<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usTue, 27 Jun 2017 20:55:24 -0400Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:55:24 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: DNCE Performs at 'Isle of MTV']]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:43:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-802144312.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[I'll Be Back: Baldwin to Return Trump Impersonation to 'SNL']]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:36:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/alextrumpsatire.jpg

Alec Baldwin said in an interview with CNN on Monday he would return to "Saturday Night Live" this fall to continue his impersonation of President Donald Trump.

"Yeah, we're going to fit that in. I think people have enjoyed it," Baldwin said.

The 17-time "SNL" host's impersonation led to the surge in viewership of the late night show, which had its most-viewed season in 23 years. Baldwin's original stint on the show was meant to last until the election. Trump has repeatedly criticized "SNL" on his Twitter account.

Baldwin was in New York City promoting his new film, "Blind," which comes to theaters July 14.

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<![CDATA[Nicki Minaj Gets the Key to Queens]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:48:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nickikey.jpg

She'll never have to worry about getting locked out of her hometown.

On Monday, Nicki Minaj was presented with the key to the Queens, the borough in New York City.

“This is a #MajorKeyAlert I just got the #KeyToTheCity” she tweeted yesterday, less than 24 hours after a devastating loss to rival Remy Ma at the BET Awards.

Although she was born in Trinidad and Tobago, Minaj considers herself a proud native of the Jamaica neighborhood in Queens.

As a teen, the rapper attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Arts, where she was able to foster her passion for music.

Minaj has never been shy about sharing where she got her start. She even made sure to include a shoutout to her beloved hometown on the song “Moment 4 Life.”

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<![CDATA['Spider-Man: Homecoming' Director on Helming Blockbuster]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:38:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/spideydirector.jpg

One of the summer's most anticipated films, "Spider-Man: Homecoming," hits theaters on July 7. We caught up with director Jon Watts during a recent junket in New York where he discussed working with an all-star cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Micheal Keaton and Marisa Tomei, and the confines of working within the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.

You’re only a few years removed from working on television projects and doing smaller, independent films. How do you leap from that to helming a summer blockbuster of a multi-million dollar franchise in just a few year's time?

Watts: I guess I just tried to not think about it too much so that my head wouldn’t explode. 

Q: The film stars Oscar winner Marisa Tomei and Oscar nominees Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Keaton. But it largely rests on shoulders of actors  like Tom Holland and a few others who are barely old enough to vote. Is that a difficult challenge as a director working with actors of vastly different experience levels?

Watts: Weirdly... no. If anything it was like a fun reminder for everyone on both sides of the flag. Oh... this is what it's like when you’re a pro and you’re totally professional and also this is what its like when it’s totally brand new and it's the most fun thing in the world and it's overwhelming. It was actually a nice balance to have those two extremes in the same place.

Were there any particular restraints put on you considering this film has to fit within the framework of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Watts: You know nothing that I wanted to do ever came into conflict with anything else that might be happening in the MCU. I think it was particularly beneficial for me because my story is about a kid who wants to be a larger part of the world and isn’t allowed to be yet. So if anything the overlaps aren’t happening yet. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle with a piece that’s an extra piece that you don’t need yet. His story is its own very separate part.

Where would you like to see the story go next?

Watts: I have some vague ideas of things I’d like to see. Peter is just a sophomore now. He still has a lot of room to grow and I feel like we're just scratching the surface of what kind of story we can tell. But we’ll have to see what happens in 'Avengers: Infinity War' too.

You draw any inspiration from the earlier reboots staring Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield?

Watts: Those movies were great. They were always something that were sort of in the back of my head. But what was nice was we got to skip so much of what they had to do. We got to skip the origin story. If anything it was just trying to do things that weren’t in those movies because they did them so well, we felt like let's try to do something new and show people things they haven’t seen before.

Were you a comic book guy before this film or did you have to immerse yourself in the subject matter?

Watts: Now that I know real comic book guys I would never claim that I was a comic book guy. I can’t even hold a candle. But I did completely immerse myself in the world and learn as much as I could. Now I think I think I could say that I am… at least for Spider-Man.

You were working with heavyweights of the industry in Downey, Keaton and Tomei. What's that experience like for a relatively young director?

Watts: You have to be on your toes. You have to have an idea of what you want as a director and make sure you’re being clear. Because... you talk to Micheal Keaton about something and you walk away and you’re like.. did I make any sense or did I just sound like a complete idiot. You just really try to do your homework so you can answer any question they may ask and just be there to support them and make everyone feel safe... safe to make a mistake or safe to try some thing different or new or follow a tangent and see if they can come up with something better. You just try to protect them.

And the film largely rests on young Tom Holland.  What was it like working with him this early in his career?

Watts: It was great. Tom and I... I think both feel like we were in the same boat. He’s never been the lead of a movie and certainly never had to be the face of a huge franchise. I’ve certainly never done anything this big before either so we were in it together. I think we have a pretty good bond as a result.

What was the most challenging part of the shoot for you?

Watts: It's all challenging because so much of it was new and things I hadn’t done before. The biggest surprise for me was the pace. I’ve never done one thing for this long. I’ve never shot that many days in a row. Just keeping up your energy level and staying focused and not burning out. Just being as enthusiastic at the end as you were at the beginning was something I had to be really conscious about.

What's your takeaway been from this whole experience?

Watts: I don’t know yet. Hopefully that doesn’t seem like a cop out answer but I truly don’t know. Once this all calms down for a second and then I’m gonna see what my perspective is but right now I feel like I’m still swinging through the air.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Raccoon Spotted Riding the Subway in NYC]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:36:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/raccoon+subway+2.JPG

Video of a raccoon riding the subway, nibbling food out of a bowl as it's seated between two people, has New Yorkers alternately repulsed, amused and just plain bewildered. 

Subway rider Brooke Hogan told NBC 4 New York she took the video on a Lexington Avenue-line train heading uptown from 42nd Street last Tuesday. 

The raccoon is seen seated next to a woman -- apparently his owner or handler -- furiously licking food out of a small plastic bowl.

It's not clear from the video why the woman had a raccoon, or why she brought it on the subway. People in New York aren't allowed to have a raccoon without a license, and licenses aren't issued for pet wildlife, according to the city

People on social media were also apparently befuddled. On a popular Instagram account devoted to chronicling the quirky quotidian scenes of the subway, varying reactions flooded the comments: 

"Never sitting on the train again." 

"I'm not sure if I'm laughing or throwing up." 

"Are you kidding me?? How did people not freak out??" 

"New York subway is just game over, not even playing anymore."

"People become so strange in the summer."

"Next stop, Bronx zoo." 

"Raccoons are New Yorkers, too." 

"This is why the NYC subway is the best, and worst." 

It shouldn't be surprising that the subway raccoon was able to grip the bowl with its own paws -- the animals have "amazing dexterity, allowing them to open doors and untie knots," according to New York City's wildlife site. They can also rotate their back feet, allowing them to descend from trees headfirst.

New York City's wildlife site also says most raccoons pose no risk of transferring disease to humans, and the incidence of rabies in the New York City raccoon population is very small. Since 2014, the city and federal governments worked together to vaccinate raccoons on Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens against rabies.

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Still, people shouldn't approach or feed raccoons, the city warns: they can become a nuisance if people supply food or shelter. The "opportunistic feeders" will eat whatever is easily accessible, including fruit, nuts, fungi, insects, worms, birds, turtles, eggs, mice, bats, squirrels, fish, snakes, frogs, dead animals, bird feeder seed, pet food and human food waste. 

Most raccoon don't live past 6 years old in the wild. 

A message has been left with the MTA. 

Photo Credit: Brooke Hogan]]>
<![CDATA['Tonight': Pharrell Wiliams Plays 'Name That Song']]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:17:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-06-27-at-4.15.44-AM.jpg

Pharrell Williams and Jimmy Fallon go head-to-head trying to correctly guess random songs The Roots play one instrument at a time.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Williams' Triplets Harmonize When They Cry]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:08:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-06-27-at-4.05.00-AM.jpg

Pharrell Williams chats with Jimmy Fallon about becoming a father to triplets and demonstrates his assembly line-style parenting.

<![CDATA['Late Night': A Look at the CBO Report on GOP's Health Bill]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:43:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-06-27-at-3.40.33-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers discusses the Congressional Budget Office's recent report on the GOP's Senate health care bill, which the CBO said would leave 22 million more people uninsured.

<![CDATA['Late Night': Presidential Tweets 'Back in My Day']]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:30:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/Screen+Shot+2017-06-27+at+3.28.35+AM.png

Seth Meyers reminisces about the good ol' past when the president didn't tweet and a movie called "The Mummy" starred Brendan Fraser instead of Tom Cruise.

<![CDATA[Rihanna Urges World Leaders to #FundEducation]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:03:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Rihanna20.jpg

Rihanna is known for calling people out on social media, but this time she’s doing it for a good cause.

Over the past week, the singer has been tweeting world leaders urging them to “#FundEducation” as part of her work with the Global Partnership for Education.

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So far Rihanna has tweeted at French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Argentine president Mauricio Macri, and the press secretary for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Her goal is to get heads of state to commit $3.1 billion dollars to help educate children in developing nations.

The push comes ahead of the annual G20 summit, a meeting of the 20 major world economies. The forum will take place July 7-8, in Hamburg, Germany.


Rihanna also urged her fans to join her in reaching out to the G20 members. 

This is not the first time Rihanna has done philanthropic work for education. Last year, after being appointed as global ambassador to champion education for the Global Partnership for Education, she visited Malawi to help teach math and fundraise. She also started a scholarship to help international students coming to the United States for college.

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<![CDATA[Behind the Keyboard: How New Emojis Are Chosen]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:48:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Emoji-5-1.jpg

Between wizards, rock climbers, and gender non-conforming people, many of the 137 new emojis coming soon to your phone's keyboard may have come from the minds of ordinary texters, NBC News reported. 

Like all four batches before it, the latest set of emojis was approved by the Unicode Consortium, an international organization that ensures all words and images are read the same way on devices everywhere. The newest release should appear in your next system update. 

Anyone can propose an emoji to the Unicode Consortium, which narrows down candidates based on factors like use and popularity in a lengthy process.

"It's not like the Supreme Court, they’re not going off into some star chamber in robes or anything. It’s not like that at all," consortium member Greg Welch told NBC News.

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<![CDATA[Bear and Cub Take Dip to Cool Off]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:02:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-06-23-10h45m26s94.jpg

A mama bear and her cub took a dip in a cool spring in Chico, California, to get some relief from the triple digit temperatures. The owner of the property, Marc Miller, set up the camera in hopes of spotting a mountain lion after seeing some big cat tracks nearby. Instead, video captured the bear family cooling off.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Star-Studded 2017 BET Awards, Red Carpet]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 01:52:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/AP_17177144707481.jpg Hosted by "Saturday Night Live" fan-favorite Leslie Jones, the 2017 BET Awards telecast took place live at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 25.

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<![CDATA['Tonight' Thank You Notes: Ouija Boards, Swim Caps and Goggles]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 02:13:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/Screen+Shot+2017-06-24+at+1.47.11+AM.png

Jimmy pens thank you notes to Ouija Boards, swim caps and goggles.

<![CDATA['Tonight': The Whisper Challenge With Keanu Reeves]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 02:11:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/Screen+Shot+2017-06-24+at+1.48.41+AM.png

Jimmy plays the Whisper Challenge with special guest Keanu Reeves.

<![CDATA['Tonight': #SummerSongs Hashtags With Camila Cabello]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:39:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e163_698_hashtags_20170622_v2_1200x675_974349379732.jpg

Camila Cabello and The Roots help Jimmy Fallon sing his favorite tweets with the hashtag #SummerSongs.

<![CDATA['Tonight': The Roots Celebrate Prince's 'Purple Rain']]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:24:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e163_698_purplerain_20170622_1200x675_974346307946.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and The Roots play Prince songs to get excited about Warner Brothers' re-issue of "Purple Rain," including a version Prince remastered himself.

<![CDATA['Late Night': Ice Cube Celebrates 25th Anniversary of 'Death Certificate']]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:36:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e127_547_icecube_novaseline_20170622_1200x675_974350403516.jpg

Ice Cube stops by 'Late Night' to reminisce with Seth Meyers about his controversial "Death Certificate" album.

<![CDATA['Late Night': Closer Look at the GOP's Senate Health Bill ]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:06:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e127_547_closerlook_20170622_1200x675_974337091575.jpg

After the Senate GOP released their updated version of the American Health Care Act, Seth Meyers discusses the proposed legislation.

<![CDATA[Colbert Goes to Russia, Vows to Search for Comey 'Tapes' ]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:47:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/colbertemmy.jpg

Stephen Colbert is on a mission to Russia.

The host of CBS' "The Late Show" is on assignment there for a future broadcast, the network said Thursday.

Colbert, whose steady political wisecracks have been accompanied by a rise in his ratings, wasted no time in taking a dig at President Donald Trump over the possibility of tapes involving fired FBI Director James Comey.

"Don't worry, Mr. President. I'm in Russia. If the "tapes" exist, I'll bring you back a copy!" Colbert tweeted.

His message came after Trump said on Twitter that he has no recordings of his private conversations with Comey, despite an earlier suggestion that they might exist.

Colbert also posted a photo of himself wearing a trench coat and in front of a grand building that appeared to be the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.

A CBS spokeswoman said she had no information on where Colbert was visiting or how the material he was gathering in Russia would be used.

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<![CDATA['Property Brother' Gives Sneak Peek of Home Renovation]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:33:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-694599246-propbrothers.jpg

After 10 seasons of helping other families with renovations, Drew Scott will turn his attention to his own home.

Drew and Jonathan Scott, stars of HGTV’s “Property Brothers,” gave viewers a sneak peek of their newest project, “Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House” in a Facebook Live video, according to “Today.” The show is set to premiere in November and will include four, one-hour episodes that will document the brothers’ renovation of Drew and his fiancee’s 1921 Los Angeles home.

“We love helping other families,” Drew Scott said. “But we are renovating houses for them ... at least here, I can put all the bells and whistles that I want in the house.”

Photo Credit: Jason Davis/Getty Images for HGTV
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