Entertainment – International

Abominable’ won’t be screened in Malaysia over S. China Sea map

  KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AFP) — Animated film “Abominable” will not be shown in Malaysia after its distributor Sunday said it could not comply with censors’ demands to cut a controversial scene showing Beijing’s disputed claims in the South China Sea. The decision comes after Vietnam pulled the Universal Pictures movie from theatres days ago and the Philippines’ foreign secretary called for the segment to be excised. “Universal has decided not to make the censor […]

Fans, celebrities mourn death of K-pop star Sulli; celebrity had long been a target of online bullying

  SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — Fans and fellow performers on Tuesday mourned the death of a K-pop star who had long been the target of online bullying, some calling for greater mental health support for those working in the country’s notoriously competitive show business industry. The body of Sulli, a former member of top girl group f(x), was discovered Monday by her manager at her home on the outskirts of Seoul. “There has been […]

‘Joker’ tops N. American box office for second week

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Warner Bros.’ “Joker” laughed best again this weekend as it took in an estimated $55 million in North American movie theaters, an industry group reported Sunday. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” provides the backstory for the rise of Batman’s maniacal nemesis, painting a dark and disturbing portrayal of a would-be stand-up comedian’s descent into madness. Last week, the film directed by Todd Phillips — maker of “The Hangover” trilogy — set […]

K-Pop’s BTS rocks out in ultra-conservative Saudi

by Aziz EL MASSASSI RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — The Saudi capital burst into life with the cheers of young fans of Korean pop group BTS as they performed in the kingdom seeking to transform its ultra-conservative image. The seven members of the wildly popular K-pop band were sweating it out as they danced and sang Friday night in front of thousands of Saudis and expatriates in Riyadh’s 70,000-capacity King Fahd International Stadium. “I am […]

‘Joker’ gets last laugh, setting record on N. American screens

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Warner Bros.’ “Joker” survived the intense controversy over its violent themes to take in $96.2 million in North American theaters at the weekend, setting a record for an October release, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” provides the backstory for the rise of Batman’s maniacal nemesis, painting a dark and disturbing portrayal of a would-be stand-up comedian’s descent into madness. Amid fears that it might […]

Beyonce’s dad reveals his battle with breast cancer

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Mathew Knowles, the father of pop diva Beyonce, has revealed his battle with breast cancer and urged other men to get tested for the disease. The 67-year-old music executive discussed his illness in an interview on “Good Morning America” Wednesday, saying he was diagnosed earlier this summer after he and his wife noticed recurring dots of blood on his shirts and on their bedsheets. “Of all the things I […]

‘Abominable’ rules N.American box office

  LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) —  “Abominable” froze out “Downton Abbey” to take the top spot in the North American box office on its first weekend in theaters, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday. The story of a teenager and her friends working to help a young Yeti — whom they nickname Everest — reunite with his family and avoid the clutches of a wealthy man intent on capturing one of the magical creatures […]

95.5 Pinas FM relaunches with inspiring jingle that unites, bridges Filipinos closer to home

Kakayahay nahahayag, saan man malapag. Magtutulay sa atin, di mag-iiba. Sa tugtugan na ‘to lahat tayo ay iisa. Musika ang tumutunaw sa mga hirap at daing. Pinoy ka, dito ka. By Caesar Vallejos, OPEN FOR BUSINESS With the message of hope for Filipinos around the world, 95.5 Pinas FM celebrates its relaunching on-air and online with a new jingle entitled “Pinoy Ka, Dito Ka” composed by one of the Philippines’ fastest-rising Original Pilipino Music (OPM) […]

Release of “Guerrero” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, another milestone for E25 Records

By MJ Racadio Eagle News and Features contributor QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) —  Another milestone for E25 Records was achieved with the successful release recently of the original “Guerrero” soundtrack music. The launch was successfully held on September 16, 2019 at the Eagle Broadcasting Corporation Atrium in Quezon City.  It was also launched simultaneously in the US via live feed performances of artists Sarah Petty and Muze from the United States in Pasadena, California. […]

95.5 PINAS FM to ‘switch’ on September 30 with OPM artists

95.5 PINAS FM, the FM station of Eagle Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) will be relaunching its programming in an event dubbed “The Switch” at the Studio 1 of Eagle at the EBC Building along 25 Central Avenue, Quezon City. “We invite everyone to listen and witness the unraveling of the new direction of PINAS FM. We have been known in the industry for pioneering the airing of pure OPM entertainment with the PINAS FM brand. This […]

‘Thrones’ wins top drama Emmy as ‘Fleabag’ springs a surprise

by Andrew MARSZAL LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Game of Thrones” took the top Emmy for best drama Sunday but dark British comedy “Fleabag” was the surprise big winner of television’s glitziest night, dominating the comedy prizes at a star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles. “Thrones” — the most decorated fictional show in the history of the Emmys, television’s Oscars — finished with 12 awards overall for its final season. “Thank you to the hardest […]

Emmys begin as ‘Thrones’ and ‘Veep’ seek final glory

by Andrew MARSZAL LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston opened the Emmy Awards on Sunday with a tribute to television’s so-called golden era, as “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” take their final tilts at glory. Cranston appeared on stage after a comedy skit which saw a cartoon Homer Simpson introduced as “host” — and quickly crushed by a falling piano. “Television has never been bigger. Television has never mattered more. […]