<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2016 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, 11 Feb 2016 02:52:41 -0600 Thu, 11 Feb 2016 02:52:41 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Late Night': Popsicle Stick Jokes Get Their Shining Moment]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 02:00:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/POPSICLE_Screen-Shot-2016-02-11-at-2.13.17-AM.jpg Seth Meyers, host of “Late Night,” gives popsicle sticks a moment to shine in a segment called Popsicle Shtick. Meyers takes current issues and crafts a popsicle stick joke around the topic.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night:' Trump Wins New Hampshire, Chris Christie Drops Out]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:57:21 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e065_325_monologue_20160210_1200x675_620853315913.jpg Host Seth Meyers discusses Bernie Sanders’ victory in New Hampshire, Chris Christie’s “deep breath,” and the new Australian albino turtle that Meyers calls Jeb.]]> <![CDATA[Egg Russian Roulette with Peyton Manning and Magic Johnson]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:55:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e083_415_eggroulette_20160210_1200x675_620857411515.jpg Jimmy Fallon gets a surprise visit from Super Bowl champion quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos, and Manning squares off against Magic Johnson in egg Russian roulette. Things get slimy.]]> <![CDATA[Bernie Sanders' New Hampshire Victory Speech (Jimmy Fallon)]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:52:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e083_415_sanders_20160210_1200x675_620856899951.jpg Jimmy Fallon does an impersonation of Bernie Sanders, highlighting the Democratic candidates’ victory in New Hampshire.]]> <![CDATA[Sanders Visits Colbert, Talks Peanuts and Revolution]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:48:41 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sanders-GettyImages-483578708.jpg

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders took a break from the campaign trail Wednesday night to visit Stephen Colbert on "The Late Show" to talk about, you guessed, the strain on the middle class and the rising oligarchy in America. 

But Colbert also turned Sanders' attention to the manners and culture of the people of South Carolina, where the next primary will be held. For the occasion, Colbert served Sanders beer and boiled peanuts. 

"If you need the vote down there, you have to eat boiled peanuts," Colbert said. "Have you ever had a boiled peanut, OK? The recipe is very simple."

Colbert pulled out a small container of peanuts for both of them, and then presented two beers to go along with the nuts. Sanders sipped to a cheering crowd.

"This wins me South Carolina?" Sanders said.

"Yes it does," Colbert said. "If you like boiled peanuts it will certainly give you a leg up in South Carolina. People up here, when I offer them this food, they say, 'Oh, here comes Colbert with more of his damp food.'"

After the light chat and refreshments, Sanders turned his attention to the "greed of the top 1 percent."

"We're talking about a nation drifting into an oligarchy," Sanders said before invoking political movements like the Civil Rights and the suffragettes of the late19th and early 20th century. 

Broaching the topic of revolution, a commonly proposed idea at most Sanders rallies, Colbert quoted President John F. Kennedy, saying, "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

But Sanders disagreed, and said, "When people come together, we can accomplish great things." 

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<![CDATA[Tarantula Named for Johnny Cash]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:44:18 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cash-and-spider.jpg

Researchers have named a species of black tarantula native to the Sierra Nevada foothills around Folsom after country music legend Johnny Cash, who dressed in black and sang "Folsom Prison Blues."

In a scientific paper published Feb. 4 in ZooKeys, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal of animal taxonomy, the authors write that they named the spider after the "Man in Black" because the carapace of the mature male Aphonopelma johnnycashi is black.

The female of the species is larger, hairier, and brown or gray.

The spider is native to the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada near Folsom Prison, where Cash performed for inmates and recorded a live album in 1968.

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<![CDATA['Frozen' Musical Headed to Broadway]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:12:43 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/AP_6021218434141.jpg

Rejoice "Frozen" fans. Disney is bringing its hit, Oscar-winning animated film to the Great White Way, with a Broadway bow for Anna and Elsa aiming for the spring of 2018.

The stage musical will be directed by Alex Timbers ("Rocky," Disney's "Peter and the Starcatcher"), with a book by the film's screenwriter and co-director Jennifer Lee.

EGOT-winner Robert Lopez ("The Book of Mormon," "Avenue Q") and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who also composed the songs for the film, will write the score -- featuring songs such as "Love Is an Open Door," "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" and the Oscar-winning "Let It Go."

"Frozen" will be the seventh Disney animated film to transfer to the stage, after "Beauty and the Beast," The Lion King," "Tarzan," "The Little Mermaid," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Aladdin."

The pre-Broadway engagement will begin in the Summer of 2017, at a theatre yet to be announced.

The 2013 film featured the voices of Idina Menzel ("Rent") and Kristen Bell (TV's "Veronica Mars,") and has gone on to make $1.3 billion worldwide.

For more information, visit FrozenTheMusical.com.

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Sam Smith]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:09:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509134458-samsmith.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities looking their best.

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<![CDATA[Katie Holmes Dances Like Beyoncé on 'Tonight']]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:36:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e082_414_katieholmes_beyonce_20160209_1200x675_620001859958.jpg Katie Holmes didn't see any of Super Bowl 50, but she definitely caught the halftime show to watch Queen Bey perform.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’: Musical Beers With Reynolds, Holmes]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:05:37 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e082_414_musicalbeers_20160209_1200x675_619999811571.jpg It's a free-for-all as Jimmy Fallon, Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes and The Roots compete in a tense game that puts an adult twist on musical chairs.]]> <![CDATA[Ken Watanabe Diagnosed with Stomach Cancer]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:56:32 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-471541824.jpg

Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe has undergone laparoscopic surgery for stomach cancer and will have to postpone his return to Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of "The King and I."

Watanabe’s cancer was caught in the early stage, a production spokesperson confirmed to Playbill.com. He is still expected to return as the King of Siam in the Tony-winning revival, though his precise start date hasn’t been set.

A replacement for Watanabe’s seven-week run, which was scheduled from March 1 through April 17, will be announced soon.

The 56-year-old, Japanese-born actor received a Tony nomination for his role in "The King and I" – his Broadway debut. He previously received an Oscar nomination for his performance in 2004’s "The Last Samurai." Other film credits include "Letters from Iwo Jima," "Inception" and "Batman Begins."

"The King and I," with music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, is playing an open-ended run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The cast currently includes Kelli O’Hara and Ruthie Ann Miles – who both won Tonys for their roles in the show. Direction comes from Bartlett Sher.

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<![CDATA['Late Night:' Aidy Bryant’s Adele 'Weep Fest' ]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:45:58 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEEP_FEST.jpg "Late Night" host Seth Meyers congratulates Aidy Bryant on last week’s “Saturday Night Live” and Bryant recalls an Adele show at Radio City Music Hall. She describes meeting her afterwards and said it “was a dream.”]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Aidy Bryant's Cat Café Experience]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:15:36 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e064_324_aidybryant_catcafe_20160209_1200x675_620001347663.jpg Aidy Bryant explains to host Seth Meyers the concept of a cat-café, which could be found in Tokyo. Bryant went in feeling disgusted but by the time she left, she loved it and felt serene.]]> <![CDATA[Unresponsive DMX Revived]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:09:00 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DMX3.jpg

First responders resuscitated rapper DMX early Tuesday after the hip hop star was found unresponsive on the ground next to a car in a hotel parking lot, according to his attorney.

Attorney Murray Richman said EMS crews saved DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, after he was found passed out in the parking lot of the Ramada Inn in Yonkers. The rapper was taken to the hospital afterward.

He had no pulse and wasn't breathing when first responders arrived. They began administering CPR and within 1 minute, the rapper started breathing again.

Richman said his client is asthmatic and that he has no knowledge of drug use. Sources told NBC 4 New York that witnesses told police the rapper had ingested some kind of substance before losing consciousness.

Sources told NBC 4 New York a medic administered an IV of the drug Narcan, used to treat narcotics overdoses, before DMX was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital.

The rapper is expected to make a full recovery, sources said.

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<![CDATA[Beyoncé Instagrams Her 'Super' Airbnb for Super Bowl]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:10:28 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/beyonce-GettyImages-508988142.jpg

Bruno Mars and Coldplay stayed at the Fairmont in San Jose.

Beyoncé – Airbnb.

Queen Bey ended up in a lavish Los Altos Hills mansion, about 30 minutes from Levi's Stadium, TMZ reported.

The superstar – whose new song "Formation" stole the Super Bowl halftime spotlight from headliner Coldplay – posted a photo of herself on Facebook looking cozy on a couch, saying: "It was a 'super' weekend Airbnb.”

Beyoncé was both praised and criticized for making a statement with her halftime act, which included costumes reminicsent of those worn by Black Panthers.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called it "terrible" and an "attack on police."

The video for "Formation" is meant to be provocative, with images of Hurricane Katrina, young black boys dancing in front of police and references to African-American history.

Beyoncé posted more shots of her $10,000 weekend hideout on her Instagram feed.

The 12-acre house reportedly has five bedrooms and eight bathrooms, a pool, spa, gym, and, according to TMZ, live chickens.

It was a Super weekend Airbnb

Posted by Beyoncé on Monday, February 8, 2016

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<![CDATA['Late Night:' GOP Debate Antics]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:34:27 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GOP5.jpg Seth Meyers calls the last Republican debate, the 8th so far, one of the weirdest events of the campaign season. There was the moment where candidate Ben Carson remains offstage despite being called up to the podium and then Marco Rubio’s insistence on repeating the same line about President Barack Obama four times.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Ben Stiller's Female Viagra Ad]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:37:31 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/STILLER_Screen-Shot-2016-02-09-at-2.00.58-AM.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Ben Stiller watch a Super Bowl ad for Female Viagra that Ben starred in, which was pulled at the last minute.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night's' Back in My Day: Palin, Kanye]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:36:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BACK_IN_MY_DAYScreen-Shot-2016-02-09-at-2.11.58-AM.jpg Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Republican candidate Donald Trump causes host Seth Meyers to pause for a recollection of Back in My Day. Back then, men used fruit flavored gummy for their nutritional needs. Back then, people didn’t catch on fire while riding hover boards and Sarah Palin’s endorsement meant political suicide.]]> <![CDATA[Magician Dan White's Hidden Spike Trick with Jimmy Fallon]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 04:07:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/MAGIC4.jpg Illusionist Dan White hides a nail in one of five paper bags and has Jimmy Fallon and the Tonight Show audience take turns randomly choosing which he should smash with his hand.]]> <![CDATA[Lady Gaga Delivers Stirring National Anthem to Open Super Bowl ]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 08:41:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-508981392.jpg

Call it the month of Gaga.

Singer Lady Gaga opened proceedings at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday afternoon with a stirring rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner to kick off the match between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. 

Wearing a glittering scarlet pantsuit and accompanied by a solo piano, Gaga delivered an uplifting and moving version of the National Anthem. Her white-blond hair swept high and back from her face, Gaga sported blue nail polish and rocked American flag-themed platform shoes. She closed her performance by saying "God bless you, America."  [[367981131,C]]

Prior to Gaga's rendition of the National Anthem Sunday, a combined Armed Forces choir performed "America the Beautiful" with sign language accompaniment from Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin. [[367982451,C]]

It's a busy February for the 29-year-old star who is set to perform at not just the Super Bowl but also the Grammy Awards, and she will appear at the Oscars. Gaga will deliver a tribute to late rock legend David Bowie at the Grammys on Feb. 15, and then take the stage at the Academy Awards on Feb. 28 as a presenter.

Ahead of her Super Bowl performance, the "Applause" singer told NFL media analyst Nate Burlesons that singing the National Anthem at this year's game is one of the highest honors of her career and a dream she has harbored most of her life. "I’ve always wanted to sing the National Anthem at a major sporting event since I was a little girl, and for it to be the Super Bowl, it is the ultimate," she said

"I get a chance to sing for all the athletes who have been working so hard their whole lives for this moment, the coaches, as well as the fans in the stands who are waiting for this moment," Gaga ( real name Stefani Germanotta) added. "I think it really marks what being an American is all about: working hard and that being the ultimate payoff for the champion is hard work." [[367978821,C]]

Of performing in the National Anthem in the wake of former singers who have appeared at the Super Bowl, including Alicia Keys, Opera diva Renee Fleming, Tony-winner Idina Menzel, Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel and Whitney Houston, Gaga said her focus would be on the significance of the song. 

"I have to live up to a song that stands the test of time," she told Burlesons. "I think the best way to do that is kind of forget about yourself and just focus on what it means." [[367979511,C]]

Gaga was the first A-lister to take the stage at Levi's Stadium ahead of Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Coldplay, who are set to perform the Super Bowl halftime extravaganza. 

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<![CDATA[Top Super Bowl 50 Social Media Moments]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:09:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-508984228.jpg

The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 to win Super Bowl 50 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California, delivering star quarterback Peyton Manning his second championship ring. From Beyoncé's performance of her new song "Formation" at halftime to Betty White's dab before the game, here are the top social media moments on and off the field.

12. Eli Manning's not-so-pleased expression when his brother's team scored a critical touchdown in the fourth quarter lit up social media with hilarious memes.

Peyton Manning tied his younger brother for two Super Bowl rings apiece, leading many to wonder whether sibling rivalry had anything to do with Eli's emotionless face.

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11. A disappointed Cam Newton abruptly walked out of the post-Super Bowl press conference after the Panthers quarterback gave reporters short answers about his team's loss.

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Former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski took to Twitter, scolding Newton for his behavior, but he quickly had to clarify his remarks. 

"You will never last in the NFL with that attitude,” Romanowski wrote. "The world doesn’t revolve around you, boy! #CamNewton

Romanowski deleted that tweet. Later, he tried to clarify his remarks tweeting, "Calm down everyone! I meant he needs to grow up!”

He eventually tweeted an apology: "I apologize for that remark 'boy.' It was not intentional or even trying to disrespect others. Peace everyone!"

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Meanwhile, some critics also slammed Newton for having failed to dive for the ball during a fumble, and called it a "business decision." 

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10. NBA superstar Kevin Durant shot photos from the sidelines.

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9. A stampede of adorable dachshunds dressed in hot dog buns ran toward ketchup and mustard bottles in a Heinz commercial, one of the many memorable Super Bowl ads. 

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8. FLOTUS and POTUS prepped for the Super Bowl with their dogs Sunny and Bo. 

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7. Gwyneth Paltrow's daughter Apple Martin and Beyonce's daughter Blue Ivy were seen holding hands in Paltrow's Instagram post before the Super Bowl. Apple's father Chris Martin and Beyonce performed together during the halftime show.

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6. Jonathan Stewart leapt into the end zone for the Panthers only touchdown.

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5. Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted an aerial view of the Super Bowl from space. Kelly is spending a year in space. 

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4. Beyonce slayed in her halftime performance of her new song "Formation." She announced she's embarking on a Formation World Tour during the game. The halftime festivities also boasted performances by Bruno Mars and Coldplay.

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3. Betty White dabbed, sending Newton a message prior to the start of the game.

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2. Denver Broncos starting quarterback Peyton Manning won his second Super Bowl. 

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1. Lady Gaga sported red eyeshadow and delivered a memorable rendition of the national anthem to kick off Super Bowl 50.

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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 22:34:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-505183514.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2016.

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<![CDATA[Best Super Bowl 50 Ads: All About Having Fun]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 08:36:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SteveHarveyNewsroomPic.jpg

Leave it to Dame Helen Mirren to wring laughs out what amounted to a PSA against drunk driving in an ad mounted by the folks at Budweiser, whose Super Bowl commercial stars have ranged over the years from prancing Clydesdales to talking frogs. “This is supposed to be fun!" she declared.

She meant downing a cold Bud. But intended or otherwise, the line, heard nearly 3.5 million times on YouTube before kickoff, set the tone for many of the ads sprinkled throughout Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. Following an off year, remembered most for Nationwide’s depressing dead-kid spot, humor made a modest comeback in 2016.

Advertisers who went the comedic route served up, for the most part, the commercial equivalent of comfort food – the kind of fare that goes down well with a Bud. And Mirren proved far from the only recognizable face to show up during Super Bowl spots, many of which were already familiar from days of online exposure.

With a price tag of $166,666.667 per second, it’s hard to fault the many advertisers who played it safe, by combining celebrities, gentle laughs and pre-game publicity. Still, here are some spots worth another viewing:

Gotta Have Hart
Kevin Hart emerged as a literal helicopter parent, playing a dad keeping tabs on his teenage daughter, her date – and the family Hyundai. 

Fifty-Year Itch
Willem Dafoe channeled Marilyn Monroe by donning her iconic white dress from “The Seven Year Itch” to hawk Snickers. Stick around for the kicker with Eugene Levy. 

Chachi Loves Avocado
The Earth museum of the future features an emojis exhibit, a Rubik’s Cube – and Scott Baio. Oh yeah, and Avocados from Mexico, whose appeal apparently spans galaxies. 

Mr. Universe
Steve Harvey makes fun of his Miss Universe flub – and of Verizon – on behalf of T-Mobile. 

Meme Game
T-Mobile also scored with another self-mocking celebrity pitchman: Drake, who gladly extends his meme friendly "Hotline Bling" to the cause of advertising. 

No "I" in Team, Part I
Key and Peele remind us how much we miss them already as they reunite for a Squarespace spot. 

No "I" in Team, Part II
Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen pair in an election-year-themed Bud Light ad that suggests we can all unite over beer. Look for a cameo by Paul Rudd. 

Mean Bruce Green
Speaking of Rudd, his Ant-Man tussled with the Hulk over a can of Coke. There’s a Mean Joe Greene in-joke somewhere in there waiting to burst out. 

Counting Sheep
This Honda commercial, featuring a woolly choir, plays like a "Far Side" cartoon with a Queen soundtrack. 

Walken Tall
Christopher Walken's sock puppet antics and unique pronunciation of "Kia Optima" are worth the trip. 

Jeff Meets Jeffersons
Jeff Goldblum shows off his piano skills with an air-borne rendition of “Movin’ on Up,” the theme from “The Jeffersons.” He’s joined by George Washington and Lil Wayne in an Apartments.com commercial tailor-made for those of us old enough to get the George and Weezy reference. 

Chip Off the Old Block
Being in-utero is no deterrent to craving Doritos, the folks at PepsiCo would have us believe. 

Dews and Don’ts
Mountain Dew Kickstart managed to both tweak Super Bowl advertisers’ penchant for commercials featuring cute animals and cuter kids – and creep us out with its puppy-monkey-baby mutant creation. 

Dream On
Skittles contributed to the creepy quotient with its rainbow portrait of Steven Tyler, which duets with the human version. 

Sharp Tongued
Creepy Part III: A scuzzy talking razor makes a good argument for Dollar Shave Club. 

Smart Alec
Alec Baldwin and some famous friends prove no match for Amazon Echo. 

Coffee Break
Death Wish Coffee's clever Viking-inspired spot provided a jolt of action-driven humor. The small java company made the most of its big break, which came via QuickBooks. 


Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Beyonce, Coldplay, Mars Deliver Energetic, Nostalgic Halftime Show ]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 06:15:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_83878648327.jpg

Billed as a musical celebration of past, present and future, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin delivered a high-powered Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show with help from Beyonce and Bruno Mars.

In front of more than 70,000 fans in attendance Sunday to witness the big game between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, three of music's biggest acts joined forces to fete the Bowl's fiftieth anniversary as the sun set over Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California [[367984521,C]]

Martin began the performance on the field before joining fellow Coldplay members Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion on the center stage for the band's hit "Viva la Vida" before moving on to "Paradise." Aided by screams from the hundreds of fans flanking the four satellite stages, Coldplay then moved on to "Adventure of a Lifetime." [[367986101,C]]

Bruno Mars, who headlined the 2014 halftime show, donned black leather, shades and gold chains for a rousing, choreographed dance version of his hit "Uptown Funk" with deejay/producer Mark Ronson, who spun alongside Mars and his backup dancers. 

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Also in gladiatorial black and gold, Beyonce stormed the field with her backup dancers for a stomping interpretation of her new song, "Formation," which she released on her website Saturday.

Then it was back to a "Uptown Funk" featuring all three headliners ahead of a video montage looking back across the years of the Halftime Show, showcasing performers such as James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Katy Perry and U2. Backed by Martin on piano the band performed a mash-up of hits including snippets of U2's "Beautiful Day" and Prince's "Purple Rain" with Coldplay's "Clocks," "Fix You" and "Up&Up." [[367985991,C]]

All headliners gathered with dancers and fans on stage to take their bow, arms around each other as the crowd went wild in appreciation. [[367984411,C]]

At a press conference Thursday, the British rock band said that they will have the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles there to represent the future and Beyonce — who delivered blazing Super Bowl Halftime performance in 2013 featuring a mini Destiny's Child reunion — for the past. "She's one of our all-time favorites and she's one of the greatest performers I've ever witnessed," Martin said.

"We’ve watched all of the other halftime shows many times and most of them are fantastic," Martin added. "I think we’re going to try to celebrate those other years and hopefully make a show as memorable as some of our favorites."

Asked if his children with ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow, Apple and Moses, would watch the band's performance Sunday, Martin said: "I hope they'll watch. What else is on that day?" Just after the game commenced Paltrow posted to Instagram a picture of her daughter Apple and Blue Ivy, the daughter of Beyonce and Jay Z, holding hands at what looks to be a backstage area at Levi's Stadium. [[367983661,C]]

Singer Lady Gaga opened proceedings Sunday with a stirring rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. Wearing a glittering scarlet pantsuit and accompanied by a solo piano, Gaga delivered an uplifting and moving version of the National Anthem. Her white-blond hair swept high and back from her face, Gaga ending her performance by saying "God bless you, America." [[367981131,C]]

The Super Bowl was a warm up for Coldplay. The band announced their first U.S. summer tour dates two weeks ago. Beginning in July at MetLife Stadium near New York City, they will also stop in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Dallas, and San Francisco. [[188255461,C]]

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<![CDATA[Betty White Sends Cam Newton a Message]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 06:16:08 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Betty-White2.jpg

There's no denying that win or lose Sunday's game, Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton has had a pretty good year. 

And now, one Hollywood icon is coming forward to take some credit for his success. 

At the start of Super Bowl 50, Chicago's own Betty White had a message for Newton, saying she "taught @CameronNewton everything he knows."

White is seen "dabbing," a dance move which Newton has turned into his signature celebration on the field. He even got Panthers owner Jerry Richardson to dab:

Newton was named NFL MVP at the NFL Honors awards show on Saturday night, and is making his first Super Bowl appearance in Sunday's game. 

No matter what happens Sunday night, he should probably thank Betty White. 

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<![CDATA[Bieber, Maejor Fence on SF Streets]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 16:29:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CaksJsvUsAAU3Vp.jpg

An estimated 15,000 people flocked to San Francisco to enjoy the last day of Super Bowl City, but one among them caused a greater furor than others.

Justin Bieber is in the Bay Area ahead of Super Bowl 50.

Some lucky Beliebers stumbled across the two-time Grammy winner roaming the city's streets and snatched up the selfie opportunity. A fan site picked up the images and tweeted that he is in San Francisco for some parties but said he doesn't plan to attend the game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

The 21-year-old singer-songwriter posted a grainy video to Instagram in which he and Maejor, a.k.a. Michigan-born singer Brandon Green, race each other on a Chinatown street. The post is tagged, "Bryson Tiller you’re next."

In another video posted to his Instagram page, Bieber and Maejor engage in a mock sword-fight on a sidewalk. Bieber emerges as the apparent winner, laughing at his friend's faux death scene. 

The pair also posed for a photograph in a car with an unidentified friend.

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