<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - ]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:32:21 -0700 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:32:21 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[2014 Hurley Pro at Trestles]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:06:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Audley-Surf-21.jpg Photos from the ASP Hurley Pro at Trestles surfing competition.

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<![CDATA[Action at 2014 San Diego Bayfair]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:21:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BayFair-14-10.jpg The 50th Annual San Diego Bayfair takes over Mission Bay Sept. 12-14. The outdoor event – which attracts 100,000 spectators – features thrilling races on the water among speedy motorboats and hydroplanes. Check out these photos of the action so far at this year’s event.

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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:39:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Glenn Close, Jimmy Fallon Have Face Stuffing Contest]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 05:43:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-13+at+3.34.21+AM.png

Actress Glenn Close took to “The Tonight Show” to talk about her new Broadway gig, but things quickly turned messy as Jimmy Fallon challenged her to an eating contest.

In the “Face Stuffing Contest” the two had to eat as much food as possible in 10 seconds with utensils provided to them.

Announcer Steve Higgins stepped in as referee and told Fallon and Close they had to use whisks to eat spaghetti, salad tongs to scarf down fully loaded nachos and for dessert, gobble down blueberry pie using their face as a "utensil."

"Only face, no hands," he warned.

A scale was under each dish to determine who had eaten the most. By the end of the 30-second challenge, both Fallon and Close were covered in blueberry filling and as they both inserted their entire faces into the pie.

"You look a little blue," Higgins told Close as she wiped her face. "Are you alright?"

Fallon ate the most spaghetti and nachos, each worth one point, but ended up tying the game with Close as she ate the most pie, which was worth two points.

After a 20-year break from Broadway, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” actress will be back on stage starring in “A Delicate Balance,” officially opening on November 20.



Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

<![CDATA[Glenn Close Does Baby Impressions on "Tonight"]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 01:41:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s01e123_123_GlennClose_CryingBaby_Int_20140912_1200x675_328837187810.jpg Actress Glenn Close reveals a secret talent to Jimmy Fallon as she does various impressions of babies crying on "The Tonight Show." ]]> <![CDATA[Post-Tourist Season in San Diego]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:50:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Bay-Skyline-Garske.jpg

Now that the busy summer tourist season has wrapped up, San Diego residents looking to venture on some fun outings will find fewer crowds around the city. Here are some places locals might want to visit.

San Diego Waterfront Park:
Summer may almost be over, but the heat is still on in San Diego. Cool off at the new, free Waterfront Park at Pacific Highway and Harbor Drive, in downtown’s picturesque Embarcadero area. The family-friendly park opened back in May and has been packed with visitors all summer. The park spans 12 acres and boasts large, open grassy areas, a playground, shaded sitting areas, gardens and an expansive interactive fountain. Also, don’t forget that breathtaking, waterfront view.

Open-Air Seafood Market:
San Diego’s new open-air seafood market opened at the beginning of August and now runs every Saturday from 8 a.m. until the fresh fish, crab and other seafood runs out. Each week, local fishermen set up pop-up canopies on the pier at the downtown waterfront near Tuna Harbor and Seaport Village and sell their finest fresh catches to customers in a setting reminiscent of Seattle’s Pike Place Market. San Diego fishermen get lots of business and locals get great deals on seafood in this win-win scenario.

Balboa Park:
Anytime is a good time to visit Balboa Park, but at least now you don’t have to battle extreme crowds. Take a walk along a trail, treat yourself to an outdoor picnic, visit the Japanese Friendship Garden or visit one of the landmark’s many museums. If you plan to visit a lot the museums, you may consider investing in the cost-efficient Balboa Park Explorer Pass.

The Headquarters at Seaport District:
Do a little shopping and dining at The Headquarters near Seaport Village, the new plaza that includes tiny shops and gourmet eateries, all a stone throw’s away from some killer views of the San Diego Bay. The Headquarters is built on the site of the former historic San Diego Police Department headquarters that closed in 1987. To that end, some fun SDPD artifacts remain on site, including some old jail cells shoppers can actually walk into, plus historical photos and mug shots. The mini museum is free for those who want to browse.

Mission Beach:
There are so many great beaches to choose from in San Diego but locals may want to visit Mission Beach in particular, since it’s currently celebrating its centennial. The popular beach community is highlighting 100 years with a Centennial Museum Booth open through Sept. 27 at Belmont Park, which boasts vintage relics and memorabilia. While you’re at Belmont Park, take a ride on the iconic Giant Dipper roller coaster, which celebrated its 89th birthday at the height of tourist season in July.

Photo Credit: Monica Garske]]>
<![CDATA[Foodie’s Paradise: SD Restaurant Week]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:02:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDRW-Bice-Rabbit-Raviolli.jpg

Foodies, this one is for you: San Diego’s top-notch dining scene will be showcased once again later this month as San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) returns.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, SDRW will run from Sept. 21 through Sept. 26. Over the course of those six delicious days, foodies can dine at more than 180 participating restaurants across 12 regions throughout San Diego County, including Downtown San Diego, La Jolla, North County Coastal and Inland and Coronado, just to name a few communities.

The annual culinary event features discounted prix-fixe menus at each restaurant, meaning foodies can try different dishes at special prices that range between $10 to $20 for a two-course lunch or $25 to $45 for a three-course dinner.

No passes are required to attend SDRW, just pick the local restaurant where you’d like to eat and go there – easy as pie.

This year, participating restaurants include The Patio on Goldfinch in Mission Hills. That location will offer a $15 “Locals Who Lunch” menu that includes any sandwich, a choice of a French market vegan salad or watermelon salad, plus a mini dessert.

Downtown San Diego’s BiCE Ristorante in the Gaslamp Quarter will offer a $45 three-course dinner that includes ahi tuna served with zucchini, creamy shallot sauce and quail egg, followed by braised rabbit ravioli with kale and Mediterranean olives and creamy leek and thyme sauce. For dessert, the menu will offer dark chocolate crostata with apricot and spicy mango tequila sauce. You might want to make reservations at this restaurant ahead of time.

Other downtown businesses taking part in SDRW include the new Mexican eatery, Don Chido, renowned chef Brian Malarkey’s Searsucker, the elegant Grant Grill, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Puesto at The Headquarters, Mint Downtown Thai and Yard House, among many others.

In the La Jolla area, Beaumont’s Eatery in Bird Rock will offer a three-course, $35, prix-fixe dinner menu that boasts dishes such as pan-seared day boat scallops, grilled local yellow tail and a baked local apple cobbler with salted caramel ice cream.

The seaside community’s Brockton Villa will offer prix-fixe options for both lunch and dinner. Some of the SDRW dishes on the menu include the eatery’s “Epic Chowder,” which includes sea clams, blue crab, bacon, Yukon potatoes and saffron cream, the ginger chili-glazed Atlantic salmon and the whiskey and grana padano crusted filet.

In the North County Inland area, AVANT at Rancho Bernardo Inn will dish out tasty offerings like calamari bites, “Mary’s Chicken” with fresh garden squash grown on site and pistachio macarons.

Ocean Beach newcomer, OB Warehouse, will make its SDRW debut. The new Cohn Restaurant Group eatery plans to offer a $35, three-course dinner that includes a kale salad, a Moroccan-spiced flat iron and coconut tapioca.

In Little Italy, the newly-revamped Indigo Grill will showcase comforting Latin-inspired dishes like roasted poblano bisque, handmade pappardelle pasta and fresh churros with Mexican chocolate on the $25 prix-fixe dinner menu.

For the full list of participating restaurants by cuisine, price and neighborhood, visit the SDRW website.

By the way, last year’s San Diego Restaurant Week was such a hit that organizers extended the event by a full week. Here’s to hoping that happens again. Cheers!

Photo Credit: Tim King ]]>
<![CDATA[Sarah Jessica Parker's Townhouse For Sale]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:03:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP153150625235.jpg Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are listing their trendy Greenwich Village townhouse for $22 million. The historic, 25-foot-wide townhouse is 6,800 square feet and has 7 fireplaces.

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<![CDATA[Chief of Rivers Clinic Out]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:03:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rivers+yorkville.jpg

A leading gastroenterologist at the clinic where Joan Rivers stopped breathing during a minor throat procedure last month is out as medical director of the facility, NBC 4 New York has confirmed.

Yorkville Endoscopy said that Lawrence Cohen, a board-certified gastroenterologist and associate clinical professor of medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital, was "not currently performing any procedures ... nor is he currently serving as medical director."

The 81-year-old Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a procedure at the 93rd Street facility Aug. 28, officials have said. The legendary comedian was put on life support and died a week later. The city medical examiner's office said an initial review of Rivers' case proved inconclusive, and further tests would be needed to determine Rivers' "cause and manner of death."

A spokesperson for Yorkville Endoscopy would not say if Cohen was Rivers' doctor, nor would the spokesperson say if he was performing the endoscopy on the day she stopped breathing. It wasn't clear if Cohen resigned or was fired. 

According to his online biography, Cohen’s primary research focus is gastrointestinal endoscopy and he lectures throughout the world on subjects ranging from colonoscopy and colorectal cancer screening to endoscopic sedation. An e-mail to his Mt. Sinai address bounced back, and the hospital could not immediately confirm if he still worked there.

A voice recording at New York Gastroenterology Associates on East 79th Street, where Cohen also worked, said he was no longer part of the team. A cellphone number for Cohen wasn't immediately available.

Yorkville Endoscopy is accredited by the the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. The association said it was investigating the facility's accreditation.

The state health department has also said it's investigating the clinic, and is examining documents and medical records, observing the facility, and interviewing staff members and doctors to make sure the center is complying with state health regulations.  

Follow Pei-Sze Cheng on Twitter @PeiSzeCheng4NY

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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<![CDATA[Barbra Streisand to Appear on "Tonight Show"]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:09:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BarbraStreisand2.jpg

"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" will feature only one guest on Monday: Barbra Streisand. It is the first late-night talk show appearance by the famed singer and actress in more than 50 years.

The show will feature a “night of talk, comedy, and performance to celebrate the upcoming release of her new album ‘Partners,’” which is set to release on Tuesday by Columbia Records, according to NBC.

“Partners” features 12 duets with singers including Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder, and an one-of-a-kind virtual duet with Elvis Presley.

Trailer: “Partners”

The 72-year-old legendary singer and songwriter, actress, author, film producer, and director first appeared on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" in 1963 to promote her debut album, and has come a long way since.

With a Grammy, an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony among her tremendous accomplishments, Streisand is also a leading spokesperson for social causes, including AIDS and The Women’s Heart Center.

Much of Streisand’s time and resources are occupied with fundraising efforts through The Streisand Foundation.

Additionally, SiriusXM announced this week that it will launch "The Barbra Streisand Channel" for a limited time between Sept. 16 and Oct. 10, which will feature personal song selections spanning Streisand’s entire career, including her new album.

Tune in Monday to "The Tonight Show" to hear what Streisand has been working on over the past five decades and see a special performance from one of the world’s most notable artists.

<![CDATA["Late Night's" Ya Burnt!]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:54:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s01e95_095_YaBurnt_Int_20140911_1200x675_328359491951.jpg Seth Meyers runs through this week's topics during "Ya Burnt!" including Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Apple Picking, and even himself. ]]> <![CDATA[Jeffrey Tambor Talks Family on "The Tonight Show"]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:44:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s01e122_122_JeffreyTambor_HeyNow_Int_20140911_1200x675_328359491970.jpg Jeffrey Tambor, a returning guest tells Jimmy Fallon the candid advice his grandson gave him before appearing on the show. ]]> <![CDATA[Sesame Street Crew Reads Tweets on "Tonight"]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:33:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s01e122_122_SesameStHashtag_Int_20140911_1200x675_328358979819.jpg The Sesame Street crew takes to the "Tonight Show" stage to read tweets with Fallon's hashtag, "#WhenIWasAKid." ]]> <![CDATA[Downtown Gets New, Colorful Mural]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:42:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mural-Downtown-SD-Sepy.jpg

Downtown San Diego’s Financial District is a bit brighter these days thanks to a new, bright piece of street art that’s hard to miss.

As part of the renovation of Five Thirty B – the former Union Bank building at 530 B St. – the landlord has commissioned a team of local street artists to paint a 30-foot by 105-foot mural on an exterior wall of the building. The team is led by muralist Maxx Moses.

The art, titled “Inception’s Reflection,” will be completed this week. It features a colorful palate of different shapes and forms meant to energize those who live and work downtown.

“We wanted something that reinforces our efforts to create a park in the sky, and Maxx and his team certainly accomplished that,” said John Bragg of Kearny Real Estate, the company that acquired the building earlier this year and is leading a $15 million conversion of the space, including turning the once-barren rooftop into a 15,000-square-foot collaborative outdoor meeting space and roof garden.

Given the mural’s size, it’s visible from several vantage points in the area, including 5th Avenue and B Street.

<![CDATA[Dad-Son Toilet Paper Prank Goes Viral]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:38:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/TP-Ambush-Prank.jpg

A San Diego father’s playtime session with his 6-year-old son – which involved serious ingenuity and toilet paper – has gone viral.

On Sunday morning, Hillcrest resident Eric Chase spent the day playing with his son, Remy, and plotting a fun prank on his wife.

The father-son team took a couple of rolls of toilet paper and rigged a leaf blower with a paint roller duct-taped to the end of it to shoot out the toilet paper as his wife walked through the front door.

Chase videotaped the prank and uploaded the short clip to YouTube and Reddit. The internet rolled with it, and the video went viral within hours.

As of Thursday morning, it had more than 413,000 views on YouTube and counting.

“It’s been fun to see it take off like that,” Chase told NBC 7.

Chase said the TP ambush took a few hours to plan and set up. Part of the set-up included decorating their “firing station” with hand-painted cardboard signs and dressing Remy up in a pirate hat and eye patch.

In the video clip, Chase gives clear directions before his wife walks through the door: “Prepare to attack. Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!”

Chase’s 3-year-old daughter walks in the house first, so she too gets a little TP to the face as Remy screams with glee.

Because Chase works from home, he said he and Remy often find creative ways to play and keep themselves entertained.

This particular activity, Chase said, came after reading some books to Remy from “The Sisters Grimm” novel series. His son liked a character from one of the books who is a bit of a trickster and had been asking Chase to come up with a fun, harmless way to prank mom for a while.

Thus, the toilet paper blower was born.

“We come up with a lot of fun stuff to do,” said Chase, adding that Remy is now looking forward to their next prank.

“I keep telling him we have to wait a few days until the next one. We have to gain trust again,” he joked.

Since posting the video to his old, dormant YouTube account, Chase said he’s gotten several calls from companies looking to license the clip.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Jackman, Fallon Play "Pool Bowling"]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:26:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/455200390.jpg

Hugh Jackman competed against Jimmy Fallon in a giant game of billiards featuring bowling balls on Wednesday night’s episode of “The Tonight Show.”

But first, Jackman talked about singing at Joan Rivers’ funeral over the past weekend. The comedian apparently wished for the actor, who stars in the new Broadway play “The River,” to sing at the ceremony.

“When Joan Rivers asks you just answer,” Jackman said. “She planned everything out. She [saw] me in a show called “The Boy From Oz” which I did on Broadway and I sung a song from that. The entire audience started cheering and the whole thing was uplifting.”

“She was an amazing woman and it was an amazing send-off,” Jackman added.

Finally, Fallon and Jackman played the new game called “Pool Bowling” that got pretty intense. Fallon broke one of the balls in his first roll.

Who won? Watch the video above and find out.

Jackman also took a photo with the episode's musical guest, Luke Bryan.

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<![CDATA[Meyers Takes Roll on "Late Night"]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:48:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-11+at+2.49.51+AM.png Seth Meyers takes roll to make sure everyone in the audience is in the right seat. He also reveals that a lot of odd characters are there to watch the show.

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<![CDATA[Meyers Broke His Nose]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:45:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-11+at+2.32.05+AM.png On "Late Night," Seth Meyers explains how he broke his nose playing street hockey.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: Offerman on His College Days]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:45:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/455200388.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Nick Offerman talk about his book, Paddle Your Own Canoe, and the "Parks and Recreation" star shares some of his college adventures.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: "Pool Bowling" With Jackman]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:42:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/455200380.jpg Jimmy Fallon competes against Hugh Jackman in a giant game of billiards featuring bowling balls and no pool cues.]]> <![CDATA[Sheen Pledges $1K to Stiffed Waiter]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:25:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tlmd_charliesheen6.jpg

Charlie Sheen isn't judging LeSean McCoy for allegedly leaving a Philadelphia waiter a $.20 tip, but he is pledging the slighted waiter $1,000.

At least that's the offer he made to Rob Knelly, the waiter at PYT in Northern Liberties, whose boss, burger joint owner Tommy Up, took to social media to Monday to call out the Eagles running back for allegedly leaving a horrible tip.

After the Eagles player and his friends left the restaurant, Up posted a photo of a receipt -- which he claimed was billed to McCoy -- on his Facebook page. The photo shows a $.20 tip on a bill that was more than $60.

McCoy called the receipt debacle "bull^*$#," according to Philadelphia Daily News sports reporter Les Bowen. He has not provided additional public comment.

Up says that posting the photo on Facebook was what his "heart told him to do." He says he wants nothing from athlete, but that an apology to his server would be "cool."

Being offered a $1,000 by Charlie Sheen is pretty cool, too.

Up posted to his Facebook page Wednesday night that they were in contact with Sheen and that the actor would be delivering a "surprise" on Thursday. They're unclear of what that surprise may be.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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<![CDATA[The Buzz on San Diego Coffee Shops]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:31:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/coffee-generic-edit.jpg

September means school and school means caffeine. Whether you’re getting ready to return to school yourself or getting the kids ready for a new year, a freshly brewed cup of coffee might be just what you need to get you through the daily grind. Here’s a round-up of some of Yelp’s highest-rated coffee shops in San Diego.

Zumbar Coffee & Tea (Sorrento Valley)
Zumbar is a Spanish verb that means to purr, hum, or buzz. This elevated level of excitement is achieved by stepping into Zumbar. This coffee shop boasts not only the most delicious coffee, but also the most beautiful! The mochas are drizzled artfully with chocolate while the cappuccinos double as canvases, proving the baristas here are artists on and off the clock. Come to Zumbar for the coffee and leave with an Instagram-worthy shot, hashtags not included.

Better Buzz (Pacific Beach)
If you’re in the mood to get in, get out and get going, Pacific Beach’s Better Buzz is the place for you. The menu here ranges from mochas and teas to smoothies and everything in between. Better Buzz even has a drink dubbed the “Best Drink Ever” – a signature Americano with a touch of sweetness, cream and vanilla. The coffeehouse also serves a packed acai bowl, a snack fit for a San Diegan. As newcomers will quickly realize, life is definitely better buzzed.

Caffe Calabria (North Park)
Pizza, paninis, pastries, oh my! Caffe Calabria is the friend that can do everything, and do it all well. This coffee business brews and roasts its beans as a culinary art, taking advantage of its skilled baristas on hand. The menu includes neapolitan pizzas, colorful pies baked to perfection in a wood-fire oven. Other tasty treats include warm paninis and an assortment of pastries, all freshly made and locally-sourced. To top it all off, this place even serves wine.

Lofty Coffee Co. (Encinitas)
If you need coffee running through your veins, Encinitas’ Lofty is about to become your newest addiction. This locally-owned coffee shop serves organic drinks that are both environmentally-conscious and uniquely delicious. The salted caramel latte is a favorite among locals (dream of it while you wait in line, it’s a popular place!). Lofty’s commitment to coffee fundamentals is to be commended.

Dark Horse Coffee Roasters (Normal Heights)
Daniel Charlson, founder of Dark Horse, has always been fascinated with coffee culture, and luckily for San Diego, he brought that passion to our beautiful city. Using all organic ingredients, this Uptown hotspot produces memorable cups of “pour over” coffee, meaning each cup is individually brewed upon request. And, if a daily stop in doesn’t get you enough, get a new brew delivered directly to your home with through the shop’s monthly “coffee subscription” service. By the way, Dark Horse will open two more locations before the year’s end – one in North Park and the other in Golden Hill.

Lush Lounge (Vista)

It’s hard not to enjoy an organic, fair trade cup of coffee. But here you can enjoy it with comfortable seating, a lending library and even a koi pond. An earthly feel, great customer service and superior products are what make Lush Lounge one of the highest-rated coffee shops in San Diego’s North County. Come in and try their full-bodied coffee with a splash of soy, almond or coconut milk.

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<![CDATA[Renovated Movie Theater Reopens]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:07:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AMC+Chula+Vista+10+auditorium+2.jpg

Local moviegoers now have a newly-renovated place to catch a flick: the AMC Chula Vista 10 theater, which has undergone a massive makeover.

The theater, located at 555 Broadway in Chula Vista, had been under construction since May. Over the past few months the space has been fully transformed into a cushy theater with lots of new amenities, including plush recliner seats and its own in-house, soon-to-open MacGuffin’s Bar & Lounge serving beer, wine and cocktails.

The Chula Vista movie theater reopened to the public last week.

Ryan Noonan, AMC director of corporate communications, said the upgrades aim to give guests more comfort and convenience.

In addition to recliner seating and reserved seating options, Noonan said guests will enjoy enhanced concession stand menu options that expand beyond popcorn to include hot foods such as chicken tenders, pizza and mozzarella sticks.

Coca-Cola Freestyle soda machines will also give moviegoers more than 120 different drink combinations to choose from.

And, for the main course – at least for movie buffs – Noonan said the theater includes all new state-of-the-art speakers and sound systems, along with new movie screens and 100 percent digital projectors.

“Guests at AMC Chula Vista 10 can expect an amazing movie-going experience that will have them excited about coming out to the movies again and again,” Noonan told NBC 7.

He said the renovations at the AMC Chula Vista 10 are much like those that were completed at AMC La Jolla 12 in 2013. Guests liked the renovations in La Jolla so much, that location’s overall satisfaction scores have increased by 40 percent since it reopened last summer, Noonan said.

AMC is hoping to recreate that same success in Chula Vista.

The standard ticket price for the movie theater is $10 per person and $6 for films before noon. An $8.25 matinee movie is offered daily from noon to 4 p.m.

Photo Credit: AMC Chula Vista 10]]>
<![CDATA[Miss America Pageant, Past and Present]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:22:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/missamericaWilliams.jpg The 2015 Miss America Pageant will take place on Sept. 14. Meanwhile, take a look at past winners and contestants from the annual competition that began in 1921.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[U2's New Tune]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:30:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/171*120/AppleU2.jpg

U2's new album, “Songs of Innocence,” blasts open with “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone),” an ode to one of the fallen godfathers of punk.

 In one respect, it's a perfect kickoff: The album’s surprise, free release on iTunes to a potential audience of a half-billion Tuesday is the punk move of the digital music age. Yet the context ­– “Innocence” arrived as part of the promotion for Apple's latest wonder gadgets – smacks of corporate establishment shilling.
The worldwide giveaway of U2’s first album in five years could mark an industry game changer and perhaps the defining triumph – or sellout – for a band that embraces paradoxes.
This venture is full of them: “Songs of Innocence,” available free through Oct. 13, stands to become the most downloaded album ever, but might end up the worst seller of U2's nearly four-decade run. The disc, inspired by the Irish rockers’ youth, offers songs evoking not only Ramone, but the Beach Boys ("California") and The Clash (“This is Where You Can Reach Me Now”). Yet the album benefits greatly from the contributions of younger artists like Danger Mouse (who produced or co-produced most of the tracks) and Swedish singer Lykke Li (who provides haunting vocals on “The Troubles”).
Bono told Rolling Stone “Songs of Innocence” aims to echo the classic, impeccably crafted albums of Beatles and the Rolling Stones from the 1960s (“When you had real songs,” he said). Yet some numbers come across as U2’s tribute to itself (“Volcano” is somewhat reminiscent of “Vertigo,” in a mostly good way). The album’s hoopla-laden debut also taps into the band’s trademark showmanship and the promotional spirit of the late Steve Jobs, a Bono partner in deftly mixing the not always compatible worlds of entertainment, mass consumerism and international philanthropy.
The surprise release clearly seeks to top Beyonce’s stunner from December when she suddenly dropped a very well received 31-song self-titled album onto iTunes, along with 17 videos. U2 helps its cause by providing one of its better albums of recent years, crisp and brimming with energy. Some cuts (“Song for Someone,” “Every Breaking Wave”) seem destined to become concert favorites, though “Iris (Hold Me Close),” Bono’s song about his late mother, might be the album’s strongest offering.
The band risks flak for letting its album be given away to the masses in the 119 countries with iTunes while less established artists struggle to find new business models and just make a living. And, nothing, of course, is free: Bono told TIME, the band, which played the opening cut at Apple CEO Tim Cook’s presentation of the company’s new watch and iPhones, didn’t come away empty handed.
“We were paid,” Bono told the magazine. “I don’t believe in free music. Music is a sacrament.”
It's also a gift. U2 has given fans an incredible present, even if we need to get used to the wrapping.


Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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<![CDATA[Fallon Helps Spears Join Tinder on "Tonight"]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:06:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-10+at+4.33.55+AM.png

Jimmy Fallon made Britney Spears a Tinder account, and the two weighed the good and bad of dating the pop star on Tuesday’s episode of “The Tonight Show.”

First, Fallon announced to the audience that Spears is no longer off the market.

“She’s recently single, she sings good jingles, she loves her Pringles and she’s ready to mingle,” Fallon said before bringing the singer to the stage.

Then, Fallon revealed that he made Spears a real Tinder account to find dates, complete with the caption: “This better work, b****”

Finally, the two weighed the pros and cons of dating Spears, in which Fallon joked he was wearing pieces of Spears’ new lingerie line underneath his suit.

Watch the hilarious video above.

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<![CDATA[Meyers: Goldblum Sings "Jurassic Park" Theme Lyrics]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:24:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/455070826.jpg Jeff Goldblum stopped by "Late Night" to sing his own "Jurassic Park" theme song lyrics.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Buress Wears Unique Jumpsuit]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:24:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/455070850.jpg Comedian Hannibal Buress talks about his special jumpsuit as well as his days writing for "Saturday Night Live" under Seth Meyers.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: Messing Has a Fine Arts Degree in Juggling]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:21:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/455067718.jpg Jimmy Fallon talks to Debra Messing about her NBC series, "The Mysteries of Laura," and the great trapeze skills she picked up at New York University.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon Weighs Pros and Cons of Dating Spears]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:21:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/455067740.jpg In light of Britney Spears' single status, Jimmy Fallon and the singer herself weigh the good and bad of dating her, and Jimmy makes the pop superstar a Tinder account.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Pod of Dolphins Surprise Students]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:59:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/dolphins-swimmer-0908.jpg

A group of students from a San Diego school experienced a magnificent sight at sea Monday when a pod of dolphins joined them during a swim at the Catalina Channel.

A parent videotaping the kids swimming caught the group’s surprise encounter with dolphins on video tape. In the footage, dozens of dolphins can be seen swimming in the vicinity, jumping a bit out of the water, as students look on with excitement.

“Oh my God. This is so cool!” one girl exclaims on the video.

The students are from the Arch Academy, a year-round, K-12 private school for kids struggling to become socially, emotionally and academically successful.

The students recently completed a swim relay from Catalina Island to Palos Verdes and are now in the process of training for an English Channel swim.

Many of the swimmers involved in the school’s swim challenge struggle with autism, ADD, ADHD and learning disabilities and training at sea has become a positive outlet. They train several days per week at La Jolla Cove.


Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article said the students encountered the dolphins at La Jolla Cove. The dolphin swim actually happened at the Catalina Channel. The students train at La Jolla Cove.

<![CDATA[WATCH: Harvey Hosts "Family Feud" on "Tonight"]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:08:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/454988726.jpg

On Monday, Steve Harvey hosted a special “The Tonight Show” edition of “Family Feud” with Jason Segel and Jimmy Fallon as contestants.

The “How I Met Your Mother” star joined Fallon and announcer Steve Higgins to form “The Fallon Family.” Meanwhile, Questlove, Tarik and James of The Roots formed “The Roots Family.”

The two teams were asked to guess the top audience responses to questions like terms for marijuana and instruments least likely to get a band member groupies.

Who which family won the game? Watch the video above and find out.

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<![CDATA[Meyers: Wilson Watched Tennis With Ferrell]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 03:03:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/454994680.jpg Luke Wilson said he spent some quality time with Will Ferrell at the U.S. Open.]]> <![CDATA[Wilson, Meyers Talk About Failed "SNL" Sketch]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 03:00:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/454994738.jpg Luke Wilson and Seth Meyers talk about a bad "Saturday Night Live" sketch that didn't end up airing.]]>