Entertainment

Gordon
Dec 3 '16 08:25

The first episode of the Dutch version of Comedy Central's Roast will be titled The Roast of Gordon, and as the title suggests, will mock Dutch singer Gordon, Comedy Central announced. The other first participants include comedian Jorgen Raymann, presenter Sophie Hilbrand and ex-porn star Bobbi Eden, Metro reports.

On The Roast the celebrity guest is comically given a hard time by his or her colleagues on the panel. He can also give them a hard time in turn. Raymann will be the so-called Roast Master, the one who has to lead the discussion in the right direction.

Virtual Reality glasses
Dec 2 '16 16:35

China is following Amsterdam's example and will soon be opening virtual reality cinemas. Chinese electronics retailer Gome Group is soon opening 100 , and teaming up with Amsterdam startup &Samhoud Media as distributor of VR films, the Financieele Dagblad reports.

Rainbow_flag_and_blue_skies
Nov 25 '16 16:40

Amsterdam is reducing the number street and square events during future Gay Prides in an effort to keep the crowds in the city under control, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan wrote in a letter to the city council on Friday, NU.nl reports

The city wants to spread visitors more during the week long event. For that reason, the traditional fair on Dam square will soon be a thing of the past. The organizer's permit runs out in 2019 and wil not be extended. Events will also be moved to venues outside of the city such as in Wstpoort and Tuinen van West.

Amsterdam or Naples?
Nov 25 '16 13:50

It seems that Naples wants to take some of the tourists Amsterdam is often complaining about off the Dutch capital's hands. Visitnaples.eu playfully launched an attack on Amsterdam with a video comparing the two cities.

In the video, posted on various social media platforms, the Italians compare the food, entertainment and museums in the two cities, and their prices. For example, visit to Caravaggio will cost 8 euros,compared to18 euros to visit the Van Gogh in Amsterdam. 

Nov 17 '16 13:25

Amazon is launching its video service Prime in 200 countries, including the Netherlands, in December, Jeremy Clarkson said n Twitter. According to him "Amazon has gone global".

Clarkson and fellow presenters Richard Hamond and James May also say in a video that their new show The Grand Tour will be available to watch almost everywhere from December, according to the Telegraaf. The show premiers on Friday, and is currently only available to Amazon Prime subscribers in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Germany.

IDFA banners in Amsterdam
Nov 16 '16 13:50

The 29th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdm (IDF) is kicking off in the Dutch capital on Wednesday night with a screening of Stranger in Paradise at the ROyal Theater Carre. The Dutch documentary by director Guido Hendrikx focuses on the asylum seekers crisis in Europe, Het Parool reports.

The IDFA runs until November 27th. A total of over 300 films will be screened, 102 of which will be making their world premier at the festival. The program includes 44 Dutch titles.

Bistro Nijeholt in Beetsterzwaag
Nov 15 '16 10:40

Michelin announced its Bib Gourmand 2017  fr the Benelux region. A total of 134 restaruants in the Netherlands got these honours, 18 of which for the first time. 17 restaurants lost their Bib Gourmand, Misset Horeca reports.

Michelin awards the Bib Gourmand title to restaurants that offers a full menu for no more than 37 euros. A total of 313 restaurants in the Benelux received this honor - 165 in Belgium, 14 in Luxembourg and 134 in the Netherlands. 

The following 18 restaruants are new to the list in the Netherlands:

Anti-blackface Zwarte Piet protesters in Rotterdam, 12 Nov 2016
Nov 12 '16 22:00

A massive 198 people were arrested in Rotterdam on Saturday for wanting to protest against controversial character Zwarte Piet. Among them were GroenLinks councilor Simion Blom, lawyer Michiel Pestman and activist Jerry Afriyie.

Nov 10 '16 11:10

A massive 1,075,000 people tuned in to NTR to watch the first episode of Sinterklaasjournaal on Wednesday night. According to rating foundation KijkOnderzoek, Sinterklaasjournaal was the 10th most watched program of the evening, the Telegraaf reports.

There was much interest in the runup to the first episode. Many schools and foundations were waiting to see what Sinterklaasjournaal did with the appearance of Zwarte Piet before making a decision themselves. The first episode featured both a white- and blackface Piet.

Green Day
Nov 7 '16 14:55

Green Day will be playing at Pinkpop next year, the American band confirmed on their website. The Landgraaf music festival takes place fromSaturday June 3rd to Monday June 5th next year. Green Day will be performing that Sunday, AD reports.

The American rockers also performed at Ahoy in Rotterdam on Sunday, during the MTV European Music Awards. On January 31st next year they will also be playing in the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam

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Nov 7 '16 14:20

Dutch DJ Martin Garrix won two awards at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Rotterdam on Sunday night. He won in the categories Best Electronic and Best World Stage, NU.nl reports.

"It's unreal. I'm very happy" the Dutch DJ said after the award ceremony at Ahoy in Rotterdam on Sunday. The 20-year-old also won Best Electronic last year. 

Netflix documentary Making a Murderer poster
Oct 27 '16 10:27

Attorneys Dean Strang and Jerry Buting of Netflix documentary Making a Murderer are heading for Amsterdam. On March 20th they will be in the De Meervaart theater to discuss the high-profile trial that is the focus of their documentary. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

Efteling ride Pirana
Oct 25 '16 15:15

Dutch amusement park Efteling has no plans to make adjustments to its ride Pirana following a fatal accident with a similar white water attaction in Australia, a spokesperson for Efteling said to RTL Nieuws.

Four people were killed in the Dreamworld theme park in Australia's Gold Coast this morning when the boat they were in overturned on the ride Thunder River Rapids.

Chimney Piet
Oct 24 '16 12:19

Broadcaster RTL will not be using blacface makeup on Zwarte Piet this year. The media company decided to from now on only use Pieten with soot marks on their face, RTL said in a statement. 

"For one part the image of Zwarte Piet is discriminatory, while others find that Zwarte Piet is an integral part of the tradition", the broadcaster said in a statemetn. "RTL understands both points of view, but also believes that this discussion should not be about what's right, but understanding for each other."

Mother hugs toddler next to the A20 in Spijkenisse after bystander Vincent Bakker rescued him and baby sibling from a burning car, 20 Oct 2016 (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube)
Oct 21 '16 14:45

Vincent Bakker, a 26-year-old mechanic from Spijkenisse, rescued a baby and a toddler from a burning car on the A20 in Schiedam on Thursday morning. The police released a video of this act of heroism.

Ecstasy pill that contains a fatal dose of PMMA (Photo: NFI/Trimbos Institute)
Oct 21 '16 14:38

The Trimbos institute issued a "red alert" warning on Thursday for dangerous ecstasy pills that contain a fatal dose of PMMA. The institute found numerous of these red pills with a Superman logo on both sides.

Ecstasy pills often contains PMMA, but this is an "extremely high dose", a spokesperson for Trimbos said to RTL Nieuws. This high dose triggered the institute to issue the national warning. Trimbos expects to know more about the pills during the course of Friday, but issued the warning immediately due to the Amsterdam Dance Event that started on Wednesday.

Amsterdam Dance Event (Picture: Twitter/@RobinDJRobin)
Oct 20 '16 18:37

Amsterdam is cracking down on illegal vacation rentals during the Amsterdam Dance Event, which kicked off on Wednesday night and is on until Sunday. The city set up a hotline where residents can report suspicions of illegal rentals.

From today until Sunday Amsterdam residents can call the number 14020 if they suspect someone is renting their home to tourists illegally. The caller will be transferred to a team of enforcers who will visit the address if the report is considered well grounded. The hotline is open between 2:00 p.m. and 9:00  p.m. every day.

Oct 20 '16 15:03

Baby elephant Sanuk, , explored outside for the first time on Thursday afternoon, the zoo said on Twitter.

The baby Asian elephant stayed close to mother Thong Tai and hid under her belly from the rain, a spokesperson for the zoo said to news wire ANP. After some time outside, the mother and calf went back to their enclosure.

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Oct 20 '16 12:40

The Amsterdam Dance Event - the biggest dance festival in the world - kicked off in the Dutch capital on Wednesday. This year the event expects 375 thousand visitors at its hundreds of parties, breaking a world record

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Oct 20 '16 12:05

Martin Garrix was named the best DJ in the world by DJ Mag Top 100 during the opening of the Amsterdam Dance Event on Wednesday. DJ Tiesto handed him the prize. The 20-year-old Dutch man is the youngest DJ ever to be awarded this title

Oct 12 '16 09:58

Former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are heading to Rotterdam to film for their new show The Grand Tour

Oct 11 '16 16:50

The Amsterdam Dance Event will include a very special performance this year. Amsterdam DJ Meceo Plex will play one show, for free, in the bicycle tunnel under the Rijksmuseum

Oct 11 '16 08:29

Actor Marnix Kappers, 73, passed away in his hometown of Amsterdam on Monday morning, his family announced in a short statement. Kappers was best known for his role as Neef Herbert in the NCRV television program De Familie Knots

Oct 5 '16 16:00

Justin Bieber caused a bit of a commotion when he and friend Martin Garrix went shopping at an Albert Heijn store in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening.

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