<![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 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:00:59 -0700 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:00:59 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Celebs Courtside at Wimbledon]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:07:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/celebs-stands-GettyImages-479655014.jpg Star-gazing isn't just for the red carpet! Take a look at some celebrities who've been spotted in the stands and on the sidelines rooting for their favorite sports teams.

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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:47:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Grateful Dead Break Records]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 06:34:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/soldier+field+grateful+dead+crowd.jpg

The Deadheads have done it again at Chicago's Soldier Field, breaking the ticket sales record for the third night in a row during the final show Sunday night.

Prior to the first of the three shows Friday night, the record number of tickets sold at the stadium was 67,936 at U2's 2009 "360 Tour" stop, according to Soldier Field.

On Friday, the Grateful Dead sold a record 70,764 tickets to fans in Chicago and across the country. The next night, they sold even more — 70,844. And finally, the record-smashing third performance on Sunday saw 71,000 ticketholders.

The three-day show was the final performance by the band. When tickets sold out within minutes after they first went on sale in March, the Grateful Dead added a second two-day show in Santa Clara, California.

After selling out on Ticketmaster, passes to the Soldier Field show immediately hit the secondary market, where three-day passes were priced as high as $116,000. As the concert dates drew nearer, the price of tickets on sites like StubHub dropped drastically.



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<![CDATA[Grateful Dead Show Breaks Record]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:44:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/grateful+dead+soldier+field+crowd.jpg

It wasn't Bears fans, but rather Deadheads who broke the ticket sales record at Soldier Field Friday night.

More than 70,000 tickets were sold to the first of the three shows on the Grateful Dead's "Fare Thee Well" tour stop in Chicago, according to Soldier Field. U2 held the previous record of 67,936 tickets sold for the 360 Tour in 2009. The new record is 70,764 tickets.

The show continues Saturday and Sunday nights at Soldier Field.

Tickets went on sale in March and sold out within minutes, immediately hitting the secondary market with prices as high as $116,000 for a three-day pass. Prices then dropped drastically on sites like StubHub as the concert dates drew nearer.

More than 80,000 people are expected to be in the stadium and at the nearby Museum Campus for the Grateful Dead show and the Fourth of July fireworks at Navy Pier. Only people with tickets will be allowed onto Soldier Field grounds.

Ticket holders can enter Soldier Field on the north side along McFetridge Drive or on the south side at the sidewalk areas connecting the stadium to the parking lots.

Tailgating will be permitted in the parking lots only.



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<![CDATA[Lightning at Disney's Magic Kingdom]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 13:25:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/allyson+conway+magic+kingdom+disney+lightning+070415.jpg

Each night, thousands gather at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Orlando for fireworks. But Mother Nature decided to put on a show of her own Friday night over Cinderella's Castle.

Storms rolled through the Orlando area, bringing flashes of lightning to the skies over the "Happiest Place on Earth." Visitors gathered at the park captured stunning photos and shared them on social media.

Instagram user @ally_conway captured this photo outside the castle:

 

#epic #lightning #magickingdom #castle #disney

A photo posted by Ally Conway (@ally_conway) on

 

 

Check out other photos captured of the stunning display by visitors to the park:

 

 

 

 

 

I really love lightning. #lightning #dcp2015 #storm #waltdisneyworld #disneyworld #cinderellascastle

A video posted by MaryJane R (@mjlizro) on

 

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<![CDATA[No Felony Charges in Diddy Assault Case]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:21:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/seanCombs-GettyImages-467251773.jpg

Rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs will not face charges after he was arrested by UCLA police on suspicion of assault and making terrorist threats, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

The DA referred Combs' case to the City Attorney's office to determine whether any misdemeanor charges will be filed, DA's office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.

There was no immediate word on why county prosecutors refused to file charges.

"We are thankful that the District Attorney rejected felony charges in this matter. This case never should have been part of the criminal justice system to begin with," attorney Mark Geragos said in a statement.

Combs was arrested last week for an alleged assault involving a weight-room kettlebell at the athletics facilities of UCLA, where his son plays football.

A source familiar with the case said Combs said he acted in self-defense, and that his son felt he was being bullied by a football coach. Combs said he held up the kettlebell to defend himself, a source told NBC News.

The source added that Combs had gone to talk to the coach, who did not want to talk to the hip-hop impresario. The source said that the coach wanted to call campus police and Combs said that he would call 911.

Officials did not say who was allegedly assaulted or what led to it. No one was seriously injured, police said. Combs' attorney did not immediately return calls from NBC seeking comment.

A rep for Combs Enterprises said Combs was defending himself in the incident.

"The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate," Nathalie Moar, a rep for Combs Enterprises, said in a statement to The Associated Press. "What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son."



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<![CDATA[How to Watch the Fourth of July Fireworks Live ]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:15:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/macys-fireworks.jpg

Now you can enjoy the majesty of the "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" from the beach, your backyard BBQ or even at your favorite East River viewing spot.  

NBC will stream the 8 p.m. ET/PT fireworks display and the sizzling performances from music's biggest names live online. The stream is open to everyone, even if you don’t have a satellite or cable TV provider.

The special features a 25-minute synchronized fireworks display and live performances from Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida and more will stream from 8 to 10 p.m. live on your mobile device or computer.  If you miss it, you can catch a special one-hour highlight show that airs immediately after at 10 p.m.

Have a happy and safe July 4th and be sure to watch the "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" wherever you go to celebrate.

To access the live stream, click here or download our mobile app and click "Watch Live TV Now." 



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<![CDATA[Kendrick Lamar Video Features Oakland, Treasure Island]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:08:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Kendrick-Lamar-Alright.jpg

Rap star and Los Angeles native Kendrick Lamar has released a video for his new single "Alright," shot partially in Oakland and on Treasure Island.

East Bay Express reported that the Bay Area portion of the video was shot on May 22. Extras, such as local rappers Los Rakas, were recruited to film with Lamar on Treasure Island, including a scene where Lamar is hanging upside down from a crane.

Director Colin Tilley had the video shot in black and white.

Lamar returns to the Bay Area next month to perform at Outside Lands in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Dramatic New Trailer for "Steve Jobs" Biopic]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:36:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/jobs-fassbinder.jpg

A new trailer for the forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic reveals dramatic family and business conflicts.

Jobs, portrayed by Michael Fassbender, is seen throughout the trailer dealing with recognizing and building a relationship with his daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs.

Writer Aaron Sorkin told The Verge that Jobs' daughter, who consulted with him on the script, is the heroine of the film.

The Danny Boyle-directed flim – called simply “Steve Jobs” – is scheduled to debut in theaters on October 9.



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<![CDATA[Jim Carrey Calls Calif. Gov. 'Fascist' Over Vaccines]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:31:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_170468991560.jpg

Actor Jim Carrey turned to Twitter to air his frustrations over California's new strict vaccination law on Tuesday, calling Gov. Jerry Brown a "corporate fascist."

In a series of tweets, the Golden Globe winner insisted that he was "pro-vaccine" but "anti-neutrotoxin" and "anti-mercury," which, he believes causes autism in children. The rant started with Carrey saying California's governor, who signed in the one of the strictest immunization laws in the country, "must be stopped."

Carrey and former girlfriend Jenny McCarthy, who believe McCarthy's son's autism was caused by vaccines, have become activists on the issue. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is "no link between thimerosal-containing vaccines and [autism], as well as no link between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and [autism] in children."

In the same Twitter tirade, Carrey also accused the CDC of being "corrupt" and unable to "solve a problem they helped start."

The California bill removes the state's personal belief exemption for immunizations and instead says that only children with serious health problems may opt out. It came in the wake of a measles outbreak at Disneyland last year that affected more than 100 people in the U.S. and Mexico. 

"This is truly a case where science — and what is the best case for public health — prevailed," state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, said at a press conference Tuesday.


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<![CDATA[Tunnel to Be Renamed in Honor of Robin Williams]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:15:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/robin-williams-tunnel.jpg

A Bay Area landmark will soon be known as the "Robin Williams Tunnel.”

The California State Legislature has passed a resolution to rename the iconic rainbow-adorned Waldo Tunnel on U.S. Highway 101 in Marin County in honor of the late actor who grew up and lived in the Bay Area.

The vote by the state Senate last Thursday was 37-0. The state Assembly passed the resolution introduced by Assemblyman Marc Levine 77-0 on April 23.

A petition by Belvedere resident Julie Wainwright to rename the tunnel received nearly 62,000 signatures.

Wainwright, CEO of TheRealReal consignment website that sells luxury items, said she lives three miles from Williams' Tiburon home where the actor and comedian took his own life last Aug. 11.

"I often saw him running errands, walking the dog, performing at local theater, working at the coffee shop," Wainwright said on the Change.org website where the signatures were gathered.

"Robin wasn't just an international icon – he was an integral part of our community here in the Bay Area. We claim him as our own," Wainwright said.

Wainwright said the rainbows on the tunnel personify Williams’ playful, accessible, fun, alive and colorful nature.

"Robin will be dearly missed, but I hope this change will provide us with a happy memory of him and will bring more awareness of the disease that sadly took his life," Wainwright said.

Williams' family had said he was battling depression and had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease prior to his death.

Officials said the name change will cost about $3,000. Caltrans will determine the cost of erecting the appropriate signs, which will be paid with donations from non-state sources. The new signs could be up as soon as the fall.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Movie Star Walrus Dies at 21]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:34:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Sivuqaq.jpg

A Six Flags Discovery Kingdom walrus who starred in popular movies passed away on Sunday.

Sivuqaq was taken in by the park in 1994 with three other orphaned walrus calves. All four made their debut together in spring of 1995 at the Walrus Experience.

“Words cannot describe the loss we feel,” said Dianne Cameron, marine mammal manager. “We are grateful to have shared his life with him. He touched many people and was loved enormously.”

Sivuqaq also appeared in the 2004 feature film “50 First Dates” as “Jocko” the walrus.

He was also the voice for various creature characters in “Lord of the Rings”, “The Hobbit” and “Jurassic Park."

The park reports that “Sivuqaq demonstrated an intelligence that scientists could not have known about walruses, and hence, he contributed greatly to scientific study of Pacific walruses, one of the least-known and least-studied marine mammals in the world.”

At 21, the male Pacific walrus died from heart failure.
 

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<![CDATA[Enrique Iglesias Charged in Miami-Area Traffic Stop: Florida Highway Patrol]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:13:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/062915+enrique+iglesias.jpg

Singer Enrique Iglesias is facing misdemeanor charges of obstruction and driving with a suspended license following a traffic stop in Miami-Dade County last month, Florida Highway Patrol officials said.

According to the FHP, on May 6, Iglesias was pulled over in a Cadillac Escalade after a trooper spotted the SUV driving northbound on Interstate 95 in the closed express lanes.

As the trooper pulled the Escalade over, Iglesias jumped from the driver's seat into the back and the passenger got into the driver's seat, according to an FHP arrest affidavit. Iglesias then climbed into the passenger seat, the report said.

"It was Mr. Iglesias that was the initial driver, yes," FHP Lt. Julio Pajon said.

Iglesias and the passenger, identified as Abel Tabuyo, were handcuffed, and Iglesias invoked his Miranda rights, the report said. Tabuyo said he didn't know why he switched seats with Iglesias, the report said.

Iglesias and Tabuyo, who was also charged with obstruction without violence, were released after signing notices to appear in court. Both entered not guilty pleas and Iglesias' next court date was set for July 10.

NBC 6 reached out to Iglesias' attorney and is awaiting an official comment.

The alleged incident happened just a few weeks before the 40-year-old Iglesias badly injured his hand after grabbing a drone at a concert in Tijuana, Mexico. He later underwent reconstructive hand surgery in Los Angeles.



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<![CDATA[The Game Pleads Not Guilty to Hitting Off-Duty Cop]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:02:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-122720824.jpg

Rapper The Game pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges that he hit and threatened an off-duty LAPD officer during a basketball game in Hollywood.

The Game, or Jayceon Terrell Taylor, allegedly confronted the officer when the two were on opposing teams at a basketball game at Hollywood High School in March, according to the LA County District Attorney's Office.

After the 35-year-old rapper, a Los Angeles native, was accused of "committing a hard foul," he allegedly confronted the off-duty officer, struck him and later threatened to kill him, prosecutors said.

Taylor is charged with one felony count of making criminal threats and one misdemeanor count of assault and battery. He faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

The court appearance comes in the wake of a judge's order that Taylor pay over $200,000 to his children's former nanny in an Instagram-related libel case.

Taylor's representatives did not immediately respond to NBC4's requests for comment. He is due back in court July 30.



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<![CDATA[Emilia Clarke Hints 'GoT' Character May Return]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:06:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-119552808.jpg

"Game of Thrones" fans devastated by the season finale’s killing of Jon Snow may have gotten their first glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, Snow will return some day.

In an interview with MTV News, Emilia Clarke, who plays the role of Daenerys Targaryen, reaffirmed that she really doesn’t know what the future holds for Snow, but hints that there’s a chance Snow and actor Kit Harrington could come back. 

“I can with all honesty say I have no idea what’s happening,” Clarke said. But when asked if she had to take a wild guess, Clarke said, “I mean if I had to bet, I’d say it’s like a 50/50 chance.

Clarke noted that there are characters on the show that could help ressurect the Watch Commander, including Melisandre, who conveniently arrived at Castle Black as the hero was stabbed.

Clarke added that the show’s producers know she can’t lie very well, so the news should be taken with some caution.

Still, it may be enough to build up anticipation for a possible return of Snow sometime in the future. 



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<![CDATA[Katy Perry, Nuns in Uproar Over Convent Sale]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:32:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/463035626.jpg

A former convent in the hills above Los Angeles is at the center of a real estate dispute involving pop star Katy Perry, the archbishop of Los Angeles and a group of nuns.

The legal fireworks are about who has the right to sell the nuns' former convent in Los Feliz to the "Roar" singer, whose recent $14.5 million offer for the 8-acre property assessed at $13 million was accepted by the archdiocese.

But the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary said it's not the archdiocese's property to sell. They already reached a deal two weeks ago with Los Angeles restaurant-nightclub owner Dana Hollister for about $15.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The archdiocese, which said the deed to the property reflects a value of $10 million, is now attempting to block that sale. The Archdiocese has taken civil action against Hollister because the transaction "lacks the required approval from the Archdiocese and the Holy See, and does not provide a solution for the House of Prayer which is on the property," according to a statement from the archdiocese.

"God help us, we are going to fight this," Sister Rita Callanan said in an interview with TODAY.

The archdiocese claims in its statement that the alternative transaction, "supported by the majority of the sisters," includes property for a House of Prayer to be owned by the sisters.

Immaculate Heart sisters told the Times they met with Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez before the sale to Hollister. At the time, the sisters only knew that someone famous wanted to enter a deal with the archdiocese, they told the Times.

Once they found out it was Perry, they did some research into her music, videos and onstage performances.

"I didn't know who she was," Sister Callanan said of Perry. "I was particularly concerned about the video, the 'Dark Horse.'"

More than 50 sisters used to live in the convent, now only a handful remain after the archdiocese moved many to other locations.

Perry's parents still have a ministry in Southern California, and she grew up singing gospel music. In an effort to win their favor, Perry even met personally with the sisters earlier this year and performed a song -- "Oh Happy Day" from the movie "Sister Act 2," starring Whoopi Goldberg.

She made a fairly good impression, the sisters told the Times, but Hollister's offer was accepted by the nuns. She already moved into the villa-style home that offers sweeping views of Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley to the east, according to the Times.

The archdiocese has refused to back down and obtained a court order that allowed Perry to visit the property with an architect, according to the Times.

"We've already entered and accepted the offer from Ms. Perry," said Monica Valencia, of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. "The Archbishop has made a promise to care for the sisters, and we want to do what's best for them."



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