<![CDATA[NECN - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.necn.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gif NECN https://www.necn.com en-usThu, 13 Dec 2018 07:02:16 -0500Thu, 13 Dec 2018 07:02:16 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Chance the Rapper Documenting Religious 'Sabbatical']]> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 06:43:30 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/chancetherapperAP_18305228030059.jpg

Chance the Rapper is going on a religious "sabbatical" to "learn the Word of God," NBC News reported

The 25-year-old Chicago native who has called himself a "Christian rapper" announced his plans on Instagram

"I’m on a plane headed out the country on my first sabbatical," he said in an Instagram post on Dec. 7. "I’m going away to learn the Word of God which I am admittedly very unfamiliar with." 

He has since posted updates without disclosing some details, such as his location. The rapper said his decision was influenced by the birth of his nephew. He is "the first boy of the next line," and "he needs his uncle to be educated," Chance the Rapper said.



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<![CDATA['Late Night’: A Closer Look at Trump's Shutdown Threat]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 06:04:22 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s6e035_771_acl_20181212-154468423969200002.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at President Donald Trump insisting the United States build border walls to prevent crime while being accused of a crime himself.

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<![CDATA['Late Night’: Lenny Kravitz Wore the Same Outfit for 30 Days]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 06:01:06 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s6e035_771_lennykravitz_outfit_20181212-154468428755100002.jpg

Lenny Kravitz talks about retreating to nature to record his album "Raise Vibration," dreaming up music and his daring fashion choices.

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<![CDATA[‘Tonight’: Jinx Challenge With Natalie Portman]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 05:53:50 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/TJFScreen-Shot-2018-12-13-at-5.52.35-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and Natalie Portman take turns drawing random categories from a deck, then try to shout a word related to that category at the same time to jinx each other.

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<![CDATA[‘Tonight’: Portman Performed Sia-Written Songs for 'Vox Lux']]> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 05:50:25 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/TJFScreen-Shot-2018-12-13-at-5.48.35-AM.jpg

Natalie Portman and Jimmy Fallon bond over babies and discuss what it was like for her to transform into a viral pop star and perform songs written by Sia for her film "Vox Lux."

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<![CDATA[Top Celebrity Photos: Premieres, Holiday Concerts and More]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:27:04 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AP_18345438115487-edited.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Brzezinski Apologizes For Homophobic Slur Aimed at Pompeo]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:56:25 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AP_MikaBrzezinski_17284862798609.jpg

MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski apologized on Twitter Wednesday after coming under fire for using a homophobic slur to insult Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on live television earlier in the day.

The off color remark was part of a string of insults criticizing Pompeo for what Brzezinski saw as an unsatisfactory response to Saudi Arabia’s responsibility in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi occasionally used his Washington Post column to criticize the country’s government. 

“Why doesn’t Mike Pompeo care right now,” Brzezinski said. “Are the pathetic deflections that we just heard when he appeared on ‘Fox & Friends,’ is that a patriot speaking or a wannabe dictator’s butt boy?”

MSNBC tried to censor the comment, but were just a second too late.

There was an immediate backlash to the comment on social media.

G.E. Anderson, a professional photographer, said the phrase was “as homophobic a term as I've heard on national morning television.” Anderson also noted that the comment was not transcribed in the the close captioning. Anderson also offered up a variety of other words she could have used to insult Pompeo, like “toadie,” “lackey” or “stool pigeon.”

“Maybe don’t equate homosexuality with Mike Pompeo carrying water for the murderous regime in Saudi Arabia,” Anderson wrote, mentioning Brzezinski in the tweet.

Brzezinski soon apologized, saying she should have used a word like “water boy.”

“Totally agree with you - SUPER BAD choice of words,” Brzezinski tweeted in response to Anderson. “SO SORRY!”



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<![CDATA[Hurricane Florence, Anthony Bourdain Among Most Googled ]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 01:09:22 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1026614180.jpg

It’s been an overall pretty rough year for the United States, if 2018’s top Google searches are any indication.

The county’s top searches this year covered everything from destructive hurricanes to celebrity deaths to mass shootings. Many of this year’s most googled topics in the U.S. were also reflected in the year’s most searched topics globally

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Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain made the top 10 most searched topics. Spade was the original creator of the handbag line by the same name, and Bourdain was the host of CNN’s award-winning show “Parts Unknown.” Both reportedly died by suicide.

Rapper Mac Miller and singer Demi Lovato were also frequently searched about this year. Miller reportedly died from a drug overdose in September. Lovato’s struggles with drug addiction also made headlines when she was hospitalized following an apparent overdose in August.

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People connected to the #MeToo movement, a campaign started on social media fighting for justice for sexual assault survivors, also made the list .

Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court’s newest addition, faced a contentious nomination battle that captivated the nation after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school. Kavanaugh denied the allegations. He was sworn in as the 114th justice of U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 6.

Former NBC “Today” show host Matt Lauer made 2017’s top Google searches list after he was accused of and fired for sexually harassing female colleagues.

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Just as with last year’s top Google searches, another mass shooting made the list. Twelve people were killed in a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, in November after a former Marine Corps veteran opened fire on them. Many of the victims were in their early 20s.

In October 2017, 58 people were killed and hundred more injured when a gunman shot into a crowd of 22,000 concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. The Las Vegas Shooting was one of the most googled news events in 2017.

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In 2016, the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando left 49 people dead and dozens injured, with the majority of the victims and survivors being members of the LGBTQ community. The Orlando shooting made the most searched news events list in 2016.

But not all the searches were depressing.

The World Cup was this year’s most searched topic.

The Marvel Studios film “Black Panther” was the sixth most searched topic this year. The super hero flick and its notably diverse cast made history when the movie became the first Marvel film to receive a Golden Globe nomination.

Duchess of Sussex and former “Suits” actress Meghan Markle made the list for the most searched people of 2018. Markle also made the list last year. Her royal wedding also made the most searched news list. Markle captured American and U.K. hearts alike as the world followed her engagement to the Britain's Prince Harry.

Arguably, the real winner for 2018’s top Google searches was the Mega Millions jackpot lottery results, which had much of the country hoping they’d wake up with $1.6 billion in their pocket. It was the first time in Mega Millions history and the second time in U.S. lottery history that the possible winnings reached 10 figures.

Hopefully next year’s top Google searches will be richer than this year’s.



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<![CDATA[10 Best Home Gifts for the Home Decor Lover in Your Life]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:55:14 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/giftguidelast.jpg

Got someone on your gift list who's hooked on HGTV's "Fixer Upper?" Or maybe someone who's forever looking for the next great item to make a living space perfect?

We compiled some stylish, yet practical, home items under $50 that are sure to bring a smile to an aspiring interior designer's face this holiday season.

Today editors, writers and experts take care to recommend items we really like and hope you’ll enjoy! Just so you know, Today does have affiliate relationships. So, while every product is independently selected, if you buy something through our links, we may get a small share of the revenue.

HOME GIFTS UNDER $15

1. Vintage Retro Living Room Clock, $15, Amazon

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This retro metal framed clock is designed to be a throwback to the 1940s. There's no annoying ticking, and the numbers are large for easy viewing, so it's a great gift for the homebody who doesn't want to leave until the last minute. 

2. Primitives by Kathy Classic Hinged Box, $8, Amazon

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This hinged box is printed with a sweet saying about friendship. It features a distressed, sanded finish and is just the right size for storing small things like jewelry and keys. 

3. Ecjiuyi Photo Hanging Display Frames, $12, Amazon

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For the friend whose style skews nautical, try this net photo display. They can clip photos into the netting and hang it on a wall to showcase some of their favorite memories. It comes with 30 wooden clips so print out a few photos to start them off, and leave the rest for them to fill!

4. Candle Warmers Etc. Midsize Illumination Fragrance Warmer, $13, Amazon

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Your gift recipient will love using this charming fragrance warmer to heat scented wax melts in their home. The 6-inch warmer says "Faith, Family, Friends" and is available in a variety of other designs and colors. 

HOME GIFTS UNDER $25

1. Nuloom Moroccan Blythe Area Rug, $17, Amazon

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An Amazon's Choice product, this 2-foot by 3-foot Moroccan-style rug has a traditional Persian design with modern flair, so it's great for the gift recipient who's looking to cozy up their space. Buyers described it as a "beautiful modern, yet classic rug" and said that it was soft and easy to maintain. Another boasted that the rug would not stain, even with pets!

2. "Hello" Doormat, $23, Amazon

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Why not give the gift of a welcoming and stylish entry with this adorable mat! It's designed to stay in place while wiping shoes and to absorb mud and dirt, so they'll be happy to welcome mess-free visitors into their home!

3. Mkono Hanging Wall Mirror, $17, Amazon

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Every decor enthusiast needs a unique mirror, and this octagonal one does the trick! It's hung from a cotton rope for a playful, bohemian vibe.

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4. Sullivans Bottle-Style 3 Vase Set, $20, Amazon

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Decorative vases can add a unique touch to any room, and this set of three is a beautifully minimalist option that could fit into almost any space. They're even pretty enough to display with or without flowers.

5. Silver Mercury Glass Votives, $20, World Market

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Throw a few votives in these sparkly candle holders to totally transform a room. Your giftee can enjoy a zen bath or romantic dinner by candlelight.

6. Opps Mini Artificial Plants, $22, Amazon

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Brighten up a home with these colorful decorative plants that come in a set of three. The popular set is well-reviewed with customers saying, "from a distance of 7-10 feet, you wouldn't know they're fake."


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<![CDATA[For Her: Holiday Presents for Moms, Sisters and More]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:57:13 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/giftherguide.jpg

Wondering what to get for the most important women in your life? We’re here to help! We found fun, cozy, cool and affordable gift ideas for women so you can impress your moms, sisters, significant others, best friends and pretty much any other women this holiday season.

There’s a little something for everyone in this guide, including cashmere scarves, playing cards, essential oil diffusers, jewelry and more. Just scroll down to find the perfect gift for her.

TODAY editors, writers and experts take care to recommend items we really like and hope you’ll enjoy! Just so you know, TODAY does have affiliate relationships. So, while every product is independently selected, if you buy something through our links, we may get a small share of the revenue.

GIFTS FOR YOUR GIRLFRIENDS

1. The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck And Guidebook Keepsake Box Set, $40, Urban Outfitters

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Want to take wine nights to the next level? Introduce the art of tarot! This gift set from cult-favorite artist Kim Krans comes with a guidebook so any amateur psychic can deal hands and interpret their meanings pretty much right away.

2. Dior Diorshow Lash-Extension Effect Volume Mascara, $30, Nordstrom

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ls available at Sephora.

A splurge-worthy beauty product makes for a great gift for any of your girlfriends. We love Dior's Diorshow mascara because it's dramatic, soft-to-the-touch, luxurious and washes off easily with water at the end of the day.

3. OYOY Reusable Metal Straws (6 Pieces), $9, Amazon

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Great for the eco-loving friend who's always entertaining, these rainbow-hued aluminum straws will help her do her part for the environment (replacing wasteful paper party straws) and look great at cocktail parties!

4. Vintorio Wine Aerator Pourer, $15, Amazon

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Speaking of drinking and cocktails, this Amazon best-seller has over 2,000 positive reviews and is able to aerate your wine instantly upon the pour. Any wine-lover (or Kathie Lee and Hoda fan) will find it amazing!

5. Personalized Morse Code Cuff, $32, BaubleBar

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We love BaubleBar's large selection of monogrammed and personalized jewelry. We also love its accessible prices. Treat a favorite girlfriend to this cuff with a Morse code initial for her name.

GIFTS FOR YOUR MOM

1. illy Y3.2 Iperespresso Espresso & Coffee Machine, $100, Amazon

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Also available at Target and Bed Bath & Beyond.

If we know one thing about moms, it's that they often turn to caffeine to start the day. This compact little machine from illy makes both espresso and coffee so mom can have her java any way she likes every morning.

If that one doesn't fit the bill, though, one of our food editors swears by a classic Nespresso machine.

2. URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser and Humidifier, $16, Amazon

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Similar one available at Walmart for $18.

Aiming to help with relaxation, diffusers are a clever and thoughtful gift for any mom who could use a few more peaceful moments to herself each day (or just likes to have a nice-smelling home). This one has more than 28,000 reviews on Amazon, misting and light features and a timer, so it will automatically shut down once she drifts off.

3. Brooklinen Core Sheet Set, $129, Brooklinen

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Also available at Amazon for $149.

Sometimes the best gifts aren’t the most glamorous. Brooklinen has built a stellar reputation (through thousands of five-star reviews) for their soft, breathable and cool-to-the-touch linens. Upgrade Mom’s sleep situation with a set of subtly patterned sheets.

4. Mellani Bed Sheet Set (Queen), $30, Amazon

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If you're looking for a more budget-friendly alternative, check out the very popular Mellani bed sheets on Amazon. We love the $30 sheet set!

5. Everlane Cashmere Turtleneck, $120, Everlane

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What could feel better than wrapping your neck in cashmere? Mom will swoon over the soft fabric and and unfussy design of this Everlane turtleneck, and she’ll think of you every time she puts it on.

GIFTS FOR YOUR WIFE OR SIGNIFICANT OTHER

1. Missoma Mini Dagger Hoop Earrings, $105, Nordstrom

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Also available at Missoma.

Mini hoop earrings are having a moment right now, but can feel a bit simple as a gift. We love these delicate Missoma hoops because they feature a pretty hanging element that adds a pop of color and makes them feel special.

2. "The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts" by Gary Chapman, $17, Amazon

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Also available at Barnes & Noble and Walmart for $19.

If you’re looking to understand your partner better — learning how each of you shows and receives love — try a copy of this classic book on romantic relationships that’s been on the best-seller list for years.

3. Lafco Chamomile Lavender Candle, $65, Nordstrom

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If you two sleep in the same room, this gift is really a win-win. One of the company's best-selling scents, the candle smells subtly of both calming chamomile and lavender, making it great to wind down with after a long day.

4. Away x Tile Luggage Tag, $30, Away

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If you have a trip coming up, or you are going to surprise her with one, this luggage tracker makes a great gift! Plus, you can have the sleek leather luggage tag embossed with her monogram.

5. Splendid Stripe PJ Set, $78, Shopbop

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Also available at Bloomingdale's.

A pajama set that’s cute, cozy and just a little bit sexy, this Splendid set has it all. It makes the perfect gift for women who love nothing more than sleeping in or lazing around in her “Sunday best” all day long.

For something a little more affordable, we love this pj set from Amazon's comfort line Mae. The heather grey color has lemon piping and is only $38.


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<![CDATA[Oprah's 2018 Holiday Gift Guide]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:51:08 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/oprahgiftguide2018.jpg

Santa’s list may include who’s naughty and nice, but Oprah’s Favorite Things list includes some of the best gifts to buy for anyone!

From cute letters of gratitude to a Christmas tree growing kit, Oprah never fails to find something special for at least a few people on your list.

Oprah's full list has more than 100 items on it, but here are 10 Today's favorite things from Oprah's Favorite Things 2018:

NBC News editors, writers and experts take care to recommend items we really like and hope you’ll enjoy! Just so you know, NBC News does have affiliate relationships. So, while every product is independently selected, if you buy something through our links, we may get a small share of the revenue.

1. Burt's Bees Holiday Family Pajamas, $10+, Amazon

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These adorable matching family pajamas, available in both blue and red, will make for some great photo ops this holiday season.

2. APL: Athletic Propulsion Labs Women's Techloom Bliss Sneakers, $200, Amazon

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Easily go from the gym to a nice lunch in these stylish sneakers, which come in seven different colors.

3. Glamourpuss NYC Knitted Faux Fur Mitten, $78, Amazon

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Dress up any outfit with these playful, cozy faux fur mittens. Since one size fits most, these make great gifts for a range of people. Try pairing them with the matching slippers, also on Oprah's list.

4. Fleischer & Wolf Portland Ash 8-Piece Knife Set With Wooden Block, $200 (usually $220), Amazon

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This sleek magnetic knife block holds six different knives, including a chef knife and paring knife made from stainless surgical steel, as well as a knife sharpener. Don't forget to check the coupon box under the price to get $20 off!

5. Apple AirPods, $145 (usually $159), Amazon

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Apple products rarely go on sale, but you can snag the beloved Apple AirPods for $14 off right now. People love these because they're wireless, easy to use with any Apple devices and boast a long battery life.

6. The Urban Agriculture Co. Grow Your Own Christmas Tree, $45, Amazon

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Not much can make Christmas even more special than it already is, but this might just bring a little extra magic to the holiday season. Each kit comes with everything you need to grow your own Christmas tree. Once the seed sprouts into a seedling, plant the tree in the ground and you can return to it year after year.

7. Echo Spot, $100 (usually $130), Amazon

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The Echo Spot harnesses Amazon Alexa onto a 2.5-inch screen where you can easily see the weather, watch videos, read news headlines, video call, check your calendar and more. The compact design works in any room of the home.

8. Letters For A Year Of Gratitude by Chronicle Books, $6-$14 (usually $15), Amazon

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Looking for a thoughtful gift to show how much you care? Write letters to your loved ones that they can treasure forever. There are specialized books for grandchildren, babies, daughters, moms, dads, grandparents, friends and more.

9. Black+Decker Helix Performance Premium 5-Speed Hand Mixer, $24 (usually $30), Amazon

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Use these to whip up all the delicious Thanksgiving and holiday treats you've been dreaming about all year.

10. LittBag by PurseN LED Lighted Organizer Insert For Handbags, $42, Amazon

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Have you ever been frantically looking through your purse for something that you couldn't find? By combining a purse organizer with 22 hours of LED light, this handy device gets rid of that issue. Plus, when it's time to switch handbags all you have to do is slide the whole thing out and drop it into your other bag. No need to individually transfer items (and inevitably forget something).



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<![CDATA[Holiday Gift Ideas For Every Amazing Guy In Your Life]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:53:51 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/giftguideman.jpg

The season of gift giving is just around the corner. Though it can be a stressful time of year, the fun of tracking down gifts that delight the ones we love always seems to be worth it in the end.

The thing is: Men can be hard to shop for. Most of us have, at some point, asked a guy what he wants for the holidays just to hear the familiar phrase, "I have everything I need."

So, we found some of the most stylish, delicious, handy, cozy and coolest gifts men. Whether he's an avid outdoorsman, a frequent flyer, a top chef in the making or a design fanatic, we've found affordable ways to show him some serious love this holiday season.

FOR HIS CLOSET

Even the most well-dressed man will appreciate an update to his wardrobe this holiday season. The trick to giving a wearable gift — without ruining the surprise — is to either pick something that doesn't require knowing his size (like a watch or sunglasses) or something with some flexibility (jackets and sweaters are easier than pants and shoes, for example).

NBC News editors, writers and experts take care to recommend items we really like and hope you’ll enjoy! Just so you know, NBC News does have affiliate relationships. So, while every product is independently selected, if you buy something through our links, we may get a small share of the revenue.

1. Everlane Cashmere Crewneck Sweater, $140, Everlane

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This classic sweater makes for the perfect layering piece for winter. Your guy can wear this over a beloved plaid flannel or under his favorite down coat on those extra cold days.

Uniqlo also makes a great crewneck cashmere sweater for men, which is currently $80 and frequently goes on sale.

2. L.L.Bean Sherpa-lined plaid flannel, $89, L.L.Bean

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Speaking of flannels ... we love the traditional looks and fits from L.L. Bean, especially for Dad and Grandpa. It's a "giftable" shirt for any guy on your list because it's lined with cozy Sherpa fleece for extra warmth and a pop of on-trend style!

3. Timex Unisex Weekender Watch, $31, Amazon

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These lightweight watches will let your favorite guy keep time in style. The Timex Weekender is a favorite on Amazon with more than 6,000 reviews! We love the variety of colorful nylon straps available.

4. Greats Royale Knit sneakers, $99, Greats

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Greats is a cult favorite sneaker brand among stylish guys, but their leather sneakers can get pricey. We love this knit version of the Royale sneaker that's comfy and breathable. (To get his size, turn over a pair of his sneakers when he's not looking!)

If you're looking for a less expensive white sneaker to give to your favorite guy, consider these faux leather sneakers from Old Navy that are just $37!

5. Kizik Sneakers, $180, Zappos

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Know a guy who hates tying his shoes? The kind of guy who might just leave his shoes tied the same way for weeks and slip in and out of them without changing a thing. These lace-free shoes are for that guy. The leather material looks sleek and the subtle elastics keep the shoes in place all day.

6. Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover, $71-$119, Patagonia

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What's old is new again, especially when it comes to performance fleece. This snap-front pullover from Patagonia is the perfect gift for any guy on your list who happens to be a winter sports buff or just loves the ski lifestyle. The design is iconic and timeless — it looks like you might have lifted it from your dad's closet in the '90s.

7. Classic Terrycloth Bathrobe, $98, Snowe

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We know, we know. Robes are such a "dad" gift. But, there are few things more enjoyable on a Sunday morning than kicking back with a paper and coffee in hand, wrapped in terrycloth. Plus, he has to wear something from the front door to the mailbox, doesn't he?

8. Oakley 'Frogskins' Sunglasses, $103, Backcountry

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Buying sunglasses for someone else can be tricky. But, we'll let you in on a secret: These Oakley 'Frogskin' sunglasses will work every time. Resurrected from a 1980's design and incredibly high-quality, they look good on men, women and all face shapes.

FOR THE MAN CAVE

If you have a guy on your list that loves to sit back, relax and just enjoy some time at home, then these gifts are for him. Whether he's a video game lover or music junkie, these gifts are sure to be ones he'll love.

1. Native Union Eclipse 3-Port USB Charger, $80, Amazon

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For the guy who wants (and needs!) to be plugged in at all times, this three-device charger from Native Union will make the perfect gift. Stylish enough to proudly display on his bedside or coffee table, the gadget keeps cords and tech toys charged and organized.

2. Double Deck of Personalized Playing Cards, $49, Mark & Graham

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Whether he loves to host poker night or is more of a Go Fish guy, he'll appreciate the thoughtful nature of this set of playing cards. They can be personalized with a message or monogram and come in a variety of colors and patterns.

3. Celina Mancurti Personalized Leather Coaster Set, $36, Amazon

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Coasters aren't necessarily a novel gift idea, but we think these monogrammable ones are special. Think of each leather coaster as an instant heirloom piece — they'll show their wear (red wine drips, whiskey blotches) with pride.

4. Crosley Radio Switch II Turntable & Speakers, $169, Nordstrom

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Combining modern conveniences and an old-school turntable, this Crosley radio player can support vinyl records, MP3 players and your iPhone thanks to an aux jack and Bluetooth. So, it can deliver quality sound for both retro and contemporary tunes.


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<![CDATA[Think You Know Your Holiday Music? Take This Quiz]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 10:18:18 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NUP_154065_0001.jpg

From crooners Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole to Mariah Carey, the queen of modern-day Christmas, there's no shortage of iconic holiday music.

Think you know all there is to know about holiday-themed music? Take a swig of eggnog and test your knowledge with this quiz. 

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<![CDATA[Post Malone's Newest Crocs Sold Out in 10 Minutes]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:06:39 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/post5.jpg

Rapper Post Malone released a pair of custom Crocs for the second time this year -- and they sold out in 10 minutes.

The Grapevine, Texas, native collaborated to make the yellow shoes that don graphics of barbed wire and jibbitz (buttons) from the rapper's latest album Beerbongs & Bentleys.

Pictures on Twitter showed crowds lining up outside Grapevine Mills Mall where the shoes were sold in-store.

Many fans first spotted Post Malone wearing white Crocs when his plane made an emergency landing in New York after blowing two tires during takeoff at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport back in August. Less than a month later, the rapper was involved in a serious car crash in West Hollywood, California. After the accident, Post Malone tweeted, "God must hate me lol."

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<![CDATA['Tonight’: J-Lo Talks Alex Rodriguez, Directing Daughter]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 06:34:24 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/TJFScreen-Shot-2018-12-12-at-6.33.17-AM.jpg

Jennifer Lopez reacts to Alex Rodriguez's meme-able response to her VMA Video Vanguard performance, and she discusses the bonding experience she had working with her daughter, Emme, in her directorial debut music video "Limitless."

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<![CDATA[‘Tonight’: Can You Feel It With J-Lo, Milo Ventimiglia]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 09:19:19 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/TJFScreen-Shot-2018-12-12-at-6.30.12-AM.jpg

Jennifer Lopez, Milo Ventimiglia and Jimmy Fallon take turns sticking their hands inside boxes filled with mystery objects that they have to identify without looking at them.

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<![CDATA['Late Night’: Ken Jeong Wants to Host the Oscars]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 06:24:59 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/lnsmScreen-Shot-2018-12-12-at-6.22.20-AM.jpg

Ken Jeong talk about interviewing Santas in "Ken Jeong Cracks Christmas," the success of "Crazy Rich Asians" and the possibility of him hosting the Oscars.

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<![CDATA['Late Night’: Ya Burnt? Sledding, Bethlehem Innkeepers]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 06:12:12 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LNSMScreen-Shot-2018-12-12-at-6.11.23-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers sizzles through a list of topics and fires sick burns at some deserving subjects, like the song "12 Days of Christmas."

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<![CDATA['Bohemian Rhapsody' Is Most Streamed Song of 20th Century]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 02:35:26 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/freddiemercuryAP_8501010212.jpg

Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the most streamed song of the 20th century, racking up more than 1.6 billion streams, NBC News reported

It's also the most streamed classic rock song of all time, according to Universal Music Group, which represents the band’s catalog globally, outside of North America.

"So the River of Rock Music has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!" founding member and guitarist Brian May said.

Universal Music Group, which has been promoting the single on streaming platforms as part of its campaign to introduce Queen to a younger generation, said it arrived at the 1.6 billion number by calculating streams from Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and YouTube.



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<![CDATA[Illinois Couple's Love Story Becomes Holiday Hallmark Movie]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:31:57 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1068611530.jpg

It was a true Christmas love story made for the movies – and now it’s actually a movie.

Suburban Chicago couple Heather Krueger and Chris Dempsey knew they had a unique story to share, but they never anticipated their journey would become the premise of a Hallmark holiday movie.

“I never would have thought in a million years after doing this that it would turn into any of this,” Dempsey said in a recent interview.

The couple’s romance is behind the “Once Upon a Christmas Miracle” movie, part of Hallmark’s “Movies and Mysteries” series, starring Aimee Teegarden and Brett Dalton.

Just like in the movie, Krueger, of Tinley Park, and Dempsey first met when Dempsey volunteered to donate half of his liver to Krueger, who was in desperate need of a life-saving liver transplant as she battled autoimmune hepatitis.

“I was getting worse and they said start looking for a living donor,” Krueger said in an interview on Hallmark’s Home and Family show.

Dempsey, who the Daily Southtown reports was working as a Frankfort village employee at the time, overheard a coworker talking about his cousin in need.

“I was just sitting in a break room and her cousin was home from school - like seasonal help - and I just happened to overhear him talking about his cousin who needed this transplant and I just thought to myself if I was in that situation I would want somebody to step up,” Dempsey said.

So he went to a Chicago hospital for a test and learned he was a match.

Dempsey’s motorcycle group set up a fundraiser to help with the medical expenses and the surgery took place in March 2015, according to the Daily Southtown.

The real bonding began, the couple said, during recovery. The two were just three rooms from each other in the days following the surgery.

“I started thinking this could be somebody I would like to spend the rest of my life with,” Dempsey said.

“Him seeing me at my worst and literally saving my life, can only go up from there,” Krueger said.

Nine months later, the couple was engaged.

After a day of holiday shopping in downtown Chicago and lunch at the Signature Room in the former Hancock building, Dempsey took Krueger on a carriage ride in the city and proposed at a gazebo outside the Drake Hotel.

“She was kind of in shock and wasn’t saying anything at first. I was like, ‘So was that a yes?’” Dempsey said.

It’s a line that gets repeated in the movie itself.

The couple also makes a cameo of their own in the film, dancing in the background in a scene at the fundraiser for the transplant.

In real life, the pair is now married and has started the process to adopt a child.

Krueger hopes, if anything, viewers take away one thing from their story.

“You have no idea the impact you make on that person’s life, saving them and their family, and that there is life after transplant,” she said.



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<![CDATA['Star Wars' Land: Disney Shares First Look at Millennium Falcon Attraction]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:23:25 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Milleniumfalcon-3.png

Disney Parks released the first official photo of the Millennium Falcon, one of two major attractions that will be part of the forthcoming Star Wars Land. 

The Star Wars-themed addition, called Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, will open in the summer of 2019 at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, and at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, in the fall of 2019.

The Millennium Falcon: Smuggler Run will take "Star Wars" lovers on a mission to hyperspace while controlling the most famous ship in the galaxy and placing guests in three different crew roles.

The second attraction, which puts guest in the middle of an "epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order," is called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, according to Disney. 

The company said it hopes the new "Star Wars" experience will make guests feel like interstellar travelers "in a galaxy far, far, away."

For upcoming updates on Star Wars Land, you can check out Disney's Website or Instagram



Photo Credit: Disneyland
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<![CDATA['The Guardians' Named Time's 2018 Person of the Year]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:22:40 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2018-12-11+at+7.46.28+AM.png

Time magazine unveiled its Person of the Year for 2018, honoring a group of journalists whose work has landed them in jail — or cost them their lives — "in the pursuit of greater truths."

The magazine's editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal announced Time's choice of "The Guardians and the War on Truth" on the "Today" show Tuesday, and revealed the four magazine covers featuring Jamal Khashoggi, Maria Ressa, the Capital Gazette staff, and the wives of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

"Like all human gifts, courage comes to us at varying levels and at varying moments,” Felsenthal wrote in an essay about the selection. “This year we are recognizing four journalists and one news organization who have paid a terrible price to seize the challenge of this moment."

In honoring Khashoggi, Felsenthal noted it is the first year Time has named someone who is no longer alive as Person of the Year. Khashoggi, who lived in the U.S. and wrote for The Washington Post, was publicly critical of the Saudi crown prince. He was killed in what U.S. officials have described as an elaborate plot at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which he had visited for marriage paperwork.

Ressa is founder and executive editor of the Philippine digital news outlet Rappler and a vocal critic of the government of President Rodrigo Duterte. In return, she has faced several government lawsuits and threats of violence, according to The Associated Press. Ressa, who has worked with CNN, was the winner of two prestigious journalism awards this year, a Press Freedom award from the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, and the International Center for Journalists’ Knight International Journalism Award.

The gunman who opened fire at the Capital Gazette newspaper, in Annapolis, Maryland, killing five people, had a "vendetta" against the paper over an article it published in 2011 about criminal harassment to which he pleaded guilty to. But, a day after the massacre at the Maryland newspaper, Gazette staffers "did what it has done since before the American ­Revolution—they put the paper out," Time said in a statement.

The other two honorees, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, are now imprisoned over their reporting in 2016 on the brutal crackdown by security forces on the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, which, according to the AP, left hundreds dead in the massacre. The U.N.'s top human rights body has said that genocide charges should be brought against senior Myanmar military officers over the crackdown.

The magazine said the four individuals and the lone newspaper symbolize something bigger than themselves.

"They are representative of a broader fight by countless others around the world — as of Dec. 10, at least 52 journalists have been murdered in 2018 — who risk all to tell the story of our time," Felsenthal wrote in his essay.

Other contenders on Time's shortlist revealed Monday included President Donald Trump, families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, Meghan Markle, Russian President Vladimir Putin, special counsel Robert Mueller, "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler, Christine Blasey Ford, March For Our Lives Activists, and South Korea President Moon Jae-in.

Time has made the designation every year since 1927. Last year, the magazine's editors chose "The Silence Breakers," individuals who spoke up and sparked a national reckoning over the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault.

Trump, who held the title in 2016 after winning his presidential race, was also a runner up in 2017. He claimed ahead of last year’s announcement that he was turning the honor down, tweeting that Time "called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named" person of the year, if he agreed to an interview and photo shoot. "I said probably is no good and took a pass." Time disputed the president’s claim, calling his assertion "incorrect."

"TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6," the magazine responded in a tweet of their own.



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<![CDATA['Late Night’: J-Lo Asked to Work With Ventimiglia in ‘Second Act']]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 05:22:51 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s6e033_769_miloventimiglia_jlo_20181210-154451407601100002.jpg

Milo Ventimiglia talks about working with Jennifer Lopez in "Second Act," going to Vietnam to film scenes for "This Is Us" and why he got punched on the set of the show.

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<![CDATA['Late Night’: A Closer Look at John Kelly Departure]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 05:04:19 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt__acl_20181210-154451845249000002.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at the Justice Department effectively calling the President of the United States a criminal and President Donald Trump announcing the departure of his chief of staff.

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<![CDATA['Tonight’: Vanessa Hudgens Talks 30th Birthday Bash]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 05:02:36 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/vhScreen-Shot-2018-12-11-at-5.01.32-AM.jpg

Vanessa Hudgens talks to Jimmy Fallon about turning 30, her "Lord of the Rings” birthday party plans and recreating "High School Musical” in the music video for her Phantoms collaboration, "Lay with Me."

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<![CDATA[‘Tonight’: Fallon, The Roots and 'The Voice’ Mashup]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:57:03 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/jim_VOICE_20181210_1-154451385494500002.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and The Roots join "The Voice" coaches Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, plus host Carson Daly, for an a cappella mashup of their hit songs.

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<![CDATA[SUV Strikes, Kills Production Crew Member in NY From 'Power' ]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:00:21 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/film+crew+setup.png

A 63-year-old production crew member was struck and killed by an SUV as he was setting up cones for a TV shoot in Brooklyn early Monday, authorities say. 

Pedro Jimenez, of Manhattan, was placing cones in the parking lane on Douglas Street shortly before 4:30 a.m. when the 2006 Ford Explorer hit him. The Ford driver stayed at the scene; Jimenez was pronounced dead at a hospital. 

Chopper 4 over the scene showed one SUV smashed into the rear of another, about a dozen orange cones scattered on the ground or squished under the vehicles. Orange cones lined the opposite side of the street as well.

Jimenez was a crew member on the Starz series "Power." Star and executive producer 50 Cent posted on Jimenez's death on his Instagram page Monday.

"My prayers and condolences are with the entire Jimenez family," the rapper and producer wrote. 

The investigation is ongoing. 



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<![CDATA[Stormy Daniels Cancels South Florida Show Over Alleged Anti-Gay Slur]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:13:27 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/961958668-Stormy-Daniels.jpg

Adult film star Stormy Daniels, who rose to international fame over allegations of extramarital sex with President Donald Trump and an investigation into "hush money" payments, canceled a South Florida show this weekend after she said the strip club’s owner called her assistant an anti-gay slur.

Daniels posted on social media that she would not be performing at the Goldfinger club in Sunrise – where she was scheduled to perform both Friday and Saturday - while posting a picture of herself with two men and her middle finger extended.

The 39-year-old claims the owner called her assistant the slur after asking her to perform in the VIP room even though it wasn’t in her contract, according to the Miami Herald.

“That kind of abuse will not be tolerated. Now they are saying I no showed. Clearly you can see from this photo that is NOT the case,” Daniels wrote in the post before adding “when are (expletives) gonna learn that I do not respond well to bullies?”

The owner of the club did not respond to the paper’s request for comment.

Daniels claimed she had sex with Trump in 2006 and later sued to break a non-disclosure agreement that she signed before the 2016 election that was part of a settlement in which she was reportedly paid $130,000. Trump has denied the affair but acknowledged a payment was made.

Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to several charges and has admitted funneling money to Daniels in an attempt to silence her about the affair weeks before the 2016 election.

Federal prosecutors in New York last week put the weight of the government behind Cohen's assertion that he paid off Daniels "in coordination with and at the direction of" Trump, NBC News reported

Daniels performed earlier this year in West Palm Beach, doing two shows at a club across the street from Trump International Golf Club and just miles from the President’s Mar-a-Lago estate.



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<![CDATA[Jason Momoa Hosts, Mumford and Sons Performs on 'SNL' ]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2018 08:28:23 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/222*120/Screen+Shot+2018-12-09+at+3.51.41+AM.png

On this week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live”, the cast took aim at a nervous Trump family, complete with a looming Robert Mueller, played again by Robert DeNiro. In the cold open, President Donald Trump’s sons, Eric and Don Jr., comforted each other at bedtime over the scary thought of Mueller's potential indictments.

The real Russia investigation gained steam this week when prosecutors filed new documents saying former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort continually lied to investigators.

Jason Momoa, who plays Aquaman in the new film by the same name, hosted the show, admitting in his monologue that he is something of an “SNL” nerd after watching it for years. He was joined by Leslie Jones, Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd, who claimed they had a great idea for Aquaman’s theme song.

On the "Weekend Update," hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che once again touched on Robert Mueller and his Russia investigation. Michael Che spoke about Trump’s somewhat invalid attempts to call off the Mueller investigation, joking that he would try that too if he were in Trump’s position.

The musical guests on the show were English rockers Mumford and Sons. The band performed two songs, "Guiding Light" and "Delta," from their 2018 album, "Delta."


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