J-Lo, Fergie and Hefner expected at Rio Carnival

J-Lo, Fergie and Hefner expected at Rio Carnival

(RIO DE JANEIRO-AFP) – Jennifer Lopez, Fergie and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner will be among the US celebrities who will attend Rio’s famed Carnival, which kicks off Friday. Lopez will be in the box of Brahma, Brazil’s largest brewer, according to the daily O Globo, which said the singer-actress would arrive Sunday shortly before the […]

18.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Philippine film industry in decline

Philippine film industry in decline

(Manila)-AFP) – The number of films produced in the Philippine movie industry has halved over the past decade in the face of piracy and Hollywood competition, a government study released Wednesday showed. Only the rise of independent film-makers has saved the industry from declining further, with “indie” movies now accounting for more than half the […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Streep and Roberts together in Pulitzer Prize winner

Streep and Roberts together in Pulitzer Prize winner

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – The long-planned adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play August: Osage Country will reach the screen with Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep portraying a daughter and mother. The adaptation of the play written by Tracy Letts follows the story of two women who have gone in different directions when a family crisis […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Bankrupt Kodak drops name from Oscars theater

Bankrupt Kodak drops name from Oscars theater

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – The theater that has hosted the US Academy Awards for the last decade will no longer bear the Kodak name as a result of the iconic company’s bankruptcy. A bankruptcy court on Wednesday approved Kodak’s request to cancel its contract with the theater, ruling that it was “in the best interests of […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Huppert’s Filipino kidnap drama premieres at Berlin fest

Huppert’s Filipino kidnap drama premieres at Berlin fest

(BERLIN-AFP) – Isabelle Huppert stars as an aid worker snatched by Islamic extremist group Abu Sayyaf in Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s “Captive”, which premiered at the Berlin film festival Sunday. The French-Filipino-German-British production is based on the 2001 kidnapping of 20 foreigners from an upscale beach resort on the island of Palawan, in which at least five […]

14.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Funeral for Houston Saturday at hometown church

Funeral for Houston Saturday at hometown church

(NEW YORK-AFP) – A private funeral service for Whitney Houston will be held Saturday at the Newark, New Jersey church where the pop diva sang in a gospel choir as a child, the funeral home told AFP on Tuesday. “The service will be held Saturday 12 noon (1700 GMT) at New Hope Baptist Church,” said […]

14.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Philippine swordsmith has Hollywood touch

Philippine swordsmith has Hollywood touch

(POZORRUBIO, Philippines-AFP) – Filomeno de Guzman does not know Sparta from medieval Scotland, but the Philippine swordsmith is an expert at replicating ancient warriors’ tools for killing each other. A stubby ex-military sergeant who has never set foot abroad, de Guzman and 15 rice farmer-neighbours who moonlight as blacksmiths craft old truck leaf springs into […]

14.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Grammy Awards: Celebrity beauty trends

Grammy Awards: Celebrity beauty trends

10 photos (Relaxnews) – The 54th annual Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles February 12, where top beauty trends included long lashes, quiffs and retro waves. See the best looks from stars including Adele, Taylor Swift and Rihanna here. ©AFP PHOTO / Joe KLAMAR False lash Lashes were long and voluminous, with singer Adele […]

14.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Photos ·
Watch: Liv Tyler Givenchy music video

Watch: Liv Tyler Givenchy music video

(Relaxnews) – Liv Tyler’s eagerly awaited music video for Very Irrésistible Givenchy Electric Rose has been revealed online. On February 13 the French fashion house released the video for Tyler’s modern cover of 1987 track “Need You Tonight” by Australian band INXS. It can be seen here: http://youtu.be/8CfGz5FxaaI. Tyler smolders in the clip, which features choreography […]

14.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Videos ·
Whitney Houston dead at 48: media reports

Whitney Houston dead at 48: media reports

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Grammy-winning pop legend and actress Whitney Houston was found dead Saturday in a Beverly Hills hotel, police said. She was 48, her publicist confirmed. “At 3:55 pm Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at the Beverly Hilton hotel,” said Mark Rosen, a police spokesman said. With a ferociously powerful voice and a dazzling […]

12.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Lady Gaga to launch social media site

Lady Gaga to launch social media site

(Relaxnews) – American pop star Lady Gaga has turned her attention to a new social media site of her very own: Littlemonsters.com. The site is currently in closed beta but fans can now request an invite by visiting the site. Littlemonsters.com is being developed by Backplane, a startup partially funded by Gaga that was co-founded by her […]

11.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Lady Gaga world tour to kick off in Seoul

Lady Gaga world tour to kick off in Seoul

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – American pop diva Lady Gaga Wednesday unveiled the first dates for her upcoming world tour which she has dubbed the “Born This Way Ball” and will kick off in Seoul. She is expected to do 110 shows this year following on the success of her smash hit “Born This Way,” and revealed the […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Paul McCartney to stream free concert Thursday via iTunes

Paul McCartney to stream free concert Thursday via iTunes

(Relaxnews) – Announced this week, famed former Beatle Paul McCartney is offering a live free stream performance this Thursday, February 9, at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST via theiTunes Store and over Apple TV. The performance — set to take place at Capital Studios in Hollywood, California — comes right on the heels of the release of McCartney’s […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Happenings, Promotions ·
1960s stars Beach Boys to appear at the Grammys

1960s stars Beach Boys to appear at the Grammys

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – The Beach Boys, icons of 1960s California pop-rock, will reunite at the Grammy Awards ceremony, organizers said Wednesday. The surviving band members — Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks — are also releasing a new album and heading out on tour to mark their 50th anniversary. Group […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Film trailer: ‘The Bourne Legacy’ starring Jeremy Renner

Film trailer: ‘The Bourne Legacy’ starring Jeremy Renner

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – The first trailer for the espionage thriller The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, was released online February 8 with the tagline: “There was never just one.” The fourth installment of the Bourne series, which previously starred Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, centers on a new CIA operative, played by Renner, who is welcomed to the […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Videos ·
‘House M.D.’ announces the end

‘House M.D.’ announces the end

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – The producers of House M.D. announced on February 8 that this, the eighth season of the popular medical drama series, will be the last of a highly successful run. The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning television show centers on a maverick, misanthropic doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine, heading a team in a fictional New […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Main line-up at 62nd Berlin film festival

Main line-up at 62nd Berlin film festival

(BERLIN-AFP) – The 62nd Berlinale, the first major European film festival of the year, kicks off on Thursday with 23 productions screening in the main showcase. Eighteen pictures will vie for the Golden Bear top prize at the event running to February 19, with a jury led by British director Mike Leigh selecting the winner. […]

08.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Brillante Mendoza, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep join Arab Spring at Berlin film fest

Brillante Mendoza, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep join Arab Spring at Berlin film fest

(BERLIN-AFP) – The Arab Spring uprisings and political turmoil in the West will dominate the 62nd Berlin film festival starting Thursday, as Hollywood royalty sprinkles stardust in the frigid German capital. Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman, Robert Pattinson, Antonio Banderas and Christian Bale are due in town to present new films at the first […]

07.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Philippines, Asia’s K-Pop clones dance to South Korean beat

Philippines, Asia’s K-Pop clones dance to South Korean beat

(Singapore-AFP) – Twelve-year-old Sabrina Kaur does not understand the lyrics of her favourite South Korean boy band Big Bang’s songs and, until recently, had never met Koreans in real life. But that did not stop her from joining more than a thousand other Singaporean girls at an audition in the city-state in January to discover […]

07.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
McCartney headlines queen’s jubilee concert

McCartney headlines queen’s jubilee concert

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Beatles legend Paul McCartney will headline a large concert in front of Buckingham Palace to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee, organiser Gary Barlow said Tuesday. Barlow, the frontman of pop band Take That who has been tasked with putting together the June 4 tribute to mark the monarch’s 60 years on […]

07.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Madonna propels Super Bowl to most-watched show on TV

Madonna propels Super Bowl to most-watched show on TV

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – This year’s Super Bowl XLVI championship game for American football, won by the New York Giants, was watched by a record-breaking 111.3 million US fans, slightly beating last year’s event by just 300,000 viewers as the highest rated show ever on US television. In 2011 the game drew 111 million fans to […]

07.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Miss Piggy to grill stars at BAFTA awards

Miss Piggy to grill stars at BAFTA awards

(LONDON-AFP) – Hollywood stars George Clooney and Brad Pitt are set to face a grilling from Miss Piggy on the red carpet at the BAFTA film awards in Britain, it was announced Monday. The glamorous pink star of “The Muppets” will question the stars as they arrive at the British Academy Film Awards 2012 on […]

06.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Manga pirates to get own Tokyo exhibition

Manga pirates to get own Tokyo exhibition

(TOKYO-Relaxnews) – The adventures of the One Piece manga and animated movie characters are to be displayed at an art exhibition in Tokyo set up by their original creator, Eiichiro Oda. The pirates of the tale, which started out as a comic strip in the Shonen Jumpweekly comic in 1997, have become iconic characters around the world and […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Gourmet chocolate maker teams up with writer Nicholas Sparks in love story contest

Gourmet chocolate maker teams up with writer Nicholas Sparks in love story contest

(Relaxnews) – Like the sweeping love stories Chocolat and Like Water for Chocolate, inspired by perhaps one of the most mythologized foods in literature, a confectionery brand has partnered with New York Times bestselling novelist Nicholas Sparks in a contest that seeks the sweetest love story. In the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, when store shelves groan with heart-shaped […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Promotions ·
Pacino, Walken and Arkin to star in ‘Stand Up Guys’

Pacino, Walken and Arkin to star in ‘Stand Up Guys’

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Three Oscar winners, Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman), Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter) and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), will star in Stand Up Guys. Previously titled Old Timers, the story follows a pair of aging con men who try to get the old gang together again for one last night of debauchery […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Ad giants seek catchy tunes at MIDEM music market

Ad giants seek catchy tunes at MIDEM music market

(CANNES, France-AFP) – What kind of tune will make someone want to buy a bar of soap, a painkiller or a condom? That was the question facing ad agencies who flocked to this week’s MIDEM global music market in search of catchy sounds for their next big brand campaigns. Many artists were long reluctant to […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Chinese epic vies for gold at Berlin film festival

Chinese epic vies for gold at Berlin film festival

(BERLIN-AFP) – A sweeping Chinese epic, “White Deer Plain”, will round out the list of 18 films vying for gold at the 62nd Berlin film festival, organisers said Tuesday. Festival chief Dieter Kosslick told reporters the movie by 2007 Berlin Golden Bear winner Wang Quan’an would go up against competitors from the United States, Europe, […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Watch Madonna’s video for “Gimme All Your Luvin”

Watch Madonna’s video for “Gimme All Your Luvin”

(Relaxnews) – Pop icon Madonna just released the clip for the first single from her upcoming album MDNA, “Gimme All Your Luvin’” featuring rap artists Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. MDNA, her 12th album and followup to 2008’s Hard Candy, releases via Interscope Records on March 26. A preview of the video premiered on Thursday, February 2, on […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Videos ·
Katy Perry 3D biopic and concert film in the works

Katy Perry 3D biopic and concert film in the works

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Paramount Pictures is in negotiations with pop singer/songwriter Katy Perry for the film rights to a biopic and concert film in 3D, per media reports. According to Deadline Hollywood, footage for the film has already been shot by director Nanette Burstein, who has made the documentaries American Teen and The Kid Stays in the Picture, the […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Madonna releases cover art, set to premiere new video

Madonna releases cover art, set to premiere new video

(Relaxnews) – Pop icon Madonna unveiled the cover art for her upcoming 12th studio album, MDNA, on her Facebook page on Tuesday. The album is expected to release via Interscope Records on March 26. A preview of the video for the album’s first single, “Gimme All Your Luvin’” featuring rap artists Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., will premiere on […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Videos ·
Tech companies cash in on Valentine’s Day with pink Nintendo 3DS, Galaxy S II

Tech companies cash in on Valentine’s Day with pink Nintendo 3DS, Galaxy S II

(Relaxnews) – Nintendo is releasing a Pearl Pink 3DS handheld gaming console that will arrive just in time for Valentine’s Day. The portable device, which was previously only available in a limited-edition bundle, will be available from February 10 from $169.99. Samsung is also betting that a pink smartphone will make the perfect gift for […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Videos ·
Twilight ‘Breaking Dawn, Part 2’ scene to be revealed at ‘Part 1’ DVD launch

Twilight ‘Breaking Dawn, Part 2’ scene to be revealed at ‘Part 1’ DVD launch

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Months before the much-anticipated finale of the Twilight Saga, 500 select stores of the American retailer Target will unveil an exclusive excerpt from the film during the night of February 10-11. The midnight unveiling of Part 2, the final installment, will be presented as an in-store promotion for the DVD and Blu-ray release of Breaking […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Oscars launch ‘digital experience’ online

Oscars launch ‘digital experience’ online

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Now that the Golden Globes have been awarded, Academy Awards season officially kicks off with the 2012 launch of its “Oscar Digital Experience” leading up to the 84th Academy Awards on February 26. The morning of January 24 when the Oscar nominees are announced, Oscar.com will post videos of reactions from social […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Blockbusters dominate Asian Film Awards nominations

Blockbusters dominate Asian Film Awards nominations

(HONG KONG-Relaxnews) – This year’s Asian Film Awards have brought out the big guns by nominating three Chinese-language blockbusters in a slew of categories and four productions which have also been put forward for Oscars consideration. The 6th AFAs will be announced at a gala ceremony held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on March […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Katy Perry joins cast of ‘The Sims 3’

Katy Perry joins cast of ‘The Sims 3’

(Relaxnews) – Pop star Katy Perry is to feature in a special edition of The Sims 3 Showtime, a showbiz expansion for best-selling computer game The Sims 3. The deal means that The Sims 3 Showtime Katy Perry Collector’s Edition will include the Showtime expansion (also available separately or as a download), and a suite of special in-game items: the Ultimate […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Myspace to unveil Myspace TV

Myspace to unveil Myspace TV

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Myspace, the social network website, will reveal its plans for Myspace TV at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. New Internet-connected television sets from Panasonic Viera will use a Myspace TV application that allows virtual viewing parties, reported the Los Angeles Times. Viewers will be able to chat with friends online […]

10.01.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Bollywood looks east to tap Chinese market

Bollywood looks east to tap Chinese market

(MUMBAI-AFP) – India’s Bollywood film industry is eyeing its Asian rival China as a potential market, after a successful run of “3 Idiots”, the coming-of-age comedy starring Aamir Khan. The 2009 film, about a group of struggling students at one of India’s elite universities, opened in China in October and takings have so far topped […]

07.01.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
The most-anticipated 3D films of 2012

The most-anticipated 3D films of 2012

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Despite concerns that filmgoers are losing interest in 3D films, seven of the top ten blockbusters in 2011 were in 3D. The novelty may have worn off but 3D offers audiences an experience they cannot get at home or on their phones. Even when the 1994 animated movie The Lion King was converted and […]

02.01.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·