<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:59:29 -0500 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:59:29 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Coachella Returns]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:28:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/cdd16.jpg 80,000 people are back in the desert -- taking in Weekend II of Coachella 2014 and seeing such artists as Bastille, Aloe Blacc and others.

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<![CDATA[Arlington Hungry for More Food Truck Events]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:10:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Arlignton+Food+Truck+041814.jpg The City of Arlington says it's hungry for more food truck events following the success of it's Food Truck Friday series. The five-week event wrapped up Friday afternoon in Downtown Arlington and organizers say it exceeded expectations. Two more food truck events are already in the works for later this year.

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<![CDATA["Thrones" Post Taken as Threat]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:09:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/game-of-thrones-shirt-professor.jpg

A New Jersey college professor was placed on unpaid leave after posting online a photo of his 6-year-old daughter wearing a shirt with a quote from "Game of Thrones" that administrators took as a threat.

The shirt says "I will take what is mine with fire & blood," and the photo was posted on Google+ by the Bergen Community College professor, Francis Schmidt, in January, around the time HBO released a trailer for the new season of the show.

After a college dean saw the post, and perceived it as a "threatening email," Schmidt was ordered to meet with administrators and was then placed on unpaid leave. The dispute in January came to light this week after Inside Higher Ed referred to it in an online post.

Schmidt on Friday shared an email with NBC 4 New York that he said was from a human resources employee at the college at the time of the dispute.

"You are not to be on campus for any reason," the email says. "The safety of all of the members of the community is taken very seriously."

Schmidt was allowed to return to teaching later that month after he was cleared by a psychiatrist. He says he missed crucial time with students he was advising.

He says he can't imagine why anyone would think he's capable of violence.

"They claimed to have never heard of 'Game of Thrones,' and so I tried to explain it to them," he said Friday.

College spokesman Larry Hlavenka Jr. said in a statement that the matter was a private personnel issue, but added that the college takes seriously any perceived threats of violence.

"Since Jan. 1, 2014, 34 incidents of school shootings have occurred in the United States," Hlavenka said. "In following its safety and security procedures, the college investigates all situations where a member of its community – students, faculty, staff or local residents – expresses a safety or security concern."

Schmidt believes he was targeted because he filed a grievance against the school when he was not granted a sabbatical.

The faculty union has also been embroiled in contract negotiations with the college; last week the union cast a no-confidence vote in the school's president. 

--Jen Maxfield contributed to this story



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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:16:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Latest Celeb Pics: Billie Joe Armstrong, Kevin Spacey]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:50:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/485570423.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA["The Voice"]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:59:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NUP_162906_1105.JPG

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<![CDATA[Stars at Coachella: Katy Perry, Paris Hilton & More]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:14:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/coachella-katy-perry-credit-Frazer-Harrison.jpg Music fans weren't the only ones in attendance over the weekend at Coachella -- big-name celebrities joined in the action too.

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<![CDATA[10 Great Easter Movies to Watch This Weekend]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:48:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/The+Bible+Mark+Burnett.jpg

Most people can easily list their favorite Christmas, Thanksgiving and other major holiday movies. But how many of us have a list of films we enjoy every Easter?

The holiest holiday of the Christian calendar has spawned numerous adaptions of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. From the early days of Hollywood (1953's "The Robe") to the recent spate of Christianity-based fare on offer at the cineplex (2014's "Son of God"), there's an Easter-themed movie sure to appeal.

Even those looking for lighter Easter-themed fare need only look to Fred Astaire and Judy Garland ("Easter Parade") and the Peanuts gang ("It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown") for something to view this weekend.

Here, in no particular order, a list of 10 of the best Easter movies:

"The Robe" (1953)

Richard Burton plays military tribune Marcellus Gallio who commands the Roman unit that crucifies Jesus. In a dice game, Gallio wins the robe Jesus wore and is told it will serve as a reminder of his first crucifixion. Haunted by nightmares of the act he has participated in, Gallio slowly begins to believe the robe is having an effect on his life. Over time he comes to understand what Jesus was trying to achieve, and eventually converts to Christianity - much to the disgust of his peers and his father, an important Roman Senator. "The Robe" was also the first film ever to be released featuring the wide screen process known as CinemaScope.

"Son of God" (2014)

Produced by reality television competition guru Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "The Voice") and his wife, actress Roma Downey, "Son of God" was adapted from the ten-hour miniseries "The Bible" which aired in 2013 on the History channel. As a feature film it both expands upon and abridges the Jesus-driven portions of the miniseries, from birth to resurrection. While making the movie Burnett says he couldn’t help but notice certain similarities to popular contemporary entertainment. "The feeling of the movie and the pace, it’s like 'House of Cards,' that political intrigue, the political drama," he said. "It’s a political thriller wrapped in an epic – and it’s pretty epic, the scale: hundreds and hundreds of extras and special effects with miracles."

"Jesus Christ Superstar" (1973)

Based on the Broadway musical of the same name created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, this rock opera follows the final weeks of Jesus' life and features no spoken dialogue. Ted Neeley stars as Jesus, Carl Anderson as Judas, and Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene. The film centers on the conflict between Judas and Jesus leading up to the crucifixion and features the hit song, "I Don't Know How to Love Him."

"Easter Parade" (1948)

Starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire and featuring music by Irving Berlin, "Easter Parade" definitely falls on the lighter end of the Easter movie spectrum. Astair stars as a dancer suddenly bereft of a partner when his former colleague (Ann Miller) departs the duo for a solo career. Astair's character finds a replacement in a chorus dancer who can not only move, but has a great singing voice (Garland). The movie features beloved numbers such as "It Only Happens When I Dance With You," "A Couple of Swells" and of course, "Easter Parade."

"Jesus of Nazareth" (1977)

Italian director Franco Zeffirelli's dramatic take on the life of Christ is a television mini-series produced in Britain. Robert Powell portrays Jesus alongside an all-star cast that includes Christopher Plummer, Anne Bancroft, Laurence Olivier, Claudia Cardinale, Ian McShane, Olivia Hussey, James Mason, Ian Holm and Anthony Quinn.

"Ben-Hur" (1959)

Charlton Heston is Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish merchant of noble blood in this sword-and-sandals historical epic that begins with the birth of Jesus and ends with the titular character witnessing the Crucifixion. Thanks to an act he did not commit, Ben-Hur ends up a slave who must fight his way back to the land and the woman he loves. One key scene involves Ben-Hur being denied water when his slave gang arrives at Nazareth. He collapses and a local carpenter (who is revealed to be Jesus) comes to his aid against the orders of the Roman guards. The nine-minute chariot battle featured in the movie became a hallmark of great cinematic moments and the film went on to win eleven Academy Awards including Best Picture.

"The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965)

Max Von Sydow portrays Jesus in this three-plus hour movie that also features Charlton Heston as John the Baptist and follows the life of Christ from Nativity to Resurrection. Other notable stars in the movie include Angela Lansbury, Jose Ferrer, Telly Savalas and Dorothy McGuire, and it marks the final film of Claude Rains.

"It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" (1974)

In this, the 12th prime-time television outing to feature the Peanuts gang, Linus tries to convince everyone the Easter Beagle will make the holiday a success when he arrives on Easter morning. After Linus' previous belief in the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and co. don't buy in to his ideas. Even Sally has trouble keeping the faith in her "sweet baboo" following her previous disillusionment at Halloween. Of course, by the time Easter morning arrives so does the Easter Beagle (Snoopy), just in time to distribute eggs.

"The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988)

Directed by Martin Scorsese, it's one of the more controversial retellings of Jesus' life, with Willem Dafoe as Jesus, Harvey Keitel as Judas Iscariot, Barbara Hershey as Mary Magdalene, David Bowie as Pontius Pilate, and Harry Dean Stanton as Paul. Throughout the film Jesus is tempted by the various sins he must overcome, including fear, doubt, depression, reluctance and lust.

"The Passion of the Christ" (2004)

Directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus, the film covers the final 12 hours of Jesus' life and was controversial for its use of language and depiction of violence. The entire dialogue is performed in the ancient languages of Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew, with Jesus' arrest, trial, torture, crucifixion and resurrection shown in graphic detail. "The Passion of the Chris" is still the most successful non-English language film ever at the box office, grossing more than $600 million worldwide.



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<![CDATA[Reviewing "Dom Hemingway" With DMN's Chris Vognar]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:02:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/+Dom+Hemingway.jpg Going to the movies this weeken? You may want to check out Dallas Morning News movie critic Chris Vognar's review of Dom Hemingway, starring Jude Law.

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<![CDATA[Celebrity Baby Bumps]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:53:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/olivia-wilde-485382807.jpg Celebrities can be nine months pregnant and still look amazing. Check out these stars and their baby bumps from all stages.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Arboretum Hosts Concert Series]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:39:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gardens1.jpg

Cool Thursdays Concert Series has begun at the Dallas Arboretum and will continue each week during the spring and fall.

This event will feature different singers each Thursday and will allow the public to relax on the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn. The public can also enjoy the scenery of White Rock Lake.

Before the concert, the gardens will be open to the public so they can stroll and view the floral spring displays. People are permitted to enter with blankets, picnics, and water. However, there will be a food trucks available for people who wish to buy something to eat.

The World's Greatest 80s Tribute Band, the Molly Ringwalds, sponsored by Herb's Paint and Body, will be present on Thursday, April 24. Aside from a concert and floral displays there will be costume contests. The public is encouraged to come dressed up for an opportunity to win prices.

A costume winner will get a free one-night stay at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek with breakfast included. Upcoming costume contests will award similar prices.

Tickets are sold out for Thursday but are still available for next week. Single ticket prices range from $10 to $27. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can go to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden website. Group tickets of 15 people or more can be purchased by calling Torie Parsons 214-515-6520.

Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. anyone can find the entire list of artists that will be present online.

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<![CDATA[Forte's Tenor Returns to Fort Worth for Opera Festival]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:19:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sean-panikkar-interview.jpg Operatic tenor Sean Panikkar, of America's Got Talent fame and the group Forte, returns to Fort Worth this week for the 2014 Opera Festival.

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<![CDATA[Weekend Picks with Sarah Blaskovich]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:01:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sb-picks-041714.jpg Dallas Morning News Sara Blaskovich talks about Dallas events for the weekend. ]]> <![CDATA[Whoopi Goldberg Pens Column for the Cannabist]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:10:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP223328357635.jpg

Whoopi Goldberg loves her vape pen and wants everyone to know it.

A new column by "The View" co-host debuted Thursday on the Cannabist, the Denver Post's cannabis-focused news website covering legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado.

"My vape pen and I maintain a mostly private relationship. Sure, I’ll sometimes show my pen to a friend or share her with a close confidant," Goldberg, 58, writes in her premiere column. "But mostly it’s just she and I working through my pain. And her ability to help me live comfortably with glaucoma makes her one of the more important figures in my day to day."

Goldberg’s debut column focuses on using marijuana to find relief from glaucoma-induced headaches that she says "come on like freight trains."

"What kind of kush is in my vape pen at the moment?" she continues. "The indica-dominant Platinum OG, of course."

"The high is different, too. It feels like a gentle, warm breeze at the beach. It’s like someone undoing a vice grip, very slowly. It’s not overpowering — and I’m certainly not looking for that high high. I’m looking for relief."

Goldberg will write a column about every two months, Post owner Digital First Media announced in a press release. The idea for the article was developed after Ricardo Baca, Editor of the Cannabist, appeared on "The View." 

Baca says he and Goldberg "instantly connected" when he appeared on the daytime chat fest. "Whoopi's column provides a direct and personal perspective on marijuana use in this modern era," Baca said. "We're grateful that she is willing to add her voice to this conversation." 



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<![CDATA[Star Spotting at the Tribeca Film Festival ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:27:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tribeca-film-485175965.jpg Indie and Hollywood celebrities alike are congregating in New York to attend the Tribeca Film Festival. See photos from the star-studded film premieres.

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<![CDATA[Salsa Singer Cheo Feliciano Killed in Crash]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:02:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP070907056835.jpg

Puerto Rican salsa and bolero singer Cheo Feliciano died in a car crash early Thursday morning, Telemundo Puerto Rico has confirmed. He was 78.

Jose Luis Feliciano Vega, better known as Cheo Feliciano,  was killed just after 4 a.m. when the Jaguar he was driving hit an electrical post in the Cupey area of San Juan, according to Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia.

Feliciano, the sole passenger in the vehicle, died on impact following the 4:13 a.m. crash on a road near the Universidad Metropolitana. A police inspector told the newspaper he was not wearing a seat belt. He is survived by his wife, Puerto Rican dancer Coco Prieto Leon Feliciano, and four sons.

Feliciano, one of the most recognized musicians of his genre, was credited as influencing other salsa stars, including Ruben Blades and Gilberto Santarosa. He produced a list of hits that includes "One in a Million," ''My Promise," and "I Learned with You," according to The Associated Press.

The musician, who was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, started his career as a percussionist in New York before joining the Joe Cuba Sextet as a singer. He recorded 17 albums with the band performing with top Latin artists of the era, before joining Fania Records' All-Stars ensemble and starting a successful solo career, according to a biography on Billboard.com.  He was honored with the Latin Grammy Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He was a vocal participant in anti-drug campaigns following his own battle with addiction, El Nueva Dia reported.

Feliciano had been diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer last year, but continued to make public appearances. According to El Nueva Dia, he was supposed to fly to Acapulco for a show with other salsa singers later this week.



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<![CDATA[Season Finale a "Community" Service]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:09:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NUP_159232_0330.JPG

At the start of the most recent episode of "Community," all seems strangely quiet and happy for once at the crisis-ridden, surreal bin for the dysfunctional that is Greendale Community College. This freaks out Abed, the pop culture savant who serves as the show's meta narrator, like a twisted TV version of the Stage Manager from "Our Town."

"There's always a story!" Abed cries as he falls to his knees in the school's oddly quiet hallway, the past site of a massive blanket fort, paintball wars and a zombie attack. "Everything is a story!"

For Abed, his very being is predicated on frequent misadventures he can process in TV or movie terms. For fans of "Community," Abed's existential crisis marks a sign that we could be nearing the end of the story.

"Community" caps its fifth season on NBC Thursday as the characters wage a fight to save Greendale – and, perhaps, the show. It's a familiar position for a program a devoted, but modest fan base tunes into knowing every season finale could be the series finale.

"Community" debuted in 2009 with a mission to turn – or bounce, as in the episode featuring a hidden trampoline with a Prozac-like effect – TV storytelling upside down, constantly buffeting sitcom conventions.

The show survived lackluster ratings, cast departures (Chevy Chase and Donald Glover) and hiatuses to close in on the creative team's goal of "six seasons and a movie" – a message seen on a white board during the Season 4 finale.

The current season has proved even more self-referential, beginning with a debut episode called, “Repilot,” a nod to the characters’ post-graduation return to Greendale to rescue the school. It also might have been a nod to “Community” creator Dan Harmon’s return, after being ousted for a season, to save the show following an unfairly maligned fourth season.

Season 5 has yielded some vintage bizarrely entertaining episodes, including an epic Dungeons & Dragons game that revived the program's recurring theme of fathers clashing with sons. Harmon showed up in a recent installment animated in the style of the old “G.I. Joe” cartoon, featuring Abed as a character called “Fourth Wall.”

There’s nothing subtle about the name – or the plot that takes us to what could be the series’ final episode Thursday. Greendale, finally in good shape, gets taken over by the Subway sandwich chain, and is rechristened “Subway University” – offering product placement (and a cameo by Subway pitchman Jared Fogle) while mocking product placement.

Even worse, it looks like Greendale/Subway might be sold to developers. But there’s hope: Dean Pelton found a treasure map behind a portrait in his office that could save the day.

So Abed has a new story to dive into – but it might be his last. As we await what could be the final timeline for “Community,” check out a preview below:

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media 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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<![CDATA[WATCH: Schumer's "Foodroom" Parodies "Newsroom"]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:38:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/inside+amy+schumer+the+foodroom.jpg

Fans of Aaron Sorkin's rapid-fire dialogue, self-reverential monologues and broadly drawn female protagonists will get every quip, demand, aside and traveling camera shot in comedian Amy Schumer's "Newsroom" parody clip, "The Foodroom."

The skit debuted Tuesday night on Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer" and features all the hallmarks of a Sorkin show ("The West Wing," "Sport's Night," "The Newsroom") and even one alum: actor Josh Charles ("The Good Wife") starred as Dan Rydell in "Sports Night."

In “The Foodroom,” Charles plays J.J. MacAhoy, manager of a fast food establishment called McDalmond’s and Schumer plays his assistant/former lover. For the uninitiated, in "The Newsroom" Jeff Daniels plays cable news anchor Will McAvoy and Emily Mortimer plays his show producer who also happens to be an ex-girlfriend.

Like its inspiration, "The Foodroom" features walk and talks (from the back office to the front counter via the kitchen), lengthy speeches (at MacDalmond's it concerns fries vs. apple slices) and giving the people what you think they need, not necessarily what they want.

"No, today, I'm gonna give you 3,800 calories of the greatest Goddamn country in the world," Charles as MacAhoy tells a drive-thru customer whose order he disagrees with. Cue reverential nodding from Schumer.

Schumer, whose show is now in its second season on Comedy Central, regularly confronts gender politics in her sketches and "The Foodroom" doesn't disappoint. When quizzed about her return to the United States following a stint as a Sbarro employee in Tel Aviv, Schumer's character explains her reason thusly: "Then one day I'm stuffing couscous into a calzone and I realized, a woman’s life is worth nothing unless she’s making a great man greater."

Schumer rose to fame when she placed fourth on the fifth season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" ahead of earning second place on Comedy Central's "Reality Bites Back." Before launching her own Comedy Central series in 2013, Schumer could be seen in a recurring role on the Adult Swim series "Delocated."

No word yet on whether Schumer's "Foodroom" parody has Sorkin smiling or smarting.

Watch the full clip of "The Foodroom" above.



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<![CDATA[Tickets for ACM Events Sell Out in 18 Minutes]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:28:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/166005634.jpg

According to the Academy of Country Music, both next year’s awards show at AT&T Stadium and its ACM Party for a Cause®: 50 Years of Music & Memories on April 17-18, 2015 at Globe Life Park are sold out. And all it took was 18 minutes.

Read the complete story at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[Photos: Royal Vacation]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:29:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/485688257.jpg Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed home a baby boy on July 22. Click through for photos of the young family on their three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand.

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<![CDATA["The Voice" Gets Its Top 12 Contestants]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:20:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NUP_163514_1611.jpg

"The Voice" has gotten its top 12 contestants who will do vocal battle in the live rounds, as Usher wrapped up the playoffs Tuesday when he picked his soulful finals-bound team of three: Bria Kelly, T.J. Wilkins and Josh Kaufman.

Their success came at the expense of metalhead-turned-bluesman Stevie Jo and jazz-inflected pop singer Melissa Jimenez, who were eliminated from the team Tuesday.

T.J. earned his slot on the leaner, meaner Team Usher with his take on Chaka Khan and Rufus' "Tell Me Something Good," while Bria secured hers with a cover of the Rolling Stones' shambling, country-tinged ballad "Wild Horses" that showed, perhaps for the first time, a more vulnerable, nuanced side.

Josh, though, who as a recent Team Adam steal was perhaps the least secure on Team Usher, was the night's biggest hit. He dispelled his coach's concerns in rehearsals about the tall task he'd taken on with singing Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" with a desperate-sounding, gospel-infused rendition that showed the ordinarily low-key soul singer's range.

The selection of those three singers to represent Team Usher heading into the live rounds on "The Voice" capped a tough few nights of playoffs.

On Monday night, Adam Levine and Shakira had had to make their own grueling decisions on whom to send on to the live rounds. For Adam, that meant sticking with Delvin Choice, Christina Grimmie and Kat Perkins. For Shakira, that meant Tess Boyer, Kristen Merlen and Dani Moz.

Last week, Blake Shelton whittled down his own team, and unsurprisingly, he left it heavy on the country. Joining veteran powerhouse Sisaundra Lewis are throwback country belter Audra McLaughlin and honkytonk-ready Texan 17-year-old Jake Worthington.

"The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c.



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<![CDATA["Magic Mike" Sequel Gets Release Date ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:11:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP110913187487.jpg

Channing Tatum will be gyrating back onto the big screen next year, adding a few more fireworks to Fourth of July celebrations.

Warner Bros. announced Tuesday that the yet-to-be-titled follow up to “Magic Mike” will hit theaters July 3, 2015. Some websites are reporting that the film will be named "Magic Mike XXL," but that title has not been confirmed.

The original film starred Tatum as the titular male stripper and was directed by Steven Soderbergh. Also starring Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn and Matt Bomer, the movie was a sleeper hit of 2012, eventually grossing more than $167 million at the box office worldwide.

So popular was the film, it even spawned a Broadway musical version.

In February, Tatum tweeted a picture of himself with the accompanying caption saying that he had begun the early stages of writing the sequel.

But "Mike 2" will have to work for its audience tips when it bows. The sequel faces stiff box office competition from the next "Terminator" installment which explodes into in theaters on July 1, 2015.

Tatum will next be seen onscreen in another sequel: "22 Jump Street," the follow-up to 2012's "21 Jump Street" which was a movie reboot of the hit television series that originally aired in the late 1980s.

 



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<![CDATA[Dina Lohan Pleads Guilty to DWI, Avoids Jail]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:46:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dina+lohan+court.jpg

Dina Lohan pleaded guilty in Long Island court Tuesday to aggravated driving while intoxicated and speeding in connection with a 2013 traffic stop in exchange for no jail time.

The mother of the oft-troubled actress will lose her license for a year and, after that, her car will be outfitted with an ignition interlock so she can't drive it if she's had alcohol.

As part of the plea deal, she was also ordered to pay $2,600 in fines, complete 100 hours of community service and attend a drunk driving program.

Lohan was arrested in Sept. 2013 on the Northern State Parkway with a blood alcohol level of .20, more than twice the legal limit.

 



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