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Jenna Wolfe Gets 'I Love Matt' Tattoo From Ami James on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 22nd 2011 5:15PM
Eileen Hickey-Hulme's tattoo on 'Today' Finally, the trend of the day has to do with the strange behavior of seniors instead of the kids. Jenna Wolfe reported on older women getting their first tattoos, and going back for more, Monday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) and wound up getting personally involved with the story to show her dedication to her job.

Wolfe visited Ami James of 'NY Ink,' who said that 55% of his clients were women. That includes 65-year-old artist Eileen Hickey-Hulme, who got a tattoo of a hand pointing a revolver directly at the viewer. "I feel tougher," she said after it was done. "I feel like I can hold my own."

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Jeff Bridges Talks About His Music Career and Performs on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 16th 2011 2:05PM
Jeff Bridges performs 'What A Little Bit Of Love Can Do' on 'Today'Jeff Bridges released his self-titled major-label debut Tuesday, following the success of his performance on the 'Crazy Heart' soundtrack. He'd released an album before, but with 'Crazy Heart,' he found a successful partnership with producer T Bone Burnett and a groove that took the best advantage of his talents. Speaking with Matt Lauer Tuesday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), Bridges sounded like someone starting a second career.

Lauer asked if Bridges was going to tour to support the album, and he mentioned a recent show at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and taping for 'Austin City Limits,' among some other upcoming dates. Bridges doesn't dream about Grammys on his shelf, but he's serious about the music nonetheless. "No, I don't do that," he said. "But, you know, there's going to be some more music. You know, this is, as far as I'm concerned, this is kind of the tip of the iceberg."

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Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford Celebrate Their Birthdays on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 16th 2011 1:40PM
Kathie Lee Gifford and her birthday cake on 'Today'For Hoda Kotb's birthday last week on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), she got a visit from her boyfriend and a bottle of tequila. Kathie Lee Gifford's birthday was today, and she got a celebratory serenade from Jeff Bridges, a visit from her husband, her favorite meal and a birthday cake. Kotb will have to do a little more lobbying for a bigger birthday celebration next year.

Bridges, who had performed earlier on the show, sang a celebratory song in a wandering falsetto about Gifford's revolutions around the sun. Frank Gifford, who was also celebrating his birthday Tuesday, surprised his wife, and Matt Lauer stopped by to give them both a peck on the cheek.

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Zac Brown Talks About His Band's Success, Performs 'Knee Deep' on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 12th 2011 2:25PM
The Zac Brown Band performs 'Knee Deep' on 'Today'In its short history, the Zac Brown Band has earned seven number one singles on Billboard's country charts, and Brown has gotten to play with some of his personal idols. On Friday's edition of 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), Brown said he was humbled at the idea of being at the center of a platinum-selling band. "It's amazing," he said. "Every day I pinch myself."

One of the more recent singles, 'Knee Deep,' featured Jimmy Buffett, one of Brown's favorites. "I think he's one of the best American songwriters that have ever lived," said Brown, "... Been covering his songs forever, and getting to actually collaborate with some of my heroes have been some of the big milestones of my career."

The Buffett influence was easy to hear when the band played the tune (sans Jimmy Buffett himself) after the interview, a breezy mix of light rock and reggae, catchy enough for some of the crowd to sing and dance along.

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Bobby Flay Talks About His 'Entourage' Affair, Cooks Peach Relish on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 11th 2011 2:45PM
Bobby Flay talks about his 'Entourage' role on 'Today'Bobby Flay showed some versatility on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), discussing his acting role on 'Entourage' while he was cooking up a nice peach relish with Matt Lauer. Flay seemed a little nervous while describing the 'Entourage' appearance, in which he plays "Bobby Flay," a celebrity chef dating Ari Gold's wife while the couple is separated.

"I'm playing a fictional version of Bobby Flay," he said, "because in the show, there's a restaurant called Flay's In L.A., which doesn't exist. And I'm also single on the show, but ..." "Having an affair with Ari's wife," interjected Lauer. Flay was quick to point out that he is married in real life, and that the role was "kind of weird." It caused no trouble at home, though. "It's going fine, actually," he said, "because the actress who plays Mrs. Ari, Perrey Reeves, and my wife are very good friends."

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'Test Kitchen' Chef Chris Kimball Introduces Bacon Paste (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 9th 2011 2:00PM
Matt Lauer and Chris Kimball make bacon paste on 'Today'Warning: We are about to alert you to a new food choice that could take down the entire bacon-worshiping Internet. This new creation comes to you courtesy of 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) and Chris Kimball of 'America's Test Kitchen,' and it is called "bacon paste." Yes, bacon paste was just one ingredient in Kimball's chicken kebab recipe, but we can see it taking off in a way that will make chocolate chip cookie dough look like small potatoes.

"Now this is hot," said Kimball. "This is trending." Kimball and Matt Lauer made the paste for the chicken kebabs, to be mixed with some spices and used to marinate the chicken, using two pieces of bacon in a blender. "This is not that much fat," said Kimball. "For some people, it's just a little hors 'devour. And we run that for about forty-five seconds. What we end up with is..." bacon paste!

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Ricky Gervais Defends His Right to Make Fun of Hollywood Actors on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 3rd 2011 2:20PM
Ricky Gervais, Jason Bateman, and Ryan Reynolds on 'Today'Ricky Gervais was cutting and funny hosting the Golden Globes, but the buzz after the show was about how many people were offended by his jokes. He managed to burn some bridges with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the awards. Now Gervais has been nominated for an Emmy for that performance. He spoke with Matt Lauer on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) about the experience, and got into a little tussle with Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds.

Lauer said he thought Gervais's hosting was brilliant, but said others thought his jokes had crossed a line. "I crossed the line?" said Gervais. "Who drew the line? I didn't draw the line. Where's this line?" He seemed perplexed by the idea.

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James Franco Previews His 'Apes' and 'Oz' Prequels on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 1st 2011 2:10PM
Matt Lauer and James Franco discuss 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' on 'Today' James Franco's been busy lately. Between his work on 'General Hospital,' hosting the Oscars and his frequent talk show appearances, we sometimes forget that he's also a movie star. Franco took a break from his varied activities to talk to Matt Lauer Monday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) about two upcoming prequels in which he stars -- 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' and 'Oz, The Great and Powerful.'

Lauer said when he saw the original 'Planet of the Apes' decades ago, he didn't sleep for three-and-a half years. He asked Franco how high the "freakout factor" is in the new installment. "Actually, it's not a freakout movie," said Franco, struggling to hit on the right description. Lauer suggested "thoughtful," which Franco thought was apt. "It's a little bit of a character piece with feeling," he said.

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Alex Trebek Describes Catching His Hotel Room Burglar on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 28th 2011 1:20PM
Alex Trebek on crutches after foiling a burglary on 'Today'Alex Trebek morphed from game show host to scantily-clad crimefighter Wednesday, when he chased after a woman who broke into his hotel room in San Francisco. As reported Thursday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), the 'Jeopardy' host ran down the burglar, rupturing his Achilles tendon in the process.

Trebek described the scene. "I woke up and I saw a figure in our hotel bedroom and I thought I was dreaming," he said. "And I realized immediately that someone had been in the room and I put on my underwear and ran down the hall to see if I could find her." When he caught up with her, he asked her a series of questions about what she had been doing on his floor. The woman denied she had been in his room, but Trebek knew better.

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Steve Carell Misses His 'Office' Friends, But Says He Won't Be Back for Any Cameos (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 26th 2011 2:35PM
Matt Lauer, Steve Carell, and Julianne Moore on 'Today'Steve Carell is one of the funniest comedic actors around, but every so often he's called upon to play it straight. Matt Lauer brought up Carell's versatility on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), when he and Julianne Moore stopped by to promote their new film, 'Crazy, Stupid, Love.' He asked Carell if he felt comfortable doing drama, and also how it felt to see 'The Office' go on without him.

To answer Lauer's first question, Carell said, "Yes, I am a very fine dramatic actor. I know that's the point you were trying to make." Lauer laughed and said he wanted Carell to say it himself. "Well, I wanted to say it, and I was hoping that that subject would come up, because I really have a lot of pride in my dynamic dramatic acting," Carell deadpanned, motioning toward Moore. "She was so intimidated by me."

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Cee Lo Green Previews His 'Monumentous' Vegas Show, Performs on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 22nd 2011 2:05PM
Matt Lauer talks to Cee Lo Green about Las Vegas on 'Today'Cee Lo Green is gearing up for a run in Las Vegas, which earned him the nickname 'Lo-berace' from Matt Lauer Friday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC). Green, a hit-making singer and judge on the singing contest show 'The Voice,' is hoping the run will be a big deal for fans who might not be too familiar with the city's big shows.

"I wanted to do something new and fresh for this generation," Green told Lauer. "I don't think anybody from our generation has got the opportunity to do something monumentous like that. And so I would like to do something exceptional, you know. The way that I feel about myself and the way that my career is going, it makes sense."

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'Entourage' Cast Tells Matt Lauer They're Trying Hard to Make Movie Happen (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 19th 2011 3:00PM
The cast of 'Entourage' talks about the final season on 'Today'The filming for season eight is done, the premiere is set for Sunday, and all that's left is for the fans to watch the final season of HBO's 'Entourage.' Tuesday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), Matt Lauer interviewed the stars of the show -- Kevin Connolly (Eric Murphy), Jeremy Piven (Ari Gold), Adrian Grenier (Vincent Chase), Kevin Dillon (Johnny Chase), and Jerry Ferrara (Turtle) -- about the final season, and whether that is, in fact, the end of the show.

Lauer asked if everyone was on board with the show ending. "No, we got cancelled," joked Connolly. "We were not on board with it at all." Dillon added, "We'd shoot tomorrow if you let us." About the rumors that there might be an 'Entourage' movie in the works, Connolly confirmed, "We're going to try really hard to make that happen."

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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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