Entertainment – International

Enchanted Potter fans attend global ‘Fantastic Beasts’ event in London

REUTERS — Enchanted “Harry Potter” fans lined up in London’s Leicester Square on Thursday (October 13) for a global fan event to get a sneak peek at the new spin-off movie penned by J.K. Rowling, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. The British contingent of Potter-philes were part of a coordinated event to see early footage from “Fantastic Beasts” at select IMAX theaters in cities including Rome, Sao Paulo, Mexico City and New York. […]

Nobel laureate Dylan: uneasy ‘voice of a generation’

by Shaun TANDON SAINT PAUL, United States (AFP) — If the phrase “voice of a generation” were trademarked, it may well belong to Bob Dylan. But the singer and poet, whose surprise win of the Nobel Prize for Literature only cements his iconic status in 1960s counterculture, has been an uneasy spokesman. Best known as a folk singer, the 75-year-old Dylan cruised past prominent US novelists of his age range such as Don DeLillo and […]

Game of Thrones actor surprises Syrian refugee a month after first meeting him in Jordan

STUTTGART, Germany, (Reuters) — “Game of Thrones” actor Liam Cunningham on Tuesday (October 11) paid a surprise visit to a teenage Syrian refugee, now in possession of a German visa and living in Stuttgart, a month after meeting him in Jordan. Cunningham, who plays Davos Seaworth in HBO’s hit medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones, first met 16-year-old Hussam when he visited Jordan’s Irbid at the beginning of September. Hussam fled to Jordan after his […]

‘I’m not afraid to return to Bataclan’, says Marianne Faithfull

by Sophie LAUBIE PARIS, France (AFP) — Marianne Faithfull knows why some musicians are reluctant to return to play at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where jihadist gunmen massacred 90 people last year. But one of rock’s great survivors, whose voice and body carry the scars of battling through cancer, heroin and alcohol addictions, will not be put off. She will perform there next month, a week after a concert by another reborn British […]

Drake sets new record for American Music Award nods

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Rap chart-topper Drake on Monday earned a record 13 nominations for the American Music Awards, topping the mark set by late king of pop Michael Jackson. The Toronto rapper, whose “Views” has been the top-selling album released this year in the United States, was in the running for Artist of the Year and raked in other nominations thanks to his slew of collaborations. But on the same day as […]

Polish film director Wajda dies aged 90

VENICE, Italy (Reuters) — One of Poland’s most famous film directors, Andrzej Wajda, died on Sunday night (October 9), at the age of 90. Fans, film-makers and political leaders went online to pay tribute to the man whose work focused on Poland’s culture and history. One of his best-known releases, 1957’s “Canal”, showed the struggle of the Polish underground army in the Warsaw uprising. “We all stem from Wajda. We looked at Poland and at […]

Film seeks new take on foreign domestic workers

BUSAN, South Korea (AFP) — A documentary that takes an intimate look at the daily dramas of foreign domestic workers has premiered at Asia’s largest film festival, with its director pushing a fresh perspective on the millions employed in homes across the globe. “So much of what we hear and see about them is sensational or negative,” said Baby Ruth Villarama on the sidelines of the 21st Busan International Film Festival in South Korea. “I […]

Busan International Film festival opens in South Korea

BUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) — The 21st Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) opened in South Korea’s southeastern port city on Thursday (October 6) a day after Typhoon Chaba hit the region, leaving at least five people dead. Celebrities dazzled on the red carpet for the start of the film festival, one of Asia’s largest film events. Movie stars including Japanese actor Watanabe Ken, K-pop boy band SHINee’s member Minho, and Hong Kong actress Kara Wai walked […]

South Korea’s boy band SHINee to release new album

SEOUL, South Korea (Reuters) — South Korea’s boy band SHINee promoted their fifth full-length album “1 of 1” on Tuesday (October 4) in Seoul. “This is an album in which we’ve put a lot of effort to start out a new concept, that’s why the title is a retro style, which we have never tried before. Members’ participation in making the songs was high and we have done a lot of thinking. I hope many people […]

Actor Ben Stiller reveals past cancer diagnosis

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, United States (Reuters) —  Actor and director Ben Stiller said on Tuesday (October 4) that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago, and said a controversial early screening test had saved his life. The “Zoolander” star, 50, said he was diagnosed in June 2014 and that after surgery he was declared cancer free three months later. “So, I had cancer a couple of years ago and I wanted to talk […]

Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and celebrate the opening of the Robin Williams Center in New York

Late comedian Robin Williams was honored in New York on Wednesday (October 05) night with the SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) Foundation Robin William Center. The building will be a space for nurturing the over 40,000 actors in New York City. Williams’ long time friend, Billy Crystal, said it means a great deal to those in the industry. “To have a place that is dedicated to helping people who are […]

Rapper Kid Cudi reveals depression struggle, seeks help

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Kid Cudi, the rapper who has won an avid fan base for his versatility and sensitivity, has entered treatment after revealing a long struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts. Writing late Tuesday on Facebook, Kid Cudi said he felt ashamed before fans who looked up to him but could not hide the “ragin’ violent storm inside my heart at all times.” On Monday “I checked myself into rehab for […]