<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:58:27 -0700 Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:58:27 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Venice Film Festival 2015: Hottest Pics]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:21:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_921634088964.jpg All your favorite celebrities and the hottest red carpet looks at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.

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<![CDATA[Steve Jobs Movies: Apple Picking Season]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:39:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jobs-fassbinder.jpg

Funny or Die's amusing, if uneven 2013 web flick  "iSteve," which marked the first Steve Jobs movie out of the gates (Gates?), proved at its best mocking biopic clichés – most prominently, "It's so crazy, it just might work!"

There's nothing crazy about making movies about the Apple chief, who helped forge the intersection of digital technology and mass media through the iPhone, iPod and iTunes, among other products. But making the movies work is another matter. Ashton Kutcher found as much with “Jobs,” an admirable 2013 effort that failed to prove anywhere near as memorable as its subject.

Now, with the fourth anniversary of Jobs' death approaching, his life is fodder for two more films: a documentary that debuts Friday and a Hollywood feature set to land Oct. 9. The works will test whether filmmakers finally can get a firm grip on an elusive figure who put the world in our hands.

Then again, not even Siri could adequately explain Jobs, a man, by multiple accounts, both cruel and generous, both a visionary and shortsighted in his dealings with people, both a victim and perpetrator of ruthless corporate machinations. There's no disputing, though, his genius as a salesman who brought innovations to life through his drive and the ability to drive others.

As noted at the time of his death at age 56, Jobs became an icon of the popular culture he helped us consume in new ways, with greater ease. The upcoming movies suggest the fascination with the thin, but powerful black-clad businessman who preached the gospel of a better life through the digital devices that made him billions, remains strong.

The documentary, “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” promises, in promotional materials, to pull "no punches.” The tag line of the movie, directed by the noted filmmaker Alex Gibney (“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer”), sets the tone: “Bold. Brilliant. Brutal.”

Meanwhile, the upcoming film “steve jobs” boasts a team that includes Michael Fassbender, who brings his trademark intensity to the title role, and a strong director, Danny Boyle (“Trainspotting,” “Slumdog Millionaire), who comes armed with talent for exploring the nuances of human nature.

The movie also boasts great source material (“Steve Jobs,” the 2011 biography by Walter Isaacson) and a script by Aaron Sorkin, whose 2010 film, ”The Social Network,” offered a compelling, if fictionalized story of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. At his best, Sorkin (“The West Wing,” “The Newsroom”) excels at putting words in the mouths of smart and hyperverbal, if flawed, characters.

The best biography-driven documentaries and Hollywood biopics force audiences to view the subject in new ways – reinventing, in a sense, their public persona. The challenge will be steep with Jobs, a master of both reinvention and image creation – a man, who, as Isaacson wrote, could conjure a “reality distortion field” and bend others to his will.

Then again, the idea of capturing the essence of Steve Jobs in two different kinds of films is so crazy, it just might work. Check out previews for both movies as cinematic Apple-picking season begins.

 

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[10 Awesome Back-to-School Movies]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:33:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/10+Things+I+Hate+About+You.jpg

Some of the best films ever created revolve around the agony and ecstasy of attending school.

Be it that nerve-racking first day as a freshman, the bittersweet longing of unrequited love or the teenage angst that comes with not being part of the in-crowd, attending school is rife with emotional and social pitfalls. Perfect material for writers and directors to fashion tales of fun, danger, romance and excitement out of.

Not to mention a lot of musical numbers.

As students head back to classrooms, here are 10 beloved coming-of-age films sure to alleviate any back-to-school blues.

"THE BREAKFAST CLUB" (1985)

Subject material: A jock, a nerd, a punk, a princess, and a Goth (Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy, respectively) report for detention on a Saturday in the high school library, and find that regardless of their apparent differences they have much in common. A standout in filmmaker John Hughes' oeuvre, "Breakfast Club" looks beyond stereotypes to examine the secret emotional life of teens.

The lesson: No matter your standing in high school, everyone feels like an outcast at some point.

"DEAD POETS SOCIETY" (1989)

Subject material: A classic of its genre made all the more poignant after the passing of the film's lead Robin Williams. "Carpe Diem!" is the takeaway from this story of free-thinking educator John Keating (Williams) who arrives at the tony Welton Academy in 1959, armed only with Whitman, Tennyson and the desire to encourage self-determination in his young male charges (Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke). 

The lesson: Though medicine, law and business are noble pursuits, it's poetry, beauty, romance and love that ultimately nourish and educate the soul.

"PITCH PERFECT" (2012)

Subject material:  Barden University's all-female a cappella group, the Barden Bellas, strive to make a comeback from public humiliation with the help of reluctant new member Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick), whose participation in the group is at the demand of her dad, a Barden professor. The Bellas attempt to redeem themselves at the national titles with a little help from a hip new arrangement thanks to Beca. This hit musical comedy also stars Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow and Elizabeth Banks.

The lesson: Stick to what you love, and never eat a large meal before performing in public.

"FREAKY FRIDAY" (1976, 2003)

Subject material: Thanks to an enchanted fortune cookie, a mother (Jamie Lee Curtis) and daughter (Lindsay Lohan) at odds with each other magically find their souls switched. It's a remake of the 1976 version starring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster, and both films provide laughs as the characters attempt to come to terms with their newly inhabited bodies and the stresses of living another life.

The lesson: Putting yourself in the shoes of another, even your mom, provides invaluable insight and empathy.

"MEAN GIRLS" (2004)

Subject material: Another back-to-school vehicle for Lindsay Lohan, this cult favorite focuses on Cady Heron (Lohan), a 16-year-old home-schooled daughter of zoologist parents who has just returned to the U.S. after a 12-year research trip in Africa. In this fish-out-of-water tale, Heron enrolls at a local Illinois high school and makes new, decent friends whom she eventually drops in favor of joining the school's most exclusive clique, the Plastics, lead by bitchy Regina George ( Rachel McAdams). Amy Poehler and Tina Fey co-star, with Fey also writing the screenplay.

The lesson: Like your friends for who they are, not what you wish them to be. And avoid classmates with "cool" moms.

"FAME" (1980)

Subject material: So influential was this musical drama about kids attending the New York High School of Performing Arts, it spawned a 1982 TV series, a stage musical and a 2009 movie remake featuring Bebe Neuwirth and Kelsey Grammer. But it's the original starring Irene Cara and featuring the titular hit song that will have you dancing in the streets. Divided into auditions, freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years, "Fame" has an authentic early '80s' NYC look and feel.

The lesson: It remains a refreshing look at time when fame was something attained only through achievement in a field of expertise, not simply an accomplishment in and of itself. 

"FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF" (1986)

Subject material: Sometimes the best lessons are learned outside of the classroom. High school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) decides to skip school and spend the day in downtown Chicago. He convinces his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) to join him, and the trio must find ways to avoid being caught out by their school's dean, Ferris' vengeful  sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey), and his none-the-wiser parents. Slapstick comedy is gently balanced with tender moments in this beloved film from John Hughes.

The lesson according to Ferris: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

"HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE" (2001)

Subject material: A young orphan discovers he has magical powers and must attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in order to learn his craft and reveal his true destiny. Based on the first novel of the hugely popular series of Harry Potter books by British author J.K. Rowling, the movie follows Harry as makes what will become lifelong friends, develops his magical gifts, and learns that darkness lies in wait in the form of "he who must not be named."

The lessons: Never judge a book by its cover, and with the support of friends, anything is possible.

"10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU" (1999)

Subject material: A modern update on Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," it takes its title from  a poem written by high school outcast Kat (Julia Stiles) regarding her eventual romance with fellow fringe-dweller Patrick (Heath Ledger). Miscommunication and romantic confusion abound in this bittersweet tale starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik and Gabrielle Union. A teen film with big heart, it proved a breakout success for Stiles, Ledger and Gordon-Levitt.

The lessons: Don't be afraid to be yourself, and don't drink and swing.

"GREASE" (1978)

Subject material: It's 1958 and sweet and innocent Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) enrolls as a new senior at Rydell High School where she re-encounters her summer fling Danny (John Travolta). But Danny is revealed to be a bad boy member of the leather-jacket-wearing T-Birds and plays it cool with his former flame. With a little help from the Pink Ladies, Sandy may just win Danny's heart all over again. A musical comedy classic about first loves, it features a a stellar cast (Stockard Channing, Jeff Conway, Eve Arden, Frankie Avalon) and a soundtrack stuffed with hit sing-a-long numbers.

The lesson: "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" because I'm "Hopelessly Devoted to You."



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<![CDATA[ 'Ellen' Goes Bi-Coastal With Clinton, Fallon]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:08:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ellen+defeneres.jpg

Ellen DeGeneres is going bi-coastal for the fall premiere of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Kicking off in Los Angeles on Tuesday September 8 and Wednesday Sept. 9, season 13 of "Ellen" will then head to New York City's Rockefeller Center where the host will sit down with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and "Tonight Show" star Jimmy Fallon on Thursday Sept. 10 and Friday Sept. 11. 

"These 3 women are changing the world," DeGeneres tweeted when news of Clinton's appearance was announced. Alongside the democratic presidential front-runner were photos of Caitlyn Jenner and Malala Yousafzai, who will also guest on episodes the same week. 

Jenner will sit-down for her first interview since becoming the most high-profile transgender woman in the world, and 18 year-old, activist, author, and youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner Yousafzai will discuss the upcoming documentary "He Named Me Malala."

It will be Clinton's first talk show appearance since announcing her candidacy and will mark her sixth appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Also lining up for premiere week is Grammy-winning singer Pink, who will make two appearances during the New York shows including an exclusive debut performance of the new "Ellen" theme song "Today’s the Day." Pink wrote and recorded the song for the new season.  

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" returns with new episodes Tuesday, September 8th. Check your local listings or log on to www.ellentv.com.



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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:00:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Anthony Sadler Recalls French Train Attack]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:10:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/anthony+sadler.png

The American student who, along with two friends, helped thwart an attack aboard a French train en route to Paris from Amsterdam, nearly didn’t leave the Dutch city, underlining how easily their heroic triumph could have been a tragedy.

“You almost didn’t make this train, right?” host Jimmy Fallon asked.

“We were having so much fun in Amsterdam, we actually almost stayed,” Anthony Sadler revealed on the “Tonight Show” Tuesday, compelling Fallon to crack a string of stereotypical Amsterdam-themed insinuations.

"Please just walk me through what happened," Fallon asked. "I know you've probably told the story a thousand times."

"I could tell it to you all day, man," the 23-year-old California State University student replied.

Sadler explained that he was sleeping on the train when a gunshot went off followed by the sound of glass breaking and he awoke in the commotion. He turned to look at his childhood friends, Spencer Stone, a U.S. Air Force member, and Alek Skarlatos, a member of the Oregon National Guard, and noticed they were looking behind them.

"There's the gunman coming in the train cocking an AK and I'm like, 'Is this real? Is somebody playing a joke?' the California native recalled. “The next second I look back at my friends and he's just like, 'Go.' Both of them get up and then I just followed them.”

The three friends subdued the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El-Khazzani, by “beating him down a little bit” and Sadler says he’s thankful no shots were fired in the ensuing struggle.

Sadler said he had no military training, but, thankfully, his friends did. And despite being slashed by a box cutter while holding El-Khazanni in a chokehold, Stone was able to give medical assistance to another injured passenger.

“I couldn’t have picked a better two [friends] to be with,” the student proclaimed.

El-Khazzani was carrying several magazines of ammunition for his assault rifle and a bottle of petrol. The Moroccan’s phone showed that he had watched a jihadist video shortly before launching the attack, and prosecutors have filed formal charges against him.

All three Americans received the France’s highest honor, the French Legion of Honor, from President Francois Hollande for their bravery. 

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<![CDATA[Kermit the Frog Steps Out With New Girlfriend]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:13:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/abc_muppets_01_lb_150901_16x9_992.jpg

Many were shocked, even saddened in early August 2015 when one of the most iconic couples in Hollywood announced they would split. 

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy called it quits after decades as an item

But now, less than a month after their conscious uncoupling, Kermit apparently has a new love interest.

The Muppets' star frog has been seen with a new pig named Denise, who People Magazine identified as a top marketing executive at ABC. Kermit and Piggy will appear in "The Muppets," an ABC series set to premier on Sept. 22.

Kermit's move to date another pig may come as a shock to some after he released a statement in early August about the break up with Miss Piggy that seemed to disparage porcine relationships

"It can be tough to work with your ex," Kermit said, according to People Magazine. "It can be tough to be the executive producer on your ex’s late-night TV show, especially when your ex is a pig. I don’t know whether any of you have ever dated pigs."

Miss Piggy, meanwhile, has a new love interest all her own. Liam Hemsworth posted a photo to Instagram on Monday that showed the actor staring lovingly into Miss Piggy's eyes. He captioned the photo: Spent Friday with the most beautiful girl in the world. Kermit, #SorryNotSorry. #TheMuppets #MissPiggy. 



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<![CDATA['Tonight' Pros and Cons: Burning Man]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 01:08:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/fallon+pros+and+cons+burning+man.png Jimmy Fallon weighs the good and bad of partying in the middle of the Nevada desert for a week at Burning Man.]]> <![CDATA[Movie Star Escapes Manhattan High-Rise Fire]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:12:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/dylan+baker+high+rise+fire.jpg

An actor who has starred in "Anchorman" and TV shows including "Chicago Fire" and "The Good Wife" escaped a high-rise fire in Manhattan after he tried to get his elderly neighbor out of the burning home Tuesday afternoon. 

Dylan Baker had just returned with his family to their home on the 33rd floor of a 46-floor building in Hell's Kitchen when flames burst out of his next-door neighbor's apartment. 

"When I opened the door, it was a full-fledged fire," he said. "It was terrifying." 

Baker said he tried to look for his elderly neighbor, a woman he calls Vivian.

"I banged on the door and shouted her name. I opened her door -- I was surprised to find it open -- and there were flames everywhere, and smoke was coming out at me so I had to slam the door," he said. 

"I yelled again, I didn't hear anything. So we got the heck out," he said. 

Baker called 911 and hurried his family out of the building.

Another elderly resident named Joanne said alarms blared as smoke filled the hallways on her 25th floor. She walked down 25 flights of stairs along with her neighbors. She said most people were calm and orderly as they filed out of the building. 

The fire department arrived minutes later and got the fire under control. 

FDNY Chief Michael McLaughlin said the fire was in the main living area of the studio apartment, and there was heavy smoke on the floor. 

The fire never spread to any other apartments in the building on 43rd Street near 10th Avenue, but the woman who lives there was found unconscious on the floor. Firefighters rushed her downstairs to an ambulance. 

The woman remains in the hospital in critical condition, according to authorities. 

When she was brought down, "she looked to be in pretty bad shape," according to Baker. "My daughter won't get that image out of her head." 

"Vivian's a lovely person, she's a friend of ours," said Baker.

Officials are looking into a cause of the fire.

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<![CDATA[French Train Hero Sadler Describes Disarming Gunman]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 01:16:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/fallon+anthony+sadler.JPG Anthony Sadler explains to Jimmy how his European trip ended with him and two friends being hailed international heroes.

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<![CDATA[Fighter Ronda Rousey Accepts NJ Marine's Ball Invite]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:17:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480821508.jpg

Ronda Rousey said she'd take a night off from kicking and punching to dance and twirl at a Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

Rousey, 28 — the reigning champion in the UFC women's bantamweight division and arguably the sport's biggest star — accepted an invitation from U.S. Marine Jarrod Haschert, 22, according to a news report on Tuesday.

In a video posted to on his Facebook page Thursday, Haschert, a New Jersey native, confesses to Rousey that she is his "celebrity crush" and he would love to take her to the ball on Dec. 11.

"I love everything that you do and I think you are a phenomenal person," said the rosy-faced, North Carolina-based marine in the video that had been viewed nearly 5 million times by Tuesday night.

"If you (consider it), you will truly be making my dream come true," he continued.

It was a few days until Rousey accepted, after a TMZ cameraman asked about the proposal point-blank in video published Tuesday. A beaming Rousey is seen saying yes to the date, with just one stipulation: "He’s gotta be a gentleman. I’m not a first date kind of girl."

Rousey admitted she was at a loss on how to reach him. She agreed to the date after a January fight against former boxer Holly Holm was moved to Nov. 14.

Rousey did make one other request of Haschert: That he get dates for three of her friends as well.



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<![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’: Do Not Read List]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:29:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Do+Not+Read1.png Jimmy Fallon shares some books you probably should avoid reading this year, including "Hamburgers: Bad News for Cows."]]> <![CDATA[Christie May Go 'Nuclear' if Ignored Next Debate]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:54:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Chris+Christie+Interview.png

It wasn't the "belt grabber" or "back it up" we hoped for, but Chris Christie did perform an encore snippet of "Dance You Do at a Springsteen Concert" from the infamous "The Evolution of Dad Dancing" skit.

The New Jersey governor and presidential candidate stopped by the "Tonight Show" Monday and challenged Jimmy Fallon to a lip syncing battle.

"When I say we are going to lip sync, we are going to lip sync," Christie asserted as he pulled a microphone from behind his chair and began rocking to Springsteen's hit "Born in the USA."

"You won! You're the lip sync winner," Fallon cut it, interrupting his performance as he handed Christie a championship medal.

The GOP nominee hopeful chatted about meeting Fallon's wife in New Hampshire and revealed his plans to take a more aggressive approach during the next GOP face-off, which will be moderated by CNN later this month.

"In the last debate, I was waiting for you to talk," Fallon said referring to the first Republican primary debate on the Fox News Channel.

"Me, too," Christie quipped, noting at one point he went 20 questions without being called on. "But stay tuned on Sept. 16th, we may be changing tactics. You know, if I get to like 15 questions in a row -— count 'em at home — if I get to 15 in a row, you're going to go 'Uh oh, he's going to go nuclear now.'"

"That's what I'm talking about!" Fallon cheered. "That's what we want to see!"

Christie's return to late-night TV comes as he's been struggling to gain momentum in the crowded Republican field in the summer polls. During the interview, Fallon, who often jokes about Christie during his monologue, pressed the famously brash governor, suggesting that he's been overshadowed by billionaire businessman and Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Christie had several notable clashes with his opponents during the Fox News debate and his performance was generally well-reviewed, but Trump nonetheless dominated coverage of the event.

"Donald Trump now is in the lead in all these polls. Is this a surprise to you?" Fallon asked Christie.

"I completely expected that, didn't you?" Christie responded sarcastically. "Everything he does is fabulous, wonderful, spectacular, amazing. It's the best."

Christie also talked during the interview about a sleepover he had with rival Marco Rubio at 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney's home ahead of a Fourth of July parade in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. After dinner the night before the parade, he said, Romney invited the two competitors, along with their families and a handful of his grandkids on a boat ride that included an unexpected stop for ice cream.

"[Romney] was like, 'Let's go for ice cream.' I was like, 'All right,' " Christie recalled.

"First of all, you weren't like, 'All right,' Fallon chimed. "You were like, 'Yes!'"

Christie jokingly stormed off the stage. When he returned to his chair, he told Fallon, "If I ever leave public life, you're going to have to hire two writers just to replace the garbage you say about me."
 



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<![CDATA[Gov. Christie, Fallon Talk Republican Debates]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:45:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Chris+Christie.png Chris Christie explains to "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon why we didn't hear much from the New Jersey governor during the first Republican presidential primary debate.]]> <![CDATA[SpongeBob SquarePants Coming to Broadway]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:57:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-72812998+%281%29.jpg

SpongeBob SquarePants is making the move from his pineapple under the sea to the Great White Way, in a new musical set to hit Broadway in the 2016-17 season.

“The SpongeBob Musical” will follow the popular Nickelodeon character and his band of friends in a new journey set to originals songs from some of music’s biggest names, including David Bowie, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, Panic! At the Disco, Cyndi Lauper, Dirty Projectors, Jonathan Coulton and The Flaming Lips will also write new songs to fill out the score. Music supervision will come from Tony winner Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”), with a book coming from Kyle Jarrow (“Whisper House”).

The project co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau (“Superior Donuts”), who says she was attracted to the ensemble nature of the material.

“[SpongeBob’s] the classic underdog hero,” she explained. “Our production sets him on a hero’s journey with real stakes, all the while retaining the show’s trippy humor and irreverence.”

Landau also said that their actors won’t be using prosthetics or costumes to bring the show’s characters to life. 

“The SpongeBob Musical” will have its world premiere in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre beginning June 7, 2016, in a limited engagement through July 3. Casting is expected to be announced shortly.



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<![CDATA[Jon Rudnitsky Joins 'SNL' as Featured Player]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 04:06:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/150831-rudnitsky-snl-1115a_9e5e8f7ca68d07d02930e45ba6ea60f2.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

A new face for a new season.

Stand-up comic Jon Rudnitsky joins the cast of "Saturday Night Live" for its 41st season as a featured player.

The 25-year-old comedian hails from Harrington Park, New Jersey and graduated from the University of Southern California. Rudnitsky won the 2012 Laugh Factory Laugh Bowl, featured in this year's New Faces showcase at Montreal's Just for Laughs festival and gained a YouTube following thanks to his parodies of "House of Cards" and "True Detective."

"SNL" returns with new episodes on Oct. 3 with host Miley Cyrus. Amy Schumer makes her hosting debut on Oct. 10, and former cast member Tracy Morgan returns on Oct. 17.

Morgan has been recovering from a traumatic brain injury after a June 2014 car wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike. Soon after the news of his return to "SNL" broke, the comedian said on Twitter he was "stoked to be going home."

The most Emmy-nominated show of all time, "Saturday Night Live" celebrated its 40th anniversary with a star-studded broadcast special in February.



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<![CDATA['Concussion' Trailer]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:07:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/concussion-Concussion_DTR1_Txtd-StereoSplit_h264_hd_1200x675_516568643856.jpg Will Smith takes on the NFL in "Concussion," in theaters December 25. ]]> <![CDATA[Miley Cyrus' Wacky MTV VMAs Outfits]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:13:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-486018870.jpg Host Miley Cyrus kept the outfits coming at 2015 MTV Video Music Awards – each one wackier than the last.

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<![CDATA[MTV VMAs 2015: Best Moments ]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:54:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485987428+1.jpg The best pictures and moments from the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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<![CDATA[MTV VMAs Red Carpet: Best and Worst Dressed]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:00:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485984216.jpg All the best and worst looks from the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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