Blog Posts by Soraya Roberts

  • British teen Charlie Jones goes viral thanks to ‘Belieber For Life’ song

    How do you get your girlfriend to stop fantasizing about Justin Bieber? Become him.

    Charlie Jones, a 14-year-old British singer-songwriter, has gone viral by turning his girlfriend's obsession with the Canadian pop star into his own hit tune, "Belieber for Life."

    The song only went up on YouTube in April (iTunes started selling it last week) and already has more than 300,000 views. Reminiscent of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful," the track has Jones singing lyrics like, "She's a Belieber/And I couldn't keep her if I tried/She loves Justin Bieber/And maybe one day' she'll be his wife."

    The song has already caught the Biebs' attention -- well, his manager's attention, anyway. Scooter Braun recently tweeted a link to Jones' song and the message, "@derekhough just sent me this song because he said he relates :)"

    Jones, who writes his own songs and has also uploaded a number of covers to his YouTube page, spoke to the U.K. website News Shopper last week about his newfound fame

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  • Avril Lavigne really needs a how-to guide on meet-and-greets with fans

    She may not have thrown cupcakes at them, but the way Avril Lavigne interacted with her fans at a recent meet-and-greet is still receiving plenty of criticism. The "Hello Kitty" singer reportedly charged her Brazilian fans $400 each (and that's on top of the concert ticket price) to take photos with her after a recent concert in Brazil. And the kicker? The "lucky" fans were instructed not to touch or talk to Lavigne, either.

    Photos dubbed "awkward" by much of the media depict Lavigne's fans trying to make the best of the situation, smiling and leaning in as the Canadian pop star poses a respectable distance away.

    Lavigne could learn a thing or two from other stars who embrace the fan meet-and-greet. Here are a few tips from some of her celebrity peers:

    Be affectionate

    Justin Bieber kisses one of his young fans.

    Take fellow Ontarian Justin Bieber: The 20-year-old "Boyfriend" singer has built his fame on his close relationship with his fans. The Biebs does not shrink away from his supporters; instead, he pounces on them, giving

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  • Andrew Garfield sings the ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ theme song with Jimmy Fallon

    Look Out! Here comes the Spider-Man — and he's singing! Andrew Garfield appeared on "The Tonight Show" on Thursday night to promote "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," and the actor surprised the audience by strumming the franchise's theme song on a guitar while singing with a pretty great voice.

    "This is the first time I have ever sung in public," Garfield said, before playing an acoustic version of the tune as host Jimmy Fallon joined in on the tambourine and The Roots played backup.

    But that is not entirely true. The 30-year-old British star has sung in the past, with varying levels of success. In 2012, Garfield and his girlfriend (and "Amazing Spider-Man" co-star) Emma Stone sang a rather out-of-tune ditty to promote the first installment in the franchise before dissolving into giggles.

    Back in 2010 in an interview with ABC, Garfield was being interviewed about his movie "Never Let Me Go" when he broke into the infamous "Bed Intruder Song."

    "Oh no, guys, this is bad," Garfield said,

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  • Jason Priestley spills about Shannen Doherty’s bad behaviour on ‘Beverly Hills, 90210′

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    Brandon and Brenda Walsh always seemed to have a pretty solid relationship on "Beverly Hills, 90210," but offscreen, the relationship between Jason Priestley and Shannen Doherty was a little more volatile.

    In his new tell-all, "Jason Priestley: A Memoir," which hits shelves on May 6, Priestley joins the chorus of cast members who have spoken out against Doherty's on-set behaviour during the '90s teen drama. In an excerpt obtained by Us Weekly, he discusses the duo being sent on a private jet to New York to meet with advertisers.

    "I could not believe my ears at Shannen's very first words after she boarded," Priestley writes. "Her butt had barely hit her seat before she said loudly to the PR person, 'Really? A town car? You send a town car to take me to the airport, not a limo?' She sighed a very put-upon sigh. I laughed, as I couldn't really tell if Shannen was kidding or not."

    Priestley added that Doherty then complained "about the short notice and the food on board and the temperature in the cabin and everything else."

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  • David Spade explains why he didn’t attend Chris Farley’s funeral in 1997

    Chris Farley and David Spade in 1993 (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

    David Spade today (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

    David Spade may be a comedian, but there wasn't much to laugh about in his recent Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. The 49-year-old "Grown Ups 2" star was promoting his upcoming special on Comedy Central, but the Q&A took a somber turn when Spade was asked about his favourite memory of his friend and "Saturday Night Live" co-star Chris Farley, who died of a drug overdose in 1997 at the age of 33.

    Asked about his favourite memory of Farley, Spade said,

    "I think about him all the time." He then went on to explain why he chose not to attend Farley's funeral, which some saw as a sign of disrespect to his longtime friend and acting partner.

    "We had such a good time for so long, and we were crammed together for so long, that we did have our squabbles," Spade admitted. "But I think people misunderstood me not going to that funeral. It was nothing about that; it was just too ... emotional, and I wouldn't be able to handle it."

    The actor also shared two stories about Farley, one being an

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  • 'Mean Girls' stars commemorate the film's 10th anniversary on Instagram

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    Tina Fey has nixed the idea of a "Mean Girls" reunion ("At most it would be like a panel discussion with a plate of hot wings," she told Access Hollywood in March), but the film's cast still celebrated the film's 10th anniversary on Wednesday.

    Lindsay Lohan, who starred as Cady, posted a drawing to Instagram, inspired by a a scene from the film, showing Damian among a sea of heads with the words, "She Doesn't Even Go Here" beneath it. She captioned it, "He has a point #happybirthday #10years #MeanGirls"

    She later posted another image from the film, of the plastics in their Pink Wednesday outfits, alongside a photo of a woman wearing the T-shirt with the words, "On Wednesdays We Wear Pink."

    Danny Franzese, who played Cady's pal Damian in the film, posted a photo to Instagram of a friend dressed in drag as a Plastic from a 10th anniversary party at Roscoe's Tavern in Chicago. "Had the grool-est time," he captioned it.

    Meanwhile, Amanda Seyfried, who played Plastic Karen, took the

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  • Who should Prince Harry date next? Our top five choices

    Reports suggest Prince Harry has split up with his girlfriend, Cressida Bonas. (Getty Images)
    George Clooney may be off the market, but Prince Harry is back on it. The 29-year-old royal and socialite Cressida Bonas, 25, have reportedly broken up after two years together.

    "It's very sad that they have decided to split," a Bonas family source told Us Weekly. "It's very amicable, but they have decided to go their separate ways."

    While a palace official would not comment, another source told the magazine that they didn't think the split would last. "Harry is the type to want to take breathers and then try again," the source said.

    But this "breather" provides ample opportunity for another woman to catch his eye. And with Harry (along with Prince William) reportedly travelling to the U.S. for a wedding this week, we have some suggestions for the gals who may want to brush off their glass slippers.

    Getty ImagesJennifer Lawrence
    Ok, so she's already dating Nicholas Hoult, another Brit. But Jennifer Lawrence has already caught Prince Harry's eye. In 2013, a source told Perez Hilton, "Harry thinks

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  • Ellen Page opens up about coming out

    Ellen Page on the June 2014 cover of Flare.

    On Valentine's Day, Canadian actress Ellen Page took the stage at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Time to Thrive conference and delivered an eight-minute speech in which she proclaimed, "I'm here today because I'm gay."

    Now, the Halifax native and star of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" opens up even more in the June issue of Flare, discussing in-depth her life in and out of the closet. Here are five things we learned about the 27-year-old:

    Her coming out speech was "meticulously" planned
    Though the actress appeared fairly relaxed on stage, her words were carefully planned out by her manager, the HRC foundation, and Page herself. "Page wanted her announcement to be aligned with a cause, ideally one having to do with LGBTQ youth," Flare reports.

    She was itching to make a statement
    Page noted in her speech that she was “tired of lying by omission" — in fact, she was impatient to come out. “The more time went by, the more something just happened, an 'Oh, my God — I want to love someone

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  • Betty White: I want Meryl Streep or Julie Andrews to play me in my biopic

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    Most of us want to be Betty White, but the woman herself has only given Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews her blessing. Taking part in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session on Monday, the 92-year-old star was asked who she could "envision" playing her in a biopic of her life.

    "I would love it if it were Meryl Streep or Julie Andrews but they would probably cast someone like Chris Rock," White responded, before adding that if she starred in a biopic about someone else, she "would want to play Jane Goodall."

    The animal lover, known for her ageless sense of humour, brought some trademark sass to the social networking site in her lengthy Q&A session. Here are her brassiest answers:

    What was it like to perform a live version of 'The Golden Girls' for the Queen of England?
    "It was very exciting. The Queen was lovely," White said. "We were told not to address her unless we were addressed. She was up in a box and she came down on stage after with Princess Anne. She said, 'Lovely, pretty girls.' I

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  • ‘MasterChef Canada’ champion Eric Chong is the youngest in franchise history

    Eric Chong was just 21 when he was crowned the winner of "MasterChef Canada." (CTV)

    One thing is for sure: Eric Chong is definitely the first winner of "MasterChef Canada." But on top of that, Chong is also "pretty sure" that winning the show at age 21 means he is the youngest victor the entire "MasterChef" franchise has ever seen. And indeed, he is.

    On Monday night's finale of the CTV competition series, the chemical engineer from Oakville, Ont., won the $100,000 prize — and served Toronto competitor Marida Mohammed her just desserts, so to speak.

    "Being only 21 [when I won], I'm pretty sure I'm the youngest MasterChef in the world, excluding 'MasterChef Junior,' of course," said Chong, who is now 22. "I don't think it's a bad thing I'm young because I can actually fulfill a full career being in the culinary industry."

    Of course, "MasterChef" has seen other young victors.

    Whitney Miller. (Fox)

    There was Whitney Miller, who won the first season of "Masterchef." In 2010, the 22-year-old college student from Mississippi won the series, taking home $250,000 and a publishing deal. She's now

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