By Glenn Whipp Los Angeles Times Thu., Nov. 22, 2018 The February weekend that Black Panther opened and rewrote box office history, writer-director Ryan Coogler and the man who hired him, Marvel executive Nate Moore, pingponged text messages to each other. They shared images of moviegoers dressed in dashikis, pounding drums, dancing in the lobbies, celebrating a deeply-felt connection to a movie many had been waiting their whole lives to see. At the same time in Los Angeles, actors Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, rivals in the film, celebrated by sitting courtside at the Staples Center for the NBA All-Star game, enjoying the moment — and feeling completely floored that players kept approaching them, wanting to talk about Black Panther. “Magic Johnson’s standing on the court being honoured and he looks over at me and Michael, and says, ‘I’m proud of y’all,’” Boseman remembers. “That … that’s … [Read more...] about Black Panther redefined superhero movies. Can it do the same thing for the Oscars?
Black magic by little mix
By Sam Lubell The New York Times Thu., Sept. 6, 2018 I can still remember the day in 2014 when I learned that the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art — a spectacular landmark widely considered his masterpiece — had caught fire; a fluke accident that started when a hot projector ignited gases from a student’s spray foam canister. I had never been, but as a lover of the famed Scottish designer’s work since I discovered it in college (it was one of the reasons I went on to study architectural history and eventually develop a career in architecture journalism), I felt a pit in my stomach and a profound sense of grief; like I had lost a family member. In mid-June, I felt a jolt of sickening déjà vu when I read that the school had, somehow, once again burst into flames. Sprinklers had not yet been installed, leaving the building — which the Guardian compared to a “blackened carcass” — … [Read more...] about Architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece is damaged, but not his magic
They use a headgear made by coiling bundles of black wool string, mixed with the hair of ancestors, around a wooden horn-like ornament, which is then secured on top of the head with white string. This is the distinctive identity of the Changjiao (long-horn) Miao, a branch of the Miao ethnic minority. Over generations, the ancestral hair is passed down from mother to daughter to signify the continuance of life. “This is very heavy. It weighs about 3kg and the big ones can reach some 6kg,” said Yang Sanmei, a native Miao girl who is a guide at the Suoga Miao museum in Langdai Ancient Town, in the Liuzhi district of Liupanshui city. “It’s probably a way to showcase our totem, the bull, which symbolises strength and beauty,” said Yang. The Changjiao Miao’s traditional costume is made by embroidering colourful threads on a piece of fabric, then dyeing it with a batik technique. “Our costumes are colourful because the mountains are always … [Read more...] about China’s mountain tribe keeps pace with times
SINGAPORE: The Great Singapore Sale (GSS) marks its Silver Jubilee this year, but one can hardly tell while taking a walk along Orchard Road — Singapore’s prime shopping belt — or visiting any suburban malls.There is barely a buzz since the annual two-month campaign started on Jun 8, and some shopping centres are half-empty even during weekends.With the Singapore retail scene under siege from the rise of e-commerce, the GSS has remained stuck in time, in the words of shoppers, retailers and experts, and has failed to evolve with latest consumer trends.In 2016, after three consecutive years of decline in retail sales during the GSS period, Singapore Retailers Association (SRA) president R Dhinakaran publicly broached the need to re-examine the GSS’ direction, as he revealed plans in a media interview to hold discussions with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to see “if there is a point in continuing (the GSS), or whether there is a need to reformat … [Read more...] about The Big Read: The not-so-Great Singapore Sale — after 25 years, once-premier shopping event is now left in the dust
Delivery pizza is a huge industry in the US – and at the top of the food chain are Domino’s, Pizza Hut, and Papa John’s. We compared each of the big three chains’ cheese pizzas, supreme pizzas, pepperoni pizzas, and breadsticks. Each chain ended up being best at something – but some results were surprising. Americans adore pizza. According to a 2014 study by the US Department of Agriculture, about one in eight Americans eat pizza on any given day. That’s a lot of pizza. And today is an important day for pizza facts: February 9 is National Pizza Day. Should it be a national holiday? Perhaps. Of all the delivery chains out there, acolytes of the Pizza Big Three are steadfast in their preferences: Domino’s, Pizza Hut, and Papa John’s. The Big Three have been busy over the past few years revamping menus, recalibrating ingredients, and resetting brand images in order to … [Read more...] about We taste-tested 3 major pizza delivery chains to find out who does it best — and the winners are unmistakable