Brad Takei, left, with attendees during DirecTV's "To be Takei" media reception at The General NYC on July 2, 2014 in New York City. There's been no shortage of important roles for George Takei to play. As Mr. Sulu, he helped "Star Trek" set a course for intergalactic fame and broke ground for Asian-American actors along the way. As a gay Japanese American, the discrimination he faced steered him toward human rights activism. He's fought for LGBT issues and put the spotlight on the internment of Japanese Americans during War World II, a dark chapter in U.S. history that he experienced first-hand when soldiers forced him out of his home at age 4. On top of that, he's also become a Facebook phenom with more than 7.5 million fans, many of whom seek levity from his daily postings of fan-generated images. All of which is to say that Takei, at 77, has lived long and prospered within a world that has tried to contain him behind barbed-wire fences - both real and virtual ones - since he was … [Read more...] about Live long and prosper: Mr. Sulu’s full life and the scenes you won’t see in ‘to be Takei’
Just the way you are movie
How many of us actually remember when we were two or three years old? I have to confess I do not remember that much until I started primary school. The odd fleeting memory of being pushed around in a pram and getting lots of attention is no bad thing. But what I do remember is having the love of my mother and father, and in particular idolizing my teachers at kindergarten (in Scotland we called it nursery) who gave you everything that you missed from being in the family home. Nursery school was doing exactly that, nursing you away from your mum and helping prepare you for your time ahead in primary school. When I speak to my mum on the phone, she will sometimes tell me that she met my old nursery or primary teacher and I can remember all their names. I think they were all women and spoiled me and my classmates. What men do not like to be spoiled by women, even at a very young age? Now with that in mind, you can understand that when I saw the story about the two pre-school … [Read more...] about Do you ever know if your kids are safe?
Talk Around Town (06-05-2009) Online maps lead way by Tien Thanh Whether we are going to explore a new place or just find a new restaurant in the city, we either ask for directions, or, if we are not cartographically challenged, consult our maps. The digital age, however, could soon make paper maps obsolete. With the advent of online maps, we are able not only to plan the most detailed itinerary but also find other things that conventional paper maps cannot. A native of the northern province of Bac Ninh, I went last week on a business trip to southern Vung Tau City, a place I did not know well. I wanted to explore the city so I decided to travel there by motorbike instead of a bus. I phoned Nguyen, a college friend, and he turned me on to a website with online map services. Just by typing the departure point and the arrival point, I got an excellent itinerary and all I had to do was print it and take it along. Google Maps. Many people know the website, which can help a person find any … [Read more...] about Online maps lead way
Vietnamese films should dispense with cheesy settings and subplots, resident critic says Scenes from Lua Phat (L) and Thien Menh Anh Hung (R) notable movies from the martial arts-action-fantasy stable about a Vietnamese hero who is torn between the need for violence and the desire for peace. Though imperfect, these films may pave the way for a viable brand of Vietnamese cinema. File photos Dustin Nguyen's action fantasy Lua Phat (Once Upon a Time in Vietnam), the most anticipated Vietnamese movie this summer, is alright; I give it 6/10. It has good special effects and decent romance. Lua Phat is about a group of Buddhist monks who become warriors to protect Vietnam from foreign invaders. These warriors, called the Masters, are bound by an oath: they must not harbor any personal feeling and anyone who deserts the military for whatever reason will be killed. The film starts with one of the Masters, Dao, played by Dustin Nguyen, going on a journey to find his former lover, … [Read more...] about Get rid of the frills, take Vietnamese movies to the world
Imagine the scenario: You are riding down the road on your motorbike on the way to work or a meeting without a care in the world, and boom you plunge a few meters under the road surface and maybe a few days later you are six feet under meeting your maker. Now holes, sometimes called death holes, appearing in the road are not unusual for Vietnam especially if you are brave enough to ride around the country's rural roads but when they appear on busy city streets, the alarm bells are ringing. My normal route to the office would see me go past the very same spot on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia-Ham Nghi crossroads in District 1 where a huge hole more than 3 meters long, 2 meters wide, and 1.5 meters deep was found on Saturday afternoon. It was reported that the hole was even getting bigger due to the help of strong water flow beneath. How did it happen? Well the road surface started to sink on Saturday and literally an accident was waiting to happen and after a truck passed over it, it finally … [Read more...] about How safe are Ho Chi Minh City’s streets?
Binh Minh became the country's number one male model after winning Vietnam's Asia Model Hunt Contest in 2002. Since then, he's starred in some 10 TV series and films, and even got married last month, to the disappointment of thousands of Vietnamese teenyboppers nationwide. In this Thanh Nien Daily interview, the "king" of the Vietnamese modeling industry speaks about his success, and what it took to make it. Many fans say you are too young to be married. What do you think? People say I was too quick to get married at 27. But to tell the truth, if I had met my present wife earlier, I would have married her when I was even younger. We dated for more than three years before deciding to marry. I am lucky to have her in my life. She is extremely sympathetic to my career, have a lot in common and share a deep mutual understanding. Does your wife, a manager at HCMC's five-star Caravelle Hotel, assist you with your business? Yes, she has helped me and my colleagues a great deal with … [Read more...] about The marrying man
A nine-hour music festival - Soundfest, in HCM City on April 14, which had the appearance of the Korean band Big Bang, made many fans exhausted and faint. Being held at the Phu Tho Stadium, the long-expected event drew more than 30,000 people. They went to the stadium from 1pm. After several hours standing under the sun, some fans began to faint at 6.30pm. Guards immediately brought them out of the crowd. After that, more and more people swooned. Some were stampeded by the crowd and wounded. The organizing board had to spray water onto the crowd. The show was halted for nearly one hour to save victims. Many people who took their kids to the event immediately left the stadium. Most of the fainted people were girls. “It is not new that Vietnamese fans get crazy because of Korean idols, but this is the first time I witnessed this terrible scene,” says Hoang Giang, from Tan Binh district. Two year ago, at the MTV Exit concert in Hanoi, which had the participation of … [Read more...] about Vietnamese fans fainted at music festival
What's wrong with the movie business? It's a question worth asking after a year in which DVD sales continued to decline, domestic attendance fell to its lowest level since 1992 and critics are griping that this has been one of the worst periods for movies in recent memory. At the dawn of 2012, TheWrap asked six industry experts what the future holds for Hollywood and what, if anything, can prevent the business from being a casualty of the digital revolution taking place around it. Wall Street expert Harold Vogel, analyst and author Edward Jay Epstein, producers Mike Medavoy and David Hoberman, critic Joe Morgenstern and director Gavin O'Connor all weighed in with a range of observations, from a pessimistic "there is no cure" to an optimistic view of burgeoning creativity among young artists. Here's a look at the film landscape from people who've seen the ups and downs of Hollywood over the years. (Interviews by Brent Lang, with assistance from Fred Schruers and Sharon … [Read more...] about What ails Hollywood? Six movie experts weigh in on a cure
Screening of "15 Ans et Demi" Fri 26 Aug 2011, 8 pm L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien, Hanoi You are invited to see the film "15 Ans et Demi" (15 and a Half) of director François Desagnat and Thomas Sorriaux. This highly predictable, yet moderately amusing tale of a widowed scientist (Daniel Auteuil) living 9 months a year in the USA, who returns to his French home to parent his teenage daughter, steers a well worn path in generational differences, yet has some flashes of humour and wit. Synopsis: "He has solved all problems with micro-biotic apart from one problem: his daughter!" Philippe Le Tallec, an outstanding scienctist who lives in American for the last 15 years now decides he must return to France to take care of his daughter Eglantine. He hopes to take advantage of this opportunity to build a closer relationship with his teenaged daughter and makes up for the lost time, however, his daughter has other things on her mind rather than spending time with her father… This holiday is … [Read more...] about EVENTS FROM AUGUST 26 TO SEPTEMBER 1
This year Vietnam’s movie industry has won new admirers for its innovation but the same cannot be said of television.2009 was a year of high achieving movies with filmmakers achieving both critical and commercial success. Art house movies like Choi Voi (Adrift), Trang Noi Day Gieng (The Moon at the Bottom of the Well), Dung Dot (Don’t Burn) all caught experts’ eyes at film festivals and audience’s attention at cinemas. Meanwhile more traditionally entertaining movies focus have also been praised. Bay Rong (Clash), featuring a hot actors Johny Tri Nguyen and Ngo Thanh Van, was truly an action movie. Meanwhile Khi Yeu Dung Quay Dau Lai (Don’t Look Back When You Are in Love) by Nguyen Vo Nghiem Minh, the director of Buffalo Boy, is a more romantic effort. Elsewhere there were horror films Miss Muoi and Chet Luc Nua Dem (Die at Midnight) while there was also Quang Dung’s Nhung Nu Hon Ruc Ro (Splendid Kisses) – a musical. Many … [Read more...] about Movies lead the way in 2009 while television lags behind