Entertainment – International

Carrie Fisher in trailer for final ‘Star Wars’ movie

by Nova SAFO Agence France-Presse Chicago, United States (AFP) — Lucasfilm delighted “Star Wars” fans Friday with a glimpse of Carrie Fisher in sneak-peek footage of the hotly-anticipated final episode of the space opera — more than two years after her death. Director J.J. Abrams told the US “Star Wars Celebration” event the writers had agonized over giving Fisher’s beloved General Leia Organa a fitting send-off in the ninth installment, revealed as “Star Wars IX: […]

Netflix chief Hastings to leave Facebook board

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Netflix chief Reed Hastings will depart Facebook’s board of directors at the end of next month, according to a Friday filing with US regulators by the leading social network. Neither Hastings nor businessman and political figure Erskine Bowles, who have been on the board since 2011, will be nominated for re-election at an annual shareholders meeting on May 30, Facebook said in a filing with the US Securities and […]

Camila Cabello to star in remake of ‘Cinderella’

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello will try on the glass slipper when she takes on the lead role in a remake of “Cinderella,” a source close to the project said Tuesday. The decision to cast a Hispanic woman is a significant break from a long tradition of white and usually blonde Cinderellas. Cabello, a multi-platinum selling and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, will also help write the film’s songs. The project grew out […]

The end is coming: How ‘Game of Thrones’ broke all records

PARIS, France (AFP) — The most expensive, most watched, most pirated and most award-festooned fictional television series in history… As “Game of Thrones” starts its eighth and final season on April 14, AFP looks back on its record-breaking run. Massive ratings First broadcast in 2011 on the US cable channel HBO, “Game of Thrones” — or GoT to its fans — was not an overnight phenomenon. But its audiences have never stopped growing and by […]

Westlife to hold concert in PHL in July

MANILA, Philippines — The 90’s boyband Westlife is set to return to the Philippines for a concert in Araneta Coliseum on July 30 this year. Apart from the Philippines, Westlife will be visiting Thailand, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in the Asian leg of  ‘The Twenty Tour’ reunion. Westlife’s last performance in Manila was in September 2011. They disbanded right after their last tour in the same year. Their lead vocalist Shane Filan did […]

Disney’s ‘Dumbo’ fails to impress at N. American box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Disney’s new live-action film “Dumbo” failed to soar at the box office as expected on its opening weekend in North America, taking in $46 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations found Monday. Analysts had expected Tim Burton’s live-action remake of the 1941 classic about a small elephant with huge, magical ears to pick up at least $50 million in its opening three-day weekend. The film had a $170 million production […]

Grammy-nominated US rapper Nipsey Hussle shot dead

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead in the US city of Los Angeles Sunday, sparking an outpouring of grief from fellow celebrities as the city’s mayor blamed “senseless gun violence.” According to local media reports, Hussle was shot in front of his own clothing store Sunday afternoon at close range, by a man who fled in a getaway car. “Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle […]

‘Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke reveals near-fatal brain aneurysms

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke suffered two nearly fatal brain aneurysms in the early years of filming the hit series, she said in an essay published Thursday. The British actress — who plays Daenerys Targaryen on the blockbuster show about to enter its final season — wrote that the first aneurysm rupture struck while she was at the gym in February 2011, just after filming the first season. […]

‘Captain Marvel’ clobbers the competition to stay atop box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Female-led superhero movie “Captain Marvel” took in an estimated $69.3 million over the weekend, outearning the combined North American totals of the next nine films, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday. The Disney/Marvel blockbuster had a huge opening last weekend — the biggest ever for a female-fronted superhero flick — and, with the foreign total of $494 million added in, “is now assured of ultimately earning $1 billion,” according […]

Senate backs convening of special session for supplemental budget that includes contentious House “itemizations”

(Eagle News)–Senate President Tito Sotto is pushing for a supplemental budget  that will include what the House of Representatives said were its itemizations in order to break the impasse between both houses of Congress. In an interview over CNN Philippines, Sotto said the proposal was made by Senator Panfilo Lacson to San Juan Rep. Ronaldo Zamora. “The suggestion was that, again, get back, recall the submitted [General Appropriations Bill] to us. And from there, we could […]

Hollywood stars among dozens charged over college entrance scam

by Thomas URBAIN “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman and fellow Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin were among dozens indicted Tuesday in a multi-million dollar scam to help children of the American elite cheat their way into top universities. The accused, who also include chief executives, financiers, the chairman of a prominent law firm, a winemaker and fashion designer, allegedly cheated on admissions tests and arranged for bribes to get their children into prestigious schools including Yale, […]

K-pop star Seungri retires amid sex-for-investment allegations

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — South Korean pop star Seungri on Monday announced his retirement from show business amid mounting criminal investigations including his alleged involvement in a sex-for-investments scandal. The 29-year-old singer from K-pop boy band BIGBANG is accused of lobbying potential investors by offering sex services at multiple nightclubs in Seoul’s posh Gangnam district. He faced police questioning at the weekend. “It would be better for me to retire from the entertainment business […]