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South Korean Singer and TV Personality Kim Jong Kook Joins Time-sharing Platform MiaoA International



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Time-sharing platform MiaoA International announced on January 18, 2018 that popular South Korean singer and TV personality Kim Jong Kook has joined the platform, giving fans an opportunity to interact directly with the superstar. Fans can now participate in a meeting with Kim via the platform. MiaoA International also has been in talks on partnerships with a dozen well-known international celebrities.

Kim said that he was very excited to be working with MiaoA International and to provide direct access to his fans who can buy a block of time for a face-to-face meeting via the platform. The time-sharing model is an interesting innovation, and even more so when looked at from a global perspective. Kim said he was excited by the prospect of being a part of that innovation.

As China’s internet traffic and resources are dominated by Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent (BAT), China’s most successful and influential internet companies, MiaoA International is taking the lead in establishing a strong footprint via a time-sharing platform spurred by cutting-edge technologies. Current trends all indicate that an era of time-sharing is coming, led by the world’s leading celebrities.

Time-sharing caters to fans’ hunger for a higher level of emotional and intellectual satisfaction

Fast growth in internet technologies and the wide adoption of smart devices over the last several years have led to significant changes in the lifestyle of consumers, who are constantly eager for better products and services. As a result, segments including culture, entertainment and sports have witnessed an increasing number of business opportunities.

Among a variety of new business models, time-sharing draws the most attention, as it provides a solution to the conundrum of how to please the fan base of the world’s biggest stars who have millions upon millions of fans. Such a model of creativity-based value creation is expected to get more funding.

Everything including time has its own value. Based on the definition of value, people spend their time on different activities over the course of a day. When the future value that is attributed to something outweighs current value, people are willing to pay a price to get this “something” in advance, leading to value addition in the process of exchange. The value addition is the sale of time value.

This concept of time management is the basic principle behind MiaoA International’s time sharing model. Fans can join offline events organized for Kim’s fans when buying a block of time on MiaoA International.

Why did MiaoA International choose Kim as its partner from a large roster of South Korean entertainment stars? That’s thanks to Kim’s role as a charming leader in the South Korean entertainment community for over 20 years.

Kim started his career in the entertainment community when he joined the Turbo band as lead singer in 1995. He launched his first solo album Renaissance in 2001. He won the coveted music awards from South Korea’s three major TV stations, SBS, KBS and MBC, in 2005 with his hot song You Are Loveable, becoming the second singer in the country to earn the title of “Triple Crown Champion” following Cho Yong Pil who did so 22 years earlier. Kim won the 21st Golden Disk Awards with his album Letter in 2006, released his seventh solo album Journey Home in 2012, served as one of the resident hosts on Running Man, a well-known reality show in South Korea, in 2014, and participated in the first season of China Central Television (CCTV)’s culture-focused reality show Ding Ge Long Dong Qiang, which was broadcast on CCTV3 in 2015.

Based on what fans say about him, Kim has been instrumental in changing the overall impression of South Korean male stars who are typically viewed as being handsome but lacking in any actual competence. The courage to take on challenges, the competence as both a professional singer and actor and the authenticity of character that Kim has demonstrated throughout his career that spans two decades are fully consistent with MiaoA International’s philosophy of delivering and increasing value by managing time.

Time-sharing is a model of value creation inspired by creativity

The entertainment industry has seen its complete value chain reconstructed to some extent, thanks to advantage of internet+, a term that originated in China and refers to the application of the internet and other information technology in conventional industries. The emergence of new models and new ecosystems has further spurred the development of the entertainment industry and extended the ecosystem’s value.

Given the sharing economy, which is defined as an economic system in which assets or services are shared between private individuals, either free or for a fee, MiaoA International has helped the entertainment industry attract more attention via time sharing.

From the perspective of creativity leading to value creation, the emergence of time-sharing platform MiaoA International is inevitable. Idols need almost constant public exposure, so that fans are always up to date on current developments and upcoming plans, while fans welcome the increased number of means by which they can enhance their understanding of and get closer to their idols.

  1. Moving from one-directional performance to face-to-face communication: changing the traditional means of communication between fans and idols and providing an opportunity for face-to-face interaction rather than limiting fans to watching their idols’ performances on TV, in a movie or via an entertainment program;
  2. Making idols feel more reachable among fans: idols want to get closer to their fans, to feel on an equal footing with them and be able to interact with them as one human being to another rather than feeling superior and standing on a pedestal above them. This change in attitude enhances their popularity.
  3. Switching from scheduled communications to constant interaction: the platform overcomes the limitations imposed by scheduled communications, facilitating first-time interaction between fans and idols, allowing for the possibility of more interactions in the future.

Communications between people, cities and even countries depend heavily on culture and economy. The high popularity of time-sharing platform MiaoA International is testament to the accuracy of this business rule: internet-based advanced technologies, the participation of the public or a celebrity’s fans, a philosophy that recognizes the unique value, a better user experience, efficient allocation and distribution of funds and resources, and a redefinition of the objective and ownership.

The sharing economy typically refers to the sharing of a vehicle, a power bank, or an umbrella in an urban setting. MiaoA International’s time sharing philosophy and related products reflect the sharing of resources in relation to time value.

The success of the emerging sector represented by MiaoA International and based on the principle of sustainable development is bound to influence today’s lifestyles. (MiaoA International)

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“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Is a Must-See Film Before This Year’s Academy Awards – Now in Select Cinemas in Philippines



A last stand erupts in director Martin McDonagh’s trip into small town America in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” as a mother is pushed to the edge by her daughter’s unsolved murder.  The film is the third from Martin McDonagh, the Irish playwright, screenwriter and director known for the hit thriller “In Bruges,” with its Oscar® nominated and BAFTA winning Screenplay, and the crime comedy “Seven Psychopaths.”

At the core of the movie is Mildred’s conflict with Ebbing’s Chief of Police.  “The story is a war between two people who are both to some degree in the right,” McDonagh notes, “and that’s where so much of the tension and drama arises.”  Those tensions become the exploration for what happens when rage can’t be calmed.  As the tension mounts, the film delves into themes of division, anger and moral reckoning.

Playing Mildred Hayes, who sets the events of THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI in motion, is Frances McDormand.  McDormand made her film debut in the Coen Brothers’ noir classic BLOOD SIMPLE and has gone on to a career that includes garnering the Triple Crown of Tony, Emmy and Oscar® awards.  With the character, McDormand explored a tradition long reserved for men:  the lone hero who defiantly stands off against a town.

McDormand made the force of Mildred’s grief central to her performance.  “Mildred is really not a hero,” McDormand points out.  “She’s a much more complicated person than that.  She’s been left by grief in a no man’s land, in a place of no return.  One of the things I latched onto as I was thinking about Mildred is that there is no word in most languages for the position she is in. If you lose a husband, you’re a widow; if you lose a parent, you’re an orphan.  But there is no word for a parent who has lost a child because it’s just not supposed to happen biologically.  It’s something beyond the capacity of language – and that’s where Mildred has been left, so she goes for broke.”

For McDonagh, the trajectory towards a scrap of light, however slim and hazy, was inevitable because that is what keeps him going.  “I think there’s something quite hopeful about the film in Mildred’s single-mindedness and also in Willoughby’s decency,” the writer-director concludes.  “The way Frances plays Mildred you are stirred, despite the dark, dark place she is coming from and all the unhicertainty that surrounds her war. I hope audiences will be moved and amused and maybe angry at times.  Mostly, I hope they’ll feel they were just told a rich and somewhat unexpected type of story.”

A 20th Century  Fox film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is now showing in the following cinemas:  Century City, Commerce, Eastwood, Festival Mall, Fisher Mall, For a, Gateway, Shangri-La Mall, Vista Bataan, Vista Daang Hari, Vista Las Piñas, Vista Pampanga and Vista Sta. Rosa.

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Doug Jones Takes on the Shape of Sexy Male Amphibian in Award-Winning “The Shape of Water”



Doug Jones has made a career out of playing monsters, ghouls and creatures of myth. The former contortionist is a legend in sci-fi, fantasy and horror circles for his unique ability to morph into roles as diverse as the Thin Clown in “Batman Returns,” Joey in “Men in Black 2” and the Silver Surfer in “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” He recently played a series regular on “Star Trek: Discovery,” as the alien being Lt. Saru.

He’s best known for his collaborations with Guillermo del Toro, which started in 1997 with “Mimic,” and continued with roles in “Hellboy” and “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” as Abe Sapien; “Pan’s Labyrinth,” as The Faun and The Pale Man; and most recently “The Strain” and “Crimson Peak.”

But their latest work together on “The Shape of Water” might be definitive. Jones’ amphibian creature is both the love interest and one of the principal leads of del Toro’s film, and it requires every tool in Jones’ arsenal to realise.   Set in the height of the Cold War and during the space race, “The Shape of Water” brings its audience into a mysterious government facility in Baltimore where, in the deepest recesses of the lab, an amphibious creature (Jones) is being studied for its unusual abilities. As Strickland (Michael Shannon), in charge of security, demands for it to be killed and autopsied, Dr. Hoffstetler (Michael Stuhlbarg) insists that the creature’s secrets can only be revealed with a lighter touch.

But it’s the facility’s quietest employee who realises the truest connection to the creature. Mute cleaner Elisa (Sally Hawkins) feels a strange affinity with this mysterious visitor from the deep. And as the men in charge prevaricate, she resolves to release the creature from its captors, with the aid of her friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer) and her next door neighbour Giles (Richard Jenkins).  Doug Jones, in the following short q&a expounds on creating a sexy fish man, and the fruitful journey he’s had with del Toro.

Q: Guillermo is also always incredible sympathetic to “monsters” in his films: he wants to show their good side.

A: Oh gosh, yes. He’s the most quotable man in the world, as you know. He’s always said, “There will always be a monster on my call sheet.” 11 times now that has been me. Yet he’s a brilliant visionary at the same time. He’s very grown up, but he’s never lost the child. That’s why you’ll see lots of child characters in his stories. Even in this story, in THE SHAPE OF WATER, the role of Elisa is very childlike. Sally Hawkins is channelling this beautiful childlike character that does have a very vulnerable side. He taps into that, a familiar place in all of us, with every character that he creates. He really does.

Q: Where does the physicality come from?

A: First of all, you look at the ecology, the ecosystem, you’ve got human and you’ve got fish. You have to combine the two somehow. This fish man is a bit more masculine, he’s more athletic even, I think. He’s more of a threat than other fish men I’ve played before. Especially with Strickland, he and I have a tete-a-tete a couple times where taunts me and I strike back.   They’ve taken me out of my habitat. I’m scared, and so I’m reacting like a caged tiger. It takes Sally’s character to tame me, we’re both wounded souls in some way.

Q: How do you feel the allegory of the story reflects the world we’re living in?

A: Another thing that Guillermo does love to do, he loves to buck authority when authority doesn’t know what it’s doing. That’s another theme you’ll see in a lot of his movies. In this case, we have the US government trying to beat the Russians to space, or whatever, whatever that era was doing. Again, he loves the underdog. I think that comes from a place in him, where so many of us and so many of his fans and the lovers of his work are underdogs in our own life.

 “The Shape of Water” opens February 21 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox.

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Bruce Willis Takes Crime Fighting to the Extreme in “Death Wish”



Action icon Bruce Willis becomes mortal grim reaper in “Death Wish” as character’s his life is shattered when his wife was killed and left his daughter in a coma during a robbery attempt in their home.

In “Death Wish”, Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) has it all: A beautiful family, a lovely home and an exciting and meaningful career as a surgeon in the emergency room of a bustling hospital. But when Kersey’s wife Lucy (Elisabeth Shue) is killed during a robbery attempt at their home and his daughter Jordan (Camila Morrone) is left in a coma after fighting back against the three attackers, he enters a world he never planned for. Emotionally shut down, Kersey leans on his brother Frank (Vincent D’Onofrio) for help, and on Detectives Raines and Jackson (Dean Norris and Kimberly Elise) for any updates on the arrests of the men who did this to his family.

As the police show Kersey a wall of unsolved cases and become resigned to the fact that his case will also go unsolved, something clicks in Kersey, a man who, as his brother Frank reminds him, used to be known for fighting back in the tough neighborhood they grew up in. Walking into a local gun shop, Kersey decides to arm himself. But his role in the world is saving lives, not taking them. No matter who is wheeled into his emergency room, to Kersey, they’re all patients in need of attention. How could he seek justice on such harsh terms? Yet as Kersey ventures into the night, he finds innocent people being preyed upon. When he foils a violent carjacking and a bystander’s cellphone footage of it goes viral, the media gives this unknown guardian angel a dark nickname: “The Grim Reaper.” As Paul Kersey gets closer to Knox (Beau Knapp) – the criminal who killed his wife – the city, unaware of this mysterious justiceseeker’s motives, wonders how it will end.

Updated from the original novel by Brian Garfield, director Eli Roth and screenwriter Joe Carnahan’s (The Grey, Narc) Death Wish also stars Vincent D’Onofrio (The Magnificent Seven, TV’s Daredevil and Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas), Camila Morrone, Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) and Kimberly Elise (The Great Debaters). It’s a knife’s-edge portrayal that challenges our assumptions, and pushes our buttons.

By bringing the complex psychology of Brian Garfield’s book up-to-the-moment and injecting new thrills and a stark, unflinching look at the American psyche in 2018, Eli Roth and Death Wish bring audiences to the height of unforgettable suspense.

“Before I had kids, [being a father] wasn’t a part of these action films I do,” says Willis. “Now, it’s a major component. This film really makes you think about how far you will go to protect your family. After his own family is brutalized, Paul Kersey has zero tolerance for any bad guy to harm another innocent person. And we show the audience the underlying reasons why he does what he does.”

A full non-stop action thriller, “Death Wish” opens March 1 in cinemas nationwide from OctoArts Films International.

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Happy Lunar New Year! Wag Hello to the Year of the Dog



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Today marks Lunar New Year. Across the world, people are celebrating the end of the year of the Rooster and the start of the Year of the Dog.

Whether you’re enjoying tteokguk with family or handing out red envelopes for good luck, there are many ways to celebrate the holiday. According to Google Trends, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam are among the countries searching the most for “red envelopes.” Meanwhile, top searched foods are nian gao, dumplings, pineapple tart, rice cake and peanut cookies.

Since we’re dog people here at Google, we sniffed out a few non-traditional ways to celebrate. Howl you be spending the Lunar New Year?

Try your paw at drawing
In the last year, people have drawn more than 3 million doodles of dogs in Quick, Draw!—a fun game that uses neural networks to try to recognize your drawings. In honor of Lunar New Year, our team snuck in a special version of Quick, Draw! with Dog Face on Google -related items. Put your doodling skills to the test.

If you’re more of a data breed, you can check out the pawsome dog doodles from around the world in a special Lunar New Year version of Facets Dive, a tool that visualizes large sets of data (in this case ruff-ly 140,000 dogs that people have drawn in Quick, Draw!).

The dogs of Street View
Lunar Year of the Dog means dogs are everywhere–including on Google Street View! We’ve had a lot of fun finding furry friends all around, from this one strolling through New York’s Central Park to this Dog Face on Google hanging out in a small alley in San Sebastian, to our friend here enjoying the Coastal Walk in Sydney. Scroll through our favorites below, or find dogs on Street View in your own neighborhood.

Photos of your pup
In Google Photos, you can create a movie of the dog in your life—select “Doggie Movie” among the movie themes and Google Photos will stitch together photos of the dog. Photos also lets you search for your dog using a dog emoji.

All dogs go to the Games
We couldn’t let the moment pass without a Doodle (or two!). This cheerful pup on our homepage in many countries around the world isn’t just welcoming the New Year—it’s also celebrating the Doodle Snow Games!

In places not tuning into the Doodle Snow Games, you might see a different Doodle—also featured at the top of this post.

No matter how you celebrate or what language you say it in, happy Lunar New Year!

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