Ben Fong Torres
February 22, 2020
Last year, just about this time, I lost my Radio Waves column, soon after the San Francisco Chronicle brought in a new arts and entertainment editor. I’d been writing it every other Sunday for 15 years (plus another three-year stretch earlier on, before I took a break to publish a couple of books).
He gave me a reason that made no sense. Radio Waves wasn’t getting enough clicks on the digital side. But the Chronicle never featured the column on its sites. Readers had to search my name, or drill through the TV and movies windows to, with luck, find Radio Waves.
My readers found me the old-fashioned way, but like so many major papers, the Chronicle is going new-fashioned, trying to drive readers online, where the advertisers are.
The new editor was open to my doing pieces on media in general; on music; on my life and times in music and broadcasting. I thought that would make for a decent column. But he asked me to pitch him for every article.
I had no interest in becoming a freelancer, especially given the paltry fees doled out to non-staffers. Fifteen years of being underpaid was quite enough.
I moved on, accepting a consulting gig with the Music City Hit Factory, a hub for musicians and fans, encompassing, in one building, a hostel, a music school, a suite of rehearsal spaces and recording studios, performance spaces and cafes, and, throughout, exhibits celebrating the history of San Francisco Bay Area artists and...
January 15, 2020
Its a spin-off of Paramount's G.I. Joe series, with the central character of the masked character Snake Eyes. Henry Golding will reportedly play Snake Eyes!
From his breakout role as a romantic lead in "Crazy, Rich Asians" Golding is now starring as an action star in "Snake Eyes."
The release date will be in October, 2020.
January 5, 2020
Congratulations to Nora Lum, known professionally as Awkwafina. She is the first Asian American to win a Golden Globe for Best Actress!
Awkwafina won for her role in "The Farewell" in the category of Best Performance in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
Here is a Youtube.com link to her acceptance speech.
(Photo credit: The Farewell / A24)
Her role in 2019's "The Farewell" follows her breakout role as Peik Lin in 2018's 'Crazy Rich Asians' which made her a globally known actress to watch. 'Crazy, Rich Asians' also catapulted her into another Hollywood movie, "Ocean's Eight' with cast mates Cate Blanchette, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna.
(Photo credit: Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Pictures)
After her 2018 breakout role in Warner Bros feature film "Crazy, Rich Asians," the first Hollywood movie with an all Asian cast in 26 years since "Joy Luck Club" Awkwafina played a pick pocket in Ocean's 8 with cast mates
(Photo credit: Warner Bros/Barry Wetcher)
Prior to her breakout role in "Crazy, Rich Asians" she was best known as a popular Youtube star where she posted her rap videos and comedic routines.
January 25, 2020
Happy Lunar New Year! Emmy-award winners Ben Fong-Torres broadcasts live with co-host Julie Haener the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco broadcast on television and streaming on KTVU - TV.
In 2020, Chinese New Year begins on January 25 and ends on February 8.
Ben Fong-Torres and Julie Haener co-host Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade on February 8, 2020 in San Francisco beginning at 5:15pm PST. Organizers expect 1.2 million people will be attending in person.
The Parade will be broadcast live on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 26 Saturday February 8, 2020 on television! Watch the Parade live from the streets in San Francisco - the largest of its kind outside of Asia!
Named one of the top ten Parades in the world by International Festivals & Events Association, this is truly a sight to see.
The parade began in San Francisco more than one hundred years ago, and is one of the few remaining night illuminated parades in North America.
This year the Southwest Airlines® 2020 Chinese New Year festivities range from the great Chinese New Year parade, to street fairs, a fashion show, and many other events. Bobo the parrot says Gung Hay Fat Choy!
This Lunar year marks the Year of the Rat. Here is a beautiful watercolor rendition of the Rat, as painted by the late, great former US Ambassador and former longtime Secretary of State of California March Fong Eu.
The Chinese zodiac is in a twelve year cycle with twelve...
Update February 9, 2020
by Suzanne Kai
"Parasite" made history tonight becoming the first non-English film to win an Oscar for Best Picture. The South Korean film won an Oscar for best picture, best director and best international film.
For the complete list of Oscar winners click here to www.oscars.org. (Photo credit: oscars.org)
Oscars 2020 - Will 'Parasite' upset '1917' to win Best Picture?
February 1, 2020
Will "Parasite" by South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho become the first foreign-language film to win best picture this year at the 92nd Academy Awards February 9?
"Parasite" is nominated in six Oscar categories, including best picture, best international feature, and best director. "Parasite" has already won top awards including the Cannes Palme d'Or, BAFTA's Best Foreign Language Film, Screen Actors Guild Award for best cast in a motion picture, and the Asia Pacific Screen Award for best film.
(Photo courtesy Neon Entertainment)
If it wins the Oscar for best picture, it will be the first foreign-language film to do so, and could be an upset to the competition. A much touted movie for best picture is "1917" which has received accolades from the Producers Guild, the Directors Guild, and director and drama awards from the Golden Gloves.
(Photo credit: CJ Entertainment)
Of the contenders for best picture, "Joker" received eleven Oscar nominations and three movies have received ten Oscar nominations each, "1917", "The...