Season 2 of Rap Viet kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City on April 13, attracting thousands of wannabe rappers. By 8 a.m. Wednesday, hundreds of people were queuing for their registration numbers. District 1’s Do Quang Dau Street was filled with people waiting up to two hours to show off their talents in front of judges. Some sat in nearby coffee shops or on street corners practicing their rap skills to kill time. Contestants, over 20 years old, hail from HCMC and nearby provinces like Dong Nai, Binh Duong, as well as central localities like Da Nang and Hue. Many try impressing others with their hip-hop garb and colorful hair. According to the rules, each must perform two original songs. Many new underground artists like Soc Nau and Pjpo have also joined the open call. According to organizers, 2,000 people have attended the open call in the last two days. They will look for contestants in Hanoi on April 20-21, 2021. Rap, slow to … [Read more...] about Kilometer-long queue for rap TV show casting call
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Bridgerton producer Shonda Rhimes has been left "shocked" over the uproar following Rege-Jean Page ’s exit from the hit Netflix drama series. Fans of the steamy period drama went into complete meltdown earlier this week when it was announced that the heartthrob, who played Duke of Hastings Simon Basset, will not be returning for the second season. While others are devastated by the news, Bridgerton boss Shonda can’t quite get her head around why everyone is making such a big deal about the actor’s departure from the show. Sharing her thoughts for the first time since the news broke, the producer hinted that although Rege-Jean has decided to part ways , for now, he may make a return in the future. “I was really shocked, because usually that happens when I’ve killed off somebody that’s been around for a while. Like, we didn’t kill him, he’s still alive,” she told Vanity Fair magazine. She went on to gush over Rege-Jean's incredible acting career, and the dazzling … [Read more...] about Bridgerton boss Shonda Rhimes doesn’t understand the upset over Rege-Jean Page’s exit
April 14, 2021 - 10:18 BST Emmy Griffiths Too Close viewers have pointed out the one element of the show that didn't make sense to them Too Close viewers have been loving the new miniseries, but following episode two, many took to Twitter with questions about the psychiatrist ward nurse, Khadija Ibrahim (played by Chizzy Akudolu), as well as the ward itself. MORE: Netflix renews Bridgerton for seasons three and four Posting on the social media site, many people had the same question about the discussions about shifts on the show, with one writing: "Why does that nurse keep asking Emma to do the night shift? I thought she was just visiting the unit to talk to Connie, and not actually working at the unit/centre where she is being held." Loading the player... WATCH: Emily Watson stars in gripping new ITV thriller Too Close Another added: "Why would the nurse keep asking the psychiatrist about sodding nightshifts?" … [Read more...] about Too Close: viewers spot plot hole in episode two – did you think the same thing?
Three strokes left him struggling to speak, but veteran actor Rawiri Paratene is determined to take the stage one last time. The Whale Rider star tells Chris Schulz why. Fresh black paint is splashed across the walls. The venue's floorboards were laid just last night, and the stage goes in tomorrow. Seats are stacked in neat rows out back, waiting to be installed. Soon, this cavernous new West Auckland venue will buzz with hundreds of people as Te Pou's brand new Tokomanawa Theatre opens in style. READ MORE: Rawiri Paratene left Aladdin because of stroke The Questionnaire: Rawiri Paratene Rawiri Paratene on his role in the Pop-up Globe's new season of Shakespeare Today, the room contains just four people rehearsing for the theatre's opening night – and they're going for it. John Gibson, the theatre's musical director and composer, is conducting a young band through rousing, rollicking songs both old and new. Music echoes off the empty walls, rattles out the … [Read more...] about Whale Rider actor Rawiri Paratene: ‘I could have died’ from strokes
Lily James is sporting a striking new hair colour as she gears up to morph into Pamela Anderson for a new show. The actress, 32, is now a blonde as she will play the former Baywatch star, 53, in a new TV series on Hulu. Spotted out and about in California this week, Lily - who is known for her signature brunette locks - rocked the new hairdo as she ran errands in Los Angeles. Filming for the upcoming show is set to start imminently, and the series - titled Pam & Tommy, will explore Pamela's tumultuous relationship with ex-husband Tommy Lee . The series is set to depict the infamous sex-tape scandal that rocked Hollywood - which saw Pamela and Tommy's sex tape be stolen by a former worker who leaked it online. What's more, the series will delve into the pair's romance, which saw them get hitched on a beach in Mexico in 1995 - just four days after meeting. The series is a far cry from her usual period dramas, however Lily proved her versatility as an actress … [Read more...] about Lily James goes blonde as she prepares to morph into Pamela Anderson for new series
The pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine announced Tuesday is virtually certain to exacerbate vaccine hesitancy, dealing a fresh blow to the nation’s efforts to recover from the pandemic. Vaccine hesitancy is on its way to becoming the main hurdle in the fight against the virus, experts say. Vaccinations are becoming more plentiful. The nation has recently been averaging more than 3 million vaccination shots per day, bringing relief to people desperate for protection against a virus that has claimed more than 560,000 lives in the United States. ADVERTISEMENT But what happens when all those people are vaccinated? Millions of Americans seem likely to decline the vaccine — and their reluctance is only heightened by any bad news, such as the suspension of the J&J vaccine. Vaccine hesitancy “is a significant worry,” said Larry Gostin, a Georgetown Law School professor and expert in public health. Gostin noted that reluctance to be vaccinated had … [Read more...] about The Memo: Specter of vaccine hesitancy rises after J&J blow