<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:45:48 -0700 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:45:48 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Watch: "Tonight Show" Screen Grabs]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:26:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Tonight+Show+Screen+Grabs.png Jimmy Fallon asks "Tonight Show" fans to send in screenshots found on the Internet and shares some of his favorite submissions, including a 1000-year-old grandmother and an interesting Pat Benatar album cover on Pandora.]]> <![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:39:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[If I Were a College Mascot, I'd Be a...]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:23:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ncaa-mascots-triptych.jpg

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<![CDATA[Watch: "Late Night" Celebrity Spelling Bee]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:15:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Celebrity+Spelling+Bee.JPG In this day and age, we know so much about celebrity lives thanks to social network and gossip magazine, but the real question is: Can you spell their name? Find out in this "Late Night" game of "Celebrity Spelling Bee."

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<![CDATA["Mitt in the Mirror" With Mitt Romney & Jimmy Fallon]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:16:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NUP_167998_1610.JPG

Mitt Romney finally revealed why he isn’t running in 2016, ending his presidential aspirations.

The 2012 Republican presidential candidate stopped by "The Tonight Show" Wednesday and chatted with Jimmy Fallon about the 2016 election and revealed that his 2-year-old grandson is training him for the Evander Holyfield charity fight.

Romney will be squaring off against the former heavyweight boxing champion on May 15 for Charity Vision’s “Fight Night” in Salt Lake City. Charity Vision is a non-profit organization that focuses on restoring curable sight impairment worldwide.

“It’s going to be a very quick battle,” Romney joked.

Having officially bowed out of the GOP race in January, the former Governor of Massachusetts was free to crack jokes about President Obama’s golf game, Hillary Clinton’s emails and his own presidential bid loss when he spoke to his “reflection” before sitting down with Fallon.

Fallon, pretending to be Romney in the “reflection” asked the real Mitt if he was ready for big interview.

“Well, actually I’m a little nervous," Romney admitted. "Jimmy is probably going to ask me why I didn’t run for president. What should I say?”

“Just tell him you enjoy the freedom. You get to sit back, relax, golf all the time, go on vacation whenever you want,” Fallon said as Mitt's reflection.

“AKA, be president?” Romney quipped.

Romney’s reflection, worried about the Holyfield charity fight, wanted some assurance that they weren’t crazy for taking on a heavyweight champion. The real Romney reminded the reflection that it was all in good fun. After all, he said, "what’s the worst that can happen?”

“That’s true, I guess it’s not the first time we lose to a black guy,” replied “reflection” Romney.

Watch the clip above to see what else Mitt Romney contemplates about with himself while talking to his “reflection.”

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<![CDATA[Watch: Mitt Romney in the Mirror]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 01:27:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Mitt+Romney+Face+Off.JPG Before his "Tonight Show" interview, Gov. Romney talks to his "reflection" in the mirror.

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<![CDATA["Name Our Roo": LA Zoo Holds Kangaroo Naming Contest]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:53:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*128/la-zoo-name-our-kangaroos-032515.jpg

With each spring comes new life.

The Los Angeles Zoo is currently housing a bounty of babies — a baby hippo, koala, monkey, giraffe and more —  and it wants the public's help in naming the zoo's latest little one, a kangaroo joey.

"Since these newborns won’t be babies forever, we decided to highlight the excitement with a 'NameOurRoo' contest," said Laura Stegman, spokeswoman for the Greater LA Zoo Association.

"It's the first time in nearly 20 years that the general public has been offered the chance to name a baby animal at the LA Zoo," she added.

Now through April 26, visitors can submit a photo of the western gray kangaroo baby along with a potential name using the hashtag #NameOurRoo on Twitter, Instagram or the zoo's website.

The voting and judging process will be open to the public from April 27 to May 1. The winner who comes up with the best baby name will receive a GoPro Hero4 camera and a family deluxe zoo membership, according to a statement.

The "Name Our Roo" contest is part of the zoo's "Meet our Babies" program. Zoo-goers who visit now through the end of April will receive an activity guide containing fun facts and a map to find all the babies at the 133-acre wildlife park.

The "Meet the Babies" program and the "Name Our Roo" contest are part of the zoo's efforts to spotlight the park's endangered and vulnerable species breeding programs.

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<![CDATA[Fans React to Zayn Malik Quitting One Direction]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:25:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/459478626.jpg

One Direction fans, or One Directioners, took to social media Wednesday to share their despair over news that Zayn Malik has left the group after 5 years.

Fans expressed their sadness and shared their memories of seeing the whole band perform, using the hashtag #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik on Twitter.

Even the Beliebers, Harmonizers and fans of other groups showed their support for One Direction.

Take a look a their messages below: 

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<![CDATA[Lollapalooza Releases 2015 Lineup]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:50:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Lolla_2012_img_2318.jpg

Paul McCartney, Metallica and Florence + the Machine are the headline acts for Lollapalooza 2015, festival organizers announced Wednesday morning.

Other big acts for the three-day festival, which runs July 31 through Aug. 2 at Grant Park, include Sam Smith, Bassnectar, The Weeknd, and The Chainsmokers.

Discounted three-day passes quickly sold out after being made available Tuesday, but several other packages -- VIP Lolla Lounge passes, platinum passes, and travel packages -- remain available. 


Friday, July 31st: 

Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Gary Clark Jr., Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, the War on Drugs, DJ Snake, Sylvan Esso, MS MR, Tove Lo, Glass Animals, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, First Aid Kit, DJ Mustard, James Bay, Broods, MisterWives, What So Not, Sxa, Jamestown Revival, Philip Selway, Young Thug, Coasts, Destructo, Borns, Badbadnotgood, Mighty Oaks, Bear’s Den, Peking Duk, Black Pistol Fire, Spookyland, Bully, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Kyle Thornton & the Company, The New Pacific, Daye Jack, The Pop Ups, Q Brothers, School of Rock AllStars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips.

Saturday, August 1st: 

Metallica, Sam Smith, Alesso, Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, Brand New, Carnage, G-Easy, Walk the Moon, Tyler the Creator, The Tallest Man on Earth, Banks, Chet Faker, Sturgill Simpson, Death From Above 1979, Toro y Moi, Charli XCX, Django Django, Boys Noize, Delta Spirit, RL Grime, Givers, Ryn Weaver, Travi$ Scott, Caked Up, Hermitude, Wet, Holychild, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Zella Day, Mr. Eden, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Snbrn, Ellie King, Beat Connection, Mick Jenkins, Raury, Jack Novak, Pell, White Sea, Hippo Campus, Coin, Danny Weinkauf, School of Rock Allstars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips, The Helmets.

Sunday, Augugst 2nd: 

Florence + the Machine, Bassnectar, Of Monsters and Men, A$AP Rocky, TV On The Radio, Nero, twenty one pilots, Nicky Romero, Kygo, Marina and the Diamonds, FKA Twigs, Lord Huron, Gogol Bordello, Stromae, Odesza, Logic, The Chainsmokers, Wild Belle, Twin Peaks, Angus & Julia Stone, George Ezra, Strand of Oaks, Moon Taxi, Shakey Graves, Galantis, Night Terrors of 1927, Alison Wonderland, Circa Waves, DMAs, Sheppard, Mako, Skylar Spence, the Wombats, Halsey, Lion Babe, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Vérité, Jacklndn, Zebra Katz, the Lonely Biscuits, SirenXX, In the Whale, Atarah Valentine, The Pop Ups, Danny Weinkauf, Motown Pete, Q Brothers, School of Rock Allstars

See the full lineup schedule, get festival information and buy tickets at Lollapalooza.com.

Many Lollapalooza fans attempting to purchase three-day passes during Tuesday morning’s sale ran into a big a problem when their Chase Bank credit cards were rejected during their purchase. Chase said the issue was resolved.

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<![CDATA[Watch: The Pros and Cons of March Madness]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:18:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Pros+and+Cons3.png Jimmy Fallon weighs the good and bad of NCAA March Madness.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: Freestylin' With The Roots, Spring Edition]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:29:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Freestylin+With+the+Roots.png Jimmy Fallon gets to know members of the “Tonight Show" audience and asks The Roots to improv songs about them based on what he learns.]]> <![CDATA[Vote in the "Late Night" Tournament of Things!]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 03:43:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Tournament.png In honor of March Madness, Seth Meyers has created a non-NCAA basketball bracket competition of unrelated and random things. ]]> <![CDATA[SF Music Company Sued By Fox Over "Empire" Name]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:17:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Empire+Fox+Howard+Henson.jpg

Fox is suing a San Francisco digital music distribution company because of its name.

According to TMZ, Twentieth Century Fox Television filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against EMPIRE Distribution over the name it shares with Fox's popular television series "Empire."

Founded in 2010, EMPIRE Distribution releases digital music from urban artists including leading hip-hop stars Snoop Dogg, T.I. and Kendrick Lamar.

Fox's fictional Empire Records releases urban music including hip-hop and R&B, but in a real life twist, songs from the series are actually available for sale. Columbia Records released songs from each episode for the duration of the series and then dropped the "Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire" compilation on March 10. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, beating Madonna's "Rebel Heart" album with 130,000 sales in the first week, reported Billboard.

“Fox, through the Empire program, advertises, distributes, and streams music and sells downloads under the ‘Empire’ mark," explained EMPIRE founder and CEO Ghazi Shami in a statement. "This music shares the same search terms as EMPIRE's music, the musical genres are identical, and the songs and albums are positioned in close proximity in online outlets such as iTunes, Google Play, Amazon.com, and Spotify. It isn’t just a fictional show; they are functioning as a record label in the real world. This only makes the public confusion worse.”

EMPIRE Distribution plans to respond to the lawsuit.

“We are confident that this is a textbook trademark infringement case,” said Michael Hobbs of Troutman Sanders LLP, the law firm representing EMPIRE, in a statement. “EMPIRE was started over five years before the first broadcast of the show, the marks are identical, and they sell the same products to the same customers. The significant number of incidents of actual public confusion is disturbing.

“The only alternative with which we are left is to litigate, which we will do vigorously to protect our client’s valuable rights," he said.

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<![CDATA["The Voice" Recap: A #Knockout Steal]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:52:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Caitlin-Caporale-The-Voice-24-Mar-2015.jpg

Tuesday night’s #knockout episode of “The Voice” had singers belting it out to stay in the competition  — and a surprise steal that left one singer ecstatic over the last minute save.

In the second night of #VoiceKnockout rounds, pairs of singers from the same team competed against each other to earn a place in the live rounds. And while all the coaches faced tough decisions in choosing one singer over another, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera clung to their remaining steals in hopes of claiming talented performers from other teams. (Nate Ruess, the energetic frontman of the rock band fun., continued advising the young singers on their knockout songs.)

The first #VoiceKnockout featured two artists Shelton called his "two young country vocalists": Corey Kent White and Cody Wickline.

Wickline performed “Til My Last Day” by Justin Moore, while White performed an emotional rendition of Tim McGraw’s Grammy Award-winning “Live Like You Were Dying” in honor of his sick grandfather.

A clearly torn Shelton struggled to choose one competitor over the other. But with his back to the wall, he picked Wickline.

“I’m so glad knowing that my grandfather was able to watch this performance,” said Wickline, after telling the judges that his grandfather was recovering. “This is better than it could have ever worked out in my wildest dreams.”

Next up were two pop-rock singers from Adam Levine’s team: Blaze Johnson, Jr. and Deanna Johnson. (“Johnson and Johnson!” quipped Shelton.)

Blaze channeled some of the adversity he faced growing up in a performance of The Fray’s “You Found Me.” Deanna aimed high with a rendition of “Listen to Your Heart” by Roxette.

Ruess challenged Deanna to relax onstage. “There’s a uniqueness to your voice that nobody else has these days, but you’re stressing me out,” he said. “At some point, you need to just lose yourself for a second.”

But while several coaches all criticized Deanna for her nerves onstage, Levine chose her over Blaze, citing her vast potential as a performer.

The night’s third and final #VoiceKnockout featured two of Team Pharrell’s powerhouse vocalists: Hannah Kirby, who belted out Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love,” and Caitlin Caporale, who sang “Warrior” by Demi Lovato.

“You’re both my favorites, and I’m so proud of how you’ve come in this round,” Williams said. “But I’m going to choose Caitlin.”

Turning to Kirby, a gracious Williams said: “When you have those dance moves and that voice, people believe in you.”

“Yes they do,” Shelton cut in, right as he used his only steal to bring Kirby — an original member of Team Blake — back into the fold.

“I never dreamed I’d have the opportunity to have you back where you belong,” Shelton told an ecstatic Kirby, as the two embraced.

That left Aguilera with the lone remaining steal, which she’s sure to use next week as the knockout rounds continue.

"The Voice" returns Monday, March 30 at 8 ET / 7 CT on NBC.

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<![CDATA["Entourage" Trailer]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:00:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Entourage+production+pic.jpg Vince, Ari and the gang are all back in the first full trailer for the big screen version of "Entourage," hitting theaters June 5.]]> <![CDATA[Durst "Was Tricked" by Filmmakers, Lawyer Says]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:01:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP03102803000_Durst.jpg

Robert Durst’s lawyer said Tuesday that his 71-year-old client “was tricked” while filming the HBO documentary in which the millionaire was recorded saying "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course."

“The editing was designed for good television, but it wasn’t designed to get to the truth," attorney Dick DeGuerin said in an interview on the "Today" show.

"The Jinx" chronicled the life of the eccentric and controversial real estate heir, including the 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen, the 2000 death of his friend Susan Berman and the 2001 shooting death and dismemberment of Durst’s elderly Texas neighbor, whom he admitted to killing. He was later acquitted on a self-defense claim in that case.

Durst was arrested on March 14, the night before HBO aired the finale of “The Jinx," and charged with one count of first-degree murder in Berman's death. The final episode includes audio of Durst mumbling “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course,” while wired to a microphone in the bathroom.

DeGuerin told NBC's Savannah Guthrie that Durst didn’t take “good advice” that he received from other lawyers about his participation in the film and subsequently "was tricked as he was told probably would happen."

"I think he was regretting it in that bathroom conversation,'' he said.

When asked by Guthrie whether he was concerned about Durst’s apparent confession in “The Jinx,” DeGuerin said, “That’s not a confession.”

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: "Mad Men" Premiere]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:56:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/467548574.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Three Questions With "Late Night" Amber and Michelle]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 03:45:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Three+Questions.png Seth Meyers sent "Late Night" writers Amber and Michelle out to the streets of New York City to ask random strangers three questions in an effort to learn more about the city's residents. ]]> <![CDATA["Game of Thrones" Premiere Party Comes to San Francisco]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:18:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GOTPremiere.jpg

The cast and crew of one of the most beloved fantasy series on TV will be celebrating the show’s season premiere in San Francisco.

Following last week’s world premiere in England, HBO is hosting a star-studded “Game of Thrones” U.S. premiere screening Monday night at the War Memorial Opera House. The show, based on the novels by George R. R. Martin, is entering its fifth season.

Cast members including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage, and Emilia Clarke are slated to appear. The network will stream video of the red carpet arrivals live on Facebook.

When the screening ends, the show’s stars will head to City Hall for an after-party along with 1,000 lucky fans.

HBO spokeswoman Janine McGoldrick told the San Francisco Chronicle that the Bay Area was selected to host the premiere not only because of its large “Game of Thrones” fanbase, but because of its ties to technology – specifically, AppleTV.

“The decision to do the ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere in San Francisco is tied to our announcement of HBO Now,” McGoldrick said.

HBO announced recently that their new streaming service, HBO Now, will be exclusively available on AppleTV beginning April 12. Just in time for fans to tune in for the “Game of Thrones” television premiere, which will air that same day.

But for those who prefer to read the books before watching the show, beware of spoilers. "Game of Thrones" co-creator David Benioff recently confirmed that the show will most likely end before the final book in the series is released.

<![CDATA[Watch: Pie Golf with Bubba Watson and January Jones]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:04:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Pie+Golf.JPG Jimmy Fallon and Bubba Watson play a game of Pie Golf and get a pie smashed in their face by January Jones each time their opponent successfully hits a target with a golf ball.

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<![CDATA[Watch: "Villanova Piccolo Girl" Sits In With The Roots]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:04:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Piccolo+Villanova+Girl.JPG Roxanne Chalifoux, the crying Villanova piccolo player, sits in with the Roots and chats with Jimmy Fallon about her newfound fame after cameras captured her emotional reactions to her school's March Madness loss.

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<![CDATA[USO Awards Banquet Honors Stevie Nicks, Peyton Manning]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:51:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/483637197.jpg

Stevie Nicks, Peyton Manning and author Sebastian Junger are bringing some celebrity luster to a USO awards banquet in Arlington.

But the real stars of the event Tuesday night are nearly 30 Medal of Honor recipients being recognized for heroism in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

The nonprofit organization is dedicated to lifting the spirits of America's troops and their families.

Singer Stevie Nicks holds the USO record for the most hours spent over a five-year period visiting combat-wounded service members.

The USO is recognizing Denver Broncos quarterback Manning for joining a tour that included stops in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

Junger is getting this year's Legacy of Hope Award for his books and films about the challenges military members face in combat and upon returning home.

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<![CDATA[Angelina Jolie: I Had My Ovaries Removed]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:27:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP249863482610.jpg

Angelina Jolie has penned an op-ed for The New York Times revealing how she voluntarily underwent surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.

Two years ago Jolie chronicled her preventative double mastectomy after learning she carries the BRCA1 gene, which sharply increases her chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Jolie’s mother died of ovarian cancer and she lost her aunt to breast cancer.

In the op-ed piece published Tuesday, "Angelina Jolie Pitt: Diary of a Surgery," Jolie wrote she had planned on having the laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy surgery ever since making the decision to undergo the mastectomy, but felt compelled to do it immediately after a routine test turned up elevated inflammatory markers that could indicate the on-set of cancer.

"I had been planning this for some time. It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts a woman into forced menopause," she wrote. "So I was readying myself physically and emotionally, discussing options with doctors, researching alternative medicine, and mapping my hormones for estrogen or progesterone replacement. But I felt I still had months to make the date."

Jolie wrote that her husband, actor Brad Pitt, was on a plane to see her immediately after she learned she needed to have surgery.

The actress and director, 39, went on to reiterate that her decision may not be right for every woman, but after speaking to many doctors, surgeons and naturopaths, she felt good about her choice.

"The most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you personally."

Jolie chose to keep her uterus, opting out of a hysterectomy, and last week underwent surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.

"I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family," she wrote in the Times. "I know my children will never have to say, 'Mom died of ovarian cancer.'"

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<![CDATA["The Voice" Recap: #VoiceKnockout Begins]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 06:17:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sarah+Potenza+-+The+Voice+-+23+March.jpg

It's probably safe to say that Monday night's episode of "The Voice" was a knockout — or, better yet, a whole bunch of knockouts.

Monday's episode marked the beginning of the #VoiceKnockout rounds, as singers from the same team went head-to-head for a spot in the live shows. The coaches had to pick only one singer from each knockout pairing — but they also had the chance to steal the contestants who were eliminated in other teams' knockouts.

Nate Ruess, the dynamic frontman of the band fun. who recently released his first solo single "Nothing Without Love," also made an appearance as a special advisor, coaching the contestants through the vocal artistry and stage delivery of their songs.

The first knockout face-off of the night featured two singers from Team Christina: Ashley Morgan and Sonic.

"My team is bursting at the seams with future superstars," coach Christina Aguilera said.

Morgan, who Aguilera stole from Team Pharrell, performed Pat Benetar's rock anthem "Heartbreaker," while Sonic sang "A Woman's Worth" by Alicia Keys. Morgan's performance earned plenty of applause, but Aguilera picked Sonic to advance to the live show round.

Next up were Brian Johnson and Sarah Potenza, both of Team Blake. The smoky-voiced Johnson delivered a performance of "Nothing Ever Hurt Like You" by James Morrison. Potenza sang "Wasted Love" by Matt McAndrew, a competitor from season 7 of "The Voice."

McAndrew returned to the stage to talk Potenza through the performance of his debut single. "Can you believe that @MattMcAndrew came to see me !!!" Potenza tweeted after her performance.

Shelton struggled with the decision, and ultimately picked Potenza. "There's absolutely nobody else like her in the competition," he said.

But before Johnson could even leave the stage, Adam Levine used his #VoiceSteal to make him the newest member of #TeamAdam.

"You should be in this competition one hundred percent," Levine said.

The third face-off pitted Nathan Hermida against Clinton Washington, both of Team Adam.

Ruess challenged Washington to sing his song pick — "Wanted" by Hunter Hayes — with more power than finesse. "I'd rather be moved by something than impressed by something," Ruess said.

Hermida played to his strength as an airy-voiced tenor, singing "Leave Your Lover" by Sam Smith.

"I gotta go with my heart. The winner of this knockout is Nathan," Levine said. "His performance really spoke to my soul."

Because Anthony Riley had to leave the show for personal reasons, Coach Pharrell Williams challenged Mia Z, Paul Pfau and Sawyer Fredericks to compete for two spots in a three-person knockout.

Mia Z showcased her dynamic vocal range with a performance of "Hold On, I'm Coming" by Sam and Dave. Pfau picked up his guitar and sang John Mayer's bluesy version of "I Don't Need No Doctor" by Ray Charles, while Fredericks set down his guitar for a performance of "Collide" by Howie Day.

"We've been given a very rare circumstance, so this decision is very, very tough," Williams said. His first pick was Fredericks, and the second winner — announced after a tense break — was Mia.

Shelton paired two Team Blake competitors he stole from other coaches: Travis Ewing and Meghan Linsey, who had opened for Shelton on one of his previous tours. Linsey belted out a soulful rendition of the Aretha Franklin hit "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman." Ewing picked Gavin DeGraw's defiant song "I Don't Wanna Be."

"Even when you were playing on a country music tour, I always knew there was this soulful Meghan in there," Shelton said, before picking her.

In the final knockout of the night, Aguilera pitted Koryn Hawthorne against Kimberly Nichole. Nichole sang "If You Love Somebody" by Sting, while Hawthorne decided to sing "Try" by Pink.

The judges agreed that the matchup was best of the knockout rounds in the show. Aguilera struggled to choose between the two powerhouse singers, but finally decided on Nichole.

"She is such a firecracker," Aguilera said. "You never know what to expect with her."

Anguished at the thought of letting such a talented artist depart the competition, Aguilera begged the other coaches to steal Hawthorne for their teams. Just as Aguilera returned to her seat, Williams surprised both coach and contestant with a last-minute steal, promising Hawthorne another shot at glory.

"The Voice" returns Tuesday night at 8/7 Central on NBC.

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<![CDATA["House of Cards" President More Popular Than Obama]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:12:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/presidents-media-trip.jpg

Who's more popular – Frank Underwood or Barack Obama?

Fictional U.S. President Frank Underwood of "House of Cards" is one of several on-screen world leaders viewed more favorably than real-life President Obama, a recent poll by Reuters has found.

Underwood, the "House of Cards" character played by Kevin Spacey, is viewed favorably by 57 percent of Americans — even though the Netflix series depicts him orchestrating several deaths, including slayings of a lawmaker and journalist.

"The West Wing" Commander-in-Chief Josiah Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen in the NBC series that ran from 1999 to 2006, performed even better, getting high marks from 82 percent of viewers.

Other television presidents who were rated include Fitzgerald Grant of ABC's "Scandal," who was viewed favorably by 60 percent, and David Palmer of Fox series "24," with 89 percent.

"Battlestar Galactica's" President Laura Roslin, played by Mary McDonnell, drew a 78 percent favorable rating.

Obama trailed his on-screen rivals, with 46 percent favorability. The poll showed that 54 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Obama, the news agency reported.

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<![CDATA[James Corden: Late Expectations]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:57:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/76911999.jpg

James Corden, who begins his run as host of CBS' "Late Late Show" Monday, bared his pale British bottom in the latest issue of GQ, spurring quips about the "cheeky" move. But his hopes for a rise to the top may hinge most on avoiding overexposure, at least in the short term.

Corden arrives to the ever-shifting late night scene with a big challenge: establishing himself as a star in the U.S. while staying below the radar long enough to experiment as he carves his own comic niche. The question is whether he'll be given enough time and slack to live up to his late expectations.

His debut comes during a period of upheaval for late night comedy, amid major departures (Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson and Stephen Colbert), impending departures (David Letterman and Jon Stewart) and arrivals, impending and otherwise (Larry Wilmore taking over for Colbert and Colbert taking over for Letterman). Decisions are still made around time slot, even if the hour might not matter as much these days as web friendly segments help build audience. 

It’s fitting that Corden’s lead-in (at least until May 20) is the outgoing grouchy elder statesman of the genre, Letterman, who started the after-Carson weeknight TV comedy industry 33 years ago with NBC's "Late Night" and turned the 12:30 a.m. slot into a comedy laboratory.

Letterman, who previously headed a morning show that gained a cult following while confusing housewives and introduced audiences to what would become late-night staples such as "Small Town News" and "Stupid Pet Tricks," only ramped up the trial-and-error approach on "Late Night," creating an empire with stupid humans and smart pets.

Conan O'Brien, a writer for "Saturday Night Live" and "The Simpsons," was even less well known when he succeeded Letterman in 1993, finding early fun in whimsy like "Rotten Fruit Theater." Ferguson, the most recent "Late Late Show" host, turned his monologue into a personal, almost stream-of-consciousness display built more on telling stories than on one-liners.

Even Jimmy Fallon, who arrived on "Late Night" in 2009 with the longest résumé of the post-Letterman crowd, gained enough cover from the late hour to try out the gag-inducing gag "Lick it for Ten." Seth Meyers, now a year into succeeding fellow "SNL" alum Fallon on "Late Night," has found the freedom to work in some offbeat elements like "Seth's Story" and his charmingly surreal exchanges with bandleader Fred Armisen.

Corden's bandleader, comedian and musician Reggie Watts of IFC's "Comedy Bang! Bang!," is probably better known than he is, at least on these shores. At 36, Corden is the youngest of the late night crew, and unlike fellow Brit John Oliver has little previous U.S. TV exposure (even if he pulled good reviews for the recent film version of "Into the Woods").

Stephen Sondheim’s twisted fairy tale musical might be an appropriate jumping off point for Corden, who will need the opportunity to fall flat on his butt a few times on the way to revealing whether he’s destined to become a late, late night happily-ever-after story.


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[Vin Diesel Names Daughter After Paul Walker]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:56:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/168245681.jpg

Almost 16 months after "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker was killed in a tragic car accident, co-star and friend Vin Diesel has done something to keep the late actor's memory "part of his family."

Diesel shared on the "Today" show Monday that he and longtime girlfriend Paloma Jimenez named their daughter Pauline as a tribute to Walker. 

"It felt like, you know, a way to keep his memory a part of my family and a part of my world," Diesel said in an interview. 

The "Furious 7" star said he felt the spirit of Walker, with whom he did five of the seven  "Fast and the Furious" films, was present when his daughter was born. 

"He was in the room," he recalled. "There's no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting this umbilical cord. I just ... knew he was there."

"Furious 7," Walker's last film, opens in theaters nationwide April 3.

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<![CDATA[Keeping Up With Country: Aldean Married]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:07:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP429288951047.jpg Catch the latest from your favorite country stars, whether they're performing soulful ballads on stage or strolling around town in their cowboy boots.

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