Entertainment – International

Jurassic Park actor Sam Neill reveals blood cancer diagnosis

  Wellington, New Zealand | AFP | Saturday 3/18/2023 Actor Sam Neill has revealed he is being treated for stage-three blood cancer, writing in a memoir that he was “possibly dying” from the illness diagnosed a year ago. The New Zealander, who burst to fame after starring as Dr Alan Grant in the 1993 blockbuster “Jurassic Park”, said he began treatment last March for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Neill, 75, makes the revelation in his book “Did […]

18.7 Million Viewers Watch 2023 Oscar Awards

  Oscars television ratings increased for the second year in a row, as 18.7 million viewers tuned in to watch hit sci-fi “Everything Everywhere All At Once” dominate a well-reviewed ceremony, the ABC network said Monday. With Jimmy Kimmel back as host, and a number of bona fide blockbusters among the nominated films including “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Avatar: The Way of Water,” organizers had hoped that the 95th Academy Awards would draw audiences back. […]

‘Almost ballet’: Keanu Reeves brings ‘John Wick’ to Paris

by Francois BECKER Agence France-Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — Keanu Reeves is back with the fourth chapter of his megahit gun-frenzy franchise “John Wick” next week. He sees its expertly coordinated action scenes as “almost ballet”. “It was always a dream of mine to act in Paris, and to be back was amazing,” the jovial 58-year-old film star told AFP on a recent trip to the French capital. The last time he worked here, more […]

Oscars night: five talking points

Hollywood, United States (AFP) “Everything Everywhere All at Once” won top honors at the Oscars on Sunday, claiming seven prizes including best picture. Here are five other talking points from the Hollywood ceremony: – Kimmel shines – The Academy’s decision to bring back late-night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel as Oscars host was widely seen as the cautious choice of a “safe pair of hands” after last year’s slap-shaped controversy. But Kimmel — who has twice hosted […]

Mum and Malaysia celebrate Yeoh’s Oscar win

by Patrick LEE Agence France-Presse KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AFP) — “Malaysia boleh!” cried Michelle Yeoh’s mother in a video chat with her daughter minutes after her historic Oscars win was announced — citing a popular slogan that loosely translates into “Malaysia can do it!” “I’m very happy… I’m proud of my daughter. She is very hardworking,” Janet Yeoh told reporters after her daughter became the first Asian woman to win the Academy Award for best […]

‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ wins best animated film Oscar

by Andrew MARSZAL Agence France Presse Hollywood, United States (AFP) — “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,” a strikingly dark take on the beloved children’s book about an exuberant living puppet and his elderly wood-carver father, won best animated feature at the Academy Awards on Sunday. In an Oscars category usually dominated by lighter, family-friendly fare, Mexican director del Toro triumphed with his macabre reimagining of Pinocchio’s adventures, now set in 1930s Italy. The movie — tackling […]

Americans buying more vinyl than CDs for first time in decades

Vinyl records continued to translate their retro appeal into a steady resurgence, outselling compact discs last year in terms of units in the United States for the first time since 1987. Revenues from the sale of physical records jumped four percent in 2022 to $1.7 billion, according to the latest report from the Recording Industry Association of America released Thursday. Consumers snagged 41 million vinyl units last year compared to 33 million CDs, an eye-popping […]

John Williams: Hollywood’s maestro goes for more Oscars history

by Maggy DONALDSON Agence France-Presse NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — From “Star Wars” to “Jaws” to “Schindler’s List,” John Williams has written many of the most instantly recognizable scores in cinema history. The 91-year-old is already the oldest person to receive an Oscar nomination for a competitive award, which he earned thanks to his spare yet poignant compositions for Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans.” With 53 total nods, Williams has more Academy Award nominations than […]

‘Wholesome’ South Korean reality TV proves a global hit

by Claire LEE Agence France-Presse SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — The challenge is straight from Greek mythology: hold a boulder aloft as long as possible. Korean car dealer Jo Jin-hyeong lasted over two hours, captivating global audiences in a reality show that could signal a new K-culture export success. After films such as Oscar-winning “Parasite” and TV series including Golden Globe-bedecked “Squid Game” helped popularize K-content overseas, industry figures have said South Korea’s high-quality reality […]

‘Everything Everywhere’ wins (nearly) all at SAG Awards

by Andrew MARSZAL Agence France-Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Absurdist sci-fi comedy “Everything Everywhere All At Once” continued its dominance of this year’s Hollywood award shows by earning top honors from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday. The film about a Chinese-American family undergoing a tax audit who end up fighting a universe-hopping supervillain also won best actress for Michelle Yeoh, best supporting actor for Ke Huy Quan, and best supporting actress for […]

Alec Baldwin pleads not guilty to ‘Rust’ manslaughter

  Hollywood star Alec Baldwin pleaded not guilty Thursday to manslaughter over the death of a cinematographer who was shot on the set of low-budget Western “Rust.” The actor also agreed terms with the court that will allow him to complete filming of the movie, including a ban on using guns and on drinking alcohol. Baldwin was holding a Colt .45 during rehearsals for the film in New Mexico when it discharged, killing Halyna Hutchins […]

Never look back: actor Vincent Cassel, France’s scary star

by Carole GUIRADO Agence France-Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — Actor Vincent Cassel is set to dominate big and small screens this year, appearing in two blockbuster French films and a new spy thriller on Apple TV. “Liaison” pairs Cassel with another major French export, Eva Green, as former lovers forced to work together to stop a series of major cyber-attacks. The 56-year-old star of “Black Swan” is not coy about why he chose to work […]