Actress victim of fraud
Lust, Caution actress Tang Wei (湯唯 ) fell victim to a US$35,000 fraud after being persuaded over the telephone to wire money to a suspect, Xinhua news agency reported yesterday. Citing police, Xinhua reported that Tang was filming in Shanghai on Saturday afternoon when she received a call and was persuaded to go to a bank and wire 210,000 yuan (US$35,000). Xinhua said police were investigating after receiving a report from Tang. The actress shot to international fame playing a Chinese student activist who seduces a Japanese-allied spy chief in the World War II-era thriller Lust, Caution. Her politically sensitive role as a traitor in the 2007 movie led to a three-year reported blacklisting by film officials.
US hypnotist falls to death
A US stage hypnotist in Sydney as part of a touring magic troupe died after plunging several stories from an apartment balcony, reports said yesterday. Scott Lewis, a hypnotist-entertainer with a long-running Las Vegas show, fell to his death from a balcony on Friday night, according to widespread media reports. Lewis was performing at the Sydney Opera House, which confirmed his death in a statement. The Daily Telegraph newspaper said Lewis’ body was found on a fourth-floor balcony, seven floors below his apartment, on Saturday morning after he failed to join the company bus for an 11am matinee performance at the Opera House. Lewis was dead when police and ambulance crews arrived. His death is not being treated as suspicious, but police are investigating whether he fell while trying to climb to another balcony.
Legs bared on commute
Trains and trams in the nation’s major cities were awash with bare legs and briefs yesterday as pranksters traveled trouserless for the world’s 13th annual “No Pants Subway Ride.” Since its first staging by US group Improv Everywhere in New York in 2002 with just seven people, No Pants Subway Ride has gone global, with thousands of people now joining the stunt in capital cities across the globe. Commuters in Hong Kong and Beijing also participated yesterday. The premise is simple: Participants convene on a given transport route on Jan. 13 every year without trousers on, and ride the rails (or road) for shock value and laughs. Underpants must be worn and, although flashy designs are allowed, organizers prefer those involved to look — at least from the waist-up — as though they are going about their daily lives.