Viet Nam News NEW YORK — Neil Simon, the prolific and Pulitzer Prize-winning US playwright celebrated as the king of comedy who won more Oscar and Tony nominations combined than any other showbiz writer, died on Sunday. He was 91. The brains behind more than 30 plays, 20 screenplays and five musicals, Time magazine dubbed him the "patron saint of laughter." Many of his works are classics of 20th century American theatre and Simon has been credited with playing a seminal role — along with film director Woody Allen — in re-crafting US humour in the 1960s and 1970s. His influence has been felt through the generations, The New York Times drawing a line between Simon’s early comedies and the character-based comedy in the 1990s hit sitcom Seinfeld. Longtime friend Bill Evans announced his death early Sunday in a New York hospital of complications from pneumonia. His wife, a daughter and grandson were at his bedside, Evans said. He had represented Simon for three … [Read more...] about US playwright, ‘king of comedy’ Neil Simon dead at 91
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VietNamNet Bridge - Having to shut down some shops, Johnathan Hanh Nguyen, a renowned businessman dubbed ‘the branded goods King’, is facing problems with his fast food chains. More than 10 years ago, ‘fast food’ in Vietnam meant KFC, Lotteria and Jollibee. However, the fast food market has expanded rapidly in recent years after a series of the world’s well-known brands such as Pizza Hut, Domino’s Pizza, Burger King, Subway and McDonald’s landed in the Vietnamese market. The fast food shops opened by Johnathan Hanh Nguyen appeared in that boom.Having to shut down some shops, Johnathan Hanh Nguyen, a renowned businessman dubbed ‘the branded goods King’, is facing problems with his fast food chains. Burger King came to Vietnam in 2012 with the plan to open 60 shops in the first five years of operation. However, only 16 shops have been opened. Le Hong Thuy Tien, CEO of IPP, the wife of Hanh Nguyen, said about $40 million would be … [Read more...] about What has happened to the “brand king’s” fast-food chains?
The red carpet has been rolled out to welcome the arrivals of movie stars and celebrities for the 83rd Oscar Academy Awards which kicked off Sunday in Hollywood, Los Angeles. After days of heavy rain, the sky has just turned clear to greet the movie industry's biggest event of the year. … [Read more...] about Red carpet rolled out for Oscars
The King's Speech" won four Oscars including best film on Sunday during Hollywood's biggest night when many front-runners claimed glory including Colin Firth and Natalie Portman for best actor and actress. British actor Colin Firth complains of stomach problems while accepting the Oscar for best actor for his role in "The King's Speech" during the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011 The world's top film honors from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences came packed with a lot of comedy onstage from show hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco but the attention, as always, was on awards and winners. Portman was named best actress for her role as a young ballerina who grows into womanhood in "Black Swan." She wiped tears from her eyes onstage collecting her Oscar as she thanked her family, co-stars and director Darren Aronofsky. "This is insane and I truly, sincerely wish the prize was to get to work with my fellow nominees," she said. Firth won … [Read more...] about “King’s Speech” crowned big winner at Oscars
The story of a king overcoming a speech impediment to lead his people through World War II took top honors at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. "The King's Speech" won the best picture, best actor, best director and best original screenplay Oscars at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre Sunday night. The saga of how a college student created Facebook, which is now credited with helping citizens overthrow their leader in the Mideast, lost out on the big awards, but "The Social Network" did win Oscars for best musical score, film editing and best adapted screenplay. Natalie Portman, who played a ballet dancer in "Black Swan," was given the best actress Academy Award. Portman also won Golden Globe and SAG best actress trophies in recent weeks. When "King's Speech" director Tom Hooper accepted the best director Oscar, he noted that it was his mother who found the script for him. "King's Speech" writer David Seidler pointed out that at 73, he was the oldest person to ever win best … [Read more...] about ‘King’s Speech’ rules at the 83rd Oscars