Daly, new set joining ‘Today’
NBC said Thursday that Carson Daly is joining the on-air team at the “Today” show.
Daly will be host of the Orange Room, a digital studio that will be part of the show’s revamped Manhattan home, Studio 1A.
He starts Monday with the introduction of the new set.
As host of the Orange Room, Daly will bridge the “Today” show’s television and digital platforms. The network describes it as “the nexus point” between “Today” and its audience.
The addition of Daly and the redesigned “Today” set are the latest competitive moves against ABC archrival “Good Morning America,” which has stolen the ratings crown from “Today” in the past year.
Daly, who has been a frequent guest host on “Today,” described the show as “ ‘TRL’ for grown-ups,” referring to his late ’90s MTV show, “Total Request Live.” He will continue with his role on “The Voice” but didn’t address whether he will continue with “Last Call.”
New release by Beatles
The Beatles plan to release a new collection of the band’s BBC sessions, including commercially unreleased recordings and studio chatter.
The CD and vinyl release planned for November will be a follow-up to the wildly successful “Live at the BBC” album released in 1994.
The new compilation comes from BBC radio broadcasts in 1963 and 1964, when the band was making dozens of appearances in BBC studios.
Most of the recordings have a live feel and capture the Beatles in a relaxed, informal setting. In addition to early Lennon-McCartney compositions, they play a number of Chuck Berry songs and other works by rock pioneers.
A remastered version of the earlier album will also be released in November. It topped charts on its release, selling more than 5 million copies in six weeks.
Rowling movie coming
J.K. Rowling’s world of wizardry is coming back to the big screen – but without Harry Potter.
Film studio Warner Bros. announced Thursday that Rowling will write the screenplay for a movie based on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” her textbook to the magical universe she created in the boy wizard’s stories.
The story will focus on the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander, and is anticipated to be the first in a series.
Rowling said in a statement the movie “is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.”
Newton estate on market
The lavish estate that was home to “King of Las Vegas” Wayne Newton is on the market for $70 million.
The 40-acre property several miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip was listed by Sotheby’s on Monday.
Newton lost the property in bankruptcy to CSD LLC, headed by investors Lacy and Dorothy Harber. A representative for the Harbers says a few members of the royal family of Saudi Arabia have inquired about the property.
Newton, 71, and his family moved in June to a downsized Las Vegas estate on about 20 acres.