magnolia Pictures, which is releasing "Iris." ''His impact is immeasurable and we won't soon see his likes again."

Born in Boston to Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, Maysles served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946, studied at Syracuse and Boston University and taught psychology for three years before turning to film. His first foray into motion pictures was a 16-mm documentary he made in 1955 while visiting mental hospitals in the Soviet Union.

Maysles started out as an assistant to Robert Drew, a pioneer of cinema verite, and his peers included such acclaimed documentary makers as D.A Pennebaker and Frederick Wiseman.

He and Pennebaker were among those who worked with Drew on the groundbreaking 1960 documentary "Primary," about rival Democratic presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey. Maysles also served as a camera operator for Pennebaker's 1968 concert film "Monterey Pop."

The Maysles and others worked without scripts, sets or lighting. The resulting works had no narration, no filmed interviews and gave audiences a fly-on-the-wall feeling.

"Our films aren't the conventional kind, locked down and scripted before shooting begins," David Maysles once said of their films. "We shoot life as it's lived."

A technical revolution had made such films possible — the arrival of lightweight, portable sound and film equipment — and gave them the opportunity to observe their subjects with as little effect on events as possible.

"The natural disposition of the camera is to seek out reality," Maysles once said.

In 1966, using the new equipment, they filmed Truman Capote shortly after he finished "In Cold Blood." Capote explained that his book was his idea of the "nonfiction novel" — "a synthesis of journalism with fictional technique."

"We wanted to experiment in film the way Capote had experimented in literature," Maysles said in "Hand-Held and From the Heart," the filmmaker's autobiographical documentary. That led them to make the feature-length "Salesman" in 1968, following Bible salesmen from house to house as they try to convince people to buy what one of them calls "still the best-seller in the world."

The technique of unfettered observation — "direct cinema," the brothers called it — allowed the Maysles Brothers to record such historical moments as the slaying of a fan at the Altamont concert, and the grim reaction of Mick Jagger, the Stones' singer, as he watched a replay of the footage.

In "Grey Gardens," released in 1975 and later adapted into a Broadway musical, the Maysles Brothers captured on film the lives of a mother and her daughter, relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, living in a falling-apart East Hampton mansion.

Some critics attacked the cinema verite techniques as falsely objective, given that the film ultimately viewed by audiences was usually a result of what the filmmakers chose to focus on and the cutting and selecting of the editing process.

"Any work of art is a combination of objective and subjective," Maysles once told The New York Times in response to those criticisms. "But I try to minimize my effect. I don't interview people, for instance. If you ask a question, that determines the answer. Making a film isn't finding the answer to a question; it's trying to capture life as it is."

After his brother died in 1987, Albert Maysles continued to work with various collaborators and mentored younger filmmakers. In 2005, he founded the non-profit Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem.

Maysles also continued a longtime working relationship with artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, whose process for creating monumental environmental art the Maysles Brothers documented in several films beginning in the 1970s.

They were Oscar nominated for their 1973 short "Christo's Valley Curtain." In 2007, Maysles and Antonio Ferrera made "The Gates" about Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Central Park project.

Last July, President Barack Obama awarded Maysles the National Medal of Arts, honoring his six decades of filmmaking. Said Obama: "By capturing raw emotions and representations, his work reflects the unfiltered truths of our shared humanity."

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<![CDATA[Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth Sport Mullets ]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:16:12 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-03-06+at+6.12.03+AM.png

Two of Australia’s finest exports, Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth, donned mullets to play a game of Musical Beers.

Jackman is no stranger to the “business in the front, party in the back” hairstyle. The actor, who was on “The Tonight Show” Thursday promoting his sci-fi action movie “Chappie,” sported a mullet in the movie as well as when he met his wife 19 years earlier.

“I thought it was going to remind her of the early days when she fell in love with me,” Jackman said of his "Chappie" hairstyle. “Not so much. She told me to put a bag over my head.”

The host, never one to pass on a good joke, pulled out two mullet hair wigs for them to wear.

“Let’s keep these on for the rest of the interview,” Fallon said.

Fallon then invited Jackman to play the adult version of musical chairs, Musical Beers, and brought out “SNL” favorites Colin Jones, Kate McKinnon and Bobby Moynihan, as well as the show's host this weekend, Chris Hemsworth, to join the game.

Hemsworth, noticing Jackman’s hairstyle, requested a mullet of his own to rock.

In this version of the game, the group walked around a table while The Roots’ Questlove played the pop hit “Bang Bang” by Ariana Grande and Jessie J. When the music stopped, the contestants had to grab a cub of beer and whoever was empty handed stepped out.

The players dwindled quickly, and Jackman was knocked out early. In the end Fallon and Hemsworth were the last men standing, going head-to-head for the last cup. But it was a fast-acting move by the “Wolverine” actor, and not merit alone, that gave Fallon the game-winning beer. 

<![CDATA[Oscars Red Carpet: Best & Worst Dressed]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:36:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lupita-oscars-15.jpg See the looks from the red carpet of the 2015 Academy Awards. Check back for the latest photos throughout the night.]]> <![CDATA[Musical Beers with Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:48:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Beer+Muscial+Chairs.JPG It's every person for themselves as Jimmy Fallon, Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth, Kate McKinnon, Colin Jost and Bobby Moynihan compete in an intense game that puts an adult twist on musical chairs.

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<![CDATA[Bad Sponsors: At-Home Lasik, Filthy Origami]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:02:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Bad+Sponsors.png “Late Night’s” overhead was getting expensive and the show was forced to take on advertisers that Seth isn’t very proud of.]]> <![CDATA["Tonight Show" Hashtags: #SpringBreakRaps]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:15:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Hashtags+Raps.png With spring break around the corner for many students, Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #SpringBreakRaps]]> <![CDATA[Harrison Ford Hurt in Plane Crash]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:58:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/accidente-harrison-ford.jpg

Harrison Ford's family says the actor is "battered, but OK" after crash landing a single-engine vintage plane onto a Venice golf course shortly after takeoff Thursday.

Ford,  an experienced pilot, was hospitalized and expected to undergo surgery for some injuries. His family said he is in stable condition.

"He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man. Thank you for all your thoughts and good vibes for my dad," Ben Ford, the actor's son, posted on his Twitter page.

Ford reported engine trouble shortly after takeoff and tried to return to the airport, according to the NTSB. His publicist said he was flying a World War II vintage plane at the time.

"He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely," his publicist said in a statement. "He was banged up and is in the hospital receiving medical care. The injuries sustained are not life threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery."

Dr. Sanjay Khurana, a spinal surgeon on the course, braved a potentially explosive situation to help the actor.

"I did a brief exam and I smelled the fuel and I didn't want it to ignite," he told NBC4.

As he was examining the pilot, the doctor realized he was looking at a familiar face.

"I watched 'Star Wars' as a kid. I think we all did, right? 'Raiders of the Lost Arc' ... iconic films.

"I wanted to do my best. I tried my best to help someone in distress."

Aerial footage of the minutes after the crash showed the small single-engine vintage World War II trainer plane crashed on the ground at Penmar Golf Club. One person could be seen being treated by paramedics.

Fire and NTSB officials said the emergency landing was handled skillfully, and no one else was injured.

Firefighters described his injuries as "moderate."

In a 2008 interview with National Geographic, Ford talked about his love of flying.

"I fly myself everywhere. I like all kinds of flying, including practical flying for search and rescue. And I also like to fly into the backcountry, usually the Frank Church Wilderness in Idaho," the "Indiana Jones" actor told the magazine. "I go with a group of friends, and we set up camp for about five days and explore little dirt strips and canyons."

He also recalled helming a helicopter when it was forced to crash.

"Well, there was a mechanical failure while we were practicing power recovery autorotations. It was more or less a hard landing," he recalled. "Luckily, I was with another aviation professional and neither of us was hurt — and both of us are still flying."

The cause of Thursday's plane crash is not yet known.

Witnesses saw the plane clip a tree before coming down.

"We saw this beautiful plane. It looks like a plane I see often, leaving from Santa Monica Airport," said Howard Teba, who was at the golf course when the plane crashed. "Must have hit the top of a tree."

Teba said it appeared that the pilot was the only person on board the plane. Two men who are apparently doctors were golfing at the time and came to the actor's aid, Teba said.

The plane crashed on the golf course just west of the airport shortly after takeoff from the Santa Monica Airport, according to Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Ford's career in Hollywood took off after he starred as Han Solo in "Star Wars" in 1977, but it was his role as the adventurous protagonist in the "Indiana Jones" movies that became his most iconic.

After six decades of acting, the actor still stars in blockbuster hits like the baseball sports drama "42" and has signed on for another film reprising his futuristic thriller "Blade Runner."

<![CDATA[Dramatic Hair Transformations: Jared Leto]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:15:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/LetoDramaticHair.jpg Check out how these stars change up their 'dos for their roles and real life.

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<![CDATA[Felicity Huffman Inherited Madonna's Underwear]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:53:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Felicity+Huffman.JPG Felicity Huffman once inherited Madonna's underwear when she took over the Material Girl's dressing room during her stage debut of "Speed the Plow."

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<![CDATA[Watch: "Tonight Show" Audience Suggestion Box]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:16:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Tonight+Show+Audience+Suggestion+Box.png Jimmy Fallon reads suggestions from the audience, including one that asks to hear the guy who recorded AOL's "you've got mail" line, Elwood Edwards.]]> <![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon and Zoe Kravitz Play Giant Beer Pong]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:10:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NUP_167611_1356.JPG

Zoe Kravitz almost missed her “Tonight Show” appearance.

The "Divergent" actress was stuck in rush hour traffic Wednesday, and like a true New Yorker, jumped out of the car and hopped on the subway.

“People were calling to tell me I was late,” Kravitz said. “I was like, ‘I’m on D train.’ It was so much faster.”

Fallon asked the offspring of rocker Lenny Kravitz to thank her father for randomly picking him and his wife up at an airport in the Bahamas and getting them drunk off “Dark and Stormys.” Apparently, Fallon’s driver — who happened to be a friend of Kravitz — couldn’t make it to the airport and asked the "Fly Away" musician for a favor.

“I was like ‘What are you doing here man?’” Fallon said, confused about the encounter.

“I’m here to pick you up an take you to your boat,” Kravitz said.

The host, enamored by the Grammy Award winner’s humble gesture, proclaimed to be “officially in love with Lenny Kravitz as a human being.”

Fallon then challenged Zoe Kravitz to a game of Giant Beer Pong. The two players took turns attempting to throw giant Ping-Pong balls into oversized red Solo cups. And just like the famous drinking game, every time a player scored, the opponent had to chug a cup of beer.

Kravitz went first and nailed her shot like a college champ. Fallon went next, but failed to score a point.

“Jimmy, I’m disappointed,” said Kravitz. “You talked all this smack before the show,”

Both contestants failed to score on their second round, but Fallon did make a shot on his third try, forcing Zoe to take a drink.

“Chug it all,” Fallon rallied.

With the score tied, the next player to make a shot would win the game. Watch the video above to see who was declared the Giant Beer Pong Champion.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Giant Beer Pong With Zoë Kravitz]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:39:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Zoe+Kravitz.JPG Jimmy Fallon and "Divergent" star Zoë Kravitz go head-to-head in a giant game of Beer Pong.

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<![CDATA[The "Unbreakable" Cult of Tina Fey]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:59:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP670317289870.jpg

The hoopla surrounding last month's "Saturday Night Live" 40th anniversary party included celebrations of the show's impact on television and the movies. Not near as much attention was garnered by the late night staple's latest gift (in a box): its growing digital legacy.

Sure, the show's "Digital Short" segments and other filmed bits have provided funny fodder that often plays as well online as on TV (latest case in point: the daring ISIS spoof this past Saturday). Will Ferrell brought some of the "SNL" spirit to his Funny or Die site. Adam Sandler is set to bring his brand of cinematic silliness to Netflix.

But overall, "SNL" and its extended family's digital grade is incomplete. The latest – and perhaps most important – test comes Friday when Netflix begins streaming "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," a new Tina Fey-produced sitcom. The show, starring Ellie Kemper as a former doomsday cult member re-entering society after living underground for 15 years, may turn out to be more about the cults of Tina Fey and "SNL."

It's been just over two years since Fey's fast-and-funny "30 Rock," the best post-"SNL" and most "SNL"- like sitcom, left the air. But Fey has remained a media mainstay, from movies (including an amusing turn in "Muppets Most Wanted") to her recent third and final strong Golden Globes hosting performance with Amy Poehler. The duo's "Weekend Update" reunion – along with "SNL" original player Jane Curtin – marked the high point of last month's 40th anniversary special.

It also marked a reminder of the potent combination of smart and quirky comedy that Fey – and few others – excel at. Poehler just capped her six-season run "Parks and Recreation," a former NBC Thursday night neighbor of "30 Rock." Another part of that lineup and genre, the surreal sitcom "Community," returns this month, getting a new life on Yahoo!, much in the same way Fox's "Arrested Development" earned a second shot on Netflix.

Building an audience can be tough these days, on TV or elsewhere. "Kimmy Schmidt" originally was produced for NBC, which reportedly let Fey take the show to Netflix, by mutual agreement.

The new comedy arrives with some promising elements, besides Fey's involvement and the offbeat premise. Kemper, who emanated ditsy-with-depth on another departed NBC Thursday night staple, "The Office," can light up a screen like few other young performers. Jane Krakowski, one of the breakout performers of "30 Rock," co-stars. Fey's "30 Rock" producing partner Robert Carlock is her co-creator on "Kimmy Schmidt."

The sitcom world feels like it's been revolving more slowly since "30 Rock" came to a halt. "Kimmy Schmidt" seems likely to help pick up the pace, so binge-watch at your own risk. In the meantime, check out a preview of what could be Netflix's – and Fey's – next cult comedy.


Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multimedia NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Celebs in the Stands: Ansel Elgort]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:36:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/464995326.jpg Star-gazing isn't just for the red carpet! Take a look at some celebrities who've been spotted in the stands and on the sidelines rooting for their favorite sports teams.

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<![CDATA[Seth Meyers' Dad Was a "Magnum P.I." Doppelganger]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:28:27 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Magnum+PI.png Growing up, Seth Meyers and his brother were sure their father — who looks like Tom Selleck — was Thomas Magnum from the TV series "Magnum, P.I." Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to win the Magnum, P.I. look-alike contest. ]]> <![CDATA[Watch: The Time Ansel Elgort's Mom Met Bruce Willis]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:30:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Ansel+Elgort.JPG Ansel Elgort talks to Jimmy Fallon about presenting at the Oscars and revealed his mom's lack of pop culture awareness.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Pros and Cons of Watching "Empire"]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:03:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Pros+and+Cons2.png The Fox show's popularity inspired Jimmy Fallon to weigh the good and bad of getting invested in the hip-hop soap opera “Empire."]]> <![CDATA[No Camping at Dead's Last Shows]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:24:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/199*120/85921011.jpg

Bad news, Grateful Dead fans: Overnight parking or camping won't be allowed outside Soldier Field during the band’s Chicago farewell shows in July, despite the efforts of many petitioners.

Soldier Field spokesperson Luca Serra said Tuesday that officials decided not to permit overnight parking or camping during the Grateful Dead's "Fare Thee Well" tour after an assessment by the Chicago Park District and other city agencies.

More than 11,000 Grateful Dead fans signed a petition earlier this year asking officials to allow concert-goers to stay in the lots outside the venue, citing safety concerns with driving during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

“While we understand the desires of some of the community excited about the band’s last performances, the decision was made with the health and safety of concertgoers and lakefront visitors as top of mind during this busy weekend,” Serra said in a statement.

Serra said Soldier Field shares the campus with three museums and a harbor and is close to the “very populated” South Loop community, which is why camping is typically not allowed.

“For those traveling, we recommend staying at Chicago’s exceptional hotels to experience all that Chicago has to offer during their stay,” Serra said.

Camping is a tradition for many Dead fans and typically led to what some described as a tent city, where people would often sell food, drinks and other goods outside venues.

The band’s three-day 50th anniversary performance is scheduled to take place during the Fourth of July weekend is said to be their “last-ever performance together.”

Tickets for the highly anticipated event sold out within moments Saturday, causing prices to soar as high as $116,000 on resale sites like StubHub.

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<![CDATA[Vince Vaughn Recreates Stock Photos]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:46:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/vince+vaughn+stock+1.jpg

Much like b-roll, stock photos can get… monotonous. Not anymore, thanks to actors in Vince Vaughn’s new movie "Unfinished Business."

The cast of the movie, which comes out Friday, teamed up with iStock by Getty Images to create new, free stock photos featuring Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tim Wilkinson and other co-stars.

The images showcase classic stock photography scenes like meetings, presentations, coworker excitement and more.

“iStock grew out of the small business sector and understanding the needs of SMBs and creatives is part of our DNA,” Craig Peters, General Manager of iStock, said in a statement. “We hope these images bring a smile to people’s faces as they recognise classic business stock concepts with a twist.”

The hilarious star stock images will be offered in sets of four, with the first set already available on iStock.

The next sets will be released on the March 9 and 16 and a “best of” selection will be available on March 23.

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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: Carrie Underwood]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:10:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP120523147771.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Oprah's Harpo Studios in Chicago to Close]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:31:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/harpo2.jpg

Oprah Winfrey plans to close Harpo Studios in Chicago this year.

Winfrey announced the news Tuesday, laying out a timeline for the closing of her West Loop TV studios, where her iconic show was filmed.

“Harpo Studios in Chicago was not just my home but also my life for nearly 30 years," she said in a statement. "I’ve spent more time there than anywhere else. I am so proud of what we created. It has been a blessing in my life and I thank everyone who has been a part of this great run. I am now looking ahead to inhabiting the new space on The Lot in California and carrying on the legacy of Harpo Studios with OWN programming.”

Presidents of OWN and Harpo Studios, Erik Logan and Sheri Salata, said the studio should be closed in Chicago by December.

"We have been fortunate to have this spectacular city of Chicago as our home for over 25 years and are thankful to everybody who has been a part of this great company," the pair said in a statement.

Last March, Harpo Inc. announced it had entered into a purchasing agreement with Sterling Bay Cos. for the four-building campus on Chicago’s West Side.

"We have entered into a purchasing agreement with Sterling Bay for the four-building Harpo Studios campus in Chicago's West Loop," Harpo told Crain's in a statement at the time. "We expect the transaction to be closed in 30 days. The property will be leased back to Harpo for two years and the studio will continue to produce programming for OWN."

Winfrey first came to Chicago in 1984 to the morning talk show, "A.M. Chicago." A month later, the show was No. 1 in the market, and renamed "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1985.

Winfrey moved to Harpo Studios in 1990 and is credited with transforming the once-gritty industrial area to a neighborhood filled with families and trendy restaurants.

Winfrey filmed "The Oprah Winfrey Show" at the studio from 1990 to 2011, when she ended the talk show to start her cable network.

In 2011, then-Chicago Mayor Richard Daley named the street outside Harpo Studios "Oprah Winfrey Way."

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