Moana a holiday hit in US cinemas
Diversity and feminism are the buzz words these days.
The box-office results for Disney's latest animation, Moana, confirm that movie-goers love a strong female protagonist.
Moana collected about US$81.1 million (S$115.5 million) at US theatres over the five-day holiday from Wednesday to Sunday, enough to rank as the second-best Thanksgiving opening on record, behind only Frozen, which took in US$93.6 million for Disney in 2013.
The movie about a Polynesian girl's sea adventures grossed over US$97 million worldwide over the same opening period.
Finishing in second place was the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which brought in $65.8 million for the same five-day stretch.
Hoobastank give another reason to party at Rock On!
There's another reason to head down to Rock On! this New Year's Eve.
Hoobastank will join Grammy-winner Alicia Keys on the The Float @ Marina Bay on Dec 31.
The four-man US rock band will take the stage for at least 20 minutes. Joining them are Asian pop artists such as Taiwanese singer Rainie Yang and notable Singaporean talents Joi Chua, Chriz Tong and Ferlyn G.
Priced at $48, $68, $118, $158, and $218, tickets are available at www.apactix.com and Singpost offices islandwide.
Scorsese’s Silence to premier at Vatican
Martin Scorsese's Silence will have its world premiere screening at the Vatican. According to The Guardian, Pope Francis is not expected to attend the screening at the Pontifical Oriental Institute for the Jesuits, where 400 priests are expected to watch the film with Scorsese.
A 27-year passion project, Silence is adapted from a novel by Japanese author Shusaku Endo.
The story follows two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who search for their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) and spread the word of God in Japan at a time when Christianity was outlawed.
The movie opens here Feb 16.
Lady Gaga misses ‘normal conversations’
Lady Gaga laments the loss of having normal conversations with people, a downside of fame.
"I miss people. I miss, you know, going anywhere and meeting a random person and saying, 'Hi', and having a conversation about life," Gaga said in a recent interview with CBS Sunday Morning. She added candidly that her Gaga persona becomes a "property" that people unfairly feel ownership of.
"As soon as I go out in the world, I belong, in a way, to everyone else," the 30-year-old said.