Shanghai, June 20 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Alan Taylor, director of "Game of Thrones," announced Tuesday at the ongoing Shanghai International Film Festival that his new film "Gold Mountain" would dig into American history and depict a piece of the story of early Chinese immigrants moving to America during the late 1850s Gold Rush.
The new film is part of a gigantic film incubation project with Starlight Culture, a Hong Kong-listed Chinese film company. The film shooting is scheduled to start and finish in 2020.
"History is my real interest," Taylor told Xinhua, explaining how he found this "Chinese story." His wife is a Chinese-American and has always wanted to tell the story of the early Chinese immigrants' integration into the United States.
The film "Gold Mountain" will tell the story of a shrewd widow who helped smuggle an unruly Chinese girl into the U.S. to enter into a fiercely violent world dominated by male chauvinism. Facing their life battle together, the two women finally establish a profound relationship.
"You will be surprised when you open the history books of the United States. The history of those early Chinese immigrants in the Gold Rush who helped build the Pacific Railway is almost completely wiped out," said Taylor. "But even for me, the subject is too heavy to handle. It was not until I found these two women, so subtle and so real, that I convinced myself to do this movie."
He said the film is both "very American" and "very Chinese." It depicts the typical American West, with early Chinese immigrants as the leading characters. In addition, Chinese Malaysian Hollywood movie star Michelle Yeoh will join this film as co-producer.
"History is grand. But fundamentally my film is only about human nature. It is not painful nor agonizing, but very uplifting when you see how people turn from 'tough' to 'soft' and make deep connections with their souls and hearts," he said.
As a television and film director, Taylor is known for work in TV shows such as "Game of Thrones." He has also directed films including "Thor: The Dark World" and "Terminator: Genisys."
Starlight also announced Tuesday in Shanghai a package of Sino-U.S. film incubation plans, which includes Roland Emmerich's "Rebirth," "Empress Wu" of Robert Zemeckis, "Bad Boys" of Sylvester Stallone.
Starlight has developed its business in Hollywood in recent years. It has signed up with Hollywood directors including Roland Emmerich, Alan Taylor, Robert Zemeckis, Gary Gary and Jonathan Liebesman, according to Peter Luo, CEO of Starlight.
Lately, the company has jointly invested in and produced Hollywood mainstream productions such as "Crazy Rich Asians."
New Delhi, June 18 (Xinhua/UNB) -- India's Information and Broadcasting Ministry has issued an advisory to all private satellite TV channels to avoid showing children in "indecent, suggestive and inappropriate manner" in dance reality shows or other such programmes.
In its advisory issued on Tuesday, the ministry said that it had noticed that several dance-based reality TV shows portray young children performing dance moves originally done by adults in movies and other popular modes of entertainment.
"These moves are often suggestive and age-inappropriate. Such acts may also have distressing impact on children, impacting them at a young and impressionable age," the advisory stated.
All the TV channels are expected to abide by the provisions contained in Programme and Advertising Codes prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and rules framed, it said.
As per the rules, no programme should be carried on TV which denigrates children, and further that programmes meant for children should not contain any bad language or explicit scenes of violence, it said.
It further added that the channels have been advised to exercise maximum restraint, sensitivity and caution while showing such reality shows and programmes.
New York, May 16 (AP/UNB) - Priyanka Chopra Jonas recently reflected on times during her adolescence in which she was bullied for her appearance, particularly for the color of her skin.
In an interview with the Associated Press, the actress said, "I was treated differently because I'm brown."
"I had, you know, really racist behavior when I was in high school in 10th grade," Chopra Jonas, 36, said. "I was called 'Brownie,' 'Curry,' 'go back on the elephant you came on,' and that really affected me when I was a kid and affected my self-esteem."
She said that experiencing this abuse motivated her to help others.
"I'm not going to allow anyone to feel like that anymore," she said. "But it took that innate sense of self, which was, I think, created in me through my parents. It took my upbringing and my environment to create that."
She believes that the bullying she experienced is an effect of learned behavior.
"The way we treat people differently comes from cultural, subliminal messaging that has happened over eons," she told AP. "The more we can talk about it and open other people's eyes and say, 'It doesn't have to be that way,' and give them more examples, I guess society will change."
Chopra Jonas previously opened up about using skin lightening cream to Vogue India in 2017 while discussing beauty expectations and ideals she encountered growing up.
"A lot of girls with a darker skin hear things like, 'Oh, poor thing, she’s dark,'" she explained to the outlet. "In India, they advertise skin-lightening creams: 'Your skin’s gonna get lighter in a week.' I used it [when I was very young]."
"When I was an actor, around my early 20s, I did a commercial for a skin-lightening cream," she continued. "I was playing that girl with insecurities. And when I saw it, I was like, 'Oh s---. What did I do?' I started talking about being proud of the way I looked. I actually like my skin tone."
The actress now champions embracing one's identity and appearance. She recently partnered with Obagi Medical for a global awareness initiative called "SKINCLUSION," which is "dedicated to elevating the global dialogue about diversity and how we can all make conscious choices to see the beauty in all of our differences."
"I do want to create a world for my future kids where they don't have to think about diversity, where they're not talking about it because it's normal," she told AP.
New York, Apr 26 (AP/UNB) — Taylor Swift says she's releasing a new single and music video called "ME!" on Friday that's about "embracing your individuality and really celebrating it."
In an interview with Robin Roberts on Thursday — during the 2019 NFL Draft on ABC — the pop star said the song features Brendon Urie of Panic! of the Disco.
"I think that with a pop song we have the ability to get melodies stuck in people's heads and I just want it to be one that makes (people) feel better about themselves," she said.
Swift has been teasing fans for weeks with clues about a new project. She surprised a few hundred fans Thursday when she visited a mural she commissioned in Nashville.
Swift thanked the artist who created the mural in an Instagram post on Thursday. She also thanked her fans for showing up, saying: "I've never been more proud of your FBI level detective skills."
"The fans are amazing. I can't believe how dedicated they are," Swift told Roberts. "I can't believe how much they care — so it makes it more fun more for me to create music, to create music videos."
Swift's last album was "reputation," released in 2017.
Los Angeles, Apr 17 (AP/UNB) — The first episode of the final season of "Game of Thrones" is a record-breaker for the series and HBO.
The pay channel said the 17.4 million viewers who watched Sunday's episode either on TV or online represent a season-opening high for the fantasy saga.
HBO Now also posted its biggest streaming night ever, the channel said Monday.
The episode topped the 16.1 million who saw the seventh-season premiere and the 16.9 million who watched that season's finale.
Reflecting increasing audience fondness for streaming, HBO saw about a 50 percent increase in online viewing compared to last season's finale. In comparison to the season-seven premiere, the streaming audience nearly doubled.
"Game of Thrones" ultimately averaged 32.8 million viewers per episode last season in cumulative TV and online viewership, HBO said.