Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ unleashes a genie on Broadway

(Reuters) – It has a flying carpet, a cave full of treasures and show-stopping songs, but critics said on Friday the Broadway debut of Disney’s “Aladdin” lacks the magic of the original Oscar-winning animated film. The tale of the street urchin Aladdin, who wins the heart of Princess Jasmine, unleashes the Genie from the lamp and battles the evil Jafar, was the top-grossing film of 1992, and picked up Academy Awards for best original score […]

President Obama Talks With “Ellen”

  (Reuters) — U.S. President Barack Obama appeared on the daytime talk show “Ellen” on Thursday (March 20), where TV host Ellen DeGeneres checked in on him while his wife is traveling in Asia. The playful interview started with a list of questions provided by first lady, Michelle Obama, who is visiting China with the couple’s two daughters. The president also took the appearance as an opportunity to plug his signature healthcare, also known as the Affordable Care Act. The deadline […]

Conductor Kent Nagano: The surfer wields a wicked baton

  (Reuters) – U.S. conductor Kent Nagano feels he lives in three worlds – his native California, his ancestral Japan and the Europe of the music he conducts. But his spirit is on a surfboard in the Pacific Ocean. Nagano, 62, is not alone among prominent musicians in having a passion that seems at odds with metronomes and music scores: the late Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan loved fast cars and opera composer Giacomo Puccini […]

New teen heroine emerges from ‘Divergent’ take on dystopia

(Reuters) – A futuristic utopia is divided into five communities, each defined entirely by one personality trait – wisdom, honesty, selflessness, kindness and bravery. But can humans be defined by just one? That’s the question at the core of new film “Divergent,” out in U.S. theaters on Friday. It is the latest movie adapted from a young adult novel series that features a lead female heroine who goes on an epic journey in a post-apocalyptic, […]

Fashion’s L’Wren Scott found dead in NYC in apparent suicide

(Reuters) – Celebrated fashion designer L’Wren Scott, the girlfriend of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, was found dead from an apparent suicide in her Manhattan apartment on Monday, police said. Scott, a former model whose slim-fitting dresses were favorites among Hollywood’s A-list stars such as Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams and Penelope Cruz, was found hanging from a scarf. “We are investigating it as a suicide,” said New York police Detective Kelly Ort. Police said they […]

’12 Years a Slave’ Oscar winner spotlights rock legend Jimi Hendrix

(Reuters) – At nearly the same time filming of “12 Years a Slave” began in Louisiana, the man who would win an Academy Award for writing its screenplay was in Dublin to start shooting his movie about the year that changed the life of ro ck guitar icon Jimi Hendrix. “Jimi: All Is by My Side” from writer and director John Ridley was shown this week at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, […]

Billboard’s Top 10 Money Makers of 2014

Billboard’s Released The Highest- Paid Musicians Over The Past Year Billboard’s annual money makers ranking top earners is already out and it shows that this years top musician money maker is more than a little bit country. Taylor Swift, at 23,  has topped Billboard’s list of the highest-paid musicians. Bon Jovi, who brought in $29.4 million and The Rolling Stones ($26.2 million) round out the top five. Beyonce, Maroon 5, Luke Bryan, Pink and Fleetwood Mac […]

Swiss Duo Concert At CCP

THE Embassy of Switzerland in Manila, in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, presents Swiss singer Laurent Brunetti and pianist Mario Pacchioli as they perform French songs at the CCP Little Theater on March 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM. A performance by Swiss artist Raoul with the Wild Tortillas Band is the opening act of the said event. Entitled Pecheurs de Reves – French Songs from Paris, the Swiss duo concert is held […]

‘Suits’ star Gabriel Macht visits typhoon victims in the central Philippines

American actor Gabriel Macht visited the typhoon stricken central Philippines on Saturday (March 8) to give support for recovery efforts, four months after Haiyan slammed onto coastal towns. Macht, who plays cutthroat lawyer Harvey Specter in the American TV series “Suits”, met children and listened to the stories of the victims from Ormoc City. The actor traveled to the Philippines to support a local charity programme called “Project Wonderful”, which aims to give livelihood opportunities […]