<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usWed, 20 Sep 2017 19:39:14 -0400Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:39:14 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Lawsuit: Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' a Rip-Off]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:32:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tswiftfeuerherd.jpg

"Haters gonna hate," as the song goes. But whose song is it?

Taylor Swift is being sued in federal court in Los Angeles, with the songwriters behind the 2001 3LW recording called "Playas Gon' Play" arguing that she lifted lyrics from the tune for her 2014 smash hit "Shake it Off."

According to the copyright infringement lawsuit, songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler contend their 2001 song includes the lyrics "Playas, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate."

Compare that with Swift's "Shake it Off" lyrics: "Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate." Hall and Butler contend their copyrighted material accounts for about 20 percent of "Shake it Off," and they want compensation. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, but it notes that Swift's tune has sold more than 9 million copies and the video for the song has nearly 2.4 billion views on YouTube.

"The combination of playas/players playing along with hatas/haters hating may seem like common parlance today, however, in 2001 it was completely original and unique," according to the lawsuit. "Indeed, the combination had not been used in popular culture prior to plaintiffs' original use."

Swift's representatives have written off the lawsuit, issuing a statement saying, "This is a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money grab. The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case."

According to the lawsuit, Hall has written and produced songs for artists including Justin Bieber, Color Me Badd, 98 Degrees, Lionel Richie, Pink and Maroon 5. Butler, meanwhile, has worked with artists such as Luther Vandross, Victoria Beckham, Christina Milian, Backstreet Boys and Aaron Carter, according to the lawsuit.



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<![CDATA[Megyn Kelly Joins Ellen DeGeneres, Talks Trump, New NBC Show]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:39:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/megynellen.jpg

Host of the upcoming morning show "Megyn Kelly TODAY," Megyn Kelly made her first appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Wednesday.

Kelly spoke candidly about her decision to leave the Fox after cable news primetime coverage became politically focused and "felt like a snake pit."

She also told DeGeneres President Trump helped solidify some of her life choices and revealed she’s trying to keep an open mind waiting for him to become a unifying force. Plus, Kelly discussed the format of her new NBC morning show.


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<![CDATA[Evie Clair Returns to 'AGT,' Performs Tribute to Late Father]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:04:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/eviesings.jpg

Evie Clair returned to "America's Got Talent" on Tuesday and sang "What a Wonderful World," dedicating it to her late father, who died in early September.

"My dad taught me, after I started something, to always finish it," she said on the show. "That's why I'm fighting to the end, just like he did."

The story of the 13-year-old and her father has been part of her journey on the show since she auditioned back in June. During that audition, she sang "Arms" by Christina Perri, saying it was the tune she'd croon to her father Amos, who was battling colon cancer.

"When my dad is having rough days, then I go into his room and I sing this song to help him feel better and just to give him comfort and strength to continue fighting," she said then.

There was some doubt as to whether Clair would return to finish the competition after her father's death, but in the end the young woman came back and gave it her all with the Louis Armstrong classic. Her performance brought the audience to tears and got a standing ovation from both the crowd and judges.

"Our hearts and our souls go out to you, Evie," said judge Howie Mandel after the performance, reported Entertainment Tonight. "I know that your father passed this week, and I cannot believe the strength that I'm seeing in such a beautiful young girl."

But we don't know how Clair's story ends just yet: the "AGT" finals results show airs Wednesday night, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. on NBC.


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<![CDATA[Kevin Hart, Wife Unite in Face of Alleged Extortion Plot]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:12:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hartextortion.jpg

Kevin Hart and his wife Eniko Parrish are putting up a united front amid his alleged extortion scandal.

A source tells E! News Parrish—who is pregnant with Hart's third child—has accepted her husband's apology and plans to move forward with him as a couple.

"Eniko is aware of what's going on and that Kevin is not perfect," the insider explained. "She has accepted his apology and is focused on her pregnancy and what's to come. She has no plans for divorce. She believes Kevin is a good husband and always comes home to her."

The biggest issue Parrish is struggling with is the massive amount of media coverage the scandal has gained.

"She is bothered that these stories find their way into the press and that people are asking her about it," the source said. "But she does her best to ignore it all and move forward. She listens to her husband and is not going to get stressed out. She is supporting him and standing by him."

The couple have since been spotted together, enjoying lunch in Los Angeles.

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Hart took to Instagram on Saturday to publicly apologize to his pregnant wife and his two children, Heaven and Hendrix Hart, after finding out about the alleged extortion regarding an explicit video of the comedian with another woman.

"I'm at a place in my life where I feel like I have a target on my back and because of that, I should make smart decisions. And recently, I didn't," he shared in the video. "You know, I'm not perfect. I'm not going to sit up here and say that I am or claim to be in any way shape or form."

Hart continued, "I made a bad error in judgment and I put myself in a bad environment where only bad things can happen and they did. And in doing that, I know that I'm going to hurt the people closest to me, who've I talked to and apologized to, that would be my wife and my kids."

According to TMZ, an anonymous person contacted Hart's team and provided a video of the comedian and another woman involved in a "sexually provocative situation." The person allegedly demanded a multi-million dollar amount in return for keeping the video private.

While TMZ reports that the FBI is on the case and has a suspect, a spokesperson told E! News, "We cannot confirm or deny the existence of an investigation."

Furthermore, the Los Angeles Police Department told us they are unaware of the situation.

Hart's rep released a statement to us, further clarifying the situation: "Someone tried to set Kevin up in a failed extortion attempt. As law enforcement is involved, we cannot comment further as it could affect the investigation."



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<![CDATA['Tonight': Pratfall Contest With Kevin James]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:03:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e205_740_kevinjames_pratfall_20170919-150589615739600002.jpg

Kevin James and Jimmy Fallon compete in the "Tonight Show" Fall Classic, taking turns doing their best pratfalls in different categories, like tripping up and then falling down a set of stairs.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Cooper's Mom Bugged Him During Hurricane Irma]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:56:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e159_579_andersoncooper_mom_20170919-150589612152100002.jpg

Seth Meyers sits down with Anderson Cooper, who laughs about his mom's persistent emails she sent him while he was on the air covering Hurricane Irma.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Closer Look at the Latest GOP Health Care Push]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:47:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2017-09-20+at+6.31.57+AM.png

Seth Meyers discusses the most recent attempt by Senate Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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<![CDATA['Scam': Kimmel Slams 'Kimmel Test' Senator's Bill]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:02:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Kimmel-Cassidy.jpg

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel sounded off on Tuesday to blast Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy for his part in crafting the latest GOP health care proposal that, Kimmel said, goes against the promises the senator had made to him on his show. 

Kimmel had discussed health care with Cassidy after the late-night host revealed in early May that his newborn son had open-heart surgery to fix birth defects. This led Kimmel to deliver an emotional message to Congress, pleading for affordable health care for Americans, especially those in similar situations.

Cassidy then famously coined the "Jimmy Kimmel test" phrase, saying families like Kimmel's should not have to deal with high premiums, lifetime caps and rate hikes when it comes to coverage. A week after Kimmel's plea, the Louisiana senator appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to expand on his idea of affordable health care.

Kimmel is now claiming Cassidy "lied right to my face" in that conversation.

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Cassidy delivered his replacement for the Affordable Health Care Act last week. In a proposed bill written with Sen. Lindsey Graham, states would receive block grants and cuts would be made to Medicaid, among other things.

"This new bill (passes) a different 'Jimmy Kimmel test,'" Kimmel said on his show. "In this one, your child with a pre-existing condition will get the care he needs if, and only if, his father is Jimmy Kimmel. Otherwise, you might be screwed." 

He claimed the Graham-Cassidy bill would kick 30 million Americans off their insurance and give states certain control over lifetime caps and coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. The Congressional Budget Office said it plans to deliver an initial analysis on the bill early next week, but can't do a full analysis by the end of the month. That's when a crucial deadline hits for Senate Republicans to act under special budget rules. 

In the meantime, groups including the American Medical Association and AARP have come out against the proposal. 

Kimmel went on to argue this latest bill is "actually worse" than the GOP's previous attempt to replace the ACA. That "skinny repeal" came to a halt when Republican Sen. John McCain delivered the deciding vote against it in the early hours of July 28.

Before McCain went thumbs down, GOP Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski also voted "no."

"I hope they have the courage and good sense to do that again with this one," Kimmel said of the Graham-Cassidy proposal, calling it a "scam of a bill." 

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"Health care is complicated. It's boring. I don't want to talk about it… And that's what these guys are relying on," Kimmel continued. "Most of the congresspeople who vote on this bill probably won't even read it, and they want us to do the same thing. They want us to treat it like an iTunes service agreement." 

Cassidy responded to Kimmel's heated monologue with a statement late Tuesday. 

"We have a September 30th deadline on our promise," the senator wrote. "Let's finish the job. We must because there is a mother and father whose child will have insurance because of Graham Cassidy Heller Johnson. There is someone whose pre-existing condition will be addressed because of GCHJ. I dedicated my medical career to care for such as these; this is why GCHJ must pass." 

Speaking on CNN Wednesday morning, Cassidy also argued that "more people will have coverage and and we'll protect people with pre-existing conditions."

"I'm sorry he does not understand," Cassidy said of Kimmel.

Independent analysts have said that the proposal allows states to take action that that could raise the cost of coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Cassidy said that if a state applied for a waiver it must provide affordable coverage.  

As Kimmel urged viewers to call their representatives with opposition to the bill, he offered one final reason why he renewed his health care debate.

"Before you post a nasty Facebook message saying I'm politicizing my son's health problems, I want you to know, I am politicizing my son's health problems because I have to," Kimmel said. "My family has health insurance. We don't have to worry about this, but other people do."

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<![CDATA[Networks Pass on Sean Spicer for Paid Contributor Role]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:14:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Mr-Spicer-Stressed-EM.jpg

The big five news organizations have passed on offering former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer a job as an exclusive paid contributor, network sources confirmed to NBC News Tuesday.

Since Spicer left the White House, his representatives have been holding individual conversations about the possibility of President Donald Trump's former flack joining one of the major TV networks, which include CBS News, CNN, Fox News, ABC News and NBC News.

But "they won't touch him," said a media industry executive familiar with those conversations.

Spicer already has a role as a visiting fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, and is signed with Worldwide Speakers Group for paid speaking engagements.

Representatives of the five news networks all declined to comment for this story. Spicer and Robert Barnett, his representative, also declined to comment.



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<![CDATA[Seinfeld’s New Stream of Comedy Consciousness ]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:54:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-693839370-seinfeld.jpg

Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David wanted nothing to do with sentiment when they created "Seinfeld" nearly 30 years ago.

Their rule, one as inviolable as respecting "the vault": "No hugging, no learning."

There's apparently no danger of David straying from the code when "Curb Your Enthusiasm" returns to HBO Oct. 1, after a six-year hiatus.

But there are signs that Seinfeld, even if he'll never let us see any odd, salty discharge fill his eyes, is willing to indulge in some nostalgia.

His latest comedy special, "Jerry Before Seinfeld," debuts Tuesday on Netflix, poised to mine new laughs by looking back at old times.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Since “Seinfeld” ended nearly two decades ago with a final act of cynicism, the comedian, who got married at 45 and became a first-time father a year later, has sprinkled his stand-up act with domestic humor.

Lines, like his dubbing bouncy tents “portable insane asylums for children,” aren't the kind of soft cliché Seinfeld avoided on his sitcom as much as an extension of his sharp observational humor.

He's both a purveyor and student of comedy, as evidenced by his web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” The show is headed to Netflix, where Seinfeld becomes the elder statesman of a growing comedy lineup that includes Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman and Louis CK.

In Seinfeld’s new special, he returns to The Comedy Strip in New York to revisit his early days on the stage and his life before show business. “We grew up like wild dogs in the 60s — no helmets, no seat belts, no restraints,” he notes in a clip.

At age 63, he’s not living in the past as much as working to become a stronger stand-up storyteller with an act anchored in everyday life and its passages, like his comedy hero, Bill Cosby.

Last month, Seinfeld spurred controversy when he told Norm Macdonald that Cosby remains the “biggest comedian of all time,” even amid the sickening sexual assault allegations tainting the once-beloved entertainer. Strangely enough, Seinfeld gained more attention in June when he refused a hug from pop star Kesha.

His public no-hugging rule remains in effect. But Jerry Seinfeld clearly knows that great comedians never stop learning.

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[Leonardo DiCaprio Speaks at Yale Climate Change Conference]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:43:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/leoporp.jpg

Leonardo DiCaprio spoke at a Yale climate change conference hosted by the Kerry Initiative. 

The conference at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University kicked off on Monday and continued on Tuesday.

The conference moderator is former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who graduated from the university in 1966.

Panelists and speakers include former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, California Governor Jerry Brown, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, General Electric Chair of the Board Jeffrey Immelt and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. 

Topics at the conference ranged from the future of energy, national and international climate change efforts, bipartisan U.S. leadership and the role of the private sector.

DiCaprio closed the event at 5 p.m. on Tuesday by discussing citizen engagement and activism. The actor said his foundation has donated $20 million in grants to organizations focused on wildlife conservation and combating climate change.

“We are proud to support the work of over 100 organizations at home and abroad,” DiCaprio said. “These grantees are active on the ground, protecting our oceans, forests and endangered species for future generations – and tackling the urgent, existential challenges of climate change.”



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<![CDATA['Tonight': Best Friend Challenge With Demi Lovato]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:32:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e204_739_bestfriendsbox_20170918_V2-150580878723700002.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and Demi Lovato take turns asking questions about each other and guessing the answers.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': John Cleese Answers Crazy Audience Questions]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:25:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e204_739_johncleese_audience_20170918_v2-150580879379600002.jpg

John Cleese of "Monty Python" answers random questions from the "Tonight Show" audience and divulges personal secrets.

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<![CDATA[Spicer Says Critics 'Reading Too Much Into' Emmy Appearance]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:14:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_17261011719703.jpg

Sean Spicer said his surprise Emmy Awards appearance was a chance to have some fun and suggested Monday that people who were upset by it were taking things too seriously.

Clearly, not everyone was laughing, however. For Emmys host Stephen Colbert, there's also a risk that a joke he engineered could wind up doing collateral damage.

The former White House press secretary's cameo was Colbert's idea, and they arranged to maximize the surprise factor through Chris Licht, the Colbert producer who knew Spicer from his background in news. Colbert set the joke up by saying there was no way of knowing how many people would be watching the Emmys, then Spicer wheeled out from behind a podium to say "this will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys period, both in person and around the world."

The clear reference was to Spicer's first appearance in the White House press room, arguing against photographic evidence about how large President Donald Trump's Inauguration Day audience was. (In an unfortunate parallel, Emmy viewership on Sunday essentially tied last year with the smallest ever for the television awards show).

Trump critics resented the apparent effort to "normalize" Spicer and make light of the idea of not telling the truth in the White House press room.

"The message of his presence was not only that we can all laugh at his service and sycophancy in the Trump administration, but that he's willing to laugh with us," wrote Frank Bruni in a column for The New York Times titled "The Shameful Embrace of Sean Spicer at the Emmys."

On "The View," Joy Behar said that if Spicer and other Trump surrogates apologize to the American people, "then I'll have fun with you, Sean."

Liberal commentator Keith Olbermann tweeted that the Emmys lost its credibility by lionizing Spicer. Even a Republican strategist, Kevin Madden, warned on CNN that Spicer should be wary of equating notoriety with respect.

To which Spicer, reached on an airplane on Monday, offered a suggestion: lighten up.

"People are reading too much into this," he said. While he respects people's opinions, he said people shouldn't take the appearance that seriously.

Spicer made the rounds of Hollywood parties after the Emmys and was greeted with many people asking for selfies.

"I was surprised at how nice people were to me," he said, "even the people who I know don't agree with me politically."

Some fans of Colbert were also bewildered by the appearance. The "Late Show" host has soared in the ratings this year with comedy that has been sharply critical of Trump and his team. He should know the dangers of appearing too chummy: late-night competitor Jimmy Fallon still hasn't recovered from the bad feelings engendered when he tousled Trump's hair when the then-candidate appeared on the "Tonight" show last year.

After Spicer's appearance, Colbert got in a rip. He joked that Robert DeNiro, who appeared as Bernard Madoff in the HBO movie "Wizard of Lies," had actually been the star of "The Sean Spicer Story."

Emily Nussbaum, television critic at The New Yorker, tweeted after that one: "having cake, eating it too, then throwing it up again. There's a lot going on."

The web site Vox said it was "incredibly disappointing" to see Colbert joking with Spicer.

"It went against everything Colbert purports to do on his fiercely pointed 'Late Show,' and retroactively sucked the air out of any biting Trump jokes he tried to make in his opening monologue," the site wrote.



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<![CDATA[Women Win Big at Emmys]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:03:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/US-Emmys-Women-150575713929700002.jpg Laura Dern, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Reese Witherspoon on the role of women in Hollywood.]]> <![CDATA[Part of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park Renamed for Robin Williams]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:07:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DJ9gvLTV4AAg7pM.jpg

Robin Williams Meadow is now a reality.

The Sharon Meadow portion of Golden Gate Park was renamed Sunday in honor of the legendary and beloved Bay Area comedian. The tribute was announced at San Francisco's 37th annual Comedy Day.

Supporters said Williams, who died in 2014, often sponsored the event to help support young comics. Other times, he headlined the show or performed as a guest.

The idea to rename Sharon Meadow came to Will and Debi Durst soon after their friend's death. As organizers of Comedy Day, they raised $100,000 for new signs and updated brochures, according to the Mercury News

During his 30-plus-year career, the actor warmed hearts with performances in hits like “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Aladdin” and “Good Will Hunting.”

After his passing, the public learned that Williams had struggled with Lewy Body Dementia. The disease causes hallucinations and other symptoms similar to Parkinson’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.



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<![CDATA[Eddie Vedder Joins Street Musicians for Surprise Wrigley Set]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:10:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/eddie+vedder.png

Fans at Wrigley Field are no strangers to seeing Eddie Vedder around the home of the Chicago Cubs, but a select few were greeted to a special treat over the weekend when the Pearl Jam singer apparently joined a pair of street musicians for a surprise set.

The unsuspecting drummer and guitarist were playing outside the stadium Saturday on Waveland Avenue when Vedder borrowed a guitar and began to play Pearl Jam’s “Corduroy” alongside the drummer, according to ChiCitySports. 

The surprising performance was captured on video by some fans who caught on, but many at the field appeared in the footage to walk by, unaware the man with the guitar was Vedder.

Video of the performance ultimately went viral, with Pearl Jam even retweeting one of them.

One clip even showed Vedder returning the next day for one more greeting, even offering up some pointers. 

Vedder has been known to frequent Cubs games, singing the seventh-inning stretch and even releasing his own Cubs-inspired song.

The Cubs completed a sweep over the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday. 



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<![CDATA['Respected' 'Narcos' Location Scout Fatally Shot in Mexico]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:16:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/664636284+Pachuca+Mexico+mural+violence.jpg

A seasoned film location scout was fatally shot in a violent part of central Mexico last week while scouting for the Netflix show "Narcos," Variety reported.

Carlos Munoz Portal's body was found in a bullet-ridden car in a remote area near the border of Hidalgo state, which this July had 12.2 homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants.

Munoz Portal worked for a Mexico-City based production company and had a hand in movies like "Fast & Furious," "Spectre" and "Sicario."

"We are aware of the passing of Carlos Munoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family," Netflix said in a statement. "The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate."



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<![CDATA['Handmaid's Tale,' 'Veep' Win Big at Emmys]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:40:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/emmys-th.jpg

Stephen Colbert hosted a politically charged 69th Emmy Awards, which included big wins for "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Veep" and featured a surprise guest appearance from former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

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<![CDATA[Analysis: Political Comedy Scores Huge at Emmys]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 23:42:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/oliver-colbert-baldwin-split.jpg

Stephen Colbert kicked off the Emmys Sunday with an old-school production number straight out of "The Music Man," a classic show about a con artist who hoodwinks Middle American townsfolk by spouting false promises about making life great.

"Everything's better on TV," he sang, sprinkling in lyrics about global warming, white supremacists and Russia.

Colbert even offered a surprise non-musical coda: a surreal appearance by deposed White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who spoofed his demonstrably false claims about the size of the audience for President Donald Trump's inauguration.

"This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys – period! – both in person and around the world," Spicer declared from behind a mobile podium seemingly plucked from Melissa McCarthy's sketches lampooning him on "Saturday Night Live."

After his stunt, Spicer told NBC4 Los Angeles that he hoped his former boss "found it humorous."

The multi-tiered spectacle marked vintage Colbert, who long ago proved himself the master of the ironic comedic con, where the audience is in on the joke, even if the joke may be on us. Colbert boldly reached higher Sunday, by ceding the top role to an in-absentia Trump, making the president both the star of the show – and its target.

"Hello, sir, thank you for joining us – looking forward to the tweets," Colbert said, addressing Trump.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the president watched the CBS broadcast, dominated in the late night comedy-filled categories by "SNL" and "Last Week Tonight," which likely rank among his least favorite shows.

But Trump's presence loomed.

Colbert cited Trump's past complaints of supposed Emmy-rigging he blamed for snubs of "The Apprentice," a springboard for his political rise. "I bet if he had won an Emmy, he never would have run for president. So in a way, this is all your fault," he told the Hollywood crowd that packed Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater.

Alec Baldwin later picked up that thread after winning an Emmy for his ongoing "Saturday Night Live" stint as Trump. "I suppose I should say, 'At long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy,'" Baldwin quipped.

Even some of TV's top dramatic players – the dystopic duo "Westworld" and "The Handmaid's Tale" – got in on the humor game. Colbert performed with scantily clad dancers in "Handmaid's"-inspired garb. He doffed his tux for a filmed bit with "Westworld" star Jeffrey Wright.

"Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?" asked Wright, reviving his Bernard Lowe character.

Colbert, nude except for a bow tie, responded: "Every day since November 8."

The "Late Show" host signaled from the start that he planned to play with reality Sunday: "I know the world outside is getting crazy, but look on the bright side: Television has never been better."

Colbert, with song, dance and pointed humor, fulfilled the promise of TV on its biggest night. No matter how many people wound up watching, Colbert demonstrated he's the real deal by helping us laugh at strange times while never letting us forget them.

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[#DCPublicSchools Trends on Twitter After Emmys Jokes]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:55:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Chapelle+McCarthy.jpg

D.C. Public Schools is having a moment in the spotlight.

Comedian Dave Chappelle brought attention to the school system while presenting at the Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday alongside actress and comedian Melissa McCarthy.

"Now I'm going to read this teleprompter. Please forgive me. Shoutout to D.C. Public Schools. Here we go," Chappelle said after admitting to the crowd he didn't show up for rehearsal.

Then, comedian John Oliver sparked the trending hashtag during his acceptance speech for the Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series award.

"Like Dave Chapelle, I would like to unexpectedly thank D.C. Public Schools because I think it would be great if it started trending tonight on Twitter for no reason whatsoever. So, if you're tweeting about the Emmys at home, please use the hashtag D.C. Public Schools," Oliver said.

From there, #DCPublicSchools took off. 


Even the official D.C. Public Schools account joined in on the joke.

Duke Ellington high school students and faculty said they loved that Chappelle, a 1991 graduate, mentioned his home school system. 

"It's very encouraging and motivational for us students to know that people who have gone on to do great things still care about us,"  said Jayna Brown, a junior at the school.

Director of Arts Tracie Jenkins said Chappelle's remarks were another example of his support for students. 

"I'm not surprised. He's extremely supportive of Duke Ellington and the entire DCPS system," she said. 

Jenkins said Chappelle, who she went to the school with herself, is set to make a visit there "soon." He has several performances scheduled at the Warner Theatre Sept. 19 through Sept. 30. 

A representative for Chappelle did not immediately respond to an inquiry. 



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