• George Washington's spy ring comes alive in AMC drama 'Turn'

    Reuters - Sat 5 Apr, 2014 9:34 AM IST

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The world of espionage has been brought to life by characters such as James Bond, Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer on film and television, but a new AMC drama is going back to spy origins with America's own founding father, George Washington. "Turn," which premieres on Sunday, tells the story of four childhood friends who find themselves pulled together as spies during the height of the American Revolutionary War in 1778 in New York's Long Island, under the orders of General Washington. The series is based on Alexander Rose's 2007 book "Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring." The Culper Ring was formed by Major Benjamin Tallmadge, who chose an unsuspecting group of his friends, civilians who opposed the British occupation of New York - farmer Abe Woodhull, pub landlady Anna Strong and fisherman Caleb Brewster. More »George Washington's spy ring comes alive in AMC drama 'Turn'

  • U.S. names Colombian pop singer Carlos Vives indigenous ambassador

    Reuters - Sat 5 Apr, 2014 9:32 AM IST

    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on Friday named Colombian pop singer Carlos Vives its first "inclusion ambassador" in an effort to promote rights and economic opportunity for Colombia's displaced indigenous communities. The alliance is part of efforts by the U.S. government's anti-poverty agency to help Colombia transition away from its civil conflict which has uprooted about 5 million people, according to Colombian government figures. Grammy award-winning Vives and USAID have a nationwide tour slated for the summer. The singer will mentor indigenous music groups and appear in a series of events aimed at highlighting indigenous culture, USAID said in a statement. More »U.S. names Colombian pop singer Carlos Vives indigenous ambassador

  • 'Jesus Christ Superstar' U.S. arena tour to start in June

    Reuters - Sat 5 Apr, 2014 9:31 AM IST

    By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1970s rock musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" will be resurrected with a 54-city U.S. summer tour, promoters said on Friday. The show, with lyrics by Tim Rice, chronicles the final days of the life of Jesus. British actor Ben Forster, who plays the title role, said the tour "is my American dream about to come true." Brandon Boyd, lead singer of the American rock band Incubus; John Rotten Lydon, former frontman of the punk rock group the Sex Pistols, is also part of the cast. More »'Jesus Christ Superstar' U.S. arena tour to start in June

  • Boot Camp Workout to Get in Shape

    iDiva.com - Sat 5 Apr, 2014 9:00 AM IST

    Gearing up to say â'I do'? Get in shape quickly with the bootcamp workout More »Boot Camp Workout to Get in Shape

  • 'Cinderella', 'Phantom', 'Mamma Mia!' alter Broadway schedules

    Reuters - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 10:49 PM IST

    Fans of some of Broadway's top musicals will be able to see their favorite shows on a different day and time as producers introduced Thursday matinees to meet audience demand. "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella," "Mamma Mia!" and "The Phantom of the Opera" have begun Thursday matinees in addition to, or instead of, the usual Wednesday afternoon performance. "We banded together and decided to be pioneers on this and to see if we can make it work," said Robyn Goodman, the producer of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" and Tony winning musicals "Avenue Q" and "In the Heights." "It will be a trend if it works," she added. "Cinderella," starring Grammy-nominated pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen in the title role, will feature two week-day matinees - Wednesday and Thursday - but there will be no performance on Wednesday evening. More »'Cinderella', 'Phantom', 'Mamma Mia!' alter Broadway schedules

  • Former President George W. Bush's brush portrays world leaders

    Reuters - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 10:46 PM IST

    By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George W. Bush on Friday revealed a series of portraits of world leaders he painted in a new pursuit that he said has "opened my mind," even though it left him exposed to joking criticism from his mother. An exhibit titled "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy" opens Saturday at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas. It will feature Bush's paintings of some two dozen world figures he worked with during his 2001-2009 presidency, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Dalai Lama. "No telling how these people are going to react when they see their portrait," Bush said in a taped interview on NBC with his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, a special correspondent for "Today." A self-portrait and a painting of his father, George H.W. Bush, the 41st president, also are part of the exhibit. More »Former President George W. Bush's brush portrays world leaders

  • Home Remedies for Acne and Pimples

    MensXP.com - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 6:44 PM IST

    Read about treating your pimples without using risky cosmetic procedures. Get free tips on keeping your skin healthy. More »Home Remedies for Acne and Pimples

  • Mithun attacks BJP for trying to cut into Trinamool votes

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 6:10 PM IST

    Kolkata, April 4 (IANS) Veteran actor and Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Mithun Chakraborty Friday accused the BJP of trying to cut into the votes of his party to defeat its candidates in West Bengal and said the state will suffer if such a ploy succeeds. Campaigning for Trinamool candidate from Asansol, Dola Sen, Mithun - in his inimitable style of dialogue delivery - raised the slogan "Har Ghar Didi, Baar Baar Didi" eulogising party chief Mamata Banerjee. The National Film Award winner spoke partly in Hindi and partly in Bengali at a largely attended public meeting in Kulti under Asansol sub-division of Burdwan district, as he mocked the prospects of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which has fielded Bollywood crooner Babul Supriyo from the seat. The motive behind this attempt to cut into the (Trinamool) votes is to defeat Trinamool anyhow," he said to thunderous applause as he shared the dais with Banerjee. More »Mithun attacks BJP for trying to cut into Trinamool votes

  • California tweening: the making of a 12-year-old yogi

    Reuters - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 5:44 PM IST

    By Mike Blake and Mary Milliken ENCINITAS, California (Reuters) - Jaysea Devoe is a yoga instructor who has the challenging job of teaching fidgety preschoolers the ancient practice, but once her charges get going, she says, "they really start to focus and listen." Devoe knows a thing or two about childhood and focus, for she is only 12 years old and just recently became a certified yoga instructor after completing 200 hours of teacher training. She is believed to be the youngest certified female yoga instructor in the United States. In addition to her pint-size students aged 4 to 6, Devoe teaches teens and fellow tweens in her California beach town of Encinitas and is about to start a family yoga class. Oh, and she just told her dad she wants to look into making eco-friendly yoga mats. More »California tweening: the making of a 12-year-old yogi

  • Inspiring to do every scene of 'Mary Kom': Priyanka

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 5:36 PM IST

    Mumbai, April 4 (IANS) National Award-winning actress Priyanka Chopra, who is yet to devote 15 days to complete shooting of the biopic on India's champion boxer M.C. Mary Kom, says every scene in the film is inspirational. It's been so tumultuous yet wonderful," Priyanka posted on her Twitter page. The actress is currently busy shooting for the film, based on Olympic medal-winner and world champion Mary Kom's life. Directed by Omung Kumar, the movie is slated to release on Gandhi Jayanti Oct 2. More »Inspiring to do every scene of 'Mary Kom': Priyanka

  • We take Rajinikanth jokes positively, says star's daughter

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 3:24 PM IST

    Mumbai, April 4 (IANS) Superstar Rajinikanth's daughter Soundarya says people create jokes on her father as they believe he can do the "impossible". Sample these - "Rajinikanth can eat dosa with chopsticks"; "Rajinikanth can cure cancer with his first aid box"; "Rajinikanth can sneeze with open eyes". More »We take Rajinikanth jokes positively, says star's daughter

  • 'Outsider' Manoj Tiwari tries star spell in 'neglected' constituency

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 2:54 PM IST

    New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) For some he is an "outsider" and for some he is a popular figure, but to Manoj Tiwari, BJP candidate for North East Delhi constituency, these people are his "own". The Bhojpuri actor-turned politician is confident of writing a new chapter of development in this "neglected" constituency that has the highest concentration of migrants from eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Needless to say, the singer and superstar of Bhojpuri cinema doesn't need an introduction in this area where huge hoardings of Tiwari, wearing lime green shirt, along with BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi announce his candidature from the constituency that was carved out of east Delhi in 2008, post the delimitation exercise. More »'Outsider' Manoj Tiwari tries star spell in 'neglected' constituency

  • It wasn't easy to achieve slim look: Sonakshi Sinha

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 2:30 PM IST

    Mumbai, April 4 (IANS) Actress Sonakshi Sinha has unveiled the latest edition of Women's Health magazine, displaying her slender figure on its cover. I want to run away from it," Sonakshi said Thursday at the unveiling event here. More »It wasn't easy to achieve slim look: Sonakshi Sinha

  • Belgian Trappists overwhelmed by world's best beer tag

    Reuters - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 2:11 PM IST

    By Philip Blenkinsop WESTVLETEREN, Belgium (Reuters) - Having a beer rated as the world's best and selling out in minutes should be a brewer's dream, but for the Trappists who brew Westvleteren ale at a monastery in western Belgium it seems more of a burden. "The fear was that the community was devoting more time and effort to beer than to prayer," said Brother Godfried. The system worked until the Internet age and the birth of beer fan sites such as RateBeer, which ranks Westvleteren XII, the abbey's hard-hitting 10.2 percent brew, as the world's best. "It's exclusive and frankly it does give you some bragging rights," said Zeff Khan, a Texan with the U.S. military in Mons, who added a set of Westvleteren glasses to the beer he'd bought. More »Belgian Trappists overwhelmed by world's best beer tag

  • The Lost World

    GQIndia - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 1:12 PM IST

    Nearly three decades after the first Indo-Jap venture changed Indian motorcycling for good, we look back at the cult machines that were its ambassadors. Escorts Yamaha RX-100Where did it come from?From Japan to begin with, but was later made at the Escorts factory up north in India. The RX was one of the four motorcycles that came out of the Indo-Jap ventures, but it was completely unlike the rest of them simply because it was the only one that sold on performance alone. What did it do?It went fast. At the time, very, very fast. The RX was every traffic-light-boy racer’s dream come true. ... More »The Lost World

  • Indian filmmakers need to master mechanism of storytelling : Gurinder Chadha

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 1:02 PM IST

    New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) Indian filmmakers are targeting global audiences and Gurinder Chaddha, the British film director of Sikh origin, says it's time they understood that merely cutting down on songs won't catapult them into the international league. Rather, they need to master the "mechanisms of storytelling". Her films on the Indian diaspora - "Bend It Like Beckham" and "Bride and Prejudice" - had desi masala, songs and drama all packaged with a global appeal and she also praised Indian filmmakers for making potboilers. As a viewer, she loved new-age Hindi films like "Dev D" and "Vicky Donor". More »Indian filmmakers need to master mechanism of storytelling : Gurinder Chadha

  • Ronit Roy to beef up for Subhash Kapoor's film

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 12:12 PM IST

    Mumbai, April 4 (IANS) In Subhash Kapoor's "Guddu Rangeela", Ronit Roy plays an out-and-out villain, a man so despicable that he makes Gabbar Singh look like a cartoon character. In the movie, he plays the head of a Khap panchayat, and there's a lot that needs to be done to perfect the Haryanvi character. For "Guddu Rangeela", Ronit is working on his accent and on a beefed-up physique. "In Vikramaditya Motwane's 'Udaan', the father seemed like a drunken brute. More »Ronit Roy to beef up for Subhash Kapoor's film

  • Jennifer Lopez-backed channel nears deal to buy Fuse TV - Bloomberg

    Reuters - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 9:03 AM IST

    REUTERS - Latino-focused channel NuvoTV is nearing a deal to buy Madison Square Garden Co's Fuse TV and may announce the deal on Friday, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. (http://link.reuters.com/kub38v) Cable channel NuvoTV made an offer last month to buy Fuse TV for more than $200 million in cash and stock. Fuse, an American music television network, reaches about 74 million homes through pay-TV systems including DirecTV and Dish Network Corp . NuvoTV and Madison Square Garden were not available for comment, outside regular U.S. business hours. ... More »Jennifer Lopez-backed channel nears deal to buy Fuse TV - Bloomberg

  • Gang-Up to Lose Weight

    iDiva.com - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 9:00 AM IST

    Do you find it difficult to push yourself out of the bed and hit the gym or go for that morning run? Gather your friends to fight the flab and stay in shape. Here's a list of fun activities that you and your gang of girls can do to stay fit. More »Gang-Up to Lose Weight

  • Trip Tips: A gnarly ride through San Diego's beach towns

    Reuters - Thu 3 Apr, 2014 9:58 PM IST

    By Mary Milliken and Mike Blake ENCINITAS, California (Reuters) - This might just be the easiest suitcase to pack: running shoes, flip-flops, bathing suit, shorts, T-shirts, a hoodie and sunscreen. That's the unfussy uniform that works almost everywhere in the beach towns of San Diego's North County, the location of choice for elite athletes in training, skateboarders-turned-entrepreneurs and smart people who have figured out how to live, work and play by the ocean. The towns stretched out along California's famous Highway 101 - Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar - hum with the physical activity of their super-fit denizens. More »Trip Tips: A gnarly ride through San Diego's beach towns

  • Sunscreen: No more excuses

    Prevention - Thu 3 Apr, 2014 7:33 PM IST

    Women know they should wear sunscreen every day of the year, but only 31% do, according to a recent prevention.com poll. And many of those who skip SPF feel guilty about it-so much so that 31% admit they've fibbed about putting on sunscreen because they're embarrassed about their bad habit. More »Sunscreen: No more excuses

  • Does running really ruin your knees?

    Vogue - Thu 3 Apr, 2014 6:43 PM IST

    "People swear by them… Sometimes they even get attached to these myths like they would to their loved ones and are offended if someone even raises a doubt," says Rujuta Diwekar, nutritionist to stars like our March cover girl Kareena Kapoor Khan. "But the fact remains that myths are what they are -- misinterpretations, misunderstandings and oversimplifications," explains Diwekar in her latest book, Don't Lose Out, Work Out. To fight them, she says, "You must understand why they exist and learn why you should not believe what 'they say'." There is a risk of knee injury with running, but "not so much because you ran, but because you gave your running very little thought," says Diwekar. More »Does running really ruin your knees?

  • Telugu group unhappy with 'Thenaliraman', says will hurt sentiments

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Thu 3 Apr, 2014 6:32 PM IST

    Chennai, April 3 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu Telugu Yuvasakti association is unhappy with Vadivelu-starrer Tamil period-comedy "Thenaliraman" for allegedly portraying Telugu folk hero Thenaliraman and king Krishnadevaraya in poor light. They are seeking the state government's intervention in the matter, but the film's lead actor Vadivelu says he is playing a fictional character. We now plan to take this up with the state government," K. Jagadeswara Reddy, president, Tamil Nadu Telugu Yuvasakti, told IANS. Several other Telugu groups have also joined hands in the matter because it is a concern of the entire Telugu community," he added. More »Telugu group unhappy with 'Thenaliraman', says will hurt sentiments

  • Manisha: There's always a fear whether cancer will come back

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Thu 3 Apr, 2014 5:28 PM IST

    Mumbai, April 3 (IANS) Being diagnosed with cancer is not a death sentence, says actress and cancer survivor Manisha Koirala, but adds that the fear of it coming back lurks at the back of your mind. But there is always a fear whether the cancer will come back, so I now know how to deal with it," said the 43-year-old who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. "We have to go step by step," she told reporters Thursday at the unveiling of the 7th anniversary cover of Prevention, a health magazine. "Many people tend to lose hope when they are diagnosed with cancer ... they tend to give up. More »Manisha: There's always a fear whether cancer will come back

  • Manisha unveils 7th anniversary cover of Prevention

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Thu 3 Apr, 2014 5:28 PM IST

    Mumbai, April 3 (IANS) Bollywood actress and cancer survivor Manisha Koirala Thursday unveiled the 7th anniversary cover of health magazine Prevention. The 43-year-old, star of films like "Saudagar", "Bombay" and "Dil Se" who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in late 2012, successfully battled the disease and says that she now values life much more. "Now I value my time much more and try to do things that are true to my spirit and soul," Manisha told reporters at the event. She added that while going through treatment in New York she got ample support from her family and added: "My mother, my dad and brother were always with me." She now plans to become a crusader for cancer awareness by setting up an NGO that will work for cancer prevention. More »Manisha unveils 7th anniversary cover of Prevention

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