<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Entertainment News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcboston.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.com en-usSun, 23 Sep 2018 09:02:03 -0400Sun, 23 Sep 2018 09:02:03 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Milano, Judd Open Up After Trump Asks Why Ford Didn't Report]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:21:13 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/milanojuddsplit1.jpg

Some of the most vocal proponents of the #MeToo movement and droves of other women have come to the defense of Christine Blasey Ford after President Donald Trump questioned her credibility and wondered why she didn’t report her sexual assault at the time she said it happened.

In a slew of unrestrained tweets Friday, Trump contended that if the attack Ford said happened at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was “as bad” as she claims, she would have “immediately” reported it to local authorities. He asked her to produce the report to prove the details of her alleged assault and wondered, “Why didn’t someone call the FBI 36 years ago?” 

The president's brazen comments sparked the birth of a new trending hashtag, #WhyIDidntReport, and inspired victims to reveal their own stories of assault and share their reasons for not telling anyone about the violence.

One of those victims was Alyssa Milano, who has helped propel the #MeToo movement into the national spotlight in the last year. She threw her support behind Ford and told Trump to pay attention to the stories being told.

“I was sexually assaulted twice. Once when I was a teenager. I never filed a police report and it took me 30 years to tell [my] parents,” the actress wrote on Twitter.

#WhyIDidntReport jumped to the top of Twitter’s trends in the wake of Trump's claims, with social media users challenging the president’s assertions.

Several women shared incidents they said happened when they were young children, saying they didn’t know what had happened to them at the time. Others said they felt ashamed or embarrassed about their role in the situation, thinking they “asked for” the assault or didn’t do enough to stop it themselves.

Others described feeling powerless against their attacker, saying they felt they had no one to report the assault to, that those they did tell didn’t do anything or that they would suffer further harm if they spoke out. 

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teens in the 1980s. She said he pinned her on a bed, groped her, tried to undress her and held his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream. Ford said in her interview with The Washington Post that she didn't tell anyone about the incident until 2012, when she was in therapy sessions with her husband.

Kavanaugh has denied the claims, but the allegation has halted his confirmation proceedings. 

Trump himself has been accused of sexual assault and harassment as well, by at least 19 women. One of those known accusers, Jessica Leeds, claimed Trump groped her breasts and put his hand up her skirt on an airplane in the early 1980s. She told The New York Times she did not report the incident at the time because she had experienced that behavior from men before in the 70s and 80s. 

"We accepted it for years,” she told the Times of the behavior. “We were taught it was our fault.”

The White House has said the allegations against Trump are "false."

But the #WhyIDidntReport testimonies being shared on social media fall in line with national statistics on sexual violence. 

About two out of every three sexual assaults go unreported to police, according to the anti-sexual violence non-profit RAINN, which stands for Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. Reasons for not reporting the assault to police include fearing retaliation, believing police would not do anything to help, believing it was a personal matter, having already reported it to a different official and believing it was not important enough to report. 

The organization also operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-4673)

The Bureau of Justice Statistics also reports that a majority of rapes and other sexual assaults aren't reported to police. Between 2006 and 2010, an average of about 211,200 rapes and sexual assaults went unreported each year. 

But even if a victim does report their assault, the likelihood that the perpetrator will be held accountable is slim, according to RAINN. Out of every 1,000 rapes, only 57 cases lead to an arrest and 11 cases will be referred to prosecutors. Only seven cases will lead to a felony conviction.

Ashley Judd, who accused disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and claimed he hurt her career after her rejections, also tweeted her own #WhyIDidntReport.

“The first time it happened, I was 7. I told the first adults I came upon. They said “Oh, he’s a nice old man, that’s not what he meant.” So when I was raped at 15, I only told my diary. When an adult read it, she accused me of having sex with an adult man,” Judd wrote.

Men shared the hashtag too, supporting women victims and also offering their own stories. Many said they feared they wouldn’t be believed if they came forward with their accusation.

One out of every 10 rape victims is male, according to RAINN.

And nearly half of transgender people are sexually assaulted in their lifetime, according to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey.

Sexual assault can leave long-term effects on victims, including post-traumatic stress disorder, severe anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, according to the Joyful Heart Foundation, an anti-sexual assault group founded by "Law and Order" actress Mariska Hargitay.

Most women who are raped — 94 percent — experience symptoms of PTSD in the two weeks following the rape, according to RAINN. And 30 percent experience symptoms in the nine months after.

About 70 percent of sexual assault victims experience moderate to severe distress, a larger percentage than for any other violent crime, according to RAINN.

Ford, in her Post interview, said she has suffered "long-term effects" from the assault and has sought treatment for it.

One Twitter user named Kirsten King, a writer, reminded readers that those participating in the #WhyIDidntReport hashtag are "reliving their trauma to try and teach folks to extend long overdue empathy and protection. The folks posting are only a drop in the bucket – so many people aren't (and may never be) ready to relive that trauma." Her tweet garnered more than 3,800 likes by Friday evening.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 provides people in distress, or those around them, with 24-hour support. The Crisis Text Line allows people to text 741-741 to connect with crisis counselors.

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<![CDATA[Website Pulls Sexy 'Handmaid's Tale' Costume After Backlash]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:13:23 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/handmaidsexycostume.jpg

If Halloween is approaching, then it must be time for another retailer to pull its Halloween costume for bad taste.

This year the early offender is an online lingerie store that has removed a sexy “Handmaid’s Tale” costume from its website after receiving massive backlash on social media.

The show, which was based on the book by Margaret Atwood, was set in a dystopian America where women were forcefully used as surrogates and sex slaves.

The product description for Yandy’s “Brave Red Maiden” costume makes a direct reference to the critically acclaimed Hulu drama, USA Today reported.

"An upsetting dystopian future has emerged where women no longer have a say," the description reads. "However, we say be bold and speak your mind in this exclusive Brave Red Maiden costume."

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Many social media users commented on the misogynistic aspect of selling a costume about female oppression. Some also noted the irony that this product was removed when many stores continue to sell offensive race- and culture-inspired costumes. 

This is not the first time that Yandy has marketed a Halloween costume that might provoke backlash.

Last year, the company began selling its “Reality Star in the Making” costume for $59.95 with a product photo featuring a pregnant Kylie Jenner look-alike in a short, tight white dress.

The description promises to “boost your show’s ratings” with the help of a "faux pregnant belly."

Yandy’s questionable product choices are a part of a long retail Halloween tradition of selling controversial costumes.

In 2017, Walmart and several other retailers took down a “World War II Evacuee” costume, which included a green beret, a blue dress and a satchel. The item caused an outrage because of its resemblance to Jewish Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Amazon, however, continues to carry the product on its website.

Walmart also had to pull its $4 “Razor Blade Suicide Scar Wound Latex Custom Makeup” kit in 2016 after receiving complaints that the kit supported self-injury.

In the same year, online retailer Costumeish faced a social media outcry in 2016 after posting a “Parisian Heist” costume parodying Kim Kardashian’s robbery in Paris. The listing sported a bound and gagged model who looked like Kardashian dressed in a white bathrobe and wearing a huge ring.

Time reported that social media users also accused the Disney online store of racism in 2016 after it attempted to sell a costume of a character from the “Moana” movie. The Maui costume included a brown bodysuit and tattoos, which would make the wearer dress up as a person of color. Disney later apologized and quickly took the costume off its website.

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Like those companies, Yandy seems to be reflecting on its decision to sell the handmaid costume after the retailer said it received many “sincere, heartfelt response, supported by numerous personal stories.”

A statement on Yandy’s site, which has since replaced the red cape, mini dress and bonnet ensemble, apologized for the offensive costume. The company called the incident “unfortunate” and said it was not their “intention on any level.”

“Over the last few hours, it has become obvious that our 'Yandy Brave Red Maiden Costume' is being seen as a symbol of women's oppression, rather than an expression of women's empowerment,” the statement reads. “Our initial inspiration to create the piece was through witnessing its use in recent months as a powerful protest image.” 

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<![CDATA['Tonight’: Trump Campaigns in Vegas, Plus Tweets with Beats]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:43:20 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e189_928_monologue_20180920-153751285454400002.jpg

Jimmy Fallon talks President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Las Vegas during his opening monologue.

<![CDATA[‘Tonight’: Kid Theater With Jack Black]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:41:57 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e189_928_jackblack_kidtheater_20180920_1-153751282804300002.jpg

Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon read scenes written by little kids based on the movie title, "The House With a Clock in Its Walls."

<![CDATA['Late Night’: Kelly Clarkson's Son Loves Going on Stage With Her]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:40:31 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e154_736_kellyclarkson_son_20180920-153751278168400002.jpg

Seth Meyers and Kelly Clarkson talk about the tour she’s going on in January and how her 11-year-old son enjoys going onstage with her at concerts.

<![CDATA['Late Night’: A Closer Look at the ‘Law and Order’ President on Collusion]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:39:03 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e154_736_acl_20180920-153751219010000002.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at President Donald Trump defending himself against accusations of Russian collusion and defending his Supreme Court nominee against accusations of sexual assault.

<![CDATA[11-Year-Old With New Heart Has Drake's Phone Number, Too]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:53:34 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/drake+selfie.jpg

The girl who got her wish to meet Drake while awaiting heart surgery in Chicago last month now has a direct line to the rapper — he gave Sofia Sanchez an iPhone with his private number so she can text him directly, she told the "Today" show.

Sofia's on the mend, and she's got plans to meet up with the "Hotline Bling" and "God's Plan" singer again.

"He said that when I'm out of the hospital and I can go around with more people, he said he's going to bring me on stage and sing 'God's Plan' to me," she said in an interview that aired Thursday.

The bubbly 11-year-old from Downer's Grove first met Drake last month, when he surprised her at Lurie Children's Hospital. He'd seen a video she made of her getting out of a wheelchair and doing a perfect rendition of the viral Kiki Challenge dance, and asking for him to come visit her for her birthday.

Soon after their meeting, Sofia got another wish: a new heart. She was later discharged from the hospital to a nearby Ronald McDonald House.

She appears to be back to her old self, joking with "Today" that she can walk, talk and even "make slime."

"I'm happy it went well because some surgeries can go wrong ... I want to have a second chance in life," Sofia said.

She's still taking medicine as she recovers from hear heart transplant but the Sanchez family is hoping she can head home by Halloween. Her family also told "Today" that they want to meet the family of the person whose heart she now has.

Photo Credit: Lurie Children's Hospital
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<![CDATA['Late Night’: Matthew McConaughey Describes Whiskey Like Music]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:08:18 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/mmScreen-Shot-2018-09-20-at-5.36.13-AM.jpg

Matthew McConaughey discusses with Seth Meyers how he used musical terms while taste testing as he created his own bourbon in collaboration with Wild Turkey.

<![CDATA['Late Night’: A Closer Look at GOP’s Defense of Kavanaugh]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 04:29:16 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt__acl_20180919-153742909307700002.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at President Donald Trump visiting North Carolina to survey damage from Hurricane Florence and Republicans making it clear they have no interest in hearing the truth about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

<![CDATA['Tonight’: Slapjack Rematch With Kevin Hart]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:58:40 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e188_927_slapjack_20180919-153742498418500002.jpg

Kevin Hart challenges Jimmy Fallon to a rematch of a high-stakes game of blackjack where the loser of each round gets smacked in the face with a giant rubber hand, and this time, Hart has a custom hand.

<![CDATA[‘Tonight’: Kevin Hart FaceTimes Dwayne Johnson While Co-Hosting]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:10:59 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e188_927_kevinhart_facetime_20180919-153742487056600002.jpg

Kevin Hart tries to reach Dwayne Johnson to brag about co-hosting the "Tonight Show" but can't reach him. Luckily, Jimmy Fallon gets through.

<![CDATA[I Know Who Bert Is: Oz Weighs in On Bert, Ernie Gay Debate]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:05:42 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bertgay213.jpg

Frank Oz is the voice of dozens of puppets and muppets as one of Jim Henson's earliest collaborators — and now the storied puppeteer is lending his voice to the debate over whether "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie are gay.

"I created Bert. I know what and who he is," Oz wrote, squashing the idea that Bert and Ernie were a couple.

The decades-old discussion over Bert and Ernie's relationship status raged on Twitter after former "Sesame Street" writer Mark Saltzman told blog "Queerty" he wrote the duo as a couple based on his own real-world relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman.

"It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay. It's fine that he feels they are. They're not, of course," Oz wrote in a tweet. "But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There's much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness."

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<![CDATA['Late Night’: Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T Reflect on ‘SVU']]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 04:32:04 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/svuScreen-Shot-2018-09-19-at-4.31.07-AM.jpg

Two of the stars of NBC’s ‘Law & Order: SVU’, Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T, chat with Seth Meyers ahead of the premiere of the 20th season of the show. The pair reflects on what it’s been like working on the show together for 20 years.

<![CDATA['Late Night’: Jokes Seth Can’t Tell About Holidays, Midterms]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 04:28:55 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/jsctScreen-Shot-2018-09-19-at-4.27.23-AM.jpg

There are some jokes that just sound wrong coming from Seth Meyers, like the one about white men being the minority among this year's Democratic midterm candidates.

<![CDATA['Tonight’: Kelly Clarkson Announces Her Own Daytime Talk Show]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 04:14:30 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e187_926_kellyclarkson_talkshow_20180918-153734000580100002.jpg

Kelly Clarkson chats about winning "The Voice" her first season as a coach, reveals details about her daytime NBC talk show and talks about joining fellow "American Idol" alumna Jennifer Hudson for "The Voice" season 15.

<![CDATA[‘Tonight’: Kelly Clarkson, Queen Latifah Make Doo-Wop Song on iPad]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 04:11:35 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/fallonScreen-Shot-2018-09-19-at-4.08.16-AM.jpg

Kelly Clarkson and Queen Latifah have Jimmy Fallon loop their voices together on an iPad app and form a three-person doo-wop group to sing The Penguins classic "Earth Angel."

<![CDATA[Bert & Ernie Are a Gay Couple, Says Ex-Sesame Street Writer]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 01:25:36 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/berterniecouple.jpg

Ever since "Sesame Street" started in 1969, fans of all ages have grown to love two of the original characters, Bert and Ernie

And while there has long been speculation over the nature of their relationship, former "Sesame Street" writer Mark Saltzman confirmed in an interview with LGBTQ lifestyle website Queerty that the two are indeed a gay couple.

"I remember one time that a column from The San Francisco Chronicle, a preschooler in the city turned to mom and asked 'are Bert & Ernie lovers?' And that, coming from a preschooler was fun. And that got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went back to it. And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were," Saltzman shared with Queerty. "I didn't have any other way to contextualize them."

Saltzman explained that the duo is a reflection of his own same-sex relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman. He joked that he was Ernie while Arnold was Bert.

"I was already with Arnie when I came to 'Sesame Street.' So I don't think I'd know how else to write them, but as a loving couple," he explained. "I wrote sketches…Arnie's OCD would create friction with how chaotic I was. And that's the Bert & Ernie dynamic."

"I will say that I would never have said to the head writer, 'oh, I'm writing this, this is my partner and me.' But those two, Snuffalupagus, because he's the sort of clinically depressed Muppet…you had characters that appealed to a gay audience," Saltzman continued. "And Snuffy, this depressed person nobody can see, that's sort of Kafka! It's sort of gay closeted, too."

Fans may also remember that in July 2013, The New Yorker magazine published an illustration of the two roomies shortly after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

Yet despite Saltzman's declaration that the two are indeed a couple, on Tuesday the official Sesame Street Twitter account issued a statement contradicting their coupledom, saying they are "puppets" and "do not have a sexual orientation."

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<![CDATA[WATCH: 'Captain Marvel' Debuts First Trailer]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:14:36 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/Captain+Marvel+Brie+Lawson+Trailer.JPG

Marvel fans can now take a first-look at the anticipated “Captain Marvel” superhero film.

The full theatrical trailer debuted during the 70th Emmy Awards Monday night, and begins with cosmic hero Carol Danvers, portrayed by Brie Lawson, falling thousands of feet from the sky and crash-landing into a Blockbuster Video store.

Seemingly dazed and confused, Danvers wanders around the city fully dressed in her Starforce uniform, before crossing paths with S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson. Fury tells Danvers that he was ready to hang it all up until met her.

Through a series of intense flashbacks showing Danvers falling to the ground and rising back to her feet, she tries to piece together her connection to Earth, showing off her resilience and giving viewers a glimpse of her powers.


Marvel posted the official trailer and movie poster on social media Tuesday morning, which features three words: higher, further and faster.

“Captain Marvel” is set to hit theaters on March 8, 2019.

Photo Credit: Marvel Studios
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<![CDATA[Marry Me? Surprise Proposal Highlights Emmys Night]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:18:30 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/surprise-emmy-proposal.jpg

"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" swept the Emmys and HBO's "Game of Thrones" came back with a "Best Drama" win during TV's biggest night. But it was director Glenn Weiss who provided the most touching highlight of the night after he pulled off a successful proposal to his girlfriend, Jen Svendsen, as the cameras rolled on-stage.