<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - ]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usMon, 27 Feb 2017 06:05:00 -0800Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:05:00 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[And The Oscar Goes To: Academy Award Winners List]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:00:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/kimmelawardskimmel.jpg

Partial list of winners for the 89th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Best Picture: "Moonlight."

Actor: Casey Affleck, "Manchester By the Sea."

Actress: Emma Stone, "La La Land."

Directing: Damien Chazelle, "La La Land."

Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight."

Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, "Fences."

Foreign Language Film: "The Salesman," Iran.

Production Design: "La La Land," Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco.

Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, "La La Land."

Sound Mixing: "Hacksaw Ridge," Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace.

Sound Editing: "Arrival," Sylvain Bellemare.

Original Score: "La La Land," Justin Hurwitz.

Original Song: "City of Stars" from "La La Land," music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Ben Pasek and Justin Paul.

Costume Design: Colleen Atwood, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

Documentary (short subject): "The White Helmets," Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara.

Documentary Feature: "O.J.: Made in America," Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow.

Film Editing: "Hacksaw Ridge," John Gilbert.

Makeup and Hairstyling: "Suicide Squad," Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson.

Animated Feature Film: "Zootopia," Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer.

Animated Short Film: "Piper," Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer.

Live Action Short Film: "Sing," Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy.

Visual Effects: "The Jungle Book," Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon.

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<![CDATA[Reactions to Oscar 'Best Picture' Blunder]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:36:16 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-645726660.jpg

When the team from "La La Land" on stage at the Oscars learned the best picture award was supposed to go to "Moonlight," producer Jordan Horowitz took to the microphone to deliver the news to the world. 

"This is not a joke," he said as he held up the winning envelope in one hand, a golden statuette in the other.

Devastating as that moment must have been for Horowitz, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and the rest of the cast and crew of "La La Land," social media did not get Horowitz's message.

The jaw-dropping finale had thousands and thousands of people sharing their shock — and jokes — on Twitter, comparing the unprecedented Oscars moment to one that recently happened at the Miss Universe contest, Photoshopping the winning envelope and more.

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<![CDATA[Analysis: A Hollywood Ending for 'Moonlight']]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:43:54 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/174*120/GettyImages-645721868+%281%29.jpg

“Moonlight,” the story of a young man searching for himself amid a hardscrabble upbringing in Miami, and “La La Land,” an old-school throwback musical about star-crossed lovers seeking fame in Los Angeles, sport little in common, save for bittersweet conclusions.

But shortly after midnight Monday, “Moonlight” scored a Hollywood ending – marking an awards show version of “Cinderella” where, amid unprecedented Oscars confusion, the right envelope finally fit the right movie.

All the questions that could answer how Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway ended up initially announcing “La La Land” as the Best Picture winner remained far from clear. Ballot tabulators PricewaterhouseCoopers took responsibility for the error, saying that the presenters had been given the wrong category envelope by mistake. 

One thing is certain: “Moonlight” is a worthy victor in a year brimming with strong films.

“La La Land,” which notched a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations, is a fine movie that could have ended up going down in fandom annals as another good flick that unfairly became enshrined in greatness by a Hollywood establishment that too often over-rewards films about the entertainment industry.

There’s nothing glamorous about director Barry Jenkins’ brilliantly wrought and acted “Moonlight,” which traces, in three parts, the tale of Chiron, aka “Little.”

The character is introduced as a bullied, latchkey kid who is being raised by his crack-addicted mother (Oscar nominee Naomie Harris) and is befriended by her dealer (Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, who plays Juan with more nuance than menace). In the second part, Chiron is a high schooler dealing with his sexuality and worsening destabilization at home. In the third part, he’s a young man, hardened by prison and life as a drug dealer, but still sensitive and haunted by a past and a love he’s struggling to come to grips with.

The low-budget critical hit stood out in a year filled, as previously noted, with other searing dramas (“Fences” and “Manchester by the Sea”), true-life uplifting fare ("Hidden Figures" and "Lion") and intriguing sci-fi (“Arrival”).

There’s no need to feel sorry for “La La Land,” which took home six Oscars and whose team proved the epitome of grace amid the muddle on the Dolby Theatre stage in the ABC broadcast’s final moments. “Moonlight” scored three statuettes, including the one that counts most and could spur a deserved box office boost.

The two movies will now be linked forever in cinematic history, both winners in their own way, but with “Moonlight” outshining a lighter film that celebrated the “City of Stars.” Movie fans can only hope that the inevitable controversy and conspiracy theories bound to swell won’t overshadow the dramatic triumph of “Moonlight.”

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[Savannah Guthrie Returns to the 'Today' Show]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:00:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/savannah-guthrie-0607.jpg

Savannah Guthrie made her return to the "Today" show anchor seat Monday, returning from maternity leave.

Savannah shared precious family moments from her maternity leave on Monday's show, including home videos and photos of newborn Charley and big sister Vale in the hospital and out on the town. 

"It's been such a lovely and magical time," she said. 

A slew of guest hosts were brought in when Guthrie left in December, before giving birth to son Charley on Dec. 8. Charley is her second child with husband Mike Feldman.

Former anchors Katie Couric and Meredith Viera each spent a week next to Matt Lauer, and "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt was one of the many other guest hosts.

Savannah tweeted her excitement to be back with the “Today” crew. She was initially set to return on Friday, March 3, but started what is looking to be busy week on Monday, beginning with former President George W. Bush on the show to discuss his new book.

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<![CDATA[Oscar Accountants Talk Mistake Protocols Before Show]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:44:15 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NA24M-148819403985500001.jpg

Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz are the two accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers who controlled the envelopes at the 89th Academy Awards. Before the big event, they talked about their job, which Ruiz called a "big responsibility." She added that they even memorize the winners so they can make sure the right names are called onstage.

<![CDATA[Jimmy Kimmel Mixes Humor, Politics at 89th Oscars]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:42:27 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-645736068.jpg

Jimmy Kimmel's 3 1/2-hour search to find the right tone for an Academy Awards broadcast that uneasily mixed humor and politics ended appropriately: in mass confusion.

The stunning "wrong-envelope" debacle in which favorite "La La Land" was announced as the best picture winner by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway —only to be given to "Moonlight" moments later — yielded the wildest conclusion in Oscars history, capping an awards show that dragged at times.

"I knew I would screw this show up," Kimmel joked.

The deft ad-lib proved the most memorable quip from an Oscars like no other, one where the focus before the bizarre climax was on an election whose results shocked Hollywood.

Kimmel, in his opening monologue Sunday night, noted the show was being viewed across the U.S. and in “225 countries that now hate us.”

But he earned bigger laughs by speculating on the reaction of an audience of one: “Some of you will get to come up here on this stage tonight and give a speech that the president of the United States will tweet about in all-caps during his 5 a.m. bowel movement.”

First-time Academy Awards host Kimmel’s joke selection ranged from teasing longtime mock enemy Matt Damon to jabbing at President Donald Trump. His approach reflected the challenge of balancing Hollywood handling itself coveted golden statuettes with handling the rise of the new president, a one-time reality TV star who regularly slams entertainment elite on Twitter and elsewhere.

Kimmel, who is not a musical performer, outsourced the opening number to Justin Timberlake, who got the crowd off its feet with “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” an apparent effort to capture the “La La Land” spirit (just as the singer did last month with his cameo in Jimmy Fallon’s Golden Globes kickoff, a “La La Land” takeoff).

While he doesn’t have a reputation as political comedian, ABC late night host Kimmel fired off some good Trump-related lines (“I want to say thank you to President Trump – remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? It’s gone, thanks to him.”) and later tweeted at the president.

But he left the expression of more pointed sentiments to the celebrities who filled the Dolby Theatre, who addressed the Trump Era with varying degrees of subtly, often without mentioning the president by name.

Some wore blue ribbons in support of the ACLU. One of those ribbons adorned the tux of “Moonlight” director and co-writer Barry Jenkins, who said while collecting a screenwriting Oscar, “All you people out there who feel like there’s no mirror for you, that your life is not reflected, the Academy has your back, the ACLU has your back, we have your back. And for the next four year we will not leave you alone, we will not forget you.”

Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi, who boycotted the Oscars in protest over Trump’s “inhumane” attempts to ban travel to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim nations, sent a message that was read when "The Salesman" won best foreign language film.

“Dividing the world into the us-and-our-enemies categories creates fear – a deceitful justification for aggression and war,” he said in the statement, presented by Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian-American engineer and astronaut.

Kimmel worked to keep things light, even if the ABC broadcast didn’t move all that quickly. He dropped candy, cookies and doughnuts in on tiny parachutes, to a soundtrack of “Ride of the Valkyries,” a nod to Ellen DeGeneres’ pizza-ordering stunt in 2014.

Employing a regular feature from his show, Kimmel had celebrities read mean tweets about themselves (“Miles Teller has the face of a guy who would request Gangnam Style at a wedding where he doesn’t know either the bride or groom.”). Kimmel’s best bit involved bringing in a busload of unsuspecting tourists to meet the stars, suggesting that perhaps there’s not as much of a disconnect between the public and Hollywood as the president would have us believe.

One of the night’s most emotional moments came when Taraji P. Henson, a star of “Hidden Figures,” a film about pioneering African-American women who played key behind-the-scenes roles at NASA during the Space Race, introduced Katherine Johnson, the mathematician she portrayed in the movie.

The 98-year-old Johnson, sitting resplendent in her wheelchair, simply thanked the audience, which greeted her with a standing ovation. For one glorious moment, Katherine Johnson was the only person who mattered at the Oscars ­– no longer a hidden hero whose achievements and embodiment of the human spirit can never be trumped.

Hopefully, her deserved moment in the spotlight won't get lost amid a massive flub — one that capped an awards show that shouldn't be rocket science.

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[WATCH: 'Moonlight,' Affleck, Stone Take Top Oscars]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:33:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/moonlight-best-picture-oscars.jpg

All the stars came out Sunday night for the 89th Academy Awards. Watch a round up of all the top Oscar winners.

<![CDATA[Chicago Couple Becomes Unsuspecting Oscars Celebs]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:00:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Oscar_Tourists.jpg

An unsuspecting group of tourists on a Hollywood sightseeing tour took a pitstop of a lifetime Sunday night at the Academy Awards thanks to a prank instigated by host Jimmy Kimmel.

Told they were walking into an exhibit to look at Oscar dresses, the group instead entered the actual awards ceremony starring those dresses on real-life celebrities.

Led by tourists Gary Cole and his fiancee Vicki Mines from Chicago, they were greeted by Kimmel.

"Hello, there," Kimmel said. "Welcome to the Dolby Theater. This is the home of the Academy Awards, which are in fact happening right now."

"Let me give you a little tour," he said. "This is Nicole Kidman."

Kimmel told the Chicago couple they didn't have to hold up their cell phones since they were on live TV, but they clearly couldn't help themselves.

They greeted Kidman, shook hands with/got a kiss from Ryan Gosling and even were faux-married by Denzel Washington.

Mines revealed she and Cole were getting married in July, and when Mines disclosed to Kimmel that Washington was her favorite actor, Kimmel made a suggestion.

"Will you be the best man at their wedding?"

Washington, sitting a few seats down, hopped up and pronounced them "husband and wife."

Before departing, Cole held Mahershala Ali's Oscar, Jennifer Aniston gave Miner her sunglasses, and the couple snapped some of the most exclusive selfies in existence.

They definitely will have a few stories to tell back home.

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<![CDATA[Best Moments From the 2017 Academy Awards ]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:51:14 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-645721486.jpg See some of the best moments from this year's Academy Awards

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<![CDATA[Former NASA Mathematician, 98, Gets Moment at Oscars ]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:33:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/katherinejhohnson.jpg

She said only "thank you," but it was one of the more moving moments of Sunday's Oscars ceremony.

Katherine Johnson, 98, the former NASA mathematician played by Taraji P. Henson in the movie "Hidden Figures," was brought on stage to thunderous applause. She was introduced by Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer, who all star in the film as female black mathematicians who helped put NASA ahead in the space race against the Soviet Union. "Hidden Figures" was nominated for best picture.

The 98-year-old Johnson wore a blue dress and was brought out in a wheelchair during Sunday's ceremony.

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<![CDATA['Hallelujerrrrrrr!': Celebrities React to Oscars Winners]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:41:56 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-645691354.jpg

The 2017 Academy Awards was history-making after 'La La Land' was mistakenly announced as best picture when the prize was meant for 'Moonlight.' The casts switched places on stage as director Barry Jenkins took to the microphone and accepted the top prize.

Also, both Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali took home an Oscar for best supporting actress and actor in a supporting role.

After Viola Davis won her first Oscar, Oprah Winfrey tweeted, "Hallelujerrrrrrr! @violadavis ! " We are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life!""

Celebrities took to social media to react to the winners.

See more celebrity reaction to the Academy Awards show below.

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<![CDATA[Not So White: Ali, Davis Win Oscars After Racism Cloud]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:20:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BestSupporting.jpg

What a difference a year makes.

Two years after #OscarSoWhite immersed the Academy Awards in controversy, Viola Davis took home her first Oscar for her role in "Fences" while Mahershala Ali was also a first time winner for his role in "Moonlight."

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Ali was showered with nominations and trophies for his portrayal of a drug dealer who mentors a troubled youngster in "Moonlight," which is also in the running for best picture.

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Ali thanked his "many wonderful teachers" for a valuable lesson. "It's not about you," he recalled being told, but about serving the stories and the characters he's playing.

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Davis won for her portrayal of a mother determined to hold her family together despite the rages of her husband, who is played by best actor nominee Denzel Washington.

The Oscar win comes in a role that Davis previously won a Tony Award for when she starred opposite Washington in a Broadway revival of "Fences." The film is the first big-screen adaptation of an August Wilson play.

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Davis said in her acceptance speech, "Here's to August Wilson who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people." She also praised Washington and her parents, breaking down in tears.

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<![CDATA[Chance the Rapper Buys Out Theater for Fans to See 'Get Out']]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:03:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-634984148.png

No one spoils their fans quite like Chance the Rapper. 

The 23-year-old Grammy Award-winning artist loves to find new ways to surprise his loyal following, and on Sunday he did just that.

The Chicago native bought out multiple showings of the new movie "Get Out" at a theater on the Chicago's South Side and invited anyone and everyone to watch it for free. 

Chance tweeted early Sunday that the horror film by Jordan Peele "WAS INCREDIBLE!! BEST FILM ACROSS ANY GENRE IN AWHILE," and encouraged his followers to see it. [[414821053, C]]

Just a few hours later, he made it easy for them. [[414820943, C]]

"I bought all the tickets to #GetOut at Chatham Theatre on 87th Just pull up with ID and enjoy the movie," he tweeted, adding, "All day guys, come thru! Bring whoever, it's free I just want you to see it on 87th. There's a few more showings today!"

The Chatham 14 Theaters, located on W. 87th St. near the Dan Ryan Expressway, didn't immediately respond to requests for comment, but the website listed the 5:30, 8 and 10:30 p.m. showings as sold out.

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<![CDATA[Ruth Negga, Isabelle Huppert Kick off the Oscars Carpet ]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:02:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-645649704.jpg

Ruth Negga, dripping in responsibly sourced rubies with a custom Valentino gown to match, accessorized with something extra Sunday on her first Oscar red carpet as a nominee — a blue ribbon in support of the ACLU.

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The ribbon popped up on others walking the red carpet, including Lin Manual

She gave kudos to the civil rights group for helping the real "Loving" couple as they fought their way to legal marriage as a mixed-race couple. And Negga shouted out her home country, Ireland, poised in her red tiara and statement earrings.

Her gown was long-sleeved with a high lace collar in a bright red that can be tricky on red carpets. As for the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Negga planned to enjoy her moment: "My win is my nomination."

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Negga's little ribbon popped up elsewhere on the red carpet, including the lapel of Lin-Manuel Miranda, who noted his tuxedo came from Yonkers, New York, the same shop where he got his high school prom tux in 1998.

A standout this awards season, "Elle" nominee Isabelle Huppert, shimmered in a blush-tone Armani Prive, her hair loose with diamond ear cuffs ideal punctuation marks. Does the French legend care about fashion? The dark lacquer on her nails popped against her belted gown with loose, romantic sleeves.

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"Well it looks like I do pay a little bit of attention," she said. "I think all these things are rituals and you have to honor the rituals."

In Champagne: Felicity Jones, who wore a princess look that fell above the ankle.

Miranda, a song nominee, choked up a bit as she was serenaded by "Hamilton" cast members, including some Schuyler sisters.

"I hate you for making me cry before the Oscars have even started," he laughed, accompanied by his mom, Luz Towns-Miranda, who also donned the blue ACLU ribbon.

Little Sunny Pawar, the kid star of "Lion" who has been a source of great fun on the carpet this season, flashed a peace symbol and adjusted his bow tie on the carpet in a bite-size, black tuxedo, a huge smile on his face and trainers on his feet.

Hailee Steinfeld, a presenter, walked in a pleated back ruffle couture gown in a floral design with a long, sheer train, from Ralph & Russo. She's been a recent person-of-interest on red carpets. This time, her hair was up and she let her bare shoulders speak volumes.

Who slayed in trendy velvet? Presenter Taraji Henson, in off-shoulder deep blue by Alberta Ferretti and a diamond necklace perfect to show off her decolletage. She looked every bit the movie star with a high side slit. Her "Hidden Figures" co-star, Olivia Spencer, also went off the shoulder in a feathery lavender gown by Marchesa.

Ave Duvernay, the creator of the film "13th," wore high-neck, long-sleeved gray, pleats providing a bit of a bustle effect.

Chrissy Teigen joked with husband John Legend on the carpet, dressed in white Zuhair Murad Couture with gold embroidery and a dramatic cape. Another favorite carpet couple, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, chatted amiably — he in a Tom Ford tux and she in a slinky KaufmanFranco textured gown with a statement gold and silver collar adornment that lent the appearance of metallic fringe.

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<![CDATA[Oscars Couples From the 2017 Red Carpet ]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:46:14 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17058000383960.jpg

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<![CDATA[Best Looks From the 2017 Oscars Red Carpet ]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:11:28 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17058037074936.jpg See the best looks from this year's red carpet at the 89th Academy Awards.

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<![CDATA[Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Just an Oscar Away From an EGOT]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:07:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/manuellin.jpg

If Lin-Manuel Miranda takes home the prize for best original song at Sunday night's Oscars, he will become the youngest person ever to EGOT: winning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards.

The "Hamilton" creator is nominated for writing music and lyrics for the song "How Far I'll Go," from the animated movie "Moana."

The term "EGOT" was popularized in an episode of "30 Rock" in which Tracy Morgan's character, Tracy Jordan, dons a diamond-encrusted necklace with the letters EGOT that he says once belonged to "Miami Vice" star Philip Michael Thomas.

And, as NBC News reports, Miranda also has a Pulitzer Prize, so technically he has the chance to PEGOT — something only Marvin Hamlisch and Richard Rodgers have achieved.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Mandy Moore's 'This Is Us' Warm-up]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:13:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/TSJF-Mandy-Moore.jpg

Mandy Moore chats about the downsides of being mistaken for a famed choreographer who shares your name when you can't dance and walks Jimmy through a warm up she uses while filming 'This Is Us.'

<![CDATA['Tonight Show' Whisper Challenge With Hugh Jackman]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:38:07 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/TSJF-Hugh-Jackman.jpg

Jimmy and Hugh Jackman take turns guessing random words, names and phrases while wearing noise-canceling headphones, before Hugh gets a delicious surprise from a special guest.

<![CDATA[Kindergartner Transforms Into Black Female Icons]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:04:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Lola+Jones_Rosa+Parks.jpg

A mother and daughter from the Evergreen State have put a new spin on playing dress-up.

Each day in February, Cristi Jones of Kent, Washington, takes to Twitter to post a portrait of her 5-year-old daughter, Lola, dressed up as a black female pioneer to celebrate Black History Month.

"You can be anything you want and you can change your mind — or be a scientist and physician and astronaut like Dr. Jemison,” said Lola.

Lola has transformed into Rosa Parks, Mae Jemison, Misty Copeland and Harriet Tubman, among others, with the help of Jones’ creativity and a cell phone.

"She does very good faces. She does the face she sees in the picture,” said Jones. "As soon as she got dressed (as Harriet Tubman), she did the face and nailed it.”

Using window light and a door or the wall in the kitchen as a backdrop, Jones takes a photo with her cell phone and edits it on Snapfeed, a photo app. Before bed, Jones prepares the lesson and photo shoot for the next day.

Jones is an amateur photographer and enjoys playing with photo filters on her mobile device. Her professional photographer friend Kayleigh Stefanko contributed to the project by shooting three images — Angela Davis, Daisy Bates and Mildred Loving — to give Jones a break.

It took a bit of ingenuity to get the look of the female historical figures. Jones uses mostly things from around her house and Lola’s father’s old glasses. Jones also bought a couple of hats and wigs, and a $2 suit jacket from the thrift store. Her grandmother’s dress made a cameo in the Shirley Chisholm portrait.

Jones created the photo project as an “engaging way to learn about strong women who paved the way for little girls like her, for all of us.”

The project was sparked when Lola came home from school sharing what she had learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January.

The family decided it was time to teach Lola about Civil Rights and slavery. The mom of two - Lola has a 19-month-old sister, Eden - decided to make the education fun with a twist.

Each night after dinner, the duo spends quality time together reenacting the historical icons.

"We started simple with a simple outfit and did Nina Simone on Day 1. She did well,” Jones said. “Black History Month is already a short month. We only have 28 days to work with. There’s so many more women that deserve to be honored.”

Lola’s teacher shows the images in class and so her friends are learning too.

While Lola’s favorite image is Rosa Parks because Rosa was so brave, she enjoyed becoming Misty Copeland because she felt pretty like a ballerina.

Jones hopes to have the photos bound as a keepsake after their project is done. Lola likes to tell jokes, dance and put on clothes and makeup, and the portrait project has been a great opportunity for her to express her personality and build confidence.

“We’ve paid our tribute (to the women), and hopefully people like them. So it all kind of exceeds my expectations,” said Jones.

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<![CDATA[Young 'Moonlight' Star Ready for 89th Annual Academy Awards]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:47:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614915572.jpg

With the 89th annual Academy Awards fast approaching, a South Florida native is making his way to Los Angeles for Sunday's big night.

Norland Middle School student Alex Hibbert, who plays Chiron in “Moonlight," says he's ready to make the trip from Miami to the City of Angels. 

The film tells a story about Chiron's journey as a black, gay man living in Liberty City being raised by a mother with a drug addiction.

In contrast to his character's struggles with race, class and sexual identity in the film, the 12-years-old Hibbert says he has no worries, and his plans for Sunday night are to "chill out, have fun, and pray," he said in an interview with NBC Miami.

Hibbert's classmate, Jaden Piner, plays his close friend in the movie — and in real life. "Yeah, that's like my best friend," Hibbert said.

“Moonlight” is nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Hibbert said he never acted in a film prior to this. "I got the audition from school, and I thought it was this little movie," he said. "But it turned out to be so big, and it's just amazing."

Hibbert is currently preparing for his new role in an upcoming television show. Whether “Moonlight” takes home an Oscar or not, he said this unexpected journey is just getting started.

"My teacher always told me to have discipline," he said. "So I'm going to have a lot, a lot of discipline over there. Be very, very quiet, a little bit, but if we win, we gotta get a little crazy."

The rising star also said he hopes to run into another Oscar nominee this weekendDenzel Washington.

As Hibbert continues to take on his big screen ambitions, he has a message for everyone back home: "My message to everyone here in Miami is stay humble and keep working hard, because you can get somewhere in life if you just keep working hard."

Director Barry Jenkins, and the playwright of which the film is based on, Tarell Alvin McCraney, are also Miami natives.

Both of them attended Miami Northwestern Senior High School together, but they didn't know each other until Jenkins came across McCraney's play, Jenkins said in the film's commentary.

"Moonlight" is also nominated for Best Director and Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, among others.

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<![CDATA[Jason Mraz Doesn't Hesitate to Help SD School]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:02:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/476701601.jpg

Happy Jason Mraz Day! Oh wait, sorry for the mix-up -- that was Aug. 19, 2014 (yes, the city of San Diego officially declared that date as Jason Mraz Day). However, it might as well be Feb. 24 for students at Logan Heights’ Burbank Elementary -- San Diego’s only Turnaround Arts-enrolled school.

What’s all this about, you might be thinking? Turnaround Arts is a program that coordinates the placement of musical instruments and art supplies at 68 schools across the country -- while providing them with professional development assistance on arts integration, a high-profile Turnaround Arts mentor, and more. According to a press release, participating schools have seen “big upticks in enrollment, decreases in disciplinary referrals, and more students meeting or performing above the standards for English Language Arts.”

Today marks the third year that Burbank Elementary has been involved in the program (which was started by President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities). So where does Jason Mraz factor in?

For the unfamiliar, Mraz got his start in San Diego in 2000, and rose to stardom with “The Remedy,” a huge hit single off his 2002 major label debut album, “Waiting for My Rocket to Come.” He’s followed that up over the years with several other hits, including “I’m Yours” in 2008, “Lucky” (a collaboration with Colbie Caillat) and “Make It Mine” (which he won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2010). To date, he’s sold more than 7 million albums worldwide.

Not content to just churn out gold records, Mraz has also been a very active philanthropist over the years -- most recently joining the Standing Rock camp in North Dakota in person to help protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. A champion of many social causes over the years, he established the Jason Mraz Foundation in 2011, and has turned his attention most notably toward the environment, LGBT equality, and human rights (he participated in a 2009 Ghana rescue mission with the Free the Slaves international nonprofit).

It seems no cause is too big or too small for the singer/songwriter: Teaming up with Turnaround Arts, he’s adopted Burbank Elementary. He’s met with students (and helped them to combat stage fright before their big winter concert) and personally assisted planting a schoolyard orchard with them. On Feb. 24, he’ll be back on campus for a closed-to-the-public visit (for students and staff only), joining them for musical performances, visiting the orchard, and helping kick off the school’s musical auditions.

If he didn’t already have one, we’d be inclined to declare Feb. 24 Jason Mraz Day in San Diego -- wouldn’t you agree?

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Janelle Monae, Emma Watson, Dan Stevens]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:50:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17055250013135jan.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA['Hell or High Water' Sheriff Saddles Up for Oscars]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:22:35 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/parnell-mcnamara-jeff-bridges.jpg

Hollywood will honor the best in the business Sunday night at the Oscars, and one of the nominees in the Best Picture category has a distinct Texas connection.

The movie "Hell or High Water" is based on McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara. The movie is about a Texas Ranger looking for one last triumph before his retirement.

McNamara was a member of the U.S. Marshals Service before he was forced into retirement at 57 due to federal age restrictions. McNamara discovered he wasn't ready to leave law enforcement, so in 2012, he ran for McLennan County Sheriff and won.

Now, the sheriff's story could win a coveted Oscar for his screenplay-writing cousin, Taylor Sheridan.

Sheridan wrote the screenplay for "Hell or High Water" after growing up in Bosque County and idolizing McNamara. It's his second movie penned, with the first being the Writer's Guild of America-nominated "Sicario."

Sheridan consulted the sheriff as he developed the script and worked hand in hand with lead actor Jeff Bridges. McNamara told NBC 5 he also worked very closely with Bridges as he prepared for the role.

McNamara says Bridges looked for advice on everything from clothes to line reading as the mentor/mentee relationship grew. When the crew was ready to film, Bridges nailed down McNamara's Texas look, making them look like twins.

Now, McNamara is in need of advice as he makes plans to head to L.A. on Sunday to walk the red carpet. His trademark Texas threads won't work among the glitzy and glamorous.

"Cowboy boots and a hat aren't allowed, so I'll be wearing a tux," he said.

Editor's Note:  A previous version of this story said McNamara was a Texas Ranger. That was an error and the story has been corrected.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump's Golfing]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:26:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Seth+Meyers+closer+look+trump.jpg

Seth Meyers discusses President Donald Trump's recent endeavors, which include spending a lot of time at Mar-a-Lago and golfing at two of his golf courses in Florida.

<![CDATA[Meyers Celebrates Three-Year 'Late Night' Anniversary]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:20:35 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Seth-Meyers1.jpg

Seth Meyers didn't want to bring up his show's anniversary, so an audience member does for him.

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<![CDATA[Fallon Reveals 'Tonight' Easter Eggs on Amazon Echo]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:29:17 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tonight-show-alexa.jpg

Jimmy Fallon brings out his Amazon Echo to show off some of the hidden features fans can play with when using "Tonight Show's" Alexa skill.

<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Elijah Wood Is Friends With the Bachelor]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:24:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nick-viall-elijah-wood-tonight-show.jpg

Elijah Wood reveals his real-life friendship with "The Bachelor's" Nick Viall, causing him and Jimmy Fallon to get lost in a conversation about how "real" Viall is on the show, Corinne and who should get that final rose.