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Hostage to Hollywood

Ben Affleck plays Tony Mendez in the thrillerArgo.

If ever there's a career to demonstrate the fickle nature of Hollywood then it belongs to Ben Affleck.

Sunday, 4 November, 2012, 10:14am

A funny thing happened

Lawrence Leung, star of TV, radio, stage and screen has visited Hong Kong many times, but has yet to perform in the city.

Lawrence Leung didn't plan to become a role model. His stand-up comedy and high-rating television shows do not draw on issues such as racism, a goldmine for some of Australia's "ethnic" comedians. Nor does he make jokes about Chinese culture and his background - all those Saturday mornings at Cantonese school, for instance. 

4 Nov 2012 - 8:19pm

Six degrees

Photo: Corbis

Cung Le, the Vietnamese-born sanda champion, will headline the first Ultimate Fighting Championship event to be staged in China this week. In a testosterone-fuelled spectacular in Macau, Le (above left) - who says he was discriminated against as a boy after moving to America - will aim to use his mixed martial arts skills to pulverise another man inside an octagonal cage.

3 Nov 2012 - 11:29pm

Film review: Skyfall

Film review: Skyfall

As this year marks the 50th anniversary of James Bond's debut on the silver screen, Skyfall has to be special. Thankfully, it is. Indeed, Skyfall - the movie franchise's 23rd film about Ian Fleming's suave secret service agent, and Daniel Craig's third star turn in the role - oozes with confidence.

1 Nov 2012 - 12:38pm 1 comment

Gangnam Style: loved by America for all wrong reasons

Singer Psy performs "Gangnam Style".

The Chinese author Mo Yan may have won the Nobel Literature Prize, but the most popular, talked-about and imitated Asian artist of the moment in the United States is a pudgy South Korean guy with a goofy dance by the name of  Psy.

29 Oct 2012 - 2:56pm 4 comments

Tastemaker: Stacey Rodda, founder of Music Beyond Borders

RTHK Radio 4 presenter/producer Stacey Rodda grew up in New York with a fascination for the wider world, which led her to start the Music Beyond Borders concerts.Photo: Edward Wong

Music Beyond Borders, an annual event that brings to Hong Kong a range of artists and rarely heard music from around the world, is now celebrating its 10th anniversary. And the person we have to thank for the series is RTHK producer/presenter Stacey Rodda, a New Yorker who seems to have been destined to bring her international approach to Hong Kong.

28 Oct 2012 - 4:05pm

Globetrotting with Charley Lanyon

Globetrotting with Charley Lanyon

Tomorrow marks the end of Art Toronto, Canada's largest contemporary art fair. More than 100 galleries from Canada and abroad draw art lovers and gallery owners from around the world. 

28 Oct 2012 - 4:49pm

Play List: Sharon Briones, fashion stlyist and blogger

Play List: Sharon Briones, fashion stlyist and blogger

What I'm listening to: I recently returned from Burning Man after a week of "camping" at Robot Heart, one of the best dance camps in Black Rock City, in Nevada.

28 Oct 2012 - 3:41pm

Postcard: Los Angeles

Feng Shui is one of the films showing at the China Onscreen Biennial.

A Cultural Revolution-era ballet film, a briskly paced contemporary romantic comedy and an affecting portrayal of the lives of a working-class family represent the eclecticism of the debut edition of the two-week-long China Onscreen Biennial (COB) taking place in Los Angeles this month (with a smaller selection also being screened in the Washington, DC, area from October 26 to November 11).

28 Oct 2012 - 3:42pm

Film lead: Koji Wakamatsu a rebel to the end

Film lead: Koji Wakamatsu a rebel to the end

If the sudden death of Koji Wakamatsu earlier this month wasn't shocking enough, it was a loss to the film world tinged with even greater poignancy. For this had been an impressive year for the Japanese director, who tragically died from injuries sustained after he was hit by a taxi in Tokyo.

28 Oct 2012 - 3:38pm

Second Sight: 'Kora' by Du Jiayi

Bryan Chang plays a young man who embarks on a road trip inKora.

The debut directorial effort of Shanghai-born actor-producer Du Jiayi, Kora tells the story of a young man from Taiwan who embarks on a lengthy and arduous bicycle trip from Lijiang (in Yunnan province) to Lhasa, Tibet - one that his beloved elder brother had planned but was unable to go on prior to his untimely death. 

28 Oct 2012 - 3:39pm

Music: Bootleg Beatles keep Fab Four alive

The Bootleg Beatles are (from far left): Steve White (Paul McCartney), Andre Barreau (George Harrison), Hugo Degenhardt (Ringo Starr) and Adam Hastings (John Lennon).

This may be hard to believe but October 5 this year marked the 50th anniversary of the UK release of Love Me Do, The Beatles' first hit single.

28 Oct 2012 - 4:02pm

Blue notes: 'Sunken Condos' by Donald Fagen

Blue notes: 'Sunken Condos' by Donald Fagen

Judged by Donald Fagen's post-Steely Dan standards to date, six years between albums is a positively prolific rate of output.

28 Oct 2012 - 4:28pm

Rewind album: Sunshine Superman by Donovan

Rewind album: Sunshine Superman by Donovan

Donovan is best known for poppy hits such as the bouncy Mellow Yellow, but he began his career in the early 1960s as a guitar-strumming folkie. The British press even compared him favourably to Bob Dylan, which reportedly niggled the American.

28 Oct 2012 - 4:18pm

Album of the week: The Velvet Underground & Nico Super Deluxe Edition

Album of the week: The Velvet Underground & Nico Super Deluxe Edition

How could anyone in 1966 have hoped to get a grasp on The Velvet Underground's music? Some call the album that contains the band's earliest music the most influential record in rock history: certainly, it's hard to imagine what rock music would sound like today if the album had never existed. But it still feels mysterious and unknowable.

28 Oct 2012 - 4:49pm