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

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres - on Tuesday, 27 December 2011

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 in my home office) for my Eagles book. On my own home page, the last thing was about hanging with...

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Brokeback Mountain is one of American Film Institute's Ten Best

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 12 December 2005

American Film Institute names Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" as one of the ten best movies of the year.

American Film Institute names Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" as one of ten movies receiving AFI Awards for 2005. "Capote", "Crash", "The 40-Year Old Virgin", "Good Night and Good Luck", "A History of Violence", "King Kong", "Munich", "The Squid and the Whale", and "Syriana" complete the picks for AFI movies of the year.

AFI's almanac records the year's most outstanding achievements in film and television. AFI TV programs of the year include: 24, "Battlestar Galactica","Deadwood", "Grey's Anatomy", "House", "Lost", "Rescue Me", "Sleeper Cell", "Sometimes in April", and "Veronica Mars".

AFI AWARDS celebrate the collaborative nature of film and television by recognizing film and television creative ensembles as a whole-those people in front of and behind the camera.

AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the honorees at a luncheon on Friday, January 13, 2006, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

About the American Film Institute
AFI is a national institute providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media. AFI trains the next generation of filmmakers at its world-renowned Conservatory, maintains America's film heritage through the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and explores new digital technologies in entertainment and education through the AFI Digital Content Lab and K-12 Screen Education Center. AFI.com.

New York Film Critics love Ang Lee, 2046 and How's Moving Castle

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 12 December 2005

"Brokeback Mountain" named Best Picture of 2005 while director Ang Lee was named Best Director for the same film by the New York Film Critics Circle

"Brokeback Mountain" scored with the New York Film Critics Circle with nods for Best Picture, Best Director for Ang Lee and Best Actor for Heath Ledger. The 30 member group voted for its 71st annual awards for excellence in cinema today at the Algonquin Hotel in New York.

Wong Kar Wai's "2046" was selected as Best Foreign-Language Film, with "2046" lensmen Christopher Doyle, Lai Yiu Fai and Kwan Pun Leung sharing honors for Best Cinematography. Hayao Miyazakis animated adventure "Howl's Moving Castle, " was named Best animated feature.

Werner Herzog will be honored for two of the Best Non-Fiction Films for his documentaries "Grizzly Man" and "White Diamond" and Best First Film was given to filmmaker Bennett Miller for "Capote." "The Squid and the Whale" written by Noah Baumbach was voted Best Screenplay.

Reese Witherspoon was named was named Best Actress for "Walk the Line." The award for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress went to William Hurt and Maria Bello for their work in "A History of Violence."

NEW YORK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE
The New York Film Critics Circle is comprised of critics from daily and weekly newspapers and magazines based in New York. The group is the oldest critical group in America and its annual awards are considered a precursor of the Oscar nominations. Newsday film critic Gene Seymour, the NYFCCs current chairman, will host the groups award dinner January 8, 2006, at Ciprianis 42nd Street in Manhattan.

NYFCC official website, www.nyfcc.com.

Angi Ma Wong's Who Ate My Socks?

Posted by AC Team on Sunday, 11 December 2005

Meet Angi Ma Wong at a book talk and signing for her new book "Who Ate My Socks?" at the Chinese American Museum in LA on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005.

Meet Angi Ma Wong at a book talk and signing for her delightful new children's book "Who Ate My Socks?" at the 2nd Anniversary celebration of the Chinese American Museum, 425 Los Angeles Street in Los Angeles at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005.

What happens to the millions of pairs of socks given and received as gifts during the holidays? Soon after the new year, many recipients will be asking the age-old question: to where have single socks disappeared? Written in humorous rhyme and colorfully illustrated by Angi, "Who Ate My Socks?" (Pacific Heritage Books) gives children and adults alike a chance to meet a ravenous monster with an appetite for everyones favorite socks.

This is Angi's second childrens book as she takes a break from authoring fifteen consecutive feng shui titles for four publishers. A Spanish-language version is planned for release in spring 2006.

Angi is a lifelong educator who created a bonus "Teaching Moments" (Pre-School to Adult) for Parents and Educators tool to help time-strapped adults use the book as a teaching tool, and which is downloadable free from www.pacificheritagebooks.com. Her first book for young people, "Night of the Red Moon", was nominated by the California Library Association for the John and Patricia Beatty Award for childrens literature that showcases California history and culture.

Angi has already completed the manuscript for her next project "REGGIE the L.A. Gator", based on the true story of a pet alligator that was abandoned in a park lake last summer a few miles from her home. Still eluding capture, the reptile is hibernating during the winter while Wong illustrates her book.

Angi is a two-time cancer survivor and a popular speaker on feng shui, stress relief and liberating parents with her Golden Rule for Family Harmony:...

Ang Lee receives Best Director nod from Los Angeles Film Critics

Posted by AC Team on Sunday, 11 December 2005

Director Ang Lee named Best Director by Los Angeles Film Critics Association and his "Brokeback Mountain" is their Best Picture of the Year choice. LAFCA's 31st annual achievement awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Los Angeles. www.lafca.net

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) has kicked off awards season by voting "Brokeback Mountain" as Best Picture of the Year for 2005, and honoring Ang Lee, director of the gay cowboy drama starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal with the Best Director Award. William Chang Suk-Pick won in the production design category for Wong Kar Wai's "2046," and Joe Hisaishi won in the music score category the Japanese anime spectacular "Howl's Moving Castle." The Los Angeles Film Critics Association is made up of print, radio and online critics in the Southern California area. LAFCA's 31st annual achievement awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Los Angeles. www.lafca.net

Other award winners include:

DIRECTOR:
Runner-up: David Cronenberg, "A History of Violence"

ACTRESS: Vera Farmiga, "Down to the Bone"
Runner-up: Judi Dench, "Mrs. Henderson Presents"

ACTOR: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, "Capote"
Runner-up: Heath Ledger, "Brokeback Mountain"

SCREENPLAY: TIE:
"Capote" by Dan Futterman
"The Squid and the Whale" by Noah Baumbach

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Catherine Keener, "Capote", Ballad of Jack and Rose, The 40 Year Old Virgin and The Interpreter
Runner-up: Amy Adams, "Junebug"

SUPPORTING ACTOR: William Hurt, "A History of Violence"
- Runner-up: Frank Langella, "Good Night, And Good Luck"

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: "Cach" directed by Michael Haneke
Runner-up: "2046" directed by Wong Kar Wai

DOCUMENTARY/NON-FICTION FILM: "Grizzly Man" directed by Werner Herzog
Runner-up: "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" directed by...

Memoirs of a Geisha

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 05 December 2005

Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li and Ken Watanabe star in
Memoirs of a Geisha, directed by Rob Marshall, which opens in the U.S. on Dec. 9, 2005

Based on the novel by Arthur Golden, 'Memoirs of a Geisha' is a romantic epic set in Japan. In the years before WWII a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house. The girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Sayuri (Ziyi Zhang). Sayuri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is haunted by her secret
love for the one man who is out of her reach (Ken Watanabe).

Directed by Rob Marshall ("Chicago"), produced by Steven Spielberg and featuring an international all-star cast including Michelle Yeoh ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), Koji Yakusho ("Shall We Dance?"), Youki Kudoh ("Snow Falling on Cedars"), Gong Li ("Raise the Red Lantern"), Kaori Momoi, Tsai Chin, Cary Tagawa, Mako, Randall Duk Kim, Thomas Ikeda and Zoe Weizenbaum.

Memoirs of a Geisha is now playing in select cities and opens nationwide on Friday, December 23.

Memoirs of a Geisha Website