Rocker Sheryl Crow promotes country album, performs in private concert

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 @ 7:15 PM
Updated: Friday, May 10, 2013 @ 7:15 PM

            Rocker Sheryl Crow promotes country album, performs in private concert

Rocker Sheryl Crow didn’t exactly remember the Dublin Pub’s name (she called it Irish Pub), but the petite rocker-gone country reminisced Friday afternoon about the fun she had there after a 2003 show at Fraze Pavilion.

“We jammed at a club until the wee hours of the morning,” Crow said prior to performing for a packed room at Cox Media Group Ohio’s headquarters in Dayton. “I still remember that hangover.”

The audience included Cox employees and 10 K99.1FM contest winners and their guests.

Contest winner Stephanie Walker of Centerville said she was thrilled to see Crow, who wore a pair of cowboy boots and a simple day dress.

The singer spoke several times about her affinity for country music and its fans.

“I had a lot of people say, ‘will you please consider making a county album,’” Crow said. “Now I am doing it.”

Walker attended the event with her husband Scott. She said Crow seems like “a real person.”

“Her music is so good,” Walker said. She later noted that she doesn’t mind if Crow goes a little country, but she won’t want “full on.” Scott Walker disagreed, saying Crow could bring the country on full.

The singer gave fans a little country and little rock and roll during her performance.

Accompanied by her longtime guitarist Peter Stroud, Crow sang the backyard drinking song “Easy” and “Waterproof Mascara,” a tune about a struggling mother Crow wrote for Brad Paisley. It includes the lyrics, “It won’t run like his daddy did.”

Crow performed fan favorites such as “Strong Enough” and “If it Makes You Happy.” She joked that she was distracted by an audience member’s iPad screen when she missed a lyric in the song “Picture.”

Friday’s performance was part of the K99.1FM Unplugged series that sees up-and-coming country artist preform at the radio station. Like WHIO and the Dayton Daily News, K99.1 is owned by Cox Media Group Ohio.

Crow, her children and staff are on a promotional tour of country radio stations. She said promoting her upcoming album in that fashion is the first thing that seemed organic in years.

This won’t be Crow’s only stop this year in the Dayton area. She will preform a 7:30 p.m. concert June 15 at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd. in Kettering.

The concert marks the 10th anniversary of the making of Sheryl Crow’s rockin’ “C’mon America 2003” DVD.

Oscars 2017: Academy issues statement on Best Picture mishap

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:27 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:27 PM

            Oscars 2017: Academy issues statement on Best Picture mishap

Over 24 hours after presenter Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced "La La Land" as the Best Picture winner, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has issued a statement on the mishap.

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Actor Warren Beatty was on stage presenting the award with actress Faye Dunaway and he looked to Dunaway after hesitating to read the winner card.

Dunaway then announced that the award went to the musical "La La Land."

As the "La La Land" cast and crew was on stage giving acceptance speeches, "La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz interrupted to say there had been a mistake and that coming-of-age drama "Moonlight" won Best Picture.

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"This is not a joke," Horowitz said. "'Moonlight' has won Best Picture."

Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, which tallies Academy Awards votes, issued a statement apologizing to all involved and said that Dunaway and Beatty "had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected."

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"We are currently investigating how this could have happened and deeply regret that this occurred," the firm said. "We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation."

"Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins and screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney reflected on the mistake on "CBS This Morning," with Jenkins saying the incident didn't necessarily diminish the win, but "made it much more complicated."

"it showed the camaraderie and love we have for both of the films," McCraney said.

The Academy's statement on Monday echoed that of PricewaterhouseCoopers, apologizing to those who were affected by the mistake and involved in the incident.

Read The Academy's full statement below:

We deeply regret the mistakes that were made during the presentation of the Best Picture category during last night’s Oscar ceremony. We apologize to the entire cast and crew of La La Land and Moonlight whose experience was profoundly altered by this error. We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances. To all involved  -- including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide  -- we apologize.

For the last 83 years, the Academy has entrusted PwC to handle the critical tabulation process, including the accurate delivery of results. PwC has taken full responsibility for the breaches of established protocols that took place during the ceremony. We have spent last night and today investigating the circumstances, and will determine what actions are appropriate going forward. We are unwaveringly committed to upholding the integrity of the Oscars and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

See 'Moonlight' cast's Best Picture Oscars acceptance speech, reaction to mishap

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 3:19 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 3:19 PM

            See 'Moonlight' cast's Best Picture Oscars acceptance speech, reaction to mishap

"Moonlight" was the big winner of Sunday's Academy Awards, but a misread winner for the Best Picture category by presenter Faye Dunaway initially called "La La Land" as the winner.

The coming-of-age movie centered on a black boy named Chiron, who grows up in Miami and struggles to accept his sexuality.

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Unfortunately, the win was partially overshadowed by the mishap, which co-star Naomie Harris expressed disappointment about backstage, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"I'm not gonna say I think it's a great thing we won this way," Harris told the newspaper at the Governors Ball. "I think it would have been great to have a (typical) moment. Let's not forget what happened: This tiny, $1.5-million movie won best picture. And the night turned out to be incredibly varied with the winners. That's all a good thing."

Related: Oscars 2017: 'Moonlight' wins Best Picture after 'La La Land' mistakenly announced

A New York Times transcript of the mishap showed "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins was shocked, but took some time to acknowledge 'La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz for pointing out the error and telling the cast and crew of "Moonlight" that they did in fact win Best Picture.

"Very clearly, even in my dreams, this could not be true. But to hell with dreams — I’m done with it, because this is true. Oh, my goodness," Jenkins said. "I have to say -- and it is true, it’s not fake -- we’ve been on the road with ('La La Land') for so long, and that was so gracious, so generous of them. My love to 'La La Land.' My love to everybody."

People reported that co-executive producer Adele Romanski expressed similar sentiments:

"I think I hope even more than that it’s inspiring to people --  little black boys and brown girls and other folks watching at home who feel marginalized and take some inspiration from seeing this beautiful group of artists held by this amazing talent, my friend Barry Jenkins standing up on here on this stage accepting this top honor."

Jenkins added, "You know, there was a time when I thought this movie was impossible, because I couldn’t bring it to fruition. I couldn’t bring myself to tell another story. And so everybody behind me on this stage said, No, that is not acceptable. So I just want to thank everybody up here behind me. Everybody out there in that room. Because we didn’t do this. You guys chose us. Thank you for the choice. I appreciate it. Much love."

On Monday, Jenkins told "CBS This Morning" that the mishap complicated things.

"I don’t know if it diminished the celebration for us; it just made it much more complicated," Jenkins said. "I think the celebration is bound up now between our film and ‘La La Land’ and the Academy in a very complicated way."

"It was difficult to say all the thank-yous we had to say, but at the same time, it showed the camaraderie and love we have for both of the films," screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney said.

Watch video of the acceptance speeches below.

'Biggest Loser' host Bob Harper says he was hospitalized with heart attack

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 8:33 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 10:44 PM

            'Biggest Loser' host Bob Harper says he was hospitalized with heart attack

Bob Harper was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack recently.

According to celebrity gossip site TMZ, Harper was working out in a New York gym two weeks ago when he collapsed. Fortunately, there was a doctor in the gym at the same time who was able to perform CPR and used paddles to keep him alive.

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Harper was later taken to a hospital and claims that he was in a coma for two days. TMZ said he was hospitalized for eight days before being released and has remained in New York since the incident. His doctors have reportedly not cleared him to fly and return to his home in Los Angeles.

People reported that it confirmed the news and that he posted a photo on Instagram Wednesday with the caption, "My word of the day… LUCKY."

My word of the day... LUCKY

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He told the tabloid that he is improving and, for now, his only exercise is limited walking.

The host also said that heart attacks run in his family and that his mother died from a heart attack, according to TMZ.

Harper himself confirmed the news Monday with another Instagram post of him in a hospital gown and his dog Karl.

"Well I guess you all heard what happened. Two weeks ago yesterday I had a heart attack," Harper wrote. "I am feeling better. Just taking it easy. Karl has been a great nurse. I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of messages and support. It feels good to be cared about. I've been home for 8 days now. Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I'm lucky to have such good friends and family to take care of me right now."

Kelcie Willis with the Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Viola Davis' Oscars win makes history, puts her in elite club

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 4:58 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 4:58 PM

            Viola Davis' Oscars win makes history, puts her in elite club

Viola Davis' Oscar win Sunday was her first after nominations in 2012 and 2009, but the win marks her entry into a special club. It also means she's made history.

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The Washington Post reported that Davis' win for Best Supporting Actress in "Fences" makes her the 23rd person to win a competitive Oscar -- meaning one that is not honorary -- an Emmy and a Tony.

Davis joins a club that includes Jessica Lange, Helen Mirren, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Rita Moreno, among others.

Davis has two Tonys. One was for Best Featured Actress in a Play in 2001 for "King Hedley II." The other came in 2010 for Best Lead Actress in a Play for her role in "Fences," the play on which the film she won an Oscar for is based.

She won an Emmy in 2015 for her work on the ABC show "How To Get Away with Murder."

Davis stands out from the 22 others who have won all three awards by being the first black actor in history to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony for acting.

The Huffington Post reported that although Whoopi Goldberg also has those three awards -- in addition to a Grammy -- her Tony was for producing, not acting.