Entertainment – International

London celebrates INC 105th anniversary through a performance of INCentre Stage at the Lighthouse Theatre

by JD Sison EBC United Kingdom Bureau (London, UK) — “Who am I?” A story which enacts the modern struggles of youth and the real problems they face daily, capturing the main character’s journey through emotional battles and self-discovery. This debut launch of the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s INCentre Stage has attracted viewers from all over the United Kingdom.   Audiences traveled from the different regions of the country to witness this much-anticipated live theatre production. […]

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ dethrones ‘Lion King’ to top N.America box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” dethroned “The Lion King” in North American theaters, opening with $60 million over the weekend, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday. The latest installment in the long-running Fast & Furious franchise features Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham facing off against “cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist” Idris Elba. It ended the box office reign of “The Lion King,” a remake of the 1994 […]

Cinemalaya celebrates 15 years of independent cinema with filmfest that bring best of indie films

The Cinemalaya Foundation, in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, celebrates 15 years of introducing best independepent cinematic works to the Filipino and international film communities on August 2 to 11, 2019,  at various venues of the CCP. The 15th edition of the country’s biggest independent film festival goes nationwide as it will be simultaneously screened on August 7 to 13, at selected Ayala Cinemas and Vista Malls in Manila, Pampanga, Naga and […]

‘Lion King’ fends off Tarantino to top N.America box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “The Lion King” maintained its reign over North American theaters, taking in $76.6 million over the three-day weekend, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday. The massive haul brings its domestic total to $351.9 million and extends a streak of successes for Disney after its “Avengers: Endgame” was last week named the highest-grossing movie of all time. Directed by Jon Favreau, “The Lion King” is a remake of the 1994 […]

Disney’s ‘Lion King’ roars as Cameron salutes new ‘Avengers’ record

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “The Lion King” roared to a huge $191.8 million opening weekend in North American theaters, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Monday, consolidating Disney’s record-breaking reign at the box office. It was the eighth-biggest domestic opening of all time, surpassing “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Disney said. Director Jon Favreau’s update of the classic 1994 animated film employs hyper-realistic computer-generated images and has a voice cast including Donald Glover as Simba […]

‘Avengers’ to break ‘Avatar’ all-time record this weekend: Disney

SAN DIEGO, United States (AFP) — Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” will become the highest-grossing film of all time this weekend, parent company Disney said in a statement Saturday. The smash hit was just $500,000 behind the decade-old $2,789.7 million record set by James Cameron’s “Avatar” as of Friday, and “will close this gap by tomorrow,” it said. The announcement was timed to coincide with the appearance of Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige at San Diego Comic-Con, […]

Tom Cruise shocks Comic-Con with new Top Gun footage

SAN DIEGO, United States (AFP) — Tom Cruise swooped into San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday to unveil the world-first trailer for “Top Gun: Maverick,” which he described as a “love letter to aviation.” The Hollywood A-lister arrived unannounced in the pop culture gathering’s cavernous Hall H along with footage of the long-awaited sequel to the 1986 smash action film that made him a household name. “You all have asked for many, many years.. I travel […]

‘Game of Thrones’ and Netflix tipped to sweep Emmy nominations

by Andrew MARSZAL LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Game of Thrones” and Netflix are tipped by TV industry watchers to dominate Tuesday’s Emmy nominations as Hollywood gears up for awards season. The Television Academy’s 24,000 members sifted through a record number of entries for this year’s Emmys, the small-screen equivalent of the Oscars. After nominations are announced final-round voting will begin to pick winners who will be revealed at a glitzy Los Angeles show […]

‘Spider-Man’ retains top spot at N. America box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Spider-Man: Far From Home” beat back competition from two debut films at the North American box office, winning for a second week straight by raking in an estimated $45.3 million, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said Sunday. The latest installment in the blockbuster superhero franchise, which picks up where “Avengers: Endgame” left off, has earned an impressive $846.5 million worldwide. Retaining its number two spot was Disney/Pixar film “Toy Story […]

R. Kelly arrested on child pornography charges: report

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — R. Kelly has been arrested on child pornography and other charges, the New York Times reported, in the latest criminal investigation into the R&B superstar dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct. The 52-year-old, whose legal name is Robert Kelly, was taken into custody by federal agents in Chicago late Thursday, the newspaper said. Federal prosecutors have issued a 13-count indictment against the singer, which also includes enticement of a […]

Rip Torn, ‘Larry Sanders Show’ star, dead at 88

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Oscar-nominated actor Rip Torn, best known for his roles in the cult TV series “The Larry Sanders Show” and the Hollywood blockbuster “Men in Black”, died at the age of 88 on Tuesday, his publicist said. Torn built a reputation as a formidable actor in film, TV and theater, and was also known for his volatility — he once admitted he “got angry easily”, according to The New York […]

Disney star Cameron Boyce suffered from epilepsy: family

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Disney star Cameron Boyce, who died last week in his sleep following a seizure, suffered from epilepsy, his family confirmed Wednesday. The 20-year-old actor, best known for his starring role in the “Descendants” TV movies, passed away “due to a seizure as a result of an ongoing medical condition, and that condition was epilepsy,” the family told People magazine. “We are still trying to navigate our way through this […]