Entertainment – International

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 […]

“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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ creator Shonda Rhimes leaves ABC for Netflix

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) — “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes is taking her Shondaland production house away from Walt Disney Co’s ABC network to Netflix Inc. to produce new content, the video streaming company said on Sunday (August 13). Rhimes’ move to Netflix comes a week after Disney, the world’s largest entertainment company, announced plans to launch its own streaming service and pull Disney and Pixar films from Netflix, starting with releases in 2019. Rhimes is […]

Taylor Swift wins groping trial against radio DJ

DENVER, Colorado (Reuters) — Taylor Swift won a federal court trial on Monday (Aug 14), with the jury awarding her the symbolic $1 she had sought from a Colorado DJ she accused of grabbing her bare bottom during a photo shoot. The eight-member US District Court jury found that radio personality David Mueller had assaulted and battered her during the “meet-and-greet” photo session. The same panel, which deliberated for less than a day, rejected Mueller’s […]

“Annabelle:Creation” expected to scare up $30 million at the box office.

(Reuters) — Warner Bros.’ horror film “Annabelle: Creation,” a prequel to the 2014 ‘Annabelle’ and the latest in the Conjuring film series, is expected to bring in $30 million dollars to top the weekend box office in North America. Christopher Nolan’s World War 2 epic “Dunkirk” is expected to add another $12 million dollars to its earnings, topping $150 million dollars domestically. Animated Sequel “The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature” from Open Road Films […]

Taylor Swift tells of shock over alleged groping

DENVER, United States (AFP) — Music superstar Taylor Swift told a court Thursday of her shock as she realized she was being groped during a photo opportunity ahead of a gig in the United States. Swift, 27, said there was no doubt in her mind the radio personality she was being photographed with ahead of a Denver concert in 2013 reached under her skirt and fondled her buttocks. “It was a definite grab… a very […]

Oscar-winning Coen brothers to bring Western anthology series to Netflix

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) — Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen are transitioning to the small screen with a new Western anthology for Netflix, the online streaming company said on Wednesday (August 09), the latest talent to join the platform’s growing roster. The Coen brothers, known for witty crime thrillers such as “Fargo” and “No Country For Old Men,” will write and direct “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” a six-part anthology series set in the American […]