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Filipina wins transgender pageant in Thailand

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Entertainment | Sat Nov 7, 2015 1:39am IST

PATTAYA, Thailand |

PATTAYA, ThailandFilipina Trixie Maristela was crowned Miss International Queen 2015 on Friday at a contest in Thailand billed as the world’s largest transgender pageant.

The 29-year-old beat 26 other competitors for the coveted crown, with second and third place going to contestants from Brazil and Thailand respectively.

“I’m very thankful to be given this chance to win Miss International Queen which is a very prestigious pageant for transgenders like us,” said Maristela who wore a glittering red and beige evening gown.

Thailand remains a largely conservative society, with no laws recognising same-sex unions. But it has a prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, with many members playing leading roles in its entertainment industry.

“In other countries, like Thailand, transgenders are very well accepted. Not like in Japan,” Japanese contestant Ryo Mizuno told Reuters before the show in the Thai beach town of Pattaya.

“Miss International Queen opens the door for everyone to accept transgender people.”

Thailand’s contestant, Sopida Siriwattanukoon, agreed. “Some other countries still find third gender women a laughing stock,” she said. “We each have our own talent to offer.”

Source: R-Entertainment

As "Hunger Games" cast bid farewell, some say keen for more

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LONDONThe stars of “The Hunger Games” may be bidding farewell to the hugely successful film franchise but should author Suzanne Collins decide to write a spin-off, some of the cast say would be keen to continue the adventure.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” brings to an end the films which have grossed more than $2 billion at box offices worldwide and are based on Collins’ dystopian trilogy.

Though no further “Hunger Games” novels are in the pipeline, several of the actors said they would be happy to return if new material arose.

“I wish she’d (Collins) write 20 more books,” Woody Harrelson, who plays Haymitch, told Reuters at the London “Mockingjay – Part 2” premiere on Thursday night.

“I’d do these forever, I love it.”

Josh Hutcherson, who plays the troubled Peeta Mellark in the last film, echoed Harrelson’s comments.

“If (Collins) wrote something that she felt needed to be told and Peeta was a part of it, I absolutely would jump in,” he said.

Elizabeth Banks, who has become a fan favourite as Effie Trinket, added: “Sure, I love this character. I love what she represents and how big her heart got over the course of the films and her style. She’s had a great influence on me.”

In the latest movie, heroine Katniss Everdeen takes a last stand against dictator President Snow, played by Donald Sutherland. Since she first played Everdeen in 2012, Jennifer Lawrence has won an Oscar and was the world’s highest-paid film actress last year.

“I would definitely read it,” Lawrence said when asked if Collins were to produce new material.

Numerous past box office hits have recently been re-booted or seen spin-offs made — including several superhero movies as well as an adaptation of “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”.

However, Hollywood veteran Sutherland said the “Hunger Games” films should be remembered for their message.

“I think it would be a terrible mistake,” he said. “This was designed to politicize young people, not to make profit.”

(Reporting By Sara Hemrajani and Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Toby Chopra)

Source: R-Entertainment

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