HBO Original Comedy Series RAIN DOGS Debuts March 6


  • The eight-episode HBO original comedy series RAIN DOGS, from BBC One and Sid Gentle Films Ltd, debuts MONDAY, MARCH 6 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
  • Logline: From the brilliant new voice of Cash Carraway, RAIN DOGS is an unconventional love story between a working class single mum, her 10-year-old daughter, and a privileged gay man. The dark comedy stars Daisy May Cooper, Jack Farthing, Ronke Adekoluejo, Adrian Edmondson and Fleur Tashjian in her debut role, as a dysfunctional family on the fringes of society attempting to go straight in a crooked world.
  • Credits: RAIN DOGS is an HBO and BBC One co-production; written and created by Cash Carraway who also serves as executive producer; executive producers, Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris, Jo McClellan for BBC One; co-producer, Henrietta Colvin for Sid Gentle Films Ltd; producer, Ciara McIlvenny; directors, Richard Laxton and Jennifer Perrott.

Hong Kong – Original multimedia concert “Why Why Tell Me Why – A Music Carnival” to be staged in August

Original multimedia concert “Why Why Tell Me Why – A Music Carnival” to be staged in August


     The summer festival International Arts Carnival (IAC) will present an original multimedia concert, “Why Why Tell Me Why – A Music Carnival”, from August 5 to 7. Renowned musician Chiu Tsang-hei will lead performers from various age groups and professional backgrounds to raise questions through music and find out answers through a carnival of songs.


     The phrase “Why, why, tell me why?” is every child’s daily mantra. In the concert, curator Chiu, together with singer Jo Koo and her daughters, singer-prodigy Celine Tam and Internet influencer in parenting and singer Manting Chan, will unlock the imagination of audience members of all ages, bring up questions and seek answers in songs. Making use of arts technology to produce stage effects, the concert will provide a feast for audiences’ eyes and ears.


     “Why Why Tell Me Why – A Music Carnival” is one of three IAC programmes designated for celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). The programme is under the exclusive sponsorship of the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), and is one of the many initiatives supported by the HKJC’s approved donation of $630 million to the Government of the HKSAR to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, demonstrating that the HKJC is resolute in pursuing its purpose of acting continuously for the betterment of society, all in support of creating stronger communities together.


     “Why Why Tell Me Why – A Music Carnival”, to be performed in Cantonese, will be staged at 7.30pm on August 5 and at 3pm on August 6 and 7 at the Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium. Tickets priced at $180, $280 and $380 are now available at URBTIX ( For credit card telephone bookings, please call 2111 5999, or use the mobile ticketing app “My URBTIX”.


     In addition to the concert, a free online programme in five episodes for “Why Why Tell Me Why – A Music Carnival” is available at the IAC webpage, offering audiences a sneak peek of the three original songs produced for the concert, one of which is written and recorded by renowned singer and songwriter Gigi Leung, and precious behind-the-scenes footage.


     The IAC, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), is running from July 8 to August 14, offering an array of inspirational and enjoyable programmes for family entertainment.


     For programme enquiries and concessionary schemes, please call 2370 1044 or visit


     In order to comply with the requirements stipulated in the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F) and relevant requirements of administrative instructions, members of the public are required to scan the “LeaveHomeSafe” venue QR code with their mobile phones/other mobile devices before being allowed to enter the performance venues managed by the LCSD for necessary contact tracing if a confirmed case is found. Moreover, in accordance with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Vaccine Pass) Regulation (Cap. 599L) and relevant requirements of administrative instructions, all persons entering indoor venues under the management of the LCSD must comply with the requirement of the Vaccine Pass.

Disney+ Original Shorts “Ice Age: Scrat Tales” Trailer Available Now

Six All-New Animated Shorts to Debut on Disney+ on April 13


Disney+ has released the trailer for “Ice Age: Scrat Tales.” “Ice Age: Scrat Tales” is a series of six all-new animated shorts starring Scrat, the hapless saber-toothed squirrel of the “Ice Age” adventures, who experiences the ups and downs of fatherhood, as he and the adorable, mischievous Baby Scrat, alternately bond with each other and battle for ownership of the highly treasured Acorn. Featuring the vocal talents of Chris Wedge (Scrat) and Kari Wahlgren (Baby Scrat), the series is produced by Anthony Nisi, with Robert L. Baird and Andrew Millstein serving as executive producers. “Ice Age: Scrat Tales” will debut on Disney+ on April 13.

Link to stills:


“Nuts About You” – Directed by Michael Berardini and Donnie Long. Story by Michael Berardini.

In “Nuts About You,” Scrat meets Baby Scrat and experiences the pure joy of being a new parent—until Baby Scrat sees The Acorn for the first time.

“LoFi Scrat Beats to Sleep/Chill to” – Directed by Donnie Long and Matt Munn. Story by Donnie Long.

In “LoFi Scrat Beats to Sleep/Chill to,” Scrat pounds out a percussive lullaby to get a crying Baby Scrat to fall asleep.

“X’s and Uh-O’s” – Directed by Donnie Long and Drew Winey. Story by James Young Jackson and Drew Winey.

In “X’s and Uh-O’s,” Scrat demonstrates for Baby Scrat how to plant The Acorn, but Scrat is really the one being taught a lesson.

“Nutty Reflections” – Directed by Donnie Long and Eric Prah. Story by Galen Tan Chu.

In “Nutty Reflections,” Scrat and Baby Scrat run after The Acorn into a dark cave, which resembles a creepy funhouse hall of mirrors.

“Teeter Toddler” – Directed by Jeff Gabor and Donnie Long. Story by Galen Tan Chu.

In “Teeter Toddler,” thanks to a dodo bird, Scrat and Baby Scrat end up on opposite sides of a log held up by a single branch.

“Nut The End” – Directed by Lisa Allen Keane and Donnie Long. Story by Michael Thurmeier.

In “Nut The End,” The Acorn goes flying off a cliff. With it seemingly gone forever, can Scrat and Baby Scrat live in harmony?


About Disney+

Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, along with The Simpsons and much more. In select international markets, it also includes the new general entertainment content brand, Star. The flagship direct-to-consumer streaming service from The Walt Disney Company, Disney+ is part of the Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution segment. The service offers commercial-free streaming alongside an ever-growing collection of exclusive originals, including feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series, and short-form content. With unprecedented access to Disney’s long history of incredible film and television entertainment, Disney+ is also the exclusive streaming home for the newest releases from The Walt Disney Studios. Disney+ is available as a standalone streaming service or as part of The Disney Bundle that gives subscribers access to Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. For more, visit, or find the Disney+ app on most mobile and connected TV devices.


Hong Kong – Electors only need to bring original of Hong Kong identity card to vote on voting day

Electors only need to bring original of Hong Kong identity card to vote on voting day


The following is issued on behalf of the Electoral Affairs Commission:


     Regarding a wrong quote of the Chairman of the Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC), Mr Justice Barnabas Fung Wah, in media reports on the requirement that electors must bring the poll card to vote on the polling day of the 2021 Legislative Council General Election, a spokesman for the EAC today (December 15) made the following clarification:


     On polling day, electors are only required to bring the original of their Hong Kong identity card to vote at the designated polling station as specified on the poll card. The poll card aims to notify electors of the name and address of the polling station assigned to them and other relevant information. Eligible electors only need to present their Hong Kong identity card to the polling staff for verification and issuing ballot paper(s).


     Electors who are unable to produce the original of their Hong Kong identity card, because it is lost, in collecting the ballot paper(s) may produce a “memo of lost property” (a document evidencing a report to a police officer of the loss or destruction of their identity document) together with the original of the person’s valid passport or similar travel document showing their name and photograph to collect ballot paper(s).


     For enquiries, please visit the election website ( or call the Registration and Electoral Office’s hotline at 2891 1001.

Ben’s Original™ Launches First Global Marketing Campaign

Today Mars Food introduced the first Ben’s Original™ global marketing campaign – “Everyone’s Original.” The new campaign is linked with the brand’s ongoing commitment to enhance inclusion and equity in service of its purpose to offer everyone a seat at the table.

“The inspiration for the new campaign came from the simplest of places – our brand name,” said Rafael Narvaez, Global CMO and R&D Officer, Mars Food. “Original not only speaks to the quality of the world’s best rice brand, but also our vision of inclusivity that celebrates individuality. We are not defined by our age, gender, sexuality or race – what defines us are the personality traits and quirks that make us all unique. Because we’re individuals … we’re all original.”

The first commercials from the new campaign, called “We’re all original recipes™,” are designed to showcase the ‘ingredients’ that make us who we truly are. The commercials are based on a simple question – what if we gave different families the same ingredient – a pouch of Ben’s Original™ rice? The content shows the unique recipes, traditions and interactions that make each of the real families original.

The commercials feature a collection of six real families who gather around the table for their favorite meals featuring Ben’s Original™ jasmine rice. The families include a Black nuclear family, a pair of friends, three roommates, a single-parent family, a family who uses sign-language and a multi-generational Pakistani family. 

The fully integrated campaign, which was developed by The&Partnership, will first air in the U.S. before rolling out to Australia, the UK, Germany, Canada and France in the coming months. The first commercials include a variety of television ads, a minute-long anthemic piece, as well as digital, social and video-on-demand formats that will air on a variety of different platforms.

Ben’s Original™ Continues to Take Action to Serve its Purpose 
Since announcing the new brand name last September, the Ben’s Original™ brand has focused on taking action through community outreach programs around the world to ensure underserved communities have access to the nutritious meals we all deserve.

In addition, the brand’s Seat at the Table Fund is designed to create equal opportunities for people to pursue careers in the food industry so their ideas and voices can be appreciated by all. The first Seat at the Table scholarship fund launched in the U.S. to support Black culinary students. The scholarship, which was developed with National Urban League and UNCF (United Negro College Fund), covers education-related expenses for students towards the completion of a food business, science or culinary arts certificate, Associate or Bachelor’s degree. The brand is also funding apprenticeships in the U.K., which will launch later this year.

Last month, in the U.S. Mars Food also announced a $3.1 million donation of product to long-standing national partners including Feeding America® and CARE, as well as a variety of local partners in communities where the business operates, including in Greenville, Miss., Chicago, Ill. and Newark, NJ. In the U.K, the brand donated £100,000 to the Trussell Trust to help the organization achieve their vision of a hunger-free future. Mars Food plans to make similar donations to partners in a variety of countries in the next several months.

The brand also committed to investing $2.5 million over the next five years to improve access to healthy foods and education in Greenville, Miss., where the brand has been produced for more than 43 years. Part of this effort includes a new partnership with MolinaCares and the Kroger Delta Division to bolster food access and education programs in the Mississippi Delta region.

These steps are in addition to commitments from Mars, Incorporated, to continue to improve racial equity throughout our business, from increased representation in our workforce, leadership and talent pipeline, to better utilizing our spend, specifically among our suppliers, to drive positive change.

For more information about Ben’s Original™, visit

About Mars, Incoporated

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. The company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 115,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.