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So many country acts wanted to perform with Earth, Wind & Fire for new “CMT Crossroads” episode, they had to take the concert outdoors

Earth, Wind & Fire and Martina McBride (John Shearer/Getty Images)Some of country’s biggest stars have teamed up with legendary funk/R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire for a first of it’s kind outdoor CMT Crossroads, premiering tonight.

Filmed during the CMA Music Festival earlier this month, the group took to a stage in Downtown Nashville outside the Bridgestone Arena and was joined by the likes of Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Dan + Shay, Martina McBride and more.

The electric collaborations showcase Earth, Wind & Fire’s timeless hits, including “Shining Star,” “After the Love Has Gone” and “September,” performed with Lady Antebellum. Get a sneak peak now at

CMT Crossroads: Earth, Wind & Fire and Friends premiere at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.

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“Go Crazy” with Prince’s “Purple Rain” Deluxe and Deluxe-Expanded Edition, in stores today

Warner Bros.This Sunday marks the 33rd anniversary of the release of Prince‘s iconic 1984 album Purple Rain, and today sees the release of the deluxe edition and the deluxe expanded edition of the album. 

As previously reported, the Purple Rain deluxe edition includes two CDs: the original album and a second CD of previously unreleased tracks.  

As for the Purple Rain Deluxe — Expanded Edition set, fans will get the two CDs that come with the deluxe version, plus a third CD of single edits and B-sides, and a DVD of Prince & The Revolution performing at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY, on March 30, 1985 on the Purple Rain tour.

Purple Rain is the sixth best-selling movie soundtrack album in history, having sold more than 22 million units.  

Here are the track lists for both editions: 

Purple Rain Deluxe

Disc One: Original Album (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
“Let’s Go Crazy”
“Take Me With U”
“The Beautiful Ones”
“Computer Blue”
“Darling Nikki”
“When Doves Cry”
“I Would Die 4 U”
“Baby I’m A Star”
“Purple Rain”

Disc Two: From The Vault & Previously Unreleased
“The Dance Electric”
“Love and Sex” 
“Computer Blue” (“Hallway Speech” version)
“Electric Intercourse” (studio)
“Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden”
“Possessed” (1983 version)
“Wonderful A**”
“Velvet Kitty Cat”
“Katrina’s Paper Dolls”
“We Can F***”
“Father’s Song”

Purple Rain Deluxe – Expanded Edition
Includes Disc One and Disc Two as Listed Above, plus:

Disc Three: Single Edits & B-Sides
“When Doves Cry” (edit)
“17 Days”
“Let’s Go Crazy” (edit)
“Let’s Go Crazy” (Special Dance Mix)
“Erotic City”
“Erotic City” (“Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive”) 
“Purple Rain” (edit)
“God” (Love Theme From Purple Rain)
“Another Lonely Christmas”
“Another Lonely Christmas” (extended version)
“I Would Die 4 U” (edit)
“I Would Die 4 U” (extended version)
“Baby I’m A Star” (edit)
“Take Me With U” (edit)

DVD: Prince And The Revolution, Live at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, March 30, 1985
“Let’s Go Crazy”
“Little Red Corvette” 
“Take Me With U”
“Do Me, Baby”
“Irresistible B****”
“How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?”
“Let’s Pretend We’re Married”
“International Lover”
“Computer Blue”
“Darling Nikki” 
“The Beautiful Ones”
“When Doves Cry”
“I Would Die 4 U”
“Baby I’m A Star”
“Purple Rain” 

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Music producer Terry Lewis says Janet Jackson is “so happy” enjoying motherhood

KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty ImagesJanet Jackson is “so happy” to be a mom to her 5-month-old son, Eissa, producer Jimmy Jam tells Entertainment Tonight.

Although Janet and Jimmy are now apart from one another, both in and outside the studio, they manage to catch up on each others’ lives with some quality FaceTime over the phone.  

“I get FaceTime [calls] at like two in the morning, usually when I’m wrapping up in the studio,” says Jimmy.  

“It’s always just Eissa [on FaceTime], [Janet]’s in the background somewhere. He’s the cutest baby in the history of babies.” 

Jimmy, along with music partner Terry Lewis, has crafted numerous hits for Janet throughout her career, including “Miss You Much,” “Any Time, Any Place,” and “Control.” 

Jimmy also reveals that he’s given Janet some very valuable advice about motherhood and the positive effect it can have on her as an artist.

“I told her that when you have a baby, it’s going to be a whole different inspiration for you. A whole different reservoir of creativity, of cadence, of love, and all these things that have always been with you but it doesn’t really come out until [you become a parent]. She’s recognizing that,” says Jimmy.

Jackson is currently preparing for her upcoming State of the World Tour. She’s also in the midst of a custody battle with estranged-husband Wissam Al Mana.

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Ron Howard “beyond grateful” to helm Han Solo movie

Getty Images/Richard Bord(LOS ANGELES) — Ron Howard is as psyched as many fans are by the news he’s taken the reigns of the still-untitled Han Solo stand-alone film.

“I’m beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77,” tweeted the Oscar-winning director, who’s known George Lucas since he starred in the Star Wars creator’s  1973’s hit, American Graffiti.

“I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film,” Howard continued, referencing the contributions of movie’s previous directors, The LEGO Movie‘s Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The pair exited the Han Solo earlier this week over creative differences with the executive production team.

Filming on the movie will get back on track July 10, according to Lucasfilm.

The Han Solo movie, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of the scoundrel famously played by Harrison Ford in the Star Wars movies, is still slated for a May 25, 2018 release.

Atlanta star Donald Glover will play the young Lando Calrissian, and Woody Harrelson has been cast as unlikely mentor for the pilot, smuggler, and scruffy-looking Nerf herder to-be. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is also in the cast.

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Johnny Depp says “assassination” comment about President Trump was a “bad joke”

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(LOS ANGELES) — Hours after actor Johnny Depp made it sound like he’d be interested in killing President Trump, he’s saying he’s sorry.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star seemingly referenced Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, actor John Wilkes Booth, while Depp introduced his new film The Libertine at England’s Glastonbury Festival Thursday. Depp asked the crowd, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

He then added, “Maybe it’s time.” 

Following a huge outcry, and a condemnation by the White House, Depp now tells People, “I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump. It did not come out as intended…I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”

In a statement, the White House said, “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead.”

The statement added that the White House hoped that, “some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democratic elected official.”

The actor is just the latest celebrity to level violent words against the president. 

Back in January, Madonna told a crowd she, “thought a lot about blowing up the White House.” She later said she was taken out of context.

Weeks ago, comedienne Kathy Griffin apologized for a photo shoot in which she held a bloodied dummy head made to look like President Trump’s.

The Central Park’s Shakespeare in the Park retelling of Julius Caesar currently features the title character, actor Gregg Henry, specifically dressed like Trump, getting stabbed to death nightly.

Depp’s “assassination” message comes weeks after a disgruntled former Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer opened fire on a group of Republican legislators, critically wounding Rep. Steve Scalise.


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Josh Duhamel returns in “Transformers: The Last Knight”

ABC Radio – 2017(NEW YORK) — Actor Josh Duhamel has starred in all but one film in the money-minting Transformers franchise — the previous installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Speaking to ABC Radio’s Good Morning America After Hours, the actor joked that his Transformers: The Last Knight co-star Mark Wahlberg was to blame for his skipping the fourth episode.

“I think Wahlberg had that in his clause: ‘I’m in, but Duhamel’s gotta be out.'” This time around? “We filed a motion,” Duhamel said with a laugh.

The actor explains what’s at stake in The Last Knight, where we learn robots that transform into cars have been around on Earth for longer than there have been cars.  Way longer: they were part of the Arthurian legend, and Bumblebee fought Nazis in World War II. 

Now they’re fighting for their robotic lives in the modern day. 

Duhamel’s Lt. Colonel William Lennox has seen it all in his history with Optimus Prime and his fellow heroic Autobots.

“There’s been a worldwide sort of mandate to destroy all Transformers from the face of the earth, because they’re just causing too much destruction, they’re invading us, and people don’t want them around,” says Duhamel. 

“And so, I don’t really feel good about that because I have a relationship with the Autobots. Not a romantic relationship,” the actor jokes, “But you know, I love these guys as much as you can love a robot.” 

Director Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight, which stars Anthony Hopkins and Stanley Tucci, is in theaters now.

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Toddlers died in hot car after mother wanted to teach a ‘lesson,’ officials say

Parker County Sheriff’s Office(DALLAS) — A mother whose two young children were killed after they were locked in a hot car in Weatherford, Texas, last month was arrested after she admitted she left them there to teach a “lesson,” officials said.

The Parker County Sheriff’s office said Cynthia Marie Randolph, 25, told investigators several different variations of what happened to her 16 month-old boy and 2-year-old girl on May 26. She was arrested following a final interview on Friday when she admitted she locked the car doors on her children around 12:15 p.m. after the 2-year-old daughter refused to get out, according to the sheriff’s office.

Randolph said she wanted to teach her daughter a “lesson,” and thought her daughter “could get herself and her brother out of the car when ready,” officials said.

She told investigators she then went into the house to smoke marijuana and went to sleep for two to three hours. When she found the children unresponsive, Randolph originally said she broke a window of the vehicle to save them, but later admitted she did it to make it look like an accident, according to officials.

Both children were pronounced dead just after 4:30 p.m., when temperatures were approximately 96 degrees.

Randolph faces first-degree felony count of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury and was booked into the Parker County jail, according to ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.

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Seventeen cousins line up by age in photo celebrating family

Annabelle Rose Photography(DESTIN, Fla.) — A group beach photo is a staple of many summer vacations, but for one family it became a way to showcase the 17 amazing ways the clan has grown.

The photo, taken in Destin, Florida, in May, shows the 17 grandchildren of Mary Frances Fox lined up by age. Their T-shirts sport numbers depicting each wearer’s place in the order — with the oldest as 1 — and are in colors signifying which of Fox’s six children they belong to.

“Each one of my grandchildren is so proud to be a member of this big happy family that when their number was called, each one marched to their spot in the lineup,” Fox, of Pensacola, Florida, told ABC News.

“We’re so happy we could capture them all together which is no small feat,” said Chrissy Roussel, who posted the photo to her Facebook page, Roussel Six Pack.

The idea to number the kids came from Roussel’s sister Maryellen, and the photo was snapped by Katie Fox of Annabelle Rose Photography, who is Roussel’s sister is law.

The picture is particularly poignant because of a special person who could not be there to see it: Frederick Michael Fox, Jr., the children’s grandfather, Roussel said.

“My dad passed away three years ago. Later that same month, the last five babies were conceived,” said Roussel, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “Babies 13 through 17, including my spontaneous triplets, numbers 13-15 are among them. We call those five babies the ‘Frederick Five’ in memory of my Dad. They’ve brought so much happiness and joy to our family when we needed it most. It is so bittersweet that he never got to meet them.”

The children are:

Anna, 14

Grace, 12

Porter, 12

Julia, 9

Lucy, 9

Molly, 7

Cora, 5

Isla, 5

Emily, 5

Kate, 5

Sadie, 3

Aubrey, 3

Libby, 2

Abby, 2

Ruby, 2

Emmett, 2

Maren, 2

Fox said, “I imagine my husband as a big, jolly angel laughing down on all these little people.”

Despite the bittersweet memory of their father and granddad, the photo has brought the family, and others, great happiness.

“I think so many people can relate to the joy that comes from being with your extended family and having all your little ones together,” said Roussel. “Who doesn’t want to play on the beach with their 16 cousins?! It just puts a smile on your face to see 17 smiling cousins lined up together on the beach.”

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Massachusetts jogger slaying suspect indicted for murder

iStock/Thinkstock(WORCESTER, Mass.) — A suspect has been indicted for murder in the death of a 27-year-old woman who was killed last summer while jogging in broad daylight in Massachusetts.

Angelo Colon-Ortiz, 31, of Worcester, Massachusetts, was indicted Friday by a Worcester County grand jury in the murder of Vanessa Marcotte, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.

Colon-Ortiz, who will be arraigned in Worcester Superior Court at a later date, is being held by authorities on $10 million bail, Early said.

He was arrested two months ago in connection with Marcotte’s slaying after his DNA matched samples found on her hands.

He was arraigned in Leominster District Court on April 18 after being charged with aggravated assault and battery, and assault with attempt to rape. At the time, Early said a murder charge was also expected to be added.

Marcotte disappeared after going for a jog on Aug. 7, 2016, near her mother’s home in the town of Princeton, about 60 miles west of Boston.

Her body was found that night in a wooded area about a half-mile from her mother’s house.

An account manager at Google in New York City, Marcotte frequently visited family in Massachusetts and was planning to return to New York on the day of her death, according to Early.

A Google representative described Marcotte in a statement to ABC News as “a much-loved member of the Google team” who was “known for her ubiquitous smile, passion for volunteer work and love of Boston sports. We are deeply shocked and saddened, and our thoughts are with her family and friends.”

Police have said she was likely attacked between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. local time. Investigators said previously that she may have struggled with her attacker, and that whoever killed her suffered scratches, scrapes and bruises during the struggle.

Police sources have told ABC News there were signs Marcotte was sexually assaulted and that there were burns on parts of her body.

Marcotte was murdered just five days after another female jogger was killed in the New York City borough of Queens. Police said Karina Vetrano, 30, was strangled to death on Aug. 2, 2016, while out for a jog along a path she often ran with her father.

Investigators in New York and Massachusetts do not believe the murders of the two young women are related, but authorities in both states have been working together to solve the mysteries surrounding their deaths.

Early has said they “haven’t ruled anything out” regarding the similarities in the two cases.

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White Sox retire Mark Buehrle’s No. 56 jersey

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The Chicago White Sox lost to the Oakland A’s 10-2 on Saturday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field. They probably could’ve used the arm of the man they were retiring, Mark Buehrle.

Before the game, the Whie Sox retired Buehrle’s No. 56 jersey. “It’s an amazing feeling,” said the 38-year-old Buehrle, “I really can’t put it into words how I feel. … It’s a special day.”

Buehrle is considered the greatest White Sox left-hander in the expansion era, helping the White Sox win the 2005 World Series. The former starter was gifted a four-wheeler and a pickup truck duringt the 30-minute ceremony.

“As I look around this stadium, it is just amazing how much these people love you or how many people came out to see you on this great day,” team owner Jerry Reinsdorf said. “In case you weren’t aware of it, we don’t draw 40,000 every day.”

Hall of Famer Frank Thomas and manager Ozzie Guillen were among several former Buehrle teammates in attendance. “Buehrle, day in and day out, was the same guy, and that’s what makes him so special,” Guillen said. “His teammates love him.”

The five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner earned 161 or his 214 victories in a White Sox uniform. He is the 11th player in team history to have his number retired.

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Scoreboard roundup — 6/23/2017

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

San Diego 1, Detroit 0

N.Y. Yankees 2, Texas 1
Minnesota 5, Cleveland 0
Boston 9, L.A. Angels 4
Tampa Bay 15, Baltimore 5
Oakland 3, Chicago White Sox 0
Kansas City 5, Toronto 4
Seattle 13, Houston 3

Washington 6, Cincinnati 5
Miami 2, Chicago Cubs 0
Atlanta 5, Milwaukee 4
Pittsburgh 4, St. Louis 3
Philadelphia 6, Arizona 1
L.A. Dodgers 6, Colorado 1
N.Y. Mets 11, San Francisco 4

Connecticut 94, N.Y. Liberty 89
Chicago 82, Atlanta 78
Minnesota 93, Washington 76
Dallas 81, San Antonio 69
Phoenix 85, Seattle 82

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Scoreboard roundup — 6/22/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

Chicago White Sox 9, Minnesota 0
Texas 11, Toronto 4
Houston 12, Oakland 9
L.A. Angels 10, N.Y. Yankees 5
Cleveland 6, Baltimore 3
Seattle 9, Detroit 6

Philadelphia 5, St. Louis 1
Milwaukee 4, Pittsburgh 2
Arizona 10, Colorado 3
Chicago Cubs 11, Miami 1
Atlanta 12, San Francisco 11
L.A. Dodgers 9, N.Y. Mets 6

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British Parliament targeted in cyber-attack attempt

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — British Parliament is the latest target of an apparent cyber attack.

Members of parliament are temporarily unable to access e-mail remotely after officials discovered “unauthorized attempts” to access accounts of members of parliament, a Parliamentary spokesman said Saturday.

Government sources told the BBC the attack appeared to have been contained, but officials would still “remain vigilant.”

A National Cyber Security Centre spokesperson said they were aware of the incident, and the NCSC is “working around the clock with the UK Parliamentary digital security team to understand what has happened and advise on the necessary mitigating actions.”

It was not immediately clear who was behind the hack and an investigation is ongoing.

One MP tweeted on Saturday: “Sorry no parliamentary email access today – we’re under cyber attack from Kim Jong Un, Putin or a kid in his mom’s basement or something…”



Last month, the National Health Service in the U.K. was the victim of a major cyber attack. British officials said according to the BBC that they suspected North Korean hackers were behind the incident.

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More than 100 missing after landslide buries village in China

STR/AFP/Getty Images(BEIJING) — At least 15 people are dead and more than 120 missing after a landslide in southwestern China buried a village, according to state media.

Heavy rainfall caused part of a mountain in southwestern China’s Sichuan province to collapse early Saturday morning local time, hitting Xinmo village in Maoxian county.

More than 1,000 rescue workers are on the scene searching for survivors under heavy boulders, state media reported. As of Saturday night, 15 bodies were recovered from the debris and the death toll was expected to rise.

Five hours after the landside hit the village, three people from one family were rescued and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to China’s Xinhua news agency.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emmanuel Macron shoot video selfie about climate change

John van Hassel/Corbis/Getty Images (PARIS) — When Barack Obama was president, his tight relationship with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was dubbed a political “bromance.”

Now, there appears to be a new budding bromance between recently elected French President Emmanuel Macron and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The environmental comrades in arms — both of whom have been critical of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement — shot a brief video selfie together on Friday at the Élysée Palace in Paris, after meeting to discuss all things green.

“I’m here with President Macron. We’re talking about environmental issues and a green future,” Schwarzenegger said in the video before passing the phone to Macron.

“And now we will deliver together to make the planet great again,” adds Macron, an obvious nod to Trump’s “Make American Great Again” slogan. For the duration of the video, a banner across it reads, “With President Macron, a great leader!”

Macron also retweeted Schwarzenegger’s selfie video.

Schwarzenegger told reporters that he and Macron had a “wonderful” one-hour meeting about climate change.

On Sunday, the pair will join former United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon, as well as high court judges from several countries, to launch a campaign for a global pact to protect the environment.

Prior to arriving in the French capital, Schwarzenegger delivered a speech on climate change at the Austrian World Summit.

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