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Jason Aldean announces Hootie & the Blowfish will join him at Atlanta concert

Jason Aldean wanted to go big for his first concert at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, so he’s enlisted a bunch of pals to share the bill.

Musicians Lauren Alaina and Luke Combs will be part of the July 21 stadium show, and Darius Rucker’s band Hootie & the Blowfish will reunite for the concert.

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Aldean said he and Brian O’Connell, president of country touring for Live Nation, said the band came to mind when they were considering another act to add.

“(Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer) Darius (Rucker) is a friend of both of ours, so it was easy to have that conversation,” Aldean said Wednesday morning at a news conference at SunTrust Park. “They were all for it.”

Aldean and Alaina were given a surprise when Braves Hall of Famer Chipper Jones appeared to present them with customized jerseys.

Aldean, a Macon, Georgia, native who is a lifelong fan of the baseball team, said this upcoming show at SunTrust Park, along with his 2013 performance at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, will be career highlights.

O’Connell pointed out that Aldean is the only artist to have played the University of Georgia stadium and the home of the Braves.

“It is important to him as a performer to pay tribute to his Georgia roots,” O’Connell said.

Plans for the stage production have been underway for a couple of months.

“We want to come in and make a statement show,” Aldean said.

Tickets to the concert are $40.50-$89.75 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. March 23 at

'Willy Wonka' star appears as contestant on 'Jeopardy'

He played a boy who does nothing but watch TV and wears cowboy clothing in the 1971 movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

Who is "Jeopardy" contestant Paris Themmen?

Themmen appeared on the game show on Tuesday. But he didn't tell Alex Trebek about his role as Mike Teevee when the host asked him about himself. Themmen said he was an "avid backpacker."

However, some fans of the movie pointed it out on Twitter.

Themmen has appeared on several food programs since his role in the film when he was 11 years old.

Themmen finished in second place.

Versace is latest to join no-fur trend in fashion

Versace has become the latest fashion house to eliminate fur from its collections, joining Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss among others.

The Humane Society, which campaigns against the sale of fur, welcomed the decision Wednesday, noting that "Versace is a massively influential luxury brand that symbolizes excess and glamor." The group quoted an interview in the Economist Group's "1843" magazine with designer Donatella Versace, who said: "Fur? I am out of that. I don't want to kill animals to make fashion. It doesn't feel right."

Versace hasn't said when it would phase fur out of their collections, but given the fashion cycle it wouldn't be before the next winter season. Versace is joining a trend among fashion houses to make its collections more environmentally sustainable.


This version corrects a typo in the spelling of Armani.

Trump confirms CNBC contributor Kudlow to be economic aide

President Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that he has picked CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow as his top economic adviser and said the country is in line for a long run of upbeat financial news.

The United States "will have many years of Great Economic & Financial Success, with low taxes, unparalleled innovation, fair trade and an ever expanding labor force leading the way!" the president tweeted.

Kudlow is succeeding Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive, at the White House. Cohn is leaving after a dispute over Trump's decision to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

Kudlow served in the Reagan administration and has emerged as a leading proponent of tax cuts and a smaller government.

Kudlow told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he has accepted the offer and said the U.S. economy was poised to take off after Trump signed $1.5 trillion worth of tax cuts into law.

"The economy is starting to roar and we're going to get more of that," he said.

Kudlow will join an administration in the middle of a tumultuous overhaul, with a number of White House staffers and top officials departing in recent weeks. Trump on Tuesday dumped his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.

Trump seems increasingly determined to tax foreign imports, a policy that Kudlow personally opposes. Kudlow said he is "in accord" with Trump's agenda and that his team at the White House would help put in place policies set by the president.

Trump has promised to reduce the trade imbalance with China and rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Kudlow declined to say what advice he would give the president on trade issues, saying instead that Trump is "a very good negotiator."

Kudlow, 70, has informally advised the Trump administration in the past and he has spoken with the president "at some length in recent days," so he is ready "to hit the ground running."

Kudlow told CNBC on Wednesday that he was going to Washington on Thursday to meet with Trump. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration "will keep everyone posted" on when Kudlow officially assumes the job.

'American Idol' contestant: Perry kiss not harassment

Singer Katy Perry kissed a contestant on "American Idol" and he did not like it.

But Benjamin Glaze is downplaying some backlash aimed at Perry, who is a judge on the show. The 19-year-old took to Instagram on Wednesday to say he did not think he was sexually harassed.

The singer from Oklahoma says he was uncomfortable when Perry kissed him on the lips as he auditioned during the show's two-night season opener on ABC. Glaze says he had never been kissed before.

He needed some water before singing Nick Jonas' "Levels," which Perry called "a bit rushed."

Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan did not send Glaze to the next round. Glaze says he should have picked another song and calmed himself down regardless of the kiss.

Jake Owen Spends Daddy-Daughter Day with Pearl at School

We’ve seen posts in the past from Jake about a song he wrote about being a single father, how hard it can be when you miss your child, etc. Pearl spends her time between her mom Lacey in south Florida, and of course dad Jake, who lives in Nashville.

But this week, Jake got to spend a special day with Pearl at her school – Jake made it to Daddy-Daughter day at her school where they had donuts and he said, “It was pretty awesome looking around at all the other Dads…being Dads.”

Elton John Grammy Tribute To Air In April With Huge Performances

The air date has finally been set for the upcoming Grammy tribute to Elton John, which will feature performances from Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and many more. You can never have “too much” going on when it comes to Elton John… I mean, have you seen the man? Very fashionable and outgoing! The “Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A GRAMMY Salute” will air April 10 on CBS at 9 PM ET, with the all-star lineup singing some of Elton’s biggest hits plus a special medley performance from John himself. During the two-hour special, Little Big Town is slated to perform “Rocket Man,” while Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris will sing “My Father’s Gun” and “Mona Lisas And Mad Hatter,” respectively.

Maren Morris says the one-of-a-kind performances were definitely a highlight during the Elton John tribute, but that’s not the only thing she’s looking forward to seeing when the special airs next month. Maren Morris said, “Everyone’s fashion was one point that night, ’cause it’s Elton. He’s wearing this like Gucci, rhinestone, red, Elton-y jacket. And, like, Little Big Town…I mean, they always look amazing. But oh my God, everyone was like going all out because it was an Elton John show.”

Even Miley Cyrus went all out when honoring Elton John… look at these glasses.

Darius Rucker To Reunite Hootie & The Blowfish At Jason Aldean Concert

The classics are coming back! Darius Rucker will reunite his former band Hootie and the Blowfish for one night only this summer. Which is huge! Since Darius Rucker became his own solo act, Hootie and the Blowfish haven’t performed together in quite a while. When Darius Rucker released his first solo album in 2008, he didn’t leave the band completely but his focus was definitely more on his solo career. According to  Rolling Stone Country, the group will come back together as a supporting act during Jason Aldean’s High Noon Neon Tour stop at Atlanta’s SunTrust Park. Rucker confirmed the news in a video message, which aired during a press conference held by Aldean on Wednesday. The High Noon Neon Tour, which kicks off May 10 in Kansas City, Missouri, will also feature guests Luke Combs and Lauren Alaina. The special Atlanta show with Hootie will take place on July 21.

Docs link Trump Org lawyer to effort to silence porn star

New documents show a second lawyer with ties to President Donald Trump was involved in legal efforts to keep adult film star Stormy Daniels from talking about her alleged affair with Trump.

Attorney Jill A. Martin signed the documents, which were filed Feb. 22 as part of confidential arbitration proceedings. She's referenced in the filing as counsel for "EC LLC," though the address she lists is that of Trump's Los Angeles golf club.

EC appears to be a reference to a company formed by Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to facilitate a $130,000 payment to silence Daniels in the closing days of the 2016 presidential campaign. Cohen has acknowledged making the payment, but said he was not reimbursed and denied the campaign and the Trump Organization were involved in the transaction.

Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, confirmed the authenticity of the new documents to The Associated Press. The documents were first reported by CNN and the Wall Street Journal.

Avenatti said the documents show that "contrary to Mr. Cohen's representations, there is little to no difference between EC LLC and The Trump Organization/Donald Trump."

In a statement late Wednesday, the Trump Organization said Martin worked on the filing in her "individual capacity" and the company "has had no involvement in the matter."

The White House says Trump has denied the affair with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

Earlier this month, Clifford filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate her "hush agreement" because it was signed only by her and Cohen, but not Trump. She's also offered to return the money she was paid for agreeing not to discuss the alleged relationship.

Clifford alleges that she began an "intimate relationship" with Trump in 2006 and that it continued "well into the year 2007," according to the lawsuit. She said the relationship included encounters in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and Beverly Hills, California.

Harper Lee estate sues over 'Mockingbird' Broadway version

The estate of "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee has filed suit over an upcoming Broadway adaptation of the novel, arguing that screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's script wrongly alters Atticus Finch and other characters from the book.

The suit, which includes a copy of a contract signed by Lee and dated about eight months before her death in February 2016, contends Sorkin's script violates the agreement by portraying Finch, the noble attorney who represents a black man wrongly accused of rape in "Mockingbird," as someone else in the play.

Filed against the theater company of New York producer Scott Rudin, the complaint cites an interview with the online publication Vulture in which Sorkin was quoted as saying the small-town lawyer would evolve from a racist apologist at the start of the show to become "Atticus Finch by the end of the play."

Such a change during a play could fit with the character evolution shown between the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Mockingbird" and Lee's first draft of the novel, finally released in 2015 as "Go Set a Watchman."

But the lawsuit contends the script would violate the contact by changing Finch and other characters and adding still more people who aren't in the novel. It asks a judge to enforce a section of the agreement that states the play won't "depart in any manner from the spirit of the Novel nor alter its characters."

A firm that represents Rudin's company, Rudinplay Inc., said Sorkin's script "is a faithful adaptation of a singular novel which has been crafted well within the constraints of the signed agreement" between the producers and Lee.

The statement also took a jab at the "history of litigious behavior" of Lee's estate, overseen by attorney Tonja Carter of Lee's south Alabama hometown of Monroeville.

"This is, unfortunately, simply another such lawsuit, the latest of many, and we believe that it is without merit," said the statement. "While we hope this gets resolved, if it does not, the suit will be vigorously defended."

The play is scheduled to open in New York in December.

The suit names as its plaintiff Carter, who represented Lee during the final years of the author's life. Carter handled Lee's will and is listed in the lawsuit as the personal representative of Lee's estate.

Rudinplay paid Lee $100,000 after she approved Sorkin as the screenwriter in November 2015, the suit said. Carter first saw a draft of the play in September, according to the lawsuit, and she later spoke with Rudin by phone to express numerous concerns about Sorkin's script.

"Mr. Rudin assured Ms. Carter that he wanted to do the Play right and that he would make sure that the Estate would be satisfied with the final product," the suit said.

The two talked again in February about the script, suit said, adding: "At times, the conversation was heated." Carter sued after Rudin's attorney wrote earlier this month saying extensive changes to the script weren't possible, the suit said.

Sorkin has won multiple Emmys for his work on the drama series "The West Wing," and he won an Academy Award for his screenplay of "The Social Network" in 2011.

Rudin's credits include "Lady Bird," which was nominated for an Academy Award as best motion picture this year, and "Fences," which was a 2017 nominee. He won a best picture Oscar for "No Country for Old Men" in 2008.

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