Mass Media

Woman's body found floating in suitcase

A suitcase pulled out of Victoria Harbour by two swimmers yesterday was found to contain the corpse of a woman.

A murder investigation was launched after the grim discovery off Hung Hom, near the Harbourfront Landmark, at about 7.30am.

Thursday, 5 April, 2012, 12:00am

Media must respect right to privacy

Striking a balance between freedom of the press and the right to privacy is a notion universally accepted. But the experience in Hong Kong shows this is easier said than done. Keen competition often pushes tabloid-style papers and magazines to extremes when reporting on the private lives of celebrities, sometimes at the expense of media ethics and what is allowed by law.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Critics snared in microblog crackdown

A prominent mainland political commentator's microblogging accounts on three popular platforms were shut down on Saturday in the wake of an unprecedented clampdown on 'rumour-mongering' via Twitter-like weibo services.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Six degrees

Dame Edna Everage was due to give her Hong Kong possums a final farewell yesterday, before retiring from the stage after a 57-year outing. Adored by many, the dame has had her ups and downs. During a stint as agony aunt at Vanity Fair, she responded to a reader who had asked if she should learn Spanish by saying: 'Forget Spanish ... Who speaks it that you are really desperate to talk to?

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Bdy of horror

Scanners (1981)

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Red planet has whiff of cheese

Who is the first American who landed on Mars? John Carter from Virginia.

Disney once again tries to turn a novel - A Princess of Mars, this time - into a blockbuster. Directed by Andrew Stanton, this action-packed sci-fi movie has been renamed after the main character, John Carter.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Pioneer superhero

If the story of John Carter seems more than a little similar to most modern day sci-fi action-adventures, it's no accident. That's because Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of the main character in Disney's latest adventure movie, pioneered the genre a century ago.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

And the winner is ...

Oscar buzz is in the air. By this time tomorrow, the top honours in film will have been handed out. For some it will be heartbreak; for others, a momentous evening, filled with dream-come-true moments to end a wonderful year of movie-making. And for viewers of the 84th Academy Awards, it'll be all about red carpet outfits and predicting the winners.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Channel Hop

The subject (and title) of HBO series Luck (HBO; Mondays at 10pm) would seem to sell itself in a city like Hong Kong, where horse betting, based on both strategic data analysis and superstitious twinges, is a way of life.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Celebrating a love that was worth fighting for

Cyrus Lok and Angel Wong were the opposite of childhood sweethearts. 'It's strange how we fought all the time when we were in school. But I guess it was a way for me to say I liked her,' IT officer Cyrus, 27, said.

Cyrus and solicitor Angel, 27, are getting married today at the Sheraton hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, celebrating with more than 400 friends and relatives.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

Hong Kong's chief executive circus may have a new leading man

The chief executive election has descended into such a farce that we now have actor Andy Lau fending off suggestions from online users and fellow celebrities that he should run in the chief executive race.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Film

New Releases

Hugo (I)

See review on this page.

Love (IIA) (Mandarin)

See review on this page.

The Artist (IIA) (English intertitles)

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

'Dramatic pauses' help secure win

SKH Chan Young Secondary School beat Ning Po College to be crowned Division Three champions in the 12th Nesta-SCMP Debating Competition on Tuesday.

The event, held in the auditorium of Mariners' Club in Tsim Sha Tsui, was packed with supporters from the two schools and students and teachers who want to learn more about debating.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

The passing of an era

Sound may be such a crucial part of films today that it wins Oscars, but that wasn't always the case. Unlike today, when films contain spoken dialogue and sound synchronised to the action, films produced during the 'silent era' were, well, pretty much silent.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Another HK$1m rolls in for Operation Santa Claus

Hongkongers are still giving generously. Donations of almost HK$1 million since Operation Santa Claus 2011 officially wrapped up have taken the total raised to HK$17.5 million.

'Hong Kong people have shown incredible generosity despite the economic gloom,' said Wang Xiangwei, editor-in-chief of the South China Morning Post.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am