“Thor” Star Tom Hiddleston to Play Hank Williams in Biopic

Buena Vista/Walt Disney StudiosTom Hiddleston, who starred in two Thor films and in Marvel’s The Avengers as the villainous Loki, will portray country music legend Hank Williams in an upcoming biopic.

An official release regarding I Saw the Light states the film will chronicle Williams’ “meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life.”

Williams died of heart failure at the age of 29 after struggling with alcoholism and addiction.

Hiddleston will do his own singing in I Saw the Light, which will be based on a Hank Williams biography by Colin Escott. The film will be directed by Marc Abraham, who previously helmed the Greg Kinnear drama Flash of Genius.

Production on I Saw the Light will begin in Louisiana in October. A theatrical release date has not been announced.    

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockVisitors to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville don’t have much longer to see Reba‘s All the Women I exhibit. It’s closing June 22.

Brad Paisley has contributed two songs to the new Disney Pixar film, Planes: Fire & Rescue, coming to theaters July 18. According to USA Today, Brad also makes a voice cameo as a heartbroken pick-up truck named Bubba.

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Lee Brice Taking It Easy with His Two Little Men This Father’s Day

Photo Credit: Joseph LanesLee Brice is constantly away from his family on the road, so he’s looking to spending a low-key Father’s Day with his two sons, Takoda and Ryker. His main goal is just to watch his two kids having a blast.

Lee tells ABC News Radio, “I just want to be with the family, man. We’re on the road so much that any chance I get vacation or time for myself is gonna be time with them.”

Lee is letting his wife Sarah plan the family’s Father’s Day activities but he has a feeling they’ll wind up at a water park or hanging out at the pool.

“I’m a water baby. I like water, so I’m OK with that,” Lee says.

On the music front, Lee’s new album, I Don’t Dance, is due out September 9. The title track is now climbing the country chart.

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The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry Ties the Knot with Baseball Player J.P. Arencibia

CMAThe Band Perry‘s Kimberly Perry is a married woman. According to The Tennessean, Kimberly married Texas Rangers pitcher J.P. Arencibia on Thursday at a church in her hometown of Greenville, TN.  Carrie Underwood was on hand to watch the couple exchange vows. Fan photos from the ceremony are starting to pop up on Twitter, too.

Kimberly wasn’t exactly a hands-on bride with all the wedding details, though.

She says, “When it came time to plan a wedding, I had zero foundation for ideas. So, my mother, who of course styles the three of us — we’re sort of like her blank canvases — hat has poured over into wedding mode, so we have put all the details in her hands.”

Kimberly and J.P. got engaged at Kimberly’s parents’ house last fall.

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Luke Bryan Giving Military Personnel a Chance to Win a Trip to His Chicago Stadium Show

ABC/AMA/Dick Clark ProductionsLuke Bryan is teaming up with Miller Lite to give Army and Air Force service members a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Chicago to see his That’s My Kind of Night tour stop at Soldier Field. The text-to-win sweepstakes will only be available via Army and Air Force Exchange Services, now through August. Forty-five lucky service members will win the trip to see Luke in the Windy City on August 31.

Luke’s tour continues Friday night with two shows in St. Louis.

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Randy Houser Greets Wounded Warriors Moving into New Homes in Maryland

Eckrich MeatsRandy Houser traveled to Gaithersburg, MD this week to cut the ribbon on a new Operation Homefront Village, offering rent-free apartments for wounded military service members and their families. The appearance is part of Randy’s partnership with Eckrich smoked sausage and deli meats.

Randy says, “The men and women who serve this country, and their families, sacrifice so much to protect our freedom. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to show our appreciation and join Eckrich in supporting military families with Operation Homefront.”

Randy spent time with several service members and their families during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. For more information about Randy’s partnership with Eckrich Meats and Operation Homefront, go to Eckrich Meats’ Facebook page.

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Taylor Swift Ends The RED Tour Tonight in Singapore; New Music Coming Soon

Photo Credit: Ash NewellTaylor Swift ends The RED Tour with a final show in Singapore on Thursday. She launched the trek back in March 2013 and has since played sold-out shows in North America and Europe before becoming the first woman in 20 years to headline stadiums in Australia late last year. The final string of Asian shows began June 4 in Jakarta. The RED Tour is Taylor’s third major outing following her Fearless and Speak Now treks.

Now that The RED tour is behind her, Taylor can turn her full attention to launching her fifth studio album later this year. Her record label president, Scott Borchetta, tells Rolling Stone she’s working with pop producer Max Martin on most of the new project, which promises to continue the pop leanings of RED. Taylor will still keep a foothold in the country market though.

Scott says, “Taylor fans are going to love it. Will country stations play a complete pop song just because it’s her? No. But when she comes to town, her friends at country radio will come and see her.”

As she did with the first single from RED, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor is expected to announce the lead track from her fifth album before summer’s end.

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The Band Perry Chops Down Trees Responsibly for “Chainsaw” Video

Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry was up for 24 hours straight shooting the video for their latest single, “Chainsaw,” in the Pacific Northwest.

The group’s Reid Perry says, “[It was] one of the longest shoots we did, but it was a great time.”

In the clip, the Perry siblings are on call to chop down the trees where heartbroken people have carved their initials with their former lovers.

“We’re actually musicians by night in the video and, you know, I guess, avengers of unrequited love by day,” Reid explains, “and so we go out, and yeah, we’ll find the trees with the hearts carved in it and take ‘em down.”

Lead singer Kimberly Perry is quick to point out they didn’t just go out into the woods and cut down random trees.

She says, “It was also important for us that we cut trees from a lumber yard. So, those trees are literally making houses as we speak.”

“Chainsaw” is the latest single from The Band Perry’s sophomore album, Pioneer.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves co-wrote which one of Miranda Lambert‘s #1 hits? ANSWER: “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

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Justin Moore and Wife, Kate, Beyond Ready for Third Child’s Arrival Next Month

Valory Music Co.Justin Moore and his wife, Kate, will welcome their third child next month, and the family is beyond ready for the baby’s arrival.

Justin says, “I know my wife is. She’s so miserable. She’s just like, ‘Oh, get this thing get out of me, please!’”

When they had their first daughter, Ella, Justin and Kate spent months getting the baby’s room together and planning for the birth. That’s all changed now that their expecting baby #3.

“You’re like, ‘Ah, if we don’t have it, we’ll get it,’” Justin says. “You know, the first time, the first baby you have, you’re going, ‘Oh, we need this. We need that, and we’re doing that.’ Then you get to the point where you’re like, ‘Ah, they’ll be all right.”

Justin is taking July 12 through 23 off the road to be with Kate for the baby’s birth. Go to JustinMooreMusic.com for a full list of dates.

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