September 24, 2013 |
Ai Weiwei will join the jury of the annual Stockholm Film Festival, although it's questionable if the Chinese dissident artist will be able to attend. The panel, mostly composed of film industry professionals, each year reserves one seat for an artist outside of film, which Ai will fill, organizers announced Monday. Festival director Git Scheynius said the artist was chosen for the panel to symbolize the repression of artists and journalists. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The political activist is hard to reach: He is without Internet access and his travel outside of China is prohibited, according to reports.
September 22, 2013 |
BEIJING - China's richest man, Wang Jianlin, announced plans Sunday to build what he is touting would be the world's largest movie studio. An $8.2-billion project to be named the Oriental Movie Metropolis, the development is to consist of 20 studios and a permanent underwater stage. It is to be located an hour outside Qingdao, a coastal city with more than 8.7 million people. Wang, 58, the son of a Red Army veteran, is the billionaire owner of Dalian Wanda Group Corp., which last year acquired movie theater chain AMC Entertainment Inc. He was ranked this month as China's richest man by the Hurun Report, which publishes its findings in Forbes magazine.
September 21, 2013 |
BEIJING - Bo Xilai, at one time the most potent challenger to the current Chinese Communist Party leadership, was sentenced Sunday to life in prison for corruption. The unexpectedly harsh sentence is likely to be interpreted as a sign of just how anxious the Chinese government is to get the 64-year-old Bo, a telegenic politician in the American mold, off the political stage. For the first time since the former Chongqing Communist Party secretary was purged last year, Chinese media released a photograph of him. He wore a white shirt and black trousers instead of a prison uniform, but was flanked by two taller police officers apparently picked to minimize his 6-foot-1 height.
September 18, 2013 |
A little more than six months after Chinese TV maker TCL paid $5 million for the naming rights to Grauman's Chinese Theatre, another Chinese company is spending $20 million to boost its own brand recognition in Hollywood. The Dalian Wanda Group, which last year purchased U.S. movie chain AMC Theatres for $2.6 billion, has donated $20 million to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for its new film museum, slated to open in 2017. In recognition of the gift - the museum's second-largest after music mogul David Geffen's $25-million contribution - the museum's film history gallery will be named the Wanda Gallery.
September 17, 2013 |
You may, in the course of your travels, alight at New Bay Seafood, in a building that has been home to approximately a trillion Hong Kong-style restaurants since it began as Jumbo Seafood in the first San Gabriel Valley Chinese restaurant-boom in the early 1980s. And if you are familiar with the vaguely Southeast Asian Chiu Chow cooking popularized at nearby Newport Seafood, the trilingual menu, written in Chinese, Vietnamese and English, will hold few surprises: cubed filet mignon sauteed in a peppery brown sauce; snow pea leaves stir-fried with garlic; crunchy salt-and-pepper squid, and spicy basil leaf clams.
September 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A day after United Nations inspectors confirmed a nerve gas attack in Syria, the European Union's foreign policy chief joined many of America's closest allies in demanding that Syria's leaders be brought to justice for what U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called a war crime. That isn't likely to happen, however. In addition to Russian and Chinese objections, the Obama administration has withheld support, partly because it doesn't want to jeopardize any deal that might end the bloodshed in Syria.
September 12, 2013 |
Documentaries by their nature are prisoners of their moment in time. If they are fortunate, as the makers of "Red Obsession" are, that moment, even if it's brief, will be able to hold our interest. "Red Obsession," as it turns out, is a title that references two specific situations. One is the passion wine lovers worldwide have for the great Bordeaux reds, premier cru or first-growth vineyards such as Chateau Latour, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Lafite Rothschild. The second is what happens when those wines catch the attention of the moneyed classes of that populous land once known to headline writers everywhere as Red China.
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September 7, 2013 |
For 43 years, a pair of neon dragons danced above the marquees at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. When the dragons came down in a 2001 restoration, the Museum of Neon Art was supposed to get one of them. Instead, the theater owners kept the signs -- and they wound up exposed to the elements in a prop yard off the 5 Freeway. There they got rusted and busted. One had been thrown on top of the other, which began to collapse under the weight. Their glass was broken and their complex wiring was shot.
September 4, 2013 |
HUNCHUN, China -- The Chinese railroad official whose house in the Los Angeles suburb of Walnut drew the attention of anti-corruption investigators has been charged with accepting nearly $8 million in bribes, state media reported. Zhang Shuguang, 57, is alleged to have taken the money from contractors building China's high-speed rail lines. His indictment follows the conviction in June of former Railroad Minister Liu Zhijun, who was handed a suspended death sentence for accepting more than $10 million.
September 4, 2013 |
BEIJING - The Beijing Independent Film Festival has a long history of absurd run-ins with the Chinese authorities, but this year's edition opened in such a Kafka-esque manner it could have been penned by an indie scriptwriter. It began in mid-August with festival director Wang Hongwei announcing to the audience assembled in the Fanhall Center for Arts that "due to unforeseen circumstances," the opening film could not be screened. "Of course we all knew what those circumstances were," said Jenny Man Wu, a director whose short feature "Some Sort of Loneliness" was on the festival roster.