BTS hit ‘Dynamite’ worth $1.4 billion to South Korea: govt

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — K-pop sensation BTS’s US-chart-topping single “Dynamite” could generate more than $1.4 billion for the South Korean economy and thousands of new jobs in the country, a government study claimed Monday. The trailblazing septet cemented their prominence in the world’s biggest music market last week, when the all-English track debuted at number one in the Billboard Hot 100. The feat had previously eluded rapper Psy, whose Gangnam Style was a global […]

‘Batman’ filming halted after Pattinson gets Covid-19

by Jocelyne ZABLIT LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Filming in Britain for the latest Batman movie has been halted after its star Robert Pattinson reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus, just days after shooting had resumed. “A member of ‘The Batman’ production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols,” Warner Bros. said in a statement to AFP. “Filming is temporarily paused.” The studio did not name the person […]

The Rock reveals family coronavirus battle

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his entire family tested positive for coronavirus but have made a full recovery, the professional wrestler turned Hollywood A-lister said Wednesday. Johnson, the world’s top-paid actor, urged his 196 million Instagram followers to wear masks and avoid “politicizing” the pandemic after revealing that he, his wife, and two young daughters had picked up Covid-19 from close family friends. “This has been one of the […]

‘Home back home’: Rapper Akon plans $6billion city in Senegal homeland

by Philippe SIUBERSKI DAKAR, Senegal (AFP) — Rapper Akon has set his sights on building a sprawling $6 billion city in his Senegal homeland to welcome Africans of the diaspora to their “home back home”. The R&B star, who boasts two multi-platinum albums, told a news conference Monday he had laid the first stone for the city in the Atlantic Ocean village of Mbodiene around 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of the Senegalese capital Dakar. […]

K-pop’s BTS first all-South Korean act to top US singles charts

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — K-pop sensation BTS has become the first all-South Korean act to rule the top US singles chart, industry tracker Billboard announced Monday, with their English-language “Dynamite” hitting number one. It is another milestone cementing the seven-member boy band’s global dominance, coming hours after BTS beat American heavyweights including Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift to score the Best Pop award at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. The first […]

‘Black Panther’ star Boseman dies after private battle with cancer

  LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Chadwick Boseman, star of the ground-breaking superhero movie “Black Panther,” has died after a private four-year battle with colon cancer, his publicist told AFP Friday. Boseman, 43, never publicly discussed his condition and continued to work on major Hollywood films during and between “countless” operations and chemotherapy, his family said in a statement. “It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in ‘Black […]

EBC, Mexican Embassy tie up to promote animated children’s films amid pandemic

(Eagle News) – The Embassy of Mexico in the Philippines, in partnership with Eagle Broadcasting Corporation, will be presenting three short animated movies for children in celebration of Mexico’s National Film Day in August. The three films, which belong to the collection of movies prepared by the Mexican Institute of Cinematography, will be aired on NET 25 this Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM and 10:00 PM: • El Trompetista (The Trumpeteer), a 10-minute […]

Keanu Reeves brings sunny ‘Bill & Ted’ sequel to ‘darker’ world

by Andrew MARSZAL LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Featuring a young Keanu Reeves, a madcap time-travelling plot and a supply of the most bodacious catchphrases, 1989’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” has become a cult comedy classic. Three decades on, the hit that launched Reeves’ career is back for a third movie — and its air-headed, good-natured heroes’ message to “be excellent to each other” is needed now more than ever, its creators told […]

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas says he tested positive for coronavirus

MADRID, Spanish (AFP) — Spanish actor Antonio Banderas announced on his 60th birthday Monday that he was in quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus but was feeling “relatively well”. “I am forced to celebrate my 60th birthday in quarantine after having tested positive for the COVID-19 disease,” Banderas, known for roles in such films as “The Mask of Zorro” and “Philadelphia”, said in a statement posted on social media which was accompanied with a […]

Disney’s ‘Mulan’ to skip big screen with September streaming launch

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Disney’s much-delayed blockbuster “Mulan” will skip the big screen and premiere on streaming platform Disney+ next month, it was announced Tuesday, as coronavirus keeps theaters shut across much of the United States. The unprecedented decision — described by CEO Bob Chapek as a “one-off” for a Disney blockbuster — is the latest major blow for movie theater chains already reeling from the pandemic. “Mulan,” a mega-budget live action remake […]

NET 25’s TAGISAN NG GALING Grand Finals:  Winners bring home over 4M in cash prizes

By Caesar R. Vallejos, Open For Business Granting the dreams of Filipinos to showcase their talents on national television and win the biggest cash prizes in talent search competition in the Philippines, NET25’s Tagisan Ng Galing ended its Part 1 in a glitzy grand finale last July 27, 2020, with the following top winners: Grand Champion: Jonacris Bandillo 1st Runner up: Power Duo 2nd Runner up: Edrien Oclarino 3rd Runner up: Cosmic Angels 4th runner […]

TAGISAN NG GALING:  How the judges chose the Top 5 and how YOU can vote in the final judging

Top winners to be judged by the public via text and online voting   The Tagisan Ng Galing judges have decided.  The Final Five finalists who will compete on July 27 grand finals (Monday, 7:30 PM) of NET25’ biggest talent search competition are: Angel Nicole Francisco Cosmic Angels Edrien Oclarino Jonacris Bandillo Power Duo Here is an exclusive interview of EBC Director for Sales and Marketing Caesar Vallejos (CRV) with the Tagisan Ng Galing’s Board […]