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Jimmy Kimmel celebrates his 50th birthday with Ben Affleck and a special edition of Mean Tweets and more

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — The stars turned out to celebrate and roast Jimmy Kimmel on Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! With Huey Lewis sitting in with the band, the quinquagenarian announced special guest Ben Affleck and explained that his staff had been planning this special birthday show, with 37 surprise celebrity guests.

First out was Adam Sandler who brought out a throne for Jimmy made of horns and joked about Jimmy’s age. He then showed a short gag film about Jimmy’s life, hosted and narrated by George Clooney. Adam didn’t get him a present, but pledged a donation to victims of the Las Vegas massacre.

After a commercial break, Ray Romano came out to joke about Jimmy’s testicles and pledged a donation to the L.A. Children’s hospital in honor of his son Billy and announced that Bob Iger and friends at Disney made a $250,000 donation to that hospital as well.

He then introduced “Mean Tweets: Jimmy Kimmel edition” in which celebrities like Michael Keaton, Anthony Anderson, Amy Schumer, Liam Neeson, Larry David and David Letterman read horrible things people have tweeted to Jimmy.

Affleck joined Jimmy and shared a story about him and Matt Damon auditioning for roles together as kids. After talking about his new film, Justice League, he brought out JJ Abrams. The director somehow got a hold of an old comic book that Jimmy had drawn when he was 10, featuring a team of heroes called “The Terrific Ten.” Abrams made a trailer for a live-action film of the comic, which featured Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Shaquille O’Neal, Jon Hamm, Zach Galifinackis, Jason Bateman, Billy Crudup, Ty Burrell, Will Arnett, Wanda Sykes and, of course, Damon as the villain, “Dr. Bolt.”

Later, Huey Lewis introduced the special musical guest, James Taylor, who performed, “Sweet Baby James.”

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on ABC.

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From "California" to Music City, Big and Rich are running down a dream with their latest hit

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By Music News Group

Big & Rich RecordsBig and Rich‘s latest single, “California,” makes its way into country’s top 20 this week.

John Rich recalls the tune came to life when he hit on an innovative idea.

“I thought it’d be an interesting way to write a country song,” he explains, “that somebody is leaving somebody, not for another person, but for an idea. So they’re going after, basically the American dream, and California’s kind of the land of dreams. I mean, that’s Hollywood and that’s the West Coast, and man, everybody’s got these ideas of what it might be like.”

Somewhere along the way, it occurred to John how much the idea resonates in Music City.

“It just struck me that, even in Nashville, everybody that’s ever made country music and moved to Nashville left somebody behind, or their hometown or whatever it is,” he tells ABC Radio. “There’s always a sacrifice that happens. I just thought that’d be a really interesting way to write one, and probably a lot of people would identify with it.”

John and his musical partner Big Kenny added a bit of a throwback vibe to his finished composition, and that’s what you hear on the radio today.

“The sound on that song, it’s almost got a little Eagles in there,” John points out, “and it’s got a little Eighties country in there, and of course, it’s got Big and Rich, so really a different kind of song from anything we’ve put out before.”

“California” is the lead single from Big and Rich’s latest album, Did It for the Party.

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Nashville notes

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By Music News Group

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKane Brown‘s self-titled debut album has been certified gold by the RIAA.

Travis Tritt will bring his solo acoustic show, A Man and His Guitar, to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s CMA Theater on Saturday, March 3.

Billy Ray Cyrus guests on Harry Connick Jr.‘s daytime talk show on Tuesday. Check your local listings to see when the syndicated Harry airs in your area.

You can check out Runaway June‘s new video for “Wild West” on YouTube.

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"The Voice" recap: Artists from Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson’s teams advance to the top 12

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By Stephen Iervolino

NBC/Universal(LOS ANGELES) — The live playoffs began on Monday night’s The Voice, with the six artists each from Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson’s teams performing for a spot in the top 12. Adam Levine and Miley Cyrus’ teams will perform on Tuesday.

In a slight change from last season, it was up to each coach to determine which three artists from his or her team would represent them in next week’s live shows, where the power will shift to America’s vote.

Also, host Carson Daly revealed that before the show, each coach got to pick a “comeback artist” from his or her team to rejoin the competition. Shelton chose Natalie Stovall and Hudson picked Lucas Holliday.

The artists advancing to the top 12 after Monday’s show are:

Team Blake: Keisha Renee, Red Marlow and Chloe Kohanski

Team Jennifer: Davon Fleming, Noah Mac and Shi’Ann Jones

First up were the six members of Team Jennifer:

Davon Fleming led off with JHud’s “I Am Changing,” from the film Dreamgirls, followed by Hannah Mrozak – stolen from Adam’s team — singing Kesha’s “Learn to Let Go.” Next, was Hudson’s comeback artist, Lucas Holliday, with “The Beautiful Ones” by Prince & the Revolution; 15-year-old Shi’Ann Jones offered Ariana Grande’s “Tattooed Heart”; and worship leader and drag queen Chris Weaver belted out Marlena Shaw’s “California Soul.” Noah Mac, 17, rounded things out, tackling Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.”

Jennifer saved Fleming, Mac and Jones. It was the end of the road for Mrozak, Holliday and Weaver.

The six artists for Team Blake were next:

Red Marlow led off with Vern Gosdin’s “Chiseled in Stone,” followed by Chloe Kohanski – stolen from Miley’s team – tackling Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” Blake’s’ comeback artist, Natalie Stovall, broke out her fiddle for Garth Brooks’ “Callin’ Baton Rouge,” followed by Esera Tuaolo with LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live.” Mitchell Lee covered “Heaven” by Bryan Adams; and country/soul singer Keisha Renee closed out the night by putting her spin on The Judds’ “Love Can Build a Bridge.”

Blake saved Keisha, Red and Chloe. Natalie, Esera and Mitchell were sent packing.

The Voice returns Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Foundation Aims to Improve Health, Not Just Health Care

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By Public News Service Foundation Aims to Improve Health, Not Just Health Care HOUSTON – The Episcopal Health Foundation is shifting its focus to a five-year “big picture” plan that targets specific outcomes needed to address the root causes of poor health in Texas.

The Foundation, which serves about 11 million people in a 57-county region of southeast Texas, aims to level the playing field to give Texans with the fewest resources an equal chance at achieving good health.

Brian Sasser, the director of communications for the Foundation, says it is changing the way it achieves its goals.
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