<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - ]]>Copyright 2016http://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-usWed, 07 Dec 2016 16:51:35 -0800Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:51:35 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[No Charges Filed Against Crowe in Hotel Dispute With Banks]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:05:26 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/222*120/12-7-16-Crowe-no-charges-filed.jpg

A Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney has determined no charges will be filed against actor Russell Crowe over a hotel dispute with rapper and singer Azealia Banks in October.

Banks charged Crowe had physically assaulted and hurled racial slurs at her during a weekend dinner party in Beverly Hills on Oct. 15. Banks had attended the gathering in Crowe's Room at the Beverly Hills Hotel before the confrontation occurred, documents from the prosecutor noted.

She told Beverly Hills police that Crowe had "grabbed her by the neck, used a racial epithet, and threw her out of the room," adding that he spat on her hand while she was standing by the door, court documents stated.

However, several guests at the party told authorities that Banks was the aggressor, stating that she used a racial epithet repeatedly, was verbally aggressive to partygoers, and "threatened to break a glass to cut the throat of a female guest and/or Crowe," read documents from the prosecutor.

According to guests, Crowe struggled with Banks after partygoers saw her pick up a glass in the room, and then led Banks out of the hotel room. The Deputy District Attorney determined Crowe took her out of the room to prevent the violence she had threatened.

Rapper and actor RZA, who brought Banks as a guest to the party, described his account of the confrontation in a Facebook post days after the incident. He described Banks' behavior that night, and wrote the verbal abuse escalated when Banks made the threat before she grabbed and attacked another guest.

"Russell blocked the attack and expelled her from the suite," wrote RZA on Facebook. "Seeing is believing and I saw her behave as an obnoxious erratic individual and in the circles I frequent this was unprecedented....THIS IS NOT A RACE OR GENDER ISSUE. I did not hear Russell call her a N::gg:::: I'm not trying to protect Russell from anything he is a man of his own Caliber."

The Deputy District Attorney also determined Crowe would not be held "criminally accountable for the minor battery of spitting on Banks' gloved hand," since the act was "incidental" to preventing the violent behavior she threatened.

Court documents also noted one guest said the spit did not touch her hand.

Banks admitted to insulting Crowe before she was escorted out of the room. She did not have any injuries when she reported the confrontation to police about 12 hours after it happened, and documents from the prosecutor added there was no known video in the area of the hotel room.

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<![CDATA['This is Us' Cast Reflects on Emotional Christmas Episode]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:21:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/thisisus10.jpg It's Christmas time for the Pearson family as Kate begins a new step on her weight loss journey, William makes an unexpected connection and the family gives support to Dr. Katowsky in his moment of need. The stars and producers of "This Is Us" chat after Episode 10 of the hit family drama. "This Is Us" returns Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 9 p.m. on NBC. ]]> <![CDATA[Trump: Alec Baldwin 'SNL' Imitation Doesn't Get Me at All]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:53:08 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/NUP_175509_0055_opt.jpg

For weeks, "Saturday Night Live" has been lampooning Donald Trump, and for weeks Trump has been reacting with bad reviews. 

"Unwatchable!" he tweeted after this week's episode, which had just mocked his habit of tweeting. The president-elect saved particular ire for Alec Baldwin's Trump impression, which "just can't get any worse."

But the newly minted the Time Person of the Year wouldn't answer Matt Lauer's questions on whether it would probably be better for him to just stop watching. 

Trump avoided the question a couple of times in a "Today" show interview early Wednesday, instead bashing the satirical sketch show and Baldwin, who's taken the mantle as late-night TV's impersonator-in-chief. 

"I mean Alec, I like Alec, but his imitation of me is really mean-spirited and not very good," Trump said. "I don't think that his imitation of me gets me at all, and it's meant to be very mean-spirited which is very biased and I don't like it so I can tweet that out."

Trump has been tweeting his feelings about "SNL" since Baldwin started playing the real estate magnate this season, aping the way he walks, talks and holds himself in re-enactments of presidential debates and more. While Trump called an episode that made fun of his appearance in an October debate a boring "hit job," Baldwin has helped the show to its best ratings in nearly a decade.

Trump hosted the show just a year ago — prompting protests outside Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, where it's filmed — and Trump told Lauer the show was good back then.

Not so much anymore. "There's nothing funny about it, the skits are terrible," he said.

Trump didn't answer when Lauer asked, "So why do you keep watching it?"

Baldwin hasn't responded to the interview yet, but he has suggested a way for Trump to get the impressions to stop. He just has to release his tax returns, Baldwin tweeted in reply to Trump's "SNL" criticism Sunday morning.

"Saturday Night Live" and this station are both owned by NBCUniversal.

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<![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['Late Night': Extreme Dog Shaming]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:27:22 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e037_457_dogshaming_20161206_1200x675_826766403538.jpg Host Seth Meyers introduces some cute pups and their shame-worthy, human-like offenses.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Jokes Seth Meyers Can't Tell]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:26:40 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Seth-Meyers1.jpg Host Seth Meyers brings some coworkers to the stage to deliver punch lines that were scrapped before showtime.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show' Screengrabs: Progressive Tool in Healthcare]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:25:46 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e050_585_screengrabs_20161206_1200x675_826765891736.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon asks "Tonight Show" fans to send in screenshots from online and shares some of his favorite submissions, including a man in a guitar ad who looks just like him.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Mad Lib Theater With Chris Pratt]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:50:46 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e050_585_madlibtheater_20161206_1200x675_826765891771.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon and "Passengers" actor Chris Pratt perform an intense scene they've written together using Mad Libs.]]> <![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Britain Fashion Awards]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:00:11 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/AP_571028287318.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Kyle Richards to Host 'Little House on the Prairie' Marathon]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:03:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-12-06-at-3.41.47-PM.jpg

Grab your bonnet and your riding boots this Saturday--COZI TV will be airing a "Little House on the Prairie" marathon all day long.

Kyle Richards, star of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" will host the 17-episode marathon, which will begin at 7 a.m.

Richards is well known for her role on the "Real Housewives" reality TV show. But years before she was living it up in Beverly Hills, she played Alicia Sanderson Edwards, one of the children in "Little House on the Prairie." The show first aired in 1974 on NBC. It follows the story of Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved book series based on her childhood growing up in the Midwest.

"I was really excited," Richards told NBC about being asked to host the marathon. "It was such a fun show to be a part of."

"We cannot wait to deliver a double-dose of Kyle Richards to our loyal COZI TV fans," Meredith McGinn, Senior Vice President, COZI TV and LX.TV Productions said in a statement. "Not only will Kyle take viewers on an extended journey back to the Minnesota prairie, but they will also be catapulted into modern-day Beverly Hills and treated to a behind-the-scenes look at mansion life – led by our favorite Housewife."

Richards said she still keeps in touch with Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls Wilder, the show's main character. In an interview with NBC, she reminisced on her time on the show, which she said was like "going to camp."

From riding horses all day to sloshing around in water, Richards called the acting job an "incredible experience."

Though she said she hasn't spoken to Gilbert since she was asked to host the marathon, she said the two talk every now and then.

Richards said as she hosts the marathon, viewers can expect to hear her joke about some of the differences between "Housewives," and the TV show she starred on as child, including the way dinner parties are planned and executed.

"For parties on the prairie, you’d just boil your best dress, tuck your hair under a bonnet and pass around a bottle of sarsaparilla with a dirty rag to wipe the rim. Today, you need so much more – a theme, florist, catering truck, flowers, valet car attendants, gift bags and a charity auction – just to name a few," Richards jokes in a promo for the marathon.

But for Richards, the show wasn't just about playing her character--it's where she formed close bonds with her fellow cast members.

"It was a very fun and loving atmosphere," she said, as she talked about the cast members she worked with, like the late Michael Landon, whom she called a father figure.

And despite the fact that the series ended over 30 years ago, Richards said she still tunes in to watch it from time to time with her children.

"I like for my kids to watch it because I feel like it always has a sweet message," she said. "The way we live today in this world, it really stresses me out as a parent."

Richards jokingly added that she hopes her kids "pick up some tips" from watching the show.

"Everyone was alive and they didn't have a cellphone!" she said. 

"Little House on the Prairie" debuted on COZI TV in September, airing from 10 a.m. to noon and at 5 p.m. each day. Saturday's marathon, featuring episodes from various seasons of the show, will run until 11 p.m., with episodes like "The Long Road Home" and "Quarantine" set to air.

To watch the marathon, fans should check their local listings and tune into COZI TV, which is owned by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. Visit http://www.cozitv.com/get-cozi-tv/ to find the channel you can watch it on and enter your ZIP code.

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<![CDATA[Help Plant 25,000 Trees With 'Share a Tree' Campaign]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:38:53 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tree+generic.jpg

NBCUniversal and the Arbor Day Foundation are partnering for the eighth year in a row for the annual "Share a Tree" campaign.

The campaign, formerly known as GIF't A Tree, is aimed part of NBCUNiversal's sustainability initiative and is aimed at planting new trees.

By visiting www.greenuniversal.com, viewers can create and share an animated holiday story, which will contribute to the foundation's tree-planting efforts, funded by a $25,000 donation from NBCUniversal. Viewers can also help share a tree with a national forest by using the hashtag #ShareATree.

Malheur National Forest in Oregon is the chosen beneficiary of the efforts. Over 66,000 acres of the forest were burned in the South Fork Complex Fire. The donation will sponsor 25,000 new trees. The campaign will run through Dec. 16.

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<![CDATA[New 'Transformers' Trailer Hints at Bad Optimus Prime]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:10:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP185455842816_0_Wahlberg.jpg

Could it be that Optimus Prime is losing his "good guy" touch?

In the "Transformers: The Last Knight" trailer, released on Monday, fans got a taste of what's to come in the newest edition in the "Transformers" movies. One of the more interesting parts revolves around Optimus Prime, the beloved character who's known for being leader of the good guys in action franchise. It looks like he may just be having a change of heart, as the trailer hints at him turning evil.

The movie, starring Mark Wahlberg, is set to come out in June. Following the release of the trailer, some fans voiced excitement over the new film, but others on social media weren't very impressed.

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<![CDATA[In Memoriam: Peter Vaughan]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:25:52 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/aemon-targaryen-1024_PeterV.jpg Take a look back at the people we've lost in 2016, including politicians, artists and other public figures.

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<![CDATA[San Diegans Rock Grammy Nominations]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:35:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Blink+182+AM+%2828+of+41%29.jpg

The 2017 Grammy Award nominations were announced in the early hours of Tuesday, Dec. 6, and to little surprise, Beyonce garnered the most nods from the academy with a stunning total of nine. Her lifetime to-date nomination count now stands at 62 -- which makes her the most nominated woman in Grammy history.

Drake, Kanye West and Rihanna all followed with eight each; Chance the Rapper was awarded seven; Adele snagged five; and the late great David Bowie earned four nominations for his 2016 album “Blackstar.”

Not to be outdone, San Diegans got in on the action too: The biggest nod went to Poway’s pride Blink-182 for Best Rock Album and their 2016 record “California.” Somehow, it also marks the first nomination for the recently refashioned band (longtime band singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge was replaced in 2015 with Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba). They’ll be up against Cage the Elephant's “Tell Me I’m Pretty,” Gojira’s “Magma,” Panic! At the Disco’s “Death of a Bachelor” and Weezer’s fourth self-titled album (often referred to as the “White” album) in that category.

Megadeth, the metal band fronted by Fallbrook’s own Dave Mustaine, is up for Best Metal Performance for their song “Dystopia"; Gregory Porter, the former San Diegan who won Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 2015 Grammys, is back at it again in the same category this year for his 2016 “Take Me to the Alley” album; sitar legend (and one-time San Diegan) Anoushka Shankar was nominated for Best World Music Album for her 2016 record “Land of Gold”; and Bonsall resident and world-renown violin great Mark O’Connor earned a Best Bluegrass Album nod for his 2016 album “Coming Home.”

The late San Diego legend Frank Zappa also earned a Best Classical Compendium nomination for “Zappa: 200 Motels – The Suites”; one-time San Diegan and acclaimed trumpeter Brian Lynch is in the running for Best Latin Jazz Album with his 2016 album “Madera Latino: A Latin Jazz Perspective on the Music of Woody Shaw”; and longtime La Costa resident Sammy Nestico is up for the Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella category for his arrangement work on “Good ‘Swing’ Wencelas,” a track from the “A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas” album that came out on the Concord Records jazz label in late 2015.

We've got our fingers crossed for our hometown nominees, but no matter what happens, they're already winners in our hearts.

For a complete list of the 2017 Grammy Award nominations, go here.

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<![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 09:29:19 -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[Ballerina Misty Copeland Launches Dancewear Line ÉGAL]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:15:08 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-527358950.jpg

Ballerina Misty Copeland, who is known for breaking body stereotypes in the dance world, has launched her line of dancewear apparel.

The prima ballerina has often spoken publicly about her career-long struggle to find dancewear designed for women who have busts, hips and thighs. It from that void that Copeland says ÉGAL Dance was born.

ÉGAL Dance features designs inspired by Copeland's personal style and a desire to provide dancewear that is "truly supportive, appealing and flattering to a variety of body types."

"The ÉGAL woman is looking for high-performance, functional dancewear that is fashionable, durable and most importantly, helps them to achieve their movement goals," says Copeland. "We have shared our garments with both professional and recreational dancers, and early feedback has shown that dancers from dance forms including ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, and Broadway, have an overwhelming need for this type of leotard."

ÉGAL Dance's initial launch is comprised of the brand's capsule collection including leotards, crop tops, a skirt and a warm-up tunic. Copeland's dancewear line is available exclusively online at www.egaldance.com.

Copeland made history last year as the first African-American woman promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre.

Reaching the pinnacle of success as a dancer was only the beginning. The world-renowned ballerina has been able to forge a career outside the dance world with her trailblazing accomplishments, a rare feat for someone from the dance world. In addition to various endorsement deals and TV appearances, the 33-year-old has published two New York Times best-selling books, was the subject of a documentary, appeared on Broadway, named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people and was recently honored with her own Barbie doll.

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<![CDATA[Stormtrooper Misses the Mark in Police Recruitment Ad]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:54:55 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Stormtrooper_Police_Range_1200x675_825100867950.jpg

Is the police force with you? Well, intergalactic combat experience may not be enough to qualify as a candidate for the Fort Worth Police Department, at least according to a new recruitment video.

The clip features an officer attempting to teach a stormtrooper how to shoot. He finds the trooper's lack of accuracy disturbing.

"Stop jerking the trigger," the officer says before firing a series of rounds into the dead center of the target.

The department is capitalizing on the excitement over the upcoming release of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" to draw applicants to its next civil service exams, which are scheduled for Jan. 10-11.

It's not the first time the department used "Star Wars" to help with recruitment. Last year police posted a video that showed Darth Vader interviewing for a position

<![CDATA[Jimmy Kimmel Tapped to Host Academy Awards]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:32:04 -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[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.

<![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.

Photo Credit: Robbie Beasom/NBC Bay Area
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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?

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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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Photo Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
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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[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[Gator By the Bay Announces 2017 Headliners]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:39:40 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/untitled-7235.jpg

It’s never too early to make plans to gobble up some sweet, sweet crawfish -- so it’s a good thing that Gator By the Bay 2017 tickets are now on sale!

That’s right -- San Diego’s largest, most-authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou returns for its 16th year on May 11-14, 2017 at Spanish Landing Park (across from the San Diego International Airport) with four days of music, food and fun.

Good times are always on deck at the annual multi-day festival because when you mix non-stop live music, dancing, and more than 10,000 pounds of Louisiana crawfish together -- the results are guaranteed to be mind-blowingly (and tummy satisfyingly) awesome.

“Dancers, twirling to Cajun waltzes, two-stepping to a lively Creole zydeco beat, swinging and jitterbugging to blues and boogie-woogie, or moving to spicy Latin sounds will fill the dance floors all weekend,” said festival producer Peter Oliver in a recent press release. “At Gator By the Bay, we start movin’ and groovin’ the second the music starts and guarantee you will too. You’ll feel like you’re at a Mardi Gras party in May.”

Organizers recently announced the festival’s initial headliners and they include: Grammy-nominated blues singer/pianist Marcia Ball; Grammy award-winning Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys; Sao Paulo, Brazil’s own Igor Prado Band (with hometown chanteuse Whitney Shay on vocals); Grammy award-winning Lafayette, Louisiana troupe Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band; the Dennis Jones Band; and the Grammy-nominated zydeco band Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie. That’s a lot of Grammy-recognized artists right there!

Tickets, including single-day and multi-day passes, are on sale now and available for purchase at gatorbythebay.com.

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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.]]>