Viet Nam News NEW YORK — Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and fellow Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin were among 50 people indicted Tuesday in a multi-million dollar scam to help children of the American elite cheat their way into top universities. The accused, who also include chief executives, financiers, a winemaker and fashion designer, allegedly cheated in admissions tests or arranged for bribes to get their children into prestigious schools including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said. They paid a bogus charity run by Californian William Singer millions both to arrange for people to fix SAT and ACT entrance exams for their children, and also to bribe university sports coaches to recruit their children, even when the children were not qualified to play at that level of sports. Huffman, 56, and Loughlin, the 54-year-old star of Full House, were among 33 parents accused of conspiracy to commit … [Read more...] about Hollywood stars among dozens charged over college entrance scam
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Viet Nam News KIÊN GIANG — A private troupe specialising in cải lương (reformed opera), a traditional art in southern Việt Nam, in Kiên Giang Province’s Rạch Giá District is holding performances and offering free training to youth. The Thanh Nam Troupe has travelled around the region offering interactive shows staged by cải lương stars of the region, including People’s Artist Lệ Thủy, Thanh Ngân and Quế Trân. “Our performances provide local people with the unique art of cải lương. The audiences learn how the artists play the music, sing and dance a traditional tune," said Thanh Nam, 65, owner and head of the troupe. “To guarantee ticket sales for our shows, we have invited famous artists of HCM City to play leading roles.” Nam often uses two cải lương stars, who perform together with his actors, to attract fans to his … [Read more...] about Veteran artist’s cải lương troupe attracts fans
Indian cultural center to screen thriller drama “Papanasam”The Saigon Times Daily “Papanasam” will be screened at the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center on February 22 - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER HCMC - The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center under the Embassy of India in Hanoi will screen the drama thriller film “Papanasam” on February 22, starting at 6 p.m. The drama was directed by Raju Murugan, starring famous Indian actor and actresses Kamal Haasan, Gautami, Niveda Thomas, and Esther Anil. “Papanasam” tells the story of Suyambulingam, an uneducated but hard-working cable TV operator. He leads a peaceful life in the town of Papanasam with his wife and two daughters. When some unexpected events make his family come under suspicion of murder, he throws himself into danger to save his family from the impending nightmare. What Suyambulingam does to keep his family from going to prison is the crux of this thriller. The film … [Read more...] about Indian cultural center to screen thriller drama “Papanasam”
Viet Nam News LOS ANGELES — Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday in honour of his 50 years in show business. The megastar was joined at the ceremony by his 101-year-old father and Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas as well as Jane Fonda, who starred with him in the 1979 drama The China Syndrome, about an accident in a nuclear power plant. Also attending was Douglas’s wife, the actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, and other family members. "This is a great honour and I’m not getting any younger, I want to enjoy it with (my family)," the 74-year-old actor said as the star was unveiled. Douglas got emotional and teary-eyed as he addressed his father, telling him that his presence at the event meant a lot. "I’ll say it simply and with all my heart, ’I’m so proud to be your son,’" he said, choking up. Speaking at the ceremony, Fonda wondered why it took so long for the younger Douglas to finally get his … [Read more...] about Actor Michael Douglas gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Illustration by Trịnh LậpViet Nam News By Hoàng Hồ After an incredible fight, actress Mai Phương, who has been receiving special treatment for aggressive lung cancer, has been discharged from Military Hospital 175 into the loving arms of friends, family, fans and colleagues. Although the battle against cancer is not over, with Phương facing many more hospital visits and follow-up appointments, her journey has been remarkable and inspirational. Since the first days of her treatment, the hospital has welcomed visits from many celebrities to help and encourage Phương. With continuous updates on the media and thousands of messages from fans on Facebook around Việt Nam, everything seemed to be going well, until actor Gia Bảo – a close friend of Phương’s, spoke up and caused some ripples. “If you don’t have a close relationship with the patient, you can just … [Read more...] about How much does sympathy really cost?