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ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2013
Not content with just being a chop-socky princess, Ziyi Zhang has also tackled producing and playing a rom-com sweetheart. Her "Sophie's Revenge," which saw a limited U.S. run in 2009, proved such a box-office and critical hit in China that it has now spawned a new installment: "My Lucky Star," which finds Zhang reprising the Amélie Poulain-esque comic artist Sophie, who channels romantic longings through her very vivid imagination. She wins a trip to Singapore, where she meets the secret agent of her dreams and comic panels, David (Wang Leehom)
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2013
A handful of recent movies have served up sections of the life of 20th century kung fu master Ip Man, whose teachings, like the proverbial Velvet Underground myth about rock bands, spawned a generation's worth of martial artists (including Bruce Lee). Five years after the crowd-pleasing early-days action film "Ip Man," and on the heels of Wong Kar Wai's meditative epic "The Grandmaster," comes Herman Yau's so-so opus "Ip Man: The Final Fight. " Covering the Chinese legend's later years in British-controlled 1950s Hong Kong - here represented by colorful if backlot-obvious street sets - it features sturdy character actor Anthony Wong in the title role.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
A tour bus pulled up outside of a sun-baked strip mall in Monterey Park and 30 sightseers stepped out. They had come to behold Wing Hop Fung, a sprawling tea and herb emporium that moved here several years ago from Chinatown to serve the growing population of Chinese immigrants living in the San Gabriel Valley. With its barrels of dried ginseng and jasmine tea tastings, the store exemplifies the area's "complete transformation" from a one-time white suburb, tour guide Richard Schave explained.
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August 27, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
San Gabriel Valley residents are being urged to take precautions while outdoors after tests confirmed West Nile virus activity in three cities in the region, authorities said Tuesday. Positive tests were confirmed in samples taken from mosquitoes in the city of Arcadia and from three chicken flocks in Arcadia, Irwindale and Monterey Park, according to the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District. The samples were collected in the last few weeks from the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area in Irwindale, and an area near Garvey Ranch Park in Monterey Park.
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August 22, 2013 | By James Rainey and Jason Wells
A total of 55 people were injured when a charter bus bound for a casino overturned on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale on Thursday, snarling traffic as emergency crews responded with helicopters and an army of ambulances. The 10 a.m. crash stopped all traffic on the eastbound lanes just past the 605 Freeway interchange. Authorities said it was too early to tell how it happened. Witnesses said they saw the bus brake hard in the far left lane before it ended up on its side on the freeway's shoulder several lanes to the right.
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August 22, 2013 | By Jason Wells and James Rainey
Five passengers pulled from the tour bus that overturned Thursday morning on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale suffered “pretty basic blunt-force trauma injuries,” a hospital physician said. The passengers were among a group of eight who were determined to need immediate medical attention after they were removed from the bus, said Dr. Leo Rodriguez of Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. In all, more than 50 people were injured when the chartered tour bus overturned on the eastbound 210 just past the 605 Freeway interchange at about 10 a.m.  PHOTOS: Charter bus overturns on 210 Freeway The exact number of people injured fluctuated among the various agencies that responded to the crash, with one official putting the total at 55. The original estimate was closer to 30 people injured.
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August 12, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
When students in the Los Angeles Unified School District return to school on Tuesday, they'll be met with beefed-up security in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. For the upcoming year, the nation's second-largest school system has amped up the number of campus security aides monitoring elementary schools, funneling $4.2 million into 1,000 new positions, officials said. Most of those positions have been filled, said Steve Zipperman, chief of the district's police department.
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August 3, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Monterey Park officials are reliving a decades-old racial controversy as they revise a law regulating the use of English on signs. As part of a general revision of old codes, the City Council changed a law that required some English on storefront signs because of fears that the language in the measure was unconstitutional. A proposed amendment, to be considered this week, requires the use of "modern Latin" letters on storefront signs. It's actually a looser requirement than the old law, which called for English words, not just letters.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
Take the sex out of "Sex and the City" and transplant the action to Shanghai, and you'll have Guo Jinming's squeaky-clean "Tiny Times," in which four friends with a love of fur dresses and impossible heels swoon over boys. In deference to its teenybopper audience (or is it the censors?), these girls don't get naked - they barely even get kissed - but their pop star-handsome male co-stars are happy to strip off their shirts and pose like they've just wandered in from a cologne ad. Which they kinda have.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
"1 Mile Above" is a spare, at times lovely film based on the novel "Zhuan Shan" by Xie Wang Lin. Directed by Du Jiayi and adapted by Chang Chia-Lu and Cheng Hsiao-Che, it follows the true-life story of Shuhao (Bryan Chang), a 24-year-old graduate student who tackles the grueling bicycle trek across Southwest China that his recently deceased brother planned, but never finished. Shuhao, woefully ill-prepared for a trip that will traverse some of the highest - and most remote - regions of Tibet, ages before our eyes as he endures pain, exhaustion, harsh weather and many life-threatening hurdles to honor his late brother's spirit.
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