TODAY’S HEADLINES

From Oscars to Sundance, Sharma and Revolori discuss India’s ‘Umrika’15-Jan-28, 9:18 PM | ReutersThe star of 'Life of Pi' and the star of 'Budapest Hotel' team up in the only Indian entry at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Kat Alano preaches the healing powers of marijuana15-Jan-28, 4:39 PM | By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.comThe controversial radio and television personality has also tapped the equally controversial lawyer, Ferdinand Topacio, as her legal counsel.

Ai-Ai de las Alas is first local artist to perform at The Theatre at Solaire15-Jan-28, 4:05 PM | InterAksyon.comOut of respect for the state-of-the-art venue, she just might deliver her opening spiel in highfalutin English and then switch to Tagalog as soon as her nose bleeds.

‘Frozen’ heats up Japan box office in 201415-Jan-28, 11:17 AM | ReutersKnown in Japan as 'Anna and the Snow Queen', the Disney hit took in 25.5 billion yen ($216 million), becoming the third biggest movie of all time in Japan.

Taylor Swift says Twitter, Instagram accounts were hacked15-Jan-28, 10:02 AM | ReutersThe apparent hacking of Swift's accounts came as Facebook, the world's largest social network, experienced a wide outage on Tuesday.

MJ Lastimosa posts photo of Pinoy-made red gown after Miss Universe pageant15-Jan-28, 8:55 AM | By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.comSources said MJ wanted to wear a Leo Almodal gown during the pageant and not Alfredo Barraza's white gown that reportedly got low marks from the judges.

BREAKING NEWS as of 15-Jan-28, 8:10 PM

Bb. Pilipinas beauties applaud MJ Lastimosa’s Miss Universe stint15-Jan-27, 6:00 PM | By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.comNone of them addressed the charges of sabotage being thrown against Binibining Pilipinas madam Stella Marquez Araneta.

THIS MJ IS NOT PINAY | Kaci Fennell says she has no Filipino blood15-Jan-27, 4:15 PM | By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.comNope, her mother is not Filipina. 'I am a born and bred Jamaican with French, Indian, English and black roots,' she said on Instagram back in August.

Sundance flick exposes ‘Wild West’ of teen porn15-Jan-27, 2:58 PM | By Michael Thurston, Agence France-Presse'Hot Girls Wanted' exposes the grim world of teen porn, in which thousands of 18- and 19-year-old girls have sex on camera for money

‘Selma’ director to make Hurricane Katrina film15-Jan-27, 12:58 PM | ReutersAva DuVernay will write, produce and direct a feature film set during the time of the 2005 hurricane that deluged the city of New Orleans.

New York clinic that treated comic Joan Rivers sued over her death15-Jan-27, 9:02 AM | ReutersRivers, who was 81, suffered cardiac arrest during an examination of her throat and vocal cords at the Yorkville Endoscopy Center last year.

Sam Smith credits Tom Petty for hit ‘Stay With Me’15-Jan-27, 8:48 AM | By Marc Burleigh, Agence France-PresseThe British singer has acknowledged similarities of his ballad with Petty's 1989 song 'I Won't Back Down', but insists they are coincidental.

Pageant fans blame MJ Lastimosa’s loss on Colombian-made gowns15-Jan-26, 3:38 PM | By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.comMuch of the blame is being heaped on the gowns' creator, Alfredo Barraza, and his patron, Binibining Pilipinas pageant director Stella Marquez Araneta.

Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is Miss Universe 201415-Jan-26, 1:45 PM | By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.comThe 22-year-old business student bested 87 other hopefuls in Doral, Florida on Sunday. The Philippines' bet, Mary Jean Lastimosa, finished in the Top 10.

‘Birdman’ soars to victory in Oscars bellwether15-Jan-26, 12:49 PM | By Rob Woollard, Agence France-PresseThe dark comedy bagged the top prize at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards, a barometer of likely success at the all-important Academy Awards.

Arena rockers Toto in new album after nine years15-Jan-26, 8:10 AM | Agence France-PresseThe band also announced a European tour, starting in Glasgow on May 21, with tours of North America and Asia later this year.

Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’ continues as U.S. box office juggernaut15-Jan-26, 7:37 AM | By Chris Michaud, ReutersThe film has now taken in more than $200 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters since opening wide on Jan. 16.

Rihanna goes acoustic with Paul McCartney, Kanye West15-Jan-25, 11:05 PM | Agence France-Presse'FourFiveSeconds' features her signature robust voice but has a minimal backdrop of McCartney's guitar strumming and Kanye's rapping.

‘Birdman’ takes lead as Oscar favorite with Producers Award15-Jan-25, 10:33 PM | By Mary Milliken, ReutersIt beat nine other films, including 'Boyhood' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel', to take the Producers Guild of America award for outstanding producer of a motion picture.

Philippines vs. Colombia showdown looms in Miss Universe15-Jan-25, 8:05 PM | By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.comMJ Lastimosa and Paulina Vega are the top 2 picks of Missosology.org, and they also figure as favorites in most other forecasts.

Stella Marquez Araneta says local designs ‘no good’ for Miss Universe PH candidates15-Jan-25, 3:06 PM | By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.comThe founding madam of Binibining Pilipinas Charities said the national costume competition is not about authenticity but 'attention-grabbing artistic interpretation'.

Group says ‘American Sniper’ film spurs threats against Muslims15-Jan-25, 8:22 AM | By Mark Guarino, ReutersThe American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee said in a letter that its members had become targets of 'violent threats' as a result of the film.

Saab Magalona ties knot with musician-bandmate Jim Bacarro15-Jan-24, 6:59 PM | By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.comThe bride and the groom are both members of the alternative band Cheats.

Ruffa Gutierrez echoes call to let PH designers dress Miss Universe PH15-Jan-24, 11:18 AM | By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.comWardrobe issues aside, Ruffa believes MJ Lastimosa has an excellent chance of winning the crown that has eluded the country for over 40 years.