Art and Culture

With world altering events in play, Marvel sees big changes for its ‘Ultimate universe’ line

It’s the end of the world for Marvel’s Ultimate universe, but it’s a beginning, too. Fourteen years after its creation by Marvel Entertainment as a modern, grittier and contemporary take on Marvel’s characters, the publisher is pushing forward with new efforts to reinvigorate its universe where the dead remain so and disaster, discord and ultimately …

Chinese microfilm’s popularity turns it into feature length movie, showing online video power

BEIJING—A pivotal online microfilm, “Old Boys,” which was watched by tens of millions and helped to establish the genre in China, is being made into a feature-length movie. The filmmakers presented a trailer for the film at a news conference Thursday in Beijing and said it would be shown in Chinese cinemas in May. The …

Chinese director Zhang Yimou fined $1.2M for flouting 1 child family planning rule

BEIJING—Famed film director Zhang Yimou must pay more than $1.2 million in fines for having three children in violation of China’s strict family planning rules, officials said Thursday. A district government in the eastern city of Wuxi said in an online statement that investigators concluded that the director of “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” …

Hong Kong movie and TV mogul Run Run Shaw dies at 107

HONG KONG—Run Run Shaw built a Hong Kong movie and TV empire that nurtured rising talents like actor Chow Yun-fat and director John Woo, inspired Hollywood filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and produced the 1982 sci-fi classic “Blade Runner.” Shaw’s prolific studio helped bring kung fu films to the world but he also passed on …

Tony winner Jim Norton joins cast of Broadway’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ with James Franco

NEW YORK—Jim Norton will join James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in the Broadway revival of “Of Mice and Men.” Producers said Monday that Norton, whose recent credits include “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and a Tony Award-winning turn in “The Seafarer” will play aging ranch handyman Candy. The story by John Steinbeck centres on big-dreaming …

Pangangaluluwa: How Filipinos remember the departed

The Filipinos have made a festivity out of an otherwise mundane albeit solemn task of paying respects to the dead. While Westerners think of Halloween as a night to dress up in costumes and be whoever you want to be and an excuse to eat as much candy as humanly possible, Filipinos see it as …

Pinoy Comforts

Since Saturday, Metro Manila and its neighboring areas have been pummeled by the steady pour of torrential rains brought about by the southwest monsoon which was further intensified by Tropical Storm ‘Maring’ – the best supporting actress of all weather events. We Filipinos take pride in being one of the happiest races in Asia, if …

Ready, Set, Shoot: Photography Tips from a Pro

“Photography preserves history – it documents the past and brings back memories for our future.” Ferdz Decena has been taking photos of various subjects since he was a teenage boy with a toy camera. Growing up in a family of travel-loving shutterbugs immersed him to a life beyond the four walls of his room and …

From ghost-proofing to sealing in good luck: a home-buyer’s guide to house-hunting

Moving into a new place can be very exciting and very laborious at the same time. It involves a lot of preparations — from choosing where you’re going to live, to hiring the moving van, to bubble-wrapping your belongings and so forth. But in some parts of the world, moving into a new house entails …

Filipino hired in “Apprentice Asia”

MANILA, Philippines—A Filipino is finally hired in “Apprentice Asia.” 11 weeks is all that Filipino product manager Jonathan Allen Yabut needed to prove that he is the most worthy candidate in the region. Yabut, who is a University of the Philippines graduate, bested 11 other promising apprentices from China, Singapore and Malaysia to win in …

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