<![CDATA[NECN - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://www.necn.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gif NECN https://www.necn.comen-usMon, 25 Jun 2018 02:17:35 -0400Mon, 25 Jun 2018 02:17:35 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[A Look at the Best Moments From the 2018 BET Awards]]> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 01:50:00 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BET-Awards-2018-triple-split-image.jpg Sunday night's BET awards, hosted by Jamie Foxx, included performances from artists like Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj and J.Cole, along with up and coming star H.E.R., and Snoop Dogg. Eight-time Grammy winner Anita Baker was present to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award. Meanwhile, SZA was named best new artist, Kendrick Lamar won best album for "DAMN." and Beyonce won best female pop/R&B artist.

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<![CDATA[Chris Pratt Surprises Moviegoers at Northern California Theater]]> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 17:44:13 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Chris-pratt-jurassic-split.jpg

What may have felt like a movie script actually played out in real life for some lucky moviegoers in Vacaville, California Saturday afternoon.

Chris Pratt, a star in the recently released "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" movie, surprised those in attendance who were both at the Brenden Theatres location to catch the flick and participate in a charitable auction designed to raise funds for children of law enforcement officials suffering from cancer, according to Vacaville police.

Why did the famous movie star step foot in the theater in the Solano County city? His brother, Daniel "Cully" Pratt, is a deputy with the Solano County Sheriff's Department.

Daniel Pratt worked together with Bruce Simpson, an official with Brenden Theatres, to pull off the celebrity surprise and organize the charity event, police stated.

Chris Pratt participated in the auction and also stayed to watch the latest act in the "Jurassic Park" series, according to police.

"The room was filled with both shock and laughter for the entire event," the police department wrote on Facebook. "Most importantly, those who truly needed this fun day got some time to enjoy the festivities alongside their families."



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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Photos: John Legend Launches Rosé Wine Brand]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:19:26 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-980975138.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA['Fixer Upper' Couple Announces Birth of Their 5th Child]]> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 00:13:23 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/862840984-Fixer-Upper.jpg

Chip and Joanna Gaines, the HGTV-stars based in Waco, Texas, have announced the birth of their fifth child, Crew.

The new addition to the family joins their other kids: Drake, 13, Ella, 11, Duke, 9, and Emmie Kay, 8.

Joanna announced her new son's name in a Saturday Instagram post, writing "he made an unexpected (and speedy) entrance into the world two and a half weeks early."


The "Fixer Upper" stars announced in January that they were expecting baby number five. Chip revealed in March that Joanna was pregnant with a boy. She has said her pregnancy was not planned. 

The couple celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary last month and wrapped up the fifth (and potentially final) season of "Fixer Upper" earlier this year.



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<![CDATA[Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Dead at 54 ]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 23:18:54 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/vinnie-paul-abbott-getty.jpg

Vinnie Paul, co-founder and drummer of the legendary North Texas heavy metal band Pantera, is dead at the age of 54, according to a post published on the band's official Facebook page late Friday night.

No details of Paul's cause of death have been released and the family has requested privacy.

He died in Las Vegas where friends say he had a home.

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Vinnie Paul Abbott, a longtime resident of Arlington, celebrated his 54th birthday in March.

Along with his brother "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, Paul co-created Pantera in 1981. The heavy metal band would go on to release nine albums and earn four Grammy nominations for Best Metal Performance before splitting up.

The brothers, who had a longtime relationship with The Dallas Stars, created a song that became synonymous with the team's 1999 Stanley Cup win.

It played at the rally when the team came home from Buffalo.

Fans chanted it during the Stanley Cup parade in downtown Dallas.

It still plays everytime the Stars score a goal.

"Every time I walk in and hear it, it blows me away. I mean you know, my brother's no longer with us so I get to hear his guitar playing every night, every time they score a goal," Paul told Fox Sports Southwest during a recent interview.

"It's part of our identity," said Dan Stuchal, the Vice President of Brand and Broadcast for the Dallas Stars.

Stuchal was with the team in 1999. He said one of the first stops the Cup made after its return to Dallas was Paul's home in Arlington.

"Outside of being a fantastic musician, when you get past the gruff exterior of his heavy metal swagger he was a gentle human being who had a pure soul," Stuchal said.

In 2003, Paul and his brother co-formed another North Texas-based band -- Damageplan. Tragically, during a concert in Columbus, Ohio in December 2004, Paul's brother "Dimebag" Abbott was gunned down while performing at a club. Three others died in the shooting.



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<![CDATA['Tonight': Dominic Cooper's Emails Sent From 'Stupid Poo']]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 02:39:00 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/CooperTonightEmail.jpg

Dominic Cooper talks about running away from his birthday, explains why all of his emails are sent from "Stupid Poo" and shares what it was like reuniting with the "Mamma Mia!" cast for a sequel 10 years after the first film.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Seth Meyers Talks Son's Apartment Lobby Birth]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 02:26:15 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e147_890_sethmeyers_baby_20180622_v1_current-152973289495200002.jpg

Seth Meyers shares details about his harrowing journey delivering his new baby in the lobby of his apartment building and what his eldest son, Ashe, likes reading while potty training.

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<![CDATA[Wynn Makes Film Studio Debut in 'Mamma Mia' Sequel]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:05:52 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/062118mammamia.jpg

After watching “Grease” growing up, actress Jessica Keenan Wynn aspired to sing alongside her friends in a movie musical. She’s starred in Broadway’s “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” and was a voice actress in “The Girl on the Train” but until recently hadn’t achieved that goal.

Years after first considering the possibility, Wynn found herself studying actress Christine Baranski while preparing for a new role. She watched Baranski’s mannerisms and expressions in “The Birdcage” and the sitcom “Cybill.” She also re-watched “Mamma Mia” and noted the phrases Baranski’s character used but wanted to be sure not to over analyze the way she played Tanya.

Wynn’s desire to appear in a movie musical became a reality when she secured the role as Young Tanya in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” which is scheduled to be released July 20. As the movie’s original stars worked with their younger counterparts, Wynn found herself next to Baranski often. She deemed her first movie musical experience “magical.”

“This is the dream,” Wynn told NBC. “The fact that I can check that off my bucket list--my first studio film is a movie musical. That’s my heart. That’s my soul. That’s how I started.”

Wynn, whose family’s acting legacy can be traced to her great-great-grandfather, enjoyed the down time that came with filming the movie that she rarely has preparing for shows. It enabled her to watch her colleagues, particularly Baranski, rehearse and film their scenes.

The movie’s cast called several aspects of production “adult summer camp,” Wynn said, because the group was together filming in an island in Croatia. Wynn joined Lily James, Alexa Davies, Meryl Streep and the rest of the cast to watch Cher perform and celebrated Julie Walters being honored as a dame.

Still, she focused on portraying a younger version of Baranski’s character, which she said became easier after reviewing Young Tanya’s lines.

“When I allowed myself to breathe into Tanya a little is when I realized [my personality and hers] coincided beautifully,” Wynn said. “She’s fun, she’s witty [and] she wants everyone to have a good time. She’s a little boy crazy. She loves her sisters.”

Wynn appeared Thursday in New York City as part of Make Music New York, an annual festival that features free outdoor concerts across the five boroughs. Concerts and performances celebrate the start of the summer and are held in more than 80 cities across the country.

To promote the new movie, Wynn joined a pianist on the back of a white Ford F-150 parked in Times Square and watched as “Mamma Mia” fans received the opportunity to sing their favorite songs or contribute with custom movie kazoos. The truck was also scheduled to appear near the American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the West Village.

Thursday marked the first time the program featured the Abba song book, said James Burke, executive director of Make Music New York.

Robert Poole, who said the movie helped him cope with depression after his grandmother passed away, wore a dark blue “Mamma Mia” hat as he sang “Mamma Mia.”

“I owe ‘Mamma Mia’ my life,” Poole said. “[Singing] was like me saying ‘thank you for the music.’”

Morgan Demartis ensured her lunch break coincided with the event’s start time after learning about it on Facebook.

“This morning my train was late and it was hot and then I knew I was coming to this,” Demartis said. “I said ‘let me play some ‘Mamma Mia’’ and it made my whole day better.”

Wynn anticipates the music in the new movie will receive comparable praise.

“One of the best things is Abba music transcends generations,” Wynn said. “There’s a reason why in 2018 we’re still loving and listening to their songs old and new.”



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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Wednesday's Trump Rally]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 03:38:55 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_20180621-152965188218700002.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at President Donald Trump retreating to the safe space of a campaign rally as the aftermath of his family separation policy came to light.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Dave Matthews Sings Cardi B, Lil Pump, Migos]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:13:42 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e146_889_davematthews_cardib_20180621-152964961625000002.jpg

Dave Matthews plays songs from his brand-new album featuring trap hits, like Migos' "Stir Fry," Lil Pump's "Gucci Gang" and Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow."

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Hashtags on #SummerVacationFail]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 03:26:03 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e146_889_hashtags_20180621-152964959014600002.jpg

Jimmy Fallon reads some of his favorite tweets with the hashtag #SummerVacationFail.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Colin Quinn on Surviving a Heart Attack]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 03:23:39 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e119_701_colinquinn_heartattack_20180621-152964949583000002.jpg

Colin Quinn shares his frustration with people critiquing his fashion, as well as what he's gone through in the aftermath of having a heart attack.

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<![CDATA[Drescher's Journey From 'Nanny' to Cancer Screening Advocate]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:41:46 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/fran1234.jpg

For many when they first think of Fran Drescher, star of the 90's era hit "The Nanny," they remember the long dark hair, the brightly tailored outfits, the nasal voice and thick New York accent that endeared the Queens-born actress to a legion of fans.

But Drescher's story continued long after the lights faded and television show ended. Her personal journey included a life-threatening cancer illness that inexplicably took years to properly diagnose. 

"I had uterine cancer. And it took me two years and eight doctors to get a proper diagnosis," says Drescher. 

Uterine cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women in the United States, and is the most commonly diagnosed gynecologic cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But today that's far in Drescher's rear view. This month... 18 years ago this very day in fact, Drescher became cancer free.

"Even after that much time, by the grace of God, I was still at Stage 1,” she says. Drescher says once she was finally properly diagnosed and treated she's  been healthy ever since. "I got cancer and I lived to talk about it. So that’s what I do."

It’s not just what she does, Drescher now calls cancer prevention awareness her life’s mission. Not long after she went into remission Drescher founded the  advocacy organization Cancer Schmancer in an attempt to shift the nation's focus from just simply searching for a cure to cancer to prevention and early detection. Her goal is to educate and inform consumers how they can improve their odds of avoiding cancer altogether by being more responsible about the products they purchase.

"Most cancers are due my a cacophony of carcinogens and toxins in the home. It’s a big platform for my organization," she says. "We want to transform patients into medical consumers and teach them to be more knowledgeable and empowered."

Drescher is bringing that message to the masses. On June 23 and 24, she'll be participating in the sixth annual NBC4/T47 Health & Fitness Expo at Metlife Stadium. One of the tri-state’s largest open-to-the-public health events, families have access to health screenings and get a chance to meet some of their favorite Giants players and talent from NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47.

For her part, Drescher is adamant in her belief that while cancer may not be completely preventable, people can take a more active role in controlling if they are afflicted by the disease by the important life choices they make.

“It's a call to action. It makes people feel less helpless and hopeless that cancer is coming to attack them and there’s nothing they can do about it," she says. "I think its entirely to your advantage to detox your life. There are carcinogens in things that will effect different people differently in everything from toothpastes and deodorants to perfume. There's no downside to limiting tour exposure to toxins that are bad for your health."

COZI TV, which is currently airing vintage broadcasts of Drescher's show "The Nanny," has also partnered with Cancer Schmancer to create and produce a series of PSAs running across the country.

Although decades removed from the show, Drescher still has fond memories of the show that made her a star.

"It was a big break hit. From very first day we drove onto the lot and you waved through and find your very own parking spaces with your name on...you know you've entered a new chapter in your career. It was very exciting, she says. "The global message of the show was no matter what you looked like or what you sounded like it was what was in your heart that counted. You had a woman that was not highly educated and did not speak the King's English who became the heart of a family that was fractured."

And Drescher, who's currently starring in the new animated movie, "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation," hasn't ruled out a revival for everyone's favorite nanny in this golden age of TV revivals.

"There’s always a chance. I never say never," she said. "It’s not what I’m working on right now. I’m working on something with Peter Mark Jacobson (co-creator of "The Nanny") that fans will be very excited about, but I’m not at liberty to announce it right now," Drescher said during an appearance on "Today" Thursday.

Catch episodes of "The Nanny" weekday mornings at 10AM/9C or weeknights at 7PM/6C and 12AM/11C on COZI TV.



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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump on Immigration]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 04:10:39 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/myr_20180620_v1_current-152956703194600002.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at President Donald Trump shamelessly lying to defend his administration's cruel family separation policy.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Mike Myers Talks About His Intense Love of Soccer]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 03:55:08 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e118_700_mikemeyers_soccer_20180620_v1_current-152956470871500002.jpg

Actor Mike Myers shares that he's proud to be Canadian and talks about his love for soccer with Seth Meyers, saying that it affects him emotionally. 

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon and NBA Draft Stars '90s Sitcom Theme]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:20:19 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e145_888_nbadraftstars_20180620_v1_current-152956485356100002.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and stars of the 2018 NBA Draft join forces for TGIF-style opening credits, with an original theme song, "Play-by-Play," written and performed by Jesse Frederick (he sang the themes to "Full House," "Family Matters" and "Perfect Strangers").

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Being Engaged to Ariana Grande Is 'Lit']]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 04:03:57 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e145_888_petedavidson_arianagrande_20180620_v1_current-152956482937300002.jpg

"Saturday Night Live's" Pete Davidson talks about how weird it is how much people care about his engagement to Ariana Grande and his obsession with Robert Pattinson's movie "Good Time."

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<![CDATA[Davidson Describes Whirlwind Engagement to Ariana Grande]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:04:00 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Diptych8.jpg

"SNL" star and Ariana Grande's brand new fiancé Pete Davidson made his first media appearance Wednesday on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" since news of his engagement heard around the world shocked ... well, everyone.

"You know you didn't have to get engaged to Ariana Grande just to come on our show," Fallon said. 

"But I did though," a giggling Davidson responded.

Officially confirming the engagement for the first time, Davidson told the late night host he felt like he "won a f------ contest."

Fallon was quick to offer the couple a potential wedding venue.

"You know you could get married right here on the 'Tonight Show,'" Fallon offered.

"Yeah," Davidson deadpanned. "That's not happening." 

With little prompting from Fallon, Davidson described the past few weeks following the whirlwind engagement to the pop princess. 

"It's lit Jimmy. It's so funny walking down the street. Dudes are walking by me and tipping their caps. Some dude came up to me and said, 'Yo man, you gave me hope.' I'm a lucky motherf-----."

Davidson said he would happily "forever be known as her plus one."



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<![CDATA[AMC Now Offering Three Weekly Movies for One Monthly Fee]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:38:34 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/amc494104254.jpg

About a year after expressing a desire to opt-out of movie subscription service MoviePass, AMC Theatres announced plans Wednesday for a comparable program that will allow customers to see up to three movies per week for one monthly fee.

As part of its new AMC Stubs A-List program launching next week, moviegoers pay $19.95 per month, AMC Chief Marketing Officer Stephen Colanero told NBC. There aren’t any restrictions on movie times, movie format or theater location. The number of movies customers can see — for a maximum of 12 per month — doesn’t carry over from week to week.

There aren’t any blackout dates, Colanero said.

The announcement comes after AMC attempted to distance itself from MoviePass, the service that allows users to see one movie a day in theaters for $9.95 a month. In an August statement, AMC called MoviePass’ business model “shaky and unsustainable,” but the theater chain ultimately backed down.

MoviePass customers are able to purchase movie tickets for Regal, Cinemark and AMC locations. 

“Our concern back then [with MoviePass] was about price point and that remains our concern today,” Colanero said. “We feel like we put together the right price value combination and economically viable [model].”

AMC Stubs A-List program members will also receive free upgrades on popcorn and soda, free refills on large popcorn and express service at box offices and concession stands. As part of the service, customers won’t be charged an online ticketing fee and will be able to reserve tickets for future movies in advance.

MoviePass offers two similar plans: one for $7.95 monthly that allows users to see three movies per month and the $9.95 unlimited plan. MoviePass customers will still be permitted to use the service to purchase movie tickets at AMC theaters even after the Stubs A-List program takes effect, a MoviePass spokeswoman confirmed to NBC.

“We are absolutely thrilled that AMC has finally stepped up to embrace a model that we’ve known all along will be the future of our industry,” the spokeswoman said in an email. “It’s important to recognize that they will only be able to service 23% of the nation’s theaters and MoviePass subscribers get a better deal in more than 91% of them, including AMC. Beyond that, our key differentiator is that we pave a path of success for independent and small theater chains, where we will continue to focus our efforts.”

Customers can begin enrolling in AMC’s program Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Bullied Teen Wows 'America's Got Talent' Judges]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:07:52 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/agtbullygirl.jpg

Amanda Mena had a powerful back story to share with judges on "America's Got Talent" Tuesday night.

But it was her equally-powerful voice that earned her a fast-track ticket to the live shows!

Fifteen-year-old Mena, of Lynn, Massachusetts, who explained she had been bullied in school, belted out Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."

Her strong voice had everyone cheering, and judges searching for words.

"Where do I start? That was just incredible," said Mel B. "I got goose pimples all over."

As if that wasn't enough, the former Spice Girls singer had something else to add. "This is what I'm going to say to all those bullies," she said, as she pressed the golden buzzer, which sent Mena straight to the show's live competition!

(A judge can only press that buzzer once every season.)

Mena's history gave the early victory even more meaning. As she explained, she'd been raised in the Dominican Republic, then moved to the Boston area as a child. While in school, kids bullied her for not knowing English, but she said "music and my mom" got her through the tough times.


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<![CDATA['Late Night': Benicio del Toro Talks 'Sicario' Sequel]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 06:14:10 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/benicio_del_toro_sicario_late_night-152948923616800002.jpg

Benicio del Toro explains what convinced him to join "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" and talks about projects like "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Star Wars" and his relationship with Josh Brolin.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': David, Lauren Hogg on Their #NeverAgain Book]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 06:29:01 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/david_lauren_hogg_tonight_show-152948780801800002.jpg

Siblings David and Lauren Hogg recount the deadly shooting at their high school in Parkland, Florida, that inspired their #NeverAgain book and work in the gun control movement.

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