Bill Withers, soul icon behind ‘Lean On Me,’ dies at 81

by Andrew Marszal, with Maggy Donaldson in New York Bill Withers, the legendary performer who delivered timeless hits like “Ain’t No Sunshine” with silky yet funkified vocals and came to define 1970s soul, has died. He was 81 years old. The Grammy-winning artist behind the beloved “Lean on Me” succumbed to heart complications, according to his family, which said it was “devastated” over the loss. “A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to […]

Disney delays Marvel blockbusters but hopes for summer ‘Mulan’ launch

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Disney delayed the releases of more than a dozen major films Friday, but has not given up on a summer blockbuster with “Mulan” now penciled in for a July launch despite the coronavirus pandemic. The revised schedule confirmed eagerly awaited Marvel movies “Black Widow” and “The Eternals,” as well as the latest “Thor” and “Doctor Strange” sequels, have all been pushed back as the virus shutters theaters around the […]

Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals to be streamed online for free starting April 3

  (Eagle News) – The full musicals of renowned English composer and musical threater impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber will be streamed for free online weekly every Friday in a new Youtube channel called “The Shows Must Go On”. It starts on April 3 (US time), with Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” which will be streamed at Universal Pictures’ new Youtube channel, “The Shows Must Go On.” Webber himself announced this in a video […]

Kantang Kwarantin: Stay at home, SING and win a prize!

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — Ever dreamed of being a singer performing on the big stage? Performing for people all over the world and not just to your cat? But it’s kind of hard to make your dream become a reality, because you know, lockdown. Now it’s your time to shine! With Kantang Kwarantin, presented by EBC Films—it’s your chance to create your own cover song of “Tuloy ang Laban,” for fame and your […]

Kwentong Kwarantin: Stay home, shoot a film and win a prize!

  QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — “Staying at home,” is literally saving the world. And who doesn’t want to be a super hero? But being a super hero can be boring—at least being a super hero at home. And the “binge-watching marathon extravaganza” is getting old right about now. So why not do something a bit more productive, while saving the world? EBC Films is inviting you to “Kwentong Kwarantin” by creating a short-film […]

WATCH: EBC Films’ Guerrero

  QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — EBC Films‘ international award-winning feature film Guerrero, is now on YouTube. Relive the story and see why Guerrero won Best Foreign Feature Film (Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards) and Best Screenplay  (International Film Festival-Manhattan)—just to name a few.  

Country music star Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Joe Diffie, a Grammy award-winning country music singer who had several chart-topping hits in the 1990s, has died of coronavirus. He was 61. Diffie’s death was announced on his Facebook page, which said he died on Sunday “from complications of coronavirus.” His death came just two days after he had announced that he had tested positive for the virus and was receiving medical care. “My family and I are asking […]

Actress Iza Calzado tests positive for COVID-19; but her condition is improving, says manager

(Eagle News) – Philippine Actress Iza Calzado, who was earlier confined for pneumonia, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, her manager confirmed today, Satuday, March 28. In a Facebook post, Noel Ferrer, the actress’ manager, said “Iza Calzado received her results yesterday that she tested positive for CoVid.  She is recovering as she was aggressively treated for pneumonia and the virus.  She can actually breath now without any oxygen assistance.” Calzado will be tested […]

Actor Christopher de Leon discharged from hospital

(Eagle News) –Actor Christopher De Leon has been discharged from the hospital days after he announced he tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019. De Leon’s wife Sandy Andolong made the announcement in an Instagram post. “And he is finally home. Big thank you to all the staff, health workers, medics, nurses & doctors of Medical City hospital,” Andolong said. De Leon was one of the first Philippine personalities to contract the virus, which has […]

American playwright Terrence McNally dies of coronavirus complications

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Terrence McNally, a revered American playwright, librettist and screenwriter whose long career earned him four Tony awards and an Emmy, died Tuesday following coronavirus complications. He was 81 years old. McNally’s publicist said in a statement sent to AFP that the esteemed artist was a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He died while hospitalized in Florida. An openly gay writer whose subject matter included […]

Veteran Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango dies after contracting coronavirus

PARIS, France (AFP) — Veteran Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango died on Tuesday after contracting the new coronavirus, his representatives have confirmed. The 86-year-old Cameroonian, best known for the 1972 hit “Soul Makossa”, is one of the first worldwide stars to die as a result of COVID-19. “He died early this morning in a hospital in the Paris region,” his music publisher Thierry Durepaire said. A message on his official Facebook page confirmed that his death […]

Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus: report

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, US media reported Sunday. Weinstein, 68, is in prison in northern New York state after being sentenced to 23 years in jail for rape and sexual assault. The fallen film producer’s diagnosis was first reported Sunday evening by local paper the Niagara Gazette. Weinstein’s spokespeople have declined to comment to US media on the subject. The New […]