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Entertainment - February 2014





Library of the Future

In San Antonio, Texas, a new library called BiblioTech recently opened its doors. What’s interesting about a library halfway around the world you ask? For one, it has no paper books. Visitors to the library can search for titles on one of the many iMac computers, and then borrow a tablet or eReader with digital copies of their preferred books. BiblioTech has around 10,000 titles available at the moment, which is likely to expand in the future, taking a big step in answering to the rapid changes of how we read books and how we consider the print medium. Rather than in a vibrant urban centre, the library is located in a strip mall in an impoverished area of San Antonio, which means the project is aiming itself not at those who are already immersed in literature, but at a demographic that can greatly benefit from a better and low-cost accessibility to reading materials.


Alice Munro – Runaway

A recent edition in Beijing’s Bookworm bookshop, Runaway is a short story collection from the latest Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. The book has been described as a good starting point to explore Alice Munro’s body of work, and it looks at how we perceive and process the world around us differently as we grow older, while also occupying itself with the nature of relationships and boundaries between people. Various stories, from Powers – a narrative that spans 50 years – to the interlinked Chance, Soon, and Silence – all focus on a woman named Juliet. This collection shows the many different sides of Munro. 


Foreign Films in Tianjin Cinemas


Despicable Me 2 has come to Chinese cinemas! The Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures animation feature has proven to be a worthy follow-up to its predecessor, with much more screen time for the hilariously funny minions. Steve Carell is again the voice of villain-turned-family man Gru, while Kristen Wiig – who in the first film played Miss Hattie – voices Gru’s love interest Lucy Wilde.

When a secret Arctic laboratory is stolen, the Anti-Villain League asks Gru for his help and insight. It proves to be a difficult task, as he needs to protect his children while his minions are being kidnapped and he faces evil threats.

Ender’s Game starts off in the not-so-distant future, in 2086, when the Earth is attacked by an alien race (the Formics) determined to destroy our planet as we know it. International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham – played by Ben Kingsley – is able to prevent the worst from happening, and it seems he sacrifices himself for the cause. Half a century later, Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) from the International Military offers a gifted young boy called Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) a place in Battle School. As he works on a mind game and learns difficult war tactics, he sets himself apart from the rest of the Battle School recruits. As the Formics are preparing for their next attempt to destroy the Earth, Ender gets into Command School, where he is trained by no other than Mazer Rackham, in order to lead the troops and save the planet. 


By Sanne Jehoul

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