<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcchicago.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:10:56 -0600 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:10:56 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Thanksgiving Weekend 2014: What to Watch ]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:18:29 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NUP_166284_0399.JPG

Thanksgiving weekend is all about family, turkey leftovers, Black Friday bargains and watching cool stuff on big and small screens. 

Wednesday night through Sunday offers the chance to kick back, grab some holiday fare and enjoy the following visual holiday treats:

"The Making of Peter Pan Live!" 

This hourlong special will go behind the scenes to give viewers an inside look at the incredible teamwork it takes to create the event “Peter Pan Live” (Thursday, Dec. 4, 8 p.m.). Watch Allison Williams learn to fly and Christopher Walken practice his sword fighting as he prepares to play the villainous Captain Hook. From casting to costume design, this is an all-access pass to whet viewers’ appetites for all things “Peter Pan Live!” Wednesday, Nov. 26 (NBC 8-9 p.m. ET)

"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"

Good grief! Is the holidays already? Everyone's favorite underdog Charlie Brown, along with Snoopy and all the Peanuts gang return for the annual showing of this Thanksgiving classic. Wednesday, Nov. 26 (ABC 8-9 p.m. ET)

"SNL Thanksgiving"

An hilarious compilation of the best Thanksgiving-themed clips from 40 years of the iconic late-night series “Saturday Night Live.” Wednesday, Nov. 26 (NBC 9-11 p.m. ET)

"Jurassic World" Trailer

This sneak peek at next year's blockbuster return to the "Jurassic Park" franchise was set to bow Thanksgiving evening, but Universal Pictures unleashed the prehistoric beasts early.

"Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade"

Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie of "Today" will host one of the biggest spectacles of the holiday season as more than 8,000 participants make their through the streets of New York City. Celebrities participating include Lucy Hale, Nick Jonas, Idina Menzel and Meghan Trainor. The parade will include high-stepping numbers from this season’s Tony Award-winning best musical "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder," Sting’s "The Last Ship," "On the Town" and "Side Show," as well as a sneak peek at NBC’s "Peter Pan Live!" Thursday, Nov. 27 (NBC 9 a.m.-noon ET)

"The National Dog Show Presented by Purina"

Hosted by award-winning actor, author and Broadway star John O’Hurley ("Seinfeld," "Dancing with the Stars") and expert analyst David Frei, an AKC-licensed judge and host of USA Network’s "The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show," the 13th annual "National Dog Show" showcases the best of America's purebred canines. Thursday, Nov. 27 (NBC noon-2 p.m. ET)

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Trailer Premiere

An early 88-second tease of director J.J. Abrams' highly-anticipated next installment in the "Star Wars" franchise, "The Force Awakens," can be seen in 30 theaters across North America beginning Friday morning. The full list of participating theaters can be found at the "Star Wars" website. Friday, Nov. 28

COZI TV's "Tribute to David Soul & Paul Michael Glazer"

To celebrate "Starsky & Hutch" making their COZI debut, superfans gather to show their appreciation for stars David Soul and Paul Michael Glazer and the cop series that ran from 1975-1979. Friday, Nov. 28 (COZI TV 4 p.m. ET)

"Sunday Night Football"

Denver at Kansas City. These longtime divisional rivals met on Sept. 14 with the Broncos escaping with a 24-17 win on the strength of a goal-line stand in the final seconds.  Sunday, Nov. 27 (NBC noon-2 p.m. ET)

(NBC and COZI TV are part of the NBC Universal family of companies)

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<![CDATA[Movies to Be Thankful For]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:13:37 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/freebirds.jpg

Give thanks this holiday season for movies that remind us of what we love most about Thanskgiving: the coming together of families; how our own dysfunctional clan pales in comparison to the strangeness of others; and of course, turkey.

The following holiday-themed films offer something for all ages and tastes. So cut a slice of pumpkin pie, give thanks, and grab the remote.

"Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (1987)

Del (John Candy) turns to Neal (Steve Martin) and says, "There's no way on earth we're going to get out of here tonight. We'd have more luck playing pickup sticks with our butt-cheeks than we will getting a flight out of here before daybreak." And so it goes in this epic comedy of errors from director/writer John Hughes about an impromptu duo's quest to return from a business trip in time for Thanksgiving dinner. A beloved classic with enough laugh-out-loud gags to temper the holiday schmaltz, "P,T and A" is a reminder to be thankful for the genius collaboration of Candy, Martin and Hughes, and that you already made it home to be on the couch watching a movie with family. (Available on Netflix, On Demand)

"The Ice Storm" (1997)

Set during Thanksgiving 1973 as a dangerous storm approaches New Canaan, Connecticut, this drama from Oscar-winning director Ang Lee features a stellar ensemble cast that includes Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci and Elijah Wood as two families struggling to come to terms with the changing political and social climates of the 1970s. Sexual experimentation, drugs and familial responsibilities are major themes in this insightful look at a period guaranteed to make you thankful for the current enlightened, if still sometimes confusing, state of modern society. (Netflix, Amazon Prime, On Demand)

"Free Birds" (2013)

For the younger members of the clan gathering for turkey day this bird's tale follows Reggie, a gobbler who goes from outcast to hero when he receives a presidential pardon and embarks on a time-traveling mission to try and turn Thanksgiving into a turkey-free holiday. Featuring the voices of Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler, George Takai and Woody Harrelson, this movie will have you giving thanks you decided to wait and watch it after the big meal. (Netflix, On Demand)

"Home for the Holidays" (1995)

Jodie Foster directs this darkly comic look at that fine line between loving and liking your family. Claudia (Holly Hunter) is apprehensive about her decision to return to her parents house for Thanksgiving. With good reason: she's just lost her job; her teenage daughter (who is not making the journey with her) has announced she plans to spend the holiday losing her virginity; her homosexual brother arrives with a new friend in tow; her brother also barely tolerates their prim younger sister and openly antagonizes their brother-in-law; and eccentric and boozy Aunt Gladys is also on the guest list. Also starring Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Geraldine Chaplin, Dylan McDermott, Cynthia Stevenson and Steve Guttenberg, "Home for the Holidays" will leave you thankful for your own dysfunctionally normal family. (DVD)

"Pocahontas" (1995)

Disney's first animated film to be based on actual events and people retells the story of Pocahontas, the daughter of an Algonquin chief who is betrothed to a member of her tribe but becomes enamored of European settler John Smith. Featuring the voices of Irene Bedard, Mel Gibson, David Ogden Stiers, Christian Bale, Linda Hunt and Billy Connelly, this fictionalized account has been given the Disney spin, but younger viewers will enjoy the Oscar-winning melodies, sweeping drama and give thanks for Grandmother Willow, the wise old talking tree. (Netflix, On Demand)

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<![CDATA[Find the Perfect Present: Gift Guide 2014]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:22:24 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gift-guide-promo2.jpg
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<![CDATA[Seth's Family Embarrasses His Dad on "Late Night"]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:30:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/Meyers+Embarassing+Dad.JPG Seth Meyers' mom has one complaint about "Late Night," Seth's dad doesn't get made fun of enough on the show. Mrs. Meyers decides to list some of the Mr. Meyers' most annoying habits.

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<![CDATA["Ya Burnt!": Black Friday, Naps, Native Americans]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:21:14 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Ya+Burnt%211.png Seth Meyers torches Black Friday, naps, Native Americans, cranberry sauce, parades and more in this special Thanksgiving edition of "Late Night" Ya Burnt!]]> <![CDATA[Celebrities Tweet What They're Thankful For]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:43:02 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bey-Tay-Carrie.jpg

Thanksgiving is all about remembering what we are all grateful for as the year comes to an end. Many celebrities took to social media this week to let their fans know what exactly they are thankful for.

Take a look at some of their messages below: 

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<![CDATA[Fallon: Whoopie Goldberg "Needs A Minute"]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:11:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/Fallon+Whoopie+Goldberg.JPG Whoopi Goldberg stopped by "The Tonight Show" Thursday, and talked to Jimmy Fallon about her Thanksgiving plans and why she thinks everyone may "just need a minute" this holiday season.

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<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon & Rashida Jones Sing Holiday Parodies]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:32:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Rashida+Jones.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Rashida Jones sing a medley of holiday-themed parodies including Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, and Nicki Minaj.

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<![CDATA[Crowds Cheer at Thanksgiving Parade]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:03:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chelsea-7-crop.jpg

The skies cleared for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, drawing throngs of spectators to the streets of New York City.

It was around 37 degrees with a hint of drizzle and light winds as clowns shot a burst of confetti from canisters to get the show rolling.

"Everybody's great, everybody's having a good time. We're cold but everyone's still smiling so it's always worth it," said spectator Yolanda Rodriquez. 

The honor of leading the parade went to the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band from Western Carolina University.

The musicians were hoping to set two records: one for the most cymbal players (55) and one for the largest band (505 members).

This year, the parade featured six new giant balloons, including Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. StormTeam4 meteorologist Raphael Miranda was one of the handlers for a new balloon, the Erupter.

According to Macy's, Snoopy is as tall as a three-story building, as long as 11 bicycles and as wide as five taxi cabs. The big balloons are made up of multiple chambers that are inflated individually.

A wintry storm swept through the northeast Wednesday, mucking up travel for millions. But the blustery weather didn't affect the inflation of the balloons for the parade and it didn't keep the crowds from flocking to the Upper West Side to watch the balloons get inflated. 

It was an only-in-New-York experience for those looking to see beloved characters, such as Snoopy and Hello Kitty, before they were marched before millions on the streets, and millions more on television. 

"It's really cool, they're huge," said San Francisco resident Ella Missan. Daisy Elliot of Boston, who said she's been coming to see the balloons since she was little, agreed. "It's really exciting for me to see the balloons year after year," she said.

The parade's executive producer, Amy Kule, said organizers were glad wintry weather that made sidewalks slick and travel treacherous on Wednesday was gone by Thursday.
"There's no thought that this parade would never march down the streets of New York,"  Kule said. 

Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie of "Today" hosted as more than 8,000 participants made their through the streets of New York City.

Celebrities participating included Lucy Hale, Nick Jonas, Idina Menzel and Meghan Trainor. The parade featured high-stepping numbers from this season’s Tony Award-winning best musical "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder," Sting’s "The Last Ship," "On the Town" and "Side Show," as well as a sneak peek at NBC’s "Peter Pan Live!" 

The spectacle was broadcast live on NBC. 

-- Tracie Strahan and Gus Rosendale and AP contributed to this report. 

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<![CDATA[2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:30:21 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP500736665946.jpg Macy's 88th Thanksgiving Day Parade featured six new giant balloons, including Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger.

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<![CDATA[Allison Williams Talks "Peter Pan Live!"]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:55:09 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Meyers+Alison+Williams.jpg Allison Williams stopped by "Late Night" Wednesday where she chatted with Seth Meyers about her obsession with a rival "Peter Pan" production and being intimidated working with professional Broadway performers in NBC's "Peter Pan Live!"

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<![CDATA[Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Through the Years]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:09:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP831821451169.jpg Click through for images of the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade through the years.

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<![CDATA[Fallon: Christopher Walken Talks "Peter Pan Live!" ]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:37:31 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Christopher+Walken+.jpg Christopher Walken stopped by "The Tonight Show" Wednesday and chatted with Jimmy Fallon about starring in a sketch with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin as a kid and revealed why he's so nervous about playing Captain Hook in NBC's "Peter Pan Live!"

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<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon & Steve Higgins: Indoor Skydiving]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:26:35 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Skydiving.png Jimmy Fallon and Steve Higgins try out the world's first indoor skydiving simulator at sea, RipCord by iFly, on Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday 2014: Gifts That Give Back]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:42:48 -0600 Cookies and Starbucks Coffee Gift Box for just $29.99? The gift box will include all-natural homemade individually wrapped chocolate chunk, white chocolate macadamia, double chocolate chip, and oatmeal raisin cookies, with Starbucks house blend regular coffee, and fair trade café estima blend. The “That’s Caring” gift box will supply a weekend food bag, which is given to a child living in a food-insecure environment. Check out more “That’s Caring” gifts you can give to your employees, clients, and your boss here . ]]> Cookies and Starbucks Coffee Gift Box for just $29.99? The gift box will include all-natural homemade individually wrapped chocolate chunk, white chocolate macadamia, double chocolate chip, and oatmeal raisin cookies, with Starbucks house blend regular coffee, and fair trade café estima blend. The “That’s Caring” gift box will supply a weekend food bag, which is given to a child living in a food-insecure environment. Check out more “That’s Caring” gifts you can give to your employees, clients, and your boss here . ]]> http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Starbucks10.jpg A better feeling than getting presents during the holidays is the feeling of giving back. This season shop for gifts that not only will make your friends and family happy, but will also help someone in need.

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<![CDATA["The Voice": Top 8 Revealed]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:48:43 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NUP_166022_2071.JPG

Even after Monday night's mighty mentorship from Diana Ross, Clive Davis, Colbie Caillat, Christina Aguilera and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, two more singers were sent home on "The Voice."

Ahead of the elimination announcement were two group performances — Coach Adam Levine took the stage with his team for Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young," Coach Pharrell Williams delivered Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" with his singers — and one solo from Taylor Swift, who shared her new single "Blank Space."

Finding themselves in the bottom three at the end of the evening were Team Gwen Stefani's Anita Antoinette and Ryan Sill, and Team Blake Shelton's 16-year-old powerhouse Reagan James.

Challenged to perform for the televised-audience-generated #InstantSave, Antoinette delivered Jason Mraz's "The Remedy," James tackled Nelly Furtado's "I'm Like a Bird," and Sill opted for the Howie Day hit "Collide."

In a repeat of last week's elimination, Sill was saved by the audience vote once again.

That leaves Team Pharrell's DaNica Shirey as the sole female singer in the Top 8 and Team Blake with only one artist remaining: Craig Wayne Boyd. Team Adam has not had to witness one of its members languishing in the bottom three as yet.


Team Adam
Matt McAndrew
Chris Jamison

Team Blake
Craig Wayne Boyd

Team Gwen
Taylor John Williams
Ryan Sill

Team Pharrell
Luke Wade
DaNica Shirey

"The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.

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<![CDATA[Lorde Pretended to Be Taylor Swift's Manager]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:04:53 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Lorde.jpg Singer Lorde stopped by “Late Night” Tuesday and chatted with Jimmy Fallon about curating “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” soundtrack on tour, bonding with Taylor Swift over Shake Shack burgers and being confused as the “Shake It Off” songstress’ manager at a Grammy's after-party.

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<![CDATA[Meyers: Jason Sudeikis Talks Royals, Childhood Friends]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:03:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Jason+Sudeikis.jpg Jason Sudeikis stopped by "Late Night” Tuesday and talked to Seth Meyers about taking his childhood friends to game four of the American League series where his team, the Kansas City Royals, clinched the pennant.

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<![CDATA["Pan" Theatrical Trailer]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:56:02 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/PAN-T1-046.jpg "Pan," based on the characters of JM Barrie's "Peter Pan," is scheduled to fly into theaters on June 26, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Screen Grabs: Weiner Hound and Jimmy's Russian Doppelganger]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:52:12 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Screen+Grabs.png Jimmy Fallon asks “Tonight Show” fans to send in screenshots found on the Internet and shares some of his favorite submissions.]]> <![CDATA[10 New Holiday Albums for 2014]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:34:24 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Wopat+Schneider+album+cover+cropjpg.jpg

From "Frozen" star Idina Menzel to Darius Rucker, LeAnn Rimes, Anthony Hamilton, Renee Fleming and "Christmas at Downton Abbey," there's new holiday music to suit every taste this season.

Here, 10 new releases sure to put you in the festive mood:

"Holiday Wishes" — Idina Menzel 

It's only fitting that "Frozen" star Idina Menzel would release her Christmas album in 2014, following the international success of "Let It Go," her hit from the animated smash.

For this new release (which doesn't contain the Disney hit) the Tony-winner lends her soaring vocals to such seasonal classics as "Silent Night," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and a duet with Michael Bublé on "Baby It's Cold Outside." (Warner Bros.)

"Home for the Holidays" — Darius Rucker

The singer once known as Hootie is taking his country music crossover to the Holidays. 

Along with two original recordings — "What God Wants for Christmas," "Candy Cane Christmas" — Rucker covers seasonal classics including "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," "You're a Mean Once Mr. Grinch," and duets with Sheryl Crowe on "Baby, It's Cold Outside." (Universal Nashville)

"Home for Christmas" — John Schneider & Tom Wopat 

On the first full recording since they screeched onto screens in a cloud of dust as "The Dukes of Hazard" 35 years ago, former co-stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat take the pop/jazz route and mostly leave the country in the past.

The pair blend their accomplished voices on traditional seasonal fare including "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas, as well as some lesser-known holiday songs such as the anti-commercialism "Blue Xmas," by Bob Dorough. (D13 Entertainment)

"Christmas in New York" — Renee Fleming

Metropolitan Opera soprano Renee Fleming goes jazz for this collection of 13 holiday standards also featuring the talents of singers Rufus Wainwright ("In the Dark Midwinter"), Kelli O'Hara ("Silver Bells"), Gregory Porter ("Central Park Serenade," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis ("Sleigh Ride," "Winter Wonderland"). (Decca)

"Christmas at Downton Abbey" — Various artists

No, Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) does not bust out a rendition of "Jingle Bells," but he does recite "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" with an orchestral backing on this two-disc compilation featuring 45 holiday tracks.

Aside from the spoken-word performance by Carter the only other "Downton" cast members participating are Julian Ovenden (Charles Blake) and Elizabeth McGovern (Countess of Grantham), both accomplished singers in their own right. (Warner Bros.)

"At Christmas" — Sara Evans

A sentimental collection of classics including "O, Holy Night," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Walking in a Winter Wonderland," and "O Come All Ye Fathful" is given a contemporary boost with the new titular song and a rendition of "Run Rudolph Run," made popular by Chuck Berry. (RCA Nashville)

"Home for the Holidays" — Anthony Hamilton 

Grammy-winning R&B singer Anthony Hamilton brings soul to the season with versions of "Little Drummer Boy," "Away in a Manger" and "Please Come Home for Christmas." Hamilton also harmonizes with Chaka Khan on "The Christmas Song" and Gavin DeGraw on "Home for the Holidays." (RCA Records)

"One Christmas" — LeAnn Rimes

The new reality-series star returns to her musical roots with this collection of Holiday standards that includes "Silent Night, Holy Night," "Carol of the Bells" and Elvis Presley hit "Blue Christmas." (Red)

"Motown Christmas" — Various artists

The first holiday album from the Motown brand in more than 40 years serves up familiar classics including "Joy to the World," "Little Drummer Boy," "Silent Night" and "Angels We Have Heard on High" and features performances from Smokey Robinson, India.Arie, Anita Wilson and Ne-Yo. (Motown Records)

"Heart & Friends: Home for the Holidays" — Heart

The new additions to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lend their big sound to this live CD and DVD of less well known Holiday fare including "Seasons," "Santa's Going South" "Stairway to Heaven" and "Please Come for Christmas." (Frontiers)

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<![CDATA[Full "Jurassic World" Trailer Unleashed Early]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:17:48 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/2424_D013_00290_R_copy.jpg

Only two days after the teaser travel was released for the highly-anicipated "Jurassic World," Universal Pictures has decided to unleash the full theatrical trailer online ahead of the declared Thanksgiving debut.

The film's director Colin Trevorrow took to Twitter Tuesday to announce that due to "circumstances beyond [their] control, the park will be opening early." Trevorrow then gave a countdown before posting the link to the trailer.

"Jurassic World," the fourth installment in the series, pays homage to the 1993 original with a new cast featuring Chris Pratt and Dallas Bryce Howard and a new genetically-improved dinosaur.

Originally slated to debut during an NFL game at 9 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving Day, there was no word on why the full trailer was given an early release.

"Jurassic World" is set to take a bite out of the box office on June 12, 2015.

<![CDATA[A Big Job for "Horrible Bosses 2"]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:39:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/HB2-07345r.jpg

"Horrible Bosses," unlike its three bumbling, disgruntled employee/would-be assassins characters, carried out a surprise hit in 2011 as the higher-profile "The Hangover Part II" and "Bridesmaids" grossed and grossed out to great financial success and hilarity.

Now "Horrible Bosses" returns Wednesday with a sequel and a tougher job: To help end a challenging year for movie comedies with a fresh gust of laughter.

Sure, the immensely fun "Guardians of the Galaxy," the year's biggest box office hit so far, delivered the chuckles at warp speed. But the sci-fi adventure homage to "Star Wars" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," among other classics, isn't an all-out, flesh-and-blood (sorry, Groot) comedy.

"22 Jump Street," the only pure comedy (read: not animated or special effects-driven) in the year's box office Top 10, is hanging in – barely – at No. 10, with "Interstellar" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1" just getting started and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" on the way. Other than "Neighbors" and "Ride Along," there haven’t been any comedies among the major, mass appeal moneymakers, though the Mutt Cuts van of "Dumb and Dumber To" is just getting into gear.

The creative team behind “Horrible Bosses 2” can take encouragement from “22 Jump Street,” which was both funnier and more successful than the first installment. Plus, “Horrible Bosses” has a history of defying expectations.

The first installment might have benefitted from the tough economy, with the revenge fantasy resonating more amid high unemployment. Perhaps the film additionally satisfied moviegoers’ underdog jones by casting three actors best known for TV roles – Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”), Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Jason Sudeikis (“Saturday Night Live”) – as the stars, above top Hollywood talent like Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston.

The chemistry of the star trio – fueled by Day’s standout performance as a manic loser with a, well, demanding boss (Aniston) – drove the movie, along with some great comic action sequences. The sequel’s premise – a kidnap plot aimed at foiling a vicious business rival – offers the promise of more laughs, tempered by concerns about the franchise running out of gas.

Bateman, Day, Sudeikis and their high-octane supporting players (joined by this time Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine) have their work cut out for them. Check out a preview as comedy fans hope for another good movie about bad people.


Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multimedia NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[ Jennifer Aniston Talks Marriage Rumors on "Ellen"]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:23:11 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/V29A3513r.jpg Jennifer Aniston stops by "Ellen" to chat about those pesky wedding date rumors. ]]> <![CDATA["The Voice": Top 10 Performances]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:02:05 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NUP_166020_1978.JPG

With only 10 contestants remaining, "The Voice" action was red hot Monday night as some very special guest mentors stopped by.

Diana Ross, Colbie Caillat, Patrick Stump and Christina Aguilera were all on hand to lend their talents and encouragement to the final 10. The result was a live performances show to remember:

Group Performance

The top 10 kicked off the evening with a performance of some of Rascal Flatt's biggest hits. The girls got the ball rolling with "Bless the Broken Road" before the boys joined in with "Chimed."


Matt McAndrew

Team Adam mentor Patrick Stump (from Fall Out Boy) chose Coldplay’s "Fix You" for McAndrew and instructed the singer to take the song to the audience. Pharrell praised the performance by saying  he thinks rock stations should be playing all of Matt’s tunes.

Anita Antoinette

Coached by Gwen and mentor Aguilera, Antoinette tackled Passenger’s "Let Her Go," imbuing the song with a rocksteady/reggae vibe. Coach Gwen revealed that her son Kingston has picked Antoinette as his favorite this season.


Adam chose "You and I" by Stevie Wonder for Damien to perform, saying he wouldn’t have given it to Damien if he didn’t think he could do it, but he feels like the song was made for him.

Reagan James

After duetting with mentor Colbie Caillat on Colbie’s song, "Try," Reagan mixed things up by performing her own take on "Fancy," by Iggy Azalea.

Luke Wade

After forgetting his song lyrics last week, Wade was out to show audiences why he deserves a place in the Top 10. Working with Diana Ross, Coach Pharrell chose Otis Redding’s "Try a Little Tenderness" for Wade.

Craig Wayne Boyd

Coach Blake chose Johnny Cash’s "I Walk the Line" for Boyd, but in the form of a ballad. His coach warned the country hopeful to build his performance and to not wait until the end of the song to really let go.

Ryan Sill

Woking with Coach Gwen and mentor Aguilera, Sill stayed on the rock bent he succeeded with last week. His coach chose "Starlight" by Muse.

DaNica Shirey

Shirey told legendary music producer Clive Davis, her mentor, that she is such a fan she wrote a report about him in high school. Shirey tackled the Whitney Houston hit "I Have Nothing."

Taylor John Williams

Much to Coach Gwen's concern, Williams came to rehearsals with idea of performing The Beatles’ "Come Together." After workshopping the song with mentor Aguilera, he turned in a bigger, grittier performance than in the past. Hat tip to Shelton for giving the audience grief over their inability to clap on rhythm.

Chris Jamison

Team Adam’s Jamison tackled "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars. Mentor Stump and Coach Adam worked on building Jamison's swagger and charisma for the performance.

Viewers can vote by calling, texting and downloading the iTunes song of their favorite artist.

"The Voice" airs every Monday and Tuesday at 8/7c on NBC.

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<![CDATA[2014 Holiday Album Releases]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:29:28 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Wopat+Schneider+album+cover+cropjpg.jpg Hear the Holidays! Your favorite recording artists are unwrapping a sleigh full of new Holiday albums just in time for the season.

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<![CDATA[Meyers Talks Least Trending Hashtags]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:52:27 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sethmeyers+2.png Seth Meyers talks about hashtags that are the least trending on Twitter on "Late Night."]]> <![CDATA["Jurassic World" Full Trailer]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:08:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/2424_D013_00290_R_copy.jpg "Jurassic World" is scheduled to be released in theaters on June 12, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: John Goodman Talks Will Ferrell]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:48:43 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/459541278.jpg John Goodman and Seth Meyers talk about an "SNL" clip Will Ferrell wrote that never aired.

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<![CDATA[Tim Allen Talks Name Change on "The Tonight Show"]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:50:54 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/459541768.jpg Jimmy Fallon talks to Tim Allen about why he choose to go with his middle name early on in his career on "The Tonight Show."

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<![CDATA[WATCH: will.i.am, Fallon on Making of "Ew!"]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:38:30 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/william-fallon-ew.jpg will.i.am and Jimmy Fallon talk about the background of the "Ew!" single and its music video on "The Tonight Show."]]> <![CDATA[Sandy Hook Dad Dedicates Album to Daughter's "Beautiful Life"]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:34:14 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jimmy+greene+album+cover.jpg

As the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings draws near, one young victim lives on through her father's music.

Six-year-old Ana Grace Marquez-Greene is the inspiration behind a new jazz CD entitled "Beautiful Life."

"Anna loved to sing and she loved music and she had a really beautiful singing voice," explained her father, Jimmy Greene. "I thought it would be a fitting tribute to have singers and vocalists on a recording of mine."

Greene, an established saxophone player who teaches music at Western Connecticut State University, said one song on the CD is a jazz version of "Maybe" from the musical "Annie," which Ana loved.

"She used to sing all the songs. She would sing all of them," said Greene. "'It's a Hard Knock Life,' 'Tomorrow,' but 'Maybe' was the one she especially loved to sing. Her little voice sounded so beautiful singing it."

Other tracks on the album hold sentimental value for Greene and remind him of memories made with his wife, Melba Marquez-Greene, Ana and son Isaiah, even if they were just playing in the background during a car ride together.

Greene composed three original songs, including the title track "Beautiful Life," inspired by the picture on the album cover of Isaiah and Ana embracing.

"Melba has such an eye for these great moments and she said, 'Why don't the two of you put your arms around one another?' The lighting, it's so beautiful," Greene recalled.

NBC's "The Voice" winner Javier Colon is featured on the album singing "When I Come Home." Colon and Greene, both Connecticut natives, met while studying at the University of Hartford's prestigious Hartt School.

A 13-piece string ensemble from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra also performs on the album.

Musician Harry Connick, Jr., who has supported the Sandy Hook community since the tragedy two years ago, recently tweeted his support for Greene.

Greene, who stays busy touring and teaching, is donation a portion of his CD's proceeds to two charities: The Ana Grace Project, which helps children who are victims of violence in partnership with Klingberg Family Centers, and the Artists Collective, which brings the arts to young people in Hartford.

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<![CDATA[Ex-NBC Employee Says He Paid Women for Bill Cosby]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:51:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Cosby.jpg

A former employee of NBC Entertainment has come forward to claim he regularly brought young women to Bill Cosby's dressing room and was asked to send money to multiple women over the years.

Frank Scotti, who says he worked as a facilities manager for the Brooklyn NBC Studio where "Cosby Show" was filmed, is the latest to go public with stories of Cosby’s past.

Scotti, 90, said it was once his job to guard the door after bringing young women to Cosby's dressing room. "I felt like a pimp,'' Scotti told "Today." "Every time he had somebody I had to watch, I had the girl stay there. I felt dirty."

Scotti also claims he was asked by the comedian to send money to various women, sometimes thousands of dollars a month. "All I know is that Bill Cosby told me that certain people, I want you to send this money out to them. He told me how much and I said fine and I went and got money orders, said Scotti. He said he never delivered the money but always sent it by mail, and never met the women to whom he sent money.

"I just felt, you know, he's not the person I thought he was,'' Scotti said of his decision to come forward.

One of the women whose name appears on several money orders Scotti showed "Today" says the gifts were purely "generosity" on the part of Cosby and were intended to help pay for her son’s boarding school.

“It is a shame that Dr. William Cosby’s generosity is being questioned and maligned," said Alva Chinn, a model and actress who appeared in several episodes of "The Cosby Show." “The source could have asked me first before releasing these money orders."

Scotti told the New York Daily News he eventually quit working with Cosby, "because of the girls."

Cosby has never been charged with a crime, but 18 women have now publicly accused the star of sexual assault or attempted assault.

In response to Scotti's allegations Cosby's attorney, Martin Singer, told NBC News, "It appears that his story is pure speculation so that he can get his 15 minutes of fame.''

"I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos,'' Cosby told Florida Today after receiving a standing ovation at a comedy show on Saturday. "People should fact-check." Cosby has always denied allegations of assault.

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