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Emotional Brooks enters Hall of Fame

Mon., Oct. 22, 2012

Garth Brooks promised he’d be emotional during his Country Music Hall of Fame induction. But the tears started before he made it all the way into the building.

Reflecting on personal heroes George Strait, Bob Seger and James Taylor on hand to salute him Sunday night, Brooks teared up as he spoke with reporters on the red carpet.

“I moved to this town for one reason and that was to get ‘Much Too Young to Feel This Damn Old’ cut by George Strait,” Brooks said before the ceremony as his eyes began to redden. “That’s what George is singing tonight. It’s gonna be so cool. I’m a fan. So I get to be a fan tonight.”

Brooks was inducted along with trailblazing singer Connie Smith and keyboard player Hargus “Pig” Robbins, whose rolling signature sound has adorned countless hits across the radio dial.

Fargo awaits TV version of hit film

Ask folks in Fargo, N.D., what they first thought about the 1996 movie that made their city famous, and some will tell you they were not fans.

Some residents initially didn’t appreciate the dark humor of Joel and Ethan Coen, the Minnesota-born brothers behind the popular film, or were offended by the extreme violence and depiction of Scandinavian culture. Not to mention those heavy accents on “you betcha” and “ya sure.”

But the fame and cash it brought Fargo eventually brought the city around. Now, 16 years later, Fargo awaits the debut of a new cable television show by the same name, and many residents here are less apprehensive about how their hometown will be portrayed this time around. Just ask Kristin Rudrud.

“Anything the Coen brothers are going to be involved in is going to be brilliant,” said Rudrud, 57, who played a supporting role in the movie and has a hankering to promote everything about her hometown. “And they love Fargo. They love this area. So it will be done in a very fun and loving way.”

The Oscar-winning “Fargo” starred Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant police chief who investigates a series of murders, and William H. Macy as a car salesman who hires two criminals, played by Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare, to kidnap his wife.

No timeline has been announced by FX.

The birthday bunch

Actress Joan Fontaine is 95. Actor Christopher Lloyd is 74. Actor Derek Jacobi is 74. Actor Tony Roberts is 73. Actress Annette Funicello is 70. Actress Catherine Deneuve is 69. Guitarist Leslie West (Mountain) is 67. Actor Jeff Goldblum is 60. Actor Bob Odenkirk (“Breaking Bad,” “Mr. Show”) is 50. Comedian Carlos Mencia is 45. Country singer Shelby Lynne is 44. Director Spike Jonze is 43. Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”) is 37. Actor Michael Fishman (“Roseanne”) is 31. Drummer Zac Hanson (Hanson) is 27. Actress Sofia Vassilieva is 20.


 

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