Entertainment – International

‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ defeats ‘X-Men’ to top box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Universal’s new animation “The Secret Life of Pets 2” managed to lead North American box offices this weekend with an estimated take of $47.1 million even while earning less than half what the first “Pets” film did just three years ago. “Pets 2,” produced by Illumination studio, edged out another new release, Fox’s “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” to top the three-day weekend, according to industry watcher Exhibitor Relations. “Pets” could […]

EBC Films’ “Guerrero” scores another knockout in Denmark

by Emily Manuel and MJ Racadio (Eagle News) – EBC Films’ award-winning movie “Guerrero” opened to a red-carpet premiere at the Palads Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark last May 26, 2019 to the delight of an international audience. Moviegoers were captivated by the heartwarming story of a boxer named Ramon and his triumph over life’s challenges, through the help of his younger brother, Miguel. The audience both laughed and cried throughout the movie. Richelle Cerri, from Copenhagen, […]

Empire State of Mind: Jay-Z becomes hip-hop’s first billionaire

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Jay-Z is officially hip hop’s first billionaire, Forbes declared Monday, founding his kingdom on entertainment but also reaping earnings from liquor, art and real estate. The rapper born Shawn Carter, who grew up in one of Brooklyn’s most notorious housing projects, “has accumulated a fortune that conservatively totals $1 billion, making him one of only a handful of entertainers to become a billionaire — and the first hip-hop artist […]

Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ woos North America box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Disney’s “Aladdin” soared at the North American box office over the holiday weekend raking in nearly $117 million and leading all other offerings, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Tuesday. The film, released on the American four-day Memorial Day weekend, earned $116.8 million from Friday through Monday and $91.5 million from Friday to Sunday, well beyond earlier estimates of around $80 million. The live-action movie, directed by Guy Ritchie, stars […]

Disney’s live-action ‘Aladdin’ casts a box-office spell

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Aladdin” apparently still has the old magic, as the new Disney film took in an estimated $86.1 million in the Friday-to-Sunday period in North America to lead all box-office offerings, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported. The film, released on the US’s four-day Memorial Day weekend, is expected to earn $105 million when Monday’s ticket sales are included, well beyond earlier estimates of around $80 million, according to the Hollywood […]

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

By Emil Valerio EBC New York Bureau NEW YORK (Eagle News) — Many people are familiar with the question posed in the theme song “Sunny Days” which asks viewers how to get to Sesame Street. The popular television show “Sesame Street” is a pioneer in using TV as means of teaching generations of young children important life lessons such as the alphabet, how to count, and good values. As children grew older though, they learned […]

Pitt and DiCaprio: Hollywood heartthrobs who push their limits

by Thomas URBAIN NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The stars were aligned for Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio to put their dashing good looks to use on big-budget films, but both Hollywood golden boys have instead taken on more idiosyncratic career paths — especially in working with Quentin Tarantino. And now for the first time, the actors are starring side by side in Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”, which the American director […]

GoT finale draws staggering 19.3 million viewers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The finale of “Game of Thrones” drew a staggering 19.3 million viewers in the US Sunday evening, cementing the fantasy epic’s status as the most watched television series in HBO history. The streaming service said the record number of viewers was across all platforms — HBO, HBO Go, and HBO NOW — and exceeded the previous series high of 18.4 million viewers set last week. “Season 8 of Game […]

‘John Wick’ opens strongly as ‘Avengers’ nears historic mark

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Avengers: Endgame” finally yielded the top spot at the North American box office this weekend to the latest “John Wick” action film, but the Marvel Studios/Disney blockbuster edged closer to historic status as the all-time No. 1 grossing film. “Avengers” took in a domestic total of $30 million in its fourth weekend out, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday, bringing its worldwide total to $2.62 billion, just shy of […]

Keanu Reeves sinks hands, feet at Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Actor Keanu Reeves signed his name and sunk his hands and feet in fresh cement Tuesday in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. More than 30 years have passed since the star of “The Matrix,” “Speed” and “Point Break” tried his luck by taking his car from Toronto to Hollywood to become an actor. “It is a great honor to be here and to be invited to […]

Avengers’ still tops in N.America but ‘Pikachu’ shows spark

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Avengers: Endgame” led the North American box office for a third week running, but the cuddly creatures of a new “Pokemon” movie gave the superheroes a run for its money, final figures showed Monday. The mega-blockbuster from Marvel Studios, a Disney subsidiary, took in $63.3 million for the three-day weekend, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations reported. That brought its domestic total to a whopping $723.7 million. With a global tally […]

Hollywood icon Doris Day dead at 97, her foundation announces: US media

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) –Doris Day, the US screen icon famed for her wholesome, girl-next-door appeal in a string of box office hits, died Monday at age 97, her foundation said in a statement to US media. The Doris Day Animal Foundation said the actress and animal rights activist, who had suffered a bout of pneumonia, died at her Carmel Valley, California home, surrounded by friends and family, multiple news outlets reported. During much […]