<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcboston.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.comen-usTue, 23 Jan 2018 00:50:28 -0500Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:50:28 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Here Are the 2018 Super Bowl Commercials]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:17:03 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Doritos+Mountain+Dew+Ad.png

When the top two NFL teams meet Feb. 4 in the Super Bowl, advertisers will take advantage of breaks in the action to compete for viewers hearts and wallets.

Super Bowl commercials have long been characterized by creativity and cost. And once upon a time these 30- and 60-second masterpieces were kept under wraps to build anticipation around the prime-time reveal.

In recent years, advertisers have spoiled the suspense by rolling out their Super Bowl commercials ahead of the big game. In 2017, of the 49 ads that ran during the Super Bowl broadcast, 36 brands released the full commercial ahead of game day, according to Adweek.

But not all brands take the early-release route. According to Brian Riordan, president of the advertising firm NSG/SWAT, an emerging trend has been to create additional "teaser" content that either sets up the premise of a story or features new content that plays off the prime time spot.

Super Bowl ads cost millions to produce and air, and with NBC charging advertisers north of $5 million for a 30-second spot during Super Bowl LII, brands are looking to stretch their dollars beyond the Vince Lombardi Trophy presentation.

Early releases and teasers help broaden a brand's exposure, garnering even more buzz for a company. Experts say the strategy is getting people to talk about a brand's commercial before the game in order to generate some early interest online, rather than risk getting eclipsed by a more viral-worthy spot on game day.

"Whether the goal is purely consumer-facing or a rallying cry for the organization, brands that successfully tap into that pregame discussion have a significant advantage to drive greater reach and engagement that the game alone cannot deliver in one fleeting moment," said Jeff Gagne, Havas Media SVP of strategic investments.

Last year’s Super Bowl saw advertisers get political, with brands tackling issues such as immigration and climate change. Viewers can expect to see the trend continue at this year’s game, according to pre-released teasers.

"I think again you’re going to see center stage this year politically charged statements around climate change, female empowerment and other issues,” Unruly North America president Steven Sottile told Adweek, citing the Trump administration’s controversial environmental policies and "a 2017 that was marred with sexual harassment scandals everywhere you turn."

But viewers who tune in to Super Bowl LII on Sunday, Feb. 4, for some much-needed escapism can also count on brands bringing humor, according to Fluent CMO Jordan Cohen, who says consumers statistically favor "funny" commercials.

Here's an early peek at some of the commercials you can expect to catch during the big game:

Stella Artois:
The AB InBev brand's "Taps" commercial stars Matt Damon and highlights how viewers can help provide people with access to clean drinking water by purchasing a limited-edition Stella Artois Chalice.

Doritos vs. Mountain Dew:
Morgan Freeman and Peter Dinklage will "face off" to promote Doritos' new spicy Blaze chips and Mountain Dew's clear soft drink.

"Girl's Trip" star Tiffany Haddish loves Groupon. So it would only makes sense that the comedian be named its new celebrity spokeswoman. 

The "most exclusive Super Bowl ad ever" will be shown during the game only to Marcos Menedez, of Canoga Park, California. Viewers will be able to watch Menendez’s reaction to the ad via a livestream on Skittles’ Facebook page.

M & M's:
Also teasing reactions to ads, M & M's tapped four critics who voted for the Critics’ Choice Awards to react to it's Super Bowl commercial. 

Supermodel Cindy Crawford will drink a Pepsi for the Super Bowl once again, recreating her iconic 1992 Big Game spot.

Photo Credit: Pepsi Co.
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<![CDATA[10 Years: A Look Back on Heath Ledger's Life in Photos]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:27:42 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/getty-heath-ledger-10yrdeath.jpg

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Carlo Allegri]]>
<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Screen Actors Guild Awards ]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:13:28 -0500 Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. ]]> Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. ]]> https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_17030132084178.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Drumroll Please: Five Things to Watch With Oscar Nominations]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:47:09 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/oscarwatch.jpg

The first Academy Awards nominations of the Time's Up/#MeToo era are set to be announced Tuesday. Here are some things to watch for as Hollywood begins the run-up to its March 4 marquee night during a period unlike any other in movie history.

Will 'Lady Bird' – and Women Filmmakers – Fly?

The Golden Globes are often seen as a harbinger of the Oscars. But many will be looking closely at whether Academy voters repeat the snubs of "Lady Bird" filmmaker Greta Gerwig in the screenplay and director categories. Ditto for the exclusion of Patty Jenkins, director of “Wonder Woman,” following a year in which the DC superhero teamed with Rey and Leia of ""Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi," Belle of "Beauty and the Beast" and the four friends of "Girls Trip" to score big at the box office. 

Does Oscar Get "Get Out?"

The Globes also excluded Jordan Peele in the screenplay and director categories for "Get Out," a powerful racial drama wrapped in an old-time chiller-thriller. The film made headlines – and big profits – for its clever, provocative and entertaining approach in dissecting a fraught topic. The Globes also miscategorized the film as a comedy – one mistake Oscar can't repeat, given its awards structure. But snubbing "Get Out" for Best Picture and in other key categories would be a horror show all its own.

Oscar's Sorry Serkis Act 

The award for longest ongoing snub goes to Academy voters for ignoring the brilliant work of Andy Serkis, best known for bringing Golem to evil life in "The Lord of the Rings" films. Now he's wrapped an equally impressive three-flick run as conflicted simian revolutionary Caesar in "The Planet of the Apes" series reboot. That Serkis does his best acting costumed in CGI shouldn't disqualify him from awards consideration – particularly in an era where there's nothing special anymore about special effects beyond the magic performers bring to them.

Will There be Room for James Franco?

The actor, recently accused of sexual misconduct, is believed to be in the running for a Best Actor nod for “The Disaster Artist.” Franco, who has denied the allegations, showed up at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday, where he lost. It’s unclear whether he’ll have a reason to attend the Oscars.

A Comedy of Errors Sequel

The Academy Awards ended in chaos last year as "La La Land" briefly – and erroneously – got the Best Picture trophy. "Moonlight" ultimately took the top prize, but the spectacle overshadowed the film’s victory. The danger of other forces eclipsing Hollywood’s celebration of itself looms again, amid much bigger stakes, in a season rife with potential for missteps and controversies, beginning with Tuesday's nominations.

Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

<![CDATA[Stars Talk 'Time's Up' on the Red Carpet at SAG Awards]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:26:57 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Stars_on_the_SAG_Awards_Red_Carpet.jpg

The treatment of women in Hollywood and beyond that remained at the forefront of the Screen Actor Guild Awards. Christine Kim reports for the NBC4 News at 5 on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018.

<![CDATA[Photos: The Best Moments From 2018 SAG Awards]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:59:12 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/SAGgallery.jpg Actress Kristen Bell kicked off the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday with a roster of almost all female presenters.

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<![CDATA['Rockin' Bod': 'SNL' Cold Open Mocks Trump's Medical Results]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:46:59 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/218*120/Screen+Shot+2018-01-21+at+2.01.34+AM.png

"Saturday Night Live's" cold open mocked the physical exam results for President Donald Trump that were released earlier this week.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant) wishes media members a "Happy Women's March" before she introduces the doctor at a press briefing, who comes out to explain "how not fat the president is."

Beck Bennett played Dr. Ronny Jackson, the physician who examined Trump

"He has a gorgeous 44-inch Coke-bottle waist. And his height, 75 inches with legs that seem to go on forever," Bennett's Jackson says. "It's my expert medical opinion that the president has a rockin' bod with an excellent cushion for the pushin'. And if given the chance, I would."

After Pete Davidson says he was there on behalf of "Saturday Night Live" and asks about Trump's alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels, Bryant's Sanders interrupts the questions.

"The president has passed every exam we gave him," she later insists. "Physical exam. Mental exam. The Tide Pod challenge? Crushed it." 

In a "Jeopardy" spoof, "SNL" host Jessica Chastain plays a television game show host for a program called "What Even Matters Anymore," in which she asks players questions about President Donald Trump's words and actions. 

Chastain asks them if it matters that Trump called Haiti and African nations "s--thole countries", that he allegedly had an affair with a porn star and if he fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller or hires illegal immigrants to build his proposed border wall.

The answer to each question is: no, it doesn't matter. 

"You'd think Trump supporters get mad, but then he blurts out, 'Chuck Schumer did it' and Trump supporters believe him. They just believe him," Chastain says as she grows increasingly upset. 

The skit ends with the contestant consoling Chastain.

"Weekend Update" hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che take jabs at the Trump administration before speaking to Stormy Daniels (Cecily Strong), Princes William and Harry (Alex Moffat and Mikey Day) and Robert Mueller (Kate McKinnon).

"Congratulations to Donald Trump, who managed to keep our government open for almost one whole year," Jost deadpans. He says Trump blamed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for the government shutdown because "Trump never misses a chance to blame a minority."

Jost later notes that Trump's first year in office also marked the year that the Republicans controlled all three branches of government. He asks to see a list of their accomplishments but the only items that scrolled up the screen were "tax bill" and "government shutdown."

Chastain hosted "SNL" for the first time this week. She used part of her monologue to sing "You Don't Owe Me," referring to the feminist movement and the second women's march that took place earlier Saturday. "SNL" cast members Kate McKinnon and Cecily Stong joined her for the song, wearing Time's Up and #MeToo T-shirts.

Musical guest Troye Sivan performed "My My My!" and "The Good Side."

Photo Credit: NBC
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<![CDATA[In Memoriam: Actress Dorothy Malone]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:07:40 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526877802.jpg Take a look back at the people we've lost in 2018, including politicians, artists and other public figures.

Photo Credit: Corbis via Getty Images, File]]>
<![CDATA[Halsey Recites Powerful 'Me Too' Poem at Women's March in NY]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:57:40 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000019548271_1200x675_1141604419527.jpg

Halsey, whose given name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, read a powerful, personal poem about her experiences with rape, abuse and miscarriage — experiences that many other women have as well. "This is the beginning, not the finale," she told the crowd," and that's why we're here, that's why we rally."

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York ]]>
<![CDATA['Tonight': Trevor Noah Turns Donald Trump's Words Into Song]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 02:26:04 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/211*120/fallonnoah.jpg

Trevor Noah chats with Jimmy about needing a TripAdvisor for people of color, breaks down the musicality of Southern accents and turns one of Donald Trump's catchphrases into a reggae hit.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Yamaneika Saunders on Oprah 2020 During Monologue]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 02:26:35 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2018-01-20+at+1.38.51+AM.png

Jimmy Fallon's monologue from Friday, Jan. 19.

<![CDATA[Stars Honored on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:03:24 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-9088739381.jpg Hollywood's A-listers, from "X-Files" sleuth Gillian Anderson to Disney icon Minnie Mouse, here are the stars who have been honored and forever immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mo’Nique Claims Color, Gender Bias in Netflix Dispute]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:33:03 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/monotfunny.jpg

Mo’Nique isn't laughing.

The comedienne took to social media Friday asking fans to boycott Netflix on the heels of a heated contract negotiation dispute.

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Mo’Nique, who won an Oscar for a dramatic role in 2009's "Precious," says she was negotiating with Netflix about performing in a comedy special when the issue of compensation came up.

"I was offered a $500k deal last week to do a comedy special. However, Amy Schumer was offered $11 million dollars. Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle were offered $20 million dollars," Mo’Nique said. "When we asked Netflix to explain why the money was so different they said 'Well, we believe that's what Monique will bring."

When the comedienne argued on behalf of her resume, which includes film and stand-up specials, she said it was quickly dismissed. But Netflix allegedly justified Schumer's salary based off of her past performances selling out Madison Square Garden and her hit films.

“Is that not Amy Schumer’s résumé?” Mo’Nique asked, rhetorically.

She then went on to accuse Netflix of being both gender bias and color bias with their contract negotiations.

Point of order... Chappelle and Rock are African American. Schumer is a woman.

The latest ruckus isn't Mo’Nique's first time stirring the pot. A few years back she accused Oprah Winfrey and Lee Daniels, who directed her in her Academy Award-winning role, of blackballing her in Hollywood.

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<![CDATA[Douglas Accuser Details 'Very Uncomfortable' Harassment]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:04:14 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tdy_news_snow_douglas_woody_180119.jpg

A former employee of Michael Douglas has accused the Oscar-winning actor of sexual harassment, saying in her first television interview about the allegations that Douglas made her feel "very uncomfortable."

Writer Susan Braudy worked at Douglas' production company for three years in the 1980s, when he was staring in critically acclaimed movies like "Wall Street" and "Fatal Attraction." She told the "Today" show that he would make sexually suggestive comments toward her and once began to "fondle himself" in front of her.

"He thought he was the king of the world," she said, "and that he could humiliate me without any repercussions."

During a 1989 meeting in his New York apartment, Braudy claimed Douglas "unbuckled his belt and put his hand inside his trousers."

"I could see what he was doing, and then he began to sort of fondle himself," Braudy said. "And I was very scared."

According to NBC News, Braudy described the meeting as "very uncomfortable," adding that she "knew things weren't supposed to be this way." She then "ran for the door."

The writer, who has been published in The New York Times, Newsweek and The Atlantic, said on "Today" that she told friends at the time about what happened but was urged not to speak publicly about the incident out of fear of retribution.

"People were very frightened for me," she said.

"I made sure that I was never ever ever alone with him again," Braudy added, according to NBC News. "It became a very hostile work environment for me."

Braudy also detailed the verbal harassment she said she experienced from Douglas, according to NBC News.

"He would repeat things that he said to Jack Nicholson, who he loved to talk to on the phone about such things as the 50 slang words for his private parts," she said.

Braudy added that Douglas would make "so many comments about my body and how I would be in bed," leading her to "wear layers of black clothing so nothing would stimulate him."

She said Douglas would comment on her new clothes by laughing and saying, "Why are you dressing so much like a pregnant nun? What is it with you?"

Douglas did not return NBC's request for comment, but he told The Hollywood Reporter that Braudy's claims are "an unfortunate and complete fabrication." 

"This individual is an industry veteran, a senior executive, a published novelist and an established member of the women's movement — someone with a strong voice now, as well as when she worked at my company more than three decades ago," Douglas wrote in a statement to the publication. "At no time then did she express or display even the slightest feeling of discomfort working in our environment, or with me personally. That is because at no time, and under no circumstance, did I behave inappropriately toward her."

He also suggested to Deadline that Braudy is perhaps "disgruntled that her career didn’t go the way she hoped and she is holding this grudge."

However, Braudy disputed that to "Today," saying that she repeatedly complained while working at the company.

Photo Credit: Today
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<![CDATA[Journey and Def Leppard Co-Headline August Fenway Park Date]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:49:11 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/174*120/905253294.jpg

Two of the world’s greatest rock bands are headed to Fenway Park this summer as part of their newly announced North American tour.

Journey and Def Leppard will play Fenway Park on Saturday, Aug. 11.

The date is part of a 58-city tour of both stadium and arena concerts.

According to a press release, the bands will share in closing out the shows — half by Journey and half by Def Leppard.

The tour, promoted by Live Nation, kicks off May 21 in Hartford, Connecticut, at the XL Center and will feature complete sets and all-new production from both bands, and an arsenal of their hits such as "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Lights," "Photograph," "Don’t Stop Believin'," "Rock of Ages" and "Faithfully."

Tickets for the Fenway Park show go on sale to the general public on Friday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. at RedSox.com/JourneyDefLeppard.

Presale and VIP ticketing information will be announced soon.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA['Late Night': Trump, GOP Face a Government Shutdown]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:04:34 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/204*120/sethcloserlook119.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at how despite controlling all three branches of government, Republicans are still facing a possible shutdown over an immigration impasse created entirely by President Donald Trump.

<![CDATA['Late Night': Zeta-Jones on Her Role in 'Cocaine Godmother']]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:39:28 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/czjoneslatenight.jpg

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones talks to Seth Meyers about her role as Griselda Blanco on "Cocaine Godmother."

<![CDATA['Tonight': Tag-Team Lip Sync Battle ]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:43:57 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/220*120/lipsyncfallon.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and The New Day square off against Stephanie McMahon and Triple H in a WWE tag team-style lip sync-off to Boyz II Men's "Motownphilly," and "How Far I'll Go" from Disney's Moana.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Chastain, Fallon Swap Roles While Reading Scenes]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:22:20 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/chastainfallon.jpg

Jessica Chastain and Jimmy Fallon illustrate how underwritten female characters are by swapping genders while they read movie scenes.

<![CDATA[No Bond for SoFlo Rapper Kodak Black After Latest Arrest]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:09:07 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*122/011918+kodak+black+court+date+broward+NEW+PIC.PNG

South Florida based rapper Kodak Black will remain behind bars after his latest arrests on multiple charges that include weapons and child neglect charges.

The rapper, a Pompano Beach native whose real name is Dieuson Octave, faced a Broward County judge on those seven charges, two of which include probabtion violations that carry no bond and will keep him in jail until they are resolved.

The 20-year-old, widely known for the song "Tunnel Vision," is also being held on two counts of probation violation stemming from previous jail stints - including violating terms of house arrest in Broward County.

According to a police report, several men recorded a live Instagram video inside the bathroom of Octave's Pembroke Pines home that showed the men smoking marijuana and possessing a handgun. Investigators say a small child enters the room as did Octave, who did not make an effort to remove the child.

Detectives entered Octave's home on Thursday, where they say they found marijuana in his bedroom - including almost 95 grams in his closet. Officers also found a gun insde a bedroom safe as well as another weapon in the house, with both the drugs and weapons being a violation of his probation.

<![CDATA[Round 2: Vote for the Greatest Super Bowl Commercial]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:30:57 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/commercials-th2.jpg

Some argue that Super Bowl commercials garner more attention than the game itself. With so many iconic ads that have aired during the big game, we want to know which one is your favorite. We culled through hundreds of commercials to get to the 16 below.

The second round ends on Jan. 25, the third round on Jan. 29, and the winner will be revealed on Feb. 1. Vote now for your favorite!

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