Showbiz

  • Hollywood agency slams Disney in heated dispute over Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’

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    Hollywood agency slams Disney in heated dispute over Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’

    LOS ANGELES, July 31 — One of Hollywood’s biggest talent agencies yesterday hit out at the Disney movie studio in an escalating public dispute over claims by Scarlett...

  • Amanda Knox criticises ‘Stillwater’ film for profiting off her story

    6 days ago

    Amanda Knox criticises ‘Stillwater’ film for profiting off her story

    LOS ANGELES, July 31 — Amanda Knox, the American woman who was tried and acquitted of murder in Italy more than a decade ago, has hit out at a Hollywood movie that she said...

  • New York judge finds Cuba Gooding Jr liable in rape accuser’s civil lawsuit

    6 days ago

    New York judge finds Cuba Gooding Jr liable in rape accuser’s civil lawsuit

    NEW YORK, July 30 — A US judge on Thursday found Cuba Gooding Jr liable in a civil lawsuit by a woman who accused the Oscar-winning actor of raping her twice in a Manhattan...

  • Lucasfilm hires YouTube artist behind ‘Star Wars’ deepfake

    1 week ago

    Lucasfilm hires YouTube artist behind ‘Star Wars’ deepfake

    LOS ANGELES, July 30 — A YouTuber famous for making “deepfakes” of scenes from iconic film and television shows including Star Wars has landed a job at Lucasfilm after...

  • Harvey Weinstein bid to dismiss two sex charges fails

    1 week ago

    Harvey Weinstein bid to dismiss two sex charges fails

    LOS ANGELES, July 30 — Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s bid to have two charges of sexual assault against a woman thrown out was rejected by a Los Angeles judge...

  • Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over ‘Black Widow’ streaming release

    1 week ago

    Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over ‘Black Widow’ streaming release

    LOS ANGELES, July 30 — Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney over its decision to release superhero movie Black Widow on streaming at the same time as in theaters, alleging a...

  • Spanish judge seeks tax fraud trial for pop singer Shakira

    1 week ago

    Spanish judge seeks tax fraud trial for pop singer Shakira

    MADRID, July 29 — A Spanish judge has seen “sufficient evidence” for Colombian singer Shakira to face trial for tax fraud, a court document released today said. Judge Marco...

  • Former K-pop singer Mina of AOA reportedly in hospital after suspected suicide attempt

    1 week ago

    Former K-pop singer Mina of AOA reportedly in hospital after suspected suicide attempt

    PETALING JAYA, July 29 — Former K-pop star Mina of the girl group AOA has reportedly been hospitalised after a suspected suicide attempt. A report by Korean newspaper Hankook...

  • BTS’ star power fuels McDonald’s global sales growth by 40.5pc in 2021 Q2

    1 week ago

    BTS’ star power fuels McDonald’s global sales growth by 40.5pc in 2021 Q2

    PETALING JAYA, July 29 — McDonald’s global sales growth is lighting up like dynamite thanks to the star power of K-pop band BTS. CNN Business reported that McDonald’s...

  • AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes to delve into new role as podcast host next month

    1 week ago

    AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes to delve into new role as podcast host next month

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 — AirAsia Group boss Tan Sri Tony Fernandes will be adding a new feather to his cap next month with the launch of his podcast Talks With Tony. The airline...

  • Disney sails into new LGBT waters with 'Jungle Cruise' film

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    Disney sails into new LGBT waters with 'Jungle Cruise' film

    LOS ANGELES, July 29 ― Jungle Cruise, Disney's new nostalgia-soaked adventure film based on a 1950s theme park ride, has an unexpectedly modern twist ― one of its main...

  • ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill dies at age 72

    1 week ago

    ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill dies at age 72

    NEW YORK, July 29 ― Dusty Hill ― the long-serving bassist of American rock-blues band ZZ Top ― has died at the age of 72, his fellow band members announced on Facebook...

  • 'Better Call Saul' star Bob Odenkirk hospitalised after 'heart-related incident'

    1 week ago

    'Better Call Saul' star Bob Odenkirk hospitalised after 'heart-related incident'

    LOS ANGELES, July 29 ― US screen actor Bob Odenkirk remained hospitalised in New Mexico yesterday with an unspecified heart ailment after falling ill during production of his...

  • British girl band Little Mix gets wax figures at London’s Madame Tussauds

    1 week ago

    British girl band Little Mix gets wax figures at London’s Madame Tussauds

    LONDON, July 28 — British girl band Little Mix joined the starry line-up at Madame Tussauds in London today, with the wax museum unveiling the chart-topping group’s replicas...

  • India court denies bail to Bollywood star's husband in porn case

    1 week ago

    India court denies bail to Bollywood star's husband in porn case

    MUMBAI, July 28 — A Mumbai court today denied bail to Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra, who has been accused of producing pornographic films, police said. The...

  • Hong Kong actor Moses Chan is highest-paid in TVB roster, drawing RM16.3m yearly

    1 week ago

    Hong Kong actor Moses Chan is highest-paid in TVB roster, drawing RM16.3m yearly

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 — TVB actor Moses Chan has topped the list of five highest-paid actors at the station in a list released recently. Singapore portal Today reported that the...

  • Taiwan's King of Mandopop Jay Chou and wife Hannah Quinlivan praised for doing charity work quietly

    1 week ago

    Taiwan's King of Mandopop Jay Chou and wife Hannah Quinlivan praised for doing charity work quietly

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 ― As China's Henan province battles one of its worst floods, celebrities from the Chinese entertainment scene are stepping up to provide financial aid....

  • Wushu champ Eric Lau Lofstedt is one of two new Mouseketeers to join Club Mickey Mouse season 4

    1 week ago

    Wushu champ Eric Lau Lofstedt is one of two new Mouseketeers to join Club Mickey Mouse season 4

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 ― There are two new Mouseketeers and one of them is four-time KL International Wushu gold medallist Eric Lau Lofstedt. He also takes on the role as head...

  • Actor Bob Odenkirk collapses on set of 'Better Call Saul', say sources

    1 week ago

    Actor Bob Odenkirk collapses on set of 'Better Call Saul', say sources

    LOS ANGELES, July 28 ― Television and film actor Bob Odenkirk was taken to a Los Angeles-area hospital yesterday after collapsing on the set of his AMC cable network show Better...

  • Meet the music world's latest label, Gibson Records

    1 week ago

    Meet the music world's latest label, Gibson Records

    LOS ANGELES, July 28 ― For 127 years, music fans have known Gibson for its guitars. But that's about to change. The American manufacturer has just announced the creation of its...

  • Covid-19: Seven-month pregnant Malaysian singer Siti Sarah, family test positive

    1 week ago

    Covid-19: Seven-month pregnant Malaysian singer Siti Sarah, family test positive

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — Local singer Siti Sarah, who is seven months pregnant along with her husband and three kids have tested positive for Covid-19. The singer took to her...

  • Chernobyl, Dracula: Korean broadcaster vows reform after using inappropriate photos to depict countries at Olympics

    1 week ago

    Chernobyl, Dracula: Korean broadcaster vows reform after using inappropriate photos to depict countries at Olympics

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — MBC president Park Sung-je has apologised after the Korean broadcaster used inappropriate photos to introduce countries in the Tokyo Olympics opening...

  • Malaysian celebrities collect items worth more than RM100,000 in four days for distribution to the needy

    1 week ago

    Malaysian celebrities collect items worth more than RM100,000 in four days for distribution to the needy

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — A four-day fundraising event by celebrities successfully collected items worth more than RM100,000 for distribution to the needy. Oriental Daily reported...

  • BTS, not Blackpink: S. Korean women’s Olympic archery team disappointed after wrong song played following victory

    1 week ago

    BTS, not Blackpink: S. Korean women’s Olympic archery team disappointed after wrong song played following victory

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — The South Korean women’s archery team was left a little disappointed after their request to play the BTS hit song Dynamite to mark their victory was...

  • Britney Spears’ lawyer seeks conservator to replace singer’s father

    1 week ago

    Britney Spears’ lawyer seeks conservator to replace singer’s father

    LOS ANGELES, July 27 — An attorney for Britney Spears on Monday asked a Los Angeles court to name a new conservator to oversee the pop singer’s finances following recent...

  • Almodovar, Campion to compete for top prize at Venice film festival

    1 week ago

    Almodovar, Campion to compete for top prize at Venice film festival

    VENICE, July 27 — Films by Jane Campion, Pedro Almodovar and Paolo Sorrentino will compete among other international entries for the Venice Film Festival's top Golden Lion prize...

  • HK superstar Andy Lau refused to take Hollywood roles that degrade Chinese

    1 week ago

    HK superstar Andy Lau refused to take Hollywood roles that degrade Chinese

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 — Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau refused to act in Hollywood films as the scripts given to him degraded Chinese. Without naming the movies, acclaimed...

  • Zaleha Hamid, Mat Sentol among artistes who receive PRE Ihsan Johor 3.0 aid

    1 week ago

    Zaleha Hamid, Mat Sentol among artistes who receive PRE Ihsan Johor 3.0 aid

    JOHOR BARU, July 26 — Veteran singer Zaleha Hamid and comedian and veteran actor Abdul Rashid Yahya or better known as Mat Sentol, were among the artistes in Johor who received...

  • South Korean actor Ji Chang-wook tests positive for Covid-19

    1 week ago

    South Korean actor Ji Chang-wook tests positive for Covid-19

    SEOUL, July 26 — South Korean actor Ji Chang-wook has tested positive for the new coronavirus, Yonhap news agency quoted a production company today. Ji, who has been filming the...

  • ‘One Two Jaga’ director Nam Ron warns sexual enhancement product sellers to remove image of him from ad

    1 week ago

    ‘One Two Jaga’ director Nam Ron warns sexual enhancement product sellers to remove image of him from ad

    PETALING JAYA, July 26 — Acclaimed Malaysian filmmaker Nam Ron is appalled that his image has been used to promote male sex enhancement supplements without his consent. The...

  • Astro Ria’s new drama series ‘Lockdown’ to showcase struggles of Malaysians in facing Covid-19, MCO

    1 week ago

    Astro Ria’s new drama series ‘Lockdown’ to showcase struggles of Malaysians in facing Covid-19, MCO

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 — Astro Ria’s new drama series Lockdown will tell the tales and struggles of Malaysians in facing the Covid-19 pandemic and the movement control order...

  • With first posthumous album, Prince pierces the American condition

    1 week ago

    With first posthumous album, Prince pierces the American condition

    LOS ANGELES, July 26 — Prince’s estate will soon issue a completed record from the mercurial artist’s storied music vault, the first never-before-heard album released since...

  • US box office twist: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Old’ beats ‘Space Jam’ and ‘Snake Eyes’

    1 week ago

    US box office twist: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Old’ beats ‘Space Jam’ and ‘Snake Eyes’

    LOS ANGELES, July 26 — In a twist fitting for an M. Night Shyamalan thriller, Old is the No. 1 movie at the domestic box office with US$16.5 million (RM69.3 million) in ticket...