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Singing Stars: The 22 Best Actor-Musicians

June 2nd, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Singing Stars: The 22 Best Actor-Musicians
We recently gave you the 10 worst actors turned musicians, but it’s worth mentioning there are plenty of actors and actresses who were able to translate their talents to music as well - and vice versa for musicians breaking into the acting business. In no particular order, here are 22 of the Best Actor-Musicians.

Jennifer Hudson

Hudson was introduced to the public through American Idol, where she is still considers one of the best contestants to have ever auditioned. Despite that, the american public voted her off the show and she came in seventh place. Since then, she has won an Academ...
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Popular Songs You Won't Believe Are Actually Covers

May 16th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
Popular Songs You Won't Believe Are Actually Covers
There are some cover songs out there that artists perform so well you forget someone did it first. We bet there’s a least a handful of songs on this list you thought weren't covers.

Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin (Jake Holmes)

This song actually has a pretty nasty past. Jimmy Page heard the song performed by Jake Holmes, who was opening for the Yardbirds while Page was a part of the band. The Yardbirds then bought a record of the song and copied it while adding new music for all of their instruments. While mostly reserved for live shows, it was included on a live album – and was the ...
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Five Best Performances From The 2014 Grammys

January 28th, 2014 1:05am EST
Daft Punk Grammys
With so many great live performances at Sunday night's 56th Grammy Awards, it's been hard* whittling them all down to the five best. Well, the five best that didn't include any weddings, Broadway adaptations of Little Red Riding Hood meets Harry Potter meets Showgirls, or cut-off performances, that is.

The night was all about mixing the past with the present, and in some cases the past, present and future.

5. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton: 2/4 of the original Highwaymen with the legendary Haggard and modern Country giant Shelton wasn't the tightest voc...
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DVD Review: 'Midnight Stallion'

May 8th, 2013 10:00am EDT
Midnight Stallion
Ready to jump back on the horse for some inspirational story?  Then check out our review of the new to DVD drama "Midnight Stallion" out now from Vivendi Home Entertainment.  Saddle up for the review below!

 

   

   

   Title: "Midnight Stallion"

   Grade: 2 1/2

   Cast: Kris Kristofferson, Jodelle Ferland, Chelah Horsdal

   Director: William Dear

   Rating: Not Rated

   Runtime: 91 minutes

   Release Company: Vivendi Home Entertainment

   Website: www.vivendient.com

 

The Flick: Okay, this is a basic "The Black Stallion" style rip off, but that’s not even "Midnight...
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Levon Helm's Final Recording To Benefit Amnesty International

May 3rd, 2012 3:02pm EDT
Levon Helm
A previously unreleased Levon Helm track is set to hit stores to raise funds for Amnesty International.

The song, called Toast to Freedom, was one of the last tunes the rock icon recorded before his death last month.

It will be available as a digital download from Thursday and all proceeds will benefit the human rights organization.

The Associated Press reports Helm recorded the song at his home studio in Woodstock, New York with friend and producer Larry Campbell. The track features vocals from Ewan McGregor, Kris Kristofferson and Carly Simon.

Campbell reveals Helm had hoped to pe...
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Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg & Kris Kristofferson Write Weed Anthem

April 21st, 2012 5:00pm EDT
Willie Nelson
Marijuana lovers Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Kris Kristofferson have teamed up to record a new weed anthem to mark the unofficial 4/20 holiday for stoners.

The unlikely trio have released "Roll Me Up" in honor of the day associated with joint-rolling and smoking.

Country star Jamey Johnson joins them on the track, which begins with Nelson crooning, "Roll me up and smoke me when I die".

The track is available on Nelson's official website.

The 4/20 term was coined by a group of teenagers in San Rafael, California, in 1971 who pledged to meet at 4:20 p.m. every day to search for an aband...
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Check Out 'Dolphin Tale' On Blu-ray & DVD Combo, Digital Download Dec. 20

December 17th, 2011 7:03am EST
Dolphin Tale
Inspired by the incredible true story of Winter, a dolphin who was rescued off the Florida coast after her tail became caught in a crab trap, "Dolphin Tale" is an uplifting family-oriented adventure from director/co-screenwriter Charles Martin Smith that details the unique bond between an injured dolphin and a young boy.

When Winter loses her tail in a tragic accident, her young friend convinces the locals to build her a prosthetic replacement, inspiring hope and courage in handicapped people across the globe.

Nathan Gamble, Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Kris Krist...
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Review: 'Dolphin Tale' A Whale Of A Time For Kiddies

September 23rd, 2011 5:00pm EDT
A Dolphin Tale
Do me a favor, locate your local corporate coffee shop chain and nab five sugar packets. Thanks. I'd like you to go ahead and pour all those sugar packets down your throat simultaneously. Okay, so, how's that feel? Weird right? The combination of guilt because you're a dirty, dirty thief, and sweetness overload from the sugar packets, is about the same the feeling you leave “A Dolphin Tale” with.

“A Dolphin Tale” is a sugary sweet family friendly tale that isn't going to rock your world. There's no inspirational soundtrack like with "Free Willy" or an adorable puppy that does cute puppy t...
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Taylor Swift Given Credit For Country HOF Fund Raiser Success

September 26th, 2010 6:30pm EDT
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift and Lionel Richie were among the stars who turned out to perform at a fundraising concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

The singers were joined by country veterans Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Kris Kristofferson who all took turns to sing at the All For The Hall benefit.

Ritchie thrilled the audience with his hit-packed set, which included his anthem "Hello," while Swift delighted fans with renditions of "15" and "The Best Day" - a track dedicated to her mother.

The event was hosted by Gill, who joked to the crowd about Swi...
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Marcia Cross Joins 'Stand Up 2 Cancer' Telethon

September 10th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Marcia Cross
Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross has become the latest celebrity to sign up to Friday night's Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon; following news her husband is clear of the disease.

The actress was left devastated when her partner, Tom Mahoney, was diagnosed with cancer last year. The couple later learned Mahoney is "100 per cent clear," and Cross is celebrating by helping to raise funds for other sufferers at the star-studded telethon, alongside celebrities including George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon and Adam Sandler.

She tells TVGuide.com, "You know what? Knock on wood, he (Mahoney) is ...
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Jennifer Aniston To Direct First Feature Film

April 19th, 2010 8:13am EDT
Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston has announced plans to make her feature film directorial debut.

The former Friends star is hoping for a career "rebirth" in Hollywood, inspired by Drew Barrymore's directorial efforts - and she is already working on a top secret movie.

She says, "I have a project in development I'm going to direct. After you get enough movies under your belt you sit back and go, 'What's next?' It's getting to a time where creatively I want to turn in a different direction."

The project won't be Aniston's first shot at moviemaking - she co-directed 2006 short film Room 10, which starre...
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Beyonce's New Movie Role, Chris Brown To Perform, More

September 29th, 2009 10:53am EDT
Beyonce
Weekly Music News: Jive Records is having a pretty big week with big news and comebacks from artists like Chris Brown, Ciara, and Britney Spears. The Britney fans will be thrilled to know that her new single "3" will officially make its radio premiere today, September 29. DJ AM's reality show gets the green light, Chris Brown returns to the stage, Ciara readies new album and Diddy leaving Atlantic Records round's out this week's music news.

Beyonce tapped for new movie role

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Beyonce is being eyed to star in a new movie. The film is said to be a rema...
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Check Out 'He's Just Not That Into You,' Now On DVD

June 4th, 2009 7:19am EDT
He
He's Just Not That Into You follows the love lives of a dozen or so characters. Ginnifer Goodwin stars as Gigi, a young women attempting to understand the mixed signals she gets from the men she's dating. She gets advice from a bar owner (Justin Long) who prides himself on understanding the ins and outs of the dating scene.

Gigi's co-worker Janine (Jennifer Connelly) finds herself involved in a major redecorating project with her husband, Ben (Bradley Cooper). Unbeknownst to Janine, Ben contemplates an affair with Anna (Scarlett Johansson), an attractive woman trying to make a career ...
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Spotlight On Celebrity Wonk Eyes

April 29th, 2009 11:17am EDT
Gary Busey
According to Urban Dictionary, a wonk eye is "a constant lazy eye, so bad that it is unavoidable to stare at when talking to an individual with this problem, and sometimes difficult to know who the individual is speaking to." Check out some celebrities who have their share of wonkness:

Paris Hilton

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Joan Rivers

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Peter Falk

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Forest Whitaker

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Celebrate Christmas With The 'Man In Black' And Friends

November 24th, 2008 6:00pm EST
Johnny Cash
Shout! Factory is delighted to bring you holiday cheer with the October 7 release of the 4-DVD box set The Johnny Cash Christmas Specials 1976-1979, as well as single DVD releases of The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1978 and 1979. The Christmas Specials of 1976 and 1977 were released in 2007. The footage on these DVDs has been unseen for 30 years, and is being made available through an exclusive agreement between Shout! Factory and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil a special spotlight exhibit dedicated to Cash on Tuesday...
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Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis Team Up For 'Two Men With The Blues,' Out July 8

June 18th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
Willie Nelson
The event was simply billed as "Willie Nelson Sings the Blues," but the historic two-night stand on January 12 and 13, 2007 at Jazz at Lincoln Center was far more than that. Call it a summit meeting between two American icons, Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis, two of the most significant figures in modern-day country and jazz, who discovered common ground in their love for jazz standards and the blues. Their performance stirred the sounds of New Orleans, Nashville, Austin and New York City into a brilliantly programmed mix that was equal parts down-home and cosmopolitan, with plenty of swing...
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Solo Artists: Most Underrated And Overrated

May 16th, 2008 10:52am EDT
Bob Marley
In one week, "American Idol" will add one more solo artist to the music history.

Whoever it is, they have their work cut out for them. America has a penchant for producing legendary solo artists. People like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Marvin Gaye all came from America. Britain may have the monopoly on bands with the likes of The Beatles, The Who, and The Rolling Stones, but our sense of Independence has allowed us to produce the best solo acts of all time.

Still, some of these solo artists have received glowing reviews when completely unwarranted. Others have been nearly...
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Deana Carter To Release New Studio Album, 'The Chain,' Oct. 9

October 4th, 2007 2:00pm EDT
Deana Carter
Award-winning singer/songwriter/performer Deana Carter unveils The Chain, her fifth studio record October 9th on Vanguard Records. Each of the 12 songs on The Chain has a special importance to Deana, who personally chose material that had a great impact on her early life.

She took the same care in recruiting collaborators for the project, assembling a group of musicians who influenced her as an artist -- none more greatly than her father, legendary session player Fred Carter, Jr, who performs throughout the album.

"Ever since I knew that music was going to be my life's path, I've ...
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'The Essential Waylon Jennings' & Concert CD/DVD Set Drop July 24

June 26th, 2007 12:37pm EDT
Waylon Jennings
The level of freedom and autonomy that is taken for granted by today's contemporary Country music artists - a world of independent production deals, self-styled recording and publishing arrangements, and other advantages enjoyed by pop acts for a decade before their C&W counterparts caught up - owes an eternal debt to Waylon Jennings, the original Nashville Rebel.

His one-man mutiny of 1972-73 (later joined by Willie Nelson and others), against the assembly line establishment that reigned in Nashville for a quarter-century, was a successful coup that liberated and revitalized Country ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 22

June 22nd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Meryl Streep
Happy Birthday to "Scrubs" actor Donald Faison (1974), MTV/talk show host Carson Daly (1973), Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page (1970), Mighty Mighty Bosstones singer Dicky Barrett, "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown (1964), B-movie actor Bruce Campbell (1958), INXS bassist Garry Gary Beers (1957), "Chico and the Man" star Freddie Prinze (1954; d. 1977), 80s pop singer Cyndi Lauper (1953), "Dances With Wolves" actor Graham Greene (1952), "The Bionic Woman" star Lindsay Wagner (1949), prolific screen star Meryl Streep (1949), singer/songwriter Todd Rundgren (1948), singer/actor Kris Kris...
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'Payback - Straight Up: The Director's Cut,' Coming To DVD On April 10

April 1st, 2007 11:00am EDT
Payback
Mel Gibson portrays Porter, a career criminal bent on revenge after his partners in a street heist pump metal into him and take off with his $70,000 cut. Bad move, thugs. Because if you plan to double-cross Porter, you'd better make sure he's dead. Porter resurfaces, wading into a lurid urban underworld of syndicate kingpins, cops on the take, sniveling informants and deadly gangs.

Porter wants his money back. And the way he sets out to get is assures that, from beginning to heartpounding end, Payback pays off big.

The film also stars Maria Bello, Lucy Liu, James Coburn, Kris Kristoffer...
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Joan Osborne To Release "Pretty Little Stranger," Nov. 14

November 7th, 2006 8:00pm EST
Joan Osborne
Recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy winner, Steve Buckingham, "Pretty Little Stranger" highlights the soulful sound of Joan Osborne with elements of country blues and Americana. This 12 song collection features six original tunes written by Joan including the first single, "Who Divided", "Shake That Devil", "After Jane" and the title track and also compositions by Kris Kristofferson ("Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends"), Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter ("Brokedown Palace") and Patty Griffin ("What You Are").

Joan stated, "I would call this my version of a country record -- ...
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Entertainment Elite Intersect In Nashville For "The 40th Annual CMA Awards"

October 23rd, 2006 8:00pm EDT
CMA Awards
The stars appearing on "The 40th Annual CMA Awards" are a testament to the overall popularity of Country Music. Legends, newcomers, style innovators and artists from other genres are all coming together for "Country Music's Biggest Night."

Added to the star-packed, performance line up for the 2006 CMA Awards are Horizon nominees Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Sugarland, and Josh Turner.

Presenting Awards will be "American Idol" alum Kellie Pickler; LeAnn Rimes; two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Barbara Mandrell; and rock royalty Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora of CMA Awards...
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More Stars Added To CMA Awards

October 16th, 2006 2:23pm EDT
Faith Hill
"Country Music's Biggest Night" continues to grow with the announcement today that Faith Hill has been added to the star-packed list of performers on "The 40th Annual CMA Awards," which airs live Monday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC.

Actor, legendary songwriter and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Kris Kristofferson will introduce the 2006 Hall of Fame inductees. Sheryl Crow and Vince Gill have been added to the Brooks & Dunn performance; and John Rich of Big & Rich will perform with Gretchen Wilson.
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 22

June 22nd, 2006 3:00am EDT
Meryl Streep
Happy Birthday to "Scrubs" actor Donald Faison (1974), MTV/talk show host Carson Daly (1973), Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page (1970), Mighty Mighty Bosstones singer Dicky Barrett, "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown (1964), B-movie actor Bruce Campbell (1958), INXS bassist Garry Gary Beers (1957), "Chico and the Man" star Freddie Prinze (1954; d. 1977), 80s pop singer Cyndi Lauper (1953), "Dances With Wolves" actor Graham Greene (1952), "The Bionic Woman" star Lindsay Wagner (1949), prolific screen star Meryl Streep (1949), singer/songwriter Todd Rundgren (1948), singer/actor Kris Kris...
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Norah Jones Side Project "The Little Willies" To Release Debut Album March 7

February 3rd, 2006 12:42pm EST
Norah Jones
On March 7, 2006, Milking Bull Records will release the self-titled debut by The Little Willies, an album that perfectly distills the fun, down-to-earth spirit of this New York band's club shows. The group - Lee Alexander (bass), Jim Campilongo (electric guitar), Norah Jones (piano, vocals), Richard Julian (guitar, vocals) and Dan Rieser (drums) - tears through a mix of covers and originals, from the revved-up western swing of Fred Rose's "Roly Poly" and Willie Nelson's "I Gotta Get Drunk" to the cutting wit of Kris Kristofferson's "Best Of All Possible Worlds"; from the poignancy of Townes...
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CMA Awards Rundown and Winners

November 16th, 2005 10:06am EST
Lee Ann Womack
The Big Apple provided a big night for some of Country Music's biggest stars. "The 39th Annual CMA Awards" was broadcast on Tuesday, Nov. 15 for the first time outside of Nashville, live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on the CBS Television Network. Keith Urban and Lee Ann Womack were the big winner's of the night. Read on for a complete recap of the evening and a full winner's list...

Keith Urban won his second consecutive CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and his first Entertainer of the Year Award, making him the only Country artist in CMA Awards history to win the Horizon, ...
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Johnny Cash Legacy Lives On In New Collection

November 7th, 2005 4:58pm EST
Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash passed away at age 71 on September 12, 2003 but his legend lives on. The first album to span his entire career, 1955-2003, "The Legend Of Johnny Cash" (click for review), was released October 25, 2005. "Walk The Line," the 20th Century Fox film based on his early years and starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, premieres November 18th.

Featuring 21 of his recordings on the Sun, Columbia, Island and American Recordings labels, "The Legend Of Johnny Cash" is the first compilation to include his work on American. Also highlighting the package is a 16-page deluxe bookl...
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Dolly Parton & Elton John To Perform Together

October 31st, 2005 12:02pm EST
Dolly Parton
Two of music's most respected, performer/songwriters Dolly Parton and Sir Elton John are joining forces for a musical first on "The 39th Annual CMA Awards" when they perform together during "Country Music's Biggest Night." Parton will join John in a performance of "Turn the Lights Out When You Leave."

"I've always admired Sir Elton's songwriting, musicianship and singing and I'm thrilled to be working with him," Parton said. "It should be a very passionate performance."

"The 39th Annual CMA Awards" airs live Tuesday, Nov. 15 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the CBS Television Network from Ma...
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All-Star Performers Lined Up For CMA Awards

October 25th, 2005 11:44pm EDT
Bon Jovi
The star-packed line up for the 2005 CMA Awards continues to grow with performances added by Bon Jovi with Sugarland front woman Jennifer Nettles; Willie Nelson and Paul Simon, who will also present the Song of the Year Award; nominees Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas; and by Horizon Award nominees Miranda Lambert and Julie Roberts.

Other performers already announced include:

Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, CMA hosts Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Sugarland, Keith Urb...
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