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Mar 2, 2015
12:49 pm
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‘Today’ Co-Anchor Steps Up to ‘NBC Nightly News’ in Emergency (Variety)

Lester Holt has been called away from his role as fill-in for Brian Williams in the “NBC Nightly News” anchor’s chair. Variety reports that “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie will take over the program tonight as Holt deals with a family medical emergency.

“Holt is expected to return to the program,” Variety reports. “He has taken the anchor chair of the nation’s most-watched evening-news broadcast since NBCUniversal suspended Brian Williams for six months in the wake of his admission that he falsified details about a 2003 NBC News excursion to Iraq in which he took part.”

The NBC program continues to lead evening news broadcasts in total viewers, the report notes, although ABC’s “World News” recently won the key news demo of viewers 25-54 for the five-day periord from Feb. 16-20.

Guthrie has filled in previously for Williams on “NBC Nightly News.”

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Mar 2, 2015
12:37 pm
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Casting for Syfy’s ‘Sharknado 3′ Generates Buzz (Washington Post)

Syfy continues to find ways to generate headlines with its “Sharknado” franchise. The Washington Post reports that the latest buzzworthy casting news has conservative commentator Ann Coulter set to play the vice president to Dallas Mavericks owner and “Shark Tank” star Mark Cuban’s president of the United States in “Sharknado 3.”

“The network previously said Bo Derek will have a cameo as star Tara Reid’s mother, Jerry Springer will play a tourist and ‘N Sync singer Chris Kirkpatrick will be a pool lifeguard,” the story adds.

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Mar 2, 2015
12:29 pm
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William Shatner, Who Missed Leonard Nimoy’s Funeral, Leads Twitter Discussion About Nimoy Instead (NBC)

“William Shatner turned to Twitter on Sunday to defend himself after sparking an uproar Saturday when he tweeted that he wouldn’t be able to attend memorial services for his Star Trek co-star and friend, Leonard Nimoy,” NBC reports.

The story continues: “Shatner said in a tweet that he wouldn’t be able to attend the services [in Los Angeles] for Nimoy, who died at the age of 83 Friday, because he had to attend a charity event in Florida and wouldn’t be able to fly out in time.”

The report adds: “Many expressed their dismay on social media, suggesting that Shatner should have chosen his friend’s funeral over the charity event. And the New York Daily News put Shatner and Nimoy’s pictures on its front cover, declaring ‘Captain Jerk! Claims night event in Florida means he can’t ‘beam up’ to L.A. in time.’”

Here are a lot of the tweets Shatner sent out Sunday as he and ‘Star Trek’ fans remembered Nimoy. The beginning of this twitter stream is at the BOTTOM, so you might want to go there and then scroll up:

William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  20h 20 hours ago

I do want to thank everyone for coming here and sharing their memories and celebrating the life of #LeonardNimoy LLAP! MBB

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  21h 21 hours ago

@MarieByrd: Were you or Mr. Nimoy interested in the paranormal aka ghost hunting etc? #LeonardNimoy” We both did paranormal shows but no.

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  21h 21 hours ago

@GhostiLeaks: would love to have seen him at your Roast. Where was #LeonardNimoy?” He felt it was inappropriate he didn’t want me to do it

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  21h 21 hours ago

@jeanyreeny: @WilliamShatner #LeonardNimoy What kind of a dad was he?” The best. He was also an amazing uncle to my daughters.

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  21h 21 hours ago

@DonutLuigi: @WilliamShatner Did you ever try on his ears? #LeonardNimoy” I had my own ears in one episode.

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  21h 21 hours ago

@UtleyLuke: was #LeonardNimoy anything like Spock in real life?” He was serious, practical but unlike Spock very warm and loving

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  21h 21 hours ago

@RobertoLM: when did both of you realise your characters are so important in the life of so many people? #LeonardNimoy” Probably the 1970′s

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  21h 21 hours ago

@HeyJone: did you guys ever dream that Star Trek would become what it has, when u were working on the original series? #LeonardNimoy“” No.

 

William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  21h 21 hours ago

@Jesse_B_Kelsey: @WilliamShatner Did he ever make it to Kentucky with you? #LeonardNimoy” yes

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  21h 21 hours ago

@AZGrobie: Is it true he disliked being called Len & other nicknames? #LeonardNimoy” I called him Lenny in private he never said anything

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  21h 21 hours ago

@andrsdtz: always loved #LeonardNimoy not only in ST but also as William Bell in Fringe. what was ur favorite role of him?” Friend

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  21h 21 hours ago

@emceebee: #LeonardNimoy Do we know when he will be put to rest? Would like to say a prayer. @WilliamShatner” Today

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  21h 21 hours ago

@TKAmaterasu: @WilliamShatner did you ever have times where you disagreed with #LeonardNimoy and vice versa?” All the time

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  21h 21 hours ago

@T_Mihn_: #LeonardNimoy Leo Did you two ever prank each other?” I think Leonard thinks he pranked me & I just let him believe that!

William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@JoeyABC17: @WilliamShatner Any regrets with regard to your relationship with #LeonardNimoy?” That it couldn’t have lasted a lot longer.

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@ithildin_lass: @WilliamShatner I imagine this conversation must be very emotional for you. #LeonardNimoy” It’s healing

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@boris_Hameron: @WilliamShatner how was it ti film with the whales? #LeonardNimoy” He almost drown in that terry cloth robe he wore.

 

William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@somelikeitshiny: @WilliamShatner How often did you see each other? #LeonardNimoy” Not often enough. We were both busy.

William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@Graeme_A_Ward: Did Leonard have a specific passion beyond acting, as you do for horses? #LeonardNimoy” The arts esp photography

William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@BrentMcA: @WilliamShatner What can we do in honor of #LeonardNimoy ?” Remember him and his work.

William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@JulieLvsPACKERS: What exactly was the grock in I grock Spock supposed to mean? #LeonardNimoy” Grok is to get the gist of something.

William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@GeekToMeRadio: Which of the original #StarTrek movies was his personal favorite? #LeonardNimoy” I would imagine the one he directed.

William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@DavidJBradley1: @WilliamShatner who was the biggest on set Diva? You, #LeonardNimoy or DeForest Kelley?” Depended on the day. Mostly Me!

William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@jaxon_alexander: @WilliamShatner what was his most admirable quality? #LeonardNimoy” his compassion and dedication

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@Iron_Avenger: @WilliamShatner At what point did you realize you would both be good friends? #LeonardNimoy” Early into Star Trek

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@_Peccavimus: @WilliamShatner What’s the best thing he’s ever said to you? #LeonardNimoy” I love you.

William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@sketchcards: @WilliamShatner — did #LeonardNimoy ever squirrel away any show props?” His ear tips; maybe a belt buckle

William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@AmandaThelwell: did you know that everyone on ST online when the news broke gathered on Vulcan to pay their respects? #LeonardNimoy” No

William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@CarolKalola321: #LeonardNimoy _ I remember his photography and the book of plus sized nudes. He saw beauty where we saw none.” Agreed

William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@HeavensHawkeye: Was it strange to be directed by him in ST III and IV? And vice-versa for ST V? #LeonardNimoy” No, not at all.

William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@nickwilli131: @WilliamShatner how close were you with him after Star Trek? #LeonardNimoy” Very.

William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@lordofthecosmos: @WilliamShatner What was your favorite #LeonardNimoy album / song?” Not Bilbo Baggins

William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@Marensjs12: @WilliamShatner If you had 1 word to describe him what would it be? #LeonardNimoy” Love

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@Chrisnova10: If Leonard could say something to all of us–right here, right now, what would he say? #LeonardNimoy” Don’t smoke!

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@Silver1903: @WilliamShatner what made you laugh about him? #LeonardNimoy” His seriousness

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@hipmum29: @WilliamShatner What charity or cause was closest to #LeonardNimoy ‘s heart?” Leonard supported the arts.

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@jeanyreeny: @WilliamShatner what’s the coolest thing he gave you that you’ve kept? #LeonardNimoy” His love and friendship.

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Neil Shurley@ThatNeilGuy  ·  22h 22 hours ago

Saw this a few minutes ago. I involuntarily gasped and had a hard time holding it together. #LeonardNimoy pic.twitter.com/3XYy69gkGg

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

He took the role of Spock very seriously and I would try and get him to crack a smile while in his persona. It was hard to do. #LeonardNimoy

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@pasutcliffe: What life lessons did you learn from each other? #LeonardNimoy” I learned to be more serious I think he learned to be less.

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@Craabpot: @WilliamShatner What was he like when off the set? #LeonardNimoy” Intelligent, insightful, just a precious gem of a man.

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  22h 22 hours ago

@nickwilli131: @WilliamShatner what was your favorite memory of Mr. Nimoy? #LeonardNimoy” Every moment I spent with him.

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  23h 23 hours ago

We worked together previous to Star Trek, first impressions: nice guy, a real professional, took the job/role seriously. #LeonardNimoy

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  23h 23 hours ago

He was tall, lanky and sometimes a bit too serious. #LeonardNimoy

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  23h 23 hours ago

Leonard and I seemed to be bound by fate to be friends. We were born 4 days apart. #LeonardNimoy

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William Shatner@WilliamShatner  ·  23h 23 hours ago

Ok so I’m thinking we use the #LeonardNimoy hashtag

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–From a Photo Shatner Tweeted (Photo from WhoSay)

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Mar 2, 2015
12:17 pm
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Islamic State Threatens War Against Twitter Founder (USA Today)

The militant group the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has set its sights on one of the co-founders of Twitter, USA Today reports.

“Twitter has routinely shut down Islamic State social media accounts, particularly those that threaten or link to beheadings and other atrocities,” the story reports. The piece says the group “posted an online threat Sunday warning Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey that ‘your virtual war on the Internet will cause a real war on you.’”

Twitter with a brief statement saying the company’s “security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials.”

The threat was reportedly posted in Arabic with headlines reading “Foundation for the conquest of Jerusalem for the Islamic State,” and “Twitter a target for the caliphate.”

The post reportedly says: “Jack, how will you protect your helpless employees when their necks are on the line and they become an official target for soldiers of the succession and their supporters among you? What will be your response to their families and sons, and their plight in this failed war?”

The post reportedly contains a picture of Dorsey with a target on his face.

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Mar 2, 2015
12:11 pm
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Google Moving Into Wireless (USA Today)

Google has confirmed that it is expanding into the wireless business. USA Today reports that the company said it will set up its own cellular network service in the U.S. in an effort to improve connectivity on mobile devices.

Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior VP of products, made the announcement in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress wireless show.

Pichai characterized the move as an experiment, downplaying any potential threat to traditional phone service providers and ISPs.

Said Pichai: “I think we are at a stage where it is important to think about hardware, software and connectability together.”

He added: “We don’t intend to be a network operator at scale. Our goal here is to drive a set of innovations which we think the ecosystem should evolve and hopefully will get traction.”

The company has reportedly been talking with Sprint and T-Mobile and plans to make an announcement detailing plans in the coming months.

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Mar 2, 2015
12:01 pm
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‘Downton Abbey’ Fixture to Leave the Show (Variety)

One of the most popular cast members on “Downton Abbey” is leaving the hit drama series. Variety reports that Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham, said the next season of the BBC/PBS show will be her last.

“The season five finale just aired in the U.S., and there has been speculation that the series will stop after the sixth season, but whatever the show’s fate, Smith told the Sunday Times her part is coming to an end,” Variety reports.

The reports quotes Smith, 80, saying: “They say this is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on. I mean, I certainly can’t keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We’re into the late 1920s.”

However, Smith also indicated she will continue to act.

Said Smith: “When you’re not working it’s scary, and when you are working it’s scary, because you don’t know if you’ve got the energy to get through the day. But the bleakness of not doing it, and missing out on the friendships that you make, is too much to bear.”

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Mar 2, 2015
11:39 am
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Uproar Over ‘SNL’ Skit Starring ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Actress (BBC News)

A skit that aired on Saturday’s installment of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” starring “Fifty Shades of Grey” actress Dakota Johnson, triggered a flood of criticism on social media.

BBC News reports that Johnson, who hosted the show, appears in the skit as a young woman leaving home to join the Islamic terrorist group ISIS. The skit parodies the advertising cliche of young people going off to college.

A sampling of Twitter responses shows one user writing: “Wow. I found NOTHING funny about that ISIS #SNL skit. Sorry but no laughing matter. Ever.”

Wrote another Twitter user: “Make sure you send a copy to the families of the people murdered… See if they think it’s funny. SNL went to far for a laugh.”

Others came out in support of the spoof, with one Twitter user writing: “Seems this may have been controversial, but SNL does this better than anyone, & if we don’t laugh, they win.”

Johnson is the daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith.

Here’s the skit:

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Mar 2, 2015
11:27 am
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’90s Girl Group Singer Dies in Freak Accident (TMZ)

A singer who was a member of a 1990s R&B girl group died Friday night in what has been described as a freak accident. TMZ.com reports that Charmayne Maxwell, who was part of the group Brownstone, died after her husband came home and found her unconscious and bleeding from a cut to the neck.

“A family member tells us Charmayne had come home from her son’s soccer game, and was home alone with him. Later in the evening … around 9 PM her husband, music producer Carsten Soulshock, came home and found her unconscious and bleeding,” TMZ reports.

She appeared to have fallen and cut herself on a broken wine glass, according to the report. After paramedics were called, Maxwell reportedly died while being transported to a hospital.

Foul play is not suspected, the report notes, citing LAPD detectives,

The report notes: “The group — which was on Michael Jackson’s MJJ Music label — had its biggest hit with 1995′s ‘If You Love Me.’ They earned a Billboard Music Award and a Grammy nomination for the song.”

Here’s the music video for “If You Love Me”:

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Mar 2, 2015
11:09 am
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Shakeup on ‘Fashion Police’ — One of the Regulars Quits, and a Reality Star May Replace Her (Us Weekly)

A fixture on E!’s “Fashion Police” is off the show in the wake of a controversy over co-host Giuliana Rancic’s comments on Zendaya Coleman’s hair at the Oscars.

Us Weekly reports that Kelly Osbourne has quit the show, apparently in response to Rancic’s remarks. As we reported previously, Zendaya also came out strongly against Rancic’s comments, focusing on the racial subtext.

Meanwhile, rumors are swirling that Khloe Kardashian will replace Osbourne.

The trouble began when Rancic talked about Zendaya’s Oscars appearance on “Fashion Police,” saying: “I feel that she smells like patchouli oil … or weed. Yeah, maybe weed.”

Her co-host, Osbourne, later tweeted about Rancic’s comment. An edited version of the tweet reads: “I did not make the weed comment. I do not condone racism so as a result of this I’m seriously questioning staying on the show!”

Rancic later posted a video apology, which you can see here.

Meanwhile, Us Weekly reports that both Khloe Kardashian and NeNe Leakes are being considered as replacements for Osbourne.

The report adds: “E! announced Osbourne’s departure on Friday, and stated that there are no plans to replace Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne’s daughter. Kardashian and Leakes, however, have been suggested.”

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Mar 2, 2015
11:01 am
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New Champion of Thursday Nights on Broadcast Prime (TVWeek)

One of the big four broadcast networks has found a winning formula on Thursday night prime time, traditionally one of the most important programming blocks on TV. The network is ABC, which won its fifth consecutive Thursday prime last week in the key demo of adults 18-49.

The network announced in a press release that it averaged a 2.6 rating/8 share, topping second-place CBS by 18% (2.2/7). Fox was third (1.5/5), followed by NBC (1.1/4).

“ABC’s 2-hour season finale of ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ finished as Thursday’s Top 2 dramas in Adults 18-49,” the network announced. “‘Murder’ was also the night’s #2 TV show, behind only CBS’s ‘Big Bang Theory’ (tied w/lead-out ‘The Odd Couple’).”

ABC’s Thursday nights are up by double digits season-to-date in total viewers (up 22%) and the 18-49 demo (up 21%), hitting a five-year high in total viewers and a four-year high in 18-49, the network notes.

ABC’s new “all-Shonda Rhimes” Thursday night drama lineup has also included “Scandal,” with Rhimes involved either as creator or producer in all three series.

“Despite not having ‘Scandal’ as a lead-in, ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ was up for the 3rd week in Total Viewers (9.0 million vs. 8.9 million) and was steady with last week’s Fast Affiliate Adult 18-49 number (2.8/9), marking its most-watched telecast since its mid-season return in January — since 1/29/15,” ABC notes.

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