K-pop phenomenon BTS first Korean act to top UK chart

London, United Kingdom (AFP) — K-pop sensation BTS scored another record on Friday, becoming the first Korean act to top Britain’s album chart. The floppy-haired seven-piece’s latest album “Map of the soul: Persona” went straight in at number one, days after their single “Boy With Luv” broke the YouTube record for the most views in 24 hours with 74.6 million hits. The track is also the band’s first ever British Top 15 single, charting at […]

Carrie Fisher in trailer for final ‘Star Wars’ movie

by Nova SAFO Agence France-Presse Chicago, United States (AFP) — Lucasfilm delighted “Star Wars” fans Friday with a glimpse of Carrie Fisher in sneak-peek footage of the hotly-anticipated final episode of the space opera — more than two years after her death. Director J.J. Abrams told the US “Star Wars Celebration” event the writers had agonized over giving Fisher’s beloved General Leia Organa a fitting send-off in the ninth installment, revealed as “Star Wars IX: […]

Netflix chief Hastings to leave Facebook board

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Netflix chief Reed Hastings will depart Facebook’s board of directors at the end of next month, according to a Friday filing with US regulators by the leading social network. Neither Hastings nor businessman and political figure Erskine Bowles, who have been on the board since 2011, will be nominated for re-election at an annual shareholders meeting on May 30, Facebook said in a filing with the US Securities and […]

Camila Cabello to star in remake of ‘Cinderella’

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello will try on the glass slipper when she takes on the lead role in a remake of “Cinderella,” a source close to the project said Tuesday. The decision to cast a Hispanic woman is a significant break from a long tradition of white and usually blonde Cinderellas. Cabello, a multi-platinum selling and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, will also help write the film’s songs. The project grew out […]

Viva Europa 2019 highlights EU’s focus on cultural diplomacy

By Caesar Vallejos OPEN FOR BUSINESS, Eagle News Service The cultural season is on and highlighting the annual celebration is the European Union (EU) Delegation to the Philippines’ “Viva Europa 2019” conducted in partnership with the EU member states’ embassies and European cultural institutes. “Viva Europa is part of our cultural diplomacy which aims at reinforcing mutual understanding and strengthening people-to-people links”,  said European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen. In his welcome remarks to members of […]

The end is coming: How ‘Game of Thrones’ broke all records

PARIS, France (AFP) — The most expensive, most watched, most pirated and most award-festooned fictional television series in history… As “Game of Thrones” starts its eighth and final season on April 14, AFP looks back on its record-breaking run. Massive ratings First broadcast in 2011 on the US cable channel HBO, “Game of Thrones” — or GoT to its fans — was not an overnight phenomenon. But its audiences have never stopped growing and by […]

George R.R. Martin: father of ‘Game of Thrones’

by Andrea GRAELLS TEMPEL PARIS, France (AFP) — George R.R. Martin, the 70-year-old writer behind HBO’s blood-spattered epic “Game of Thrones”, has created a multitude of fantasy worlds spanning medieval pasts to distant sci-fi futures. Portly, with a white beard, glasses and usually wearing a cap, Martin has been described as “America’s Tolkien” and says he was inspired by the British fantasy master’s “The Lord of the Rings” as a teenager. He grew up poor […]

Westlife to hold concert in PHL in July

MANILA, Philippines — The 90’s boyband Westlife is set to return to the Philippines for a concert in Araneta Coliseum on July 30 this year. Apart from the Philippines, Westlife will be visiting Thailand, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in the Asian leg of  ‘The Twenty Tour’ reunion. Westlife’s last performance in Manila was in September 2011. They disbanded right after their last tour in the same year. Their lead vocalist Shane Filan did […]

Police to file raps vs actor Migo Adecer over alleged use of fake driver’s license

(Eagle News)–The police will file charges against GMA actor Migo Adecer after one of the licenses he gave authorities when he was accosted for alleged reckless driving was found to be fake. The incident reportedly took place in Rockwell before Adecer figured in a hit and run in Barangay Poblacion that left two Metropolitan Manila Development Authority enforcers hurt. Adecer was arrested in connection with the hit and run but the two enforcers refused to […]

Disney’s ‘Dumbo’ fails to impress at N. American box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Disney’s new live-action film “Dumbo” failed to soar at the box office as expected on its opening weekend in North America, taking in $46 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations found Monday. Analysts had expected Tim Burton’s live-action remake of the 1941 classic about a small elephant with huge, magical ears to pick up at least $50 million in its opening three-day weekend. The film had a $170 million production […]

Grammy-nominated US rapper Nipsey Hussle shot dead

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead in the US city of Los Angeles Sunday, sparking an outpouring of grief from fellow celebrities as the city’s mayor blamed “senseless gun violence.” According to local media reports, Hussle was shot in front of his own clothing store Sunday afternoon at close range, by a man who fled in a getaway car. “Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle […]

Lacson: File raps first before releasing celebrities “narco-list”

(Eagle News)–For Senator Panfilo Lacson, the list of celebrities allegedly linked to illegal drugs should not be released just yet. According to Lacson, charges have to be filed first against the 31 personalities the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said were on the list. “Kung maglalabas ka ng listahan at sasabihin mong validated ito, dapat mayroong ebidensya kasi ang intelligence information pwedeng mamali, pwedeng tumatama,” he added. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino has said he would not […]