<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcmiami.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Sun, 01 Feb 2015 11:47:53 -0500 Sun, 01 Feb 2015 11:47:53 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[WATCH: Super Bowl 2015 Teasers, Commercials]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:34:53 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Kardashian-SB.jpg

The Super Bowl 2015 commercial madness has already begun.

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

A few full commercials are available:

"The Voice"

Reebok

Grubhub

Kia

EAT24

P&G

Budweiser

T-Mobile

Victoria's Secret

Bud Light

Old Spice

Dove Men+Care

Carls Jr.

Toyota

BMW

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

Check out teasers released ahead of the Super Bowl:

Esurance

Nissan

Newcastle

Nationwide Insurance

Snickers

Mercedes-Benz USA

Skittles

 

Lexus

WIX.com


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<![CDATA[D'Angelo's Band Wears "I Can't Breathe" Shirts on "SNL"]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 10:06:53 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DAngelo-Black-Lives-Matter-.jpg

D'Angelo has been mostly quiet for nearly a decade, but he made a bold political statement in his return to the limelight on "Saturday Night Live."

The enigmatic R&B singer and his band The Vanguard wore shirts with the words "Black Lives Matter" and "I Can't Breathe" during Saturday night's performance of "The Charade," their first public performance in support of the the new album "Black Messiah."

The phrases have become a rallying cry for protesters who gathered across the U.S. and the world to protest the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men killed by police last year.

At the end of the performance, the group raised their right hands balled into fists, a reference to the "black power" salute that gained notoriety during the 1960s civil rights movement.

An image of a chalk outline of a body was projected on the floor of the stage. The first lines of the politically charged song's chorus is "All we wanted was a chance to talk / Instead we've only got outlined in chalk."

"Black Messiah," released Dec. 2014, is D'Angelo's first album since "Voodoo" topped the U.S. charts in 2000. The band also performed the single "Really Love" on "SNL."



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<![CDATA["SNL" Satirizes Seahawks and "SnowMageddon"]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 06:30:19 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Jay-Pharoah-Kenan-Thompson-SNL-Simmons.jpg

A week after lampooning the New England Patriots over DeflateGate, "Saturday Night Live" poked fun at Seahawks stars Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch — and their fans.

In "Super Bowl Shut Down," Sherman (Jay Pharoah) and Lynch (Kenan Thompson) trash-talked DeflateGate, the New England Patriots and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio's handling of "snowmageddon."

"Hey de Blasio!" Sherman said. "You seriously tryin' to shut down the whole city 'cause of that?! You better learn: The only way to shut down a city is you put Richard Sherman on it!"

Lynch, as usual, was a man of few words.

"I like Skittles. Shout out to Skittles," the running back mumbled. "Also, big ups to hats and glasses."

The 12th Man Band was equally muted.

"I've been a fan since the beginning — of 2013," the band's lead singer (Sasheer Zamata) said.

Host J.K. Simmons evoked his (Golden Globe-winning) "Whiplash" role as an ultra-demanding drum teacher in his opening monologue.

"Maybe you could play at my tempo if you spent as much time practicing as you do smoking pot," Simmons growled at an inept Pete Davidson.

"Well, I'm not gonna practice 100 hours a week," Davidson deadpanned.

The only percussionist good enough for Simmons? "SNL" alumnus (and professional musician) Fred Armisen.

In his first public performance supporting his new album “Black Messiah,” enigmatic R&B/neo-soul singer D'Angelo performed “Really Love” and “The Charade.”

During "The Charade," D'Angelo's backing band The Vanguard wore shirts bearing the phrases "Black Lives Matter" and "I Can't Breathe," referencing the deaths of unarmed black men Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police.

"Weekend Update" co-host Michael Che emphasized the need for a wider range of commemorative Black History Month stamps.

"There's a stamp for Crispus Attucks, the first American to die in the Revolutionary War," Che said. "But what about a stamp for Crispus Attucks' mother, the first black woman to name her son Crispus?"

Another bit of revisionist history: "The Jay-Z Story," a biopic of the iconic (African-American) rapper featuring (white) "SNL" writer Mike O'Brien in the title role. Kanye West (Jason Sudeikis) and Nas (J. K. Simmons) also show up.

A satirical spot for the new Totino's Activity Pack for Women made fun of ads that relegate women to the kitchen.

"It's full of fun little puzzles and games to keep my mind active and learning while I wait back here [in the kitchen]," a bored wife (Vanessa Bayer) says. "Anything for my hungry guys!"

Two familiar faces returned to the "Weekend Update" desk. The One-Dimensional Female Character From a Male-Driven Comedy (Cecily Strong) chatted with co-host Colin Jost about predictions for the Super Bowl (even if she ended up talking about her pregnancy).

Meanwhile, bitter 18th-century newspaper critic Jebidiah Atkinson (Taran Killam) arrives to lambaste the latest Grammy nomination slate.

"SNL" returns Feb. 15 with a special 40th anniversary episode.


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<![CDATA[WATCH: "Game of Thrones" Season Five Trailer Leaked Online]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:48:58 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Daenerys-AP963932712279.jpg

Honor, glory, love, war and direwolves.

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[College Students Will Have a Harder Time Cutting Class ]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:04:25 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NC_attendanceapp0129001_1500x845__677564.jpg College students will have a much harder time trying to skip class now that parents and professors can track if they're in class or not. ]]> <![CDATA[Super Bowl Ad Playbook]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:05:25 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/darth-vader-passat-commercial.jpg

Football teams, especially at Super Bowl time, live and die by their playbooks – tightly held strategy guides, wrought in X's and O's, designed to confound the opposition. But the contents of even the best of these squad bibles merely represent variations on familiar themes. 

The same could be said for the other big game surrounding Sunday’s big game: the commercial competition. The formula for a successful Super Bowl ad can’t be bottled – unlike the products pitched by bitter rivals Coke and Pepsi. But the years have yielded some commonalities among the most memorable spots.

With a new batch of commercials set for Sunday, we’ve scoured some classics to compile what we'll call the Seven Characteristics of Highly Entertaining Super Bowl Ads. Here's our CliffsNotes version of advertisers and ad makers’ golden-lining playbook:

Child's Play

W.C. Fields famously warned against working with children and animals. But both make for strong Super Bowl ad fodder. Let’s start with the kids: That creepy E-Trade baby aside, perhaps the greatest Super Sunday commercial of them all starred a child: Volkswagen’s Darth Vader kid, who wowed tens of millions online and on TV.

Critical Critters
Budweiser has cornered the market on Fields’ other scourge, animals. The King of Beers is well known, of course, for its Clydesdales. But the suds maker made perhaps its biggest Super Bowl splash with a somewhat less majestic creature: the frog. 
Stars Shine
Sex sells, but perhaps not as much as celebrity (or celebrity sex, but that’s another kind of video product). The stakes are high for star-driven commercials, given the expense and expectations. Here are a couple that beat the odds:
Tech Touchdown
Special effects play an increasing role in ads. But heralding technological advances also can make for compelling commercials. Here's a classic in the genre:
Word of Mouth
Super Bowl ads try to get us talking. The words, though, live on in some spots more than in others. Commercial-delivered catchphrases, clever and annoying, alike, can become part of the popular argot – and even the political debate. Here’s a double dose of catchphrases that stuck long after the game ended:
Quarterback Sneaks 
Super Bowl surprises are tougher than ever to pull off, given the leak friendly Internet. But some memorable spots brought unexpected appearances from old friends – and even old enemies.
Athletic Supporters 

Ads featuring athletes – football players or otherwise – are another Super Bowl staple. Some of the strongest play off defying expectations, as best exemplified in the most enduring Super Sunday spot of them all, in which a certain Steelers tackle failed to live up to his nickname.

 

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multimedia NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Will Idina Menzel Let Her Nerves Go at the Super Bowl?]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:43:45 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Idina+Menzel+national+anthem-AP981641936089.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: Shakira]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:32:28 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/shakira-pique-efe.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.]]> <![CDATA["Ted 2" Trailer]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:02:11 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ted-2-Ted2_Trailer2i_Texted_Stereo_h264_hd_1200x675_391497283901.jpg The foul-mouthed furball is back! Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane return in "Ted 2," hitting theaters June 26, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon Talks Heckling Dad on "Ellen"]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:07:11 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ellen_+013015_12093_fallons-Publicity.jpg Jimmy Fallon tells Ellen the story of when his dad heckled him from the audience during his first time hosting “The Tonight Show.” The two also talk about how Nicole Kidman used to have a crush on the late-night host.]]> <![CDATA[Ghostbusting the Reboot Jinx]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:32:54 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ghostbusters-actresses.jpg

News of planned movie franchise reboots inevitably spurs the crucial question of casting: Who you gonna call?

Those of us still pining for a "Ghostbusters" revival after years of false starts, got a new dollop of hope this week: Melissa McCarthy has signed on for the all-female revival, with Kristen Wiig and "Saturday Night Live" cast members Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon expected to follow suit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Disney is eyeing Chris Pratt as the next Indiana Jones, though his "Guardians of the Galaxy" co-star/co-raccoon Bradley Cooper has been bandied about as a possible Indy in recent months.

The reports suggest that some smart casting choices are in the works, raising hopes – and fears of disappointment. Trying to wring new movie magic out of old favorites can be as risky as, to put it in "Ghostbusters" terms, crossing the streams.

Hollywood's reboot record, the James Bond franchise aside, is mixed. Gus Van Sant's 1998 shot-for-shot remake of "Psycho" was ambitious, but didn't scare anyone out of the shower. The Farrelly brothers' genial 2012 homage to The Three Stooges didn’t generate near as many nyuck-nyuck-nyucks as the original shorts.

Still, there are signs that moviemakers are getting better at the reboot game. The two most recent “Planet of the Apes” movies offered stunning re-imaginings worth of the original first two classic films (and almost erased memories of Tim Burton’s weak 2001 updating).

Director J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" revival with young actors playing Kirk, Spock and Co. generated big box office. It also helped earn him perhaps the most scrutinized job in Hollywood history: resuscitating the "Star Wars" franchise this year with a mix of the 1977 cast and new-fangled characters.

Abrams’ triumph with “Star Trek” – and challenge with “Star Wars” – rests in imbuing the new work with the spirit of the original, while not being tied by handcuffs of reverence in fashioning a fresh film. The distance of time could be a help or a hindrance. The just-released trailer for the new “Fantastic Four” flick features a new cast, a mere decade after the original. “Spider-Man” got a similar 10-year reboot, with Andrew Garfield supplanting Tobey Maguire.

The prospect of Pratt as Indiana Jones seems a natural if only because his affable “Guardians” adventurer was, in part, an homage to Harrison Ford’s roles in the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Star Wars” series (though the versatile Cooper would be an strong choice, too). There’s also a certain symmetry in the “Saturday Night Live” ties of the reported new “Ghostbusters” team, given the original star turns of show alums Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, who called the casting choices “magnificent.”

He’s right: Wiig and McCarthy, who previously co-starred in the riotously funny “Bridesmaids,” excel at character-driven verbal and physical humor. Jones, a magnetic scene-stealer, and McKinnon, a comedic chameleon, are emerging as the latest “SNL” breakout performers.

Reboot director Paul Feig, who previously helmed “Bridesmaids,” no doubt grew up on the original "Ghostbusters" films. His daunting task will be to create new memories while not sliming old ones. It looks like he’ll be flanked by a great team as he chases filmdom ghosts.

 

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multimedia NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Pre-Super Bowl Party]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:57:35 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP990070825647.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[10 Memorable Past Super Bowl Commercials]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:35:58 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP100308048493_ETradeBaby.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volkswagon "The Force" (2011)

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

Budweiser "Frogs" (1995)

Budweiser: "Wassup" (2000)

Apple: "1984" (1984)

Budweiser "Puppy Love" (2014)

Bridgestone: "Scream" (2008)

E-Trade: "Milkaholic" (2010)

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



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<![CDATA[President Obama Sings "Uptown Funk"]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:31:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/20150128+Barack+Obama+Uptown+Funk.jpg

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

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

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

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


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<![CDATA[NFL Debuts 1st Anti-Domestic Violence Super Bowl PSA]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:12:13 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/footballs.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[By the Numbers: Puppy Bowl 2015 ]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:51:52 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/222*120/puppy+pic+for+puppy+bowl+2015.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA["Fantastic Four" Teaser Trailer]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:25:42 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/the-fantastic-four-FantasticFour_DomTrlrA_Texted_Stereo_h264_hd_1200x675_390904899531.jpg The rebooted "Fantastic Four" franchise lands in theaters August 7, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Puppy Bowl: 2015 Contenders]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:21:45 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Faulkner+Puppy+Bowl+2015+Slideshow.jpg Take a look at some of the contenders in this year's Puppy Bowl.

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<![CDATA[Celebs in the Stands: Cameron Diaz, Benji Madden]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:47:58 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/462391472.jpg Star-gazing isn't just for the red carpet! Take a look at some celebrities who've been spotted in the stands and on the sidelines rooting for their favorite sports teams.

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<![CDATA[GoDaddy Pulls Controversial Super Bowl Ad ]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:24:51 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/162767130.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[Wiig, McCarthy to Star in New, All-Women "Ghostbusters": Report]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:09:16 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ghostbusters-actresses.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:14:18 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NUP_165939_1479.JPG

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