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Updated: 2014-04-11 04:56 By Jony Lam (HK Edition)
‘Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,” wrote Rudyard Kipling in 1889. Today, some Hongkongers are also making a similar claim, thinking that Hong Kong is Hong Kong and the mainland is the mainland. They believe things on the mainland, no matter how fantastic they may seem, are in reality either fake, poisonous, unethical, or any combination of these elements.
To Hongkongers, Tencent’s QQ is nothing but a rip-off of ICQ, just as WeChat, Renren and weibos are clones of Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter. When Dad, Where Are You Going? became a sensation on the mainland, Hongkongers shook their heads, pointing out that the format was licensed from South Korea and there was nothing new about it.
Hong Kong, on the other hand, is an innovative place. Our originality, for example, enables TVB to keep the variety show, Super Trio Series, running eternally. It debuted in 1995. The hosts of the series – the three “Prize Masters”: Eric Tsang Chi-wai, Jerry Lamb Hiu-fung and Chin Kar-lok – are still entertaining the city with the same kind of games. Anyone who has doubts about the implementation of the Basic Law should watch the show. When they see the same attempts to be funny, which have lasted for the last 18 years, they will be convinced our way of life hasn’t changed a bit since the handover.
Watching the Super Trio Series – from the first Movie Buff Championship – to the more recent Super Trio Supreme and Super Trio Game Master, to the latest Super Trio Maximus, one cannot but admire the level of professionalism in local showbiz. It is not uncommon for juvenile roles in the city to be played by actors in their late 20s or 30s. Jerry Lamb and Chin Kar-lok are now in their 40s. Eric Tsang is 51.
Last month, our pop culture was enriched by the release of Bird of Paradise’s debut music video Landing on the Sun. The singing/dancing boy group is a perfect crossover between the local Mong Kok style and K-pop. They are less feminine than their Korean colleagues, but they still wear eye shadow. The dazzling dance moves and signature offbeat rapping in the music video has captured the city’s heart. People discussing the group and its debut on online forums said they could not believe what they were watching, and the images don’t go away.
People are beginning to call this emerging style MK-pop, so as to celebrate its roots in the much-celebrated local grassroots culture of Mong Kok. However, some insist the abbreviation has a different origin, and in fact means the Marvelous Kai (lame).
The other new MK-pop group now being discussed in the city is Faith. It is famous for the members’ distinctively amateurish dance moves, which may well be intentionally executed and painstakingly rehearsed. If the manager is not jailed for exploiting child labor, the group has the potential to become our city’s Super Junior. However, to the dismay of Hongkongers, Faith’s debut Stop Peeping is not sung in our beloved Cantonese. The production house managing the group said the song was in a language called huayu. To untrained ears it sounds very much like Putonghua with a Hong Kong accent.
The phenomenon of MK-pop reminds us that the line between innovation and imitation is thin. Korea’s Samsung is no doubt inspired in part by the US’s Apple, but it does a very good job pushing smart devices to the next level. Faith appropriates K-pop elements to create MK-pop, and sings in huayu. The mainland learns a lot from the rest of the world, but it also adds many fine touches which are truly pioneering.
Rudyard Kipling’s poem quoted at the beginning also has the following lines, which say, “But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!” This can be construed as saying that despite their differences, when two strong men meet, accidents of birth, whether nationality, race, or family, do not matter at all.
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For the section of the White House for which the show is named, see West Wing.
The West Wing is an American serial political drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1999, to May 14, 2006. The series is set primarily in the West Wing of the White House, where the Oval Office and offices of presidential senior staff are located, during the fictional Democratic administration of Josiah Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen).
The West Wing was produced by Warner Bros. Television. For the first four seasons, there were three executive producers: Aaron Sorkin (lead writer of almost all of the first four seasons); Thomas Schlamme (primary director); and John Wells. After Sorkin left the series, Wells assumed the role of head writer, with latter executive producers being directors Alex Graves and Christopher Misiano (seasons 67), and writers Lawrence O’Donnell Jr. and Peter Noah (season 7).
The series first aired on NBC in 1999 and has been broadcast by many networks in several other countries. The series ended its seven-year run on May 14, 2006.
The West Wing received positive reviews from critics, political science professors, and former White House staffers. In total, The West Wing won three Golden Globe Awards and 26 Emmy Awards, including the award for Outstanding Drama Series, which it won four consecutive times from 2000 through 2003. The show’s ratings waned in later years following the departure of series creator Sorkin (who wrote or co-wrote 85 of the first 88 episodes) after the fourth season, yet it remained popular among high-income viewers, a key demographic for the show and its advertisers, with around 16million viewers. In 2013 TV Guide ranked it #7 in its list of The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time, while the Writers Guild of America ranked it #10 in its 101 Best Written TV Series List.
The West Wing employed a broad ensemble cast to portray the many positions involved in the daily work of the US federal government. The President, the First Lady, and the President’s senior staff and advisers form the core cast. Numerous secondary characters, appearing intermittently, complement storylines that generally revolve around this core group.
The columns in the table below are an approximation of the cast roles associated with the “President,” which shifted over the years.
Each of the principal actors made approximately $75,000 an episode, with Sheen’s confirmed salary being $300,000. Rob Lowe left the series in the fourth season reportedly due to not getting a salary increase. Disparities in cast salaries led to very public contract disputes, particularly by Janney, Schiff, Spencer, and Whitford. During contract negotiations in 2001, the four were threatened with breach of contract suits by Warner Bros. However, by banding together, they were able to persuade the studio to more than double their salaries. Two years later, the four again demanded a doubling of their salaries, a few months after Warner Bros had signed new licensing deals with NBC and Bravo.
John Spencer, who played Leo McGarry, died from a heart attack on December 16, 2005, about a year after his character experienced a nearly fatal heart attack on the show.Martin Sheen gave a brief memorial message before “Running Mates”, the first new episode that aired after Spencer’s death. The loss of Spencer’s character was addressed beginning with the episode “Election Day”, which aired on April 2, 2006.
In an interview on the Season 1 DVD, Bradley Whitford said that he was originally cast as Sam, even though Aaron Sorkin had created the Josh character specifically for him. In the same interview, Janel Moloney stated she had originally auditioned for the role of C.J. and that Donna, the role for which she was eventually cast, was not meant to be a recurring character. Other actors were seriously considered for other roles, including Alan Alda and Sidney Poitier for the president, Judd Hirsch for Leo, Eugene Levy for Toby, and CCH Pounder for C.J.
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The Gay Marriage Debate – Russell Howard's Good News – Series 8 Episode 6 – BBC Three
More about this programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b020vn4b Russell looks at Norman Tebbit's reaction to the gay marriage debate.
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