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Celebrities | June 30, 2011 [ 8:06 ]

Jim Carrey visits Machu Picchu Thursday


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Jim Carrey. (Photo: Reuters)

Actor Jim Carrey, star of blockbuster films the Mask, the Grinch and Mr. Popper's Penguins, arrived Wednesday in Lima and immediately traveled to Cusco to visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the seven new wonders of the world.

The winner of two Golden Globes for Best Actor in Man on the Moon and the Truman Show would not give statements to the press and, as a broadcaster reported, he is staying at the exclusive Hotel Monasterio, located two blocks from the Plaza in Cusco.

The Hollywood star tweeted some details of his visit accompanied by two photographs taken from the plane.

"Here I will look for ancient civilizations and decipher the origins of the Incas, who built Machu Picchu," he said. "What is Machu Picchu? I have the intention to climb to the top," he wrote on his Twitter account.

The actor of 49 years arrived in Cusco a week before the centennial celebration of the discovery Machu Picchu, an event attributed to the American explorer Hiram Bingham supported by National Geographic.

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Celebrities | June 23, 2011 [ 12:16 ]

Jaime Bayly opens personal Facebook account


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Controversial Peruvian writer and journalist Jaime Bayly. (Photo: Living in Peru archive)

Silvia Núñez del Arco announced on Facebook that her husband, Jaime Bayly, just opened his own personal account on the popular social network.

Previously the writer had pages that fans could "like" but not a personal account in which the controversial writer could "befriend" his fans. In addition to his newly opened account, there are several accounts under the name "Jaime Bayly," posing as the writer.

In just hours, Bayly received hundreds of greetings. So far he has more than 2,000 friends, reports El Comercio.

In the basic information section of his account, the journalist and writer says he is a "proven fool, loser and happy man."

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Celebrities | June 22, 2011 [ 19:35 ]

Mario Vargas Llosa receives honorary degree from the University of Tokyo


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Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa. (Photo: Living in Peru archive)

Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa received an honorary degree Wednesday from the University of Tokyo.

I never imagined that my books would break the barriers of language" or that "could reach Japan," Vargas Llosa told La Républica.

In the middle of his speech, he highlighted the influence of the Japanese in Peru as contributors to the mosaic of cultures that identify the country.

Vargas Llosa is the first writer to receive the "Honoris Causa" from the University of Tokyo.

The writer is in Japan for five days, during which he will participate in various cultural and academic promotions of Spanish language and Spanish culture.

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Celebrities | June 20, 2011 [ 13:29 ]

Nine bullets found at the door of Peruvian singer Dina Paucar


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Dina Páucar has recently been in the news for her role in the new Marca Perú video filmed in Nebraska.

Extortionists continue wreaking havoc in Lima. This time the victim was the singer Dina Páucar, who on Friday found ammunition for firearms at the door of her home, reports El Comercio.

As reported by local media, the employee of the folklorist, Soledad Espinar Cave opened the door of the home located in the Sol de La Molina neighborhood at 8:15 a.m., on her way to the store. She soon after noticed the presence of nine rounds of bullets on the ground.

Upon hearing what happened, Pedro Rubén Sánchez, the artist's husband, reported the incident to the police.

Páucar declined to give a statement to the press. Police officers investigating the case said that the act may be one of extortion.

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Celebrities | June 15, 2011 [ 7:56 ]

Pisco Portón co-stars in Shakira's new music video


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Pisco Portón in Shakira's new music video. (Photo: Screenshot)

Pisco Portón, a flavorful and full-bodied new ultra-premium white spirit, was selected to appear in Shakira’s new music video for the song "Rabiosa."

Pisco Portón is handcrafted in small batches at Hacienda La Caravedo in Ica, Peru, the oldest working distillery in the Americas, utilizing centuries-old distilling methods in combination with proprietary, state-of-the-art technologies.

According to their website, Pisco Portón producers were pleased with the selection as "Shakira is a true South American artist that embodies passion, style and energy; traits we admire and share."

Just after the 1:00 minute mark, the video shows five bottles of Pisco Portón, made from a blend of grapes (Quebranta, Albilla and Torontel) each chosen for their contribution to the delicate nose, complex body and smooth finish of the spirit.

Watch a video interview with Pisco Portón's master distiller Johnny Schuler.

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Celebrities | June 14, 2011 [ 12:51 ]

Mario Testino photographs Emma Watson for Vogue


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Emma Watson on the cover of Vogue in a photo taken by Mario Testino. (Photo: Internet)

If Prince William and wife Kate weren't enough, Peruvian photographer Mario Testino recently photographed "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson for Vogue's July 2011 issue, Andina reports.

The 21-year-old actress teamed up once again with Testino for a special photo shoot that reveals a glamorous Emma wearing a bold red lipstick and sexy slicked hairstyle.

Inside the magazine, Watson talks about her struggle to mix education and work, her fashion projects, but also about her love for painting, her romantic side and finding the right man.

She was only 9 years old when she was taken to audition for producer David Heyman. In just a few minutes her life changed completely and she became world-famous for the role of Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" series.

Now Emma Watson is one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. The 21-year-old actress strikes a glamorous pose for Vogue magazine July 2011, in the U.S. edition, shot by renowned photographer Mario Testino. In the cover story, Emma opens up and talks about her education, career and her struggle to balance the two, about her "Harry Potter" co-star Daniel Radcliffe, but also about her fashion collaborations and her romantic character.

"I’m a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love — and it being more important and special than anything and everything else," Watson told Vogue.

And when she meets the perfect man, she wants to keep their relationship away from the public eye. Well, at least she hopes so. "I would love to not date someone in the same industry as me. Otherwise it becomes what it means to everyone else," she says.

Until now, her life has been constantly in the spotlight. "I have had no control over my life. I have lived in a complete bubble. They found me and picked me for the part. And now I’m desperately trying to find my way through it," she confesses.

The young actress has struggled to combine education and career. "I have felt for the last ten years I have had this battle; I’ve been fighting so hard to have an education. It’s been this uphill struggle. I was Warner Bros.’ pain in the butt. I was their scheduling conflict. I was the one who made life difficult. I just realized at one point that I can’t fight everything. I have to move in the direction of it — and go with it," Watson said.

See Vogue's behind-the-scenes video with Watson and Testino

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Celebrities | May 31, 2011 [ 9:42 ]

Mario Testino will photograph wedding of Kate Moss


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Supermodel Kate Moss has roped in Peruvian fashion photographer Mario Testino to be the official photographer at her wedding to The Kills' guitarist Jamie Hince.

Testino, 57, who shot the now famous engagement photos of Kate Middleton and Prince William in December, is a long-time friend of Moss, 37, the New York Daily News reported.

According to Fashionista, Testino told the iPad-only newspaper The Daily, he wants to “capture the happiness that Kate is going through at the moment” when she steps down the aisle.

According to ANI, Moss will walk down the aisle with Hince on July 2.

Just yesterday Living in Peru published more Testino news. A photograph of the royal couple – never before released – will grace the cover of Vanity Fair.

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Celebrities | May 30, 2011 [ 15:00 ]

Mario Testino photograph of royal couple to grace cover of Vanity Fair


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Mario Testino (Photo: La Républica)

Celebrity photographer and Peruvian Mario Testino will have a photograph of the royal couple – seen for the first time – on the cover of Vanity Fair, reports La Républica.

The photographic report will display images of the young royal couple, as well as Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Prince Harry, all made by Testino.

It should be noted that in July 1997, Princess Diana was on the cover of Vanity Fair and Testino, a personal friend of the Princess of Wales, took those photographs as well.

"You know, it's not so much what they say to each other because there is no time," Testino said. "Everything is compacted into a very short time because we have to produce these pictures. It's more like me screaming and trying to get everything to go."

He adds: "Well, not screaming, but getting in a fluster, I guess you say."

Pressure aside, Testino says the duchess "looked fabulous" – and helped do her own makeup – and that the couple exuded "sheer happiness."

"They are a young couple in love," he says.

Read Mario Testino takes last photo of Prince William and Kate before they wed

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Celebrities | May 17, 2011 [ 10:06 ]

Peru's controversial bisexual journalist: Profile of Jaime Bayly


Jaime Bayly interviews Miami's communication director in a December 20 episode of "Bayly" on Mega TV. (Photo: Michael McElroy)

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Jaime Bayly was recently the subject of a long profile in the New Times, a south Florida daily.

In his signature self-promoting, controversial style, the TV host talks about his past ("I've never believed in monogamy") and his future ("I'm dying in six months, so if Chávez kills me before then, he'll be doing me a great service"). There are also scenes from his current program at MegaTV: ( "Don't come here just to complain about my behavior," Bayly says angrily over the outro music. "And don't be so damned boring.")

Here is an excerpt from the article. Read the complete article here.   

(By Michael E. Miller) After a one-and-a-half-year hiatus, [Jaime Bayly] has returned to South Florida screens with his snarky and unsparing show — simply titled Bayly — that premiered on Mega TV in November. He is the LeBron James of the late-night Latino TV circuit: both fiercely hated and widely admired. In his native Peru, he is a political force. After years of failed forays into politics in that country — including a botched 2009 bid for the presidency — he has emerged as a deciding force in recent elections. Last September, he almost single-handedly destroyed a conservative candidate's campaign for mayor of Lima by leaking an audiotape in which the political aspirant said she didn't give a damn about the office. And a series of scandalous revelations stemming from a dinner conversation between Bayly and current President Alan García have thrown this year's presidential election into disarray. With 13 novels, a syndicated newspaper column, and prime real estate atop every tabloid in the country, Bayly is the fifth most powerful person in Peru, according to the magazine Peru Económico. Continue reading at New Times.
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Celebrities | May 6, 2011 [ 7:35 ]

Peruvian surfer Sofia Mulanovich finishes behind Carissa Moore at Beachley Classic


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Sofia Mulanovich competes in Punta Hermosa in October 2010. (Photo: Juan Carlos Guzmán Negrini/Andina)

Hawaiian Carissa Moore beat out Sofía Mulanovich 15.60 to 14.60 in the Beachley Classic in Australia, part of the Association of Surfing Professionals (APS) World Tour.

The Peruvian had a strong start, earning an 8.0 on her first wave. The next two rides combined to give her 14.60 points, not bad for Mulanovich.

After a few good attempts, Moore could not catch her ​​rival. However, in one of those maneuvers that are worth their weight in gold for winning this event, the Hawaiian completed a truly spectacular 360°, reports La Républica. It earned her 8.33 points and she pulled ahead of Mulanovich and won the $40,000 check.

“I was really excited to make another final and it was refreshing to have a Sofia as an opponent,” Moore told ASP International. “She was leading for most of the heat and I was kind of nervous out there.”

Moore, 19, is ranked among the top surfers for the 2011 season. She is seen as the successor to Stephanie Gilmore, world champion for the past four years.

Mulanovich found unique form to reach her first final this year. Mulanovich eliminated ASP rankings leader coming into the event, Sally Fitzgibbons, in their dramatic semifinal clash, before placing runner-up to Moore in the Final.

“I haven’t been on the podium for awhile and I’m just stoked to be here, it feels amazing,” Mulanovich said. “Carissa is an amazing surfer and she’s really hard to beat although I was beating her for awhile out there, I surprised myself.”

After the competition, Mulanovich earned 8,800 points, moving her up three positions on the ladder with 19,750 total points on the tour.

Meanwhile, Moore continues with 37,000, followed by Australian Sally Fitzgibbons (33,650), Tyler Wright (25,420) and Stephanie Gilmore (22,850). The Brazilian Silvana Lima is in fifth (21,420) and the Hawaiian Coco Ho sixth (21,300).

The next competition will be held from May 12 to 16 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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