Quentin Tarantino stormed into Cannes Tuesday with “Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood”, which critics at the world’s biggest film festival hailed as his best movie in years. They heaped praise on the dark Tinseltown fairytale set in the Los Angeles of 1969 starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a television Western star on the slide and Brad Pitt as his stunt double. Twenty-five years after the American director won Cannes’ top Palme d’Or prize for “Pulp Fiction”, he got some of his best reviews since “Jackie Brown” in 1997. Critic Peter Howell of the Toronto Star said that Tarantino wanted “to tell us a story about Hollywood life at the time of the Manson family slayings... and man, does he ever, going from awe-struck to WTF”. “Brad Pitt the standout, his coolest role yet,” he added in a tweet. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw was equally euphoric, calling the film a “brilliant … [Read more...] about Tarantino strikes Cannes gold
Cool for the summer at Henann OH YES, IT'S JOHNNY! - Johnny Litton (The Philippine Star) - May 18, 2019 - 12:00am There is no better place to spend summer than in the Philippines, and there is nothing better than a restful staycation at Henann Group of Resorts’ top-notch locations in Bohol and Boracay. Managed by the hardworking chairman Dr. Henry Chusuey alongside his devoted sons president Alfonso Chusuey and vice president for marketing Karl Chusuey, Henann Group of Resorts boasts of six locations in Boracay, one in Bohol, and more to come. Henann Group of Resorts president Alfonso Chusuey and JG Summit Holdings Inc. president and CEO Lance Gokongwei. Ever since the start of the season, prominent government officials, businessmen, celebrities and other VIPs have flocked to Henann Resort Alona Beach Bohol, Panglao Island’s premier resort, a 6.5 hectare … [Read more...] about Cool for the summer at Henann
The gala fund-raiser at Vertigo TOO restaurant and lounge on the hotel’s 60th floor, benefits the Bangkok Opera Foundation, a non-profit educational and cultural body, initiated by award-winning novelist and composer of operas Somtow Sucharitkul, to support the advancement of culture and music amongst young Thai artists. The evening’s programme includes star of Zurich Opera and Spanish Teatro Reale, singer Damian Whiteley; and Stacey Tappan from the Metropolitan Opera, along with renowned Thai opera singer Barbara Zion. Those attending will also enjoy internationally renowned composer Trisdee na Patalung conducting the Jatava Quartet, along with a dance and costume performance. Local media personality Andrew Biggs will man the gavel as guests bid on intriguing artworks and luxury holiday packages. The event offers the opportunity to mix and mingle with the talented and dedicated patrons of the arts who have made Opera Siam a focal point of contemporary culture in … [Read more...] about Three nights at the opera
Sevilla FC said it best in a tweet. If English Premier League teams don't want fourth place, the tweet read, then just give the Champions League slot to the Spanish side instead. The La Liga club have a point. The English also-rans are treating the top four with all the reverence of a visit to a proctologist, coming up with endless excuses for not turning up. They're exhausted. They don't travel well. There are too many work commitments in Europe. They're struggling with an indecisive boss. They've got a Spanish colleague who smears butter on his fingers. From David de Gea to Sarriball, from Arsenal's away record to Tottenham Hotspur's Champions League distractions, the excuses are at least consistent in their creativity. Not much else is. All four scarcely deserve elite European football next season. In the last three games, both Manchester City and Liverpool have taken maximum points. Across the same three games, Tottenham have picked up three points, Chelsea just two, Manchester … [Read more...] about Neil Humphreys: Does nobody want top-four spot?
BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday (April 28) opened the biggest garden show on earth, capping three days of the country's most important diplomatic event of the year and kicking off celebrations leading up to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The opening ceremony of the International Horticultural Exhibition was timed for the end of the second Belt and Road summit which President Xi said resulted in deals worth US$64 billion (S$87.1 billion). Nearly 40 heads of state and government, including Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, were among the 5,000 delegates who attended this second edition of the forum which, while bigger in scale than the inaugural one in 2017, received more muted treatment. When opening the expo on Sunday, President Xi espoused the importance of respecting the environment, saying countries have to work together to deal with the challenges of climate change. "Only by working together, can we effectively … [Read more...] about China opens world’s biggest garden show