<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Tue, 03 May 2016 15:13:17 -0700 Tue, 03 May 2016 15:13:17 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hottest Looks From the 2016 Met Gala]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 09:27:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/split3-template-met-new.jpg See all the hottest looks from the 2016 Meta Gala red carpet.

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<![CDATA[Captain America's Internal 'Civil War']]> Tue, 03 May 2016 12:57:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CivilWar571feeb0a53cd.jpg

The greatest climatic scene in any superhero movie yet didn't involve explosive violence, at least not of the physical variety. 

At the end of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the star-spangled soldier wakes up in what appears to be a World War II-era hospital recovery room. But the Brooklyn Dodgers game playing on the radio – a game he remembers attending – tips him off that he's a character in a play of someone else's making. He flees the building to find himself in 2011 Times Square.

The chilling scene set the stage for the subsequent ascent of the most unlikely superstar of the movie superhero world: a 1940s patriotic throwback whose strength pales next to most of his contemporaries, but whose character is as unbendable as his mighty shield.

Former milquetoast Steve Rogers faces his toughest fight in "Captain America: Civil War," which opens nationally Friday and pits factions of The Avengers – one led by him, the other by Iron Man – in a battle over a government bid to regulate superheroes.

But as we've seen with the champion of the red, white and blue, things are never as black-and-white as they appear. Captain America fights his wars on multiple fronts, battling time and even himself as he’s morphed during his initial four movie outings from a straight-arrow do-gooder to the most deceivingly complex figure in the Marvel Universe. 

He’s an independent hero – and perhaps an anti-hero – for our times, an era filled with political turmoil, upended expectations and more than our share of ambiguity.

As embodied by actor Chris Evans, who effectively conveys brains and brawn, Steve Rogers is a case study in innocence lost. The government created Captain America to fight the good fight, without question, against a defined enemy with the world at war.

Now, he’s heading the Avengers crew that’s resisting government interference spurred by the destruction wrought in battles with the likes of the Tony Stark-created Ultron. Rogers’ determination to save his World War II sidekick, Bucky Barnes, from a fate as a brainwashed assassin also drives his defection from authority.

The film brims with parallels, not only to real-life tensions over war, weapons and human rights, but to the recent "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," which also centers on the conflicts over unchecked superhero powers.

Like DC stalwarts Batman and Superman, who were born in the late 1930s, 75-year-old Captain America has endured thanks to constant reinvention. The Marvel star got his first comic book case of future shock when Jack Kirby and Stan Lee yanked him out of a state of suspended animation in early 1964, shortly after the assassination of President Kennedy and on the eve of a new era of upheaval.

Steve Rogers’ movie persona has been similarly updated, keeping the spirit of the comic book original while upping the intricacy of what it means to be an American hero. He seems determined to redefine not only himself, but also loyalty and winning. “Civil War” is shaping up as Captain America’s turn to deliver a rude awakening of his own.


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[Cops Got Unverified Tip About Prince and Cocaine]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 11:42:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-470571179.jpg

Minnesota police have released more logs of 911 calls about Prince, including a 2011 tip from a woman who said she was concerned about his "cocaine habits," NBC News reports. According to the log, Prince advised the woman "last year in Germany that he cannot control his habit and she was advised to report it." 

The name of the caller was not released and the Carver County Sheriff's Office noted since the information was a year old and there was no indication the singer was "in immediate danger," the incident was marked as closed.

Federal law enforcement officials told NBC News that prescription painkillers were found on Prince and and in his home at the time of his death on April 21, though it's unknown if they played a role in his death.

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<![CDATA[Celeb Hookups: David Hasselhoff Is Engaged]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 10:05:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490147582.jpg Check out which celebrities are pairing up.

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<![CDATA[Baby Boom: Kerry Washington Is Expecting]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 09:10:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-527563394.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2016.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Louis C.K. Quits the Internet]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 08:06:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/LOUIS_GettyImages-527343250.jpg

Louis C.K. appeared with pride for his new show and much prejudice against the internet on Monday's "Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."

The comedian told host Jimmy Fallon that he had cut himself off from the internet by having his daughter lock him out of his new phone. He pulled out a copy of Jane Austen’s "Pride and Prejudice" and said that he’s taken up reading – "something I haven’t done since I was like 19" – since he made this decision.

"I don’t go on the internet anymore," C.K. said, adding it has been over a month since he went online. "Everything is weird and mean and upsetting."

The two also discussed "Horace and Pete," a show that C.K. made in complete secrecy and total independence.

"It was more fun this way. I figured the worst thing that could happen is, I lose money," C.K. said. The show now airs, incidentally, exclusively on the internet.

Unlike C.K.’s previous work, this new show is a drama and is overall not meant to be funny. The series also stars Steve Buscemi, Alan Alda, Jessica Lange, and Edie Falco

"It gets funny in moments," C.K. said. "In the same way that when you’re at a funeral someone will once in a while break the tension."

The process of creating a show free of any studio oversight left C.K. feeling satisfied and he said that, "It’s my favorite thing that I ever did."

He continued, "Nobody made a show that looks like this."

C.K. also revealed he will be doing a stand-up tour this summer which will include stops around the U.S. and also Europe.

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<![CDATA['Hamilton' Sets Record With 16 Tony Nods]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 08:39:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Hamilton-GettyImages-510499088.jpg

"Hamilton," the megahit musical about the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton, made history yet again Tuesday, earning a record 16 Tony nominations including honors for Best Musical and three personal nominations for its star, composer and bookwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning hip-hopera broke the record set by 2001’s “The Producers” and 2009’s "Billy Elliot," which both received 15 nominations.

Close behind "Hamilton" with 10 nominations is "Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed," the behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking revue with an all-black cast recently deemed a new musical by the Tony committee, despite a request by the show’s lead producer to consider it a revival.

"Shuffle Along" and "Hamilton" will compete for the night’s top award alongside Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s "Bright Star," and two musical adaptations of popular films: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "School of Rock" and Sara Bareilles’s "Waitress."

Several high-profile, well-reviewed musicals were shut out from the Best Musical category, including Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s biographical "On Your Feet!," George Takei’s "Allegiance" and the adaptations of popular novels "American Psycho" and "Tuck Everlasting."

The Tony nominating committee included four shows in the Best Revival of a Musical category: "The Color Purple," "Spring Awakening," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "She Loves Me." The short-lived "Dames at Sea" was left adrift.

Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o picked up her first Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in "Eclipsed." The drama earned six nominations, including one for Best Play. It’ll compete in that category against 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist "The Humans," the Frank Langella-led "The Father" and the now-closed "King Charles III."

Five works earned nominations for Best Revival of a Play, including two by Arthur Miller: "The Crucible," "A View from the Bridge," "Blackbird," "Long Day’s Journey Into Night" and "Noises Off."

Film stars Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams, who headline the "Blackbird" revival, both nabbed leading acting nominations for their respective roles. Daniels will go up against Langella, Gabriel Byrne, Tim Pigott-Smith and Mark Strong.

Williams’s nomination comes in a category crowded with Hollywood A-listers, including Nyong’o, Jessica Lange, Laurie Metcalf and Sophie Okonedo.

Miranda and his "Hamilton" co-star Leslie Odom, Jr, who plays rival Aaron Burr, will both battle it out in the leading actor in a musical category — expected to be one of the evening’s tightest races.

Miranda and Odom could split the vote, giving six-time nominee Danny Burstein a shot at the prize.

Alex Brightman’s breakout performance in "School of Rock" and Zachary Levi, who starred on the NBC sitcom "Chuck", also fill out the leading actor in a musical category.

Laura Benanti, Carmen Cusack, Cynthia Erivo, Jessie Mueller and Phillipa Soo earned spots in the highly competitive lead actress in a musical category. "Shuffle Along" star Audra McDonald, who has a historic six Tony wins, was shut out of a nomination this year. 

Several big stars in high-profile roles were not among this year’s nominees. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson failed to received a nomination for her role in the revival of “The Color Purple.” “American Psycho” star Benjamin Walker was also denied a nomination.

The "Hamilton" supporting cast filled out the featured acting categories, with nominations for Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, and Renee Elise Goldsberry.

NBC's "30 Rock" star Jane Krakowski also picked up a nomination as featured actress in a musical category for "She Loves Me," as did "Orange Is the New Black" star Danielle Brooks for "The Color Purple."

In a few noncompetitive awards this year, New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse will be awarded the regional theater award. Lyricist Sheldon Harnick ("She Loves Me," "Fiddler on the Roof") and director Marshall W. Mason ("Master Class") will receive lifetime achievement awards.

Winners of the 70th Annual Tony Awards will be announced June 12 in a ceremony airing live from the Beacon Theatre in New York on CBS. James Corden, Tony winner and host of "The Late Late Show," will host.

To read a full list of nominees, click here.

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<![CDATA[Tupac's Mother Dies]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 11:53:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/afeni-GettyImages-71836885.jpg

The mother of the late rapper Tupac Shakur has died in Sausalito, California, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. She was 69.

Deputies responded to the home of Afeni Shakur Davis around 9:30 p.m. Monday, after receiving the report of a person possibly in cardiac arrest, according to Lt. Doug Pittman.

Davis was taken to the hospital, where she died about an hour later, Pittman said. The coroner’s office will lead the investigation into her death.

Pittman called her a "well-loved and well-respected" woman in the community who served as a leader and activist, especially in southern Marin County. "This is a tragic loss to this community," he said.

Pittman held a news conference Tuesday to assure the public that no foul play was suspected at this point. Davis was in the company of her friend when she started experiencing discomfort, he said. At that point, her friend called 911.

Born Alice Faye Williams in Lumberton, North Carolina, Davis was a reformed drug addict and member of the Black Panther Party, according to biographer Jasmine Guy.

Davis served nearly a year in prison for allegedly conspiring to bomb police stations and department stories in New York City just before giving birth to Tupac in 1971.

She served as her own defense attorney and was acquitted multiple times, according to an account of her trial in a book called The Briar Patch by former attorney Murray Kempton.

Davis was the subject of Tupac's Billboard hit "Dear Mama," released in 1995. Her fans on social media referenced that song in their tweets and posts.

A year later, she founded the now-defunct Tupac Amaru Shakur Center of Art Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia, to preserve her son's legacy.

Tupac, also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. The hip-hop legend's best-selling albums include "All Eyez on Me" and "Greatest Hits."

Shakur attended Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley and lived in public housing in Marin County. He started his career in the early '90s with Digital underground, an alternative hip hop group from Oakland.

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<![CDATA['Late Night' Look at Single Payer Healthcare]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 05:29:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e102_362_closerlook_H264_20160502_1200x675_678300739631.jpg Host Seth Meyers looks at Colorado’s potential to become the first in the nation to develop a single payer healthcare system. If the system passes, it would provide a real life test for the kind of insurance that Democratic presidential Bernie Sanders has proposed. Meyers also considers the GOP candidates’ proposals to allow people to buy out of state health insurance.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': MC Glamour Takes Center Stage]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 05:30:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e102_362_mcglamour_20160502_1200x675_678299715975.jpg One of the writers of "Late Night" interrupts host Seth Meyers to sing a song called MC Glamour.]]> <![CDATA[Celebrities and Their Rescue Dogs]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 09:15:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Seyfried-And-Dog.jpg Celebrities have long had a platform for advocacy. These particular celebrities, including athletes, musicians, actors and authors, love animals. They have chosen to showcase that affection not by purchasing expensive purebreds, but rather by adopting animals from shelters. Check out these photos of celebrities and their — sometimes famous — rescue pets.

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<![CDATA[‘Tonight': Fallon's Books You Should Avoid]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 05:32:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DONTREAD_Screen-Shot-2016-05-03-at-3.13.59-AM.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon shares some books you probably should avoid reading this year, including "Murder at the Quilt Show" and "Ride a Cock-Horse."]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight': Louis C.K.'s New Show]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 05:38:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-527343250-%281%29.jpg Louis C.K. and host Jimmy Fallon discuss how he used the Golden Globes to get around agents and get Jessica Lange and Edie Falco on board.

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<![CDATA[Kirk Cameron: Wives Should 'Follow Husband's Lead' ]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 11:36:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/kirkcameronGettyImages-475425210.jpg

Actor Kirk Cameron is facing backlash over his recent comments on women's role in marriage, according to Today.com. 

The former "Growing Pains" star recently told The Christian Post, citing the Bible, that "Wives are to honor and respect and follow their husband's lead, not to tell their husband how he ought to be a better husband."

Cameron, and Evangelical Christian and a father of six, is currently on a speaking tour called "A Love Worth Fighting For," visiting churches to discuss marriage.

The actor's comments sparked uproar on social media, with one woman tweeting, Cameron "isn't qualified to give anyone advice on anything."

Cameron's spokesperson told "Today" that his words were taken out of context, saying "husbands should love and protect their wives." The actor has come under fire in the past, speaking out against gay marriage in 2012.  

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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Style Guide]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 12:48:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526665844-obama2.jpg The first lady proves she's first in fashion.

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<![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Princess Charlotte's 1st Birthday]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 05:28:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Princess+Charlotte+1st+Bday+.jpg A look throughout the years of Prince William, Prince George and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, alongside Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family.

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Kerry Washington, Bryan Cranston]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 07:16:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526701176-ebt.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities looking their best.

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<![CDATA[Duchess Kate Graces Cover of British Vogue]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 04:11:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/207*120/AP_187950070581.jpg

The British edition of Vogue will mark its 100th anniversary with a rare portrait of Kate Middleton looking relaxed in the countryside.

The Duchess of Cambridge opts for a casual look in her first-ever cover shoot for Vogue. The fashion magazine is publishing a series of Middleton images shot by photographer Josh Olins in its June edition and some will be placed in Britain's National Portrait Gallery.

Kensington Palace said Kate "hopes that people appreciate the portraits with the sense of relaxed fun with which they were taken."

The casual clothes and settings provide a counterpoint to the more formal portraits commonly produced of senior royal figures.

The Duchess plans to visit the National Portrait Gallery in London on Wednesday to view the Vogue exhibit.

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<![CDATA[U2's The Edge Rocks the Sistine Chapel]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 08:18:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526047186.jpg

U2's lead guitarist The Edge made history Saturday night when he became the first contemporary artist to ever play in the Sistine Chapel.

The rock star, whose real name is David Evans, performed in the 15th century Cappella Magna for doctors, researchers and philanthropists who attended the Cellular Horizons conference on regenerative medicine at the Vatican.

"When I was asked to perform in the Sistine Chapel I didn't know what to say, because usually there's 'this other guy' who sings," The Edge told the audience, referring to U2's lead singer Bono, according to NBC News. "So it took me at least, well, 30 seconds to agree to it."

Wearing his trademark beanie cap, he played acoustic guitar and sang a cover of Leonard Cohen's "If It Be Your Will," as well as versions of U2 songs "Yahweh," "Ordinary love" and "Walk On" with a choir of seven Irish teenagers.

The Edge's lost his father to cancer last month and his daughter overcame leukemia. He has been on the board of the Angiogenesis Foundation, an organization using new scientific techniques to treat cancer, blinding diseases, wounds and other serious illnesses, since 2007.

Vice President Joe Biden, who lost his son Beau to brain cancer last year, spoke at the conference on Friday, and called for a global effort to fund vital cancer research.

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<![CDATA[New Photos Mark Princess Charlotte's 1st Birthday]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 06:51:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Princess+Charlotte+1st+Bday+.jpg

Kensington Palace officials have released new photos of Princess Charlotte ahead of her first birthday.

The daughter of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge turns one-year-old on Monday. A palace statement said Sunday the photos were taken by the Duchess in April at their country home.

It says William and Kate "are very happy to be able to share these important family moments and hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as they do."

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<![CDATA[Obama Roasts GOP Candidates at WH Correspondents' Dinner]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 10:27:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WhiteHouse-GettyImages-526666530.jpg

President Barack Obama pulled out the punches during the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C., Saturday, taking jabs at the candidates vying for the Republican nomination. 

"It is an honor to be here at my last, and perhaps the last White House Correspondents' Dinner," he said, telling the audience how great they looked before getting right down to business.

Obama told the crowd at the 102nd and final dinner that his approval ratings have been rising, even in his final year in office. 

"What has changed?" he asked. "No one can figure it out." 

Obama paused, allowing a moment to pass before a split-screen of Sen. Ted Cruz and GOP front-runner Donald Trump popped up on screen. 

Obama didn't stop there. He called out top Republicans, who have touted Paul Ryan as a possible nominee, if one can’t be chosen before the GOP convention in July. 

"Steak or fish?” he told the audience, referring to the choice on the evening’s menu. "A whole bunch of you wrote Paul Ryan. You may not like steak or fish, but that’s your choice." 

Ryan has said he will not seek the nomination. 

Obama wasted no time cutting into the three GOP candidates, saying "some candidates aren’t polling high enough to qualify for their own joke" over a photo of Ohio Gov. John Kasich. 

"And then there’s Ted Cruz," he said, calling out the Texas senator for a mistake he made this week in Indiana when he referred to a basketball hoop as a "ring."

"What else is in his lexicon? Baseball sticks? Football hats? But sure, I’m the foreign one," Obama said, before moving on to an absent Trump. 

"Is this dinner too tacky for 'The Donald'?"

Trump’s absence "hurt" Obama, who said he "had so much fun last time." Obama has singled out the real estate mogul in previous years, making fun of Trump's hair and the businessman's quest to see Obama's birth certificate. 

"Is he at home eating a Trump steak?" Obama asked. "What’s he doing?"

The president went on, making jabs at Trump's lack of foreign policy and experience, and his real estate prowess. 

"There's one area where Donald's experience could be valuable. And that's closing Guantanamo, because Trump knows a thing or two about closing waterfront properties into the ground."

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show' Thank You Notes, Canada's New Flag]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 02:21:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/thank-you-canada-ripa-strahan.jpg Jimmy Fallon says thanks to Michael Strahan]]> <![CDATA[Paul Rudd and Jimmy Fallon Debut Music Video]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 02:15:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/too-much-time-video-rudd-fallon.jpg Paul Rudd and Jimmy Fallon debut a music video]]> <![CDATA[May Movie Guide: 'Captain America,' 'Neighbors 2' ]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:00:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CivilWar571fee863dfd0.jpg

Blockbuster season is upon us! 

As spring winds down and summer slowly starts to heat up, studios get set to release their big budget crowd-pleasers for 2016. Lining up for a shot at ruling the box office once again are Captain America, the "Neighbors" gang, the denizens of Wonderland and those uncanny X-Men. 

New cinematic additions include Tilda Swinton as a recuperating rock icon, the re-teaming of Julia Roberts and George Clooney, supposed nice guys Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, and a flock of Angry Birds. 

"A Bigger Splash" (May 4)

Tilda Swinton stars as an international rock star recuperating from recent throat surgery while vacationing on a Sicilian island with her boyfriend (Matthias Schoenaerts). An unexpected visit from an ex-boyfriend (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter (Dakota Johnson) throws the couple's plans of tranquil seclusion into chaos. From director Luca Guadagnino ("I Am Love"). 

"Captain America: Civil War" (May 6) 

The Stars and Stripes take the lead as Captain America returns for his third big screen outing featuring actor Chris Evans in the titular role. This time around he's joined by most of his Avengers clan – but just who is friend and who is foe in this Marvel multiverse mash-up remains to be seen. 

"Money Monster" (May 13)

"Ocean's Eleven" co-stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts re-team for director Jodie Foster's take on fan revenge. When a disgruntled investor (Jack O'Connell) loses money on a stock tip offered by a Wall Street guru turned TV host (Clooney), he takes the show's whole studio hostage on live television in this real-time thriller.  

"High-Rise" (May 13)

When real estate gets real scary. Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons star in this future-retro vision of life in a high-rise apartment building where class warfare escalates out of control. 

"The Angry Birds Movie" (May 20)

Feathers will definitely fly as those frustrated birds from the hit video game launch themselves onto the big screen. Constantly enraged Red (voice of Jason Sudeikis) heads to anger management class where he meets fellow flightless oddballs Chuck (Josh Gad) and Bomb (Danny McBride). When mysterious green pigs descend on their island, it's up to this trio of misfits to discover just what is behind the sudden arrival in this 3D animated comedy. 

"Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" (May 20)

Love thy neighbor, or not. Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne are back in this follow up to 2014 comedy about real folk versus a really annoying frat house. The Radners (Rogen, Byrne) revisit their worst neighbor nightmare when the unruly sisters of Kappa Nu move in next door. In an effort to eject the rowdy crew, the Radners turn to former frat stud and one-time enemy Teddy Sanders (Efron) for help. It's suburban warfare at its best/worst in this comedy from director Nicholas Stoller ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Get Him to the Greek"). Note the following trailer contains expletives. 

"The Nice Guys" (May 20)

Nice may not the be the first word that comes to mind when viewing the actions of these two. Ryan Gosling plays a down-on-his-luck private eye who joins forces with hired muscle Russell Crowe to investigate the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1977 Los Angeles. 

"Alice Through the Looking Glass" (May 27)

The Wonderland crew is back for director Tim Burton's magical envisioning of Lewis Carroll's world down the rabbit hole. In this sequel to the 2010 hit, Mia Wasikowska returns to the role of Alice as she journeys back in time to Wonderland in order to rescue the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) from Time (Sacha Baron Cohen). Also featuring Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen and the voice talent of the late Alan Rickman as the Blue Caterpillar. 

"X-Men: Apocalypse" (May 27)

In their latest big screen adventure, Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) and his friendly mutants battle the forces of evil when the world's first mutant, Apocalypse (Oscar Issac), emerges with plans to rule the world. Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Olivia Munn, Sophie Turner, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult and Hugh Jackman also star. 

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<![CDATA[Key & Peele's Big Screen Appeal]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:30:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/KNU-05305rv4.jpg

Comedy team Key and Peele's formidable TV show character stable includes a pair of excitable parking valets who are sent into fanboy frenzies when discussing movies. Their favorite action star: "Liam Neesons."

So it's fitting that Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's first major film together finds inspiration in Liam Neeson's "Missing" flicks. Only in the Key and Peele action-comedy "Keanu," which opens April 29, the kidnap victim is a pet cat.

With "Keanu," the duo is tackling a challenge far steeper than recovering a purloined feline: They're attempting to go from movie fans to movie stars.

Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele,” which ended in September after five great seasons, showcased not only the comedians’ fanboy credentials, but their knack for mining laughs out of movie tropes. Even their strongest takes on race – their 1950s-style mini-musical, “Negrotown,” and their “Dawn of the Dead”-like portrayal of white zombies who avoid living black people – came couched in film genre spoofs.

“Keanu” offers the promising premise of Key and Peele as two regular guys who impersonate killers to get back the title cat.

But sustaining a 90-plus-minute comedy while playing just one role each marks a departure from a half-hour multi-character show filled with punchline-driven skits. And unlike decades worth of "Saturday Night Live" stars who struck movie stardom while still on the show, Key and Peele gave up the security of a weekly TV program before taking their act to a bigger screen.

Credit the pair with quitting “Key & Peele” while they were on top to forge a film career from near scratch. It's an act of show business bravery that would do "Liam Neesons" proud.

Check out a preview of "Keanu" as Key and Peele attempt to ride to greater fame on the back of a kitty – and their own impressive talent.


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['Game of Silence' Preview: The Uninvited ]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:53:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GameofSilence-2.jpg Jackson rejoins his friends in their quest for justice after the birth of boots’ baby and a troubling confrontation with the Warden makes him decide not to live his life in fear. Marina grows suspicious of Jacksons “double life” so to calm her suspicion Jackson takes her down to Brennan and introduces her to the old gang, leaving out the part that they were all in juvie together. Jackson also tells Gil and Shawn that he killed Red Tyson in 1988, although the we learned he is in fact just covering for Jessie. Finally, we also learn that Det. Liz Winters is a crooked cop, being controlled by Terry. ]]>