Entertainment – International

‘West Wing’ star Allison Janney honored by Hollywood

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Actress Allison Janney received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday in recognition of a glittering film and television career that has seen her scoop multiple awards. Best known for her portrayal of White House press secretary C.J. Cregg in NBC drama “The West Wing,” the statuesque 56-year-old has appeared in some of the largest-grossing films of all time. An emotional Janney fought back tears as […]

‘The Accountant’ easily tops North American box office

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Financial thriller “The Accountant” booked $24.7 million in ticket receipts on its opening weekend to score number one at the North American box office, industry data showed on Monday. The Warner Bros. film centers on an autistic mathematics savant who capitalizes on his fondness for numbers by becoming an undercover forensic accountant for criminal organizations. Starring Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick, the film opened to mixed reviews but yielded more […]

Enchanted Potter fans attend global ‘Fantastic Beasts’ event in London

      (Reuters) — Enchanted “Harry Potter” fans lined up in London’s Leicester Square on Thursday (October 13) for a global fan event to get a sneak peek at the new spinoff movie penned by J.K. Rowling, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. The British contingent of Potter-philes were part of a coordinated event to see early footage from “Fantastic Beasts” at select IMAX theatres in cities including Rome, Sao Paulo, Mexico City […]

Ex-My Chemical Romance star ‘miraculously alive’ after Sydney crash

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — American rocker Frank Iero revealed he and his bandmates cheated death after being hit by a bus ahead of a concert in Sydney. The former My Chemical Romance guitarist told fans they were “banged up but miraculously alive” in a Twitter post. He suffered “serious leg injuries” along with another band member when a public bus hit the van they were unloading on Thursday afternoon, police said. They were both taken […]

Bob Dylan

A look back at the beginnings of Bob Dylan

Musician Bob Dylan who won the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday (Oct. 13) has come a long way from the quaint small towns of Duluth and Hibbing, Minnesota where he was born and spent his childhood. Dylan, a powerful voice of social turmoil in the United States from the 1960s onward, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in a surprise decision that made him the first singer-songwriter to win the honor. The 75-year-old […]

Enchanted Potter fans attend global ‘Fantastic Beasts’ event in London

REUTERS — Enchanted “Harry Potter” fans lined up in London’s Leicester Square on Thursday (October 13) for a global fan event to get a sneak peek at the new spin-off movie penned by J.K. Rowling, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. The British contingent of Potter-philes were part of a coordinated event to see early footage from “Fantastic Beasts” at select IMAX theaters in cities including Rome, Sao Paulo, Mexico City and New York. […]

Nobel laureate Dylan: uneasy ‘voice of a generation’

by Shaun TANDON SAINT PAUL, United States (AFP) — If the phrase “voice of a generation” were trademarked, it may well belong to Bob Dylan. But the singer and poet, whose surprise win of the Nobel Prize for Literature only cements his iconic status in 1960s counterculture, has been an uneasy spokesman. Best known as a folk singer, the 75-year-old Dylan cruised past prominent US novelists of his age range such as Don DeLillo and […]

Game of Thrones actor surprises Syrian refugee a month after first meeting him in Jordan

STUTTGART, Germany, (Reuters) — “Game of Thrones” actor Liam Cunningham on Tuesday (October 11) paid a surprise visit to a teenage Syrian refugee, now in possession of a German visa and living in Stuttgart, a month after meeting him in Jordan. Cunningham, who plays Davos Seaworth in HBO’s hit medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones, first met 16-year-old Hussam when he visited Jordan’s Irbid at the beginning of September. Hussam fled to Jordan after his […]

‘I’m not afraid to return to Bataclan’, says Marianne Faithfull

by Sophie LAUBIE PARIS, France (AFP) — Marianne Faithfull knows why some musicians are reluctant to return to play at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where jihadist gunmen massacred 90 people last year. But one of rock’s great survivors, whose voice and body carry the scars of battling through cancer, heroin and alcohol addictions, will not be put off. She will perform there next month, a week after a concert by another reborn British […]

Drake sets new record for American Music Award nods

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Rap chart-topper Drake on Monday earned a record 13 nominations for the American Music Awards, topping the mark set by late king of pop Michael Jackson. The Toronto rapper, whose “Views” has been the top-selling album released this year in the United States, was in the running for Artist of the Year and raked in other nominations thanks to his slew of collaborations. But on the same day as […]

Polish film director Wajda dies aged 90

VENICE, Italy (Reuters) — One of Poland’s most famous film directors, Andrzej Wajda, died on Sunday night (October 9), at the age of 90. Fans, film-makers and political leaders went online to pay tribute to the man whose work focused on Poland’s culture and history. One of his best-known releases, 1957’s “Canal”, showed the struggle of the Polish underground army in the Warsaw uprising. “We all stem from Wajda. We looked at Poland and at […]

Film seeks new take on foreign domestic workers

BUSAN, South Korea (AFP) — A documentary that takes an intimate look at the daily dramas of foreign domestic workers has premiered at Asia’s largest film festival, with its director pushing a fresh perspective on the millions employed in homes across the globe. “So much of what we hear and see about them is sensational or negative,” said Baby Ruth Villarama on the sidelines of the 21st Busan International Film Festival in South Korea. “I […]