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In Memoriam: Roger Ebert 1942-2013 American journalist, Film critic and Asian American Cinema Champion

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Thursday, 04 April 2013

1942-2013 Roger Ebert Champion of Asian American Film Photo: RogerEbert.com
Roger Ebert 1942-2013 Photo: RogerEbert.comRoger Ebert lost his battle with cancer today. He will be greatly missed. Most famous for his film criticism, he was the first movie critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Since 1967, and up to just two days ago he wrote a column for the Chicago Sun-Times. He authored twenty books, and co-hosted several long-running syndicated television shows including Siskel and Ebert at the Movies.  I will remember Roger Ebert not only for his...

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Awkwafina is Nominated for a Golden Globe for "The Farewell" - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 09 December 2019

Awkwafina is Nominated for a Golden Globe for

Hollywood

December 9, 2019

Nora Lum, known professionally as Awkwafina is nominated for Best Actress 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. The Golden Globes Awards will be broadcast on January 5, 2020. 

(Photo credit: The Farewell / A24)

If Awkwafina wins, she will become the first Asian American to win the Golden Globe award.

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. 

Actor Tim Lounibos - Hopeful Opportunities Ahead for APA's in Hollywood Movies and Television

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Tuesday, 08 October 2019

Actor Tim Lounibos - Hopeful Opportunities Ahead for APA's in Hollywood Movies and Television

October 8, 2019

Hollywood

 

Actor Tim Lounibos wrote on his Facebook page  about the positive changes he is currently experiencing in Hollywood.

We caught up with him to share his thoughts with us.

Asian Americans have historically found limited opportunities as actors in movies and television in Hollywood, but fortunately for Tim he had a great start as a busy actor in the 1990s, but then his career went off a cliff - temporarily. 

We thank Tim for sharing his personal thoughts with our readers.

In the 1990's Tim Lounibos was a busy actor in Hollywood with roles in hot shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Suddenly Susan, and The Nanny, and recurring roles in Beverly Hills, 90210, The Practice, JAG and The West Wing, plus starring in one of the first US films shot in Hong Kong, Erotique.

At the local café with tears in my eyes – because of joy not sadness…

I’m an actor. 

I left for seven years because of the lack of opportunity for those like me. That was heartbreaking but necessary. Family comes first. Always. On returning, I’ve been very fortunate; because as an actor, I’m relevant again and working consistently, but merely working is not the be all and end all.

Something happened that reminded me of why I act.

I was asked by Jess Ju and Michelle...

Thank you - Chinese for Affirmative Action - 50 Years of Standing Up for What is Right

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Sunday, 30 September 2018

Unveiled at town hall honoring 50th anniversary of Chinese for Affirmative Action 

San Francisco Bay Area newscasters, editors, reporters, producers, podcasters, filmmakers and pioneer internet content creators came together to mark the emergence of Asian American journalists in mainstream news media where there none before 50 years ago. 

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. https://lat.ms/2MAARsN @LATimes

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...

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. https://lat.ms/2MAARsN @LATimes

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 Kwan: www.kevinkwanbooks.com 

Los Angeles Times coverage by film reporter Jenn...