<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - ]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Thu, 03 Sep 2015 08:23:15 -0700 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 08:23:15 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Fans Share Brady Victory Memes After Court Win ]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 08:20:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_276076991807.jpg

The four-game suspension against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was lifted Thursday, handing a defeat to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. With Brady's Deflategate punishment nullified, he is free to play in the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10.

Fans took to Twitter to celebrate, posting old clips of the football star and imagining his reaction.



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<![CDATA[ 'Tonight Show': Bieber Describes Emotional VMAs]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 07:43:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Beiber_on_Fallon_1200x675_518524995709.jpg Justin Bieber talks to Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show" about the emotions that led to his tearful 2015 MTV Video Music Awards performance.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Justin Beiber, Questlove Drum-Off]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:17:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Beiber_Drumoff_1200x675_518525507978.jpg Justin Bieber and The Root's Questlove have a rematch of their 2010 "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" drum battle on "The Tonight Show."]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Bieber Explains Emotional Performance]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:20:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/224*120/Fallon+Bieber.png

Pop star Justin Bieber explained what led him to break down into tears after his performance at the 2015 VMA Awards.

“You got me, because you got really emotional and you started crying,” host Jimmy Fallon said.

“It was just so overwhelming for me,” Bieber explained on the “Tonight Show” Wednesday.

Bieber said he wasn’t expecting support from the audience, especially after the reception he received at another awards show last year when he was booed by the audience.

“It’s gotta be tough,” Fallon said.

“What was so special about the emotional moment was it was authentic, it was real. I wanted it so bad.”

Fallon and Bieber joked about the harness he was wearing during the performance before talking about behavior that got the singer in trouble last year.

“You have to test the waters. I just happened to be in the spotlight and in front of the cameras all the time,” he explained.

Fallon commended Bieber on his ability to bounce back from the public backlash.

Bieber also revealed his latest album will be released on Nov. 13.  

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Anthony Sadler Recalls French Train Attack]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:10:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/anthony+sadler.png

The American student who, along with two friends, helped thwart an attack aboard a French train en route to Paris from Amsterdam, nearly didn’t leave the Dutch city, underlining how easily their heroic triumph could have been a tragedy.

“You almost didn’t make this train, right?” host Jimmy Fallon asked.

“We were having so much fun in Amsterdam, we actually almost stayed,” Anthony Sadler revealed on the “Tonight Show” Tuesday, compelling Fallon to crack a string of stereotypical Amsterdam-themed insinuations.

"Please just walk me through what happened," Fallon asked. "I know you've probably told the story a thousand times."

"I could tell it to you all day, man," the 23-year-old California State University student replied.

Sadler explained that he was sleeping on the train when a gunshot went off followed by the sound of glass breaking and he awoke in the commotion. He turned to look at his childhood friends, Spencer Stone, a U.S. Air Force member, and Alek Skarlatos, a member of the Oregon National Guard, and noticed they were looking behind them.

"There's the gunman coming in the train cocking an AK and I'm like, 'Is this real? Is somebody playing a joke?' the California native recalled. “The next second I look back at my friends and he's just like, 'Go.' Both of them get up and then I just followed them.”

The three friends subdued the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El-Khazzani, by “beating him down a little bit” and Sadler says he’s thankful no shots were fired in the ensuing struggle.

Sadler said he had no military training, but, thankfully, his friends did. And despite being slashed by a box cutter while holding El-Khazanni in a chokehold, Stone was able to give medical assistance to another injured passenger.

“I couldn’t have picked a better two [friends] to be with,” the student proclaimed.

El-Khazzani was carrying several magazines of ammunition for his assault rifle and a bottle of petrol. The Moroccan’s phone showed that he had watched a jihadist video shortly before launching the attack, and prosecutors have filed formal charges against him.

All three Americans received the France’s highest honor, the French Legion of Honor, from President Francois Hollande for their bravery. 

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<![CDATA[French Train Hero Sadler Describes Disarming Gunman]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 01:16:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fallon+anthony+sadler.JPG Anthony Sadler explains to Jimmy how his European trip ended with him and two friends being hailed international heroes.

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<![CDATA['Tonight' Pros and Cons: Burning Man]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 01:08:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fallon+pros+and+cons+burning+man.png Jimmy Fallon weighs the good and bad of partying in the middle of the Nevada desert for a week at Burning Man.]]> <![CDATA[Kermit the Frog Steps Out With New Girlfriend]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:13:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/abc_muppets_01_lb_150901_16x9_992.jpg

Many were shocked, even saddened in early August 2015 when one of the most iconic couples in Hollywood announced they would split. 

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy called it quits after decades as an item

But now, less than a month after their conscious uncoupling, Kermit apparently has a new love interest.

The Muppets' star frog has been seen with a new pig named Denise, who People Magazine identified as a top marketing executive at ABC. Kermit and Piggy will appear in "The Muppets," an ABC series set to premier on Sept. 22.

Kermit's move to date another pig may come as a shock to some after he released a statement in early August about the break up with Miss Piggy that seemed to disparage porcine relationships

"It can be tough to work with your ex," Kermit said, according to People Magazine. "It can be tough to be the executive producer on your ex’s late-night TV show, especially when your ex is a pig. I don’t know whether any of you have ever dated pigs."

Miss Piggy, meanwhile, has a new love interest all her own. Liam Hemsworth posted a photo to Instagram on Monday that showed the actor staring lovingly into Miss Piggy's eyes. He captioned the photo: Spent Friday with the most beautiful girl in the world. Kermit, #SorryNotSorry. #TheMuppets #MissPiggy. 



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<![CDATA[Fighter Ronda Rousey Accepts NJ Marine's Ball Invite]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:17:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480821508.jpg

Ronda Rousey said she'd take a night off from kicking and punching to dance and twirl at a Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

Rousey, 28 — the reigning champion in the UFC women's bantamweight division and arguably the sport's biggest star — accepted an invitation from U.S. Marine Jarrod Haschert, 22, according to a news report on Tuesday.

In a video posted to on his Facebook page Thursday, Haschert, a New Jersey native, confesses to Rousey that she is his "celebrity crush" and he would love to take her to the ball on Dec. 11.

"I love everything that you do and I think you are a phenomenal person," said the rosy-faced, North Carolina-based marine in the video that had been viewed nearly 5 million times by Tuesday night.

"If you (consider it), you will truly be making my dream come true," he continued.

It was a few days until Rousey accepted, after a TMZ cameraman asked about the proposal point-blank in video published Tuesday. A beaming Rousey is seen saying yes to the date, with just one stipulation: "He’s gotta be a gentleman. I’m not a first date kind of girl."

Rousey admitted she was at a loss on how to reach him. She agreed to the date after a January fight against former boxer Holly Holm was moved to Nov. 14.

Rousey did make one other request of Haschert: That he get dates for three of her friends as well.



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<![CDATA[Gov. Christie, Fallon Talk Republican Debates]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:45:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Chris+Christie.png Chris Christie explains to "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon why we didn't hear much from the New Jersey governor during the first Republican presidential primary debate.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’: Do Not Read List]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:29:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Do+Not+Read1.png Jimmy Fallon shares some books you probably should avoid reading this year, including "Hamburgers: Bad News for Cows."]]> <![CDATA[Christie May Go 'Nuclear' if Ignored Next Debate]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:54:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Chris+Christie+Interview.png

It wasn't the "belt grabber" or "back it up" we hoped for, but Chris Christie did perform an encore snippet of "Dance You Do at a Springsteen Concert" from the infamous "The Evolution of Dad Dancing" skit.

The New Jersey governor and presidential candidate stopped by the "Tonight Show" Monday and challenged Jimmy Fallon to a lip syncing battle.

"When I say we are going to lip sync, we are going to lip sync," Christie asserted as he pulled a microphone from behind his chair and began rocking to Springsteen's hit "Born in the USA."

"You won! You're the lip sync winner," Fallon cut it, interrupting his performance as he handed Christie a championship medal.

The GOP nominee hopeful chatted about meeting Fallon's wife in New Hampshire and revealed his plans to take a more aggressive approach during the next GOP face-off, which will be moderated by CNN later this month.

"In the last debate, I was waiting for you to talk," Fallon said referring to the first Republican primary debate on the Fox News Channel.

"Me, too," Christie quipped, noting at one point he went 20 questions without being called on. "But stay tuned on Sept. 16th, we may be changing tactics. You know, if I get to like 15 questions in a row -— count 'em at home — if I get to 15 in a row, you're going to go 'Uh oh, he's going to go nuclear now.'"

"That's what I'm talking about!" Fallon cheered. "That's what we want to see!"

Christie's return to late-night TV comes as he's been struggling to gain momentum in the crowded Republican field in the summer polls. During the interview, Fallon, who often jokes about Christie during his monologue, pressed the famously brash governor, suggesting that he's been overshadowed by billionaire businessman and Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Christie had several notable clashes with his opponents during the Fox News debate and his performance was generally well-reviewed, but Trump nonetheless dominated coverage of the event.

"Donald Trump now is in the lead in all these polls. Is this a surprise to you?" Fallon asked Christie.

"I completely expected that, didn't you?" Christie responded sarcastically. "Everything he does is fabulous, wonderful, spectacular, amazing. It's the best."

Christie also talked during the interview about a sleepover he had with rival Marco Rubio at 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney's home ahead of a Fourth of July parade in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. After dinner the night before the parade, he said, Romney invited the two competitors, along with their families and a handful of his grandkids on a boat ride that included an unexpected stop for ice cream.

"[Romney] was like, 'Let's go for ice cream.' I was like, 'All right,' " Christie recalled.

"First of all, you weren't like, 'All right,' Fallon chimed. "You were like, 'Yes!'"

Christie jokingly stormed off the stage. When he returned to his chair, he told Fallon, "If I ever leave public life, you're going to have to hire two writers just to replace the garbage you say about me."
 



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Trailer for Tower Records Documentary]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:42:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TowerRecords.JPG

"All Things Must Pass," detailing the rise and fall of Northern California's Tower Records, is due in theaters on October 16.

Tower Records was a retail empire that was founded in a Sacramento drugstore in 1960, expanded to San Francisco in 1967 and grew to 200 stores in 30 countries before filing for bankruptcy in 2004 and 2004.

With the help of interviews from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Chuck D, Dave Grohl and Elton John, "All Things Must Pass" examines how Tower "became the heart and soul of the music world, and how it all crumbled away."

The film is directed by Sacramento native Colin Hanks, son of actor (and Bay Area native) Tom Hanks.



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<![CDATA[San Jose Gets Its First Cat Café]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:38:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/11875423790625384381750431531794n.jpg

Cat cafes have arrived in the South Bay.

The Dancing Cat is San Jose's first cafe to offer feline adoption — or just some temporary companionship while having a snack. According to the website, 25 cats were adopted on first opening.

The cafe is open from Thursday through Sunday. It's also open for adoptions by appointment on Wednesdays. One-hour sessions of hanging with kitties are booked in advance; WiFi and catnip are free.

The Dancing Cat's location on East Julian Street is temporary until November; host organization Karma Cat Rescue is soliciting donations to help this project find a permanent home.

The business model of cats plus caffeine has some early success stories locally.

San Francisco's KitTea Cafe adopted out 17 cats in its first month, while Oakland's Cat Town Cafe and Adoption Center adopted out 184 cats in the first seven months of business, which brought the euthanasia rate at partner organization Oakland Animal Services down from 41 to 21 percent.



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<![CDATA[Chris Brown Sued Over San Jose Concert Shooting]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:28:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-479992216.jpg

One of the five people shot in January at a San Jose nightclub during a party hosted by Grammy-winner Chris Brown is filing suit against the singer and the venue.

Lawyers for Paul Briley, 22, claim the college student suffered “a permanent injury” to his foot when he was shot at “Chris Brown’s Capricorn Bash” at the Fiesta Nightclub on Monterey Highway early on the morning of Jan. 11.

All five people who were wounded suffered non-life-threatening injuries, San Jose Police spokesperson Officer Albert Morales told NBC Bay Area back in January.

The lawsuit includes references to prior violence incidents at Chris Brown concerts and his 2009 felony conviction for a notorious assault on his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

“This shooting should never have happened. Brown’s managers and the concert promoters know that violence follows in Brown's wake,” attorney Richard Alexander said in a statement.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in the Superior Court of Santa Clara County. Brown’s publicist calls it “completely frivolous.”

Ethan Metelenis, of BWR-PR, said in a statement: “We expect that the case will be dismissed and in future, to avoid these reoccurring meritless lawsuits directed at Chris Brown, we plan to seek damages from all parties and their lawyers.”

The lawsuit claims the club had been over-sold beyond capacity. It also states, given “shooting incidents … at similar concerts hosted by Brown under similar circumstances,” the defendants should have implemented stringent security procedures, such as metal detectors and pat-downs.

The suit cites the defendants’ “negligence and carelessness” as having led to Briley’s injuries.

Briley is suing Brown and the club to recoup lost earnings, his medical expenses, and a variety of other damages including “past, present, and future physical, mental and emotional pain and suffering, including fright, shock, terror, and post-traumatic stress of being shot.”

The venue, Fiesta nightclub, had its license suspended for 60 days and was placed on probation for two years.

(Editor's note: This article was updated Tuesday to include a response from Brown's publicist.)

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<![CDATA[SpongeBob SquarePants Coming to Broadway]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:57:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-72812998+%281%29.jpg

SpongeBob SquarePants is making the move from his pineapple under the sea to the Great White Way, in a new musical set to hit Broadway in the 2016-17 season.

“The SpongeBob Musical” will follow the popular Nickelodeon character and his band of friends in a new journey set to originals songs from some of music’s biggest names, including David Bowie, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, Panic! At the Disco, Cyndi Lauper, Dirty Projectors, Jonathan Coulton and The Flaming Lips will also write new songs to fill out the score. Music supervision will come from Tony winner Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”), with a book coming from Kyle Jarrow (“Whisper House”).

The project co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau (“Superior Donuts”), who says she was attracted to the ensemble nature of the material.

“[SpongeBob’s] the classic underdog hero,” she explained. “Our production sets him on a hero’s journey with real stakes, all the while retaining the show’s trippy humor and irreverence.”

Landau also said that their actors won’t be using prosthetics or costumes to bring the show’s characters to life. 

“The SpongeBob Musical” will have its world premiere in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre beginning June 7, 2016, in a limited engagement through July 3. Casting is expected to be announced shortly.



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<![CDATA[Kevin Hart’s Philly 5K ]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:34:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Kevin-Hart-Run.jpg

Thousands of people joined superstar comedian Kevin Hart for a 5K run in Philadelphia Saturday morning.

Hart, a Philly native, teamed up with Nike+ Run Club to organize the race, which began at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at 8:04 a.m. and ended there. Prior to his hometown, the comedian held 5K runs in seven other cities, including New York and Houston.

Comedian J.B. Smoove and 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor were among the participants Saturday.

Hart claimed that nearly 4500 people came out for the event, which was open to runners of all speeds and paces.

“When I first started doing these spontaneous 5K runs it was just something I was doing authentically through social media,” Hart told NBC10’s Monique Braxton. “Nike got wind of it and Nike was like, ‘What you’re doing is amazing. You’re motivating people, you’re pushing people to do better, to simply be the best version of themselves that they possibly can.’”

Hart, who has over 21 million followers on Twitter, says the event is part of his goal of motivating his fans to get fit and healthy.

“When it comes to physical fitness and health I think that’s something that I’ve really adapted to and that’s something that I take serious now,” he said. “We’re simply in the business of making people understand and grasp the concept of taking care of yourself. “

Hart finished the race in a little under 22 minutes. He congratulated and high-fived runners as they finished at the Rocky steps.

Hart will perform Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field as part of his “What Now” comedy tour.
 


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<![CDATA[SFPD Recovers Ex-Chili Pepper Guitarist’s Stolen Telecaster]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:10:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/th-GUITAR-SFPD.jpg

A valuable piece of rock history is back with its rightful owner, thanks to San Francisco police investigators.

A vintage 1966 Fender Telecaster that was owned by former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante was recovered this week by plainclothes detectives after the $30,000 instrument was stolen during a burglary on Aug. 16.

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Frusciante had given the instrument to a friend who planned to loan it out to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this month, according to police. That friend was reunited with the guitar on Thursday.

Police said the guitar exchanged hands three times over the course of the 10 days it was missing. No information was released regarding possible suspects.

Frusciante played with the Chili Peppers from 1988 until 1992, and again from 1998 until 2009.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.


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<![CDATA[Bathtub Girl Meets Luke Bryan: 'I Love Him']]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:42:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Ava_Finley_Luke_Bryan.png

A little girl struggles to say who she loves and her dad couldn't make out the words. 

The two-year-old professed her love to country singer Luke Bryan during bath time. The video of the father-daughter episode went viral, followed by an in person meeting with the superstar. 

As Ava Finley took a bath last year, the toddler began babbling with her dad Jonathan Finley and he started shooting video of her chatter. At first, he didn't know exactly what she was talking about. 

"A little bunny? You look funny?" he asked. 

What the little girl from Calera, Ala. was trying to tell her father was — Luke Bryan! Her pronunciation was a little tough to make out.

"I love him!" she exclaimed.

Ava became a Bryan fan after listening to his music with her aunts. "Play It Again" is her favorite song. 

Ava's mom first shared the video on her personal Facebook page last year. After being nudged by friends, she posted it to Twitter in April of this year and tagged Bryan, who eventually saw the video and retweeted it. His record label got in contact with the Finleys and invited them to a concert and meet-and-greet this year.

"She is really shy around people she doesn’t know. I was kind of afraid she would chicken out," said Ava's mom Adrian Finley. 

Dressed up in her cowboy boots and a white bow, Ava finally met Bryan before his concert in Atlanta on Aug. 23. Upon seeing her, Bryan scooped up Ava and gave her a big hug. He shared the moment on his Facebook page. 

"She was even cuter in person," Bryan wrote.

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<![CDATA[Robin Williams' Family Back in Court]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:13:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_090813048528.jpg

Attorneys for Robin Williams' wife and children were due back in court Friday in the ongoing fight over the late actor's estate.

The two sides were scheduled to go before a San Francisco judge, as court documents indicate they remain at odds over the division of Williams' personal items and a reserve fund to maintain Susan Williams in the home she shared with Robin Williams.

Williams' children from previous marriages, Zachary, Zelda and Cody Williams, say the estate's trustees have determined the division of all of Williams' personal property, and those decisions are final. They accuse Susan Williams of holding on to property that is theirs.

Susan Williams' attorney, James Wagstaffe, had said after a court hearing in June that Susan Williams wanted to keep items such as her husband's slippers, T-shirts and some boxer shorts.

The children also say the trustees have arrived at a figure for a reserve fund for Susan Williams to cover the costs of the Tiburon home, but she wants more.

Susan Williams says the trustees have refused to explain how they calculated the amounts for her reserve fund, which were different from figures she arrived at.

Robin Williams died in August 2014 at the Tiburon home. The coroner ruled his death a suicide. The actor's wife has said he struggled with depression, anxiety and a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.



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<![CDATA[Trump Has Attendee Pull at His Hair, Attacks Media]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:02:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_343928941003.jpg

Donald Trump forcefully defended his hair and attacked the New York Times for a front-page report on his adversarial relationship with Spanish-language media during a rally in South Carolina on Thursday.

The GOP presidential frontrunner took umbrage to the opening paragraph of the Times story that details how Hispanic radio host Ricardo Sánchez has nicknamed Trump "El hombre del peluquín," or "the man of the toupee."

"I don't wear a toupee. It's my hair. I swear," he said before inviting a woman in attendance to inspect his head. 



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<![CDATA[Fantastic Negrito Plays for Free After Police Detention]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:14:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/199*120/negrito.PNG

After missing his debut performance at Outside Lands because he was detained by San Francisco police after his intern allegedly scalped a concert wristband, musician Fantastic Negrito will be performing - for free - to make up for the missed show.

The Oakland blues singer will perform on Sept. 11 at The Independent in San Francisco, in an event that costs nothing but an RSVP. A total of 500 people can fit in the venue, according to Another Planet Entertainment President Sherry Wasserman, and by Thursday, 1,000 has responded to attend.

"Something happened that's beyond what should have happened," Wasserman said. "It was a really unfortunate situation. We are thrilled to be able to offer this performance for those who weren't able to see it. He shouldn't have been detained. And we're trying to make it right."

The artist won NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” contest in February, and was detained in August when police cited him and two colleagues for illegally scalping Outside Lands tickets. Fantastic Negrito said his intern confessed to wrongfully selling the wristbands, and the three were released hours after being placed in handcuffs. Fantastic Negrito was too late to perform for the show.

Another Planet puts on Outside Lands, as well as concerts at The Independent, the Greek Theater, Bill Graham Civi, Fox Theater and other venues.

Wasserman said that this smaller show is being billed as "Inside Lands."

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<![CDATA[First Look at 'Burning Man: The Musical' ]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:40:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/burner-musical.jpg

"Burning Man: The Musical" will one day be a full-length film feature, but the first five irreverent minutes are available to watch now.

San Francisco Magazine reported that the project is the brainchild of Matt Werner, 31, a tech writer for Google who is about to go to the annual Black Rock City event for the first time. 

After a successful Kickstarter campaign raised $5,327 in April, Werner has launched a new crowdfunder via Indiegogo that has raised $3,001 of a $20,000 goal as of this writing.

According to the Indiegogo campaign, that $20,000 would help fund the production and filming of the next two songs of the musical, which Werner plans to keep serializing on YouTube.



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<![CDATA[SF Armory Plans New Music Venue in 2016]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:29:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/207*120/San+Francisco+Armory.jpg

A 4,000 capacity music venue will open inside San Francisco Armory next year.

Audrey Joseph, who is overseeing the project, told SFGate that she is speaking with concert promoters Goldenvoice and Live Nation about potential programming.

The massive Mission District building, erected for the United States National Guard in 1914, has been headquarters for the sexcapades of BDSM porn company Kink.com since 2006.

But the building and the Drill Court that will become the music venue served a number of notable purposes in the past century, including a sports venue that historical documents obtained by Armory Studios noted was called the "Madison Square Garden of the West" in the 1920s-1940s.

The Drill Court was also used as a set for shooting interiors of the Millennium Falcon spaceship in the 1976 film "Star Wars."



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<![CDATA[Misty Copeland Debuts on Broadway]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:43:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485224106.jpg

After making history as the first black woman to be named principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland conquered the Great White Way on Tuesday night, making her Broadway debut in the acclaimed revival of “On the Town.”

She’ll be with the show for just 12 performances, through its closing at the Lyric Theatre on Sept. 6.

Copeland’s performance was met with thunderous applause from the enthusiastic audience, which included celebrities like Grammy-winner Josh Groban, Tony-winner Phylicia Rashad, NBC’s own Al Roker (“Today”) and Tamara Tunie (“Law & Order: SVU”).

Also in the audience? Ninety-year-old dancer Billie Allen, the first black woman to perform in “On the Town” back in the show’s original 1944 production.

“As somebody with Broadway ambitions myself, to see Misty up there and making her Broadway debut was spectacular,” Groban told NBC New York. “Her dancing is transcendent, and to see her technique within a musical was a wonderful experience for everybody involved.”

Copeland plays Ivy Smith in the show, an inspiring performer and the current winner of the monthly “Miss Turnstile” competition. Smith becomes the object of affection for sailor Gabey (Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck), who, with the help of friends Chip (Jay Armstrong Johnson) and Ozzie (Clyde Alves), sets out to find her while on 24-hour shore leave in New York City.

The musical, which features music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, is based on Jerome Robbin’s 1944 ballet “Fancy Free.” Many of the show’s biggest dance numbers — choreographed in this production by Emmy winner Joshua Bergasse — feature Copeland’s character.

That includes the “Presentation of Miss Turnstiles,” in which we first meet Ivy. The dance paints the picture of a day in the life of Miss Turnstiles, and has Copeland pirouetting from photo shoots to night clubs to taking care of her fictional husband in her home.

You can watch Copeland perform the number here. As you’ll see, it’s a much more lighthearted dance than Copeland typically performs at the American Ballet Theatre. And yet she feels completely at home in it, punching up the humor of the piece and moving comfortably through the numbers more complicated movements.

Copeland is equally at home during the show’s book scenes. Her Ivy is more bubbly and bold than her predecessor Megan Fairchild’s, creating a sweet dynamic between Ivy and Gabey that puts their enthusiasm, nervousness and affection for one another on equal playing ground. 

We see a more traditional, romantic movement from Copeland during the show's stunning "The Real Coney Island" ballet. Copeland moves through the dance with poise and grace, leaving a trail of elegant lines and effortless flips behind her.

Her tenderness is perfectly matched with Yazbeck's rustic, masculine strength. The two are a dynamic pair, and when they hit that final pose at the piece's conclusion, you'll be left breathless.

“We really made that dance our own,” Yazbeck explained to NBC New York. “She was so collaborative and professional. We only rehearsed for a half hour one day, and then did two run-throughs the next day. And that was it. She’s the real deal.”

“I’m pretty much jealous of any other man who gets to partner with her in the future,” Yazbeck added. “Because she’s pretty incredible.”

Copeland's jeté into “On the Town” is the latest move in a history-making year for the 32-year-old. In addition to dancing leads in productions of “The Nutcracker,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Swan Lake,” she’s also been featured on TV’s “60 Minutes” and on the cover of Time Magazine as one of their “100 Most Influential People in 2015.”

In a lovely coincidence, her first performance also happened to land on the birthday of Leonard Bernstein, who composed “On the Town” when he was only 26. Act II opened with the cast and audience paying tribute to the late composer with a rendition of a song he didn’t write: “Happy Birthday.”

For tickets to “On the Town” more information, visit onthetownbroadway.com.



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<![CDATA[Jenner PCH Crash Presented to LA DA's Office]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 04:15:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/201*120/08-25-2015-caitlyn-jenner-leather-jacket-1.jpg

A fatal crash on Pacific Coast Highway involving Caitlyn Jenner has been presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

The office confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department presented the case in connection with the fatal February crash to the Major Crimes Division, responsible for handling high-profile cases. It was not immediately clear what charges, if any, Jenner might face.

Jenner was hauling an off-road vehicle on a trailer behind her Cadillac Escalade on Feb. 7 when she steered to avoid cars slowing for a traffic light in front of her on PCH in Malibu.

Jenner's SUV rear-ended two cars, pushing the Lexus into oncoming traffic and also hitting a Prius. The 69-year-old Lexus driver was killed when her car was struck head-on by a Hummer.

The Associated Press reported last week that the sheriff's report recommended a manslaughter charge, but a source familiar with the case told NBC News no recommendation was made. If prosecutors make a decision to charge Jenner, she will be charged with misdemeanor manslaughter, at most, the source said.

A timetable for a decision from the district attorney's office also was not available Tuesday.

Jenner's attorney declined to comment, the AP reported.



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<![CDATA[Lonely Island Wallpaper Pays Tribute to Bay Area Icons]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:15:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/204*120/BayAreaToile.jpg

The Lonely Island has commissioned wallpaper that pays tribute to vibrant Bay Area icons and landmarks.

Designed in a French country toile style by artist Matt Richie (aka Matt136), the "Bay Area Toile" will pop-up for a one-night exhibit at Oakland's Athen B. Gallery on Saturday.

Jorma Taccone, who is one-third of the comedy/music troupe (and "SNL" writing vets) with fellow Berkeley High grads Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer, told NBC Bay Area that the idea was more than a year in the making and was inspired by a "Brooklyn Toile" that Beastie Boys frontman Mike D helped to create.

"I live in Brooklyn but I'm always going to be from the Bay," he said. "This was spawned by me wanting to have a representation of the Bay Area in my house."

Taccone, who plans to come to the exhibit, revealed that it was a difficult process to narrow down the list to the eight Bay Area faces who grace the wallpaper: Food maven Alice Waters, political activist and professor Angela Davis, sports hero Joe Montana, former news anchor Dennis Richmond and rap stars E-40, Too $hort, Humpty Hump and the late Mac Dre. 

"As an art project, having Mac Dre and Alice Waters on the same wallpaper seems wonderfully appropriate to the Bay," he said.

Beloved Bay Area spots like Oakland's Grand Lake Theater and Children's Fairyland also appear; Taccone speculated that they may design another set of wallpaper in the future that includes more places.

For now, the first edition of the wallpaper, made of eco-fabric, will be available for sale at the show and beginning Saturday online at Flavor Paper at a price of $250 for two two-foot by 10-foot pre-trimmed and adhesive backed panels that are made for easy, do-it-yourself installation and removal.

Could this be the start of a Martha Stewart-esque home furnishings empire for the Lonely Island?

"Yes," mused Taccone, "but I think we are skewing more Kathy Ireland."

Meanwhile, the Lonely Island is currently editing an untitled musical feature film, a fictional send-up of big screen pop star documentaries with producer Judd Apatow that's slated for release next summer. 



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<![CDATA[Michael Jackson's Chef Shares King of Pop’s Favorite Foods]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:35:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/167*120/71436998michael.jpg

Mani Niall was Michael Jackson's personal chef for two years at the peak of his fame, traveling the world with the star after the release of his seminal album Thriller.

Niall is now an accomplished cookbook author and owner of Oakland's Sweet Bar Bakery (2355 Broadway). He remembers Jackson with fondness and will celebrate his birthday on Aug. 29 by cooking up some of the King of Pop's favorite dishes from their time together.

As a Jehovah's Witness, Jackson never celebrated his birthday when Niall was his chef, so this is Niall's way of making up for lost time.

"His effect on my life is immeasurable and probably made me get serious about cooking," Niall said. "It was just a job until I met him. I saw how hard he worked at his craft and it was, well, inspirational. Plus he had fun with the people he met and worked with, sort of like the best part of running a food business."

Stop in at Sweet Bar starting Friday to try Jackson's favorite pizza, which had shiitake mushrooms, Japanese eggplant and roasted peppers ("Very Eighties," Niall joked). For dessert, Niall is serving "'ookies," which he likened to pecan sandies, dusted with maple sugar.

Niall said these specials will be offered for about a week.

On a side note, Niall recently spotted himself (clad in a turban) arriving with Jackson at London's Heathrow Airport in 1985 thanks to a video posted to YouTube.



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<![CDATA[E-40 Introduces 40-Ounce Malt Liquor]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:57:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/e40ounce.jpg

East Bay rap star E-40's latest foray into the world of alcohol comes in the form of a 40-ounce bottle of malt liquor.

It is an appropriate drink selection for a man whose nickname and rap moniker was first given to him based on an ability to drink many 40-ounce malt liquor bottles. E-40 is also often called 40 Water, because he purportedly used to drink 40s like water.

E-40's new drink, called E40 and bottled under his new company Interactions and Transactions, is a malt liquor flavored with honey that is 10 percent alcohol by volume. The bottle contains a tribute to the Hillside area of Vallejo, where he grew up and earned that nickname.

Last year, the self-confessed wine connoisseur launched his own Earl Stevens Selections with three varietals, a 2011 Moscato, a "Mangoscato" and a 2011 Red Blend. Earl Stevens Selections has been a certified hit in the past year. Stevens has used the same tireless work ethic he has always had as an independent music artist to secure a wide distribution network for his wine; it's available in major chains like Safeway, Costco and BevMo.

He followed the success of the wine line with Sluricane, a ready to drink rum cocktail with a name that references the chorus of "Hurricane," a 1995 song by The Click (E-40, sister Suga T, brother D-Shot, cousin B-Legit): "Hurricane, you can call me Sluricane. . . "

Stevens has long dabbled in the beverage business. He's endorsed and was part owner of a cognac called Landy and also had 40 Water, his brightly hued take on Vitamin Water. He released a song early in his career about Carlo Rossi Wine (erroneously called "Carlos Rossi") and later joined up with the Saturday Night Live-reared band The Lonely Island to record a song about Carlos Santana's wine called "Santana DVX."

(Correction: A previous version of this story erroneously said the new malt liquor drink is 18 percent alcohol by volume.)



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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Luke Bryan]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 04:39:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/175*120/GettyImages-486189160-LukeBryan.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Caitlyn Jenner Costume Sparks Social Media Outrage]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:01:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480846712_caitlyn_jenner_homicidio.jpg

Halloween costumes and decorations seem to arrive in stores earlier and earlier every year.

October is more than two months away, yet one celebrity attire is already causing a social media firestorm.

The “Call Me Caitlyn” costume, reminiscent of Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, consists of a corset-like top, shorts and a wig. 

Though Halloween costumes lampooning current events and celebrities are nothing new, Jenner's supporters condemn the attire as "transphobic" and "disgusting” and have launched a petition calling on one retailer to halt production.

“To make a costume out of a marginalized identity reduces that person and community to a stereotype for privileged people to abuse,” the petition statement read. “In this case, if you follow through with production of a Caitlyn Jenner costume, cisgender people will purchase it to make fun of her and our community.”

Spirit Halloween, a company behind pop-up costume stores that appear nationwide during the fall season, defended the ensemble in a statement to CNBC.

"At Spirit Halloween, we create a wide range of costumes that are often based upon celebrities, public figures, heroes and superheroes," said Lisa Barr, senior director of marking at Spirit Halloween. "We feel that Caitlyn Jenner is all of the above and that she should be celebrated. The Caitlyn Jenner costume reflects just that."

Spirit isn’t new to controversy. Last year, the company was criticized for selling "Slenderman" costumes inspired by the fictional internet character who allegedly compelled two 12-year-old girls to stab a classmate 19 times in a wooded park earlier that year.

Despite the company’s stated intentions, the advertisement, which features a features a tattooed male donning the outfit, “mocks the validity of a transgender’s identity,” according to a petition signer.

But Spirit isn’t the only company carrying the “Call Me Caitlyn” this year. Several online retailers are selling the costume under the “humorous” category, which some say undermines the struggles transgender people like Jenner go through every day.  



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<![CDATA[Oakland Named Top West Coast Food City]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:14:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/226*120/missollieschicken.jpg

Oakland has been named the top West Coast food city by USA Today.

The East Bay city has landed at No. 7 on a top 10 list compiled by USA Today's Best10.com. It's the only West Coast city in the top 10.

The article specifically namechecked The Cook and Her Farmer, Cosecha Café and Miss Ollie's, all located inside Oakland's Swan's Market on Washington Street.

Minneapolis-St. Paul was anointed as the best locale to eat in the country.

The accolade follows Bon Appétit's proclamation that San Francisco is the best food city in the nation, with the best new restaurant.



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