<![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-usWed, 24 Aug 2016 13:43:43 -0500Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:43:43 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Courteney Cox 'Regrets' Plastic Surgery Procedures]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:39:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/courtney-cox-split.jpg

Courteney Cox expressed regret over choices she's made about her physical appearance while dealing with the pressures of aging in Hollywood during her recent appearance on "Running Wild with Bear Grylls."

"Getting older is not the easiest. But I have learned lessons. I think I was trying to keep up with being older," Cox said. "I have done things that I regret, and luckily they're things that dissolve and go away, so that's good, because that's not always been my best look."

Cox, 52, rose to fame as a star on NBC's "Friends" from 1994 to 2004, and later headlined the show "Cougar Town" from 2009 to 2015.

She told Grylls that as her fame grew she got caught up in the cycle of trying to maintain a youthful appearance and made questionable choices along the way.

"You find yourself trying, and then you look at a picture of yourself and go 'Oh, God, I look horrible,'" she said.

Cox also spoke about the vicious attacks she's been subjected to on social media. "People can be pretty mean," she said.  "The comments...if I ever want to feel really bad about myself I just click on one of those 'Daily Mail' comment sections."



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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:13:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[E-40 Donates $25K Worth of Backpacks to his Alma Mater]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:04:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/e40main1.jpg

Bay Area rapper E-40 is giving back to his alma matter in a big way. The Vallejo, Ca. native, whose real name is Earl Stevens, donated $25,000 worth of backpacks and school supplies to students from Franklin Middle School in his hometown Tuesday.

The platinum-award-winning 48-year-old rapper, who is known to throw turkey, backpack and toy drives, told reporters at the event that he had grown up on nearby Magazine Street and made the honor roll in eighth grade.

“This is very important to me, school’s everything,” he said. “I’m just giving back. I love the kids. I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.”

His message to the kids: “Stay in school, stay out of trouble, stay positive.”

A Title 1 school, Franklin Middle School has been providing backpacks and school supplies to students on the first day of school for the past two years. When E-40 found out that the school has been unable to secure a grant this year he made sure that every student was able to choose a Jansport backpack, which came filled with necessary supplies like pencils, pens, notebooks, binders and folders.

"Kids are our future and we must invest in them," E-40 said. "It's good to be involved in your community. If you're in a position to help someone, I think you should do it. I'm playing my position."

Every backpack also came with a handwritten note from E-40:

Dear Franklin Scholars,

Welcome to Franklin Middle School! For the past two years, Franklin Middle School has been providing backpacks and school supplies to our students on the first day of school through community donations and grants. When Earl “E-40” Stevens learned that the school was unable to secure a grant for the beginning of the school year, he was more than willing to meet the need of our school site. E-40 stated, “Kids are our future and we must invest in them. Not every kid is privileged to afford school supplies, but every kid deserves to be equipped with the tools necessary to succeed.” Every student at Franklin Middle School is able to select a Jansport backpack filled with school supplies and a personal message from our sponsor, E-40.

Earl “E-40” Steven is a true example of what you can accomplish with hard work and motivation. One of the most celebrated rappers of all time, E-40 has attained legendary status in hip-hop. At age 48, E-40 is an anomaly in hip-hop, maintaining his relevance over a career that spans four decades, which boasts several platinum and gold singles. E-40’s success extends beyond the music industry, most notably through his entrepreneurship in other industries. E-40 is continuing his unprecedented longevity and success as an independent artist with his double album, The D-Boy Diary: Book 1 & 2, scheduled for late 2016.

As a former Franklin scholar, it was important for him to equip each and every student with the tools necessary to succeed, while also motivating them by sharing his story. As a person who has thrown several turkey drives, backpack drives, toy drives, and more, this backpack drive for his alma mater is the latest example of his commitment to his community and Vallejo youth. E-40 concluded, “It’s good to be involved in your community. If you’re in a position to help someone, I think you should do it. I’m playing my position.” Along with E-40, this endeavor would not have been possible without the support of our amazing staff at Franklin Middle, our friends at Bridgeway Church, our Full Service Community School Site Collaborative Team, Mayor Osby Davis and staff, and our Franklin parents and families. We are truly thankful for the generosity and support of E-40 and wish everyone good luck in the new school year!



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<![CDATA[Pearl Jam Stops Mid-Song, Ejects Fan at Wrigley Field]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:10:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-490195308.jpg

Perhaps he seemed to "recognize his face," as the song goes.  

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder stopped mid-song during Monday night’s Wrigley Field concert to teach an apparently unruly fan a lesson in minding his manners.

"Hey, hey, mister!" Vedder shouted into the audience, in a moment captured on video and uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday. "Hey, get your finger out of that woman’s face!"

The crowd reacted with sporadic applause, cheers and chatter as Vedder, an Evanston, Illinois, native, let the unidentified audience member know "all the fingers are pointing at you."

"Come on, clear out, mister," Vedder chided to growing applause.

He then appeared to address the woman who allegedly had the finger stuck in her face, asking if she was okay to claps and whistles from fans. He admired how she handled herself then launched back into the interrupted tune "Lukin," and then into "Mind Your Manners."

A few commenters appear to be supportive of Vedder’s actions.

“He definitely is one of a kind! Absolutely what I love about him,” commenter Michelle Hall posted. “Glad Eddie kick(ed) that man out of the concert and that was so sweet of Eddie to ask the woman if she was okay! Love what he said after it was all over with. You gotta take care of ur woman.”

Another commenter endorsed Vedder’s intervention and had a few words for the man in question.

“Another reason for me to love him,” user RebeccaCrum posted. “This was an awesome moment last night. Mind your manners, dude and take your crazy out of our show.”



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<![CDATA[Celebs in the Stands]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:25:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-594441162.jpg Star-gazing isn't just for the red carpet! Take a look at some celebrities who've been spotted in the stands and on the sidelines rooting for their favorite sports teams and athletes.

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<![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Will & Kate Visit Bute Mills]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:29:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-594752080.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[Top Entertainment Photos: America's Got Talent Arrivals]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:23:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-594441108_master.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[‘Late Night’: Costas on Lochte's 'Over-Exaggeration']]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:06:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e147_407_bobcostas_lochte_20160823_1200x675_749690947571.jpg Bob Costas and host Seth Meyers talk about Ryan Lochte’s lie that he and three other swimmers were robbed in Rio. Costas marvels at the Lochte’s use of “over-exaggeration” instead of admitting that he made a false statement.]]> <![CDATA[‘Late Night’: A Look at Clinton’s Email Scandal]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:07:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e147_407_closerlook_20160823_1200x675_749690435623.jpg Host Seth Meyers looks at recent developments in the presidential campaign, including the resurfacing of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight’: How Dolly Parton Got Her Style]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:08:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e186_518_dollyparton_style_20160823_1200x675_749685827875.jpg Dolly Parton chats with Jimmy about the sequel to her NBC special "Coat of Many Colors" and reveals the real-life "painted lady" she plays in the movie and styled herself after.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’ With Final 5 ]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:09:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/FIVE_GettyImages-594428974.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon, Donald Glover and the 2016 women's USA Olympics gymnastics team, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman, compete against each other in a giant version of Hungry Hungry Hippos.

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<![CDATA[Justin Timberlake Hosts HRC in LA]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:56:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/205*120/08-23-2016-timberlake-clinton.jpg

On the narrow street leading to the home of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, there are orders for no parking and no stopping.

Unless you're invited, there is no way to reach the house serving as backdrop for the third Hillary Clinton campaign fundraiser in SoCal in just two days.

The Democratic presidential nominee will wrap her a two-day visit to Los Angeles and Orange counties Tuesday with a star-studded fundraiser at the Timberlake-Biel Hollywood Hills abode before heading on to two fundraisers in Laguna Beach.

It's at the home of the iconic pop singer where a luncheon running at $33,400 per person will be held.

Everyone from actors Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Aniston to TV producer Shonda Rhimes are expected. 

The event was punctuated by a tweet from the super-star couple with Clinton sandwiched in the middle, featuring the hashtag "I'm with her."

The event was originally scheduled to be hosted by actor Leonardo DiCaprio. A change in the production schedule for DiCaprio's upcoming climate change documentary meant the Oscar winner could not attend, according to People magazine, which cited a source close to the event. 

Clinton will then hold another $33,400 per person lunch fundraiser in Laguna Beach, which includes a photo with Clinton. Couples paying $100,000 are also admitted to a host reception with Clinton, according to an invitation obtained by City News Service.

Clinton will conclude her Southland visit with another Laguna Beach fundraiser, with tickets priced at $2,700, the maximum individual contribution to a presidential candidate in the general election under federal law. Guests raising $27,000 are admitted to a host reception with Clinton.

The $33,400 figure is the maximum amount an individual can contribute to a national party committee in a year.

Clinton began the visit Monday by taping an appearance on the ABC late- night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and holding two fundraisers. In her appearance with Kimmel, Clinton made light of both the revelation that the FBI collected nearly 15,000 new emails in its investigation of her and Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani questioning her health.

Clinton told Kimmel "my emails are so boring and I'm embarrassed about that."

When Kimmel asked 68-year-old Clinton about the questions about her health, she offered up her hand and said "take my pulse," explaining "to make sure I'm still alive."

Kimmel then took her hand and gasped, telling the audience, "Oh my god, there's nothing there."

Clinton implied that the stories are baseless, saying sarcastically, "With every breath I take, I feel like it's a new lease on life."

Much of the speculation stems from a concussion Clinton sustained in December 2012 after fainting, an episode her doctor has attributed to a stomach virus and dehydration. Giuliani urged voters to "go online and put down `Hillary Clinton illness,"' in an interview with Fox News on Sunday, saying the next morning that she "looks sick." Trump has questioned her stamina at campaign rallies and speeches, saying in a foreign policy address earlier this month that she "lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS".

When Kimmel asked about her preparations for the three debates with Trump, Clinton said she's taking the match-up seriously but is getting ready for "wacky stuff."

Her first fundraiser Monday was at the home of Basketball Hall of Fame member Earvin "Magic" Johnson near Beverly Hills, with co-hosts including actors Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. The second fundraiser at the Beverly Hills home of Haim Saban, the chairman and CEO of the Saban Capital Group, Inc., whose assets include the Spanish-language television network Univision.

Tickets began at $2,700 per person, according to an invitation obtained by City News Service.

Like nearly all fundraisers for presidential candidates, the events were closed to reporters.

Clinton's visit began one day after the Republican National Committee released a 19-second paid web ad critical of "Hillary Clinton's liberal elite summer tour with frequent stops in Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Cape Cod."



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<![CDATA[Nick Cannon Starts Freshman Year at Howard University]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:12:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_85189231806.jpg

Actor Nick Cannon is adding another title to his expansive resume -- student.

The "America's Got Talent" host is starting his freshman year at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

"YOU KNOW!!!!! #HU2020 My First Day as a Freshman!!! Howard University Class of 2020," Cannon wrote in an Instagram post Sunday.

Cannon released a statement Tuesday, saying in part, "I am always seeking new challenges and continual growth and decided to obtain my first college degree from an institution that had a proven legacy of producing great minds. I have friends, mentors and colleagues who attended Howard University. I have heard about the famed Howard Homecoming since I was a kid growing up in California and knew that Howard would be the perfect place for me to further my education."

The announcement has drawn many comparisons to "Drumline," the 2002 movie in which Cannon played a freshman adjusting to life in the band at Atlanta A&T University, a fictional historically black college. 

Actor Orlando Jones, who played the band's conductor in "Drumline," congratulated Cannon on Twitter for heading back to class.

"Just remember @NickCannon 'You're on time if you're 5 minutes earlier, You're late if you're on time!' #OneBandOneSound," Jones posted. 

"Howard University is honored to have Nick Cannon as a member of the Class of 2020," University President Wayne A.I. Frederick said in a statement.

The university was established in 1867 and has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, according to the university's website.



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<![CDATA[178 Strangers Respond to a Mom's Desperate Call]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:47:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Facebook_Deborah_Grimshaw_Skouson.png

Moms know everything, right?

One Utah mom admittedly did not know how to solve her daughter's dilemma. The kindness of strangers from across the world helped Deborah Grimshaw Skouson find the answer.

Her daughter with autism, Cami, wore out her favorite flower print Target shirt, after five years. Grimshaw Skouson had replaced the shirt before via eBay but her recent search for additional shirts had been unsuccessful.

She took to Facebook to solve the issue by posting a photo of the prized pink shirt pleading for help.

"Okay friends and family, I need your help! As most of you know, my daughter Cami has autism. For the past 4-5 years, she has been fixated on THIS shirt. Her current one is almost unwearable, and eBay has gone dry," Grimshaw Skouson wrote.

"We will pay for the shirt and the shipping if someone would be kind enough to sell it to us. It has to be this exact shirt! We've tried similar shirts, and they don't cut it with Cami!"

The post has been shared 5,401 times. So far, 178 people have responded and the family is already in receipt of 50 of the shirts by mail with the furthest coming from Germany.

Skouson, who has four other children and is a special education teacher, said her family was shocked by all the support.

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<![CDATA[Chris Rock Finalizes Divorce]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:06:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/AP10041219116.jpg

Funnyman actor Chris Rock finalized his divorce Monday from Malaak Compton after a 20-year marriage.

Rock, 51, and Compton, 47, married in 1996 and have two daughters together, Zahra, 12 and Lola, 14. The couple parted ways in 2014.

Rock has apparently moved on, reportedly taking up with 32-year-old 'Arrow'  actress Megalyn Echikunwoke.



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<![CDATA[Koko the Gorilla Jams With Flea From Red Hot Chili Peppers]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:49:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/210*120/2016-08-23_8-46-00.jpg

Most people know by now that 45-year-old Koko the gorilla, born at the San Francisco Zoo, knows sign language.

But who knew she could play bass guitar?

Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea did. The Australian-born rocker, who apparently is one of the gorilla’s favorites, got to hear Koko strum - or rather, try to strum - at the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, California. The foundation posted a short video of their jam session, adding: "Koko rocks a flea bass like it ain't nuthin."

The Aug. 19 post, also on the Chili Peppers Facebook page, has had more than 11 million views so far.

Flea appeared to be starstruck by Koko’s rudimentary bass playing.

“This is the greatest thing that ever happened,” Flea said. “I will never forget.”

The Gorilla Foundation's development director Jane Narich told NBC Bay Area on Tuesday that it was really great having Flea come to the foundation — the rocker emailed that he wanted to play with Koko about six months ago, and his wish was granted.

Narich added that Koko has had a long line of famous visitors meet with her over the years including Mister Rogers, Betty White and Robin Williams.

Koko is probably the world's most famous gorilla, all because she learned American Sign Language in the 1970s with Dr. Penny Patterson.

Narich is quite enjoying all the buzz. She's hoping the jam session will bring awareness to her foundation, which she would like to upgrade for the other gorillas living there.

Donations to support the Gorilla Foundation can be made at Koko.org.



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<![CDATA[Henry Winkler on 'Late Night']]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:01:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/FallonHenry.jpg Henry Winkler talks about meeting elephants and snakes on 'Better Late Than Never.' ]]> <![CDATA[See It: Schwarzenegger's 'Celebrity Apprentice' Promo]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:02:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/arnold-AP506161750885.jpg

He's ba... you know how this ends.

NBC has released it's first promo teaser for the new Donald Trump-less "New Celebrity Apprentice" featuring everyone's favorite governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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The 30-second 'We're Building a New Boss' spot features Schwarzenegger being assembled 'Terminator' style, then letting loose with "Let's get down to business." 

"The New Celebrity Apprentice" is scheduled to premiere in January 2017.



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<![CDATA[Lucille Ball's Former LA House for Sale]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:49:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/lucilleballogden1acmestudios.jpg The legend's Fairfax/Fountain-close bungalow is on the market.

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<![CDATA[The New Trump: A Closer Look With Seth Meyers on 'Late Night]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:53:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SethMeyersTrump.jpg Seth Meyers' Closer Look segment examines Donald Trump. ]]> <![CDATA['Today' Show Puppy's Name Is Revealed]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:35:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/today-show-pup-charlie.jpg

The new "Today" show puppy has a name.

Move over Wrangler, here comes Charlie.

Viewers voted online and selected Charlie over Ace and Sarge.

The 8-week-old's new name was announced Tuesday morning on the "Today" show.

The black Labrador retriever puppy is being trained by America's VetDogs, a nonprofit organization that trains dogs to support veterans and first responders during combat, both physically and emotionally.

America's VetDogs also trained Wrangler, a service dog that appeared on "Today" from Jan. 2015 to March 2016.

Charlie will visit "Today" regularly over the next year with his instructor Olivia Poff, as he receives training to become a service dog.

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<![CDATA[Henry Winkler on 'Late Night']]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:00:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/FallonHenry.jpg Henry Winkler talks about meeting elephants and snakes on 'Better Late Than Never.' ]]> <![CDATA['The Tonight Show': Jimmy Fallon's Do Not Read List]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:54:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Fallonasd.jpg Jimmy Fallon goes through some of the titles on his Do Not Read list of books on 'The Tonight Show,' including books called 'Ho-Ho-Homicide,' and 'Rhymes with Duck.']]> <![CDATA['The Voice' Will Pay Tribute to Christina Grimmie]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:12:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Miley+Cyrus+Alicia+Keys.jpg

Girl power is alive and well on The Voice this season!

It's no coincidence that the two amazing singers we met in the post-Olympics sneak preview of the reality singing competition are incredibly talented young women—after all, this is the first year in the show's history with two female coaches, the reigning Voice champion is a woman, and we're coming off the first-ever win for a female coach.

There's a looooot of girl power here, and talented teens W‎é McDonald and Darby Walker will fit nicely into this female-dominated season—especially with coaches Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus on their side.

Although frequently we'll meet contestants before they step on stage for their blind audition, the half-hour episode began immediately as McDonald took her place behind the coaches and proceeded to blow all of them away with a gorgeous, rich, deep-voiced a cappella version of "Feelin' Good."

And yes, we were just as surprised as Alicia, Miley, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton when McDonald's speaking voice turned out to be a bubbly, high-pitched 17-year-old girl's rather than the low, mature one she uses while singing.

After McDonald chose Alicia, it was time for another 17-year-old to impress us all. Walker, whose mom moved the family from Atlanta to Los Angeles to encourage her budding music career, sang Florence and the Machine's version of "Stand By Me," and managed to get everyone but Adam to turn around. Miley and Alicia both laid on the charm thick, even hitting the stage to sing "Jolene" and "No One," respectively, with her. But it was Miley's pitch that won her over, scoring her the first spot on the new coach's team. 

The episode ended with a performance of "Dream On" by all four judges (and they actually sounded quite nice together, right?), followed by a tribute to one of the show's most successful contestants: Christina Grimmie, who was gunned down in July following a Florida performance.

"In loving memory of our friend Christina Grimmie," read a card at the end of the episode. Frankly, it seemed a bit too short to celebrate the short but lasting legacy of such an integral part of the show.

The full season 11 premiere airs Monday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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<![CDATA[Raisman Says Yes to Date]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:46:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB+RAW+UNDERWOOD+ASKING+ALY+FB+-+00001703.jpg

Aly Raisman caught the attention of many with her incredible performance at the Rio Olympics, especially Oakland Raiders tight end Colton Underwood, who hopes to snag a date with the gymnast the next time she’s in San Jose.

In an interview with Yahoo Sports, Raisman watched a recorded video of Underwood congratulating her hard work at the Olympics, and took the opportunity to ask her out on a double date with long snapper Andrew East the next time she’s in San Jose.

East also happens to be married to 2008 gold medalist Shawn Johnson, Raisman’s friend.

Raisman giggled and said she would go out with him.

In September, Raisman and the Final Five team will be in San Jose for their champions tour. Maybe Underwood will make an appearance and snag Raisman for that date.

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<![CDATA[Gymnast Gabby Douglas Becomes Miss America Judge]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:13:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gabby-douglas_looking-up_rio-olympics_ap.jpg

After competing in two Olympics, it's time for gold medalist Gabby Douglas to become the judge.

Douglas is joining the judging panel for the 2017 Miss America competition, the Miss America Organization announced Monday. Musician and actress Laura Marano was also announced as a judge.

"Miss America has been such an amazing event for so many years and I am excited to have the opportunity to judge the competition this year," Douglas said in the statement. "The contestants are a great example of strong women across America and I especially look forward to hearing the platforms that each of them will represent!"

Douglas and Marano round out the celebrity judging panel that also includes former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes, billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban, actress Sara Foster from VH1's "Barely Famous" and singer-songwriter Cole Swindell.

Douglas won her third gold medal at the Rio Olympics with the U.S. women's gymnastics team. She took gold in the individual and team all-around competitions at the London Olympics, when she was just 16 years old.

ESPN's Sage Steele and Chris Harrison co-host the pageant, which takes place on Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. on ABC.



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<![CDATA[Vote for the New 'Today' Show Puppy's Name]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:19:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Today+Puppy+1st+Day.jpg

The "Today" show welcomed its new "puppy with a purpose" on Monday.

The sounds of the West Point Band played prior to the puppy's unveiling, then the dog walked through a red curtain wearing an American flag bandana.

Viewers may vote for one of three names: Sarge, Charlie or Ace. The winner will be announced on "Today."

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The friendly little pup comes to us from America's VetDogs, a nonprofit organization that trains dogs to support veterans and first responders during combat, both physically and emotionally.

The person raising the pup will focus on social and house behavior training, confidence and service dog tasks.

After 14 months of training, he will take a temperament test to show his strengths. He may become a PTSD service dog, hearing response, guide dog or a seizure response dog. 

For now, he needs a name. Vote here.

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<![CDATA[Olympic Artist In Residence Wows Rio Visitors]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 15:02:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-589319160.jpg French artist JR wowed Rio visitors during the Olympics with his larger-than-life art installations throughout the city. JR is one of three artists in residence for the Rio Games, a first in Olympic history.

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<![CDATA[Tyra Banks to Teach at Stanford]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:50:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_476387618231.jpg

Smize!

Supermodel Tyra Banks is slated to teach a class at Stanford University next spring.

It remains to be seen whether smiling with the eyes – a phrase she coined as a host of America’s Next Top Model on the CW Network – will be part of the Graduate School of Business class curriculum.

Banks, 42, will, however, team up with professor Allison Kluger for the spring elective titled “Project You: Building & Extending Your Personal Brand.” In 2011, the businesswoman earned a Harvard Business School diploma in a nine-week-long Owner/President Management program.

The chairman of Tyra Banks Co. and founder of Fierce Capital, LLC was spotted at the Palo Alto school last month. According to Stanford, the Inglewood native discussed the importance of hiring the right people, making cold calls, and knowing when to pivot, as part of the university’s Women in Business series.

Banks and Kluger met at the discussion and decided to team up, the Mercury News said.

"For the first 30 minutes of the class, I'm raising my hand, I'm all into it, 'cause it's kind of like theory and just like, the social part of the case," Banks told VH1, the newspaper reported. "The last hour it's all like Einstein and algebraic equations and craziness.

"And I'm just like, what the (heck) is going on? Please don't call on me because it won't be pretty."



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<![CDATA[Swedish Queen's Cell Phone Case Takes Olympic Gold]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:56:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-592207752.jpg

There has been plenty of royalty spotted in Rio watching the 2016 Summer Olympics, but Queen Silvia of Sweden takes the gold medal when it comes to cell phone cases.

The queen was spotted Friday at the equestrian center alongside King Karl Gustaf, snapping pictures with a phone covered with a large, adorable image of her granddaughter, Princess Estelle.

The 4-year-old is the first grandchild for the king and queen. She apparently is the apple of her grandmother’s eye, as her 5-month-old baby brother, Prince Oscar, hasn’t found a place just yet on the back of his grandmother’s phone.

There’s no word on what type of cell phone cover the king may have, although he seems to have an affinity for taking photos the old-fashioned way with a point-and-shoot camera.



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<![CDATA[Kristen Bell Slams Charge of Ageism in 'Bad Moms']]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:53:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kristen-Bell-Getty.jpg

Kristen Bell took to Twitter to answer a user who questioned if the plot in Bell’s latest comedy “Bad Moms” set a bad example by highlighting Hollywood sexism and ageism.

In the film Bell stars with Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn as one of three overworked and under-appreciated moms who, per the official synopsis, “are pushed beyond their limits and ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence.”

The user questioned whether it was appropriate for Bell, 36 and Kunis 33, both mothers to toddlers in real life, to play mothers of preteens in the film.

There’s just one problem. As Bell pointed out her kids in the film are one, five and three, not preteens and Kunis’ character had her children while in her 20s. Bell says the stars gave that aspect careful consideration while filming.

"I'm not saying it doesn't exist, it sure does," she said of sexism. "I just know we gave it a lot of thought and it doesn't apply here."

Still, the former 'Veronica Mars' star remains a strong advocate for gender equality in and outside of Hollywood.

In an essay on her medium account and shared by The White House leading up to the United State of Women Summit in June, Bell wrote about embracing the qualities often seen as “girly” and seeing them as assets.

“Every woman brings something to the table that only she can,” Bell wrote. “This ever-long journey toward equality demands that we, as females, actually embrace our inequalities and value them as superpowers.”

In 2014, Bell told the Huffington Post she hopes that Hollywood creates more roles for strong complex women like her mystery-solving alter ego Veronica Mars.

“I would like to see roles continued to be written with the depth that Veronica Mars is,” Bell said prior to the premiere of the Veronica Mars movie in 2014.

“Not just the girlfriend — but someone who is a dynamic, multi-dimensional character, just like the guy,” she continued.



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<![CDATA[Lynda Carter To Make Guest Spot on 'Supergirl']]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:06:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/carter-benoist.jpg

Well, she still looks wonderful.

Lynda Carter, the 70's era starlet who brought 'Wonder Woman' to life for three seasons from 1975-1978, will resurface this fall on the CW's 'Supergirl'.

'Supergirl' star Melissa Benoist posted a pic of the two super heroines together to promote season two of the show.

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"Met a wonderful woman today," Benoist wrote next to the black-and-white pic on her Instagram.

Carter won't be donning her red, white and blue leotard this time around, as her role has her playing the president of the United States.

While Carter brought the role to prominence on the small screen in the 70's, Wonder Woman has enjoyed a significant resurgence in recent months. Gal Gadot reintroduced the super heroine to the big screen earlier this year in the blockbuster, if critically maligned, 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.' Gadot is set to reprise the role in the upcoming standalone film 'Wonder Woman' and 2017's Justice League.'

Carter last appeared in a 2013 episode of 'Two and a Half Men' and in 2007 did a guest spot on another superhero-themed show 'Smallville.' 



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<![CDATA[Jared Leto Joins 'Blade Runner' Sequel Cast]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:24:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/oscar-alfombra-39.jpg

No joking around.

Jared Leto, fresh off a stint as the Joker in 'Suicide Squad' has signed on in an as-yet unspecified role in the upcoming 'Blade Runner' sequel.

Leto, a 2014 Oscar winner for his role in 'The Dallas Buyers Club', joins an already star-studded cast that includes Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, and Robin Wright. 'Sicario' director Denis Villeneuve is helming the still to be named film scheduled to be released in October 2017.

Villeneuve told Entertainment Weekly  he had high expectations for the sci-fi film. "It’s a great team and spirits are very high," Villeneuve said. "Failure is not an option."



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<![CDATA[Biles Brazilian Boyfriend to Zac Efron: I Saw Her First]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:40:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/240*120/GettyImages-589497038.jpg

Brazilian gymnast Arthur Mariano has a message for Zac Efron: stay away from Simone Biles.

The bronze medalist, who Biles has playfully called her "Brazilian boyfriend," posted an adorable photo of the two hugging while he kisses the 2016 Olympic individual all-around, vault and floor champion on the cheek.

"Hey @zacefron I saw her first...She is my girl," he wrote in the caption, adding in Portuguese that the two have "been together" since 2013.

Mariano's post came a day after Biles, a self-proclaimed Efron fangirl, met the "Neighbors" actor when he surprised the Final Five in Rio on the "Today" show.

“On cloud 9 ��☁️ @zacefron,” Biles captioned an adorable GIF of herself pecking Efron on the cheek after .

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The Baywatch actor later admitted that he was just as nervous to meet Biles after watching her incredible run at the Olympics.

“They won gold medals; they were crushing it the entire Olympics, and I was, like, hiding in a closet waiting to come in, so I didn’t know what to think,” Efron told "Today" show co-host Hoda Kotb. “I was kind of getting nervous myself, but it ended up being so sweet.”



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