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Netflix releases video of Lana Condor and Noah Centineo’s first ‘To All the Boys’ chemistry read

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  • Netflix recently released Lana Condor and Noah Centineo’s first chemistry read for their lead roles in the 2018 hit teen-romance film “To All the Boys I Loved Before,”
  • The clip features the pair in the audition room as young lovers, Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky, in one of their most iconic exchanges.
  • Based on Jenny Han’s immensely young adult romance novel series of the same name, the film has since spawned two sequels and an upcoming spinoff series focused on Lara’s younger sister Kitty.
  • Since landing their breakout roles in the “To All the Boys” series, Condor and Centineo have landed high-profile roles in the teen comedy series “Boo Bitch” and the superhero blockbuster “Black Adam,” respectively.

Netflix recently released Lana Condor and Noah Centineo’s first chemistry read for their lead roles in the 2018 hit teen-romance film “To All the Boys I Loved Before.”

The never-before-seen clip, shared on Netflix’s Tudum site late last month, features the pair in the audition room as young lovers, Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky, in one of their most iconic exchanges. Peter asks Lara why she is afraid of love, to which she responds, “Because the more people you let into your life, the more people that can walk on out.”

Constance Wu felt ‘betrayed’ by Asian community after Simu Liu joked about her ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ tweets

  • Constance Wu revealed during Facebook Watch’s “Red Table Talk” on Wednesday that Marvel star Simu Liu once joked about her controversial “Fresh Off the Boat” tweets during Character Media’s Unforgettable Gala – a few months after her suicide attempt in 2019.
  • “At that time, there was so much controversy around me that I was like, if I go, people are just going to want to talk about the tweets,” Wu told co-hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris.
  • “I was sitting there alone, trying not to cry in a public setting, and the whole audience was like, 'Oh, sh*t!’" Wu recalled. “They had promised they wouldn't mock me, and they did it right off the bat. It almost felt like they were setting me up for it. And it truly felt like a betrayal from the Asian American community. A couple months prior to that, I was in the emergency room."
  • Wu noted that Liu has already apologized for the joke he made during the gala, which he hosted. She also said Liu "did the right thing and he apologized, and it was a sincere apology.”

Constance Wu recently discussed how she felt about a joke Simu Liu made as host of a gala event she attended following her controversial “Fresh Off the Boat” tweets in 2019.

In an episode of Facebook Watch’s “Red Table Talk” on Wednesday, Wu told co-hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris that people tried to convince her to attend Character Media’s Unforgettable Gala in 2019 to celebrate “Fresh Off the Boat” and the kids on the show.

Chai Fonacier receives praise and criticism over her Filipino accent in new film ‘Nocebo’

  • A trailer for Filipino Irish psychological thriller “Nocebo,” featuring Chai Fonacier, has sparked heated debate over the accent her character uses in the film.
  • Many moviegoers were ecstatic to see Fonacier make her debut in the West after starring in award-winning Filipino films such as “Patay na si Hesus” (“Jesus is Dead”) and “Respeto” (“Respect”).
  • However, some viewers were less thrilled about her character’s accent.
  • One Twitter user said that the problem is not about being ashamed over having an accent, but more about depicting dangerous stereotypes in Western media.
  • The Cebu native actor has since spoken out following the buzz around her character’s accent.

A trailer for Filipino Irish psychological thriller “Nocebo,” featuring Chai Fonacier, has sparked heated debate over the accent the local actor uses in the film.

Directed by Lorcan Finnegan, “Nocebo” follows a fashion designer, played by Eva Green, who comes down with a mysterious illness that bewilders her doctors and husband (Mark Strong). The family hires a Filipino caretaker, played by Fonacier, “who uses traditional folk healing to reveal a horrifying truth.”

‘Don’t Look at the Demon’ becomes first Malaysian movie in history to hit US theaters

  • “Don’t Look at the Demon,” a Malaysian horror film directed by Brando Lee, is set for a global release in over 20 countries, including the United States, on Thursday. 
  • The movie, which premiered in Malaysia on Sept. 29, will be screened in over 250 cinemas across North America.
  • “This film provides an opportunity for people from other countries to learn and understand the cultures, traditions, and tourist attractions in Malaysia, which in turn may contribute to the improvement of the tourism sector,” Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin, deputy minister of Malaysia's Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (K-KOMM), said in a statement.
  • “Now that we have entered the American market, we can strive for reaching new heights by aiming to obtain awards such as the Oscars, Emmy, and so forth, in the near future,” he added.
  • “Don’t Look at the Demon” features Hollywood actors, including Fiona Dourif (“Tenet”) and Harris Dickinson (“The King’s Man”).

Malaysian horror film “Don’t Look at the Demon” is set to become the first Malaysian movie in history to hit United States theaters.

The Brando Lee-directed film, which stars Hollywood actors such as Fiona Dourif (“Tenet”) and Harris Dickinson (“The King’s Man”), will premiere in over 20 countries — including Thailand, the Philippines, Canada and the U.S. — starting on Thursday.

Constance Wu says controversial ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ tweets were in response to sexual harassment frustrations

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  • During a recent appearance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” actor Constance Wu addressed her controversial 2019 tweets about the renewal of her show “Fresh Off the Boat.”
  • According to Wu, her tweets about the show’s renewal became an outlet for her frustration after years of experiencing sexual harrassment at the hands of a senior producer.
  • “The thing I learned is that bad feelings and abuse don’t just go away because you will it to. It’s going to come out somewhere. People didn’t understand the context of those tweets.”
  • In a separate interview with USA Today, Wu shared that she now feels “equipped with the tools to talk about it and open up conversations” after having “gone through a ton of therapy.”
  • Wu’s debut book, "Making a Scene," is set to release on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Constance Wu has shed more light on her controversial 2019 tweets regarding the renewal of her show “Fresh Off the Boat.”

At the time, Wu’s profanity-laced tweets shocked fans and co-stars, with many interpreting her frustration as ungrateful. 

Disney Plus announces crime K-drama ‘The Worst of Evil’ starring Ji Chang-wook, Lim Se-mi and Wi Ha-joon

  • Disney Plus has announced a 2023 premiere for its original upcoming Korean crime drama series, “The Worst of Evil.”
  • The series takes place in 1980s South Korea and will follow the story of undercover cops infiltrating a drug trafficking crime ring involving Korea, China and Japan.
  • Ji Chang-wook will play the main protagonist officer Kang Joon-mo, and is joined by Lim Se-mi as narcotics officer Yoo Eui-jung and Wi Ha-joon, whose character is the head of the criminal empire.
  • No exact release date has been announced, but the series adds to Disney Plus’ goal of green lighting over 50 Asian-Pacific original series by 2023.

Disney Plus’ upcoming original K-drama series “The Worst of Evil” has been announced for a 2023 premiere.

Disney Plus made the announcement on Tuesday. The series is a crime-drama set in 1980s South Korea that focuses on undercover police investigators infiltrating a criminal empire inciting a drug war among Korea, China and Japan.  

‘Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War’ will stream on Hulu in US

  • “Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War,” which covers the final arc of Tite Kubo’s classic manga, will be available to stream on Hulu in the U.S. and on Disney Plus internationally.
  • Announced by Viz Media on Monday, the animated conclusion to Ichigo Kurosaki’s story will finally reach screens 10 years after the original anime was canceled in 2012.
  • The original voice casts will be returning, including Masakazu Morita and Johnny Yong Bosch as the Japanese and English voices for Ichigo Kurosaki, respectively.
  • For “Bleach” fans looking to catch up on the series before the upcoming premiere, or for new viewers looking to start from the beginning, Hulu has all 366 episodes of the original anime available to stream right now.
  • “Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War” will premiere on Hulu on Oct. 10 at 11:30 EDT.

It’s finally time to return to the Soul Society: “Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War” will be available to stream on Hulu in the U.S. and on Disney Plus internationally next week.

Announced by Viz Media on Monday, the animated conclusion to Ichigo Kurosaki’s story will finally reach screens 10 years after the original anime was canceled in 2012.

Peter Chan’s Changin’ Pictures to debut TV projects starring film icons Donnie Yen, Zhang Ziyi

  • Changin’ Pictures, a production company launched by famed Hong Kong director Peter Chan, is set to debut five TV shows at Busan International Film Festival this week, including two projects starring Donnie Yen and Zhang Ziyi.
  • Yen, 59, will both serve as both showrunner and star in a martial arts series titled “Outright Loser, Hidden Master,” while Ziyi, 43, will play the role of a woman accused of murdering her abusive husband in “The Murderer.”
  • Other titles include TV adaptations of the popular webtoons “ONE: High School Heroes” and “Heesu in Class 2,” as well as the anthology reboot of the 2002 Thai horror film “The Eye.”
  • While Changin’ Pictures' five new shows are set in Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Japan, the company plans to expand in the future to other areas across Asia, including Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines.
  • “We aspire to be Asia’s most effective one stop shop for international production partners and streaming platforms,” Chan said.

Changin’ Pictures, a production company launched by famed Hong Kong director Peter Chan, is set to debut five TV shows at Busan International Film Festival this week, including two projects starring film icons Donnie Yen and Zhang Ziyi.

The company will first premiere two Korean shows based on popular webtoons in South Korea, according to Variety

‘Road of Naruto’ celebrates 20th anniversary of beloved anime with reanimated iconic scenes

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Studio Pierrot and Masashi Kishimoto have honored the 20th anniversary of “Naruto” with newly illustrated images and re-animated scenes, revisiting the show’s most iconic moments and paying tribute to one of the most celebrated anime of all time. 

Titled “Road of Naruto,” the clip manages to capture over 700 episodes of lore spanning two decades and two series — “Naruto” and “Naruto: Shippuden” — within a roughly 10-minute runtime, touching upon many of the most important junctions on Naruto’s journey from village outcast to the seventh Hokage.

’38 at the Garden’: Frank Chi exposes Asian stereotypes and generational trauma in new ‘Linsanity’ documentary

Conflated together yet culturally fragmented, oppressed and rarely acknowledged as so, the AAPI experience can be a frustratingly punishing play on paradoxes. For political strategist and designer-turned-director Frank Chi, the conflict of his career is a similar situation that constrains Asian creatives and dreamers everywhere. 

“When you’re an Asian American storyteller, you’re told two things at the same time, and they’re in direct conflict with each other,” Chi tells NextShark. “The first is that as a storyteller, tell the most personal story you have because that’s the one you know the best. And then the other is that you’re Asian American, your story doesn’t matter.”

Indian American filmmaker Sujata Day to write new ‘American Pie’ movie

  • Indian American filmmaker Sujata Day is set to write and develop a new “American Pie” movie under Universal 1440 Entertainment, the production arm of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.
  • “American Pie” is a popular sex comedy film series that consists of four films.
  • The first film, which was written by Adam Herz and directed by Paul Weitz in 1999, features Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Sean William Scott, Alyson Hannigan and Eugene Levy.
  • Day’s new installment will reportedly be a “fresh take” on the franchise.

Definition Please” filmmaker Sujata Day has been tapped to write and develop a new installment of the sex comedy film series “American Pie.”

The film will be a “fresh take” on the franchise based on Day’s pitch, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Its plot and details are still under wraps, but it will be developed under Universal 1440 Entertainment, the production arm of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group,