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Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z are reportedly planning a secret wedding this weekend in Caribbean holiday retreat Anguilla, according to US reports. Dreamgirls star Knowles is reportedly planning a four-day birthday party for her man on a yacht harbored off the coast of St. Bart's, but the bash is just a cover for a wedding ceremony at Anguilla's Cap Juluca resort, according to New York Post's gossip column Page Six. A source tells the publication that guests have been told to have their passports ready by Friday for a party on a yacht in St. Bart's - but everyone knows a surprise wedding is planned. The news comes a day after Jay-Z debuted his new video "Lost One" on MTV's Total Request Live show, in which he raps about possibly splitting from Knowles. He rhymes, "I don't think it's meant to be, B/For she loves the work more than she does me/And, honestly, at 23, I would probably love my work more than I did she/So we ain't we, it's me and her/That's what she prefers." »
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Carson Daly made his mark in television, but he is ready to prove himself all over again on the Internet.
Daly is already a household name among younger audiences thanks to his late-night show on NBC, Last Call With Carson Daly, and before that as emcee of MTV's Total Request Live. But he also has been busy lately in a lower-profile role through his production company, Carson Daly Prods., cultivating a distinctive side career creating programming for digital platforms.
"I can't compete with the Dick Wolfs of the world and those producing 'The Office' or 'My Name Is Earl, ' " Daly said. "We don't have a tremendous amount of money, which leads me back to the Internet because with $5,000, we can do a lot now."
Though well situated in the TV world though a production deal at NBC Universal Television Studio, Daly has chosen to focus his production company on Internet projects. In June, it awarded 20-year-old Brooke Brodack a talent/development deal on the strength of her video commentaries on YouTube. It was the first time an established Hollywood figure struck a formal arrangement with an unknown off the Internet.
Daly has since utilized Brodack's madcap style on a Web site he launched with NBC Uni, It's Your Show, which rewards video contributors with cash prizes. Daly expects the site to sprout social-networking capabilities as well as a television component featuring himself as the show's host.
Daly also is involved with Campus MovieFest, serving as strategic adviser for the online film festival hub and to more than 50,000 students from colleges nationwide. Like all his digital endeavors, the site caters to a college-age demographic and who Daly sees as his peers on the Web.
His Web-centric approach has proven particularly timely in light of the recent rise of MySpace and YouTube, the emergence of such Web personalities as LonelyGirl15 and Andy Milonakis, and the integration of new-media strategies by television networks and studios. »
MTV, through its broadband network, MTV Overdrive, plans to provide viewers of this year's Video Music Awards greater choice interactively, the company said Monday. Beginning with the August broadcast of the VMAs, and then with the series Total Request Live in the fall, the network will air live programming created exclusively for the broadband medium that will be integrated into the on-air broadcasts and then available on demand. Described as a "two-screen interactive experience," this initiative synchronizes online programming with the television broadcast. It is just one of the many multiplatform elements that the network plans to unveil leading up to the VMAs. »
Tom Cruise kicked off his mad dash across New York City yesterday by driving around Times Square on top of a fire engine. The movie star used a helicopter, motorbike, car and the Big Apple's famous subway system to attend three city-wide Mission: Impossible III premieres. And the new dad got his busy day started by visiting MTV's studios on top of a fire engine, and introducing pal Kanye West's live performance on Total Request Live from the street outside. The action man called up to the rapper, "We'll see you in Harlem," as West prepared to perform new tune "Impossible" from the soundtrack of Cruise's summer blockbuster. The fire engine transported Cruise to a helipad, where he took off to buzz around New York's skies in a helicopter. Cruise's day continued with a string of speedy traffic encounters, including one on his very own subway train. The movie star's production company rented the train for an estimated $12,000 so that Cruise could arrive at the official US premiere of his new film in Midtown in style. »
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