<![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 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:04:15 -0400 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:04:15 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Jimi Jamison, Survivor Lead Singer, Dies at 63]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:27:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/137255493.jpg

Jimi Jamison, the lead vocalist for rock bands Survivor and Cobra, died Sunday night at the age of 63, the band confirmed Monday.

On Facebook, the band wrote: "The entire Survivor family is very shocked and saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his family and friends."

Jamison's booking manager Sally Irwin told TMZ, who broke the news, that the rock singer died of a heart attack while at his home in Memphis, Tennessee.

Survivor released the “Rocky III” theme “Eye of the Tiger,” two years before Jamison joined the band. The band’s original singer, Dave Bickler, left the group because of polyps on his vocal chords, Variety reported.

Jamison's first album with Survivor was "Vital Signs," which went platinum and spawned the hit singles "I Can't Hold Back," "High on You" and "The Search Is Over.

Jamison had performed with Survivor on August 30 in Morgan Hill, California.



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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[Personal Chef to Obama Weds MSNBC Host]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:36:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/488127975.jpg

President Barack Obama on Saturday temporarily set aside the pressures of trying to calm the world's trouble spots and assumed the role of spectator for something more joyous: the wedding of the Obama family's longtime chef and friend.

Chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner were tying the knot at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a farm-to-table restaurant in Pocantico Hills, just north of New York City.

Obama and Kass have a close relationship, which Obama highlighted earlier this month by spending several hours at dinner at Kass' apartment amid the turmoil in Iraq, Ukraine and Ferguson, Missouri.

It's long been said that time is a president's most precious commodity. That Obama would spend five hours at Kass' home on one of the aide's final evenings as a bachelor was a testament to their bond.

Obama's rounds of golf are often his only other outings that last as long — and those games sometimes include Kass.

Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, attended the ceremony and reception at the restaurant, which is a favorite of both Kass and Mrs. Obama. The first lady hosted the spouses of world leaders there in 2010.

Obama wore a dark suit, and Mrs. Obama and their daughters each wore sleeveless black dresses. The first family spent about six hours at the wedding. Obama had no known role, other than to give his best to the bride and groom.

The union of Kass, 34, and Wagner, 36, also served to highlight what some contend is too much togetherness between the media and the people they report on. Naturally, the guest list was expected to include staff from both the White House and the liberal-leaning cable news outlet, with people from both sides breaking bread at the same dinner table.

Kass began preparing meals for the Obamas when the family lived in Chicago and the Obamas persuaded him to join them at the White House. He is now among the Obamas' longest-serving aides.

Besides preparing the family's meals most weeknights, Kass also serves as senior nutrition policy adviser and executive director of the first lady's anti-childhood obesity initiative.

It's not unusual for presidents, including Obama, to attend or participate in weddings.

Obama hosted a Rose Garden wedding last October for Pete Souza, the president's chief official photographer.

In June 2012, Obama, his wife, daughters and mother-in-law attended the Chicago wedding of the daughter of White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

In May 2008, George W. Bush was in office when his daughter, Jenna, married at the family ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Bill Clinton was best man for his brother, Roger, in March 1994.

Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, participated in the August 1984 wedding of their daughter Patti Davis. Reagan spoke one line in the ceremony. He responded "Her mother and I do" when asked who would give away the bride.

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<![CDATA[Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union Get Married]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:43:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/168*120/tlmd_172020619.jpg

NBA star Dwyane Wade married actress Gabrielle Union in Miami Saturday, E! News confirmed. The couple tied the knot at Chateau Artisan, a moated castle in Miami-Dade, according to reports.

They were surrounded by family and friends, including the athlete's elder two sons and nephew.

Heat owner Micky Arison, Chris Bosh and DJ Irie all posted Instagram pictures Saturday afternoon using #TheWadeUnion prior to the ceremony.

Wade proposed to Union in December 2013 after four years of dating. Shortly after, it was revealed that he had fathered a son named Xavier with a friend, according to E!.

This is the second marriage for Union and Wade.  Wade married Siohvaughn Funches, his high school sweetheart, in 2002. They welcomed sons Zaire and Zion. The pair broke up in 2007.

Union was married to NFL player Chris Howard from 2001 to 2006.

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<![CDATA[Warrant for "Girls Gone Wild" Owner]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:28:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/186*120/AP167577978467.jpg

"Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis had a $500,000 warrant for his arrest Friday after he skipped a scheduled appearance in court the same day, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office.

Francis was scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges from an incident in May, during which he allegedly disobeyed a court order to stay away from "Girls Gone Wild" headquarters as part of last year's bankruptcy filing, City Attorney Spokesman Frank Mateljan said.

During that incident, Francis allegedly got into a physical altercation with a trustee on the business and a security guard, Mateljan said.

Francis spent one night in jail and is accused of making criminal threats, trespassing and disobeying a court order, Mateljan said.
 



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<![CDATA[CeeLo Pleads No Contest on Drugs]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:38:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453575360.jpg

Cee Lo Green has pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles.

The Grammy-winning singer entered the plea during a brief court hearing on Friday. He also entered a special plea in which he maintained his innocence in the case.

Superior Court Judge Mark Young sentenced the 39-year-old singer to three years of formal probation. Young said Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, will be allowed to travel for work.

Green entered the plea just before a preliminary hearing, which would have disclosed potential evidence against him, was scheduled to begin.

Prosecutors rejected a rape charge against Green when he was charged with the felony drug charge in October 2013. His attorney Blair Berk has said Green had consensual sex with the woman he gave ecstasy to during the 2012 dinner.



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<![CDATA[Chris Brown Plea Deal Soon: Records]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:41:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP534842162296.jpg

Singer Chris Brown could be close to a plea deal with D.C. prosecutors over a 2013 assault charge.

Court records show the R&B star was scheduled for a status hearing related to a plea in D.C. Superior Court Friday, but was unable to attend. That hearing has now been rescheduled for Tuesday morning.

And new court records indicate Brown and prosecutors have a plea agreement in the works.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office declined to comment, except to confirm that a status hearing is scheduled for next week.

Brown’s attorney also did not respond to requests for comment.

Brown and his bodyguard were charged with assaulting a fan outside the W Hotel last year. A judge found the bodyguard guilty, but he is appealing that conviction.

Brown had been close to a plea deal several weeks ago, but rejected the deal and instead requested a trial. That trial was scheduled to begin Sept. 8.

Brown's past appearances at the D.C. courthouse have been marred by large crowds trying to get autographs and aggressive U.S. marshals who closed down the sidewalks around the courthouse to allow Brown to come and go.



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<![CDATA[Cyrus' VMAs Date Turns Self in, Posts Bail ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:05:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Jesse-Helt+.jpg

The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who had been sought on an Oregon arrest warrant has turned himself in and posted bail, an Oregon official said Thursday night.

Jesse Helt, 22, turned himself in at the Polk County Jail in the Willamette Valley community of Dallas, Oregon, was booked on a probation violation warrant and then posted $2,500 bail, said Martin Silbernagel, director of Polk County Community Corrections .

Helt will be expected to appear before a judge in about two weeks, Silbernagel said in a telephone interview.

Court records show that Helt pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief and criminal trespass several years ago after breaking into the apartment of a man he believed to be selling bad marijuana. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and probation. The arrest warrant was issued in November 2011 after he violated probation.

Helt moved to Los Angeles and lived on the streets while trying to find work as a model.

He gained worldwide attention Sunday when Cyrus let him accept her award for video of the year. Helt, who met Cyrus through the Hollywood homeless center My Friend's Place, used the platform to call attention to the issue of youth homelessness.

"I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost, and scared for their lives right now," Helt said. "I know this because I am one of these people."

Cyrus selected the charity with help from her friend Trevor Neilson, the president of G2 Investment Group and co-founder of Global Philanthropy Group.

"Jesse Helt turned himself in tonight to Polk County authorities to address his outstanding legal issues," Neilson said in an email late Thursday. "Miley Cyrus will be assisting him with this process, and they both are committed to working to help the other 1.6 million youth who experience homelessness in America each year."

Jesse's mother, Linda Helt, said late Thursday that the past four days had been a whirlwind experience, and she confirmed that Cyrus has offered to help pay for her son's legal help.

"God gets the glory and she gets the credit," Helt said.

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<![CDATA[Calling on "Ghostbusters," 30 Years Later]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:20:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ghostbusters-bill-murray.jpg

Not too long into "Guardians of the Galaxy," Chris Pratt's goofy planet-hopping mercenary character Peter Quill alludes to "The Maltese Falcon" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" – a nod-and-a-wink homage to the borrowed plot device of chasing an elusive, prized item.

He also could have just as easily name-checked the film that paved the way for special effects-filled, sci-fi, adventure, comic buddy movies like "Guardians": "Ghostbusters."

As "Guardians of the Galaxy" rules the summer movie universe, "Ghostbusters" crosses the streams of time to return to theaters this holiday weekend with a restored 30th anniversary edition.

From "Spaceballs" to "Men in Black" to "Guardians," moviegoers have reaped laughs and thrills from what "Ghostbusters" started with the first flip of the Proton Pack switch. Still, all these years later, the response to "Who you gonna call?" for the greatest movie of the genre remains the same.

Sure, the special effects in "Ghostbusters" register as a pale shade of slime green compared to today's sharp digital technology. But in the summer of 1984, the flick electrified and entertained moviegoers as it stormed the summer box office like Stay Puft Marshmallow Man rampaging through New York.

Director Ivan Reitman deftly combined the film's various elements – even throwing in a love story. But "Ghostbusters" ultimately gelled thanks to the comic chemistry of a cast boasting Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver.

Murray led the antics, with his sardonic scientist Peter Venkman transporting the lines like "He slimed me” and "We came, we saw, we kicked its a--" beyond catchphrases into pop cultural touchstones. Aykroyd and Ramis’ super-serious protogeeks, Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler, provided a deadpan counterpart to Venkman’s one-liners and boisterous declarations with nerdspeak that wouldn’t be out of place in the current revival of “Doctor Who” (in explaining the danger of “crossing the streams,” Spengler famously warned, "Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light").

The return of “Ghostbusters” also is unexpectedly poignant, coming six months after the death of Ramis, a sometimes-underappreciated force of modern movie comedy. He and Aykroyd reportedly worked for years writing a third "Ghostbusters" installment, though Murray is said to have balked at returning. Recent reports vary, with purported plans including everything from young actors joining the surviving cast members to a reboot featuring an all-women Ghostbusting team.

Whether or not the Ghostbuster’s former firehouse headquarters ever reopens, the rerelease marks an opportunity for some of us to revisit an old favorite on the big screen and for others to learn what all the fuss is all about.

The return of "Ghostbusters" might not be, as Murray’s Venkman would put it, an event of “biblical proportions." But it marks a good excuse to end the summer season with a trip to the movies. Check out the trailer below for the top movie of the summer of 1984 – and a timeless film comedy: 

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[Joan Rivers: Her Career in Photos ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:44:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/rivers-171019708_10.jpg Joan Rivers' comedy career spans 50 years. Click to see photos from her incredible career.

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<![CDATA[Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Secretly Wed in France]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:06:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jolie-pitt-450506160.jpg

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Correns, France, a spokesman for the couple said, The Associated Press reported.

Jolie, 39, and Pitt, 50, tied the knot in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends, according to the AP. Their six children participated in the wedding.

Jolie walked the aisle with her eldest sons Maddox and Pax. Zahara and Vivienne threw petals. Shiloh and Knox served as ring bearers, the spokesman told the AP.

The wedding comes after years of speculation on when the couple would officially tie the knot. Both had publicly said that they planned to but also insisted that they wouldn't marry unless the nation's laws allowed all couples to marry.

In the early days of her career, Jolie was known as much for her wild ways as for her work onscreen. In recent years she made the transition from hedonist to humanitarian by speaking publicly about pressing global issues and through her work as a special envoy on refugee issues for the United Nations.

Jolie surprised fans and industry insiders when she announced in early 2013 that she had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene the made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer. She made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she authored for the New York Times under the headline “My Medical Choice,” and revealed she had completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts.

The “Tomb Raider” actress wrote the she made the choice with thoughts of her six children after watching her own mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, die too young from cancer. Bertrand died in January 2007.

She also wrote that Pitt was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Southern California for "every minute of the surgeries.”

Advocates for same-sex marriage, Pitt and Jolie publicly stated they would not wed until all couples were granted the same rights. But pressure from their six children to see their parents walk down the aisle eventually swayed the couple and they announced their engagement in 2012.

“I am getting more pressure from my kids, and it is something I want to do within their lifetime, but I also feel like the time has come,” Pitt told People in November 2012. "We've had a family, we've raised the kids," Pitt added. "I am surprised how much [marriage] meant to me once you had that."

The newlyweds became involved after they appeared together in the big screen spy caper “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” in 2005. Pitt had previously dated his “Seven” co-star Gwyneth Paltrow from 1994 to 1997. He was famously married to “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston.

Pitt and Aniston met in 1998 and were married in a much publicized ceremony in Malibu in 2000. They announced their decision to split in January 2005, with Aniston filing for divorce two months later citing “irreconcilable differences.”

Jolie, the daughter of Hollywood star Jon Voight, was awarded the best supporting actress Academy Award for her role in “Girl, Interrupted.” This is her third marriage. She was married to her “Hackers” co-star Jonny Lee Miller from 1996 to 1999. Jolie wore black rubber pants and white T-shirt to her nuptials with Miller.

After a two month courtship, Jolie married actor Billy Bob Thornton in 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They met on the set of “Pushing Tin.” Jolie and Thornton announced the adoption of a son from Cambodia in March 2002, but separated three moths later. Their divorce was finalized in 2003.

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<![CDATA[Calling "Friends" Fans: Central Perk Coming to NYC]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:03:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Central-Perk-Friends-Orange-Couch-Seating-Area.jpg

If you were hunting for a Manhattan coffee shop to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the premiere of “Friends,” you needn’t search any longer.

That’s because Warner Bros. announced that it and Eight O’Clock Coffee are recreating Central Perk in a popup location in Soho next month in honor of Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe’s first TV appearances in 1994. 

The studio said that fans of the show will be able to visit for free cups of coffee and will be able to see props from the show in the coffee shop’s front windows.

Inside, fans can plop on the actual orange couch that was featured so prominently in the show. The actor who portrayed Gunther, the shop’s bright-haired barista, will also make several scheduled appearances throughout the month, and there will be weekly musical performances of Phoebe’s improvised songs, including “Smelly Cat.”

There will also be several giveaways over the course of the month, the studio said, and an area will be set up so fans can buy "Friends"-themed merchandise.

The coffee shop will open at the corner of Lafayette and Broome streets on Sept. 17 and will be open daily until Oct. 18.



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<![CDATA[Handler’s Star-Studded Exit From Late-Night]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:40:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Handler-Bye.jpg

On Tuesday night, Chelsea Handler received a star-studded goodbye on the series finale of “Chelsea Lately.”

The episode began with her recurring shower bit, this time featuring Ellen DeGeneres. The daytime talk show host asked why she was never a guest on Handler’s show.

“Is it because I’m a lesbian?” DeGeneres asked.

“I didn’t even know that you were a lesbian,” Handler said. “I thought you were married to Ryan Seacrest.”

Then, actresses Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock and Mary McCormack gave Handler an intervention.

McCormack insinuated that her plans with Netflix were code for a stint in rehab, Aniston said Handler had a "foul smelling body," and Bullock told the comedian she wasn't funny.

Wrapping up the episode, a slew of celebrities sang a song for Handler’s exit. Gwen Stefani, Vanessa Hugdens, Fergie, Avril Lavigne, Miley Cyrus, Gerard Butler, Alanis Morissette and many more helped deliver the tune.

Lastly, Handler gave a heartfelt goodbye to conclude her seven-year run on the program.

"I never really got a good chance to be serious and say 'thank you,' and I want you to know that I am grateful for this career, thank you very much,” Handler said. "I'll see you on Netflix!"

Handler is slated to host a Netflix talk show that is set to begin early 2016, The Associated Press reported.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Silverman Shows "Liquid Pot" Pen on Emmys Red Carpet]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:05:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Silverman-Rancic.png

Sarah Silverman showed off her “liquid pot” pen on the Emmys red carpet, catching E! host Giuliana Rancic off guard.

First, Rancic said to Silverman as a compliment, "Hey, you're dressed like a nominee."

Silverman replied, “Why did you put the microphone in front of me, you didn't say a question, you’re just like 'hey you're a nominee.'”

Rancic then looked through the comedienne’s clutch and discovered the pen.

"This is my pot. Liquid pot," Silverman said.

“OK, moving on,” Rancic said.

Marijuana is legal in California with a valid medical marijuana prescription.

Silverman later told reporters that she was not stoned at the Emmys, saying she had "pot for later in my purse," Bloomberg News reported.

On Monday, Silverman won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for her HBO standup special “Sarah Silverman: We Are Magic.” 

“I like to have a puff at appropriate times,” Silverman reportedly said backstage after the win.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Drew Barrymore’s Half-Sister Died From Overdose: ME]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:37:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Jessica-Barrymore-scene-pic.jpg

The half-sister of movie star Drew Barrymore was killed by acute drug and alcohol intoxication, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office announced Monday.

Jessica Barrymore, 47, had alcohol, methamphetamine, methadone (an opioid), tramadol (a narcotic-like pain reliever) and noriazepam (a Valium metabolite) in her system when she died, the medical examiner says.

Her manner of death is considered an accident.

Jessica’s body was discovered in her car along Hoover Avenue in National City on July 29. Neighbors had noticed the car parked strangely and called police to investigate.

When emergency crews responded, they confirmed she died without trying to revive her.

Drew Barrymore released a statement after learning about her half-sister’s passing, saying “Although I only met her briefly, I wish her and her loved ones as much peace as possible and I'm so incredibly sorry for their loss.”

The woman were related through their father, John Drew Barrymore Jr., who had four children through several marriages.

He and Drew’s mother Jaid were married for 13 years.

Jessica’s mother, actress Nina Wayne, had several minor television roles in the 1960s.

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<![CDATA[Emmys: Hottest After Parties]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:45:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/AP751245028862.jpg Your favorite stars mixing and mingling off the red carpet.

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<![CDATA[Emmys' Moving Goodbye to Robin Williams ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:05:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/emmys-454167062_10.jpg

Billy Crystal aptly played the straight man to Robin Williams for one last time at Monday’s Emmy Awards, offering a eulogy by turns gently humorous, poignant and poetic as he remembered his pal and sometimes stage partner as “the brightest star in a comedy galaxy.”

“He made us laugh – hard,” Crystal said, before clips rolled reminding us how Williams could make us laugh until it hurt by using a mere scarf as an on-ramp to a riffing frenzy.

Crystal’s understated homage marked a fitting tribute to a hyper-verbal comedic force of nature who left us too soon on August 11 at age 63. The tribute also came in a fitting setting: on television’s biggest night. Even if Williams achieved his greatest success in the movies, his career hatched on TV when he burst out of the egg as the eccentric alien Mork three dozen years ago.

Williams’ debut on "Happy Days" and subsequent run on "Mork & Mindy" introduced a mass audience to his fast-paced brand of comedy that was dazzling, even a bit subversive, and packed with rapid-fire made-for-TV pop culture references. It also was on TV where Williams' selflessness came through most with the "Comedy Relief" specials he co-hosted with Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg.

While a handful of Williams movies have yet to be released, his television career ended earlier this year with the cancellation of CBS' "The Crazy Ones," a promising show that perhaps would have been given more time to develop in a past, more forgiving media era.

Amid the shocking news of his death two weeks ago, television quickly became the natural, primary place to mourn and celebrate Williams, as talents he influenced like Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers offered emotional salutes on their late night shows.

But the tributes packed even more power coming from peers like Crystal and David Letterman, who spoke for Williams fans around the world when he said on "Late Show" last week,  "Beyond being a very talented man and a good friend and a gentleman, I am sorry I – like everybody else – had no idea that the man was in pain and that the man was suffering.”

Crystal struck a similar personal note Monday night, testifying as a witness to the brilliance of a comedy great who shared his life and joy, if not his pain, with legions of admirers.

“As genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you can imagine – supportive, protective, loving,” Crystal said. “It’s very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives.”

Williams’ star, he said, will shine on: “The glow will be so bright, it will warm your heart, it will make your eyes glisten and you’ll think to yourself: ‘Robin Williams, what a concept’” – a subtle play on the title of Williams’ classic comedy album “Reality…What a Concept.”

Crystal, who has played before world audiences as an Oscars host, succeeded in his most solemn and toughest mission – bringing a bittersweet smile to millions with a moving tribute that leaves us with an even greater sense of sadness for Williams' loss and a greater appreciation for the laughter he gave us.

 

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[2014 Emmy Awards: The Best Moments]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:45:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/matthew-emmy-AP399525668921_0.jpg Check out the top moments from the 2014 Emmy Awards hosted by Seth Meyers.

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