<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcdfw.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.comen-usFri, 24 Nov 2017 01:47:44 -0600Fri, 24 Nov 2017 01:47:44 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Denton Black Film Festival 2018]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 23:38:30 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DBFF+2018+web.jpg

NBC 5 invites you get your VIP passes to the Denton Black Film Festival today! Take advantage of the special Black Friday Sale and get 25% off your VIP pass November 25 – November 28.

Explore a new world of culture and color in North Texas at the Denton Black Film Festival January 25 through January 28, 2018 in multiple locations in Denton. This festival will include over 50 film screenings, Ted Talks, and panels.

The Denton Black Film Festival will introduce a new interactive exhibit this year called Freedman Town 2.0 that was created by Carla LynDale Carter and researched by UNT students. This new exhibit will highlight the rich history and development of Denton’s black community. Freedman Town was the first black settlement located in southeast Denton. It was home to 27 newly freed slaves. The exhibit will also illustrate the history of Quakertown, which was ultimately dissolved when local officials wanted the community removed to make way for a city park. This interactive exhibit will require a mobile device that will activate a video overlay, giving pieces of Denton’s history from Freedman Town to Quakertown and to Southeast Denton.

So, don’t miss your opportunity to get your VIP pass November 25 through November 28. VIP passes will be available through the special Black Friday Sale for 25% off.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.dentonbff.com.

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<![CDATA[Uma Thurman Calls Out Harvey Weinstein in Thanksgiving Post]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:03:18 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/umathurman2.jpg

Uma Thurman is finally speaking out against Harvey Weinstein.

The "Kill Bill" actress took to Instagram Thursday to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving Day, except, Weinstein.

“Happy Thanksgiving everyone! (Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators – I’m glad it’s going slowly – you don’t deserve a bullet,)” wrote Thurman on Instagram.

Although she didn’t make any specific accusations against Weinstein, she did explain that “it’s important to take your time, be fair, be exact. “


The Instagram post also became a way for her to reveal her own #MeToo experience.

“I said I was angry recently, and I have few reasons, #metoo, in case you couldn’t tell by the look on my face,” wrote Thurman.

The #MeToo post comes a month after she chose to remain silent on the topic of sexual harassment in Hollywood during an interview with Access Hollywood at the premiere of the “Parisian Woman.”

“I don’t have a tidy sound bite for you,” said Thurman to Access Hollywood. “Because I am not a child and I have learned that when I have spoken in anger, I usually regret the way I express myself. So I’ve been waiting to feel less angry, and when I’m ready, I’ll say what I have to say.”

Thurman previously worked alongside Weinstein on several films like the “Kill Bill” series and “Pulp Fiction.”

Weinstein has been accused of sexual assault in Los Angeles, New York and London and is currently being investigated for misconduct. Weinstein has denied all allegations.



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<![CDATA[Celebs Bring Out Food and Family for Thanksgiving]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:04:02 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-863145248.jpg

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Celebrities are joining in on Thanksgiving celebrations Thursday, bringing out the turkey, pie and festive social media filters.

Actress Mandy Moore got together with her TV children from "This Is Us" to wish her followers a happy holiday. Gathered together among the fall scenery, Moore and the show's "Big Three" offered a special message in unison.

Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama shared a family portrait of himself, Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama, sending Thanksgiving "joy and gratitude."

Highlighting the food, "The Sinner" star Jessica Biel shared snaps of her four seasonal pies, and "Scandal" lead Kerry Washington teased turkey-inspired treats of candy and pretzels.

Check out how other celebs are spending the holiday.

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Jennifer Garner at 'The Tribes' Screening]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:40:11 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jGarner-877303580.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Shootout With Denzel Washington and Steph Curry]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 04:16:52 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e032_775_randomobjectshootout_20171122-151142881855200002.jpg

Denzel Washington and Jimmy Fallon, with special guest Steph Curry, compete in a basketball shooting contest using random objects, including a bowl of cranberry sauce and a VHS copy of "He Got Game."

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<![CDATA[Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Online]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:03:03 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/macy+parade.jpg

The iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off the holiday season with its annual march down the streets of Manhattan on Thursday, Nov. 23, featuring legendary 50-foot balloons, bands, dance numbers and celebs.

Coverage starts at 9 a.m. CT on NBC 5, and you can watch it all live at home on NBC 5 or on the go via NBC Live. Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of "Today" will anchor the broadcast. 

You can live stream the parade on NBCDFW.com on your desktop or laptop computer or your mobile device by clicking on this link .

The colorful procession will feature a star-studded cast, including 98 Degrees, Andra Day and Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Wyclef Jean, Bravo's Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, Patti LaBelle and others.

Broadway performances from the casts of "Anastasia," "Dear Evan Hansen" and other shows will highlight this year's broadcast.

Stay tuned for The National Dog Show at Noon followed by a replay of the parade at 2 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Aretha Franklin To Headline "A Night To Remember"]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:57:23 -0600 https://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.
For more than 25 years, CitySquare has been fighting the causes and effects of poverty by addressing hunger, health, housing, and hope in Dallas and now offers a variety of programs throughout Texas. The new CitySquare Opportunity Center at the corner of Malcolm X Blvd and I-30 creates new opportunities for individuals and families to receive comprehensive services under one roof. CitySquare helps neighbors achieve progress and begin to work their way beyond poverty into viability and self-sufficiency.
 
NBC 5 is a proud sponsor of a Night to Remember! For more information, visit www.CitySquare.org/RESPECT.
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Downtown Dallas
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<![CDATA['Tonight' Hashtags: #ThanksgivingFails]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 04:11:09 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FailsScreen-Shot-2017-11-23-at-5.08.55-AM.jpg

In honor of the holiday, Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #ThanksgivingFails.



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<![CDATA['Late Night': Cuomo Surprised That Trump Feuded With Ball]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 04:03:19 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e031_613_chriscuomo_trump_20171122-151142875554900002.jpg

Chris Cuomo tells Seth Meyers about his astonishment that President Donald Trump "took the bait" and engaged in an all-out Twitter feud with LaVar Ball.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Mueller Zeroing in on Kushner]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:53:26 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MyrScreen-Shot-2017-11-23-at-4.46.43-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at how President Donald Trump's aides are growing increasingly anxious about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump team's ties to Russia.



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<![CDATA[NYC DA Plans to Present Weinstein Case to Grand Jury: Sources]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:54:10 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/de-la-huerta-weinstein-diptych-1121.jpg

New York City investigators went to Paris in the past week to meet with Paz de La Huerta after she accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of raping her twice in Manhattan in 2010, two law enforcement officials familiar with the case told News 4.

One official said investigators were "being careful and thorough on how best to move forward" in the inquiry spurred by a call from the "Boardwalk Empire" actress on Oct. 26. Police and Manhattan District Attorney's Office investigators have interviewed her at least once before, and NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said detectives found her account believable.

De la Huerta told CBS News in an interview that aired last earlier this month she was first raped in October 2010 after Weinstein gave her a ride home from a party, insisted on having a drink in her lower Manhattan apartment and forced himself on her. She said he raped her again in December 2010 after coming to her apartment; in that instance, de la Huerta said she had been drinking and was not in condition to give consent, the actress told CBS News.

NYPD officials previously went as far as to say they believe the case is 'arrestable' but the question remains can prosecutors prove any claims beyond a reasonable doubt.

Both sources told News 4 on Tuesday that any decision on timing on a decison on whether to file charges against Weinstein is now considered to be 'weeks' away. Previously, senior officials familiar with the investigation told News 4 that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance was expected to pursue an indictment in the case. 

De la Huerta's lawyer, Carrie Goldberg, didn't respond to a call seeking comment.

Weinstein’s representatives have not responded to recent requests for comment. Previously, a representative said that Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.

The investigation comes after The New York Times published an expose of sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein, leading to his firing from the company he co-founded and his expulsion from the organization that bestows the Academy Awards.



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<![CDATA[Graham Slams Victoria Secret Show for Lack of Body Diversity]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:07:25 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/secretdiversity.jpg

Victoria's Secret is facing backlash for their lack of body diversity at its annual end of year fashion show.

Model Ashley Graham, who made history last year for being the first plus-sized model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, took to Instagram posting a doctored photo of her wearing the iconic angel wings with the tongue-in-cheek caption, “Got my wings!”

 

Graham, who has spoken openly about body positivity and has her own lingerie line with Addition Elle for women sized between 12 and 26, has said she would “Absolutely” model for the brand if asked, but wants to still advocate for curvier women. 

Many took to social media to call out the lingerie company for only showing models of a particular size.

For the first time, this year’s show took place in Shanghai. 


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<![CDATA[Searching for ‘Truth’ in the Moving Image at the Dallas Museum of Art]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:41:26 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bruce-Conners.jpg

Can truth be found in a film in the current era of "fake news?" The Dallas Museum of Art explores that question with Truth: 24 frames per second, its first major exhibition dedicated to time-based media.

On view through January 28, the exhibition features 24 pioneers of film and video, spanning six decades. French film director Jean-Luc Godard’s quote "cinema is truth 24 frames per second" inspired the exhibition’s name and acts as a challenge for visitors attempting to define truth and reality.

The exhibition begins with the world premiere of a newly restored version of Bruce Conner’s "Report," a film exploring the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The tumultuous montage of found footage puts actual coverage of the event in context with the popular mythology of the nation’s 35th president.

From this exploration of a historical event, the first half of the exhibition presents film artists’ interest in contemporary political and social issues. Coco Fusco and Paula Heredia’s 1993 "The Couple in the Cage" is a satirical exploration of Western culture’s curiosity of the exotic Other while Dara Birnbaum’s multi-screen installation "Tiananmen Square: Break-In Transmission" illuminates a significant moment in television history.  Willie Doherty’s "Ghost Story" is a haunting 15-minute film, created in Derry, Northern Ireland. Phantoms of Ireland’s Troubles stalk the present-day, undermining the appearance of tranquility.

Scaffolding welcomes visitors to the second half of the exhibition. Anne Tallentire’s "Drift: diagram xvii" uses small screens hanging from scaffolding to portray average London workers doing unglamorous work.

"What I was interested in was the phenomenon of hidden labor. The city is supported infrastructurally by people who very often work in the margins. These clips are glimpses of those people much as you would see them walking down the street, catching them out of the corner of your eye," Tallentire said.

Ben Rivers’ "This is My Land" also explores people who are unseen. Rivers documented the existence of Jake, a man who decided to live a self-sufficient lifestyle.

"I was on a quest to find people who decided to live off-the-grid," Rivers said as he described earning Jake’s trust. "I spent time with him. A lot of it was just hanging out, chopping wood, drinking, talking and then I always had my camera ready. We just had a kind of exchange going."

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The United Kingdom’s Channel 4 commissioned John Gerrard’s "Western Flag" as a television intervention. On April 21, 2017, the piece would randomly appear on-air for 20 seconds to intrigue passive audiences. Gerrard makes it clear what this piece is not. "It’s not a film. It was never created. It’s a piece of software that’s producing this world 80 times a second for you to consume as consumers of art and culture," Gerrard said.

"Western Flag" is a depiction of Spindletop, the salt dome oil field in Beaumont, Texas. When the well struck oil in 1901, the gusher blew 100,000 barrels of oil a day for nine days.

"I think of Spindletop as not only the birth of the modern oil industry, but also the birth of modernity itself because much of what happened post-1901 is what we consider to be current," Gerrard said. "I wanted to create a visual symbol for carbon dioxide which is invisible, and my invention is a flag of smoke or a carbon flag."

"5,000 Feet is the Best" by Omer Fast features the audio of an interview with a drone pilot precisely describing his work in Afghanistan. This clinical audio contrasts with the aerial view of a child riding a bike through a suburban American neighborhood.

"A lot of it is about empathy, so how we can imagine that the drone victims are your neighbors in your suburban neighborhood," Anna Katherine Brodbeck, the Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, said. The piece also presents the isolation and antipathy of the drone pilot as manifestation of modern warfare.

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One of the final pieces in the exhibition speaks to the fate of the image itself. James Coleman’s "Untitled" depicts a fairground carousel with a reference to the slide projector central to Coleman’s work.

"What this work is about is the death of the image as we have known it before. In the beginning of the 20th century, I take a photograph and the photograph captures reality. You keep it as a memento, as a true depiction of something you’ve seen or a family member and it stays with you. But in the digital age, that is over. It’s all about who can get the image first and who can manipulate it quickest," Gavin Delahunty, the Dallas Museum of Art’s former Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, said. "The ability to capture reality has been eradicated."

MORE: Dallas Museum of Art - Truth: 24 Frames Per Second

Kimberly Richard is a North Texan with a passion for the arts. She’s worked with Theatre Three, Inc. and interned for the English National Opera and Royal Shakespeare Company. She graduated from Austin College and currently lives in Garland with her very pampered cocker spaniel, Tessa.



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<![CDATA[Imprisoned Meek Mill Continues Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:49:31 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Meek+Mill+Rapping.jpg

Rapper Meek Mill's five-year tradition of giving out turkeys to his fellow Philadelphians continued on Thanksgiving Eve this year despite the lionized musician's controversial imprisonment.

Mill, 30, began the holiday event in 2013 with the help of community leaders like South Philadelphia's Anton Moore. That first year, 200 turkeys were handed out at the Vare Middle School, as well as winter coats.

This year, as many as 1,000 turkeys will be distributed at four locations throughout Wednesday morning and afternoon. The first batch of birds were given out at Moore's community organization, Unity in the Community, at Point Breeze Avenue and Dickinson Street, starting at 11 a.m.

The giveaways were to proceed then at noon at Bible Way Baptist Church, 1323 North 52nd St.; 2 p.m. at Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 2101 Cecil B. Moore Ave.; and 3 p.m. at Strawberry Mansion Learning Center, Dauphin Street and North 30th Street.

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Mill, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, has become a nationally-recognized figure in recent weeks after a Philadelphia Common Pleas judge sentenced him to jail for probation violations.

Activists and renowned musicians from Colin Kaepernick to Jay-Z have pointed to his jailing as symbolic of what they describe as harsh treatment of blacks by the criminal justice system.

Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins took part in a Center City #FreeMeek" rally. 

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Kaepernick said in social media posts that he spoke with Mill in prison and said the rapper was "in good spirits."

Jay-Z wrote in a New York Times op-ed that the Mill has "been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside."

"Consider this: Meek was around 19 when he was convicted on charges relating to drug and gun possession, and he served an eight-month sentence," Jay-Z wrote. "Now he’s 30, so he has been on probation for basically his entire adult life."

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Mill's attorneys have filed appeals to Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley's sentence of two to four years in prison. Brinkley, who has overseen Mill's decade-long probation, has not made a ruling on the appeal. 

His attorneys have also asked that Brinkley recuse herself from Mill's case and any appeals. They claimed in court filings that the judge has expressed herself over the years "in personal, injudicious terms when ruling or explaining her rulings" in the ongoing probation hearings.

The recusal request included some tawdry accusations, like a claim that she asked the Philadelphia-born rapper to record a version of a Boyz II Men song and include a shout out to Brinkley. Another claim accuses the judge of recommending Mill leave his management agency, Roc Nation, which is headed by Jay-Z, and rejoin his original manager, a Philadelphia man named Charlie Mack.

In sending Mill to jail Nov. 6, Brinkley said Mill "does what he wants" despite repeated warnings.

Twice in recent years, Brinkley ruled that Mill violated his probation by being associated with an alleged fight at a St. Louis airport and being charged with popping wheelies on a dirt bike in New York City.

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<![CDATA[Russell Simmons Accuser: 1991 Rape Was 'Terrifying']]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:16:18 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_997622492198.jpg

Days after accusing music mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault in a detailed Los Angeles Times report, model Keri Claussen Khalighi appeared on "Megyn Kelly Today" Wednesday to shed more light on what she called the "terrifying moment" and why it has taken her years to tell her story.

Khalighi, now 43, said that she had dinner with Simmons and director Brett Ratner in New York City in 1991 when she was 17. The three of them went back to Simmons' apartment afterward, ostensibly to watch a music video, where Simmons coerced her to perform oral sex while Ratner watched, despite her pleas for help, she said.  

"I fought it wildly," Khalighi told the Times.

Simmons disputed her account in a statement to the Times, calling the interaction consensual, and Ratner's attorney said he had "no recollection" of her asking for help.

But Khalighi told Megyn Kelly "I'll never forget the look on" Ratner's face, adding that she realized "there was no help that was gonna come." 

She called it a "very confusing and terrifying moment."

Khalighi said that after it was over, she went to take a shower, where Simmons penetrated her without her consent.  

She told Kelly that the fact she stayed after the initial assault is "really important to talk about."

"I didn't run out. I stayed and I took a shower, and an additional sexual assault happened there," Khalighi said, explaining that her story helps explain why "women don't speak out right away and why there's a lot of shame around these stories." 

"I've learned … that there's a whole spectrum of variety of response" to assault, Khalighi said. "I certainly froze, and I certainly did what I could to normalize what was an incredibly hard-to-process situation. It's hard to process all of that in the moment as a 17-year-old, really at any age. It took me years to process this experience. … There's a lot of guilt and shame involved." 

Simmons' statement to the Times said that "everything that happened between us 26 years ago was completely consensual and with Keri's full participation." 

"I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being," Simmons said. "I'm deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri's assertions as to what happened over the course of that weekend."

Simmons expanded on his position in The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, saying his "loathing of any form of violence and abuse has been woven into all of my personal interactions." He suggested that Khalighi's accusation came from feeling shame.

Simmons writes that he "never committed any acts of aggression or violence in my life" or would "never knowingly cause fear or harm to anyone."

He added: "For any women from my past who I may have offended, I sincerely apologize. I am still evolving."

Khalighi called Simmons's description of a "consensual" interaction "ludicrous," adding that the two have talked privately about what happened. 

"He actually apologized," she said, adding that "what's so confusing and re-traumatizing" is that the private talk was "completely different than what's come out publicly."

Ratner has not commented publicly on Khalighi's latest comments. 

Khalighi is not the only woman accusing Ratner of misconduct. At least 14 women have come forward, with actress Olivia Munn telling the Times in a Nov. 1 report that Ratner masturbated in front of her on the set of one of his movies in 2004. Through his lawyer, Ratner has denied Munn's claim and all others. 



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<![CDATA[Still Gotta Have Spike Lee]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:08:45 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_570934070274.jpg

The now-classic montage of guys' pickup lines from Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It" included non-classic groaners like, “You’re so fine, baby, I’d drink a tub of your bathwater.”

Then there was Lee's character, fast-talking bike messenger Mars Blackmon, who responded to getting dumped with a verbal Gatling-gun plea: "Please baby please baby please baby baby baby please!”

More than three decades later, "She's Gotta Have It," Lee’s comedy-drama about a vibrant young woman taking charge of her sexuality, returns Thanksgiving, re-envisioned as a current-day 10-episode series on Netflix. The show is primed to draw a crowd, no cheesy come-ons or begging required.

That's not just a tribute to the career Lee built from his 1986 low-budget, high-impact feature film debut, but to a smart-and-funny flick ahead of its time – and as timely as ever.

The new series arrives amid an entertainment world upheaval in which men far more powerful than Mars Blackmon are being accused of far worse than spewing tacky lines.

Lee upended Hollywood with his breakout independent film, which introduced Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns), a juggler of three lovers: goofy Mars, slick model Greer and the seemingly straight-laced marriage material Jamie.

The movie presaged the likes of "Sex and the City," "Girls" and "Insecure," for its by turns comic and powerfully frank portrayal of the challenges facing an intelligent, sexy woman set on calling the shots in her love life.

“She’s Gotta Have It” showcased Lee's knack for mixing humor, serious themes – and shocking moments – in a realistic setting as he would go on to do most masterfully in “Do the Right Thing.”

The Netflix show gives a great filmmaker an opportunity not to simply rehash an early effort, but to offer a new hit on his first potent and eye-opening “joint.”

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



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<![CDATA[Disney Star Jordan Fisher Wins 'Dancing With the Stars' ]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:03:33 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jordandance.jpg

Disney Channel star Jordan Fisher has been crowned the winner of "Dancing with the Stars" alongside partner Lindsay Arnold.

Fisher beat out violinist Lindsey Stirling and actor Frankie Muniz for the Mirrorball Trophy on the season 25 finale of the ABC reality competition Tuesday.

Fisher paid tribute to Arnold on Twitter after the announcement, writing: "There aren't words to describe the feeling of going through BATTLE with my SISTER. Putting in all the time and effort and energy for 12 weeks, then to be rewarded for it after having the most incredible time?! Unbelievable."

Fisher has starred in several Disney Channel series and films. He has also appeared on Broadway in "Hamilton."

This is the first "Dancing with the Stars" title for Arnold.



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<![CDATA['Tonight': Gwen Stefani Covers Her Doorways in Gift Wrap]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:38:10 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e031_774_gwenstefani_traditions_20171121-151133483032400002.jpg

Gwen Stefani talks about her NBC Christmas special and the holiday traditions she still carries on from her childhood.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Maroon 5 Performs in NYC Subway in Disguise]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 03:01:38 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Maroon5Screen-Shot-2017-11-22-at-3.58.36-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and Maroon 5 put on disguises and give a surprise performance of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "Sugar" in a New York City subway station.



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<![CDATA['Late Night': Amber Ruffin on Shelton Being Named 'Sexiest' ]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:40:20 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AmberSheltonScreen-Shot-2017-11-22-at-3.38.01-AM1.jpg

"Late Night" writer Amber Ruffin recaps what's happening in pop culture news, including Blake Shelton being named "Sexiest Man Alive," and Serena Williams' wedding. 



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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump Backing Moore]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:47:04 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TrumpMooreScreen-Shot-2017-11-22-at-2.44.36-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at the White House continuing to stand by an accused sexual predator running for Senate so they can pass tax cuts.



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<![CDATA[David Cassidy: Pop's ‘Family’ Favorite]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:04:43 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-85431361.jpg

David Cassidy wasn't the first musically talented teenybopper heartthrob launched from a family friendly sitcom (Ricky Nelson beat him by a dozen years).

And he wasn't the first superstar hatched from a music-filled TV comedy built around a pre-fabricated, recording studio-enhanced band (The Monkees were four years ahead of that game).

But Cassidy, who died Tuesday at age 67, carved his own place in pop culture history as lead-singing "Partridge Family" sibling Keith – forging a fan connection as sweet as bubble gum, but far longer lasting.

He oozed appeal on multiple levels: Cassidy proved equally lovable as a sitcom big brother who played straight man to his TV brother Danny (Danny Bonaduce) and as a shaggy-haired pop idol who played to countless screaming fans.

Cassidy arrived armed with a disarming smile and a singing voice by turns reassuring and confident. He infused well-crafted treacle like "I Think I Love You" with a mix of borderline-melodramatic urgency and euphoria that got the pubescent set crying for more (even if most were too young to know exactly what "more" meant).

"The Partridge Family" landed in 1970 as a bastion of rock-and-roll wholesomeness a year after Woodstock. As the generation gap grew, millions watched a show about a widowed mom joining her five kids in the family band, hopping in an old school bus and singing that it was time to "get happy."

The somewhat meta set-up – Cassidy's stepmother, Shirley Jones, played his mother – added to the family friendly air. So did the show's Friday night timeslot on ABC, alongside "The Brady Bunch," another sunny, big-brood sitcom that exercises an oddly enduring hold on the popular consciousness more than four decades after its final delivery of affable fluff.

Still, the guitar-slinging Cassidy, whose musical ambitions ran more toward creating the next "Purple Haze" than endlessly crooning "I Woke Up in Love This Morning," became the proverbial captive of his own fame. He tried to break out of the gilded Partridge cage, most notably with a risqué, carefully cropped Rolling Stone cover shot by Annie Leibovitz in 1972.

It didn't work.

He eventually found a post-sitcom, post-superstardom niche in musical theater, most notably via "Blood Brothers." In an early 1990s production, he played opposite his younger half-brother Shaun, the "Hardy Boys"-propelled teen idol who achieved more enduring success behind the camera.

Recent years weren't kind to David Cassidy, who quickly got fired by Donald Trump on "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2011, and gained unwanted headlines as he battled the bottle and, eventually, dementia. 

But Cassidy died Tuesday with his image forever intact as the safe, first celebrity crush of legions – the green-eyed, forever young leader of the band who delivered on his promise of helping fans get happy.

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



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<![CDATA['Forever Young': Friends, Fans Remember David Cassidy]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:06:01 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-93405200.jpg

Friends and fans of David Cassidy took to Twitter late Tuesday to remember the actor and singer, who starred in the 1970s sitcom "The Partridge Family."

Cassidy died Tuesday at age 67.

"To me and millions of us you were forever young. RIP," wrote actress Marlee Matlin.

Many posted tweets remembering Cassidy from his heartthrob days, while others wrote about more recent encounters.



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<![CDATA[Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inducts Reba McEntire]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 20:09:54 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Reba_Interview.jpg

The legendary Reba McEntire has won every award and honor imaginable in music. Tuesday in Fort Worth, she received an honor that pays tribute to her cowgirl roots.

Reba was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

"Well, I think being inducted into the museum is very, very important," she said. "Number one, it represents my heritage. I am a cowgirl at heart. I was raised on a working cattle ranch in southeastern Oklahoma. I'm a third generation rodeo brat. So that, right there, says 'cowgirl.' And getting inducted with my mama is the icing on the cake."

Reba's mother, Jacqueline Smith McEntire, a former school teacher and rancher, will also have a place among honorees recognized for lives that exemplify the courage, resilience and independence that shaped the American west.

Reba and her mother spoke exclusively to NBC 5 on the eve of the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

"Oh, gosh, surprise and a deep sense of gratitude and wonder," Jacqueline McEntire said, recalling her reaction when she first learned she would join her daughter in the 2017 class of honorees. "It's special. I don't think there's anything as close as mother and a child."

It's apparent how close mother and daughter are from the moment Jacqueline sits down next to Reba for the interview. Jacqueline, 91, has a little trouble hearing. Reba never let her miss a beat, picking up a thought or asking a question to help guide the conversation.

"Did you ever think I'd become what I am today?" Reba asked.

"Oh, yeah," her mother responded. "I thought you'd succeed."

"I never did," cracked Reba.

What did Jacqueline see in her daughter that hinted at fame?

"Oh, she wanted it," Jacqueline said. "She always liked attention."

"Yeah, the good kind," Reba said.

"I knew she had the desire and stability," Jackie said.

Reba was the third of four children. She inherited her mother's red hair, her love of singing and the vocal power that has made her part of the country music scene for more than 40 years.

"I taught 'em all the best I could to sing. My mother sang. My daddy sang, and I passed it on down. It was just the thing we did," Jacqueline said. "It's just something you do, like washing your hands or combing you hair. It's just in a person. It's hard to describe."

"And, hard to stop," added Reba.

For Reba, the rise to stardom started in 1974 when a country music singer from Texas named Red Steagall heard her sing at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. They met as Reba "walked from the bathroom to the podium," she recalled.

"A lot of people got me to the point where I met Red, and Red was the one that was very interested in my vocal, because of the way I sang the national anthem. And mama asked Red if there was anything he could do to get me, Pake (older brother) and Susie (younger sister), us being 'The Singing McEntires,' into the music business," Reba said. "And he said, 'Oh, Jackie, I'm just trying to get my own own career going.' But January of 1975, he said, 'You know, let me try to take Reba in and see if she can get started. Then later, bring Pake and Susie in.' So, from December 1974 to October 1975, 11 months later, I got a recording contract with Polygram/Mercury records and Red Steagall is the reason why I got it."

In the decades since, Reba has become a one-woman force from music to retail. She has sold 56 million albums worldwide and has 35 number one singles. In between, there's been television, movies, Broadway, makeup, clothing and home goods lines and now a partnership with Justin Boot Company.

What's her secret to success?

"Team work, curiosity, great product, great songs and an interest in what you love to do," Reba said. "If you find a project that you're just half interested in, I wouldn't say pursue it. If you eat, sleep and breathe that project and that way of life, like music was for me, rodeo was for me. I wasn't that good at it, but I loved it and I pursued it. And, that led me into the music business by signing at the National Finals Rodeo. I wanted to be at the rodeo and watch barrel racing, hang out with the cowboys. It got me a job. Daddy said, 'Instead of having a good time, go get a job.'"

"All those things is because of a passion that you really, really love," she added.

Reba remembers a lot of her father's words and loves sharing stories about growing up the daughter of a rancher and World Champion Steer Roper.

"Tons of things I learned on the ranch that still help me in every day life. I can follow directions well 'cause Daddy said, 'Sit on that gate, on your horse and don't leave until I come back.' I don't care if it was 30 minutes or three days, you'd better have your butt in that saddle on that horse when daddy gets back. We took direction well. We remembered. And when you were told to do something, you do it. And when you said you'd do something, you do it, because they called you on it," Reba said. "And, when you say start a project, you finish it. You don't say, 'I got tired of that, no.' Your word means something. Mama and Daddy had boundaries, 'You can't go this far, and you can't go this less.' So, we stayed in between those boundaries when we were kids growing up and learned a lot."

Reba's quick to learn from her fans, too. They pack her concerts and sing right along with her especially when they hear the guitar start to strum the notes of her 1990 remake of Bobbie Gentry's hit 1969 "Fancy."

"Fancy is the song my fans know. If I haven't sung Fancy, the show's not over. It wasn't a number one record for me, but everybody knows that's Reba's song," she said. "I recorded it years later, because it was a rags-to-riches song. I love rags-to-riches stories, Annie Oakley, Cinderella. It's just interesting that if you were born poor, if you have the want to and the fortitude and the vision, you can make something out of yourself."

Reba has done that. She's made herself into a one-name brand known around the world. And, she says now, at 62, life is sweeter than ever.

"It's just a lot of fun. What I'm getting to do in my life right now. I'm happier than I've ever been in my life," she said. "I think when you hit a certain time in your life, you get to breathe, do what you want to do. And everybody is happy and healthy, and you just can't beat that in your life."

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<![CDATA[Olympian Gabby Douglas Says Team Doctor Abused Her]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:49:02 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-587844736.jpg

Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas revealed in an Instagram post on Tuesday that she was abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar, who is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges on Wednesday, NBC News reported.

The disclosure came in a new apology for a tweet last week in which Douglas said, in a response to Aly Raisman talking about sexual abuse victims, that women have a responsibility to dress modestly because "dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd." She later apologized on Twitter. 


"I didn't view my comments as victim shaming because I know that no matter what you wear, it NEVER gives anyone the right to harass or abuse you," she wrote in her Instagram statement.

A representative for the Olympian confirmed the authenticity of the post and that Douglas says she was molested by Nassar, who was first publicly accused of preying on athletes more than a year ago. In her post, Douglas explained why she had not joined the other accusers until now.



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<![CDATA[Chrissy Teigen Announces Pregnancy on Instagram]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:46:39 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/john+legend+chrissy+teigen+tonys.jpg

Add one more thing for Chrissy Teigen to be thankful for. The model, television personality took to social media Tuesday to reveal she and husband John Legend were expecting a baby.

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The former Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model and musician are already parents to a daughter, Luna, born in 2016.

Earlier this year, Teigen revealed her struggles with post-partum depression following the pregnancy.

Legend quickly responded to the Instagram with a tweet of his own.

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<![CDATA[NBC's 2017 Holiday Line-Up ]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:30:47 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/holidayTryptich.jpg Check out some of NBC's upcoming holiday specials.]]> <![CDATA[Get Ready for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:27:02 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IMG_3397s.jpg

The iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off the holiday season with its annual march down the streets of Manhattan on Thursday, Nov. 23, featuring legendary 50-foot balloons, bands, dance numbers and celebs.

Coverage starts at 9 a.m. on NBC in all time zones, and you can watch it all live at home on NBC or on the go via NBC Live. Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of "Today" will anchor the broadcast.

You can also live stream the parade on your desktop or laptop computer or your mobile device by clicking on this link. We've temporarily removed the need to log in with your TV provider credentials for the parade.

The colorful procession will feature a star-studded cast, including 98 Degrees, Andra Day and Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Wyclef Jean, Bravo's Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, Patti LaBelle and others.

Broadway performances from the casts of "Anastasia," "Dear Evan Hansen" and other shows will highlight this year's broadcast.




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<![CDATA[Kaepernick Says Imprisoned Rapper Meek Mill in 'Good Spirits']]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:38:53 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kaepernick_Mills.jpg

Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who started a movement of football players protesting during the national anthem, is now putting his support behind imprisoned Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill.

Kaepernick says he spoke to Meek Mill, who is currently serving two to four years in a Pennsylvania state prison for violating probation.

"Spoke to Meek Mill & he wanted ppl to know regardless of his unjust situation, he’s in good spirits & humbled by the support the people have shown him," Kaepernick tweeted Monday. "We'll continue to fight against the harsh sentencing practices that have affected Meek & millions of other [people of color] for generations."

Mill's legal team has been fighting for the release of the 30-year-old, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, since Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley put him behind bars in early November. 

A PR blitz — including a New York Times op-ed from fellow rapper Jay-Z, star-studded rallies and bus ads — has called for Mill's release. His supporters argue that the rapper was sent away on the whim of a judge, against the recommendations of prosecutors. His attorneys have called on Brinkley to remove herself from the case saying she's been unjust.

Kaepernick, who took a knee during the national anthem before each game last year to protest police mistreatment of people of color, has not been signed by any NFL team this season. Last season he played for the San Francisco 49ers.

Other NFL players, including Philadelphia Eagles star Malcolm Jenkins, have continued to protest during the Star-Spangled Banner before games. Jenkins has used his protest as a platform to promote criminal justice reform. Jenkins also appeared at a Free Meek Mill rally last week.



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<![CDATA[Iran-Based Hacker Charged With Trying to Extort HBO ]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:04:55 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/thronestrailr.jpg

An Iran-based hacker plotted to extort HBO out of $6 million by threatening to release stolen episodes and scripts of hit shows, such as "Game of Thrones," at one point taunting the network with a twist on a catch phrase form that series: "Winter is coming. HBO is falling."

An indictment filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan accuses Behzad Mesri of hacking into the cable network's computer system in New York. It says he stole unaired episodes from shows including "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Deuce," story plot summaries and scripts for "Game of Thrones" and confidential cast and crew contact lists.

The Mesri, 29, a fugitive living in Iran who used the alias "Skote Vahshat," earlier this year infiltrated computer accounts of HBO employees authorized to remotely access the network's servers, the indictment says. In July, he emailed HBO executives in New York providing evidence of the hack and demanding $5.5 million in digital currency, a figure later raised to $6 million, it says. Included was an image of "Game of Thrones" Night King character, leader of an army of zombies, with the words, "Good luck HBO."

After HBO apparently refused to pay, Mesri began leaking portions of the stolen material on websites he controlled, the indictment says. One of the leaks was an unaired episode of a new HBO comedy called "Barry" on which he superimposed an opening credit showing the Night King and the "HBO is falling" threat, according to the indictment.

U.S. authorities described Mesri as a computer whiz who sometimes works with a hacker group in Iran called Turk Black Hat Security. He also has teamed the Iranian military to conduct cyberattacks targeting military and nuclear software systems and Israeli infrastructure, they said.

Although Mesri is not in custody, prosecutors decided to publicly charge him and put him on the FBI's most-wanted list to send a message to outlaw hackers that U.S. law enforcement has the means to identify, track and get them arrested if they travel to countries where the United States has better relations, acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said.

"Today, winter has come for Behzad Mesri," Kim said. "He will forever be looking over his shoulder. And if he isn't, he should be."

In a statement Tuesday, HBO said it is working with law enforcement but declined further comment.







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<![CDATA['Late Night': Amy Sedaris' Big Greek Thanksgiving]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:41:34 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e029_611_amysedaris_holidaytips_20171120-151125179422100002.jpg

Amy Sedaris tells Seth Meyers about her family's Mediterranean-style Thanksgiving and gives tips for holiday entertaining. 

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Trump Family Thanksgiving Secrets Revealed]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:13:30 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PattiScreen-Shot-2017-11-21-at-3.37.59-AM.jpg

Watch "Tonight Show" correspondent Patti Harrison share what Thanksgiving is like in the Trump household. 



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