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Daily Archives : Feb 19, 2016

MTV Movie Awards Name Co-Hosts for This Year’s Ceremony

MTV announced two co-hosts for the 2016 MTV Movie Awards, which are scheduled to air Sunday, April 10. Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart will host the ceremony, which will tape Saturday, April 9, at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif….

Leno ‘Tags In’ During ‘Tonight Show’ Monologue, Targets Presidential Candidates — Here’s the Video

Jay Leno made another appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show,” relieving an “injured” Jimmy Fallon during the monologue and using the opportunity to shred a number of presidential candidates. Here’s the clip …

Tech Companies Join the Encryption Fight

The battle between Apple and the federal government over encryption has been joined by a number of tech companies, with the industry lining up on Apple’s side. As we reported previously, Apple was ordered to help the government unencrypt the…

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Disney Closes In on Its Next Mary Poppins

A Golden Globe-winning actress is in talks to be the new Mary Poppins as Disney moves toward a sequel to its classic 1964 movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Emily Blunt, who has been considered a front-runner for the role…

NBC Brings on Heavy Hitters for Its Live Version of the Musical ‘Hairspray’

Some of Broadway’s heaviest hitters are on board for NBC’s musical production “Hairspray Live,” on track to air in December. The network announced an all-star creative team, with director Kenny Leon, choreographer Jerry Mitchell and script adaptor Harvey Fierstein joining…

New Documentary, Premiering Tonight, Marks 45th Anniversary of a Landmark Album

A documentary premiering tonight, Friday, Feb. 19, marks the 45th anniversary of the landmark album “Tapestry” by Carole King. The doc, “Carole King: Natural Woman,” rolls out on PBS as part of the “American Masters” series. TVWeek Open Mic writer…

Four Days After Its Premiere, HBO Series Is Picked Up for a Second Season … But What Are the Critics Saying?

An HBO series that launched with plenty of fanfare on Sunday has already received a renewal — along with some strong reviews. The pay-cable channel announced Thursday that it will bring back the high-profile drama series “Vinyl” for a second…

Pressure on Katie Couric to Deliver for Yahoo as Company Makes Cutbacks

As the high-profile — and high-priced — face of Yahoo! News, Katie Couric is under renewed pressure to deliver for the company as it streamlines its offerings and reduces its staff, the New York Post reports, noting that Couric is…

ESPN Signs One of the Greatest NFL Defenders as Football Analyst

A veteran of 18 years in the NFL who ranks as one of the game’s all-time great defenders is tackling a new role as a football analyst for ESPN. The AP reports that Charles Woodson is joining the sports network….

Famed Author Harper Lee, Who Wrote One of the Most Acclaimed American Novels, Dead at 89

Novelist Harper Lee, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with her first published novel, has died. The New York Times reports that Lee’s death was confirmed by the city clerk in Lee’s home town of Monroeville, Ala. Lee was…