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A Dream Within A Dream:
Is all that we see or seem, but a dream within a dream?

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01. JJ Lin & Ashin (from Mayday) - The Dark Knight | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvce2ywrSsI

02. Miu Chu - Ten Million Tears | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWUbtdKKiSQ

03. Denise Ho - If We Had Time For Only One More Song | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMOvyrm4Tuo

04. One Two Free - GYM | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZkYdqRWKaY

05. Magic Power - Forgot How To Love You | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIdd22MfJVI

06. Sodagreen - Childhood | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpT7av-kiXg

07. A-Lin Huang - Gentlely Tired | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FsnGEpVNVk

08. Bai An - I Only Care For What I Care For | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LygMIq09Cps

09. Aska Yang - In Fact, Are Not | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWIOULj0fxE

10. Jay Chou - Dream | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b42KZYgxXZ0

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I just heard about this app called Word Lens, and it looks amazing. Right now, it only translates from English to Spanish, French, German or Italian (and vice versa). But there's a lot of potential here. I can't wait until they add support for Asian languages. I've read some comments from users that it doesn't work as well as in the video, but I still dig the concept. I hope this app continues to improve and grow. This is the future here. I'm continually amazed by the different apps that are coming out each year.

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It looks like the next big Asian American R&B/Hip-Hop group has arrived. And their name is Aziatix. They have been together for over a year now, and have already developed a large fan base overseas. Their first album topped the charts in Asia and they won the award for Best New Asian Artist Group at the Mnet Asian Music Awards. Each member of the group has extensive experience in the music industry. One of the singers, Nicky Lee, is an established singer and actor in Taiwan. Aziatix recently signed an $11.3 million contract with Cash Money Records (home of acts such as Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj). So we should be hearing a lot more from them in the future. I wish them all the best. I've listened to some of their tracks online, and have been quite impressed. They have a lot of talent. Below is their most viewed video on YouTube, "Slippin' Away":

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Current Music: Aziatix - Slippin' Away

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Girls Generation has released their new single, "I Got a Boy" on December 31. The YouTube video has already garnered over 25 million hits. Is this the next big thing from South Korea?



As a bonus, here is another single from their new album called "Dancing Queen". This is is a remake of the Duffy hit, "Mercy", from a few years back.

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Pacific Rim. Release Date: July 11, 2013. This movie looks like of fun. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro, this film features giant robots battling giant monsters. How cool is that? It looks like a modern (big budget Hollywood) take on the Japanese monster film genre.



Man Of Steel. Release Date: June 14, 2013. This trailer was jaw-droppingly amazing. It gave me goose bumps. Any doubt that I had about the film has been wiped away. Zach Snyder and Chrisopher Nolan know what they are doing. This might finally be the Superman movie that we've all been waiting for.



After Earth. Release Date: June 7, 2013. Two things worry me about this film: M. Night Shyamalan and Jaden Smith. Heh. But this trailer was surprisingly good. I'm curious to see what role Will Smith will have in this film. The more involved he is with this film, the more interested I'll be.



Oblivion. Release Date: April 12, 2013. I hadn't heard much about this film until recently, but color me intrigued. I'm a big fan of Tom Cruise Sci-Fi films (Minority Report is fantastic). And this one looks like it's going to be a lot of fun.



Star Trek Into Darkness. Release Date: May 17, 2013. Technically, this is only a teaser for the film. But it looks awesome. I really dig J.J Abrams' take on the franchise. I'm curious to see who the villain will be in this film. [Note: Updated with the extended teaser]



Iron Man 3. Release Date: May 3, 2013. Wow. I'm pumped up for this movie now. It looks like this film is going to be darker and more serious than its predecessors. I'm not sure what to make of Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin, though. Should I be offended?

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Just a few more days until The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes out. And a couple more weeks until Les Miserables and Django Unchained are released. Exciting. I must have watched the below video like a hundred times.



On a side note, the recent Cee Lo Green and The Muppets collaborations have been awesome. They've performed together on The Voice, Good Morning America, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, to name a few. And below are a couple of their performances:





And below are some more rapidfire movie reviews. I'm still pretty behind in my movie watching however.

The Amazing Spider-Man. Better than I expected. I liked Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in the lead roles more than Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. The action scenes were solid; though I didn't care much for The Lizard. But I still think it was too early for a reboot.

The Dark Knight Rises. A satisfying conclusion to the best superhero trilogy. Christopher Nolan did a fantastic job revitalizing the franchise. I like the gritty and realistic approach to the character. I think the film needed more action sequences, however. It felt a little slow and overly serious at times. And Christian Bale wasn't on screen as much as I'd have liked (he is Batman, after all). But the cast was wonderful. Tom Hardy and Anne Hatheway were great as the new additions.

Wreck-It-Ralph. This movie exceeded my expectations. Disney did a fantastic job (that makes 2 solid films in a row, counting Tangled). The CGI was top-notch, and I loved all of the video game references. This film has a great mix of heart and laughs that will appeal to adults and children.

Skyfall. I have mixed feelings about this film. I can appreciate the thoughtfulness of this film. I enjoyed the exploration of Bond's childhood and his relationship with M, which makes Bond a more sympathetic figure. But I found the film boring at times, and it lacked the style and wow that I was expecting. So in a sense, I was a little disappointed by this film. Javier Bardem is a memorable villain (the first one in the past several films); but this film doesn't really have a Bond Girl. Daniel Craig is fantastic as Bond, however. He's really growing into that role.

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Below are a handful of quasi-recent music collaborations between Asian & US Artists:

Wonder Girls & Akon - Like Money



Miho Fukuhara & Leona Lewis - Save Me [ View ]

Girls Generation & Snoop Dogg - Boys [ View ]

G-Dragon, T.O.P. & Pixie Lott - Dancing On My Own [ View ]

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I'm sure that most people have seen this video already (as it has over 210 million views in only 2 months), but I thought I'd post it anyways. This is the viral hit "Gangnam Style" by K-pop singer, Psy. It is the first K-Pop song to ever top the iTunes charts. It was nominated for "Best Video" at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards. He was recently signed to Justin Bieber's record label: Schoolboy Records. And in the past couple of weeks he's made appearances on SNL, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.



Just released today is the trailer for the game, Dead Island: Riptide. While not as brilliant as the trailer for the original game, I still think it's worth a watch:



Also I'm looking forward to this movie, Wreck-It-Ralph. It looks to be quite the cute film and a loving tribute to video games.

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I've watched surprisingly few movies this summer. But below are some quick reviews of the flicks that I've seen thus far:

The Avengers: The most anticipated film of the summer; and it does not disappoint. It has a fantastic ensemble cast, great style and humor, and tons of action sequences.

Men In Black 3: The sequel that no one asked for. Josh Brolin is fantastic as a young Tommy Lee Jones. And the film has a surprising amount of heart to go with the humor and action.

Prometheus: Amazing visuals and a fascinating concept that unfortunately falls a bit flat. The plot holes and unanswered questions are tough to overlook.

Brave: Better than expected. I think the critics were too harsh on the film. The plot was not original; but the graphics are top-notch, and the characters are endearing.

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