<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - ]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usMon, 25 Sep 2017 19:42:01 -0500Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:42:01 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Kelly Launches New Show, Saying She's Done With Politics ]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:25:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kellymegtoday.jpg

Megyn Kelly announced she is "done with politics for now" during the premiere of her new show "Megyn Kelly Today" on Monday.

“I’m so excited; I’m also a little nervous,” Kelly admitted to a live studio audience as she introduced herself talking about her family (including her mother and husband, who were in the audience), and described events that have shaped her, especially the death of her father.

Answering a question from the audience, she said, "my biggest challenge is the alarm clock."

Among the segments on Kelly's first show was an interview with the cast and creators of "Will & Grace." That show returns for a revival Thursday.


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<![CDATA[Megyn Kelly Talks Work, Family & Trump Ahead of Show's Debut]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:46:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/6A+PKG+MEGYN+KELLY+STRONG+WOMEN+-+00004012_29030958.jpg

Megyn Kelly will face a new challenge as she makes her debut on morning TV Monday with her new NBC show "Megyn Kelly Today." 

Known for her edge and toughness during her previous time at Fox, mornings will be a different beast for Kelly as she transitions to her new role. 

But does she think she's too tough for the daypart? Why did she decide to switch up her career? 

Kelly addresses those questions and more in an interview with NBC 5. 

See clips from the interview below. 

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<![CDATA[Photos: Timberlake, Grande, More Perform for Charlottesville]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 05:24:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-853304592.jpg

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<![CDATA[J.Lo Pledges $1M to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Relief]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 23:21:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/j-lo-puerto-rico-aid.jpg.png

Jennifer Lopez pledged Sunday to donate $1 million from her Las Vegas show to help residents in Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria. 

Lopez made the announcement at a press conference with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who announced the state would organize a recovery effort, including information on www.ny.gov that would detail donation collection points and lists of items that needed to be donated. 

"We have to help Puerto Rico with the same urgency that we're helping Texas and Florida and the other parts of this country that need help," Cuomo said. 

Lopez, who is of Puerto Rican descent and was born in the Bronx, said she hasn't been able to reach all of her family on the island.

"Puerto Ricans are American citizens and today Puerto Rico needs our help. Hurricane Maria has devastated our island," she said.

She said that she and MLB star Alex Rodriguez, who is of Dominican descent and was also born in New York, were using their connections in entertainment, sports and business to gather support for relief efforts.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner have both committed to giving a "significant" contribution, Lopez said.

She added that she and ex-husband Marc Anthony are organizing the Latino community to support Puerto Rico.

Across Puerto Rico, more than 15,000 people are in shelters, including some 2,000 rescued from the north coastal town of Toa Baja. Officials were racing to stem a growing humanitarian crisis in towns left without fresh water, fuel, electricity or phone service.

Cuomo said it will take billions of dollars in the long term to help the island recover, money that will have to come from the federal government.

Taking a shot at President Donald Trump, the governor said, "instead of arguing with football players, instead of obsessing about how to take health care from the poor in this country, why don't we put the politics aside and focus on helping Americans in desperate need."



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<![CDATA[See It: NFL Players Protest After Trump's Criticism]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:57:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17268023398253.jpg NFL players knelt and protested in other ways during the national anthem on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, after days of criticism from President Donald Trump.

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<![CDATA['Will & Grace' Cast Performs Show's Theme Song on 'Tonight']]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:53:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/206*120/Screen+Shot+2017-09-23+at+2.29.11+AM.png

The cast of "Will & Grace" joins Jimmy to perform the show's theme song for the first time with lyrics.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Colin Jost Won an Emmy But Went Home Empty-Handed]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:41:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/218*120/Screen+Shot+2017-09-23+at+2.17.28+AM.png

Colin Jost talks about breaking Saturday Night Live's 23-year-old Emmy drought and helming the Weekend Update desk.

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<![CDATA['Family Matters' House Set to Be Demolished]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:31:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/urkel_family_matters_house_-_00003524_29011830_960.jpg

Steve Urkel made himself at home there, but now, the building made famous by "Family Matters" is going to be torn down.



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<![CDATA[Gosling, Gadot, Jay-Z Added to 'SNL' Star-Studded Lineup]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:38:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/snlryanjgal.jpg

Wonder Woman is coming to 30 Rock.

Gal Gadot will host the Oct. 7 episode of "Saturday Night Live" coming off the heels of the worldwide hit "Wonder Woman," which grossed $400 million dollars at the domestic box office. Gadot will be joined by Grammy winner Sam Smith, who recently released his new song "Too Good at Goodbyes" earlier this month.

It was earlier announced that Oscar-nominated actor Ryan Gosling will host the premiere of the upcoming 43rd season of "SNL" when it returns Sept. 30 with the help of hip-hop superstar, Jay Z, who will be the musical guest.  This will be Gosling's second time hosting "SNL." His new movie "Blade Runner 2049" opens on Oct. 6.

The long running sketch comedy show also announced that Kumail Nanjiani will be joined by musical guest P!nk when he hosts for the first time on Oct. 14. Nanjiani stars in HBO's "Silicon Valley" and recently released the critically acclaimed film "The Big Sick."

This season will air live coast to coast.

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<![CDATA['America's Got Talent' Winner Darci Lynne Performs on Ellen ]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:54:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Darci+Lynn+ventril.jpg

The latest winner of "America's Got Talent" will show off her talent on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Friday.

Darci Lynne, the 12-year old ventriloquist who wowed audiences on NBC's hit talent show, left Ellen speechless when she performed the Ella Fitzgerald classic "Summertime" with her puppet named Petunia.

Lynne said she got into ventriloquism after seeing someone at her church perform.

The Oklahoma native won $1 million and a headlining gig in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.

Jake Gyllenhaal also makes an appearance on Ellen's show to promote his new movie "Stronger" about Jeff Bauman, who survived the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

"Stronger" opens Friday in theaters.




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<![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon's Favorite #MyWeirdTeacher Hashtags]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:57:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e207_742_hashtags_20170921-150606794553500002.jpg

Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite #MyWeirdTeacher hashtags from Twitter.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Jimmy Fallon, Megyn Kelly Are Now Neighbors]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:54:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e207_742_megynkelly_daytime_20170921-150606797930100002.jpg

Jimmy Fallon chats with his new 30 Rock neighbor Megyn Kelly and what she hopes for her new daytime show on NBC.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Emma Stone's Winning Spelling Bee Word]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:50:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e161_581_emmastone_oscar_20170921-150606795682300002.jpg

Emma Stone sits down with Seth Meyers to talk about what word won her the 4th-grade spelling bee, where she keeps her Oscar and why Billie Jean King is the best person to watch tennis with.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Look at the GOP's 'Hail Mary' Health Bill]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:46:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-09-22-at-4.47.55-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers discusses the GOP's latest health care, which Sen. Mitch McConnell says is 2,074 pages, and what President Donald Trump thinks of it.

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<![CDATA[Woman With Machete, Gun Arrested at Kardashian Store]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 02:27:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kardashians+machete.JPG

A woman who entered a Kardashian-owned store Thursday was arrested after allegedly threatening employees with a handgun and threatening death to the famous family while being armed with a machete.

The incident began at the DASH store in West Hollywood around 11:32 a.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's West Hollywood station said.

The woman pointed a handgun at an employee after shouting, "Stay away from Cuba," then knocked things off the counter before walking out of the store, police said.

Television cameras covering the initial incident were rolling as the woman returned around 1:25 p.m. holding what appeared to be a machete and incoherently shouting profanities.

"The Kardashians will be executed if they step on communist territory," she shouted. "They'll be f-----g killed. Don't mess with the Castro family."

When someone shouted at her to "shut up," she shouted back, "Do you want to f-----g get stabbed?"

"And this is on the cusp of the president speaking at the U.N.," the woman said before wedging the machete between the store's door and frame, leaving it behind as she walked away toward La Cienega Boulevard.

The woman was later arrested at her home. It was not immediately clear if she had an attorney.



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<![CDATA['Tonight': Fred Armisen's Noise Remix]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:08:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-09-21-at-5.07.55-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon has Fred Armisen record some noises, like laughs and gasps, and uses the Samplebot app on his iPad to remix them into a song.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': 'Speak for Yourself' With Ben Stiller]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:01:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-09-21-at-5.03.01-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and Ben Stiller perform "Speak for Yourself," their 90s teen drama.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Bobby Moynihan's 'David S. Pumpkins' Story]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 03:45:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e160_580_bobbymoynihan_davidspumpkins_20170920-150598194478800002.jpg

Seth Meyers chats with "Saturday Night Live's" Bobby Moynihan, who talks about how he came up with Tom Hanks' iconic "David S. Pumpkins" sketch.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Checking in With Rep. Rohrabacher of Calif.]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 03:36:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-09-21-at-4.37.36-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a break from breaking news to talk about Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., and his relationship with Russia.

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<![CDATA[Lawsuit: Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' a Rip-Off]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:32:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tswiftfeuerherd.jpg

"Haters gonna hate," as the song goes. But whose song is it?

Taylor Swift is being sued in federal court in Los Angeles, with the songwriters behind the 2001 3LW recording called "Playas Gon' Play" arguing that she lifted lyrics from the tune for her 2014 smash hit "Shake it Off."

According to the copyright infringement lawsuit, songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler contend their 2001 song includes the lyrics "Playas, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate."

Compare that with Swift's "Shake it Off" lyrics: "Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate." Hall and Butler contend their copyrighted material accounts for about 20 percent of "Shake it Off," and they want compensation. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, but it notes that Swift's tune has sold more than 9 million copies and the video for the song has nearly 2.4 billion views on YouTube.

"The combination of playas/players playing along with hatas/haters hating may seem like common parlance today, however, in 2001 it was completely original and unique," according to the lawsuit. "Indeed, the combination had not been used in popular culture prior to plaintiffs' original use."

Swift's representatives have written off the lawsuit, issuing a statement saying, "This is a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money grab. The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case."

According to the lawsuit, Hall has written and produced songs for artists including Justin Bieber, Color Me Badd, 98 Degrees, Lionel Richie, Pink and Maroon 5. Butler, meanwhile, has worked with artists such as Luther Vandross, Victoria Beckham, Christina Milian, Backstreet Boys and Aaron Carter, according to the lawsuit.



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<![CDATA[Megyn Kelly Joins Ellen DeGeneres, Talks Trump, New NBC Show]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:39:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/megynellen.jpg

Host of the upcoming morning show "Megyn Kelly TODAY," Megyn Kelly made her first appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Wednesday.

Kelly spoke candidly about her decision to leave the Fox after cable news primetime coverage became politically focused and "felt like a snake pit."

She also told DeGeneres President Trump helped solidify some of her life choices and revealed she’s trying to keep an open mind waiting for him to become a unifying force. Plus, Kelly discussed the format of her new NBC morning show.


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<![CDATA[Evie Clair Returns to 'AGT,' Performs Tribute to Late Father]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:04:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/eviesings.jpg

Evie Clair returned to "America's Got Talent" on Tuesday and sang "What a Wonderful World," dedicating it to her late father, who died in early September.

"My dad taught me, after I started something, to always finish it," she said on the show. "That's why I'm fighting to the end, just like he did."

The story of the 13-year-old and her father has been part of her journey on the show since she auditioned back in June. During that audition, she sang "Arms" by Christina Perri, saying it was the tune she'd croon to her father Amos, who was battling colon cancer.

"When my dad is having rough days, then I go into his room and I sing this song to help him feel better and just to give him comfort and strength to continue fighting," she said then.

There was some doubt as to whether Clair would return to finish the competition after her father's death, but in the end the young woman came back and gave it her all with the Louis Armstrong classic. Her performance brought the audience to tears and got a standing ovation from both the crowd and judges.

"Our hearts and our souls go out to you, Evie," said judge Howie Mandel after the performance, reported Entertainment Tonight. "I know that your father passed this week, and I cannot believe the strength that I'm seeing in such a beautiful young girl."

But we don't know how Clair's story ends just yet: the "AGT" finals results show airs Wednesday night, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. on NBC.


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<![CDATA[Kevin Hart, Wife Unite in Face of Alleged Extortion Plot]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:12:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hartextortion.jpg

Kevin Hart and his wife Eniko Parrish are putting up a united front amid his alleged extortion scandal.

A source tells E! News Parrish—who is pregnant with Hart's third child—has accepted her husband's apology and plans to move forward with him as a couple.

"Eniko is aware of what's going on and that Kevin is not perfect," the insider explained. "She has accepted his apology and is focused on her pregnancy and what's to come. She has no plans for divorce. She believes Kevin is a good husband and always comes home to her."

The biggest issue Parrish is struggling with is the massive amount of media coverage the scandal has gained.

"She is bothered that these stories find their way into the press and that people are asking her about it," the source said. "But she does her best to ignore it all and move forward. She listens to her husband and is not going to get stressed out. She is supporting him and standing by him."

The couple have since been spotted together, enjoying lunch in Los Angeles.

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Hart took to Instagram on Saturday to publicly apologize to his pregnant wife and his two children, Heaven and Hendrix Hart, after finding out about the alleged extortion regarding an explicit video of the comedian with another woman.

"I'm at a place in my life where I feel like I have a target on my back and because of that, I should make smart decisions. And recently, I didn't," he shared in the video. "You know, I'm not perfect. I'm not going to sit up here and say that I am or claim to be in any way shape or form."

Hart continued, "I made a bad error in judgment and I put myself in a bad environment where only bad things can happen and they did. And in doing that, I know that I'm going to hurt the people closest to me, who've I talked to and apologized to, that would be my wife and my kids."

According to TMZ, an anonymous person contacted Hart's team and provided a video of the comedian and another woman involved in a "sexually provocative situation." The person allegedly demanded a multi-million dollar amount in return for keeping the video private.

While TMZ reports that the FBI is on the case and has a suspect, a spokesperson told E! News, "We cannot confirm or deny the existence of an investigation."

Furthermore, the Los Angeles Police Department told us they are unaware of the situation.

Hart's rep released a statement to us, further clarifying the situation: "Someone tried to set Kevin up in a failed extortion attempt. As law enforcement is involved, we cannot comment further as it could affect the investigation."



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<![CDATA['Tonight': Pratfall Contest With Kevin James]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:03:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e205_740_kevinjames_pratfall_20170919-150589615739600002.jpg

Kevin James and Jimmy Fallon compete in the "Tonight Show" Fall Classic, taking turns doing their best pratfalls in different categories, like tripping up and then falling down a set of stairs.

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