<![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 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:20:41 -0500 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:20:41 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Robin William' Children Battle Widow Over Estate ]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:35:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP741201775385.jpg

Seven months after Robin Williams tragic suicide, his family is taking their battle over his estate to the courtroom.

According to court documents, Williams’ three children will dispute with the late actor's widow, Susan Schneider, Monday morning over the rights to Williams' Marin County home and the belongings inside.

In her filing, Schnieder alleges the comedian's children from two previous marriages took items without her permission from the Tiburon, California, home she shared with Williams.

Williams' trust granted his children his memorabilia and awards in the entertainment industry and some other specific personal items, but also called for the creation of provisions to benefit his wife, who has two teenage sons of her own. This included the couple's home in Tiburon, California and "the contents thereof,” according to the actors will, The New York Times reported.

Schneider is asking the court to exclude the contents of the Tiburon home from items Williams wanted the children to have.

The case over the details of Williams’ trust is expected to go beyond Monday’s initial hearing.

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<![CDATA[DFW Viewers Excited About "A.D. The Bible Continues"]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:48:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/032915+Highland+Park+screening+The+Bible.jpg NBC 5 talked to viewers who attended a special screening of "A.D. The Bible Continues" at Highland Park Village theater recently. The new series premieres on NBC 5 on April 5 at 8:00 p.m.

Photo Credit: Noah Bullard, NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Life and Music of Selena Celebrated in DFW]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:48:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/10pm_archer_selena_1200x675_419911747708.jpg Tuesday marks 20 years since the passing of Selena. She was murdered before her crossover album topped music charts. This weekend, North Texans celebrated Selena's life and music with art and by watching the film based on her life.]]> <![CDATA[2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:47:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NUP_168016_0013.JPG 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards

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<![CDATA[Music Festival Bans Selfie Sticks]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 21:14:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/Coachella2014-Sunday-Scenery.jpg

Festival goers can leave behind their selfie sticks when packing for their trips this year.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California is the latest in a string of festivals and venues to ban ticket holders from carrying in the popular selfie stick. 

"NO Selfie Sticks / Narsisstics [sic]," the website reads. Festival organizers did not immediately reply to a request for comment. 

Selfie sticks help large groups take selfies easier, but organizers of several large music festivals around the nation are banning the stick on their grounds. 

Earlier in the week, Lollapalooza, a summer music festival in Chicago, also had a noticable addition to its FAQ section on the website for 2015 festival goers, NBC Chicago reported: no selfie sticks.

"GoPro attachments like sticks, selfie sticks & monopods," the website clarified. Professional recording equipment, such as detachable zoom lenses and tripods, will also not be allowed into festival grounds. 

It was immediately unclear whether other large music festivals in California would institute a similar ban. HARD Fest, a popular music festival in Los Angeles, did not specifically mention selfie sticks on their prohibited items list, though they do not allow professional recording equipment such as cameras with detachable lenses, or videos cameras or GoPros. 

Other popular California music festivals, such as Outside Lands in August or County Summer in June, do not specifically mention selfie sticks. The highly anticipated San Diego festival, Kaaboo, will not allow audio or video recording equipment on festival grounds. 

ULTRA, a large music event in Miami, specified on their website that they would not allow festivals goers in Miami to bring in "professional cameras, flash cameras or video and audio recording equipment, or camera poles." Summerfest, a Milwaulkee, WI festival, did not specify whether they would allow the sticks. 

Music festivals are not the first to institute a selfie stick ban. The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museumbanned the popular sticks in February

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<![CDATA[Aretha Franklin To Headline "A Night To Remember"]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 17:57:23 -0500 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["The Rock Obama" Returns to "SNL"]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 05:38:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SNL-The-Rock-Obama-2.jpg

Whether he’s throwing down The People’s Elbow or underpinning the next explosive iteration of “Fast and the Furious,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a talent for keeping a franchise alive.

And with “Furious 7” hitting theaters on Friday, it was only fair that his fourth “Saturday Night Live” hosting appearance marked the return of another classic: The Rock Obama.

In the cold open sketch, President Barack Obama (Jay Pharoah) tried to keep his temper in check while meeting with three of his most outspoken critics: House Speaker John Boehner (Taran Killam), Sen. Tom Cotton (Kyle Mooney) and Sen. Ted Cruz (Bobby Moynihan).

But when the obstinate Republican senators pushed him too far, the commander-in-chief transformed into his surly counterpart: The Rock Obama (Johnson).

“Don’t be alarmed,” the hulking president said. “The Rock Obama much like Barack Obama, only larger and more violent.”

His first target: Boehner.

“You. Orange Man,” he said, lifting Boehner by his collar. “You like Israel? Maybe you should go visit Israel!” as he tossed the House speaker through a White House window.

The Rock Obama dispatched with Cotton and Cruz in similar fashion, only to be interrupted by his wife Michelle (Sasheer Zamata) and an apologetic Secret Service agent (Beck Bennett).

“Turns out there’s been a mentally ill vagrant living in the White House garden for the last two months,” the agent said.

“Are you kidding me?! My garden?!” the first lady howled, before she, too, transformed into her larger, more violent alter-ego: She-Rock Obama (Leslie Jones).

“You tried to protect us—but who will protect you?!” she shouted, ripping off the agent’s arm and clubbing him over the head with it.

In his opening monologue, Johnson pointed out his skill at keeping franchises alive.

“Some folks in the industry have even referred to me as ‘Franchise Viagra,” he said, before launching into a song about how he’d revive movie series both moribund and beloved.

While filming a WWE promo shoot, Koko WatchOut (Johnson) took trash-talking with rival Trashyard Mutt (Moynihan) a little too seriously, to disastrous effect.

“He has herpes!” WatchOut shouted. "It's true! Oh, he's got herpes and he's got it bad!"

But even when Mutt asked him off-camera to keep the smacktalk limited to the wrestling mat, WatchOut overstepped his bounds.

“You remember the college girlfriend named Donna? It turns out that eight months after you broke up, she had a baby girl! Evelyn!

“What?!” a shellshocked Mutt cried.

“I met her! She’s a lovely girl! An honors student! And she doesn’t want a thing to do with you man, because you’re unfit to be a dad!”

Johnson also took on the title role in a mock movie trailer for an upcoming live-action reboot of “Bambi.” But unlike Disney original, Bambi and his friends—Thumper (Killam), Flower (Pharoah) and Faline (Cecily Strong) — have a thirst for vengeance and serious firepower.

“When I was a boy, they took away my mother,” the musclebound fawn says in the trailer. “Now it’s time for them to pay—dearly.”

On “Weekend Update,” co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che welcomed back Russian villager Olya Povlatsky (McKinnon) to discuss the Russian economy’s new signs of bouncing back. (Despite the recuperating ruble, she was still in need of a snack.)

“You know District 12 in Hunger Games? Based on richest neighborhood in my village,” she deadpanned. “Even Ebola would not come to Russia! It almost came, and then was like ‘No, too easy.’”

“Come on, Olya,” Jost chided her. “Russia can’t be that bad.”

“I have had frostbite ever since I was born, Colin,” she replied. “This is why my toes are like One Direction: Only four left.”

Breakthrough British singer-songwriter George Ezra lit up the Studio 8H stage, performing “Budapest” and “Blame It on Me.”

“SNL” returns on April 4 with veteran host Michael Keaton and first-time musical guest Carly Rae Jepsen.

Photo Credit: NBC Universal
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<![CDATA[WrestleMania Hall of Fame Ceremony]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:55:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/wrestlemania_hall_of_fame_set1.JPG

Wrestling fans have had lots to do before the main WrestleMania event Sunday evening.

At the SAP Center Saturday, a WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony inducted some of the biggest legends in wrestling into the Hall of Fame. And some of the biggest names in wrestling were there to honor them.

Several wrestling stars on the red carpet have ties to the Bay Area, including Roman Reigns, who will be wrestling tomorrow in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Levis Stadium against Brock Lesnar.

Roman said he has lots of family in the Bay Area. So does Eva Marie from the show "Total Divas." She was born and raised in Concord and graduated from Northgate High School. She said she is thrilled WrestleMania will be held at the new Levi's Stadium.

"I think Levi's Stadium is phenomenal," Marie said. "I can't wait for us to go in there and perform tomorrow night. I think it's great for the community. It brings so many people out that wouldn't normally come out to Levi's Stadium because it's the 49ers spot. So now that WrestleMania is there, it's bringing so much awareness to that facility. It's awesome."

Brett Heart already has been inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame. He said he is happy to have played a role in making wrestling so popular.

Seventy-one-thousand fans are expected to attend Sunday's event at Levi's Stadium. But on Saturday, it was all about honoring the legends as they are inducted into the Hall of Fame, including Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

VTA said it is ready to handle tens of thousands of fans. The system has had some practice, with a whole season of 49ers games under its belt. The big difference is that tomorrow, many more fans will be from out of town. And they will be using the light rail line for the first time.

Photo Credit: Christie Smith]]>
<![CDATA[DFW Pays Tribute to Selena]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:43:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Selena2.jpg Twenty years after the death of Texas native Selena at age 23, people in Dallas gathered to remember the Tejano music star who was on the brink of super stardom at the time of her death.]]> <![CDATA[Slime and Stars at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:23:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP292145567037.jpg Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Will Forte Sings Ode to His Beard]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:29:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Will-Forte-Beard-Song.jpg

What do you do when your beard goes away? If you're Will Forte, you grow another one. And then you sing about it.

Forte joined Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” and lamented the loss of the bushy beard he grew for his role in the TV comedy “The Last Man on Earth.” Forte even saved the beard hair—but not for himself.

“We were talking about this before: You gave your mom your beard hair?” Fallon asked.

“Mom requested the beard hair,” Forte insisted. “She does art projects based on all my things, and she said, ‘May I have your beard hair for a project I’m working on?’”

But with no art project to show for it and only a scant beard to replace the shaggy original, Forte decided to express his sorrow through music.

“This song is about the depression and sadness I went through when I had to shave my beard off,” Forte said. “It’s a tough time in every man’s life when he has to shave his beard.”

As is his weekly habit, Fallon took some time to pen thank-you notes. On Friday’s list of recipients: Pope Francis, garage sales and the Final Four.

“Thank you, the Final Four — or as you’re now known, One Direction,” joked Fallon, riffing on the much-lamented departure of Zayn Malik from the band.

Fallon was also sure to thank Madame Tussauds for making a wax figure of him.

“Which reminds me — sure, honey, I’d love to go to your sister’s for dinner this weekend,” Fallon said, mock-guffawing as he looked at his waxen doppelgänger.

Adam Horovitz (better known as rapper Ad-Rock of Beastie Boys fame) stopped by “Tonight” to chat with Fallon about his acting role opposite Ben Stiller in the upcoming movie “While We’re Young.”

“I’m on a talk show!” Horovitz said gleefully, before becoming self-critically taking stock of his apparel. “I feel like I should have worn a hat,” Horovitz mused. (He later returned to the stage wearing a purple beanie.)

Jeremy Wade, the host of Animal Planet’s “River Monsters,” also visited the studio — and he brought along a few tanks full of peculiar specimens. Among them were electric catfish — which Forte ill-advisedly tried to kiss — and the decidedly bizarre hagfish, which oozed gobs of sticky slime all over Fallon’s hands.

It still remains to be seen whether those hagfish earn a thank-you note next week.

Photo Credit: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
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<![CDATA[Watch: Will Forte Sings an Ode to His Beard on "Tonight"]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:52:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Will-Forte-Ode-to-Beard-27-Mar-2015-1080_1200x675_419463747703.jpg Will Forte recently shaved off his beard and he misses it very, very much.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon Thank-You Notes: Final Four, Pope Francis]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:10:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Thank-You-Notes-Tussauds.jpg Jimmy pens thank you notes to Pope Francis, garage sales and the new wax sculptures of him at Madame Tussauds.

Photo Credit: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon]]>
<![CDATA[Seth's Affirmations: Seth Is a Powerhouse, Seth Is in the Moment]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:01:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Affirmations+.png The “Late Night” writers were kind enough to write some affirmations for Seth Meyers to provide him with emotional support and encouragement. ]]> <![CDATA[Watch: "Tonight Show" Hashtags #HowIQuit]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:20:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Hashtag+HowIQuit.png Jimmy Fallon asks "Tonight Show" fans to submit their story of how they quit a job via Twitter with the hashtag #HowIQuit.]]> <![CDATA[Sarah's Weekend Picks: Concerts, Food and Disney]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:30:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MIDDAY_SARAHS_PICKS_SMN_032615_1200x675_418648643738.jpg The Dallas Morning New's Sarah Blaskovich discusses her picks for the weekend, including concerts, food and an event for the kiddos.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: "Tonight Show" Screen Grabs]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:26:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Tonight+Show+Screen+Grabs.png Jimmy Fallon asks "Tonight Show" fans to send in screenshots found on the Internet and shares some of his favorite submissions, including a 1000-year-old grandmother and an interesting Pat Benatar album cover on Pandora.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: "Late Night" Celebrity Spelling Bee]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:15:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Celebrity+Spelling+Bee.JPG In this day and age, we know so much about celebrity lives thanks to social network and gossip magazine, but the real question is: Can you spell their name? Find out in this "Late Night" game of "Celebrity Spelling Bee."

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<![CDATA["Mitt in the Mirror" With Mitt Romney & Jimmy Fallon]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:16:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NUP_167998_1610.JPG

Mitt Romney finally revealed why he isn’t running in 2016, ending his presidential aspirations.

The 2012 Republican presidential candidate stopped by "The Tonight Show" Wednesday and chatted with Jimmy Fallon about the 2016 election and revealed that his 2-year-old grandson is training him for the Evander Holyfield charity fight.

Romney will be squaring off against the former heavyweight boxing champion on May 15 for Charity Vision’s “Fight Night” in Salt Lake City. Charity Vision is a non-profit organization that focuses on restoring curable sight impairment worldwide.

“It’s going to be a very quick battle,” Romney joked.

Having officially bowed out of the GOP race in January, the former Governor of Massachusetts was free to crack jokes about President Obama’s golf game, Hillary Clinton’s emails and his own presidential bid loss when he spoke to his “reflection” before sitting down with Fallon.

Fallon, pretending to be Romney in the “reflection” asked the real Mitt if he was ready for big interview.

“Well, actually I’m a little nervous," Romney admitted. "Jimmy is probably going to ask me why I didn’t run for president. What should I say?”

“Just tell him you enjoy the freedom. You get to sit back, relax, golf all the time, go on vacation whenever you want,” Fallon said as Mitt's reflection.

“AKA, be president?” Romney quipped.

Romney’s reflection, worried about the Holyfield charity fight, wanted some assurance that they weren’t crazy for taking on a heavyweight champion. The real Romney reminded the reflection that it was all in good fun. After all, he said, "what’s the worst that can happen?”

“That’s true, I guess it’s not the first time we lose to a black guy,” replied “reflection” Romney.

Watch the clip above to see what else Mitt Romney contemplates about with himself while talking to his “reflection.”

Photo Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Watch: Mitt Romney in the Mirror]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:27:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Mitt+Romney+Face+Off.JPG Before his "Tonight Show" interview, Gov. Romney talks to his "reflection" in the mirror.

Photo Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC]]>
<![CDATA["Name Our Roo": LA Zoo Holds Kangaroo Naming Contest]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:53:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*128/la-zoo-name-our-kangaroos-032515.jpg

With each spring comes new life.

The Los Angeles Zoo is currently housing a bounty of babies — a baby hippo, koala, monkey, giraffe and more —  and it wants the public's help in naming the zoo's latest little one, a kangaroo joey.

"Since these newborns won’t be babies forever, we decided to highlight the excitement with a 'NameOurRoo' contest," said Laura Stegman, spokeswoman for the Greater LA Zoo Association.

"It's the first time in nearly 20 years that the general public has been offered the chance to name a baby animal at the LA Zoo," she added.

Now through April 26, visitors can submit a photo of the western gray kangaroo baby along with a potential name using the hashtag #NameOurRoo on Twitter, Instagram or the zoo's website.

The voting and judging process will be open to the public from April 27 to May 1. The winner who comes up with the best baby name will receive a GoPro Hero4 camera and a family deluxe zoo membership, according to a statement.

The "Name Our Roo" contest is part of the zoo's "Meet our Babies" program. Zoo-goers who visit now through the end of April will receive an activity guide containing fun facts and a map to find all the babies at the 133-acre wildlife park.

The "Meet the Babies" program and the "Name Our Roo" contest are part of the zoo's efforts to spotlight the park's endangered and vulnerable species breeding programs.

Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy of Jamie Pham ]]>
<![CDATA[Fans React to Zayn Malik Quitting One Direction]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:25:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/459478626.jpg

One Direction fans, or One Directioners, took to social media Wednesday to share their despair over news that Zayn Malik has left the group after 5 years.

Fans expressed their sadness and shared their memories of seeing the whole band perform, using the hashtag #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik on Twitter.

Even the Beliebers, Harmonizers and fans of other groups showed their support for One Direction.

Take a look a their messages below: 

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<![CDATA[Puppy Love at TCU]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:57:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Puppy-Love-at-TCU.jpg It's finals week at Texas Christian University and the SPCA decided to bring puppies to the campus to help relieve students' stress. The five 6-week-old Pomeranian puppies seemed to enjoy the cuddles and posing for selfies with the students.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Auto Show Opens Wed., Tacoma Makes TX Debut]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:05:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tacoma1.JPG

The Dallas Auto show opens to the public on Wednesday. It is being held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

One of the most talked about vehicles on display at the show is the brand new 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Toyota officials gave the media a sneak peek at what the vehicle looked like before the doors opened.

Only two prototypes have been made so far. They plan to start selling them in the fall.

This is the first time the new Tacoma has been seen in Texas. It made its first debut in Detroit.

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma will have a lot of new features that have never been offered before.

“Such as leather seats,” said Toyota product specialist Vicki O’Brien. “Giving you a moon roof. We have never done that before. Consumers have been asking because you could get it in the Tundra. Smart key, and push button start, you can't even get on the Tundra."

The new Tacoma also has a Texas connection. All of them will be assembled in the Toyota plant in San Antonio.

The Dallas Auto Show opens at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Watch: The Pros and Cons of March Madness]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:18:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Pros+and+Cons3.png Jimmy Fallon weighs the good and bad of NCAA March Madness.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: Freestylin' With The Roots, Spring Edition]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:29:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Freestylin+With+the+Roots.png Jimmy Fallon gets to know members of the “Tonight Show" audience and asks The Roots to improv songs about them based on what he learns.]]> <![CDATA[Vote in the "Late Night" Tournament of Things!]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:43:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Tournament.png In honor of March Madness, Seth Meyers has created a non-NCAA basketball bracket competition of unrelated and random things. ]]> <![CDATA[SF Music Company Sued By Fox Over "Empire" Name]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:17:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Empire+Fox+Howard+Henson.jpg

Fox is suing a San Francisco digital music distribution company because of its name.

According to TMZ, Twentieth Century Fox Television filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against EMPIRE Distribution over the name it shares with Fox's popular television series "Empire."

Founded in 2010, EMPIRE Distribution releases digital music from urban artists including leading hip-hop stars Snoop Dogg, T.I. and Kendrick Lamar.

Fox's fictional Empire Records releases urban music including hip-hop and R&B, but in a real life twist, songs from the series are actually available for sale. Columbia Records released songs from each episode for the duration of the series and then dropped the "Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire" compilation on March 10. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, beating Madonna's "Rebel Heart" album with 130,000 sales in the first week, reported Billboard.

“Fox, through the Empire program, advertises, distributes, and streams music and sells downloads under the ‘Empire’ mark," explained EMPIRE founder and CEO Ghazi Shami in a statement. "This music shares the same search terms as EMPIRE's music, the musical genres are identical, and the songs and albums are positioned in close proximity in online outlets such as iTunes, Google Play, Amazon.com, and Spotify. It isn’t just a fictional show; they are functioning as a record label in the real world. This only makes the public confusion worse.”

EMPIRE Distribution plans to respond to the lawsuit.

“We are confident that this is a textbook trademark infringement case,” said Michael Hobbs of Troutman Sanders LLP, the law firm representing EMPIRE, in a statement. “EMPIRE was started over five years before the first broadcast of the show, the marks are identical, and they sell the same products to the same customers. The significant number of incidents of actual public confusion is disturbing.

“The only alternative with which we are left is to litigate, which we will do vigorously to protect our client’s valuable rights," he said.

Photo Credit: Chuck Hodes/Fox]]>
<![CDATA["The Voice" Recap: A #Knockout Steal]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:52:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Caitlin-Caporale-The-Voice-24-Mar-2015.jpg

Tuesday night’s #knockout episode of “The Voice” had singers belting it out to stay in the competition  — and a surprise steal that left one singer ecstatic over the last minute save.

In the second night of #VoiceKnockout rounds, pairs of singers from the same team competed against each other to earn a place in the live rounds. And while all the coaches faced tough decisions in choosing one singer over another, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera clung to their remaining steals in hopes of claiming talented performers from other teams. (Nate Ruess, the energetic frontman of the rock band fun., continued advising the young singers on their knockout songs.)

The first #VoiceKnockout featured two artists Shelton called his "two young country vocalists": Corey Kent White and Cody Wickline.

Wickline performed “Til My Last Day” by Justin Moore, while White performed an emotional rendition of Tim McGraw’s Grammy Award-winning “Live Like You Were Dying” in honor of his sick grandfather.

A clearly torn Shelton struggled to choose one competitor over the other. But with his back to the wall, he picked Wickline.

“I’m so glad knowing that my grandfather was able to watch this performance,” said Wickline, after telling the judges that his grandfather was recovering. “This is better than it could have ever worked out in my wildest dreams.”

Next up were two pop-rock singers from Adam Levine’s team: Blaze Johnson, Jr. and Deanna Johnson. (“Johnson and Johnson!” quipped Shelton.)

Blaze channeled some of the adversity he faced growing up in a performance of The Fray’s “You Found Me.” Deanna aimed high with a rendition of “Listen to Your Heart” by Roxette.

Ruess challenged Deanna to relax onstage. “There’s a uniqueness to your voice that nobody else has these days, but you’re stressing me out,” he said. “At some point, you need to just lose yourself for a second.”

But while several coaches all criticized Deanna for her nerves onstage, Levine chose her over Blaze, citing her vast potential as a performer.

The night’s third and final #VoiceKnockout featured two of Team Pharrell’s powerhouse vocalists: Hannah Kirby, who belted out Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love,” and Caitlin Caporale, who sang “Warrior” by Demi Lovato.

“You’re both my favorites, and I’m so proud of how you’ve come in this round,” Williams said. “But I’m going to choose Caitlin.”

Turning to Kirby, a gracious Williams said: “When you have those dance moves and that voice, people believe in you.”

“Yes they do,” Shelton cut in, right as he used his only steal to bring Kirby — an original member of Team Blake — back into the fold.

“I never dreamed I’d have the opportunity to have you back where you belong,” Shelton told an ecstatic Kirby, as the two embraced.

That left Aguilera with the lone remaining steal, which she’s sure to use next week as the knockout rounds continue.

"The Voice" returns Monday, March 30 at 8 ET / 7 CT on NBC.

Photo Credit: NBC Universal]]>
<![CDATA[Texan Featured in "The Voice" Knockout Round Tuesday]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:48:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hannah-Kirby.jpg

"The Voice" knockout rounds continue Tuesday with North Texan Hannah Kirby taking the stage in hopes of winning over the judges and beating New Yorker Caitlin Caporale.

Team Pharrell's knockout round features Kirby singing Steve Winwood's "Higher Love," while Caporale sings Demi Lovato's "Warrior."

Producers of "The Voice" released a preview featuring the two singers, but not the outcome of the knockout round. You'll have to tune in to NBC 5 at 7 p.m. to see who advances to the next round.

You may remember Pharrell stole Kirby from Team Blake.

Kirby, who currently lives in Sulphur Springs, lists her hometown as Carrollton. She learned to play the violin at age eight, but singing has always been her first love.

Kirby's parents are very supportive of her musical aspirations, but they also want to ensure she stays in college and has a backup plan, so she is currently majoring in psychology at Texas A&M Commerce.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Three Questions With "Late Night" Amber and Michelle]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:45:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Three+Questions.png Seth Meyers sent "Late Night" writers Amber and Michelle out to the streets of New York City to ask random strangers three questions in an effort to learn more about the city's residents. ]]> <![CDATA[Watch: Pie Golf with Bubba Watson and January Jones]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:04:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Pie+Golf.JPG Jimmy Fallon and Bubba Watson play a game of Pie Golf and get a pie smashed in their face by January Jones each time their opponent successfully hits a target with a golf ball.

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<![CDATA[Watch: "Villanova Piccolo Girl" Sits In With The Roots]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:04:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Piccolo+Villanova+Girl.JPG Roxanne Chalifoux, the crying Villanova piccolo player, sits in with the Roots and chats with Jimmy Fallon about her newfound fame after cameras captured her emotional reactions to her school's March Madness loss.

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<![CDATA[USO Awards Banquet Honors Stevie Nicks, Peyton Manning]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:51:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/483637197.jpg

Stevie Nicks, Peyton Manning and author Sebastian Junger are bringing some celebrity luster to a USO awards banquet in Arlington.

But the real stars of the event Tuesday night are nearly 30 Medal of Honor recipients being recognized for heroism in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

The nonprofit organization is dedicated to lifting the spirits of America's troops and their families.

Singer Stevie Nicks holds the USO record for the most hours spent over a five-year period visiting combat-wounded service members.

The USO is recognizing Denver Broncos quarterback Manning for joining a tour that included stops in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

Junger is getting this year's Legacy of Hope Award for his books and films about the challenges military members face in combat and upon returning home.

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<![CDATA["Game of Thrones" Premiere Party Comes to San Francisco]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:18:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GOTPremiere.jpg

The cast and crew of one of the most beloved fantasy series on TV will be celebrating the show’s season premiere in San Francisco.

Following last week’s world premiere in England, HBO is hosting a star-studded “Game of Thrones” U.S. premiere screening Monday night at the War Memorial Opera House. The show, based on the novels by George R. R. Martin, is entering its fifth season.

Cast members including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage, and Emilia Clarke are slated to appear. The network will stream video of the red carpet arrivals live on Facebook.

When the screening ends, the show’s stars will head to City Hall for an after-party along with 1,000 lucky fans.

HBO spokeswoman Janine McGoldrick told the San Francisco Chronicle that the Bay Area was selected to host the premiere not only because of its large “Game of Thrones” fanbase, but because of its ties to technology – specifically, AppleTV.

“The decision to do the ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere in San Francisco is tied to our announcement of HBO Now,” McGoldrick said.

HBO announced recently that their new streaming service, HBO Now, will be exclusively available on AppleTV beginning April 12. Just in time for fans to tune in for the “Game of Thrones” television premiere, which will air that same day.

But for those who prefer to read the books before watching the show, beware of spoilers. "Game of Thrones" co-creator David Benioff recently confirmed that the show will most likely end before the final book in the series is released.

<![CDATA[Angelina Jolie: I Had My Ovaries Removed]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:27:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP249863482610.jpg

Angelina Jolie has penned an op-ed for The New York Times revealing how she voluntarily underwent surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.

Two years ago Jolie chronicled her preventative double mastectomy after learning she carries the BRCA1 gene, which sharply increases her chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Jolie’s mother died of ovarian cancer and she lost her aunt to breast cancer.

In the op-ed piece published Tuesday, "Angelina Jolie Pitt: Diary of a Surgery," Jolie wrote she had planned on having the laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy surgery ever since making the decision to undergo the mastectomy, but felt compelled to do it immediately after a routine test turned up elevated inflammatory markers that could indicate the on-set of cancer.

"I had been planning this for some time. It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts a woman into forced menopause," she wrote. "So I was readying myself physically and emotionally, discussing options with doctors, researching alternative medicine, and mapping my hormones for estrogen or progesterone replacement. But I felt I still had months to make the date."

Jolie wrote that her husband, actor Brad Pitt, was on a plane to see her immediately after she learned she needed to have surgery.

The actress and director, 39, went on to reiterate that her decision may not be right for every woman, but after speaking to many doctors, surgeons and naturopaths, she felt good about her choice.

"The most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you personally."

Jolie chose to keep her uterus, opting out of a hysterectomy, and last week underwent surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.

"I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family," she wrote in the Times. "I know my children will never have to say, 'Mom died of ovarian cancer.'"

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<![CDATA["The Voice" Recap: #VoiceKnockout Begins]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:17:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sarah+Potenza+-+The+Voice+-+23+March.jpg

It's probably safe to say that Monday night's episode of "The Voice" was a knockout — or, better yet, a whole bunch of knockouts.

Monday's episode marked the beginning of the #VoiceKnockout rounds, as singers from the same team went head-to-head for a spot in the live shows. The coaches had to pick only one singer from each knockout pairing — but they also had the chance to steal the contestants who were eliminated in other teams' knockouts.

Nate Ruess, the dynamic frontman of the band fun. who recently released his first solo single "Nothing Without Love," also made an appearance as a special advisor, coaching the contestants through the vocal artistry and stage delivery of their songs.

The first knockout face-off of the night featured two singers from Team Christina: Ashley Morgan and Sonic.

"My team is bursting at the seams with future superstars," coach Christina Aguilera said.

Morgan, who Aguilera stole from Team Pharrell, performed Pat Benetar's rock anthem "Heartbreaker," while Sonic sang "A Woman's Worth" by Alicia Keys. Morgan's performance earned plenty of applause, but Aguilera picked Sonic to advance to the live show round.

Next up were Brian Johnson and Sarah Potenza, both of Team Blake. The smoky-voiced Johnson delivered a performance of "Nothing Ever Hurt Like You" by James Morrison. Potenza sang "Wasted Love" by Matt McAndrew, a competitor from season 7 of "The Voice."

McAndrew returned to the stage to talk Potenza through the performance of his debut single. "Can you believe that @MattMcAndrew came to see me !!!" Potenza tweeted after her performance.

Shelton struggled with the decision, and ultimately picked Potenza. "There's absolutely nobody else like her in the competition," he said.

But before Johnson could even leave the stage, Adam Levine used his #VoiceSteal to make him the newest member of #TeamAdam.

"You should be in this competition one hundred percent," Levine said.

The third face-off pitted Nathan Hermida against Clinton Washington, both of Team Adam.

Ruess challenged Washington to sing his song pick — "Wanted" by Hunter Hayes — with more power than finesse. "I'd rather be moved by something than impressed by something," Ruess said.

Hermida played to his strength as an airy-voiced tenor, singing "Leave Your Lover" by Sam Smith.

"I gotta go with my heart. The winner of this knockout is Nathan," Levine said. "His performance really spoke to my soul."

Because Anthony Riley had to leave the show for personal reasons, Coach Pharrell Williams challenged Mia Z, Paul Pfau and Sawyer Fredericks to compete for two spots in a three-person knockout.

Mia Z showcased her dynamic vocal range with a performance of "Hold On, I'm Coming" by Sam and Dave. Pfau picked up his guitar and sang John Mayer's bluesy version of "I Don't Need No Doctor" by Ray Charles, while Fredericks set down his guitar for a performance of "Collide" by Howie Day.

"We've been given a very rare circumstance, so this decision is very, very tough," Williams said. His first pick was Fredericks, and the second winner — announced after a tense break — was Mia.

Shelton paired two Team Blake competitors he stole from other coaches: Travis Ewing and Meghan Linsey, who had opened for Shelton on one of his previous tours. Linsey belted out a soulful rendition of the Aretha Franklin hit "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman." Ewing picked Gavin DeGraw's defiant song "I Don't Wanna Be."

"Even when you were playing on a country music tour, I always knew there was this soulful Meghan in there," Shelton said, before picking her.

In the final knockout of the night, Aguilera pitted Koryn Hawthorne against Kimberly Nichole. Nichole sang "If You Love Somebody" by Sting, while Hawthorne decided to sing "Try" by Pink.

The judges agreed that the matchup was best of the knockout rounds in the show. Aguilera struggled to choose between the two powerhouse singers, but finally decided on Nichole.

"She is such a firecracker," Aguilera said. "You never know what to expect with her."

Anguished at the thought of letting such a talented artist depart the competition, Aguilera begged the other coaches to steal Hawthorne for their teams. Just as Aguilera returned to her seat, Williams surprised both coach and contestant with a last-minute steal, promising Hawthorne another shot at glory.

"The Voice" returns Tuesday night at 8/7 Central on NBC.

Photo Credit: NBC Universal
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<![CDATA["House of Cards" President More Popular Than Obama]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:12:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/presidents-media-trip.jpg

Who's more popular – Frank Underwood or Barack Obama?

Fictional U.S. President Frank Underwood of "House of Cards" is one of several on-screen world leaders viewed more favorably than real-life President Obama, a recent poll by Reuters has found.

Underwood, the "House of Cards" character played by Kevin Spacey, is viewed favorably by 57 percent of Americans — even though the Netflix series depicts him orchestrating several deaths, including slayings of a lawmaker and journalist.

"The West Wing" Commander-in-Chief Josiah Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen in the NBC series that ran from 1999 to 2006, performed even better, getting high marks from 82 percent of viewers.

Other television presidents who were rated include Fitzgerald Grant of ABC's "Scandal," who was viewed favorably by 60 percent, and David Palmer of Fox series "24," with 89 percent.

"Battlestar Galactica's" President Laura Roslin, played by Mary McDonnell, drew a 78 percent favorable rating.

Obama trailed his on-screen rivals, with 46 percent favorability. The poll showed that 54 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Obama, the news agency reported.

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<![CDATA[Vin Diesel Names Daughter After Paul Walker]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:56:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/168245681.jpg

Almost 16 months after "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker was killed in a tragic car accident, co-star and friend Vin Diesel has done something to keep the late actor's memory "part of his family."

Diesel shared on the "Today" show Monday that he and longtime girlfriend Paloma Jimenez named their daughter Pauline as a tribute to Walker. 

"It felt like, you know, a way to keep his memory a part of my family and a part of my world," Diesel said in an interview. 

The "Furious 7" star said he felt the spirit of Walker, with whom he did five of the seven  "Fast and the Furious" films, was present when his daughter was born. 

"He was in the room," he recalled. "There's no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting this umbilical cord. I just ... knew he was there."

"Furious 7," Walker's last film, opens in theaters nationwide April 3.

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