<![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 Sun, 24 May 2015 20:34:35 -0700 Sun, 24 May 2015 20:34:35 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[David Letterman Drives Into Retirement With Indy 500 Tribute]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 15:15:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP966071797664.jpg

David Letterman has a new No. 1 on his personal Top Ten list of reasons he loves the Indianapolis 500.

The freshly retired Letterman was all grins early Sunday as his IndyCar team paid tribute to the former "Late Show" host by putting a gap-toothed, smiling caricature of his face and #thanksdave on driver Oriol Servia's yellow car for the big race.

"With everything that's happened, it's the highlight of my career," Letterman said. "It's crazy it's the Indianapolis 500. Regrettable my face, but also my name on that car. It's just delightful."

Letterman was dressed in a red shirt with a race sponsor "Steak 'n Shake" logo. He promised Servia he would buy the burgers with an Indy win, but he can save his cash for retirement: Servia was knocked out of the running with an accident just past the halfway point of the race.

But the race wasn't a total bust for the team, with Graham Rahal finishing fifth in the Indy 500.

"He assured me he would be around the track a lot more," Rahal said of his usually absent owner. "At this stage in his life, he can enjoy himself a little bit and hopefully that means enjoying IndyCar racing."

Letterman was born and raised in Indianapolis, spending his younger years in the Broad Ripple section of town. He went to Ball State in Muncie, Indiana, and early in his career served as a pit reporter for ABC; search on YouTube for his interview of Mario Andretti after the former champion crashed out of the 1971 race.

Letterman got into team ownership in the 1990s with former Indy 500 champion Bobby Rahal, and businessman Mike Lanigan came aboard to form what is now Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Letterman struck a friendship with Rahal after the retired driver appeared on his show after winning the 1986 Indy 500.

Letterman could have filled an Indy 500 starting grid with all the series drivers he had on the show. Graham and Bobby Rahal were guests on "The Late Show" and the Indy 500 champion usually brought along the Borg-Warner Trophy.

"I'm just really pissed off because he finished this week," Servia joked. "He couldn't wait until next week? Because usually the winner goes to his show."

Not this time, not after a that crash marred what had been a fun morning for the former host.

It was easy to find the Rahal Letterman Racing spot in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway paddock: There was a red "Late Show with David Letterman" sign and the same grinning caricature that was featured on Servia's car. Team members wore gray T-shirts with their own "Top Ten" list of reasons they love Letterman. Among them: Cries on the parade lap.

Letterman was relaxed as he strolled through Indianapolis Motor Speedway, even inviting one fan over a barrier to sign autographs.

"Are you nervous?" Servia asked.

"No, I won't be nervous until they start 'em up and then I just get crazy nervous," Letterman said.

Not wanting to get left out of the father-son bonding of the Rahals, Letterman claimed Servia as his own offspring.

"Yes, I sent away to one of those genetic testing places where they do the swab and it turns out he is in fact my son," Letterman cracked. "Bobby and Graham are father and son. Oriol and I are the same."

Letterman ended his 33-year career as a late-night television host Wednesday. He presided over 6,028 broadcasts on CBS and NBC, making Top 10 lists and ironic humor staples of television comedy. Letterman joked that he needed "some kind of intravenous medication" to recover from the grind of the final weeks of his show.

"Then the next day you feel a little bit better, and the next day you feel a little bit better," said Letterman, whose team won the race in 2004 with Buddy Rice. "Now here we are. This is the pressure-cooker."

Letterman said he would watch the race from pit lane. At least he could find a seat, unlike the ones that were stripped from the Ed Sullivan Theater. Parts of Letterman's set from his show's home were quickly dumped in the trash and scooped by fans.

"Not only did they take the set and tear it up, they took all the seats out of the theater two days later," Lettermansaid. "What that does is remind you that it's show business. It's just show business. Thirty-three years, what do I care. Let them take the seats out, let them do anything they want. I wish Stephen Colbert nothing but the best."

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<![CDATA["Beautiful Mind" Mathematician, Wife Die in Crash]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 15:46:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP02032405002.jpg

The Princeton University mathematician and Nobel Prize winner whose life inspired the film "A Beautiful Mind" died in a taxi accident in New Jersey on Saturday, according to police.

John Forbes Nash Jr., 86, and his wife of almost 60 years, Alicia Nash, 82, were killed when the driver of the taxi they were riding in on the New Jersey Turnpike lost control and crashed into a guard rail, police said. 

The Nashes were traveling south in Monroe Township around 4:30 p.m. when the taxi crashed while trying to pass a Chrysler, according to New Jersey State Police Department Sgt. Gregory Williams.

Just days before his death, Nash received a prize from the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters in Oslo with New York University mathematician Louis Nirenberg, who called Nash a truly great mathematician and "a kind of genius."

Nirenberg said he had chatted with the Nashes for an hour at Newark International Airport before they'd gotten into a taxi to return home to Princeton Township, New Jersey.

Police said it doesn't appear that the two were wearing seat belts and that they were thrown from the taxi when it crashed.

The taxi driver was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A passenger in the Chrysler was treated for neck pain, according to police.

Police said the crash is under investigation and that no one has been charged.

Nash's life was the subject of the 2001 film, "A Beautiful Mind," starring Russell Crowe.

In a tweet Sunday, Crowe said that he was "stunned" by the news.

"An amazing partnership," Crowe wrote. "Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts."

"A Beautiful Mind" made more than $300 million worldwide and won four Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress.

"This is a great loss," actress Jennifer Connelly, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Alicia Nash in the film, said. "John and Alicia Nash were an inspiration and I have deep admiration for all that they accomplished in their lives."

Ron Howard, who directed the film, said Sunday that "it was an honor telling part of their story."

Nash was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his work in game theory, which offered insight into the dynamics of human rivalry. It is considered one of the most influential ideas of the 20th century.

Nash was also the senior research mathematician at Princeton.

Nash worked on his equilibrium theory at Princeton and, in 1950, received his doctorate with a dissertation on non-cooperative games. The thesis contained the definition and properties of what would later be called the Nash equilibrium.

But it was while teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1959, when his wife, Alicia, was pregnant with their son, that schizophrenia began to emerge, a yearslong fight that was chronicled in the Academy Award-winning blockbuster "A Beautiful Mind."

In an autobiography written for The Nobel Foundation website, Nash said delusions caused him to resign as a faculty member at MIT. He also spent several months in New Jersey hospitals on an involuntary basis. However, Nash's schizophrenia diminished through the 1970s and 1980s as he "gradually began to intellectually reject some of the delusionally influenced lines of thinking," he wrote.

2001's "A Beautiful Mind" was based on an unauthorized biography by Sylvia Nasar, who wrote that Nash's contemporaries found him "immensely strange" and "slightly cold, a bit superior, somewhat secretive." Much of his demeanor likely stemmed from mental illness.

The Nashes split in 1963 then resumed living together several years later and finally remarried in 2001.

John Nash held a research post at Brandeis University before eventually returning to Princeton. Known as brilliant and eccentric, he was associated with Princeton for many years, most recently serving as a senior research mathematician.

Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber said in a tweet that "we are stunned and saddened" by the news.

"John's remarkable achievements inspired generations of mathematicians, economists and scientists who were influenced by his brilliant, groundbreaking work in game theory, and the story of his life with Alicia moved millions of readers and moviegoers who marveled at their courage in the face of daunting challenges," Eisgruber said in a statement.

New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman said she was saddened to hear that Princeton has lost "a brilliant, kind, and humble individual." 

“In his lifetime, Nash conquered mathematics in ways few could even imagine, all while battling mental illness that threatened to overshadow his incredible contributions," Coleman said.

"In his victories he leaves behind a legacy as a pioneer, hero and friend, and will be remembered by many.


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<![CDATA[Cannes Film Festival 2015: Hottest Pics]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 19:55:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP847719962891.jpg Glamor, gowns and celebrities! All the hottest photos from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival red carpet. ]]> <![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:39:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Duggar Family Dropped From TLC Event Amid Allegations]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 12:24:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP834090040408.jpg

The Duggar family from TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" has been dropped from the TLC Summer Block Party coming to Philadelphia next weekend.

The Duggars were originally slated to appear at the event, according to previous screen shots from the official event website, posted on Philly.com.

The event was still scheduled to take place May 30Th at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing with popular TLC personalities including Berks County's Kate Gosselin, New Jersey's "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro, "Little People Big World's" Roloff family and Randy from "Say Yes to the Dress."

The move comes after allegations surfaced that the oldest Duggar, Josh, molested five underage girls as a teenager back in 2002 and 2003.

The fall-out from the allegations included a public apology from Josh, his resignation from his position at the Family Research Council and TLC pulling all episodes of the show.

No charges have been filed in the case.



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<![CDATA[Stars on Ireland's Vote to Legalize Gay Marriage]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 13:15:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Celebs-Ireland.jpg

Ireland became the first country in the world to say yes to same sex marriage by popular vote.

Ahead of the official announcement, celebrities took to Twitter to share their reactions.

Check out their tweets below:

 



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<![CDATA["Tonight Show" Thank-You Notes: the NFL, Cannes]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 01:51:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Thank-You-Hillary-Clinton.jpg Jimmy pens thank-you notes to Cannes Film Festival, Activia yogurt and Hillary Clinton.

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<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon Sings "Roxanne" With Sting]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 01:29:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallong-Sting-Roxanne-Ragtime-Gals-22-May-2015-1080_1200x675_449821763557.jpg Sting joins Jimmy Fallon and his barbershop group, The Ragtime Gals, sing a barbershop quartet version of The Police's "Roxanne."]]> <![CDATA[Watch: QBert, Intel Develop Affordable DJ Gear]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 16:27:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/_MG_5272_by+Joysco+Studio.jpg

QBert, a music producer and world DJ battling champion who hails from the Bay Area, has joined forces with Intel to explore an affordable alternative to using laptop computers to DJ and make music.

Engineers from his company Thud Rumble are using Intel's tiny Edison microprocessor, instead of laptops, to interface with turntables, keyboards and drum machines.

The Edison, which is a fraction of the size of a laptop, is priced around $54.99, making it a fraction of the cost as well. Once perfected, this technology can open up DJing and music production to countless people for whom the costs are a barrier to entry.

Intel and Thud Rumble debuted their idea at last weekend's Maker Faire and will continue to develop the concept to market.



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<![CDATA[30 Years Later, "The Residents" Are Missing Another Eyeball]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 23:35:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/192*120/Residnets+Mr+Blue.jpg

One of the original four eyeball masks from underground music and art group The Residents has gone missing in San Francisco.

A similar scenario played out 30 years ago in Los Angeles when "Mr. Red" was stolen from backstage after a performance at the Palace. That one was eventually returned, and the SFPD is hoping the same will happen with "Mr. Blue."

Homer Flynn, longtime collaborator and co-manager of The Residents, reached out to the SFPD recently to report that an attempted delivery to his Haight Ashbury home resulted in a missing irreplaceable artifact.

"Mr. Blue Original has been traveling in a museum show for the past three years," Flynn said via email Friday morning.

In addition to the eyeball mask, the original Residents at the Golden Gate Bridge photo was also in the package. "The eyeball is valued at $100,000. The photo is $20,000. Totally irreplaceable," Flynn said.

After traveling in a museum show called "Spectacle: The Music Video" to Cincinnati, NYC, and Australia, the last stop for the eyeball and photograph was the EMP in Seattle. "It was coming back to me via FedEx from Seattle when it disappeared," Flynn explained.

"Unfortunately no one notified me when the shipment was actually sent in early April," Flynn said, who was in New Orleans with his family when the package showed up at his house. "My best guess is that FedEx left it on the landing of my building and someone took it. I seriously doubt that they knew what was in the shipping box."

Flynn explained, "At this point FedEx still claims to have made the delivery which was signed for, but the signature is ‘B Ham.’ There’s no one with that name in my building and subsequent emails have indicated that no one was here when FedEx claims to have made the delivery."

The four original eyeball masks were made in 1978, and The Residents filmed some of the first ever music videos with them, eventually ending up in rotation during MTV’s incarnation in the early 1980s. A new documentary called "Theory of Obscurity: A film about The Residents" which chronicles their more than 40-year career recently showed at the San Francisco International Film Festival. (Full disclosure: NBC Bay Area employee Josh Keppel is a Producer on the film.) The film includes a scene where the Museum of Modern Art in NYC added one of the eyeballs to its permanent collection.

Flynn said he has never had a package stolen from his doorstep before, "but there have been a lot of times when FedEx made deliveries to my building and they put the package on the landing, rang the bell and drove away."

Flynn asked that if you see Mr. Blue, please contact the SFPD.



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<![CDATA[Disneyland Turns 60 at All-Nighter]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 08:26:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dlcastle52760662.jpg

Disney's Magic Kingdom will soon turn 60, but it's proving Friday that it's not too old to party late into the night.

Disneyland opened its doors to some of its most dedicated fans at 6 a.m. Friday, when it began a 24-hour birthday celebration for its diamond anniversary with new attractions planned for guests.

Thousands of people, many wearing Mickey Mouse ears, lined up on Main Street for hours before the opening, waiting to get into the Southern California theme park's 60-year birthday party.

"We will make this place our home," said Ian Clarke, who planned to ride every ride with two friends.

A new show, parade and fireworks show were set to debut as part of Disneyland's yearlong anniversary festivities.

Decked out in special 60th anniversary trim, Disneyland's new attractions include a remodeled Electrical Parade with over 1.5 million LED lights and a new fireworks show called "Disneyland Forever."

At California Adventure, the Disney park next door, actor Neil Patrick Harris co-hosting an animated history of "Walt Disney's dream of Disneyland" with Mickey Mouse, according to a news release.

"I'm looking forward to the ireworks show and the projections," Shenise Ross said before the park opened. "I'm so excited for that."

Disneyland opened July 17, 1955, hosting 700 million people in the following 60 years, Disney said.



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<![CDATA[Heidi Klum's Craziest "America’s Got Talent" Contestant]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 05:30:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Heidi-Klum-Seth-Meyers-21-May-2015.jpg Heidi Klum tells Seth Meyers about the craziest contestant she's ever seen on "America's Got Talent."

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Seth Meyers "Ya Burnt": David Letterman, Prom]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 04:14:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Meyers-Burnt-David-Letterman-Prom-21-May-2015-1080_1200x675_449140291885.jpg Seth Meyers burns David Letterman, prom and other things in his segment "Ya Burnt!"]]> <![CDATA["Tonight Show" Hashtags: #MisheardLyrics]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 04:09:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Tonight-Hashtags-Misheard-Lyrics-21-May-2015-1080_1200x675_449138243983.jpg Jimmy reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #MisheardLyrics.]]> <![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon, Dwayne Johnson's Commencement Speech]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 04:00:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Tonight-Rock-Dwayne-Johnson-Commencement-21-May-2015-1080_1200x675_449139267897.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Dwayne Johnson deliver a graduation speech as high school students with the two lowest GPAs.]]> <![CDATA[Cocaine, Gun Charges Dropped Against Rapper Trick Daddy]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 14:45:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/040414+trick+daddy+aka+maurice+young.jpg

Charges were dropped Thursday against Miami rapper Trick Daddy in his April 2014 cocaine and firearm arrest.

Trick Daddy, whose real name is Maurice Young, had been charged with cocaine possession and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after he was arrested by Broward Sheriff's Office deputies at his Miramar home.

According to the affidavit, the Broward County Drug Task Force had a "sniff warrant" to search the home and stopped Young as he was leaving in his car.

When deputies searched the home, they found 1g of powder that field tested positive for cocaine, the affidavit said. A 9mm Sig Sauer and a box of ammunition were also found in the home, the affidavit said.

The 40-year-old rapper is best known for his 2001 hit "I'm a Thug." He's released eight records, including his 1997 debut, Based on a True Story, and has collaborated with several artists including Pitbull, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Cee Lo Green and Ludacris.



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<![CDATA[Board Game Cafe Headed to Berkeley]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 17:23:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/2015-05-21-monopoly.jpg

Bored of video games? It might be time to unplug.

Victory Point Cafe will open this summer in Berkeley with an arsenal of 500 board games to play, from old-school classics like Monopoly to recent hits such as Cards Against Humanity, as well as beer, wine, and light bites. Unlimited play for the day will cost $5.

The Daily Californian noted that owners Derek DeSantis and Areg Maghakian united in the belief of this concept, which thrives in Europe and Asia, and that Maghakian was specifically inspired by a Toronto board game cafe called Snakes and Lattes. Maghakian also recently moved his family back to the Bay Area from Armenia in pursuit of this dream.

A new Kickstarter campaign aims to raise at least $7,500 by June 20 in order to make upgrades to the cafe space and decor. More games will be purchased if this goal is exceeded.



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<![CDATA[Scrabble's New Words Bring the "Lolz"]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 13:42:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/scrabble-AP9407080176.jpg

Some people will find a few of the new acceptable Scrabble words “ridic.”

"Lolz", "cakehole," "thanx" and "ridic” are now able to be played in the word game, according to the latest edition of "Collins Official Scrabble Words" published on Thursday.

About 6,500 words were added to the comprehensive Scrabble dictionary, which already contains 250,000 accepted words, NBC News reported.

Words and terms of modern-day culture used to be difficult to pin down for dictionary makers in general, a representative at Collins said. However, technology has made the process a lot easier.

"Dictionaries have always included formal and informal English, but it used to be hard to find printed evidence of the use of slang words," head of language content at Collins Helen Newstead told BBC News. "Now people use slang in social media posts, tweets, blogs, comments, text messages - you name it - so there's a host of evidence for informal varieties of English that simply didn't exist before."

Here’s a few of the new Scrabble words:

Lolz — 13 points
Thanx — 15 points
Lotsa — 18 points
Dench — 11 points
Emoji — 14 points
Sexting — 15 points
PWN — 8 points
Shizzle — 18 points
Twerking — 16 points



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<![CDATA[Dwyane Wade Can't Resist Watching the NBA Playoffs]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 14:32:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Dwayne+Wade.JPG The Miami Heat didn't make the playoffs, but Dwayne Wade is watching them anyway.

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<![CDATA[GaymerX Releases Documentary on LGBTQ Gamers]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 12:06:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/218*120/gaymerx.jpg

The annual GaymerX convention has released "Gaming in Color," a documentary about video game players who identify as part of the LGBTQ community.

SFist noted that GaymerX's 2013 debut was significant enough in the gay community to make it a setting for an episode of the HBO fictional series "Looking."

The third edition of GaymerX, or GX3: Everyone Games, is scheduled to take place at San Jose's Marriott Hotel from December 11-13.

Watch the trailer for "Gaming in Color" below:



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<![CDATA["Tonight": Duchovny Encounters Manson on "Aquarius"]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 05:31:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+David+Duchovny.JPG David Duchovny chats with Jimmy Fallon about his NBC series, “Aquarius."

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<![CDATA["Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 03:58:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Jeff+Foxworthy.JPG Jeff Foxworthy hosts a special "Tonight Show" edition of "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?" with Pitbull and Jimmy Fallon.

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<![CDATA[Tina Fey Was Eric Stonestreet's Improv Teacher]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 06:56:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Eric+Stonestreet+.JPG Tina Fey was Eric Stonestreet's teacher when he was just an improv student in Chicago.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Wheel of Musical Impressions With Jamie Foxx]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 04:17:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Jamie+Foxx+Still.jpg.jpeg Wheel of Musical Impressions with Jamie Foxx]]> <![CDATA[Casting Call: TV Pilot About SF's Mission Seeks Extras]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 16:19:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tvshowmain.jpg

Extras are wanted for "94110," a television pilot about San Francisco's Mission District that starts filming this summer.

Flyers calling for actors for a television pilot called "94110" were posted in the Mission in April, but it was widely speculated to be a prank.

But Mission Local counted almost 100 people who turned up to SFAQ [Project] Space over the weekend to audition for various roles in what the casting call described as "the story of six leading technology executives living, learning, and loving together in San Francisco’s Mission District, 94110."

Despite appearances that this is a real production, the screen test page of "94110" contains sample character descriptions and dialogues that are rife with parody.

The "Lead C" character is described as an "Engineer, 'kinda.' Socially awkward, but well regarded. Likes punk rock, addicted to vaping."

"Yeah, everyone is different. I'm not even talking about backgrounds or your place in society. That's why I love this neighborhood — all the changing faces and good energy. These new waves of, uh, new people, uh, is a huge thing. The area can always regenerate. There is a fresh rate of money coming in, fresh ways of support, fresh food— isn't that a great thing?" asks the "Supporting A" role, a venture capitalist.

There are also non-speaking background roles available: SFAQ invites prospective extras to email 94110official@gmail.com with the subject line "94110 Extra" to be notified of the shooting date and have a chance to participate.



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<![CDATA[Grateful Dead Memorabilia Stolen]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 04:03:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/210*120/gd+auction+thumb.jpg

More than $75,000 worth of Grateful Dead memorabilia has been stolen from an Illinois auction house, officials say.

Randy Donley, owner of Donley Auction House, said the theft was first discovered last month, more than a week after the Grateful Dead Jubilee Auction had taken place. The items were waiting to be picked up or shipped to their new owners at the time of the theft.

Among the stolen items was a hand painted 1966 Stanley Miller/Alton Kelley Family Dog painting of a skeleton with roses—an image that became a symbol for the Grateful Dead. The iconic piece was valued at an estimated $66,000.

"I think the Stanley Mouse piece would be too famous to be resold," Donley said. "It is a one-of-a-kind. It would be pretty tough to put it on the market again."

Also stolen were six other Grateful Dead posters.

Donley said it’s not clear how exactly the pieces were stolen as the thief managed to evade any surveillance cameras and never set off the building’s alarm.

"It’s a mystery," he said. "There are no clues at this point, I don’t know. I hate to sound so vague but we just don’t know. I’m still in a state of shock. I can’t believe it happened."

While insurance will likely cover some of the costs associated with the theft, Donley said his main goal is to get the pieces back and has offered a reward for their return.

"The intent is not to collect insurance, it’s to return the items and get the items safely returned," he said. “Our true desire is to get the items back.”

Anyone with information on the theft should contact the McHenry County Sheriff's Office at 815-334-4750 or Crime Stoppers of McHenry County at 1-800-762-7867 (STOP).
 



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<![CDATA[Bruce Bochy Pens "A Book of Walks"]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 16:36:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bochy-book.jpg

Bruce Bochy knows walks — on and off the baseball field.

The San Francisco Giants manager released "A Book of Walks" on May 15 and will join "Baseball Maverick" author Steve Kettmann for an appearance at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Wednesday.

Walks are both a great source of exercise and refuge for Bochy, no matter how his team is performing.

"Every city I go to, I get away, particularly after a game that didn't go well. I can say, 'I don't wanna sit in the bus. I'm gonna walk back by myself.' It is still kind of my therapy, I guess," Bochy said in a 2013 interview with San Francisco Magazine

Bochy told the publication, outside of his regular walks up and down San Francisco's waterfront, he thinks that Cincinnati and Milwaukee are two of the best Major League walking cities.

The book's cover highlights Bochy's regular hometown route, from AT&T Park to Fisherman's Wharf.

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<![CDATA[Password with Hugh Jackman, Nick Offerman and Susan Sarandon]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 09:56:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Hugh+Jackman+Interview.JPG

Hugh Jackman and Nick Offerman teamed up against Jimmy Fallon and Susan Sarandon for a hilarious "Tonight Show" version of the famous TV game show “Password.”

In the innuendo-filled game, contestants give each other one-word clue’s in hopes that their partner will guess the secret “password.” If they fail, the opposing team gets a shot at the clue.

The “Wolverine” star went first and had to describe “Dolphin” to his partner Offerman. Jackman hinted the word “flipper” and the “Parks and Rec” actor effortlessly answered correctly.

Next, it was Sarandon’s turn to give the “Tonight Show” host his clue: “oyster.”

“Oh God, this is not easy,” the actress griped.

The Academy Award winner struggled to brainstorm the perfect word, and even resorted to using a little ESP as she stared deeply into Fallon's eyes. It worked.

“Pearl,” Sarandon said.

“Oyster,” Fallon responded.

In the third round, the game intensified as the password “toupee" proved to be hard to describe in one word. Fallon apprehensively said “piece” and Sarandon, confusing it for “peace,” replies “war.”

Luckily for Jackman, adding “rug” to Fallon’s original clue provided enough information for Offerman to guess the hairpiece correctly, and gave their team the lead.

The last clue “feather,” though seemingly easy, also proved difficult for Offerman to characterize in one word, sending the password to team Fallon.

In the end, the host and actress were able to even the game after Fallon responded correctly to Sarandon's clue: "bird."  

“Its a tie!” Fallon wailed. “Then we’re going to have a rematch. You guys have to come back tomorrow night.”

Jackman, who stopped by the show Monday to promote his latest movie "Pan," eagerly accepted the challenge.  The actor also taught Fallon the proper way to eat a Vegemite sandwhich after hearing the host talk "smack" about Australia's famous spread.



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<![CDATA["Late Night": Hargitay's Magical Swift Encounter]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 08:32:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Mariska+Hargitay.JPG Taylor Swift rescued Mariska Hargitay way before she cast her in her “Bad Blood” video.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Jimmy Fallon Thanks David Letterman]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 05:24:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+David+Letterman.png Jimmy Fallon takes some time to pay tribute to "Late Show" host David Letterman and wish him well on his retirement.]]> <![CDATA["Password" with Hugh Jackman, Nick Offerman and Susan Sarandon]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 05:20:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Password+Hugh+Jackman.JPG Jimmy Fallon and Susan Sarandon team up against Hugh Jackman and Nick Offerman in the game Password.

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<![CDATA[Don Draper’s Yoga Retreat Is NorCal Landmark]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 14:54:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP521719245432.jpg

The series finale of AMC's Mad Men featured several scenes of Don Draper (Jon Hamm) “Om”-ing away at a coastal California retreat that bears a striking resemblance to Big Sur’s Esalen Institute.

Esalen, founded in 1962 by two Stanford alumni and still active today, is self-described as a “an integral learning environment devoted to pioneering deep change in self and society; in heart, spirit, and bodymind.”

Whether or not Don’s visit to the institute deeply changed him is up for debate, but he’s not Esalen’s only high-profile visitor. Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and Bruce Springsteen all spent time at the institute at one point or another.

According to the Monterey County Weekly, the Mad Men crew was spotted filming near Big Sur last summer, sparking all sorts of fan theories regarding how the show’s final season might play out. Spoiler alert: Don is not D.B. Cooper.

If you’re still processing the series finale, perhaps you should consider taking some Time To Reflect at Esalen.



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<![CDATA[Bristol Palin, Marine Fiance Cancel Wedding Plans]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 04:18:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/palin-marine-vet-split.jpg

Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol's wedding plans have been called off days before she and her fiance were supposed to get married, her mother said Monday on Facebook.

The change of plans for Bristol Palin and her fiance Dakota Meyer, who had planned on a Saturday ceremony in Kentucky, came after reports last week that Meyer had been previously married as a teen.

"Regarding salacious headlines in recent days about 'secret wives,' Dakota and I discussed our past relationships prior to our engagement. Dakota was legally divorced years ago, as any good reporter could and should have disclosed to readers," the former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant wrote in a message her mother posted to Facebook. 

Her mother, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, said that the two families would gather in Kentucky anyway Saturday for a barbecue "to celebrate life, in general!"

It wasn't clear what the couple's wedding plans were, or whether the couple themselves would be at the barbecue.



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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Gracie Awards]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 14:32:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP348086688878_Hoda.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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