Headlines: MTV Reviving Making the Band, Elvis Cast in New Biopic

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, MTV Reviving Reality Competition ‘Making the Band’ – MTV and Sean “Diddy” Combs will be teaming up for a revival of the reality competition series. The original series launched in 2002 and ran for 12 seasons and spawned the vocal groups O-Town, Danity Kane, Da Band and Day26. Diddy shared the news on Instagram with a video explaining his decision to bring back the series. According to him Wale and Seth Rogen were instrumental in making him aware of the fan demand for the show’s return. “I loved it. It was one of the happiest times of my life,” he said in the video. “You can’t recreate happiness. No sleeping in the trophy room. You have to do new things and change the game.” – Read more at Rolling Stone

Austin Butler Cast as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s Biopic – After an intense search that ensnared boldface names such as Harry Styles and Ansel Elgort, Baz Luhrmann has found the king of rock ‘n’ roll in Austin Butler. The upcoming Warner Bros. project is described as focusing on Elvis Presley’s rise and zenith, with a major aspect being his relationship with Col. Tom Parker. Tom Hanks is set to play Parker, the manager who controlled every aspect of Presley’s life. – Read more at Hollywood Reporter

Take a look behind the scenes of our photo shoot with future country music superstar Chevel Shepherd.-Figuring out how and when to photograph rising country music star Chevel Shepherd for our feature in the August/September 2019 issue was no easy thing. There was a lot to schedule around. The winner of The Voice Season 15 had been busy fielding press requests, giving concerts, planning her upcoming album with the help of Voice coach Kelly Clarkson, and, oh yeah, still going to high school. Shepherd particularly loved the photo of her wearing a classic green Western-style dress and super-sassy red boots — so much so that she had her heart set on wrapping her new tour bus with it. You’ll see the shot in the August/September 2019 issue — it’s the knockout on the opening spread. – Read more at Cowboys and Indians

Brian May applauds Adam Lambert, says Freddie Mercury ‘would approve, big time’ – “ADAM LAMBERT is only now beginning to be recognised by the greater public as the true phenomenon that he is,” he wrote. “Gifted with a voice in a billion, for himself he is a passionate and unyielding perfectionist. Gifted to us, he is the reason that we are still alive as a functioning rock band. And still able to take on new challenges. Plus … he’s nice. That’s a big deal when you’re a touring family. Freddie would approve, big time.” – Read more at USAToday

Brad Paisley Says He ‘Had a Blast’ Guest-Judging ‘People Who Do Crazy Things Well’ on AGT – “I had a blast. It was really fun,” says Paisley, who has judging experience from the short-lived 2014 singing competition Rising Star. “[AGT] is not only multi-generational, but we’re talking about multi whatever; I would say genre, but it’s not even genre. It’s beyond that. It’s multi-sort of category,” the singer says. “We’re talking about crazy magicians and singers, and then there are dancers and acrobats — people who do crazy things well.” “It’s an interesting thing, because when we first got to know him on TV, he got this reputation sort of quickly of being a really hard line, tell-it-like-it-is guy. But, when you sit there at the judges’ table with him, you just start to realize how much he just cares about getting it right. That’s pretty inspiring,” he says. – Read more at People

Dancer with Cystic Fibrosis Competes in SYTYCD Academy Round: ‘I’m Proud of Who I’ve Become’ – Luteran, 19, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis — a genetic disorder that causes lung infections — just five months after she was born. Doctors told her parents that putting her in some kind of sport or activity would help the mucus in her body break down. Her family wanted to keep her in a contained environment, so they enrolled her in dance classes. From day one, she loved it, and she began competing the following year. – Read more at People

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