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Chris Young is so happy with the "Raised on Country" video, he didn't mind getting a little "trashed"

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In his new video for “Raised on Country,” Chris Young causes an atmospheric disturbance as he performs his latest hit in the shadow of the legendary WSM radio tower in Nashville. 

To create the effect, that meant Chris would be pelted with papers while standing in front of a huge fan. But it turns out he didn’t mind, even though it involved some trial and error.

“It was a lot of fun,” he reveals. “And also, the very first thing that happened is they did not tell me for the first shot where we were doing the fan, and they’re just throwing torn-up scraps of, like, everything. And it hit me right in the mouth, the first shot.”

“[The director] actually went back and showed it to me. But it was like me getting hit right in the face with a bunch of trash, which is not flattering,” Chris laughs.

Ultimately, Chris loved getting to shoot the video at the station that made the Grand Ole Opry famous.

“Being at WSM and being there with that tower in the background,” Chris explains, “I mean, being a member of the Grand Ole Opry, that’s a huge nod to the history of country music in a song called ‘Raised on Country,’ which is so important to me.”

“[It’s] just the love of the history of it and what’s come before us that allows us to have a platform to make country music,” he adds. “You can’t get a much more iconic shot than that.”

You can check out Chris Young’s “Raised on Country” video on YouTube now.

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Summer wedding roundup: Sophie Turner & Joe Jonas among three celeb couples who married this weekend

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Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — It was a big weekend for celebrity weddings.

Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas tied the knot at a chateau in France Saturday. It was their second ceremony, following their more casual U.S. wedding in Las Vegas on May 1.

According to People, Turner’s GoT co-star Maisie Williams was her maid of honor and, of course, Joe’s brothers Nick and Kevin were groomsmen. DJ/producer Diplo – who spilled the beans about their Vegas wedding by posting about it on Instagram — was also invited to this wedding but joked he was banned from taking photos.

“This is the only photo I got from Joe and Sophie Turner Jonas wedding because they took my phone from me and put in a holding cell during the ceremony. Heard it was lovely tho,” he captioned an Instagram photo of himself.

But Sophie and Joe weren’t the only couple who picked France for their destination wedding.  Entertainment Weekly reports Big Little Lies actress Zoe Kravitz married Karl Glusman on Saturday at her father Lenny Kravitz’s home in Paris.

Kravitz’s mom Lisa Bonet and stepdad Jason Momoa were also in attendance, as well as Kravitz’s Big Little Lies co-stars Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Reese Witherspoon.

And rounding out the busy wedding weekend, E! News reports Vanderpump Rules stars Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright got hitched in the bride’s home state of Kentucky on Saturday. *NSYNC’s Lance Bass officiated the ceremony.

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9-year-old girl in critical condition after firework explodes in her hands: Police

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WPVI-TV(PHILADELPHIA) — A 9-year-old girl is in critical condition in Philadelphia after a firework exploded in her hands, according to police.

The girl found the firework — a possible M80 — in her home around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Philadelphia Police Department. She lit it up and the firework exploded in her hands, police said.

“It was like a loud boom — it was so loud, I heard it in the back room,” neighbor Judith Sierra told ABC Philadelphia station WPVI. “There was smoke coming out of the house.”

“I see the little girl, blood all over her body,” added neighbor Margarita Artiaga.

Adults weren’t home at the time of the incident, according to police.

The bomb squad was sent to the home, police said, and the special victims unit had been notified.

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Jake Gyllenhaal says making 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' wasn't that different from doing a Broadway play

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L-R: Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal; Jay Maidment/Sony Pictures Entertainment(NEW YORK) — Jake Gyllenhaal is gearing up for a busy summer. Not only will he make his Marvel universe debut as Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far from Home this week, he’ll also take the Broadway stage later this month for the intimate two-act play Sea Wall/A Life.

While those two projects couldn’t seem more different, Gyllenhaal says he found a lot of similarities between doing a Marvel film and being on the Broadway stage.

“As big as the movies are and as kind of extraordinary as the process is, it’s somewhat similar to the Broadway experience in that when you’re part of a company you jump on and you go and you do your part,” he explains to ABC Radio.

He adds, “Man, is it exciting to be a part of it. Like the Marvel fans are incredible, Broadway fans are equally as intense and incredible, and there is a pretty interesting similarity between the two.”

Gyllenhaal, who made his Broadway debut back in 2014, points out that his Spider-Man co-star also has strong ties to the stage.

“Tom Holland is a dancer first. He started his career playing Billy Elliot on stage in the West End,” he says. “And so a lot of this sort of attack and technique that [Marvel movies] are made with are similar to the stage. And John Watts who directed the new Spider-Man and the last Spider-Man has a very actor-centric process.”

Spider-Man: Far from Home hits theaters July 2. Gyllenhaal’s play with Tom Sturridge, Sea Wall/A Life, begins previews July 26.

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Megan Rapinoe, Kelley O'Hara explain staying focused at the World Cup

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hot off their 2-1 victory over host nation France, U.S. Women’s National Team stars Kelly O’Hara and Megan Rapinoe called their confidence and “tactical experience” a key to the team’s success and shared a message for any fans who want to skip work to cheer them on during the semifinals.

The two soccer players spoke to ABC News’ Good Morning America from Lyon, France, on Monday about the emotions and how they’ve kept distractions at bay ahead of their pivotal match against England on Tuesday.

“To be honest, I think to be on this team is to understand how to deal with and withstand distraction and pressure of sort of any magnitude, whether it’s large or small,” Rapinoe said. “We’re pretty well versed in learning to deal with the problem head-on.”

Rapinoe, who has notched a leading five goals in the 2019 FIFA World Cup — tied with teammate Alex Morgan — said despite outside distractions, like when President Donald Trump tweeted about the team’s performance and a potential White House visit, staying focused comes naturally.

“Within the group we have a great ability to just stay together and block out those distractions when the time comes,” she said. “We’re sort of well-practiced in it — obviously this is maybe a little bit more than normal, but in the same sense, we’re in our little bubble here and have a monumental task at hand.”

This is both Rapinoe and O’Hara’s third appearance in a World Cup, and they credit the team’s balance of new and old skills for the on-field success.

“It is different because there’s a lot of us that have returned and have played in other World Cup’s, but there’s a lot of players on this team that are rookies and it’s their first time around and they’re stepping into big roles and filing big shoes and are doing a fantastic job,” O’Hara explained. “We still have that grittiness and that heart that this team has always had, but we’ve added a lot of technical and tactical experience, and it’s pretty cool to see it all come together on this stage.”

The defending World Cup champions said they have felt support near and far and continued to encourage more from the fans ahead of the next big match.

“We’re definitely feeling the love,” Rapinoe said of both friends and family cheering in person, as well as fans back in the U.S. and “the country at large” — “so keep it up, we love that.”

“There’s been so many fans over here it’s been awesome,” O’Hara added. “We wrote a little note to all the bosses and supervisors to ask for employees to get the [game] day] off, and I think a lot of them listened to us, so we’re excited that everyone’s been super stoked and has been getting outta work to cheer us on.”

Kickoff for the semifinals is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET Tuesday in Lyon.

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