Emmy Rossum Marries Sam Esmail

‘Shameless’ actress, Emmy Rossum, is officially off the market after she tied the knot with her beau of four years, Sam Esmail.

Rossum and Esmail started dating in 2013 and got engaged in 2015.

At the time, Emmy told E! News that the couple was in no rush to get married, but were definitely excited to start their life together.

That union was made official over the weekend, when the two got married in the beautiful east 55th street Conservative Synagogue in New York City in front of family and friends.

Many of Emmy’s ‘Shameless’ co-stars attended the wedding, and posted on social media about how beautiful and fun the wedding was.

Esmail, creator of the multi-award winning series, ‘Mr. Robot’, also had a handful of his cast members attend the nuptials, including Rami Malek and Christian Slater.

Other attendees included Emmy’s fictional father, William H. Macy, actress Hilary Swank and actor Robert Downey Jr.

Emmy wore a stunning ivory coloured, off-the-shoulder, Carolina Herrera gown, which was custom-made for her big day.

Rossum seemed very calm about her wedding in the months leading up to it.

Speaking to E! News a few months before the big day, she said:

“The only thing that’s really important to me is that we get married and there’s some kind of party. And everything else? I won’t freak out if there’s not, like, an orange peony on the day…Like, I don’t care…There are so many more important things [sic].”

Congratulations, you two!

Cannes Film Festival 2017: Winners

The annual Cannes film festival is undoubtedly one of the most glamorous film festivals in the circuit, but it is also one of the toughest
The two-week long festival only awards films that have made an exceptional impact on its esteemed panel of judges. This year the judges panel was chaired by famed Spanish director, Pedro Almodovar.

The festival in the South of France drew to a close on Sunday, when the winners were revealed.

Palme d’Or: The Square

The biggest award of the festival, the Palme d’Or, or overall best picture, went to Swedish film, ‘The Square’ – a dark comedy satire film about the contemporary art world.

Grand Prix: 120 Beats Per Minute

The Grand Prix award is perhaps not as coveted as the Palme d’Or award, but it is nevertheless a remarkable achievement for any film.

This year’s winner, ‘120 Beats Per Minute’ is a French film by director Robin Campillo that focuses on the AIDS epidemic in Paris in the 1980s.

Jury Prize: Loveless

This year’s Jury Prize was awarded to ‘Loveless’, a Russian drama directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev.

The sombre film centers around a Moscow couple looking to find their child who disappeared, while struggling through a divorce.

Best Director: Sofia Coppola

American director, Sofia Coppola, picked up the award for Best Director, becoming the second woman in the history of the festival to do so.

She won for her directorial work in the film, ‘The Beguiled’, starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

Best Actress: Diane Kruger

German-born actress, Diane Kruger, who has made quite a name for herself in Hollywood, won the award for her role in the German film, ‘Aus dem Nichts (In The Fade)’. This was her first film where she spoke solely in her native language.

Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix won the coveted Best Actor award for his role as a former soldier turned hitman in the film, ‘You Were Never Really Here’.

Best Screenplay: Lynne Ramsay and Yorgos Lanthimos

The Best Screenplay award was shared this year between Scottish director, Lynne Ramsay, for her film ‘You Were Never Really Here’ and Greek director, Yorgos Lanthimos, for his film, ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’.

Special Prize: Nicole Kidman

Oscar-winning actress, Nicole Kidman, was awarded the jury’s Special Prize.

The award was given to her to commemorate the festival’s 70th birthday and to celebrate Kidman’s performances in various films shown at the festival.

She had four different films show at the festival this year.

3 South African Music Acts You Need to Follow

This past weekend was all about breakthrough talent at the 23rd annual South African Music Awards. In keeping with this, we thought it best to introduce you to some of South Africa’s hottest musical acts.

While they may not be household names just yet, we’re pretty confident that these underground heroes will soon be on everyone’s lips.

Rivkah Hope

Rivkah Hope describes herself as a ‘gypsy’. Her melodic folk-pop sound is a testament to her travels, and culminates in a uniquely wonderful and soothing sound.

Her latest EP, ‘Globetrotter’, which was released less than two weeks ago, has already received rave reviews.

Expect catchy pop melodies with soulful vocal and a dash of electro energy.

Listen to Rivkah Hope on SoundCloud at soundcloud.com/rivkahhope.

Wandile Mbambeni

Wandile Mbambeni is truly one of a kind.

The solo musician released his latest EP, ‘Maturation’, at the start of April and has been playing show after show since.

Mbambeni’s sound is unlike anything we’ve heard locally. Think of it as an sombre, melodic Ed Sheeran vibe with a healthy dose of eclectic jazz and groovy house sounds.

Maturation features the backing of an equally wonderful four-piece band to give his sound a full, multi-textured feeling.

Be sure to check out Wandile Mbambeni on Deezer.

Taxi Violence

While Taxi Violence is not new to the South African music scene, they have made somewhat of a come back. The band has been around since the early 2000s, and has firmly cemented themselves as one of the best rock bands in the country.

However, they have tweaked their sound ever so slightly with the release of their new EP, ‘Shape and Form 1’, which is the first in a series of conceptual EP’s from the band.

The new EP mixes the bluesy rock that Taxi Violence is known for, with more mellowed guitar sounds and lingering melodies.

While it may be a new, evolved sound, it still has the unmistakable grit of Taxi Violence.

You can listen to the first track off their new EP on SoundCloud at soundcloud.com/taxi-violence.

Nyirenda Names Chipolopolo Squad for Gabon Friendly

Zambia coach, Wedson Nyirenda, has selected his squad for the team’s upcoming international friendly against Gabon.

Chipolopolo will face off against fellow Africans, Gabon, in Libreville, the capital of Gabon, on Sunday, 4 June.

The friendly was organised in preparation for Zambia’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Mozambique on 10 June.

Many of the Zambian players have been training at the Woodlands Stadium since Monday.

“The coach has named the 23 players for the game against Gabon and this morning we had 17 in training…We are only waiting for players from Nkana who were playing in Nakonde on Saturday and could not be here on time because of the distance. Apart from those only Jonas Sakuwaha [Buildcon] and Mwila Phiri are absent [sic],” said team manager, Chris Chibuye.

The Chipolopolo squad that Nyirenda selected for the Gabon friendly includes:

GOALKEEPERS:
Allan Chibwe (Power Dynamos FC), Charles Mweemba (Lumwana Radiants FC), Kelvin Malunga (Nkana FC).

DEFENDERS:
Given Sinyangwe (Nkana FC), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes FC), Billy Mutale (Power Dynamos FC), Moonga Chilimba (Kabwe Warriors FC), Isaac Siamujomba (Nchanga Rangers FC), Donashano Malama (Nkana FC), Lawrence Chungu (Power Dynamos FC), Mwila Phiri (Green Eagles).

MIDFIELDERS:
Stanley Nshimbi (Red Arrows FC), Jackson Chirwa (Green Buffaloes FC), Collins Sikombe (Napsa Stars FC), Clatous Chama, Mwansa Nsofwa (Lusaka Dynamos FC), Godfrey Ngwenya (Power Dynamos FC), Fwayo Tembo (Power Dynamos FC).

STRIKERS:
Jonas Sakuwaha (Buildcon FC), Ignatius Luipa (Nakambala Leopards), Ronald Kampamba (Nkana FC), Justin Shonga (Nkhwazi FC), Brian Mwila (Green Buffaloes FC).

Terry Talks Desire To Move Into Management

Former Chelsea captain, John Terry, has said that one of his future ambitions in his football career is to become a manager.

Speaking to reporters after Chelsea’s FA Cup loss to Arsenal on Saturday, Terry said that he would probably not return to Wembley stadium as a player, but alluded to his future career ambitions.

“It’s probably the last time at Wembley as a player…Hopefully one day I’ll be back here as a manager, that’s the ambition. I do want to be a manager. I will press on with that regardless of what I do next,” he said.

He continued, saying that his ultimate goal is to manage a team at top level.

“I’ve learned too much not to pass that on, whether that’s initially to a younger generation or eventually at this level – the target is being at Wembley managing a top side”.

Terry announced that he would be leaving long-time club, Chelsea, back in April and announced his retirement from international football.

He has not made an official announcement over whether or not he will join another club as a player in the coming season, or if he will start working in his managerial career.

Terry made his final appearance for Chelsea during their last English Premier League game against Sunderland on May 21st. He has made a total of 717 appearances for the club, after joining them in 1998.

Arsenal Win 13th FA Cup

Arsenal proved their are still the Kings of the FA Cup, after they managed to win their 13th FA Cup in Saturday’s final against Chelsea.

While it was touch-and-go for a moment, the Gunners managed to claim victory over English Premier League champions, Chelsea, who were out for yet another win.

Arsenal scored the first goal of the match fairly early on, when Alexis Sanchez scored in the 4th minute of the game.

However, there was some controversy surrounding his goal; with a slow-motion replay of the ball alluding to a possible handball.

The action seemed to mellow after the first goal by Sanchez, and it was only in the 76th minute that Chelsea’s Diego Costa scored an equaliser.

Costa’s goal certainly put a lot of pressure on Arsenal, and it was only three minutes later that Aaron Ramsey scored Arsenal’s second goal, allowing them to become champions of the FA Cup for a record 13th time.

The FA Cup win was somewhat of a saving grace for Arsenal, who failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years this season

The Gunners’ weak performance has also put immense pressure on manager, Arsene Wenger.

Fans have called for the removal of Wenger as manager for the past few months, and the 67-year-old has yet to announce what his future plans are.

However, Wenger has been a stalwart for Arsenal in his 21 years with the club. Of the 13 FA Cup tites that Arsenal have garnered, 7 of them was won under Wenger’s management. This has also made him the greatest manager in FA Cup history.

While Wenger’s future at Arsenal is still uncertain, he did say that he was very glad that his team united for the FA Cup final, despite a very rocky season.

“This team has suffered…They’ve united and responded. They showed strength and unity and played spectacular football today…I’m proud to have won seven of these cups [sic],” he said.

India Confirms First Cases of Zika Virus

According to the World Health Organisation, India’s Health Ministry has confirmed it’s first reported cases of the Zika virus in Ahmedabad in the Gujarat state of the country.

The Ministry of Health said that there had been three confirmed cases, including one pregnant woman. They also said that all three people infected were from the Bapunagar area of the city.

The World Health Organisation said that the cases were picked up during a routine laboratory screening in the city.

However, the WHO said that the three cases they have confirmed suggests a “low transmission rate” of the Zika virus in India.

Zika, a virus transmitted by mosquitoes, was first detected in 2015, after a widespread outbreak in Brazil.

The outbreak in Brazil carried on into 2016, whereafter the disease had spread to neighbouring countries in South America, as well as other countries close to the Americas – including North America.

The disease had also spread to the Caribbean and Central America.

The outbreak in 2016 happened in August of that year, during the time of the Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. This affected people intending to travel to the South American country after health officials issued concerns over a possible worldwide health crisis.

However, no widespread infection of the disease was reported after the Olympics, and the World Health Organisation lifted the international health emergency status of the Zika virus in November 2016.

Zika is especially dangerous to pregnant women, as the disease is associated with microcephaly – a disease that causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads which affects brain development and can lead to other serious birth defects.

Egypt Attack: Army Retaliates As Death Toll Rises

Egyptian forces have attacked a jihadist training camps in Libya in retaliation to the violent attack on Egyptian Coptic Christians in Cairo on Friday afternoon.

The ambush attack on the Coptic Christians happened on Friday afternoon, when a bus carrying the people was attacked by masked men.

The bus was en route to a monastery in Cairo when the attack happened.

The attackers reportedly stormed the bus with guns and opened fire. Some survivors of the attack said that they masked men had first asked the women on the bus to give them their jewellery, after which they ordered most of the men off the bus.

One survivor said that the attackers told the men outside the bus that if they were to convert to Islam, their life would be spared. All of the men refused, and were killed outside of the bus.

Inside the bus, the attackers reportedly started shooting at random, killing men, women and children.

One of the youngest survivors, a 6-year-old boy, said that his mother had pushed him under a seat of the bus and covered him with her bag in order to hide him from the attackers.

It is believed many women tried to shield their children from the gunfire in a similar way.

The death toll of the attack has since risen to 29 and some reports suggest that at least 13 people are currently being treated in a hospital in Cairo.

Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, has strongly condemned the attack, and immediately launched a military offensive against jihadist training camps.

In a televised address to the nation, el-Sisi said that Egypt will do whatever it takes to protect its people from “evil”.

He also announced that the Egyptian military had launched airstrikes in Libya.

“Before we spoke to you today, we launched a strike against one of the camp…Egypt will not hesitate in striking terror camps anywhere, either inside [the country] or outside it [sic],” he said in his address.

el-Sisi also addressed US president, Donald Trump, whom he had just met with last week, saying that he hopes Trump will follow through in his promise to help Egypt fight terrorism.

“You have said that your priority is to confront terrorism, and I trust you are capable of doing that” he said.

This recent attack is the fourth attack on Egypt’s Christian minority since December 2016. Other reports have confirmed that the Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Lindsay Lohan Resurfaces

Guess who’s back on the red carpet?

Child actress turned international superstar, Lindsay Lohan, made her first red carpet appearance in years at the recent amfAR gala in Cannes, France, where she briefly spoke to an E! News correspondent on the red carpet and gave an update on her life.

Lindsay looked visibly shy and somewhat uncomfortable as she spoke to E! News’ Jason Kennedy, who broke the ice by asking about her dress.

“This is very overwhelming here…I haven’t really been around anything having to do with Hollywood in a long time,” she said.

Lindsay moved to London about two years ago where she has done some theatre work and small films. She told Kennedy that she was about to start filming a British comedy film called ‘Sick Note’ which also stars ‘Harry Potter’ star, Rupert Grint.

Lindsay also mentioned that she now spends her time between London and Dubai.

When asked whether she misses the spotlight of Hollywood, Lindsay said that she enjoys what she is doing now, which is spending time with people who are important to her.

“I miss it but at the same time, I’m creating a bunch of different things on my own so I want to focus on what I’m doing…I think there’s a lot of noise that we deal with…So I’ve found a kind of peace…in life with working with children, helping other people that really interest me and I think it’s important for us to recognize that all of this stuff is really fun and really pretty and really glamorous and beautiful, but you have to take time for you,” she said.

Miranda Kerr & Evan Spiegel Are Officially Married

Supermodel, Miranda Kerr, has officially tied the knot with Snapchat founder, Evan Spiegel, in a ceremony in the couple’s backyard of their home in Brentwood, Los Angeles.

According to sources, the wedding was kept very small, with only the couple’s closest friends and family attending the ceremony.

The couple’s beautiful and lush garden was transformed into the most beautiful wedding space, with those that attended calling it ‘magical’.

Old, farmhouse tables were used for the reception and the entire space was decorated with pink and white roses.

Miranda’s 6-year-old son, Flynn, who’s father is Miranda’s ex-husband Orlando Bloom, was said to be so excited about the wedding and danced and played around as his mother said ‘I do’ to her beau.

As for the musical performances, Evan and Miranda definitely did not skimp.

Guests were entertained by a string orchestra, as well as big names such as Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz, who performed his famous song, ‘I’m Yours’.

The bride herself also took a turn on the stage, performing Shania Twain’s hit, ‘You’re Still The One’. One guest revealed that Miranda sounded amazing and that she managed to ‘hit all the high notes’.

Congratulations to the gorgeous couple!