01:19 AM EDT 07/29/2015
Originally posted 07/28/2015 06:40PM
Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige are off to see the wizard!
NBC announced Thursday that the stars have officially been cast in The Wiz Live!, the much-anticipated adaptation of the 1975 Broadway hit, PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly can exclusively reveal.
In a bit of gender-blind casting, Latifah has been cast as the titular wizard (a role that Richard Pryor tackled in the 1978 film version). Blige will play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West.
Originally posted 07/15/2015 02:10PM
Many couples spend the final weeks before their weddings worrying about guest lists and floral arrangements, but that was far from the case for journalists Josh Elliott and Liz Cho.
Just three weeks ahead of their July 11 nuptials, Elliott, 44, found out some of the worst news of his life: his mother Toni had suddenly died after going into septic shock.
"It was a massive, brutal moment. My immediate reaction was, 'How am I going to make it to [tomorrow]?' " the NBC Sports anchor tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "The wedding was very far from my thoughts."
Originally posted 07/09/2015 10:30AM
Kate Hudson is not in Hollywood anymore.
The 36-year-old actress was photographed climbing high with adventurer Bear Grylls in Italy, looking victorious as she smiled and pumped her arms in the mountainous terrain in snapshots from Running Wild with Bear Grylls.
Hudson and the Man vs. Wild alum, 41, spent 48 hours in the Italian Dolomites, a mountain range located in northeastern Italy, to kick off Season 2 of the NBC series, in which Grylls takes a star-studded list of celebrities on one-on-one adventures.
Originally posted 06/25/2015 07:20PM
It's not easy portraying one of America's most infamous female convicts.
Ambyr Childers gets the job done in her mesmerizing turn on NBC's '60s drama Aquarius, playing Susan Atkins, a Charles Manson recruit who turned into the serial killer known as Sadie Mae Glutz. After the Sharon Tate murder, she spent almost 40 years in prison, becoming the longest-incarcerated woman in California.
But Aquarius is about the period before the public knew Charles Manson as a monster – back when he was just a magnetic, charismatic man drawing wayward people into his "family."
Originally posted 06/25/2015 05:30PM
Despite the pressure that comes with replacing former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, Lester Holt tells PEOPLE he's laser-focused on the task at hand.
"I've been doing Nightly News on the weekend since 2007 and in this capacity for five months now," says Holt during an interview for this week's issue of PEOPLE. "People may see me differently now, but it's the same guy. I'm still reporting the news every night, but I'm mindful."
Originally posted 06/22/2015 06:05PM
After 15 years at NBC, newsman Lester Holt says he's more than ready to officially take the reins at NBC's Nightly News and to replace colleague Brian Williams, who was removed from the position following revelations that he'd embellished some of his reporting.
But that doesn't mean Holt is without jitters.
Originally posted 06/18/2015 10:20PM
Brian Williams is apologizing to viewers and colleagues in the wake of his removal as anchor of NBC's Nightly News.
The network announced Thursday that he would be moving to MSNBC after a six-month suspension for making false claims about his time spent in Iraq in 2003.
"I'm sorry. I said things that weren't true. I let down my NBC colleagues and our viewers, and I'm determined to earn back their trust," Williams, 56, said in a statement on Thursday, according to Variety.
Originally posted 06/17/2015 10:35PM
Brian Williams, who was suspended from NBC's Nightly News earlier this year over false statements he made, will not be returning to the anchor desk.
The network confirmed the news in a statement Thursday and named Williams' replacement Lester Holt, who has been filling in for the past four months, as the program's permanent anchor.
"Lester has done outstanding work for NBC News over the last 10 years, and he's performed remarkably well over the last few months under very tough circumstances," said NBC News and MSNBC Chairman Andrew Lack in the statement.
Calling Holt, 56, "an exceptional anchor who goes straight to the heart of every story," Lack continued, "In many ways, television news stands at a crossroads, and Lester is the perfect person to meet the moment."
Originally posted 06/08/2015 12:35AM
As Brian Williams' NBC suspension nears its end and rumors swirl about his fate, network sources tell PEOPLE that he is not likely to be fired – but that doesn't mean he'll reclaim his position at the Nightly News anchor desk.
A source close to the decision-making process says no decision has been made yet – options are being looked at – which could mean Williams might return to a different job altogether when his suspension lifts in August.
Originally posted 06/07/2015 02:10PM
Anthony Riley, a breakout contestant on season 8 of NBC's The Voice, was found dead Friday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. He was 28.
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