A Minute With: Kristen Stewart on the follies of film and fame

(Reuters) – Stewart, 24, who became a fan favorite among young adults alongside her then-boyfriend Robert Pattinson in the “Twilight” films where she played a teen girl smitten with a vampire, has turned to darker fare such as this year’s Sundance film “Camp X-Ray,” where she plays a prison guard at Guantanamo Bay. In her latest movie “Clouds of Sils Maria,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Stewart plays the personal assistant of an […]

Angelina Jolie takes the vile out of villain in ‘Maleficent’

(Reuters) – Maleficent is a villain, and one of Disney’s most popular since she appeared as the wicked fairy in the 1959 animated feature “Sleeping Beauty,” in which she casts an evil spell on the princess. The modern reimagining of that fairytale in “Maleficent” allows Jolie to show the hurt that sparked her character’s evil side and how she overcomes it. It may be dark at times – “the darkest Disney will go” says Jolie […]

‘X-Men’ sequel tops ‘Avatar’ as Fox’s biggest global debut

(Reuters) – Mutant superhero movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past” powered to $302 million in worldwide ticket sales through the U.S. Memorial Day holiday on Monday, capping a weekend in which it surpassed “Avatar” as the biggest global debut for film studio 20th Century Fox. The seventh installment in the “X-Men” franchise topped U.S. and Canadian movie charts with $111.0 million from Friday through Monday, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak. The film earned […]

‘X-Men’ overpowers ‘Godzilla’ on way to holiday weekend win

(Reuters) – The “X-Men” mutant superheroes smashed into U.S. and Canadian theaters and collected $90.7 million in ticket sales through Sunday, keeping monster hit “Godzilla” at bay and heading toward a decisive win over a long holiday weekend. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” was expected to bring in $110 million by the end of the U.S. Memorial Day holiday on Monday, distributor 20th Century Fox said. The movie has already earned a global total of […]

‘Star Wars’ spin-off to be directed by ‘Godzilla’ filmmaker

(Reuters) – The yet-to-be-titled “Star Wars” film, which is being written by “The Book of Eli” screenwriter Gary Whitta, is being described as a stand-alone movie in addition to the next three installments beginning with Abrams’s “Star Wars: Episode VII,” to be released in December 2015. British director Edwards made his feature film debut with his re-imagining of “Godzilla,” which stormed the North American box office with $93.2 million in sales over the past weekend. […]

BuzzFeed Staff tries Filipino fastfood Jollibee for the first time

BuzzFeed, a popular entertainment website in the United States, tried Jollibee for the first time.   It described Jollibee as the “world’s most popular Filipino fast food restaurant” and had their staff, mostly white Americans, try it. Their reactions were quite entertaining, one of the staff members said, “Burger steak, it’s beautiful!” One of the testers who tried Jollibee’s halo-halo said “How stoned are the Jollibee people when making all this stuff up,” not knowing that […]

Superman and Batman to face off in ‘Dawn of Justice’

  (Reuters) – Time Warner Inc’s Warner Bros. studio on Wednesday unveiled the title of director Zack Snyder’s anticipated superhero sequel, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” in which the two legendary DC Comics heroes will face off. The film, scheduled for release on May 6, 2016, is the follow-up to last year’s “Man of Steel,” which grossed $668 million in worldwide ticket sales. “Dawn of Justice” will see Henry Cavill reprise his role as […]

France’s Strauss-Kahn to sue over Cannes sex addict film

(Reuters) – Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has instructed lawyers to sue the makers of a movie in which veteran French star Gerard Depardieu plays a sex addict who commits a sexual assault on a hotel maid, his lawyer said on Monday.     “Welcome to New York” by Abel Ferrara, which had a private screening on the sidelines of the Cannes film festival at the weekend and has been on pay-per-view in France, is billed […]

Lorde, Justin Timberlake early winners at Billboard Music Awards

(Reuters) – The annual awards show, a key showcase event for the music industry, honored Timberlake with the top Billboard 200 album for last year’s “The 20/20 Experience,” the highest prize for an album at the show. The 33-year-old pop singer, who is on tour in Europe and not in attendance, accepted the award in a taped speech with his touring band, leading them in a gospel and blues-tinged song of “Thank You.” But the […]

Winfrey’s OWN to air TV docu-series on football’s Michael Sam

(Reuters) – The network, which is jointly owned by Winfrey and Discovery Communications Inc, said the series will follow Sam as he prepares for a career in professional football and tries to make the Rams roster. The Rams selected Sam, 24, on Saturday in the seventh round of the NFL Draft three months after the defensive end from the University of Missouri came out publicly. Sam’s story attracted wide attention in the lead-up to the […]

Cannes set to open, with fans, stars and tight security

(Reuters) – With huge yachts bobbing in the Mediterranean and luxury boutiques along the famous La Croisette boulevard making finishing touches to their displays, the 12-day pageant that is the international film world’s answer to Hollywood’s Oscars kicks off with the world premiere of “Grace of Monaco”. “I think the selection has so many talents now that it’s like (being) a kid in a candy store,” Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn said as he arrived […]

HR Giger, creator of aliens and surrealist of Switzerland, is dead

The Swiss surrealist HR Giger has died at the age of 74. Among many other achievements, he won an Oscar for the monster he created for Ridley Scott’s “Alien.” Hans Rudolf Giger died in hospital from injuries sustained in a fall, the Swiss public broadcaster SRF reported Tuesday, citing sources close to his family. His death occurred the previous day. Born in 1940 in the small eastern Swiss town of Chur, Giger moved to Zurich […]