<![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 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:59:51 -0400 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:59:51 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[A Romantic Return for "The Mindy Project"]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:00:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mindy+Project+crop.jpg

The most recent season of "The Mindy Project" ended on a high point: the observation deck of the Empire State Building.

That's where Mindy Kaling's lovelorn Dr. Mindy Lahiri character romantically relinked with her fellow OB/GYN, verbal sparring partner and soul mate Danny Castellano in a scene straight out of 1993's "Sleepless in Seattle" (which lovingly borrowed the meeting place from 1957’s "An Affair to Remember).

The episode – and the series – aren’t as much a derivative of the Nora Ephron playbook than a clever homage, as Kaling vies to reinvent the rom-com for today's TV audiences, favoring her hero's sardonic wit over vapid cutesy-ness. (As Mindy told then-platonic pal Danny in Season 1, "If we’re still single in five years…can we make a pact [that] we will kill each other?")

This TV season brings a flood of new romantic comedies – "Marry Me," "Manhattan Love Story," “Selfie,” “A to Z” – in the wake of the end of "How I Met Your Mother." But "The Mindy Project" returns Tuesday for a pivotal third season, already ahead of the pack.

Not that anything for the show, echoing Mindy Lahiri’s love life, has been easy: While “The Mindy Project” has earned a devoted following judging from Internet chatter, it’s far from a breakout smash, judging from the ratings (the program averaged about 3.4 million viewers last season). Kaling got up at an ungodly hour to announce the Emmy nominations in July, but her show got shut out – a snub her fiery and insecure character wouldn't have taken as gracefully. 

The bigger challenge for “The Mindy Project” is where does the smart-and-quirky Fox sitcom go from here, now that Mindy and Danny are an item, seemingly for good. It’s a set-up worthy of “Cheers,” where Sam and Diane’s explosive coupling didn’t end happily ever after for the characters, though happily for the show's longevity.

Nobody is ready yet to declare “The Mindy Project” the next “Cheers.” But even flattering surface comparisons are due to Kaling’s shrewd picking of role models, beyond Ephron. Kaling, who described growing up as a comedy nerd in her fun book “Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?,” also adds dashes of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “30 Rock” to her “Project.” (Mindy’s declaration of her right to “life, liberty and chicken wings” could have flowed from the lips of Rhoda Morgenstern or Liz Lemon.)

Kaling knows well from her stint on “The Office” as a writer and actress the value of a strong ensemble in a workplace comedy. She’s assembled a great set of characters  – Ike Barinholtz’s bizarre, good-hearted ex-con nurse Morgan Tookers is a standout. She’s also deftly juggled guest stars – among them Seth Rogen, B.J. Novak and Seth Meyers – amid a long line of Mindy boyfriends, ranging from a philandering sports agent to a minister with musical aspirations. 

Mindy’s combustible chemistry this season with Danny (Chris Messina) will help determine whether next year Kaling gets to stay home and sleep – or watch from the Empire State Building – while someone else announces Emmy nods for "The Mindy Project.” In the meantime, check out a Season 2 recap: 

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media 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.

<![CDATA[The Miss America 2015 Pageant ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:04:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/miss-america-2015-159375816.jpg Kira Kazantsev of New York was crowned Miss America 2015. Check out photos from the show.

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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:39:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Costumes of Comic-Con]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 17:58:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SDCC-0725-36.JPG Comic-Con wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for the fervent fans in outrageous and elaborate costumes and makeup. Here are some snapshots from the convention floor of those incredible costumes at 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International.

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<![CDATA[Stars of Comic-Con 2014]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:27:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Ben-Affleck-452736862.jpg Check out all the hottest celebrities attending Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego.

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<![CDATA[Glenn Close, Jimmy Fallon Have Face Stuffing Contest]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:43:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-13+at+3.34.21+AM.png

Actress Glenn Close took to “The Tonight Show” to talk about her new Broadway gig, but things quickly turned messy as Jimmy Fallon challenged her to an eating contest.

In the “Face Stuffing Contest” the two had to eat as much food as possible in 10 seconds with utensils provided to them.

Announcer Steve Higgins stepped in as referee and told Fallon and Close they had to use whisks to eat spaghetti, salad tongs to scarf down fully loaded nachos and for dessert, gobble down blueberry pie using their face as a "utensil."

"Only face, no hands," he warned.

A scale was under each dish to determine who had eaten the most. By the end of the 30-second challenge, both Fallon and Close were covered in blueberry filling and as they both inserted their entire faces into the pie.

"You look a little blue," Higgins told Close as she wiped her face. "Are you alright?"

Fallon ate the most spaghetti and nachos, each worth one point, but ended up tying the game with Close as she ate the most pie, which was worth two points.

After a 20-year break from Broadway, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” actress will be back on stage starring in “A Delicate Balance,” officially opening on November 20.



Copyright Associated Press / NBC4 Washington

<![CDATA[Glenn Close Does Baby Impressions on "Tonight"]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:41:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s01e123_123_GlennClose_CryingBaby_Int_20140912_1200x675_328837187810.jpg Actress Glenn Close reveals a secret talent to Jimmy Fallon as she does various impressions of babies crying on "The Tonight Show." ]]> <![CDATA[Sarah Jessica Parker's Townhouse For Sale]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:03:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP153150625235.jpg Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are listing their trendy Greenwich Village townhouse for $22 million. The historic, 25-foot-wide townhouse is 6,800 square feet and has 7 fireplaces.

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<![CDATA[Chief of Rivers Clinic Out]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:03:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/rivers+yorkville.jpg

A leading gastroenterologist at the clinic where Joan Rivers stopped breathing during a minor throat procedure last month is out as medical director of the facility, NBC 4 New York has confirmed.

Yorkville Endoscopy said that Lawrence Cohen, a board-certified gastroenterologist and associate clinical professor of medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital, was "not currently performing any procedures ... nor is he currently serving as medical director."

The 81-year-old Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a procedure at the 93rd Street facility Aug. 28, officials have said. The legendary comedian was put on life support and died a week later. The city medical examiner's office said an initial review of Rivers' case proved inconclusive, and further tests would be needed to determine Rivers' "cause and manner of death."

A spokesperson for Yorkville Endoscopy would not say if Cohen was Rivers' doctor, nor would the spokesperson say if he was performing the endoscopy on the day she stopped breathing. It wasn't clear if Cohen resigned or was fired. 

According to his online biography, Cohen’s primary research focus is gastrointestinal endoscopy and he lectures throughout the world on subjects ranging from colonoscopy and colorectal cancer screening to endoscopic sedation. An e-mail to his Mt. Sinai address bounced back, and the hospital could not immediately confirm if he still worked there.

A voice recording at New York Gastroenterology Associates on East 79th Street, where Cohen also worked, said he was no longer part of the team. A cellphone number for Cohen wasn't immediately available.

Yorkville Endoscopy is accredited by the the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. The association said it was investigating the facility's accreditation.

The state health department has also said it's investigating the clinic, and is examining documents and medical records, observing the facility, and interviewing staff members and doctors to make sure the center is complying with state health regulations.  

Follow Pei-Sze Cheng on Twitter @PeiSzeCheng4NY

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<![CDATA[Barbra Streisand to Appear on "Tonight Show"]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:09:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BarbraStreisand2.jpg

"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" will feature only one guest on Monday: Barbra Streisand. It is the first late-night talk show appearance by the famed singer and actress in more than 50 years.

The show will feature a “night of talk, comedy, and performance to celebrate the upcoming release of her new album ‘Partners,’” which is set to release on Tuesday by Columbia Records, according to NBC.

“Partners” features 12 duets with singers including Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder, and an one-of-a-kind virtual duet with Elvis Presley.

Trailer: “Partners”

The 72-year-old legendary singer and songwriter, actress, author, film producer, and director first appeared on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" in 1963 to promote her debut album, and has come a long way since.

With a Grammy, an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony among her tremendous accomplishments, Streisand is also a leading spokesperson for social causes, including AIDS and The Women’s Heart Center.

Much of Streisand’s time and resources are occupied with fundraising efforts through The Streisand Foundation.

Additionally, SiriusXM announced this week that it will launch "The Barbra Streisand Channel" for a limited time between Sept. 16 and Oct. 10, which will feature personal song selections spanning Streisand’s entire career, including her new album.

Tune in Monday to "The Tonight Show" to hear what Streisand has been working on over the past five decades and see a special performance from one of the world’s most notable artists.

<![CDATA["Late Night's" Ya Burnt!]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:54:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s01e95_095_YaBurnt_Int_20140911_1200x675_328359491951.jpg Seth Meyers runs through this week's topics during "Ya Burnt!" including Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Apple Picking, and even himself. ]]> <![CDATA[Jeffrey Tambor Talks Family on "The Tonight Show"]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:44:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s01e122_122_JeffreyTambor_HeyNow_Int_20140911_1200x675_328359491970.jpg Jeffrey Tambor, a returning guest tells Jimmy Fallon the candid advice his grandson gave him before appearing on the show. ]]> <![CDATA[Sesame Street Crew Reads Tweets on "Tonight"]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:33:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s01e122_122_SesameStHashtag_Int_20140911_1200x675_328358979819.jpg The Sesame Street crew takes to the "Tonight Show" stage to read tweets with Fallon's hashtag, "#WhenIWasAKid." ]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Jackman, Fallon Play "Pool Bowling"]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:26:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/455200390.jpg

Hugh Jackman competed against Jimmy Fallon in a giant game of billiards featuring bowling balls on Wednesday night’s episode of “The Tonight Show.”

But first, Jackman talked about singing at Joan Rivers’ funeral over the past weekend. The comedian apparently wished for the actor, who stars in the new Broadway play “The River,” to sing at the ceremony.

“When Joan Rivers asks you just answer,” Jackman said. “She planned everything out. She [saw] me in a show called “The Boy From Oz” which I did on Broadway and I sung a song from that. The entire audience started cheering and the whole thing was uplifting.”

“She was an amazing woman and it was an amazing send-off,” Jackman added.

Finally, Fallon and Jackman played the new game called “Pool Bowling” that got pretty intense. Fallon broke one of the balls in his first roll.

Who won? Watch the video above and find out.

Jackman also took a photo with the episode's musical guest, Luke Bryan.

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<![CDATA[Meyers Takes Roll on "Late Night"]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:48:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-11+at+2.49.51+AM.png Seth Meyers takes roll to make sure everyone in the audience is in the right seat. He also reveals that a lot of odd characters are there to watch the show.

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<![CDATA[Meyers Broke His Nose]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:45:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-11+at+2.32.05+AM.png On "Late Night," Seth Meyers explains how he broke his nose playing street hockey.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: Offerman on His College Days]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:45:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/455200388.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Nick Offerman talk about his book, Paddle Your Own Canoe, and the "Parks and Recreation" star shares some of his college adventures.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: "Pool Bowling" With Jackman]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:42:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/455200380.jpg Jimmy Fallon competes against Hugh Jackman in a giant game of billiards featuring bowling balls and no pool cues.]]> <![CDATA[Sheen Pledges $1K to Stiffed Waiter]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:25:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_charliesheen6.jpg

Charlie Sheen isn't judging LeSean McCoy for allegedly leaving a Philadelphia waiter a $.20 tip, but he is pledging the slighted waiter $1,000.

At least that's the offer he made to Rob Knelly, the waiter at PYT in Northern Liberties, whose boss, burger joint owner Tommy Up, took to social media to Monday to call out the Eagles running back for allegedly leaving a horrible tip.

After the Eagles player and his friends left the restaurant, Up posted a photo of a receipt -- which he claimed was billed to McCoy -- on his Facebook page. The photo shows a $.20 tip on a bill that was more than $60.

McCoy called the receipt debacle "bull^*$#," according to Philadelphia Daily News sports reporter Les Bowen. He has not provided additional public comment.

Up says that posting the photo on Facebook was what his "heart told him to do." He says he wants nothing from athlete, but that an apology to his server would be "cool."

Being offered a $1,000 by Charlie Sheen is pretty cool, too.

Up posted to his Facebook page Wednesday night that they were in contact with Sheen and that the actor would be delivering a "surprise" on Thursday. They're unclear of what that surprise may be.

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<![CDATA[Miss America Pageant, Past and Present]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:50:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/missamericaWilliams.jpg The 2015 Miss America Pageant will take place on Sept. 14. Meanwhile, take a look at past winners and contestants from the annual competition that began in 1921.

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<![CDATA[U2's New Tune]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:30:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/171*120/AppleU2.jpg

U2's new album, “Songs of Innocence,” blasts open with “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone),” an ode to one of the fallen godfathers of punk.

 In one respect, it's a perfect kickoff: The album’s surprise, free release on iTunes to a potential audience of a half-billion Tuesday is the punk move of the digital music age. Yet the context ­– “Innocence” arrived as part of the promotion for Apple's latest wonder gadgets – smacks of corporate establishment shilling.
The worldwide giveaway of U2’s first album in five years could mark an industry game changer and perhaps the defining triumph – or sellout – for a band that embraces paradoxes.
This venture is full of them: “Songs of Innocence,” available free through Oct. 13, stands to become the most downloaded album ever, but might end up the worst seller of U2's nearly four-decade run. The disc, inspired by the Irish rockers’ youth, offers songs evoking not only Ramone, but the Beach Boys ("California") and The Clash (“This is Where You Can Reach Me Now”). Yet the album benefits greatly from the contributions of younger artists like Danger Mouse (who produced or co-produced most of the tracks) and Swedish singer Lykke Li (who provides haunting vocals on “The Troubles”).
Bono told Rolling Stone “Songs of Innocence” aims to echo the classic, impeccably crafted albums of Beatles and the Rolling Stones from the 1960s (“When you had real songs,” he said). Yet some numbers come across as U2’s tribute to itself (“Volcano” is somewhat reminiscent of “Vertigo,” in a mostly good way). The album’s hoopla-laden debut also taps into the band’s trademark showmanship and the promotional spirit of the late Steve Jobs, a Bono partner in deftly mixing the not always compatible worlds of entertainment, mass consumerism and international philanthropy.
The surprise release clearly seeks to top Beyonce’s stunner from December when she suddenly dropped a very well received 31-song self-titled album onto iTunes, along with 17 videos. U2 helps its cause by providing one of its better albums of recent years, crisp and brimming with energy. Some cuts (“Song for Someone,” “Every Breaking Wave”) seem destined to become concert favorites, though “Iris (Hold Me Close),” Bono’s song about his late mother, might be the album’s strongest offering.
The band risks flak for letting its album be given away to the masses in the 119 countries with iTunes while less established artists struggle to find new business models and just make a living. And, nothing, of course, is free: Bono told TIME, the band, which played the opening cut at Apple CEO Tim Cook’s presentation of the company’s new watch and iPhones, didn’t come away empty handed.
“We were paid,” Bono told the magazine. “I don’t believe in free music. Music is a sacrament.”
It's also a gift. U2 has given fans an incredible present, even if we need to get used to the wrapping.


Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media 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.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC4 Washington

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<![CDATA[Fallon Helps Spears Join Tinder on "Tonight"]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:06:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-10+at+4.33.55+AM.png

Jimmy Fallon made Britney Spears a Tinder account, and the two weighed the good and bad of dating the pop star on Tuesday’s episode of “The Tonight Show.”

First, Fallon announced to the audience that Spears is no longer off the market.

“She’s recently single, she sings good jingles, she loves her Pringles and she’s ready to mingle,” Fallon said before bringing the singer to the stage.

Then, Fallon revealed that he made Spears a real Tinder account to find dates, complete with the caption: “This better work, b****”

Finally, the two weighed the pros and cons of dating Spears, in which Fallon joked he was wearing pieces of Spears’ new lingerie line underneath his suit.

Watch the hilarious video above.

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<![CDATA[Meyers: Goldblum Sings "Jurassic Park" Theme Lyrics]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:24:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/455070826.jpg Jeff Goldblum stopped by "Late Night" to sing his own "Jurassic Park" theme song lyrics.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Buress Wears Unique Jumpsuit]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:24:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/455070850.jpg Comedian Hannibal Buress talks about his special jumpsuit as well as his days writing for "Saturday Night Live" under Seth Meyers.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: Messing Has a Fine Arts Degree in Juggling]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:21:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/455067718.jpg Jimmy Fallon talks to Debra Messing about her NBC series, "The Mysteries of Laura," and the great trapeze skills she picked up at New York University.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon Weighs Pros and Cons of Dating Spears]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:21:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/455067740.jpg In light of Britney Spears' single status, Jimmy Fallon and the singer herself weigh the good and bad of dating her, and Jimmy makes the pop superstar a Tinder account.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Harvey Hosts "Family Feud" on "Tonight"]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:08:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/454988726.jpg

On Monday, Steve Harvey hosted a special “The Tonight Show” edition of “Family Feud” with Jason Segel and Jimmy Fallon as contestants.

The “How I Met Your Mother” star joined Fallon and announcer Steve Higgins to form “The Fallon Family.” Meanwhile, Questlove, Tarik and James of The Roots formed “The Roots Family.”

The two teams were asked to guess the top audience responses to questions like terms for marijuana and instruments least likely to get a band member groupies.

Who which family won the game? Watch the video above and find out.

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<![CDATA[Meyers: Wilson Watched Tennis With Ferrell]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 06:03:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/454994680.jpg Luke Wilson said he spent some quality time with Will Ferrell at the U.S. Open.]]> <![CDATA[Wilson, Meyers Talk About Failed "SNL" Sketch]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 06:00:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/454994738.jpg Luke Wilson and Seth Meyers talk about a bad "Saturday Night Live" sketch that didn't end up airing.]]> <![CDATA["Family Feud" on "The Tonight Show"]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 08:48:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/454988782.jpg Steve Harvey hosts a special "Tonight Show" edition of "Family Feud," featuring Jason Segel.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: "HIMYM" Fans in Italy Think Segel Is Dumb]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 05:54:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/454988766.jpg Jimmy Fallon talks to Jason Segel about his first novel, "Nightmares!," and his international reputation as a doofus thanks to Italy's dubbing of "How I Met Your Mother."]]>