My life: Liam Mullone

Liam Mullone

The 42-year-old stand-up comic talks to Peter Simpson about the language of humour and being funny in the head.

Friday, 31 August, 2012, 7:34pm

Grey areas

East Meets West, Victoria Harbour, 1963.

The photographic work of Ho Fan is a stark reminder of old Hong Kong.

7 Oct 2012 - 12:08am

Early shoots

The filming of ''Graffiti''. Photos: Corbis; AFP; SCMP; Ibrahim el-Mayet

The country had no filmmaking culture under Gaddafi; just a propaganda machine. Days after a film sparked violence across Libya, Steve Rose witnesses the budding of a national cinema.

20 Oct 2012 - 11:34pm

A star is reborn

Indian film star Sridevi returns to the big screen in <i>English Vinglish</i>.

Fifteen years after she stepped out of the spotlight to focus on her family, Indian film star Sridevi returns with a new movie. P. Ramakrishnan meets the Bollywood legend.

29 Sep 2012 - 11:59pm

Lip service


Shiny, matte or stained — autumn’s perfect pout is bold, bright and bursting with colour.

27 Sep 2012 - 12:44am

Nail bar blues

A Vietnamese-run nail salon in Stratford-upon- Avon, Britain. Photos: Red Door News, Hong Kong

For many young Vietnamese, the long, arduous trek to a 'dream job' in a European or North American beauty salon is a taste of the life that awaits them, writes Simon Parry.

22 Sep 2012 - 11:33pm

How popcorn has become a 390 million yuan hit with mainland Chinese movie-goers

A cinema in Beijing. Photo: AFP

Popcorn has become a big money maker at the mainland’s largest cinema chain, as more people flock to the nation’s movie theatres.

Wanda Cinemas said on its website it earned 390 million yuan (HK$491 million) in revenue last year from popcorn, just under 10 per cent of its total returns of 4.1 billion yuan.

21 Mar 2014 - 6:06pm 1 comment

6,000kg of fireworks arrive in Hong Kong, ready to light up Victoria Harbour

2013 Lunar New Year fireworks display over the Victoria Harbour to celebrate the "Year of the Snake", viewed from Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: Nora Tam/SCMP

They’ll certainly go out with a bang, but the 6,000kg of fireworks that will light up the city to celebrate the Lunar New Year made an altogether quieter entrance to Victoria Harbour, the man in charge of the annual display revealed.

29 Jan 2014 - 3:55pm 2 comments

BRIC countries set for media boom

The PwC report predicts that about half of all mobile-internet users will come from BRIC countries by 2017. Photo: Reuters

Media and entertainment businesses in the biggest emerging markets will expand at more than three times the pace to be seen in developed countries in the next five years, according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

7 Jun 2013 - 3:46am

South Korean filmmaker Kim Jho Gwang-soo announces symbolic gay 'wedding'

Movie director Kim Jho Gwang-soo, left kisses his partner, Dave Kim, at a news conference announcing their 'marriage' in Seoul. Photo: AP

The first time a South Korean celebrity announced he was gay, in 2000, the reaction was quick and without empathy. Actor and entertainer Hong Suk-chon was banished from television and radio programmes for three years, and he said in a talk-show interview this year that he regretted coming out.

2 Jun 2013 - 7:36am

Sony looks at entertainment IPO

Film and financial services earnings have helped Sony counter nine straight annual losses from making televisions. Photo: Reuters

Sony is working with Morgan Stanley and Citigroup as it considers adopting Daniel Loeb's proposal for an initial public offering of its entertainment division, sources said.

1 Jun 2013 - 4:19am

Microsoft unveils Xbox One as a home entertainment hub

The new generation Xbox One console is unveiled. Photo: NYT

After four years of development, Microsoft has staked a claim to the internet age living room with an eagerly awaited new generation Xbox One console touted as a home entertainment hub that goes far beyond games.

23 May 2013 - 4:59am

Non-Chinese can succeed in local entertainment industry, says actress

Actress Corinna Chamberlain. Photo: Edward Wong

While Hong Kong performers often look West to further their careers, the reverse is rare. But there have recently been a few Western entertainers who have carved out niches in local show business – in Chinese.

22 May 2013 - 10:06am

Rejected film posters go on online display

The rejected The Exorcist poster (left) and the approved one

A gallery that should comfort any struggling young graphic artist has been revealed for the first time: the ones that got away, rejected original versions of posters for some of the most famous films of recent decades, including Batman, Pulp Fiction, A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist and Cool Hand Luke.

20 May 2013 - 6:44am

Emmelie de Forest the toast of Denmark after winning Eurovision title

Emmelie de Forest of Denmark performs her winning song during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest at the Malmo Arena in Sweden on Saturday. Photo: AP

Her song, Only Teardrops - the bookmakers' favourite - won comfortably at Saturday night's finals, scoring 281 points at a glittering ceremony watched by millions of viewers.

20 May 2013 - 5:39am