‘Transformers’ producers face new dispute from Chinese location rep

SHANGHAI Sun Jul 6, 2014 11:48pm EDT (Reuters) – A scenic Chinese location where scenes in Paramount Pictures’ “Transformers: Age of Extinction” were filmed, has threatened to sue the film’s producers for failing to display its logo on-screen, the China Daily newspaper reported. The product placement complaint was made by the Chongqing Wulong Karst Tourism Group, which operates the Wulong Scenic Area in southwest China. It marks the second dispute the movie has faced in […]

Pharrell, Minaj lead BET award winners, Richie honored

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:47am EDT (Reuters) – R&B star Pharrell, rapper Nicki Minaj and newcomer August Alsina led the winners at the Black Entertainment Television (BET) awards on Sunday, which also honored veteran soul singer Lionel Richie. Pharrell kicked off the show with “Come Get It Bae” and won two awards, including best male R&B/pop artist. Beyonce was named best female R&B/pop singer, and closed the show with a […]

Miss Delaware loses crown for being a few months too old

(Reuters) – A beauty contest winner, stripped of her crown as Miss Delaware due to age, said on Friday she had done nothing wrong and wants to be allowed to compete in the Miss America pageant even though she will turn 25 this year. Amanda Longacre said she learned on Tuesday that she had been disqualified because the Miss Delaware pageant determined that she had violated the age requirement. On NBC’s “Today” show on Friday, […]

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 […]