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Banksy’s lesser-known works on show in London

Street artist Banksy is known around the world for his simple graffiti stencils, often with a sharp political point, but a new London exhibition is an opportunity to discover his wider talents. The mysterious British artist from Bristol, southwest England, made his name with clandestine street murals but has also produced a treasure trove of other kinds of images as the value of his work soared. "You've got quite a few different styles here, you've got everything from the stencils to the paintings to the crude oils," said Steve Lazarides, co-founder of the Lazinc gallery where the show opens on Thursday. It includes classics such as "Girl with Balloon", a black and white ima...Keep on reading: Banksy’s lesser-known works on show in London.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJul 12th, 2018

La Diva reunion in the works

If schedule and technology permit, singer Maricris Garcia may just get the La Diva reunion she has been yearning for in her upcoming 11th anniversary concert, "Mar1c1s."   La Diva was a vocal trio that was also composed of Maricris' fellow "Pinoy Pop Superstar" alumnae Jona, who's now a talent at ABS-CBN, and Aicelle Santos, who currently portrays Gigi in the new United Kingdom tour of the musical "Miss Saigon." The group officially disbanded in 2015.   "I'm working on it. If Jona's schedule allows it, I will go tell Aicelle that maybe she can just video record herself singing in London. We will tell her which song we'll do and what her parts will be," she told ...Keep on reading: La Diva reunion in the works.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

London Fashion Week: Victoria Beckham brings it home

LONDON (AP) --- Victoria Beckham has brought her fashion brand home to London Fashion Week for the first time to mark a decade in the business. The former Spice Girl celebrated the brand she built up with a glamorous catwalk show early Sunday in an elegant gallery next door to her store in London's tony Mayfair district. The collection features some of her signature looks and greatest hits including masculine tailoring, wide leg and slim flare trousers and fluid, minimal backless gowns. After the show, Beckham kissed and hugged her husband, retired soccer star David Beckham, and her children, who sat among the guests and gave them a thumbs up.KM RELATED STORIES: Brig...Keep on reading: London Fashion Week: Victoria Beckham brings it home.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

Life begins at 40 for Lea with US indie film

Singer-actress Lea Salonga broke the news in her Backstory column on Aug. 23, that she is making her big-screen comeback, since 1995's "Sana Maulit Muli," via "Yellow Rose," an indie movie by US director Diane Paragas.   As bonus, she will share the screen with another "Miss Saigon" alumna, Eva Noblezada, in the drama film. (Lea originated the role of Kim in 1989, while Eva reprised the same part in the musical's 2014 revival. They both headlined the show in London before moving to Broadway.) Lea plays the aunt of Eva, an aspiring country singer whose mother (Princess Punzalan) was deported in the film.   "Yellow Rose" is a fitting way to celebrate Lea's 40-kara...Keep on reading: Life begins at 40 for Lea with US indie film.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

Han Solo s rare jacket on show for London auction

Han Solo's jacket from 'The Empire Strikes Back' and Indiana Jones' signature hat top off some dazzling movie memorabilia that went on display in London on Thursday before being.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

New Order set to play one UK show before Latin America tour

New Order will play only one United Kingdom show in 2018 before heading across the Atlantic to tour Latin America. The post-punk synth-pop group will play London's Alexandra Palace on Nov. 9. The British band, whose members originally came together as cult favorites Joy Division, is nearing its 40th anniversary. In 2015, the three remaining original members were joined by new bassist Tom Chapman and multi-instrumentalist Phil Cunningham for "Music Complete". The band will play the Music Tastes Good Festival on Sept. 29 in California, before embarking on a fall tour of Latin America, including shows in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. The U.K. show was announced by ...Keep on reading: New Order set to play one UK show before Latin America tour.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

London show explores hidden world of facial recognition

LONDON --- Don't judge by appearances. It's an age-old piece of advice that is being roundly ignored by corporations, governments and law-enforcement agencies around the globe. British police use facial-recognition technology to scan crowds for suspects. Owners of the latest iPhones can unlock their phones with face ID. Whole Foods and other retailers are testing facial recognition as a way of eliminating check-out tills in stores. Modern technology means your face is both your identity and a commodity --- but as an exhibition going on display in London shows, that technology is far from perfect. "Face Values," the U.S. entry at the multinational London Design Biennale, expl...Keep on reading: London show explores hidden world of facial recognition.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Four PH films go to the UK

Four Filipino films are headed to the United Kingdom this month.   Shireen Seno's "Nervous Translation" will have its UK premiere at the esteemed Tate Modern in London. The Cinema One movie will serve as the opening film of the art gallery's Fall 2018 Artists' Cinema program on Sept. 19.   Its website points out that Tate Modern's "cinema program is a stage for unique encounters with artists' films in all their forms." The Artists' Cinema program is "a monthly series that presents previews, premieres or unique presentations of works by emerging and established artists, followed by a discussion with the curators."   The Tate's site hails the internatio...Keep on reading: Four PH films go to the UK.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Prince Harry as King George III made our ‘Hamilton’ dreams come true

Thank you to the cast and crew @HamiltonWestEnd for an incredible show The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a special gala performance of @HamiltonMusical to raise awareness and funds for @Sentebale, founded by The Duke with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006. Sentebale's programmes of education and care provide the tools and knowledge for young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana to live long, happy, healthy lives. A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Aug 29, 2018 at 4:59pm PDT Prince Harry surprised theatergoers at the Victoria Palace Theater in London with his singing chops. Who would've thought? The Duke of Sussex attended th...Keep on reading: Prince Harry as King George III made our ‘Hamilton’ dreams come true.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

Beware the fax machine: some hackers target old gadgets

LONDON, United Kingdom --- What could be less threatening than the old office fax machine? Nothing. That's precisely why it's used as a backdoor for hackers to get into an organization's network. Check Point, a cybersecurity firm in Israel, said Sunday that their research discovered security flaws in tens of millions of fax machines. The hack works by sending an image file through the phone line --- or a file that the fax machine thinks is an image file --- and that is coded to contain malicious software. When a company receives the photo, the image is decoded and uploaded into the fax-printer's memory, allowing the hackers to take over the device and spreading the malicious co...Keep on reading: Beware the fax machine: some hackers target old gadgets.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Houston s Watson healthy and ready for more work this week

By Kristie Rieken, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson was back in a game this week for the first time since surgery to repair a right knee injury in November, and although he didn't play long, he relished his return. "I just played five snaps, handed the ball off, threw one pass," Watson said. "So, it wasn't too bad. Good to just go out there for a couple plays and then watch everyone else perform." The Houston Texans quarterback is looking to build on his limited action as the team prepares for two practices with the San Francisco 49ers next week before hosting them in their second preseason game on Saturday. Watson's health and development in his second year will be critical as Houston tries to bounce back from a season filled with injuries during which the team went 4-12 for its first losing season since 2013. Though he played in just seven games before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in practice, Watson gave the Texans optimism that he'll be the answer to their longtime problems at the position. He threw for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns and ran for 269 yards and two more scores after Houston traded up to select him with the 12th overall pick in the 2017 draft. Saturday was the team's first practice back in Houston after the Texans spent the first part of training camp in West Virginia. Although they had to adjust to the hotter temperatures at home, Watson and the Texans got a boost from working out in front of several hundred cheering fans. "The climate ... it's hot and muggy but at the end of the day we have to come out here and play football and perform and just focus on our task," he said. "So, it's always good to have the fans around and show love. They give us energy and high hopes for this season." The 22-year-old said he's grown a lot since arriving in Houston last season and is looking forward to building on what he did last year. "Just really (grown) as a person as a whole and then just the knowledge of the game," he said. "Just being able to understand the offense, understand what the defense is doing and just play faster, just go out there and play and not overthink things." Coach Bill O'Brien, who worked with Tom Brady when he was an assistant with the Patriots, has enjoyed watching Watson develop and is looking for ways to help him take another step. "I think there's areas where he and I need to grow together, like in the red area," he said. "We're a little bit behind there but we have to work together on that and see if we can execute better down there, but I think there's a lot of areas where he's gotten better and better, and he'll only get better and better because he works at it and the experience he gets will really help him." Watson is working behind a revamped offensive line this year after last year's group allowed the second-most sacks in the league. So far, he likes the way the unit is coming together. "Guys just building chemistry, working hard each and every day, never complaining," Watson said. "They make mistakes, but at the end of the day they correct those mistakes and don't make it twice, just like everyone else on the offense. Just guys that love to play football. They have a passion about going in ... and putting in the work, and (are) passionate about winning.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

Nobel-winning writer V.S. Naipaul dies aged 85

LONDON, United Kingdom (UPDATED) – British author V.S. Naipaul, a famously outspoken Nobel laureate who wrote on the traumas of post-colonial change, has died at the age of 85. Naipaul, who was born in Trinidad and the son of an Indian civil servant, was best known for works including A ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

‘Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!’ is a sweet, sly bolt of joy

One of the toughest challenges in mounting an original musical production based on a repertoire of pop classics is preventing the show from becoming a concert, where the plot and characterization play second fiddle to the renditions of the hit songs. 9 Works Theatrical and Globe Live's "Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!"---ongoing till Aug. 26, at Maybank Performing Arts Theater, Bonifacio Global City (BGC)---successfully surmounts this hurdle. It embraces its musical roots by thoroughly reimagining the wide discography of the Apo Hiking Society, even as it invites its audience to relive a more innocent age---with a few occasional winks at the present. Spoilers aside, it's worth noting how...Keep on reading: ‘Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!’ is a sweet, sly bolt of joy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

‘G-spot’ ad raises hackles

  VILNIUS, LITHUANIA --- The capital of this Baltic country is pressing ahead with controversial plans for a raunchy international advertising campaign that refers to the city as the "G-spot of Europe," despite opposition from the Church and central government.   Posters advertising Lithuania's capital, due to appear starting on Thursday in Berlin and London, show a young woman lying on bed sheets printed with the map of Europe and clutching a handful of cloth where Vilnius is located.   "Nobody knows where it is, but when you find it, it's amazing. Vilnius, the G-spot of Europe," says the advertisement, which is aimed at portraying the city as the conti...Keep on reading: ‘G-spot’ ad raises hackles.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

English FA brings in cards for touchline misconduct by managers

LONDON --- Referees are to issue yellow and red cards to English Premier League managers who misbehave on the touchline during FA Cup and League Cup matches in a pilot scheme for season 2018-19, the FA said on Tuesday. In the Premier League, however, the managers will receive verbal warnings, not cards, for misconduct. Among the transgressions punishable in the three competitions are: ---inappropriate language and/or gestures toward the match officials which are an obvious show of dissent or an attempt to influence the decisions of the match officials ---kicking or throwing water bottles, coats or similar objects in an obvious show of dissent ---sarcastic clapping and/...Keep on reading: English FA brings in cards for touchline misconduct by managers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

Monsters invade Pablo Gallery in new group show

MANILA, Philippines – Shape of Shadows, Pablo Gallery’s newest group exhibit, is an investigation into the nature of monsters, both within and around us. The works in the exhibit present a diverse take on monsters, from literal beasts to the internalized monstrosities of society’s collective anxiety. For ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

Robin says ‘Marawi’ not gov’t propaganda, but…

This is not government propaganda," said actor Robin Padilla of Sheron Dayoc's "Children of the Lake," a film on the Marawi siege that he is currently working on with Piolo Pascual. "This is actually a form of peaceful revolt. Marching on the streets no longer works. It's because we can now make movies to show to the world what really happened there," he declared. The actor, however, admitted that the government did promise to help out by providing military presence, especially when the cast and crew begin filming at Ground Zero in August. Support "We're thankful for the support. We hope they can help us more, by giving us an 'A' grade and exempting us from paying taxes,"...Keep on reading: Robin says ‘Marawi’ not gov’t propaganda, but….....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 29th, 2018

Sex workers sing, dance for legalization of oldest profession

Sex workers took centre stage at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam Thursday, using music and dance to press home a serious message: "We are people too, and we have rights." The cast of a show entitled "Sex Worker's Opera" performed to a full house at the meeting venue, with songs and recitals advocating that "sex work is work," and "there are no bad whores, just bad laws." "We're all human beings at the end of the day and nobody should judge us for what we do for a living," performer Charlie Rose, a 37-year-old sex worker from London, told AFP after the show. "Human rights state that we are entitled to earn a living and provide for our families, and that's exact...Keep on reading: Sex workers sing, dance for legalization of oldest profession.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Thousands sign a petition to cancel ‘Insatiable’

Netflix seriesInsatiablehas been receiving a lot of backlash prior to its premiere on Aug. 10. The show is a dark comedy that revolves around Patty (played by Debby Ryan, who's wearing a fat suit) who seeks revenge on her bullies after she becomes skinny. Many have accused it of promoting fat-shaming and has been criticized for its revenge plot. Meanwhile, London-based artist Florence Given took it one step further: She created a Change.org petition to stop the premiere ofInsatiable.It was just created on July 20 and it already has over 86,000 signatures. "For so long, the narrative has told women and young impressionable girls that in order to be popular, have friends, to ...Keep on reading: Thousands sign a petition to cancel ‘Insatiable’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

Tom hopes to bring own animation works to Disney

TOM Rodriguez says he will miss the action scenes he’s been doing in “The Cure” now that it is on its final week. “I really enjoyed this show as it gave me the chance to do stunts and fight scenes na hindi mo basta magagawa sa dramas or romcoms,” he….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Margaret Thatcher’s spouse not happy about McCartney invite

LONDON (AP) --- Most hosts would be quite happy to have Paul McCartney come to a shindig. But that wasn't the case with Denis Thatcher in 1988 when planning a gala reception at 10 Downing Street. Newly released papers show that the late husband of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher put a question mark next to the former Beatle's name on a proposed guest list he was reviewing. The papers, released Saturday, show Denis Thatcher leaving check marks next to the guests he approved and question marks next to those he was less comfortable with. The papers didn't offer an explanation of why he questioned the inclusion of the ex-Beatle. In a note, he wrote that he di...Keep on reading: Margaret Thatcher’s spouse not happy about McCartney invite.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018