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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Ariana Grande Concert Bombing

The Islamic State terror group Isil has claimed responsibility for the Manchester bombing that killed 22 people - including children - in an explosion that tore through fans leaving an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester.

Accoridng to this article in the UK's 'The Telegraph':

In a statement released by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's official Amaq news agency, they said it was revenge for attacks on "Muslim lands".

"One of the soldiers of the Caliphate was able to place an explosive device within a gathering of the Crusaders in the city of Manchester," it said,  appearing to challenge the Manchester police theory it had been a suicide attack.

The jihadist group also claimed the attack, which killed at least 22 people - including children -  and injured 59 more concertgoers leaving a packed Ariana Grande performance at Manchester Arena, was planned beforehand.

They described the venue as a "shameless".

Isil did not publish a name or picture of the assailant, which they have done for some major attacks in the past. 

If confirmed, it would be the deadliest militant assault on the UK since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005.

US officials drew parallels between the blast and the coordinated attacks in November 2015 by Islamist militants on the Bataclan concert hall and other sites in Paris, which claimed about 130 lives.


Arrest in Ariana Grande Concert Bombing + Queen's Statement + Theresa May Statement

In news just in, an arrest has been made in connection with the Ariana Grande concert bombing, which killed 22 (updated from 19 people)

And, the Queen  has spoken of her shock. In a statement, she also thanked the emergency services and expressed admiration for the response of people in Manchester.

"The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert.

I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured.

I want to thank all the members of the emergency services who have responded with such professionalism and care.

And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity."

Sadly, the first victim of the attack has been named as Georgina Callander, 18.

She was an Ariana Grande "superfan" from Lancashire who met her idol in 2015 and was excited to see her on stage last night.

Runshaw College, where Callander was a student, released a statement, saying: “It is with enormous sadness that it appears that one of the people who lost their lives in Monday’s Manchester attack was one of our students here at Runshaw College."

An eight-year-old girl, Saffie Rose Roussos, was also confirmed as a fatality after beaming separated from her mother and sister.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has released a statement also.

This, taken from The Guardian.

She has condemned the attack in the strongest terms possible, saying that it stood out for its “appalling, sickening cowardice”.

"It is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester and of this country have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack, an attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society, with cold calculation.

This was among the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the United Kingdom. And, although it is not the first time Manchester has suffered in this way, it is the worst attack the city has experienced and the worst ever to hit the north of England ...

The explosion coincided with the conclusion of a pop concert, which was attended by many young families and groups of children. 

All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people but this attacks stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives …

We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage. 

She said terrorists would never win and the spirit of Manchester and Britain would not be broken. Concluding her statement, she said:

At terrible moments like these it is customary for leaders, politicians and others to condemn the perpetrators and declare that the terrorists will not win. But the fact that we have been here before, and the fact that we need to say this again, does not make it any less true. For, as so often while we experience the worst of humanity in Manchester last night, we also saw the best.

The cowardice of the attacker met the bravery of the emergency services and the people of Manchester. The attempt to divide us met countless acts of kindness that brought people closer together. And in the days ahead those must be the things we remember.

The images we hold in our minds should not be those of senseless slaughter, but the ordinary men and women who put concerns about their own safety to one side and rushed to help, of the men and women of the emergency services who worked tirelessly to bring comfort, to help and to save lives, of the messages of solidarity and hope of all those who opened their homes to the victims. For they are the images that embody the spirit of Manchester and the spirit of Britain, a spirit that through years of conflict and terrorism has never been broken and will never be broken.

There will be difficult days ahead. We offer our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of those affected, we offer our full support to the authorities, to the emergency and security services as they go about their workand we all, every single one of us, stand with the people of Manchester at this terrible time. And today, let us remember those who died and let us celebrate those who helped, safe in the knowledge that the terrorists will never win and our country, our values and our way of life will always prevail.

Ariana Grande Reaction To Manchester Concert Deaths

What a very sad news story day.

Ariana Grande concert goers at her Manchester concert which ended at 10pm UK time on May 22 will from now share the experience of a horrendous event.

And understandably, Ariana is inconsolable, and "in hysterics" after learning at least 19 people have died as a result of a nail bomb exploding in the rotunda area outside the concert, and near a train station.

Some of those dead are young girls, and a terrorism act has not been ruled out.

Sources in contact with the singer tell TMZ Ariana is devastated that young people who came for a good time are now dead and injured - at least 50 are injured.

The article continues:

We're told her next concert -- Thursday in London at the O2 Arena -- is now up in the air for 2 reasons. It may constitute a safety threat, but also, as one source put it, "She's in no condition to perform."
As we reported, Ariana had just left the stage when a nail bomb exploded in the rotunda area near the front door as people were leaving the concert.  Ariana was not hurt.
These are Ariana's most recent Instagram posts. No official statement or social media post has been released or posted as yet.


Ariana Grande has Tweeted 

broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.

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Ariana Grande Concert: Fatalities Confirmed

Breaking news... the Ariana Grande concert has had confirmed fatalities via Manchester Police.

More soon...

(Screenshot: Today show, Channel Nine)

UPDATED: reports are suggesting as many as 20 people have died. More to come...

UPDATED: At least 19 people are dead and at least 50 people are injured in a possible terrorist attack.

BBC News is reporting:

Nineteen people have been killed and about 50 injured in a blast at Manchester Arena, police have said.
Witnesses said they heard two loud bangs, reported to be in the foyer, after a pop concert by Ariana Grande. 
Greater Manchester Police said there are a "number of confirmed fatalities and others injured".
The cause of the explosion is unknown but the North West Counter Terrorism Unit is treating it as a possible terrorist incident.
BBC Home Affairs Correspondent Daniel Sandford said senior counter-terrorism officers are assembling in London and are liaising with the Home Office.
He said early estimates put the number of fatalities in double figures, although these are not confirmed. 

Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, has been closed and all trains cancelled. British Transport Police say explosion was in the foyer area of Manchester Arena.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Pippa Middleton Wedding Dress: PHOTOS

It's here!

The first photos of Pippa Middleton as a new bride, in her wedding dress.

(All photos: AFP - see this link for more).

Pippa Middleton, 33 wore a bespoke Giles Deacon dress, said to be crafted to create the impression of being seamless.
The dress was teamed with a Stephen Jones veil, a Maidenhair Fern tiara, and Manolo Blahnik ivory satin shoes.
The wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews, 41, was attended by guests including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of course (she is the younger sister of the duchess, and got engaged to Mr Matthews last year), and Prince Harry (yes, and Meghan Markle is said to be there), Princess Beatrice, as well as Roger Federer and his wife Mirka among the guests at the church.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

'The Real Housewives of Melbourne': Season 4 Cast PHOTOS

It's back!

The women from Melbourne are back for season FOUR of 'The Real Housewives of Melbourne'.

Gina Liano is back!

There is a new Melbourne 'housewife'. Actually: TWO!

  • Pettifleur Berenger is gone (Josie's Juice will admit: we had to do a double take at the new cast photo... is that Pettifleur with an epic tan, new hair, and coloured contacts? Nope).

It's one of the new Housewives: Venus Behbahani-Clark.

The other new Melbourne housewife is: Sally Bloomfield.

PHOTO: Martin Philbey

Foxtel has just made the announcement that the fiery Melbourne ladies are back.

Returning Housewives include:

Gamble Breaux – 46 year old former art consultant married to Dr. Rick Wolfe and step-mother to Luke

Jackie Gillies – 36 year old professional psychic married to Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies

Gina Liano - 50 year old criminal barrister and single mother of two

Janet Roach – 58 year old property developer and mother of two children and three step-children

Lydia Schiavello – 48 year old lover of interior design, food and skiing, mother of three children and three step-children

Joining these dynamic women is Venus Behbahani-Clark – 35 year old married mother of two is Persian born grew up in Italy migrating to Australia in the 80’s. Venus is a lawyer, and the PR blurb describes Venus as: incredibly competitive, opinionated, smart and confident. She is currently working on her own line of contouring cosmetics. Venus and her husband James own property in Melbourne, Dubai and Lake Como.

Also joining the cast is Sally Bloomfield - 51 year old widow and mother of two. The PR blurb: Sally owns a homewares store Bloomfield and Webber in Barwon Heads on the Bellarine Peninsula and a boutique hotel in Bali which she is now in the process of renovating. Sally is set to launch her accessories range, Bloomfield - focusing on sunglasses and handbags later this year.

Stay tuned for more memorable moments, gossip, OTT accusations and jaw-dropping clangers along the way. Expect exotic locations and lavish parties to set the scene for the next instalment of 'The Real Housewives of Melbourne' full on fights, I mean, altercations.

The 10-part one-hour series is produced by Matchbox Pictures, part of NBCUniversal International Television Production, in conjunction with Foxtel, The Real Housewives of Melbourne is the first Australian instalment of the world’s number one lifestyle reality franchise and will air on Foxtel’s Arena channel at a date to be announced.

More pics! All credits: Martin Philbey. Not to be reproduced without permission from Foxtel and Arena TV.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Eurovision: Bum VIDEO + 2017 Winner

It's all about the bottom and the Aussie flag at Eurovision.

Nah, not really.

It's definitely ALL about the winner, Portugal - first time winner, too! Well done to Salvador Sobral and his winning song 'Amor Pelos Dois'.

Here is the winning song:

And his first interview:

And... that bum.

BTW, the guy who has bum on show for the world to see... not actually an Aussie.

He is 'serial pest', and actually a journalist: Vitalii Sediuk, described as a Ukrainian media reporter and personality.

Here is THAT clip:

His list of assaults is VERY long, stating with a 1 September 2011 act where he baited singer Madonna at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, handing her a bouquet of hydrangeas knowing she did not like them, then causing her to express her disdain unknowingly in front of the press, creating controversy about her apparent snobbery towards a gift from a fan.

He's also the guy who kissed Will Smith at the premiere of 'Men In Black', where Will slapped him and asked "What the hell is your problem, buddy?"

He's the 'pest' who crashed Adele's Grammy awards moment in 2013, grabbed Bradley Cooper around the legs at the SAF awards. He also buried his face in Leonardo DiCaprio's groin before being removed by security.

At the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, he crawled under the gown of actress America Ferrera as she posed for photographs at the premiere of 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'.

On 25 September 2014, Sediuk allegedly shoved Kim Kardashian nearly forcing her to the ground if not for the assistance of her bodyguard, Pascal Duvier. He later released the following statement:  "I hope Kim is ok and won’t be mad at me as I didn’t mean any harm. Kanye is one lucky man as Kim is a goddess!"

He also turned up at Valentino's Paris Fashion Week Show, stripped down to G-banger
and hugged singer Ciara before he was pulled away. He was not charged for the incident.

That Miranda Kerr incident, where she attended the Louis Vuitton runway show in Paris, and a boldly dressed Sediuk snuck up and kissed her on the cheek.

Then came the incident where Sediuk snuck up behind model Gigi Hadid and lifted her off the ground, before being elbowed in the face by Hadid. After the incident, he confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that it was indeed him; he claims his motives behind the attack were due to his belief that Hadid is not a true high fashion model. Well okay then...

And now last night: singer Jamala was performing her song, "I Believe in U" when Sediuk ran onto and around the stage whilst flashing the crowd and cameras draped in an Australian flag.

Certainly memorable!

And of course, Isaiah Firebrace (actual surname)!

With his song 'Don't Come Easy', he was GOOD!

Isaiah won the eighth season of 'The X Factor Australia'. He finished 9th. Ironically, the Aussie born singer is of Portuguese decent. Well done, Isaiah!

'Ellen': Chris Pratt Plays 'Speak Out' VIDEO

You know when you watch someone 'cry laugh' and it makes you want to do the same?

This is that clip.

Actor Chris Pratt plays 'Speak Out' on 'Ellen. And Ellen DeGeneres has tears streaming down her face, for real.


'The Real Housewives of Sydney': Reunion show VIDEO

Lisa Oldfield, Athena X Levendi, Matty Samaei, Krissy Marsh, Nicole O’Neil, Victoria Rees and Melissa Tkautz return to our screens tonight for part one of the reunion of 'The Real Housewives of Sydney.'

Here is a taster:

How did you react?

Like these people, perhaps? The barometer of TV watchers, the 'Gogglebox' Australia folks?

Here's another snippet from tonight's reunion:

And here's the original trailer:

We also love this article about 'The Real Housewives of Sydney': Top 10 Juiciest Moments.

It starts with:

1. Cape-gate

We got our first hint at just how explosive the Sydney franchise would be when Victoria tossed Athena X’s controversial rope cape into the harbour in episode one. As shocking as it was, it seems most of the women were secretly supportive of the brazen move. “I didn’t expect the cape to go in the water,” admits Matty, “but you know what? I wasn’t a big fan of the cape anyway.” 

6. That napkin moment. 

Never before has a napkin been so powerful! The tension between Athena X and Victoria hit boiling point on the ladies’ trip to Singapore, resulting in the now-iconic napkin assault. When words failed to silence Athena, Victoria flung her napkin, and it hit the artist’s face with an audible thwack. “To be honest, it was unexpected,” Matty says. “Victoria always keeps it really cool, but Athena just kept on going, going, going. I was sitting next to Athena and I could hear that tissue going ‘bang!’”

Read the rest HERE.

'The Real Housewives of Sydney' Reunion screens on Sunday May 14 at 8.30pm EST on ARENA [Channel 105] in Foxtel.

'The Bachelor' Baby: Sam Wood and Snezana Markoski expecting first child together

It's the first 'The Bachelor' Australia baby!

Yes, Sam Wood and his fiancee Snezana Markoski are having their first baby together.

The couple met on the third season of The Bachelor and live together in Melbourne. They got engaged in December 2015.

Over the past two years, Sam has also taken on a stepfather role to Snezana's 11 year old daughter Eve.

Sam just posted on Instagram:

Friday, 12 May 2017

'Gypsy' Naomi Watts, Netflix series: VIDEO + Australian screen date

Josie's Juice was lucky to see a teaser of this explosive, brand new sexy thriller Netflix series 'Gypsy' last week at a "Stream Team" blogger event, and now we can reveal the just in trailer:

'Gypsy' is a ten-part psychological thriller focusing on Jean Halloway (shrewdly played by Naomi Watts), who is a Manhattan therapist with a seemingly perfect life... who then begins to develop intimate and illicit relationships with the people in her patients' lives.

Blurring the boundaries of her professional life which lead to her personal fantasies, she soon goes down the rabbit hole of a world where she battles between her desires and her reality are disastrously at odds.

Gypsy also stars Billy Crudup ('Spotlight') as Jean's husband Michael Halloway, Sophie Cookson (Kingsman) as Sydney, Lucy Boynton (Murder on the Orient Express) as Jean's patient Allison, and Karl Glusman ('Nocturnal Animals') and Jean's patient Sam.

The series is directed by 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' director Sam Taylor Johnson as well as Victoria Mahoney and Coky Giedroyc. The series was written by Hollywood newcomer, Lisa Rubin.

'Gypsy' is produced for Netflix by Universal Television and executive produced by Lisa Rubin, Naomi Watts, Sean Jablonski, and Liza Chasin.

You can start to watch all eps of 'Gypsy' from June 30 on Netflix. See more here and add it to your 'My List' when you're a Netflix subscriber right HERE.

Bring IT!

Kylie Jenner: 'Life Of Kylie' TV Show VIDEO + PHOTOS

Kylie Jenner is the newest Jenner / Kardashian to land her reality TV show 'Life Of Kylie'. Oh, yes.

Just in from E Online, here is the trailer:

Says the article:

Get ready to see a whole new side of Kylie Jenner!

In this first look at Kylie's highly anticipated new E! docu-series Life of Kylie, the 19-year-old juggles her beauty business, time with besties and so much more than what you've seen onKeeping Up With the Kardashians.
"When you grow up on camera, everybody feels like they know you, but they don't," Kylie says in the video. "Nobody has a perfect life. Now I can find what really is gonna make me happy."

Continues the article:

Along with highlighting her relationships with her family and closest friends, including Jordyn Woods, the eight-episode docu-series hopes to reveal the real woman behind all the lip kits, fancy cars, mega mansions, glamorous Instagram photos and filtered Snapchat stories.
"Kylie's beauty, business savvy and fashion icon status have made her one of the most famous and successful young women on the planet," Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President of Programming & Development at E!, said. "Kylie has achieved so much at such a young age and we know the E! audience will be thrilled now that she is ready to share an inside look at her everyday life."

Here is a clip from last week's MET Ball too:

And here are photos from her recent shoot with Flaunt magazine #thecadenceissue

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