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Casey Affleck, 41, US
As an actor, it must be pressuring to have a brother with two Academy awards. But Casey Affleck, younger brother of famed actor Ben Affleck, has stepped out of his brother’s shadow. The late-blooming actor has appeared in nearly 40 films, but not until this year’s Manchester by the Sea did he finally find his breakout role. On Dec 11, Casey won best actor for his performance as a grief-stricken janitor in the film at the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles, US. Many predict that the next Oscars could even feature a rare competition – two brothers vying for best actor.
Liu Shishi, 29, China
Chinese Entertainment Shanghai is known as a talent scout for newbie actors and actresses. However, many stars they discover often end up in an obnoxious breakup with the company, including Lin Gengxin and Jiang Jinfu. On Dec 12, actress Liu Shishi declared her intention to leave the company, but unlike previous turmoils, this time it’s an amicable separation. “Go ahead, you’ll have our backing forever,” the company wrote on Sina Weibo. “This will not damage my relationship with the company. We’re still friends,” Liu told The Beijing News.
马上学：Amicable意为“友好的”。“合约到期”可以说contract expires，“续约”是renew the contract，“毁约”可以说break a contract。
hang up one’s boots
Sun Jihai, 39, China
Sun Jihai, who paved the way for Chinese soccer players to compete in world top-tier leagues, announced he was hanging up his boots on Dec 10. “It’s really hard to say goodbye. Soccer still brings me happiness. Thank you for accompanying and supporting me through the years,” he wrote on Sina Weibo. Sun was one of the first Chinese soccer players to play in the English Premier League and the very first to achieve a goal. “He has been hugely important to Chinese soccer. Sun showed others that they had the ability to play at high levels in Europe and achieve a regular place in the side through hard work,” journalist Zhang Liang told ESPN.
马上学：Hang up one’s boots意为“挂靴”，即“退役”的意思。球员“退役”可以用retire, quit/leave the game，船舰“退役”一般说be decommissioned。
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