Entertainment – International

Killed on set: Famous Hollywood tragedies

  PARIS, France (AFP) — With a cinematographer killed and a movie director wounded after US actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun during filming, we look at other deadly movie accidents. – ‘The Captive’ – Gun related deaths go back to the dawn of cinema with extra Charles Chandler shot in the head in 1915 while filming the Cecil B. DeMille movie “The Captive”. He died after a bullet was left in a rifle […]

‘Squid Game’ becomes Netflix’s biggest-ever launch hit

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Dystopian South Korean drama “Squid Game” has become Netflix’s most popular series launch ever, drawing 111 million fans since its debut less than four weeks ago, the streaming service said Tuesday. The unprecedented global viral hit imagines a macabre world in which marginalized people are pitted against one another in traditional children’s games. While the victor can earn millions in cash, losing players are killed. Spreading around the world […]

Squid Game: South Korea’s latest cultural phenomenon

by Claire LEE SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — A dystopian vision of a polarised society, Netflix smash hit “Squid Game” blends a tight plot, social allegory and uncompromising violence to create the latest South Korean cultural phenomenon to go global. It features South Korea’s most marginalised, including the deeply in debt, a migrant worker and a North Korean defector, competing in traditional children’s games for the chance to win 45.6 billion won ($38 million) in […]

Japan manga artist Takao Saito, ‘Golgo 13’ creator, dies aged 84

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Manga artist Takao Saito, who created the most prolific Japanese comic-book series of all time “Golgo 13”, has died aged 84, his publisher said Wednesday. “Golgo 13”, the tale of a legendary professional hitman, was first printed in 1968 and has been adapted into anime series, video games and two live-action films. The assassin Golgo, also known Duke Togo, is of unknown nationality and carries out his hits around the world, […]

‘We’ve been expecting you, Mr Bond…’: 007 back after virus delay

by Joe JACKSON LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — The latest James Bond movie gets its world premiere next week, nearly six years after the last film in the storied franchise and an 18-month delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. British royalty and pandemic heroes have been invited to London’s Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday to watch “No Time To Die”, the 25th instalment of the popular spy saga. The film is expected to be Daniel […]

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. […]