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Bruno Mars is pop’s ultimate party boy with hit ’24K Magic’

NEW YORK (AP) — While the world was busy dancing to Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" at the top of 2015, the singer was partying in the studio and creating his latest groovy hit. The Grammy-winning star said in an interview with The Associated Press he wrote "24K Magic" around the time "Uptown Funk" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart last year. "24K Magic" debuted at No. 5 on the Hot 100 chart this week. The new party anthem was launched with a music video to match its celebratory flavor. So far, it's racked up more than 46 million views on YouTube. "You want to kick the door down instead of politely say, 'Hey guys, check this out.' So I think that was the whole objective — to make sure the visual came with …

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Jay Z, Madonna nominated for Songwriters Hall

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Z, one of contemporary music's most celebrated lyricists and entertainers, is one of the nominees for the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame, and if inducted he would become the first rapper to enter the prestigious music organization. Jay Z is the first rapper to be nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Songwriters Hall gave The Associated Press the list of nominees Thursday, a day ahead of its official announcement. Other nominees that could be inducted next year are George Michael, Madonna, Bryan Adams, Vince Gill, Babyface, Max Martin, Kool & the Gang and more. Eligible members can vote for three non-performing songwriters and two performing songwriters until Dec. 16. Five songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at a gala in New York on June …

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Inspired by 007, Mexico to hold Day of Dead parade

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - The opening scene of the movie "Spectre" shows James Bond chasing a bad guy through a Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City -- except there has never been such a procession. But life is about to imitate art. Inspired by the film, officials decided to hold a similar parade on October 29 that will start at the Angel of Independence monument and end at the historic Zocalo square. The procession will have hundreds of volunteers and will "revisit the props and the wardrobe of the well-known film Spectre," the city government said in a statement on Thursday. In the film, the British spy played by Daniel Craig goes after a bad guy through a parade featuring giant skeletons floating among people dancing with their faces painted as skulls. The …

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Tom Cruise brings action-packed ‘Jack Reacher’ sequel to London

Crowds of screaming fans braced the cold and packed into London's Leicester Square on Thursday to catch a glimpse of Tom Cruise as he premiered his film "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back", which he described as a "classic action" film filled with suspense. The film sees Cruise reprise his role in the sequel to the 2012 film "Jack Reacher" playing a former U.S. military officer turned fugitive, on a mission to uncover a conspiracy that has accused his colleague, Major Susan Turner, of espionage. Turner is played by Cobie Smulders - the "How I Met Your Mother" actress - who was also at the European premiere. "He's just got such a unique wit," Cruise said about Reacher, a character based on books written by British author Lee Child, who also makes a cameo …

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Bb. Pilipinas queens on their journey to the crown

Three 2016 Bb. Pilipinas title holders were feted recently at the Monet Ballroom of Novotel Manila before they went on their respective journeys to the crown. They are Kylie Verzosa, Bb. Pilipinas International; Jennifer Hammond, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental; and Nicole Cordoves, Bb. Pilipinas Grand International. Jennifer represented the Philippines in the Miss Intercontinental beauty pageant in Colombo, Sri Lanka last Oct. 16, while Nicole will carry the Philippine flag to the Miss Grand International pageant in Las Vegas, USA on Oct. 25. Finally, Kylie will attempt to bring home the crown when she competes at the Miss International pageant in Tokyo, Japan on Oct. 27. At Novotel Manila, the three received words of encouragements from their fellow Bb. Pilipinas 2016 winners: Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina; Bb. Pilipinas Globe Nichole Manalo and …

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‘Mulat,’ a revelation in form and content

Of all the things going for Diane Ventura’s first feature-length film “Mulat (Awaken),” it is the genre-bending narrative style and the excellent performances of its actors that take it to the highest level. Jake Cuenca (who plays the role of the “better man” but tamer Jake) and Ryan Eigenmann (who plays the dynamite character Vince being the torturer in his relationship) are both very effective in their performances. We may have seen them mostly in more commercially-inclined projects before, but “Mulat” gives us a different perspective on their innate acting abilities and convinces us that, indeed, they are two of the best actors of their generation. Newcomer Loren Burgos, who is introducing in this film as the impassioned and truly disturbed Sam, shows off equal doses of forcefulness and vulnerability and was …

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Kim Domingo: She’s got it!

To be good enough for pin-up is something many stars aspire for. It should be said however, being hot has its pros and cons – just ask Kim Domingo. Blessed with an innocent face and a killer bod, Kim, the latest crush ng bayan, shared in an interview the pitfalls of looking like a goddess. “May mga instances na nababastos ako,” she said. ““Ewan ko. ‘Yung iba parang ‘di sila makapagpigil. Konting skin, konting cleavage, magte-take advantage na agad. May nanghihipo, nangyayakap… “Tapos ang iba naman, huhusgahan ka because of the way you look---to the point na pag nag-bikini ako, sasabihin masamang ehemplo daw ako. Eh nagtratrabaho lang naman ako!” She has learned how to deal with these things. “Kapag mga public appearances, I make sure may security. Tapos sa social media naman, deadma na lang,” …

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Cumberbatch on visiting comic store as ‘Doctor Strange’

Benedict Cumberbatch walks into a Manhattan comic book store in full superhero regalia, magic cloak billowing behind him, leafs through a few periodicals and asks the owner for a job. It sounds like the start of a bad joke but this episode actually happened during the final days of filming of the upcoming "Doctor Strange," the British actor revealed on Thursday. The 14th film in Disney's "Marvel Cinematic Universe" was about to wrap and the 40-year-old was running up Fifth Avenue toward the Empire State Building when he and director Scott Derrickson spotted the store and decided to go in. "I didn't have any money -- I offered my services. I said if the film doesn't work out I'll come and stack the shelves," joked Cumberbatch, who stars as the titular sorcerer in …

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Denise Laurel, Sol Mercado cancel wedding plans

Three years since their engagement, there are no more wedding plans for actress-TV host Denise Laurel and basketball player Sol Mercado. Following the triumph of Sol's team Baranggay Ginebra in PBA, Denise announced on Instagram on Thursday, October 20, that they are now "just friends." "I just want to thank all of you for your prayers right now and support. From now on Sol and I are just friends. I am happy for him and I have learned so much from him," Denise posted, which she later on deleted. It was in 2013 that the couple announced their engagement. However, in May, Denise said they are moving their wedding to 2017 because of several things they needed to settle, including their budget, busy schedules, and their future plans for their family. Saying that they …

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Prosecutor: Man who stalked Kendall Jenner was methodical

LOS ANGELES  — A man charged with stalking Kendall Jenner showed a single-minded focus in his efforts to meet the model and reality show star, even after he knew she was afraid of him, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday. Deputy City Attorney Alex Perez said during closing arguments at the trial that defendant Shavaughn McKenzie tracked Jenner's movements over a 15-month period and somehow managed to find her secluded Hollywood Hills home only weeks after she moved in. McKenzie had accosted Jenner twice outside her condominium in Westwood and had been warned by police not to try to contact Jenner, Perez said. "He knew the victim was afraid of him," Perez said. "And he still does it again." Perez urged the jury to convict McKenzie of misdemeanor stalking and trespassing charges. McKenzie's attorney Taylor Shramo …

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