HONG KONG (AP) - Jackie Chan has received a lot of awards during a career that's spanned 50 years. But a best director award is rare on his trophy shelves.
The action star took home one for his 100th film, "Chinese Zodiac." He was among entertainers honored at the Huading Awards in Hong Kong on Wednesday night.
Chan was all smiles backstage because he says this award didn't come easy. He says directors like Stanley Kwan and Tsui Hark "move the camera and have fun with it." But he says the tempo is faster in an action film, and it's harder to win directing awards.
He added: "I think I also got lucky."
Chan said last year he thought "Chinese Zodiac" would be his last action movie and he'll focus on other genres.
LONDON (AP) - The BBC is in a bind after opponents of late British leader Margaret Thatcher pushed the song "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead" to the top of the charts.
An online campaign to drive the "Wizard of Oz" ditty to the No. 1 spot on the U.K. singles chart was launched by Thatcher critics shortly after the former prime minister died of a stroke on Monday. She was 87.
Normally, a top position on the charts guarantees a song airtime on the BBC, but some called on the broadcaster not to play the song.
John Whittingdale, a lawmaker from Thatcher's Conservative party, told the Daily Mail newspaper that many would find the song "deeply insensitive."
Messages left for the BBC weren't immediately returned Friday.
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