Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran join global climate, vaccine concerts

PARIS, France (AFP) — Coldplay, Billie Eilish and Ed Sheeran are among the stars announced Tuesday for a day of concerts across multiple cities on September 25 to raise awareness about climate change, poverty and vaccine distribution. New York, Paris and Lagos are the first cities to be announced for Global Citizen Live, which will run for 24 hours and be screened around the world via TV stations and social media. Joining Eilish and Coldplay […]

‘The Suicide Squad’ tops NAmerica box office with a tepid total

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — With Covid-19 fears again depressing North American moviegoing, new Warner Bros./DC superhero film “The Suicide Squad” led the weekend box office but took in only $26.2 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday. The movie, dubbed a pseudo-sequel to 2016’s major hit “Suicide Squad,” again featured A-listers Margot Robbie and Viola Davis, but two big names from the earlier version — Will Smith and Jared Leto — sat this […]

New York police charge man over ‘Gone Girl’ actress death

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — New York police have arrested and charged a man in connection with the two-wheeler hit-and-run death of “Gone Girl” actress Lisa Banes, a force spokesman said Friday. Brian Boyd, 26, was apprehended on Thursday and charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian and leaving the scene of a deadly accident, the spokesman told AFP. Banes, who was visiting New York from Los Angeles, suffered a head trauma in […]

US comedian Kathy Griffin says she has lung cancer

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Outspoken US comedian Kathy Griffin, whose decades-long stand-up career was briefly derailed in 2017 after a grisly stunt with a prop depicting Donald Trump’s severed head, said Monday that she has lung cancer. “I’m about to go into surgery to have half of my left lung removed. Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked!” Griffin, 60, said in a statement posted on Twitter. She said her […]

Olivia Rodrigo to star in White House vaccine promotion

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Teen pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo is set to visit the White House on Wednesday to put some star power into the Biden administration’s flagging Covid-19 vaccination campaign. Rodrigo, 18, will meet with President Joe Biden and his top coronavirus advisor Anthony Fauci and “record videos about the importance of young people getting vaccinated,” the White House said Tuesday. The actress and singer, who has some 28 million social media followers, […]

No Psy but BTS play on as Seoul bans fast gym music

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — South Korean mega-hit “Gangnam Style” may be taken off gym playlists in the great Seoul region — but K-pop giants BTS can stay — under new rules aimed at stemming a rising tide of coronavirus infections. The regulations, aimed at stopping gym-goers breathing too hard or splashing sweat on others, ban gyms from playing music with a faster tempo than 120 beats per minute during group exercises like zumba and […]

Bill Cosby freed after US court quashes sex crimes conviction

  by Peter HUTCHISON Agence France Presse NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — US comedian Bill Cosby was freed from prison Wednesday, in a blow to the #MeToo movement after a US court overturned his conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 17 years ago. The 83-year-old flashed the V sign outside his home near Philadelphia after leaving jail following a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that he had been denied a fair trial. He […]

George Clooney to launch Los Angeles high school film program

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Hollywood star George Clooney will launch an academy for Los Angeles high school students as part of a new scheme to teach movie industry skills to children from disadvantaged and minority communities, it was announced Monday. Clooney and fellow A-listers Don Cheadle and Eva Longoria will spearhead the program initially available next fall for 14 to 16-year-olds at a downtown high school, with plans to expand to other ages […]

US actress Lisa Banes dies 10 days after hit-and-run

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — US actress Lisa Banes, best known for her role in the movie “Gone Girl,” has died 10 days after a hit-and-run by a scooter or motorbike in New York, a police spokesman said Tuesday. The 65-year-old TV, Broadway and film actress was pronounced dead Monday after suffering a head trauma in the accident in Manhattan, the New York Police Department spokesman told AFP. Banes was struck as the two-wheeler […]

Tarzan actor Joe Lara among 7 presumed dead in US plane crash

    WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — All seven passengers aboard a plane, including Tarzan actor Joe Lara and his diet guru wife, are presumed dead after it crashed in a lake near the US city of Nashville, authorities said. The small business jet crashed at around 11:00 am local time on Saturday, shortly after taking off from the Smyrna, Tennessee airport for Palm Beach, Florida, Rutherford County Fire & Rescue (RCFR) said on Facebook. […]

EBC Films’ “Guerrero Dos” director Cuevas, actor JC Sabenorio wins in Int’l Filmfest Manhattan NY

2 other nominees – actor Art De Guzman, actress Mia Suarez – cited as “honorable mentions”   (Eagle News) — Director Carlo Cuevas and young actor JC Sabenorio won the best director and best actor in a featured film respectively for EBC Films’ “Guerrerro Dos: Tuloy ang Laban” in the recent awarding ceremonies of International Film Festival Manhattan New York (IFFMNY) Spring 2021. Cuevas bested other directors for films all over the world that were […]

EBC Films’ “Guerrero Dos” receives nominations at Int’l Filmfest Manhattan New York

  (Eagle News) — The film “Guerrero Dos: Tuloy Ang Laban (The Fight Continues)” of Eagle Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) has received five nominations from the International Film Festival Manhattan New York (IFFMNY) Spring 2021, including best director, best actor, best actress, the “Jury Feature Global” and “Best Film Festival Grand Prize Performance.” This EBC movie is one of the featured films in the IFFMNY Spring 2021 which will have virtual showings of films from around […]