<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usFri, 01 Jul 2016 05:05:47 -0500Fri, 01 Jul 2016 05:05:47 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Judi Dench Gets First Tattoo at 81]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:12:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/judi-dench-tattoo-01.jpg

British actress Judi Dench is showing the world that she knows how to seize the day, getting her first tattoo for her 81st birthday. 

The "James Bond" actress got the phrase, 'carpe diem,' which means 'seize the day' in Latin, in capital letters tattooed to her wrist for her birthday last December, she recently told Surrey Life magazine, BBC reported. 

She said the tattoo was a present from her daughter, actress Finty Willaims.

Her tattoo garnered attention earlier this month when it was seen on her wrist at a James Bond gala event celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Dench has said previously that she was considering getting a tattoo for her 80th birthday. She said she had chosen an Indian symbol, but was concerned about being set up and tricked into getting something rude tattooed.

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<![CDATA[Scottie Pippen Lists North Suburban Mansion]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:17:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pippen+house+0628.jpg

The north suburban home of former Chicago Bulls player Scottie Pippen is now on the market.

The Hall of Famer and his wife, Larsa, listed the five-bedroom, 10,000 square-foot home on a 2.9-acre lot in Highland Park Monday for just under $3.1 million.

Built in 2003, the Pippen family purchased the home for a little over $2.22 million in 2004, according to real estate site Redfin.com. The house boasts an outdoor pool, a wine cellar, and of course, a basketball court with a large rendering of Pippen’s Bulls jersey on the wood floor.

Pippen joins former teammate Michael Jordan in having a home on the market in Highland Park. Jordan originally listed his home in the northern suburb for $29 million in 2012. But four years later, the asking price for the 9-bedroom, 17-bath estate with ‘23’ on the front gate has dropped to $14.9 million.

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<![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Prince Harry at the Sentebale Concert in London]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:16:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543492012-royal.jpg A look throughout the years of Prince William, Prince George and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, alongside Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family.

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<![CDATA['Law & Order' Director Child Porn]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:15:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jason+alexander+arrest.jpg

Former "Law & Order" director Jason "Jace" Alexander has been sentenced to 10 years probation after pleading guilty to child pornography charges earlier this year. He must also register as a sex offender in New York.

Alexander, 52, was arrested last summer in Westchester County after officials found digital pornography files on computers and external hard drives at his Dobbs Ferry home. The files showed children younger than 16 years of age engaged in child pornography, authorities have said. 

Alexander pleaded guilty in January to one count of promoting a sexual performance by a child and one count of possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child, both felonies.

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

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<![CDATA[Celeb Breakups: Lisa Marie Presley Getting Divorced]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:29:45 -0500 filed for divorce after 10 years of marriage on June 24, 2016. ]]> filed for divorce after 10 years of marriage on June 24, 2016. ]]> http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-184716077-lisamarie.jpg Nothing lasts forever, especially when you're a celebrity. See whose relationships have hit the rocks.

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<![CDATA['Sixteen Candles' Home for Sale in Chicago Suburb]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:13:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/181*120/01_3022PayneSt_57_FrontView_LowRes%5B1%5D.jpg

On a quiet tree-lined street in a Chicago suburb, a home with big Hollywood history has just hit the market.

The six-bedroom, four-bathroom brick home at 3022 Payne Street in Evanston has been listed for $1.49 million.

The single-family home may look familiar to fans of the iconic 1984 John Hughes film “Sixteen Candles,” as it is the home of Samantha Baker, played by Molly Ringwald, whose family forgets her 16th birthday. 

“As you enter the foyer, you will picture yourself sharing dinner parties in the amazing dining room and the elegant living room with a wood burning fireplace and gorgeous plastic cast molding,” the listing boasts. 

According to Forbes, the estate is being sold by investment banker Stephen Miles and his wife, who raised their children in the home.

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<![CDATA[There's Nothing Subtle About the 'Purge' Movies]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:31:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/edt-the-purge-anarchy.jpg

"The Purge" movie series centers on a dystopian (and not-too-distant) reconstituted U.S. in which citizens get to "release the beast" for 12 hours once a year – killing at will without fear of punishment. 

The goal is to rid the country of undesirables (read: the poor) and allow the populace to get violence out of its system during one annual gore fest in which only the fast and furious (and wealthy) survive. But the most elusive beast may be the series' politics.

Shots taken at the gun industry and the One Percent suggest the filmmakers are firing from the left. But the thing that flowed most liberally in 2013's "The Purge" and 2014's "The Purge: Anarchy" was blood.

Now "The Purge: Election Year" arrives Friday, perhaps to make a timely statement – or at least to leave no doubt the low-budget horror series is a cut above ordinary slasher flicks.

The first installment proved a surprise draw, with its story of one family’s struggle for survival set against a tableau of a purportedly Utopian society built on mayhem sanctioned by the “new founding fathers.” The movie unspooled with an air of constant tension and a whiff of allegory that recalled a low-budget game-changer of the 1960s: the original "Night of the Living Dead."

"The Purge: Anarchy" presented a wider array of characters than the original. More significantly, viewers got a chilling glimpse into the mechanics behind the night of bloodshed. "Anarchy" portrayed government leaders as provocateurs and puppet masters, egging on cowardly masked marauders and its own police-state forces. The rich, meanwhile, paid big bucks for the thrill of the kill, a la "The Most Dangerous Game." In this case, however, the well-heeled were aided by night-vision goggles.

"Anarchy," which improved on its predecessor in quality and box office take, also succeeded in offering compelling heroes – including Carmelo Johns (Michael K. Williams), a charismatic African-American leader armed with 1960s rhetoric and 2020s firepower. But the mysterious Sarge, a would-be avenger turned savior, emerged as the most memorable character.

Sarge (played with brooding intensity by Frank Grillo) returns in the new film to protect an idealistic senator (Elizabeth Mitchell) who lost her family in a long-ago purge. She wants to end the practice and become president. But escaping purge night in Washington might be tougher than getting elected.  

There’s nothing subtle, of course, about “The Purge,” whose latest installment arrives on the Fourth of July weekend as the nation faces a historic election battle focused on competing views of our identity, with much of the fight over immigration.

The Purge: Election Year” lands with the promise of offering another disturbing horror show that at least attempts to make audiences think about a beast that has no name, but seems all too familiar.

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects 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.

<![CDATA[Chelsea Handler Opens Up About Abortions at 16]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 06:14:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-457522426.jpg

Comedian Chelsea Handler opened up about her two abortions at age 16 in a personal essay for Playboy Magazine's "Freedom Issue." She also applauded U.S. reproductive laws for allowing her to rectify her "irresponsible" teenage actions with a "thoughtful" decision.

Handler, 41, wrote that she first got pregnant when she was going through a "bad stage" in her life and having unprotected sex with her boyfriend at the time.

"The idea that I would have a child and raise it by myself at that age, when I couldn’t even find my way home at night, was ridiculous," Handler wrote. "My parents recognized that, so they acted like parents for one of the very first times in my life and took me to Planned Parenthood."

"When it was over, I was relieved in every possible way."

Handler said she got pregnant again later that year and could barely afford to pay the $230 for a safe abortion at Planned Parenthood.

"We all make mistakes all the time," she wrote. "I happened to f*** up twice at the age of 16. I’m grateful that I came to my senses and was able to get an abortion legally without risking my health or bankrupting myself or my family. I’m 41 now. I don’t ever look back and think, God, I wish I’d had that baby."

"It’s infuriating to hear politicians make bogus promises about overturning [Roe v. Wade] that has protected us for more than 40 years."

She also described her anger at political efforts to "subvert" the 1973 ruling by "passing lesser laws that close clinics or restrict abortion access for women."

Still, Handler said she does not believe Roe v. Wade is in danger of being overturned.

"We’re too far ahead of the game," Handler wrote. "Once you go forward in history, you don’t go backward."

Handler's essay comes in light of Monday's Supreme Court decision that threw out a Texas law that was found to place an "undue burden" on women seeking abortions in the guise of protecting women's health.

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<![CDATA[Caitlyn Jenner Revisits Olympic Gold 40 Years Later]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:30:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jenner-si.jpg

Caitlyn Jenner is back on the cover of Sports Illustrated on the 40th anniversary of her striking Olympic gold.

"Caitlyn Jenner as you know her now. Bruce Jenner as you never knew him then," the issue says opposite a photo that shows Jenner in gold sequin jumpsuit and wearing her "XXI Olympiad Montreal 1976" medal.

In an accompanying interview and 20-minute film "Jenner: 40 Years After Gold," the athlete, reality star, and activist shares her mixed feelings about the Olympic decathlon achievement that made her a household name.

She keeps her gold medal in the "nail drawer" of the bathroom at her Malibu, California, home and says, "it's funny I never take this thing out."

The medal was a big hit for her kids at "show and tell," she allowed. But she said she never put it on display.

Jenner explained that the decathlon "was the perfect distraction" over her gender dysphoria.

"I had proved myself as a man and I still had this person living inside me that I had never really ever dealt with," Jenner said in the video.

She said that the morning after winning gold as Bruce Jenner she was "disgusted" when looking at herself in the mirror at her Montreal hotel room.

"I was big and thick and masculine," she said. "The rest of the world thought it was this Greek god kind of body. I hated it. But it’s what I was given, so I just tried to do the best I could with it.”

Jenner said she is still "very proud of that part of my life" but that sports is "not real life.

"What I’m dealing with now, this is about who you are as a human being" she said. "What did I do for the world in 1976, besides maybe getting a few people to exercise a little bit? I didn’t make a difference in the world.”

Click here to read the full article and watch the film.

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<![CDATA[Adele Burps Onstage at Glastonbury Festival]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 06:15:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Adele-Glastonbury.jpg

Adele greeted a fan with a slightly unexpected "Hello" this weekend, according to video from a music festival, by burping, "Today" reports.

The singer apparently invited the fan on stage during the Glastonbury Festival in England and was taking a selfie with her when she exclaimed: "Oh my God, I just burped!"

"Today" reports she pinned the belch on a "dirty burger" she ate before going onstage, an incident that has been dubbed "Glastonburpy" online.

The Grammy winner sent Maria off with a hug, a photo and a one-of-a-kind memory.

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<![CDATA[Jay Leno Survives Stunt Car Crash While Taping TV Show]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 06:13:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/539161302-jay-leno-garage.jpg

Comedian and car enthusiast Jay Leno was visibly shaken after getting into a car crash while filming an upcoming episode of CNBC's "Jay Leno's Garage," but he recovered quickly, CNBC reports.

As seen in the video above, Leno was in the driver's seat of legendary stunt driver Bob Riggle's two-wheel stunt car at Irwindale Track.

In the episode, which airs on Wednesday, Leno can be heard saying it is "2,500 horsepower on two wheels. What could go wrong?" as Riggle, 80 years old, revs the engine.

Leno is in the passenger seat when Riggle loses control and the car rolls over twice.

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<![CDATA[Kanye West's Naked Ambition]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:03:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/looks-locos-met-gala-2016-portada.jpg

Kanye West last month marked the second anniversary of his marriage to Kim Kardashian, whose dubious celebrity exploded in 2007 with the leaking of a sex tape.

But it wasn't until Friday, with the debut of his controversial video for "Famous," that West cemented his status, for better or worse, as a full-fledged Kardashian Family member.

The video, featuring nude renderings of various public figures (presumably fakes) and his wife's world-famous behind (presumably in the flesh), offered an unexplained statement about the nature of celebrity. But what came through clearly is that the rap star's biggest influence these days is the Kardashians, whose talent rests in a knack for being famous for being famous.

That's a mixed bag for West, whose tendencies toward hype and ego ("My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live," he once declared) too often overshadow his standing (over-reliance on Auto-Tune aside) as a major musical force.

He seems to be in a friendly competition with his over-sharing spouse to "break the Internet." Kanye West, though, out-smashes Kim Kardashian West in one significant respect: He drags a slew of others into the raw picture – including her step-kin Caitlyn Jenner, former President George W. Bush (whom he slammed over the handling of Hurricane Katrina more than a decade ago) and Bill Cosby (whom he defended in a tweet earlier this year).

But the primary focus of the chatter spurred by the video is Taylor Swift, already reportedly upset over the song, in which West claims credit for her success, calls her the B-word and proclaims the duo “might still have sex” (he says she approved the line, but she says that’s not the case).

West, of course, stormed the stage in 2009 while Swift collected an MTV Video Music Award in his bizarre attempt to avenge Beyoncé’s loss.

Yeezus might want to take a close look at Beyoncé’s recent album/film “Lemonade,” which tackles celebrity in a more substantive, mature and probably lasting fashion.

For West’s strange video bedfellows, the price of "Famous" remains uncertain. For the rapper, the running total undoubtedly will include the cost of keeping up with his less artistically inclined wife and in-laws.

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects 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[Top Celeb Pics: Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas Kick Off Tour]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:35:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/topentertainment-GettyImages-543718550.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities looking their best.

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<![CDATA[Bon Jovi Surprises Lifelong Fan ]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 06:31:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/With+Sign.jpg

A trip to dinner turned out to be the surprise of a lifetime for a New Jersey woman battling stage four lung cancer.

Carol Cesario has spent the last five months in and out of the hospital, her daughter, Rosie Skripkunis, said. Cesario, a lifelong Jon Bon Jovi fan, has always hoped she might one day get up close and personal with the singer.

“One of her biggest dreams was to meet him, ever since I was little,” Skripkunis said.

In an effort to cheer her mom up, Skripkunis made a makeshift sign on a piece of newspaper in May pleading for the singer to come visit her mom. With the help of friends, and lots of shares on Facebook, within an hour, Skripkunis was working with Bon Jovi’s team to make the dream a reality.

With June 25th picked as the date and Bon Jovi’s restaurant JBJ Soul Kitchen in Toms River as the destination, Skripkunis says she had no problem keeping the secret from her mom.

“I lied to her,” Skripkunis said, laughing. “I told her I wrote to his restaurant, that they said they couldn’t pass fan mail on, but that they had invited us for a free meal. It was a free meal, but it was a free meal with Bon Jovi there.”

At the restaurant, Cesario sat with her family talking as Bon Jovi snuck in the door behind her, then stood next to her without saying anything.

"Oh my God!" Cesario yelled out when she noticed exactly who was standing next to her. Bon Jovi gave an emotional Cesario a kiss on the cheek.

Cesario, Skripkunis, and their family spent the night with Bon Jovi, talking for hours and listening to some of the singer’s new music. Bon Jovi gave Cesario an autographed book and a guitar.

Skripkunis said since the dinner, her mom can’t stop thinking about it.

“She slept with the book he gave her,” Skripkunis said.

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<![CDATA[Sweepea Rambo: World's Ugliest Dog]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:36:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-542889448.jpg

Sixteen unseemly pooches vied for the surprisingly coveted title of World’s Ugliest Dog at the Sonoma-Marin Fair contest Friday.

Judges, including TV personality Bob Lacey and broadcaster Sheri Lynch, crowned 17-year-old SweePee Rambo — with a tiny blonde mohawk, claw-like legs and one eye twice as large as the other — the winner.

Hundreds of people at the competition cheered on the blind Chinese Crested Chihuahua mix, as his owner, Jason Wurtz, burst into tears and shook a homemade sign that read “SweePee Rambo for President 2016,” according to the Press Democrat.

This was SweePee and Wurtz’s third run at the $1,500 prize, and it finally paid off. The pair, originally from Encino, made the seven-hour trek to the competition in a van teeming with fans and relatives. The award money will go towards removing a tumor from SweePee’s gums, the Press Democrat reported.

Second place came with a $200 prize, which was given to Josie, a pup whose nails were painted bright blue. Rue, a small, dark canine that resembled a pig more than a dog, placed third and earned $150.

The competition was established in the 1970s, and having been around for 28 years, now attracts over 2,000 people each year. According to the Sonoma-Marin Fair’s website, dogs are judged on their first impression, unusual attributes, natural ugliness, personality and audience impression.

Last year’s champion Quasi Modo, a hunchbacked German Shepherd, won because he “epitomized excellence in ugliness,” according to Chief Judge Brian Sobel. Quasi Modo participated in press events in New York and San Francisco and even appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

SweePee’s popularity with the public will determine if he, too, will get a media tour.

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