Showbiz

  • Malaysian actress and entrepreneur Syatilla Melvin blasted for promoting ‘bed-breaking’ sex supplement

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    Malaysian actress and entrepreneur Syatilla Melvin blasted for promoting ‘bed-breaking’ sex supplement

    PETALING JAYA, Sept 17 — Local actress and entrepreneur Syatilla Melvin is under fire for employing “obscene” marketing tactics to sell her latest product. Syatilla, 29, had...

  • Malaysian Tamil film ‘Pulanaivu’ wins Best Crime Thriller Feature Film at Toronto Tamil Film Festival (VIDEO)

    1 week ago

    Malaysian Tamil film ‘Pulanaivu’ wins Best Crime Thriller Feature Film at Toronto Tamil Film Festival (VIDEO)

    KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 — Locally-produced Tamil film Pulanaivu has bested a list of many Tamil movies from around the world and won the Best Crime Thriller Feature Film award at...

  • Taiwanese actor and host Alien Huang, 36, found dead at home from unknown cause

    1 week ago

    Taiwanese actor and host Alien Huang, 36, found dead at home from unknown cause

    PETALING JAYA, Sept 17 — Taiwanese actor and TV host Alien Huang has passed away at the age of 36. Taiwan’s state media Central News Agency (CNA) reported that the 100 per...

  • Biggie’s crown sells for US$595,000 at hip hop auction

    6 days ago

    Biggie’s crown sells for US$595,000 at hip hop auction

    NEW YORK, Sept 17 — A plastic crown worn by rapper Biggie during a photoshoot just days before his murder has sold at auction for US$594,750 (RM2.46 million) in New York. The...

  • Samuel L. Jackson teaches swearing to encourage people to vote (VIDEO)

    1 week ago

    Samuel L. Jackson teaches swearing to encourage people to vote (VIDEO)

    LOS ANGELES, Sept 17 — Snakes on a Plane, Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction... It is hard to keep count of the number of films where Samuel L. Jackson can be heard cursing. Now the...

  • Don’t call it the ‘Zoomies’! TV’s Emmy Awards swap high-fives for virtual show

    1 week ago

    Don’t call it the ‘Zoomies’! TV’s Emmy Awards swap high-fives for virtual show

    LOS ANGELES, Sept 17 — Television’s Emmy Awards usually provide a night of hugs, high-fives and glamorous stars posing on the red carpet, but the coronavirus pandemic will...

  • Kanye West assails music business in video showing man urinating on Grammy

    1 week ago

    Kanye West assails music business in video showing man urinating on Grammy

    LOS ANGELES, Sept 17 — Rapper Kanye West went on a Twitter spree yesterday, complaining about his contracts with music companies and posting a video depicting a man urinating on...

  • Cinema is not ‘comfort food,’ Scorsese warns Covid-hit festival

    1 week ago

    Cinema is not ‘comfort food,’ Scorsese warns Covid-hit festival

    LOS ANGELES, Sept 16 — Martin Scorsese warned that cinema is becoming “marginalised and devalued” as a “form of comfort food” during the coronavirus pandemic, as he...

  • Cardi B files for divorce from rapper Offset

    1 week ago

    Cardi B files for divorce from rapper Offset

    NEW YORK, Sept 16 ­— After three tumultuous years of marriage, superstar rapper Cardi B filed for divorce yesterday from her husband, rapper Offset, according to court records....

  • Wuhan film captures horror and humanity at coronavirus ground zero

    1 week ago

    Wuhan film captures horror and humanity at coronavirus ground zero

    TORONTO, Sept 16 — Back in February, when few Americans were aware of a distant and oddly named phenomenon called coronavirus, two Chinese filmmakers strapped on hazmat suits...

  • Madonna to direct and co-write a movie about her life and music

    1 week ago

    Madonna to direct and co-write a movie about her life and music

    LOS ANGELES, Sept 16 — Pop music superstar Madonna will direct and co-write a movie about her life for Comcast Corp’s Universal Pictures, the studio said in a statement...

  • Kim Kardashian to freeze Facebook, Instagram accounts to protest hate speech

    1 week ago

    Kim Kardashian to freeze Facebook, Instagram accounts to protest hate speech

    LOS ANGELES, Sept 16 — Kim Kardashian West yesterday decided to freeze her Facebook and Instagram accounts, as she and other celebrities called on the social media platforms to...

  • Wahlberg probes masculinity in ‘Good Joe Bell’, says director

    1 week ago

    Wahlberg probes masculinity in ‘Good Joe Bell’, says director

    LOS ANGELES, Sept 15 — Mark Wahlberg interrupted his famously punishing daily workout regimen to hone his heartfelt new anti-bullying movie, its director told AFP as the film...

  • Actor John Boyega quits Jo Malone over Chinese ad

    1 week ago

    Actor John Boyega quits Jo Malone over Chinese ad

    LONDON, Sept 15 — British actor John Boyega today said he had stepped down as brand ambassador for fragrance company Jo Malone, after he was replaced in an aftershave...

  • Namaste Alexa: Amazon signs up Bollywood superstar Bachchan

    1 week ago

    Namaste Alexa: Amazon signs up Bollywood superstar Bachchan

    MUMBAI, Sept 15 — Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan will be the first Indian celebrity to lend his voice to Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant starting next year, as the...

  • South Korean actress dies at 36 after she was found unconscious at home

    1 week ago

    South Korean actress dies at 36 after she was found unconscious at home

    KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 — South Korean actress Oh In-hye has died at the age of 36 after she was found unconscious at her home in Incheon yesterday. The sad news of her passing...

  • Netflix argues for free speech in court spat with Indian tycoons over ‘Bad Boy Billionaires’

    1 week ago

    Netflix argues for free speech in court spat with Indian tycoons over ‘Bad Boy Billionaires’

    NEW DELHI, Sept 15 — An Indian court’s decision to stall the release of a Netflix Inc series on four Indian tycoons facing fraud allegations “freezes free speech” and...

  • Busan film festival cut back, delayed over virus

    1 week ago

    Busan film festival cut back, delayed over virus

    BUSAN, Sept 15 ­— The Busan International Film Festival, Asia’s biggest gathering of its kind, will be reduced to a fraction of its usual scale with several sections moved...

  • Podcasts are the A-list’s new must-have

    1 week ago

    Podcasts are the A-list’s new must-have

    LOS ANGELES, Sept 15 ­— Michelle Obama, Joe Rogan, Demi Moore, Snoop Dogg... It’s hard to keep count of the number of American celebrities branching out into the burgeoning...

  • Sorkin launches ‘Chicago 7’ film as spectre of riots looms

    1 week ago

    Sorkin launches ‘Chicago 7’ film as spectre of riots looms

    LOS ANGELES, Sept 15 — When Steven Spielberg called up Aaron Sorkin and asked him to write a movie about the 1968 Chicago anti-war riots — and the extraordinary trial that...

  • HBO/Sky mini-series ‘The Third Day’ experiments with live event

    1 week ago

    HBO/Sky mini-series ‘The Third Day’ experiments with live event

    LOS ANGELES, Sept 15 — The Third Day, a new mini-series starring Jude Law, is pushing the boundaries with a daring set-up: a different lead actor for each half, and a live...

  • Not so white Emmys: A blip, or real progress on diversity?

    1 week ago

    Not so white Emmys: A blip, or real progress on diversity?

    LOS ANGELES, Sept 14 — From Insecure’s 20-something women to the Muslim-American star of Ramy, Sunday’s Emmy line-up is an unprecedented showcase for people of colour. But...

  • Idris Elba talks US racism as 'Concrete Cowboy' rides into Toronto

    1 week ago

    Idris Elba talks US racism as 'Concrete Cowboy' rides into Toronto

    LOS ANGELES, Sept 14 — Its biggest star is British, and its director is white. But Concrete Cowboy, a critically acclaimed new film about at-risk black youths and horse owners...

  • Late singer Sandra Dianne’s mother hits back after unkind comment made over daughter’s tragic death

    1 week ago

    Late singer Sandra Dianne’s mother hits back after unkind comment made over daughter’s tragic death

    PETALING JAYA, Sept 14 — Sabahan singer Sandra Dianne’s tragic death last Friday has made headlines all over social media. Sandra, whose real name is Alessandra Dianne Ampuria...

  • Avengers’ Chris Evans accidentally shares nude photo on Instagram

    1 week ago

    Avengers’ Chris Evans accidentally shares nude photo on Instagram

    KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — Captain America actor Chris Evans accidentally shared a nude photograph with his 6.1 million Instagram followers over the weekend. The US actor had...

  • Warner Bros won't share 'Tenet' box office data, angering rival studios

    1 week ago

    Warner Bros won't share 'Tenet' box office data, angering rival studios

    LOS ANGELES, Sept 14 — People who closely follow box office earnings have noticed a surprising lack of transparency surrounding ticket sales for Tenet, the US$200...

  • 'Tenet' hits US$200m globally, despite lacklustre US box office

    1 week ago

    'Tenet' hits US$200m globally, despite lacklustre US box office

    LOS ANGELES, Sept 14 — Christopher Nolan's Tenet crossed the US$200 million mark globally, even as US cinemas struggle to draw audiences during the pandemic. The time-bending...

  • Disney’s ‘Mulan’ opens weak in China with US$23.2m at box offices

    1 week ago

    Disney’s ‘Mulan’ opens weak in China with US$23.2m at box offices

    LOS ANGELES, Sept 13 — Walt Disney Co’s live-action remake of Mulan pulled in US$23.2 million (RM96.3 million) over the weekend at box offices in China, a slow start for the...

  • Israeli top model Bar Refaeli sentenced in tax evasion case

    1 week ago

    Israeli top model Bar Refaeli sentenced in tax evasion case

    TEL AVIV, Sept 13 — Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli was sentenced today to nine months’ community service and her mother was ordered jailed for 16 months for tax evasion on...

  • ‘Nomadland’ wins top prize at Venice film festival

    1 week ago

    ‘Nomadland’ wins top prize at Venice film festival

    SEPT 13 — Nomadland by director Chloe Zhao won top prize at the Venice film festival yesterday, the first woman to win the prize in a decade. The film, an ode to American...

  • British design revolutionary Terence Conran dies aged 88

    1 week ago

    British design revolutionary Terence Conran dies aged 88

    LONDON, Sept 12 — Terence Conran, a renowned designer and restaurateur credited with modernising British retail and decor, has died aged 88, his family said today. Conran...

  • Attenborough in warning to humanity with new extinction documentary

    1 week ago

    Attenborough in warning to humanity with new extinction documentary

    LONDON, Sept 12 — Renowned TV naturalist David Attenborough, in a new documentary, gives his starkest warning yet for humanity to safeguard species from mass extinction for the...

  • US lawmakers quiz Disney CEO over Xinjiang connection to ‘Mulan’

    1 week ago

    US lawmakers quiz Disney CEO over Xinjiang connection to ‘Mulan’

    NEW YORK, Sept 12 — A group of bipartisan US lawmakers urged Walt Disney Co CEO Bob Chapek to explain the company’s connection with “security and propaganda” authorities...