Disney admits Dark Side for ‘Star Wars’, plans release ‘slowdown’

by Susan STUMME Agence France-Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — There is a disturbance in the Force. After the lackluster performance of the latest installment in the wildly popular “Star Wars” saga, Disney is tapping the brakes on the franchise — an acknowledgment that there can be too much of a good thing. In an interview published Thursday, CEO Bob Iger told The Hollywood Reporter that Disney plans to slow down the “Star Wars” […]

“Hapi ang Buhay, the Musical” hits the big screen with red carpet premiere at SM Megamall today

The NET 25 comedy TV series, Hapi ang Buhay, reinvents itself as a musical full-length movie set to roll out nationwide with its Red Carpet Premiere on Friday night, September 21, 2018, 6 p.m., at SM Megamall Cinemas. Your favorite characters from Eagle Broadcasting Corporation’s Net 25 series break out in song and dance as this musical comedy will be sure to entertain, as well as teach a moral lesson or two. When Alfajor, the […]

Korean boy band BTS to address UN

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — K-Pop sensation BTS will address the United Nations on Monday for the launch of a campaign by the UN children’s agency UNICEF as world leaders prepare to open their annual General Assembly debate. BTS will be speaking at the launch of “Generation Unlimited,” a new partnership to promote education, training and employment for the world’s youth, said a UNICEF spokesperson. Among South Korea’s best known and most lucrative musical […]

Indiana Jones hat fetches over $500,000 at auction

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Indiana Jones’s signature fedora fetched more than half a million dollars at a blockbuster London auction of rare memorabilia from some of the most iconic movies of the past 40 years. But the star attraction — the sleek jacket worn by the loveable Star Wars scoundrel Han Solo in “The Empire Strikes Back” — failed to clear the £500,000 ($665,000, 563,000 euros) reserve and went unsold. Organisers said they had […]

LeBron teams with ‘Black Panther’ director for ‘Space Jam 2’

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Two months ago, basketball superstar LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, he’s taking on Hollywood in a big way. The long-awaited sequel to “Space Jam” — the 1996 live action-animated film starring NBA legends Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing — is finally moving forward. King James’s production company, SpringHill Entertainment, on Wednesday tweeted an image of a locker room featuring the names of […]

Emmy winners in key categories

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Here is a list of the winners in key categories for the 70th Emmy Awards, which were handed out in Los Angeles: OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES: “Game of Thrones” OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES: “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” BEST LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA: Matthew Rhys, “The Americans” BEST LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA: Claire Foy, “The Crown” BEST LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY: Bill Hader, “Barry” BEST LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” BEST […]

‘Game of Thrones’ takes top prize at surprising Emmys

by Susan STUMME Agence France Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — HBO’s record-breaking fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” stormed back onto the Emmys stage on Monday, winning the coveted best drama series prize on a night full of surprises, including an on-air marriage proposal that stunned the audience. The other big story of the gala, television’s answer to the Oscars, was the huge success of eight Emmys overall for best comedy series “The Marvelous […]

Matthew Rhys wins best drama actor Emmy for ‘The Americans’

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Welsh actor Matthew Rhys on Monday won the Emmy for best actor in a drama series for his role in the period thriller “The Americans.” Rhys won over Sterling K. Brown (“This is Us”), Ed Harris (“Westworld”), Milo Ventimiglia (“This is Us”), Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”) and Jason Bateman (“Ozark”). © Agence France-Presse

Paul McCartney scores US No. 1 after nearly four decades

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Paul McCartney is back on the top of the charts, on Sunday earning his first solo number-one album in the United States in 36 years. “Egypt Station” — a confident 16-track album in which McCartney experiments with a younger rock feel in addition to his classic Beatles sound — marked the first time that he has ever debuted as a solo artist on top of the benchmark US Billboard […]

Shane Filan of Westlife arrives in PHL

(Eagle News)–Shane Filan of Westlife has arrived in the country. In a Tweet on Friday, Sept. 13, Filan announced he arrived in time for his shows in Manila on Saturday, Sept. 15, and in Davao on Sunday, Sept. 16. Filan is expected to perform the band’s hits such as “Swear It Again,” “Uptown Girl,” “If I Let You Go,” “World of Our Own,” “You Raise Me Up,” among others. Filan was last in the country in […]

Olivia Newton-John diagnosed with cancer for third time

  SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Olivia Newton-John, the Australian singer who found worldwide fame in the hit movie “Grease”, has revealed she has been diagnosed with cancer for the third time. The 69-year-old told Australian television broadcaster Channel Seven that doctors had discovered a tumour at the base of her spine. She has since undergone radiation treatment, and is also treating the disease with natural therapies such as the use of cannabis oil. “I’m still […]

‘Hotel Mumbai’ recounts horrors, courage in 2008 attack

by Michel Comte Agence France-Presse TORONTO, Canada (AFP)–A hard-to-watch telling of the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India in Anthony Maras’s “Hotel Mumbai” provoked tears and cheers at its world premiere at the Toronto film festival. It is an “anthem of resistance,” the Australian director declared at a press conference. “You had a whole lot of people from every conceivable background, racial, ethnic, from different socioeconomic groups who came together in the face of real adversity […]