‘Spider-Man’ swings into sixth place on all-time box office list

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Spider-Man: No Way Home” powered its way into sixth place on the all-time global box office list, as it returned to the top spot in North American theaters at the weekend, industry data showed Sunday. In its sixth week out, the Sony superhero yarn with Tom Holland in the title role took in an estimated $14.1 million in the United States and Canada after slipping briefly from the top […]

Baldwin says complying with ‘Rust’ shooting investigation

US actor Alec Baldwin insisted Saturday that he was complying with the investigation into the fatal on-set shooting of a cinematographer nearly a month after detectives obtained a warrant for his phone. “Any suggestion that I am not complying with requests or orders or demands or search warrants about my phone, that’s b……t, that’s a lie,” the US actor said in a video message posted on Instagram. He said that authorities in New Mexico, where […]

Pioneering movie star Sidney Poitier dies at 94

Sidney Poitier, Hollywood’s first major Black movie star and the first Black man to win the best actor Oscar, has died at 94, prompting an outpouring of grief from the entertainment industry and beyond. Stars including Denzel Washington along with current and past US presidents Joe Biden and Barack Obama led emotional tributes as news broke Friday of the death of the celebrated thespian. “He was a gentle man and opened doors for all of […]

Bowie estate sells songwriting rights to Warner

by Maggy DONALDSON Agence France-Presse NEW YORK, United States (AFP) – David Bowie’s estate has sold the publishing rights to his “entire body of work” to Warner Chappell Music, the company said Monday, the latest massive deal in a roaring song rights purchasing boom. Warner Chappell did not reveal financial terms of the agreement, but according to trade publications the price tag is estimated at upwards of $250 million. Recent years have seen a series […]

‘Spider-Man’ stays strong, again topping N.America box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Spider-Man: No Way Home” again dominated in North American theaters with an estimated $52.7 million weekend take, while topping the $600 million mark domestically in its third week out, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Sunday. The strong results for Sony’s superhero sequel — last weekend it surpassed the $1 billion mark globally — have breathed welcome life into the movie industry as it battles to recover from the Covid-19 […]

Betty White, doyenne of US television, dead at 99

Actress Betty White, who made US television audiences laugh for more than seven decades, starring on popular sitcoms “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” died Friday at age 99. The pioneering Emmy-winning comedienne enjoyed one of the longest careers in showbiz history: she began regularly appearing on television in 1949 and had a voice role in “Toy Story 4” in 2019. “Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she […]

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ director Jean-Marc Vallee dies at 58

by Michel COMTE Agence France-Presse MONTREAL, Canada (AFP) – Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee has died at age 58, his publicist announced, shocking the industry and admirers who hailed him on Monday as a creative force. Vallee took on compelling projects in multiple genres, from his work on “Dallas Buyers Club,” an unflinching look at the AIDS crisis, to the small-screen HBO adaptation of “Big Little Lies,” and was widely acknowledged as an exceptional talent. […]

‘Spider-Man’ surpasses $1 bn globally, holds N.America box office top spot

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) – The hit new “Spider-Man” became the first billion-dollar-grossing film of the pandemic era over the Christmas weekend, reaching the milestone while holding firmly to the North American box office top spot, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Sunday. “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” British star Tom Holland’s third solo outing in the wildly popular role, has grossed $467.3 million in North America and $587 million internationally, raking in more than $1 […]

Three members of K-pop sensation BTS test positive for Covid-19

  Three members of K-pop sensation BTS have tested positive for Covid-19 since returning from the US, where they held their first in-person concerts since the pandemic began, the group’s management said Saturday. Rapper RM and vocalist Jin tested positive for the virus Saturday evening, according to Big Hit Music. The announcement came a day after the agency confirmed that Suga, another member of the septet, was “administering self-care at home” following a positive test. […]

Coldplay will stop recording in 2025: frontman

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Coldplay frontman Chris Martin said Thursday that the hugely successful British band will stop recording in 2025, but will continue to tour. Coldplay, known for hits such as “Yellow” and “Clocks”, released their first studio album “Parachutes” in 2000. They’ve since recorded eight more, including the most recent “Music of the Spheres,” released in October, which it is taking on a world tour next year. In a BBC radio interview […]

Drake withdraws his two Grammy nominations

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Canadian rap superstar Drake asked for his two Grammy nominations to be withdrawn this year and the Recording Academy has honored his request, multiple sources told AFP Monday. Drake had been up for two rap awards at January’s ceremony, but his mega-hit album “Certified Lover Boy” was conspicuously left out of the general field categories last month, and the artist has clashed with the Academy multiple times. The singer […]

Pop royalty join jazzman Jon Batiste atop Grammy nominations

by Maggy DONALDSON NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo are leading a splashy class of pop stalwarts and newbies nominated for this year’s Grammy awards. But it’s Jon Batiste — the jazz and R&B artist, television personality and bandleader, whose prizes include an Oscar for his soundtrack to the movie “Soul” — who has the most chances at Grammy gold, snagging 11 nominations including in the top categories. […]