<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usThu, 23 Mar 2017 01:59:09 -0500Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:59:09 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Farewell to a True Original: The Final Gong For Chuck Barris]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:32:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-106864591.jpg

Chuck Barris, the “dangerous mind” behind “The Gong Show,” a grotesque burlesque masquerading as a performance competition, possessed his own unique talent: turning cheap laughs into gold.

The oddball showman of the game-show set, who died Tuesday at age 87, gleefully created programs that wrung entertainment out of embarrassment. His gong, which presaged cries of "You’re fired!," resounds as loudly and crassly as ever.

While game shows were his forte, Barris' twisted DNA lurks throughout Reality TV. In the mid-1960s, he concocted "The Dating Game," which matched couples based on answers to double-entendre-laden questions – making it a funnier forerunner of "The Bachelor."

He soon after launched "The Newlywed Game," in which young couples learned, through their separate answers to personal questions, how much (or little) they knew about one another. That chagrin machine heralded the later likes of "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica," in which "Chicken of the Sea" took on a new meaning.

"The Gong Show" foreshadowed all the William Hungs who populated the early rounds of "American Idol." But the show's clearest echoes extend to "The Apprentice," where instead of hearing a gong, losers were brusquely informed, "You're fired!" by future President Donald Trump.

Barris, who presided over the 1976 to 1980 run of "The Gong Show," offered up himself as an anti-host. His ants-in-his-pants shuffling and nervous arm-swinging lent an apt lack of polish to the shambolic proceedings.

His sneering grin suggested his own embarrassment at serving as the ringmaster for a pre-Letterman assemblage of stupid human tricks. It also connoted that Barris – like judges Jamie Farr, Jaye P. Morgan and other assorted gong-stick-wielders – were in on the sick joke.

Whether you regarded the spectacle as cruel, funny or a cynical combination of both, "The Gong Show" could make viewers feel as if they should have been the ones wearing the Unknown Comic’s paper-bag disguise, even when watching at home alone.

Barris largely traveled undercover post-"Gong Show," though his 1984 book "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," a (presumable) fantasy about his supposed secret life as an assassin for the CIA, became a critically hailed film in 2002.

The offbeat comedy offered a strangely fitting final act for a deceivingly influential show business character who dealt in pop culture oddities and delusions of grandeur that ring on, for better or worse, far past the final gong.

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[See It: Bon Jovi’s Ex-SoHo Penthouse Hits Market for $38M]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:27:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bon+jovi+brown+harris.jpg A penthouse that used to belong to rocker Jon Bon Jovi is back on the market for a whopping $38 million. Take a look inside.

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<![CDATA[See It: Is This the Worst 'Wheel of Fortune' Flub Ever?]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:10:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/207*120/wheel+flub.jpg

Get your head out of the gutter Kevin.

In what may well be the worst "Wheel of Fortune" flub in the show's 42-year-old history, a contestant was one letter short from solving a puzzle identifying an iconic Tennessee William's Pulitzer-winning play.

But on the way to "A Streetcar Named Desire" the contestant, named Kevin, veered unexpectedly into R-rated territory.

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<![CDATA[Seth Meyers Attends 'Late Night White House Press Briefing']]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:03:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/seth-meyers-press-briefing.jpg

Seth Meyers in a "Late Night" skit attends the "Late Night White House Press Briefing" and "asks" Sean Spicer some burning questions about the administration.

<![CDATA['Late Night': Seth Meyers Lists 'Jobs' Neil Gorsuch Had]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:58:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/neil-gorsuch-late-night.jpg

Seth Meyers has some fun with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and thinks of some "jobs" the judge used to have.

<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Charades With Joe Manganiello]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:53:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/joe-charades-tonight-show.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and Jessica Chastain face down Joe Manganiello and The Roots' Tariq in a game of charades.

<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon Buys Record-Breaking Box of Girl Scout Cookies]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:21:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/girl-scouts-tonight-show.jpg

Jimmy Fallon buys the record-breaking 100,106th box of Girl Scout cookies from 15-year-old Katie Francis.

<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Malaga Film Festival, The Band Perry]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:07:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-656236582.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Most Beloved Puppets for World Puppetry Day]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:49:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607402348.jpg Long before films and television shows relied on CGI to make make-believe reality, puppeteers performed with elaborate dolls and muppets for audience entertainment.

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<![CDATA[Former Bulls GM Jerry Krause Dies at 77]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:52:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-369988.jpg

Jerry Krause, known as the architect of the Chicago Bulls' dynasty in the 1990s, has passed away at the age of 77, the Chicago Bulls confirmed Tuesday. 

Krause, who won six championships during his successful tenure with the Bulls, was a member of the Bulls' front office for 18 seasons.

“The entire Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Jerry Krause,” Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. “Jerry was one of the hardest working guys I have ever been around, and he was one of the best talent evaluators ever. Jerry played an integral role in our run of six championships in eight years. He truly was the architect of all our great teams in the ’90s. I would not have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame if it were not for Jerry. We will miss him tremendously, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his wife Thelma and the Krause family.”

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A Chicago-native, Krause was hired by Reinsdorf to oversee the construction of the team's roster before the 1985-86 season. In his tenure, he drafted players like Horace Grant, traded for players like Scottie Pippen, Bill Cartwright and Dennis Rodman, and ultimately helped the team to one of the most successful runs in sports history as they won six championships in eight seasons.

“I owe a lot to Jerry. If it weren’t for him bringing me to Chicago in 1985, I probably never would have been a Bull,” Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson said in a statement. “He had a great eye for talent, and his ability to build a team is unrivaled. He’s one of the best the league has ever seen."

Even with all that success, there were always tensions between Krause and the two biggest stars in Chicago, as Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson frequently butted heads with the G.M. Krause did not attend Jordan's Hall of Fame induction in 2009, and he frequently chastised Jackson in the press during their rocky relationship.

Jordan released a statement to CNBC Tuesday saying, "Jerry was a key figure in the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty of the 1990s and meant so much to the Bulls, the White Sox and the entire city of Chicago. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Thelma, his family and friends.”

Jackson echoed Jordan's statement, saying Krause's death is "sad day for the Chicago Bulls and the entire NBA community."

"He was a man determined to create a winning team in Chicago - his hometown," Jackson said. "Jerry was known as 'The Sleuth' for his secrecy, but it was no secret that he built the dynasty in Chicago. We, who were part of his vision in that run, remember him today."

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*In the original version of this story, it was incorrectly stated that Scottie Pippen was drafted by the Bulls, when in fact he was acquired in a draft-day trade in 1987*

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<![CDATA[See It: Schwarzenegger Slams Trump Dropping Approval Ratings]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:38:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump-swarz.jpg

Arnold Schwarzenegger may have ended his run as host of "Celebrity Apprentice," but that doesn't mean his ongoing feud with Donald Trump is ending any time soon.

Schwarzenegger took to Twitter Tuesday to slam Trump on his dipping approval ratings, which sunk to 37 percent in a new Gallup poll released Monday.

"Donald the ratings are in. And you got swamped," Schwarzenegger says with great delight. "Wow. Now you're in the 30's? But what do you expect when you take away after school programs from the children? And Meals on Wheels from the poor people?"

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Trump and Schwarzenegger have been feuding for months, since the "Terminator" star was first tabbed to replace Trump as host of "Celebrity Apprentice." Trump jabbed at Schwarzenegger repeatedly saying the ratings were dropping in his absence. 

Schwarzenegger announced earlier this month he would be leaving the show after one season.

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"I loved every second of working with NBC and Mark Burnett," the actor said in a statement. "Everyone - from the celebrities to the crew to the marketing department - was a straight 10, and I would absolutely work with all of them again on a show that doesn't have this baggage."

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<![CDATA[Wyclef Jean Detained by Deputies Looking for Armed Robber]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:18:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/edt-wyclef-AP288021327468.jpg

Grammy winning musician Wyclef Jean was detained, handcuffed and subsequently released by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies early Tuesday morning in West Hollywood after they determined he was not the robbery suspect they were looking for, authorities said.

Jean later tweeted that he was put "in cuffs for absolutely nothing."

Deputies with the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station were looking for a black man, armed with a gun, suspected in a robbery at a business just after 1 a.m. near Sunset and North San Vicente boulevards, according to Sgt. Duncan. The man was described wearing a gray or dark colored hoodie and a red bandana, and was last seen fleeing eastbound on Sunset Boulevard in a gold or tan older-model Toyota sedan with paper license plates, according to the sheriff's department. 


The victims, a man and woman, told authorities they were outside a store in the 8900 block of West Sunset Boulevard, near the famed Viper Room and Whisky A Go Go bars, when a man pointed a gun at them and took several items, including IDs and money. The man allegedly pressed the gun to the man's head and pistol whipped both individuals, according to a sheriff's department statement. 

They called 911 after the man fled with another individual in the car.

Minutes later, deputies observed a vehicle that matched a description provided by the two victims, the sheriff's department said. Authorities pulled over the 2002 tan Toyota with Michigan license plates near West Knoll and Sherwood drives in West Hollywood.

Jean, it turned out, was a passenger in that car. 

The driver and passenger both got out of the car as deputies approached, according to a sheriff's department statement. Deputies detained and handcuffed Jean, who was wearing a red bandana at the time, after believing he matched the description of the robber, who was also wearing a red bandana during the crime, Duncan said. 

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"Due to the violent nature of the call (armed robbery), the similarity of the suspect vehicle to Mr. Jean's vehicle, the time of day of the unfolding detention and Mr. Jean's furtive movements and demeanor, he was handcuffed," the LASD said in a statement. " It is reported that Mr. Jean’s furtive movements included actions such as once he exited the vehicle, he started to walk towards the trunk of the car, questioning why he could not get his things out of his trunk, even though he was clearly instructed by deputies not to approach the trunk. Mr. Jean was also ordered several times not to place his hands near his pockets or his waistband.

"Out of an abundance of caution, a pat down search for weapons was also conducted of Mr. Jean's person and he was subsequently secured inside the backseat of a patrol vehicle."

After Jean was questioned, deputies determined he was not the robbery suspect and let him go. He was detained for about six minutes, according to authorities.

A department sergeant explained the reason for the traffic stop to Jean and provided him with her contact information, the sheriff's department said. 

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Jean tweeted his thoughts on the encounter later Tuesday morning.

"LAPD another case of mistaken identity. Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but im in handcuffs?" Jean tweeted after the incident, along with a cellphone video of himself in handcuffs.

Jean was detained by sheriff's deputies and not police as indicated in his tweets.

"Ya'll see the police have handcuffs on me. They just took off my Haitian bandana. That's what's going on right now with Wyclef and LA right now. The LAPD have me in cuffs for absolutely nothing," Jean is seen saying to the person recording.

As of early Tuesday, Jean had not filed a complaint, made a statement or walked into the station, Duncan said.

"It is unfortunate that Mr. Jean was detained for six minutes during this investigation, as he had no involvement whatsoever in this violent crime," the department said in a statement. "However, Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriffs are frequently required to make lawful detentions, under the strict parameters provided by law, in the interest of catching often dangerous and armed suspects in our communities and keeping the public safe. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is apologetic for any inconvenience this process caused Mr. Jean. We are grateful we were able to apprehend the robbery suspects and that no one was seriously injured."

A short time after Jean was detained, another car matching the description provided by the victims was located about four blocks away. The occupants, a man and woman, were arrested on suspicion of armed robbery.

Deputies found a loaded firearm concealed in the car, a 1995 tan Acura, and property taken from the victims. They were identified as Torrion Falconer, 26, of Lancaster, and Dejuan Hooper, 30, of Inglewood. The suspects were being held on $100,000 bond.

It was not immediately clear whether they have attorneys.

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<![CDATA[2 Arrested in Slayings of Men Found in 'RHONJ' Star's Audi]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:37:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/paterson+murder+arrest.jpg

Two men have been arrested on a litany of charges, including felony murder and conspiracy, in the execution-style shooting deaths of two victims whose bodies were found in a burning Audi in Paterson, New Jersey, last week.

Clarence Williams, 26, and Gerry Thomas, 28, were arrested late Monday in the deaths of 27-year-old Aaron Anderson and 25-year-old Antonio Vega, officials announced Tuesday. All four men are from Paterson. 

Police said robbery is the apparent motive for the crime, but would not elaborate. 

Williams and Thomas, appearing in court via a camera feed from jail, both pleaded not guilty at their initial court appearances Tuesday. Michelle Ryerson, Anderson's mom, yelled as Williams' face popped up on the screen.

"You're scum, you're scum!" Ryerson shouted.

The bodies of Anderson and Vega were found Friday in a burned-out Audi on East 28th Street. The car belonged to "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Kim DePoala, known as Kim D on the show. Her son Chris Camiscioli drives the car, according to Ryerson.

Camiscioli asked Anderson to drive him to the airport Thursday night, Ryerson said. Anderson was keeping the car until Camiscioli returned, she said. 

Law enforcement sources say Anderson and Vega were shot in the head execution-style, then the Audi was set on fire. A motive hasn't been determined, but investigators are looking into whether drugs were involved, sources said.

DePoala posted a message on Instagram Sunday saying that she and her son were safe and her "deepest condolences go out to the victims' families of this truly horrific tragedy."

In addition to the felony murder and conspiracy crimes, Williams and Thomas are charged with robbery, arson and possession of a firearm for unlawful purposes. Details on what led authorities to Williams and Thomas weren't immediately available.

Both men are scheduled to be back in court on Friday for a detention hearing, with prosecutors expected to recommend they be kept behind bars until trial.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Chris Hayes on Once Being Caught With Weed]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:02:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chris-hayes-late-night.jpg

Seth Meyers talks to MSNBC host Chris Hayes about that time he was caught with weed in his backpack and what the incident taught him.

<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Intel Hearing on Russia]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:43:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/late-night-closer-look-russia-intel.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a look at the revelations of Monday's hearing on Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and what it means for the Trump administration.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds' Bromance]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:27:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/jakw-gyll-tonight-show.jpg

Jake Gyllenhaal talks to Jimmy Fallon about how people get a little too obsessed with his friendship with "Life" co-star Ryan Reynolds and why producers had to lecture them on set.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Egg Russian Roulette With Paris Jackson]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:30:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/paris-jackson-jimmy-fallon.jpg

Paris Jackson and Jimmy Fallon take turns smashing eggs on their heads without knowing which are cooked and which are raw.

<![CDATA[Take a Peek Inside Maya Angelou's Childhood Home]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:14:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/181*120/genMid.17016179_0.jpg The childhood home of Maya Angelou, the celebrated poet, author and civil rights activist, is up for sale in St. Louis for $159,000. Angelou was propelled to fame after the first of her seven autobiographies, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” was published. The 3130 Hickory St. is a modest 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home.

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<![CDATA[Eric Trump, Wife Lara Expecting Their First Child]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:59:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-474897378+eric+trump.jpg

Eric Trump and his wife, Lara, are expecting their first child in September, and it’s a boy, People Magazine reported.

The child will be the ninth grandchild of President Donald Trump’s. "Eric’s dad was so excited," Lara said, "that we were worried he’d blurt it out at a press conference."

The couple said they’ve gotten a lot of babysitting experience taking care of their many nieces and nephews. And now, their challenge is to come up with a name.

"We really loved the name Charlie, but we’d already named our dog that, so it’s out," Eric told People.

"We sort of screwed ourselves over there," his wife added.

Lara is in her second trimester now, and said that she’s feeling great after being exhausted in the beginning.

"It surprised me, because I’m a very active person, and until the fatigue hit, I didn’t believe it would actually happen to me," she told People. "It really affected me. But I’m feeling really good now."

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