<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:31:05 -0600 Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:31:05 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[WATCH: "Game of Thrones" Season Five Trailer Leaked Online]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:48:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Daenerys-AP963932712279.jpg

Honor, glory, love, war and direwolves.

The trailer for the upcoming fifth season of “Game of Thrones" leaked on the Web this week and it has some surprises for fans of the hit show.

The trailer, which has not been officially released online, was apparently recorded by a cell phone during recent Imax screenings of Season Four’s final two episodes, “The Watchers on the Wall” and “The Children."

The new season promises to be just as epic as past seasons, bringing a dozen new characters into the mix, according to Rolling Stone. The trailer’s tagline is “Justice has a price.”

Set to a pulsating cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes,” the trailer shows drama-filled snippets of scenes involving show favorites such as Arya, Varys, and Daenerys.

"I'm not going to stop the wheel – I'm going to break the wheel," declares the mother of dragons.

The fifth season of “Game of Thrones” will premiere on HBO on April 12.

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<![CDATA[Will Idina Menzel Let Her Nerves Go at the Super Bowl?]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:43:45 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Idina+Menzel+national+anthem-AP981641936089.jpg

Will Idina Menzel be able to let her nerves go when she sings "The Star Spangled Banner" to kick off Super Bowl XLIX Sunday?

The Broadway queen of "Wicked," "Rent," and now big screen "Frozen" fame told NBC's "Today" that she still gets stage fright, even at this stage of her career.

Menzel said Friday that she “got chills,” when she was invited to sing in front of the 110 million people projected to watch the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks battle it out at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. 

The "Glee" star said she was brought up on football, watching games every Sunday with her father. After hearing she would perform the national anthem, he told her, “This is a big gig, honey.”

Just last week when she was singing on stage, she said she got emotional, came in a beat late, and nearly “choked on [her] own snot.” To overcome her nerves, Menzel tries to imagine singing to her 5-year-old son.

Of all the past national anthem singers, she admires the version Whitney Houston belted out at the Super Bowl in 1991 the most.

“When she did that actual rendition of the anthem, I’ll never forget it,” Menzel said.

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<![CDATA[10 Memorable Past Super Bowl Commercials]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:35:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP100308048493_ETradeBaby.jpg

No one can remember the final score after the Super Bowl. Not so with some of the ads.

Who can forget supermodel Bar Refaeli's unbearable kiss for GoDaddy in 2013, or Apple's iconic "1984" commerical?

Last year's Super Bowl XLVII drew in 111.5 million viewers. But not all those spectators tuned in because they were diehard football fans. For many, the showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos was just something that happened between commercials breaks.

No other single event in America can draw an audience of that size, and with the ability to reach so many people, advertisers are willing to shell out big bucks in order to influence the masses.

In 2014, the price of a 30-second spot reportedly cost $4 million. This year, a 30-second spot is said to have gone up to $4.5 million.

Check out below a handful of the most memorable Super Bowl ads through the years:

McDonald's: Larry Bird and Michael Jordan in "The Showdown" (1993)

Volkswagon "The Force" (2011)

Pepsi: Cindy Crawford in "New Can" (1992)

Budweiser "Frogs" (1995)

Budweiser: "Wassup" (2000)

Apple: "1984" (1984)

Budweiser "Puppy Love" (2014)

Bridgestone: "Scream" (2008)

E-Trade: "Milkaholic" (2010)

A notable mention is Coca-Cola's "Hey Kid, Catch!" featuring former Pittsburgh Steelers tackler "Mean" Joe Greene. Though the commercial is most notable for airing during Super Bowl XIV in 1980, Coca-Cola originally aired the ad in October of 1979. The commercial won the 1979 CLIO Award in the world's larget advertising awards competition, and Greene took home the award for best actor in the same contest.

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<![CDATA[Aretha Franklin To Headline "A Night To Remember"]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:57:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ANTR+2014_.jpg

NBC 5 and CitySquare are proud sponsors of A Night to Remember with The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, on Saturday, September 6, at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in downtown Dallas. Tickets are sold out!
Event co-chairmen, Cindy and Scott Collier and Kara and Ross Miller, promise to deliver another stellar event. A Night to Remember has featured legendary performers like Diana Ross, Jay Leno, Steve Martin, Lyle Lovett and BB King.
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<![CDATA[President Obama Sings "Uptown Funk"]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:31:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/20150128+Barack+Obama+Uptown+Funk.jpg

Some people may remember President Obama showing off his singing voice in 2012, with his rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together."

Now, the President has shown off his vocal skills again -- sort of -- in a rendition of the hit song "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson (ft. Bruno Mars).

The popular YouTube channel Baracksdubs has posted a mashup of the President's speeches put together to the tune of the song. The video has already racked up more than 850,000 views in its first two days.

Previously, the channel has posted videos of Obama seemingly singing "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea and "Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer.

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<![CDATA[NFL Debuts 1st Anti-Domestic Violence Super Bowl PSA]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:12:13 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/footballs.jpg

The NFL will air its first public service announcement against domestic violence as part of its No More campaign during the Super Bowl on NBC on Sunday.

A 30-second ad will air for $4.5 million, but the NFL has already released a chilling 60-second version. The ad is based on a real 911 call a domestic violence victim made in October.

The unsettling video starts out showing a disheveled home, with an unmade bed, books thrown on the floor, a sink piled up with unwashed dishes and a fist-sized punch in the wall. A woman is speaking in a rushed tone with the 911 dispatcher, pretending that she is ordering a pizza.

The dispatcher soon realizes the woman is unable to speak openly in her house because her abuser will hear. The final scene shows a framed picture of a woman torn from the wall and left by the trashcan.

The screen fades to black, and a message appears in white: “When it’s hard to talk, It’s up to us to listen.”

“The goal of the PSA is to activate and engage the vast audience of men and women across America in saying NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault,” No More director Virginia Witt told Today.com.

The NFL has faced a number of high-profile domestic abuse allegations involving its players, most notably Ray Rice.

That case inspired many women to speak out on social media using the hashtag #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft and restarted debates about the NFL's history of players accused of domestic abuse.

“Public awareness is the first, essential step toward changing the culture into one where domestic violence and sexual assault no longer happen,” said Witt.

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<![CDATA[Taya Kyle on "American Sniper"]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:35:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SniperWidowInterview_1200x675_390156867663.jpg Taya Kyle, widow of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, discusses the portrayal of her and her husband in the film.]]> <![CDATA[By the Numbers: Puppy Bowl 2015 ]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:51:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/222*120/puppy+pic+for+puppy+bowl+2015.jpg

For many, the Super Bowl is a time for sports fans to gather in their living rooms to cheer on their favorite teams. But for those who have a bone to pick with sports, Super Sunday is a marathon day of watching cute puppies nuzzle against footballs in Animal Planet's annual Puppy Bowl. We've unleashed a list of fetching numbers for those of you who prefer bowls of kibble to buckets of Gatorade. Here's a look at “Puppy Bowl XI” by the numbers:

85: Total rescue puppies, with 55 puppies in the starting lineup. This is the largest group of puppies ever featured. There will only be 12-15 puppies on the field at a time, and each puppy is 12-21 weeks old. This is also the first year the game will have a scoreboard and the puppies will play on two teams: Team Ruff and Team Fluff. 

90: Total number of hours filming the puppies for two days in New York. Unlike the Super Bowl, the Puppy Bowl event isn’t live. The show will air for 12 hours from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m., making 6 repeats after the first show. The 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. shows will all feature a different MVP (most valuable puppy) at the end of each show depending on how the live audience votes online.

15: Pounds of dry dog food on hand to fuel the "players." Organizers also have one case of wet dog food and two cases of water for bowls on and off the field.

20: Dog toys donated by 6 different companies. Look out for a green football, rope toys, stuffed bones and rubber chew toys.

8: Dogs in the barking lot, for tailgating... pun intended. 

13.5 Million: The number of viewers who tuned in to the 10th Anniversary of Puppy Bowl. Even President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with First Dogs Bo and Sunny, were involved in the anniversary!    

1,200: Puppy pads used, along with 12 rolls of paper towels and 315 poo bags for cleanup. 

17: Cameras used to film the event, including Go-Pros. The broadcast features three unique cameras during the game: water bowl cam, slow motion “Too Cute” cam, and kiss cam.

21: Kittens "purrforming" during the halftime show in the control room. Six pounds of cat litter will be used for the “Katty Furry” brand-new Bissel Kitty Half-Time Show.

5: Nigerian Dwarf Goats that will shuffle on the sidelines as cheerleaders. Five hamsters were also taped flying inside the Twizzler Biplane taking aerial shots of the stadium. 

3: "Bowls" competing with the Puppy Bowl. Nat Geo Wild will air “Fish Bowl I” for the first time. Hallmark Channel is bringing back “Kitten Bowl II” and NBC is home to the show’s biggest competitor, “Super Bowl XLIX.”

37: Shelters and rescue groups, which represent 20 states, including California, Florida Nevada, Iowa, South Carolina, Texas and even Puerto Rico.

29.6K: The number of Twitter followers Meep the Bird, Puppy Bowl’s official parakeet who reports from the sideline, has gained. Follow him @meepthebird.

11: Years the Puppy Bowl has aired since its debut in 2005. The first show was a 12-hour montage of dogs playing on the field with no commentary or even sponsor ads around the stadium.

<![CDATA[Puppy Bowl: 2015 Contenders]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:21:45 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Faulkner+Puppy+Bowl+2015+Slideshow.jpg Take a look at some of the contenders in this year's Puppy Bowl.

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<![CDATA[GoDaddy Pulls Controversial Super Bowl Ad ]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:24:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/162767130.jpg

GoDaddy announced Tuesday that it would not air an ad slated to run during the Super Bowl after an early preview on the “Today Show” spawned a wave of criticism on social media.

The Internet domain registrar, known for its zany Super Bowl ads, never fails to deliver water cooler fodder the Monday after the big game. But this time they may have gone too far.

The 30-second spot titled “Journey Home” features a puppy that has been separated from its family after falling off a pickup truck. The adorable dog endures an arduous journey home to reunite with his owners, who are thrilled to see their lost puppy.

"Look! It's Buddy! I'm so glad you made it home," says a woman as he jumps into her arms and licks her face, "because I just sold you on this website I built with GoDaddy."

The backlash was immediate. Animal lovers, activists, and rescue orgnizations like SPCA and The Human Society blasted the ad on Twitter and Facebook, accusing GoDaddy of condoning the online sale of puppies which are often connected to puppy mills.

On Tuesday evening, GoDaddy's CEO Blake Irving released a statement on the company's website announcing the decision to pull the commercial from Sunday's game and YouTube:

"This morning we previewed GoDaddy's Super Bowl spot on a popular talk show, and shortly after a controversy started to swirl about Buddy, our puppy, being sold online. The responses were emotional and direct. Many people urged us not to run the ad…However, we underestimated the emotional response. And we heard that loud and clear. The net result? We are pulling the ad from the Super Bowl. You'll still see us in the Big Game this year, and we hope it makes you laugh."

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<![CDATA[Wiig, McCarthy to Star in New, All-Women "Ghostbusters": Report]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:09:16 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ghostbusters-actresses.jpg

The new "Ghostbusters" reboot has got its all-women cast, and it's an awfully funny one.

Melissa McCarthy has signed on, and Sony is now in talks with Kristen Wiig and current "Saturday Night Live" players Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting.

McCarthy is already in talks for one of the lead roles, according to THR. And although the negotations are ongoing, all four "hilarious women" — their future director's words — are expected to sign on to make the film, it reported.

The new "Ghostbusters" movie is set to be directed by Paul Feig, who previously directed both McCarthy and Wiig in "Bridemaids."

Writer Katie Dippold, who worked with Feig on "The Heat" and also wrote some episodes of NBC's "Parks and Recreation," will join to write the screenplay, Feig confirmed last year.

The long-planned movie was originally supposed to be a sequel that would bring back the original "Ghostbusters" stars: Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis.

But Ramis died last year, and the original director, Ivan Reitman, ditched the project back last March. Sony picked Feig for it back in August.

The new "Ghostbusters" film won't be connected to the original series of movies.

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<![CDATA[Principal Announces Snow Day With "Let It Go" Parody]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:24:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/2d274907706772-today-letitgo-principal-2-150127.today-tease-top2x.jpg

A Rhode Island principal decided to get creative with his school's snow day announcement.

Matt Glendinning, the head of Moses Brown School in Providence, announced the school’s closure with a parody of “Let it Go,” the signature song from Disney's 2013 animated film “Frozen.”

"The snow glows white on Route 95, not a tire track to be seen," Glendinning sings. "We could make you come to school, but that would just be mean.”

The video for “Let it Snow” contains green-screened shots of snow-covered streets as well as costumes — a lot of production that would have been difficult to conduct in the blizzard that caused eight states to make emergency declarations and canceled 7,000 flights Monday and Tuesday.

However, it was completed days before the extreme weather system battered the Northeast corridor.

"Sunday morning we saw the weather report," Adam Olenn, the school’s director of communications, said to Boston's WBUR radio, "and we said, 'Oh, we've got to get this done.'"

The video took "a week, week and a half" to shoot, with the final scenes shot last Friday ahead of the blizzard, Olenn said.

Also, “Today” reported that Glendinning is not singing in the video -- it's actually school choir director, Justin Peters.

Either way, enjoy the parody in the video above.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Blizzard 2015 Rokerthon]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 03:02:31 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-01-26+at+8.21.27+PM.jpg

Rokerthon is back!

Al Roker, who broke the Guinness World Record for the longest uninterrupted live weather report broadcast in November, is providing continuous coverage of the blizzard pummeling the Northeast.

In a special edition of Rokerthon, the veteran weatherman will offer continuous forecasts, analysis and video coverage of the blizzard.

On Tuesday, Roker will continue anchoring his special coverage from 4 a.m.–7:00 a.m. ET, which will stream live on NBCNews.com and msnbc.com.

On Monday, Roker provided continuous forecast, analysis, and video coverage of the extreme weather impacting the Northeast from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. ET.

Back in November, Roker beat the 33-hour record set in September by Norwegian TV personality Eli Kari Gjengedal, forecasting weather live for 34 hours.



<![CDATA["SNL" Tackles "Deflategate" Controversy]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:44:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SNL_Deflategate.jpg

"Saturday Night Live" took aim at the New England Patriots "Deflategate" scandal, mocking the way the team has handled accusations it under-inflated 11 of 12 footballs used against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

In the cold open sketch, rumpled Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (Beck Bennett) held a press conference in which he denied any knowledge of the decision to allegedly deflate the footballs. Then he blamed quarterback Tom Brady (Taran Killam).

"I never really trusted the guy. Someone that good-looking and rich — well, you've seen 'American Psycho,'" Belichick grunted. "I love him like a son — just more of an estranged son that I wouldn't trust around footballs," before shoving the oblivious quarterback toward the podium.

Only Dougie Spoons (Bobby Moynihan), the Patriots' assistant equipment co-manager, defended Brady.

"This man is a legend, a hero, and one day he is going to be the father of my child!" Dougie said before spiraling into an "A Few Good Men"-inspired admission of guilt. "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!" he shouted at a reporter (Kate McKinnon).

Colin Jost and Michael Che likewise took a swipe at Belichick and the Patriots on "Weekend Update."

"Man, that Bill Belichick always has a trick up his no-sleeves," Che said. "The Patriots of course denied the cheating accusations, saying the only deflated balls they have are because of steroids."

Blake Shelton pulled double duty in his first "SNL" appearance, both hosting the show and performing as a musical guest. And while the country star admitted he felt like a fish out of water in New York, he brought plenty of his own heartland style to the Studio 8H set.

In his opening monologue, Shelton attempted a re-hash of the country-fried variety show "Hee Haw," although the "SNL" cast was slow to catch on.

"So Pete," Shelton said to cast member Pete Davidson, "I was at the saloon the other day."

"Yeah I know," Davidson said, before taking a dig at Shelton's sister.

"Dude, this isn't a roast!" an exasperated Shelton insisted.

"That's what I said to your wife when she tried to make me dinner," Davidson shot back.

Shelton, who also splits time as a coach on NBC's "The Voice," appeared in a music video alongside Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon called "Wishin' Boot." ("It's the little black boot that makes your dreams come true.")

But Shelton's guitar wasn't just tuned for satire. He played "Boys 'Round Here" from his album "Based on a True Story..." and "Neon Light" from “Bringing Back the Sunshine," his latest album.

In "Farm Hunk" — a rural version of "The Bachelor" — Iowa farmer Ryan Coles (Shelton) fielded romantic advances from a cascade of women (Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant, Sasheer Zamata and Leslie Jones) bearing handfuls of spaghetti, a live macaw and bundles of pent-up emotional issues.

"If you're ever in New York, gimme a call and I'll shuck your corn all night long," Jones purred to him.

“SNL” returns Jan. 31 with host J. K. Simmons and musical guest D’Angelo.

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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:48:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/170*120/KieraKnightly_AP325553966708_2_sm.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Zoo Celebrates Chimp and Otter's Birthdays]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:28:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Zoo-Chimp-Otter.jpg

The Dallas Zoo is throwing first birthday party bashes for a chimp and an otter and everyone is invited to the party.

The parties for Mshindi the chimp and Tasanee the Asian small-clawed otter are planned for Saturday morning.

Guests are invited at the Chimpanzee Forest in Wilds of Africa, where at 10 a.m., everyone will sing "Happy Birthday" while Mshindi and his eight troop members tear into a massive, chimp face-shaped birthday cake filled with his favorite treats.

Then at 10:45 a.m. everyone will sing to Tasanee as she and her parents dive into her floating sashimi boat loaded with her favorite food at the Otter Outpost in Zoo North.

The zoo will also give the first 100 guests at both habitats a free mini-cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Mshindi and Tasanee were born one day apart, but getting them to their first birthdays is a big deal for the Dallas Zoo.

Asian small-clawed otter Tasanee beat the odds to survive; she needed more than 100 days of devoted care from her keepers, because single otter pups usually do not make it.

Chimp Mshindi has been an integral addition to the now nine-member troop. He's the first baby since his brother, Kona, arrived in 2009, adding a positive dynamic to the troop's complex social structure.

More: DallasZoo.com

Photo Credit: The Dallas Zoo
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<![CDATA[Fallon: Blake Shelton's "Whisper Challenge" Fail]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:53:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/461980302.jpg

Blake Shelton isn't up for playing games that don't require keeping score.

“The Voice” coach stopped by “The Tonight Show” Thursday ahead of his “SNL" gig this weekend, where the country crooner will double as host and musical guest.

Fallon congratulated Shelton on another “Voice” win,  encouraging the singer to stand up and take a bow as the crowd cheered him on.

“You don’t have to stand up,” said Fallon.

“Well, you don’t have to tap it down,” replied Shelton. “Why Can’t you just celebrate it with me?”

Shelton revealed the he will be singing “Neon Lights” and “Boys Around Here” during his “SNL” performance, prompting Fallon to sing the songs mimicking a country accent.

“That is not even close to how that song is sung,” Shelton joked. “I seriously can’t stand you.”

Shelton, who is known to always be down for some fun and games, begrudgingly agreed to play a new game called the whisper challenge after learning that Fallon wasn’t going to keep score.

“It’s fun,” said Fallon said. “Everyone’s having a good time. Have fun for once.”

“I just want to keep score,” complained Shelton as he put on his headphones.

The whisper challenge requires that each contestant attempts to lip-read what the other player is saying while wearing headphones blaring loud music.

Fallon had a hard time trying to say “pumpkin spice latte” without laughing, making it difficult for Shelton to lip-read.

"My pee pee's stretched out?" guessed the country star. "I swear to God, this is, what is this?"

"Stop yelling at me!" cried Fallon.

"This is the stupidest thing. Literally, I have ever been a part of in my entire career," said Shelton.

Fallon fared much better at reading Shelton’s lips when it was his turn to guess “Benedict Cumberbatch,” who Shelton apparently has never heard of.

"That doesn't even mean anything!" said a baffled Shelton who thought the Oscar winner’s name was a combination of nonsense words.

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<![CDATA[Hines Ward on "Deflategate": "It's Cheating"]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:25:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Meyers+Hines+Ward+Deflategate.jpg Former NFL wide receiver Hines Ward stopped by "Late Night" Thursday and chatted with Seth Meyers about his own Super Bowl wins as well as what he really thinks about the "deflategate" scandal.

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<![CDATA[Fallon's Favorite #MyTouchdownDance Vines]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:14:38 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Vine+Hashtags+MyTouchdownDance.png As Super Bowl XLIX approaches, Jimmy Fallon shares some of his favorite Vines with the hashtag: #MyTouchdownDance.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: Whisper Challenge with Blake Shelton]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:36:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Whisper+Challenge+with+Blake+Shelton.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Blake Shelton play a game of Whisper Challenge, where each player takes turns guessing what the other one is saying while wearing noise-canceling headphones.

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<![CDATA[DreamWorks Animation Cutting 500 Jobs]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:56:31 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/106730288.jpg

DreamWorks Animation said Thursday it is reducing the number of films it produces each year from three to two and cutting 500 jobs as it tries to improve its profitability.

The company, known for animated movies such as "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda," said it is narrowing its focus to one original film and one sequel each year.

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said that the company's film plans had grown too ambitious and led to inconsistent performance.

The company has struggled with a weaker-than-expected performance from some films, such as "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," which contributed to a loss in its most recent quarter.

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. will take a $290 million pre-tax charge in connection with the restructuring. It expects the moves will save $30 million in 2015, growing to roughly $60 million by 2017.

The job cuts represent 18 percent of its workforce. They are expected to be complete by the end of the year.

The company says some of the employees at its Redwood City facility will be offered jobs at its Southern California headquarters.

DreamWorks also announced a number of management departures, including Vice Chairman Lewis Coleman, Chief Operating Officer Mark Zoradi and Dawn Taubin, who is primarily responsible for the company's marketing activities.

Movies remaining on its slate include "Home," which is set for release in March, followed by 2016 releases of "Kung Fu Panda 3," and "Trolls." In 2017, it plans to release "Boss Baby" and "The Croods 2," followed in 2018 by "Larrikins," and "How to Train Your Dragon 3." The company said that "Captain Underpants" will be produced outside of its pipeline at a significantly lower cost.

Shares of the Glendale, California, company rose 3 percent to $22 in extended trading following the announcement.

Photo Credit: WireImage]]>
<![CDATA[Will Ferrell Hurls Basketball at "Cheerleader's" Head]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:47:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP25271001815.jpg

Will Ferrell gave a Los Angeles Lakers game an unexpected halftime show when he pegged an apparent cheerleader in the face with a basketball Wednesday, in a stunt set to become a scene in his new movie.

The comic was supposedly going for a half-court shot but wound up knocking the dancer — well, stunt woman, really — off her feet mid-routine instead, video shot courtside showed.

Security quickly descended on Ferrell and hauled him off the court at New Orleans' Smoothie King Center, where the Lakers were taking on the Pelicans.

The entire kerfuffle was part of the shoot for Ferrell's upcoming movie "Daddy's Home," which the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported he's been filming in the Big Easy since November.

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<![CDATA[UTA Professor’s Film to be Featured on HBO]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:16:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UTA+PROF.jpg

A film made by a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington now has something in common with the hit series "Game of Thrones." Both can be seen on HBO.

Ya’Ke Smith wrote and produced “Dawn”, which chronicles a woman’s struggle to land on her feet after she’s released from prison. It’s loosely based on his sister, who has spent the last decade in and out of the system.

“Watching her struggle inspired me to write a film about it,” said Smith. “I know so many people who have gone through the system. Some get out and it’s good – it’s a good transition and they’re successful. And some, not so much. I think people really need to understand how difficult that struggle is, so I wanted to make a film about it.

“Dawn” was screened at last year’s American Black Film Festival in New York City, where it received high praise. HBO liked it so much, they approached Smith about showing it on their network.

“It’s great,” said Smith. “In my opinion, it’s a badge of honor because it’s a huge network, they make quality content, and they don’t just take anything. So, to have them call me, it’s validating.”

He hopes to use this opportunity as a motivational lesson for his students.

“Having a film like this on HBO, which is not what you’d consider a commercially viable film, it lets them know if you stick to your guns, if you make work that you’re passionate about, if you make work that really has a message and that deeply resonates, it will find its home and it will find success,” said Smith.

HBO subscribers can watch “Dawn” on HBO GO starting February 1. The film will also be shown throughout the year on the various networks of HBO.

Photo Credit: Ya'ke Smith]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Super Bowl 2015 Teasers, Commercials]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:34:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kardashian-SB.jpg

The Super Bowl 2015 commercial madness has already begun.

Although few full commercials have been released, many companies have revealed teasers ahead of the big game. The New England Patriots are set to take on the Seattle Seahawks live from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday, Feb. 1, airing on NBC.

A few full commercials are available:

"The Voice"








Victoria's Secret

Bud Light

Old Spice

Dove Men+Care

Carls Jr.



Doritos is holding its annual “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, where fans will vote on which two of the 10 finalists will air on the big day. You can see the finalists here

Check out teasers released ahead of the Super Bowl:




Nationwide Insurance


Mercedes-Benz USA





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<![CDATA["Saved by the Bell" Actor Pleads Not Guilty]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:49:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dustin_Diamond_mugshot1.png

The actor who played Screech in the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell" has pleaded not guilty to charges resulting from a bar fight in southeastern Wisconsin.

Dustin Diamond and his fiancee, Amanda Schutz (SHUTS), appeared in Ozaukee County Circuit Court Thursday morning on charges stemming from Christmas Day scuffle at a bar in Port Washington.

Diamond is accused of stabbing a man at the bar after Schutz became involved in an altercation. The man who was stabbed told police he had shoved Diamond forcefully and didn't realize he had been cut until later.

The 38-year-old Diamond entered the not guilty pleas to second-degree reckless endangering safety, a felony, and two misdemeanors. Schutz entered the same plea to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Diamond has been free on bond. The judge set a $500 signature bond for Schutz.

<![CDATA[How They Reported It: The State of the Union]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:40:50 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Meyers+SOTU+How+They+Reported+It.png The State of the Union is a big event and almost every news outlet had something to say about it. Seth Meyers reads out some of his favorite headlines in a new segment called "How they reported it."]]> <![CDATA[Lip Flip: Jennifer Aniston Interviews Herself]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:38:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/461917012.jpg

Jennifer Aniston may have revealed what team she is rooting for during the Super Bowl.

The “Friends” actress stopped by “The Tonight Show” Wednesday to promote her latest project, “Cake,” and learned that Jimmy Fallon is “a little jealous” that Aniston vacations with "the other Jimmy” — Kimmel that is.

“I’d be fun on vacation, I can go,” said Fallon. “I have a one piece bathing suit and everything.”

Fallon assumed that he was missing out on a “raging” good time and was shocked to learn that Aniston’s guests, which include radio shock-jock Howard Stern, sit around and do arts and crafts.

“Howard is painting beautiful landscapes these days,” the Golden Globe winner revealed. “And Jimmy takes pictures off the internet and draws them.”

“I can draw too,” said Fallon. “I don’t even need the Internet, I have an imagination.”

The “Tonight Show” host praised Aniston for her performance in the critically acclaimed “Cake,” which features a makeup-free Jennifer as a woman struggling with chronic pain, an addiction to prescription pills and the death of a member of her support group.

After joking that she has always wanted to interview herself, Fallon suggested they should play a game of “Lip Flip," during which they did impressions of Billy Bob Thornton in “Sling Blade” and ended up in a heated debate about whether the New England Patriots or Seattle Seahawks will win the Super Bowl.

“Yo Jen! Who do you want to win the Super Bowl?” “Fallon” asked as the Actress' mouth was superimposed over the host with the help of CGI techonology.

“I’m going with the Pats all the way bro,” said “Aniston” as Fallon spoke with a very thick Boston accent. “Who are you rooting for?”

"Seattle, dude,” the Cake star replied as she mocked the host. "We got all the weed, man. We got the Starbucks, we got the Space Needle…Oh hey! Did I said we got the weed?"

The interview quickly turned into a split-screen back-and-forth debate where each person tried to come up with popular things associated with their respective chosen cities.

Photo Credit: NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images]]>