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Hear Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper's 'Truly Brave' mash-up

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Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” and Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” seem like a perfect match with their inspirational messages of self acceptance.  READ FULL STORY

Tracy Morgan wants David Letterman's job -- VIDEO

Watch your back, Jimmy Fallon: One of your former Saturday Night Live co-stars is gunning for David Letterman’s job.

Tracy Morgan stopped by the Today show Thursday morning, where he told Matt Lauer he’s launching a new campaign: To become CBS’s next late night host. “Jimmy Fallon needs some competition,” he explained. Hold up, everyone. Let’s not dismiss this too quickly — Morgan’s show sounds amazing.

The band: “It would be different every night. It might be Drake one night, it might be Sly and the Family Stone [the next].”

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Matt Lauer and Al Roker to appear in 'Sharknado 2' -- VIDEO

When Sharknado premiered last summer, you either wrote off the concept of a Great White-infested hurricane terrorizing Los Angeles as silly, or fully embraced the horror-schlock of a Syfy film about flying sharks starring Tara Reid and a chainsaw-wielding Ian Ziering. Matt Lauer and Al Roker, apparently, fall into the latter category.

The Today hosts will appear in Sharknado 2: The Second One, set to premiere July 31 on Syfy. On Wednesday’s episode of the morning show, Lauer announced he and the NBC weatherman had just filmed their cameos for the sequel in Studio 1A. He shared a sneak peek of the footage, which will not disappoint fans of the original film: Roker delivers the line, “Think of it this way: This is a twister…with teeth,” while Lauer can be seen impaling a green pillow — which one can assume will turn into a shark in post-production — with an umbrella. Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Michael Keaton on 'Beetlejuice' sequel: 'I would be more than interested' -- VIDEO

No matter where Michael Keaton goes, he’s constantly asked about Beetlejuice and Batman. So it must have been refreshing to appear on this morning’s Today show to promote Need for Speed, his new action movie based on the popular video game. And then Savannah Guthrie asked him about Beetlejuice and Batman, God bless her.

Tim Burton, who directed both 1980s movies, has never hid his enthusiasm for another Beetlejuice, and last fall, he seemed ready to produce or direct a sequel based on a script from screenwriters Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows) and David Katzenberg. It’s sad to contemplate a sequel without Keaton as the gonzo poltergeist, but 24 years later, who knew if Keaton was truly game?

Well, turns out he’s game. “I’ve been talking about it for years and saying it’s the one thing — if I ever did anything again, it would be that, or I’d want to do that,” Keaton told Guthrie. “The rumors would — they’ve risen before and fallen away — and now if Tim [Burton] is involved, and I think he might be involved, if Tim would be involved, I would be more than interested.”

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Mayor Rob Ford tells Matt Lauer he doesn't use illegal drugs -- VIDEO

Rob Ford wants you to know he’s going to the gym.

Matt Lauer interviewed Ford on the Today show this morning to see how Toronto’s infamous mayor is doing. Ford appeared on the Today show just a few months ago, when Lauer traveled to Toronto to chat with Ford after most of his mayoral powers were stripped. (A crack-cocaine scandal will do that). There, Ford issued Lauer a challenge: “I invite you to come back, give me five or six months, and if you don’t see a difference, I’ll eat my words.”

Though it’s been less than six months, Lauer decided to check in on Ford again anyway. And Ford, predictably, tried very hard throughout the interview to avoid any discussion of his substance issues.

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Lindsey Vonn talks trading skiing for commentary on 'Today': 'It's going to be so hard'

Champion alpine skier Lindsey Vonn didn’t let a badly bruised shin stop her from snagging gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, or from being named PopWatch’s Olympic Stud of the Day — but unfortunately, an uncooperative knee will keep her from competing in Sochi this February.

The silver lining: NBC announced yesterday that Vonn is officially joining the network as an Olympic correspondent. Though the gold medalist and Wheaties cover girl isn’t traveling to Russia, she’ll still report daily for Today, “shar[ing] her unique perspective on the events and the competition from an Olympian’s point of view.”

Of course, this new role is going to take some getting used to. “It’s going to be so hard,” Vonn told Matt Lauer Tuesday morning in her first interview since officially pulling out of the Olympics. “It’s already hard enough. You guys run commercials about Sochi about every two minutes, and it’s killing me. I’m trying not to watch as much as much as I can. It’s going to be really, really hard to watch the alpine events. I always love watching the other athletes compete like in figure skating, luge and all that stuff, but it’s going to be really hard to watch the alpine events.”

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Dan Stevens says he apologizes on the street to 'Downton Abbey' fans -- VIDEO

After a bad breakup, it’s often best not to see the other person for awhile. It can be hard when they are moving on with a new girlfriend (or the movie Summer in February), and you’re still pining after them via re-watching old Downton Abbey episodes.

It’s best to take a break, which is likely what most fans did with Dan Stevens after his character Cousin Matthew (SPOILER ALERT!) broke our collective hearts and up and died in an automobile accident at the end of the last season of Downton. 2013 was spent mostly Stevens-free, but it’s a new year, which means tensions have thawed and now you might be ready to hear what he has to say.

And what he has to say, by way of the Today show Thursday morning, is that he’s sorry he hurt you. He never meant to! “I spend a lot of my time apologizing,” Stevens said about his interactions with people on the street. “[It happens] almost every day.”

“It was a tough decision,” Stevens continued of his choice to depart. “But like a lot of tough decisions, they’re kind of exciting to make at the same time. But I’m thrilled to be here and it’s been quite a year since we left.”

Hear that? It’s the “I hope we can still be friends” speech. Watch the interview below:
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Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley return to 'Today' -- VIDEO

The glory days are back for the Today show — for one day at least — with NBC’s morning show bringing back Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley for a one-day nostalgia turn as co-hosts.

Gumbel and Pauley, who worked together on Today from 1982 to 1989, joined Matt Lauer to co-host on Monday. It wasn’t ceremonial: with Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales off, Gumbel and Pauley had to work.

Gumbel acknowledged that getting back to the early start was difficult. Pauley said the fast pace makes the experience go “like a bat out of heck.”

Not everyone’s memory was clear. A sign held up by a fan outside the studio misspelled Gumbel’s name.

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'Top of the Morning': Who should play Matt Lauer and Ann Curry in Lifetime movie?

Top of the Morning, former New York Times reporter Brian Stelter’s gossip-y, inside view documentation about the ratings wars between Good Morning America and the Today show, is in early development to become a Lifetime movie, EW has confirmed. Which means it’s time to dream cast it.

The book — read EW’s original review  — centers around the time when Ann Curry was let go from Today, so expect plenty of backstage explosions, as well as on-air passive aggressive comments,  from whomever is chosen to portray Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Al Roker and all the rest. The story also get into booking wars, Robin Roberts’ cancer battle, and more.

Below, check out some of our dream casting pics for the television movie, and then tell us who you would like to see in those anchor chairs. READ FULL STORY

Toronto mayor Rob Ford defends himself on 'Today': 'I was very, very inebriated' -- VIDEO

Toronto mayor Rob Ford must be in a drunken stupor to still be using his “drunken stupor” excuse.

In a Today show interview that aired Tuesday morning, Matt Lauer crossed the border to speak with the embattled politician, who was joined by his councilman brother, Doug Ford. But the Toronto mayor, red-faced and whiny, spun a familiar tale of drunken reasoning and utter refusal to admit that his drug and alcohol issues make him grossly unfit to serve his city.

“You have brought disgrace to this office, and you know that’s true,” Lauer said.

“I’m embarrassed,” Ford admitted. “Not just myself, my family, my friends, my supporters, the whole city. I take full responsibility for that. We’ve all made mistakes, Matt. I’m not perfect. Maybe you are, maybe other people are. I’ve made mistakes. I admitted to my mistakes.” But admission to Ford apparently is repeating the same “drunken stupor” excuse for smoking crack cocaine. Lauer called it “a game of semantics.”

“The best excuse I heard you give for using that crack cocaine,” Lauer said, “was ‘I was in a drunken stupor.’ And I’m wondering, is that supposed to make anybody feel better?”
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