K-pop’s BTS ‘worth $3.6 billion a year’ to South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — South Korean boyband BTS are worth more than $3.6 billion to the country’s economy every year — equivalent to the contribution of 26 mid-sized companies — a research institute said Tuesday. The floppy-haired songsters were also the reason that one in every 13 foreign tourists visited South Korea in 2017, the Hyundai Research Institute said. Known for their boyish good looks and meticulously choreographed dance moves, BTS — short for […]

Latest Spider-Man spin-off scales box office heights

LOS ANGELES, United States  (AFP) – “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” snared North American viewers in its web this weekend, earning $35.4 million in ticket sales, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations estimated Sunday. Sony’s action-packed animation sees Peter Parker make way for Miles Morales as Spider-Man — a black, Latino character new to theater-goers, but not comic book enthusiasts. The Spider-Man of his dimension, Morales, voiced by Shameik Moore, joins forces with Spideys from parallel realities to […]

EBC Films’ “Guerrero” captivates global audience with heartwarming story of resilience and triumph

by Emily Manuel Contributor, Eagle News (Eagle News) — EBC Films takes center stage once more with the international release of its first full-length feature film, “Guerrero.” “Guerrero” premiered in Philippine cinemas on October 2017. Since then, it has won accolades, including, “Best Feature Comedy Film” in the 2018 Amsterdam International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, “Best Editing of a Foreign Language Film” in the 2018 Madrid International Film Fest, and “Movie Child Performer of […]

Actress Sondra Locke dead at 74

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke has died of cancer at the age of 74, US news outlets reported Thursday night. Locke died November 3 in California, the reports said, quoting a celebrity news website, Radar Online. She had been battling breast and bone cancer. The Los Angeles County Public Health Department confirmed her death, Variety magazine reported. Locke was also known for her decade-long personal and professional relationship with Clint Eastwood. […]

Radiohead, Janet Jackson, Cure lead 2019 Rock Hall of Fame class

by Thomas URBAIN / with Maggy Donaldson in Washington Agence France Presse NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Pop icon Janet Jackson, angst rockers Radiohead and post-punk innovators The Cure on Thursday earned spots in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, organizers announced. Also joining the Hall in the Class of 2019 is American folk rock legend Stevie Nicks, already an inductee with her band Fleetwood Mac, but now also honored as a solo […]

Pedro Pascal to lead cast of ‘Star Wars’ series

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Narcos” and “Game of Thrones” star Pedro Pascal is to play the lead in upcoming “Star Wars” TV series “The Mandalorian,” Disney said Wednesday, as it builds on the beloved and profitable science fiction franchise. Penned and produced by Marvel mainstay Jon Favreau, the live-action show will follow Pascal’s lone gunfighter, making his way in the outer reaches of the galaxy after the fall of the Empire. “We’re having […]

Disney’s ‘Ralph’ keeps wrecking it at box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” has topped the North American box office for the third week in a row, taking in an estimated $16.3 million over the weekend, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said Monday. The animated film, a sequel to 2012’s “Wreck It Ralph,” has sold $141 million in domestic tickets since it opened and has helped Disney make box office history again this year with more than $7 […]

Disney again makes history with takings above $7bn for 2018

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Walt Disney Studios is again ending the year on a high note, posting more than $7 billion in global box office earnings, thanks to hits such as “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” “This is only the second time in history any studio has surpassed the $7 billion mark, after Disney’s own industry-record 2016 global gross of $7.6 billion,” the company said in a statement on Monday. “The Studios’ […]

Hollywood awards season kicks off with Golden Globes noms

by Laurent BANGUET Agence France-Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Hollywood’s annual carnival of awards shows begins Thursday with the nominations for the Golden Globes — the starting gun in the race for the Oscars. The announcements, which come a week before the influential Screen Actors Guild nominations, are the first major bellwether of momentum going into the Academy Awards, which take place in February. Awards analysis website Gold Derby predicts that music romance […]

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas wed in lavish India ceremony

NEW DELHI, India (AFP) — Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas hosted an extravagant concert Sunday for their star-studded wedding guests as the couple tied the knot at a lavish Indian palace. Chopra, 36, and Jonas, 26 performed an opulent Indian music and dance routine as their friends and family clapped along at the Umaid Bhawan palace in the western city of Jodhpur. The multi-day festivities —- dubbed India’s “wedding of the […]

US comedian Kevin Hart to host Oscars

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — US comedian and actor Kevin Hart announced on Tuesday that he would be hosting the 91st Academy Awards in February. “For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…,” Hart wrote in an Instagram post. “I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s […]

Television holds ground for news, as print fades: US study

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Television remains the biggest source of news for Americans, with print losing further ground to digital services, a survey showed Monday. The Pew Research Center report found that 47 percent of US prefer watching their news, while 34 percent opt for reading and 19 percent prefer listening. The survey suggests more troubles for the ailing newspaper sector, while television is holding its ground against online video. Among those who watch […]