GEORGE CLOONEY FINALLY MEETS HIS MATCH WITH HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER AMAL ALAMUDDIN

George Clooney has fallen for the total package. She's an Oxford-educated beauty who has represented Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and former Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. After dating a parade of models, starlets, A-listers and professional wrestlers, the international bachelor of mystery fell for an accomplished British human rights lawyer with Oxford-educated smarts, New York-style ambition and Hollywood-level beauty.
The fiancee at the center of it all is Amal Alamuddin, who graduated with honors from Oxford and New York University law school, has represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and given legal advice to former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and the King of Bahrain. And she’s only 36. But that illustrious past is prologue to what may be her most improbable feat: She changed the mind of an inveterate bachelor who once claimed he would never marry again after a short-lived union with the actress Talia Balsam more than two decades ago. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: ‘Xscape,’ Michael Jackson's second posthumous album

The concept behind Michael Jackson’s “new” album sounds more ghoulish than the “Thriller” video. As advertised, “Xscape” features eight songs unearthed from the star’s large crypt of unreleased material - recorded, but not completed, between 1983 and 2001. It then fleshes out their tunes with more instrumentation, and "contemporizes" the production, through the efforts of hotshot producers from Timbaland to Rodney Jerkins.
Since bad memories still linger from the mediocre first posthumous Jackson album, (2010's “Michael”) you'd expect a second to feel like a Frankensteinian nightmare, right?
Surprise! This album, officially out Tuesday, works.
For the most part, the sonic “updates” don’t feel overly artificial. The boosts tend to be sensitive, even organic, in part because some of the best don’t seem contemporary at all. READ MORE...MORE PHOTOS...

ALSO: Fil-Am Youtube star is new DOT ambassador

Filipino American Internet star Christine Gambito has been chosen as ambassador for Philippine tourism by the Department of Tourism. ABS-CBN's TV Patrol reported that Gambito flew in to Manila for the launch of the DOT campaign to attract more tourists from the United States to come to the Philippines. As Philippine tourism ambassador, Gambito will help generate interest among Filipinos in the US as well as Americans, to visit the Philippines. Gambito first gained worldwide acclaim in 2006 when she began posting video comedy sketches on Youtube.com and her own site, www.happyslip.com Her videos are hilarious insights into the lives of Filipinos struggling to retain their "Filipino-ness" in a foreign country, the US in particular. READ MORE...

ALSO: Christine Gambito better known by her screen name HappySlip, American Internet personality

Christine Gambito (photo) was born on August 16, 1976 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States, better known by her screen name HappySlip, is an American Internet personality, actress, and comedian. She maintained one of the most-subscribed-to channels on YouTube, a popular video sharing website. On January 25, 2008, Gambito, who is of Filipino ancestry, was appointed ambassador for Philippine tourism by the Department of Tourism. She is married to Steve and has 3 children; Micah, Ian and Timmy. In March 2007, Gambito's video Mixed Nuts was nominated for the 2006 YouTube Video Awards for Best Comedy, resulting in second place. In May of the same year, she became one of the first users accepted into YouTube's revenue sharing program. READ MORE...


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George Clooney finally meets his match with human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin


George Clooney leaves from a dinner date with Amal Alamuddin.

MANILA, MAY 12, 2014 (NY DAILY NEWS) BY NANCY DILLON , ZAYDA RIVERA , NICOLE LYN PESCE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS - George Clooney has fallen for the total package. She's an Oxford-educated beauty who has represented Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and former Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

After dating a parade of models, starlets, A-listers and professional wrestlers, the international bachelor of mystery fell for an accomplished British human rights lawyer with Oxford-educated smarts, New York-style ambition and Hollywood-level beauty.

The fiancee at the center of it all is Amal Alamuddin, who graduated with honors from Oxford and New York University law school, has represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and given legal advice to former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and the King of Bahrain.

And she’s only 36.
But that illustrious past is prologue to what may be her most improbable feat: She changed the mind of an inveterate bachelor who once claimed he would never marry again after a short-lived union with the actress Talia Balsam more than two decades ago.


George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin gaze into each other's eyes during their vacation. BEAU SWEET/GC IMAGES

Alamuddin also won over Clooney’s parents, who gushed about their future daughter-in-law on Monday.

“We’re thrilled,” dad Nicholas Clooney, 80, tells the Daily News. “Amal is a wonderful girl, and it’s wonderful news. We think it will be a great marriage.”

Clooney’s father and mother, Nina, went on a double-date with their son and future daughter-in-law in February at the White House screening “Monuments Men,” Clooney’s latest movie.

“This is their time, and they’ll have their own announcement to make, but suffice it to say, Nina and I are thrilled,” the senior Clooney gushed.

Clooney, 52, wed Balsam in 1989 and divorced her four years later, famously telling Barbara Walters, “I won’t marry again. I wasn’t very good at it.”

He became a serial dater over the next two decades, pairing off with Italian model Elisabetta Canalis, cocktail waitress Sarah Larson, actress Lisa Snowdon and former wrestler Stacey Keibler.

His cynical view of marriage carried on into an interview with The Express news site in the U.K. earlier this year: “I keep saying I’ll never get married again or have children but people just don’t want to believe me.”

Famous last words. So what set Alamuddin apart from the other lovely, accomplished women who dated gorgeous George?


George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin in Tanzania. BEAU SWEET/GC IMAGES


The dynamic duo actually have a lot in common, including a shared passion for global human rights issues.

Clooney founded the Not On Our Watch project to prevent and stop atrocities such as the genocide in Darfur, and organized the Hope for Haiti Now telethon for the 2010 earthquake victims. Alamuddin has made a name for herself in international human rights law.

She was born in Beirut, but her family fled Lebanon’s war-torn capital when she was 2. She grew up in Buckinghamshire, England, and won a scholarship to St. Hugh’s College at Oxford University, where she graduated with honors in 2000. She then earned her law degree at NYU, winning an award for excellence in entertainment law.

But she didn’t make a career out of Tinseltown contracts. After passing the New York bar in 2002, she went to Sullivan & Cromwell and joined the white-shoe firm’s Criminal Defense and Investigations Group, where her clients included household names such as Enron and Arthur Andersen. She was also a student clerk for then-Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, now on the highest court in the land.

Alamuddin was hired by the prestigious Doughty Street Chambers firm in London in 2010, where she now specializes in international law, human rights, criminal law and extradition. She’s picked up high-profile cases including WikiLeaker Assange and the Ukraine’s Tymoshenko at the firm, and advises the royal court of Bahrain as part of her advisory work in the Middle East.

“She’s a brilliant and passionate defender of human rights,” fellow barrister Geoffrey Robertson told Reuters, adding that she’s highly respected by her colleagues.

Her firm was quick to congratulate the couple on Monday, stating: “The barristers and staff of Doughty Street Chambers offer their best wishes and congratulations to Ms. Amal Alamuddin, a member of Chambers, and Mr. George Clooney on their engagement to be married.”

Alamuddin has the smarts, but she also makes a suitable distaff side to the world’s most handsome couple. Clooney has taken the People magazine “World’s Sexiest Man Alive” title twice, and the raven-haired stunner was named “Hottest Barrister in London” by the blog Your Barrister Boyfriend last August, where Natalia Naish and Sonia van Gilder Cooke dubbed her “breathtakingly beautiful and formidably successful” over the 21 other lovely lawyers.

“We look at her with a mixture of admiration and envy. She’s not the kind of little Cinderella who’s being plucked from obscurity and given a great life,” said van Gilde Cooke. “She was already his equal in many ways, if not his superior.”

Alamuddin also deleted her Twitter account, which at its peak last year had 1,800 followers — which lines up with Clooney’s social media philosophy.

“I don’t understand why any famous person would ever be on Twitter,” he told Esquire last November. “Because first of all, the worst thing you can do is make yourself more available, right? Because you’re going to be available to everybody.”

The couple reportedly met while working together on a human rights project related to Syria last year, and were first spotted in public when they dined `a deux at the London Berners Tavern in October.

They got into a cab together — and the paparazzi fired off so many flashes that the nighttime turned to day.

Clooney brushed off romance rumors at the time, telling People magazine “it’s all made up.” But he brought Alamuddin as his date to a Feb. 18 White House screening of “Monuments Men” with his parents, followed by drinks with Bill Murray and Matt Damon at the Round Robin and Scotch Bar in D.C.

Amal Alamuddin has done what no other woman has been able to for some time: get George Clooney in a matrimonial state of mind.

Their whirlwind courtship heated up during a holiday trip in March to Seychelles, before going on safari in Tanzania, where Clooney put his arm around her while they watched for wildlife.

They were also snapped leaving New York’s Carlyle Hotel together in March, and on a double date with Clooney’s “Leatherheads” co-star John Krasinski and his wife, Emily Blunt, in Los Angeles a week later.

“He’s with someone who is a very accomplished attorney,” a source told People. “She’s on his level.”

In fact, her peers in the London legal circuit are more shocked that Alamuddin settled for Clooney than they are that the actor has finally decided to settle down.

“People in London and in the U.K. are in real shock,” said Alex Aldridge, editor of Legal Cheek, a website covering British legal news. “Surreal is the word. It’s amazing that she is marrying George Clooney.”

‘Xscape,’ Michael Jackson's second posthumous album  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, May 9, 2014, 1:02 PM


Michael Jackson’s new album, “Xscape,” is actually great, despite its Frankensteinian concept: Take half-finished songs made between 1983 and 2001 and complete them with modern production and new instrumentation. But guess what? It works.

The concept sounded strange — take half-finished songs and bring in current producers to complete them — but Daily News critic Jim Farber says it works.

The concept behind Michael Jackson’s “new” album sounds more ghoulish than the “Thriller” video. As advertised, “Xscape” features eight songs unearthed from the star’s large crypt of unreleased material - recorded, but not completed, between 1983 and 2001.

It then fleshes out their tunes with more instrumentation, and "contemporizes" the production, through the efforts of hotshot producers from Timbaland to Rodney Jerkins.

Since bad memories still linger from the mediocre first posthumous Jackson album, (2010's “Michael”) you'd expect a second to feel like a Frankensteinian nightmare, right?

Surprise! This album, officially out Tuesday, works.

For the most part, the sonic “updates” don’t feel overly artificial. The boosts tend to be sensitive, even organic, in part because some of the best don’t seem contemporary at all.


CRAIG SJODIN/ABC

Some of the songs from the new album come from the period when this shot was taken in 1996.

The album’s opening song, “Love Never Felt So Good,” dates from 1983, when it was written by Jackson and Paul Anka.

But it sounds even older — in a good way. “Love” has the plush bass lines, and full melody, of the classic disco-funk Jackson created with Quincy Jones on the brilliant “Off the Wall” (1979). The string arrangements by Giorgio Tuinfort swoop and slide with the vintage richness of the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack.

The subsequent tracks boast more modern effects and arrangements, but few of them get in the way of the songs’ excellent melodies or Jackson’s free-spirited vocals.

Most of the cuts boast far more engaging and uplifting tunes than Jackson managed on his last album, the constipated and robotic “Invincible” from 2001. Better, Jackson’s vocals on “Xscape” have more range, and certainly more joy, than anything on that final official work released in his lifetime.

'Xscape' makes Michael Jackson sound, once again, alive.

On “Loving You,” Jackson’s voice sounds young, confidently gliding over the elegant piano and thumping beat. In “A Place With No Name,” his percussive array of coughs, hiccups and hee-hees have swing. The bass line has the chunky texture of a 1970s clavinet.

The latter song makes sly reference to another Jackson star. It’s a clever riff on the melody of America’s hit “Horse With No Name,” much like the way sister Janet once used a silvery sample of that group’s “Ventura Highway” in a hit of her own (“Someone to Call My Lover”).

The most modern track — “Do You Know Where Your Children Are?” — suggests what Jackson might have sounded like had he made an EDM record. The stripped electronics have real bite, equalling the energy of Jackson’s whoops.


LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS

Michael Jackson's new album is a worthy addition to any fan’s collection.

Only in title track does the album recall the cramped and paranoid style of late-period Jackson. Tellingly, the song dates from 2001. It’s the set’s only cut to be re-created by the same man who produced the original (Jerkins).

A bonus disc, available in a double set version of “Xscape,” pulls back the curtain on these tracks, letting listeners hear them as they were before the producers put in their two cents. Most are strong on their own, but the comparisons also highlight the producers’ inventive variations.

Both versions of the disc include a second run at “Love Never Felt So Good,” with guest vocals from Justin Timberlake.

They sound artificially inseminated. But conceptually, they make a good point. Stars like Timberlake, Pharrell, Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke and Daft Punk have already made Jackson’s old sound seem new again, easing the way for this updating.

“Xscape” skimps on length. It has just eight short songs, and the material isn’t about to eclipse “Thriller.” But it does a service by adding worthy songs to Jackson’s canon. Even better, it makes him sound, once again, alive.
jfarber@nydailynews.com

FROM ABS-CBN

Fil-Am Youtube star is new DOT ambassador

Filipino American Internet star Christine Gambito has been chosen as ambassador for Philippine tourism by the Department of Tourism. ABS-CBN's TV Patrol reported that Gambito flew in to Manila for the launch of the DOT campaign to attract more tourists from the United States to come to the Philippines.

As Philippine tourism ambassador, Gambito will help generate interest among Filipinos in the US as well as Americans, to visit the Philippines.

Gambito first gained worldwide acclaim in 2006 when she began posting video comedy sketches on Youtube.com and her own site, www.happyslip.com

Her videos are hilarious insights into the lives of Filipinos struggling to retain their "Filipino-ness" in a foreign country, the US in particular.

Gambito, who goes by the handle "Happy Slip" on Youtube, became a byword among Youtube viewers because of her videos.

She chose "happy slip" because her mother used to mispronounce "half-slip" whenever she (the mother) would remind Gambito -- still a little girl at the time -- to wear one.

According to Gambito, her mother would pronounce "half-slip" as "hap e-slip". Gambito said that this led her to call the undergarment a "happy slip" and was later corrected by her classmates, who teasingly asked her if she wore a "sad slip" as well.

"It's huge. It really is. That's why I got emotional coming here...it's a dream come true for me, " Gambito told ABS-CBN's Mario Dumaual, adding that she felt obliged to accept the post.

"To help appreciate the land where my parents came from and my heritage, it's priceless. It's my duty to come [to the Philippines for the launch]."

Gambito won second place for Best Comedy in March 2007 at the Youtube Video awards. Her comedy sketches have been viewed 30 million times on the popular video sharing Web site. images and article courtesy of abs-cbnNEWS.com

FROM WIKIPEDIA

Christine Gambito (photo) was born on August 16, 1976 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States, better known by her screen name HappySlip, is an American Internet personality, actress, and comedian. She maintained one of the most-subscribed-to channels on YouTube, a popular video sharing website.

On January 25, 2008, Gambito, who is of Filipino ancestry, was appointed ambassador for Philippine tourism by the Department of Tourism.

She is married to Steve and has 3 children; Micah, Ian and Timmy. In March 2007, Gambito's video Mixed Nuts was nominated for the 2006 YouTube Video Awards for Best Comedy, resulting in second place. In May of the same year, she became one of the first users accepted into YouTube's revenue sharing program.

Gambito's performances typically included comedy sketches in which she impersonates members of her family. She also sings and plays the piano and guitar. As Gambito has stated repeatedly in her videos, she is notably one of the very few top users who are acting, filming, editing and producing her shorts completely on her own.

Before YouTube

Born of Filipino ancestry and raised in the United States, she was involved in cameo appearances and small parts of television commercials, movies, and industrial and training films.

Origin of "HappySlip"

Gambito attributes her nickname "HappySlip" to her Filipino mother's mispronunciation of "half slip":

“ As a child, my Filipino mom would always remind me to wear a half-slip with skirts. However, the way she would pronounce the phrase was misleading: "Your hap e-slip! Be sure to wear your hap e-slip!" So I naturally went around calling the thing a 'happy slip,' until friends at school corrected me by asking if I had a 'sad slip' as well.”

At her personal site, she explains that the phrase is not only a funny phrase from the past, but it also reflects what she would like people to feel when they watch her videos, hoping they will “slip into happiness” while watching.

Videos

Gambito in "Mixed Nuts"

Her first sketch, Instant vlogging, was originally broadcast on September 6, 2006 and featured Gambito impersonating four different characters, each representing a different video blogging style.

Due to the positive response she received from the YouTube community, two of those characters (the teenager and the girl in the "soap opera" style) were explored further in the following videos, the latter becoming the first episode of a soap opera spoof featuring two twin sisters both interpreted by Gambito.

Her second video introduced many of the recurring themes in her following sketches, such as her parents' attitude towards her growing popularity over the Internet and her family's ethnic habits seen through the mind of an American.

Other notable sketches include Mixed Nuts — a video depicting what she would call "a typical family discussion" which was later awarded with the second place in the 2006 YouTube Video Awards for Best Comedy— and Mac Beautiful, her first musical video, an ironic cover of the song You're Beautiful by James Blunt praising the beauty and efficiency of the Apple MacPro. Gambito later broadcast two videos containing original songs

Gambito has collaborated with fellow YouTube comedian Kevin Wu (KevJumba) and has made five videos with him.

Characters

Gambito is known for playing many characters within her videos. Her characters are easily recognized in her videos for their hair, attire, and personality. When portraying a character, Gambito uses wigs and notable accessories to differentiate each character when necessary.

Major characters

The following characters are still portrayed today in Gambito's videos and are all portrayed by her:

Christine – Known as the main character in Gambito's videos seen to deal with her family's comedic traditions.

Dad – Christine's father who is commonly seen in Gambito's videos constantly eating pork rinds. "Disaster!" is his commonly known catch phrase. The upper half of his face is not seen in any of Gambito's videos possibly to conceal Gambito's face and/or for easy recognition.

Mom – Christine's mother known for her traditional antics with her family.

Auntie Babie Cruz – Christine's aunt known in Gambito's videos for her comedic antics and, at times, snobby remarks.

Minnie Cruz – Auntie Babie's shy daughter and Christine's cousin who is constantly embarrassed by her mother.

Lola – Christine's grandmother known for her comedic confusion.

Teenie – A teenager known for her talkative and self-absorbed attitude. Teenie is a parody of a modern, American teenager.

Minor characters

The following characters are known for their role in affecting the HappySlip universe:

Kevin – Minnie's boyfriend whom Minnie met online. Portrayed by Kevin Wu (KevJumba).

Fred G (not to be confused with the other Fred) – Known for his love interest in Minnie. Also known for being an opponent to Kevin in a dance battle for Minnie's love. Gambito left the judging to viewers by holding a poll on her official website with Fred losing with 12% of votes.[

Christian – Minnie's cousin sent out by Auntie Babie to watch over Minnie as she attends college. Portrayed by ninjadrops.
Sheila & Sally Smoot – Known for their roles in 'Plop & Shop!' imitating infomercial hosts. Both portrayed by Gambito.

Claire & Audrey – Twin sisters known for their soap opera acts. The characters became inactive after both allegedly shot each other to death.

Both were portrayed by Gambito. After a recent skit they were alive and it has been the most recent of her soap operas.


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