<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usMon, 16 Oct 2017 17:40:11 -0700Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:40:11 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Bill Murray Helps Couple Announce Pregnancy at Cubs Game]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:25:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.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 08:10:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.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 12:25:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.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 03:15:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.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 10:16:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.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 08:51:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.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]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:03:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.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 00:27:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.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.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Dance Battle With Blake Lively]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 00:00:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.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."

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<![CDATA[Owners of 'Breaking Bad' House Build Fence Around Property ]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:55:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.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.

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<![CDATA['Captain of Our Freaking Show': Martin-Green on Trek Reboot]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:50:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.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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<![CDATA[Celebs Boycott Twitter in Solidarity With Rose McGowan]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:04:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tamblyn-crews-split-Getty.jpg

Throngs of Hollywood actors are throwing their support behind Rose McGowan and vowing not use Twitter for one day after McGowan was suspended from the social media site Thursday. She had been recounting her experiences with disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Stars are using the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter to let their followers know they are signing off Twitter on Friday. Though the hashtag highlights the women standing with McGowan, including model Chrissy Teigen and actress Amber Tamblyn, men are also joining in. Terry Crews and Mark Ruffalo shared the hashtag as well.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded to the boycott late Friday saying: "We see voices being silenced on Twitter every day. We’ve been working to counteract this for the past 2 years."

Dorsey said the company is working on new rules around unwanted sexual advances, non-consenual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups and tweets that glorifies violence. The changes will start to roll out in the next few weeks, he said.

On Thursday, Twitter suspended McGowan's account for violating its terms and policies. Twitter said McGowan's account was suspended "because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates our Terms of Service." Once the tweet with the phone number was deleted, her service and access were fully restored, Twitter said.

She had been sharing heated, pointed tweets, alleging that "HW raped me," apparently referring to Weinstein, though she did not provide the details of what she says occurred or if she reported the alleged assault to authorities.

A growing number of women have alleged sexual harassment or assault at Weinstein's hands. He has denied "any allegations of non-consensual contact," issued an apology for causing pain and threatened a lawsuit against The New York Times, which last week broke the story.

The company added that it "is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power."

Many people, including McGowan, questioned Twitter's decision to suspend her tweeting privileges. "When will nuclear war violate your terms of service?" McGowan asked, referring to President Donald Trump's frequent Twitter threats aimed at North Korea and its growing nuclear capabilities.

Twitter's guidelines forbid "threats of violence" on its platform, but the company has said it uses discretion in determining the newsworthiness of tweets.

Others also questioned the reasoning behind McGowan's suspension, that she tweeted a private phone number, which other users have done without penalty.


Many who are using the hashtag explained why they're boycotting Twitter. "Brooklyn 99" star Crews, who recently said he was sexually assaulted by a Hollywood executive, said, "I stand with the women. No more tweets for me too."

"Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" actress Tamblyn opened up last year about being sexually abused. "And for now, I’m off Twitter. I’ll be back with more to say soon. And there is so very much to say," she tweeted with the trending hashtag.

Take a look at other high-profile stars showing support for McGowan and other victims.




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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Male Entitlement]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 01:03:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-10-13-at-4.03.01-AM.jpg

In light of the continuing conversations of male entitlement, Seth Meyers takes a look at disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein and the growing allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Meyers also addresses President Donald Trump, who he says built his "political career almost entirely on bullying" and "dominance."

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Oswalt on the Meaning of His New Special]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:49:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-10-13-at-3.51.52-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers chats with friend Patton Oswalt, who explains the ironic meaning behind the name of his new comedy special, "Annihilation."

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon Reads #FallSongs With Pink]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:38:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s5e014_757_hashtags_20171012-150787869933500002.jpg

Jimmy Fallon highlights his favorite #FallSongs hashtags as Pink performs them.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon's Friends With Austin Rogers of 'Jeopardy']]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 04:07:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-10-13-at-3.36.20-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon sits down with his old friend Austin Rogers, who just won 12 straight days of "Jeopardy" and more than $400,000. 

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<![CDATA[Amazon Studios Chief on Leave Amid Sexual Harassment Claim]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:27:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_769791487389.jpg

Amazon said Thursday that Amazon Studios chief Roy Price was on a leave of absence and the company was reviewing its projects with The Weinstein Company.

"Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately. We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Co," an Amazon spokesperson told CNBC.

The Hollywood Reporter had reported earlier Thursday that an Amazon TV producer was claiming Price had sexually harassed her.

Additionally, Thursday's announcement came soon after actress Rose McGowan went after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for his company allegedly ignoring her warnings about Harvey Weinstein.





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<![CDATA[Who Is Austin Rogers? Quirky 'Jeopardy!' Champ Finally Loses]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 02:02:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/jeopardychampaustinfeuerherd.jpg

The quirky New York City bartender who won over "Jeopardy!" viewers — and took home more than $400,000 in winnings — had his winning streak snapped after 12 days Thursday night. 

Austin Rogers was eliminated from the popular quiz show Thursday night after the evening's champion, Scarlett Simms of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, outbid him during Final Jeopardy, in which they both wrote the correct question, "What is 'It's a Wonderful Life?'" Simms out-earned Rogers by just $50: $33,201 to his $33,150.

After having his streak snapped, Rogers stayed true to his outside-the-mold form, emphatically congratulating Simms.

Rogers ends his run with $413,000 in winnings. A spokeswoman for the show said before Thursday evening's contest that his winnings after 12 days — $411,000 —put him in fifth place in "Jeopardy!" all-time regular season winnings. 

It comes nearly two weeks after the Manhattanite gained internet notoriety for his goofy gestures and non-Jeopardy-like reactions to trivia prompts. Regular Jeopardy viewers have loved (or loved to hate) his unorthodox wagering, quirky delivery and scruffy look.

“He’s got hair, he’s got chutzpah and broad-based knowledge,” host Alex Trebek said of the champion during a game last week. 

Rogers, raised in suburban Westchester County, told NBC he credited his Jeopardy success with getting right the questions that would typically go unanswered during the game.

"In Jeopardy, you have to assume that every contestant knows the same 85 to 90 percent base," he said. "It's knowing these one or two that only specialization or random happenstance that allows you to get ahead."

He added, "My knowledge filled the gaps a typical Jeopardy contestant would not know."

Despite Rogers' quick rise in notoriety, he's far from the longest-running Jeopardy champion. That honor belongs to Ken Jennings, who won 74 consecutive games before being eliminated in 2004. Jennings took home more than $2.5 million in his nearly three-month tenure on the show.

Rogers will return, though, to compete in the two-week "Jeopardy!" tournament of champions starting Nov. 6.



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<![CDATA[Whatever Harvey Weinstein Is, He Is No Sex Addict: Experts]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:57:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Weinstein-Getty.jpg

It’s happened again: A powerful, famous man is accused of improper sexual behavior and says he's seeking therapy to deal with it.

"Guys, I'm not doing OK," Harvey Weinstein said Wednesday in a video licensed to NBC News. "I'm trying. I've got to get help."

While there's no official confirmation of where Weinstein is headed or what type of therapy he may be getting, experts contacted by NBC News said that whatever Weinstein may have done, he’s not a sex addict. And most say there’s no such thing as sex addiction.

Psychiatrists debated whether to include sex addiction as a diagnosis in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), and opted not to.



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<![CDATA[Still Walking: 'Dead' Cast Talks Season Eight Return]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:03:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/deadwalking.jpg

"The Walking Dead" cast descended upon the Big Apple like the zombie apocalypse at New York Comic Con to discuss the shows return and the upcoming 100th episode milestone. Cast members Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Melissa McBride, and Lennie James along with show runners Gale Anne Hurd and Greg Nicotero met with members of the press to discuss hitting the milestone, what fans of the hit series can expect in the coming season and the show's enduring appeal. 

Why is the horror genre so well received particularly on television right now?

Hurd: I think we live in fearful times. And I think this is a safe way to get some sort of catharsis from a world that seems to throwing things at us that we don’t know how to deal with. In horror, you can get that jolt of adrenaline and then you realize actually I'm safe. I'm at home. I'm watching my computer or TV and your problems seem tamer...at least for a little while.

Andrew can you talk to the challenges of playing Rick last season through all of the emotional ups and downs the character went through?

Lincoln: Essentially a new character took over as lead of the show once Neegan was introduced. I think they needed to break me down in order to come back stronger. I feel what's coming up is the payoff for last season, certainly for Rick. The thing I love about doing the job is it's eight years and 100 episodes and they keep pushing and pulling and hurting this man in new and fresh and unimaginable ways. I think they just enjoy watching me cry.

What version of Rick will the fans see this season? 

Lincoln: I think Rick is ready for battle. He's very much like a shark in that he needs to keep moving or he dies. And I think kicking Neegan's ass is as good a reason as anything to get him focused. He's a man that is willing to die and put everything on the line now so in that sense he's free. It’s a basically the polar opposite of the Rick at the beginning of last season and I’m sooo happy to be playing that man and not last season's Rick.

What issues do you face keeping the show fresh after eight seasons?

Nicotero: We have tried to change up the style because we want it to look fresh. Whether it's the storytelling or visual effects we’re constantly aware of what we’ve done in the past and we're constantly trying to top ourselves. And it's hard to do. But the actors bring it and we have an obligation to try and up the game for the show because it's been eight years and we want people to not feel the show is suffering from any sort of viewer fatigue.

Can you talk about the character development of your roles over the course of the show?

James: I don’t think any of the characters set out thinking they’re going to be the ones who survive. People have evolved. If you go back... now that we’re at the 100th episode... if you go back to the first season and look at who those characters were at the beginning you would not have picked out Carol for example as one who is most likely to survive... the one that Morgan describes as "our greatest warrior."  But that’s what she's become. If it happened now we don’t know who would survive the zombie apocalypse. We don’t know what it would bring out of us. And that’s whats most exciting about playing the characters. You get to discover their strengths.

What advice would season eight Carol have for season one Carol?

McBride: There's really nothing that early Carol didn’t know that Carol now knows...  except maybe she just didn’t have the faith in herself. I would just tell her to hang in there. Have faith in yourself and trust.

Will Carol still have moral struggles with jumping into the war against Neegan?

McBride: We may see a little bit of both. She’ll fight because she has to, but that doesn’t mean she wants to.

Morgan: (Laughs) You don't have to fight you know. You could... just make cookies.

Jeffrey what has the fan reaction been like considering the brutal way your character was introduced?

Morgan: The fans have been remarkably generous to myself and Neegan. I think they've created this character in the comics that people love to hate and most people are taken aback by Neegan's charm and there is some wisdom to him that this world needs. And he does fit in. His introduction, as brutal as it is, I think the fans have been remarkably generous to me. I am amazed. I mean I still get the finger flipped to me from time to time and the occasional 'We hate you, but we love to hate you.' But it's been mostly been good.

Anything your character did last season you wish you could take back?

Morgan: For me it was the scene where he pushed Rick to cut off Carl's arm. Man, that was rough scene. For me as a dad too you can't help but think about that stuff every now and again. That was a rough way to go. Even rougher than the killing of Glenn and Abraham. That being said (laughs) I don’t really take it back it. It was important for character development. And I'm talking about Rick's character development. 

For those of you that have been on this show from the beginning what's the journey been like?

Lincoln: We’re very lucky in that we have such an amazing group of people that work in front of and behind the camera. And one of the luxuries of this job is that you feel free to try fail. It’s a safe space. It's one of those environments where you get to flex your muscles because it's not just a procedural drama. You get to deal with big issues of life and death.

McBride: It feels really crazy. It wasn't a thought in our heads we'd get to 100 episodes. I remember thinking I'd be happy if we got to three.

Reedus: We we have a room back in the studios that has all the fallen members of our cast from season one on and its we know we didn't get here alone. It was them and more than anything the fans that made it possible. 

Jeffrey: It’s a big thing in this day and age for any show to take a full year order much less do 100 episodes. I'm the new guy but you can’t be more proud and still to have the passion and the love every single day to show up to work that you did eight years ago is a pretty cool thing. 

"The Walking Dead" returns to AMC on Oct. 22.


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