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<![CDATA['Super-Size Me' Director Admits to History of Sex Misconduct]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:04:01 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/spurlockGettyImages-490893902.jpg

Director Morgan Spurlock, best known for his documentary film, "Super-Size Me," admitted Wednesday to a history of sexual misconduct dating back to his college days, NBC News reported. 

Spurlock, 47, wrote "I am part of the problem,” in a blog post in which he confessed to settling a sexual harassment lawsuit, cheating on all of his romantic partners, including both of his wives, and was accused of rape in college. 

The post was shared from Spurlock's verified Twitter account. A representative for the documentarian declined to provide a comment.

In a tweet after his blog post, Spurlock said he was "seeking help."



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<![CDATA['Late Night': Black Women Axed Moore and Omarosa in 1 Night]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:41:50 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/myr_amber-151324016744600002.jpg

"Tonight Show" correspondent Amber Ruffin says "you're welcome" on behalf of black women for the Democratic win in Alabama's Senate race. She enthusiastically says black women not only got rid of Roy Moore, but they also got rid of Omarosa, "both in one night!"

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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Moore, Bannon and Trump Loss]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:50:44 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/lossScreen-Shot-2017-12-14-at-3.48.54-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at the Democrats' shocking Alabama election victory, which delivered a stunning blow to both Steve Bannon and President Donald Trump.



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<![CDATA['Tonight': Jaboukie Young-White Performs TV Stand-Up Debut]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:34:45 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tjf_jaboukieyoungwhite_20171213-151323901417700002.jpg

Jaboukie Young-White makes his TV stand-up debut with jokes about how his race changes city to city, why millennials are broke and how Donald Trump's presidency makes everyday tasks revolutionary.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': How Black Women Helped Stop Roy Moore]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:25:29 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/blkwomenroyScreen-Shot-2017-12-14-at-3.18.36-AM.jpg

"Tonight Show" correspondent Yamaneika Saunders tells Jimmy Fallon her back and every black woman's back across America hurts from carrying the weight of the election in Alabama. She says black women are as excited as Roy Moore would be if he was allowed back into Limited Too. 



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<![CDATA[Tavis Smiley, Suspended by PBS, Vows to Fight Back]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:45:32 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/smilAP_673656454166.jpg

PBS has suspended radio and TV host Tavis Smiley after finding what it called "troubling allegations" of sexual misconduct, making him the second high-profile star to be ousted from a network known for its high-brow, genteel programming.

The Public Broadcasting Service said Wednesday an independent investigation uncovered "multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS." His show's page at PBS was scrubbed on Thursday.

Smiley shot back on Facebook, saying PBS "overreacted" and calling it "a rush to judgment." He said he has never harassed anyone and claimed one relationship the network uncovered was consensual.


"If having a consensual relationship with a colleague years ago is the stuff that leads to this kind of public humiliation and personal destruction, heaven help us," he said. "This has gone too far. And, I, for one, intend to fight back."

PBS responded to Smiley's accusations by saying it stands by the integrity of the investigation. "The totality of the investigation, which included Mr. Smiley, revealed a pattern of multiple relationships with subordinates over many years," a PBS spokesperson said.

The ouster comes weeks after PBS cut ties with anchor and talk show host Charlie Rose, citing "extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior" by him toward women at his PBS talk show.

Smiley brought rare diversity to late-night TV and has drawn the ire of conservatives and liberals alike for some of his views. He has worked for six networks over a 30-year career. His radio program "The Tavis Smiley Show" was distributed by Public Radio International from 2005 to 2013. He has been with PBS for 14 seasons and some 3,000 episodes.

Smiley also has a development deal with Warner Bros. Television and was working with J.J. Abrams to turn his new book about Michael Jackson's last days and death into a limited TV series. He also has a podcast via PodcastOne.


Smiley was expected to launch a nationwide 40-city tour of a theatrical production next month focusing on the last year of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. "Death of a King: A Live Theatrical Experience" is based on Smiley's 2014 book of the same title and was to start Jan. 15, King's birthday.

"Death of a King" is being produced by Mills Entertainment, which did not respond Thursday to requests for comment. Several of the venues slated to host the show did not respond to queries about whether the show would play as scheduled. One that did, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, said: "We just learned of these allegations and at this time will reserve comment."

Walmart, which had been a sponsor of Smiley's talk show and the upcoming touring theatrical show, cut ties with him. "We take these issues very seriously and are troubled by the recent allegations," the retail giant said in a statement. "As a result, we are suspending our relationship with Mr. Smiley, pending the outcome of the PBS investigation."

Hay House, which distributes the Smiley Books imprint, said all Smiley projects were "on hold" pending an internal review. Smiley had planned in September to release "Leading by Listening: Connecting through Conversation to Transform Your Relationships and Your Business."

The dismissals of Smiley and Rose at PBS follow dozens of firings and suspensions of prominent men who have been accused of sexual misconduct or harassment. The wave began this fall with allegations lodged against Harvey Weinstein and has impacted numerous high-profile TV and media figures, with Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor, journalist Mark Halperin, NPR news chief Michael Oreskes, reporter Glenn Thrush and New Republic editor Leon Wieseltier all felled, among others.

According to Variety, the investigation into Smiley found that he had engaged in sexual relationships with multiple subordinates and created "a verbally abusive and threatening environment."

Smiley in a Facebook post claims PBS "refused to provide me the names of any accusers, refused to speak to my current staff, and refused to provide me any semblance of due process to defend myself against allegations from unknown sources."

AP National Writer Hillel Italie contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Goodbye Princess: The Enduring Force of Carrie Fisher]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:02:14 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/210*120/GettyImages-607402204_master.jpg

An air of finality looms over the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi" – and not just in the title.

The installment marks the farewell flesh-and-blood performance of Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa, who first flickered onto screens 40 years ago as a hologram beamed by a droid.

The film, opening Friday, nearly a year after Fisher's death at age 60, marks an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of an actress who gave life to one of moviedom's most iconic characters. The movie, dedicated to Fisher, doesn't represent a goodbye as much as a chance to say thank you.

The most powerful force behind “Star Wars,” particularly for those of us old enough to recall the opening of the original chapter, is memory. That's been the strength and occasional bane of a series rooted its past as much as its future.

We all know the story that started long, long ago: George Lucas's original 1977-1983 trilogy blasted into pop culture history. His 1999-2005 prequel trio landed with a thud.

Disney bought the franchise for $4 billion in 2012. The studio scored with 2015's satisfyingly retro "The Force Awakens" and last year’s excellent one-off "Rogue One," which ended on a note of hope, sounded by a back-to-the-future rendering of Princess Leia.

Judging from early reviews, first time "Star Wars" director Rian Johnson largely succeeded in merging the best of the old and the new with "The Last Jedi."

While more one-offs are in the works, including a young Han Solo flick directed by Ron Howard, the final film in the current trilogy is two years away.

Barring any change of mind on using digital recreations or old footage, "Episode IX" won't include Fisher.

Over the last four decades, we've watched Fisher’s Leia go from a teenage princess asking Obi Wan Kenobi for help to kicking stormtrooper butt to leading the Resistance as a general.

We've also seen Leia's spirit represented in generations of movie heroines from Sarah Connor to Hermione Granger to Wonder Woman and Jedi-hopeful Rey, stars of what are likely to end up as the two biggest action movies to debut in 2017.

Rey is poised to be trained by Luke Skywalker, Leia's brother and presumably the "Last Jedi" of the film's title. The return of Mark Hamill, teased at the end of "The Force Awakens," offers a major draw.

But the biggest cheers filling movie theaters around the world, no doubt, will be reserved for Fisher.

Luke's mentor, Yoda, once said: “Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force."

The sage's words are worth remembering during "The Last Jedi" and the "Star Wars" adventures to come – all riding the enduring wave of hope Fisher and her greatest cinematic creation, Leia, embodied.

Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Have Mercy! John Stamos to Be a First-Time Dad at 54]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:04:29 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/John-Stamos-and-Caitlin-McHughGettyImages-652497224.jpg

Uncle Jesse is going to be a dad in real life.

John Stamos announced that he is expecting his first child with fiancee Caitlin McHugh, 31.

The 54-year old "Fuller House" star said that he always wanted to be a dad, but wasn't sure if it would happen because of his age.

"People would say, 'You should have a child.' I was like, 'That ship has sailed,'" he told People Magazine.

In October, Stamos proposed to McHugh at Disneyland after two years of dating. He decided to propose after finding out that she was pregnant.

"I said I better have a ring on her finger because it's the right thing to do, and I wanted to marry her anyway," he said. "So I called her parent to ask, and it was like, 'You better!'"



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<![CDATA['Titanic' and 'Die Hard' Among Films Added to Film Registry]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:48:32 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/filmregister.jpg

A band of misfits known as the Goonies, a sinking ship, some baseball ghosts and the unrelenting New York cop John McClane are being added to the prestigious National Film Registry.

The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that the films "The Goonies," ''Titanic," ''Field of Dreams" and "Die Hard" are among the 25 movies tapped for preservation this year.

The library selects movies for preservation because of their cultural, historic or artistic importance.

This year's slate includes the 1987 musical biopic "La Bamba," ''Superman" from 1978, the 2000 thriller "Memento" and 1941's animated "Dumbo."

This year's picks bring the total number of films in the registry to 725. Last year, "The Breakfast Club," ''The Princess Bride" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Thelma & Louise" were picked.



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<![CDATA[Anderson Cooper: Trump Taunt on Twitter Wasn't From Me]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:59:31 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/anderson-cooper-trump.jpg

CNN's Anderson Cooper said Wednesday that someone had "gained access" to his Twitter account and sent out a tweet calling President Donald Trump a "pathetic loser."

The taunt from Cooper's verified account came after Trump had tweeted in the wake of Doug Jones' projected win in Alabama's Senate election. Trump noted that he had first backed Roy Moore's primary opponent, Luther Strange.

"Oh Really? You endorsed him you tool! Pathetic loser," Cooper's Twitter account replied.

Cooper later posted that he "just woke up to find out someone gained access to my twitter account" and was investigating.

Until Wednesday, no messages had been posted to his account since Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Braxton Says Dallas Bar Banned Her For Looking 'Gangster']]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:31:36 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-870678388.jpg

Singer Tamar Braxton took to social media saying a Dallas bar turned her away Monday night for looking "like a gangster."

The bar at the center of the controversy, JR's Bar and Grill on Cedar Springs Road in Dallas, responded after receiving a wave of backlash. The eatery acknowledged Braxton was turned away, but did not elaborate as to why she was denied entry.

"Our posted policies regarding entrance into JR’s Bar & Grill are to both ensure the safety of all our customers and to certify that our staff are in accordance with the law when serving alcohol – without exception," JR's Bar and Grill said in a statement released to NBC 5. "In this instance, we were simply following our published procedures. It would have been a beautiful experience and honor to add Tamar Braxton to the long list of celebrities who have enjoyed JR's as a safe and inclusive entertainment venue. We are deeply saddened that she didn't experience the love that awaited her inside."

Braxton is in town to perform at The Great Xscape Tour at Verizon Theatre on Dec. 13.



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<![CDATA['Tonight': Judd Apatow Was Tricked Into Playing Himself ]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:31:58 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e045_788_juddapatow_tricked_20171212-151314963868800002.jpg

Judd Apatow makes a case for why his HBO documentary on Garry Shandling should be longer than "O.J.: Made in America" and reveals how James Franco tricked him into playing a terrible version of "himself" in "The Disaster Artist."

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<![CDATA['Tonight': 'Peanuts' ('Riverdale' Parody)]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:23:01 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/peanutsScreen-Shot-2017-12-13-at-4.19.07-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon's "Riverdale" parody, inspired by "Peanuts," features cameos from KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Madelaine Petsch and Cole Sprouse.



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<![CDATA['Late Night': Seth Rogen's New Movie Honors 'The Room']]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:06:30 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e042_624_sethrogen_theroom_20171212-151314961139300002.jpg

Seth Rogen and James Franco's new movie "The Disaster Artist" tells the story of the hilariously bad film "The Room," which garnered a cult following in Los Angeles and beyond.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Couple Things About Roy Moore's Wife Kayla]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:53:19 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e042_624_couplethings_20171212-151314957670200002.jpg

Seth Meyers has a couple of things to say to Roy Moore's wife, Kayla Moore, about her referring to their lawyer as "a Jew."

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<![CDATA[NBC to Air 70th Primetime Emmy Awards]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:55:11 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17261135681970.jpg

The next Primetime Emmy Awards will move to Monday night to avoid a huge potential tackle by "Sunday Night Football."

NBC and the Television Academy said Tuesday that the three-hour telecast will air Sept. 17. The last time the Emmys was staged on a Monday was in 2014.

The ceremony aired on a Sunday this year and was hosted by Stephen Colbert. It competed with pro football and drew 11.4 million people, one of the show's lowest ratings.

No host has been announced for the 2018 ceremony yet, which will originate from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

The ceremony is hosted on a rotating basis by ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox.




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<![CDATA['Tonight': 'Star Wars' Characters Sing 'MMMBop']]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:09:27 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/jim_ETJF0787C1_TWITTER-151306443400600002.jpg

In honor of the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" premiere, Jimmy Fallon re-edits footage from the "Star Wars" films to make the characters sing "MMMBop" by Hanson.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Charades with Zendaya and Billy Crudup]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:59:31 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/charadesScreen-Shot-2017-12-12-at-3.57.11-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and Zendaya battle it out against Billy Crudup and The Roots' Tariq Trotter in a competitive game of charades.



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