<![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-usSun, 19 Feb 2017 23:17:08 -0600Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:17:08 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Open Wide: 'A Cure for Wellness' Cast on Making Horror Film]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:51:11 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cureforwellnessjunket.jpg

"A Cure for Wellness" opens Friday, Feb. 17th and marks director Gore Verbinski's first film since 2013's Johnny Depp vehicle "The Lone Ranger," which was not received well by fans or critics.

Verbanksi, known for crafting blockbuster films like the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, returns to his horror roots with this visually stylish thriller set in the Swiss Alps. It stars Dane DeHaan, who's sent to a remote spa to fetch his company's CEO. He soon becomes suspicious of the spa's many mysteries and supposed healing waters.

NBC caught up with the director, who also helmed 2002's horror classic "The Ring," as well as stars DeHaan and Jason Isaacs as they revealed nothing is quite as it seems in the film.

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<![CDATA[Katherine Heigl's Former Home Finds a Potential Buyer]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:04:46 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/222*120/Heigl-Home-Thumbnail.jpg Actress Katherine Heigl's former Los Feliz home, listed at nearly $3 million, has found a potential buyer.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Zoë Kravitz Surprises Jimmy]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 04:05:14 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tonight-Show-Z-Kravitz.jpg

Zoë Kravitz, Joel McHale and Jimmy toast to Tonight Show's third anniversary with Dark 'n' Stormys served by her famous dad, Lenny Kravitz.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Thank You, Long Underwear]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:33:01 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tonight-Show-Thank-You-Presidents-Day.jpg

Jimmy pens thank-you notes to American Girl, all-in-one shampoo and conditioners and other things.

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<![CDATA[How to Watch Oscar-Nominated Flicks From Your Couch ]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:27:29 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/oscarfilmswatch.jpg

Movie fans, rejoice! You can watch about two-thirds of the Oscar-nominated flicks from your couch.

But it'll cost you. Of the 62 full-length movies and shorts nominated for any category, only 11 are available online through an all-you-can-watch subscription — Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or HBO Now. A month's subscription to all four will cost you more than $39. Buying or renting the remainder online will cost you about $175 more.

(This doesn't include as many as 22 titles that aren't available online at all.)

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Narrowing your ambitions by focusing on just best picture and the four acting categories will still cost you about $70, not including the monthly subscriptions. And limiting yourself this way might set back your hopes of winning the Oscar pool.

Here's your viewing guide:
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BEST PICTURE (AND DIRECTING)

None of the nine best picture nominees is available through a subscription service.

You can rent "Arrival" and "Hell or High Water" through Amazon, Google Play or Apple's iTunes. You'll have to buy downloads of "Hacksaw Ridge," ''Manchester by the Sea" and "Moonlight" to watch over the weekend, though iTunes says rentals of all three are coming Tuesday. "Fences" will be available for purchase only next Friday.

Rentals typically cost about $3 or $4, or a dollar more if you want it in high definition. Buying downloads usually costs about $15 for standard definition or $20 for HD. Shop around, as prices aren't always the same through the various services. Based on the cheapest options, including waiting for rentals, you'll have to spend more than $35 on the best picture movies.

You'll need to visit a theater for "Hidden Figures," ''La La Land" and "Lion." All three are available as pre-orders, meaning you buy now and the download will automatically be available whenever it comes out online. But the movies aren't likely to be online before the Feb. 26 ceremony.

The good news is you'll get the nominees for best directing out of the way, as all five movies are also up for best picture.

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ACTING NOMINEES

In addition to the best picture flicks, you'll need to watch six more movies to catch everyone nominated for the four acting categories.

"Captain Fantastic," ''Florence Foster Jenkins" and "Loving" are available for rent. "Nocturnal Animals" is available for purchase right away, with a rent option scheduled for Tuesday. "Jackie" comes out Tuesday.

The cumulative total: about $70.

To see "Elle," you'll need to visit your local cineplex or indie theater.

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SCREENPLAY CATEGORIES

All but two of the nominees in the two writing categories overlap with best picture: "The Lobster" is available through Amazon Prime, while "20th Century Women" isn't online at all.

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FULL-LENGTH CARTOONS

Netflix has "Zootopia." ''Kubo and the Two Strings" is available to rent. "Moana" will be available for purchase Tuesday. Head to theaters for "My Life as a Zucchini" and "The Red Turtle."

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FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARIES

Netflix produced "13th" and streams it exclusively. Amazon Prime has "Life, Animated." Hulu has "O.J.: Made in America" (as does WatchESPN, though you'll need to sign in with a cable or satellite TV account).

"Fire At Sea" can be rented, while "I Am Not Your Negro" isn't expected online until June.

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Rent "A Man Called Ove" and "Tanna." ''Toni Erdmann" isn't available until April 11. Pre-orders are being taken for "The Salesman," but there's no release date. Buy a ticket for "Land of Mine."

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THE 15 SHORTS

The documentary shorts "Extremis" and "The White Helmets" are available exclusively at Netflix. You can purchase the animated "Piper" through Amazon, Google Play and iTunes. ITunes also has the live action "La Femme et le TGV" and is expected to get the animated "Blind Vaysha" and "Borrowed Time" on Tuesday. Shorts cost about $2 each to buy.

The cable channel Shorts HD plans to release the shorts online on Tuesday, likely in separate packages for each of the three categories. According to iTunes, the package for animated shorts will cost about $13 and will include four of the five nominees. You'll have to buy Pixar's "Piper" separately. It's not known yet whether the packages for live action and documentary shorts will include all the nominees. Some have been left out in past years because of rights issues.

To make sure you see them all, you'll need to visit a theater, where Shorts HD runs screenings of all of them. In smaller cities, screenings are sometimes held at libraries or museums instead.

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AND THE REST ...

That leaves 15 movies for lower-profile categories such as music and makeup.

Netflix has "The Jungle Book," while Hulu and Amazon Prime offer "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi." HBO has "Hail, Caesar!" and "Jim: The James Foley Story."

Five other movies can be rented, while two are for purchase only.

That means theaters for four — if you can still find a screening. These include big releases such as "Rogue One" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," so perhaps you've seen them already.

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WATCHING THE SHOW

In major cities , the ceremony itself will be streamed online at abc.com and the ABC app if you can't get to a TV. However, you'll need to sign in with a cable or satellite account.

You also might be able to watch through an online TV subscription with Sling TV, PlayStation Vue or DirecTV Now. Availability depends on where you live; only a handful of ABC stations are offered this way.

For the E! channel's red carpet coverage, you'll need a subscription with an online TV service or a traditional cable or satellite provider. The cheapest plan with both ABC and E! is at DirecTV Now for $35 a month.

Oscar.com will have backstage and red-carpet coverage, starting at 7 p.m. ET. The stream continues once the ceremony begins at 8:30 p.m., but what's on stage will be only on ABC. It's free, with no cable or satellite account required.



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<![CDATA[Former Wrestler George 'The Animal' Steele Dies at 79]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:33:35 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/georgetheanimalsteelefeuerherd.jpg

Former wrestler George “The Animal” Steele has died, World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. confirmed via Twitter Friday morning.

Steele, born William James Myers, wanted to protect his anonymity when he went into wrestling in the 1960s. He originally wore a mask and called himself “The Student.” After he was recruited by the World Wide Wrestling Federation, he came up with his new ring name while in Pittsburgh, the “Steel City.”

Steele was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995, after a wrestling career spanning more than two decades, from 1967 to 1988. He was known for “his green tongue, hairy torso and insatiable appetite for turnbuckle pads,” according to a WWE statement.

But Steele was also highly educated — he played football for Michigan State and went on to get his master’s degree at Central Michigan University. Before becoming a professional wrestler, he taught at a high school in Madison Heights, Michigan.

Steele was famous for his buffoon-ish "Duh-da-dahh" gimmick on-air, though he also took pride in his ability to speak eloquently. He even dabbled in Hollywood, taking on the role of Tor Johnson for director Tim Burton’s 1994 film, “Ed Wood.”

In punk rock band Half Japanese’s song, “George Steele,” the lyrics honor the former wrestler: “There's a man who I admire, a man who set his hair on fire."

“Steele was one of the wildest and most unpredictable Superstars in sports-entertainment history,” WWE wrote in a statement, which offered condolences to Steele’s family, friends and fans.



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<![CDATA[Country Singer Craig Strickland's Widow Pens Essay on Grief]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:06:12 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/stricklandcraig.jpg

Just over a year after country singer Craig Strickland’s hunting death, his widow is sharing her mourning experience through a two-part blog post, reports Today.com.

Describing the moment when she heard that authorities had uncovered a capsized boat like her husband’s, Strickland writes, "I felt (and heard) my heart give one massive beat that seemed to push all the blood in my veins through my entire body in a single throb."

The former Miss Arkansas claims that her faith has pulled her through the pain.

"(I) realized what I was experiencing was bigger than me....It was about God, and God using Craig’s testimony to impact lives of more people than I could have ever imagined," she writes.



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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: 'Logan' Premiere]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:31:47 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-642411498.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Trump Press Conference Provides Late-Night Fodder for Hosts]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:03:46 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/latenitetrump.jpg

Donald Trump's Thursday press conference, which touched on everything from the "fake news" media to the size of his electoral college win to Hillary Clinton to his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin provided plenty of fodder for late-night hosts across networks Thursday night.

Here's a small sampling of how several of them assessed Trump's first solo presser.



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<![CDATA[Steve Irwin's Son Shows Off Boa to Nervous Jimmy Fallon]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:48:10 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/robertirwintonightshowboa.jpg

Even though it’s been 10 years since beloved crocodile hunter Steve Irwin died, the Australian’s spirit is still alive and well. On Thursday, Steve Irwin’s son, Robert, joined Jimmy Fallon on the “Tonight Show” stage.

“It’s really nice to follow in his footsteps,” the 13-year-old said, dressed in a khaki Australia Zoo uniform, of course. Robert added that his enthusiasm for wildlife, like his dad, is “just in my blood. I think I’m the luckiest kid on planet Earth." 

Robert, who grew up at the Australia Zoo with his sister, Bindi Irwin, made sure not to visit Fallon alone. He introduced the “Tonight” host to a slew of creepy and cuddly creatures.

Even though Fallon admitted he’s afraid of animals, Robert stayed right in his element, showing off the critters with that signature, infectious Irwin passion the world loved. 

Robert first pulled out Beetlejuice, the African dwarf crocodile, an amphibian that can grow up to 5 feet. “Isn’t is just amazing!” he hailed. “They’re just like modern day dinosaurs.”

And when Fallon got up the courage to pet the little guy, Robert didn’t miss a beat. “There you go. Well done,” he encouraged.

Fallon also met Mickey, the screaming hairy armadillo, which he said "looks like Donald Trump’s toupée."

He then got to know Lady, the red-tailed boa. Lady, perhaps instinctively, began constricting around Fallon, which launched Robert into a lesson about how boa’s catch their prey.

“All of the sudden they strike and grab their prey, coil around it, and that’s how they kill them,” he explained. “It’s that just fascinating?”

The cute and fuzzy animals that stole the show, however, were two “beautiful” sloths: Valentino, the 8-pound baby, and Serenity, the 25-pound who loves cuddles 

Things got personal when Serenity, hanging onto Fallon’s hands, wrapped her legs around his waist. Robert called Fallon the official “sloth whisperer.”

Robert is part of the Wildlife Warriors organization, which his parents started. It puts on the annual "Steve Irwin Gala Dinner” to honor the life and legacy of the “original wildlife warrior.” Robert will host this year’s event with his mom, Terri Irwin, and sister on May 13 in Los Angeles.



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<![CDATA[See Inside: Meg Ryan's SoHo Loft Hits Market for $10.9M]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:03:24 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/meg+ryan+soho+thumb.jpg Actress Meg Ryan has put her "magical" SoHo loft -- featured on the cover of the November 2016 issue of "Architectural Digest" on the market. And the 4,100-square-foot palace can be yours for just under $11 million. Scroll through the photos for a look inside. You can see the full listing with Corcoran here.

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<![CDATA[Trump Continues War Against 'Fake News Media']]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:22:34 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trumpwarpress.jpg

President Donald Trump wasted little time at his Thursday news conference getting to one of his favorite subjects: bashing the "fake news media."

But Trump did take a moment to single out one example of an organization he believes is doing it right.

"I watched this morning a couple of the networks. And I have to say, 'Fox & Friends' in the morning, they’re very honorable people. They’re very — not because they’re good, because they hit me also when I do something wrong. But they have the most honest morning show," Trump said. "That’s all I can say. It’s the most honest."

Trump also addressed what he perceived to be a constantly negative tone in the media coverage about his administration.

"The tone is such hatred. I’m really not a bad person, by the way. No, but the tone is such — I do get good ratings, you have to admit that — the tone is such hatred."

Addressing a reporter from CNN, a frequent target, Trump lambasted the network yet again.

"You look at your show that goes on at 10 o’clock in the evening. You just take a look at that show. That is a constant hit. The panel is almost always exclusive anti-Trump. The good news is he doesn’t have good ratings. But the panel is almost exclusive anti-Trump," he said.  "And the hatred and venom coming from his mouth; the hatred coming from other people on your network."

Trump also had a tense exchange with NBC News' Peter Alexander, who challenged the president on his false claim that he had the biggest Electoral College victory since Ronald Reagan.

After some back and forth, Trump said: “It was a substantial victory, you do agree with that?”

“You’re the president,” Alexander responded.

Despite his constant criticism, Trump did admit to being a faithful CNN viewer.

"I watch it. I see it. I’m amazed by it. And I just think you’d be a lot better off, I honestly do. The public gets it, you know. Look, when I go to rallies, they turn around, they start screaming at CNN," he said. "They want to throw their placards at CNN."

At the same time as Trump was lambasting the media, CNN President Jeff Zucker said that his network's brand "has been as strong as it has ever been," The Associated Press reported. 

He said an internal study he ordered to find out if Trump's "fake news" label had sticking power found that less than a third of 2,000 Americans surveyed believed CNN's Trump coverage was unfair.

Trump did make one concession during the news conference. He would stop addressing the media as "fake news."

"I’m changing it from fake news, though," he said. "Very fake news."

On Thursday, the Trump campaign released a "Mainstream Media Accountability Survey." The statement accompanying the survey said "You know that I don’t trust the media to report on anything we achieve."

"You are our greatest asset in helping our movement deliver the truth to the American people. Which is why I need you to take the Mainstream Media Accountability Survey to do your part to fight back against the media’s attacks and deceptions."

Trump tweeted Friday afternoon, calling the media "enemy of the American people," and mentioning The New York Times, NBC News, ABC, CBS, and CNN. 

The tweet comes after he tweeted a similar tweet saying "The FAKE News media (failing @nytimes, @CNN, @NBCNews and many more) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people. SICK!" and then deleting the tweet immediately.



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<![CDATA[Happy 90th Birthday NBC]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:53:31 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbcanniversary.jpg

The most recent installment of "Saturday Night Live" scored the program's highest ratings in six years, as host Alec Baldwin and guest Melissa McCarthy lampooned the Trump Administration.

The strong showing highlights the current period of satire-inspiring turmoil. But in the larger scheme, the “SNL” triumph marks the product of a long-running show built to reflect changing, unpredictable times. 

"SNL," in its 42nd season, has been around for nearly half the life of NBC, which commemorates its nine decades, from radio to TV, with a special set to air Sunday. “The Paley Center Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary” offers an opportunity to celebrate not only the network, but the enduring impact of television at a time of media upheaval.

Embedded in NBC's DNA is formats designed to morph with the years and revolving personnel, though not without occasionally bumpy transitions (like the successions at "The Tonight Show," from Jack Paar's dethroning on). 

Still, the network’s franchises forge ahead: "Meet the Press," "Today," "The Tonight Show," "SNL" and "Late Night," in some respects, are bigger stars than the likes of Couric, Russert, Brokaw, Carson, Michaels, Letterman, Leno, Fallon and a slew of other big names associated with NBC marquee shows through the decades.

Dramas, from the live production of “Marty” in 1953 to “Hill Street Blues” to “ER” to the current breakout “This is Us,” dot the NBC landscape. But you don’t have to be Jim Rockford or Columbo to deduce that the crux of network’s entertainment legacy resides in comedy – not only in late night, but in prime time, from Berle to Hope to Cosby to Seinfeld to various Friends.

While CBS made the first major splash with socially conscious sitcoms ("All in the Family," "MASH"), NBC has exerted it own impact, whether or not you like the results. 

"The Golden Girls" bathed its pro-feminist, anti-ageist message in wisecracks. Some credited "The Cosby Show," pre-Bill Cosby's disgrace, with helping pave the way for Barack Obama's presidency. In 2012, then-Vice President Joseph Biden declared "Will & Grace" aided the push for same-sex marriage.

The Peabody Awards folks mused that Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin imitation on “SNL” may have swayed the 2008 election. "The Apprentice" became a political launching pad for our current president.

We'll see if or how any of this is addressed during Sunday's special, hosted by Kelsey Grammer, who holds his own place in the NBC record books. Grammer's Frasier Crane, from "Cheers" and "Frasier," had the longest run of any non-animated sitcom character in TV history.

His rich baritone is among the many symbols of NBC, along with the chimes and slogans past (“Proud as a peacock”) and ongoing ("Live from New York...”).

The “SNL” Trump boost, if anything, presented a reminder that we're past the era of must-see, appointment-driven TV. Ratings aside, it’s likely people who viewed Baldwin and McCarthy’s performances online will outnumber those who watched in real time. 

The 90th anniversary special promises to be packed with clips worth another look as TV peeks back and peers ahead to a future when change is likely to come at an even rapider pace as NBC heads to 100.

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[Chink in the Armor: Behind the Scenes of 'This Is Us' ]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:09:22 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2017-02-15+at+6.18.34+PM.png

Rebecca and Jack's Valentine's Day doesn't go as planned in NBC's "This Is Us". Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia breaks down "Jack Pearson's Son" in the latest after show special.

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<![CDATA[Post Office Releases Oscar de la Renta Forever Stamps]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:22:00 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ODRClintonWintour.jpg

Despite the cold weather, the latest set of postage stamps are about to make things haute.

On the final day of New York Fashion Week, the Oscar de la Renta fashion house hosted a ceremony at Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall honoring its collaboration with the U.S. Postal Service on a series of postage stamps for 2017 commemorating the famed designer. 

The forever stamp dedication ceremony was emceed by Anderson Cooper Thursday morning. Power players in attendance included Vogue magazine Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Wintour, sporting her trademark bob and bangs with a cranberry blazer, commemorated her old friend, fondly sharing the days she spent with him and his wife Annette at his home garden in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

"I admired and I adored him, he was a mentor to me, a guardian to my childrenand part of the fabric of my life," Wintour said. "His designs reflected his personality: optimistic and fun and sunny and romantic."

Dressed in a magenta pantsuit and a gold statement necklace, Clinton recalled moments she and her family shared with the Dominican designer, including a time she traveled to his home country for humanitarian work following a devastating hurricane.

"Anna was right. When you are a friend of Oscar's, you were a friend in good times and dark times," she said.

Clinton also noted that de la Renta was an immigrant, "and aren't we proud and grateful that he was?" The event was being held on a national "Day Without Immigrants" in which foreign-born Americans were staying home from work and school.

A single black-and-white stamp of the late designer's portrait is included in the collection, along with 10 other stamps that feature details from dresses and gowns designed by de la Renta. 

De la Renta died in 2014 of complications from cancer at his home in Kent, Connecticut. 

The late fashion guru is the latest to get forever stamped by the U.S. Postal Service. Among those slated to get the stamp treatment in 2017 are author Henry David Thoreau, American painter Andrew Wyeth, and civil rights icon Dorothy Height.



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<![CDATA['Little House' Star Helps NBC Celebrate 90th Anniversary]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:53:54 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gilbertanniversary90.jpg

She literally grew up before our eyes. NBC has been part of Melissa Gilbert’s life for as long as she can remember.

Now "Little House on the Prairie" star Gilbert will help honor NBC's 90th anniversary, the network that has engrossed her, like many others, from a young age. 

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NBC's nine decades of programming will be commemorated on Sunday, Feb. 19, with a three-hour special hosted by Emmy-winning actor Kelsey Grammer. “The Paley Center Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary” will feature interviews from popular personalities, including Gilbert, and clips from some of the most iconic and revered programming, from "Little House on the Prairie" to “Friends."

“I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” Gilbert said. “I’m thrilled to have been a part of the legacy of ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and to have had that extraordinary opportunity. It’s the reason I have a career.”

Gilbert comes from a family of television writers. Her father was a writer for “Playhouse 90” and her grandfather wrote material for the Dean Martin specials. Her first appearance on television was at age 4, on “uncle Dean’s” Christmas special.

Her role as Laura Ingalls on “Little House” started when she was 9-years-old. Gilbert says it was instrumental in developing her as an actress and setting her up to excel in other roles, such as Anne Frank in "The Diary of Anne Frank" and Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker." 

When asked about her fondest memories from filming “Little House,” Gilbert said they all revolve around “the sense of comradery and family that Michael [Landon] imbued into everything he did.” Landon was a co-star on the show, playing father Charles Ingalls, and directed a large portion of the episodes.

“No one was above anyone else,” she said. “It was an egalitarian set to be on. The only thing he expected us to be was professional.”

Gilbert named “ER,” “Friends,” “Seinfeld” and “This is Us” as some of her other favorite NBC shows. She said she is completely hooked on “This is Us,” and that the show is as if “'Little House on the Prairie' and 'Thirtysomething' had a baby.”

Gilbert has fully recovered from her latest spinal fusion surgery and is enjoying the quiet life in her Michigan residence. But her deep gratitude for the network that helped her launch her career is still her true "home."  

“Whenever I go to NBC Burbank or 30 Rock I always say, ‘I’m going home.’”

“The Paley Center Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary” airs on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 8-11 p.m.



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<![CDATA[ 'Rokerthon' Heading to College Campuses This Year]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:17:01 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rokerrokerrok.jpg

It's time! "Rokerthon" is coming back to "Today."

Al Roker is visiting college campuses across the United States, helping students break Guinness World Records.

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Students who want Roker to come to their campus have to make a video showing off their school spirit, Today.com reported. In the video, students have to tell "Today" why Roker should do a live weather forecast from their campus, and what record they'd like him to help break.

An entry form is on Today.com.

Rokerthon began in November 2014 when the famed broadcaster broke the Guinness World Record for the longest uninterrupted weather broadcast, reporting live for 34 hours. In 2015, "Rokerthon 2, Taking America By Storm" aired as he set the world record for the fastest time to report a weather forecast from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.



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<![CDATA[Keith Urban Leads Academy of Country Music Nominations ]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:43:23 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/urbancmas.jpg

Keith Urban leads nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards with seven nods, including entertainer of the year and album of the year for "Ripcord."

Country vocal group Lady Antebellum announced the nominations on Thursday on "CBS This Morning" for the awards show that will be held April in Las Vegas and aired live on CBS. Urban is also nominated for male vocalist of the year, single record of the year and song of the year.

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Six-time nominee Miranda Lambert could make history again as she is nominated for female vocalist of the year, which she has won a record seven years in a row. She is also nominated for album of the year for her double album, "The Weight of These Wings," single record of the year, song of the year and video of the year.

Coming off her Grammy win for best country solo performance, Maren Morris ties Lambert with six nominations, including album of the year for "HERO." She also is nominated as female vocalist of the year, new female vocalist of the year and single record of the year for her song, "My Church."

Competing with Urban for entertainer of the year will be last year's winner Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood.

Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw both have five nominations each, including a shared nomination for vocal event of the year for their collaboration on the song "May We All."

Bryan and Dierks Bentley, who has three nominations, return to host the awards for a second time together. Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton also each have three nominations.



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<![CDATA[Melania Trump Style Guide ]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:09:08 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DiptychMelania1.jpg First lady Melania Trump brings her fashion sense as a former model and designer from the campaign trail to the White House. ]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': A Look at Trump Administration and Russia]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:40:42 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/donaldtrumpsethmeyers.jpg

Host Seth Meyers dives into the Trump administration and its recent troubles, including allegations that Trump campaign aids had contact with Russian officials.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Celebrity Prank Calls and Other Fake Podcasts]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:38:54 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jimmyfalonpodcasts.jpg

Jimmy Fallon shares snippets from obscure podcasts that don't exist but that you might want to listen to, including an episode of Shaq's podcast, "Shaquille O'Neal Interviews Kim Kardashian About 'The Lego Batman Movie.'"

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Gwen Stefani on Blake Shelton's Sushi Fame]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:33:26 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gwenstefanitonightshow.jpg

Gwen Stefani talks about Blake Shelton's newfound sushi fame, returning to "The Voice" as a coach and taking Shelton to Disneyland for his first visit.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Damian Lewis Really Likes Fast Cars]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:32:57 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/damianlewislatenight.jpg

Actor Damian Lewis talks with Seth Meyers about how he prepared for his role on "Billions," including driving really fancy cars and hanging out with real-life hedge fund kings.

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<![CDATA[Did Oprah Winfrey Torpedo Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder?]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:07:25 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/puzder+winfrey+.jpg

President Donald Trump's pick for Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name Wednesday from consideration for the Cabinet post amid concerns over his business record and remarks about women and workers at his company.

But another aspect of Puzder's history — involving 30-year-old allegations of domestic abuse against his ex-wife — has begun to take center stage, and that scandal has engulfed an unlikely person — talk show icon and media mogul Oprah Winfrey, NBC News reported.

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Puzder's ex-wife Lisa Fierstein appeared on Winfrey’s show in March of 1990 for a segment about "High Class Battered Women," in which she describes abuse by Puzder while disguised under the name "Ann."

Winfrey, a Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama supporter, shared the tape, and other episodes dedicated to discussion of domestic violence, with the Senate Health, Education, labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the board in charge of deciding whether to advance Puzder's nomination to the rest of the chamber.

Fierstein filed a court petition in 1988 alleging abuse by Puzder, but it was dismissed. She has since retracted her allegations, and told the HELP committee that she regrets appearing on the show.



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<![CDATA[Kutcher Blows Sen. McCain a Kiss at Senate Hearing]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:52:03 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mccain+kutcher.jpg

A Senate committee hearing on a serious topic took a lighthearted turn when Ashton Kutcher blew a kiss at Sen. John McCain . 

In the hearing, Kutcher testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on ending modern slavery and human trafficking.

The actor may not have expected a wry comment from Sen. John McCain, a committee member and Kutcher fan, one day after Valentine's Day.

“Ashton, you were better looking in the movies,” Sen. McCain said while thanking him for his testimony.

Kutcher blew him a kiss as the room laughed.

Kutcher was testifying not as an actor, but as the co-founder of Thorn, an organization that uses technology to fight against the sexual exploitation of children. Thorn builds tools that help find child abuse victims and make digital platforms safer.

“For years now, Thorn has been committed to building tech tools to combat child sexual exploitation and facilitating collaborations across tech industry to disrupt these crimes,” Kutcher said in a statement. "We have no intention of stopping until we win this battle."

The End Modern Slavery is an initiative led by Sen. Bob Corker that aims to end slavery and human trafficking worldwide.



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