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Beauty And Brains: Actress Olivia Cheng Is As “Kick-Ass” As Her Netflix Marco Polo Alter Ego, Mei Lin

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Wearing only a diaphanous silk robe, her provocative foreplay is conveyed through a graceful, mesmerizing dance; a spider spinning her web. Her prey – three leering soldiers, sent by her corrupt brother Chancellor Jia Sidao to attack her, are hypnotized by her sexual innuendo. And that’s when Mei Lin, favourite Imperial concubine, drops her robe and strikes. Throwing a large dagger disguised as …

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Persona Non Grata: When Compassion Supercedes Personal Gain

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“I just did what human beings should do. You do the right thing… not for gain. Not for recognition. The refugees needed my help. I could give it to them. It was the right thing to do. That’s all.” Chiune Sempo Sugihara In his new feature film, Persona Non Grata, director, Cellin Gluck sheds light on a little-known hero of WWII: Japanese diplomat, …

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What Happens When the Most Creative Minds In Art and Science Brainstorm? The Brain Project, of Course!

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Phosphorescent mica particles  produce an eerie glow from each hemisphere; bronze fingers entwine themselves around a human brain like roots of a living tree while networks of neural transmitters resemble an intricate spider’s web. This is no mad scientist’s laboratory or scenes from a 50s sci-fi flick. Rather, they’re sculptural interpretations of the brain as re-imagined by 100 artists, designers …

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Wine, Design, De-Stress and Dine Makes 50th Parallel Estate Winery A Destination For All the Senses

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I’m imagining floating in one of Sheri-Lee Turner-Krouzel’s vino therapy treatments absorbing all those antioxidants (and if that doesn’t work, I can always drink the treatment!) Dreaming is what got the enterprising Sheri-Lee and husband, Curtis Krouzel into the winery business in the first place. Their 10,000 square-foot, high-tech 50th Parallel Estate Winery in Lake Country, Okanagan, Canada’s wine capital,  has been constructed in …

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Mystique’s Sexy Blue Reptile Skin & Wolverine’s Retractable Metal Claws Brought To Life By Gordon FX Smith

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He has stood among the dead, even perpetrated the atrocities of war, but never fought the battle. He has performed open heart surgery, dissected John F. Kennedy’s brain and transplanted metal claws into Hugh Jackman’s hands, all done with no medical qualifications. Gordon “FX” Smith was always a benign Dr. Frankenstein. He’s a graying special effects prosthetics wizard who preferred leather to lab coat …

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“Zimbelism” – A Documentary on Remarkable Tales from the Dark Room of Photographer, George S. Zimbel

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Don’t let his grandfatherly demeanor under a lustrous thick head of white hair fool you. At age 86 and one of the last bastions of North American street photographers known as “humanists”, George S. Zimbel is one tough cookie. A champion of the Everyman (and woman,) his lens has captured burlesque queens, truckers and presidents, movie stars and kids just …

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Daniel Libeskind – “One Day In Life” An Exploration of Music, Design and Space

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Can you imagine concerts held in a moving streetcar, a hospital’s operating room or the apartment building where Oscar Schindler once lived? Architect, Daniel Libeskind with the Alte Oper, will bring together 75 spectacular concert performances in unusual and unexpected venues within Frankfurt, Germany, May 21 to May 22, 2016, and all within a 24-hour period, interpreting One Day In …

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Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History, Captures the Wit and Creativity of One of America’s Iconic Fashion Designers

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From non-conformist Yeshiva student to flamboyant judge of Project Runway: All Stars,  showman for QVC Network’s, Isaac Mizrahi Live! and Jeopardy genius, the inimitable fashion designer has always marched to the beat of his own drum. He draped supermodel, Naomi Campbell in his Totem Pole Gown from his fall 1991 Collection in what today, would almost certainly be deemed “politically incorrect” but …

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Justin Freer Beams Up To The Podium To Conduct Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour

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Growing up in Orange County, California in the 80s, music prodigy, Justin Freer never imagined he’d one day become Maestro Freer conducting for a 100-city North American tour of Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour. It’s presented by CineConcerts, CBS Consumer Products and Paramount Pictures. Too young to watch the original Star Trek series, but a fan …

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Jennifer Teege – My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past

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Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. So much has been written about the victims of the Nazi regime. But what if you discovered that you were related to one of its most notorious perpetrators? That was the case for author, Jennifer Teege, as she so poignantly strives to extricate her own identity from that of a monster through a series of …