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Actor Tim Lounibos - Its an Amazing Time in Hollywood Now for Asian American Entertainment

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Sunday, 16 September 2018

Actor Tim Lounibos - Its an Amazing Time in Hollywood Now for Asian American Entertainment
September 16, 2018 Hollywood by Tim Lounibos It’s an amazing time The past several weeks have been absolutely amazing for the Asian American entertainment industry. Crazy Rich Asians blew past $100 million at the box office in less than three weeks, becoming the most successful rom-com in almost a decade on its way to surely cracking the top ten all-time list for that genre. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a huge success on Netflix to the point where it has...

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Actor Tim Lounibos - Its an Amazing Time in Hollywood Now for Asian American Entertainment

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Sunday, 16 September 2018

Actor Tim Lounibos - Its an Amazing Time in Hollywood Now for Asian American Entertainment

September 16, 2018

Hollywood

by Tim Lounibos

It’s an amazing time

The past several weeks have been absolutely amazing for the Asian American entertainment industry. Crazy Rich Asians blew past $100 million at the box office in less than three weeks, becoming the most successful rom-com in almost a decade on its way to surely cracking the top ten all-time list for that genre.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a huge success on Netflix to the point where it has actually raised the popularity of the Japanese yogurt drink Yakult and the stock value of the company who produces it.

Searching had the second highest per-screen box office average in its opening week, trailing only CRA, and more than doubled its distributor’s box office expectations.

As a result, Hollywood has begun greenlighting Asian American projects left and right, and is being more inclusive in casting Asian American actors in general. It’s an amazing time, one to be celebrated.

Geoffrey Owens

Yet, thoughts of African American actor Geoffrey Owens dominate my mind.

His recent Trader Joe’s job-shaming has brought attention to how difficult it is today to make a living as an actor. The general public, for the most part, has a very skewed perspective. If people watch actors in the movies or on shows and recognize them in public, they conclude that those actors are well off—that they’re living the high life. If you’re an actor who’s made it to the top of the profession, this very well could be the...

Updates! Congratulations - CRAZY RICH ASIANS is crossing the $100 Million mark for North American Box Office!

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 13 August 2018

Updates! Congratulations - CRAZY RICH ASIANS is crossing the $100 Million mark for North American Box Office!

Updates! September 3, 2018

Its now the closing hour of the Labor Day weekend and Congratulations to "Crazy Rich Asians" crossing the $100 Million mark!

As of today, the movie is estimated to bring in $117 million for the North American box office making directoro Jon M. Chu's film the most successful Hollywood studio romantic comedy in nearly a decade. 

Keep buying tickets, keep going to see movies with diverse casts!

"Searching," starring John Cho is also a great movie! "Searching" is another must-see movie! 

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Headline: Go See This Opening Weekend! CRAZY RICH ASIANS - August 15-19, 2018

August 14, 2018

Congratulations to the cast and creators of Crazy Rich Asians!

It’s been 25 years since the last movie by a major Hollywood studio to feature predominantly Asian Americans in leading roles, since The Joy Luck Club. #TheJoyLuckClub 

Make your ticket count! See Crazy Rich Asians now during opening weekend August 15 - August 19. Opening weekend box office ticket sales are critical barometers on how Hollywood studios will rank the financial success of this movie, as well as greenlighting future films with Asian Americans in lead roles.

Read the extensive Sunday, August 12 coverage by Los Angeles Times film reporter Jen Yamato, profiling fourteen members of Crazy Rich Asians cast and creators - click here. 

Crazy Rich Asians is a milestone for Asian American representation in a Hollywood movie. Alot is riding on the...

Go See This Opening Weekend! CRAZY RICH ASIANS - August 15-19, 2018

Posted by on Monday, 13 August 2018

Go See This Opening Weekend! CRAZY RICH ASIANS - August 15-19, 2018

August 14, 2018

Congratulations to the cast and creators of Crazy Rich Asians!

It’s been 25 years since the last movie by a major Hollywood studio to feature predominantly Asian Americans in leading roles, since The Joy Luck Club. #TheJoyLuckClub 

Make your ticket count! See Crazy Rich Asians now during opening weekend August 15 - August 19. Opening weekend box office ticket sales are critical barometers on how Hollywood studios will rank the financial success of this movie, as well as greenlighting future films with Asian Americans in lead roles.

Read the extensive Sunday, August 12 coverage by Los Angeles Times film reporter Jen Yamato, profiling fourteen members of Crazy Rich Asians cast and creators - click here. 

Crazy Rich Asians is a milestone for Asian American representation in a Hollywood movie. Alot is riding on the success of Crazy Rich Asians to help open doors for more Hollywood movies with diverse stories featuring Asian Americans in leading roles. Jen Yamato writes that despite 'increased calls for industry change in recent years, significant progress has not hit the big screen. According to an Annenberg study of the top 100 films of 2017 only 4.8% of movies featured a character of Asian descent with a speaking role." 

View interviews by Jim Ferguson with author Kevin Kwan, and actors Jimmy O. Yang and Gemma Chan of #CrazyRichAsians 

URL links:

Official Website: www.crazyrichasiansmovie.com 

Author Kevin...

A New Day Has Dawned at the Los Angeles Times

Posted by on Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Photo Credit: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times

Photo Credit: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times

June 19, 2018

Los Angeles

A new day has dawned at the Los Angeles Times, the 136-year-old newspaper has a new owner, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. Dr. Soon-Shiong is a biotech billionaire with a vision to revitalize the newspaper. He told the New York Times, "The newspaper is really important to bind the community." "It bound us in my world of South Africa, and it's really a voice for the people." 

(Photo credit: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

Read about his interview to the New York Times "L.A. Times's New Owner Plans Big Moves. First Up, Relocating to the Suburbs."

Click here to the story about new owner Dr. Soon-Shiong by the Los Angeles Times writers Meg James and Andrea Chang. On Monday he announced that journalist Norman Pearlstine would become executive editor, a 50 year veteran in journalism, with an impressive career at Time Inc. magazines, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and Forbes. 

In Memoriam - Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018) and Kate Spade (1962-2018)

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Friday, 08 June 2018

In Memoriam - Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018) and Kate Spade (1962-2018)

June 8, 2018

Its been a tough week. First Kate Spade. Then this morning the news of Anthony Bourdain. 

I never knew them personally, but they touched my life and so many of my friends. There was something about our Kate Spade handbags that made us smile, and we watched Anthony Bourdain travel the world sharing his adventures in culture and cuisine. 

Of the many tributes and articles, here is one by writer/filmmaker Kevin Pang, who met Anthony Bourdain several times. (for links to work, click to the main article) Click here to his article "What Anthony Bourdain gave us, and what he left us." 

Another notable article "Preventable Tragedies" written by The New Yorker writer Andrew Soloman discusses the factors that may be contributing to our naton's increased suicide rate.

Soloman writes in his article,"we feel both our own anguish and the world's. There is a dearth of emphathy, even of kindness, in the national conversation, and those deficits turn ordinary neurosis into actionable despair." 

Two important new documentaries on suicide are "The S Word" https://theswordmovie.com and the soon to be released "Do No Harm." "The S Word" is directed by Lisa Klein, and produced by Doug Blush who was also Supervising Editor. Filmmaker Robyn Symon, director of the soon to be relesed documentary Do No Harm DoNoHarmFilm.com about the suicide rate of doctors writes:

"The CDC published a survey showing suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two...

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