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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.


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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!

 

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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.


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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

 

  • Lindsey Buckingham, Frankie Valli Among Guests Scheduled to Appear on AXS TV's "The Big Interview"

    Danny Clinch; Varela MediaLindsey Buckingham and Frankie Valli will be featured guests on newly announced episodes of Dan Rather's AXS TV series The Big Interview, which airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.  Each show features Rather holding an in-depth conversation with various celebrities about their lives and careers.

    Buckingham will appear on the April 28 episode of The Big Interview, while Valli will be featured on the May 26 show.

    Also scheduled to appear on upcoming episodes are Trisha Yearwood on April 14, Vince Gill on April 21, Josh Groban on May 5, Florida Georgia Line on May 12 and director Paul Haggis on May 19.

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  • Ex-GN'R Drummer Steven Adler's Solo Band Schedules Summer US Concerts

    Image Courtesy of AdlerSteven Adler still has an appetite for rock.  The founding Guns N' Roses drummer is getting ready to hit the road this summer with his current band, Adler, and has lined up a handful of shows that'll mark the group's first performances in more than two years.

    The first date is scheduled for June 18 in Bolingbrook, Illinois, and is part of a three-show Midwestern stint that also features a June 20 concert in St. Louis in support of Queensryche.  Adler's itinerary also includes a July 10 gig at the famed Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California, and an August 28 show in Uncasville, Connecticut.

    In addition, the band will head to Peru for three concerts in late July.  More dates are expected to be added in the coming weeks.

    Adler continues to support their debut album, Back from the Dead, which was released in late 2012.  The record was produced by longtime Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson, and features guest performances by ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and Rob Zombie guitarist John 5.

    Here are all of Alder's confirmed U.S. tour dates:

    6/18 -- Bolingbrook, IL, Tailgators
    6/19 -- Pekin, IL, Hat Tricks
    6/20 -- St. Louis, MO, Jefferson Barracks Amphitheater (with Queensryche)
    7/10 -- West Hollywood, CA, Whisky a Go Go
    8/28 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Casino

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  • Robert Plant Collaborating with Dance/Pop DJ Diplo

    Image Courtesy of Ed MilesAfter exploring Americana music in recent years with Allison Krauss and his group Band of Joy, Robert Plant made some hypnotic forays into electronic music on his latest solo album, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar.  Now, the Led Zeppelin singer apparently is continuing his journey into electronic sounds, as dance/pop DJ and producer Diplo has announced that he and Plant are collaborating.

    Diplo hasn't offered any details about the project besides posting a photo of him and the 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer together on his Instagram page along with the message, "Collab coming soon."  Diplo previously has worked with such stars as Madonna, Beyoncé, No Doubt, Justin Bieber, Usher, Snoop Dogg and Britney Spears.

    Plant, with his current backing band The Sensational Space Shifters, finished a South American tour leg on Saturday with an appearance at the Lollapalooza Brazil festival.  They will launch a North American trek on May 24 with a performance at the Sasquatch Festival in George, Washington.

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  • Duran Duran to Release "Epic" New Album in September with Help from Mark Ronson & Nile Rodgers

    Credit: Stephanie PistelDuran Duran has finally finished work on their new album, which the '80s icons are planning to release in September.  The as-yet-untitled 14th studio effort was produced by, among others, Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers and Mr. "Uptown Funk" himself, Mark Ronson.  Ronson also produced the band's most recent release, 2010's All You Need Is Now.  Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor describes the project as "epic."

    Speaking to ABC Radio a few months ago, Taylor said of the new disc, "It's going to be amazing. We've been working on it for two years and, it's a real epic, actually: it's going to be an epic record.  It's a real broad sound that we have on this record."

    Rodgers first worked with Duran Duran on their smash 1984 hits "The Wild Boys" and "The Reflex," as well as on their 1986 album Notorious, but Taylor says this new project isn't going to harken back to the band's classic '80s sound.

    "Not really, no.  It's very much in the moment," he told ABC Radio. "Of course it's always going to sound like Duran Duran. You know, with the four of us playing and singing on the record, it's undeniable a Duran Duran record, but we've not really referenced ourselves as much on this record.  We've just kind of done what's come to us, and what's been instinctive.  So, it's going to be a great record."

    The first single from the new album is "Pressure Off," featuring vocals from R&B star Janelle Monáe; ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Fruciante also contributed to the project.

    The upcoming album will be released as part of a new worldwide deal the band signed with Warner Bros. Records.

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  • Paul McCartney Working with Ed Sheeran, Chef Jamie Oliver on Song to Promote Healthier Diets for School Kids

    MPL/Mary McCartneyPaul McCartney's recent collaborations with Kanye West and Rihanna likely have made many more young people aware of the former Beatles star, but now the rock legend has lent his talents to another new collaborative song that's seeking to bring attention to a cause that could positively affect youngsters around the world.

    Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver revealed during a recent interview with an Australian radio show that McCartney has penned some lyrics for and played bass on a new star-studded anthem that's being prepared for this year's edition of Oliver's Food Revolution Day campaign on May 15.

    In the interview, Oliver revealed that he co-wrote the song with young U.K. pop star Ed Sheeran, who, he said, "set me to task to go and get the rest of the band together, so I [asked McCartney], 'Will you lay down bass and do some lyrics?' and he said, 'Yes!'"

    Oliver reported that McCartney already had sent over the tracks he worked on.  The chef also revealed that Coldplay's Chris Martin had agreed to add some keyboards to the song, which he's planning to release in early May as part of a viral campaign.

    The focus of the 2015 Food Revolution Day initiative is to get people around the world to sign a petition declaring that "it's a child's human right to have practical food education in school."

    As a vegetarian, McCartney has long promoted healthier eating through such initiatives as the Meat Free Monday campaign he helped launch a few years ago.

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  • James Taylor Releasing First Album of New Songs in 13 Years This June

    Credit: Rob FortunatoJames Taylor fans, rejoice: This summer, the singer/songwriter is releasing his first album of all-new, original material in 13 years.  It's called Before This World, and it hits stores on June 16.

    Taylor, whose last album of new songs was 2002's October Road, tells Rolling Stone, "I got out of the habit of writing songs for about 10 years.  I just never prioritized it."

    He adds, "I hadn't been able to convince my manager, my wife and my kids that this had to be a priority.  But I said to them, 'If I don't get this record written, I don't know what's going to happen.'  And then they let me go.'"

    Where did he go?  To an apartment in Newport, Rhode Island, where, he says, "I didn't know anybody and I didn't see anybody."  Armed with only a guitar and a notebook, he turned out a batch of songs that he finished recording in a barn on his property in Massachusetts.  Rolling Stone says the album is -- big surprise -- "mellow" and "folky," with songs about the Red Sox, the singer's recovery from addiction and the road.

    Since 2002, the record business has changed quite a bit, with album sales at an all-time low, but Taylor says he's not stressing about going platinum with Before This World.

    "I have no idea what releasing an album even means anymore," he tells Rolling Stone.  "Friends of mine say, 'James, you have to adjust your expectations.  People don't buy these things.'  Not to be presumptuous, but Vincent Van Gogh sold just two paintings while he was alive.  If that's what your medium is, you simply must do it."

    Taylor will support the new album with summer dates, including a show at Fenway Park in Boston.  Asked about possible retirement from touring, the 67-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says, "B.B. King and Tony Bennett are models for continuing.  You find a way forward if your audience keeps showing up."

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  • Aerosmith Add Two More US Shows to Its Blue Army Tour

    Credit: Ross HalfinAerosmith has now expanded its Blue Army Tour 2015 to include 15 dates after adding a pair of new U.S. shows to its itinerary.  The latest concerts to join the band's list of summer performances are a June 30 gig in Hidalgo, Texas, and an August 4 show in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    Tickets for both dates can be purchased now via Ticketmaster.com.  Aerosmith's Blue Army Tour gets under way with a June 24 date in Evansville, Indiana, and is plotted out through a special August 7 gig in Canton, Ohio, called the Concert for Legends, which is part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2015 enshrinement festivities.

    Here are all of Aerosmith's confirmed 2015 North American tour dates:

    6/24 -- Evansville, IN, The Ford Center
    6/27 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Casino
    6/30 -- Hidalgo, Texas, State Farm Arena
    7/3 -- Lake Tahoe, NV, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
    7/7 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
    7/10 -- Salinas, CA, Salinas Sports Complex
    7/13 -- Kelowna, BC, Canada, Prospera Place
    7/16 -- Victoria, BC, Canada, Save on Foods Memorial Centre
    7/19 -- Fort McMurray, AB, Canada, Shell Place at MacDonald Park
    7/22 -- Cheyenne, WY, Cheyenne Frontier Days
    7/25 -- Minot, ND, North Dakota State Fair
    7/28 -- Ridgefield, WA, Washington Amphitheater Northwest
    8/1 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
    8/4 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
    8/7 -- Canton, OH, Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

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  • Norman Greenbaum of “Spirit in the Sky” Fame Critically Injured in Car Accident

    Photo by GAB Archive/RedfernsNorman Greenbaum, the 72-year-old singer-songwriter best known for the 1969 hit “Spirit in the Sky” was hospitalized Saturday after being critically injured in a Northern California car accident that killed a motorcyclist, the Press-Democrat reports.

    Greenbaum was still in critical condition as of Sunday afternoon, a nursing supervisor told the newspaper.

    Greenbaum was a passenger in a Subaru Outback that failed to yield to a motorcycle at an intersection in Santa Rosa, California Highway Patrol officials told the newspaper.

    CHiP officials said the motorcyclist, 20-year-old Usama Halaweh, crashed into the Subaru and died at the scene.  A passenger on the motorcycle was critically injured.

    The driver of the Subaru, identified as Bonita Perea, 63, was not injured, CHiP officials said.

    “Spirit in the Sky” has been featured in dozens of TV shows and movies over the years. It was part of the soundtrack of last year’s box office hit Guardians of the Galaxy.

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  • Eric Clapton Turns 70 Today

    Credit: George ChinHappy Birthday to Eric Clapton, who celebrates his 70th birthday today.  The blues-rock guitar legend has been one of the most influential and successful musicians to emerge from the 1960s British music scene, and is the only person ever to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times -- in 1992 as a member of The Yardbirds, in 1993 with Cream and in 2000 as a solo artist.

    Clapton's music career began more than 50 years ago with The Yardbirds, and he quickly earned a reputation as one of the best guitarists in the U.K.  Unhappy with the group's pop direction, he left in 1965 to join John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers.  The following year, he teamed up with one of his fellow Bluesbreakers, singer/bassist Jack Bruce, and jazz-influenced drum virtuoso Ginger Baker to form Cream.

    Cream combined improvisational blues-rock and psychedelia for a sound that influenced countless hard rock bands.  During his time with the short-lived supergroup, Clapton began to develop as a singer and songwriter, and was responsible for co-writing such classic songs as "Sunshine of Your Love," "Strange Brew" and "Badge."

    After Cream broke up in 1968, Clapton joined forces with Steve Winwood to form another supergroup, Blind Faith, which only released one self-titled album in 1969.  He then took part in a brief collaboration with the American rock/soul duo Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett before beginning an extremely successful solo career.  In 1970, the year Clapton released his self-titled solo debut, he also put out Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, the landmark album he recorded as Derek and the Dominos, a group that also featured Duane Allman.

    Clapton scored his only #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974 with a cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff," which helped introduce the music of the reggae legend to many music fans around the world.  Eric's many other enduring solo tunes include "Lay Down Sally," "Tears in Heaven," "Wonderful Tonight," "I Can't Stand It," "Change the World" and his classic covers of the J.J. Cale songs "After Midnight" and "Cocaine."

    To mark his 70th birthday, Clapton has scheduled a pair of concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City on May 1 and 2, as well as a seven-date engagement later that month at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  He also is releasing a two-CD compilation titled Forever Man on April 28 that focuses on his solo work.

    Meanwhile, in honor of the milestone, the Where's Eric! website has gathered input from fans around the world to help put together a list of the "70 Reasons Why Eric Clapton Is an Icon."

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  • Queen's Brian May Says Sacha Baron Cohen/Freddie Mercury Announcement Was a "Small Joke"

    Photo: Neal PrestonSacha Baron Cohen has NOT been confirmed to play Freddie Mercury in a biopic about the flamboyant Queen frontman.

    Queen guitarist Brian May posted on his website that the band’s manager, Jim Beach, was just making “a small joke” last Thursday at the Artist and Manager Awards when he said Cohen had officially signed on to the long-delayed project.

    Entertainment Weekly.com reported the story on Saturday, quoting Beach as saying, “You have probably followed the saga of the famous Queen-Freddie Mercury biopic which has been developing in Hollywood for the last seven years. An important breakthrough is that we have now managed to persuade Sacha Baron Cohen to write, produce, and direct this movie, and he has also agreed to star.”

    May said Beach was just joking. "I'm afraid some folks might have taken it seriously," wrote May.

    The biopic about Mercury, who died in 1991 at the age of 45 due to complications from AIDS, has been in the works since about 2010. However, sources told EW the project has been stalled due to Cohen “not seeing eye to eye with the remaining members of Queen who have script and director approval."

    According to EW, Cohen desired a “gritty R-rated tell-all," while the band apparently preferred a PG-version of Mercury's life.

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    HUGH JACKMAN CONFIRMS THIRD 'WOLVERINE' FILM: Hugh Jackman took to Instagram on Saturday (March 28th) to confirm that he will be playing Wolverine one more time in a stand-alone film. He shared a photo showing three of Wolverine's iconic claws jutting out and wrote, "WOLVERINE ...ONE LAST TIME. HJ" Hugh has played Wolverine in all of the X-Men films and two solo movies.

    ELLEN DEGENERES DOCU-SERIES COMING TO NBC: NBC has ordered eight episodes of a new docu-series from Ellen DeGeneres called First Dates. The show follows eight couple who meet for the first time and decide whether they have enough chemistry to go out again. Production will begin in Chicago in July. It is based on a series that launched in the UK.

    MASI OKA JOINS 'HEROES REBORN': Heroes star Masi Oka is returning for NBC's upcoming limited series, Heroes Reborn. He was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe for his role as Hiro Nakamura -- a man with ability to control time and space. Masi said in a statement, "I’m excited to return to my 'Heroes' roots. Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play, and I'm hoping the fans will enjoy seeing him back on TV."

    JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS IN TALKS FOR AMERICAN ADAPTATION OF 'FORCE MAJEURE': Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is negotiating a deal to star in the American remake of the award-winning Swedish drama Force Majeure. She will be playing the wife of a man who deserts his family during an avalanche that hits their resort in the French Alps. Julia is also expected to have a producer credit on the adaptation.

    'THE BFG' ADDS BILL HADER: Bill Hader has been added to the cast of Steven Spielberg's The BFG -- based on the children's book by Roald Dahl. The story involves a young girl who teams up with the Queen of England and a giant to capture evil, man-eating giants who are invading the human world. Bill will be playing one of the giants. The BFG is scheduled to hit theaters on July 1st, 2016.

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  • TARAJI P. HENSON APOLOGIZES FOR SAYING HER SON WAS RACIALLY PROFILED

    Taraji P. Henson has issued a public apology to the police department in Glendale, California for accusing them of racially profiling her 20-year-old son, Marcel Johnson. Video footage obtained by TMZ revealed that nothing out of the ordinary went down when the incident occurred last October when he was pulled over for failing to yield at a crosswalk.

    The Empire star posted to Instagram on Friday (March 27th,) "I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department. A mother's job is not easy and neither is a police officer's. Sometimes as humans we over react without gathering all of the facts. As a mother in this case I overreacted and for that I apologize."

    • Taraji originally called out the cops in Uptown magazine for illegally searching his car even though the video revealed he actually admitted to having weed in the vehicle. He was given a citation for possession but got a pass for the original violation which would have required him to attend traffic school.
    • Henson also said that Marcel was stopped by police on campus at USC just for having his hands in his pockets.
    • The two incidents prompted her to transfer her son to Howard University.

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  • BETHENNY FRANKEL HAS A PERSONALITY COACH

    Bethenny Frankel is allegedly hoping to revamp her image with the help of a personality coach. According to Page Six, the 44-year-old is hoping that the hired help could help her "tone down."

    Bethenny is reportedly under the impression that the ongoing drama of her divorce and her failed talk show brought on the need for a little personality makeover. A source said, "She's turned herself into a victim and been told by these coaches to be much more demure, and not be as harsh as she was."

    • Frankel is rejoining the Real Housewives of New York this season after leaving the show in 2010.

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  • 'AUSTIN & ALLY' AND 'HUNGER GAMES' ARE THE KIDS' CHOICE

    Former Disney actor Nick Jonas briefly became a Nickelodeon star to host the Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday night (March 28th.) The singer kicked off the show by serenading the audience with his songs "Chains" and "Jealous" while back by the teen metal band, Unlocking the Truth. The night also included performances by Jennifer Hudson and Iggy Azalea singing "Trouble" and 5 Seconds of Summer covering "What I Like About You" by The Romantics.

    Emma Stone took home the first award for Favorite Movie Actress. The cast of Modern Family had the honor of being the first winners of the night to have buckets of slime dumped on them. Angelina Jolie made her first public appearance since revealing her preventative cancer surgery last week. She was joined by daughters Shiloh and Zahara who cheered their mom on while she accepted the award for Favorite Villain.

    • Disney Channel's Austin & Ally was the favorite in the TV categories taking home blimps for Favorite Kids TV Show, Favorite TV Actor, and Favorite TV Actress.
    • On the movie side, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 also took home three awards -- Favorite Movie, Favorite Male Action Star, and Favorite Female Action Star which Jennifer Lawrence won for both Hunger Games and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
    • Jennifer Lopez made a cameo to present the award for Favorite Male Singer to Nick who thanked all of his fans before getting drenched in slime.
    • The cast of The Thundermans were the first people ever to go through the human slime car wash.

    The Winners:

    TELEVISION
    Favorite Talent Competition Show: The Voice
    Favorite Family TV Show: Modern Family
    Favorite Kids TV Show: Austin & Ally
    Favorite TV Actor: Ross Lynch, Austin & Ally
    Favorite TV Actress: Laura Marano, Austin & Ally
    Favorite Cartoon: SpongeBob SquarePants
    Favorite Reality Show: Dance Moms

    FILM
    Favorite Movie: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1
    Favorite Villain: Angelina Jolie, Maleficent
    Favorite Movie Actor: Ben Stiller, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
    Favorite Movie Actress: Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man 2
    Favorite Animated Movie: Big Hero 6
    Favorite Male Action Star: Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1
    Favorite Female Action Star: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 and X-Men: Days of Future Past

    MUSIC
    Favorite New Artist: Fifth Harmony
    Favorite Music Group: One Direction
    Favorite Male Singer: Nick Jonas
    Favorite Female Singer: Selena Gomez
    Favorite Song Of The Year: "Bang Bang" Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj

    OTHER CATEGORIES
    Most Addicting Game: Minecraft
    Favorite Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

    SOUND FROM THE SHOW:

    In clip one, Angelina Jolie accepts award for Favorite Villain.

    • "Thank you so much for all the kids who voted. I want to say when I was little, like Maleficent, I was told that I was different. I felt i was out of place, I was too loud and too full of fire and never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in and then one day I realized something. Something I hope you realize. Different is good. So don't fit in. Don't sit still. Don't ever try to be less than what you are and when someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up high and be proud. And as your villain, I would say cause a little trouble. It's good for you."
    AUDIO: KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2015 ANGELINA JOLIE ACCEPTS AWARD FOR FAVORITE VILLAIN
    AUDIO: KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2015 EMMA STONE ACCEPTS AWARD FOR FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS
    AUDIO: KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2015 NICK JONAS ACCEPTS AWARD FOR FAVORITE MALE SINGER
    AUDIO: KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2015 NICK JONAS INTRODUCES THE SHOW

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  • LENA DUNHAM UNDER FIRE FOR OFFENSIVE QUIZ IN NEW YORKER

    Lena Dunham has come under fire once again. The Girls star is receiving backlash from a piece she wrote for the New Yorker called "Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz" about her boyfriend, Jack Antonoff.

    The article includes quips such as "He doesn't tip," "He has hair all over his body, like most males who share his background," and, "He comes from a culture in which mothers focus every ounce of their attention on their offspring." The Anti-Defamation League released a statement slamming the piece saying, "Some will certainly find Lena Dunham's stereotypes about cheap Jews offensive. Others will take issue with the very idea of comparing a dog and a Jewish boyfriend. While we understand that humor is its own special brand of expression and always try to give leeway to comedians, we wish that she had chosen another, less insensitive way to publicly reflect on her boyfriend's virtues and vices. We are surprised that the New Yorker chose to print it."

    • New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick addressed the controversy saying, "The Jewish-comic tradition is rich with the mockery of, and playing with, stereotypes. Anyone who has ever heard Lenny Bruce or Larry David or Sarah Silverman or who has read 'Portnoy's Complaint' knows that. Lena Dunham, who is Jewish and hugely talented, is a comic voice working in that vein. Richard Pryor and Chris Rock do the same about black stereotypes; Amy Schumer does it with women and gender. I don't mind if one reader or another didn't find the piece funny. People can differ on that. But considering all the real hatred and tragedy in the world, the people getting exercised about the so-called anti-Semitism of this comic piece, like those who railed at Philip Roth a generation or two ago, are, with respect, howling in the wrong direction."
    • Twitter users have been on both sides of the argument and many critics have bashed the piece for just not being very funny.

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  • TWO MORE WOMEN ACCUSE BILL COSBY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

    Two more women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Lawyer Gloria Allred held a press conference on Friday (March 27th) with Sunni Welles and Margie Shapiro. Shapiro has claimed that her incident with Cosby occurred in 1975 when she was 19.

    According to Gawker, Shapiro has claimed that Cosby had invited her to dinner but they ended up at the Playboy Mansion guest house instead. Shapiro says she and Cosby played a game of pinball and he said that whoever lost would swallow a random pill. Shapiro lost, took the pill and when she came to, the first thing she noticed was "Bill Cosby's face not far above me and we were both naked. He was inside me and touching me and I was so grossed out, I can't find the words to express my disgust."


    Meanwhile, Welles said that when she was 17 back in 1960s, Cosby took her to a jazz club and she blacked out after drinking a soda. She said that Cosby allegedly told her that she had gotten drunk on champagne and must have stripped herself. She said that a second outing with Cosby ended the same way. Welles explained, "I remember drinking a Coke and again I awakened in the same room alone and naked. This time I didn't call him and I never heard from Bill Cosby again."

    Over 30 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them.

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    KIM KARDASHIAN KEEPS GETTING DENIED FROM SOHO HOUSE: Tim Geary, the former membership director of L.A.'s Soho House has revealed some of the big names who have not made the cut to join. He revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that Kim Kardashian and other reality stars have been denied access to the private club. Tim said, "We denied access to every Real Housewife who applied. Kim Kardashian has unsuccessfully tried numerous times. Kobe Bryant showed up and chose not to join. We didn't let him up. There was debate over Britney Spears. Not sure how that played out. We tried not to give membership to people who would fuel paparazzi or bring press." Geary added, "The hardest memberships to deal with, though, were the headmistress of the school you want your kids to get into and the coaches of my sons' baseball and soccer teams."

    PRINCE HARRY ATTENDS HIS EX'S SHOW: Prince Harry showed some love to his ex, Cressida Bonas, by attending a performance of the play she is acting in. The royal attended opening night of The Importance of Being Earnest last Wednesday (March 25th) but sources say people shouldn't read too much into it. One insider told Us Weekly, "They're not back together or getting back together. Him going to the Importance of Being Earnest was him supporting someone who has been an important part of his life. They both still talk and support each other's work." Harry and Cressida split up last September.

    SAM WORTHINGTON WELCOMES FIRST CHILD: Sam Worthington is a dad for the first time. His wife, Lara Bingle, gave birth to a baby boy last week. It is unclear what they named him. Lara's pregnancy was first reported back in September.

    MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ LOVES CAVIAR: Fast & Furious star Michelle Rodriguez has an expensive taste for caviar. Sources say she has been known to hit up restaurants in L.A. where she supposedly pays up to $700 to feed her craving. According to Us Weekly, Michelle often dines alone and asks to be seated in a back corner to while she enjoys her favorite food.

    'SNL' CAST MEMBER ACCUSES NATASHA LEGGERO OF STEALING HIS JOKE: Comedian Natasha Leggero appeared on @Midnight on Friday (March 27th) where she made a joke that ripped off something Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson said during Comedy Central's Roast of Justin Bieber. Pete joked during the roast that Jeff Ross looks like someone microwaved Seth Rogen. Natasha's joke on @Midnight was "Jeff Ross looks like someone put a butter sculpture of Mr. Clean in the microwave." Pete tweeted on Sunday (March 29th,) ".@natashaleggero how the f**k u gonna do a joke on @midnight that I did on the Bieber roast that we were on together?" Natasha responded by writing, "@petedavidson @midnight OMG so sorry I would never intentionally steal your joke- we had similar jokes and I forgot about yours." He wrote back, ".@natashaleggero it's all good. I believe it was unintentional. Just passionate about the jokes cause we all worked so hard on it."

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  • WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP-UP

    Pop royalty beat out two kings of comedy at the weekend box office. Rihanna's animated film, Home, nabbed the top spot with 54 million with Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell's Get Hard debuting in second place with $34.6 million.

    20th Century Fox exec Chris Aronson addressed the success of Home saying, "When a movie clicks, there's a confluence of events. There were several linchpins that made Home work. There was a stellar voice cast who believed in the film and worked it professionally." The film also features the vocal talents of Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin and Jim Parsons.

    • Ferrell and Hart nabbed the highest R-rated openings of their careers with Get Hard.
    • The success of It Follows in limited release has prompted RADiUS studios and Dimension Films to open the critically acclaimed horror film in more theaters next weekend and postpone its VOD release.
    • Divergent sequel, Insurgent, dropped into third place making 58% less at the box office in its second week.
    • Focus, Chappie, and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water fell out of the top 10 to make room for the week's new arrivals.

    THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- MARCH 27 - MARCH 29

    1. Home, $54M
    2. Get Hard, $34.6M
    3. Insurgent, $22M
    4. Cinderella, $17.5M
    5. It Follows, $4M
    6. Kingsman: The Secret Service, $3.05M
    7. Run All Night, $2.2M
    8. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, $2.185M
    9. Do You Believe?, $2.15M
    10. The Gunman, $2M

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  • SCOTT DISICK PLANS TO GO BACK TO REHAB

    Scott Disick claims that people have it all wrong regarding his recent week-long stint in rehab.

    The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star opened up about the experience to People saying, "The funny thing is, a lot of people were under the impression that I was going to this rehab facility in Costa Rica for a month, when the truth was, I was going for a week for one treatment that they have there. I'm not done. I plan to go back to this place." Scott continued, "It's an amazing place. It's beautiful and I love it, but I wasn't able to spend three or four weeks there right now. I never planned on it, and everyone keeps telling me that I dropped out early. I wanted to actually Instagram or tweet a photo of my tickets that showed that I never intended to stay any longer than I stayed...I'm a work in progress and anything that I can do to better myself, I'm trying."

    • The father of three also discussed his time at the Rhythmia Life Advancement Center saying, "It kind of resets the receptors in your brain and kind of helps you kind of remember and look at your childhood and gain knowledge on what's gone wrong that makes you want to either drink or do drugs or whatever it may be that compensates for what you're not getting. It helped me dramatically to see some of the things that have troubled me in the past, but I'm not done. I plan to go back and I hope it helps me even more to get to a point where I'm fully cured of some of things that I struggle with."
    • Scott was photographed partying at a club in Costa Rica the day after leaving Rhythmia. He also hosted a party at 1OAK in Vegas last Friday (March 27th.)
    • It is rumored that Scott was actually paid to stay at Rhythmia.

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