Country star Trace Adkins has become an official part of Louisiana's music history after he was inducted to his native state's Music Hall of Fame on Saturday (21Jun14). The singer was given a warm welcome home when he brought his summer concert tour to Baton Rouge's Dixie Landin' amusement park, and in the middle of the gig, Mike Shepherd, the president and executive director of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, took to the stage to honour Adkins.
Shepherd presented the You're Gonna Miss This hitmaker with an award and an official statement signed by the state’s governor, Bobby Jindal.
Adkins was born and raised in Sarepta, Louisiana, and even named his band The Sarepta Gentleman's Club after his beloved hometown.
He joins the ranks of fellow Louisiana natives, including Louis Armstrong, Jerry Lee Lewis and Aaron Neville, as Music Hall of Fame members.
The honour is a positive after a string of unfortunate 2014 events for Adkins - in January (14) he checked into rehab in a bid to beat alcoholism, he mourned the death of his father in February, and in March, his third wife filed for divorce to end the couple's 16-year marriage.
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The worst kept secret on this season of Grey's Anatomy finally finished up: Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) left Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. But how would she exit? And would she make it out alive?
Season finales of Grey's have a way of scaring the hell out of fans as cast members have been killed off with little or no notice. In the past, a gunman invaded the hospital, a plane crash turned numerous lives asunder and last season a bus accident and blackout threatened the future of many. Season 10's major threat was a potential terrorist attack at a local mall. Yang narrated the beginning and end of this episode, a task usually reserved for best friend Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). We all knew it was Yang's last day there, yet her narration hinted at the worst: what if she got hit by a bus? Considering that her good pal George O’Malley (T.R. Knight) died in Season 6 by this fate, that wouldn't seem too far fetched.
Yang's final episode wasn't sudden. Her exit was milked by Grey's this entire month. Commercials and teasers on ABC gave us the hint: "Hey, you better tune in, Cristina is leaving." Finally, Yang, the surgeon with the elite skills and even better potential, earned the exit necessary for someone of her talents: she zipped off to Switzerland to run a hospital, at last becoming the cardiothoracic surgeon god she had longed to be even as an intern.
Thankfully, Yang made it through the finale, but not before too-brief goodbyes with her co-workers. The most difficult of all was with Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), Yang's on again-off again lover. This couple never really had a chance; Hunt wanted to settle down while Yang yearned to climb whatever ladder she could to become the best surgeon possible. Their last encounter wasn't a strong hug or deep kiss. Hunt was busy operating and all Yang could do was watch from the viewing room, waving and saying goodbye in the easiest way possible, kind of like ripping a Band-Aid off. Before officially leaving, Yang had to dance it out with Grey, her closet friend. "You're my person," they would always say. They hadn't called each other that in a while as their lives took different routes, but that final dance was a proper sendoff for the best friends, who may or may not see each other again.
The Season 10 finale tied up some story lines and brought some cliffhangers for next season. Here are the biggest questions for Season 11:
Grey vs. Shepherd: Who Wins?
All of Derek Shepherd's (Patrick Dempsey) neurosurgeon work paid off as the White House had asked for his help. Shepherd had been consumed with work so family life and normal hospital duties sometime suffered. The solution? Move to Washington D.C.
Grey, however, realized she didn't want to move across the country. Her life, friends and work were in Seattle. This stalemate looks to be ugly next season, especially since Shepherd had accepted the job and even got his wife a position too. They won't move. They can't; how could Grey's take place in two locations?
Who Gets the Empty Board Seat?
Yang's exit leaves an opening on the board of directors. Initially, Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.) told Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) that it would be a done deal and she would take that seat. But wait, what wrinkle do we get at the end? Yang left Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) a package, which basically gave him the empty seat. Can she do that? Bailey needs that seat to continue her research, which will get cut because of budget issues. Karev doesn't need it, however, he does thrive when added responsibility comes his way.
How's the Baby?
The entire hospital now knows that April Kepner (Sarah Drew) is pregnant. She had kept it a secret for some time. She had kept her marriage to Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) a secret too. What other secrets does she have? Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) and Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) plan to have a baby, but which one of them will carry? Or will they use a surrogate? Anytime a baby is expected, dramatic events are bound to unfold.
Actor/comedian Mike Epps will not face criminal charges for allegedly assaulting a woman at a movie premiere party in Los Angeles last month (Apr14). The Hangover star was attending an event at a bowling alley in Los Angeles following the premiere for A Haunted House 2 on 16 April (14) when he was accused of punching actress Simone Shepherd in the face.
Following the incident Shepherd took a photograph, which apparently showed her with a swollen jaw, but Epps denied hitting her and claimed she threw a drink over him and his wife when he asked for privacy.
After investigating the incident, police have decided not to file charges, but the 43 year old has been ordered to attend a City Attorney hearing, where he'll be lectured on the law.
Shepherd has to appear at a separate hearing, according to TMZ.com.
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Soon the Grey's Anatomy cast will be down to just two characters who were wide-eyed interns back when the show first started. The original five interns have gone through vastly different paths to reach their current careers. Some have a place in future Grey's episodes while others will never see an operating room on ABC ever again. So what does time have in store for the original group?
Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo)
Although it's an ensemble cast, Grey is the closest thing to a main character, hence the title. She is a good surgeon, but known mostly as the wife of top neurosurgeon Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey).
What’s her future? Staying by the side of her husband, providing moral support to the hospital, performing common surgeries.
Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers)
The guy's a jerk, yet he always winds up with such lovely women. Seriously, almost every female throughout the years have had some type of relationship with Karev. He's excelled at pediatrics the past few years.
What's his future? It looks like he's trading his everyday scrubs for a bigger bank account in a private practice. Can't blame him; more money and better hours are always good.
Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh)
Yang was always the intern with the most potential and she has clearly established herself as a top surgeon. Her skills rival even Shepherd's.
What's her future? She has been offered to run a rich hospital in Switzerland. Yang is officially off the show after this season, but you never know, we could see her again in an episode or two.
Dr. George O'Malley (T.R. Knight)
Always the nice guy, O'Malley never got a chance to develop his surgical skills because of a terrible accident.
What's his future? None. O’Malley died in the Season 6 premiere after complications from his accident. Unless there's some flashback episode, Knight will never be on Grey's Anatomy again.
Dr. Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl)
Stevens proved to be irresponsible (Denny and the LVAD wire, indecision) and gets so sick, she hallucinates seeing Denny, who had died after a heart transplant. Stevens just kind of leaves the show with little explanation, but that has more to do with Heigl than Stevens the character.
What's her future? None. Stevens is still alive, but Heigl pissed off so many people from Grey's, her return will never happen. Heigl claimed she wasn't given good material to work with. Ouch. Why is Heigl such a diva?
A woman who accused actor Mike Epps of assaulting her at a party has been named as actress Simone Shepherd. The Hangover star was attending an event at a bowling alley in Los Angeles following the premiere for A Haunted House 2 on Wednesday (16Apr14) when he was accused of striking the woman during a bust-up.
She has now been identified as fledgling actress Shepherd, who has enjoyed roles in several short films and U.S. TV series Reality Hell.
Following the incident she took a photograph, published by TMZ.com, which apparently shows her with a swollen face.
Epps denies hitting her and claims she threw a drink over him and his wife when he asked for privacy.
Police are investigating Shepherd's complaint.
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The best friends on Grey's Anatomy have become fierce enemies. Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) used to be the type of buddies who laughed often, confessed secrets, and hugged when the rigors of life and practicing medicine got difficult. Now, their friendship is strained, they have philosophical differences, and they have trouble being in the same room together. Luckily, we have the luxury of maintaining alliances with both parties in this battle. But if you had to pick a side...
Strengths: Compassionate, eager, married to a neurosurgeon god (Dr. Derek Shepherd played by Patrick Dempsey). Grey is the type of doctor you want to hear bad news from. She has a great bedside manner thanks to caring for two young children. Yes, she has fallen behind other doctors in the operating room, but she wants to make up for it by researching organ replacements using a 3D printer.
Weaknesses: Sub-expert surgery skills, jealousy, living in the shadow of her husband. Grey knows what she's doing when the surgery gloves go on, but she's not great. This feud with Yang has made her delusional — Grey is not on par with her in the OR. And unless she cures cancer or the common cold, she will never equal the celebrity of Shepherd.
Strengths: Emerging cardio surgeon superstar, success is her top priority, admiration. If a major surgery is needed, Yang is the one to call. She will exhaust all resources to make her patient healthy. The other docs around the hospital know she's quickly become the ace of the staff.
Weaknesses: Coldhearted, lack of social life, elitist. Surgery and success are all Yang knows. Sacrificing relationships and real friendships could be her downfall. She isn't the most caring doctor. Unfortunately, Yang knows she's better than most of her colleagues. Hubris is never a good trait for the mighty.
So who's it going to be? Team Grey or Team Yang? Vote below!
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The winter finale of Grey's Anatomy left a bunch of questions that need to be answered for the doctors of Sloan-Grey Memorial Hospital. Drama will unfold in unusual ways, but what road will take us to the season finale?
The Departure of Sandra Oh
Every dedicated Grey's fan knows that Sandra Oh, who plays Dr. Cristina Yang, will leave the show. But how will the doctor drama handle it? She could leave to become a brilliant surgeon somewhere else. Don't count out death. And what will become of her torn friendship with Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo)? Will it mend by the end of the season?
Is Dr. Avery Going to Be a Major Distraction?
Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) has the final say on the Sloan-Grey board of directors. But he has caused a lot of trouble by busting up Dr. April Kepner's (Sarah Drew) marriage. And he had a girlfriend while doing this. A responsible leader doesn't engage in this type of behavior. Could this lead to Avery's overthrow on the board?
Will Dr. Grey Pull Her Weight?
She's balancing motherhood, supporting her brilliant husband, engaging in a feud with her best friend and trying to make organs on a 3D printer. Dr. Grey can't do it all, so what will suffer? Hopefully, she makes amends with Dr. Yang. It will be difficult to continue her research if her husband, Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) gets involved in brain research at the behest of the President of the United States.
What Will Be The Big Surprise Or Cliffhanger?
No Grey's Anatomy season is complete without some kind of disaster or sudden death in the final few episodes. Last season, it was disaster and death. What will test the doctors this season? The anticipation alone is worth watching the episodes that lead up to the end.
Would Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) confess his love to Dr. April Kepner (Sarah Drew) before her wedding?
That was the question before the Grey's Anatomy winter finale. Kepner's marriage to Matthew (Justin Breuning) seemed forced.
Yeah, he's a nice guy, but the spark that Avery and Kepner shared was apparent.
Avery waited until the actual wedding. He delivered a moving plea to the redheaded bride in an "oh, damn" moment: "April, I love you. I always have. I love everything about you. Even the things I don't like, I love. And I want you with me. I love you, and I think that you love me too ... do you?"
But that wasn't the only part of the winter finale that raised eyebrows. Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) and Dr. Meredith Grey's (Ellen Pompeo) friendship is deteriorating.
"You know what Meredith ... go to hell. I have listened to your crap for weeks now and I'm not gonna stand here and take it any more."
Their fight over surgical competence and the importance of family has been brewing for a while. The only solution could be bare-knuckle boxing or a steel-cage match. Hair pulling would definitely be legal.
Speaking of Yang, her boy toy Dr. Shane Ross (Gaius Charles) is out of control. He's mean-spirited, edgy, reckless and disrespectful. All because he finally got some. His surgical mistake should get him in hot water, possibly even resulting in termination.
The other docs have OK story lines, but nothing really intriguing, although Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) could have a game changer thanks to a phone call from the President of the United States.
Kepner's response will be the juiciest outcome at all. Avery has played his hand and it will have a gigantic domino effect whether Kepner's answer is yes or no.
When Grey's Anatomy premiered, the steamy relationship between then-intern Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and superstud surgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) hooked the audience. It was wrong and hot and captivating. Since then, interns have been fodder for the elder docs, some resulting in relationships while others became regretful one-night stands.
The new batch of interns (now they're residents) has gotten plenty busy. Except for one. The timid Dr. Shane Ross (Gaius Charles) has missed out on the all the sexy fun that happens in the on-call room.
His time could come soon. Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) wields the power in this potential horizontal dance. She's on the prowl now that her marriage to Dr. Owen Hunt is finished. Ross confessed his interest earlier this season, but the dude is too shy. It was a half-hearted pass.
Yang took the first step by planting a big kiss on Ross after the resident defended her in an argument with Grey. A kiss is just a kiss. Will Ross step up and continue the Grey's Anatomy tradition?
So far, the other youngsters have gotten theirs. Dr. Jo Wilson is with Dr. Alex Karev. Dr. Stephanie Edwards and Dr. Jackson Avery are an item. Hell, Dr. Leah Murphy got with two doctors: Karev and Arizona Robbins.
Ross needs to get into the game. It won't happen till Yang continues the pursuit. Watching Ross kick game is like witnessing an inexperienced seventh grader talk up a high schooler. But Yang is in need.
The hookup could happen in the next episode. Or maybe not at all. We need to pull for Ross — every doctor needs some lovin'.
When Meryl Streep dons sunglasses this big, you know you're in for some major scenery chewing. But then you give her a countryfied Oklahoma drawl and have her act opposite Julia Roberts? We're talking the heightened emotions — and heightened reality — of John Wells' adaptation of August: Osage County, Tracy Letts' 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
The first trailer for the film, set for release by The Weinstein Company on November 8 and undoubtedly being considered a major award contender, has now been released, and its a simmering bowl of family intrigues and resentments following the death of an Oklahoma clan's T.S. Eliot-quoting patriarch (Sam Shepherd). On hand are a filled-out Abigail Breslin, a bearded Ewan McGregor, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Go ahead and watch the trailer. I'll be spending the rest of the afternoon speculating whether Cumberbatch's August: Osage County character is or isn't Khan.
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