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NBC News will air Richard Branson's maiden space voyage live -- VIDEO

Next August, NBC viewers will be able to watch one eccentric billionaire launch himself and his children into the final frontier — provided everything goes according to plan.

Matt Lauer announced on Today this morning that NBC plans to broadcast Virgin Galactic’s very first passenger spaceflight live. As of now, the company is on track to send the world’s inaugural space tourists — Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson and his children, Holly and Sam — up through the atmosphere in August 2014, though Peacock Productions president Sharon Scott cautions that there’s a chance that goal may not be met. “They are hoping for August, but it’s completely engineering-driven,” Scott told NBC News before today’s big announcement. “There’s no guarantee for that. August is the desire.”

Branson, of course, betrayed no hint of uncertainty on Today, bearing only excitement and a big, wolfish grin: “[It's] eight years in the making,” he told Matt Lauer, sounding like a proud dad at his kid’s college graduation. “It’s going to be a beautiful baby when it’s finally finished.” Nearly 700 members of the one percent have already signed up to take Virgin spaceflights, he said — including both Leonardo DiCaprio and Stephen Hawking.

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Everything you always wanted to know about Matt Lauer and Al Roker's prostate health* -- VIDEO

Looks like Stephen Colbert was a little too soon to propose a new Today show segment: “Where in the World is Matt Lauer’s Dignity?”

As announced yesterday, both Lauer and his Today pal Al Roker underwent live prostate exams on the air this morning. (And yes, there was a method to their madness: The show is supporting the men’s health initiative No Shave November, which raises awareness for issues like prostate and testicular cancer.)

In case you’re curious: Lauer’s prostate is A-okay. Roker’s is — gulp — a little enlarged, “but not terrible” according to Dr. David Samadi.

Though the procedure is a little uncomfortable, Lauer guesses that there’s something else holding men back from getting their exams: “I think a lot of guys are also concerned about the embarrassment factor of it, so my advice would be find a doctor you’re very comfortable with.” And don’t worry, he continued: “That embarrassment factor is not going to be an issue.” I mean, as long as your name is “Matt Lauer.”

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Matt Lauer as Pamela Anderson?! The best costumes from 'Today' & 'GMA'

Is anything quite as heartwarming as the forced merriment of a morning show Halloween?

Take Today, for example, which really went all out with a set of costumes themed around classic TV shows. (Did most of those originally air on NBC? You bet your wax lips they did!) Al Roker was B.A. Baracus from The A-Team; Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie were Laverne and Shirley; Carson Daly was Officer Baker from CHiPs, alongside Erik Estrada as “Erik Estrada’s younger self;” Hoda Kotb, and Kathie Lee Gifford went as Flintstones ladies Wilma and Betty. (Hoda: “Hey Wilma, you know what? It’s ‘Thirsty Thursday!’ You know what that means?” Kathie Lee, perhaps already hammered: “Brontosaurus burger and a pterodactyl tequila.”)

The best outfit, however, belonged to Matt Lauer, who got gussied up in full Pamela Anderson drag to become C.J. from Baywatch. (As you see above, Willie Geist was David Hasselhoff; Carmen Electra was the ghost of sex symbols past.) See all the gang’s in-character shenanigans below…

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Skater Johnny Weir retires, joins NBC

Say goodbye to the over-the-top costumes and Lady Gaga music — Johnny Weir is retiring from competitive figure skating, the skater announced on Today this morning.

But while he’s hanging up his skates, he isn’t disappearing from the Olympics completely. Weir will be NBC’s new figure-skating analyst for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, meaning he’ll give commentary for NBC Sports as well as all NBC platforms during the Games.

During his announcement on Today, Weir also touched on the controversy surrounding Russia and its new anti-gay laws that have been decried by the international sporting community. “I’m a gay American,” he said. “I’ve married into a Russian family. I’ve been a longtime supporter of Russia, the culture, the country, the language, everything about Russia. While this law is a terrible thing that you can’t be gay publicly in Russia, I plan to be there in full support of our brothers and sisters there and not be afraid. If I get arrested, I get arrested; if not, great, but our presence is needed.”

Weir also touched on the idea of a boycott, explaining that was the wrong way to go about protesting the new law: “For all the Olympians that worked so hard, a boycott is just the worst thing that you could do to all these young people.”

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Brad Pitt would 'absolutely' show '12 Years a Slave' to his kids -- VIDEO

Though he appears for barely eight minutes in ’12 Years a Slave,’ the story of a born-free black man sold into slavery affected Brad Pitt so strongly that he calls the film his reason for acting and would even show the film, which has attracted attention for its harrowing scenes, to adopted son Maddox.

“It’s why I got into film in the first place,” said Pitt, who plays abolitionist Samuel Bass in the Steve McQueen-directed film, to NBC‘s Ann Curry.

“It’s one of those few films that cuts to the base of our humanity,” he continued. “And it was not ’til I saw Solomon Northup’s story that I fully, fully grasped the utter horror of losing your freedom, or denying another one their freedom, taking their freedom, splitting their family apart. It’s abhorrent.” READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus on 'Today': Everything's going according to plan -- VIDEO

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Newsflash, guys: All along, Miley’s been acting this way because she wants attention. I’ll pause while you pick your fallen monocles off the floor.

The 20-year-old revealed her dastardly strategy this morning on Today, telling Matt Lauer that her notorious VMAs performance “went exactly as planned” — after all, “it’s a month later and we’re still talking about it.” And when Lauer asked Cyrus if she’s surprised by the attention she’s been getting lately, Cyrus answered, “Not really. I mean, it’s kind of what I want. I’m an artist so I’m hoping I get a little attention. Otherwise, my record sales might be a little sketch.”

Quelle surprise! What’s next, the notion that men find Scarlett Johansson attractive?

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Is this history's most disturbing GIF?

The short answer: Yes.

The long answer: Yeeeeeeees.

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Al Roker oversleeps, misses 'Wake Up With Al Roker' -- VIDEO

BREAKING NEWS: A man woke up late on August 6.

Okay, so the man in question was Al Roker — and oversleeping for the first time in 39 years meant that he wasn’t there to film Wake Up With Al, his early-early morning show. (Today, which airs an hour after Wake Up begins, is just early.) At 5:41 a.m. ET, he realized his mistake and quickly took to Twitter: READ FULL STORY

Trayvon Martin's parents speak out on multiple morning shows -- VIDEO

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin made the morning-show rounds today, speaking out for the first time after George Zimmerman’s not-guilty verdict was announced July 13. Trayvon Martin’s parents were somber and resigned in each appearance, repeatedly expressing their shock at the verdict — and indicating that they may be moving forward with a civil suit.

Martin spoke movingly about his son on CBS this morning, opening the interview by saying, “I want America to know that Trayvon was a fun-loving child. He was our child. We miss him dearly. Just to have your child’s life taken away from you like that, it hurts. And it’s a process that will take a long time to start to recovery from.”

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Both 'Today' and 'Good Morning America' give tips for surviving a plane crash -- VIDEO

Aerophobes and high-fliers alike are feeling uneasy about air travel in light of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which crashed Saturday at San Francisco International Airport. Images of the plane’s burned-out corpse could chill even the most seasoned traveler, despite the fact that nearly every one of the flight’s 300+ passengers made it out alive. (Two Chinese teenagers, Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linja, were found dead on the tarmac.)

So, what should you do in the extremely unlikely event that you’re on a crashing plane? Today and Good Morning America each aired a few key tips on their shows this morning — and though these programs are arch rivals, their plane crash survival tips are actually remarkably similar. Both recommend knowing how close your seat is to the plane’s exit, as well as staying low in the event of smoke. Both are also careful to point out how anomalous Asiana 214’s crash was; statistically, you’ve actually got a better chance of perishing in a shark attack than a plane crash. (Odds of being killed by a shark are about one in 3.7 million, according to National Geographic; odds of being killed in a plane crash are one in 11 million, according to Discovery.)

Additionally Today suggests not trying to grab your bags as you exit the plane, while GMA tells passengers to be extra aware during the first three minutes and last eight minutes of the flight — 80 percent of air accidents happen during these windows.

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