The world’s largest and most celebrated film awards ceremony is also considered as a major fashion event. Exhilaration and anticipation were the emotions emitted from the large crowd outside the Dolby Theatre for the Oscars night.

As important as the ceremony is, for some the Red Carpet is the ‘real deal’. Exuberant cheers from the crowd welcomed the guests on their way to the photographers. Hoping to make it on the ‘Best Dressed’ list, all the stars with their unique fashion style paraded in front of the crowd and the cameras.

Long gowns and elegance was the fashion statement at the red carpet. Though not everyone achieved the elegant look; the fashion losers were spotted and the media took the first chance to scrutinize their choices.

Here is our top 5 list of the best dressed ladies:

Best Dressed

Best Dressed: Rosamund Pike, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, Lupita Nyong’o, Margot Robbie

 

Rosamund Pike in Givenchy
Dakota Johnson in Saint Laurent
Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab
Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein Collection
Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent.

Here is our top 5 list of the worst dressed:

Worst Dressed

Worst Dressed: Blanca Blanco, Andrea Riseborough, Kelly Osbourne, Lorelei Linklater, Solange Knowles

 

Blanca Blanco in red and black dress
Andrea Riseborough in Jenny Packham
Kelly Osbourne in Rita Vinieris
Lorelei Linklater in Gabriela Cadena
Solange Knowles in Christian Siriano.

We may love them, but unfortunately we did not love their fashion choices at this year’s Academy Awards, sorry ladies.


Article written by Malvina

Did you stay up to watch the Oscars live from Los Angeles last night? If not, worry not as we have all the information you need to know about the most prestigious evening of the year.

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris host of The Oscars 2015

The 87th Academy Awards, hosted by famous actor Neil Patrick Harris, was an anticipated event filled with excitement and emotions. The ceremony took place on February 22nd at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.

Neil wowed the audience in his opening number even though he had big shoes to fill, following last year’s amazing host Ellen DeGeneres. Along with actors Jack Black and Anna Kendrick, the opening number paid a tribute to the 87 years of film and respectfully to the nominees in a visually magnificent performance. Harris made us laugh throughout the show with his iconic mimics and parodies.

“Today we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest… I mean brightest,” began Harris, in his effort to satirize the on-going discussions about the lack of diversity in this year’s ceremony.  This year’s list of nominees had sparked widespread criticism as it entailed 20 white acting nominees. Protesters planned to make their appearance outside the Dolby Theatre in order to raise awareness of the lack of African-Americans actors in the nominations list. Reports say that an overwhelmingly large percentage of the voting members are white men with an average age of 60.

Lady Gaga performing at the Oscars

Lady Gaga performing at the Oscars

The night was full of surprises especially when music star Lady Gaga gloriously performed at the Oscars, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the renowned film “The Sound of Music”. Joined by Julie Andrews, the two performed a medley featuring The Sound of Music, My Favourite Things, Edelweiss and Climb Every Mountain, that overwhelmed the audience. “It’s hard to believe that 50 years have gone by since that glorious film was released. I blinked and suddenly here I am” exclaimed Julie Andrews whilst thanking Lady Gaga for the beautiful performance.

Following the BAFTAs, we got a hint as to who the winners might be. Here is the full list of all the winners:

Eddie Redmayne wins Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne wins Best Actor

 

Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The theory of Everything
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor: JK Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Picture: Birdman
Best Director: Alejandro G Inarritu, Birdman
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game
Best Original Screenplay: Birdman
Best Animated Feature: Big hero 6
Best Animated Short: Feast
Best Cinematography: Birdman
Best Film Editing: Whiplash
Best Original Score: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Costume design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Make-up & Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Documentary Feature: CitizenFour
Best Documentary Short: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida (Poland)
Best Live Action short: The Phone Call
Best Song: Glory, Selma
Best Sound Editing: American Sniper
Best Sound Mixing: Whiplash
Best Visual Effects: Interstellar


Article written by Malvina

The Greek government formally submitted a request on Thursday for a six-month extension of the country’s EU loan programme in a last-ditch attempt to break the deadlock with its creditors and partners in the euro zone area. However, the biggest creditor, Germany, has rejected Greece’s application, arguing that it doesn’t represent “a substantial proposal for a solution”. A development that has substantially lowered expectations for an agreement to be reached in tomorrow’s meeting of eurozone finance ministers.

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Read below the text of the letter sent by Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis to his Dutch counterpart Jeroen Dijsselbloem, president of the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers, requesting an extension of the debt stricken country’s current aid programme.

The letter was seen by Reuters on Thursday:

“Athens, February 18, 2015

Dear President of the Eurogroup,

Over the last five years, the people of Greece have exerted remarkable efforts in economic adjustment. The new government is committed to a broader and deeper reform process aimed at durably improving growth and employment prospects, achieving debt sustainability and financial stability, enhancing social fairness and mitigating the significant social cost of the ongoing crisis.

The Greek authorities recognise that the procedures agreed by the previous governments were interrupted by the recent presidential and general elections and that, as a result, several of the technical arrangements have been invalidated. The Greek authorities honour Greece’s financial obligations to all its creditors as well as state our intention to cooperate with our partners in order to avert technical impediments in the context of the Master Facility Agreement which we recognise as binding vis-a-vis its financial and procedural content.

In this context, the Greek authorities are now applying for the extension of the Master Financial Assistance Facility Agreement for a period of six months from its termination during which period we shall proceed jointly, and making best use of given flexibility in the current arrangement, toward its successful conclusion and review on the basis of the proposals of, on the one hand, the Greek government and, on the other, the institutions.

The purpose of the requested six-month extension of the Agreement’s duration is:

(a) To agree the mutually acceptable financial and administrative terms the implementation of which, in collaboration with the institutions, will stabilise Greece’s fiscal position, attain appropriate primary fiscal surpluses, guarantee debt stability and assist in the attainment of fiscal targets for 2015 that take into account the present economic situation.

(b) To ensure, working closely with our European and international partners, that any new measures be fully funded while refraining from unilateral action that would undermine the fiscal targets, economic recovery and financial stability.

(c) To allow the European Central Bank to re-introduce the waiver in accordance with its procedures and regulations.

(d) To extend the availability of the EFSF bonds held by the HFSF for the duration of the Agreement.

(e) To commence work between the technical teams on a possible new Contract for Recovery and Growth that the Greek authorities envisage between Greece, Europe and the International Monetary Fund which could follow the current Agreement.

(f) To agree on supervision under the EU and ECB framework and, in the same spirit, with the International Monetary Fund for the duration of the extended Agreement.

(G) To discuss means of enacting the November 2012 Eurogroup decision regarding possible further debt measures and assistance for implementation after the completion of the extended Agreement and as part of the follow-up Contract.

With the above in mind, the Greek government expresses its determination to cooperate closely with the European Union’s institutions and with the International Monetary Fund in order: (a) to attain fiscal and financial stability and (b) to enable the Greek government to introduce the substantive, far-reaching reforms that are needed to restore the living standards of millions of Greek citizens through sustainable economic growth, gainful employment and social cohesion.

Sincerely,

Yanis Varoufakis

Minister of Finance

Hellenic Republic”


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The roll call vote for a new President of the Republic took place in Parliament on Wednesday and as expected, the government-sponsored candidate Prokopis Pavlopoulos (pictured) was elected with an overwhelming majority.

Pavlopoulos

The new President received 233 votes (from SYRIZA, the Independent Greeks and New Democracy), while the River and PASOK-nominated candidate Nikos Alivizatos received 30 votes and 32 MPs (KKE and Golden Dawn) decided to abstain.

Of the 300 MPs only 295 voted, as SYRIZA’s Yannis Michelogiannakis and Anna Gaitani and from New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Alexandros Kontos and Savvas Anastasiadis were absent.

After the election, Mr. Alivizatos congratulated the new President and wishing him well in his new role. Mr. Alivizatos also expressed the hope that the new President will be a guarantor of democratic normalcy and not a passive observer of political developments.

The new President commented that the highest honor has turned into the greatest duty and stressed the four principles of the Presidential oath; strict adherence to the Constitutions, defending national sovereignty, protecting the vulnerable and the public interest. Mr. Pavlopoulos argued that “we are struggling with the other European people not just for us, but for Europe itself”.


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The situation regarding Greece after the Eurogroup meeting on Monday is quite critical, the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades (pictured) has said, expressing hope that by Friday a way out from the deadlock will be found.

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He has also stressed that Cyprus supports Greece and this is the stance the Republic will maintain in the meetings to follow, either at Eurogroup meetings or the European Council.

In statements to Cyprus News Agency on Tuesday, President Anastasiades said that “based on the information I have, the situation is quite crucial”. The deadlock, he added, is not what had been expected from the Eurogroup meeting.

“I hope that by Friday a way to exit the deadlock will be found and therefore Greece`s effort for the Greek and the European citizens will be crowned with success,” he said.

“I am not saying that I am optimistic, however I am saying that our wish is for everyone to realise that development and the creation of new jobs is the answer to austerity or to strict austerity, a position that the President of the Commission Jan Claude Junker has included in his pre-election programme,” President Anastasiades added.

Invited to comment on statements the Minister of Finance made on Tuesday morning that he does not know what Greece`s request is which Cyprus should support, and the reaction of the political parties that followed, President Anastasiades stressed that Cyprus’ steadfast position is to support Greece.

“Cyprus firm stance is the support of Greece and this is the position I maintained in the European Council, and this is confirmed be the Greek side. Therefore this is going to be our policy in all the critical meetings that will follow, either Eurogroup meetings or the European Council meetings”, he told CNA.

Each country, he pointed out, is certainly called upon to apply is own programme of reforms or adjustment in general based on its own borrowing needs or obligations to its lenders.

Asked whether any possible negative development regarding Greece would affect Cyprus, President Anastasiades expressed the wish that such a development could be avoided. However, he said, the decisions taken by the Eurogroup in March 2013 were perhaps the last such fallout Cyprus had to sustain. The branches of Greek bank in Cyprus are constantly monitored by the Cyprus Central Bank with an aim to protect the island`s economy, he said out.

He also pointed out that “of course a possible Grexit would not only affect Greece but the whole of Europe. Therefore, there will be some consequences but only a few, which will not dramatically influence the situation in Cyprus”.


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 Greece was told that it has until Friday to request an extension to the current bailout or face the possibility of losing the pending funds after the second meeting of eurozone finance ministers in the last few days ended on Monday without an agreement between Athens and its partners.

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, however, said the government would continue talks over the next few days, regardless of any ultimatums from its partners. Varoufakis claimed that he had been shown the text of a communique earlier in the day by European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici which he was happy to sign but that this was later changed during the Eurogroup meeting for a document he could not accept.

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem said Athens had until Friday to request an extension, otherwise the bailout program would expire at the end of February. “Then, that’s it,” he said.

“The general feeling in the Eurogroup is still that the best way forward would be for the Greek authorities to seek an extension of the program,” he told a joint press conference with Moscovici and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde.

If a request for an extension is made, Greece can present alternative measures but not roll back previous reforms or take “unilateral steps,” Dijsselbloem said, noting that Greece’s demand for a “bridge” agreement was essentially “just another word” for an extension.

The Eurogroup chief underlined the need to “rebuild trust.” He suggested that a new program would not differ greatly from the previous one. “The rules and regulations talk about strict conditionalities. It would still be about fiscal sustainability,” he said.

Varoufakis insisted that he was prepared to sign the text he was shown by Moscovici “there and then” but was perplexed as to why this was changed for a communique not acceptable to the Greek delegation. Nevertheless, the Greek finance minister was confident that an agreement could be found soon, allowing for Greece to retain its loan agreement over the next four months in return for certain conditions. The SYRIZA-led coalition hopes this will give Greece and its lenders enough time to negotiate a more comprehensive deal that includes debt relief.

“I have no doubt that within the next 48 hours Europe is going to come together and we shall find the phrasing that is necessary so that we can submit it and move on to do the real work that is necessary,” he said.

Moscovici, however, stressed that there is “no alternative to the extension of the current program.” He called on the Greek government to request an extension, adding that there would be “flexibility over the short term.” “During the extension, we will have time to work on details,” he said. “We have to be logical, not ideological.”

Moscovici suggested that Greek authorities had not provided their interlocutors with details of their proposal in technical-level discussions, notably in relation to the 70 percent of the memorandum that Greece has indicated that it accepts and the 30 percent it has rejected.


Article written by Kathemerini

We can hear wedding bells! Can you guess which diva is proudly shared her engagement proposal through Instagram? Hint: The female singer and the actor met four years ago when he starred in her ‘You and I’ music video. Still nothing? She is the mega bomb who fascinates the crowds with her unique fashion style, she was ‘Born this Way’ and she’s on ‘The Edge of Glory’. That’s right, Lady Gaga is engaged to actor Taylor Kinney when he popped the question on Valentine’s day, the most romantic night of the year, with a stunning heart-shaped diamond.

Kinney's Instagram post

Kinney’s Instagram post

Lady Gaga could not resist showing off her beautiful ring on Instagram on Monday with the caption ‘He gave me his heart on Valentine’s Day, and I said YES’. Taylor Kinney rushed to show off the engagement proposal on his Instagram wall as well saying ‘she said YES on Valentine’s Day’. The newly-engaged couple celebrated their special moment at Gaga’s family restaurant Joanne Trattoria.

As extreme as she is, we can imagine the wedding will be powerful in all possible ways; A Very Gaga Wedding for sure.

 


Article written by Malvina

The President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker and the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiades held a friendly and fruitful meeting and reviewed different issues on the agenda of the informal European Council, which takes place here today.

President Anastasiades (L)- Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

President Anastasiades (L)- Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

They discussed the economic situation in Europe and in Cyprus.

President Anastasiades referred to the efforts made by Cyprus in the context of the Economic Adjustment Programme and they both agreed on the need to continue with the reform momentum.

They agreed that the Eurozone must continue to be based on solidarity in return for solidity.

They also discussed the Cyprus settlement process and Juncker expressed his support to the negotiations that should take place in a conducive environment. Both Presidents share the same vision for a reunited Cyprus.


Article written by CNA

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Amy Adams & Rosamund Pike

The 68th annual BAFTA Ceremony hosted by comedian Stephen Fry was bound to astonish. The crowd gathered outside the Royal Opera House on Bow Street, Covent Garden early on the day to get the best possible spot to see the stars arrive on the red carpet hoping to get an autograph or take a ‘selfie’ with their favourite star. The ambiance was magnificent and every moment of it was precious.

17:00 Stars arrive on the Red Carpet

Loud screams and happy cheers embraced the stars as they arrived on the red carpet. David Beckham and Mark Ruffalo were one of the first guest stars to arrive on the red carpet followed by the ‘new kid’ in town Jack O’Connell. Keira Knightley, Rosamund Pike, Natalie Dormer and Amy Adams were few of the names that stunned on the red carpet with their glorious gowns. But standing out was Julianne Moore who dared to break the conventional rules of fashion with the elegant red Tom Ford crimson gown, slashed to the navel.

Julianne Moore & Reese Witherspoon

Julianne Moore & Reese Witherspoon

Much of the attention was focused on Benedict Cumberbatch (starring as Sherlock Holmes in the famous series Sherlock) when he arrived on the red carpet. Women of all ages were screaming his name hoping to get a picture with the famous actor. Actors Chris Evans, Steve Carell, Reese Whiterspoon and the surprise of the evening Tom Cruise, were amongst the stars that came all the way from the States. Rumours were swirling days before the ceremony, that Professor Stephen Hawking would attend the event of the year, until we witnessed this magical moment last night.

Ceremony

One by one, the stars went inside and were greeted with a glass of Taittinger champagne-the official partner. Once they were allocated to their designated seats, the stars anticipated without hesitation for the show to begin. The famous British band Kasabian opened the show with their rock sounds.

The evening was full of surprises; The Grand Budapest Hotel won five BAFTAs, three for Boyhood and three for The Theory of Everything. Professor Hawking with a smile on his face got his own spotlight on the stage when he presented the award for Best Special Visual Effects along with actress Felicity Jones who plays Hawking’s wife on The Theory of Everything.

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking & Felicity Jones

 

Eddie Redmayne was named Best Actor for his role in The Theory of Everything portraying Stephen Hawking in his early career stages. At that special moment, the camera focused on Hawking’s expression of joy when the young actor dedicated the award to the Hawking family. Gorgeous Julianne Moore was named Best Actress for her role in Still Alice-the clear winner among nominees Reese Witherspoon, Amy Adams, Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones.

Best Film of the night received the film Boyhood. The film was shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast depicting the adolescence of a young boy growing up with divorced parents in Texas. The Theory of Everything received the Outstanding British Film.

To our surprise, The Imitation Game a film about Cambridge mathematician Alan Turing cracking the Nazi codes in the 1940s, did not receive any awards on the night. Gone Girl was also one of the hot favourites that did not receive a BAFTA.

Glamour, flashing lights and lots of surprises best describe the exquisite atmosphere. Stay tuned for the Oscars, the grand event of the year on the 22nd of February where all the stars will be reunited for another special evening.

Eddie Redmayne

The list of Winners:

Best Film
Boyhood

Outstanding British Film
The Theory of Everything

Actor
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Actress
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

Supporting Actor
JK Simmons (Whiplash)

Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood

Director
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Adapted Screenplay
The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten

Original Screenplay
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson

Animated Film
The Lego Movie

Documentary
Citizenfour

Foreign Film
Ida

Cinematography
Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki

Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Editing
Whiplash – Tom Cross

Make-up and hair
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon

Music
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat

Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock

Sound
Whiplash – Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann

Visual Effects
Interstellar – Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley

British short animation
The Bigger Picture – Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka

British short film
Boogaloo and Graham – Brian J Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer
Stephen Beresford, David Livingstone (writer and producer Pride)

Rising Star Award
Jack O’Connell


Article written by Malvina