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--Despite mixed reviews, NBC’s The Sound of Music Live!, starring Carrie Underwood attracted 18.5 million viewers. The three-hour production was NBC’s highest-rated non-sports television event on a Thursday since theFrasier season finale in 2004.
--Scheduling conflicts were not behind Willie Nelson’s decision to back out of an upcoming SeaWorld gig. In an interview with CNN, Willie says he canceled the show because he didn’t agree with the park’s treatment of its killer whales and other sea creatures. This comes a day after SeaWorld said the Country Music Hall of Famer wouldn’t be part of next year’s Bands, Brew & BBQ.
--Less than a week after a teen was arrested for allegedly stealing a piece of wreckage from the site of Paul Walker's death, another man has tried to sell pieces of the tree the actor crashed into. An anonymous seller posted six pieces of the charred bark on eBay and was asking for at least $100 apiece, but he was flooded with hate messages and took them down.
--Family Ties mom Meredith Baxter wed her longtime partner, Nancy Locke. The couple had dated for seven years. Meredith, who has three ex-husbands, told People, "Now I understand why marriage caught on!"
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--Eric Church isn’t done fooling around with Taylor Swift, either. After pulling down that teaser trailer for The Outsiders that seemed to be dissing her, but really wasn’t, he’s put up a new clip...
--Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town will be doing more cooking on GAC. Her show Kimberly's Simply Southern has been renewed for 13 new episodes. They begin airing in the spring.
--Now that he's gone, it seems as everyone wants a piece of Paul Walker and the car he died in, including two accused thieves who allegedly made off with part of the damaged Porsche. The pair will face charges of felony grand theft and tampering with evidence.
-- The next place Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will be teaming up might just be in a courtroom. A judge has decided that a lawsuit against the pair can go to trial.
Back in May of this year, singer/songwriter Amy Bowen sued them, along with Sony and songwriters John Kelley Lovelace and Charles DuBois over the song Remind Me.
According to the lawsuit, Amy, who goes by Lizza Connor professionally, wrote and copyrighted a song called Remind Me back in 2008. She then participated in a songwriting workshop where she met and performed the song for Lovelace and DuBois. They told her it would be a great duet.
A few years later, what do you know... there's a song co-written by Lovelace and DuBois on the radio being performed by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood that's called Remind Me.
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-- Eric Church has pulled his latest teaser promoting his next album, The Outsiders. Taylor Swift fans are upset over the YouTube video, which featured a clip of Taylor’s Pinnacle Award acceptance speech at the CMA Awards, recalling how she replaced Eric on a Rascal Flatts tour. It repeated Taylor saying, “Eric Church got fired,” over and over.
Eric and Taylor are actually friends, though, and he even got permission from Taylor to use the clip. But then she talked to her record label, which said that the video had to be pulled from the web.
-- Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson admitted in court Wednesday that she's used cocaine in the past but denies being an addict.
She took the stand in the case against two sisters who've been charged with defrauding Nigella's ex-husband. The Grillo sisters allege that Nigella let them use her husband's credit card in exchange for their silence about her drug problem.
-- Production on Fast and Furious 7 has shut down indefinitely in the wake of Paul Walker's death. Walker and the rest of the cast had already started shooting the movie in Atlanta this fall. Universal says it will "assess all options available to move forward with the franchise."