Grammy-nominated country singer Blake Shelton has announced free pop-up shows in Texas, at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth on Sept. 20 and Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio on Sept. 21. Wristbands for each show are distributed at 10 a.m. CT at the venue. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.
Meanwhile, Shelton is joining his fellow "The Voice" coach Kelly Clarkson in the voice cast for the animated film "Ugly Dolls' which STX will release sometime in 2019. According to an announcement, Shelton will voice act and perform original songs as the character OX, the unofficial Mayor of Uglyville. Other previously announced "UglyDolls" cast members are Pitbull, Nick Jonas, Wanda Sykes and Gabriel Iglesias. As previously reported, Clarkson will voice the character of Moxy in the film, and she will also perform original songs on the "UglyDolls" soundtrack. The film's other characters are to be announced. Shelton and Clarkson have more in common than being coaches on "The Voice" and "UglyDoll" cast mates. They're both managed by Brandon Blackstock, who happens to be Clarkson's husband.
Kelly Asbury is directing the "UglyDolls" movie. His previous film credits as a director include "Shrek 2," "Gnomeo & Juliet" and "Smurfs: The Lost Village." Robert Rodriguez ("Sin City," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Spy Kids") is one of the film's producers. The Uglydolls plush toys (whose licensing is handled by Hasbro) were launched in 2001 by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim. In addition to the "UglyDolls" film, there is an animated TV series based on the toys that is expected to premiere on Hulu sometime in 2019 or 2020.
In other news about Shelton, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa in Tampa, Florida, has announced that it will be the first casino in the world to receive IGT's Blake Shelton Video Slot machines. The machines will be available for use beginning Sept. 25. The Blake Shelton Video Slots game is a low-denomination, 40 pay-line games and has a 375-credit maximum bet. The slot machines each a jukebox that includes many of Shelton's hits.
Meanwhile, Shelton has announced that he is opening a third Ole Red restaurant/bar, this time in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, with an expected opening date sometime in 2019. The first Ole Red opened in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, in 2017. The second Ole Red opened in Nashville this year.