<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usThu, 27 Apr 2017 09:11:46 -0500Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:11:46 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Kardashian West Says Robbery Made Her Less Materialistic]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:47:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kim-KW-Rozman_20170426_14145_2638r.jpg

Kim Kardashian West says October’s robbery in Paris has made her a better, less materialistic person. The reality-TV star is sitting down with Ellen DeGeneres Thursday for her first interview since the incident, and says she believes everything happens for a reason.

West also reflects on her children, Saint and North, and the way their personalities mirror hers and husband Kanye West’s.

Caitlyn Jenner is a subject of conversation, too, as she discredits things written about her mother, Kris Jenner, written in Caitlyn’s new memoir, "The Secrets of My Life: A History."

"My heart breaks for my mom," West says. "You know, because I feel like she’s been through so much and there’s, you know… She’s promoting this book and she’s saying all these things and, I just don’t think it’s necessary, you know. And I just feel like it’s unfair, things aren’t truthful."

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: 'The Circle' Tribeca Premiere ]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:46:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-673586312.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump's Executive Orders]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:23:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-04-27-at-4.12.05-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers talks about President Donald Trump's efforts to commemorate his 100th day in office by signing a slew of executive orders.

<![CDATA['Late Night': James Spader Hates Film Crews in New York]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:07:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-04-27-at-4.04.55-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers sits down with "The Blacklist" star James Spader, who says it's unfair when film crews inconvenience him and other New Yorkers, even if the crew is from the spin-off of "The Blacklist."

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Leslie Jones Plays 'Truth or Lie' With Dr. Phil]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:53:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-04-27-at-3.48.04-AM.jpg

Dr. Phil McGraw tries to figure out if Leslie Jones is lying to him. Also, Jones shares her thoughts on the "Cash Me Ousside" girl.

<![CDATA[A Landmark Look Back: TCL Chinese Theatre Turns 90]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:30:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chinesetheatreStarWars_Chinese.jpg In honor of the anniversary of the theater, one of the world's most famous, the recently restored 1934 "Cleopatra" will screen

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<![CDATA[Ellen DeGeneres Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary of Coming Out]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:57:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rozman_20170405_14146_1638r.jpg

It’s been 20 years since Ellen DeGeneres came out on her sitcom "Ellen," and now, the talk-show host is celebrating the anniversary on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Friday.

On the show, DeGeneres will share insight into the planning that went into the "Puppy Episode," and how she made the decision to come out on national television. Oprah Winfrey and Laura Dern are joining Friday’s show as well to talk about the episode’s impact and what it was like filming the scene when DeGeneres said "I’m gay," for the first time out loud.

Other co-stars from the show will join DeGeneres on Friday, including Joely Fisher, Clea Lewis and David Anthony Higgins.

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<![CDATA[Melissa McCarthy, Dwayne Johnson to Close Out 'SNL' Season ]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:37:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/melissaspicer.jpg

"Saturday Night Live" is closing out one of its most-watched seasons by bringing back some veteran hosts, and adding a few new faces.

Chris Pine, who can be seen in the upcoming film adaptation of "Wonder Woman," will make his SNL hosting debut May 6 alongside musical guest LCD Soundsystem.

Melissa McCarthy, whose rendition of White House press secretary Sean Spicer has left a lasting impression on SNL viewers, will return to host the show for the fifth time on May 13. HAIM will also perform that night.

To close out season 42, which saw SNL begin broadcasting live nationwide since April 15, Dwayne Johnson will host for a fifth time on May 20. Katy Perry will return to the stage as a musical guest for the third time.

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<![CDATA[Director Jonathan Demme Dies at 73]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:15:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-51083702.jpg

Director Jonathan Demme, known for his iconic film "The Silence of the Lambs," died from cancer complications on Wednesday, according to his publicist. 

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<![CDATA[M. Night Shyamalan Reveals 'Unbreakable' Sequel Details]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:33:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/knightbreakable.jpg

Fans of M. Night Shyamalan's 2000 hit "Unbreakable" who've been clamoring for a sequel won't have to wait much longer. The director took to social media Wednesday and revealed the long-awaited production has been greenlit.

As Shyamalan noted the film will join casts of both "Unbreakable" and the director's 2016 hit "Split," which starred James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy.

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<![CDATA[In Memoriam: Jonathan Demme, Erin Moran, Dan Rooney]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:39:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-523300700.jpg Take a look back at the people we've recently lost, including politicians, artists and other public figures.

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<![CDATA[Top Movies Directed by Jonathan Demme]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:26:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-159992868.jpg Jonathan Demme led a prolific career as a director that spanned over decades - from '80s comedy flick "Melvin and Howard" to what may be his most well known work in "The Silence of the Lambs." See some of the best movies he has directed.

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<![CDATA[Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme Dead at 73]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:57:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/demmeobit.jpg

Jonathan Demme, the eclectic, ever-enthusiastic filmmaker behind the Oscar winners "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia," and the director of one of the most seminal concert films ever made, the Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense," has died. He was 73.

Demme's publicist, Annalee Paulo, said Demme died Wednesday morning in his New York apartment, surrounded by his wife, Joanna, and three children. Demme died from complications from esophageal cancer, she said.

Demme broke into moviemaking under the B-movie master Roger Corman in the early 1970s, and his prodigious, wide-ranging body of work always kept the spirited, agile curiosity of a low-budget independent filmmaker. His hopscotching career spanned documentaries, screwball comedies and tales of social justice.

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Yet his most famous films were a pair of Oscar-winners "The Silence of the Lambs," the 1991 thriller starring Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as an FBI analyst, earned him a directing Oscar, as well as best picture. He followed that up with "Philadelphia" (1993), with Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, the first major Hollywood film to confront the AIDS crisis. It remains a landmark film in the portrayal of gay life and injustice, subjects Hollywood has previously largely turned a blind eye toward.

Hopkins, Foster and Hanks all earned Academy Awards for their performances from those films. Demme's sensitive, alert eye help produce countless other acclaimed performance, too, from Melanie Griffith ("Something Wild") to Anne Hathaway ("Rachel Getting Married").

"I am heart-broken to lose a friend, a mentor, a guy so singular and dynamic you'd have to design a hurricane to contain him," Foster said in a statement. "Jonathan was as quirky as his comedies and as deep as his dramas. He was pure energy, the unstoppable cheerleader for anyone creative. Just as passionate about music as he was about art, he was and will always be a champion of the soul."

If there was one commonality in Demme's varied filmography, it was music. Demme acknowledged that while he was talentless when it came to playing an instrument, he found he could join the acts he documented with his camera. His deftly observed 1984 film "Stop Making Sense" began with David Byrne with a guitar and a boom box on a bare stage and swelled into an art-funk spectacular.

"I've come to believe, and I kind of felt this when we did 'Stop Making Sense,' that shooting live music is kind of like the purest form of filmmaking," Demme told The Associated Press last year. "There's no script to worry about. It's not a documentary, so you don't have to wonder where this story is going and what we can use. It's just: Here come the musicians. Here come the dancers. The curtain goes up. They have at it and we get to respond in the best way possible to what they're doing up there."

Demme also made films with Neil Young ("Heart of Gold," ''Neil Young Trunk Show," ''Neil Young Journeys"), Bruce Springsteen, the Pretenders, and documented Spalding Grey performing a monologue ("Swimming to Cambodia"). In "Storefront Hitchcock," the British singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock performed in a storefront window.

"Jonathan was a born movie-maker: He loved people and he loved filming them. Fictional or actual, he caught so many lives and glimpses of lives and framed them for others to enjoy," Hitchcock said Thursday. "Jonathan was a true keeper of souls, and now we must celebrate his."

Demme last year released his latest concert film, "Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids," on Netflix. Timberlake, a passionate fan of "Stop Making Sense," sought out Demme to direct it. Demme's last fiction film, "Ricki and the Flash," was perhaps his ultimate fusion of music in a fiction film. It starred Meryl Streep as an aging bar-band rocker.

Robert Jonathan Demme was born on Long Island on Feb. 22, 1944. His father, Robert, was a press representative in the travel industry. After his family moved to Miami, he attended the University of Florida where he wrote movie reviews for the school paper. In 1971, he went to work for Corman, first as a unit publicist on "Von Richthofen and Brown" and later directing his own films: the women's prison movie "Caged Heart"; "Crazy Mama" with Cloris Leachman; and "Fighting Mad," with Peter Fonda as a farmer.

Demme's breakthrough came with the Oscar-nominated "Melvin and Howard" (1980), starring Jason Robards as Howard Hughes. The film is centered on a Nevada service station owner who claims to be the beneficiary of the billionaire.

From early on, music played a central role in his films. In 1986's rollicking road-trip comedy "Something Wild," Jeff Daniels starred a tax consultant drawn into the wilder orbit of Melanie Griffith. The music-stuffed movie included 49 songs.

Some films were misfires. Demme's 1988 adaptation of Toni Morrison's "Beloved," didn't click with critics, nor did his 2004 big-budget remake of "The Manchurian Candidate."

But 2008's "Rachel Getting Married" was a return to form for Demme that seemed to combine many of his talents — for a buoyant humanism, for the joy of music performance, for troubled outsiders, for a natural, documentary-like realism. Hathaway played a young woman released from rehab to go home for her sister's wedding.

Demme most recently directed an episode of the Fox police drama "Shots Fired," scheduled to air Wednesday. He also completed a film for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to debut July 1.

Demme was initially married to Evelyn Purcell, before divorcing. His second marriage was to artist Joanne Howard, which whom he had three children who survive him: Brooklyn, Romana and Jos. His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Americans for Immigrant Justice.

As news of Demme's death spread, stars took to social media to send their condolences.

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<![CDATA['Shark Tank' Judge and Tech Investor Calls It Quits]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:41:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/techinvestorfeuerherd.jpg

Chris Sacca, a judge on the television show “Shark Tank” and early investor in tech companies like Twitter and Uber, announced Wednesday that he will be retiring from venture capital and the television show, CNBC reported. 

Sacca wrote Wednesday that he is "hanging up my spurs" after he rediscovered a notebook with entries he had written back in his 20s. In it, the younger Sacca had said he planned to retire at age 40. "In a matter of days, I'm going to be 42 years old," Sacca said. "Two years late." 

"I succeeded at venture capital because, for years, I rarely thought about or spent time on anything else. Anything less than that unmitigated full commitment leaves me feeling frustrated and ineffective," Sacca said. "As you've heard me say on the show, if I'm not all in, I'm out." 

Sacca said he's leaving ABC's "Shark Tank" this season, since he can't do the show while also keeping to his promise to stop investing in new companies, CNBC reported.

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<![CDATA[ESPN Announces 'Difficult Decisions' Amid Layoff Reports]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:30:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/espn+logo+sign+bristol.jpg

ESPN is laying off around 100 employees, including anchors, reporters and writers who have covered everything from the NFL and NHL, as well as college football and basketball.

Among the employees who announced on Twitter that they are no longer working for ESPN are Jayson Stark, Trent Dilfer and Ed Werder.

ESPN president John Skipper released a statement to employees today

“A necessary component of managing change involves constantly evaluating how we best utilize all of our resources, and that sometimes involves difficult decisions,” Skipper wrote and said there will be changes in the talent lineup

Officials from Bristol, Connecticut-based ESPN said the majority of the nearly 100 layoffs are not based in Connecticut. 

A tweet from ESPN PR said, "Managing change involves difficult decisions ..."

Jayson Stark Tweeted that today is his last day covering baseball for ESPN after 17 years.

Veteran ESPN reporter Ed Werder tweeted that he was informed that he was being laid off, effective immediately.

Trent Dilfer was also let go and announced that he was laid off on Twitter.

“Our content strategy – primarily illustrated in recent months by melding distinct, personality-driven SportsCenter TV editions and digital-only efforts with our biggest sub-brand – still needs to go further, faster…and as always, must be efficient and nimble," Skipper wrote.

He added that "dynamic change demands an increased focus on versatility and value, and as a result, we have been engaged in the challenging process of determining the talent—anchors, analysts, reporters, writers and those who handle play-by-play—necessary to meet those demands."  

The statement went on to say that beyond changes to the company's talent lineup this week, a handful of new jobs would be posted "to fill various needs."

“These decisions impact talented people who have done great work for our company. I would like to thank all of them for their efforts and their many contributions to ESPN,” Skipper wrote.

Sports and entertainment industry watchers say reductions are ESPN were inevitable since they've been responsible for the economics of the the industry changing for decades.

ESPN's media and broadcasting rights agreements with the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, and NCAA are all expensive enterprises and the company needs to figure out ways to monetize all of them so they make sense for the bottom line.

Rich Hanley, an Associate Professor of Journalism at Quinnipiac University, says the layoffs announced Wednesday, and the significant reduction in October 2015 are indications that the company has struggled to keep the money flowing in.

“ESPN has to adjust, adapt to not only the coverage of the game but what it has on before the games, during the games, and after the games," he said.

In addition, with more people "cord-cutting," the practice of cancelling cable television subscriptions and relying solely on the internet, has been another hit to ESPN's cable-heavy business model.

It's estimated that ESPN lost more than nine million subscribers in 2016.

Hanley said, "In any business that has that drop off in paying customers has to react to it and ESPN is reacting to it by shrinking its workforce or recalibrating it around the new digital model or anything it can figure out to get those eyeballs back on ESPN whether its on a smartphone or some other device.”

The State of Connecticut also has a stake in ESPN's success. ESPN is part of the state's "First Five," economic incentive program.

ESPN had to invest $150 million in its Bristol campus, and hire 150 new employees in Bristol by June 15, 2015 in order to receive $10 million in total tax incentives that they could spread out over multiple years.

The company quickly complied by investing $200 million in its Bristol headquarters, and it hired more than 150 people.

Catherine Smith is the Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, the agency that administers the First Five program.

She says the layoffs at ESPN are part of the corporate ebb and flow, and she's not concerned about the company defaulting on its commitments.

“We think companies like ESPN that are household names that are run by great people will figure it out. They will go through the ups and downs until they find a strategy that works for them.”

According to DECD, 20 of the 100 layoffs affect Connecticut employees with the rest being located outside the state.

Here is the full statement ESPN released:

“Tied to the news ESPN President John Skipper shared with ESPN employees this morning, we first wanted to thank our colleagues for their collective contributions.

“It is important to us to provide some additional context on how our content is evolving. In short, given how fans’ habits are changing, our focus continues to be providing high-quality, distinctive content at any minute of the day on any screen. For instance:

“Perhaps the most noted example of this strategy is our recent approach to our flagship program, SportsCenter. SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt, the launch of SC6 with Michael Smith and Jemele Hill, and the debut of more digital-only content socially and on our App means SportsCenter in its many forms is easily accessible, informative and primed with personality.

“Our evolving ESPN App is the best mobile destination for sports fans and has been bolstered by the recent launch of home screen video and increased personalization. On the horizon is more live news video and enhanced video and audio streaming.

“There are numerous examples this year of ESPN’s multi-screen approach around big events, ranging from the College Football Playoff Championship Megacast, the NBA Sidecast, the Tournament Challenge and Fantasy Football Marathons, and the Women’s Final Four. And at the start of NFL free agency, ESPN3’s show featured “Schefter Cam” while ESPN.com and the App were providing extensive clips featuring our NFL reporters and analysts, and ESPN2 wrapped it up with a comprehensive show.

“And on the immediate horizon, three days of NFL Draft TV coverage will be complemented with even more online (which can be personalized to match a fan’s favorite team), the cover package of ESPN The Magazine, Mike & Mike and First Take on location, behind-the-scenes coverage on Instagram Stories and more. In May, two of our biggest journalism brands — Outside the Lines and E:60— will relaunch with an emphasis on increased collaboration and a larger presence digitally, socially and across all our screens.

“All this in addition to the extensive coverage this spring of NBA Playoffs, Major League Baseball, Indy 500, the men’s and women’s College World Series, and more.

“Our goal continues to be to maximize our unparalleled scale in every medium with storytelling that stands out and makes a difference. We are well-equipped to thrive going forward by embracing these themes.”

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<![CDATA[Melania Trump Style Guide ]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:47:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Melania_Style_Guide_Thumb.jpg First lady Melania Trump brings her fashion sense as a former model from the campaign trail to the White House.

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<![CDATA[Pope Francis Makes Surprise Appearance at Ted Talk]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:50:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/popeted.jpg

Holy surprise.

Pope Francis made an unexpected appearance (via videotape) at the TED Talk conference in Vancouver Tuesday. Speaking from the Vatican, the 80-year-old Pontiff urged world leaders to act "humbly" and called on people worldwide to show solidarity with one another.

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"First and foremost, I would love it if this meeting could help to remind us that we all need each other. None of us is an island, an autonomous and independent “I,” separated from the other, and we can only build the future by standing together, including everyone" Francis said.

During the 18-minute video, which was translated to English from Italian, Francis urged the 1,800 attendees, which included the CEOs of some of the largest technology companies in the world, to show courage as well as creativity in solving the world's ills.

"I know that TED gathers many creative minds. Yes, love does require a creative, concrete and ingenious attitude. Good intentions and conventional formulas, so often used to appease our conscience, are not enough. Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the other is not a statistic or a number. The other has a face. The “you” is always a real presence, a person to take care of.

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Most Popular Name Choices for April's Calf Released]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:45:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17105735261797.jpg

The first round of votes are in, April the giraffe fans.

Animal Adventure Park, the upstate zoo that made national headlines and livestreamed the giraffe’s pregnancy for millions of people around the globe, released the top choices after the first round of voting for names for her calf. 

The first-round voting contest was being held for 10 days.

Those choices were released Tuesday evening. 

The 10 choices include: "Alyssa's Choice," Apollo, Geoffrey, Gio, Harpur, Noah, Ollie, Patch, Patches and Unity.

Now it's time for the second round of voting that will be held for five days. 

You can vote for your favorite name.

Animal Adventure Park is offering the public a chance to give him one at nameaprilscalf.com, where anyone who wants to vote on a name can do so for $1 per vote. There is a five-vote minimum, and people can vote as many times as they want. 

“Now we move to round two,” the zoo said Tuesday evening on Facebook.

The zoo on Facebook said it will select the winner on April 30 at 6 p.m.

Funds raised will be split between the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Ava's Little Heroes and Animal Adventure Park.  

After months of waiting, April gave birth in Harpursville, New York, while an audience of about 1.2 million people watched live online. 

The calf's spindly legs wobbled as he attempted to stand on its own. But shortly before noon, the zoo shared an adorable photo of April nuzzling him while he stood beneath her trying to nurse. 

"All is well," the caption read.

April teased her millions of global adorers for weeks, showing signs of near-but-not-quite labor and otherwise enchanting her audience with cute right-at-the-camera gazes and tongue flicks, snack noshing and nuzzling with her much younger but handsome 5-year-old beau. 

April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines in late February after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content." Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so.

Patch said the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process was a huge factor in drawing crowds. 

"I think the fact that she's a giraffe and she's a neat species that people are interested in, that's fostered a lot of the attention," he said. "The fact that you'll get to witness the miracle of birth from an animal that you really don't get to see give birth — that's neat."

He added that April's pregnancy was more than just live entertainment, but a teachable moment and source for education.

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<![CDATA[See Inside: $48M NJ Estate Hailed as 'Versailles' of America]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:03:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dining+area2.jpg Praised by architecture aficionados as the "American Versailles," Darlington, the 50,000 square-foot mansion in New Jersey, has captivated the world as both a historical masterpiece and a renovated modern splendor. And it's now on the market. See the full listing with Christie's International Real Estate here.

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<![CDATA[Cosby Speaks About Sight, 'True Histories' in Rare Interview]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:57:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-645957880.jpg

Comedian Bill Cosby is blind, he confirmed in a rare interview released Wednesday, in the run-up to his sexual assault trial in suburban Philadelphia.

The interview, published by the National Newspaper Publishers Association Newswire, only features a few quotes from Cosby. He and a public relations expert decided to give the interview to the agency, which focuses on the black community, because they felt the outlet would be more interested in "facts over sensationalism," according to the interview.

It's his first time speaking at length to the press since charges were filed against him for allegedly sexually assaulting a Temple University employee at his home in 2004. Cosby has pleaded not guilty and is free on $1 million bail. He calls the encounter consensual.

His attorneys said in court in November that Cosby is too blind to identify his accusers in photographs. He has been guided into the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, courtroom for pre-trial appearances.

In the interview, Cosby said he called out to his wife when he woke up one morning without sight, and he also referred to "the true histories" of the United States being different from what is in textbooks.

Cosby also said in the interview that he misses performing: "I think about walking out on stage somewhere in the United States of America and sitting down in a chair and giving the performance that will be the beginning of the next chapter of my career."

His youngest daughter, Evin Cosby, released a statement defending her father as loving and the victim of unproven allegations that were played up because of their salaciousness. Dozens of women have come forward in recent years to allege they were the victims of Cosby's sexual misconduct, which Cosby has denied. He's also argued he can't defend himself against vague accusations stretching back decades.

"The harsh and hurtful accusations of things that supposedly happened 40 or 50 years ago, before I was born, in another lifetime, and that have been carelessly repeated as truth without allowing my dad to defend himself and without requiring proof, has punished not just my dad but every one of us," Evin Cosby wrote.

The trial beings June 5, and the judge expects it to last about two weeks.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Caitlyn Jenner Defends Her Vote for Trump]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:39:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-04-26-at-6.34.24-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers talks with Caitlyn Jenner about her opinion of President Donald Trump and why she didn't play golf with Trump when he asked.

<![CDATA['Late Night': Nick Frost Once Powerbombed Simon Pegg]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:29:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-04-26-at-6.28.07-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers sits down with comedian Nick Frost, who talks about a time he broke his thumb while slamming Simon Pegg in an impromptu wrestling match.

<![CDATA['Tonight': 'Barack Obama' Is Back From Vacation]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:57:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-04-26-at-6.13.02-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon interviews the character "President Barack Obama" about his plans now that he's returned from vacation.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon Plays 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' With a Robot]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:44:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-04-26-at-6.00.42-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon demos amazing new robots from all over the world, including a very human-like robot named Sophia that plays "Rock, Paper, Scissors."

<![CDATA[Moran's Husband Reveals Star Died of Throat Cancer ]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:58:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/88572146-Erin-Moran%29.jpg

Erin Moran's husband Steve Fleischmann posted a heartfelt note revealing his wife died of an aggressive form of throat cancer. He also said Moran was "happy" and "active" in her final moments before she passed away in her sleep.

In a Facebook post shared by Moran's former "Happy Days" co-star Scott Baio, Fleischmann says the couple first became aware their was a medical issue in November 2016.

"Erin woke up and had about a dime size blood stain on her pillowcase. She said 'I think i bit my tongue.' A couple days go by and there's a bigger spot of blood. We get like 4 days into December, there's more blood. I get a flashlight and say let me look. It was not her tongue it was her tonsil on the left side. I thought it was tonsillitis."

Fleischmann wrote the couple quickly consulted an EMT for a biopsy and were devastated by the diagnosis.

"It came back squamous cell carcinoma. She started radiation and chemo. Five days a week radiation and chemo only on Thursdays. We did that the whole time. It got so bad so fast. By the middle of February, Erin could no longer speak or eat or drink," Fleischmann wrote. "She had a feeding tube implant and i fed her 6 to 8 times a day. She was still happy, she was active, she texted people on her phone all day. On the 21st she was having trouble breathing. She woke up on the 22nd, she was not 100%."

Fleischmann, who wed the Moran in 1993, added a plea to end speculation around his wife's death. Baio added to that frenzy speculating drugs or alcohol may have contributed to Moran's death before autopsy results were released Monday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush Group Buying Miami Marlins: Reports]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:26:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/042517+jeb+bush+derek+jeter.jpg

A group led by New York Yankees great Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a deal in place to buy the Miami Marlins for $1.3 billion, according to published reports.

Bloomberg reported Tuesday that a person with knowledge of the deal said the group won the bidding for the team.

An MLB source told The Miami Herald that there's an agreement in place but it's pending MLB approval and other details need to be worked out.

The team is owned by Jeffrey Loria. The Marlins had no comment Tuesday.

The deal could take months to conclude, but Bush will be the "control person," the Herald reported.

"I think Jeb and Jeter are just fine. I think they'll be great owners and I believe this community is ready for new ownership of the Miami Marlins," Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez told reporters Tuesday.

Jeter has made no secret of his desire to own a baseball team, telling CNBC in 2016 that it is his "ultimate goal." And Bush comes from a baseball-loving family; his brother George owned the Texas Rangers before becoming president.

Loria, the former Montreal Expos owner, bought the Marlins for $158.5 million in 2002 from John Henry, now part of the Boston Red Sox ownership group.

Loria has been an unpopular owner among many Marlins fans, and some local residents, after the team used hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to build Marlins Park. The team also hasn't made the postseason since 2003, when they won the World Series.

"It's a great facility, it's just too bad, we just need a good team to fill it up and also put some of the negative and the bad taste that we may have in our mouths away and I think that will go with the new ownership group," Gimenez said.

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<![CDATA[Baio Slammed For Speculating Drugs Caused Moran's Death]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:44:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/joaniechachi.jpg

Where's the love Chachi?

Scott Baio is coming under fire for a radio interview where the former "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi" star insinuated drugs may have played a role in former co-star Erin Moran's death.

Baio gave the interview before a statement was released Monday by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department citing an autopsy which revealed the 56-year-old actress had stage-four cancer.

In the Monday morning interview with the The Bernie and Sid Show, Baio said he was "a little shocked" at the news  "but not completely shocked that this happened.” 

“My thing is, I feel bad because her whole life, she was troubled, could never find what made her happy and content. For me, you do drugs or drink, you’re gonna die. I’m sorry if that’s cold, but God gave you a brain, gave you the will to live and thrive and you gotta take care of yourself.”

After the cancer revelation Baio was heavily criticized across social media.

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Baio later took to Facebook defending his interviewing, saying he was only speculating as to Moran's cause of death and said much of the criticism being lobbied his way was politically motivated. Baio is an ardent Donald Trump supporter.

"I was asked ONLY about Erin's troubled past due to drug & alcohol abuse. I was still upset and said I felt living that kind of lifestyle will catch up with you and nothing good would come of it," Baio wrote. "This was before the cause of death was announced stating Stage four cancer. Now it seems every news outlet & tabloid wants to paint a different picture of me and what really happened. This is so wrong. Now I truly understand the meaning of "Fake News."

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<![CDATA[Saluting Ella Fitzgerald at 100]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:29:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ellabirthday.jpg

Some 27 years ago this week, Tony Bennett surprised Ella Fitzgerald a day after her 73rd birthday by wheeling a cake onto the stage at New York's Radio City Music Hall as she performed for a packed house.

Now it was her turn to be serenaded as Bennett led a 6,000-voice chorus in "Happy Birthday."

Fitzgerald, appearing taken aback by the fuss, struggled to speak – so she just sang: "I'll be loving you, always," she started, before Bennett and the band joined in on Irving Berlin's classic.

The moment stood out as late vintage Ella: An ageless entertainer endlessly modest – except in her ability to improvise and turn a song into dream.

Tuesday marks what would have been Fitzgerald's 100th birthday. The landmark date hasn’t quite generated the hoopla that greeted Frank Sinatra's centennial in 2015 or even last year's 90th birthday commemoration of the still-crooning Bennett.

But more than two decades after her death, Fitzgerald's centennial offers an opportunity to celebrate the First Lady of American Song.

Like first ladies in other realms, Fitzgerald didn't always attract widespread acclaim on par with some flashier male contemporaries. 

Sinatra, her peer in masterful interpretation of the 20th Century American songbook, extended his celebrity to movies and beyond, while living his private life in public.

He proved among the most outspoken acolytes of Fitzgerald, whose voice, by turns sweet, powerful and flexible, became as much an indelible instrument of jazz as Charlie Parker's sax or the trumpets of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, her greatest duet partner.

If Sinatra's magic rested in his phrasing, Fitzgerald's alchemy manifested in her ability to bend syllables, whether scatting in her own spontaneously composed language or rendering the lyrics of great songwriters. 

"I never knew how good our songs were until I heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them," lyricist Ira Gershwin, who put the words to many of his brother George's melodies, famously said. (A guess: Maybe Gershwin’s remarks came after listening to Fitzgerald fill "Someone to Watch Over Me" with glorious, bittersweet longing.)

Fitzgerald rose to fame in 1938 by transforming "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," a childhood nursery rhyme, into a buoyant classic that transcended novelty. But the heart of her work lies in her takes on the likes of the output of Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart, and Duke Ellington, whose orchestra backed her on 1957's "Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook," perhaps her pinnacle.

While her centennial won't get the star-studded network TV specials that Sinatra and Bennett's birthdays spurred, her career is being commemorated with exhibitions at the Smithsonian and the Grammy Museum. A yearlong series of tribute performances is planned, as are recording compilations, including the recently released "Ella Fitzgerald: 100 Songs for a Centennial.”

Perhaps Fitzgerald would have been startled at any recognition of her birthday, as she was at Radio City all those years ago. But anytime is a good time to hail a first lady whose music lives forever, in a key all her own.

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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