<![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 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 21:22:18 -0400 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 21:22:18 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[WATCH: Stunt Rider 'Surfs' Across Water On Bike]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:57:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bikeonwater.jpg

Pro stunt rider Robbie Maddison has accomplished his biggest feat yet: riding his bike over water. 

In a must-see-to-believe video by DC Shoes called "Pipe Dream," Maddison is seen riding through the jungles of Tahiti before heading straight into the ocean at high speeds, Today.com reported. 

His bike was outfitted with jet-ski like panels attached to its sides, which allowed Maddison to glide across the water. 

And while the viral video makes it look easy, Maddison called the ride "the scariest thing I have ever experienced," adding it took many tries to get the picture-perfect shot. 

Don't miss the end when Maddison takes on surfers' waves. 



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Small Dog Has Big Sneeze]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:35:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sneezingpomeranian.jpg

One small dog had an unexpectedly large sneeze, and the adorable moment is going viral. 

Roux, a Pomeranian, can be seen struggling to let out a sneeze before the adorable moment when he let it all out, with a head shake included. 

The dog's owner caught the whole thing on camera, and it has over 5.5 million views on YouTube



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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: Ashlee Simpson, Evan Ross]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10:21:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_671877106712.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Rapper Arrested at Lollapalooza]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10:18:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/travis+scott+rapper.jpg

Texas rapper Travi$ Scott was arrested at Lollapalooza for allegedly urging fans to jump the barricades and storm the stage, Chicago officials say. 

Scott, whose real name is Jacques Webster, had performed just one song when fans began to jump the barricades into the security pit. The rapper then fled the scene, but Chicago Police caught up with him soon after and arrested him, according to a statement from the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communications. 

No fans were injured when they jumped the barricades.

Scott was arrested and charged with reckless conduct, according to Chicago Police. A fan was also arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, according to OEMC.

Concert promoter C3 Presents released a statement following the incident confirming that no fans were injured. 

"Fans jumped the barricade into the security pit at Lollapalooza during Travis Scott's performance on Saturday at Lollapalooza," the statement read. "The situation was resolved quickly and no patrons were injured. Operations have resumed as normal. Chicago Police are handling the matter."

An email sent to Scott's booking agent seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.

Seven people had been arrested prior to Scott's arrest, and at least 35 citations have been issued at the three-day music festival, according to OEMC. 

Lollapalooza takes place in Grant Park July 31 to Aug. 2.



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<![CDATA[Weather Threat Affects Lollapalooza]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:28:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/ebff5b30d6344341896bfc2eb4591a02.JPG.jpg

After a temporary evacuation earlier in the day, Lollapalooza announced that their remaining performances Sunday night would be moved to earlier start times as severe weather threatened Chicago again.

The festival ended early without a second evacuation, and all festival-goers made it out of Grant Park safely.

Earlier in the day, Lollapalooza announced an evacuation due to severe weather in the Chicago. Gates reopened at 3:30 p.m. after the storm passed through, and music resumed at 4 p.m.

Despite the brief evacuation period, none of the performances were cancelled, according to Lollapalooza organizers, who said all sets would be rescheduled.

Lollapalooza organizers urged festival-goers to head to the nearest exit for a "brief" evacuation. They were directed by festival staff and the Chicago Police Department to "pre-established underground evacuation and shelter sites along Michigan Avenue," according to a statement from concert promoter C3.

There are three emergency evacuation shelters: Grant Park North, Grant Park South and Millennium Lakeside Garages. All shelters can be accessed through vehicle entrances on Michigan Avenue.

The concert promoter reported that all festival-goers, staff and artists "calmly and safely exited from Grant Park."

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Cook and DuPage counties until 3 p.m., threatening 60-mph wind gusts and hail the size of golf balls.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: 1,000 Rockers Woo Foo Fighters]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:04:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DNC-THUR-P7.jpg

A conductor in front of the setting sun counts out a beat, then scores of drum sets, electric guitars and basses crash to life in a rousing, rocking rendition of "Learn to Fly."

That's how this epic love letter to the Foo Fighters begins. The seven-minute video of 1,000 musicians playing the rock band's popular song was made to convince the Americans to play a concert in Cesena, on Italy's east coast.

"Come and play in here, give a concert to all of us in Cesena," says Rockin1000 project leader Fabio Zaffagnini in the video.

But the chorus that belted out "I'm looking to the sky to save me" didn't need divine intervention for their dream to come true.

Posted on Thursday, July 30, the project's video passed 10 million views on YouTube within two days; among the viewers was Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl.

He posted his own video where he promises, in Italian, that his band is coming to Cesena.

"This video, was good! Super nice. Thank you so much," he said, according to the BBC's translation. "We're coming, I swear. We'll see each other soon." 

It's not clear yet when the Foo Fighters will visit, but just asking them to come was a massive undertaking, according to Zaffagnini. He said the video took one year to put together and that the army of participants that came to the Cesena video taping were all volunteers.

"Italy is a country where dreams cannot easily come true, but it's a land of passion and creativity, so what we did in here is just a huge, huge miracle," Zaffagnini says.



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<![CDATA['Tonight': First Drafts of Rock Does The Beach Boys]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 02:39:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/073115-kevin-bacon-beach-boys-tonight-show.jpg With a little help from Kevin Bacon, First Drafts of Rock takes a look at an early version of The Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun, Fun."

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<![CDATA[Bobbi Kristina Mourned at Funeral]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:03:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-482664846.jpg Friends and family attended the memorial service for Bobbi Kristina Brown at a church in suburban Atlanta.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Mel B Predicts an 'AGT' Winner]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 02:19:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/073115-mel-b-agt-tonight-show.jpg Mel B talks about "America's Got Talent," and she and Jimmy continue with their tradition of trying to predict a winner before the live rounds.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Baby Pygmy Hippo Learns He's a Natural Swimmer]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 10:40:06 -0400 YouTube video posted by the zoo.]]> YouTube video posted by the zoo.]]> http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Melbourne-Zoo-Pygmy-Hippo.jpg

A baby pygmy hippo jumps into the water for the very first time in a delightful video posted by an Australian Zoo, proving that even pygmy hippos start small.

The little hippo's name is Obi, and he dives into the pool at the Melbourne Zoo with his mother, Petre, in video posted in June, when Obi was three weeks old.

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Quite the natural, Obi tries to hop on his mother's back and even nuzzles her snout while splashing around. 

"He loves the water and spends hours in the small pool," Wild Sea Manager Justin Valentine said in a Melbourne Zoo press release posted after Obi hit the waves.

Pygmy hippos are found in West Africa – Obi means "heart" in Igbo, a language from Nigeria – and are much less aquatic then their larger cousins. 

"Its nose and ears close underwater just like a hippo's do, but its head is rounder and narrower, its neck is proportionally longer, and its eyes are not on the top of its head," according to the San Diego Zoo.

Calves, like Obi, can't walk well in their first few weeks of life, according to the San Diego Zoo. But pygmy hippo mothers have a sneaky solution: tucking the calf away in bushes while she feeds.



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<![CDATA[Valerie Harper Out of Hospital, Resting With Family]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:53:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_298491359449.jpg

Actress Valerie Harper is resting and feeling better according to a spokesperson for the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine, where Harper was performing in the show "Nice Work If You Can Get It," alongside Sally Struthers.

Harper was taken to York Hospital Wednesday and was discharged Thursday. Her husband told the Ogunquit Playhouse that she is relaxing with family in an undisclosed location.

Bradford Kenney, Executive Artistic Director for the playhouse, said Harper had been feeling "off" all week. On Wednesday night, she was feeling faint in her dressing room, and the staff suggested she seek medical attention.

"She wanted to still go on stage," said Kenney.

Harper is 75 years old and has terminal cancer. Two years ago, doctors told her she had just three months to live. She said she was determined to keep living and working.

"She's out there to inspire people," said Kenney.

The Ogunquit Playhouse staff said reports that Harper had collapsed and was in a coma are "absolutely not true."

The day before she was hospitalized, Harper sat down with WCSH, an affiliate of necn and NBC, and said she was feeling "amazingly good," but admitted it hasn't been easy to perform.

"I'm having a really tough time," Harper told WCSH. "I think it’s the medication."

Kenney said Harper is optimistic she will be strong enough to return to the stage before the show ends on August 15.

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<![CDATA[Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Are Having a Baby]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:12:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_913714341861.jpg

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have announced on Facebook that they are expecting a baby girl.

"This will be a new chapter in our lives. We've already been so fortunate for the opportunity to touch people's lives around the world -- Cilla as a doctor and educator, and me through this community and philanthropy. Now we'll focus on making the world a better place for our child and the next generation," Facebook founder and CEO wrote in a post on Friday. 

The couple tied the knot at a small ceremony at his Palo Alto, California, home in 2012. They met at Harvard and have been together for more than nine years before getting married.



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<![CDATA['I Am Chris Farley' Spotlights Comedy Legend]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:27:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SNL_Farley.jpg

Melissa McCarthy memorably crashed “Weekend Update” during the February "Saturday Night Live" 40th anniversary special, all but stealing the show.

Her high-energy performance, though, was less about her than the character she channeled: Matt Foley, the ants-in-his-oversized-pants motivational speaker, prone to throwing himself through windows and onto tables after lamenting he lives "in a van, down by the river!"

The surprise segment marked a hilarious and poignant tribute to Chris Farley, a fallen “SNL” star better remembered than the Matt Foleys of the world, though rarely mentioned among the program's most vaunted players. Nearly six months after McCarthy’s homage pratfall, Farley gets a shot at rising to his rightful spot in “SNL” history with "I Am Chris Farley," a documentary that goes into limited theatrical release Friday before hitting Spike and VOD in August.

The movie arrives nearly 18 years after Farley succumbed to drugs. His death at age 33 was eerily similar to the 1982 demise of John Belushi, another outsized presence and talent first exposed to major TV audience on “SNL.”

Comparisons are understandable, but unfair to both. Belushi proved, at times, a deceptively subtle actor, driven by a smoldering, edgy vigor. During Farley’s short career he emitted an endearing sensitive and vulnerable streak, elevating him beyond acrobatic fat-guy shtick.

Farley’s greatest skit – his Chippendales dance-off against a buff Patrick Swayze – resonates not just because of his belly-bouncing audition, but because of his very real look of hurt and stunned disbelief when he loses. Farley infused a similar sense of emotional exposure into his collection of overly enthusiastic losers, from Foley to the air-quote-using blowhard commentator Bennett Brauer (“I guess I don’t ‘fit the mold’”).

Farley could have been speaking about himself. We saw him at his most awkward, sweetest and perhaps most genuine in occasional "The Chris Farley Show" skits, in which he'd nervously ask luminaries like Paul McCartney inane questions (“Remember when you were with the Beatles? That was awesome!”) – and then beat himself up, verbally and physically, over the tongue-tied queries.

He trotted his overgrown puppy, approval-seeking persona into the movies, most notably with “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep” – both silly, but surprisingly durable physically-driven underdog comedies about a clumsy, more-gullible-than-dopey, oaf who somehow manages to eventually save the day (with a little help from fellow “SNL” veteran David Spade).

Spade appears in the documentary, along with Adam Sandler, Dan Aykroyd and Lorne Michaels, among others. The challenge of the movie rests in unraveling the demons that drove and ultimately destroyed Farley. But the film also offers a welcome opportunity to celebrate a funnyman who gave his all on screens large and small – none of which were big enough to contain his talent.

 

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['Shame on Him': Stars Condemn Lion Killing]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:30:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TLMD-leon-cecil-zimbabue-nbc-vod-.png

Celebrities have slammed Walter James Palmer over the killing of Cecil the lion, calling the American dentist a “coward,” and urging that his license be revoked.

Palmer has admitted to killing the 13-year-old predator, a favorite with foreign tourists and the subject of a study by Oxford University, but said he had hired professional guides and believed all the necessary hunting permits were in order.

Palmer sent an apology letter to his patients, but that has not stopped stars from sharing strong words about him.

Betty White slammed the Minnesota dentist, saying to The Associated Press on Thursday: “You don’t want to hear some of the things I want to do to that man."

“It’s such a heartbreaker," White continued. "You can’t even talk about it, and to see this king of the jungle and personifying it in every way, this gorgeous creature. How can somebody do that?”

Mia Farrow tweeted the dentist’s full office address on Wednesday, saying: "#CecilTheLion -Gentle protector of 6 cubs. Loved by many. Killed by Dentist Walter Palmer.” She later deleted the tweet.

Earlier this week, Jimmy Kimmel took time out of his late-night show to reprimand the dentist, saying: “I’m honestly curious to know why a human being would feel compelled to do that. How is that fun?"

Other celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Osbourne, and Ricky Gervais also took to social media to express their outrage.



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<![CDATA[Box Office Preview: 'Mission Impossible,' 'Vacation,' and More]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:41:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_bop0730_1500x845.jpg See the latest films coming to theaters this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Ice T Re-Voices 'Care Bears,' 'The Smurfs']]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:22:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Ice-T.png Jimmy Fallon discovers that Ice T used to do voiceover work for children's cartoons, like "Care Bears," "The Smurfs" and "Dora the Explorer.”]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show' Hashtags: #AirportFail]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:24:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Hashtag+AirportFail.png Jimmy Fallon discovers that Ice T used to do voiceover work for children's cartoons, like "Care Bears," "The Smurfs" and "Dora the Explorer.”]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': New England Scram Chowder]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:23:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Meyers+New+England+Scram+Chowder.png Seth Meyer shares his thoughts on Boston losing its Olympic bid.]]>