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LOOK: Archie and the gang drop by Rizal park in PH-exclusive cover

Oct 20, 2019 - 10:10 PM

The cover is illustrated by Miguel Mercado

IN PHOTOS: Fans flock to Bacolod’s 2nd pop culture convention

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The Bacolod Convention of Pop Culture is one of the activities of the MassKara Festival

Kim Jonghyun bemoans loneliness in suicide note

Dec 19, 2017 - 12:51 PM

'I am broken from inside. The depression that gnawed on me slowly has finally engulfed me entirely.'

GONE TOO SOON. This undated picture released by Yonhap news agency in Seoul on December 18, 2017 shows Kim Jonghyun, singer of popular K-pop group SHINee. Yonhap/AFP

5 pop culture villains we love to hate

Nov 17, 2017 - 4:11 PM

From the most vile teleserye kontrabidas to scheming witches in our favorite superhero flicks, our binge-watching sessions aren’t complete without these “bad guys”

WATCH: Pikachu speaks English in new movie

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Pikachu professes obsessive attachment to Ash in straight English, ruining the childhood memories of a number of moviegoers

NEW LANGUAGE. The famous electric mouse from the Pokémon videogame series speaks an English sentence in the new movie. Screenshot from official Pokémon channel/YouTube

A brief history of the t-shirt

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:20 AM

From undergarment to fashion statement, the humble tee has come a long way

'Despacito' ties record for longest stretch as U.S. No.1

Aug 29, 2017 - 6:56 AM

The song ties with One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men which reigned at the top of the chart for 16 weeks in 1995 and 1996

DESPACITO. A frame from the music video of 'Despacito'. Framegrab from YouTube/Universal Music Latino

Bonnie Tyler to 'Goatality': The Great American Eclipse

Aug 22, 2017 - 8:03 AM

The Great American Eclipse also had its share of quirky sideshows

VIEWING PARTY. Locals and travelers from around the world gather on Menan Butte to watch the eclipse on August 21, 2017 in Menan, Idaho. Natalie Behring/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Spielberg debuts 'Ready Player One' footage at Comic-Con

Jul 23, 2017 - 8:46 AM

The movie is based on a 2011 novel about a teenager on a treasure hunt in a virtual reality game in a world torn by an energy crisis

'Despacito' declared most streamed song ever

Jul 19, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Universal Music Latin Entertainment says Despacito in its original and remixed versions has reached 4 6 billion streams across platforms including YouTube and Spotify

CHART TOPPERS. This file photo taken on April 27, 2017 shows Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee performing onstage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Sergi Alexander/Getty Images North America/AFP

From K-pop to potato chips: Are you up for the new Korean craze?

Jul 10, 2017 - 4:47 PM

You might just get obsessed with this snack – like an entire nation did

In 'Despacito,' reggaeton rises from margins to pop triumph

Jun 14, 2017 - 7:26 AM

The genre so scorned by the elites has suddenly found a massive new market with the global success of Luis Fonsi s song Despacito

POP SUCCESS. This file photo taken on April 27, 2017 shows Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee performing onstage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Sergi Alexander/Getty Images North America/AFP

Rock 'n' roll father Chuck Berry dead at 90

Mar 19, 2017 - 8:02 AM

UPDATED Chuck Berry became a sensation in the years after World War II as he brought together rhythm and blues country guitar and a consummate stage showmanship

ICON. This file photo taken on March 28, 2008 shows US rock and roll legend Chuck Berry performing at a concert held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Desiree Martin/AFP

5 Ways growing up in the 90s shaped a generation's mindset

Sep 15, 2016 - 6:04 PM

It was a decade that was truly all that

VIRAL: Japanese PM Abe pops out as Super Mario at Rio Olympics closing

Aug 22, 2016 - 10:40 AM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe transforms into Super Mario and the Internet goes wild

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, dressed as Super Mario, holds a red ball during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. Philippe Lopez/AFP

Britney Spears to perform new song at MTV Video Music Awards

Aug 17, 2016 - 7:05 AM

Britney Spears who has been behind some of the racier moments of the MTV Video Music Awards will return for the latest edition on August 28 with a new song

In this file photo, Britney Spears performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP

Video-sharing app musical.ly set to make a push in PH

Aug 13, 2016 - 1:00 PM

The young social network is aiming to take on giants like Facebook by banking on pure wackiness

SILLY FUN. musical.ly has become a net that captures the vibrant sometimes frivolous energy of the kids of today.

Revenge of the nerds: 130,000 fans expected at Comic-Con

Jul 20, 2016 - 10:12 AM

Since its humble beginnings in 1970 as a convention of a few dozen geeks who swapped superhero magazines it has exploded into America s largest and most spectacular pop culture event

In this file photo, two attendees in Thor costumes walk through the hall on the second day of Comic Con International 2015 in San Diego, California, July 10, 2015. Robyn Beck/AFP

Surprising life lessons from your favorite movies and TV shows

Dec 24, 2015 - 11:52 AM

This Christmas turn marathon watching sessions into learning opportunities

Photo courtesy of official The Big Bang Theory Facebook page

Our love affair with 'fear'

Oct 23, 2015 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] Fear is good It is what nature experimented with and succeeded in making animals including humans survive

AlDub, JaDine, and Filipino imaginaries of intimacy

Oct 03, 2015 - 10:00 AM

I would say that AlDub and JaDine are actually worth thinking about

Jason Momoa, Allison Harvard and more at APCC Manila 2015

Aug 23, 2015 - 11:58 AM

The Asia Pop Comic Con brings in a host of celebrities artists toys and cosplayers to Manila this September

APCC MANILA 2015. The Asia Pop Comic Con features artists, a cosplay competition, and celebrity guests. Photo courtesy of Asia Pop Comic Con

Rocking out to 'Edelweiss' at North Korea's first foreign gig

Aug 19, 2015 - 10:34 PM

Slovenian group Laibach performs in North Korea where the music scene is largely limited to state approved bands making state approved sounds

LAIBACH. The Slovenian band plays songs from 'The Sound of Music' in North Korea. Screengrab from Facebook/Laibach

Sweden pips Russia in Eurovision pop fest nail-biter

May 24, 2015 - 9:43 AM

Forty one years after Swedish superstars ABBA took the title chiseled Mans Zelmerlow wins 365 points from voters and juries in 40 countries with his up tempo crowd pleaser Heroes

EUROVISION VICTORY. Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow holds the throphy after winning the Eurovision Song Contest final on May 23, 2015 in Vienna. Samuel Kubani/AFP

And then there were 8: Girls' Generation ousts star

Sep 30, 2014 - 4:17 PM

Jessica Jung: I am devastated – my priority and love is to serve as a member of GG but for no justifiable reason I am being forced out

Girls Generation attends KCON 2014 - Day 2 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on August 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Valerie Macon/Getty Images/AFP

'Friends' fans flock to New York pop-up cafe

Sep 18, 2014 - 10:49 AM

Sponsors open a replica of the Central Perk cafe to mark the show s 20th anniversary

US groundhog Phil sees shadow, predicts more winter

Feb 03, 2014 - 10:42 AM

The Pennsylvania rodent is the most famous of the furry weather forecasters for Groundhog Day an event with early roots in German folklore

ALL EYES ON PHIL. Ron Ploucha (L) and Bill Deeley (R) listen as Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog gives his prediction during the Groundhog Day celebration at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, USA, 02 February 2014. David Maxwell/EPA

Facebook, a decade old, battles to stay young and cool

Feb 02, 2014 - 11:24 AM

As it prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary Facebook is now facing challenges in keeping its original base of young users

LIKE. A file photo dated 31 January 2012 showing a view of the entrance to Facebook corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, California, USA. Peter DaSilva/EPA

'Lord Voldemort' invoked in China, Japan envoys' op-ed war

Jan 06, 2014 - 1:42 PM

The diplomatic bickering between Japan and China descends into name calling in the British press

OP-ED WAR. China's Liu (L) and Japan's Hayashi (R). Liu photo courtesy of the Chinese Embassy in London; Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye / WikiMedia Commons

Britney Spears gambles on two years in Las Vegas

Dec 28, 2013 - 5:58 PM

Britney Spears opens a two year sojourn in Sin City with a dazzling performance to a crowd of adoring fans at Las Vegas Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino

BRITNEY IN VEGAS. Britney Spears holds a bouquet of flowers at a welcome ceremony as she celebrates the release of her new album "Britney Jean" and prepares for her two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 3, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

With selfies, the world turns the camera on itself

Dec 27, 2013 - 12:21 PM

The global proliferation of smartphones with built in digital cameras takes self portraiture to a new level

SELFIE AT THE DOME. A photographer takes a selfie from the top of the US Capitol dome during a tour of the dome in this December 19, 2013 file photo in Washington, DC. AFP / Karen Bleier / Files

Rappler Social Media Awards 2013

Dec 26, 2013 - 12:24 AM

It s that time of the year again We ve put together a list of celebrities films and more that made it big on social media this year

Janis Joplin gets posthumous Hollywood star

Nov 05, 2013 - 3:55 PM

Joplin was given the 2 510th star on the Walk of Fame where entertainment legends have long been enshrined

IMMORTALIZED. Jopin's siblings reveal the singer's Hollywood star. Photo from Janis Jopin Facebook

'Windmills of Your Mind' singer Noel Harrison dies

Oct 23, 2013 - 9:28 AM

The British actor and singer died due to a heart attack at the age of 79

NOEL HARRISON. 'He will be loved and missed by more people than I ever knew,' says his wife. Screen grab from YouTube (Noel Harrisonfan)

Sharon Cuneta back to singing in new show

Sep 19, 2013 - 9:47 AM

The Mega and the Songwriter features Megastar s singing and Ogie Alcasid s songs

'MY PLEASURE.' The Megastar (Sharon) and the Songwriter (Ogie). Photo from the show's Facebook

Britney Spears to headline own Las Vegas show

Sep 18, 2013 - 10:45 AM

Pop superstar Britney Spears signs a two year deal to perform in her own show entitled Britney: Piece of Me at Las Vegas Planet Hollywood

IT'S VEGAS, B**TCH. Britney Spears in a promotional photo for her upcoming Las Vegas residency. Photo courtesy Britney Spears official Facebook page

Charlie Hunnam, Dakota Johnson named for '50 Shades' film

Sep 03, 2013 - 7:43 AM

The casting of the movie has been one of the most hotly anticipated secrets in Hollywood

Actors Charlie Hunnam (L) and Dakota Johnson (R). Hunnam file photo Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP; Johnson file photo Frederic J Brown/AFP

2013 MTV VMA highlights

Aug 26, 2013 - 1:37 PM

UPDATED Justin Timberlake nabbed the night s top award while the duo of Macklemore Ryan Lewis bagged 3 Moonmen

NSYNC REUNION. (L-R) JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Justin Timberlake, and Chris Kirkpatrick of 'N Sync perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Rick Diamond/Getty Images for MTV/AFP

'Fifty Shades effect' blamed for handcuff mishaps

Jul 29, 2013 - 8:01 PM

The London Fire Brigade urges those using handcuffs in the bedroom to always keep the keys handy

FIFTY SHADES… OF MISHAPS. In this file photo, copies of the book "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E. L. James are seen for sale at the Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC, August 3, 2012. Photo by AFP / Saul Loeb

Tunes for the 'end of the world'

Dec 21, 2012 - 12:09 AM

Here are some songs that would make your apocalyptic wait more groovy

GIF beats out Yolo, is 2012's 'Word of the Year'

Nov 14, 2012 - 7:58 AM

The word GIF used as a verb which means to create a GIF file particularly animated ones has been named Oxford Dictionaries US Word of the Year for 2012 on Monday November 12

Pop star Camryn Raps

Apr 21, 2012 - 8:48 PM

Tween pop superstar Camryn dropped by Rappler today to talk about her music

SHE'S A STAR. 12-year-old Camryn glows with the energy and innocence of a genuine musical talent.