By Rito P. Asilo
Jennifer Hudson, “American Idol’s” Oscar- and Grammy-winning alumna, isn’t just making news with her transformative, 80-lb-plus weight loss: With the release of her ‘70s-style, funk-and-disco-fueled third album, “JHud,” crafted with some of pop music’s most reliable hitmakers (like Pharrell Williams and Timbaland), she’s out to prove that schmaltzy ballads aren’t the only songs she can sing with show-stopping flair and aplomb.
By Rito P. Asilo
Two of the most thrilling films we’ve seen this year have been shown a week apart from each other: Damien Chazelle’s exhilarating, Oscar-worthy drama, “Whiplash,” about an ambitious drummer (Miles Teller) and his cruel mentor (JK Simmons), and David Ayer’s harrowing World War II tale, “Fury,” starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman.
By Ruben V. Nepales
“Me and Alec Baldwin just got good,” disclosed Shia LaBeouf to us recently, apparently inspired by the brotherly love, friendship and camaraderie he experienced while cooped up in a tank with Brad Pitt and three other actors on the “Fury” set. Shia and Alec had a widely reported spat during rehearsals for their 2013 Broadway play, “Orphans.” Amid a public exchange of insults between Shia and Alec, the former was replaced by Ben Foster.
By Nestor U. Torre
Some months ago, little Lyca Gairanod was hailed as the grand champion of “The Voice Kids.” Since then, however, we’ve noticed that the tilt’s top four finalists are being built up as a group, and not enough singular focus and fanfare is being devoted exclusively to Lyca herself.
ABS-CBN Corp. was named the winner of the People’s Choice Stevie Award for Favorite Company in the Media & Entertainment category after earning the Gold Stevie Award in the same category at the prestigious International Business Awards.