Monthly Archives: August 2008

Justin Rivera on the Gong Show

Filipino American prestidigitator Justin Rivera pulls out his arsenal of disc tricks on Comedy Central’s The Gong Show with Dave Attell. He left the judges speechlee through his routine. Watch him perform and let us know what you think.

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Justin Rivera on the Gong Show

Bryan Clay on a Wheaties Box

Clay becomes third decathlon champion in a row to ‘Eat his Wheaties’

HAPA Bryan Clay became the first American since Dan O’Brien in 1996 to win gold in the decathlon, earning the distinction of “World’s Greatest Athlete.” The half African-American, half Japanese-American Clay took silver in Athens in 2004 and was World Champion in 2005. He led the decathlon competition from the start, taking first or second in five of the 10 events and third in two others. A native of Honolulu and current Los Angeles resident, Clay joins fellow decathlon gold medalists O’Brien, Jim Thorpe and Bruce Jenner as Wheaties champions.

“Having your picture on the Wheaties box is something all athletes strive for,” Clay says. “It’s a mark of distinction that says you’ve reached the pinnacle of your career. This is a very special honor for me.”

Decathlon demands excellence in a variety of sports, which requires a strenuous training program. “Training is difficult,” says Clay. “Eating right helps give you the edge, to withstand extensive workouts, provide quick muscle recovery and guard against injury.”

Clay also credits his strong support system for helping him achieve all his success. He recalls running with his brother in the sixth grade and speculating together on whether they’d ever be good enough to earn a spot on the Wheaties box.

“Bryan’s performance in Beijing is certainly worthy of the Wheaties box,” Jenner says. “He’s a great athlete and competitor. I’m proud to welcome both Bryan and Nastia into the ‘Breakfast of Champions’ family.”

Bryan Clay talks about being on a Wheaties Box

Jin proud to be an ABC

In a wide-ranging interview, rapper Jin speaks to the South China Morning Post about the launch of his all-Cantonese album ABC, his identity, Hong Kong’s music scene, his childhood, and battling.

Jin is only one of four music artists that Universal Records is focusing on in Hong Kong. The other artists include Keeva Mak, singer-songwriter-lyricist-producer Eva Chan, and a 5 persons band Mr.

Jin proud to be an ABC

iaTV and Tokyopop enter anime partnership

iaTV, America’s only 24/7 television network for Asian pop culture, announced a program acquisition deal and strategic ad sales partnership with TOKYOPOP, the leading publisher and distributor of manga-oriented entertainment.

Through this agreement, iaTV’s ad sales team will represent the advertising sales activities for TOKYOPOP’s digital assets including www.TOKYOPOP.com, brand integration within original and user-generated video content, mobile advertising and other applications. TOKYOPOP.com averages over five million page views per month and over 400,000 unique visitors (according to Google Analytics), 70 percent of which are in the valuable tween and teenage demographics, and 60 percent of which are female.

Programming acquired by iaTV from TOKYOPOP includes two popular Japanese anime series – Initial D and Psychic Academy – and anime film Spring and Chaos have also been acquired, with Initial D being televised Monday through Friday, beginning September 1, at 5:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. PT and Psychic Academy joining the network’s Tuesday primetime A-Pop lineup at 10:30 p.m. PT on September 9. Also coming to iaTV are several short-form (three- to four-minute) ‘iManga’ series: bite-sized programs based on TOKYOPOP’s top manga titles, combining animation with still art, music and English voiceovers. In addition, iaTV has acquired the hardcore FMW Wrestling, which will air Fridays at 10 p.m. PT starting September 12, leading out of Pancrase: Legends of Mixed Martial Arts, and creating of a two-hour primetime block of male skewing sports entertainment.

Here’s a clip of Initial D

NBA preseason games in China

The NBA China Games will return to China in October with two games featuring the Milwaukee Bucks and the Golden State Warriors in Beijing and Guangzhou, it was announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sport and the Guangzhou Sports Bureau. NBA China Games 2008 will feature the first sporting event at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena following the Olympics and the first ever NBA game played in Guangzhou. (Too bad Yi Jianlian was traded from the Milwaukee Bucks to the new Jersey Nets. Otherwise, it would have been great for him to play in front the China fans.)

NBA China Games 2008 will tip off in Guangzhou on Oct. 15 when the Bucks and Warriors meet at the Guangzhou Gymnasium with a capacity of 13,000. The two teams then travel to Beijing to play on Oct. 18 at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena, an NBA-style arena with a capacity of 17,173. Following the China Games, the multi-purpose arena is expected to host basketball games, other sporting events, concerts and festivals.

As part of the NBA’s on-going Sichuan Province earthquake relief efforts, NBA Cares, the league’s social responsibility program, will undertake a series of activities and events in conjunction with NBA China Games 2008. The events will support the rebuilding process in the province and recognize the rescue workers and first responders for their tireless and heroic efforts.

Both games will be televised live in China, the United States and to more than 200 countries and territories.

NBA China Games 2008 will be the league’s third set of preseason games in China. In 2004, the NBA became the first American professional sports league to stage games in China, with two games between the Houston Rockets and the Sacramento Kings in Shanghai and Beijing. Last October, NBA China Games 2007 featured three games between the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Orlando Magic and the Team China All-Stars in Shanghai and Macao. The NBA’s first trip to China dates back to 1979 when the Washington Wizards played against the Chinese National Team.

Win a trip for two to an NBA game in Guangzhou, China.

Trip includes:

– Round trip air travel for winner and (1) guest to Guangzhou, China

– Two-night standard double-occupancy hotel accommodations for winner and guest

– Two (2) tickets to an NBA game

– Meet and greet with an NBA Legend… and more!

NBA China 2007: Team China vs Cavs

Sukiyaki Western Django

Famed Japanese auteur Takashi Miike, best known for cult classics Audition, Ichi the Killer and The City of Lost Souls, redefines the spaghetti Western with Sukiyaki Western Django, a tale written in blood. Two clans, Genji, the white clan led by Yoshitsune (Yusuke Iseya), and Heike, the red clan led by Kiyomori (Koichi Sato), battle for a legendary treasure hidden in a desolate mountain town. One day, a lone gunman (Ito Hideaki), burdened with deep emotional scars but blessed with incredible shooting skills, drifts into town. The two clans try to woo the lone gunman to their sides, but he has ulterior motives. Dirty tricks, betrayal, desire and love collide as the situation erupts into a final, explosive showdown. Also stars Quentin Tarantino.

Look for it at a theater near you.

Sukiyaki Western Django trailer