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Magician/Hypnotist Rob Rue Visits J.C. and Randy

Rob Rue having a lot of fun with J.C. and Randy Wednesday.

Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner, Angie Briley, in our Bud n Boiling contest. She won a crawfish boiling pot, crawfish table, beer and a sack of crawfish. Shown here are Rodney Moras, Angie Briley, KVPI's Becky Vidrine and Wes Clark. Both Rodney and Wes represent Southwest Beverage, our local Budweiser Distributor.

Get Ready to Win in our KVPI

Get ready to win in our "Bud and Boilin" contest. Call us at 506-2444 when you hear the cue to call (Elvis singing Crawfish). You must be 21 or older. One qualifer per family. Grand prize drawing is set for Good Friday. Our grand prize winner will win a Crawfish boiling pot, crawfish table, a sack of crawfish and Budweiser beer. Good luck from Oldies 92-5 KVPI and Southwest Beverage.

New Doo Wop Oldies Show Begins Sunday Nights on Oldies 92-5 KVPI

Oldies 92.5 KVPI is proud to announce a new 50's Doo Wop Oldies Show Sunday nights from 9:00-12 midnight. Cool Bobby B's "Doo Wop Stop" heard from coast to coast will now be heard each weekend in Acadiana on Oldies 92-5 KVPI and on

Visit with Tiffany Heinen of Party Down South


Tiffany Heinen, star on the reality TV show Party Down South recently paid a visit to the JC & Randy Show. 

Click here to listen to clips!

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


Tiffany from CMT's Party Down South was a special guest on The JC & Randy Show this morning!


Be sure to catch Party Down South on Thursday nights @ 9 pm on CMT!

Fighting for Farrah

Two year old Farrah Courville of Ville Platte, LA is being treated at St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis, TN for Neuroblastoma, a tumor on her kidney.  Her parents, Jarred Courville and Katrina M. Deville, of Ville Platte, LA, picked up their lives, left their jobs and boarded a flight to Memphis to be with their baby as she faces surgery, chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, a bone marrow transplant and radiation.  They've been told they will be in Memphis a minimum of 18 months.

According to Farrah’s parents, her chemo treatments are causing terrible diaper rash issues and her Mom has found only one brand of diaper is better suited for Farrah’s needs.  The Pampers Swaddlers, Size 5T, is the only brand Farrah does not have any issue with but, the problem is that this brand is not available through St. Jude’s Hospital therefore, they have to supply their own.  Right now, Farrah has to be changed every hour, if not more, and they are going through approximately 24 diapers on a daily basis; sometimes more.  Farrah’s Mom, Katrina, assured us that she will share any diapers that Farrah doesn’t need with the other babies at St. Jude’s.

Note from Farrah’s Mom:

Due to the chemotherapy causing several side effects, including skin sensitivity, upset stomach, and diaper rash, Farrah has to use only one type of diaper which is Pampers Swaddlers, 5T.  We tried all of the others that St. Jude’s does carry and nothing else works.  It has been so bad that we had to get wound care to take a look and it only got better when we began using this particular type of diaper along with barrier wipes and prescription butt balm and changing her every hour or before if she is wet.  They are the most expensive diaper and she needs much more than usual since we change her often and we are having to provide our own even when we’re inpatient because St. Jude’s does not carry them.

According to Farrah’s parents, her first operation will take place in about a month.  She has been through several rounds of chemo thus far leading up to the first surgery.  We will keep you posted on her progress.  You can also follow Farrah on her mom’s FB Page at

You can also help by sending coupons for diapers and monetary donations for the family, as well. (Checks can be made to Jarred Courville or Katrina M. Deville)  Gift cards are also accepted.  There is also a “Go Fund Me” Account set-up with all money raised going straight to Farrah and her family to help with whatever essentials they are needing while at St. Jude’s.

There are so many volunteers working with selling T-Shirts, jewelry, benefit pageants, a fundraiser in Turkey Creek on May 17th, etc.  Family, friends and total strangers are pulling together to help this family. 

Contact info is:  St. Judes Hospital, ATTN:  Farrah Courville, 350 N. 3rd St., Memphis, TN  38105.  Contact telephone number for Katrina M. Deville is:  901-356-0338.

Win Monster Jam Tickets on Oldies 92.5 KVPI

Get ready to win family four packs of tickets to attend the Monster Jam Show Sunday March 16 at the Cajundome in Lafayette. Call us at 506-2444 when you hear the Monster Truck sound effect. We will qualify you for the drawing on Thursday March 13. Good luck from your friends at Oldies 92-5 KVPI!

J.C. and Randy Show


Catch the  J.C.and Randy  Show weekday mornings from 9-12 noon on Oldies 92-5 KVPI.

Great conversation and classic hits from the 70's, 80's and 90's.

Thirsty Thursday is Back!!

J.C and Randy Broadcasts Live at Swamp Pop Museum

Oldies 92-5's J.C. and Randy took their show on the road Friday at the Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum for the museum's third anniversary. Several Swamp Pop music stars were on hand including Bobby "Boo Ga" Page who cracked up our two hosts.

4-H Students visited KVPI to tape National 4-H Week messages

Evangeline Parish 4-H Students visited KVPI Studios recently to tape National 4-H Week messages to air October 7-11.

The Mamou High Cheerleaders visited KVPI Studios

The Mamou High Cheerleaders visited KVPI Studios to record special cheers to be used on the air during football season. Go Mamou High!!

Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders Visited KVPI Studios Sept. 11

The Pine Prairie High School Cheerleaders visited KVPI Studios Sept. 11 to record special cheers during football season. Go Panthers!

Sacred Heart Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

The Sacred Heart High School Cheerleaders visited KVPI studios to record special cheers that will air in the next few days. Go Trojans!

Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

The Basile High Cheerleaders visited KVPI Studios to record special cheers for football season on Sept. 13. Here they are visiting with DJ Swabby.

KVPI/Crawfish Barn Player of the Week

Kendrick Ceaser, the KVPI/Crawfish Barn Player of the Week!


Oldies 92-5 KVPI will be giving away tickets to see The Fab Four Ultimate Beatles Tribute Show

Congratulations to our winners: Gloria Lafleur, Tommy Morris, Becky Buller, Patrice Fontenot and Connie Cary. They each won a pair of tickets to join J.C. and Randy at the Fab Four concert Saturday September 14 at Paragon Casino. Thanks toi everyone who qualified.

Listen to our coverage of the Ville Platte 8 Year old All Stars in State Competition

Be sure to listen in as we cover our Ville Platte 8 Year Old All Stars as they host the State Tournament at our new Recreational Facility. Go All Stars!

Ville Platte 9 Year Olds Compete in State Tournament in Pineville

Be sure to tune in as we cover the Ville Platte 9 year old All Stars in the State Tournament live from Pineville.

Ville Platte 12 Year Olds in District Tournament Live From Vinton

The Ville Platte 12 year old Dixie Youth Majors All Stars are in the District Tournament this week from Vinton over Oldies 92-5 KVPI with Sports Director Randy Guillory.

Ville Platte Super Ten's All Stars playing in the District Tournament over KVPI AM

KVPI 1050 AM is following our Ville Platte Super Ten's All Stars in Deridder with Sports Announcer Lance Reed.

KVPI FM is following our Ville Platte 12 year old all stars playing the District Tournament in Vinton with Sports Director Randy Guillory.

We're Giving Away Blue Bayou Tickets to Lucky Listener Club Members

Congratulations to our winners in our Blue Bayou ticket giveaway. We drew from our growing membership rolls of our FM Listener E Club and our AM Backstage Pass Club. Here are our winners: Tracy Gautreaux, Sonia Ardoin, Tommy Atkinson, Debbie Charlie, Dayna Fontenot, Vivian LaFleur, , Shawn Soileau, Jessie Reed, Heather Thomas and April Domingue.

J.C. and Randy Facebook Fan of the Week

Congratulations to Holly Romero, our Facebook Fan of the Week, meeting with J.C. and Randy during their live radio show.

Ville Platte Dixie Youth 11 Year Old All Stars in District Tourney Live on KVPI FM This Weekend

Smoked Meat Festival This Weekend in Ville Platte
News and Events for The 21st Annual Smoked Meat Festival Admission to Festival: Adults.....$9.00 Children under 12 years.....$2.00 ***ID's REQUIRED, No ice chests or pets allowed Lawn chairs welcomed! Friday, June 28th 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.......Set up of booths -- Civic Center Grounds 4:00 pm.........................Festival gates open to the public 6:00 pm.........................BANDS BEGIN (times approximate) 12:00Midnight..............Music Ends; Festival ground must be cleared by 1:00 am Saturday, June 29th 8:00 - 9:00 am .............Cookery contestants check in at Registration desk at the Civic Center 8:00 am.........................Festival gates open to the public 9:00 am - Noon.............Hospitality Room -- Civic Center Meeting (open to veterans & invited guest only) 10:00-1:00-Live remote broadcast over Oldies 92.5 KVPI FM 11:00 - 11:30 am ..........Cookery contestants turn in contest entries in the Civic Center 12:00Noon.....................Festival Opening Ceremony - Main Band Stand Guest Speaker Walt Piper CSM US Army Ret and original member of Cajun Pawn Stars 5:00pm..........................2013 Smoked Meat Royalty Introduced 2013 Cook off Winners Announced. 6:00pm......................... Music Starts 12:00Midnight..............Music ends; food booths open till midnight 1:00 am.........................Festival gates close. Festival grounds must be cleared. BAND SCHEDULE for the 21st Smoked Meat Festival Friday June 28th Music Line Up: 6:00 - 8:00 ..................................Wicked Waters 8:00 - 10:00 ................................Jamie Bergeron 10:00 - 12:00 ..............................Catagory 6 Saturday June 29th Music Line Up 6:00 - 8:15 ..................................James Dupre 8:15 - 10:30 ................................90 Degrees West 10:30 - 12:00 ..............................John Michael Montgomery

Get ready to win circus tickets to the Cajundome

Congratulations to our winners in our ticket giveaway:

Hope Fontenot, Sandra Fontenot and Brittany Pierce each won a four pack of tickets while Meghan Hudspeth won a pair of tickets to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus coming to the Cajundome. Thanks to everyone who qualified.


Classic Rock Summer Kick Off Saturday May 25

First Annual Evangeline Parish French Camp for Kids

The First Annual Parish French Camp for Kids June 17-21 at Chataignier Elementary School from 9:00am to 12 noon. The camp is for children ages 4-7. Children will play, sing, exercise, color and count in French . There will be a little showcase for parents, grand parents and friends at the end of the camp. Special discount pricing for early bird registration by May 10. Final deadline to register is May 31. Registration forms are available at KVPI, Ville Platte City Hall and Ville Platte Library. Let's make this a big success by signing up your children today.

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner in our Mystery Mom Contest

Congratulations to our grand prize winner, Jamie Ardoin, shown on the right, being presented the Paragon Casino prize certificates from  KVPI's Cheryl DeBaillon . That is her daughter holding her Mother's Day bouquet from the Flower Patch.

Oldies 92-5 KVPI has a special prize for Mom on Mother's Day

Congratulations to our winners in our Mystery Mom contest. Our Grand Prize winner is Jamie Ardoin. She has won a $350 prize package at Paragon Casino including a one night stay, meal and a spa treatment. Our consolation moms each won a bouquet of flowers compliments of The Flower Patch in Ville Platte. They are: Annette Johnson, Carolyn menard, Liz Lafleur and Betsy Fontenot. Thanks to everyone who qualified. Happy Mother's Day from Oldies 92.5.

CBS News Commentator Dave Ross joins KVPI Noon Report

CBS News Commentator Dave Ross joins the KVPI Noon News reportstarting Monday at 12:05. Hear his take on what's going on in the world weekdays on Noon Report on KVPI AM and FM.

Boggy Bayou Representatives visit J.C. and Randy

Boggy Bayou Festival President Bernice Ardoin, in the middle,  along with current Boggy Bayou Festival Queen Carly Chaumont, in rear, visits with J.C. and Randy during their show today.

Memphis DJ Alex Ward's popular Oldies Show comes to Oldies 92.5 KVPI

DJ Alex Ward , shown here with Cleve Duncan of the legendary Doo Wop group, the Penguins, begins to air his popular oldies show Sunday nights from 6-8pm right here on Oldies 92.5 . Listen to classic commercials, interview clips and the stories behind your favorite oldies on the "Pig and Whistle Oldies Show".

Oldies 92-5 KVPI Captures Radio Station of the Year Honors

For the third year, Oldies 92-5 KVPI-FM was recognized by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Thursday as "Radio Station of the Year" for our community service. Also our Traffic Director Cheryl DeBaillon was given the Distinguished Service award for her many years  in the radio industry. Attending the Prestige Awards were from left Mark Layne, Cheryl DeBaillon, Becky Vidrine, Bonnie Fontenot, Randy Guillory and Dr. Rhonda Pucheu, President of Ville Platte Broadcasting Company.

Oldies 92-5 KVPI Valentine Photo Grand Prize Winner is Tiffany Deshotel and Rusty LaFleur

Our grand prize winning couple was the top vote getters receiving 599 votes. They will receive the Croton watch , a romantic one night stay at Coushatta Casino Hotel and a meal for two at the Big Sky Steak House at Coushatta Casino. Coming in second was Darrel and Alicia Ortego with 503 votes and coming in third place with Gene and Linda Wilson with 283 votes. Thanks to all the couples who participated in our contest. Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Oldies 92-5 KVPI!

Evangeline Parish Dance Team who danced at the Superbowl visited KVPI Studios

High School girls from Ville Platte and Pine Prairie who participated during half time dancing with Beyonce at the Super Bowl, visited KVPI Studios. While they visited with us, they taped an interview that we will play back Wednesday Feb. 13 at 3:30pm.

Time Warp is on Oldies 92-5 KVPI

Time Warp, radio's favorite journey through the past, bringing you the sights and sounds of the 60's, 70's and 80's mixed with greatest  classic rock of all time hosted by the legendary Bill St. James  , Sundays from 2:00-6:00pm on Oldies 92.5 KVPI.

Randy gets a special gift from fans of JC and Randy

It's Hammer Time!!

Foreign Exchange Students Visit KVPI Studios

We interviewed Tom from Belgium, Andrea from Spain and Ida from Norway. Hear that interview today at 12:30pm on KVPI AM and FM. All three students are International Student Exchange students. The local representative is Ranisha Richard who is need of more host families. Contact her at (337) 322-1249. 

Click here to listen to the interview:

Tournoi Queens Visit Oldies 92-5 Studios

Tournoi Queens Shay, Winter and Leah visit Oldies 92-5 KVPI Studios.

Ville Platte High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI-FM

Ville Platte High Cheerleaders visited KVPI studios this week and recorded special cheers for this football season.

Sacred Heart High Cheerleaders Visit Oldies 92.5

The Sacred Heart High Cheerleaders visited  KVPI studios Monday to record special cheers for the football season.

Oldies 92-5 KVPI is giving you a chance to sit in on a sports broadcast


Coast To Coast AM is coming to KVPI AM

Tune in to the most listened to overnight show in America nightly on our sister station, KVPI 1050 AM: "Coast to Coast AM with George Noory". Every night, 12 midnight to 6:00am, listen to discussions of conspiracy theories, UFO's, life after death and the unexplained. Be sure to tune in.

Lopstock 11 September 29

Make plans to attend the annual Lopstock event Saturday Sept. 29 with Bert Miller, Doug Ardoin and the Original 1950's Boogie Kings and special guests.









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  • Led Zeppelin Releases Two Previously-Unheard Recordings from Upcoming Reissues

    Rhino RecordsThe BBC is offering a sneak peek at Led Zeppelin's reissues of their first three albums.

    Two previously-unheard recordings from the band have been previewed by the BBC: an early version of "Whole Lotta Love," which will be featured in the re-release of Led Zeppelin II, and Zeppelin's take on the blues classics "Keys to the Highway/Trouble In Mind," which will be included in the Led Zeppelin III re-release.

    The early version of "Whole Lotta Love" is different from the one with which fans are familiar. For example, the vocals were re-recorded for the version that was ultimately released.

    Jimmy Page spearheaded the reissue project because, as he tells the BBC, "I don't want to die and have somebody else do it." After revisiting the band's music, he says, "it's undeniable that we're good."

    Zeppelin singer Robert Plant does have a regret or two regarding his approach to their music as they recorded it. He laughs, "My enthusiasm sometimes got in the way of finesse. I listen to it and go, wow, why didn't I shut up a bit?"

    By the way, don't get your hopes up that the reissues will lead to a Zeppelin reunion. Plant says the chances of the group putting on a live show again are "zero."

    Page says, "I'm sure people would love to hear it. I'm not the one to be asking, I don't sing."

    Zeppelin, minus the late drummer John Bonham, reunited in 2007 for a concert at London's O2 Arena that served as the basis for their live film/CD Celebration Day.

    Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III all will be reissued in various configurations on June 3.

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  • Hear New Version of "Hotel California" by Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder; Joint Tour Companion Album Due May 6

    ABC PR/GFE ManagementWhen Styx, Foreigner and ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder announced in February that they'd be hitting the road together this summer, they promised to release a new, collaborative rendition of the Eagles' classic "Hotel California,"  which Felder co-wrote.

    Well, on Wednesday that version arrived, streaming exclusively on USA Today's website.  As Felder told ABC News Radio recently, the newly recorded rendition features guitar solos by himself, Styx's Tommy Shaw and Foreigner's Mick Jones, and lead vocals shared between Felder, Shaw, Foreigner frontman Kelly Hansen and Styx singer/keyboard player Lawrence Gowan.

    The track will appear on an upcoming compilation CD, The Soundtrack of the Summer, which also happens to be the name of the tour.  The album, which will be available exclusively at Walmart beginning May 6, is made up mostly of classic Foreigner and Styx tunes.  Another collaborative track that finds Felder joining forces with Foreigner for a version of that band's 1984 hit "I Want to Know What Love Is" will be available only on a limited-edition vinyl single and via iTunes.

    As previously reported, the Soundtrack of the Summer tour gets under way May 15 in Wichita, Kansas, and is plotted out through an August 17 show in Des Moines, Iowa.  Felder will appear at all dates through the end of July.

    Here's the track list for The Soundtrack of the Summer companion album:

    "Feels Like the First Time" -- Foreigner
    "Cold as Ice" -- Foreigner
    "Hot Blooded" -- Foreigner
    "Double Vision" -- Foreigner
    "Urgent" -- Foreigner
    "Waiting for a Girl Like You" -- Foreigner
    "I Want to Know What Love Is" -- Foreigner
    "Juke Box Hero" -- Foreigner
    "The Grand Illusion" -- Styx
    "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)" -- Styx
    "Lorelei" -- Styx
    "Crystal Ball" -- Styx
    "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" -- Styx
    "Miss America" -- Styx
    "Renegade" -- Styx
    "Too Much Time on My Hands" -- Styx
    "Hotel California" -- Don Felder with members of Foreigner & Styx

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  • Bruce Springsteen Premieres Video for New Song, "American Beauty"

    Columbia RecordsOn Saturday, Bruce Springsteen released a new EP titled American Beauty for Record Store Day.  The EP, which was made available exclusively on 12-inch vinyl, features four previously unreleased songs that were recorded during the same sessions that yielded the Boss' High Hopes album.

    Now, a video featuring Springsteen and his E Street Band performing the EP's title track live has debuted online.  The clip was filmed, appropriately, on the day American Beauty was released.  Bruce and company are shown playing the tune onstage at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, prior to a scheduled concert at the venue.

    In a note about the American Beauty disc, Springsteen says of the title track, "I get to sing in a part of my range I don't often visit and that along with its 'guitar wall of sound' gives it a little 'exile on E Street' power."

    Springsteen's current U.S. tour is scheduled through a May 17-18 stand in Uncasville, Connecticut.  His next scheduled show takes place Thursday night in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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  • New Teaser-Trailer Shows Unveiling of Deluxe Reissue of Led Zeppelin's Debut Album

    Atlantic Records/RhinoA new video teaser gives Led Zeppelin fans a peek inside the Super Deluxe Box Set edition of the upcoming reissue of their eponymous 1969 debut album.  The 35-second trailer, which you can see on Led Zeppelin's official YouTube channel, is accompanied by audio of a live version of "Communication Breakdown" that's part of the package's bonus content.

    As displayed in the video, the Led Zeppelin super deluxe set includes a remastered edition of the original album, both on CD and high-quality vinyl; a CD and double LP featuring performances from a 1969 Paris concert by the band; a collectible print of the cover art; a 72-page hardback book with photos and archival images; a replica of the group's original Atlantic Records press kit; and a download card offering access to an high-def digital audio version of the album.

    Led Zeppelin also recently posted a video that featured the full version of a medley of "Good Times, Bad Times" and "Communication Breakdown" from the bonus Live in Paris, 1969 disc.

    As previously reported, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III all will be reissued in various configurations on June 3.

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  • William Hurt Exits Gregg Allman Biopic Project

    Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images; Danny ClinchAnother problem has developed for Midnight Rider, the biographical film about Gregg Allman, as one of the movie's main stars, William Hurt, has dropped out of the troubled production, according to Deadline.  The news follows a tragic accident that occurred this past February during the first day of shooting in Wayne County, Georgia, when a 27-year-old camera assistant named Sarah Jones was killed and seven other crew members were injured by a train.

    Hurt, who had signed on to portray Allman as an older man in the movie, was involved in the scene that was being filmed -- a dream sequence involving a mattress positioned on a train trestle -- when the incident took place.  Deadline reports that a source close to the production told the website that the filmmakers "were already looking to recast some roles," including the lead part, prior to Hurt's exit.

    Filming on Midnight Rider was suspended several days after the accident, although a source close to director/producer Randall Miller recently told Deadline that discussions had begun about starting pre-production again as early as June, this time in the Los Angeles area.  Meanwhile, an investigation about whether any party is legally responsible for Jones' death is ongoing.

    Midnight Rider is based on Gregg Allman's 2012 autobiography, My Cross to Bear, and the Allman Brothers Band frontman is one of the film's producers.

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  • New Documentary About The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir Premiering Tonight in NYC

    Image credit: Peter SimonA new documentary about founding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir gets its premiere tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.  The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir will be shown at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at 9:30 p.m. ET, and will feature a special musical set by Weir himself following the screening.

    The movie follows Weir's life, from his early years as a high-school dropout following author Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters communal group, through his amazing 30-year adventure as a member of the world's most celebrated jam band and beyond.  The Other One features candid conversations with Bob, as well as interviews with his Dead band mates Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann; various family members; and musical friends such as Sammy Hagar, Bruce Hornsby and Phish's Mike Gordon.

    In addition, the movie includes concert and behind-the-scenes footage, and takes a look at how the Grateful Dead was affected by and influenced the cultural changes the world underwent during the group's existence.

    The Other One was directed by Mike Fleiss, whose credits also include the 2011 documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne.  The Tribeca Film Festival will host encore screenings of the movie this Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at the AMC Loews Village 7 theater.  The flick also will be shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 29 and May 2.

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  • Joan Jett, Axl Rose Set to Receive Special Honors Tonight at "Revolver" Golden Gods Awards

    RevolverMag.comJoan Jett and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will receive special honors at the sixth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which will take place April 23 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

    The sixth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards ceremony takes place tonight in Los Angeles.  Joan Jett and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose both will receive special honors at the big event, which celebrates outstanding achievements by hard-rock artists.

    Jett will make history by being the first woman ever to receive Revolver's Golden God award, which is given annually to one honoree who "embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal."  Joan joins past Golden God recipients including Gene Simmons, Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper.

    Rose will be presented with this year's Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The singer will join the ranks of past honorees Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead.

    This year's ceremony also will feature live performances from Jett and her band The Blackhearts, Guns N' Roses, Korn and Zakk Wylde, among others.

    Meanwhile, among this year's Golden Gods nominees is Black Sabbath, who received nods for Album of the Year and Comeback of the Year.  Band members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler also will compete, respectively, for prizes in the Best Guitarist and Best Bassist category.  Other nominees in various categories include Deep Purple, Metallica, Mötley Crüe and Alice in Chains.  To check out a full list of nominees, visit

    The Golden Gods Awards ceremony will be held at L.A.'s Nokia Club and will begin at 7 p.m. PT.  If you can't make it out to the extravaganza, you can still watch a live stream of the event at

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  • Peter Frampton Releasing Album of Music from 2013 Ballet Project

    Red DistributionPeter Frampton is preparing to release a mini-album featuring musical pieces he created for his 2013 collaboration with the Cincinnati Ballet.  Hummingbird in a Box, which hits stores on June 24, is a suite of seven songs the veteran guitar whiz composed with Nashville-based songwriter Gordon Kennedy, with whom he's worked on his previous three studio efforts.

    The music from Hummingbird in a Box was debuted at a series of April 2013 performances by the Cincinnati Ballet at the city's Aronoff Center for the Arts.  Those shows featured Frampton and his band accompanying the dance company by playing some of his classic songs as well as the new pieces.

    Framptron says about the project, "Writing for dance was a wonderfully freeing experience.  There were no boundaries.  We were able to push the composing envelope."

    Adds, Kennedy, "Songwriters and musicians create music to move people.  This was beautiful, graceful and instantly gratifying!"

    As previously reported, Frampton will be on hand to give an introductory speech on May 6 when the Cincinnati Ballet gives a New York City performance that will feature some of the Hummingbird in a Box material.

    Meanwhile, Frampton has now lined up more than 30 tour dates this year, including solo headlining dates, joint shows with The Doobie Brothers and Frampton's Guitar Circus concerts with special guest Buddy Guy.  Peter's itinerary kicks off with a June 22 performance in Cincinnati.  Check out his full schedule at

    Here is the Hummingbird in a Box track list:

    "The Promenade's Retreat"
    "Hummingbird in a Box"
    "The One in 901"
    "Friendly Fire"
    "Heart to My Chest"
    "Shadow of My Mind"
    "Norman Wisdom"

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  • Blondie Marking 40th Anniversary with Two-Disc Package Featuring New Album, Hits Compilation

    PRNewsFoto/BlondieBlondie will celebrate its 40th anniversary in a big way, by releasing a new two-disc collection combining a brand-new studio effort and an album of updated versions of the group's best-known tunes.  Due out on May 13, Blondie 4(0) Ever will include the influential New York band's long-awaited 10th studio album, Ghosts of a Download, as well as Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits, which boasts renditions of 11 classic Blondie songs rerecorded by the veteran New Wave act's current lineup.

    Ghosts of Download finds Blondie exploring a variety of genres, including modern electronic and dance music, reggae, pop and rock.  A number of guest artists make appearances on the record, including Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto, New York City club performer Miss Guy, Colombian group Systema Solar and Oakland–based Panamanian rap act Los Rakas.  The album features a cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's 1983 hit "Relax."

    Among the many memorable songs included on Deluxe Redux are "Heart of Glass," "Tide Is High," "Rapture," "One Way or Another" and "Call Me."

    Blondie 4(0) Ever will be available in a variety of configurations, including a deluxe edition that features the two CDs, a bonus DVD boasting footage of a 1977 performance at CBGB, a collectible poster and five postcards with photographs taken by guitarist Chris Stein.  There's also the standard two-CD set, a digital download and a vinyl package offering LP versions of the two albums together with the DVD.

    Fans pre-ordering the digital version of Blondie 4(0) Ever via Amazon or iTunes will receive three bonus Ghosts of Download tracks, and also will be able to instantly download the new song "I Want to Drag You Around."

    Two preview tracks from Blondie 4(0) Ever, the Ghosts of Download tune "Sugar on the Side" and a new rendition of "One Way or Another," can be heard now at the band's official YouTube channel.

    Here is the full Blondie 4(0) Ever track list:

    Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits
    "Heart of Glass"
    "Tide Is High"
    "Sunday Girl"
    "Hanging on the Telephone"
    "One Way or Another"
    "Call Me"
    "Rip Her to Shreds"

    Ghosts of Download
    "Sugar on the Side"
    "A Rose by Any Name"
    "I Want to Drag You Around"
    "I Screwed Up"
    "Take Me in the Night"
    "Make a Way"
    "Mile High"
    "Take It Back"

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  • Steven Tyler Rescued by Danica Patrick in New Can-Am Spyder Spot

    Photo: Steve ErleStar auto racer Danica Patrick comes to the aid of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler in a new ad for the Can-Am Spyder motorcycle.

    In the minute-and-a-half-long spot, Patrick touts a new campaign centered around the three-wheeled motorcycle that she calls the "Paparazzi Escape Vehicle."  She explains that when celebrities are hounded by photographers, they can call 1-844-SPYDER-LA to have a Can-Am Spyder pick them up and whisk them away.

    By way of example, we see footage of Tyler being rescued by Patrick from a crowd of shutterbugs.  He makes an obscene gesture toward the photographers as they drive away.

    Believe it or not, this is a real offer from Can-Am Spyder.  According to USA Today, Los Angeles-area celebs will be able to utilize the rescue service for one week by calling the number.  

    Incidentally, Tyler was involved in creating and lobbying for an anti-paparazzi law that was passed last year by the Hawaiian legislature.  The law helps protect celebrities from intrusive photographers.

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    AMANDA SEYFRIED AND JUSTIN LONG MAKE THEIR RED CARPET DEBUT: Amanda Seyfried and Justin Long made their official red carpet debut as a couple on Tuesday night (April 22nd) at the opening night of Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Rumors about their romance first surfaced last summer. The pair were seen bonding backstage at the performance with John Cameron Mitchell and Sam Rockwell. Seyfried co-stars with the show's star, Neil Patrick Harris, in the upcoming film A Million Ways to Die in the West.

    JAMES FRANCO POSTS PHOTO IN BED WITH KEEGAN ALLEN: Pretty Little Liars actor Keegan Allen shared a photo on Tuesday (April 22nd) of himself shirtless in bed with a topless James Franco. The picture was added to his Instagram page along with the message, "Loved seeing of mice and men. And @jamesfrancotv showed me how to do a proper bed selfie." Keegan co-stars with James in the film Palo Alto which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival this week.

    'BACHELORETTE' CONTESTANT DIES AFTER PARAGLIDING ACCIDENT: Bachelorette contestant Eric Hill passed away on Wednesday (April 23rd) after being severely injured during a paragliding accident on Sunday (April 20th.) His sister shared the news on Facebook saying, "Eric shared his final journey with us this morning as all his immediate family were able to be at his side when he passed away. Thank you to all of your love and support and prayers and fasting. It was amazing to be with so many of his friends and family yesterday in the hospital who came to express their love for Eric. He gave us such a gift of a life fully lived and fully shared, and allowed us all to be a part of his last adventure here on earth. It is hard to think of life without his bright spark, but we know he is on to new adventures. We look forward to carrying on his legacy here and greeting him joyfully again someday. I love you so much, little brother!" Eric is set to appear in the upcoming season of the reality show vying for the affection of Andi Dorfman.

    JODIE FOSTER MARRIES GIRLFRIEND ALEXANDRA HEDISON: Jodie Foster exchanged vows with her photographer girlfriend Alexandra Hedison last weekend. A rep for the actress has confirmed the news. They started dating sometime last summer and sources told E! at the time, "It's pretty serious. They're totally in love."

    RUMER WILLIS SHOWS SKIN IN SKIMPY SKIRT: 25-year-old Rumer Willis attended at DJing gig at the Elle Women in Music concert on Tuesday (April 22nd) wearing a skirt that left little to the imagination. The daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis showed off her pink underwear in an outfit that had two large cut-outs over the thigh. It is unclear whether she intended to give everyone a glimpse of her under-garments or if she was oblivious to being on display.

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    Heather Graham admits that sexism definitely exists in the film industry but knows she has been lucky enough to have a steady career. The Flowers in the Attic star recently chatted with about going from playing roller girl in Boogie Night to taking on the 'sexy mom' roles in more recent projects.

    Heather told the website, "I'm just glad to be working. I'm not actually a mom in real life, so it's fun to pretend to be one. I like to approach things the same in art as in life. You can choose to look on the positive side and enjoy whatever roles you're given. You can find the silver lining in anything. I'm not saying the movie business isn't sexist. It's totally sexist. If you look at all the movies being made these days, eighty percent of them are about men. There's not much I can do about it." She added, "It's a sexist world and a sexist industry. But I've been very lucky as an actress, to work as much as I have and as consistently as I have. And when you don't see the kind of stories out there that represent you, you have to make them yourself."

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    Last night on American Idol (April 23rd), host Ryan Seacrest announced each contestant would be performing two songs, one country and one rock and roll.

    Jena Irene began the show performing "Barracuda" by Heart. Judge Keith Urban gave positive reviews and said "That was like a perfect song for your voice, your range and everything. And you really set the bar high, baby, for everybody else."

    Caleb Johnson decided to perform the Black Crowes "Sting Me". During the performance he dropped the microphone but was able to recover and continue with the song. "When you lost that microphone and it went rolling to the back and you caught it and then sang right on the beat, I was, it was just a mark of a true performer" said judge Jennifer Lopez.

    Jessica Meuse closed the show with her performance of "Jolene" by Dolly Parton. Judge Urban seemed to dislike the performance because of the arrangement."I felt like the arrangement, I hated the arrangement. I have got to say. I'm sorry. I love that song the way Dolly does it" said Keith.


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    George Clooney allegedly stormed out of a dinner in Las Vegas with hotel tycoon Steve Wynn after Wynn supposedly called President Obama an a**hole. According to TMZ, the pair had been drinking and dining together when the conversation got heated over politics which led George to abruptly make his exit.

    Clooney explained, "I said that the President was my longtime friend and then he said, 'Your friend is an a**hole.' At that point I told Steve HE was an a**hole and that I wasn't going to sit at his table while he was being such a jackass."

    • Wynn told his side to the Las Vegas Review-Journal saying, "When George is drinking, he considers himself a close personal buddy of the President. Clooney's fun to be with when he's sober...If you have a chance to drink with him, you want to get there early, and don't stay late. Everybody who's in my business -- the casino business -- knows to take actors with a grain of salt."
    • The Gravity star countered by adding, "It had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character."

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    Cameron Diaz doesn't believe in wearing antiperspirant but insists that she knows how to avoid giving off b.o. The Body Book author chatted with E! Online at the premiere of The Other Woman on Monday (April 21st) where she revealed her secret to avoiding potent pits.

    Cameron explained, "I don't believe in antiperspirant. It's really bad for you. I haven't used it for almost 20 years. You're stinky, because you use antiperspirant. It keeps all the stink in. Let it go and just trim your armpit hair so it doesn't hold onto the scent."

    • The 41-year-old made headlines recently for vocalizing her opinion that women who get laser hair removal on their pubic hair should consider that being hairless down there is just a recent trend and may not always be in vogue.

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    If you need a loan from Shia LaBeouf, be prepared to pay interest. Sources tell Radar Online that the Nymphomaniac actor hit his uncle Barry Saide with a bill for $193,100.87 as interest on an $800,000 loan back in 2011.

    A judge ruled back in February that Barry had to pay back the loan but now Shia has filed new paperwork allegedly requesting five percent interest from the time of the loan in January 11th to April 2012 and then a nine percent rate in the time that has passed since then.

    • Shia's relative is appealing the judgment and asking that the judge overturn the ruling.

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    There seems to be a new trend in Hollywood for celebrities to keep it low-key when it comes to exchanging vows. A new report from USA Today explores how more and more famous couples are shying away from the throwing lavish ceremonies and then spilling details to the media.

    Executive editor of Brides magazine explained, "It's almost a status symbol to keep your wedding private. If you're that high on the A-list you don't need to get your wedding out there. You don't need to leverage this to aid your career." Elizabeth Graves of Martha Stewart Weddings added, "There's been a big affair backlash. We see how some celebrities have been, it's safe to say, trounced for the showiness of their event and the money they spent."

    Wedding planner Diann Valentine offered up her own explanation for the trend saying, "Reality television is in some ways making such a mockery of the wedding. Because that is happening we are seeing more real stars saying, 'You know, this is just not how I'm going to share my love.'"
    All of the sources seem to be in agreement that the added exposure of social media has also made many celebrities realize that some things should be kept private when they can be.

    • Recent low-key celebrity weddings include Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish, Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha, and Kristen Bell in her court house wedding to Dax Shepard.

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    'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' NABS CHARLIZE THERON AND ANDY SAMBERG FOR FINAL TWO EPISODES: Charlize Theron and Andy Samberg have been tapped to host Saturday Night Live for the final two episodes of the season. Theron will host on May 10th with musical guest The Black Keys. She is promoting her new film A Million Ways to Die. SNL alum Samberg will host the May 19th season finale with St. Vincent set as the musical guest. Andy left the sketch comedy show back in 2012.

    REHEARSALS BEGIN FOR 'PITCH PERFECT 2': Rebel Wilson tweeted a photo on Tuesday (April 22nd) of her first day at rehearsals for the upcoming sequel to Pitch Perfect. The pictures shows her posing with cast members Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Kelley Jakle, Alexis Knapp, and Hanna Mae Lee with the caption, "1st day of PP2 rehearsals!" Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, and Skylar Astin were not in the picture but are reprising their roles in the film which will be released on May 15th, 2015.

    VH1 CANCELS 'BEST WEEK EVER': VH1 has pulled the plug on pop culture commentary series Best Week Ever. The network said in a statement, "Best Week Ever was a pioneer in pop culture commentary on television when it launched in 2004, delivering its signature blend of comedy and tongue-in-cheek opinions on the most entertaining news and pop culture stories of the previous seven days. The series also served as a national launching pad for many talented creatives and comedians. We thank them, and the viewers who tuned in each week." The show was first canceled back in 2010 but brought back again in January 2013.

    BARBIE MOVIE IN THE WORKS: Sony Pictures is hoping to turn Mattel's Barbie into the next big movie franchise. Deadline is reporting that the studio is planning to build a live-action comedy around the hugely popular doll line. Former Sex and the City writer Jenny Bicks is penning the script.

    DYLAN PENN LANDS MODELING CONTRACT: Sean Penn and Robin Wright's daughter Dylan Penn has landed a contract with Premier Model Management. The company's head of special bookings told Vogue, "We are very excited to be working with Dylan. She represents the modern model and muse -- so intelligent, with bags of personality and talent. We see great potential." The 23-year-old has already done a spread in GQ magazine and had an offer to pose in Playboy which she rejected. She also recently did a shoot for Treats magazine and a special campaign for The Gap.

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