<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcchicago.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:30:15 -0600 Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:30:15 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Trevor Noah on Coming to Chicago: 'I Don't Want to Die']]> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:13:24 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490454826.jpg

“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah said during an interview with Spike Lee that he doesn’t want to go to Chicago because he doesn’t “want to die.”

Lee was on the show Monday to discuss his newest movie “Chi-Raq.” The comment came as the pair discussed Father Michael Pfleger, a South Side pastor and anti-violence activist who inspired John Cusack’s character in the movie.

“This is a white, Roman Catholic priest, his name is Father Michael Pfleger, he’s been in that church on the South Side of Chicago for 40 years and he’s one of the leading anti-gun, anti-violence people in the United States,” Lee said.

“That’s amazing,” said Noah. “Now I want to go Chicago. Well, I don’t want to go because I don’t want to die.”

Despite audience laughter, Lee didn’t appear to be a big fan of the joke.

“Well, let’s not joke about that because it’s some serious, no disrespect, but it’s, blood is running on the streets of the South Side of Chicago,” he said.

Lee, during the interview with Noah, called Chicago “the murder mass capital of the United States of America.”

“Chi-Raq” made its world premiere last month, but the film’s title, a portmanteau of "Chicago" and Iraq," has garnered significant criticism throughout the production process.

Lee has said the film is a modern adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata. In the movie, a group of women organize to take a stand against the violence after a child is killed by a stray bullet. The film’s stars include Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, John Cusack and Samuel L Jackson. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Comedy Central
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Jerry Seinfeld Sets Year-Long NYC Residency]]> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:02:36 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_109720871433.jpg

First Billy Joel did it at Madison Square Garden. And now another New York icon is setting up residency at a New York institution: Jerry Seinfeld.

The legendary comedian will play a year-long residency at New York's Beacon Theatre, the Madison Square Garden Company announced on Tuesday.

His residency, entitled "Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand," will begin on January 7, 2016, and continue "about once a month" thereafter. Shows for Feb. 18, March 2, April 14, May 5 and June 8 have been set, with future dates expected to be announced soon.

"My favorite theater in New York to perform in has always been The Beacon," Seinfeld said, at a press conference. "Comedians live for certain houses that just feel 'alive' for some reason. The Beacon is that place for me and I am so excited to make it my new home."

Tickets for the first six shows go on sale Monday at 10 a.m., and will be will be available online at beacontheatre.com, ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster Charge By Phone at 866-858-0008. Prices range from $79 to $175.

Seinfeld's comedy career took off in 1981, after his first appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." He went on to co-create and star in the most successful comedy series in the history of television, NBC's "Seinfeld," which ran for nine seasons.

Seinfeld can currently be seen on the popular web series, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." He also directed the off-Broadway production of "Colin Quinn: The New York Story."

Photo Credit: Robert Altman/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Blige Set for 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center']]> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:48:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NUP_171796_0607.JPG

NBC will celebrate the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree with "Christmas in Rockefeller Center," a one-hour live special from 8-9 p.m. ET airing on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

"Today" anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales will host the live broadcast from New York City’s Rockefeller Center, which will showcase spectacular holiday performances from Sting, Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli, The Band Perry, Andy Grammer, Carly Rae Jepsen, Pentatonix, Band of Merrymakers, and James Taylor, featuring world-renowned trumpeter Chris Botti. The evening will also include a special performance by the Rockettes.

The 83rd annual holiday extravaganza will feature a 78-foot tall Norway Spruce from Gardiner, N.Y. It is approximately 80 years, weighs approximately 10 tons and will be adorned with 30,000 twinkling holiday lights.

Once again, "Green Is Universal," NBCUniversal’s sustainability initiative in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, will kick off its annual tree-planting campaign during the "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" broadcast. This year, viewers can "GIF’t a Tree" to a national or state park or forest, by using #GIFtATree or visiting www.greenisuniversal.com to create and share an animated holiday tree GIF. Each action will contribute to the Arbor Day Foundation’s tree planting efforts, funded by a $25,000 donation from NBCUniversal.

Prior to the primetime telecast from 8-9 p.m., an additional live hour of the special will be broadcast on select NBC stations (7-8 p.m. ET). Check local listings.

Photo Credit: Peter Kramer/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:00:30 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA['Joy' to 'Star Wars': The Holiday Movie Guide]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 01:31:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/starwars56266a49255b6.jpg

'Tis the season to be heading to the cinema.

Whether it's to avoid plundering relatives, the crush of bargain-hungry mall shoppers or to catch the latest award-season entry, watching a movie (or three) over the holiday season has become a joyful tradition as much as decorating the tree, the giving of gifts or sleeping off a big turkey dinner. 

And for movie buffs, the final days of 2015 are certainly packed with blockbusters ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "The Hateful Eight"), seasonal frights ("Krampus"), indie gems ("Youth," "45 Years"), award bait ("The Revenant," "Joy," "The Danish Girl") and familial laughs ("Sisters").

'The Danish Girl' (Nov. 27)

Eddie Redmayne is sure to lock down another best actor Oscar nomination for his role as Lili Elbe, the first person to believed to have undergone sex reassignment surgery in the 1930s. Redmayne delivers a stunning portrayal of the transgender pioneer alongside co-star Alicia Vikander as Elbe's emotional support and wife, the portrait artist Gerda Wegener. Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") directs. 

'Legend' (Nov. 20)

Tom Hardy does double duty as London's most notorious gangsters: twin brothers Reggie and Ron Kray. Directed by Brian Helgeland ("L.A. Confidential," "Mystic River"), "Legend" charts the rise and fall true story of the Krays, who dominated organized crime in the East of London during the 1950s and 1960s. 

'Krampus' (Dec. 4)

Here's a holiday film that will have you second guessing bad thoughts about visiting family members. According to European legend, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic creature who punishes misbehaving children during the Christmas season. In "Krampus," it's a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers – inparticular young Max (Emjay Anthony), who is disillusioned by the holidays and turns his back on Christmas. Also starring Adam Scott and Toni Collette.

'Youth' (Dec. 4)

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, "Youth" follows a retired orchestra conductor (Michael Caine), his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and his film director best friend (Harvey Keitel) as they holiday together in the Swiss Alps. This visually stunning film explores familial ties, the mental and physical effects of aging, the binds of lifelong friendship and the passions that propel us through the decades. 

'The Big Short' (Dec. 11)

Based on the 2010 book of the same name by Michael Lewis, "The Big Short" charts the financial crisis of 2008 and the group of investors who bet against it and won big. Featuring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Marissa Tomei, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo, Karen Gillan and Selena Gomez.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' (Dec. 18)

For many, "The Force Awakens" is not only the most highly-anticipated release of 2015, but of the last decade. Director J.J. Abrams ("Lost," "Star Trek") returns us to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away to revisit the cast of the original "Star Wars" trilogy (Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill) in a sequel set some 30 years after "Return of the Jedi." Also along for the intergalactic ride are newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver, who will be tasked with carrying the franchise forward in future installments. 

'Sisters' (Dec. 18)

A different take on aging and familial ties to "Youth" (above), the re-teaming of former "SNL" players Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as siblings who decide to throw one final party before their parents sell the family home is played straight for laughs. Along for the ride are co-stars John Cena, Maya Rudolph, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, John Leguizamo, Kate McKinnon and Dan Byrd.

'45 Years' (Dec. 23)

Already receiving award season buzz, "45 Years" stars Charlotte Rampling as Kate Mercer and Tom Courtenay as Geoff Mercer, a couple whose impending titular wedding anniversary celebration is rocked when news from Geoff's past surfaces unannounced. Directed by Andrew Haigh ("Weekend"), "45 Years" gently examines a rock-solid relationship under stress from a distant past.


'Where to Invade Next' (Dec. 23)

Arriving just as the 2016 presidential campaign really starts to heat up, patriotic provocateur Michael Moore's latest explores just what it will take to make America great once again. In this docu-comedy, Moore ("Fahrenheit 9/11," "Bowling for Columbine") "invades" other nations in an effort to discover what they have to offer in contrast to the United States.

'The Hateful Eight' (Dec. 25)

Controversial filmmaker Quentin Tarantino delivers his eighth film which follows a group of bounty hunters and fugitives in post-Civil War Wyoming who encounter each other while sheltering from a blizzard in a mountain-side stagecoach stopover. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern, Tarantino's update on the classic western tale features music composed by Ennio Morricone ("The Good, the Bad and the Ugly").

'Point Break' (Dec. 25)

This action thriller is a remake of the 1991 flick of the same name starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. This time around young FBI agent Johnny Utah is played by Luke Bracey and instead of infiltrating a gang of robbing surfers, he must go undercover to expose a gang of thieves who participate in extreme sports.

'Concussion' (Dec. 25)

Based on a 2009 GQ exposé, "Concussion" stars Will Smith as real-life forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu who must fight the National Football League when his research on brain injuries uncovers CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy)—a football-related brain trauma—in a pro player. Also stars Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Albert Brooks.

'The Revenant' (Dec. 25)

This vengeance-fueled epic features Leonardo DiCaprio as 1800's frontiersman Hugh Glass, who is left for dead by his hunting team after he is mauled in a brutal bear attack. With revenge in his heart, Glass sets out through the icy terrain to track down John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the man who abandoned Glass and betrayed his family. Also starring Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter and Lukas Haas, "The Revenant" is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu who won the best picture and director Academy Awards for "Birdman" in 2015.

'Joy' Dec. 25

From David O. Russell, the director of "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle," comes the comedy-drama "Joy" starring Jennifer Lawrence. Inspired by the life of Joy Mangano, the creator of the "Miracle Mop" and president of the Ingenious Designs company, the film charts Joy's life from age 10 to 40 as she becomes matriarch of her family. "Joy" features returning Russell players Bradley Cooper, Elisabeth Rohm and Robert De Niro.

Photo Credit: Lucasfilm
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[How Will You Give on #GivingTuesday?]]> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 06:04:29 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GivingTuesday-AP_413927092449-%281%29.jpg

There’s a day for giving thanks, two days for cashing in on deals — and now there’s a day for to give back.

Giving Tuesday is observed internationally on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. It’s meant as way to promote philanthropy and generosity.

[[359434441, C]]

The movement aims to bring people, businesses and charities together and facilitate change in their communities by giving them a give back during the holiday season.

If you’re feeling generous, you can open up your wallet and give to the charity of your choice. Or you can volunteer your time for a local organization by doing yard work, painting or decorating for the holidays.

The campaign was launched in 2012 by 92nd Street Y, a New York City-based cultural and community center, and the United Nations Foundation. The website says it “has engaged over 30,000 organizations worldwide, including Microsoft, PayPal and MSNBC.

Organizers urge those taking part to go on social media with the hashtag #GivingTuesday and show how they’re giving back.

Photo Credit: AP Images for JCPenney
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA['Tonight': How J.J. Abrams Broke His Back]]> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:45:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+JJ+Abrams+Broke+His+Back+Trying+to+Rescue+Harrison+Ford.png J.J. Abrams tells “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon how he literally broke his back trying to complete "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."]]> <![CDATA[Holiday 2015: Gifts That Give Back]]> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:47:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/thumb-gifts-.gif This holiday season buy your loved ones gifts made with charity in mind. ]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Do Not Read 'The Best Places to Pee']]> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:47:08 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Do+Not+Read+The+Best+Places+to+Pee.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon shares some books you probably should avoid reading this year, including "How to Pick Pockets for Fun and Profit."]]> <![CDATA[Matt LeBlanc Attends 30-Year High School Reunion]]> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 06:03:14 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_752319322169.jpg

Former "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc—a native of Newton, Massachusetts—returned to the city over the holiday weekend to attend his 30th high school reunion.

The actor and director posted photos of himself at the Newton North reunion on Friday night to his Facebook page:


Had a blast. Great to see so many old friends. No pun intended. Hahaha

Posted by Matt LeBlanc on Saturday, November 28, 2015

LeBlanc, 48, also sent out a series of tweets joking about his age and referencing the line that his "Friends" character, Joey Tribbiani, made famous:

Photo Credit: Rich Fury/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Princess Charlotte ]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:20:58 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/charlotte21.jpg A look throughout the years of Prince William, Prince George and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge alongside Queen Elizabeth II.

Photo Credit: The Duchess of Cambridge]]>
<![CDATA[Charlie Brown's Holiday Gift]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:06:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_01100804746+Charlie+Brown.jpg

In “The Peanuts Movie,” nods to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” drop like tasty snowflakes.

There's a flashback to a black-and-white Charles Schulz drawing of Charlie and his anemic Christmas tree. We hear snatches of Vince Guaraldi's bouncy "Linus and Lucy" theme. We even get a glimpse of the dancing, shoulder-bopping spiky-haired kid whose identity remains a mystery a half-century later.

The movie, with its digital 3D rendering and relatively happy ending (no spoilers, but it involves a certain red-headed lass), smooths out some of the rough edges of the old animation – as well as the underlying sadness behind the comics' rounded-headed depressive Everyman.

Still, the movie marks a fitting bookend to the original Christmas special, which celebrates its 50th anniversary Monday with a broadcast on ABC. He might not have conventional Christmas tree-buying instincts, but 65 years after his first appearance in the funny papers, good 'ol Charlie Brown still knows how to serve up the holiday gifts.

The Christmas special proved groundbreaking not for its animation style, but for a tone that echoed Schulz’s then 15-year-old strip, which chronicled, through children, a very adult search for emotional stability amid the petty cruelties of everyday life. Charlie Brown confronts futility, in the form of kite-hobbling trees and snatched-away footballs, as Linus clutches his security blanket.

The special decried the commercialization of Christmas, as sensitive Charlie Brown looked for the true meaning of the holiday surrounded by a cast of characters that included kids variously mean and insightful, and a beagle adept at quick-and-gaudy decorating.

The first and the best of a long line of “Peanuts” animated TV specials and films wound up accelerating the commercialization of the franchise. Snoopy went from being the strip’s irreverent Id, with his imagination-driven Red Baron battling, to becoming a cuddlier, more marketable figure. Schulz, though, rarely lost his edge in the daily updates, which ended with his death 15 years ago.

The new movie, which has grossed more than $100 million, shows there’s still an appetite for Peanuts, even if the film offers dollops more sugary than the old-school bittersweet. The flick, hopefully, will help drive fans new and old to the small screen Monday for a golden anniversary special preceding the broadcast, when Charlie Brown sounds TV's strongest signal that Christmastime is here.

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.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon, Rashida Jones Sing Holiday Parodies ]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:25:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Jimmy+Fallon++Rashida+Jones+Sing+Holiday+Parodies+of+Taylor+Swift+Rihanna+Drake.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon and Rashida Jones perform holiday-themed parodies of 2015's biggest songs, with cameos from Queen Latifah and Eric Nally from "Downtown.”]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Thank You Notes to Kids Table, Tofurky]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:25:11 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Thank+You+Notes+to+The+Kids+Table+Tofurky.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon pens thank you notes to cranberry sauce, second cousins and other things.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Worst Christmas Presents]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:26:22 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+The+Worst+Christmas+Presents+They+Ever+Got+Each+Other.png “Late Night” host Seth Meyers and his family talk about the worst presents they’ve ever given each other for Christmas, including a pink cowboy hat.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 02:49:12 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+Giving+Thanks+on+Thanksgiving.png “Late Night” host Seth Meyers gives thanks for the people and things he holds dear.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Pros and Cons of Thanksgiving]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:14:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Pros+and+Cons+of+Thanksgiving.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon weighs the good and bad of celebrating Turkey Day with family and friends.]]> <![CDATA[Best of 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:43:12 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_797372372594-parade.jpg Millions of people attended the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on Nov. 26, 2015, in New York City. Floats graced the skies and musical and theatrical performances entertained on street level.

Photo Credit: Scott Roth/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday 2015: Gift Guide for Any Budget]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 06:35:56 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gift-thumb.jpg
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Thanksgiving 2015: Celebs Give Thanks]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:23:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_501572141294.jpg

Thanksgiving is finally here. And with it comes a turkey dinner and spending time with those we love. But it’s also a time to reflect on the things that make us thankful.

From food to family to friends, here’s a list of things celebrities, presidential candidates and others are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Laverne Cox had a lot to be thankful for, including her support network and her career.

Boy band One Direction showed they're grateful for their fans, tweeting, "Happy Thanksgiving to all our US fans!" Hugh Jackman, who's kicking off his new stage show "Broadway to Oz," thanked his fans for messages of "support and love." "To all celebrating Thanksgiving-have an awesome day," he wrote in a tweet.  

Family topped the list for Tori Spelling, Danielle Steel, Hailey Duff, Conan O’Brien and Republican presidential candidate, George Pataki.

Bethanny Frankel said she's thankful for the friends she had dinner with this year.

The First Lady and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz are thankful for those who served to protect the country.

GOP hopeful Ben Carson tweeted his followers a way to get their own "Gifted Hands" turkey while they spend time with friends and family this Thanksgiving.

Reality show matriarch, Kris Jenner, is grateful for the one person who can make her feel beautiful — her makeup artist. And her daughter, Khloe, said she got up "early cooking away for my entire family for this afternoon."

Later in the day, Kyle Jenner shared an Instagram of her "blended family" celebrating Turkey Day together.

Sometimes, it's all about the simple pleasures, as in Deborah Cox's case.

But if you need to keep things in perspective this holiday, astronaut Scott Kelly sums it up with this photo taken from space.


Photo Credit: John Salangsang/Invision/AP
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA['Tonight' NFL Superlatives: Bears and Packers]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:53:05 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+NFL+Superlatives+Chicago+Bears+and+Green+Bay+Packers.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon hands out superlatives to Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers NFL players.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Kid Dictionary With Nathan Lane]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:57:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Kid+Dictionary+with+Nathan+Lane.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon and Nathan Lane first watch clips of kids defining words, then take turns guessing what the children were describing.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Alternative Thanksgiving Day Parade]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:13:44 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+Alternative+Thanksgiving+Day+Parade.png "Late Night" host Seth Meyers looks at the promo of the Alternative Thanksgiving Day Parade.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Uzo Aduba on Starring in 'The Wiz!' with Mary J. Blige]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:11:27 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+Uzo+Aduba+on+Starring+in+The+Wiz+with+Mary+J+Blige.png Uzo Aduba tells "Late Night" host Seth Meyers what it was like working with stars like Mary J. Blige in "The Wiz!"]]>