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Nicki Minaj plays the very vocal and fashion-forward assistant named Lydia in “The Other Woman”

Music industry’s most versatile talent, Nicki Minaj stars alongside Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in the upcoming estrogen-filled comedy “The Other Woman.”


Minaj’s role channels a very vocal and fashion-forward assistant named Lydia who works for the stunning and tough New York lawyer Carly, played by Diaz whose boyfriend Mark (Waldau) turns out to be a married guy cheating on his wife, Kate (Mann).  The two women don’t appear to have much in common, other than the philandering womanizer who has been tricking both of them. They become great pals, much to Lydia’s initial dismay, and decide to teach the lying Mark a few lessons to prove that cheating will not work.  Everything becomes more complicated when Carly and Kate find out that the charming cheat has been engaging in yet another affair, with the beautiful Amber (Kate Upton) who is half his age. The three of them join forces and conjure up ingenious strategies to give Mark what he deserves, at the same time the bond between them grows stronger.  

Nicki Minaj’s unexpected casting coup added something to the movie that producer Julie Yorn hadn’t counted on: “We all have a sense of Nicki’s persona and larger than life personality, but she came in with the most humble approach and attitude. She was dying to sit at the feet of these other women and learn.”  We always wanted for the character of Lydia to be sassy,” Yorn continues.  “But what was disarming about Nicki was her likability, which actually changed the scripted character.  Lydia became a really important ally to Carly. That’s the chemistry part of it that you don’t expect.  Cameron and Nicki bonded from day one and so you just get a whole different dynamic than anticipated.”

Minaj was a welcome surprise for director Nick Cassavetes, as well: “Lydia says things to Carly that are couched as truths, and that are really preposterous, but they have this unexpected truth that suggests sometimes the correct thing is to do the incorrect thing.”

According to Minaj, Lydia is very opinionated. “She has her own outlook on life and relationships, and you can’t change her mind about anything. She develops a real friendship with Carly.  And Lydia really wants Carly to settle down and meet the right man. So she gets involved a little bit in bringing Mark down and getting Carly to fall in love with someone who’s a good person.”

Lydia is an important person in Carly’s life, because, says Minaj, “Lydia’s the friend that is going to give you tough love. I happen to be that kind of friend. I don’t like when my best friends are sad about a guy. I think all women need a friend who’s going to let us cry and mope, but we also need the friend that’s going to say, ‘Okay, pick it back up.  Let’s go.  You know, we’re not going to be walking around the office moping.’”


Patricia Field helms the movie’s costume design department and styling Nicki Minaj was another highlight for the designers.  “It was really fun to get the chance to dress Nicki for this role,” says Field’s longtime collaborator and protégé Paolo Nieddu.  “She’s the secretary, and the sexy secretary is an image everybody can imagine, so we went with almost a cartoon sexy secretary, with exaggerated colors and prints and lots of different accessories. Every day is a new Lydia.  So you never know what you’re going to get with her.”

Lydia’s looks include high fashion, sexy, and body-conscious pieces that would fill the closet of a girl with a sugar daddy footing the bill.  Some of her designer looks are by Gucci, Roland Mouret, Versace, Herve Leger, Proenza Schoeler, and McQueen – all paired with the most extreme, expensive designer shoes that only a diva could stand wearing to the office.  Nicki Minaj, a noted fashion icon in her own right, was also thrilled to learn Field would be joining the team: “When I heard that Patricia Field was a part of this movie, I was very excited because I knew everybody would be eating their hearts out when they saw all the clothes we wear in this movie, and I knew it was going to be fresh and fun.”

Check out this funny and endearing story on (female) friendship when “The Other Woman” opens May 7 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Emma Stone returns as the iconic Gwen Stacy in Columbia Pictures' “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

With her striking beauty and sincere talent, she has has claimed her role as one of Hollywood’s most sought out actresses with an impressive body of work: “Easy A,” “The Help,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Zombieland,” “Superbad” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

Now, Emma Stone returns as the iconic Gwen Stacy in Columbia Pictures' electrifying action adventure, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.


“This should be a wonderful moment in Gwen’s life – she’s valedictorian, she’s about to go to Columbia, she has an offer to go to Oxford – but in the midst of that, she’s dealing with the loss of her father and trying to find her way with this boy who clearly has a lot going on,” says Emma Stone. “I’m so glad that the audience is getting the Gwen story – it’s so rich and exciting to play.”

Garfield was excited by the chance to re-team with Stone. “She keeps you on your toes and makes sure you’ve done your homework so that you can keep up,” says the actor. “You can throw anything at her and she will move with it. She’s the most talented actress I know.”

Stone returns the compliment: “Before we shot the first movie, I hadn’t seen much of his work. Now I know: he’s capable of so much,” she says. “It’s an honor to work with an actor like that. I learn so much by working with him – he’s incredibly prepared, meticulous, and really brave, all at the same time. He’s able to bring so much depth to the character.”

“Emma Stone is Gwen,” says producer Avi Arad. “The most amazing actress, who brings the movie charm, love, light, and a spirit of independence. She is the epitome of what we want our women to be: smart, ambitious, and loyal.”

“Gwen is such a powerful woman, a powerful character in her own right,” says producer Matt Tolmach. “She is not waiting around for Peter Parker to decide whether he can or cannot be with her. Her dreams are every bit as significant as Peter’s.”

Stone says that she was excited to be returning to her role – one of the mythic, most powerful characters in the canon. “Gwen Stacy is such an important character in the Spider-Man world,” she says. “The fate of her character is something everyone loves to talk about and [director] Marc Webb is really embracing the storyline and telling his version over the course of these movies. Before my audition for the first film, I read about her story, and the more I read, the more I wanted to play her.”


Stone says that Gwen has a much different outlook on their relationship than Peter does – an empowered outlook. Gwen is a woman determined to make her own choices and does not feel the need to be protected by any man, even Spider-Man. “Peter had sworn to stay away from Gwen – which she knows – but she’s more open to being with Peter anyway,” Stone explains. “It’s not just because they’re in love. Her father died, but that’s given her a huge awareness of time – that everything is fleeting. Peter is more conflicted about it, and there’s a lot of tension between them throughout this movie.”

At the same time, Webb says, there’s a sense of trouble ahead in their relationship. “Gwen has her own life to lead,” says the director. “She gets an opportunity to go study in England. She’s going to be a doctor, she’s going to save lives. There’s such great possibility to her life. Peter wants to let her go – he’s happy for her – but he can’t, because he loves her and that’s who he is – he’s bound up in her soul, in only the way that teenage love can bind people.”

Opening across the Philippines on April 30 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and 2D formats, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Enrique Gil, Kathryn Bernardo, and Daniel Padilla share best travel stories and tips as StarStudio presents its Celebrity Travel Special

This summer, travel takes on a fun and youthful vibe as three of today’s hottest young stars share their best travel stories and tips as StarStudio presents its Celebrity Travel Special featuring Enrique Gil, Kathryn Bernardo, and Daniel Padilla.

Now on its 14th anniversary and fresh from winning an award for Best Magazine at the 12th Gawad Tanglaw Awards, StarStudio is bringing a jam-packed summer issue as this season’s treat to its readers. Apart from the three young stars on the cover, the magazine digs into the summer plans of the country’s favorite celebrities, including Robi Domingo, Isabelle Daza, Solenn Heusaff, Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, Ellen Adarna, JC de Vera, Meg Imperial, Dominic Roque, and Miko Raval.


Even husband and wife tandem Julius Babao and Tintin Bersola-Babao dish out their own travel memories complete with exclusive photos from all the places they’ve been together.

This month, StarStudio also goes into the recently conluded Binibining Pilipinas pageant, which celebrated a milestone upon entering its 51st year this 2014. StarStudio teams up with the prestigious pageant organization in an 18-page special that features the pageant and its rich history, with fun facts about this year’s forty beautiful candidates and the preparations they went through prior to the coronation night.
Also in a special feature, StarStudio pays tribute to komiks classic Dyesebel, now making waves on primetime with Anne Curtis in the lead role.

All this and more is in the latest issue of StarStudio magazine, so grab a copy now—available at newsstands and bookstores nationwide. StarStudio’s digital edition is also available on the App Store and on zinio.com.

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Fashion Police salutes one of film’s hottest nights with a special episode airing April 16 at 7pm only on E!

Plus special guest singer and TV host Nick Lachey stops by to join the fun!

The Fashion Police team celebrates one of the biggest nights in movies with a special Wednesday edition of Fashion Police: The 2014 MTV Movie Awards.

The jam-packed show will recap all of the most-buzzed about fashions seen Sunday night, and of course, always includes the team’s notoriously unfiltered commentary airing April 16 at 7pm only on E!  Sky Cable Channel 57, Cablelink Channel 33 and Cignal Channel 25.

Popular singer and TV host Nick Lachey joins Joan Rivers and her resident fashion gurus – Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos – to recap all of the looks from the star-studded event featuring fan favorite films, actors and musicians. From the best and worst to everything in between, Joan and the team will recap of all the celebrity fashions seen at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards and ultimately decide who sizzled – and who fizzled.

Don’t miss Fashion Police: The 2014 MTV Movie Awards on 16 April at 7pm with an encore presentation in its usual time period, 16 April at 7pmonly on E! Sky Cable Channel 57, Cablelink Channel 33 and Cignal Channel 25.

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ABS-CBN bags five recognitions in 2014 New York Festivals

ABS-CBN bagged five recognitions in the prestigious New York Festivals including two world medals for its special documentary “Agosto Beinte-Uno” and investigative program “Failon Ngayon.”

The documentary “Agosto Beinte-Uno: Ang Pagpatay kay Ninoy Aquino” that revisited the assassination of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. won a silver world medal in the Graphic Design: Promotion/Open & ID category. It also received a finalist certificate in the Biography/Profiles category.


Ted Failon’s weekly investigative program “Failon Ngayon,” on the other hand, won the bronze world medal in the Current Affairs category for its episode ‘Tagas ng Minahan’ that probed the environmental hazards caused by mining spills in relation to a sediment flow incident that contaminated Balog river, all the way to San Roque Dam.

Meanwhile, finalist certificates were also awarded to ABS-CBN’s educational program “Matanglawin” in the Educational/Instructional category for its episode ‘Elephants’ and ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management for its plug “Sprout” in the Green Promotion category.

The New York Festivals, given by the International Television & Film Awards, is now on its 57th year of recognizing the World’s Best TV & Films. This year, NYF’s GrandJury panel awarded 140 Gold World Medals, 146 Silver, 112 Bronze, and 235 Finalist Certificates from entries submitted from over 50 countries.

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