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Michael Isikoff, an investigative reporter best known for his coverage of the President Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal in the late 1990s, has exited NBC News. He told the Washington Post's Erik Wemple Blog that Friday was his last day with the news division. Story: 'Nightline' Anchor Cynthia McFadden Departs ABC for NBC News "I had a good ride at NBC, and I'm glad I did this," he said. "But it's fair to say there was a mutual agreement that this was a situation that was no longer working out." Richard Esposito, senior executive producer of the NBC News
- THR Staff
Miley Cyrus is in the middle of her Bangerz tour and she's been bringing her twerking antics all over the North America at various shows. Despite vowing to stop with the booty-shaking back in September, the singer's latest tour features her dancing with former presidents Abraham Lincoln and Bill Clinton, a giant blue bear, a dancer dressed as a joint, and, oddly enough, the Liberty Bell. Her onstage antics may explain why parents have been complaining that Miley's raunchy tour is inappropriate for children, but that has yet to faze the blond songstress. Despite the outcry, this is hardly the first time Miley has gotten down with people and things. In honor of the former Disney star's most famous dance move, we've collected all the people, places, and things that Miley has twerked on. Source: INFphoto.com View Slideshow › »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
“Colbert Report’s” longevity has defied the odds and the skeptics who didn’t think the joke would remain funny week in and week out for an extended run. To the credit of Colbert and his team, they’ve been savvy about keeping it fresh with an eclectic mix of guests, performers, running gags (as elaborate as him running for President) and the occasional out-of-town stand.
- Cynthia Littleton
Kevin Spacey was the toast of New York at a Museum of the Moving Image gala celebrating the actor Wednesday night. The two-time Oscar winner delivered a funny, touching speech at the 28th annual salute, filled with anecdotes about The Usual Suspects and Jack Lemmon, among other stories, along with Spacey's impressions of Lemmon and Bill Clinton. Before Spacey accepted his award, a glass bowl that he pretended to bobble as if he were going to drop the fragile prize, many of his famous colleagues paid tribute to the actor. Photos: Kevin Spacey Honored at Museum of the Moving
- Hilary Lewis
In its seventh week, NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” still easily beat ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” — and, impressively, showed demo gains vs. the comparable week a year ago while the other guys were down.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Tonight Show” averaged 3.829 million viewers for the week of March 31-April 4, beating out “Late Show” (2.916 million) and “Kimmel” (2.513 million). All three shows were up in these overall-audience figures, with “Tonight” rising 6%, “Late Show” up 8% and “Kimmel” up 5%.
Letterman saw a ratings surge on Thursday when he announced his retirement, and Kimmel had a strong Wednesday with President Clinton as guest. But while these nights helped close the gap between Fallon and the others, it was not nearly enough to change the latenight rankings. »
- Rick Kissell
Thursday, April 10 is National Siblings Day, and already #HappyNationalSiblingsDay is trending on Twitter and Instagram, with people expressing love for their siblings, both born and chosen.
Happy #NationalSiblingsDay! pic.twitter.com/D7WWAHXlIw
— Disney (@Disney) April 10, 2014
The History of National Siblings Day
National Siblings Day is celebrated the 10th of April and was founded by Claudia Evart, a paralegal in Manhattan, who began the celebration in honor of her two siblings who died young. The date of April 10 is special to Evart, as it marks her late sister’s birthday.
“Like many, I have these pictures of my brother and sister, who are both gone, but remain with me daily, not just in these pictures, but in my daily thoughts and in my heart. I lost both of them in tragic accidents, making me understand the everlasting bond we have with our siblings,” Evart is quoted as saying on the Siblings Day Foundation website. »
Twitter's new Facebook-esque redesign has garnered more “Likes” than “Pokes” from technology insiders. As with most social media redesigns, everyone is a critic — and there was much kvetching to go around by Twitter users — but by and large, bloggers were very welcoming of the changes. Also read: Stephen Colbert Ushers Bill Clinton Into the Twitter Age (Video) Wired: …looks a bit like a Facebook rip-off. But if you take a closer look, you'll see it's also a pretty good business move. It's true: Almost everything about Twitter's new profile design — from its horizontal cover photo to its photo-centric timeline — looks. »
- James Crugnale
The world first learned that George W. Bush had taken up painting in February 2013 after a hacker broke into his sister Dorothy’s email account and discovered two self-portraits - later posted online - of the former U.S. president in the shower and bathtub. In the months that followed, other paintings by Bush began to leak out - dogs, cats, a watermelon, a horse, a landscape of a golf course. Bush even presented a portrait of Jay Leno to the late-night talk show host during one of his final broadcasts. Now, the latest of our Portraitist in Chief's artistic »
- Johnny Dodd
Talk about your unexpected March Madness matchups! Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush sat side by side last night at the Ncaa men's basketball final at At&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, a relative home game for George and Laura Bush, who live in Dallas. The 42nd and 43rd Potus were all smiles as they watched the University of Connecticut top the University of Kentucky, 60-54, making the No. 7 Huskies the second-lowest seed to ever win the championship since the current ranking system was implemented. Maybe because no personal allegiances were at stake, no Georgetown or Yale, the ex-commanders in chief were better able to just kick back and enjoy themselves. But they look so at ease »
Former Us Presidents and political opposites Bill Clinton and George W. Bush had a game date on Monday, sitting together for the Ncaa men's basketball championship game in Arlington, TX. The presidential pair took in the Final Four Championship excitement, watching the game from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones's luxury box. They were joined by not only Bush's wife, Laura, but also Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who sat in front of them with his wife, Candice - Chace Crawford's sister. During the game, the group laughed when they made their way on to the Jumbotron, and Clinton tweeted a picture following the Connecticut Huskies' victory over the Kentucky Wildcats, saying, "Great night watching #NCAAFinals with @JeffLongUA, Coach Richardson, Coach Sutton, Jerry Jones & 43" - a nod to the 43rd president, Bush. Source: Getty / Tom Pennington View Slideshow › »
- Laura Marie Meyers
It's wedding season so that means we're asking the tough questions: how would you react if a famous face showed up at your wedding? Well, quite a few lucky couples got to find out when stars like Brad Pitt, Robert Pattinson, and even Queen Elizabeth II made surprise appearances at their nuptials over the years. Keep reading to see which A-listers have popped up during regular folks' big days. Source: Maidenhead Advertiser Brad Pitt Brad Pitt sort of crashed Abi and Daniel Lingwood's wedding September 2013 when he showed up at a hotel bar in Buckinghamshire, England, on Friday and ran into the newlyweds. The bride thought her husband was joking when he spotted him in the hotel, and the two couldn't pass up the opportunity to ask him for a photo. The actor is filming his latest film, Fury, nearby. Conan O'Brien Conan O'Brien showed up at the Atlanta wedding »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Forget Democratic and Republican. The Final Four is one big party. That was evident Monday night as former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush sat together at the Ncaa men's basketball championship game in Arlington, Texas, where they were seen getting along famously. The 42nd and 43rd presidents of the United States watched the game with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, whose star quarterback Tony Romo was sitting a row in front of them with his wife Candice. Former first lady Laura Bush was also at the game, sitting next to her husband. At one point, the two presidents »
- Tim Nudd
Any discussion of Barbara Walters’ trademark primetime interview specials inevitably winds back to the famous question: “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?”
Except that she never delivered that query in quite in that way, even though it has become apocryphal punchline.
See Also: Barbara Walters: Her View on 50 Years in the News Biz
The tree moment cropped up during Walters’ 1981 interview of Katharine Hepburn, who described herself as feeling like a very strong “tree” in her old age. Walters pressed her on “what kind of tree are you?” To which Hepburn said she preferred to be an oak rather than an elm, in order to avoid Dutch elm disease.
Among other probing questions over the years from Walters’ primetime specials:
- Cynthia Littleton
Miley Cyrus serenated an inflatable dog meant to look like her recently departed dog Floyd with track “Can’t Be Tamed” during her concert Saturday night.
Cyrus, whose beloved dog died on April 1, decided to perform a tribute to him while performing at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center over the weekend. "That was the hardest song of the night to do," Cyrus told the audience about the number. “As y'all know, because I lost my Floydy this week. … Sometimes I just can't stop from breaking down crying."
The larger-than-life Floydy also made an appearance during Cyrus’s stop in Boston on April 3. Instead of “Can’t Be Tamed,” she dedicated Fleetwood Mac’s "Landslide" to Floyd. She told the audience, “I just want to do a song for him. We used to always listen to Fleetwood Mac together. This is his favorite song… so I wanna do this song for Floyd. »
Mad Men is one of the most celebrated programs in television history and helped to refine AMC as a network dedicated to quality scripted storytelling. Unlike other much-anticipated TV returns this year, such as HBO’s Game of Thrones, fans of the series have little to chew on. Without much in the way of clips, ads or interviews with the cast, most of what will transpire at the office of Sterling Cooper & Partners is a mystery to viewers.
That insistence to avoid spoilers is closely tied to the tight-lipped sensibility of the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner. Weiner first broke through as a writer on Becker and received two Emmy nominations for his work on the last three seasons of The Sopranos. His work on the HBO show, which became a television milestone before the age of the “spoiler alert,” made him interested in staying mum on what happens on Mad Men, »
- Jordan Adler
According to Nielsen estimates for March 24-28, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” averaged a 1.33 rating in adults 18-49 last week (roughly 1.7 million in this age group), beating the combined 18-49 scores of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.65) and CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” (three-night average of 0.53 due to college basketball overruns on Thursday and Friday).
And in total viewers, its 4.306 million kept it comfortably on top of both Letterman (2.856 million) and Kimmel (2.694 million).
Despite being this deep into its run, “Tonight” under Fallon is delivering considerable viewers in key demos than it did at this time a year ago with Jay Leno. Its 1.33 rating for week 6, which was just lower than slightly lower than the 1.35 for Week 5, is 75% bigger than the comparable week of 2013, and »
- Rick Kissell
Update: 10:45 Am: Jimmy Fallon led comfortably in the ratings last night, despite Jimmy Kimmel’s big “get” – first-ever Jkl appearance by former President Bill Clinton. Fallon got a last-minute assist from former Vpotus-candidate-turned-reality-tv-regular Sarah Palin. In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon scored a household 3.0/7; CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman a 2.5/6, and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live a 2.4/6. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: Tonight at 1.1/5; Late Show’s 0.5/2; and Jkl’s 0.8/4. Watch Clinton and Kimmel here: Watch Palin and Fallon here: Previous, Wednesday, Pm: Jimmy Fallon played Russian President Vladimir Putin and Sarah Palin played Sarah Palin on The Tonight Show tonight. Palin was a late booking on tonight’s episode of the NBC late-night show, joining him in a comedy bit that ended with Fallon plugging her new Sportsman Channel reality series Amazing America, premiering tomorrow night. »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
[Youtube "6PNttGg-z84"] Former President Bill Clinton revealed a surprising pastime of his during his stop on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night: Aliens. He mentioned that during his presidency, he had aides research Area 51 "to make sure there was no alien down there," and had files relating to Roswell, N.M., (the site of a purported alien sighting in 1947) reviewed during his presidency. "If you saw that there were aliens there, would you tell us?" Kimmel asked. "Yeah," Clinton replied, nodding. Clinton then went on to frame an argument around the classic 1996 sci-fi disaster film Independence Day, which is probably the greatest sentence »
- Alex Heigl
Bill Clinton has revealed something that is out of this world. During an appearance on Wednesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, the former U.S. commander in chief expressed his belief that we are most likely not alone. Clinton told host Jimmy Kimmel how, at the beginning of his second term, he had his people research Area 51 "to make sure there was no alien down there." The onetime leader of the free world also shared how he "had all the Roswell papers reviewed" as well. And while Clinton said no evidence of aliens turned up at either location, he did note, "If we were visited someday I wouldn't be surpised." He playfully added, "I just hope it's not like »
Bill Clinton may have waited until his second term to get around to it, but the former President of the United States promised Jimmy Kimmel he did use executive power to investigate Area 51. “I had people go look at the records for Area 51 to make sure there was no alien down there,” Clinton said Wednesday during his first appearance (above) on Kimmel's ABC late-night show. “People thought that because everybody who works there has to stop about an hour away and put on special clothing, and that's because a lot of our stealth technology is made there. We »
- Greg Gilman
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