<![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, 17 Jan 2017 12:19:48 -0500Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:19:48 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[First Ladies' Inaugural Fashion Through the Years]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:47:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Ladies-Thumb.jpg When first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a custom gown by Jason Wu, dazzled the room at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in 2009, President Barack Obama asked, "How good-looking is my wife?" More than 50 years prior, Jackie Kennedy looked stunning in an ivory silk satin evening gown by Oleg Cassini, which she wore to the Inaugural Gala at the National Guard Armory on Jan. 19, 1961, the evening before the inauguration. From Eleanor Roosevelt's gown in 1933 to Michelle Obama's striking red dress in 2013, see how first ladies' inaugural fashion has changed over the years.]]> <![CDATA[First Lady's Dress at Obama's Farewell Speech: What It Meant]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:52:30 -0500 The significance of Obama’s dress last Tuesday may not have been an obvious one, but for a woman whose presidency consisted of memorable and thoughtful attire, it spoke volumes.

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The significance of Obama’s dress last Tuesday may not have been an obvious one, but for a woman whose presidency consisted of memorable and thoughtful attire, it spoke volumes.

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In returning to Chicago last week for his farewell speech, it was clear President Barack Obama was bringing his presidency full circle, but in her own way, first lady Michelle Obama was subtly doing the same thing – using her fashion choice.



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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump and John Lewis]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:10:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Seth+Meyers+closer+look+trump.jpg Host Seth Meyers, just days before President-elect Donald Trump is to be inaugurated, dives into Trump's recent exchange with congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis.]]> <![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:13:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Dog Chocolate and Other Bad Sponsors]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:14:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e052_472_badsponsors_20170116_1200x675_856232003550.jpg Host Seth Meyers, in his segment "Bad Sponsors," takes a look at all the "terrible" companies his show accepted money from in order to stay on the air.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Pyramid With Strahan, Dallas Howard]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:15:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e068_603_pyramid_20170116_1200x675_856229443866.jpg Michael Strahan and Bryce Dallas Howard compete against host Jimmy Fallon and The Roots' Questlove in a game of Pyramid.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Inauguration Appearances and Other Polls]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:15:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FALLON_GettyImages-528518222.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon runs through the results of some little-known polls asking things like, "What do you do when your phone battery gets to 20%?"

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<![CDATA[Trump Gala Loses B Street Band]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:46:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/Bruce_Springsteen1.jpg

The B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band from New Jersey, has announced it is withdrawing from performing at Donald Trump's inauguration gala.

The band announced its withdrawal from the event on its Facebook page Monday afternoon, citing its respect for Bruce himself.

"With deepest apologies to our fans and the New Jersey Inaugural Ball committee, the B Street Band is withdrawing from performing at this year's inauguration Gala," it said.

"Our decision is based solely on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band."

"The Boss" is a high profile Democrat who appeared with Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.

In a recent interview he questioned whether the president-elect was ready to take office.

During the interview on Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast, Springsteen said he questioned whether Trump "is simply competent enough to do this particular job."

The B Street Band said it would not exist without the talents of Springsteen and his primary backing band the E Street Band, and it looked forward to performing their music for years to come.



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<![CDATA['Thank You All for Peeing Here': 'SNL's' Trump Presser]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:19:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/Trump+Presser.jpg

“Yes, this is real life. This is really happening,” began “Saturday Night Live’s” Donald Trump in a colorful “rebroadcast” of the president-elect’s press event earlier this week—Trump’s first since winning the U.S. election and a gift to comedy writers.

“On January 20, I, Donald J. Trump, will become the 45th President of the United States,” he continued. “And then, two months later, Mike Pence will become the 46th.”

Alec Baldwin, back in his Trump wig after the show’s a holiday hiatus, fielded questions from a mock press corps about his conflicts of interest, his views on Russia’s reported meddling in the U.S. election, as well as his plans to replace Obamacare. (Baldwin’s Trump revealed that his plan was to replace it with the Affordable Care Act—in other words, the exact same thing.)

But the press corps’ dominant interest was in the most salacious detail of an unsubstantiated dossier published by BuzzFeed News, claiming that Russians had compromising material on Trump. 

“I’d like to ask you about your big Russian pee-pee party?” ventured the first reporter.

“No, no. I am not talking about the pee-pee,” Trump responded. “Because it didn’t happen. And it wasn’t as cool as it sounds.”

The real Trump strongly denounced the dossier—which was generated on behalf of his political opponents—as "fake news" and "phony stuff" at the press conference earlier in the week.

But "SNL's" mock press corps refused to drop their questions about the document's allegations, despite Trump’s palpable excitement about Three Doors Down agreeing to play his inauguration.

One reporter began with a serious question but eventually pivoted, unable to suppress her curiosity: “So,” the reporter asked, “did you guys, like, all pee? Or did you just, like, watch them pee?” 

A flustered Trump, in a reversal of roles, desperately tried to get reporters to focus on the issues and changed the topic to jobs.

“I’m going to bring back a thick stream of jobs back to this country,” he said. “The biggest, strongest, steadiest stream you’ve ever seen. This country will be literally showered with jobs. Because I’m a major whiz at jobs.”

Trump also used the opportunity of the press conference to knock his most-hated news outlets of the week: Buzzfeed, of course, but also CNN, an outlet that reported Trump and President Obama were briefed on intelligence from the unverified dossier published by Buzzfeed.

Trump refused to take a Buzzfeed reporter’s question.

“I took your quiz yesterday, and I’ll tell you right now,” he said, miffed. “I’m not a Joey — I’m a Rachel.” 

Steve Harvey (played by Kenan Thompson) also made a quick appearance to talk about his potential involvement with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, confirming to the media with a chuckle, “Yeah, I do government now."

When Baldwin's Trump shifted from his usual script and blurted out to a pestering reporter that "Russia hacked the election," an oddly familiar looking reporter signaled to Trump that it was in his best interest to back off the claim.

“I’m American journalist Wolf Blitzer,” the Putin lookalike said, menacingly waving a VHS “Pee Pee Tape” in front of the president-elect. Was Trump “really, really sure” that Russia was behind the hacking, he asked.

Baldwin’s Trump stammered. “It was China. I mean Canada. It was Meryl Streep! Okay this press conference is over. Thank you all for peeing here — I mean, for pissing here — I mean, for being here.”

The salacious topic surfaced again during a segment of “Weekend Update” in which Michael Che addressed “the problem with unverified claims."

"No matter how unverified they are, if it is hilarious enough people will always remember it as a fact." 

And, as he is wont to do, Trump took to Twitter Sunday to voice his disapproval of the program.

Actress Felicity Jones hosted the show and received a visit from a hologram of Tina Fey.

Musical guest Sturgill Simpson performed his country singles "Call to Arms" and "Keep it Between the Lines."



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<![CDATA[Steve Harvey Meets With Trump]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:08:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TrumpHarvey.jpg

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Steve Harvey was invited by the Obama and Trump transition teams to meet with President-Elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower earlier Friday.

"Well, you know, it's not my jump into politics. I'm not gonna pass a background check. But it's just me following orders from my friend, President Obama, who says, 'Steve, you gotta,' as he told everybody, get out from behind your computer, stop tweeting and texting, and get out there and sit down and talk," Harvey told reporters following the meeting. "So I stepped from behind my microphone and I came and talked to the guy that's gonna be the 45th president of the United States. I did what I was supposed to do."

At the meeting, Trump introduced Harvey to Dr. Ben Carson, Trump's pick for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, over the phone. They discussed housing and mentoring programs for inner cities youths. Harvey wants to "bring about some positive in the inner cities," which he felt was his "only agenda."

Harvey and Carson say they want to make a difference in cities like Chicago and Detroit. "Carson expressed that cause, quite naturally, he's from Detroit," said Harvey.

"I walked away feeling like I had just talked with a man who genuinely wants to make a difference in this area," said Harvey in a tweet posted after the meeting.

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"It's an honor to be invited to talk and I think that's the only way that we're gonna unify our country. We gotta talk, you know. President Obama said, 'You gotta sit down and talk,'" Harvey told a reporter.

When asked about Trump's pick for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who has been criticized for his work against civil rights, Harvey said "I don't really like commenting on stuff I don't really understand or know about."

Harvey, who turns 60 on Jan. 17, told reporters he would not be attending Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20 because, he deadpanned, his wife informed him they would not be attending.



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<![CDATA[The 10 Best Inaugural Performances of All Time]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:22:04 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/beyonceatlast.jpg

The list of performers set for President-elect Donald Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration - including country performer Toby Keith and rock band 3 Doors Down - has left some people nostalgic for past celebrations that featured the entertainment world's brightest stars.

Here's a look at some of the more star-studded inaugural performances.

1. Beyoncé remains the standard-bearer for inaugural performances. Her rendition of Etta James' "At Last" in 2009 as President Barack Obama swept his wife, Michelle, into his arms capped an inauguration for the ages. 

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2. Beyoncé makes a double appearance on the list. She followed up her 2009 performance with a 2013 rendition of the national anthem at Obama's second inauguration. Yes, she admitted to lip-synching the performance. No, we do not care. 

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3. Beyoncé wasn't the only performer of note at Obama's 2009 inauguration. Aretha Franklin's spine-tingling performance of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" was the talk of the inauguration day. Well, that and her hat.

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4. Chuck Berry? Little Richard? Enough said. The two rock and roll pioneers were joined on stage by Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills and Nash and a host of other legendary performers at the 1993 inauguration of Bill Clinton. They performed "Reelin' and Rockin," "Good Golly Miss Molly" and a few other hits. 

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5. The Democrats aren't the only ones who know how to throw a party. George W. Bush was "Livin La Vida Loca" in 2001 with a little help from Ricky Martin. Technically speaking Martin didn't perform "Livin La Vida Loca" but rather "Cup of Life." But you can check out Bush dancing, well - moving - to the beat.

6. You may know Barbra Streisand today as a huge Hillary Clinton supporter. But before Streisand claimed "I'm With Her," she was with Bill, serenading him at the 1993 inaugural with "Evergreen." 

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7. The Beach Boys were one of the few star-studded groups said to be mulling an offer to perform at Trump's inaugural. They have been in the presidential spotlight before. The group sang “Their Hearts Were Full of Spring,” a capella, at President Ronald Reagan's second inaugural in 1985. 

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8. Bob Dylan may be notoriously hard to track down these days if you're trying to present him with a Nobel Prize, but he was on hand in 1993 for the inauguration of Bill Clinton with an acoustic rendition of "Chimes of Freedom."

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9. Barack Obama bestowed Bruce Springsteen with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. Perhaps it was in part a way for saying thank you for the Boss for performing “The Rising,” complete with choir, at his inaugural in 2009.

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10. James Brown performed at Richard Nixon's inaugural in 1969. Sadly, there appears to be no known video available for this event. But the knowledge alone that this took place makes it worthy of mention.



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<![CDATA[Cherokee Blake: Lively Slammed for Claiming Indian Ancestry]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:36:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/blakecherrokee.jpg

Blake Lively may want to re-examine her family tree.

The actress was being mocked on social media for a new L'Oréal commercial aimed at promoting a makeup foundation that matches a wide range of skin tones. Lively states in the L'Oreal ad that she is "English, German, Irish and Cherokee."

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The statement set Twitter amok.

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But this is not the first time Lively has said she's part Cherokee. In 2015, the same L'Oreal True Match Foundation ad promoted her ancestry.

It's also not the first time Lively's caught social media fire. In 2016 she was also mocked for posting a picture of herself in a tight-fitting gown with the caption "L.A. face with an Oakland booty."

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According to Cherokee Nation Tribal Registration, you must be able to provide documents that connect you to a direct Cherokee ancestor listed on the Dawes Final Rolls with a blood degree. Today, the Cherokee Nations has more than 315,000 citizens, but we do not know if Blake Lively is one of them. 

L'Oréal did not respond to a request for comment.



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<![CDATA[Just Beat It! Film with Fiennes as Michael Jackson Scrapped]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:38:20 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FiennesJackson.jpg

A British broadcaster said Friday it was canceling a TV comedy starring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson after the program was condemned by the late musician's family.

Sky Arts said it has decided not to broadcast the program "in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson's immediate family." It said Fiennes "fully supports our decision."

Sky had been criticized for casting the white "Shakespeare in Love" star as the King of Pop in "Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon." The half-hour program also features Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and British actor Brian Cox as Marlon Brando.

Jackson's daughter Paris tweeted that she felt angry after watching a trailer for the show, which was due to be broadcast next week.

"I'm so incredibly offended by it, as I'm sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit," she wrote.

"It angers me to see how obviously intentional it was for them to be this insulting, not just towards my father, but my godmother Liz as well."

The show is an episode in the "Urban Myths" series, which Sky says looks at "remarkable stories from well-known historical, artistic and cultural figures, which may or may not have happened in real life."

It centers on a possibly apocryphal cross-country road trip taken by Jackson, Taylor and Brando after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Sky said it was intended as "a light-hearted look at reportedly true events and never intended to cause any offense."

Fiennes defended his casting to The Associated Press last year, saying the project does not promote stereotyping.



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<![CDATA[2 Members of R&B Band Tower of Power Hit by Train]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:59:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/amtrak-peds.jpg

Two members of iconic Bay Area R&B band Tower of Power were struck by an Amtrak train near Oakland's Jack London Square and taken to a hospital Thursday night, according to a band spokesperson.

The incident was reported just before 8 p.m. in the area of Clay Street and Embarcadero, according to firefighters.

Witnesses said the scene was confusing because one train passed by and the crossing signals went up and lights stopped flashing. They added that the two men may have assumed it was safe to cross.

"There was no warning," Hae-Sin Thomas said. "There was no lights."

The two men were taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland. The extent of their injuries was not known.

The band released a statement late Thursday night, naming the two injured men.

"In an unfortunate accident tonight, two members of the award-winning group Tower Of Power, drummer David Garibaldi and current bassist Marc van Wageningen, were struck by a train in California. Both men are responsive and being treated at a local hospital in Oakland."

The enduring band was founded in Oakland in 1968 and became known for its big, brassy sound blending funk and rock. Their highest-charting song is 1973's "So Very Hard to Go," but the band has continued to record and perform with a rotating line-up, and will turn 50 next year.

Amtrak train 547, on the Capitol Corridor line that travels between Sacramento and San Jose, had 26 passengers onboard with no reported injuries to passengers or crew, Amtrak officials said. They added that the two pedestrians struck by the train were trespassing on the tracks.

Tower of Power canceled a concert they were slated to play at Yoshi's Thursday night.



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<![CDATA['Late Night': Sullivan Stapleton's Bummed About 'Blindspot']]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:47:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e051_471_sullivanstapleton_bummed_20170112_1200x675_853995587975.jpg Host Seth Meyers talks to 'Blindspot' star Sullivan Stapleton about the one thing he hates not being able to do one the show.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': A Look at Trump's War With Press]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:46:04 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e051_471_closerlook_20170112_1200x675_853998147893.jpg Host Seth Meyers takes a look at President-elect Donald Trump's first press conference since he won the election.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': First Drafts of Rock With The Kinks]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:43:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e066_601_firstdrafts_lola_20170112_1200x675_853999683733.jpg First Drafts of Rock takes a look at the original version of The Kinks' "Lola."]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': #ResolutionFail Hashtags]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:43:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e066_601_hashtags_20170112_1200x675_853997635893.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #ResolutionFail.]]> <![CDATA[Best Show Ever: Chappelle, Rock, Schumer Do Surprise NYC Gig]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:22:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/rockdavejerryamy.jpg

Try beating this comedy lineup. We dare you.

In what may go down as the best night of stand-up comedy in recent memory, Chris Rock was joined on stage at New York's Comedy Cellar by Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari and Jerry Seinfeld.

Rock was on hand working out new comedic materials for an upcoming tour, his first in nine years. He was soon joined in unannounced appearances by his fellow comedians backstage who took turns working the crowd for laughs, reports Gothamist.

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Rock later posted photos of himself with his fellow comedians, as well as the host Jon Laster.

Laster wrote about the show on Instagram.

"Tonight I was humbled and blessed to have been a part of the greatest show EVER in the history of the Comedy Cellar and maybe comedy period!," Laster wrote.

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Earlier in the evening both Seinfeld and Chappelle were on the "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" as part of an all-star sendoff for First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Tonight I was humbled and blessed to have been a part of the greatest show EVER in the history of the Comedy Cellar and maybe comedy period! We were sitting on the steps when Dave Chappelle told the manager that he didn't wanna go on he just wanted to watch Jerry Seinfeld go on and then he was leaving. He quickly changed his mind and decided to go up. He and Chris Rock then went back and forth about who would be next. Amy Schumer overheard them and asked if she could do five minutes also to be a part of this 'history.' I forgot that Aziz was somewhere outside and needed to go on as well. Felt kinda surreal working with my idols. The Birds, Jordans, LeBrons all in this little hallway but I honestly didn't feel intimidated I felt like I belonged atleast like my work did. I started to excuse myself from this picture and Amy pulled me back into it and said 'fuck that get in the picture you were a part of this!' Thank you soooooo much Estee!! The Lineup:
Host: Me
Ryan Hamilton
Dave Attell
Jerry Seinfeld
Amy Schumer
Chris Rock
Aziz Ansari
Dave Chappelle



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<![CDATA['Chicago Fire' Fire Rescue]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:07:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cfd+minoso.png

What does a “Chicago Fire” actor do when he’s trapped in an elevator? He calls the Chicago Fire Department.

Actor Joe Minoso, who stars on the hit NBC show, said he was trapped in an elevator Wednesday.

“Slightly embarrassed cause I know who I’m gonna have to call,” he wrote on Instagram. “But less than 15 minutes later the #chicagofiredepartment was there when I needed them. Thank you so much for the help boys!”

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The post was shared with a video showing the elevator door being opened by several Chicago firefighters, who quickly recognize the person they’re rescuing.

“That’s why you call the Chicago Fire Department,” Minoso says in the footage.



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<![CDATA[Better Call Gus: Fring Back in 'Better Call Saul' Promo]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:59:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/gusfring.jpg

Look who's back... maybe.

Giancarlo Esposito, who portrayed chilling drug lord Gus Fring in "Breaking Bad" before (spoiler alert) an untimely demise, makes a return appearance in a new teaser promo for season three of "Better Call Saul."

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Fring appears in commercial hawking curly fries at his Los Pollos Hermanos chain, which fans know merely served as a front for a massive criminal enterprise. 

In last season's finale, Mike (Jonathan Banks) was stopped from killing drug kingpin Hector Salamaca by a mysterious note reading "Don't." Fans speculated the note may have been from Fring. But despite the promo trailer series creator Vince Gilligan has not yet confirmed Esposito will be returning to the series.

"Better Call Saul" premieres in the Spring.



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<![CDATA[DJ Khaled Gets the Keys to Robbie Williams' Mansion]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:22:04 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/knbc-dj-khaled-buys-mulholland-estates-home.jpg The prolific hip-hop impresario and larger-than-life Snapchat personality has purchased a $9.9 million mansion in the exclusive Mulholland Estates neighborhood above Beverly Hills from British pop singer Robbie Williams, according to multiple reports.

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<![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Will and Kate Visit Family Centers]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:57:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/AP_17011483795910-royals.jpg A look throughout the years at the royal family.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': FLOTUS Surprises Fans Saying Goodbye]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:11:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e065_600_surprise_20170111_1200x675_853165123669.jpg We asked regular Americans to record a video message saying goodbye to first lady Michelle Obama - what they didn't know was that FLOTUS was right behind the curtain, waiting to surprise them.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Thank You Notes With FLOTUS]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:12:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e065_600_thankyounotes_20170111_1200x675_853164611799.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon and first lady Michelle Obama write out Thank You Notes to President Obama, Inauguration Day and other things.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': A Couple Things About Trump and Russia]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:13:15 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e050_470_couplethings_20170111_1200x675_853164611784.jpg Host Seth Meyers hashes out some details about President-elect Donald Trump and the reports that he has compromising ties to Russia.]]> <![CDATA[Michelle Obama Bids Her Own Farewell on 'Tonight']]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:04:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NUP_176914_3665+%281%29.JPG

One day after her husband delivered his farewell address in Chicago, Michelle Obama bid her own farewell, taking the talk show stage one last time as the sitting first lady. During her appearance on the “Tonight Show” Wednesday, she shared how emotional it has been to say goodbye after eight years in office.

The Obamas have become world-class figures during their time in the White House, but the first lady made sure not to forget her roots while talking with host Jimmy Fallon. She took time to show appreciation for her mother, Marian Robinson, who lived with the family in their Washington, D.C., home. She thanked her mom for helping raise Sasha and Malia, now 15 and 18.

Obama also shared stories behind some of the most iconic White House photos.

In one picture taken inside a freight elevator at an Inaugural ball in 2009, Barack Obama shares a “private moment” with his wife, who is wearing his tuxedo jacket over her gown. Several Secret Service agents stand nearby, looking anywhere but at the first couple.

“We still travel with all these people,” the first lady said of the agents and staffers in the photo. “It’s like a romantic moment — and the fellas.” 

Fallon and Obama then reflected on another special photo, one taken from behind the president standing next to the Easter bunny. “The most iconic ear profile shot in the land,” Obama quipped.

Barack Obama shaped a legacy during his two terms as president — and the same can be said for Michelle Obama as first lady. With her passion for education and combating childhood obesity, she launched the Reach Higher and Let’s Move campaigns, two initiatives she said she will “absolutely” carry on.

“I will continue to stay involved in these issues for as long as I live,” she said. “I didn’t take these on because I was the first lady. I took these on because they meant something to me.”

However, she's going to first take a much-needed vacation and see “how long it takes before I get bored.”

Fallon and Obama also took some time to pen a few thank you notes. Obama thanked her husband "for proving you're not a lame-duck, but my very own silver fox."

Fallon thanked the first lady for “brining a whole new meaning to ‘the right to bear arms,'” as a photo of Obama showing off her toned biceps in a pink sleeveless dress appeared on screen.

Without missing a beat, Obama replied: “You are welcome.”

But it was about more than just outward appearance, as Fallon continued to thank Obama for “always promoting physical fitness.”

"And, hey, since you like exercising so much, how about running for president," Fallon said, ending the segment to vibrant cheers and applause. 

A first-lady worthy send-off wouldn't be complete without a few other special guests. Comedians Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld, who donned a crisp bow tie, joined the duo for a game of Catchphrase.

"For you this is just a little talk show game, not to me," Seinfeld said of his suit.

And finally, musical guest Stevie Wonder capped off the show by serenading Obama with a special medley of "Isn't She Lovely" and "My Cherie Amour.”



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<![CDATA[The Force is With Woody: Harrelson Joins Star Wars Universe]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:19:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Woody-Harrelson-AP_290577137916.jpg

Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winner Woody Harrelson is set to join the cast of the stand-alone Han Solo film scheduled for release in 2018.

Harrelson will be joining Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), and Emilia Clarke in the Han Solo anthology film.

The film will be the second in a series of film outside of the Skywalker family storyline. The first, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, scored $155 million on its opening weekend. 

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” said the film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”

The film is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel. It is set to arrive in theaters next year.



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