Archive for December, 2013

Mitt Romney’s Black Grandson Gets An Apology From MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry

Reblogged By: La Tray

Source: BBC News

Media: Melissa Harris-Perry Photo Link / Mitt Romney Twitter

Posted: Tuesday December 31, 2013 @ 12:27 p.m. PST


A US TV presenter has apologised for poking fun at a photo of former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson.

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry said sorry “without reservation or qualification” to Mr Romney in a series of tweets.

The cable news host and guests made the comments on her Sunday programme about the Romney family Christmas photo.

The photo shows infant Kieran Romney with his grandparents and their 21 other grandchildren, all of them white.

“As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise,” Harris-Perry tweeted.

“I apologise to all families built on loving transracial adoptions who feel I degraded their lives or choices.”

In the segment, one of panellists, actress Pia Glenn, sang lines from a Sesame Street song: “One of These Things Is Not Like the Others.”

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From our family to yours: Merry Christmas.

Yang Yo Seob Selected As A Heartthrob Star Of Korea

Reblogged By: La Tray

Source: BNTNews By Sunghee Park

Media: BNTNews via (photo by Cube Entertainment)

Posted: Tuesday December 30, 2013 @ 4:09 p.m. PST


On December 29, New York Times introduced Yang Yo Seob as a representative pop-star and musical actor of Korea.
With the concept of ‘K-Pop meets the Broadway,’ New York Times analyzed the Korea’s Musical market, starting from the ‘Joseph Amazing,’ a musical which Yang Yo Seob acted as a main lead.
Throughout this article, Yang Yoseob’s interview and Beast’s performance video were introduced. Overall, New York Times explained how Yang Yo Seob captivates women’s heart through his musical ‘Joseph Amazing.’
According to New York Times, about 1000 audiences couldn’t speak with amazement whenever the spot light was on Yang Yo Seob, and audiences cried because they were deeply moved by Yang Yo Seob’s Korean version of ‘Close Every Door.’
In the interview, Yang Yo Seob respond, “In K-Pop performance, I’m always with other members that I don’t feel burdensome. But when on the musical performance, I feel the pressure to study more about musical. I believe popularity disappears soon if the capacity doesn’t go along with it. I always practice hard to develop my musical capacity.”
Meanwhile, New York Times selected Yang Yo Seob as a heartthrob star of Korea. Yang Yo Seob is currently working as main vocal of Beast, musical actor, and solo singer, firmly establishing himself as a sentimental vocalist.

Robin Roberts Introduces Girlfriend Massage Therapist Amber Laign

Reblogged By: La Tray

Source:  USA Today By Cindy Clark

Media: Robin Roberts / Facebook

Posted: Sunday December 29, 2013 @ 8:50 p.m. PST


It’s been a day of reflection for Robin Roberts.

And in a Facebook post looking back to one year ago today, when she “reached a critical milestone of 100 days post transplant,” the Good Morning America anchor reveals she has a longtime girlfriend.

Roberts wrote today in the post that “at this moment I am at peace and filled with joy and gratitude,” and thanked God, her doctors and nurses, her sister and family and her “long time girlfriend, Amber” for their support.

“I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together,” she wrote.

While Roberts, 53, did not give her girlfriend’s last name, People identifies her as Amber Laign, a licensed massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay area who has a private practice specializing in patients recovering from injuries. She and Roberts have been together for 10 years after meeting through mutual friends.

The Facebook post also showed a photo of Roberts one year ago when she was reunited with her dog, KJ, after undergoing a bone marrow transplant she underwent in September 2012 to treat a blood and bone marrow disease. “Hard to believe this was 1 year ago today … Reading this comforts me and I hope the same for you: “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”

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Joakim Gomez (Rule of Tham) Wants To Meet Super Junior’s Siwon

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Source: xinmsn

Media: Text and photos: Tammi Tan / Additional photo: Ch5 / Video: Teng Siew Eng

Posted: Sunday December 29, 2013 @ 3:55 p.m. PST


The star of upcoming Ch5 comedy Rule of Tham gushes about his man crushes and dishes on dealing with harsh comments


When Tiffany of Girls’ Generation scored the chance to play tour guide to charming Thor star Tom Hiddleston during his visit to South Korea, she became the envy of countless women – plus FLY Entertainment artiste Joakim Gomez.

Even though he named her as his favourite member of the K-pop supergroup – whom he got to interview when he emceed at their recent press conference here – Joakim seemed much keener to hang out with the British thespian instead.

“Tom seems like a really cool guy whom you can just sit down and have a beer and long conversations with,” he explained during our chat on the rooftop of VivoCity one rainy afternoon. “I’m envious of Tiffany!” (And we thought most guys would be dying to be in Tom’s shoes instead.)

Another well-known bunch Joakim would love to have a meal and chit-chat session with is Girls’ Generation’s label mate Super Junior.

“We’d talk about their favourite football teams, what they like to do in their spare time, and if they’ve had durian here in Singapore,” he said, adding that his favourite member is hunky “visual” Siwon.

Since completing his National Service in November last year, Joakim, who shot to fame as a top five finalist onSingapore Idol in 2006, embarked on a “year of learning”: he began his DJ stint (two Saturdays ago marked his first anniversary on 987FM), took on more hosting duties, and, come January 2014, will be seen in upcoming Ch5 sitcom Rule of Tham, his fourth small screen foray after two other Ch5 productions (Lifeline 2 and R.E.M The Next Generation) and Okto’s The Band.

The show chronicles the adventures of five undergraduates (played by Joakim, Edwin Goh, Kimberly Chia, Tan Shou Chen and Erin Lim) as they undergo a series of weekly challenges set by their teacher Professor Tham (played by Janice Koh) in order to pass their final year project.

Joakim described his character, Dinesh, as a soft-hearted but somewhat idiotic guy who loves cringe-worthy pick-up lines. He’s also lazy and sports a pot belly – which is the total opposite of what Joakim has been working towards lately.

“I’ve been hitting the gym a lot because I want to take better care of myself and look good,” Joakim revealed. “Zheng Ge Ping is my inspiration – he’s a man’s man. I want to have a body like his when I’m 49 too!”

Besides aspiring to acquire a physique like Ge Ping’s, Joakim also expressed his wish to work alongside the MediaCorp actor. Does this mean the Korean-Indian multi-hyphenate, who speaks Mandarin, has his eyes on Chinese projects? “I want to take on Mandarin dramas for the experience, not for the sake of doing it,” he said. “And I don’t want to be typecast as the non-Chinese-looking guy who can speak Chinese. (laughs)”

Before we get to catch Joakim on Rule of Tham, we’ll be seeing him take the stage at the Celebrate TV50 countdown extravaganza on New Year’s Eve. Together with fellow Singapore Idol alumnus Paul Twohill, he’ll perform a couple of well-known hits (but we’re not allowed to say what they are).

So is he nervous about the backlash that could potentially follow? After all, Joakim was at the mercy of harsh public opinion during his Idol stint (he called the dark period of disapproval a “hellhole”), with many blasting his lack of singing talent.

“I dealt with what I got and I’ve moved on,” he said. “Right now I’m learning to only focus on the constructive criticism. Negative comments no longer bother me as much as they used to.”

Rule of Tham airs every Tue at 8:30pm on Ch5, starting Jan 7.

Joakim Gomez is jealous of Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany


Joakim Gomez is jealous of Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany


Joakim Gomez is jealous of Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany (© Ch5)


Left to right: Tan Shou Chen, Kimberly Chia, Edwin Goh, Erin Lim and Joakim

Joakim Gomez is jealous of Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany


Faye Wong Takes Daughter Li Yan From Ex-Husband Li Yapeng

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Source: Yahoo Singapore By Heidi Hsia | From Cinema Online Exclusively for Yahoo Newsroom

Media: Yahoo Singapore

Posted: Saturday December 28, 2013 @ 8:20 p.m. PST


Rumour has it that singer-songwriter Faye Wong will be taking over the custody of her daughter Li Yan from ex-husband, Li Yapeng, following a series of scandals that have been plaguing the actor.

Sina reported that despite being granted the guardianship of Li Yan, Li Yapeng has not been able to focus on his parenting responsibility due to his relationship rumours with young actress Feng Jingen, and the investigations on his charity foundation, Beijing Shuyuan China Culture Development Foundation.

It was reported that the seven-year-old, who is lacking in her father’s attention, has been making trouble with her classmates at school ever since the scandal hit the headlines.

Upon being informed about the situation, Faye Wong has reportedly flown back to Beijing from Hong Kong to settle the problem and took Li Yan under her care for the time being.

Sources claimed that although she initially gave the custody to Li Yapeng, who is also responsible for their Smile Angel Foundation, she is now changing her mind and will fight over the care of Li Yan from Li Yapeng.

“Li Yapeng has no time to focus on their daughter since the scandals. Faye is not happy. She said that she will use any means to fight for the custody of Li Yan,” said the insider.

Faye Wong will fight for custody of her daughter

Dean McDermott,47, Emily Goodhand,28, Cheating Scandal

Reblogged By: De De Tillman; International Celebrity Blogger

Posted: Friday December 27, 2013 @ 11:47 a.m PST



Tori Spelling‘s husband of seven years, Dean McDermott, cheated on her with another woman — and the new issue of Us Weekly has all of the exclusive details, including an extensive interview with the woman herself.


While promoting his gig as host of Chopped Canada in Toronto on Dec. 6, McDermott invited 28-year-old Emily Goodhand, a woman he met that day through friends, to his room at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel — where they had sex, she tells Us. “He told me he and Tori had a sexless marriage,” says Goodhand, who stayed over at his hotel the following night too. “I believed him.”


TVXQ {Yunho & Changmin} 10th Anniversary “Tense” On KBS Music Bank

Reblogged By: De De Tillman;  International Celebrity Blogger

Source: Koreaboo

Media: Koreaboo

Posted: Thursday December 26, 2013 @ 4:20 a.m PST






TVXQ has released a set of teaser images for their comeback album, “Tense.”

The teasers released via Kakao Talk Plus Friends show Yunho and Changmin in a black and white theme. Their plaid, checkered outfits especially stand out with the slightly blue lighting. The third image shows stills from a music video with a vintage styled car and clothes. The two members are also shown as quite close with the women in the music video, perhaps giving a hint to the song’s style.

“Tense” is set to be TVXQ’s 7th full album. Fans can expect a comeback stage on January 3rd on KBS’s Music Bank before the album’s full release on January 6th. The name “Tense” is said to be a play-on-word with “tenth” to commemorate the 10th anniversary of TVXQ.

Check out their image teasers below:
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