<![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-usTue, 24 Jan 2017 13:23:34 -0800Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:23:34 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Oscar Shows No Love For 'Hidden Figures' Star Henson]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:35:11 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hensonsnub.jpg

A mere Oscars snub isn't in the same universe as the indignities suffered by the African-American women whose key contributions to the United States' space program went largely unheralded for decades.

Yet there's a bitter tinge of irony in Academy Awards voters' failure to nominate Taraji P. Henson for Best Actress honors for her lead role in "Hidden Figures."

Henson played real-life hero Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who bore sexism and racism behind the scenes at NASA while computing trajectories that helped launch the nation to new heights. By failing to reward Henson’s standout performance amid a top-notch cast, Oscar badly miscalculated.

Sure, the film notched a Best Picture nomination, and Octavia Spencer earned a deserved Best Supporting Actress nod for her portrayal of Dorothy Vaughan, a pioneering self-taught computer whiz. Yet, the lack of a nomination for director Theodore Melfi doesn't bode well for the hopes of "Hidden Figures" in the crowded Best Picture field.

That's a shame: "Hidden Figures" offers a rare high-quality, critically acclaimed film that's also a box office hit – No. 1 for the last two weeks. 

The movie speaks to mass audiences, thanks in large part to Henson's exceptional, understated performance. The actress, best known as the volatile Cookie on Fox's "Empire," puts on a master class in a subtle character-build as the brilliant-but-shy Johnson goes from suffering in silence during half-mile dashes to a blacks-only women's room to asserting herself when she finds that NASA's numbers don't add up.

Without giving away too much, the film draws straight from history – including John Glenn specifically seeking Johnson’s help in 1962 before he took a leap of faith in the Mercury capsule Friendship 7 and became the first American to orbit Earth.

Too bad Oscar voters didn't directly recognize Henson's work when, in Hollywood terms, it mattered most.

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[Mad Max is Back: Has Hollywood Forgiven Mel Gibson?]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:31:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/melgibsonbackoscar.jpg

Mel Gibson is having quite a week: On Friday, he became a father for the ninth time and on Tuesday he earned an unexpected Oscar nomination, capping what appears to be a remarkable comeback from Hollywood's version of Siberia.

"What could be more exciting than listening to the nominations being announced while holding my newborn son!" Gibson said in a statement after his "Hacksaw Ridge" earned six nominations Tuesday, including one for him as best director.

Gibson as little as five years ago was a pariah and fodder for late-night comedians after a series of rants and scandals prompted some of the industry's top players to say they won't work with him.

Gibson was one of the world's biggest box office draws following roles in the "Mad Max" and "Lethal Weapon" popcorn franchises, as well as more serious fare such as "Ransom," ''The Patriot" and "Braveheart," which earned him Oscars for best picture and best director.

But his profile nosedived in 2006 after he went into an anti-Semitic tirade as he was being arrested on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, on suspicion of driving while drunk. Gibson later apologized and was sentenced to probation and alcohol treatment. He was listed the third-worst celebrity in 2006 in an AP-AOL News poll, behind only Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

Gibson then pleaded no contest in 2011 to one count of misdemeanor spousal battery of his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. He was sentenced to three years of probation, domestic violence counseling and two days of community service. Audio recordings surfaced of disturbing arguments between the two.

"Hacksaw Ridge," the story of a pacifist army medic in World War II, is Gibson's first film he's directed since 2006's "Apocalypto." He also directed the controversial 2004 box-office hit "The Passion of the Christ."

Gibson, whose girlfriend is the writer Rosalind Ross, has said he's been sober for many years. Andrew Garfield, who earned an Oscar nomination in "Hacksaw Ridge," said Gibson has changed, calling it "a new dawn."

"I'm just really glad that his work has been recognized in this way and that his talents are being recognized," said Garfield. "And also what's being recognized, I feel, is that he's done a lot of healing and a lot of work within himself and that whatever happened 10 years ago happened 10 years ago."

Gibson's Hollywood rehabilitation began in 2011 with the dark comedy "The Beaver," directed by and co-starring his longtime friend Jodie Foster, his co-star in 1994's "Maverick."

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<![CDATA[Gosling's Madame Tussauds Wax Figure Freaking Everyone Out]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:52:01 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ryanwax.jpg

Well, at least he received an Oscar nomination Tuesday morning, because Madame Tussauds did Ryan Gosling no favors with their recent wax figure unveil. 

The "La La Land" star's new wax figure was revealed Monday in Berlin. And while it does resemble him, it's still kind of creepy. Gosling's goatee in real life for some reason doesn't translate well into wax form, and it makes the actor look... strange. The figure wears a simple pair of brown slacks with a blue button down, which brings out the blue in his fake eyes.

In 2014, Madame Tussauds London unveiled its first Gosling waxwork, which somehow turned out to be as hot as real-life Gosling. Dressed in a navy blue tuxedo with his flowing locks (and that signature beard) on display, Gosling's London figure was something we're sure Eva Mendes approved of.

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<![CDATA[Snubbed: Adams, Bening, Henson Lead List of Oscar Omissions]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:53:55 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/amyannettetaraji.jpg

When it comes to the most anticipated award show of the season, there are bound to be a few surprises.

As a handful of previous Oscar nominees and winners, including Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard and Gabourey Sidibe, announced the nominees for this year's Academy Awards on Tuesday morning, some of Hollywood's top honorees were predictably jumping for joy upon hearing the career-changing news (La La Land garnered a record-tying 14 nods), while a few others may have been left scratching their heads. After all, Academy Award picks can sometimes be unpredictable (we're looking at you, Oscar-nominated Norbit) and even a shoo-in can ultimately get left behind.

However, with the occasional snub also comes a surprise or two, keeping everyone on the edge of their seat in the days leading up to the big night.

Here's a look at the Academy's snubs and surprises for 2017:

SNUB: "Deadpool"

After the comedy garnered Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture and Best Actor as well as became one of the top-grossing films of 2016, it seemed like Ryan Reynolds might get his first Oscar nod this year, but he sadly was not awarded one of the five spots.

SNUB: Denzel Washington

The Fences actor and director was further acknowledged on the acting front with an Oscar nomination after a nod in the category at the Golden Globes. However, once again, he didn't make the cut in the directing department despite Fences being nominated for Best Picture, begging the question—is this Ben Affleck's Argo round two?

SNUB: Taraji P. Henson

While co-star Octavia Spencer landed a nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and "Hidden Figures" was named among the Best Picture nominees, the film's lead was once again shut out of all nominations.

SURPRISE: "Silence"

It seemed like Martin Scorsese's latest project might have missed the cut in Hollywood this year, but the drama ultimately earned a nomination for Best Cinematography.

SNUB: Aaron Taylor-Johnson

After winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in "Nocturnal Animals," Taylor-Johnson was entirely shut out of the category for the Oscars. Instead, his co-star Michael Shannon was nominated.

SURPRISE: "Passengers"

While the expected blockbuster of the year was met with mixed reviews and virtually no acknowledgment at award shows, it did nab two Oscar nominations, including ones for Best Production Design and Best Original Score.

SNUB: Amy Adams

Arguably one of the biggest snubs of the season, the five-time Oscar nominee was not included in this year's Best Actress pool after earning, Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Award nominations for her performance in "Arrival." Meanwhile, the film earned nods for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Directing and Best Picture—all without recognition to its lead star.

SNUB: Annette Bening

While she did earn a Golden Globe nomination for her role in 20th Century Women, the four-time Academy Award nominee was not include in this year's Oscars category for Best Actress. Additionally, the film was only nominated for Best Original Screenplay despite its Golden Globe nod for Best Picture.

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<![CDATA[Oscar Shines Spotlight on Diverse Performances]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:37:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/oscardiversenoms.jpg

What a difference a year makes.

Just a year after the #OscarSoWhite controversy that enveloped the Academy Awards, 2017 saw a slate of not only diverse actors being nominated, but diverse stories as well.

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Among the actors and actresses receiving nominations Tuesday were Denzel Washington for "Fences," Dev Patel for "Lion," Mahershala Ali for "Moonlight," Viola Davis for "Fences," Octavia Spencer for "Hidden Figures," Naomi Harris for "Moonlight," and Ruth Negga for "Loving." Three of the women in the best supporting actress category are women of color.

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Yet perhaps even more telling is the "Adapted Screenplay" category. Four of the five nominees, “Fences,” “Hidden Figures, ” “Lion, ” and “Moonlight” primarily feature diverse casts.

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The nominations were seen as a test for the revamped film academy. Following two consecutive years without diverse nominees in any of the major acting categories the Oscars, academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs ushered in new membership rules and added 683 new members as a way to diversify a predominantly white, male and elderly group. The academy now numbers 6,687 people.

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<![CDATA[89th Academy Awards: And the Nominees Are... ]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:42:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/OctaviaSpencer-HiddenFigures.jpg Were your favorite movies nominated for an Oscar in 2017? Click through for nominees for the 89th Academy Awards to find out. Jimmy Kimmel will host the show on Feb. 26.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': This Point in the Broadcast]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 01:42:11 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Seth-Meyers1.jpg Host Seth Meyers goes off on his friends who go off on him about what TV shows he should or shouldn't be watching.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump and 'Alternative Facts']]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 01:39:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Seth+Meyers+closer+look+trump.jpg Host Seth Meyers takes a look at President Donald Trump's first day in office, and the "alternative facts" offered to describe his inauguration day.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Emotional Interview With Cate Blanchett]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:35:34 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/FALLON_GettyImages-528518222.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon and Cate Blanchett have a conversation with each other while adapting to random emotional situations.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Sometimes My Mom Drinks Too Much]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:33:35 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/FALLON_GettyImages-527784646.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon, in his segment "Do Not Read," shares some books you probably should avoid reading this year, including "A History of the Metal Lawn Chair...What We Know Now."

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<![CDATA[See It: 'Rings' Prank Sends Shoppers Screaming in Terror]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:45:01 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/samararing.jpg

That's... not... funny.

To promote the upcoming horror film "Rings," Paramount Pictures reportedly outfitted an appliance store in White Plains, New York, with hidden cameras to capture terrified customers running for their lives when they thought a real life "Samara" was emerging from a television screen to get them. 

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As any fan of the horror franchise is aware, Samara comes calling seven days after you watch a mysterious videotape of her being dumped in a well.

Spoiler alert: This typically does not end well for the viewer of the tape. 

"Rings," the third installment of the horror franchise starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Johnny Galecki and Laura Wiggins, hits theaters on February 3rd. 

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<![CDATA[Alec Baldwin to Host SNL for Record-Breaking 17th Time]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 04:04:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/SNL+Trump+Alec+Baldwin.png

Alec Baldwin will return to host "Saturday Night Live" for a record-breaking 17th time on Feb. 11.

Baldwin’s impressions of President Donald Trump have drawn criticisms from the new Commander-in-Chief, who has tweeted that the show has become a “hit job” and that it is “biased” and “unwatchable.” Baldwin once responded to Trump on Twitter, stating that he would stop the impersonations when Trump releases his tax returns.

Baldwin has just under three weeks to prep for the many Trump skits that are likely to come.

In the same show on Feb. 11, Ed Sheeran will return for his second time as SNL’s musical guest. His much anticipated album, “÷” will be released Mar. 3.

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<![CDATA[Oscar Time: Stars Await Academy Award Nominations]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:03:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/oscarcomescalling.jpg

The Academy Award nominations will be revealed Tuesday morning, just a year removed from the #Oscarsowhite controversy that dominated headlines in 2016. But this year Oscar watchers should expect a bit more diversity in the nominations, if recent Golden Globe nominations are any indication.

Following two consecutive years in which no performers of color were nominated in the top acting categories, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made both cosmetic and systematic changes to it's voting system.

Among the diverse slate of actors nominated for Globes in January were Ruth Negga in "Loving," Denzel Washington in "Fences," Octavia Spencer in "Hidden Figures," Naomi Harris and Mahershala Ali in "Moonlight," and Dev Patel in "Lion." Viola Davis took home the Best Actress Globe for her role in "Fences," while "Moonlight," with a predominantly African-American cast, won for best picture in the drama category.

In a recent interview, "Hidden Figures" star Spencer said she hoped the success of the film and others with predominantly diverse casts would open the door for other major motion films to tell diverse stories.

This year there appear to be a handful of locks for nominations. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are sure to receive nods for their work in "La La Land." Gosling's main rival for the best actor statuette is likely to be Casey Affleck, who won the Golden Globe for his performance in "Manchester by the Sea." Likewise, Affleck's co-star, Michelle Williams, is likely to snag her fourth nomination, while Davis, who has already won both a Golden Globe and Tony Award for her work in "Fences," looks to go for the trifecta.

The Academy Award nominations will be announced Tuesday at 8:15 a.m. EST.

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<![CDATA[Dictionary Tweets 'Fact' Definition Following Conway Comment]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:56:16 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/conway-alt-fact.jpg

Searches for the definition of “fact” spiked on Merriam-Webster's website following Kellyanne Conway’s appearance on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” where she used the phrase, “alternative facts.”

“A fact is a piece of information present as having objective reality,” the dictionary tweeted Sunday afternoon, following the segment.

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Press secretary Sean Spicer had previously described the crowd at President Trump’s inauguration as the “largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.” On “Meet the Press,” Todd questioned the veracity of this statement.

Conway told Todd that “alternative facts” were used to assess the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration.

“Alternative facts are not facts--they’re falsehoods,” Todd said.

Twitter users went wild with humor and memes, at first with "alternative facts," and then at the correction that the dictionary offered for Conway's phrase. But it was Merriam-Webster’s website that had the last word.

“In contemporary use, fact is generally understood to refer something with actual existence, or presented as having objective reality.”

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<![CDATA[Official Title for Next 'Star Wars' Film Revealed]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:28:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/starwarsnamereveal.jpg

"Star Wars: Episode VIII" finally has a title: "The Last Jedi."

The Walt Disney Co. announced the title for the next chapter in the Skywalker saga on Monday. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" will be released Dec. 15.

Speculation over just who the last Jedi is immediately ran rampant on social media. "The Force Awakens" chronicled Daisy Ridley's Rey discovering her powers with the Force, but ended ominously with a withdrawn Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on a remote island. If there's to be just one Jedi left, Luke's days could be numbered.

In an interview Monday at the Sundance Film Festival, Mark Hamill said he liked that the title was "straightforward" and "minimalist."

"They told us that when we were making the movie and I said don't tell me these things. I talk in my sleep," said Hamill. "They have us so jacked up with paranoia over leaks."

Writer-director Rian Johnson has previously said "Episode VIII" will start right where "The Force Awakens" left off.

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<![CDATA[Sprint Purchases 33 Percent of Jay Z's Tidal]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:00:22 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jay-z4.jpg

Sprint is purchasing 33 percent of Jay Z's entertainment streaming service, Tidal.

The new partnership, announced on Monday morning, will provide Sprint's 45 million customers with "unlimited access" to Tidal's exclusive content.

"Sprint shares our view of revolutionizing the creative industry to allow artists to connect directly with their fans and reach their fullest, shared potential," Jay Z said in a statement. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure "understood our goal right away and together we are excited to bring Sprint's 45 million customers an unmatched entertainment experience."

Claure will join Tidal's board of directors as part of the deal. Those who have a preexisting subscription to the streaming company will not experience a change in service.

Tidal was created by Jay Z in 2014. It has been branded as an artist-owned operation, with other founders including musicians Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Chris Martin, Jack White, Kanye West, Madonna and Rihanna. It is currently operating in 52 countries with more than 42.5 million songs cataloged.

"Jay saw not only a business need, but a cultural one, and put his heart and grit into building Tidal into a world-class music streaming platform that is unrivaled in quality and content," Claure said in a statement. "The passion and dedication that these artist-owners bring to fans will enable Sprint to offer new and existing customers to exclusive content and entertainment experiences in a way no other service can."

The partnership includes a "dedicated marketing fund specifically for artists," which will "allow artists the flexibility to create and share their work with and for their fans."

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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<![CDATA[Gingrich Says Madonna Should Be Jailed for Rally Comments ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:14:32 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/madonnanewt.jpg

Lock her up — the Material Girl, that is. 

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich resurrected a familiar refrain from the campaign trail Monday when discussing comments made by singer Madonna at the Women's March in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. 

Madonna, who both spoke and performed at the event, came under fire for telling a crowd she had "thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House."

She followed that up by saying, "But I know that this won't change anything. We cannot fall into despair." Instead, Madonna called for a "revolution of love."

Gingrich, interviewed on Fox News about the singer's comments, compared her to violent protesters who demonstrated during Donald Trump's inauguration. More than 200 people were arrested in the window-smashing unrest during Inauguration Day; the Women's March on Washington yielded zero arrests.

"She is parallel to the young fascist who ran around town breaking windows, all of whom should be given a maximum sentence," Gingrich said. "I had friends who couldn't leave their hotel because the demonstrators had broken through the police line and were bottling up the people in the hotel. I had other friends who were hassled trying to get to the inaugural address. What you have is an emerging left wing fascism. She's part of it and I think we have to prepare to protect ourselves."

Gingrich added, "The truth is, she ought to be arrested for saying she has thought about blowing up the White House."

Madonna took to Instagram Sunday saying her comments had been taken out of context.

"I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it's important people hear and understand my speech in it's entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context," she wrote. "I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things — one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt. However, I know that acting out of anger doesn’t solve anything."

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<![CDATA['Boy Meets World' House Gets Price Cut]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:24:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/knbc-boy-meets-world-house-for-sale-tn-3.jpg Feeling nostalgic? The price of a Los Angeles house featured in the beloved 1990s TV sitcom "Boy Meets World" has been reduced to $1.29 million.

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<![CDATA[Split Cast Interviews]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:45:25 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Split-2sm_1200x675_857289795770.jpg Interviews with M. Night Shyamalan, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Betty Buckley]]> <![CDATA['SNL's' Putin to America: 'Relax, I Got This']]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:30:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/220*120/Putin+Cold+Open.jpg

Though Alec Baldwin’s famous Donald Trump character sat out the first episode of “Saturday Night Live” since the inauguration, the 45th president did not get a pass and was even directly addressed in the most political monologue of the season. 

Aziz Ansari, relishing the idea of Trump "watching a brown guy make fun of him," used his monologue to make a serious plea to the president to speak out against racism and hate. “Don’t tweet about me being lame or the show being lame,” he said. “Write a speech. A real speech, because these [racist] people are out there and it’s pissing a lot of people off."

In a lighter cold open—though one that still kept the focus squarely on Trump—Beck Bennett was back in character as a shirtless Vladimir Putin with a message of reassurance for nervous Americans: “Relax, I got this.”

The nearly four-minute pep talk kept the spotlight on persistent allegations that Trump is too cozy with Russia, while delving into new territory as well—resistance to Trump’s presidency and his performance in his first days in office.

Though the mock-Russian leader admitted he wasn’t impressed with Trump's first public statements as president—“I thought you’d be better at this!” he complained—he assured Americans that it was in Russia’s best interest to make sure the U.S. succeeds. “It’s the most expensive thing we’ve ever bought,” he said.

So his critiques of Trump were constructive. “Today you went to the CIA and said one million people came to see you in Washington D.C.?” he asked, referring to the controversy around turnout for Trump’s inauguration. “If you’re going to lie don’t make it so obvious,” he implored. “Say you are friends with LeBron James, not that you are LeBron James!" 

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He also criticized Trump’s inauguration address (“a little bleak, no?” and “kind of heavy on the God stuff, huh?”) but spent most of his time reassuring Americas—particularly the hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets in opposition to Trump the day after his inauguration—that “Putty is going to make everything okay.”

“Many Russians were skeptical of me at first too. But today nobody ever seems to hear from any of them,” he said. “It’s like they’re gone.”

He also wondered, aloud, why so many women were protesting Trump. “In Russia, women have no reason to protest,” he said.

To prove it, he invited a Russian woman, played by Kate McKinnon in a kerchief, to testify, apparently under duress, about how great life is for women in Putin’s Russia.

“Hello,” she read from a script. “I am so happy. Each day I wake up with big smile on my face like this,” she said, demonstrating a tortured scream.

She also identified some of the perks of living under Putin’s rule. “I sleep in bed not in carcass of dog. My president is number one hottie for all time,” she said, eliciting a faux-modest protest from her shirtless leader. “Whoa whoa whoa, that’s a lot,” he said. “But it’s fair.” He then handed her her pension.

Later in the cold open, she made another appearance—this time covertly—as Putin made a final bid to calm American nerves. Appearing in Putin’s window in a pink “pussyhat”—the ubiquitous knit hat donned by many women’s march participants—she pointed threateningly to her eyes and then to Putin, signaling that, perhaps, things weren't as rosy as she had claimed. He, meanwhile, left American viewers with a dark prediction intended to lift their spirits: “One day your country could be as happy as we are here in Russia!”

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Ansari had a much more direct message in his monologue. The actor talked about "this tiny slice of people"—the "lowercase kkk," he called them—who have become more vocal as Trump has risen to power. Ansari appealed for Trump to denounce them, suggesting he emulate the sort of speech President George W. Bush made in the wake of 9/11.

"He said, Islam is peace. The perpetrators of these attacks—they don’t represent Islam. They represent war and violence," Ansari said, paraphrasing the historic speech.

"Everyone applauded," Ansari recalled. "Democrats, Republicans. It didn’t matter. 'Cause it’s not about politics, it’s about basic human decency and remembering why the country was founded in the first place."

Lightening up the serious moment, Ansari, a well-known Obama supporter, reflected on the oddity of looking back at Bush's old speech as a model to emulate. "Sixteen years ago, I was certain this dude was a dildo. Now I’m sitting there like, he guided us with his eloquence."

And, like Bennett's shirtless Putin, Ansari signed off with an uplifting message for Trump opponents: "If you look at our country's history, change doesn’t come from presidents. Change comes from large groups of angry people. And if day one is any indication, you are part of the largest group of angry people I have ever seen," he said. "Good luck to you."

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Rapper Big Sean was the show's musical guest and performed "Sunday Morning Jet Pack" and "Bounce Back."

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<![CDATA[Trump Inaugural Cake Is Replica of Obama's: Baker]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:02:04 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cakecakecake.jpg

President Donald Trump has promised to get rid of many of Barack Obama's policies, issuing an executive order within hours of being sworn in that seeks to minimize the economic impact of the Affordable Care Act.

But a star-spangled cake Trump cut with Vice President Mike Pence at one of his inaugural balls appeared to be a direct copy a cake at one of Obama's — something its baker has confirmed on Instagram. 

The apparent copy was noticed by Food Network personality Duff Goldman, of the show "Ace of Cakes." He said Trump's cake at the Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball looked exactly like one he made for former President Barack Obama back in 2013. 

Goldman posted side-by-side photos of the two cakes. Both six-level confections feature the presidential seal under bunting, stars shooting out of the top on sticks and a similar color scheme and patterns.

"The cake on the left is the one I made for President Obama's inauguration 4 years ago. The one on the right is Trumps. I didn't make it," he wrote on Twitter early Saturday. 

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Soon, Washington bakery Buttercream Bake Shop took to the internet to say this year's inauguration committee commissioned them to re-create it. 

"While we most love creating original designs, when we are asked to replicate someone else's work we are thrilled when it is a masterpiece like this one," the bakeshop posted on Instagram later Saturday. 

"Best part is all the profits are being donated to [LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign], one of our favorite charities who we have loved working with over the years. Because basic human rights are something every man, woman and child~ straight, gay or the rainbow in between~ deserve!," the post continued. 

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Most of the cake, except a three-inch slice at the bottom, was reportedly inedible.

"It’s just a Styrofoam cake. It’s not for eating," Tiffany MacIsaac, owner of Buttercream Bakeshop, told The Washington Post. "I wasn’t expecting it to be seen on TV."

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.

The commitee and Donald Trump's press team didn't respond to the Post's request for comment.

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<![CDATA[Best-Dressed Couples on the Golden Globes Red Carpet]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:54:08 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/AP_17009017897311-gg.jpg Take a look at these couples on the 2017 Golden Globes red carpet.

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<![CDATA['Hidden Figures' Stars Give Out Free Screenings]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:45:43 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/HiddenFigures.jpg

"Hidden Figures" stars are working hard to make sure everyone gets a chance to see their number one film in theaters.

Janelle Monáe invited everyone who would be inspired by the message of the movie to attend a free screening in Atlanta in an Instagram post on Friday.

"A friend of a friend of a friend I know has bought out a showing of #HiddenFigures THIS Sunday!," she wrote.

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She went on to give a shout out to co-star and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, who bought out a screening in Los Angeles for low-income families.

"My mom would not have been able to afford to take me and my siblings. So, I'm honoring her and all single parents this #mlkweekend Pass the word." Spencer wrote on Instagram last week.

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Another co-star also followed Spencer's lead.

Taraji P. Henson bought out a screening in Chicago, writing on Instagram, "This is a MUST-SEE movie and I want to give those that may not otherwise have the chance the opportunity to see this powerful film."

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"Hidden Figures" follows the real story of a team of African-American women who worked behind the scenes at NASA in the early 1960s to help launch the first American into space.

The film has been in the top spot since its Jan. 6 opening.

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<![CDATA['Celebrity Apprentice' Star Ricky Williams Stopped By Police]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:35:28 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rickywilliamsprofile.jpg

"Celebrity Apprentice" cast member Ricky Williams, a former NFL running back, says he was racially profiled and the victim of an illegal police search walking near his hotel in Tyler, Texas, earlier this month.

Williams said he was in town for an awards banquet when the incident occurred. Williams discussed the altercation during a radio interview with The Dudley & Bob + Matt Show on KLBJFM.

One of the officers even commented that the former Miami Dolphin "looked like Ricky Williams." Williams can be heard on the police video that captured the incident saying "I am Ricky Williams."

You can hear the entire radio interview here.

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"We got to the hotel and there were four hours before an event so I decided to go for a walk. Right outside of the hotel there's a little wooded area so I started walking over there," Williams said. "There's houses not too far away and I heard a dog barking and I realized in that moment I'm a black man and I'm walking in the South and and there's a dog barking. I turn and head back toward the hotel and a police car pulls up toward me and I thought 'ok'"

Williams said the four officers questioned him and searched his pockets after asking him what he was doing in the area. Williams was not handcuffed during the incident, but detained and questioned for several minutes.

Williams said he started getting upset as the questioning continued.

"They said calm down. I said you don't know what it's like to be a black man. This is not the first time cops have harassed me when I haven't done anything," Williams said.

Tyler police released the following statement to KLTV.com regarding  the incident.

"On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tyler Police received a call from a resident in the 8200 block of Yale in reference to a suspicious person behind his fence line in his backyard. The caller stated that his dog was barking in his backyard as if someone was back there. The caller then observed a black male, wearing all black, crouched down behind his wire fence in a green belt area that backed up to the Courtyard Marriott.

"The homeowner made verbal contact with the subject who asked the owner if he was looking for his dog. The subject then continued a short distance to the north climbing over the fence into the Colonial Hills Baptist Church rear parking lot. After the subject left the area the homeowner called the police.

"While checking the area police contacted a construction worker with Saltgrass Steak House and were advised that a person matching the description had been seen in the area. The worker stated that the person picked up a tape measure and was going to walk off with it. He told the subject that the property did not belong to him and it was returned.

"Around 4 p.m. officers located a subject matching the description provided by the caller just north of the Courtyard Marriott. Officers conducted a short investigation in reference to the suspicious person call. During the course of the interview, officers identified the individual as Ricky Williams. After obtaining all of the necessary information officers completed the contact with Mr. Williams. No further action was taken by officers."

Williams did not indicate if he would pursue legal action against the police department.

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<![CDATA[Top Red Carpet Looks: 2017 Golden Globes Arrivals]]> Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:20:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/simone-gg.jpg Take a look at some of the best red carpet looks from the 74th Golden Globe awards.

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<![CDATA['Dark Knight' Fans Say Trump Channeled Bane During Speech]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:12:02 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trumpbane.jpg

"The Dark Knight Rises" star Tom Hardy has a fan in the White House.

Social media erupted Friday following President Donald Trump's inaugural speech following one particular quote during his 16-minute address.

“Today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people,” Trump said.

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While not a word for word poach, several inauguration viewers thought that portion of the speech sounded oddly familiar. The quote is reminiscent of a scene in "The Dark Knight Rises," after super villain Bane has apparently vanquished Batman, overrun the city government and police, and stands in front of the hoards of Gotham.

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“We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you, the people,” Bane says.

The similarities between the two quotes did not go unnoticed.

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<![CDATA['House of Cards' New Trailer Coincides With Inauguration]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:26:26 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/houseofcardsteaser.jpg

Timing, they say, is everything.

So it may not be a coincidence that Netflix debuted a menacing new trailer Friday to coincide with President Donald Trump's inauguration festivities.

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The 28-second teaser features an ominous music score with the sounds of children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. As the camera pans back, it reveals anupside down American flag in front of the U.S. Capitol.

"House of Cards" returns to Netflix on May 30.

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<![CDATA[Conway Dons 'Trump Revolutionary Wear' for Inauguration]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:58:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trumprevolutionarywear.jpg

Donald Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway sported a "Trump revolutionary wear" outfit for the inauguration ceremony on Friday, she told NBC. 

"It's just Gucci," an elated Conway told NBC about the red, white and blue outfit prior to the ceremony Friday morning. 

"It's revolutionary wear!" the former Trump campaign manager then said. "Trump revolutionary wear!" 

Conway then danced and playfully saluted after explaining her outfit. 

Conway's style drew some ribbing on Twitter, with users pointing out how colonial the outfit looks. 

"@KellyannePolls goes 4 #revolutionary look at the #Inauguration Auditioning 4 @Hamiltonthemusical? #nutcracker?" wrote Karyn Miller-Medzon. 

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<![CDATA[Malia Obama Lands Internship With Hollywood Producer: Report]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:41:14 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/maliaharvey.jpg

Her father may be out of a job, but Malia Obama's career appears to be taking off.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the eldest daughter of former President Barack Obama has secured an internship with mega-Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Malia Obama is no stranger to working behind the scenes on a film set. She previously interned on the HBO show "Girls."

THR reports Obama, 18, is expected to begin work in the New York office of The Weinstein Co. in February, following the former first family's vacation in Palm Springs.

Over the past decade, Weinstein's company has produced a handful of critically acclaimed blockbuster films, including "Django Unchained," "The King's Speech," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Inglourious Basterds."

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