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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: 'Concrete River' Premiere]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:24:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/topEnt-GettyImages-482315580.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA['Tonight’ Word Sneak With Jason Segel]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:39:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Word+Sneak+Jason+Segel.png Fallon Word Sneak with Jason Segel]]> <![CDATA[Fun Home Performs 'Changing My Major']]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:14:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Fun+Home.JPG The Tony-winning Broadway musical Fun Home performs 'Changing My Major' on 'Late Night.'

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<![CDATA[Microsoft's Clippy Brings Windows 10 to ‘Tonight']]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:19:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Microsoft+Clippy.png Jimmy Fallon gets a menacing visit from Microsoft Office assistant Clippy while talking about the Windows 10 launch.]]> <![CDATA['Law & Order' Director Arrested on Child Porn Charges]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:23:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/jason+alexander+arrest.jpg

"Law & Order" director Jason "Jace" Alexander has been arrested on child pornography charges, according to police.

Alexander, 51, was arrested Wednesday in Westchester County and charged with one count of promoting a sexual performance by a child and one count of possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child, police said.

Officials allegedly found digital pornography files on computers and external hard drives at Alexander’s Dobbs Ferry home. The files showed children younger than 16 years of age engaged in child pornography, police said.

Alexander was arraigned in Dobbs Ferry Village Court and held on $10,000 cash bail. He is due in court on November 19. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of seven years in state prison.

Alexander has directly nearly three dozen episodes of "Law and Order" since the mid-1990s. He is also known for his work on "Rescue Me" and "Carry Me Home." He and his wife have three children.

Attorney information was not immediately available.

Alexander’s representative did not return a request for comment from E! News. The Director’s Guild of America, where Alexander serves as vice president, said they had no comment.



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<![CDATA[Globetrotters' Star Makes 150-foot Shot Atop Ride]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:56:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/229*120/Screen+Shot+2015-07-29+at+9.41.27+PM.png

Adrenaline-lovers take on the AtmostFear ride in Wildwood, N.J. to experience the thrill of free fall.

But a Harlem Globetrotter ascended 150-feet to the top of the amusement park ride for another reason.

Female star Sweet J Ekworomadu made history Tuesday afternoon after hitting a trick shot from the top of the ride at Morey’s Piers.

Fans watched in awe as she knocked down the shot with nothing but the basket in sight. Take a look in the video embedded above.

The Globetrotters will be beach side at the Wildwoods Convention Center until Friday.

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<![CDATA[Billy Eichner, Julie Klausner on ‘Difficult People’]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:07:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Billy+Eichner+and+Julie+Klausner.JPG Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner get to work with a slew of great guest stars on the Hulu series.

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<![CDATA[Ron Weasley’s Drunk Happy Birthday Wish]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:29:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Harry+Potter.JPG Drunk Ron Weasley (Simon Pegg) visits “The Tonight Show” to wish Harry Potter an early happy birthday.

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<![CDATA['Tonight' Inflatable Flip Cup With Danny DeVito]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:00:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Fanny+DeVito.JPG Jimmy Fallon competes against Danny DeVito in a game of flip cup while wearing inflatable fat suits.

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<![CDATA['Conan' Show Stole Jokes: Lawsuit]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:55:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/072815-conan-obrien-lawsuit.jpg

A San Diego man is taking Conan O'Brien and the "Conan" team to court, alleging the talk show host stole jokes posted on social media. 

Robert Alexander Kaseberg has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in California federal court, claiming Conan O’Brien, TBS, “Conan” Executive Producer Jeff Ross and “Conan” Head Writer Mike Sweeney stole four of his jokes, first seen on his blog and his Twitter account. He filed the lawsuit on July 22.

"We at Conaco firmly believe there is no merit to this lawsuit," said Drew Shane, a spokesperson for Conaco, LLC, to NBC San Diego in a statement. Conaco, LLC is the production company behind "Conan."

The first joke allegedly stolen was posted on Kaseberg’s online blog on Jan. 14, poking fun at a Delta Airlines flight.

“A Delta flight this week took off from Cleveland to New York with just two passengers. And they fought over control of the armrest the entire flight,” the joke read, according to the lawsuit.

That same evening, the joke appeared in Conan's late-night monologue, the lawsuit said.

A second joke posted to his blog and Twitter account on Feb. 3 about Tom Brady later appeared on the show the following day, the suit claims.

"Tom Brady said he wants to give his MVP truck to the man who won the game for the Patriots. So enjoy that truck, Pete Carroll," the second joke reads, according to the lawsuit. 

He posted the third joke listed in the action on his personal blog and Twitter account on Feb. 17. 

"The Washington Monument is ten inches shorter than previously thought. You know the winter has been cold when a monument suffers from shrinkage," the third joke reads, according to the lawsuit. 

That same night it appeared in the comedian's monologue. 

A fourth joke posted on June 9 made fun of streets named after Bruce Jenner, who had just revealed he was changing his name to Caitlyn Jenner amid his gender transition; the joke also appeared in the monologue that same day, the lawsuit alleges.

Kaseberg did not receive money for the jokes or any credit for the jokes, the lawsuit says.

He is seeking more than $600,000 in damages.

Andy Richter, O'Brien's sidekick on the show, poked fun at the lawsuit on Twitter. 



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<![CDATA[Lauer Talks About Trump's Showmanship, Effect on Primary]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:58:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/donaldtrumplatenight_1200x675_492449347646.jpg Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie stopped by "Late Night" to talk about Donald Trump's effect on the 2016 Republican primary.]]> <![CDATA[Seth Skewers the Bad Sponsors of 'Late Night']]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:48:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BadSponsors_1200x675_492438083975.jpg Seth skewers some of the not-so-savory sponsors of "Late Night," including V9, just like V8 but with a special ingredient, and the 'Blackfish Grill' across the street from Sea World.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show' Imagines Donald Trump's Twitter Replies]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:47:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/InReplyto_1200x675_492431939861.jpg Jimmy shows celebrities replying out-of-context on Twitter and then the tweet they were responding to. This week, see what Donald Trump, Ashley Madison, and Amazon had to say.]]> <![CDATA[Kate Winslet Recreates Famous 'Titanic' Moment]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:34:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2015-07-28-at-1.18.48-AM.jpg

 Kate Winslet recreated one of her most famous "Titanic" scenes while scaling a cliff on NBC's "Running Wild With Bear Grylls."

"Jack, I feel like I'm flying!" Winslet shouts in a preview clip, acting as one of her most well-known characters, Rose, who stands arms wide with Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, at the bow of the iconic ship. 

"Kate, do you trust me?" Bear Grylls, the host of the new show, channeling DiCaprio's former role. 

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This season of the reality-adventure series features appearances by Kate Hudson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed Helms, and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. 


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<![CDATA[Remembering Bobbi Kristina Brown]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:20:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_9328041881351.jpg Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, the only daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died Sunday, nearly six months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub of her home, her family said.]]> <![CDATA[Bobbi Kristina Brown Dies: Celebrities React]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:40:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-154589928.jpg

Bobbi Kristina Brown died Sunday at the age of 22, nearly six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome.

As news spread of her death, celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Rosie O'Donnell, Missy Elliott, Taraji P. Henson, and more mourned the loss on social media.

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<![CDATA['Finally at Peace': Bobbi Kristina Brown Dies at 22]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:03:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP166916409954.jpg

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of late Grammy-winning pop star Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, has died at age 22.

"Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God.  We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months," a spokesperson for the Houston family told NBC News. Brown died Sunday at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia.

The aspiring actress and singer was the only child of Houston and the fourth child of Bobby Brown. 

Brown was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in a suburban Atlanta townhome on January 31. Brown's long term partner Nick Gordon, who she referred to as her husband, along with a friend found her. CPR was performed at the scene and Brown was placed on a respirator when admitted to North Fulton Hospital the same day.

It remains unclear why Brown was unconscious. An investigation into the incident remains open, according to Roswell's chief of police. The investigative file was handed over to the Fulton County District Attorney who will determine whether any charges will be filed, authorities said in late June.

Brown was moved from North Fulton to Emory University Hospital in Georgia, and then to a rehabilitation facility on March 20. Throughout, her father remained optimistic about his daughter's recovery, even going so far as to tell a Texas concert audience in April that "Bobbi is awake. She's watching me."

Only days later Cissy Houston, the grandmother of Bobbi Kristina, issued a statement saying her granddaughter remained in an unresponsive state and "while she is no longer in a medically induced coma she has a tracheotomy and according to the doctors she has global and irreversible brain damage." Brown was moved to hospice care on June 24.

As the news of her death spread across social media, many celebrities tweeted condolences.

"My heart is truly heavy. May u rest in peace with your mommy #BobbiKristina sending prayers 2 the Brown/Houston family," Missy Elliot tweeted. Oprah Winfrey tweeted, "Peace at Last!"

Brown's tragic passing comes little more than three years after her mother was found unresponsive in bathtub in a Beverly Hills, California hotel. She later died. Authorities concluded Houston, 48, drowned. Heart disease and cocaine use were listed as contributing factors in her death. Houston, who sold more than 50 million records in the United States and was awarded six Grammys, had struggled with addiction for many years.

A child star by default, Bobbi Kristina Brown grew up in the glare of the media spotlight due to her parents success and much publicized accounts of their combustible 14 year marriage. Houston and Brown divorced in 2007 with Houston retaining sole custody of their daughter.

Of her mother, Brown told "Access Hollywood" in 2011 that Houston "supports me, she loves me, she gives me good mommy hugs." Brown was in the hotel the day her mother was pronounced dead. The same evening the then 18-year-old was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center where she was treated for stress and anxiety.

Houston's mother Cissy spoke with People in 2013 about how her daughter's death continued to adversely affect her granddaughter. "Of course I worry about her," Cissy said. "It doesn't mean that she is going to follow her [mother's] same path. She could but anybody could. I don't want to jinx her. I'm trying to make sure she doesn't."

Though her fame never matched the stratospheric heights of her mother's, Brown was familiar to audiences through appearances on reality television, such as the the 2012 Lifetime series "The Houstons: On Our Own," which followed Houston's family after her death. While still attending elementary school Brown featured on the 2005 Bravo docu-drama series, "Being Bobby Brown," in which she was often seen accompanying one of her parents on tour.

Prolific on Twitter, Brown wrote about moving her career to the next level only two days prior to her hospitalization in January. "Let's start this career up&&moving OUT to TO YOU ALLLL quick shall we !?!???!" she tweeted. Her Twitter feed was peppered with motivational quotes, images and mentions of Gordon and her late mother. On Instagram she shared images of herself and Gordon.

In the wake of her mother's death Brown made headlines for yet another reason, her relationship and subsequent reported marriage to Gordon, 25. The couple attracted much scrutiny due to Gordon's past association with Brown's family.

Houston opened her home to 12-year-old Gordon when his birth mother could no longer care for him, according to reports. Never legally adopted, Gordon was raised alongside Houston's daughter. Brown and Gordon went public with their relationship two months after Houston's death in 2012. The couple continued to court controversy when in 2013 they were evicted from their Atlanta apartment after multiple noise complaints from a neighbor.

The union drew criticism from both fans and family, including Pat Houston, Brown's aunt. "It just didn't sit right with me," Pat said during a 2014 episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" "I always looked at them as being the brother-and-sister type. I just did not see the relationship moving in that direction." 

Brown publicly insisted her late mother would have approved of the relationship.

"I'm tired of hearing people say, 'Eww you're engaged to your brother or if Whitney was still alive would we be together or would she approve of this.' Let me clear up something. We aren't even real brother and sister, nor is he my adoptive brother," she posted on Facebook ahead of announcing she had married Gordon in January 2014.

But according to her father, the pair never officially tied the knot. Bobby Brown issued the following statement four days after her hospitalization in January: "To correct earlier reports, Bobbi Kristina is not and has never been married to Nick Gordon."

Reports of an ongoing feud between Gordon and Bobbi Kristina's father surfaced after she was hospitalized. Bobby Brown refused Gordon access to his daughter, asking her boyfriend to reveal details of exactly what happened on the day Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive at home.

In March Gordon was featured on an episode of "Dr. Phil" alongside his birth mother. After appearing on the show–which host Phil McGraw described as an "intervention"–Gordon checked into a rehab facility.

Brown’s court-appointed conservator filed a lawsuit June 24 against Gordon in Fulton County Superior Court, alleging that Gordon had physically abused Bobbi Kristina, and that Gordon had taken more than $11,000 from her bank account.

In March 2014 Bobbi Kristina came under scrutiny for her rapidly diminishing physique, which she proudly showed off on social media platforms. "I am my mothers child! Have you ever heard of a #fastmetabolism ?" she tweeted in response to questions and comments about her size.

Rumors and reports surfaced that like her parents, Brown was facing addiction issues. In July of last year a photo was reportedly posted to her Instagram account showing her allegedly smoking marijuana out of a bong. She denied the photo was hers.

Brown was back in the headlines again in late 2014 when she went public with her anger toward director Angela Bassett, who chose not to feature the budding actress in the Houston biopic "Whitney," which aired January 17 on Lifetime. Bassett told Entertainment Weekly there were "a number of reasons" why she did not consider Brown for the title role. "One being that she’s not an actress," Bassett said. Brown later apologized for a Twitter rant aimed at the director. Though approached, Houston's family chose not to participate in any aspect of the Lifetime movie. 

A resolute Cissy Houston discussed her granddaughter's ongoing medical condition during a March radio interview with New York's WBLS. She encouraged fans to continue to pray for Bobby Kristina, adding she would be thankful if God worked a miracle, but if it "happens the other way, I'm all right."



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<![CDATA[Special Olympics Kicks Off]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:38:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-481983578.jpg

Seven thousand athletes representing 177 countries gathered to kick off the 2015 Special Olympics World Games at the Los Angeles Coliseum Saturday night, marking the largest event hosted by the city since the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.

First Lady Michelle Obama, along with a slew of other celebrities, attended Saturday's opening ceremony, which included performances by Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, Cody Simpson and Nicole Scherzinger.

"It's all about doing the best that you can do, the best that you're capable of and sharing in the joy," said Bob Gladwell of the Lake Arrowhead Rotary Club. "And you spend time with the athletes here and you know you get so much more than they get."

Athletes will compete in 25 sporting events during the games, concluding on Aug. 2. More than 500,000 spectators are expected to attend the free events.

Dylan Rae of Australia is a Special Olympics bowler who isn't competing, but traveled to LA to cheer on his fellow Australians.

"It just gives Dylan an opportunity to socialize with his peers and also to be a bit independent and enjoy sports just like everybody else can," Julie Rae, Dylan's mother, said.

Coaches and competitors have been attending welcome parties around Southern California since last week. The torch, also known as the Flame of Hope, has been making its way through California and will make its final stop in LA at the opening ceremony.

NBC4 reporter Kate Larsen contributed to this story.


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<![CDATA[Gymnast Johnson Gets Engaged]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:29:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shawn+johnson+andrew+east.jpg

Cubs fans at Friday's game witnessed a special moment between Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson and her now fiance Andrew East as he popped the question on the field.

Johnson and fellow Olympic gymnast Alicia Sacramone threw the first pitch at the game, but before Johnson exited the field, East knelt down in front of her on the homeplate and proposed.

East is a snapper who recently signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson earned fame in 2008 when she won the gold medal for the balance beam in the Beijing Olympics. She also later competed in "Dancing With the Stars" and won the competition.

The Chicago Cubs also tweeted about the special moment, congratulating the couple on their engagement.



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<![CDATA[Kim Kardashian Requests New Twitter Feature]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:12:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4783559081.jpg

Kim Kardashian, who has a 33.8 million following on Twitter, had a suggestion for the social networking service. And it looks like her request was heard.

Kardashian tweeted Friday night that she had emailed Twitter to get a new feature that would allow people to edit tweets without having to delete them and repost with corrections.

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The request may have been inspired by her misspelling of Giorgio Armani’s name in a tweet last month.

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Kardashian’s request was retweeted thousands of times. It was also replied to by Twitter co-founder and interim CEO Jack Dorsey.

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<![CDATA['Tonight' Thank You Notes: Ashley Madison Hack, Katy Perry]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:28:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tonight-nbc_tjf_hlt_s2e171_298_ThankYouNotes_20150724_1200x675_491177539700.jpg Jimmy pens thank you notes to Dr. Seuss' new book, Lululemon's craft beer and other things.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Singing With Ladysmith Snack Mambazo]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:29:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/jimmy-fallon-ladysmith-snack-ben-jerrys.jpg Ladysmith Snack Mambazo performs a song honoring the group's love for Ben & Jerry's Tonight Dough ice cream.

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<![CDATA[Parking Attendant Gave Away Grandmaster Flash's Car: NYPD]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:18:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP111130074003-1.jpg

New York City hip-hop great DJ Grandmaster Flash is searching for his white Dodge Charger after a parking attendant accidentally released it to someone else, the artist and police tell NBC News. 

Grandmaster Flash -- real name Joseph Saddler -- explained the incident in a series of Instagram posts, saying he left the car with an attendant at the 101 Car Park garage in the Chelsea section of Manhattan last week. 

"When I came back two hours later, homeboy told me he gave my car to somebody with no ID that looked like me. What?" Saddler said in a video on Instagram. 

"How should anyone be allowed to walk into a public car park and get a car released without the stub, without ANY ID, how is this possible?" he wrote in another post. 

A spokesman for the NYPD told NBC News that Saddler filed a report about the stolen car on July 16 and that the car still hasn't been found. 

The crime is categorized as grand larceny auto, the spokesman, Det. Martin Speechley, told NBC News. 

Saddler's team added on his Facebook page that the Dodge was "full of priceless vintage records and equipment."

"A car is one thing, but his records??? That's his life," the post said. 

Two supervisors at the garage refused to comment to NBC News. One said he could not speak about an ongoing police investigation, and the other said to contact his lawyer, who he would not identify.

A Bronx native, the 57-year-old Grandmaster Flash is considered one of the pioneers of hip-hop DJing, cutting and mixing. 



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