<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2016http://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-usTue, 25 Oct 2016 22:54:22 -0700Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:54:22 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[American Girl Expanding to Nearly 100 Toys R Us Stores]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:27:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-615380026american-girl-doll.jpg

American Girl dolls, the customizable figurines once available only at the company's stores, are finding new homes all across the country at close to 100 Toys R Us stores.

The brand announced in August that it would be selling its products at Toys R Us stores, and "WellieWishers" line of dolls hit shelves in select stores early September, according to a press release.

While some shops have already been set up, the nationwide grand opening for the shops is coming this Saturday, according to a Toys R Us spokeswoman. 

The new "shop-in-shops" feature "Truly Me" dolls, "WellieWishers" doll outfits and accessories. They are opening in 97 locations across the United States.

"We are focused on finding new, exciting ways to bring our stores to life, and are thrilled to be launching this exclusive American Girl shop-in-shop in nearly 100 Toys R Us locations across the country just in time for the holiday season," said Richard Barry, head of marketing for Toys R Us, in a statement. 

Click here for a full list of stores where the dolls will be available. Additional Toys R Us stores are set to open shop-in-shops next year.

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<![CDATA[Rihanna, Missy Elliott Plead for Help Finding Missing Dancer]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:42:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/shirlene+quigley+alternate+photo.jpg

UPDATE: Missing backup dancer found safe, police say

Mega music stars are joining in the surging call for help finding a 32-year-old backup dancer from New Jersey who vanished near the Port Authority Bus Terminal over the weekend after making a cryptic comment to friends.

Rihanna posted an emotional plea on Instagram for information on the whereabouts of Shirlene Quigley, who has also performed with Beyonce and Missy Elliott. 

Calling Quigley a "beautiful soul," Rihanna wrote, "My heart aches thinking of how heavy this is on all who love her!" The Instagram post included a video of the missing woman contemplating peace and love.

"Imagine if we treated each other like we all came from the same family," Quigley says in the video. "If you are in my life, I love you, whether it be 10 seconds or forever, because we're all family." 

Quigley, who lives alone in North Bergen and teaches dance at Peridance Capezio Center and Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan, according to her Facebook page, was last seen getting on a bus at Port Authority around 1 a.m. Sunday, her father said. 

Her father, who lives in California, said Quigley normally calls him every day around 6 p.m., and he became concerned when he hadn't heard from her.

"I just want her to come home, or if someone has her to let her be," the father said. "She's everything to me. She's why I live." 

Missy Elliott posted a collage of Quigley, urging people to call police if they have information.

"Need help from the whole Dance Community to spread the word!" Elliott wrote on Instagram. "Those who have met her know her spirit is always bubbly and kind & uplifting energy! Sending countless prayers."

Police say Quigley's phone was found at a bridal store in Chelsea; her father says she could've been there to pick up something for a show. 

Quigley's father said his daughter made a strange comment to her friend recently along the lines of "Get ready, it's about to happen and I'm going to need you to sub for me." 

Quigley attended Liberty Church in Brooklyn; her father says that she is very religious, and that lately she has seemed "euphoric." 

Her landlord saw her leave her New Jersey home Saturday afternoon and later called a friend to say Quigley did not seem well, the friend said. 

According to her personal website, Quigley's dance career launched when she was 18 and earned a role as one of the "uhh ohh girls" on Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" music video. She has performed on an array of awards shows, including the VMA's, Grammy's and ESPY Awards. 

Quigley created the first high heel dance class at a studio in her hometown of Los Angeles and later brought the workshop to New York City. She has also taught at dance studios around the world, her website says.

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<![CDATA[O'Conner Posts Frantic Facebook Note Following Surgery]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:05:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sinead-o%27conner.jpg

Sinead O'Conner said she rushed to the hospital earlier this week following complications from surgery. The singer posted on Facebook saying she was unable to breathe and that her liver had been accidentally damaged during a medical procedure.  

The "Nothing Compares To You" singer also bemoaned she was alone and had no emotional support in her posts.

"Gotta go to emergency. Liver all f----- and killing me," O'Conner wrote. "Can't breathe properly it so sore. Am posting as am lonely. Story of life. Wish was not so alone in world. Gotta be worth something to someone after all these years and after all I given. Am so shocked to be so all alone."

In an earlier note posted that same day O'Conner said she has been in rehab following 30 years of substance abuse and would be living in a "sober living environment" for the next year. 

In May, O'Connor caused a brief scare when she was reported as missing in the Chicago suburbs, but was found safe at the Best Western hotel in Morton Grove, where several police cars and an ambulance had been spotted.

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:29:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-617860394-ent.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Obama Talks Trump on 'Kimmel']]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:22:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/O_K_AP_16298806924053.jpg President Barack Obama took a dig at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during an appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" show on Oct. 24, 2016.

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<![CDATA['Late Night’: 'Trump Kind of Christmas']]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 03:48:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e017_437_anagasteyer_trumpkindofchristmas_20161024_1200x675_792866371919.jpg Ana Gasteyer talks about her upcoming participation in a "Trump Christmas" family special. She provides the “Late Night” audience a glimpse of this performance.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night’: Trump’s Closing Arguments]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 03:49:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e017_437_closerlook_20161024_1200x675_792863811900.jpg With the election nearing, host Seth Meyers looks at how Donald Trump’s campaign is wrapping up the election cycle.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’: This Week in Memes]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:08:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e021_556_weekinmemes_20161024_1200x675_792866371799.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon turns viral photos of celebs and pop culture from the week into memes.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight': Random Questions With Ricky Gervais]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 03:50:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e021_556_randompeoplerandomquestions_20161024_1200x675_792865347887.jpg Ricky Gervais and host Jimmy Fallon take turns answering questions asked by random people on the streets of New York City, no matter how absurd or personal.]]> <![CDATA[Pete Burns, Lead Singer in Band Dead or Alive, Dies at 57]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:05:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/deadoralive.jpg

Dead or Alive singer Pete Burns died Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest, his management team confirmed. Burns was 57.

Burns, who was also appeared on "Celebrity Big Brother" in 2006, had a 1985 hit with "You Spin Me Round." 

The management statement said: "All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star. He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented soul, and he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories he has left us with."

Burns has appeared on reality television shows in recent years including "Celebrity Wife Swap" and "The Body Shocking Show." 

His passing was noted across social media Monday. Performer Boy George recognized Burns as a "true eccentric" and a big part of the performer's life.

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<![CDATA[Price, Games Make PlayStation VR Attractive for Players]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:54:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/psvr+bundle.jpg

The landscape of the video gaming industry is finally becoming more three dimensional after years of promise with virtual reality. The recently released Sony PlayStation VR headset hits a sweet spot with price, ease of connection, familiarity for consumers and launch-day games that show the controller’s potential.

PSVR is one of three virtual reality units hitting the market this year. It joins HTC Vive, released in April, and the Oculus Rift, released in March. While all three offer an amazing virtual reality experience to differing degrees, one of the major differences will be to players’ bank accounts.

The PSVR headset alone is priced at $399, but if you never had a PlayStation camera, you are going to need one of those as well, an additional $60. The PSVR games can use the regular DualShock 4 controllers players use with PlayStation consoles, but there are Move controllers, individualized hand controllers for another $60, that will provide a more immersive experience for players.

Sony does have a bundle that includes all that hardware, plus a demo disk of various games and virtual reality environments to explore and a full game called “PlayStation Worlds” for $499.

The HTC Vive is priced at $799 for just the headset. The Oculus Rift is priced at $599 but will also feature Touch motion controllers for an addition $199 and earphones for $49 starting on Dec. 6.

All prices are manufacturer suggested retail prices, and there are many deals out there to drive purchases during the holiday season. However, the clear price winner is the PSVR, with a much more consumer friendly price while still offering a lot of hardware, even with the inclusive bundle.

The PSVR is also a very easy hookup to the PlayStation 4 console. I had the whole thing up and running in less than 10 minutes. One main cable connects the headset to the console through a dedicated processor that sits next to the PS4. The processor is small and doesn’t have a large footprint on the shelf.

Because it uses a PlayStation 4 console, there is a familiarity with the set up and the menu screens. The Vive and the Rift both need a high-powered PC to run their headsets, but the PSVR is just another extension of Sony’s gaming stable and requires no PC.

Anyone who might be interested in virtual reality likely has a PS4. Not everyone has a top-of-the-line computer, meaning an additional expense for those who look to HTC/Valve or Oculus for the experience.

Wearing the PSVR is simple. Extend the headband, slip it on your head, slide the screen into position, and you are ready to go. It isn’t heavy, weighing in at just over 1.5 pounds, and I had little neck fatigue from repeated and extended usage.

There are warnings for people who may get motion sickness, and the PSVR isn’t for children under 12. I didn’t experience any nausea or sensory discomfort, but others who used it said they were a little “swimmy” after taking the headset off in certain circumstances.

However, as with any new gaming hardware, the proof is in the games. Companies can make the best system ever, but without good content to keep players involved and entertained, the hardware just sits there, looking pretty.

PSVR launched with a series of titles that showcased the different types of experiences you’ll be able to have in virtual reality. The imagery is stunning in them all, from the dangerous reality of the deep ocean in “Ocean Descent” to the fantastical world of lights and sound in “Thumper.”

Some games felt like I was in a “Tron” movie. “Battle Zone” put me in a realistic-looking, futuristic tank, while the battlefield resembled more of a digital game.

Other games would let me see things through the main characters’ eyes. In “Batman: Arkham VR,” you put on the costume, gauntlets and cowl to become the Batman, navigating your way through a very detailed Gotham to solve a horrible crime.

In “Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration,” you look at Croft Manor through Lara Croft’s eyes, seeing and remembering its significance as she sees them while she searched for clues into the manor’s secrets.

In “Driveclub,” taking the seat of a racing car has never felt so real, allowing me to look around the entire interior of the car while also looking out a side window to see my opponents reaction as I race by.

While the virtual reality experience has been shown to reproduce real-life settings, some games are more interested in how the PSVR headset interacts with the game play. “Headmaster” only uses the interactive movement of my head to direct soccer balls into the net and at targets.

Still others, like “Wayward Sky,” use the headset and controllers to direct the action across a virtual playing field. Even in those cases, the player feels like they are floating in a world that is rich and vibrant as it extends all around them.

Obviously, the horror genre of games can take full advantage of putting the player into scenes where danger lurks around every corner, and the players can look into those corners – if they dare.

A demo experience from “Resident Evil 7” called “Kitchen” showed how players can see the terror coming if they are paying attention. But what are you prepared to do about it?

Aptly named “Rush of Blood” puts players on a haunted amusement park ride where murderous clowns (yes, it had to be clowns) try to end your ride permanently.

With major companies, like Warner Bros., Ubisoft and Evolution Studio to name a few, developing games and experiences for the PlayStation VR, the adventures and fun are only going to get better and better. While there was no defining, "killer" game for the PSVR at launch, the wide range of experiences and involvement lets players know what is possible and allows them to choose the type of game that is right for them.

For a good price, the ability to connect with a known console and fantastic virtual reality adventures, the PlayStation VR is something people should consider if they want to explore the VR worlds. Our imaginations are only the beginning.

Larry Frum has written about video games and gaming technology for seven years for various publications. This story was done using a purchased PlayStation VR bundle unit, and the games were digital downloads using codes provided by Sony.

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<![CDATA[Walmart Scraps 'Suicide Scar' Makeup Kit Amid Outrage]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:02:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/walmart_north_las_vegas.jpg

Outraged mental health advocates petitioned Walmart to stop selling a "Suicide Scar Wound" makeup kit offered on the retailer's website.

Walmart, one of the leading retailers in the United States, can be a one-stop shop for Halloween necessities like candy, costumes, and decorations.

This year the site featured a "Razor Blade Suicide Scar Wound" latex costume makeup kit. The product, according to Walmart, was not something they put up for sale online, but rather a third-party vendor, that Walmart did not identify.

The title and photo of a razor blade with two bloody slash marks instigated outrage from the community.

"I would like to know which part of this is a suitable costume for anyone," one person said on Twitter. "Self harm isn't a 'scary costume' for all to wear."

A group called Revolving of Doors launched a change.org petition.

"This is not just a disgrace to the sensitivity to those who suffer from self-harm, but a shame on Walmart for making light of the situation," the petition stated.

"This 'costume' is real life for many people, many people who are contemplating volumes higher than self-harm," the petition added. "Suicide is not a joke, not a costume, and not funny."

The controversy prompted Walmart to remove the costume from their site over the weekend, telling Facebook followers they too thought it was "unacceptable."

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255.

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<![CDATA[Retro LA Home Once Owned by Ike and Tina Turner for Sale]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:58:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/knbc-tina-turner-ike-turner-home-for-sale.jpg Perched on a hill in a South Los Angeles neighborhood often called the "Black Beverly Hills," a retro residence Ike and Tina Turner once called home is being sold for $999,000.

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<![CDATA[Robin Williams' Kids Present Grants to Challenged Athletes]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 22:57:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/challenged+athletes+10-23.PNG

Robin Williams was a longtime champion of San Diego's Challenged Athletes Foundation, and Sunday, his children took over for their late father to present grants at the foundation's annual triathlon. 

It was the first time Zelda and Zak Williams attended since their father died in August 2014.

"It's so good to see them around each other and hang out and, I think, not feel alone," Zelda Williams said of the racers.

Robin Williams was a dedicated philanthropist and served as an ambassador for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which supports people with phyiscal challenges, like amputees, lead physically active lives and compete in athletics. 

One of the athletes whose lives was impacted by the beloved comedian is grant recipient Patrick Ivison.

"That he took the time out of his insane schedule to come help people like me —there are no words," Ivison told NBC 7 San Diego.

On Sunday, Ivison received his very own rugby wheelchair from the Williams family so he can play professionally. It was one of three grants Williams' kids presented to challenged athletes.

"It was an absolute special moment," Zak Williams said.

Ivison said he couldn't be more grateful to Williams' kids.

"I'm so in love with the fact that they love us so much. Just forever grateful," Ivison said.

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<![CDATA[Celebrity Chicago Cubs Fans Celebrate Historic Win]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:58:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-492529998.jpg

Bob Newhart, a native Chicagoan and infamous Cubs fan, may have forgotten his "W" flag at home, but that didn't stop him or his grandkids from taking a DIY approach to properly celebrate their team's historic NLCS win Saturday night.

"I'm in Seattle with my grandkids," Newhart tweeted. "I forgot my W flag, so my grandkids made me one. Isn't it beautiful! #GoCubsGo #FlyTheW."


Newhart was one of multiple famous, die-hard Cubs fans who took to Twitter after the win.

Actor John Cusack simply tweeted, "It's. Done."


He followed up with a photo of himself and Kerry Wood "moments before it happened- and IT happened."


“New Girl” actor and Evanston native Jake Johnson tweeted, "They did it!!!!! #FlyTheW @Cubs."


Actor Joe Mantegna and Fall Out Boy and Wilmette native Pete Wentz were succinct in their tweets. "CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!," Mantegna wrote. "Yessss!!!!! CUBS!!!!" Wentz said.



Then there was the moment Hillary Clinton found out the Cubs won.

Clinton's press secretary Nick Merrill tweeted a photo of the Democratic presidential candidate looking at her phone totally shocked when she learned the Cubs were headed to the World Series.

"That look when you cap off a day on the trail by watching the @Cubs cement their trip to the #WorldSeries. #FlyTheW."


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<![CDATA[Robin Williams' Family Gives Grants to Challenged Athletes]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:01:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Challenged-Athletes-Triathl.jpg Robin Williams' family attended the Challenged Athletes Foundation's Triathlon Challenge to present grants to three challenged athletes. NBC 7's Liberty Zabala reports.]]> <![CDATA[Obama Tweets Cubs Congrats]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 03:59:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/obama+sox+GettyImages-102211309.png

Chicago Cubs fans are still in a state of gleeful delirium after the team advanced to the World Series on Saturday night, and even some Chicago White Sox fans were willing to offer congratulations to their North Side rivals.

Perhaps the most famous White Sox fan in America was one of those that congratulated the Cubs on getting to the World Series, as President Barack Obama offered his congratulations on Twitter Sunday morning: [[398107811, C]]

President Obama isn’t the only famous White Sox fan to lend his support, as others like Chance the Rapper have also been adamant about supporting the Cubs during their current playoff run, which will continue on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians. [[397855571, C]]

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<![CDATA[Saturday Night Live: Tom Hanks Hosts, Lady Gaga Performs]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 03:41:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Tom-Hanks-SNL-Debate.jpg

With Halloween around the corner, it’s fitting that “Saturday Night Live” would open this week’s episode with something unsettling, like the latest presidential debate. Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump returned to go hair-to-head with Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton in this sendup, moderated by the night’s guest host, Tom Hanks, as Fox News’ Chris Wallace.

The unprecedented discourse in this election cycle, particularly from the GOP candidate, allows a mean-mugging Baldwin to draw laughs by simply repeating some of the real Trump’s words verbatim.

For instance, Trump dropped two new terms at the debate this week: “bad hombres” and “nasty woman,” the latter of which was directed specifically at Clinton. In the sketch, Baldwin pulls out a notecard to make sure he'd said everything he'd intended; one side of the card reads in large handwriting, "Nasty woman" and the other, "Bad hombres." 

And, as McKinnon illustrated by playing a self-congratulating, sometimes smug Clinton, Trump’s consistent choice to cross such lines of generally acceptable social conduct might give Clinton the feeling that she’s got the election on lock.

Baldwin’s Trump did point out, though, that he’s ahead in every poll (well, every poll that’s conducted at a Cracker Barrel restaurant), and that, anyway, the election system is rigged against him. The media are to blame for much of that, he said.

Hanks’ Wallace asked Trump how it is that the media are making him look bad.

“By taking everything I say, and everything I do, and putting it on television,” he replied.

When McKinnon’s Clinton was asked about Wikileaks and the emails from her private server, she masterfully dodged the question and pivoted right to Trump’s treatment of women.

“Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” Baldwin’s Trump said, at which point cameras panned out to the SNL audience to show everyone laughing, hard, at the claim, which real Trump has made on more than one occasion. As Michael Che said later on the Weekend Update segment, “Nobody has more respect for women than you do? What about other women? What about RuPaul?”

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The debate cold open ended with the Democratic candidate pledging to be a “stone-cold B” if elected, while Trump promoted the probably-not-real Nov. 9, 2016, launch of Trump TV.

Nine-time host Tom Hanks ("Inferno," “Sully”) performed a monologue in a cardigan as “America’s dad,” gently coaching the country through difficult times as one might an adolescent daughter or son (“Sure, China might be popular right now, but you, you are so dang creative!”) and lamely offering up cautionary advice (“You’ve got a lotta guns, kiddo — do you need all those guns?”) that will likely go unheeded.

Kenan Thompson hosted "Black Jeopardy!" in the episode’s first post-opening sketch. Cast members Sasheer Zamata and Leslie Jones took two of the contestant spots, while Hanks' character Doug, a stereotypical "blue collar" Trump supporter, took the third. Despite all low expectations, white contestant Doug performed competitively, impressing the host and other contestants with his distrust of the government and his appreciation for sturdily built females and Tyler Perry films. But just as everyone was feeling like maybe they weren’t so different from one another after all, it was time for Final Jeopardy. The category? “Lives That Matter.”

“Well, it was fun while it lasted, Doug,” Thompson said, closing out the sketch.

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As Saturday saw the 11th in a series of women come out to publicly accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, the Weekend Update segment went for the GOP candidate right away.

On Trump alleging that his women accusers are just looking for their "10 minutes of fame”: “He’s so cheap, he’s lowballing them on their minutes of fame.”

Mocking the GOP candidate’s seeming inability to keep from behaving like a reality show personality: “‘I’ll tell if you if I’m going to tear apart the fabric of our democracy…right after this break.”

Cast member Leslie Jones guested on Weekend Update, addressing cybersecurity in the wake of this week’s massive DDoS attacks on a DNS company in New Hampshire. Major sites from Twitter to Netflix to Soundcloud were all taken down Friday in a highly coordinated attack.

Jones was personally the victim of hackers earlier this year, and on Saturday’s show she called out trolls for sitting behind their screens rather than confronting people in real life. Also, she said, she’s not trying to hide anything, so why bother hacking her? “If you want to see Leslie Jones naked — just ask!” she said.

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Cecily Strong appeared as her “Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party” character, sloshing white wine and passionately mispronouncing hot takes on the election.

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Alec Baldwin joined Tom Hanks for a Sully-related sketch.

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Several other sketches were Halloween-themed, including one featuring Hanks debuting a character, David Pumpkins, who may or may not be the scariest Halloween character of all time.

Lady Gaga performed two songs from her new album “Joanne”: “A-Yo” and “Million Reasons.”

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<![CDATA[Miley Cyrus Campaigns for Clinton at College Dorm in Virginia]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:26:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Miley+Cyrus+GMU.jpg

She came in like a wrecking ball.

Singer and entertainer Miley Cyrus went door-knocking for Hillary Clinton at a George Mason University dorm Saturday afternoon.

Dressed in an “American flag” outfit that consisted of an oversize blue bow and a red-and-white striped skirt, Cyrus told students she agrees with Clinton’s views.

“Me and Hillary share equality for all. Everyone gets stuck on voting for her out of fear of what could be, but I would vote for her anyway,” she said. “Trump doesn’t understand how personal it is for women to be in control of their own health – access to checkups, birth control.”

She spoke about a recent trip home to Nashville that she described as a “wakeup call.”

“I saw one Hillary poster in a sea of terrifying Trump supporters and posters. This election has been super hateful, not only for the nominees themselves, but within our own community. When I post support for Hillary on Instagram, I can’t believe the hate that I get,” Cyrus said. “It seems like you’re just talking to different people that live on different planets.”

She added that “it’s not like I don’t understand the other side, because I grew up with a super conservative family.”

Many of the students told her they will be voting for Clinton, including Vashti Aveirls, who described meeting Cyrus as “surreal.”

“It was super cool. She’s beautiful and she’s a good person,” Aveirls said. “It’s nice to know that Hillary has people out here that actually care about her message, coming door to door, knocking on college student’s doors, so I felt really happy.”

GMU student Lauren Henry also met Cyrus.

“I’m pretty sure all of us are registered to vote already and are definitely planning on it, so having her there to hype us up and try to extend that excitement to other family members and community was really exciting,” Henry said.

Cyrus suggested to students that they convince their friends to vote on Election Day by making it a social event.

“You can go out to eat and celebrate afterward. Make a whole day out of it. It’s just fun to go. It’s important,” she said.

Cyrus’ visit caused a big stir on campus. Dozens of students camped out in the lobby of Piedmont Hall, the dorm where Cyrus was. The students told News4 they had been waiting for three hours to catch a glimpse of her. Outside the dorm, a long line of students sang “Wrecking Ball” as they waited, then cheered when they saw her in a window.

Donald Trump was in Virginia too this afternoon, holding a rally at Regent University.

Garren Shipley, the Virginia communications director for the Republican National Committee, said in an email, “Hillary Clinton has often said that this campaign is about role models. Miley Cyrus is campaigning for her today in Northern Virginia. Foam finger manufacturers could not be reached for comment."

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Cyrus wasn't the only star musician stumping for Clinton with college voters. 

Katy Perry also hit the dorms on Saturday. The "Roar" singer knocked on doors at UNLV in the hopes of convincing young Nevada voters to support Clinton. Her shirt read "Nasty Woman" in a reference to a comment Trump made against Clinton at the final presidential debate. 

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<![CDATA[These Days, Trump Not Finding 'SNL' Very Funny]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:28:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/SNL+Trump+Alec+Baldwin.png

"Saturday Night Live" writers could save some work this week by having Alec Baldwin, in pursed-lipped Donald Trump mode, read the presidential candidate's tweet declaring himself the victim of a "hit job" by the show.

At least that way, Trump's words might actually sound funny.

After last weekend's skit depicting him stalking Hillary Clinton during their second debate, the GOP standard bearer wrote, in part: "Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!"

The 7:14 a.m. Sunday missive suggested at least a few things: Trump, amid a punishing campaign over the future of the country, closely watches "SNL." Alec Baldwin, by seamlessly inhabiting the Trump persona, is getting under the candidate's skin.

Most significantly, Trump's tweet lumps satire into his growing, democracy-undermining claims that he's the victim of a plot to rob him of the presidency.

Trump, whose presidential run was initially viewed by some as a joke, now is tacitly leading a campaign against comedy – at least when the humor targets him.

One sign of a potentially larger backlash came Sunday when 200 audience members reportedly walked out of an Amy Schumer performance in Tampa after she cited Trump's response to the "SNL" sketch – and excoriated him as an "orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster."

The patrons, who paid hard-earned money to join the crowd at the Amalie Arena, exercised their right to leave, presumably either because the comedian bashed their preferred candidate or ruined their plans for some escapism.

Trump's reaction to "SNL" is both more absurd and troubling coming from a candidate determined to preemptively cast into doubt the results of an election polls suggest he's likely to lose.

His slamming of "SNL" also smacks of irony: He hosted the show last year, using the media that's supposedly among the forces colluding against him to boost his exposure, pre-primaries.

But the more he's in the public eye, the more Trump exposes himself in unflattering ways. The revelation of the 2005 "hot-mic" tape in which the then-star of "The Apprentice" cites his celebrity as carte blanche to accost women spurred not only widespread condemnation but provided fresh comic fodder for outlets from "Family Guy" (which incorporated excepts into its latest episode) to "SNL."

As Trump well knows, the NBC late-night comedy show began setting its sights on presidents and presidential wannabes with the 1976 Ford-Carter race. President Gerald Ford and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, probably the two most scathingly lampooned U.S. political figures in "SNL" history, pre-Trump, had enough of a sense of humor to make cameos (Ford in a taped shot) during their respective campaigns.

Trump likely won't be making a return appearance before Election Day. We'll have to make do with Baldwin, who is expected to take the Studio 8H stage Saturday, likely to parody the third and final debate and the rest of the week in Trump World.

Many will be watching – including, perhaps, Donald Trump, who wants voters to take him seriously, but can't take a joke.

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[Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Make Her Opera Debut]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:58:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP352200093523.jpg

Fans of the Supreme Court and the opera are in for a double treat next month, when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes her debut in Washington, D.C., NBC News reports. 

She'll be on stage at the Washington National Opera as the Duchess of Krakenthorp in "The Daughter of the Regiment," though for one night only — opening night, on Nov. 12.

The 83-year-old justice is a well-known opera fan, and has actually been on stage with the group before, as an extra in three productions, but this is her official debut. Ginsburg won't actually be singing in the 1840 rom-com by Gaetano Donizetti, though. Her part is strictly a speaking role. 

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<![CDATA[Model Katie May's Death Caused By Chiropractic Procedure]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:30:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/katiemayfeuerherd.jpg

Former "Playboy" model Katie May's death in February was caused by a chiropractic procedure to her neck, the Los Angeles County coroner's office told NBC News.

May died on Feb. 4 due to a "manipulation of the neck," the coroner's office said. Her death was ruled an accident.

On Friday, the American Chiropractic Association offered condolences to May's family, but defended chiropractic neck procedures.

"Our sympathy goes out to the family of Katie May," they wrote in a statement. "With respect to the safety of neck manipulation, it’s important to understand there are risks and benefits to all treatments; however, the best available evidence indicates there is no causal relationship between neck manipulation and stroke."

"Millions of neck manipulations are performed safely in the U.S. every year, providing patients relief from common forms of neck pain and headache, and helping them to get back to their normal activities," the statement continued.

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