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Hollywood Movie Reviews : Star Trek into Darkness earns certified fresh reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

Star Trek Into Darkness
The J.J. Abrams-directed sci-fi action flick garnered “certified fresh” reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. While some critics panned the twelfth installment of the long-running Star Trek franchise because it lacked the thrill that its other predecessors are known for, still, a lot of reviews hailed into Darkness for its “action-packed popcorn flick with witty dialogue and enough references to Trek lore to (mostly) placate diehards.”

Christopher Orr of The Atlantic was quick to point out that just like its predecessors, the latest Star Trek still “ruminates loudly, if never very coherently, about war and peace, vengeance and justice, preemptive attack and negotiated settlement,” praising the cast for the excellent performance.

While Orr appreciates the film’s very Star-Trecky scenes where every runs after one another, then falls and fights, the critique does not appreciate the soap operatic vehicle, where “Enterprise crew are merely bickering and bantering among themselves.”

J.R. Jones of Chicago Reader noted that the film lacked the actual “sci-fi” element that was so present in preceding Star Trek movies. He added :
“…though you might enjoy watching the skinny young actors approximate their counterparts from the 60s; Chris Pine is especially good as Captain Kirk.”
“Happily, there's a good deal of fun if you like things crashing violently into each other and out of warp-drive at regular intervals.”
Mick LaSalle of Hearst Newspapers lightly treated the film and wrote:
“For all its chasing and falling and fighting-and the movie supplies a great deal of each-Star Trek Into Darkness is at its best when the Enterprise crew are merely bickering and bantering among themselves: less space opera than soap opera.”
“While the action is often electric, it's the relationships that matter. That, and a lippy regard for a cultural legacy.” 
All in all, the film garnered positive reviews for the stellar cast, sci-fi magic and everything high-tech and outworldly that this film has to offer. What do you expect? The mere mention of Star Trek makes you wanna think of exploring the outer space. Image source: Huffington Post.

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Ai-Ai delas Alas : The Saga of a Sugar-Momma-turned-Battered-Wife

Ai-Ai delas Alas’ issue is not an isolated case. Millions of women out there suffer the same fate, especially older women. They meet young, good looking guys with well-sculpted bodies and innocent looking face. But behind the boy-next-door image lies a devil in disguise. My, my. 

While we were all shocked with happened to seemingly indefatigable comedy queen, I believe I wasn’t shocked with the way her husband behaved.

First of all, why would a twenty-something good looking chinito make patol with a near-fifty lady? If it were not for something nice and crispy, I bet, he wouldn’t have the guts to court, stay up with, and eventually marry her.

When news surfaced that Ai-ai was having a relationship with him, ah, I said to myself, this guy is just one of those professional looking callboys, wanting to squeeze some cash from some ‘ol sugah momma. And I was right. He may not be that literal, professional looking callboy. He's basketball player-turned-car executive, but the way he treated Ai-ai, he's just like one of those gigolos!

While Ai-ai can’t say this in front of the national TV, I dare say, Jed Salas married her because of her money. Period. And for one year and three months, that must have been long time, enough to give the calf the chance to fatten himself so much. And look what he’s got, a nice, expensive car. I didn’t know pigs can drive, too! Lol.

And as for Ai-ai, you have always been my favorite comedy actress, remember that. All my concern and prayers are for you. But please, please, learn from this lesson. Don’t ever, ever depend your happiness on other people, especially if that guy is good looking and youthful. It’s OK to look for a partner in life. As you said, you’re not getting any younger. Your kids are getting older and sooner, they’ll leave your nest and make their own. I tell you, look for someone close your age, or maybe older than you are. Someone as mature, or more mature, as you are. Someone with good intentions. And best of all, look for a guy who puts God first in his life.

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Miss Olongapo crowned 2013 Miss Philippines Earth

Miss Olongapo bags 2013 Miss Philippines Earth title.

With her outstanding beauty, wits and a “heart to take care of the environment for ourselves and future generations,” Miss Olongapo Angelee delos Reyes was singled out as the best contender for Miss Philippines Earth title this year.

She was crowned Sunday, May 19.

The 24-year-old native of Olongapo City bested out 46 other aspiring beauty queens, making her country’s representative to Miss Earth beauty pageant, hailed as one of the three biggest beauty pageants in the world.

“The holographic stage designs in SM MOA Arena seemed to glow especially bright for Angelee.”
Joining the delos Reyes are the other winners of the night, namely: Kimverlyn Suiza (Nagcarlan, Laguna) as Miss Earth-Air; Nancy Leonard (Zamboanga City) as Miss Earth-Water; Alma Cabasal (West Coast, U.S.A.) as Miss Earth Fire; and Bernadette Mae Aguirre (Santa Maria, Bulacan) as Miss Philippines Eco-Tourism. Image credit: Office Facebook Page of Miss Philippines Earth.

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Ai-ai delas alas accuses Jed Salang of physical abused

Ai-ai delas Alas breaks down on The Buzz.

Comedy Queen Ai Ai delas Alas broke down before the national TV  on her interview in "The Buzz.” She confirmed her breakup with her husband only one mother after they got married.

In an exclusive interview with host Boy Abunda, delas Alas revealed her husband, businessman Jed Salang, has physically abused her, the very many reason why she decided to call it quits.

Delas Alas revealed that Salang has changed after their Las Vegas wedding last April 3.

“Nung May 2, ang pinag-awayan talaga namin, gusto niya mag-monthsary kami sa casino. Ayaw ko na mag-casino siya kasi hindi naman healthy para sa kanya and hindi rin maganda para sa akin na nakikita ako sa casino. Sabi ko sa kanya doon na lang kami sa bahay or any hotel, huwag lang doon kasi may casino doon,” she revealed.

Their disagreements caused Salang to physically hurt her, the 48-year-old comedienne revealed.

“Hinahagis ako sa kama, sampalan, bunuan. Noong araw na iyon, feeling ko 'yung time na hinila niya ako sa sahig at kinaladkad niya ako, doon ko na-realize na hindi ko na ito kaya. Kasi parang feeling ko kabibigay ko pa lang ng dream niya, binigay ko sa iyo ang makapagpapaligaya sa iyo, binigyan ko siya ng kotse. Nung araw na iyon, kinaladkad mo ako sa sahig. Parang pakiramdam ko, ano pa ba ang magagawa mo sa akin habang ako lahat naibigay ko na sa iyo.”

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Pinoy Showbiz News : Ai-ai delas Alas confirms breakup with Jed Salang

Ai-ai delas Alas confirmed break up with Jed Salang.
An emotional Ai-ai delas Alas appeared in The Buzz to confirm her breakup with husband Jed Salang.

Clad in black, Ai-ai revealed that she has parted ways with her basketball player-turned-businessman husband last week. Ai-ai admitted that their relationship has been on the rocks and that she has been hearing rumors of her husband's infidelity right at the start of their relationship. However, she did not have the courage to confront her, let alone confirm the issue for fear of getting hurt.

The 48-year-old star, hailed as the country's comedy queen, revealed her desire for a complete family. Her children are all grown up now and she yearned to have someone beside her now that she's nearing her 50s.

While Ai-ai thought that Jed was the right guy for her, the scathing truth and their one-year-and-three-month relationship only made her realize what the guy wanted from her, she revealed.

In an all-out revelation, Ai-ai said Jed wanted them to celebrate their monthsary at a hotel-casino. Prior to that, she had gifted him with an expensive car. Ai-ai refused Jed's request given that it was not good for him or for her image to be seen in the casino. According to Ai-ai, Jed turned violent. A heated argument ensued. That was when Ai-ai realized that it was time to break up.

Just last April, Ai-ai surprised the entertainment industry after she married Jed, who was 20 years her junior.

Ai-ai also revealed that a third party was also involved in their breakup.

Ai-ai apologized to her children for what had happened and said that they were all enough for her.  Image credit: Philippine Star.

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Pinoy Screen Legend : Bella Flores – Philippine Cinema’s Queen of Mean

Bella Flores – Philippine Cinema’s Queen of Mean

Bella Flores is the epitome of mean and jealous stepmoms, cruel and ambitious madams and diabolic yet seductive other women that so often flood movies and soap operas. Her signature shrill, iconic menacing stare and overpowering performance in movies and on TV made her the one and only primera contravida of Philippine show business. Since the 1950’s, Flores has appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows and she held the bragging rights as the only actress to have slapped all movie queens of the Philippine cinema, herself a screen goddess in her own right.

Remedios Papa Dancel was born February 27, 1929 in Sta Cruz, Manila, to Emilia Papa and Matias Dancel.

Bella attended Cecilio Apostol Elementary School for her elementary education and proceeded to Arellano High School and Roosevelt College. She attended Far Eastern University for her college, although she dropped from her class during her sophomore year to pursue a career as an actress.  her first movie was Balaraw (1950) with Premiere Productions.

In 1950, she screen tested for Sampaguita Pictures and eventually won a four-year contract. In 1951, Flores got her breakthrough when she was cast as Tessie Agana and Boy Alano’s the cruel stepmother in Roberta (1951), a smash box office hit that broke record at that time. A far razed the entire studio at that the time and it went almost bankrupt until Roberta’s success lifted the studio’s financial prospects.

But the best thing that ever happened to Bella was that the strength of her character in that film enabled her to carve an image in the movie world. Her shrieky voice, signature, fiery stare, and bombastic acting made the country’s lead screen villain. Bella’s acting is recognized to this day as a watershed image that typified how a contravida should act.


Following Roberta, Bella was cast in a series of films that utilized her contravida image. She was featured in Bernardo Carpio (1951), Batas ng daigdig (1951), Rebecca (1952), Kerubin (1952), and Ang Asawa Kong Amerikana (1953).

When her stint in Sampaguita ended, Flores freelanced from one movie studio to another. Her image as an iconic villainess, still a hit among producers, directors, and the moviegoers, especially.

Flores won the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS)best supporting actress award for _Kaibigan ko'ng Sto. Niño (1967)_. She was also nominated by FAMAS for Kilabot sa Makiling (1959), and Mga batang yagit (1984).

Her craft did not pass unnoticed. In fact, the movie industry much appreciated her performances that she easily won best supporting actress awards for Kaibigan ko’ng Santo Nino (1967) from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences and for Dugo ng Bayan (1973) during the Olongapo Film Festival. The Film Academy of the Philippines also honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989.

Bella was proud to have slapped all movie queens. She quipped:“Lahat ng movie queens,  nasampal ko. Sila Gloria (Romero), Amalia (Fuentes), Susan (Roces), si Nora (Aunor), naku, ang dami.”

In fact, so harsh was her screen image that Nora Aunor’s fans wanted to her kill. That was during the height of the Superstar’s fame when fanatic followers even threw stones and pinched her.  “They didn’t know that I was kind to Guy.  Kasi nakikita nila, inaapi ko si Guy sa pelikula. Hinabol ko pa ng plantsa ‘yan eh,” she said in an interview with Gypsy Baldovino.

While Bella never achieved a top leading status, she was quick to admit that “no actress ever fazed her.” 

While she was a solid fan of Lolita Rodriguez and Charito Solis, the undisputed drama empresses of Philippine movie, she revealed that she always did her best to match their acting.

Pero maski si Lolita, nilalabanan ko talaga. Talagang binibigay ko capacity ko.  Kay Charito, hindi rin ako umurong,” she said.

Bella was married to Nestor Reyes, a detective police officer. The couple had one child, Ruby Rose Arcilla.

In 2012, her daughter revealed Bella’s worsening condition. In fact, she had been suffering from diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease. Flores’ health was still robust until she accidentally slipped at her home. She lost her ability to walk after undergoing hip surgery.

She passed away quietly on May 19, 2004. Her daughter and her close friend, singer Imelda Papin was beside her. 

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Pinoy Showbiz News : Bella Flores dies

Rest in peace, Bella Flores.
Bella Flores, the legendary screen villainess whose screeching voice, iconic demon-like stare and overpowering performance in movies and on TV made her one of most recognizable personalities in show business, died. She was 84.

Manila Bulletin reports that Flores was rushed into the Quezon City General Hospital due to shortness of death. She was eventually declared dead.

Imelda Papin, a close friend of the actress, revealed that she was still alive when they hastened her to the hospital. Papin was called up by Flores’s daughter, Ruby Arcilla, after her mother's blood pressure plummeted. While doctors tried their best to revive the ailing movie queen, all hopes eventually deemed.

While death of a celebrity is often treated with utter shock, everyone in the local entertainment industry has expected the passing of the screen legend. Last year, Flores’ daughter revealed her mother’s worsening condition. She had been suffering from diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease. Flores’ health was still robust until she accidentally slipped at her home. She lost her ability to walk after undergoing hip surgery. 

Flores was launched as a character player in Balaraw in 1950. The following year, she got her breakthrough as a villainness when she was cast as Tessie Agana’s harsh stepmother in Roberta (1951), then the country’s top box-office hit. Flores’ effectiveness in portraying cruel step moms, madams, villain roles made her the Philippine cinema’s queen of mean. Image credit: Manila Bulletin.

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Hollywood News : Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Break Up

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart called it quits (again).

Reliable sources have told People magazine that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart "have called it quits after mor than three years of dating." However, the couple's representatives could not be reached.

But since the couple has been in an on and off relationship, a source revealed that it's highly unlikely they won't get back again.

Rumors of the Twilight stars' split surfaced after Pattinson allegedly "ditched" Stewart's plans for his 27th birthday.

The couple has gone through a lot lately and their relationship managed to survive Stewart's cheating with her already-married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders mid-last year. Adoring fans already thought it was the end of their love story, but the couple eventually reconciled after Stewart issued a public apology. Two months later, they were together again and every was back to normal. Image Source:


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Pinoy Celebrity : Billy Crawford

Pinoy Celebrity: Billy Crawford
Billy Crawford is, indeed, one of the Filipino prides in the entertainment industry. He began as a child performer in the early 90s until he went to the U.S., where he continued honing his talents in singing until he became a popular music icon in Europe, especially in France and Germany. Today, Crawford is a popular fixture in Philippine showbiz, where his mettle in hosting, singing and dancing made him one of the top celebrities of the country.

William Ledesma Crawford was born May 16, 1982, in Manila, Philippines. His mother, Mayette, is a Filipina, while his father, Jack Crawford is an American.

Crawford’s career as an entertainer began in earnest when he was discovered at the 3 years while he was singing at a bowling alley where his mother was a frequent visitor. He eventually became a regular performer at That's Entertainment in GMA with the stage name Billy Joe, as well as appeared in several movies before his family moved to the U.S., where he continued his music career, singing in Dallas and later in New York City.  

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Hollywood Box Office : Iron Man 3 passes the 1 billion-dollar mark

Iron Man 3 passes the $1 billion mark.
Iron Man 3 has already grossed more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office Thursday, making one of the very few films to have crossed that mark.

The third installment of the highly successful franchise grossed over $700 million in the international market and raked over $300 million in the U.S., making it a major triumph for Disney.

The company invested heavily on comic book superheroes after buying Marvel Studios for a whopping $4 billion in 2009.

Disney’s decision to cast a Chinese partner for Iron Man 3 and focus the marketing on a largely booming international market all paid the studio efforts well.

The Robert Downey, Jr.-starred captured the biggest opening day ever. In the international market, it earned more than $100 million in China, making it the movie’s biggest market.

Korea ($56 million), U.K. ($49 million), Mexico ($43 million), Russia ($39 million), Brazil ($38 million), France ($36 million) and Australia ($33 million) followed suit.

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Joseph Estrada, Vilma Santos lead stars who win the 2013 elections

Stars win and lost the 2013 elections. Photo credit:

There’s no other place on earth will you see a political system so full of glittering celebrities but the Philippines. In this beautiful 7,107-island archipelago by the sea, politics have already intermarried with the entertainment world, so it’s a common scene to see a starlet sitting on the board of a municipal government, or a heavy-weight action star join a debate (albeit mediocrely) in the Senate or Congress.

The 2013 midterm elections saw more stars join the race to grab a slice of political glory. I really don’t know if it’s really the glory or the bounty that they’re after, but one thing is for sure, celebrities are a big hit in the elections.


For Movie and Television Review and Classification Board chairman Grace Poe, only daughter of Movie Queen Susan Roces and the late action king Fernando Poe, Jr., grabbed the first spot in the Senatorial election.

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Candice Glover wins American Idol Season 12

Candice Glover bets out to success and wins American Idol Season 12.
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She wooed America with the sweet, soulful melody that belts out each time she sings. And there’s no wonder that the magic of her voice made her the ultimately winner of American Idol’s Season 12. And what’s special about Candice Glover is that she is the first-ever female Idol since 2007.

There’s no question that American Idol has endured its all-time ratings low this season, and while the epic Nicki Minaj-Mariah Carey feud topped Hollywood news recently, that wasn’t enough to boost the show’s ratings. In an effort to salvage one of the longest-running talent search in American TV, expect next season to be a little different, including a new set of judges. Everyone has to go, including Randy Jackson.

But enough with the sad reminiscences. After all the lows, we rejoice with Candice Glover’s win.

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Hollywood Profile: Megan Fox - Hollywood's Sex Symbol

Megan Fox. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Megan Fox is oozing with that exotic look and sex appeal that there’s no doubt she is the definitive sex symbol of her era. But her beauty doesn’t stand empty. Fox has starred in some of the biggest box office hits of her generation and continues to attract the attention of both critics and moviegoers alike with her alluring screen presence.

Megan Denise Fox was born on May 16, 1986 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She is the daughter of Gloria Darlene Cisson and Franklin Thomas Fox. Fox proudly hails from mix ancestry of Irish, French, and Native American descent. She admitted that when she was young, she was raised at a "very strictly Pentecostal" environment, although she was sent to a Catholic school where she remained for 12 years.

Fox was still a young child when she trained as an actress. She was five when she studied drama and dance and during her elementary years, she actively participated in choral activities, as well as with the Kingston Clippers swim team.

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Charice Elopes with X-Factor Finalist : One-Time Singing Darling Turns from Bad to Worse

Did Charice really elope with X-Factor finalist
Allysa Quijano?

We've been mesmerized by her over-powering voice and when she belted ala-Whitney Houston, we just can't stop loving this diminutive lass. Even the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Celine Dion fell for Charice's captivating voice. But whatever happened to her? Maybe the lure of superstardom and Hollywood kleig ate the better of this gal and the once lovable and hugable teen sensation has now become a wayward, wild child.

Remember when she had a total image make over? That stunned the public and earned her gazillions of criticisms that even her most loyal fans started to turn their backs on her.

And remember her crazy hairdos back when she was judging X-Factor Philippines? That made her a national lampoon on Philippine TV, a fashion blunder that merited her thousands of bashers in social media.

So what's next?

It now seems Charice has come out, blooming, blossoming and fresh the suffocation of the cold, dark closet.
Pictures, they say, speak thousands of words. And what's more obvious than these image?

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Celebrity Profile: Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Cate Blanchett has the distinction of being one of the best actresses of her generation. There’s simply no doubt about it. Grabbing the most prestigious awards the industry could bestow on her, Blanchett is equally at home in playing lead heroine or film antagonist.  And this, she does with gusto, enough to garner the applause of critics. Simply put, no role is too small for a great an actress like Cate.

Catherine Élise Blanchett  was born 14 May 1969 in Ivanoe, a sub urban community outside Melbourne, Victoria. Her mother, June (née Gamble), worked as an Australian property developer as well as teacher. Her father, Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., was born in Texas and served with the US Navy as a Petty Officer. After being discharged from service, he worked as a advertising executive.

Blanchett’s first major stage role was when she was cast opposite Geoffrey Rush in Oleanna (1992), a play by David Mamet. The young actress immediately gained fame as was honored with the the Sydney Theatre Critics' Best Newcomer Award.

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Celebrity Profile: Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Robert Pattinson’s pale complexion, mysterious aura and oozing sex appeal makes him one of the top leading men of today. Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson was born on May 13, 1986 in London, England. His father, Richard, was an importer and distributor of vintage cars from America, while his mother, Clare, worked for a modeling agency.

Pattinson grew up in  the Barnes suburb of London and spent his early years in school at Tower House School. When he was 12 he attended the Harrodian School. This was also the time that he started accepting modeling gigs, although his workload eventually decreased four years later.

Pattinson’s acting career began after he joined the Barnes Theatre Company, where, after successfully auditioning, he cast in a small role in Guys and Dolls.

He then tried his luck with Thornton Wilder's Our Town, where he landed the role of George Gibbs. He also appeared in Anything Goes and Macbeth. With these theater gigs, Pattinson honed his skills in acting and eventually got the attention of an acting agent in a production of Tess of the d'Urbervilles. he eventually decided to pursue a career as a professional actor.

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Celebrity Profile: Candace Bergen

Candace Bergen. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Candace Bergen is one of the very few actresses who have been gifted with the beauty and great acting prowess. To this day, she is hailed as one of the best actresses ever to grace the television, as well as one of the finest performers in the motion picture industry.

Candice Patricia Bergen was born on May 9, 1946) in Beverly Hills, California, to Frances Westerman and Edgar Bergen. Westerman used to be a Powers model under the professional name Frances Westcott. meanwhile, the father was a ventriloquist, as well as comedian and actor.

Thanks to her father, who was a popularity entertainment personality in the 50s, Bergen was introduced into show business at a very young age. It was at her father's radio program that she made her first foray in the industry. In 1958, she appeared with her father on Groucho Marx's quiz show You Bet Your Life as officially introduced as Candy Bergen. It was on this show that she revealed that she wanted to become a fashion designer when she grow old.

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Enrique Iglesias—King of Latin pop

Enrique Iglesias
Enrique Iglesias’ good looks, well-built physique, oozing sex appeal and world-class talent all add up to make him not only a great singer, but a popular celebrity adored by millions of fans world-wide. Born to a celebrity father and a socialite mother, at a very young age, it seems that Enrique was already poised to leave a mark of his own.

Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler was born on May 8, 1975. He is the youngest son of Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and Filipina socialite and magazine writer Isabel Preysler.

Iglesias’ career music career was launched in the mid-90s by the American Spanish Language record label Fonovisa.

His first album Enrique Iglesias, was released in 1995. It contained a collection of light rock ballads. It rocked the market overnight and sold more than 500,000 copies in just one week, a feat rarely achieved by a foreign language album in the American market. with three months in the market, the album sold over a million copies and went Gold in Portugal.

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George Clooney—The star with a cause

George Clooney
There’s no question that George Clooney is one of the best and most popular actors of his generation. With a career that spanned since the 1980s, Clooney’s name is associated not only with high-profile, top-grossing films, but also with critically-acclaimed performances that garnered him the adulation of both fans and critics. Clooney also parlayed his popularity to supporting various causes. In fact, Clooney’s political activism led to his appointment as one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace in 2008.

George Timothy Clooney was born in Lexington, Kentucky on May 6, 1961. His mother is Nina Bruce (née Warren), who was a former beauty title holder. His father, Nick Clooney, is a former anchorman, game show and American Movie Classics host.

Clooney is related to some of the biggest names in show business. His aunt was the famous singer Rosemary Clooney. She married the Oscar-winner Jose Ferrer and they had two sons, actors Miguel and Rafael Ferrer.

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Gabourey Sidibe: Hollywood’s precious actress

Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe was just like anyone of us before she hit stardom. Until she was given her break in 2009 when she was offered to star in Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire.

Born on May 6, 1983, her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is an American Gospel and R & B singer, who appeared in the fifth season of American Idol in 2010. Her father, Ibnou Sidibe, is a taxi driver  who hailed from Senegal.

Prior to her acting career, Sidibe worked as a receptionist at the Fresh Air Fund’s office.

In Precious, Gabourey Sidibe played the eponymous character, a 16-year-old girl who was illiterate, obese and a mother of two (she was raped by her father). The film depicted Precious’ plight from the hands of her abusive mother.

The role garnered her critical acclaim, awards from various film critics’ circles, as well as best actress nominations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA. 

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Adele soars high with success

Since making her debut in the late 2000s, Adele has become a household name with her powerful voice, plus size figure and indefatigable spirit that never dipped through the passing of time. Her numerous hits, chart-topping singles and dozens of awards only serve to prove that success comes to those with the talent and determination to win life’s hurdle.

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born on May 5 1988 to teenager Penny Adkins and Welshman Mark Evans. The father walked away from his family when Adele was only two and her 20-year-old single mother was left alone to raise her. Adele resented what his father did and to this day, she hasn’t forgiven him.

In 2006, Adele graduated from the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon. Leona Lewis and Jessie J were among her classmates. Adele considers BRIT School as instrumental in honing her talent. After graduation, Adele successfully had her two songs published in the online arts publication Her song grabbed the attention of by XL label executive Nick Huggett who sent her to Jonathan Dickens of September Management.

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Chris Brown sings his way to superstardom

Chris Brown
At a very young age, Chris Brown (born Christopher Maurice Brown, May 5, 1989), already knew that he wanted to sing and dance. And the boy was pretty talented at it. Today, he is one of the most recognizable performers in the industry, selling millions of albums, appearing on TV and movies and performing in concerts worldwide.

Brown was born in Tappahannock, Virginia, to Joyce Hawkins, a former day care center director, and Clinton Brown, an officer at a local prison. With Michael  Jackson as his inspiration, Brown taught himself to sing and dance. He joined the local church choir, as well as local talent shows, which did him well to nurture his talent and passion for performing.

When he was 13, Brown’s talent was discovered by Hitmission Records, a local production team, who arranged for Brown to audition for a record deal. Tina Davis, a record executive, was so impressed with him that she agreed to become her handler.

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Tim McGraw endures as a country music icon

Tim McGraw

It’s very difficult to separate Tim McGraw from the country music charts. Simply put, McGraw is one of the most popular country crooners that’s too hard to forget.

Samuel Timothy McGraw was born May 1, 1967, to Ann D'Agostino, a waitress, and Frank Edwin "Tug" McGraw Jr., who served as a relief pitcher for the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies

McGraw decided to become a singer when he dropped out of college in 1989. Three years later, he landed a recording contract with Curb Records, who launched him with his self-titled album. A lot of McGraw's albums and singles eventually became country best-sellers and chart-topping country hits.

His second album, Not a Moment Too Soon sold over 6 million copies and was 1994’s best selling country album, with his first no. 1 single, “Don’t Take it Girl.” In 1995, the album’s title track, “Down on the Farm” became no. 1 country music single, while “Refried Dreams,” joined the top 5 list. The Academy of Country Music honored him with the Album of the Year and Top New Male Vocalist Awards.

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Dwayne Johnson parlays wrestling stardom to box-office success

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Dwayne Johnson has already achieved fame and fortune even before he tried his hands in acting. As The Rock, Johnson was an iconic wrestler, one of the best in the world. And as Dwayne Johnson, the actor, he is highly regarded as a potent box-office star, with hit after hit under his best.

Dwayne Douglas Johnson was born on born May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California, to a family of wrestlers and wrestling enthusiasts. His father, Rocky Johnson, was the professional wrestler Rocky Johnson. His maternal grandfather, "High Chief" Peter Maivia, was also a wrestler. His maternal grandmother, Lia Maivia, was a pioneer female professional promoter who eventually took over her husband’s Polynesian Pacific Pro Wrestling after the latter’s death in 1982, until 1988.

Johnson also excelled in football. In fact, he won a scholarship by joining the University of Miami's team. He later played for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League, although he was cut two months into the 1995 season.

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Screen legend Deanna Durbin dies

Deanna Durbin

Deanna Durbin, the screen legend, who wowed Depression- and World War II-era movie goers with her “sweet, soprano voice,” has passed away. She was 91 years old and has been away from the limelight for almost 65 years now.

The exact date of Ms. Durbin’s death is actually unknown. She died a few days ago and it was not until Deanna Durbin Society quoted Durbin’s son, Peter H. David of the actress’ passing. David thanked her mother’s fans for supporting him and respecting his family’s privacy.

Born Edna Mae Durbin on December 4, 1921, Deanna was one of the last surviving actresses of Hollywood’s golden era. She was born to British-born parents in Manitoba Canada and started acting in 1936 after MGM signed her up for the short subject Every Sunday, opposite Judy Garland. When her contract option expired, Universal hurriedly grabbed the talent and cast her in the feature-length film Three Smart Girls (1936). The film was a smash hit and Durbin was single-handedly credited for saving Universal from bankruptcy. The film was followed by a sequel, Hers to Hold, in 1943.

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