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Women and Non-White Characters Are Speaking More in Recent Star Wars Movies

Written by Ricardo Lopez,Variety, 8 Dec 2017 If it’s at all similar to its immediate predecessors, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is likely to give more talking time to women and minority characters, who in recent films have grown more prominent in the increasingly diverse Star Wars universe. USC engineer Shri Narayanan has begun harnessing the force…

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‘Westworld’s’ Leonardo Nam Says Seeing Asian Actors in ‘Star Wars’ ‘Feels Normal’

Written by Matt Fernandez, Variety, 10 Dec 2017   The Asian-American community celebrated a memorable night on Saturday at the 16th Annual Unforgettable Gala in Los Angeles. The event celebrates prominent members of the Asian-American community whose work has helped advance their culture in Hollywood and beyond. This year, the celebration honored actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park…

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‘Mulan’ Live-Action Disney Reboot Finds Its Star

Written by Justin Kroll, November 29, 2017 Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, is set to star in Disney’s live-action adaptation of the classic Chinese tale “Mulan.” Niki Caro is directing, and Chris Bender, Jason Reed, and Jake Weiner are producing the pic. The movie is eyeing a 2019 release….. http://variety.com/2017/film/news/mulan-reboot-star-liu-yifei-1202625846/

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New BBC Show ‘Chinese Burn’ Sparks Outrage for Extreme Racism Against Asians

Written by Heather Johnson Yu, November 28, 2017 The BBC has aired a new television show called “Chinese Burn” centered around the life of three Asian women in London, positioning itself to be edgy and tackling stereotypes surrounding Asian women. Unfortunately, it does nothing of the sort, and instead is extremely racist against both Asian women and men,…

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Wolf Warrior 2: Why a Chinese film you’ve never heard of is a huge win for New Zealand film industry

Written by Peter White, November 2, 2017 A Chinese film is the highest grossing movie in the world right now, beating out Hollywood blockbusters and epic European sci-fi like Valerian, and Kiwis helped make it. Wolf Warrior 2, which has just claimed China’s biggest ever box office success, was part made in Wellington at Park Road Post Productions’ sound editing…

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eOne Promotes Kate Winslet Producer Troy Lum To Global Film Role

Written by Peter White, November 2, 2017 Entertainment One is ramping up its slate of international films — promoting Asia-Pacific chief Troy Lum to a new global production role. Lum, who is currently producing Kate Winslet’s Lee Miller biopic, has been named EVP of International Productions, Film at the company. eOne Promotes Kate Winslet Producer Troy Lum To Global…

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Vice opens Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore as it announces a slew of new deals in the regionVice opens Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore as it announces a slew of new deals in the region

Written by Charlotte McEleney,  November 7, 2017 Vice Media has announced a series of new offices for Asia Pacific, including a new regional headquarters in Singapore, signaling a bigger focus on the region from the publisher. A key reason for the expansion, according to Vice, is the potential of the large number of young people in…

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Crazy Rich Asians: Constance Wu, Henry Golding recall the first times they saw Asian faces on screen

Written by Shirley Li,  November 6, 2017 Asian-Americans who grew up Stateside, like Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu, rarely saw Asians on screen. In film and television, that is. When EW quizzed the stars of the upcoming rom-com based on Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel about the first Asians they saw on screen for the video above,…

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Show Me Shorts Winners Announced

Written by Grace Hood Edwards,  October 28, 2017 New Zealand director Roseanne Liang’s Do No Harm walked away with three awards: Panavision Best Cinematographer, DEGNZ Best Editor and the Showtools Special Jury Prize for stunt coordination. Liang’s short is the ‘proof of concept’ for a feature film she is currently developing, set in the same world. http://www.showmeshorts.co.nz/2017-award-winners-announced/

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Asian American TV Actors Expose the Difficulty of Landing Parts – With or Without an Accent

Written by Hang Nguyen Oct 11, 2017 Daniel Dae Kim made headlines this year for leaving “Hawaii Five-0” over issues of pay inequality, and later, for replacing actor Ed Skrein as a Japanese-American character in the big-screen remake of “Hellboy.” Both instances involved how Asian Americans are still underrepresented in the entertainment industry, and it’s…

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Winnie Lau joins Ivanhoe Pictures

Written by Jeremy Kay 10 October 2017 Winnie Lau has joined SK Global’s international division Ivanhoe Pictures as head of Asia production and distribution. The longtime former Fortissimo executive will remain based in Beijing and report directly to Ivanhoe Pictures president of production Michael Hogan and SK Global president John Penotti. She will oversee and…

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CHOPSO is Proud to Announce the Nov. 2nd Launch of the World’s First All-Asian, All English-Language Streaming Service

PR Newswire 6 October. CHOPSO will officially launch its subscription-based streaming service on Nov. 2nd with movies, documentaries, short films, TV and digital series. All Asian, all English, 24/7. http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/CHOPSO-is-Proud-to-Announce-the-Nov-2nd-Launch-of-the-World-s-First-All-Asian-All-English-Language-Streaming-Service-With-Esteemed-Partnerships-in-Content-Creation-and-Exhibition-1001739066

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#WATCHINCOLOR

Almost 40 percent of Americans come from minority groups – but this isn’t reflected in Hollywood.  Minorities are underrepresented in feature films by 3:1 in leading roles, 3:1 in directors and 5:1 in writers. Diversity is good for film, as it makes the industry more equitable and opens more doors of opportunity for work. And…

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FILMING OF NZ’S FIRST TELUGU LANGUAGE FILM TO START NEXT WEEK

Written by Rizwan Mohammad published on Indian Weekender, SEP 28, 2017 ‘7-Steps’ or ‘Edu Adugulu’ will be made under the banner of Moksh movies and is directed by Santosh Tukkapuram. The shoot will commence in early October that includes exotic locations of New Zealand such as Queenstown, Rotorua and Auckland. 7 Adughulu is directed by Santhosh Tukkapuram who has vast experience…

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Michelle Yeoh Keeps Accent. Star Trek Discovery premieres Sunday

Written by Ed Diokno published on AsAm News, SEP 22, 2017 When people first hear Captain Philippa Georgiou speak, they’ll definitely notice her accent. That’s actress Michelle Yeoh’s real accent. The Malaysian-born Yeoh said the producers and show runners of Star Trek Discovery, the latest iteration of the Star Trek franchise, embraced the accent, which she describes as a cross between…

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An Urdu Film Was Just Chosen As England’s Official Submission To The Oscars

Written by Iman Zia published on MangoBaaz, SEP 19, 2017 Something extraordinary is happening. Pakistani cinema is slowly unfurling around the world, and now a Pakistani film has been chosen as Britain’s official submission for the foreign-language category at the 90th Academy Awards. ‘My Pure Land’ directed by British Pakistani filmmaker Sarmad Masud, has been chosen as…

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Do No Harm qualifies for Oscars

Published on Screen NZ, SEP 13, 2017 Roseanne Liang’s Sundance-premiered short Do No Harm is named in the top ten films selected by Manhattan Short, automatically qualifying for Academy consideration. The films were selected from a record 1615 submissions. Liang’s short was supported under the NZFC’s Premiere Shorts scheme, and tells the back-story of a character from…

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Daniel Dae Kim in Talks to Replace Ed Skrein in ‘Hellboy’ Reboot (Exclusive)

Written by Bory Kit, SEP 11, 2017, published on The Hollywood Reporter Skrein left the project after an outcry over whitewashing an Asian-American character. Daniel Dae Kim, who recently left CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, is in negotiations to join the cast of Lionsgate and Millennium’s Hellboyreboot.Kim will step into the role left vacant by Ed Skrein after an…

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Hollywood Equality: All Talk, Little Action

Published by Public Affairs Staff, SEP 6, 2017, USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism New report finds that across 800 films, representation of gender, race/ethnicity, LGBT status, disability still lags behind population norms Though the conversation on inequality in Hollywood is now at peak volume, a new report reveals that little has changed on…

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An Asian Actor Defended Her Decision To Change Her Surname And People Love Her Honesty

Written by Rachael Krishna, AUG 31, 2017 published by BuzzFeed News On Tuesday, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Chloe Bennet took to Instagram to praise actor Ed Skrein for pulling out of the Hellboy reboot after he was accused of whitewashing a role. She reposted Skrein’s statement explaining his decision with a comment praising him for doing so. Instagram  Bennet wrote: “DAMN, that’s a…

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ASIA ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Author Kevin Kwan is Confident His Film Will Be a Hit For Asian-Americans

Written by Bryan Ke, AUG 31, 2017 published by Next Shark  Kevin Kwan, author of the hit novel “Crazy Rich Asians”, still believes that his upcoming feature film will be a success in the United States with its all-Asian cast, despite Hollywood’s infamous tendency to whitewash ethnic roles.  “Crazy Rich Asians”, the film adaptation of Kwan’s…

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We’re Getting An Asian-Led Romantic Comedy With Ali Wong and Randall Park

Written by Hoai-Tran Bui, AUG 16, 2017, published by Slash Film Asian-Americans aren’t necessarily well-represented in Hollywood. In fact, you could say they’re pretty poorly represented, with few lead roles written for Asian actors, while plenty of those originally Asian roles are given to white actors in a little phenomenon called “whitewashing.” There’s a whole stigma around…

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New Zealand’s Best 2017 Winners Announced

Published on NZIFF, AUG 6, 2017 Congratulations to the winners of the sixth annual New Zealand’s Best 2017 short film competition. The winning shorts were announced on stage at the Civic Theatre in Auckland on Saturday night. The Madman Entertainment Jury Prize for the Best New Zealand Short Film at NZIFF 2017 was awarded to Waiting, directed by Amberley Jo…

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Dominion Road Musical

Written by Mandy Te, JULY 18, 2017, Stuff Dominion Rd’s multi-ethnic make-up will be brought to life in a musical. Written by Renee Liang and Jun Bin Lee, Dominion Rd The Musical explores the back stories of business owners and residents who found themselves fighting politicians from rebranding part of the road Chinatown. Last year a popular…

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Australian Film Academy Makes Asia Awards Outreach

Written by Patrick Frater JUNE 21, 2017, Variety The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts is to introduce an award for Asian film excellence as part of its annual prize ceremony. AACTA’s Asian engagement program was unveiled at a banquet event Wednesday on the margins of the Shanghai International Film Festival. Actors Sam Neill and Rachel Griffiths were on…

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#GETTINGREAL16 – IDA AND CAAM HOST HISTORIC CONVENING OF ASIAN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS

Written by Neelanja Banerjee, OCT 20, 2016, CAAM The day before they brought together a groundbreaking number of Asian American documentary filmmakers on the first day of the International Documentary Association’s Getting Real 2016 Conference, Grace Lee and S. Leo Chiang barely dodged Typhoon Megi in Taiwan. They had been there for CNEX, a Chinese documentary forum…

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Always the Sidekick

Written by Lilian Min, SEPTERMBER 8, 2016, The Atlantinc Ahead of the release of the DC Comics film Suicide Squad, potential viewers were bombarded with ads featuring comic-book names both familiar (Harley Quinn, the Joker) and unfamiliar (El Diablo, Enchantress). Falling into the latter category was the superheroine Katana, played by the newcomer Karen Fukuhara. Dressed…

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