Stanley Donen, famed director of ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ dies at 94

Stanley Donen, who directed such beloved Hollywood classics as “Singin’ in the Rain,” “On the Town” and “Charade,” has died in New York at age 94. His death of a heart attack was confirmed by one of his sons, Mark Donen, the Chicago Tribune reported. Donen, whose films were known as witty, stylish and energetic, worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, from Audrey Hepburn to Fred Astaire. Under Donen’s direction, Gene Kelly’s famously exuberant […]

Singer R. Kelly gets $1 million bail

A US judge set a $1 million bail for R&B superstar R. Kelly on Saturday after prosecutors laid out in graphic detail what they said was his long history of sexual abuse of four victims, three of them minors. Kelly, who is known for hits like “I Believe I Can Fly,” surrendered to police late Friday. He is charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against the four females, one of them as […]

Superstar R. Kelly charged with sex abuse, including against minors

by Nova Safo, with Maggy Donaldson in New York R&B superstar R. Kelly was charged Friday in Chicago with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse against four victims, three of them minors. A judge approved a no-bail arrest warrant for the 52-year-old, a Cook County clerk told AFP, a major development in the Kelly saga that has seen him for decades accused of child pornography, sex with minors, operating a sex cult and sexual […]

Fun facts and figures about the Oscars

HOLLYWOOD, United States (AFP) — How much does an Oscar statue weigh? Which actor has received the most ever nominations? Who has the most Oscars ever? Here are some fun facts about the 91st Academy Awards, which will take place in Hollywood on Sunday: – Uncle Oscar? – Hollywood lore has it that the Academy Award was nicknamed Oscar after Academy librarian Margaret Herrick — who eventually became executive director — saw the trophy for […]

Makati Prosecutors Office junks Kris Aquino’s qualified theft complaint vs former project manager

(Eagle News) — The Makati Prosecutors Office has dismissed the qualified theft complaint filed by Kris Aquino against her former project manager. In dismissing the complaint, the prosecutors office ruled any personal transaction Nicko Falcis made with the credit card Aquino said was the card of her company Kris Cojuangco Aquino Productions did not constitute theft. For this, the prosecutor noted the credit card in question was under the name of Falcis. The prosecutor also […]

Moviegoers react to French film on priest’s abuse of boy scouts

French director François Ozon’s “By the Grace of God,” about the real-life story of a priest accused of sexually abusing boy scouts, hits Paris cinemas, a day after its controversial release was approved by the courts. Moviegoers who saw the film reacted to the controversial movie that touches on a subject that has stirred wounds of sex abuse victims of the Catholic clergy, and also created awareness about the issue. Marcel Benbassat, one of those […]

Folk musician Peter Tork of Monkees fame dies at 77

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Peter Tork, the offbeat folk artist who found fame with 1960s pop band the Monkees, has died, his team announced Thursday. He was 77 years old. “It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world,” the team posted on his official Facebook page, without specifying a cause of death. The […]

Chef Wolfgang Puck unveils lavish Oscars menu

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Coveted prizes aren’t the only thing on the menu at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony. Austro-American chef Wolfgang Puck, who has been feeding the famous at the Oscars for 25 years, has given AFP a peek at this year’s spread: smoked salmon, truffle pasta and Oscar statuettes made out of chocolate.

Pop rockers The 1975 win big at Brits

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Pop rockers The 1975 stole the show at British pop music’s annual celebration on Wednesday, winning the coveted Best Album Brit award with US singer Pink also honored. The Manchester four-piece claimed the prize for their raw number one album  “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships” ahead of Florence + The Machine and indie singer George Ezra. The band also claimed the best British group award — speaking out against […]

Chicago police charge US actor with filing false report of assault

by Nova Safo US police on Wednesday charged a TV actor with lying to authorities about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on the streets of Chicago. Jussie Smollett, a gay and black actor who stars in the Fox network drama “Empire,” is facing felony criminal charges of disorderly conduct and filing a false police report. He claimed that on January 29, two masked men beat him late at night in downtown […]

Winners of the 2019 Brit Awards

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Manchester four-piece The 1975 were the big winners at the 2019 Brit Awards in London on Wednesday. Here are the main winners: British album of the year — “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships” by The 1975 British male solo artist — George Ezra British female solo artist — Jorga Smith British breakthrough act — Tom Walker British group — The 1975 British single — “One Kiss” by Dua Lipa […]

EBC Films’ “Guerrero” makes its rounds at the 4th Singkuwento International Film Festival

by Emily Manuel Contributor, Eagle News (Eagle News) — EBC films’ “Guerrero” was featured as one of the full-length exhibition films at the 4th Singkuwento International Film Festival Manila Philippines, held at the NCCA Leandro Locsin Theatre in Intramuros, Manila last February 17, 2019. Singkuwento brings together filmmakers from various regions in the Philippines and other countries. This year, local participants came from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, while international participants came from Korea, Canada, Cambodia and […]