<![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 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:18:43 -0600 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:18:43 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA["Suge" Knight in Crash That Kills 1]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:20:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/6PM_VO_SUGE_KNIGHT_BAIL_KNSD559A_1200x675_352185923885.jpg

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has named rap impresario Marion "Suge" Knight a person of interest in a fatal car crash Thursday, officials said.

Witnesses told investigators that Knight, the onetime head of Death Row Records, was in the vehicle during the 2:55 p.m. incident on Rosecrans Avenue in Compton that left one pedestrian dead and another injured.

But authorities were still trying to sort out whether Knight was the driver or a passenger.

Knight's attorney, James Blatt, confirmed his client was involved and said Knight was the driver of the truck, but called it a "tragic accident."

Blatt said Knight was making arrangements to surrender to authorities.

Authorities said a vehicle drove into a crowd on a sidewalk, hours after a video shoot in the area, and struck the two victims. The incident is being investigated as a homicide. The identities of the victims were not immediately released.

Knight is awaiting trial on a robbery charge stemming from the alleged theft of a camera from a paparazzo in Beverly Hills in September. He is charged in that case along with comedian Micah "Katt" Williams.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Super Bowl 2015 Teasers, Commercials]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:11:04 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kardashian-SB.jpg

The Super Bowl 2015 commercial madness has already begun.

Although few full commercials have been released, many companies have revealed teasers ahead of the big game. The New England Patriots are set to take on the Seattle Seahawks live from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday, Feb. 1, airing on NBC.

A few full commercials are available:

P&G

Budweiser

T-Mobile

Victoria's Secret

Bud Light

Old Spice

Dove Men+Care

Carls Jr.

Toyota

BMW

Doritos is holding its annual “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, where fans will vote on which two of the 10 finalists will air on the big day. You can see the finalists here

Check out teasers released ahead of the Super Bowl:

Nissan

Newcastle

Nationwide Insurance

Snickers

Mercedes-Benz USA

Skittles

 

Lexus

WIX.com


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<![CDATA[Ghostbusting the Reboot Jinx]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:32:54 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ghostbusters-actresses.jpg

News of planned movie franchise reboots inevitably spurs the crucial question of casting: Who you gonna call?

Those of us still pining for a "Ghostbusters" revival after years of false starts, got a new dollop of hope this week: Melissa McCarthy has signed on for the all-female revival, with Kristen Wiig and "Saturday Night Live" cast members Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon expected to follow suit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Disney is eyeing Chris Pratt as the next Indiana Jones, though his "Guardians of the Galaxy" co-star/co-raccoon Bradley Cooper has been bandied about as a possible Indy in recent months.

The reports suggest that some smart casting choices are in the works, raising hopes – and fears of disappointment. Trying to wring new movie magic out of old favorites can be as risky as, to put it in "Ghostbusters" terms, crossing the streams.

Hollywood's reboot record, the James Bond franchise aside, is mixed. Gus Van Sant's 1998 shot-for-shot remake of "Psycho" was ambitious, but didn't scare anyone out of the shower. The Farrelly brothers' genial 2012 homage to The Three Stooges didn’t generate near as many nyuck-nyuck-nyucks as the original shorts.

Still, there are signs that moviemakers are getting better at the reboot game. The two most recent “Planet of the Apes” movies offered stunning re-imaginings worth of the original first two classic films (and almost erased memories of Tim Burton’s weak 2001 updating).

Director J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" revival with young actors playing Kirk, Spock and Co. generated big box office. It also helped earn him perhaps the most scrutinized job in Hollywood history: resuscitating the "Star Wars" franchise this year with a mix of the 1977 cast and new-fangled characters.

Abrams’ triumph with “Star Trek” – and challenge with “Star Wars” – rests in imbuing the new work with the spirit of the original, while not being tied by handcuffs of reverence in fashioning a fresh film. The distance of time could be a help or a hindrance. The just-released trailer for the new “Fantastic Four” flick features a new cast, a mere decade after the original. “Spider-Man” got a similar 10-year reboot, with Andrew Garfield supplanting Tobey Maguire.

The prospect of Pratt as Indiana Jones seems a natural if only because his affable “Guardians” adventurer was, in part, an homage to Harrison Ford’s roles in the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Star Wars” series (though the versatile Cooper would be an strong choice, too). There’s also a certain symmetry in the “Saturday Night Live” ties of the reported new “Ghostbusters” team, given the original star turns of show alums Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, who called the casting choices “magnificent.”

He’s right: Wiig and McCarthy, who previously co-starred in the riotously funny “Bridesmaids,” excel at character-driven verbal and physical humor. Jones, a magnetic scene-stealer, and McKinnon, a comedic chameleon, are emerging as the latest “SNL” breakout performers.

Reboot director Paul Feig, who previously helmed “Bridesmaids,” no doubt grew up on the original "Ghostbusters" films. His daunting task will be to create new memories while not sliming old ones. It looks like he’ll be flanked by a great team as he chases filmdom ghosts.

 

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multimedia NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Amy Poehler]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:57:35 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP15380634955.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[10 Memorable Past Super Bowl Commercials]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:17:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP100308048493_ETradeBaby.jpg

No one can remember the final score after the Super Bowl. Not so with some of the ads.

Who can forget supermodel Bar Refaeli's unbearable kiss for GoDaddy in 2013, or Apple's iconic "1984" commerical?

Last year's Super Bowl XLVII drew in 111.5 million viewers. But not all those spectators tuned in because they were diehard football fans. For many, the showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos was just something that happened between commercials breaks.

No other single event in America can draw an audience of that size, and with the ability to reach so many people, advertisers are willing to shell out big bucks in order to influence the masses.

In 2014, the price of a 30-second spot reportedly cost $4 million. This year, a 30-second spot is said to have gone up to $4.5 million.

Check out below a handful of the most memorable Super Bowl ads through the years:

McDonald's: Larry Bird and Michael Jordan in "The Showdown" (1993)

Volkswagon "The Force" (2011)

Pepsi: Cindy Crawford in "New Can" (1992)

Budweiser "Frogs" (1995)

Budweiser: "Wassup" (2000)

Apple: "1984" (1984)

Budweiser "Puppy Love" (2014)

Bridgestone: "Scream" (2008)

E-Trade: "Milkaholic" (2010)

A notable mention is Coca-Cola's "Hey Kid, Catch!" featuring former Pittsburgh Steelers tackler "Mean" Joe Greene. Though the commercial is most notable for airing during Super Bowl XIV in 1980, Coca-Cola originally aired the ad in October of 1979. The commercial won the 1979 CLIO Award in the world's larget advertising awards competition, and Greene took home the award for best actor in the same contest.



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<![CDATA[President Obama Sings "Uptown Funk"]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:31:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/20150128+Barack+Obama+Uptown+Funk.jpg

Some people may remember President Obama showing off his singing voice in 2012, with his rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together."

Now, the President has shown off his vocal skills again -- sort of -- in a rendition of the hit song "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson (ft. Bruno Mars).

The popular YouTube channel Baracksdubs has posted a mashup of the President's speeches put together to the tune of the song. The video has already racked up more than 850,000 views in its first two days.

Previously, the channel has posted videos of Obama seemingly singing "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea and "Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer.


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<![CDATA[NFL Debuts 1st Anti-Domestic Violence Super Bowl PSA]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:12:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/footballs.jpg

The NFL will air its first public service announcement against domestic violence as part of its No More campaign during the Super Bowl on NBC on Sunday.

A 30-second ad will air for $4.5 million, but the NFL has already released a chilling 60-second version. The ad is based on a real 911 call a domestic violence victim made in October.

The unsettling video starts out showing a disheveled home, with an unmade bed, books thrown on the floor, a sink piled up with unwashed dishes and a fist-sized punch in the wall. A woman is speaking in a rushed tone with the 911 dispatcher, pretending that she is ordering a pizza.

The dispatcher soon realizes the woman is unable to speak openly in her house because her abuser will hear. The final scene shows a framed picture of a woman torn from the wall and left by the trashcan.

The screen fades to black, and a message appears in white: “When it’s hard to talk, It’s up to us to listen.”

“The goal of the PSA is to activate and engage the vast audience of men and women across America in saying NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault,” No More director Virginia Witt told Today.com.

The NFL has faced a number of high-profile domestic abuse allegations involving its players, most notably Ray Rice.

That case inspired many women to speak out on social media using the hashtag #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft and restarted debates about the NFL's history of players accused of domestic abuse.

“Public awareness is the first, essential step toward changing the culture into one where domestic violence and sexual assault no longer happen,” said Witt.



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<![CDATA[By the Numbers: Puppy Bowl 2015 ]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:51:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/222*120/puppy+pic+for+puppy+bowl+2015.jpg

For many, the Super Bowl is a time for sports fans to gather in their living rooms to cheer on their favorite teams. But for those who have a bone to pick with sports, Super Sunday is a marathon day of watching cute puppies nuzzle against footballs in Animal Planet's annual Puppy Bowl. We've unleashed a list of fetching numbers for those of you who prefer bowls of kibble to buckets of Gatorade. Here's a look at “Puppy Bowl XI” by the numbers:

85: Total rescue puppies, with 55 puppies in the starting lineup. This is the largest group of puppies ever featured. There will only be 12-15 puppies on the field at a time, and each puppy is 12-21 weeks old. This is also the first year the game will have a scoreboard and the puppies will play on two teams: Team Ruff and Team Fluff. 

90: Total number of hours filming the puppies for two days in New York. Unlike the Super Bowl, the Puppy Bowl event isn’t live. The show will air for 12 hours from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m., making 6 repeats after the first show. The 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. shows will all feature a different MVP (most valuable puppy) at the end of each show depending on how the live audience votes online.

15: Pounds of dry dog food on hand to fuel the "players." Organizers also have one case of wet dog food and two cases of water for bowls on and off the field.

20: Dog toys donated by 6 different companies. Look out for a green football, rope toys, stuffed bones and rubber chew toys.

8: Dogs in the barking lot, for tailgating... pun intended. 

13.5 Million: The number of viewers who tuned in to the 10th Anniversary of Puppy Bowl. Even President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with First Dogs Bo and Sunny, were involved in the anniversary!    

1,200: Puppy pads used, along with 12 rolls of paper towels and 315 poo bags for cleanup. 

17: Cameras used to film the event, including Go-Pros. The broadcast features three unique cameras during the game: water bowl cam, slow motion “Too Cute” cam, and kiss cam.

21: Kittens "purrforming" during the halftime show in the control room. Six pounds of cat litter will be used for the “Katty Furry” brand-new Bissel Kitty Half-Time Show.

5: Nigerian Dwarf Goats that will shuffle on the sidelines as cheerleaders. Five hamsters were also taped flying inside the Twizzler Biplane taking aerial shots of the stadium. 

3: "Bowls" competing with the Puppy Bowl. Nat Geo Wild will air “Fish Bowl I” for the first time. Hallmark Channel is bringing back “Kitten Bowl II” and NBC is home to the show’s biggest competitor, “Super Bowl XLIX.”

37: Shelters and rescue groups, which represent 20 states, including California, Florida Nevada, Iowa, South Carolina, Texas and even Puerto Rico.

29.6K: The number of Twitter followers Meep the Bird, Puppy Bowl’s official parakeet who reports from the sideline, has gained. Follow him @meepthebird.

11: Years the Puppy Bowl has aired since its debut in 2005. The first show was a 12-hour montage of dogs playing on the field with no commentary or even sponsor ads around the stadium.

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<![CDATA["Fantastic Four" Teaser Trailer]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:25:42 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/the-fantastic-four-FantasticFour_DomTrlrA_Texted_Stereo_h264_hd_1200x675_390904899531.jpg The rebooted "Fantastic Four" franchise lands in theaters August 7, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Puppy Bowl: 2015 Contenders]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:21:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Faulkner+Puppy+Bowl+2015+Slideshow.jpg Take a look at some of the contenders in this year's Puppy Bowl.

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<![CDATA[Celebs in the Stands: Cameron Diaz, Benji Madden]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:47:58 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/462391472.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.

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<![CDATA[GoDaddy Pulls Controversial Super Bowl Ad ]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:24:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/162767130.jpg

GoDaddy announced Tuesday that it would not air an ad slated to run during the Super Bowl after an early preview on the “Today Show” spawned a wave of criticism on social media.

The Internet domain registrar, known for its zany Super Bowl ads, never fails to deliver water cooler fodder the Monday after the big game. But this time they may have gone too far.

The 30-second spot titled “Journey Home” features a puppy that has been separated from its family after falling off a pickup truck. The adorable dog endures an arduous journey home to reunite with his owners, who are thrilled to see their lost puppy.

"Look! It's Buddy! I'm so glad you made it home," says a woman as he jumps into her arms and licks her face, "because I just sold you on this website I built with GoDaddy."

The backlash was immediate. Animal lovers, activists, and rescue orgnizations like SPCA and The Human Society blasted the ad on Twitter and Facebook, accusing GoDaddy of condoning the online sale of puppies which are often connected to puppy mills.

On Tuesday evening, GoDaddy's CEO Blake Irving released a statement on the company's website announcing the decision to pull the commercial from Sunday's game and YouTube:

"This morning we previewed GoDaddy's Super Bowl spot on a popular talk show, and shortly after a controversy started to swirl about Buddy, our puppy, being sold online. The responses were emotional and direct. Many people urged us not to run the ad…However, we underestimated the emotional response. And we heard that loud and clear. The net result? We are pulling the ad from the Super Bowl. You'll still see us in the Big Game this year, and we hope it makes you laugh."



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<![CDATA[Wiig, McCarthy to Star in New, All-Women "Ghostbusters": Report]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:09:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ghostbusters-actresses.jpg

The new "Ghostbusters" reboot has got its all-women cast, and it's an awfully funny one.

Melissa McCarthy has signed on, and Sony is now in talks with Kristen Wiig and current "Saturday Night Live" players Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting.

McCarthy is already in talks for one of the lead roles, according to THR. And although the negotations are ongoing, all four "hilarious women" — their future director's words — are expected to sign on to make the film, it reported.

The new "Ghostbusters" movie is set to be directed by Paul Feig, who previously directed both McCarthy and Wiig in "Bridemaids."

Writer Katie Dippold, who worked with Feig on "The Heat" and also wrote some episodes of NBC's "Parks and Recreation," will join to write the screenplay, Feig confirmed last year.

The long-planned movie was originally supposed to be a sequel that would bring back the original "Ghostbusters" stars: Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis.

But Ramis died last year, and the original director, Ivan Reitman, ditched the project back last March. Sony picked Feig for it back in August.

The new "Ghostbusters" film won't be connected to the original series of movies.



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<![CDATA[GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:14:18 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NUP_165939_1479.JPG

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<![CDATA[Principal Announces Snow Day With "Let It Go" Parody]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:24:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/2d274907706772-today-letitgo-principal-2-150127.today-tease-top2x.jpg

A Rhode Island principal decided to get creative with his school's snow day announcement.

Matt Glendinning, the head of Moses Brown School in Providence, announced the school’s closure with a parody of “Let it Go,” the signature song from Disney's 2013 animated film “Frozen.”

"The snow glows white on Route 95, not a tire track to be seen," Glendinning sings. "We could make you come to school, but that would just be mean.”

The video for “Let it Snow” contains green-screened shots of snow-covered streets as well as costumes — a lot of production that would have been difficult to conduct in the blizzard that caused eight states to make emergency declarations and canceled 7,000 flights Monday and Tuesday.

However, it was completed days before the extreme weather system battered the Northeast corridor.

"Sunday morning we saw the weather report," Adam Olenn, the school’s director of communications, said to Boston's WBUR radio, "and we said, 'Oh, we've got to get this done.'"

The video took "a week, week and a half" to shoot, with the final scenes shot last Friday ahead of the blizzard, Olenn said.

Also, “Today” reported that Glendinning is not singing in the video -- it's actually school choir director, Justin Peters.

Either way, enjoy the parody in the video above.
 


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<![CDATA[Cavallari Post Gives Insight Into Cutler's Parenting Skills]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:23:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jay+cutler++kristin+cavallari.jpg

Jay Cutler needs some coaching, and fast. His toddlers are apparently driving him nuts.

Cutler’s wife Kristin Cavallari posted to Instagram Saturday a screenshot of text messages from her Chicago Bears quarterback husband, and the messages showed Cutler was not happy about being left alone with his kids.

“Contrary to what many people think, we don't have a thousand nannies. So with that being said, when I got home from LA 2 days ago this is what I landed to,” the caption read.

The image showed messages from Cutler saying, “Need you home asap” and “All hell has broken loose” and finally “I’m about to leave.”

Cavallari called the messages “pretty hilarious” and even gave her female followers a little advice.

“Ladies, u want your man to appreciate u? Leave them alone with the kids to see what we deal with!” she wrote.



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<![CDATA[Get Comfy: It's the #BlizzardOf2015 Binge-Fest]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:06:44 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/EthanHawke_Boyhood_IFC.jpg

It'll be a snow day in much of the Northeast, thanks to a blizzard walloping the region with snow, ice and wind, causing travel bans and hazardous conditions in streets.

So if your office or school is closed and the snow is piling up against the front door, why not indulge in a little binge-watching of all those series and Oscar contenders on your watch list?

If you've still got power and/or the Internet (fingers crossed for both!), you've got a great excuse to ignore that snow shovel and hunker down on the couch in front of a big screen.

Oscar Contenders

With the Academy Awards only weeks away, 2015 will go down as the year many of the nominated films are available on-demand before the ceremony on Feb. 22. Of the best picture contenders, "Boyhood" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" are already available on-demand, as are fellow nominees in other categories including "Gone Girl," "The Judge," "Ida," "How to Train Your Dragon 2," "The Boxtrolls," "The Lego Movie," "Maleficent," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

Returning Series

"The Fall" is a Belfast-set psychological crime drama starring Gillian Anderson ("X-Files") and Jamie Dornan ("Fifty Shades of Grey") as a police detective and serial killer, respectively. Season one landed in 2014 and left viewers on the edge of their seats waiting to see if Stella Gibson can track down murderer Paul Spector before he kills again. Season two arrived on Netflix Jan. 16, and with only six one-hour episodes per season, you can get through them all as the snow continues to accumulate.

It's also perfect timing to catch up on the political thriller "House of Cards" ahead of the season three Netflix premiere set for Feb. 15.

"The Interview"

After all the "will we or won't we get to see it?" back-and-forth, the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy about bumbling would-be assassins heading to North Korea that was momentarily shelved by Sony is now on track to become the biggest online release in history, thanks to a growing $40 million haul. If you haven't had a chance yet, a snow day is the perfect excuse to find out what all the fuss was about. Available on multiple on-demand platforms, including Netflix.

Old (and New) Favorites

Unless the snow completely isolates you from civilization for the next week, we doubt you'll be able to make it through all 10 seasons of "Friends" on Netflix. But you can always give it a try. Other awesome series currently available to watch include "Breaking Bad," "Orphan Black," "Sons of Anarchy," "30 Rock" and "The Office."

Also available on-demand are recent Golden Globe winners "Transparent" (Amazon Prime), about a dysfunctional family learning to accept their transgender dad, and "The Honorable Woman" (Netflix/SundanceTV), starring Maggie Gyllenhaal as an Anglo-Israeli baroness who is thrown into a political game of cat-and-mouse as she tries to reconcile Israelis and Palestinians.


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<![CDATA[Take a Look "Behind the 'Blacklist'"]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:02:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/NUP_165929_0180+%281%29.JPG

Can't wait for "The Blacklist" to return February 1 following NBC's broadcast of the 2015 Super Bowl?

Impatient fans of Raymond "Red" Reddington get a glimpse "Behind the 'Blacklist'" in this 22-minute special hosted by series star Amir Arison and featuring interviews with cast and crew, behind-the-scenes footage and an exclusive look at what lies ahead in the remainder of season 2. Check it out, above.

Following the Super Bowl Sunday broadcast, "The Blacklist" returns with a special two-part episode titled "Luther Braxton." The first installment airs after the big game, with the concluding part airing at 9 p.m. Thursday, February 5, which marks the debut of "The Blacklist" in its new timeslot.

The series stars James Spader as Reddington, the FBI’s fourth most-wanted criminal who turns himself in at the beginning of season one, insisting he will only speak with rookie criminal profiler Elizabeth Keen, played by Megan Boone. Keen has no idea why Reddington has an interest in her but together, with the aid of a special FBI task force, the duo set out to take down Red's "blacklist" of international criminals.

When we left "The Blacklist" in November following the midseason finale (warning: SPOILERS AHEAD), we learned how Keen secretly saved her husband Tom (Ryan Eggold) after he was shot in season one, and interrogated him for information about the criminal Berlin, who was responsible for Reddington's initial surrender to the FBI. Berlin now knows his daughter Zoe (Scottie Thompson) is alive and that a man named the Decembrist had helped her flee to America to hide from her father.

Reddington revealed to Keen, much to her displeasure, that he was now working with Berlin, and then enlisted her and the FBI's help in tracking down the Decembrist, who is actually Assistant Director of National Intelligence Alan Fitch (Alan Alada). Berlin kidnapped Fitch and went underground. 

Keen tells Reddington about the still-captive Tom, who would only give up the info he had on Berlin's whereabouts if Keen set him free. Keen agreed only to discover Fitch (with a bomb attached to his neck) at the location Tom revealed.

As the FBI raced to try and dismantle the bomb, Berlin goes to meet his daughter, only the meeting is crashed by Reddington who demands information on how to stop the bomb from going off.

Reddington returns to Fitch to explain there is no way to deactivate the bomb. According to Fitch, after his death people would no longer be afraid to come after Reddington. And Fitch wanted assurance that Reddington still had "the fulcrum" (whatever that may be). Fitch also gave Reddington the combination to a safe, but the bomb exploded before he could impart the safe's exact location. 

Reddington then re-connects with Berllin and shoots him dead.

In the last scene of the midseason finale, we see the now free Tom meeting with Reddington who gives the fugitive something before making Tom promise never to see Keen again.  

The remainder of season two will introduce actor Ron Perlman as new villain Luther Braxton, a criminal Reddington encounters at a secret detention facility after he is arrested.    

As loyal fans of the drama indulge with the "Behind the 'Blacklist" special, newcomers to the series can catch up on past episodes via Hulu and Netflix.

"The Blacklist" returns to NBC on Sunday, February 1 following the Super Bowl and continues in its new timeslot Thursday, February 5 at 9 p.m.



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<![CDATA["Boyhood" Trailer]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:18:35 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/boyhood-BOYHOOD_IFCFILMS_TRAILER_h264_hd_1200x675_389288003720.jpg "Boyhood" stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette.]]> <![CDATA["The Interview" Trailer]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:16:22 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/The-Interview.jpg "The Interview" stars Seth Rogen and James Franco.

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<![CDATA["Behind the 'Blacklist'"]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:15:12 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blacklist-still.jpg Take a sneak peek at what goes on behind-the-scenes of "The Blacklist" in this special digital mini-episode. "The Blacklist" returns February 1 following the Super Bowl.]]> <![CDATA["SNL" Tackles "Deflategate" Controversy]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:44:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SNL_Deflategate.jpg

"Saturday Night Live" took aim at the New England Patriots "Deflategate" scandal, mocking the way the team has handled accusations it under-inflated 11 of 12 footballs used against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

In the cold open sketch, rumpled Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (Beck Bennett) held a press conference in which he denied any knowledge of the decision to allegedly deflate the footballs. Then he blamed quarterback Tom Brady (Taran Killam).

"I never really trusted the guy. Someone that good-looking and rich — well, you've seen 'American Psycho,'" Belichick grunted. "I love him like a son — just more of an estranged son that I wouldn't trust around footballs," before shoving the oblivious quarterback toward the podium.

Only Dougie Spoons (Bobby Moynihan), the Patriots' assistant equipment co-manager, defended Brady.

"This man is a legend, a hero, and one day he is going to be the father of my child!" Dougie said before spiraling into an "A Few Good Men"-inspired admission of guilt. "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!" he shouted at a reporter (Kate McKinnon).

Colin Jost and Michael Che likewise took a swipe at Belichick and the Patriots on "Weekend Update."

"Man, that Bill Belichick always has a trick up his no-sleeves," Che said. "The Patriots of course denied the cheating accusations, saying the only deflated balls they have are because of steroids."

Blake Shelton pulled double duty in his first "SNL" appearance, both hosting the show and performing as a musical guest. And while the country star admitted he felt like a fish out of water in New York, he brought plenty of his own heartland style to the Studio 8H set.

In his opening monologue, Shelton attempted a re-hash of the country-fried variety show "Hee Haw," although the "SNL" cast was slow to catch on.

"So Pete," Shelton said to cast member Pete Davidson, "I was at the saloon the other day."

"Yeah I know," Davidson said, before taking a dig at Shelton's sister.

"Dude, this isn't a roast!" an exasperated Shelton insisted.

"That's what I said to your wife when she tried to make me dinner," Davidson shot back.

Shelton, who also splits time as a coach on NBC's "The Voice," appeared in a music video alongside Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon called "Wishin' Boot." ("It's the little black boot that makes your dreams come true.")

But Shelton's guitar wasn't just tuned for satire. He played "Boys 'Round Here" from his album "Based on a True Story..." and "Neon Light" from “Bringing Back the Sunshine," his latest album.

In "Farm Hunk" — a rural version of "The Bachelor" — Iowa farmer Ryan Coles (Shelton) fielded romantic advances from a cascade of women (Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant, Sasheer Zamata and Leslie Jones) bearing handfuls of spaghetti, a live macaw and bundles of pent-up emotional issues.

"If you're ever in New York, gimme a call and I'll shuck your corn all night long," Jones purred to him.

“SNL” returns Jan. 31 with host J. K. Simmons and musical guest D’Angelo.


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