Entertainment

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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‘Terminator’ takes top spot but underwhelms N.America box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Terminator: Dark Fate” opened atop the North American box office this weekend with a take of $29 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday, but analysts said that figure fell far below expectations. After …

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K-Pop’s BTS rocks out in ultra-conservative Saudi

by Aziz EL MASSASSI RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — The Saudi capital burst into life with the cheers of young fans of Korean pop group BTS as they performed in the kingdom seeking to transform its ultra-conservative image. The seven …

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‘Joker’ gets last laugh, setting record on N. American screens

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Warner Bros.’ “Joker” survived the intense controversy over its violent themes to take in $96.2 million in North American theaters at the weekend, setting a record for an October release, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations …

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Beyonce’s dad reveals his battle with breast cancer

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Mathew Knowles, the father of pop diva Beyonce, has revealed his battle with breast cancer and urged other men to get tested for the disease. The 67-year-old music executive discussed his illness in an …

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‘Thrones’ wins top drama Emmy as ‘Fleabag’ springs a surprise

by Andrew MARSZAL LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Game of Thrones” took the top Emmy for best drama Sunday but dark British comedy “Fleabag” was the surprise big winner of television’s glitziest night, dominating the comedy prizes at a …

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Emmys begin as ‘Thrones’ and ‘Veep’ seek final glory

by Andrew MARSZAL LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston opened the Emmy Awards on Sunday with a tribute to television’s so-called golden era, as “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” take their final tilts at glory. …

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Scarlett Johansson unveils ‘Jojo Rabbit’, ‘Marriage Story’ in Toronto

  By Andrew Marszal Agence France-Presse TORONTO, CANADA (AFP) — Scarlett Johansson dominated the Toronto film festival’s red carpets Sunday with the debuts of two new films including the world premiere of satirical Nazi comedy “Jojo Rabbit.” The movie from …

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‘IT Chapter Two’ scares up $91 million to top N.America box office

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Proving again the lure of a good scare, the Stephen King-inspired film “IT Chapter Two” took in $91 million this weekend to top the North American box office, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday. …

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Comedian Kevin Hart hospitalized after car crash

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Comedian and actor Kevin Hart was hospitalized Sunday with major back injuries after his car crashed into a ditch, according to highway authorities. According to the California Highway Patrol report, Hart was riding in his …

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Darth Vader helmet among Hollywood treasures in $10 million auction

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Darth Vader’s helmet from “The Empire Strikes Back” is among a vast collection of coveted Hollywood treasures going under the hammer next month, with experts predicting it could fetch nearly $500,000. The mask and …

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Swift kicks off MTV VMA’s with flashy performance of new album tracks

NEWARK, United States (AFP) — Pop superstar Taylor Swift opened the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards Monday with numbers from her just-released new album “Lover” that has already become the year’s top seller. Donning her signature red lipstick, along with …

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