Curry is quite cool
Ann Curry has made her first return to NBC’s “Today” show since she was replaced as one of its hosts in June.
Curry was on the “Today” set in London on Thursday to introduce a filmed report on a still photographer. She lost her job as Matt Lauer’s co-anchor in June and was replaced by Savannah Guthrie.
Her story appeared in the show’s second hour. She introduced it while sitting on the set next to Lauer, and had no on-air interactions with others on the “Today” team.
Curry’s banter with Lauer seemed polite but distant. Lauer said “nice to see you” at the outset and “good to see you” at the end. Curry returned neither sentiment.
'Snooki & JWoww’ homeless
The Jersey shore town that tried to close its bars early and restricts overnight parking has said no to “Snooki & JWoww.”
The Point Pleasant Beach Council unanimously voted against 495 Productions’ request to tape the “Jersey Shore” spinoff featuring Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jennifer “JWoww” Farley.
The request says the cast would be living outside the town.
Councilman William Mayer tells the Asbury Park Press it’s not what the town needs at this point.
The state’s top liquor regulator is blocking the town from imposing a midnight bar closing. The time and overnight parking restrictions are designed to reduce noise near the beachfront.
Nearby Toms River also turned down the MTV reality series.
“Snooki & JWoww” taped its first season in Jersey City.
Crystal embracing 65
He has lived many, many Sundays.
Turning 65 next year doesn’t only mean more nap time for Billy Crystal. The actor and comedian is transforming the milestone into a book, and maybe even a stage show.
Crystal has an agreement with Henry Holt and Company for a book that will be part memoir, part meditation – with jokes, of course – about getting older.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but an official with knowledge of the negotiations said the deal was worth around $4 million. The official was not authorized to discuss terms and spoke on condition of anonymity.
During a recent telephone interview with the Associated Press, Crystal said that he hoped to have it out around the time the big day arrives, March 14, 2013.
“There are 77 million of us baby boomers in the country and this book will speak to them and how we look at the world,” he said.
The book is currently untitled: “We have a dirty title, and a sincere title,” he explained. Crystal said he expects to work on it throughout the summer and have the manuscript done by the beginning of November. He’s considering adapting the book for the stage.
Crystal had enormous success with the Tony Award-winning “700 Sundays,” his one-man theater show that paid tribute to his late father, with whom Crystal has said he spent 700 Sundays.
Crystal has written several previous books, including children’s stories and an adaptation of “700 Sundays.”