Showbiz

  • MTV Video Music Awards add two pandemic-specific categories

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    MTV Video Music Awards add two pandemic-specific categories

    LOS ANGELES, July 31 — The VMAs have added two new categories of nominations to reflect how artists have responded to the Covid-19 pandemic: Best Music Video From Home and Best...

  • Netflix is developing an animated series based on video game ‘Splinter Cell’

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    Netflix is developing an animated series based on video game ‘Splinter Cell’

    SAN FRANCISCO, July 31 — After Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime Video, another of the “Tom Clancy” stories has tempted a leading streaming platform. Netflix has teamed up with...

  • Harry Potter, Spielberg, Nolan and 4DX to the rescue of British cinemas

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    Harry Potter, Spielberg, Nolan and 4DX to the rescue of British cinemas

    LONDON, July 31 ― Three of the Harry Potter films, a cult Steven Spielberg classic and Christopher Nolan's Inception will appear onscreen in 4DX format as soon as the United...

  • Ellen DeGeneres TV show to make workplace changes after probe of culture

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    Ellen DeGeneres TV show to make workplace changes after probe of culture

    LOS ANGELES, July 31 ― Ellen DeGeneres yesterday sent an emotional message to the staff of her television talk show saying she was taking steps to improve the culture on set...

  • ‘Imam Muda’ Islamic preacher divorces wife of 13 years after secretly marrying second spouse in Thailand

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    ‘Imam Muda’ Islamic preacher divorces wife of 13 years after secretly marrying second spouse in Thailand

    PETALING JAYA, July 30 — Former contestants of religious reality television series Pencetus Ummah and Da’i have had their fair share of marital controversies. And now, a...

  • Nescafe M-Junction Drive-In Cinema: Malaysia’s first to premiere a Hollywood movie

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    Nescafe M-Junction Drive-In Cinema: Malaysia’s first to premiere a Hollywood movie

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 — The Nescafe M-Junction Drive-In Cinema has kicked off their launch with a historic moment by being the first drive-in cinema in Malaysia to premiere...

  • Ronan-Winslet lesbian romance film to get French premiere

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    Ronan-Winslet lesbian romance film to get French premiere

    LOS ANGELES, July 30 — Ten movies from the cancelled Cannes film festival — including a lesbian romance starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan — will be shown at another...

  • Pajamas anyone? Emmy awards show to go virtual

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    Pajamas anyone? Emmy awards show to go virtual

    LOS ANGELES, July 30 — The Emmy Awards show in September is the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic, and that may mean some celebrities appearing in pajamas or from...

  • UK rapper Wiley says ‘I’m not racist’ after Twitter ban

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    UK rapper Wiley says ‘I’m not racist’ after Twitter ban

    LONDON, July 30 — British rap scene godfather Wiley apologised yesterday for “generalising” but refused to distance himself completely from anti-Semitic posts that got him...

  • 35 Black actors nominated for the 2020 Emmy Awards

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    35 Black actors nominated for the 2020 Emmy Awards

    LOS ANGELES, July 29 — Yesterday, Leslie Jones, Laverne Cox, Josh Gad and Tatiana Maslany teamed up to announce the nominations for the 72nd Emmy Awards, which include a record...

  • Witcher ditcher: ‘Toss a Coin to Your Witcher’ misses out on Emmy nomination (VIDEO)

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    Witcher ditcher: ‘Toss a Coin to Your Witcher’ misses out on Emmy nomination (VIDEO)

    LOS ANGELES, July 29 — Did the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences think it had escaped December 2019’s surprise earworm? Did you? Then it’s time to listen again....

  • AMC and Universal strike landmark deal for early home releases

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    AMC and Universal strike landmark deal for early home releases

    LOS ANGELES, July 29 — Leading US movie theatre chain AMC and Universal Pictures announced a deal yesterday marking a watershed for Hollywood that will allow home audiences to...

  • Malaysian actress Eina Azman gets worked up over comments she edited her photo

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    Malaysian actress Eina Azman gets worked up over comments she edited her photo

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 — Malaysian actress Datin Paduka Eina Azman took offence over comments on an Instagram post where followers claimed she edited her photo to enhance the...

  • Emmy takeaways: Record for black actors, new nominees and Michael Jordan

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    Emmy takeaways: Record for black actors, new nominees and Michael Jordan

    LOS ANGELES, July 29 — The Emmy nominations yesterday yielded a step forward for diversity, a new record for Netflix and nods aplenty for ESPN’s popular Michael Jordan...

  • Malaysian singer-actress Adibah Noor sells home, pawns jewellery to make ends meet during MCO (VIDEO)

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    Malaysian singer-actress Adibah Noor sells home, pawns jewellery to make ends meet during MCO (VIDEO)

    PETALING JAYA, July 29 — Just like many whose incomes have been affected by the movement control order (MCO) due to the Covid-19 pandemic, actress and singer Adibah Noor too...

  • Hong Kong’s TVB draws brickbats over ‘sexist’ title of its latest culinary show

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    Hong Kong’s TVB draws brickbats over ‘sexist’ title of its latest culinary show

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 — Hong Kong broadcaster TVB has come under fire over the naming of its latest cooking show that has been deemed as sexist. The uproar started following a...

  • Hong Kong veteran entertainer Alan Tam closes down Facebook and Instagram profiles after being cyberbullied

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    Hong Kong veteran entertainer Alan Tam closes down Facebook and Instagram profiles after being cyberbullied

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 — Hong Kong entertainer Alan Tam has shut down his Facebook and Instagram profiles after endless criticism and trolling. The 69-year-old now only maintains...

  • Blackpink to release debut album in October, with possibly Selena Gomez in one track

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    Blackpink to release debut album in October, with possibly Selena Gomez in one track

    PETALING JAYA, July 29 — Korean pop quartet Blackpink has announced their much-anticipated debut album christened Blackpink The Album that will be released on October 2 this...

  • Brad Pitt earns Emmy nomination for Dr Fauci impersonation on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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    Brad Pitt earns Emmy nomination for Dr Fauci impersonation on ‘Saturday Night Live’

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 — Hollywood star Brad Pitt has received an Emmy nomination for his impression of White House coronavirus advisor Dr Anthony Fauci on the comedy show...

  • Ning Baizura marks comeback with new single ‘Perwira’, dedicated to Malaysian heroes

    2 weeks ago

    Ning Baizura marks comeback with new single ‘Perwira’, dedicated to Malaysian heroes

    PETALING JAYA, July 29 ― Malaysian singer Ning Baizura has ended her hiatus from the music scene with the release of a new single titled Perwira. The song, composed by Aubrey...

  • King of Mandopop Jay Chou donates RM20m from inaugural live stream on Chinese app to charity

    2 weeks ago

    King of Mandopop Jay Chou donates RM20m from inaugural live stream on Chinese app to charity

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 — Mandopop star Jay Chou has donated all proceeds of his inaugural live stream on Chinese app Kuaishou to charity. Taiwanese portal Newtalk reported that...

  • Indian directors join forces for a film about Covid-19 pandemic

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    Indian directors join forces for a film about Covid-19 pandemic

    MUMBAI, July 29 — Five of India's major directors are coming together to develop a film about the pandemic. Anubhav Sinha, Ketan Mehta, Sudhir Mishra, Hansal Mehta and Subhash...

  • Venice Film Festival 'saved' with focus on Italian fare

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    Venice Film Festival 'saved' with focus on Italian fare

    VENICE, July 29 — The Venice Film Festival will put the accent on homegrown Italian cinema in September among its eclectic offering of international films, as the prestigious...

  • Emmy nominations, from 'Succession' to 'Schitt's Creek,' put premium on diversity

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    Emmy nominations, from 'Succession' to 'Schitt's Creek,' put premium on diversity

    LOS ANGELES, July 29 — HBO's dystopian superhero drama Watchmen and the 1960s comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel yesterday led an Emmy nominations list dominated by Netflix and...

  • TV show and movie makers Duplass Brothers sign story podcast deal with Spotify

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    TV show and movie makers Duplass Brothers sign story podcast deal with Spotify

    LOS ANGELES, July 28 — The pair are to make a “truly engaging narrative podcast” for Spotify. “Was this a mistake?” they joke. Mark and Jay Duplass of HBO comedy...

  • We might not get ‘The Witcher’ Season 2 until 2021, but a prequel is already greenlit

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    We might not get ‘The Witcher’ Season 2 until 2021, but a prequel is already greenlit

    LOS ANGELES, July 28 — As the The Witcher Season 2 prepares to restart production, Netflix has just announced live-action prequel The Witcher: Blood Origin. The Witcher: Blood...

  • Johnny Depp was the victim of ‘abuser’ Heard, court told

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    Johnny Depp was the victim of ‘abuser’ Heard, court told

    LONDON, July 28 — Johnny Depp was not violent towards former wife Amber Heard and she was the one who would attack him, a London court heard today, as the Hollywood actor’s...

  • ‘Succession,’ ‘Watchmen’ set to grab top Emmy nominations

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    ‘Succession,’ ‘Watchmen’ set to grab top Emmy nominations

    LOS ANGELES, July 28 — The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards nominations honouring the best and brightest in television will be announced early today, kicking off an unusual awards...

  • After the success of ‘Hamilton,’ are musicals the remedy to Hollywood’s pandemic woes?

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    After the success of ‘Hamilton,’ are musicals the remedy to Hollywood’s pandemic woes?

    NEW YORK, July 28 — The success of Hamilton on Disney+ has encouraged American movie studios to launch several new projects mingling music and cinema. From Paramount to...

  • Animated series ‘Archer’ will return in September for its 11th season

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    Animated series ‘Archer’ will return in September for its 11th season

    LOS ANGELES, July 28 — American television channel FXX will release the first two episodes of the 11th season of Archer on Wednesday, September 16. The new season was expected...

  • Popular ‘80s singer Aishah loses 31kg during MCO, says she can fit into old clothes

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    Popular ‘80s singer Aishah loses 31kg during MCO, says she can fit into old clothes

    PETALING JAYA, July 28 — Popular ‘80s singer Aishah has shed a whopping 31kg in a span of two months after practicing a healthy diet and fasting. The 55-year-old veteran...

  • Johnny Depp was a violent misogynist, court told

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    Johnny Depp was a violent misogynist, court told

    LONDON, July 28 — Johnny Depp was a drug addict prone to violent rages and a misogynist who assaulted his wife and used abusive language about women, a London court heard...

  • Christopher Nolan movie ‘Tenet’ to open in 70 countries starting August 26

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    Christopher Nolan movie ‘Tenet’ to open in 70 countries starting August 26

    LOS ANGELES, July 28 — Director Christopher Nolan’s thriller Tenet, delayed several times by the coronavirus pandemic, will debut in cinemas in over 70 countries starting...