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 […]

Actor Hartnett takes on mystery and monsters in ‘Penny Dreadful’

(Reuters) – Monsters and murders of the Victorian age come alive in Showtime’s new “Penny Dreadful,” as actor Josh Hartnett leads a band of gothic mavericks to uncover the terrors that attack the city of London. “Penny Dreadful,” premiering on the CBS Corp cable network on Sunday, follows wealthy explorer Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) on a quest to find his kidnapped daughter Mina, as a terrifying creature wreaks havoc by devouring humans in the […]

Jailed singer Chris Brown admits probation violation

(Reuters) – Grammy-winning R&B singer Chris Brown admitted to violating probation from his 2009 assault of pop singer Rihanna and was sentenced to a year in jail by a Los Angeles judge on Friday. Brown, in jail since March 14, could end up spending an additional 131 days in jail as part of his sentence after so far earning 234 days of credited jail time, but the singer’s attorney expects Brown to be released over […]

‘Daily Show’ comedian Wilmore to replace Colbert on Comedy Central

(Reuters) – Comedian Larry Wilmore, currently part of Jon Stewart’s late night “The Daily Show,” will headline his own show that will replace Stephen Colbert’s “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central next year, the network said on Friday. Wilmore, 52, often billed as “Senior Black Correspondent” on Stewart’s late night satirical news show, will host “The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore,” which will air following “The Daily Show” starting January 2015. Comedy Central, a unit […]


THE Cinemalaya Foundation has announced the finalists for the Short Film Category for the 2014 Cinemalaya Competition. The 10 finalists in the Short Film Category are the following:  “Asan si Lolo Me” by Sari Estrada; “Lola” by Kevin Ang; Indayog ng Nayatamak” by Joris Fernandez; “Eyeball” by Thop Nazareno; “Padulong sa Pinuy-Anan” (Going Home) by Fedwelyn Villarba Sabolboro; “The Ordinary Things We Do” by David R. Corpuz; “Nakabibinging Kadiliman” by Paolo O’Hara; “Mga Ligaw na […]

‘Frozen’ soundtrack ices competition again on Billboard 200

(Reuters) – “Frozen,” the soundtrack to Disney’s $1 billion-grossing animated film, on Wednesday earned its 13th nonconsecutive week atop the Billboard 200 album chart, selling nearly twice the number of copies as its nearest challenger. The soundtrack, which has ridden on the success of the film and its lead single “Let It Go,” sold 106,000 copies last week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The album has sold 2.6 million copies since its release […]

ABC extends Jimmy Kimmel late-night show for two more years

(Reuters) – Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” has been extended for two more years, ABC said on Tuesday, sealing the late-night line-ups across the main U.S. networks for the next few years. Kimmel, 46, has presided over the show for 11 seasons. He moved to an earlier, high-visibility 11:35 p.m. time slot in January 2013, where ratings increased despite head-to-head competition from veteran David Letterman on CBS and NBC’s “Tonight Show,” which […]

‘Spider-Man 2’ catches $92 million to kick off summer movie season

(Reuters) – “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” a sequel about the web-slinging superhero, snared $92 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales over the weekend, taking the top spot on movie box office charts at the start of Hollywood’s lucrative summer blockbuster season. The big-budget, effects-filled movie starring Andrew Garfield is expected to rank as one of the year’s highest-grossing films. With international sales, it has rung up nearly $370 million around the globe through Sunday, […]

Singer Chris Brown in jail for at least another week, judge says

(Reuters) – A Los Angeles judge on Thursday said R&B singer Chris Brown will remain in jail for at least another week as the pop star deals with dual cases on both sides of the country. Brown, who will now spend his 25th birthday on May 5 behind bars, has been held since March 14 after his dismissal from a rehabilitation center violated the terms of his court-ordered treatment related to his 2009 assault of […]