<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - The Scene]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcboston.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.comen-usSun, 24 Jun 2018 12:30:41 -0400Sun, 24 Jun 2018 12:30:41 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['I've Never Seen That!': Pooch Up for Adoption Says 'Hello']]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:59:23 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/maricopa+dog.jpg

An animal care center in Arizona says all of its dogs up for adoption are special, but Drew is particularly unique. This adorable bandanna-wearing pooch actually says hello (or that's what it sounds like). As one woman is heard saying in the video, "Oh my goodness, a dog that says hello, I've never seen that." (Credit: Maricopa County Animal Care & Control)

Photo Credit: Maricopa County Animal Care & Control]]>
<![CDATA['Huge Cat Alert': 29-Pound Feline Finds Forever Home After Rescue]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:49:14 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/chubbs-phs-062018.jpg

A 29-pound cat who became an internet sensation after being rescued from the streets of Southern California has found a forever home.

The stray Himalayan mix was found last week wandering the streets of Altadena and taken to the Pasadena Humane Society by a good Samaritan. The shelter said the 10-year-old cat, which they named Chubbs, was extremely matted and took several hours to groom, "Today" reported.

After the shelter put out a "huge cat alert" on its social media pages announcing Chubbs was in need of a good home, the Pasadena Humane Society said it received several claims from different people alleging the now-social media star was their cat.

The organization had planned on holding an adoption event Sunday, but delayed it to vett the claims. After determining the ownership claims were false, Chubbs was put up for adoption on Wednesday. 

"He was adopted right away," said shelter spokeswoman Jaime Holeman. "Surprisingly, the family that adopted him were the only ones ready to adopt." 

Though the line to adopt the famous kitty wasn't long, Holeman said there were plenty of Chubbs fans gathered outside the shelter showing their support. 

"One person made a sign that said 'We Love Chubbs' and then gave it to the family who adopted him," said Holeman. 

Yvette Viola and her husband, Ruben Viola, was the lucky couple who adopted Chubbs. 

The Violas lost their cat, Mooshu, of 14 years earlier this year and were grief-stricken. Since Mooshu's death, Yvette never found a cat that made her want to adopt — until she laid eyes on Chubbs. 

"It was really hard for us. I didn't want to adopt a cat at all," Yvette said. "But then this guy came on TV and my girlfriend from high school sent me the link and said, 'I found your cat.'" 

Yvette was ready to adopt last week and filled out an application Thursday, but had to wait a few extra days until the adorable kitty could officially be put on the market. 

"I was so nervous someone was going to come by and claim him," Yvette said. "I thought I was going to adopt a kitten, but I saw this guy and immediately fell in love." 

Chubbs was placed on a weight loss program before being adopted and his new family plans to continue his diet. They also said Chubbs will be microchiped to ensure he does not become a stray again. 

Photo Credit: Pasadena Humane Society]]>
<![CDATA[Rival Restaurants, Analysts React to IHOP Name Change]]> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:46:53 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/061118ihobcorrect.jpg

The International House of Pancakes, commonly referred to as IHOP, created a social media frenzy last week, when it announced intentions to change its name to “IHOb.” But customers had to wait until Monday to find out what the “b” represented.

In a news release, the company said the “b” stands for “burgers,” and the name change is part of a rebranding campaign to promote the restaurant’s new line of Ultimate Steakburgers. The restaurant changed its Twitter handle to “@IHOb” and opened an IHOb restaurant in Hollywood, California. It also debuted a new commercial.

However, while the new hamburgers will remain on the menu, the “IHOb” campaign will end later this summer, a restaurant spokeswoman said in an email to NBC.

“This tongue-in-cheek name change is specifically tied to the campaign launch and is meant to show that we’re just as serious about our burgers as we are about our pancakes,” the spokeswoman said. “But, we’ll always be IHOP, and we’ll always have pancakes … now people can just get pancakes with their burger.”

Several national burger joints responded to the name change on Twitter, with White Castle remarking it plans to change its name to Pancake Castle. Whataburger wrote that it would never change its name to Whatapancake, and Red Robin joked it’s “as serious about pancakes as @IHOb is about burgers.”

Wendy’s said it’s “not really afraid of the burgers from a place that decided pancakes were too hard,” and Moon Pie revealed its intention to keep its name. Burger King changed its Twitter name to Pancake King. 

Three industry experts questioned the temporary name change, noting that it adds additional competition. Industry analyst Michael Lieberman said the brief change “seems like an ineffective strategy.”

Carly Fink, the Principal Head of Strategy and Research for marketing firm Provoke Insights, characterized the decision as risky. Restaurant Consultant Aaron Allen said the change is one that will “go down in the international house of branding blunders.”

Still, the company is excited about the newest menu additions.

“Everyone knows that IHOP makes world-famous pancakes so we felt like the best way to convince them that we are as serious about our new line of Ultimate Steakburgers as we are about our pancakes, was to change our name to IHOb,” said Brad Haley, chief marketing officer for IHOb restaurants, in a news release.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of IHOP
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<![CDATA['B-Hold' the New Name of Restaurant Formerly Known as IHOP]]> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:35:06 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/ihob.jpg

It wasn't bacon, breakfast or butternut squash, but lettuce tell you what the b stands for in the name of the restaurant formerly known as the International House of Pancakes, or IHOP.

It's burgers.

IHOP revealed last week that it was changing its name to IHOb, but didn't give up what the b stands for. 

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On Monday morning, the restaurant revealed that it will henceforth be known as the International House of Burgers.

The name change comes as the restaurant chain debuts a line of seven "Ultimate Steakburgers."

"We're always going to have pancakes on the menu, we're always going to be IHOP, but America loves burgers, and America loves IHOP, and we thought this was a fantastic combination to bring America’s burgers to an iconic brand like IHOP," said IHOb President Darren Rebelez on "Fox & Friends," Fox News reported.

Other fast food chains like White Castle and Wendy's took to Twitter to mock the newly burger-focused company for flip-flopping on flipping pancakes and burgers.

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<![CDATA['Hamilton' Star a Headliner at Vt. Jazz Festival]]> Fri, 08 Jun 2018 19:21:40 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Leslie_Odom_Jr._to_Perform_in_Vermont.jpg

This will be a big weekend for music lovers in Vermont's largest city.

The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is marking its 35th year with concerts all around the city, with one of the original stars of the smash Broadway hit "Hamilton" joining the celebration.

"It is my first performance in Vermont — my first time visiting Vermont," said musical artist Leslie Odom Jr.

Odom, a Tony winner for his leading role as Aaron Burr in "Hamilton," is one of the headliners of the second weekend of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, giving a sold-out concert at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Friday night.

"We're going to try to get in a zip line or a hike or something while we're here, I think," Odom said of his visit to Vermont with his wife.

The Jazz Fest is celebrating 35 years in 2018.

It's 10 days long, and along with ticketed shows, showcases at least 100 hours of free music – much of it on the city's famous Church Street Marketplace.

"The free programming is something that's very important to the festival, because it's supposed to be accessible to the whole community," said Chelsea Lafayette, the managing director of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.

Percussionist and band leader Sasha Berliner is performing late Friday at the FlynnSpace with her quartet.

"It's really impressive that this isn't happening in some major city," Berliner observed of the level of passion for live music in Burlington. "The turnout is incredible, and there's such a sense of community."

The event is drawing applause from the downtown business community, too.

Leunig's Bistro says the Jazz Fest is a major attraction which helps boost outdoor seating at a critical time for the marketplace.

"If we didn't have a nice summer, there's a good chance many of us might not survive the winter," Bob Conlon of Leunig's said of Church Street merchants that benefit from the Jazz Fest.

Festival organizers said they're already planning next year's event, and are even looking forward to the 40th annual Jazz Fest several years down the line.

As for Odom, the star of stage and screen said he's thrilled to be a part of such a long-running community tradition.

"We hope you guys dig it," he said of his performance Friday night.

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<![CDATA[Boston Chefs React to Anthony Bourdain's Apparent Suicide]]> Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:33:47 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston_Chefs_React_to_Anthony_Bourdain_Apparent_Suicide.jpg

Celebrated chef and entertainer Anthony Bourdain started off his culinary career as a dishwasher in Provincetown in 1972. Malcolm Johnson reports.

<![CDATA[Taco Bell Dishing Out Free Tacos Thanks to Warriors' Game 3 Win]]> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:38:33 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/DoritosLocosTaco.JPG

Free taco alert!

Thanks to the Golden State Warriors' victory in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night, Taco Bell is dishing out free Doritos Locos Tacos at participating locations across the United States on June 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. local time.

The free giveaway comes as part of the food chain's "Steal a Game, Steal a Taco" promotion. The Warriors "stole" Game 3 by rallying to defeat the Cavaliers away from home in Cleveland.

The promotion stipulates that Doritos Locos Tacos lovers will only be allowed to chow down on one free taco next Wednesday, according to the chain.

The tacos will be handed out to interested folks in all 50 states and the District of Columbia while supplies last, according to Taco Bell.

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<![CDATA[Remembering NYC Fashion Icon Kate Spade]]> Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:13:35 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/kate-spade-gallery-1.jpg A look back at fashion icon Kate Spade's life in pictures.

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<![CDATA[Shakira Lists Miami Beach Home for $11.6 Million]]> Mon, 04 Jun 2018 17:21:41 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/shakira+Selling+Miami+House.jpg Shakira has listed the 6-bedroom, 7.5-bath Miami Beach property with her brother, Antonio Mebarak, a real estate agent, and Ana Lourdes Martinez, both of Douglas Elliman.

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<![CDATA[Tony Awards: Experts Explain Lesser-Known Categories]]> Thu, 31 May 2018 20:28:48 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/TRIO+-+Katrina+Lindsay+-+Bradley+King+-+Nigel+Hook+Tony+Awards+2017.jpg

When viewers tune into the 2018 Tony Awards, the biggest night of the year for the Broadway community, they easily recognize the big categories.

Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score are the most prominent theater awards handed out at the Tonys - the equivalent of Best Movie and Best Director at the Oscars. 

But what about the other categories? It can be easy to ignore categories that honor work in lighting design, costume design or scenic design - especially when the awards are given out before the live broadcast, and viewers only see snippets of the acceptance speeches. 

And who knows, exactly, what a lighting designer or set designer does? 

But all of these elements of a production contribute to the storytelling. 

NBC 7 San Diego sat down with theater experts, many of whom have worked in the local theatre scene for decades, to help explain what exactly different designers do on every show, why theatergoers should care about the smaller categories at the Tony Awards and how the work helps carry the play or musical as a whole.

Scenic Design
Robert Brill is a two-time Tony-nominated set designer and UC San Diego Theatre alumnus with experience working at La Jolla Playhouse. Brill most recently created the set for the Tony-nominated "SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical," a show nominated for several Tonys for its stars. 

As the set designer on a show, he said, he's responsible for the visual production of the show, including physical sets, but also other factors that contribute to the environment of the show. 

"That's the architectural role you're looking at on stage," Brill explained. "It's every visual treatment that you're looking at in terms of the setting, in addition to all the props - and there's also then all the work the scenic designer does in collaboration with the director and the creative team."

It can be difficult to tell what exactly sets a show apart in terms of set design, Brill said - mostly because it's hard to define exactly what Tony voters are looking for. This year, "Once on This Island," "The Band's Visit," "Mean Girls," "My Fair Lady" and "SpongeBob Squarepants" are all nominated.

One way to look at set design in a show is to consider how the set functions and serves the larger production. 

"(The Tony voters are) looking for something that feels like it really supports the vision of the production," Brill said. "It creates a dynamic and an incredible environment for the play and the musical. But I don't think it necessarily means 'showy' or that it has to be outrageous."

It's tricky to predict what shows may be nominated and what show may ultimately win, Brill said. 

"I don't think there's any one thing in particular that they're looking for," Brill said. "It's not like they're trying to see if it meets criteria, I think it's about your imagination and how well you've conceived the design that supports the world of the play or musical."

Lighting Design
Charles Means, stage manager for "Junk" (which started out at La Jolla Playhouse before moving to Broadway), worked closely with "Junk's" lighting designer, Ben Stanton. 

The lighting designer on a show creates and manages all aspects of the production's lighting, Means explained. 

For "Junk," for example, Stanton's job was a crucial one. Because the play had a minimal set, Means explained, Stanton used lights to define spaces and locations at any given time. 

"So the lighting designer is really creating what season is this, what time of the year is this, what would it look like - and so he's using lights to do that," Means said.

What many people may not know is how technical the job of a lighting designer can be. 

"It's all computerized, there's a lot of programming that goes into building just one light cue," Means said. As stage manager, it was his responsibility to call the cues. "In 'Junk,' they had well over 150 light cues."

Sound Design
The sound designer on a play or musical is responsible for every noise you hear in the theater, Means explained, from composing music for sound effects or transitions to installing the physical sound system in the theater. 

When a show first comes into a theater, there's no sound system. That's where the sound designer's job begins: installing a sound system for the specific show, given the needs of the show, Means said. 

"It's a mysterious position because there's nothing to see, but what's funny about sound design is, the moment it's not good, you know it immediately," Means explained. "Because you're going to say, 'I can't understand what they're saying,' 'I'm only hearing music,' 'I'm not hearing the singers,' 'why can't I tell who's speaking right now.' All of those things would be questions a sound designer would find the answer to."

For example, Means said, the sound designer for "Junk," Mark Bennett. composed all the music in the show (played during transition scenes) and designed the sound system for the Vivian Beaumont Theater. 

"'Junk' had a lot of transitions," Means said. "Between every transitions, we had some moving scenery, and Mark composed music for every single transition in the show."

The sound designer and lighting designer work closely together, Means explained, to build the atmosphere of the show. The positions become more important when you're working with a minimal set like "Junk," where certain things need to be created through light and sound instead of set pieces, Means said. 

"The job as a lighting designer, sound designer, is a little more intricate when you're working on a set that doesn't define any of that for you," Means explained. "That was designed that way for 'Junk' because we needed to move very quickly from scene to scene, scene to scene."

Costume Design
Tony winner Paloma Young, who is working on the costumes for La Jolla Playhouse's "The Squirrels," says costume design looks at how the costumes of both plays and musicals help tell the stories for the show. 

For people who aren't steeped in the world of Broadway theater, Young says, they should think of it as similar to the Academy Awards.

"There is an element of 'the tyranny of the corset,' as some people call it, which is, if you have a period show, which is a lot of beautiful dresses from another time, that will tend to get attention," Young explained. "People see that and know those are costumes and think about them as costumes, and so those are the kinds of shows that get nominated."

Sometimes those period shows will win the Tony Award, Young said, but sometimes voters tend to go for shows with a different type of costumes. 

"But also, because our nominators are from within the community, they look for new innovations in storytelling and you get interesting things," Young added.

Young said she most appreciates a show that has costumes that help tell the story and support the scenes, moods and feelings of a show - without going overboard. 

"It's a very hard line, especially when you are designing for something that requires something over-the-top, super fancy, super period, you want to find the perfect balance, and I'm looking for that as a consumer, to feel like the costumes are naturally the costumes in the show and couldn't be anything else," Young explained.

There's no right answer for costume design, Young says. Even though one person gets the Tony Award every year, everyone goes to the theater looking for different things out of a show. 

"When (audiences) go see shows, think about what people are wearing for a second if they want to, but really don't dwell on the costumes and let the show hit you as a whole collaborative piece of a lot of different elements," Young said.

When people see theatre, Young says, they should look for what resonates with them. 

"I think when people go to the theater, they should look for what brings them joy, or what makes a full experience for them, and that's going to be different for everyone," she added.

The Tony Awards air Sunday, June 10 on CBS. 

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<![CDATA[How to Register Your Organization for Clear the Shelters]]> Wed, 30 May 2018 18:58:37 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/CLEAR_THE_SHELTERS__National_Puppy_Day.jpg

Animal shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC and Telemundo stations to find loving homes for pets in need.

The fourth annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 18, 2018. 

Organizations interested in participating in Clear the Shelters 2018, must complete the Commitment Registration form here. This form is required to ensure proper verification of all interested participants.

Inspired by a 2014 North Texas pet adoption effort led by our Dallas NBC and Telemundo stations, NBC and Telemundo-owned stations, along with dozens of affiliates nationwide, decided to step up to the plate to help their local animal shelters and communities "Clear the Shelters" every summer.

Clear the Shelters was expanded nationally in 2015. Over 18,000 adoptions were recorded by some 400 participating shelters and rescues from coast to coast. The event took another big leap in participation in 2016, when roughly 700 shelters and rescues participated and over 50,000 animals were adopted. And last year’s highly successful effort resulted in over 80,000 animals from nearly 1,000 shelters in the U.S. and Puerto Rico finding new homes.

The support our local stations received from participating animal shelters and rescues, who gave families the opportunity to adopt an animal in need by offering no-cost or waive fee adoptions, or waiving pet spaying and neutering fees, helped make Clear the Shelters overwhelmingly successful. More than 150,000 pets have found their fur-ever homes since 2015.

We would love to work with your organization to make this year’s Clear the Shelters event a resounding success as we seek to help address the overcrowding issues that local animal shelters typically experience in the summer months because of spring litters.

It is our intent to continue to make Clear the Shelters an event that is easy for shelters to participate in. While we don’t have designated grant funding available to help organizations off-set costs, we encourage shelters to seek funding from existing sources.

<![CDATA[Boston Calling Music Festival Underway]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 14:34:45 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/211*120/Boston+Calling+2.JPG

For the second year in a row, the Boston Calling music festival is back at the Harvard Athletic Complex in the city's Allston neighborhood.

The three-day event set up in a 16-acre space boasts five stages, 45 bands and the capacity to host 40,000 fans Friday through Sunday.

With headliners like Eminem, the Killers, and Jack White, this year's organizers are hoping to hear more music than complaints, making up for what did not go smoothly last year.

From long lines to sold-out vendors, they said they made tweaks that ticket-holders will notice.

"We call it the 50 percent rule," Boston Calling co-founder Brian Appel said. "We just added 50 percent more food vendors, 50 percent more bathrooms, 50 percent more entrance lanes and 50 percent more staff."

There have also brought in a new sound system, one they hope will be a bit quieter for neighbors across the Charles River in Cambridge. Police received roughly 30 noise complaints from them during the event last year.

"The noise was dreadful. People described it as cacophony," Dennis Friedland said, who lives on Memorial Drive in Cambridge.

Organizers said the new sound system should make it so its music to the ears of attendees only.

"We really wanted to make sure the people inside had an incredible auditory experience and the people outside of the venue had minimal to no interaction with the sound," Appel said.

Safety will also be a priority this weekend and is top of mind given recent attacks at outdoor concerts like the one in Las Vegas. Boston Police are working with Cambridge and Massachusetts State Police to protect the crowd.  

"We've thought of every different scenario you can think of," Paul Ivens, a retired police officer and director of public safety for the event, said. "We read up on what went right and what went wrong and try to learn from them."

Backpacks and a long list of other items are banned. Metal detectors will greet fans at the front. A new wristband will allow fans access into certain areas. It will also let them connect a bank account so they can go cashless, tapping the wristband to pay vendors at the festival.

Saturday night's headliner is Jack White. Gates open at noon, and tickets are still available.

Click here for everything you need to know about the festival, from the music lineup to how to purchase tickets.

<![CDATA[Boston Calling Underway in Allston]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 18:52:00 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston_Calling_Underway_in_Allston.jpg

The Boston Calling music festival runs Friday through Sunday in the city's Allston neighborhood.

<![CDATA[Boston Calling Set to Begin in Allston]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 09:19:19 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/bostoncalling.jpg

At the Harvard Athletic Complex in Boston's Allston neighborhood, the turf is transforming where 45 bands will be performing at the Boston Calling music festival this weekend.

Setup was underway Thursday for the three-day event, and organizers said this year is also about making up for what did not go smoothly last year. From long lines to sold-out vendors, they said there are tweaks ticket-holders will notice.

"We call it the 50 percent rule," Boston Calling co-founder Brian Appel said. "We just added 50 percent more food vendors, 50 percent more bathrooms, 50 percent more entrance lanes and 50 percent more staff."

The 16-acre spot has a capacity for 40,000 fans, and keeping them safe is a priority. Boston Police are working with Cambridge and Massachusetts State Police to protect the crowd that will be lined up across five stages. Their safety top of mind given recent attacks at outdoor concerts like the one in Las Vegas.

"We've thought of every different scenario you can think of," Paul Ivens, a retired police officer and director of public safety for the event, said. "We read up on what went right and what went wrong and try to learn from them."

Backpacks and a long list of other items are banned. Metal detectors will greet fans at the front. A new wristband will allow fans access into certain areas. It will also let them connect a bank account so they can go cashless, tapping the wristband to pay vendors at the festival.

Listening closely to the festival will be not just attendees, but also neighbors across the Charles River in Cambridge. Police received roughly 30 noise complaints from them during the event last year.

"The noise was dreadful. People described it as cacophony," Dennis Friedland said, who lives on Memorial Drive in Cambridge.

Organizers said a new sound system should fix that and make it so its music to the ears of attendees only.

"We really wanted to make sure the people inside had an incredible auditory experience and the people outside of the venue had minimal to no interaction with the sound," Appel said.

Boston Calling runs from Friday to Sunday at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston. Tickets are still available.

<![CDATA[Top 10 Beaches in the US for 2018 Revealed]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 08:51:25 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Kapalua+1.jpg Hawaii's the tops of Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches list in 2018, taking the number one spot and appearing twice on the list. Florida and North Carolina also had two entries on the annual list that ranks major public recreational beaches in the coastal U.S. states. But the "beautiful crescent-shaped, white sand beach" in Kapalua Bay on the Hawaiian island of Maui sits atop the list this year. ]]> <![CDATA[Preview of "Book Club"]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 17:46:06 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/The_Scene_May_18.jpg

A review of the movie "Book Club," which debuts in theaters on Friday.

<![CDATA['Tully' and Postpartum Depression]]> Thu, 17 May 2018 17:29:10 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/_Tully__and_Postpartum_Depression.jpg

There is controversy surrounding the new movie "Tully," with critics calling it irresponsible.

<![CDATA[Los Angeles Cheers on Hometown Girl, Meghan Markle]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 08:01:26 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Locals_Cheer_on_Hometown_Girl_Meghan_Markle.jpg

Los Angeles might be 5,000 miles from the United Kingdom but this city is gearing up for the royal wedding. Angie Crouch reports for the NBC4 News on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

<![CDATA[Out of This World! $85M Apartment Comes With Trip to Space]]> Thu, 17 May 2018 10:20:06 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/be57b4432a13173c3a043628fff5a814l-m0xd-w1020_h770_q80.jpg The owner of a New York City condo who is trying to sell a luxurious condo in the famed Atelier building takes the word amenities to a whole other level — one could even say to a whole other world! For the price of $85 million dollars, not only will the buyer get a one-of-a-kind apartment, but two seats on a trip to outer space.

Photo Credit: Daniel Neiditch, River 2 River Realty ]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: See Inside the Maryland House Shaped Like a Mushroom ]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 16:10:01 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/051418+mushroom+house+outside+inside.jpg The famous "Mushroom House" of Bethesda, Maryland, is going back on the market after an extensive renovation, its real estate agent told News4.

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<![CDATA[Nintendo Bringing Back NES Classic — Again]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 08:43:23 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/4-24-17-nes-nintendo-classic-game.jpg

Nintendo announced that the NES Classic Edition will return to store shelves on June 29.

The retro NES console was first released in 2016 and comes preloaded with 30 classic games. Nintendo described the updated console as a "near-identical mini replica" of the original NES; this one, though, connects to TVs via a more-modern HDMI port.

The $59.99 console will be available through the end of the year, Nintendo announced in a tweet, and includes vintage games like "Donkey Kong," "Super Mario Bros." 1 through 3 and the "Legend of Zelda."

Its sequel, the Super Nintendo Classic Edition, will also be available for purchase through the end of the year. The smaller version of the other popular 90s console is priced at $79.99 and comes preloaded with 20 classic games including "Super Mario Kart" and "Street Fighter II." The SNES Classic was first launched in September 2017.

Both gaming systems were a hit when they were first released. Pre-orders sold out in advance of the launch and those hoping to buy one in-store were met with long lines and empty shelves. Additional shipments in subsequent months also quickly sold out and eager fans were forced to pay big bucks for a console on online auction sites.

Nintendo eventually discontinued the hard-to-find NES Classic in April 2017.

So, if you weren't able to get one of these elusive gaming consoles the first time around, it looks like you are in luck. The company's decision to extend the release in lieu of a limited production schedule means you can leave the lawn chair at home.  

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<![CDATA[Celebs Take Center Stage in Youth Fundraiser in Fenway]]> Fri, 11 May 2018 23:36:58 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Celebs_Take_Center_Stage_in_Youth_Fundraiser_in_Fenway.jpg

For more than two decades, Urban Improv has been supporting local children through theater. Friday night, the adults took the stage to help raise money.

<![CDATA[Cannes in Photos: Best Moments on the Red Carpet]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 13:14:25 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-958774660.jpg The Cannes International Film Festival kicked off Tuesday with Hollywood stars like Kristen Stewart, Cate Blanchett and Ava DuVernay arriving on the red carpet.

Photo Credit: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Pow! Wow! DC Transforms Streets Into Works of Art]]> Thu, 10 May 2018 11:37:47 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/powwow1.jpg Kelly Towles, the festival's regional director, says the festival runs from May 5 until May 14 and is a celebration of art. ]]> <![CDATA[Local Talent Performs on 'The Voice']]> Tue, 08 May 2018 12:42:40 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Local_Talent_Performs_on__The_Voice_.jpg

Berklee College of Music student Jackie Foster and 15-year-old Brynn Cartelli of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, are fighting for the final 8 on "The Voice."

<![CDATA[Prince's Turks & Caicos Mansion to Be Auctioned]]> Tue, 08 May 2018 12:32:17 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/prince+house+5.jpg While many know of his Paisley Park estate, it appears Prince couldn't resist putting his purple mark elsewhere.

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<![CDATA[Hello Again, Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day]]> Tue, 08 May 2018 10:00:52 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/FallingConeImage960x480.jpg

The hours that fall between 4 in the afternoon and 8 in the evening?

There are a few ways to break those down. It's a full 1/6 of the day, so, yeah, it's a good chunk of time. It's when the sun sets, and work traditionally wraps up, at least for many people, and plenty of us eat supper after 4 and before 8 o'clock.

And if it happens to be Free Cone Day at participating Häagen-Dazs locations?

Many an ice cream aficionado will be queued up, between 4 and 8, all to score that sweet scoop of something rich, creamy and full of spring zing.

Those are the times you'll need to know for the 2018 outing for this super-forever-mondo popular event, one that does see dessert devotees, in notable numbers, joining the lines outside of their local Häagen-Dazs stores for this no-strings-attached giveaway.

Well, there are no strings, but sometimes there are melty ice cream blobs, that get on your hands and pants, but, c'mon: It doesn't seem like full-on ice cream cone enjoyment without a little goopy souvenir at the end of the experience.

The date is Tuesday, May 8, and the list of shops joining in may be found here.

Is there one near you? There is, probably, in the grand scheme of things. (And, when it comes to the important topic of ice cream, "the grand scheme of things" must always be considered.)

So enjoy those magical hours, in the late afternoon, around twilight, as you put your hands on a cone that's holding luscious orb of chocolate or vanilla or you name it.

Just remember to quiz your pals while in line: Where does the umlaut go in the company's name? The first "a" or the second? Stump your friends while you pass the waiting time, but make sure they're facing you and not the store when they answer.

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<![CDATA[Met Gala 2018: Red Carpet Looks]]> Tue, 08 May 2018 12:41:47 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/metgala_thumb1.jpg See Rihanna, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande and more dressed to this year's theme: "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination."]]> <![CDATA[Save the Date: Help Clear the Shelters on Aug. 18]]> Wed, 02 May 2018 20:30:16 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/CTS_2018_ROUGH_edit_5-152530654254200002.jpg

Clear the Shelters takes place Aug. 18 across the country. NBC and Telemundo stations are pleased to team up with hundreds of shelters nationwide for the fourth annual animal adoption drive. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has helped 153,651 pets find forever homes.

<![CDATA[MoviePass Changed Its Terms. Is It Still Worth It? ]]> Wed, 02 May 2018 19:12:07 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_18117670520227-Moviepass.jpg

Editor's Note: After this article was published, MoviePass announced it plans to bring back the one-movie-a-day for $10 a month plan. The unlimited plan is currently available on the MoviePass website. 


Over the summer, movie ticket startup MoviePass started offering its users one movie every day of the month for $10.

Over the weekend, MoviePass changed its terms and conditions for new users, restricting them to four movies a month for $10. 

“You have to read the terms and conditions," said George Belch, a professor of marketing at San Diego State University. "As consumers what we often do is we see something that looks good or a friend makes a recommendation, but you really have to know what you’re getting into.”  

Under the new terms, customers are also not allowed to see select movies twice, but it is unclear what movies are considered under that plan. 

The company said this is to help prevent fraud in its app, adding it has been effective in the past. 

MoviePass now makes users upload their tickets to their cellphones. In an email to existing customers, they said failure to do so multiple times could result in "irreversible termination of your subscription."

“What they were hoping to do is get very detailed information on people going to movies," Belch said. "They’ll know what movie you attended, your demographics, and your preferences. One of the big investors in the company was actually an analytics firm.” 

The company says the reason is to test for fraudulent activity. 

Belch said the business model might not be sustainable in the long run. 

“Long term they were hoping they could drive people to movies and then ultimately what they wanted to do was get a share of the revenue from concessions," said Belch from SDSU campus Tuesday. "Popcorn is very lucrative. The theater owners like AMC just simply balked at that.” 

But Belch adds it is still a good deal if you are a frequent moviegoer because you will still be saving money with the new plan. 

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<![CDATA[Cinco de Mayo: 5 Things You May Not Know]]> Sat, 05 May 2018 13:42:45 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/472092370_Dancers.jpg Cinco de Mayo is here. Saturday marks the 156th anniversary of the holiday synonymous with margaritas, cervezas (beer) and Mexican food.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Save the Date]]> Fri, 27 Apr 2018 16:58:00 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/cts-save-date-th.jpg

NBC and Telemundo stations across the country will team up with hundreds of shelters nationwide on Aug. 18 for the fourth annual Clear the Shelters animal adoption drive.

<![CDATA[Save the Date: Help Clear the Shelters on August 18]]> Wed, 02 May 2018 20:39:16 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/dogs-cats-GettyImages-107072782.jpg

In honor of National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day, which aims to bring awareness to the nation’s animal-homelessness crisis, we’d like to remind you that on Aug. 18, NBC and Telemundo stations across the country will team up with hundreds of shelters nationwide for the fourth annual Clear the Shelters animal adoption drive.

Every year, millions of companion animals end up in shelters across the country. And while shelter adoption rates have been steadily rising since 2011, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 1.5 million animals — 860,000 cats and about 670,000 dogs — are still euthanized each year due to overcrowding.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. And, by adopting a shelter animal, you actually save two lives.

"Every single pet that is adopted frees shelter staff up to work with and prepare the next pet for potential adoption," said Kenny Lamberti, director of strategic engagement and companion animals for the Human Society.

Last year, more than 80,000 pets were adopted from over 900 shelters across the country. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has helped 153,651 pets find forever homes.

So if you’re thinking about taking home a new furry friend, consider heading to a local animal shelter to adopt during Clear the Shelters on Aug. 18 when hundreds of shelters will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive.

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<![CDATA[Greenway Holds Public Tour for ArtWeek]]> Fri, 27 Apr 2018 16:33:13 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Greenway_Holds_Public_Tour_for_ArtWeek.jpg

ArtWeek has begun in Boston, kicking off with a tour on display at the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

<![CDATA[Nineteen Cast Members: Disneyland Runs in the Family]]> Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:55:04 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/disgnhjy698956.jpg

Millions of family members share numerous traits with each other, from bright red hair to a penchant for telling funny stories to long toes to the countless other quirks that hail from our shared genetics as well as our shared time together.

But few clans can claim that Disneyland runs in the family.

True, many families have a common love for all things Disney, but few familial troupes have had well over a dozen members work for the best-known theme park on the planet.

The Gerlach family is one such unusual and amazing group, for 19 members of this kinship, spanning four generations, have found employment at Disneyland. And to celebrate this distinctive shared history, The Happiest Place on Earth invited the family to gather at the theme park, in late April, for a special reunion.

Mikayla Gerlach, who is a current cast member at Disneyland Resort, expressed her excitement over her family's unusual Disneyland history on a video made about the reunion. "I'm number 19... And I think it is all because of the legacy that my great-grandmother started, the year after the park opened. And it's just such a family-oriented place to be. It's a great place to work."

"Cast member," of course, is the name Walt Disney famously bestowed upon employees of his beloved theme park.

Special mouse ears, with each family member's name and the year they became a cast member, were worn during the reunion, with a sweet photo shoot popping up in Toontown to commemorate the occasion.

An occasion filled with stories of days spent helping guests around the park, playing characters, working at the rides, and all of the many tasks that cast members perform, each and every day.

While numerous family reunions happen daily at Disneyland Resort, complete with those matching t-shirts that are now a standard sartorial sight around the park, few get-togethers are as closely tied to the iconic location.

Eager to see more the Gerlach family, and hear of their time working at Disneyland? Here's video...

Photo Credit: Disneyland Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Robots at Smithsonian Museums Answer Questions, Take Selfies]]> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:04:42 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/042318pepperrebot.jpg

Four-foot-tall, "wide-eyed" robots with touch screens are now dancing, playing games and taking selfies with Smithsonian visitors at six museums, the Smithsonian announced Tuesday.

The robots, all named Pepper, will be displayed throughout museums as part of a pilot program aimed at attracting visitors to less popular exhibits and encouraging museum-goers to interact with artwork and artifacts.

The robots, which can answer common questions, tell stories and make gestures, can be found at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian Castle, the National Museum of African Art and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

"We're eager to experiment with how Pepper can help us support docents and educators in the vital work they do while providing a fun and surprising experience for the millions of children and adults who visit us each year," Rachel Goslins, director of the Arts and Industry Building, said in a statement.

SoftBank Robotics, which manufactures the robots, donated 25 "Peppers" to the Smithsonian museums. However, not all of the donated robots are currently on museum floors. Each robot costs $25,000, a Smithsonian spokeswoman told News4.

The robots are programmed to deliver messages based on the exhibit they're near. At the National Museum of African Art, the robots will translate Kiswahilli phrases at the new World on the Horizon exhibit.

At the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden's ARTLAB+, Pepper will teach coding and software engineering. The robots will also be used to draw visitors toward the National Museum of African American History and Culture's Rosa Parks virtual reality exhibit.

As the pilot program progresses, the robots will deliver new messages and display different applications. A Smithsonian employee will always accompany Pepper on the museum and research center floors.

"By interacting with museum visitors and providing insight on different exhibits, Pepper will help guide their educational experience through the Smithsonian that they otherwise might have missed out on," Steve Carlin, chief strategy officer of Softbank Robotics, said in a statement.

Photo Credit: @Smithsonian
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<![CDATA[Target Scraps Women's Hunter Rain Boots Due to Quality Issues]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:53:33 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Hunter+target+2.jpg

Retail giant Target announced Friday that it will not release tall women’s rain boots as part of its Hunter for Target collaboration due to quality and production problems.

The boots — $40 versions of the British company's original Wellington boots, which retail for $135-$155 — had initially been delayed when the collection launched last week. 

"After thorough evaluation, we’ve decided not to make this item available,” Mark Tritton, Target’s chief merchandising officer and executive vice president, said in a press release. "We’re very sorry, but the production simply didn’t meet our standards, Hunter’s standards, or the standards we want guests to have when they shop at Target."

Target will "look into how this happened, and we’ll work hard to ensure it doesn’t happen again," Tritton said. They are working with another company to recycle the women’s boots that were produced.

"We promise to do better next time,” he added.

Men’s boots went on sale with the rest of the collection's more than 300 items on April 14, but most sizes are already sold out. 

The limited edition Hunter for Target line, which launched April 14, is the retailer's latest collaboration with a big-name fashion brand.  Target has rolled out limited-time collaborations with established high-end brands such as Missoni, Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier, as well as designers like Victoria Beckham and Lilly Pulitzer. 

Photo Credit: Target]]>
<![CDATA[9th Annual Women in Comedy Festival Continues]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:40:48 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/9th_Annual_Women_in_Comedy_Festival.jpg

There were plenty of laughs in Harvard Square Friday night at the ninth annual Women in Comedy Festival.

For Erin Maguire, Friday night was a homecoming. The Arlington native rocked the stage Friday night as part of the festival.

"It feels good to be home," Maguire said. "I found my medium, stranding alone on stage and having people laugh at me."

But Maguire is no longer standing alone as female comics thrive in an industry that saw the downfalls of headliners like Bill Cosby and Louis C.K.

"You can't not feel the #MeToo moment, but I love it because its finally brought to light talent," she said. "It is a big move in the right direction, I think, because the power players the are female are finally getting their acknowledgement, their due, and their stage time."

Kelly MacFarland, who has been with the festival since its inception, agrees.

"Now, everything is out in the open, so, you laugh instead of cry, right?" MacFarland said. "There was a handful of women comics and you would look for them because you wanted to meet other women comics who were able to this, and now, cut to now, there is a lot of female voices out there."

The festival, which attracts headliners like Wanda Sykes, is also proving to be a launching pad for up-and-comers.

"I think there is plenty of room for everyone, doesn't matter what gender you are, we should be looking for funny," MacFarland said.

<![CDATA[Kardashian Sisters Close Doors on DASH Stores]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:19:12 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/kardashian+sisters+nyc+dash+grand+opening.JPG

The Kardashians announced they will be closing all of their Dash boutiques.

"After nearly 12 years, my sisters and I have decided to close the doors of our Dash stores," Kim Kardashian said in a statement released on Thursday. "We've loved running Dash, but in the last few years we've all grown so much individually. We've been busy running our own brands, as well as being moms and balancing work with our families. We know in our hearts that it's time to move on."

The boutique, which was founded by Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, was first opened in 2006 in Calabasas, California, and moved to West Hollywood in 2012. The stores then expanded its locations to Miami in 2009 and New York in 2010. The New York location closed in 2016.

There was also a spin-off show released by E! in 2015 based on the boutique employees called "Dash Dolls."

"We love our Dash Dolls and are so grateful for the amazing memories - and we have to give a special thanks to the Dash employees and all of the incredible fans and customers who have supported us throughout the years," said Kardashian. "We couldn't have done it without you. Thank you to everyone."

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<![CDATA[Tinder #SwipeOff Nabs UMass Amherst Cardi B Concert ]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:17:03 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/181*120/TLMD-Cardi-B-coachella-GettyImages-946746094.jpg

A #SwipeOff contest on Tinder has earned students at the University of Massachusetts a free concert with Rapper Cardi B.

The dating app and the rapper teamed up for the nationwide competition, which took place between March 30 and April 17.

UMass Amherst students were able to out-swipe students from 64 other colleges and universities, including Northeastern, which they beat in the championship round, according to Amherst Wire.

Cardi B will perform the free concert on April 25. The show is for UMass students only and tickets are on a first come, first serve basis.

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<![CDATA[National Zoo Welcomes Birth of Critically Endangered Baby Gorilla]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:05:03 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Untitled-1280.jpg

D.C. has a tiny new arrival! A newborn gorilla made his arrival Sunday, the Smithsonian's National Zoo announced.

Calaya, one of the zoo's western lowland gorillas, gave birth to a boy at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, zoo officials announced on Facebook and Twitter on Monday morning.

She has been taking care of her newborn, and keepers said they're optimistic he will thrive. 

The baby's name, Moke, means "junior" or "little one" in Lingala, the zoo said. His name is pronounced mo-KEY.

Meredith Bastian, curator of primates at the zoo's Conservation Biology Institute called the gorilla's birth -- the first in nine years -- "very special and significant, not only to our zoo family but also to this critically endangered species as a whole." The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the western lowland gorilla as critically endangered. 

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Calaya, a first-time mom, was expected to give birth any time from early April to early May, the zoo previously said. She had been resting more during the day, and keepers had given her with extra fleece blankets. 

Keeper Melba Brown helped acclimate Calaya to motherhood by showing her photos of mother gorillas and giving her a plush gorilla toy to touch and kiss. Brown also trained her to present her chest so keepers could place the toy gorilla to her breast to "nurse," the zoo said.

As they awaited the birth, keepers maintained the zoo's six gorillas' normal routines as much as they could.

Still, the pregnancy shifted their behaviors and dynamics, they said. Calaya was more relaxed and passive despite usually being the dominant female in the group, keepers said. The baby's father, Baraka, an older 400-pound gorilla, became more gentle toward Calaya during disputes between the female gorillas.

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"This infant's arrival triggers many emotions -- joy, excitement, relief -- and pride that all of our perseverance in preparing Calaya for motherhood has paid off," said Brown in a release from the zoo Monday.

"We will provide support to her if need be, but I have every confidence that Calaya will be a great mom to Moke. I am excited to see how he will fit into the group dynamic," Brown said. "There are a lot of different personalities in this family troop, but they all work well together."

Photo Credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo
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