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‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ lands 8 Independent Spirit Award nominations

  • The multiverse-spanning spectacle “Everything Everywhere All at Once” has proven to be an awards-season frontrunner after securing the most Independent Spirit Award nominations.
  • The film’s eight nominations include a pair of Best Supporting Performance nominations for Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quan, a Best Leading Performance nomination for Michelle Yeoh and a Best Feature nomination.
  • A24, the production company behind “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” leads all studios with a grand total of 24 nominations across seven films.
  • The Spirit Awards is a celebration of independent cinema.

The multiverse-spanning spectacle “Everything Everywhere All at Once” has proven to be an awards-season frontrunner after securing the most Independent Spirit Award nominations on Tuesday.

The film’s eight nominations include a pair of Best Supporting Performance nominations for Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quan, a Best Leading Performance nomination for Michelle Yeoh and a Best Feature nomination. 

‘Leonor Will Never Die’: Trailer released for Sundance favorite that pays homage to ’80s Filipino action flicks

  • The trailer for “Leonor Will Never Die,” a wonderfully weird homage to ‘80s Filipino action flicks, was released on Wednesday.
  • The film follows a once-celebrated action film director named Leonor Reyes (played by Sheila Francisco) who is suddenly struck in the head by a television and wakes up as the hero of her unfinished script.
  • Director Martika Ramirez Escobar’s debut feature-length film was screened at the 2022 Sundance International Film Festival, where it was awarded the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Innovative Spirit in January.
  • Escobar, who is a cinematographer by trade, was inspired to make the film after noticing the peculiar “natural fashion” of her lecturers, which prompted her to consider the role of film in Filipino society.
  • “[Film] makes us feel like we can be saved when action stars are elected as our leaders,” Reyes told Filmmaker Magazine in January. “So the film is asking, how does Leonor feel when she’s in her own movie?”

The trailer for “Leonor Will Never Die,” a wonderfully weird homage to ‘80s Filipino action flicks, was released on Wednesday.

The film follows a once-celebrated action film director named Leonor Reyes (played by Sheila Francisco) who is inspired to finish an unfinished script after seeing a newspaper advertisement for screenplays. After she gets hit in the head by a television and falls into a coma, Reyes wakes up as the hero of the very story she sought to finish. 

Ken Jeong to star in upcoming Chinese American comedy ‘Tiger Mom’

  • Actor Ken Jeong has been officially named as part of the cast of the upcoming comedy “Tiger Mom.”
  • In the movie, Zhang Jingchu plays first-generation Chinese American mother Marilyn Khu, who is forced to enroll her unruly children in a disciplinary school called Tiger Academy.
  • Jeong plays Mrs. Khu’s husband, Jimmy Khu, while Michelle Krusiec plays strict Tiger Academy instructor Suki Lai.
  • Other cast members include Alexa Loo (“Chad”), William Budijanto (“Resident Alien”), Chloe Pun (“Kung Fu”), Neil Garguilo (“Bloodsucking Bastards”) and Nathalie Boltt (“District 9”).
  • The film, which recently wrapped up production in Langley, British Columbia, is produced by Impossible Dream Entertainment, Storyoscopic Films, Big Picture Content and Crossroad.

Actor Ken Jeong has been officially revealed as a cast member of the upcoming comedy “Tiger Mom.”

Jeong joins Zhang Jingchu, Michelle Krusiec and “Riverdale” actor Lochlyn Munro in the film helmed by filmmaker Shawn Chou.

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.”

Tony Leung named Asian Filmmaker of the Year at Busan International Film Festival

  • Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai has been named Asian Filmmaker of the Year at the Busan International Film Festival.
  • Leung will collect his award at the event’s opening ceremony on Oct. 5.
  • The festival will open with a screening of “Scent of the Wind” by Hagi Mohaghegh and close with “A Man” from Japan’s Ishikawa Kei.
  • Leung is well known for his role in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and “In the Mood for Love.”

Hong Kong star Tony Leung Chiu-wai has been named the Asian Filmmaker of the Year by the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).

Leung, who is known for his roles in films such as the 2000 romance “In the Mood for Love,” and most recently Marvel’s 2021 film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” will be honored at the BIFF with a six-film showcase titled “In the Mood for Tony Leung.”

Did Chinese people sit in the FRONT or BACK of the bus during Southern segregation?

Chinese in the Jim Crow era Blurring the Color Line

“What did it mean to be Chinese in Black neighborhoods during segregation in the 1930s?” One filmmaker’s documentary journeys through her grandmother’s family history growing up as a young Chinese girl with grocer parents in the Jim Crow era.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker and actor Crystal Kwok, executive produced by W. Kamau Bell, actor Daniel Wu, and journalist Lisa Ling, “Blurring the Color Line” confronts the complex issues of racism, Afro-Asian tensions and white supremacy that still grips communities today.

Simu Liu confirms his role in ‘Barbie’ movie starring Margot Robbie: ‘I guess it’s salad for dinner’

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  • Simu Liu confirmed his casting in the upcoming film “Barbie” by tweeting a joke about only eating “salad for dinner.”
  • Liu will be joining Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, who will be playing Barbie and Ken.
  • Details regarding the plot of the film or Liu’s role have not yet been confirmed.

To officially announce he would be joining the cast of “Barbie,” set to be directed by Greta Gerwig, Simu Liu tweeted that he will be eating “salad for dinner.”

Liu uploaded the tweet to his official Twitter page earlier today, confirming his role in the film. 

Director Paul Thomas Anderson responds to criticism of mock Asian accent scenes in ‘Licorice Pizza’

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  • Director Paul Thomas Anderson said he is “lost” in regards to criticisms that his acclaimed 2021 film “Licorice Pizza” is anti-Asian, describing the heavily scrutinized scene in which a character uses an Asian accent as “an idiot saying stupid sh*t” in an interview with IndieWire.
  • “Licorice Pizza” received backlash for a scene in which a white businessman named Jerry Frick, played by John Michael Higgins, speaks in an offensive, fake Asian accent to his Japanese wife.
  • When Anderson was told that the character’s racism could give viewers the permission to laugh at the stereotype, he said, “I’m certainly capable of missing the mark, but on the other hand, I guess I’m not sure how to separate what my intentions were from how they landed.”
  • He previously justified the inclusion of the controversial character, claiming that it stays true to the movie’s depiction of the 1970s period.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson said he is “lost” in regards to criticisms that his 2021 film “Licorice Pizza” is anti-Asian in a new interview.

The coming-of-age comedy-drama that has received multiple award nominations, features a white businessman character named Jerry Frick, played by John Michael Higgins, who, in a controversial scene, speaks in an offensive, fake Asian accent to his Japanese wife.

Exclusive: ‘Moonfall’ star Kelly Yu on why Roland Emmerich’s newest film isn’t just about destruction

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  • The much-awaited sci-fi disaster film “Moonfall,” directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley and Kelly Yu, will hit theaters worldwide on Feb. 4.
  • Singer and actor Kelly Yu talked about her role in an exclusive interview with NextShark.

German film director Roland Emmerich, who is heralded as the “master of disaster” for his hit movies such as “2012” and “Independence Day,” is back with a new sci-fi catastrophe film. Chinese Canadian singer and actor Kelly Yu co-stars in the film and talked with NextShark about why “Moonfall,” however, isn’t just about destruction.

“Moonfall,” independently produced on a budget of $140 million, follows the story of NASA executive Jo Fowler, played by Halle Berry, and former NASA astronaut Brian Harper, played by Patrick Wilson, as they try to stop the Moon from crashing into Earth. The main cast also includes John Bradley as conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman, Michael Pena as wealthy car dealer Tom Lopez, Charlie Plummer as Brian’s son Sonny Harper and Kelly Yu as student intern Michelle.

‘Let’s Eat’ will have you drooling over yu choy and braised pork — and also missing your parents

Let's Eat Anamon Studios indie short

An independent animation studio hopes you call your parents or guardians after watching its short, “Let’s Eat.”

Founded in 2016, Anamon Studios started as a dream shared between a trio of artists who wanted to shine a spotlight on authentic and underrepresented stories not yet seen in the animation industry. Its goal was to become an inclusive and diverse space to build camaraderie while serving as an incubator for budding creatives.