<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcmiami.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:08:34 -0400 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:08:34 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Williams' Ashes Scattered]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:22:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_robin_williams_muerte_suicidio_tiburon_california.jpg

The body of Robin Williams was cremated and his ashes scattered off the Marin County coast a day after the late actor and comedian committed suicide, according to his California death certificate.

Williams, 63, hanged himself at his Tiburon home on Aug. 11. His remains were scattered at sea the next day in a task organized by Monte's Chapel of The Hills, according to his death certificate obtained in Marin County by NBC Bay Area.

The death certificate was signed on Aug. 20. RadarOnline was the first to report the news.

Williams' "suicide by asphyxia" stunned the world. Fans knew Williams as someone who made them laugh, and scores were shocked to learn that he had lived with such pain.

Susan Schneider, Williams' wife, said in a statement that Williams had been battling early stages of Parkinson's disease prior to his death.

No public or private memorial services honoring Williams have been announced as of Thursday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Woo-hoo! For "The Simpsons"]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:53:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/the+simpsons1.jpg

When "The Simpsons" debuted on Dec. 17, 1989, "The Cosby Show," then in the last of its amazing five-season run as the nation’s No. 1 show, ruled the airwaves. From the start, the animated and dysfunctional Simpson clan presented a very different take on American family life than the flesh-and-blood, high-achieving Huxtables. But the more enduring and defining legacy of Matt Groening’s creations came in turning a funhouse mirror on the popular culture of the past quarter century, part “Saturday Night Live”-style, but more like classic MAD magazine.  

See for yourself starting Thursday, when Fox's FXX channel launches a round-the-clock, DVR-busting marathon of all 552 "Simpsons" episodes, broadcast in order, along with the 2007 theatrical movie inspired by the show. That’s a dozen days of “Simpsons” – or the length of an average visit to Moe's by Barney Gumble.

If that sounds like too much of a good thing – or of a dubious thing, like Duff beer, Krusty burgers and doughnuts (mmm… doughnuts!) – well, overindulgence is just "The Simpsons" way. The marathon, a prelude to the upcoming Simpsons World digital platform, offers an opportunity to shout woo-hoo! for a comedy classic – as well as trace the evolution of a show that starts its 26th season next month as the longest-running scripted primetime TV program in U.S. history.

Revisiting “Simpsons” episodes lets us relive great moments and discover others we might have missed the first time around – all while unlocking a satire time capsule and providing a chance to think about a show that, on the surface, eschews deep thought. Here are some things to look for as FXX celebrates TV’s most durable nuclear family:  

Drawing a Crowd: The renderings of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie have morphed over the years from scraggly lined, rough, vertical faces to their current iconic images. Some of the voices are different, too – Homer’s gruff tones, in particular, have softened. The same goes for Seymour Skinner’s voice, which has journeyed from stentorian to beaten-down exasperation.

Springfield Tourism: Guest appearances, which have grown in frequency over the last 25 years, mark perhaps TV’s greatest cumulative primetime collection of talent since “The Ed Sullivan Show”: Three Beatles, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Liz Taylor, Magic Johnson, Justin Timberlake, Anne Hathaway and Stephen Hawking have lent their voices (and, in many cases, faces) to the show, to name a scant few.

Treehouse of Delights: The annual Halloween-themed “Treehouse of Horrors” episodes have provided some of the best “Simpsons” moments – ever, as Comic Book Guy would say. Cases in point: parodies of “The Island of Dr. Moreau” (starring Dr. Hibbert), “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (with Milhouse perfectly cast as Linus) and “The Twilight Zone” (in which Homer skips through dimensions to the real world – maybe the best Simpson sequence of them all).

Sentimental Journeys: Forget about the Fox show’s trademark sardonic streak – “The Simpsons” can spur a tear faster than Mr. Burns can release the hounds. The tone was set in the first episode, a Christmas special that brought Santa’s Little Helper to 742 Evergreen Terrace. The death of Lisa’s saxophone hero Bleeding Gums Murphy, the fortuneteller episode in which an adult Lisa (nearly) gets married to a snob and the backstory of Homer’s desertion by his 1960s radical mom (Glenn Close) all show surprising heart and rank among the series’ most memorable installments.

Having Cows: As much as “The Simpson” mocks sitcoms, it echoes the form – most prominently in catchphrases, some of whose popularity have dissipated with time: “Ay, caramba!” “Don’t have a cow, man.” “Eat my shorts!” “I’m Bart Simpson – who the hell are you?” But “D’oh!” and “Woo-hoo!” have become seemingly permanent additions to the language.

A Homer Run: The catchphrase continuum starts with Bart, the show’s original breakout character, and extends to Homer, who, for all the citizens of Springfield and celebrity visitors, is the closest thing to being the star of “The Simpsons.” He’ll never replace Bill Cosby as America’s Dad, but he’s the best father Bart, Lisa and Maggie will ever have.

Check out FXX’s clever preview for the marathon below as viewers prepare to take an extended summer vacation to Springfield:

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

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<![CDATA[Stars of Comic-Con 2014]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:27:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Ben-Affleck-452736862.jpg Check out all the hottest celebrities attending Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego.

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<![CDATA[Costumes of Comic-Con]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 17:58:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/SDCC-0725-36.JPG Comic-Con wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for the fervent fans in outrageous and elaborate costumes and makeup. Here are some snapshots from the convention floor of those incredible costumes at 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Leto, Fallon Have Intense Stare-Down]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:27:19 -0400 > at Rockefeller Center on August 20, 2014 in New York City.]]> > at Rockefeller Center on August 20, 2014 in New York City.]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453875822.jpg

Jared Leto and Jimmy Fallon shared private thoughts while having an intense staredown on Thursday’s episode of “The Tonight Show.”

But first, the Thirty Seconds to Mars singer talked about a photo of himself that went viral.

Leto Instagrammed a photo of himself hugging a tree, which inspired a meme called “#JaredHugginLeto.”

Fallon showed the audience hilarious examples of the meme. The photos feature the actor hugging Angelina Jolie and President Barack Obama’s face.

Finally, Fallon and Leto stared at each other and shared their deepest thoughts in pre-recorded audio.

"Sexual energy emanates from my epidermis, I smell of ocean birds," Leto said.

"I am a snow leopard, my grunts are my music,” Fallon replied.

Watch the sketch in the video above. 

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<![CDATA[Fallon: Lohan Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:57:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453878216.jpg Lindsay Lohan stopped by "The Tonight Show" to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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<![CDATA[Fallon: Intense Staredown With Leto]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:32:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453878234.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Jared Leto share their inner thoughts while having an intense staredown in a sketch on "The Tonight Show."]]> <![CDATA[Minaj, Swift, Beyonce to Rock, Shock at MTV VMAs]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:11:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/taylor-beyonce-nicki.jpg

How to eclipse Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke's grind and twerk fest?

That's perhaps the biggest question vexing performers ahead of the MTV Video Music Awards set for Sunday. Cyrus and Thicke's salacious on-stage antics during last year's ceremony stirred a social media storm of celebration and derision, and ultimately garnered the bulk of headlines.

Happily for the Parents Television Council, who this week called on MTV to ensure the ceremony does not contain the type of "explicit sexual content present in last year’s show," the performance roster holds no mention of Cyrus or Thicke, though Cyrus is a nominee.

Whether or not 2014's performers can once again create what the PTC deemed a "public relations kerfuffle" remains to be seen, with Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Rita Ora, Ariana Grande Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer and Sam Smith all scheduled to perform when the 31st annual VMAs air live from The Forum in Inglewood, California.

While top VMA contenders Beyonce (eight nominations) and Azalea (seven) often display an ability to dazzle and tease on stage, neither has a reputation for cheap tricks.

The same goes for Swift, who announced a new direction for her music via livestream Monday. But a change from country to pop will hardly get tongues and Twitter accounts wagging when she performs her latest single "Shake It Off." The two-time Best Female Video VMA award winner certainly knows how to entertain, but shock is not her stock-in-trade.

If the video to Minaj's latest single "Anaconda," which debuted Wednesday, is any indication of what we can expect from her solo VMA performance, the PTC should consider themselves forewarned.

"The VMAs is a pretty big deal so people go all out for it," Minaj told E! News. "I am very, very excited and looking forward to the performance."

Minaj, Grande and Jessie J will kick off Sunday's show with their new song, "Bang Bang." It will be the first time the trio performs the Top 10 hit. Grande, like Minaj, will also perform separately.

The top award, Video of the Year, is a battle between Beyonce's "Drunk In Love," Azalea's "Fancy," Pharrell Williams' "Happy," Sia's "Chandelier" and Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball."

Beyonce is also up for Best Female Video for "Partition" and Best Collaboration for her work with husband Jay Z on "Drunk in Love," and will be honored with the Michael Jackson video vanguard award.

Rap veteran Eminem and newbie MC Azalea face off in the hip-hop categories with Eminem matching Azalea's seven nods for his Marshall Mathers LP 2 album.

British crooner Smith is nominated for Artist to Watch for "Stay With Me." His competition includes 5 Seconds of Summer ("She Looks So Perfect"), Charli XCX ("Boom Clap"), Schoolboy Q ("Man of the Year") and Fifth Harmony ("Miss Movin On").

The VMAs' presenters' list includes Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox and Uzo Aduba from the cast of "Orange Is the New Black," Dylan O’Brien from the forthcoming "Maze Runner" movie and "Vampire Diaries'" star Nina Dobrev. Other presenters scheduled to appear include Lorde, Demi Lovato, Kim Kardashian, Jason Derulo and Trey Songz.

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards air live on Sunday, August 24, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

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<![CDATA[Performers Asked to "Pay to Play" Super Bowl Halftime ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:50:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/katy-perry-AP394526786239.jpg

Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay have been named as candidates to perform at the next Super Bowl halftime show, but this year the invitation came with a proposed fee, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The National Football League asked some of the A-list performers' representatives if they would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the NFL or make some other financial contribution in exchange for the halftime performance, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

Reps for the performers did not take favorably to the request.

The NFL has not paid halftime show performers in the past. The exact amount of money the NFL was seeking remains unclear and the official lineup for the halftime show is still to be determined. 

"Our only goal with the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show is to put on the best show for the millions of fans who watch it," Joanna Hunter, a spokeswoman for the NFL, told NBC. "Any specific contract details with performers are confidential," she added.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars Super Bowl halftime show earlier this year drew more viewers than the game itself — a record 115.3 million viewers, according to The Wall Street Journal. To capitalize on the exposure from the event, performers often start selling tickets for their tours soon after their halftime performance, including Bruno Mars and, last year, Beyonce.

Super Bowl XLIX will be in Phoenix, Arizona on February 1, 2015.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Seth Meyers' Emmys Nod]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:48:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/119000534.jpg

Jimmy Fallon's peripatetic kickoff to his 2010 Emmys hosting performance – a cameo-studded, buoyantly over-the-top version of Bruce Springsteen’s "Born to Run" – marked the moment a wide audience realized he was born for bigger things.

Sure, Fallon had been a popular player on "Saturday Night Live," distinguishing himself on "Weekend Update" (if not in the movies) and landing as Conan O’Brien’s replacement on NBC's "Late Night." But his Emmy stint earned him the unofficial award as "Tonight Show"-host-in-waiting.

On Monday, Seth Meyers, Fallon's fellow "SNL" and "Weekend Update" veteran and "Late Night" successor, follows his path to the Emmy stage. Meyers isn’t moving up anytime soon, with Fallon firmly entrenched on "The Tonight Show." But six months into his "Late Night" gig, Meyers has a key opportunity for prime time exposure as he solidifies his place in a shifting late-night landscape.

Meyers proved himself a capable host by twice helming ESPN’s ESPY Awards and headlining the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner. But those events didn’t attract anywhere near the audience of the Emmys, which drew a reported 17.6 million viewers last year. That’s about 10 times Meyers’ weeknight base.

While he doesn’t posses Fallon’s musical chops, Meyers brings a strong skill set to the big stage.

His "Late Night" monologue is heavy on topical humor, with some lines delivered in his "Weekend Update" signature style (noting the resignation of South Korea’s only astronaut, Meyers cracked last week, "Now all he has to do is get back to Earth"). After his monologue, Meyers shows an appealing gentler side, briefly sharing stories from his life (he recently revealed this about his macho father-in-law: "He has a pet goat. And if you’re wondering if they make good pets, they don’t").

The "Late Night" host also enjoys a good rapport with his quirky bandleader/sidekick and former "SNL" cast mate Fred Armisen. Meyers is confident enough to let others get the laugh, a Johnny Carson-like trait that serves him well as an interviewer.

Meyers’ evolution as a host comes amid the fallout from a late night mini-revolution that brought the departure of Jay Leno and a retirement announcement from David Letterman. Stephen Colbert is set to take over CBS’ "Late Show" from Letterman next year, presumably going heavy on political humor as he competes against Fallon and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, a past Emmys host himself.

Even if Chelsea Handler’s impending move to Netflix suggests that timeslot doesn’t matter much anymore, it’s still a concern for Meyers. His direct competitor Craig Ferguson is set to leave CBS’s "Late, Late Show" next year, without an official announcement on a successor.  

Fallon, Kimmel and Colbert are among the Emmy nominees for Outstanding Variety Series. Meyers isn’t in that league – yet. He won’t win any awards during Monday's Emmys broadcast on NBC, but could come away with something more important: new fans.

Watch the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards live on Monday, August 25 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on NBC.


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

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<![CDATA[Fallon, Brosnan Play Bond Video Game on "Tonight" ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:33:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-08-20+at+3.00.19+AM.png Jimmy Fallon brought out his Nintendo 64 James Bond video game, "GoldenEye," and played with famous Bond actor, Pierce Brosnan on "The Tonight Show" ]]> <![CDATA[Emmy Stretches the Laughs ]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:56:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP148352061286-1.jpg

It's been a, well, breakout run for "Orange is the New Black," the show about a women's prison whose first season notched three Creative Arts Emmys this past weekend and is up for some major awards in Monday's main event.

Netflix's latest hit, by Jenji Kohan, turns quirky and deadly serious, and is as hard to label as any of the program’s richly defined jailhouse characters whose commonality rests largely in setting and dress.

As much as "OITNB" deserves recognition, its inclusion in the Outstanding Comedy Series category seems, in some respects, as ill fitting as a standard-issue prison orange jumpsuit. This year's humor nominees, which also include the benign nerds of "The Big Bang Theory” and the more cutthroat geeks of “Silicon Valley,” make for odd cellmates, reflecting the changing world of – and perhaps a shifting definition of – TV comedy.

It's a move that started 43 years ago with "All in the Family," even if the many of the current crop of anti-sitcom sitcoms are more recent and direct descendants of "Seinfeld" – not there's anything wrong with that. Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David's celebration of unlikable characters led to Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's original UK version of "The Office." The brilliant, cringe-inducing BBC show carried the mockumentary to the TV comedy forefront – current Emmy comedy nominees “Modern Family” and “Veep” employ the form.

If “Seinfeld” broke rules for sitcoms fronted by stand-up comedians, then Louis C.K. took a sledgehammer to the genre in this past season of “Louie,” which notched an Emmy nomination in the comedy category despite turning dark and even violent at times. “OITNB” packed more laughs, by comparison.

Credit Emmy voters with making some bold choices – even if the Emmys aren’t ready to go the route of the recently revived American Comedy Awards, which created an Alternative Comedy Series category (“Key & Peele” beat out “Drunk History,” “Archer,” “Kroll Show” and “Portlandia”) to supplement its Comedy Series grouping (“Parks and Recreation” triumphed over “Modern Family,” “Veep,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”).

For the "OITNB" creative team, entering in Emmy’s comedy category probably came down to practicality. The drama race is packed with high-quality programs – including farewell favorite “Breaking Bad” – leading to snubs of worthy contenders like “Masters of Sex,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Good Wife.”

The only drama surrounding “OINTB” is how it will do on Monday's NBC Emmys broadcast – and whether the exposure will increase the captive audience that gets a wide range of entertainment value out of a show that won’t be boxed in.

Watch the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards live on Monday, August 25 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on NBC.


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

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Celebrity Baby Boom]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:01:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/edt469914075.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2014.

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<![CDATA[Cosby Compliments Fallon's "Chiropractonography"]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:04:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NUP_165131_0814.JPG

Bill Cosby returned to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” and thanked him for an unlikely reason.

The last time Cosby took to the “Tonight” stage, Fallon jumped on the comedian’s back while he pretended to walk across a tight rope.

“To be honest, I didn’t think you would come back,” said Fallon.

But Cosby explained that their antics from his previous appearance was actually helpful.

“Let me thank you," said Cosby. "Jim, when you jumped and I was still trying to walk, you and I didn’t know it but we were making an adjustment,” he explained. 

"The Cosby Show" star even stood up to show the audience his moves.

"I knew it was good because when I jumped on your back, you know what I heard?" asked Fallon, who then took his cup of Sharpees and dropped them to make a crackling sound. 

When Cosby complimented Fallon on his “chiropractonography,” Fallon joked about not wanting to play him in Scrabble.

Throughout their conversation, Fallon couldn’t help but do impressions of Cosby.

Check out Cosby's first "Tonight Show" appearance below. Click here if viewing on mobile.

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<![CDATA[Fallon Challenges Rory McIlroy on "Tonight"]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:29:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s01e110_110_Facebreakers_Int_20140818_1200x675_319402051888.jpg Jimmy Fallon challenged pro golfer Rory McIlroy to a game of "Face Breakers," on "The Tonight Show." ]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Statham, Fallon Race in Hamster Balls]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:39:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453662408.jpg

Jason Statham and Jimmy Fallon went head-to-head in a giant hamster ball race through Rockefeller Plaza on Friday's episode of "The Tonight Show."

But first, Statham told Fallon that he had a near death experience while filming "The Expendables 3." Apparently the action-film star almost lost his life after plunging 60-feet into the Black Sea while test driving a truck.

"I'm thinking 'This is how it all ends'," Statham said.

Eventually he was able to swim out of the vehicle. Statham also revealed Sylvester Stallone's surprising reaction to the incident.

"At this point, you really do understand who your friends are," Statham said. "I look at [Stallone] and he's still at the dock looking at his iPhone. He's like, 'Do You need a towel?'"

Finally, Fallon and Statham raced in giant hamster balls through Rockefeller Plaza. Who won? Watch the video above and find out. You can also hear about the near-death experience in the video below.

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<![CDATA[Fallon: Hamster Ball Race With Statham]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 01:06:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453662414.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Jason Statham go head-to-head in a giant hamster ball race through Rockefeller Plaza.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: Lovato Talks "Dateline NBC" Obsession]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:51:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453662450.jpg Jimmy Fallon chats with Demi Lovato about her world tour, diving with sharks and her obsession with crime investigation shows.]]> <![CDATA[10 Movies to Get You in the Back-to-School Mood]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:31:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/10+Things+I+Hate+About+You.jpg

Some of the best films ever created revolve around the agony and ecstasy of attending school.

Be it that nerve-racking first day as a freshman, the bittersweet longing of unrequited love or the teenage angst that comes with not being part of the in-crowd, attending school is rife with emotional and social pitfalls. Perfect material for writers and directors to fashion tales of fun, danger, romance and excitement out of.

Not to mention a lot of musical numbers.

As students head back to classrooms over the coming weeks, here are 10 beloved coming-of-age films sure to alleviate any back-to-school blues.


Subject material: A jock, a nerd, a punk, a princess, and a Goth chick (Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy, respectively) report for detention on a Saturday in the high school library, and find that regardless of their apparent differences they have much in common. A standout in filmmaker John Hughes' oeuvre, "Breakfast Club" looks beyond stereotypes to examine the secret emotional life of teens.

The lesson: No matter your standing in high school, everyone feels like an outcast at some point.


Subject material: A classic of its genre made all the more poignant so soon after the passing of the film's lead Robin Williams. "Carpe Diem!" is the takeaway from this story of free-thinking educator John Keating (Williams) who arrives at the tony Welton Academy in 1959, armed only with Whitman, Tennyson and the desire to encourage self-determination in his young male charges (Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke). 

The lesson: Though medicine, law and business are noble pursuits, it's poetry, beauty, romance and love that ultimately nourish and educate the soul.


Subject material:  Barden University's all-female a cappella group, the Barden Bellas, strive to make a comeback from public humiliation with the help of reluctant new member Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick), whose participation in the group is at the demand of her dad, a Barden professor. The Bellas attempt to redeem themselves at the national titles with a little help from a hip new arrangement thanks to Beca. This hit musical comedy also stars Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow and Elizabeth Banks.

The lesson: Stick to what you love, and never eat a large meal before performing in public.

"FREAKY FRIDAY" (1976, 2003)

Subject material: Thanks to an enchanted fortune cookie, a mother (Jamie Lee Curtis) and daughter (Lindsay Lohan) at odds with each other magically find their souls switched. It's a remake of the 1976 version starring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster, and both films provide laughs as the characters attempt to come to terms with their newly inhabited bodies and the stresses of living one another's life.

The lesson: Putting yourself in the shoes of another, even your mom, provides invaluable insight and empathy.

"MEAN GIRLS" (2004)

Subject material: Another back-to-school vehicle for Lindsay Lohan, this cult favorite focuses on Cady Heron (Lohan), a 16-year-old home-schooled daughter of zoologist parents who has just returned to the U.S. after a 12-year research trip in Africa. In this fish-out-of-water tale, Heron enrolls at a local Illinois high school and makes new, decent friends whom she eventually drops in favor of joining the school's most exclusive clique, the Plastics, lead by bitchy Regina George ( Rachel McAdams). Amy Poehler and Tina Fey co-star, with Fey also writing the screenplay.

The lesson: Like your friends for who they are, not what you wish them to be. And avoid classmates with "cool" moms.

"FAME" (1980)

Subject material: So influential was this musical drama about kids attending the New York High School of Performing Arts, it spawned a 1982 TV series, a stage musical and a 2009 movie remake featuring Bebe Neuwirth and Kelsey Grammer. But it's the original starring Irene Cara and featuring the titular hit song that has the cast dancing in the streets. Divided into auditions, freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years, "Fame" has an authentic early '80s' NYC look and feel.

The lesson: It remains a refreshing look at time when fame was something attained only through achievement in a field of expertise, not simply an accomplishment in and of itself. 


Subject material: Sometimes the best lessons are learned outside of the classroom. High school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) decides to skip school and spend the day in downtown Chicago. He convinces his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) to join him, and the trio must find ways to avoid being caught out by their school's dean, Ferris' vengeful  sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey), and his none-the-wiser parents. Slapstick comedy is gently balanced with tender moments in this beloved film from John Hughes.

The lesson according to Ferris: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."


Subject material: A young orphan discovers he has magical powers and must attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in order to learn his craft and reveal his true destiny. Based on the first novel of the hugely popular series of Harry Potter books by British author J.K. Rowling, the movie follows Harry as makes what will become lifelong friends, develops his magical gifts, and learns that darkness lies in wait in the form of "he who must not be named."

The lessons: Never judge a book by its cover, and with the support of friends, anything is possible.


Subject material: A modern update on Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," it takes its title from  a poem written by high school outcast Kat (Julia Stiles) regarding her eventual romance with fellow fringe-dweller Patrick (Heath Ledger). Miscommunication and romantic confusion abound in this bittersweet tale also starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik and Gabrielle Union. A teen film with big heart, it proved a breakout success for Stiles, Ledger and Gordon-Levitt.

The lessons: Don't be afraid to be yourself, and don't drink and swing.

"GREASE" (1978)

Subject material: It's 1958 and sweet and innocent Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) enrolls as new senior at Rydell High School where she re-encounters her summer fling Danny (John Travolta). But Danny is revealed to be a bad boy member of the leather-jacket-wearing T-Birds and plays it cool with his former flame. With a little help from the Pink Ladies, Sandy may just win Danny's heart all over again. A musical comedy classic about first loves, it features a a stellar cast (Stockard Channing, Jeff Conway, Eve Arden, Frankie Avalon) and a soundtrack stuffed with hit sing-a-long numbers.

The lesson: "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" because I'm "Hopelessly Devoted to You."



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<![CDATA["Shield" Actor Pleads Not Guilty in Wife's Murder]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:50:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/Michael+Jace+Arraignment.jpg

“The Shield” actor Michael Jace, accused of murder in the shooting death of his wife at their home in May, pleaded not guilty Thursday after waiving his rights to a preliminary hearing.

By waiving his rights, Jace’s attorneys concede there is enough evidence in the May 19 shooting to go to trial, according to Jane Robinson of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The move straight to a criminal trial means Jace was scheduled to enter a plea once again. The actor pleaded not guilty.

Jace, 51, best known for his role as LAPD officer Julien Lowe on the television drama “The Shield,” is accused of shooting his wife, April, at their home on the 5400 block of Brynhurst Avenue. Police said Jace was arrested after calling 911 and telling the operator he shot his wife.

April Jace’s body was found inside the house.

Jace has been held on $2 million bail since being arrested. The bail was set at the same price on Friday.

A three-minute 911 call was released by the Los Angeles Fire Department in June in which April Jace’s father tells a dispatcher that the actor told him he had just shot his wife. Jace's attorneys Jason Sias and Jamon Hicks did not comment on the audio's contents but noted in June that the case was still in the early stages of the investigation.

Jace was expected back in court on Sept. 17.

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