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Teamsters Off the Hook in ‘Top Chef’ Extortion Trial

15 August 2017 8:59 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Four Teamsters — of the truck driver’s union — have been found not guilty in the U.S. District Court of all federal charges of attempting to extort jobs from the show “Top Chef” when it filmed in Boston in 2014. The four men (Daniel Redmond, 49; John Fidler, 53; Robert Cafarelli, 47; and Michael Ross, 63), who belong to the Charlestown-based Teamsters Local 25, were accused of conspiring to extort “Top Chef” producers into giving them jobs and driving equipment in and around the Boston area. “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi had previously testified that she was “terrified” when approached by the men. Prosecutors »

- Ashley Boucher

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‘Top Chef’ Teamsters Trial: No Verdict As Jury Ends Deliberations For Day

11 August 2017 1:59 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

For a second day, jurors in the Top Chef extortion trial have ended their deliberations without reaching a verdict on the fate of four Boston Teamsters accused to trying to shake down the show for unneeded driving jobs. As first reported by Deadline, the four men — all members of Boston Teamsters Local 25 — had set up a picket line on June 10, 2014, outside the Steel & Rye restaurant in suburban Milton, where the show was filming. When Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi tried to… »

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Authentic Entertainment Expands Into Digital, Branded Content

11 August 2017 7:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Reality-television producer Authentic Entertainment is expanding into digital and sponsored content.

Through its new partnership division, Authentic has produced content for Macy’s, Buick, Old Navy, Subaru, Folgers Coffee, and Hewlett Packard. Authentic recently produced a seven-part cooking series for Johnsonville Sausage, “Dinner Is Served,” starring “Top Chef” alum Fabio Viviani. The company is also producing original content for the YouTube channel of beauty brand Ole Henriksen. As part of that deal, Authentic recruited Bri Emery of DesignLoveFest and Jacey Duprie from Damsel In Dior for a new wellness series titled “Glow With Me.” Since the series’ launch, traffic on the channel has increased 159%.

In addition, Mally Roncal of Mally Beauty has signed a development deal with Authentic and is currently creating a millennial lifestyle series with the beauty expert.

On the digital side, Authentic’s new series “Breaking Bass” is set to premiere Monday on Rated Red and Verizon’s Go90 platform.

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- Daniel Holloway

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Richard Blais Defends Top Chef Costar Padma Lakshmi As Trial Over Frightening Alleged Teamster Extortion Wraps

10 August 2017 2:31 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Richard Blais is astonished at the alleged extortion and racial slurs that Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi claims she had to endure while working on the show.

“I was a judge on that season,” the Starving for Attention podcast host recently told People at Santa Margherita’s She Shed in Brooklyn, New York. “I remember it in the moment as being a thing that was happening, but none of it happened while I was around … so I can’t talk about it firsthand.”

Still, Blais unwaveringly supports his costar of many seasons on the Bravo culinary competition, who testified in »

- Lanford Beard

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The Water Cooler: ‘The Lion King’ Sing-Along, the Quest for a Great Cooking Show, and a Hans Zimmer Concert

10 August 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Welcome to The Water Cooler, a weekly feature where the /Film staff is free to go off-topic and talk about everything except the movies and TV shows they normally write about. In this edition: Ben attends a sing-along screening of The Lion King, Peter tries to sell his DVD collection, Jacob gets hooked on Top Chef, Jack reads some Stephen […]

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- /Film Staff

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Fashion Flashback: Padma Lakshmi on Her Evolving Emmy Style

10 August 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Top Chef” judge and Emmy-nominated host Padma Lakshmi knows a thing or two about food — and fashion. “Having modeled all those years ago, I know how to dress for my body,” says Lakshmi, who’s attended the Emmys for the best reality-competition program nominee the past 10 years. And while the show’s summer filming schedule leaves her 10-15 pounds heavier with little time to slim down, she calls it a “high-class problem.” “Let’s face it — it’s eating on TV that got me to the Emmys in the first place!”

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“This is an Emmy dress I will always love because ‘Top Chef’ took home the Emmy that year,” says Lakshmi of the Carolina Herrera frock she paired with tribal jewelry from her line, the Padma Collection. “I was also still nursing, so I was very lucky to find a dress that fit me so well.” Victory came at a price, though: »

- Jasmin Rosemberg

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NBCUniversal Builds ‘Sprout House,’ Hopes Kids Will Visit

10 August 2017 8:03 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On most weekdays at 9 a.m this fall, Megyn Kelly will vie for viewer attention with time-slot rivals Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. But these morning luminaries will have to contend with someone else: a chatty orange puppy named Snug.

When fans of Sprout, the kiddie-cable outlet that is part of Comcast’s NBCUniversal, tune in to the network at 9 a.m. on Monday, they will be greeted by something different. Gone will be the familiar antics of “The Sunny Side Up Show,” a live program that has long featured friendly hosts and “Chica,” an excitable anthropomorphic chicken whose squawks are usually translated into English by her human companions. In their place? “Sprout House,” a new series that features the team of Carly Ciarrocchi, a “Sunny Side” veteran, and her verbose canine pal.

Kids who have seen the program being taped in recent weeks “light up around his floppiness and his voice. That »

- Brian Steinberg

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Chris Pratt, Anna Faris, and ‘Mom’: The Downsides of Giving Private Lives a Public Face

9 August 2017 3:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Fans of CBS comedy “Mom” follow Anna Faris’ character, single mother Christy, while she struggles with alcohol, drug, and gambling addictions. In real life, Faris’ fans are following the popular actress as she faces a personal challenge: Her breakup with husband Chris Pratt.

Blurring fact and fiction is nothing new in Hollywood. Actors frequently play versions of themselves – in television, that goes all the way back to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who re-created their couple dynamic as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo on “I Love Lucy,” and the Nelson family, who played some version of themselves on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.”

Read More:Chris Pratt Says Blue-Collar Americans Aren’t Represented in Hollywood

Of course, that was before social media further eroded the barrier between stars and fans. Tabloids and celebrity weeklies aside, personal lives could still be managed out of public eye. Today, social media is an »

- Michael Schneider and Hanh Nguyen

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Chris Pratt, Anna Faris, and ‘Mom’: The Downsides of Giving Private Lives a Public Face

9 August 2017 3:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fans of CBS comedy “Mom” follow Anna Faris’ character, single mother Christy, while she struggles with alcohol, drug, and gambling addictions. In real life, Faris’ fans are following the popular actress as she faces a personal challenge: Her breakup with husband Chris Pratt.

Blurring fact and fiction is nothing new in Hollywood. Actors frequently play versions of themselves – in television, that goes all the way back to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who re-created their couple dynamic as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo on “I Love Lucy,” and the Nelson family, who played some version of themselves on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.”

Read More:Chris Pratt Says Blue-Collar Americans Aren’t Represented in Hollywood

Of course, that was before social media further eroded the barrier between stars and fans. Tabloids and celebrity weeklies aside, personal lives could still be managed out of public eye. Today, social media is an »

- Michael Schneider and Hanh Nguyen

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Star Sightings: Drake Parties in His Hometown, Katy Perry and Robert Pattinson Dine With Pals and More!

9 August 2017 12:25 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

There’s no place like home! Drake was back in his hometown of Toronto, Ontario, for the Ovo Fest and Caribana 2017.

After performing onstage, the “Signs” crooner, along with singers and rappers like The Weeknd, Migos, French Montana and Travis Scott, enjoyed bottle service at the official Ovo Fest After-Party on Aug. 7, presented by Ovo Chubbs and sponsored by Rémy Martin Cognac. Drake also managed to cool off during the hot weekend, hosting his own pool party with LeBron James.

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More: Drake Has a Huge New Tattoo That Looks Just Like Lil Wayne’s Face

Longtime friends Katy Perry and Robert Pattinson dined with a group of pals at The Tower Bar at Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, California, on Aug. 5. An eyewitness tells Et that Perry arrived at the hot spot just after 9 p.m. and was seated next to Pattinson at a back corner table. "The group was »

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Padma Lakshmi Testifies Against Teamsters In ‘Top Chef’ Court Case

9 August 2017 11:21 AM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi testified in court on Monday about the incident with a group of Teamsters in 2014. A group of four union members are being tried for extortion. Padma Lakshmi Testifies In Top Chef Extortion Case The Teamsters union members were angry that the Top Chef crew didn’t hire them and decided to protest. Their […]

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- Hillary Luehring-Jones

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Padma Lakshmi Testifies in Top Chef Extortion Case

7 August 2017 10:17 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi testified in a federal trial today and detailed her frightening encounter with angry Teamster union members. Boston-based Local 25 union members John Fidler, Daniel Redmond, Robert Cafarelli and Michael Ross are accused of threatening to disrupt the filming of Top Chef if the non-union production company did not agree to hire union laborers, Boston station Wcvb reported. The men have pleaded not guilty to federal charges of conspiracy and attempted extortion.  The accusation stems from a confrontation between Teamsters and the show's non-union production company's crew at a Boston-area restaurant where they were filming scenes for the »

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‘Top Chef’ Teamsters Trial: Padma Lakshmi Says She Was “Terrified”: “I Thought He Might Hit Me”

7 August 2017 8:55 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Updated with other people’s testimony below: Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi took the witness stand today for the first time in trial of four Boston Teamsters accused of trying to extort the show for driving jobs during a location shoot three years ago. She testified that she was "terrified" and "felt threatened" as she attempted to cross a picket line for filming of the show in the Boston suburb of Milton. Lakshmi said she had been driven in a minivan to the Steel & Rye… »

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Padma Lakshmi Testifies That She Was 'Threatened' By Teamsters In Top Chef Trial: I Thought 'He Was Going to Hit Me'

7 August 2017 8:25 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Padma Lakshmi testified in Boston federal court on Monday, confirming a Top Chef producer’s earlier declaration that members of the Teamsters Union Local 25 threatened the host in 2014 while protesting the reality show.

The 46-year-old said that one of the four Teamsters picketing outside Milton, Massachusetts, restaurant Steel & Rye – where the Bravo series was filming at the time – leaned his arm into her vehicle while it was blocked, and said, ” ‘Oh, lookie here. What a shame about that pretty face,’ ” according to Boston Herald reporter Laurel Sweet.

“I felt like he was bullying me, like he was telling me he was going to hit me. »

- Lindsay Kimble

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People Explains: Everything You Need to Know About the Top Chef Extortion Trial

3 August 2017 4:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This week, stars and production staff from Top Chef are in a Boston courtroom recounting the alleged threats and racial slurs they were subjected to by four members of Teamsters Union Local 25 during a shoot for the show.

The scary situation allegedly unfolded outside of a Milton, Massachusetts restaurant back in 2014, amid protests by the local Teamsters who wanted to be hired as drivers for the nonunion show.

Here’s everything you need to know about the ongoing extortion trial – which kicked off Tuesday – surrounding those events.

Teamsters surrounded Padma Lakshmi’s car and threatened her lifeThough host Lakshmi, herself, »

- Lindsay Kimble

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Teamsters Threatened Padma Lakshmi and Hurled Racist Insults as They Protested Top Chef, Producer Testifies

3 August 2017 5:22 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Top Chef producer testified in Boston federal court that she was the subject of racist taunts and host Padma Lakshmi was physically threatened when four members of the Teamsters Union were picketing outside a restaurant where the show was filming in 2014.

Supervising producer Ellie Carbajal told the jury Wednesday that the teamsters, who Deadline reports are accused of trying to extort the show for driving jobs, “swarmed vehicle and surrounded it.”

According to Deadline, one of the men said to the others with his face just inches from the host’s car window, “That’s the pretty one. We »

- Stephanie Petit

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‘Top Chef’ Extortion Trial Begins In Boston, Host Padma Lakshmi To Testify

2 August 2017 2:54 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Four Teamsters members in Boston are being charged with attempting to extort jobs from Top Chef producers. Top Chef Extorton Trial Begins<h2? The trial began this week in Boston, in which Robert CafarelliJohn Fidler, Daniel Remond, and Michael Ross are being accused of spitting threats and homophobic and racist remarks at crew members of the Bravo show. Prosecutors are […]

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- Hillary Luehring-Jones

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‘Top Chef’ Teamsters Trial: Second Producer Testifies About Incident That “Terrified” Padma Lakshmi

2 August 2017 1:12 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Updated with captioned video: A second female Top Chef producer testified today in Boston federal court that she too witnessed local Teamsters threatening to harm the show’s host, Padma Lakshmi, as she tried to cross their picket line back in June 2014. The reality competition show’s former location manager also was on the stand today. Derek Cunningham, who since has left the business, testified that he has been in fear for his life since “the whole scene, generally… »

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‘Top Chef’ Teamsters Trial: Producer Details Taunts & Slurs But Says Show Contestant Was ‘Escalating Situation’

1 August 2017 1:39 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The first witness in the trial of four Boston Teamsters accused of terrorizing the cast and crew of Top Chef on location in 2014 testified today that the show's host, Padma Lakshmi, was "visibly terrified" after one of the defendants leaned into her car as she attempted to cross their picket line and screamed that "they were going to bash her pretty face in." Lakshmi is expected to testify later in the week. Erica Ross, the show's former co-executive producer, said she… »

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Emmys 2017: Handicapping the Top Series and Performer Races

25 July 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s that time of year again, when champagne corks are popped all over Hollywood in honor of the Television Academy’s Emmy nominations. But the true celebration cannot begin until the winners are announced live on Sept. 17. With so much high-quality TV vying for the top prizes — and some surprises among the nominees — it’s shaping up to be one of the most competitive Emmy seasons in years. Here, Variety breaks down the key races.

Drama Series

Taking the torch from “Game of Thrones,” which has been the most-nominated series for the past few years, is fellow HBO genre series “Westworld.” The sci-fi thriller is tied with long-running variety sketch series “Saturday Night Live” at 22 noms this year, the most of any series. More notably, it’s also one of five freshman series in the race — and that buzz may well boost it over long-in-the-tooth “House of Cards” (six noms for the Netflix drama), or even »

- Danielle Turchiano

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