Entertainment – International

Madonna adopts 4-year-old twin girls in Malawi

by Félix MPONDA Agence France Presse BLANTYRE, Malawi (AFP) — US superstar Madonna adopted twin girls in Malawi on Tuesday, a court official told AFP, raising to four the total number of children she has adopted from the southern African nation. Just two weeks ago, she denied being involved in a fresh adoption application in Malawi, where she has been caught up in controversy. “I can confirm that Madonna has been granted an adoption order […]

Young Oscar nominees Barry Jenkins, Lin-Manuel Miranda, thrilled to be in company of Spielberg, Denzel

BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) — 165 Oscar-nominated actors and filmmakers gathered in Beverly Hills on Monday (February 6) for the traditional luncheon to celebrate those who have being shortlisted. Among those speaking to reporters in cabanas around the hotel’s pool after the luncheon were “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle, “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins, “Loving” actress Ruth Negga, “Hidden Figures” producer Pharrell Williams and Broadway phenom, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has a nomination for best original […]

Heptapods and Tao Tie – the aliens have arrived!

QUEZON City, Philippines (February 7) – Aliens are among us! Or at least in our movies. 2017 brings two movies about extraterrestrials in the Philippine movie screens! First off is “The Great Wall”, directed by Zhang Yimou of “House of Flying Daggers” fame. It tells the tale of the Nameless Order in its war against the Tao Tie – a war that is waged every 60 years. Hey, you know the drill. Here be spoilers! […]

La La Land – a movie that sings its way to our hearts

QUEZON City, Philippines (February 6) – La La Land is truly the most successful movie of the year. Even though 2017 has barely started, the movie already bagged major awards and nominations from some of the most prestigious award-giving bodies, including the Golden Globe Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards. The film is also expected to win an Oscar after earning 14 nominations for the upcoming Academy Awards! Even if you haven’t watched the film […]

And the nominees are! Academy Awards release full list.

QUEZON City, Philippines (February 6) – The #OscarsSoWhite trend might be replaced into #OscarsSoWhiteNomore for the 89th Academy Awards might be the most diverse one after a controversial snub of some of the critically-acclaimed black actors last year. With Denzel Washington, Octavia Spencer, Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, Dev Patel and Ruth Negga on the list of nominees,  this will definitely be a show to watch for. Aside from the diversity of nominees, it is […]

Chazelle wins top DGA prize for ‘La La Land’

by Frankie TAGGART Agence France-Presse US filmmaker Damien Chazelle’s bid for Oscars glory was boosted Saturday as he took top prize at the Directors Guild of America honors — a key predictor for the Academy Awards. Chazelle was crowned best director for his dreamy tribute to the heyday of Hollywood musicals, “La La Land,” three weeks ahead of the glittering culmination of Hollywood’s annual awards season. The 32-year-old has already scooped two Golden Globes for […]

‘Rings’ sets out to topple ‘Split’ from box office top spot

Reuters — Two supernatural films fight it out for the box office top spot on Super Bowl weekend (January 3). “Split,” the latest film from M. Night Shyamalan, could tell the number one position for the third straight week, according to BoxOfficePro. It stars James McAvoy as a man with multiple personalities and is expected to add an extra $13.5 million to its $97.6 million take so far. Meanwhile, it’s expected that new release “Rings” […]

George Clooney to get top French film honour

PARIS, France (AFP) — France’s film academy said Thursday it will confer a top honorary award on US actor George Clooney when it hands out its coveted Cesar awards, the nation’s equivalent of the Oscars, on February 24. The Academie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema said that Clooney was their chosen recipient of this year’s Honorary Cesar Award as they wanted to fete his “dazzling talent as an actor, director, scriptwriter and producer — […]

Music is coming with a ‘Game of Thrones’ tour

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) — Winter may be passing, but music is coming with ‘Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience.’ After news that the next season of the hit TV show will not air until summer 2017, the show’s usual springtime slot is being filled with a musical tour of North America. The show’s composer, Ramin Djawadi, is bringing the fictional continent of Westeros to life in a concert with extravagant scenery and will take […]

Beyonce takes over internet with twins news

by Shaun TANDON Agence France Presse NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Beyonce is pregnant — and this time, she’s expecting twins with her husband, rap mogul Jay Z. The pop superstar — who already has a five-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, with Jay Z — announced the news to her more than 92 million followers on Instagram on Wednesday. Clad in panties and a bra under a flowing veil, Beyonce posted a picture of herself […]

British designer Waight Keller to quit Chloe

PARIS, France (AFP) — British designer Clare Waight Keller is to quit Chloe after six years, the French fashion house said Monday. The creator, who turned Pringle of Scotland from a rather staid knitwear maker into a fashion brand, has also helped push up sales at Chloe, best known for its floaty, romantic, 1970s-influenced clothes. Chloe said that since Waight Keller’s arrival the label has “enjoyed remarkable momentum and global development. “Her lightness of touch […]

After hit streak, dance duo Chainsmokers plan album

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Dance music sensations The Chainsmokers, who have created a streak of hit songs released as singles, announced Monday that they were finally planning an album. The New York duo had earlier been bashful about whether they would ever put out an album, reflecting the declining importance of pop music’s long-dominant unit in the age of streaming. The Chainsmokers announced the album, to be released at an undisclosed date this […]