Entertainment Spotlight

  • Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’

    Posted by Ben Fong-Torres

    Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’
    By Ben Fong-Torres It’s short shrift time. I have a life that’s ripe (and slightly wrinkled) for blogs and tweeting; for facebooking and updating. I’m just no good at it. My last column here on AsianConnections was about the memorial in late July for my sister Shirley. My last posting on the authors’ site, Redroom, was about a radio promo tour I did (20 stops, all on the phone...

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  • July 16-28 Oscar® Nominee The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom airs on HBO

    Posted by Lia Chang

    On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, leaving 15,372 people confirmed dead and 7,762 reported still missing. In the wake of the largest earthquake in the country’s history, some people drew the courage to revive and rebuild from cherry-blossom season, which began within weeks of the tragedy.

    Oscar®-nominated this year for Best Documentary Short Subject, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom shows how nature can be a rejuvenating – as well as a destructive – force when it debuts Monday, July 16 (10:00-10:40 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Directed by Lucy Walker (the Oscar®-nominated documentary feature “Waste Land”), this poignant film debuts immediately after the debut of the SXSW Film Festival hit “Birders: The Central Park Effect,” which offers a different look at how nature touches people.

                Other HBO playdates: July 18 (12:15 p.m.), 24 (4:15 p.m.) and 28 (6:00 a.m., 3:15 p.m.)

                HBO2 playdate: July 18 (9:00 p.m.)

    The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom is a stunning visual poem about the ephemeral nature of life, and the healing power of Japan's most beloved flower. The nation is transfixed by cherry blossom season, which runs from late March through April, with many people tracking the blossoms’ short lifecycle and attending “hanami,” or viewing parties, with family and friends.

    Walker had originally planned to visit Japan to make a film about cherry-blossom season, but on March 11, 2011, while she was making final preparations for her trip, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck, triggering tsunami waves of up to 133 feet on Japan’s northeastern coast. Initially unsure whether to continue, she flew to Tokyo with a small film crew and headed north to the Tohuku region, where she captured both the utter devastation and stoic resolve of survivors, many of whom had lost family members and friends.

    The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom opens with harrowing home-video footage, shot...

  • Jeremy Lin plays in-home scavenger hunt with Jimmy Kimmel via Skype

    Posted by Suzanne Kai


    June 12, 2012

    TV late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel sent NBA stars Jeremy Lin and Roy Hibbert on an in-home scavenger hunt via Skype. During the contest Lin confirmed his knee was "good to go" confirming his successful recovering from knee surgery. Click here to view the video excerpt from the Jimmy Kimmel Live talk show. 


  • KABC-TV's David Ono's "Witness: The Power of a Picture" 40th Anniversary of "Napalm Girl"

    Posted by David Ono ABC7 News LA

    Witness:  The Power of a Picture

    A David Ono - ABC7 Eyewitness News Special

    KABC-TV Los Angeles


    Travel with ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor, David Ono to Vietnam on the 40th Anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize winning photo “Napalm Girl” which shows an innocent 9-year-old whose clothes were burned off her body by napalm during the Vietnam War.


    Airing Saturday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. PST



    Highlights of David Ono's powerful documentary are online at KABC-TV's website. The documentary initially aired on KABC-TV June 2, at 630 p.m. PST. 

    A photograph allows us to deeply examine a split second in time.  It’s an opportunity to freeze the world and absorb all the emotions, actions, consequences that are attached to that moment.     Photographer Nick Ut’s “Napalm Girl” did exactly that.  We saw an innocent child whose clothes were burned off her body, running naked, in seething pain.  Children, caught in the cross fire, would forever have an indelible face - Kim Phuc.  That moment changed us, providing a sobering clarity to how quickly innocent life can be shattered by war.  KABC-TV's David Ono travels back to Trang Bang, where, 40 years ago, a 21 year old photographer and a 9 year old girl collide to create one of the most important images of the 20th century.  It’s the story of Kim Phuc, Nick Ut and others who are helping to open the world’s eyes to the realities of war.        Related:

    ABC7 has aired these related stories which are viewable online:

    Vietnam War photographer Nick Ut recalls Pulitzer Prize-winning shot of girl running from napalm strike Kim Phuc, ‘Napalm Girl’ in iconic Vietnam War photo, discusses life-changing moment
  • June 1 - 3 - South Asian Film Festival Wash DC Spotlight: Interview with Samrat Chakrabarti, award winning actor and composer

    Posted by Lia Chang

    This weekend, Samrat Chakrabarti is one of the special guests at the inaugural Washington D.C. South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF 2012), sponsored by Ceasar Productions, which runs from Friday, June 1st, through Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland. The Festival brings together a wide variety of films from across South Asia and and includes films in Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Bengali, and Telegu.

    Samrat Chakrabarti Photo by Lia Chang

    Samrat Chakrabarti is featured in Ajay Naidu’s Ashes which screens on Saturday, June 2 at noon, Italo Spinelli’s gritty and disturbing Gangor, and Shome Banerjee’s experimental David Lynchian short Hotel New York 2012, which both screen on Sunday, June 3 at noon. Clickhere to purchase tickets.

    Shyam Benegal (Director of Well Done Abba!, Zubeidaa, Kalyug), Ketan Mehta (Director of Mangal Pandey, Mirch Masala, Maya), Deepti Naval (Memories in March, Firaaq, Shakti), Rajit Kapur (Guzaarish, Well Done Abba!, Zubeidaa), and Raima Sen (Memories in March, The Japanese Wife, Teen Patti) are scheduled to attend.

    The festival kicks off Friday night with an exclusive opening night red carpet gala featuring Shyam Benegal’s classic film Mammo, and continues throughout the weekend closing with Deepti Naval’s directorial debut Do Paise ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane ki Baarish. Highlights of the weekend include a Shyam Bengal retrospective, acting and filmmaking workshops, short films directed by local artists, and the Washington DC premieres of a number of exciting new films. The campus is located just a short shuttle ride from the Shady Grove Metro Station and 40 minutes outside of downtown Washington. For more information check out the website.

    The cast of Ravi Kapoor’s The Five

    Included on Elle Magazine India’s Hot 100 to Watch List alongside Freida Pinto, Ajay Naidu and others, Samrat Chakrabarti has had the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of his labor a lot lately.

    In April, the award...