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Matt Lauer ‘Today’ Contract Renewed Through 2018

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It appears that Matt Lauer isn’t on the Today hot seat after all. The NBC morning show’s longtime co-anchor has re-upped to stay with the program through 2018. The deal is for $20 million a year, according to  the New York Post, which first reported the news. NBC News reps could not be reached for comment. His current deal was inked in summer 2014. "I consider this the best job in broadcasting," Lauer told The New York Times then. Next year he will mark two decades as… Read

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E! Denies ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ Production Shuttered While Kim Cares For Kanye

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E! is flatly denying a report its reality flagship series Keeping Up with the Kardashians has shut down production temporarily as Kim Kardashian deals with her husband’s health. “Keeping Up with the Kardashians is currently in production and has not been halted,” an E! rep told Deadline. This in response to a seemingly contradictory headline-generating report in Kardashian clan de facto newsletter TMZ saying that, while enough episodes for this season’s commitment already… Read

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Plane Carrying Members Of Brazilian Soccer Club Chapecoense Crashes In Colombia; Sports Stars React

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Updated with Pelé comment: A chartered plane carrying 81 people, including 22 members of Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense, crashed near Medillin, Colombia in the early hours of Tuesday morning local time. Police say 76 people were killed, including members of the team. There were initially six survivors, but one died at the hospital, leaving five still alive, three players are among them, Reuters reports according to Colombian authorities. Brazilian news organizations… Read

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ATA Teams With Actors Fund To Locate Child Stars Owed $1 Million

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The Association of Talent Agents is reaching out to its member agencies to help locate more than 500 child actors and former child stars who are collectively owed more than $1 million in unclaimed earnings that are being held for them by Actors Fund. Some 19,000 current and former child actors have money coming to them, including more than 500 who are each owed over $1,000, and another 42 who are each owed more than $5,000. Some are owed much more. The most the fund has… Read

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Actors Fund Reaching Out To Help Shelley Duvall After ‘Dr Phil’ Episode

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Dr. Phil took a lot of grief about his interview with Shelley Duvall last week, with many accusing him of exploiting the troubled star. But because of the show, The Actors Fund is now reaching out to try and help with financial aid and any other assistance she may need. The organization’s strict confidentiality rules prohibit discussing clients. But since Duvall is not a client yet, the fund can say it is reaching out to the Dr. Phil show to put them in contact with… Read

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‘Silicon Valley’ Stars Tweet About Ugly Barroom Run-In With Trump Supporters

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A “fan” encounter between two pro-Trump trolls and Silicon Valley stars Kumail Nanjiani and Thomas Middleditch turned ugly last night, as detailed by the Pakistani-American Nanjiani in a series of tweets this morning. In his own tweet, Middleditch confirmed the incident and summed it up: “I hate this. Week 1.” The trolls used the demeaning epithet “cuck” favored by the alt-right. Here’s how Nanjiani, who plays Dinesh on HBO’s Emmy-nominated series, recounted the story on… Read

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Stars Join ‘Hail Mary’ Movement Attempting To Deny Donald Trump The Presidency

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Dozens of celebrities including Lady Gaga, Rosie Perez, Amanda Seyfried and Marg Helgenberger and Pink have added their names to a long-shot movement underway to legally deny Donald Trump the presidency. Three days after the election, they and more than 2.7 million Americans have signed a Change.org petition calling on Republican electors to switch their votes and make Hillary Clinton president. Although it's allowed under the Constitution, the “Hail Mary” effort has… Read

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Hollywood Urging Itself To Boycott People Magazine Over Donald Trump Cover

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Some Hollywood celebs are urging their fellow stars to deny all interviews or photo requests from People magazine after its latest edition features one of its trademark bright-shiny-light cover stories with our country’s President Elect, Donald Trump. The cover has outraged some entertainment industry members because a former People magazine reporter has accused Trump of sexually assaulting her in 2005; People magazine recently published her account of that claim. #BOY… Read

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Before The Flood’ Sampled By 30M+ Worldwide For National Geographic

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EXCLUSIVE: National Geographic’s climate-change documentary Before The Flood, produced by and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has reached more than 30 million viewers worldwide who watched at least a portion of the program across linear, digital, streaming and social platforms. That is the largest sampling for a documentary in the world since 2000, and the largest ever for a National Geographic Film, according to the company. Before The Flood also has had the highest average… Read

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Jon Stewart Recalls Twitter Feud With “Crude & Horrible” Donald Trump; Stands Up For Vets With Seinfeld, Springsteen

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Jon Stewart told a packed New York audience tonight that, no, he didn’t miss his nightly perch even “on the eve of the last American election” ever, but his enthusiastic comic demolition of Donald Trump told a different story. “We were a beautiful, great country,” Stewart said, kicking off an all-star comic lineup that included Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K. and Jim Gaffigan at the 10th Annual Stand Up for Heroes event at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Bruce Springsteen… Read

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Character Actors To Be Honored This Weekend At 2nd Annual Carney Awards

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Conchata Ferrell, Stephen Tobolowsky, Steve Buscemi, Jonathan Banks, and Gary Cole will be honored this Sunday at the 2nd Annual Carney Awards to shed a light on outstanding character actors. Veteran character actor Dan Hedaya, whose career spans almost 50 years and has one of the most recognizable faces in TV and film, will also be receiving the Chairman's Lifetime Achievement Award. The show was named in honor of the late Oscar-winning and six-time Emmy-winning actor… Read

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Michael Douglas, Alec Baldwin, Politicos Jump-Start Oscar Race For Anti-NRA Documentary ‘Making A Killing’

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EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood has begun lining up to help get the word out on Robert Greenwald’s documentary feature Oscar contender Making A Killing: Guns, Greed And The NRA. Michael Douglas, Alec Baldwin and Tony Goldwyn are lending their names and voices and have done videos to help promote the film, which was executive produced by Beasts Of No Nation exec prod Bill Benenson and his wife Laurie. But so has California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. And, Hillary Clinton’s running mate… Read