<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usFri, 21 Jul 2017 01:57:08 -0700Fri, 21 Jul 2017 01:57:08 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Timeless' Cast Celebrates Fans, Second Season at Comic-Con]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:15:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/709A5830.JPG

The cast and writers behind the revived NBC time-traveling drama "Timeless" opened their panel at San Diego Comic-Con International by thanking the fans over and over for helping bring back a show they once thought was gone for good. 

"Here's the truth," said Executive Producer Eric Kripke. "You guys saved the show."

Thursday's Comic-Con panel came just two months after NBC axed the show and then, shockingly, brought it back to life a few days later. "Timeless" will return in 2018 for a 10-episode second season. 

The time-traveling drama follows Lucy (Abigail Spencer), Wyatt (Matt Lanter) and Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) as they try to catch a mysterious criminal who steals a top-secret, state-of-the-art time machine to change history.  

Kripke and co-executive producer Shawn Ryan said they had just begun to make peace with the fact that the show had been canceled when they got a call from NBC executives. 

“I got a call from NBC and they said we made a mistake and we’re picking up the show,” Kripke said.

Spencer said she was asleep the morning the show was renewed when she started getting loads of texts and emails. 

"I was asleep and woke up to hundreds of emails," Spencer recalled at the Comic-Con panel, laughing about how unbelievable it seemed to her at the time. She thought it was a joke at the time, she said. 

The cast and executive producers of the show said they owed it all to the fans of the show, those sitting in the audience at the Comic-Con panel and those not in the room. 

"The point of the panel is to celebrate you for saving the show so I think you deserve a round of applause," Kripke said.

Fans will have to wait months to get a glimpse of season two, but Kripke and Ryan teased some of what fans can expect in the second season, including digging deeper into each character.

Lucy's mother, the center of the first season's shocking finale, will likely take center stage in the second season as "one of the major big bads in season two," Kripke said. 

Now that Rittenhouse has the time machine in their possession, fans can expect a unique team to fight a common enemy. 

The team hopes to further explore the characters as they battle the common enemy, including the newfound Lucy and Wyatt relationship. 

The show, which shot in Vancouver for the first season, will shoot its second season in Los Angeles. The change will allow the writers to tell stories they would otherwise have not been able to tell, Ryan said. 

"We definitely have some ideas, nothing sort of set in stone," Ryan said. 

The second season may also draw inspiration and ideas from the current political climate, Kripke said. The show's overall message of inclusion and diversity is something Kripke is proud of, he said, and he hopes to continue on that path.

"The thing that we really found this year, that we really love about the show is we really are very proud that we were able to tell these very positive, really inclusive stories about history," Kripke said. "Stories about women and stories about minorities and stories about gay people — that everyone contributes to the history of this country."

Kripke backed away from political statements as the crowd broke out in applause, saying that he wanted the show to have a strong message of inclusion in the current political climate.

"History is for everybody, and America is for everybody," he said.

The executive producers closed out the panel by emphasizing that the work in spreading the word is not done. 

"We're going to be airing in 2018, and that's a lot of time off the air," Kripke said. "Bring new people to the show. The more you can bring people into the time team and we can enlist you all as time team members, the better we'll be."

The cast agreed.

"Clearly," Spencer said. "We can't do it without you. We need you."

"Timeless" will return to NBC in 2018. 

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<![CDATA[Costumes of San Diego Comic-Con 2017]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:24:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDCC-2017-Costumes-3.jpg Sporting spandex, capes, wigs, masks and makeup, fans descended on San Diego Comic-Con International 2017. The 48th annual pop culture and comic book convention is known for inspiring incredible costumes. Here's a look at some of those get-ups.

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<![CDATA[O.J. Simpson Has Been Granted Parole. What Happens Next?]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:16:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17202026633419.jpg

A Nevada parole board voted unanimously Thursday to grant O.J. Simpson’s request for an early release from prison, but this doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a free man.

"Parole is but one step out of the prison gate," Loyola Law School professor and longtime Simpson case commentator Laurie Levenson told NBC News.

After his release from prison, which could be as soon as Oct. 1, Simpson will have to report monthly to a parole officer. He'll also be barred from drinking alcohol and subject to random drug searches and screenings until the terms of his parole end in 2022. If Simpson violates the terms, he could be sent back to prison.

Simpson, now 70,  is widely known for his 1995 acquittal in the slayings of his ex-wife and her friend in Los Angeles. In 2008, he was sentenced to a minimum nine years in prison for committing an armed heist at a Las Vegas hotel in a botched attempt to recover sports memorabilia from his days as a football star.

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<![CDATA[The Stars Descend on San Diego for Comic-Con]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:55:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-819890950.jpg These celebs have been spotted at San Diego Comic Con.

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<![CDATA[Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington Dies at 41]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:38:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chesterbennington.jpg

The singer of the rock band Linkin Park has died at 41.

<![CDATA[Bruce Fromong, Friend and Victim, Defends OJ]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:41:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/20170720_OJ_Victim_Statement_SOCIAL-150057563161200001.jpg

Bruce Fromong, the man who found himself at gun's end during a room robbery in Las Vegas, staunchly defended his friend O.J. Simpson at Simpson's parole hearing on July 20, 2017. Fromong claims that Simpson never aimed a gun to him, echoing Simpson's earlier statement. 

<![CDATA[Del Mar Opening Day 2017 Hat Contest]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:50:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Del-Mar-Hats-2017-Winner.jpg For the past 23 years, Del Mar's Opening Day has been all about the hats. Each year, the venue hosts the famous Hat Contest, inviting participants to showcase their fanciest, most creative toppers. Here's a look at the hats that caught our eye this year at the seaside track in San Diego's North County.

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<![CDATA['No Excuses': OJ Simpson Expresses Regret in Parole Hearing]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:17:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/20170720_OJ_Excuses_SOCIAL-150057307517800001.jpg

O.J. Simpson was remorseful at his parole hearing on July 20, 2017, saying he has never made excuses in the nine years he has been in prison. He said he would not have been arrested if he did not bring armed security guards.

<![CDATA[ OJ Simpson: 'I Would Never, Ever Pull a Weapon on Anybody']]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:20:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/20170720_OJ_Property_SOCIAL-150057281065900001.jpg

O.J. Simpson defended his actions at his parole hearing on Thursday, July 20, 2017. 

<![CDATA[Stunning 'Thrones' Filming Locations Across the World]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:31:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-507008635.jpg The fantasy land of Westeros may seem like a mystical far away place, but many scenes in the popular 'Game of Thrones' series are filmed on-location in countries including the United Kingdom, Canada, Croatia, Iceland, Malta, Morocco, Spain and the United States. Try to recognize where these breath-taking sceneries from earth fit into the world of Westeros.

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<![CDATA[Not Easy Being (Formerly) Green: The Kermit Saga Continues]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:48:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-2282250.jpg

Kermit the Frog famously came to grips with the challenges of being green. But he apparently couldn't shake the blues.

That's the bleak picture Cheryl Henson painted this week when she reportedly charged, via Facebook, that fired frog puppeteer Steve Whitmire portrayed her father's classic creation as a "bitter, angry, depressed victim."

The blunt assessment marked the latest tough words to fly amid news that Disney sacked Whitmire with the blessing of the late Jim Henson's family. The feud, which rips away the felt facade of harmony, is enough to make fans ask a surprisingly unsettling question: Was the frog Whitmire voiced since Henson's sudden death 27 years ago a fraud?

One thing is for certain: Kermit always has been a Muppet of many moods – most of them variations of upbeat. We’ve seen him as everything from the buoyant reporter of "Sesame Street" to the endlessly enthusiastic, if often exasperated producer of "The Muppet Show" to the bayou banjoist who sang longingly of forging a rainbow connection in "The Muppet Movie."

Those iconic portrayals reflected the multifaceted talents of Henson, who combined childlike wonder and energy with counterculture-fueled irreverence to build an enduring fantasy empire that captured the imaginations of children and adults across generations.

Let's give Whitmire his due: The show went on when many thought it would end after Henson's death. Sure, the franchise endured some failures, among them “Muppets from Space” and the TV reboot “Muppets Tonight.” But the 2011 film "The Muppets" marked an uplifting return to form, with Kermit once again a big star.

The momentum faltered last year with ABC’s adult-geared mockumentary (also called “The Muppets”) that portrayed Kermit as a cynical Hollywood producer running his now his ex-girlfriend Miss Piggy's talk show, a production staffed by a pathetic Fozzie Bear and an array of Muppet misfits. The show took lovable, optimistic eccentrics and turned them into losers unable to find the "fun" in "dysfunction."

Was it the concept or Whitmire's morose Kermit that sunk the series? Was Whitmire a difficult employee, as Disney argues, or a victim, as he contends?

Whatever the truth, it's more than fans of any age — especially those of us old enough to barely remember the debut of "Sesame Street" — want to think about.

Now it's up to replacement puppeteer Matt Vogel to make it easy to root for Team Green again. He can start by giving us a new Kermit like the old Kermit: a sensitive, fun-loving force of life who put on a manic show behind the show – and left the dirty laundry in the dressing room.

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[Why We Continue to Be Obsessed With O.J. Simpson]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:19:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/simpsongloves.jpg

Yes, you know O.J. Simpson.

How could you not? He was one of the world’s most recognizable faces, even before last year’s Oscar-winning documentary “O.J.: Made in America” and the Emmy-winning FX drama “The People v. O.J. Simpson” brought his story — and the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman — back into the heart of American culture.

Simpson was granted parole Thursday on charges stemming from the 2008 armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. It's a fair question to ask why, 23 years later, he continues to be a point of obsession for so many, considering the killings for which he was controversially acquitted occurred decades before there was an iPhone, Twitter or even the concept of social media.

The fallen football star’s case was viewed largely through the prism of race in 1994, but how you perceive Simpson today may differ greatly simply depending on when you were born.

If you were born in the age of Twitter, you know about 70-year-old Simpson as he stands incarcerated today. You're familiar with the refrain, "If it doesn't fit you must acquit," because you've seen Courtney B. Vance give an Emmy-winning performance as Johnnie Cochran on the FX broadcast and you've seen the grainy Bronco chase video on YouTube.

But if you're older, perhaps you saw that Bronco chase live as networks broke into the middle of the NBA playoffs with live coverage. Going back further, perhaps you're more familiar with "Naked Gun" O.J. Simpson. A little older and you may remember pitchman O.J. running through the airports in iconic Hertz commercials, briefcase in hand, trying to catch that plane. Older still? Maybe you recall the star Buffalo Bills running back or even watched him during his Heisman-winning days at the University of Southern California.

As Simpson was finally granted parole it may be difficult to imagine the man who once had Madison Avenue in the palm of his hand. It's difficult to perceive the fledgling actor with limited range who tackled small roles in films like "The Towering Inferno" and "Capricorn One," before finding his comedic niche in farce films like the "Naked Gun" series.

Simpson's acting career largely sprang from a Hall of Fame NFL career. Joining the Buffalo Bills in 1969 after winning the Heisman as the nation's best collegiate player the year before, Simpson became the first player in the NFL to rush for 2,000 yards in 1973 and, 44 years later, he remains one of only four players to ever do so. He is still just outside the top 20 in career NFL rushing yards and was first ballot Hall of Famer.

If America continues to have an unhealthy obsession with "The Juice," while other infamous figures like Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy have faded with time, perhaps it's because there were so many different incarnations of Simpson before the crimes for which he became infamous. Whether it was actor O.J. or sports star O.J., or celebrity O.J., Simpson had woven himself into the fabric of America for decades before Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered. Perhaps that's why we simply can't get enough of his story.

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<![CDATA['Stunned' Puppeteer Says He Did Not Transform Kermit]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:03:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/stevewhitmirefeuerherd.jpg

Puppeteer Steve Whitmire on the "Today" show Thursday pushed back on allegations that he was difficult to work with and that he transformed Kermit the Frog into a negative personality during his more than 15-year tenure as the voice of the beloved character. 

Jim Henson's daughter Cheryl Henson alleged this week that Whitemire turned the iconic children's character into "a bitter, angry, depressed victim."

On "Today," Whitemire responded, saying that's an "arrogance that’s not in my body."

As for the charge that he was difficult to work with, Whitmire said he was in talks to become a producer of the show and was "stunned" when he learned he was fired. 

"I offered notes, I don’t think that makes someone difficult," he said.

In response to a blog post last week, in which Whitmire said he had been “devastated” by his termination, Cheryl Henson reportedly posted on Facebook saying his story was “ridiculously self serving [sic].”

“Steve’s performance of Kermit has strayed far away from my father’s good hearted [sic], compassionate leader of the Muppets,” Henson, who is a Jim Henson Company board member, wrote. “Steve performed Kermit as a bitter, angry, depressed victim.”

Cheryl Henson went on to say that Whitmire's portrayal was no longer “funny or fun,” and that re-casting the character was long overdue. A screenshot of Henson's Facebook post was published by Deadline and NBC News could independently verify the writing.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Queen Latifah Doesn't Like to Die in Movies]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:34:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-20-at-5.52.57-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers sits down with Queen Latifah, who explains why she started including death clauses in her film contracts.

<![CDATA['Late Night': Closer Look at the Failed GOP Health Plan]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:07:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-20-at-6.08.24-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a look at how President Donald Trump and the GOP are doing after their latest attempt to replace "Obamacare" failed.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Harry Styles Takes Over Fallon's Desk]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 02:46:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-20-at-5.45.31-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon has Harry Styles make a special wish, before the singer takes over the host's desk.

<![CDATA['Tonight': White Walker and Other Good, Bad, Great Names]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 02:41:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Jimmy-Fallon-Desk.jpg

Jimmy Fallon shows that what makes a good name for one thing might make a bad name for something else.

<![CDATA[Smith Apologizes for Sharing 'Gay Kiss' Story About Affleck]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:06:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/woodsmith.jpg

Director Kevin Smith is apologizing after he was slammed for sharing a story about Ben Affleck's "challenge" of kissing another man in the 1997 film "Chasing Amy" at an LGBT film festival last week.

In the anecdote told at the Los Angeles' Outfits LGBT Film Festival, Smith shared that Affleck said kissing another man is "the greatest acting challenge an actor can ever face," and that the kiss made him a "serious actor."

Affleck received backlash for the alleged story, including a tweet from "Westworld" actress and Emmy nominee Evan Rachel Wood slamming the actor.

"Try getting raped in a scene. Also, grow up Ben," Wood wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

The criticism of Affleck, given that some people thought the controversial remark was made recently, led Smith to apologize in a Facebook Live video.

Warning: This video contains graphic language.

"Of course, Affleck doesn't feel that way today and who knows if he even felt that way then? But he could've, he was in his 20s. We all say goofy s--- in our f---ing 20s," Smith said. "But it wasn't something he went out into the world and talked about. It was something he said to me."

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Checking in With Trump's EPA]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:31:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-19-at-4.32.48-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a break from the all the breaking news to check in with how the Trump Administration's Environmental Protection Agency is doing.

<![CDATA['Late Night': NY Attorney General Talks Suing Trump]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:28:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-19-at-4.29.42-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers sits down with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to talk about that time he sued Donald Trump over his now-defunct Trump University.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Jada Pinkett Smith Toured a Swamp With Will Smith]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:23:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-19-at-4.24.38-AM.jpg

Jada Pinkett Smith explains how she ended up on a public New Orleans swamp tour with her husband Will Smith, thanks to her "Girls Trip" co-star Tiffany Haddish's love of Groupon.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Catchphrase With Pinkett Smith, DeHaan, Ora]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:19:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-19-at-4.19.39-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon teams up with Jada Pinkett Smith against Dane DeHaan and Rita Ora for a game of Catchphrase. 

<![CDATA[San Diego Comic-Con 2017: Thursday Highlights]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:16:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/inhuman123454321.jpg Here are a few of the highlights from Day 1 of the San D

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<![CDATA[2017 San Diego Comic-Con: Friday Highlights ]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:08:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/thronesthronesthrones.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Jessica Alba Pregnant With Third Child]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 03:58:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/jessica-alba2.jpg

Jessica Alba is expecting baby No. 3.

The actress made the announcement in a picture on Instagram of herself and her two daughters. Her eldest daughter is holding up a balloon in the shape of a 1, her second has a 2 balloon and Alba is holding a 3 balloon with her hand on her stomach.

In the caption, she writes that she and her husband, producer Cash Warren, "are officially going to be outnumbered." She added the hashtag #babyonboard.

Alba rose to fame in James Cameron's Fox series "Dark Angel" in the 2000s. She's starred on the big screen in "Sin City" and its sequel and other films.

The 36-year-old is also a co-founder of The Honest Company.

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