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Lady Gaga Triumphs In Hollywood Movie Debut At Venice

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Lady Gaga Triumphs In Hollywood Movie Debut At Venice

Lady Gaga opened up about her painful road to fame after she shone in her big Hollywood movie debut, “A Star Is Born”, which premiered on Friday at the Venice film festival.

“Many times at the beginning of my career I was not the most beautiful woman in the room — but I wrote my own songs,” she told reporters.

The story of an “ugly” girl who thinks her nose is too big and hides behind layers of outrageous makeup had obvious autobiographical echoes for US star.

A remake of the 1937 classic, the singer was stepping into some big shoes in reprising a role already immortalised by Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand.

But critics hailed her magnetic performance and on-screen chemistry with co-star Bradley Cooper of “American Sniper” fame, who also directed the film.

Lady Gaga said she dug deep into her own experiences for the role.

When she was trying to make it “they often wanted me to give my songs to other singers but I held onto my music with my cold dead fingers, ‘You are not going to take my songs from me…’”

 ‘I am my own woman’

“They made suggestions about how I should look,” said the superstar, who thanked a journalist for comparing her nose to that of another great diva, the soprano Maria Callas.

Lady Gaga she said had to be “very strong to negotiate” the music industry’s attempts to remake her.

“I would always take a left turn. I never wanted to be sexy or to be viewed like other women. I wanted to be my own artist and my own woman,” she added.

Gaga, 32, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, plays an Italian-American waitress and singer who meets a country music star on the slide in a drag club where she is performing Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose”.

Sparks fly and soon this odd couple are making romantic and musical fireworks.

Gaga said her biggest fear was “being completely vulnerable and bare” on screen.

Took off her makeup

The first thing Cooper did at the screen test was to take a makeup wipe to her face, “and I was only wearing a little bit”, she said.

“I always love to transform myself and shape shift, it is part of my art and my music. But he wanted to see me with nothing… and he brought out this vulnerability in me… he made me feel so free,” she added.

Cooper, 43, said their shared Italian-American roots helped weld the “amazing connection” between them, as well as the experience of shooting and singing live together in front of thousands of people at the Glastonbury and Coachella festivals in England and California.

Unlike the heroine of the film, Lady Gaga said she has never been a shrinking violet when it came to her own talent.

Never less than flamboyant, she made one of the most dramatic entrances in years at Venice, arriving on the eve of the premiere draped over the edge of a water taxi in a black bondage bustier dress.

And her appearance at the film’s press conference was greeted by a clap of thunder across the Venetian lagoon.

“The character I play has completely given up on herself at the beginning of the movie. I was about 19 when I started as a singer and I hit the ground running. I was dragging my piano from dive bar to dive bar and I believed in myself.

“There can be 99 people in a room and you just need one to believe in you, and it was him (Cooper) for me,” the singer said of the director.

AFP

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Tunde Kelani Resigns As National Film And Video Censors Board Boss

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Tunde Kelani Resigns As National Film And Video Censors Board Boss

Iconic filmmaker, Tunde Kelani, hs resigned as boss of the National Film and Video Censors Board. Kelani blamed his resignation on the make-up of the board, and what he described as contradictions in the mentality of board members.

He said in a statement that his life and career do not fit into the set up of the board. The film icon said the structure is not aware of its functions, or what it is supposed to accomplish. Kelani said this has made it difficult for him to even try to fulfill those functions.

The filmmaker said he has decided to resign because he needed to spend his time and energy on productive, developmental, cultural, social and meaningful projects.

He said the change expected was not possible within such a large group of 52 members.

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2019 Elections: Celebrities Voice Support For Buhari

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2019 Elections: Celebrities Voice Support For Buhari

Some prominent Nigerian Celebrities on Wednesday pledged their support for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The celebrities including former Nigerian football stars, Daniel Amokachi, Peter Rufai, Garba Lawal and
artistes Korede Bello, Jide Kosoko, Iyanya, Joke Silva, DJ Jimi Jat made the declaration while receiving awards for excellence from Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari.

Aisha Buhari presented the awards to the footballers, musicians as well as Nollywood actors for their contribution to the development of Nigeria’s entertainment industry.

She made the presentation during an event organized by the Buhari Support Organization tagged “Together Nigeria” aimed at galvanizing support for the re-election of President Buhari in the 2019 general election.

The event was organized to showcase the achievement of the Buhari administration in the last three and a half years.

In their separate responses after the award, the celebrities declared their support for the re-election of President Buhari.

Amokachi said the Buhari administration has achieved a lot in the fight against corruption.

He also said the fight has been gradually changing the narrative of Nigerians in the international community.

The footballer said, Buhari has laid a solid foundation for the betterment of future generation of Nigerians.

Kosoko said, his support for President Buhari is unshakable considering the successes recorded by the administration especially in the area of social investment programme.

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Swahili Fashion Week Showcases Hottest Designs In East Africa

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Swahili Fashion Week Showcases Hottest Designs In East Africa

The Swahili Fashion Week, the biggest fashion event in East Africa, showcased some hot new designs in Dar Es Salaam. Designers, investors, models and fans gathered to celebrate the latest clothing creations.

The four-day event was the eleventh annual Swahili Fashion Week with this year’s theme centering on the promotion of the Swahili language.

For more than a decade, the show has emphasized that fashion is an income-generating creative industry. At the same time, it promotes a “made in Africa” concept.

Many designers combined their creations with elements of the local culture and the Swahili language.

More than forty designers presented their works. The event was a platform for up and coming young designers to demonstrate their talents and ideas.

Organizers and designers say their goal is to make the event the most sought after fashion platform in Africa for the international market.

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