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Warning label comes with 'Babel' screening
TOKYO, Japan
Watching the Hollywood film "Babel" could make viewers feel ill, its Japanese distributor said in national newspaper advertisements published yesterday.
At least 15 people have complained of feeling sick while watching the film starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett since it was released in Japan on April 28, a spokeswoman for distributors Gaga Communications said.
The film became a media sensation in Japan well ahead of its release, as Rinko Kikuchi was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as a deaf mute schoolgirl - rare recognition for a Japanese actress.
But a scene in which Kikuchi's character visits a night-club where strobe lights flash for about a minute has made some Japanese movie-goers queasy.
"This feature presentation includes some highly stimulating effects and some customers have complained of feeling ill," reads part of the warning, which the distributors have added to their Web site and also requested be displayed on posters at about 300 cinemas.
South Koreans' diet
SEOUL, South Korea
The average South Korean salaryman is primarily powered by rice, greasy pork, instant noodles and cheap liquor, according a government-backed survey.
Rice accounted for about 35 percent of the calorie intake for the typical male worker. Pork products accounted for 5 percent and the local liquor called soju was at just over 2 percent, the survey from the Korea Health Industry Development Institute said.
The South Korean women had a similar breakdown for their main sources of nourishment, but they drank less soju than men and more sugar-laden instant coffee, the survey released this week said.
South Korea has been battling a problem of increasing obesity as people have shifted away from the traditional diet that is heavy in pickled vegetables to one with more processed and fast food.
Big head mummy
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania
Researchers hope a CT scan will help them understand why a child mummy has an unusually large head.
The mummy was scheduled to be scanned yesterday, fittingly enough, at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, in collaboration with experts at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Researchers hope to learn from the CT scan the child's sex and the reason for the unusually large cranium, which was revealed in previous X-rays.
The mummy dates back to Egypt's Ptolemaic Dynasty, said Sandra Olsen, curator of anthropology. The child lived sometime between 380 B.C. and 250 B.C., and has been on display at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh for 17 years.
'Spidey' profits
LOS ANGELES, California
'Spider-Man 3' is off and flying, with record-setting opening-day ticket revenues in Asia.
The film topped the first-day grosses for Spideys 1 and 2 in both Japan and South Korea on Tuesday. It enjoyed the biggest opening-day ever for any film in Hong Kong and South Korea.
In Japan, the film's first day brought in an estimated US$3.5 million. In South Korea, the take was US$3.4 million.
No love for Hewitt
LOS ANGELES, California
Jennifer Love Hewitt's former management company has filed a breach of contract suit against the actress, claiming she backed out on a 2002 agreement to pay a 10 percent commission on deals negotiated while the company handled her.
The star of the TV program "The Ghost Whisperer" plays a young woman with the unique ability to talk to 'earth bound spirits' who seek help in 'resolving unfinished business with the living,'" Handprint Entertainment LLC said in court filings. "In real life, however, Love Hewitt is having troubles 'resolving unfinished business with the living.'" The company is seeking at least US$350,000 it says it is owed and any legal costs, according to the complaint.


Updated : 2021-05-17 17:29 GMT+08:00