Entertainment – International

Chef Wolfgang Puck unveils lavish Oscars menu

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Coveted prizes aren’t the only thing on the menu at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony. Austro-American chef Wolfgang Puck, who has been feeding the famous at the Oscars for 25 years, has given AFP a peek at this year’s spread: smoked salmon, truffle pasta and Oscar statuettes made out of chocolate.

Pop rockers The 1975 win big at Brits

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Pop rockers The 1975 stole the show at British pop music’s annual celebration on Wednesday, winning the coveted Best Album Brit award with US singer Pink also honored. The Manchester four-piece claimed the prize for their raw number one album  “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships” ahead of Florence + The Machine and indie singer George Ezra. The band also claimed the best British group award — speaking out against […]

Chicago police charge US actor with filing false report of assault

by Nova Safo US police on Wednesday charged a TV actor with lying to authorities about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on the streets of Chicago. Jussie Smollett, a gay and black actor who stars in the Fox network drama “Empire,” is facing felony criminal charges of disorderly conduct and filing a false police report. He claimed that on January 29, two masked men beat him late at night in downtown […]

Pink to star at British pop music’s big night

by James PHEBY Dua Lipa, The 1975 and George Ezra are some of the big names vying for prizes at British pop music’s annual celebration on Wednesday, with US singer Pink also set to be honored. The 39th annual Brit Awards at London’s O2 Arena will recognize Britain’s top talent of 2018, and also feature live performances from Hollywood A-lister Hugh Jackman and Pink. The coveted Best Album of the Year Award will be fought […]

China sci-fi blockbuster blasts off at the box office

by Kelly WANG Agence France-Presse SHANGHAI, China (AFP) — China’s first space-age blockbuster is on a trajectory to become the country’s highest-grossing movie ever and is being held up as evidence that big-budget home-grown films can now hold their own with Hollywood on pure spectacle. “The Wandering Earth” has made more than 3.9 billion yuan ($576 million) in domestic box office as of Tuesday morning, putting it on course to eclipse the 5.7 billion yuan […]

Who votes for the Oscars, and how does it work?

by Laurent BANGUET Agence France-Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The ballots are almost all in! Millions of television viewers around the globe will tune in Sunday to watch the Oscars, the glitziest night in showbiz, but most don’t know how the winners are chosen. Less than 8,000 people in the entertainment industry select the honorees — and Tuesday marks the final day of voting. The following is a look at the complex, sometimes […]

Moviegoers in Hawaii relate to EBC Films’ “Guerrero”

By Alfred Acenas EBC Hawaii Bureau HONOLULU, HI (Eagle News) – Eagle Broadcasting Corporation’s first full-length movie “Guerrero” held its Hawaii premiere at the iconic Dole Cannery Theaters in Honolulu on Sunday, February 10, 2019. Hundreds gathered at the lobby to purchase tickets for the film, take photos in front of the giant movie poster and sign their names on that very poster. Passers-by there to watch other movies expressed curiosity about the film while some wished they […]

Actor Liam Neeson fights to recover after sharing racist episode

  by Thomas Urbain Agence France Presse NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — After sparking a scandal by recalling a racist episode from his distant past, actor Liam Neeson is now battling to save his career — a task experts predict will be difficult but not impossible. More than 40 years ago, Neeson recently told The Independent of London, he was enraged to learn of a friend’s rape by a man she said was black. […]

Winners in key categories at the 2019 Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Here is a list of winners in the major categories for the Grammy Awards, which were handed out on Sunday in Los Angeles. Country star Kacey Musgraves won the top prize of the night, Album of the Year, for her “Golden Hour.” Album of the Year: Kacey Musgraves, “Golden Hour” Record of the Year (best overall song performance): Childish Gambino, “This Is America” Song of the Year (recognizing songwriting): […]

British pop star Dua Lipa wins Grammy for Best New Artist

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — English singer-songwriter Dua Lipa on Sunday bested a crowded field of female talent to take home the Grammy for Best New Artist. The synth-pop star beat out fellow Londoner Jorja Smith along with rising pop singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha and the enigmatic R&B performer H.E.R. Lipa’s breakthrough came in 2016 with her first global hit “Hotter than Hell,” which she followed with “Blow Your Mind (Mwah),” which busted into the […]

Ariana Grande wins first Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Reigning pop princess Ariana Grande took home the first Grammy of her career for Best Pop Vocal Album on Sunday for her fourth studio album “Sweetener,” topping a tough field including perennial favorite Taylor Swift. Grande’s Grammy comes after six career nominations but the star was notably absent from this year’s gala. Just days before the event, she slammed the ceremony’s producer for “lying” about her decision not to […]

Music’s top stars hit the Grammys, Carlile and Gaga early winners

by Maggy DONALDSON Agence France-Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The music world hit the red carpet Sunday for the Grammys, with hip-hop royalty and a bevy of talented women leading the pack — and early awards going to top nominees Lady Gaga and Brandi Carlile. In the pre-gala ceremony in Los Angeles, at which most of the more than 80 prizes are handed out, folk rocker Carlile — this year’s most nominated woman […]