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US comedienne Chelsea Handler is fighting with Instagram after it took down a topless picture she posted looking similar to a famous shirtless picture of Russian President Vladmir Putin on horseback. I have every right to show I have a better body than Putin," the 39-year-old actress and talk show host said on her Twitter feed after the spat erupted Thursday night. The picture showed Handler on a horse, next to one of a similar pose to Putin in 2009, which provoked much amused debate at the time over his attempts to present him as an all-action leader. Are we in 1825?" adding: "If Instagram takes this down again, you're saying Vladimir Putin Has more 1st amendment rights than me.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey Jr.
The extraordinary road to the West End for the Philippines' Mark Bautista began with singing boy-band covers at shopping malls and a long ride from poverty aboard a cargo ship. Now, he is performing to sold-out crowds at one of the world's most prestigious theatre venues, cast as ex-Filipino president Ferdinand Marcos in "Here Lies Love", a rollicking disco-and-dictators musical. "It was never in my wildest dreams that I could get a lead role in a Manila musical... and now I have this," Bautista, 31, told AFP recently before heading to London to star in the show written by Talking Heads co-founder David Byrne and Norman Cook -- a.k.a Fat Boy Slim. "Here Lies Love" tracks the rise and fall of former first lady Imelda Marcos, who partied with Hollywood stars as her husband, Ferdinand, ruled the impoverished Asian nation with an iron fist until toppled in a 1986 revolution.