Entertainment – International

George Clooney to get top French film honour

PARIS, France (AFP) — France’s film academy said Thursday it will confer a top honorary award on US actor George Clooney when it hands out its coveted Cesar awards, the nation’s equivalent of the Oscars, on February 24. The Academie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema said that Clooney was their chosen recipient of this year’s Honorary Cesar Award as they wanted to fete his “dazzling talent as an actor, director, scriptwriter and producer — […]

Music is coming with a ‘Game of Thrones’ tour

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) — Winter may be passing, but music is coming with ‘Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience.’ After news that the next season of the hit TV show will not air until summer 2017, the show’s usual springtime slot is being filled with a musical tour of North America. The show’s composer, Ramin Djawadi, is bringing the fictional continent of Westeros to life in a concert with extravagant scenery and will take […]

Beyonce takes over internet with twins news

by Shaun TANDON Agence France Presse NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Beyonce is pregnant — and this time, she’s expecting twins with her husband, rap mogul Jay Z. The pop superstar — who already has a five-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, with Jay Z — announced the news to her more than 92 million followers on Instagram on Wednesday. Clad in panties and a bra under a flowing veil, Beyonce posted a picture of herself […]

British designer Waight Keller to quit Chloe

PARIS, France (AFP) — British designer Clare Waight Keller is to quit Chloe after six years, the French fashion house said Monday. The creator, who turned Pringle of Scotland from a rather staid knitwear maker into a fashion brand, has also helped push up sales at Chloe, best known for its floaty, romantic, 1970s-influenced clothes. Chloe said that since Waight Keller’s arrival the label has “enjoyed remarkable momentum and global development. “Her lightness of touch […]

After hit streak, dance duo Chainsmokers plan album

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Dance music sensations The Chainsmokers, who have created a streak of hit songs released as singles, announced Monday that they were finally planning an album. The New York duo had earlier been bashful about whether they would ever put out an album, reflecting the declining importance of pop music’s long-dominant unit in the age of streaming. The Chainsmokers announced the album, to be released at an undisclosed date this […]

Watch: Miss France says she was surprised to win Miss Universe

  (Eagle News) — Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittanaere said she was surprised when her name was called as the winner of the 65th Miss Universe pageant in Manila. Mittanaere ended a 63-year old title drought for France whose last Miss Universe was crowned way back 1953, Christiane Martel. “Thank you very much, I’m very proud to bring this crown back to France. It’s true, I still can’t comprehend and realize that I am Miss […]

The most challenging part of any beauty pageant – the Q and A’s!

QUEZON City, Philippines (January 30) – The Question and Answer portion is the most crucial part of any pageant which is why it makes sense that it is also the toughest.  The trend nowadays for beauty pageants is to focus not only on the contestants’ beauty but on their intelligence as well.  As such, winning a beauty pageant is not a walk in the park. Many contestants have met their downfall with the nerve-wracking Q and […]

Miss Universe fever!

QUEZON City, Philippines (January 27) – For the third time in the history, Miss Universe is happening in the Philippines!  Filipinos are well-known for being pageant enthusiasts, that’s why there is no doubt that among all the countries in the world, we  are the ones who are  most excited and happy for the upcoming international event. Last September 2016, when the Department of Tourism finally announced that the Philippines will host the prestigious pageant, many fans […]

Elton John to turn ‘Devil Wears Prada’ into musical

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Pop superstar Elton John unveiled Thursday his return to Broadway with a musical adaptation of the blockbuster film and novel “The Devil Wears Prada.” John will write the music for “The Devil Wears Prada,” with lyrics to be penned by Paul Rudnick, a humorist who frequently writes for The New Yorker magazine. “Reimagining ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ for the musical theatre is super exciting,” John said in a statement, […]

Miss Universe preliminary competition kicks off in Manila

MANILA, Philippines (Reuters) — Miss Universe candidates kicked off the preliminary show in Manila on Thursday (January 26). Over 86 candidates are in the Philippine capital to participate in the beauty contest, which will culminate in a coronation night on January 30. Crowds packed the Mall Of Asia Arena as each candidate showcased their swimsuits, evening gowns and national costumes in front of the judges. The preliminary competition will be used to determine the Top […]

US television icon Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80

by Frankie TAGGART Agence France-Presse Legendary actress Mary Tyler Moore, who delighted a generation of Americans with her energetic comic performances and broke barriers with her iconic portrayal of a single career woman, died Wednesday after years of ill health. She was 80. Moore’s eponymous sitcom — set in Minneapolis — ran for seven seasons in the 1970s and was named by Time Magazine as one of 17 shows that “changed television.” She died in […]

The crowning moment – a look at the Miss Universe crown

QUEZON City, Philippines (January 26) — The transformation of the Miss Universe crown can be compared to how a caterpillar metamorphoses into a butterfly. Butterflies go through a very complicated life stage in order for it to unleash its unique beauty. Imagine, from a very small egg – less than a centimeter in size –  it hatches as a caterpillar. Eventually, the caterpillar will weave its cocoon and several days more, it will showcase its remarkable colors that […]