It’s time for the rest of the world to see what she can do! Idina Menzel will rise like the break of dawn and take the Oscar stage by storm (you, know, like a blizzard) to perform Frozen’s “Let It Go” at the 86th Academy Awards. Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have confirmed that the Tony winner will perform the Oscar-nominated song at the March 2 show, airing live on ABC. Menzel wrote of the news on her Facebook page: “It’s really happening. I’m singing on the Oscars! Surreal. Thank you Frozen family and Oscar producers for this incredible opportunity.” The moment “Let It Go” was nominated for Best Original Song, we immediately wondered if Menzel would be able to take a night off from rehearsing If/Then to perform the show-stopping anthem at the ceremony. Obviously, the song is brought to magical-frozen-fractals-all-around life by Menzel in the movie, but was simultaneously released as a single by pop singer Demi Lovato. Disney’s Frozen juggernaut rages on: the movie is the fifth highest-grossing animated feature in history ($913 million worldwide and counting) and it’s the favorite to win Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards. The movie’s soundtrack, featuring an incredible score by Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, has sold over 863,000 copies in the U.S. and is the first soundtrack to spend four weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 chart since 2003. Star Files View Comments Disney’s Frozen And now for the part of this story you’ve all really been waiting for… Check out Idina Menzel performing “Let It Go” at the 2013 D23 Expo in the first video below and then watch (for the gazillionth time) Elsa, the Snow Queen, show the cold who’s boss in the second video! You’re welcome. Idina Menzel
Player of the game: Luke SwanWhile there is no denying the game Tyler Donovan had was exceptional, throwing for 284 yards and three touchdowns and scoring another on the ground, the Fennimore Flash, Luke Swan, gets the nod. The fifth-year senior keyed numerous drives with first-down receptions on the third down, and really exhibited his playmaking abilities with catches of 43, 30 and 38 yards. For the game, Swan not only set personal bests in touchdowns (2), receptions (8) and yards (170), he cemented his name in the UW record books. He now ranks tied 11th all-time in single-game receiving yards with Pat Richter.Overall: BThe offense put up 42 points and 486 yards against an untested secondary. Although that doesn’t negate what was accomplished, the Badgers weren’t challenged on offense like they will be in future weeks. Still, Donovan’s ability to read the defense and make checks at the line is a positive sign heading into the rest of the season. The defense didn’t play like a top-5 defense and has some chinks to sort out. A portion of special teams, especially Ken DeBauche, had a bad day. All in all, however, it wasn’t bad for the season opener.Offense: A-In his first game as the primary signal caller, Tyler Donovan could do just about no wrong (minus a few misfires). He completed 19-of-29 passes for just fewer than 300 yards and found pay dirt four times, as well as made some outstanding checks at the line to keep the WSU defense guessing. Luke Swan had a career day, as did replacement tight end Garrett Graham, who stepped in for the injured Andy Crooks and recorded his first career catch and touchdown on the same play. P.J. Hill, while not his usual dominant self, proved effective, collecting 84 yards and two touchdowns. Lance Smith chipped in with 60 yards.Defense: C+After looking a bit unsettled in the first quarter, some of it due to a terrific catch by WSU receiver Brandon Gibson and a blocked punt that was recovered for a first down, the defense composed itself and put together a strong showing. Against an offense that ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 last season in passing yards per game and at the top in points and total yards per game, Wisconsin’s defense held its own. After allowing 160 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter, the Badger defense gave up just 168 total yards and 7 points the rest of the way.Special Teams: CSpecial teams were an enigma Saturday. At times they were brilliant, blocking a punt, disrupting a long field goal try, picking off a pass and recording four touchbacks despite kickoffs being moved back five yards. At other times, they left Bret Bielema scratching his head. Both Luke Swan and David Gilreath fumbled as punt returners, reminding fans and coaches of last year’s problems in that department. Additionally, punter Ken DeBauche booted a pooch kick an incredible 1 yard and committed a 15-yard penalty on the same play.Up next: UNLVUNLV came away with a 23-16 victory in its season opener against Utah State. Tailback Frank Summers capped a late-game drive with an 11-yard scamper to give the Rebels the come-from-behind victory and their first road win in 15 tries. Quarterback Travis Dixon ran for 108 yards and a touchdown last week and could pose a problem on the ground for the Badgers defense, which struggled to stop the Cougars’ running attack.
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun had previously taken to Weibo to confirm that the Mi Band 2 was delayed by a month. It was supposed to be launched on May 10 alongside the Mi Max and the MIUI 8, but production delays forced the company to postpone the launch to sometime in June. The Xiaomi CEO has now officially confirmed that the Mi Band 2 will launch in June.Lei Jun had briefly demonstrated the Mi Band 2 at its May 10 Mi Max launch event. He had shown off the upcoming fitness tracker’s touch screen functionality as also its well-to-do battery life. According to Lei Jun, the device still had 36% battery remaining even after 20 days of usage.The LED touch screen display (accompanied by a physical home button) and battery life are said to be the main highlight of the Mi Band 2. The first-generation Mi Band fitness tracker was lacking a display. The Mi Band 2 will also reportedly be water and dust resistant much like the Mi Band.Also Read: Xiaomi unveils 6.44-inch Mi Max phablet and colourful new MIUI 8At the same time, Xiaomi is also looking to launch its first wearable smartwatch some time in the second half of 2016.Xiaomi took the wrap off its long-rumoured Mi Max, a phablet that sports a gigantic 6.44-inch screen size on May 10 in Beijing. At the same time, the company also unveiled the next iteration of its MIUI operating system, aka the MIUI 8.Prices start at RMB 1,499 (roughly Rs 15,333) for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant of the Mi Max with Snapdragon 650 and go all the way up to RMB 1,999 (roughly Rs 20,451) for the 4GB RAM and 128GB of memory variant with Snapdragon 652.advertisementAs for the MIUI 8, the China ROM will be available for beta registrations starting from May 16 while the first Developer ROM will be available starting June 17 onwards.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Pogba best midfielder in Europeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba is the best midfielder in Europe, according to Manchester United legend Gary Neville. Things are looking up for Pobga following the departure of manager Jose Mourinho. The Frenchman looks a different player under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, having scored twice in the 3-1 win over Huddersfield on Boxing Day.And Neville thinks his form will only improve under the Norwegian.He told BBC’s Match of the Day: “You play for Man United and you talk of freedom of expression, exciting football, go out there and score goals, attacking football, play with a smile on your face and it starts with the manager. “Ole over the last couple of games has been really happy, saying the right things. “They had the best player on the pitch and probably the best midfielder in Europe on his day in Paul Pogba who has had a disappointing, horrendous last 18 months at the club because of the fall-out with the manager.”It looked like the shackles were off, playing with that freedom of expression, anything is possible type attitude, playing with arrogance. The passing was back to his best. “Look, he is the best player at the club when he is at his best and with performances like this he should be a 12-15 goal a season person – he hasn’t been that in his career so far but he can be.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say OFF! Crystal Palace pull out of deal for Liverpool striker Solankeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have pulled out of their deal for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.BBC Sport reports Solanke’s proposed loan move to Crystal Palace is off because of concerns over his fitness.Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed the 21-year-old was a target for the January transfer window on Sunday.But Solanke has not made a first-team appearance for Liverpool this season and was ruled out of recent matches because of a muscle problem.Palace need a striker who is available to play immediately.
Barcelona players blanked Spanish media after Champions League winby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona players blanked the Spanish media after their Champions League win over Slavia Prague.Sport says despite picking up a victory, no-one wanted to speak with the media following the contest. It was left to Sergio Busquets, who had been substituted and was in the dressing room, who came back out to fulfil the media requirements pitchside. Goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, after returning to the dressing room, also gave an interview to ‘Movistar’. He was one of a handful of squad members who spoke to outlets. No-one stopped in the ‘mixed zone’ to speak with the assembled radio stations who were waiting for a brief interview. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
They’re throwing quite a celebration party at the Breslin Center tonight. Michigan State’s men’s basketball team, which clinched a berth into the Final Four earlier this afternoon with a victory against Louisville in the Elite Eight in Syracuse, is back in East Lansing. Tom Izzo’s squad was welcomed home by thousands of roaring fans at their arena. Michigan State is set to face Duke in the Final Four in Indianapolis on Saturday.
Kolkata: In an apparent reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of DRDO’s recent space achievement, Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee Sunday said the BJP government has taken over all premier institutions in the country. On March 27, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted Mission Shakti, an anti-satellite missile test, from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island launch complex, paving the way for the country to join an elite space club comprising the US, Russia, China with such specialised capability. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Opposition parties have slammed the prime minister, saying the BJP government was trying to take credit for the DRDO’s achievement. Claiming that the people’s liberty was at stake under the BJP’s rule, Banerjee said “an atmosphere of fear” was prevailing in the country. “The BJP government has taken control of all premier institutions in the country. People here live in fear. They do not have the right to speak freely under an autocratic government,” the West Bengal chief minister said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Earlier, too, the chief minister had taken a jibe at Modi, terming his announcement of the DRDO mission as “yet another limitless drama to reap political benefits” ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. “India’s Mission Programme is world-class for many many years. We are always proud of our scientists, @DRDO_India, other research & space organisations,” she had tweeted, adding that “Modi, as usual, likes to take the credit for everything.” Talking to reporters at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose airport here before leaving for Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh to participate in a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) rally, Banerjee said a “dictatorial government” is pulling the strings at the Centre using force and intimidation, “trampling democratic norms”. “Disinvestment has been done in public sector companies. Some workers are not getting salaries. The lives of farmers and labourers are under threat under the current dispensation. “I feel that everyone will come forward, keeping aside their petty interests to collectively vote against the Modi government,” said Banerjee. The CM said she would extend her support to TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, who pulled out his party of the NDA in March 2018, alleging injustice was being done to Andhra Pradesh by the Narendra Modi government. “I am going to Visakhapatnam at the invitation of Chandrababu Naidu to extend my solidarity and participate in a public meeting,” she said. Giving details of her itinerary, Banerjee said she will visit Cooch Behar in north Bengal on April 4 and Assam the following day to address rallies. In Bengal, Banerjee claimed, she would be holding as many rallies as possible over the course of the next two weeks. “I will address nearly 100 meetings in Bengal,” the Trinamool chief said. Election to 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19.
Chennai:Tamil ‘superstar’ Rajinikanth Friday said his formal political entry will coincide with the next assembly polls in Tamil Nadu. The remarks virtually reiterate his earlier announcement that he will float a party by the next assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, due in 2021, and contest from all the 234 seats. “Whenever the assembly elections are held,” was the actor’s brief response to a question as to when his political entry was expected. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Asked if he would take a decision based on the outcome of bypolls to 18 assembly segments held on Thursday along with 38 Lok Sabha seats, Rajinikanth said he will respond after the results are out. To a question if the results may lead to assembly polls in the state and whether he would then face them, the actor shot back, “Ready to face, whenever they are held.” The outcome of the bypolls to a total of 22 assembly segments in Tamil Nadu could decide the continuance of the AIADMK government in the state. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The bypolls to four other seats will be held on May 19. In the 234-member House, the K Palaniswami government has 113 MLAs, excluding the Speaker. It needs a simple majority of 117 to continue. All eyes are on the outcome of the bypolls, as a loss for the AIADMK could well lead to the next assembly polls. In December 2017, the superstar had announced that he would take the political plunge and contest the next assembly polls in the state whose politics is dominated by Dravidian majors-the DMK and AIADMK. Since he made his announcement on December 31, 2017, speculations had often been rife about the launch of his political party, although ‘Rajini Makkal Mandram’, a forum seen as a forerunner to his political ambitions, is in vogue. Even in the past, the actor had dropped hints of taking the political plunge, but it was only in 2017 that he made a definitive statement on launching his own political party. To a question on whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will get a second term, he said it will be known on May 23, the counting day.
Tokyo: Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito formally ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday, a day after his father abdicated from the world’s oldest monarchy and ushered in a new imperial era. Naruhito officially became emperor at the stroke of midnight but the process was formalised with a 10-minute ritual on Wednesday morning that was off-limits to female royals — even his wife Masako. It took place on the first day of the new imperial era of Reiwa, meaning “beautiful harmony”, which will last throughout Naruhito’s reign. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAt a solemn ceremony in the Imperial Palace’s Room of Pine, the 59-year-old was presented with the items his father Akihito relinquished a day earlier: sacred imperial treasures of a sword and a jewel, as well as the seal of state and his personal imperial seal. The sole woman allowed to attend was the only female member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet. Shortly afterwards, joined by Masako and other royals, Naruhito was to address the nation for the first time as its 126th emperor. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsHe will also make a public appearance on Saturday when he will again speak to the people of Japan. But the pomp and ceremony will wait until October 22 when he and Masako will appear in elaborate traditional robes for a ceremony in the palace before parading through the streets of the capital to be congratulated by a host of world leaders and royals. Naruhito will greet his first foreign head of state as emperor later this month, when US President Donald Trump visits Japan to meet the new monarch. The Oxford-educated Naruhito faces the delicate balancing act of continuing his father’s legacy of bringing the monarchy closer to the people while upholding the centuries-old traditions of the Chrysanthemum Throne. Like his popular father Akihito, he has warned of the need to remember World War II “correctly,” without downplaying Japan’s early 20th-century militarism. He has also spoken of the need to modernise the royal family, and vowed when he married Masako — who left behind a promising diplomatic career — to protect her “at any cost”. She has struggled however to adjust to palace life, including being subjected to enormous pressure to produce a male heir, and has suffered stress-induced “adjustment disorder” for much of their marriage. The couple have one child, a 17-year-old daughter called Aiko, who cannot inherit the throne because she is female. In a statement released on her birthday in December, Masako pledged to do her best despite feeling “insecure” about becoming empress. In the candid statement, she said she was recovering and could “perform more duties than before”, crediting the “powerful support” of the public. Naruhito is ascending the throne in a very different Japan to the one his father took over when he became emperor in 1989. Then, Japan ruled the world economically, its technology was the envy of every industrialised nation, and its stock market was at highs unlikely to be matched again. At the height of the bubble, Japanese investors were snapping up paintings like Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” and US landmarks including the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan as “money was dripping off trees” — in the words of one former banker. But following a “lost decade” after the bubble burst, Japan is still locked in a battle against deflation and sluggish growth while its population ages rapidly and many rural areas suffer from depopulation as young people move to cities. Akihito’s abdication, the first in 200 years, has resulted in an unprecedented 10-day public holiday for the famously hard-working Japanese, with many taking advantage of the break to travel. But despite the holiday exodus, and steady driving rain on Tuesday night, crowds still gathered at Tokyo’s famous Shibuya crossing at the clock struck midnight to welcome the Reiwa era. “The emperor was a good person… He was the symbol of Japan,” said Rika Yamamoto, a 24-year-old company employee sheltering under an umbrella on the crossing. “I hope the new emperor will carry on the kindness the old emperor had.” Political parties across the spectrum also welcomed the new emperor — including the Communist Party, whose official platform considers the monarchy incompatible with democracy.