Country star Trace Adkins invited Kevin Costner to sing on his new holiday album after discovering the actor's daughter was already working on the record. The Ladies Love Country Boys hitmaker released his first Christmas album, The King's Gift, in October (13), and while he was recording the tracks, he didn't realise the singer he was working with, Lily Costner, had superstar connections.
Adkins tells Queen Latifah on her U.S. talk show, "Lily, his daughter, sang two or three songs on the record, and I was just in (the studio) one day listening to some tracks and I said, 'Who is that singing?' and he (the producer) said, 'That's Lily Costner.' And I said, 'I'm not familiar with her', and he said, 'You probably know her old man.'
"And I said, 'No way! Her dad's Kevin Costner?' So I said, 'Well, call him and see if he wants to sing (on the record)... He's a good singer too."
The Bodyguard actor obliged and sang on The King's Gift, and Adkins returned the favour by singing with Costner's band, Kevin Costner & Modern West.
The pinnacle of baseball season is almost here and the long journey to the World Series will be over in less than two months. There’s no better way to gear up for those magical game seven moments than re-watching some of the greatest (and tear-jerking) baseball movies. Universal PicturesField of DreamsHow many people seriously considered buying a cornfield after the release of Field of Dreams? The up-keep might have been tedious but the possibility of hearing “if you build it, he will come” was too good to resist. Of course, Ray Kinsella’s (Kevin Costner) visions don’t land him in the looney bin and not only does he make a heady profit, but he also helps some ghost’s dreams come true along the way.Angels In The OutfieldThis Tony Danza comedy isn’t just for nostalgic baseball fans, it’s a staple of so many childhoods. Angels may have not carried Jeter head-first into the stands to make that amazing 2004 catch against Boston, or lifted Luis Gonzalez’s World Series, game seven walk-off homer into the stands, but it’s hard not to wonder. When Mel Clark (Tony Danza) holds up his glove after diving for the final out and clinching the series for the Angels, well, I’m not sure of any real-life sports moment that induces more goosebumps than this scene.Fever PitchWith the inevitable clinching of the AL East by the Boston Red Sox (Sorry, New York) it’d be wrong to leave Fever Pitch off the list. Die-hard Sox fan Ben's (Jimmy Fallon) dire love for his hometown team may seem exaggerated, but those who have spent any amount of time in Beantown [Editor's note: we don't actually call it that!] can tell you that while his dedication is a bit stretched, it’s not too far out.
A League of Their OwnLet’s face it, the ball players in A League of Their Own may be a bit more emotional than most major leaguers but they're just as fierce. Littered with stars (Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O’Donnell), the film is worth watching for the cast alone. Or for, possibly, the great sports movie line of all time: “Are you crying? There’s no crying in baseball!” There is totally crying, though, like when some teen in Chicago steals any shot of your team making it to the post-season. (I’m lookin’ at you, Steve Bartman!)
Nine Innings From Ground ZeroThis HBO documentary isn't recommended for those prone to some serious feelings. Chronicling the Yankees post-season run in New York just weeks after the 9/11 attacks, this film shows people everywhere just how integral a part of life sports can be, and the small escape it can provide in the face of devastating tragedy. Through interviews with those who were directly affected by the attacks and with players from both the 2001 Yankees and Diamondbacks, the documentary truly proves that those “ordinary moments” we often take for granted can mean so much more.
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Country star Trace Adkins has joined the Christmas rush to release a holiday-themed album by announcing plans for a Celtic-enthused collection. The King's Gift will feature guests The Chieftains and Kevin Costner and his daughter Lily, and include a series of hymns like Adkins' versions of Wexford Carol, O' Come Emmanuel, Away In A Manger and We Three Kings.
He'll also team up with the Costners on Silent Night.
The gravel-voiced country star will tour with the new album, which will be released at the end of October (13), as part of what he hopes will become an annual Christmas Show.
A source says, "The tour begins a new Adkins holiday tradition for years to come. Envisioned as a theatrical production, Trace will alternate between fireside storytelling of anecdotes (both personal and historical) and performances of classic carols with a 12 piece ensemble - a quartet string section, female vocalists and a range of traditional instruments.
"The tour is inspired by Adkins' annual hosting duties at Disney World's Candlelight Processional, where his deep baritone narrates Christmas stories, while a full choir and orchestra performs. It has always been a highlight of Trace's year and he is thrilled to bring his own unique version of this concept on tour."
Dates will begin in Illinois on 15 November (13).
Kelly Clarkson, Jewel, Mary J. Blige and Susan Boyle will also be releasing festive albums in time for the holidays this year (13).
She’s having a baby! And by “she” we mean Kevin Costner’s wife Christine.
The new baby (confirmed by People) will join a brood of four other children, including the couple’s baby Cayden Wyatt born in May 2007 and Costner’s three older kids with Cindy Silva, Annie, 24, Lily, 22, and Joe, 20.
No word yet on a due date, but we’ll keep you posted!
Hollywood star Kevin Costner is celebrating becoming a father again after his wife Christine gave birth to a baby boy last night.
Cayden Wyatt Costner was born late Sunday at a Los Angeles area hospital. It is the couple's first child together.
The actor's publicist, Paul Bloch, says, "Both mother and son are doing well."
Costner has three children with former wife Cindy Silva--Annie, Lily and Joe. He also has a son, Liam, with Bridget Rooney.
The Untouchables star married Christine three years ago, and Cayden is her first child.
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Warren Beatty is to be honored with the 64th Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood.
The actor/director's latest accolade was announced by James Caan at a press conference this morning.
It will be Beatty's sixth Globe. He has been nominated 12 times as an actor, director and screenwriter.
The honor will be presented to Beatty on Jan. 15. All other nominations will be announced on Dec. 14.
Nicholson's Daughter Named Miss Golden Globe
Jack Nicholson's daughter Lorraine will serve as Miss Golden Globe at next year's prize-giving ceremony.
The children of celebrities are invited to take to the Golden Globes stage to help hand out awards.
Past Miss Golden Globes include Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson's daughter Dakota (2006) and Kevin Costner's daughter Lily (1992).
The Golden Globes have been good to Jack Nicholson--he's a six-time winner and a former Cecil B. DeMille Award honoree.
Lorraine, 16, is a budding actress, and has appeared in Click and Something's Gotta Give, which starred her father.
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Actor Kevin Costner's grown-up children find it hard to accept his new wife Christine Baumgartner into the family.
The Dances With Wolves star hopes to have a child with his model wife, who he wed in September, by the end of the year.
But in the meantime, Costner admits life hasn't been easy with kids Joe, 17, Lily,19, and Annie, 20--whose mother is his first wife Cindy Silva.
Costner, 50, explains, "It's been a journey for them. I don't know what goes on in the psyche of daughters but they wanted to be the one who gets me the sandwich and things like that, saying, 'No, he likes it like this,' and (Cindy) was going, 'Oh, OK.'
"It was the same with everything we did. They still wanted to do everything
for me and it took time before they let her into the family."
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Robin Williams has been picked by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to receive the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award when the group hands out the 62nd Annual Golden Globes, Reuters reports.
The DeMille honor is given each year by the organization to an actor who has made an "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field." Williams has received five Golden Globe Awards in the past, three as best actor for movies Mrs. Doubtfire, The Fisher King and Good Morning, Vietnam.
He won a TV award for Mork & Mindy and a special honor for his voice work in animated film Aladdin.
In other related Globes' news, Kathryn Eastwood, 16, is the daughter of actor, director and producer Clint Eastwood will be this year's Miss Golden Globe. Eastwood received the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, in 1988. Previous Miss Golden Globes include Laura Dern (daughter of Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern), Joely Fisher (daughter of Connie Stevens and Eddie Fisher), Melanie Griffith (daughter of Tippi Hedren) and, in 2004, Lily Costner (daughter of Kevin Costner).
This year's Globes ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC on Jan. 16.
Top Story: Douglas Feted at Golden Globes
The 61st annual Golden Globes has chosen Michael Douglas as this year's Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient for career achievement, The Associated Press reports. Douglas follows in the footsteps of his father, Kirk Douglas, who won the same honor in 1968. Previous recipients include Gene Hackman, Harrison Ford, Al Pacino and Sophia Loren. Douglas will receive the award during NBC's live telecast Jan. 25 in Los Angeles. AP reports the Hollywood Foreign Press Association also announced that Kevin Costner's 17-year-old daughter, Lily Costner, will escort winners offstage at this year's ceremony as Miss Golden Globe.
Hilton "Embarrassed" By Tape
Paris Hilton admitted to AP she never thought a sex video she made with her ex-boyfriend would ever become public. "I feel embarrassed and humiliated, especially because my parents and the people who love me have been hurt," the socialite and reality TV actress said Monday in a statement to AP. "I was in an intimate relationship and never, ever thought that these things would become public." The ex-boyfriend, Rick Solomon, recently filed a $10 million slander lawsuit against Hilton, her family and her publicist, claiming they have sought to portray him as a criminal.
Spears Hits Hollywood Walk of Fame
Pop princess Britney Spears got her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday, on the eve of her first album release in two years, Reuters reports. "I'm seriously speechless right now. This is something I've dreamed about since I was a little girl. ... Thank you so much for even coming out today and sharing this memory with me that I'll never forget," the giddy singer told her cheering onlookers at the ceremony. Her album In the Zone was released Tuesday.
Minnelli Files Suit Against Husband
Liza Minnelli has filed a lawsuit against her estranged husband, David Gest, claiming he stole at least $2 million from her. AP reports Minnelli's lawsuit, filed in Manhattan court, says she and her representatives question Gest's expense deductions from money she earned in performances that he produced, or in which he acted as her agent. This follows Gest's own scathing $10 million lawsuit filed in October in which he claims Minnelli physically abused him. Needless to say, the two, who married in March 2002, have also both filed for divorce.
Anderson Launches Clothing Line
Jumping on the entrepreneurial bandwagon, Pamela Anderson is set to launch her own clothing line. AP reports "The Pamela Collection" will include jeans, T-shirts, sweaters, jewelry, lingerie and fragrance when it reaches stores in fall 2004. "I want to make sure it's affordable and available," Anderson said, who will have creative control and will be involved as a co-designer. "I can't wait for it to come out so I can get the clothes for myself and my friends. It's been a lot of work," the Baywatch star added.
Mickey Mouse Turns 75
Happy Birthday, Mickey! The Disney icon arrived on the scene 75 years ago today when he made his screen debut in the animated short Steamboat Willie on Nov. 18, 1928, as an irreverent rodent who takes Captain Pete's steamboat on a joyride and woos Minnie Mouse (who is turning 75 as well).
Music Industry To Get Worse Before Better
According to a study done by the London-based research firm Informa Media Group, the music industry has at least two more years before they'll see any sales recovery, Reuters reports. Informa's study showed the retail value of global music sales will drop to $28.2 billion this year from $30.9 billion in 2002 and to $28 billion in 2004 before returning to growth in 2005 as new Internet music services take off. "The music industry is in a bad way at the moment but the continued fall in the value of music sales is certainly not irreversible. The success of the new download services proves there is a viable market for legitimate digital sales," Simon Dyson, an Informa analyst, told Reuters.
Reagans Gets Airdate
In an unexpected move, Showtime announced they will air The Reagans, the controversial TV-movie CBS nixed a few weeks ago, on Nov. 30, AP reports. Originally, Showtime said they would wait until next year to air the movie, which follows Ronald and Nancy Reagan's rise to power and caused an uproar from some who claimed it contained inaccuracies that projected the former president in a bad light. "We just thought it didn't make sense to prolong this and bring it on next year," Robert Greenblatt, Showtime Entertainment president, told AP. "I'm just tired of people making judgments on this when they haven't seen it. Let them see it."
Role Call: Smothers Brothers Reunite
Tom and Dick Smothers, the successful sibling team behind the wacky '70s variety show Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, have agreed to play themselves in a two-hour telepic for Paul Reiser's production company, Nuance Prods. Variety reports the hybrid biopic/mockumentary will explore how the two got their start, their rise to stardom and their controversial variety show, which CBS yanked due to disagreements over content. Smothers Brothers alum David Steinberg will direct.