Entertainment – International

‘The Avengers’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ actress Diana Rigg dies at 82: agent

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Award-winning British actress Diana Rigg, who starred in the original “The Avengers” television series and “Game of Thrones”, has died aged 82, her agent announced on Thursday. “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce that Dame Diana Rigg died peacefully early this morning,” Simon Beresford said in a statement. “She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time,” he added, calling her […]

BTS hit ‘Dynamite’ worth $1.4 billion to South Korea: govt

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — K-pop sensation BTS’s US-chart-topping single “Dynamite” could generate more than $1.4 billion for the South Korean economy and thousands of new jobs in the country, a government study claimed Monday. The trailblazing septet cemented their prominence in the world’s biggest music market last week, when the all-English track debuted at number one in the Billboard Hot 100. The feat had previously eluded rapper Psy, whose Gangnam Style was a global […]

‘Batman’ filming halted after Pattinson gets Covid-19

by Jocelyne ZABLIT LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Filming in Britain for the latest Batman movie has been halted after its star Robert Pattinson reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus, just days after shooting had resumed. “A member of ‘The Batman’ production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols,” Warner Bros. said in a statement to AFP. “Filming is temporarily paused.” The studio did not name the person […]

The Rock reveals family coronavirus battle

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his entire family tested positive for coronavirus but have made a full recovery, the professional wrestler turned Hollywood A-lister said Wednesday. Johnson, the world’s top-paid actor, urged his 196 million Instagram followers to wear masks and avoid “politicizing” the pandemic after revealing that he, his wife, and two young daughters had picked up Covid-19 from close family friends. “This has been one of the […]

K-pop’s BTS first all-South Korean act to top US singles charts

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — K-pop sensation BTS has become the first all-South Korean act to rule the top US singles chart, industry tracker Billboard announced Monday, with their English-language “Dynamite” hitting number one. It is another milestone cementing the seven-member boy band’s global dominance, coming hours after BTS beat American heavyweights including Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift to score the Best Pop award at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. The first […]

‘Black Panther’ star Boseman dies after private battle with cancer

  LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Chadwick Boseman, star of the ground-breaking superhero movie “Black Panther,” has died after a private four-year battle with colon cancer, his publicist told AFP Friday. Boseman, 43, never publicly discussed his condition and continued to work on major Hollywood films during and between “countless” operations and chemotherapy, his family said in a statement. “It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in ‘Black […]

Keanu Reeves brings sunny ‘Bill & Ted’ sequel to ‘darker’ world

by Andrew MARSZAL LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Featuring a young Keanu Reeves, a madcap time-travelling plot and a supply of the most bodacious catchphrases, 1989’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” has become a cult comedy classic. Three decades on, the hit that launched Reeves’ career is back for a third movie — and its air-headed, good-natured heroes’ message to “be excellent to each other” is needed now more than ever, its creators told […]

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas says he tested positive for coronavirus

MADRID, Spanish (AFP) — Spanish actor Antonio Banderas announced on his 60th birthday Monday that he was in quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus but was feeling “relatively well”. “I am forced to celebrate my 60th birthday in quarantine after having tested positive for the COVID-19 disease,” Banderas, known for roles in such films as “The Mask of Zorro” and “Philadelphia”, said in a statement posted on social media which was accompanied with a […]

Disney’s ‘Mulan’ to skip big screen with September streaming launch

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Disney’s much-delayed blockbuster “Mulan” will skip the big screen and premiere on streaming platform Disney+ next month, it was announced Tuesday, as coronavirus keeps theaters shut across much of the United States. The unprecedented decision — described by CEO Bob Chapek as a “one-off” for a Disney blockbuster — is the latest major blow for movie theater chains already reeling from the pandemic. “Mulan,” a mega-budget live action remake […]

‘Glee’ actress death ruled accidental drowning as tributes paid

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The death of “Glee” actress Naya Rivera in a California lake last week was ruled an accidental drowning by medical examiners Tuesday. Rivera, 33, disappeared during a boating trip with her four-year-old son last Wednesday, and her body was found floating in Lake Piru on Monday. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office formally confirmed Rivera’s identity using dental records, it said in a statement. No traumatic injuries or evidence […]

‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera missing, feared drowned

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Glee” star Naya Rivera is missing and feared drowned at a California lake, local officials said, with rescuers to continue a search for her on Thursday. The Ventura County Sheriff’s office earlier tweeted it was looking for a “possible drowning victim” at the lake, and said a dive team was being deployed to the area. Rivera, 33, is best known for her role as high school cheerleader Santana Lopez […]

Harry Potter star Emma Watson joins board of fashion giant Kering

PARIS, France (AFP) — Emma Watson, the actress and activist who made her name as Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” films, joined the board of the French fashion giant Kering Tuesday, in a major coup for the world’s second biggest luxury group. The British star, who was born in Paris, is the face of the Good On You app, which rates fashion brands on their ethical and sustainability credentials. Although Kering is seen to […]