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The list of celebrities upset by US border policy grows

Country music icon Willie Nelson has extended an offer to meet President Donald Trump at one of the detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border to better understand what's happening, the latest attempt by a celebrity hoping to end the administration's policy of separating families at border crossings.

John Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, have donated and raised $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union. Ellen DeGeneres tweeted a link to groups fighting the policy. Kate Walsh has pleaded with critics to call their senators and demand a change. The home page for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" has included online links for anyone wanting to help to such organizations as Kids In Need Of Defense and Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.

The separations stem from a policy that turns all cases of people trying to enter the country illegally over for criminal prosecution. Trump has defended the policy, which has taken nearly 2,000 immigrant children away from their parents.

Stars like Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Alyssa Milano, Mark Hamill, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Judd Apatow, Kumail Nanjiani, Piper Perabo and Common have denounced the policy. Oprah Winfrey wrote to her 42.7 million followers: "Babies torn from their parents. Can't stand it!"

The appeals from celebrities come a few weeks after reality TV star Kim Kardashian West visited the White House to press her case to pardon a woman serving a life sentence for drug offenses. Trump later did.

A new avenue opened when "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane and then Apatow called on Fox TV show creators and stars to speak out against Fox News' coverage of the border issue, which has tended to be supportive of Trump's stance.

"Modern Family" co-creator Steve Levitan also weighed in, saying he was "disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do with" Fox News. Filmmaker and writer Paul Feig wrote that he supported Fox's film and TV divisions but "cannot condone the support their news division promotes toward the immoral and abusive policies and actions taken by the current administration."

Nelson tweeted to the president on Monday, asking him to join him in a visit to the centers "to better understand what's happening there." Nelson's publicist confirmed that the tweet came from the 85-year-old country singer, which was posted on his wife Annie's Twitter account.

In a statement last week to Rolling Stone, Nelson was even more critical, saying, "Christians everywhere should be up in arms." He cited lyrics from the song "Living in the Promiseland" from his 1986 album, "The Promiseland."

Jennifer Nettles, another country artist, weighed in Tuesday, writing on Twitter: "Speaking of borders, I do believe loving people know that regardless of politics, there are some lines you do not cross. Protecting children seems to be one we can all agree on."

Tony- and Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner added his voice to the effort, calling the policy "monstrous" and saying he is "shocked" to find America implementing it.

"I could never have imagined a moment when the federal government is involved in putting children in cages, separating them from their families, and really engaging in human rights violations of a criminal nature," Kushner told The Associated Press on Monday night.

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Associated Press writer John Carucci contributed to this report.

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Blake Shelton Got A Cake Shaped Like His Most Favorite Thing Ever

You know Blake Shelton had the best birthday ever when he was able to drink vodka while eating a cake shaped like a vodka. He posted a video to Instagram of him thanking Smithworks Vodka and then taking a huge bite out of the top of the cake. He said it was the “best birthday cake ever!”

Perfect timing for his birthday comes his continued success with his latest album. His recent single “I Lived It” is nearing the number one spot! Blake shared with Westwood One’s Country Countdown USA it’s been a while since a song of his impacted his fans so much. He says “It hit something deep inside of ’em and they’ve got a story about it or ‘Man, I got? my uncle actually did put tobacco on my freakin’ hand’ you know when I got stung’ or?All these things that they relate to they want to tell you about, you know, it’s pretty cool.”

Luke Bryan Says Route 91 Fest Changed The Way He Does Shows & His Security

Luke Bryan is one of the most fun-loving artists in country music. He loves hanging out with fans and interacting with them during his shows. But now, things are different. He was talking about how security has drastically changed since the Route 91 tragedy.

For example, the CMT awards weren’t too long ago and he said that he couldn’t improvise and go mix it up with some fans who were hanging out across the street.

Quote, “I used to run and high five the whole damn street.  That was prior to this new crazy world we’re living in.  And guys that are advising me on security stuff . . . they’re like ‘We just don’t like you running, we don’t know what’s across there.’

“It sucks that you have to think about it.  You just can’t go love and hug-on fans like you used to.”

And in this day and age, things like an exit protocol are needed, especially after we saw how Jason Aldean was when he was on stage when shots rang out at Route 91 fest. He talked about a protocol that’s now in place in case something terrible happens.  They have a specific word that if it’s said over the monitors or his earpiece, he has to get off the stage and get out of there immediately.

Quote, “This time last year we didn’t have a global security word that meant clear the damn stage.”

Private jet once owned by Elvis Presley for sale _ again

A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley that has sat on a runway in New Mexico for nearly four decades is back on the auction block.

The online auction site IronPlanet announced this week that the plane with red velvet seats had returned the market after its current owner bought it last year for $430,000.

A previous auction house says Elvis designed the interior that has gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats and red shag carpet. But the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engine and needs a restoration of its cockpit.

The plane was owned by Elvis and his father, Vernon Presley.

It has been privately owned for 36 years and sitting on a tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico.

IronPlanet said in a statement the jet is still grounded in Roswell and the current owner "has not made any changes to this piece of history."

Photos of the plane also show the exterior in need of restoration and seats of the cockpit torn.

A previous owner disputed an auction house's claim the king of rock 'n' roll designed its red velvet interior.

Roy McKay told KOB-TV in Albuquerque he designed the interior himself. McKay said that when he purchased the jet, it had a two-toned gray interior and "kind of looked like a casket."

But then-GWS Auctions Inc. spokesman Carl Carter told The Associated Press the auction house is confident Elvis designed the interior, which photos show has red velvet seats and red shag carpet.

IronPlanet also is confident Elvis designed its red velvet interior, Goldstein said.

Federal Aviation Administration records show no interior changes were ever made to the jet, Carter said.

IronPlanet is accepting online bids for the plane until July 27.

Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on Jan. 8, 1935, and moved to Memphis, Tennessee, with his parents at age 13. He became a leading figure in the fledgling rockabilly scene by covering songs originally performed by African-American artists like Big Mama Thornton ("Hound Dog") and Arthur Crudup ("That's All Right").

His provocative dancing and hit records turned him into one of the 20th century's most recognizable icons. Historians say his music also helped usher in the fall of racial segregation.

Elvis was 42 when he died on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis.

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Associated Press writer Russell Contreras is a member of the AP's race and ethnicity team. Follow Contreras on Twitter at http://twitter.com/russcontreras

Dan + Shay Release New Song With Kelly Clarkson, “Keeping Score”

This song is going to be huge! Dan + Shay are slowly releasing singles from their new, self-titled album that is coming out in less than a week and the most recent was a collaboration with Kelly Clarkson called “Keeping Score.”  “Shay Mooney’s nimble vocal instrument proves to be a natural fit for Clarkson’s when they join together on the choruses,” raves  Rolling Stone. ” We wanna know what you think of it? The message in the lyrics is amazing also! Dan + Shay never disappoint!

Dierks Bentley Doesn’t Own A Smart Phone- Uses Older Phone Instead

Dierks Bentley, in a recent interview, opens up about how he doesn’t own a smartphone and uses a flip phone with no access to social media. He says “The constant assault, the digital assault on your brain that you get from your phone every day. It’s hard to be creative. It’s hard to be present.”

Sam Hunt Explains Why Album 2 Is Taking So Long

It’s SO hard to be patient when we are wanting new music from Sam Hunt! But, the good news is he is working on it. More good news is he is releasing stuff, the second its done, versus waiting until he gets more songs to release together. He says, “I keep saying that I’m gonna carve out time to get home and really devote my time and energy to creating an album,” he explains. “But I feel like I’m just sort of getting by the skin of my teeth the past couple years.”

“So I’m just scraping up bits and pieces of songs that I’ve got started,” he continues, “and trying to put those out as I go and continue to tour.”

Which, that process seems to be working for him. His fans are so eager for new stuff that each new song that comes out has been a huge hit!  Last year’s “Body Like a Back Road” is a crossover smash that’s sold more than five million copies and it was played on multiple radio stations as “not just country.” While his latest, “Downtown’s Dead,” is currently a top-20 hit on the country chart.

One of the reasons he won’t have new music out in the near future is his stadium tour with Luke Bryan. Which, we can forgive him for… that show is going to be AMAZING!

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 20: Recording artist Sam Hunt accepts the Top Country Song award for ‘Body Like A Back Road’ onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

“I didn’t plan on touring this summer,” Sam reveals, “but an opportunity came up to go out with Luke… and I couldn’t pass it up, because it was such a great opportunity.”

“But the end of the summer, fall, I think I’m gonna be able to hopefully sink my teeth into a project and have some new music ready to go before too long after that,”  he predicts.

“I’ve had trouble getting back into the writing flow over the past few years, being on the road, and with my artist hat on. It’s just two different worlds to me, and I’m hoping I can tap back into it here soon, but I’m trying,” he laughs.

Let’s hope nothing distracts him after that!

Neil shines like a Diamond at Songwriters Hall of Fame gala

Neil Diamond may have retired from touring due to Parkinson's disease, but the singer didn't let that stop him from giving a cheery and memorable performance at the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony.

Diamond, who was officially inducted into the Hall in 1984, earned the Johnny Mercer Award on Thursday and closed the multi-hour event in New York City with a rousing rendition of "Sweet Caroline."

He was happy and excited onstage, performing an extended version of the iconic song, backed by a band and the audience of songwriters and music industry players who sang along.

The 77-year-old, who announced he was diagnosed with Parkinson's in January and canceled planned concerts, barely spoke at the event, where John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson, Kool and the Gang and Jermaine Dupri were inducted as the Hall's 2018 class.

Allee Willis — who co-wrote the Broadway musical "The Color Purple" and Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" — was the first inductee of the night. She won over the audience with stories about her father who told her to "stay away from black culture" and her friend whose frisky behavior helped her connect her songs to singers.

"Her sex life was unbelievable for my career," she said to laughs.

Willis, the only female to be inducted this year, used her speech to honor women who have not received their credit as songwriters and producers.

"I really started thinking about how, at the time, mentally painful it was that the girls were not getting the chances the boys were. So I just want to say, 'We're here. We've always been here. And we're no longer the little wilting flowers that we were when it comes to equality.' So wipe off the seats because here we come."

Others speeches throughout the night struck with similar emotion.

Inductee and Grammy-nominated country songwriter Steve Dorff wiped the tears from his eyes when he was onstage; his son, actor Stephen Dorff, was also teary-eyed when he spoke about his father during the induction.

Usher was passionate when he inducted Dupri, who has co-written a number of the R&B star's hits, including "Nice & Slow," ''U Got It Bad," ''Burn" and "Confessions Part II."

"I love you J.D. You're like the big brother I never had and also the motivator who pushed me when I was at my lowest," he said.

Mariah Carey, who has collaborated on hits like "We Belong Together" and "Always Be My Baby" with Dupri, made a surprise appearance and received a warm applause from the crowd. The pop diva, who has co-written 17 of her 18 No. 1 hits, was nominated for the Songwriters Hall but didn't make the final cut.

"Although I am not being inducted this evening — I'll shed a tear and move on — honestly there's no one I'd rather see this get accolade than Jermaine Dupri," she said.

Dupri is the second hip-hop act to be inducted into the organization following Jay-Z's induction last year.

Inductee and country songwriter Bill Anderson choked up at the end of his speech, quoting lyrics from his song when he spoke about God: "I held the pencil but he wrote the songs, and I firmly believe that."

The members of Kool & the Gang — Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown and James "JT" Taylor — were also inducted and gave a memorable and upbeat performance with "Celebration," which got audience members out of their seats.

Lucian Grainge, the CEO and chairman of Universal Music Group, earned the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award and was honored by The Weeknd, who spoke, and Ariana Grande, who sang "Be Alright." Grammy and Tony nominee Sara Bareilles received the Johnny Mercer Award and wowed with her performance onstage.

Mellencamp sang "Jack and Diane" and "Longest Days" after getting inducted; R&B singer Fantasia won over the crowd when she sang in honor of Dorff; and Broadway star Brandon Victor Dixon was impressive when he performed for Willis.

Jackson, who has had 26 singles top Billboard's country charts, said he ran into Clive Davis backstage at the event and recalled a story about how he tried to pitch a song for Whitney Houston.

"And I called Clive and said, 'I wrote this song and I think ole Whitney could sing this thing. And he listened to it and called me back and said, 'That's a sweet song.' And there was a line in there about doing something with the washing machine, and (Clive) said, 'I'll be honest with you Alan — I don't think Whitney's seen a washing machine in 15 years,'" Jackson said.,

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George Strait part of Hurricane Harvey recovery campaign

Country star George Strait is leading a new tourism campaign for a South Texas community that was hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey.

Officials with the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce say Strait is participating free of charge. The singer has owned a house in the community for years.

Strait is part of a radio and TV campaign called "Find Yourself in Rockport-Fulton." He says the coastal area is one of his favorite places and encourages tourists to return to the area, which was hit by the hurricane in August.

Strait visited the area in September with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

The TV commercials start this month in San Antonio and Austin. The radio spots will air in the Texas Hill Country and New Braunfels.

Longtime Elvis Presley drummer D.J. Fontana has died

D.J. Fontana, a rock 'n' roll pioneer who rose from strip joints in his native Shreveport, Louisiana, to the heights of musical history as Elvis Presley's first and longtime drummer, has died at 87, his wife said Thursday.

Karen Fontana told The Associated Press that her husband died in his sleep in Nashville on Wednesday night. She said he'd been suffering complications from breaking his hip in 2016.

"He was loved by everybody all over the world. He treated everybody like everybody was his friend," she said. Presley's former wife, Priscilla Presley, issued a statement calling Fontana "a tremendously talented musician and a wonderful man."

Fontana, a member of the Rock Hall of Fame, was the last surviving member of Elvis' original core of musicians. He met Presley and the others on the Louisiana Hayride, a popular and influential radio and TV country music program based in Shreveport. Staff drummer Fontana asked to join his group for a session broadcast in October 1954. A regional act at the time, the 19-year-old Presley had been recording and touring since the summer with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, the musicians Sun Records founder Sam Phillips brought in after Elvis turned up at the Memphis, Tennessee-based label's studio.

"The Blue Moon Boys," as they called themselves, had been playing a blend of blues, pop and country that was unique at the time, but it was missing something crucial.

"Elvis and Scotty and Bill were making good music, but it wasn't rock n' roll until D.J. put the backbeat into it," the Band's Levon Helm told The Associated Press in 2004.

Elvis returned often to the Hayride. In 1955 Fontana became a permanent member of the group, working with Presley through much of the 1960s. Influenced by such big-band drummers as Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa, Fontana was admired by Helm, Ringo Starr, Max Weinberg and others for his power, speed and steadiness, which he honed during his time with the Hayride.

"He was my hero, and he made me become a drummer," Weinberg, Bruce Springsteen's longtime drummer, told the AP during a telephone interview Thursday. "I was 5 years old when I saw him and Elvis and Scotty and Bill play 'Hound Dog' on television and it just swept me away."

Fontana was there for Presley's first wave of success, from such hit singles as "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock" to his increasingly frenzied live shows and hip-shaking appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and other TV programs. He played on many soundtracks — and was occasionally seen on camera — for Presley's '50s and '60s movies. He was on the "comeback" Christmas TV special of 1968 that featured Presley and fellow musicians jamming on a tiny stage before a studio audience, with Fontana keeping time on a guitar case. Widely cited for reviving Presley's career, that show was his first live performance in years and the last time Moore and Fontana worked with Elvis, who died in 1977.

"Elvis would always want to go back and talk about the early days when there were four of us in a car, Me, Scotty, Bill and Himself," Fontana told the fan site Elvis Australia.

"He told me one day, he said, 'You know, I wish I wasn't Elvis.' And that struck me funny — even back then. You know he kinda wanted to get away for a while. I think he should have retired for about seven or eight years, and then come back — you know. And then he might still be with us."

Fontana also played on Starr's solo album "Beaucoups of Blues," and worked with country artist Webb Pierce and rockabilly star Gene Vincent, among others. More recently, he and Moore were joined by Helm, Keith Richards and other guests for the 1997 Presley tribute album "All the King's Men."

In 2000, he played on Paul McCartney's cover of an early Presley hit, "That's All Right."

Born in 1931, Dominic Joseph Fontana began playing drums as a teen in his high school marching band and would jam with his cousin while listening to big-band recordings. By his early 20s he performed at strip joints and spent enough time around the Hayride that he was hired full time, although at first he was asked to play behind a curtain because country audiences scorned drums. Presley's Sun Records contract was purchased by RCA Victor late in 1955; he became a sensation around the country, and beyond.

During an interview with Elvis Australia, Fontana recalled a 1957 show at a Canadian football stadium, when Presley did his best to honor the owners' wishes to keep the crowd off the grass and away from the stage.

"So Elvis came on, did a few songs, and said: 'We'd like for you to get back in your seats.' Which they did, very orderly. Until the last song, and here they come again," Fontana said.

"Elvis left the stage, and here we were with 20,000 people! The stage turned over, but we finally got all the equipment in the car, which was right behind the stage. The car was surrounded by kids, and they were shaking the car."

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Italie contributed from New York.

'Fun, Fun, Fun:' Beach Boys team up with Royal Philharmonic

Summer is coming and the season in Britain is being marked by a return to the airwaves of the Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun, Fun" with a new version featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The raucous teenage classic has been reborn with a classical twist, one of 16 Beach Boys tunes given a new lease on life on a CD recorded at Abbey Road, a London landmark forever associated with another great '60s band, the Beatles.

Beach Boys singer Mike Love seems somewhat mystified by the continuing appeal of tunes he helped pen with cousin and fellow Beach Boy Brian Wilson more than five decades ago.

"They're playing 'Fun, Fun, Fun' on the radio these days, which is great," says Love, who was in Britain for days of live performances. "Brian and I wrote that years and years ago. I said, Brian, 'we ought to do a song about a girl who borrows her dad's car and goes cruising to it rather than to the library.'"

The slightly preposterous song (romance develops after the girl's father takes her Thunderbird away) had a first life as a hit, a second spell as a nostalgic encore at hundreds of Beach Boys concerts, and now a third incarnation that combines the band's early sound with a premier orchestra.

"They've done a great job of honoring the original vocal performances and complementing them with the orchestrations," said Love.

The project has been approved by all the surviving Beach Boys, including Brian Wilson, who had recently been embroiled in bitter lawsuits with Love. Brian's two brothers — Carl and Dennis Wilson — have both died.

Brian Wilson is not touring with the current incarnation of the Beach Boys — he's been concentrating on solo projects for some 20 years — but he sees the Philharmonic project as validation of his belief that classic compositions like "Good Vibrations" are "pocket symphonies."

"I always knew the vocal arrangements I did back in the 1960s would lend themselves perfectly for a symphony," he said in a statement. "I am both proud and humbled by what they have created using our songs."

The album, released last week, is already the Beach Boys highest charting album in Britain in 28 years. The Royal Philharmonic has had success with this approach before, releasing earlier albums "with" Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Aretha Franklin.

Producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick use the orchestra to set the stage with dramatic introductions to well-known songs, then add bits and pieces to highlight key passages, but they don't play with the vocal tracks or alter the mood of the songs.

For Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, the reworking of his "Disney Girls" — a nostalgic paean to growing up in the 1950s — is a revelation that breathes new life into a song he wrote for the band's 1971 album, "Surf's Up."

"They brought a dream to life," he said. "I never thought 'Disney Girls' would ever get this treatment. I couldn't even imagine it this way. It's a surprise."

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Carrie Underwood Shares Her Son’s New, Unusual, And Hilarious Toy

Well, it’s not so much a toy as it is food, but Carrie Underwood’s son, Isaiah, will have fun with it none the less. I mean we know kids and we know you can spend hundreds of dollars on a toy for them and they turn around and have more fun with the box that it come in. Well Isaiah is no different. Carrie Underwood took to Instagram to share her sons new toy… a potato. She captioned the photo “This is what my kid has been playing with for the past 2 days. Yes, it’s a potato. Yes, he has other real toys. Yes, I know it’s weird.”

Martina McBride & Husband Are Being Sued By Ex-Employee For Huge Chunk Of Money

There has to be many disgruntled employee stories in the country music world. I mean, there are disgruntled employee stories in every industry! People get sued by employees all day, every day. Now, its Martina McBride’s turn. She and her husband John are being sued for $1 million by an ex-employee.  His name is Richard Hanson and he ran their intern program.  He claims they fired him after he reported them for NOT paying interns.

Obviously, we don’t know Martina McBride personally but she doesn’t seem like the type of person to take advantage of people. But ex-employee Richard says Martina and John forced the interns to do menial stuff like clean bathrooms, deliver food, and set up and tear down equipment.  But the worst is when John gave a couple of interns a loaded gun and sent them to his house to check for an intruder. Most of that stuff- cleaning bathrooms and setting up and tearing down equipment, sounds like work you do at entry level jobs, which, an intern would be just that. Their job probably consisted of a little more than that, but according to Richard, it didn’t. The gun thing may be out of their job description though…

He thought that kind of work deserved a paycheck, so he kept asking them to give the interns minimum wage, but they kept refusing.  So, he filed a claim last year with the Department of Labor . . . and says he was fired in retaliation.

He’s suing for $1 million and other damages.  TMZ reached out to Martina and her husband but they haven’t responded.

NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by The Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, singer Martina McBride performs onstage for the Country Rising Benefit Concert at Bridgestone Arena on November 12, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Country Rising/Getty Images)

Thomas Rhett Hints At Doing Something Different Than Opening Up A Nashville Bar

We could start naming all the country artists in Nashville that have restaurants/bars, but that would take all day. It’s the new cool thing to do to have your own bar in downtown Nashville. So, everyone wants to know who’s next. When Thomas Rhett was asked, this is what he said, “Everybody has one except for me. I feel completely left out right now. But yeah, I think it’d be really fun to do something a little different as well. I don’t know what that looks like, but maybe we’ll see my name on something in the future.” Maybe he’lll do something like a kids playground since he is all fathered up now. Or a music venue that is completely different fro the restaurant/bar/entertainment venue that all the other artists are opening up? Who knows! But we can’t wait to see!

Streisand gives early nod of approval to Lady Gaga's 'Star'

Barbra Streisand's "A Star Is Born" is being reborn online with scenes she'd cut from the 1976 movie.

Long known as a perfectionist, Streisand tinkered with the film to restore an exchange between the star-crossed lovers played by her and Kris Kristofferson and an instrumental take on the Oscar-winning tune "Evergreen."

The romantic drama, coming to Netflix along with other Streisand projects, isn't the only "Star" on the horizon: A new version with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will be in theaters this fall.

Streisand is giving an early thumbs-up to the fourth version of the romance between a rising young performer and a fading one, which Cooper directed.

"What I saw of it was very good," Streisand said. "It's just it feels reminiscent of mine, but they added some new things which I liked, too. ... I'm sure it'll work."

She compared "A Star Is Born" to other classic tales that remain compelling.

"The story works. It worked in 1937. It worked in 1954, it worked in 1976 and it's going to work in 2018. ... It's Romeo and Juliet — everyone knows the ending, but they like watching how we get there."

The original 1930s film starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, with Judy Garland and James Mason in the '50s remake.

Streisand's revised "Star" will be available on Netflix as part of a deal that includes her 1960s TV specials "My Name Is Barbra," ''Color Me Barbra" and "Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park," among other projects. Release dates were not announced.

The singer, filmmaker and Oscar-winning actress took the opportunity with "A Star Is Born" to right an error of omission for the film that was directed by Frank Pierson but on which she had the final edit.

"It's a scene that never should have been cut out in the first place and I cut it out, so I have only myself to blame. I was trying to move the picture along," Streisand told The Associated Press.

In the restored sequence, Streisand's aspiring actress-singer Esther takes guitar in hand to play "Evergreen" for Kristofferson's character. Streisand wrote the music, with lyrics by Paul Williams.

Streisand said she realized the moment helped illuminate the pair and their relationship. She also added footage to the movie's finale that features a medley of the "With One More Look At You" and "Watch Closely Now."

The movie and some of its songs are part of a concert film, "Barbra: The Music. The Mem'ries. The Magic!" that's on Netflix and has been submitted for consideration for this year's Emmy nominations, coming in July.

Streisand, who has made no secret of her reluctance to perform onstage, paused only briefly when asked why she agreed to the 2016-17 concert tour.

"My motivation was that I wanted a painting by Modigliani, and so I worked for it. I don't enjoy live performing. I love recording, I love making movies, but I don't enjoy being on the stage."

Did she purchase the Italian artist's work?

"I did," Streisand said, happily.

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Lynn Elber can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber.

Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line Talks More About FGL Boathouse in FL

It wasn’t too long ago that Brian Kelley took to Instagram and admitted to “having to many drinks at lunch and hinting” at what their next big venture was going to be. FGL Boathouse! It looks like it’s going to be this HUGE entertainment venue/restaurant on the water in it the Panhandle of Florida.

There were photos drawn up of what they wanted the venue to look like, posted on Instagram, but since then the guys of FGL have wiped their Instagram to promote their new single “Simple.”

But we did catch up with Brian Kelley and here’s what he said: “We’re working hard to get that deal closed. And there’s a really cool vision, we’re trying to make it come to life. And it’s gonna hopefully happen in Florida. So, it’d be everything we’ve done up here [in Nashville], but the Florida version, you know, and just really putting our touch on every corner, every wall and every window, and just really making it. We have big plans and we’re trying to lock them down, but we’ll see.”

Thomas Rhett In Orlando, Bringing Daughters To Disney World

Did you see Thomas Rhett and his adorable matching daughters in Orlando the past few days? Both Thomas and his wife Lauren took to Instagram to share their daughter’s matching outfits. Willa Gray and Ada James were the cutest kids at Disney!

Dierks Bentley “Honored 4/20” Everyday When In Colorado

Dierks Bentley’s new album The Mountain, he legitimately became a mountain man and dedicated himself to this album putting in a lot of work. He stayed in a mountain-based studio in the mountains of Colorado to get inspiration. He was very dedicated to this album. When Dierks and his band were there, they “honored 4/20 every single day,” he tells  Rolling Stone. “When I pulled up, [owner Alan Bradbury] had an elk carcass on the ground with a dog protecting it. The dog had been shot a couple times by the neighbor, so he’s a little defensive, and there’s Alan just grinding up an elk carcass and walking around handing out pot brownies.”  But that wasn’t the only reason Colorado was Bentley’s first choice. He enjoyed recording in Colorado for plenty of other reasons, including getting outside the Nashville bubble. “A friend was talking about Music Row and gossip,” he says, “which is part of the reason I made my album outside of Music Row, because it can be like high school. It’s just a lot of the same writers, and gossip central. So I said to him, ‘Dude, it can’t bring me down.’ That’s the truth.”

INGLEWOOD, CA – APRIL 19: Dierks Bentley performs onstage at WE Day California at The Forum on April 19, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for WE)

Kane Brown Talks About Thomas Rhett Collaboration

The CMT awards are still a hot topic in Nashville as CMA Fest is underway. Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina won CMT Collaborative Video of the year, and now Kane is talking about a new collaboration that may happen on his next album. He told Taste of Country “We’ve got a couple [collaborations] that we’ve talked about. They haven’t happened yet, so we’ll see …” The ideas are still being worked on as Kane says “were texting” about the idea, but “we don’t know for a fact.” So keep your fingers crossed! That would be EPIC!!
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