Author: Jana J. Monji

Disneynature’s ‘Born in China’ offers stunning images of pandas, monkeys and antelope in their natural habitats

The gorgeously shot “Born in China,” Disneynature’s annual Earth Day offering, includes not only our favorite black and white “bear,” but also a curious 2-year-old golden monkey, a mother snow leopard and her two cubs, and a herd of Tibetan antelope, or chiru.  The film brings a touch of humor to some otherwise difficult true stories of life and death, with potential unsettling scenes tastefully and discreetly edited with minimal horror and gore, making this fine family fare for children of all ages. Director Lu Chuan won a special jury prize from the Tokyo International Film Festival and received...

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‘Ghost’ of Itself

Whitewashing thwarts audience ability to connect with the real ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Paramount Pictures seemed determined to keep critics away from screenings of the much-anticipated “Ghost in the Shell.” Some guessed this was because of persistent complaints about the main character in the live-action version of the popular Japanese manga being played by Marvel’s Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson, who is not East Asian. Perhaps that’s the case. After all, this is just one of a spate of recent instances involving what is known in the film industry as “whitewashing,” or casting whites to portray people of other ethnicities....

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Upcoming Events

May
26
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3:00 pm Board Games at Villa Parke Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Villa Parke Branch
Board Games at Villa Parke Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Villa Parke Branch
May 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Kids can enjoy playing board games with friends and family and enjoy snacks from 3 to 5 p.m.
6:00 pm Film at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Film at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
May 26 @ 6:00 pm
The film “Shanghai Express” starring Marlene Dietrich and Clive Brook is the story of notorious prostitute Shanghai Lily who runs into a former flame being held hostage while on a train from Peking to Shanghai,[...]
6:00 pm Pop-Up Dinner at Descanso Gardens @ Descanso Gardens
Pop-Up Dinner at Descanso Gardens @ Descanso Gardens
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A pop-up dinner runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Descanso’s Maple restaurant, prepared by Patina and a celebrity chef TBA. Cost is $75, with an optional wine pairing available for an extra $25.
7:00 pm Brand Associates Dance Series – ... @ Brand Library & Art Center
Brand Associates Dance Series – ... @ Brand Library & Art Center
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Brand Associates Dance Series - Szalt @ Brand Library & Art Center | Glendale | California | United States
Amabelle Aguiluz (textiles and wearable art), Stephanie Zaletel (choreographer) and Louis Lopez (original score) recount significant water experiences and encounters in an effort to link our shared psychologies. This highly physical, immersive, and stimulating performance[...]
7:15 pm Amanda McBroom Sings at Boston C... @ Boston Court Performing Arts Center
Amanda McBroom Sings at Boston C... @ Boston Court Performing Arts Center
May 26 @ 7:15 pm
Singer/songwriter Amanda McBroom performs at 8 p.m., backed by Michele Brourman and The Amazing Her Band. A pre-performance conversation between Boston Court Executive Director Kyle Clausen and McBroom starts at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $30[...]

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