COUNTRY GOES TO THE MOVIES AGAIN

Add Keith Urban and Blake Shelton to the long list of country stars-turned actors. Keith just signed a deal with Melee Entertainment to star in a Paramount Pictures film, written just for him.

"Keith is the whole package," said Melee Entertainment's president Bryan Turner, who helped launch the music careers of rap stars Dr Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy-E in the 80s. "It's not just his sex appeal. It's that plus his songwriting abilities and the way he portrays himself in his songs and live shows and as an individual."

Keith's film will most likely be a romantic drama. Shooting is expected to begin in early 2006.

Meanwhile, Blake has just finished playing himself in an upcoming CBS television movie called A Christmas Blessing-and now he's trying to fit a movie called The Red Knot into his busy schedule. Of The Red Knot role, Blake says, "He's a rodeo promoter and he's a guy that pretty much has a personality just like mine. He doesn't take anything very seriously and he's a big goof-off."
Photos by Curtis Hilbun

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