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Ben Fong-Torres New Audiobook!

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Ben Fong-Torres narrates his Audible Book The Rice Room  - Photo by David Nelson, Outpost Studios, SF
Fears for Tears: Turning a Memoir into an Audiobook By Ben Fong-Torres   “In the funny parts, laugh. In the sad parts, go ahead and cry.”  That was advice I got, on the eve of my recording sessions for an audiobook version of my memoirs, The Rice Room, from Susie Bright.  Susie is a producer and personality at Audible, the leading producer of audiobooks, and she’s done her share of laughing and crying.  So when Audible contracted me to turn two of my...

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Get Ready for Henry Golding in Snake Eyes! - new release date October 22, 2021

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 14 December 2020

Get Ready for Henry Golding in Snake Eyes! - new release date October 22, 2021

Hollywood

December 15, 2020

Its a spin-off of the G.I. Joe series, with the central character of the masked character Snake Eyes. Henry Golding is playing the leading role of 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." 

Originally scheduled for release on March 27, 2020, the release date has been pushed a few times and is now scheduled for October 22, 2021 due to Covid-19. Fans may have a double treat. It has been reported that there may be a follow on movie in the works, with Henry Golding reprising his lead role as Snake Eyes. Hoping that movie theaters will be open by then, the film is reportedly made for theaters with IMAX, RealD 3D, and Dolby Cinema. 

CRIP CAMP: A Disability Revolution - Documentary

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 15 December 2020

CRIP CAMP: A Disability Revolution - Documentary
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A feature documentary receiving 2021 Oscar buzz is "Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution" from James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham.

An Audience Award winner at Sundance 2020 the documentary follows young campers at a summer camp for teens with disabilities in New York.

The documentary follows several campers who grow up to become leaders in the disability rights movement.

Executive Producers include Barack and Michelle Obama.

https://cripcamp.com

New Diversity Rules for Best Picture Oscar Contenders - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 08 September 2020

New Diversity Rules for Best Picture Oscar Contenders - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

Hollywood

September 8, 2020

Last year we reported the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences push for a more diverse, inclusive and global membership.

This year this push includes films which qualify to be considered for Best Picture.

Its now official - and in writing. New representation and inclusion standards for Oscars® eligibility in the Best Picture category, were announced today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

As part of the Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, a task force led by Academy governors DeVon Franklin and Jim Gianopulos have developed new standards to "encourage equitable representation on and off screen in order to better reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience." 

The standards were created from a template inspired by the British Film Institute (BFI) Diversity Standards used for certain funding eligibility in the UK and eligibility in some categories of the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) Awards, but were adapted to serve the specific needs of the Academy.

The Academy also consulted with the Producers Guild of America (PGA), as it presently does for Oscars eligibility.

Details from Oscars.org:

https://www.oscars.org/about/academy-aperture-2025

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Hollywood

July 1, 2019

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, best known as the organization behind the Oscars is continuing its push during the past few years toward a more diverse, inclusive and global membership.

This is...

Thai Film Wins Top Prize at Cannes Film Festival by Stephen Rakower

Posted by Stephen Rakower on Sunday, 23 May 2010

Thai Film Wins Top Prize at Cannes Film Festival by Stephen Rakower

By Stephen Rakower

Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethaku wins the Palm D'or for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives a mystical reincarnation tale of a man with acute kidney failure who chooses to spend his final days with his loved ones in the countryside.

Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave - the birthplace of his first life.

The film is the sixth for the 39 year old director who likes to be called by his nickname, Joe, and the first Palm d'Or for Thailand.

Joe is outspoken about the current political troubles in Thailand, and the recent deadly clashes in the streets of Bangkok.

He says the clashes are due to the wide divide between the rich and the poor.

He is lobbying for more Thai government funding of films. This year he said, Thailand announced a new government film fund of $6.2 million, with half going to one film directed by a Thai prince to do a historical film. Just before flying to France to the Cannes Film Festival, he said he was lobbying Thailand's Ministry of Culture for more transparency in film funding.

Joe is the son of two doctors who moved from Bangkok to the northeast part of Thailand and built a hospital there. His film is set in the same northeast location as his childhood.

From 1994 to 1997, Joe attended the Chicago Art Institute where he was exposed to many kinds of films, especially experimental films. He initially had alot of challenges adapting...

National Cherry Blossom Festival Invites Public to Stand with Japan on March 24

Posted by Lia Chang on Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Washington Monument and Cherry Blossom Trees in Washington D.C. © Lia Chang

The 2011 National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, which runs from March 26-April 10 commemorates the 99th anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan. This year’s festival features three spectacular weekends and daily events highlighting traditional and contemporary Japanese arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is sponsoring a fundraising event called Stand with Japan at the Washington Monument on March 24, 2011. Meet at the Sylvan Theater, 15th Street & Independence Avenue, SW at 6:30pm and join others who are gathering to reflect and participate in the walk around the Tidal Basin, where the cherry blossom trees, gifted to Washington, DC from Tokyo in 1912, have stood the test of time for 99 years. The relationship with Japan is at the heart of the Festival, and the evening of hope and perseverance occurs before the 16-day celebration begins on Saturday, March 26. All donations will go directly to the American Red Cross and their Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund.

A ful list of Festival participants and partners holding events to benefit the fund can be found at www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Hotline: (877) 44-BLOOM

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