An advert for Kinlon motorcycles featuring Jackie. Enjoy
I was busy with arrangements for disaster relief work, when all of a sudden a lot of friends phoned or sent a text message this morning to tell me that the Pinault family from France said they would return the Rabbit and Rat to China! I cried on the spot three times, this is really a happy thing during these days of sadness! Whether or not CZ12 can take credit for it, I will take it, ha ha! I sincerely hope that each country can have their displaced national treasures returned!
A rat's head and a rabbit's head which were looted from the Summer Palace in Beijing in 1860 will be returned to China by its current French owner, the owner's representative announced today in Beijing.
During a meeting with State Culture Relics Bureau officials, French PPR Group CEO Francois-Henri Pinault said on behalf of his family, he will donate the two bronze relics to Chinese government.
Pinault expects to return the relics in August or September, while the Chinese officials hope they can be sent back to their home country in July.
"The rat's head and a rabbit's head will be collected by the National Museum," said Song Xinchao, vice director of the State Culture Relics Bureau. He expressed gratitude to Pinault and his family.
The plundered pieces, part of a clepsydra or water clock, are considered Chinese national treasures and China wants them back. The issue of stolen antiquities is highly charged. The heads are among 12 zodiac animal heads that adorned the elaborate timekeeping device.
They were designed by the Italian Jesuit missionary Giuseppe Castiglione for the Emperor Qianlong in the mid-18th century. The Summer Palace was looted by British and French troops in 1860. The heads belonged to several European collections before they were acquired by French businessman Pierre Bergé and the late Yves Saint Laurent in the 1990s.
The Pinault family purchased the rat's head and a rabbit's head from their previous owner in 2009 after an auction failed.
|Due to repeated hacking attempts on the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation website (China) this important information for donations to the earthquake was released by Jackie on Weibo this morning.
To make a donation to JCCF for earthquake victims SMS your EMAIL ADDRESS to 13121618469 (China) and JCCF will send you donation information.
|Updated reports on the earthquake in Lushan and Ya'an, China, put the number of deaths at 203 and the number of injured at 11 500. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and all the people struggling to cope with the disaster.
Jackie posted the following comments on Weibo this morning:
Since yesterday morning, I have received many phone calls from friends in the entertainment industry wanting to donate money. You are all so amazing. What moved me the most was seeing the quick rescue response from the Government and aid relief workers. Every time we are faced with a disaster, we are confronted with a big challenge – the challenge to provide disaster relief. Even more of a challenge is how to rebuild the area after such a disaster. Many volunteer workers from my Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation have already started planning. We will continue to monitor the situation in the disaster zone and efficiently allocate funds, aid relief, and materials to the areas in need most. I hope you continue to pass positive energy! Pray for the disaster area!
I have been following the latest news about Lushan, and I have been worrying about the people there. I saw so many emotional scenes on TV. I saw injured children who put on a brave face with a smile; I saw a news reporter dressed in a wedding gown broadcasting the latest updates; I saw mothers using their body to shield their children; I saw a young man embracing his father waiting to be saved by rescue workers. All these images made my heart ache again. To everyone in Lushan, do not give up! We are by your side.
|Today at 8am local time there was an earthquake measuring 6.6 on the richter scale centered in Lushan and Ya'an, Sichuan, China. This is a video of support recorded today by Jackie for the Lushan Earthquake Relief.|
Every disaster will give us a lot of heartache, but every disaster will bring us closer together. We Chinese people have never fallen in the face of disaster, this time we will stand up. Since we have love, and there are 1.3 billion people with love. Hold hands and transform each obstacle, connect heart to heart with love. Great love like a mountain, Lushan will not be brought down!! We are with you, Lushan Come on!
GLAAD's new marriage equality PSAs have debuted today featuring a dozen celebrities who are fighting for LGBT rights.
From GLAAD's press release:
GLAAD today officially launched a new public service announcement campaign helmed by director Brett Ratner. The GLAAD 'Coming Out for Equality' PSA series features a diverse group of straight celebrities and athletes "coming out of the closet" as supporters of equality and calling for other Americans to speak out. Visit glaad.org/ally to join the #AllyNetwork and take action for LGBT equality and watch featured PSAs and resources to help make your community a safe and supportive space.
Ratner directed and produced the PSA series, donating his time to raise support for LGBT people. Participants include Jackie Chan, Tamala Jones (Castle), Giada De Laurentiis (Food Network), DeRay Davis (21 Jump Street), Hudson Taylor, Jaime King (Hart of Dixie), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Kristen Johnston (The Exes), Sarah Shahi (The L Word), and Pauley Perrette (NCIS). Additional participants and videos will be released later this month. The PSAs were produced by Kali Londono.
Many years ago, my father told me that I must not just be an action actor, I have to be a good actor. An action actor could not hit the 60-year-old mark, but a good actor can play a long, long time. These words I have kept in mind up to now, and I have been working hard towards this goal. Following the Huading Awards "CZ12" got the Award for the Best Action Choreography Award last night. My partner, He Jun, said on stage "Thanks to stunt brothers, past and present, who are now living in different parts of the world." I was very emotional - so many years following the JC Stunt Team, I have traveled to several continents, to show the world the spirit of martial arts and the professional conduct of the Chinese film. No matter what the future holds this spirit will last forever. Now I still want to follow what my father said, until now I do not just want to fight, but I did not want to disappoint fans around the world! I share this award with all the action actors!