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Danny Trejo to play Ferdinand Magellan in love story set in Philippines’ pre-colonial period

  • “Machete” star Danny Trejo has been cast to play the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in an upcoming historical action film set in the Philippines’ pre-colonial period.
  • The film, “1521,” is set to depict the events leading up to the famous navigator’s death in the momentous “Battle of Mactan.”
  • Magellan, who planned and led the first expedition to circumnavigate the world, failed to complete his voyage after he was killed by the natives of the island Mactan.
  • Michael Copon, who is known for his roles as Lucas Kendall in “Power Rangers: Time Force” and Felix Taggaro in “One Tree Hill,” is set to direct and star in the film as the legendary island ruler Datu Lapu-Lapu.
  • The film’s plot, according to IMDB, goes: “Philippines, pre-Spanish era, a young native princess with goddess-like beauty falls in love with a dashingly handsome Spanish soldier. Pulled apart by their loyalties to their own people and against all odds they fight for their clandestine romance.”
  • Filipino actor Bea Alonzo (“Eerie,” “Unbreakable”) has been cast to play the native princess Diwata, while Hector David Jr. (“Power Rangers,” “East Los High”) will take on the role of Enrique, a soldier and translator for Magellan.

An upcoming film set in the Philippines’ pre-colonial period has cast Danny Trejo as the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

The film, “1521,” is set to depict the events leading up to the momentous “Battle of Mactan,” where the famous navigator was killed by the natives of the island Mactan. Magellan, who planned and led the first expedition to circumnavigate the world, failed to complete his voyage after he died in battle. 

Video captures Las Vegas vape shop owner stopping day-time robbery by stabbing would-be thief

Vape shop owner
  • On Wednesday, Aug. 3, two masked individuals entered the Smokestrom Smoke Shop in Las Vegas while another stood by the door in a botched daytime robbery.
  • Surveillance video inside the vape shop captured 22-year-old owner Johnny Nguyen stabbing one of the would-be robbers several times.
  • One of the assailants grabs the tip jar and other items before fleeing, while another is seen jumping over the store counter to grab some more items.
  • Nguyen reacted by grabbing a sharp object and stabbing the robber several times.
  • “I remember him saying, ‘Please don’t let me die,'” Nguyen said. “He said he was sorry. By that point, he took off his mask himself. I was trying to get on the phone with the police when he was trying to talk to me. I just ran and wanted to make sure the police and ambulance would get here on time.”
  • Authorities have since arrested the other juveniles involved in the robbery while the stabbed teen was taken to a hospital, where his condition remains unknown.

Surveillance video inside a vape shop in Las Vegas shows an owner defending himself with a knife from would-be robbers. 

On Aug. 3, Johnny Nguyen, 22, was captured on film stabbing one of three juveniles who tried to rob his store, the Smokestrom Smoke Shop in the neighborhood of West Sahara in Las Vegas. 

‘We are truly led by imbeciles’: Nancy Pelosi slammed for ‘connection’ with China comment

  • Twitter users slammed U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-12) for her “connection” with China comment that was said during a speech in Tokyo on Friday.
  • “When I was a little girl, I was told at the beach if I dug a hole deep enough, we would reach China, so we've always felt a connection there," Pelosi said.
  • Her comment ignited criticism on Twitter, with one user writing, “We are truly led by imbeciles.”
  • “Did Nancy Pelosi actually dig all the way from her home to China? Because I would totally get the connection she feels then,” another user tweeted.
  • Pelosi led a Congressional delegation consisting of Chairperson Gregory Meeks (D, NY-5), Chairperson Mark Takano (D, CA-41), Congressional representative Suzan DelBene (D, WA-1), Congressional representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D, IL-8) and Congressional representative Andy Kim (D, NJ-3).
  • The delegation visited Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan with a stopover in Taiwan on Tuesday, a move condemned by China months before the planned Asia trip.

Twitter users slammed U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-12) for saying she has always felt a “connection” with China.

During a speech on Friday in Tokyo, the last stop of Pelosi’s recent visit to Asia, Pelosi recalled a childhood memory about China.

Man suspected of attacking former SF commissioner, aged 70, arrested

  • A 34-year-old man identified by authorities as Derrick Yearby has been arrested in connection with the Aug. 2 attack on 70-year-old former San Francisco commissioner-at-large Greg Chew on Sunday, according to reports.
  • Chew was reportedly walking along Third and Folsom Streets at around 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 when Yearby purportedly jumped off his bike to knock Chew to the ground before punching his face.
  • Yearby was detained in the area of San Francisco’s Eighth and Market Streets after being spotted by officers at SFPD Tenderloin Station before 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to reports.
  • Yearby has reportedly been charged with aggravated battery causing serious bodily injury, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, elder abuse and great bodily injury enhancement.
  • It is unclear if he will also be facing hate crime charges for the incident.

The man suspected of attacking former San Francisco commissioner-at-large Greg Chew last week has been arrested over the weekend.

Authorities identified the man as Derrick Yearby, 34, of San Francisco. Yearby was detained in the area of Eighth and Market Streets after being spotted by officers at SFPD Tenderloin Station before 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to reports.

NYC ‘Duck Sauce Killer’ found dead in Queens apartment

  • Glenn Hirsch, 51, was reportedly found dead in his apartment in Queens, New York City, after missing a court appearance on Friday in connection with the murder of Chinese food delivery worker Zhiwen Yan on Apr. 30.
  • Hirsch, who became known as the “Duck Sauce Killer,” was accused of fatally shooting Yan amid a months-long feud — originating from a duck sauce dispute — with the restaurant the latter was working for.
  • Police reportedly found Hirsch on a plastic-covered couch wearing rubber gloves with a gun in one hand and his radio blaring.
  • Before apparently pulling the trigger on himself, Hirsch left a note that reiterated his innocence and attempted to exonerate his wife, Dorothy Hirsch, from previous accusations, according to reports.
  • Dorothy, who lives separately from her husband, was arrested for weapons possession on June 3 after police found eight firearms and more than 200 rounds of ammunition in her Briarwood home.
  • Hirsch’s death effectively results in the closure of the case against him.

Days after the man accused of fatally shooting a Chinese food delivery worker in Queens, New York City, apparently shot himself dead, questions about how he managed to obtain a firearm remain unanswered.

Glenn Hirsch, 51, was reportedly found dead in his Briarwood apartment after missing a court hearing on Friday for the murder of Chinese food delivery worker Zhiwen Yan on Apr. 30. He was released on a $500,000 bail on June 27.

TAAF, Panda Express invest over $500,000 into AAPI artists

Last week, Panda Express revealed a $1 million grant to The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) to elevate AAPI representation. Now, TAAF, Panda Express, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Sundance Institute are teaming up to provide over $500,000 in funds for a fellowship and scholarship to elevate emerging AAPI talent.

This year, six artists were accepted into the fellowship which includes a $20,000 unrestricted grant for each to fund their projects plus additional, customized support from the Institute.

An additional six emerging artists will also receive TAAF/Sundance scholarships this year that will allow them to enroll in a live online course of their unique discipline, receive a Creator+ Sundance Collab membership to access Master Classes, participate in exclusive networking and community-building events, and receive guidance from their Sundance Collab Advisors on their projects.

‘Smooth like butter’: BTS to release cookbook with favorite recipes

  • BTS’ label Hybe announced that they will be releasing a cookbook featuring the South Korean mega group’s personal recipes.
  • The cookbook is slated to come out later this year and will come in two versions: a "Global Edition" and a "Japan Edition."
  • Each recipe will be paired with a story about how it connects to a BTS member or the entire group.
  • QR codes in the cookbook will allow readers to access video guides made by the members.  

BTS is slated for a delicious drop in the form of a cookbook titled “BTS Recipe Book: Book of Tasty Stories.”

The septet’s label Hybe announced on Twitter last week that the cookbook will be available later this year. A short trailer was also released to go with the announcement.

NYC career criminal arrested, charged with hate crime for slashing Asian woman

  • Anthony Evans, 30, has been charged with assault as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly attacking a 59-year-old Asian woman in Times Square on Sunday.
  • Surveillance footage of the incident at 7th Ave. and W. 42nd St. shows the alleged assailant running up to the victim and slashing her from behind with a box cutter.
  • Evans has reportedly been arrested over 30 times in the past for various crimes, including robbery, weapon possession and turnstile jumping.
  • The victim’s daughter said her mother feels happy about the arrest but is still traumatized.

A man accused of slashing a 59-year-old Asian woman in New York City’s Times Square on Sunday morning has been arrested and charged with a hate crime.

Anthony Evans, 30, has reportedly been nabbed more than 30 times in the past for various crimes, including robbery, weapon possession and turnstile jumping.

Arden Cho, original Cabbage Merchant join cast of live-action ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’

  • Arden Cho has reportedly joined the cast of Netflix’s upcoming live-action adaptation of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” as June the bounty hunter.
  • June was first introduced towards the end of Season 1 of the original Nickelodeon series as a tracker hired by Zuko to hunt down Aang using Katara’s necklace.
  • Last week, Avatar News also reported that James Sie, the original voice of the fan-favorite Cabbage Merchant, will be reprising the role for the live-action series.

Arden Cho has reportedly joined the cast of Netflix’s upcoming live-action adaptation of “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” 

According to the fan page Avatar News, Cho will be playing June the bounty hunter in the Netflix adaptation. June was first introduced towards the end of Season 1 of the original Nickelodeon series as a tracker hired by Zuko to hunt down Aang using Katara’s necklace. With the help of her shirshu, June uses her impeccable tracking skills to capture any target she’s assigned.

Ron Howard’s ‘Thirteen Lives’ reveals the truth behind the 2018 Thai cave rescue

  • Ron Howard’s latest film “Thirteen Lives” is based on the real-life rescue mission of 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped in a cave in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, on June 23, 2018.
  • Howard’s film reveals the never-before-reported truth behind how the divers were able to extract the boys from the miles- and hours-long dive through the cave’s narrow passages.
  • “Thirteen Lives” will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video this Friday.

Ron Howard’s latest film “Thirteen Lives” reveals the truth behind the international cave rescue of a trapped Thai soccer team in 2018. 

“Thirteen Lives” is based on the real-life rescue mission of 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped in Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, due to an unexpected rainstorm on June 23, 2018.

Vietnamese married couple and gunman dead after W.Va. nail salon shooting

  • Patrick Wayne Cater, 52, opened fire at Jo’s Nails & Spa in West Virginia on July 28 and fatally shot Khuyen Van Le, 45, and Phi Anh Le, 40.
  • The victims were a Vietnamese married couple who were reportedly coworkers at the salon.
  • Two Summersville officers opened fire at the shooter, killing him.
  • The West Virginia State Police are currently investigating the incident.

A 52-year-old man fatally shot a Vietnamese couple at a nail salon in West Virginia.

Summersville officers responded to a shooting at Jo’s Nails & Spa just before 6:40 p.m. on July 28. 

‘Asian American frontline worker is NOT afraid’: SF Walgreens employee follows thief while calling him out

  • An Asian employee at a San Francisco Walgreens has raised both praise and concern for following a man as he allegedly stole items off their shelves.
  • Cellphone video shows the worker, identified only as Mary, trailing and calling out the alleged thief who stuffed products into his pants.
  • It’s unclear whether police arrived in time to arrest the man.

An Asian employee has raised both praise and concern for trailing a man while he allegedly stole from a Walgreens in San Francisco.

The incident, which was caught on cellphone video, reportedly occurred at the Walgreens on Geary and Taylor and went viral on Sunday night.