Entertainment – International

Pedro Pascal to lead cast of ‘Star Wars’ series

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Narcos” and “Game of Thrones” star Pedro Pascal is to play the lead in upcoming “Star Wars” TV series “The Mandalorian,” Disney said Wednesday, as it builds on the beloved and profitable science fiction franchise. Penned and produced by Marvel mainstay Jon Favreau, the live-action show will follow Pascal’s lone gunfighter, making his way in the outer reaches of the galaxy after the fall of the Empire. “We’re having […]

Disney’s ‘Ralph’ keeps wrecking it at box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” has topped the North American box office for the third week in a row, taking in an estimated $16.3 million over the weekend, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said Monday. The animated film, a sequel to 2012’s “Wreck It Ralph,” has sold $141 million in domestic tickets since it opened and has helped Disney make box office history again this year with more than $7 […]

Disney again makes history with takings above $7bn for 2018

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Walt Disney Studios is again ending the year on a high note, posting more than $7 billion in global box office earnings, thanks to hits such as “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” “This is only the second time in history any studio has surpassed the $7 billion mark, after Disney’s own industry-record 2016 global gross of $7.6 billion,” the company said in a statement on Monday. “The Studios’ […]

Hollywood awards season kicks off with Golden Globes noms

by Laurent BANGUET Agence France-Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Hollywood’s annual carnival of awards shows begins Thursday with the nominations for the Golden Globes — the starting gun in the race for the Oscars. The announcements, which come a week before the influential Screen Actors Guild nominations, are the first major bellwether of momentum going into the Academy Awards, which take place in February. Awards analysis website Gold Derby predicts that music romance […]

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas wed in lavish India ceremony

NEW DELHI, India (AFP) — Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas hosted an extravagant concert Sunday for their star-studded wedding guests as the couple tied the knot at a lavish Indian palace. Chopra, 36, and Jonas, 26 performed an opulent Indian music and dance routine as their friends and family clapped along at the Umaid Bhawan palace in the western city of Jodhpur. The multi-day festivities —- dubbed India’s “wedding of the […]

US comedian Kevin Hart to host Oscars

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — US comedian and actor Kevin Hart announced on Tuesday that he would be hosting the 91st Academy Awards in February. “For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…,” Hart wrote in an Instagram post. “I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s […]

Television holds ground for news, as print fades: US study

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Television remains the biggest source of news for Americans, with print losing further ground to digital services, a survey showed Monday. The Pew Research Center report found that 47 percent of US prefer watching their news, while 34 percent opt for reading and 19 percent prefer listening. The survey suggests more troubles for the ailing newspaper sector, while television is holding its ground against online video. Among those who watch […]

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas wed in lavish India ceremony

NEW DELHI, India (AFP) — Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas hosted an extravagant concert Sunday for their star-studded wedding guests as the couple tied the knot at a lavish Indian palace. Chopra, 36, and Jonas, 26 performed an opulent Indian music and dance routine as their friends and family clapped along at the Umaid Bhawan palace in the western city of Jodhpur. The multi-day festivities —- dubbed India’s “wedding of the […]

Stallone says hanging up his Rocky gloves

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — After more than four decades and eight movies, actor Sylvester Stallone says he is finally hanging up his Rocky gloves. In a video he shared on Instagram Wednesday, the 72-year-old actor said he was ready to walk away from playing the iconic character, referring to his latest appearance in the recently released “Creed II” as his “last rodeo.” “I thought Rocky was over in 2006 and I was very […]

Hillenburg, SpongeBob SquarePants creator, dies at 57

By Javier Tovar Agence France Presse LOS ANGELES, United States — Stephen Hillenburg, the biology teacher turned creative genius behind the wildly successful “SpongeBob SquarePants” children’s animation series has died, Nickelodeon announced Tuesday. He was 57. Hillenburg passed away on Monday from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, associates said. He created the hit Nickelodeon series, launched in 1999, which recounted the adventures of a yellow sponge and his friends in the make-believe city […]

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ — and North American box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Disney’s new “Ralph Breaks the Internet” dominated the North American box office over the holiday weekend, pulling in $56.2 million, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said Monday. The animated sequel to “Wreck It Ralph” enjoyed the second-best debut ever for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, behind Disney’s “Frozen,” according to industry magazine Variety, but will need staying power to make up for its $175 million production budget. The film has title […]