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William Shatner To Star In Home-Renovation Series for Scripps’ Diy

William Shatner To Star In Home-Renovation Series for Scripps’ Diy
Set viewers on “stunned”: William Shatner the popular actor whose portrayal of heroes like Captain Kirk from “Star Trek” has captivated TV fans for decades, is about to star in a reality series about renovating his house.

As an actor, Shatner is no stranger to action roles. He shot phaser beams in “Trek” and drew a police revolver as “T.J. Hooker.” But the prospect of wielding a crowbar or a bag of plaster gave him a feeling of apprehension. Sgt. Hooker “could handle a gun” said Shatner. “But I don’t know about a hammer.”

The Shatner Project,” slated to debut on Scripps Networks’ Diy cable network in October for five 30-minute episodes (Shatner says six may be possible), will put the actor and his wife, Elizabeth, at the center of what Shatner says is just good television: “This is like a dramatic show with a revelation at the end,
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Big Names Close New Orleans Festival

Big Names Close New Orleans Festival
New Orleans — For more than two decades, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has closed with a performance by the city's own Neville Brothers.

On Sunday, that tradition changed. Aaron Neville performed on a stage with his new band while young brass band frontman Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews closed the festival's biggest stage – where the Neville Brothers once held court the last day.

Andrews and his band, Orleans Avenue, entertained a jam-packed crowd as the festival ended its 2013 run. A sea of faces stretched to the track's back fence.

Neville said he views the closing lineup change as kind of a "passing of the guard.

"Trombone Slim, as I call him, will do a great job," Neville said of Andrews. "I remember when it was Professor Longhair out there and then we did it for a long time. It's time. Slim is a big musician and I'm proud of the way he's handled himself.
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Upfronts: Scripps Networks Serves Up a Kinder Version of Reality

At Scripps Networks Interactive, home of cable networks like Food Network and Cooking Channel, the recipe calls for a gentler type of reality programming – and a pinch of Vanilla Ice.

The company, which also owns cablers Hgtv, Diy and Gac, said it would continue to rely on unscripted concepts that draw aficionados of food, home and real estate and Americana as it unveiled its slate for the coming year at its Upfront presentation at Alice Tully Hall in New York on Tuesday.

One noticeable trend is reality shows using celebrities’ hobbies as a basis.

Scripps’ Diy network is launching four programs that look at the pastimes of celebrities whose popularity may have dimmed but whose affection for their favorite avocation has not. “Vanilla Ice Goes Amish” shows the singer of “Ice Ice Baby” living with and learning from what the cabler bills as “the best craftsman in the business.” Of course,
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Sound Off Special Interview: Rumer's Boys Don't Cry

Today we are talking to one of the most alluring and anomalous recording stars on the rise all about this weeks Us release of her sophomore album, Boys Dont Cry, a tribute to male songwriters of the 1970s - the ethereal Rumer. Discussing many aspects of this new release, as well as her previous studio work - such as her Burt Bacharach Christmas Ep - Rumer sheds some light on what makes her such an arresting and intriguing performer to follow for the enthusiasts of intimate, revealing, performance-based artists around the world, as she herself reveals the early influences - Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Karen Carpenter most of all - that have shaped the unmistakable sound she continues to perfect on this moody, subdued and intoxicating new cover album. Plus, Rumer offers forth candid recollections of participating in recent gala concert presentations - none the least of which would
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Black Music Month: The Best Blue-Eyed Soul Singers

Blue-Eyed Soul Singers We LoveBecause Music Has No Color...Music is the universal language of love, this we know, and artists like Adele remind us that music has no color. As we celebrate Black Music Month, we can't forget the White singers who have moved us over the years. From Adele and Teena Marie to Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke, here are the best blue-eyed soul singers we've ever heard.Teena MarieThe music industry held its heart and wept on December 26, 2010 when it learned that Teena Marie had passed away at age 54. The former protégé of Rick James has given us such timeless hits as "Square Biz" and "Ooh La La La." She will be dearly missed.Robin ThickeWe call Robin Thicke our honorary brother because we can't help but want to claim that smooth, sweet vibrato for ourselves. Plus the "Lost Without You" and "Sex Therapy" singer appreciates our
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Blue-Eyed Soul Singers We Love

Blue-Eyed Soul Singers We LoveBlue-Eyed Soul Singers We LoveMusic is the universal language of love, this we know, and artists like Teena Marie remind us that music has no color. In honor of the legendary "Ivory Queen of Soul's" passing we take a look at other White singers who have moved us over the years. From Justin Timberlake to Robin Thicke and Joss Stone, here are the blue-eyed soul singers we love.Robin ThickeWe call Robin Thicke our honorary brother because we can't help but want to claim that smooth, sweet vibrato for ourselves. Plus the "Lost Without You" and "Sex Therapy" singer appreciates appreciates our curves and we can get down with that.Justin TimberlakeRaised in the Baptist church in Tennessee, Jt is a certified soul man whose music has earned him tremendous love in the Black community (except that Janet Jackson incident, but we'll leave that alone). At the end of the day,
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Party Favors: Gravy On Top

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Oakland — Just in time for the holiday season, the Gravy has arrived.

Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie opens up in various theaters across America at the start of December. Wavy Gravy is an icon with an ever changing career. He’s gone from the legendary Merry Pranksters to the head of security at the original Woodstock to running a respected charity and finally achieving international greatness as a flavor of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. The many facets of his life are covered in the documentary directed by Michelle Esrick.

We had a chance to sit down for an extensive interview with Wavy Gravy and Michelle Esrick when the movie premiered at 2009’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

This first part has him discuss getting drunk with Jack Kerouac (On the Road) and dropping acid at the Electric Acid Kool-Aid Tests. Ahhh good times.

Now we get
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