FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE VISIT THEIR COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME EXHIBIT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line says from day one, they tried not to copy any other artist in country music. Still, now that he sees their new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, there are things he can’t believe he wore in public. Bandmate Brian Kelley says he’s been trying to circle back in his head how they went from new artists to having their own exhibit there. What’s next for FGL? Kelley says even they don’t know. He says they’re playing a few concerts, doing solo projects and writing songs for other acts.
MICKEY DOLENZ WILL DO MONKEES TRIBUTE TOUR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Micky Dolenz says people have been asking him to do a tribute to the rest of The Monkees, so he will do it with a concert tour. “Micky Dolenz Celebrates The Monkees” will kick off April 5 in Nashville, Tennessee. Dolenz is the last surviving Monkee. Dolenz says in a statement he spent so much time with Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith that they were like brothers, and he wants to share some of the great joy they had together.
JIMMY ALLEN, GABBY BARRETT WILL CO-HOST ACMS WITH DOLLY PARTON
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dolly Parton will get some help hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards. Jimmy Allen and Gabby Barrett have been added as co-hosts. Allen and Barrett will read the nominations Thursday, which can be seen on the ACM Awards Twitter account. The ACMs will be March 7 and will stream live on Amazon Prime.
THE WHO RESCHEDULE TOUR, INCLUDING CINCINNATI DATE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Who will play Cincinnati for the first time since 11 people died in a stampede at their concert in 1979. That was something The Who had planned to do in April 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic hit. The new Cincinnati date will be May 15. “The Who Hits Back!” tour begins April 22 in Hollywood, Florida.
OSCARS NOMINATIONS COME OUT TODAY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Will Smith may end up with his third Academy Award nomination for best actor – if things play out as expected. The actor who starred in “King James” as the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams is among the favorites to pick up a nod for acting when nominations are read off this morning (at 8:18 a.m. EST). Others expected to wake up with an Oscar nod to their credit: Denis Villeneuve for his movie “Dune” and a host of streaming services. Nominations for the 94th Academy Awards will be announced by Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan.
MICHAEL JACKSON BIOPIC IN THE WORKS
UNDATED (AP) – A new biographical film is promising “an in-depth portrayal of the complicated man who became the King of Pop.” The new project on Michael Jackson will be done by “Bohemian Rhapsody” producer Graham King for Lionsgate. Don’t expect any big bombshells or revelations about the late pop star; the movie is being produced by John Branca and John McClain, the co-executors of Jackson’s estate.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON AND COLIN JOST TEAM UP FOR A SUPER BOWL AD
LOS ANGELES (AP) – You don’t have to wait until Sunday for a Super Bowl ad featuring Scarlett Johannson and Colin Jost. The married couple has done an ad in which they try to outfox Amazon’s Alexa device. They say they hope the ad will be something that every couple can “relate to on some level.” The 60-second spot will run during Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals.
LESLIE JONES’ OLYMPIC COMMENTARY IS BACK ONLINE
UNDATED (AP) – What could have been an Olympic-sized controversy has turned out to be just a misunderstanding. Leslie Jones is again able to share her thoughts about the Winter Games. A rep for NBC says some of Jones’ videos ended up being blocked – but shouldn’t have been. Network spokesman Greg Hughes says the blocked clips were stymied by what he calls a “third-party error.” When Jones learned some of her pieces weren’t making their way out to the Twitter-verse, she went online to complain. Now, NBC says the problem has been resolved.
KARDASHIANS RETURNING TO REALITY TV
NEW YORK (AP) – Ready to start keeping up with the Kardashian clan again? You’ll have to keep up with a subscription to Hulu to do so this time. The in-your-face reality TV family will be back on the air starting in April with a new series after wrapping up a 20-year-run on E!. The downtime left fans marking time until the family resurfaced with a new show. Episodes on Hulu will be airing on Thursdays.