Radio host Miss Jones and her morning team at New York’s Hot 97 R&B station have been suspended indefinitely for airing a song mocking the South Asian Tsunami tragedy. Last week’s parody received heavy backlash, including the rejection of major sponsor Coca-Cola. Queens councilman John Liu is presently urging the permanent removal of Miss Jones and co-host Todd Lyn from Hot 97. In response to the debacle, Hot 97 has publicly apologized multiple times, claiming that the salaries of suspended Jones and Lyn will be redirected to Tsunami relief charities.
House of Flying Daggers Gets an Unexpected Nomination
When the nominations for the 77th Academy Awards were announced on January 25th, 2005, many were expecting House of Flying Daggers to receive an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Film category. Instead, the film emerged with a nomination in the Best Cinematography category.
The House of Flying Daggers, directed by Zhang Yimou, is an epic tale set in China’s Tang dynasty that follows the loves and betrayals between imperialistic rulers and a secret martial arts society. Despite the film’s widespread popularity, it will face some serious competition on February 27th. The other nominees for the Best Cinematography category are The Aviator, The Passion of the Christ, The Phantom of the Opera, and A Very Long Engagement.
BBC Prime in Thailand
The entertainment channel BBC Prime will get underway in Thailand on February 1st thanks to a pact between BBC Worldwide and satellite company United Broadcasting Corporation (UBC). BBC Prime will be broadcasted to the 440,000 UBC subscribers of the newly implemented Platinum and Silver packages.
The Thai Slot of BBC Prime should prove to be promising. The agreement to televise in Thailand was decided after only eight weeks of overwhelmingly positive response from viewers in Asia. BBC Prime’s lineup includes comedies, costume dramas and detective mysteries.
North Korea Determined to Storm 2006 World Cup
The one-hit-wonder North Korean soccer team is all riled up and ready to go. Shocking the world four decades ago by making the 1966 quarterfinals, North Korea and totalitarian ruler Kim Jong II are ready to own the sport once again.
In order to cultivate national competitiveness, Kim’s government offers “a colossal sum of monetary prize, modern dwelling houses and luxurious cars" to distinguished soccer players, according to Ri Hi Yon, vice-director of Korea’s Physical Culture and Sports Guidance Commission.
Currently, the North Korean women’s team sits atop the standings in Asia. North Korea is in Group B, along with longtime rival Japan.
Buddhist Film Festival Opens in San Francisco
The International Buddhist Film Festival opened in San Francisco’s Castro Theater last Friday. Not merely restricted to Buddhist directors, the festival welcomed movies related to “the wisdom traditions that value compassion,” according to festival organizers. The films displayed a spectrum of diversity. My Life is My Message featured Palestinian and Israeli activists on a retreat with a Zen teacher, while Kundun depicted the life of the 14th Dalai Lama.