Art and Culture

400 pieces of copper heiress Clark’s art, furniture, and more to be sold at Christie’s in NYC

NEW YORK—Art, musical instruments, Gilded Age furniture and rare books from a reclusive copper heiress’ private trove will be sold this spring, Christie’s auction house said, after a feud over her estate was settled this past fall. The approximately 400 pieces from Huguette Clark’s collection include a number of items never before on view to …

‘Gravity’ may exert force in Oscar nominations on Thursday morning

The force of “Gravity” may be about to exert itself on Hollywood’s awards season. When Academy Award nominations are announced Thursday morning from Beverly Hills, Calif., Alfonso Cuaron’s 3-D space adventure will likely rival “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” in a close contest for most-nominated film. Though much of the season has been …

Philippine Madrigal singers wows Filipino, Hong Kong public during its MABUHAY PHILIPPINES! tour

The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong, in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)-Cultural Exchange Department (CED), presented the Philippine Madrigal Singers, famously known as The MADz, who conducted a three-day event series in Hong Kong from January 10 to 12. This project is part of CCP-CED’s Mabuhay Philippines! program. The group, …

Arctic architecture Canada’s entry to Venice Biennale

From the land of snowdrifts to the city of canals—five designs that use architecture to address the realities of Inuit life in Nunavut are Canada’s entry to this year’s Venice Biennale, one of the world’s top showcases for builder’s art. “We all have the images of the Arctic that we get in National Geographic,” said …

Discovery Channel set to launch first ever scripted venture ‘Klondike’

PASADENA, Calif.— Is there gold in them thar miniseries hills? Discovery Channel thinks so. The U.S. cable network is set to launch its first-ever scripted venture “Klondike.” The six-hour, three-night miniseries begins Jan. 20 on Discovery Canada before continuing the following Tuesday and Wednesday. Scottish actor Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”), Abbie Cornish (“RoboCop”), Tim …

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 …