Alec Baldwin pleads not guilty to ‘Rust’ manslaughter

  Hollywood star Alec Baldwin pleaded not guilty Thursday to manslaughter over the death of a cinematographer who was shot on the set of low-budget Western “Rust.” The actor also agreed terms with the court that will allow him to complete filming of the movie, including a ban on using guns and on drinking alcohol. Baldwin was holding a Colt .45 during rehearsals for the film in New Mexico when it discharged, killing Halyna Hutchins […]

Never look back: actor Vincent Cassel, France’s scary star

by Carole GUIRADO Agence France-Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — Actor Vincent Cassel is set to dominate big and small screens this year, appearing in two blockbuster French films and a new spy thriller on Apple TV. “Liaison” pairs Cassel with another major French export, Eva Green, as former lovers forced to work together to stop a series of major cyber-attacks. The 56-year-old star of “Black Swan” is not coy about why he chose to work […]

Westlife Live in Manila: Unforgettable Memories and Timeless Hits

Irish boyband Westlife wowed their Filipino fans in their highly-anticipated concert held last night at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila. The group, composed of Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Kian Egan, and Nicky Byrne, performed a two-hour set that included their classic hits and some new songs from their latest album. They made their entrance singing “Starlight” from their Wild Dreams album. Followed by their hit songs “Uptown Girl” , “When you’re looking like that”, “Fool […]

The best medicine: South Sudan’s comedians tap the power of laughter

by Nick Perry Agence France-Presse JUBA, South Sudan (AFP) — It is a Thursday evening, and the young audience crammed into a concert hall in South Sudan’s capital city is howling with laughter as a comedian lands his closing punchline. “South Sudan got what?” shouts the host, Isaac Anthony Lumori, at the full house for a weekly comedy night that’s become one of Juba’s most popular entertainment fixtures. “Talent!” roars the crowd, mostly in their […]

Remote ‘Banshees’ islands reap Oscars tourism boom

Achill, Ireland (AFP) by Callum PATON Colin Farrell had many people to thank following his best actor win at the Golden Globes for “The Banshees of Inisherin”. He made a point of mentioning the locals of Achill Island and Inis Mor. “We were just one big family,” the Irish actor told the Beverly Hills awards ceremony last month, before also name-checking his animal co-star in the critically acclaimed dark comedy, Jenny the miniature donkey. Two […]

Actress Raquel Welch dies at 82

Los Angeles, United States | AFP | by Andrew MARSZAL Raquel Welch, the US actress who became an international sex symbol after appearing in a deerskin bikini in “One Million Years BC,” died Wednesday, her manager said. She was 82. Welch “passed away peacefully” after “a brief illness,” her manager said in an emailed statement to AFP, without providing further details. The Golden Globe winner starred in more than 30 films — including “Fantastic Voyage” […]

Westlife concert just 4 days away: Fans gear up for a Night to Remember

  Irish pop sensation Westlife is all set to take the stage in just 4 days, as they prepare to dazzle their fans at the highly anticipated concert in Manila on February 20 and 21. With the countdown already begun, fans are eagerly anticipating a night filled with unforgettable performances. The concert, which is taking place at Araneta Coliseum, is a part of Westlife’s worldwide tour, where they are showcasing their latest album, “Wild Dreams.” […]

Rihanna performs hits at Super Bowl – with a very special guest

GLENDALE, United States (AFP) — Rihanna made her long-awaited return to the stage at the Super Bowl with a career-spanning medley of pop bangers, but it was her baby bump that dominated the conversation. The megastar appeared in the stadium midair on a floating stage, donning a clingy, all-red ensemble featuring a molded bustier — and a belt below what many viewers deduced was another mini RiRi in the making. Representatives for the singer confirmed […]

Reviewers rave for ‘Hogwarts Legacy’ video game despite backlash

Washington, United States (AFP) — The highly anticipated video game “Hogwarts Legacy” was met with largely positive reviews after its release Friday, despite some gameplay quibbles and the controversy that has dogged the Wizarding World’s original creator. In the game, developed by Avalanche Software and edited by Warner Bros’ Portkey Games, players virtually explore the “Harry Potter” universe as a student attending the magical Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1800s. The so-called […]

Legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach dead at 94

  Legendary American pop composer Burt Bacharach, whose prolific output provided a chart-topping playlist for the 1960s and 70s with hits like “I Say a Little Prayer,” has died in Los Angeles aged 94, US media said Thursday. Bacharach worked with stars such as Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield and Tom Jones and also wrote hits such as “Walk On By” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose.” Bacharach, who died on […]

Jack could have survived, says Cameron as ‘Titanic’ re-released 25 years on

by Andrew MARSZAL Agence France-Presse Los Angeles, United States (AFP) — James Cameron doesn’t have many regrets — after all, he has now directed three of the four highest-grossing films of all time. But if he could go back and remake “Titanic,” the film that started his record streak 25 years ago and is being re-released in theaters Friday, there is one thing he would change. “Based on what I know today, I would have […]

Disney lays off 7,000 as streaming subscribers decline

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Entertainment giant Disney said Wednesday it was laying off 7,000 employees, in CEO Bob Iger’s first major decision since he was asked back to lead the company late last year. The layoffs follow similar moves by the US tech giants that have laid off thousands of workers as the economy sours and companies dial back a hiring spurt that began during the height of the pandemic. “I do not […]