<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:23:34 -0400 Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:23:34 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Celebs Going Green ]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:10:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP882952624499.jpg In honor of Earth Week, we've rounded up a few celebrities committed to environmental causes. Click through to see who the greenest celebs are.

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<![CDATA["Gigante" Ending After 53 Years]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:15:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sabado+Gigante.jpg

After 53 years, Univision's popular "Sabado Gigante" (Giant Saturday) will be ending on Sept. 19, the network announced on Friday.

The variety show is hosted by Mario Kreutzberger, better known as Don Francisco.

Univision says Francisco will continue to contribute to the network with new projects and specials.

“Mario is one of the most beloved and legendary entertainers in the world and has been an innovative and inspirational force in the television industry throughout his career," said Alberto Ciurana, president of programming and content for Univision.

Francisco is expected to discuss the show's departure on April 18. He thanked Univision in a statement.

"There is no doubt that they have been fundamental in my professional development and in my personal and family life. I’m so grateful for the opportunity that Channel 13 of the Universidad Católica de Chile gave me as I was starting out, to Univision in the United States and also to the Televisa Network, which allowed us to bring our ‘Sábado Gigante’ into the homes of millions of families in the United States and the world every week," the statement said.

The show received a Guinness World Record in 2012 for longest-running variety show on television, broadcasting since 1962.

NBC 6 South Florida's Jackie Nespral began her TV career as a spokesmodel on "Sabado Gigante" in 1987.



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<![CDATA["Star Wars" Fans Storm OC Convention Center]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:33:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/melissa+etezadi+star+wars.JPG

New "Star Wars" director J.J. Abrams apparently sent pizza to superfans waiting outside a big convention in Orange County celebrating the legendary sci-fi series.

The convention kicked off with a bang, as Abrams debuted a new trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the seventh installment in the franchise planned for release at the end of the year.

About 100,000 people were expected to attend the convention, called "Star Wars Celebration" and held at the Anaheim Convention Center, over its four days. kids could challenge Darth Vader to a lightsaber duel and organizers planned an attempt at taking the biggest "Star Wars" group photo ever.

People camped out overnight to be the first to get into the convention, and some fans said Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy sent pizza to the dedicated group waiting at the convention's entrance Wednesday night.

Some fans showed up in costume, including Cynthia Epler's husband. She said she wasn't initially a fan, but it was a prerequisite if she wanted to stay with him -- he sculpted a Yoda figure for the convention that sat on his back.

"He wouldn't marry me unless I became a fan," Epler said.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Senator's "Frozen" Ringtone Interrupts Hearing]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:01:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/57648215.jpg

U.S. senators are "Frozen" fans, too.

A Senate Finance Committee meeting got an unexpected interruption from a “Let it Go” ringtone on Thursday.

Pat Roberts got a call during a meeting on U.S. Tariff Policy, and the song made popular by Disney’s hit animated feature film began playing on his cellphone.

“Aw, come on,” the senior senator from Kansas said. 

After some laughs from people in the room, the 78-year-old said, “Just let it go."

Roberts' office released a statement about the incident.

"Senator Roberts' 'Let it Go' ringtone is for his grandkids. He balances it with Johnny Cash's ‘I Walk the Line’. He changes depending on the day,” his spokeswoman Sarah Little said in a statement.

Watch the interruption above.



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<![CDATA[Lady Antebellum's Bus Catches Fire]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:55:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ladya-bus2.jpg

Country music band Lady Antebellum's tour bus caught fire on Interstate 30 in Garland Thursday morning, en route from Nashville to DFW for the American Country Music Awards at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, officials said.

The bus was transporting bandmember Hillary Scott, her husband and her tour manager when it blew a tire, according to her post on social media.

"Our bus tire caught on fire and we had to evacuate very quickly," she posted. "Everyone is safe and sound."

All four onboard were able to escape the fire without injury.

"It was me, my husband, our tour manager, and driver," Scott posted. "Thanking God for our safety and the safety of all of those who helped put this fire out and keep us safe."

Garland Fire Department Captain Billy Craven said everyone on the bus was fortunate that the driver acted quickly.

"As soon as he realized that he had a fire, he didn't hesitate to get everyone off and then call 911," he said.

Publicist Mary Hilliard said the bus is not Scott's usual bus. She did not say why Scott's usual bus was unavailable.

As of 9:45 a.m., authorities said it would take crews three to four hours to clean the wreckage. Only one or two lanes of westbound I-30 will be open near Bass Pro Drive while the scene is cleared.

NBC 5's Ellen Bryan contributed to this report. As this story is developing, elements may change.



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<![CDATA[Kenny Loggins: "I'm in Danger Zone"]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:09:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Kenny+Loggins+0415.jpg

Kenny Loggins was out for a walk Wednesday at Solana Beach in north San Diego — then fast found himself in the “Danger Zone.”

The musician — whose hit song "Danger Zone" was featured in a classic scene from “Top Gun" — happened to be at the beach near Del Mar when a Marine helicopter made an unexpected landing on the sand.

The pilots landed the heavy-duty Sea Stallion when they noticed it had low oil pressure.

Loggins, known for his popular songs of the 1970s and 1980s, posted a video on his Facebook page, saying: “I walked out there and said, ‘You’re in the ‘Danger Zone!’"

His Facebook post had amassed 300 shares and more than 1,000 likes in the first two hours after he posted it.

The iconic action movie "Top Gun" starring Tom Cruise was partly filmed in San Diego County.



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<![CDATA[Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Site Crops Kim Kardashian From Photo]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:10:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Kim-Kardashian-Photo-Ultra-Orthodox-thumbnail.jpg

An Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jewish news website has cut Kim Kardashian — one of the world's most photographed women — from a photo taken of her in Jerusalem this week.

The original photo of Kardashian, her husband, Kanye West, and Jerusalem's Mayor Nir Barkat was altered to put Kardashian behind a restaurant receipt. Kardashian was blurred in another.

Nissim Ben Haim, an editor at the Kikar HaShabbat website, said Wednesday they removed Kardashian because she's a "pornographic symbol" who contradicts ultra-Orthodox values.

In an article chiding Barkat for dining with them at a non-kosher restaurant, Kardashian was referred to as "West's wife."

Within the insular Ultra-Orthodox community, pictures of women often aren't shown out of modesty. In January, an ultra-Orthodox newspaper removed German chancellor Angela Merkel from a photo.



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<![CDATA["The Voice" Recap: The Top 10]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:28:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/469727776TheVoiceMiaZ.jpg

Top 10.

There’s a nice sound to the phrase Top 10, especially in a competition all about sound. But that didn’t make Tuesday night’s episode of “The Voice” any less nerve-wracking, as America’s votes were tallied and the top 12 contestants were whittled into the top 10. (As always, spoilers incoming!)

There was plenty of singing first, of course. Pop superstar Nick Jonas — who was also a battle-round advisor for Team Xtina — opened the show with his hit song “Chains.”

After Jonas’ performance, host Carson Daly announced the first three contestants who are moving on to the Top 10: Kimberly Nichole (Team Xtina), Sawyer Fredericks (Team Pharrell) and Meghan Linsey (Team Blake).

Blake Shelton took the stage with his team to perform Wilson Pickett’s Memphis R&B classic “In the Midnight Hour.”

Daly then announced the next trio of Top 10 contestants: Joshua Davis (Team Adam), India Carney (Team Xtina) and Hannah Kirby (Team Blake).

Next up were the singers of Team Xtina, who sang the Eagles’ “Hotel California” alongside coach Christina Aguilera.

And once Team Xtina said goodbye to the Hotel California, Daly announced who made the final cut: Rob Taylor (Team XTina) and Corey Kent White (Team Blake), making it a clean sweep for both teams that performed Tuesday night.

That left Mia Z, Brian Johnson and Deanna Johnson to perform one final song in an effort to earn America’s instant save by popular tweet.

Mia Z: “Stormy Monday” T-Bone Walker

Brian Johnson: “Amazed” by Lonestar

Deanna Johnson: “It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars

After a five-minute voting period, the instant results were tallied — and it was close. Each contestant garnered at least 30 percent, with Deanna and Brian nearly tied at 35 each. But after much suspense…

… America chose to instantly save Deanna Johnson to advance to the Top 10.

When “The Voice” returns next week at 8 p.m., four musical icons will join each team as advisers for the Top 10 artists. They are:

Team Adam: Dave Stewart

Team Pharrell: Ryan Tedder

Team Christina: Mark Ronson

Team Blake: Scott Hendricks



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<![CDATA["The Voice" Recap: The Guys Came to Sing]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:58:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/469632520TheVoice.jpg

Every one of the top 12 competitors on “The Voice” gave top-notch performances on Monday night.

At this point in the competition, knockout performances are a virtual necessity: Two artists are set to go home Tuesday night, whittling down the number of contestants from 12 to 10.

But the audience made one thing abundantly clear: The male contestants hit an entirely new level.

Team Pharrell’s Sawyer Fredericks earned huge cheers for his performance of “Imagine” by John Lennon — even though Fredericks’ voice seemed to stall for a moment.

“You make everything you do seem right,” coach Blake Shelton told the young singer.

Rob Taylor of Team Xtina belted out a hair-raising performance of “I Put a Spell on You,” written by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in 1956 and popularized in famous covers by artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Nina Simone and Annie Lennox.

“That was a masterful performance,” coach Pharrell Williams said. “You made the stage yours. You made the show yours.”

And Corey Kent White — an Oklahoman like special guest advisor and two-time Grammy winner Reba McEntire — sang “Why” by Jason Aldean.

“If you can keep those eyes open a little bit more and look those girls in the eye, then you’ve got ‘em right there,” McEntire told him.

And judging by his performance, he did.

“I can sure tell you got that girl vote going for you,” coach Christina Aguilera told him.

But the ladies turned in a few outstanding performances as well.

Team Blake’s Hannah Kirby opened the show with a flinty performance of the hard-edged Stevie Nicks classic “Edge of Seventeen.”

Singing her own arrangement of “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson, Team Pharrell’s Koryn Hawthorne wowed the crowd — and McEntire, who is Clarkson’s mother-in-law.

And Team Xtina’s Kimberly Nichole brought down the house with her finale performance, growling through the American soul classic “House of the Rising Sun.”

“There are no words to describe what you’ve just done,” coach Pharrell Williams told the dynamic singer.

Brian Johnson: “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” by Sting

India Carney: “Take Me to Church” by Hozier

Mia Z: “Miss You” by the Rolling Stones

Deanna Johnson: “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” by Hillsong United

Joshua Davis: “America” by Simon and Garfunkel

Meghan Linsey: “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town

Don’t miss “The Voice” on Tuesday at 8 ET / 9 CT, as America’s votes are tallied and the top 12 becomes the top 10.



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<![CDATA[Abraham Lincoln on Screen Over the Years]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:14:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lincoln-3-split.jpg

For more than 100 years, Hollywood has portrayed Abraham Lincoln as everything from the Great Emancipator who battled slavery to a vampire hunter and a most "excellent" time-traveling adventurer.

Though Lincoln the character's first cinematic appearance dates back to 1911 in the silent short "His First Commission," according to IMDB.com, the first biographical portrayal of his life was D.W. Griffith’s 1915 film "Abraham Lincoln." The movie attempts to tell the entire life story of the 16th president in 90 minutes through brief vignettes, consequently oversimplifying or eliminating many details of Lincoln’s presidential years – notably the Gettysburg Address.

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s "Lincoln" has been acclaimed for its portrayal of events on a broad scale. But Lincoln biographer and content consultant for the movie Harold Holzer said there are intentional "historical bloopers" put in the film for the dramatic effect.

"There is no doubt that Spielberg has traveled toward an understanding of Abraham Lincoln more boldly than any other filmmaker before him," Holzer said. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis won a best actor Oscar in 2013 for playing Lincoln in the film.

Lincoln may have grown up wielding an axe and splitting logs to make rail fences, but the man nicknamed the "Rail Splitter" was definitely not a "Vampire Hunter."

In recent years, there has been a surge of pop culture interpretations and references to Lincoln among the more than 300 depictions in film and television. The short-lived Comedy Central animated series "Clone High" featured a pimply-faced, teenage Abe Lincoln — voiced by "SNL's" Will Forte — who pals around with Mahatma Gandhi and Joan of Arc. Forte also voiced Lincoln as a master builder in a cameo for "The Lego Movie."

Honest Abe also joined forces with Spock and Kirk in "Star Trek" to fight four notorious evil villains, including Genghis Khan, in a battle of good versus evil. His Gettysburg Address-style speech in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure," meanwhile, reminded students to "be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!"

From the fictional to the biographical, here are some other memorable depictions of Lincoln, as the nation's attention turns to the 16th president on the 150th anniversary of his assassination:

"Killing Lincoln"

"Drunk History" Vol. 5 (Will Ferrell as Abe Lincoln)

"The Conspirator"

"Batman: The Brave and the Bold"

"Gore Vidal's Lincoln"

"SNL" : Abe Lincoln and His Time Machine

"The Day Lincoln Was Shot"

"Young Mr. Lincoln"

"Family Guy" The Man With Two Brains

"The Twilight Zone": The Passerby



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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: "Star Wars" Celebration]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:52:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/topEnt-sw-01-469979292.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA["SNL" Recap: Taraji P. Henson Has Made It, Baby!]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:22:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SNL-Taraji-P-Henson-Made-It.jpg

Taraji P. Henson has officially made it.

Henson, who has finally earned a place in the spotlight as Cookie Lyon on "Empire" after a decades-long acting career, relished the chance to absorb some Studio 8H magic in her very first "Saturday Night Live" hosting appearance.

“Being here on ‘Saturday Night Live’ just means so much to me,” Henson said in her opening monlogue. “Because it proves that after 20 years in show business, white people finally know who I am!”

And with a mic in hand, Henson flashed her vocal talent by singing “We Made It,” gospel-themed musical number all the other jobs she might have pursued had she not succeeded as an actress. (Sample lyric: “I coulda passed out samples in a grocery store / On ‘Law and Order’ I coulda played a corpse.”)

Some cast members even joined her onstage for a few lyrics.

Kenan Thompson: “I coulda been the oldest cast member on ‘Goodburger 7!’”

Pete Davidson: “I coulda been a normal, well-adjusted college sophomore!”

Leslie Jones: “I coulda straight-up been in jail.” (The music stopped.) “Seriously, I have done some stuff.”

Henson’s guest appearances weren’t limited to Studio 8H. In a “when-Cookie-met-Cookie” moment, Henson’s “Empire” character Cookie Lyon faced off with Elmo, Ernie — and, yes, Cookie Monster — on a promo for “Sesame Street.”

“You want to share my cookie?” Cookie Monster asked Lyon.

“No, baby. Cookie don’t share,” Lyon cooed back, before om-nom-nom-ing her way through the whole crumbly mess.

And in a livestream of “How 2 Dance With Janelle,” YouTube star Janelle (Sasheer Zamata) and her pal Teddy (Kyle Mooney) were interrupted by Janelle’s mom (Henson) — who showed off a few moves of her own.

“Now let me show you how a REAL woman dances!” she cackled. “You gotta pop it! Now how does that feel?”

“It hurts everything,” whined Janelle.

“Ha! Then you’re doing it right, baby!”

In the cold open sketch, a fiercely determined Hillary Rodham Clinton (Kate McKinnon) attempted to announce her presidential candidacy via cameraphone, with a few a tips from her campaign staffer Christina (Vanessa Bayer).

“Citizens!” a wild-eyed Clinton growled into the camera with a feral glare. “You will elect me. I will be your leader.”

The solo performance was short-lived.

“Did someone say women everywhere?!” brayed Bill Clinton (longtime “SNL” presidential impersonator Darrell Hammond), as he strolled into the camera frame. “Isn’t it amazing phones can take video now? If they could have done that in the 90s, I’d be in jail.”

The former first lady cackled at her husband. “Aren’t we such a fun, approachable dynasty?”

Hammond wasn’t the only surprise appearance.

On the eve of the fifth-season premiere of HBO’s cultural juggernaut “Game of Thrones,” a video short introduced one of the show’s new locales: the “Boyz n the Hood”-like South Centros, featuring none other than Jaime “Kingslayer” Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).

In the video starring Ice Cube (Thompson), a young nobleman (Jay Pharoah) falls in love, albeit briefly, with a noblewoman (Zamata) — only to fall prey to the scheming Lannisters.

“Don’t hate the slayer, hate the game,” Lannister snarls from atop his horse.

“House Lannister represent!” shouts his squire (Jones).

And on “Weekend Update,” co-host Michael Che welcomed frequent guest Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy (Bayer) — and got a surprise visit from Jacob’s podiatrist dad (“SNL” alumnus Billy Crystal).

Also appearing on the “Weekend Update” set: eccentric artist Cecilia Gimenez (McKinnon), who introduced co-host Colin Jost to her oft-derided sculpture of Lucille Ball.

Musical guest Mumford and Sons visited Studio 8H, leaving behind their banjos and upright basses and forging ahead with a hard-driving electric sound in “The Wolf.”

The British folk-rockers next performed “Believe,” also off their upcoming album “Wilder Mind,” which debuts May 4.

“SNL” returns May 2 with host Scarlett Johanssen.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Zoo Giraffe Gives Birth Live]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 23:53:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/209*120/Baby-Stands-041015.jpg

All eyes were on smart phones and tablets as Katie, the reticulated giraffe, gave birth at the Dallas Zoo Friday.

The birth, complete with multiple camera angles, was broadcast live, but only to smart phones, tablets and Animal Planet on TV.

The live feed from inside the giraffe barn at the Dallas Zoo's Giants of the Savanna habitat followed from the moment Katie went into the labor to the baby giraffe's first steps.

The Dallas Zoo has been waiting 15 months for the big event. The zoo said labor started at about 5:04 p.m.

The baby giraffe was born at 5:59 p.m. and was standing and taking steps by 7 p.m.

Giraffes give birth standing up, the zoo says the baby giraffe fell about  six feet to the ground.

The Dallas Zoo says it is waiting to measure and weigh the baby giraffe, but it s expected to be about 6 feet tall and weighing between 120-150 lbs.

This is Katie's second calf, her first calf Jamie was born in 2011 and is currently living at the zoo.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Fallon, Meyers Take on "Game of Thrones"]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:31:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Game+of+Thrones.png

Both Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers revealed hilarious segments this week based on “Game of Thrones,” which returns for its fifth season on Sunday.

"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon had a musical take on the HBO fantasy series, unveiling a video Friday of the cast singing The Pointer Sisters hit "I'm So Excited."

The video featured clips with characters from the show saying the words to the ‘80s tune as the song played in the background.

Check out the video above.

Meanwhile, "Late Night" host Seth Meyers learned the hard way in a segment that aired on Tuesday that characters from the HBO series may not make for the best dinner guests.

While people rejoiced over the beauty of spring in New York, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) interrupted chatter with his own feelings about the weather.

“The winter is coming," Snow said. "The snow will fall 100 feet deep. The ice will howl out the north and the sun hides its face for years and little children will all be born and die in the darkness.”

Watch Snow hilariously have difficulty with small talk at the table in the video below:


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<![CDATA[WATCH: Madonna, Fallon Sing "Holiday" ]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 09:32:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NUP_168186_0112.JPG

Madonna may have just released her 13th studio album, but it was one of her classic songs that Jimmy Fallon and Questlove helped her perform.

The Material Girl stopped by “The Tonight Show” Music Room Thursday to join Fallon and The Roots for a special retro rendition of her classic ’80s hit “Holiday.”

In this latest edition of “Classroom Instruments,” the host and band donned Hawaiian-print shirts and sunglasses while Madonna rocked fishnets and “grillz.” The Queen of Pop set the tone with a gold whistle before picking up the cowbell and dinging away. While Fallon rotated between a wood block, bass drum, and Casio keyboard, it was Mark Kelly and Tuba Gooding Jr.’s plastic fruit shakers that really gave this song a reason to take some time and celebrate.

Madonna later revealed that she had forgotten the words to “Holiday” during their classroom performance.

“I forget the words to songs I wrote yesterday,” Madge said. “That catalog is so vast.”

Madonna also said her kids think she’s very uncool.

“They remind me everyday of how uncool and basic I am,” Madonna admitted. “But, doing the ‘Tonight Show,’ is not basic. That got the thumbs up.”

Madonna said her kids gave her a lot of input into the sounds featured in her latest album, "'Rebel Heart," which features collaborations from Diplo, Kanye West, Nikki Minaj and Avicii.

Though being Madonna has its perks, the singer reminisced about her early days in the music business when there were no expectations and contrasted her early years trying to make it New York City to today's artists with social media at their fingertips.

“You had to physically take your cassette tapes to all the clubs and you had to perform live until you got discovered,” Madonna said. “It’s how you earned your way in the world.”

The singer also confessed to being a “closet comedian” which, of course, prompted Fallon to encourage her to perform a stand-up routine — one she eagerly accepted.

Madonna talked about dating younger men, and joke about one 26-year-old who was admiring her collection of Andy Warhol paintings.

“And he goes, wait a minute, you have so many. Did you know the guy?” Madonna said before explaining why it was funny.

Though her punchlines failed to land with the audience, her epic performance of “B——-h I’m Madonna,” with DJ Diplo was more than redeeming.


 



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Taraji P. Henson Is Psyched to Host "SNL"]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:10:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Tarji+P+Henson.JPG Taraji P. Henson chats with Seth Meyers about hosting "SNL" this week, and realizing how much work goes into putting together the show.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Game of Thrones Cast Sings "I'm So Excited"]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:20:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2015-04-10+at+11.19.12+AM+2.png The "Game of Thrones" cast sings the Pointer Sisters hit "I'm So Excited."]]> <![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon, Madonna & The Roots Play Classroom Instruments]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:29:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/madonnaholiday_classroominstrumentsstill.jpg Madonna stops by the "Tonight Show" Music Room to perform her classic song "Holiday" with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots.]]> <![CDATA[Stewart Can't Believe Emanuel Won]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 11:43:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/jon-stewart-AP681282264176.jpg

"Daily Show" host Jon Stewart bashed Chicagoans Wednesday for re-electing Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Stewart, appearing surprised by the city’s decision to give Emanuel a second chance, questioned the mayor's track record and campaign strategy in his latest segment "The Midwest Wing."

“Back in the day Chicago was a seedy hotbed of violence, financial ruin, and blatant crimes against humanity,” Stewart said as a picture of deep dish pizza appeared on the screen. “And by back in the day I mean 2011.”

(The pizza jab is a reference to an earlier battle between Stewart and Chicago where he berated the city’s iconic deep-dish pie.)

Stewart went on to criticize the city’s violence record, saying the crime rate was so bad even Detroit left.

“Luckily for Chicago that was when a new sheriff walked into town,” Stewart said.

He then references an increase in shootings and a $2 billion budget deficit.

“Things are looking up,” he said. “And by things, I mean the money they don’t have and crime.”

The mayor found himself battling for a second term in the city’s first-ever runoff election this month, ultimately beating out his challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

“How would a sitting mayor with a terrible record and a universally recognized abrasive personality defeat this country’s fourth most famous ‘Chuy’?” Stewart said.

The answer—with his campaign ads acknowledging his personality flaws.

“Chicago congratulations, you Rolling Stoned that s---,” Stewart said. “The report is in on everything you have done wrong and we feel that that report is punishment enough.”

Fortunately for Chicago, Emanuel says he considers himself a new mayor, promising to run the city with a “new governing style” effective immediately.  


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