Entertainment Spotlight

In Memoriam: Roger Ebert 1942-2013 American journalist, Film critic and Asian American Cinema Champion

Posted by AC Team - on Thursday, 04 April 2013

1942-2013 Roger Ebert Champion of Asian American Film Photo: RogerEbert.com
Roger Ebert 1942-2013 Photo: RogerEbert.comRoger Ebert lost his battle with cancer today. He will be greatly missed. Most famous for his film criticism, he was the first movie critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Since 1967, and up to just two days ago he wrote a column for the Chicago Sun-Times. He authored twenty books, and co-hosted several long-running syndicated television shows including Siskel and Ebert at the Movies.  I will remember Roger Ebert not only for his...

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Now through December 31, 2012: Annie Leibovitz

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 01 December 2012

Columbus, Ohio

Don't miss this! I flew to Columbus, Ohio from California to view renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz's complete "Master Set" and other photographs from her diverse and broad range of work and I am glad I did. 

More than 200 of her photographs are on view now through December 30, 2012 at the Wexner Center for the Arts on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio. 

Annie Leibovitz is the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Wexner Prize which recognizes an artist whose work reflects exceptional innovation and the highest standards of artistic quality and integrity.  

I've visited exhibitions at many of the greatest museums in Europe, Asia and in the U.S., and the Annie Leibovitz exhibition ranks right up there with the best. The Wexner Center for the Arts is the first institution to be able to exhibit the complete "Master Set" which is a collection of 156 photographs personally selected by Annie Leibovitz.

The exhibition shows photographs spanning 40 years of Ms. Leibovitz' extraordinary career. The from early years as the Chief Photographer of Rolling Stone, to portraits of celebrities and notable people of the past spanning 40 years from Muhammad Ali, to President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth.

includes photographs from her recent book "Pilgrimage," a project featuring interiors, landscapes and talismanic objects attached to historical figures including Abraham Lincoln, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Elvis Presley, Georgia O'Keefe, and...

Dec 5 Ben Fong-Torres hosts a Q&A with The Doors Ray Manzarek LIVE on FACEBOOK to Premiere LIVE AT THE BOWL '68 Concert Film

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 01 December 2012

Dec 5 Ben Fong-Torres hosts a Q&A with The Doors Ray Manzarek LIVE on FACEBOOK to Premiere LIVE AT THE BOWL '68 Concert Film

The Doors Perform Live on Facebook

 December 5th   8:30pm EST - 5:30pm PST

Ben Fong-Torres hosts a LIVE Q&A with
The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek

Qello and Eagle Rock Entertainment Host a Facebook Digital Premiere of the Restored LIVE AT THE BOWL ’68 Concert Film.

10PM EST – 7PM PST

New York, NY – On December 5th, fans of The Doors will have the opportunity to watch Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, & John Densmore like never-seen-before live in concert on Facebook. Qello, the music entertainment digital streaming service, along with Eagle Rock Entertainment are hosting a Facebook Digital Premiere of The Doors 1968 live concert at the Hollywood Bowl, which is considered to be the band’s finest concert on film.

The film of this historic concert has been meticulously restored using the original camera negatives; the audio has been remixed and mastered and three unreleased tracks have been resurrected, marking the first time the concert can be seen in its entirety. 

The Doors keyboardist, Ray Manzarek says, “the quality is stunning, mind-blowing; it’s like being there right on that Hollywood Bowl stage with me, Jim, John, and Robby.”

A ticket to the Facebook Digital Premiere comes with a trove of treats for music fans; for $4.99 ticket holders get:

oAccess to watch LIVE AT THE BOWL ‘68 for 30-days. oAccess to participate in the *LIVE Q&A with Ray Manzarek on Dec.5th (immediately...

Hideki Matsui announces his retirement - "Godzilla" to baseball fans in Japan and U.S.

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 28 December 2012

Hideki Matsui, pro baseball player - Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons - Creative Commons

December 27, 2012

New York City

Hideki Matsui announced his retirement at age 38 on Thursday in Manhattan. Known as "Godzilla" to baseball fans in Japan and U.S., the 6 foot 2 inch, 210 lb. athlete has had an illustrious career in both countries. 

He was named World Series Most Valuable Player in the U.S., and three times was named the Central League Most Valuable Player Award in Japan. He played seven seasons from 2003-2009 for the New York Yankees, and ten seasons for the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.

He had a $52 million dollar four year contract with the New York Yankees through 2009. Matsui helped the New York Yankees win the World Series, defeating the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies earning him the World Series Most Valuable Player Award. At the end of 2009, Matsui agreed to a one-year $6.5 million dollar deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

In addition, Matsui played one year stints with the Oakland Athletics, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the Tampa Bay Rays. He was a basebal outfielder and designated hitter, batting left-handed and throwing right-handed. 

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Kevin Tsujihara named Warner Bros Studios CEO

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Kevin Tsujihara, Warner Bros. CEO Photo: WB

January 29, 2013

Kevin Tsujihara, Warner Bros. CEO Congratulations!

Tsujihara, 48, the twenty year Warner Bros veteran was named CEO on Monday and is expected to take over the post March 1. 

He has been president of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment since its founding October, 2005. He has managed the studio's DVD business, as well as a range of responsibilities outside of the television and movie business helmed by other divisions, from games acquisitions and content distribution via VOD and other digital platforms.  

Tsujihara received his BA in business administration from Universiaty of Southern California, and an MBA from Stanford University.

Its been reported in the news media that Tsujihara has a humble and low-key management style, and was considered a "Black Sheep" of the list of likely candidates for the CEO post. Current chairman Barry Meyer, told LATimes.com "Everyone needs a leader, and Kevin was the best equipped to unify the company at this time." We just thought he was the best for the whole company."

He is the son of chicken farmers in Petaluma, California, and grandson of Japanese immigrants. When he becomes CEO on March 1, he will be the fifth CEO in Warner Bros. 90 year history, and the first Asian American to run a major Hollywood studio.