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  • Philip Seymour Hoffman's death calls attention to rise in heroin use

    February 4, 2014 5:53 AM 29

    More than 660,000 people in the U.S. used heroin in 2012, officials say, nearly a 100% increase over 2007. Abuse is increasingly seen in the suburbs. NEW YORK — The death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman underscores a surge in heroin use reminiscent of the 1970s and early '80s. More than 660,000 Americans used heroin in 2012, health officials

  • ’Empire of the Sun’ internment camp forgotten in China

    February 4, 2014 4:55 AM 25

    SHANGHAI: No public memorial marks the former Shanghai internment camp made famous by JG Ballard's novel "Empire of the Sun", where more than 1,800 foreigners were held by the Japanese during World War II. Ballard's fictionalised version of his experiences in the Lunghwa camp was published 30 years ago, followed in 1987 by the Steven Spielberg film starring

  • ‘Ride Along’ drives North American box office

    February 4, 2014 2:22 AM 24

    Cast member Kevin Hart (right) and Eniko Parrish pose at a screening of ‘Ride Along’ at the TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood, February 4, 2014. ― Reuters picLOS ANGELES, Feb 4 ― Cop comedy “Ride Along” motored to the top of the North American box office for a third weekend in a row, final figures showed yesterday. The action flick starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube easily

  • The best in Philippine contemporary art at Art Fair Philippines

    February 3, 2014 3:50 PM 61

    MANILA, Philippines - Last year, Makati denizens were treated with a great visual feast and unique experience of the best in Philippine modern and contemporary art with the inauguration of the first Philippine Art Fair. Still uniquely set in an urban carpark, Art Fair Philippines 2014 (AFP 2014) is set to provide an even bigger and better experience

  • Can you believe this reaction?

    February 3, 2014 2:05 PM 32

    Coca-Cola's Super Bowl ad sparked both outrage and kudos on Twitter and Facebook. The ad, entitled "America the Beautiful," features the patriotic song sung in eight languages. The ad shows people of different ethnicities. The inclusion of different languages sparked comments on Coca-Cola's Facebook page calling the ad a disgrace and unpatriotic

  • Golden Globe Best Picture showing soon

    February 3, 2014 11:17 AM 21

    MANILA, Philippines - The predictions have just turned out right. David Russel’s American Hustle got its well-deserved Best Picture award, under the Comedy/Musical category, at the recently concluded Golden Globe Awards. It was also a victorious moment for its leading ladies, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, who were named Best Actress and Best Supporting

  • Six Kpop groups, one concert

    February 2, 2014 3:46 AM 22

    Filipino K-pop fans are in for an early treat this year, as six K-pop groups are in Manila for a one-night concert on Sunday, February 2. Super Junior M, A-Jax, A-Prince, Block B, BtoB and BAP are coming together for "Dream Kpop Fantasy Concert 2," which will be held in Smart Araneta Coliseum. First timers All the artists, except for Super Junior M and Block

  • Typhoon disasters inspire Filipino musical, Rak of Aegis

    February 2, 2014 3:18 AM 33

    1 February 2014 Last updated at 13:50 GMT A musical about the devastating effects of typhoons in the Philippines has opened in Manila. The production, which was inspired by the Broadway show Rock of Ages, follows the story of an impoverished community as it struggles to cope with flooding. The show's writers say they hope it will spark debate about disaster

  • The Light, the finitude of Jesus and the sword

    February 1, 2014 4:45 PM 22

    Jesus, the Light of the world. In keeping with the Law of Moses that required parents to offer their first-born male forty days after his birth to the Lord (Lev. 12, Ex. 13), Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the great Temple in Jerusalem. Thus we celebrate the Feast of the Lord’s Presentation on Feb. 2, forty days after his birth pegged on Dec 25. Today’s

  • Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell dies at 83

    February 1, 2014 2:13 PM 37

    The Vienna-born Schell won his Oscar in 1961 and later was honored with further Oscar nominations — in the best actor category for “The Man in the Glass Booth” in 1975, and for best supporting actor in “Julia” in 1977. Born to a Swiss writer and an Austrian actress, he was the younger brother of Maria Schell, an icon of the German-speaking film world