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Keith Urban on fatherhood: ‘I love having girls’

Multi-platinum country recording artist Keith Urban said that raising his two daughters, 10-year-old..

Multi-platinum country recording artist Keith Urban said that raising his two daughters, 10-year-old Sunday and 7-year-old Faith, has been something of a “learning curve.”

“I just love being a parent,” Urban said in an interview for the ABC News special, “Country Musics Biggest Stars: In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts.” "I didn't know that I'd ever get to be one."

“It's an incredible feeling,” the four-time Grammy winner continued. “And having girls — I love having girls. You know, I come from a family with no sisters, one brother. So, it's been quite the learning curve in a really good way.”

“Country Musics Biggest Stars: In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts” airs on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

Urban, who is known for several hits — “Somebody Like You,” “Raise Em Up” and “Blue Aint Your Color” — has been married to Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman for 12 years.

Even with the heavy star power between them, Urban, 51, said, “we just have a real life,” raising their girls outside of the spotlight as much as possible.

“We have a real life in the sense that we do the most normal things as a family, and we don't live on social media all the time. We don't read tabloids… we don't give it any attention,” Urban said.

As a dad, Urban, who was born in New Zealand, said he has reflected on what his parents went through when the family moved to Australia when he was just 2.

“They were keeping it together really well, considering… starting a completely brand new life in a foreign country, which Australia was to them,” he said. “They didn't know anybody. They didn't have any support. They didn't have any money. They just did it… I'm just really impressed at what they were able to accomplish, the two of them.”

Urban, who is also a three-time winner of Country Music Association Awards' Male Vocalist of the Year, broke out as a recording artist in Australia in the late 80s, and then made his American debut in 1999 with his self-titled album, “Keith Urban.” He has since produced 10 albums in the United States, including “RipCORD,” which was nominated for the Best Country Album Grammy Award. His most recent album, “Graffiti U," has earned him a CMA Award nod for Album of the Year this year.

“My music, it's just whatever my music is. It's just me. And it's influenced by so many places. And it's just my filtering of it, really, that makes it unique to me and what I do,” Urban said. “It's always reflective of whatever I'm drawing on at the time, whatever's speaking to me.”

“Anytime that the music that I make is [making] a connection, I mean, that's the first thing — Does it make a connection? Does it mean something to somebody? Does somebody resonate with it?” he added.

In addition to "Album of the Year," Urban is also nominated for the CMA Award's Entertainer of the Year – a title he first won 13 years ago.

“It's extraordinary to get those nominations,” Urban said. “The record acknowledgment, Album of the Year, its huge particularly for this record, because — what I am most is a country artist, and that is my history, and that's the foundation of what I am.”

The Country Music Association Awards will air live on ABC on Nov. 14 at 8p.m. ET.

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Game Of Thrones trailer and final series date revealed

Game Of Thrones will return for its eighth and final series in April next year, HBO has confirmed in..

Game Of Thrones will return for its eighth and final series in April next year, HBO has confirmed in a new teaser trailer for the show.

A clip announcing the return of the hit series, which first aired in 2011, features the tagline: "For The Throne."

While few details are revealed, the video shows key moments from past series and lets fans know when they can expect to see the much anticipated final season, which will be broadcast in the UK on Sky Atlantic and Now TV.

Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage will reprise their roles as Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister, while Lena Headey will return to face them as the key antagonist, Cersei Lannister.

Speaking backstage at the Emmys in September, the show's boss David Benioff said the final season took a long time to make "because it's the biggest thing we've ever done".

"Even though it's six episodes, it was nearly a full year in Belfast either prepping it or shooting it," he said.

"It's quite extraordinary what the crew and the actors created, and I think when people see it they'll understand why it took so long.

"No one's going on vacation or slacking off, it's just that last season is far beyond what we've ever attempted before, and it is taking a really f****** long time – and I hope it will be worth it."

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By the time the season airs it will be almost two years since the seventh series of the show, based on George RR Martin's book series A Song of Ice and Fire, was broadcast in summer 2017.

Earlier this year, HBO revealed it was moving ahead with a Game of Thrones prequel set thousands of years before the events of the TV show, and that it would be the first of five potential spin-off projects. (more…)

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German Playboy regrets ‘misquoting’ composer Ennio Morricone

German Playboy has distanced itself from an interview with Ennio Morricone after it quoted the Itali..

German Playboy has distanced itself from an interview with Ennio Morricone after it quoted the Italian composer referring to Quentin Tarantino as a "cretin".

The German edition of the men's magazine says a freelance reporter may have misquoted the legendary 90-year-old film composer in its latest edition.

The interview, published last week, quoted Morricone referring to the US film director as a "cretin" who stole ideas from others.

He was also quoted as saying the Oscars ceremony was "boring".

Morricone, who won an Oscar in 2016 for the music for Tarantino's film The Hateful Eight, has vehemently denied criticising the director, his films or the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

"I consider Tarantino a great director," Morricone said.

He also credited their collaboration for his Oscar success, "which is for sure one of the greatest acknowledgements of my career, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to compose music for his film".

German Playboy, which is published by Munich-based Hubert Burda Media, said that "up to now, we have considered the freelancer who conducted the Ennio Morricone interview on our behalf to be a renowned print and radio journalist".

Florian Boitin, the magazine's editor-in-chief, said in a statement: "Based on the information now at our disposal, we must unfortunately assume that the words spoken in the interview have, in part, been reproduced incorrectly.

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"We would like to express our regret should Mr Morricone have been portrayed in a false light," he added. (more…)

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Dave Grohl takes food to California firefighters

Firefighters in Calabasas, near Los Angeles, posted a picture on Instagram thanking the Foo Fighters..

Firefighters in Calabasas, near Los Angeles, posted a picture on Instagram thanking the Foo Fighters frontman.

Image: Dave Grohl has taken food to firefighters in California

Dave Grohl has once again demonstrated his good guy credentials, taking food to hungry firefighters working to tackle wildfires in California.

The Foo Fighters frontman took barbecue meats to feed the crew at Fire Station 68 in Calabasas, near Los Angeles, on Monday night.

In a post on Instagram, the firefighters, who have been battling the Woolsey fire – one of several that have caused devastation in the state – thanked the musician, saying: "It was awesome to get a visit tonight from Dave Grohl of the @foofighters.

"He also treated us to some of his own @backbeatbbq. Thanks Dave! It was excellent!"

Firefighters have been struggling against the wind-fuelled southern California wildfire, which stretches from north of Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean.

More than 40 people have been killed in the fires.

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