Mario mugs, Zelda tote bags as Nintendo opens first Tokyo store

  TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Nintendo this week throws open the doors to its first bricks-and-mortar store in Tokyo, offering everything from Super Mario mugs to Zelda handbags as part of a new gaming complex in the heart of the city. Set in a refashioned department store on one floor just minutes from the famed “scramble crossing” in Shibuya district, the giant retail space also includes shops selling merchandise from some of the biggest names […]

Disney bets streaming launch on new ‘Star Wars’, past classics

by Andrew MARSZAL LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The star of Disney’s hugely ambitious new Star Wars television series remembers the moment he first stepped into a galaxy far, far away. Pedro Pascal was trying on his character’s helmet for “The Mandalorian” — the mega-budget, live-action show which launches the Disney+ streaming platform this Tuesday — when he caught a glimpse in the mirror. “If you grow up playing with Star Wars toys, and […]

‘Terminator’ takes top spot but underwhelms N.America box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Terminator: Dark Fate” opened atop the North American box office this weekend with a take of $29 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday, but analysts said that figure fell far below expectations. After all, the sixth and latest installment in the franchise — reuniting stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton with series creator James Cameron — cost $185 million to make. “A storied Hollywood film franchise has been […]

Depressed and suicidal? Fighting the feeling, Guerrero style

By CAESAR VALLEJOS, Open for Business “Galit sa mundo.” That could be one of the feelings of Filipinos, over 3 million of them, who suffer from depression.  According to the World Health Organization, 800,000 people die each year due to suicide. What is more alarming is that suicide cases and students with mental illnesses have “risen drastically in the last two years with at least one suicide referral made each day.” “There remains to be […]

Abominable’ won’t be screened in Malaysia over S. China Sea map

  KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AFP) — Animated film “Abominable” will not be shown in Malaysia after its distributor Sunday said it could not comply with censors’ demands to cut a controversial scene showing Beijing’s disputed claims in the South China Sea. The decision comes after Vietnam pulled the Universal Pictures movie from theatres days ago and the Philippines’ foreign secretary called for the segment to be excised. “Universal has decided not to make the censor […]

Fans, celebrities mourn death of K-pop star Sulli; celebrity had long been a target of online bullying

  SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — Fans and fellow performers on Tuesday mourned the death of a K-pop star who had long been the target of online bullying, some calling for greater mental health support for those working in the country’s notoriously competitive show business industry. The body of Sulli, a former member of top girl group f(x), was discovered Monday by her manager at her home on the outskirts of Seoul. “There has been […]

The fight continues: A look into what the film “Guerrero Dos” is all about

By MJ Racadio Eagle News and Features contributor Official Trailer of Guerrero Dos When it comes to sports, victory comes sweet, but there can only be one declared winner. But still, there are some who suffer defeat, even physical injuries and experience the agony of pain but continues to fight until the end. And thus, the story of EBC Films’ “Guerrero Dos: Tuloy Ang Laban” continues, as the first Guerrero film’s main character boxer Ramon […]

‘Joker’ tops N. American box office for second week

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Warner Bros.’ “Joker” laughed best again this weekend as it took in an estimated $55 million in North American movie theaters, an industry group reported Sunday. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” provides the backstory for the rise of Batman’s maniacal nemesis, painting a dark and disturbing portrayal of a would-be stand-up comedian’s descent into madness. Last week, the film directed by Todd Phillips — maker of “The Hangover” trilogy — set […]

K-Pop’s BTS rocks out in ultra-conservative Saudi

by Aziz EL MASSASSI RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — The Saudi capital burst into life with the cheers of young fans of Korean pop group BTS as they performed in the kingdom seeking to transform its ultra-conservative image. The seven members of the wildly popular K-pop band were sweating it out as they danced and sang Friday night in front of thousands of Saudis and expatriates in Riyadh’s 70,000-capacity King Fahd International Stadium. “I am […]

Carlos Celdran passes away

(Eagle News)–Carlos Celdran has died. His wife Tesa said in a Facebook post on Tuesday, Oct. 8, that he died of “natural causes.” He was 46 years old. Celdran had been living in Spain since January of this year, months after the Supreme Court affirmed a Court of Appeals decision that sanctioned him for disrupting a Catholic service at the Manila Cathedral in 2010. Celdran, an advocate for the reproductive health law, had barged in […]

‘Joker’ gets last laugh, setting record on N. American screens

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Warner Bros.’ “Joker” survived the intense controversy over its violent themes to take in $96.2 million in North American theaters at the weekend, setting a record for an October release, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” provides the backstory for the rise of Batman’s maniacal nemesis, painting a dark and disturbing portrayal of a would-be stand-up comedian’s descent into madness. Amid fears that it might […]

Veteran actress Amalia Fuentes dies

(Eagle News)–Veteran actress Amalia Fuentes has died. Her death was announced by her grandson in a Facebook post. “It is with great sadness that I together with my siblings Alyanna and Alissa, inform you that our Grandmother, Amalia Amador Muhlach has taken her last breath this morning in the Philippines,” Alfonso Martinez,  son of Amalia’s daughter, the late Liezl Martinez, and  actor Albert Martinez said. The cause of death was not cited but in a […]