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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  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


  • Barry Manilow's "My Dream Duets" to Be Released October 27

    PRNewsFoto/Verve Music GroupMy Dream Duets, Barry Manilow's album of collaborations featuring him singing with artists who are no longer with us, now has a release date: October 27.

    Manilow created the album taking the original vocal tracks from each artist's original recording, re-orchestrating the arrangements, and recording all-new musical tracks.  As a result, the songs "sound as if they were recorded yesterday," Barry says in a statement, adding, "The album is a miracle.  It's been a huge undertaking, musically and technically."

    Among the artists with whom Manilow duets with on the album are John Denver, Mama Cass Elliot, Dusty Springfield, Whitney Houston, Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis Jr. and Judy Garland.  "Having the opportunity to record these legendary standards with artists whom I admire so much was really a dream come true," he says.

    Here's the full track listing for My Dream Duets:

    "The Song's Gotta Come from the Heart," with Jimmy Durante
    "Goody Goody," with Frankie Lymon
    "Dream a Little Dream of Me," with Mama Cass
    "I Believe In You and Me," with Whitney Houston
    "Sunshine on My Shoulders," with John Denver
    "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," with Judy Garland
    "Moon River," with Andy Williams
    "The Look of Love," with Dusty Springfield
    "The Candyman," with Sammy Davis Jr.
    "I Wanna Be Loved by You," with Marilyn Monroe
    "What a Wonderful World"/"What a Wonderful Life," with Louis Armstrong

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  • Happy 65th Birthday, Bruce Springsteen!

    Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchSixty-five years ago today, Bruce Springsteen was born in the U.S.A. -- in Long Branch, New Jersey, to be specific. 

    The Boss may have reached retirement age, but he shows little sign of slowing down.  This past year alone, Springsteen released his 18th studio album, High Hopes; played more than 35 concerts in support of the record; and co-directed a short film to accompany his new song "Hunter of Invisible Game."  He also was on hand to induct his longtime backing group, The E Street Band, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    Next up for Bruce is a headlining performance at the eighth annual edition of the Stand Up for Heroes benefit show on November 5 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  The concert raises money for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which provides funds and services for military personnel returning from active duty, veterans and their families.

    The event takes place a day after Outlaw Pete, an illustrated storybook based on the epic 2009 Springsteen song of the same name, will be published.  Meanwhile, it's a good bet that the Boss will treat fans to more new music and more shows in the not-too-distant future.

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  • Neil Young, CSN, John Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt & More to Salute Bob Dylan as MusiCares Person of the Year

    Credit: William ClaxtonMusic legend Bob Dylan will be saluted by an all-star lineup this February, as he's named the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy.

    The 10-time Grammy winner will be honored at the gala event by Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, John Mellencamp, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tom Jones, and Eddie Vedder, as well as alt-rockers Jack White and The Black Keys.  More names likely to be added to the bill.  The February 6 bash will raise money for the MusiCares Foundation, which provides programs and services to musicians and music industry people in need.

    "In celebrating the 25th anniversary of our MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, it is most fitting that we are honoring Bob Dylan, whose body of creative work has contributed to America's culture, as well as that of the entire world, in genuinely deep and lasting ways," said Neil Portnow, the president of the Recording Academy, and President and CEO of the MusiCares Foundation.

    The MusiCares Gala will take place days before the 57th annual Grammy Awards, scheduled to take place February 8 at L.A.'s Staples Center.

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  • Beck Kicks Off George Harrison Week on "Conan"

    Image Courtesy Third Man RecordsBeck made an appearance on Conan Monday night to kick off George Harrison Week, Conan O'Brien's four-night musical salute to the late Beatle that coincides with the release of an eight-disc box set titled George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75.

    Beck performed "Wah-Wah" from Harrison’s 1970 three-record album All Things Must Pass.

    Paul Simon will perform a Harrison tune on Tuesday’s edition of Conan, and George’s son, Dhani Harrison, is scheduled to appear on Wednesday's show.

    Norah Jones will perform on Conan on Thursday night. As Beatles fan know, Jones is the daughter of the late sitar player Ravi Shankar, who was a close friend of Harrison.

    George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 features reissues of Harrison's first six solo albums, plus bonus material. It's available Tuesday on CD and digital download.

    Conan airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. ET on TBS.

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  • David Bowie Is Documentary Director Says Film Was an "Incredibly Exciting" Project

    Brian Duffy/The David Bowie Archive and Duffy Archive LimitedDavid Bowie Is, the new documentary focusing on the expansive museum exhibition of the same name, will be screened tonight, September 23, in theaters across the United States.  The one-night-only cinematic event coincides with the exhibit's U.S. opening today at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

    The movie was directed by Hamish Hamilton, whose previous credits include the 2010 Academy Awards and the 2012 London Olympic Games' opening and closing ceremonies.  The documentary was filmed mostly in August 2013 during the closing night of the display's original run at London's Victoria & Albert Museum.

    Hamilton tells ABC News Radio that working on the documentary was an "amazing" experience, and a very challenging one.

    "We had a blank sheet of paper to start from and that, as a director, is incredibly exciting," he explains.  "[W]e also had all the work of David Bowie, including all the amazing kind of artifacts and assets from his own personal archive, which a lot of people haven't seen before.  So, we got a blank sheet of paper in one hand; we'd also got the most incredible kind of building blocks in the other.  And it's like a kid with Lego, really, trying to put it all together."

    As you'd expect, the movie showcases the many different aspects of the exhibit, which features more than 300 items from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's archives, including stage costumes, handwritten lyrics, personal sketches and diary entries, as well as films, music videos and photographs of the inventive performer.

    "The exhibition is incredibly well done," says Hamilton.  "It's done with intelligence, it's done with emotion, and it's done with a view to giving you a context at all stages to why David was maybe doing what he was doing.  Was he reacting?  Was he being proactive?  How was the world situation affecting him?"

    Hamilton admits that although he always enjoyed Bowie's music, he wasn't necessarily a huge fan of the singer when he was younger.  He tells ABC News Radio that making the documentary gave him a whole new respect for the 67-year-old rocker's achievements.

    "He's had such incredible impact on music, on fashion, on art, on theatrical staging in concerts," Hamilton notes.  "I mean, he really has completely changed kind of the creative landscape in our times."

    As for what he hopes people will get out of viewing the film, Hamilton says, "I really hope that people take a couple of hours of their life, even if they're not Bowie fans, and go and watch a documentary that is incredibly inspiring, and I'm sure that they will come out of it feeling invigorated, with a desire to go and express themselves in some kind of a positive way."

    Hamilton will be in New York City tonight, September 23, to attend a screening of David Bowie Is at the Paris Theatre on West 58th Street.  The director also will take part in a Q&A at the event, which begins at 7 p.m. ET.  To check out a full list of theatrical screenings, visit

    The "David Bowie Is" exhibit will open at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art at 10 a.m. CT, and will remain on display there until January 4, 2015.  As previously reported, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared that today, September 23, will be "David Bowie Day" in the Windy City in celebration of the opening.  The touring exhibition also is scheduled to open in Paris in March 2015; in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2015; and in Groningen, The Netherlands, in December 2015.

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  • New Paul McCartney Video Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of Meat Free Monday Campaign

    Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney has premiered a new video on his official website to mark the fifth anniversary of Meat Free Monday, the environmental campaign that asks people to skip eating meat every Monday.  The clip, set to the rock legend's original theme song for the initiative, includes photos submitted by fans and supporters of the campaign that cleverly incorporate lyrics from the tune.

    A number of celebrities contributed photos that appear in the "Meat Free Monday" video, including Woody Harrelson, Mayim Bialik, Twiggy, Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley and Sir Paul himself.  The idea behind the campaign is that by consuming less meat, we can reduce the harmful impact meat production has on the environment.

    A longtime vegetarian, McCartney is urging people around the world to visit and pledge their support for the campaign.  The Meat Free Monday initiative is one of the subjects that will be discussed at the Climate Summit in New York City, which begins on Tuesday.  For more information, go to the official Meat Free Monday website.

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  • Five-Disc Kinks "Anthology" Box Set, Celebrating Band's 50th Anniversary, Arriving in November

    BMG/InGroovesThe Kinks exploded onto the music scene more than 50 years ago, scoring their first #1 hit in the U.K. in September 1964 with the classic "You Really Got Me."  To commemorate the milestone, a five-CD box set featuring more than 100 tracks and focusing on the band's early years on the Pye label will be released in the U.S. November 18.

    The Anthology 1964-1971 gathers remastered versions of many of The Kinks' best-known songs, along with album gems, demos, alternate mixes, studio outtakes, live performances, interview segments and more.  In all, the compilation offers 25 previously unreleased tracks, including excerpts from sessions that yielded "Waterloo Sunset," "Dedicated Follower of Fashion," and "Days."

    The retrospective kicks off with a cover of the Lieber-Stoller tune "I'm a Hog for You, Baby" that was recorded in 1964, when the band was known as The Boll-Weevils.  Among the well-known songs included on The Anthology 1964-1971 are "All Day and All of the Night," "Tired of Waiting for You," "Till the End of the Day," "A Well Respected Man," "Sunny Afternoon," "Where Have All the Good Times Gone," "Victoria," "Apeman," "Lola," and, of course, "You Really Got Me."

    The expansive collection, available now for pre-order at Amazon, is part of a 50th anniversary Kinks reissue campaign that began recently with the release of a deluxe version of the band's 1970 album, Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One.  The initiative will continue into next year and will feature various other reissue packages.

    Here's the full track list for The Kinks' The Anthology 1964-1971 box set:

    Disc One
    "I'm a Hog for You, Baby" -- The Boll-Weevils
    "I Don't Need You Anymore" (demo)
    "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" (demo)
    "Long Tall Sally"
    "I Took My Baby Home"
    "You Still Want Me"
    "You Do Something to Me"
    "You Really Got Me"
    "It's All Right"
    "Beautiful Delilah" (alternate mono mix)
    "Just Can't Go to Sleep"
    "I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter" (alternate mono mix)
    "Little Queenie" (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1964)
    "Too Much Monkey Business" (alternate take)
    "Stop Your Sobbing" (mono)
    "All Day and All of the Night"
    "I Gotta Move"
    "I Gotta Go Now"
    "I've Got That Feeling" (Live at Piccadilly Studios, 1964)
    "Tired of Waiting for You"
    "Come On Now" (alternate mix)
    "Look for Me Baby"
    "Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl"
    "Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight"
    "Don't Ever Change"
    "You Shouldn't Be Sad"
    "Something Better Beginning"
    "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy"
    "Who'll Be the Next in Line" (Session Excerpt – Backing Track Take One)
    "Who'll Be the Next in Line" (alternate mix)
    "Set Me Free"
    "I Need You"
    Interview: Clay Cole Meets The Kinks Recorded June 17, 1965

    Disc Two
    "See My Friends"
    "Never Met a Girl Like You Before"
    "I Go to Sleep" (demo) -- Ray Davies
    "A Little Bit of Sunlight" (demo) -- Ray Davies
    "Tell Me Now So I'll Know" (alternate demo) -- Ray Davies
    "When I See That Girl of Mine" (demo) -- Ray Davies
    "There's a New World Just Opening for Me" (demo) -- Ray Davies
    "This Strange Effect" (Live at Aeolian Hall, 1965)
    "Hide and Seek" (Live at Aeolian Hall, 1965)
    "A Well Respected Man"
    "Such a Shame"
    "Don't You Fret"
    "Till the End of the Day"
    "Where Have All the Good Times Gone"
    "Milk Cow Blues"
    "I Am Free"
    "The World Keeps Going Round"
    "I'm on an Island"
    "You Can't Win"
    "Time Will Tell"
    "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" (Session Excerpt - Takes 1-3)
    "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" (single version)
    "Sittin' on My Sofa"
    "She's Got Everything" (Backing Track Take Two)
    "She's Got Everything" (alternate mono mix)
    "Mr. Reporter" (version one)
    "All Night Stand" (demo) -- Ray Davies

    Disc Three
    "Sunny Afternoon" (mono)
    "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" (mono)
    "Dandy" (mono)
    "Party Line" (mono)
    "Rosy Won't You Please Come Home" (mono)
    "Too Much on My Mind" (mono)
    "Session Man" (mono)
    "Most Exclusive Residence for Sale" (mono)
    "Fancy" (mono)
    "Dead End Street" (mono)
    "Big Black Smoke" (alternate stereo mix)
    "Mr. Pleasant" (stereo)
    "This Is Where I Belong" (stereo)
    "Village Green" (stereo)
    "Two Sisters" (stereo)
    "Waterloo Sunset" (Session Excerpt - Backing Track Take Two)
    "Waterloo Sunset" (stereo)
    "Act Nice and Gentle" (stereo)
    "Harry Rag" (stereo) (Session Excerpt)
    "Harry Rag" (stereo)
    "Death of a Clown" (stereo) -- Dave Davies
    "Love Me Till the Sun Shines" (stereo) -- Dave Davies
    "David Watts" (stereo)
    "Tin Soldier Man" (stereo)
    "Afternoon Tea" (alternate stereo mix)
    "Funny Face" (stereo) -- Dave Davies
    "Lazy Old Sun" (alternate stereo mix)
    "Susannah's Still Alive" (stereo) -- Dave Davies
    "Good Luck Charm" (stereo) -- Dave Davies

    Disc Four
    "Autumn Almanac" (mono)
    "Lavender Hill" (mono)
    "Rosemary Rose" (stereo)
    "Wonderboy" (mono)
    "Polly" (mono)
    "Lincoln County" (stereo single version) -- Dave Davies
    "Did You See His Name?" (stereo with alternate ending)
    "Days" (Session Excerpt)
    "Days" (stereo)
    "Misty Water" (alternate mix)
    "Do You Remember Walter" (mono)
    "Picture Book" (mono)
    "Johnny Thunder" (stereo remix)
    "Big Sky" (mono)
    "Animal Farm" (mono)
    "Starstruck" (mono)
    "Pictures in the Sand" (mono)
    "People Take Pictures of Each Other" (European stereo mix)
    Interview: Ray Davies talks about Village Green Preservation Society (mono)
    "The Village Green Preservation Society" (Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1968) (mono)
    "Hold My Hand" (stereo) -- Dave Davies
    "Creeping Jean" (stereo) -- Dave Davies
    "Berkeley Mews" (stereo)
    "Till Death Us Do Part" (mono)
    "When I Turn Out the Living Room Light" (mono)
    "Where Did My Spring Go" (mono)
    "Plastic Man" (stereo)
    "King Kong" (mono)
    "This Man He Weeps Tonight" (mono)
    Reprise U.S. Tour Spot (stereo)

    Disc Five
    "Victoria" (stereo)
    "Some Mother's Son" (stereo)
    "Drivin'" (stereo)
    "Shangri-La" (stereo)
    "She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina" (stereo)
    "Young and Innocent Days" (stereo)
    "Mindless Child of Motherhood" (stereo) -- The Kinks Featuring Dave Davies
    "Lola" (mono)
    "Apeman" (stereo)
    "Strangers" (stereo)
    "Get Back in the Line" (stereo)
    "Anytime" (stereo)
    "This Time Tomorrow" (stereo)
    "A Long Way from Home" (stereo)
    "Powerman" (stereo)
    "Got to Be Free" (stereo)
    "Dreams" (stereo)
    "Moments" (stereo)
    "The Way Love Used to Be" (stereo)
    "God's Children" (stereo)

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  • Classic Beach Boys Music Prepped John Cusack for Role as Brian Wilson in "Love & Mercy"

    James Minchin IIITo prepare for his role as Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson in the upcoming feature film Love & Mercy, actor John Cusack delved into the era of the band's music that is held in high regard by musicians and fans alike.

    "To me, the Smile sessions and Pet Sounds sessions were my way in," Cusack tells Billboard.  "I saw his mind and his creativity [and also] found these things to be absolutely revelatory."

    With Smile and its outtakes, Cusack adds, "you can hear everything that happens for the next 40 years in music."

    The film also stars Paul Dano as a younger version of Wilson, who along with his wife have endorsed Love & Mercy.  It recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival; director Bill Pohlad is seeking widespread distribution for the movie.

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  • Pink Floyd Reveals Details of New Album, "The Endless River," Due Nov. 10

    Columbia RecordsPink Floyd is spilling all the details about their new album, The Endless River, which will arrive November 10.  The album's artwork -- which depicts a man standing in a shallow boat, traveling across a sea of clouds -- appeared on buildings in 10 cities around the world Monday, including New York and L.A.

    As previously reported, The Endless River is a collection of tracks that have been reworked from the 1993 sessions for The Division Bell. Drummer Nick Mason describes the album as a "tribute" to Pink Floyd keyboard player Rick Wright, who died in 2008, adding, "I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound.  Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was.”

    David Gilmour adds, "With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire.”  Gilmour also describes the disc as "a 21st century Pink Floyd album."

    The track listing for The Endless River is conceived as running across "four sides," to recreate what it was like to listen to a double album back in the days of vinyl.  Here are the songs:
    SIDE 1
    "Things Left Unsaid"
    "It’s What We Do"
    "Ebb And Flow"
    SIDE 2
    SIDE 3
    "The Lost Art of Conversation"
    "On Noodle Street"
    "Night Light"
    "Allons-y (1) "                       
    "Autumn ’68 "                         
    "Allons-y (2)"                        
    "Talkin’ Hawkin’"
    SIDE 4
    "Eyes to Pearls"
    "Louder than Words"

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  • Dave Davies Looks Back for New Solo Album "Rippin' Up Time"

    Cleopatra RecordsThe tumultuous relationship of Kinks guitarists Ray and Dave Davies is well documented, but it was a torn photograph of the brothers in happier days that inspired Dave's forthcoming solo album, Rippin' Up Time.

    "It seems like a problem we've had all our life," Dave told Rolling Stone.  "We get real close, and then we get ripped apart."

    Dave explored his past to came up with many of the songs on Rippin' Up Time, due October 28.  One tune is called "In the Old Days," which was started with Ray, but "the whole meeting went wrong," according to Dave, so he completed the lyrics with his son.

    "Songwriting, or really any kind of writing, is the best way to get thoughts or feelings to pop out," Dave said.

    Produced by David Nolte, the album was recorded over six weeks in the summer.  Nolte and Dave played all of the instruments.

    Dave Davies will kick off a North American tour in Milwaukee on November 11.  He told Rolling Stone that while he may play three or four songs from the new album, the bulk of the set will be devoted to Kinks classics.

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    KENAN THOMPSON WANTS OUT OF 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE': Rumors are circulating that Kenan Thompson plans to leave Saturday Night Live after the upcoming season. According to TMZ, he wanted to leave after last year but Lorne Michaels convinced him to stick it out for one more year. The decision to leave is reportedly motivated by a decision to move his family to L.A. so he can work on a new show that is currently in development.

    'MAGIC MIKE XXL' ADDS JADA PINKETT SMITH: Jada Pinkett Smith has landed a role in the upcoming Magic Mike sequel. She revealed on Queen Latifah's talk show that the character was actually originally written as a man. It is believed that she may be playing the owner of a strip club. Magic Mike XXL hits theaters on July 1st, 2015.

    HULU PICKS UP SERIES ADAPTATION OF '11/22/63': Hulu has given the green light to a drama series adaptation of Stephen King's novel 11/22/63. The show will be produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot company. The nine-episode series follows Jake, a divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to 9/9/1958 and goes on a quest to try and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which occurred on November 22, 1963. King said in a statement, "If I ever wrote a book that cries out for long-form, event TV programming, 11/22/63 is it. I'm excited that it's going to happen, and am looking forward to working with J.J. Abrams and the whole Bad Robot team."

    BRYAN SINGER TO DIRECT 'X-MEN: APOCALYPSE': Bryan Singer has been officially announced as the director of the next X-Men film called X-Men: Apocalypse. He has directed the last two films but his involvement in the third was up in the air due to the sexual abuse lawsuit filed against him prior to the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The case was dropped last month. X-Men Apocalypse will be released on May 27th, 2016.

    JOHN KRASINSKI SELLS TWO SHOWS TO NBC: NBC has purchased two new projects from The Office star John Krasinski's production company, Sunday Night. One project follows a disgraced law student who, out of options, is forced to turn to the exotic and lucrative world of NYC garbage collection. The other show involves a middle-aged ad executive who unexpectedly who loses his job and cobbles together a ragtag team to launch his own grassroots agency from his garage. John is not expected to act in either project.

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    Sarah Silverman wants to make it clear that she is not looking to become Michael Sheen's wife. The comedian took to Twitter on Sunday (September 21st) to slam a recent Star magazine story with the headline, "Sarah Wants A Ring."

    Sarah wrote, "Just read that I wanna get married which is hilarious b/c I will never get married. Why would I want the govt involved in my love life? Ew. It's barbaric. That s**t never bothers me b/c who cares but I feel like this one is bigoted. The Jew girl MUST want a RING! Yich."
    She expressed similar views in Playboy back in 2010 saying, "It's just not for me. I'm a vegetarian, but I don't have a problem if you want a hamburger. Marriage, to me, is like eating meat. I think it's gross and f***ing crazy. It's this superbarbaric, old-timey tradition that no one remembers we don't have to do anymore. I really do believe in love. I've experienced it, I've had it, so I know it's real."

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    Juliette Lewis insists that there are a lot of misconceptions out there about Scientology. The Kelly & Cal actress recently chatted with The Daily Beast where she defended the religion and the media crusade against Tom Cruise after he spoke out against prescribed medication on the Today show.

    Juliette said, "I'll get all conspiratorial on you. I'm just going to throw this out: The mainstream media is funded by pharmaceutical companies. When you have the biggest movie star in the world at the time -- Tom Cruise -- coming out against anti-depressants and Ritalin and just saying, 'Hey, why don't you put a warning label on there?'...So, when Tom came out about that, I've never seen someone get torn down so hard, and they still brutalize him with Scientology pieces to this day." She continued, "The thing about Scientology is it is anti-drug in that you're seeking relationship or communication tools -- simple basics on how to live better. It's a religious philosophy and self-help movement. And you'll never see a truthful word written about it in mainstream media."

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    Could Charlie Harper be making an appearance on the final season of Two and a Half Men? Rumors are circulating that Charlie Sheen and creator Chuck Lorre are both considering the idea even though the character was killed off back in 2011 following a very public battle between Sheen, the show, and the network.

    Charlie told TV Guide, "I've reached out to them and they've reached back. We're trying to figure out what makes the most sense. If they figure it out like I've presented it to them and they want to include me in some final send-off, I'm available and I'm showing up early. If not, it's on them."

    • Chuck discussed the possibility of Charlie's return to E! last month saying, "We haven't discussed that, really. We've been really focused on finding a storyline that puts Jon and Ashton front and center in a really interesting, provocative hopefully fun story. That was our priority going into this year, was to do a storyline that puts these two guys right in the middle of it. So outside characters will come in as they do, but that's not the focus."

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    Kris Jenner has officially filed papers to end her marriage to Bruce Jenner. After being separated for over a year, TMZ is reporting that Kris cited "irreconcilable differences" as the cause for the split.

    Their business managers reportedly worked out all of the details because there was no prenup. They will allegedly split everything evenly and neither party is seeking spousal support. Bruce and Kris will also share custody of 17-year-old Kylie.

    • They married in 1991 following Kris' divorce from Robert Kardashian, Sr.

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    PAULA DEEN TO RETURN TO 'TODAY' SHOW: Paula Deen will appear on the Today show this morning (September 23rd) for the first time since attempting to apologize for making racial slurs in June of 2013. The disgraced chef is reportedly going to discuss what she has learned over the past year and what her future plans are. Paula recently purchased the rights to all of her shows on the Food Network and will be relaunching them along with new material on her own new subscription-based digital network which kicks off on Wednesday (September 24th.)

    EMMA WATSON SPEAKS ON GENDER EQUALITY: Emma Watson spoke over the weekend at the HeForShe Event at UN headquarters in New York City where she discussed why feminism should not only be a female issue. She told the crowd, "Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too. I've seen young men suffering from illness, unable to ask for help for fear it will make them less of a man...I've seen men fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don't have the benefits of equality, either. We don't often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are." Emma was named as a goodwill ambassador for UN women six months ago.

    IS TOM HARDY SECRETLY MARRIED?: UK's The Mirror is reporting that Tom Hardy and his girlfriend, Charlotte Riley, got married over the summer in secret. The ceremony allegedly took place at a castle in the South of France on July 4th. A source revealed, "It was a beautiful, low-key day made even more special because they just had their closest friends and family around them. Tom's son Louis played a key role during the ceremony. And they made certain to pick a stunning and private setting. There was nothing flash about the wedding, they always said they wanted it to be about the two of them and their family rather than any grand gesture." The news has not yet been confirmed by the couple.

    SUGAR BEAR DENIES CHEATING ON MAMA JUNE SHANNON: Only a few days after announcing their split, Sugar Bear is denying that he cheated on his wife, Mama June Shannon -- mother of Honey Boo Boo. When asked by a TMZ camerawoman about the rumors, Sugar Bear said he wasn't allowed to give much information but insisted that he did not cheat on June. He also said that he did not know if there was a chance at reconciliation but the couple was photographed together on Sunday (September 21st) along with two of their children on their way to a housewarming party for Boo Boo's Uncle Poodle.

    'D2: MIGHTY DUCKS' CAST REUNITE FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY: Many of the cast members of D2: The Mighty Ducks reunited on Sunday (September 21st) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film's release. Marguerite Moreau, who played Connie in the film, shared photos from the event on Instagram including a shot where the cast members formed the movie's signature movie -- the "Flying V." Cast members Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, and Kenan Thompson were not in attendance.

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    New York Times TV Critic Alessandra Stanley continues to deal with the backlash of her review of Shonda Rhimes' new ABC show, How to Get Away With Murder. In addition to her comment about Shonda calling her memoir "How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman," the writer has also come under fire for writing that Viola Davis isn't as pretty as other African American actresses.

    Alessandra wrote, "The actress doesn't look at all like the typical star of a network drama. Ignoring the narrow beauty standards some African-American women are held to, Rhimes chose a performer who is older, darker-skinned and less classically beautiful than Kerry Washington, or for that matter Halle Berry, who played an astronaut on the summer mini-series Extant."

    • Viola took to Twitter on Saturday (September 20th) to offer a response in the form of a Maya Angelou quote. She wrote, "You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I'll rise!!!"
    • The quote is taken from Angelou's 1978 work, Still I Rise.
    • New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan added her voice to the list of people who did not agree with Stanley's critique. She wrote in a blog post on Monday (September 22nd,) "The article on the television producer Shonda Rhimes hadn't yet appeared in Sunday's paper, but the virtual world was ablaze in protest over it on Friday after it was published online. There are some big questions here -- about diversity, about editing procedures and about how The Times deals with stories about women and race. They are worth exploring in depth.This is a preliminary post, and I'll be adding to it later today, or posting again. But I’ll say this much: The readers and commentators are correct to protest this story. Intended to be in praise of Ms. Rhimes, it delivered that message in a condescending way that was -- at best -- astonishingly tone-deaf and out of touch."

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    It appears that Lindsay Lohan doesn't quite have the box office draw that she used to. Crazy Days and Nights is reporting that tickets to her London theater debut in Speed-The-Plow are not selling well.

    There is apparently no date that is sold out and tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate on Groupon in the UK. According to the website, the theater is not as large as a typical Broadway theater. The capacity is less than 800.

    • Preview performances for the show begin on Wednesday (September 24th.)

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