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Matt Lauer Explains Why He Denied Affair With Natalie Morales

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Matt Lauer Explains Why He Denied Affair With Natalie Morales
It’s been a rough week for “Today” co-host Matt Lauer, who has publicly denied a report that he’s having an affair with colleague Natalie Morales. “It’s about family, and when you feel your family is being threatened and hurt, you speak up,” Lauer told writer Mike Lupica in a podcast posted Wednesday. A story in the New York Post’s Page Six said an “inappropriate relationship” between the pair prompted NBC to shift Morales to “Access Hollywood.” But both Morales and Lauer have forcefully denied any affair. Also Read: Billy Bush Officially Joins NBC's 'Today' Show “There
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Matt Lauer Reveals Why He Addressed Natalie Morales Today Departure Rumors

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Matt Lauer Reveals Why He Addressed Natalie Morales Today Departure Rumors
Matt Lauer had a very important reason to address reports about his relationship with Today co-host Natalie Morales: "It's about family." The journalist and longtime member of Today called in to The Mike Lupica Podcast on Wednesday and explained, "When you feel your family is being threatened and hurt, you speak up. And then you put your head down and go back about your business."Reports surfaced this week that Morales, 44, was moving to Access Hollywood in Los Angeles because of the demise of an inappropriate relationship with Lauer, 58. In response, Lauer told Page Six: "Every aspect of this story is untrue,
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Matt Lauer Reveals Why He Addressed Natalie Morales Today Departure Rumors

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Matt Lauer Reveals Why He Addressed Natalie Morales Today Departure Rumors
Matt Lauer had a very important reason to address reports about his relationship with Today co-host Natalie Morales: "It's about family." The journalist and longtime member of Today called in to The Mike Lupica Podcast on Wednesday and explained, "When you feel your family is being threatened and hurt, you speak up. And then you put your head down and go back about your business."Reports surfaced this week that Morales, 44, was moving to Access Hollywood in Los Angeles because of the demise of an inappropriate relationship with Lauer, 58. In response, Lauer told Page Six: "Every aspect of this story is untrue,
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Mike Lupica Among Layoffs at New York Daily News

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New York Daily News has begun a new round of layoffs that will send one of America’s premier sports columnists out the door. Mike Lupica, a legendary sports columnist and media personality, was not able to come to terms on a new contract with the paper, Politico reported. Sports editor Teri Thompson also got the ax. There’s no word on the number of layoffs, but they’ll be company-wide instead of restricted to the editorial staff. For Lupica, it’s a double whammy: He recently lost his Espn Radio show in New York. Also Read: New York Daily
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‘Morning Joe’ Team, Chris Matthews Hosting MSNBC’s Special Super Bowl Coverage (Exclusive)

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‘Morning Joe’ Team, Chris Matthews Hosting MSNBC’s Special Super Bowl Coverage (Exclusive)
MSNBC is going big for the Super Bowl, enlisting its “Morning Joe” duo, Chris Matthews, and halftime performer Katy Perry for its coverage leading up to Super Bowl Xlix, TheWrap has learned.

Morning Joe” is staying out late as Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski head to Phoenix to host a special two-hour edition Friday from 8pm-10pmET, dubbed “Morning Joe at Night.” The show will be hosted from the Apollo Education House.

Guests for the two-hour Mj special include halftime headliner Katy Perry, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, New York Daily News and Espn host Mike Lupica and NBC Sports’ Al Michaels.
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Review: '30 for 30' presents the '70s Knicks in 'When the Garden Was Eden'

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Review: '30 for 30' presents the '70s Knicks in 'When the Garden Was Eden'
During the Espn anniversary year that launched the "30 for 30" documentary series, one of the most interesting things about the films was how little they resembled one another. All were about sports (mostly), and all were about things that happened during the first 30 years that Espn was in business, but beyond that they felt completely distinct from one another, whether the narration-less video collage of "June 17, 1994," the kinetic energy of "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks," or the mournful quality of "The Two Escobars." As Espn has kept the series alive well past that anniversary year — including the brief stint when new films were presented under the "Espn Films Presents" banner — certain formulas have crept in, particularly when it comes to films about iconic teams. They're still fun, still full of great archival footage and wonderful memories from the team members in present-day, but movies like "The Fab Five,
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Elmore Leonard Remembered With Tears, Laughter, Military Honors

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Elmore Leonard Remembered With Tears, Laughter, Military Honors
Family, friends and fans celebrated the memory of Elmore Leonard with tears, laughter and military honors at a memorial Saturday in Birmingham, Mich. The prolific author, whose works including "Get Shorty," "Jackie Brown" and "Freaky Deaky," were turned into movies, died at his nearby home Tuesday morning three weeks after suffering a stroke. He was 87. His longtime friend, sportswriter Mike Lupica, and Timothy Olyphant, star of the FX TV series "Justified" – which is based on Leonard's works -- were among the roughly 325 people that gathered, according to the Detroit
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Elmore Leonard Funeral: Friends, Family Pay Tribute to Author

Elmore Leonard Funeral: Friends, Family Pay Tribute to Author
Birmingham, Mich. (AP) — Friends, family and fans remembered award-winning crime novelist Elmore Leonard during a funeral service in suburban Detroit that was equal parts laughter and tears. Son Christopher Leonard joked about the "biting sarcasm" that his father had genetically bestowed upon his kids and grandkids. Story: Bryan Greenberg, Stephanie Sigman to Star in Elmore Leonard TV Drama Author, sports writer and friend Mike Lupica said Leonard himself would have appreciated the tone of Saturday's Mass at Holy Name Church in Birmingham. The 87-year-old Leonard died Tuesday in his Bloomfield Township home from complications from a stroke.

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A Replay Of A Few Minutes With The Late, Great Elmore Leonard: On Movies, iPads, And ‘Freaky Deaky’

I’m starting a week off today, and woke up to the depressing news that the great Detroit author Elmore Leonard has died at 87. Like so many who push words around for a living, even if it is in a much inferior fashion, I was in awe of Leonard’s ability to write as only he could. He just made you want to try harder, no matter what kind of writing you did. You could go back to the likes of Mickey Spillane and Raymond Chandler, but I’m hard pressed to think of a crime fiction author who influenced so many. I swear that after a Leonard book came out, I could feel the influence even on daily journalists who read him. For instance, I read sports columnist Mike Lupica all the time and noticed after every Leonard book came out, Lupica would temporarily incorporate Leonard’s penchant for starting sentences in odd places,
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A Replay Of A Few Minutes With The Late, Great Elmore Leonard: On Movies, iPads, And ‘Freaky Deaky’

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A Replay Of A Few Minutes With The Late, Great Elmore Leonard: On Movies, iPads, And ‘Freaky Deaky’
I’m starting a week off today, and woke up to the depressing news that the great Detroit author Elmore Leonard has died at 87. Like so many who push words around for a living, even if it is in a much inferior fashion, I was in awe of Leonard’s ability to write as only he could. He just made you want to try harder, no matter what kind of writing you did. You could go back to the likes of Mickey Spillane and Raymond Chandler, but I’m hard pressed to think of a crime fiction author who influenced so many. I swear that after a Leonard book came out, I could feel the influence even on daily journalists who read him. For instance, I read sports columnist Mike Lupica all the time and noticed after every Leonard book came out, Lupica would temporarily incorporate Leonard’s penchant for starting sentences in odd places,
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Larry David: 'Curb Your Enthusiasm is still fun for me'

Larry David: 'Curb Your Enthusiasm is still fun for me'
Larry David has revealed that he loves working with his Curb Your Enthusiasm cast and crew. The comedian told Espn Radio New York host Mike Lupica that he can barely keep a straight face while filming scenes on Curb Your Enthusiasm. "Well, I've always had fun doing the show, and I guess that's why I keep doing it after eight years," David said. "It's hard for me to do a take without laughing really." Previous seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm have been focused on Larry's possible adoption and a fictional Seinfeld reunion, but David insists that the success of the show's eighth run may be due to a lack of any story arc. "If I could point to one thing it's probably that we don't have a (more)
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Goldman, Lupica team for book

Goldman, Lupica team for book
New York -- Screenwriter William Goldman and sports writer Mike Lupica are combining forces for the first time on a young adult novel.

The Philomel Books tome will center on a boy who discovers a secret power and hero within himself when family tensions push them to the surface.

The untitled novel is set for publication in 2010. A rep for Penguin imprint Philomel says the collaboration "will have all the hallmarks of (Goldman's) magic realism and (Lupica's) heartwarming tales of the underdog."

In addition to his New York Daily News sportswriting, Lupica has written several young adult bestsellers. Goldman's novel "The Princess Bride," which he adapted for the screen, has sold three million copies.

The deal was brokered by Philomel publisher Michael Green (who will edit the novel) with Icm.
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Walden books Lupica's 'Heat'

Walden Media has picked up the rights for Heat, an upcoming book by sports reporter Mike Lupica. Joseph Del Hierro will produce via his Oh Really Prods. shingle. The story centers on a parentless, immigrant 12-year-old baseball prodigy who lives in the shadow of Yankee Stadium and dreams of playing in the Little League World Series. The book is being published by Philomel, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, in the spring. David Kaufmann and Jared Mass will oversee the project for Walden Media.

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