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Luke Bryan on Jason Aldean & 'Eye-Opening' Vegas Shooting: It Gives a 'New Level of Perspective' (Exclusive)

Luke Bryan on Jason Aldean & 'Eye-Opening' Vegas Shooting: It Gives a 'New Level of Perspective' (Exclusive)
Luke Bryan says Jason Aldean's terrifying experience at the tragic Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas earlier this month has given him "a whole new level of perspective" on life.

Speaking with Et's Sophie Schillaci on the red carpet at the Cmt Artists of the Year celebration at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, Bryan reflected on how it felt to see Aldean and his band mates for the first time since the horrific mass shooting.

"[Tonight] is the first time I've gotten to see some of his band members and it's funny, you kinda hug them a little longer now," Bryan shared. "It's an eye-opening thing."

Bryan said that Aldean showed him some photos he took in the aftermath the shooting, and he was shocked at how close Aldean and his band mates came to being seriously hurt, or worse.

News: Keith Urban, Jason Aldean & More Open Cmt Artists of the Year Event With Message
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Jason Aldean and Fellow Country Stars Pay Tribute to Tom Petty at Cmt Artists of the Year Event

Jason Aldean and Fellow Country Stars Pay Tribute to Tom Petty at Cmt Artists of the Year Event
Jason Aldean paid tribute to the late Tom Petty at the Cmt Artists of the Year celebration on Wednesday, and he got some help from his fellow country superstars.

Aldean, who received his sixth Artist of the Year honor on Wednesday, took the stage at the Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center to play a powerful cover of Petty's iconic tune "I Won't Back Down."

The 40-year-old singer was joined by fellow Artist of the Year honorees Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban, as well as Little Big Town, for the emotional performance.

Luke Bryan, another honoree at this year's event, introduced Aldean and his performance, and gave a little insight into why he chose that particular song.

Watch: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan & More Open Cmt Artists of the Year Event With Message of Hope

"Jason gave a lot of thought about what he wanted to play on this show, and he kept coming back to a song from a
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Jason Aldean and Wife Brittany Return to Las Vegas to Visit Shooting Victims: 'We Will Never Forget'

Jason Aldean and Wife Brittany Return to Las Vegas to Visit Shooting Victims: 'We Will Never Forget'
Jason Aldean and wife Brittany returned to Las Vegas on Sunday, one week after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, that left 58 dead and over 500 wounded outside the Mandalay Bay resort.

Brittany shared a photo of the two near the location of the attack, and reflected on the couple's day meeting with the survivors of the shooting.

"Feels surreal being back in Vegas today," she wrote in the caption. "Visiting some of the strongest people we have ever met... fighting the toughest battle of them all... for their lives."

"You have helped us try to begin to start the healing process by seeing the strength each one of you have," she continued. "Thank you for today. We will never forget. #vegasstrong"

Related: Jason Aldean, Katy Perry, Keith Urban and More Stars Inspire With These Heartwarming Moments

The wife of the country star, who is pregnant with the couple's first child, opened up last
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Gal Gadot on 'SNL': Three Sketches You Have to See

Gal Gadot on 'SNL': Three Sketches You Have to See
Gal Gadot showed off enough wit in her famously improvised scene in Wonder Woman to demonstrate why she would be a great Saturday Night Live host. While showing plenty of comedic timing elsewhere in the movie, her long scene with Chris Pine aboard a small boat served as the true showstopper in a film filled with huge heroics and larger-than-life battles.

Oddly enough, most of this week's sketches featured Gadot isolated from the rest of the cast, which minimized her chances to truly gel onscreen with the show's cast. This
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'SNL' Goes Hard on Gun Control in Politically Charged 'Weekend Update': 'This Shouldn't Be a Partisan Issue'

'SNL' Goes Hard on Gun Control in Politically Charged 'Weekend Update': 'This Shouldn't Be a Partisan Issue'
This week's Saturday Night Live may not have featured Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump, but they still dove in to tough political topics.

In light of last Sunday's tragic Las Vegas massacre that killed 58 and injured over 500 more, Weekend Update co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che used the top of the show's comedy news segment to join the chorus of people calling for gun control after the shooting.

"The investigation into the tragedy of Las Vegas this week has sparked a larger debate in America between people who want common sense in America and people who are wrong," Jost noted in a joke that landed with sobering sincerity. "This shouldn't be a partisan issue. The guy had 47 guns. No one should own 47 of anything."

"We gotta do something about the guns in this country," Che agreed, skewering many Republican congressmen's allegiance to the National Rifle Association. "Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said that he wants Congress
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Jason Aldean Makes Surprise 'SNL' Appearance, Covers Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down"

Country music artist Jason Aldean opened NBC's Saturday Night Live by addressing the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, during which he was performing at a music festival.

Aldean, who was a surprise appearance given Sam Smith was the slated musical act for the evening's show, shared a message of unity before launching into a rendition of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down," both in honor of his message and the late rock superstar, who died earlier this week.

"When America is at its best, our bond and our spirit, it's unbreakable," Aldean said.

Following the shooting in Las...
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Tom Petty Found Unconscious in His Malibu Home, Put on Life Support

Tom Petty Found Unconscious in His Malibu Home, Put on Life Support
Tom Petty was reportedly rushed to the hospital on Sunday night after he was found unconscious at his home in Malibu, California.

According to TMZ, the 66-year-old singer went into cardiac arrest and was put on life support at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital.

The website later reported that upon getting to the hospital, Petty did not have any brain activity and a decision was made to pull his life support.

A sergeant for the Los Angeles County Fire Department tells Et that officials responded to a call at 10:45 p.m. on Sunday night at Petty's residence for an unconscious patient who was transported to a local hospital. Et has reached out to Petty's reps.

More: Sam Smith Adds Tom Petty as Co-Writer of 'Stay With Me'

The music legend -- who is originally from Florida -- recently performed with the Heartbreakers on Sept. 29 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. "Tom Petty seemed
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Ed Sheeran and 6 Other Musicians Who Went to Court Over Soundalike Songs

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Ed Sheeran and 6 Other Musicians Who Went to Court Over Soundalike Songs
Ed Sheeran is reportedly being sued by the estate of Ed Townsend, who cowrote Marvin Gaye's 1973 hit "Let's Get It On," on the basis that Sheeran's song "Thinking Out Loud" contains similarities that verge on duplication. Sheehan, 25, is also facing a lawsuit over his song "Photograph" and its supposed "striking similarities" to another song by songwriters Martin Harrington and Tom Leonard. If Sheeran can take any solace in his legal troubles this summer, it's that he's hardly the first musician to be sued for copyright infringement. Below, some of the more famous cases from the past decade. Led Zeppelin vs.
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Ed Sheeran and 6 Other Musicians Who Went to Court Over Soundalike Songs

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Ed Sheeran and 6 Other Musicians Who Went to Court Over Soundalike Songs
Ed Sheeran is reportedly being sued by the estate of Ed Townsend, who cowrote Marvin Gaye's 1973 hit "Let's Get It On," on the basis that Sheeran's song "Thinking Out Loud" contains similarities that verge on duplication. Sheehan, 25, is also facing a lawsuit over his song "Photograph" and its supposed "striking similarities" to another song by songwriters Martin Harrington and Tom Leonard. If Sheeran can take any solace in his legal troubles this summer, it's that he's hardly the first musician to be sued for copyright infringement. Below, some of the more famous cases from the past decade. Led Zeppelin vs.
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Sam Smith Will Pay Tom Petty Royalties for "Stay With Me"

Sam Smith Will Pay Tom Petty Royalties for
Tom Petty is going to have one more song staying with him for quite some time, as he will now officially be receiving royalties from Sam Smith's megahit, "Stay With Me." A rep for Smith confirms to E! News that Petty's "I Won't Back Down" and the British singer's "Stay With Me" have similar sounds, so similar in fact that Petty and Jeff Lynne will be listed as co-writers of the hit; however, the rep insists that the similarities are completely coincidental and unintentional. "Recently the publishers for the song 'I Won't Back Down,' written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for 'Stay With Me,' written by Sam Smith, James Napier and...
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Sam Smith Will Now Pay Tom Petty Royalties Over 'Stay With Me'

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Sam Smith Will Now Pay Tom Petty Royalties Over 'Stay With Me'
Tom Petty's a popular guy with the younger crowd of musicians. A few years ago, there was a lot of hubbub over the similarities between the Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Dani California" and Petty's "Last Dance with Mary Jane," and this week, Petty's in the news again, this time because Sam Smith inadvertently aped Petty's 1989 single "I Won't Back Down" with last year's hit "Stay With Me." But things have come to an polite end: Petty and Elo's Jeff Lynne, who co-wrote "I Won't Back Down," are now listed as co-writers of "Stay With Me" and will receive royalties going forward.
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Sam Smith Will Now Pay Tom Petty Royalties Over 'Stay With Me'

  • PEOPLE.com
Sam Smith Will Now Pay Tom Petty Royalties Over 'Stay With Me'
Tom Petty's a popular guy with the younger crowd of musicians. A few years ago, there was a lot of hubbub over the similarities between the Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Dani California" and Petty's "Last Dance with Mary Jane," and this week, Petty's in the news again, this time because Sam Smith inadvertently aped Petty's 1989 single "I Won't Back Down" with last year's hit "Stay With Me." But things have come to an polite end: Petty and Elo's Jeff Lynne, who co-wrote "I Won't Back Down," are now listed as co-writers of "Stay With Me" and will receive royalties going forward.
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Sam Smith Has to Pay Royalties to Tom Petty for ‘Stay With Me’

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Sam Smith Has to Pay Royalties to Tom Petty for ‘Stay With Me’
Remember when you thought that Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" sounded an awful lot like Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down"? Well, you're not alone. According to The Sun, the two parties settled out of court* this past October that the two songs are so much alike that Smith will start paying Petty (and fellow songwriter Jeff Lynne) royalties on the track — specifically, a 12.5 percent credit. A source told NME it was a pretty quick resolution: "When Sam’s track was originally released, it was clear to a lot of musicians that there were notable similarities between the tracks. After it was pointed out to Sam’s camp, they didn’t try to fight it and amicably dished out royalties. It wasn’t a deliberate thing, musicians are just inspired by other artists and Sam and his team were quick to hold up their hand when it was officially flagged.
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Trailer for Jennifer Aniston's Cake Arrives Online

Thanks to ABC News, we now have the trailer for Jennifer Aniston's upcoming "Cake" drama, co-starring Felicity Huffman, Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick, Chris Messina, and William H Macy. Check it out below. Plot: Claire (Anniston) becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group. As she uncovers the details of Nina's suicide and develops a poignant relationship with Nina's husband, she also grapples with her own, very raw personal tragedy. The new movie is directed by Daniel Barnz (Won't Back Down, Beastly) and is set to hit theaters on January 23rd, 2015. Trailer:
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'Cake' Trailer: Jennifer Aniston Goes Anti-Glam Just in Time for Oscar Season

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'Cake' Trailer: Jennifer Aniston Goes Anti-Glam Just in Time for Oscar Season
Jennifer Aniston famously de-glammed herself for the role of a disheveled pill-popper suffering from post-traumatic stress in the darkly comic "Cake," and now viewers can get a look at the final result in the film's first trailer. The film's new trailer highlights Aniston's performance, which has been acclaimed on the fest circuit, despite mixed reviews for the film itself.  With an Oscar-qualifying run scheduled for next month, Aniston is clearly aiming for awards buzz here, and it helps that she's surrounded by a sterling cast loaded with Oscar nominees like Adriana Barraza, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, and Anna Kendrick, with Sam Worthington ("Avatar") also thrown in for good measure. Daniel Barnz ("Won't Back Down") directed. Watch the trailer here: More ABC Us news | ABC World News "Cake" will open in New York on January 13, before expanding wider. Do you think Jennifer Aniston has a shot at an Oscar nomination?
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Watch: Jennifer Aniston Enters the Oscar Race with First 'Cake' Trailer

Awards season is heating up, and one of the potential Best Actress contenders, believe it or not, may be Jennifer Aniston. The actress rarely goes down the indie road, but when she has before (The Good Girl), it's resulted in some solid work. This time she's getting plenty of acclaim for Cake, a film that strips down Aniston to being a plain, scarred, troubled woman, angry at the world and everyone around her. And there's an interesting supporting cast here too with Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington and Adriana Barraza appearing as well. The buzz indicates the film may not be as good as Aniston's performance, but we'll see. Here's the first trailer for Daniel Barnz's Cake, originally from ABC News: Cake is directed by Daniel Barnz (Beastly, Won't Back Down) from a script by Patrick Tobin (No Easy Way). Claire Simmons (Jennifer Aniston) is in pain. Her physical
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American Music Awards 2014 Live-Blog

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American Music Awards 2014 Live-Blog
Get ready to have your hair blown back by the 2014 American Music Awards. Broadcast live on ABC from The Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, there's promise of lots of Iggy Azalea -- the night's nominations leader -- opening act Taylor Swift, singer Ariana Grande, a Lil Wayne sighting and more Follow along in our live blog below. 5:00pm Est: Did you know the American Music Awards are three hours long? That's why this intro is 15 minutes long. 5:02: Taylor Swift's "Blank Space is up first. If you're not familiar, it's the new single from her runaway hit album "1989" and is by far her Crazy-craziest-eyed song ever. How many men will she kill in this performance? 5:04 I lost count of dead ex-lovers. Is this "Fury?" Did you see that perfectly set of crazy eyes? She's on her knees pulling her best "Bad Romance." I'm kind of in love with her now,
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Film Review: 'Joe'

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★★★★☆From the same director who brought us such eclectic offerings as George Washington (2000) and stoner comedy Pineapple Express (2008), David Gordon Green's rural noir Joe (2013) - based on Larry Brown's grit-lit novel - stars Nicolas Cage as Joe Ransom, a man who, in the words of Johnny Cash, "Won't back down". Joe leads a work crew clearing trees so the land can be cultivated, and spends his evenings slumped on his sofa, at local dice games or at the whorehouse. Along the way he befriends Gary (Tye Sheridan, previously seen in The Tree of Life and Jeff Nichols' Mud), a homeless stray who washes up at a derelict house with his sister, mother and abusive father, Wade (Gary Poulter).
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Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #39: Brin Hill Chased Snow for 'In Your Eyes,' Written By Joss Whedon

Writer-director Brin Hill is bringing his first feature since 2008 to Tribeca this year, after working as a writer on films like "Won't Back Down" and "Battle of the Year." Looking to Steven Soderbergh for inspiration and working with writer Joss Whedon ("The Avengers," "The Cabin in the Woods," and "Toy Story"), Hill is excited for the Tribeca audience reception of "In Your Eyes." Tell us about yourself: I was a kid in Boston and a teenager in Santa Monica, from salty to sunshine, as if were. I’ve always been a filmmaker, but I’m also a recovering B-Boy and record digger, a decent two-guard who played college hoops, a creator of some cool branded entertainment, a teller of humorous stories about my seminal Little League experiences over a couple Jamesons, and a guy who nerds out on pulp and weird fiction. I’m excited for Tribeca audiences to see "In Your Eyes,
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