KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com Entertainment Entertainment en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:10:20 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Million Dollar Halloween Costume http://www.kristv.com/news/million-dollar-halloween-costume/ http://www.kristv.com/news/million-dollar-halloween-costume/ Entertainment Thu, 23 Oct 2014 4:35:22 AM Million Dollar Halloween Costume

Need a last-minute Halloween costume idea?

If you've got a million bucks to spare, we have just the thing,it's called the "million-dollar morphsuit."

Literally dripping with diamonds -- about 70,000 of them -- the costume is skin-tight spandex covering the entire body with jewels.

The designers at morph-costumes admit it's a bit heavy, but they assure the purchaser will be able to see in spite of the diamond-coating.

An interested buyer will pay 1.6 million dollars!

 


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Mr. Incredible, Catwoman, Chewbacca Get into a Fight http://www.kristv.com/news/mr-incredible-catwoman-chewbacca-get-into-a-fight/ http://www.kristv.com/news/mr-incredible-catwoman-chewbacca-get-into-a-fight/ Entertainment Thu, 23 Oct 2014 3:53:50 AM Mr. Incredible, Catwoman, Chewbacca Get into a Fight

CALIFORNIA - An unlikely cast of characters got into a rumble on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In the video shot yesterday, actors dressed as Mr. Incredible and Catwoman get into a fight outside of the TCL Chinese Theater.

That's when Chewbacca steps in to break things up.

But it's not long before punches start flying again. This time Freddy Krueger steps in to play peacemaker.

Eventually some more characters and a few bystanders step in for backup, and the fight is broken up.

 


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Frito Lay Announces New Chip Flavor http://www.kristv.com/news/frito-lay-announces-new-chip-flavor/ http://www.kristv.com/news/frito-lay-announces-new-chip-flavor/ Entertainment Tue, 21 Oct 2014 5:03:35 AM Frito Lay Announces New Chip Flavor

NEW YORK - There is a winner of the Frito Lays potato chip new flavor contest.

It's "Wasabi Ginger".

The spicy flavor beat out three other finalists - "Cappuccino" - "Mango Salsa" and "Cheddar Bacon Mac and Cheese."

About one million votes were cast online.

 


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Oscar de la Renta, Legendary Designer, Dead at 82 http://www.kristv.com/news/oscar-de-la-renta-legendary-designer-dead-at-82/ http://www.kristv.com/news/oscar-de-la-renta-legendary-designer-dead-at-82/ Entertainment Tue, 21 Oct 2014 3:26:35 AM Oscar de la Renta, Legendary Designer, Dead at 82

NEW YORK (AP) - At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs.

At the end of the show, the legendary designer himself emerged, supported by two of his models. He didn't walk on his own, and didn't go far, but he was beaming from ear to ear. He gave each model a peck on the cheek, and then returned to the wings, where models and staff could be heard cheering him enthusiastically.

De la Renta, who dressed first ladies, socialites and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, died Monday evening at his Connecticut home at age 82, only six weeks after that runway show. But not before another high-profile honor was bestowed on him: The most famous bride in the world, Amal Alamuddin, wore a custom, off-the-shoulder de la Renta gown to wed George Clooney in Venice. Photos of the smiling designer perched on a table at the dress fitting appeared in Vogue.

De la Renta died surrounded by family, friends and "more than a few dogs," according to a handwritten statement signed by his stepdaughter Eliza Reed Bolen and her husband, Alex Bolen. The statement did not specify a cause of death, but de la Renta had spoken in the past of having cancer.

"While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much with us. Oscar's hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company," the statement said. "All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit."

The late '60s and early '70s were a defining moment in U.S. fashion as New York-based designers carved out a look of their own that was finally taken seriously by Europeans. De la Renta and his peers, including the late Bill Blass, Halston and Geoffrey Beene, defined American style - and their influence is still spotted today.

De la Renta's specialty was eveningwear, though he also was known for chic daytime suits favored by the women who would gather at the Four Seasons or Le Cirque at lunchtime. His signature looks were voluminous skirts, exquisite embroideries and rich colors.

Earlier this month, first lady Michelle Obama notably wore a de la Renta dress for the first time. De la Renta had criticized her several years earlier, for not wearing an American label to a state dinner in 2011.

Among Obama's predecessors favoring de la Renta were Laura Bush, who wore an icy blue gown by de la Renta to the 2005 inaugural ball, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, who wore a gold de la Renta in 1997.

"We will miss Oscar's generous and warm personality, his charm, and his wonderful talents." Bush said in a statement. "My daughters and I have many fond memories of visits with Oscar, who designed our favorite clothes, including Jenna's wedding dress. We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful."

But de la Renta made just as big a name for himself on the Hollywood red carpet - with actresses of all ages. Penelope Cruz and Sandra Bullock were among the celebrities to don his feminine and opulent gowns. His clothes even were woven into episodes of "Sex and the City," with its style icon, Carrie Bradshaw, comparing his designs to poetry.

One actress who wore a de la Renta gown to this year's Oscars was Jennifer Garner.

"Mr. De la Renta loved women," she said on Monday evening, wiping away tears. "And you saw it in every design that he did. He honored women's features, he honored our bodies. He wasn't afraid to pull back and let the woman be the star of the look."

De la Renta was also deeply admired by his fellow designers. "He set the bar," designer Dennis Basso said on Instagram Monday night. "But most of all he was a refined elegant gentleman."

The designer's path to New York's Seventh Avenue took an unlikely route: He left his native Dominican Republic at age 18 to study painting in Spain, but soon became sidetracked by fashion. The wife of the U.S. ambassador saw some of his sketches and asked him to make a dress for her daughter - a dress that landed on the cover of Life magazine.

That led to an apprenticeship with Cristobal Balenciaga, and then de la Renta moved to France to work for couture house Lanvin. By 1963, he was working for Elizabeth Arden couture in New York and in 1965 had launched his own label.

He told the AP in 2004 that his Hispanic roots had worked their way into his designs.

"I like light, color, luminosity. I like things full of color and vibrant," he said.

While de la Renta made Manhattan his primary home, he often visited the Dominican Republic and kept a home there. Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour was a frequent visitor and she has said traveling with him was like traveling with the president.

He also had a country home in northwestern Connecticut. Gardening and dancing were among his favorite diversions from work. "I'm a very restless person. I'm always doing something. The creative process never stops," he said.

As a designer, de la Renta catered to his socialite friends and neighbors - he and his wife, Annette, were fixtures on the black-tie charity circuit - but he did make occasional efforts to reach the masses, including launching a mid-priced line in 2004 and developing a dozen or so perfumes.

He was an avid patron of the arts, serving as a board member of The Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall, among others, and he devoted considerable time to children's charity, including New Yorkers for Children. He also helped fund schools and day-care centers in La Romana and Punta Cana in his native country.

The Dominican Republic honored de la Renta with the order al Merito de Juan Pablo Duarte and the order of Cristobol Colon. In the United States, he received the Coty American Fashion Critics Award twice, was named womenswear designer of the year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2000 and also received a lifetime achievement award from the CFDA - an organization for which he served as president in the 1980s.

In addition to his own label, de la Renta spearheaded the Pierre Balmain collection from 1993-2002, marking the first time an American designed for a French couture house, and he was awarded the French Legion d'Honneur as a Commandeur. He also received the Gold Medal Award from the king and queen of Spain.

De la Renta gave up the title of chief executive of his company in 2004, handing over business duties to the Bolens, but he remained active on the design end, continuing to show his collections during New York Fashion Week.

De la Renta also is survived by an adopted son, Moises, a designer at the company.

De la Renta's first wife, French Vogue editor Francoise de Langlade, died in 1983.

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Associated Press entertainment writer Ryan Pearson in Los Angeles also contributed to this report.

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"Modern Family" Actress Dies at 55 http://www.kristv.com/news/modern-family-actress-dies-at-55/ http://www.kristv.com/news/modern-family-actress-dies-at-55/ Entertainment Thu, 16 Oct 2014 4:57:33 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Elizabeth Pena, the versatile actress who shifted between dramatic roles in such films as "Lone Star" and comedic parts in TV shows like "Modern Family," has died. She was 55.

Pena's manager, Gina Rugolo, said Wednesday the Cuban-American actress died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness. No other details were provided.

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Pena's Hollywood career spanned four decades and included roles in such movies as "La Bamba," ''Down and Out in Beverly Hills," ''Jacob's Ladder" and "Rush Hour." In filmmaker John Sayles' "Lone Star," she memorably portrayed a history teacher who rekindles a romance with an old flame, played by Chris Cooper.

Pena appeared on such TV shows as "L.A. Law," ''Dream On," ''Resurrection Blvd." and "Modern Family," where she played the mother of Sofia Vergara's character, Gloria.

She starred in the 1980s sitcom "I Married Dora" in the titular role as a housekeeper from El Salvador who weds her employer to avoid deportation.

Pena also provided her voice to Disney-Pixar's "The Incredibles," the "Justice League" cartoon series and Seth MacFarlane's "American Dad."

Pena most recently appeared on the El Rey Network drama "Matador."

She is survived by her husband, two children, mother and sister.

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'7th Heaven' Actor Accused of Child Molestation http://www.kristv.com/news/7th-heaven-actor-accused-of-child-molestation/ http://www.kristv.com/news/7th-heaven-actor-accused-of-child-molestation/ Entertainment Tue, 7 Oct 2014 6:34:05 PM Associated Press '7th Heaven' Actor Accused of Child Molestation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two cable television networks said Tuesday they would not broadcast scheduled re-runs of veteran TV actor Stephen Collins' beloved family series "7th Heaven."

The networks announced the cancellations after details of molestation allegations against Collins were reported by celebrity website TMZ.

New York police say they have an open investigation into allegations that Collins molested a teenage girl in the early 1970s.

Police spokesman Stephen David says the complaint was filed in 2012 accusing Collins of forcing a then-14-year-old girl to commit a lewd act in 1972. David says the case remains open, but no charges have been filed.

The allegations first surfaced in divorce proceedings between Collins and his wife, actress Faye Grant, who said in documents filed last year that her husband admitted the molestation.

Collins' lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan did not return phone messages seeking comment Tuesday.

Hollywood trade outlets reported that Collins had resigned a leadership post with the union SAG-AFTRA and he had been fired from the movie "Ted 2."

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Associated Press writer Tom Hayes contributed to this report from New York City.

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'Real Housewives' Stars Given Prison Time for Fraud http://www.kristv.com/news/real-housewives-stars-given-prison-time-for-fraud/ http://www.kristv.com/news/real-housewives-stars-given-prison-time-for-fraud/ Entertainment Thu, 2 Oct 2014 6:29:41 PM Associated Press 'Real Housewives' Stars Given Prison Time for Fraud

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The married stars of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" are trading the drama of reality TV for prison.

Teresa Giudice was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 15 months in prison on conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges while her husband, Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, was sentenced to 41 months by a judge who castigated them for failing to disclose all their assets yet gave both a measure of leniency.

In a nod to the couple's four young daughters, Judge Esther Salas staggered the sentences so that Teresa Giudice will serve her sentence first. Teresa Giudice is scheduled to report to prison in early January.

Teresa Giudice, 42, cried as she apologized in court before her sentencing.

"I fully take responsibility for my actions. I need to learn to take responsibility for myself," she said. "I can't even explain the pain that I have gone through. I am more sorry than anybody will ever know or understand."

Joe Giudice also apologized and said he had disgraced many people. He faces an immigration hearing when he completes his sentence and likely will be deported. His attorney has said Giudice came to the U.S. as an infant and didn't know he wasn't an American citizen until he was an adult.

A spokeswoman for NBCUniversal, which owns Bravo, the channel that airs "Real Housewives," said Thursday that the network wasn't commenting on the Giudices' position with the show.

The network said the couple will appear together on "Watch What Happens Live" on Monday night for their first postsentencing interview.

Thursday's sentencing drew a mob of media, with an overflow courtroom to accommodate spectators. At several junctures, the judge criticized the couple for omitting numerous assets from a presentencing report, including ATVs and other vehicles and jewelry.

During Teresa Giudice's sentencing, Salas said she had even considered giving her probation combined with home confinement and community service but changed her mind because of the omissions.

"You are a savvy businesswoman. You know how to brand yourself," she said. "You tell me you didn't understand you had to cooperate? It defies logic."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Romankow called the omissions "the same pattern of obstruction, concealment and manipulation as they showed in the bankruptcy case."

The couple had pleaded guilty in March, admitting they hid assets from bankruptcy creditors and submitted phony loan applications to get some $5 million in mortgages and construction loans. Joe Giudice also pleaded guilty to failing to pay taxes totaling more than $200,000.

Despite the admonitions, the judge gave Teresa Giudice a sentence below the agreed-upon range in her plea agreement, 21 to 27 months. She cited "significant mitigating circumstances" including the Giudices' four daughters, Teresa Giudice's aging parents and the fact that she had a lesser role in the conspiracy than her husband.

The judge sentenced Joe Giudice in the middle of the sentencing range contained in his plea agreement, 37 to 46 months. She chastised him for not being forthcoming about the couple's assets but noted his "giving heart" for charitable works such as rebuilding a woman's home for free after Tropical Storm Irene and helping numerous others after Superstorm Sandy.

Together, the couple also must pay $414,000 in restitution.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said that he was satisfied with the sentences and that the Giudices' celebrity status didn't sway the investigation in any direction.

"We prosecute a lot of white-collar crime," he said. "The fact that she's a celebrity played no role in what her punishment was. But we do believe that when people like Teresa Giudice and Giuseppe Giudice are investigated, prosecuted and sentenced for these types of crimes that it does send a message to everyone who's watching."

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Phelps Apologizes For Recent Arrest http://www.kristv.com/news/phelps-apologizes-for-recent-arrest/ http://www.kristv.com/news/phelps-apologizes-for-recent-arrest/ Entertainment Wed, 1 Oct 2014 6:07:37 AM Phelps Apologizes For Recent Arrest

UNDATED (AP) - He says he's sorry.

But it's now up to his sponsors, swimming officials - and the public - to decide whether to forgive Michael Phelps for his latest transgression.

The Olympic icon was arrested yesterday on DUI charges in his hometown of Baltimore.

Phelps has issued an apology - one similar to the one he made after a drunken-driving bust a decade ago. There was also a British tabloid photo showing him smoking pot through a pipe.

In his latest apology, Phelps says he knows his statement "may not mean much right now" - but he regrets letting people down.

Phelps has launched a comeback in an effort to add to the 18 gold medals he has collected in his career.

It's too early to say if Phelps might face sanctions from USA Swimming.

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Wal-Mart says Tracy Morgan is to Blame for Injuries http://www.kristv.com/news/wal-mart-says-tracy-morgan-is-to-blame-for-injuries/ http://www.kristv.com/news/wal-mart-says-tracy-morgan-is-to-blame-for-injuries/ Entertainment Tue, 30 Sep 2014 4:32:52 AM Wal-Mart says Tracy Morgan is to Blame for Injuries

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Wal-Mart says Tracy Morgan is partially to blame for the injuries he suffered when his limousine bus was slammed into from behind by one of the retailer's tractor-trailers back in June.

Wal-Mart says the injuries to those in Morgan's vehicle were caused by the passengers' "failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device."

The company calls that "unreasonable conduct." The Wal-Mart statements are in documents in response to a lawsuit filed by Morgan in July.

An attorney representing Morgan and the other plaintiffs hasn't responded to the Wal-Mart filing.

Authorities have said that the Georgia truck driver hadn't slept for more than 24 hours before the accident along the New Jersey Turnpike.

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New iPhones Run into Software, Bending Complaints http://www.kristv.com/news/new-iphones-run-into-software-bending-complaints/ http://www.kristv.com/news/new-iphones-run-into-software-bending-complaints/ Entertainment Wed, 24 Sep 2014 4:53:21 PM Associated Press New iPhones Run into Software, Bending Complaints

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple's newest iPhones ran into some glitches Wednesday after users complained that a new software update blocked their calls, and a video circulated to suggest that the larger of the two new models is vulnerable to bending.

Apple said it would stop providing the software update, which it began distributing Wednesday morning to fix several issues in last week's iOS 8 operating system for iPhones and iPads.

The decision to pull the update came after some people complained on Twitter and in Apple user chatrooms that the update, dubbed iOS 8.0.1, rendered their phones unable to make calls and caused problems with a feature that lets people unlock their phones with their fingerprint.

By midday Wednesday, Apple announced that it was investigating the reports and would issue advice to users "as quickly as we can." Users are still able to the upgrade older phones to last week's version of iOS 8, which Apple said has already been downloaded to nearly half of all iOS devices.

Some tech blogs reported the update only seemed to cause problems for the latest phone models - the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It's not uncommon for new software to contain bugs that have to be fixed with subsequent releases.

Meanwhile, social media sites were buzzing on Wednesday with reports that the aluminum shell of the iPhone 6 Plus is vulnerable to bending. Some Twitter users claimed their phones showed a slight curving at one end after several hours in a pants pocket. With a 5.5-inch screen, the iPhone 6 Plus is slightly longer and thinner than other iPhone models.

It's not clear how widespread the complaints are. One YouTube video showed someone bending an iPhone 6 Plus by applying extended pressure with his hands - not from normal sitting.

Both the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus were given high ratings in a recent "breakability" test sponsored by SquareTrade, a San Francisco firm that sells protection plans to consumers for their electronic devices. That test did not include bending, and SquareTrade plans further tests.

Apple did not comment on the reports of bending.

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Get Your Face Printed on Superhero Action Figure http://www.kristv.com/news/get-your-face-printed-on-superhero-action-figure/ http://www.kristv.com/news/get-your-face-printed-on-superhero-action-figure/ Entertainment Tue, 23 Sep 2014 5:47:47 AM Get Your Face Printed on Superhero Action Figure

NEW YORK - Some parents can now turn their kids into the next big superhero.

Hasbro and 3-d-plus-me have launched something called "super awesome me."

It's a personalized 3-d printing experience that allows kids, and kids at heart, to put their face on a Marvel superhero action figure.

It's done at scanning stations now available through Sunday at ten Walmart stores and two Sam's club locations around the nation.

Right now, shoppers can choose from Iron Man or Captain America for about 45 dollars each.

More character selections are expected as the kiosks rotate to other locations.

To find out about "super awesome me" events and locations, log on to www.3dplus.me

 


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Robin Thicke: "I was high and drunk every time I did an interview" http://www.kristv.com/news/robin-thicke-i-was-high-and-drunk-every-time-i-did-an-interview-/ http://www.kristv.com/news/robin-thicke-i-was-high-and-drunk-every-time-i-did-an-interview-/ Entertainment Tue, 16 Sep 2014 4:31:13 AM Robin Thicke:

CALIFORNIA - According to singer Robin Thicke, the summer of 2013 was a bit of a blur.

In a deposition transcript made public on Monday, Thicke told lawyers he would start every day with a Vicodin and a bottle of vodka -- drinking it before and during his interviews.

Being high and drunk appears to be Thicke's defense in a high-stakes lawsuit.

The suit filed by Marvin Gaye's family accuses Thicke and two others of illegally ripping off Gaye's "Got To Give It Up."

In interviews last summer, Thicke said he wanted to do a song similar to the Marvin Gaye hit, but he now says he was lying in those interviews -- blaming the drugs and alcohol.

 


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Friends' 'Central Perk' Hangout Comes To Life http://www.kristv.com/news/friends-central-perk-hangout-comes-to-life/ http://www.kristv.com/news/friends-central-perk-hangout-comes-to-life/ Entertainment Tue, 16 Sep 2014 3:55:38 AM Friends' 'Central Perk' Hangout Comes To Life

NEW YORK - What's brewing in New York City's Soho neighborhood?

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the premiere of "Friends" a replica of the characters' regular hangout - Central Perk - has been set up where Rachel, Ross, Joey, Chandler, Monica and Phoebe lived on the show.

Appropriately, this Central Perk is manned by "Friends" barista Gunther - a character played by James Michael Tyler.

"I did this specifically because it's 20 years and I figured this was such a huge part of my life and it changed my life in so many ways that the least I could do would be to bleach my hair and come back here to New York - which, hey, I get to come to New York and hang out in this amazing replica of the coffee shop where I spent so much time," said Tyler.

The fully functional cafe has been set up by Warner Brothers - which produced "Friends" - and Eight O'Clock coffee. Tyler says it was created for the fans.

"We have a lot of the props from the show, we're going to have live performances every Friday here, free coffee - you can't beat that - and it's free Eight O'Clock coffee so it's just a wonderful way to celebrate Warner Brothers and 'Friends, an iconic show," said Tyler.

Among the items featured at the cafe are outfits the cast wore, memorabilia such as a fake Soap Opera Digest with news on Joey's character being killed off, and scripts signed by the cast.

And, Tyler notes - the setup wouldn't be complete without the orange couch.

"The first thing I noticed was the couch and then just the smell of real coffee because her set actually didn't smell like real coffee because I never made an actual coffee in the 10 years that I worked there because the machine's really loud," he said. "So yeah, it just seems like this would be what Central Perk would be like and it is near the location, if not at the location, where the Central Perk actually - in the fictional universe existed. So it blurs the lines between reality and fantasy."

Fans can also purchase memorabilia - like "Friends" coffee cups and tee-shirts.

The Central Perk replica opens to the public Wednesday, September 17, and remains open until October 18. The coffee shop will be open Monday through Fridays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

 


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Miss New York Chosen as Miss America 2015 http://www.kristv.com/news/miss-new-york-chosen-as-miss-america-2015/ http://www.kristv.com/news/miss-new-york-chosen-as-miss-america-2015/ Entertainment Mon, 15 Sep 2014 5:35:00 AM Miss New York Chosen as Miss America 2015

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was named the new Miss America Sunday night, marking the third year in a row that a contestant from her state has walked away with the crown in the nationally televised pageant.

Kazantsev received the crown at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall from outgoing Miss America - and Miss New York - Nina Davuluri.

For her talent performance, Kazantsev sang Pharrell Williams' "Happy" while sitting cross-legged on the stage and banging a red plastic cup on the floor.

She named combating sexual assault in the military as the issue about which she would want female U.S. Senators to press their male counterparts.

The first runner-up was Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett.

Other top 5 finalists were Miss Arkansas Ashton Jo Campbell; Miss Florida Victoria Cowen; and Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn.

Miss North Dakota, Jacky Arness was chosen by her peers as Miss Congeniality.

The pageant shone a positive light on the struggling seaside gambling resort, which has been in the national news for all the wrong reasons lately: a rash of casino closings, thousands of unemployed workers, and a domestic violence case involving a former NFL star.

For three hours Sunday night, America got a different look at Atlantic City. The Miss America pageant presented an upbeat view of the city where it began in 1921.

It featured iconic Atlantic City visuals including its beach, Boardwalk, the Steel Pier, Black Fish Pier near Brigantine, and the Atlantic City Beach Patrol station.

"Atlantic City is facing a challenging economic climate and our hearts go out to all of those who have lost their jobs," said Sam Haskell III, CEO of the Miss America organization. "We hope that our Miss America telecast ... will generate great interest for Atlantic City on a national scale as we showcase their beautiful beaches and Boardwalk."

There has been no shortage of compelling story lines leading up to the selection of the next Miss America, including the way personal tragedy has shaped the public service platforms of several contestants. The brother of Miss Wisconsin Raeanna Johnson killed himself after a secret addiction to methamphetamine. Her platform was the impact of substance abuse on the family.

The father of Miss Kansas Amanda Sasek killed himself when she was 17. Her platform was helping people find their strengths. And Miss Delaware Brittany Lewis is still waiting for an arrest to be made in the 2010 slaying of her sister. Her platform is combating domestic violence.

There was drama and even some low-brow comedy leading up to the finale. Miss Rhode Island, Ivy DePew, collapsed onstage during the first night of preliminary competition, but made it back the next night after two trips to the hospital for dehydration.

And supermodel and business mogul Kathy Ireland took the stage to burp on command on a dare from pageant host Dena Blizzard on the second night.

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Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC

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Jaws Actor from Bond Films Richard Kiel Dies at 74 http://www.kristv.com/news/jaws-actor-from-bond-films-richard-kiel-dies-at-74/ http://www.kristv.com/news/jaws-actor-from-bond-films-richard-kiel-dies-at-74/ Entertainment Thu, 11 Sep 2014 7:36:33 AM Jaws Actor from Bond Films Richard Kiel Dies at 74

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74.

Kelley Sanchez, director of communications at Saint Agnes Medical Center, confirmed Wednesday that Kiel was a patient at the hospital and died. Kiel's agent, Steven Stevens, also confirmed his death. Both declined to provide further details.

The 7-foot-2-inch performer famously played the cable-chomping henchman who tussled with Roger Moore's Bond in 1977's "The Spy Who Loved Me" and 1979's "Moonraker." Bond quipped of the silent baddie: "His name's Jaws. He kills people."

Despite appearing in several other films and TV shows, such as "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and "The Longest Yard," the role of Jaws was an iconic one Kiel could never escape.

"To this day, I go out in sunglasses and a hat because people will shout 'Hey, Jaws!' at me from across the street," he told the Daily Mail earlier this year. "The only way I can explain it is that he's like the Road Runner, which Coyote keeps trying to blow up, but he keeps going."

Kiel's other memorable roles included bullying golf spectator Mr. Larson in "Happy Gilmore," lethal Dr. Loveless's assistant Voltaire in "The Wild, Wild West" and extraterrestrial Kanamit in "The Twilight Zone." He also reprised the character of Jaws for several James Bond video games and voiced the thug Vlad in the animated Disney film "Tangled."

Born in Detroit, Kiel began appearing in TV shows and films in the 1960s, debuting in an episode of the Western series "Laramie." He published an autobiography in 2002 titled "Making It Big in the Movies."

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AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang reported from Los Angeles.

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Facebook Now Worth $200 Billion http://www.kristv.com/news/facebook-now-worth-200-billion/ http://www.kristv.com/news/facebook-now-worth-200-billion/ Entertainment Wed, 10 Sep 2014 4:17:28 AM Facebook Now Worth $200 Billion

CALIFORNIA - Facebook is now worth more than 200 billion dollars!

The social network passed that level for the first time this week.

It is now the 15th most-valuable company in the S&P 500 stock index, and worth more than much older companies such as IBM, Coca-cola, AT&T and Disney.

Facebook stock is up more than 40 percent this year, and has more than doubled from its IPO in 2012, when it launched at 38 dollars a share.

Analysts say mobile growth and big acquisitions have pushed the company's value sky-high.

Facebook now generates nearly two-thirds of its total ad sales from mobile platforms.

 


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Apple Unveils Larger iPhones and Smartwatch http://www.kristv.com/news/apple-unveils-larger-iphones-and-smartwatch/ http://www.kristv.com/news/apple-unveils-larger-iphones-and-smartwatch/ Entertainment Tue, 9 Sep 2014 2:39:24 PM Associated Press Apple Unveils Larger iPhones and Smartwatch

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - For the first time in years, Apple's iPhones aren't the star of the show. Apple unveiled a smartwatch on Tuesday, a wearable device that marks the company's first major entry in a new product category since the iPad's debut in 2010.

The move is significant because of recent questions about whether Apple still has a knack for innovating following the 2011 death of co-founder Steve Jobs.

The device's introduction upstaged the company's two new, larger iPhones, which won't just have bigger screens; they'll have a new, horizontal viewing mode to take advantage of the larger display.

The iPhone 6 will have a screen measuring 4.7 inches, while the iPhone 6 Plus will be 5.5 inches. In both cases, app developers will be able to design apps that can be viewed differently when the phone is held horizontally.

Apple also introduced a system for using the phone to make credit card payments at retail stores.

Apple is turning to the past as it lays out its future. The company is holding the event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, the same venue where Jobs unveiled the industry-shifting Mac computer 25 years ago. The Cupertino, California, venue is near Apple's headquarters.

As for the iPhones, which still represent the main source of Apple's profits, larger models should help the company compete with Android devices.

Here's what's unfolding at Tuesday's event:

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LARGER iPHONES

Now, Apple is increasing that. The iPhone 6 will have a 4.7-inch screen, while the iPhone 6 Plus will be 5.5 inches. The screen resolution on the Plus version will be sharper than previous iPhones, at 401 pixels per inch rather than 326.

With the larger screen comes a new horizontal view of the home screen. Usually, icons are stacked vertically, even when the phone is turned horizontally. App developers will also have new tools to rearrange their content to take advantage of that larger screen.

The new phones aren't as big as Samsung's latest flagship phones - 5.1 inches for the Galaxy S5 and 5.7 inches for the Note 4 - but they will be large enough to neutralize a key advantage Samsung and other Android manufacturers have had.

Notably, Samsung's Note phone isn't getting bigger this year. Last year's Note 3 was 5.7 inches. Instead, Samsung is emphasizing other hardware features, such as a sharper screen. It's also releasing a model with a curved edge to display weather, time and other information on the side of the phone.

Apple says the new phones will be faster and have better battery life than previous versions. The phones will also have a new sensor, the barometer, to estimate how much you've climbed stairs, not just how far you've walked or run.

Of course, some people still use their phones to actually make calls. When there's poor cellular reception, people will be able to make regular calls over Wi-Fi. The handoff between the two networks will be seamless. In the U.S., this feature will initially be available through T-Mobile.

The resolution on the camera is staying at 8 megapixels, while rival Android and Windows phones have been boosting that. The S5, for instance, is at 16 megapixels. However, the megapixel count is only one factor in what makes a good photo. Apple says it is putting in new sensors for better shots.

Apple is also improving a slow-motion video feature by allowing even slower shots. The camera will be able to take 240 frames per second, double what's in last year's iPhone 5s. Normally, video is at 60 frames per second.

The new phones will start shipping in the U.S. on Sept. 19, with advance orders to begin this Friday. Starting prices will be comparable to those in the past - $199 with a two-year contract for the iPhone 6 with 16 gigabytes of storage.

However, the step-up models will have double the memory than before - $299 for 64 gigabytes and $399 for 128 gigabytes. The iPhone 6 Plus phones will cost $100 more at each configuration.

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MOBILE PAYMENTS

Apple is calling its new payment system Apple Pay.

You'll be able to use your phone's camera to capture a photo of your card. Apple will verify it behind the scenes and add it to your phone's Passbook account so you can make payments at a retailer. Apple announced several merchants that will accept this system, including Macy's, Whole Foods, Walgreens and Disney stores - and of course, Apple stores.

Many companies have tried to push mobile payment services, but none has caught on widely. Cook says that's because the business models have been centered around companies' self-interest instead of the user experience. The latter, Cook says, is "exactly what Apple does best."

For security, the card number is stored only on the device. Each time you pay, a one-time card number is created to make the transaction.

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A SMARTWATCH

The audience erupted with cheers as Cook proclaimed that he had, "one more thing." It was how Jobs used to close his keynote addresses.

That one more thing was Apple's upcoming smartwatch. It's called the Apple Watch, rather than the iWatch that many people had been speculating.

Consumer electronics companies have yet to demonstrate a compelling need for smartwatches, while bracelets have largely been niche products aimed at tracking fitness activities. Apple's device looks to change that.

Consider the company's track record: Music players, smartphones and tablet computers existed long before Apple made its own versions. But they weren't mainstream or popular until the iPod, iPhone and iPad came along. Under Jobs, Apple made those products easy and fun to use.

Cook says Apple had to invent a new interface for the watch because simply shrinking a phone wouldn't work.

Much of the interaction would be through the dial on the watch, which Apple calls the digital crown. You use that to zoom in and out of a map, for instance, so you're not blocking the screen, which would have occurred if you were pinching in and out to zoom.

Apple also worked with app developers to create new functionality. You'll be able to unlock room doors at Starwood hotels or remind yourself where you parked your car with a BMW app.

The new watch will come in a variety of styles and straps, with a choice of two sizes. Watches from competing vendors have been criticized for being too big for smaller arms.

The watch will require one of the new iPhones or an iPhone 5, 5s or 5c. It will be available early next year at a starting price of $349.

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NEW SOFTWARE

Though much of the attention has been on new gadgets, the software powering those gadgets is getting its annual refresh. Apple considers iOS 8 to be its biggest update since the introduction of the app store in 2008.

Existing iPhone and iPad users will be eligible for the free upgrade, too. Apple takes pride in pushing existing customers to the latest software, allowing app developers to incorporate new features without worrying about abandoning existing users. With Android, many recent phones can't be upgraded right away because of restrictions placed by manufacturers and wireless carriers.

Among other things, iOS 8 will let devices work better in sync. For instance, it'll be possible to start a message on an iPhone and finish it on an iPad. With an upcoming Mac upgrade called Yosemite, it'll be possible to continue working on that same message on a Mac computer as well.

These handoff features will extend to the new Apple Watch, too.

The new software will be available to existing users on Sept. 17.

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Joan Rivers Remembered at Star-Studded Funeral http://www.kristv.com/news/joan-rivers-remembered-at-star-studded-funeral/ http://www.kristv.com/news/joan-rivers-remembered-at-star-studded-funeral/ Entertainment Mon, 8 Sep 2014 5:21:59 AM Joan Rivers Remembered at Star-Studded Funeral

NEW YORK (AP) - Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang "Smile" and bagpipers played "New York, New York" at Joan Rivers' funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that - like late comedian herself - brought together the worlds of Hollywood, theater, fashion and media.

At a funeral befitting a superstar, the New York City Gay Men's Chorus sang Broadway hits including "Hey Big Spender" before six-time Tony Award-winner McDonald sang her tribute to Rivers, a champion of theater for decades.

Tributes and reminiscences were delivered by TV anchor Deborah Norville, close friend Margie Stern, columnist Cindy Adams and Rivers' daughter, Melissa, who spoke about how she respected her mother and appreciated everyone's support.

Hugh Jackman sang "Quiet Please, There's a Lady On Stage" at the end of the ceremony and bagpipers from the New York City Police Department played on the streets as mourners filed out of Temple Emanu-El, many dabbing their eyes.

"She would love this. We've all said this so many times: The one person who would really think this is the greatest thing ever is the lady who it's all about and she's not here," said Norville afterward, amid the throngs of well-wishers and sound of bagpipes.

A legion of notables turned out to remember Rivers, who died Thursday at 81: comedians Kathy Griffin, Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg; colleague and friend Kelly Osbourne; Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick; and celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz.

Theater stars Bernadette Peters, Alan Cumming and Tommy Tune were there. Record producer Clive Davis was, too. Fashion designers Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors were in attendance. Stars from TV such as Barbara Walters, Geraldo Rivera, Diane Sawyer, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb and Andy Cohen. Late night band leader Paul Shaffer. And moguls Barry Diller, Donald Trump and Steve Forbes.

"It was uplifting. We were celebrating her life," said fashion designer Dennis Basso.

Mourners had lined up outside the Fifth Avenue synagogue and waited for their names to be checked against a list before entering. A crowd of media stood watch across the street, and fans from as far away as Australia and England lined the streets.

Actress Susan Claassen, who met Rivers in London in 2008 when both had one-woman shows, came from Tucson, Arizona, to honor her friend. "I always like to say that in a world of knockoffs, Joan was an original," she said.

The comedian detailed in her 2012 book "I Hate Everyone ... Starting With Me" that she hoped for "a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action" and "Hollywood all the way." Instead of a rabbi talking, Rivers asked for "Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents" and "a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce's." Indeed, her wishes were so important they were printed in the funeral program.

The funeral program also included a page with three classic Rivers' lines printed out: "Can we talk?" ''Who are you wearing?" and "Because I'm a funny person."

Rivers was a trailblazer for all comics, but especially for women. The raspy-voiced blonde with the brash New York accent was a TV talk show host, stage, film and TV actress, fashion critic, and she sold a line of jewelry.

The cause of death is being investigated. Rivers was hospitalized on Aug. 28 after she went into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure at a doctor's office. The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances, and the New York City medical examiner said tests to determine the cause of death were inconclusive.

Her publicist said that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to God's Love, We Deliver; Guide Dogs for the Blind; or Our House.

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Associated Press writer Alicia Rancilio contributed to this report.

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Comedian Joan Rivers Has Died at Age 81 http://www.kristv.com/news/comedian-joan-rivers-has-died-at-age-81/ http://www.kristv.com/news/comedian-joan-rivers-has-died-at-age-81/ Entertainment Thu, 4 Sep 2014 2:03:27 PM Comedian Joan Rivers Has Died at Age 81

NEW YORK (AP) - Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor's office following a routine procedure. Daughter Melissa Rivers said she died surrounded by family and close friends.

Rivers - who opened her routine with the trademark "Can we talk?" - never mellowed during a decades-long career. She moved from longtime targets such as Elizabeth Taylor, whom she famously ridiculed as fat, to new faces, and continued to appear in clubs and on TV into her 80s.

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David Cassidy Pleads Guilty to DWI http://www.kristv.com/news/david-cassidy-pleads-guilty-to-dwi/ http://www.kristv.com/news/david-cassidy-pleads-guilty-to-dwi/ Entertainment Thu, 4 Sep 2014 4:26:29 AM David Cassidy Pleads Guilty to DWI

NEW YORK (AP) - Seventies heartthrob David Cassidy has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated in upstate New York.

Cassidy was charged last summer in the town of Schodack, near Albany. The Times Union reports (http://goo.gl/8szrV6 ) he pleaded guilty Wednesday in exchange for a tentative sentence of a conditional discharge that includes 50 hours of community service in Florida, his home state.

Sentencing was set for Nov. 5 and depends on a pre-sentence report.

In March, a judge in Los Angeles sentenced Cassidy to three months in rehab and five years of probation in a drunken-driving case stemming from a January arrest for an illegal turn.

Cassidy role on TV's "The Partridge Family" launched a singing career. He spends time in New York during the summer at Saratoga Race Course, 40 miles north of Schodack.

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Information from: Times Union, http://www.timesunion.com

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