Robin Williams’ death highlights Parkinson’s-depression link

(Reuters) – Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s disease along with severe depression at the time of his apparent , his widow said on Thursday, drawing public attention to the correlation between the diseases. Although the gifted comedian had spoken before about his depression, Parkinson’s experts have noted how the incurable and debilitating nervous system disorder that causes tremors and slowness of movement also affects people emotionally. “The neurochemicals that are […]

Actor Robin Williams dead at 63

Oscar-winning actor and groundbreaking comedian Robin Williams hanged himself with a belt in his Northern California home after he had sought treatment for depression, a coroner said on Tuesday based on preliminary findings. Williams, 63, was found dead by his personal assistant at midday on Monday in a bedroom. He was suspended from a belt wedged between a closet door and a door frame, in a seated position just off the ground, Marin County’s assistant […]

Steinway Artist Ang Li in Piano Concert at CCP

PIANIST and will stage a concert on August 31, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Ang Li began playing the piano by ear at age one. Ang Li made her first public appearance at Beijing Concert Hall at age six. At age thirteen, she made her orchestral debut with the Little Orchestra Society of New York at Avery Fisher Hall. In 2007, Ms. Li was invited by […]

Foreign Artists in Rigoletto at CCP

The full length opera ‘Rigoletto’ by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi will be staged on August 22 at 7 pm and August 24 at 3 pm at the CCP Main Theater. The title role will be played by internationally acclaimed and multi-awarded Korean baritone Daesan No, with soprano Yun Kyoung Yi and tenor Jae Wook Lee in the other major roles. Other performers include Filipino noted vocalists Ronan Ferrer, Nenen Espina, Thea Perez, Jun Francis Jaranilla, […]

MCOF Young Artists’ Series continues with fast rising soprano Stephanie Aguilar

SOPRANO Stephanie Anne G. Aguilar, a prize winner at the 2012 Jovita Fuentes Vocal Competition will be presented in a solo recital by the MCO Foundation on August 20, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at the Ayala Museum, Makati City. Currently a student at the UST Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of tenor Lemuel de la Cruz, Stephanie made her debut as Micaela in Lyropera’s production of Bizet’s “Carmen” with the UST Symphony Orchestra under Maestro […]

Italy-Based Young Filipino Flutist Performs at the CCP

Italy-based young Filipino flutist Sarah Mae Gabuyo will be the second featured artist of The CCP Special Concert Series on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater). Based in Milan, Italy since she was 10, Sarah Mae Gabuyo entered the Accademia Internazionale della Musica where the prestigious Italian international flute soloist Raffaele Trevisani took her in his class and taught her the Sir James Galway method of […]

Sandra Bullock tops Forbes list as Hollywood’s top-earning actress

NEW YORK Mon Aug 4, 2014 3:32pm EDT (Reuters) – Oscar winner Sandra Bullock is Hollywood’s highest paid actress with estimated earnings of $51 million over 12 months, followed by Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Aniston, Forbes magazine said on Monday. Bullock, 50, had a big hit last year with the space thriller film “Gravity,” which won seven Academy Awards including best director for Alfonso Cuaron, and made more than $716 million worldwide. The best actress […]

Night at the museum: U.S. adults embrace art, science sleepovers

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:03am EDT (Reuters) – Kids have been sleeping overnight in museums across the country for years, dozing off among live sharks and dinosaur bones. Now adults are getting to join the fun. The American Museum of Natural History is hosting its first adults-only sleepover this week, with a champagne reception, live jazz and a three-course dinner. Guests will spend the night in sleeping bags beneath the […]

From virtual reality to stars, five highlights from Comic-Con

By Piya Sinha-Roy SAN DIEGO Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:32pm EDT (Reuters) – Every year, around 130,000 comic book fans and entertainment enthusiasts trek to San Diego’s Comic-Con International, where thousands of booths and hundreds of panels are set up by industry outlets to cater to attendees. With the 2014 convention wrapping up on Sunday, here are five highlights from the packed four-day event. – Experiencing Death in Virtual Reality Ever wondered what it’s like […]

‘Lucy,’ ‘Hercules’ beat expectations at weekend box offices

By Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK Sun Jul 27, 2014 2:29pm EDT (Reuters) – “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman with a super-powered brain, collected $44 million to win the domestic box office race, outmuscling “Hercules” which took in $29 million for second place. Both new films exceeded expectations, pumping some much-needed life into a lackluster summer at U.S. and Canadian theaters. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which topped […]

Brain power outwits Asian mobsters in sci-fi thriller ‘Lucy’

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK Thu Jul 24, 2014 3:05pm EDT (Reuters) – Gun-toting thugs and a vicious Asian mob boss are no match for the brawn and brain of French director Luc Besson’s super-powered heroine in his sci-fi, action thriller “Lucy.” Besson is known for creating strong female characters in “La Femme Nikita” and “The Fifth Element.” But he goes a step further in “Lucy,” which opens in theaters in the United States on […]