Entertainment

‘Parasite’ invades Oscars race with stunning SAG award win

by Andrew MARSZAL LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Parasite” shocked the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday by landing the night’s top prize, a historic win which thrusts the South Korean black comedy into Oscars contention. The critical smash …

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K-pop pioneers BTS unveil global modern art initiative

by Joe JACKSON LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Korean pop superstars BTS helped launch a global public art project in London on Tuesday inspired by their message of inclusivity and involving renowned artists including Antony Gormley and Tomas Saraceno. The …

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‘Little Women’ director ‘sad’ at awards snub of female filmmakers

By Sophie Laubie / Fiachra Gibbons (AFP) — Top Hollywood woman director Greta Gerwig said she was “disappointed” that she had been snubbed by the Golden Globes, with the producer of her hit film “Little Women” blaming the “unconscious bias” …

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Golden Globes rev up award season with Netflix in pole position

by Javier TOVAR / Andrew MARSZAL LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Hollywood’s biggest stars gather Sunday for the glitzy Golden Globes, the first major awards show of a packed season that looks set to mark Netflix’s coming-of-age in Tinseltown. …

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Force is still with ‘Star Wars,’ which has a big N.America opening

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The force is clearly still with the galactic good guys, as “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opened with a massive estimated take of $175.5 million in North America, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported …

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‘Sesame Street’ puppeteer Caroll Spinney — aka Big Bird — dies at 85

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who brought Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life on the iconic children’s television show “Sesame Street” for half a century, died on Sunday at the age of 85. Spinney died …

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Di Caprio among celebrities backing new climate initiative

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Actor Leonardo di Caprio joined former US vice president Al Gore and other personalities Wednesday in backing a new initiative to seek solutions to climate change. Leading figures from politics, economics, science, and entertainment …

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‘Frozen 2’ holds top spot at N.American box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Disney blockbuster “Frozen 2” held top spot at the North American box office over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, taking in an estimated $85.2 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Sunday. The animation adventure movie …

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China fans desert K-pop star for ‘liking’ Hong Kong tweet

BEIJING, China (AFP) — A South Korean pop star has become the latest celebrity to spark anger on the Chinese internet after he “liked” a tweet about the divisive issue of pro-democracy unrest in Hong Kong. Choi Siwon, a member …

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K-pop star Goo Hara found dead at her home

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — K-pop star Goo Hara was found dead at her home on Sunday, South Korean police confirmed. Goo, a former member of the girl group Kara, was discovered at her home in Seoul early Sunday evening, …

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From 10 cents to $1.3 million, first Marvel comic sets auction record

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The first comic book produced by Marvel, the famed US publisher behind Spider-Man, X-Men and The Avengers, went under the hammer Thursday, fetching a record $1.26 million, Heritage Auctions said. “This is a historic copy …

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Disney bets streaming launch on new ‘Star Wars’, past classics

by Andrew MARSZAL LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The star of Disney’s hugely ambitious new Star Wars television series remembers the moment he first stepped into a galaxy far, far away. Pedro Pascal was trying on his character’s helmet …

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