Entertainment

Chris Brown rejects plea deal in Washington assault case

(Reuters) – R&B singer Chris Brown rejected a no-jail plea deal on Wednesday for a suspected sidewalk punchup and will go to trial in September, the latest legal hurdle for the Grammy-winning performer. Brown, 25, rejected a plea accord that would have sentenced him to time served in exchange for pleading guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge, his attorney Mark Geragos said. “They wanted him to read from a script that wasn’t true. He didn’t […]

‘Man’ beats ’22 Jump Street,’ ‘Dragon’ to win weekend box office

(Reuters) – “Think Like A Man Too”, a sequel to the 2012 comedy based on Steve Harvey’s book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man”, collected $30 million in ticket sales to lead the weekend box office, outdistancing last weekend’s top film, “22 Jump Street”. In a rare summer week with no big-budget movie openings, “22 Jump Street”, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, took the No. 2 spot with $29 million at U.S. […]

Tenor Arthur Espiritu returns for MCOF’s Mostly Mozart 2014

After a series of successful performances in Europe, the country’s premier tenor Arthur Espiritu returns to perform in MCOF’s production of Mostly Mozart 2014 on July 11, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. at the Philippine Stock Exchange Auditorium, Tektite Tower, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Fresh from his successful performances as Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in Leipzig, Fernando in Donizetti’s La Favorite in Theatre St. Gallen opposite today’s fast rising mezzo soprano Elena Maximova and the […]

Comic Tracy Morgan improving after crash, out of critical condition

  (Reuters) – Comedian Tracy Morgan’s health was upgraded to fair condition on Monday as he continued to show signs of improvement after being badly injured in a highway crash earlier this month, a publicist for the star said. Morgan, 45, was admitted to a New Jersey hospital in critical condition after a multivehicle highway crash on June 7. Publicist Lewis Kay said “his personality is certainly starting to come back.” The former “Saturday Night […]

Harrison Ford injured on set of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

(Reuters) – Actor Harrison Ford was injured on the set of “Star Wars: Episode VII” on Thursday and taken to a hospital for treatment, a Disney representative said. Ford, 71, hurt his ankle while filming at Pinewood Studios, on the outskirts of London, Disney spokesman Paul Roeder said. Filming will continue on schedule while Ford recovers. The actor was taken to nearby John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Thames Valley Police said on its official Twitter […]

2014 CCP Orchestra and Band Festival Goes Nationwide

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines proudly presents the CCP Orchestra and Band Festival from July 1 to 6 at the CCP Main and Little Theaters, as a continuing project of past CCP Festivals to feature the various orchestras and symphonic bands in the country. Leading the orchestra groups are the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Manila Symphony Orchestra, ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, and the UP Symphony Orchestra. They will be joined by selected bands from around the country, including the […]

Teen tearjerker ‘Fault in Our Stars’ trounces Tom Cruise flick

(Reuters) – “The Fault in Our Stars,” a heart-wrenching love story about teens who meet in a cancer support group, won over moviegoers with a stellar $48.2 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters over the weekend, handily beating the new Tom Cruise sci-fi action film, “Edge of Tomorrow.” “Edge of Tomorrow,” which cost about $175 million, had to settle for third place with $29.1 million from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from tracking firm […]

‘Game of Thrones’ most popular series in HBO history

(Reuters) – “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s Emmy-award winning fantasy epic, has surpassed “The Sopranos” as its most popular series ever, the premium cable network said on Thursday. Episodes in the fourth season of the show have an average gross audience of 18.4 million, including repeat showings, video on demand and mobile streaming, which broke the record of 18.2 million set by the 2002 season of the mobster drama, “The Sopranos.” Video on demand and delayed […]

Lindsay Lohan’s mom loses license for a year after drunken driving

(Reuters) – Dina Lohan, the mother of actress Lindsay Lohan, was sentenced to 100 hours of community service on Tuesday and will lose her driver’s license for a year after police caught her speeding on New York’s Long Island while drunk. Lohan, 51, was sentenced in Nassau County District Court after pleading guilty to the charges in April. She had initially pleaded not guilty after state police pulled her over last September and said she […]

Director Oliver Stone to adapt Edward Snowden story for film

(Reuters) – Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone will be adapting the story of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for the big screen, from a book written by Guardian journalist Luke Harding, the British newspaper said in a statement on Monday. Stone, 67, with his production partner Moritz Borman, bought the film rights to Harding’s “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man,” that delved into the events surrounding Snowden leaking […]

Brad Pitt gets restraining order against Ukrainian prankster

(Reuters) – Police on Thursday issued a restraining order against the Ukrainian prankster who struck actor Brad Pitt in the face as he signed autographs at the Los Angeles premiere of “Maleficent,” the new Disney film starring Pitt’s partner Angelina Jolie. Pitt, 50, sought an emergency protective order against 25-year-old Vitalii Sediuk after he leaped over a fence at the “Maleficent” premiere and hit him, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Officer Wendy Reyes said. Sediuk, […]