Entertainment – International

‘Deadpool’ sequel surges to box office lead

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Another weekend, another $100-million-plus superhero opening: This time it was 20th Century Fox’s “Deadpool 2,” with an estimated $125 million take in North American theaters and a huge debut overseas, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said Sunday. The Marvel Comics film netted $176 million abroad, the biggest foreign debut ever for an R-rated title, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The movie features Ryan Reynolds playing the foul-mouthed and irreverent […]

Sarah Geronimo overcome by emotions during Las Vegas concert

By Anna Cui EBC Las Vegas Bureau LAS VEGAS (Eagle News) — An emotional Sarah Geronimo at the middle part of her “THIS 15 ME” concert in Las Vegas held at the Cannery Hotel and Casino apologized to the audience for crying as she reflected on her journey of 15 years in the industry remembering the struggles and heartaches that come along with achieving fame. After rendering a couple of opening songs Geronimo started to […]

King of pop Michael Jackson to get street name in Detroit

CHICAGO, United States (AFP) — The king of pop will be honored in Motown with a street named Michael Jackson Avenue, officials announced on Thursday in Detroit. The city, which has a rich history of nurturing American musical talent, will rename a portion of its Randolph Street in the downtown theater district in honor of the late entertainer. The tribute comes 50 years after his family group known as the “Jackson 5” birthed their career […]

Whitney Houston abused as child — documentary

CANNES, France (AFP) — A new documentary about the life of Whitney Houston claims that the singer was sexually abused as a child by her cousin, soul musician Dee Dee Warwick. The revelation in “Whitney”, which was made with the co-operation of the singer’s family, comes late in the film by Oscar-winning Scottish director Kevin Macdonald, which was premiered Thursday at the Cannes film festival. Houston’s assistant, Mary Jones, whom Whitney called “Aunt Mary,” discovered her face […]

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: a tale of love at first sight

by Robin MILLARD Agence France-Presse LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — It was love at first sight for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who both quickly sensed their brief encounter on a blind date could blossom into something much, much bigger. They were set up by a mutual friend when US actress Markle was passing through London in July 2016, with the couple later revealing they knew little about each other. The speed of their relationship […]

Hollywood glitters as ‘Star Wars’ stages ‘Solo’ premiere

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Lucasfilm brought the biggest party in the galaxy to Hollywood on Thursday as hundreds of fans gathered under the Millennium Falcon for the world premiere of the latest “Star Wars” spin-off. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” which gets its US release on May 25, tells the coming-of-age story of smuggler Han Solo before he was the galaxy’s most iconic and adored scoundrel. The glittering array of stars in Hollywood Boulevard […]

Pop star Chris Brown named in sex assault lawsuit

by Jocelyne Zablit Agence France Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — A Los Angeles woman filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Chris Brown and a fellow rapper, alleging she was repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted at Brown’s home during a drug- and alcohol-fueled party last year. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, said she was lured to the singer’s house following a concert at a nightclub on February 23, 2017 and was raped […]

‘Iron Man’ suit worn by Robert Downey Jr. stolen

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Call in The Avengers — someone has stolen Iron Man’s suit. Los Angeles police said the gold and red suit worn by Robert Downey Jr. in the original 2008 superhero smash hit was reported missing on Tuesday from a storage facility. Officer Christopher No told AFP the owners of the warehouse believe the iconic costume, valued at $325,000 (274,000 euros), vanished between February and April 25 from the prop […]

Who’s who in the Cannes film festival jury

  In a year rocked by the #MeToo movement, the jury of the Cannes film festival is both majority female and led by a woman. Here are the nine members: – Cate Blanchett – The two-time Oscar winner from Australia is the 12th woman to head the panel of judges. The 48-year-old has emerged as a key figure in Hollywood’s fight against sexual harassment. One of the first women to call out Harvey Weinstein, Blanchett […]

Films in the running for the top prize at Cannes

CANNES, France (AFP) — From an African-American detective infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan to Kurdish female fighters battling jihadists, here are the movies that will compete for the top Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes film festival which starts Tuesday: Everybody Knows Iranian master Asghar Farhadi kicks off the festival with a psychological thriller about a family reunion going awry, featuring Spanish stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. While Farhadi, 45, won an Oscar and […]

‘Avengers’ muscles rivals aside to continue box office dominance

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Avengers: Infinity War” flexed its considerable muscle anew this weekend in North American theaters, pulling in a robust $114.8 million and leaving other top films in its dust, according to figures released on Monday. The three-day take by the Marvel superhero epic gave it the second-highest second weekend of all time, behind only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Only five movies have hit the $100 million mark in their […]

UK royals release pictures of newborn Prince Louis

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Britain’s royal family on Sunday released two pictures of its newest arrival, Prince Louis, taken by his mother Kate at their Kensington Palace home. In one touching image, three-year-old Princess Charlotte is kissing her sleeping brother, while the other shows the royal baby propped against a cushion. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis,” said a Kensington Palace […]