- - Monday, November 14, 2011

Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney teaming up for summer tour

Oh, the stories Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney could tell you from their early days together in Music City. And they’re about to create some more, joining forces on an ambitious stadiums-only tour next summer, the Associated Press reports.

Mr. Chesney and Mr. McGraw got to know each other while living in the same apartment complex 20 years ago, cemented their friendship opening for George Strait, and joined forces in 2001, when Mr. McGraw invited Mr. Chesney on the road at a pivotal moment in his career. They’re teaming again from the pinnacle of country music.

“It’s two artists who’ve known each other for 20 years, who’ve been friends for 20 years … at the top of our game to be able to go out and do this together,” Mr. McGraw said. “To get two artists to agree on anything is pretty spectacular. But to agree to go out together, do a tour together and just have a great time together and play music together is a pretty unique and remarkable thing. And I think that can only happen with guys who are as good of friends as we are.”

The tour, dubbed the Brothers of the Sun Tour, will kick off June 2 in Tampa, Fla., and wrap Aug. 25 in Foxboro, Mass. Along the way, there will be stops in many of the nation’s largest cities, including East Rutherford, N.J., where Mr. Chesney set a record this summer for paid attendance to a live country show in the New York City area, and an Aug. 12 stop at FedEx Field in Landover. There’s also a stop in Nashville, Tenn., a place neither artist has played regularly.

“It seemed time,” Mr. Chesney said. “There was no other reason than that. It just seemed like it was time for us to play at home again. It’s a really ironic place for us to play because we played in the shadows of that place for so long, right downtown in all these bars - for tips. Now all we have to do is go across the river.”

“All we’re really trying to do is keep from having to go back and play for tips,” Mr. McGraw joked.

Timberlake keeps promise, attends Marine Corps Ball

Justin Timberlake followed through on a promise to take a Marine to her unit’s annual ball.

The singer and actor posted a photo along with a letter on his website Sunday that the Marine Corps Ball in Richmond, Va., was “one of the most moving evenings I’ve ever had.”

Cpl. Kelsey De Santis invited Mr. Timberlake through a YouTube video to Saturday night’s event, and Mr. Timberlake accepted. WTVR-TV reported that Mr. Timberlake wore a tuxedo to the ball at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Mr. Timberlake’s “Friends With Benefits” co-star, Mila Kunis, earlier this year accepted a similar invitation to a Marine Corps Ball in Greenville, N.C.

Meryl Streep embodies Thatcher on movie poster

Meryl Streep is becoming a familiar face in London’s government district - the face of Margaret Thatcher.

The Academy Award-winning actress plays Britain’s first female prime minister in the soon-to-be-released “The Iron Lady.”

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