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Nicki Minaj Acts As High School Principal For A Day

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Nicki Minaj Acts As High School Principal For A Day

Getting sent to the principal’s office is no punishment if Nicki Minaj is sitting behind the desk!

As a reward for winning the “Get MotivatED Challenge,” a six-week competition to improve daily attendance rates for participating schools, Nicki Minaj acted as principal for the day at Collins Academy High School.

She also presented three exemplary students with $10,000 college scholarships (courtesy of Comcast), helped teach a freshman English class, and took part in an assembly.

Nicki touted the importance of education in life throughout the day:

"I am a young, female mogul before I am an artist. As a business woman there isn't a single day where I don't use my education or acquire new knowledge to ensure my success. Regardless of where you are today, with education you can take yourself where you want to be. That's why I am working with the Get Schooled Foundation. They are finding innovative and exciting ways to bring that message to schools like the Collins Academy."

So awesome! This is the only time we’ve wanted to be back in high school since graduation! LOL!

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NBC Picks Up Wonder Woman Pilot!

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Woo-hoo!

Wonder Woman officially has a home!

Despite passing on the David E. Kelley pilot last week, NBC made the decision to pick up the show now that Comcast is taking over the network.

The network passed on the script due to costly licensing fees as well as having bad luck with superhero projects in the past (ahem, Bionic Woman).

However, now that Robert Greenblatt has taken over, the show just may have a chance after all.

The adaptation is said to be a non-campy and serious take on the classic comic.

We hope NBC does it justice.

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Comcast Vs. Netflix

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Don't mess with our Netflix Instant Streaming, Comcast! We've got four perfectly good seasons of 30 Rock waiting for us on there!

A central partner of Netflix, Level 3 Communications, has accused Comcast of charging a new fee that adversely affects Internet video companies.

Here's what Level 3 chief legal officer Thomas C. Stortz had to say about it:

“With this action, Comcast demonstrates the risk of a ‘closed’ Internet, where a retail broadband Internet access provider decides whether and how their subscribers interact with content."

Dramz between the two companies started on Nov 19 when Level 3 claims that "Comcast demanded a recurring fee to transmit Internet online movies and other content to Comcast’s customers who request such content.”

Here's what Stortz had to say about Comcast's demands:

“Level 3 agreed to the terms, under protest, in order to ensure customers did not experience any disruptions."

According to a recent study, Netflix accounts for 20% of Internet download traffic in the U.S. Due to that fact, it makes Netflix a threat to Comcast and other cable companies who seek to protect subscription TV and video-on-demand services.

Senior VP at Comcast, Joe Waz, argues that Level 3 and Netflix are sharply increasing Internet traffic with their efforts to ween customers away from DVDs-by-mail and towards online streaming.

According to Stortz, Level 3 will be asking government regulators this week to do the following:

"to take quick action to ensure that a fair, open and innovative Internet does not become a closed network controlled by a few institutions with dominant market power that have the means, motive and opportunity to economically discriminate between favored and disfavored content.”

This could def get ugly! All we know is we would hate to lose our Netflix Instant service, and given the fact that Netflix just went up in price, we're thinking subscribers would NOT be happy if prices went up again so soon!

Work this out, you two! Seriously.

Team Comcast? Team Netflix? Team "I Don't Care I Just Want To Continue Streaming Movies Online?"

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Ryan Seacrest To Start His Own Cable Channel!

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Still early on in the process, but it looks like Ryan Seacrest may be teaming up with talent agency CAA and entertainment company AEG to start a new cable channel.

Pretty ambitious, Seacrest! You've come a long way, bb.

The new network would be music/pop culture/lifestyle themed, and while Seacrest may have an on-screen presence on the channel, it's looking like he'll mostly be working behind the scenes on this one.

Programming for the network would include footage from AEG's concerts/live venues, as well as other TBD programs, which Seacrest would help put together through his vast network of industry connections.

To get this channel going, Seacrest is likely to utilize his relationship with Comcast's president/CEO Ted Harbert, in an effort to secure distribution. Given the fact that Comcast has plans to merge with NBC Universal, Harbert is going to be a pretty useful BFF to have on the inside for Seacrest!

Those of you who may be concerned about Ryan's future with the E! Network, fear not! Sources are emphasizing the fact that Seacrest will continue his co-anchor duties on E! News, as well as his work as a producer of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

What do U think about Ryan Seacrest starting his own channel?

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Jeff Zucker FIRED! And Talking About It!

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He really screwed the pooch with Conan, so we're not surprised!

Insiders are revealing that Jeff Zucker was indeed FIRED this morning, after having a conversation with Comcast COO Steve Burke two weeks ago to discuss what would happen after to the two merged.

Zucker reportedly finished finalizing the details of his severance package this morning, hence the sudden announcement to his employees! And now he's talking to the press about his firing stepping down!

He explains:

“He made it clear that they wanted to move on at the close of the deal and I was completely comfortable with that. We had both gotten to the same place. Look, I knew from the day this was announced that this was a possibility. I wasn’t going to shut the door on anything. But in the last nine months it became increasingly clear that they did want to put their own team in place — and I didn’t want to end up being a guest in my own house."

Good riddance, bb!

Let's just all hope things start looking up from here on out!

And in case you're interested, check out the e-mail he sent to entire staff of NBC Universal this morning AFTER THE JUMP!

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