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Kanye West debuts album

Kanye West has debuted his new album at his latest Yeezy show.

The 'All Day' rapper staged a fashion and music spectacular at New York's Madison Square Garden this afternoon (02.11.16), where models including Naomi Campbell and Alek Wek showed off his new collection to a soundtrack of his long-awaited 'Life of Pablo' LP.

The show - which was steamed on Tidal - kicked off with the gospel-tinged 'Ultralight Bling' and the audience seemed to enjoy every song, but 'Famous' caused a particular stir because of its lyrics about Taylor Swift.

In the track, Kanye - who famously interrupted the Shake It Off' singer when she won Best Female Video at the 2009 MTV VMAs, igniting a feud which had ended last year - rapped: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why? I made that bitch famous."

Kanye's wife, Kim Kardashian West - sporting newly-blonde hair - was joined at the listening party by her mother Kris Jenner, step-father Caitlyn Jenner, her two-year-old daughter North and siblings Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner, with the entire group wearing white.

The family were seen dancing and singing along excitedly to the tracks, fulfilling Kanye's request at the beginning of the show.

He had said: "Feel free to dance and cheer!"

The event marked the first public appearance of Khloe's estranged husband Lamar Odom since his near-fatal collapse last October.

The basketball player walked into the arena to cheers and was personally shown to his seat by the 38-year-old rapper.

Also in attendance for the show were Jaden Smith, Jay Z, Anna Wintour, 50 Cent, Lil Kim, Jennifer Hudson and Karlie Kloss.

Merchandise on sale at the event included T-shirts in tribute to Kim's late father Robert Kardashian and Kanye's late mother Donda West.

Jack Black to quit acting?

Jack Black has hinted he may quit acting.

The 'School of Rock' star admits he has a good run playing a wide variety of characters in his long-standing acting career but feels he is back to square one.

He said: ''One movie left, and then it's goodnight everybody ... At the beginning I was so thrilled to have a part, that first big great part in 'High Fidelity' opened up the universe to me, and I was getting all these offers, and then I did a few other films and then I did 'School of Rock', and that was where all the planets aligned and that was the best possible situation.''

However, from then on, the 46-year-old actor and comedian admits he became ''bored'' of starring in the same type of role.

He added to the Huffington Post newspaper: ''And then you start going 'Ok, I've already done that kind of thing, I've done the loveable loser, I'll do another loveable loser, I'll do this and that,' and then you say, 'I don't want to do another loveable loser, just because I'm bored of it,' so then you start narrowing things down and saying no more and more, until I arrive at this place, where I've done so many things, it keeps on narrowing the things I want to do that are left.''

Ciara remembers hair hustle

Ciara made money as a teenager styling her neighbors' hair.

The 'Like A Boy' hitmaker has revealed her first "hustle" was cutting her friends' and their families' locks while living in Atlanta, Georgia, and she recalls making good cash from her self-created job.

She said: "At an early age I did girls' hair in my neighborhood. That was my hustle. I was able to make anywhere between $5 and $45 per girl."

Although that was the first job she remembers doing, Ciara knew she wanted to be a singer from the age of just four because of the way music made her feel.

Speaking to website Refinery29, she shared: "Around the age of four is when I first understood how music was able to make me feel. It really made me want to dance and want to sing. Instead of love at first sight, it was love at first listen. I connected right away."

Ciara - who has 21-month-old son Future with her rapper ex-fiancé who shares the same name as their boy and is now in a romance with NFL player Russell Wilson - knew she had truly made it in the pop business when she was awarded her first Grammy in 2006.

The 30-year-old R&B star said: "Winning a Grammy award was my first significant success. After winning, you feel validated that your dreams and goals are coming true and being reached. And from that point on, you are forever referred to and introduced as 'Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter.' That is pretty significant."

Liv Tyler's photo addiction

Liv Tyler's "favourite thing" is taking "creepy" pictures of people sleeping.

The 'Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' star admits she loves to snap photographs of her family and friends when they're fast asleep but admits it is a little "creepy because they look dead".

She told ES magazine: "My favourite thing at night is to check on everyone while they are sleeping, grown-ups, children. I actually take quite a lot of pictures of people when they're sleeping, which is kind of creepy because they look dead."

Meanwhile, the 38-year-old actress may not have as much time to photograph her current family - fiancé Dave Gardner and their child Sailor, 12 months and her 11-year-old son, Milo, from a previous relationship - as she recently revealed she is expecting her third child.

Taking to Instagram, she wrote: "Oh my goodness it seems the stork is visiting us again !!!! I am growing another little Tyler Gardner in my belly . our family is growing!!! So grateful. @davidgardner I love you (sic)."

And Liv also revealed labour is a "wonderful, magical experience".

She added: "It's [labour is] a wonderful, magic, amazing experience, but it's pretty f***ing scary; a lot of stakes ... [when I was delivery Sailor] I cried and I was like, 'F*** you'. And I need a lot of help. It takes a village [when I give birth]."

Jenner suing fellow driver

Caitlyn Jenner is suing one of her fellow drivers involved in last year's fatal car crash.

The 'I Am Cait' star has reportedly filed legal documents against Jessica Steindorff, who was driving the Prius in front of Caitlyn's SUV at the time of the incident, claiming she should be held at least partly responsible for the death of Kim Howe, who was at the wheel of the Lexus.

Sources tell TMZ that Caitlyn is claiming Jessica wasn't watching the road and had been sat at a green light for a period of time.

Her lawyer Robert Simon said: "It's unfortunate that she continues to not take responsibility for a crash she clearly caused."

Meanwhile, the 66-year-old former Olympian and Jessica have never seen eye to eye after she previously insisted the television personality - who was known as Bruce Jenner before undergoing a gender transition - should have never been handed an award for courage.

She said: "I find it difficult to understand how the culture we live in can award a person who is responsible for taking a life and injuring several others with both an award and a reality show. For an individual who is such a positive role model in many aspects of her life, Caitlyn has failed to do the right thing and take responsibility for her actions.

"I would hope that someone who seems to greatly value the importance of human existence would be more sensitive to the fact that she ended another person's life. Sadly we are living in a tabloid society."

Actors Studio 16/17 season

The creation of a season is a difficult undertaking and one Artistic Managing Director Randy Leslie at the Kelowna Actors Studio starts every year within a month of the previous announcement. Balance wise, there must be a mix of styles, from beloved classics to innovative works and if possible, something a bit shocking!

Join the Kelowna Actors Studio for some frothy campy fun in the most popular cult classic of all time; a   festive holiday tribute to the original shoot-your-eye-out family musical; a noisy hall where there's always a nightly brawl; a Guinness record-setting musical celebrating its 50th anniversary with a very opinionated and passionate red head; a peek into the lives of the super rich with all the deceits and illusions of the twenties, a tragic tale of a Southern belle and feel the electricity as the season finishes with one of the most celebrated, award winning musicals on stage today.

The 2016/2017 season shapes up like this:

  • Rocky Horror Show - October 12 to 31, 2016
  • A Christmas Story - November 30 to December 18, 2016
  • Chicago - February 8 to 26, 2017
  • Anne Of Green Gables - April 19 to May 7, 2017
  • The Great Gatsby - May 31 to June 17, 2017
  • The Glass Menagerie - July 28 - August 6, 2017
  • Billy Elliot - July 27 to August 5, 2017 (Presented at the Kelowna Community Theatre)

For more information on these shows and season subscriptions click here. Stay up to date with the Kelowna Actors Studio at www.kelownaactorsstudio.com.


Mars wants 3 halftime shows

Bruno Mars has joked he will be performing at the Super Bowl in 2018.

The 'Uptown Funk' hitmaker made a triumphant appearance during Coldplay's halftime show at the weekend, which came two years after he headlined the interval entertainment at the NFL Championship Game, and has now claimed he'll be back at the sporting spectacular for a third time in the future.

He posted on Instagram: "See y'all at Super Bowl 52 Ayyyyyyyy!! I'm jus joking.. Or am I ??? You never know bro. You jus never knowwww (sic)"

The 30-year-old star went on to praise "incredible" Coldplay and fellow guest performer Beyonce for the show, and admitted he felt "very honoured" to be a part of it.

He captioned an image of himself and his fellow singers: "I had front row seats and witnessed these two incredible artist do their thing.

"Thank you @coldplay for inviting the squad and I to perform our tune. We were all very honored to be apart of such a positive uplifting show.

"Thank You @beyonce for continuing to bless the world with that fire / hot sauce.

"Thank you to the good people at @nfl for all that you do behind the scenes.

"Thank you @versace_official for makin ya boys look extra clean and all the way swagged out. I'll never forget last Sunday. Thank you all!"

Elton John not X Factor fan

Sir Elton John is glad 'The X Factor' is "on the way out".

The 'Rocket Man' singer insists he's never been a fan of Simon Cowell's TV talent show and other programs like it and is glad the general public's enjoyment of them seems to be waning.

Speaking to ES Magazine, he said: "There's so much good music out there, much better than all the pop s**t they play on Radio 1. I never liked shows like 'The X Factor'; I'm glad they are on the way out."

Elton has always had a negative opinion of 'The X Factor' and banned his songs from being used on the show until 2010.

However, after he relented and let his music be performed by the acts he even went on to appear on the UK version of the show, duetting with Gary Barlow on the 2013 finale.

Previously, he had branded the show "boring and brain crippling".

The 68-year-old musician has just released his 32nd studio album 'Wonderful Crazy Night' and he loves the creative freedom he now has as a legendary artist.

He said: "I like the creative process. If you make peace with the fact that you aren't going to sell millions of records any more, you can be more like Bob Dylan and do what the hell you want. I want to keep being inventive. I don't want to stop creating."

After being at the top of the music world for decades, Elton insists his main ambition in life now is to be the best dad he can to his two sons, Zachary, five, and Elijah, three, with his husband David Furnish.

He admitted: "'I hate being away from my kids. We FaceTime but it's not the same. They are wonders. OK, they beat the s**t out of one another - but they're brothers. I look forward to being closer to them, that is the way I want my future life to go. I want to give them a childhood they can love. And be a parent they will miss. I want to leave them a good place to live."

The full interview with Elton appears in this week's new-look issue of ES Magazine out today (11.02.16).


Reynolds wants 9 daughters

Ryan Reynolds would like nine daughters.

The 'Deadpool' star - who already has 13-month-old daughter James with wife Blake Lively - admits he wouldn't mind adding a number of girls to his brood as he grew up with three brothers.

Speaking to SiriusXM EW Radio, he said: "I can't get enough of that. If I could have nine daughters, I would be thrilled. My brothers and I, there's four of us, we would destroy the house. I was 8 and I could patch and drywall at 8. We could actually repair an entire hole in the wall in our house within 15 minutes. That's part of the reason I don't want boys, I don't want a wiffle house."

Meanwhile, the 39-year-old actor previously admitted he found fatherhood to be a "relief".

He shared: "Not unlike most people, I've found there is something of a relief to it, that you're not the centre of your own universe any more and there's something nice about how trivial all those other little things you used to lay awake at night worrying about become.

"I think there's something beautiful about that, and that's not something I was expecting."

New Star Wars now filming

'Star Wars: Episode VIII' has begun ''filming''.

Disney confirmed that shooting of the next installment in the science fiction franchise is finally underway, after it was delayed last month due to scheduling difficulties in the principal photography department.

And the franchise's breakthrough star John Boyega, who plays rebel stormtrooper Finn in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', has taken to Twitter to announce he is thrilled to be back on set.

He wrote: ''Time to bring out my Han Solo figure for everyone on set to sign. Sigh** can't help it. (sic)''

Disney CEO Bob Iger also revealed that as well as the start of shooting on 'Episode VIII', production on 'Episode IX' has also commenced.

He said: ''There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products. Filming of 'Star Wars: Episode VIII', the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in theatres December 2017. And production of Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun.''

Plans to release 'Episode VIII' in May next year were dropped in favour of a December 15 date in the hope that the movie will match the success of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', which raked in $2 billion at the box office worldwide.

Mark Hamill's character Luke Skywalker is set to have a prominent role in the sequel, while Daisy Ridley is returning as Rey, 'Game of Thrones' star Gwendoline Christie comes back as Captain Phasma and Adam Driver will be donning his black mask and hood again as villain Kylo Ren.

As if that wasn't enough to whet the appetite of fans, Iger also revealed that production on 'Star Wars' spin-off title 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' - which tells the story of how a squad of Rebel fighters steal the blueprints for the original Death Star from the Empire - is almost complete and work on the next spin-off is due to begin soon.

He said: ''Filming of 'Rogue One' is virtually completed and we absolutely love what we've seen so far. This is the first of a set of planned stand-alone stories. We're already in preproduction on our next one, for release in May of 2018.''

'Rogue One' has been directed by Godzilla's Gareth Edwards and will be released December 16.

Taylor Kinney proud of Gaga

Taylor Kinney "couldn't be more proud" of Lady Gaga.

The 'Chicago Fire' actor watched this year's Super Bowl on TV and was very impressed by his fiancée's rendition of the US national anthem, 'The Star-Spangled Banner'.

Joking he was thinking of "chips and dip" during her performance, Taylor then backtracked and told the New York Post newspaper's Page Six column: "No, I think she was brilliant...

"I was just excited to see her get up there, and I wanted to see her come across, and put out there and sing a song that she had prepared without any hiccups, and I think she really did it. She nailed it, and I couldn't be more proud."

The 34-year-old actor took particular pleasure in seeing the 29-year-old singer sing at the Super Bowl because he knew she felt at "home" there.

Speaking to US Weekly magazine, Taylor said: "Where she's most at home, is on a stage...

"To see her there on the biggest one -- I enjoyed it probably as much as everybody else. Yeah!"

The pair were engaged last Valentine's Day (02.14.15) and Taylor hopes amongst busy work schedules that he'll be able to make this Valentine's another memorable occasion.

He said:"Hopefully, we'll get to spend some time together and we'll figure that out, but I'm not giving away any secrets!"

Stickboy coming to Vernon

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents Vancouver Opera’s production of Stickboy on Thursday, February 25, 7:00pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. Stickboy is the fourth of five shows in the Society’s 2015/16 Theatre Series.
Created by world-renowned spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan and composer Neil Weisensel, Stickboy is bravely autobiographical, beautifully poetic, visually innovative and musically memorable.
The inner life of a young boy is at the heart of this moving and meaningful new opera. Stickboy confronts the uncomfortable reality of a society struggling with its own fear and insecurity, a society that seeks conformity and uniformity at the expense of those who are different.
Vancouver Opera in Schools is one of the largest opera touring programs of its kind in Canada. Started over 40 years ago, VOIS maintains a tradition of professional opera performances in schools throughout British Columbia. Each season, VOIS introduces the power and beauty of opera to children and their families in schools and community venues across BC.
This VOIS touring production of Stickboy is adapted from VO's inaugural production into a 60 minute visually stunning production and features visuals designed and animated by Giant Ant, the producers of Koyczan's monumentally popular video To This Day.
Tickets for Stickboy are $29 for adults, $26 for seniors and $24 for students. Call the Ticket Seller Box Office at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or log on line to www.ticketseller.ca for tickets and more information.

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