Showbiz

  • Female Icelandic ‘Joker’ composer makes film awards history

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    Female Icelandic ‘Joker’ composer makes film awards history

    BERLIN, Jan 20 — Golden Globe-winning Icelandic musician Hildur Guonadottir, 37, usually lives a quiet life in Berlin, but is about to see a lot more of Los Angeles’ red...

  • Apple’s ‘Morning Show’ will deal with ‘chaos’ left behind in new season

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    Apple’s ‘Morning Show’ will deal with ‘chaos’ left behind in new season

    PASADENA, Jan 20 — The second season of Apple Inc’s The Morning Show will deal with the leadership vacuum created by the sexual misconduct scandal on the fictional news...

  • ‘Bad Boys’ do well, leading N. American box office

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    ‘Bad Boys’ do well, leading N. American box office

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 20 — It took Sony 17 years, but the latest Bad Boys sequel appears to be paying off, taking in an estimated US$59.2 million for the start of a US holiday...

  • Brad Pitt, Joaquin Phoenix up for more awards at Hollywood’s SAG ceremony

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    Brad Pitt, Joaquin Phoenix up for more awards at Hollywood’s SAG ceremony

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 20 — Terrifying clown or heartbroken dad? Scheming pole dancer or ruthless divorce lawyer? Hollywood actors make their picks today for the best movie...

  • Key nominations for the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards

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    Key nominations for the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 20 — The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards for film and television will be handed out today at a ceremony in Los Angeles. Following is a list of nominees in key...

  • Rap and rice paddies: Thai hip hop creates unlikely new stars

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    Rap and rice paddies: Thai hip hop creates unlikely new stars

    BANGKOK, Jan 19 — In geography and in culture, the rice paddies of northeastern Thailand are thousands of miles away from the birthplace of hip hop in New York City’s Bronx,...

  • War thriller ‘1917’ bags top spot at Producers Guild Awards ahead of Oscars

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    War thriller ‘1917’ bags top spot at Producers Guild Awards ahead of Oscars

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 19 — Hollywood’s producers handed 1917 their top annual prize yesterday, a reliable Oscars bellwether that puts the World War I thriller in the box seat for...

  • Watch this new TV spot for Harrison Ford’s ‘The Call of the Wild’ (VIDEO)

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    Watch this new TV spot for Harrison Ford’s ‘The Call of the Wild’ (VIDEO)

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 19 — 20th Century Fox has released a new TV spot for upcoming live-action/animation hybrid The Call of the Wild that stars Harrison Ford. An adaptation of Jack...

  • Kim Kardashian shrugs off critics, reveals law school progress

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    Kim Kardashian shrugs off critics, reveals law school progress

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 19 — Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West said yesterday she had successfully completed her first year of law studies while preparing to release a documentary...

  • Paris Opera musicians serenade public in pensions protest

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    Paris Opera musicians serenade public in pensions protest

    PARIS, Jan 19 — Striking musicians and singers of the Paris Opera staged an open-air concert yesterday in front of the city’s historic opera house in protest against a pension...

  • ‘Simpsons’ actor says he’ll no longer voice Apu after controversy

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    ‘Simpsons’ actor says he’ll no longer voice Apu after controversy

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 18 — Simpsons actor Hank Azaria will no longer voice the Indian character Apu, US media reported, more than two years after accusations of racism marred the...

  • BTS to showcase new single on CBS’ ‘The Late Late Show’

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    BTS to showcase new single on CBS’ ‘The Late Late Show’

    SEOUL, Jan 18 — K-pop super band BTS will appear on US broadcaster CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden later this month to showcase their new single, the band’s...

  • Eminem album urges gun control, sparks anger over bomb lyric

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    Eminem album urges gun control, sparks anger over bomb lyric

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 18 — Guess who’s back?... Rapper Eminem surprised fans yesterday by dropping a new album featuring a strong anti-gun violence theme but also stoking the kind...

  • New in theatres - ‘Bad Boys For Life,’ ‘Dolittle,’ ‘The Wave’

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    New in theatres - ‘Bad Boys For Life,’ ‘Dolittle,’ ‘The Wave’

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 18 — Will Smith and Martin Lawrence team up again in Bad Boys for Life, Robert Downey Jr. leads a CGI animal cast in Dolittle, and Justin Long falls into an...

  • ‘Amelie’ and ‘La La Land’ directors sign up with Netflix

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    ‘Amelie’ and ‘La La Land’ directors sign up with Netflix

    PARIS, Jan 18 — The maker of the quirky French hit Amelie is shooting a new film for Netflix, the streaming giant revealed Friday. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who broke through...

  • ‘Maman Dion,’ mother of singer Celine, dies at 92

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    ‘Maman Dion,’ mother of singer Celine, dies at 92

    MONTREAL, Jan 18 — Therese Dion, the mother of Titanic singer Celine and affectionately known as “Maman Dion” has died at the age of 92, the performer said yesterday....

  • Finas aims higher with this year’s Malaysia Film Festival

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    Finas aims higher with this year’s Malaysia Film Festival

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 — Camera, set and action! The Malaysia Film Festival (FFM) is set to return this April for its 31st edition. With the theme “My cinema inspirations:...

  • ‘Parasite’ raises hope of breakthrough for world cinema in US

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    ‘Parasite’ raises hope of breakthrough for world cinema in US

    SEOUL, Jan 17 — The Oscar nominations for South Korean black comedy Parasite are the latest illustration of its success in the United States, but a widespread aversion to...

  • Netflix docuseries revives debate over Argentine prosecutor’s death

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    Netflix docuseries revives debate over Argentine prosecutor’s death

    BUENOS AIRES, Jan 17 — Five years after the mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman after he accused then-president Cristina Kirchner of a cover-up in the 1994...

  • Recording Academy puts chief executive on leave days ahead of Grammys

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    Recording Academy puts chief executive on leave days ahead of Grammys

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 17 — The Recording Academy, whose members choose the Grammy winners, has placed its president and chief executive, Deborah Dugan, on administrative leave with...

  • Controversial preacher PU Abu slammed for asking unborn child to ‘wait’ for him

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    Controversial preacher PU Abu slammed for asking unborn child to ‘wait’ for him

    PETALING JAYA, Jan 17 — Social media users were having a field day criticising controversial preacher PU Abu Sufyan on his Instagram account after he uploaded a post about his...

  • ‘Crazy’ Cuban jazz musician Fonseca putting home fans first

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    ‘Crazy’ Cuban jazz musician Fonseca putting home fans first

    HAVANA, Jan 17 — Roberto Fonseca has been enchanting jazz fans in Havana since he was 15. As the prodigious pianist once again heads a list of stars at the 35th edition of the...

  • After controversial year, actress Fathia Latiff says she doesn’t have mental illness, intends to ‘control’ herself

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    After controversial year, actress Fathia Latiff says she doesn’t have mental illness, intends to ‘control’ herself

    PETALING JAYA, Jan 17 — Controversy-plagued actress Fathia Latiff is hoping the new year comes with a clean slate. The 33-year-old whose real name is Nur Fathia Abdul Latiff...

  • Chef Gordon Ramsay to preside in a new food show for the BBC

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    Chef Gordon Ramsay to preside in a new food show for the BBC

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 17 — The BBC has announced that the show, which has been christened Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars, will feature 12 British food and drink entrepreneurs...

  • French prosecutors charge filmmaker Ruggia with sexual assault of minor

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    French prosecutors charge filmmaker Ruggia with sexual assault of minor

    PARIS, Jan 17 — French film director Christophe Ruggia has been charged with sexual assault of a minor, Paris prosecutors said yesterday, in a case involving a girl cast in one...

  • Malaysian musical on life story of Good Shepherd charity founder back by popular demand (VIDEO)

    5 days ago

    Malaysian musical on life story of Good Shepherd charity founder back by popular demand (VIDEO)

    PETALING JAYA, Jan 17 – The incredible story of St Mary Euphrasia, a French nun who dedicated her life to helping marginalised women and children in the 1800s, came to life on...

  • US host sorry for mocking Joaquin Phoenix ‘cleft lip’

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    US host sorry for mocking Joaquin Phoenix ‘cleft lip’

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 17 — A US talk show host who mocked Joaquin Phoenix’s supposed “cleft lip” has apologised after parents of children with the condition slammed her...

  • Ariana Grande sued by hip hop artist who says she stole hit single ‘7 Rings’

    5 days ago

    Ariana Grande sued by hip hop artist who says she stole hit single ‘7 Rings’

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 17 — Ariana Grande and more than a half-dozen songwriters were sued for copyright infringement yesterday by a hip hop artist who says the pop star’s 2019...

  • Seven Weinstein jurors picked as model Gigi Hadid is excused

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    Seven Weinstein jurors picked as model Gigi Hadid is excused

    NEW YORK, Jan 17 — Seven jurors were picked for fallen film producer Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault trial yesterday as model Gigi Hadid was excused from serving...

  • Apple TV highlights: 'Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet' trailer, Beastie Boys documentary (VIDEO)

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    Apple TV highlights: 'Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet' trailer, Beastie Boys documentary (VIDEO)

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 — While the first batch of Apple TV offerings have been a mixed bag, two coming productions look very promising. Coming February 7, Mythic Quest:...

  • Cate Blanchett to head Venice Film Festival jury

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    Cate Blanchett to head Venice Film Festival jury

    VENICE, Jan 16 — Actress Cate Blanchett will chair the jury of the Venice Film Festival in September, organisers said today. The award-winning Australian actress will become the...

  • ‘Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy’ gets new trailer (VIDEO)

    6 days ago

    ‘Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy’ gets new trailer (VIDEO)

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 16 — The new documentary will premiere at the South by Southwest film festival, which will take place from March 13 through 22 in Austin, Texas. The 86-minute...

  • Malaysian producers over the moon by Oscar nomination

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    Malaysian producers over the moon by Oscar nomination

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 — When St Louis Superman scored the nomination for Best Documentary Short Subject at this year’s Oscars, its two Malaysian producers, based in the United...