China film: Paramount wins, Bona bombs

Pedestrians walk past an 'Optimus Prime' replica built out of recycled auto parts at Wanda Square in Jinan, capital of eastern China's Shandong Province. Photo: Xinhua

New headlines from top Hollywood studio Paramount and publicly listed China filmmaker Bona Film are showing both the huge potential of the China box office, and also the fickle nature of the broader film industry.

Wednesday, 3 April, 2013, 10:00am

Teen's knife rampage leaves nine dead

A teenager who fell out with his girlfriend went on a rampage, stabbing at least nine people to death and injuring another four in a town in the northeast, Xinhua reported.

The 17-year-old's first victims were two relatives of the girlfriend. After killing them, he fled the scene, lashing out at passers-by as he went.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Photographer captures the hope as post-quake Japan rebuilds itself

Louis Choi Ka-fai, a full-time web designer and amateur photographer, boarded a flight to quake-hit northern Japan less than a month after the disaster struck on March 11 last year, and has since been back four more times.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Purton offers value

Gerald Mosse is the one to beat in the Jockey Challenge, but Zac Purton will be ready to swoop if the Frenchman falters and looms as the value despite only having six rides.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Models join challenge to help disadvantaged children - and that's the real beauty of it

Admit it, sexy sells - especially when the hoopla is for a good cause.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon (Film)

After the debacle that was Revenge of the Fallen, director Michael Bay faced a battle to regain the confidence of Transformers fans.

The third instalment was backed by a nearly US$200 million budget and green-lit by executive producer Steven Spielberg. Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon is an experience worthy of the franchise.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Sequel serves up thrilling ride

After the debacle that was Revenge of the Fallen, director Michael Bay faced a battle to regain the confidence of Transformers fans.

Yet backed by a nearly US$200 million budget, and green-lit by executive producer Steven Spielberg, Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon is an experience worthy of the franchise.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Frances McDormand Director: Michael Bay Category: IIA

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Space race, conflict and more in 3D

A strange, dark structure is seen crashing onto the moon's surface. Astronauts go to investigate, and stare in awe at what they find. A voice in the background booms: 'Our entire space race of the 1960s was in response to an event.'

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Bieber meets survivors

Youngsters from earthquake-stricken areas in Japan were treated to a visit by Justin Bieber. The Canadian superstar took a break from his concert tour to meet about a dozen children from villages destroyed by the tsunami. Bieber has already performed on a charity album that raised more than US$5 million for quake victims.

20 May 2011 - 12:00am


Joint exhibition of print works by Pauline Chan (including Transformers II, above), Liz Lau and Simon Lau. Mon-Sat, 11.30am-7.30pm, Art Beatus Gallery, 50 Peel St, Central. Inquiries: 2522.1138. Ends Sept 24

6 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Duo creates wordless magic

The seventh album from dance pioneers The Chemical Brothers, Further forgoes the vocal collaborations they've included in the past, shining the spotlight entirely on the instrumentals, to mind-blowing effect.

15 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Quake parents still seek justice over shoddy school buildings

The parents of children who died when schools collapsed in the earthquake that struck Sichuan two years ago have visited Beijing in an attempt to seek justice.

27 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Quake survivors still lack water and tents

Three days after the quake, many survivors in devastated Jiegu, the main town in Yushu county, Qinghai , were still in dire need of basic necessities, including water and tents.

18 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

When you think of giving, think of Wong Fuk-wing

Wong Fuk-wing was not a wealthy man, but he was more than equal to the most generous philanthropist. He gave what he could with what little he had to help the needy people of China: strength, truck-driving skills and a charitable demeanour. Ultimately, he made the biggest sacrifice, losing his life while saving victims of the Yushu earthquake.

16 Apr 2010 - 12:00am