MCOF Young Artists’ Series continues with fast rising soprano Stephanie Aguilar

SOPRANO Stephanie Anne G. Aguilar, a prize winner at the 2012 Jovita Fuentes Vocal Competition will be presented in a solo recital by the MCO Foundation on August 20, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at the Ayala Museum, Makati City. Currently a student at the UST Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of tenor Lemuel de la Cruz, Stephanie made her debut as Micaela in Lyropera’s production of Bizet’s “Carmen” with the UST Symphony Orchestra under Maestro […]

Italy-Based Young Filipino Flutist Performs at the CCP

Italy-based young Filipino flutist Sarah Mae Gabuyo will be the second featured artist of The CCP Special Concert Series on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater). Based in Milan, Italy since she was 10, Sarah Mae Gabuyo entered the Accademia Internazionale della Musica where the prestigious Italian international flute soloist Raffaele Trevisani took her in his class and taught her the Sir James Galway method of […]

Sandra Bullock tops Forbes list as Hollywood’s top-earning actress

NEW YORK Mon Aug 4, 2014 3:32pm EDT (Reuters) – Oscar winner Sandra Bullock is Hollywood’s highest paid actress with estimated earnings of $51 million over 12 months, followed by Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Aniston, Forbes magazine said on Monday. Bullock, 50, had a big hit last year with the space thriller film “Gravity,” which won seven Academy Awards including best director for Alfonso Cuaron, and made more than $716 million worldwide. The best actress […]

Night at the museum: U.S. adults embrace art, science sleepovers

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:03am EDT (Reuters) – Kids have been sleeping overnight in museums across the country for years, dozing off among live sharks and dinosaur bones. Now adults are getting to join the fun. The American Museum of Natural History is hosting its first adults-only sleepover this week, with a champagne reception, live jazz and a three-course dinner. Guests will spend the night in sleeping bags beneath the […]

From virtual reality to stars, five highlights from Comic-Con

By Piya Sinha-Roy SAN DIEGO Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:32pm EDT (Reuters) – Every year, around 130,000 comic book fans and entertainment enthusiasts trek to San Diego’s Comic-Con International, where thousands of booths and hundreds of panels are set up by industry outlets to cater to attendees. With the 2014 convention wrapping up on Sunday, here are five highlights from the packed four-day event. – Experiencing Death in Virtual Reality Ever wondered what it’s like […]

‘Lucy,’ ‘Hercules’ beat expectations at weekend box offices

By Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK Sun Jul 27, 2014 2:29pm EDT (Reuters) – “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman with a super-powered brain, collected $44 million to win the domestic box office race, outmuscling “Hercules” which took in $29 million for second place. Both new films exceeded expectations, pumping some much-needed life into a lackluster summer at U.S. and Canadian theaters. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which topped […]

Brain power outwits Asian mobsters in sci-fi thriller ‘Lucy’

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK Thu Jul 24, 2014 3:05pm EDT (Reuters) – Gun-toting thugs and a vicious Asian mob boss are no match for the brawn and brain of French director Luc Besson’s super-powered heroine in his sci-fi, action thriller “Lucy.” Besson is known for creating strong female characters in “La Femme Nikita” and “The Fifth Element.” But he goes a step further in “Lucy,” which opens in theaters in the United States on […]

‘Iron Man’ Robert Downey Jr highest-earning actor: Forbes

NEW YORK Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:04pm EDT (Reuters) – Robert Downey Jr, the star of Disney’s Marvel superhero film franchises “Iron Man,” and “The Avengers,” is Hollywood’s highest paid actor for the second consecutive year, with estimated earnings of $75 million, according to Forbes.com. The 49-year-old star made most of his money from June 2013 to June 2014 from “Iron Man 3,” which made $1.2 billion at the box office and assured him the […]

Stevie Wonder blends hits at Montreux for Quincy Jones

By Stephanie Nebehay MONTREUX Switzerland Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:25pm EDT (Reuters) – Motown legend Stevie Wonder gave a soulful two-hour concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival on Wednesday night, blending his hits with covers of the Beatles and Michael Jackson for an audience that included producer Quincy Jones. The African-American singer and songwriter, wearing lime green sunglasses and braids down to his waist, headlined the 48th edition of the prestigious Swiss festival, fulfilling a […]

‘Planet of the Apes’ climbs to top of U.S. box office charts

(Reuters) – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” a sequel about highly intelligent apes that battle with humans for dominance, has knocked the giant “Transformers” robots out of the top spot on U.S. and Canadian movie charts. The 3D “Apes” movie collected $73 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from Rentrak. “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” a sequel that ruled the box office the two previous weekends, dropped to second […]

The top films at the North American box office

Sun Jul 13, 2014 12:23pm EDT LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK – Following are the top 10 movies at North American box offices for the three days starting July 11, led by “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters. 1 (*) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes………$ 75.0 million 2 (1) Transformers: Age of Extinction …….$ 16.5 million 3 (2) Tammy…………………………….$ 12.9 million 4 (4) 22 Jump Street…………………….$ 6.7 […]