Entertainment – International

Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ dominates N. American box office

HOLLYWOOD, United States (AFP) — “Glass,” a superhero thriller both financed and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, dominated North American box offices this weekend, taking in $40.6 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Sunday. The Universal film, a sequel to Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable” (2000) and “Split” (2016), stars Bruce Willis as the superhuman known as “The Overseer” locked in a psychiatric ward with nemesis and mass murderer Samuel L. Jackson, AKA “Mr. Glass.” Its estimated three-day […]

Sony Music drops US singer R. Kelly: reports

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Sony Music has called it quits with embattled singer R. Kelly, ending his contract with subsidiary RCA after a documentary aired accusing him of repeated cases of sexual abuse, media reports said Friday. While Variety and Billboard reported the breakup, Sony Music did not immediately confirm it when contacted by AFP. One woman who sued R. Kelly, accusing him of sexual battery, knowingly infecting her with a sexually transmitted […]

Miss Universe Jamaica 2014 finalist Zandrea Bailey passes away due to lupus

(Eagle News) — Miss Universe Jamaica 2014 finalist Zandrea Bailey has died after battling lupus for years. Bailey, who had been diagnosed with the condition in 2012, passed away in a hospital in New York, where she had been staying. She was 29 years old. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, lupus is a “chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs).” In lupus, the foundation said the […]

‘Stye with me’: Sam Smith has eye surgery in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — British pop singer Sam Smith has revealed he underwent an eye operation while holidaying in New Zealand on Wednesday. He took to Instagram to announce he was about to have surgery for an eye infection in Auckland and then documented the procedure with a series of pictures. Doctors had decided the painful stye on his right eye needed to be operated on, the 26-year-old said. “I’m getting it operated on […]

‘Upside’ in surprise number one spot at N. American box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) – “The Upside,” a Hollywood remake of a French smash hit, was a surprising box office hit over the weekend, raking in more than $20 million — double industry expectations — as it opened in North American theaters. The feel good movie, about a wealthy quadriplegic played by Bryan Cranston and his caretaker, played by Kevin Hart, took in $20.4 million, ending the three-week reign of “Aquaman,” which earned $17.4 […]

NY rapper tops charts with less than 1,000 sales

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A Bronx rapper has snagged the top spot on the US Billboard 200 chart after selling just 823 albums — and posting 83 million on-demand streams. Industry tracker Billboard, whose chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the United States, said Monday that A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s album “Hoodie SZN” climbed to the top with the equivalent of 58,000 sales for the week ending January […]

Afghan talent show singer finds fame as Justin Trudeau’s double

by Allison JACKSON Agence France-Presse KABUL, Afghanistan (AFP) — An Afghan talent show contestant’s striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country — and potentially given him the winning edge. Abdul Salam Maftoon, a wedding singer from a village in the remote and impoverished northeastern province of Badakhshan, had never even heard of his more famous doppelganger until a judge on the popular television […]

Margot Robbie to portray Barbie in first live-action film

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Australian actress Margot Robbie will play the role of Mattel’s iconic Barbie doll in the toy’s first live-action film, Mattel and Warner Bros. said Tuesday. Barbie, who will celebrate her 60th birthday this year, has already been the subject of dozens of animated movies, though none were ever distributed in theaters. The feature film will be the first from the toy manufacturer’s new studio Mattel Films, and co-produced with […]

‘Aquaman’ makes waves to stay atop N. American box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Aquaman” left other movies in its wake in North American box offices this weekend, taking in $31 million, final figures by industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday. The DC super-hero film, in its third week out, has now taken in a global total of $941 million. That makes it the biggest Warner Bros. comic-book film since “The Dark Knight Rises” earned more than $1 billion in 2012, according to […]

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ wins best drama film, best actor at Golden Globes

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Bohemian Rhapsody” on Sunday pulled a major upset at the Golden Globes, walking away with two top prizes — best drama film and best actor for Rami Malek, who plays Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the biopic about the iconic band. The film bested early favorite “A Star Is Born,” box office superhero hit “Black Panther,” Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.” In the best actor […]

Stars sparkle on Golden Globes red carpet

by Katie SCHUBAUER Agence France Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — A year ago, the Golden Globes red carpet was a total blackout as Hollywood’s A-listers drew attention to the problem of sexual harassment in entertainment and other industries. On Sunday, the message remained, but the sartorial choices were far more diverse. Here is a look at some trends from the Globes, the first showbiz awards gala of 2019: Pops of color Every color of […]