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'World Without End' Miniseries Casts Oscar Nominees, MTV UK Preps 'Teen Dad' & More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 29th 2011 7:00PM
Cynthia NixonThe new miniseries 'World Without End,' sequel to 'Pillars of the Earth,' is beefing up its cast.

Signing on to the project are 'Sex and the City' star Cynthia Nixon, along with Oscar nominees Miranda Richardson ('Rubicon') and Peter Firth ('MI-5'), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The eight-hour drama will begin shooting soon on location in Hungary, Slovakia and Austria.

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Tom Hanks: 'Larry Crowne' Press Junket Getting 'Damn Good Reviews' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 29th 2011 11:40AM
Matt Lauer and Tom Hanks on 'Today'Matt Lauer noted Wednesday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) that the teacher/student romance in 'Larry Crowne' isn't creepy because the two characters involved, played by Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks, are roughly the same age. But according to Hanks, that romance came down to a coin flip, and 'Larry Crowne' could have been a very different movie.

"The other teacher is George Takei, Mr. Sulu, and between the two of them, we flipped a coin to see, where will the romance begin?" said Hanks. "We're talking to a whole different mass audience, I'm telling you right now. Timely, without a doubt. But a different audience."

Lauer also asked Hanks about the press tour for the movie, which included an appearance on the Spanish-language 'Despierta America' where he danced with weather woman Chiqui Delgado while delivering the forecast. "I think our press junket is getting damn good reviews," he said.

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Linda Hogan Describes Hulk Hogan's Violent Rages (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 28th 2011 5:10PM
Linda Hogan details accusations of abuse and violence against Hulk Hogan on 'Today'Linda Hogan's divorce from wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan was a long, public battle that began in 2007 when she filed and ended in 2009 with a settlement. In her new book, 'Wrestling the Hulk: My Life Against the Ropes,' Linda Hogan reveals just how ugly the marriage was. Tuesday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), Linda Hogan detailed some of her accusations against Hulk, saying that she feared for her life and didn't want to become "another Nicole Simpson."

Matt Lauer read an excerpt from the book in which Linda Hogan described her former husband's episodes of violent rage. "To this day he's never apologized for any of his actions," Hogan said. "But that is something that scared me. I did not want to be a statistic like Nicole Simpson."

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Bruno Mars Talks Writing for Other People, Performs 'Runaway Baby' on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 24th 2011 2:20PM
Bruno Mars on 'Today'Bruno Mars made a big impact behind the scenes before his emergence as a performer, writing hits for other artists, including 'Right Round' by Flo Rida, 'Wavin' Flag' by K'naan, and perhaps the best known of his co-creations, 'F@#$ You!' by Cee Lo Green. Friday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), Matt Lauer asked Mars about his own career and writing for others.

After remarking on the attractive crowd Mars attracts, Lauer asked, "Now, though, that you're the guy with the Grammy and the front-man, are you going to keep writing for other people?" Mars, decked out in shades and a dark suit that matched the rest of the band, deadpanned, "Absolutely not. I'm done." He laughed and quickly retracted that, saying "of course" he would.

He and the band then played a raucous version of 'Runaway Baby' from Mars' album 'Doo-Wops & Hooligans.' Later Mars got off on the right foot with an impressive impression of James Brown's dancing, while his band did an amazing impression of James Brown's band.

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La Toya Jackson's Strange, Confusing 'Today' Interview (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Jun 21st 2011 12:35PM

La Toya Jackson sits down with Matt Lauer on 'Today.'It's been at least a month since La Toya Jackson became the only contestant on the 'Celebrity Apprentice' to be fired, re-hired and then promptly re-fired. Anxious to return to the spotlight, Jackson sat down with Matt Lauer Monday on 'Today' (7 AM ET, weekdays on NBC) for a bizarre interview filled with confusing statements and contradictions that gave off more smoke than fire.

Jackson was there to talk about her recent book 'Starting Over,' in which she claims to investigate Michael's death and identify his true killer. In the book, she posits that Michael's death was a conspiracy and that Dr. Conrad Murray is merely a fall guy. But when Matt Lauer pressed her on why the book doesn't name anyone or offer any evidence about that, Jackson could only respond with a hollow, "If you read the book you'll understand."

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Matt Lauer Rides Jim Carrey Like a Horse (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 16th 2011 10:25AM
Today Show, Matt Lauer, Jim CarreyHypothetical situation: You're a morning show anchor. As you tease your next guest before a commercial break, said guest crawls on set on his hands and knees and whinnies like a horse. What, pray tell, do you do?

If you're 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) veteran and consummate professional Matt Lauer, you get on that horse and ride (straight-faced, while finishing your line). That's actually what happened Thursday morning when Jim Carrey appeared on the show to promote his new film, 'Mr. Popper's Penguins.'

As Lauer was introducing the interview, Carrey came out a little early with horse routine (it kills with the under-5 set). Lauer didn't even bat an eye -- or stop his introduction -- as he mounted Carrey. "Come on, little Matty! Who's a cowboy?" Carrey encouraged as the two made their way across the studio floor.

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Blake Lively Talks 'Green Lantern' Character, Recites Oath With Matt Lauer (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 14th 2011 1:25PM
Blake Lively talks about 'The Green Lantern' on 'Today'If Blake Lively's interview on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) is any indication, don't expect her to be a pushover in the new 'Green Lantern' film. She plays Carol Ferris opposite Ryan Reynolds' Hal Jordan / Green Lantern, and Lively says Ferris is no ordinary superhero girlfriend who depends on her boyfriend to save the day.

"In the comic, she turns into a villain at one point, so that would be the best," said Lively. "It was great because normally these women are the damsels in distress, but she's a strong woman and she's always challenging him and they're always going head-to-head."

She even had the Green Lantern's Oath down and corrected Matt Lauer, who traded lines with her when he challenged her to recite it, ending in a big geek high-five.

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Meredith Vieira Gets Lip-Dub 'Don't Stop Believing' Send-Off on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 8th 2011 12:45PM
Meredith Vieira's farewell flash mob on 'Today'Matt Lauer sitting at a piano lip-synching Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing' would be an odd sight on your average edition of 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC). Even stranger? Abe Vigoda waiting in the green room to hug Meredith Vieira, also dancing, kind of, to Journey. That was just for starters Wednesday as a mix of 'Today' staff members and celebrities got together to give Vieira a farewell lip-dub send-off on her last day.

Everyone wore a T-shirt with their first name, then a symbol, and then "Meredith" emblazoned on the front. Vieira was led through the studio and eventually out into the street by Ann Curry, Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb at different points. Jimmy Fallon showed up to mime the guitar solo on a Fender Stratocaster while leading the parade.

It all ended with a large group of people in the street singing to Vieira as Vigoda embraced her. It was obviously a surprise for Vieira, who cried and laughed the whole way through. And Vigoda looked pretty nimble, too.

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Meredith Vieira Says Matt Lauer's 'Deal' Is Dried Up, Has Been on 'Today' Too Long (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 7th 2011 10:00AM
Meredith Vieira, 'Late Show with David Letterman'Meredith Vieira says good-bye to 'Today' this week, but before she left she went on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) to disparage her co-host Matt Lauer.

When David Letterman asked how long Lauer had been there, Vieira responded, "Too long, really. Too long. Talk about the 'deal' is dried up, you know?"

She may not have realized how disparaging she was being, though. Earlier in the night, Letterman had used the term "deal" in reference to Rep. Anthony Wiener's crotch.

"Matt's great," she tried to cover. "I adore Matt."

"I heard his 'deal' dried up," Letterman laughed. Vieira wasn't going to get out of this one too easily.

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Matt Lauer Compares Mischievous, Past-Its-Prime Blended Wine to Meredith Vieira (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 31st 2011 12:45PM
Wine blending on 'Today'The whole crew got involved in something called "wine blending" this morning on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), a practice of finding complimentary spirits to mix and drink. Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry and Al Roker took a trip out to a Sonoma winery to try their hands at mixing, measuring and swirling wines together.

Lauer assessed his blend by comparing it to Vieira. "It's open, it's generous, slightly past its prime, but with a hint of mischief," said Lauer. Then he saved himself, adding, "and very satisfying."

Back in the studio, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, and food author Gary Vaynerchuk gave their own opinions on the anchor's creations. Vaynerchuk wouldn't buy the blends. Gifford and Kotb, not surprisingly, found a couple of them to their liking.

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Katie Couric Close to Signing ABC Talk Show Deal

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 20th 2011 9:30AM
Katie CouricEver since Katie Couric announced she was stepping down from 'The CBS Evening News' there's been constant speculation as to what she'll do next.

The most persistent rumor has linked her with ABC and that network's plans to fill the Oprah-sized hole in their daytime lineup. Now, it seems as though Couric will indeed be getting her own daytime talk show.

Even though she signed off from 'Evening News' last night, Couric's still under contract with CBS until June 6, so no official announcement about her future is expected for another few days. However, 'The Los Angeles Times' says she's close to signing a deal to launch a new ABC syndicated talk show in the fall of 2012. And, that it may reunite Couric with her former 'Today' colleague, Matt Lauer.

The 'Times' says that while much of the deal has been has been hammered out, there are still outstanding "issues" surrounding compensation. Couric landed a record-breaking $15-million payday when she signed with CBS.

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Al Roker Gets Tongue-Tied Reading the Weather on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 9th 2011 11:15AM
Al Roker Gets Tongue-Tied on 'Today' Al Roker got spectacularly tongue-tied during a weather segment and flubbed a hand-off to Matt Lauer on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC).

Roker simply needed to direct viewers to The Weather Channel homepage for updates. But, instead, he uttered a string of nonsense syllables and something that sounded suspiciously like "crappy." Afterward, Roker roared with laughter.

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Meredith Vieira Announces Departure From 'Today' Show (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 9th 2011 10:30AM
Meredith Vieira Confirms Departure From 'Today' ShowMeredith Vieira confirmed her departure from 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC) this morning. While choking back tears, Vieira formally announced her decision and said she'll be leaving the show next month.

"It's a difficult day for me," said Vieira, her voice thick with emotion. "I'm going to try to hold myself together here. But, after months of personal reflection and personal conversations between my family, my friends, I've decided to leave 'Today' in June."

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Meredith Vieira Announces Her Departure from 'Today'

by PopEater Staff, posted May 9th 2011 8:30AM
Meredith VieiraAfter weeks of speculation, Meredith Vieira announced this morning that she is leaving 'Today' to spend more time with her family.

"After months of personal reflection and private conversations between my family and my friends, I've decided to leave 'Today,' in June," she said, sitting next to Matt Lauer and Al Roker.

Vieira, who has co-hosted the show with Lauer for the past five years, said she has decided to spend more time with her husband, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, and their three children.

Ann Curry will take over Vieira's chair, and NBC correspondent Natalie Morales will take over Curry's news desk position.

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Dick Van Dyke Sings the Forgotten Lyrics to 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' Theme (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 3rd 2011 1:15PM
Dick Van Dyke Sings the Forgotten Lyrics to 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' ThemeThe theme from 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' is easily recognizable to TV fans, but the song's forgotten lyrics are probably less so. On 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), Dick Van Dyke himself sang the full lyric to the delight of Matt Lauer.

Van Dyke ran through the entire song without so much as a stumble, easily recalling the lyrics which were written by co-star Morey Amsterdam, but were never actually used on the show.

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