<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usMon, 24 Oct 2016 21:11:47 -0500Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:11:47 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Pete Burns, Lead Singer in Band Dead or Alive, Dies at 57]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:18:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/deadoralive.jpg

Dead or Alive singer Pete Burns died Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest, his management team confirmed. Burns was 57.

Burns, who was also appeared on "Celebrity Big Brother" in 2006, had a 1985 hit with "You Spin Me Round." 

The management statement said: "All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star. He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented soul, and he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories he has left us with."

Burns has appeared on reality television shows in recent years including "Celebrity Wife Swap" and "The Body Shocking Show." 

His passing was noted across social media Monday. Performer Boy George recognized Burns as a "true eccentric" and a big part of the performer's life.

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<![CDATA[Price, Games Make PlayStation VR Attractive for Players]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:18:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/psvr+bundle.jpg

The landscape of the video gaming industry is finally becoming more three dimensional after years of promise with virtual reality. The recently released Sony PlayStation VR headset hits a sweet spot with price, ease of connection, familiarity for consumers and launch-day games that show the controller’s potential.

PSVR is one of three virtual reality units hitting the market this year. It joins HTC Vive, released in April, and the Oculus Rift, released in March. While all three offer an amazing virtual reality experience to differing degrees, one of the major differences will be to players’ bank accounts.

The PSVR headset alone is priced at $399, but if you never had a PlayStation camera, you are going to need one of those as well, an additional $60. The PSVR games can use the regular DualShock 4 controllers players use with PlayStation consoles, but there are Move controllers, individualized hand controllers for another $60, that will provide a more immersive experience for players.

Sony does have a bundle that includes all that hardware, plus a demo disk of various games and virtual reality environments to explore and a full game called “PlayStation Worlds” for $499.

The HTC Vive is priced at $799 for just the headset. The Oculus Rift is priced at $599 but will also feature Touch motion controllers for an addition $199 and earphones for $49 starting on Dec. 6.

All prices are manufacturer suggested retail prices, and there are many deals out there to drive purchases during the holiday season. However, the clear price winner is the PSVR, with a much more consumer friendly price while still offering a lot of hardware, even with the inclusive bundle.

The PSVR is also a very easy hookup to the PlayStation 4 console. I had the whole thing up and running in less than 10 minutes. One main cable connects the headset to the console through a dedicated processor that sits next to the PS4. The processor is small and doesn’t have a large footprint on the shelf.

Because it uses a PlayStation 4 console, there is a familiarity with the set up and the menu screens. The Vive and the Rift both need a high-powered PC to run their headsets, but the PSVR is just another extension of Sony’s gaming stable and requires no PC.

Anyone who might be interested in virtual reality likely has a PS4. Not everyone has a top-of-the-line computer, meaning an additional expense for those who look to HTC/Valve or Oculus for the experience.

Wearing the PSVR is simple. Extend the headband, slip it on your head, slide the screen into position, and you are ready to go. It isn’t heavy, weighing in at just over 1.5 pounds, and I had little neck fatigue from repeated and extended usage.

There are warnings for people who may get motion sickness, and the PSVR isn’t for children under 12. I didn’t experience any nausea or sensory discomfort, but others who used it said they were a little “swimmy” after taking the headset off in certain circumstances.

However, as with any new gaming hardware, the proof is in the games. Companies can make the best system ever, but without good content to keep players involved and entertained, the hardware just sits there, looking pretty.

PSVR launched with a series of titles that showcased the different types of experiences you’ll be able to have in virtual reality. The imagery is stunning in them all, from the dangerous reality of the deep ocean in “Ocean Descent” to the fantastical world of lights and sound in “Thumper.”

Some games felt like I was in a “Tron” movie. “Battle Zone” put me in a realistic-looking, futuristic tank, while the battlefield resembled more of a digital game.

Other games would let me see things through the main characters’ eyes. In “Batman: Arkham VR,” you put on the costume, gauntlets and cowl to become the Batman, navigating your way through a very detailed Gotham to solve a horrible crime.

In “Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration,” you look at Croft Manor through Lara Croft’s eyes, seeing and remembering its significance as she sees them while she searched for clues into the manor’s secrets.

In “Driveclub,” taking the seat of a racing car has never felt so real, allowing me to look around the entire interior of the car while also looking out a side window to see my opponents reaction as I race by.

While the virtual reality experience has been shown to reproduce real-life settings, some games are more interested in how the PSVR headset interacts with the game play. “Headmaster” only uses the interactive movement of my head to direct soccer balls into the net and at targets.

Still others, like “Wayward Sky,” use the headset and controllers to direct the action across a virtual playing field. Even in those cases, the player feels like they are floating in a world that is rich and vibrant as it extends all around them.

Obviously, the horror genre of games can take full advantage of putting the player into scenes where danger lurks around every corner, and the players can look into those corners – if they dare.

A demo experience from “Resident Evil 7” called “Kitchen” showed how players can see the terror coming if they are paying attention. But what are you prepared to do about it?

Aptly named “Rush of Blood” puts players on a haunted amusement park ride where murderous clowns (yes, it had to be clowns) try to end your ride permanently.

With major companies, like Warner Bros., Ubisoft and Evolution Studio to name a few, developing games and experiences for the PlayStation VR, the adventures and fun are only going to get better and better. While there was no defining, "killer" game for the PSVR at launch, the wide range of experiences and involvement lets players know what is possible and allows them to choose the type of game that is right for them.

For a good price, the ability to connect with a known console and fantastic virtual reality adventures, the PlayStation VR is something people should consider if they want to explore the VR worlds. Our imaginations are only the beginning.

Larry Frum has written about video games and gaming technology for seven years for various publications. This story was done using a purchased PlayStation VR bundle unit, and the games were digital downloads using codes provided by Sony.

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<![CDATA[Walmart Scraps 'Suicide Scar' Makeup Kit Amid Outrage]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:02:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/walmart_north_las_vegas.jpg

Outraged mental health advocates petitioned Walmart to stop selling a "Suicide Scar Wound" makeup kit offered on the retailer's website.

Walmart, one of the leading retailers in the United States, can be a one-stop shop for Halloween necessities like candy, costumes, and decorations.

This year the site featured a "Razor Blade Suicide Scar Wound" latex costume makeup kit. The product, according to Walmart, was not something they put up for sale online, but rather a third-party vendor, that Walmart did not identify.

The title and photo of a razor blade with two bloody slash marks instigated outrage from the community.

"I would like to know which part of this is a suitable costume for anyone," one person said on Twitter. "Self harm isn't a 'scary costume' for all to wear."

A group called Revolving of Doors launched a change.org petition.

"This is not just a disgrace to the sensitivity to those who suffer from self-harm, but a shame on Walmart for making light of the situation," the petition stated.

"This 'costume' is real life for many people, many people who are contemplating volumes higher than self-harm," the petition added. "Suicide is not a joke, not a costume, and not funny."

The controversy prompted Walmart to remove the costume from their site over the weekend, telling Facebook followers they too thought it was "unacceptable."

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255.

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<![CDATA[Retro LA Home Once Owned by Ike and Tina Turner for Sale]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:29:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/knbc-tina-turner-ike-turner-home-for-sale.jpg Perched on a hill in a South Los Angeles neighborhood often called the "Black Beverly Hills," a retro residence Ike and Tina Turner once called home is being sold for $999,000.

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<![CDATA[Robin Williams' Kids Still Giving]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:57:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/challenged+athletes+10-23.PNG

Robin Williams was a longtime champion of San Diego's Challenged Athletes Foundation, and Sunday, his children took over for their late father to present grants at the foundation's annual triathlon. 

It was the first time Zelda and Zak Williams attended since their father died in August 2014.

"It's so good to see them around each other and hang out and, I think, not feel alone," Zelda Williams said of the racers.

Robin Williams was a dedicated philanthropist and served as an ambassador for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which supports people with phyiscal challenges, like amputees, lead physically active lives and compete in athletics. 

One of the athletes whose lives was impacted by the beloved comedian is grant recipient Patrick Ivison.

"That he took the time out of his insane schedule to come help people like me —there are no words," Ivison told NBC 7 San Diego.

On Sunday, Ivison received his very own rugby wheelchair from the Williams family so he can play professionally. It was one of three grants Williams' kids presented to challenged athletes.

"It was an absolute special moment," Zak Williams said.

Ivison said he couldn't be more grateful to Williams' kids.

"I'm so in love with the fact that they love us so much. Just forever grateful," Ivison said.

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<![CDATA[Celebrity Chicago Cubs Fans Celebrate Historic Win]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:58:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-492529998.jpg

Bob Newhart, a native Chicagoan and infamous Cubs fan, may have forgotten his "W" flag at home, but that didn't stop him or his grandkids from taking a DIY approach to properly celebrate their team's historic NLCS win Saturday night.

"I'm in Seattle with my grandkids," Newhart tweeted. "I forgot my W flag, so my grandkids made me one. Isn't it beautiful! #GoCubsGo #FlyTheW."


Newhart was one of multiple famous, die-hard Cubs fans who took to Twitter after the win.

Actor John Cusack simply tweeted, "It's. Done."


He followed up with a photo of himself and Kerry Wood "moments before it happened- and IT happened."


“New Girl” actor and Evanston native Jake Johnson tweeted, "They did it!!!!! #FlyTheW @Cubs."


Actor Joe Mantegna and Fall Out Boy and Wilmette native Pete Wentz were succinct in their tweets. "CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!," Mantegna wrote. "Yessss!!!!! CUBS!!!!" Wentz said.



Then there was the moment Hillary Clinton found out the Cubs won.

Clinton's press secretary Nick Merrill tweeted a photo of the Democratic presidential candidate looking at her phone totally shocked when she learned the Cubs were headed to the World Series.

"That look when you cap off a day on the trail by watching the @Cubs cement their trip to the #WorldSeries. #FlyTheW."


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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Bill Murray Gets Mark Twain Prize]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:53:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-617638354-ent.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Robin Williams' Family Gives Grants to Challenged Athletes]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:01:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Challenged-Athletes-Triathl.jpg Robin Williams' family attended the Challenged Athletes Foundation's Triathlon Challenge to present grants to three challenged athletes. NBC 7's Liberty Zabala reports.]]> <![CDATA[President Obama Congratulates Cubs on Making World Series]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:59:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama+sox+GettyImages-102211309.png

Chicago Cubs fans are still in a state of gleeful delirium after the team advanced to the World Series on Saturday night, and even some Chicago White Sox fans were willing to offer congratulations to their North Side rivals.

Perhaps the most famous White Sox fan in America was one of those that congratulated the Cubs on getting to the World Series, as President Barack Obama offered his congratulations on Twitter Sunday morning: [[398107811, C]]

President Obama isn’t the only famous White Sox fan to lend his support, as others like Chance the Rapper have also been adamant about supporting the Cubs during their current playoff run, which will continue on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians. [[397855571, C]]

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<![CDATA[Saturday Night Live: Tom Hanks Hosts, Lady Gaga Performs]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 05:41:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tom-Hanks-SNL-Debate.jpg

With Halloween around the corner, it’s fitting that “Saturday Night Live” would open this week’s episode with something unsettling, like the latest presidential debate. Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump returned to go hair-to-head with Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton in this sendup, moderated by the night’s guest host, Tom Hanks, as Fox News’ Chris Wallace.

The unprecedented discourse in this election cycle, particularly from the GOP candidate, allows a mean-mugging Baldwin to draw laughs by simply repeating some of the real Trump’s words verbatim.

For instance, Trump dropped two new terms at the debate this week: “bad hombres” and “nasty woman,” the latter of which was directed specifically at Clinton. In the sketch, Baldwin pulls out a notecard to make sure he'd said everything he'd intended; one side of the card reads in large handwriting, "Nasty woman" and the other, "Bad hombres." 

And, as McKinnon illustrated by playing a self-congratulating, sometimes smug Clinton, Trump’s consistent choice to cross such lines of generally acceptable social conduct might give Clinton the feeling that she’s got the election on lock.

Baldwin’s Trump did point out, though, that he’s ahead in every poll (well, every poll that’s conducted at a Cracker Barrel restaurant), and that, anyway, the election system is rigged against him. The media are to blame for much of that, he said.

Hanks’ Wallace asked Trump how it is that the media are making him look bad.

“By taking everything I say, and everything I do, and putting it on television,” he replied.

When McKinnon’s Clinton was asked about Wikileaks and the emails from her private server, she masterfully dodged the question and pivoted right to Trump’s treatment of women.

“Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” Baldwin’s Trump said, at which point cameras panned out to the SNL audience to show everyone laughing, hard, at the claim, which real Trump has made on more than one occasion. As Michael Che said later on the Weekend Update segment, “Nobody has more respect for women than you do? What about other women? What about RuPaul?”

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The debate cold open ended with the Democratic candidate pledging to be a “stone-cold B” if elected, while Trump promoted the probably-not-real Nov. 9, 2016, launch of Trump TV.

Nine-time host Tom Hanks ("Inferno," “Sully”) performed a monologue in a cardigan as “America’s dad,” gently coaching the country through difficult times as one might an adolescent daughter or son (“Sure, China might be popular right now, but you, you are so dang creative!”) and lamely offering up cautionary advice (“You’ve got a lotta guns, kiddo — do you need all those guns?”) that will likely go unheeded.

Kenan Thompson hosted "Black Jeopardy!" in the episode’s first post-opening sketch. Cast members Sasheer Zamata and Leslie Jones took two of the contestant spots, while Hanks' character Doug, a stereotypical "blue collar" Trump supporter, took the third. Despite all low expectations, white contestant Doug performed competitively, impressing the host and other contestants with his distrust of the government and his appreciation for sturdily built females and Tyler Perry films. But just as everyone was feeling like maybe they weren’t so different from one another after all, it was time for Final Jeopardy. The category? “Lives That Matter.”

“Well, it was fun while it lasted, Doug,” Thompson said, closing out the sketch.

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As Saturday saw the 11th in a series of women come out to publicly accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, the Weekend Update segment went for the GOP candidate right away.

On Trump alleging that his women accusers are just looking for their "10 minutes of fame”: “He’s so cheap, he’s lowballing them on their minutes of fame.”

Mocking the GOP candidate’s seeming inability to keep from behaving like a reality show personality: “‘I’ll tell if you if I’m going to tear apart the fabric of our democracy…right after this break.”

Cast member Leslie Jones guested on Weekend Update, addressing cybersecurity in the wake of this week’s massive DDoS attacks on a DNS company in New Hampshire. Major sites from Twitter to Netflix to Soundcloud were all taken down Friday in a highly coordinated attack.

Jones was personally the victim of hackers earlier this year, and on Saturday’s show she called out trolls for sitting behind their screens rather than confronting people in real life. Also, she said, she’s not trying to hide anything, so why bother hacking her? “If you want to see Leslie Jones naked — just ask!” she said.

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Cecily Strong appeared as her “Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party” character, sloshing white wine and passionately mispronouncing hot takes on the election.

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Alec Baldwin joined Tom Hanks for a Sully-related sketch.

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Several other sketches were Halloween-themed, including one featuring Hanks debuting a character, David Pumpkins, who may or may not be the scariest Halloween character of all time.

Lady Gaga performed two songs from her new album “Joanne”: “A-Yo” and “Million Reasons.”

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<![CDATA[Miley Cyrus Campaigns for Clinton at College Dorm in Virginia]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:26:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Miley+Cyrus+GMU.jpg

She came in like a wrecking ball.

Singer and entertainer Miley Cyrus went door-knocking for Hillary Clinton at a George Mason University dorm Saturday afternoon.

Dressed in an “American flag” outfit that consisted of an oversize blue bow and a red-and-white striped skirt, Cyrus told students she agrees with Clinton’s views.

“Me and Hillary share equality for all. Everyone gets stuck on voting for her out of fear of what could be, but I would vote for her anyway,” she said. “Trump doesn’t understand how personal it is for women to be in control of their own health – access to checkups, birth control.”

She spoke about a recent trip home to Nashville that she described as a “wakeup call.”

“I saw one Hillary poster in a sea of terrifying Trump supporters and posters. This election has been super hateful, not only for the nominees themselves, but within our own community. When I post support for Hillary on Instagram, I can’t believe the hate that I get,” Cyrus said. “It seems like you’re just talking to different people that live on different planets.”

She added that “it’s not like I don’t understand the other side, because I grew up with a super conservative family.”

Many of the students told her they will be voting for Clinton, including Vashti Aveirls, who described meeting Cyrus as “surreal.”

“It was super cool. She’s beautiful and she’s a good person,” Aveirls said. “It’s nice to know that Hillary has people out here that actually care about her message, coming door to door, knocking on college student’s doors, so I felt really happy.”

GMU student Lauren Henry also met Cyrus.

“I’m pretty sure all of us are registered to vote already and are definitely planning on it, so having her there to hype us up and try to extend that excitement to other family members and community was really exciting,” Henry said.

Cyrus suggested to students that they convince their friends to vote on Election Day by making it a social event.

“You can go out to eat and celebrate afterward. Make a whole day out of it. It’s just fun to go. It’s important,” she said.

Cyrus’ visit caused a big stir on campus. Dozens of students camped out in the lobby of Piedmont Hall, the dorm where Cyrus was. The students told News4 they had been waiting for three hours to catch a glimpse of her. Outside the dorm, a long line of students sang “Wrecking Ball” as they waited, then cheered when they saw her in a window.

Donald Trump was in Virginia too this afternoon, holding a rally at Regent University.

Garren Shipley, the Virginia communications director for the Republican National Committee, said in an email, “Hillary Clinton has often said that this campaign is about role models. Miley Cyrus is campaigning for her today in Northern Virginia. Foam finger manufacturers could not be reached for comment."

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Cyrus wasn't the only star musician stumping for Clinton with college voters. 

Katy Perry also hit the dorms on Saturday. The "Roar" singer knocked on doors at UNLV in the hopes of convincing young Nevada voters to support Clinton. Her shirt read "Nasty Woman" in a reference to a comment Trump made against Clinton at the final presidential debate. 

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<![CDATA[These Days, Trump Not Finding 'SNL' Very Funny]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:28:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/SNL+Trump+Alec+Baldwin.png

"Saturday Night Live" writers could save some work this week by having Alec Baldwin, in pursed-lipped Donald Trump mode, read the presidential candidate's tweet declaring himself the victim of a "hit job" by the show.

At least that way, Trump's words might actually sound funny.

After last weekend's skit depicting him stalking Hillary Clinton during their second debate, the GOP standard bearer wrote, in part: "Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!"

The 7:14 a.m. Sunday missive suggested at least a few things: Trump, amid a punishing campaign over the future of the country, closely watches "SNL." Alec Baldwin, by seamlessly inhabiting the Trump persona, is getting under the candidate's skin.

Most significantly, Trump's tweet lumps satire into his growing, democracy-undermining claims that he's the victim of a plot to rob him of the presidency.

Trump, whose presidential run was initially viewed by some as a joke, now is tacitly leading a campaign against comedy – at least when the humor targets him.

One sign of a potentially larger backlash came Sunday when 200 audience members reportedly walked out of an Amy Schumer performance in Tampa after she cited Trump's response to the "SNL" sketch – and excoriated him as an "orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster."

The patrons, who paid hard-earned money to join the crowd at the Amalie Arena, exercised their right to leave, presumably either because the comedian bashed their preferred candidate or ruined their plans for some escapism.

Trump's reaction to "SNL" is both more absurd and troubling coming from a candidate determined to preemptively cast into doubt the results of an election polls suggest he's likely to lose.

His slamming of "SNL" also smacks of irony: He hosted the show last year, using the media that's supposedly among the forces colluding against him to boost his exposure, pre-primaries.

But the more he's in the public eye, the more Trump exposes himself in unflattering ways. The revelation of the 2005 "hot-mic" tape in which the then-star of "The Apprentice" cites his celebrity as carte blanche to accost women spurred not only widespread condemnation but provided fresh comic fodder for outlets from "Family Guy" (which incorporated excepts into its latest episode) to "SNL."

As Trump well knows, the NBC late-night comedy show began setting its sights on presidents and presidential wannabes with the 1976 Ford-Carter race. President Gerald Ford and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, probably the two most scathingly lampooned U.S. political figures in "SNL" history, pre-Trump, had enough of a sense of humor to make cameos (Ford in a taped shot) during their respective campaigns.

Trump likely won't be making a return appearance before Election Day. We'll have to make do with Baldwin, who is expected to take the Studio 8H stage Saturday, likely to parody the third and final debate and the rest of the week in Trump World.

Many will be watching – including, perhaps, Donald Trump, who wants voters to take him seriously, but can't take a joke.

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[Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Make Her Opera Debut]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:58:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP352200093523.jpg

Fans of the Supreme Court and the opera are in for a double treat next month, when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes her debut in Washington, D.C., NBC News reports. 

She'll be on stage at the Washington National Opera as the Duchess of Krakenthorp in "The Daughter of the Regiment," though for one night only — opening night, on Nov. 12.

The 83-year-old justice is a well-known opera fan, and has actually been on stage with the group before, as an extra in three productions, but this is her official debut. Ginsburg won't actually be singing in the 1840 rom-com by Gaetano Donizetti, though. Her part is strictly a speaking role. 

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<![CDATA[Model Katie May's Death Caused By Chiropractic Procedure]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:30:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/katiemayfeuerherd.jpg

Former "Playboy" model Katie May's death in February was caused by a chiropractic procedure to her neck, the Los Angeles County coroner's office told NBC News.

May died on Feb. 4 due to a "manipulation of the neck," the coroner's office said. Her death was ruled an accident.

On Friday, the American Chiropractic Association offered condolences to May's family, but defended chiropractic neck procedures.

"Our sympathy goes out to the family of Katie May," they wrote in a statement. "With respect to the safety of neck manipulation, it’s important to understand there are risks and benefits to all treatments; however, the best available evidence indicates there is no causal relationship between neck manipulation and stroke."

"Millions of neck manipulations are performed safely in the U.S. every year, providing patients relief from common forms of neck pain and headache, and helping them to get back to their normal activities," the statement continued.

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<![CDATA[NBA to Offer Virtual Reality Broadcast]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:50:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nextvr.jpg

The NBA wants to bring fans closer to the action. The league announced Thursday that one game each week would broadcasted in virtual reality.

This makes the NBA the first professional sports league to offer this option, working with NextVR to produce games in the regular season. In order to watch games in this format, fans will need a subscription to NBA League Pass and a Samsung VR headset.

The broadcasts will offer multiple camera angles, instant replays, graphics and commentators exclusive to VR.

This also points to the international following that the NBA has, NBA vice president of global media distribution Jeff Marsillo said to USA Today.

“We broadcast our games in over 210 countries now, and these are passionate fans,” he said. “But for most of them, they’re not able to attend a game in person, let alone sit courtside.”

The multiyear commitment deal with NextVR will change that.

A free trial of this experience is offered on Oct. 29 for the Sacramento Kings vs San Antonio Spurs game.

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<![CDATA[Michelle's Style Shines Through 8 Years of State Dinners]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:28:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/01shmobama20.jpg First Lady Michelle Obama has been a fashionista for the eight years she’s been in the spotlight. Here are some of her iconic looks during various state dinners that the Obamas have hosted.

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<![CDATA[Indians Fans Buy Up Pitcher's Wedding Registry Gifts]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:06:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ryan-merritt.jpg

Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Ryan Merritt has a lot to celebrate. In addition to a surprisingly solid pitching performance in game five of the ALCS, he is getting married and his wedding registry is almost entirely purchased.

Mainly, by Indians fans.

The rookie left-hander pitched the first 4 and 1/3 innings of the game and only surrendered two hits in game five. This was the 24-year-old’s second-ever start in the MLB and expectations were low.

Indians fans, grateful for Merritt’s start that led the team toward the World Series, caught wind that the pitcher was engaged to Sarah Brushaber and took it upon themselves to purchase nearly everything on his wedding registry. As of Friday morning, the only item that remained to be purchased was bedding.

The Cleveland Indians have not celebrated a trip to the World Series since 1997. They haven’t won the title since 1948.

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<![CDATA[Bob Dylan Retracts Mention of Nobel on His Website]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:02:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bob-dylan-nobel.jpg

It took Bob Dylan about a week to acknowledge the fact that he was awarded a Nobel Prize for literature. But it took him less than 24 hours after that to retract the recognition from his website.

On a page of Dylan’s site promoting his book “The Lyrics: 1961-2012,”  The Guardian reported Thurday it nonchalantly mentioned he was the “winner of the Nobel prize in literature” in a blurb describing the musician's success.

But now, it’s gone.

That sentence was the most anyone had seen or heard from Dylan on the subject of his Nobel prize, which was announced last week. The Nobel academy’s permanent secretary Sara Danius has said that multiple attempts have been made to contact the singer/songwriter but to no avail.

Dylan is the first musician to ever win this award. Widely regarded as the poet of the rock world, he is known his allusions and protest songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin.’” He has published poetry and prose, also. Winning the Nobel for literature puts Dylan in the company of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Toni Morrison and T.S. Eliot.

Bob Dylan was given the honor for “having created new poetic expression within the great American song tradition,” according to the official Nobel prize website.

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<![CDATA[RZA Backs Crowe in Banks Dispute, Says No Racial Slurs Used]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:11:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rzarza.jpg

Rapper/actor RZA finally spoke out Thursday in the ongoing dispute between Azealia Banks and Russell Crowe.

On Monday, Banks charged Crowe had physically assaulted and hurled racial slurs at her during a weekend dinner party in Beverly Hills. Banks was a guest of RZA at the party and until now had been silent about what transpired.

"I invited her to meet me at the BHH Polo Lounge. Yet I had also planned on spending some time with my Buddy RC in his suite, so I asked him if she could join. He says "cool Bobby" so I invited her," RZA wrote in a lengthy Facebook post. "Before the night is over Azealia is insulting half the room she becomes loud and obnoxious. There was nothing funny about her behavior. I felt a little embarrassed because she was my guest."

RZA wrote the verbal abuse escalated when Banks allegedly threatened to cut a girl in the face with a glass before grabbing and attacking another guest.  

"Russell blocked the attack and expelled her from the suite," RZA wrote. "Seeing is believing and I saw her behave as an obnoxious erratic individual and in the circles I frequent this was unprecedented....THIS IS NOT A RACE OR GENDER ISSUE. I did not hear Russell call her a N::gg:::: I'm not trying to protect Russell from anything he is a man of his own Caliber."

Prior to RZA's statement Banks was insistent on her version of events and told E! News she was demanding a public apology from Crowe.

Calls to Crowe's representatives were not returned. 

NBC has also reached out to a representative for Banks.

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<![CDATA[Placing Odds on Who 'Walking Dead' Kills Off]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/walking+dead.jpg

If you're like me you were DONE with "The Walking Dead" after April's spectacular face-plant. After building up to a major character death all season you were left on the 1-yard line with no idea who got knocked off. Come see us in six months and we'll tell you more, the show teased.

You can't play with my emotions like that. I'm done. Over it.

But ... that was April. Now it's October. The season premiere is only days away.

Yes ... I'm coming back. And so are you.

So get your hankies ready and let's take a look at my totally unscientific predictions on which beloved cast member will most likely on the receiving end of Neegan's bat 'Lucille' Sunday night.

Michonne: Relax. Everyone's favorite samurai is safe. Michonne is only a few episodes into a relationship with Rick, something the writers slow-played over the course of several seasons. They're not going to abruptly eliminate that storyline by killing her seconds into the episode. Besides, next to Daryl she's the most bad-assed character the show has to offer.
Death Odds: 5 Percent

Maggie: Several problems with this scenario. As bloody as "The Walking Dead" has been, beating a pregnant Maggie to a bloody pulp may be beyond the pale even for this show. Plus, it's hard to imagine Glenn remaining perfectly still as Neegan kills his wife just feet way. 
Death Odds: 10 Percent

Sasha: This girl has been through it. From the death of her brother Tyreese to her former love interest Bob, Sasha spent much of the prior season in a deep funk before finding love again with Abraham. After her character arc in recent episodes her death would be a bit of a surprise.
Death Odds: 10 Percent

Father Gabriel: This death would be too easy. Given the fan base's lukewarm reaction to the character it would almost be a relief to see him taken out. The show runners are going for something a little more gut wrenching.
Death Odds: 15 Percent

Glenn: Yes, he's the most obvious choice. Fans have been wrapped up in knots about Glenn's fate for years because, as readers of the comics are aware, Neegan kills Glenn by beating his brains in with a bat. But, that's exactly the problem. Why would the show do exactly what everyone is expecting? Also, it's unlikely the show would now kill Glenn for real after "fake killing" him earlier in the season.
Death Odds: 25 Percent 

Daryl: If you hear a collective gasp around 9:05 Sunday evening that means everyone's favorite crossbow slinger just bit the dust. But would the showrunners really knock off THE fan favorite? Readers of the comics point out Daryl doesn't exist in the comic world, so his continued existence on the TV show has always been tenuous at best. And his death would rise to the emotional level the moment demands. But I think the writers still have plans for Daryl and his crossbow and he survives Sunday's massacre.
Death Odds: 30 Percent

Abraham: Well "motherd---". Killing everyone's favorite redhead makes the most sense on a lot of levels. For starters he's a significant character and after a six-month wait it's just not going to cut it if one of the secondary characters gets killed off (sorry Rosita, Eugene, Aaron ... or maybe that's congrats). Also, if you're going by the comics, Abraham's character is already dead by this point in the storyline, courtesy of an arrow through the eye...the death that was instead given to Denise earlier in the season. So by some accounts he's on borrowed time. Of course this sucks the most for Sasha, who is just coming out of her shell. But odds are she'll have to deal with heartache once again.
Death Odds: 50 Percent 

The secret will finally be revealed Sunday night on AMC.

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<![CDATA[Keeping Up With Country: CMT Awards]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:15:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-615757392-ent.jpg Catch the latest from your favorite country stars, whether they're performing soulful ballads on stage or strolling around town in their cowboy boots.

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<![CDATA[Cyrus To Campaign Door-to-Door for Clinton in Northern Va.]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:22:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hillarymiley.jpg

In case you've forgotten, Miley Cyrus is with "Her."

Cyrus is taking a little time off from her "The Voice" duties to do some campaigning for the Hillary Clinton campaign at George Mason University in northern Virginia on Oct. 22. 

"As an advocate for LGBTQ rights, gender equality and environmental issues, Cyrus will knock on doors top speak to students about the high stakes in this election for millennial voters," the campaign announced.

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<![CDATA[Nintendo Unveils Switch Gaming Console]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:24:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nintendo-switch.jpg

Nintendo's big bet on the future? That you won't want to leave Zelda, Mario or Skyrim at home when you head out the door. 

The Japanese gaming giant unveiled its next-generation Switch gaming console in a YouTube video Thursday morning.

The modular console, which features a tablet-like screen that docks into a base that connects to home TVs and detachable controller dongles, allows gamers to take home console-quality games on the road with them.

"Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like," said Reggie Fils-Aime, the president and COO of Nintendo of America, in a statement. "It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries."

The Switch is due to be released in March. Pricing was not announced. 

Nintendo said the console will feature games from its in-house game studio as well as dozens of other developers. The preview for the console features footage from Bethesda Softworks' open-world fantasy game Skyrim alongside teasers to several Nintendo titles. 

The long-rumored console was previously codenamed the Nintendo NX and is set to replace the beleaguered Wii U, which was released in 2012 and likewise featured a touchscreen controller.

The Wii U was the follow-up to the wildly successful Wii, but sales sagged as both consumers and game developers opted for the more high-powered Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

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