Entertainment – International

Bill Withers, soul icon behind ‘Lean On Me,’ dies at 81

by Andrew Marszal, with Maggy Donaldson in New York Bill Withers, the legendary performer who delivered timeless hits like “Ain’t No Sunshine” with silky yet funkified vocals and came to define 1970s soul, has died. He was 81 years old. The Grammy-winning artist behind the beloved “Lean on Me” succumbed to heart complications, according to his family, which said it was “devastated” over the loss. “A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to […]

Disney delays Marvel blockbusters but hopes for summer ‘Mulan’ launch

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Disney delayed the releases of more than a dozen major films Friday, but has not given up on a summer blockbuster with “Mulan” now penciled in for a July launch despite the coronavirus pandemic. The revised schedule confirmed eagerly awaited Marvel movies “Black Widow” and “The Eternals,” as well as the latest “Thor” and “Doctor Strange” sequels, have all been pushed back as the virus shutters theaters around the […]

Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals to be streamed online for free starting April 3

  (Eagle News) – The full musicals of renowned English composer and musical threater impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber will be streamed for free online weekly every Friday in a new Youtube channel called “The Shows Must Go On”. It starts on April 3 (US time), with Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” which will be streamed at Universal Pictures’ new Youtube channel, “The Shows Must Go On.” Webber himself announced this in a video […]

WATCH: EBC Films’ Guerrero

  QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — EBC Films‘ international award-winning feature film Guerrero, is now on YouTube. Relive the story and see why Guerrero won Best Foreign Feature Film (Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards) and Best Screenplay  (International Film Festival-Manhattan)—just to name a few.  

Country music star Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Joe Diffie, a Grammy award-winning country music singer who had several chart-topping hits in the 1990s, has died of coronavirus. He was 61. Diffie’s death was announced on his Facebook page, which said he died on Sunday “from complications of coronavirus.” His death came just two days after he had announced that he had tested positive for the virus and was receiving medical care. “My family and I are asking […]

American playwright Terrence McNally dies of coronavirus complications

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Terrence McNally, a revered American playwright, librettist and screenwriter whose long career earned him four Tony awards and an Emmy, died Tuesday following coronavirus complications. He was 81 years old. McNally’s publicist said in a statement sent to AFP that the esteemed artist was a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He died while hospitalized in Florida. An openly gay writer whose subject matter included […]

Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus: report

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, US media reported Sunday. Weinstein, 68, is in prison in northern New York state after being sentenced to 23 years in jail for rape and sexual assault. The fallen film producer’s diagnosis was first reported Sunday evening by local paper the Niagara Gazette. Weinstein’s spokespeople have declined to comment to US media on the subject. The New […]

Country music legend Kenny Rogers dies at 81: family

Los Angeles, United States (AFP) –Country music legend Kenny Rogers, whose career spanned six decades, has died at the age of 81, his family said late Friday. “Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” they said in a statement. The family said they were planning a small private service “out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency.” A three-time Grammy winner, Rogers was […]

Netflix commits $100 million to help actors, crews thrown out of work

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Streaming television giant Netflix on Friday launched a $100 million fund to help actors and production crews endure the hit to paychecks caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The fund is meant to help offset hardship in the “creative community,” with most of the money going to financially troubled workers on Netflix productions around the world, according to Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “This community has supported Netflix through […]

‘Game of Thrones’ actor tests positive for coronavirus

OSLO, Norway (AFP) — The ‘Game of Thrones’ actor Kristofer Hivju, who played the role of Tormund, has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is doing well, the Norwegian said in an Instagram post. The 41-year-old known for his fiery red hair and beard said he and his family were in self-isolation at home. “We are in good health — I only have mild symptoms of a cold,” he wrote in a message accompanied […]

Tom Hanks released from hospital after virus quarantine

GOLD COAST, United States (AFP) — Tom Hanks has been released from the Australian hospital where he was in isolation since testing positive for the coronavirus last week, but his wife Rita Wilson remains hospitalized, health officials said Tuesday. The multiple Oscar-winning actors were on the Gold Coast near Brisbane to film an Elvis Presley biopic directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann when he and Wilson, both 63, came down with the disease. Wilson, a singer-songwriter, […]