<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - ]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usSun, 26 Jun 2016 09:17:37 -0500Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:17:37 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Sweepea Rambo: World's Ugliest Dog]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 16:00:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-542889448.jpg

Sixteen unseemly pooches vied for the surprisingly coveted title of World’s Ugliest Dog at the Sonoma-Marin Fair contest Friday.

Judges, including TV personality Bob Lacey and broadcaster Sheri Lynch, crowned 17-year-old SweePee Rambo — with a tiny blonde mohawk, claw-like legs and one eye twice as large as the other — the winner.

Hundreds of people at the competition cheered on the blind Chinese Crested Chihuahua mix, as his owner, Jason Wurtz, burst into tears and shook a homemade sign that read “SweePee Rambo for President 2016,” according to the Press Democrat.

This was SweePee and Wurtz’s third run at the $1,500 prize, and it finally paid off. The pair, originally from Encino, made the seven-hour trek to the competition in a van teeming with fans and relatives. The award money will go towards removing a tumor from SweePee’s gums, the Press Democrat reported.

Second place came with a $200 prize, which was given to Josie, a pup whose nails were painted bright blue. Rue, a small, dark canine that resembled a pig more than a dog, placed third and earned $150.

The competition was established in the 1970s, and having been around for 28 years, now attracts over 2,000 people each year. According to the Sonoma-Marin Fair’s website, dogs are judged on their first impression, unusual attributes, natural ugliness, personality and audience impression.

Last year’s champion Quasi Modo, a hunchbacked German Shepherd, won because he “epitomized excellence in ugliness,” according to Chief Judge Brian Sobel. Quasi Modo participated in press events in New York and San Francisco and even appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

SweePee’s popularity with the public will determine if he, too, will get a media tour.



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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Thank You Notes to a Weed Magazine]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:05:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/223*120/weed-to-know-thank-you-notes.jpg Jimmy Fallon writes his weekly Thank You notes. He is thankful for a new weed magazine, condoms and family pool parties. ]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show' J.J. Watt Tries His Luck at Egg Russian Roulette]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:06:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/234*120/fallon-watts-egg-roulette.jpg NFL star J.J. Watt and Jimmy Fallon play to win at egg Russian roulette. The loser will leave with two raw eggs on their face.]]> <![CDATA[Celebrities Come Out for National HIV Testing Day]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:35:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DanielFranzese-GettyImages-533405824.jpg

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation is among the organizations putting resources behind HIV prevention and is urging people to get informed and tested. 

The foundation will hold its first HIV-testing event at the Abbey in West Hollywood on June 27, which is National HIV Testing Day, NBC News reports.

Celebrity advocates, including Daniel Franzese, Julie Benz, Lance Bass, Frances Fisher and Kyle Pratt, will be in attendance to encourage people to get tested, increase awareness and help eliminate the stigma surrounding HIV. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the U.S. More than 156,000 of them are unaware they are infected.



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<![CDATA[Lucas Museum Withdraws From Chicago]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:49:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Lucas+Museum.png

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announced Friday that Chicago will no longer be considered a potential site for the museum "in light of extensive delays caused by Friends of the Parks."

The museum will instead move to California, officials said. 

“No one benefits from continuing [Friends of the Parks] seemingly unending litigation to protect a parking lot,” "Star Wars" filmmaker George W. Lucas, founder and chairman of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, said in a statement. “The actions initiated by Friends of Parks and their recent attempts to extract concessions from the city have effectively overridden approvals received from numerous democratically elected bodies of government.”

The announcement comes exactly two years to the day after Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson revealed they had chosen Chicago as the site of the highly-anticipated museum.

"The opportunity for a city to gain a brand new museum is rare, and this particular opportunity - gift worth approximately $1.5 billion - would have been the largest philanthropic contribution in Chicago's history," Emanuel said in a statement Friday. "Unfortunately, time has run out and the moment we’ve consistently warned about has arrived – Chicago’s loss will be another city’s gain. This missed opportunity has not only cost us what will be a world-class cultural institution, it has cost thousands of jobs for Chicago workers, millions of dollars in economic investment and countless educational opportunities for Chicago’s youth."

Museum officials had earlier said they were "seriously pursuing" locations outside of Chicago after the parks group said it opposed any site along the city's lakefront, including a recently proposed McCormick Place Lakeside Center plan.

A lawsuit by the group first targeted the museum's original site, located between Soldier Field and McCormick Place, but Friends of the Parks later warned it would either amend the existing lawsuit to encompass the new McCormick Place site or file a new suit.  

Friends of the Parks had recently released a memo, however, outlining stipulations under which it would settle its lawsuit, including a legally binding promise from Chicago to protect the lakefront from development for the next century. The memo also claimed the group wants 5 percent of museum revenues allocated to park improvements.

“It is unfortunate that the Lucas Museum has made the decision to leave Chicago rather than locate the museum on one of the several alternative sites that are not on Chicago’s lakefront," Friends of the Parks Executive Director Juanita Irizarry and Board Chair Lauren Moltz said in a statement. "That would have been the true win-win."

Hobson previously claimed efforts to build the museum in Chicago were “co-opted and hijacked” by Friends of the Parks.

“When the Friends of the Parks sued the city in order to preserve a parking lot, we were offered a different and feasible solution—the replacement of an underutilized and outdated convention space that would also add more than 12 acres of new parkland,” Hobson said in a statement. “Yet, even with this additional park space, an organization that claims to ‘preserve, protect, improve and promote the use of parks and open space' now opposes this as well.”

Still, Lucas said Friday, “While Chicago will not be home to the museum, my wife and I will continue to enthusiastically support a wide variety of educational and cultural activities throughout the city.”



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<![CDATA[JK Rowling Wishes for Magic to Reverse Brexit Vote]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:25:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-469054268.jpg

British author J.K. Rowling expressed her Brexit dismay Friday, warning that "Scotland will seek independence now" after a majority of voters in the United Kingdom opted to leave the European Union.

The "Harry Potter" creator, who was born in England and lives in Scotland, has been an opponent of the campaign to leave the EU. She took to social media late Thursday, tweeting, "I don’t think I’ve ever wanted magic more."

"Goodbye, UK," Rowling continued in another tweet.

Though the overall U.K. voting result favored to quit the 28-nation bloc, an overwhelmingly majority of Scots voted to remain in the EU. Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon said Friday officials would plan for a "highly likely" vote on a new referendum on independence from the U.K.

Rowling said Prime Minister David Cameron's legacy "will be breaking up two unions," adding that "neither needed to happen." Cameron, who has championed keeping Britain in the EU, announced he would resign by October.

"I don't think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers the country to its next destination," Cameron said Friday.

Amid reports that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will face calls for his resignation from party members after failing to persuade Labour voters to back the "Stay" campaign, one Twitter user noted "British politics is unraveling in a spectacular fashion."

Rowling responded "This is what happens when you try to fix a faulty watch with a hammer."

Rowling also compared Brexit supporters to "the cheating man shocked he can’t stay in the spare room for 2 years(sic) while he sorts himself out."

The author has been outspoken in her support for the "Remain" campaign. Last week she penned an essay on her blog about monsters and villains, equating them to the stories being spun by both sides of the issue.

"Ignorant of what it gives us, we take the benefits of EU membership for granted," she wrote. "In a few days' time, we'll have to decide which monsters we believe are real and which illusory. Everything is going to come down to whose story we like best, but at the moment we vote, we stop being readers and become authors. The ending of this story, whether happy or not, will be written by us."



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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Chloe Grace Moretz at LGBT Equality Event]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:06:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_471738149813.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities looking their best.

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<![CDATA[‘Late Night’: Meyers and Leslie Jones Watch 'Game of Thrones']]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 02:15:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e129_389_lesliejones_got_20160623_1200x675_711866435661.jpg Host Seth Meyers relishes in Leslie Jones’ reaction to watching “Game of Thrones.” When a dragon appears, you can count on Jones to chant “Hallelujah.”]]> <![CDATA[‘Late Night’: Democrats Staging Gun Control Sit-In]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:57:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e129_389_closerlook_20160623_1200x675_711864899737.jpg Host Seth Meyers ponders the world of Congress. House Democrats, after being fed up with gun control being stonewalled all the time, held a sit-in. The impromptu set up led to some tech-awkward moments like Sen. Elizabeth Warren blocking the video as it was live streamed through Periscope. Meyers also presents an important possibility, Speak Paul Ryan is a "vampire."]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight': Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis Sing 'Can't Fight This Feeling']]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:59:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e163_495_cantfightthisfeeling_h264_20160623_1200x675_711860803742.jpg Will Forte and his "The Last Man on Earth" co-star Jason Sudeikis perform "Can't Fight This Feeling."]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight': Candidate Tim Calhoun (Will Forte)]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:00:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e163_495_timcalhoun_20160623_1200x675_711860803837.jpg Third party candidate Tim Calhoun stops by "The Tonight Show" to explain why he would make a good president. Will Forte reprises his "Saturday Night Live" character. ]]> <![CDATA['Tonight’: Tweets Recounting Getting Fired]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 02:03:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e163_495_hashtags_20160623_1200x675_711863875666.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #HowIGotFired.]]> <![CDATA[Bluegrass Music Giant Ralph Stanley Dies at 89]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:15:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/STANLEY_GettyImages-173321350.jpg

Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as bluegrass, has died. He was 89. 

Stanley died Thursday at his home in Sandy Ridge, Virginia, because of difficulties from skin cancer, publicist Kirt Webster said. 

Although he influenced generations of musicians throughout his long career, Stanley brought his old-time mountain music into a new century when he was featured in the soundtrack for the popular film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" in 2000, for which he won a Grammy. 

Stanley was born and raised in Big Spraddle, Virginia, a land of coal mines and deep forests where he and his brother formed the Stanley Brothers and their Clinch Mountain Boys in 1946. Their father would sing them old traditional songs like "Man of Constant Sorrow," while their mother, a banjo player, taught them the old-time clawhammer style, in which the player's fingers strike downward at the strings in a rhythmic style. 

Heavily influenced by Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe, the brothers fused Monroe's rapid rhythms with the mountain folk songs from groups such as the Carter Family, who hailed from this same rocky corner of Virginia. 

The Stanleys created a distinctive three-part harmony that combined the lead vocal of Carter with Ralph's tenor and an even higher part sung by bandmate Pee Wee Lambert. Carter's romantic songwriting professed a deep passion for the rural landscape, but also reflected on lonesomeness and personal losses. 

Songs like "The Lonesome River," uses the imagery of the water to evoke the loss of a lover, and "White Dove," describes the mourning and suffering after the death of a mother and father. In 1951, they popularized "Man of Constant Sorrow," which was also later recorded by Bob Dylan in the '60s. 

"Ralph Stanley was elemental. His voice was freshwater, wind, sky, and stone," said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. "Dr. Ralph is revered by Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, Gillian Welch, Ricky Skaggs, and most anyone else equipped to handle the unfiltered truth." 

The brothers were swept into the burgeoning folk movement and they toured the country playing folk and bluegrass festivals during the '60s, including the Newport Folk Festival in 1959 and 1964. 

But when Carter died of liver disease in 1966, Ralph wasn't sure he could continue. His brother had been the main songwriter, lead singer and front man, and Ralph, by his own account, was withdrawn and shy, although he had overcome some of his early reticence. 

"Within weeks of his passing, I got phone calls and letters and telegrams and they all said don't quit. They said, 'We've always been behind you and Carter, but now we'll be behind you even more because we know you'll need us,'" Stanley told The Associated Press in 2006. 

After Carter's death, Ralph drew even deeper from his Appalachian roots, adopting the a cappella singing style of the Primitive Baptist church where he was raised. He reformed the Clinch Mountain Boys band to include Ray Cline, vocalist Larry Sparks and Melvin Goins. He would change the lineup of the band over the years, later including Jack Cooke, and mentored younger artists like Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs. 

"He carried the ancient sounds from God knows where," said Skaggs, who started playing with Stanley as a teenager. "Ralph found it in the music of the mountains, in the hollows, in the people and in the churches." 

Dylan and Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia praised his work and, in the case of Dylan, joined him for a remake of the Stanley Brothers' "Lonesome River" in 1997. 

He was given an honorary doctorate of music from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, in 1976, and he was often introduced as "Dr. Ralph Stanley." He performed at the inaugurations of U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, was given a "Living Legends" medal from the Library of Congress and a National Medal of Arts presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and President George W. Bush. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2000. 

But at age 73, he was introduced to a new generation of fans in 2000 due to his chilling a cappella dirge "O Death" from the hit Coen Brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" movie soundtrack. The album was a runaway hit, topping the Billboard 200 chart, as well as the country albums and soundtrack charts, and sold millions of copies. 

He won a Grammy for best male country vocal performance in 2002 — beating out Tim McGraw, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Lyle Lovett — and was the focus of a successful tour and documentary inspired by the soundtrack. The soundtrack, produced by T Bone Burnett, also won a Grammy for album of the year. The following year he and Jim Lauderdale would win a Grammy for best bluegrass album for "Lost in the Lonesome Pines." 

"I call him the king of mountain soul," Lauderdale said. "He had that magical quality about him, that when you heard him, there's something about it that really touches you deeply. And he could make you want to cry, laugh or dance." 

He said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2002 that younger people were coming to see his shows and hear his "old time music," and was enjoying the belated recognition. 

"I wish it had come 25 years sooner," he said. "I am still enjoying it, but I would have had longer to enjoy it." 

Despite health problems, he continued to record and tour into his 80s, often performing with his son Ralph Stanley II on guitar and his grandson Nathan on mandolin. 

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jimmie Stanley. He had three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral arrangements were still pending.



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<![CDATA[Celebs Sign Billboard's Open Letter to Congress on Gun Control]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:27:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Celebs+Support+House+Dems.jpg

Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Barbra Streisand and Billy Joel are among a long list of celebrities who have signed an open letter from Billboard magazine to Congress about stopping gun violence in America.

Billboard posted the letter along with over 200 signatures from musicians and executives, including Cher, Jennifer Lopez, Elvis Costello, Britney Spears, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Sting, on its website Thursday.

"We call on Congress to do more to prevent the gun violence that kills more than 90 Americans every day and injures hundreds more," Billboard wrote.

The magazine said its editors were horrified by the recent shooting in Orlando, Florida, and Christina Grimmie's death, and felt connected to both incidents because the "tragedies occurred where musicians and music fans gathered."

Billboard "and the undersigned" — which also included Alicia Keys, James Corden, Questlove, Selena Gomez, Stevie Nicks and Bob Weir — implored that Congress "close the deadly loopholes that put the lives of so many music fans, and all of us, at risk."

Billboard's letter comes amid a growing number of celebrities voicing support for House Democrats who stage a 25-hour sit-in over gun-control legislation.

Comedian Amy Schumer, who launched a "crusade on guns" last year with New York Sen. Charles Schumer, implored her 4.13 million followers to "demand action" for gun control by texting a hotline, while actress Debra Messing similarly suggested, "I just called my Rep to support sit in for gun control vote. Please call yours and let them know you support them!"

Kim Kardashian noted, "After Orlando, Congress hasn't done anything and now they’re going on vacation. I say #NoBillNoBreak."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.



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<![CDATA[Baby Boom: Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:56:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-455569764-cropped.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2016.

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<![CDATA[Fallon Joined by 'Little Donald' on 'Tonight']]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:19:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc-entertainment-little-donald-trump.jpg

Jimmy Fallon was joined by 14-year-old Jack Aiello on "The Tonight Show" Wednesday to help him do an impression of Donald Trump.

The Illinois teen received attention last week when a video of his middle school graduation speech went viral. The video shows Aiello switching between impressions of all the presidential candidates while talking about his middle school experience.

Aiello joined Fallon on stage as "Little Donald," Trump's 14-year-old clone. Fallon, caked in orange-colored powder and donning a yellow mane as Trump, joked that the only person good enough to be his vice president was himself.

"We think exactly alike," Aiello joked. "In fact we even finish each other's…"

"Walls," Fallon answered.

The duo also pretended to prank call Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, with Aiello switching into his Sanders and Clinton impersonations.

"Where did you learn all these amazing impressions?" Fallon asked.

"Trump University," Aiello said.

Aiello, who is as much a fan of Dana Carvey as he is of politics, hopes to have a career in politics or comedy in the future, his parents told NBC Chicago.

--Eric Jankiewicz contributed to this story



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<![CDATA[Where UK Celebs Stand on the Brexit Vote ]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:02:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-456871404.jpg On June 23, voters in the United Kingdom will decide whether to remain or leave the European Union, a referendum whose consequences could ripple around the world's economy. Many British celebrities have taken to social media to express their opinion on the so-called Brexit (short for British exit), while almost 300 artists have signed a letter urging the UK to remain within the EU.

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<![CDATA[‘Tonight': Trump and 'Little Donald']]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:10:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e162_494_littledonald_20160622_1200x675_711060547902.jpg During Jimmy Fallon's impression of Donald Trump on "The Tonight Show", the host got a big hand from a "Little Donald" played by Jack Aiello, a 14-year-old with a knack for impersonating politicians. Read more here.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight': Catchphrase With Elle Fanning]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:55:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/FANNING_GettyImages-542223458.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon brings out Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to take on Elle Fanning, his guest for the night, for a game of catch phrase.

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<![CDATA[‘Late Night’: Meyers Casts Trump on 'Chicago President']]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:03:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e127_388_chicagopresident_20160622_1200x675_711063619627.jpg Host Seth Meyers once again notes that Donald Trump is banned from ever being a guest on “Late Night.” Meyers goes on to theorize that Trump doesn’t want to be president, considering that he doesn’t have a full campaign stuff and that he hasn’t been fundraising. Meyers offers Trump a fictional series, "Chicago President," where he plays the president of the U.S. ]]> <![CDATA[‘Late Night’ Writer Ben Pretends to Host]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:05:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e127_388_benhost_20160622_1200x675_711061571854.jpg One of the staff writers for “Late Night” asks host Seth Meyers to lie to his parents about his role in the show. He told his parents that he’s the host of “Late Night With Seth Meyers.”]]> <![CDATA['Independence Day' Ready to Invade Box Offices Again]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 03:44:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/541898454-independence-day-resurgence.jpg

The hype campaign for "Independence Day: Resurgence" includes a clever gimmick that would have been unfathomable when the original flick debuted 20 years ago: an online “alien invasion simulator” that lets users plug in any address and watch the block (virtually) get blown up. 

The promotion captures the spirit of the first film, an attack-from-outer-space epic by turns jokey, hokey and over-the-top destructive. "Resurgence," though, lands Friday in a different era, in both the realms of cinematic sensibility and reality. The film's biggest challenge might not be repelling invaders as much as successfully infiltrating the altered movie landscape "ID4" helped pave in 1996.

The iconic image from the initial go-around, of course, remains the White House exploding — the evil handiwork of some cunning and nasty aliens. But the aggressive extraterrestrials weren't bright enough to look at their calendars and realize their timing wasn't ideal.

“Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom — not from tyranny, oppression or persecution, but from annihilation,” President Thomas Whitmore declared, rallying a world army for battle.

The box office-busting popcorn flick landed five years before the very real 9/11 attacks. How well “ID4” has aged depends on the age and the outlook of the beholder, though the violent special-effects fest seems almost quaint now. Post-9/11 apocalyptic film fare ranges from cold and dark (“ID4” director Roland Emmrich’s “The Day After Tomorrow”) to wet and light (the "Sharknado" series).

“Resurgence” will try to stake out the middle ground of the original: too wacky to take seriously and just serious enough to engage and rouse crowds, via Whitmore rallying cries like, “We will not go quietly into the night. We will not vanish without a fight. We're going to live on. We're going to survive!"

The sequel arrives buoyed by some original cast members, among them Whitmore himself, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum as the scientist who, in the first installment, somehow figured out what computer operating system the aliens favored. Will Smith, though, is sitting out this battle, while Liam Hemsworth steps into the brawny hero role.

The producers are banking that the alien invasion simulator, along with two-decade-old memories, will draw viewers away from their computers and back in the movies to watch the latest fight to save humanity — and Hollywood.

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[Teen Presidential Impersonator to Appear on 'Tonight Show']]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:56:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc-entertainment-little-donald-trump.jpg

Get ready to hear more political impersonations from eighth grader and bona fide internet sensation Jack Aiello.

The young teen who went viral after he gave a graduation speech while impersonating presidential candidates is set to do a new impersonation on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" — Little Donald Trump.

Jack is slated to appear in a sketch with Fallon during Wednesday's episode, where the teen impersonator will act as Little Donald Trump to Fallon's own Donald Trump. 

In addition to the sketch, Jack will sit down on the "Tonight Show" couch for an interview with Fallon. 

The Arlington Heights middle schooler has been a huge hit since footage of his eight-minute eighth grade graduation speech went viral.

"I’ve decided that since we’re in the middle of an election year, that I would do my graduation speech in the style of some of the 2016 presidential candidates," the speech began.

He went on to do a series of spot-on impersonations of Trump, Ted Cruz, President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and, finally, Bernie Sanders.

Jack’s parents say the teen has been doing impressions since he was a child and is very much into politics.

"He’s a unique 14-year-old, but a humble kid," John Aiello, Jack's father, said.

Jack, who is as much a fan of Dana Carvey as he is of politics, hopes to have a career in politics or comedy in the future, his parents said.

"If you were to ask him what he really wants to do, he really truly does want to be president someday. He feels a great desire to be a leader," said his father, John Aiello. "A politician or a comedian, which the lines do sometimes blur."

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” airs at 10:35pm CT on NBC.



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