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William Michael Morgan Covers Keith Whitley's 'Don't Close Your Eyes' [Watch]

William Michael Morgan may be in his early 20s, but the "I Met a Girl" singer has an old soul, which is apparent on his recent cover of Keith Whitley's "Don't Close Your Eyes." Continue reading…

Spike Lee pays tribute to Bill Nunn, best known as Radio Raheem

Spike Lee broke the news that actor Bill Nunn, best known for his role as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's hit film, "Do the Right Thing," has died. He was 62.

A photo posted by Spike Lee (@officialspikelee) on Sep 24, 2016 at 10:56am PDT

The president of Morehouse College confirmed the report. There has not been official confirmation from the family regarding Nunn's death, and he was the center of a death hoax rumor earlier this week.

Nunn played Robbie Robertson in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" film trilogy.

Zac Brown Has a Rollicking Side Project With Sir Rosevelt [Listen]

Zac Brown Band can tackle any genre in the live setting. A Zac Brown Band concert often features a blend of genres from country to EDM and pop to classic rock, so it comes as no surprise that a side project from frontman Zac Brown would encapsulate several musical flavors.

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Lauren Hutton revisits 'American Gigolo' for Bottega Veneta

Milan designers are keeping it clean for next season.

Many collections have a girl-next-door gleam, with an underpinning of sexy. The silhouettes are fresh and there is simplicity to the compositions.

Maybe it's because many designers are taking hints from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s in their designs. And no, that doesn't mean retro. Materials and execution keep the collections modern.

Highlights from the fourth day of womenswear previews for next spring and summer Saturday at Milan Fashion Week include Bottega Veneta, Ermanno Scervino, Jil Sander and Antonio Marras.

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LAUREN HUTTON'S RED CLUTCH

Wearing a big smile and carrying the actual woven red clutch she used in "American Gigolo," Lauren Hutton surprised the fashion crowd when she joined models in the runway show marking Bottega Veneto's 50th anniversary.

The crowd burst into applause as the actress worked her way down the vaulted corridor of the Accademia di Brera dressed in a classic silk Bottega Veneto trench coat.

Creative director Tomas Maier said the brand has been working through its archives during the 15 years he has been at Bottega Veneta and found Hutton's bag from the 1980 film among the treasures.

"I thought it would be nice for her to carry the bag from the film one more time," Maier said after the show. "'We love Lauren Hutton for many more reasons than that."

Eva Herzigova and Gigi Hadid also walked in the show for Maier. Guests in attendance included Andie MacDowell, Marisa Tomei and Liz Goldwyn.

With so many brands changing creative directors recently, Maier said his relative longevity was a mutual choice.

"It is like a marriage. If you want to make it work, it works," he said.

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PRIVATE LUXURY

The Bottega Veneta brand avoids flash, and its appeal is in details that are most apparent to the individual wearing a garment. Maier says that is by design.

"It's a personal experience. When you wear a coat, you discover how light it is. When you wear a sweater, you discover it has no seams," Maier said. "It has always been about the experience. Feeling the materials, getting the sensibility."

To mark the brand's 50th anniversary, Maier showed the men's and women's collections together — with the "more sturdy" menswear and "more colorful" womenswear each playing off each other. The looks were clean-cut, projecting timeless wholesomeness.

The soft female silhouette emphasized curves, with belted waistlines and low-cut V-necks, and the models themselves were more voluptuous than on many runways. Sheer knitwear added to the sex appeal.

The men's looks were loose and boxy, with high-waist trousers that gather generously above the belt paired with simple polo shirts.

Bright yellow, pink and copper nappa leather coats had a sheen that appeared nearly plastic. Evening dresses wrapped and plunged along the figure, trailing magnificently along the stone corridors.

The garments, which emphasize the brand's artisanal heritage, are made to last, Maier said.

"When you spend a lot of money, that shouldn't be disposable. It can be passed on," he said.

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DELICATE BEAUTY

In his eveningwear for next season, Ermanno Scervino has created delicate confections of otherworldly beauty.

The Florentine designer masterfully pleats and smocks silk organza to give it a form all its own, keeping the dresses so light they had the appearance of floating. Shapes varied from halter dresses with full skirts and Victorian ruffles at the neck to asymmetrical Roman-style wraps.

The colors were as delicate as the looks: pastel pink, creamy yellow and sea-foam green.

Scervino's collection for next spring and summer also took turns that were more edgy. A skin-tight pink jumpsuit had a futuristic flare. A series of body-hugging skirts and dresses in ivory that featured pearl buttons along deep-cut V-necks evoked sex appeal.

A sequence of blue-and-white striped looks, from mini-dresses to high-waist trousers with tucked-in blouses, had vertical and horizontal bands providing an optical effect that injected freshness.

Scervino described the collection as "harmonious" and "sexy."

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FASHION OUT OF PROPORTION

Rodolfo Paglialungo played with proportions for the Jil Sander label, with big shoulders emerging as the emblem of the season.

The designer said that while the 1940s silhouette was his starting point, he "absolutely did not want something retro."

What emerged were what he called "strange proportions,"— the oversized shoulders that defined the looks flowing into a slim, fitted skirt, loose shorts or trousers.

The classic Jil Sander suit came in pinstripes and was paired with an oxford shirt with an outsized tail that hung past the jacket hem.

Among the most startling looks were a series of pleated dresses, origami-like in their precision, with the rounded shoulders creating a semicircular effect over a straight skirt.

The color palette was classic cream, black and gray with accents of salmon and pumpkin.

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BORDERLESS DESIGN

A 1950s exuberance permeated Antonio Marras' looks for next season. The designer presented clothes meant to move in. To emphasize the point, Marras put dancers doing the twist in the center of the runway for the finale.

The collection was inspired by Malick Sidibe's photographs from Mali in the 1950s and 1960s that captured men and women going out dancing dressed in Western styles.

"Music and clothes were coming from the West of the world, and what I liked, as always, is the mixture," the designer said backstage.

In keeping with the inspiration, skirts were voluminous and flared, with gathering and pleats, or kept loose and flowing, as in sarongs, tunics and kaftans.

The colors were more subdued than the usual fashion references to Africa, featuring beige, ecru and sand tones with hints of color and floral accents that the designer said were more English than African.

Many of the looks included remnants of the production process, including embroidery, beaded flowers, fringe and ribbons.

Like Bottega Veneta, Marras showed menswear alongside womenswear, using the same fabrics and colors "to show what is similar between the two," he said.

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Paola Masera contributed to this report. Follow Colleen Barry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/colbarry

Louisiana accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco has died

Musician Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., who rose from a cotton-picking family in southwest Louisiana to introduce zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He was 68.

His longtime manager Ted Fox told The Associated Press that Dural died early Saturday morning. He had suffered from lung cancer.

Fox said the musician and accordionist died at 1:32 a.m. Louisiana time at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. He gained fame by introducing zydeco music of southwest Louisiana to the world.

"This is one of the world's true genius musicians. A completely natural musician who could just fit in in any scenario," Fox said.

Zydeco music was well known across southwest Louisiana where people would often drive for miles to small dancehalls where zydeco bands featuring an accordion and a washboard would rock the crowds for hours.

But Dural took zydeco music mainstream, launching a major-label album — the Grammy-nominated "On a Night Like This," — with Island Records in 1987. He went on to jam with musical greats like Eric Clapton, play at former President Bill Clinton's inauguration and perform at the 1996 Olympics closing ceremony in Atlanta.

He jammed with Jimmy Fallon on the final episode of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Fallon played the guitar backed up by the Roots while Buckwheat Zydeco rocked the accordion.

Dural earned his nickname because he had braided hair when he was younger that resembled Buckwheat from The Little Rascals television show. Born Nov. 14, 1947 in Lafayette, Louisiana, Dural was one of 13 children. His father played the accordion but the younger Dural preferred listening to and playing rhythm & blues and learned to play the organ, his obituary said.

By the late 1950s he was backing up musicians and eventually formed his own band. It wasn't until 1978 though that he took up the accordion so closely associated with zydeco music and later formed his own band called Buckwheat Zydeco, his obituary said.

It was the 1987 Island Records five-record deal that eventually brought Dural to a wider audience, and he went on to tour with Clapton, record with artists such as Ry Cooper, Paul Simon, Dwight Yoakam and Willie Nelson.

Fox called him an "old-fashioned showbiz professional" who was always focused on giving the audience — regardless of either they were eight or 80,000-strong — a good time.

"He had this charisma. He had this incredible charisma both onstage and personally," he said. "He was a real genuine person. To the end of his days with all the stuff that he'd done, all the awards, he was still the same Stanley Dural Jr. who was picking cotton when he was 5-years-old."

Fox says his daughter Tomorrow Dural has created a fundraising campaign to help with medical and other expenses.

Dural is survived by his wife, Bernite Dural, and his five children.

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Meghan Linsey Stuns in Bikini After Losing 25 Pounds

Meghan Linsey is holding onto summer while showing off her new figure in her latest jaw-dropping Instagram post.

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Pippa Middleton's phone hacked, thousands of photos stolen

London police say they are investigating the reported hacking of the iCloud account of Pippa Middleton, younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, and the alleged theft of 3,000 photographs.

The Sun newspaper said Saturday it had been contacted by a purported hacker seeking to sell the images for a minimum of 50,000 pounds ($65,000). It said the seller communicated using the pseudonym "Crafty Cockney" on an encrypted messaging service and sent sample photos showing Middleton being fitted for a wedding dress in advance of her planned 2017 nuptials.

The Sun said the hacker also claimed to possess Middleton's informal photos of sister Kate with her children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, and naked images of her fiancé, James Matthews.

The Metropolitan Police says no arrests have been made.

Sting appears at Utah production of his Broadway musical

Sting got to see his defunct Broadway musical "The Last Ship" set sail once more in Utah.

The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter popped up Thursday night at a Salt Lake City theater which began staging the show earlier this month.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/2cLgebl) that Sting spoke during the curtain call, thanking the director, choreographer and cast.

Running through Oct. 1, the Utah staging is the first since "The Last Ship" closed on Broadway in January 2015 after only a few months.

Sting wrote the songs for the musical, a semiautobiographical story about a prodigal son who returns to his northern England shipbuilding town and finds the workers are now unemployed.

The musician even joined the Broadway cast for the last two months of production.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

Sting appears at Utah production of his Broadway musical

Sting got to see his defunct Broadway musical "The Last Ship" set sail once more in Utah.

The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter popped up Thursday night at a Salt Lake City theater which began staging the show earlier this month.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/2cLgebl) that Sting spoke during the curtain call, thanking the director, choreographer and cast.

Running through Oct. 1, the Utah staging is the first since "The Last Ship" closed on Broadway in January 2015 after only a few months.

Sting wrote the songs for the musical, a semiautobiographical story about a prodigal son who returns to his northern England shipbuilding town and finds the workers are now unemployed.

The musician even joined the Broadway cast for the last two months of production.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

Jason Aldean Gives Lucky Fan a Brand New Car [Watch]

Cleveland, Ohio native Taylore Wingard is having a really good week, and Jason Aldean is a huge part of that.

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