Zheng Jie knocks Venus Williams out of U.S. Open

Zheng Jie,  a 30-year-old from China, went on to beat Venus Williams in a second-round match at the U.S. Open on Wednesday. Williams repeatedly battled back over three grueling hours before finally succumbing to Zheng Jie in a third set tie-break. Zheng took advantage of mistakes by Williams for a 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5) victory.

During her on-court interview, Zheng addressed the partisan crowd that was raucously pulling for Williams in Louis Armstrong Stadium: “First, I want to say, ‘Sorry, guys.'”

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Animoca Launches ASTRO BOY DASH on Google Play

The world’s most favorite robot boy wonder gets his own mobile game to celebrate 50 years of Astro Boy Animation!

The timeless charm and super powers of Astro Boy helped turn Osamu Tezuka’s famous manga and anime into a worldwide phenomenon and pop culture icon. Now, Astro Boy, also known as Atom, leaps into action on the small screen with the launch of ASTRO BOY DASH by Animoca, the mobile game developer and publisher behind Pretty Pet Salon, Star Girl, Thor: Lord Of Storms, and other hits. ASTRO BOY DASH is currently available free of charge for Android devices on Google Play, and coming soon to Apple iTunes and the Amazon Appstore.

In 1963 Astro Boy became the star of his own animated television series, and became the first truly highly popular title in the collection of works that would later be grouped under the name “anime”. Over the next half century, Astro Boy starred in numerous comic books, television shows, feature films and video games that enjoyed huge popularity throughout the world. Astro Boy’s celebrity cemented the reputation of Osamu Tezuka as the “Godfather of Anime.”

Other Astro Boy titles coming soon from Animoca include ASTRO BOY DEFENSE, an action puzzle game, and ASTRO BOY PIANO, a children’s edutainment app from the company’s Baby Cortex studio.

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mastermind JAPAN collaborates with LASONiC to create limited edition BLUETOOTH BOOMBOX SPEAKER

Style purveyor mastermind JAPAN has collaborated with California-based electronics company LASONiC to introduce a co-branded edition of its BLUETOOTH BOOMBOX SPEAKER. Sporting a predominately black look with chrome detailing and mastermind JAPAN skull and crossbones logos throughout, the design boasts the likes of Bluetooth connectivity, a CD player, AM and FM radio frequencies, and auxiliary input.

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mastermind JAPAN collaborates with LASONiC to create limited edition BLUETOOTH BOOMBOX SPEAKER



HK director Johnnie To’s “Drug War” debuts on DVD/Blu-ray…

From Johnnie To (Life Without Principle, Election), master of the Hong Kong crime thriller, comes the critically-acclaimed, action-packed drama Drug War (毒戰, Du zhan, 2012), debuting on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD October 15th from Well Go USA Entertainment.

“Cars are crashed, bullets fly, blood spurts, bodies splatter, and cocaine is snorted in this high-velocity tale of a drug cartel boss who, after being arrested in a raid, is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation.”

The film stars Louis Koo (Triple Trap, Accident), Sun Honglei (A Woman, A Gun, and a Noodle Shop), Michelle Ye (Motorway, Once a Gangster), Huang Yi (Legendary, Romancing In Thin Air), Wallace Chung (Forever Young), and Li Guangjie (Motorway, Romancing In Thin Air).

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Director Sion Sono on his film “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?” and the absurdities in the film industry

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Japanese director Sion Sono wants to set the records straight: It was Bruce Lee and not Quentin Tarantino who transformed the yellow jumpsuit into a piece of film iconography.

Sono has been fielding questions all day about Tarantino’s influence on his film “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?” which premiered to an enthusiastic reception out of the main competition at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday.

The raucous gangster drama telling the story of a young filmmaker aiming at cinematic greatness is full of over-the-top graphic violence, and a would-be action star wears a yellow jumpsuit, as sported by Uma Thurman in Tarantino’s “Kill Bill.”

“I speak as head of the `Bruce Lee Fan Club,'” Sono said in an interview. “Everyone is talking about the yellow tracksuit as something from Tarantino, but that is very sad for me. The original idea was Bruce Lee’s, and now everyone thinks it came from Tarantino.”

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Director Sion Sono on his film “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?” and the absurdities in the film industry



DJ Steve Aoki announces “Aokify” America Tour

DJ/producer/founder of Dim Mak Records, Steve Aoki to has just recently uploaded a trailer for his new Aokify America Tour. He will be joined by Waka Flocka Flame, Borgore and Pharrell Williams on select dates.

Steve Aoki is the son of Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki, found of Benihana Japanese Steakhouses, and brother to model/actress Devon Aoki (2 Fast 2 Furious, Sin City, DOA: Dead Or Alive).


Opening Ceremony, Bernhard Willhelm, and Camper Himalayan collaborate

While the original concept for the Camper Himalayan was courtesy of Bernhard Willhelm, the diffusion label signature welcomes another party in an upcoming Opening Ceremony collaboration. Much of the shoe’s signature design characteristics are maintained including the wave-like midsole and thick rope lacing, however an injection of Opening Ceremony results in a cartoon pattern across the upper. Look for the shoe to be available at Opening Ceremony shops across the world.

Opening Ceremony was founded in 2002 by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, two friends from UC Berkeley, as a place to share their passions for travel, art, and fashion. Inspired by a trip to Hong Kong, the two decided to leave their jobs in corporate fashion to realize their unique dream.

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Opening Ceremony, Bernhard Willhelm, and Camper Himalayan collaborate



Robotech: The Complete Set (20 DVD’s) to be released


The smash-hit sci-fi anime collection ROBOTECH: THE COMPLETE SET arrives on DVD November 5 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. For the first time ever, the entire ROBOTECH saga is collected in one, massive 20-disc gift set featuring all 85 episodes of the original series, three feature films and over 12 hours of bonus material, including a new bonus disc never released with any previous ROBOTECH set.

The collection also contains over 90 minutes of all-new bonus features including “ROBOTECH: The Inside Story,” “The Making of ROBOTECH: LOVE LIVE ALIVE,” rare promotional reels, the original Japanese version of “LOVE LIVE ALIVE,” never-before-released animatics, deleted scenes, trailers and much more. ROBOTECH: THE COMPLETE SET is available in a fan-collectible package for the suggested retail price of $89.98.

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Robotech: The Complete Set (20 DVD’s) to be released



Alexander Wang debuts A/W-13 campaign for Balenciaga

The much awaited first look of the debut autumn-winter 2013 campaign from designer Alexander Wang for the Parisian fashion house Balenciaga is finally being unveiled.
Born in San Francisco, California, the 29-year-old Taiwanese-American Wang is an alumnus of Parsons The New School for Design, New York.
Fashion house Balenciaga was founded in 1914 by Spain’s Basque region-born designer Cristóbal Balenciaga.
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