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Hugh Laurie to Hit Road for U.S. Tour in October; New Album, New Tour

  If any of you  Hugh Laurie (House) fans have seen in him concert, then you know how amazing he is live on stage. Laurie will be hitting the road in October to promote his second album, Didn’t It Rain out in the U.S. August 6. For more info, check out the official press release below:

Globally acclaimed recording artist, actor, and performer Hugh Laurie, has announced that he will hit the road for a U.S. tour in October performing in theaters across the country in support of his new album, Didn’t it Rain which will be released in the U.S. on Aug 6th.

Laurie will be joined by The Copper Bottom Band, which is David Piltch (bass), Vincent Henry (horns), Elizabeth Lea (trombone), Jean McClain (vocals), and Gaby Moreno (vocals) – and is completed byHerman Matthews (drums) and Mark Goldenberg (guitars).

Didn’t It Rain is Laurie’s second album and the follow-up to his celebrated 2011 debut album Let Them Talk, was a New Orleans blues driven celebration that included guest vocals from Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint and Tom Jones. For Didn’t It Rain, Laurie follows the trajectory of the blues upstream and into the American heartland. It includes songs dating back to early pioneers W.C. Handy (“St Louis Blues”)and Jelly Roll Morton (“I Hate A Man Like You”) to more recent artists such as Dr. John (“Wild Honey”) and Alan Price of The Animals (“Changes”). Produced by  Let Them Talk producer Joe Henry (Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Bragg),  Didn’t It Rain was recorded at Ocean Way Studio in Los Angeles in January of this year.

On Aug 3rd, PBS will air “Live On The Queen Mary,” an intimate live performance by Laurie with the incomparable Copper Bottom Band filmed — as the title indicates — aboard the historical Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. The special includes songs from both Didn’t It Rain and Let Them Talk, along with the hilarious and charming repartee that only Laurie can deliver. It’s a great night of viewing so check your PBS listings for details. Click here to catch a glimpse.

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Exclusive! Dolly Parton’s Back On Screen After Almost 20 Years!

By Anne M. Raso

We recently caught up with Dolly Parton who portrays “gorgeous grandma” G.G. Sparrow in the feel good family flick Joyful Noise being released by Warner Brothers on January 13th. G.G. loses her choir conductor husband Bernard (portrayed by Kris Kristofferson) at the beginning of the film and the dynamic duo does a romantic duet in a dream-like sequence in the film when G.G. is missing her late husband–rumors abound that the song will be released as a single from the movie soundtrack.

About the casting of Kristofferson, Dolly confesses to us that Kenny Rogers was actually director Todd Graff’s first choice: “It would have taken the movie in a whole different direction if Kenny played my husband. It would have too Dolly Partonish. (Laughs.) That would have taken the movie in a whole ‘nother place. Kris and I have known each other since when we were both songwriters for Combine Music around 1964 or 1965 in Nashville and my husband and I have socialized with Kris and his wife over the years. We have recorded together in the past with Willie Nelson. I love him dearly and thought it was perfect casting to put us together.”

Why did Dolly wait so long to take another movie role? “There were just no good scripts in all this time. It has been all junk coming my way in the past 18 or 19  years since I did Straight Talk. They could not really put me in the ‘older woman’ roles in that time I was too old to play the younger parts. (In Joyful Noise), I play a grandma who is young at heart and young in spirit. I thought this character was all the things I am–I have a big heart, big hope and big hair. I read the script. I said that I can’t let someone play a character so much like me–it would be like letting someone rip me off! (Laughs.)” She adds, “I have been a lot in the past 20 years. I have been doing Dollywood and touring. People think you haven’t done anything since you were not on the big screen in such a long period of time.”

She is thrilled about the release of Joyful Noise–the only thing is she was panicked about during the film was the dancing sequences: “I was like, ‘Lord, let my feet go where they are supposed to go.’ I dance like a real hillbilly and I clap on the off beat!” The buxom legend continues with a tap of her long red nails on a conference table during the movie’s press day at the Regency Hotel, “I think this movie will appeal to all kinds of people. It has the perfect name. We did make a joyful noise and have a joyful time! And Dana (co-star Queen Latifah) and I have have grown close and find things we admire in each other everyday. We also  gave each other the space we needed on the set. We enjoy doing the interviews for the film together.”

As for looking so great at her age, she says with a laugh, “I see to it that I don’t age–and I know all the tricks!”

(Photos courtesy Warner Brothers Pictures.)

Charlie Sheen and Warner Brothers Reach Settlement In $100 Million Lawsuit

Charlie Sheen’s massive lawsuit against Warner Bros. Television and ‘Two and a Half Men’ creator Chuck Lorre has been settled to all parties “mutual satisfaction,” Warner Bros. announced Monday. The studio said the terms of the settlement will remain private.
“Warner Bros. Television, Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen have resolved their dispute to the parties’ mutual satisfaction. The pending lawsuit and arbitration will be dismissed as to all parties. The parties have agreed to maintain confidentiality over the terms of the settlement,” the studio said in a statement.
Sheen filed the $100 million lawsuit in March following his firing from Two and a Half Men. He sought compensation for himself and the show’s crew for the eight episodes that were canceled as a result of his departure. “Defendant Chuck Lorre… believes himself to be so wealthy and powerful that he can unilaterally decide to take money away from the dedicated cast and crew of ‘Two and a Half Men’ in order to serve his own ego and self-interest, and make the star of the Series the scapegoat for Lorre’s own conduct,” Sheen claimed in court documents.
Ashton Kutcher was introduced as Sheen’s replacement on the season nine premiere of Two and a Half Men. The episode raked in 27.8 million viewers – the highest viewership ever for an episode of the show.