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October 30, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer and Bill Dwyre
Jockey Ryan Moore might be overqualified if he ever wants to be a contestant on the TV series "The Amazing Race," considering his travel itinerary for the next two months. He was in Toronto on Sunday riding Joshua Tree to victory in the Canadian International. On Friday and Saturday, he'll be at Santa Anita riding six European-trained horses in the Breeders' Cup World Championships. He has a flight booked on Saturday night to Australia, where he'll be riding in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.
October 17, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
A man attacked director Michael Bay with an air conditioner on the Hong Kong set of "Transformers: The Age of Extinction" on Thursday. A statement the studio released described "a bizarre encounter with a man allegedly under the influence of a narcotic substance. " "The man, who had earlier accosted several other crew members, rushed onto the set in Quarry Bay and swung the air conditioning unit directly at Bay's head," the statement said. "The director ducked and wrested the air conditioner from his attacker, preventing what could have been a serious accident.  The company's security team quickly stepped in and subdued the assault.
October 17, 2013 | By Martin Tsai
"Lost for Words" is an unlikely romance set in Hong Kong between an American on an information-technology assignment and a Chinese ballerina newly arrived to join a dance company. Michael (Sean Faris of "Never Back Down") is an ex-Marine who is emotionally preoccupied because of a separation. The virginal Anna (Grace Huang of "The Man With the Iron Fists") is the product of a strict Catholic upbringing. Even in this megalopolis, the two manage to cross paths three times before their formal introduction.
October 13, 2013 | By Noel Murray
A Hijacking Magnolia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98 Available on VOD beginning Oct. 15 The Tom Hanks hijacking-at-sea thriller "Captain Phillips" is sure to be one of the year's most talked-about films, but cinephiles also should check out director Tobias Lindholm's tense drama "A Hijacking," starring Soren Malling as a ruthless Danish shipping magnate who discovers the limits of his negotiating power when one of his freighters is seized by...
September 22, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
Dennie Gordon, who has directed U.S. films such as "What a Girl Wants" (2003) and "New York Minute" (2004) and numerous American TV shows, including "Burn Notice" and "30 Rock," recently helmed her first movie in China, "My Lucky Star. " A romantic comedy with a dash of James Bond-y adventure, it stars Ziyi Zhang of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" fame and Leehom Wang, a Taiwanese American singer and actor. In "My Lucky Star," Zhang plays Sophie, an aspiring cartoonist who wins a trip to Singapore and crosses paths with a dashing secret agent (Wang)
September 21, 2013 | By Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore
HONG KONG - There is a scene near the beginning of Wong Kar Wai's "The Grandmaster" in which the main character, the martial arts expert Ip Man, expounds on the ethos of his practice. "Kung fu: two words. One horizontal, one vertical - if you're wrong, you'll be left lying down. If you're right, you're left standing - and only the ones who stand have the right to talk. " Lately it seems filmmakers can't talk enough about Ip Man. Born in southern China in 1893, he was notable for having taught the iconic Bruce Lee and popularizing the Wing Chun school of kung fu. Though he died in poverty and exile in Hong Kong in 1972, Ip has become an almost mythical figure featuring in multiple films in recent years.
September 4, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden had asked Russia for help before he flew to Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a wide-ranging interview with First Channel, a Russian federal television network, and the Associated Press. Snowden, who leaked classified U.S. national security documents to several media outlets, met with Russian diplomats in Hong Kong before he flew to Russia, Putin said in the televised interview recorded Tuesday at Putin's country residence of Novo-Ogaryovo near Moscow and posted on the official Kremlin website.
August 28, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Every September, Hong Kong glows with lantern light to mark the Mid-Autumn Festival, based on an ancient Chinese harvest tradition. It's a time when moon cakes are eaten too. Cathay Pacific has a fall sale on airfares between L.A. and Hong Kong that might make going a reality: round-trip flights starting at $849. The deal: Flights are good from San Francisco or Los Angeles to Hong Kong during the sale period . The price applies to flights Mondays through Thursdays only. When: The offer is good through 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, based on availability.
August 26, 2013 | By Khristina Narizhnaya
MOSCOW -- American secrets-leaker Edward Snowden ended up in Moscow accidentally, after Cuba, under U.S. pressure, blocked entry to the former National Security Agency analyst, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported, citing unnamed Russian and Western government sources. “His choice of itinerary and his request for help were an absolute surprise for us. We did not invite him,” a Russian official told the newspaper. However, Western countries suspect that the Russians asked Snowden to come to their consulate in Hong Kong, where he was hiding from U.S. authorities after leaking information about the NSA's widespread spying.
August 23, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Wong Kar Wai is known as an international master of moody romance, making films filled with a yearning melancholy. His "In the Mood for Love" was the only film from this century to make the Top 25 of a recent Sight & Sound poll of the greatest films of all time. So news that he was making a kung fu film tracing the life of Ip Man, who would famously go on to train Bruce Lee, caught many of his fans off-guard. Playing now in Los Angeles, the long-awaited film has already been the biggest commercial hit of Wong's career in China, even with its unlikely combination of a rousing martial arts story and a moving tale of romantic longing.
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