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Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem dive into Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’

Universal Pictures has signed on more A-listers to star in its new monster franchise, the studio announced on Monday.

It also announced the name of the new franchise, “Dark Universe,” which includes a series of film reboots with classic horror movie monsters and characters. 

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“Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters. #DarkUniverse,” the movie studio said on Twitter.

Award-winning actors Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem are the latest superstars to hop on the franchise. Depp has signed on to play the Invisible Man plan, and Bardem will play Frankenstein’s Monster in a remake of the “Bride of Frankenstein,” according to the press release.

The first film in the series, “The Mummy,” starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Russell Crowe, among others, opens in June.

“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audiences we will expand this series strategically,” Universal Pictures Chairwoman Donna Langley said.

The “Dark Universe” films are all connected by a “mysterious, multi-national organization, known as Prodigium,” the studio revealed. The group’s mission is to “track, study, and – when necessary – destroy evil” in the world, and that includes monsters, and protect the public.

 

Texas singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, 61, dies of cancer

Singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, whose 2007 album "Cimarron Manifesto" drew critical raves and reached the top of the Americana music chart, has died just days after he appeared at a concert held in his honor.

A statement Monday from Music Road Records says LaFave died Sunday at his Austin home after a fight with cancer. He was 61.

More than 1,000 people attended a sold-out concert Thursday night at Austin's Paramount Theatre to honor LaFave. He attended using a wheelchair.

The East Texas native embraced the spirit of folk music icon Woody Guthrie. In 1996, Nora Guthrie invited LaFave to appear at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute to her father and at her father's 1997 induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

LaFave also was a two-time Austin Music Award winner for singer-songwriter.

Box office Top 20: 'Alien: Covenant' dethrones 'Guardians 2'

Ridley Scott's space horror film "Alien: Covenant" scared reigning box office champ "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" out of the No. 1 spot over the weekend — but just barely.

"Alien: Covenant," a sequel to 2012's "Prometheus," opened with $36.2 million, pushing "Guardians 2" to second place with $34.7 million in its third weekend in theaters.

The teenage romance "Everything, Everything," meanwhile, bowed in third place with $11.7 million. Holdovers "Snatched" and "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" rounded out the top five with $7.8 million and $7.2 million, respectively.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:

1. "Alien: Covenant," 20th Century Fox, $36,160,621, 3,761 locations, $9,615 average, $36,160,621, one week.

2. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," Disney, $34,653,754, 4,347 locations, $7,972 average, $301,391,228, three weeks.

3. "Everything, Everything," Warner Bros., $11,727,390, 2,801 locations, $4,187 average, $11,727,390, one week.

4. "Snatched," 20th Century Fox, $7,832,517, 3,511 locations, $2,231 average, $33,015,117, two weeks.

5. "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," Warner Bros., $7,152,269, 3,702 locations, $1,932 average, $27,503,490, two weeks.

6. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul," 20th Century Fox, $7,126,084, 3,157 locations, $2,257 average, $7,126,084, one week.

7. "The Fate of the Furious," Universal, $3,234,040, 2,287 locations, $1,414 average, $219,944,340, six weeks.

8. "The Boss Baby," 20th Century Fox, $2,848,253, 2,071 locations, $1,375 average, $166,200,803, eight weeks.

9. "Beauty and the Beast," Disney, $2,545,579, 1,792 locations, $1,421 average, $497,924,628, 10 weeks.

10. "How to Be a Latin Lover," Lionsgate, $2,051,180, 948 locations, $2,164 average, $29,309,990, four weeks.

11. "Lowriders," OTL Releasing, $1,183,600, 365 locations, $3,243 average, $4,211,985, two weeks.

12. "Gifted," Fox Searchlight, $766,765, 824 locations, $931 average, $22,900,823, seven weeks.

13. "Going in Style," Warner Bros., $600,081, 690 locations, $870 average, $43,372,898, seven weeks.

14. "Baahubali: The Conclusion," Great India Films, $599,085, 236 locations, $2,538 average, $19,997,556, four weeks.

15. "Smurfs: The Lost Village," Sony, $572,562, 652 locations, $878 average, $43,064,566, seven weeks.

16. "Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall," Sony Pictures Classics, $565,664, 373 locations, $1,517 average, $2,273,140, six weeks.

17. "The Circle," STX Entertainment, $451,218, 647 locations, $697 average, $20,030,002, four weeks.

18. "Born In China," Disney, $371,765, 575 locations, $647 average, $13,137,812, five weeks.

19. "The Lovers," A24, $274,050, 105 locations, $2,610 average, $528,495, three weeks.

20. "Get Out," Universal, $245,135, 262 locations, $936 average, $174,939,840, 13 weeks.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

Pippa Middleton’s wedding guests needed a secret password to get into the party

Pippa Middleton’s and James Matthews’ post-nuptials bash sounded like quite the party.

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According to E! News, after they were announced man and wife, guests of Middleton and Matthews reportedly got their party on in an ultra-exclusive reception.

At the Middleton family home, male guests were offered fresh white shirts if they wanted to change and had to provide photo IDs and secret passwords in order to get into the party. Each password was unique to every guest, and they were decided on three months before the wedding, E! News reported.

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Sources claim that guests were treated to an acrobatic performance by Supermarine Spitfire, and the first dance didn’t start until around 10 p.m. A Beatles sing-along reportedly broke out during Best Man Spencer Matthews’ speech.

E! News reported that “the whole night was running behind schedule.”

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Keith Urban’s request from a fan left Nicole Kidman speechless

Like any big-named celebrity, Keith Urban has had his fair share of odd fan requests. But there’s one in particular that he’ll never forget.

The country music star stopped by BBC America’s “The Graham Norton Show” on Friday, May 19, where he told a story about a woman who once requested an autograph on her prosthetic leg.

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“Years ago, I was doing a concert in this big venue, and somebody in the crowd yelled out, ‘Will you sign my leg?’” Keith explained, during the sit down interview, while sitting alongside his famous wife, Nicole Kidman.

At the time, Keith and Nicole weren’t married. And he thought the moment between him and the female fan would be fun. So he invited her up to the stage. “I thought it would be a good moment. So I’m like, ‘Yeah! Come on up here!’” Keith recalled.

Despite his warm and welcoming invite, the fan “lobbed the prosthetic leg on to the stage” instead and watched with excitement as her favorite country star picked it up.

“It landed with a thump. So, I picked it up and signed it,” Keith said.

He, then, recalled his confusion after writing his name down in cursive lettering, “Then I thought, ‘What’s the correct prosthetic leg returning etiquette?’ Do you throw it? Do you crowd surf it? Do you say, ‘Hop up here?’” He joked.

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In the end, Keith decided to crowd surf the leg back to the pleased fan. “She attached it back, and [the crowd cheered.]” he said.

Too funny!

Tim McGraw and this hot new band prove they are bathroom balladeers

It is a well-known fact that you can’t beat the acoustics in a bathroom, which is why we all love to sing in the shower, right? So, when Tim McGraw and Soul2Soul Tour opening act The Shadowboxers met up in the men’s room early in May, we knew something more magical than, well, “elimination” was going to happen.

The Atlanta-based pop band just shared the results of this potty partnership in a Facebook video. Covering the Bobby Vee classic “More Than I Can Say,” Tim and The Shadowboxers give us chills with a goosebump-inducing acoustic performance showcasing their rich harmonies. The quintet jokingly comments, “What? It’s just us and @thetimmcgraw singing in the bathroom.”

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RELATED: Tim McGraw gets caught singing in the shower with someone who isn’t Faith Hill

Fortunately, no flushing could be heard in the making of this video.

Next up, Tim and wife Faith Hill invite the regional sister trio Joseph to open for them May 25 – 27 in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Then hot country newcomers Midland will close out May and kick off June, with the husband-wife tour team playing shows in Canada. Other young artists that will open for the couple at upcoming dates include Charlie Worsham, Maggie Rose, Natalie Hemby, Brent Cobb, Brandy Clark and Eric Paslay.

RELATED: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw turn up the heat with this new song on tour

The Soul2Soul Tour is currently scheduled into October.

Chris Stapleton Wins Top Country Album at 2017 BBMAs

Chris Stapleton snagged one more award for his Traveller album at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 21): Top Country Album.

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Lady Antebellum Share New Song 'Somebody Else's Heart' [Listen]

Lady Antebellum have shared another new song, "Somebody Else's Heart," in anticipation of their new album Heart Break, out June 9. Continue reading…

Scotty McCreery tells us about the big move that’s paying off big time

Scotty McCreery’s heart will always belong to his home state of North Carolina, but he’s been spending more and more time in Nashville in the past few years. It only makes sense that he’d want to be in the center of the action for his career, so Scotty recently got a condo near downtown.

So far, Scotty has really enjoyed the convenience of living in the center of Music City.

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He tells Rare Country, “It’s been great. You see more folks as far as keeping relationships going. Saying hey to folks you haven’t seen in a while. It’s just been convenient and fun. This town’s great. I’m enjoying the heck out of it.”

Even though Scotty’s condo is centrally located, he’s still learning how long it take to get around town.

RELATED: Scotty McCreery gives a priceless gift to his ailing grandmother

He adds, “I’m right by Music Row if I got a songwriting appointment. I’ve been late to everything on Music Row ’cause I’m like, I can leave so late, and I’ll be on time, and I’m always late now.”

It’s hard to get around Nashville these days due to all the construction going on around town, too. The city is in the middle of a building boom, and Scotty sees it all from his condo.

“I got all sorts of cranes out my windows,” he says. “That’s kind of my view. My view is all of Music Row, and there’s a crane here and a crane there. New ones popping up all over the place.”

Nashville is also known as a big hub for the healthcare industry, and Scotty’s girlfriend, Gabi, is a nurse. So, have they started talking about her making the move to Music City, too?

Says Scotty, “I’ve definitely let Gabi know there’s plenty of hospitals here in town. I’m sure there’s plenty of nursing spots that are open. So, as of right now, she’s still in Carolina, but who knows? One day.”

For now, Scotty is focused on his latest single, “Five More Minutes,” which just came out a few weeks back. He’s busy writing and recording more music for his highly-awaited upcoming studio album. We expect to see the video for “Five More Minutes” very soon as well.

Look inside the Nashville estate real-life outlaws once called home

A home in Nashville with a serious backstory just got a major renovation.

The Hyde-Stephens House is located just north of downtown and was built by the Hyde family before the Civil War in 1860. According to Curbed.com, notorious outlaw Jesse James and his brother, Frank, made this house their home between 1877 and 1881. We can only imagine what kind of illegal activity went on inside those walls during that time period.

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The Hyde-Stephens House has been full renovated over the last two years, and the finishes are nothing short of stunning. Just look at the interior featured in this YouTube video. While the exterior retains that 1800s charm, the bathroom and kitchen look like you’ve stepped into a brand-new house.

The hardwoods in the foyer are original to the home, as is the mantel above the fireplace in the formal dining space. The large living room, bedrooms and kitchen are spread out over more than 2,000 square feet. The house itself sits on nearly an acre of land.

RELATED: Take a look inside Kelly Clarkson’s $8.75 million mansion

This is the kind of house that doesn’t come along every day, and it looks like someone recently snatched it up. The Hyde-Stephens House is no longer listed for sale, but we can’t imagine it went for anything less than the $440,000 asking price.

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