Nia Vardalos

Nia Vardalos

Nia Vardalos is finally shooting the sequel for the much loved Greek comedy ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ and she has been tweeting about it to all her fans!

13 years after the original film Nia is now ready to film the sequel with a new and fresh script. The first movie was the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time and even won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

In the movie, a young Greek woman, Toula Portokalos falls in love with a non-Greek (a xeno) and had to confront her extended family who struggle to accept him.

We have no information at the time of what the sequel’s script will entail, but Vardalos announced that “the entire big fat family is invited back for the sequel.”

Just 9 hours ago, the beloved Greek actress and screenwriter tweeted a picture with her long-time friend Joey Fatone, ex-member of N Sync, with the hashtag ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’.

The two of them were formally dressed. Joey, who plays Toula’s cousin Angelo, wore a white tuxedo with a black bow tie. Although the script hasn’t been released yet we can only assume that there will be another wedding in this movie as well.

Kirk Jones will direct the film and this time Alex Wolf, the famous American Nickelodeon star, is rumoured to be the “center of a Portokalos family secret that will bring everyone back together for an even bigger — and Greeker — wedding.”

Tom Hankd and Gary Goetzman will be Nia’s producers once again and this time they are expecting an even bigger success. A month ago Vardalos reported that she finally felt right to make a sequel and the fans can’t wait.

The movie will be released next spring on the 25 of March 2016.


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Woody Allen

Woody Allen

The world famous writer and director Woody Allen was spotted in Cannes promoting his new movie ‘Irrational Man’ with Emma Stone and Parker Posey, however it appeared that he preferred to talk about Greece instead of own his film.

During the press conference he expressed his discontentment about the ongoing economic situation in Greece. The creator of ‘Annie Hall’ and ‘Vicky, Christina, Barcelona’ seemed to be well-informed not only about the ancient Greek history but also about the current high unemployment rate.

Woody Allen said: “It is horrible. Every day I open the paper and read about Greece’s disaster. In the birthplace of tragedy, philosophy, sciences and democracy. We read that it will soon leave Europe and the euro. That unemployment has reached nightmarish levels and that the end is coming soon. It’s a pity. Instead of Plato and Socrates, all of us who have no idea about economy, read these creepy things. It’s a pity.”

The famous director also revealed that he would like to shoot a film in Greece; especially in Athens since the city has great historic value.

Woody Allen is madly in love with the European culture and history and he has directed movies all over Europe. Despite his passion for Greece he is hesitant to shoot a film under the Acropolis because he would like to have financial support from the Greek government.

“Of course I would like to make a movie in Athens. Provided that the [Greek] authorities will contribute to financing the production. As has happened with all the films I shot in London, Paris, Madrid and Rome. Besides, I have visited Athens in the past” he added.

Since 2013 both American and Greek media spread rumours that Woody Allen’s next movie will be in Greece. Some sources claim that the director was inspired by the economic and humanitarian crisis and he envisioned his film to be shot in Plaka, the picturesque area under Acropolis. The rumours included Brad Pitt and Penelope Cruz who were predicted to be in the cast.

It would be a perfect opportunity to promote tourism in Greece and show a different side of the city, apart from it being the centre of economic crisis. “Instead of Plato and Socrates, we read about Greece’s economic disaster,” added the famous director.

Although the scenario with Brad Pitt and Penelope Cruz shooting a film in Athens looks almost impossible for now, we shouldn’t lose hope since it appears Woody Allen is still interested in pursuing the film.


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BBC Radio

BBC Radio

If you are wondering what the ultimate Eurovision song of all time is, BBC radio 2 has the answer.

Helena Paparizou and her song ‘My Number One’ was voted as the all-time favourite in a BBC poll. The song competed against the other 60 winners of the competition and Paparizou succeed, taking first place once again.

10 years after its release ‘My Number One’, the song that took Europe by storm in 2005, proved to be the most popular of all the Eurovision songs ever.

Abba’s ‘Waterloo’ landed second despite Abba’s still very active fan base.

BBC Radio 2 noted: “This was Greece’s first ever victory in the competition back in 2005 and it actually led to mass celebrations on the streets of Athens. After the show, nationals descended on the streets to wave their flags and sing her song. The folk-dance love song then went on to gain top 40 chart positions in countries across the world, was later covered by a heavy metal band and was even featured as a soundtrack in a karaoke video game.”

Helena, singer and songwriter, was a member of the group Antique which became extremely popular after their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2001 with the half-Greek half-English song ‘Die for you’.

As of late, Paparizou has released her new song ‘Angel’ and once again her fans are responding enthusiastically, with more than 20 thousand views already, the song is promising to be another great hit.

Listen to Helena’s latest hit here:


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It has been announced that Jennifer Aniston plans to share her kitchen secrets with her fans. The globally admired actress considers herself an alchemist because she can combine healthy food with great taste. Her Greek roots combined with her love for the Mediterranean diet make her an expert in cooking.

Cookbook

Jen’s Insagram Salad

“I would like to do a lifestyle thing, for people who struggle with dieting,” said Jennifer, “I could just make anything for a diet taste delicious.”

“I’m a good alchemist,” she continued in an interview with Yahoo Beauty. “I can mix certain things together that are all very healthy, but you don’t feel like you’re depriving yourself in any way.”

It is not very surprising that Jen knows how to eat healthy. We can see from her Instagram account that she doesn’t try to stick to a strict diet but to eat small healthy meals regularly.

Recently she shared a picture of the favourite salad (right) that was consisted of bulgar, cucumbers, parsley, mint, red onion, garbanzo beans, feta cheese, & pistachios.

Kathy Kaehler, when talking about the actress commented: “Jen would never sit there and eat an entire pack of cookies, but she would have one if she really fancies it and savour every bite.”


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Με δύο γκολ του Κώστα Κατσουράνη (41`,61`), ο Ατρόμητος νίκησε την Κυριακή με 2-0 τον Παναθηναϊκό στο Περιστέρι για την 6η και τελευταία αγωνιστική των πλέι οφ της Σούπερ Λίγκας.

ΠΟΔΟΣΦΑΙΡΟ SUPER LEAGUE AΤΡΟΜΗΤΟΣ-ΠΑΟ

Έτσι, η ομάδα του Νίκου Νιόπλια κατέκτησε την τρίτη θέση στην τελική κατάταξη και θα ξεκινήσει τις ευρωπαϊκές της υποχρεώσεις από τον Γ` προκριματικό του Europa League.

Χωρίς κόστος ήταν η πρώτη ήττα στα πλέι οφ για τον Παναθηναϊκό, αφού είχε εξασφαλίσει εδώ και αρκετό καιρό την πρωτιά και τη συμμετοχή στους προκριματικούς του Champions League.

Εξάλλου, ραντεβού στα αστέρια του Europa League, έδωσε ο Αστέρας Τρίπολης. Η ομάδα της Αρκαδίας νίκησε 1-0 τον ΠΑΟΚ στην τελευταία αγωνιστική των πλέι οφ και εξασφάλισε τη δεύτερη προνομιούχο θέση, που σημαίνει απευθείας συμμετοχή στους ομίλους της δεύτερης τη τάξει ευρωπαϊκής διοργάνωσης.

Το “χρυσό” γκολ πέτυχε ο Ματίας Ιγκλέσιας. Καταστροφικά ολοκληρώνεται η σεζόν για τον ΠΑΟΚ, που είναι αναγκασμένος να ξεκινήσει από τον Β` προκριματικό του Europa League στις 16 Ιουλίου.


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The Cypriot community is effectively a bystander in British politics, when other ethnic communities are doubling numbers in Parliament and across British politics.  This general election saw a record number of (British Minority Ethnic) BME politicians elected to Parliament, with eight new BME MPs coming from Labour, seven from the Conservatives, and one SNP.  Ten new BME female MPs have been returned to the House of Commons.  None of them Cypriots.  The number BME MP’s is up to 41 from 25 in 2010.

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According to John Kaponi  National (pictured above) Chairman of  ‘Future  Cyprus’, an organisation aiming to promote Cypriots in British public life,  “It’s now time the UK Cypriot community started to look at itself very closely and understand that without political muscle the “Cypriot community” will not be able to protect its interests and issues.  We therefore call on Cypriot associations and organisations to sign up to be members of British political parties and participate in local and national British politics.”

 The General election results saw the return to Parliament by some of the Cypriot community strongest friends; but at the same time failed to bring back people like Nick De Bois, a tireless supporter of the Cypriots in London.  Cyprus Future played an active role across London and the South East of England encouraging as many Cypriots to vote in the general election. Some of the efforts worked, but on the whole the community did not play the role it should have at these very important elections.

 The biggest problem that Cyprus Future has identified, and this applies to all political parties, is the lack of Cypriots affiliated to British political parties.  This has unfortunately meant that very few, if any Cypriots are active politically at local, national and European levels, which directly affects the influence the community has in British politics. It is a known fact that some of the older generation of British Cypriots  are members of political parties from Cyprus instead of British political parties.

 An example of the lack of involvement in “main-stream” politics was seen starkly at the canvassing, leafleting, phone calling, emailing, talking to residents on the doorstep and manning stalls sessions of all the main parties in London.  With a handful of Cypriots out knocking doors, our “friends” who looked during the campaign  to see who their friends are, were clearly disappointed by the same old faces turning up.  More must be done to encourage more Cypriots to be actively involved in British politics.

 John Kaponi said, “What is more worrying is that with elections now expected in 2016 for the London Mayoralty and London Assembly, the EU referendum in 2017, “the Cypriot community” must play its role and should be looking to be players, and not spectators which is what we will be, bystanders in the democratic process.  Does the community feel comfortable with the fact that the Cypriots do not have any representatives in the House of Commons, no representatives in the House of Lords, no representatives in the European Parliament or the London Assembly?  How long can this continue?”


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Naya

Naya

The Greek independent record label The Spicy Effect has uploaded the song ‘Min Akous Kanenan’ from a new upcoming artist named Naya. The greek media has reported that Naya is already a well-known dancer and some claim that she might be one of the top dancers in Greece.

The song ‘Min Akous Kanenan’ is written by Gavriil Gavriilidis and a music video will be available very soon.

Yiannis Papadakos, who has directed videos for Sakis Rouvas , Kostas Martakis and Onirama, is going to be the director for this new artist’s video.

The label that signed Despina Vandi, Thanos Petrelis, Mater Tempo, Lena Papadopoulou and Eleni Hatzidou is now promoting this new star and the YouTube comment feedback is rather enthusiastic.

Efforts from the label to provide the best songwriter and director signifies that Naya is here to stay. The singer who has been an enigmatic figure since she was introduced to the public last May, when she appeared on the red Carpet of Madwalk 2015, has now excited fans with her first audio piece.

It is known that Phoebus, the owner of The Spicy Effect label, is always trying to find new talents and Naya just might be their next big star.

The girl with the white hair and tattoos has already attracted a lot of attention on social media and while we have to wait for her to release her first music video, the song is out and ready for public ears:


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Greek Island

Greek Island

Hollywood’s power couple is rumoured to be in love with the hot Mediterranean summer and are now looking to buy a Greek island.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, according to many American news outlets, are reportedly considering purchasing a £3 million private island.

A source close to the couple said: “Angie fell in love with it. It will need development, but at that price they’ll have no problem building the vacation home of their dreams.”

The island that stole Angie’s heart is called Gaia and is located in the Ionian Sea. It is 43 acres (17.5 Ha) in size, with approval to build 6 villas and permission to subdivide into 6 plots.

Brad and Angelina

Brad and Angelina

The island is part of the Echinades and it is the perfect destination for water sports, sailing, fishing, deep sea diving and swimming. Brad and Angelina, both being sports fanatics,would love to practise their swimming skills in the deep blue waters of the Ionian Sea.

The couple has six children and seeks a private destination in which they can enjoy some quality time with their family. Another source adds: “The kids would finally be able to run around freely without worrying about paparazzi.”

Brangelina has recently put back on the market their lavish mansion in New Orleans for 6.5 million dollars and yesterday they were spotted in France with their six kids taking a domestic flight to Nice in Economy class. Leaving us to assume the couple is saving up for this next investment.


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Get Ur Greek On 20th June 2015 A3 portrait

@ Olympus Night Club

On Saturday the 20th June, Olympus Nightclub opens it’s doors with it’s grand opening party “GET UR GREEK ON”. 

Come down to the plush new club OLYMPUS in wood green!

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ATTRACTIONS
– Top Greek DJs
– Greek Themed Architextural decor
– Large screens with Greek music videos
– Live percussion and violin
– Late license til 4am
– Large dancefloor
Bring your dancing shoes… kai Ela Na Xorepsoume!

Entrance: Only £10 before midnight!
For advance tickets email: praxis.yapsody.com

Contact: 0203 393 4348 or email info@praxisentertainment.co.uk

Address: 9a The Broadway, Wood Green, N22 6DS London, United Kingdom


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Ενας εντυπωσιακός Ατρόμητος νίκησε χθες 1-0 τον ΠΑΟΚ στην Τούμπα και διεκδικεί πλέον τη δεύτερη θέση των πλέι οφ που οδηγεί απευθείας στους ομίλους του Γιουρόπα Λιγκ.

ΠΟΔΟΣΦΑΙΡΟ ΣΟΥΠΕΡ ΛΙΓΚΑ ΠΑΟΚ ΑΤΡΟΜΗΤΟΣ

Ο αγώνας ήταν στο πλαίσιο της 5ης και προτελευταίας αγωνιστικής των πλέι οφ και το μοναδικό γκολ σημείωσε ο Καραμάνος στο 45ο λεπτό.

Στον άλλο αγώνα Παναθηναϊκός και Αστέρας έμειναν στο 0-0 με τους Αρκάδες να παραμένουν στη δεύτερη θέση και να κρατούν την τύχη τους στα χέρια τους.

Στο μεταξύ, ο Ηρακλής επιστρέφει στα σαλόνια της Σούπερ Λιγκ μετά από τέσσερα χρόνια καθώς χθες με το 1-1 που απέσπασε από την Παναχαϊκή, εξασφάλισε και μαθηματικά την επιστροφή στην πρώτη κατηγορία για πρώτη φορά μετά το 2011.

Ο Λουκίνας στο 7` έδωσε το προβάδισμα στον Ηρακλή, ενώ ισοφάρισε ο Αναστασόπουλος στο 28`. Στο Αλκαζάρ η ΑΕΛ με εξαιρετική εμφάνιση νίκησε εύκολα 3-0 (37`,40` Πίντο, 81` Σαρακατσάνος) τον Ολυμπιακό Βόλου και εξακολουθεί να ελπίζει για την κατάκτηση της τρίτης θέσης, που ίσως αποδειχθεί πολύτιμη.


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