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30 Rockefeller Plaza Renamed Comcast Building

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Manhattan's 30 Rockefeller Plaza is now the Comcast Building, cable giant Comcast, owner of NBCUniversal, said Thursday. The name change took effect Wednesday night as new granite pier naming stones were unveiled and the company’s new rooftop signage in the form of the Comcast NBCUniversal logo was illuminated. Read More Comcast CEO Touts NBCUniversal, Cable Customer Service Initiatives The company said the signage features the company’s logo on the north and south facing roof exteriors and the NBC peacock on the western facing rooftop facade. This marks the first time in history that the iconic NBC peacock logo appears atop

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- Georg Szalai, Marisa Guthrie

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NBC Renews 'I Can Do That!' for Second Season

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NBC is ready to do that again. The network has renewed the freshmen variety show I Can Do That! for a second season, it was announced Thursday. The series, which features six entertainers training and competing to show off old and new talents, will return for eight episodes. The celebrity roster for season one included Cheryl Burke, Joe Jonas, Ciara, Jeff Dye, Alan Ritchson and Nicole Scherzinger, who won the first season of the competition. Marlon Wayans hosted. I Can Do That!, which premiered in May, has been a steady performer for NBC, averaging 1.7 live-plus-three adults

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- Kate Stanhope

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Interns' Big Victory Against Fox Reversed by Appeals Court

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Interns suffered a big setback on Thursday when the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decided to vacate a federal judge's summary judgment ruling in favor of two interns who both worked on Fox Searchlight's Black Swan. Alex Footman and Eric Glatt brought suit in 2011 and contended that Fox's unpaid internship program violated minimum wage and overtime laws. In June 2013, a federal judge declared them the winner and also certified a class action over the internship programs of Fox Entertainment Group. The ruling soon led to many other lawsuits against media and entertainment companies, and large ones including NBCUniversal

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- Eriq Gardner

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Secret Anti-Vaxxer Film Campaign Targeted Jim Carrey, Other Wealthy Celebs

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After California Gov. Jerry Brown signed one of the nation’s strictest immunization bills into law on Monday, Jim Carrey let loose on Twitter about the “neurotoxins” and “mercury laden thimerosal” purportedly contained in common vaccines. During his diatribe, the actor implored his 14.7 million followers to watch Trace Amounts, a 2014 documentary that attempts to raise alarm about the mercury levels in vaccines. “If you really care about the kids you will [view it],” he wrote on June 30. “It’s shocking!” Go to http://t.co/SlY91SQmCj watch the documentary and judge for yourselves. If you really care about the

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- Gary Baum

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Good Luck Silencing Keith Olbermann (And Is That MSNBC On the Phone?)

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The Hollywood Reporter broke a story Wednesday about how Keith Olbermann’s contract situation with Espn might get a little sticky because (pretending to be Espn executives mumbling into their fists), they don’t want him doing “commentary.” Yeah, good luck with that. Here is the thing about Olbermann – he’s very good, polymath that he is, at a number of things, but he is particularly and strikingly good at commentary and is very keen to do it whenever he wants to do it. That last part can’t be underscored enough. If there is something in the world that raises Olbermann’s

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- Tim Goodman

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Reelz to Broadcast Donald Trump's Miss USA Pageant

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The Miss USA Pageant has found a new home. Reelz has picked up the rights to the telecast after NBC on Monday scrapped plans to air the pageant amid a growing controversy involving Donald Trump. The Miss Universe Organization, which presents the pageant, is a joint venture between Trump and NBCUniversal. Read More Miss USA Pageant to Stream Online After NBC Pulls Telecast “The decision on the part of Reelz to acquire the rights to the Miss USA Pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it, are an integral part of

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- Aaron Couch

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Univision Files for Ipo

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Univision Holdings said Thursday that it has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering. The number of shares to be offered in the Ipo and the price range for the stock offering have not yet been determined, according to the filing. Read More Univision Chief Randy Falco Calls Donald Trump's Remarks "Insulting and Intolerant" In a related move, Mexican TV giant Grupo Televisa and Univision have agreed to amend and extend a long-running programming partnership and business relationship that will see Televisa increase its voting stake in Univision

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- Georg Szalai

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Jon Stewart Calls Chris Christie Excuse "Saddest Thing" He's Ever Heard

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Jon Stewart isn't giving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie a pass on why his constituents don't think he'd make a good president. On Wednesday night's Daily Show, Stewart cited a poll showing 65 percent of New Jersey residents weren't interested in the new presidential candidate moving into the White House. He then played a clip of Christie explaining the poll by saying it's because people want him to stay in New Jersey so bad that they can't bear to think of him moving away and becoming president. "That's the saddest thing I've ever heard," Stewart said in response. He

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- Aaron Couch

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