Entertainment – International

‘Moana’ expected to top Thanksgiving weekend box office

  WALT DISNEY’S PICTURES (Reuters) — Disney’s “Moana” is expected to top the Thanksgiving weekend box office. The animated movie which features Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as demi-god Maui with songs created by ‘Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, started off the extended five-day holiday break with $2.6 million worth of ticket sales on Thursday night (November 22) previews and is expected to net a total in the region of $85 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. Last weekend’s box […]

Independent Spirit Awards give first indication of Oscar winners

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) –Two coming-of-age movies, “Moonlight,” and “American Honey,” got a leading six nominations each on Tuesday (November 22) for the Independent Spirit Awards which celebrate low-budget artistic films that often also do well at the Oscars. Grief-driven blue-collar family drama “Manchester by the Sea” and “Jackie,” about former U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, also did well, earning nods that included best film and best actor for their respective leads, Casey Affleck and […]

WATCH: Ellen DeGeneres pulls off Mannequin Challenge at the White House

WASHINGTON, D.C., United States (Reuters) — Ellen DeGeneres pulled off a star-studded Mannequin Challenge video on Tuesday (November 22) at the White House. The chat show host and media mogul was among 21 people at the iconic residence being awarded the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest civilian honor in the United States. Others taking part in the ceremony at the East Room of the White House were rocker Bruce Springsteen, Motown soul […]

FBI clears Brad Pitt over abuse claim

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Brad Pitt has been cleared after a probe into allegations he mistreated one of his children in a mid-air altercation, the FBI said on Tuesday. The claims centered on an alleged incident with his 15-year-old son Maddox in September on a flight from France to Los Angeles. Pitt’s wife Angelina Jolie claimed he had struck the boy. “In response to allegations made following a flight… carrying Mr. Brad Pitt […]

Kanye suffered mental breakdown: reports

by Jocelyne ZABLIT LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Rapper Kanye West was taken to a hospital in Los Angeles after his doctor called the emergency services to report he was suffering a mental breakdown, news reports said Tuesday. The musician’s personal physician Michael Farzam told police that his 39-year-old patient was “acting erratically” due to sleep deprivation and dehydration and he was concerned about his well-being, the celebrity gossip website TMZ said. He was […]

‘Potter’ fans work box office magic for ‘Fantastic Beasts’

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Harry Potter spin-off “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” debuted atop the North American box office, industry data showed Monday, taking a satisfactory but far from spellbinding $74.4 million. Based on a 2001 book by “Potter” novelist J.K. Rowling, the Warner Bros. film — starring Eddie Redmayne as a wizard in 1920s New York — had to rely on fans of the original franchise to bump up its […]

Model Adriana Lima shows off her boxing skills ahead of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show

NEW YORK CITY, United States (Reuters) — With a hook and an upper cut, model Adriana Lima is preparing for her 16th trip down Victoria’s Secret’s runway. Lima invited cameras inside her work out at Aerospace in New York on Monday (November 21). “I really love to work out and boxing definitely is my thing. I started like when I was 19-year-old. It’s just a passion that I have. And regardless of show, I am […]

Kanye hospitalized after scrapping US tour

by Frankie TAGGART LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Rap superstar Kanye West was hospitalized on Monday with a “medical emergency” after canceling his tour, two days after a rambling onstage tirade against fellow artists Jay Z and Beyonce. The “Saint Pablo Tour” was set to run through December 31 but all 21 remaining shows have been canceled, a spokeswoman for promoter Live Nation told AFP. Hours later it emerged that West, 39, was being […]

Prince Harry arrives in Antigua for Caribbean tour

  ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA (Reuters) —  Prince Harry arrived in Antigua and Barbuda on Sunday (November 20) for the first stop on his tour through the Caribbean Sea. He was greeted on the tarmac of V.C. Bird International Airport in St. John’s by a local delegation, including Prime Minister Gaston Browne and Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Fernandez. The Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force military then held a parade in his honor, during which […]

Ariana Grande wins top American Music award

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) — Canadian rapper Drake won his first ever American Music Awards on Sunday (November 20) and Ariana Grande was named artist of the year. Pop singer Selena Gomez, 24, who surprised fans by making her first major public appearance since cutting short her world tour in August to deal with panic attacks and depression, won the best pop/rock female artist award. In an emotional speech, Gomez thanked her fans for their loyalty […]

Kanye stuns crowd with Trump support

  NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Rap superstar Kanye West stunned a crowd by revealing his support for US President-elect Donald Trump while suggesting he still plans to challenge him in 2020. After a campaign in which fellow artists and African Americans overwhelmingly backed rival Hillary Clinton, the rapper told an audience Thursday night that he did not vote — but would have chosen Trump. “Because I’m a celebrity, everyone told me not to […]

‘Fantastic Beasts’ expected to top weekend box office

(Reuters) — “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a prequel to the hugely successful Harry Potter franchise, is expected to top the weekend box office with an estimated $90 million. The original eight-film franchise took $2.4 billion domestically and over $7.7 billion worldwide. “Fantastic Beasts,” which featured Eddie Redmayne in the lead role of Newt Scamander, is the first entry in a new five film franchise. Also out this weekend on wide release are […]