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Summer is here! Be listening for the cue to call on Classic Hits 92.5

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Every Friday for the next five weeks we will be giving you a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to Blue Bayou/Dixie Landing in Baton Rouge. To qualify for the weekly drawing, just call us at 506-2444 when you hear the cue to call, the Blue Bayou water slide spash. You must be 18 or older and one qualifer per family. Good luck from your friends at Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI.


Snap Snap Snap! Get your pics in or come by and we'll snap it for you!

Keep listening as we will be giving you the chance to win sheets of tickets for the Cajun Heartland State Fair on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI!!


Be sure to tune in Thursday, May 7 @ 8 pm (CT) on GAC for a very special feature on


Congratulations to KVPI's Jennifer Meylian-Ville Platte's Co-Woman of the Year 2015

 

Congratulations to KVPI's Program Director Jennifer Meylian named as 2015 Co-Ville Platte Woman of the Year along with Linda Lebsack. Shown next to Jennifer is her daughter, Lindsey.


Win Crawfish Festival Tickets This Week on Classic Hits 92.5

 

Be sure to tune in all this week as we give you a chance to win free passes to this weekend's Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival!!


KVPI FM Sponsors Radio Thon Friday


KVPI Fan Appreciation Night Saturday Night to Benefit Evangeline Community Autism Network


KVPI Fan Appreciation Night Saturday Night to Benefit Evangeline Community Autism Network


KVPI Fan Appreciation Night Saturday Night to Benefit Evangeline Community Autism Network


Congratulations to our winners in our Jazz Fest Ticket Contest

The 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is about to kick off and Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI gave you a chance to win tickets to attend!
Monday, we started taking text messages with the word “JAZZ” in them… we received A LOT! Close to 300!
Today… we have our winners!
Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner, Melanie Courville! She won TWO weekend passes good for either weekend of the Jazz Fest!
And Congratulations to our Runner Up, Brenda Vidrine! She won TWO one day passes good for either weekend as well!
We hope you both have a great time… take pictures and sing your hearts out! It’s going to be an awesome Jazz Festival this year!
Thank you to all that sent us those text messag


We have Disney on Ice Prize Packs for that Little Princess in your life!


DORA THE EXPLORER AT THE ZOO OF ACADIANA & Classic Hits 92.5 is giving you a chance to win tickets!


Congratulations to our two Grand Prize winners in our "Bud and Boilin" Contest

Congratulations to our two grand prize winners: Louis Muse in the left and Tammy Johnson in the right photo. Both of our winners are greeted by Rodney Moras with Southwest Beverage Budweiser and KVPI Program Director Jennifer Meylian. Happy Easter!!


Congratulations to our Easter Contest Winner

Congratulations to our Easter Egg Contest Winner, Lori Guillory, for finding our golden egg in the Teen Room in the Evangeline Parish Library based on the clues we gave. KVPI's Stephanie Ware is congratulating our winner. Lori wins a $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card.


KVPI FM-2015 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Radio Station of the Year

Members of our staff accepting the award: Cheryl DeBaillon, Ville Platte Broadcasting President Dr. Rhonda Pucheu, Bonnie Fontenot, Mark Layne, Becky Vidrine, Stephanie Ware, Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Executive Director Polly Johnson and Jennifer Meylian.


KVPI Staff

New photo of part of the KVPI Staff: From left in the front, Bonnie Fontenot, Jenn Meylian, Becky Vidrine and Mark Layne. In the second row, from left, Emily O, Annona Balfa, Josh Godwin, "Swabby" Soileau and Stephanie Ware. Be  looking for more of these new photos on our website and Facebook pages compliments of Emily Rose Photography.


Happy New Year From All of Us at KVPI AM/FM


Fox News Radio comes to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI Beginning December 15


Join the legendary Scott Shannon hosting the new "America's Greatest Hits" Sundays 2-6pm on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Have you subscribed to The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' on YouTube?

                                 

  The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' with

Jenn & Steph on YouTube!

 

           https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0wXudspNZLOSJYzgTsKO8g


Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA!

 

Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA, joined Jenn & Steph in the

2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' this morning.  Her interview will be posted on their YouTube page soon so be sure to check it out!  

Thank you for stopping by, Candice!  

You are making Ville Platte proud!

 

 

 


Nina Blackwood's "Absolutely 80's Spotlight" is Coming to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

Join original MTV Host Nina Blackwood as she spotlights a certain 1980's song weekday mornings at 11:30am on the 2 Non Blonde's Cafe on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI beginning Sept. 22.


Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders record Cheers at KVPI Studios

Classic Hits 92.5's Jenn Meylian welcomes members of the Pine Prairie High School Cheerleading Squad as they record special cheers we will air throughout football season.


American Top 40-The 80's will be heard on Classic Hits 92.5 Sundays at 10:00am


The Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

KVPI DJ's Josh and Micah welcome the Basile High Cheerleaders who came to our studios to record special cheers that our listeners will be hearing throughout football season.


Check out our NEW t-shirts! Classic Hits 92.5 FM and The Legend 1050 AM KVPI


The McNeese State University Women's Volleyball Team visited Jenn & Steph in the Cafe' this morning!

These young women volunteered their time to help with the 

Boys & Girls Club in Ville Platte.

Pictured above...

Members of the Women's Volleyball Team, Coaches, t

heir Trainer, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, Jacob "Timbo" Fontenot 

along with Jenn & Steph.

Thank you all for coming in to visit!

Best of luck to you in the upcoming Volleyball Season!


KVPI AM/FM is looking to hire Sales Account Representative

We are growing!  

 

Ville Platte Broadcasting Company, the parent company of legacy stations KVPI AM/FM, is now seeking a sales account executive to join our sales team. We offer solutions to our business clients through local radio, web and live events. KVPI radio has been serving the Acadiana  area for more than 60 years in providing news, weather, sports and music programing .

 

We are looking for an experienced, outgoing, organized, responsible creative outside  advertising sales person .Your primary duty will be to develop new business by being the primary client contact in the Eunice, Opelousas, Crowley areas of our listening area.

 

The ideal candidate will possess the following: outside sales experience, good communication skills and a strong work ethic, dependable transportation and an eagerness to work hard and be part of a growing sales team dedicated for success.

 

Benefits include a monthly base salary plus a generous commission based on sales. You will have the opportunity to work for a great company who treats its employees as members of their family. Most of our employees have been with the company for more than 20 years.

Please apply in person with General Manager Mark Layne at 809 West Lasalle in Ville Platte, phone 337-363-2124 or email your resumes to kvpiamfm@gmail.com.  KVPI AM/FM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


KVPI will cover the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Tournament

KVPI Sports will follow the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Softball Tournament in Youngsville. The team includes:Carlee Soileau, Aubrey Vidrine, Harlie Arnaud, Gracie McCauley, Lyndsey Vallet, Emily Stagg, Kaisyln Lafleur, Victoria Chaddrick, Peyton Guillory, Lilly Fontenot, Madison Monier and Sophia Scully. Manager is Lance Vidrine and Coaches are Chad Arnaud, Nasen Soileau and Walter Mire. The team's overall record on the summer is 20-4. Best of luck to our all stars in this tournament!


Arrest has been made in fatal shooting that took place on Monday, July 28 in Ville Platte.

 

 

Teamwork and quick response has resulted in an arrest for yesterday’s homicide.

 

The Ville Platte Police Department responded to an armed robbery call on July 28, 2014 which ended in a homicide.  Upon arrival at K&T Grocery Store on West Lincoln Road, detectives learned that the female business owner had been shot multiple times and had died as a result of her injuries.

 

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Ville Platte City Marshals’ Office and the Louisiana State Trooper working the Evangeline Parish Area and the Evangeline Parish District Attorney’s Office responded to assist in the investigation. Working from leads, evidence, witness information and informants, the suspect was identified and located attempting to leave the area.  Coushatta Police and the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office  assisted in locating the suspect and the arrest. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office placed the suspect under arrest at approximately 2:30 a.m. July 29, 2014.  

 

With the joint efforts of these agencies was a valuable tool in solving this case quickly and he appreciates those who stepped up and worked alongside the detectives and officers of the Ville Platte Police Department.  “Without being asked these agencies showed up and jumped in to gather information as quickly as possible and help solve this case.”  “Their assistance is greatly appreciated.”

 

 

Arrested was Samuel Anderson, 30 of Laran Street, Ville Platte.  Anderson was booked into the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail on charges of armed robbery and first degree murder.  Anderson is currently being held without bond.


KVPI Sports is covering the Mamou 8 Year old All Stars in the State Dixie Youth Tournament

KVPI Sports will be in Pineville covering the Mamou 8 Year Old in the State Dixie Youth Pitching Machine Tournament. Best of luck to our All Stars!


KVPI Sports will cover the Ville Platte Super Ten's in District Tournament Play


James Dupre Visits KVPI Studios

Country Entertainer James Dupre visited KVPI studios today just before his performance at the 2014 Smoked Meat Festival. He was interviewed by our own Stephanie Ware.


Ugliest Tie Father's Day Contest

 

Congratulations to our winners: Grand Prize-Mike Cloud, winner of the $400 recliner from Cester Youngs Furniture; Second Place-Junior Perrodin, winner of a $100 gift certificate from Ace Hardware and Third Place- Ernest Anderson, winner of the $50 gift certificate from Ace Hardware. Happy Father's Day from Classic Hits 92.5!!


KVPI-FM Named 2014 Radio Station of the Year

 

    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters awarded KVPI-FM the prestigious “Radio Station of the Year” award on Wednesday during their Prestige Awards luncheon held in Baton Rouge. KVPI-FM, Oldies 92.5, was recognized for its dedication to community service programming to Ville Platte, Evangeline Parish and all of South Central Louisiana.

     In 2013, KVPI-FM aired 53 “Let’s Talk about It” community service interview shows of 15 minutes or more. The shows ranged from the 4-H Livestock Show with County Agent Todd Fontenot in January to a special interview show featuring local ministers airing on Christmas Day.

     KVPI-FM was involved with many community events in 2013. Among the live remotes we covered include: 4-H Livestock Show in January, Swamp Pop Museum and the Mamou Mardi Gras in February; Boggy Bayou Festival, Autism Walk and the Folk Roots Festival in April; Election Returns and Senior Day remote in May; Live all day radio auction for Dixie Youth, Smoked Meat Festival  and the French Showcase in Chataignier in June; Mamou Cajun Music Festival in September; Cotton Festival, High School Career Day and the St. Edmunds Radio Auction in October; Swine Festival in Basile in November and the Food for Families Food Drive in December.

    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters also noted that KVPI-FM continues its tradition of local Cajun French language programming including local newscasts, La Tasse De Café live call-in shows and the Tradio program all conducted in French.

    KVPI-FM continues to promote and support our unique form of South Louisiana rock and roll known as “Swamp Pop”. We program Swamp Pop music all day on Fridays. Every year, we co-sponsor a Swamp Pop dance for the benefit of the Louisiana Swamp Pop museum located in Ville Platte.

    During 2013, KVPI Sports was very busy covering local sports. We covered more than 175 local sporting events in 2013 including high school football, basketball, baseball and softball, LSU Eunice basketball, baseball and softball along with Dixie Youth baseball and Pony softball. Our coverage also included LSU football, baseball and basketball. Travel wise, KVPI-FM was again all over the state and the country. We followed the LSU Eunice softball team to Mississippi and Texas, LSU Eunice baseball team to Oklahoma and the Mamou and Ville Platte Pony softball teams to Texas. KVPI-FM followed the Fairview Lady Panthers basketball team to the state tournament where they won another state championship

 

  • Watch Unveiling of Super Deluxe Reissue of Led Zeppelin's "In Through the Out Door" in New Video

    Atlantic/Swan SongRock fans now can get a look inside the upcoming Super Deluxe reissue of Led Zeppelin's 1979 album, In Through the Out Door, by checking out new "unboxing" video that's been posted on the band's official website and YouTube channel.  The clip shows the unveiling of the box set's two CDs, two LPs, 80-page book, limited-edition print and high-def digital download card.

    The video also features snippets of a few songs from the album, including "In the Evening" and "All My Love."  The upcoming Super Deluxe Edition of In Through the Out Door includes a bonus CD and LP of companion audio tracks featuring rough mixes of each of the original album's seven songs.  It also boasts packaging replicating the original release, including the brown paper sleeve in which that the record was housed.

    The In Through the Out Door reissues will be released on July 31 as part of the final installment Led Zeppelin's reissue campaign.  Remastered and expanded versions of the band's 1976 album, Presence, and its 1982 rarities collection, Coda, also will hit stores that day.

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  • Elton John to Open Inaugural Universal Music Festival in Spain This Month

    ABC/Randy HolmesElton John will wind down his current European tour with a performance later this month at the first-ever Universal Music Festival in Madrid, Spain.

    Elton will open the week-long festival with a "Solo Piano Show" on July 20.  His performance will take place in Madrid's Teatro Real, a 1,700-seat venue that typically hosts opera, ballet and classical music concerts.

    The festival, which boasts an extensive lineup of some of the biggest names in Latin music, will run from July 20 to July 27.  According to Billboard, the event is being hosted by Universal Music Spain and Spanish management/entertainment companies LaRock Entertainment and Concert Tour.

    After the fest, John will head to the U.S. for an August 8 concert in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and an August 9 appearance at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco.

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  • Diana Ross Schedules New Las Vegas Residency in November

    Image Courtesy of AEG LiveDiana Ross is coming out to Las Vegas again in November for another series of performances of her show The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade, which debuted at The Venetian in April.  The Motown diva has scheduled nine new dates that will take place at the same venue on November 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20 and 21.

    Some Memories Never Fade features Ross performing songs that span more than 50 years, and includes many of her hits with The Supremes as well as classics from her solo career.  Tickets will go on sale soon via Venetian.com, at box offices at The Venetian and The Palazzo in Vegas, and by calling 702-414-9000702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469866-641-7469 FREE.  A dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to the Diana Ross Charitable Foundation.  Showtime for every performance is 8 p.m. local time.

    "Following her nine sold-out shows in April, it is an honor to have Miss Ross back at The Venetian Theatre," says George Markantonis, president of The Venetian.  "We consider Miss Ross a part of our family and can't wait to see what she has is store for her loyal fans in this intimate venue upon her return."

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  • The Who-Themed Documentary "Lambert and Stamp" to Be Released on DVD and Blu-ray in August

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    Lambert and Stamp, the recent documentary about The Who's early managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and as a high-def digital download on August 18.  The movie tells the story of how Lambert and Stamp, a pair of aspiring filmmakers, helped mentor and guide The Who from popular London club band to international superstardom after they chose the group to be the focus of a planned movie about England's flourishing music scene.

    Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions of Lambert and Stamp will offer bonus features, including commentary by director James D. Cooper and an interview with Cooper conducted by Henry Rollins.  The Lambert and Stamp Blu-ray also will feature exclusive previously unseen archival footage of The Who, including clips of the band in Finland, a 1967 promotional film, and a segment of the group performing on the 1960s U.S. musical variety program Where the Action Is.

    Among the many highlights of Lambert and Stamp are rare early performance and behind-the-scenes footage of The Who, and new interviews with surviving band mates Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.

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  • Ringo Starr Celebrating 75th Birthday Today with "Peace and Love" Gathering in L.A.

    ©Rob ShanahanJust a reminder that Ringo Starr will celebrate his 75th birthday today, July 7, by appearing live at noon PT at the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, California, where he will lead fans in his trademark "peace and love" salute.  Joining the famed Beatles drummer at the gathering, which is open to the public, and will be his wife, Barbara Bach, and several of Starr's well-known musical friends.

    Among the rock stars confirmed to attend the celebration are Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Richard Marx, ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, acclaimed session drummer Jim Keltner, and current All Starr Band members Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette.  Walsh and comedian Richard Lewis will deliver introductions at the event, which also will feature actor Ed Begley Jr. and Twin Peaks director David Lynch.

    Entertainment will be provided by indie-folk artists Spirit Family Reunion and Adam Arcuragi, who will be performing some of Ringo's songs.

    Starr also is encouraging fans to flash the peace symbol and say or think about "peace and love" at noon wherever they are in the world.  You also can share "peace and love" messages online at various popular social media websites by using the hashtag #PeaceandLove.

    2015 has been quite an eventful year for Starr, who released a new studio album titled Postcards from Paradise in March, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in April.  This fall, meanwhile, Ringo and his All Starr Band will embark on a new North American tour that scheduled to run from an October 1 concert in San Francisco through an October 31 show in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Micky Dolenz Debuting New Show Tonight Combining Monkees Hits and Tunes from His Favorite Musicals

    Image Courtesy of dis COMPANYMicky Dolenz will be monkeying around on Broadway this week, as the Monkees singer is debuting a new show that features him performing a number of his band's famous hits and some of his favorite tunes from the world of musical theater.  Dolenz is scheduled to give three performances of the show, dubbed A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll, tonight, Friday and Saturday at the 54 Below supper club in New York City.

    Dolenz tells ABC Radio that in addition to singing classic Monkees songs that so many of his fans love, the performances will give him the chance to introduce many people to some of the tunes he's sung in various stage productions he's been involved in over the last few decades.

    "I'm fairly well known in the rock 'n' roll world, but maybe not so well known in the musical theater, Broadway world," he explains.  "I started late in life doing that.  [The first] big Broadway thing I did was Grease back in the '90s, and then I went on and did [A] Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and then I did Aida -- the Elton John-Tim Rice musical -- and then I did the revival of Pippin, and then, most recently, in London's West End, I did Hairspray."

    Micky says in deciding what musical-theater songs to include in the performances, he tried to choose "tunes that just work independently of the show."  He adds that finding such songs was tough to do, "'cause often sung out of context it doesn't really make any sense."

    Dolenz tells ABC Radio that his A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll shows also will include a song from the 2001 comedic musical Urinetown, "Don't Be the Bunny," which he used to successfully audition for roles in several stage productions, including the aforementioned Pippin revival.

    As for the Monkees songs featured in this week's shows, he says fans can expect him to belt out "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Daydream Believer" and more.

    Meanwhile, Dolenz says his experience with The Monkees' TV series was excellent preparation for roles in musicals.

    "In retrospect, the Monkees television show was essentially a half-hour little musical theater film, like a Marx Brothers film on television," he maintains.  "The Monkees, ultimately, I think, were much, much more closely aligned to the Marx Brothers than The Beatles, say.  It was a little half-hour [featuring] song and dance and little crazy plot."

    Visit 54Below.com to buy tickets and find out more details about Dolenz's A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll shows.  Showtime for all three performances is 7 p.m. ET.

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  • Lionel Richie Scores First #1 Album in the UK in 23 Years

    Credit: Andrew MacPhersonWherever he is, Lionel Richie must be dancing on the ceiling.  The pop/R&B singer has scored his first #1 album on the U.K. chart in more than 23 years, as his compilation The Definitive Collection, has jumped to the top spot following Richie's acclaimed June 28 performance at the Glastonbury Festival.

    The 2003 retrospective, which features highlights from Richie's solo career and from his tenure with The Commodores, leaped from the 103rd slot to #1 after an amazing 1,763-percent increase in combined sales over the past week, OfficialCharts.com reports.  The Definitive Collection previously peaked at #10 in the U.K. at the time of its 2003 release.

    "I was overwhelmed performing at Glastonbury in front of all those people and for the fans to make the album Number 1 is ‎unbelievable," Richie tells OfficialCharts.com.  "The U.K. has always been a special place for me, thank you, I love you all."

    The last time Lionel reached the top spot on the U.K. album tally was in 1992, with his Back to Front compilation.  Richie scored a #1 album in the U.S. in 2012 with his most recent studio effort, the country duets collection Tuskegee.

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  • Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well Concerts Set Attendance Records at Chicago's Soldier Field

    Courtesy of The Grateful DeadThe Grateful Dead's final three concerts, held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Chicago's Soldier Field, were the highest attended events ever at the venue since it was renovated in 2003.  Billboard reports that the group's Fare Thee Well shows on July 3, 4 and 5 in the Windy City drew 70,764, 70,844 and 71,000, respectively.

    The previous record was held by U2, who brought in 67,936 fans for a 2009 concert during the Irish bands 360° Tour.

    As previously reported, the band's Fare Thee Well shows featured The Grateful Dead's four core surviving members -- rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann -- along with Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti, the keyboardist of Weir's side group RatDog.

    According to Jambands.com, here is the full set list of Sunday's show, which was announced as The Grateful Dead's last-ever concert:

    Set I:
    "China Cat Sunflower"
    "I Know You Rider"
    "Estimated Prophet"
    "Built to Last"
    "Samson and Delilah"
    "Mountains of the Moon"
    "Throwing Stones"

    Set II:
    "Truckin'"
    "Cassidy"
    "Althea"
    "Terrapin Station"
    "Drums"
    "Space"
    "Unbroken Chain"
    "Days Between"
    "Not Fade Away"

    Encore:
    "Touch of Grey"

    Encore 2:
    "Attics of My Life"

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  • Yoko Ono Says Nicknaming ISIS Terrorist After Late Husband John Lennon "Was Very Distasteful"

    PRNewsFoto/T.J. Martell FoundationIn a new interview, Yoko Ono speaks out about the murderous ISIS terrorist who has been given the nickname "Jihadi John" in reference to her late husband, John Lennon.  Ono tells U.K. newspaper The Observer she "thought that was very distasteful" to use Lennon's name in connection with the Islamic militant, who has appeared in a number of videos in which he's shown beheading kidnapping victims from various countries.

    Ono says she feels a duty to continue to work toward spreading the positive message that her husband and his old band embraced, particularly in the wake of the violent actions by groups such as ISIS.  "I have to keep on doing something because the other side will take over -- people who are really not understanding what beautiful things we have in this world and want to destroy it," she maintains.  "And I'm not going to let them destroy John or The Beatles."

    "Jihadi John" is believed to be Mohammed Emwazi, who's part of a four-person British-born terrorist cell whose prisoners nicknamed them after The Beatles because of their accents.

    In other news, although Ono is known to have had conflicts with the surviving Beatles members over the years, she tells The Observer her current relationship with them is warm.  "From my side there's an incredible love towards them," she maintains, "because they have done something important for the world and especially for the young."

    Yoko suggests that one of the reasons why tensions mounted between her and Lennon's band mates, particularly when the group was still together, was a general lack of communication she says may have something to do with their British upbringing.

    "For instance, that classic style of 'Let's keep our chins up' was typical of John," she explains.  "John and I went through so much difficulty and when that was happening we said, 'OK, let's just ignore it.'  I don't think the other Beatles had to go through that much, really -- John was the one who was taking it all.  But I know that they're doing their best.  I really love them like my brothers."

    As for disputes that she's had with Paul McCartney over such issues as McCartney wanting his name to be listed before Lennon's on Beatles songs on which Sir Paul was the main or sole writer, Ono says she feels that they get blown out of proportion.  "I feel that in some ways we are almost forced to be in a boxing ring, and that's how people are looking at us," she maintains, "but we're not doing that."

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  • Elton John Lyricist Bernie Taupin's Paintings to Be Displayed at Two New York Shows

    Rebecca Sapp/WireImageBernie Taupin is famous for writing the words to all of Elton's John's mega hits, but the lyricist also is a painter, and his artwork will be in the spotlight this month at two shows in New York's exclusive beachfront Hamptons communty.

    Mark Borghi Fine Art is mounting a retrospective Taupin show, titled "BLUEPRINT," at its Bridgehampton, New York, location.  The exhibit will include 16 contemporary and abstract works that reflect Taupin's influences from the art of the 1950s and '60s.  That show will run from July 12 through July 26, and Taupin himself will be in attendance at an opening reception on July 11, at 6 p.m. ET. 

    Meanwhile, in nearby Water Mill, New York, Taupin's newest works will be on display in an exhibit titled "Plain Brown Wrapper," at the Art Southampton art fair, which takes place July 10-13.  Bernie also will be on hand for an opening reception at Water Mill's Parrish Art Museum this Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m. ET.  For more information visit Art-Southampton.com.

    Since Taupin took up painting in the early '90s, his work has been displayed at exhibitions in New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles.  You can get a taste of Bernie's abstract expressionist and pop art influenced work at BernieTaupinArt.com.

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  • HUGH JACKMAN'S WIFE JOKINGLY BANS HIM FROM WORKING WITH ANGELINA JOLIE

    Hugh Jackman's wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, joined him for an appearance on the Today show in Australia on Monday (July 6th) where she joked about being uncomfortable with the idea of him working with Angelina Jolie.

    She said, "I've told his agent he's not allowed to work with Angelina." Deborra quickly added, "I'm sure she's lovely...I'm just kidding." She went on to discuss the challenges of dating an actor saying, "That's the deal with this business. If you get it right, if you pick the right partner, then, you traverse all those travails and challenges."

    • Hugh and Deborra married back in 1996. They have two adopted children together -- 15-year-old Oscar and nine-year-old Ava.
    • Brad Pitt fell in love with Angelina while filming 2005's Mr. & Mrs. Smith when he was still married to Jennifer Aniston.

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  • JOAN RIVERS' DOCTOR DENIES WRONGDOING

    Joan Rivers' doctor will not take the blame for her death last August. According to documents obtained by the Daily Mail, Dr. Gwen Korovin is denying allegations made against her in the malpractice lawsuit filed back in January.

    Korovin is fighting the charges that she wasn't supposed to be doing any work at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic by claiming she was invited to perform the transnasal laryngoscopy by another doctor named Lawrence Cohen. She also denies fleeing the operating room when Joan's vital signs started plummeting. Her attorney said in a statement, "Gwen S Korovin MD is a highly experienced, board certified otolaryngologist. She maintains privileges at one of the city’s most prestigious hospitals. She is respected and admired by her peers in the medical community and she is revered by her patients."

    • Gwen also states that she was "unaware of any pictures being taken" in response to the rumors that she took selfies in the operating room while Joan was unconscious on the table.

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  • KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN HAS FINALLY HAD ENOUGH OF SCOTT DISICK

    Kourtney Kardashian has apparently had enough of Scott Disick's partying. Sources tell E! News that Kourtney has ended their nine-year relationship in order to look out for their three children.

    One insider revealed, "Kourtney has always taken Scott back and been by his side, but now with three kids it has gotten old. Kourtney has to do what's best for the kids." The source added, "Scott has been running around saying he's single. Kourtney dumped him after she saw the pics in Monte Carlo and he hasn't been home after a month-long party binge."

    • Although Scott's party lifestyle is nothing new, other sources allege that 32-year-old Disick has been spending more and more time with a group of friends who are "not a good influence."
    • They started dating in 2006 but split up briefly in 2010 because Kourtney felt that he had a drinking problem.
    • Scott has sought treatment for his alcoholism several times over the years -- most recently in March 2015 at a facility in Costa Rica.
    • They have three children -- five-year-old son Mason, three-year-old daughter Penelope, and six-month-old Reign.
    • Neither Scott nor Kourtney has addressed the reports of their breakup.

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  • BILL COSBY ADMITS TO DRUGGING WOMEN IN 2005 DEPOSITION

    During a 2005 deposition for a sexual assault lawsuit filed against him by a Temple University employee, Bill Cosby admitted to giving Quaaludes and Benadryl to women he wanted to have sex with. According to TMZ, during the deposition, Cosby also admitted to giving Temple employee Andrea Constand three half pills of Benadryl.

    Cosby eventually settled the case with Constand for an undisclosed amount of money. The AP filed docs asking a court to release the testimony, and Cosby's attorneys tried to have it blocked, claiming revealing the material would embarrass him.

    • Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by over 30 women. He has never been criminally charged.

    JILL SCOTT RESPONDS

    Singer Jill Scott was one of the celebrities who defended Bill Cosby when the sexual assault allegations hit last year. After the deposition leaked last night, she wrote via Twitter, "About Bill Cosby. Sadly his own testimony offers PROOF of terrible deeds, which is ALL I have ever required to believe the accusations. 1) We live in America. Many African American men are detained &/or imprisoned for crimes without evidence. I will never jump on bandwagons."

    • She continued, "2) based on social media or hearsay. Proof will always matter more than public opinion. The sworn testimony is proof. Completely disgusted. I stood by a man I respected and loved. I was wrong. It HURTS!!! When you get it ALL right, holla."

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  • DUSTIN HOFFMAN SLAMS TODAY'S MOVIES

    Dustin Hoffman believes that the quality of films these days doesn't cut it. The two-time Oscar-winner recently chatted with The Independent about why money may be to blame for sub-par movies.

    He explained, "I think right now television is the best that it's ever been. And I think that it's the worst that film has ever been -- in the 50 years that I've been doing it, it's the worst." Dustin added, "It's hard to believe you can do good work for the little amount of money these days. We did The Graduate and that film still sustains, it had a wonderful script that they spent three years on, and an exceptional director with an exceptional cast and crew, but it was a small movie, four walls and actors, that is all, and yet it was 100 days of shooting."

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    SARAH JESSICA PARKER IS NOT A FEMINIST: Sarah Jessica Parker reveals in the new issue of Cosmopolitan that she is not a feminist because she believes in all human rights. The Sex and the City star explains, "As playwright Wendy Wasserstein would say, I'm a humanist. I'm enormously appreciative of the work that my mother's generation did. We are the beneficiaries of a lot of disappointment, heartache, discouragement, and misunderstanding. But I see a lot of people trying to sort out their roles. People of color, gays, lesbians, and transgenders who are carving out this space. I'm not spitting in the face or being lazy about what still needs to be done -- but I don't think it's just women anymore. We would be so enormously powerful if it were a humanist movement." When asked which political issues are most important to her, she responded, "Equality in pay. Paid sick leave. The thing that would change people's lives maybe more than anything, assuming that we maintain access to health care, is child care. If I could guarantee every mother who is working two, three jobs that she had good child care that didn't make her anxious all day -- people would probably work in more efficient ways. How many times do you hear a wealthy person get asked, 'How do you do it all?' If I'm asked that question one more time...I'm like, 'Are you kidding me? Ask someone who looks like she's about to drop, How are you doing? How are you managing?'"

    FANS ARE SPECULATING THAT KIT HARINGTON IS COMING BACK TO 'GAME OF THRONES': Kit Harington's days on Game of Thrones may not be done after all. Fans of the show are speculating that Kit may be back on the show next season because he has not done away with the Jon Snow look he sports during filming. Kit revealed to The Independent back in December that he only keeps his hair long as part of his contract and that he wanted to "cut it off quite soon. As soon as I'm allowed."

    CARA DELEVINGNE SPEAKS ON BEING EMBRACED FOR WHO SHE IS: Cara Delevingne is grateful that she has found success while being totally open about who she is. She recently told Daily Mail Australia, "I've been pretty open about myself from the beginning. I think it's wonderful that you know, it's being accepted more and more. And I think everyone has a right to be whoever they want to be. So I'm just very happy." Cara has come out publicly as bisexual and is currently dating musician St. Vincent.

    JEFF GOLDBLUM JOINS FACEBOOK: Jeff Goldblum has decided to boost his presence on social media. The 62-year-old made his first post last week to promote the upcoming sequel to Independence Day. He shared a photo from the set where his photobombed by Liam Hemsworth and wrote, "So there I was thinking about how I would save mankind when this guy photobombs me. Oh, why hello Facebook, nice to finally meet you. #‎IDR" Liam also shared a photo of himself with Jeff over the weekend and wrote, "Jeff Goldblum, my new Independence Day #BFF #IDR" Independence Day: Resurgence hits theaters on June 24, 2016.

    FORMER 'KYLE XY' STAR GETS MARRIED: Former Kyle XY star, Matt Dallas, is married. He exchanged vows with musician Blue Hamilton over the weekend. Matt shared a photo from the big day on Instagram on Sunday (July 5th) and wrote, "Mr. & Mr. Dallas." Blue shared the same photo but wrote, "Introducing Mr. and Mr. Hamilton." Matt came out and announced his engagement back in January of 2013.

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  • REPORT: MATT DAMON IS HELPING BEN AFFLECK THROUGH DIVORCE

    Ben Affleck reportedly has his BFF helping him through his divorce from Jennifer Garner. People is reporting that Matt Damon has been supporting Ben during this stressful time.

    One source revealed, "In the same way Jen is turning to her friends, for a long time, Ben has reached out to Matt, who is a true touch point for him. He's a solid friend and this has been a long separation and not easy, and a lot of people would leave after a separation." The insider added, "They have a bond. Few people know Ben better than Matt, and that is really invaluable."

    • Ben and Matt have been friends for over 30 years back in their high school days.
    • They each won an Oscar back in 1998 for co-writing Good Will Hunting.

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    RACHEL MCADAMS RUMORED FOR 'DOCTOR STRANGE': Rachel McAdams is reportedly the frontrunner for the female lead role in Marvel's Doctor Strange. She will be starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the comic book adaptation being directed by Scott Derrickson. Doctor Strange is scheduled to hit theaters on November 4th, 2016.

    'THE GOOD WIFE' ADDS JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN: Former Grey's Anatomy actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan has joined The Good Wife as a series regular for the upcoming seventh season. He will play an investigator hired by Julianna Margulies' Alicia Florrick. The new season will also welcome Cush Jumbo to help fill the voids left Archie Panjabi and Matthew Goode. The seventh season premiere is set for October 4th.

    MISTY COPELAND JOINS 'ON THE TOWN': Ballet superstar Misty Copeland will make her Broadway debut in On the Town. She will star in the show as Ivy Smith for 12 performances from August 25th to September 6th. Misty will be replacing Megan Fairchild who has been with the show since the revival opened last fall.

    THREE MORE STARS ADDED TO 'GHOSTBUSTERS' REBOOT: Paul Feig's reboot of Ghostbuster has added a few more famous faces. Andy Garcia, Michael K. Williams, and SNL's Cecily Strong have will all appear opposite stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth. Andy will be playing the Mayor of New York and Michael will play a character named Hawkins but Cecily's role has not been revealed.

    'INSIDE OUT' BEATS 'JURASSIC WORLD': The weekend box office numbers have been adjusted to include Sunday's (July 5th) ticket sales and Inside Out has finally taken down Jurassic World. Pixar's latest outing grossed $29.7 million versus Jurassic World's $29.2. Jurassic World has been on top since its release on June 12th. It is currently the fourth-highest grossing film of all time in the U.S. and the fifth-highest grossing around the world.

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