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The Year of the Rat By Ben Fong-Torres

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres - on Sunday, 11 April 2021

The Year of the Rat By Ben Fong-Torres
By Ben Fong-Torres San Francisco The Year of the Rat Being an older Chinese American, I am no longer, as Roy Orbison sang, “Running Scared.” I am walking scared, constantly looking around and behind me.  Stop AAPI Hate, the advocacy group, knows of nearly 4,000 cases of violence against Asian Americans since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It’s time to stop the beatings and shootings, the blaming and finger-pointing.  For me, it’s also...

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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. 

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...

Busier Than Ever, After a Plug is Pulled

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres on Saturday, 22 February 2020

Busier Than Ever, After a Plug is Pulled

Ben Fong Torres

San Francisco

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...

February 9, 2020 Update: "Parasite" Makes History - Wins Oscar for Best Picture

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 31 January 2020

February 9, 2020 Update:

Update February 9, 2020

Hollywood

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)

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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...

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

Posted by AC Team 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. 

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