K-pop duo ‘TVXQ’ to kick off its first Asia tour after discharged from military duty

SEOUL, South Korea (Reuters) — South Korea’s leading pop duo TVXQ is returning to the show business after their discharge from the mandatory military duty for the last two years. The duo featuring Max Changmin and U-know Yunho held a news conference at a Seoul hotel on Monday (August 21) as their first media event since Changmin finished his military duty last Friday. Yunho completed his service in April. South Korean men are subject to […]

First “Elvis of Asia” contest kicks off in Manila

MANILA, Philippines (Reuters) — Elvis Presley fans participated in the first annual “Elvis of Asia” contest in Manila on Saturday (August 19). Twenty three participants from the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia joined the contest as tribute to the 40th death anniversary of the King of Rock and Roll. Each participant donned various costumes with signature sideburns as they shimmied, gyrated and belted out classics like “I’ve Lost You,” “You Gave Me a […]

“Hitman’s Bodyguard” takes top spot at box office

(Reuters) — “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” starring Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek and Samuel L. Jackson hit gold at the North American box office, with $21.6 million in ticket sales over the weekend (August 18-20), according to boxofficemojo.com. The second place spot went to the horror film “Annabel: Creation” which netted $15.5 million. “Logan Lucky,” Steven Soderbergh’s film about siblings attempting to pull off a robbery at a NASCAR race took third place with $8 million in […]

Comedy legend Jerry Lewis dies at 91

by Rob Lever Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Veteran Hollywood comedian Jerry Lewis, who died Sunday aged 91, perfected a goofy brand of slapstick that endeared him to millions over the course of a career spanning six decades. One of the most popular American entertainers of the 1950s and ’60s, Lewis made his name as the clown behind such quirky comedies as “The Nutty Professor” but also won acclaim as a writer, […]

‘Tagu-taguan Nasaan ang Buwan’ ng PETA, hango sa mga dating children’s musical

“Ngo ang Dagang Patay” ng taong 1988, “Blub-blub” ng taong 1991, ang “Tiririt ng Ibong Adarna” ng taong 1994, “Ismail at Isabel” ng taong 2009, “Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang” ng taong 2005 at “Batang Rizal” ng taong 2007. Dito hango ang bagong handog na musical ng Philippine Educational Theater Association o PETA. Ang “Tagu-Taguan Nasaan ang Buwan” ay inilabas ng PETA para na rin sa pagdiriwang ng ika-limampung  anibersaryo ng teyatro. Sa musical na […]

Tyler to sing ‘Total Eclipse’ hit for rare solar event

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — It’s a pop culture moment for the ages: crooner Bonnie Tyler will sing her mega-hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” — on a cruise ship — before an actual total eclipse of the sun. “It’s perfect,” proclaimed a headline on BuzzFeed. The 66-year-old British singer will perform her iconic 1983 power ballad on the Royal Caribbean ship Oasis of the Seas prior to Monday’s eclipse, which will be visible across […]

‘Star Wars’ Obi Wan spin-off in the works: US media

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry is in early talks to direct a “Star Wars” spin-off about Jedi master Obi Wan Kenobi, United States media reported on Thursday. There is no script yet and no actor lined up to play the bearded warrior and sage made famous by the late Alec Guinness in the original series of films. Ewan McGregor, who played Kenobi in the much-maligned prequel series, will be an early […]

Emma Stone tops list of best paid actresses

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) – Oscar-winning Emma Stone capped a perfect 12 months on Wednesday as she knocked Jennifer Lawrence off the top spot on Forbes’ 2017 list of the world’s highest-paid actresses. Stone, 28, who won best actress for her role as a struggling performer in “La La Land,” made $26 million in pre-tax earnings in the year up to June, according to the magazine’s annual chart. “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston, 48, also […]

‘M:I6’ shoot halted as Cruise breaks ankle in stunt

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) – “Mission: Impossible 6” has halted filming after Tom Cruise broke his ankle in a botched stunt, the director confirmed Wednesday, while vowing not to push the release date back. Cruise, known for performing his own death-defying stunts, was injured as he leapt between buildings while attached to cables, slamming into a concrete wall. “M:I6” director Christopher McQuarrie took to social media to assuage fears that the movie’s planned July […]

Pelikulang “Respeto,” humakot ng major awards sa 13th Cinemalaya independent film festival

Nakuha ng pelikulang “Respeto” ni direk Treb Monteras II ang pinakamalaking award sa katatapos lamang na 13th Cinemalaya independent film festival na ginanap sa Cultural Center of the Philippines. Tinanghal na best film ang pelikula na pinagungunahan ng lead actor nito na si Abra. Hinakot din ng “Respeto” ang ilang mga award tulad ng “Best Sound,” “Best Editing,” “Best Cinematography,” “Audience Choice Awards,” at “Netpac Prize Winner.” Nanalo ring best supporting actor si Dido dela […]

Daniel Craig confirms he will return as James Bond

LONDON, England (Reuters) — British actor Daniel Craig has confirmed he will reprise the role of James Bond one last time, ending months of speculation. Craig made the revelation during an appearance on the United States TV program “The Late Show” on Tuesday. Asked by host Stephen Colbert whether he would return as James Bond, Craig responded: “Yes,” to cheers from the audience. Craig has appeared four times as the spy with a taste for […]

‘Deadpool 2″ stunt rider killed on set

VANCOUVER, Canada (Reuters) — A female stunt rider working on the Vancouver set of Deadpool 2 died after losing control of her motorcycle on Monday (August 14), CBC reported. According to witnesses, the motorcycle crashed through the window of the Starbucks in Shaw Tower, near Jack Poole Plaza. Ryan Reynolds, the star of the film, expressed condolences on behalf of the crew to the friends and family of the woman, who was identified by coroners […]