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Arts & Leisure - Lifestyle

Miss Universe to push HIV awareness after crowning blunder MANILA: The new Miss Universe, back in the Philippines after an epic televised blunder surrounding her crowning, said Sunday she would use the attention the incident attracted to campaign for HIV awareness, especially in her home country.In front of an estimated one billion television viewers worldwide last December, pageant host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, as Miss Universe before correcting himself minutes later. The diamond and sapphire crown was removed from the head of a sobbing and humiliated Gutierrez and transferred to Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines.Wurtzbach, speaking to reporters about her plans, said she would undergo a "public testing" for HIV when she returns to the United States where the Miss Universe Organization is based, to erase the stigma surrounding the disease."It's about time someone like me should step up and hopefully others would follow suit as well," Wurtzbach, 26, told AFP."I think in the ...

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Sundance festival embraces virtual reality PARK CITY: A real-life homicide, a woman who wakes up after being frozen for 30 years and a close encounter with a whale -- these are some of the virtual reality films creating a buzz at this year's Sundance Film Festival.The lineup of no less than 30 immersive experiences -- showcased in the festival's New Frontier program -- reflects an increasing willingness by filmmakers to experiment with technology that offers a new form of story-telling."It's ...

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Academy vows to double women, minority members by 2020 LOS ANGELES: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday promised sweeping reforms designed to help diversify its membership in the face of a major controversy over the second straight year of all-white Oscar acting nominations.The Academy's board said it was taking "historic action" to double the number of women and minority members by 2020 and launch a global effort to "recruit qualified new members who represent greater diversity.""These new measures regarding governance ...

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One Direction's Tomlinson becomes father: report LOS ANGELES: One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has become a father, reports said Friday, weeks after the British boy band went on hiatus.Los Angeles-based stylist Briana Jungwirth gave birth on Thursday to a son, the first child for both of them, People magazine and Entertainment Tonight reported, quoting anonymous friends.A representative for Tomlinson did not respond to a request for comment.But Mark Tomlinson, who raised the singer as his stepfather, seemed to confirm the news when ...

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Oscar nominee Rampling calls awards boycott racist toward whites LOS ANGELES: British actress and first-time Academy Award nominee Charlotte Rampling said in a radio interview on Friday the boycott of the Oscars protesting the absence of black actors and directors is racist toward whites.In the interview, Rampling was asked by a France-based Europe 1 journalist if she felt African-American director Spike Lee was right to pledge to boycott the Oscars over the absence of blacks among the nominees."No, I find to the contrary, that ...

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Santana reunites lineup after 45 years NEW YORK: Carlos Santana, one of the pioneering Latin rockers in the United States, has reunited with his early band for its first album together in 45 years.The band announced late Thursday that it would release "Santana IV," which features 16 original songs, on April 15.The album is the first with the band's classic lineup since 1971's "Santana III," which topped the US chart with its psychedelic rock feel and prominent guitar solos."Santana IV" will ...

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Sunny Leone determined to take on Bollywood MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Sunny Leone has long faced the wrath of India's social conservatives for her porn-star past, but she remains determined to carve a career in Hindi movies even as fresh controversy erupted this week.Canadian-born Leone, whose adult films include "Descent into Bondage" and "Costumed Damsels in Distress", said making the transition to Indian cinema had been difficult but she now felt at home in Bollywood. "When I first got into the industry it ...