Minions crosses $1 billion box office mark

As of Thursday (August 27), the Despicable Me spin-off hit the billion dollar mark worldwide, making it the third biggest animated movie of all time, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Minions easily won the US box office in its debut weekend with $115 million and has since gone on to make $321.9 million in the North American domestic box office and $682 million internationally.

Dwayne Johnson joins Disney's live-action Jungle Cruise

The 43-year-old professional wrestler, who goes by his ring name The Rock, has joined Disney's live-action Jungle Cruise. Writers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra are also attached to the project, which is currently in development.

According to The Wrap, the film, which is based on the popular theme park ride, does not yet have a director. The site also reports that Johnson's film is expected to be a period piece.

NZ: Polynesian band Te Vaka to join next big Disney movie

Te Vaka is a group of musicians and dancers from various Pacific Island backgrounds based in New Zealand.

Their unique music - a blend of traditional Island and contemporary tunes - has taken them around the world and they have a huge following around the Pacific region.

US stocks mostly rise following solid earnings news

Oil prices fell, dragging energy stocks lower.

KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up nine points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,102 as of 3 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average edged up four points, less than 0.1 percent, to 17,555, while the Nasdaq rose 41 points, or 0.8 percent, to 5,147.