CMA fest lineup revealed
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and more are performing at this year’s CMA Music Festival in June in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Country Music Association on Friday announced the lineup for concerts at Nissan Stadium on June 8-11. Additional performers include Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, Rascal Flatts and Thomas Rhett.
The festival also includes other daytime outdoor stages throughout the city, with dozens more artists scheduled to perform. Tickets are on sale now. Funds generated from the festival benefit music education.
Hannity denies gun-pointing claim
NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Hannity says he never pointed a gun at Fox News colleague Juan Williams, despite a CNN report to the contrary.
CNN reported Thursday that Hannity pointed a gun directly at Williams and turned on the laser sight off-air following a heated segment last year.
In a statement, Hannity said he was showing “my good friend Juan Williams my unloaded firearm in a professional and safe manner for educational purposes only.”
Williams said on Twitter that he and Hannity are “great friends” and the “incident is being sensationalized.” He says “everything was under total control throughout and I never felt like I was put in harm’s way.”
Fox News said in a statement that Hannity is well-trained in firearm safety and is licensed to carry a gun.
“The situation was thoroughly investigated and it was found that no one was put in any danger,” Fox said.
Syrian swimmer’s story coming to screen
BERLIN (AP) — A British film company has agreed to buy the rights to the story of a teenage refugee who fled Syria and swam at the Olympics a year later.
Yusra Mardini and her sister Sara were forced to swim for hours alongside their overloaded boat to reach Greece from Turkey in 2015.
The International Olympic Committee picked Yusra for its first ever refugee team at the Summer Games in Rio.
Eventually they reached the German capital Berlin and joined a local swimming club, quickly gaining international attention.
Working Title Films said Friday that award-winning filmmaker Stephen Daldry, who made “Billy Elliot” and “Trash,” has been tipped to direct the film.
It wasn’t immediately clear how much Working Title paid for the rights.
A-Rod, J-Lo sighted in Tampa
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Take me out to the ballgame, A-Rod.
You got it, J-Lo.
Back at spring training with the New York Yankees as a guest instructor, Alex Rodriguez watched part of Saturday’s exhibition game against the Baltimore Orioles in a suite with singer-actress Jennifer Lopez.
The two are said to be dating.
A-Rod has been linked romantically to other Hollywood stars in the past, including Kate Hudson and Cameron Diaz.
Rodriguez was released by the Yankees last August with more than a season left on his $275 million, 10-year contract. The 41-year-old former slugger began his first stint as a guest instructor with the team last month and said his playing days are over.
Fox recently announced a multiyear deal with Rodriguez that expands his broadcasting role with the network.
A-Rod hit 696 home runs during 22 years in the big leagues, leaving him fourth on the career list. He was suspended for the 2014 season for violating Major League Baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.
Target teams with Beckham to boost sales
NEW YORK (AP) — Target is counting on Victoria Beckham to spice up sales.
The pop-star-turned designer and Target teased looks Wednesday from a limited-time collaboration that go on sale next month, highlighting hot-pink pants suits and whimsical black-and-white dresses. The 200 items priced from $6 to $70 also include tops, trousers and rompers for women, as well as some matching children’s items. It’s the first foray into children’s wear for Beckham, the former Spice Girl who launched her namesake fashion brand in 2008.
“I wanted to offer a collection of clothes to women who either couldn’t afford designer prices or didn’t want to pay designer prices,” Beckham told The Associated Press. “Target is about being inclusive and that is something that is very important to me as a brand as well.”
Target announced the collaboration in October, and the items will be available April 9.
The latest launch comes as the Minneapolis-based chain is trying to rev up sales and traffic after its reinvention lost momentum. Target has been sprucing up its fashions and its home furnishings, but it’s wrestling with stiffer competition and an increasing shift to shopping online.
Mark Tritton, Target’s chief merchandising officer, said Beckham has been very involved, from the design of the collection to the marketing.
“She really has an eye for detail,” Tritton said. “She’s super-collaborative and engaged.”