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The World Premiere & Tailgate Party for Disney-Pixar's "Monsters University" at the El Capitan Theatre

Ming-Na - The World Premiere & Tailgate Party for Disney-Pixar's "Monsters University" at the El Capitan Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 17th June 2013

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at the premiere of 'Wreck-It Ralph' held at El Caputan Theatre in Hollywood.

Ming-Na Monday 5th November 2012 at the premiere of 'Wreck-It Ralph' held at El Caputan Theatre in Hollywood.

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The Los Angeles Premiere of 'Wreck-It Ralph' - Arrivals

Ming-Na Monday 29th October 2012 The Los Angeles Premiere of 'Wreck-It Ralph' - Arrivals

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Elyse Walker presents the 8th Annual Pink Party hosted by Michelle Pfeiffer to benefit Cedars-Sinai Women's Cancer Program - Arrivals

Ming-Na Saturday 27th October 2012 Elyse Walker presents the 8th Annual Pink Party hosted by Michelle Pfeiffer to benefit Cedars-Sinai Women's Cancer Program - Arrivals

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14th Annual DesignCare Event to benefit the HollyRod Foundation held at a Private Residence

Ming-Na Saturday 21st July 2012 14th Annual DesignCare Event to benefit the HollyRod Foundation held at a Private Residence

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Push Review


Grim
In the first minute of Push, a character utters a line that's all but verbatim: "Save the cheerleader; save the world." With the film's unapologetic intent to lift freely from Heroes and its progenitor X-Men firmly established, we're then treated to virtually nothing new in the ordinary-folks-with-extraordinary-abilities subgenre.

Opening credit narration explains that there exist people born with special powers they don't necessarily want, and since the '40s an entity called Division has been trying to round them up and turn them into super-soldiers. There are a handful of abilities, and if you have one, you get a catchy name. Watchers can see the future. Pushers can put thoughts in your head. Sniffers can find out what you've been up to by smelling your stuff (really). And so on.

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The Joy Luck Club Review


Excellent
SCENE: Two guys shooting baskets at a basketball court. The conversation is mundane, until GUY #1 starts talking about movies.

GUY #1: I don't know how he doesn't sleep with Famke Janssen in that movie, it's friggin' mystifying to me. She's all legs and hair.

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Tempting Fate Review


Weak
This is as close as you'll get to seeing science fiction on the Lifetime Movie Network, a strange and not-terrible love story (natch) that takes us to another freakin' dimension! Tate Donovan is a doctor who gets a do-over at life when his buddy (Matt Craven) invents a machine that transports you to another dimension. Sure, he gets to hook up with perpetually-in-a-low-cut-blouse Grace Phillips, but how does he feel about all the nerve stapling and Running Man-like reality gaming? Not so good, as it turns out.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Review


Good
With a team of 200 graphic artists and animators working on this first film production from game developer Squaresoft's Square Pictures, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, inspired by the top-selling game franchise, is visually awe-inspiring and groundbreaking. No doubt, you have never seen anything like this film, and the hyperbolic fanfare surrounding its release is absolutely deserved. But why does such a tremendous feat of eye candy have to be weighted down with a problematic story, wooden dialogue and generally uncharismatic voice acting?

Obviously, the primary goal of the film is to stun and amaze audiences with extremely sophisticated CGI. Everything you see in the film is rendered in great detail: individual threads in the fabric, strands of hair swaying, wrinkles and pimples on skin, incredible water effects. Overall, the expressions and lip movements fairly accurately match the emotions and dialogue; and the times when they don't sync perfectly really stand out, since the animation is usually so dazzling. But you won't spend much time dwelling on those gaffes -- as soon as you catch one, the next stellar monster or effect will have you muttering, "Wow..."

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