<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Entertainment News]]>Copyright 2019 https://www.nbcboston.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.com en-usMon, 20 May 2019 21:13:28 -0400Mon, 20 May 2019 21:13:28 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC's 'Songland' Gives Assist to Aspiring Songwriters ]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 13:25:02 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Songland_EsterDean+ShaneMcAnally.jpg

Beyoncé. Rihanna. Kelly Clarkson. Adele. Nicki Minaj. Keith Urban. Ariana Grande. Ciara. Luke Bryan.

What do all these artists have in common?

They’ve all performed songs written by one of the three mentors on NBC’s new songwriting competition show, “Songland.”

Every episode, OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, “Pitch Perfect” actress Ester Dean, country singer Shane McAnally and a guest artist will critique and mentor five aspiring songwriters. The guest artist will then select three contestants to hit the recording studio with one of the producers — Tedder, Dean or McAnally.

Whoever wins the guest recording artist’s ear will have their song recorded and released as the performer’s next single.

Celebrity producers Ester Dean and Shane McAnally stopped by NBC’s studios to describe how “Songland” is helping aspiring songwriters reach the stars.

"Songland" premiers May 28 on NBC.

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<![CDATA[Game of Gaffes: Plastic Bottles Make Cameo in 'GoT' Finale]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 11:24:46 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Game-of-Thrones-Water-Bottles.jpg

"Game of Thrones" may be "A Song of Ice and Fire," but it was plastic water bottles that stole the show in Sunday's finale — just two weeks after a coffee cup showed up in the fantasy world.

Eagle-eyed viewers watching the finale Sunday noticed a pair of modern-day bottles poking out from behind the boots of a couple of actors about 46 and 49 minutes into the episode, as (SPOILER ALERT!) a group of lords, ladies and knights are deciding who will rule Westeros.

One water bottle was seen behind the foot of character Samwell Tarly, another behind the food of Davos Seaworth. "Game of Thrones" features swords forged by dragons, a magic wall made of ice and plenty of other complex materials, but it didn't give any indication that its wise maesters or handy craftsmen knew how to manufacture plastic.

NBC has reached out to HBO for comment about the gaffe.

It's not the first time that our world intruded on the world of "Game of Thrones." In episode four, a coffee cup with a paper sleeve that many thought looked like it came from Starbucks appeared on a table in front of Daenerys Targaryen during a feast.

After the coffee cup went viral, HBO released a statement that said, "The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea."

The actress who played Daenerys, Emilia Clarke, jokingly blamed the cup's appearance on the show's creators, David Bennioff and Dan Weiss, in an interview with The New Yorker that was published Sunday. The pair appeared in the scene wearing ridiculous costumes, which distracted everyone, she said.

"Most people were laughing at their terrible handlebar mustaches rather than looking at anything that was on the table. When I was watching it, I was too busy laughing at their hilarious return to acting," Clarke said, adding that it's one of "many excuses for the coffee cup."

The coffee cup and all the buzz around it got Starbucks roughly $2.3 billion in free advertising, a marketing CEO told CNBC — even though the craft services cup in question was never proven to be from Starbucks.

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<![CDATA[Comcast's Universal Sphere Opens in Philly, Features Spielberg Short Film ]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 12:16:32 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/comcast+sphere+05172019.jpg

For months it remained hidden behind black cloth, but now the massive sphere inside the Comcast Technology Center is open to the public and ready to wow the masses.

And you can get your Universal Sphere tickets here.

Located on the Center City Philadelphia skyscraper's second-floor lobby, the 34-foot tall, 39-foot in diameter Universal Sphere is imposing and impressive on the exterior, but inside is where it really shines, providing a free, immersive cinematic experience for those who enter through its automated sliding doors.

Featuring the short film "The Power of I" -- for which Steven Spielberg was the executive producer -- the sphere invites guests to explore the power of ideas.

"It is emotional, and it makes you think that every person really can make a difference in this world with the ideas that they have," said Comcast employee Teresa Tellekamp after experiencing the sphere for herself.

People who enter the giant indoor orb will be seated on a raised platform that moves as an overhead screen envelops them while projecting the film. The film itself seeks to inspire and show how ideas can grow and evolve into life-changing inventions that both change and save lives.

"Ideas are our superpower. They're the very thing that makes us human," the film's narrator says as the screen flashes images of ideas that have had a profound impact on people.

The film includes the story of leukemia patient Emily Whitehead, whose life doctors fought desperately to save at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Doctors thought the little girl would die until, through a "Hail Mary" idea, they decided to treat her with a drug originally intended for arthritis.

The treatment worked, and Whitehead is now in remission and thriving.

"I had tears in my eyes. It's just amazing," Emma Klein said after watching the film.

Comcast expects to host 30 screenings a day, with a maximum of 25 guests per screening. Screenings will take place Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Though ticket reservations aren't required, people looking to go at a specific time can reserve same-day tickets at theuniversalsphere.com. For more information on the experiences in the Comcast Center Campus, click here.

Comcast is the parent company of this NBC station.

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<![CDATA[‘Game of Thrones’ Finale: HBO’s Epic Comes to Somber End]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 07:15:50 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/game-of-thrones.jpg

Eight years after it first debuted, “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s juggernaut saga of dragons, queens, kings and a battle over who sits on an Iron Throne came to a not-so-fiery conclusion Sunday. The series finale arrived laden with allusions to character’s pasts, more than its fair share of clichés and a new ruler out of left field.


All hail Brandon the Broken, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, and Ruler of the Six Kingdoms. Running what appeared to be an outside track in the race that culminated in his ruling what’s left of Westeros, first reactions on social media were of disbelief that Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright), the Three-Eyed Raven, had become King, albeit in the final minutes of an episode that tied as neat a bow as possible on all the major story lines.

Originating in the mind of author George R.R. Martin, the television drama was based on his series of fantasy novels, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” of which the latest, “Winds of Winter,” is still eagerly awaited by fans. Those same fans would have noted Martin first started his epic tale from Bran’s point of view, so should we really be so surprised it ended with him also?

Martin also reportedly discussed his ultimate vision of where his characters' journeys end–the series story line surpassed the books’ years ago–with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who wrote the final season and also directed the somber finale episode. Perhaps the final books will lead us to the same outcome eventually, but thankfully Martin can take his time on the page in comparison to what felt like a rushed televised wrapping up. 

Where “The Bells,” the penultimate series installment, delivered the torching of King’s Landing at the order of the now mad Queen Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and her remaining dragon, Sunday’s “The Iron Throne” played out on a far more intimate level that favored quiet discussions over computer-generated seiges and fire-breathing serpents. Call it an anti-climatic climax.

Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen (Kit Harington) dispatched Daenerys, the woman he bent the knee to and fell in love with, via a simple knife to the chest after literally entering her dragon’s lair. Said dragon’s reaction to his mother’s death was to completely melt the Iron Throne before taking her body and flying east.

For his crime, a hastily gathered Westorosi house of lords and ladies sentenced Jon to once again join the Night’s Watch, and we last see him heading North of the Wall to lead Wildlings back to their lands.

Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) became Queen in the North, which has now seceded from the kingdom. Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), who was left with virtually nothing to do during the final episode, decided to go off on her own again, this time as far west as possible. Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) became part of the King’s small council and added the late Jaime Lannister’s many triumphs to his Kingsguard pages.

Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) pouted throughout before sailing for the Isle of Naath. Samwell Tarly (John Bradley West) was appointed Grand Maester to new King Bran and had already been hard at work on the latest historical text, titled “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Seriously.

Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) became Hand of the King (again!), in direct effect of his proposing Bran as the only reasonable choice to rule, due not only to his wisdom but also his inability to sire a child, thereby breaking the cycle of ascension through birthright. Tyrion was also reunited with his old friend Bronn (Jerome Flynn), who was also named to the small council.

Before the show’s 80-minute bow, fans were already deeply divided over the direction creators Benioff and Weiss steered the tale over the six-part final season. A Change.org petition set up by fan Dylan D. of Fort Worth, Texas, had amassed more than 1.1 million digital signatures ahead of the finale in support of a demand for HBO to remake the final season without the showrunners. Benioff and Weiss are swapping one saga for another with the announcement they will helm the next "Star Wars" trilogy following this year's "Rise of Skywalker."

At a reported cost of $15 million for each of the final six "Game of Thrones" episodes, it would be highly unlikely the studio would even consider remaking the final season, but the petition showed how beloved and divisive the show, particularly the last four episodes, had become.

Viewership in the U.S. grew year on year since its 2011 debut, with season seven averaging 32.8 million sets of eyeballs tuning in each week. Season eight had been averaging 43 million viewers per episode in gross audience ahead of the finale. That’s a lot viewers with an opinion on almost every twist and turn the story line followed.

One thing nearly all fans seemed to agree on regarding the finale was the sweet reunion between Jon and his dire wolf Ghost. It proved far more emotive than much of what had transpired prior, underlining how lacking in closure the early and neat death of Daenerys felt.

If it is any consolation to those who have patiently stayed loyal while the eight televised seasons played out and find themselves bereft of Westeros and its denizens, Martin has said there are as many as five “GoT” prequels in development at HBO. All take place in time periods some 100-to-5,000 years prior to the events of Sunday’s finale.

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<![CDATA[‘SNL’: Alec Baldwin Returns as Trump in Finale’s Queen Parody]]> Sun, 19 May 2019 11:58:44 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/238*120/Screen+Shot+2019-05-19+at+3.33.42+AM.png

The season finale of "Saturday Night Live" saw the return of Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump, who reunited with Robert De Niro's Robert Mueller during the episode's cold open.

Baldwin and De Niro joined the cast in the oval office while detailing the administration’s summer plans in a parody of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Aidy Bryant reprised her role as Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Chris Redd repeated his Kayne West impression and Kate McKinnon’s Jeff Sessions jumped in mid-song for an electric guitar solo.

Actor and comedian Paul Rudd hosted for the third time. The star turned his opening monologue into a best man’s speech and reminisced about his previous appearances on the show.

“After all of these years, I knew we’d always be there for each other,” Rudd joked. “Whenever you needed a host, I needed to promote a movie.”

On this week’s “Weekend Update,” hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost explained the recent escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran and Leslie Jones came on dressed as a character from “Handmaid’s Tale” to talk about Alabama’s near-total ban on abortions.

“What made me so mad was seeing the 25 Alabama senators who voted for the abortion ban,” Jones said. “Throw that picture up. Look at them. All men. This looks like a casting call for a Lipitor commercial.”

The musical guest was DJ Khaled, who performed a medley of his new songs “Jealous” and “You Stay." Later he was joined on stage by SZA, Meek Mill and John Legend to perform “Just Us,” “Weather the Storm” and “Higher.”

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<![CDATA[Israel Hosts Song Contest Amid Pro-Palestinian Protests]]> Sat, 18 May 2019 19:12:39 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/eurovisionGettyImages-1143914630.jpg

Millions across the world tuned into the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel on Saturday for their annual fix of the camp and colorful musical spectacle.

Israel is hosting because singer Netta won last year's instalment of the competition renowned for its inclusive message, while Tel Aviv is known as a popular destination for LGBTQ tourists.

But while Eurovision unfolds, an alternative show will be held at venues across the globe as part of an effort to protest this year's host and support Palestinian artists, NBC News reported.

The international Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement says the contest "distracts attention" from Israel's treatment of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. 

The competition comes just weeks after deadly exchanges on the border, with a cease-fire bringing a temporary halt to mounting tensions.

Daily life for most of the Gaza strip's 2 million residents has become increasingly difficult, with almost no clean water and unreliable access to electricity.

"Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv is cynically used by Israel's far-right government to artwash, or whitewash through art, its decades-old regime of occupation, colonialism and apartheid against the indigenous Palestinian people," said Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the BDS movement, in an email to NBC News. 

Activists are instead encouraging music fans to tune into Globalvision — a performance highlighting Palestinian musicians, filmmakers and comedians — that will be broadcast at the same time as Eurovision on Saturday.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': DJ Khaled Breaks Down New Album, 'Legendary' SNL Performance]]> Sat, 18 May 2019 06:33:11 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s6e143_1071_khaled_snl_20190517_2-155816670545600002.jpg
DJ Khaled predicts his "historic and legendary" Saturday Night Live performance and breaks down the deeper spiritual meaning behind his Father of Asahd album and its cover art. 
<![CDATA['Tonight': Phone Booth Trivia with Gabrielle Union and Mystery Guests]]> Sat, 18 May 2019 04:41:04 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s6e143_1071_phonebooth_20190517_2-155816689633600002.jpg
Jimmy and Gabrielle Union face off in a trivia game where a new mystery guest gets shoved into their phone booths after each wrong answer.
<![CDATA[Robbins Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Berating Abuse Victims]]> Fri, 17 May 2019 15:33:15 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/robbins221.jpg

Self-help guru Tony Robbins has been accused of making inappropriate sexual advances on fans and staff and berating abuse victims in an investigation by BuzzFeed News on Friday.

BuzzFeed said its report stemmed from an investigation that was based on leaked recordings, internal documents related to Robbins’ work and a series of interviews with fans and insiders. The allegations include sexual misconduct or harassment that took place in the 1990s and early 2000s, before he married his second wife, as well as claims Robbins berated victims of rape or domestic abuse during his self-help sessions.

NBC News has not been able to speak to BuzzFeed’s unidentified sources. It was not clear how many women BuzzFeed spoke to for its report.

Robbins vehemently denied the claims in a response on the website Medium on Friday saying in part that the news outlet was publishing an “inaccurate, agenda-driven version of the past, pierced with falsehoods.”

“It is intended to disparage me personally, my family, my life’s work, and the efforts of the millions of individuals around the globe who have taken this journey with me over the last 40-plus years,” Robbins wrote.

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<![CDATA[Grumpy Cat, Who Brought Joy to Millions, Dies at Age 7]]> Fri, 17 May 2019 10:45:15 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/grumpy-cat.jpg

Grumpy Cat, the Arizona feline who became an internet sensation for her constantly angry expression, has died at age 7, her family said Friday.

Born Tardar Sauce in April 2012, the cat became a brand unto her own after being discovered on Reddit. Her unique look was attributed to feline dwarfism.

Her family said she died Tuesday of complications from a urinary tract infection.

At the time of her passing, she had more than 12 million followers across social media platforms, as well as an extensive line of merchandise.

As of Friday morning, more than 880 items were for sale on her online shop.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Jessica Alba's 'LA's Finest' is Family-Friendly on Set]]> Fri, 17 May 2019 05:01:40 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2019-05-17+at+4.41.52+AM.png

Jessica Alba talks about putting The Honest Company on the back-burner to return to acting in "L.A.'s Finest" with Gabrielle Union and the family-friendly benefits of working on a women-led action series set.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Might Delete Later With Yara Shahidi]]> Fri, 17 May 2019 04:56:14 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2019-05-17+at+4.42.19+AM.png

Yara Shahidi and Jimmy Fallon attempt to guess the audience's responses to "Would You Rather" questions, with each wrong answer resulting in them being forced to post an embarrassing selfie to Instagram.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Alabama's Abortion Ban]]> Fri, 17 May 2019 04:51:59 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2019-05-17+at+4.33.25+AM.png

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at the president arguing in court that Congress can’t investigate him and the abortion ban recently passed in Alabama.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Aidy Bryant Shares Teenage Emo Self-Portrait]]> Fri, 17 May 2019 04:47:30 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/216*120/Screen+Shot+2019-05-17+at+4.41.23+AM.png

Aidy Bryant talks about her Arizona connection with Meghan McCain, shares an emo self-portrait she drew in high school and gives details on a tour of a cheese factory while on vacation in Italy with her husband.

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