TODAY’S HEADLINES

Paul Simon, 74, ‘ready to give up music’Thursday, Jun 30, 2016, 10:11 AM | Agence France-Presse

Miss Teen USA axes ‘outdated’ bikini competitionThursday, Jun 30, 2016, 9:57 AM | Agence France-Presse

Oscars organizers invite new members in diversity pushThursday, Jun 30, 2016, 9:36 AM | By Piya Sinha-Roy, Reuters

New MMFF touts reforms, bares screening committee to select ‘Magic 8’ entriesThursday, Jun 30, 2016, 9:08 AM | By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.com

Paul Simon, 74, ‘ready to give up music’16-Jun-30, 10:11 AM | Agence France-PresseSimon's extraordinary career has spanned six decades, won him more than a dozen Grammys and produced songs tracking 50 years of social awakenings.

Miss Teen USA axes ‘outdated’ bikini competition16-Jun-30, 9:57 AM | Agence France-PresseFrom now on contestants would be judged on athletic wear, in addition to the evening wear and personality competitions.

Oscars organizers invite new members in diversity push16-Jun-30, 9:36 AM | By Piya Sinha-Roy, ReutersActors Idris Elba, America Ferrera, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Eva Mendes and Brie Larson were among the 683 potential new members, the academy said.

New MMFF touts reforms, bares screening committee to select ‘Magic 8’ entries16-Jun-30, 9:08 AM | By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.comAmong the members of the screening committee are actors Sid Lucero and Mae Paner and director Lawrence Fajardo.

Pottermore unveils new writing by J.K. Rowling about Ilvermorny16-Jun-29, 9:05 PM 'Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry' provides a rich background for the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'.

5 Netflix treats for the Pinoy K-Drama fan16-Jun-29, 8:33 PM Here are special dramas and comedies that true-blue K-Drama fanatics can binge-watch and enjoy with their fellow fans.

BREAKING NEWS as of 16-Jun-30, 3:20 AM

‘Ghostbusters’ backlash reflects Hollywood’s sexism problem16-Jun-29, 5:42 PM | By Frankie Taggart, Agence France-PresseThe film's first trailer has become the most reviled in YouTube history, having amassed almost 900,000 dislikes.

Diane Ventura continues to make waves with debut feature ‘Mulat’16-Jun-29, 5:29 PM | By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.comAfter a recent victory in Brazil, the music manager turned filmmaker is excited about the Canadian premiere of her award-winning film starring Jake Cuenca.

‘Game of Thrones’ season finale scores record ratings16-Jun-29, 8:19 AM | Agence France-PresseThe hit fantasy show pulled in 8.9 million viewers Sunday, its highest one-day audience figures ever. The show will run for two more seasons.

Lady Gaga caught in bad romance with China after meeting Dalai Lama16-Jun-29, 8:01 AM | ReutersChina considers the Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet into exile in India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, to be a dangerous 'splittist', or separatist.

Kanye West stirs up controversy with nude celebrities in ‘Famous’ video16-Jun-29, 7:51 AM | By Piya Sinha-Roy, ReutersIn bed with the famously narcissistic rapper are naked likenesses of Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Caitlyn Jenner and Donald Trump.

Cinemalaya entry withdraws due to lack of funding but still faces artwork complaint16-Jun-28, 4:04 PM | By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.comThe filmmakers led by writer-director J.E. Tiglao admitted they had used an Italian painter's work as a 'mock-up' for the film's poster.

Spaghetti western film star Bud Spencer dies16-Jun-28, 11:07 AM | Agence France-PresseThe actor, best known for starring in a string of spaghetti westerns opposite Terence Hill, died on Monday in Rome aged 86.

Suge Knight sues Chris Brown over nightclub shooting16-Jun-28, 8:01 AM | Agence France-PresseThe former rap mogul claims that the singer did not hire adequate security for an event when Knight was shot in 2014.

You can now sing ‘Happy Birthday’ free of charge16-Jun-28, 7:45 AM | Agence France-Presse'This is a huge victory for the public and for the artists who want to use 'Happy Birthday to you' in their videos and music,' an attorney for the plaintiffs said said.

Chinese Internet on edge of outrage after Lady Gaga meets Dalai Lama16-Jun-27, 10:18 PM | Agence France-Presse'The way the Chinese feel is just like you [Lady Gaga] were shaking hands with Bin Laden,' one poster wrote on the singer's Instagram feed.

Margot Robbie plays thoroughly modern Jane in new ‘Tarzan’ film16-Jun-27, 10:00 PM | By Frankie Taggart, Agence France-Presse'I've never wanted to play the damsel in distress, and Jane is anything but,' said the 24-year-old actress.

Eddie Boy Villamayor, Nora Aunor’s brother, passes away16-Jun-27, 8:30 PM | Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.comVillamayor was an actor and matinee idol during the 1970s. He starred as Nora's ill-fated brother in 'Minsa'y Isang Gamu-Gamo'.

WATCH | Mocha Uson interviews Duterte, declares support for president-elect’s media boycott16-Jun-27, 6:04 PM | By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyonThe sexy entertainer agrees with the president-elect's decision to boycott media for the rest of his term.

Kiko Matos gives respect to Baron Geisler after URCC fight16-Jun-27, 9:06 AM | InterAksyon.com'Ngayon ang mahalaga ay nagkaayos na kami ni pareng Baron at mas marami pang issue na mas mahalaga kesa sa walang kwentang away namin.'

‘Finding Dory’ drowns out disappointing ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’16-Jun-27, 5:45 AM | By Dave McNary, ReutersThe sequel to 2003's 'Finding Nemo' showed plenty of staying power with $73.2 million in an otherwise modest weekend at the North America box office.

LISTEN | Basti Artadi reiterates gratitude to supportive friends, fans16-Jun-26, 1:10 PM | By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.comCast and crew members of 'Green Day's American Idiot' were all wearing his fundraising T-shirt when they faced the media after the opening night on Friday.

Rock stars and celebrities react with dismay to Brexit16-Jun-26, 11:08 AM | By Fiachra Gibbons, Agence France-Presse'It is a disaster. I feel sick and very sad. We are back to where it used to be, the right-wing racist Little England,' said sixties legend Marianne Faithful.

WATCH | Baron Geisler vs. Kiko Matos exhibition match ends in a draw16-Jun-26, 10:06 AM | By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.comThe exhibition match failed to produce a winner, but both actors hugged tightly in the end and seemed to have finally buried the hatchet.