Episode 337 Scott Adams: Mika’s Apology, China, Google, and my Plan for Border Funding

Topics: 

  • Mika apologizes to the gay community, but not Mike Pompeo
    • I accept apologies, even if they might not be sincere
  • President Trump’s China policies are brilliant so far
    • What world leader is doing better than President Trump?
  • Nancy Pelosi says building a wall is immoral
    • Weak negotiation strategy
  • Google fixed their search results, bogus photos gone
    • Google image search still shows the photos
  • President Trump’s support for LGBTQ
    • 1st President to come into office supporting them
  • Wall funding solution…a panel of engineers (Whiteboard)
    • Engineers don’t lie for a living like politicians
    • Engineers won’t build a wall where it doesn’t make sense

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Episode 326 Scott Adams: China, Mass Migration, Peak Climate Change, Fusion Power, Misandry

Topics: 

  • President Trump’s tweet on Fentanyl death penalty
  • Unlimited power from fusion reactors is getting closer to reality
  • Yellow vested French workers will be out of work in 10 years
  • Countries who do and don’t control immigration in 10 years
  • Other countries are beginning to want their own President Trump
  • Populations are reaching peak tolerance for taxes
  • Climate change feels closer to resolved, rather than dire
  • Kirsten Gillibrand tweets “our future is female”
    • A Senator is allowed to say that?
    • The future is NOT equality, that ISN’T what we seek?
    • The future is men against women?
    • 48 hour rule is in effect for clarification

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Episode 324 Scott Adams: Trade Deals with China, and Nothing Else Interesting

Topics: 

  • US reports that China will close Fentanyl legal loophole!
    • China reports that they will look into it
    • Prediction: China will drag their feet and dangle Fentanyl
  • Trade agreement arc is following the expected psychology
  • We send soy to China…they send us Fentanyl
  • Would you be satisfied if POTUS gets 5B to start the wall?
  • Jerome Corsi suing Mueller for attempting to force him to lie?
  • Laura Loomer, what happened?
  • Shouldn’t the big military powers, form an alliance?
    • US, China, Russia will never attack each other
    • The danger is from the small countries and groups

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Episode 321 Scott Adams: Migration, China, Dogs That Don’t Bark, Soros

Topics: 

  • Hawk Newsome’s recent tweet
  • Why aren’t there Fentanyl deaths and addiction issues in China?
  • Bjorn Lomborg and climate change report misinterpretation
  • Scott Adams Prediction about 10 years ago…
    • “Evolution will be debunked by science in my lifetime”
    • The simulation is straight-up physics and math
  • Economist argues for open borders to allow worker access
    • At what point does that concept hurt rather than help?
  • George Soros conclusion: 
    • He donates a great deal of money to political activists
    • His intentions and their impact on our politics are opaque
    • Without transparency, his actions warrant concern
  • Europe might make it illegal to criticize mass migration
    • If you can’t discuss it…what’s the impact on immigration?
    • China’s “re-education centers” treat Islam as a medical issue
  • In-Country immigration: Why don’t we develop and improve it?
    • Employment mobility within our own country
  • Politics use to be dry and boring
    • Now, entertainment and politics have merged
    • Anti-Trump “Gotcha porn” from CNN excites their faithful
    • The news now seeks to excite rather than accurately inform

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Episode 313 Scott Adams: Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Clinton, China

Topics: 

  • Two views of the world…
    • Crown Prince said kill him in the embassy
    • Corporate version: A non-specific order to silence him
  • Yemen warring parties are planning to have talks
    • Saudi Arabia and Iran are at each others throats
  • Glenn Greenwald says Trump is first President to be honest
  • Hillary says “Europe needs to get a handle on migration”
    • Public enforcement of need to tighten immigration
    • CNN for last week no longer pushing “Trump is a racist”
  • Why have they stopped pushing the Trump racist attack line?
  • The direction of things is more important than where you are
    • We’re maintaining good relations with key allies
    • The economy is doing great
  • Stock market: One thing is more predictive than others
    • The unemployment rate predicts the economies strength
    • Stock market 5-10% pullback is completely normal
    • End of year profit taking is completely normal
  • Facebook announced…just before Thanksgiving,
    • Facebook hired people to “out” Soros connected groups
    • Soros backs groups that promote identity politics
    • The groups were pushing people to abandon Facebook
  • George Soros versus Tom Steyer
  • Twitter suggestion: Ability to block anyone with an anonymous profile

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Bergeron, Chara among Bruins to skip China trip

Patrice Bergeron and a handful of other Bruins players won’t be going to China for a pair of preseason games later this month against the Flames.
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Adam Gopnik and Malcolm Gladwell: Surveying Mankind from China to Peru – Adam Gopnik & Malcolm Gladwell

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Adam Gopnik and Malcolm Gladwell: Surveying Mankind from China to Peru

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Publish Date: November 22, 2011

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EDC Wholesale Reports Success at China Adult Care Expo

The EDC Wholesale team has returned after exhibiting at the China Adult-Care Expo 2018.
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SMCP Opens 100th Store in Mainland China

MORE IN STORE: While retailers around the world settle into retrenchment mode, SMCP, the owner of Maje, Sandro and Claudie Pierlot, is on a different track, opening its 100th shop in China, with plans for more.
Store number 100 is a Maje boutique in the Chaoyang Joy City mall.
“It’s gone by very quickly in mainland China — our first store opened at the end of 2013 — it hasn’t been five years yet,” said chief executive officer Daniel Lalonde in a telephone interview.
The French company is controlled by Chinese textile conglomerate Shandong Ruyi Group and was listed on the French stock market last October, a move intended to fund debt payments and fuel international expansion.
Despite the fast-paced growth, the company still counts fewer stores than other luxury brands in China, added Lalonde, noting that Sandro and Maje each have around 45 stores. At just over 1,000 square feet, the stores are typically smaller than those of larger luxury labels, he added.
“We’re a little bit at the beginning of the story,” noted Lalonde who has plans to have as many stores in greater China as has in France, which counts nearly 500, within the next five to seven years.
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China Is Banned From Airing Eurovision After Censoring Performance With Gay Theme

The European Broadcasting Union said that a Chinese TV channel’s censorship of sections of the song contest’s semifinal was not in line with its values.
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China opens its very own Hollywood

China’s Wanda Group has opened a sprawling film studio complex in Qingdao, which has been touted as China’s answer to Hollywood. The company plans to transform the port city into a global film production hub.


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Four Brands Selected for NYFW Men’s China Day

HONG KONG–Changes are coming fast to New York Fashion Week with the discussion of brands shifting to a June/December format while others depart for alternative cities. Attendees can add at least one more change to the list: four Chinese labels are to show in February during men’s under the banner of a China Day.
The chosen brands are: affordable chain Peacebird; Li-Ning, the leading sportswear giant founded by the Olympic champion of the same name; the designer Chen Peng, known for his cocoon-like puffer jackets; and streetwear brand CLOT, founded by Hong Kong entrepreneur Kevin Poon and former actor-musician Edison Chen.
“China Day allows us to further expand the scope of NYFW: Men’s by showcasing the most exciting Chinese fashion talent to the American fashion community,” said CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb. The initiative is part of CFDA’s overall strategy to build international ties, which will in turn help us strengthen the impact of American fashion globally.”
“Both sides come from the common goal of promoting exchange between Chinese and American fashion industries,” said Jessica Liu, president of Tmall Fashion. “We want to help outstanding Chinese designers gain more recognition in the international fashion community, while also supporting commercial labels to build their brand

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What to Watch: Ralph Lauren’s 2018 Game Plan Focuses on China, Digital and Wholesale Improvements

As Ralph Lauren Corp. prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, the company continues to make progress on its turnaround plan.
Under chief executive officer Patrice Louvet, who joined from Procter & Gamble in July, China remains a top priority. The company looks to build its Chinese business, which represents the most significant geographic growth opportunity for the brand. Other major initiatives this year include further developing its new e-commerce platform; evolving the product; increasing the marketing spend significantly to tell the brand’s story and appeal to a new generation of consumers, and growing its international presence.
In its most recent quarter ended Sept. 30, Lauren posted net income of $ 143.8 million on net revenues of $ 1.66 billion. In disclosing second-quarter results in November, Louvet said the focus on driving “efficiencies” will continue through the rest of the [fiscal] year,” and “we are on track to deliver our full-year targets.”
Over the past two years, Lauren has elevated the brand in Asia and built a strong foundation there by improving quality of sales and overall profitability, Louvet told analysts during November’s call. Interestingly, only 13 percent of the company’s overall business is conducted in the region.
In fiscal 2017, the company generated about

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Gigi Hadid Out of Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in China

Gigi Hadid will NOT be walking the runway for Victoria’s Secret in China — despite saying she would this summer — and folks think it’s got something to do with her mocking Asians. Gigi announced Thursday she “won’t be able to make it to China this…

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‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’ Fans Getting Scammed Out of Thousands in China

‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’ fans are getting scammed into dropping tens of thousands of dollars for a prized ticket to the China show … and we’ve learned the tickets aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. We did some digging and found…

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Vera Wang Celebrates Chinese Heritage and American Upbringing at China Institute’s Blue Cloud Gala

BIG IN CHINA: Vera Wang and Ron Perelman were among the honorees at the China Institute’s annual Blue Cloud gala Thursday night.
The gathering at Cipriani’s lower Broadway location in the Cunard Building was meant to center on the Institute’s commitment to advancing understanding and deepening trust between China and the U.S. Ning Yuan, chairman and president of China Construction America, and Robert Hong Xiao, chief executive officer of Perfect World Co. Ltd. were also honored, as well as New York Gov. Andrew Coumo, who wasn’t able to attend the black tie dinner.
Beforehand, China Institute chairman Chien Chung Pei, better known as “Didi,” said of the honorees, “They share the spirit and mission of China Institute to shape positive and strong U.S.-China relations through education, culture and business.”
Derek Lam also turned up to support Wang. She later told the crowd how growing up in the U.S., her parents Cheng Ching and Florence Wang encouraged her to embrace American culture, never allowing her to forget her Chinese heritage. That delicate balance was what provided her and her brother “with such a unique view of the world and a sincere appreciation for both cultures,” she said.
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Tokidoki Plans to Open 10 to 15 Hotels in China in the Next Five Years

TOKIDOKI’S VACANCY IN CHINA: Devotees of Tokidoki, the overly cute character lifestyle brand, will in future be able to book a room in a Tokidoki-adorned hotel.
Cofounders Pooneh Mohajer and Simone Legno plan to open 10 to 15 Tokidoki hotels in China in the next five years, with the first one expected to be welcoming guests by the end of next year. Chasing young professionals who favor ultra-clean design with touches of art, the company is laying the groundwork for its own affordable luxury hotels. The Tokidoki branded hotel will feature its own designed decor, including hospitality products that will be available for purchase at the hotel. Legno, creative director, said, “It is a 360-degree experience as a designer. I have a graphic design background so I will apply that to stationery for the Tokidoki hotel, as well as a new logo.” (His fine art will also be sprinkled throughout the hotel.)
Tokidoki’s interpretation of Kartell “Ghost” chairs will be in the hotel rooms. The company just unveiled the $ 480 Louis Ghost chair and the $ 185 Lou Lo one for children, reimagining the iconic seats that Philippe Starck designed for the company. Legno said, “We will promote it for sure. Why not?

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Hollywood’s China Money Heartbreak: Is the Love Affair Really Over?


Billions have been thrown into turmoil as Chinese regulators crack down on investments, Paramount’s backer skips a payment, and both Trump and some Dems adopt a protectionist stance.

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China Bars Justin Bieber From Performing Over ‘Bad Behavior’

In a statement about the pop singer, who has made headlines in the past, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture said, “It is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers.”
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China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel (Unabridged) – Kevin Kwan

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Genre: Comedy

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Beauty queen says China wants her out

Canada’s China-born Miss World contestant said her visa to travel to the beauty pageant at a Chinese resort has been delayed because she has spoken out about human rights abuses in the communist country.


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Silence is golden: China tightens screws on online music

China is tightening control of online music, paying particular attention to content and jacking up already tight censorship of the Internet. From Jan. 1, companies offering online music should police content before making it available, the Ministry of Culture said on its website. China’s three biggest Internet companies, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd and Baidu Inc all have music streaming platforms.
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China Box Office: ‘Maze Runner’ Sequel Wins Slow Week


Local romantic comedy ‘The Ex-Files 2’ comes in second, as ‘Everest’ opened in fourth and ‘The Peanuts Movie’ in ninth place.

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American Voices: China Ends One-Child Policy

Chinese officials have announced the end of a 35-year policy limiting families to one child and will now allow two children per family, a response to mounting concerns about the aging workforce and its vast economic repercussions such as labor shortages and health care costs. What do you think?




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Why China Is Panning ‘Pan’


While other under-performing Hollywood movies have been bailed out by Chinese audiences, Warner Bros.’ ‘Pan’ had one of the worst studio launches of all time there.

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Milano Unica China Closes 8th Edition

MILAN — Milano Unica, the Italian textile-accessories trade show, closed the 8th edition of Milano Unica China on Thursday in Shanghai.
The three-day event ran from Tuesday to Thursday with 94 exhibitors, who presented their fall 2017 collections to about 4,000 visitors, up three percent compared to October 2014 figures.
Silvio Albini, president of Milano Unica for eight seasons, passed the baton to his successor, Ercole Botto Poala, who was appointed in September.
“I conclude my term today, at a trade show that once again has confirmed its appeal to the top-end Chinese market,” said Albini, adding: “The positive outcome of Milano Unica VIII demonstrates that even a more demanding market can find answers among the textile-accessories proposals of our exhibitors.”
“It is an honor for me to take charge beginning today,” declared Botto Poala, who added that he is looking forward to expanding and improving the work of past presidents together with the presidential committee and general manager. “We will soon present a series of novelties to our increasingly international and more qualified market,” he said.

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China Box Office: ‘Goodbye Mr. Loser’ Wins Week With $100 Million


Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ opened to a soft $ 12 million, as the animation heavyweight continues to struggle in the world’s second-largest film market.

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Mariah Carey Performs in China … Forever Egg Foo Yung

Mariah Carey will most certainly get the best room in the joint when she performs at the grand opening of the newest casino in Macau … because her billionaire boyfriend owns it.  Studio City — that’s the name — promises to be Asia’s answer…

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Russia’s Central Partnership Signs Distribution Deal With China Film Group


The deal is the first practical result of Russia and China’s discussions on closer film cooperation.

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Scary glass bridge opens in China

China’s first high-altitude glass bridge opens to tourists in central Hunan province. Jeanne Yurman reports.


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Apple launches Apple Music in China

Store with an "Apple Store" sign is seen in Shenzhen, China(Reuters) – Apple Inc launched Apple Music along with iTunes Movies and iBooks in China and said the cloud-based music streaming service will roll out on Android phones this fall. Apple will offer Apple Music subscribers access to a vast library of songs for 10 yuan ($ 1.57) a month after an initial three-month trial membership, the company said in a statement. The announcement comes at a time when the iPhone maker has been struggling to reassure its shareholders about its business in China.



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Warner Bros. Partners with China Media Capital on Major Production, Distribution Joint Venture


Headquartered in Hong Kong, with offices in Los Angeles and Beijing, the new Flagship Entertainment Group Ltd. will develop and produce a slate of Chinese-language tentpoles for global distribution, with the first titles released as soon as 2016.

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China Box Office: ‘Mission: Impossible’, ‘Minions’ Break Records in Big Week for Hollywood


Local smash hit ‘Monster Hunt’ also became the highest grossing film ever in the world’s second largest movie market.

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China Helicopter Crash Kills Four During TV Series Shoot


Two veteran Chinese cameramen died when their chopper went down while filming footage of the city of Chongqing.

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Iron Maiden’s 2016 World Tour to Start in U.S., Visit China for First Time

Iron Maiden has announced the first run of dates for its 2016 Book Of Souls world tour. 
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Big Trouble In Little China – John Carpenter

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Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 14.99

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Release Date: July 2, 1986


Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) is a simple man who doesn’t believe in ghosts or magic until he’s swept into a mind-boggling adventure deep within Chinatown’s mysterious underworld. Burton’s pal, Wang Chi (Dennis Dun), is trying to rescue his kidnapped fiancée. Egg Shen (Victor Wong), an enigmatic tour-bus driver seems to know a lot about ancient Chinese magic for a simple tour-bus driver. They do battle with an outlandish array of human and inhuman adversaries under the command of Lo Pan (James Hong), a 2000-year-old evil magician who has the power to transform himself from a wheelchair-bound old man into a seven-foot-tall mystical menace.

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Prince William To Speak To China

Prince William will make a rare speech on Chinese television to discuss the need to curb illegal wildlife trade.


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China Box Office Hits $4.7B, Races Past 2014 Total


On track for a record year, China is expected to overtake North America to become the world’s largest film market within three years.

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China Film Execs Claim ‘Terminator’ a Victim of Box-Office Fraud to Boost Propaganda Movie


The CEOs of Huayi Bros. and Bona, the country’s two largest private film companies, both sent out messages on social media suggesting malfeasance at Chinese cinemas.

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China Box Office: ‘Terminator Genisys’ Marches Towards $100M


The fifth installment of the cyborg franchise has made almost as much in eight days in China as it did after nine weeks in North America.

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Tmall Promotion Underscores Heightened Competition in China For U.S. Brands

DEALS, DEALS, DEALS: Tmall.com created an online frenzy with its latest blowout featuring more than 1,000 fashion brands.
The apparel promotion, held twice a year — one for spring and another for fall — this time around boasts a number of brands exclusive to Tmall.com, including Timberland, Decathlon and Zara.
The retailer sweetened the deal to customers with a same-day shipping option, aided by participating stores that will send items purchased online to a customer’s home.
It’s part of a larger strategy to bridge the online and off-line worlds, said a spokeswoman with Tmall.com parent Alibaba Group.
“That’s a very important strategy for Alibaba Group,” the spokeswoman said. “You have a lot of shoppers sometimes when they order online, they want to go in stores and get a sense of the look and feel of something.”
So customers shopping in-store, can make a purchase online with the scan of a QR code or schedule to have product seen in-store delivered to their homes. The option is available in more than 10 cities.
It’s another point of distinction for the online retailer as competition remains fierce to bring U.S. brands to the Chinese consumer.
The sale — running through Wednesday — comes on the heels of Alibaba’s announcement this

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China Box Office: ‘Go Away Mr. Tumor’ Holds Off Challenge from ‘Terminator Genisys’


Revenue in world’s second biggest film market is set to beat last year’s total by the end of August.

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Fox International Restructures Asia Team Toward China Focus


Joon Lee steps into a new role with an eye on Chinese-language content.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Tours China Prior to ‘Terminator Genisys’ Bow


A good run in the world’s second biggest movie market could give the cyborg reboot a much-needed boost.

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The Met’s Costume Institute Breaks Attendance Record With ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’

FOR THE RECORD: The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute has turned up its own summer blockbuster. Over the weekend, “China: Through the Looking Glass” shattered the record-breaking attendance figures for the 2011 exhibition “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.” As of Sunday afternoon, the Andrew Bolton-curated China show had attracted 671,234 visitors, making it The Costume Institute’s most attended exhibition ever. With three weeks to go until its Labor Day closing, the China exhibition may still gain ground on the Met’s other Top 10 visited exhibitions. The McQueen one ranked eighth with 661,509 visitors.
Given “China: Through the Looking Glass’” cross-cultural appeal – designers from around the globe are represented – it is not surprising that museum-goers speaking a variety of languages can be heard in the show’s 16 different galleries. Creative input from artistic director Wong Kar Wai is artistic director and production designer Nathan Crowley no doubt helped drum up interest. The Met is also favorite stop for many of the city’s estimated 55 million annual visitors. For fiscal year 2015 that ended June 30, The Met welcomed 6.3 people, according to a museum spokeswoman. And unlike the McQueen show, which often left many biding their time in line in

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The Monkey King’s Popularity In China Leads to Multiple New Projects


Adaptations of the story have been among the top movies for the last two years.

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Taylor Swift in China: will she shake off “1989” from her clothing brand?

It remains to be seen if Taylor Swift’s clothing line, set to launch in China where references to the year 1989 are banned, will feature her “T.S. 1989” slogan. Helena Williams reports.


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Taylor Swift’s New Apparel Line Might Be Causing Controversy in China


And nobody wants to stir up bad blood.

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China Entertainment Stocks Hit as Market Has Biggest Drop Since 2007


Huayi Brothers, Alibaba Pictures, Fosun and China Star Entertainment are among the companies whose share price tumbled in the biggest market rout since 2007.

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China Stock Market Regains Ground After Crash But Jitters Remain


After so much unbridled enthusiasm in Hollywood for all things China in recent months, the country’s recent equity market crash and subsequent recovery is a reminder that China is still a developing market.

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Maroon 5 Tour Dates in China Canceled: Report

Maroon 5 tour dates in China that were scheduled for September 2015 have reportedly been called off. According to various news outlets…
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Russian War Movie Sells to China as Strategic Relations Build


Patriotic film ‘The Dawns Here Are Quiet’ sells to China Film Group.

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Sun Valley: Barry Diller Talks China Stock Market Woes


The IAC chairman is among the attendees of the annual Allen & Co. gathering of media and technology moguls in Idaho.

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China Box Office: Homegrown ‘Monk’ Beats ‘Jurassic World’


Chen Kaige’s martial arts movie ‘Monk Comes Down The Mountain’ knocks the dinosaurs off the top spot after two weeks.

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China Box Office: ‘Jurassic World’ Unshakeable Amid Surging Revenues


Chinese box office passed $ 3.22 billion in 180 days, which is 66 days faster than last year.

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China Box Office: ‘Jurassic World’ Unshakeable Amid Surging Revenues


Chinese box office passed $ 3.22 billion in 180 days, which is 66 days faster than last year.

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China Film Group to List 467M Shares in IPO


Listing announcement comes as China’s longest-ever bull run appears to come to a crashing halt.

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China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel (Unabridged) – Kevin Kwan

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China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel (Unabridged)

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Dwayne Johnson in talks to star in ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ remake

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, coming off his best-ever opening with disaster movie “San Andreas,” is in talks to star in “Big Trouble in Little China,” the remake of the 1980s action adventure movie being developed by Twentieth Century Fox, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.


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China Box Office: Future Looks Bleak for ‘Tomorrowland’ as ‘Doraemon’ Takes Top Spot


Manga movie ‘Doraemon’ reaps rewards as Japan relations thaw.

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Dwayne Johnson in Talks to Star in ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ Remake


‘X-Men: First Class’ scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are writing the script for the remake of the John Carpenter cult classic.

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THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS ** 1/2 out of ****
BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1915 – 1940 ** 1/2
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THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS ** 1/2 out of ****
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Don’t expect a production of The World Of Extreme Happiness to play Beijing anytime soon. It should because this new drama by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig cares passionately about that country and its many peoples, the varied ethnic groups and indeed countries subsumed into the idea of “China,” the peasants drawn to the big cities in hope and fear, the rising middle and upper class, the artistically rich culture and the crushing forces that have battered them all about. It’s an ambitious, lumpy, fitfully successful but very well-acted and fascinating work.

Sunny (an excellent Jennifer Lim) is unwanted and unloved. She’s a girl in a country where only boys have value and her father tosses the new-born Sunny into a bucket of pig slop. But Sunny keeps drawing breath and raising a racket and her mother can’t bear to finish the child off so Sunny is rescued. The family will pay a price under China’s one-child policy but an even worse price is paid when that mother dies giving birth — finally — to a boy Pete (Telly Leung).

Sunny grows up and heads to the city to work in one of those anonymous factories, the sort where peasants from the countryside commit suicide in despair after slaving away for years on end. Sunny dutifully sends money home, desperate to ensure a better future for her little brother. But still her dour father looks down on Sunny and does what he can to frustrate Pete’s dreams of a better life.

That doesn’t stop Sunny, who befriends a co-worker, takes a motivational class on her evenings off and plots and schemes for the ultimate goal: the chance to speak at the company’s big media event in the Great Hall of the People and thus secure an office job off the factory floor.

The Playbill handed out before the show included an insert that judiciously offers a rundown of various hot-button issues in China: that one child policy, the coal mines where Sunny’s father toils, the mania for self-help guides and gurus as well as a primer on the Monkey King, a folk hero that holds primacy in China and a character which Pete longs to perform in tea houses. (That’s how modest their goals can be.)

But it’s not necessary since the play itself tackles all these elements with aplomb, along with references to the disastrous Great Leap Forward and a lot more. Cowhig’s work is a little less sure-footed in the drama department: the many varied characters are vivid and real and specific, but the numerous plot strands are never tied together in a satisfying way, making the twists and turns feel like melodrama. Further, some switches feel too abrupt, such as Sunny’s rather cruel treatment of her father (James Saito) at one point. To us he just seems trapped in a backwards mind-set, albeit viciously so. Her gratuitous meanness seems mean of her rather than just desserts.

Luckily, the broad melodrama holds our attention and the cast is excellent. Much of the cast doubles and triples roles so effectively you may not even realize it. I’ll single out their best work, with Saito very good as that bitter father (his businessman is less developed as written). Joe Mei is good as her mother and factory friend, though that friend seemed oddly more Japanese in clothing and hair and such to the eyes of this gweilo. Francis Jue was fine as a cynical superintendent but excellent in the show’s best scene as Mr. Destiny, a self-help guru. Sue Jin Song is good as an ambitious pr executive, though her storyline feels the thinnest and least convincing.

For me, one-time Warbler Telly Leung was excellent in dual roles, mainly Pete. I’d gladly watch him perform stories of the Monkey King; indeed, his charisma lifted the show whenever he was onstage. But the one center stage almost the entire night was Jennifer Lim, who traveled a great deal emotionally as Sunny. She carried this world on her shoulders and made it look easy.

Director Eric Ting navigated the many and varied scenes ably enough, eliciting solid tech work from all the behind the scenes talent. Still, the play needed more focus and shaping by Ting and a dramaturge to unite its disparate elements. The dramatic finale with Sunny and Pete was an effective one. But it was an earlier scene that stayed with me most: it’s a scene where Sunny is opening up to Mr. Destiny in front of an audience paying to hear his canned words of wisdom. Spoofing media-genic self-help gurus is a cliche of course. Unexpectedly, thanks to Lim and Jue and the writing, Verité turned a moment of easy laughs into a surprisingly emotional one without ever over-selling the action. It’s a sign that when Cowhig consistently focuses her hunger for big subjects into genuine, character-driven scenes that the results will be far more than just “promising.”

BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1915 – 1940 ** 1/2
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Broadway By The Year is a fixture of the theater scene, a chance for big Broadway talent and cabaret stars to join up-and-comers in an evening devoted to the Great American Songbook. The hook is that each evening is devoted to 25 years of Broadway. Created and hosted by impresario Scott Siegel, it’s a chance to sense a bit of the Great White Way’s changing styles as well as feast on some serious talent.

Of course, like any such endeavor, evenings featuring all sorts of singers is invariably a grab bag. This particular gathering was undeniably on the lesser side, given the high bar set by BBTY in the past. Some performers were out of voice, others off their game and so on. Yet even on an off night, the show passed pleasantly and numerous pleasures were to be had.

Danny Gardner was the star of this show: he goofed through Irving Berlin’s “Oh How I Hate To get Up In The Morning” (from 1918) alongside the chipper BBTY chorus, danced a hastily improvised number to “Pack Up Your Sins and Go To The Devil” that looked smooth as silk and paired nicely with his love Aleka Emerson on “The Varsity Drag.” Oakley Boycott (what a name!) goofed her way through “You’d Be Surprised,” delivering up a new singing style with almost every line. The relatively lightweight material in the teens and early ’20s suited performers like Boycott who knew to have fun with it. (The women, by the way, really stepped it up this evening in the outfit department; many of them looked smashing.)

Lumiro Tubo certainly looked lovely but her singing style is not suited to the getting-down or jazz possibilities of “St. Louis Blues.” The great Tonya Pinkins showed her how it’s done with “The Thrill Is Gone.” Hell, actress that she is, Pinkins had me in her grasp even during the musical bridge simply by the force of her presence.

Chuck Cooper charmed his way through “It Ai’t Necessarily So,” even though the song was burdened with a laboriously complex arrangement. And John Bolton — like others who shined best on this night — had the right daffy air when singing “It’s De-Lovely.” In contrast, the BBTY chorus (a group of up-and-comers Siegel has showcased/”discovered” in other productions) navigated an almost-too-complex arrangement on “Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag” and pretty much pulled it off. They did even better with a straightforward delivery of “It’s A Lovely Day Tomorrow.”

Quieter highlights included Steve Ross gliding through “Say It With Music” and Maxine Linehan’s focus on the lyrics of “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” which brought that chestnut back to life for me. In the same way, the great Karen Akers was sterling on “Where Or When.” It’s no surprise when Akers delivers on a standard, of course. But I was thoroughly charmed by Josh Young, sounding very old school traditional in a good way on “All The Things You Are.” I knew him only from the rock vocalizing of his Tony-nominated turn as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (in which he was great). So I’d no idea if he could switch on a dime to classic balladeering and indeed he could. Young also looked smashing in his dapper, classy suit, making the upcoming musical Amazing Grace all the more worth anticipating. That’s Broadway By The Year at its best: showcasing legends with a chance to shine on great material while giving new talent the opportunity to display their versatility.

Finally, an invariable highlight is when singers forego microphones and sing unamplified. John Easterlin offered up “Someday” in the style of the day (specifically 1925), and milked every bit of applause like the seasoned pro he is. Then William Michals came out and slayed ’em with “One Alone.” His gorgeous voice never needs speakers to reach the back of the audience but it’s his effortless delivery of the lyrics as if new-minted that makes Michals such a treat. (Sinatra similarly makes the emotions of each song transparent.) Later, Tony winner Emily Skinner did a fine “No, You Can’t Have My Heart” and then duetted with Michals on “It Never Was You.” In truth, their voices just didn’t blend well (who can predict vocal chemistry?) but any chance to hear Michals again is a delight. I’m still kicking myself for missing him in South Pacific and look forward to see him in full sometime soon. If you have the chance to see him in concert or in a musical, jump.

I’m already looking forward to the next edition on March 30; it covers Broadway’s golden age from 1941-1965. Sure, this was an off night, but if you can list six or seven memorable performances, enjoy the return of old friends and savor dashing new talent like Young, how off can it be?

VERITÉ * 1/2
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The set for Verité (designed by Andrew Boyce) is serviceable but surprisingly plodding. It depends a lot on window blinds and every time the setting changes from say an apartment to a grocery store or an office into a hotel room, we watch as sets of blinds sloooowly raise or lower one at a time (never all at once, god knows why) and then maybe a grocery store shelf timidly slides out and then a sofa pulls back out of sight and so on. It’s like a magic trick slowed down so you can observe how it’s done. More to the point, it mirrors the oddly tepid plot of this dark comedy which takes forever to get going and then goes precisely nowhere. Nowhere until the last moment, that is, a moment that should have taken place ten minutes into the play rather than at the end.

The hook is certainly vivid and worthy of Nick Jones, one of the central writers and a co-producer on Orange Is The New Black. A struggling writer named Jo (the winning Anna Camp) has been laboring over a fantasy novel for many years, trying the patience of her prickly husband (Danny Wolohan, always good) and encouraged by her son (Oliver Hollmann).

No one else has given Jo’s labor of love the time of day until a boutique publishing house calls her in for a meeting. They love her “voice” but don’t care for the fantasy novel. So they’ll pay her $ 50,000 to write a memoir. A memoir, Jo wonders? But her life is so uninteresting. Well, what if they made it interesting? So that’s the vaguely out-there idea or perhaps the suggestion of an idea in this show: publishers searching for the next big memoir start playing god with an unknown writer’s life, throwing dramatic conflicts at her in an attempt to give her something to write about. One can easily imagine the possibilities: death, mayhem, robberies, hostages, disease, terrorists and so on. The sky’s the limit!

What actually happens in the play is very, very little. It takes ages for the (possible) premise to be set up — some of the tension is supposed to derive from wondering if our heroine is just paranoid and merely imagines the publishers are toying with her life for evil if lucrative purposes. Jo takes forever to decide whether to accept the deal, then agonizes over spending a week-long vacation at the beach, which certainly doesn’t sound dramatically promising. Finally, when an apparent friend from high school pops into view (Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Winston), she decides a-ha! An affair! The play is well into its second half before even this very modest dip into “drama” for our would-be memoirist surfaces. Half the time Jo plays it coy as to what is going on, while Jones stretches out the non-existent suspense over whether the publishers are genuinely interfering with her life or Jo is just nuts. (All I could think was, they better be or she doesn’t even have the makings of a magazine article, much less a memoir.)

Finally, finally (!) Jo throws caution to the wind (sort of) and heads to Latin America with Winston. She fantasizes he’s a drug lord though all he really seems to be doing is repairing refrigeration units in grocery stores and yet perhaps is at the same time an actor working for the publishers. Are you bored yet? Because the idea of publishers engineering an affair with a guy pretending to install refrigeration units is as nutty as the show gets until the actor goes off script in an unearned melodramatic twist.

The rug is sort of pulled out from under us as we go back and forth about what exactly is going on, right up to the end, which leaves little doubt. But long before we get there, we’ve given up caring.

Camp is appealing on stage, but no one could make such a bland, timid character come to full life. Moss-Bachrach is solid as the lover but he too can’t make sense of such a muddled premise. Wolohan is of course rock solid as her husband but in the play’s typical inability to commit or make things interestingly vague, he mutters nasty comments at her that seem utterly out of character. We never suss out whether this is her paranoid imagination or suppressed rage on his part. Jeanine Serralles has the thankless role of his sister, forced to wear jokey outfits and absurd spray-painted sneakers (all by Paloma Young) so we know she’s a brassy gal with trashy taste but certain to be loud and speak the truth. On the bright side, Hollmann has the best line of the show and is adorable even during the curtain call.

Matt McGrath and and Robert Sella are actually quite amusing as the Nordic publishers, but they seem to be acting in an alternate universe, with performances more akin to a Saturday Night Live sketch than the rest of the cast. Director Moritz Von Stuelpnagel doesn’t begin to mould all these ideas and acting styles into a coherent whole.

Without question, the kernel of an idea is here and Jones should have committed to it. If Jo had been offered this deal with the devil and seen it kick into high gear in the first ten minutes, perhaps a consistent tone and witty satire about our thirst for reality — however manufactured — could have been created. Unfortunately, it takes the entire length of the play just to get to where the story should have begun.

FABULOUS! *
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I was both mildly dismayed and mildly inspired by Fabulous!, a silly gay romp of a musical with cross-dressing guys on the lam, sailors who are twinkie and twinkly, closeted movie stars, gangsters and enough romantic possibilities to fill a cruise ship. It was exactly the sort of nonsense I was in the mood for.

Since the show had enjoyed a limited run and come back for an open-ended one, savvy theater-goers might rightly assume it would at least be a cut above the average. You keep expectations low Off Off Broadway but hey, you never know.

Sadly, the material at hand is simply deadly, with book and lyrics by Dan Derby and music by Michael Rheault all quite unmemorable. It’s the sort of show you might see at a fringe festival and then forget five minutes after it was over. With technical elements under a very modest budget, I’d single out the costumes of Maya Graffagna as doing the most with the least. The sets and so on might have been charmingly low-rent if the story had held our attention. It didn’t and was, to say the least, uninspiring.

And yet, despite not being remotely ready to recommend the show, I did find the give-it-their-best attitude of the cast rather inspiring. God knows it’s hard enough to make it in the theater. Actors dream of great material but must hungrily latch onto any actual role in an actual paying gig with glee. No, it may not be great but what are you gonna do?

The sailors are quite well cast as silly chorus boys (I chose Joel Libed as Sailor #3, as one will when the mind drifts) and like everyone on stage, they gave it their all. Rising above the script as best they could, Rebecca Kopec as the token closeted lesbian Sylvia and Michael James Valvo as her droll gay sidekick simply delivered these stock roles — cliches and all — as unapologetically as they could.

The show is retro to its core, but in a typical sign of flagging creativity, they made Sylvia an ugly, rejected figure at the end with lipstick smeared across her face after being rejected by the character she loves. At the show’s nadir, she kisses him and he almost throws up after their smooch. It’s an ugly caricature from a bygone era, the sort of nasty stereotype best left in the past and one Derby should have risen above. To her credit, Kopec tackles it with gusto.

Kelsey Youmans and Alexander Price goof about with abandon in their gangster roles, though Steven Bidwell can’t really bring anything to the mild part of the lovelorn captain. Jonathan Grunert in contrast actually brings vim to his Rock Hudson knock-off, thanks to square-jawed good looks and a knowing ability to play it straight, the only way to make such a role work. I’d actually seek him out in other parts, as I would the two leads.

Tobias Young as Laura Lee sings very well and delivers his flat comic lines with enough gusto to even make some of them land. He’s appealing, as is DaWoyne A. Hill as Laura Lee’s partner in crime Jane Mann. The role makes no sense but by God Hill sings his big number with such determination to put it over you’d swear for a second he was singing “I Am What I Am” from La Cage Aux Folles. Far from it, but his commitment almost makes you forget that.

Why be so hard on a silly show with a silly plot and no desire to do anything but make you giggle? Because I love silly shows just as much as the next guy and know how precious they are when done well. Just because they look easy is no reason to go easy on those who fall far short. God knows the cast deserved something a lot more fabulous than Fabulous!

THEATER OF 2015

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The World Of Extreme Happiness ** 1/2
Broadway By The Year 1915-1940 **
Verite * 1/2
Fabulous *

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