<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usSun, 22 Oct 2017 21:20:00 -0400Sun, 22 Oct 2017 21:20:00 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Amid Scandal, Weinstein Company's Future Remains in Question]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 06:54:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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[4 Your Weekend: Film Festival, Comedians in Town]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:30:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/For_Your_Weekend_Film_Festival_Comedians_in_Town.jpg

WTOP's Jason Fraley previews the Middleburg Film Festival and the slew of comedians in D.C. this weekend.

<![CDATA['Top Chef Jr.' Introduces New Generation to Culinary Arts]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:55:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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 13:40:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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 10:58:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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 15:23:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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.

<![CDATA[9-Year-Old Amputee Who Survived Wildfires Joins Ellen]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:19:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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[See Inside: Sting's Palatial Central Park Penthouse Sells for $50M]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:50:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sting+penthouse.jpg Sting's stunningly unique duplex penthouse on Central Park West is now off the market, having sold for a whopping $50 million, according to Page Six. The legendary musician poured more than a bit of his own character into the design. Take a look inside. See more homes for sale with Sotheby's International Realty here.

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<![CDATA[$1,000 Bagel Is Back in New York City]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:52:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WNYTS-Bagel-4.jpg

The $1,000 bagel is back in New York City.

The Westin New York hotel in Times Square is offering the extravagant bagel for a limited time next month, 10 years after it was first introduced on the menu.

The bagel, from New Yorker Bagels, will be dressed in Alba white truffle cream cheese, topped with goji berry-infused Riesling jelly and flaked with golden leaves.

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Pound for pound, the white truffle is the second most expensive food in the world, after caviar, according to a spokeswoman for the hotel. The delicacy is grown in the Alba region of Italy beneath certain oak trees, and trained dogs or pigs are necessary to locate them.

Production of the truffles is extremely limited, and they're in season from late autumn to winter. The spokeswoman says the Alba white truffles are the "star" of the bagel creation and the main contributor to the four-digit price tag. 

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Tax and tip are included in the $1,000 bagel, which is available for order via 24-hour room service or at the hotel's Foundry Bar during breakfast hours. 

A spokeswoman for The Westin says ever since the $1,000 bagel made its first brief appearance in the fall of 2007, "requests for this over-the-top bagel have come in yearly without fail." 

"Considering how pricing has risen in the past decade (try buying an apartment for the same price as it was in 2007), this bagel at its introductory cost is nearly a deal," says the hotel. 

But the bagel buyers needn't feel too bad about such a lavish expense -- 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.

The $1,000 bagel will be offered from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 and must be ordered 24 hours in advance. 

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<![CDATA[Blac Chyna Sues Entire Kardashian Clan for 'Slut Shaming']]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:49:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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['Project Runway' Fashion Designer Mychael Knight Dies ]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:59:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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 17:10:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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 14:36:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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[Neiman Marcus Launches 2017 Fantasy Gifts Catalog]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:11:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2017-nm-fantasy-gifts.gif

Neiman Marcus launched their annual Christmas Book of fantasy gifts for the 2017 holiday season on Tuesday, with the least expensive item being an Omy Coloring book for $9 and the priciest a private New Year's party for $1.6 million.

Company officials revealed this year's catalog at Park Place Premier Collection dealership in Dallas, saying the items were curated from hundreds of submissions.


“These gifts will exceed expectations through exceptional experiences and one-of-a-kind objects that only Neiman Marcus can curate,” said Jim Gold, president and chief merchandising officer for Neiman Marcus Group.

The 300-page 2017 Christmas Book features more than 780 holiday gifts. Nearly 50 percent of the items are under $250.

The most expensive fantasy gift is a private New Year's party for you and 299 of your closest friends atop New York's Knickerbocker Hotel, with $80,000 of the $1.6 million price tag being donated to charity.

This year's catalog also includes "an aerial photo session with Gray Malin, a pampering experience in Paris with Sisley, and a bespoke handbag collection and Parisian experience with Olympia Le-Tan."

The “Yours & Mine” Fantasy Gift is a pair of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited-Edition Dawns in two color options.


First published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. Through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and mystical gifts.

"There’s something that creates that wit and whimsy that only Neiman Marcus can create for our customers. We work all year round with a team of our associates to come up with and create these experiences like none other. Something that will really surprise and delight our customers," said Vice President Neiman Marcus Corporate Communications Mimi Sterling.

Among this year's fantasy gifts is one promising to give back 100 percent of its proceeds. Dallas based Paper for Water's origami ornaments are $50, which its young founders say can provide water for someone for a lifetime.

“Without water you can’t live. You can’t work. It also enables kids to go to school because they don’t have to spend their whole day hauling water. They try to position the wells so that nobody has to walk more than 30 minutes to get clean water. That’s just a huge time saver, and it enables people to start businesses and try to get out of poverty,” said Katherine Adams.

A portion of all other fantasy gifts will be donated to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which provides art education for kids.

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<![CDATA[All Hail the Queen: Latifah Honored at VH1 Gala]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:49:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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 13:30:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.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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<![CDATA[Google Honors Selena With Doodle, New Special Exhibit]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:30:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NEW-GOOGLE-DOODLE.jpg

Google is paying tribute to the music and legacy of late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla on the anniversary of her first studio album release.

The search engine giant is honoring the "Queen of Tejano music" with a special Google doodle to commemorate "Selena," the star's debut album released on October 17, 1989.  

The interactive doodle features an animated singing cartoon of Selena and plays her hit "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom."

Tuesday's doodle was conceived by Perla Campos, Google's global marketing lead for its daily doodles. In a blog post, Campos, who, like Selena, grew up in a household of Mexican immigrants in Texas, wrote that she was "profoundly influenced" by the singer. 

"Aside from incredible dance moves and how to belt some serious notes, watching Selena taught me that being Latina was a powerful thing, and that with hard work and focus I could do whatever I set my mind to," Campos wrote. "Watching her showed me that this hybrid cultural identity of mine was a valuable gift I should embrace. Watching her made me proud of being Mexicana."

In an interview with Billboard, Campos said the Google team worked closely with the Quintanilla family to make the doodle and launch an online art exhibition in Google's Arts and Culture site. The interactive museum includes stage costumes, her red Porche and the Grammy award she 

"Google came to us with this idea of telling a story. The little girl who had a dream and she became who she became. They already had the content pretty much done, but they knew that family was everything," Suzette Quintanilla told Billbord. "The little details I gave... That Selena had red nail polish on instead of bright pink. That she had hoop earrings. They even put red on the microphone the way she used to have it."

Selena was murdered at age 23 in 1995 by the former president of her fan club. Her fifth studio album, "Dreaming of You," was released posthumously in July 1995 and became her first number 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. 

Jennifer Lopez played Selena Quintanilla in a 1997 biopic about her rise to fame and death.

"Today we celebrate Selena Quintanilla: Mexican-American music and entertainment icon, fashion trendsetter, passionate entrepreneur, community philanthropist, and one of the people who taught me growing up that no matter who you are or where you come from, anything is possible," Campos said.

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<![CDATA[ Elton John Ending Las Vegas Residency in 2018 ]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:55:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-535910112.jpg

Elton John will be pushing back from his piano at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for the last time next year.

John's last performance of his show "The Million Dollar Piano" will be on May 19, 2018, after more than 200 shows. It is John's second residency at Caesars Palace. His "The Red Piano" shows ran from 2004 through 2009.

Tickets for the final block of performances will go on sale on Oct. 22.

Earlier this year, the 70-year-old had to cancel several shows at The Colosseum at Caesars because of a bacterial infection he contracted during a South American tour.

The Caesars show is named after John's piano, which has dozens of LED video screens that display images while the singer performs some of his biggest hits.

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<![CDATA[#MeToo Goes Viral With 12M Facebook Posts and Counting]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:42:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-605831668.jpg

The #MeToo social media campaign has exploded across social media, empowering women to come together in solidarity and to share their stories of sexual abuse and harassment without shame. 

Actress Alyssa Milano posted a tweet on Oct. 15 and ignited the social media movement. Milano's "Charmed" co-star Rose McGowan is one of more than 40 women who have accused movie executive Harvey Weinstein of sexual harrasment, abuse or rape. 

Weinstein has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.

"My hope is people will get the idea of the magnitude, of just how many people have been affected by this in the world, in our lifetimes, in this country," Milano told The Associated Press on Monday. "The most important thing that it did was to shift the conversation away from the predator and to the victim."

According to Facebook, "4.7 million people around the world have engaged in the 'Me Too' conversation on Facebook in solidarity with victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment." 

In less than 24 hours, there were more than 500,000 tweets and more than 12 million Facebook posts, comments and reactions on content that included #MeToo. Also, more than 45 percent of people in the United States are friends with someone who has already made a "Me Too" post, according to Facebook.  

Nearly half a million people on Twitter used the hashtag in the first 24 hours, the AP reported.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined the chorus of posts, writing as many others did on Facebook, "If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'Me too' as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.

While the movement has helped women come out of the shadows, men are also sharing their stories of sexual abuse. 

Former NHL star Theo Fleury shared his experience, writing, "I am a #metoo and I’m a male I would like to know how many guys out there are #metoos."

Some other men wrote #IHave to signal their own misdeeds toward women. 

Milano said she got the idea for her #MeToo post from a friend. 

"While I am sickened and angered over the disturbing accusations of Weinstein's sexual predation and abuse of power, I'm happy - ecstatic even - that it has opened up a dialogue around the continued sexual harassment, objectification and degradation of women," she wrote. 

Milano later told the AP she decided not to share her personal "Me Too" story to keep the focus on others. 

"Really what's happening here is giving women the opportunity to come forward without having to go into detail about their stories if they don't want to," she said. 

Activist Alicia Garza took to Twitter Monday and gave credit to Tarana Burke as the founder of the #MeToo hashtag 10 years ago. 

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<![CDATA[Bill Murray Helps Couple Announce Pregnancy at Cubs Game]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:25:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bill+murray+pregnancy.jpg

It’s not uncommon for fans to spot Bill Murray in the stands of a Chicago baseball game, but two Cubs fans now have an unforgettable memory after meeting the celebrity actor at Wrigley Field.

Murray, who has been known to crash engagement photoshoots and even make a toast at a bachelor party, has now played a role in a baby announcement.

Robbie Schloss posted a video to Instagram over the weekend alongside Murray and Schloss’ wife Kirsten Barrish Schloss at a Cubs game.

In the video, which was taken during the Cubs’ Game 3 win against the Nationals, Murray begins by saying, “Hey, I’ve got news for you, you’re going to be grandparents.”

Schloss then shouts, “We’re having a baby.”

“#billmurray thank you for making my parents cry!” the caption on the video read.

Schloss and his wife are expecting their baby to arrive in April 2018.

Murray also went on to sing the seventh inning stretch during that game.

Considered one of the Cubs' biggest celebrity fans, the star actor is also reportedly being considered for the role of Cubs manager Joe Maddon in a movie about the team's 2016 World Series run. 

Photo Credit: Robbie Schloss/Instagram]]>