<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - ]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcchicago.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:17:34 -0500 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:17:34 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Meyers: Happy Birthday to Our Viewers]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:02:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Birthdays.png Seth Meyers wishes happy birthday to "Late Night" viewers, and sprinkles in a few messages for his neighbor Dennis. ]]> <![CDATA[Fred Talks: New Footwear Line ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:54:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Fred+Footwear.png In another edition of "Fred Talks," Fred Armisen reveals another new project that he has just launched to Seth Meyers. Warning: Shoes from Michael's Jackets will only cover the tops of your feet.]]> <![CDATA[Giant Turkey Leg Jerry Takes Some Questions]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:38:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Turkey+leg.png Seth Meyers asked the new "Late Night" intern, Jerry Turkey Leg, to take questions from the audience. ]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: "Water War" with Jake Gyllenhaal]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:24:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Fallon+Jake+2.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and Jake Gyllenhaal faced off against each other in the card game “War” where the loser faces wet consequences.

The “Nightcrawler” star and “Tonight Show” host squared off with five glasses of water and a deck of cards. The classic card game “War” was raised to the next level, and promised a very wet ending.

The new rules state that every lost hand means a glass of water to the face. The first person to empty all five glasses not only wins, but they get to use the water cannon to finish off their opponent.

“Lot’s of ways to get wet, but only one way to win,” said Fallon.

The first round sent the two contestants to “war” when they both drew matching cards. The stakes were raised and the glass of water was replaced by a full pitcher.

“What we are going to do is one card flip, two card flip, three card flip, and the third one is the one that counts,” Fallon explained.

After loosing the “war” round, Gyllenhaal insisted that the game “is fixed,” before going on to win the next two rounds.

“I’m pissing on your head, Jimmy,” Gyllenhaal screamed after a victory, made awkward by the fact that had just declared how strangely warm the water was.

“That is not what one says to another person,” Fallon responded.

The guys got creative with the water dumps, winding up fully drenched halfway through the game. Watch the video above to find out who won.



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<![CDATA[Fallon: Paul Reubens Announces New Pee-Wee Movie]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:31:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Paul+Reuben+1.jpg Jimmy Fallon talks to Paul Reubens about doing a dating game-show as Pee-wee Herman, and reveals details about the new Pee Wee movie.

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<![CDATA[Movie Theaters Ban Wearing Google Glass]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:45:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP505972381366.jpg

Wearing your Google Glass or other wearable tech is now officially banned in movie theaters.

If you don't put your devices away, you could risk being asked to leave the movie, or even having the police called on you, two industry groups said Wednesday.

The new ban is part of an effort by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) to crack down on movie piracy.

The new update to the groups' "anti-theft policy" followed a joint meeting of MPAA and NATO theatrical anti-piracy teams at ShowEast, the annual industry convention and trade show.

"As part of our continued efforts to ensure movies are not recorded in theaters," the groups said in a joint statement, "we maintain a zero-tolerance policy toward using any recording device while movies are being shown."



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<![CDATA[Suge Knight Charged in Camera Theft]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:46:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/suge-knight-katt-williams-split.jpg

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and comedian Micah "Katt" Williams were arrested Wednesday for stealing a paparazzo's camera outside a Beverly Hills studio last month, authorities said.

Knight and Williams are charged with one count each of robbery. 

The two men are suspected of stealing the camera of independent celebrity photographer Leslie Redden on Sept. 5 outside a studio in Beverly Hills.

Police say Knight "orchestrated" the robbery in an alley off North Canon Drive.

"It was a strong arm robbery where a camera was forcefully removed from the photographer by Katt Williams. The victim in the matter did sustain injury in this case," Beverly Hills Police Lt. Lincoln Hoshino said.

Williams was arrested Wednesday morning after he arrived at an Inglewood court for arraignment in a separate assault case.

Knight, who was staying at a property off the Las Vegas Strip, was taken into custody on Wednesday by a task force of local police and the FBI, according to a statement from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Las Vegas authorities made the arrest after they were advised by Beverly Hills police that a felony warrant for robbery had been issued for Knight.

He was booked at the Clark County Detention Center on warrants for being fugitive and driving on a suspended license, Las Vegas police said.

"Mr. Knight was unaware that there was any warrant," said Richard Schonfeld, Knight's attorney. "We will be addressing the circumstances in court."

If convicted, Knight, who has a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, faces up to 30 years to life in state prison. Williams faces up to seven years in custody.

"Mr. Knight is kind of a magnet for trouble over time. Assault with a deadly weapon in his past, he’s a fugitive from justice, driving on a suspended license," NBC4 legal analyst Royal Oakes said. "As a result, if convicted of stealing a camera, he could go to prison for 30 years."

Oakes believes Knight and Williams' defense teams may also have a case.

“I would say this is a horrible misunderstanding. These paparazzo folks can be abusive and you can’t blame him for lashing out and trying to take the camera," Oakes said.

Knight, the former head of Death Row Records, was most recently made the news in August when he was one of three people wounded during an early morning shooting at a West Hollywood nightclub.

Williams is free on $75,000 bail. Knight is in Las Vegas awaiting extradition and considered a fugitive for crossing state lines. His bail is set at $1 million.  



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<![CDATA[Chris Rock’s "Saturday Night Live" Return]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:49:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NUP_166178_0001.JPG

The closest Chris Rock came to a breakout character during his early 1990s tenure on "Saturday Night Live" was Nat X, fiery host of a show that looked a lot like David Letterman’s program, albeit much shorter. "This is the only 15-minute show on TV," Nat X noted. "Why? Because The Man would never give a brother like me a whole half-hour!"

Rock, whose time is in great demand these days, from Broadway to Hollywood, returns to "SNL" this week for a 90-minute victory lap with just his second hosting stint since leaving the show more than two decades ago.

The comedian, who last hosted the late night staple in 1996, is among the few superstar "SNL" alums whose success isn’t closely tied to the show. That seems to be an emerging theme, intended or otherwise, during this landmark 40th season. Sarah Silverman’s opening monologue on the Oct. 4 installment poked fun at her blink-and-you-missed-her run on the show 20 years ago. The most recent host, Jim Carrey, famously auditioned for "SNL" three decades ago, but didn’t get far enough to put on his manic act for producer Lorne Michaels. 

Still, Rock carries the "SNL" DNA like few other performers. His strongest stand-up influences range from the show’s first host (George Carlin) to its biggest star (Eddie Murphy). Even if Rock didn't standout as a sketch player on "SNL," his experience helped prepare him for his subsequent great eponymous HBO program. He left "SNL," one of the toughest rooms in show biz, to become a performer who moves easily from movies to theater ("The M----F----- With the Hat") while transcending standup as one of our great comedic storytellers ("What does Daddy get for all his work? The big piece of chicken. That’s all Daddy gets," he told us in 1999’s "Bigger & Blacker").

Rock is sharing his "SNL" spotlight with Prince, who reportedly will play an 8-minute set mid-show as he promotes his two latest albums, "Art Official Age" and "PlectrumElectrum." Meanwhile, Rock is plugging his new movie, "Top Five," about a comedian who tries to become a serious actor while dealing with his Reality TV star fiancée.

Perhaps the title of the film, which opens Dec. 5, is an inside joke dating back to Nat X' Top 5 list segment: "Why five? Because 10 would make The Man nervous!" There are many more than five or even 10 reasons to watch Rock’s return to "SNL," including his promo reel for Saturday’s show featuring Bobby Moynihan. Check it out above.

 

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[Ellen: Gyllenhaal Gets Scared]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:47:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-10-29+at+3.17.46+PM.png Ellen DeGeneres scares Jake Gyllenhaal with a doll that nearly knocks him out of his seat.]]> <![CDATA[Ellen: Gyllenhaal Talks "Nightcrawler" Weight Loss]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:43:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-10-29+at+3.18.50+PM.png Jake Gyllenhaal explained to Ellen DeGeneres why he lost weight for his role in the movie "Nightcrawler."]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Daniel Radcliffe Raps on "Tonight"]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:34:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/458008502.jpg

It looks like acting isn't Daniel Radcliffe's only talent.

The "Harry Potter" star now promoting the movie "Horns" showed off his rapping skills on Tuesday's episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

Radcliffe explained that he enjoys reciting lyrics by artists Eminem and British rapper Plan B.

“I’ve always had an obsession with memorizing complicated, lyrically intricate and fast songs,” Radcliffe said. "It’s a disease.”

The 25-year-old then took the stage and showed off his impressive rap skills by performing the tongue-twisting track “Alphabet Aerobics” by rap duo Blackalicious.

Watch Radcliffe perform in the video above. 



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<![CDATA[Amy Poehler Missed Weekend Update to Give Birth]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:33:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/Amy+Poehler2.JPG Seth Meyers' first solo "Weekend Update" anchor duties were due to Amy Poehler going into labor the morning of the show.

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<![CDATA[Meyers: George R.R. Martin Knights Seth]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:12:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/George+R.R.+Martin+Knights1.JPG George R.R. Martin reveals that he has Knighted a couple of fans in the past, so Seth Meyers requests to be Knighted. His title: Sir Seth, Knight of the Pizza.

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<![CDATA[George R.R. Martin Plays "Game of Thrones" Trivia]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:02:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Trivia.png Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler challenges George R.R. Martin to a "Game of Thrones" Trivia, where he must guess who said which famous "Game of Thrones" quote?]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Amy Poehler's SNL Memories]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:54:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/Amy+Poehler2.JPG Amy Poehler recounts a few backstage memories from her days on SNL, including Will Forte naked in his office and yelling out "I love you Kutch!" to Ashton Kutcher.

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<![CDATA[Mike Tyson Beats Mike Tyson in "Punch Out!"]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:39:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tyson+Fallon+2.jpg On the "Tonight Show" Tuesday, Jimmy Fallon challenged the real Mike Tyson to beat a digital Mike Tyson in a game of "Punch-Out!" Watch and see which Tyson wins.

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<![CDATA[Daniel Radcliffe Raps "Alphabet Aerobics"]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:30:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/Radcliffe+Fallon.JPG Jimmy Fallon challenged hip-hop lover Daniel Radcliffe to rap Blackalicious' tongue-twisting "Alphabet Aerobics" on the "The Tonight Show" Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Bill Maher Commencement Controversy]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:46:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bill+maher+mets.jpg

Bill Maher may not the most popular comedian in Berkeley right now.

The polarizing polemicist did what he did best on Oct. 3: sound off, memorably, on an issue of religion, and now Maher's comments about Islam have spurred a petition to remove him as a keynote speaker at December's commencement ceremonies, according to reports.

During an Oct. 3 broadcast, author Sam Harris called Islam "the mother lode of bad ideas," and Maher did not appear to disagree, chiming in that "liberal principles" are "lacking" in the Muslim world.

That's since landed Maher in hot water – which he’s not unaccustomed to – with the university's Islamic community and beyond, who want him dropped from the Dec. 20 graduation exercise.

A Change.org petition calling Maher a "blatant bigot and racist" had 3,000 signatures as of Tuesday evening.



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<![CDATA[Joan Rivers' Family Hires Prominent Law Firm]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:41:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_joan_rivers_hospitalizada.jpg

Joan Rivers' family has hired a prominent New York City personal injury and medical malpractice law firm to investigate the comic legend's death last month, the firm said Tuesday.

The law firm of Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz confirmed that it had been retained. That firm represented Amadou Diallo, the unarmed man shot 19 times and killed by four New York City police officers in 1999.

"In order to fully determine all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Joan Rivers, we confirm that our firm has been engaged by Melissa Rivers and her family," it said in a brief statement.

Managing partners Ben Rubinowitz and Jeffrey Bloom will represent the Rivers family, Rubinowitz told NBC 4 New York.

Bloom is described on the firm's website as having "a reputation as one of the top medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys in New York," while Rubinowitz's biography on the site describes multimillion-dollar verdicts he has won for clients in wrongful death and medical malpractice cases.

The medical examiner's office found earlier this month that Rivers, 81, died Sept. 4 of complications from low blood oxygen during a routine medical procedure to assess voice changes and reflux she underwent at a New York clinic.

The medical examiner said Rivers suffered brain damage when her oxygen supply was cut off and classified the legendary comedian's death as a "therapeutic complication," meaning it resulted from a "predictable complication of medical therapy" -- or a known risk of the procedure.

Those findings came nearly two months after Rivers went into hypoxic arrest, which is when the brain lacks oxygen, while undergoing the procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy on 93rd Street Aug. 28. She was taken to the hospital, where she was put on life support. She died Sept. 4.

An after-hours message left for Yorkville Endoscopy on Tuesday was not immediately returned.

According to the medical examiner, Rivers was undergoing a largyngoscopy -- a medical procedure used to obtain a view of the vocal folds and the glottis -- and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, which uses a flexible tube with a light to see the lining of the upper GI tract, while being evaluated for voice changes and gastroesophageal reflux disease, when she went into hypoxic arrest.

Rivers was being sedated by the drug propofol during the procedure. A plastic surgeon not connected to the Rivers case said hypoxia is a potential side effect of the drug. 



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<![CDATA["The Voice" Season 7 Greatest Moments]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:54:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/NUP_164385_6398.JPG "The Voice" season 7 rocks out with Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton

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<![CDATA[Neil Patrick Harris to Host New NBC Variety Show]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:00:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP740881849686%281%29.jpg

Neil Patrick Harris will host a new hourlong variety show for NBC, the network announced Monday.

The "How I Met Your Mother" star, Broadway regular and host of next year's Academy Awards will emcee the new series based on the British hit "Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway." NBC has ordered 10 episodes of the show which currently does not have a title or air date.

The series will include "comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars" and will be recorded in front of a live audience, according to a statement.

"As I watched the show, I couldn't stop smiling," Harris said of the British program, which is hosted by British comedy duo Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly. "Now that I've seen many seasons, my face hurts. It's a game-changer. Nothing like this has been done before, and its unique structure fits right into my random skill set. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and have some fun!"

"All of us here at NBC have been dying to work with Neil, as we’ve watched him brilliantly host the Tonys and Emmys," Paul Telegdy, NBC Entertainment president for alternative and late-night programming, said in the statement. "This series will suit his extraordinary talents perfectly."

"Saturday Night Takeaway" has been airing in Britain since 2002.



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<![CDATA[Street Closures Set for Wallenda's High-Rise Walk]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:03:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Nick_Wallenda_9-17.jpg

Several Chicago streets are closing this week in advance of the highest skyscraper walk in Flying Wallenda history.

Nik Wallenda, a 7th generation member of the famous family of daredevils, plans to walk a tightrope between two sets of Loop skyscrapers at around 6 p.m. on Sunday.

"This is the steepest incline that I've ever walked, but again it's about me pushing myself to the limit within reason," Wallenda said.

Between 9 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday, Wacker Drive will close from Dearborn Street to State Street, and the Dearborn Street and State Street bridges will shut down for the set up of stage and production areas.

Between 5 p.m. and midnight on Sunday, Wacker Drive will close from Clark to Wabash Street. In addition, State Street closes from Lake to Kinzie and Dearborn closes from Lake to Kinzie, though local access to buildings and businesses will be managed by Chicago Police and security.  

The public can view Wallenda's stunt on Wacker Drive from Clark Street to Dearborn Street, entering from Clark, and Wacker Drive from Wabash Street to State Street, entering from Wabash.

Wallenda first plans to walk from Marina City’s 534-foot-tall west tower, across the Chicago River, to the 635-foot-tall Leo Burnett Building at a 15-degree angle, uphill without a net or harness. The stretch spans two city blocks.

He then will walk between Marina City’s west and east towers, blindfolded. The stunt will be televised live on the Discovery Channel.

"Chicago, the Windy City, that was, believe it or not, very alluring to me," Wallenda said. "Most people would think a wire walker doesn't want to go to the Windy City, but I enjoy the challenges."

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<![CDATA[McGregor Got Stranded Driving Cross-Country]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:02:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/457960836.jpg Jimmy Fallon chats with Ewan McGregor about his Broadway debut play, "The Real Thing," and the time he got stranded while trying to cross America in a sports car.

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<![CDATA[Fallon: Charades With McGregor, Barkley]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:52:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Charades+2.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Charles Barkley face-off against Ewan McGregor and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy in a game of charades on “The Tonight Show” Monday.

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<![CDATA[Meyers Venn Diagrams: Elections, Ebola]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:53:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Venn+Diagram.png In his ongoing segment "Venn Diagrams," Seth Meyers takes two seemingly different groups and reveals what they have in common. ]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Fred Armisen Talks Waterslide Food Truck]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:56:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Fred+Food+Truck.png Fred Armisen tells Seth Meyer's that he recently started a food truck shaped like a waterslide, where food shoots down the slide instead of water. Unfortunately, customers have a hard time reading the menu located at the top of the four-story structure. ]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: New Yorkers React to Ebola ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:52:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Ebola+New+York.png Seth Meyers interviews some anxious New Yorkers about the first confirmed ebola case in NYC.]]> <![CDATA[Seth Meyers Dishes on Tim Gunn Run-in]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:50:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/488838335.jpg Seth Meyers ran into Tim Gunn at the airport in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and was amazed by how kind the “Project Runway” star was to approaching fans.

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<![CDATA[Ellen: Swift Reveals Deepest Fear]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:18:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-10-27+at+4.44.28+PM.png Taylor Swift talks about her fear of sea urchins on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."]]> <![CDATA[Ellen: Taylor Swift Knows Adam Levine's Weakness]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:24:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2014-10-27+at+4.44.22+PM.png Taylor Swift tells Ellen DeGeneres about "Voice" coach Adam Levine's musical theater obsession.]]> <![CDATA[Star-Spangled Blunder: Lewis Is Latest National Anthem Casualty]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:28:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP767478505523.jpg

Being asked to sing the National Anthem is a great honor to many performers – but sometimes, nerves can get the best of just about anyone.

Staind lead singer Aaron Lewis took the field to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the World Series game Sunday night, but unfortunately flubbed some of the lyrics, in a performance for which he later apologized.

This must have been some form of karma for Lewis, who in 2011 had criticized Christina Aguilera and Cindy Lauper for their mistakes while performing the song.

Lewis later apologized on his website and chalked the butchered lyrics up to nerves. "All I can say is I'm sorry and ask for the nation's forgiveness. My nerves got the best of me, and I am completely torn up about what happened," he wrote. "America is the greatest country in the world.

"'The Star-Spangled Banner' means so much to so many, including myself," he continued. "I hope everyone can understand the intensity of the situation and my true intent of this performance. I hope that the nation, Major League Baseball and the many fans of our national pastime can forgive me."

It’s not just celebrities who have struggled with the anthem. A poll that found two-thirds of Americans didn’t know the words of the song sparked a two-year “National Anthem Project” in 2005 to raise awareness.

Here is a list of others who have also infamously bungled “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
 

Christina Aguilera, Super Bowl, 2011

Cyndi Lauper, U.S. Open, 2011

Keri Hilson, Lakers vs. Hawks, 2010

Michael Bolton, Boston's Fenway Park, 2003

Carl Lewis, NBA finals, 1993

Jesse McCartney, NASCAR event, 2009

Eli Young Band, Chiefs vs. Broncos, 2010

Luke Bryan, All-Star game, 2012

Alexis Normand, Hockey game in Saskatchewan, 2013



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<![CDATA[Robin Williams' Son Pitches to Billy Crystal]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:27:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/457911144.jpg

In a tribute to late actor and San Francisco Giants fan Robin Williams, his children, Zak, Zelda, and Cody Williams, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 5 of the World Series at AT&T Park.

Williams's longtime friend, Billy Crystal, caught the first pitch. Crystal also introduced a pregame video tribute to Williams on the video board.

Here's a statement from Williams' children.

"We are honored to be here in support of the tribute to our father, someone who loved his hometown and especially the Giants. For all of us, it is a tremendous delight and a little surreal to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of a World Series game for our team to our dad’s best friend. We could not think of a better way to celebrate his memory. Let’s go Giants!”

Williams committed suidice in August, investigators said.



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<![CDATA[Jim Carrey Celebrates Halloween on "SNL" ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:43:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Carrey_Helvis.jpg

Jim Carrey brought Halloween spirit to "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, kicking off his third hosting gig in a red and very tight "Helvis" costume.

"I personally love Halloween," the actor said during his monologue. "Everyone dresses up in crazy outfits and acts insane. It's the one day a year that I actually blend in."

While explaining his costume — a crossbreed between Elvis and the devil — Carrey broke into song about his love of pecan pie, getting the "SNL" cast involved.

He then changed for a sketch about co-workers at their office Halloween costume contest. Kate McKinnon's character, dressed as the child dancer in Sia's "Chandelier" music video, was about to win when Carrey entered sporting the same outfit: a nude leotard, a short blonde wig and ballet slippers.  

"There's only one way to settle this," said Vanessa Bayer's character, "a 'Chandelier' dance off!" 

One non-Halloween skit involved Carry mocking Matthew McConaughey's infamous Lincoln commercial.

"Sometimes you gotta go back to move forward," Carrey said, mimicking McConaughey's mysterious tone and Texan accent. "And I don't mean go back and reminisce or chase ghosts. I mean take a big step back, like go from winning an Oscar to doing a car commercial."

The "SNL" cast came together for a sketch entitled "Carrey Family Reunion," which featured comedian's family members doing impressions of his iconic characters, including The Cable Guy (Jay Pharoah), Fire Marshal Bill (Cecily Strong) from "In Living Color" and Ace Ventura (Taran Killam).

Even Carrey's “Dumb and Dumber To” co-star Jeff Daniels made a cameo, appearing as Lloyd Christmas.

The cold open  was a spoof press conference of Barack Obama (Jay Pharoah) introducing the newly announced Ebola "Czar" Ron Klain (Taran Killam). Klain dodged questions from the media when asked about his lack of medical experience as well as possible political motivation.

Reverend Al Sharpton (Kenan Thompson) then took the podium, urging calm about the first Ebola case diagnosed in New York.

"All of you New Yorkers shouldn't worry," he said, referring to Dr. Craig Spencer, the fifth U.S. aid worker to contract the virus while working in West Africa. People should go about their daily lives, and so should New York's pigeons, rats, and sewer monsters."

The "Weekend Update" also addressed the Ebola case in New York.

"So it's official," said co-anchor Colin Jost, "New York City has all the diseases." 

He then detailed Spencer's activities prior to his diagnosis, which included going for a run, visiting a park, riding the subway, and then going to a bowling alley. 

"This dude did more in a day with Ebola than I've done all month," said Jost. "I'm starting to think [it's] not Ebola, but more like he just drank a Red Bull." 

Co-Anchor Michael Che also addressed fears about the deadly virus, saying "Forty-five percent of Americans are concerned that they'll get Ebola," and concluded that "the other 55 percent wouldn't answer the phone because they thought that might be the way you get Ebola." 

Musical guest Iggy Izalea performed her hits "Fancy," "Black Widow" with Rita Ora and her newest single "Beg For It."

Next week, Chris Rock will host with musical guest Prince. 



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