Angelina Jolie flew in to San Diego to attend this year’s  Comic Con convention to promote her movie, “Salt.” Angelina was joined by her “Salt” co-star Liev Schreiber, producer Dino di Bonaventure, and director Phillip Noyce. “Salt” is a Russian spy thriller that is now out in theaters. Previously, Jolie shared how excited she was to get back to work with an Action movie.

Angelina Jolie stated, “You can get away with so much in fantasy like bending a bullet, for example. So this one was a nice challenge because we had to work so much harder to convince the audience that all of these things are possible. I think these stunts in this movie are better than in other action movies that I’ve done.” 

The giant annual convention kicked off Thursday, July 22, 2010 to begin the 4-day celebration of pop culture. Organizers are expecting 126,000 fans to attend. The event started off as a gathering of comic book fans, but it has grown into an opportunity for Hollywood to attract the attention of young male audiences.

For more on Angelina Jolie, visit the Angelina Jolie page on FanAccess.com.

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LeBron James ended months of speculation and drama on Thursday, July 8, 2010, during a nationally-televised special titled, “The Decision,” broadcasted on ESPN. The decision by LeBron to join two other superstars in Miami, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, brought cheers to Miami fans and made Pat Riley look like a wizard for being able to conjure up a formula for a possible new dynasty. Likewise, fans in Cleveland and the State of Ohio were heartbroken to see the loss of their homegrown hero.

Now the sporting world can end speculation, and focus on the possibilities of the upcoming NBA season. Although it appears the trio may have a good chance to bring a title to South Beach next year, many analysts are not going to jump on the bandwagon so quickly. Most are waiting to see how each superstar adjusts to their new role and waiting to see who Pat Riley is able to put around the All-Stars.

On LeBron James’s Twitter account, he invited people to post their reaction to his decision and stated that he will post his reactions at #lebrondecision during the evening. LeBron James’s good friend, Chris Paul, tweeted on his Twitter account in response, “Glad bron finally got that off his chest…NO ONE can possibly imagine how tough that decision was for him…wish him all the best!!!” As of the time of this posting, LeBron already had 361,199 followers on his Twitter account.

This type of activity on the Internet is part of a growing trend among celebrities, which is to connect to their fans through the micro-blogging site, Twitter. Twitter allows celebs to be instantly connected and spontaneous. You can follow the Twitter accounts and other social networking sites of your favorite celebrities on FanAccess.com, a celebrity portal scheduled to be officially launched on August 1, 2010.

It seems the whole world is tuned in to the LeBron James saga, and speculating whether or not he will stay in Cleveland or land in another NBA city this Summer. Now, his fans and the media can follow his moves on LeBron’s new, official Twitter page, @KingJames. LeBron James signed up for the Twitter account on Tuesday, July 6, 2010. As of Tuesday at noon, over 100,000 followers connected with the page. No one knows if LeBron James will use his Twitter account to give any hints on his intentions, but many will continue to visit the Twitter page just in case he does. LeBron’s first Tweet to the world read, “Hello World, the Real King James is in the Building “Finally”. My Brother @oneandonlycp3 gas’d me up to jump on board so I’m here. Haaaa.”

Apparently, LeBron’s good friend Chris Paul, who has a Twitter account @oneandonlycp3, convinced him to join the Twitter bandwagon. Chris Paul posted a hint early Tuesday, “BREAKING NEWS: Gotta big surprise for evrybody on twitter 2day…lemme kno when yall ready and want to kno the news…” An hour later, Chris posted, “Couldn’t convince him to tell me which team he’s goin to but convinced him to join twitter lol…my brother from another mother @KINGJAMES.”

This is part of a growing trend among celebrities, which is to connect to their fans through the micro-blogging site, Twitter. Twitter allows celebs to be instantly connected and spontaneous. You can follow the Twitter accounts and other social networking sites of your favorite celebrities on FanAccess.com, a celebrity portal scheduled to be officially launched on August 1, 2010.

A music video “Trouble” by performing artist/vocalist Kari Kimmel will be featured on the Oxygen network in the month of July. She has been chosen to be the “Sounds Like Oxygen” Artist of the Month. You can check out her video at http://www.oxygen.com/soundslikeoxygen.

Some of Kari Kimmel’s credits include:  Dreamgirls, Shall We Dance, Nights In Rodanthe, WallE, Grey’s Anatomy, Ella Enchanted, White Chicks, Tinkerbell, Private Practice,  The L Word, 8 Simple Rules, Mercy, The Gilmore Girls, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Hills, Greek,  The Deep End, Kim Possible, 10 Things I Hate About You, Pretty Little Liars…

For more on Kari Kimmel, visit the Kari Kimmel page on FanAccess.com

According to Dwight Howard’s blog, he is not wasting any time in the off-season. Coming off a disappointing series loss to the Celtics in the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals, Orlando Magic Center Dwight Howard flew to Houston to work on his game. Given that he already has Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing to work with, it says a lot about the work ethic and drive of Dwight Howard that he is taking time to work with another Hall of Fame Center, Hakeem, “The Dream” Olajuwan.

In his blog, Dwight Howard shares that he has learned how to improve his footwork and fakes, including a new fake move, called the “Milk Shake.” Dwight also said (perhaps jokingly) that he has tried to convince Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith to sign the 47-yr-old Olajuwan, because he is still in great shape. Dwight also shares his Summer plans, including trips to Los Angeles and China. He will also work out with Hakeem Olajuwan again in Africa, visiting for Basketball Without Borders.

Follow this story in Dwight Howard’s official blog.

For more on Dwight Howard, visit the Dwight Howard page on FanAccess.com.

TV travel show host Janet Hsieh spoke to students about gaining a new perspective.

TV travel show host Janet Hsieh spoke to students about gaining a new perspective.

Story and photos by Tony Coolidge

As I approached the student center on the campus of National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan, on the evening of April 19, 2010, I was taken by surprise by the size of the line of students waiting outside. Janet Hsieh, host of the TV travel series, Fun Taiwan, was scheduled to speak at 7:30 pm, and I arrived at 6:00 pm. Not only did she have fans from her television show, Janet was also a personality in Taiwan well-known for her modeling and television commercial endorsements. The auditorium was filled beyond capacity with people anxious to hear the speaker’s inspiring story-telling.

Janet Hsieh with Toastmaster's Club President Amy Chen.

Janet Hsieh with Toastmaster's Club President Amy Chen.

I had the opportunity to catch some time with Janet back-stage before her presentation. When asked about her draw to Tainan and what she enjoyed about the city that she has visited frequently, she beamed, “The food!” Tainan is famous for its many local delicacies and snacks.

Janet is truly a connoisseur of the foods she discovers on her travels. She also mentioned that she felt Tainan would be a place where she would like to further explore Dutch colonial history in Taiwan, as she felt she had some Dutch in her bloodlines.

A long line of students waiting outside the Student Center at NCKU.

A long line of students waiting outside the Student Center at NCKU.

When asked what she hoped the college students would come away with during her speech, Janet said that she hoped they would be inspired to try more new things. “People don’t have to travel the world to gain a new perspective about themselves. They can try new things and learn every day wherever they are and from whoever is around them.”

Janet Hsieh captured the audience with stories from her travels. She owed much of her open-mindedness and willingness to push the boundaries of what was possible, to the people who inspired her, especially her grandmother. Her Taiwanese grandmother learned French at the age of 40 and went to work in Africa. At age 16, Miss Hsieh was not willing to let $2000 in travel expenses deter her from earning herself a trip to Ecuador to help children in remote villages. Her ingenuity and creativity solved her financial obstacle, and in return she gained an eye-opening experience that showed her how she could positively impact the world.

Officers and organizers of the Toastmaster's Club worked hard to host a successful event.

Officers and organizers of the Toastmaster's Club worked hard to host a successful event.

Janet shared travel stories, photos and funny anecdotes in Mandarin Chinese, English and Taiwanese. More important than the interesting, and sometimes bizarre, travel experiences, were the lessons she shared with the students.

“Don’t focus on an itinerary. You don’t know what you will miss out on…”

“Learn from your mistakes and move on…”

“Learn from others’ mistakes…”

From the event, the audience learned valuable lessons. They also learned not to tell Janet that she can’t do something because she is a girl, no matter how crazy it sounds. I learned that this TV travel celebrity, who lives a life most people only dream of, didn’t luck into her life. Her success is a result of her curiosity, her willingness to learn, and the choices she makes in a world that offers many perspectives daily.

This annual event was hosted by the Cheng Kung Toastmaster’s Club. Club officers Amy Chen, Tiffany Twu, Kevin Hu, and Christy Chen worked tirelessly to promote the successful event, and show the student body the importance of public speaking and international perspectives. I owe them a special thanks for making the interview possible.

For more on Janet Hsieh, visit the Janet Hsieh page on FanAccess.com

The crowd in attendance was beyond seating capacity.

The crowd in attendance was beyond seating capacity.