Entertainment – International

Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano awarded France’s Legion of Honor

PARIS, France (Reuters) — Japanese filmmaker and comedian Takeshi Kitano received France’s Legion of Honor, the country’s highest award, on Tuesday (October 25) at a ceremony in Paris. The 69-year-old director of ‘Outrage’ and ‘Violent Cop’, better known for his stage name Beat Takeshi, was made an Officier, the L’ordre National de la Legion D’honneur’s fourth-highest honor. Presenting the award at the Fondation Cartier, a contemporary art museum, French politician Jack Lang said Kitano’s art […]

Bee Gees’ Gibb eyes Justin Timberlake collaboration

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Sole surviving Bee Gee Barry Gibb is keen to make music with US pop star Justin Timberlake as he pursues a solo career after the death of his brothers. Gibb, who joined Coldplay on stage at England’s Glastonbury Festival this year, has recently released a solo album and said he wanted to work with creative people. “I’d love to work with Justin Timberlake. That’s always been a thing in my head […]

Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano awarded France’s Legion of Honour

Japanese filmmaker and comedian Takeshi Kitano received France’s Legion of Honor, the country’s highest award, on Tuesday (October 25) at a ceremony in Paris. The 69-year-old director of ‘Outrage’ and ‘Violent Cop’, better known for his stage name Beat Takeshi, was made an Officier, the L’ordre National de la Legion D’honneur’s fourth-highest honour. Presenting the award at the Fondation Cartier, a contemporary art museum, French politician Jack Lang said Kitano’s art was “a pale and […]

British actor Hugh Laurie feted in Hollywoo

British actor Hugh Laurie received the 2593rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday (October 25). Already well-known in the United Kingdom, Laurie has made a name for himself in U.S. television for shows including ‘House’ and ‘Veep.’ Speaking on the podium, the star said, “I don’t know if you Yanks fully understand what this means to someone who was born and raised 5000 miles away from here who for the first 30 […]

Comedian Bill Murray awarded Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize

Comedian Bill Murray was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at a star-studded Kennedy Center ceremony on Sunday (October 23), with friends and fellow actors praising him for the joy he has brought to audiences worldwide. Murray, the 65-year-old star of such movies as “Groundhog Day,” “Ghostbusters” and “Rushmore”, said his success was grounded in love from his family and the talented people he had worked with for more than four decades. “There’s […]

INCinema’s “Walang Take Two” wins “Best Ensemble Acting” at Int’l Filmfest Manhattan

  (Eagle News) — The Philippine independent film “Walang Take Two” (No Second Take) of the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s INCinema productions has bagged the award for “Best Ensemble Acting” at the International Film Festival Manhattan 2016. The awarding happened after the opening night screening of the film at the Philippine consulate in New York on October 20.     The IFF Manhattan recognized the great acting of the whole cast of this multi-awarded Philippine independent […]

X-Men spin-off ‘Logan’ coming in 2017

Reuters — Fans of the X-Men film franchise have a new Wolverine movie to look forward to in 2017, according to a teaser trailer release on Thursday (October 20). Simply titled “Logan,” the latest installment of the globally successful film franchise sees Australian actor Hugh Jackman return as the Marvel Comics superhero Wolverine, but this time he is older and his healing abilities have diminished, seemingly in line with the current Marvel Comics where Wolverine […]

In ‘Trumpland’ Michael Moore seeks to rally Clinton support

by Thomas URBAIN NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Straying from his normal vitriolic skewering of the status quo, Michael Moore’s latest documentary “Michael Moore in TrumpLand” is less of an attack on Donald Trump than an ode to Democrat Hillary Clinton. The award-winning provocateur unveiled the surprise film just three weeks before the US election, and he told journalists he made it in just 12 days. “I wanted to do something subversive here, something […]

Mindanao docu-film wins in Busan

DAVAO CITY Oct. 19 – The Mindanaoan documentary film “The Crescent Rising” won the 2016 Busan International Film Festival Mecenat Award last October  15. The documentary helmed by Zamboangeno filmmaker Sheron Dayoc bested other documentary entries from Asia to win the award given to the most exemplary documentary. It is the only Filipino awardee in the 21st staging of the film festival. The Busan International Film Festival is one of the largest and prestigious film […]

Leonardo DiCaprio cooperating in 1MDB probe

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Leonardo DiCaprio is aiding the investigation into a Malaysian embezzlement scam that involved his hit film about financial market fraud, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” according to his spokesperson Tuesday. The Hollywood star contacted the US Justice Department in July just after it filed a lawsuit to seize more than $1 billion in allegedly ill-gotten assets tied to Malaysian state investment fund 1MDB, including rights to the film, DiCaprio’s spokesperson […]

YouTube signs up ‘The Rock’ for new pay channel

CANNES, France (AFP) — YouTube has signed up the world’s highest paid actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Doug Liman, the director of “The Bourne Identity”, to make shows for its subscription service, it said late Monday. The Google-owned video giant said that former wrestler Johnson, who shot to fame in “The Fast and the Furious” films, will produce a series called “Lifeline” about an insurance company that sends its agents 33 days forward in […]

Phil Collins returning to music stage with new shows

LONDON, England, UK (Reuters) — British musician Phil Collins is returning to the stage with his first set of live shows in nearly 10 years, saying his children helped him cut his retirement short. Collins, who announced in 2011 he was bowing out of music, will perform for five nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall next June before heading to Cologne and Paris where he will play two concerts in each city as part of […]