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"We talked him out of running for president. Wasn't that good enough?"

- NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt, on the network's perspective regarding Donald Trump's controversial comments about President Obama throughout the 2012 Election, during the NBC 2013 Press Tour

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Disney Buys Lucasfilm!!! Another Star Wars Trilogy On Way???

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When George Lucas said he was retiring, we didn't realize how serious he was!

Well, someone at Disney was paying attention! Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger put 2 and 2 together and made 4.

Billion.

As in a $4 b-b-billion with a "B" offer which George accepted! The Walt Disney Company is now the proud owner of LucasFilm Ltd.!

In his announcement this afternoon, Iger explains:

"Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas. This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney's unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value."

Um, we know we read between the lines a lot, but it sounded to us like he just said they're going to be making more Star Wars!

So what does George himself have to say about the transaction?

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NBC Entertainment Chairman's 'Heart Goes Out' To Ann Curry

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Ann Curry may have gotten the boot from The Today Show, but at least someone powerful feels bad about it.

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt spoke to reporters about the issue on Tuesday during the Television Critics Association press conference. After emphasizing that he had no no "real involvement" with her removal, he continued:

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Disney Gets A New Studio Boss! Magic!

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Congrats, Alan Horn! You're officially the most magical man in Hollywood!!

Disney has named the former Warner Bros. president their newest studio chairman effective June 11.

Alan was the man responsible for the Harry Potter and Dark Knight film franchises. So clearly Walt would be proud.

Disney CEO Bob Iger is just elated, saying:

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Disney Chairman Rich Ross Fired Steps Down After John Carter Flop!

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Sometimes, all it takes is one epic bust!

Walt Disney Studios Charmain, and former President of Disney Channels Worldwide Rich Ross has reportedly been canned from his current position, which he's held since 2009, after the $200 million flop that was John Carter landed itself as one the worst film failures in Hollywood history.

In a statement he sent out to his staff yesterday, Ross writes:

For the last 15 years, I have had the opportunity to work with incredibly talented people on behalf of the world’s best loved brand. During that time, we’ve told some amazing stories around the world, created successful TV programming, movies, and franchises that generated new opportunities for the company in the process.

I’ve always said our success is created and driven by our people – whom I consider to be the absolute best in the business. But, the best people need to be in the right jobs, in roles they are passionate about, doing work that leverages the full range of their abilities. It’s one of the leadership lessons I’ve learned during my career, and it’s something I’ve been giving a great deal of thought to as I look at the challenges and opportunities ahead.

I believe in this extraordinary Walt Disney Studios team, and I believe in our strong slate of films and our ability to make and market them better than anyone else. But, I no longer believe the Chairman role is the right professional fit for me. For that reason, I have made the very difficult decision to step down as Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, effective today.

It has been my honor to work with such incredible teams – at Disney Channels Worldwide and The Walt Disney Studios and the many other Disney businesses I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with. I know I leave the Studios in good hands and, even on separate paths, I am confident we are all destined for continued success.

-Rich

Such a shame that it he has to end his run with the company this way - especially as he was also responsible for the monster successes of Hannah Montana and High School Musical!

But that's the nature of the beast, we suppose - you just never know what's going to blow up and make tons of money, and what's going to end your career in a matter of days!

Best of luck, Rich! You're in our thoughts!

P.S. Check out the statement on the matter from Disney Chairman/CEO Bob IgerAFTER THE JUMP!

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Interscope Chairman Jimmy Iovine Is NOT Pitching A Music Competition Show!

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Ah well! It's not like we're lacking in music competition shows…

Earlier today, we heard that Interscope-Geffen-A&M chairman/American Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine might be interested in creating his own reality show.

His rep (of course) denied the story…and now Jimmy himself is denying it as well:

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Will Joe Rogan Be Returning To Host Fear Factor?!

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Hot damn, he had better be! He IS that show!

Thankfully, according to Endemol North America chairman David Goldberg, Joe Rogan IS "very high on the list" of potential hosts for the just-announced reboot of Fear Factor!

Goldberg continues:

“Joe was a great host. I think his brand and his personality is associated with this show. This has all happened fairly fast. We’ll sit down with Joe and see if something he even wants to do. He’ll certainly be very high on the list.”

Ahhh! So we guess it's ultimately up to him!

Please, Joe?! Nobody does Fear Factor quite like you!

Fingers crossed that they can work it out!

What do U think?? Do U want to see Joe Rogan hosting Fear Factor again??

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