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Washington — President Barack Obama says music is often one place where people turn during trying times, both for comfort and for inspiration.
He spoke Wednesday during a White House tribute for singer-songwriter Carole King. She is the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Obama says the people of Oklahoma "suffered mightily" this week after a powerful tornado reduced much of the town of Moore to rubble and killed 24 people.
He says the government will help with the recovery and rebuilding effort for as long as it takes and that eventually life will go on and new songs will be sung.
This Is A Breaking News Update. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
In the East Room on Wednesday night, Obama is presenting the 71-year-old singer-songwriter »
Carole King is about to be feted with one of the music world's most prestigious honors. The 71-year-old singer-songwriter will receive the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in a ceremony at the White House, the first time a female artist has nabbed the accolade. President Barack Obama will bestow the award in the East Room on May 22 and along with First Lady Michelle Obama host a concert that will feature performances by King as well as Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, James Taylor, Trisha Yearwood and Emeli Sandé. King shot to fame in 1971 with her album Tapestry, which ruled the charts for nearly four months, won her four Grammy Awards, and held the record for »
She's the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress.
The White House says Obama will present the award to King during a concert Wednesday. The program will include performances by King, Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sande, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood.
King's hits during five decades of songwriting include "You've Got a Friend," "So Far Away" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman."
Wednesday's concert will be the latest in the "In Performance at the White House" series. It will be streamed live on , and broadcast nationally by PBS stations on May 28. http://www.whitehouse.gov »
It’s that time of year again where we honor our mothers and give them the gifts, acknowledgment, and love they deserve. Celebrities used Twitter to celebrate the holiday and show how much they appreciated the most important women in their lives.
Celebrities everywhere were gearing up for Mother’s Day, May 12. Some were sending out their love to their mothers and others were revealing their adorable Mother’s Day plans. Meanwhile, the celebs with children were tweeting in giddy anticipation for their big day.
Celebrities Tweet About Mother’s Day
Jessica Alba tweeted an adorable picture of her baby holding the parenting book she’s written, The Honest Life.
Rapper Sean Kingston’s love for his mother couldn’t even be contained to 140 characters! “Through the struggle high and below u taught me alot most stuff I learned today I owe to you!..Love u forever,” read Sean’s most endearing tweet. »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
Update: Prince Charming is already sitting on a throne, at least a "Game of Thrones." Richard Madden, who stars on the HBO series, will play the persistent prince determined to find the mysterious girl he falls for at the ball.
April 30, 2013 - Emma Watson is not playing Cinderella in Disney's live action rags to riches movie. Instead, Lily James will be playing the role of the downtrodden Ella. She's currently on the BBC show "Downton Abbey" and also played Korrina in Wrath of the Titans.
March 1, 2013 - Emma Watson is in early talks to play the ultimate rags-to-riches character Cinderella in Disney's live-action version. Disney is seeing if the shoe fits with the Harry Potter actress after things didn't work out with lesser known actresses Imogen Poots (Me and Orson Welles), Alicia Vikander (Anna Kanenina) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers). Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Update: Emma Watson is not playing Cinderella in Disney's live action rags to riches movie. Instead, Lily James will be playing the role of the downtrodden Ella. She's currently on the BBC show "Downton Abbey" and also played Korrina in Wrath of the Titans.
March 1, 2013 - Emma Watson is in early talks to play the ultimate rags-to-riches character Cinderella in Disney's live-action version. Disney is seeing if the shoe fits with the Harry Potter actress after things didn't work out with lesser known actresses Imogen Poots (Me and Orson Welles), Alicia Vikander (Anna Kanenina) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers). Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) will play the evil stepmother.
Disney is not allowing its live-action Cindrella to turn into a pumpkin, although all the players have changed since it started working on the project. Kenneth Branagh (Thor) replaced Mark Romanek as director. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
"Hearth and Home" was another Army Wives episode where we split the time between Fort Marshall and Afghanistan.
While Hector and Tim would have given anything to be at home with their loved ones, Joan was angry to be back with her family. Could she chalk it up to a recurrence of her brain injury or is she just human? Let's find out.
I always assumed that when Joan gave Roland the okay to go to Johns Hopkins, she was thinking long-term, and would one day be ready leave the Army. She hasn't been happy in her position in a while, and being sent home wasn't her dream career move either, but the way she behaved when she learned Roland was still on board with his assignment surprised me. When it comes to commitments, Joan shouldn't have a problem understanding them.
Roland's honest discussion with Denise at the hospital about »
- email@example.com (Carissa Pavlica)
Except Joseph Julian Soria reassured me that things are looking up for the Private First Class.
I spoke with the actor who portrays Hector on the phone recently, and Soria talked about Hector's positive growth, working with Jesse McCartney and a season that's "going to be like no other that's been on before."
Read on for excerpts from our Q&A...
How did you come about the role of Hector for Army Wives?
I was in the gym working out and got an email last minute that was like a couple hours before the audition. I didn't have time to take a shower and didn't have any ink to print out my materials, so I just ran over there and went in. They called »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Sean McKenna)
Jesse McCartney may have gotten his start in music, but the now 25-year-old has thrived on television -- from his award-winning performance on All My Children to roles in Summerland and Greek, McCartney has proven he's got chops to make it on the small screen.
But a new role is testing every fiber of McCartney's being in order to believably bring to life Army Wives' newest recruit, Private Tim Truman. ETonline caught up with the actor to find out how he prepared -- both physically and mentally -- to play a soldier and what fans can expect from this revamped season.
ETonline: How did you prepare, mentally, to play a soldier?
Jesse McCartney: With any character, the main objective is to bring authenticity to the role. But this is a little more sensitive because our troops are still over there so when you're talking about war, people are going to be a little more hyper-critical »
Army Wives is in for some big changes.
After the shocking news about Claudia Joy in "Ashes to Ashes," the follow-up episode, "From the Ashes," will reveal not only new stories, but brand new cast members for the Lifetime series.
I recently spoke with Torrey DeVitto, who joins the show as former airborne soldier Maggie Hall, someone now dealing with a new army husband and domestic life. Along with the likes of Brooke Shields, Ashanti, and even Jesse McCartney, Devitto and the slew of joining performers are ready to bring "fresh blood and a new excitement."
"There's so many of us newbies this year, that we all kind of have the new excitement as if we were going to film a new pilot and it got picked up," said the actress. "I think a lot of the original cast is feeding off that excitement and I think they're happy to »
- email@example.com (Sean McKenna)
Though it was still performing well, it looked like Army Wives was going to be cancelled last year. Lifetime brought it back but with some cast changes. Will the new stories and characters be well-received by fans or is it time for the venerable drama to say goodbye? We'll have to wait and see.
Army Wives typically airs on Sunday nights and Lifetime has ordered 13 episodes this time (vs 23 last season). The cast includes Catherine Bell, Terry Serpico, Brooke Shields, Brian McMamara, Kelli Williams, Wendy Davis, Sterling K. Brown, Alyssa Diaz, Joseph Julian Soria, Torrey DeVitto, Burgess Jenkins, Ashanti, Joshua Henry, Elle McLemore, and Jesse McCartney.
Below are the most recent TV ratings for the show. The series' ratings are the best way to tell if it will be cancelled or renewed for an eighth season. These figures will be updated as the »
Season 7 of "Army Wives" kicked off, and right away it was clear that this was going to be a very different year for the long-running drama. The wives were gathered to mourn the loss of one of their own. That one happened to be the original series lead, Kim Delaney's Claudia Joy.
"Feels strange, doesn’t it? Her not being here with us," Pamela said.
The show's executive producer, Jeff Melvoin, told TVLine that Claudia Joy's death serves "as a launching pad for an almost rebooted program." Fellow series stars Sally Pressman, Sterling K. Brown and Terry Serpico have also been reduced to recurring status, alongside Brigid Brannagh, who continues her recurring status from last season.
- Jason Hughes
As happens on actual military bases, the names and faces of some "Army Wives" are changing.
When the Lifetime drama series begins its seventh season Sunday, March 10, an obvious absence will be that of founding cast member Kim Delaney ... with the departure of her character, Claudia Joy Holden, explained very early in the run. Longtime co-stars Sally Pressman and Sterling K. Brown are recurring now, but at the same time, the show is getting an influx of performers both new and familiar.
Torrey DeVitto ("Pretty Little Liars," "The Vampire Diaries") plays a veteran of three tours of duty in Iraq, now opting for domestic life with her staff sergeant husband (Burgess Jenkins); singer-actress Ashanti appears as a mother of three whose husband (Joshua Henry) serves overseas; Jesse McCartney, who also has dual careers in singing and acting, portrays a new soldier eager to make his mark; and Elle McLemore is cast as the latter's new, »
Army Wives’ rebooted seventh season has seen quite a few additions to the cast over the last few months, including three new series regulars. The show will be practically a different entity. Not that long ago, Brooke Shields joined the series in a recurring role as Katherine “Kat” Young, a fantastic pilot and a fierce supporter of the Air Force. Recent news reveals we’ll get to know Kat’s family, especially her daughter, but we’ll find she’s not much like her mother at all, which will be sure to create some great tension between the two characters. Plus, Kat’s daughter sounds like a total bad ass.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kaley Ronayne will be playing Hannah Young and will recur alongside Brooke Shields. Hannah is a go-getter with a sensitive side, contrasting with her mother’s brashness and ability to fit in with the boys. »
- Brody Gibson
Fans of the Kingdom Hearts series have long been clamoring for an HD remastering of earlier games in the franchise. Last year, Square Enix did indeed announce the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, which contained several entries in the series given the high-res PlayStation 3 treatment. The only problem was that Japan was the only country confirmed to be getting the compilation, with Square Enix representatives denying plans to bring it out in English-speaking countries when asked about it.
A glimmer of hope did appear several weeks ago when actor Jesse McCartney, the English voice of series regular Roxas, posted a mysterious tweet in a recording booth showing footage from one of the games on a monitor. And now, that hope has become reality, as Square Enix has finally confirmed their plan to bring ReMIX to North America and Europe later this fall.
Two full games will be included in »
- John Fleury
February 4th is World Cancer Day, and the official Stand Up To Cancer YouTube channel hopes a recent video will receive plenty of shares and up cancer awareness around the globe. The video features 23 renowned celebrities and asks an important question: Who do you stand up for? The video features the celebs saying the names of friends and family members who have been stricken with cancer. As the disease affects more than one-third of humans around the globe, its reach is impossible to escape, and the video hits home that point through big-name appeal. The celebs in the video are Tim McGraw, Emma Stone, Konstantin Kryukov, Vanessa Williams, Eric Stonestree, Carson Daly, Ethan Zohn, Brian Williams, Naya Rivera, Jesse McCartney, Bill Hader, Missy Franklin, Seth Rogen, Jon Heder, Marlee Matlin, Dr. Ana Maria Polo, Tom Hanks, Dana Delany, Jordana Brewster, Samuel L. Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Alison Sweeney, and Katie Couric »
- Sam Gutelle
After making reduced appearances during Season 6 of the Lifetime drama series, Delaney is not returning as military spouse Claudia Joy Holden in Season 7, which begins Sunday, March 10. The character's absence reportedly is explained early on, and Bell -- who plays nurse practitioner Denise Sherwood -- acknowledges her continuing the show minus longtime colleague Delaney.
"We certainly do miss her," Bell tells Zap2it. "She's a great lady, but things happen and things change. It's just part of our industry."
After debuting on "Army Wives" last season, Kelli Williams is now a full-fledged co-star, and the show is getting an influx of new cast members. Brooke Shields will enter midway through the 13-episode run as an Air Force pilot; singer-actors Ashanti and Jesse McCartney, Torrey DeVitto ("The Vampire Diaries," "Pretty Little Liars") and »
While fans of Square Enix’s popular Final Fantasy and Disney-themed mashup series Kingdom Hearts continue to wait patiently for the announcement of the next numbered entry in the franchise after last year’s 3Ds entry, Dream Drop Distance, some hints at other news have dropped. Actor Jesse McCartney, who voices the characters Roxas and Ventus in the series, recently tweeted a photo of a recording booth with a monitor showing Roxas in the background, along with the following tweet:
For all you “Kingdom Hearts” Fans. Recording the next chapter! #KingdomHearts #Roxas #Gamers
What next chapter is he talking about? The most likely answer is not a completely new Kingdom Hearts game, but the upcoming PlayStation 3 compilation, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX. The collection, originally announced last year for a Japanese release in March, will contain the original PlayStation 2 title that started the series, along with Re: Chain of Memories, the »
- John Fleury
Brooke Shields is swapping her lipstick for a U.S. Air Force uniform.
ABC has confirmed that Shields is joining the seventh season of Lifetime’s hit show Army Wives as a recurring guest star. Shields will play Col. Katherine “Kat” Young, a crack C-17 pilot who finds herself at odds with Army General Michael Holden, played by Brian McNamara.
Described as “brash and brilliant” in an ABC press release, Shields’s character will have to fight to hold her ground in the middle of one of the biggest boys clubs that the U.S. has to offer. But after Young reveals her tragic past, »
- Samantha Highfill
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the character will be newly assigned to Joint Base Marshall; act as a fierce advocate for the Air Force; clash with Brian McNamara's General Holden; and possess a tragic past.
Army Wives premieres on March 10 and will include such new faces as:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
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