Pascal Siakam has come too far to lose

The behind-the-scenes tale of how Toronto forward Pascal Siakam went from seminary school in a remote Cameroonian village to the heart of the Raptors’ big three.
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Pascal Siakam has come too far to lose

The behind-the-scenes tale of how the Toronto forward went from seminary school in a remote Cameroonian village to the heart of the Raptors’ Bench Mob.
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Maison Standards, Pascal Humbert Team Up

NOT QUITE STANDARD: French fashion label Maison Standards is teaming up with uniform designer Pascal Humbert to create a collection of a dozen pieces.
The new line, set to launch in September, initially includes two suits for women, two for men, a skirt, military shirts and a sailor coat,with prices ranging from 70 euros, or $ 80 at current exchange, for the shirts to 195 euros, or $ 222, for the navy sailor coat. The suits are to be manufactured at Italian high-end woolen mill Vitale Barberis.
“For us, it’s about broadening our offer, with a new wardrobe that is more chic, more structuring,” said Uriel Karsenti, founder of Maison Standards. Karsenti said Humbert’s design work on uniforms grabbed his attention because of its similarities with Maison Standards’ raison d’être, which is to “find the right harmony between discretion and recognizable symbols.”
The Paris-based designer, who in the past has presented a signature label during couture week, designs uniforms for luxury brands, including most recently Biotherm.
“[The silhouettes of the Maison Standards line] are very androgynous. But men’s clothes are made for men and women’s for women. We have different measurements,” Humbert said.
The same holds true when it comes to making uniforms:  “It’s nearly impossible to make something that fits

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First Nighter: Edith Piaf Remembered in Pascal Rioult’s Revue With Christine Andreas

If it’s offbeat revues you’re after, make a beeline to the short-run Street Singer: Celebrating the Life of Edith Piaf at 42West Nightclub, and make it fast. Tonight’s performance (May 16) is the last, pending a possible return engagement.

For the unexpected enterprise, choreographer Pascal Rioult has the ever-intrepid Christine Andreas reprising the iconic Parisienne’s signature tunes (okay, most of them but not “The Poor People of Paris”), while 10 of his dancers act out the emotions with which the heart-felt ditties burst.

Your first question might be: Does Andreas even sound like Piaf? The answer is an astounding yes. Not much taller than Piaf and similarly piquant, she’s got the famous vibrato down pat. Moreover, she packs the deep feelings so well into them in the actual Piaf’s absence that it comes as a shock to learn she doesn’t speak French. That she doesn’t may explain why occasionally her pronunciations aren’t as impeccably crisp as her predecessor’s habitually were.

Rioult’s choreography–he’s always especially responsive to French music–ranges wide along the rather narrow runway on which he works. Some of it is amusing, some of it romantic, some of it a bit tawdry. He really goes to town on his version of an apache done to, of all things, “La Vie en Rose.”

The man himself indulges a certain amount of moving. Portly now, he’s most effective when impersonating the boxer Marcel Celan, who–as all Piaf’s idolizers know–was the love of her life and the great loss when he died in a plane crash.

Yes, part of the celebration of the street singer is a narration that Andreas, using a French accent, speaks. It’s not extremely comprehensive but more along serviceable lines. Piaf’s low birth and paternal abuse are covered, as is her fast rise when plucked from the rues and boulevards by impresario Louis Leplee, who isn’t mentioned by name.

Curiously, while Piaf’s appearing in Pigalle is recalled at least twice, no mention of her 11th arrondisement upbringing is included. That’s her beloved Belleville, and she considered herself a Bellevilloise. After all, Piaf isn’t buried in Pigalle’s Montmartre cimetiere. She’s interred in Pere Lachaise, not more than a short stone’s throw from the gutters where she first warbled in her guttural tones for spare coins.

In case you’re wondering, the songs–arranged by Don Rebic, who’s at the piano–are, with few exceptions, sung in French. When Andreas delivers them in English, anyone who understands the French lyrics may not care for the translations. That’s certainly still true of Mack David’s “La Vie en Rose” version.

In the Charles Dumont-Michel Vaucaire “Non Je ne Regrette Rien,” where Piaf insists she regrets nothing, she might have changed her mind and regretted some of the translations she was required to perform.

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Pedro Pascal Really Wishes He Were Still On ‘Game Of Thrones,’ Even In Small Part

Pedro Pascal isn’t that different from most “Game of Thrones” viewers — he wishes his character, the charismatic Oberyn Martell, was still on the HBO show.

Pascal was at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 24, to launch a new “Game of Thrones” beer from Brewery Ommegang. After a packed audience watched Pascal tap the first keg of the amber-brown Valar Morghulis beer, the actor talked to HuffPost TV about missing his “Game of Thrones” role, and dealing with people who want to squeeze his head.

HuffPost TV: How many of the people who walk up to you and want to say hello also want to squeeze your head?

Pedro Pascal: Like, they want to puncture my eyeballs? A lot of them. I would say more than half of the people who want to get a picture. I always feel a little guilty when I say, “How about I just smile?” Because I don’t want to have to re-create the moment over and over again.

Yeah, that’s a little troubling. You don’t want to have to go to that place again and again.

Yeah, I don’t want to have to re-live the trauma.

Would you rather still be on “Game of Thrones,” or would you rather have the impact that you had, as the character and the way he left?

I think that ultimately, selfishly, I would want to still be on “Game of Thrones,” only because they are the greatest people I’ve ever worked with. Ninety percent of the work is taken care of by the writing — more than that. Ninety-nine percent is taken care of by writing that is that good, and that’s not something that I’m used to. On top of that, it’s the best crew, the best design team and the greatest cast I’ve ever worked with. I had such a good time, and I’ve never been so challenged. Even if my part would shrink to a fraction of what it was, to get to be there and be around everybody and hang out, it’s probably what I would opt for.

I think I’m just going to guilt [executive producers] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss]. I’m just going to describe my depression to the point that they’re like, “All right! Ellaria is going to have a dream!” [laughs]

Is it your favorite role?

It’s the best role I’ve ever played on screen, without question.

You said it was challenging — what was the biggest challenge of playing Oberyn Martell?

I would say that the character had a confidence that was really important to portray. Any human being would have trouble feeling that level of confidence — a dangerous sort of confidence, you know? He sort of owns his overconfidence — with major consequences, as you could see. And then physically, it was a very challenging role.

Also, I was very aware of the series, as millions are. I was a big fan of the show, and it was the first time I was ever asked to be part of something I was so hyperaware of as an audience member. So there was a lot to battle internally there. But David and Dan made it so easy.

Even though you were aware of the show, were you prepared for the fandom and events like this and how the fans have been to you?

I think the best thing to do is to play stupid. [laughs] It’s all so exciting and you always want to be careful with your expectations and whether they’re negative or positive. So I just sort of played dumb and had a job to do, which was so easy to do — they loved the character so much, and that was on my side from the beginning. The writers and the directors, they loved on the character so hard. So there was that easy focus, and then it was not up to me in terms of how it would be received.

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