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CORPUS CHRISTI - Schlitterbahn's Jeff Henry walks KRIS6 through the Momentum River that's now open at the Corpus Christi location.

He also discusses progress on other features at the park still under construction.

Our Jennifer Lira will have a more in-depth look at the progress tonight at 9pm on KDF.


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'Cops' Crew Member Killed in Omaha Police Shooting http://www.kristv.com/news/cops-crew-member-killed-in-omaha-police-shooting-377236/ http://www.kristv.com/news/cops-crew-member-killed-in-omaha-police-shooting-377236/ Entertainment Thu, 28 Aug 2014 4:09:07 AM 'Cops' Crew Member Killed in Omaha Police Shooting

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show "Cops" as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a real handgun, authorities said Wednesday.

The suspect fired from the pellet gun before officers returned fire, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said at a news conference. He said witnesses and officers thought the robbery suspect's Airsoft handgun looked and sounded real, but discovered later that it fires only plastic pellets. The suspect was struck by the officers' gunfire, but fled outside of the restaurant before collapsing.

Officers continued firing on the suspect as he exited the restaurant, and that was when the "Cops" crew member, 38-year-old Bryce Dion, was also struck, said Schamaderer. Dion was wearing a bullet-proof vest, but a single bullet that hit his arm "slipped into a gap in the vest" and entered his chest, Schmaderer said.

"My concern with my officers is that they are taking this very hard," Schmaderer said. "Bryce was their friend."

Schmaderer said video captured by another crew member of the "Cops" TV show shows the chaotic situation in the restaurant. Police released still shots from the video showing a hooded and masked person pointing what looks like a gun at police. Schmaderer said police would not release the full video, but that it will be part of the grand jury investigation into the shooting.

The suspect was identified as 32-year-old Cortez Washington, who was on parole. Schmaderer said Washington had a lengthy criminal record, including an accessory to robbery conviction from Missouri. He started parole in August 2011 and transferred to Nebraska in September 2013. His parole was due to expire in June 2017.

Schmaderer said the incident began when one of the officers, on his way to another reported robbery, called about the robbery at the Wendy's and requested backup. The "Cops" crew members were with two officers who responded to that request.

When police entered the restaurant and confronted the suspect, Dion, who was the sound operator, got separated from the cameraman, Schmaderer said.

Dion worked for Langley Productions, which is based in Santa Monica, California.

Key executives of the company, President John Langely and Executive Producer Morgan Langley, attended the police news conference in Omaha on Wednesday.

"Bryce has been with us for seven years," said Morgan Langley, who hired Dion. "This is very hard for us."

"Cops" is a reality TV show that depicts law enforcement officers in action. According to its website, the show has been filmed in at least 140 U.S. cities and three foreign counties.

John Langley said the crew had been filming all summer in Omaha and had only one week left in the city when the deadly shooting happened.

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New York Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over 'Deep Throat' Film http://www.kristv.com/news/new-york-judge-dismisses-lawsuit-over-deep-throat-film/ http://www.kristv.com/news/new-york-judge-dismisses-lawsuit-over-deep-throat-film/ Entertainment Tue, 26 Aug 2014 5:46:43 PM Associated Press New York Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over 'Deep Throat' Film

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York judge has tossed out a lawsuit that the copyright holders of "Deep Throat" brought against filmmakers who created a biography about porn star Linda Lovelace.

Judge Thomas Griesa dismissed it Monday after reviewing both films.

The lawsuit brought last year in federal court in Manhattan by Arrow Productions Limited against the Weinstein Co. claimed its copyrights and trademarks were violated by the 2013 film "Lovelace."

But the judge said the makers of the Hollywood film did not copy the core of "Deep Throat," which came out in 1972. He said "Deep Throat" is a pornographic film focusing on a specific sex act while "Lovelace" is a critical, biographical film.

An Arrow Productions lawyer said an appeal was being considered.

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'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' Win Emmy Awards http://www.kristv.com/news/breaking-bad-and-modern-family-win-emmy-awards/ http://www.kristv.com/news/breaking-bad-and-modern-family-win-emmy-awards/ Entertainment Tue, 26 Aug 2014 4:17:18 AM 'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' Win Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad" triumphed at Monday's Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable fare retains the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series such as "Orange Is the New Black."

The ceremony's emotional high point came with Billy Crystal's restrained and graceful remembrance of Robin Williams, who was found dead Aug. 11, an apparent suicide.

"He made us laugh. Hard. Every time you saw him," Crystal said of Williams at the conclusion of a tribute to industry members who died within the past 12 months. "Robin Williams, what a concept."

ABC's "Modern Family" won a fifth best comedy series Emmy, tying the record set by "Frasier," while the final season of AMC's "Breaking Bad" captured the top drama award and a trio of acting honors for its stars.

Netflix's freshman "Orange Is the New Black," which competed for best comedy series despite its dark prison setting, failed to sway Emmy voters, as did Netflix's sophomore series "House of Cards."

Bryan Cranston was honored as best actor in a drama for "Breaking Bad," proving that "True Detective" nominee Matthew McConaughey's movie-star appeal couldn't conquer all.

"I have gratitude for everything that has happened," Cranston said. His victory ties him with four-time best drama actor champ Dennis Franz. Cranston's co-stars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn were honored in categories for best drama supporting acting - he for the third time and she for the second straight year - and the series won its second consecutive best drama award.

"Thank you for this wonderful farewell to our show," ''Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan said of the series about a teacher-turned-drug kingpin that ended with a bang.

A broadcast win was scored by ABC's "The Good Wife" star Julianna Margulies, honored as best lead actress in a drama series. "What a wonderful time for women on television," Margulies said.

McConaughey was the object of too-handsome jokes by presenter Jimmy Kimmel and adoration by winner Gail Mancuso, honored as best director for an episode of "Modern Family." It was one of the better gags of the night.

"If you don't mind, Matthew McConaughey, I'm gonna make eye contact with you right now," she said from the stage, making good by holding the actor's gaze for much of her speech.

The ceremony honoring the best of TV wasn't shy about playing the movie-star card. "Six minutes to Woody Harrelson" flashed on screen during Colin Bucksey's acceptance speech for best miniseries direction for "Fargo."

Harrelson and his "True Detective" co-star were given time to banter before announcing that Benedict Cumberbatch of "Sherlock: His Last Vow" was the winner of the best miniseries actor award.

"So you won Oscar, (People magazine's) Sexiest Man Alive and now you want an Emmy, too. Isn't that a little bit greedy?" Harrelson teased his fellow nominee.

"Fargo" was named best miniseries, and the award for best miniseries actress went to Jessica Lange of "American Horror Story: Coven."

Buffering the miniseries awards was a parody routine about top nominees by "Weird Al" Yankovic. Musical numbers usually look out of place at the Emmys, and this one was no different. Other scripted banter fell flat, although host Seth Meyers kept soldiering on.

CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons was crowned as best comedy series actor, giving him his fourth Emmy and putting him in company with all-time sitcom winners Carroll O'Connor, Kelsey Grammer and Michael J. Fox.

"Modern Family" also captured a best comedy supporting actor trophy for Ty Burrell. Allison Janney was honored as best supporting comedy actress for CBS' "Mom," adding to the trophy she'd already picked up as guest actress on "Masters of Sex."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who received her third consecutive best comedy actress Emmy for the political comedy "Veep," drew big laughs as she stopped to exchange faux heated kisses with Cranston, who earlier was her co-presenter and who appeared with her on "Seinfeld."

"The Colbert Report" was honored as best variety series for its farewell season, with its star departing to take over for David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show."

Meyers kicked off the ceremony by tweaking his home network, NBC, and other broadcasters for being eclipsed in the awards by cable series and online newcomers like "Orange Is the New Black."

Noting that the Emmys moved to Monday night to avoid a conflict with Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, he said that MTV doesn't really specialize in videos anymore.

"That's like network TV holding an awards show and giving all the trophies to cable and Netflix. That would be crazy," Meyers joked - but the outcome proved him wrong.

Besides "Orange Is the New Black," other shows that didn't benefit from tactical category choices included "Shameless," which moved from drama to comedy consideration, and "True Detective," with its close-ended story that smacked of a miniseries.

The ceremony's traditional "in memoriam" tribute to industry members who have died in the past year flashed images of stars including James Garner, Ruby Dee, Sid Caesar, Carmen Zapata and Elaine Stritch as singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles sang "Smile." It concluded with the tribute to Williams.

Another touching moment Monday: Director-producer Ryan Murphy dedicating the outstanding TV movie Emmy won by "The Normal Heart" to the many artists felled by the HIV virus and AIDS.

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Online: http://www.emmys.com

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AP Entertainment Writers Anthony McCartney and Beth Harris contributed to this report.

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Seth Myers Takes On "The Emmys" http://www.kristv.com/news/seth-myers-takes-on-the-emmys-/ http://www.kristv.com/news/seth-myers-takes-on-the-emmys-/ Entertainment Fri, 22 Aug 2014 4:29:06 AM Seth Myers Takes On

(NBC) It's been a big year for Seth Meyers. After more than a decade at "Saturday Night Live" he stepped into the role as host of "Late Night" back in February.

This Monday night, he'll be the host of the Emmy Awards on NBC.

It's a gig that's making him nervous.

"The most nerve-wracking part is how many of my colleagues are there. You just want to perform well in front of people that you know and are going to see around afterwards," Meyers says.

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Box Office Preview 8/22/14 http://www.kristv.com/news/box-office-preview-8-22-14/ http://www.kristv.com/news/box-office-preview-8-22-14/ Entertainment Fri, 22 Aug 2014 4:25:51 AM Box Office Preview 8/22/14

CALIFORNIA - Here's your box office preview for August 22nd.

Sin City

When the Game Stands Tall

If I Stay

Are You Here


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Emmys: Billy Crystal to Pay Tribute to Williams http://www.kristv.com/news/emmys-billy-crystal-to-pay-tribute-to-williams/ http://www.kristv.com/news/emmys-billy-crystal-to-pay-tribute-to-williams/ Entertainment Thu, 21 Aug 2014 4:43:26 AM Emmys: Billy Crystal to Pay Tribute to Williams

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week's Emmy Awards.

Crystal will honor Williams as part of the traditional "in memoriam" segment for industry members who died during the past year, Emmy executive producer Don Mischer said in a statement Wednesday.

Mischer said the memorial segment during Monday's ceremony will include a performance from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.

Williams was found dead in his Northern California home on Aug. 11.

At last year's Emmys, Williams honored his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters during the tribute segment.

The Emmy Awards will be broadcast by NBC.

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Longtime 'SNL' Announcer Don Pardo Dies at 96 http://www.kristv.com/news/longtime-snl-announcer-don-pardo-dies-at-96/ http://www.kristv.com/news/longtime-snl-announcer-don-pardo-dies-at-96/ Entertainment Tue, 19 Aug 2014 4:08:25 AM Longtime 'SNL' Announcer Don Pardo Dies at 96

NEW YORK (AP) - Television and radio announcer Don Pardo, whose booming baritone was known to fans of "Saturday Night Live," ''The Price is Right" and other programs, has died. He was 96.

Pardo's daughter, Dona Pardo, says her father died Monday afternoon at his home in Tucson, Arizona. She says he moved to Tucson after retiring from "SNL."

For more than 60 years, Pardo's majestic voice graced newscasts, game shows and television programs. During shows such as the original version of "Jeopardy!," his answers to the question, "Tell 'em what they've won, Don Pardo," became a memorable part of the program.

And though rarely seen, he was an integral part of "Saturday Night Live" for nearly four decades in his role of introducing the cast to kick off each show.

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Phil Simms Considers Not Using 'Redskins' on TV http://www.kristv.com/news/phil-simms-considers-not-using-redskins-on-tv/ http://www.kristv.com/news/phil-simms-considers-not-using-redskins-on-tv/ Entertainment Mon, 18 Aug 2014 2:13:15 PM Associated Press Phil Simms Considers Not Using 'Redskins' on TV

NEW YORK (AP) - CBS lead analyst Phil Simms is considering referring to the Redskins only as "Washington" when he broadcasts the team's game against the Giants next month.

Simms will work the Thursday night package the network acquired this season and will have Giants-Redskins in Week 4 on Sept. 25. He says "my very first thought is it will be 'Washington' the whole game."

Simms isn't taking sides in the debate over whether Washington's nickname is offensive or racist. But he adds he is sensitive to the complaints about the name, and his instincts now are to not use "Redskins" in his announcing.

His broadcast partner, Jim Nantz, says it is not his job "to take a stance."

CBS is allowing its announcers to decide on their own whether to call the team the Redskins. So is Fox, which handles the NFC and will televise most of Washington's games.

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Lady Antebellum Will Headline New Year's Eve in Nashville http://www.kristv.com/news/lady-antebellum-will-headline-new-year-s-eve-in-nashville/ http://www.kristv.com/news/lady-antebellum-will-headline-new-year-s-eve-in-nashville/ Entertainment Wed, 13 Aug 2014 4:13:14 AM Lady Antebellum Will Headline New Year's Eve in Nashville

NASHVILLE (AP) - Is it too soon to think about New Year's Eve?

Lady Antebellum doesn't think so.

They have announced they will headline a free concert for New Year's Eve in Nashville.

Singer Hillary Scott says they're looking forward to celebrating in their hometown and the holidays are a magical time of year.

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Robin Williams Dead at Age 63 http://www.kristv.com/news/robin-williams-dead-at-age-63/ http://www.kristv.com/news/robin-williams-dead-at-age-63/ Entertainment Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:02:31 AM Robin Williams Dead at Age 63

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams to suicide.

It was no secret that the Oscar-winning actor had suffered for years from periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression - he made reference to it himself in his comedy routines. But word that he had killed himself Monday at his San Francisco Bay Area home left both friends in the Hollywood community and neighbors in the quiet community of Tiburon that he called home equally stunned and grief-stricken.

"Robin and I were great friends, suffering from the same little-known disease: depression. I never could have expected this ending to his life and to ours with him. God bless him and God bless us all for his LIFE! I cannot believe this. I am overwhelmed with grief. What a wonderful man/boy and what a tremendous talent in the most important art of any time - comedy! I loved him," actor and comedian Chevy Chase said in a statement.

He was last seen alive at home about 10 p.m. Sunday, according to the Marin County coroner's office. Shortly before noon, the Sheriff's Department received an emergency call from the home, where the star of "Good Will Hunting," ''Mrs. Doubtfire," ''Good Morning, Vietnam" and dozens of other films was pronounced dead.

Sheriff's officials said a preliminary investigation determined the cause of death was suicide due to asphyxia. Williams was 63.

"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken," said Williams' wife, Susan Schneider. "On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."

Williams had been battling severe depression recently, said Mara Buxbaum, his press representative. Just last month, he announced he was returning to a 12-step treatment program he said he needed after 18 months of nonstop work. He had sought treatment in 2006 after a relapse following 20 years of sobriety.

Williams joked about that fall off the wagon during a comedy tour, saying: "I went to rehab in wine country to keep my options open."

Likewise, when word spread about his struggles with drugs in the early 1980s, Williams responded with a joke that for a time became a catchphrase for his generation's recreational drug use: "Cocaine is God's way of telling you you are making too much money."

His struggles never seemed to affect his talent.

From his breakthrough in the late 1970s as the alien in the hit TV show "Mork & Mindy," through his standup act and numerous hit films, the short, barrel-chested Williams ranted and shouted as if just sprung from solitary confinement. Loud, fast and manic, he parodied everyone from John Wayne to Keith Richards, impersonating a Russian immigrant as easily as a pack of Nazi attack dogs.

He was a riot in drag in "Mrs. Doubtfire," or as a cartoon genie in "Aladdin."

He could do drama, too, winning his Academy Award as an empathetic therapist in the 1997 film "Good Will Hunting."

He won Golden Globes for "Good Morning, Vietnam," ''Mrs. Doubtfire" and "The Fisher King."

Other film credits included Robert Altman's "Popeye" (a box office bomb), Paul Mazursky's "Moscow on the Hudson," Steven Spielberg's "Hook" and Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry."

"Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can't believe he's gone," Spielberg said.

More recently, he appeared in the "Night at the Museum" movies, playing President Theodore Roosevelt in the comedies in which Ben Stiller's security guard has to contend with wax figures that come alive and wreak havoc after a museum closes. The third film in the series is in post-production, according to the Internet Movie Database.

In April, Fox 2000 said it was developing a sequel to "Mrs. Doubtfire" and Williams was in talks to join the production.

Williams also made a short-lived return to TV last fall in CBS' "The Crazy Ones," a sitcom about a father-daughter ad agency team that co-starred Sarah Michelle Gellar. It was canceled after one season.

As word of his death spread, tributes from inside and outside the entertainment industry poured in.

"Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit," President Barack Obama said in a statement.

Born in Chicago in 1951, Williams would remember himself as a shy kid who got some early laughs from his mother - by mimicking his grandmother. He opened up more in high school when he joined the drama club, and he was accepted into the Juilliard Academy, where he had several classes in which he and Christopher Reeve were the only students and John Houseman was the teacher.

Encouraged by Houseman to pursue comedy, Williams identified with the wildest and angriest of performers: Jonathan Winters, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, George Carlin. Their acts were not warm and lovable. They were just being themselves.

"You look at the world and see how scary it can be sometimes and still try to deal with the fear," he said in 1989. "Comedy can deal with the fear and still not paralyze you or tell you that it's going away. You say, OK, you got certain choices here, you can laugh at them and then once you've laughed at them and you have expunged the demon, now you can deal with them. That's what I do when I do my act."

He unveiled Mork, the alien from the planet Ork, in an appearance on "Happy Days" and was granted his own series, which ran from 1978 to 1982 and co-starred Pam Dawber as a woman who takes in the interplanetary visitor.

"I am completely and totally devastated," Dawber said in a statement. "What more can be said?"

Williams could handle a script, when he felt like it, and also think on his feet. He ad-libbed in many of his films and was just as quick in person. During a media tour for "Awakenings," when director Penny Marshall mistakenly described the film as being set in a "menstrual hospital," instead of "mental hospital," Williams quickly stepped in and joked, "It's a period piece."

Winner of a Grammy in 2003 for best spoken comedy album, "Robin Williams - Live 2002," he once likened his act to the daily jogs he took across the Golden Gate Bridge. There were times he would look over the edge, one side of him pulling back in fear, the other insisting he could fly.

"You have an internal critic, an internal drive that says, 'OK, you can do more.' Maybe that's what keeps you going," Williams said. "Maybe that's a demon. ... Some people say, 'It's a muse.' No, it's not a muse! It's a demon! DO IT YOU BASTARD!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! THE LITTLE DEMON!!"

In addition to his wife, Williams is survived by his three children: daughter Zelda, 25; and sons Zachary, 31, and Cody, 22.

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Italie reported from New York. AP Entertainment writers Lynn Elber Derrik J. Lang and Associated Press Writer John Rogers contributed to this report.

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Actor Robin Williams Found Dead of Apparent Suicide http://www.kristv.com/news/actor-robin-williams-found-dead-of-apparent-suicide/ http://www.kristv.com/news/actor-robin-williams-found-dead-of-apparent-suicide/ Entertainment Mon, 11 Aug 2014 6:40:48 PM Associated Press Actor Robin Williams Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, according to the sheriff's office in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The sheriff's office said a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.

"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken," said Williams' wife, Susan Schneider. "On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions,"

Williams had been battling severe depression recently, said Mara Buxbaum, his press representative.

From his breakthrough in the late 1970s as the alien in the hit TV show "Mork and Mindy," through his standup act and such films as "Good Morning, Vietnam," the short, barrel-chested Williams ranted and shouted as if just sprung from solitary confinement. Loud, fast, manic, he parodied everyone from John Wayne to Keith Richards, impersonating a Russian immigrant as easily as a pack of Nazi attack dogs.

He was a riot in drag in "Mrs. Doubtfire," or as a cartoon genie in "Aladdin." He won his Academy Award in a rare, but equally intense dramatic role, as a teacher in the 1997 film "Good Will Hunting."

He was no less on fire in interviews. During a 1989 chat with The Associated Press, he could barely stay seated in his hotel room, or even mention the film he was supposed to promote, as he free-associated about comedy and the cosmos.

"There's an Ice Age coming," he said. "But the good news is there'll be daiquiris for everyone and the Ice Capades will be everywhere. The lobster will keep for at least 100 years, that's the good news. The Swanson dinners will last a whole millennium. The bad news is the house will basically be in Arkansas."

Following Williams on stage, Billy Crystal once observed, was like trying to top the Civil War. In a 1993 interview with the AP, Williams recalled an appearance early in his career on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." Bob Hope was also there.

"It was interesting," Williams said. "He was supposed to go on before me and I was supposed to follow him, and I had to go on before him because he was late. I don't think that made him happy. I don't think he was angry, but I don't think he was pleased.

"I had been on the road and I came out, you know, gassed, and I killed and had a great time. Hope comes out and Johnny leans over and says, 'Robin Williams, isn't he funny?' Hope says, 'Yeah, he's wild. But you know, Johnny, it's great to be back here with you.'"

In 1992, Carson chose Williams and Bette Midler as his final guests.

Like so many funnymen, he had serious ambitions, winning his Oscar for his portrayal of an empathetic therapist in "Good Will Hunting." He also played for tears in "Awakenings," ''Dead Poets Society" and "What Dreams May Come," something that led New York Times critic Stephen Holden to once say he dreaded seeing the actor's "Humpty Dumpty grin and crinkly moist eyes."

Williams also won three Golden Globes, for "Good Morning, Vietnam," ''Mrs. Doubtfire" and "The Fisher King."

His other film credits included Robert Altman's "Popeye" (a box office bomb), Paul Mazursky's "Moscow on the Hudson," Steven Spielberg's "Hook" and Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry." On stage, Williams joined fellow comedian Steve Martin in a 1988 Broadway revival of "Waiting for Godot."

"I dread the word 'art,'" Williams told the AP in 1989. "That's what we used to do every night before we'd go on with 'Waiting for Godot.' We'd go, 'No art. Art dies tonight.' We'd try to give it a life, instead of making "Godot" so serious. It's cosmic vaudeville staged by the Marquis de Sade."

His personal life was often short on laughter. He had acknowledged drug and alcohol problems in the 1970s and '80s and was among the last to see John Belushi before the "Saturday Night Live" star died of a drug overdose in 1982.

Williams announced in recent years that he was again drinking but rebounded well enough to joke about it during his recent tour. "I went to rehab in wine country," he said, "to keep my options open."

Born in Chicago in 1951, Williams would remember himself as a shy kid who got some early laughs from his mother - by mimicking his grandmother. He opened up more in high school when he joined the drama club and he was accepted into the Juilliard Academy, where he had several classes in which he and Christopher Reeve were the only students and John Houseman was the teacher.

Encouraged by Houseman to pursue comedy, Williams identified with the wildest and angriest of performers: Jonathan Winters, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, George Carlin. Their acts were not warm and lovable. They were just being themselves.

"You look at the world and see how scary it can be sometimes and still try to deal with the fear," he told the AP in 1989. "Comedy can deal with the fear and still not paralyze you or tell you that it's going away. You say, OK, you got certain choices here, you can laugh at them and then once you've laughed at them and you have expunged the demon, now you can deal with them. That's what I do when I do my act."

He unveiled Mork, the alien from the planet Ork, in an appearance on "Happy Days," and was granted his own series, which ran from 1978-82.

In subsequent years, Williams often returned to television - for appearances on "Saturday Night Live," for "Friends," for comedy specials, for "American Idol," where in 2008 he pretended to be a "Russian idol" who belts out a tuneless, indecipherable "My Way."

Williams also could handle a script, when he felt like it, and also think on his feet. He ad-libbed in many of his films and was just as quick in person. During a media tour for "Awakenings," when director Penny Marshall mistakenly described the film as being set in a "menstrual hospital," instead of "mental hospital," Williams quickly stepped in and joked, "It's a period piece."

Winner of a Grammy in 2003 for best spoken comedy album, "Robin Williams - Live 2002," he once likened his act to the daily jogs he took across the Golden Gate Bridge. There were times he would look over the edge, one side of him pulling back in fear, the other insisting he could fly.

"You have an internal critic, an internal drive that says, 'OK, you can do more.' Maybe that's what keeps you going," Williams said. "Maybe that's a demon. ... Some people say, 'It's a muse.' No, it's not a muse! It's a demon! DO IT YOU BASTARD!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! THE LITTLE DEMON!!"

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Italie reported from New York.

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From 3-D Printing to Pancake Printing http://www.kristv.com/news/from-3-d-printing-to-pancake-printing/ http://www.kristv.com/news/from-3-d-printing-to-pancake-printing/ Entertainment Wed, 30 Jul 2014 4:49:01 PM From 3-D Printing to Pancake Printing

Alaska Airlines has installed "pancake printing" devices in some of its airport lounges.

With the simple press of a button, the machine spits out cooked pancakes. While printed pancakes are far from gourmet, the company says they are extremely popular with travelers.

Rumor has it, certain frequent fliers even schedule their trips to the airport around the pancake machine's hours.

 


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Lollapalooza Marks a Decade in Chicago http://www.kristv.com/news/lollapalooza-marks-a-decade-in-chicago/ http://www.kristv.com/news/lollapalooza-marks-a-decade-in-chicago/ Entertainment Wed, 30 Jul 2014 8:15:10 AM Lollapalooza Marks a Decade in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday with a lineup that includes Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon.

Festival founder and Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell calls Chicago a "beautiful showroom" for his annual event. He first brought it to the city's lakefront Grant Park in 2005. This year Lollapalooza features more than 120 bands on eight stages, and as many as 100,000 people are expected to attend each of the three days.

Lollapalooza has grown, too, over its years in Chicago, adding food tents with offerings from gourmet chefs and a children's section.

Chicago city leaders say it was a wise decision to let Lollapalooza use the park, both financially and culturally. Tourism officials attribute a $140 million economic impact on the city from last year's event.

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Pepe Aguilar Coming to Corpus Christi http://www.kristv.com/news/pepe-aguilar-coming-to-corpus-christi/ http://www.kristv.com/news/pepe-aguilar-coming-to-corpus-christi/ Entertainment Tue, 29 Jul 2014 4:20:02 PM Stephania Jimenez - sjimenez@kristv.com Pepe Aguilar Coming to Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI - Get ready, Corpus Christi!

Pepe Aguilar, one of the biggest names in Latin music history, is coming to town. Aguilar is set to perform at the Concrete St. Amphitheatre on Thursday.

Promoters are hoping for a big turnout.

"When the community comes together and supports live music, especially an event like this one...that really shows that we can bring more acts like this to our town," said Marketing Manager Dan Rios.

The show starts at 7 p.m. You can buy tickets here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/pepe-aguilar-corpus-christi-texas-07-31-2014/event/0C004CCA9771B98A


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The "Hercules" Work Out http://www.kristv.com/news/the-hercules-work-out/ http://www.kristv.com/news/the-hercules-work-out/ Entertainment Tue, 29 Jul 2014 7:12:51 AM The

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dwayne Johnson says he worked out harder to play Hercules than any other role he's had.

He says he worked out for a "grueling" six months before shooting and then another six months during filming.

That put Rufus Sewell at a disadvantage.

He says he thought he looked pretty good after "eating nothing but salmon, chicken and broccoli."

Then he stood next to Johnson and he felt puny.

 


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Apple Being Sued Over Beats Headphones http://www.kristv.com/news/apple-being-sued-over-beats-headphones/ http://www.kristv.com/news/apple-being-sued-over-beats-headphones/ Entertainment Mon, 28 Jul 2014 3:50:54 AM Apple Being Sued Over Beats Headphones

NEW YORK - The newest member of the Apple family is being sued.

Beats Electronics is accused of copyright infringement by Bose, which alleges Beats infringed on five of its patents for noise cancelling headphones.

Apple paid 3 billion dollars to buy Beats from its founder, Dr. Dre.

 


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Comic-Con Returns http://www.kristv.com/news/comic-con-returns/ http://www.kristv.com/news/comic-con-returns/ Entertainment Fri, 25 Jul 2014 3:43:04 AM Comic-Con Returns

(KNSD) San Diego's Comic-Con International 2014 officially opens to fans on Thursday and organizers say it will be the epicenter of all things pop culture.

David Glanzer, Comic-Con's Director of Marketing, says more than 130,000 fans are expected to attend the event at the San Diego Convention Center through Sunday.

That's a long way from the 300 people that attended the original San Diego Comic-Con 45 years ago in the basement of the U.S. Grant Hotel.

"When we started 45 years ago, nobody ever envisioned this," said Glanzer. "There's so much going on here now - anything having to do with pop culture, this is the epicenter of it all for the next few days."

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Willie Nelson Performing in the Farm Aid Concert http://www.kristv.com/news/willie-nelson-performing-in-the-farm-aid-concert/ http://www.kristv.com/news/willie-nelson-performing-in-the-farm-aid-concert/ Entertainment Thu, 24 Jul 2014 3:41:13 AM Willie Nelson Performing in the Farm Aid Concert

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Willie Nelson and the annual Farm Aid concert and food festival are coming to North Carolina.

The concert is scheduled for Sept. 13 in the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh. It features performances by Nelson, who is Farm Aid president and co-founder, along with fellow board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews. Local artists will also perform.

Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $45 million through the festival to help family farmers keep their land and publicize locally grown food.

Those in attendance can eat food from vendors, meet local farmers and learn about cultivating land.

Tickets for the concert go on sale in August and prices range from $49 to $175. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available Friday.

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Toronto Film Festival Unveils Lineup http://www.kristv.com/news/toronto-film-festival-unveils-lineup-371720/ http://www.kristv.com/news/toronto-film-festival-unveils-lineup-371720/ Entertainment Tue, 22 Jul 2014 9:41:55 PM Associated Press Toronto Film Festival Unveils Lineup

NEW YORK (AP) - The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled a star-heavy lineup amid increased festival jockeying for the most plum premieres of Hollywood's fall season.

Toronto's slate for Sept. 4-14, announced in a press conference Tuesday, features anticipated performances from Denzel Washington, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as films from directors including Chris Rock, Noah Baumbach and Jon Stewart, making his debut behind the camera.

But much of the drama to this fall festival season is about the competition for that most sought-after label: "world premiere."

Toronto, now in its 39th year, has long been a sprawling annual event that helps set much of the agenda for Hollywood's award season. It's where recent best-picture winners like "12 Years a Slave" and "Argo" were effectively introduced, although both of those films sneak-peaked first at the smaller Telluride Film Festival days earlier.

As a result, Toronto earlier announced a new mandate that only true world premieres will play during the festival's first four days, during its most desirable first weekend.

"There needed to be clarity," said festival director Piers Handling on Tuesday.

This year's Toronto still boasts an incredible breadth of selection. Handling expects as many as 300 features at the festival, for which more films will later be added to the 59 galas and special presentations announced Tuesday.

Among the highlights are: "The Equalizer," a crime film that reteams Washington with "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua; Mike Binder's "Black and White," a custody battle drama with Kevin Costner; "The Judge," starring Downey as a big city lawyer; Jason Reitman's Los Angeles crime journalism drama "Nightcrawler," with Jake Gyllenhaal; and "The Imitation Game," with Cumberbatch as World War II code-breaker Alan Turing.

While festival programmers have yet to name an opening night film, Alan Rickman's "A Little Chaos," starring Kate Winslet as a Palace of Versailles landscaper, will close the festival.

The festival will also feature the directorial debut of "Daily Show" host Stewart, "Rosewater," a drama about the imprisonment of Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari. Other notables include two films for Witherspoon (the addiction recovery drama "Wild" and the Sudanese Lost Boys drama "The Good Lie"), two for Al Pacino ("Manglehorn" and "The Humbling"), as well as films starring Jennifer Aniston ("Cake") and Jessica Chastain ("Miss Julie").

Rock will premiere his "Top Five," about a comic-turned-movie star. Baubach will present his "While We're Young," with Ben Stiller.

Handling said Toronto's new premiere policy will only impact scheduling, not selection.

Several of the biggest movies this fall have already gone to other festivals. Opening at the New York Film Festival will be Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" and David Fincher's "Gone Girl." The Venice Film Festival will kick off with the premiere of Alejandro Inarritu's "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance," starring Michael Keaton.

Two of the top films at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" and Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner" will also make a stop in Toronto.


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