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Today: Willie Geist Leaving Third Hour, Passes Baton to Billy Bush

22 August 2016 11:42 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Citing an overabundance of “hats” to wear, Willie Geist announced on Monday that he is stepping away from the third hour of NBC’s Today.

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Listing his commitments to Today’s weekday installments as well as Sunday Today and MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Geist said during a group huddle, “I’ve got a big head, but not big enough for all those hats. So I’m going to step away from the third hour of the Today show [and] pass the hat to a guy with another big head, Billy Bush.”

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Willie Geist Leaving Third Hour of ‘Today,’ Billy Bush to Replace Him

22 August 2016 8:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Willie Geist is leaving the third hour of NBC’s “Today” show, the co-host announced on-air Monday morning. He’ll be replaced by new addition Billy Bush, who was on hand with the rest of the team on Monday morning — the first following the close of the Rio Olympics.

“I’ve been wearing a lot of hats lately. I’ve been doing the Sunday show, I’ve been doing our third hour of the ‘Today’ show with Al and Tamron, I’ve been doing ‘Morning Joe’ every day – there’s been a lot going on,” Geist explained on-air. “So I’ve got to take one of the hats off, I’ve got a big head, but not big  enough for all those hats. So I’m gonna step away from the third hour of the ‘Today’ show. It’s hard to do that because of the love I have for you guys, because »

- Laura Prudom

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Nicole Johnson Celebrates Michael Phelps' Final Swim with Baby Boomer and Parents

14 August 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Nicole Johnson teared up as Michael Phelps won gold in his final Olympic race, but she couldn't be happier with her fiancé's performance at the Rio Games. The former Miss California, 31, shared a photo with her parents, Phelps' mother Debbie and her 3-month-old son Boomer reflecting on Phelps' historic week in Rio. "It's been an incredible week with the family cheering on @m_phelps00," Johnson captioned the snap, adding that she wished Phelps' sisters were able to join. In Rio, Phelps added 6 medals - 5 gold and 1 silver - to his astonishing tally of 28 Olympic medals. For each race, Johnson and »

- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_

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Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson Are So Cute They Deserve a Gold Medal

13 August 2016 8:30 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Michael Phelps and his fiancée, Nicole Johnson, first began dating in 2007, and after taking a short break in 2011, the pair reunited in 2014. Since then, the couple has shared a slew of sweet moments together, including the birth of their first child, Boomer, and their engagement. Most recently, Nicole opened up about the duo's wedding plans to Access Hollywood in Rio, revealing, "We have a date. It'll be small and intimate for the wedding, and then we're throwing a massive bash for everyone in the states." As we await more details about Nicole and Michael's upcoming nuptials, check out 15 reasons it should be illegal for the Olympic swimmer to wear a shirt. »

- Monica Sisavat

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The Date Is Set: Michael Phelps' Fiancée Nicole Johnson Reveals Wedding Plans

12 August 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Michael Phelps continues to grow his collection of gold medals, but the swimmer is still missing one important piece of hardware: a wedding ring! The champion swimmer's fiancée Nicole Johnson opened up about the pair's wedding plans to Access Hollywood in Rio, Friday, revealing that their nuptials might happen sooner rather than later. "We have a date," Johnson, who was joined by Phelps' mom Debbie, said. "It'll be small and intimate for the wedding, and then we're throwing a massive bash for everyone in the states." Johnson, who gave birth to the couple's first child, son Boomer, 3 months ago, added, »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Is UnREAL's Jeremy Irredeemable? The Most Olympic Heart-Tugger? Your SuperFlash Wish List? And More Qs!

12 August 2016 10:58 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Ray Donovan, UnREAL, The Fosters and Saturday Night Live! But first, a special Olympics interlude:

1 | Doesn’t it seem unfair that the female gymnasts have to navigate the balance beam while a competitor’s loud floor music plays?

2 | We know Olympics fever is upon us, but did we really need to watch Billy Bush get a Brazilian waxing on Monday’s Access Hollywood? Also, doesn’t it seem like NBC is hitting some »

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Gisele Bündchen Almost Cried from Nerves Before Her Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony Walk: 'I Was Just So Proud'

8 August 2016 9:20 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

All eyes were on Gisele Bündchen during her stunning performance at the 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony on Friday - but as it turns out, the supermodel was overcome with emotions right before taking the stage in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In a Monday interview with Access Hollywood's Natalie Morales, the native Brazilian revealed she almost broke down in tears before it began. "Believe me, I was very emotional - I was really breathing very deeply not to cry," said Bündchen, 36. "Imagine if I walked on the runway crying!" she continued. "My country, I feel, it's about happiness and joy. »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: Stanley Kubrick, Éric Rohmer, ‘Star Trek,’ Wes Anderson, and More

4 August 2016 8:46 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

A nearly 600-page biography of a French filmmaker would not make every summer reading list, but any discerning cinephile will consider Éric Rohmer: A Biography. It’s one of several stunning recent releases, along with a weighty oral history of Star Trek, an intimate remembrance of Stanley Kubrick, and a fascinating breakdown of the great Suspiria. Now that’s an eclectic roster of beach reads.

The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: Volume One: The First 25 Years by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (Thomas Dunne Books)

Even minor Star Trek fans will be spellbound by The Fifty-Year Mission, a stunning oral history from Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman. The first in a two-volume set — Volume Two, covering the last 25 years, will be released in late-August — is impressively comprehensive, and full of unforgettable stories. These include the original series rivalry between William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, »

- Christopher Schobert

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Star Trek: was Cumberbatch supposed to be Gary Mitchell?

27 July 2016 7:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 28, 2016

Was Benedict Cumberbatch originally going to play a different villain in Star Trek Into Darkness? Ryan looks at the clues...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for Star Trek Into Darkness.

It was among the worst-kept movie secrets of 2013: the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's villain in Star Trek Into Darkness. Long before the movie's release, speculation had swirled around the character's anonymous-sounding name: John Harrison. Clearly, fans realised, it was a cover for something far more dramatic.

Wasn't it more likely that Cumberbatch was actually lined up to play a recognisable character from the Star Trek canon? Some suggested Harrison might actually be Charlie Evans, the sinister teenage boy with psychic powers who terrorised the Enterprise in the second ever Original Series episode, Charlie X. Others suggested Cumberbatch might be taking on the role of Khan Noonien Singh, a character first introduced in series one's Space Seed. »

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Garry Marshall, Pretty Woman and Princess Diaries Director, Dies at 81

20 July 2016 9:02 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sad news for movie fans. Iconic American filmmaker and legendary TV sitcom creator Garry Marshall has passed away. Perhaps best known for turning Julia Roberts into a household name with his classic 1990 romanic comedy Pretty Woman, the man succumbed to complications from pneumonia following a stroke. A Los Angeles resident most of his life, he died Tuesday night in a Burbank, California hospital.

Garry Marshall was 81 years old at the time of his passing. Along with Pretty Woman, he also helped establish actress Anne Hathaway as a true Hollywood star with both 2001's The Princess Diaries and its 2004 sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. A true legend in both the world of film and television, news of his untimely demise was first announced by Access Hollywood. Cause of death was then later confirmed by TMZ.

Born in the Bronx, New York, Marshall began his career on television writing for Jack Paar's Tonight Show. »

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Garry Marshall, Happy Days Creator and Filmmaker, Dead at 81

19 July 2016 8:11 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Garry Marshall, whose contributions to screens small and big included Happy Days and the original TV adaptation of The Odd Couple, died on Tuesday at age 81.

Access Hollywood was first to report on the legend’s passing; per TMZ, he died from complications from pneumonia.

A Bronx native and brother to actress/director Penny Marshall and TV producer Ronny Marshall Hallin, Marshall started out his career as a writer for Jack Paar’s Tonight Show, The Joey Bishop Hour and The Dick Van Dyke Show. From there, he went on to develop for TV an adaptation of the Neil Simon play The Odd Couple, »

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Garry Marshall, ‘Pretty Woman’ Director and Creator of ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 81

19 July 2016 7:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Garry Marshall, who created some of the 1970s’ most iconic sitcoms including “Happy Days,” “The Odd Couple,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy” and went on to direct hit movies including “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries,” died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia. He was 81. The news was first reported by Access Hollywood.

Marshall went from being TV writer to creating sitcoms that touched the funny bones of the 1970s generation and directing films that were watched over and over: “Happy Days” helped start a nostalgia craze that has arguably never abated, while “Mork and Mindy” had a psychedelically goofy quality that catapulted Robin Williams to fame and made rainbow suspenders an icon of their era. “Pretty Woman” likewise cemented Julia Roberts’ stardom, while “The Princess Diaries” made Anne Hathaway a teen favorite.

Happy Days” star Henry Winkler credited him for launching his career, tweeting “Thank you for my professional life. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Garry Marshall, ‘Pretty Woman’ Director and Creator of ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 81

19 July 2016 7:57 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Garry Marshall, who created some of the 1970s’ most iconic sitcoms including “Happy Days,” “The Odd Couple,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy” and went on to direct hit movies including “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries,” died Tuesday. He was 81. The news was first reported by Access Hollywood.

Marshall’s first bigscreen blockbuster was 1990’s “Pretty Woman,” starring Julia Roberts as a highly idealized hooker and Richard Gere as her client-cum-Prince Charming. The romantic comedy grossed $463 million worldwide. Roberts was Oscar nominated for best actress, the film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best comedy/musical — and Marshall scored a Cesar nomination as “Pretty Woman” drew a mention in the French awards’ foreign-film category.

In 1970 Marshall had a substantial hit when he developed and exec produced an adaptation of Neil Simon’s play “The Odd Couple” for ABC. The show drew several Emmy nominations for outstanding comedy series and wins for stars Jack Klugman »

- Carmel Dagan

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J.J. Abrams says Chris Hemsworth is coming back to 'Star Trek,' but how?

16 July 2016 11:36 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Before Chris Hemsworth starred as Thor in Marvel's 2011 film, he played George Kirk, father of James T. Kirk, in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. In that film he, well, died. So why is Abrams now saying we'll see him and Chris Pine together in the next film? George Kirk died heroically in 2233 saving 800 people, including his wife and newborn son. But a recent report gives new life to the character. While promoting Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond, producer Abrams was asked if they have ideas for the inevitable Star Trek 4. He said, “Yes, and there’s something that hopefully we’re figuratively minutes away from talking about. The answer is 100% yes, and it’s incredibly exciting.” It wasn't too long after Abrams dropped a bombshell to Access Hollywood. Breaking!! #JJAbrams confirms to me that a 4th #StarTrek movie will bring together #ChrisPine & #ChrisHemsworth!! pic.twitter.com/9WRDKw54d4 — Scott Mantz »

- Jill Pantozzi

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J.J. Abrams reveals that Chris Hemsworth will return as George Kirk in Star Trek 4

16 July 2016 7:31 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in May it was announced that Paramount has already started development on a fourth entry in its relaunched Star Trek franchise, despite the fact we’re still a few days away from the release of the latest chapter, Star Trek Beyond.

Naturally, there are very few details available on Star Trek 4 at present; Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are said to be locked in for a return, and according to Scott Mantz of Access Hollywood, it seems we can add another name to that cast.

Mantz is reporting on Twitter that J.J. Abrams has confirmed that Chris Hemsworth will be reprising his role as George Kirk, the father of Pine’s James T. Kirk, having portrayed the character in the opening scenes of Abrams’ 2009 reboot.

See Also: Go beyond the big screen with Barco Escape trailer for Star Trek Beyond

Given his death in the first movie, it’s »

- Gary Collinson

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Matt Lauer Explains Why He Denied Affair With Natalie Morales

14 July 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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 »

- Scott Collins

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Matt Lauer Reveals Why He Addressed Natalie Morales Today Departure Rumors

14 July 2016 12:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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, »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Matt Lauer Reveals Why He Addressed Natalie Morales Today Departure Rumors

14 July 2016 12:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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, »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Billy Bush Joins ‘Today’ Team for Olympics Coverage – And Battle With ‘Gma’

14 July 2016 8:27 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A new front is about to open in TV’s morning wars.

Billy Bush will make his official debut as a member of NBC’s “Today” team when the A.M. mainstay begins covering the Rio Olympics between August 8 and August 19-  and gears up to take advantage of a potential ratings surge that could bring it closer to trumping rival “Good Morning America.’

Bush’s formal duties with the franchise will be with its 9 a.m. hour, which is expected to look different in weeks to come. But his introduction to the program’s viewership will come via the Olympics coverage. “Today” frequently benefits from the large audiences that tune in to the massive event, and it’s possible that the show may enjoy a spike in ratings as NBC broadcasts more than 260 hours related to the event between August 5 and August 21.

Good Morning America” has a counter of its own: The popular Michael Strahan, who »

- Brian Steinberg

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Natalie Morales Makes ‘Access Hollywood’ Debut

12 July 2016 1:50 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Here’s how it looked as Natalie Morales joined Access Hollywood today. In May, NBCU announced Morales was moving to Los Angeles to become Today's West Coast anchor, and to host NBCUniversal's Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live. The announcement came days after that other chronic Today show report, that Billy Bush was leaving Access Hollywood to join Today morning infotainment franchise, flared up again like a bad rash (Days later, NBCU made official that worst… »

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