Entertainment

‘Captain Marvel’ clobbers the competition to stay atop box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Female-led superhero movie “Captain Marvel” took in an estimated $69.3 million over the weekend, outearning the combined North American totals of the next nine films, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday. The Disney/Marvel blockbuster had a huge opening last weekend — the biggest ever for a female-fronted superhero flick — and, with the foreign total of $494 million added in, “is now assured of ultimately earning $1 billion,” according […]

Taguig court orders Nicko Falcis arrested for access device fraud

(Eagle News) — A Taguig court has ordered the arrest of Nicko Falcis, a former business partner of actress Kris Aquino. The warrant issued by Judge Felix Reyes of Branch 70 of the Taguig Regional Trial Court was for violation of Section 9 of Republic Act No. 8484 or the Access Device Regulation Act of 1998. Section 9 bans obtaining money through an access device. Bail was set at P60,000. Aquino has accused Falcis of […]

Former OMB chair Ronnie Ricketts found guilty of graft

Is sentenced to six to eight years in jail (Eagle News) — The Sandiganbayan has found former Optical Media Board chair Ronnie Ricketts guilty of graft. The anti-graft court sentenced the former actor to six to eight years imprisonment after ruling he gave undue advantage to to Sky High Marketing Corporation when he ordered its pirated compact discs  released a day after his men confiscated them  without filing charges in 2010. Ricketts can also no longer […]

Senate backs convening of special session for supplemental budget that includes contentious House “itemizations”

(Eagle News)–Senate President Tito Sotto is pushing for a supplemental budget  that will include what the House of Representatives said were its itemizations in order to break the impasse between both houses of Congress. In an interview over CNN Philippines, Sotto said the proposal was made by Senator Panfilo Lacson to San Juan Rep. Ronaldo Zamora. “The suggestion was that, again, get back, recall the submitted [General Appropriations Bill] to us. And from there, we could […]

Hollywood stars among dozens charged over college entrance scam

by Thomas URBAIN “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman and fellow Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin were among dozens indicted Tuesday in a multi-million dollar scam to help children of the American elite cheat their way into top universities. The accused, who also include chief executives, financiers, the chairman of a prominent law firm, a winemaker and fashion designer, allegedly cheated on admissions tests and arranged for bribes to get their children into prestigious schools including Yale, […]

K-pop star Seungri retires amid sex-for-investment allegations

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — South Korean pop star Seungri on Monday announced his retirement from show business amid mounting criminal investigations including his alleged involvement in a sex-for-investments scandal. The 29-year-old singer from K-pop boy band BIGBANG is accused of lobbying potential investors by offering sex services at multiple nightclubs in Seoul’s posh Gangnam district. He faced police questioning at the weekend. “It would be better for me to retire from the entertainment business […]

Second South Korean star quits as K-pop sex scandal spreads

  SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — A burgeoning K-pop sex scandal claimed a second scalp as a singer who rose to fame after coming second in one of South Korea’s top talent shows admitted secretly filming himself having sex and sharing the footage. Jung Joon-young, 30, announced his immediate retirement from showbusiness amid allegations he shot and shared sexual imagery without his partners’ consent. “I admit to all my crimes,” he said. “I filmed women […]

Taguig Prosecutors Office recommends indictment of Kris Aquino’s ex-business partner for estafa

Junks qualified theft raps vs Nicko Falcis (Eagle News)—The Taguig Prosecutors Office has junked the  qualified theft charges filed by actress Kris Aquino against her former business partner, but found probable cause for the charges of estafa against him. In recommending the filing of a complaint for estafa through misappropriation and conversion against Nicko Falcis, Claire Eufracia Pagayanan, assistant state prosecutor, said there was “enough evidence to engender a well-founded belief” that he “converted” the […]

Oh baby, baby… Britney Spears hits set for Broadway

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Britney Spears is heading to Broadway, the singer announced Tuesday, in the form of a fairytale jukebox musical with a feminist bent set to the pop star’s hits. “Once Upon a One More Time” begins previews and then a limited run in Chicago from October 29 before setting its sights on New York. “I’m so excited to have a musical with my songs — especially one that takes place […]

PDEA probing two celebrities with alleged drug links

(Eagle News)–The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Tuesday, March 12, said it was investigating two celebrities whose names were seen in the phone of a big-time party drugs dealer who was killed in a buy-bust operation on Monday night. PDEA refused to identify the celebrities whose names figured in the phone of Steven Pasion, saying a case build-up was still ongoing. The authorities said they were also looking at the possibility the names were mere […]

PDEA probing two celebrities with alleged drug links

(Eagle News)–The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Tuesday, March 12, said it was investigating two celebrities whose names were seen in the phone of a big-time party drugs dealer who was killed in a buy-bust operation on Monday night. PDEA refused to identify the celebrities whose names figured in the phone of Steven Pasion, saying a case build-up was still ongoing. The authorities said they were also looking at the possibility the names were mere […]

‘Captain Marvel’ holds her own in N. American opening

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Captain Marvel,” the first Marvel superhero film with a female character in top billing, soared atop North American box offices in its debut weekend, with ticket sales of $153.4 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said on Monday. Added to the $302 million taken in internationally, the film’s total of $455 million for the three-day weekend makes it the biggest opening ever for a female-fronted superhero film, the Hollywood Reporter […]