<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usSun, 22 Oct 2017 20:49:02 -0500Sun, 22 Oct 2017 20:49:02 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Amid Scandal, Weinstein Company's Future Remains in Question]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:54:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17281854843740.jpg

This week, the number of women reportedly accusing producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault grew to more than 60, NBC News reported. Added to that are allegations that the board wrote a weak employment contract, allowing Weinstein to simply pay a fine if the company was forced to settle claims.

Amid the ongoing scandal, the future of The Weinstein Co. remains uncertain. Two possible options: declaring bankruptcy or being acquired by an outside company.

Meanwhile, the finger pointing has begun. Those associated with Weinstein are trying to defend themselves against allegations that they knew about his past behavior and did nothing.

While Weinstein’s lawyers deny any non-consensual relationships, projects have fallen away, staff are exiting, and two thirds of the company's board have quit.



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<![CDATA[Sue the System: Graffiti Mecca Whitewashing Goes to Court]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:58:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Graffiti+Mecca-Lawsui_Carl.jpg

For two decades, Jerry Wolkoff let graffiti artists use his crumbling Queens warehouse complex as a canvas for their vibrant works. Artists gave the spot the name "5Pointz" — a place where all five New York City boroughs come together — but painters traveled from as far as Japan and Brazil to tag, bomb and burn at what became a graffiti mecca and a tourist destination.

But like most graffiti, it didn't last. Wolkoff whitewashed the building in 2013 then tore it down to build luxury apartment towers.

Four years later, some of the artists whose work was destroyed are in court, arguing that even though the building belonged to Wolkoff, the art was protected by federal law.

A trial that started Tuesday at a federal court in Brooklyn will determine whether the artists should be compensated for the lost work.

More than 20 artists sued Wolkoff under the Visual Artists Rights Act, or VARA, a 1990 federal statute that protects artists' rights even if someone else owns the physical artwork. 

Barry Werbin, an attorney specializing in intellectual property, said the case is significant because no lawsuit under the statute has been tried by a jury before.

"Juries are very hard to predict, but if their sympathies lie with the artists, that could go a long way," he said.

Expert witnesses will argue that the 5Pointz work merited protection. A secondary issue is whether the artists could have removed murals from the side of a building if Wolkoff had given them the statutory 90-day notice that the works would be destroyed. The whitewashing was done by surprise, at night.

Scott Haskins, a mural conservator who has worked on everything from 14th-century Italian frescoes to California street art, said in some cases it's possible to peel a mural off a wall.

"Every situation is different," Haskins said. "If there's a complicated layering of paint and it's kind of thick you have a better chance to get it off."

Wolkoff, who allowed artists to begin painting his buildings starting in the 1990s, has argued that the work was inherently transient, since the artists continually painted over each other's work.

"That's the idea of graffiti," Wolkoff told The New York Times before the trial began. "There were tens of thousands of paintings there, over the years, and they'd last for three or six or nine months."

Artists always knew, he said, that he would eventually tear the buildings down and develop apartment towers.

In the years since, street artists began wielding aerosol cans at 5Pointz, graffiti has moved from the periphery to the center of the art world, with work by onetime outsider artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat selling for millions of dollars.

The 5Pointz artists tried unsuccessfully to get a court order to halt the demolition, and then sued for monetary damages. They have cited favorable opinions from museum directors and commissions from leading brands like Heineken and Swatch to prove their work's market value.

Jonathan Cohen, the artist known as Meres One who curated the 5Pointz graffiti under an agreement with Wolkoff, has had works shown at the Orlando Art Museum and several New York galleries, according to his site. Other 5Pointz artists have had solo gallery shows and mural commissions and their work has appeared in TV shows and ad campaigns.

Does that mean their 5Pointz artworks had recognized stature and should have been protected under VARA?

"It's really up to judicial interpretation," said Philippa Loengard, deputy director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia University. "Who determines what recognized means? And stature? Is it a local standard? Does it have to be nationally known? There's no guideline for what is recognized stature, so it really is up to the court."

Wolkoff has said he respected the artists who have sued him and was a fan of their work.

And whether the artists like it or not, their work will be commemorated in the two residential high-rises now under construction at the 5Pointz site in Long Island City. Renderings on the website of interior designers Mojo Stumer Associates show common spaces lavishly decorated with graffiti-style art.




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<![CDATA['Top Chef Jr.' Introduces New Generation to Culinary Arts]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:55:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/topchefjr.jpg

Looking for the next Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsey or Anthony Bourdain? Well, you may want to try tuning into Universal Kids where the chefs of the future are busy donning their aprons. 

"Top Chef Jr.," the new spin-off of the Bravo hit "Top Chef," debuted on Oct. 13 on Universal Kids. The show features 12 contestants’ ages 11 to 14 years competing for the coveted Top Chef Jr. title... and the $50K cash price that comes with it. 

Host Vanessa Lachey and head judge Curtis Stone guide the young chefs through classic challenges like ‘restaurant wars’ and the ‘quick fire challenge,’ as well as brand new kid-friendly challenges on the show.

"The audience can expect a little bit of everything" says Lachey. "I just hope that families can sit down together and hopefully it would inspire them to get into the kitchen together."

Out of the family of five, Lachey says her 2-year-old daughter Brooklyn is the one who shares her love of the culinary arts. The mother of three mentions her role as a mother has shaped the way she interacts with the young contestants throughout the competition.

Stone also shares his children have been involved in his cooking since they were able to hold their heads up. Stone believes cooking together is a body experience for the entire family

"It’s cool for them to be interested in something” he says. "I think when you’ve created a product like this, it turns into an amazing family viewing."

A celebrity chef who discovered a passion for cooking at the age of 4, Stone has been a former host and judge for "Top Chef."  According to Curtis, these junior chefs have demonstrated more professionalism when it comes to receiving criticism than what he's seen in the adult competition.

“These young chefs just nod their heads and their like 'Right. Gotcha. Ok. Thank you' and they learn from it,” says Curtis.

Their willingness to take direction hasn't made life any easier for Stone. As the show progresses, it's gotten more difficult to eliminate contestants. Each budding chef has demonstrated "immense growth" in their cooking," says Stone. It all came down to eliminating contestants who were not able to complete a meal.

"As far as taste they all tasted good. As far as technique they were all pretty on point. As far as passion and creativity they were all there” says Lachey. 

In the upcoming 14 episodes, viewers can expect seeing the young chefs traveling and meeting celebrity top chefs like Michael Voltaggio, among others. Before the launch of the anticipated series, "Top Chef Jr." announced it had been picked up for a second season.



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<![CDATA[Man Arrested Near Denzel Washington Movie Set in Boston]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:40:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Denzel-WashingtonGettyImages-645901906.jpg

A man is under arrest following a carjacking on Thursday night near the set of a Denzel Washington movie being filmed near Boston’s South End.

Police say the suspect, Victor Lee, 52, of Dorchester, had stolen a woman’s purse at a nearby business a few blocks away from the area of Shawmut Avenue and Union Park Street.

While approaching the suspect, police say that Lee turned around and was holding a large knife in his hand and began coming towards officers.

After police pulled their firearms and told the suspect to stop, Lee allegedly moved away, got into a car that was stopped nearby, and tried to drive away. The driver that was inside the car was able to get out as police began to surround the vehicle.

As officers got near the car, the suspect allegedly threw his knife directly at one officer.

Unable to drive away, officers used pepper spray on Lee and took him into custody following a violent struggle.

Lee will be in court to face charges including carjacking, assault, and resisting arrest.

Lee, along with other officers at the scene, were treated for exposure to pepper spray.

This is the second time the set of Washington’s film “The Equalizer 2” has become an actual crime scene. Earlier this month, two people were arrested near the set following a non-fatal double shooting.





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<![CDATA[Rebecca Black Recounts 'Friday' Cyberbullying at 13]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:58:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rebecca-BlackGettyImages-486019858.jpg

"Friday" singer Rebecca Black wrote an essay for NBC News’ THINK opinion section discussing the online bullying she faced after rocketing to fame at age 13:

I was skipping my way through the minefield of early adolescence, experiencing the same low-grade bullying that most kids do, when I recorded a music video during a school break, just to help me gain some experience and have some fun. When “Friday” went up on the internet, it went crazy — and the onslaught of negative attention I receive was so sudden and so intense that I wasn’t sure I would survive. 

One minute, I was a normal girl and then, in the next, millions of people know who I was and they were ruthless in hurling the most vile words my way. People were writing things all over the internet, on social media and they were laughing at me on TV shows, and making fun of me in YouTube videos. It was open season and I was the target. The fact that there was a human, a person — a 13-year-old girl — on the other side of the screen seemingly escaped so many people’s attention.



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<![CDATA[Playboy Unveils First Transgender Playmate]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:23:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/playboygender.jpg

Since Hugh Hefner passed away in September, there's been a lot of talk about all the boundaries his magazine has pushed in its 64 years of production. Playboy has always been closely linked to the public's perception of women and sex, and the magazine doesn't seem to be changing that any time soon.

Meet Ines Rau.

The 26-year-old French model of North African descent has been named Playboy's first openly transgender Playmate. The newcomer is New York based and has close to 240,000 Instagram followers.

Transgender individuals have posed for Playboy in the past, though none of them were official Playmates at the time, which is a title reserved for the centerfold models of the magazine. Rau herself posed for Playboy in a 2014 nude feature called "Evolution," which launched her modeling career.

Rau posed for the spread shortly after her coming out and then signed with an agency after the acclaim the feature brought.

Rau will accompany her upcoming spread with an interview about her journey and struggle with identity. She tells Playboy, "I lived a long time without saying I was transgender. I dated a lot and almost forgot. I was scared of never finding a boyfriend and being seen as weird. Then I was like, 'You know, you should just be who you are.' It's a salvation to speak the truth about yourself, whether it's your gender, sexuality, whatever. The people who reject you aren't worth it. It's not about being loved by others; it's about loving yourself."

Rau notes in her interview that "being a woman doesn't mean being extremely feminine all the time. Being a woman is just being a woman."

Rau's photo editorial will be featured in the November/December 2017 issue, which will also pay tribute to the late founder on its cover.

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<![CDATA[9-Year-Old Amputee Who Survived Wildfires Joins Ellen]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:19:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ellengirl.jpg

It's been a long, arduous road for Lilly Biagini.

First the 9-year-old, who was born with arthrogryposis, a severe joint disorder, underwent the amputation of both her legs above the knee a few years ago. Now she and her family have lost their rental home in Santa Rosa, California, as well as her prosthetic legs and wheelchair, in the wildfires that ravaged the region.

Biagini and her mother, Jessica, were featured on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" Thursday, where they shared their story and the hurdles they face in the wake of the wildfires.  

"At 1 a.m. we were awoken from a phone call from my grandmother," said Jessica Biagini. "I immediately grab Lilly, she's my best friend." 

Jessica Biagini left her cell phone at home when they jumped into her mother's car and drove to her grandmother's house. 

"I turned around and realized we're OK and sitting in traffic and I was like 'Lil' and she goes 'mom, my legs, my wheelchair, my shorties, where are they?' and I'm like I can't get back to the house," she said. 

The mother tried to drive back but was not allowed to return to the town by officials battling the wildfires. 

After the fire, they were allowed to visit their house only to find her white car covered in ashes and Lilly's wheelchair destroyed. The mom also found Lilly's birthday presents - the big day is Nov. 3 - had burned. 

DeGeneres and Shutterfly surprised the mother and daughter with a new 2017 Nissan Versa, and revealed a trunk full of birthday presents for Lilly. 

DeGeneres also announced she’s starting a campaign to raise money for the victims of the California wildfires and encouraged people to go to GOFUNDME.COM/ELLEN to contribute.

On the same show, DeGeneres spoke out on the #MeToo movement, which encourages people to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault.

"So, millions of people have come out posting ‘Me Too.’ I applaud them all, I think it’s brave, and I think it’s important to speak out and not be shamed by anyone. It is not always easy, but we have to do that," she said. "And that is why I posted and I will say it right now out loud - me too."

-NBC's Estefania Hernandez contributed to this story.


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<![CDATA[Blac Chyna Sues Entire Kardashian Clan for 'Slut Shaming']]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:49:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-834476720.jpg

Rob Kardashian's ex-fiancé filed a lawsuit Tuesday against him and his entire family for allegedly damaging her brand by "slut-shaming her on social media."

Blac Chyna's Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges assault, battery, distribution of private materials, domestic violence, harassment, intrusion into private affairs, false light invasion of privacy and defamation.

Chyna, whose real name is Angela White, names Rob, his mother Kris Jenner and sisters Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner.

A representative for the Kardashians could not be immediately reached for comment.

Chyna, 29, accuses Rob Kardashian of physical abuse, claiming that when she tried to call Tyga — the father of her 5-year-old son and Kylie Jenner's former flame — Rob "immediately grabbed the phone from her hand and violently knocked her to the ground where she landed on her hands and knees." 

She also alleges her reputation was damaged after Kardashian shared graphic content about her, including three nude photos, on social media.

"Rob Kardashian is an abuser intent on destroying (Chyna), the mother of his baby, who left him in 2016," the suit states.

The former couple has an 11-month-old daughter.

In retaliation for the breakup, Rob Kardashian began "slut-shaming her on social media," the suit states.

The suit alleges the Kardashians are a "powerful, vindictive family" who have "done enough damage to (Chyna's) career and professional reputation, which she single-handedly built from scratch."



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<![CDATA[Vegas Security Guard Opens Up on 'Ellen' About Mass Shooting]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:30:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ellenvegas.jpg

A Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino security guard and building engineer, who were the first to encounter Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, recounted their harrowing experience Wednesday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Jesus Campos and Stephen Schuck were both working at Mandalay Bay the evening of Oct. 1 when shots rang out from the 32nd floor of the resort onto a crowd attending the a country music festival.

Campos said he was notified about a door that was left open on the 32nd floor. He was eventually shot in the leg by Paddock, but managed to radio for help.

"As I was walking down [the hallway] I heard rapid fire," an emotional Campos told DeGeneres. "I felt a burning sensation, I want to go lift my pant leg up and I saw the blood."

Schuck, the buildings engineer, also went to investigate a door was left open and eventually stumbled across a wounded Campos.

Mandalay Bay building engineer Stephen Schuck he thought he was hearing jackhammers. 

But then he realized there wouldn't be construction on a Sunday night. The shooter opened fire out the windows at a concert below Oct. 1, killing 58 people.

Schuck says it was quiet when he reached the hallway to investigate a security guard's report of an emergency exit door bolted shut.

Guard Jesus Campos was already shot in the leg and warned Schuck to take cover as bullets started whizzing past his head. Schuck wasn't injured and he credits Campos with saving his life.

Campos said he’s still recovering, "I am doing better each day. Slowly, but surely just healing physically and mentally."

DeGeneres presented Campos with season tickets for the Raiders once they moved to Las Vegas and Schuck with a trip to meet his favorite team, the Indianapolis Colts, as well as a VIP ticket to a game.

Shutterfly also presented Campos with a $25,000 check that is to be donated to a GoFundMe page for victims of the shooting in his name.



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<![CDATA['Project Runway' Fashion Designer Mychael Knight Dies ]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:59:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/projectrun.jpg

Georgia fashion designer Mychael Knight, who was a finalist on the popular TV competition show "Project Runway," died Tuesday at age 39.

Knight died outside Atlanta surrounded by family and friends, said friend Jerris Madison, the editor and photographer of Obvious Magazine, a fashion, lifestyle and cultural publication.

An official cause of death has not been released, but Knight had extensively shared his five-year struggles with irritable bowel syndrome, writing in now-deleted Facebook posts that he suffered chronic abdominal pain, a "leaky gut," extreme fatigue and exhaustion.

"He was innovative, unapologetic, kind and giving," Madison said of Knight. "He made sure that anybody who was in his core circle, his family, his friends, didn't have to want for anything. He was just an amazing man."

Knight appeared on Season 3 of "Project Runway," which aired on Bravo, finishing fourth that year. He returned for "Project Runway All-Stars," finishing eighth on the show that now airs on the Lifetime network.

"We are saddened to hear about the passing of a member of the Project Runway family," said Lifetime spokeswoman Dee Perez in a statement. "It's a loss of a great talent and we wish his family peace and solace during this difficult time."

Knight spent his childhood in Montgomery, Alabama, but graduated from Washingtonville Senior High School in Washingtonville, New York, in 1996. Later that same year, he began his freshman year of college at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. In 2001, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in apparel design and merchandising.

After completing his undergraduate studies, Knight broke into the fashion industry in Atlanta by working as an intern at Wilbourn Exclusives in 2001 before becoming a fashion stylist in the music industry in 2002.

In 2006, Knight became a contestant for "Project Runway," and went on to win that season's fan favorite award. The next year, he introduced his label, Mychael Knight, on BET's "Rip the Runway" and he designed a line of custom tees for the Starbucks Corp.

In 2008, Knight launched Kitty & Dick, his lingerie label for men and women, and his unisex fragrance, MajK.

Madison said "Project Runway" definitely helped expand Knight's brand, which caught the eye of celebrities like Toni Braxton, Sheri Shepard and Eva Marcille, who ultimately became his clients.

"His name was still on people's minds," Madison said. "The industry is very competitive, but he continued to do it his way."

Madison said Knight, who had been living in Los Angeles, was always sharp and chic in his personal style and that carried over into his collections.

"He died doing what he loved," Madison said. "And you can see that in his final collection presented (last month) at New York Fashion Week. It was amazing. The industry has lost a true innovator. Mychael was just getting to that point where people were saying 'Hey, I remember this guy.' He was about to be huge and really wanted to capitalize on affordable sportswear for women of all sizes."

In addition to his parents, Michael Sr. and Pamela Knight, Knight is survived by two sisters.

"Mychael meant everything to us and we loved him dearly. He was generous and so full of life. This is how we choose to remember his legacy," the family said in a statement.

Funeral arrangements were pending.





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<![CDATA[Amazon Studios Chief Resigns Amid Harassment Allegations ]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:10:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_769791487389.jpg

Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has resigned after sexual harassment allegations surfaced, CNBC has confirmed.

Price was put on a leave of absence "effective immediately" on Thursday when reports emerged that he allegedly sexually harassed an Amazon TV producer.

"The Man in the High Castle" producer Isa Hackett said Price made lewd comments toward her and propositioned her while she was promoting the show in 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hackett's allegations follow multiple complaints of sexual harassment and assault lodged against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

In a statement last week, Amazon said it was reviewing options for projects it has with the Weinstein company.



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<![CDATA['I Cried': Headey Reveals Harrowing Encounter With Weinstein]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:36:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/188*120/emmy-38-GettyImages-520955824_master.jpg

"Game of Thrones" star Lena Headey has taken to social media to reveal her own harrowing encounter with Harvey Weinstein.

In what is now becoming an all-too-familiar refrain, she says the former movie mogul made inappropriate advances while trying to escort her to his hotel room.

Weinstein was fired last week by the film production company he helped create. The allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein — which he has denied — span decades and include many of the film industry's leading actresses.

On Tuesday, a knowledgeable source confirmed with NBC News that Weinstein resigned from the board of his compnay.

Earlier in the week it was revealed the compnay may be putting itself up for sale and that it would receive an immediate cash infusion from Colony Capital while it's in negotiations for the potential sale of all or a significant portion of the company.

Colony Capital, the private-equity arm of Colony NorthStar, was founded by Thomas Barrack, a close adviser to President Donald Trump. Barrack chaired Trump's presidential inaugural committee.



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<![CDATA[The Potential Pratfalls of Finding Humor in Weinstein]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:42:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17281854843740.jpg

The most effective lines delivered by a comedian so far about the sexual assault and harassment allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein proved more sad than funny.

"Everything old is new again. Producers are abusing starlets. There’s Nazis marching in the street. Suddenly nude pantyhose are on trend. I’ve never felt more at home!"  "Saturday Night Live" star Kate McKinnon spoke those words as Debette Goldry, a recurring old-time actress character who regularly recounts seemingly over-the-top tales about past abuse of women in Hollywood.

The skit used humor to offer sobering perspective as comedians on “SNL” and beyond grappled with a serious question: What's so funny about Harvey Weinstein?

Recent reports, starting with The New York Times and The New Yorker, used on-the-record interviews to detail decades of Weinstein preying on actresses (he denies sexual assault allegations, but concedes his behavior “has caused a lot of pain”).

Folks expect comedians to weigh in on high-profile cases like this –  "SNL" faced criticism after failing to tackle Weinstein’s disgrace during its Oct. 7 broadcast (Weinstein jokes that didn’t getting laughs during dress rehearsal were cut, according to The Times).

But the line between mocking Weinstein and adding to his accusers' pain is less clear than the boundary the movie producer allegedly crossed. 

CBS "Late Late Show" host James Corden discovered as much after making some Weinstein-inspired cracks at a charity event on a "beautiful" Friday night in Los Angeles.

The night was so beautiful, Corden observed, Weinstein asked it "up to his hotel to give him a massage." Corden later apologized after being slammed on social media.

Corden’s CBS colleague Stephen Colbert climbed out on a similar limb – assailing Weinstein’s “monstrous behavior,” while employing some of the more sickening aspects of news accounts as joke fodder.  

Samantha Bee devoted nearly six-minutes of TBS’ “Full Frontal” to the Weinstein case, noting women aren’t safe from harassment anywhere – including Antarctica. Seth Meyers briefly turned over his NBC program to three women from the “Late Night” writing staff to skewer Weinstein (Amber Ruffin, lambasting Weinstein’s excuse about him being a product of different workplace expectations of the 1960s and 1970s, asked, “Does he lose his s--- every time he sees a microwave?”).

“SNL” also addressed the Weinstein saga during “Weekend Update,” as Colin Jost scoffed at reports the Oscar-winning producer was considering sex addiction treatment. “He needs a specialized facility where there are no women, no contact with the outside world, metal bars – and it’s a prison,” Jost said.

It's a time to choose words carefully – unlike, say, NBC sports announcer Al Michaels, clearly no comic, who apologized Sunday after crassly comparing Weinstein's downfall to the New York Giants' poor season. 

But it’s not time for comedians to back away from lampooning those who abuse their authority – especially when the country is led by a self-styled entertainer who infamously boasted of accosting women.

As the fictional Debette Goldry underscored on “SNL,” some things never change – including the power of satire to root out the ugly truth

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[All Hail the Queen: Latifah Honored at VH1 Gala]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:49:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/latifahclef.jpg

It's been a good week to be the Queen. Just days after being presented with the Jimmy Iovine Icon Award at the Revolt Music Conference in Miami, Queen Latifah was center stage in New York Monday night as one of the honorees of the VH1 "Save the Music" 20th anniversary gala.

Latifah was honored for her contributions to the world of music and continued efforts to ensure students in every school across the country have access to music as part of their school day. Grammy-winning musician Wyclef Jean performed at the event. Wyclef praised Latifah for her long standing commitment for mentoring up and coming groups, including Wyclef's own Fugees back in the day.

"Latifah is family. She's magical. She's been responsible for so many people's careers including the Fugees. People don't know that," he said. "Latifah put the Fugees on tour before the Fugees were the Fugees. She sees greatness. I love her for that."

Before the event Latifah also chimed in on the #MeToo movement that has spread across social media as women share their stories of sexual harassment and abuse. 

"I think it's very important that women speak out as much as possible and the men. Men have been through this too you know. It's a culture that needs to change and it needs to start at the top like with our president," she said. "It's an attitude adjustment that needs to happen."

Other honorees included DJ Khaled and record producer, DJ, and music executive Steve Aoki who received the Music Innovator Award. 

Since its founding in 1997, the Save the Music Foundation has donated $53M worth of new musical instruments to over 2,000 public schools in 251 school districts in the U.S.



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<![CDATA[‘Fixer Upper' Stars Reveal Why They’re Ending Show]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:30:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Fixer-Upper-Gaines.jpg

In their first joint interview since announcing they’re ending their beloved HGTV hit "Fixer Upper," Chip and Joanna Gaines tell "Today" anchors what led to their decision.

“We wanted to take a step back and focus on our relationship,” Chip said. "I'm an idiot. When we got into this this I thought it was a get rich quick scheme. I thought we could work about eight hours a month and supposedly you end up with all these riches when it's done. But it's not that easy. The emotion and the amount of energy it takes to pour into this."

Joanna adds, "I get people being upset because I feel we’ve all grown with the audience. They’ve come along with us. On the other side there was also encouragement. Even though it was sad they get it. We have this growing family and that was one of the biggest reasons why we wanted to end it."


The decorating duo from Waco, Texas, became stars remodeling homes on the reality TV show that began in 2013. In “Fixer Upper,” the couple shows three potential homes to a couple for purchase. After the couple chooses a home, Chip serves as the lead contractor while Joanna is the designer.

The couple called season five of “Fixer Upper,” which premieres on Nov. 28, the “perfect finale” to their amazing journey.

The spinoff of the series, "Fixer Upper: Behind the Design,” which offers a behind-the-scenes look at Joanna’s design strategies and how Chip and Jo pull their projects together, will still premiere shortly after, the couple said in their blog.



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