13 items from 2017
Troy Gentry has been laid to rest. The Montgomery Gentry singer was killed during a fatal helicopter crash in Medford, New Jersey, on Friday Sept. 8 before he was set to perform in the city later that evening. He was 50 years old. Gentry's Family, famous friends—including his band mate Eddie Montgomery, Keith Urban, Travis Tritt, Randy Owen, Randy Travis and more—and supporters gathered at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville today to honor the singer and celebrate his life during a tearful, public memorial service. Personal photos and videos of Gentry with his family and throughout his career rotated across the Opry's large screens, while several famous names »
“It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash which took place at approximately 1:00 p.m. today in Medford, New Jersey,” the band said in a statement on their Facebook page.
The 50-year-old country star was scheduled to perform with bandmate Eddie Montgomery at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford on Friday evening, and the concert was canceled immediately.
“Details of the crash are unknown,” the post continues. »
- Brianne Tracy
Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams has died after a short illness, his rep confirms to People. He was 78.
After beginning his career in Nashville in the late 1960s and signing a songwriting contact in the early 1970s, Williams made his chart debut with “The Shelter of Your Eyes” in 1973.
Over the course of his decades-long career, the so-called “Gentle Giant” of country music recorded hits like “Tulsa Time,” “Good Ole Boys Like Me” and “It Must Be Love.” Williams earned 17 No. 1 country hits throughout his career.
So sad to hear that "Gentle Giant" Don Williams has died! What »
- Nicole Sands
The film is directed by and stars Kevin Sorbo, who starred in 2014’s faith-based hit “God’s Not Dead,” which grossed $60 million domestically.
“Let There Be Light” is the story of an atheist who has a near-death experience that challenges his beliefs about love, God, and family. The film also features music stars Dionne Warwick and Travis Tritt.
“Liberal Hollywood has increasingly moved the bar, making simple and honest films with solid faith and family values harder to find,” said Hannity. “I felt compelled to start bringing quality films to the millions of forgotten Americans who want to see more of these heart-warming and »
- Dave McNary
"Is that enough for your love?" Roadside Attractions & Ld Entertainment have debuted an official trailer for a super cheesy romantic drama titled Forever My Girl, from director Bethany Ashton Wolf, adapted from Heidi McLaughlin's novel. The film tells the story of a country music singer named Liam Page, played by Alex Roe, who leaves a woman behind at the altar to chase his dreams of fame and fortune. However, when he returns to his hometown for a funeral, he reconnects with Josie and sparks fly again. Also starring Jessica Rothe, Abby Ryder Fortson, Travis Tritt, Judith Hoag, John Benjamin Hickey. Featuring original country music written for the screen by Brett Boyett. This looks like typical country western cheese. Here's the first teaser trailer for Bethany Ashton Wolf's Forever My Girl, direct from YouTube: Forever My Girl tells the story of country music super-star Liam Page (Alex Roe) who left his bride, »
- Alex Billington
The death of legendary Allman Brothers co-founder Gregg Allman sent the music industry into despair, with many stars sharing their sympathies on Twitter.
The southern-blues rocker passed away at his home in Savannah, Georgia on Saturday, at the age of 69. He was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Musicians like John Mayer, Peter Frampton and Keith Urban shared memories and photos of Allman after hearing the news. “He showed me his tattoos… his voice…. his soul. #GreggAllman,” tweeted Melissa Etheridge under a photo of herself with Allman.
Allman’s ex-wife »
- Ana Calderone
Tracy Morgan can check the Kentucky Derby off of his bucket list.
The 48-year-old comedian has made it to the Bluegrass State, where “the most exciting two minutes in sports” kicks off Saturday from the famed Churchill Downs in Lousiville.
It’s a dream come true for Morgan, who said at the 29th annual Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala on Friday night that he wanted to see a Derby in his lifetime.
“The horses — they’re great athletes. I wanted to see one before I die,” he said — dedicating his trip to his late father.
“I want to do all »
- Dave Quinn
Rocker Richie Sambora is now a techpreneur — with hopes of turning celebritydom into billions for charity.
The former Bon Jovi guitarist has co-founded Csnaps.org – an app that allows fans, celebrities and charities to share photos, videos, news and personal stories while raising money for important causes.
“When I heard a billion dollars could have been raised with one selfie — Ellen DeGeneres’ 2014 Oscar selfie — I thought, ‘Why give that away for free, when that kind of money could be funneled toward important causes?’” Sambora tells People. “And so, Csnaps.org was born.”
The app features three ways to give back: the Fan CSnap, »
- KC Baker
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the North American rights to the Tribeca Film Festival entry “November.” Directed by Rainer Sarnet, the film is based on Andrus Kivirähk’s novel “Rehepapp,” about about a peasant girl in 19th century Estonia who longs for village boy. The story of requited love takes place in an incredibly complicated, dark landscape where spirits, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself converge.
Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: The Orchard Picks Up ‘Thelma,’ Samuel Goldwyn Films Buys ‘Gook’ and More
“’November’ is one of the most unique and stunning films to come along in some time,” Oscilloscope president Dan Berger said in a statement. “It’s equal measures beautiful love story and balls-to-wall bonkers-ass folk tale. »
- Graham Winfrey
“Forever My Girl” is the fourth film to land on the pre-Halloween weekend, which will also see launches of Paramount’s “2017 Cloverfield Movie,” Lionsgate’s “Saw: Legacy” and Universal’s Miles Teller Ptsd drama “Thank You for Your Service.”
“Forever My Girl” stars Roe as a country music super-star who left his bride at the altar choosing fame and fortune instead. When he unexpectedly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, he’s suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he left behind.
The film is written and directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf, based »
- Dave McNary
Ditch those flower crowns for cowboy hats, because country fans know that the real can't-miss music festival in the desert is Stagecoach! The three-day country music fest rolls into Indio, CA, on April 28, and the best way to get in the Stagecoach spirit is to turn up some honky-tonk tunes. From newcomers like Maren Morris and Jackie Lee to big-name headliners Shania Twain and Kenny Chesney, we've pulled together 30+ upbeat songs by this year's batch of performers that are guaranteed to get you up on the dance floor. RelatedDo-Si-Do to the Best Country Love Songs of 2017 (So Far) Even if you're not heading to Stagecoach, consider this your Summer country soundtrack. It's made for the beer-fueled, sun-soaked days of Summer. Listen to the playlist below! "5-1-5-0," Dierks Bentley "80s Mercedes," Maren Morris "Ain't No Thing," Wynonna & The Big Noise "All Nighter," Dan + Shay "Any Man of Mine," Shania Twain "Better in Boots, »
- Tara Block
The musical community in Nashville honored Randy Travis Wednesday, as country stars came out to sing his classic hits. Nashville Hosted A Charity Event To Honor Randy Travis Wynonna, Kenmy Rogers, Alabama, Garth Brooks, Chris Young, Travis Tritt, and Jeff Foxworthy were among the performers last night. They performed such hits as “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “Three Wooden […]
- Hillary Luehring-Jones
If you’ve ever listened to country music on the radio, you’ve no doubt heard of Bobby Bones — the infectious deejay whose morning radio show garners a cool three-million plus listeners each day and who Forbes recently dubbed “the most powerful man in country music.” Bones, who grew up in Arkansas and gained radio fame in Texas before moving to Nashville, uses his platform not only to promote undiscovered country music artists, but more importantly, to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
“I grew up without a lot,” Bones tells People backstage before the concert began. »
13 items from 2017
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