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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

 

  • Ex-Styx Singer Dennis DeYoung Releasing New Concert Video and CD in October

    Frontiers RecordsIn March of this year, former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung and his backing group rocked the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles with a set featuring many classic tunes from his old band's catalog.  The show was captured for a CD and video package titled Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx: Live in Los Angeles, which will be released on October 21.

    The performance, which was filmed with eight high-def cameras, includes such memorable Styx songs as "Lady," "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man," "Mr. Roboto," "Babe," "Best of Times" and "Come Sail Away," as well as a rendition of DeYoung's 1984 solo hit "Desert Moon."  Live in Los Angeles will be available as a two-CD/DVD set and a Blu-ray disc.

    The show also will premiere as an AXS TV special on the same day that Live in Los Angeles is released.

    "If you are a Styx fan, this DVD/CD package covers all the hits in one great concert experience," says DeYoung.  "The intimate setting of the historic El Rey Theater was the perfect venue to see me and the band up close rockin' these tunes."

    A teaser trailer offering some highlights from the concert video, as well as some interview footage with DeYoung can be viewed now at the official Frontiers Music srl YouTube channel.  In the clip, Dennis says, "I am constantly amazed…that the music has touched so many people for such a long time.  It really is a testament to songs because, strip it all away, it's the songs that matter to people."

    Here is the list of songs featured on the Live in Los Angeles two-CD/DVD set:

    CD 1:
    *"The Message"
    "Grand Illusion"
    "Lady"
    "Lorelei"
    "Blue Collar Man"
    "Show Me the Way"
    "Mr. Roboto"
    "Desert Moon"
    "Don't Let It End"
    "Too Much Time on My Hands"

    CD 2
    *"Rockin the Paradise"
    "Crystal Ball"
    "Babe"
    "Fooling Yourself"
    "Suite Madame Blue"
    "Best of Times"
    "Renegade"
    "Come Sail Away"

    * = does not appear on the DVD.

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  • Robert Plant Says Jimmy Page "Should Get On and Do Something"

    Ed Miles/Nonesuch RecordsRobert Plant says he's completely enthralled with the music he's making with his latest group, The Sensational Space Shifters, with whom he collaborated him on his soon-to-be-released studio album, Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar.  He tells U.K. newspaper The Telegraph that his desire to explore new sounds is among the reasons why he isn't interested in taking part in a Led Zeppelin reunion, and he suggests that guitarist Jimmy Page also consider looking forward rather than backward.

    "He should get on and do something, he's a superb talent," says Plant.  "That's the sad thing for Jimmy, he knows that I'm his guy, I'm his pal, but the warmth that he needs to actually enjoy the world, it's all there.  Come on and give it to us."

    Regarding his desire to create music with musicians other than the fellow members of his famous band, Robert notes, "Why do it the way you always did it?  Why think like that?  You never think it could possibly work. And yet, you can take off all your trappings of 30 years of playing and step into this other world."

    Plant praises Sensational Space Shifters guitarist Justin Adams, whose playing is heavily influenced by world music, for opening him up to the blend of sounds featured on his upcoming album.

    "His contribution, as a positive force in my time, has been second to none," the singer maintains, adding that "he doesn't think the guitar begins and ends with [Eric] Clapton, [Jeff] Beck and Page."

    Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar offers up a blend of English folk, Americana, African, Middle Eastern, blues, hard rock and electronic music.  "What we've done is consolidate our strengths," Plant says of his collaboration with the Sensational Space Shifters.  "[T]hey've gone into the cauldron, spun around and come out with absolute ease.  I guess the only thing missing are the words hocus pocus."

    Meanwhile, the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer characterizes himself as one of a dwindling breed of singers.

    "There are only three or four frontmen left, from our time, who actually just kick the mic stand up and do it, and that's me, Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger," he tells The Telegraph.  "But the only important thing is, can you contemporize your gift?  Can I knock myself out, or am I just going through the motions?  Because if I'm going through the motions, I'm f***ed."

    Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar arrives in stores on September 9.

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  • ABBA Wax Figures to Make US Debut in New York City Next Week

    Image Courtesy of Madame TussaudsThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of "Waterloo," the smash hit that helped make ABBA international superstars.  While a hoped-for reunion of the Swedish pop group to mark the milestone hasn't happened, wax replicas of the band's four members will make their debut U.S. appearance together next week at the Madame Tussauds museum in New York City.

    A special unveiling event for the statues and Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET.  The quartet, along with ABBA costume designer Owe Sandström, worked closely with the wax museum's artists on the figures' look and outfits.  The figures are dressed in replicas of the matching white outfits the band members donned in ABBA's 1975 "SOS" video -- an ensemble that also included bell-bottom pants and high platform boots.

    Judy McLane, Lauren Cohn and Stacia Fernandez, three of the stars from the Broadway cast of the hit ABBA-themed musical Mamma Mia!, will be on hand for the unveiling of the statues.  More than 5,000 performances of Mamma Mia!'s have taken place at the Broadhurst Theatre during its 13-year Broadway run.

    Madame Tussauds New York is located on West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

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  • Illustrated Book Based on Bruce Springsteen's "Outlaw Pete" to Be Published in November

    Simon & SchusterA new illustrated storybook based on Bruce Springsteen's 2009 song, "Outlaw Pete," is scheduled to be published on November 4.  The book was the brainchild of cartoonist and writer Frank Caruso, who decided he wanted to bring to life the Boss' tale of a bank robber who began his life of crime when he was just a baby.

    "'Outlaw Pete' is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins," explains Springsteen, whose lyrics serve as the book's text.

    The epic song, which appeared on Bruce's 2009 Working on a Dream album, was inspired by a 1950 children's book titled Brave Cowboy Bill that his mother used to read to him when he was young.

    "When Bruce wrote 'Outlaw Pete' he didn't just write a great song, he created a great character," says Caruso.  "The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head.  Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters."

    Jonathan Karp, president of the Simon & Schuster publishing company, adds, "This book will be treasured by anyone who appreciates Bruce Springsteen's unique gifts as a storyteller.  Frank Caruso's illustrations vibrantly capture the spirit of Springsteen's work."

    Outlaw Pete is available for pre-order now via Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, and Google Play.

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  • Dolly Parton Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Kenny Rogers

    Webster & AssociatesWhen Kenny Rogers challenged his good pal Dolly Parton to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, he never thought she'd go through with it -- but she's now proved him wrong.

    "Kenny Rogers dared me!  He said you'll never do it with your false hair, your false eyelashes, and your false nails," Parton says in her video accepting the challenge.  "Kenny, you'd be surprised at what all I do with my 'falses' for a good cause and a good laugh."  The country icon then removes her earrings and her scarf, but when someone off camera suggests she remove her shoes, she says, "My shoes are plastic.  But then again, so's the rest of me!"

    Dolly then enlists two of her nieces, Rebecca and Hannah, to pour two buckets of ice water over her head, as she screams.  "Yes, I have on a bra!" she yells.  "Kenny, you gotta pay extra for the wet t-shirt contest!"

    In a statement, Parton says, "Although I didn’t challenge anyone, I do challenge everybody to make a generous donation like I did!"

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  • Mark David Chapman Says He Was "Such an Idiot" for Murdering John Lennon

    NYS Department of Corrections and Community SupervisionEarlier this month, John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole for the eighth time since his incarceration for the December 8, 1980, crime.  During his most recent parole hearing, the transcript of which was just released, we get a rare look into Chapman's current state of mind, and his thoughts on his infamous deed. 

    In the August 20 interview before the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's parole board, Chapman said he was "sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory."

    Chapman talked at length about what motivated to kill the Beatles legend, expressed his remorse at his actions and stressed how his life focused on religion.

    "My life had sunk into a depressed state.  I was drinking.  I just saw that as a way out…a lazy way out of my doldrums," Chapman explained.  "It was a horrible decision, but I knew what I was doing…That's why I pled guilty."

    Noting that he wasn't "trying to make excuses" for his actions, Chapman admitted, "That bright light of fame, of infamy, notoriety was there.  I couldn't resist it.  My self-esteem was shot, and I was looking for an easy way out."

    Chapman told the board he no longer desires the attention he once craved, pointing out that he hasn't agreed to a media interview in 24 years.  He said he's now "interested in one thing and that's ministering prisoners."

    The 59-year-old murderer said he was "sorry for this crime," adding that he realized killing Lennon hurt not just the singer's family, but people around the world who appreciated his music.

    "Many, many people loved him," he said.  "He was a great and talented man, and they are still hurting."

    Chapman, who has been kept in involuntary protective custody for almost the entire time he's been in prison, also said he realized his life might be in danger were he to be paroled.  "There is some people out there that might want to harm me, but I leave it God's hands," Chapman said.  "I trust him.  If that could happen sometime in the future, I will still trust him." 

    During the proceedings, Chapman made clear that he didn't think he would be given parole. He was of course correct.  In denying parole, a corrections department panel said it had determined that there was "a reasonable probability that [Chapman] would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law and [his] release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law."

    Chapman was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life for Lennon's murder and was first eligible for parole on December 4, 2000.  His next hearing is scheduled for August 2016.

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  • Dionne Warwick Duets Album, "Feels So Good," Now Set for Fall Release

    Image Courtesy of Universal Music GroupDionne Warwick's duets album, Feels So Good, is now scheduled for release later this fall.  The 14-track collection, which originally had been expected to arrive in July, now will hit stores on October 28.

    As previously reported, Warwick's upcoming studio effort will feature some of her biggest hits re-done as duets,  and will included contributions from Gladys Knight, Cyndi Lauper, Ziggy Marley, Jamie Foxx, Billy Ray Cyrus, Cee Lo Green, Mya and Ruben Studdard, among others.

    "I'm thrilled to release a new album with some of today's greatest singers and songwriters," says Warwick in a statement. "Throughout my career, I've always enjoyed creating music through collaboration and this experience has been no different.  The fresh energy with these artists, producers and my new label is truly inspiring."

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  • Stevie Nicks Debuts Lyric Video for New Song "Lady"

    Warner Bros. RecordsStevie Nicks is out with the lyric video for "Lady," a song from her forthcoming solo album, 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault.

    While fans have likely never heard "Lady" before, it's not new: Nicks says most of the songs on 24 Karat Gold were written between 1969 and 1987, with a couple written in the '90s.  The album, available for pre-order now, is out October 7.  Stevie will kick off a tour with Fleetwood Mac on September 30.

    Nicks previously released a lyric video for another song from the album, "The Dealer."  In addition, she's been previewing snippets of other songs from the disc on her Instagram account. 

    Fans also are being invited to post their classic Stevie Nicks memorabilia on Instagram using the hashtag #24KaratStevie -- the singer is featuring a new fan's photo on her account every Thursday.

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  • Dave Davies “Would Love to Do Some Form of a Kinks Reunion”; Puts Star Wars Spin on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Cleopatra RecordsDave Davies is apparently not against a Kinks reunion project.

    The founding Kinks lead guitarist posted a comment on Facebook Wednesday, writing, “I would love to do some form of a Kinks reunion with Ray. – Dave.”

    Earlier this week, the U.K. magazine MOJO reported that Kinks frontman Ray Davies revealed in a new interview that the group will tour and release a new album in 2015, and suggested the band may do so without the participation of his brother Dave.

    The magazine quoted Ray as saying, "Dave's invited to the party, but if he doesn't want to do it, [the reunion] will happen anyway.  He's very welcome to turn up if he wants.  I'd much rather work with him than without him."

    The Kinks' official Facebook page later posted a message declaring, "MOJO is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this."

    In other news, Dave Davies accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in response to Star Wars actor Mark Hamill's challenge, but didn’t get wet at all.  In a video posted on YouTube, Davies is seen wearing a Star Wars t-shirt as he lounges by a backyard pool. After taking a sip of champagne for courage, he proceeds to dump the contents of an ice bucket over his head, but instead of ice cold water, Star Wars action figures tumble out.  Davies then nominates fellow rocker Graham Nash to take the ALS challenge, after which he douses plastic Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and R2-D2 figures with cold water.

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  • Zombies Singer Colin Blunstone Says Band's New Album Should Be Ready by Early 2015

    Jacob Blickenstaff/TCI ArtistsThe Zombies just wrapped up a U.S. summer tour this past Sunday and now the band has headed back home to the United Kingdom, where the influential pop-rock group plans to turn its focus on working on a new studio album soon.  During the trek, the band gave its American fans a taste of the upcoming record by premiering a brand-new tune titled "Moving On" that was written by founding keyboardist Rod Argent.

    Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone tells ABC News Radio that the group already has begun preparing several tunes for the project, including the aforementioned "Moving On."

    "We've recorded two brand new songs, and we've rehearsed a couple of others," he reveals.  "So, we've got four songs in pretty good shape, and then there are two or three other songs that we're sort of talking about and just starting to rehearse."

    As for when the album might be completed, Blunstone says he hopes it will be finished by early next year.  He points out, however, "[A]n album takes as long as an album takes.  We're always doing this, sort of setting some kind of deadline and we never make the deadline."

    The 69-year-old singer tells ABC News Radio that the band originally intended to keep 2014 "quite quiet as far as concerts are concerned" so that they could spend more time writing and recording the album but, as it turned, The Zombies pretty much have been on the road since January.

    Colin says that should change "[a]fter the middle of September," when the group's major touring commitments will be complete, "so we can really get stuck into recording and writing."

    As previously reported, The Zombies recently launched a crowdfunding campaign via the Pledge Music website that will allow those who contribute money to check out some of the new tunes, as well as watch exclusive videos of the band in the studio.  The initiative also offers a variety of incentives to participating fans, depending on how much they spend, including early access to the new album; rare and signed memorabilia; T-shirts, mugs and other merchandise; and the chance to appear in an official Zombies video.  Visit PledgeMusic.com to find out more details about the campaign.

    The upcoming album will be a follow-up to The Zombies' 2011 effort, Breathe Out, Breathe In.

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  • BRANGELINA IS MARRIED

    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have made it official! After years of will they or won't they speculation, it has been confirmed by a rep for the couple that they married on Saturday (August 23rd) at their home in France, Chateau Miraval in a small ceremony in front of family and friends.

    The spokesman revealed that Pax and Maddox walked Angelina down the aisle, Zahara and Vivienne threw flower petals, and Shiloh and Knox were the ring bearers.

    What They Wore:

    • Although Angelina's dress designer is not currently known, a source told E! News, "The gown was very traditional, but very Angie, it was comfortable but plain white floor-length antique lace and silk." The insider added, "The boys all wore tiny matching cream linen suits which were just like Brad's tux while the girls had each chosen a dress to match their own individual style and they had them specially made."

    The Ceremony:

    • "Brad and Angie said hand-written vows telling each other how much they love each other and their beautiful family and they both had tears in their eyes as did everyone else. It was short but loaded with meaning and it was a lovely way to start life in their new family home now that the building work is finally finished."

    The Party:

    • "They all went back into the main house into the 'Great Hall' and had a big celebration lunch with local hams, cheeses, freshly caught sea bass, Italian pastas and champagne, as well as Chateau Miraval rosé wine. There were three different types of cakes, all picked by the kids -- one was a strawberry ice cream one, another was a three chocolate gateau and a third had fresh cream and raspberries."

    The Honeymoon:

    • As for the honeymoon, another source said, "The honeymoon was a few days enjoying Miraval and how much space they have now. The kids went quad biking and swimming on the afternoon of the wedding and that night they all had pizza in the garden. The whole thing was very Brad and Angie. They're low key and much more about romantic gestures than they are about having a big, flashy multi-million dollar wedding."
    • Brad was photographed wearing his new wedding ring at a photo call for his new film Fury in the UK earlier this week.
    • Pitt proposed to his new bridge back in 2012 with a ring he designed with Robert Procop.

    HOLLYWOOD REACTS:

    • George Clooney told People, "How great is that? I’m really happy for Brad and Angie and their whole family."
    • Bella Thorne tweeted, "OMG Brad and Angelina got married <3 <3 <3 #MRANDMRSSMITH"
    • Michael Ian Black tweeted, "Now that Brad and Angelina are married, I can FINALLY start worrying about when they're going to get divorced."
    • Mia Farrow tweeted, "Congratulations Angie & Brad!!! Now let's work for the day when everyone can get married."
    • Sandra Bernhard tweeted, "although they both lied to me on separate occasions I congratulate both #angelina and #brad i'll never forget our special time together."

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  • HEALTH SCARE FOR JOAN RIVERS

    Joan Rivers is currently in stable but critical condition after experiencing complications during throat surgery on Thursday morning (August 28th.)

    A source told E! News, "They were putting a scope down her throat to check her vocal cords. She stopped breathing. This was not major surgery." Joan was sedated for the procedure but it is not currently known what drug was given to her. The NY Daily News is reporting that she has been placed under a medically induced coma and is expected to remain that way until this weekend when they will reportedly assess the damage that was done while she was deprived of oxygen.

    • She is currently being treated in the ICU of Mt. Sinai hospital in New York City.
    • A rep for the hospital released a statement saying, "This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to. Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support. We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available."
    • Melissa Rivers and her son Cooper took an early flight to be by her mother's side.
    • Witnesses say that the 81-year-old appeared to be in good condition during promotional appearances for her book, Diary of a Mad Diva.

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    EMMA ROBERTS JOINS 'FEBRUARY' WITH KIERNAN SHIPKA: Emma Roberts has signed on to co-star alongside Kiernan Shipka in a new thriller called February. According to The Wrap, the movie tells the story of Joan, Rose and Kat. As Joan makes her way across a frozen landscape to reach the other two, stranded at a prestigious boarding school, Kat becomes increasingly plagued with visions and evil forces. The project is being pitched to buyers at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

    'THE GOOD WIFE' WELCOMES DAVID HYDE PIERCE: David Hyde Pierce has been cast in the upcoming season of CBS' The Good Wife. According to E! News, "Pierce will appear in episode seven of the legal drama and play a highly respected cable news legal commentator who is so disgusted by the corruption and murder rate in Chicago that he decides to run for office in order to affect change." This is his first major TV gig since Frasier ended in 2004.

    NETFLIX NABS RIGHTS TO 'THE BLACKLIST': Netflix has made a deal to cough up big bucks for the rights to NBC's The Blacklist. The company will be paying $2 million per episode for the drama which kicks off its second season in the fall. The first season of the show is expected to be made available for streaming next weekend.

    SHONDA RHIMES IS HEADING TO 'THE MINDY PROJECT': Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes will be stepping in front of the camera to do a guest appearance on The Mindy Project. The only details currently known about the gig is that she will be playing herself in an episode airing this fall. Shonda has professed her love for the show in the past. She tweeted back in March, "Am so happy that The Mindy Project was renewed! I would be so mad if I couldn't watch my show. Congrats, @mindykaling!"

    A&E CANCELS 'LONGMIRE': A&E has decided to pull the plug on Longmire, the network's most-watched original drama series of all time. The decision has been made to bring the show back for a fourth season. The network released a statement saying, "We would like to thank the phenomenal cast, crew and producers of Longmire, along with our partners at Warner Horizon, for their tireless work on three seasons of quality dramatic storytelling. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved together." The studio who produces the show has revealed they plan to shop it around to other outlets.

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  • NBC WOULDN'T AIR SUICIDE PREVENTION PSA AFTER ROBIN WILLIAMS EMMY TRIBUTE

    NBC stands behind their decision not to air a PSA from the National Suicide Prevention Network following the tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys on Monday (August 25th.)

    The network released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter saying, "Collectively we decided to celebrate the life of Robin Williams, not his death or, more to the point, the way he died. The Emmys telecast is a celebration, and the 'In Memoriam' section of our show is an important one." The statement goes on to say, "We believe we honored Robin in the right away. Suicide is a serious issue, but we decided not to dwell on that -- or its prevention -- in this particular forum."

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    BLAKE LIVELY ATTACKED BY BEES: Blake Lively reveals in a new post on her lifestyle website that she was attacked by a swarm of bees prior to her 27th birthday on Monday (August 25th.) She wrote, "Just yesterday, the final day of the shoot, I felt an electric shock of energy --was it excitement that I was about to turn another year older? Was it nerves? Why did it feel like agony? I like getting older...I think. But this felt terrible. Does your butt quite suddenly (and painfully) deflate when you turn 27? Because mine hurt like hell...then my neck, back, legs and forehead. And oh my hands! They were shriveling. It felt like I was being shot by dozens of tiny invisible darts. I felt like the Wicked Witch, melting, melting, burning, melting. As it happens, I wasn't being greeted by the onset of spontaneous aging, but rather a full-fledged bee day. Attacked. All over. Everywhere." Blake continued, "It wasn't until I covered the counters in coordinating candy sprinkles that I stopped to acknowledge: my butt will deflate more and more, my hands will shrivel and permanently prune, but I will never, ever grow up. It took a swarm of bees to remind me that a b-day is nothing but a number. Each day I choose my age. Today it's 27, going on 2. How old will you bee today?"

    TRACY MORGAN'S LAWYER OFFERS HEALTH UPDATE: Tracy Morgan's lawyer, Benedict P. Morelli, has released a new statement to People offering an update on the comedian's health since his car accident in June. Benedict said, "He's really having a tough time. He's making incremental progress. But they'll have to wait another month before they assess him cognitively." Tracy has been undergoing therapy at his home since his release from a facility in July. The crash took the life of Tracy's friend and fellow comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair. The 30 Rock star suffered traumatic brain injuries, a broken leg, and facial fractures from the crash.

    COREY FELDMAN SETTLES DIVORCE: Corey Feldman has finalized his divorce from his wife Susannah. They had been separated since 2009. He will be responsible for paying $750 a month in child support for their 10-year-old son. Susannah has agreed to give up the Feldman name and go back to her maiden name, Sprague.

    CHLOE GRACE MORETZ HITS UP ED SHEERAN CONCERT WITH BROOKLYN BECKHAM: Relationship rumors continue to heat up for Chloe Grace Moretz and Brooklyn Beckham after they were seen attending the Ed Sheeran concert together in L.A. on Wednesday (August 27th.) This is the third public event they attended together. Brooklyn recently supported Chloe at the premiere for her new film, If I Stay, and they were both at the Young Hollywood Awards but walked the red carpet separately. Their romance is believed to have started back in May.

    ROBERT DOWNEY JR'S SON GETS COURT DATE POSTPONED: Indio Downey, son of Robert Downey Jr., has had his court date postponed while he is getting treatment at a rehab facility. The 20-year-old was initially expected to appear before the judge on Thursday (August 27th) to face charges of possession from his arrest back in June. Police officers in L.A. observed him smoking something suspicious in his vehicle before searching his car and finding a controlled substance as well as drug paraphernalia. He is expected back in court next month.

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  • REP SAYS REPORTS THAT TONY SOPRANO LIVED ARE FALSE

    The recent reports that attempted to clear up the ambiguous ending of The Sopranos are apparently inaccurate. A rep for the show's creator, David Chase, has released a statement claiming that the original article on Vox "misconstrued" his words when they quoted him as saying "Tony Soprano is not dead."

    The rep's statement reads, "A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview. To simply quote David as saying, 'Tony Soprano is not dead,' is inaccurate. There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true. As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, 'Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point.' To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of The Sopranos raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer."

    • The final scene of the series feature Tony and his family sitting down in a restaurant as a number of suspicious people enter. The screen cuts to black before anything else happens.

    The Scene:

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  • KENDALL JENNER HAS DROPPED HER LAST NAME FOR WORK

    Kendall Jenner apparently wants to just be known as "Kendall" when it comes to her modeling work. According to People, the 18-year-old has dropped the Jenner and her agency is totally on board with it.

    The Society Management website lists the reality star by just her first name. Other big names at Society including Liu Wen, Lindsey Wixson, and Adriana Lima continue to be listed with both.

    • Kendall recently hinted at having issues with her family name to LOVE magazine saying, "People think that this success just came to me. But it didn't. What I have has almost worked against me. I had to work even harder to get where I wanted because people didn't take me seriously as a model...I went on castings and some people weren't feeling me because of my name. But it was great when people didn’t recognize me. I was like, 'Thank you. Please don't recognize me.'"

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