<![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-usThu, 19 Oct 2017 01:55:26 -0400Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:55:26 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Blac Chyna Sues Entire Kardashian Clan for 'Slut Shaming']]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:49:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-834476720.jpg

Rob Kardashian's ex-fiancé filed a lawsuit Tuesday against him and his entire family for allegedly damaging her brand by "slut-shaming her on social media."

Blac Chyna's Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges assault, battery, distribution of private materials, domestic violence, harassment, intrusion into private affairs, false light invasion of privacy and defamation.

Chyna, whose real name is Angela White, names Rob, his mother Kris Jenner and sisters Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner.

A representative for the Kardashians could not be immediately reached for comment.

Chyna, 29, accuses Rob Kardashian of physical abuse, claiming that when she tried to call Tyga — the father of her 5-year-old son and Kylie Jenner's former flame — Rob "immediately grabbed the phone from her hand and violently knocked her to the ground where she landed on her hands and knees." 

She also alleges her reputation was damaged after Kardashian shared graphic content about her, including three nude photos, on social media.

"Rob Kardashian is an abuser intent on destroying (Chyna), the mother of his baby, who left him in 2016," the suit states.

The former couple has an 11-month-old daughter.

In retaliation for the breakup, Rob Kardashian began "slut-shaming her on social media," the suit states.

The suit alleges the Kardashians are a "powerful, vindictive family" who have "done enough damage to (Chyna's) career and professional reputation, which she single-handedly built from scratch."

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<![CDATA[Vegas Security Guard Opens Up on 'Ellen' About Mass Shooting]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:30:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ellenvegas.jpg

A Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino security guard and building engineer, who were the first to encounter Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, recounted their harrowing experience Wednesday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Jesus Campos and Stephen Schuck were both working at Mandalay Bay the evening of Oct. 1 when shots rang out from the 32nd floor of the resort onto a crowd attending the a country music festival.

Campos said he was notified about a door that was left open on the 32nd floor. He was eventually shot in the leg by Paddock, but managed to radio for help.

"As I was walking down [the hallway] I heard rapid fire," an emotional Campos told DeGeneres. "I felt a burning sensation, I want to go lift my pant leg up and I saw the blood."

Schuck, the buildings engineer, also went to investigate a door was left open and eventually stumbled across a wounded Campos.

Mandalay Bay building engineer Stephen Schuck he thought he was hearing jackhammers. 

But then he realized there wouldn't be construction on a Sunday night. The shooter opened fire out the windows at a concert below Oct. 1, killing 58 people.

Schuck says it was quiet when he reached the hallway to investigate a security guard's report of an emergency exit door bolted shut.

Guard Jesus Campos was already shot in the leg and warned Schuck to take cover as bullets started whizzing past his head. Schuck wasn't injured and he credits Campos with saving his life.

Campos said he’s still recovering, "I am doing better each day. Slowly, but surely just healing physically and mentally."

DeGeneres presented Campos with season tickets for the Raiders once they moved to Las Vegas and Schuck with a trip to meet his favorite team, the Indianapolis Colts, as well as a VIP ticket to a game.

Shutterfly also presented Campos with a $25,000 check that is to be donated to a GoFundMe page for victims of the shooting in his name.

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<![CDATA['Project Runway' Fashion Designer Mychael Knight Dies ]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:59:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/projectrun.jpg

Georgia fashion designer Mychael Knight, who was a finalist on the popular TV competition show "Project Runway," died Tuesday at age 39.

Knight died outside Atlanta surrounded by family and friends, said friend Jerris Madison, the editor and photographer of Obvious Magazine, a fashion, lifestyle and cultural publication.

An official cause of death has not been released, but Knight had extensively shared his five-year struggles with irritable bowel syndrome, writing in now-deleted Facebook posts that he suffered chronic abdominal pain, a "leaky gut," extreme fatigue and exhaustion.

"He was innovative, unapologetic, kind and giving," Madison said of Knight. "He made sure that anybody who was in his core circle, his family, his friends, didn't have to want for anything. He was just an amazing man."

Knight appeared on Season 3 of "Project Runway," which aired on Bravo, finishing fourth that year. He returned for "Project Runway All-Stars," finishing eighth on the show that now airs on the Lifetime network.

"We are saddened to hear about the passing of a member of the Project Runway family," said Lifetime spokeswoman Dee Perez in a statement. "It's a loss of a great talent and we wish his family peace and solace during this difficult time."

Knight spent his childhood in Montgomery, Alabama, but graduated from Washingtonville Senior High School in Washingtonville, New York, in 1996. Later that same year, he began his freshman year of college at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. In 2001, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in apparel design and merchandising.

After completing his undergraduate studies, Knight broke into the fashion industry in Atlanta by working as an intern at Wilbourn Exclusives in 2001 before becoming a fashion stylist in the music industry in 2002.

In 2006, Knight became a contestant for "Project Runway," and went on to win that season's fan favorite award. The next year, he introduced his label, Mychael Knight, on BET's "Rip the Runway" and he designed a line of custom tees for the Starbucks Corp.

In 2008, Knight launched Kitty & Dick, his lingerie label for men and women, and his unisex fragrance, MajK.

Madison said "Project Runway" definitely helped expand Knight's brand, which caught the eye of celebrities like Toni Braxton, Sheri Shepard and Eva Marcille, who ultimately became his clients.

"His name was still on people's minds," Madison said. "The industry is very competitive, but he continued to do it his way."

Madison said Knight, who had been living in Los Angeles, was always sharp and chic in his personal style and that carried over into his collections.

"He died doing what he loved," Madison said. "And you can see that in his final collection presented (last month) at New York Fashion Week. It was amazing. The industry has lost a true innovator. Mychael was just getting to that point where people were saying 'Hey, I remember this guy.' He was about to be huge and really wanted to capitalize on affordable sportswear for women of all sizes."

In addition to his parents, Michael Sr. and Pamela Knight, Knight is survived by two sisters.

"Mychael meant everything to us and we loved him dearly. He was generous and so full of life. This is how we choose to remember his legacy," the family said in a statement.

Funeral arrangements were pending.

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<![CDATA[Amazon Studios Chief Resigns Amid Harassment Allegations ]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:10:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_769791487389.jpg

Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has resigned after sexual harassment allegations surfaced, CNBC has confirmed.

Price was put on a leave of absence "effective immediately" on Thursday when reports emerged that he allegedly sexually harassed an Amazon TV producer.

"The Man in the High Castle" producer Isa Hackett said Price made lewd comments toward her and propositioned her while she was promoting the show in 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hackett's allegations follow multiple complaints of sexual harassment and assault lodged against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

In a statement last week, Amazon said it was reviewing options for projects it has with the Weinstein company.

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<![CDATA['I Cried': Headey Reveals Harrowing Encounter With Weinstein]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:36:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/188*120/emmy-38-GettyImages-520955824_master.jpg

"Game of Thrones" star Lena Headey has taken to social media to reveal her own harrowing encounter with Harvey Weinstein.

In what is now becoming an all-too-familiar refrain, she says the former movie mogul made inappropriate advances while trying to escort her to his hotel room.

Weinstein was fired last week by the film production company he helped create. The allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein — which he has denied — span decades and include many of the film industry's leading actresses.

On Tuesday, a knowledgeable source confirmed with NBC News that Weinstein resigned from the board of his compnay.

Earlier in the week it was revealed the compnay may be putting itself up for sale and that it would receive an immediate cash infusion from Colony Capital while it's in negotiations for the potential sale of all or a significant portion of the company.

Colony Capital, the private-equity arm of Colony NorthStar, was founded by Thomas Barrack, a close adviser to President Donald Trump. Barrack chaired Trump's presidential inaugural committee.

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<![CDATA[The Potential Pratfalls of Finding Humor in Weinstein]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:42:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_17281854843740.jpg

The most effective lines delivered by a comedian so far about the sexual assault and harassment allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein proved more sad than funny.

"Everything old is new again. Producers are abusing starlets. There’s Nazis marching in the street. Suddenly nude pantyhose are on trend. I’ve never felt more at home!"  "Saturday Night Live" star Kate McKinnon spoke those words as Debette Goldry, a recurring old-time actress character who regularly recounts seemingly over-the-top tales about past abuse of women in Hollywood.

The skit used humor to offer sobering perspective as comedians on “SNL” and beyond grappled with a serious question: What's so funny about Harvey Weinstein?

Recent reports, starting with The New York Times and The New Yorker, used on-the-record interviews to detail decades of Weinstein preying on actresses (he denies sexual assault allegations, but concedes his behavior “has caused a lot of pain”).

Folks expect comedians to weigh in on high-profile cases like this –  "SNL" faced criticism after failing to tackle Weinstein’s disgrace during its Oct. 7 broadcast (Weinstein jokes that didn’t getting laughs during dress rehearsal were cut, according to The Times).

But the line between mocking Weinstein and adding to his accusers' pain is less clear than the boundary the movie producer allegedly crossed. 

CBS "Late Late Show" host James Corden discovered as much after making some Weinstein-inspired cracks at a charity event on a "beautiful" Friday night in Los Angeles.

The night was so beautiful, Corden observed, Weinstein asked it "up to his hotel to give him a massage." Corden later apologized after being slammed on social media.

Corden’s CBS colleague Stephen Colbert climbed out on a similar limb – assailing Weinstein’s “monstrous behavior,” while employing some of the more sickening aspects of news accounts as joke fodder.  

Samantha Bee devoted nearly six-minutes of TBS’ “Full Frontal” to the Weinstein case, noting women aren’t safe from harassment anywhere – including Antarctica. Seth Meyers briefly turned over his NBC program to three women from the “Late Night” writing staff to skewer Weinstein (Amber Ruffin, lambasting Weinstein’s excuse about him being a product of different workplace expectations of the 1960s and 1970s, asked, “Does he lose his s--- every time he sees a microwave?”).

“SNL” also addressed the Weinstein saga during “Weekend Update,” as Colin Jost scoffed at reports the Oscar-winning producer was considering sex addiction treatment. “He needs a specialized facility where there are no women, no contact with the outside world, metal bars – and it’s a prison,” Jost said.

It's a time to choose words carefully – unlike, say, NBC sports announcer Al Michaels, clearly no comic, who apologized Sunday after crassly comparing Weinstein's downfall to the New York Giants' poor season. 

But it’s not time for comedians to back away from lampooning those who abuse their authority – especially when the country is led by a self-styled entertainer who infamously boasted of accosting women.

As the fictional Debette Goldry underscored on “SNL,” some things never change – including the power of satire to root out the ugly truth

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[All Hail the Queen: Latifah Honored at VH1 Gala]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:49:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/latifahclef.jpg

It's been a good week to be the Queen. Just days after being presented with the Jimmy Iovine Icon Award at the Revolt Music Conference in Miami, Queen Latifah was center stage in New York Monday night as one of the honorees of the VH1 "Save the Music" 20th anniversary gala.

Latifah was honored for her contributions to the world of music and continued efforts to ensure students in every school across the country have access to music as part of their school day. Grammy-winning musician Wyclef Jean performed at the event. Wyclef praised Latifah for her long standing commitment for mentoring up and coming groups, including Wyclef's own Fugees back in the day.

"Latifah is family. She's magical. She's been responsible for so many people's careers including the Fugees. People don't know that," he said. "Latifah put the Fugees on tour before the Fugees were the Fugees. She sees greatness. I love her for that."

Before the event Latifah also chimed in on the #MeToo movement that has spread across social media as women share their stories of sexual harassment and abuse. 

"I think it's very important that women speak out as much as possible and the men. Men have been through this too you know. It's a culture that needs to change and it needs to start at the top like with our president," she said. "It's an attitude adjustment that needs to happen."

Other honorees included DJ Khaled and record producer, DJ, and music executive Steve Aoki who received the Music Innovator Award. 

Since its founding in 1997, the Save the Music Foundation has donated $53M worth of new musical instruments to over 2,000 public schools in 251 school districts in the U.S.

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<![CDATA[‘Fixer Upper' Stars Reveal Why They’re Ending Show]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:30:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Fixer-Upper-Gaines.jpg

In their first joint interview since announcing they’re ending their beloved HGTV hit "Fixer Upper," Chip and Joanna Gaines tell "Today" anchors what led to their decision.

“We wanted to take a step back and focus on our relationship,” Chip said. "I'm an idiot. When we got into this this I thought it was a get rich quick scheme. I thought we could work about eight hours a month and supposedly you end up with all these riches when it's done. But it's not that easy. The emotion and the amount of energy it takes to pour into this."

Joanna adds, "I get people being upset because I feel we’ve all grown with the audience. They’ve come along with us. On the other side there was also encouragement. Even though it was sad they get it. We have this growing family and that was one of the biggest reasons why we wanted to end it."

The decorating duo from Waco, Texas, became stars remodeling homes on the reality TV show that began in 2013. In “Fixer Upper,” the couple shows three potential homes to a couple for purchase. After the couple chooses a home, Chip serves as the lead contractor while Joanna is the designer.

The couple called season five of “Fixer Upper,” which premieres on Nov. 28, the “perfect finale” to their amazing journey.

The spinoff of the series, "Fixer Upper: Behind the Design,” which offers a behind-the-scenes look at Joanna’s design strategies and how Chip and Jo pull their projects together, will still premiere shortly after, the couple said in their blog.

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<![CDATA[Google Honors Selena With Doodle, New Special Exhibit]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:30:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NEW-GOOGLE-DOODLE.jpg

Google is paying tribute to the music and legacy of late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla on the anniversary of her first studio album release.

The search engine giant is honoring the "Queen of Tejano music" with a special Google doodle to commemorate "Selena," the star's debut album released on October 17, 1989.  

The interactive doodle features an animated singing cartoon of Selena and plays her hit "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom."

Tuesday's doodle was conceived by Perla Campos, Google's global marketing lead for its daily doodles. In a blog post, Campos, who, like Selena, grew up in a household of Mexican immigrants in Texas, wrote that she was "profoundly influenced" by the singer. 

"Aside from incredible dance moves and how to belt some serious notes, watching Selena taught me that being Latina was a powerful thing, and that with hard work and focus I could do whatever I set my mind to," Campos wrote. "Watching her showed me that this hybrid cultural identity of mine was a valuable gift I should embrace. Watching her made me proud of being Mexicana."

In an interview with Billboard, Campos said the Google team worked closely with the Quintanilla family to make the doodle and launch an online art exhibition in Google's Arts and Culture site. The interactive museum includes stage costumes, her red Porche and the Grammy award she 

"Google came to us with this idea of telling a story. The little girl who had a dream and she became who she became. They already had the content pretty much done, but they knew that family was everything," Suzette Quintanilla told Billbord. "The little details I gave... That Selena had red nail polish on instead of bright pink. That she had hoop earrings. They even put red on the microphone the way she used to have it."

Selena was murdered at age 23 in 1995 by the former president of her fan club. Her fifth studio album, "Dreaming of You," was released posthumously in July 1995 and became her first number 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. 

Jennifer Lopez played Selena Quintanilla in a 1997 biopic about her rise to fame and death.

"Today we celebrate Selena Quintanilla: Mexican-American music and entertainment icon, fashion trendsetter, passionate entrepreneur, community philanthropist, and one of the people who taught me growing up that no matter who you are or where you come from, anything is possible," Campos said.

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<![CDATA[ Elton John Ending Las Vegas Residency in 2018 ]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:55:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-535910112.jpg

Elton John will be pushing back from his piano at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for the last time next year.

John's last performance of his show "The Million Dollar Piano" will be on May 19, 2018, after more than 200 shows. It is John's second residency at Caesars Palace. His "The Red Piano" shows ran from 2004 through 2009.

Tickets for the final block of performances will go on sale on Oct. 22.

Earlier this year, the 70-year-old had to cancel several shows at The Colosseum at Caesars because of a bacterial infection he contracted during a South American tour.

The Caesars show is named after John's piano, which has dozens of LED video screens that display images while the singer performs some of his biggest hits.

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<![CDATA[#MeToo Goes Viral With 12M Facebook Posts and Counting]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:42:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-605831668.jpg

The #MeToo social media campaign has exploded across social media, empowering women to come together in solidarity and to share their stories of sexual abuse and harassment without shame. 

Actress Alyssa Milano posted a tweet on Oct. 15 and ignited the social media movement. Milano's "Charmed" co-star Rose McGowan is one of more than 40 women who have accused movie executive Harvey Weinstein of sexual harrasment, abuse or rape. 

Weinstein has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.

"My hope is people will get the idea of the magnitude, of just how many people have been affected by this in the world, in our lifetimes, in this country," Milano told The Associated Press on Monday. "The most important thing that it did was to shift the conversation away from the predator and to the victim."

According to Facebook, "4.7 million people around the world have engaged in the 'Me Too' conversation on Facebook in solidarity with victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment." 

In less than 24 hours, there were more than 500,000 tweets and more than 12 million Facebook posts, comments and reactions on content that included #MeToo. Also, more than 45 percent of people in the United States are friends with someone who has already made a "Me Too" post, according to Facebook.  

Nearly half a million people on Twitter used the hashtag in the first 24 hours, the AP reported.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined the chorus of posts, writing as many others did on Facebook, "If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'Me too' as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.

While the movement has helped women come out of the shadows, men are also sharing their stories of sexual abuse. 

Former NHL star Theo Fleury shared his experience, writing, "I am a #metoo and I’m a male I would like to know how many guys out there are #metoos."

Some other men wrote #IHave to signal their own misdeeds toward women. 

Milano said she got the idea for her #MeToo post from a friend. 

"While I am sickened and angered over the disturbing accusations of Weinstein's sexual predation and abuse of power, I'm happy - ecstatic even - that it has opened up a dialogue around the continued sexual harassment, objectification and degradation of women," she wrote. 

Milano later told the AP she decided not to share her personal "Me Too" story to keep the focus on others. 

"Really what's happening here is giving women the opportunity to come forward without having to go into detail about their stories if they don't want to," she said. 

Activist Alicia Garza took to Twitter Monday and gave credit to Tarana Burke as the founder of the #MeToo hashtag 10 years ago. 

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<![CDATA[Bill Murray Helps Couple Announce Pregnancy at Cubs Game]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:25:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bill+murray+pregnancy.jpg

It’s not uncommon for fans to spot Bill Murray in the stands of a Chicago baseball game, but two Cubs fans now have an unforgettable memory after meeting the celebrity actor at Wrigley Field.

Murray, who has been known to crash engagement photoshoots and even make a toast at a bachelor party, has now played a role in a baby announcement.

Robbie Schloss posted a video to Instagram over the weekend alongside Murray and Schloss’ wife Kirsten Barrish Schloss at a Cubs game.

In the video, which was taken during the Cubs’ Game 3 win against the Nationals, Murray begins by saying, “Hey, I’ve got news for you, you’re going to be grandparents.”

Schloss then shouts, “We’re having a baby.”

“#billmurray thank you for making my parents cry!” the caption on the video read.

Schloss and his wife are expecting their baby to arrive in April 2018.

Murray also went on to sing the seventh inning stretch during that game.

Considered one of the Cubs' biggest celebrity fans, the star actor is also reportedly being considered for the role of Cubs manager Joe Maddon in a movie about the team's 2016 World Series run. 

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<![CDATA[Mayim Bialik Responds to Backlash Over Weinstein Op-Ed]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:10:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bangfail.jpg

"The Big Bang Theory" actress Mayim Bialik found herself defending comments she wrote in a recent New York Times opinion piece relating to Harvey Weinstein. In the op-ed Bialik wrote of how she largely escaped the harrowing encounters so many of her fellow peers endured because she dressed conservatively and acted non-flirtatiously around men. 

"I still make choices every day as a 41-year-old actress that I think of as self-protecting and wise,” she wrote. "I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy."

Some, including Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette, took her piece to in effect be blaming the female victims who were harassed.

Bialik said her words were taken out of context.

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<![CDATA[Guy Fieri Cooks Barbecue in Fire-Devastated Santa Rosa]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:25:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/IMG_08983.jpg

Out among the barbecue smokers behind a shelter in Santa Rosa for fire-displaced residents, television chef Guy Fieri has been helping to serve up chicken, pulled pork and sides to evacuees and firefighters battling the blazes in California's North Bay.

"With these fires, and the evacuations and with all the people that have lost their homes, we're feeding over 5,000 people a day," Fieri said between lunch and dinner in the parking lot of the Veterans Memorial Auditorium on Sunday. "Anybody who needs food at this time in this area."

He and other local chefs are working with Operation BBQ Relief, a non-profit that was formed in 2011 after the tornado in Joplin, Missouri. By the end of Sunday, they will have served 23,000 meals, some being sent directly to firefighters on the front lines.[[450844063, C]]

Fieri, who lives in Santa Rosa and had to evacuate from his house, has been cooking there since Thursday morning with a mix of volunteers from Operation BBQ Relief and others from nearby.

"You've got some amazing chefs from the area," he said. "You've got an insurance agent, you've got a car mechanic, you've got a lumber salesman, restaurant managers, and the kids, people from all over."

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Over the last week, the chefs have prepared meals of pork loin, mushroom gravy, a pineapple apple teriyaki sauce, braised cabbage with apple, onion and brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes and baked beans.

"It's good to see everybody come together," said Nathan Trivers, an owner of the Up and Under Pub and Grill in Point Richmond.

Operation BBQ Relief has been to 23 states and 44 disasters. Its volunteers have cooked nearly 1.7 meals, but this is their first visit to California, said Dewayne Daniels, a director in field operations.

"The community has absolutely opened up their arms to us," Daniels said.

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Fieri's house was spared, but it is close to the Coffey Park neighborhood that was destroyed.

"Just terrible," he said. "Just devastating. Never seen anything like it in my life. But the only good thing we can say out of this is the resiliency. And the community outpouring of support is amazing."

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<![CDATA[April the Giraffe's 'Not So Little' Calf Turns 6 Months Old]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:15:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_17105735261797.jpg

What's six months old and nearly 10 feet tall?

It's Tajiri of course, the baby boy of global animal superstar April the giraffe. 

Tajiri celebrated his half-birthday on Sunday — it's been six months since April gave birth to him in a live stream viewed by about 1.2 million people on April 15.

The upstate zoo where April and Tajiri reside marked the event with a status update on Facebook Sunday.

"Happy 6 months of Life to our 'not so little' Tajiri!" the Animal Adventure Park posted. "At 6 months of age, he is standing shy of 10' Tall!"

The zoo said that six months into his life, Tajiri is showing qualities of both mom and dad.

"His personality is one of independence, a nod to his father Oliver," the zoo wrote. "Though his genuine demeanor with guests & Keepers is a strong echo of mom, April's, personality."

The zoo included a few photos with the half-birthday post, including one of a tiny Tajiri cuddling up against his mom when he was only 5 feet tall. Since then he's grown significantly and a more recent photo shows him standing confidently next to mom at nearly double that height.

Tajiri — Swahili for "hope" — and his mom April were catapulted into the upper echelon of the viral animal world when the zoo started live-streaming April's fourth pregnancy in February.

After months of waiting, April gave birth April 15 in Harpursville, New York, while an audience of hundreds of thousands watched live online. The baby was born at just under 130 pounds and more than 5 feet tall.

April teased her millions of global adorers for weeks, showing signs of near-but-not-quite labor and otherwise enchanting her audience with cute right-at-the-camera gazes and tongue flicks, snack noshing and nuzzling with her much younger but handsome 5-year-old beau, Oliver.

April's pregnancy was vaulted into global headlines in late February after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content." Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so.

Zoo owner Jordan Patch said the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process was a huge factor in drawing crowds.

"I think the fact that she's a giraffe and she's a neat species that people are interested in, that's fostered a lot of the attention," he said. "The fact that you'll get to witness the miracle of birth from an animal that you really don't get to see give birth — that's neat."

He added that April's pregnancy was more than just live entertainment, but a teachable moment and source for education.

In Sunday's post to Facebook, the zoo said: "Thank you to his fans, for your following and support, these past 6 months and prior. Together we continue to educate the world on the awareness of giraffes and conservation - and that is something to be proud of."

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<![CDATA[Will Flood of Weinstein Accusers Bring Change to Hollywood?]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 13:16:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/weinsteinlondonfeuerherdIII.jpg

The flood of accusations of assault and harassment against powerful film producer Harvey Weinstein is causing a shift in attitudes as more women share stories sexual misconduct. The movement appears to be gaining momentum, NBC News reported.

It’s barely been a week and the volume of “it happened to me, too” statements is breathtaking. Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Léa Seydoux, Tara Subkoff, Kate Beckinsale and Cara Delevingne are among more than 30 women who have accused Weinstein of misconduct, after actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan made their initial allegations in a New York Times article. Weinstein has denied any allegations of nonconsensual sexual relations.

On Thursday evening, in a case unrelated to Weinstein, the chief of Amazon Studios, Roy Price, was suspended after a female producer of an Amazon show revealed verbally abusive comments he made to her, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Other figures in the entertainment and media world who have been seriously impacted by allegations of harassing or assaulting women include the actor Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly and the late Roger Ailes of Fox News, and Antonio “L.A.” Reid of Epic Records.

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<![CDATA[Trump Orders Pence to Walk Out of Everything on 'SNL']]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 11:51:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/217*120/Screen+Shot+2017-10-15+at+1.32.41+AM.png

Alec Baldwin's President Donald Trump kicked off "Saturday Night Live" at a rally in "Harass-burg," Pennsylvania, to "unveil a magnificent tax plan."

But he never got around to speaking about the plan, but instead boasted about how his administration is "undoing everything Obama did" including the Affordable Care Act, the Iran Deal and "ripping out all of the vegetables in Michelle Obama's garden and planting McNuggets." 

He also said he gave Vice President Mike Pence's season tickets to the Indianapolis Colts to "two lucky fans in Puerto Rico."

Baldwin's Trump then called Vice President Mike Pence, played by Beck Bennett, who was at an Indiana Pacers game. Bennett's Pence reports that one of the players is kneeling during the national anthem and Trump orders him to leave immediately. 

After the game, Pence went to a Starbucks and Trump asked if the cups say "happy holidays" or "Merry Christmas" despite Pence's reminder that it's October. 

Trump ordered Pence to leave the coffee shop and tells the crowd "we're gonna start saying 'Merry Christmas' again" because "you cannot disrespect our lord and savior Santa Claus." 

He then checked on Pence a third time, who was attending a wedding. The vice president didn't have an issue until he realized it was a gay couple getting married. 

"Get out of there, Mike, bail," Trump said. "I know you hate this word, abort, but abort, Mike, abort. Vaminos."

Baldwin's Trump demanding for Bennett's Pence to leave these places mirrors the real vice president walking out of an Indianapolis Colts game last week after he saw players kneeling for the Star-Spangled Banner. The real Trump tweeted later that he asked Pence to leave ahead of time to show the administration's stance on standing during the national anthem. 

He also took jabs at "little" Sen. Bob Corker and "dumb" Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, highlighting a feud the real president had with the senator and an NBC News report that Tillerson had called Trump a "moron."

Baldwin's Trump also addressed rapper Eminem's video that went viral earlier in the week, in which he slammed the real president's lack of leadership and focus on important issues.

"Eminem apparently did a freestyle rap on the BET network the other day, and very soon I’m going to release a response rap on the white entertainment network HGTV so watch your back, Eminem," he said.

Kate McKinnon resurfaced her impression of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway for a skit that turned Conway into Pennywise the Clown from Stephen King's horror "It."

Anderson Cooper, played by Alex Moffat, is terrorized by "Kellywise the Dancing Clown." He finds her in the sewer and as he attempts to leave, she offers him a "crazy quote."

"Ok so Puerto Rico was actually worse before Hurricane Maria and the hurricane actually did blow some things back together," she said.

Conway's "crazy quote" likely riffs on the real Trump's tweets from Thursday, which suggest that U.S. aid can't stay in the storm-devastated country "forever" and that Puerto Rico's financial crisis is largely their fault.

Moffat's Cooper doesn't fall for the bail, so Kellywise tried again. 

"Ok, so Tillerson did not call the president a 'moron,'" McKinnon's Conway said. "They were sharing a sundae and the president asked if he wanted more sprinkles and the secretary said 'more on.'"

Conway also re-emerged as Hillary Clinton, who tries to lure Cooper into the sewer by offering him a copy of her book. 

Colin Jost and Michael Che of "Weekend Update" started with the alleged sexual assault surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

"He doesn't need sex rehab," Jost said. "He needs a specialized facility where there are no women, no contact with the outside world, metal bars — and it's a prison."

Che addressed Weinstein's "We all make mistakes" response to reports of the assault.

"He assaulted dozens of women. That's not a mistake," he said. "That's a full season of "Law & Order." Your name's a verb now, dude. As in, 'If this guy tries to Weinstein me, I'm going to cut off his little Harvey.'"

"SNL" also addressed the Weinstein allegations in a skit with Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Cecily Strong, with the women posing as Hollywood actresses talking about sexual harassment in the industry. 

"The Big Sick's" Kumail Nanjiani was the celebrity host. 

Musical guest Pink performed two songs, "What About Us" and "Beautiful Trauma."

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<![CDATA[Photos: Celebs Take to Stage to Benefit Disaster Victims]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 01:03:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-861414644.jpg Jennifer Lopez teamed up with ex-husband Marc Anthony and boyfriend Alex Rodriguez for a benefit concert to aid victims of natural disasters in southern United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Gabrielle Union Got Stalked by a Terminator Bully]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 03:27:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/218*120/Screen+Shot+2017-10-14+at+2.23.30+AM.png

Gabrielle Union shares a stalker story from her collection of essays We're Going to Need More Wine before Jimmy and Chef Michael Symon surprises her with some proper Cleveland barbecue in honor of Dwyane Wade's move to the Cavaliers.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Dance Battle With Blake Lively]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 03:00:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2017-10-14+at+2.19.02+AM.png

Blake Lively and Jimmy take turns using the dance move generator to make up random dances on the spot, like the "Ballerina Who Keeps Dropping Marbles" and the "Riverdancing Frankenstein."

<![CDATA[Owners of 'Breaking Bad' House Build Fence Around Property ]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:55:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pizzaroof.jpg

The real Albuquerque house made famous by the methamphetamine-making character Walter White in the AMC-TV hit series "Breaking Bad" is getting a fence.

The owners are installing a 6-foot (2 meter) wrought iron fence on the front of the house used in the series, starring Bryan Cranston. The move comes after the owners have complained of countless fans wanting snapshots and selfies of the house.

Joanne Quintana tells KOB-TV that she loses count of the number of weekly visitors to the house that her mother owns. She said the tourists have caused disruptions that have made them fearful to leave the property unattended.

Some tourists have even told them "to close our garage" and "get out of the picture," Quintana said.

Construction on the fence in underway, and Quintana says people have already tried to climb around the construction to snap a photo.

On Friday, a worker was seen placing poles and two women in chairs outside of the house's open garage yelled at visitors trying to take photos. One woman shouted expletives at an Associated Press reporter snapping images of the house and demanded the reporter stay away from property.

"Breaking Bad" follows Walter White, played by Cranston, producing and selling methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul.

The show ended in 2013, but tourism companies in Albuquerque still embrace the drug-addled series and give "Breaking Bad" tours showcasing spots made popular in the show.

The Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau created a website of the show's most popular places around town to help tourists navigate. The Walter White house is not listed. however. Still, a number of fan sites give the address and photos of the house are posted on Instagram almost every day.

A prequel to the show, "Better Call Saul," is filming its fourth season and recently shot scenes near the Albuquerque bureau of The Associated Press.

<![CDATA['Captain of Our Freaking Show': Martin-Green on Trek Reboot]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:50:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/martingreen.jpg

The cast and crew of "Star Trek: Discovery," including Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs and Mary Wiseman, took to the New York Comic-Con over the weekend to discuss reviving the iconic franchise. 

Did your time as an ensemble player on "The Walking Dead" prepare you to lead an ensemble cast for an iconic franchise like Star Trek?

Sonequa Martin-Green: One thousand percent. All roads have led me here. I was on the show for five years so it was very much a post-graduate degree. I learned an incredible amount about what it means to be an actor and to be a professional. Those people will always be a part of my heart and a part in my journey. So to be on that goliath of a show that means so much to so many people... I felt it was the perfect experience to trampoline into this because now I have the privilege to be on the ground. I came into "Walking Dead" when it was already established and this gigantic thing. But to be on the ground and to already have intimate understanding of an environment that is collaborative, familial where the creativity is encouraged and nurtured, I knew what that environment felt like and I knew what it took to get it from watching my fellow actors and crew at walking dead. I saw it work and now here's an opportunity to create and cultivate that here. 

Did you look for inspiration from any previous Trek actors to guide your performance?

SMG: Leonard (Nimoy) for sure. But honestly I really am inspired and informed by the actors that I’m working with now. I feel that everyone jumped off the cliff and they’re going wherever the story leads them. The work becomes so very alive because of who we have on set.

Can you speak to the interpersonal relationships on set between the various female cast members?

Mary Wiseman (Cadet Sylvia Tilly): I’m new to this situation. I’ve never had a role this size on this type of franchise before and Tilly... her whole world is opening up. She's on this new ship and for the first time she's exactly where she wants to be. And she comes into contact with this woman (Martin-Green) who is strong and warm and empathetic and she kind of blows her mind. She is in a place of pure possibility right now and I feel like that too. To have Sonequa... I mean she might not be the captain of the ship, but she's the captain of this freaking show. She is a mother and a sister and a friend to all of us. I feel that way about all the women behind the scenes. All the stories that you will see on screen reverberate backwards and between us all and its really special.

Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca): And there are people who are upset that there's a woman lead or a woman of color lead or the fact that we have a  diverse platform where we have people from every gender or sexuality is represented. The people upset with that can go f--- themselves.

"Star Trek: Discovery" can be seen on CBS All Access.

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