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The most striking thing about Thursday's episode of the "Today" show may have been what you didn't see: No empty chair where Natalie Morales usually sits (she was there, calmly reading the news, as usual), and no other sign of the backstage turmoil that has engulfed the venerable morning news show this week, which had threatened the jobs of correspondents Morales and Willie Geist and has already claimed the job of the new producer brought in just a few weeks ago to fix the troubled show.
Despite the placid surface, it's clear that there is still trouble brewing at "Today," a creative and corporate struggle that is not likely to end soon. And the stakes are high, involving big money, big names, and big egos.
After all, "Today" is easily the most lucrative program overseen by NBC News -- maybe even the most profitable show on the network, period. But »
- Gary Susman
Mike Nichols, the entertainment icon and husband of ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer, has died suddenly Wednesday at the age of 83. He won the Oscar for directing The Graduate, though it didn’t win best picture, and went on to direct some key adult films of the ’70s and ’80s: Catch-22, Carnal Knowledge, Silkwood, Working Girl. I was surprised to see just 21 films on his directorial resume, as he seemed more prolific, but he was involved in theater, winning nine Tonys for bringing Angels in America, and Monty Python’s Spamalot and more to the stage.
Here’s more on Nichol’s death from USA Today:
Mike Nichols, esteemed director/writer/producer and husband of Diane Sawyer, has died.ABC reports he died suddenly on Wednesday evening of cardiac arrest. He was 83.Nichols’ death was announced by ABC News President James Goldston.”He was a true visionary, winning the highest »
- Tom Stockman
Mike Nichols, the Academy Award-winning director of films like The Graduate and The Birdcage and a nine-time Tony Awards winner, has passed away at the age of 83. Good Morning America reports that the filmmaker died suddenly Wednesday night of cardiac arrest.
Nichols was also the husband of longtime ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer. "He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic and was one of a tiny few to win the Egot — an Emmy, a Grammy, »
Sad news this Thursday morning as word comes that legendary director Mike Nichols passed away at age 83 on Wednesday night. Reports indicate that the cause of death may have been cardiac arrest. Nichols, one of only a handful of Egot (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winners, was the director of films such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "The Graduate," "Biloxi Blues," "Regarding Henry," and "The Birdcage." His last film was 2007's "Charlie Wilson's War." Nichols' Oscar came for "The Graduate," while he won Emmys for "Wit" and "Angels in America," and a Grammy for "An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May." The director won nine different Tony awards including ones for "Barefoot in the Park," "The Odd Couple," and "Spamalot." ABC News President James Goldston, who announced the death in a statement, said, "In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike created some of the most iconic works of American film, »
- HitFix Staff
As a former anchor for ABC World News and Good Morning America, Diane Sawyer is used to being the interviewer, not the interviewee. But she found herself on the receiving end of questions earlier this year when she sat down to chat with Ladies' Home Journal for the magazine's February 2014 issue. During the interview, Sawyer opened up about her marriage to film and theater director Mike Nichols, who died on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at age 83. Asked how she always looks so put together, the veteran [...] »
It's a style showdown between a mini fashionista and a stunning movie star!Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves' daughter Vida sported this floral Dolce & Gabbana dress during her famous dad's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on Monday.The tiny tot paired her designer duds with a sparkly pair of pink Mary Janes and a braided 'do as she posed for pictures with her family. But, the four-year-old beauty wasn't the only starlet to wear this fun frock! Emily Blunt donned the adult-sized version of the dress during an appearance on "Good Morning America" back in May. The actress completed her elegant ensemble with hot pink heels, tousled waves and pretty pink lip. How adorable is this matching duo?! They both win! Click through the gallery above to see more stars sporting the same look. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
The team on NBC’s venerable “Today” show is going to be the one in place for weeks to come, according to the top executive of the company’s NBC News unit.
In response to a whirl of rumors surrounding the potential ouster of one or more of the members of the current morning-show team that sprouted after NBC News ousted an executive who was supposed to remake the program, NBC News president Deborah Turness issued a statement: “NBC wants to be absolutely clear: The rumors are wrong — period. This is the team we are committed to. And this is the team that our viewers turn to in the morning.”
Turness’ comments come after a slew of reports suggesting that Jamie Horowitz, a former Espn executive who had been hired to rework the NBC morning-show franchise, ruffled staffers’ feathers since his arrival in September. According to three people familiar with the program, »
- Brian Steinberg
So, Shaquille O'Neal stole a TMZ photog yesterday ... right off the street ... and it was hilarious. The "hostage" was our guy Adam -- who was shooting Shaq out in NYC when the former NBA star decided he was just gonna take him ... as payback for Harvey not answering his call last week. (For the record, Harvey disputes ducking Shaq's call ... though he doesn't really remember). Shaq and his prisoner went all over the city together »
- TMZ Staff
Former model Janice Dickinson claims Bill Cosby raped her in 1982. CNN anchor Don Lemon is also making headlines for giving another Cosby rape accuser tips on not getting sexually assaulted. [Et/Gawker] Today co-anchors Natalie Morales and Willie Geist were allegedly told they were fired from the show in order to beat rival Good Morning America. [Us Magazine] Five months after his accident, Tracy Morgan continues to deal with severe brain injury. [AP] Jim Carrey plays ventriloquist with a Jeff Daniels doll on The Tonight Show. [THR] Buzzfeed altered a photo of Guy Fieri without his trademark facial hair and you will never look at him the same since. [Buzzfeed] Friends and family of late MTV star Diem Brown held a ceremony for her yesterday afternoon in NYC. »
- Taylor Ferber
You might soon be waking up with new faces if you're a Today show devotee. In a quest to beat rival Good Morning America's ratings, NBC is shaking things up at the morning show. Photos: Stars who have been fired Co-hosts Willie Geist and Natalie Morales "were recently told they were fired," an NBC source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly. Morales, 42, is now in talks with ABC and Geist, 39, has lined up a gig at CBS, the insider tells Us. But soon [...] »
Yes, Tim Tebow is 6'3" and 244 lbs. of solid muscle. Wherever he goes, women try to fix him up with their daughters - or try to nab him for themselves. It's those looks that inspired People to select Tebow as one of 2014's Sexiest Men Alive. But for the former football star turned TV commentator, sexiness is about more than a handsome face or a good body. "Of course I want to look nice and have a good appearance," he tells People. "But more than the outer shell, I want people to want to be around me for my heart. »
- Steve Helling, @stevehelling
It's sweeps time, and Stephen Colbert is pulling out all the stops, even making nice with his longtime nemesis: bears. On Monday night's Colbert Report, the host poked fun at sweeps-specific attempts to boost ratings, including, as Colbert put it, "cheap publicity stunts" like "rectal exams" and "lesbian kisses." See more Stephen Colbert's Career in Pictures Yet “when it comes to blowing it out for ratings, no one blows harder than Good Morning America," said Colbert, deconstructing its newly established "Survival Week" with segments like correspondent Matt Gutman narrating a wrestling session with a grizzly bear: "That is news you
- Ashley Lee
The studio released a trailer back in May, but it didn't include any footage from director Kenneth Branagh's fairy tale drama. Although it's only 15 seconds, we do get to see Game of Thrones star Richard Madden as the charming Kit. Lily James stars as Ella, who is spitefully renamed Cinderella by her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera). Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother's dying words and to "have courage and be kind."
She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, »
“Today” has to find a new leader to take it into tomorrow.
Jamie Horowitz arrived at NBC News in September from Espn with a mandate to seize the reins of the unit’s venerable “Today” franchise and steer it to new frontiers, whether they be new-media venues or a return to the number-one spot among morning shows that was taken in 2012 by ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Now, in November, he is abruptly leaving the operation.
“He’s a talented producer and executive, but, together, he and I have come to the conclusion that this is not the right fit,” NBC News President Deborah Turness said in a memo Monday to staffers. In the wake of Horowitz’ departure, Turness said, she will continue working closely with Don Nash, the executive producer of “Today,” and Jen Brown, the vice president and general manager of Today.com. She expects to find a new general manager of “Today, »
- Brian Steinberg
Jamie Horowitz's short tenure at NBC News has come to an end. Barely three months into his tenure as senior vp and general manager of Today, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the veteran TV exec is out. NBC News did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Originally set to join the network in December, Horowitz started taking meetings at Today in September, overseeing the network's flagship morning show in its pursuit to reclaim No. 1 status from ABC's Good Morning America. According to one source, Horowitz clashed with NBC News president Deborah Turness. The news follows reports that
- Michael O'Connell
After appearing on Good Morning America, Live! With Kelly and Michael and Charlie Rose, Benedict Cumberbatch entered the packed Terrace Room at The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City to a slew of flashing bulbs and familiar faces — his Imitation Game cast. "Can I have a glass of wine, or will I immediately face-plant into the table?" he asked screenwriter Graham Moore and author Walter Isaacson (The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution) at the intimate luncheon with reporters and Academy voters. Despite his packed press schedule on the rainy Monday
- Ashley Lee
This weekend, Kendall Jenner became the new face of Estee Lauder. She’s following her big sis Kim Kardashian‘s footsteps by creating her own brand — thanks to modeling for prestigious publications such as Vogue Paris and W, and walking for hot designers (Marc Jacobs, Givenchy) — but doesn’t necessarily want her along for the ride.
I am super excited to announce that I am the new face of @esteelauder!! check out http://www.esteelauder.com/kendall to see more...I still can't believe it myself!
A photo posted by Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) on Nov 11, 2014 at 6:17am Pst
“It was more of a mutual understanding,” the 19-year-old model told Good Morning America on Monday, explaining why her sisters don’t attend her runway shows. “I think if my sister was sitting front row and my sister is who she is, I know its sounds kind of weird but it »
- Taylor Ferber
DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ has lifted off on homevideo platforms, generating record sales results for 20th Century Fox, which distributed the film this summer.
The sequel has sold 2 million units on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, making it the top Digital HD family title from 20th Century Fox ever, Variety has learned. It’s also the biggest seller across all platforms for a film that was released during the summer, although those pics are just now starting to roll out.
Either way, the results are good news for DreamWorks, which is banking on “How to Train Your Dragon” to be a long-running franchise for the toon studio with multiple sequels planned.
The film is the year’s highest grossing animated film, with $619 million in worldwide box office so far.
And its results on homevideo are a bright spot for studios that are looking to encourage »
- Marc Graser
Castle‘s seventh season already has proven to be a landmark one, in that Rick and Kate finally (finally) tied the knot. But this cycle could also make its mark in other ways, as leads Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic will have to make a decision about their future with the trusty ABC procedural.
Here in Part 2 of my sit-down with Katic, she previews the ersatz Caskett honeymoon to come (airing tonight at 10/9c), sings the praises of a showcase for a fellow cast member and ponders the possibility of Season 8 (and beyond).
Tvline | In lieu of a proper honeymoon, »
Some background performers are getting a raise following a tentative deal being reached between SAG-AFTRA and the four major television broadcast networks on the National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting (Network Television Code). Programs covered under the deal, which is worth some $200 million annually, include dramas in first-run syndication, morning news shows, talk shows, soap operas, variety, reality, contest, sports and promotional announcements. Current programs covered by this contract include: "Good Morning America," "The View," "The Price is Right," "The Young and the Restless," "Saturday Night Live," "Dancing with the Stars," "The Voice, Amazing Race," "Nightline" and "Late Night with David Letterman," among many others. “I am pleased with the important gains we’ve achieved in this negotiation, including significant increases for background actors, stand-ins, stunt coordinators and singers," Executive Director David White said in a statement. Union President Ken Howard added: "“With the successful conclusion of this negotiation, »
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