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

Posted by AC Team - 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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Hulu celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with new Asian film releases

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 20 May 2013

Hulu celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with new Asian film releases

May, 2013

 


 

 


New Asian film titles have been added to Hulu 
in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

 

Hulu's Chinese, Japanese and Korean libraries now include:

 

Korean Titles:

Korean Dramas: Launching are My Sassy Girl (dir. Jae-Young Kwaek), 200 Pounds Beauty (Young-Hwa Kim), and action drama Crying Fist (Seung-Wan Ryoo with Oldboy’s Min-Sik Choi).
Korean Cannes Selections: HahahaVirgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (Sang-Soo Hong), and A Brand New Life (Ounie Lecomte).

 

Additionally, the famed Oldboy trilogy is available on Hulu Plus until June 30th. The sci-fi cult classic is about a man determined to find his kidnapper who imprisoned him for 15 years. The film has been recognized at numerous festivals, and took home the Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes in 2004.  Enter the world of director Chan-Wook Park with OldboySympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Lady Vengeance.

 

Chinese Titles


Chinese dramas, such as Love In a Puff (Ho-Cheung Pang), The Soul Of Bread (Pin-Chuan Kao), and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Johnnie To) make their Hulu debut in the Chinese film category as well.

 

Japanese Titles: Criterion Collection features masterpieces by Akira KurosawaMasaki Koboyashi and Nagisa Oshima, among many others. New...

Quincy Jones is the Executive Producer of new Asian girl group "Blush"

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Quincy Jones is the Executive Producer of new Asian girl group

Hollywood

May 22, 2013

Legendary music producer/composer Quincy Jones turned 80 this year and he's still going strong. His latest endeavors include representing young talent including K-Pop style Asian girl group Blush. Click here for the story by James McKinley, Jr. at the New York Times.

Girl group Blush includes talents from five Asian countries, Ji Hae Lee from South Korea, Alisha Budhrani from India, Natsuko Danjo from Japan, Victoria Chan from Hong Kong/China and Angeli Flores from the Philippines. Quincy executive produced Blush's new single "Warrior." Click here to view the music video. 

On a separate note, Quincy Jones was interviewed for a documentary about Ben Fong-Torres, the legendary rock journalist and former senior editor of Rolling Stone magazine. The documentary is being directed by Suzanne Joe Kai. Thanks Quincy! 

 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Invites Lucy Liu, Sandra Oh, Miyazaki Collaborator Joe Hisaishi, DP Michael Chin and others to become Members

Posted by AC Team on Sunday, 30 June 2013

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Invites Lucy Liu, Sandra Oh, Miyazaki Collaborator Joe Hisaishi, DP Michael Chin and others to become Members


Beverly Hills, CA

 Photo credit used by permission: Emmy Magazine, Lucy Liu

 
Congratulations to all of the 2013 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invitees.

"These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy. Invitees who accept their invitation to join will be eligible to vote in the annual Oscars.

The 276 invitees for 2013 include 12 names with Asian surnames that could be informally determined from the official Academy list. 

The 2013 invitees include actors Lucy Liu and Sandra Oh, CEO of Warner Bros Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara, documentary filmmaker Michael Chin, and composer and music director Joe Hisaishi who is a frequent collaborator to animation director Hayao Miyazaki ("Ponyo,""Spirited Away").

In 2012,  the overall list was 100 names shorter than 2013's. Only 7 people with Asian surnames made the 2012 list of 176 invitees including (Actor) Michelle Yeoh (“The Lady,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), (Cinematographer)  Larry Fong ("Super 8,” “300”), (Cinematographer) Toyomichi Kurita ("Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family," "Waiting to Exhale"), (Director) Wong Kar Wai (“My Blueberry Nights,” “In the Mood for Love”), (Music) Ryuichi Sakamoto (“Love Is the Devil,” “The Last...

Live! Tune in tomorrow Sat. July 6, 2013 10am PST to hear Ben Fong-Torres sing Bob Dylan and Elvis songs!

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 05 July 2013

Live! Tune in tomorrow Sat. July 6, 2013 10am PST to hear Ben Fong-Torres sing Bob Dylan and Elvis songs!

Ben Fong-Torres sang a Bob Dylan song on network television some years ago. While he might not get into costume as Dylan this time, he is going to make a rare appearance tomorrow singing Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley songs. Don't miss! Log on live online at WCL.org at 10AM PST Saturday July 6, 2013! 

Update July 7, 2013

Ben's performance can be heard online at West Coast Live's archives on KALW public radio 91.7 FM San Francisco for one week after the show. 

Tune In Live at 10am PST Saturday July 6, 2013!

Tomorrow!! From the Rock 'n' Roll man himself! -

Don't miss Ben Fong-Torres as he sings Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley songs tomorrow morning!

Log On to WCL.org to hear Ben's special appearance tomorrow on Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live show at 10am Pacific Standard Time.

Rumor has it that Ben, and friends including musician/author Sam Barry are the opening act! So, tune it right at 10am tomorrow!

Two ways to see Ben sing:

1. Log on to WCL.org to hear Ben sing live online at WCL.org

or

2. Attend Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live Show In person at the Ferry Building in San Francisco! (tickets at WCL.org)

 

Update - Judith has signed with Sony! A ‘Voice’ in the Shadows: Judith Hill by Ben Fong-Torres

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 02 October 2013

Update - Judith has signed with Sony! A ‘Voice’ in the Shadows: Judith Hill by Ben Fong-Torres

Photo: Judith Hill, Suzanne Joe Kai, Ben Fong-Torres at the 21st AAJA convention in Los Angeles                                          

Update Oct. 8, 2013  Judith's touring schedule with Josh Groban and official news of her new deal with Sony Music!

 

From Judith's official enewsletter and website JudithHill.com.

 

Judith Hill has been tapped by multi-platinum-selling singer, songwriter and actor Josh Groban as support for his fall "In The Round" tour, which kicks off tonight at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, ID. In addition to opening the show, Hill will join Groban during his set for two songs: "The Prayer" and "Remember When It Rains." Judith, who contributed backing vocals to three tracks on Groban's latest album, All That Echoes, will also be playing a series of headline dates this fall. See below for itinerary.

 

Praised by Rolling Stone for her "stellar powerhouse vocals," Hill has signed with Sony Music. In addition to penning and performing her own material, Judith - who wrote her first song at the age of four - has backed such artists as the late Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Elton John. Hers is one of the stories told in director Morgan Neville's acclaimed 20 Feet From Stardom, a film that shines the spotlight on...