When she didn’t feel a spark, her date wasn’t bitter. In fact, he played matchmaker.

Bad dates make the best stories, especially when they lead to successful setups. Just ask Aubrey Menard and Will Arndt. In early 2013, Aubrey was attending Oxford University, where she met Luke Martin, a fellow student, at a party. They became Facebook friends and agreed to meet for drinks at a nearby pub. It quickly became apparent, however, that a romantic spark wasn’t there for Aubrey, despite Luke’s best efforts. “He played Bon Iver to me on acoustic guitar, which was super awkward,” she says. “If you’ve ever had somebody play guitar for you, in a one-on-one situation, you know.” Despite the hiccup, they left the night on good terms, and, after a few brush-offs, Aubrey assumed he had taken the hint. So…

Anurag Kashyap’s daughter makes modelling debut Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s daughter Aaliyah Kashyap has modelled for a high street fashion portal — Aavantam. Aaliyah, who stars in their campaign video, found it interesting that the brand offers everything from lightweight smocks to statement dresses with sparkly details to smart tiepins and cuff links, read a statement. According to her, there are plenty of unique pieces to layer and mix-and-match for every fashion-forward girl. Her favourite part is that Aavantam.com brings its European design and make to India.

At Medal of Freedom ceremony, President Obama crushes on actress Cicely Tyson Does President Obama have another crush? At a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, POTUS concluded his tribute to actress Cicely Tyson’s career with what sounded like an off-the-cuff remark: “And she’s just gorgeous — she is!” The president told the crowd that he “loves” medal ceremonies, and his jovial tone (his greeting: “Hello, hello, hey!”) made his claim obvious. His admiration of Tyson follows a pattern — at the last such event, he similarly fan-girled on actress Meryl Streep. Tyson was one of 21 artists, scientists, philanthropists and others to collect some hardware, a celeb-studded list that included Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Ellen DeGeneres, Diana Ross and Bruce Springsteen (of whom Obama said “I’m...

Music review: Gong When venerable Gong leader Daevid Allen passed away last year following six decades at the helm of this pioneering psychedelic warhorse, many assumed they couldn’t continue without him. However, thanks to a chance meeting facilitated by snooker legend turned successful ­prog-rock DJ Steve Davis, Allen personally chose singer/guitarist Kavus Torabi as his successor, and urged the band to continue their voyage. So here they are, back on the road with their first post-Allen album, the winningly titled Rejoice! I’m Dead! Allen would be proud, as their wild, eccentric spirit remains undimmed. Gong **** Audio, Glasgow Whereas their contemporaries Pink Floyd eventually became bloated and rich, Gong never wavered: they’re still the real psychedelic underground deal. Their swirling stew of progressive rock, avant-garde jazz...

Best video games for 2016 If you’re looking to put video games on your holiday wish list, we’re here to help. We have sorted through the dozens of this year’s new titles for kids and picked our 10 favorites. There’s an option for fans of sports, racing, “Star Wars” and even those competitive cooking shows. Read on for the lowdown. Title: Forza Horizon 3 Publisher: Microsoft Studios Platform: Xbox One and Windows 10 Rating: Everyone Price: $59.99 Details: We’re big fans of the Forza Horizon series, and the latest game is something special. This time, the Horizon Festival takes place in Australia, where players will race not only on regular paved roads, but also off road. As the new Director of the Festival, it’s up to you to make it the biggest one in the ...

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher reveal the name of their second child Ashton Kutcher and actress Mila Kunis have revealed the name of the their newborn, a son. And he’s called Dimitri Portwood. The name was announced on Kutcher’s website A Plus. “All couples consider a number of potential baby names before landing on the perfect one, and Kutcher and Kunis were no different,” read a post. “During a November appearance on Conan, The Ranch actor said that he had, at one point, considered naming his soon-to-be-born son Hawkeye after the mascot of his alma mater, the University of Iowa, but Kunis recommended that the pair look into alternatives. “Dimitri Portwood Kutcher was born at 1:21am on November 30, weighing 8 pounds and 15 ounces. Dimitri is the couple’s second child, after having their daughter Wyatt in October...

A guide to pho — Seattle’s favorite soup-and-noodle dish We see a lot of gray in these parts. Chances are, it’s raining or will be soon. But the Northwest has just the thing to cure your gloomy weather blues: pho (pronounced “fuh”), a delightfully hearty soup-and-noodle dish, one of the staples of Vietnamese cuisine and a local favorite. Lucky for us, the Seattle area is privy to a whole lot of pho restaurants spread throughout the region — a Yelp search renders 66 pages of results. Seattle Newcomers Guide Moving to the Northwest? Find everything you need to know about neighborhoods, food and local lore in one place. Why is pho such a thing here? As of 2014, Washington state had the third-highest number of Vietnamese immigrants in the country, and King County had the ...

‘Kaabil’ to now release a day earlier in India Mumbai: Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam-starrer Kaabil, which was earlier supposed to clash with Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees on January 26, will now hit the theatres a day early. The makers announced that the film will release on evening of January 25, a day before its scheduled release. “Rakesh Roshan’s Kaabil will be releasing in theatres across India on 25th January 2017 (evening) and will be in theatre from the 6pm show onwards,” a statement from the makers said. “Experience the warmth of a beautiful love story called #Kaabil on 25th Jan. #KaabilTeluguPoster@FilmKRAFTfilms,” Rakesh Roshan, who is the producer of the movie, tweeted.