Oscar-winning US actor George Clooney, a newly-appointed Messenger of Peace of the UN, attended a briefing on UN peacekeeping missions Thursday, including one on strife-torn Darfur.
The Hollywood heartthrob, accompanied by parents, Nina and Nick Clooney, spoke at a meeting of countries contributing troops to UN peacekeeping operations around the world.
During his visit to UN headquarters, the US actor also gave a press conference, during which he shared his impressions of his recent tour of Darfur, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Clooney joins Elie Wiesel, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall, Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, Daniel Barenboim, Paulo Coelho and Midori Goto.
Berlin Film Festival organizers announced Thursday that a picture about the prisoner abuse scandal at Iraq's Abu Ghraib jail would become the first documentary ever to enter the competition.
Horror movie icon Freddy Krueger is sharpening his blades again and preparing for a comeback 24 years after making his screen debut in A Nightmare on Elm Street, reports said Wednesday.
Entertainment industry journal Daily Variety reported that studio giant New Line was in talks with production company Platinum Dunes over the possibility of a new series of films based on the character.
The chilling character, originally played by Robert Englund, became one of the most popular horror movie villains in history through the 1980s.
Heavyweight Hollywood producers Michale Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form will oversee the remake.
French star Marion Cotillard is in talks to star alongside Hollywood icon Johnny Depp in a Depression-era crime drama made by veteran director Michael Mann, it was reported Monday.
Cotillard, who is up for an Oscar at next month's Academy Awards for her portrayal of tragic singer Edith Piaf in The Passionate Life of Edith Piaf, is being tipped to play the girlfriend of bankrobber John Dillinger played by Depp, reports said.
The film is an adaptation of Bryan Burroughs' book Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-1934.
British actor Christian Bale, star of Batman Begins and the upcoming The Dark Knight, is in talks to play a detective hunting Dillinger.
Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro is in talks to direct two films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel The Hobbit, entertainment press reported Monday.
Del Toro, best known for his Oscar-winning 2006 drama Pan's Labyrinth, was on a shortlist of filmmakers deemed capable of adapting Tolkien's story for the big screen, the Hollywood Reporter said without indicating its sources.
Peter Jackson's is to act as executive producer on the two films, which will be shot back-to-back in 2009 and will be released 2010 and 2011, according to studio backers New Line and MGM.
A warts-and-all documentary about the life of Vaclav Havel during his time as Czech president premiered in Prague on Wednesday.
Citizen Havel was put together from 70 hours of footage shot between 1993 and 2005 by director Pavel Koutecky, a long time friend of Havel, production company Film&Sociologie said.
In the film, the former Czech leader is shown in the midst of negotiations to form a government, agonizing on the eve of a visit to hospital and trying to play the saxophone.
He is also shown recommending a top restaurant to the Rolling Stones, getting annoyed because his shirts are badly ironed and fretting during an official photo session.
In addition to a visit from the Rolling Stones to Prague Castle and a jazz performance by Bill Clinton in the capital, there are appearances from a series of top politicians, including former presidents George H.W. Bush, and Mikhail Gorbachev.
The film crew was given almost unlimited access to the atypical head of state who was propelled into power after the 1989 Velvet Revolution after the toppling of the communist regime.
Following the death of director Koutecky in an accident in 2006, the final compilation of the documentary was handed over to his colleague, Miroslav Janek.
"I had the possibility during a year to steer through a flood of incredible images. It was like seeing a big hunk of ham in a window which it was necessary to cut, piece by piece, to get the right result," he explained.
With his sugarcane juice stall at Monga Nightmarket (艋舺夜市) floundering due to COVID-19, things took a turn for the worse for Lin Chih-hang (林志航) when he was furloughed from a part-time job. The crowds are trickling back to this nightmarket in Taipei’s Wanhua District (萬華), but Lin is now so busy that he has hired a friend to run his stall. As the sole driver of the night market’s delivery service, established on April 12, Lin takes on an average of 20 orders on weeknights and over 60 on weekends, with his father helping out when he is too busy.
In Taiwan’s foothills, suspension bridges — or the remnants of them — are almost as commonplace as temples. “Suspension bridge” is a direct translation of the Chinese-language term (吊橋, diaoqiao), but it’s a little misleading. These spans aren’t huge pieces of infrastructure. The larger ones are just wide enough for the little trucks used by farmers. Others are suitable for two-wheelers and wheelbarrows. If one end is higher than the other, they may incorporate steps, like the recently-inaugurated, pedestrians-only Shuanglong Rainbow Suspension Bridge (雙龍七彩吊橋) in Nantou County. Because torrential rains hammer Taiwan during the hot season, the landscape is scarred by
May 25 to May 31 Three months before his 90th birthday in 2015, Chung Chao-cheng (鍾肇政) woke up shortly after midnight and experienced a inexplicable sense of clarity. “Suddenly, my mind started going all over the place. There were some recent memories, but also many that I thought I had long forgotten. They would appear and disappear from my brain one after another, and they were so clear, so lucid. Even the memories from 70, 80 years ago felt like they happened yesterday. I suddenly thought, if I still remember so much, why don’t I write everything down?” Despite his solid
Eslite Gallery will hold an open house at their new gallery tomorrow in Taipei’s Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. The doors to the new space will open at 4pm and will feature works by local and international artists. As a nod to the ongoing pandemic and Taiwan’s handling of it, the gallery also announced a project called Artivate, calling on 12 of its artists to emblazon details from their artwork on cloth masks. Participating local artists include Jimmy Liao (幾米), whose illustrated books with simple stories about people coping in the modern urban world have become hot sellers across Asia, and