ENGLISH: Why are there no Asian superheros? Marvel has announced a Black-Latino boy will assume the identity of Spider-Man in an alternate universe comic book. But why couldn’t Spider-Man be Asian, or, better yet, Taiwanese? There are few well-known Asian superheroes. The most recent was Kato in The Green Hornet, which bombed at the box office. Asians have traditionally been portrayed as villains such as Fu Manchu characters or dastardly dragon ladies. Asia’s time in the superhero spotlight is long overdue. What are you waiting for, Marvel?
Netflix users are up in arms! They’re furious over the movie rental company’s decision to up its rates. Under the old plan, users could receive one DVD by mail and stream an unlimited amount of movies for $9.99 per month. Now DVD and streaming services are sold separately at a combined charge of around $16, a 60% increase. Unwilling to pay more for the same service, Netflix users are threatening to cancel their subscriptions and seek alternatives. But is $16 for unlimited movies really that bad? It sure beats the cost of taking the family to the theater. Chinese:
Several A-List Hollywood celebrities have been implicated in an illegal, high-stakes poker ring that operated from 2006 to 2009. Among them is Tobey Maguire, who allegedly won over $300K worth of embezzled money from a wealthy financier named Bradley Ruderman. Reports say Ruderman used investor money to pay $25 million in gambling debts. He was sentenced to prison. No further criminal charges have been filed, but Rudman’s former investors are suing Maguire in an attempt to reclaim their money. Will Spidey pay up or put up a fight? CHINESE:
Guest starring Lawrence Lam as Angry Actor. Yet another accident on the set of the Broadway production “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” which features music by Bono and The Edge, has sent a performer to the hospital, and many are calling for the show’s cancellation before more accidents happen. US$65 million has been invested in the show, the most in Broadway history. Tonight’s sold-out performance has already been cancelled, Bloomberg reports. Each cancellation costs the producers about $186,000 in lost ticket revenue.