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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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Ben Fong-Torres is in Dubai with music producer Quincy Jones to kick-off Dubai's inaugural mega music event

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 23 September 2013

Ben Fong-Torres shares a laugh with music producer Quincy Jones  Photo by Suzanne Joe Kai

September 24, 2013

 

Dubai

 

As I post this, Ben just arrived to Dubai from California, and had dinner with music producer Quincy Jones.

 

Ben is in Dubai with Quincy to moderate two seminars at Dubai Music Week, presented by Quincy. It is a mega music event - the region's inaugural music industry trade show, conference and concert series September 24 - 29, 2013. 

The seminar series called "Emirates World Exclusive Quincy Jones Seminars" begins September 24, with Ben moderating a discussion with Quincy Jones, and the multi Grammy award-winning production team behind Michael Jackson's Off The Wall, Bad, and Thriller. The team includes Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton and Bruce Swedien. They will share their experiences producing the greatest selling album of all time.

On September 25, Ben leads "The Producers Panel" seminar with Quincy Jones and Will.i.Am and Timbaland  to discuss music production with fans, and to launch the first cross-over talent from across the region. The events begin at 8pm on both days at Dubai World Trade Center, DMW Emirates Theater, Sheikh Saeed Hall 2.

Will.i.Am and Timbaland will perform in concert September 26, and Selena Gomez will perform September 27. 

The photo of Ben with Quincy Jones was taken at Quincy's home during an interview for our documentary in development Like A Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres.

 

Jackie Chan says his mission is complete with his 101st movie 'Chinese Zodiac'

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Jackie Chan says his mission is complete with his 101st movie 'Chinese Zodiac'

October 27, 2013

Rumors floating on the web say that Jackie Chan's 101st movie 'Chinese Zodiac' is his last major action comedy, but we hope those rumors are false.

Ryan Pearson, AP Entertainment Writer sheds some hope. He reports that the 59 year old isn't quitting anytime soon, and just completed filming another installment for his "Police Story" franchise, and is in talks to do a movie with his "Rush Hour' co-star Chris Tucker. 

Click here to the movie's trailer:

http://youtu.be/4YtAbUU5jk8

Chan wrote, directed and starred in his action comedy 'Chinese Zodiac' about a team trying to steal some of the bronze statues representing the twelve animals of hte zodiac from the Chinese Palace which were stolen from Beijing in the 1860s.

The film is now in theaters in the U.S., and was released in China last year. Since the movie's release two of the statues were returned to China by the head of Gucci's parent company, Francois Pinault.

Related:

JackieChan.com - Jackie Chan's Official Website

Los Angeles Times (video)

AP Story on Jackie Chan

The Washington Post on Jackie Chan

Happy Birthday Cameron Crowe!

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 29 July 2017

Happy Birthday Cameron Crowe!

July 13, 2017

Happy Birthday Cameron Crowe!

Thank you Cameron for sharing your amazing stories working with Ben Fong-Torres, your first editor at Rolling Stone for our documentary! The true life story behind "Almost Famous"!

We've been working on a feature documentary film about the incredible life and times of Ben Fong-Torres, Rolling Stone magazine's first music editor. Both Ben and Cameron are as busy as ever!   Coming soon!     Suzanne Joe Kai Director/Writer/Producer  

ENTER TO WIN THESE HBO ASIA FILMS ON ANCIENT MARTIAL ARTS STORIES!

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 20 December 2017

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December 20, 2017

 

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Considered to be the best fighters in southern China during the 19th century Qing dynasty, each of the “Ten Tigers of Canton” was a master of a unique martial arts style, from the “Hap Family Fist” to the “Bone Melting Palm.” Their stories have been embellished by folk legends and passed down from generation to generation, and now two of their stories will be brought to American...

Kelly Marie Tran is Rose, the first major Star Wars character played by an Asian American female

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 04 January 2018

Kelly Marie Tran is Rose, the first major Star Wars character played by an Asian American female

January 5, 2018

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi has a new character named Rose Tico that fans are buzzing about.

The character is the first major Star Wars role played by an Asian American woman.

That woman is 29 year old Kelly Marie Tran, an actress of Vietnamese American descent from San Diego.

After filming wrapped Tran took time off to travel to South Africa where she worked in an endangered wildlife reserve without electricity, internet or running water.

Then she accompanied her family to visit her  father's village where he showed her where he slept as a homeless street kid for seven years. 

“I could have had this life,” Tran told Buzzfeed News, “and now I have this one, and it’s purely because my parents dropped everything and moved to a country where they didn’t know the language [and] didn’t have any opportunities.

I very much have felt this whole time that I’ve been living for multiple generations of life.”

Tran says, alot of “Star Wars” fans who are specifically Asian never had a character they could dress up like, or they would and people would always call them “Asian Rey” or “Asian fill-in-the-blank.”

I get very emotional when I see people who are able to identify with this character. That means a lot to me and I don’t think it will ever get old.

It feels like a big deal because it’s so rare, I wish it wasn’t.