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October 19, 2017 4:20 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Author and film producer George R. R. Martin waded into the politics of movie-industry tax breaks on Thursday while endorsing a prominent Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico.

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Thu Oct 19 17:33:53 EDT 2017

Since arriving in Puerto Rico nearly a month ago to help victims of Hurricane Maria, chef and restaurateur Jose Andrés and his team have served more than one million hot meals — surpassing the American Red Cross’s efforts.

Following the hurricane’s devastating hit on Sept. 20, only 14 percent of the territory has regained power, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, leaving residents in need of not only clean drinking water, but fresh food and hot meals.

Andrés, who previously went to Houston and Haiti to help with hurricane relief efforts, teamed up with his nonprofit organization World Central Kitchen and more than 500 volunteers to start cooking and serving meals as soon as they landed on Sept. 25.

The chef immediately began cooking with fellow chef José Enrique, serving up batches of beef stew to 2,000 victims on their first day there, according to the Washington Post. After only a week, the crew was serving up to 25,000 meals a day and added sandwiches and paella to the menu.

On Tuesday, Andrés announced in a video that they had served one million meals in 21 days.

RELATED: Chef Jose Andres Is In Puerto Rico Cooking Meals for Thousands of Hurricane Maria Victims

The American Red Cross has yet to match what Andrés has done when it comes to serving food that’s hot and ready to eat. According to the American Red Cross vice president of communications Elizabeth Penniman, they have delivered 150,000 MREs (meals ready to eat), 302,000 meal boxes, and 1.4 million pounds of canned goods, rice, beans, crackers, fruit, vegetables and non-perishables. The supplies estimate to a total of 1.6 million meals “served.”

WATCH: Lin-Manuel Miranda Teams Up With Jennifer Lopez and More Stars in New Single for Puerto Rico Relief

Penniman told the Post in an email, “To be clear, the primary mission for the American Red Cross in Puerto Rico is to provide emergency supplies and to support reunification for those missing loved ones.”

The efforts of Andrés’ team, who started the campaign #chefsforpuertorico, span across 25 kitchens with most of the meals prepared at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico.

“The reality here is very hard to escape,” Andrés said. “My question is, if we don’t do it, who’s going to do it? Fresh food is hard to come by . . . Sometimes the only fresh food people are eating is fruit we are bringing. The only hot meal they are eating is the lukewarm meal we are bringing.”

He continued: “When we establish contact with a community, we maintain that contact. When we go to a place, we take care of that place until we feel it has the right conditions to sustain itself. That’s what a relief organization should be.”


Thu Oct 19 17:30:27 EDT 2017

Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir may have just wed in an extravagant ($1.7 million, to be exact) affair that will be part of a 10-part special on BET (Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir: The Mane Event), but their relationship wasn’t always so glamorous.

In his book that was released last month, The Autobiography of Gucci Manethe 37-year-old southern rapper, whose real name is Radric Davis, reveals the harrowing trials he put beauty mogul Keyshia Ka’oir, 32, through during his time in jail and as a result of his drug use (especially his addiction to “lean,” which is prescription cough syrup).

“‘Why the f— haven’t you come down here and bonded me out yet?'” Gucci Mane recalls screaming to his then-girlfriend two weeks after he’d been arrested and put in an isolation cell. The platinum-selling artist ended up serving three years for illegal possession of a firearm and was released on May 26, 2016.

“Keyshia had good reason to not want to help me out,” he continues in the book of his life-changing last arrest. “I’d gone crazy on her, first privately on the phone when she’d tried to talk me off the ledge and then on Twitter. But that wasn’t why Keyshia hadn’t come to bond me out. She’d taken everyone of my phone calls since my arrest. Her phone bill was ridiculous from all my collect calls. Despite everything, she still wanted to help me. But Keyshia couldn’t get me out of jail.”

Gucci Mane was held because he had a pending assault case and had violated probation. While he reveals that this final stint in prison transformed him for the better (he went through withdrawal and lost almost 80 lbs. to impress Ka’oir), his evolution had been a longtime coming.

The couple first met when Ka’oir was featured in a video in 2010. Ka’ior told Fader that she was originally hesitant to go out with the rapper, but eventually agreed to a date. Gucci Mane, on the other hand, was in love with her “on sight.”

Gucci Mane writes that he was drawn to her because “She was resilient. She was a survivor.” (Ka’oir’s father was killed and, in a separate incident, her brother died after a gun misfired.)

“We fell hard and fast for each other,” he writes. But that didn’t stop him from hiding aspects of his life from her.

In the book, he admits that he did try to “downplay” his “vices” because she didn’t do drugs. Before his last arrest, he writes that “I’d promised her I was done drinking lean, which was a lie, but as long as I stayed on point and didn’t let things spiral out of control she would have no reason not to believe me.”

But his life eventually did spin out of control and Ka’oir was there for him daily during his difficult journey to health. (While in jail, he writes that he was taken in for psychiatric evaluation and also discusses his “paranoia” and depression.)

“Gucci has always meant a lot to me. A lot of times, I feel like he’s misunderstood,” Ka’oir told Fader about the reason she stayed with the rapper while he was in jail. “I know that I’m one of the few people that really understands him. I was his biggest support system, and no matter what he goes through I’m going to be there for him. Why would I turn my back on him now?”

She describes talking to him “five or six times a day” on the phone and encouraging him to eat better while he was in jail. When he made bad food choices she said that she told him, “We want to lose the weight, we want to focus, we want to be sober, we want to be more business-minded. Your brand means a lot, your fans mean everything to you. You have to do great music, you’re a parent.”

Eventually, it clicked for him.

“For so long I’d felt like I’d been dealt a bad hand,” Gucci Mane writes of his initial reaction to being in jail again. “But prison is a humbling experience. It was hell in there and over time that made me start to appreciate all my blessings on the outside. I had a damn good life waiting for me.”

He lists the blessings in his life he cherishes the most: his career, his young son Bam (from a previous relationship), and Keyshia Ka’oir.

He popped the question at an Atlanta Hawks game in November 2016 and the tried and true couple are now husband and wife. 

“I had Keyshia, my first real love. The first woman I ever wanted to bring to a red carpet and let the world know this was my lady,” he writes. “She held me down the whole time I was locked up and showed me what it means to have somebody you can truly count on. I wanted to be able to return the favor.”

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane is on sale now. The Mane Event airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on BET.


Thu Oct 19 17:11:57 EDT 2017

Jennifer Garner had a fun –and charitable! — night out in New York City on Wednesday.

The actress attended the annual Save the Children Illumination Gala as a guest this year after serving as host for the last three outings. She posed with former Vice President Joe Biden on the carpet and was seen catching up with Olivia Wilde before taking pictures.

The Butter star, 45, later ditched her high heels and slipped on sneakers during the auction portion of the night as she ran around and gave signed Rex Ryan footballs to people who pledged contributions.

Garner also presented the Visionary Award to fashion brand BVLGARI North America and talked about her recent trip to Houston with Save the Children in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

“As flood waters receded, we expanded our response to include childcare programs because childcare centers…provide essential care after a disaster so that parents can rebuild their lives, put their lives back together, return to work,” Garner said. “Save the Children has chosen to make childcare recovery one of our signature programs in the United States, and today we’re helping more than 1,500 centers in Texas restore their services.”

Garner documented her trip to the area on her new Instagram page, giving followers a look at her interacting with children in the area.

The actress serves as a benefactor for the organization and spoke in front of Congress members at a hearing on Capitol Hill in March.



PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lead guitarist for the influential and Grammy Award-winning gospel group the Dixie Hummingbirds has died in Philadelphia.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ridley Scott's film about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III will have its world premiere as the closing night film of the American Film Institute's annual festival in Los Angeles next month.

NEW YORK (AP) — Superman and Batman were born, like brothers, in 1938 and 1939, respectively. But psychology professor William Moulton Marston had grander and more progressive aspirations for his comic creation.

NEW YORK (AP) — "The View" is giving new panelist Meghan McCain a birthday present on Monday. It's a visit from her dad. The daytime talk show said Thursday that it has booked Sen.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — American country music duo Big & Rich will be as concerned about security as they are about their lyrics and guitar chords as they return to the stage in Las Vegas Thursday — just weeks after the mass shooting at an outdoor country music festival.

NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Peele's thriller "Get Out" has gotten an awards season boost with a leading four Gotham Awards nominations, including best feature.

PARMA, Ohio (AP) — A two-story, "Star Wars"-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio is enticing kids to get toy lightsabers and attracting hundreds of visitors from across the state.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two actors from the hit series "Breaking Bad" will host an Albuquerque fundraiser next week for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

LONDON (AP) — The British Film Institute stripped disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of its highest honor Thursday, saying his alleged "appalling conduct" stands in opposition to the organization's values.

NEW YORK (AP) — Sunday host Chris Wallace generally lives in peaceful co-existence with Fox News Channel's opinion folks, except when he hears some of them echo President Donald Trump's criticism of the news media.

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Mayim Bialik says she's "truly sorry for causing so much pain" with her New York Times opinion piece that critics suggested put blame on women who've accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Actor Shia LaBeouf was sentenced to probation Thursday after the "Transformers" star pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction stemming from his attempt to elude police following a vulgar public outburst in Georgia.

In the stand-alone films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Thor always seemed to get the short end of the stick. The Thor films were never as popular as Iron Man, and didn't gain steam like Captain America.

LONDON (AP) — Pop star Demi Lovato, singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, rockers The Killers and grime artist Stormzy are set to perform at MTV's EMAs in London.

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — The Yves Saint Laurent museum opened its doors to the public Thursday in Marrakech, the sunny, bustling, gritty Moroccan city beloved by the late French designer.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chelsea Handler says she is ending her weekly Netflix talk show after two seasons in order to focus on political activism.

NEW YORK (AP) — George Will's next book takes a long view on the conservative movement and the "intellectual vandalism" he believes threatens it now.

PARIS (AP) — Danielle Darrieux, a prolific French actress whose movie and theater career spanned eight decades, has died. She was 100.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Children in lower-income families spend more time watching TV and using electronic devices than kids in more affluent homes, according to a survey released Thursday.

SAO PAULO (AP) — A couple of modern art exhibits and a play have become leading battlegrounds in a growing culture war in Brazil, a nation whose fame for barely there bikinis masks a rising trend of conservatism.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer Jason Aldean and other stars honored victims of a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas instead of accepting awards at the CMT Artists of the Year show Wednesday night.

KINGSTON, Ontario (AP) — Gord Downie, who made himself part of Canada's national identity with songs about hockey and small towns as lead singer and songwriter of iconic rock band The Tragically Hip, has died at age 53 after a battle with brain cancer.

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court refused Wednesday to revive a defamation lawsuit filed against Bill Cosby by a woman who said he raped her decades ago.