September 12, 2007

Michelle Yeoh to receive French honor

The following article is taken from Variety:

HONG KONG (Sept 10 2007) – Seems Michelle Yeoh, one of Asia 's favorite actresses, is also a hit with the French cultural elite.

The Malaysian-born actress who attained fame as the Hong Kong film industry's top female action star in the 1990s, is to receive the Legion of Honor (Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur), a French civil honor.

The medal will be presented to her at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 3.

Yeoh, whose credits include "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Tomorrow Never Dies," most recently starred in the Asik Kapadia-helmed "Far North," which preemed last week in Venice . She will next be seen in Roger Spottiswoode-directed "The Children of Huang-shi" and French director Mathieu Kassovitz's " Babylon A.D."

September 10, 2007

3:10 To Yuma

This is the number one movie in the U.S this week. It has been a while since a western hit the number one spot. The last critically acclaimed film of note in that genre was 1992's "Unforgiven," starring Clint Eastwood.

The movie stars Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.

In this remake of the 1957 movie, Bale plays a small-time rancher who has to deliver a murderous outlaw, played by Crowe, to theboth of them tries to square off against each other physically and psychologically.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

After months of anticipation, Shia LaBeiouf has finally spilled the beans on the title of the new Indiana Jones movie.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Shia announced the title during the MTV Video Music Awards yesterday.

The movie will open on May 22 (Memorial Day) 2008.

September 6, 2007

Pavarotti dies at age 71

Just received this sad news from Associated Press:
ROME (Sept 6 2007) - Luciano Pavarotti, whose vibrant high C's and ebullient showmanship made him the most beloved and celebrated tenor since Caruso and one of the few opera singers to win crossover fame as a popular superstar, died Thursday. He was 71.

His manager, Terri Robson, told the AP in an e-mailed statement that Pavarotti died at his home in Modena, Italy, at 5 a.m. local time. Pavarotti had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and underwent further treatment in August.

The Maestro fought a long, tough battle against the pancreatic cancer which eventually took his life. In fitting with the approach that characterised his life and work, he remained positive until finally succumbing to the last stages of his illness," the statement said.
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