"Summer Detective," an award-winning Chinese rural comedy film that infuses dark humor with suspense and adventure, is set to hit big screens across the country on Friday, Nov. 29, according to the China Film Distribution and Exhibition Association.
Set on the North China Plain, it tells the story of two men on the hunt for a runaway driver responsible for a traffic accident.
Directed and written by Xu Lei, "Summer Detective" won the FIRST 2019 Best Cinematic Script award. Held annually in Xining, northwest China, FIRST is an international film festival committed to the discovery and promotion of emerging filmmakers and their early works.
"Frozen II," a sequel to the 2013 Disney animated blockbuster "Frozen," continued to top the Chinese mainland box office on Saturday, according to the China Movie Data Information Network Sunday.
The film grossed more than 165.13 million yuan (23.49 million U.S. dollars) of box office revenue, accounting for about 66 percent of the daily total.
The animated musical fantasy film continues the story of Elsa, a queen with icy powers, and her warmhearted sister Anna. In the new film, Anna and Elsa travel to an ancient enchanted forest to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom.
It was followed by Chinese romantic drama "Somewhere Winter" and crime film "The Guilty Ones," which raked in about 15.80 million yuan and 11.99 million yuan, respectively.
The second edition of IDLC Theatre Festival, a five-day special initiative of IDLC Finance Limited, concluded on Saturday at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).
Marking the conclusion, theatre troupe Arshinagar staged its play ‘Rahu Chandler Har’ from the adaptation of Abhijit Sen’s novel at the Experimental Theatre Hall of BSA at 5 pm .
The play was then followed by the much-acclaimed production of Theatre (Bailey Road), ‘Payer AwajPawa Jay’ at 8:30 pm at the National Theatre Hall of BSA.
Ten of the top theater groups in Bangladesh participated in this year’s theatre festival. They are- Dhaka University’s Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, Nattochokkro, Tarua, Podatik Nattyo Shongshod, Dhaka Theatre, Arshinagar, Somoy Nattodol, Theater, Shobdo Nattochorcha Kendro and Nagorik Nattyangon.
Started in 2018 for the first time, this year’s five day long special festivity arranged by IDLC Finance Limited was inaugurated on November 19, 2019 by former Minister for Cultural Affairs and veteran actor-theatre activist Asaduzzaman Noor. I
DLC’s CEO & MD Arif Khan along with the special guest Ramendu Majumdar, President of International Theatre Institution (ITI) was also present on the occasion.
Minutes after an NBA game ended Friday night, the Utah Jazz's home arena was evacuated because of a suspicious package.
Salt Lake City police said the package turned out to be a toolbox, and the Jazz said employees were cleared by authorities to re-enter the building a couple of hours after the evacuation.
Most fans had already exited Vivint Smart Home Arena following Utah's 113-109 victory over the Golden State Warriors when players, coaches and reporters were instructed to leave immediately.
Not long after both coaches finished answering postgame questions from the media, a spokesman for the Jazz told reporters to exit the building due to the suspicious package. Outside, they were directed by security to leave the premises.
Utah players quickly headed for their cars in the parking lot — center Rudy Gobert was still in uniform as he left. Warriors players boarded their team bus.
Salt Lake City police Lt. Carlos Valencia said he received a call about the package from an officer working part-time at the game around 9:30 p.m. Valencia said the suspicious package looked like a shoebox and was discovered under a table behind a restaurant in the northeast corner of the arena.
"With that information, my next step was to call the bomb squad to have them come out, secure, and render the suspicious package safe," he said. "From what I was told by the officers, was that the arena K-9 bomb dogs got a hit on the package. By the time I arrived, they had already secured the area."
Valencia said the sellout crowd was already starting to leave when the evacuation began.
"We wanted to take all precautions necessary because public safety is paramount to us," he said.
In a statement, the Jazz said Salt Lake City police issued an "all-clear" at 11:32 p.m., and employees were permitted to re-enter the building to prepare for Saturday night's Jazz home game.
"Guest safety is the top priority at Vivint Smart Home Arena. At the conclusion of the Utah Jazz-Golden State game, an employee noticed an unattended package on the main concourse. Upon further examination, it was concluded that we would enact our emergency action plan. Security was promptly alerted and guests were diverted away from the area and cleared from the arena. Salt Lake City Police Department assumed control of the situation, executing its suspicious package protocol," the Jazz said.
"We would like to thank fans for their attention and cooperation, as well as the Salt Lake City Police Department for their responsiveness and partnership."
Rapper and actor Eric B. was sentenced to a year's probation Friday stemming from a motor vehicle stop and police chase that occurred nearly 19 years ago but wasn't resolved because he failed to show up for his sentencing.
Eric B., whose real name is Eric Barrier, spent two weeks in the Bergen County jail before his release last week, after the 17-year-old bench warrant surfaced when he was returning to the U.S. from Canada.
Barrier, accompanied by several friends who spoke on his behalf during the sentencing, said afterward that state Superior Court Judge James Guida was "firm but fair." The 54-year-old New York City native apologized during a brief statement to the court.
"I'm glad it's over," he said outside the courthouse.
Eric B. and Rakim are known as one of the greatest hip-hop duos of all time. Barrier most recently has been on the CBS show "Blue Bloods." Barrier said he currently is touring and was heading to a show in Delaware.
Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Ron McCormick had argued for a jail term, though he conceded that the original 364-day sentence Barrier faced in 2002 "probably is not appropriate."
McCormick argued that sentencing Barrier to probation would send the message to other defendants that they could skip sentencing, lead a productive life and come back years later to get a better deal.
"I don't think that's justice, I don't think it's fair, I don't think it's a deterrent," he said.
Guida apparently was sympathetic to a degree, as he imposed a condition that if Barrier doesn't comply with rules of his probation over the next nine months, he will spend the last three months in jail.
Barrier has claimed that his attorney at the time, Paul Bergrin, told him he didn't have to attend the original sentencing because he'd been accepted into a pretrial diversion program that would allow him to avoid jail. On Friday, Guida said he viewed the claim skeptically.
Bergrin currently is serving multiple life terms after being convicted of racketeering and conspiring to murder a witness against one of his other clients.
Barrier's current attorney, Patrick Toscano, said Barrier has traveled abroad extensively and the bench warrant never came up, and that the first time it did, Barrier turned himself in.
According to a police report read in court by Guida, Barrier was stopped in northern New Jersey, just outside New York, in January 2001 when police noticed his Range Rover didn't have front license plates or an inspection sticker. When they pulled him over, he exited his car but eventually drove away and led several officers on a chase, and hit several cars including police vehicles, according to the report.