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3 Pinoy wrestlers join WWE tryout in China

Jul 17, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Crystal, Jake de Leon and Ken Warren are among the 40 wrestlers from Asia who tried their luck in WWE's search for its next wrestling superstars

WWE TRYOUT. Jake de Leon, Crystal, and Ken Warren of Philippine Wrestling Revolution joined other wrestlers from Asia in the WWE tryout held in Shanghai, China this year. Photos from WWE.com

FULL LIST: Winners, Eddys Awards 2019

Jul 15, 2019 - 12:04 AM

Kathryn Bernardo wins Best Actress for 'The Hows of Us,' while 'Liway' wins Best Picture

Catch all your favorite Viva stars at Vivacon 2019

Jul 10, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Viva's very first entertainment convention is happening on August 3 and 4, their most star-studded event yet

Mikhail Red signed by US management and production company

Jun 25, 2019 - 4:23 PM

The Filipino director is signed under 3 Arts Entertainment, a US talent management company

Who is the Filipino? Inside the Philippines' entertainment industry

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:58 PM

Theirs isn't always a glamorous – or even decent – world

WWE returns to Manila in September 2019

Jun 19, 2019 - 1:24 PM

WWE is set to hold another show in the Philippines after 3 years

BACK IN MANILA. WWE superstars will make a splash again in Manila in September 2019. Poster from Wilbros Live Facebook page

YG Entertainment founder Yang Hyun-suk resigns

Jun 14, 2019 - 5:18 PM

(UPDATED) 'I believe that the truth of the current media reports and malicious gossip will be revealed through investigations,' says the entertainment executive who has been accused of providing prostitutes to investors

STEPPING DOWN. YG Entertainment CEO, shown here at an event in August 2013, announces his resignation. Photo by Starnews / Starnews / AFP

Netflix gets its game on at E3 2019 with 'Stranger Things'

Jun 13, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The streaming television powerhouse is looking to expand its original shows into other media, and the idea for a 'Stranger Things' video game occurs after its successful first season, according to Netflix's Chris Lee

NETFLIX AND GAMES. Netflix on June 12 makes its first formal appearance at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo. Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

[OPINION] In showbiz, 'Kaya Pa?' isn't always benign

Jun 13, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'When did demanding for what’s right become so wrong? Why is fairness something for which we must be punished?'

'KAYA PA?' Actress Chai Fonacier writes about the horrible choices many in the entertainment industry are forced to make. Image from Shutterstock

Lone gamers a dying breed as community play thrives

Jun 12, 2019 - 6:23 PM

E3 opens its doors to fans, reflecting trends toward cooperative online play and broadcasting action as a spectator sport

GAMERS. Gaming fans play "Fortnite" at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, in Los Angeles on June 11, 2019. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

The top announcements from Nintendo’s Direct E3 2019 conference

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Among its many announcements, Nintendo says two new 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' fighters are in the roster and confirms a sequel to 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' is in the works

'Dragon Quest’s' Hero and Banjo-Kazooie joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:33 AM

The Hero is coming to the 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' sometime in summer while Banjo-Kazooie is expected for fall.

BANJO KAZOOIE. Nintendo brings bear and bird to the big battles of 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.' Screenshot from livestream

'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' sequel now in development

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:59 AM

Nintendo teases a potential new enemy for Link to face as development is confirmed on a sequel to the hit game

BEYOND BREATH OF THE WILD. Is this the new big bad of the Legend of Zelda series? Screenshot from Nintendo Direct livestream

The big announcements from Ubisoft's E3 2019 press conference

Jun 11, 2019 - 4:44 AM

Check out Ubisoft's latest announcements for its stable of games at E3!

UBISOFT AT E3. Check out what's in store for Ubisoft's games. Screen shot from livestream

Microsoft gives glimpse of new Xbox console

Jun 10, 2019 - 8:30 AM

(UPDATED) Xbox head Phil Spencer puls back the curtain on 'Project Scarlett,' the creation of a successor to the Xbox One that will give game makers 'the power they need to bring their creative visions to life'

PROJECT SCARLETT. Microsoft Xbox head and executive vice-president of Gaming at Microsoft Phil Spencer announces the new Xbox Project Scarlett console at their press event ahead of the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles on June 9, 2019. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

What Microsoft announced at its Xbox E3 2019 briefing

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:24 AM

Here's a quick list of the announcements and some of the trailers from Microsoft's Xbox E3 2019 briefing

XBOX E3 2019 BRIEFING. Screenshot from livestream

The announcements and trailers at EA Play ahead of E3 2019

Jun 09, 2019 - 2:18 AM

(UPDATED) We get our first glimpse of 'Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order' gameplay, a new 'Apex Legends' season, new 'Battlefield V' details, and a lot more

EA PLAY 2019. Electronic Arts comes out swinging ahead of E3. Screenshot from livestream

EA wants to bring 'Apex Legends' to mobile devices and China

May 08, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Electronic Arts says 'Apex Legends' is 'easily the fastest-growing franchise we’ve ever had, and we hope to build a live service that entertains players for years to come'

APEX LEGENDS. The Battle Royale title may head to China and to phones! Image from Apex Legends website

Prosecutor junks perjury case filed by Okada vs former firm

Apr 28, 2019 - 5:39 PM

There 'is no falsity that can be attributed' to Tiger Resort official Dindo Espeleta, says Las Piñas City Senior Assistant Prosecutor Donald Macasaet

JAPANESE TYCOON. A perjury case filed by Japanese gaming tycoon Kazuo Okada against his former firm is junked by a local prosecutor. File photo by AFP

'Apex Legends': Beginner tips

Apr 02, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Have some tips to help you survive 'Apex Legends,' the newest hit battle royale title

Official Apex Legends photo


Rappler Talk Entertainment: Karen Gallman

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The first Filipino Miss Intercontinental titleholder drops by Rappler

DOJ affirms dismissal of another estafa complaint vs Okada

Jan 20, 2019 - 10:35 AM

But tycoon Kazuo Okada is still facing another $3.1-million estafa case

CASE DISMISSED.Kazuo Okada, chairman of Universal Entertainment Corporation, rides his car after attending an event at Malacanang Palace in Manila on January 23, 2017. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Bungie splits from publisher Activision, retains 'Destiny' IP

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:40 PM

'With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while Activision will increase their focus on owned IP projects,' Bungie says in a statement

Parañaque court orders arrest of Japanese gaming tycoon Kazuo Okada

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The tycoon says the allegation that he committed estafa is 'absolutely absurd'

This photo taken on Janaury 23, 2017 shows Kazuo Okada, chairman of Universal Entertainment Corporation, getting into his car after attending an event at Malacanang Palace in Manila. (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)

All our favorite Live Jam performances from 2018

Jan 04, 2019 - 8:01 PM

From new discoveries to music icons, these are the artists we listened to and loved on the Live Jam stage this year

UNIQUE SALONGA. The 18-year-old musician performs on Rappler Live Jam as a solo artist. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

The top entertainment newsmakers of 2018

Jan 02, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Weddings, babies, and pageants dominate the headlines here and abroad in 2018

Achieve your New Year resolutions with the help of these apps

Jan 02, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Whether it's to improve your fitness, mental health, or crazy spending habits, we've got a list of apps to help you get your life together

12 best Filipino films of 2018

Jan 01, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Movie critic Oggs Cruz gives a run down of some of the best Filipino films for 2018

A year in makeup: The best Filipino beauty collabs of 2018

Jan 01, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Which makeup products by your favorite celebs became your newly-found beauty essentials in 2018?

The year in pageants: Philippines' highs and lows

Dec 31, 2018 - 2:06 PM

The Philippines continues its winning streak, but suffers some heartaches along the way

How to start achieving common New Year's resolutions

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:00 AM

New year, new you? It’s time to do something about those resolutions.

NEW YEAR. What are your resolutions this 2019?

LIST: The 10 best shows of 2018

Dec 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

What shows did you binge on this year?

LIST: The 10 best Filipino albums of 2018

Dec 29, 2018 - 2:30 PM

We highlight the most exciting, meaningful and technically proficient releases from local musicians over the past year

LIST: The 15 best movies of 2018

Dec 29, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Rappler rounds up the year’s most noteworthy moments in Philippine cinema, Hollywood, and beyond.

Sea Entertainment deal lets Garena publish more Tencent games

Nov 23, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Garena now has the right of first refusal to publish Tencent’s mobile and PC games in Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore

BTS' management apologizes over Nazi hats controversy

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:23 AM

'Big Hit bears all responsibilities for not providing the necessary and careful support to our artist that may have prevented these issues,' the company says in a statement

BTS CONTROVERSY. The K-pop group finds itself in hot water over a shoot from years back. Image from BTS' official Instagram account

Sony patent teases Playstation controller with a touchscreen

Nov 13, 2018 - 12:37 PM

The patent describes a controller with a similar design to the DualShock 4 for the Playstation 4 but replaces the existing touchpad with a touchscreen.

A DIFFERENT PS4 CONTROLLER? Will Sony come out with a touchscreen-enabled controller? Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Rappler Talk Entertainment: Voltaire Tayag on what it takes to win a crown

Nov 13, 2018 - 12:15 PM

Why do pageants matter and what do they bring into the conversation?

No casinos in Boracay as island reopens

Oct 26, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra wants President Rodrigo Duterte to issue an executive order banning casinos in Boracay

RESORT. The rock formation on the left is part of the property that Leisure & Resorts World bought in Barangay Manoc-Manoc, where the rumored casino will be built. Photo by Adrian/Portugal

Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Morhaime steps down

Oct 04, 2018 - 2:18 PM

'World of Warcraft' executive producer J. Allen Brack will take over as Blizzard's president

MIKE MORHAIME. Blizzard Entertainment's Mike Mohaime at the 2011 Video Game Awards. File photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images/AFP

Kean Cipriano launches O/C Records

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:29 PM

The Callalily frontman goes behind the scenes with his new record label, a collaboration with Viva Entertainment's Vic del Rosario

KEAN CIPRIANO. The Callalily frontman starts his own record label with Viva Entertainment. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Germany lifts ban on Nazi symbols in computer, video games

Aug 09, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The Wolfenstein series of games is deemed to have fallen foul of the German criminal code, which bars any depiction of so-called 'anti-constitutional' symbols, including Nazi swastikas

HITLER REPRESENTATIONS. The uncensored and German censored versions of Hitler and the Nazi flag. Screen shots taken from Censored Gaming YouTube video.

8 things we learned about Sandara, Nam Joo-hyuk during their PH visit

Jul 31, 2018 - 9:15 AM

From Dara’s fashion style to the secret behind Nam Joo-hyuk’s fitness, here’s what learned from the two Korean stars when they visited the country

The Linggo ng Wika performance that ‘changed’ Sandara Park’s life

Jul 30, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Dara also says she wants to work with fellow Penshoppe brand ambassador Nam Joo-Hyuk in a drama or a movie

LINGGO NG WIKA. Dara says a performance for Linggo ng Wika in highschool "changed" her life and helped her be where she is now. Photo courtesy of Penshoppe

RAW Deal: Evolution is no longer a mystery

Jul 29, 2018 - 2:39 PM

WWE finally decides to feature an all-women pay-per-view event

GIRL POWER. The launch of the WWE all-women championships proves that the ladies of wrestling should be taken seriously. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: A locally-flavored Mae Young Classic (we hope)

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:00 PM

It's a shame that the WWE stint of local wrestling queen Crystal didn't push through as it would have been historic

QUEEN. Top female wrestler Crystal would have been the first Filipino to compete in WWE. Photo from Crystal’s Facebook account (@CrystalPWR)

Want to do movies? Directors Gino Santos, Carl Chavez teach you how

Jul 20, 2018 - 7:12 PM

The two filmmakers share what it takes to make good films during a masterclass for aspiring filmmakers

Photo by Precious del Valle/Rappler

Getting started with genre fiction

Jul 20, 2018 - 6:39 PM

Are you a fan of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi? We’ve got some literary recommendations for you

Stan Lee drops $1 billion lawsuit against company he started

Jul 10, 2018 - 9:52 AM

The comic legend drops his complaint against POW! Entertainment

Executive producer/comic book writer Stan Lee attends the world premiere of "Spider-man: Homecoming" at the TCL Chinese Theater on June 28, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON

Party games to keep your barkada off their phones

Jul 06, 2018 - 9:52 PM

First one to use their phone treats everybody!