Bow and arrow take the world by storm

John David Burnes of Canada takes aim during his men's individual 1/32 elimination archery round at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Photo: Reuters

Elite archers were competing this week in the World Cup series in Antalya, Turkey, the first major event since the sport was elevated by the IOC to a higher ranking that will ensure a bigger share of Olympic revenues every four years.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 9:51am

Esther Williams a star in the pool and on the silver screen

Esther Williams rehearses her underwater ballet for the movieZiegfeld Folliesin 1944. Photo: AP

Esther Williams, the self-described "Million Dollar Mermaid", whose wholesome beauty, shapely figure and aquatic skills launched an entire genre of movies - the Technicolor "aqua musicals" - died on June 6 at the age of 91. She was remembered for her Hollywood fame but also her influence on fashion and on synchronised swimming, the Olympic sport inspired by her cinematic water ballet.

16 Jun 2013 - 9:51am

Breaking the rules: James Franco

James Franco as a gangster in Spring Breakers.

James Franco believes in exploring the many aspects of creativity beyond acting. That's why he's also directing, writing and studying for his PhD, he tells Doretta Lau

16 Jun 2013 - 3:26pm

First among sequels

Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi in Pacific Rim. Photo: AP

Hollywood is banking on the future this summer – and not just a future where Captain James T. Kirk orders warp speed or Tony Stark builds a better Iron Man outfit.

5 May 2013 - 5:41pm

Blocks of Hong Kong destroyed... but don't worry, it's only a movie

A Chinese robot defends its land from a monsters' attack in Pacific Rim. Photo: SCMP

It's the stuff of movies: a 25-storey-tall robot drags an oil tanker through the streets of Hong Kong, creating a trail of destruction, to face off with a sea monster. Hong Kong's not new to Hollywood, but more and more foreign filmmakers are finding the city's appeal to moviegoers around the world is worth putting their money on.

2 Apr 2013 - 9:45am 1 comment

Shining a light on a Chinese-American female film pioneer

Documentary filmmaker S. Louisa Wei. Photo: May Tse

The name Esther Eng may not ring a bell with many people, even Chinese film buffs, but S. Louisa Wei is determined to remedy this situation with Golden Gate, Silver Light, her documentary about the pioneering Chinese-American filmmaker that is making its world premiere at this year's Hong Kong International Film Festival.

31 Mar 2013 - 3:00pm

Soft power doesn't Die Hard, it fades

America's power and promise always delivered first with an impressive bang, until reality sinks in. Photo: NYT

Hollywood's action movie franchises inevitably went downhill. Perhaps this is a stand-in metaphor for America's power and promise, always delivered first with an impressive bang, until reality sinks in. First-time readers of the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence felt that bang too, until they learned more about the reality of empire.

14 Feb 2013 - 1:29am 3 comments

WikiLeaks film a massive propaganda attack, Assange seethes

Benedict Cumberbatch (left) as Julian Assange, opposite Daniel Bruhl as WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Photo: AP

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lashed out at a big-budget Hollywood film about his secret-spilling website, calling the movie "a massive propaganda attack".

Speaking to students at Britain's Oxford University by videolink from the Ecuadoran embassy in London, Assange revealed he had acquired a copy of the script for The Fifth Estate, due to be released in November.

25 Jan 2013 - 3:05am

Hollywood steps out for pre-Oscars Golden Globes awards

2013 Golden Globe Award Nominees For Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical. Photo: AFP

Hollywood hits the red carpet on Sunday for the Golden Globes, Tinseltown’s biggest pre-Oscars awards show, with Steven Spielberg, Ben Affleck and Quentin Tarantino among those eyeing major prizes.

12 Jan 2013 - 12:24pm

Hillary Clinton's tale makes Hollywood list for movie ideas

Hillary Clinton. Photo: AFP

A talented female lawyer negotiates a man's world, brings to justice the most corrupt politician in the land, and romances the future president of the United States for good measure.

No, it's not Legally Blonde 3, it's the true story of Hillary Rodham Clinton - coming to you in time to swing the 2016 presidential election.

20 Dec 2012 - 3:53am

Hollywood sign gets long overdue makeover with 1,300 litres of paint

The freshly painted sign on top of Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills north of Los Angeles. The makeover comes in advance of the sign's 90th birthday next year. Photo: AFP

The refurbished Hollywood sign has been presented in all its freshly painted glory after its biggest makeover in 35 years, in time for 90th birthday celebrations next year.

More than 1,300 litres of fresh white paint was applied over the last two months to the Tinseltown icon, which sits atop Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills north of Los Angeles.

6 Dec 2012 - 6:00am

Hollywood costumes play starring role in exhibition

"Hollywood Costumes" at the Victoria & Albert uses multimedia to illustrate its subjects includingPirates of the Caribbean.Photos: V&A Images, Walt Disney Pictures

For exhibition designer Roger Mann and his team at Casson Mann, the biggest challenge behind their stunning new show "Hollywood Costumes", at London's Victoria & Albert Museum, was to make the clothes look as animated as they do on the big screen.

25 Nov 2012 - 5:49pm

Apology offered over 1947 Hollywood 'communist blacklist'

'The Hollywood Reporter' founder Billy Wilkerson and son Willie Wilkerson in 1952. Photo: AP

The son of The Hollywood Reporter founder Billy Wilkerson is apologising for his father's and the trade paper's role in the 1947 "Hollywood blacklist" that destroyed the careers of writers, actors and directors accused of having communist ties.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:05am

Made-in-China films lose market share to US movies

The market share held by Chinese-made films has dropped by about 12 per cent this year and now accounts for just 41.4 per cent of all ticket sales on the mainland - a development regulators attribute to the increased access granted to Hollywood films as a result of China's commitments to the WTO.

12 Nov 2012 - 5:39am

Briefs, October 28, 2012

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28 Oct 2012 - 3:27am