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Win Monster Jam Prize Packs on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

Get ready to win Monster Jam Prize packs from your friends at Classic Hits 92.5. You can qualify to win by texting the word "Monster" to 337-459-6021. Keep listening for more details.


KVPI Staff

New photo of part of the KVPI Staff: From left in the front, Bonnie Fontenot, Jenn Meylian, Becky Vidrine and Mark Layne. In the second row, from left, Emily O, Annona Balfa, Josh Godwin, "Swabby" Soileau and Stephanie Ware. Be  looking for more of these new photos on our website and Facebook pages compliments of Emily Rose Photography.


Happy New Year From All of Us at KVPI AM/FM


Fox News Radio comes to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI Beginning December 15


Join the legendary Scott Shannon hosting the new "America's Greatest Hits" Sundays 2-6pm on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Have you subscribed to The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' on YouTube?

                                 

  The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' with

Jenn & Steph on YouTube!

 

           https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0wXudspNZLOSJYzgTsKO8g


Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA!

 

Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA, joined Jenn & Steph in the

2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' this morning.  Her interview will be posted on their YouTube page soon so be sure to check it out!  

Thank you for stopping by, Candice!  

You are making Ville Platte proud!

 

 

 


Nina Blackwood's "Absolutely 80's Spotlight" is Coming to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

Join original MTV Host Nina Blackwood as she spotlights a certain 1980's song weekday mornings at 11:30am on the 2 Non Blonde's Cafe on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI beginning Sept. 22.


Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders record Cheers at KVPI Studios

Classic Hits 92.5's Jenn Meylian welcomes members of the Pine Prairie High School Cheerleading Squad as they record special cheers we will air throughout football season.


American Top 40-The 80's will be heard on Classic Hits 92.5 Sundays at 10:00am


The Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

KVPI DJ's Josh and Micah welcome the Basile High Cheerleaders who came to our studios to record special cheers that our listeners will be hearing throughout football season.


Check out our NEW t-shirts! Classic Hits 92.5 FM and The Legend 1050 AM KVPI


The McNeese State University Women's Volleyball Team visited Jenn & Steph in the Cafe' this morning!

These young women volunteered their time to help with the 

Boys & Girls Club in Ville Platte.

Pictured above...

Members of the Women's Volleyball Team, Coaches, t

heir Trainer, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, Jacob "Timbo" Fontenot 

along with Jenn & Steph.

Thank you all for coming in to visit!

Best of luck to you in the upcoming Volleyball Season!


KVPI AM/FM is looking to hire Sales Account Representative

We are growing!  

 

Ville Platte Broadcasting Company, the parent company of legacy stations KVPI AM/FM, is now seeking a sales account executive to join our sales team. We offer solutions to our business clients through local radio, web and live events. KVPI radio has been serving the Acadiana  area for more than 60 years in providing news, weather, sports and music programing .

 

We are looking for an experienced, outgoing, organized, responsible creative outside  advertising sales person .Your primary duty will be to develop new business by being the primary client contact in the Eunice, Opelousas, Crowley areas of our listening area.

 

The ideal candidate will possess the following: outside sales experience, good communication skills and a strong work ethic, dependable transportation and an eagerness to work hard and be part of a growing sales team dedicated for success.

 

Benefits include a monthly base salary plus a generous commission based on sales. You will have the opportunity to work for a great company who treats its employees as members of their family. Most of our employees have been with the company for more than 20 years.

Please apply in person with General Manager Mark Layne at 809 West Lasalle in Ville Platte, phone 337-363-2124 or email your resumes to 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

 

  • John Fogerty Unveils Series of US Dates for His "1969" Tour

    MAD Ink PRA dozen new dates have been revealed for the recently-announced U.S. leg of John Fogerty's "1969" tour, which will celebrate the eventful year Creedence Clearwater Revival released three of its classic albums -- Bayou Country, Green River, and Willy and the Poor Boys.  The newly-announced shows include a series of spring stops in the Southeast, starting May 2 at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, and a June 30 gig at the Wolf Trap performing arts center in Vienna, Virginia.

    Previously, Fogerty had only announced one date on the tour -- a July 15 performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.  Other new appearances include stops in the Nashville area; Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina; Augusta, Georgia; and Tampa Florida.  Additional shows will be scheduled soon.  Visit JohnFogerty.com for more details, including ticket info.

    During the tour, Fogerty will be showcasing many of the classic tunes featured on the 1969 albums released by his former band, including "Born on the Bayou," "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," "Lodi," "Down on the Corner," and "Fortunate Son."

    In other news, the autobiography that John has been working on now is expected to be published in the fall.

    Here are all of the confirmed U.S. dates on Fogerty's 1969 tour:

    5/2 -- Memphis, TN, Beale Street Music Festival – Tom Lee Park
    5/3 -- Whites Creek, TN, Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater
    5/5 -- Raleigh, NC, The Red Hat Amphitheater
    5/6 -- Charlotte, NC, The Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory
    5/9 -- Duluth, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
    5/12 -- Augusta, GA, Bell Auditorium
    5/13 -- Simpsonville, SC, Charter Amphitheater
    5/15 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
    5/16 -- Tampa, FL, Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
    5/17 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
    6/30 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
    7/15 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl

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  • Madonna Announces 35-City Rebel Heart Tour

    Interscope RecordsMadonna has announced she'll be bringing her Rebel Heart tour to 35 cities, beginning August 29 at Miami's American Airlines Arena.

    Following stops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other cities, the UK/European leg will kick off on November 4th in Koln, Germany, and will stop in Spain, Sweden, Italy, and elsewhere.  Ticket details are available on Madonna's official website.

    Here are the scheduled dates for Madonna's Rebel Heart tour:

    North America/Puerto Rico:

    8/29 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
    9/2 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena 
    9/5 -- San Juan, PR, Coliseo de Puerto Rico
    9/9 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
    9/12 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
    9/16 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 
    9/19 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
    9/24 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
    9/26 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
    9/28 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
    10/1 -- Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena  
    10/3 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
    10/5 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre  
    10/8 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center  
    10/11 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place
    10/14 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
    10/17 -- Portland, OR, MODA Center
    10/19 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
    10/22 -- Glendale, AZ, Gila River Arena
    10/24 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
    10/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, Forum 

    Europe/UK:

    11/4 -- Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena
    11/7 -- Prague, Czech Republic, O2 Arena 
    11/10 -- Berlin, Germany, Mercedes-Benz Arena (02 World)
    11/14 -- Stockholm, Sweden, Tele 2 Arena 
    11/17 -- Herning, Denmark, Jyske Bank Boxen
    11/21 -- Turin, Italy, Pala Alpitour 
    11/24 -- Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi 
    11/28 -- Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis 
    12/1 -- London, UK, O2 Arena
    12/5 -- Amsterdam, Holland, Ziggo Dome
    12/9 -- Paris, France, Bercy
    12/14 -- Manchester, UK, Manchester Arena
    12/16 -- Birmingham, UK, Barclaycard Arena
    12/20 -- Glasgow, Scotland, The SSE Hydro

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  • Bob Dylan Pays Homage to Film Noir in New Video for "The Night We Called It a Day"

    Columbia RecordsThe first official video to a song from Bob Dylan's new standards collection, Shadows in the Night has premiered online.  The stylized black-and-white clip, which accompanies Dylan's rendition of the 1940s ballad "The Night We Called It a Day," pays tribute to the classic film noir pictures of yesteryear.

    The video stars Dylan and actor Robert Davi as two men who apparently are vying for the affections of the same woman, an alluring blonde burlesque dancer portrayed by Tracy Phillips, daughter of former Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips.  After meeting up in a smoky club, the three cross paths again at the woman's apartment and, after a double cross or two, let's just say that things don't end well for most members of the love triangle.

    The clip was directed by Nash Edgerton, an Australian director and stuntman who previously was behind the lens for two other similarly violent Dylan videos, 2009's "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" and 2012's "Duquesne Whistle."

    Shadows in the Night, released February 3, is a collection of 10 vintage songs previously recorded by Frank Sinatra.  Dylan will launch a U.S. tour in support of the album on April 10 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The trek currently is mapped out through a May 11 show in St. Louis.

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  • Led Zeppelin Concert Film Getting One-Night-Only Screening at US Theaters Later This Month

    Fathom EventsA film featuring a whole lotta live footage of Led Zeppelin rocking out at several concerts that took place throughout the band's career will be screened at select theaters across the U.S. March 30.

    Titled simply Led Zeppelin, the movie includes performances filmed at London's Royal Albert Hall in January 1970, at the band's historic in July 1973 stand at New York City's Madison Square Garden, during a five-night engagement at London's Earl's Court in May 1975, and at the group's August 1979 appearances at the U.K.'s Knebworth Festival.  The flick, which runs one hour and 45 minutes, which will be shown in more than 300 cinemas.

    Led Zeppelin is the second in a monthly run of cinematic concert events dubbed the "Classic Music Series," which began on February 26 with the screening of Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014.  The upcoming one-night-only screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. local time.  Visit FathomEvents.com for more information and to buy tickets.

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  • Boston, Eddie Money, Sammy Hagar to Perform at 2015 Edition of Florida's SunFest This Spring

    Boston (Credit: Kamal Asar)The lineup for the 19th annual edition of Florida's Sunfest has been announced and it features an eclectic mix of artists, including such veteran performers as Boston, Eddie Money and Sammy Hagar.  The event is scheduled to run from April 29 through May 3 in downtown West Palm Beach.

    Hagar will be playing with his new group The Circle, which features ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Jason Bonham, the son of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham.  Other artists on the bill include John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Lenny Kravitz, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, Pixies, Wilco, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Hozier, 311 and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, among many others.

    Discount advance tickets are available now through April 25.  Single-day passes cost $32, while five-day passes can be purchased for a limited time at the low price of $60.  To find out complete details about the festival and buy tickets, visit SunFest.com.

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  • Brownstone Member Charmayne Maxwell Dead at 46

    Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesCharmayne Maxwell, a member of the group Brownstone, which scored a hit in the mid-1990s with "If You Love Me," has died at the age of 46.

    Her brother, Brandon Maxwell, confirmed her passing in a tweet Saturday: "R.I.P my beautiful sister Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell. I can't even believe I'm typing this right now. Bad things happened to the most innocent people. My sister died in the most terrible way and I'm in so much pain right now."

    TMZ reports Charmayne's husband, music producer Carsten Soulshock, found her unconscious and bleeding from her neck at their Los Angeles home on Friday night. She'd attended her son's soccer game earlier in the day.

    Maxwell died on the way to the hospital. Los Angeles police reportedly tell TMZ Maxwell suffered a cut on her neck from a broken wine glass.

    Brownstone was nominated for a Grammy for "If You Love Me," a track from their debut album, 1995's From the Bottom Up. The group released one other album, 1997's Still Climbing.

    Brownstone was signed to Michael Jackson's MJJ Music label.

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  • Concert Special Featuring Chicago and REO Speedwagon Premieres Next Sunday on AXS TV

    Courtesy of Chicago, REO SpeedwagonLast year, Chicago and REO Speedwagon hit the road together for a U.S. tour that stretched from the late summer to early fall.  One of the early stops on the joint trek was an August 4 show at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, and now a special featuring performances from that concert is set to premiere next month on AXS TV.

    Chicago and REO Speedwagon Live at Red Rocks will debut on March 8 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT as part of the high-definition channel's Sunday Concerts series.  The show features the bands playing plenty of their classic hits, as well as finales featuring the two groups teaming up for medleys of each other's well-known tunes.

    The Chicago encore included a medley of "Free," "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is" and "25 or 6 to 4," while REO's set-ending jam featured "Riding the Storm Out," "Roll with the Changes" and "Keep On Loving You."  Check out a trailer for the special at AXS TV's official YouTube channel.

    Looking ahead for Chicago and REO Speedwagon, both bands have plenty of headlining dates scheduled for 2015.

    Here are Chicago's upcoming tour dates:

    2/27 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Theater
    3/3 -- Mexico City, Mexico, Arena Ciudad de Mexico
    3/5 -- Leon, Mexico, Poliforum Leon
    3/7 -- Monterrey, Mexico, Arena Monterrey
    3/10 -- Queretaro, Mexico, Auditorio Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez
    3/12 -- Guadalajara, Mexico, Auditorio Telmex
    3/14 -- Aguascalientes, Mexico, La Plaza de Toros
    4/23 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
    4/25 -- Robinsonville, MS, Horseshoe Casino & Hotel Tunica
    4/26 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center
    4/28 -- Chattanooga, TN, Memorial Auditorium
    4/30 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
    5/1 -- New Orleans, LA, Fair Grounds Race Course
    5/2 -- Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Riverdome
    5/3 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Amphitheater
    5/5 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
    5/6 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
    5/9 -- Norman, OK, Riverwind Casino
    5/11 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena
    5/13 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
    5/18 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
    5/19 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
    5/20 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
    5/21 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, McGrath Amphitheatre
    5/23 -- Council Bluffs, IA, River's Edge Park
    6/16 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Grey Eagle Casino
    6/18 -- Richmond, BC, Canada, River Rock Show Theatre
    6/19 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Vancouver
    6/25 -- Boise, ID, Morrison Center Theater
    6/28 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center

    And here is REO Speedwagon's current 2015 itinerary:

    3/21 -- Cancun, Mexico, Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort
    3/27 -- Fort Worth, TX, Billy Bob's
    3/29 -- Laredo, TX, Laredo Energy Center
    4/2 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theater
    4/3 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino
    4/4 -- Battle Creek, MI, Firekeepers Casino
    4/16 -- Terre Haute, IN, ISU Hulman Center
    4/18 -- Grand Island, NE, Heartland Events Center
    5/9 -- Columbus, GA, Fort Benning Army Base
    5/15 -- Cabazon, CA, Morongo Casino Resort and Spa
    5/17 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Casino
    5/23 -- Baraboo, WI, HCGWD Event Center (Ho-Chunk Casino)
    7/17 -- Waukesha, WI, Waukesha County Fair
    9/10 -- Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
    9/11 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Events Center

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  • Paul McCartney "Not in Any Hurry" to Write an Autobiography, but Says He'd Consider Doing One

    MPL/Mary McCartneyA lot of famous musicians have written memoirs recounting the highlights of their careers and personal lives, but Paul McCartney says he currently has no plans to become one of them.

    The rock legend explained his feelings about whether he'd ever pen an autobiography in the latest installment of the "You Gave Me the Answer" feature on his official website.

    Responding to a question by a Canadian fan, Sir Paul said, "My feeling is that there have been enough books on me done already.  But from time to time I do think of certain little memories that are not published in any books so, who knows?"

    He added, "If I ever find the time it could possibly happen.  But I think you can guess from my answer that I'm not in any hurry to be doing it…!"

    Perhaps the closest McCartney has come to writing a memoir was the 1998 book Many Years from Now, which was penned by Barry Miles and based on hours of exclusive interviews Sir Paul gave to the author.

    Of course, the 72-year-old former Beatle is as busy as ever this year.  He's enjoying his first top 10 single in nearly 30 years thanks to his collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West, "FourFiveSeconds," he also has a project in the works with Lady Gaga and he'll begin a series of 2015 tour dates in April with a brief Japan trek.

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  • Historic 1983 Television Special "Motown 25" to Air on Public TV This Saturday

    West Grand MediaThe historic 1983 special that celebrated the 25th anniversary of Motown, which hasn't been seen on TV since it originally aired, will be rebroadcast on many PBS stations this Saturday, February 28, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT; check local listings. 

    The show, titled Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, featured Michael Jackson's famous performance of "Billie Jean," during which he introduced the world to his amazing "moonwalk" dance move, as well as memorable reunions of The Jackson 5, The Supremes and The Miracles.

    Among the special's many other highlights were performances by Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and The Four Tops, plus a duet between Smokey Robinson and Linda Ronstadt, and much more.  The event was hosted by the late Richard Pryor and taped in front of a live audience at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California.

    The show, which originally aired on NBC on May 16, 1983, went on to win an Emmy Award for Best Variety Program.  PBS is showing the special in conjunction with Black History Month as a fundraising event, with plans for encore screenings to take place throughout March.

    Suzanne de Passe, the executive producer of the special, says, "Whether you're discovering that incredible night of music for the very first time, or are huge fan of Motown who's been eagerly awaiting the show's return to TV, Motown 25 offers a lifetime of magic and memories for everyone."

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  • Aretha Franklin Helps Bid Farewell to Exiting US Attorney General Eric Holder

    White HouseAretha Franklin was a surprise guest at a farewell ceremony for outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that was held Friday at the Justice Department.  The Queen of Soul belted out a rendition of "America the Beautiful" that featured some modified lyrics paying tribute to Holder.

    During the song, Franklin sang of Holder's "courageous integrity," adding that "he's a warrior, yes he is."  President Obama, who took the podium to speak at the ceremony, swayed his head while Aretha sang.

    Holder announced his resignation this past September, citing personal reasons.

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    FORMER 'TRUE BLOOD' STARS JOIN 'UNDERGROUND': Two former True Blood actors have signed on for WGN's Underground. Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Christopher Meloni have been cast in the show that follows a group of slaves trying to escape to a plantation in Georgia and travel to freedom 600 miles away. Jurnee will be playing a house slave named Rosalee and Christopher will play a secret mercenary named August. It is expected to premiere in 2016.

    LAURA DERN TO APPEAR ON 'THE MINDY PROJECT': Wild actress Laura Dern will be appearing on an upcoming episode of The Mindy Project. Her role has not yet been revealed. Laura joins a long list of big names to appear on the Fox sitcom this season including Kris Jenner, Laverne Cox, Vanessa Williams, and more.

    LACEY CHABERT RETURNING TO TV: Former Party of Five star Lacey Chabert is returning to TV. She will be co-starring with comedian Fortune Feimster and Parker Young in the ABC sitcom Family Fortune. The show is being produced by Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey, and Robert Carlock. Lacey will be playing the wife of Parker's character.

    MOVIE ADAPTATION OF 'ADVENTURE TIME' IN THE WORKS: Popular Cartoon Network series Adventure Time is heading to the big screen. Warner Bros. has hired Chris McKay and Roy Lee to develop the project. Adventure Time revolves around a 12-year-old boy named Finn and his dog who are on a quest to protect their home, the Land of Ooo.

    'LOST' STAR TERRY O'QUINN LANDS NEW PILOT: Lost's Terry O'Quinn has landed the male lead role in a new ABC pilot called The Adversaries. The show tells the story of the patriarch of a legal dynasty in New York who must rely on his federal prosecutor daughter to help him out of a scandalous lawsuit. Terry will play Charlie -- the head of the Fisher, Fisher and Herrero law firm.

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  • LUPITA NYONG'O'S OSCAR DRESS RETURNED AND RUMORED TO BE FAKE

    Lupita Nyong'o's stolen Oscar dress was returned to her because the thief allegedly found out it was worthless. The unidentified culprit told

    TMZ that he stole the Calvin Klein gown, reported to be worth between $150,000 to $10 million, but returned it by leaving it in a garment bag inside of a garbage bag in the hotel bathroom after getting it appraised. The thief claims he got away with the crime by dropping the dress from the balcony of the hotel room and having his friend pick it up.

    • The thief removed two of the 6,000 pearls from the dress which is how they found out it was a fake. A source close to CK designer Francisco Costa told the website, "Did anyone ever say they were real from Calvin Klein? I always assumed everyone knew they were fake, but I guess not. Do they really make dresses out of real jewels since Cleopatra died?"
    • Lupita told Women's Wear Daily, "I'm happy that it has been potentially recovered. It's a timeless and priceless piece of art."
    • A rep for the clothing brand said in a statement, "All of us at Calvin Klein are thrilled to know that the dress has potentially been located. This was an amazing collaboration between the brand and Lupita and the dress looked truly exquisite on her. Once it's returned to us, we will be able to have the dress restored and archived, as it now represents an important moment for the brand."

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  • WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP-UP

    After two weeks on top, moviegoers appear to have moved on from Fifty Shades of Grey. Will Smith's Focus debuted in first place at the weekend box office after taking in $19.1 million. By comparison, the film took in a bit less than his 2006 drama, The Pursuit of Happyness, but more than 2008's Seven Pounds.

    • Fifty Shades fell down into fourth place while Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water held onto their momentum in second and third.
    • The week's other new release, The Lazarus Effect, debuted in fifth place.
    • Julianne Moore's Oscar win last week helped Still Alice break into the top 10. It landed in ninth place with $2.69 million -- nearly two months after its initial release.
    • Jupiter Ascending, The Imitation Game, and Paddington all fell out of the top 10.

    THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 1

    1. Focus, $19.1M
    2. Kingsman: The Secret Service, $11.75M
    3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, $11.2M
    4. Fifty Shades Of Grey, $10.9M
    5. The Lazarus Effect, $10.6M
    6. McFarland USA, $7.79M
    7. American Sniper, $7.7M
    8. The Duff, $7.15M
    9. Still Alice, $2.69M
    10. Hot Tub Time Machine 2, $2.4M

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  • 'SNL' VIEWERS OUTRAGED BY ISIS SKIT

    Dakota Johnson's debut as host of Saturday Night Live over the weekend has sparked a bit of controversy. Viewers of the show have expressed outrage over a sketch where Dakota goes off to join the terrorist group ISIS.

    The skit was a parody of the Toyota commercial showing a father dropping his daughter to enter the army. The joke was that instead of the army, Dakota's character is joining ISIS. It also included cast member Kyle Mooney saying the line, "Death to America." The bit ends with the slogan, "ISIS: We'll take it from here, Dad."

    VIEWERS REACT:

    #DakotaJohnson has convinced me that she's nothing but gutter trash, especially after the #ISIS #SNL skit. #Disgusted http://t.co/I9VHaKG4gL

    — Ashley (@truebeachbabe) March 1, 2015

    Not funny-Not cute. I've watched SNL since the 70s and they missed the mark with an ISIS skit. Who thinks this crap up? #SNL #DakotaJohnson

    — Pam Davis-Silverman (@Schatze325) March 1, 2015

    Just watched the #SNL skit with #DakotaJohnson. She leaves to join #ISIS instead of college. #EXTREMEPOORTASTE Some things aren't funny!

    — Bonnie T (@CalVegasbontobi) March 1, 2015

    #SNL skit with #DakotaJohnson joining ISIS is sickening..... Shame on #DakotaJohnson and #SNL!!!!

    — Diana Hardesty (@DianaHardesty_) March 1, 2015

    How was that idea ever approved? @nbcsnl #isis #DakotaJohnson #snl #seriouslywrong

    — Olivia Marie (@itslivmarie) March 1, 2015

    THE SKIT:

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  • WILLIAM SHATNER MISSED LEONARD NIMOY'S FUNERAL

    Leonard Nimoy's funeral service was held on Sunday (March 1st) but his former co-star and longtime friend, William Shatner, was not in attendance.

    He took to Twitter over the weekend to explain his absence by writing, "I am currently in FL as I agreed to appear at the Red Cross Ball tonight. Leonard's funeral is tomorrow. I can't make it back in time. I feel really awful. Here I am doing charity work and one of my dearest friends is being buried. So maybe tomorrow we come together here and celebrate his life. So let's spend some time tomorrow celebrating Leonard's life and remembering the man."

    • Shatner also reacted to the criticism that he could have tried harder to attend the ceremony in a series of tweets on Sunday:

    "@NYDailyNews: An early look at tomorrow's front page. http://t.co/ZDjADxLW48 pic.twitter.com/ijdwAwDw14" I want to share this. Let's discuss it

    — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 1, 2015

    So my daughters Melanie and Lisabeth are attending Leonard's services.

    — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 1, 2015

    I chose to honor a commitment I made months ago to appear at a charitable fundraiser. A lot of money was raised. So here I am; tell me off.

    — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 1, 2015

    .@toddschnitt @THR I must have missed your email about underwriting the arrangement and payment for this.

    — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 1, 2015

    .@c_write @LFarris812 Walking out on a major fundraiser wouldn't have you calling me a jerk for leaving a charity high & dry? Hmm?

    — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 1, 2015

    One of the other misconceptions seems to be that folks think flights to LAX occur all night long.

    — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 1, 2015
    • He also participated in a Q&A with fans on Twitter asking questions about Leonard.

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    JENNIFER LAWRENCE CLEARS UP RUMORS OVER ON-SET ARGUMENT: Jennifer Lawrence insists that she wasn't fighting with director David O. Russell on the set of their new film despite the rumors reported last week. She wrote on Facebook on Friday (February 27th,) "Hey guys! It's Jen! I know I don't go on here a lot because I can barely work email but there's been a terrible rumor going around the last 24 hours so I wanted to clear it up. David O. Russell is one of my closest friends and we have an amazing collaborative working relationship. I adore this man and he does not deserve this tabloid malarkey. This movie is going great and I'm having a blast making it!" David previously made headlines for his on-set antics for having a massive argument with Lily Tomlin on the set of I Heart Huckabees back in 2004.

    BRUCE JENNER CAUGHT ON THE PHONE WHILE DRIVING: Bruce Jenner was photographed on his cell phone while driving last week -- less than three weeks after he was involved in a fatal car crash. The reality star was in his Porsche after playing a round of golf in L.A. Despite the recent photograph, it was determined by law enforcement officials that he was not on his phone at the time of the crash in early February.

    RYAN PHILLIPE CONSIDERS HIMSELF A FEMINIST: Ryan Phillipe fully supports Patricia Arquette's recent call for gender equality during her speech at the Oscars. He recently told Elle, "I'm very feminist, man. I was raised by four women, my dad worked the 4 P.M. to midnight shift, so I was basically raised by four women. I'm so pro, pro female. There were some people laughing at Patricia Arquette's statement at the Oscars, but, in the state of California, women make 83 cents on the dollar compared to the man's full dollar. I mean over time, and over bodies, that adds up! It's not equal!" The Secrets and Lies star also opened up about his struggle with depression saying, "You know, depression has been a huge obstacle for me ever since I was a child. As you get older I think it decreases some, but I'm just innately kind of a sad person. I'm empathetic, and I take on the feelings of others and transpose myself into the position of others. There's great value to it, but it can also ruin your f***ing life. But, that being said, if it was a choice between being this way or being completely ignorant I'd prefer to suffer through the sadness than to be a complete moron with no feelings."

    RYAN MURPHY AND FX ARE PARTIALLY PAYING FOR BEN WOOLF'S FUNERAL: FX and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy are covering some of the funeral costs for one of the stars from the Freak Show season, Ben Woolf. Ben died last month after he was hit by a car. His family will be holding a themed memorial service for him on March 21st. The entire cast and crew of American Horror Story has been invited. His family also announced that fans can honor him by donating to The Ben Woolf Fund which will help purchase memorial park benches and support his favorite charities.

    ROSIE O'DONNELL OFFICIALLY FILES FOR DIVORCE: Rosie O'Donnell is officially over her marriage. The former View co-host has filed the paperwork to divorce Michelle Rounds last Friday (February 27th.) According to Page Six, they had been living apart for months prior to the official announcement. They have been married for three years.

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  • MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ CLARIFIES COMMENTS ABOUT SUPERHERO ROLES

    Michelle Rodriguez is attempting to clear up the comments she made to TMZ last week saying that minorities should stop stealing white superhero roles. Her controversial opinion caused backlash on social media which led to her addressing the situation in a video posted to her Facebook account.

    The Avatar actress explained, "What I really meant was that, you know, ultimately at the end of the day there's a language. And the language that you speak in Hollywood is successful franchise. And I think there are many cultures in Hollywood that are not white and that can come up with their own mythology. I mean, we all get it from the same reservoir of life, the fountain of life, and it doesn't matter what culture you come from. I'm just saying that instead of trying to turn a girl character into a guy or instead of trying to turn a white character into a black character or a Latin character, I think that people should stop being lazy and people should actually make an effort in Hollywood to develop their own mythology."
  • She ends the video by apologizing for coming off "rude or stupid" with her initial comments.
AUDIO: MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ ON CREATING NEW MYTHOLOGY
AUDIO: MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ ON WHAT SHE MEANT

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  • KELLY OSBOURNE IS DONE WITH 'FASHION POLICE'

    Kelly Osbourne no longer wants to be a co-host of Fashion Police.

    E! released a statement on Friday (February 27th) which read, "Kelly Osbourne is departing E!'s Fashion Police to pursue other opportunities, and we would like to thank her for her many contributions to the series over the past five years, during which time the show became a hit with viewers. Fashion Police will return as scheduled on Monday, March 30, at 9 p.m., and no decisions have been made on her replacement."

    • Sharon Osbourne tweeted her support for her daughter following the announcement by writing, ".@KellyOsbourne, I am so proud of you. You can never be bought. You always wear your heart on your sleeve. #ProudToBeYourMum."
    • Melissa Rivers also released a statement about Kelly's announcement saying, "Kelly Osbourne is a friend and has been a wonderful part of the Fashion Police family. I will miss her terribly and wish her the very best in all of her future endeavors. As my mother always said, the show must go on and I plan to continue in the same spirit."
    • It is rumored that the network is considering both NeNe Leakes and Khloe Kardashian to join the show.
    • Kelly has not publicly addressed the decision but the news comes less than a week after she threatened to quit over Giuliana Rancic's comments about Zendaya Coleman's hair style at the Oscars.

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