<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:17:03 -0500 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:17:03 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Holiday 2014: Gifts That Give Back]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:10:25 -0500 Cookies and Starbucks Coffee Gift Box for just $29.99? The gift box will include all-natural homemade individually wrapped chocolate chunk, white chocolate macadamia, double chocolate chip, and oatmeal raisin cookies, with Starbucks house blend regular coffee, and fair trade café estima blend. The “That’s Caring” gift box will supply a weekend food bag, which is given to a child living in a food-insecure environment. Check out more “That’s Caring” gifts you can give to your employees, clients, and your boss here . ]]> Cookies and Starbucks Coffee Gift Box for just $29.99? The gift box will include all-natural homemade individually wrapped chocolate chunk, white chocolate macadamia, double chocolate chip, and oatmeal raisin cookies, with Starbucks house blend regular coffee, and fair trade café estima blend. The “That’s Caring” gift box will supply a weekend food bag, which is given to a child living in a food-insecure environment. Check out more “That’s Caring” gifts you can give to your employees, clients, and your boss here . ]]> http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Starbucks10.jpg A better feeling than getting presents during the holidays is the feeling of giving back. This season shop for gifts that not only will make your friends and family happy, but will also help someone in need.

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<![CDATA[Thanksgiving Weekend 2014: What to Watch ]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:18:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NUP_166284_0399.JPG

Thanksgiving weekend is all about family, turkey leftovers, Black Friday bargains and watching cool stuff on big and small screens. 

Wednesday night through Sunday offers the chance to kick back, grab some holiday fare and enjoy the following visual holiday treats:

"The Making of Peter Pan Live!" 

This hourlong special will go behind the scenes to give viewers an inside look at the incredible teamwork it takes to create the event “Peter Pan Live” (Thursday, Dec. 4, 8 p.m.). Watch Allison Williams learn to fly and Christopher Walken practice his sword fighting as he prepares to play the villainous Captain Hook. From casting to costume design, this is an all-access pass to whet viewers’ appetites for all things “Peter Pan Live!” Wednesday, Nov. 26 (NBC 8-9 p.m. ET)

"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"

Good grief! Is the holidays already? Everyone's favorite underdog Charlie Brown, along with Snoopy and all the Peanuts gang return for the annual showing of this Thanksgiving classic. Wednesday, Nov. 26 (ABC 8-9 p.m. ET)

"SNL Thanksgiving"

An hilarious compilation of the best Thanksgiving-themed clips from 40 years of the iconic late-night series “Saturday Night Live.” Wednesday, Nov. 26 (NBC 9-11 p.m. ET)

"Jurassic World" Trailer

This sneak peek at next year's blockbuster return to the "Jurassic Park" franchise was set to bow Thanksgiving evening, but Universal Pictures unleashed the prehistoric beasts early.

"Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade"

Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie of "Today" will host one of the biggest spectacles of the holiday season as more than 8,000 participants make their through the streets of New York City. Celebrities participating include Lucy Hale, Nick Jonas, Idina Menzel and Meghan Trainor. The parade will include high-stepping numbers from this season’s Tony Award-winning best musical "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder," Sting’s "The Last Ship," "On the Town" and "Side Show," as well as a sneak peek at NBC’s "Peter Pan Live!" Thursday, Nov. 27 (NBC 9 a.m.-noon ET)

"The National Dog Show Presented by Purina"

Hosted by award-winning actor, author and Broadway star John O’Hurley ("Seinfeld," "Dancing with the Stars") and expert analyst David Frei, an AKC-licensed judge and host of USA Network’s "The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show," the 13th annual "National Dog Show" showcases the best of America's purebred canines. Thursday, Nov. 27 (NBC noon-2 p.m. ET)

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Trailer Premiere

An early 88-second tease of director J.J. Abrams' highly-anticipated next installment in the "Star Wars" franchise, "The Force Awakens," can be seen in 30 theaters across North America beginning Friday morning. The full list of participating theaters can be found at the "Star Wars" website. Friday, Nov. 28

COZI TV's "Tribute to David Soul & Paul Michael Glazer"

To celebrate "Starsky & Hutch" making their COZI debut, superfans gather to show their appreciation for stars David Soul and Paul Michael Glazer and the cop series that ran from 1975-1979. Friday, Nov. 28 (COZI TV 4 p.m. ET)

"Sunday Night Football"

Denver at Kansas City. These longtime divisional rivals met on Sept. 14 with the Broncos escaping with a 24-17 win on the strength of a goal-line stand in the final seconds.  Sunday, Nov. 27 (NBC noon-2 p.m. ET)

(NBC and COZI TV are part of the NBC Universal family of companies)



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<![CDATA[B. Smith Missing: Police]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:56:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/B-Smith-NY-Missing.jpg

Former model and celebrity restaurateur B. Smith has gone missing in the Hamptons, according to police.

Smith, 65, was last seen in Southampton at about 11 p.m. Tuesday, police say.

Smith, who owns restaurants on Manhattan's restaurant row and in Sag Harbor, revealed earlier this year that she has Alzheimer’s disease.

According to her website, she was the first black woman to grace the cover of Mademoiselle's in July 1976. She also was the host of "B. Smith With Style," a nationally syndicated talk show that aired in the mid 1990s on NBC stations across the country, including NBC 4 New York

She lives in Sag Harbor. 



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<![CDATA["Pan" Theatrical Trailer]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:56:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PAN-T1-046.jpg "Pan," based on the characters of JM Barrie's "Peter Pan," is scheduled to fly into theaters on June 26, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:39:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA["The Voice": Top 8 Revealed]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:48:43 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NUP_166022_2071.JPG

Even after Monday night's mighty mentorship from Diana Ross, Clive Davis, Colbie Caillat, Christina Aguilera and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, two more singers were sent home on "The Voice."

Ahead of the elimination announcement were two group performances — Coach Adam Levine took the stage with his team for Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young," Coach Pharrell Williams delivered Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" with his singers — and one solo from Taylor Swift, who shared her new single "Blank Space."

Finding themselves in the bottom three at the end of the evening were Team Gwen Stefani's Anita Antoinette and Ryan Sill, and Team Blake Shelton's 16-year-old powerhouse Reagan James.

Challenged to perform for the televised-audience-generated #InstantSave, Antoinette delivered Jason Mraz's "The Remedy," James tackled Nelly Furtado's "I'm Like a Bird," and Sill opted for the Howie Day hit "Collide."

In a repeat of last week's elimination, Sill was saved by the audience vote once again.

That leaves Team Pharrell's DaNica Shirey as the sole female singer in the Top 8 and Team Blake with only one artist remaining: Craig Wayne Boyd. Team Adam has not had to witness one of its members languishing in the bottom three as yet.

TOP 8

Team Adam
Matt McAndrew
Chris Jamison
Damien

Team Blake
Craig Wayne Boyd

Team Gwen
Taylor John Williams
Ryan Sill

Team Pharrell
Luke Wade
DaNica Shirey

"The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.



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<![CDATA[Lorde Pretended to Be Taylor Swift's Manager]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:04:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Lorde.jpg Singer Lorde stopped by “Late Night” Tuesday and chatted with Jimmy Fallon about curating “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” soundtrack on tour, bonding with Taylor Swift over Shake Shack burgers and being confused as the “Shake It Off” songstress’ manager at a Grammy's after-party.

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<![CDATA[Meyers: Jason Sudeikis Talks Royals, Childhood Friends]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:03:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Jason+Sudeikis.jpg Jason Sudeikis stopped by "Late Night” Tuesday and talked to Seth Meyers about taking his childhood friends to game four of the American League series where his team, the Kansas City Royals, clinched the pennant.

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<![CDATA[Screen Grabs: Weiner Hound and Jimmy's Russian Doppelganger]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:52:12 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Screen+Grabs.png Jimmy Fallon asks “Tonight Show” fans to send in screenshots found on the Internet and shares some of his favorite submissions.]]> <![CDATA["Horrible Bosses 2" Trailer]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:03:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HB2-TT-003.jpg Warner Bros.' "Horrible Bosses 2" hits theaters November 26, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[10 New Holiday Albums for 2014]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:34:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Wopat+Schneider+album+cover+cropjpg.jpg

From "Frozen" star Idina Menzel to Darius Rucker, LeAnn Rimes, Anthony Hamilton, Renee Fleming and "Christmas at Downton Abbey," there's new holiday music to suit every taste this season.

Here, 10 new releases sure to put you in the festive mood:

"Holiday Wishes" — Idina Menzel 

It's only fitting that "Frozen" star Idina Menzel would release her Christmas album in 2014, following the international success of "Let It Go," her hit from the animated smash.

For this new release (which doesn't contain the Disney hit) the Tony-winner lends her soaring vocals to such seasonal classics as "Silent Night," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and a duet with Michael Bublé on "Baby It's Cold Outside." (Warner Bros.)

"Home for the Holidays" — Darius Rucker

The singer once known as Hootie is taking his country music crossover to the Holidays. 

Along with two original recordings — "What God Wants for Christmas," "Candy Cane Christmas" — Rucker covers seasonal classics including "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," "You're a Mean Once Mr. Grinch," and duets with Sheryl Crowe on "Baby, It's Cold Outside." (Universal Nashville)

"Home for Christmas" — John Schneider & Tom Wopat 

On the first full recording since they screeched onto screens in a cloud of dust as "The Dukes of Hazard" 35 years ago, former co-stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat take the pop/jazz route and mostly leave the country in the past.

The pair blend their accomplished voices on traditional seasonal fare including "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas, as well as some lesser-known holiday songs such as the anti-commercialism "Blue Xmas," by Bob Dorough. (D13 Entertainment)

"Christmas in New York" — Renee Fleming

Metropolitan Opera soprano Renee Fleming goes jazz for this collection of 13 holiday standards also featuring the talents of singers Rufus Wainwright ("In the Dark Midwinter"), Kelli O'Hara ("Silver Bells"), Gregory Porter ("Central Park Serenade," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis ("Sleigh Ride," "Winter Wonderland"). (Decca)

"Christmas at Downton Abbey" — Various artists

No, Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) does not bust out a rendition of "Jingle Bells," but he does recite "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" with an orchestral backing on this two-disc compilation featuring 45 holiday tracks.

Aside from the spoken-word performance by Carter the only other "Downton" cast members participating are Julian Ovenden (Charles Blake) and Elizabeth McGovern (Countess of Grantham), both accomplished singers in their own right. (Warner Bros.)

"At Christmas" — Sara Evans

A sentimental collection of classics including "O, Holy Night," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Walking in a Winter Wonderland," and "O Come All Ye Fathful" is given a contemporary boost with the new titular song and a rendition of "Run Rudolph Run," made popular by Chuck Berry. (RCA Nashville)

"Home for the Holidays" — Anthony Hamilton 

Grammy-winning R&B singer Anthony Hamilton brings soul to the season with versions of "Little Drummer Boy," "Away in a Manger" and "Please Come Home for Christmas." Hamilton also harmonizes with Chaka Khan on "The Christmas Song" and Gavin DeGraw on "Home for the Holidays." (RCA Records)

"One Christmas" — LeAnn Rimes

The new reality-series star returns to her musical roots with this collection of Holiday standards that includes "Silent Night, Holy Night," "Carol of the Bells" and Elvis Presley hit "Blue Christmas." (Red)

"Motown Christmas" — Various artists

The first holiday album from the Motown brand in more than 40 years serves up familiar classics including "Joy to the World," "Little Drummer Boy," "Silent Night" and "Angels We Have Heard on High" and features performances from Smokey Robinson, India.Arie, Anita Wilson and Ne-Yo. (Motown Records)

"Heart & Friends: Home for the Holidays" — Heart

The new additions to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lend their big sound to this live CD and DVD of less well known Holiday fare including "Seasons," "Santa's Going South" "Stairway to Heaven" and "Please Come for Christmas." (Frontiers)



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<![CDATA[2014 Holiday Album Releases]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:29:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Wopat+Schneider+album+cover+cropjpg.jpg Hear the Holidays! Your favorite recording artists are unwrapping a sleigh full of new Holiday albums just in time for the season.

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<![CDATA[Full "Jurassic World" Trailer Unleashed Early]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:17:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2424_D013_00290_R_copy.jpg

Only two days after the teaser travel was released for the highly-anicipated "Jurassic World," Universal Pictures has decided to unleash the full theatrical trailer online ahead of the declared Thanksgiving debut.

The film's director Colin Trevorrow took to Twitter Tuesday to announce that due to "circumstances beyond [their] control, the park will be opening early." Trevorrow then gave a countdown before posting the link to the trailer.

"Jurassic World," the fourth installment in the series, pays homage to the 1993 original with a new cast featuring Chris Pratt and Dallas Bryce Howard and a new genetically-improved dinosaur.

Originally slated to debut during an NFL game at 9 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving Day, there was no word on why the full trailer was given an early release.

"Jurassic World" is set to take a bite out of the box office on June 12, 2015.

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<![CDATA["Jurassic World" Full Trailer]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:08:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2424_D013_00290_R_copy.jpg "Jurassic World" is scheduled to be released in theaters on June 12, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[ Jennifer Aniston Talks Marriage Rumors on "Ellen"]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:23:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/V29A3513r.jpg Jennifer Aniston stops by "Ellen" to chat about those pesky wedding date rumors. ]]> <![CDATA[A Big Job for "Horrible Bosses 2"]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:39:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HB2-07345r.jpg

"Horrible Bosses," unlike its three bumbling, disgruntled employee/would-be assassins characters, carried out a surprise hit in 2011 as the higher-profile "The Hangover Part II" and "Bridesmaids" grossed and grossed out to great financial success and hilarity.

Now "Horrible Bosses" returns Wednesday with a sequel and a tougher job: To help end a challenging year for movie comedies with a fresh gust of laughter.

Sure, the immensely fun "Guardians of the Galaxy," the year's biggest box office hit so far, delivered the chuckles at warp speed. But the sci-fi adventure homage to "Star Wars" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," among other classics, isn't an all-out, flesh-and-blood (sorry, Groot) comedy.

"22 Jump Street," the only pure comedy (read: not animated or special effects-driven) in the year's box office Top 10, is hanging in – barely – at No. 10, with "Interstellar" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1" just getting started and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" on the way. Other than "Neighbors" and "Ride Along," there haven’t been any comedies among the major, mass appeal moneymakers, though the Mutt Cuts van of "Dumb and Dumber To" is just getting into gear.

The creative team behind “Horrible Bosses 2” can take encouragement from “22 Jump Street,” which was both funnier and more successful than the first installment. Plus, “Horrible Bosses” has a history of defying expectations.

The first installment might have benefitted from the tough economy, with the revenge fantasy resonating more amid high unemployment. Perhaps the film additionally satisfied moviegoers’ underdog jones by casting three actors best known for TV roles – Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”), Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Jason Sudeikis (“Saturday Night Live”) – as the stars, above top Hollywood talent like Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston.

The chemistry of the star trio – fueled by Day’s standout performance as a manic loser with a, well, demanding boss (Aniston) – drove the movie, along with some great comic action sequences. The sequel’s premise – a kidnap plot aimed at foiling a vicious business rival – offers the promise of more laughs, tempered by concerns about the franchise running out of gas.

Bateman, Day, Sudeikis and their high-octane supporting players (joined by this time Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine) have their work cut out for them. Check out a preview as comedy fans hope for another good movie about bad people.

 

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["The Voice": Top 10 Performances]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:02:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NUP_166020_1978.JPG

With only 10 contestants remaining, "The Voice" action was red hot Monday night as some very special guest mentors stopped by.

Diana Ross, Colbie Caillat, Patrick Stump and Christina Aguilera were all on hand to lend their talents and encouragement to the final 10. The result was a live performances show to remember:

Group Performance

The top 10 kicked off the evening with a performance of some of Rascal Flatt's biggest hits. The girls got the ball rolling with "Bless the Broken Road" before the boys joined in with "Chimed."

TOP 10 PERFORMANCES

Matt McAndrew

Team Adam mentor Patrick Stump (from Fall Out Boy) chose Coldplay’s "Fix You" for McAndrew and instructed the singer to take the song to the audience. Pharrell praised the performance by saying  he thinks rock stations should be playing all of Matt’s tunes.

Anita Antoinette

Coached by Gwen and mentor Aguilera, Antoinette tackled Passenger’s "Let Her Go," imbuing the song with a rocksteady/reggae vibe. Coach Gwen revealed that her son Kingston has picked Antoinette as his favorite this season.

Damien

Adam chose "You and I" by Stevie Wonder for Damien to perform, saying he wouldn’t have given it to Damien if he didn’t think he could do it, but he feels like the song was made for him.

Reagan James

After duetting with mentor Colbie Caillat on Colbie’s song, "Try," Reagan mixed things up by performing her own take on "Fancy," by Iggy Azalea.

Luke Wade

After forgetting his song lyrics last week, Wade was out to show audiences why he deserves a place in the Top 10. Working with Diana Ross, Coach Pharrell chose Otis Redding’s "Try a Little Tenderness" for Wade.

Craig Wayne Boyd

Coach Blake chose Johnny Cash’s "I Walk the Line" for Boyd, but in the form of a ballad. His coach warned the country hopeful to build his performance and to not wait until the end of the song to really let go.

Ryan Sill

Woking with Coach Gwen and mentor Aguilera, Sill stayed on the rock bent he succeeded with last week. His coach chose "Starlight" by Muse.

DaNica Shirey

Shirey told legendary music producer Clive Davis, her mentor, that she is such a fan she wrote a report about him in high school. Shirey tackled the Whitney Houston hit "I Have Nothing."

Taylor John Williams

Much to Coach Gwen's concern, Williams came to rehearsals with idea of performing The Beatles’ "Come Together." After workshopping the song with mentor Aguilera, he turned in a bigger, grittier performance than in the past. Hat tip to Shelton for giving the audience grief over their inability to clap on rhythm.

Chris Jamison

Team Adam’s Jamison tackled "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars. Mentor Stump and Coach Adam worked on building Jamison's swagger and charisma for the performance.

Viewers can vote by calling, texting and downloading the iTunes song of their favorite artist.

"The Voice" airs every Monday and Tuesday at 8/7c on NBC.



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<![CDATA[Meyers Talks Least Trending Hashtags]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:52:27 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sethmeyers+2.png Seth Meyers talks about hashtags that are the least trending on Twitter on "Late Night."]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: John Goodman Talks Will Ferrell]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:48:43 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/459541278.jpg John Goodman and Seth Meyers talk about an "SNL" clip Will Ferrell wrote that never aired.

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<![CDATA[Tim Allen Talks Name Change on "The Tonight Show"]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:50:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/459541768.jpg Jimmy Fallon talks to Tim Allen about why he choose to go with his middle name early on in his career on "The Tonight Show."

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<![CDATA[WATCH: will.i.am, Fallon on Making of "Ew!"]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:38:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/william-fallon-ew.jpg will.i.am and Jimmy Fallon talk about the background of the "Ew!" single and its music video on "The Tonight Show."]]> <![CDATA[Katherine Heigl Address "Difficult" Rumors]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:24:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AB062_Rumors_On_Being_Difficult_PR_1200x675_362949187838.jpg Katherine Heigl talks Rumors on Meredith Vieira]]> <![CDATA[Ex-NBC Employee Says He Paid Women for Bill Cosby]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:51:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Cosby.jpg

A former employee of NBC Entertainment has come forward to claim he regularly brought young women to Bill Cosby's dressing room and was asked to send money to multiple women over the years.

Frank Scotti, who says he worked as a facilities manager for the Brooklyn NBC Studio where "Cosby Show" was filmed, is the latest to go public with stories of Cosby’s past.

Scotti, 90, said it was once his job to guard the door after bringing young women to Cosby's dressing room. "I felt like a pimp,'' Scotti told "Today." "Every time he had somebody I had to watch, I had the girl stay there. I felt dirty."

Scotti also claims he was asked by the comedian to send money to various women, sometimes thousands of dollars a month. "All I know is that Bill Cosby told me that certain people, I want you to send this money out to them. He told me how much and I said fine and I went and got money orders, said Scotti. He said he never delivered the money but always sent it by mail, and never met the women to whom he sent money.

"I just felt, you know, he's not the person I thought he was,'' Scotti said of his decision to come forward.

One of the women whose name appears on several money orders Scotti showed "Today" says the gifts were purely "generosity" on the part of Cosby and were intended to help pay for her son’s boarding school.

“It is a shame that Dr. William Cosby’s generosity is being questioned and maligned," said Alva Chinn, a model and actress who appeared in several episodes of "The Cosby Show." “The source could have asked me first before releasing these money orders."

Scotti told the New York Daily News he eventually quit working with Cosby, "because of the girls."

Cosby has never been charged with a crime, but 18 women have now publicly accused the star of sexual assault or attempted assault.

In response to Scotti's allegations Cosby's attorney, Martin Singer, told NBC News, "It appears that his story is pure speculation so that he can get his 15 minutes of fame.''

"I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos,'' Cosby told Florida Today after receiving a standing ovation at a comedy show on Saturday. "People should fact-check." Cosby has always denied allegations of assault.



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<![CDATA[Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Through the Years]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:09:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP831821451169.jpg Click through for images of the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade through the years.

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<![CDATA[Cameron Diaz Mocks "Annie" on "SNL"]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:50:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-11-23+at+6.32.15+AM.png

Cameron Diaz hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the fourth time this weekend, poking fun at her upcoming musical film, "Annie."

The 2014 rendition of the classic musical stars African-American child actress Quvenzhane Wallis as the new "Little Orphan Annie." 

In "SNL's" spoof of the remake, Diaz portrayed Miss Hannigan, a mean-spirited manager of the orphanage, as she awaited the arrival of Jamie Foxx’s Daddy Warbucks (Jay Pharoah) who was planning to adopt Annie.

But Warbucks wasn't interested in meeting "white Annie" (Vanessa Bayer). He wanted to meet "black Annie," instead.  

"Black Annie" (Leslie Jones), an overgrown 43-year-old orphan, came in, saying: “I’m an orphan, I’m a veteran, I did a half a season in the WNBA."

Warbucks ended up changing his mind about the adoption, worried "black Annie" will take all of his money.

"Well, I’m not sure you’re the little orphan girl I’m looking for, Annie, but I am in need of a security guard," he said.

Black Annie agreed with a few requirements.

“Only thing is, I need my money up front, and I’m only working three days, and I have three kids that you’re probably going to have to adopt too,” she said.

The cold open scene channeled a "School House Rock!" segment that took a stab at President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

Kenan Thompson's character, portraying a "Bill," broke into song to explain the lengthy process of a bill becoming a law to a student visiting the Capitol Hill. But while he was singing, Obama (Jay Pharoah) entered the scene and pushed the human-sized bill down the steps.

Obama explained to the student that "there's an easier way to get things done around here." That's when Bobby Moynihan walked in, dressed as an "Executive Order."

"Im an executive order and I pretty much just happen," said Moynihan's character while smoking a cigarette. "And that's it."

When Obama explained that his executive order was providing relief from deportation to five million undocumented immigrants, Moynihan's character was surprised, saying he should have read the document himself.

"Okay, go big or go home, huh?" Moynihan said.

"Weekend Update" also covered Obama's executive action.

"For more on this immigration story, bring it up to your grandfather at Thanksgiving," quipped co-anchor Colin Jost.

Co-anchor Michael Che talked about how Missouri Governor Jay Nixon deployed the National Guard ahead of the grand jury decision on whether to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

"So spoiler alert, I guess we know what the verdict is," Che said. "Deploying the National Guard before the verdict is like your lawyer telling you to show up in something orange."

In a recurring sketch "Office Boss," Beck Bennet and his wife, Cameron Diaz invited co-workers over for dinner.

Bennet's character, a business executive trapped in the body of a baby, stumbled to the table and Diaz fed him while he sat in a high chair. The two even announced that they were having a baby of their own.

Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson performed "Uptown Funk" and "Feel Right" featuring Mystikal.

"SNL" will return on Dec. 6 with James Franco as host and musical guest Nicki Minaj.


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<![CDATA[Fallon Gets Angry Over Losing to Cera on "Tonight" ]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:10:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/459383268.jpg

Jimmy Fallon can't stand losing in a video game.

Fallon talked to Michael Cera about his new Broadway show, "This Is Our Youth," and mentioned how the actor and his castmates play video games during the day.

"Yeah, we play a lot of Mario Kart," Cera said.

Fallon explained that he set up "Mario Kart" in the "Tonight" dressing room before they taped Friday's show.

"I walked in, very nice and you weren't really making eye contact with me," Fallon said. 

"The reason I wasn't looking in your eyes is because I was getting a very weird vibe from you," recalled Cera. "You came in, [and] you went right to the celery."

"I went in and I grabbed a celery stick and you said, 'let's do this old man,'" said Fallon of Cera's challenge.

The two re-hashed the game, talking about which players and vehicles they used, and Fallon noted that he used a different player and vehicle than usual.

"Why'd you throw yourself off?" asked Cera.

"Because I wanted to be nice to the guest on my show!" Fallon yelled.

"When you play a game, you let someone win, and you beat me out there and then you beat me out here," he screamed, referring to "Catchphrase" game earlier in the show with Julianne Moore and Alan Cumming.



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<![CDATA[Fallon, Cera Play "Catchphrase" on "Tonight"]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:55:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/4593832641.jpg Jimmy Fallon played "Catchphrase" on "The Tonight Show" with guests Michael Cera and Julianne Moore. Surprise guest Alan Cumming also took the stage to play the game.

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<![CDATA[Movies to Be Thankful For]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:13:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/freebirds.jpg

Give thanks this holiday season for movies that remind us of what we love most about Thanskgiving: the coming together of families; how our own dysfunctional clan pales in comparison to the strangeness of others; and of course, turkey.

The following holiday-themed films offer something for all ages and tastes. So cut a slice of pumpkin pie, give thanks, and grab the remote.

"Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (1987)

Del (John Candy) turns to Neal (Steve Martin) and says, "There's no way on earth we're going to get out of here tonight. We'd have more luck playing pickup sticks with our butt-cheeks than we will getting a flight out of here before daybreak." And so it goes in this epic comedy of errors from director/writer John Hughes about an impromptu duo's quest to return from a business trip in time for Thanksgiving dinner. A beloved classic with enough laugh-out-loud gags to temper the holiday schmaltz, "P,T and A" is a reminder to be thankful for the genius collaboration of Candy, Martin and Hughes, and that you already made it home to be on the couch watching a movie with family. (Available on Netflix, On Demand)

"The Ice Storm" (1997)

Set during Thanksgiving 1973 as a dangerous storm approaches New Canaan, Connecticut, this drama from Oscar-winning director Ang Lee features a stellar ensemble cast that includes Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci and Elijah Wood as two families struggling to come to terms with the changing political and social climates of the 1970s. Sexual experimentation, drugs and familial responsibilities are major themes in this insightful look at a period guaranteed to make you thankful for the current enlightened, if still sometimes confusing, state of modern society. (Netflix, Amazon Prime, On Demand)

"Free Birds" (2013)

For the younger members of the clan gathering for turkey day this bird's tale follows Reggie, a gobbler who goes from outcast to hero when he receives a presidential pardon and embarks on a time-traveling mission to try and turn Thanksgiving into a turkey-free holiday. Featuring the voices of Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler, George Takai and Woody Harrelson, this movie will have you giving thanks you decided to wait and watch it after the big meal. (Netflix, On Demand)

"Home for the Holidays" (1995)

Jodie Foster directs this darkly comic look at that fine line between loving and liking your family. Claudia (Holly Hunter) is apprehensive about her decision to return to her parents house for Thanksgiving. With good reason: she's just lost her job; her teenage daughter (who is not making the journey with her) has announced she plans to spend the holiday losing her virginity; her homosexual brother arrives with a new friend in tow; her brother also barely tolerates their prim younger sister and openly antagonizes their brother-in-law; and eccentric and boozy Aunt Gladys is also on the guest list. Also starring Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Geraldine Chaplin, Dylan McDermott, Cynthia Stevenson and Steve Guttenberg, "Home for the Holidays" will leave you thankful for your own dysfunctionally normal family. (DVD)

"Pocahontas" (1995)

Disney's first animated film to be based on actual events and people retells the story of Pocahontas, the daughter of an Algonquin chief who is betrothed to a member of her tribe but becomes enamored of European settler John Smith. Featuring the voices of Irene Bedard, Mel Gibson, David Ogden Stiers, Christian Bale, Linda Hunt and Billy Connelly, this fictionalized account has been given the Disney spin, but younger viewers will enjoy the Oscar-winning melodies, sweeping drama and give thanks for Grandmother Willow, the wise old talking tree. (Netflix, On Demand)



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<![CDATA[Leno's Jay-Walking Victory Lap]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:57:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP821910960974.jpg

During Jay Leno's boisterous appearance this month on "The Tonight Show," his first since leaving the late night staple in February, he took Jimmy Fallon's right hand. "Look at these hands, ladies and gentlemen – look," Leno told the audience. "That's like a puppy's paw!"

Leno's hand grab came during a conversation about working on “old-timey” cars, but perhaps the former longtime "Tonight Show" host also was taking a gentle swipe at the relative inexperience of his youthful successor.

Either way, Leno clearly relished being back in the TV spotlight, which is again shining on him, albeit without the fierce “Tonight Show” glare. His Fallon guest shot followed the news that he'll be back on the tube next year with “Jay Leno’s Garage,” a CNBC show that taps his auto obsession.

Meanwhile, Leno lends his voice "Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas," an animated special set to air on NBC Dec. 16. Two days later, he’s slated to be outgoing CBS "Late, Late Show" host Craig Ferguson's final guest – and some hope he’ll do the same when Letterman his friend-turned-rival-turned-frenemy takes his last "Late Show" bow next year.

But the biggest of the latest Leno headlines comes Sunday when PBS broadcasts the star-filled celebration of his Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Leno, not one to Jay-walk into the sunset, is in the midst of a seemingly endless victory lap.

Fancy accolades are at odds with Leno's Everyman persona, but not with the ferocious work ethic and drive that got him the "Tonight Show" job twice. Leno should be proud to take his victories where he can get them. He'll never be able to claim the influence and critical laurels of Letterman. But he beat him to “The Tonight Show” gig, beat him in the ratings for the better part of two decades and beat him to the Twain Prize (even if Letterman notched Kennedy Center Honors first).

Letterman didn’t attend Leno’s Twain ceremony, recorded in October, and neither, of course, did Conan O’Brien. Other funny peers paid Leno tribute, though, including Fallon, Chelsea Handler, Seth Meyers, Wanda Sykes and fellow NBC legend/car aficionado Jerry Seinfeld.

But Leno, still active on the stand-up circuit, finds his greatest validation in getting laughs from the hoi polloi. Plenty of chuckles can be expected from the Twain Prize ceremony for a comedian who held on to a big late night TV audience like no other host since Johnny Carson.

 

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[Thai Cinema Chain Pulls "Mockingjay"]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:09:16 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mockingjay.jpg

A cinema chain in Thailand's capital has canceled all screenings of the latest "The Hunger Games" movie after a student group planned a protest at a theater against the country's military coup. Activists said Wednesday that police pressured the theaters to halt the showings.

Opponents of the May military coup have adopted a three-finger salute from the movie series as a sign of defiance. The military-imposed government has banned the gesture, which symbolizes rebellion against totalitarian rule in the film series.

Protest against unjust rule runs throughout the "Hunger Games" franchise. The latest installment in the popular series focuses on the mechanics of rallying support for imminent revolution.

A group of anti-coup students from Bangkok's Thammasat University purchased about 100 tickets for an opening-day showing Thursday of the "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" at the Scala cinema and planned to attend together.

Ratthapol Supasopon, an organizer, said the group was informed by the theater management that the film's showings had been canceled.

"The theater told us they were uncomfortable and wanted to avoid any problems that may arise. They said they did not want to be involved in any politics," he said. "The police contacted them and pressured them not to let us hold the event."

An employee answering the phone at the Scala who declined to identify himself said the movie had been canceled at all theaters belonging to Bangkok's Apex chain. The film is still scheduled by some other cinema chains.

Lionsgate, "Mockingjay's" Hollywood production company, had no comment on the situation.

Initial protests against the May coup largely died out because of crackdowns on dissent by the army and police, but there has been a small upsurge in recent days.

On Wednesday, five university students were arrested in northeastern Thailand after giving the three-fingered salute during a speech by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led the coup as army commander.

The students, wearing T-shirts saying "Don't Want a Coup," stood in front of Prayuth as he spoke on a stage in Khon Kaen, a stronghold of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in an earlier 2006 military coup.

Prayuth, who is usually prickly with critics, stopped his speech and smiled calmly when the students stood up. "Anyone else want to protest? Come quickly. Then I can continue with my speech," he said.

The students were taken to a police station and then an army camp, where they were questioned by soldiers, human rights lawyer Sasinan Thamnithinan said. She said they had not been charged.

Rights groups have criticized the government's tight limits on speech and the media. Last week, public broadcaster Thai PBS dismissed the host of a TV program after a visit by army officers who complained that the show's content was provocative. The government, which can shut the station under martial law, insists the officers merely expressed their concerns.

Several dozen Thai protesters and others carrying anti-coup banners and giving the three-finger salute attended the world premiere of "Mockingjay - Part 1" in London on Nov. 10.

In "The Hunger Games," the three-finger salute signifies thanks, admiration and good-bye to a loved one. Some Thai protesters say it also represents the French Revolution's values of liberty, equality and fraternity, while others say it means freedom, election and democracy.



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<![CDATA[Jose Canseco Pranks Everyone with Finger Hoax]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:56:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP565783519558.jpg

Looks like Jose Canseco gave everyone the finger. 

The former Major League Baseball player took to Twitter at the end of October to announce that he had shot off his middle digit and had it reattached during surgery. Last week, Canseco claimed that the mangled finger fell off during a poker tournament because it had been “very loose” and “smelling really bad.” He also said he would be selling the thumb and gun that shot it off on eBay a few days later.

“Maybe I will make it a package the chrome 45 caliber Remington with the finger both for sale a package deal," he tweeted on Nov. 17.

But despite continuing to post on social media about the plan, Canseco reportedly will not be selling his appendage to the highest bidder—it was all just a prank.

When TMZ reporters followed up about the details of the unique eBay sale, Canseco finally admitted it was all a hoax, the site reported. He said he thought of the whole plan when he saw a fake finger in a Halloween store. 

What remains true, NBC Sports reports, is that the prankster did shoot off his finger but had it successfully reconnected with surgery.



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<![CDATA[8 Classic Christmas Commercials]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:28:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-11-21+at+9.14.49+AM.jpg

Each year the holiday season delivers a sleigh-full of new Christmas advertisements. But more often than not, the latest commercials soon fade into a distant memory like the appeal of last season's must-have toy.

But along with mistletoe, holly, eggnog and holiday ornaments, a few classic ads never fail to get people into the holiday spirit.

Here is a collection of some old favorites:

M&Ms Meet Santa

In a classic M&M’s commercial, the red and yellow "spokescandies" that haved appeared in many advertisements carry a bowl of the Mars chocolates. When they encounter Santa Claus next to a Christmas tree, the red M&M and St. Nick faint upon realizing that they both are real. 

Coca Cola Polar Bears

Coca Cola first presented polar bears to be used in many of its Christmastime campaigns in a pair of commercials that first aired in 1993. The first shows a polar bear showing off some smooth ice skating moves before falling. Santa arrives to give the poor polar bear a Coca Cola. Another shows the animals successfully dragging a Christmas tree up a mountain before enjoying bottles of the soft drink.

Scrooge Eats Cheerios

This Honey Nut Cheerios commercial uses the well-known Charles Dickens' tale “A Christmas Carol.” The cereal's cartoon mascot bee Buzz knocks on Ebenezer Scrooge’s door on Christmas, but the angry miser tells the cartoon to go away. However, the bee passes the Scrooge a bowl of cereal, which put a smile on his face.

Campbell's Soup Snowman

In this classic Campbell's soup commercial, a snowman eats a bowl of hot chicken noodle. The snow melts with each spoonful and it is revealed that the snowman is actually a young boy.

Hershey's Kisses Bells

Sometimes less is more. In this Hershey's Kisses commercial, a group of chocolates ring like bells and perform the holiday tune “We Wish You a Merry Christmas." One chocolate rings harder than the rest and has to wipe its “brow” with the narrow strip of paper on its top.

A Bedrock Christmas

As it turns out, even Bedrock celebrates Christmas. Santa Claus comes down a chimney and Fred Flinstone gives St. Nick a bowl of his Fruity Pebbles cereal. However, Barney Rubble also comes down the chimney to trick Fred into giving him a bowl. Although Fred isn’t fooled, he still gives Barney a bowl because “tis the season to be sharing,” as Santa says.

Oreo Cookies for Santa

In this commercial, a boy tries to stay up through the night to see Santa Claus and give him Oreo cookies and milk. He says to himself, “I’ll just take a little rest.” Santa stops by and begins eating the cookies with delight. But when the boy starts to wake, Santa disappears and the boy discovers the cookies are gone.

Michael Jordan Shoots Hoops With Santa

Santa Claus went head-to-head against Michael Jordan for a Nike commercial. The ad features some smooth moves from the basketball player. Although St. Nick delivers presents, he doesn’t seem to be gifted when it comes to the sport.


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<![CDATA["Late Night" Writers Give Seth Affirmations]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:29:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Affirmation.jpg Seth Meyers asked the writers on “Late Night” to write affirmations for him again. Watch the clip to see what they really think about their boss!

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