<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2016 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 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:08:07 -0400 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:08:07 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Prescription Painkillers Found at Prince's Home: Officials]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:34:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-470571179.jpg

Prescription painkillers were found in Prince's possession when he died and in his Minneapolis home, federal law enforcement officials told NBC News. The officials have yet to say what role, if any, those medications may have played in his death.

The officials said Wednesday that the county sheriff investigating Prince's death has asked for help from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The DEA's role, officials say, will be to determine such things as where the medications came from, and what prescriptions Prince had obtained. 

Some of Prince's friends have said the musician took the painkiller Percocet to relieve pain in his hips — the result of years of jumping during performances. An autopsy was performed last week, but it may take weeks before the cause of his death would be disclosed. 

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<![CDATA[Chyna Cause of Death Still Unknown]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:08:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/chyna-2.jpg

The cause of death for WWE star Chyna has not been determined as toxicology tests are pending, coroner's officials said.

Toxicology tests are scheduled within the next few weeks as the office is dealing with a backlog of cases, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.

Chyna's manager, Anthony Anzaldo, told NBC News the wrestling star "accidentally and unintentionally misused her legally prescribed medication over the course of 2-3 weeks."

"There was no alcohol on the scene and no other legal or illegal drugs found," he said in a statement. "She fell asleep on Sunday night and peacefully took her last breath."

Chyna, born Joan Marie Laurer, was found dead Wednesday in her Redondo Beach apartment. Police were responding to a 911 call from a friend who said the former 46-year-old WWE performer failed to answer her phone for a few days.

Her brain will be donated for research involving the effects of concussions, her manager said Tuesday.

The WWE — then known as the World Wrestling Federation — hired Chyna in 1997.

After leaving the WWE in 2001, Laurer was determined to stay active in the entertainment industry. She wrote a memoir, became a semi-regular on Howard Stern's radio show and appeared in TV sitcoms like "3rd Rock From the Sun" and reality shows including "The Surreal Life." She was in Playboy twice and appeared in a string of adult films.

Chyna joins a long list of WWE professional wrestlers who have died relatively young, including Rick Rude, Curt "Mr. Perfect" Hennig, the Ultimate Warrior and Owen Hart.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': JK Simmons Talks 'L&O' and 'Oz' ]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:58:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/JKSIMMONS_GettyImages-525136334.jpg J.K. Simmons talks to "Late Night" host Seth Meyers about his early days of acting on "Law & Order" and "Oz." And he notes that the two shows played a nice balance of different roles, helping him from becoming a type cast actor.

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<![CDATA['Late Night' Closer Look at Northeast Primary Results]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e100_360_closerlook_20160427_1200x675_675246659911.jpg Immediately after Donald Trump’s total victory in Tuesday’s primaries, he launched what "Late Night" host Seth Meyers called a sexist attacking against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Meyers also considers the unsubstantiated claim that Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s rival, is somehow hurting the Democratic party.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': The Roots 'Game of Thrones' Rap]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:01:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e127_459_gameofthrones_rap_20160427_1200x675_675246659606.jpg Black Thought from The Roots catches "Tonight Show" viewers up on Season 6 of "Game of Thrones" with a rap.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Lauer Takes Issue With New Zealand Outhouses]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:04:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/LAUER_GettyImages-525120016.jpg Matt Lauer recounts an embarrassing story about a live report that went awry on the "Today" show while "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon acts it out.

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<![CDATA['Jurassic Park' Star Sex Assault]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:22:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/218*120/cameron+thor+jurassic+park+stilll.jpg

A Southern California actor and acting coach best known for his role in "Jurassic Park" was sentenced Wednesday to six years in a state prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl for nearly a year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office confirmed.

Cameron Thor, who has appeared in "Jurassic Park," "A Few Good Men," and "Hook," and the TV show "Star Trek: The Next Generation," was convicted of lewd acts that occurred seven years ago.  

He was initially accused of assaulting the girl from April 2008 to March 2009, officials said.

Thor was ordered to register as a sex offender by the judge after he assaulted the young girl who took acting lessons in his Agoura Hills home, the DA's office said.

The district attorney said Thor drove the girl to the Santa Monica Mountains in March 2009 where he sexually assaulted her.

Thor was charged in June of 2014 with sex crimes with a child under 14 years of age, kidnap, robbery, rape, and sexual penetration.

A jury found Thor guilty of one count of lewd act upon a child and the special allegation of substantial sexual contact in August.

The 56-year-old actor played Lewis Dodgson, a character who made a deal to buy dinosaur embryos, in the 1993 film "Jurassic Park."

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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: 'Bachelorette' Expecting]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:12:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-175829618.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2016.

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<![CDATA['Correspondent' Gervais Takes on the Media]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:39:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Special+Correspondents+Netflix.jpg

The recent 40th anniversary of "All the President's Men" and the Best Picture Oscar notched by "Spotlight" offer potent reminders not only of the power of journalism, but of the power of journalism movies. 

The films, bookending four decades, portray the press at its real-life best, which is particularly heartening amid times of great upheaval in the business and a 2015 Gallup poll putting the public’s trust in the news media at a low point.

"Spotlight" aside, though, the popular culture's take on journalism in recent years tells a different story – manifesting largely in news-driven satirical TV programs spawned by "The Daily Show," including "The Colbert Report," "The Nightly Show," "Last Week Tonight" and "Fully Frontal."

Now the movies are getting back in on the Fourth Estate comedy act. Tina Fey's "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot," based on journalist Kim Barker’s experiences as a war correspondent in Afghanistan, opened last month. The latest movie entry arrives April 29 on Netflix: Ricky Gervais' "Special Correspondents," a comedy about the journalistic mortal sin of faking it.

In the film, based on a French flick, Gervais and Eric Bana play a radio duo who produce bogus Ecuadorian war zone reports from the safety of a New York apartment, before finding themselves in trouble they never imagined. Gervais and Bana are the anti-Woodward and Bernstein – instead of following the money, they're chasing the laughs.

Truth be told, some of the best movies about journalism are farces in which reporters come off as scoundrels. Take newsmen Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht’s 1928 Broadway hit, "The Front Page," which spawned various big screen versions, including "His Girl Friday," the greatest newspaper laugher of them all.

The Great Depression proved the Golden Era for comedies brimming with dubious journalism ethics, among them "It Happened One Night," "Meet John Doe" and "Nothing Sacred," in which a small-town doctor opens a window to let out the stench when he learns a reporter is in the room.

Perhaps Gervais, who directed "Special Correspondents" and wrote the script, wanted a forum to air his grievances with the press (he noted with derisive amusement during his standup act a few years back that one British tabloid referred to him as a "chubby funster").

His fun at the expense of the media follows the recent Pulitzer Prize announcement. Winning reports, including ones that exposed shocking labor abuses and mistreatment of mental patients, only reinforced the importance of a strong press.

Satire, though, can help provide insight by spotlighting absurdities of all kinds – even among those charged with finding and sharing the truth. Check out a preview of "Special Correspondents" (above) in which Gervais presents a dim view of the media at its worst.


Jere 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[Shia LaBeouf Doppelganger Punched]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:41:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/shia-splitscreen-0427.jpg

A Brooklyn man was randomly punched at a Manhattan subway station by an attacker who said it was "because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf," Gothamist reports.

Mario Licato told the website he had just gotten off a subway train Saturday afternoon at the Delancey Street-Essex Street subway station on the Lower East Side when he was clocked.

"I didn’t even see the guy," he told Gothamist. "I just see his fist coming toward me. It knocked me, and while I was falling down the stairs, all I hear was, 'This is because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf!'"

Licato, who told Gothamist he has been approached "at least 10 times" by people who said he resembles the actor, tumbled down the stairs and lost consciousness. He said a couple rushed to help him and called 911.  

EMTs ruled out a concussion and told him to get a butterfly bandage for his busted eyebrow, Licato told Gothamist. Police, who arrived a short time later, canvassed the area and asked questions.

Licato posted a photo of his injuries on Instagram, a bandage visible over his eyebrow and scuffs on his nose and brow.

"I wanna thank the guy who randomly decided he needed to hit me last night," he said in the post.

Licato told Gothamist he was back at work Monday but was still perplexed as to why someone would attack him for looking like LaBeouf.

"I wanna know what Shia LaBeouf did to him," Licato told Gothamist. "What did Shia LaBeouf do to him that he punched somebody that looks like him? He must have did something so mean."

The NYPD told People it is investigating the incident as an assault and no arrests had been made as of Tuesday afternoon.

NBC 4 New York has reached out to Licato and representatives of LaBeouf for comment.

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<![CDATA[Celeb Hookups: Jordan Peele Is Married]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:55:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-488131906.jpg Check out which celebrities are pairing up.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Trump & Clinton's Possible VP Picks]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:03:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/split2-clinton-trump-NY.jpg As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump become the clear nominees, the media has indulged "in one of its favorite parlor games," "Late Night" host Seth Meyers said, of speculating wildly on who the candidates will choose as their running mates. And why are media outlets trying to make "Veep stakes" common use.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Truth or Truth With Chelsea Handler ]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:02:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-524633116.jpg Jimmy Fallon sits down with Chelsea Handler for a game of Truth or Truth on "The Tonight Show."

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Pros, Cons of New 'GoT' Season]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 06:57:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Game+of+Thrones+Season+6+Image.jpg "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon weighs the good and bad of watching Season 6 of HBO's "Game of Thrones."]]> <![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: 'Keanu' Screening]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:54:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-525253388.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities looking their best.

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<![CDATA[Gervais Talks 'Office' Character on 'Late Night']]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:08:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-524665286.jpg Ricky Gervais talks to "Late Night" host Seth Meyers about revisiting his "Office" Character David Brent. “It’s tragic. But it’s funny,” he said on the show. Gervais also notes that America isn’t the only country that adapted the original U.K. show. In total, there were eight.

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<![CDATA[Chyna's Brain Donated: Manager]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:03:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/chyna-2.jpg

The brain of former WWE star Chyna, who was found dead last week in her Southern California home, will be donated for research involving the effects of concussions, her manager said Tuesday.

Chyna, whose real name is Joan Marie Laurer, was found dead Wednesday in her Redondo Beach apartment. Police were responding to a 911 call from a friend who said the former 46-year-old World Wrestling Entertainment performer failed to answer her phone for a few days.

Anthony Anzaldo, her manager, told NBC4 Los Angeles Tuesday that her brain will be donated for research involving chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain injury also known as CTE. Anzaldo said the brain has been given to Dr. Bennet Ifeakandu Omalu, a groundbreaking researcher who first discovered and published findings on CTE and was the subject of the 2015 film "Concussion," starring Will Smith.

"We want to donate her brain," Anzaldo told The New York Daily News. "We want to know what made Chyna tick."

CTE has been diagnosed in the brains of several former NFL players. The progressive degenerative disease of the brain, which can only be diagnosed after death, has been found in athletes who have a history of repeated blows to the head and concussions.

The result of her autopsy have not been released.

Some of the former NFL stars diagnosed with CTE include former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau, Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, Steelers lineman Mike Webster and the Giants' Frank Gifford.

Attorneys contacted him long before Chyna's death to gauge interest in joining a brain injury lawsuit against the WWE, Analdo told the Daily News. They decided not to join the lawsuit, he said.

The WWE — then known as the World Wrestling Federation — hired Chyna in 1997. After leaving the WWE in 2001, Laurer was determined to stay active in the entertainment industry. She wrote her memoir, became a semi-regular on Howard Stern's radio show and appeared in TV sitcoms like "3rd Rock From the Sun" and reality shows including "The Surreal Life." She was in Playboy twice and appeared in a string of porn movies.

She joins a long list of WWE professional wrestlers who have died relatively young, including Rick Rude, Curt "Mr. Perfect" Hennig, the Ultimate Warrior and Owen Hart.

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<![CDATA[Fallon, Grande Have Lip Sync Conversation]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:14:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-524219870.jpg Ariana Grande and "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon have a conversation in her dressing room while lip-syncing popular songs.

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<![CDATA[Fallon Pays Tribute to Prince on 'Tonight']]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:01:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-470571179.jpg "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon celebrates the life and music of Prince by sharing a memorable story of when the Purple One randomly challenged him to a game of ping-pong.

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<![CDATA[Audio From Prince's Plane: 'An Unresponsive Passenger']]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:42:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/PRINCE_AP_051213011169.jpg

NBC News obtained a seven-minute clip of communications between two air-traffic controllers and the pilot of Prince's plane as it made an unscheduled stop in Moline, Illinois, six days before the star died.

In the clip, an air traffic controller at the Chicago En Route Radar Center in Aurora, Illinois, directs the pilot to the Quad Cities International Airport in Moline, Illinois, about 120 miles to the west. The plane had been bound from Atlanta to Minneapolis.

The controller in Moline then asks his counterpart in Aurora why the jet needs to land:

"What's the nature of the emergency?"

"An unresponsive passenger," says the Aurora.

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<![CDATA[Prince: A Look Back at a Legendary Career]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:54:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042116+prince+guitar+arms+up.jpg The legendary musician Prince enjoyed an acclaimed career and was known as one of the most inventive musicians of his time. His hits included "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry." He died on April 21, 2016, at his home in suburban Minnesota at age 57.

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<![CDATA['Late Night' Look at Trump's Reinvention Plan]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:02:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e098_358_closerlook_h264_20160425_1200x675_673704003988.jpg Host Seth Meyers looks at the developments within the GOP race, including Donald Trump’s supposed ability to change his platform during the general elections to appeal to a wider range of voters. He also looks at the agreement between Ted Cruz and John Kasich.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night’: 'Leave Him Alone' Guy Sticks Up for Trump]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:10:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e098_358_leavehimalone_20160425_1200x675_673707075772.jpg New campaign slogans are needed for this year’s elections and host Seth Meyers shares a few. They include “make Trump migrate again.” But Meyers’ sloganeering is interrupted by an actor pretending to be a Trump supporter.]]> <![CDATA[Kid Rock's Assistant Dies in ATV Crash]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:10:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP464884155102.jpg

An assistant to Kid Rock was killed in an ATV crash at the singer's Nashville property, police said.

Michael Sacha, a 30-year-old personal assistant to the singer, died in the crash at Kid Rock's property on Knight Drive, Metro Nashville police said in a tweet Monday night.

NBC affiliate WSMV reported that police called to the property at 11:30 a.m. found Sacha's body on an embankment. He was missing for about 12 hours, after driving two people from a cookout at the property to meet an Uber car.

Kid Rock, whose given name is Robert Ritchie, started looking for Sacha Monday morning, when the assistant was determined to be missing, according to WSMV. The singer and a friend found Sacha and immediately called for help.

Police called the death accidental in the department's tweet.

Kid Rock said in a statement released Monday night that he was "beyond devastated" to report the death of Sacha.

"Myself, the band, our family, friends and co-workers are devastated over this loss. We were supposed to be back in Michigan today, but I am going to stay here with Mike until I can bring him home to his family," the singer said.

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<![CDATA[Met Opera Understudy Wore Jeans]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:42:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-137795169.jpg

An understudy made his Metropolitan Opera debut over the weekend – all while wearing jeans and sneakers.

Tenor Francesco Anile surprised theatergoers at New York City's Lincoln Center during a staging of Othello after the performer in the title role was unable to continue singing in the final acts. The change was so sudden that Anile was unable to change clothes, taking the stage in garb more befitting a modern New Yorker than a 16th century Venetian general.

"People were a bit surprised, but it was a big surprise for me," he said.

Anile said he was texting with friends in the green room when Aleksanders Antonenko’s voice went out during the fourth act – just before the climactic finish of the Shakespearean adaptation.

A stage director ran into the green room, gave Anile a black cape and told him, "Francesco, come. We need you to sing."

Anile said he didn't have time to get into costume, so he went out onto the stage wearing his street clothes and cape. He belted out the final minutes on the side of the stage as Antonenko walked the part and lip-synched.

The audience was so moved by Anile’s odd debut that they gave him a standing ovation.

"(It was) strange, but I am very happy," Anile said, noting that news of the debut made it back to his home town in Italy.

Hibla Gerzmava, the Russian soprano playing Othello’s wife Desdemona, said the sudden change took her for as much of a loop as it did Anile and the audience. But she applauded him for being able to step in.

"For Francesco, I say ‘Bravissimo’ because it’s difficult for him,” she said.

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<![CDATA[Larry King Remembers Prince]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:45:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/206*120/purple-bagels-2-042416.PNG

The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel in Beverly Hills paid tribute to Prince by serving purple bagels Sunday in remembrance of the "Purple Rain" superstar.

While noshing on a purple bagel, shop co-owner and journalist Larry King reminisced about his hourlong interview with Prince in 1999.

"I remember Prince. I had a wonderful time interviewing him," King said. "He had a sensitivity next to no one. I never saw anyone as warm, tender and sweet as he was."

Prince even told the broadcaster, whose show "Larry King Now" airs on his Ora.tv website, that he should change his name to simply "King."

Employee Rodney Franklin felt the pressure of producing the purple bagels in tribute to Prince.

"I'm kind of sweating right now," Franklin said.

The bagels were arguably worth the sweat — for Prince, and for fans like Oona Styne's mom.

"I feel bad for her because she really liked Prince," said Oona, who got a bagel to comfort her mom.

King said Prince would've liked the bagels because he had a good sense of humor.

"But he probably would've wished there was real rain," King said, pointing to the sky.

The bagels were set to return to brown from purple on Monday, but "Purple Rain" will live on in the music.

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