When it was announced that Jamie Lee Curtis would be returning to her iconic role as Laurie Strode in the brilliant 'Halloween' franchise, fans of the series' interest immediately peaked. Having enjoyed her time in the series and becoming one of the biggest names in Hollywood when the original films first debuted, Curtis went on to return for various sequels, including 2002's 'Resurrection', which saw her character killed off.
Fortunately, that film won't be included in official 'Halloween' canon. Comedian Danny McBride teamed up with writing partner David Gordon Green (who's also directing the flick) to write the screenplay for this new film, and wanted Curtis to get back on board with her most memorable character.
Now, filming on the movie has come to an end, and Curtis took to her social media accounts to mark the occasion with a beautiful black and white behind-the-scenes picture. Showing "three generations" of Strode family members, Curtis promises that the horror will be an "astonishingly scary revisit to Haddonfield." Check out the tweet below:
Curtis isn't the only original cast member making a return, with original Michael Myers actor Nick Castle also jumping on board to send shockwaves through Haddonfield once again. Whether or not he'll be successful in bringing the lives of those he hates to an end however remains to be seen, but we're sure that if this horror becomes a box office hit, it could mark the revival of the 'Halloween' series for the next few years.
It wasn't all work during Valentine's week for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Though the engaged couple did spend the first part of the week on their first official joint visit to Scotland, the end of the week was celebrated with none other than Hamilton!
Sources can confirm Harry and Meghan surprised the cast when they showed up to watch the Broadway hit at London's West End Theatre on Friday night. In fact, one of the cast members took to Twitter to express how proud she was.
"Was an honor to have Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in to watch @HamiltonWestEnd last night," Leslie Garcia Bowman wrote.
The Director of West End confirmed the pair enjoyed a private visit.
Funnily enough, the play pokes fun at Harry's ancestor King George III, while telling the story of Alexander Hamilton and the founding fathers of America.
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan have been busy with wedding planning and royal visits, and just today it was announced that the soon-to-be royal was given an official aide—a right-hand woman to help with her busy schedule.
Former Kensington Palace press officer Amy Pickerill accepted the job and will now be an assistant private secretary in Prince Harry's office, working on Markle's official diary and handling any correspondences she receives.
Guido Grolle, a lawyer from Dortmund, Germany, was recently forced to file complaint with the local police, because someone keeps sending him pizzas to his workplace. Over the past two and a half weeks, the man has received over 100 pizzas he never ordered, and he just wants the madness to stop.
By the time he gets out of the shower in the morning, Grolle sometimes receives several emails letting him know that the pizzas he ordered will be delivered to his office at lunch. On some days, you can actually see several pizza delivery guys crossing the street to bring the lawyer the lunch he never asked for. This has been going on since late January, and Grolle really has had enough of it.
“It’s really annoying,” he told Ruhr Nachrichten. “You can hardly get any work done.”
The Dortmund man claims he has no idea who’s behind the ‘pizza stalking’. He has no angry clients or rivals, plus, he doesn’t really think a person could pull off so many orders in such a short time. One morning, between 9:20 and 9:47, he got 15 pizza pre-order emails, and he says “nobody can order that fast”.
Suspecting that his computer might be infected with some weird virus, he had it checked by a computer security expert, but nothing suspicious was discovered. He also filed a complaint with the local police, but so far their investigation hasn’t uncovered anything either. So for now, the man is forced to use a filter to make sure he doesn’t get any more pizza delivery emails and shut down his mobile phone during work hours so he can focus on his work without having to take calls from delivery companies.
Guido Grolle has told German reporters that he has so far received over 100 pizzas he never ordered, and that lately whoever is behind this annoying prank has begun diversifying the menu. In the past few days, he has been getting currywursts, Greek food and sushi as well.
The police are treating the case as one of stalking, as it doesn’t qualify as fraud. The potential offender doesn’t have any financial gain, and Grolle has not incurred any financial loss either, as he doesn’t have to accept the food. The only ones who stand to lose anything are the food delivery companies.
According to German law, anyone involved in the unauthorized pursuit of another person in a manner likely to seriously affect their way of life – including the misuse of personally identifiable information and placing orders for goods or services on their behalf – faces a hefty fine or up to three years behind bars.
All That, the beloved '90s sketch comedy show for kids, staged an epic reunion on MTV2's Wild 'n Out, the sketch and improv show hosted by All That alum Nick Cannon. Former cast members Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg and Josh Server reconvened to tape an episode of Wild 'n Out that will air during the show's upcoming eleventh season.
All That aired from 1994 to 2005 and launched the careers of Thompson, Mitchell, Cannon, Gabriel Iglesias, Amanda Bynes and Chappelle's Show co-creator Neal Brennan, who was a writer on the show. It lives on as a cherished memory in the minds of '90s kids.
However, part of this memory was tainted in recent years when we learned there was some post-Nickelodeon beef between Mitchell and Thompson, who co-starred on their own All That spin-off series from 1996 to 2000 as well as the cult classic Good Burger. But after one of the All That creators urged Mitchell to mend fences between the pair a few years back, Mitchell and Thompson immediately fell into their old rapport.
Knowing what they've gone through to get to here only makes this adorable All That and Kenan & Kel reunion that much sweeter. You can check more of the pics out on Mitchell's Instagram, but the best one is below.
Lance Bass has just confirmed that all of *NSYNC will be reuniting for a public event, but unfortunately, it’s not the reunion you were hoping for.
Bass was leaving Craig’s restaurant in West Hollywood on Monday night with his husband, Michael Turchin, when he was asked about Justin Timberlake‘s Super Bowl halftime show.
He acknowledges the all the fans who want the group to get back together, and then reveals that they actually have a reunion planned when the group receives their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Maybe it’s not the tour we all wanted, but hey, it could lead to something bigger.
Lady Gaga has canceled 10 shows in the European leg of her Joanne World Tour because of severe pain, according to the tour's promoter. Live Nation released a statement explaining that the singer is "suffering from severe pain that has materially impacted her ability to perform live."
"I’m so devastated I don’t know how to describe it,” Lady Gaga said in her own statement. “All I know is that if I don’t do this, I am not standing by the words or meaning of my music. My medical team is supporting the decision for me to recover at home."
Lady Gaga has been open about her battles with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition which affects the entire body and could lead to chronic fatigue and mood issues including depression, in her Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two.
Things got a bit heated after the Grammy Awards on Sunday for Quavo. TMZ reports that the Migos rapper has been accused of attacking a pretty well-known jeweler, Eric the Jeweler, at a Grammys afterparty at 1Oak in New York.
Eric went to the police on Tuesday to report the incident. According to Eric, he and Quavo were at 1Oak at 4:30 a.m. on Monday morning, when a verbal dispute over money Quavo purportedly owed Eric turned into a fight.
Eric reported to the cops that Quavo and a second man—neither Offset nor Takeoff—jumped him. And when he left the club, his $30,000 chain was gone. Eric filed a robbery report with the police.
“A complaint report for Robbery was filed for a Robbery that occurred on January 29, 2018 at approximately 0430 hours at the address you provided. The 25-year-old male complainant reported he was assaulted by a member of a musical group (Quavious Marshall) and suffered a swollen right eye. He also stated that his necklace was taken during the incident. There are no arrests at this time and remains an active investigation,” Detective Sophia Mason told Complex in a statement.
Welcome to Monowi, Nebraska, population 1. According to 2010 U.S. Census data, Monowi is the only incorporated town in the country with only one resident.
As the only person living in Monowi, 84-year-old Elsie Eiler, is the town’s mayor, clerk, treasurer, librarian, bartender, among other functions. Every year she hangs a sign in the tavern advertising mayoral elections and then votes for herself. Federal law also requires her to produce a municipal road plan annually to secure state funding, and pay $500 in taxes to keep the water and electricity turned on. She also does the required paperwork to keep Monowi’s incorporated status and prevent it from becoming a ghost town.
“When I apply to the state for my liquor and tobacco licenses each year, they send them to the secretary of the village, which is me,” she told the BBC. “So, I get them as the secretary, sign them as the clerk and give them to myself as the bar owner.”
“I’m happy here. I grew up here, I’m used to this, and I know what I want.” Eiler added.
Back in the 1930s, Monowi was a stop on the Elkhorn Railroad with a bustling population of 150, three grocery shops, several restaurants, and even a prison. Eiler was raised on a farm on the outskirts of town and met her husband Rudy in primary school. After graduating from high school, Rudy enlisted in the US Air Force. While he served in the Korean War, Eiler moved to Kansas City to pursue work with an airline.
“I went to work for an airline with the dream of becoming a stewardess,” she told BBC. “I didn’t much care for the city; Monowi had always been home.”
Eiler married Rudy at 19, and they raised two children in Monowi. In 1971 the couple decided to reopen the tavern that had belonged to Eiler’s father. By the time the Monowi Tavern opened, however, the little town had begun its decline. After WWII, rural economies collapsed throughout the Midwest, and entire communities began to disappear from the US heartland.
In 1960 the church held its last funeral for Eiler’s father, and then between 1967 and 1970 the post office and only remaining grocery store shut down. The school closed in 1974. In the mid-70s both of Eiler’s children moved away to find work, and by 1980 the town’s population had plummeted to 18. Twenty years later Rudy and Eiler comprised the entire population of Monowi until Rudy passed away in 2004. “We probably have the record by going down in population 50 percent,” Eiler cheekily told Reuters.
Despite living alone, Eiler says that she isn’t lonely. Six days a week she opens the tavern at 9:00 am and spends 12 hours serving her regulars, most of whom she has known her whole life.
“It’s like one big family,” Eiler said. “There are fourth- and fifth-generation customers coming in. It’s pretty neat when the people you remember as babies are now bringing their babies in to show me.”
Aside from the tavern, there is one other public building in Monowi – Rudy’s Library. An avid reader in life, Rudy’s dying wish was to turn his private collection into a public library. Monowi now has a tiny public library with a selection of over 5000 books and magazines. Eiler, naturally, serves as librarian. A key hangs in the tavern for anyone who wants to check something out, using the honor system to do so.
When Rudy passed away, Monowi surpassed nearby Gross, Nebraska, (population: 2) to become the only incorporated town in the US with only one resident. In the 14 years since, visitors have come from all over the world to see the town and filled four guestbooks with signatures.
Eiler has five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, from her two children. The closest of them live in Ponca, Nebraska, about 90 miles away, but others live as far away as the Netherlands.
“I know I could always move closer to my children or stay with them whenever I want, but then I’d have to make all new friends again,” Eiler said. “As long as I’m able to be here, this is where I really want to be.”
Back-on rap couple Cardi B and Offset will both be at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis — but they’ll play competing concerts on the eve of the big game.
Cardi’s scheduled to perform at Maxim’s annual Super Bowl bash with a lineup including Post Malone and DJ Marshmello.
At the same time, Offset’s group, Migos, will play a hot Rolling Stone Live show with 21 Savage, T-Pain and DJ Cassidy.
Sources reported this week that the engaged couple is going strong despite recent rumors of love on the rocks.
The Rolling Stone Live event with Tidal and Mercedes-Benz also marks the Super Bowl return of David Spencer and Michael Heller’s Talent Resources Sports.
The gurus are also behind Playboy’s Big Game Party with Snoop Dogg.
When 50 Cent agreed to accept bitcoin for purchases of his 2014 album, Animal Ambition, a unit of the cryptocurrency was already worth hundreds of dollars — but the value of those sales has since skyrocketed and the rapper's bitcoin holding is now reportedly worth more than $7.5 million.
"Not Bad for a kid from South Side, I'm so proud of me," 50 Cent wrote in an Instagram post citing TMZ's story about his unexpected windfall. Alongside emojis of a sack of money and a person holding up their hands in a "What?" pose, he added, "LOL."
In an additional comment that could either amaze or exasperate people who would love to find a pile of money, 50 Cent added, "I'm a keep it real. I forgot I did that s***."
TMZ reports that Animal Ambition brought the rapper around 700 bitcoins — worth several hundred thousand dollars at the time and around $7.7 million at today's rate.
The story of 50 Cent's bitcoin windfall is emerging just a few years after the rapper filed for bankruptcy protection under his given name, Curtis Jackson. As NPR reported in 2016, "He says he's broke, but he posted Instagram photos showing piles of cash in a refrigerator."
Back when 50 Cent released his 2014 album, bitcoin was mostly known as a "virtual currency" that was still trying to push its way into the mainstream. The game company Zynga accepted it for some purchases, as did Dell and electronics retailer Newegg — and by the end of the year, so did Microsoft.
On the day the album came out, 50 Cent took part in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. As International Business Times reports, he talked about accepting bitcoin as a way to "stay with times."
Even in 2014, bitcoin's price was fluctuating wildly, vulnerable to news of government clampdowns and hackers' attacks on exchanges. The currency's value had topped $1,000 in 2013; when 50 Cent's album came out in the summer of 2014, one bitcoin was worth more than $600. Today, a bitcoin is worth more than $11,000. Last month, it nearly reached $20,000.
50 Cent released Animal Ambition through his G-Unit Records, along with Virgin's Caroline Records. His fifth album, it fell far short of the huge sales figures of his first album, Get Rich or Die Tryin'. But in a twist, one partial explanation for that slump — the digitizing of a medium that was once exclusively material — also helps explain why its proceeds are now worth millions, as bitcoin's value has risen to stratospheric heights.
Animal Ambition included songs such as the now-ironically-named "Chase the Paper." 50 Cent described it to Complex magazine as being about prosperity and entrepreneurial energy.
In an update on the album's bitcoin proceeds this week, Complex noted, "50 has proven his business acumen time and time again. It's how he got rich and didn't die trying."
When Sophy Ijeoma, a makeup artist from Nigeria, decided to comment on an acquaintance’s Facebook marriage advert as a joke, she never imagined she would marry the man just seven days later, but I guess she underestimated the power of social media.
The day before New Year’s Eve, Nigerian furniture maker Chidimma Amedu decided it was to find a wife. Instead of probing his friends or going on a dating site, he just posted an advert on Facebook, asking all women interested in becoming his wife to reply to his post. It read “Am of age to and I am ready to say I do and I am wasting no time. Send in your applications. The most qualified will be married on January 6, 2018. Application closes 12 midnight, December 31, 2017. I am serious about this… and don’t say you did not see it on time. Goodluck.”
Amedu received a few responses from interested parties, but the one that caught his attention came from Sophy Ijeoma, an acquaintance he barely knew. She was maid of honor at a friend’s when she saw the funny post, and it piqued her interest. She had been Facebook friends with Amedu for about a year but had previously had little interaction beyond occasional likes and comments. Initially, she thought the post was a joke and replied saying: “Am interested, just DM me…lols.”
“I never knew he was serious about the post,” Ijeoma told the BBC. Amedu, however, was completely serious. He sent her a private message, and they began chatting via Facebook messenger. Two days later the couple had their first date at a mall in Ijeoma’s hometown of Enugu, in southeastern Nigeria. Amedu traveled over 500 km (300 miles) from his home in the northern city of Abuja to meet her there.
“It was love at first sight,” Ijeoma told reporters. “He is the most handsome man I’ve ever met, and I liked him instantly.”
Amedu felt the same, and after taking one look at her said, “You’re beautiful”.
After two hours of conversation, Amedu asked Ijeoma to meet his uncle who also happened to live in Enugu. Family support behind one’s choice of spouse is an essential part of Igbo culture.
“We got to the uncle’s house, and he said: ‘Uncle, meet the woman I want to marry,'” Ijeoma recalled. “When I saw him for the first time, I definitely found him attractive, but what I didn’t know how serious he was about marrying me. It was after we met the uncle and his wife, that I realized that this could actually happen and I wanted it.”
The couple decided to keep their momentum and seek the approval of Ijeoma’s family on the same day. Her father had passed away, so it was up to her elder brother to give his blessing, which, somewhat surprisingly, he did. It was official – Amedu and Ijeoma were engaged to be married all within hours of meeting.
“At first, her family thought I was not serious, but I proved to them that I was,” Amedu told CNN.
The couple planned their wedding over the next four days after taking a test to find out if they were medically compatible. Nigeria has a high rate of sickle cell anemia, and couples are advised to compare their genotypes to avoid having children with the condition. All went well, and on January 6, 2018, the couple officially became husband and wife, in a traditional Igbo ceremony. “I am happy that I married him. He is my kind of man,” Ijeoma told CNN.
The Mighty Ducks may take the ice again as a television series about Disney's underdog Minnesota hockey team is currently in development. The Hollywood Reporter writes that while the live-action series is still a long way from firing knucklepucks, screenwriter Steven Brill – who penned 1992's The Mighty Ducks and the sequels D2 and D3 – and producer Jordan Kerner have concocted a new story about the ragtag youth hockey team.
As there is not yet a script for the project, it's unclear if Emilio Estevez's Gordon Bombay or any of the Mighty Ducks – an alumnus that includes actors Joshua Jackson, Kenan Thompson and Daredevil's Elden Henson – will reprise their roles. It's also unknown whether the series is a complete reboot or a decades-later continuation of the original trilogy.
ABC Signature Studios, a production company under the Disney umbrella, will develop the series, which as of yet does not have a network home, although the Hollywood Reporter speculates it would likely end up on a Disney-affiliated property.
An animated television series about the Mighty Ducks also premiered in 1996 and ran for 26 episodes. The original 1992 film and its sequels were so successful among moviegoers and hockey fans that, upon being awarded an NHL expansion team for Anaheim in 1993, Disney named the team "the Mighty Ducks" and fitted players in similar jerseys as the second film. When Disney sold the franchise in 2005, the team was renamed the Anaheim Ducks.
From Whatsapp to WeChat or Skype, the world has plenty of choices when it comes to messaging apps that connect friends and strangers on the internet. The market is so crowded these days that for a new competitor to even get noticed, they’d have to come up with something completely new. Enter “Die With Me,” a fresh chat app that can only be used when your smartphone has 5% or less battery remaining.
Die With Me allows total strangers with a low battery to log into an online chatroom and converse as they wait for their handhelds to shut off completely. Or, as the developers so poetically put it, to “die together in a chatroom on your way to offline peace.” Using Die With Me requires nothing more than choosing a username and allowing the app to read your battery status. The idea behind the strangely poignant app was to turn the frustrating experience of dealing with low phone battery into a positive one.
If you’ve ever had to chop an onion, you probably know that it’s one of the most annoying cooking experiences. It just fills your eyes with tears and, apart from wearing goggles, there’s not too much you can do about it. Scientists and farmers have been working on a solution to this problem for decades, and they’ve apparently come up with a tearless onion.
Called the “Sunion”, this new vegetable is the result of a natural cross-breeding program that’s been going on farms in Nevada and Washington since the 1980s, which should put consumers worried about genetically-modified produce at ease. It’s supposedly a sweet, mild-tasting onion that doesn’t leave that strong, pungent aftertaste, but what really sets it apart from most other onion varieties is that it doesn’t cause teary eyes when it’s chopped.
When you cut into a normal onion, it releases a volatile compound called lachrymatory-factor synthase, and when that hits your eyes, your body produces tears to reduce irritation. Now, the interesting thing about regular onions is that the amounts of lachrymatory-factor synthase increase the longer the vegetables are stored, so the older they, the more you cry. In Sunions, on the other hand, the levels of that annoying volatile compound drop the more time goes by until it no longer has any effect on your eyes when you cut it.
That’s what Sunion growers are claiming anyway, but reports from those lucky enough to have tried them seem to confirm these claims. The Huffington Post had three of its reporters chop some Sunions, and apparently, none of them shed a single tear. According to the Washington Post, they don’t have the pungency of regular onions and are so sweet that you can eat them “like popcorn”.
So the good news is that tearless onions are now a real thing. The bad news is that they are currently only grown in Washington and Nevada, and even though they are sold nationwide, they are still in relatively short supply. The first Sunion batches hit the shelves of grocery stores in December, but we’ll probably start seeing them in most grocery shops and supermarkets in the next few years, as more people learn about them.
HOLLYWOOD, CA — Everything Mickey Mouse did, Minnie did in heels. And now, 40 years after Mickey was immortalized on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Minnie is getting her due.
Minnie Mouse will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday in front of the Disney-owned El Capitan Theatre, 6834 Hollywood Blvd. The star celebrates the beloved character's 90th anniversary with the Walt Disney Co. Mickey Mouse received his star on the Walk of Fame in 1978, marking his 50th anniversary.
"Minnie Mouse is a woman of the ages and her iconic status makes her a great addition to our Walk of Fame!" said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. "Generations of fans of all ages have been looking forward to her seeing her bright new star."
A veteran with more than 70 films, Minnie Mouse is one of Hollywood's most prolific characters.
"Minnie made her debut in the Disney classic, Steamboat Willie, and she instantly became America's sweetheart," Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said in a written statement. "For decades, Minnie has delighted generations of fans with her fun-loving, independent personality and timeless style. Her ability to embody a sense of both old Hollywood elegance and grace, combined with girl-next-door charm established Minnie as one of the most beloved animated characters around the world."
Minnie's will be the 2,627th star on the Walk of Fame. She and her beau are far from the only fictional characters to receive the honor. Other Disney characters who already have stars include Donald Duck, Tinkerbell, Winnie the Pooh and Snow White. Additional fictional characters honored on the Walk of Fame include Big Bird, Godzilla, Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker, Kermit the Frog and The Simpsons.
The ceremony will feature Walt Disney Co. CEO Robert Iger and singer Katy Perry. The ceremony is at 11:30 a.m. Monday is open to the public.
A former nanny in China recently confessed to abducting a boy from her employers in Chongqing and raising him as her own son for the past 26 years. He Xiaoping, 48, from Nanchong, in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, confessed the kidnapping to local authorities, last August. Police have been investigating her story ever since, but are unable to open a criminal case based solely on her claim.
Xiaoping claims that after giving birth to two children and losing both in their infancy, she approached elders in her village for advice. They told her that the only way for her to have a child of her own, would be to raise one from another family. In 1992, Xiaoping went to the city of Chongqing with a fake ID card and found a job as a nanny for a 1-year-old boy. She claims that after working for three days, she took the boy back to Nanchong with her. She named the boy Liu Jinxin after her second son.
The boy is now 27-years-old, but during all the years he’s been with Xiaoping, no one has ever come looking for him. In 1995, after the birth of her daughter, Xiaoping thought about returning the boy to his family, but she feared imprisonment. She kept him and raised him as her son instead.
“I know I have done bad things,” said He in an interview with Chongqing Evening News. “But I have always treated him as my own son, and he has treated me as his real mom.”
Xiaoping said that she was finally inspired her to confess her crime by a TV documentary showcasing an old woman who had spent the past fifty years searching for her lost son. The show moved Xiaoping so much that she told her son the truth and turned herself in to the police.
The woman told reporters that although her son isn’t convinced that she is telling the truth, but he has left Nanchong shortly after hearing her confession and started working in Guangzhou.
“I never thought she was not my mom as she was so good to me,” Liu said. “I don’t really care if they can find my biological parents or not.” Police have entered Liu’s information into China’s database of missing people, but as of yet, there are no matches. Oddly, there are also no police records of a missing boy in Chongqing from 1992. Xiaoping said she will continue to search for Liu’s biological family regardless and has accepted that she will serve jail time when she locates them.
Huang Ziqiang, a lawyer from Chongqing Exceedon and Partners Law Firm, said that if the case is real, Xiaoping could face a sentence of up to five years in jail according to the 1979 criminal law. However, the time limit for such charges is five years, and she would probably not be sent to jail even if she is convicted.
“How can I redeem myself then? Confess to the Buddha?” Xiaoping asked.
The story recent went viral in China thanks to Xiaoping contacting Chongqing Evening News in an attempt to spread the word about her search for Liu’s biological family. The paper published her story last week, and sparked a heated debate on Chinese social media, with many calling for her to serve jail time whether or not she or the police locate the bio-family. Liu, however, does not want to see her imprisoned as he considers her his real mom either way.
It's been a year since Cardi B left Love & Hip-Hop New York, VH1's popular reality series that helped catapult the budding rapper to fame. But after gaining traction with the release of her breakout hit "Bodak Yellow," Cardi is heading back to the screens, this time for her first-ever movie role: According to TMZ, the "Bartier Cardi" rapper inked her first movie deal and will be landing on the big screen very soon.
Sources tell TMZ that Cardi will begin filming for the movie as early as March. No further details have surfaced about what type of movie it is or who else will star in the film, but earlier this month, Cardi posted a message on her Instagram story teasing that something exciting is on the horizon for her. "My biggest dream might come true this month or next month," she wrote. "Crossing fingers... I talked about this a lot in interviews." Cardi also landed a role on BET's now-defunct TV drama Being Mary Jane last year in the role of Mercedes.
TMZ also reports that because Cardi had to turn down a few gigs to start filming, the rapper could be making a pretty penny for her upcoming movie role.
MOSCOW (AP) — Even thermometers can’t keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia’s remote Yakutia region, which hit minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas Tuesday.
In Yakutia — a region of 1 million people about 3,300 miles (5,300 kilometers) east of Moscow — students routinely go to school even in minus 40 degrees. But school was canceled Tuesday throughout the region and police ordered parents to keep their children inside.
In the village of Oymyakon, one of the coldest inhabited places on earth, state-owned Russian television showed the mercury falling to the bottom of a thermometer that was only set up to measure down to minus 50 degrees. In 2013, Oymyakon recorded an all-time low of minus 71 degrees Celsius (minus 98 Fahrenheit).
Over the weekend, two men froze to death when they tried to walk to a nearby farm after their car broke down. Three other men with them survived because they were wearing warmer clothes, investigators reported.
But the press office for Yakutia’s governor said Tuesday that all households and businesses in the region have working central heating and access to backup power generators.
Residents of Yakutia are no strangers to cold weather and this week’s cold spell was not even dominating local news headlines Tuesday.
But some media outlets published cold-weather selfies and stories about stunts in the extreme cold. Women posted pictures of their frozen eyelashes, while YakutiaMedia published a picture of Chinese students who got undressed to take a plunge in a thermal spring.
New year, same Cardi. The New York rapper called out the cereal brand Kellogg on Instagram earlier today by claiming that their latest flavor collaboration sounds like something Cardi herself inspired.
In the second half of her breakout smash, "Bodak Yellow," Cardi raps, "I go to dinner and steak, only the real can relate/ I used to live in the P's, now it's a crib with a gate/ Rollie got charms, look like Frosted Flakes." Cardi's Instagram post playfully accuses Kellogg of taking the idea to combine the two popular cereal flavors from the verse in her song. She also joked that she wants 2% of sales, and she might have a case because the influence of "Bodak Yellow" is wide and far-reaching.
Of course, another example of that influence is the case of Christian Louboutins. "Bodak Yellow," which directly references the brand's signature red bottoms, has been credited with boosting Louboutins search results by 217 percent. Louboutin himself said he was open to meeting Cardi, but there's no announced collaboration in the works.
The smoke is clearing from the college football National Championship game. While sports analysts are debating the ramifications of the University of Alabama’s comeback win over the University of Georgia and other aspects of the exciting contest, the hip-hop world is interested in just how much Drake apparently won from Quavo. Someone captured footage of an amped Drake excitedly letting Quavo know he wants “his huncho jack chips and the dip” after the game in which “his” Alabama Crimson Tide defeated Quavo’s home state Georgia Bulldogs.
People assumed they were talking about money, but based on Quavo’s recent conversation with TMZ, they might be talking about literal chips and dip.
Quavo got in contact with a TMZ Sports reporter who asked how much Drake won, and Quavo let it be known their wager was “just a friendly bet” with no cash on the line. Quavo also flashed some cash to let us know he was still holding – as if there’d be any surprise after a chart-topping 2017 with Migos’ Culture album and being a collab killer all year, most recently on his Huncho Jack mixtape with Travis Scott.
He told the reporter that Drake was talking about being the first to get “huncho dip,” which may be a joke or an ingenious way for him and Scott to capitalize off of their project and get to that snack bag.
The new year got off to a rocky start for owners of black cars in Turkmenistan’s capital. Reports of black automobiles being impounded without warning or explanation have been coming out of Ashgabat since New Year’s Day. Police started returning the vehicles to their owners a few days ago, but only if they agree to sign a document that obligates them to repaint the cars white or another light color.
As of January 2018, black cars have been made illegal in the city of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. According to several independent sources, police started towing black cars to government parking lots on January 1st, without even bothering to notify the owners. Most of them learned from parking lot guards or neighbors that their vehicles had been seized by the police, and the government has yet to offer an explanation for the mass impounding of black cars. Sick of waiting for an official announcement on the matter, some car owners contacted the police and were told that they were only allowed to retrieve their vehicles if they signed a document that obligates them to repaint the cars white or a light color.
If this sounds like news you would expect to read on satire news like The Onion, you probably don’t know very much about Turkmenistan. The Central-Asian country banned the import of black cars back in 2015, and customs officials at the time couldn’t offer any explanation for the move other than “white brings good luck”. In November of 2017, government officials were ordered to only drive white cars, so, in retrospect, this most recent ban on black cars in Ashgabat really doesn’t seem that surprising.
But why is black frowned upon and white so revered in Turkmenistan? Well, as RadioFreeEuropRadioLiberty noted in a 2015 article, “white has long been a feature of the carefully constructed personality cult of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov. The former dentist has draped his capital Ashgabat in white marble, rides white stallions, and makes appearances dressed in white amid white carpets and white flower arrangements.” There’s no place for black in a white utopia, so black car owners have to get with the program.
Unfortunately, the impact of the new rule has hit many black car owners in Ashgabat very hard. Having a car repainted in the country’s favorite color – white – was already very expensive, but after news of the unannounced ban on black spread around the capital, prices shot up even more. “When I came to the car service, I was told that the repainting my car would cost 7,000 manat, but in a week the price would rise to 11,000 manat,” one Ashgabat resident who had his car impounded told Radio Azatlyk. “My salary is 1,000 manat, so even if I save up all of it, I will be forced to spend all my annual income on this paint job.”
While Turkmenistan’s government will probably never officially acknowledge that the ban on black cars was linked to president Berdymukhammedov personal preference, anonymous sources in the government have already told Radio Free Europe that the decision to change cars’ colors was linked to Berdymukhamedov’s love of the color white.
Cryptocurrency is still somewhat of a fringe phenomenon, and despite growing immensely in popularity over the past few years, it hasn’t taken off en masse yet. In Japan, a group of young women has set out to change that. Eight teenage girls have been chosen by the Japanese talent agency Cinderella Academy to join the new all-female idol group called “Virtual Currency Girls.” The company chose each member from an already established “zodiac constellation” idol group formed by the same agency.
Each member of the group represents a popular cryptocurrency in the Japanese market. 18-year-old Naruse Rara, the leader of the group, has the alter ego Bitcoin Cash (BCH). 16-year-old Hinano Shirahama represents Bitcoin (BTC), 22-year-old Suzuka Minami is neo (NEQ), 17-year-olds Kanako Matsuzawa and Koharu Kamikawa represent cardano (ADA) and nem (XEM) respectively, and 15-year-old Hinata Kozuki is ripple (XRP). Ami Amo and Momo Aisu, represent Ether (ETH) and monacoin (MONA) respectively.
The young women all sport luchador-style masks emblazoned with their representative virtual currency symbols. The official group website offers an introduction to cryptocurrency, as well as links to each members’ twitter page.
Group leader Naruse Rara released the following statement via the site:
“This unit is not here to promote speculation or investment. Out of the numerous existing virtual currencies, we have carefully selected a handful of currencies that are sure to exist in the future in order to broaden the public’s understanding of them using entertainment as our medium. We are still inexperienced but are working hard to study every day and be of help to you, so please look upon us favorably!”
Virtual Currency Girls intends to put on live performances where they will only accept cryptocurrency for tickets and merchandise.
The Japanese idol phenomenon is nothing new, having begun in the early 1970s. The term typically refers to a group of young women or men who have been manufactured by talent or entertainment agencies into pop stars or bands. The companies hold auditions for anyone, regardless of experience in the industry, so long as they’re young and innocent. Their careers range from singers to actors and typically promote various products in print and on television. The cryptocurrency girls are the first of their kind, however. According to the announcement by Cinderella Academy, the group intends “to promote [through] entertainment that virtual currency is not a tool for speculation but a technology that creates a wonderful future.”
Rocko’s Modern Life was definitely one of the strangest Nickelodeon cartoons ever made. It was entertaining for kids but also appealed to adults with jokes that somehow slipped past the network censors, including one episode where Rocko actually works for a sex hotline.
After the return of Hey Arnold, Rocko’s Modern Life, too, is coming back for a new movie. Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, a one-hour TV film, will air on Nickelodeon in 2018. In it, Rocko and the gang return home after being in space for 20 years, and they have to get used to modern technology.
Just like the original, it sounds like Static Cling will be just as enjoyable for adults as it is for kids, if not more so.
Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, everybody’s favorite mouse-dog-bunny hybrid sibling creatures, are coming back to entertain and educate a whole new generation of kids with brand new episodes of Animaniacs. Hulu announced on Thursday, along with Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation, a deal to reboot the fan-favorite animated program with a two-season straight-to-series order in 2020. Steven Spielberg will return as executive producer and Pinky and the Brain will also reportedly be returning with appearances in each episode.
News of a possible reboot was first reported in May of 2017, however, details were thin and no network had been attached yet.
Can’t wait that long? In the meantime, Hulu subscribers can revisit all 99 episodes of the original Animaniacs series, in addition, the complete Tiny Toon Adventures series, Pinky and the Brain, and Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain, which are available as of today.
Spielberg said that he was “pleased and proud that Animaniacs will have a home at Hulu,” of the deal. “Together with Warner Bros., we look to bring new audiences and longtime fans into this wild world of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. I am also excited that the full library of Animaniacs and Tiny Toon Adventures episodes are included in the deal.”
Oh snap, they’ve been locked away in the tower this entire time? Something tells us they are not going to like this Trump guy. Now we have yet another reason to look forward to 2020.
An Australian distiller has taken the concept of recycling to a whole new level by taking the spat-out wine at a wine tasting conference and turning it into a spirit aptly named Kissing a Stranger.
Peter Bignell, of Tasmanian Belgrove Distillery, was first struck by the idea at the Rootstock festival in Sydney, a gathering of winemakers from all over the world promoting sustainable practices in the winemaking industry. He was in a group tasting wines, and as per tradition in wine-tasting, the majority of it was spat out in a bucket. This practice enables tasters to experience a lot of different wines while avoiding drunkenness. Bignell, however, saw it as wasteful.
“I hate waste, absolutely hate waste,” the distiller told Helen Shield on ABC Radio Hobart. “That bucket in the middle of the room with all the dregs of the wine and everyone’s spit in it, that’s a waste, that’s going to get tipped down the drain. I said ‘If I took that [spit bucket] home and distilled it and brought it back next year, who would drink it?’ and I think everybody’s hands went up.”
Bignell then arranged with the organizers of Rootstock to collect the wine dregs after the conference, with the aim to distill it. “We got 500 liters of wine,” Bignell told ABC Radio Hobart. “There were bits of bickies and cheese and the odd bit of beer in there.”
Rather than ship the 500 liters of spittoons back to his distillery in Tasmania, Bignell found the nearest distillery to the event and used their equipment to process the dregs. Twelve months later, Bignell had transformed the spit bucket wine into an 80-proof clear spirit called Kissing A Stranger, with a taste comparable to unaged brandy. He brought most of the beverage to the 2017 Rootstock festival, last November, but also left some to age.
“People go around for tastings, they pour quite a bit in the glass, and they have a little sip, and they want to try another one, so they tip it out again,” Bignell told The Guardian. “They are going to collect the buckets again this year and keep making it. It’s all about sustainability.”
The concern exists that drinking distilled spit could be unsafe, but the associate professor in food microbiology at the University of Tasmania, Tom Ross, assured Radio Australia that it should be safe for consumers.
“Mostly what you’d be worried about is transmission of microorganisms, germs,” he said. “But the heat in the distillation process should get rid of most of those. The rest should be fairly harmless because they were foods before you started; [the] only thing that’s been added is the saliva. I don’t think there’s much of a health risk from it.”
Spit has traditionally been used to distill alcohol, and other edible products such as Kava, a Pacific Island beverage made from a plant of the same name that features mild hallucinogenic properties. The enzymes in saliva extract the active ingredients in the plant, making spit a crucial element. A traditional Peruvian corn beer also requires saliva enzymes to turn the corn into fermentable sugars.
Bignell ordinarily produces rye whiskey at his bio-diesel fueled Tasmanian distillery, but he may have just discovered a whole new niche.
The time is finally upon us. Coachella have announced their full line-up and it's time for us all to be reminded how we'll never be cool enough to actually go.
Headliners The Weeknd, Beyoncé and Eminem will be joined by the likes of French Montana, Migos, Kygo, Cardi B and Jessie Ware. Of course the announcement sent Twitter into complete meltdown... but not necessarily because of the line-up. You see, when the like of Em and Bey are headlining a festival, you just know the price of tickets might be a little more than you first anticipated.
Coachella's official website are selling general admission tickets at $429 a pop with VIP passes at $999!
A Thai family received the shock of their lives this month when the man they had cremated 7 months before casually walked through the front door as if nothing had happened.
Sakorn Sacheewa, a 44-year-old man from Thailand’s Si Ka Ket province, returned home after two years working on a fishing boat, in a different part of the country. He hadn't contacted his family at all during that time, so he didn’t exactly expect the warmest of welcomes, but being treated as a ghost never crossed his mind either. Only that’s exactly how his family reacted when he walked through the door on December 17, touching him to make sure he was real. He later found out that to them, he had been "dead" for 7 months.
Back in May, Sakorn’s family had been contacted by police in Nang Loeng, where he worked, and notified that he had died of a digestive disorder. They were asked to come identify and pick up the dead body. They traveled to the Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok, where they received a death certificate and later went to pick up the body from the Faculty of Medicine Vajira Hospital of Navamindradhiraj University.
The swollen dead body the family was shown was difficult to identify, but one of Sakorn’s cousins, 33-year-old Nakornchai Pimklang noticed that the cadaver’s teeth didn’t match those of Sakorn, who had two front teeth missing. He mentioned this to an official, who instructed the family to just pick up the body. They did so, taking it home to Si Ka Ket, where they held religious rites for three days, before cremating it.
Meanwhile, the real Sakorn Sacheewa was alive and well, working in Nang Loeng, as he had done for the last two years. A couple of weeks ago, he decided to quit his job and return home, not knowing how shocking his homecoming would be for his family.
After hearing the story of his death, Sakorn said that, at one point, a co-worker from Myanmar stole his identification card and disappeared, but he simply reported it missing and was issued a new one by the local authorities. He never imagined that someone would ever use his stolen card to impersonate him.
Sakorn Sacheewa’s main concern right now is to get resurrected by the Bureau of Registration Administration, which pronounced him officially dead 7 months ago, based on his death certificate. There’s just one problem let for the police to solve now – to find out who the man cremated in Sakorn’s place was. They hope to learn this by analyzing the bone relics left from the cremation.
A resourceful pickpocket managed to steal 53 smartphones at a concert in Birmingham, England, by using a very unusual accessory – a women’s swimming suit.
Alin Marin, 22, attended a Royal Blood concert at Arena Birmingham on November 18 wearing the black and pink compression suit and a pair of skinny jeans. He made his way to the mosh pit where he was able to steal dozens of phones without attendees noticing. The pickpocket would stash each of them inside the swimsuit, and move on to the next target. At one point, he had 53 phones stashed close to his body!
Unfortunately for Marin, Birmingham police were also mingling with the crowd, as part of a covert operation prompted by intelligence regarding thefts targeting the band’s fans at concerts earlier in the year. They arrested Marin on Broad Street shortly after he left the gig, and recovered the phones from a nearby car park.
“This was organized pickpocketing. Marin went equipped to steal phones and took advantage of revelers enjoying themselves in the standing area,” Birmingham city center Police Sergeant Julia Slater from West Midlands Police said. “Many of the phones were taken from front jeans pockets, which people believe is a safer place to carry valuables, but due to the jostling in the mosh pit, they simply didn’t realize they’d been targeted. He slipped phones inside the swimsuit and effectively turned himself into a deposit box for the phones, allowing him to carry tens of phones concealed around his body.”
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' fireplace exploded on Saturday, and the Live With Kelly and Ryan co-host took to Instagram to show the messy aftermath.
In the picture, the couple is leaning down, picking up the glass that shattered around their fireplace.
"When the fireplace explodes and you literally have no idea what to do. Grab the sleds and the cookie sheets? ????????????????," Ripa captioned the snap, tagging her husband. Thankfully, it seemed as if no one was hurt.
Ripa also posted a video on her Instagram Stories, describing what happened.
"This is crazy. Shattered glass everywhere, everywhere," the TV personality shared. "It's literally everywhere."
"The glass exploded on the spark guard," Consuelos explained as he vacuumed the mess. "It got too hot."
The day before, Ripa shared a silly daughter-approved family holiday pic. The couple has three children together, Michael, 20, Lola, 16, and Joaquin, 14.
When Ross Shaddick puts up the lights on his Christmas tree at home, he takes pride in the fact that they’re a decade older than he is.
Even more incredible, not a single bulb has been changed.
The 38-year-old Shaddick lives in Plymouth, England, and says his mom bought the lights back in 1969 for a whopping 3 pounds ? the equivalent of around $58 in 2017.
Although the lights came with a spare set of bulbs, Shaddick says he’s never needed to replace them, according to the British news agency South West News Service.
By comparison, he bought some LED Christmas lights two years ago for around $25, and they’re already on the fritz.
Shaddick would like the older lights to celebrate their 50th anniversary of use, so he takes special care of them by storing them on a plastic tree year-round “so we don’t have to keep wrapping them and unwrapping them,” he said.
He added: “I will only have them on if I’m in the room with them ? to keep an eye on them. As the years go on I increase my checks.”
So far, the Christmas lights have brought nearly 30,000 hours of holiday cheer. However, Shaddick knows there will come a time when he can’t depend on them anymore. Till that happens, he refuses to throw the metaphorical dimmer switch on them.
“The worst issue is if the plastic around the wire begins to deteriorate,” he said. But they are the very stable component in my life. It’s nice to keep the tradition going.”
Turns out Frankie, a pit bull service dog, is hitching a ride home to his family.
How Frankie got from Alberta to Langley will likely always be a mystery.
But the fact that the two-year-old pit bull is on his way home in the front seat of Scott Stevens semi today is nothing short of a Christmas miracle, the driver explained.
Langley Animal Protection Society turned over custody of the service dog to Mountain Dog Transport during the lunch hour today, with Stevens planning an overnight trip back to Edmonton where he will reunite Frankie with his owner Ashley Powers.
Back in July, “Frankie’s owner unfortunately had to go into the hospital, so she left Frankie with a friend. The friend took Frankie on a road trip out to Jasper, Alta., where Frankie escaped his vehicle. Five months later, Frankie turned up in Langley, here,” explained Stevens, who as fate would have it lives only a few minutes away from Powers and joined the Furry Hobos n’ Highway Hero’s back a few months ago.
Despite frantic efforts by Powers and her friend to find the dog, including pleas for help on social media, their hunt turned up nothing.
In the meantime, Frankie turned up as a stray in Aldergrove last month. Some concerned people found him wandering in the 26200 block of 26th Avenue, and brought him into the LAPS Patti Dale Animal Shelter on Nov. 27.
The dog, nicknamed by the shelter operators as Brad Pity (before they knew he had a name), was apparently in good shape and good temper, neutered and very well behaved. Although he didn’t have a microchip, he had a tattoo and shelter workers were convinced the owner would be searching for this him.
However, all efforts to locate the owner in B.C. over the course of the past few weeks failed, said LAPS animal control officer Jenny Ramirez. That’s when they decided to cast the net a little farther afield.
“The dog looked like he was well taken care of, it has this very clear tattoo, so we decided to take it a little further and contact Whatcom County and started calling vets in Alberta. That’s how we made the connection,” Ramirez explained.
That connection happened just last week and, anxious to get Frankie home, Powers began looking around for a safe way to get her baby home for Christmas. Flying him home wasn’t an option for the single mother. Again reaching out on social media, she learned of Furry Hobos, and reach out to the founder.
Stevens, who has delivered four dogs home since joining the truckers group in September, said he was happy to help.
Since he makes weekly trips to the West Coast, he offered to pick up Frankie and bring him home. So, before leaving Alberta with a load on Monday, he stopped in to meet Powers and pickup some food, toys, blankets, and leash for Frankie.
Today, he will head home to Alberta, to Powers and her three-year-old daughter who, this morning, ordered Mom to go get a key cut for Frankie, so that he can get in the house when he gets home.
It will likely always remain a mystery about how he got from Alberta to Langley. Did he stick out his furry thumb and hitch a ride, or use his charm and charisma to secure a lift to the Coast? Who knows, said LAPS executive director Jayne Nelson.
But her team is thrilled to be sending the pup back home to his family, who had given up any hope of ever seeing Frankie again. They’ve waved the typical recovery fees and even put together a care package for Frankie.
The tradition of giving misbehaving children lumps of fossil fuel predates the Santa we know, and is also associated with St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, and Italy’s La Befana. Though there doesn't seem to be one specific legend or history about any of these figures that gives a concrete reason for doling out coal specifically, the common thread between all of them seems to be convenience.
Santa and La Befana both get into people’s homes via the fireplace chimney and leave gifts in stockings hung from the mantel. Sinterklaas’s controversial assistant, Black Pete, also comes down the chimney and places gifts in shoes left out near the fireplace. St. Nick used to come in the window, and then switched to the chimney when they became common in Europe. Like Sinterklaas, his presents are traditionally slipped into shoes sitting by the fire.
So, let’s step into the speculation zone: All of these characters are tied to the fireplace. When filling the stockings or the shoes, the holiday gift givers sometimes run into a kid who doesn’t deserve a present. So to send a message and encourage better behavior next year, they leave something less desirable than the usual toys, money, or candy—and the fireplace would seem to make an easy and obvious source of non-presents. All the individual would need to do is reach down into the fireplace and grab a lump of coal. (While many people think of fireplaces burning wood logs, coal-fired ones were very common during the 19th and early 20th centuries, which is when the American Santa mythos was being established.)
That said, with the exception of Santa, none of these characters limits himself to coal when it comes to bad kids. They’ve also been said to leave bundles of twigs, bags of salt, garlic, and onions, which suggests that they’re less reluctant than Santa to haul their bad kid gifts around all night in addition to the good presents.
Hilcorp, a private oil and natural gas exploration and production company based in Texas, is in the news for its unprecedented generosity towards employees. To celebrate an excellent year, CEO Jeff Hildebrand gave the entire company staff huge bonuses – $100,000 to each of the 1,381 workers! It seems Santa is real after all.
“It’s just a true gift,” said receptionist Amanda Thompson, who has worked at Hilcorp for the past 10 years. “And I think myself, as long as everyone else is not going to give any less than one hundred percent each day.” With this kind of rewards, it’s really no wonder that the company was included in the FORTUNE list of 100 Best Companies to Work For, for the third year in a row.
“Mr. Jeff Hildebrand, and our president Greg Lalicker, they are such amazing motivators,” Thompson added. “Somedays I just kind of look down the hall and say I can’t believe these are my bosses and they’re the best.” She explained that Hildebrand and Lalicker had promised their employees a sizable bonus if Hilcorp’s size could be doubled in five years, and they kept that promise once that goal was reached. “We were all able to celebrate and enjoy that life changing day together,” she said. “We cried with happiness for each other, and hugged. Surreal. It was a surreal day it was a dream come true. It was likely a day that many people won’t experience in their lifetime and we did it all together.”
But this isn’t the first time the employees enjoyed such a momentous occasion. Thompson said they were rewarded for reaching the same goal in 2010 – every employee got to choose between a $50,000-car or a $35,000 cash check. But this year’s reward is life-changingly huge, so much so that they’re now referring to it as ‘Oprah Day’. Some of the workers are planning to use the bonus to retire early, while others are going to remodel their homes, pay for their children’s college tuition, and take vacations.
“It’s an incredible thing to be able to take care of things when life happens,” Thompson said. “And I can do that comfortably.”
We’ve seen benevolent employers in the past – earlier this year, we wrote about Li Jinyuan, Chinese billionaire and chairman of Tiens Group, who took 6,400 of his workers on vacation to France, spending a whopping 33million euro on the trip.
Three massive acts have now been revealed for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas, and Sugarland are scheduled to perform in Times Square in the hours leading up to 2018 to a crowd of more than one million fans.
The festivities begin at 8:00p.m. EST on Dec. 31 on ABC, with Ciara holding it down on the west coast to ring in the New Year three hours later at the Hollywood Party in LA.
Jonas has already reacted to the announcement on Twitter, saying, "No place like New York to ring in the new year."
Sugarland also reacted, adding, "Ain’t no party like a Sugarland party!" The country act recently confirmed they'd be getting back together, with new music coming later this month and a tour next year.
Cabello is currently prepping to release her debut self-titled album as a solo artist on Jan. 12, and released two new songs on the first day of pre-sales Thursday (Dec. 7). She's currently performing across the U.S. as part of iHeartRadio's Jingle Ball tour.
More performers will be announced at a later date.
Candy canes are a classic seasonal snack that you can pluck right off the tree. Some might argue that the traditionally red-and-white candies are perfect the way they are, but some holiday deviants disagree. If you're sick of peppermint, perhaps we could tempt you with a candy cane that tastes like a pickle?
Believe it or not, Amazon has a whole slew of questionable candy cane flavors for purchase: You can try intriguing flavors like bacon, wasabi, gravy, coffee, and, of course, pickles.
The unusual flavors are perfect for anyone with daring taste buds—or a wicked sense of humor. The pickle ones are decorated in bright green, so they look festive enough for even the most traditional tree.
If you're looking for something equally quirky but not necessarily disgusting, there are also flavors inspired by different sodas and sour Warheads.
Christmas traditions are sacred, and in that sense, the royal family is no different. Every year, the Queen goes up to Sandringham House in Norfolk on the 19th or 20th of December, with the rest of the family arriving on Christmas Eve around lunchtime.
Darren McGrady, former chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Diana Princess of Wales and Princes William and Harry, shared precisely how they spend the next two days:
One of the more Downton Abbey-esque traditions is one in which Her Royal Highness gets to serve those who usually serve her.
"Right before the Christmas buffet, the senior chef on duty goes into the dining room and carves the rib roast or turkey or ham and once he's done, Her Majesty presents the chef with a glass of whiskey and they toast. That's the only time the chef goes into the dining room and has a glass of whiskey with the royal family. It's one of the chef's favorite traditions."
While Buckingham Palace is always decked out with Christmas decorations, Sandringham is a private residence, and is, therefore, more modestly festive.
"The Queen is not lavish, so the décor is minimal. The Royal Family has a large Christmas tree and a large silver artificial tree in the dining room, which is about 30 years old."
Of course, like everyone else, the Queen has her indulgences for the holiday.
"The queen is a major chocoholic, particularly dark chocolate, so she always has a chocolate treat on Christmas. She also loves mint."
Consider yourself a person of bold fashion choices AND have 210 pounds ($280) to spare? In that case, the tube scarf created by Bulgarian knitwear designer label Dukyana could be just the winter pick for you. Beware, though: this piece of woolen clothing has no arm holes and is really a beige mohair tube that covers the entire body from the neck down, folding over the shoulders. Lots of people have lots to say about this product, some declaring that it resembles a giant sock.
Dukyana is the trade name chosen by a Bulgarian woman called Milena Bunalova, who offers the clothes knitted by herself and her five-member team through third-party retailers and her own website. According to the label, the tube scarf (or sock dress or however you choose to describe it) is a fashion statement. Dukyana hopes the creation will become a hit this winter and sees it as an excellent solution for ladies who favor long walks out in the chilly air. The label also says that the fashion article does not stretch and hugs a woman’s body tightly.
For all the assurances from Dukyana, shoppers can’t quite see the attraction, as the Daily Mail writes. The armless design is one of the gripes people have, saying the garment could pass for a giant sock but not a dress or a scarf. It also makes the outfit totally unsuitable for its intended purpose, that is, long walks in the open. On top of that, some critics say it makes women look shapeless, not to mention that the fabric gathers in places where no female wants any unsightly wrinkles.
“This is a knitted straitjacket… for the winter,” as one person commented online.
When a South Carolina man got hit with a strong Waffle House craving at 3 a.m. on Thursday, he wasn’t going to let anything stop him — including an employee who he says was asleep when he got there.
Alex Bowen told WIS-TV that he walked over to the West Columbia restaurant because he couldn’t sleep. After seeing no other workers on the premises and apparently not wanting to disturb the napping person, Bowen decided to take matters into his own hands.
He headed back to the kitchen and whipped up a late-night snack for himself, documenting his culinary adventure in a Facebook post that’s since gone viral.
“Got hot on the grill with a double Texas bacon cheesesteak melt with extra pickles,” Bowen told WIS-TV. “When I was done I cleaned the grill, collected my ill-gotten sandwich and rolled on out.”
He admitted to ABC News, “I was pretty inebriated.”
Bowen added that he later returned to the restaurant to pay for the sandwich.
A Waffle House spokesperson told WIS-TV that the sleeping employee was suspended for a week. Bowen is apparently not in any trouble for his actions.
In a statement obtained by multiple news outlets, however, the chain noted that “for safety reasons,” customers should never “have to go behind the counter.”
The statement also mentioned the possibility of Bowen getting a job with the company, since he “obviously” has “some cooking skills.”
Cue the I been drankin’ jokes, because a brewery in Brooklyn just unleashed a new German pilsner called Bieryoncé that's inspired by and named after Queen Bey herself -- complete with a pink and black can design reminiscent of the iconically minimal art featured on her self-titled 2013 album. Bow down (and drink up), beyhivers.
The sudsy adult beverage is the latest offering from Lineup Brewing, a female owned and operated independent brewery based in Brooklyn, and actually came about after one of its head brewers had to bail on a Beyoncé concert. In an interview with Bon Appetit, owner Katarina Martinez explained that she initially brewed the 5% ABV pilsner for an Oktoberfest party that she ended up having to work and miss out on a big show by B. So, she decided to name the new recipe after the showstopping highest paid woman in the music industry. It also follows Lineup’s tradition of giving its beers unique and irreverent names, like their I Bet You Think This Beer Is About You IPA, the Did You Hit It?! American pale ale and the In Defense Of Ghosting, a 4% ABV session IPA.
Right now, distribution is limited, but you can sip Bieryoncé and pick up a four-pack at a handful of outposts around Brooklyn and Manhattan including Pine Box Rock Shop, The Ginger Man, Beer Karma, and Malt and Mold.
Although devoted Super Mario Odyssey fans are offering all kinds of praise and tributes to the game — including a tribute utilizing thousands of dominos — it still comes as a surprise that Kellog’s is producing a cereal tie-in. The package includes special marshmallows and a special Amiibo sticker.
As the box proclaims, the package includes “Power-Up marshmallows,” which include? Boxes and several varieties of mushrooms, like the 1-Up. Star-shaped oats accompany the sweet flavorings. Kellogg’s notes that limited boxes will include an Amiibo sticker that will function with Super Mario Odyssey, though the contents have yet to be determined.
The cereal is reportedly in Target‘s system already, meaning that it should be available very soon. In the meantime, Nintendo and Universal Pictures are in talks to create an animated Mario movie.
It appears that getting in touch with Beyoncé can be almost Mission: Impossible, as she uses burner email accounts, according to Ed Sheeran.
The British singer got the pop queen, the highest-paid woman in music, to lend her vocals to a new remix of his single "Perfect" and talked about the way he got in touch with her.
"I have an email address that I email that actually changes every week," Sheeran told ET at KIIS-FM's recent 2017 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball. "She's very good at [hiding]. It's kind of like what I aspire to be, I think."
"So I emailed that and then we got on the phone, and it's been in the works since May," he said.
Beyoncé, who had welcomed twins the following month, has not commented on her alleged covert email operations.
A fuming dentist has given her husband the boot after spotting pictures taken in her bedroom on another woman's Instagram page. Yulia Agranovych saw an image of a view from the couple's bedroom window, captioned 'City Lights' among Vlada Abramovich's photos and hit the roof.
Things were made worse when she noticed pictures of her husband on this woman's Instagram.
"I wasn't searching for anything, it was a normal morning," said Yulia, from St Petersburg, Russia, who worked as a model before qualifying as an orthodontist and children's dentist. "Like any other person in the 21st century I began my day browsing through my Instagram timeline, and suddenly I saw this very photograph. "It turned out that this woman and I have a large number of the same subscribers. "Having visited her account, I found many other interesting photographs, including those of my husband." The distressed wife, in her late 20s, immediately challenged both her husband - who initially denied adultery - and the woman.
"Beautiful view from my husband's bedroom," she posted to Vlada. Her spouse Nazar Grynko at first told her that when Yulia had been away he invited some friends home for a drink before they went to the cinema, she said. Vlada was the girlfriend of his pal, he claimed. "When the guests came, they would have headed to the kitchen to drink tea - not to the bedroom," she told him. Vlada closed her account after being confronted by the angry wife but later openly admitted on another social media to sleeping with Yulia's husband. Her revelations on her Instagram discovery to Ren-TV show led to other Russian women saying they have suffered the same way.
"Many women supported me, posting that they were proud of my bravery, that I openly discussed it with irony and sarcasm, so now they are ready to get rid of their unfaithful men too." She said that for her "it will be divorce. "I hope to do it quickly...such people never change. "If he finds a woman who is ready to be with him, and to accept it, let them be happy together. "I'm so glad I got to know about it now and not when I became pregnant, for example, because we were planning to have a family. "Or when I was 40 and we have three kids." She posted: "Thank you, Vlada Abramovich - you are an experienced woman who taught me a good lesson."
Her husband has not so far responded to requests to comment on Yulia's claims on Ren-TV.
Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, is set to star as the title woman warrior in Disney's live-action adaptation of the classic Chinese tale.
A team of casting directors visited five continents and saw nearly 1,000 candidates for the role, which requires credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English and the most ineffable requirement of all: star quality. In deference to cultural accuracy, the studio focused on locating an ethnically Chinese young woman to play Hua Mulan, who disguised herself as a man to take her father's army conscription in fifth-century China.
In Liu, Disney found the complete package. Nicknamed "Fairy Sister" by the Chinese public for her pure and innocent looks and image, she has been one of the country's most popular actresses of the current generation since breaking out with a series of hit television dramas in the mid-2000s, while she was still a teenager enrolled in the Beijing Film Academy. She is fluent in English, having lived in Queens, N.Y., for part of her childhood, and acted in English in both 2008's The Forbidden Kingdom, alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li, and 2014's Outcast, opposite Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen. She also starred opposite Emile Hirsch in Danish auteur Bille August's period romance The Chinese Widow, which opened the Shanghai International Film Festival in June.
Liu, who has served as a brand ambassador for Dior, Tissot, Garnier and Pantene, most recently starred in the fantasy romance Once Upon a Time, which earned $82.3 million in China this summer. Her other credits include 2012's The Assassins, which earned Liu her first major acting award (at the Macau International Movie Festival), Never Gone and The Four trilogy. She recently signed with WME and continues to be represented by Chinese manager David Chen.
Niki Caro, who most recently helmed The Zookeeper’s Wife, is directing Disney's live-action Mulan, which is produced by Chris Bender, Jason Reed and Jake Weiner and eyeing a 2019 release. The 1998 animated version, voice-starring Agents of SHIELD's Ming-Na Wen alongside Eddie Murphy and B.D. Wong, earned $304.3 million worldwide as well as Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.
Imagine waking up one day and finding that your beautiful local beach is no more – gone, its fine white sand swept away by a freak storm. You go about your daily business for 12 long years and then suddenly the beach is back, all its glory restored by another storm. This is what happened on the island of Achill, off the coast of Ireland, where the inhabitants are celebrating the return of the beautiful Ashleam Bay beach that was taken from them in 2005.
That in itself is remarkable enough, but the story gets even better! You see, another beach in Achill did a disappearing act once, but took much longer to return. The beach at Doonagh, located only six miles (10km) away from Ashleam Bay, was restored earlier this year after waves created by spring storms had swept away all the sand in 1984, leaving just rock pools behind.
Back to Ashleam Bay and the lovely surprise the Islanders got. According to Seán Molloy, of Achill Tourism, past storm had cleared the coast of most of the rocks and boulders, and then this past summer Storm Brian finished the job and replaced all the debris with a thick layer of sand.
Local legend says that the beach at Ashleam Bay returns for a short while every seven years, but this time around it took a bit longer than that. Not that anyone’s complaining.
“There is local folklore that stretches back hundreds of years that says this beach comes back every seven years then disappears again. It was last seen in 2005 and it stayed for a few months at that time before it was washed away again,” Molloy said.
Nel-Peters beat out first runner-up Miss Colombia Laura González and second runner-up Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett for the crown Sunday night in Las Vegas.
Nel-Peters, 22, recently earned her degree in business management at North-West University.
During a pre-taped interview, the Western Cape native talked about how her experience being held at gunpoint made her passionate about training women in self-defense. She plans to bring that passion, along with a self-defense program she helped develop, to the Miss Universe platform.
During the competition's Q&A portion, the newly crowned Miss Universe was asked about the most important issue she thought was facing women in the workplace.
"In some places, women get paid 75% of what men earn for doing the same job, working the same hours — and I do not believe that this is right," she said. "I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world.”
Miss Colombia and Miss Jamaica also impressed the judges during the Q&A segment, answering questions on how to talk to children about terrorism and sexual harassment, respectively.
“Sexual harassment is a form of abuse and no abuse should be tolerated whether in the workplace or in society,” Bennett said. “I believe that men and women should come together and be professional.”
The competition's top 13 finalists were Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, USA, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Venezuela and China.
After weeks of tell-tale rumbles, Mount Agung is spewing ash clouds over Bali while residents and travelers fear for the worst. The Indonesian resort island saw the volcano erupt at least three times over the course of Saturday night and Sunday. In the process, the volcano shot ashes 19,000 feet high, according to CNN. The New York Times further reports that officials designated an area of six miles surrounding the volcano for mandatory evacuations, which has resulted in 24,000 people flocking from their homes and hotels.
To further complicate matters, especially for tourists, the island’s international airport has been closed for safety reasons. As a result, approximately 7,000 passengers saw the cancellation of their flights. And on Monday, matters may grow worse — a realization that has prompted officials to prep for an “imminent” massive eruption by raising the alert classification:
The last time (1963) that Mount Agung saw a significant eruption, at least 1,100 people lost their lives. However, the latest rounds of tremors commenced in September 2016, which saw over 145,000 people evacuate. Since that time, businesses surrounding Mount Agung have been feeling the crunch as tourists increasingly avoided the area. Monday’s impending “green” alert is considered a Level 4 classification, although the National Board for Disaster Management says that the island’s condition remains “safe” for the moment.
An 800-year-old coffin smashed to the floor of a U.K. museum last week after someone reportedly tried to put a child inside it for a photo.
The sandstone relic was on display at the Prittlewell Priory Museum in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, when someone knocked it over by lifting a child over a protective barrier, the Southend Echo reported.
Instead of reporting the damage or taking responsibility for the Aug. 20 accident, The Guardian reported that surveillance video captured the culprits fleeing ? leaving the toppled coffin with a deep crack and a large, triangle-shaped piece missing from its middle.
“To be clear, the coffin has always been in three pieces,” Michael Sargood, spokesman for Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, told HuffPost by email on Thursday. “The crack in the [center] and the piece missing on the left of the photo has always been there since it has been displayed. The new damage is to the right of [center].”
“The care of our collections is of paramount importance to us and this isolated incident has been upsetting for the museum’s service, whose staff strive to protect Southend’s heritage within our historic sites,” Claire Reed, the conservator responsible for repairing the sarcophagus, said in a statement obtained by HuffPost. The coffin was found at the priory back in 1921. Inside, it held a skeleton that may have once been a senior monk, according to the BBC. The Echo had reported that the damage would be “very expensive” to repair. But Sargood, in his email to HuffPost, shared that it may be cheaper than previously reported.
“The costs are going to be negligible, probably well under £100,” he said, which is around $128. “We still have the piece and specialist adhesives will be used to repair the coffin. Fortunately, we have an in-house conservator who will carry out the careful repair.”
For Miley Cyrus, Thanksgiving marks a double celebration this year; it's her birthday!
The singer and The Voice coach turned 25 on Thursday and posted on her Instagram page the night before a photo of herself getting ready for a big day of eating; She is wearing a loose-fitting T-shirt and patting her belly, which sparked speculation among fans that she might be pregnant.
However, her caption signaled nothing but a food baby. She also later posted on Instagram Stories, "Not pregnant, just eating a s--t ton of Tofurky...RUDE!!!!"
"So close to b-day time! Stoked for a day full of Tofurkey & loved ones! Ain't it ironic? #VeganTurkeyBaby," Cyrus wrote.
Blue eyes have historically been a significant measure of attractiveness, and although they’re commonly found among actors and models, only 17% of the global population has them. For the majority of people, approximately 80% of the population, blue eyes have been attainable only with the aid of colored contact lenses or artificial iris implants. But that will soon change with the introduction of a new medical procedure, pioneered by California company Stroma Medical, that can turn brown eyes blue.
The laser procedure works by eliminating the melanin -, the pigment that also colors hair and skin – from the surface of the iris, which then allows light to enter and scatter in the stroma, the fibers seen in light-colored eyes. The effect is similar to Rayleigh scattering, in which wavelengths of sunlight hit much smaller molecules in the air and then scatter, which makes the atmosphere appear blue.
The laser treatment disrupts the fragile layer of pigment on the iris, which causes the body to start removing the tissue naturally. While the procedure itself only takes around 20 seconds, the blue eyes do not emerge for several weeks, as the body can only gradually release the pigment.
Star Wars and Indiana Jones star Harrison Ford came to the rescue of a woman after she accidentally crashed her car in California.
The Hollywood actor took a heroic turn late Sunday morning (November 19), after a woman driving east on California State Route 126 accidentally ran her car off the road.
As TMZ report, Ford was driving behind the woman, when she sped off an embankment. Pulling up behind her and climbing down to help, Ford stayed with the woman until paramedics arrived, when she was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
Singer Harry Styles and R&B star Miguel will perform at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in Shanghai on Monday (Nov. 20).
People magazine reports that Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. and Chinese singer Jane Zhang will also perform at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The show will air Nov. 28 on CBS.
Karlie Kloss and Bella Hadid are among the 55 models participating. Gigi Hadid said she will not be walking in the show, a few months after Chinese internet users accused her of racist behavior.
It was not immediately clear whether Hadid had been denied a visa. It is not uncommon for entertainers to be denied visas by Chinese authorities for political reasons.
The fashion show’s executive producer tells People they’ve been granted more than 700 visas for the event.
The phrase “they don’t make ’em like they used to” definitely applies to a rare shark found off the southern coast of Portugal.
The shark in question is a frilled shark, a species that is considered a “living fossil” because remains of the animal date back 80 million years, according to the BBC.
The nearly 5-foot-long shark has a head like a snake and a body closer to that of an eel, but gets its name because of the frilly way its 300 teeth are arranged.
The teeth’s “frilliness,” for lack of a better term, allows the shark to trap squid, fish and other sharks in its mouth when it lunges at them, Professor Margarida Castro of the University of the Algarve told the Portuguese language website Sic Noticias TV, according to the BBC.
This particular frilled shark was found off the Algarve coast, about 2,300 feet below the ocean’s surface. Researchers working on a European Union project to reduce unwanted catches in commercial fishing found the creature, according to Newsweek.
The frilled shark’s ocean habitat covers a wide area. It has been sighted off the coasts of Norway, Scotland and the Canary Islands. It’s also been seen in the Indian Ocean as well as waters off of Japan, Australia and New Zealand, according to a release by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere.
Samuel Garman, who was one of the first scientists to study the shark back in 1883, believed its snakelike qualities inspired legends of sea serpents, according to IFL Science.
However, because the frilled shark hangs out in such deep waters, there is very little video footage of the animal in its native habitat. Its even rarer for the sharks to be captured live for research.
The Weeknd has set off rumors of a reconciliation after being spotted leaving the apartment of his ex, model Bella Hadid, on Tuesday night.
The “Starboy” singer split from Selena Gomez at the end of October, with a source telling Page Six that his focus was on his business and “building a legacy.”
The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, had previously dated Hadid for about a year and a half before breaking up in 2016.
“It was my first breakup . . . and so public,” a heartbroken Hadid told Teen Vogue. “As an outsider, you might think I handled it so well, but it’s always in your heart, and you always feel it very heavily. It’ll be hard for a while. Love hurts, but you have to pull through.”
Hadid isn’t the only one The Weeknd’s been seeing. He was spotted earlier this month with Justin Bieber’s ex, Yovanna Ventura.
Making that slightly weird, Gomez seems to be back with Bieber. The Weeknd also helped out a friend on Tuesday, getting onstage at Belly’s Hot 97 show at SOB’s to perform their hit “Might Not.” Later, they were joined by 20 guests at Catch, where they were seen playing music on their phones.
Wednesday was a busy day for Kim Kardashian: She discussed the forthcoming West Baby Number Three on "Ellen," drank a sardine smoothie on "The Late Show With James Corden" and launched three new perfumes — the first under her own brand, KKW Fragrance — which casually netted $10 million within the first 24 hours, reports TMZ.
This shouldn't exactly come as a surprise, especially considering that Kardashian's debut cosmetics collection under the KKW Beauty brand sold out within minutes, bringing in $13.5 million in sales. In fact, it's somewhat par for the course for the family's burgeoning beauty empire. Kylie Jenner's makeup company Kylie Cosmetics routinely sells out in minutes; Jenner's birthday collection, which launched in August, brought in $10 million in one day, while the brand's holiday collection netted more than $18.9 million in the same time frame last November, bringing the company's total sales numbers to $420 million in just 18 months.
Tyrese Gibson will now serve as his own attorney in his ongoing court battle surrounding his 10-year-old daughter.
The Fast and Furious star is locked in a legal battle with his ex-wife Norma, who is seeking to obtain a permanent restraining order against him after alleging that he had pushed their 10-year-old daughter Shayla to the ground and beat her in a rage.
And now, sources close to the singer and actor have claimed that he will now be representing himself in the trial, as his former attorney Terry Levich Ross, filed documents stating a substitution of attorney in the case.
The source claims the 38-year-old star will now be "pro per" going forward, meaning that whilst he no longer has to pay legal fees, he will have to make a case for himself to the judge at his next hearing, which is set for Tuesday.
Last month, Gibson was granted a monitored six-hour visit with his daughter, which marked the first time the star had been allowed to see her in two months.
Meanwhile, Gibson - who was married to Norma from 2007 to 2009 - has filed documents to have the restraining order application thrown out, in which he claimed he believes Shayla had been coached into telling a story while under her mother's care.
Norma has claimed Gibson should be kept away from them both as a result of his alleged abuse, but he insists the accusations are false, and his former spouse is just bitter because of his marriage to social worker Samantha Lee Gibson, which took place earlier this year.
The Transformers star insisted that the only recent domestic violence incident involving them was when Norma texted him saying she wanted to have his fingers cut off, something which she previously admitted in a court declaration.
Over the weekend, the star revealed he has started a fund to help other fathers fund their own custody battles.
He said on social media: "Counting the days. And trying to put my mind at ease. #ShaylaRocks.com just went LIVE with LOVE we started a fund and with every shirt sold we're going to get fathers proper representation and the kids need their own lawyers TOO. (sic)."
Bangladeshi film star Shakib Khan, one of the country’s highest acclaimed actors, is being sued by an auto-rickshaw driver for using his business phone number on-screen in one of Khan’s recent films. The plaintiff claims that ever since the film launched, he has since been inundated with phone calls from the actor’s female fan base, which caused significant disruption to his life.
The film, Rajneeti, was released on June 25, 2017. During a scene with his onscreen love interest, Khan recites his character’s phone number. Although a common trope in Bangladeshi films, in this particular circumstance the number was not fake or made up. It was the real-life phone number of Ijajul Mia, an auto-rickshaw driver from the Jatrapasha village, in Baniachang Upazila, and the scene made the man’s life a living nightmare. A few weeks after the film’s release, the phone number had already been widely shared among Shakib Khan’s fans, and in a five day period in July Mia claims to have received over 500 calls from women seeking the popular actor.
“Every day I got hundreds of calls, mostly from female fans of Shakib Khan,” Mr. Mia told the AFP news agency.
“They would say ‘Hello Shakib, I am your fan. Do you have two minutes to talk to me?'”
At one point the phone calls became so frequent that Ijajul’s wife began to suspect that he was cheating on her with other women.
“I am a newly-married man with one daughter,” Mia said. “When these calls started coming, my wife thought that I was having an affair.”
One particularly desperate fan, a housekeeper from Khulna, traveled 300 miles to see him after tracking down his address, believing that he was Shakib Khan. This incident caused Mia’s new wife to leave the family home to stay with relatives as she became convinced that he was having an affair with the woman.
Mr. Mia is now questioning whether he should sell his family home to escape the unwanted attention, but he cannot change his phone number, because that would mean losing business from his established clientele. He has filed a case against Khan, as well as the film director Bulbul Biswas and producer Ashfaq Ahmad for using his personal information without permission. He is seeking five million takas ($60,000) in damages, accusing the filmmakers of financially damaging him as he now “spends most of his day receiving calls.”
Mr. Mia’s lawyer MA Majid said: “It was a fraudulent act to publicize a personal phone number without permission. Until we have settled the case, we have requested to stop the screening of the film.” The case will be heard by a district judge on December 18, 2017. There have thus far been no comments from Shakib Khan regarding the claims.
A Thai woman who got stood up at the altar by her boyfriend of six years is now suing him for moral and financial damages. In his defense, the man said he never showed up at his own wedding because he couldn’t afford to pay the dowry set by her family.
26-year-old Boonyang Sawatdee and his long-time girlfriend, Arunee Jaengkrachang, 24, were supposed to get married in the bride’s home village of Khao Din, Thailand’s Kabin Buri district, on October 22, but the groom never showed up. The day before the wedding, the couple met with the bride’s parents to make the final preparations for the wedding party and the groom showed no symptoms of “cold feet”, but on Sunday morning, he failed to show up at the agreed time, and so did all of his relatives, which really made everyone suspicious.
Seeing that Boonyang was running late, the bride and her family tried calling him to find out what was going on. When he finally answered his phone, he told them that everything was ok, but that he wanted to postpone the wedding by a few hours, because he wasn’t going to make it in time. Left with no other options, the bride let everyone know that the big event was going to take place at 9 am, instead of 6.
The hours passed, but the groom and his family were nowhere to be found, so an angry Arunee tried phoning him again, but this time he never picked up. Desperate to get an explanation, the young bride-to-be and her family traveled to his home in the nearby town of Sa Kaeo, but there was nobody there to talk to. Both the groom and his parents had fled.
The bride’s family later learned that Boonyang couldn’t afford to pay Arunee, even though the two families had previously agreed that the dowry was to be set at 200,000 Baht ($6,025) in cash and five-baht weight of gold. It’s not clear whether the man just didn’t have the courage to tell them that it was more than he could pay, or if he planned to raise the money and failed to do it before the wedding, but the bride’s family doesn’t really care, they just want him to pay.
Arunee’s family claim that they paid over 100,000 baht for the wedding party and still owed the caterer around 22,000 baht for the food, so they have filed a complaint against Boonyang Sawatdee and his family, and have already contacted a lawyer to sue him for damages.
After realizing that her husband-to-be had left her at the altar and that she had to tell the guest that the wedding was off, Arunee started crying and almost fainted. She was so embarrassed by having been stood up on her wedding day that she quit her at a factory in Samut Prakarn.
Coconuts Bangkok reports that Boonyang is the second groom to make news headlines in Thailand this year for failing to show up at his wedding. A few months ago, another man called off the wedding at the last minute because his family didn’t agree to pay his bride’s dowry.
Australia’s government-built $36 billion broadband network, already under attack from underwhelmed customers, has found a new and formidable enemy - cockatoos are chewing through cables across the country.
Repairing the damage wrought on the broadband system, including replacing steel-braid wires that the pesky parrots have gnawed, has already cost A$80,000 ($61,500), network builder NBN Co said on Friday.
The company estimates the bill could rise sharply as more damage is uncovered and more cables are rolled out in the national telecommunications infrastructure project, which is not due to be completed until around 2021.
“They are constantly sharpening their beaks and as a result will attack and tear apart anything they come across,” said NBN Co project manager Chedryian Bresland in a blog post on the company’s website on Friday.
“Unfortunately, they’ve developed a liking to our cables ... these birds are unstoppable when in a swarm.”
Yellow-crested cockatoos are prolific in Australia and well-known for their voracious appetites for everything from fruit crops to wooden window frames.
Much of the cable chomping has occurred in grain-growing regions in Australia’s southeast.
“It would have to be an acquired taste, because it’s not their usual style,” Gisela Kaplan, a professor in animal behavior at the University of New England, told Reuters.
“Cockatoos usually go for wood, or strip the bark off trees, They don’t usually go for cables. But it might be the color or the position of the cables that’s attracted them,” she said.
The broadband network itself has come under fire for poor service and slow speeds, with customer complaints spiking nearly 160 percent this year, according to government figures released last month.
Australia’s average internet speed of 11.1 megabits per second ranks 50th in the world, according to the most recent State of the Internet report by Akamai Technologies, an IT company specializing in internet speed technology.
NBN Co is installing protective casing it says will protect the wires from birds in the future.
The hip-shaking singer has been forced to postpone the opening date of her highly anticipated El Dorado World Tour due to strained vocal cords. The Grammy winner was slated to kick off the tour on Wednesday at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany.
In a statement shared on her official website, the mother of two wrote (in both English and Spanish), "During these last few days of rehearsals, I have unfortunately strained my vocal cords and as a result, my doctors have ordered me to go on vocal rest to avoid any greater damage that could keep me from performing. I'm devastated to have to miss our first show on November 8th in Koln."
The tour for her 11th studio album is now scheduled to open on Nov. 10 in Paris so long as doctors okay the chart-topping songstress to sing.
The Colombian wrote, "I am focusing on recovering now to be able to kick off on November 10th in Paris, as soon as I get the green light from my doctors. Thanks as always from the bottom of my heart for all the support and love you've shown me heading into this tour. I hope to make it worth the wait and see you all very soon!"
The 40-year-old added, "I love my German fans so much and was really looking forward to sharing my first show with you. As much as it pains me, I know I need to heed the advice of my doctors and recover so I can give you all everything I've got once I’m on the road and not risk any further injury."
She also added that the plan is be able to come back at a later date. "The Live Nation team is working hard to find a new date for me to come back and share this exciting show with you which I feel is going to be my best one yet," she wrote.
Camila Cabello couldn't dance when she was younger.
The former Fifth Harmony star - who showed off her impressive salsa moves in her recent 'Havana' music video - admits she was never really a dancer growing up but says her music career has ''pulled it out'' of her.
She said: ''To be honest, I never used to dance when I was little. I was super shy. I would cry at all the holiday parties when people started dancing, but music has pulled it out of me. My grandma, who is really proud, thought I was a lost cause [as far as dancing goes].''
And the 20-year-old singer wanted her music video to be like a ''love letter'' to her culture.
She added to People Chica: '''Havana' is like a love letter to my culture, to my heritage. It's a mix of the kind of music that I listened to growing up around the house and the kind of music that I listen to now.''
Ed Sheeran dresses casually for the 2017 NRJ Music Awards on Saturday (November 4) in Cannes, France.
Also stepping out that night for the awards show was The Weeknd.
The guys were both nominated for multiple awards at the ceremony. Ed took home the awards for “International Song of the Year,” “Clip of the Year,” and “International Male Artist of the Year,” while The Weeknd took home the Honor Award.
“The first time I’ve ever won 3 awards in one night ever, and it was in France for NRJ. So happy. Off for a kebab now, woofington mc woof woof,” Ed wrote after the show.
Also pictured inside: Ed and his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn were seen heading to an after party later that night to celebrate his big wins.
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez continue to spent time together, fueling rumors of a possible romantic reconciliation following her breakup with The Weeknd.
Last night, the duo kept the rumors swirling when they had a late-night dinner at Morton's Steakhouse in Los Angeles. The restaurant closed at 10 p.m. but stayed open almost two hours after closing time just for them, a source told news outlets. Earlier in the night, the twosome hit up a church event, the Hillsong Conference 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Then yet again on Saturday, the exes met up once more when they both attended the final day of the Hillsong Conference 2017. For the day event, Selena donned a black mini-dress and Justin was spotted in a white v-neck, basketball shorts and black jacket.
An eyewitness said that the pair left separately but within 15 minutes of each other.
On Wednesday, Disney announced the full cast. It's a crowd pleaser. The piece that has people atwitter is the confirmation of rumors that Beyoncé will join the cast as Nala. She joins Emmy-winner Donald Glover, who was previously confirmed to star as Simba.
Those two will face off against Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar. James Earl Jones will play Simba's father Mufasa, a role he voiced in the original film. Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner will play Timon and Pumba, and the trio of giggling hyenas will be played by Florence Kasumba, Eric Andre, and Keegan-Michael Key. It's a pretty solid cast.
One Altamonte Springs couple got an extra treat for Halloween.
Their baby, Oskar Gray Frankenstein, was born at Winter Park Memorial Hospital at 2:57 p.m. Tuesday.
Kyle and Jessica Frankenstein were planning to welcome their baby boy into the world Saturday, but grandmother Jennifer Frankenstein said her family had a suspicion that little Oskar's birth would coincide with the holiday.
"He was due four days ago and he decided to wait until Halloween,” Jennifer Frankenstein said.
Oskar's arrival came after about 14 hours of labor and false alarm Monday.
Jennifer Frankenstein said Oskar is her first grandchild and the first with her namesake born on Halloween, although she does have a 13-year-old daughter who shares the same birthday as "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley.
“Everybody’s safe and sound and we’re super excited,” Jennifer Frankenstein said.
A Winifred Sanderson — aka Bette Midler — cameo in the upcoming "Hocus Pocus" TV movie seems unlikely after the star of the cult classic said the show is "going to be cheap." The Tony Award-winning actress shared her feelings on the reboot with People.
"I know it's cheap," Midler said at the Restoration Project Hulaween party in New York. "It's going to be cheap!"
The original Sanderson sister, 71, also shared her doubts over who could properly fill her pointy witch's boots.
"I'm not sure what they're going to do with my character," Midler said. "My character is very, very broad and I don't know who they're going to find to play that."
The new Disney Channel production is still in development with the 1993 movie's producer, David Kirschner, and new writer, Scarlett Lacey. The film's director, Kenny Ortega, will also not be involved in the new TV movie.
Midler's former castmates like on-screen sisters Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy expressed interest in doing a reboot in the past but the "Hello, Dolly!" star promptly put an end to those hopes when asked if she'd be on board.
"No, no, no!" she immediately responded.
When Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber were spotted hanging out last week, The Weeknd was fine with it...but apparently, things have changed.
As confirmed in earlier reports, Gomez and The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) decided to split sometime last week, and while we're told Bieber was "no factor" in their breakup, a source tells us the "Starboy" singer isn't stoked to see them spending so much time together.
Not only was Bieber photographed hanging out at Gomez's house last weekend, they were also spotted enjoying breakfast at JOi Cafe in Westlake Village, Calif., on Sunday—just a few days after Gomez and The Weeknd called it quits.
Now, a source says, "Abel is upset about Selena hanging out with Justin, especially twice in the same week."
Still, Gomez and Bieber are just friends.
"Selena and Justin have reconnected because they have gone through similar stuff in the past couple years with being physically and mentally exhausted from touring and just dealing with the anxiety and pressure of growing up in the public eye," another source told us. "They have always had a strong connection, and they are leaning on each other as friends. They are both there for each other to talk and support one another."
When airport foreman Scott Babcock went out onto the runway at Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport in Utqiagvik, Alaska, on Monday to clear some snow, he was surprised to find a visitor waiting for him on the asphalt: a 450-pound bearded seal chilling in the milky sunshine.
“It was very strange to see the seal. I’ve seen a lot of things on runways, but never a seal,” Babcock told ABC News. His footage of the hefty mammal went viral after he posted it on Facebook. According to local TV station KTVA, animal control was called in and eventually moved the seal with the help of a “sled.”
Normal air traffic soon resumed, the station said.
Poking fun at the seal’s surprise appearance, the Alaska Department of Transportation warned pilots on Tuesday of “low sealings” in the North Slope region — a pun on “low ceilings,” a term used to describe low clouds and poor visibility.
Though this was the first seal sighting on the runway at the airport, the department said other animals, including birds, caribou and polar bears, have been spotted there in the past. “Wildlife strikes to aircraft pose a significant safety hazard and cost the aviation industry hundreds of millions of dollars each year,” department spokeswoman Meadow Bailey told the Associated Press. “Birds make up over 90 percent of strikes in the U.S., while mammal strikes are rare.”
More than 600 student chefs and 400 people from the rural town of Concepcion de Buenos Aires prepared the traditional dish for thousands of people, many of whom came from the Jalisco state capital of Guadalajara. The state’s governor was on hand to receive recognition from a representative of the Guinness Book of World Records.
U.S. negotiators have said they want to include provisions to make it easier for U.S. seasonal produce growers to be able to file anti-dumping cases against Mexico. That idea has been criticized by U.S. restaurants and retailers, who say it would drive up prices. Mexican growers of the fruit say U.S. production of avocado could not meet demand. “The imports of avocados from Mexico have not cost one single job to the domestic industry [in the United States],” said Ramon Paz, the spokesman for Michoacan’s growers.
Ed Sheeran Manila concert Postponed until April 2018
According to the statement, the Ed Sheeran concert has been postponed until April of 2018. As a result our Flyaway promotion has been cancelled. STAR101 regrets any inconvenience and looks forward to presenting an even bigger flyaway opportunity in the spring of 2018.
If you’re looking for a special treat that captures the spirit of Halloween, how about a bottle of gin made from ingredients sourced from England’s most haunted village and cursed by a professional witch under a full moon?
Described as ‘wickedly delicious’, the limited-edition Evil Spirits Gin may just be the spookiest spirit ever created. Not only is it colored a poison-like green, but it’s made with apples and mint plucked from Pluckley, in Ashford, Kent, known as England’s most haunted village. It’s apparently home to no less than 12 ghosts, including Watercress Woman and the farmer Edward Brett.
“The ghosts here are legendary – you grow up knowing their stories and looking out for them around the village,” said Helen Baird, who owns Pluckley farm shop and supplied the ingredients for the gin. “With all the produce we sell at our farm shop grown within the village area, you could say that the spooky spirit runs through everything we eat and drink.”
But what really sets this gin apart from other Halloween spirits is the fact that it has allegedly been cursed by a professional which with over 2 decades of experience in the occult. White-haired Julianne White apparently performed a ‘bespoke incantation’ over the spooky gin during October’s full moon. She claims that it “empowers the drinker to follow whatever their hearts desire – whether it is for good or evil”. Evil Spirits Gin is 40% alcohol by volume and comes with a warning label for those crazy enough to try it: “Dare you drink this Evil Spirit? Contains sinister ingredients from Pluckley, England’s most haunted village”.
If you think there's a bug in your food, that's nothing compared to this monstrosity.
Halloween's almost here, so Melbourne burger group Huxtaburger has cooked up a limited-edition burger that's worthy of a "Treehouse of Horror" episode of The Simpsons.
The Bugstaburger is full of exactly that: bugs.
This ungodly masterpiece is stacked full of edible mealworms and a lashing of ant mayo, atop a regular beef patty, cheese, etc., all sitting in a bright blue bun.
Look, if you can stomach eating a mealworm, they're actually a solid source of protein, and they're sustainable. But still, it's a hard pass for me.
Keen to sink your fangs into one? If you're near Australia, head to their Melbourne CBD store on Halloween and hand over A$10.50 ($8.10).
An Ohio dentist is offering to buy kids’ trick-or-treating booty this Halloween, and he’s even throwing in a toothbrush to sweeten the deal.
The Mansfield News Journal reports that dentist Craig Callen and his associates are offering kids $1 per pound of candy they bring in, with a 5-pound limit per child. The dentists are also holding a draw for two children’s bikes.
Callen says brushing teeth and visiting a dentist are good preventive measures, but doing away with excess sweets would give teeth a healthy boost.
Callen says candy can lead to hyperactivity and weight gain and can be especially damaging to children’s braces.
A woman in her 40s was arrested Monday night at Justin Bieber's temporary Beverly Hills home on suspicion of trespassing for the third time in a week.
Officers met with Bieber's security team, who had the woman in custody and called the police to the home in the 400 block of Castle Place at 7:37 p.m., said Beverly Hills police Sgt. Chris Coulter.
Security told officers that Bieber is using the home temporarily and this was the third time in a week that the woman had tried to make contact with the singer, though she never did, Coulter said.
The woman was arrested on suspicion of trespassing and is being held at the Beverly Hills police station on $4,000 bail, Coulter said.
Haunted houses scare up a lot of attention this time of year, but few provide the frights of McKamey Manor.
Russ McKamey started this homemade haunted attraction in the backyard of his San Diego home, and it’s considered the most extreme full-contact haunt of all time, according to the new documentary “Haunters: The Art Of The Scare.”
McKamey has since moved his scare show to Nashville, Tennessee, and Huntsville, Alabama, but the rules are still frighteningly simple: In exchange for signing a waiver, visitors get waterboarded, covered in tarantulas or locked in a coffin.
As the clip from “Haunters” shows, once you’re in, you won’t be let out until McKamey has filmed your reactions of true terror.
Despite its extreme nature, McKamey Manor has a waiting list of close to 24,000 people, even as some people who experienced it say they have suffered aches, pains and emotional scars.
Oh, and if McKamey promises not to lock you in a coffin, don’t believe him.