Opening act Dia Frampton shines after ‘The Voice’
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Ohio)
“I’m learning a little bit more about my performance style,” said Frampton, who balances the gig with stops on her own tour.
During her time on “The Voice,” viewers commonly described Frampton as an indie artist. She made waves with performances like a slowed-down version of Kanye West’s “Heartless,” a tune she performed at a piano.
North Korea Warns South but Accepts Food Aid
New York Times
North Korea warned on Friday that a South Korean military drill around front-line islands could lead to a “full-scale war” as South Korean trucks crossed the border carrying private food aid for North Korean children.
The 180 tons of flour from the Korea Peace Foundation, based here in Seoul, was the first such aid shipment since the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, died on Dec. 17, leaving his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, as leader.
INTO THE NEXT STAGE: A New Korean American Super Hero—The Ray
Asian Americans had to wait a long time before one of their own became a superhero and got his own comic book in 1994 when “Xombi” hit the stands. It was published by DC (home of Superman and Batman) and was the alter ego of scientist David Kim, who used nanotechnology to keep himself alive by constantly regenerating his body when he was injured.
His book lasted 22 issues (including an issue #0) and was revived last year as a six-issue mini-series.
Jury indicts man in 1980 murder of store clerk
Fox 12 Oregon
On Jan. 18, 1980, 29-year-old Myong Su Cho was working behind the counter at the Plaid Pantry near Portland State University when an armed robber barged in and demanded money, police say.
Cho ran after the suspect, but was shot and killed a few blocks away, according to authorities.
Strategy with Kristy: John Kim Part One
John Kim has played poker for a living for 14 years. He’s supported his wife and daughter through live and online cash-game winnings and has also accumulated more than $300,000 in tournament cashes. For this edition of the Strategy with Kristy podcast, brought to you by South Point, Kim talks about what it takes to be a professional poker player.
Off Camera, NK’s Star Anchorwoman Smiles
Wall Street Journal
While North Korea has been boring this week, simply churning out its normal churlish statements, China Central Television got a scoop by getting its cameras inside North Korea’s official TV station, Korea Central Television.
And more importantly, they met the network’s biggest star: Ri Chun Hui, the anchorwoman known for her intense delivery of the most important statements by the authoritarian government.
And she seemed charming. She smiled and spoke normally, without the fierce breathlessness she uses to deliver the news.
Sundance 2012: ‘For Ellen’ puts focus on the father
Los Angeles Times
Have breakfast with writer-director So Yong Kim, tell her how remarkable her new film is, and you’ll see her put her menu in front of her face in embarrassment. But hearing compliments on the quietly exquisite “For Ellen” is something the filmmaker is going to have to get used to. It’s that good.
The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this week, stars an excellent Paul Dano as the hard-edged and distraught Joby, a twenty-something hipster rock performer who’s lived only for his music and, on the verge of an unavoidable divorce, has to decide if he can live for something else as well, his young daughter, Ellen.
Having Thrived in America, Hyundai Takes On Europe
Big car companies spend millions of dollars on ads to burnish their brands. But Hyundai Motor received one of its biggest boosts from an unlikely source: competitor Volkswagen (VOW:GR). In a video shot during the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, VW Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn is seen praising the adjustable steering column on a Hyundai i30 compact, effectively anointing Hyundai as a top rival. “Nothing rattles,” Winterkorn said to his entourage in the amateur video posted on YouTube (GOOG). “Why can they do it? BMW can’t. We can’t.” The video has been viewed more than 1.6 million times.
Korea’s 2002 World Cup hero Ahn Jung-Hwan to retire
AFP via Google News
South Korean footballer Ahn Jung-Hwan, famous for his dramatic goal in the 2002 World Cup, will retire next week, his agency said Friday.
In a press release quoted by Yonhap news agency, Moro Sports Korea said Ahn would hold a press conference Tuesday to announce his decision.
“Ahn returned from Dalian Shide in the Chinese Super League this year, and he was torn between continuing his career and retirement,” the agency said.
“He has finally decided it would be best for him to finish his career at this point.”
Aziatix announces their 2012 US Tour
A bicoastal sold-out U.S. tour last year was simply not enough for AZIATIX and their fans. To kick off 2012, the three members have announced a 13-city tour starting in February, including a show at SXSW on March 16th.
Comic book writer Greg Pak will be taking his literary skills to the “Astonishing X-Men” comic book, publishing giant Marvel announced yesterday.
Pak, coming off a successful five-year run as writer for “The Incredible Hulk,” will join forces with artist Mike McKone for the November issue of “The Astonishing X-Men.”
Although Pak might be best known for his work on The Hulk, he’s ventured into the mutant of the Marvel Universe on numerous occasions with limited series focused on Magneto as well as the Phoenix Force. But his run on ASTONISHING X-MEN puts him at the heart of things, dealing with X-Men’s biggest players.
“I am so ridiculously happy to be working with Mike on this book,” Pak told Marvel.com. “He’s tearing it up with his trademark clean lines, dynamic action, and phenomenal character work. And he’s cranking up the sexy like nobody’s business.”
The New York-based writer is also a filmmaker and made his feature film directorial debut in 2003 with “Robot Stories.”