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  1. William Goldman, Oscar winner for - Butch Cassidy' script, dead at 87Read the original story w/Photo

    Friday Nov 16 | South China Morning Post

    He turned his own novels 'The Princess Bride', 'Marathon Man' and 'Heat' into movies, but regarded scriptwriting as a craft, not an art William Goldman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and Hollywood wise man who won Academy Awards for B utch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men and summed up the mystery of making a box office hit by declaring "Nobody knows anything," has died. He was 87. Goldman's daughter Jenny said her father died early Friday in New York due to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia.

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  2. Suddenly, Ai Weiwei is everywhere you look in southern CaliforniaRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 21, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    Dissident Chinese artist should have found a home long ago in southern California, but until September his work had not been shown there. Now three exhibitions, of works new and old, have opened Largely due to his activism and outspokenness, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has found a level of international fame and esteem that - with the exception of, perhaps, Banksy - has eluded even his most successful artistic peers.

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  3. Downtown is LA's hottest destination - " what to see and where to be seenRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 15, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    Top taquerias and fine-dining restaurants, museums and cultural destinations, the hottest LA fashion - all within walking distance of your hip or heritage hotel Even 10 years ago, tourists visiting Los Angeles would have given the downtown area a wide berth; it was grubby, mostly derelict and dangerous. Today, Downtown Los Angeles is an area transformed.

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  4. Russian trolls not to blame for Star Wars: The Last Jedi online abuseRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 3, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    Author of the study, Morten Bay, says the negative tweets about one of the most criticised Star Wars films were not from Russian bots, but were just as likely to come from real fans who happened to dislike the movie artistically The internet has been aflame this week over a study suggesting Russian trolls and bots had been deployed as part of a campaign to bring down one of the biggest movies in the Star Wars franchise. "Russian trolls stoked 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' fan outrage, study finds," blared MarketWatch on Monday night, referring to the 2017 action hit that some commentators criticised for a liberal and feminist agenda.

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  5. Hollywood heists: four arrested for LA celebrity burglariesRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 2, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    Victims were chosen based on social media postings and tour and travel schedules that indicated they would be away from home Four people have been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries that targeted the homes of celebrities, including Rihanna, Christina Milian, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Rams wide receiver Robert Woods, police said. The suspects were believed to be part of a larger burglary ring targeting actors, athletes and Hollywood producers, police said at a news conference.

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  6. Double acts: 4 Chinese power couples you need to knowRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 18, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    China's economic take-off has catapulted a bevy of entrepreneurs men and woman into the hall of wealth and fame. Here are four billionaire couples who made their own fortune, and quite often, news headlines.

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  7. US hunts drug kingpin known as - Rolex' as tonnes of cocaine seizedRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 14, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    They found the cocaine in submarines, in speedboats stopped in the Pacific Ocean, in a private jet that crashed into the Caribbean Sea and, perhaps most strangely, in frozen cubes of orange juice transported in trucks. Officials in Mexico, Colombia and Los Angeles seized 3,500 kilograms of cocaine and other drugs worth over US$500 million as part of a four-year investigation into a global drug ring, according to the US Department of Justice.

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  8. worms aside, the best Thai food west of Chiang MaiRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 23, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    Thai Town, Los Angeles, for the best authentic Thai food west of Chiang Mai and a Southern California spin - think healthy, vegan and non-spicy Thai Town, Los Angeles, for the best authentic Thai food west of Chiang Mai and a Southern California spin - think healthy, vegan and non-spicy The biggest expat Thai population anywhere is in East Hollywood - making it a paradise for Thai cooks and people who love authentic Thai food. A new food hall hopes to provide opportunities for migrants stuck in poverty and lacking access to health care In the 1950s, America was the land of dreams.

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  9. Crazy Rich Asians director sets sights on Thai cave rescue filmRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 21, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu on doing Thai cave rescue film and Lin-Manuel Miranda musical In the Heights adaptation With his new film soaring at the box office, director Jon M. Chu talks about his upcoming projects including pursuing the rights to the Thai cave rescue story - or at least making sure that no one ruins it Two weeks ago, before his watershed romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians went well beyond expectations to a US$34 million five-day opening, director Jon M. Chu was already feeling the electricity of what would become a historic moment in Hollywood. "I want to say 50 theatres have been bought out already.

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  10. From left: cast members Henry Golding, Constance Wu and author Kevin Kwan. Photo: ReutersRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 10, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    The makers of Crazy Rich Asians are stressing the movie's wider themes, aware that the estimated US$20 million budget film must succeed outside the Asian-American community Phil Yu is excited. The Los Angeles-based blogger saw an advance screening months ago of Crazy Rich Asians and now the first Hollywood movie in 25 years with an all-Asian cast is about to arrive in theatres along with two other predominantly Asian films.

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  11. Mike Moh at the world premiere of Marvel's Inhumans in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Eugene PowersRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 8, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    Moh owes his martial arts skills to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, he trains with his wife and children, he's appeared in a film with Jackie Chan, and he will play Lee, one of his heroes, in director's film about the Manson family Whether you're a fan of director Quentin Tarantino's distinctive filmmaking style or not, there's no denying that any film he touches seems to gain a cultlike following. His latest project, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood , whose storyline includes the Manson family murders, is sure to be no different.

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  12. Council wants to remove Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame starRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 7, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    The feisty, impeccably liberal city of West Hollywood struck a resounding, if symbolic, blow against Donald Trump when its council voted on Monday night to remove the president's star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. While the star is not far from West Hollywood, it is not in fact in West Hollywood.

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  13. Weinstein's sex with accusers - was consensual,' lawyer says, seeking dismissalRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 3, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    'More than 400 warm, complimentary and solicitous emails' show the disgraced movie mogul had 'a consensual, intimate relationship' with an alleged rape victim, lawyer Benjamin Brafman says Harvey Weinstein's lawyer filed an extensive motion to dismiss his client's indictment on multiple sex charges, arguing that grand jurors never saw evidence favourable to his case, including emails in which a woman the movie mogul is accused of raping allegedly professed her love for him years afterward. Weinstein was indicted in New York in May and again in July on charges that he assaulted three women.

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  14. Police officers remove a passenger from a car that crashed after a pursuit. Photo: APRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 22, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    Several shoppers on social media described a terrifying scene of gunfire, people running for cover and hiding as the gunman ran into the store A gunman who opened fire outside a Trader Joe's in Silver Lake near downtown Los Angeles was in custody after a tense stand-off that claimed the life of one woman inside the store. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the death, saying the woman was pulled out of the store by authorities and declared dead at the scene.

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  15. A farm worker drives a tractor through the a vineyard during harvest...Read the original story w/Photo

    Jul 11, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    California boasts the world's fifth largest economy, with annual output of $2.7 billion, more than that of Britain Churning out everything from cars and computer chips to nuts and wine, California's mighty economy will suffer big time if the US-China trade war worsens. Billions of dollars and many jobs are at risk in the richest and most populous US state - a world-class economy and bastion of opposition to US President Donald Trump.

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  16. Hollywood on the edge of its seat waiting for China deal amid trade rowRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 5, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    It won't be on the front line of the conflict, but negotiations for agreement to import films into world's biggest box office market may remain stalled Negotiations between China and Hollywood may remain stalled as trade tensions heat up between Washington and Beijing, with the world's two largest economies preparing to exchange billions in punitive tariffs on Friday. Hollywood will not be on the front line of the trade conflict, given that measures China could levy against the liberal-leaning industry would do little to pressure US President Donald Trump, but its dependence on access to Chinese movie-goers still leaves it at risk, analysts say.

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  17. Hong Kong-born star of The Rock's Skyscraper keeps it real for Asia's finestRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 5, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    This month, a very tall building in Hong Kong will come under attack. Nasty men will do nasty things.

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  18. About time: first female artist for Hong Kong at Venice BiennaleRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 28, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    Getting Shirley Tse to represent Hong Kong at the 2019 Venice Biennale is to be applauded. She's a woman.

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  19. US$450 million office, shops complex under way on Vine in HollywoodRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 25, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    A block in Hollywood once slated to house a museum dedicated to the Academy Awards is being transformed into a spacious US$450 million campus of offices, apartments and shops. Kilroy Realty has broken ground on Academy on Vine, a long-anticipated project on 3.5 acres just south of the ArcLight Cinema complex that is home to the famous Cinerama Dome movie theatre.

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  20. Tycoon's son guilty of blood-draining murder, echoing gory novel he wroteRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 21, 2018 | South China Morning Post

    A Canadian real estate tycoon's son who wrote a graphic novel that features gruesome killings was convicted in Southern California Wednesday of the torture and mutilation of a live-in girlfriend who had given birth to their child weeks before. A Los Angeles jury found Blake Leibel, 37, guilty of first-degree murder, torture and aggravated mayhem in the slaying of Iana Kasian, who was scalped before her blood was entirely drained from her body .

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