Six years since Macau beat Las Vegas at its own game and took over as the gambling capital of the world, the cashed-up southern Chinese enclave is now aiming to emulate the US city's role in film.
Boasting annual casino takings of US$33.5 billion -- around five times those of Las Vegas -- Macau is looking to establish itself as a set for major film and television productions.
In doing so, officials hope it will become as much a character in films as Las Vegas has been through the years.
Oscar-nominated "Himalaya" opened up the remote, pristine villages of the world's tallest mountain range to the West.
But while the director Eric Valli and co-stars have gone on to land lucrative work in film and television, the movie's ageing star is penniless and struggling to survive in one of the poorest and harshest landscapes on earth.
"It's like the way I lived before the film and now is the same. Nothing has changed," said 71-year-old Thinle Lundup Lama at a religious festival in the mystical, culturally-Tibetan land of Upper Dolpa in northwest Nepal.
An Indian-American director's debut film has been making waves worldwide and winning global awards, including prizes at the Sundance Film Festival.
The film is set in Kashmir, but people there have not been able to watch it yet.
"Valley of Saints" is a labour of love from director Musa Syeed, whose parents emigrated to the United States from Kashmir.
The 82-minute film is based on the impression that India's northernmost province made on the young filmmaker after he visited it for the first time as an adult.
Kim Lee was born in Orange County and is currently residing in Malibu, Ca and Paris, France!.. wow what a life! Her parents are mixed with French and Vietnamese. Kim is the second to youngest child, which includes two older sisters and a younger brother. Kim Lee’s father is Daniel Segal author of the Harry Fox mystery novels as well as a feature film screenwriter. In 2006, she attempted to secure a position as a modeling intern at a Los Angeles modeling agency, when she was persuaded to try modeling instead.
Erica Wu is part of a young group of players looked at as the next generation of American table tennis. Wu, 16, won a team bronze medal along with fellow teenagers Ariel Hsing and Lily Zhang at the 2011 Pan American Games. She is also the 2011 USA women’s doubles champion and a 2011 semifinalist in the singles event.
Chinese director Emily Tang's latest film "All Apologies", about two couples linked by the death of a child, has had its world premiere at Spain's San Sebastian film festival.
The movie is the only film from Asia among the 14 in competition for the festival's top prize, the Golden Shell.
It offers a critical look at the great lengths some couples go to have a male child in contemporary China as well as of women's often submissive role in Chinese society.
A chubby thirty-something with wacky dance moves, Park Jae-Sang falls far short of the prettified, teenage ideal embodied by the stars of South Korea's phenomenally successful K-pop industry.
But Park, known as "Psy," has succeeded where the industry-manufactured girl and boy bands have tried and failed, making a huge splash on the mainstream US music scene thanks to a viral video and a rare sense of irony.
South Korean director Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta" won the top prize at the Venice film festival, while Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology-inspired "The Master" walked off with two major awards.
The eccentric Kim delighted the audience at the awards ceremony by breaking into song on stage to celebrate winning the Golden Lion award for his bleak morality tale.
The director, whose personality seems far from the darkness of his protagonists, belted out the Korean folk song "Arirang" on stage to thank the jury.