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Filipino Superstar Jessa Zaragoza Brings “I Am Me” Tour to Morongo

Zaragoza, currently starring in GMA network’s top-rated sitcom, ‘Pepito Manaloto,’ will be joined on stage by her husband, Dingdong Avanzado, and daughter, Jayda Avanzado.
Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa – Legendary singer and actress Jessa Zaragoza will bring her acclaimed ‘I Am Me’ tour to the at the Grand Ballroom of the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa on Sunday, August 13.
The show, which received rave reviews in Manila and Oahu, Hawaii, coincides with Zaragoza’s 20th year in the music industry. She will be joined onstage by her husband, Dingdong Avanzado, and her daughter, Jayda Avanzado.
“The concert at Morongo offers a rare opportunity to see the astounding Jessa Zaragoza perform in the U.S. as she celebrates 20 years in entertainment with her fans,” said Simon Farmer, Morongo’s executive director of marketing. “Ms. Zaragoza is an enduring talent as a singer and actress, and we are thrilled to be hosting her and her family.”
“I Am Me: Jessa Zaragoza” earned nominations from the 29th Annual Aliw Awards, which recognizes achievements in live entertainment. Zaragoza was nominated for Best Female Performance in a Concert while her daughter, Jayda Avanzado, was nominated for the Best New Female Artist. Her husband, Dingdong Avanzado, was nominated for the Best Concert Stage Direction.
In 2014, Zaragoza was chosen as an interpreter in ABS-CBN’s Himig Handog songwriting contest and won the Star Music Listener’s Choice award for the SJ Gandia’s song “Bumabalik ang Nagdaan.” She currently stars in GMA network’s top-rating sitcom Pepito Manaloto.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and the Morongo Box Office for $35 and $55. Doors open at 4 PM. Showtime starts at 5 PM.
About the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa
The 4-Diamond Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa is located along the 10 Freeway near Palm Springs, Calif. Owned and operated by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa offers the hottest slots and an array of table and high-limit gaming at one of the largest tribal gaming centers in the United States. The towering 27-story resort features five top-rated restaurants, a stunning swimming pool with private cabanas, a world-class spa, popular nightclub, legendary live entertainment and, nearby, the 36-hole championship Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon. For more information, visit morongocasinoresort.com.

Rochelle Pangilinan’s gorgeous Michael Cinco wedding dress

Rochelle Pangilinan and Arthur Solinap tied the knot on Tuesday in Tagaytay. It was a star-studded event with her EB Dabarkads and Sex Bomb Girls in full attendance.
But no star could outshine the radiant bride. Her inner glow was enhanced further by her gorgeous MichaelCinco wedding dress.
On Instagram, the Dubai-based designer shared with everybody the intricate and amazing work that went behindRochelle’s bridal gown. According to Cinco, the dress came with a three-meter, fully embroidered and Swarovski studded cape.

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Elvis’ spirit lives on 40 years after death

This Aug. 16, 2002 file photo shows an image of Elvis Presley singing as his band plays below at the start of the Elvis Presley 25th Anniversary Concert in Memphis, Tenn. The red Elvis sign is from the 1968 Elvis ‘comeback tour.” Friends and fans of late singer and actor Elvis Presley are descending on Memphis, Tennessee, for Elvis Week, the annual celebration of his life and career. It coincides with the 40th anniversary of the passing of Presley, who died on Aug. 16, 1977. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)


MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Pilgrims come all day every day, filing past in silence, fighting back tears as they place mementos at Elvis Presley’s gravesite, pausing to reflect, take pictures or say a prayer.
More than 600,000 fans visit each year, paying tribute to the icon of popular culture, the once rebellious sex symbol turned family entertainer of whom John Lennon said “before Elvis there was nothing.”
Forty years after his tragic death in 1977 at age 42, floral tributes from around the world still line the Meditation Garden, where the king of rock ’n’ roll is buried at his Graceland home in Memphis.
On Tuesday, thousands, if not tens of thousands, are expected to attend this year’s candlelight vigil to mark the anniversary of Elvis’ death.
Lisa Bseiso will be one of them. She had what she calls a “very spiritual, deep encounter” with Presley’s spirit when she first visited Graceland with her husband in August 2014.

“He was sitting in a chair,” remembers the 36-year-old daughter of a Palestinian father and Colombian mother, born and raised in Qatar.
“He had tears coming down his eyes and he said, ‘Don’t forget me, spread my legacy in your part of the world,’” she recalls.
So she went home and set up The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Qatar, which she now plans to expand to Dubai, Bahrain and Kuwait.
“He’s a gift from God to all of us,” she tells Agence France-Presse (AFP) at Graceland, where she is visiting with her Palestinian-Jordanian husband, Colombian mother and friends. “God took him back home, but he’s still here.”
‘Quasi-messianic’
A lifelong fan, listening to his music helped her recover from a car accident in 1999 that left her in a coma for two weeks, she says.
The idea that Presley’s spirit lives on is central to his fans of all ages, from all countries, who find his music soothing in times of trouble and are moved by his rags-to-riches story and legendary generosity.
Presley is far more than just another poster child for the American dream or even a man whose looks matched the Greek definition of classical beauty, says British author Ted Harrison.
“The Elvis known today is not the real Elvis, but a mythological figure millions can relate to in their own way,” says the author of “The Death and Resurrection of Elvis Presley.”
“For some fans he also now fills a spiritual and religious vacuum in modern secular society. He is given a semidivine, quasi-messianic status and mystical stories are told about his life,” he says.
Thousands have shrines to Presley in their homes, consider visits to Graceland a pilgrimage, write prayers on the wall outside and some even go so far as to confuse him with Jesus, Harrison says.
Bseiso does not elevate Presley to the status of prophet or biblical figure, but has found in him a higher calling as she seeks to spread his music and challenge stereotypes about Arabs or the Middle East.
‘God stamped him’
“I think when he was born God stamped him to be able to influence people and touch people,” she says. “His music talks to you … it has a spiritual meaning in his words.”
A 10-minute drive from Graceland, the guide at Sun Studio tells fans they are on “sacred and hallowed” ground in the basement studio where Presley recorded his first song, “That’s All Right,” in 1954.
Ecstatic fans jostle to stand on the exact spot where he stood, and cradle and croon into the microphone he used, manically snapping photographs and tingling with delight.
“It’s heaven!” sighs Daniela Soto-Cuadra, a 42-year-old lawyer and mother of two from Chile, getting married at Graceland on Monday to a man she’s been dating only a month.
“I actually have goose bumps,” says Tessa Bruns, 40, an anesthetist from Wisconsin bursting with happiness under her baseball cap.
“Being a somewhat religious person and a Catholic,” she says, “I would say Elvis is a religion, the blues, the rhythm, his legacy.”
So what would she have told Presley had she ever met him?
“I would say I think I worship the ground you walk on,” she says.

‘Deadpool 2’ stunt driver dies while filming in Vancouver

A police officer photographs a motorcycle after a female stunt driver working on the movie ‘Deadpool 2’ died after a crash on set, in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, on Monday Aug. 14, 2017. Vancouver police say the driver was on a motorcycle when the crash occurred on the movie set on Monday morning. AP


VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada — “Deadpool 2” star Ryan Reynolds is mourning the death of a motorcycle stunt driver killed during production Monday.
Reynolds released a statement on Twitter a few hours after the accident near the waterfront in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.
“Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool,” the actor wrote. “We’re heartbroken, shocked and devastated… but recognize nothing can compare to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment.”
Reynolds said his heart “pours out to them — along with each and every person she touched in this world.”
The motorcycle crash happened near the Shaw Tower office building, where a crumpled motorcycle was seen lying on its side and a window was smashed.

Nathan Kramchynski, who works on the seventh floor of Shaw Tower, said he watched rehearsals of the stunt outside the Vancouver Convention Centre. The stunt woman had been riding the motorcycle down a set of stairs from the center and stopped when she reached the street, he said.
But when the accident happened, the driver appeared to pick up speed, crossed the street and swerved to avoid pedestrians before disappearing from his view, Kramchynski said.
“She lost control really quickly. It happened in a split second,” he said. “She was going full throttle and then there’s a building there.”
Another witness, Sharmina Kermalli, said she had just walked into a Starbucks next door to where the accident happened when she heard a loud crash. She ran outside and saw glass still falling on the body of the motorcycle driver.
The name of the stunt woman was not immediately released.
Police said officers were at the scene and investigators for WorkSafeBC, the provincial workplace safety agency, were also looking into the crash.

Reynolds, a native of Vancouver, plays the title role of Deadpool, who is a Marvel Comics superhero.
“We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of ‘Deadpool 2’ this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time,” said a spokesman for 20th Century Fox.
A stuntman was fatally injured last month in Georgia during production of “The Walking Dead.” He fell head-first onto concrete about 22 feet (7 meters) below after appearing to try to grab a railing to stop his fall. CBB

 

‘Annabelle’ scares up $35M, jolting sleepy box office

Lulu Wilson in ‘Annabelle: Creation.’ (Warner Brothers Pictures via AP)

The opening came close to matching the film’s predecessor, “Annabelle,” which opened with $37.1 million in October 2014. Warner Bros. could celebrate not only the month’s biggest debut but also having the week’s top two films. Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” followed in second with $11.4 million in its fourth weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Even amid an especially weak August, the well-reviewed horror sequel and modestly budgeted “Annabelle: Creation” found eager audiences.
“That we were able to do $35 million in what is a very sluggish marketplace was very impressive,” said Jeffrey Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ distribution chief. “We all know that moviegoing begets moviegoing and right now it’s a dip in the content overall.”

The film, the third to spiral out of 2013’s “The Conjuring,” cost only about $15 million to make. More sequels and spinoffs are being developed in what has become for Warner Bros. a steadily profitable horror franchise bent on old-school frights. The “Annabelle” offshoot centers on a possessed doll.

Last week’s top film, the poorly received Stephen King adaptation “The Dark Tower,” slid dramatically. The Sony Pictures release, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, toppled nearly 60 percent on its second weekend with an estimated $7.9 million.

The week’s other new entry, the Open Road animated release “Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature,” edged just above “The Dark Tower” with $8.9 million. That was well below the 2014 debut of the original, “The Nut Job,” which opened with $19.4 million.

But the solid returns for “Annabelle: Creation” did little to counter the box-office slide. The box office was down 31.6 percent from the same weekend last year, when “Suicide Squad” was No. 1 despite brutal reviews and Seth Rogen’s “Sausage Party” opened. The summer altogether is down 12.4 percent from last year, according to comScore.

“This is a great weekend to be a really scary doll and Warner Bros., but for everyone else, it’s just plain scary,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. “It proves the horror genre is alive and well.”

Some of July’s bright spots, however, have continued into August. The summer’s top comedy, “Girls Trip,” will soon surpass $100 million domestically. The movie, starring Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah, took in $6.5 million in its fourth week to bring its cumulative total to $97.2 million. It may end up doubling the gross of its closest summer comedy competition: the starrier and pricey “Baywatch” ($58.1 million in its entire run).

In limited release, the A24 crime thriller “Good Time,” starring Robert Pattinson, debuted with a robust $34,000 per-screen average on four screens. That was bettered, though, by the $47,000 screen-average of Neon’s “Ingrid Goes West,” with Aubrey Plaza, on three screens. Both films expand in coming weeks.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Annabelle: Creation,” $35 million ($35 million international).
2. “Dunkirk,” $11.4 million ($14.5 million international).
3. “Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature,” $8.9 million.
4. “The Dark Tower,” $7.9 million ($7.9 million international).
5. “The Emoji Movie,” $6.6 million ($14.1 million international).
6. “Girls Trip,” $6.5 million ($1.4 million international).
7. “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” $6.1 million ($12.4 million international).
8. “Kidnap,” $5.2 million.
9. “Glass Castle,” $4.9 million.
10. “Atomic Blonde,” $4.6 million ($5.2 million international).

Taylor Swift shaken and humiliated by groping, mom tells trial

TAYLOR SWIFT. The singer alleges that DJ David Mueller sexually assaulted her during a photo-op before one of her concerts in 2013. Screengrab from Instagram.com/taylorswift 

DENVER, USA – Pop superstar Taylor Swift's mother recounted before a US jury on August 9 the moment her "shattered" daughter said she had been groped by a local radio host.

The 27-year-old singer alleges that David Mueller grabbed her by the buttocks during a photo opportunity at a 2013 concert in Denver – while he is counter-suing, arguing that the accusations are false and cost him his job.

Andrea Swift, a member of her daughter's senior management group, told the Denver federal court she knew something was wrong as soon as they returned to the "Bad Blood" singer's dressing room.

"When she told me someone had grabbed her, I was very upset," Andrea Swift said, describing her daughter as "really shaken" and humiliated.

"I know what happened. I heard it from my daughter's mouth," Swift told the jury.

"That guy," she added, pointing to Mueller. "He sexually assaulted her."

Since the Denver incident, the singer has changed how she handles meetings with fans, cutting back on meet-and greet opportunities, her mother said, and avoiding going into the audience during gigs.

"It absolutely shattered us, this incident," Andrea Swift said.

Frank Bell, the Grammy Award-winning chart-topper's radio liason, backed up Swift's version of events, what she said to him immediately after the photo session.

Bell told the court Swift had said: "This guy from radio stuck his hand up my skirt and grabbed my bare ass."

Mueller had given evidence in the morning session, conceding that a picture taken during the alleged assault could be interpreted as incriminating.

'Slander'

"Someone could have concluded it appeared she was trying to get away from me," Mueller said.

The photograph of Swift, Mueller and his girlfriend at the pre-show meet-and-greet shows the morning presenter on radio station KYGO with his hand behind the singer. Mueller claims his knuckles may have touched her ribs, well above where his arm is shown.

Swift maintains he sexually assaulted her by lifting her skirt and fondling her buttocks.

Mueller denied the charge, but admitted he did not know where his hand was because he was looking at the photographer.

"If anyone touched her rear, she had a right not to like it. I didn't want to hurt Ms. Swift," Mueller told the court.

The singer, who was 23 at the time, did not file a police report because she did not want the incident made public, her attorney Doug Baldridge said.

Swift's security guards threw Mueller out of the Pepsi Center and told him he was banned for life from Swift concerts.

The star's staff reported the incident to KYGO executives who fired Mueller two days later for violating the morals clause of his contract, the court has heard.

Mueller filed a lawsuit seeking almost $3 million in lost and future wages because of "slander" from members of the Swift camp, while Swift has counter-sued for the alleged sexual assault.

The singer, who was joined in court by her mother and father Scott Swift, has said she will donate any damages awarded in her suit to charities that fight sexual assault on women. – Rappler.com

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