According to a major news outlets, the following Korean soap opera is the most popular show in China, much to the chagrin of Chinese officials:
The show’s called “My Love from the Star.” If I have this straight, a guy from outer space who’s 400 years old is hanging out with a pop star. And that’s putting half the world in a frenzy.
Chinese officials are upset because, it seems, China can’t put together entertainment that’s popular enough to keep its citizens enthralled. For example, the Washington Post says:
It’s not the first time popular foreign entertainment has led to hand-wringing in China. In 2008, when Dreamworks’ “Kung Fu Panda” became a runaway hit in China, it led to similar soul-searching. Why did it take American producers to find the drama and humor in a fat panda learning kung fu in China, many asked.
I didn’t know “Kung Fu Panda” had created an international incident.
Oh, for the full first episode of “My Love from the Star,” click here.
This is the trailer for the remake of “Annie,” set for a Christmas release:
Remember when certain folks freaked out when they found that Rue in “The Hunger Games” was black? Here we go again (click here, via Crooks and Liars).
I’ve seen more than 70 percent of these. Just for the record, you can die without seeing the remake of “King Kong,” and as much as I liked “12 Monkeys,” “Melancholia,” “Sucker Punch” and “Spring Breakers,” those weren’t on the original list.
I wonder where these selections came from?
You can walk on a high wire. Or you can go up in a balloon. Both would freak me out. So imagine my reaction to this:
At least the guys had the sense to wear parachutes.
Lots of unknowns here, and it’s kind of interesting that no one really cared that much about who made the dress until the 1990s. (Click to enlarge.)
A bit of Kafka for the 21st century:
What could be better than that?
OK, so that’s French and this video is in German, but the point’s the same. A laughing cow is a jumping cow:
Just another example of animals fully aware of their surroundings. They’ve been cooped up in a barn forever, and they probably knew they were set for slaughter. (And animals are aware when they’re about to be turned into meat. Stand outside an abattoir sometime, and listen to the screams.)
This is like watching a prisoner being released into the world after being stuck forever in solitary confinement.
Or like Tommy when he gets his senses back:
The makers of this are asking for money through Kickstarter to make more episodes. An interesting concept.
A reverse look at sexism and sexual violence. Contains nudity and rough language (in French):
A nice bit of animation, but not for the kiddies: