<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Sat, 23 May 2015 22:31:48 -0500 Sat, 23 May 2015 22:31:48 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Top 9 Red Carpet Looks From Cannes]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 12:00:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cannes-doutzen-16x9.jpg

While controversy swirled around reports that several women were refused entry to the "Carol" premiere for violating the dress code by not wearing high heels, the majority of the sartorial discussion stemmed from the bold fashion choices of cinema's leading ladies.



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<![CDATA[Duggar Family Dropped From TLC Event Amid Allegations]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 14:24:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP834090040408.jpg

The Duggar family from TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" has been dropped from the TLC Summer Block Party coming to Philadelphia next weekend.

The Duggars were originally slated to appear at the event, according to previous screen shots from the official event website, posted on Philly.com.

The event was still scheduled to take place May 30Th at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing with popular TLC personalities including Berks County's Kate Gosselin, New Jersey's "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro, "Little People Big World's" Roloff family and Randy from "Say Yes to the Dress."

The move comes after allegations surfaced that the oldest Duggar, Josh, molested five underage girls as a teenager back in 2002 and 2003.

The fall-out from the allegations included a public apology from Josh, his resignation from his position at the Family Research Council and TLC pulling all episodes of the show.

No charges have been filed in the case.



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<![CDATA[Stars on Ireland's Vote to Legalize Gay Marriage]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 15:15:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Celebs-Ireland.jpg

Ireland became the first country in the world to say yes to same sex marriage by popular vote.

Ahead of the official announcement, celebrities took to Twitter to share their reactions.

Check out their tweets below:

 



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<![CDATA[Cannes Film Festival 2015: Hottest Pics]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 21:55:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP847719962891.jpg Glamor, gowns and celebrities! All the hottest photos from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival red carpet. ]]> <![CDATA[NBC Reveals Fall Primetime Schedule]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 11:52:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NUP_168764_0685.JPG

NBC is shaking up its 2015/2016 lineup with some familiar faces and brand new stories.

Neil Patrick Harris' new variety series, "Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris" is coming to Tuesday nights through November. Billed as a unique variety show, "Best Time Ever" will include stunts, skits, pranks, audience interaction, musical numbers, giveaways and unlimited surprises. Also ordered to series is "Little Big Shots," which is hosted by Steve Harvey and features extraordinarily talented kids. The show is executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey.

Returning franchise "Heroes" will kick off Thursdays with the new series "Heroes Reborn" that examines a new group of ordinary citizens with extraordinary abilities. Greg Berlanti's "Blindspot" has gotten the post-"Voice" slot on Mondays. In this new drama a vast international plot explodes when a beautiful Jane Doe, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos, is discovered naked in Times Square with no memory of who she is or how she got there.

Two stars of previous beloved series are toplining new NBC comedies: Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives") stars in "Hot & Bothered," a behind-the-scenes comedy about working on a telenovela in which she plays a woman grappling with life and romance; and Craig T. Nelson reprises his role as Hayden Fox in "Coach," this time to help his son with a fledgling Ivy League football team.

Also on tap: a live Holiday musical presentation of "The Wiz," Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors," and Jennifer Lopez's "Shades of Blue," which will premiere at a later date. There's also "Heartbreaker," starring Melissa George as a fearless doctor inspired by real-life renowned surgeon Dr. Kathy Magliato, who always fights authority to ensure the best for her patients; and "The Player," starring Wesley Snipes and Philip Winchester as a former military operative turned security agent drawn into a high-stakes game in a Las Vegas-set thriller.

"We're attacking the new season with the same programming strategy that successfully turned NBC around — a slate of provocative and innovative series and events that cut through the clutter and will continue to build on our momentum," Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. "We have several powerful new dramas and attention-getting new comedies, including the return of Undateable, which will be broadcast live every week next season. Live programming is one more way to make a show undeniable."

NBC's prime-time schedule for the fall (new programs in italics), all times Eastern:

MONDAY

8-10 p.m. — "The Voice"

10-11 p.m. — "Blindspot"

TUESDAY

8-9 p.m. — "The Voice"

9-10 p.m. — "Heartbreaker"

10-11 p.m. — "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris" / "Chicago Fire" in November

WEDNESDAY

8-9 p.m. — "The Mysteries of Laura"

9-10 p.m. — "Law & Order: SVU"

10-11 p.m. — "Chicago P.D."

THURSDAY

8-9 p.m. — "Heroes Reborn"

9-10 p.m. — "The Blacklist"

10-11 p.m. — "The Player"

FRIDAY

8-8:30 p.m. — "Undateable"

8:30-9 p.m. — "People Are Talking"

9-10 p.m. — "Grimm"

10-11 p.m. — "Dateline NBC"

SATURDAY

8-10 p.m. — "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery"

10-11 p.m. — "Saturday Night Live" classic reruns

SUNDAY

7-8:20 p.m. — "Football Night in America"

8:20-11:30 p.m. — "NBC Sunday Night Football"



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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:39:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon Sings "Roxanne" With Sting]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 03:29:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fallong-Sting-Roxanne-Ragtime-Gals-22-May-2015-1080_1200x675_449821763557.jpg Sting joins Jimmy Fallon and his barbershop group, The Ragtime Gals, sing a barbershop quartet version of The Police's "Roxanne."]]> <![CDATA["Tonight Show" Thank-You Notes: the NFL, Cannes]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 03:51:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Thank-You-Hillary-Clinton.jpg Jimmy pens thank-you notes to Cannes Film Festival, Activia yogurt and Hillary Clinton.

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<![CDATA[Disneyland Turns 60 at All-Nighter]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 10:26:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dlcastle52760662.jpg

Disney's Magic Kingdom will soon turn 60, but it's proving Friday that it's not too old to party late into the night.

Disneyland opened its doors to some of its most dedicated fans at 6 a.m. Friday, when it began a 24-hour birthday celebration for its diamond anniversary with new attractions planned for guests.

Thousands of people, many wearing Mickey Mouse ears, lined up on Main Street for hours before the opening, waiting to get into the Southern California theme park's 60-year birthday party.

"We will make this place our home," said Ian Clarke, who planned to ride every ride with two friends.

A new show, parade and fireworks show were set to debut as part of Disneyland's yearlong anniversary festivities.

Decked out in special 60th anniversary trim, Disneyland's new attractions include a remodeled Electrical Parade with over 1.5 million LED lights and a new fireworks show called "Disneyland Forever."

At California Adventure, the Disney park next door, actor Neil Patrick Harris co-hosting an animated history of "Walt Disney's dream of Disneyland" with Mickey Mouse, according to a news release.

"I'm looking forward to the ireworks show and the projections," Shenise Ross said before the park opened. "I'm so excited for that."

Disneyland opened July 17, 1955, hosting 700 million people in the following 60 years, Disney said.



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<![CDATA[Red Nose: Coldplay's "Game of Thrones" Musical Parody]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 23:24:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/game-of-thrones-musical-rednose.jpg

"Game of Thrones" castmembers teamed up with Coldplay to deliver a special musical version of HBO's hit series in support of the Red Nose Day telecast on NBC Thursday.

The parody–decidedly less violent and bloody than the source material–featured popular songs with lyrics about the world of Westeros.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, performed "Closer to Home," a ballad about sister-lover Cersei, nephew-son Joffrey and his missing hand.

"Are you thinking about Joffrey, such a spirited lad I was his uncle, I was also his Dad," Coster-Waldau sings. Check out the video above.

"Wild thing, you pull your bow string," castmembers sang along with Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin and the band. 

Emilia Clarke who plays the blond-haired queen Daenerys Targaryen, sang "Rastafarian Targaryen."

In an exclusive online clip teased before the Red Nose Day telecast, Peter Dinklage sang with Coldplay about the numerous character deaths on the show.

"Remember Ned Stark, he was a lot of fun but he didn't make it passed season one," crooned Dinklage, whose character Tyrion Lannister is still "going strong."

Other celebrities participating in the show included Julia Roberts, Pharrell, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Retta and Blake Shelton. 

Red Nose Day has raised more than $1 billion in its three decades. Funds from the NBC special will go towards organizations helping children living in poverty in the U.S. and all over the world. Donations can be made by calling 1844 446 6673 or going to RedNoseDayUSA.org.


 



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<![CDATA[Red Nose Day: Julia Roberts' Hollywood Secret ]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 06:21:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/julia-roberts-red-nose-sketch.jpg

Julia Roberts showed her support for the first U.S. version of Britain's Nose Day by revealing a shocking secret: her real voice is very low and hoarse. 

"There's not doubt she's a brilliant actress...but she has what I would describe as a unique voice," fellow actress and director Jodie Foster says in a hilarious "Hollywood Secrets" sketch that debuted during the Red Nose Day telecast Thursday on NBC. "It's not what I would associate with a Hollywood leading lady," adds Foster.

Roberts' former castmates Hugh Bonneville ("Notting Hill") and Richard Gere ("Pretty Woman") expressed "shock" at Roberts' natural voice.

"They re-voice me in every movie I do, which makes me absolutely furious," Roberts revealed. "What is going on?"

But the "August: Osage County" wasn't the only actor who (jokingly) admitted to having a voice that audiences would not recognise. Also exposed as having terrible timbres were Liam Neeson, Robert's other "Notting Hill" co-star Hugh Grant and 007 actor Daniel Craig. Check out the video above.

Other celebrities participating in the show include Pharrell, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Aniston and Blake Shelton.

Red Nose Day has raised more than $1 billion in its three decades. Funds from the NBC special will go towards organizations helping children living in poverty in the U.S. and all over the world. Donations can be made by calling 1844 446 6673 or going to RedNoseDayUSA.org.



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<![CDATA["Tonight Show" Hashtags: #MisheardLyrics]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 06:09:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Tonight-Hashtags-Misheard-Lyrics-21-May-2015-1080_1200x675_449138243983.jpg Jimmy reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #MisheardLyrics.]]> <![CDATA[ Red Nose Day Red Carpet Photos]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 22:23:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/red-nose-groban.jpg See photos of celebrities on the red carpet for Red Nose Day on NBC. Donate to help children in poverty at RedNoseDay.org.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Seth Meyers "Ya Burnt": David Letterman, Prom]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 06:14:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Meyers-Burnt-David-Letterman-Prom-21-May-2015-1080_1200x675_449140291885.jpg Seth Meyers burns David Letterman, prom and other things in his segment "Ya Burnt!"]]> <![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon, Dwayne Johnson's Commencement Speech]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 06:00:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Tonight-Rock-Dwayne-Johnson-Commencement-21-May-2015-1080_1200x675_449139267897.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Dwayne Johnson deliver a graduation speech as high school students with the two lowest GPAs.]]> <![CDATA[Heidi Klum's Craziest "America’s Got Talent" Contestant]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 07:30:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Heidi-Klum-Seth-Meyers-21-May-2015.jpg Heidi Klum tells Seth Meyers about the craziest contestant she's ever seen on "America's Got Talent."

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<![CDATA[Red Nose Day: Best Moments]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 22:05:34 -0500 RedNoseDay.org to donate.]]> RedNoseDay.org to donate.]]> http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NUP_168953_0051.jpg See the best moments from the Red Nose Day telecast, where celebrities came together to raise money for children's charities across the world. Donate at RedNoseDay.org.

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<![CDATA[Celebrities Celebrate Red Nose Day]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 19:15:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/red-nose-day-gallery.jpg See portraits of celebs sporting clown noses ahead of Red Nose Day.

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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: Casey Wilson]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 14:36:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP643538103787.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Red Nose Day: How to Get Involved]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 10:40:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NUP_167621_0112.JPG

Anna Kendrick, Julia Roberts, Coldplay, Jennifer Aniston, Neil Patrick Harris and the stars of NBC are getting together to laugh it up for a good cause on May 21. And you can join in, too.

A popular annual event in the U.K., Red Nose Day has raised more than $1 billion over the last 30 years. Now it comes to the United States for the first time with a fund-raising broadcast special on Thursday, May 21 (8-11 p.m. ET) on NBC. The star-studded event will feature sketch comedy, parodies, videos produced by Funny Or Die, live musical performances and short appeals films that shed light on those in need.

Nearly 20% of American children live in poverty according to the US Census Bureau, November 2012, and many children in countries outside of the USA live on less than $1.50 a day. Monies raised for Red Nose Day will benefit 12 charity organizations whose aim is to lift children and young people out of poverty, in the U.S. and throughout the world.

People from all walks of life are encouraged to have fun and raise money through buying red noses, organizing fundraising events and watching and donating during the television special.

The aim of Red Nose Day is to bring about real and lasting change by tackling the root causes of poverty and social injustice. Grants are awarded to projects on the ground that work to give people a leg up, not a hand out.

The money raised will go directly to The Red Nose Day Fund, which will allocate grants to the twelve charity partners which were chosen based on their fit with a number of key criteria, including their ability to demonstrate excellent governance, financial management, reach, impact reporting and transparency. For more information, please go to www.rednosedayusa.com.

Charity partners include Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity: water; Children’s Health Fund; Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund; LIFT; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children and United Way.

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE

Buy and wear a Red Nose You can get yours at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores for $1, and 50¢ will go to The Red Nose Day Fund. Noses are available until August 31 or as supplies last.

Raise money with friends, family or colleagues Hold a bake sale, play your favorite sport in costume or style your hair funny: all ideas welcome as long as they make people laugh and you bring in the cash.

Post a selfie of you and your friends wearing a nose and doing your bit for Red Nose Day to our Facebook and Twitter accounts and pledge 50¢ for every like or retweet you get. You can download the official Red Nose Day NBC app here.

Tune into the star-studded Red Nose Day show on NBC It’s coming to a screen near you on Thursday, May 21, so book your seat on the couch and invite friends and family over to watch. Other entertainers scheduled to appear include Sienna Miller, Paul Rudd, Jodie Foster, Olivia Wilde, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Leslie Mann, January Jones, Simon Cowell, Naomi Campbell, Anna Camp, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Yvette Nicole Brown, Retta, Natalie Morales and Danny Pudi. Plus, Cast Members from HBO’s "Game of Thrones" and the Netflix Original Series "Orange is the New Black."

The Red Nose Day Special airs Thursday, May 21 from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT 7C on NBC.



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<![CDATA[Cocaine, Gun Charges Dropped Against Rapper Trick Daddy]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 16:45:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/040414+trick+daddy+aka+maurice+young.jpg

Charges were dropped Thursday against Miami rapper Trick Daddy in his April 2014 cocaine and firearm arrest.

Trick Daddy, whose real name is Maurice Young, had been charged with cocaine possession and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after he was arrested by Broward Sheriff's Office deputies at his Miramar home.

According to the affidavit, the Broward County Drug Task Force had a "sniff warrant" to search the home and stopped Young as he was leaving in his car.

When deputies searched the home, they found 1g of powder that field tested positive for cocaine, the affidavit said. A 9mm Sig Sauer and a box of ammunition were also found in the home, the affidavit said.

The 40-year-old rapper is best known for his 2001 hit "I'm a Thug." He's released eight records, including his 1997 debut, Based on a True Story, and has collaborated with several artists including Pitbull, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Cee Lo Green and Ludacris.



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<![CDATA[Scrabble's New Words Bring the "Lolz"]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 15:42:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/scrabble-AP9407080176.jpg

Some people will find a few of the new acceptable Scrabble words “ridic.”

"Lolz", "cakehole," "thanx" and "ridic” are now able to be played in the word game, according to the latest edition of "Collins Official Scrabble Words" published on Thursday.

About 6,500 words were added to the comprehensive Scrabble dictionary, which already contains 250,000 accepted words, NBC News reported.

Words and terms of modern-day culture used to be difficult to pin down for dictionary makers in general, a representative at Collins said. However, technology has made the process a lot easier.

"Dictionaries have always included formal and informal English, but it used to be hard to find printed evidence of the use of slang words," head of language content at Collins Helen Newstead told BBC News. "Now people use slang in social media posts, tweets, blogs, comments, text messages - you name it - so there's a host of evidence for informal varieties of English that simply didn't exist before."

Here’s a few of the new Scrabble words:

Lolz — 13 points
Thanx — 15 points
Lotsa — 18 points
Dench — 11 points
Emoji — 14 points
Sexting — 15 points
PWN — 8 points
Shizzle — 18 points
Twerking — 16 points



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<![CDATA["Pitch Perfect" Teases Red Nose Day Special]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 11:22:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/red-nose-day-RND_PitchPerfect_27_h264_hd_1200x675_448810051769.jpg Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins step into their "Pitch Perfect" roles to support NBC's Red Nose Day Special on May 21.]]> <![CDATA[Red Nose Day: Dinklage Stars in "GoT" Musical]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 11:54:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/red-nose-day-Red-Nose-Day_Intro_Man-for-all-Seasons_NBC_withTag_MD_h264_hd_1200x675_448811075935.jpg Peter Dinklage sings "Man For All Season," the introduction to Coldplay's "Game of Thrones" musical for the Red Nose Day Special on NBC.]]> <![CDATA[Red Nose Day: "IndieAnna Jones" With Anna Kendrick]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 11:55:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NUP_168054_0144.JPG Anna Kendrick plays "IndieAnna Jane" in this Red Nose Day special video sketch.

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<![CDATA[Red Nose Day: "Reservoir Bitches" With "OITNB"]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 11:30:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NUP_168563_0025.JPG The Cast of "Orange Is the New Black" gets in on the Red Nose Day fun with "Reservoir Bitches."

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<![CDATA[Dwyane Wade Can't Resist Watching the NBA Playoffs]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 16:32:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Dwayne+Wade.JPG The Miami Heat didn't make the playoffs, but Dwayne Wade is watching them anyway.

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<![CDATA[ Red Nose Day: Coldplay and "GoT's" Red Wedding]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 11:57:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/red-nose-day-Red-Nose-Day_Intro_RedWedding_NBC_withTag_MD_h264_hd_1200x675_448814147503.jpg Coldplay teases their new "Game of Thrones" musical, created for NBC's Red Nose Day Special on May 21.]]> <![CDATA["Tonight": Duchovny Encounters Manson on "Aquarius"]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 07:31:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fallon+David+Duchovny.JPG David Duchovny chats with Jimmy Fallon about his NBC series, “Aquarius."

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<![CDATA["Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 05:58:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Jeff+Foxworthy.JPG Jeff Foxworthy hosts a special "Tonight Show" edition of "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?" with Pitbull and Jimmy Fallon.

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<![CDATA["Ellen": Pamela Anderson Plays "5 Second Rule"]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 12:46:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ellen_052115_12162_5secondrule-Publicity_1200x675_448789059568.jpg Pamela Anderson stops by the "Ellen DeGeneres" show on Thursday, May 21 to talk divorce, kids and play "5 Second Rule."]]> <![CDATA[David Letterman’s Last Laugh]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 06:29:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP29067809593.jpg

David Letterman, in the final moments of his more than 6,000-hour run as the greatest weeknight late night comedy force of the post-Carson 1960s and 1970s glory years, poked fun at all the deserved praise heaped upon him in recent weeks: “Save a little for my funeral,” he cracked.

The line proved vintage Letterman: by turns sardonic, self-deprecating and, in his own cranky way, gracious. It also summed up the tone of a classy, entertaining finale in which Letterman largely eschewed sentiment to keep us laughing until the end — reminding us why we’ve stuck with him for 33 years and how much we’re going to miss him.

A smattering of classic clips aside (his Taco Bell drive-thru escapades are as funny now as they were nearly 20 years ago), Letterman’s “Late Show” goodbye was less a trip down memory lane than a roast. Every president from George H.W. Bush through Barack Obama pelted Letterman with Gerald Ford’s famous words after Richard Nixon resigned: “Our long national nightmare is over.”

His final Top 10 List — “Things I’ve always wanted to say to Dave” — was delivered by an all-star lineup of favorite guests that included Chris Rock (“I’m just glad your show is being given to another white guy”), Tina Fey (“Thanks for finally proving men can be funny”) and former "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale”).

In some respects, the farewell performance added up to a typical Letterman show on a decidedly atypical Wednesday night. Even the semi-serious moments Letterman allowed himself were upbeat as he thanked his staff, including stage manager Biff Henderson and bandleader Paul Shaffer, whom he celebrated as a “great friend, best friend.”

Letterman thanked his mother, Dorothy, a frequent contributor during his early “Late Show” years. He pointed out his wife, Regina, and son, Harry, in the audience, earning them a standing ovation that seemed to delight the "Late Show" host.

He teased longtime viewers — “Have you thought about a complete psychological work-up?” – and gave them generous shout out: “The people who watch this show, there is nothing I can ever do to repay you … You’ve given me everything.”

Letterman, somewhat oddly, never thanked his own television hero, Johnny Carson, though he alluded to the past in his monologue when he quipped, “It’s beginning to look like I’m not going to get ‘The Tonight Show.’” Still, Carson — and even Letterman’s frenemy, Jay Leno — turned up in the final barrage of pictures, which chronicled three-plus decades of late night television history to a soundtrack of the Foo Fighters’ “Everlong.”

The strongest image we’ll be left with, though, is of Letterman, whose early-years discomfort in his own skin propelled his edgy comedy, smiling and appearing to finally enjoy himself — even if he still has problems accepting kudos. David Letterman exited the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater Wednesday as an entertainer who stayed true to himself as he gave and got the last laugh.

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multimedia NYCity News Service 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.



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