The glory days returned for the "Today" show -- for one day at least -- as NBC's morning show brought back Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley for a one-day nostalgia turn as co-hosts on Monday, according to the Associated Press.
Gumbel and Pauley, who worked together on "Today" from 1982-89, joined birthday boy Matt Lauer on the set. It wasn't ceremonial: with Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales off, Gumbel and Pauley had to work.
"Getting up was a little difficult, and the studio has changed enormously," Gumbel said. Pauley said the fast pace makes the experience go "like a bat out of heck."
NBC hoped the trio's easy camaraderie enticed viewers. After a well-publicized tumble last year, the show runs second in the ratings to ABC's "Good Morning America." Pauley, who does occasional reports for the show, left as host in 1989 while Gumbel gave way to Lauer in 1997.
There were a few film clips of Pauley back in the big hair days. "I understand Gene Shalit's standing by to review 'Back to the Future,' " Al Roker quipped during a weather segment.
Heirs of Alexander Calder, the American modernist who invented the moving sculpture known as the mobile, lost a $20 million fraud lawsuit against the estate of his longtime dealer, Klaus Perls, according to Bloomberg News.
Many claims in the case amounted to "an incoherent stew of irrelevance and innuendo," and the evidence failed to show Perls wrongfully sold Calder works without the heirs' knowledge, Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich said in a decision made public last Tuesday in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan.
"All these allegations are so patently inadequate that the court can only conclude that they were brought solely for the purpose of harassment or embarrassment," Kornreich said in the ruling, dismissing the case.
In the suit, filed in 2010, Perls and his estate were accused of creating a web of deceit dating back more than three decades, going so far as using a Swiss bank account held under a pseudonym, to stash the proceeds of unauthorized art sales. Calder, whose works are in public and private collections around the world, died in 1976. Perls died in 2008.
"We are definitely appealing -- the defendants should not go to bed easily at night," Aaron Richard Golub, the lawyer for Calder's heirs, said Monday in a phone interview. "The behavior of the Perlses was so contorted that it's very hard to describe it in straightforward terms."
"We are gratified by the court's ruling, which upholds the integrity of Klaus Perls and his family," the estate's lawyer, Steven Wolfe, said Monday in a phone interview. The case "caused undue pain and distress," he said.
The lawsuit was filed after Perls, his wife, Dolly, and employees of his gallery died, as well as the original executors of the artist's estate, according to the ruling. The complaint also blamed the estate's executor, Perls' daughter Katherine.
"Plaintiffs are attempting to litigate issues that necessarily stretch back decades without any personal knowledge or contemporaneous records, where nearly all of the people who had personal knowledge of the facts of the case are dead," Kornreich said in her ruling.
The art dealer's estate provided evidence showing it sold 14 out of 15 disputed works from 1976-88, meaning the statute of limitations to sue over the transactions would have expired, according to the ruling.
Miley Cyrus and actor Kellan Lutz's romance is heating up.
The two, who sparked romance rumors earlier this month when they were spotted together in Miami after a trip to the Bahamas, are definitely an item, E! News has confirmed.
Over the weekend, Cyrus, 21, and Kellan, 28, got their PDA on while partying at the unveiling of Beacher's Madhouse Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Multiple sources saw the lovebirds make out during the Friday night bash.
As for the status of their relationship, a source close to the couple says, "They have known each other forever. They have always been good friends, but it turned romantic a couple of weeks ago. They are having fun together. They have very similar outlooks. I am not sure if it has a future, but they have great chemistry, so for the time being they are just having fun. Neither of them is planning anything long-term right now, they are just enjoying themselves. They are both spontaneous, fun people, so their personalities match."
Britney Spears debuted her Piece of Me concert residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on Friday evening to a crowd of famous faces, family, friends and tons of diehard fans.
So how did Spears celebrate after her first performance? According to an insider, Brit Brit "just stayed at her hotel and had some quiet time with her family."
The "Perfume" singer's close family, boyfriend and his family were all on hand to support the blond beauty's latest endeavor.