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Carson Daly Comes of Age With Growing Role on 'Today' Show

Edges Onto Couch With Al, Matt, Savannah

Carson Daly is gaining new visibility in his role on NBC's Today Show.  Move over Matt?

Carson Daly is gaining new visibility in his role on NBC’s Today Show. Move over Matt?

When Carson Daly left MTV’s Total Request Live (TRL) in 2002, he was something of a running-gag in the media. Even “Saturday Night Live” had a skit lampooning TRL. “I’m Carson Daly and I’m a tool,” said the actor portraying him to hoots.

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Matt Lauer Facing Fate He Doesn't Deserve on Today Show

Drawing Most of the Heat Over NBC Debacle With Ann Curry

Matt Lauer getting most of the backlash from Ann Curry's departure on Today.

Matt Lauer getting most of the backlash from Ann Curry’s departure on Today.

I’ve known Matt Lauer for years, beginning when he was an anchor, with Jill Rappaport of all people, on the locally syndicated show “People Are Talking.” It’s sad to see what’s happening now as he teeters on the brink of a total career meltdown.

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Reflections on Two Summer Blockbusters: Dark Knight, Skyfall

Both Films Are Now on DVD; Spend Your Money One

Daniel Craig in Skyfall (top) and Christian Bale as Batman in Dark Knight Rises.

Daniel Craig in Skyfall (top) and Christian Bale as Batman in Dark Knight Rises.

The latest James Bond film “Skyfall” and Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” were two of last year’s blockbusters, but I only got around to seeing them recently. I’m glad I waited. It allowed me to put the films in perspective without all the surrounding hype.

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Ben Affleck's 'Argo' a Harrowing Tale Well Told, Well Acted

Iranian Hostage Crisis Provides Backdrop for Thriller

When actor Ben Affleck turned director with his brilliantly staged “The Town” two years back, audiences and Hollywood took note. It was a tense, tautly realized. His latest effort, “Argo,” is much the same.

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J.J. Abrams' Sci-Fi Show 'Fringe' Gets New Life from Fox

Network Approves New 13 Episode Arc for Next Season

Lost-wunderkund J. J. Abrams’ show “Fringe” has been nothing short of brilliant for almost of all its four seasons. Fox finally announced it’s renewing the epic show for a shortened-13-episode season.  It was the right call.

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Robert De Niro, Tribeca Film Festival Lift New York City

Festival Has Anchored Lower Manhattan Since Terror Attacks

Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal, as they have every year since 2002, kicked off New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival, which has grown to become of the nation’s signature celluloid events.

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Jason Isaacs Stars in 'Awake,' TV's Hot New Sci-Fi Drama

Kyle Killen's NBC Show is Tightly Written, Acted, Directed

Sci-fi devotees have watched boatloads of shows come and go on the small screen. But when “Awake” debuted several weeks back on NBC, I decided to give it a shot.

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Mad Men Debut, Commercial Breaks Aside, Shines

Show's Languid Pacing, Meandering Plot Surprising

After watching the “Mad Men” premiere, I thought about it all night. I got up the next day, and I was still thinking about it. Here’s what grabbed me the most about “One Little Kiss,” the first episode in Season Five of the show’s much anticipated return.

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Dustin Hoffman's Luck: New Show a Brilliant Failure

HBO Pulled Plug Too Soon; Show Was Gathering Steam

Talk about an ironic title. HBO abruptly shut down production on Dustin Hoffman’s iconic new series “Luck” after a third horse died on the set. Say what you will, but the show, having just aired its fourth installment, was finally picking up steam.

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Billy Crystal Shines Through Awkward Moments at Oscars

Billy CrystalWhen Billy Crystal hit the stage last night in his much anticipated Oscar return, I definitely noted there were a few awkward moments, both in the audience and on stage alike.

Natalie Portman Descends Into 'Area X' Hell in New Annihilation Trailer (See!)

Natalie Portman Descends Into 'Area X' Hell in New Annihilation Trailer (See!)

Natalie Portman wants a piece of whatever causes her husband to disappear in a mysterious environmental disaster zone known as "Area X" in a new trailer for th... Read More
Steven Colbert Cold Open Kicks Off Hot Politicized Emmy Awards Show (see!)

Steven Colbert Cold Open Kicks Off Hot Politicized Emmy Awards Show (see!)

Stephen Colbert opened the 69th Prime Time Emmy Awards with a hot little number that paid homage to the season's television shows. Speaking of season, the numbe... Read More
Jessica Chastain Lays Down Her Cards in New Molly's Game Trailer (See!)

Jessica Chastain Lays Down Her Cards in New Molly's Game Trailer (See!)

Jessica Chastain plays a tough resilient woman and shows it in a new trailer for the upcoming movie, "Molly's Game," a tale of female empowerment against incred... Read More
Joanna Bonaro's Good 'n Screwed Eyes Neglected TV Niche, 40-Plus Women

Joanna Bonaro's Good 'n Screwed Eyes Neglected TV Niche, 40-Plus Women

New Yorker Joanna Bonaro wrote, produced and stars in "Good ‘n Screwed," a half-hour series about the trials and tribulation of a woman suddenly divorced and ba... Read More
Ready for 'Gossip Girl' the Movie? It Has One Big Strike Against It (video)

Ready for 'Gossip Girl' the Movie? It Has One Big Strike Against It (video)

"Gossip Girl" is the latest television show that may or may not be turned into a feature-length movie. But so far Warner Bros. has yet to commit to filming one-... Read More
X-Files Star Gillian Anderson Has Big Problem: Writers Are Boys Club

X-Files Star Gillian Anderson Has Big Problem: Writers Are Boys Club

Gillian Anderson, who played FBI Special Agent Dana Scully on the long-running and widely popular series "The X-Files," is blasting the lack of women on the sho... Read More
Kate Winslet Shows Power of Women In New 'Mountain Between Us' Trailer

Kate Winslet Shows Power of Women In New 'Mountain Between Us' Trailer

Kate Winslet's portrayal of photojournalist Alex Martin showcases the inner strength of women in a new trailer for "The Mountain Between Us," an action-adventur... Read More
'Cries From Syria' Captures Brutality of Assad's War on His Own People  (video)

'Cries From Syria' Captures Brutality of Assad's War on His Own People (video)

Director Evgeny Afineevsky screened his extraordinarily powerful and disturbing HBO documentary, "Cries From Syria" at The Brightside Screening Room in Jersey C... Read More
Chris Pratt Reveals How Stunt Went Awry in Guardians of Galaxy 2 (watch!)

Chris Pratt Reveals How Stunt Went Awry in Guardians of Galaxy 2 (watch!)

Chris Pratt, like many Hollywood actors, likes to do his own stunts when possible. But he told Seth Myers last night that on stunt in the upcoming "Guardians of... Read More
Jeff Bridges Takes 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Stateside in New Trailer

Jeff Bridges Takes 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Stateside in New Trailer

Jeff Bridges heads the American counterpart to the Kingsman, the independent international intelligence agency that operates with strict secrecy and dry British... Read More
Robert Pattinson Goes Down Hard in New 'Lost City of Z' Trailer (See!)

Robert Pattinson Goes Down Hard in New 'Lost City of Z' Trailer (See!)

Robert Pattinson gets flattened in a new trailer for "The Lost City of Z," the action-adventure movie about the travails of real-life explorer Percy Fawcett and... Read More
Holy Sun Tzu! Caesar Learns Art of War in New Planet of Apes Trailer (see!)

Holy Sun Tzu! Caesar Learns Art of War in New Planet of Apes Trailer (see!)

Caesar could use a few lessons from Sun Tzu, who wrote the book on warfare, when a crazed military colonel goes after his tribe of intelligent apes in a new tra... Read More
Han Solo Stars Wars Movie Starts Production: Meet the Cast! (photo)

Han Solo Stars Wars Movie Starts Production: Meet the Cast! (photo)

It's about time Han Solo got his own "Star Wars" move. Disney just released a cast photo along with notice that principal filming is just getting underway at Pi... Read More
Brad Pitt 'World War Z' Zombie Sequel Caught in Paramount Film Shuffle

Brad Pitt 'World War Z' Zombie Sequel Caught in Paramount Film Shuffle

Brad Pitt's life has been a bit of a horror story lately, but that doesn't explain Paramount's surprise decision to pull the release of his epic "World War Z" z... Read More
Scarlett Johansson Strips in New Ghost in the Shell Super Bowl Ad (see!)

Scarlett Johansson Strips in New Ghost in the Shell Super Bowl Ad (see!)

Scarlett Johansson has become a fixture in sci-fi movies. In a new 30-second Super Bowl ad for her upcoming movie "Ghost in the Shell," she strips and does a sw... Read More

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