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Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza are getting married!  Or at least, their characters are, as the ...

AlDub complete their prenup photo-shoot

Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza are getting married! 

Or at least, their characters are, as the two stars have recently completed the prenup photo-shoot for their characters Alden and Yaya Dub's upcoming wedding. 
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According to Rappler, photos from the AlDub prenup shoot were recently shared by their photographers - the husband and wife team of Manny + April Photography - featuring the two stars in character, as they show their fun and quirky romance in various different locations. 

In addition to the traditional photos of them in their wedding attires, Richards and Mendoza even posed in casual settings - sharing a ride around the city, eating a plate of isaw together, and having innocent fun in their PJs. 

It was clear that the two stars had a blast posing as an engaged couple, as both have already worked together in various photo-shoots and magazine spreads. 

Back on 15 October, the Kalyeserye segment of "Eat Bulaga" returned after a month off, featuring Lola Nidora (played by Wally Bayola) as she returned from her US vacation with her two sisters. In the same episode, Alden's character went to see the Lolas and formally asked Yaya Dub to marry him, much to fans' delight. 

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This week on This is Us, we saw Kevin (Justin Hartley) figuratively in over his head auditioning fo...

‘This Is Us’ Postmortem: Justin Hartley Talks Kevin’s New York State of Mind

This week on This is Us, we saw Kevin (Justin Hartley) figuratively in over his head auditioning for a play in New York, and young Kevin literally in over his head swimming in the deep end of a pool. In both circumstances, he was on his own, chasing something he wanted (then a floating football, now a role that will make him feel like a serious actor), and he ended up choking. But he did score that part, and just like when he was a boy, he found himself drawn to the comfort of family — this time by showing up unannounced at Randall’s house to stay a while.

Here, Hartley breaks down key scenes in “The Pool” and teases what’s to come.

What did you think the first time you read the script for this episode, seeing how beautifully and subtly the flashback ties into Kevin’s move to New York? 
I had the benefit of talking to Dan [Fogelman, the show’s creator] before we read the scripts. He gave me an overview of the season, and I knew that was coming. He’s such a great storyteller. There’s no gimmicks. We’re not pulling any fast ones. It’s a legit story. To see Kevin go to New York and be in a foreign area, without his sister — he doesn’t know how to do anything on his own, really. I think Kevin walks through life with rose-colored glasses, and then he’s being introduced really quickly to the cold reality that he really doesn’t know how to function as a grown man. [Laughs] The way Dan writes it, to have some comedy in there as well… I always say this: We laugh through these characters’ tragedies, don’t we? That is sort of what we’re doing. That’s a horrifying thing, to be an actor and watch him go through that [audition]. It makes my hands clam up a little bit, but as uncomfortable as it is, you’re laughing.

The first time I watched the audition scene, I had to mute it because it was stressing me out too much — which is a compliment to both the writing and to you. It must be tricky: you’re playing a scene in which Kevin is choking, and yet you also need to show us that Kevin is actually a good actor.
That was by design. A lot of that is the architecture of the scene, the way it was written and the way it was directed, the shots that they chose. It’d be very easy to go in there and do that particular scene, the second one where he’s actually auditioning, and see them walk away from that and go, “Oh, he’s just a s–ty actor.” What we wanted to do is tell a story: it’s not that he’s a bad actor at all, actually. He’s a fish out of water and he can’t function without his sister. They removed his safety net and he’s just scared. He’s intimidated by this girl [Tony nominee Olivia Maine, played by Salem’s Janet Montgomery], and he’s a little insecure about the whole thing. His charm is not working, so he’s just got to find a different avenue to figure it out. That’s not him as a bad actor, that’s him just falling on his face.

It’s like sometimes when you watch basketball… I grew up on Michael Jordan, and I saw him miss important shots. It doesn’t say anything about his basketball playing ability; it’s just a certain situation. I’m glad you picked up on that, that it’s not like Kevin’s a bad actor, it’s just that he’s scared and unable to make it work.

There’s a moment when Kevin first comes into the theater and he refers to the playwright as a “screenwriter” and she corrects him, and he says, “Well, you know, I mean you gotta start somewhere.” It reminded me of someone like Suzanne Sugarbaker on Designing Women. Kevin’s a self-absorbed character who can say something horrible, but it’s not malicious, so you still like him.

That’s so funny that you brought that up because how that came about was, we all walked into this room — I think it was the first time I’d been in that room — and I was working with all new actors, and I was trying to figure out who they were. I actually said, “You’re this person. You’re that person.” I’m introducing myself, and I introduced myself to [that actress], and I was like, “Oh, you’re the screenwriter, right?” I’m on stage and she goes, “Playwright.” I was like, “Yeah, well, we’ve got to start somewhere.” Everybody started laughing, and then we just ended up using it. It worked because you’re right, he’s not trying to insult anyone at all. He’s on her side, right? [Laughs] It’s like, “Hey, man. Good for you. Maybe you’ll get there.”

Kevin gets the role, and his co-star, Ms. Maine, is not happy about it. She says the producers think The Manny star will sell tickets. But I’d like to think they saw some chemistry between them during Kevin’s audition when they were bickering on stage.
I have to tell you, I have never in my life been a part of a show where they give you so much artistic freedom. That scene where he’s melting down, it was maybe a page or something. They just kept the camera rolling. It was like, “Just go. Just do your thing.” Unfortunately, I’ve had those [kind of auditions]. There was one situation where it went kind of that poorly. It was close. I think I accidentally vandalized some of his personal property in the office by accident, and then I knocked something over and broke it. I think I spilled something. Even though I knew my lines, they weren’t coming out of my mouth. It was a very similar situation. They just let me go crazy with that scene. We really have something special with the cast and the crew, and Dan. Everything’s in the writing obviously.

[Janet] sitting there looking at me… I think you have to be a very generous actor to be able to play someone who is so cold-hearted and not generous at all and sort of mean-spirited.

So we’ll be seeing more of that dynamic in the show presumably, as they rehearse the play?
Yes. You’ll see a bunch of stuff. It’s pretty funny to think what happens between the two of them, as far as breaking each other down. She thinks she’s got Kevin’s number, but in fact, she doesn’t…

Where is his head at now?
It’s an interesting thing… He was on that show, The Manny, and it was all about, “My God, I can’t believe they’re making me do this.” He was proud of the show at first, and then he becomes embarrassed to be on it. It turned into something he didn’t think it was going to be. He decided he wanted to be a legit actor. He’s an artist. Now it’s like, “Okay, this is where the rubber meets the road. Great. You’ve got the part. Wonderful, terrific. Now you have to actually do it.” That’s where the nerves feed in and it’s like, “Oh, wait. I thought this was what I wanted, and now that it’s time to do it, I’m horrified.”

I think he gets very discouraged very easily, and I think he also is able to build himself back up because Kate’s not there to do it. You’ve got to figure out some way to do it. He becomes a survivor. I think these are the things he’s learning — how to fix situations like an adult. With the acting, and with his relationship with his brother, and all that kind of stuff… hopefully he’ll find a love interest soon, and he’ll be well on his way to becoming President of the United States of America. [Laughs]

You mentioned his relationship with Randall (Sterling K. Brown). Kevin ends up at Randall’s house at the end of the hour, after we’ve seen young Kevin’s resentment of his brother flare-up again at the pool before the family ends their day snuggling. What do you like about that relationship between adult Kevin and Randall? What are you looking forward to exploring there?
What I like about it is I think it shows Kevin’s heart. I think it shows he has some regrets as to how things were his whole life and growing up with his brother. Even though they haven’t gotten along ever, he’s still his brother and he still loves him and he’s still trying to mend that relationship a little bit.

Anytime I play this character, I allow him to do whatever, as long as Kevin leads with his heart. I feel like it earns all the other “What is he doing?” goofy s–t that he does. It earns the selfish part, if you show that he leads with his heart. He doesn’t know any better.

So I’m looking forward to that, and, personally, selfishly, I’ve been loving working with Sterling, and Susan [Kelechi Watson, who plays Randall’s wife, Beth] is fantastic, and Ron [Cephas Jones, who plays Randall’s biological father, William] is phenomenal. Episode 5 is my favorite one we shot so far.

This Is Us used a very effective memory/flashback to effectively and realistically explain where Ke...

#ThisIsUs Recap: Swimming Lessons

This Is Us used a very effective memory/flashback to effectively and realistically explain where Kevin, Kate, and Randall find themselves in the present. And once again, it made us cry.

Jack and Rebecca

The boys are fighting over toys, Rebecca has been trying to read Misery for two years, and Jack can’t fix the A/C, so he decides on a family day at the community pool. Besides, he’s already packed a cooler of soda — he’s managing to stay on the wagon — and Kate’s Care Bears bikini isn’t going to show itself off.

It’s packed, and Jack is on the hunt for chaises. Rebecca applies sunscreen to the kids, albeit very poorly. (But hey, it’s the ‘80s, so I guess the kids are lucky it wasn’t baby oil and a reflective screen.) She also doesn’t know the answer when Randall inquires if he needs sunscreen. Rebecca tries to get Kate to put a shirt on over her bathing suit. When she walks off after declining, Rebecca is positive someone will make fun of Kate, and Jack assures her that it’s just baby fat. They are exhausted trying to keep track of all three kids. “Yep, it’s a war. They got the numbers. We were beat before we started,” Jack surmises.

Kevin begs for his dad’s undivided attention while he’s doing handstands (so not much has changed in 32 years), and suddenly Rebecca notices Randall is missing. As they go off in search of him, Kevin dives down into his own little world. Rebecca finds Randall playing with all the black kids on the opposite side of the pool and gets into a confrontation with one of the moms who says it was fine for him to be down there as she was watching him. Things get a little heated as the other mom tells Rebecca she needs to get a barber who can cut black hair to get rid of the bumps on Randall’s neck. She explains that she knows who Rebecca is because they all pay attention when a white lady adopts a black kid and doesn’t introduce herself to any of them. Rebecca stands her ground saying that Randall is in trouble because he was not supposed to go away from their spot and throws in, “That’s my son and I’m his mother. I don’t know if you have a problem with that, but I don’t care.”

Kate keeps trying to play mermaids with the skinny, mean girls, but they hand her a note and you know it can’t be good. It isn’t. Basically, it reads, “We don’t want you to play with us anymore. You embarrass us.” And they throw in a pig face for good measure. She is crushed, and she stops eating and sulks with a towel around her.

Rebecca finds the note, and Jack plans to give those girls a talking to, but Rebecca says he will make things worse. While they are discussing it with their backs to him, Kevin almost drowns. Now his feelings are truly hurt, so he marches over and yells, “You are too busy making sure Kate doesn’t eat too much and that Randall isn’t too adopted, and you never watch me. ‘Oh, where’s Kevin?’ He’s dead.”

Jack fixes Kate’s issues by giving her a magic T-shirt that makes your enemies see you how you want them to. She chooses “princess,” and he explains that he already sees her that way. Then he tackles Kevin with an apology, explaining that he is doing this, fatherhood, for the first time, so he’s likely to mess up again.

Rebecca realizes that Randall has requested going to that pool specifically so that he could meet other black people, because as Randall later explains, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania is basically the whitest place on earth. So she does the right thing and seeks out that other mom again to ask if she has a barber’s name — and if they could set up some playdates. She also asks about the sunscreen and gets a big laugh.


The kids have apparently been told off-screen that William is grandpa, and they are so accepting that they ask him to do their hair instead of mom. When they inquire about a scar on his arm, Beth assumes it’s drug-related, but William tells them that it’s actually from a protest to integrate schools.

When William goes out for a walk, the security guard of Randall’s mostly white neighborhood stops him after a loitering complaint from the neighbors and demands to see I.D. When he’s in the midst of refusing and calling him out, Randall runs out to smooth things over and the neighbors apologize. Randall decides it’s time to buy William some new clothes.

Their shopping trip quickly turns into Randall feeling like his dad is judging his life. “You didn’t like me apologizing for you. Would you have liked it if I made a big scene, got up in Tony’s face, had the cops roll up and turn the hoses on us? Because history would not have memorialized our stand,” Randall says. “Because I grew up in a white house, you don’t think I live in a black man’s world.”

But, Randall argues, the security guard is still clocking them and that the saleperson will still ask for ID even though she hasn’t asked for it from anyone else that day. “Plus, a million things I have to let go every day just so I am not pissed off all the time,” he says.

The family attends a play at the kids’ fancy public school — which has a farm and a goat — and it still seems like Randall is feeling antsy about William’s true opinion of his life. One of Randall’s girls is playing Snow White, and he looks around noticing people laughing about lines like “a maiden so fair.”

Chrissy Teigen has a very interesting way of wishing her friends a happy birthday. The model wish...

Chrissy Teigen Goes Completely Nude to Wish Her Friend a Happy Birthday

Chrissy Teigen has a very interesting way of wishing her friends a happy birthday.

The model wished her friend Marisa Matins a happy birthday on Sunday by sharing a completely nude photo of herself posing alongside husband John Legend.

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY@MARISAMXO,” Teigen captioned the snap.


Naturally, Teigen kept things SFW by Legend’s artfully placed head, but she is hardly a stranger to stripping down. She has gotten nude for Sports Illustrated as well as other high fashion editorials over the years.

Despite showing off her post-baby bod (the new mom welcomed daughter Luna in April) on social media, Teigen recently admitted to PEOPLE that she wasn’t totally comfortable getting naked in front of the camera just yet.

“Every shoot I have right now, I request like all one-pieces please or anything high-waisted,” she said of her post-baby body. “I’m still definitely not comfortable. I think I’m fine in clothes. But am I comfortable naked or in a bikini? Not exactly yet.”

The third-season premiere of Jane the Virgin, airing Monday night on the CW, reveals the fate of sh...

‘Jane the Virgin’ Starts a Strong Third Season

The third-season premiere of Jane the Virgin, airing Monday night on the CW, reveals the fate of shot cop Michael (Brett Dier), and you won’t catch me revealing that life-or-death-or-something situation. What I can tell you is that, against the odds, Jane the Virgin has managed to sustain the premise that began the show — a variation on a telenovela for the CW network — with an admirable degree of inventiveness. Satire on television just isn’t supposed to last this long, let alone continue to be so resourceful and clever.

The show, created by Jennie Snyder Urman, has shown notable sustaining growth for what could easily have been a one-season wonder of a series. Certainly the show built a solid foundation with Gina Rodriguez’s Jane, her mother, Xo (Andrea Navedo), and biological father, Rogelio (Jaime Camil), among others. All of the wild plot twists are grounded in Jane the Virgin’s believable, lovable, often troublesome family.

Last season, the show became even more daringly loopy with the adventures of twin sisters Petra and Anezka (Yael Grobglas). Anezka will continue to try to keep the comatose Petra in that paralyzed condition to further her scheming ideas. There’s also a prominent ongoing plot line for drug lord Rosa (Bridget Regan), the Michael-shooter with nothing to lose when it comes to villainy.

This season, the first two episodes made available for review suggest even more complicated fun and intrigue. Among the most promising notions is Rogelio crossing over into American television. He is probably my favorite character. Which reminds me: There’s a very good Erik Estrada joke in the season premiere. Listen for it.

Jane the Virgin might consider a title change in Season 3 — because the “virgin” part won’t be true...

6 Things to Know About #JaneTheVirgin Season 3

Jane the Virgin might consider a title change in Season 3 — because the “virgin” part won’t be true for much longer!

When the CW romantic dramedy returns Monday night, it’ll pick up right where it left off, with Jane (Gina Rodriguez) reeling after her new husband, Michael (Brett Dier), was shot. Whether he lives or dies remains to be seen, but whatever the outcome, it’s going to be a tough time for our plucky heroine.

“This season is really about growing up as an overall theme,” creator Jennie Snyder Urman tells Yahoo TV. “There are a lot of big milestones that happen this year and a lot of youthful innocence shed.”

Big changes are in store for Jane and her family. Here’s what to expect from Season 3:

1. Michael’s fate will be revealed by the end of the premiere

Unlike the Season 1 finale cliffhanger, when baby Mateo was kidnapped, Michael’s shooting won’t be resolved right away. “People will know at the end if he lives or dies, but it’s a pretty harrowing journey,” Urman teases.

Many fans had guessed Michael might die, and Urman acknowledges that his shooting had been planned from the very beginning. “We knew it was going to happen. We knew it was going to be pretty devastating after this incredibly joyful wedding,” she says. “We really planned and thought through what it will do to the show, to the narrative, to the characters, and how it will propel us forward in the long-term arc.”

2. Jane won’t be a virgin soon

“She will lose her virginity this year,” Urman declares. And like Michael’s shooting, Jane losing her virginity this season was always in the cards.

“The exact circumstances under which it will happen, and what will make it significant and funny and heartfelt and all of those things, have evolved as we’ve worked through the season,” Urman says. “Also, we knew it wouldn’t be at the beginning of a season or as a season finale, that it would always be part of her season, because I don’t feel like our show is essentially a show about her virginity.”

3. Xiomara will have to face the prospect of motherhood… again

In the Season 3 finale, Xiomara (Andrea Navedo) learned she was pregnant. But the baby’s father could be her true love and ex, Rogelio (Jaime Camil), or Rogelio’s nemesis, Esteban (Keller Wortham). Further complicating the matter is that Xo doesn’t want to have another kid — which is why she and Rogelio broke up in the first place!

“Xo still has a great, big juicy arc this year. Obviously the first question is will she have this baby, that she has gone on record as saying she doesn’t want,” Urman notes. “And subsequent to that, you’re going to see her making some big decisions.”

4. Rogelio gets some devastating news

Yeah, it’s pretty heart-breaking for the social media-mad actor: Turns out he’s not as famous in the United States as he thought. Of course, he decides not to stop until he’s conquered the American celebrity market.

5. Petra remains paralyzed… but perhaps not for long

Who would’ve ever thought we’d say this, but: Poor Petra (Yael Grobglas)! Urman laughs. “Yes, poor Petra! She’s Petra-fied!”

In the Season 2 finale, Petra’s seemingly meek twin sister, Anezka, injected her with something that induced a “locked in” condition. She’s aware of what’s happening around her, but she can’t speak or move. But she may not be “locked in” for very long.

6. Sin Rostro goes to therapy

Last we saw Sin Rostro aka Rose (Bridget Regan), she shot Michael and whisked Luisa (Yara Martinez) off to parts unknown.

“We know that this is one of the greatest love stories ever told,” Urman says with a laugh. “The lengths to which Rose will go to have a happily ever after with Luisa is going to be something we’re going to be delving into.”

One of those lengths is couples therapy! Yes, Sin Rostro is going to try opening up.

“We’re going to see Rose and Luisa attempt therapy to see if they can get past their issues,” Urman explains. “Ultimately Luisa is going to have to make a choice about whether she wants to spend a life on the run with Rose or return to the family.”

Today a new poster; tomorrow, the new trailer. That was the good news revealed by Rogue One: A Star...

We Break Down Latest 'Rogue One' Poster Ahead of New Trailer

Today a new poster; tomorrow, the new trailer. That was the good news revealed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards on Wednesday’s installment of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Show.

The new clip, which will premiere on Good Morning America on ABC (which, like Lucasfilm, is part of the Disney empire), marks the third trailer for the upcoming film. An initial teaser arrived in April, introducing the hero, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), and her mission: steal the plans to the Death Star before it can render obsolete the burgeoning Rebellion.

The first full trailer followed in August, establishing the long odds facing Jyn Erso and giving a little more face time to her team: Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna); the reconditioned Imperial droid K-2SO (voiced by Alan Tudyk); old warrior Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker); the blind Force-wielding warrior Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen); his blaster-happy bestie Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen); and the team’s gadget guru Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed). We also got good looks at the variety of Stormtroopers and imposing Imperial weaponry trying to prevent the theft, all under the stewarship of the steely Imperial officer Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn). And, finally, we got a glimpse of the Emperor’s personal enforcer, Darth Vader, back in black for the film set just before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.

What’s in store for the next (and presumably final) trailer? Perhaps we’ll get better looks at some of the more exotic characters that have been glimpsed in the new Rogue One toys and behind-the-scenes footage, like the Mon Cal Admiral Raddus; the alien Rebel fighters Bistan, Pao, Moroff, and Two Tubes, and ; or the Imperial astromech C2-B5.

While we wait for the new clip, we decided to scour the latest poster for clues. Here’s our annotated version you can print ‘n’ save.

And here’s a clean version you can mark up on your own before Rogue One hits theaters on Dec. 16.

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize for Literature "for having created new...

Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for Literature

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize for Literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition," the Swedish Academy said on Thursday in awarding the 8 million Swedish crown ($927,740) prize.

Literature was the last of this year's Nobel prizes to be awarded. The prize is named after dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel and has been awarded since 1901 for achievements in science, literature and peace in accordance with his will.

(Reporting by Mia Shanley, Daniel Dickson and Simon Johnson; Editing by Alistair Scrutton)

Mixers rejoice! The new Little Mix-era is almost upon us! The ladies of Little mix have been teasin...

#GloryDays The New Little Mix Era is Upon Us!

Mixers rejoice! The new Little Mix-era is almost upon us! The ladies of Little mix have been teasing of new music for awhile via social media and their first single is set to drop VERY soon! Sources like the eonline article that is linked above claim that this song may be about Perrie’s ex Zayn Malik and that this song may feature some explicit lyrics. I, for one, am so beyond excited for their new single, I hope that they push the envelope a little more and will gain more exposure in the states. Their social media game has been strong and I really all the hype behind this new single will be so worth it.

[source: eonline]

They also announced  their release date via twitter as well with some of the song lyrics and a new promotional picture of all the girls holding their hands in the air…it was really cute!

[source: https://twitter.com/LittleMix]

Little Mix has the potential to make some serious waves this year with their new music. I am hoping they have music that is slightly more mature so that they can transition away from their bubblegum sound and have something a little more urban like their second album Salute (2013). I really do enjoy this group and I feel they have a good body of work so far, but if they really want to crack the states, they hopefully worked with some American producers for their forthcoming album; I also hope they have some artists featured that have cracked the states. This group has immense potential as they are hard workers and take their craft seriously. I wish these ladies the best of luck and will have a review of their new single once it drops. Keep your fingers crossed Mixers, I feel we won’t be disappointed! 

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Bella Thorne Straddles Tyler Posey in Racy Bikini Shot, Calls Him Her ‘Man Crush Everyday’

They just can't hide it! Though Bella Thorne and Tyler Posey have never flat-out confirmed their relationship, the two stars can't seem to get enough of each other. On Monday, Thorne posted a racy shot of herself in a bikini, straddling her new man on a pool float.

"Pool vibes with my baby #myman #mcm #mancrusheveryday," she captioned the suggestive shot.

Thorne recently celebrated her 19th birthday with Posey, who turns 25 later this month. The Teen Wolf star posted a sweet Instagram selfie with Thorne and his dog in honor of her big day, writing, "I love these women. My red haired beauties. Happy birthday my love @bellathorne sorry I was a couple hours late, I was too distracted by your face."

Thorne also recently posted a video of herself getting a septum piercing that clearly showed off her neck hickey.

The pair were first spotted out together in September, following Thorne's split from Greg Sulkin. But they remained vague about their romance at first. Back in April, they shot down rumors that they were together after they were spotted out linking arms.

Hurricane Matthew slammed the southeastern United States Thursday night with rain and 130 mph wind ...

Live updates: Hurricane Matthew barrels toward Florida, East Coast

Hurricane Matthew slammed the southeastern United States Thursday night with rain and 130 mph wind hours after millions of residents were ordered to evacuate to escape the monster storm, predicted to be the most catastrophic in more than a decade.

Yahoo News will be covering the storm around the clock. Follow our live blog below, and submit your storm photos and stories to tell us how your community has been affected by Hurricane Matthew.

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for ...

Colombian leader Juan Manuel Santos wins Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to end a five-decades-long civil war that has killed more than 200,000 people in the South American country.

The award came just days after Colombian voters narrowly rejected the peace deal that Santos helped bring about, and Nobel judges conspicuously left out his counterpart, Rodrigo Londono, the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, from the honor.

"The referendum was not a vote for or against peace," the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, insisting the peace process wasn't dead. "What the 'No' side rejected was not the desire for peace, but a specific peace agreement."

Colombian voters rejected the deal Sunday by the narrowest of margins — less than a half percentage point — over concerns that the rebels, who were behind scores of atrocities, were getting a sweetheart deal. Under the terms of the accord, rebels who turn over their weapons and confess their crimes will be spared jail time and the FARC instead would be given 10 seats in congress through 2026.

Santos and Londono, better known by his nom de guerre Timochenko, signed the peace deal last month after more than four years of negotiations in Cuba. Six days after the deal was signed, Colombians rejected it in the referendum.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it believes that Santos, despite the "No" vote, "has brought the bloody conflict significantly closer to a peaceful solution."

It said the award should also be seen "as a tribute to the Colombian people who, despite great hardships and abuses, have not given up hope of a just peace, and to all the parties who have contributed to the peace process."

Santos, 65, is an unlikely peacemaker. The Harvard-educated scion of one of Colombia's wealthiest families, as defense minister a decade ago, he was responsible for some of the FARC's biggest military setbacks. Those included a 2008 cross-border raid into Ecuador that took out a top rebel commander and the stealth rescue of three Americans held captive by the rebels for more than five years.

Santos and Londono met only twice during the entire peace process: last year when they put the final touches on the most-controversial section of the accord — the part dealing with how guerrillas would be punished for war crimes — and last month to sign the accord before an audience of world leaders and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The Colombian vote Sunday was also seen as a referendum of sorts on Santos, who has staked his presidency on securing peace but in the process, critics say, neglected the economy and other pressing issues. Santos' approval rating in July was near the lowest it has been since he took office in 2010.

Prize committee chair Kaci Kullmann Five said that Santos has made clear that he will continue to work for peace in Colombia.

"The Committee hopes that the peace prize will give him strength to succeed in this demanding task," she said.

Committee secretary Olav Njoelstad said there was "broad consensus" on picking Santos as this year's Nobel peace laureate.

It was the first time the peace prize went to Latin America since 1992, when the committee awarded Guatemalan human rights activist Rigoberta Menchu.

A record 376 candidates were nominated for this year's award, which carries a prize of 8 million Swedish kronor (about $930,000).

Last year's peace prize went to Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet for its efforts to build a pluralistic democracy.

The 2016 Nobel Prize announcements continue next week with the economics prize on Monday and the literature award on Thursday. All awards will be handed out on Dec. 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel's death in 1896.


Ritter reported from Stockholm. Joshua Goodman in Bogota, Colombia, contributed to this report.

A bloody Neymar was removed from Brazil's 5-0 defeat of Bolivia after receiving an elbow to the...

Bloody Neymar taken off against Bolivia

A bloody Neymar was removed from Brazil's 5-0 defeat of Bolivia after receiving an elbow to the face on Thursday.

The Barcelona star scored one goal and set up two more as Brazil outclassed the Bolivians in their CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier in Natal, Brazil, but wasn't allowed to continue past the 69th minute.

Neymar went to ground after being accidentally elbowed during a one-v-one situation with a Bolivian defender near the touchline.

With the right side of his face streaming blood, the former Santos star received medical attention for the gash but was ultimately subbed off for Willian on 69 minutes.

Neymar had already received a 36th-minute yellow card that will rule him out of Tuesday's final October qualifier against Venezuela.

Lady Gaga’s voice pipes in over the phone, instantly familiar — but this isn’t booming madwoman cac...

Lady Gaga Talks ‘Joanne’ Album, Dive Bar Tour: ‘I Wanted to Do the Things That Made Me Fall in Love With Music in the First Place’

Lady Gaga’s voice pipes in over the phone, instantly familiar — but this isn’t booming madwoman cackle of “Bad Romance,” or the fembotic rap of “Lovegame,” or even the sexy vampire drawl of her recent American Horror Story character, the Countess. Lady Gaga sounds… normal. Chipper, unguarded, girly, even a bit giggly. She sounds happy. “I know this is silly, but how do I address you?” I ask her, feeling foolish the moment the question leaves my mouth. “Do I call you Gaga? Stefani?”

She just chuckles gently for a moment, pauses, and then answers, a little quietly: “Call me Joanne.”

Joanne, of course, is the title of Gaga’s much-anticipated fifth album, out Oct. 21. Joanne is also Gaga’s middle name, and the name of her parents’ Italian restaurant in New York. But most importantly, Joanne was Gaga’s paternal aunt, who died of lupus at age 19. Lady Gaga, aka Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, wasn’t born until 12 years after her aunt’s passing on Dec. 18, 1974, a date that Gaga has tattooed on her arm. “What I know of Joanne is what she left behind, which was a lot of loss and a lot of tragedy in my family,” she says. (Earlier this year, during an emotional speech at the Producers Guild Awards, where she performed her Oscar-nominated rape survivors’ anthem “‘Til It Happens to You,” Gaga revealed that a college campus sexual assault “tormented [Joanne] so emotionally that it caused the lupus that she had to get so bad that she died.”) However, despite never knowing Joanne personally, Gaga was greatly affected by her aunt’s legacy, and when Gaga reached her own 19th birthday, “That’s when I really decided I was going to hit the ground hard — hit the [New York] dive bar scene and the club scene hard with my music and playing out as a songwriter. It was really Joanne, and that story of our family, and the toughness that made us who we are, that gave me the strength to go, ‘You know, I’m going to live the rest of my life in a way that she couldn’t.’”

Gaga says Joanne is “a return to my roots in a very strong way,” and not just because it’s a tribute to a beloved, much-missed family member. It also back to her above-mentioned early NYC days, when she was playing Open Mic nights and opening for the likes of glam/garage band Semi Precious Weapons on the Lower East Side. (“Which was silly fun, and probably some of the best memories I have in my life.”) This is evident in the propulsive stadium-rock riffage of Joanne’s lead single, “Perfect Illusion”– or in that song’s uncharacteristically simple music video, during which a free-spirited, head-banging, fist-pumping Gaga rocks out at a desert rave with hipster producer Mark Ronson and Kevin Parker of Aussie psych-rockers Tame Impala, wearing just denim cutoffs, combat boots, a messy high ponytail, and a ragged, underboob-flashing T-shirt. One especially astute YouTube commenter actually said of the video: “This isn’t Gaga. This is Stefani.”

Gaga (or Stefani, or Joanne) is even planning a “Bud Light + Lady Gaga Dive Bar Tour,” kicking off Oct. 5, for which she’ll eschew her usual massive arena productions for the sort of grubby, hole-in-the-wall venues where she got her start. “It’s not so much about taking it all off for the sake of it, like, ‘Here I am, I had all these costumes before and now I don’t!’” says Gaga, who assures that there will be “more costumes and lights and big shows” in her future. (One can assume that her just-announced halftime show performance at next year’s Super Bowl will be a very un-dive-bar-like spectacle.) “But to begin all of this, we’re going to wind back the clock — to the day I decided when I was 19 that I was going to go live the rest of the life that Joanne didn’t get to live.”

Clearly, this is not the over-the-top Gaga of ARTPOP — and  for now, at least, that’s probably a good thing. While that 2013 album ultimately sold 2.5 million copies worldwide, it received mixed reviews, and while Gaga’s diehard fans, or “Little Monsters,” were supportive, many journalists were incredibly unkind — almost willing her to fail, dubbing the album ARTFLOP, and downright gleefully reporting on even the most minor setback in her personal or professional life at the time.

Gaga admits that this backlash was “hurtful at times… it doesn’t feel good when you put that much time and work and effort into things, and people make fun of them, or shame you for things you’ve created.” However, she adds: “The thing is, you’re not always going to make something that everybody likes. You can’t be in this for the business of people liking you. That would just not be even the right thing to do! To have such a big voice in the world and to only care about people liking you — what’s the point, really? When I’m making records, I’m never thinking, ‘How can I make this something that’s accepted?’”

ARTPOP’s promotional cycle also included a series of preposterous and misunderstood stunts, like a South By Southwest showcase that featured Gaga getting covered in rainbow barf by “vomit artist” Millie Brown, or an equally controversial Oval Office-themed American Music Awards performance in which Gaga played a Monica Lewinsky-like role alongside a presidential R. Kelly. Back then, some naysayers believed Gaga had at long last jumped the proverbial shark.

“You know, I do have to take responsibility that there’s an element of absurdity to a lot of what I’ve done in the past,” Gaga concedes. “The meat [dress] thing, and confusing people, that has been part of my thing. And I wouldn’t even say necessarily that now that’s entirely different. I think that people seeing me take everything off, it’s making them ask questions as well — but what I’m hoping for is for people to stop asking so many questions about ‘why?’ and just listen to the music.”

Following a career reboot via standout performances at the 2015 and 2016 Oscars (of The Sound of Music and “’Til It Happens to You,” respectively), a Grammy-winning duets album with Tony Bennett, and a stupendous “Star-Spangled Banner” tour de force at this year’s Super Bowl, Gaga now is more about the music than ever. Joanne in fact seems like the work of a indie-rock supergroup, featuring collaborations with Florence Welch (“Hey Girl”), Beck (“Dancing in Circles”), Father John Misty (“Sinner’s Prayer”), Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, Grimes producer BloodPop, Parker, and Ronson. Gaga is even playing some guitar on this album, with Ronson’s encouragement.

“It was really about working with people that have tremendous poetry and depth through their work. I can say that with such love, that I adore and cherish the people that worked on this album,” Gaga gushes. “And I mean, we didn’t collaborate over the phone, you know? This is like days, hours, nights in the studio… It was just a brilliant experience. Genuine passion and love. People that really cared about wanting me to be able to soar, and making a pop record that has gravity to it. That’s a challenge. We wanted to make something that sounds brand-new, and we wanted to make something that’s also pop, but we wanted it also to be authentic and change things up a bit. We love making music, and we’re trying to change the landscape of how music is now.”

Gaga’s giggliness becomes noticeably more audible over the phone line the more she talks about Joanne’s special guests. She says of her Beck collaboration: “It’s a really fun dance song. It’s a great record. We started in Malibu. We were just hanging out for the afternoon and I asked him if he wanted to go into the live room, which is where all the instruments are for recording. And we just went in and I sat at the piano. I believe he was playing a Hummingbird guitar that Mark gave me, and we just sat down and started to jam and we wrote the song. It’s a killer, killer record.” Of Parker, she raves, “I couldn’t wait to work with him. That was love at first sight when we all got together.” Of Homme, she says, “He spent so much time with us on the guitars and working on so many of these records… He’s amazing. I was up for days with him, working. We had the best time. I could listen to him play guitar for hours and hours and hours. He’s just tremendous.” And she calls Ronson “a tremendously brilliant talent. My favorite thing about the work that we did together on the album is just the way that he inspired me when I was singing. The vocals on the record are very honest. I love the way that he hears my voice.”

At this point in the conversation, Gaga gets so excited, she even starts reciting a few lines from her “Sinner’s Prayer” track with “fantastic poet” Father John Misty: “I’ve got a baby sister who looks just like me/And she wants nothing more than a man to please/Maybe she’s in too deep/Her love for him ain’t cheap/But it breaks just like a knockoff piece.”

“Sinner’s Prayer” definitely sounds like a song for the ladies — for the young Joannes of the world, if you will — and Gaga says she “wanted to speak to a female audience… I’m excited that when I walk down the street now and people see me, that they don’t just see the outfit and can’t wait to take a picture. I can’t wait to lock eyes with that woman that says, ‘Thank you for writing Joanne.’ That’s my goal. I want to know that she heard me in a deeper place.”

But Joanne, she stresses, is for everyone. “I really just want all those girls that have never really understood me before, or those boys that have never understood me before, to hear what I have to say about being me during this time in the world… I can try to speak to women, but I’m not trying to speak to these women in a way that they get all riled up and then they’re mad at their man. Or they’re mad at their girlfriend. Or they’re mad at their dad. You know? It’s the opposite. I want to speak to these women and I want the men sitting next to them to hear the songs and go, ‘Oh, I get it. I understand you now better, baby. I get you now, baby.’ Mark and I talked a lot about it: When speaking to women, when speaking to men, how could we make statements to women that men would understand and be a part of, and bring men and women closer, bring women closer?”

One Joanne track — with a seemingly unlikely collaborator, country songwriter Hillary Lindsey (Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel,” Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush”) — is an especially poignant “girls’ song” with universal appeal, and one tied to the overall, underlying theme of loss inspired by the album’s namesake. “’Grigio Girls’ is about me and my girlfriend getting together to drink Pinot grigio and cry without our friend Sonja [Dunham, Haus of Gaga’s managing director], because Sonja had cancer and we needed the time without her to cry about it, because we didn’t want to cry in front of her — because she was so strong, and she was keeping us so strong,” Gaga reveals, getting serious again. “It kind of started there, and then it turned into a song really about how girls get together to let it all go and pour our souls out. Then we started to play the song for guy friends — both gay and straight guys — and we just saw the look on their faces, like, ‘Oh, man, that’s so true. Now I get why my girl is like that.’ And then they were like, ‘Hey, why can’t I be a grigio girl, too?’ They want to be at the party, because the party is so inclusive. It’s a place where you can let it all out.”

So now Lady Gaga is letting it all out — at dive bar shows, in her music videos, and on her most personal album to date. “When I started writing [Joanne], I thought to myself, ‘How can I connect to other people now at this point in my career? Through my music? How can I go deeper?’ And the truth is, I wanted to do the things that made me fall in love with music in the first place,” she says. “Just sitting at the piano and writing a song, and being about me and the music and a story I wanted to tell — something more autobiographical, something more personal. This transition in my career is me embarking on a new journey with Joanne in my heart, and I’m hoping I can connect with the world on a deeper level.

“The thing is, once I was able to return to that, I was able to remember what’s important in life is family and friendship and connection and taking care of one another, especially in a time when people are so isolated and lost and afraid. It just feels really good to write a song that lays it all bare, and sing it and look my fans dead in the eye. That’s really the point of what I’m trying to do. And Joanne is giving me the strength to do that.”

Rapper Kid Cudi checked himself into rehab on Monday for “depression and suicidal urges.” “It t...

Kid Cudi Checks Into Rehab for Depression and Suicidal Urges: ‘I’ll Be Back, Stronger, Better’

Rapper Kid Cudi checked himself into rehab on Monday for “depression and suicidal urges.”

“It took me awhile to get to this place of commitment, but it is something I have to do for myself, my family, my best friend/daughter and all of you, my fans,” the rapper shared in an emotional Facebook post on Tuesday. “I am not at peace. I haven’t been since you’ve known me. If I didn’t come here, I would’ve done something to myself.”

Cudi, who recently made headlines for a short-lived feud with his former mentor, Kanye West, admitted to fans that “anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember and I never leave the house because of it.”

“I deserve to have peace. I deserve to be happy and smiling. Why not me?” he continued. “I guess I give so much of myself to others I forgot that I need to show myself some love too. I think I never really knew how.”

The rapper, who signed the post with his real name, Scott Mescudi, apologized profusely to fans throughout, but over 15,000 responses and comments on the Facebook post at the time of publishing featured nothing but love for Cudi, who promised that his upcoming album is “still on the way.”

“I’m nervous but I'ma get through this,” he wrote. “I wanted to square away all the business before I got here so I could focus on my recovery… Love and light to everyone who has love for me and I am sorry if I let anyone down. I really am sorry. I’ll be back, stronger, better. Reborn.”

Last Wednesday, Kanye West took offense to some less-than-complimentary words Kid Cudi had tweete...

Kanye Ends Feud With Kid Cudi, Calls Him ‘The Most Influential Artist of the Past 10 Years’

Last Wednesday, Kanye West took offense to some less-than-complimentary words Kid Cudi had tweeted about him. Never one to bite his tongue, the “Famous” rapper fired back at Cudi in the middle of a concert in Tampa, Florida that night. 

“Kid Cudi, don’t ever mention ‘Ye name. I birthed you,” West, 39, said from the stage. “We all dealing with that emo s— all the time – me, Pat, Don C. Don’t ever mention 'Ye name. Don’t try to say who I can do songs with. You mad 'cause I’m doing songs with Drake? Ain’t nobody telling 'Ye who to do songs with! Respect the God!” 

But now it looks like relations are thawing between the hip hop titans. Last night during a show in Houston, West had a much kinder message for his fellow artist. 

“I just wanted to take time out to say Kid Cudi is my brother,” he said, calling him “the most influential artist of the past 10 years, and I hope he’s doing well.” 

The trouble began when Kid Cudi tweeted, “I need y'all to know I got so many haters within the industry and these clowns know Im bout to crush their entire [existence]. Everyone thinks they’re soooo great. Talkin top 5 and be having 30 people write songs for them.” He then turned his attention to West specifically. “My tweets apply to who they apply. Ye, Drake, whoever. These n—– dont give a f— about me. And they aint f—in with me.” 

It’s unknown what prompted Kid Cudi’s criticism. He had been signed to West’s G.O.O.D Music label, before departing in 2015. Despite the business split, Cudi made an appearance on West’s recent album, The Life of Pablo.

Kim Kardashian West has been held up at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room by masked men dressed as p...

Kim Kardashian Held Up at Gunpoint in Her Paris Hotel Room By Men Dressed as Police

Kim Kardashian West has been held up at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room by masked men dressed as police officers.

“She is badly shaken but physically unharmed,” her rep tells PEOPLE.

The reality star has been in Paris for the last week for Fashion Week.

Her children North, 3, and Saint, 9 months, were not involved in the incident Sunday night, PEOPLE has learned.

It is not yet clear whether she was robbed.

The reality star’s husband Kanye West abruptly left the stage during a concert in New York City mid-song on Sunday night, telling fans, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry. Family emergency, I have to stop the show.”

Kardashian has been on a high-profile tour of Paris Fashion Week all week and was with Kanye up until Wednesday. She was also joined by mom Kris Jenner and sisters Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner.

On Sunday, she attended the Balenciaga show before stepping out with Kourtney for a dinner hosted by designer Azzedine Alaïa.

By 8:30 p.m. ET – 2:30 a.m. Paris time – she was back at her hotel room and Facetiming with brother Rob Kardashian and his fiancée Blac Chyna to wish them congratulations at their baby shower, according to her Snapchat.

Kanye West was in the middle of performing “Heartless” at Meadows Music & Arts Festival in Queens, N.Y., on Sunday night when he interrupted the song and immediately ended his set.

On Sunday afternoon, Kardashian gave a shout-out to her security team, posting a picture on Instagram of one of her bodyguards, Pascal Duvier, and joking, “This guy is always in my shot!”

Earlier last week, her bodyguards quickly pounced on well-known celebrity prankster Vitalii Sediuk when he tried to plant his lips on her behind.

On Saturday night, West partied with LeBron James and the other members of the Cleveland Cavaliers after playing a show at the Quicken Loans Arena.

On Sunday, West was the headliner for the Meadows Music & Arts Festival. He came on stage about 30 minutes after his scheduled time and told the crowd, “Thanks for rocking with me tonight.”

A festival rep then came on stage about 10 minutes later and said the set was cancelled and that West was no longer on site.

If there is one thing Maine Mendoza wouldn't want to do, it would be conforming to the standard...

Maine Mendoza: I don't need to be what I'm not

If there is one thing Maine Mendoza wouldn't want to do, it would be conforming to the standards set by the entertainment industry. 

Through her 24 July blog entry entitled "That's How It Works", Mendoza revealed that she was wondering about an incident, which she didn't specify, and was unhappy with the answer given to her. 

"[...] the only thing that she said to me was "That's how it (show business) works". That response made me question everything; it was the kind of response I did not expect to come from someone who is very perceptive when it comes to these things – also from someone who's very close to me. It was shocking though I did try to apprehend her perspective, but in the end I still failed to get her stance about the whole matter." 

She further explained that the whole thing narrows down to the issue of pleasing people, which is the one thing that she said she will never do. 

"We are in a world full of pretentious beings. Especially in my case, I am living in a world full of barbies– and no, it ain't fantastic. Some people have really mastered the art of pretension; and it is up to us to determine what's real and what's not. [...] it is something that I could not and would never understand. Why bother trying to be someone you are not when you can just be yourself? Why seek for people's approval on how to live your life? Why let other people's opinions define you? Is that how it should work?" she asked. 

Mendoza stressed that she doesn't want to pretend to be someone she is not and do things she's not willing to do just to be loved and accepted. "I would never change who I am just to conform to the norms of this industry. Sure, "that's how it works", but I am who I am; and it's up to people if they will like me or not," she emphasised. 

Mendoza ended her post by reminding people that they are not born to please everybody and that everybody should live the life they want. 

"Remember that there will always be people who will love you; but it's best to be loved for who you really are than who you are trying to be," she said. 

(Photo source: zeibiz.com, https://twitter.com/mainedcm)

One woman is dead, and 5 injured after a man carrying a knife attacked people in London's Russe...

1 Dead, 5 Injured in London's Russell Square Knife Attack: Police

One woman is dead, and 5 injured after a man carrying a knife attacked people in London's Russell Square late Wednesday night, Metropolitan Police said.

"A man was arrested at 22:39 hours and a Taser was discharged by one of the arresting officers," police said in a statement.

The man is 19 years old, but his name was not released. At a press conference early Thursday morning, Metropolitan Police Asst. Commissioner Mark Rowley said, "This was a tragic incident resulting in the death of one woman and five others being injured. Early indications suggest that mental health was a factor in this horrific attack.

But Rowley said terrorism isn't being ruled out. "However we are keeping an open mind regarding the motive and terrorism remains one line of inquiry being explored," he said.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said, "Police have spoken to him and are seeking to establish the full facts including motives for this attack."

Police officers and London Ambulance Service attended to the scene. Additional police units have been deployed to the area to "provide reassurance," police said.