<![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 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:36:34 -0500 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:36:34 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Barkley Throws "Turrible" First Pitch]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:11:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Barkley_Cubs.jpg

Everyone knows Hall of Fame NBA player Charles Barkley has an ugly golf swing. Now you can add baseball to the sports Barkley has yet to master.

Barkley threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday's Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field, and let's just say it was a bit outside. Way outside.

As one of the MLB announcers said it, the pitch was "Turrible."

Move over 50 Cent and Carl Lewis, you have company.

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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:39:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Apple Releases Tool to Remove U2 Album]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:14:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/455053622.jpg

Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool that lets people remove the album from their collections.

U2 played at an Apple event last week that included the unveiling of the iPhone maker's new smartwatch and updated iPhone models. In a surprise move, the Irish rock band performed at the event and put out its 11-song release.

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the new album would be given to the company's 500 million iTunes users. The release showed up in users' iTunes music libraries. The company said Monday that 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed the free album.

But some iTunes users took to Twitter to complain and ask how to remove it. While it was already possible to delete the album, Apple's tool makes it possible in one step.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Streisand Sings With Fallon on "Tonight"]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:12:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-16+at+5.18.47+AM+1.png

On Monday’s episode of “The Tonight Show,” the one and only Barbra Streisand sang a medley of songs with Jimmy Fallon in her first U.S. late-night talk show guest appearance in over 50 years.

Streisand and Fallon sang tunes off of her album “Partners,” the talk show host filling in for duet partners featured on the record. He changed outfits and imitated singers like the late rocker Elvis Presley, country artist Blake Shelton, and crooner Michael Buble.

Then, Fallon had Streisand sit at the “Tonight” desk for her interview.

“Let’s be honest, you’re never coming back here so this is special,” Fallon said.

Then, the legend talked about an experience with stage fright that kept her from performing for many years.

Streisand said that during a performance in Central Park, she “forgot the words to three of my songs. I didn’t sing again for 27 years. I did some fundraisers for charity, though.”

Finally, Streisand ended the show with a rendition of “Come Rain or Come Shine.” Fallon also announced that everyone in the crowd would be receiving a copy of the album.

Watch Fallon perform with Streisand in the video above and the interview below.

<![CDATA[Meredith Meets Six-Year-Old Hero]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:48:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AB003_Lunch_Box_Hero_PR_1200x675_329762883857.jpg Meredith Vieira meets the six-year-old hero who saved her grandmother by calling 9-1-1.]]> <![CDATA[Meredith Asks Regis Philbin to Share His Sex Tips]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:45:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/regis-philbin1.jpg Regis Philbin stopped by "The Meredith Vieira Show" where Meredith teased him, asking him to share his sex tips.

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<![CDATA[Hader on Getting Dramatic With Wiig]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:33:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/455499658.jpg On "Late Night," Bill Hader discusses how he handled being in the comedy-drama "The Skeleton Twins" with fellow "Saturday Night Live" alum Kristen Wiig.]]> <![CDATA[Hader Talks Impression That Didn't Make it on "SNL"]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:30:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/455499672.jpg Bill Hader talks about an impression of "60 Minutes" anchor Bob Simon that the star of the new film "The Skeleton Twins" didn't get to perform on "Saturday Night Live." Seth Meyers explains that it didn't work at dress rehearsal.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Hader on the Origin of Stefon]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:27:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/169056905.jpg Star of the new film "The Skeleton Twins" Bill Hader talks about how he invented the character of Stefon on "Saturday Night Live."]]> <![CDATA[Hader Talks Working With Meyers on "SNL"]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:27:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/455499726.jpg Star of the new film "The Skeleton Twins" Bill Hader talks about the many lessons he learned from Seth Meyers when the talk show host was the head writer at "Saturday Night Live."]]> <![CDATA[Streisand Talks Past "Tonight Show" Appearances]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:00:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-16+at+2.20.54+AM.png Jimmy Fallon talks to Barbra Streisand about her album "Partners," and the legend recalls her last "Tonight Show" appearance circa 50 years ago.]]> <![CDATA[Streisand, Fallon Sing Medley of Duets]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:09:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-16+at+4.17.05+AM.png Barbra Streisand sings a medley of duets from her new album "Partners" with Jimmy Fallon standing in for Elvis, Blake Shelton, and Michael Bublé.]]> <![CDATA[A Romantic Return for "The Mindy Project"]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:00:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Mindy+Project+crop.jpg

The most recent season of "The Mindy Project" ended on a high point: the observation deck of the Empire State Building.

That's where Mindy Kaling's lovelorn Dr. Mindy Lahiri character romantically relinked with her fellow OB/GYN, verbal sparring partner and soul mate Danny Castellano in a scene straight out of 1993's "Sleepless in Seattle" (which lovingly borrowed the meeting place from 1957’s "An Affair to Remember).

The episode – and the series – aren’t as much a derivative of the Nora Ephron playbook than a clever homage, as Kaling vies to reinvent the rom-com for today's TV audiences, favoring her hero's sardonic wit over vapid cutesy-ness. (As Mindy told then-platonic pal Danny in Season 1, "If we’re still single in five years…can we make a pact [that] we will kill each other?")

This TV season brings a flood of new romantic comedies – "Marry Me," "Manhattan Love Story," “Selfie,” “A to Z” – in the wake of the end of "How I Met Your Mother." But "The Mindy Project" returns Tuesday for a pivotal third season, already ahead of the pack.

Not that anything for the show, echoing Mindy Lahiri’s love life, has been easy: While “The Mindy Project” has earned a devoted following judging from Internet chatter, it’s far from a breakout smash, judging from the ratings (the program averaged about 3.4 million viewers last season). Kaling got up at an ungodly hour to announce the Emmy nominations in July, but her show got shut out – a snub her fiery and insecure character wouldn't have taken as gracefully. 

The bigger challenge for “The Mindy Project” is where does the smart-and-quirky Fox sitcom go from here, now that Mindy and Danny are an item, seemingly for good. It’s a set-up worthy of “Cheers,” where Sam and Diane’s explosive coupling didn’t end happily ever after for the characters, though happily for the show's longevity.

Nobody is ready yet to declare “The Mindy Project” the next “Cheers.” But even flattering surface comparisons are due to Kaling’s shrewd picking of role models, beyond Ephron. Kaling, who described growing up as a comedy nerd in her fun book “Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?,” also adds dashes of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “30 Rock” to her “Project.” (Mindy’s declaration of her right to “life, liberty and chicken wings” could have flowed from the lips of Rhoda Morgenstern or Liz Lemon.)

Kaling knows well from her stint on “The Office” as a writer and actress the value of a strong ensemble in a workplace comedy. She’s assembled a great set of characters  – Ike Barinholtz’s bizarre, good-hearted ex-con nurse Morgan Tookers is a standout. She’s also deftly juggled guest stars – among them Seth Rogen, B.J. Novak and Seth Meyers – amid a long line of Mindy boyfriends, ranging from a philandering sports agent to a minister with musical aspirations. 

Mindy’s combustible chemistry this season with Danny (Chris Messina) will help determine whether next year Kaling gets to stay home and sleep – or watch from the Empire State Building – while someone else announces Emmy nods for "The Mindy Project.” In the meantime, check out a Season 2 recap: 

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media 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.

<![CDATA[Celebrity Hookups: Lauren Conrad is Married]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:50:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/154109565.jpg Check out which celebrities are hooking up.

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<![CDATA[The Miss America 2015 Pageant ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:04:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/miss-america-2015-159375816.jpg Kira Kazantsev of New York was crowned Miss America 2015. Check out photos from the show.

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<![CDATA[Famous Feuds: Gwyneth vs. Martha]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:17:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gwyneth-martha.jpg Love triangles, snubs, controversial politics and friendships-gone-bad. These temperamental celebs and figures have their spats in the spotlight.

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<![CDATA[Actress: I Was "Humiliated" by LAPD]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:52:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/actress+daniele+watts+detained+lapd.jpg

An actress who had a part in the film "Django Unchained" claimed on Facebook that she was "humiliated" and forced into handcuffs by two Los Angeles Police Department officers for publicly showing affection to a companion in Studio City Thursday.

In the Facebook post, which had nearly 2,000 shares by Sunday, actress Daniele Watts says she was put into a police car after refusing to agree that she had done "something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public space."

"I allowed myself to be honest about my anger, frustration, and rage as tears flowed from my eyes," Watts wrote on Facebook. "The tears I cry for a country that calls itself 'the land of the free and the home of the brave' and yet detains people for claiming that very right."

Police said Sunday that they responded to a report of indecent exposure in the 11900 block of Ventura Boulevard when they came across Watts. LAPD's Sally Madera said a citizen reported seeing a couple engaged in a "sexual act" in a car.

"The citizen who called the police to complain told the 9-1-1 operator that a male and a female were involved in indecent exposure inside a silver Mercedes with the vehicle door open," police said in a statement.

A responding sergeant and officer questioned Watts and her companion, who matched the suspect description. Police determined no crime was committed and the couple was released after a brief detainment, officials said.

Watts told NBC News Sunday that she and her partner were kissing inside their car at the CBS lot when they were approached by a man in a suit who asked them to leave because "employees were distracted." The couple stopped after a few minutes and police arrived shortly after, Watts said.

When they asked for identification from Watts, she refused and walked away from the officers. Watts said that's when she was handcuffed and put into the police car.

"I burst into tears. I was afraid because of all the things happening in the country right now," Watts told NBC News.

Police said an internal investigation has been launched into the incident.

"The cops are on thin ice here," said NBC4 legal analyst Royal Oakes. "California does not have a law that lets the cops force you to identify yourself, so to the extent the cops hassling this actress tried to get her to give her name and she said no, she had a right to remain silent."

"She may have a basis for a civil rights action, an action saying that the police stepped over the line," Oakes added.

Gadi Schwartz contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Glenn Close, Jimmy Fallon Have Face Stuffing Contest]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:43:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-13+at+3.34.21+AM.png

Actress Glenn Close took to “The Tonight Show” to talk about her new Broadway gig, but things quickly turned messy as Jimmy Fallon challenged her to an eating contest.

In the “Face Stuffing Contest” the two had to eat as much food as possible in 10 seconds with utensils provided to them.

Announcer Steve Higgins stepped in as referee and told Fallon and Close they had to use whisks to eat spaghetti, salad tongs to scarf down fully loaded nachos and for dessert, gobble down blueberry pie using their face as a "utensil."

"Only face, no hands," he warned.

A scale was under each dish to determine who had eaten the most. By the end of the 30-second challenge, both Fallon and Close were covered in blueberry filling and as they both inserted their entire faces into the pie.

"You look a little blue," Higgins told Close as she wiped her face. "Are you alright?"

Fallon ate the most spaghetti and nachos, each worth one point, but ended up tying the game with Close as she ate the most pie, which was worth two points.

After a 20-year break from Broadway, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” actress will be back on stage starring in “A Delicate Balance,” officially opening on November 20.



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<![CDATA[Glenn Close Does Baby Impressions on "Tonight"]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 03:41:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s01e123_123_GlennClose_CryingBaby_Int_20140912_1200x675_328837187810.jpg Actress Glenn Close reveals a secret talent to Jimmy Fallon as she does various impressions of babies crying on "The Tonight Show." ]]> <![CDATA[Sarah Jessica Parker's Townhouse For Sale]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:03:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP153150625235.jpg Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are listing their trendy Greenwich Village townhouse for $22 million. The historic, 25-foot-wide townhouse is 6,800 square feet and has 7 fireplaces.

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<![CDATA[Rapping Teacher Surprised by Lil' Jon on "Meredith"]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:22:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/liljon-NUP_165023_0868.jpg A rapping science teacher visited "The Meredith Vieira Show" and was surprised by special guest Lil' Jon.

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<![CDATA[Howie Mandel Plays "Slime the Mime" With Meredith Vieira]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:21:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mime-NUP_165399_0623.jpg Howie Mandel stopped by "The Meredith Vieira Show" and played a game called "Slime the Mime." Check out more from the show!

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<![CDATA[Chief of Rivers Clinic Out]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:03:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rivers+yorkville.jpg

A leading gastroenterologist at the clinic where Joan Rivers stopped breathing during a minor throat procedure last month is out as medical director of the facility, NBC 4 New York has confirmed.

Yorkville Endoscopy said that Lawrence Cohen, a board-certified gastroenterologist and associate clinical professor of medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital, was "not currently performing any procedures ... nor is he currently serving as medical director."

The 81-year-old Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a procedure at the 93rd Street facility Aug. 28, officials have said. The legendary comedian was put on life support and died a week later. The city medical examiner's office said an initial review of Rivers' case proved inconclusive, and further tests would be needed to determine Rivers' "cause and manner of death."

A spokesperson for Yorkville Endoscopy would not say if Cohen was Rivers' doctor, nor would the spokesperson say if he was performing the endoscopy on the day she stopped breathing. It wasn't clear if Cohen resigned or was fired. 

According to his online biography, Cohen’s primary research focus is gastrointestinal endoscopy and he lectures throughout the world on subjects ranging from colonoscopy and colorectal cancer screening to endoscopic sedation. An e-mail to his Mt. Sinai address bounced back, and the hospital could not immediately confirm if he still worked there.

A voice recording at New York Gastroenterology Associates on East 79th Street, where Cohen also worked, said he was no longer part of the team. A cellphone number for Cohen wasn't immediately available.

Yorkville Endoscopy is accredited by the the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. The association said it was investigating the facility's accreditation.

The state health department has also said it's investigating the clinic, and is examining documents and medical records, observing the facility, and interviewing staff members and doctors to make sure the center is complying with state health regulations.  

Follow Pei-Sze Cheng on Twitter @PeiSzeCheng4NY

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<![CDATA[Barbra Streisand to Appear on "Tonight Show"]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:09:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BarbraStreisand2.jpg

"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" will feature only one guest on Monday: Barbra Streisand. It is the first late-night talk show appearance by the famed singer and actress in more than 50 years.

The show will feature a “night of talk, comedy, and performance to celebrate the upcoming release of her new album ‘Partners,’” which is set to release on Tuesday by Columbia Records, according to NBC.

“Partners” features 12 duets with singers including Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder, and an one-of-a-kind virtual duet with Elvis Presley.

Trailer: “Partners”

The 72-year-old legendary singer and songwriter, actress, author, film producer, and director first appeared on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" in 1963 to promote her debut album, and has come a long way since.

With a Grammy, an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony among her tremendous accomplishments, Streisand is also a leading spokesperson for social causes, including AIDS and The Women’s Heart Center.

Much of Streisand’s time and resources are occupied with fundraising efforts through The Streisand Foundation.

Additionally, SiriusXM announced this week that it will launch "The Barbra Streisand Channel" for a limited time between Sept. 16 and Oct. 10, which will feature personal song selections spanning Streisand’s entire career, including her new album.

Tune in Monday to "The Tonight Show" to hear what Streisand has been working on over the past five decades and see a special performance from one of the world’s most notable artists.

<![CDATA[Sesame Street Crew Reads Tweets on "Tonight"]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:33:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s01e122_122_SesameStHashtag_Int_20140911_1200x675_328358979819.jpg The Sesame Street crew takes to the "Tonight Show" stage to read tweets with Fallon's hashtag, "#WhenIWasAKid." ]]> <![CDATA["Late Night's" Ya Burnt!]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:54:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s01e95_095_YaBurnt_Int_20140911_1200x675_328359491951.jpg Seth Meyers runs through this week's topics during "Ya Burnt!" including Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Apple Picking, and even himself. ]]> <![CDATA[Jeffrey Tambor Talks Family on "The Tonight Show"]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 01:44:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s01e122_122_JeffreyTambor_HeyNow_Int_20140911_1200x675_328359491970.jpg Jeffrey Tambor, a returning guest tells Jimmy Fallon the candid advice his grandson gave him before appearing on the show. ]]>