Pneumonia forces Elton John to cut short Auckland gig

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — Elton John has tearfully apologized to fans after cutting short a concert in New Zealand due to illness, with the British superstar saying he was suffering from “walking pneumonia”. The 72-year-old, who is in the midst of a gruelling world tour, struggled to sing while seated at a grand piano during a performance at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday night. After being checked by a medic with a stethoscope, he […]

Philippine actor Richard Quan receives special recognition during EBC Films “Make it Reel” workshop

By Alfred Acenas EBC Hawaii Bureau QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) – Veteran Philippine actor Richard Quan made an appearance on day 2 of the filmmaker workshop “Make it Reel” sponsored by EBC Films and held at the EBC Main Studio in Quezon City, Philippines. Event organizers took the opportunity to congratulate him for his 26 years of success and contributions to the country’s film industry by presenting a certificate of recognition signed by EBC […]

Top UK TV presenter Caroline Flack found dead

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — British television presenter Caroline Flack was found dead on Saturday, her family said in a statement, the third star connected with the hit reality show “Love Island” to have died. “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th February,” the 40-year-old’s family said in a statement. British media reported that the star, who was soon to go on trial accused of assaulting her boyfriend, was found […]

FDCP’s Film Ambassador’s Night– Celebrating Philippine Cinema

By Alexandra Megia Eagle Broadcasting Corporation QUEZON CITY, Philippines (EBC) — The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), kicked off Philippine Cinema centennial year by honoring internationally award-winning film industry members, at the agency’s fourth annual Film Ambassadors’ Night. Where Philippines’ brightest lights, brightest stars celebrated at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. According to FDCP, “The annual event honors the many ‘Film Ambassadors’ of Philippine cinema, the diverse group of […]

‘Parasite’: South Korea’s barrier-breaking satire

by Claire LEE SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — South Korean thriller “Parasite” — a dark comedy about modern poverty and wealth that has brought down language barriers to open new audiences to foreign film — can now call itself a history-making Oscar winner. The movie’s Academy Award for the best original screenplay was the first Asian win in that category and the first for a Korean in any category. It comes after the 100th anniversary […]

Brad Pitt back on top with Oscar win

by Jocelyne ZABLIT HOLLYWOOD, United States (AFP) — Brad Pitt’s Oscar win on Sunday marks a fitting comeback for the veteran actor whose personal life, rather than his on-screen roles, has dominated headlines in recent years. Pitt won the golden statuette for his role as a laid-back fading stuntman in Quentin Tarantino’s ode to 1960s Tinseltown, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.” “This is incredible, really incredible,” the 56-year-old said as he accepted the […]

Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas dead at 103

  LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — US silver screen legend Kirk Douglas, the son of Jewish Russian immigrants who rose through the ranks to become one of Hollywood’s biggest-ever stars, has died, his family said Wednesday. He was 103. One of the last survivors of the golden age of cinema and the father of Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker Michael Douglas, the “Spartacus” actor was renowned for the macho tough guy roles he took on […]

Joaquin Phoenix wins best actor Bafta for ‘Joker’

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Joaquin Phoenix on Sunday won a Bafta for his brooding performance as the troubled man who would become Batman’s arch-nemesis in dark comic book tale “Joker”. He beat Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood”), Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”), Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”) and Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”). © Agence France-Presse

Grammys gala begins with love letter to late NBA star Kobe Bryant

by Maggy DONALDSON LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The 2020 Grammys kicked off Sunday with an emotional tribute to the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant, whose sudden death in a helicopter crash left Los Angeles in tears on music’s marquee night. Before the star-studded event’s top nominee Lizzo owned the stage at the Staples Center with a show-stopping medley of her top hits — where Bryant made NBA history as a championship-winning Laker — […]

‘Tonight is for Kobe’: Lizzo dedicates Grammys to late NBA legend

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Top nominee Lizzo kicked off the 2020 Grammys on Sunday with a tribute to the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant, before launching into a rousing medley of her hits. “Tonight is for Kobe,” shouted the 31-year-old, who has already won two awards in the pre-gala event that led into music’s marquee night. Bryant — a hero for Los Angeles who played for the Lakers in the Staples Center, where […]

Shanghai Disneyland closes over China virus concerns

  SHANGHAI, China (AFP) — Shanghai Disneyland will close until further notice this weekend due to a deadly virus outbreak that has infected hundreds of people in China, the amusement park said Friday. The closure comes as China entered its nearly week-long Lunar New Year holiday, and the home of Mickey Mouse had prepared special “Year of the Mouse” celebrations for its guests. But the park and resort said on its website it would temporarily […]

Eagle Broadcasting and EBC Films Present: Make it Reel

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (EBC) – Alexandra Megia “Quiet on the set! And action!” It’s every aspiring director’s dream to shout these words on their first movie set. Unfortunately, not all are granted the opportunity. Eagle Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) and EBC Films will help make those dreams real, by offering a five-day workshop, “Make it Reel.” The workshops feature seminars on directing, acting and guerrilla filmmaking. “’Make it Reel’ gives aspiring filmmakers a venue to hone […]