BTS, Korean pop titans who conquered the West

by Charlotte MASON PARIS, France (AFP) — Paris’s Stade de France stadium is packed. The crowd is a sea of screaming teenagers in sporty hoodies, colorful rabbit ears and — as it starts to rain — plastic ponchos. In a puff of smoke, BTS bursts onto the stage from behind two giant inflatable leopards. Dressed in white suits, they jump around to pumping hit “Dionysus”, to the delight of fans clutching smartphones and flashing globe […]

‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ defeats ‘X-Men’ to top box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Universal’s new animation “The Secret Life of Pets 2” managed to lead North American box offices this weekend with an estimated take of $47.1 million even while earning less than half what the first “Pets” film did just three years ago. “Pets 2,” produced by Illumination studio, edged out another new release, Fox’s “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” to top the three-day weekend, according to industry watcher Exhibitor Relations. “Pets” could […]

EBC Films’ “Guerrero” scores another knockout in Denmark

by Emily Manuel and MJ Racadio (Eagle News) – EBC Films’ award-winning movie “Guerrero” opened to a red-carpet premiere at the Palads Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark last May 26, 2019 to the delight of an international audience. Moviegoers were captivated by the heartwarming story of a boxer named Ramon and his triumph over life’s challenges, through the help of his younger brother, Miguel. The audience both laughed and cried throughout the movie. Richelle Cerri, from Copenhagen, […]

Empire State of Mind: Jay-Z becomes hip-hop’s first billionaire

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Jay-Z is officially hip hop’s first billionaire, Forbes declared Monday, founding his kingdom on entertainment but also reaping earnings from liquor, art and real estate. The rapper born Shawn Carter, who grew up in one of Brooklyn’s most notorious housing projects, “has accumulated a fortune that conservatively totals $1 billion, making him one of only a handful of entertainers to become a billionaire — and the first hip-hop artist […]

EBC Films’ “Hapi ang Buhay, the Musical” ends on a high note at the 35th PMPC Star Awards for Movies

by Emily Manuel and MJ Racadio (Eagle News) — It was a triumphant evening for EBC Films’ “Hapi ang Buhay, the Musical” at the 35th Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Movies held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Pasay City, last June 2, 2019. The film held three nominations and received the award for Best Indie Theme Song of the Year. EBC Films has been recognized by this prestigious award-giving body for […]

Comedian Gary Lising passes away

(Eagle News)–Comedian Gary Lising has passed away. His brother, Pompeii, made the announcement in a Facebook post on Saturday, June 1. “I am sad to inform some terrible news. We lost our beloved Gary Lising, my eldest brother, today. Gary, thank you for all the laughs and love, we will miss you deeply,” he said. The cause of death was not immediately clear. Lising is known for his role in the TV gag show “Champoy” […]

Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ woos North America box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Disney’s “Aladdin” soared at the North American box office over the holiday weekend raking in nearly $117 million and leading all other offerings, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Tuesday. The film, released on the American four-day Memorial Day weekend, earned $116.8 million from Friday through Monday and $91.5 million from Friday to Sunday, well beyond earlier estimates of around $80 million. The live-action movie, directed by Guy Ritchie, stars […]

Disney’s live-action ‘Aladdin’ casts a box-office spell

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Aladdin” apparently still has the old magic, as the new Disney film took in an estimated $86.1 million in the Friday-to-Sunday period in North America to lead all box-office offerings, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported. The film, released on the US’s four-day Memorial Day weekend, is expected to earn $105 million when Monday’s ticket sales are included, well beyond earlier estimates of around $80 million, according to the Hollywood […]

EBC Films’ “Hapi Ang Buhay, the Musical” receives 3 nominations for 2019 PMPC Star Awards for Movies

by MJ Racadio (Eagle News) — Setting another milestone for EBC Films, “Hapi Ang Buhay, the Musical” received three nominations from the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Movies, including Best New Movie Actress of Year, Best New Movie Actor of the Year, and Indie Movie Theme Song of the Year. Internationally-acclaimed director Carlo Ortega Cuevas was extremely surprised after the nominations were announced. “I am excited and proud to be INC – […]

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

By Emil Valerio EBC New York Bureau NEW YORK (Eagle News) — Many people are familiar with the question posed in the theme song “Sunny Days” which asks viewers how to get to Sesame Street. The popular television show “Sesame Street” is a pioneer in using TV as means of teaching generations of young children important life lessons such as the alphabet, how to count, and good values. As children grew older though, they learned […]

More than just a pretty picture: “Picture Character” documentary gives insight into world of emojis

By Joanne Soriano EBC New York Bureau NEW YORK (Eagle News) — How often do you receive or send emojis when communicating with family and friends? The emoji, a Japanese term for “picture character,” has grown in popularity across generations and cultures as an expression of language in today’s digital world of smartphones, computers and social media. The documentary “Picture Character” takes viewers across time and distances to explore when the emoji was first created […]

George R.R. Martin hints at different ‘Game of Thrones’ ending

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — “Game of Thrones” fans have been dissecting the series finale — and complaining about it — for two days now, but they may get another shot at elation, or disappointment. Author George R.R. Martin has suggested the ending could be very different from the one seen worldwide when he finally publishes the final two books in the saga. HBO showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were forced to come […]