<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usTue, 06 Dec 2016 06:20:24 -0800Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:20:24 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[2017 Grammy Award Nominations: Beyonce, Adele, Drake]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:10:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/BESTALBUM_Adele_25.jpg Award season is around the corner as the Grammy Awards gear up to showcase the best music and artists of the year on Feb. 12, 2017. Here are the nominees.

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<![CDATA[Beyonce, Adele Nominated for Top 3 Grammy Awards]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:01:04 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/adele-beyonce.jpg

The Grammy Awards are sipping all of Beyonce's lemonade.

The pop star is the leader of the 2017 Grammys with nine nominations, including bids for album of the year with "Lemonade," and song and record of the year with "Formation." The singer, who already has 20 Grammys, is also the first artist to earn nominations in the pop, rock, R&B and rap categories in the same year.

Behind Beyonce are Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West, who scored eight nominations each.

Like Beyonce, Adele is also nominated for album, record and song of the year. For album of the year, "Lemonade" and "25" — which has sold 10 million copies in a year — will compete against Drake's multi-hit "Views," Justin Bieber's redemption album "Purpose" and surprise nominee "A Sailor's Guide to Earth," the third album from respected and rebellious country singer Sturgill Simpson.

Beyonce's "Formation" and Adele's "Hello" are up against Rihanna and Drake's "Work," twenty one pilots' "Stressed Out" and Lukas Graham's "7 Years" for record of the year. "7 Years" is also up for song of the year — a songwriter's award — battling Bieber's "Love Yourself," co-written with Ed Sheeran, Mike Posner's "I Took a Pill In Ibiza," as well as Beyonce and Adele's songs.

Beyonce's nine nominations include best rock performance ("Don't Hurt Yourself" with Jack White), pop solo performance ("Hold Up"), rap/sung performance ("Freedom" with Kendrick Lamar) and urban contemporary album ("Lemonade"). With 62 nominations over the years, Beyonce is the most-nominated women in Grammy history.

"Artists are feeling emboldened and courageous and just wanting to step out of the predictable boundaries of what they have done. Of course, (Beyonce) is the poster child for that," Recording Academy CEO and President Neil Portnow said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Adele, who has five nominations, is up for best pop vocal album ("25") and pop solo performance ("Hello.") The Grammys will be presented in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2017.

David Bowie, who died from cancer in January, earned four nominations for his final album "Blackstar," including best rock performance, rock song, alternative music album and engineered album, non-classical.

"I think this is beyond sort of the sympathy vote, because sometimes you'll see those kinds of things happen just 'cause people feel sorry about it. But listen to (his) album — it's quite extraordinary," Portnow said of Bowie.

This year the Recording Academy allowed streaming-only recordings — released on paid-subscription platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal but not for sale on iTunes — to be eligible for nominations, giving Chance the Rapper a fair chance. The breakout performer scored seven nominations including best new artist, pitting him against country singers Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini; singer-rapper Anderson Paak; and pop-EDM duo the Chainsmokers, whose recent hits include "Closer" and "Don't Let Me Down."

Chance the Rapper earned three nominations for best rap song: His hit, "No Problem," is nominated, and he has writing credit on the Kanye West songs "Famous" and "Ultralight Beam." West will compete with himself in three categories: best rap song, rap performance and rap/sung performance.

Chance's "Coloring Book" and West's "The Life of Pablo" are nominated for best rap album along with Drake's "Views," De La Soul's "And the Anonymous Nobody," DJ Khaled's "Major Key" and Schoolboy Q's "Blank Face LP."

Sturgill, who had been nominated for best Americana album at the 2015 Grammys, also sees his nine-track album nominated for best country album. Sturgill was in a bit of controversy this year when he posted on Facebook that the Academy of Country Music Awards should not have created an award named after Merle Haggard when he felt they never showed true love to the country outlaw, who died this year. He closed his long post saying: "(Expletive) this town. I'm moving."

Sturgill's album is up against Loretta Lynn's "Full Circle," Keith Urban's "Ripcord," Morris' "Hero" and Brandy Clark's "Big Day In a Small Town."

Lori McKenna, who won a Grammy this year for co-writing Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," is nominated for best country song for penning Tim McGraw's "Humble and Kind." She also scored nominations for best Americana album, American Roots performance and American Roots song for her own work.

Acts tying McKenna and Bowie for four nominations include Bieber, Morris, Kirk Franklin, engineer Tom Coyne, and producer-songwriters Max Martin, Greg Kurstin, Benny Blanco and Mike Dean. Tyler Joseph, the lead vocalist of twenty one pilots and the duo's main songwriter, scored five nominations for "Stressed Out" (record of the year, pop duo/group performance) and "Heathens" (best rock song, rock performance and song written for visual media); twenty one pilots, which includes drummer Josh Dun, earned three nods.

Some well-known acts scored their first Grammy nominations Tuesday, including Solange, Blink-182 and Demi Lovato, who will compete against Adele, Bieber, Sia and Ariana Grande for best pop vocal album.

Amy Schumer earned two nominations, including best spoken word album and comedy album. Deceased nominees include Joey Feek of the duo Joey + Rory (best gospel roots album for "Hymns").

About 13,000 Recording Academy members voted in the 84 Grammy categories from 22,000 submissions. Songs and albums released from Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30 were eligible for nomination.



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<![CDATA['Late Night': Kate McKinnon Talks Poop Log Holiday Tradition]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:53:15 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e036_456_katemckinnon_catalan_20161205_1200x675_825741891963.jpg "SNL's" Kate McKinnon talks with host Seth Meyers about her new holiday tradition.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': 'Family Feud' With Steve Harvey]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:32:47 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e049_584_familyfeud_20161205_%281%29_1200x675_825739843928.jpg Steve Harvey hosts a special "Tonight Show" edition of "Family Feud" with Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Host Jimmy Fallon of the 20th Century Women family facing off against Questlove, Tariq and James of The Roots family.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump's False Claims]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:34:54 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e036_456_closerlook_20161205_1200x675_825742915781.jpg Host Seth Meyers discusses, what he calls, the president-elect's willingness to ignore facts and reality, including when it relates to foreign policy.]]> <![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:13:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Judge: Prosecutors Can Use Bill Cosby's Deposition at Trial ]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:35:23 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/billcosby2.jpg

Damaging testimony that Bill Cosby gave in an accuser's lawsuit, including admissions that he gave young women drugs and alcohol before sex, can be used at his criminal sex assault trial, a judge ruled Monday.

The defense had insisted that Cosby only testified after being promised he wouldn't be charged over his 2004 encounter with accuser Andrea Constand. But his lawyers at the time never had an immunity agreement or put anything in writing.

"This court concludes that there was neither an agreement nor a promise not to prosecute, only an exercise of prosecutorial discretion," Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill wrote in his ruling.

Cosby, 79, acknowledged in the 2006 deposition that he had a string of extramarital relationships with young women. He called them consensual, but many of the women say they were drugged and molested.

The release of the deposition testimony last year prompted prosecutors to reopen Constand's 2005 criminal complaint.

Cosby, asked about the 2004 encounter at his home with Constand, described being on his couch and putting his hand down her pants.

"I don't hear her say anything. And I don't feel her say anything. And so I continue and I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection. I am not stopped," he testified.

Prosecutors describe Constand as being semiconscious after Cosby gave her three unmarked blue pills for stress.

The ruling on the deposition is one of two key pretrial issues that will determine the scope of the evidence against Cosby at trial. The other question is how many other accusers will be allowed to testify in prosecutors' attempt to show a pattern of similar conduct. Prosecutors hope to call 13 additional women who say they were assaulted by Cosby as far back as the 1960s. Two days of arguments on that issue are set for next week.

The release of the deposition testimony last year prompted prosecutors in suburban Philadelphia to reopen accuser Constand's criminal complaint and charge Cosby with felony sexual assault.

O'Neill has suggested that Cosby's decision to testify at the deposition could have been strategic. The actor -- known as America's Dad for his top-rated family sitcom, "The Cosby Show," which ran from 1984 to 1992 -- could have invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself. But jurors would have heard of that decision if the case went to trial.

Cosby instead settled Constand's lawsuit, for an undisclosed amount, after finishing four days of testimony about his extramarital affairs, his friendship with Constand and other topics.

In another excerpt, Cosby described a phone call with Constand's mother a year later, when he refused to say what the pills were.

"I'm not going to argue with somebody's mother who is accusing me of something," he testified. "And I'm apologizing because I'm thinking this is a dirty old man with a young girl. I apologized. I said to the mother it was digital penetration."

Cosby also described getting seven prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s, which he said he kept on hand to give women he hoped to seduce, "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink.'"

Constand had met Cosby at Temple University when she managed the women's basketball team. He was a prominent booster and university trustee. She went to police in 2005 to report that he had sexually assaulted after taking what Cosby described as an herbal product.

The defense will fight strenuously to block the testimony of the other women, arguing that their accounts are vague, decades old and impossible to defend. They also say Cosby is legally blind and can no longer recognize his accusers or help with the defense.



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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Jimmy Kimmel To Host Oscars]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:21:04 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-607641102.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA['The Voice' Shines Spotlight on Final 8 ]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:21:41 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/morevoice.jpg

It's really getting down to the wire on "The Voice" as the final eight contestants retake the stage for more live rounds Monday night.

As with prior years, the fates of the final eight contestants rest solely in the audience's hands. Each Monday artists will perform live, and America votes to save their two favorite performers from each team. The two hopefuls with the lowest numbers of votes on any team will exit the competition on Tuesday's result show.

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the two artists with the least amount of votes will be eliminated. The top three artists with the most amount of votes are announced as finalists. The remaining three artists will then sing for the "Instant Save" to be named the 4th finalist.

The two-night live finale with the last four finalists will air on Monday, Dec. 12 and Tuesday, Dec. 13.

"The Voice" airs Mondays at Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.

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<![CDATA[Jimmy Kimmel Tapped to Host Academy Awards]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:51:00 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/kimmelkimell.jpg

Oscar has his man.

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel has been tapped to host the 89th Academy Awards telecast.

While it will be his first time hosting the Academy Awards, the host of “Late Night With Jimmy Kimmel” is no stranger to taking the helm at major award shows. Kimmel has previously hosted the 2012 and 2016 Emmy Awards as well as the 2007 ESPYS and the American Music Awards on multiple occasions.

Chris Rock hosted last year's telecast, which occurred in the midst of a backlash focusing on the lack of African American nominees and subsequent #Oscarssowhite protests. That telecast drew only 34 million viewers, an 8-year low. 

This year's telecast will air Feb. 26 on ABC.



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<![CDATA[Trump, Biles, Putin on Time's Person of the Year Shortlist ]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:03:29 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trump-biles-putin-time.jpg

Time magazine narrowed downed its potential "Person of the Year" list to 11 finalists on Monday.

The short list includes President-elect Donald Trump; Hillary Clinton, the first woman to become a presidential nominee for a major political party; Olympic gymnast Simone Biles; Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; former head of the U.K. Independence Party, Nigel Farage; Beyonce; Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The Flint Whistleblowers, local residents, along with civil-engineering professor Marc Edwards and local pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who alerted the public to the lead-poisoned water in Flint, Michigan, along with CRISPER Scientists, who have developed a groundbreaking new technology that can edit DNA, also up for the recognition. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2007, made this year's shortlist, too. 

The magazine's editors each year select a person — or idea — that has most influenced the news and the world in the past year. Time has made the pick since 1927.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who opened her nation's border to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and managed Europe's debt crisis, was Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2015. The year before that, the honor went to the Ebola fighters.

The 2016 Person of the Year will be unveiled on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday morning and Time.com.



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<![CDATA[Photos From the Kennedy Center Honors]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:45:17 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16339160253255.jpg Actor Al Pacino, rock band the Eagles, pianist Martha Argerich, gospel singer Mavis Staples and singer-songwriter James Taylor receive the Kennedy Center Honors for influencing American culture through the arts.

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<![CDATA[SNL's Trump Would Rather Be Tweeting]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:19:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/228*120/Screen+Shot+2016-12-04+at+12_opt.png

Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump couldn’t focus in a meeting with his top advisors — his Twitter finger was itchy.

In this week’s "Saturday Night Live" cold open, Trump is seen in a meeting with Kellyanne Conway, Mike Pence and various other top advisors, all of whom try in vain to brief the president-elect on Syria. But Trump could not stop gleefully, compulsively retweeting his social media fans.

“I just retweeted the best tweet. Wow. What a great, smart tweet!” he announces.

“There’s a reason why Donald tweets so much,” offers Kate McKinnon’s Kellyanne Conway. “He does it to distract the media from his business conflicts — and all the scary people in his cabinet.” 

It's a theory that has taken hold as the president-elect continues to take to Twitter, sometimes at odd hours, to throw shade on his rivals and perceived nemeses. Indeed, after the episode aired Saturday night, the real Trump registered his disapproval of the show on social media. 

Baldwin fired back on Twitter, jabbing Trump for not releasing his tax return. 

The cold open continued with Trump's aides toughening their stance after the president-elect breaks his promise to “buckle down and get to work” by retweeting yet another supporter.

Not to worry, Trump says. “I’ve gotten a lot done so far. I was elected 25 days ago, and already unemployment is at a nine-year low, millions and millions of people have health care and Osama bin Laden is dead,” he explains, taking credit for the work of the Obama administration. 

Even when Baldwin's Trump is not distracted by Twitter, he finds something else to distract him.

“What’s that at the end of the table?” he asks. “Is that the picture of me that I hate? The one the press always uses where I look so ugly?” One of Trump’s many complaints of the news media is that they select unflattering photographs of him to use in reports.

“Actually, it’s a plate of mashed potatoes,” Conway tells him.

“Alright,” Trump relents. “You have my undivided attention.”

But, another 10 seconds later, he's at it again. 

"SNL" also made comedy out of recent Hillary Clinton sightings in the woods of upstate New York: intrepid Hillary hunters bait her to the edge of the treeline with news articles on the recount efforts under way in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Weekend Update touched on Trump as well, and also covered the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline protests, the Kellogg company dropping its association with website Breitbart.com and a new ban on smoking in New York public housing.

Host Emma Stone revisited a long-lost love in her monologue.

Shawn Mendes performed two songs.



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<![CDATA[The Wild, Wild 'Westworld' Finale]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:07:04 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/westworldharris.jpg

The October debut of "Westworld," like "Lost" and "Game of Thrones" before it, triggered a growing fusillade of fan theories.

But how's this for a spoiler alert: All the story-advancing clues serve to distract us from the full, disturbing implications of the show about a Western-themed amusement park populated by life-like robots. In the "Westworld" universe, the things that make us most human – the capacities for complex emotion and memory and to create our own mythology – are no longer the sole province of human beings.

The first season of the breakout HBO drama ends Sunday with, little doubt, new revelations on tap. One possibility: We might not like what's at the end of the maze.

"The Maze," along with "hosts" and "newcomers," is part of the argot of "Westworld," which also packs a striking visual vocabulary of its own, bouncing between the 19th century sex-and-violence playground for the rich and the perhaps not-so-futuristic Frankenstein-like lab where the robots are built and their backstories are wrought in code.

The series takes huge strides past the original 1973 Michael Crichton cult movie that bears its name and basic set-up. While the original wrung chills out of cowboy robots-turned-bad, the new version, created by Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, turns the black hat vs. white hat ethos of Old West tales into a Technicolor swirl of ambiguity.

Despite the high-concept premise, "Westworld" is primarily a character-driven piece, human and otherwise, buoyed by stellar acting.

They don’t make enough Emmys for these great performances: Thandie Newton as a saloon madam on a mission; Evan Rachel Wood as an increasingly sentient farm dweller; Jeffrey Wright as Bernard and the (so far) unheard Arnold, two pivotal characters on both sides of the human-robot divide; Anthony Hopkins as Westworld’s cold puppet master; Jimmi Simpson as an earnest first-time visitor and Ed Harris as the sadistic Man in Black, who may be the same person.

But that's just one popular fan theory about a show that bends expectations and time, playing with A.I. possibilities and fears as it extends the wild ride "2001: A Space Odyssey" embarked upon nearly a half-century ago.

The drama also packs in older allusions, to Shakespeare and Dante. But the strongest “Westworld” inspiration may be Lewis Carroll, whose “Alice in Wonderland” keeps popping up – most prominently in Bernard's recollections of reading to his dying son, who apparently never existed.

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense,” Bernard reads, channeling Alice. “Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't.”

What exactly "Westworld" isn't is not clear yet. What it is appears more certain: a rare prismatic gem of show bent on making us peer past the fan theories and through the looking glass to examine our very existence. 

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[Full Circle: 'Full House' Cast Returns to Iconic SF Home]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 04:14:14 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/FH+pic.JPG

It was a full house — literally — at the San Francisco home immortalized by the famous eponymous 80's sitcom.

The Tanners on Friday flocked to the Lower Pacific Heights home where they "lived." The classic Victorian home was bought — fittingly — by "Full House" creator Jeff Franklin. Talk about full circle!

Cast members, including Candace Cameron-Bure, Andrea Barber, Bob Saget, Jodie Sweetin and Dave Coulier, celebrated Franklin's purchase of the property at 1709 Broderick Street.

“I’ve never heard of a creator buying the house of an original series, but I think it shows how attached Jeff is to the show," Barber said. "This is, like, his baby.”

Outside, fans were starstruck.

"We just came down to take a picture of the house and it was so random that everything was happening," said tourist Ikram Kamal.

Fellow visitor Emily Le agreed. “I think it’s awesome that they’re coming out for the fans and want to be here for their supporters and are actually here interacting with their fans as real people. I think it's something that a lot of people don’t get to do. So it’s really cool that they’re doing that," she said. 

The iconic home had been on the market since May at a price tag of $4.15 million. The house's exterior, then painted white, was used as the Tanner family's residence in the original show. 

Franklin paid about $4 million for the 2,985-square-foot house, which features three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. One of the first things he said he did after buying the property was have its front door painted red — as a throwback to the hit TV show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The previous homeowners had opted to paint it a seafoam green.

A listing on the Vanguard Properties website says the Charles Lewis Hinkel home was constructed in 1883 and is one of the city's finest examples of preserved Italianate, Victorian architecture. However, that means the house is something of a fixer-upper.

"We have to seismically retrofit it, redo the foundation, electrical, plumbing —that’s going to take awhile," Franklin said.

The restoration will also include five freshly imprinted and signed blocks of concrete.

Franklin is also laying the foundation for the "Full House" reboot — dubbed "Fuller House." Season two will be out on Netflix on Dec. 9.

“We want to come back here to shoot some new footage, some stock shots, do a scene leaving the house — I don’t know, exactly," Franklin said.

Franklin says he will likely rent the house after renovating it. Finding tenants in this housing-challenged city won’t be hard, he surmised.

"Full House" premiered on Sept. 22, 1987 so Sept. 22, 2017 will mark the show's 30th anniversary.

"That will be around the time that all of my construction will be done, so I hope to bring the cast up to the house and have a big slumber party here so people can drive by and actually see the Tanner family living there for one whole day," Franklin told The Hollywood Reporter. "That would be pretty fun."

NBC Bay Area's Lisa Fernandez contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[George Takei Inducted Into California Hall of Fame]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:50:54 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP308780160294.jpg

George Takei was inducted into the California Museum's California Hall of Fame during a ceremony Wednesday evening in Sacramento.

Takei — a second-generation Californian best known for his role of Lt. Hikaru Sulu in "Star Trek" — joins 96 other individuals, who the California Museum calls "legendary people who embody California's innovative spirit and have made their mark on history," NBC News reported.

He also developed the musical "Allegiance," which was based on his experience in a Japanese-American incarceration camp during World War II.

"To be inducted to join the inspiring trail blazers in the arts, industry, academia, sports and political affairs is an honor beyond words," Takei said in a statement in October.



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<![CDATA[Kristen Stewart Stars in Rolling Stones Music Video]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:35:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_160432194480-TIFF.jpg

Kristen Stewart is feeling the need for speed.

The actress stars in the music video for Rolling Stone's song "Ride 'Em On Down." 

The video features Stewart joyriding through empty Los Angeles streets in a bright blue vintage Mustang GT. Those familiar with L.A.’s downtown traffic know that something’s up — is she in a dream, or a nightmare?

The "Café Society" actor licks on a lollipop and pole dances at a gas station before coming across a zebra roaming the streets of a post-apocalyptic City of Fallen Angels.

The track, a cover of Eddie Taylor’s 1955 hit, is the first single off the legendary rock band’s new blues-based album Blue & Lonesome, released Friday.



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<![CDATA[Amy Schumer In Talks To Play Barbie in Live-Action Film ]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:38:40 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/barbieamy.jpg

For decades, young girls have looked up to Barbie. Now, another famous female role model, Amy Schumer, is in talks to play Mattel’s doll on the big screen.

A live-action Barbie film has been in the works since 2014, when producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald won the rights to the Barbie franchise. Since then, a slew of writers have mocked up scripts, trying to modernize the ’50s icon. Among the contenders, former “Community” writer Hilary Winston’s story stood out for its feminist bent that promotes a new idea about what constitutes beauty. The tale features a Barbie who doesn’t quite fit in with everyone else in Barbieland. After being cast out, she adventures to the real world, only to return home to save the day.

Deadline reports that Sony chief Tom Rothman personally approached Schumer about playing the film's lead. The actress and her sister, Kim Caramele, are expected to give Winston’s script a rewrite before the film’s summer 2018 release. 

Known for her punchy, progressive comedy, Schumer wrote and starred in the 2015 dramedy “Trainwreck,” for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination. The comedienne often criticizes and satirizes beauty standards in her sketch TV show, “Inside Amy Schumer.” 

As one of the breakout stars of 2015, Schumer doesn’t need another project on her hands unless it’s a perfect fit. She’s already set to appear in a film she co-wrote with her friend, Jennifer Lawrence, as well as in a mother-daughter comedy alongside Goldie Hawn. She’ll also try her hand at drama with “Thank You for Your Service,” a DreamWorks project on post traumatic stress disorder.



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<![CDATA[General Tso's Creator Dies: Report]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:16:38 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GeneralTsoPlate.jpg

Chef Peng Chang-kuei, the inventor of the iconic Chinese food dish General Tso's chicken, died at the age of 98 on Wednesday, the Taiwan News reports

His son, Chuck Peng, told the Associated Press that his father died Wednesday in Taipei, Taiwan's capital. The junior Peng runs the family's Taiwan restaurant chain, where his father still cooked until a few months ago.

The Hunan, China, native began training to be a cook at just 13 years old, according to the newspaper. By the end of World War II, he was in charge of running banquets for the Chinese Nationalist government. A military uprising forced Peng to flee to Taiwan, where he created his culinary magnum opus in 1952.

The world-renowned dish is composed of breaded chicken chunks tossed and fried in a thick, sugary ginger-garlic sauce. Broccoli, baby corn and carrots are sometimes added for extra flavor.

He named the dish in honor of Tso Tsung T'ang, a respected Hunan war general, according to the Taiwan News.

He has been honored by the government of Taipei, Taiwan's people, for passing on Hunan culture.

Peng brought his famous platter stateside in 1973 with the opening of his restaurant, Peng's, on East 44th Street, according to The New York Times. News of his dish caught the attention of officials from the neighboring United Nations headquarters and dignitaries like former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

The New York Times published one of the earliest accounts of the dish in a 1977 feature story.

"General Tso's thicken [sic] was a stir-fried masterpiece, sizzling hot in both flavor and temperature," wrote food critic Mimi Sheraton.

A 2014 documentary called "The Search for General Tso" examined the origins of the iconic plate and the history of its eponymous military leader.

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<![CDATA[Smackdown: Luke Bryan Slaps Heckler From Stage With Mic]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:54:37 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/lukesmack.jpg

Country star Luke Bryan took care of a heckler without skipping a beat during a concert this week by taking a swing at the man from the stage with his microphone still in hand.

Bryan was performing his single "Move" at the Charlie Daniels' all-star Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday when the outburst occurred. Fan video shows Bryan shouting, "Come on!" before stepping forward and slapping the man with his fingers while still holding onto the mic.

Bryan then continued with the song while seemingly unfazed by the incident.

Bryan's publicist says in a statement that the man was making "crude hand gestures" toward Bryan and that security personnel saw the man's "disruptive actions" and escorted him out.



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<![CDATA[Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Live Cam ]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:50:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rock+tree+ap.jpg

Watch a live feed (above) of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree around the clock. 

The 94-foot tall, 14-ton Norway spruce with 50,000 multicolored lights will be lit every day from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. until Jan. 7, except for Christmas Day, when it will stay lit for 24 hours.

The holiday tradition started in 1931. This year's tree came from the backyard of Angie and Graig Eichler in Oneonta in the northern foothills of New York's Catskill mountain range. 

After the holidays, it will be milled into lumber for Habitat for Humanity.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Singing Whisper Challenge with Emma Stone]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:38:14 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e047_582_whisperchallenge_20161201_1200x675_822669891668.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon and Emma Stone take turns guessing random song titles and lyrics while wearing noise-canceling headphones.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': #OfficePartyFail Hashtags]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:19:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/FALLON_GettyImages-528518222.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #OfficePartyFail.

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<![CDATA[Mark Wahlberg's Old Mansion For Sale]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:29:15 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/193*120/12-1-16-Wahlberg-home.jpg A Beverly Hills mansion and fitness lovers' paradise previously owned by actor Mark Wahlberg is on the market.

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<![CDATA[Showrunners Grapple With How To Depict Muslims Post-Election]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:11:33 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/muslimmuslim.jpg

Turns out President-elect Donald Trump isn't the only person with a Muslim dilemma.

Showrunners from some of the most popular shows on television, including ABC's "Quantico," and Showtime's "Homeland," said the negative hysteria surrounding the Muslim population following the presidential election has made their storytelling more difficult, as they attempt to weave intricate plots while steering clear of fueling anti-Muslim hysteria.

The plot lines of both shows often center around attempted terrorists attacks against the United States.

Approximately two weeks after Election Day, The New York Times gathered a select group of showrunners together to discuss Muslim representation on television. The roundtable included Howard Gordon, creator of both “24” and “Homeland,” and Joshua Safran creator of "Quantico," an ABC series about F.B.I. operatives.

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For his part, Safran vowed he'd never depict a Muslim as a terrorist on the show. 

"For me, it was important to not ever put a Muslim terrorist on our show," Safran said. "There hasn’t been one. This year we have the appearance of one — which is a spoiler. But it’s not true."

Gordon, also created "24," a show that often depicted Muslims as terrorists. When asked if he had any concerns about the storylines on "Homeland" being used as fodder to fuel anti-Muslim sentiment, Gordon responded, "The short answer is, absolutely, yes. On "Homeland," it’s an ongoing and very important conversation."

The roundtable discussed the necessity of bringing in diverse voices to the process. "If you bring in writers with different experiences, you get different stories, " said Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the Canadian series “Little Mosque on the Prairie.”

"I have great hope for the future," Nawaz told the Times. "I pitched a show to one of the networks about a Muslim family, and I was told by the executive, 'There is no way an American network is going to have a Muslim woman with a hijab on television. Get her out. We will not do it.' And then I watch 'Quantico' [which has a main character in a hijab]. I’m like, 'Oh my god. I’ve been vindicated.'"

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<![CDATA['Full House' Creator Buys Tanner House]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:44:55 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/fullhousemain.jpg

The iconic "Full House" Tanner home had been on the market since May at a price tag of $4.15 million.

It finally sold this fall, the Hollywood Reporter first reported, to the perfect homeowner.

Veteran TV producer Jeff Franklin — creator of the 1987 hit TV series "Full House" — bought the 1709 Broderick Street home where the Tanner family "lived," located in the city's Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood.

Franklin paid about $4 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter, for the 2,985-square-feet home with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

Franklin posted a picture of himself on the steps of the house on Instagram. "My new house in San Francisco. Look familiar?!" he wrote.

The home's exterior, then painted white, was used as the Tanner family's residence in the original show. According to its listing on the Vanguard Properties website, the Charles Lewis Hinkel home was constructed in 1883 and is one of the city's finest examples of preserved Italianate, Victorian architecture. Inside scenes were filmed on a set in Burbank, California.

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<![CDATA[Still Packs a Punch: We Could All Use a Little "Hairspray"]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:07:28 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NUP_175042_0008.jpg

Even mere descriptions of John Waters' 1970s trash-comedy classics – among them "Multiple Maniacs" and "Pink Flamingos" – packed the power to shock the faint of heart.

So imagine the surprise in 1988 when his first filth-free effort, the heartwarming and deceivingly gentle "Hairspray," emerged, in some respects, as his most subversive film of all. It's also proven Waters’ most enduring work, spawning a 2002 Broadway musical and a song-filled movie version five years later.

Waters' story of an oversized underdog dancing against racial intolerance twists its way onto NBC Dec. 7 with a live performance of the musical. The show returns at a time when we all could use a little "Hairspray."

The tale, set in 1962 racially torn Baltimore, offers an unlikely lead player: Tracy Turnblad, a plump, buoyant and bullied white teen. The beehive-sporting high schooler, who loves rocks-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues, finds initial bliss dancing on a local “American Bandstand”-like TV program, “The Corny Collins Show.” But the program is segregated, with black teens relegated to a monthly “Negro Day.”

Tracy and her pals’ big battle against small minds turns the seemingly innocuous reality TV show of its time into a spectacle pitting the forces of unity against the dividers.

The offbeat humor and sweetness wrapping the serious theme helped Waters break free of the cult-film label. The musical version, with upbeat, period-evoking songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, quickly gained a considerable following of its own. 

“Hairspray” follows older Broadway fare repurposed for TV in recent years – including NBC’s takes on “The Sound of Music,” “Peter Pan,” and “The Wiz” over the previous three Decembers, as well as Fox’s fun rendering of “Grease,” which aired in January.

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Hairspray Live!” boasts a cast featuring Harvey Fierstein, the gravelly voiced multi-talent who starred in the Tony-winning Broadway show. He again steps into the housedress of Waters’ drag muse Divine, who originated the role of Tracy’s agoraphobic mother Edna. Other big-name troupers set for the TV performance include Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Kristin Chenoweth and Rosie O’Donnell.

In keeping with past versions, the producers tapped an unknown – actress Maddie Baillio – to play Tracy. Sometime you need a fresh face to take a new look at an old, seemingly endless problem, and remind us that, at least in the movies and on stage, the happiest shock of all is when one person makes a difference.

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[LeBron James Is Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of Year]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:23:53 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/kingjamesja.jpg

LeBron James delivered on a promise and ended decades of Cleveland sports misery in 2016.

For leading the Cavaliers to an NBA title and ending the city's 52-year title drought, James was chosen as Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year on Thursday, joining Tiger Woods as the award's only two-time winners since its inception in 1954.

"I'm honored," James said following shootaround before the Cavs hosted the Los Angeles Clippers. "I'm more happy for my family, my kids, for my wife, my mom, and for my foundation, for the kids that I represent and the kids that use me as a role model and an inspiration."

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Appearing in his sixth straight NBA Finals in June, James rallied the Cavs from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the favored Golden State Warriors, who won 73 games during the regular season but couldn't put Cleveland away. James scored 41 points in Games 5 and 6 and made a key block in the final minutes of an epic Game 7, making the Cavs the first Cleveland major sports franchise to win a title since the Browns in 1964.

James was selected finals MVP for the third time in his career.

The 31-year-old James returned to Cleveland as a free agent in 2014 and pledged to bring a title to his home state. He did it in his second season, an achievement that ranks as the greatest accomplishment of his career.



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<![CDATA[Taking the Plunge: Michael Phelps Looks to Dip Into Tech ]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:30:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mikemikemike.jpg

Michael Phelps wants to dive into Silicon Valley's investment opportunities as he tries to make the transition from Olympic swimming star and product pitchman to entrepreneur.

"I would love to get involved, whether it's in a couple little startups here and there, take a little risk, have some fun and see where it goes," Phelps said in an interview during a recent visit to San Jose, California while appearing at an Intuit software conference.

For now, Phelps isn't providing any details about what he is going to do, though he says he has been getting advice from venture capitalists and other experienced investors in Silicon Valley startups.

Getting into tech investing would be a new direction for Phelps, whose business experience to date consists mostly of his own line of swimwear and endorsement deals with the likes of Under Armour, Visa and Wheaties.

These and other big brands have paid him an estimated $75 million during his career. That's far more than the $1.65 million that he received from the U.S. Olympic Committee and Speedo for winning a record 28 medals, including 23 golds, in five Olympics. He's still promoting products; he is currently doing commercials for computer chipmaker Intel in a campaign that began in October.

Whatever he does next, Phelps isn't ready to start his own investment fund, like retired Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant did earlier this year with entrepreneur Jeff Stibel. And if Phelps has ideas for founding a startup of his own, he's keeping them to himself.

Making the leap from pitchman to businessman won't be easy, said David Carter, executive director of the University of Southern California's Marshall Sports Business Institute. "Athletes come and go and many talk a big game, but they don't follow through," he said. Phelps "is really going to have commit to learning about business and demonstrate his seriousness about it."

Other celebrities have ventured into the tech industry in search of riches, with decidedly mixed results.

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Notable successes include rapper and record producer Dr. Dre, who was part of the founding team that sold Beats to Apple for $3 billion 2014. Actor Ashton Kutcher co-founded an investment fund in 2010 that made early investments in startups such as the ride-hailing service Uber, the home rental-service Airbnb and the music streaming service Spotify. The fund's value had soared to $250 million from $30 million, based on a review of its books earlier this year by Forbes magazine.

Among the flops: HJR Capital, a tech-investment firm that collapsed in 2009, a decade after former San Francisco 49er lineman Harris Barton founded it and later enticed ex-teammates Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott to join him. In Rhode Island, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling started a video game company that went bankrupt in 2012.

Phelps is exploring ways to expand his business ventures beyond a line of swimwear and other clothing bearing his "MP" logo. Other products are in the pipeline for next year, though he won't say what. "I am getting my feet wet," Phelps said with a grin. "2017 will be a big year."



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<![CDATA[Drop Dead: 'Walking Dead' Star Masterson Slams Body Shamers ]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:30:37 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/deaddeaddead.jpg

Drop dead.

That's "Walking Dead" star Alanna Masterson's blunt message to body shamers who harassed the actress after she returned this week from a long absence from the hit AMC show following her pregnancy.

Masterson's character had been temporarily written out, disguised as a VERY long scavenging mission, to give the actress time away on maternity leave. She returned in Sunday's episode which spotlighted her character and marked her return to the show.

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Most fans were ecstatic at her return. But Masterson said some took time to criticize the change in her appearance since having a baby in November 2015, a daughter named Marlowe.

"Dear Instagram trolls, body shamers, and the men and woman who think it's OK to comment on my weight: I hope that you don't have children. And if you do, I hope you teach them about kindness and acceptance," she wrote. " I hope they learn that it isn't OK to make fun of people or call people names."

Masterson noted nursing her daughter for the past year in the heat of summer in Georgia while pumping breast milk in a van between took work, determination, and juggling her schedule. "So before you decide to make a comment about my chest being "too large" or how "fat" I've become, just know that this little girl got the best start to life."

She added, "Your mother should be ashamed for raising such a judgmental bully. I'm sure she knows how "courageous" you must be for trolling and hiding behind your Iphone and computers. P.s. I would LOVE to see any man or woman give birth to a baby, nurse the baby, and then work 17 hour days and NAIL their own stunts."

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<![CDATA[Soon: 'Star Wars' Battle Drones]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:28:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/1130-2016-StarWarsDrone.jpg

It's the fight sure to get a lot of buzz this holiday season.

"Star Wars" X-Wing, Millennium Falcon and TIE fighter battle drones are coming to a store near you.

"Everybody wants to fly one, and now they can," said Kyle Dahl with drone-maker Propel.

Propel is focusing on "Star Wars," letting players fight with their smartphones.

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"There's an app on your phone and it registers your battle," Dahl said. "How many hits, who you hit, who you killed."

Up to 24 drones can play at the same time, with top speeds of 35 mph.

The drones go on sale Friday and cost $240 each.

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<![CDATA[Emily Ratajkowski Condemns Photog for Publishing Nude Pics]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:43:46 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/msemily.jpg

Actress/model Emily Ratajkowski took to social media Tuesday to condemn a photographer for publishing risque photographs of her taken during a 2012 photo shoot. 

Jonathan Leder, who photographed Ratajkowski in 2012, is releasing a new book full of never-before-seen nude and semi-nude pictures from the shoot.

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“She was very, shall we say, comfortable with her body,” Leder writes in the book's forward. “And as far as shoots go, I would say it was fun.”

Ratajkowski shot to fame in 2013 after performing in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" music video. She subsequently acted opposite Ben Affleck in 2014's "Gone Girl" and Zac Efron in 2015's "We Are Your Friends." 

Ratajkowski said it was her understanding the photos from the shoot would only be published in an artful magazine shoot. She said publishing them in this format is "a violation" and an example of what she's opposed to, "women choosing when and how to share their sexuality and bodies."



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<![CDATA[Cory's House From 'Boy Meets World' Selling for $1.59M]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:31:25 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/knbc-boy-meets-world-house-for-sale-tn-3.jpg Feeling nostalgic? A Los Angeles house featured in the beloved 1990s TV sitcom "Boy Meets World" has been listed for $1.59 million.

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<![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Prince Harry and Rihanna in Barbados]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:24:02 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-626886030-rihanna.jpg A look throughout the years at the royal family.

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<![CDATA[Parton Launches 'My People Fund' to Aid Tenn. Fires Vicitms]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:33:11 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-514428540.jpg

Country music icon Dolly Parton is pitching in to help the victims of the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires in Sevier County, Tennessee, where she grew up.

The fires have killed at least seven people and another six are still missing, NBC News reported. 

“I’ve always believed that charity begins at home,” Parton said in a video, announcing that she will provide $1,000 a month for six months to displaced families affected by the deadly fires in the area. Her Dollywood Foundation has established the My People Fund and she invited fans to donate to it online.

“I know it’s been a trying time for my people, and this assistance will help,” she added. 

Approximately 300 buildings have been destroyed in Gatlinburg and 14,000 people had been forced to flee their homes, according to The Associated Press.

Many families are still separated and have not heard from their loved ones. Wolf McLellan, who was staying at a nearby motel, lost his dog, Kylie, to the disaster.

"She was too scared to move with the smoke and sirens and she just stood there. I didn't want to drag her. I couldn't drag her," he told the AP. "I figured the humane thing to do would be to just cut her loose."

Meanwhile, first responders, some of whom have been personally affected by the fires, are conducting a search and rescue mission. While they’ve found bodies, they’ve also been able to rescue people who were initially unable to evacuate.

Parton lauded organizations like the Red Cross for their efforts in Gatlinburg this week. “The support, as always, has been overwhelming,” she said. 



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