Broadcasting and Cable talks to Hoda Kotb, about her new gig as part of the three-woman anchor team of NBC’s Today show’s fourth hour, which will begin on Sept. 10. Hoda will be co-hosting with news anchor Ann Curry and national correspondent Natalie Morales.

When NBC News chief Steve Capus summoned Hoda Kotb to his office a little over a week ago (on the heels of torrential rain and flooding that ravaged New York), it wasn’t simply to shoot the breeze about the weather. He wanted to give her some good news: She would be one of the co-hosts of the fourth hour of Today, along with Ann Curry and Natalie Morales.

Kotb has been a correspondent at Dateline since 1998. A self-described generalist, she’s covered stories in Baghdad, Burma and post-tsunami Southeast Asia.

Kotb talks to B&C’s Marisa Guthrie about balancing her gigs (the fourth hour of Today premieres Sept. 10), the state of morning news and her unique name.MORE AT  Broadcasting and Cable


Louise Osmond is the British Director of the riveting documentary, Deep Water (which using his own 16 mm films) chronicles the 10 month voyage of Donald Crowhurst an amateur yachtsman who entered the daring Golden Globe Race (the first ever, solo, non-stop, round-the-world yacht race in 1969).

Deep Water is narrated by actress Tilda Swinton and Movieweb.com has an in-depth interview with the director of this revealing documentary.

How did you come to be in possession of all the 16mm film footage that is on display throughout the documentary?

Louise Osmond: Well, the BBC had it. This is really interesting, because this was really the birth of reality television. This happened during an era when cameras were small enough, people could take them anywhere. They were relatively easy to operate; these 16mm cameras. The BBC gave one to Donald Crowhurst, and French Television gave one to Bernard Moitessier (actual winner of the race). They asked them to make films of themselves. And to make recordings. That footage was in possession of the BBC archives. The BBC was also filming his story before he set out, as a news story. While he was away at sea, they were also following the family. So there was this amazing archive resource. It was an amazing gift. When they found Donald’s boat floating in the mid-Atlantic, they found his logbook. That was given back to the family. So, you had all of these different elements. It was just an amazing resource of information. Sometimes in the editing bay, when we were cutting the film, we would look at footage. And it would make the hairs on the back of our neck stand up. You thought you might find a clue, or some sort of answer as to what had happened to him, in that footage. MORE AT Movieweb.com


NBC is adding former Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell to the cast of Heroes.

Nicole Kidman and Ralph Fiennes will star in love story The Reader for the Weinstein Co.

Jennifer Aniston is set to star in Marley & Me, the Fox 2000 adaptation of John Grogan’s bestselling memoir which will be produced by Karen Rosenfelt.

Lynn Cohen has signed on to reprise her role as Magda in the theatrical version of Sex & the City.

Rumor has it that Rose McGowan will play the space vixen in Robert Rodriguez’s remake Barbarella.

Kelly McGillis is set to appear in a couple of episodes of the successful Showtime series The L Word.

Jessica Lucas has just signed on to become a reoccurring character on CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


Variety is reporting that the Open Water film’s creative team producer Laura Lau and writer-director Chris Kentis
are working together again to create a new psychological thriller.

The currently untitled film is about a woman is plunged into psychological confusion and terror after she is arrested for a crime she didn’t commit.

Laura and Kentis are also beginning work on a film project
for Warner Bros. based on the WWII sinking of the USS Indianapolis where a crew of 900 were left stranded in the water for five days fighting off a gang of blood thirsty sharks.


According to Entertainment Weekly, Jennifer Gibgot and real life brother Hairspray Director, Adam Shankman will be producing (Hairspray & High School Musical) teen actor Zac Efron’s first leading-man role in fast-tracked love story, Seventeen.

Seventeen is about a 36-year-old man, in need of a major life do-over, who wakes up in the body of a studly high school senior played by Zac.

Jennifer has been working on expanding Efron’s fanbase by transitioning him from the tween crowd to the more mature crowd: ‘’It’s a very multilayered role, which is what attracted Zac to this idea. It’s a good transitional movie that will appeal to his audience and hopefully bring in more adults.” (SOURCE ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY)


Ex-TV news director files harassment lawsuit

Grand Junction news anchor injured in Florida crash

Christiane Amanpour Reports on CNN’s New Doc Series

Robyn Richardson Saying Goodbye

10News’ Brooke Landau Shares Story Of Lyme Disease Battle

Ex-TV anchorwoman wins round in court


I just received the warmest email from Cheryle R. Reynolds of Atlanta’s Urban Mediamakers organization. What a hardworking lady and what a wonderful organization she has.
Cheryle is the founder of the Urban Mediamakers. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Reynolds attended Georgia State University pursuing a Bachelors of Arts degree in Computer Information Systems. She is a producer of film, video and entertainment events, with over 10 years experience. Reynolds has worked in various capacities on several television, film, and music video productions.

The Urban Mediamakers Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that promotes and supports the independent media — animation, film, music, print, television, writing and video.
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RITA Writes About Anna

Rita Cosby,former host of the top-rated show on MSNBC, “Rita Cosby: Live & Direct” has written a book about the death of Anna Nicole Smith called Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith’s Death for The Hachete Book Group. Hachete’s website has the following quote about the book which hits bookstores September 4:

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably think you know all there is to know. She overdosed. She was a drug addict. You don’t know a thing.In a book that is sure to shock even the most avid pop culture junkies, Rita Cosby blows the lid off of the story of the year.


Shar Jackson, mother of two of Kevin Federline’s four children will guest star on the CW’s Everybody Hates Chris.

Marin Hinkle, Two and a Half Men actress, has been cast as the former spouse of Rob Lowe’s Sen. McCallister, on Brothers & Sisters.

Bratz: The Movie star Janel Parrish is the latest star to join NBC’s Heroes.

Dakota Fanning and Camilla Belle are joining Chris Evans and Djimon Hounsou for production of the thriller, Push.