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  • KORN GUITARIST HELPS DELIVER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TO SCHOOLKIDS

    Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer recently teamed with Little Kids Rock and the Hot Topic Foundation to deliver 20 new musical instruments to students at the McKinley School in Pasadena, California last Wednesday (March 25th). According to Loudwire, Shaffer jammed with the kids at the event, performing the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" and Michael Jackson's "Beat It" with them.

    • Little Kids Rock is a non-profit organization that focuses on getting more musical instruments into disadvantaged public schools across the country.
    • The organization has worked previously with artists like Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Joan Jett and Alice Cooper.
    • Korn next plays on April 25th at the Welcome To Rockville Festival in Jacksonville, Florida. The band is performing its 1994 debut album from start to finish at selected dates.

  • NEW MUSE ALBUM TO FEATURE SEQUEL TO FAN-FAVORITE SONG

    Muse's upcoming album Drones features something the band hasn't done before -- a sequel. A track called "The Globalist" is a follow-up to an early Muse number called "Citizen United," which appeared on the band's second album, 2001's Origin Of Symmetry and is considered one of the trio's greatest songs by longtime fans.

    Frontman Matt Bellamy explained on BBC Radio One, "A lot of fans keep tweeting, asking what song is the sequel to 'Citizen Erased' -- it's a song called 'The Globalist' which is basically a narrative within itself about the rise and fall of a dictator, the end of the world, World War Three and all the good stuff I like,"

    • Bellamy called "The Globalist" a "crazy, 10-minute prog nightmare."
    • He also confirmed that the album, Muse's seventh, is conceptual in nature, with the title a reference to both military hardware and human beings cowed into obeying orders.
    • Muse issued "Dead Inside" last week as the official first single from Drones, due out June 9th.
    • Drones will follow up 2012's The 2nd Law, which featured the chart-topping "Madness" and the Number Two single "Panic Station."

  • GREEN DAY FRONTMAN'S NEW MUSICAL PREMIERING ON BOTH COASTS

    Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's new musical will be featured as part of the 2015 season for theatrical companies on both the West and East Coasts. The show, titled These Paper Bullets!, is described as a "modish rip-off" of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. It centers around a Liverpool rock band making its way through the 1960s music scene. The script was written by Rolin Jones, who has worked on Friday Night Lights and Boardwalk Empire, with Armstrong writing original songs for the piece.

    • The show was originally commissioned by the Yale Repertory Theatre, where it premiered in January 2014.
    • The current version will run this September and October at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, before moving to the Atlantic Theater Company in New York in November.
    • Armstrong has had experience with musical theatre before. Green Day's blockbuster 2004 rock opera, American Idiot, became a stage musical in 2009, eventually running for a year on Broadway and winning two Tony Awards.
    • Armstrong himself played the role of St. Jimmy in the show for a week in the fall of 2010, before returning for another 50 performances in early 2011.
    • Green Day got together earlier this month to jam for the first time in a year. The band is reportedly working on a new album.
    • The group will be inducted by Fall Out Boy into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18th at a ceremony in Cleveland, along with Joan Jett, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others.

  • WOLFGANG VAN HALEN TO SIT OUT TREMONTI TOURING

    Tremonti, the band fronted by Alter Bridge/Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti, has announced that bassist Wolfgang Van Halen will not tour with the band due to commitments with his main act, Van Halen. Wolfgang said in a statement, "I am still part of Tremonti and very excited for the release of (new album) Cauterize, but unfortunately am unable to participate in the upcoming tour dates, both in the States and overseas due to my prior commitment with Van Halen for the upcoming summer tour in support of the Tokyo Dome Live In Concert album. (I) look forward to seeing all the Tremonti fans on the road as soon as my schedule permits!"

    • Tremonti has not revealed who will play bass on the tour, which kicks off on April 25th in Orlando and has dates booked through late May so far.
    • Wolfgang did play on Cauterize, which is due out on June 9th, and Mark Tremonti told us that the bass player made invaluable contributions to the record: "He's just a super-solid player, he learns stuff in two seconds and there's two key spots where we did the three-part harmonies that Wolfie would sing the very high part and Eric (Friedman, guitarist) would sing the middle part and I'd sing the lower part, and it just really makes a big -- you know, it sounds nice. I love the addition of his voice." , with the band's first North American tour in three years slated to start on July 5th in Seattle.
    AUDIO: MARK TREMONTI ON WOLFGANG VAN HALEN'S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SECOND TREMONTI ALBUM

  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    HUGH JACKMAN CONFIRMS THIRD 'WOLVERINE' FILM: Hugh Jackman took to Instagram on Saturday (March 28th) to confirm that he will be playing Wolverine one more time in a stand-alone film. He shared a photo showing three of Wolverine's iconic claws jutting out and wrote, "WOLVERINE ...ONE LAST TIME. HJ" Hugh has played Wolverine in all of the X-Men films and two solo movies.

    ELLEN DEGENERES DOCU-SERIES COMING TO NBC: NBC has ordered eight episodes of a new docu-series from Ellen DeGeneres called First Dates. The show follows eight couple who meet for the first time and decide whether they have enough chemistry to go out again. Production will begin in Chicago in July. It is based on a series that launched in the UK.

    MASI OKA JOINS 'HEROES REBORN': Heroes star Masi Oka is returning for NBC's upcoming limited series, Heroes Reborn. He was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe for his role as Hiro Nakamura -- a man with ability to control time and space. Masi said in a statement, "I’m excited to return to my 'Heroes' roots. Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play, and I'm hoping the fans will enjoy seeing him back on TV."

    JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS IN TALKS FOR AMERICAN ADAPTATION OF 'FORCE MAJEURE': Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is negotiating a deal to star in the American remake of the award-winning Swedish drama Force Majeure. She will be playing the wife of a man who deserts his family during an avalanche that hits their resort in the French Alps. Julia is also expected to have a producer credit on the adaptation.

    'THE BFG' ADDS BILL HADER: Bill Hader has been added to the cast of Steven Spielberg's The BFG -- based on the children's book by Roald Dahl. The story involves a young girl who teams up with the Queen of England and a giant to capture evil, man-eating giants who are invading the human world. Bill will be playing one of the giants. The BFG is scheduled to hit theaters on July 1st, 2016.

  • TARAJI P. HENSON APOLOGIZES FOR SAYING HER SON WAS RACIALLY PROFILED

    Taraji P. Henson has issued a public apology to the police department in Glendale, California for accusing them of racially profiling her 20-year-old son, Marcel Johnson. Video footage obtained by TMZ revealed that nothing out of the ordinary went down when the incident occurred last October when he was pulled over for failing to yield at a crosswalk.

    The Empire star posted to Instagram on Friday (March 27th,) "I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department. A mother's job is not easy and neither is a police officer's. Sometimes as humans we over react without gathering all of the facts. As a mother in this case I overreacted and for that I apologize."

    • Taraji originally called out the cops in Uptown magazine for illegally searching his car even though the video revealed he actually admitted to having weed in the vehicle. He was given a citation for possession but got a pass for the original violation which would have required him to attend traffic school.
    • Henson also said that Marcel was stopped by police on campus at USC just for having his hands in his pockets.
    • The two incidents prompted her to transfer her son to Howard University.

    The Footage:

  • BETHENNY FRANKEL HAS A PERSONALITY COACH

    Bethenny Frankel is allegedly hoping to revamp her image with the help of a personality coach. According to Page Six, the 44-year-old is hoping that the hired help could help her "tone down."

    Bethenny is reportedly under the impression that the ongoing drama of her divorce and her failed talk show brought on the need for a little personality makeover. A source said, "She's turned herself into a victim and been told by these coaches to be much more demure, and not be as harsh as she was."

    • Frankel is rejoining the Real Housewives of New York this season after leaving the show in 2010.

  • 'AUSTIN & ALLY' AND 'HUNGER GAMES' ARE THE KIDS' CHOICE

    Former Disney actor Nick Jonas briefly became a Nickelodeon star to host the Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday night (March 28th.) The singer kicked off the show by serenading the audience with his songs "Chains" and "Jealous" while back by the teen metal band, Unlocking the Truth. The night also included performances by Jennifer Hudson and Iggy Azalea singing "Trouble" and 5 Seconds of Summer covering "What I Like About You" by The Romantics.

    Emma Stone took home the first award for Favorite Movie Actress. The cast of Modern Family had the honor of being the first winners of the night to have buckets of slime dumped on them. Angelina Jolie made her first public appearance since revealing her preventative cancer surgery last week. She was joined by daughters Shiloh and Zahara who cheered their mom on while she accepted the award for Favorite Villain.

    • Disney Channel's Austin & Ally was the favorite in the TV categories taking home blimps for Favorite Kids TV Show, Favorite TV Actor, and Favorite TV Actress.
    • On the movie side, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 also took home three awards -- Favorite Movie, Favorite Male Action Star, and Favorite Female Action Star which Jennifer Lawrence won for both Hunger Games and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
    • Jennifer Lopez made a cameo to present the award for Favorite Male Singer to Nick who thanked all of his fans before getting drenched in slime.
    • The cast of The Thundermans were the first people ever to go through the human slime car wash.

    The Winners:

    TELEVISION
    Favorite Talent Competition Show: The Voice
    Favorite Family TV Show: Modern Family
    Favorite Kids TV Show: Austin & Ally
    Favorite TV Actor: Ross Lynch, Austin & Ally
    Favorite TV Actress: Laura Marano, Austin & Ally
    Favorite Cartoon: SpongeBob SquarePants
    Favorite Reality Show: Dance Moms

    FILM
    Favorite Movie: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1
    Favorite Villain: Angelina Jolie, Maleficent
    Favorite Movie Actor: Ben Stiller, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
    Favorite Movie Actress: Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man 2
    Favorite Animated Movie: Big Hero 6
    Favorite Male Action Star: Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1
    Favorite Female Action Star: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 and X-Men: Days of Future Past

    MUSIC
    Favorite New Artist: Fifth Harmony
    Favorite Music Group: One Direction
    Favorite Male Singer: Nick Jonas
    Favorite Female Singer: Selena Gomez
    Favorite Song Of The Year: "Bang Bang" Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj

    OTHER CATEGORIES
    Most Addicting Game: Minecraft
    Favorite Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

    SOUND FROM THE SHOW:

    In clip one, Angelina Jolie accepts award for Favorite Villain.

    • "Thank you so much for all the kids who voted. I want to say when I was little, like Maleficent, I was told that I was different. I felt i was out of place, I was too loud and too full of fire and never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in and then one day I realized something. Something I hope you realize. Different is good. So don't fit in. Don't sit still. Don't ever try to be less than what you are and when someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up high and be proud. And as your villain, I would say cause a little trouble. It's good for you."
    AUDIO: KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2015 ANGELINA JOLIE ACCEPTS AWARD FOR FAVORITE VILLAIN
    AUDIO: KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2015 EMMA STONE ACCEPTS AWARD FOR FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS
    AUDIO: KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2015 NICK JONAS ACCEPTS AWARD FOR FAVORITE MALE SINGER
    AUDIO: KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2015 NICK JONAS INTRODUCES THE SHOW

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