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Seth Meyers to host 66th Emmys

Seth Meyers will take his late-night act to prime time as the next host of the Emmy Awards.

NBC, home to Meyers in his long stint on “Saturday Night Live” and his new late-night talk show, announced late Thursday that he’ll host the 66th edition of the Emmys set to air on the network Aug. 25.

Neil Patrick Harris hosted in 2013.

It will be telecast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

The 40-year-old Meyers, himself an Emmy winner, debuted as host of “Late Night With Seth Meyers” in February, taking over the slot of Jimmy Fallon, who moved on to “The Tonight Show.”

Before that he had been on “SNL” since 2001 and served as the show’s head writer since 2006.

‘Hobbit’ finale gets new title

Peter Jackson is tweaking the ending of Bilbo Baggins’ journey.

The director says the original title of “The Hobbit” finale felt misplaced since Baggins arrived at his destination in the second film. “There and Back Again” better suited a film that wrapped up a two-part story instead of a trilogy.

So the final film based on the J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy adventure has being renamed “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”

Jackson wrote on Facebook that he and the studio, Warner Bros., kept an open mind until a cut of the film was ready. They watched it last week before agreeing on the new title.

The film premieres in December.

Theron, Samberg to host ‘SNL’

A “Saturday Night Live” veteran will be returning to Studio 8H as the program ends its 39th season. Andy Samberg has been tapped to host the finale show May 17, NBC announced this week.

A week earlier, Charlize Theron will host the program for the second time. She will be joined by musical guests the Black Keys. Samberg, who left the show in 2012, will be joined by St. Vincent.

Andrew Garfield is the host May 3 with musical guest Coldplay.

Burnett, Downey to remake ‘Ben-Hur’

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey will produce a new version of the historical epic “Ben-Hur,” as the faith-based film revival continues on the big screen.

Paramount Pictures and MGM announced Friday that they will co-produce “Ben-Hur” with Burnett and Downey, who also made the recent miniseries “The Bible.” The film is set for release in February 2016.

Lewis Wallace’s 1880 novel has been adapted several times, most notably the 1959 film starring Charlton Heston. Famous for its chariot race scene, the film won 11 Academy Awards, including best picture.

DeGeneres creates HGTV competition

Ellen DeGeneres is making a furniture design competition series for the HGTV network.

HGTV said Tuesday that “Ellen’s Design Challenge” is expected to air next year. It will feature six competitors who sketch, design and build furniture within 24 hours, and will play out over six episodes.

Landing a series from a high-profile star is big news at the lifestyle cable network. DeGeneres is helping to produce the series; the network isn’t saying whether or not she will appear on it.

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