Ann Curry being replaced

  • Updated: June 21, 2012 - 8:57 AM
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From left: Al Roker, Ann Curry, Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie on NBC's "Today Show."

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NBC executives are readying a plan to replace Ann Curry on the "Today" show, only a year after she became the co-host of the franchise. The planning -- which is taking place in secret and has not been finalized -- is effectively an admission that all is not well at "Today." The show consistently ranked No. 1 in the morning ratings until this spring, when ABC's "Good Morning America" out-rated it for several weeks.

 

Dalai Lama expresses admiration of Suu Kyi

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama held talks with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in London. In a message posted to his website on Wednesday, the Dalai Lama said the two Nobel laureates had met for around 30 minutes. He said he had told Suu Kyi he had "real admiration for your courage" and that he believed she would be of "great service to humanity." The meeting coincided with Suu Kyi's 67th birthday as she made her first visit to Europe in 24 years. She was freed from house arrest by the country's rulers in 2010. The Dalai Lama, 76, is also on a European tour.

 

At State Fair, it's 'MN Music On-a-Stick'

Garrison Keillor will be off on "A Prairie Home Companion" cruise in August so the Minnesota State Fair is filling his traditional grandstand slot with a program of all-Minnesota music. Semisonic, best known for 1998's hit "Closing Time," will headline "MN Music On-a-Stick" on Aug. 31. Also appearing will be the Jayhawks, Dessa and Jeremy Messersmith. This is the fair's most ambitious all-Minnesota grandstand show -- and its first since 1998's bill with Jonny Lang, G. B. Leighton and Heidi Jo Lang. Tickets for Mn Music On-a-Stick, priced at $35 for reserved and general admission, will go on sale at 11 a.m. June 29 at mnstatefair.org, etix.com, 1-800-514-3849 and the State Fair box office.

JON BREAM

 

Top earners

Kristen Stewart, the star of the "Twilight" franchise and "Snow White and the Huntsman" topped Forbes' magazine list of highest-paid actresses, pulling in $34.5 million from May 2011 to May 2012. At age 22, Stewart is the youngest actress on the list by 16 years. She edged out No. 2 Cameron Diaz by just $500,000. Rounding out the Top 10 are: Sandra Bullock: $25 million; Angelina Jolie: $20 million; Charlize Theron: $18 million; Julia Roberts: $16 million; Sarah Jessica Parker: $15 million; Meryl Streep: $12 million; Kristen Wiig: $12 million; and Jennifer Aniston: $11 million.

 

Married

Country singer Wynonna Judd has tied the knot. Her publicist, Todd Brodginski, confirmed that she married drummer Cactus Moser in a private family ceremony on Sunday in Leipers Fork, Tenn. This is the third marriage for Judd, 48, who has been with Moser since 2009.

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