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Dozens treated for alcohol-related illness at Keith Urban concert.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Authorities say several dozen people were treated for alcohol-related illnesses at a weekend Keith Urban concert in Massachusetts.
Police and fire officials say ambulances from five surrounding communities responded to the Saturday night concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, about 30 miles south of Boston.
At least 46 people were treated and 22 taken to local hospitals.
Police say more than 50 people were taken into protective custody at the concert, and some could face charges.
Officials say about 18,000 country music fans attended the concert at the outside venue.
Weekend Best Bets: Brewsic Festival, County Fairs and Piano Men
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Yes, the second installment of "Sharknado" comes out later this month and we a first look at "the best worst movie ever made."
If you're unfamiliar with the ludicrous premise, it's goes something like this: New York is under attack by a tornado that spits out sharks. A cast of B actors -- including Tara Reid, Ian Zeiring and Mark McGrath (of Sugar Ray fame) band together to save the day.
"Sharknado 2" comes out July 30. Watch a trailer below:
Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood to helm HBO's 'Westworld'
WASHINGTON -- Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins has been tapped to head HBO’s reboot of sci-fi classic “Westworld,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. He will join “True Blood” star Evan Rachel Wood at the helm of the series, which was inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 classic film of the same name.
“Westworld,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, is billed as a “dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”
In Hopkins’ first regular TV series role, the “Silence of the Lambs” star will play Dr. Robert Ford, the complicated creative director or Westworld, a dark amusement park. Wood will play a sweet, provincial girl.The series will be produced by J.J. Abrams, who is also joined by producer Jerry Weintraub and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk. “Westworld” received pilot production commitment last August and is HBO’s first project with Bad Robot. It’s part of the new drama roster for the network as older series leave -- including “True Blood,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Newsroom."
Weekend Best Bets: Model Rockets, Music Fests and Burger Bash
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Saturday July 19:
Heavy metal tweens land $1.7 million record contract
WASHINGTON -- Have they unlocked the truth? Well, this is definitely a start.
A trio of eighth-graders just signed a five-album contract with Sony that could be worth $1.78 million if the boys sell 250,000 copies of their first album.
Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse, and Jarad Dawkins of Unlocking the Truth are three young heavy metal-ers from Brooklyn, New York. From performances at Times’ Square to Coachella music festival, Unlocking the Truth has done more than many seasoned professionals as they pave the way for pre-teens following a dream.
They were discovered by Steve Jordan, Eric Clapton’s drummer, in Washington Park in 2012. Since then, the band has skyrocketed.
“Welcome Back, Kotter” co-creator Alan Sacks and Brickhouse’s mother Annette Jackson manage the group. Yet even with a seven figure contract on the horizon, Tabatha Dawkins, Jarad’s mother, says “school work comes first."
"If their school work is not done, they don’t play," she tells the New York Post.
So the boys do their school work during the day and play their instruments (Atkins on bass, Brickhouse on guitar, and Dawkins on drums) at night and on weekends.
Preschool buddies Brickhouse and Dawkins first had the idea of forming the band. Brickhouse started playing guitar at 6 years old, while Dawkins started on the drums even earlier at the age of 2.
They invited Atkins to join and promised to teach him how to play the bass.
Now, with a Sony contract, the three have futures of limitless possibilities when it comes to playing heavy metal.
Check out the band below:
Giant maze takes over National Building Museum
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Building Museum wants visitors to get lost in a new installation in the museum's Great Hall this summer.
On Friday, the museum unveiled a large-scale maze with a series of twists and turns for visitors to navigate to find a big reveal at the center. The maze stands 18 feet high and measures 60 feet by 60 feet around.
Read more here.