Entertainment – International

BTS dance through UN to promote youth solutions for planet

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — It wasn’t exactly the screaming audience BTS is accustomed to but the Korean pop sensations had another sort of world stage Monday as they addressed the United Nations. The seven-member boy band, clad in subdued dark suits, said they hoped to rally young people to look at how to work toward the Sustainable Development Goals — UN benchmarks on which the world has fallen increasingly behind. With Covid restrictions […]

Olivia Colman wins best drama actress Emmy for ‘The Crown’

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Olivia Colman on Sunday won the Emmy for best actress in a drama series for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in British royals drama “The Crown.” Colman — who bested a crowded field that also included her co-star Emma Corrin — described the win as “a lovely end to the most extraordinary journey with this lovely family.” © Agence France-Presse

Josh O’Connor wins best drama actor Emmy for ‘The Crown’

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Josh O’Connor scooped the best actor Emmy for his portrayal of Prince Charles in the hit British royal drama “The Crown” in Los Angeles on Sunday. “Making ‘The Crown’ has been the most rewarding two years of my life,” O’Connor said as he accepted the award. © Agence France-Presse

BTS issued diplomatic passports for UN session

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — K-pop sensation BTS have been granted diplomatic passports ahead of the United Nations General Assembly as they embark on their new roles as presidential special envoys, South Korea’s presidential office said. The trailblazing septet have reached global superstardom, with their single “Dynamite” entering the Billboard Hot 100 at number one last year, making them the first South Korean act to top the US chart. They are credited with generating billions […]

Philippines’ John Arcilla wins best actor at Venice

  VENICE, Italy (AFP) — Philippines actor John Arcilla was the surprise choice for the best acting award at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday. The 55-year-old took home the prize for his starring role in “On the Job: The Missing 8”, a crime thriller that delves into corruption and fake news. “I’m the happiest actor tonight also because I know we come from different countries and we have different languages and cultures, yet I […]

‘Shang-Chi,’ with an Asian lead, sets a N.America box office record

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The North American box office got a big boost as Disney’s new “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” featuring Marvel’s first leading Asian superhero, scored an unexpectedly strong $75.4 million opening, industry observer Exhibitor Relations said Tuesday. That figure, for the Friday-through-Sunday period, was a Labor Day weekend record, the Hollywood Reporter said, and the film took in an additional $19.3 million on Monday. “This is a […]

‘The Wire’ star Michael K. Williams dead at 54

by Andréa BAMBINO NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — US actor Michael K. Williams, one of television’s most memorable stars of recent years for his role as Omar Little in “The Wire,” has been found dead in his New York City apartment, police said Monday. News of the death of the 54-year-old, who starred as the iconic Baltimore stick-up man in the groundbreaking television series, triggered an outpouring of grief among fans and former colleagues. […]

Money, money, money: ABBA return to UK singles chart

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — For the first time in 40 years, ABBA are heading back to Britain’s top 10 singles chart after thrilling fans with plans for a new album and virtual concert. Two singles released by the Swedish group from their upcoming album “Voyage” sit at numbers six and seven, based on preliminary CD and vinyl sales and on streaming data, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. “I Still Have Faith In […]

7-time Emmy winner Ed Asner dies age 91

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US television actor Ed Asner, winner of a record seven Emmy awards, has died at age 91, his family said Sunday. “We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning, peacefully. Words cannot express the sadness we feel,” his family wrote on the actor’s Twitter account. “With a kiss on your head — Goodnight dad. We love you.” His publicist said Asner died of natural causes. […]

Lightning cuts short NYC Homecoming Concert

  By Joanne Soriano EBC New York Bureau (Eagle News) — The much anticipated “We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert” in Central Park was cancelled halfway through the five-hour program due to lightning. An announcement was made for attendees to quickly and calmly exit due to approaching severe weather. The show was initially suspended with attendees asked to find a safe place to shelter, then cancelled. Before the concert, Mayor Bill De Blasio had also […]

New York’s ‘homecoming’ concert called off as hurricane nears

NEW YORK, Aug 22, 2021 (AFP) – New York City shut down on Saturday its star-studded concert meant to mark its “homecoming” in the wake of the pandemic’s worst devastation, over the threat of severe weather as Hurricane Henri churned closer. Barry Manilow, who was on a line-up that included Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith and Paul Simon, was cut off mid-song by a booming voice urging concert goers to proceed swiftly but calmly to the […]

‘Big Bang’ actress Bialik one of two new ‘Jeopardy!’ hosts

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “The Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik has been named as one of two new hosts of the long-running US television game show “Jeopardy!”, replacing the award-winning presenter Alex Trebek, who died of cancer last year. Bialik will share hosting duties with the show’s executive producer Mike Richards, producers announced Wednesday, after a prolonged search for Trebek’s successors. Richards will helm daily syndicated episodes when the show embarks on […]