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Vietnamese actress to play in Hollywood movie “The Continental”

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Actress Nhung Kate will travel to Hungary to act in “The Continental”, a prequel to the John Wick series.

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Actress Nhung Kate.

According to Variety, the cast of “The Continental” series, a John Wick prequel, has just been announced, with the main roles for Mel Gibson, Colin Woodell… Other stars include Hubert Point-Du Jour, Jessica Allain, Mishel Prada, Ben Robson and Nhung Kate.

In the series about the criminal world, Nhung Kate’s character is a killer named Yen.

Nhung Kate officially confirmed the information on her personal page on October 20. “I’m very happy to share with you: Nhung will be playing in The Continental project, a prequel to Keanu Reeves’ John Wick series. The Continental will be a TV series about a special three-night event, produced by Lionsgate Television for Starz”.

Filming of this movie will begin in November in Budapest, Hungary.

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 Nhung Kate and her boyfriend Johnny Tri Nguyen. 

Nhung Kate noted the fate that helped her get there started three years ago. After watching a film she starred in, director Oliver Stone contacted her management company in the United States to invite her to act. That project was postponed, but she stayed in touch with the company, encouraged by them to develop her acting skills. A few months ago she got invitations to participate in the new project. After filming a few scenes for the audition, she was accepted. The actress has been practicing martial arts for the past two years. Her boyfriend, actor Johnny Tri Nguyen, who is also a kungfu master, helps her practice English and martial arts.

Nhung Kate was born in 1989 in Hai Phong. She studied acting at Hanoi Art College. She starred in many films such as: Grandma doesn’t like to eat pizza, The secret of the golden triangle, Soul capture, Super thief, Cho Lon Dust, The Housemaid, Bitcoin Heist and Three. Her role in The Maid earned her nominations at the Blue Star Award and the Vietnam Film Festival, as well as the Special Jury Prize at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival.

According to Deadline, ‘The Continental’ will explore the origin behind the hotel-for-assassins, which increasingly has become the centerpiece of the John Wick universe. This will be accomplished through the eyes and actions of a young Winston Scott (Woodell), who is dragged into the Hell-scape of a 1975 New York City to face a past he thought he’d left behind.

The John Wick trilogy has grossed almost $600 million worldwide. The films have been scripted by Derek Kolstad and directed by Chad Stahelski. John Wick: Chapter Four is currently shooting in Germany, France and Japan with Reeves reprising his assassin character.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/vietnamese-actress-to-play-in-hollywood-movie-the-continental-785090.html

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20-year-old Vietnamese rookie outperforms foreign veteran player in Game 37 of VBA

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Bui Anh Khoa has not spent too much time on the court this season, but the rookie made a strong showing in Game 37 when he shut down 2.06-meter-tall veteran Mike Bell of Hanoi Buffaloes.

David vs. Goliath

Khoa, 20, transferred to Ho Chi Minh City Wings from Cantho Catfish after VBA Draft Day 2021.

Though he has played in several amateur basketball tournaments, the VBA Premier Bubble Games – Brought to you by NovaWorld Phan Thiet has been his professional debut.

In Game 37, Khoa substituted for Makinde London.

Though Khoa was originally told to play defense, he had no issue moving the ball down the court and scoring against Mike Bell, who is not only 20 centimeters taller than him, but also far more experienced. 

Khoa’s surprising play was just the morale Ho Chi Minh City needed in order to protect their narrow lead against the Buffaloes. 

Passion for the sport

Before Khoa, London seemed to be Bell’s biggest rival on the court. 

The 25-year-old foreign player of Ho Chi Minh City Wings chalked up 31 points and 14 rebounds, helping the Wings defeat the Buffaloes in their previous second encounter.

Basketball experts commented that, while Bell was the 2018 and 2019 VBA Best Defensive Player, young players in the league are gradually making a name for themselves.

Ho Chi Minh City Wings’ Makinde London scores despite a strong defensive effort by Hanoi Buffaloes’ Mike Bell in Game 37 of the VBA Premier Bubble Games - Brought to you by NovaWorld Phan Thiet. Photo: VBA

Ho Chi Minh City Wings’ Makinde London scores despite a strong defensive effort by Hanoi Buffaloes’ Mike Bell in Game 37 of the VBA Premier Bubble Games – Brought to you by NovaWorld Phan Thiet. Photo: VBA

Ho Chi Minh City Wings’ third victory over Hanoi Buffaloes

Ho Chi Minh City Wings pulled off a 76-72 victory against Hanoi Buffaloes in Game 37 of the VBA Premier Bubble Games – Brought to you by NovaWorld Phan Thiet, thanks to cohesive play between the team’s foreign and homegrown players.

That was also Ho Chi Minh City Wings’ third win in four games against Hanoi Buffaloes.

With 23 points and 23 rebounds, Makinde London earned the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

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New faces join women’s futsal squad ahead of SEA Games

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The national women’s futsal team will train in HCM City from December 5 to prepare for the SEA Games. Photo of VFF

HÀ NỘI — The national women’s futsal team will begin training on December 5 in preparation for the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hà Nội next May.

Coach Trương Quốc Tuấn has announced a list of 22 players who will meet in HCM City for the tournament. Most of them are from HCM City teams while the rest are from Hà Nội, Hà Nam and Thái Nguyên.

Apart from several seniors such as Trịnh Nguyễn Thanh Hằng, Nguyễn Thị Châu and Lê Thị Thùy Linh , the rest of the squad is made up mainly of new comers.

“Some of my experienced players retired or moved to other jobs,” Tuấn said.  

“Some others have not recovered from injuries while some of them are training with the national football team in Hà Nội, so I have to name new faces. In the next seven weeks, the coaching board will review the list and test all players, especially those who we have called up for the first time.”

Tuấn said due to the challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, he struggled in selecting his players as they were unable to take part in tournaments because of social distancing.

Tuấn also said the COVID problems also prevented his players from taking part in training courses and friendly matches which are necessary to sharpen skills.

He is planning to set up matches against young male clubs in HCM City.

Tuấn added: “HCM City is still in a complicated situation caused by COVID-19. Therefore, players will train and compete in the bubble concept at the National Sports Training Centre No 2. They will be tested before joining our camp and regularly tested when we are together.

“We will also keep in contact with clubs to find suitable teams to organise matches for players. Through those matches, we will adjust our formations.

“Việt Nam will be hosts of the 31st SEA Games so we want to ensure good results on home soil.”

Việt Nam placed second at the 29th SEA Games held in Malaysia in 2017.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1091407/new-faces-join-womens-futsal-squad-ahead-of-sea-games.html

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Rafa the gaffer needs cash to splash

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YOU’VE BEEN FRAMED: Liverpool fans show their support for Rafa Benitez during a protest outside Anfield 14 years ago. AFP Photo

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On November 28, 2007, Liverpool FC supporters organised a protest march in support of Rafa Benitez, their manager at the time, amid growing concerns and mistrust of the then club’s owners.

The demonstration was ahead of the Champions League match against Porto at Anfield.

One strong memory I have of that protest is an image of a fan carrying a huge picture of Benitez in an elaborate gold frame, akin to what you would see on the streets of Iran in support of their Ayatollah.

I’m guessing that the photo was probably taken from the wall of his living room, where I reckon the image of Rafa dwarfed his wedding photograph.

That particular fan took the framed image from above the mantelpiece and brought it to the game to show his support for the Spaniard. That’s just how much Rafa was loved at Liverpool.

Fans were terrified Benitez would get fed up with the club’s hierarchy and walk away, which ultimately he did.

Rafa had led Liverpool to two Champions League finals, winning one, and had taken Liverpool back to being genuine title contenders.

He had worked wonders with a relatively small budget compared to the likes of Chelsea at the time. Rafa the gaffer was, quite simply, idolised.

Now he plies his trade at Everton, the other club in the city, and in the early hours of Thursday morning, he faced his former employers and the fans who once adored him, for the first time as Everton manager.

Liverpool destroyed Everton by four goals to one, and at the end of the game, as the boos rang out from those Everton supporters who were still left in Goodison Park, Rafa looked a broken man.

After a promising start to the season, Rafa’s honeymoon period is well and truly over. That’s now eight games in a row without a win.

The general consensus among Everton fans is that their anger is directed at Everton’s board and their director of football rather than Benitez himself.

That said, Everton fans would have been seething to hear their rival supporters chanting the name of their former boss as Liverpool cruised to victory.

Everton have some serious, serious problems.

At one point in the game, just after Mohammed Salah had put the visitors two goals up, some home supporters began to leave the ground. There were only 20 minutes gone.

In the last summer transfer window, apart from a few frees, Everton only spent around US$2,000,000 bringing in Demarai Gray. In the previous transfer window, they spent around US$100 million. Go back to the one before that and it was US$150 million.

Almost US$50 million of that was spent on Alex Iwobi, an unused substitute in their derby defeat.

Money clearly not well spent.

But other than the cash for Grey, Benitez hasn’t been given a penny to spend. The Everton board financially backed, and then sacked numerous managers before Rafa.

Now it’s the Spaniard who is paying the price.

If Everton are serious, they must find many more millions and give them to Rafa in January. He has to put his own stamp on the team before he can be judged.

But if they don’t, then I think he too will walk, and there will be no elaborately framed photographs of Rafa adorning the walls of the homes of Everton fans.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1091406/rafa-the-gaffer-needs-cash-to-splash.html

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