Movies

Move over Dory, these new pets are in town

Finding Dory has finally been dethroned at the US box office by another animated film. The Secret Life Of Pets earned US$103 million (S$140 million) in its opening weekend, surpassing Finding Dory's haul of US$20 million.

Directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney, the family flick, which opens here on Sept 1, explores what pets do while their owners are away.

It features the voices of Louis C.K., Kevin Hart and Eric Stonestreet.

It was made by production company Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures for US$75 million, which also made the Despicable Me film series.


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Chaka Khan enters rehab

US singer Chaka Khan has entered rehab to battle her prescription pain medication addiction.

According to E! News, the 63-year-old Grammy winner reportedly said she has been battling an addiction to the same medication that led to US singer Prince's death and that his death had spurred her decision to seek treatment.

Prince died from an overdose of fentanyl, an opioid painkiller, in April at 57.

The singer's representatives told People magazine in a statement: "Chaka has struggled with a dependence on prescription pain medications and has voluntarily entered the programme to get healthy and stay that way.

"As part of the ongoing outpatient treatment, the doctors have urged her to resume recording mid-July and commence all performances beginning Aug 1 and onward."


 

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Madonna visits, supports Malawi hospital

US pop singer Madonna visited the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Malawi during her charity trip.

The 57-year-old is funding their paediatric unit and the hospital is expected to open next year.

Madonna travelled with her two children adopted from Malawi, 10-year-olds David and Mercy, and her biological son Rocco, 15.

Madonna told reporters: "This new facility is the first paediatric surgery and intensive care unit in any Malawi hospital. It will have an enormous impact on saving the lives of children."

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