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Madonna blasts intolerance

Madonna thinks Europe has become a "scary" place.

The 'Living For Love' hitmaker, who has a house in London and spends much of her time there, claims France currently feels like "Nazi Germany" because of "the level of intolerance that's going on."

While discussing her new song 'Ghosttown' from her upcoming album, 'Rebel Heart,' the 56-year-old singer said: "France was once a country that accepted people of color. It was once a place that artists escaped to, whether it was Josephine Baker or Charlie Parker or writers, painters, whatever. It was a country that embraced everyone and that encouraged freedom in every way, shape, or form -- freedom of expression, artistic freedom, for example.

"Now, it's completely gone. It's like, to me, you know, I said this two years ago, it's like we're living in a crazy time. It feels like, you know, Nazi Germany. All of these people... the intolerance, the level of intolerance that's going on is really scary. It's not just happening in France, it's all over Europe, but it's specifically in France. Anti-Semitism, I think, is at an all-time high, people are becoming, behaving, and reacting in extremely fearful ways, so it's scary."

The singer also believes we are headed towards an apocalypse unless things change.

She told Europe 1 Radio: "'Ghosttown' is like, for me, a kind of foreshadowing of two people living like the only lovers left alive in a post-apocalyptic world. I feel like that's where we're heading for if we continue to behave the way we behave, to treat one another the way we're treating one another, to maintain this level of intolerance and discriminatory prejudice... hateful behavior towards other human beings who are different than you are."



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Olivia Wilde: Pregnancy is 'terrifying'

Olivia Wilde thinks it was "terrifying" being pregnant.

The 30-year-old actress - who has 10-month-old son Otis with her partner Jason Sudeikis - compared her "enormous belly" to a "horror movie".

Speaking about her new film 'The Lazarus Effect', she said: "I was doing reshoots for this movie... (at) eight and a half months pregnant and I was just so excited to be working that I was like, 'I'm gonna act the f**k out of this scene. I was so happy; I was like, 'Here I go. Still got it.'

"And the reason it's kind of framed oddly is because there's just this enormous belly, which is a whole other horror movie. I mean, the look of it... (Being pregnant) is really insane and terrifying. I recommend it."

Although initially admitting to being nervous about giving birth, Olivia couldn't help but gush about her little boy, despite the changes he makes to their daily routine.

She shared: "It is so much fun; it's amazing. He's wonderful...

"It's so funny how it changes your daily life especially like there's no such thing as leisurely brunch anymore. [We] used to go out for brunch and maybe take like an hour and a half to eat and now it's like, 'You hold him, you hold him, you hold him. Just let me eat this one thing.' It's a balancing act."

And Olivia is keen on having another two children as both her and her partner Jason are one of three siblings but she is waiting to make sure she can "keep one alive" first before getting pregnant again.

When asked on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart if they'd be adding to their family, she joked: "I'm part of three, he's part of three.

"I like the idea of that but if I can keep one alive, I'll be really proud of myself."



Selena Gomez snubs Justin Bieber roast

Selena Gomez "declined" to take part in Justin Bieber's upcoming roast.

The 'Boyfriend' hitmaker will be the focus of a Comedy Central Roast in honor of his 21st birthday on Sunday (03.01.15), but his ex-girlfriend wants doesn't want to join in with the jokey evening, which will be hosted by Kevin Hart, because she is now dating DJ Zedd.

A source told In Touch Weekly magazine: "Selena declined. Now that she's dating DJ Zedd, she thinks it would be incredibly disrespectful to him if she were to do it."

But the Canadian singer, who split from the brunette beauty in October after four years of on/off dating, is upset that she won't be among those poking fun at him during the TV special, which is being filmed on March 7.

The source said: "Justin is hurt. He really wanted her there. He's hoping he can change her mind."

But the 'Rudderless' actress has no plans to even watch the show when it is aired on Comedy Central on March 30.

The source added: "Selena is really happy right now."

Another insider recently claimed Justin is upset the 'Slow Down' hitmaker isn't pining over him.

The source said: "Seeing her happy with Zedd and the fact that she's not pining for him are bitter blows to his ego. Justin wants to have his fun, and know he has Selena in his back pocket whenever he needs her."



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Jane Lynch: I don't want to face the end of Glee

Jane Lynch doesn't "want to face" the end of 'Glee'.

The award-winning actress - who plays sports coach-turned-principal of McKinley High School, Sue Sylvester - has admitted there were a lot of "waterworks" when the cast wrapped up filming last Saturday (02.21.15) for the long-standing TV show.

She said: "It was waterworks. There are some takes I'm sure they can't use because we were all weeping.

"It was hard to get through... (It is) unreal. Surreal and unreal. I can't believe it's over. It hasn't hit me yet. It's been one of the most wonderful experiences of my life."

The 54-year-old actress has also praised the FOX show for helping to remove some of the stigma around gender transitions.

In series six, Coach Beiste (played by Dot-Marie Jones) makes a transition from a woman to a man and Jane believes it was particularly "special" storyline of the show.

She added to People magazine: "Those scenes, for me, will go down as some of the most special...

"Anything that's got stigma around it that shouldn't... like deciding how you want to live your life as whatever sex you want to be - (that's) nobody's business but theirs. And I love that he ['Glee' creator Ryan Murphy] took it on."



I am Woman Hear Me Laff

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre proudly presents I am Woman Hear Me Laff 11 on Sunday, March 8th at 8:00pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.
 
Leo award winning comedian Erica Sigurdson headlines the 11th annual celebration of International Women’s day. Over the course of her 10 year career in comedy, Sigurdson has been twice nominated for Best Female Standup in Canada, and was a semi-finalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition.
 
Nationally recognized as one of Canada’s top comedic talents, Sigurdson is a frequent guest on CBC Radio’s smash hit The Debaters, appearing a record 29 times. She is also featured on CBC Radio’s The Current and Definitely Not the Opera. In 2013 alone, Sigurdson was invited to perform at The Vancouver Comedy Festival, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, The Halifax Comedy Festival and the world famous Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.
 
In this stand-up comedy extravaganza, Master of Cemeronies Katie-Ellen Humphries returns to the stage with her sharp wit, inventive imagination and cavernous dimples. Vancouver-based comedians Alicia Tobin and Brynn Peebles will also be on hand for this ‘herlarious’ occasion in honour of International Women’s Day.
 
Tickets for I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff 11 are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and $30 for students and are available through the Ticket Seller Box Office at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or online at www.ticketseller.ca.



Soul Music in Kamloops

Kamloops Symphony’s Soul Music
March 7, 2015 at Sagebrush Theatre

Kamloops Symphony’s next performance Soul Music will feature music from the heart on Saturday, March 7 at Sagebrush Theatre—with guest soloist Nicolò Eugelmi.

Eugelmi’s first appearance with the Kamloops Symphony was as the winner of their “New Celebrity Competition” in 1996. Eugelmi played Walton’s Viola Concerto then and, on March 7, he returns to play the same piece.

In 2012, Eugelmi performed as a member of the Fine Arts Quartet for a Kamloops Symphony chamber music performance. Eugelmi’s solo appearances include the Vancouver, Edmonton, and Montreal Symphony Orchestras, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the CBC Radio Orchestra, and l’Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal. He has performed at some of the world’s finest venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre, Kennedy Center, the Casals Festival Prades, the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Berlin Philharmonie.

This programme features music by Brahms and Dvořák, in addition to Walton. Both Brahms and Dvořák were at the peak of the Romantic era of composition. Dvořák wrote from the heart and Brahms’ compositions were driven by passion. Walton was late in the Romantic era of composition, but wrote with the same zeal and attention to detail as Brahms. All three composers have a soulful quality, and combined make up the Soul Music programme.
 

Tickets at Kamloops Live! Box Office (250) 374-5483 or www.kamloopslive.ca



Madonna has whiplash after BRIT Awards fall

Madonna has got whiplash after she fell off the stage during her "nightmare" BRIT Awards performance on Wednesday (02.25.15).

The 56-year-old star was yanked down a small flight of stairs when her dance troupe attempted to remove her huge cape during her performance of 'Living For Love' at the ceremony in London, and she admits the dramatic fall has left her with a slight neck injury.

Speaking on the 'Jonathan Ross Show' last night (26.02.15), she explained: "I didn't hurt my butt but I hurt my head. I know how to fall, I have fallen off my horse many times.

"I had little bit of whiplash, I smacked the back of my head. And I had a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3am to make sure I was compos mentis."

She added: "I am always nervous of live TV, when you singing you can't make any mistakes, the worst thing is you fall down stairs. I like to make my shows dangerous but then there is danger."

Despite the fall - during which the audience heard a loud thud as she toppled down the stairs and dropped her microphone - the 'Hung Up' hitmaker managed to continue with her performance.

But she believes the shocking incident was probably really scary for the audience members and viewers at home.

She said: "It was a nightmare, I like to be amazing, I rehearse and rehearse so when I do a show it is effortless and I create magic. I did the opposite, I actually created a horror show for everyone."



Freckleface Strawberry

Freckleface Strawberry
Kelowna Actors Studio
March 5 - March 8

Freckleface Strawberry was written by Academy Award Winning Actress Julianne Moore. It is a touching story about accepting yourself the way you are. Strawberry is teased about her freckles constantly, so she tries different ways to hide them before ultimately hiding herself. Her musical journey to self- acceptance is complete when she discovers that her classmates missed her while she lived undercover. They teach her that everyone is different and the most important thing is to have friends. With an inspiring plot, catchy music and energetic dancing numbers you are sure to enjoy an uplifting show for all ages.

“This show is truly breathtaking,” says Randy Leslie, Artistic Managing Director of Kelowna Actors Studio. “It reaches out to everyone – children and adults alike. Everyone has faced some type of prejudice in their childhood whether it had to do with race, religion or the clothes they choose to wear."

Click here to buy tickets online now.



Iggy Azalea is 'crazy' to live with

Iggy Azalea's boyfriend finds her "crazy" to live with.

The 24-year-old rapper shares her US home with her basketball beau Nick Young, 29, whom she has been dating for 18 months, but it seems the couple are still trying to come to terms with their new living arrangements as well as each other's bizarre habits.

When asked during an interview with Los Angeles hip-hop radio station Power 106 FM what it's like to live with the star, Nick said: "It's crazy living with her. She's just a crazy person. Sometimes she would take out all her anger on me."

But it seems Nick' honesty didn't go down well with Iggy, who was born in Sydney, as she hit back: "He is very dirty, but it's OK as we have a full-time housekeeper -- we have to."

The 'Fancy' hitmaker also revealed how happy Nick was when she bought him a 1962 Chevrolet Impala convertible for Christmas last year, but she admits he still has some issues with it.

She explained: "The only problem with it is that Nick does not know how to turn the car off, so he leaves the gas on all the time and so we have to jump-start it all the time."

The couple first struck up a romance in September 2013 after they exchanged some flirty messages on Twitter.
 



Kanye West's BRIT performance causes controversy

Kanye West's BRIT Awards performance caused a stir for TV viewers last night (25.02.15) as he could be heard rapping the N-word, despite half of his song being muted.

The 37-year-old rapper performed his song 'All Day', which contains 39 mentions of the N-word, at the ceremony at London's O2 Arena but fans watching at home live on ITV were left fuming as a lot of the hit was "auto-muted" by the channel.

Despite this, people heard the expletive a number of times and former 'Coronation Street' star Charlie Condou was among those to point out on Twitter that the auto-muting was slightly inaccurate.

He tweeted: "I love that they keep muting the sound, yet keep missing the N word #Kanye (sic)"

martinlukebrown wrote: "Hahahaha no-one's even gonna hear half of this song. Just an occasional N word #kanye (sic)"

DeliActon wrote: "Think you guys bleeped out the wrong word there guys.. Kanye dropped the N-Bomb #BRITAwards (sic)"

Kanye's rapping was replaced by the sound of audience chatter during parts deemed too offensive to be broadcast, despite his performance airing after the 9pm watershed.

An ITV spokesperson said in a statement: "ITV took the decision to use an audio mute during the performance.

"The BRITs is broadcast live on ITV from 8pm to a wide audience.

"We have operated a short time delay as standard practice for some years on the show, to allow us to mute language that may be inappropriate for that wide audience, and elected to do so in this case, given the performance took place shortly after the 9pm watershed."

Some of the lyrics in the song include: "Ye in the building like a hallway, n*****; Big in the game like an arcade, n*****; I jump in the whip, Audi R8, n*****; Still got the 100 with the small face, n*****."

Despite using offensive language, the rapper did still manage to wow the crowd with some special effects thanks to a huge fire cannon which stood alongside him on stage.

He also performed with British grime artists Skepta, Krept and Konan, Jammer and Novelist, and was surrounded by several backing dancers wearing hooded tops.

Kanye's performance - which was confirmed just yesterday morning - was introduced by his wife, Kim Kardashian West, who presented the Global Success prize to Sam Smith shortly beforehand.

Earlier in the day, Kanye shocked fans when he turned up at a Nando's restaurant in the O2 complex and stood on the table before taking selfies with fans inside the chicken chain.

Nando's later tweeted a picture of the star on one of their tables and added the comical caption: "So, it turns out Kanye is much taller in real life... #NandosO2 (sic)"



Time Waster - Funny Photos

In a recent study done by professional time wasters they discovered that time wasting while at work can improve your mood by 100%.

 

Click here to view the whole gallery.



Katy Perry visits Auschwitz

Katy Perry was left with a "heavy" heart after visiting the Auschwitz-Birkinau State Museum.

The 'Roar' hitmaker took the time after her show in Krakow, Poland to visit the site of notorious concentration camps Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, where over a million people were killed during the Holocaust, and the trip had an emotional effect on her.

Alongside a picture she took from the grounds, Katy wrote: "My heart was heavy today."

She then added the text from the site's memorial plaque, which reads: "For ever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Nazi murdered about one and a half million men, women and children mainly Jews from various countries of Europe. Auschwitz - Birkenau 1940-1945."

The 30-year-old singer recently spoke of how proud she is to have an "authentic" voice on social media.

She said: "My Twitter is very obviously run by me. So when you follow my Twitter, there is an authenticity that you sign up for. It's not my management, it's not the record label, it's not me selling a product to you all the time, every single tweet. I think that what people like is that they get tidbits of my life. I always keep them updated on what is going on."
 



Orlando Bloom 'plans career switch'

Orlando Bloom plans to ''give music a go''.

The 38-year-old Hollywood hunk attended last night's BRIT Awards at the O2 Arena in London, where he jokingly revealed he plans to make a career switch.

Orlando quipped: ''The acting thing wasn't working out so well, so I thought I'd give music a go.''

The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star revealed himself to be a huge fan of British act Ed Sheeran, after the 'Thinking Out Loud' hitmaker contributed to the theme of one of his films.

He told The Sun newspaper: ''I worked with him on The Hobbit so I have a soft spot for him.''

Meanwhile, Ed recently revealed that he hopes Orlando would date his showbiz pal Taylor Swift.

Ed said: ''He's [Orlando's] lovely, and they live in the same building [in New York City]. [I'm hoping] the magic might present itself eventually.''

However, the union seems unlikely after Orlando decided to sell his fourth-floor, three-bedroom loft in Tribeca, New York City, just six months after he bought it.

The 'Lord of the Rings' star splashed out $4.88 million

on the property, which is next door to Taylor's home in the city.



Catch the Flu March 7

the Flu returns.
Saturday, March 7th at 9pm
heART - 1546 Pandosy St., Kelowna

Canadian hard rock outfit, the Flu, has announced their anticipated return to BC’s music scene, March 7th @ downtown Kelowna art venue, heART School.

the Flu made a reputation on the road with legends, Bif Naked, and Paul Rodgers. Now, four years of age, the band continues with 6 brand new songs, under the title ‘the Flu – Underdose’, a follow up to their 2013 debut album.

As recognized in their live show, this is an intense and dedicated act that is on the move. While it’s still young, you’re gonna wanna catch - the Flu.

Tickets at Milkcrate Records or call 250-864-6350

"I was thoroughly impressed with 'the Flu'. Well-written, catchy pop-rock songs that, at times, reminded of a cross between the Arctic Monkeys and 1960s-era Who. As a live act they’re incredibly dynamic - the energy level could power a small town!"

Adrian Chamberlain – Victoria Times Colonist





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