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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:57

Toby Keith benefit raises $2M for tornado recovery

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - A tornado relief concert organized by country performer Toby Keith has raised $2 million that will go to a tornado relief fund run by the United Way of Central Oklahoma. Organizers said Tuesday that some donations from the July 6 concert are still being tallied. The money will be spent on tornado relief efforts in Moore. A May 20 tornado cut a 17-mile path of destruction through the Oklahoma City suburb with winds that exceeded 200 mph, killing 23 people. Spring storms caused an estimated $1 billion in damage. The Norman Transcript reports the six-hour concert drew about 60,000 people to the University of Oklahoma's Memorial Stadium. Performers included Keith, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Ronnie Dunn and Mel Tillis. 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:52

Emily Blunt & John Krasinski expecting first child

NEW YORK (AP) - Emily Blunt and her husband, John Krasinski, are expecting their first child. A representative for the actress confirmed the pregnancy Wednesday. It was first reported by Us Weekly. Krasinski, 33, played hapless Jim Halpert on NBC's workplace comedy "The Office." His film credits include "Away We Go" and "Leatherheads." Blunt, 30, has appeared in the movies "The Devil Wears Prada" and "The Adjustment Bureau." The couple were married in 2010.

Monday, 09 September 2013 09:44

Charlie Hunnam talks about Fifty Shades role

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charlie Hunnam says nudity and graphic sex scenes are nothing new for him. He'll likely have to do both as the leading man in "50 Shades of Grey." He'll play Christian Grey in the film version of the best-selling novel. Hunnam talked about his role as he attended the premiere of the sixth season of "Sons of Anarchy." SOA returns tomorrow night on FX.

Monday, 09 September 2013 09:44

Loretta Lynn has broken ribs

UNDATED (AP) - Loretta Lynn called off her shows this weekend because she's still hurting. Lynn writes on her Facebook page she tried to get a guitar down from a closet over Labor Day and it caused her to fall into a dresser. She says she didn't find out until the next day that she had broken two ribs. Lynn had scheduled two shows in Oklahoma this past weekend and plans to make them up at a later date.

NEW YORK (AP) - Eminem plus ESPN makes for one bizarre interview. Eminem appeared with Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit on ESPN's "Saturday Night Football" and was initially on camera with his mouth hanging open, looking confused. He said live TV freaks him out. It probably didn't help that Musberger kept referring to him as Marshall Mathers. Eminem refused to comment on whether the Lions would cover the spread because he didn't want to jinx them, and he told Musberger he picked him to be on Eminem's fantasy announcer team. Eminem's song "Berzerk" will be the new theme for "Saturday Night Football."

Monday, 09 September 2013 09:42

Bruno Mars named Super Bowl Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) - Grammy-winner Bruno Mars will perform at halftime of the Super Bowl. The NFL made the announcement ahead of the kickoff of games on Sunday, with Mars joined by FOX co-host Terry Bradshaw and analyst Michael Strahan in Times Square. The league's championship game will be played Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Mars is one of pop music's top acts, with several No. 1 hits including his most recent, "When I Was Your Man." The 27-year-old singer-songwriter-producer was honored for best male video and choreography for "Treasure" at the MTV Video Music Awards last month. Halftime shows have drawn more than 100 million television viewers in the United States in past years.

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will spend a week exploring just why the Rolling Stones are who they are. They will be the focus of the Rock Hall's Annual Music Masters series beginning October 21. It will feature interviews, panels, films, educational programs and a conference on the Stones' impact on popular music. A tribute concert will be held October 26. The Rock Hall has been running an exhibit on the Stones to mark the band's 50th anniversary this year.

Friday, 06 September 2013 09:49

John Lennon's typewriter on view in Boston

BOSTON (AP) - John Lennon's typewriter is among those that will be on display in an exhibit at Northeastern University in Boston. Lennon wrote lyrics for The Quarrymen on the typewriter. Other famous typewriters include those belonging to Orson Welles, Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kevorkian, and "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski. The exhibit opened yesterday and runs through September 25.

UNDATED (AP) - Gretchen Wilson says as a kid her uncle used to let her clean the mud out of the wheel wells with a two-by-four after he drove dirt tracks outside St. Louis. She says she felt like she was part of the pit crew and has been a NASCAR fan ever since. Wilson will be featured in ESPN's NASCAR coverage beginning with the September 15 event at Chicagoland Speedway. Wilson will narrate and appear in the opening segments, with each one tailored to that week's racetrack. Her music will also be used.

NASHVILLE (AP) - Carrie Underwood says she wanted to make sure she wasn't just doing "the same song with a different blondie up there singing it" for the NBC "Sunday Night Football" theme. Underwood says Faith Hill put her mark on "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" for so many years, so she wanted to make it sound different when she redid it. The new version debuts with Sunday's game between the Cowboys and the Giants. In the meantime, Underwood is getting her lines down for her role as Maria in NBC's live holiday production of "The Sound of Music." Underwood says she's nervous about getting her lines down, but not the yodeling for "The Lonely Goatherd." She says she is one of "the blessed few" who know how to yodel.

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