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‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ directors speak on Michelle Yeoh playing protagonist role meant for Jackie Chan

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  • In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” directors Daniels Kwan and Daniel Scheinert talked about how casting Michelle Yeoh as the protagonist, a role they envisioned for Jackie Chan, changed “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
  • When Chan told the directors that he was unavailable for the role, the lead part was rewritten for Yeoh as the duo saw potential to make the story work with Yeoh.
  • Kwan noted how everything worked out for the best.
  • The mind-bending action thriller ended up becoming A24’s highest-earning film at the box office, grossing over $100 million.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert spoke about how the movie changed when Michelle Yeoh was cast as the protagonist after Jackie Chan turned the role down.

When martial arts legend and actor Chan told the directors that he was unavailable for the role, the lead part was rewritten for Yeoh.

James Hong admits he didn’t understand ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ after reading its script

  • James Hong, 93, admitted in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (THR) that he could not understand the script of the mind-bending action thriller movie “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.
  • When asked what made him agree to join the project, Hong told THR, “I have to know who’s in it and that it’s not slandering any minority groups. That’s the most important thing: that there are good people behind it, whether it’s the stars or producers or directors.”
  • “Look at ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once,’” he continued. “That came to me, and I said, ‘Boy, this is some project.’ Although I must admit to you, upon reading the script, I couldn’t understand it.”
  • The film, which stars Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Quan Wang, became A24’s highest-grossing film after reaching over $100 million in global ticket sales in August.

Legendary actor James Hong recently admitted he did not understand the script of the hit mind-bending film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” after he first read it.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (THR) to talk about his film and TV legacy, Hong, 93, shared his criteria for saying “yes” to a role and used A24’s “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, as an example.

Michelle Yeoh, 60, says she’s having ‘the best times’ of her career even past her supposed ‘prime years’

  • Acting legend Michelle Yeoh was one of the honorees at Elle’s 29th annual Women in Hollywood event on Monday.
  • The star-studded celebration, which honored industry superstars Yeoh, Ariana DeBose, Anne Hathaway, Issa Rae, Sydney Sweeney, Sigourney Weaver and Olivia Wilde, was held at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.
  • In her speech, Yeoh recalled the early years of her career in Hong Kong when she was “literally fighting my way into the film industry” as she had to train to “punch, kick, tumble, and fall… and then get up and do it all over again — take after take, film after film.” 
  • After transitioning to Hollywood, Yeoh noted that she encountered a different kind of fight, sharing that “in those days [Hollywood] didn’t have many women who looked like me or stories that echoed my culture.”
  • “As women, we are told to take all the work we can when we are young because when we don’t look quite as good, or move quite as gracefully, the best years of our careers are behind us,” she said near the end of her speech. “If that is true, how can a night like tonight be possible? There are many of us having the best times of our career well beyond our quote-unquote prime years. Which is why it still feels like a dream to be standing here with all of you.”

Acting legend Michelle Yeoh recalled how she had to fight her way to success in her acting career during her speech at Elle’s 29th annual Women in Hollywood event on Monday.

Yeoh, who was one of the honorees at the star-studded event, looked back on her start in Hong Kong cinema and the struggles that came with pursuing her childhood dream.

Michelle Yeoh, Pete Davidson join cast of ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’

  • Michelle Yeoh has joined the cast of the upcoming film “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.”
  • On Tuesday, director Steven Caple Jr. announced in an Instagram post that Michelle Yeoh and Pete Davidson both have voice roles in the film franchise’s newest installment.
  • “Rise Of The Beasts” introduces three new robot factions — the Primals, the Predacons and the Terrorcons — in a globe-trotting adventure set in the ‘90s.
  • Yeoh will play Air Razor, who transforms into a peregrine falcon and is described by Caple Jr. as “the heart of the Maximals.”
  • “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” is scheduled to release in theaters on June 24.

Michelle Yeoh has joined the cast of the upcoming film “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.” 

On Tuesday, director Steven Caple Jr. announced in an Instagram post that Yeoh and Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live” fame will both have voice roles in the newest installment of the film franchise based on the popular Hasbro toy line. 

‘School for Good and Evil’: Netflix drops trailer for film adaptation featuring Michelle Yeoh, Charlize Theron

  • Netflix recently released the trailer for its upcoming film, “The School for Good and Evil,” which is based on the bestselling book series of the same name.
  • The film follows a pair of friends who begin their journeys to become fairytale icons at a magical institution called the School for Good and Evil.
  • With elaborate setpieces and elegant costumes, the trailer teases viewers with a glimpse into the film’s expansive fantasy world.
  • Kerry Washington and Charlize Theron star as the deans for the schools of good and evil, respectively.
  • Laurence Fishburne portrays the The School Master and Michelle Yeoh plays Professor Anemone, the school’s beautification professor.
  • “The School for Good and Evil” is slated to release on Netflix on Oct. 21.

Netflix released the first trailer for its upcoming film “The School for Good and Evil,” which is based on the bestselling book series of the same name, on Tuesday. 

The film follows the brooding Agatha (Sofia Wylie) and upbeat Sophie (Sophia Anne Caruso), a pair of friends who begin their journeys to become fairytale icons at a magical institution called the School for Good and Evil. When Agatha is assigned to become a hero and Sophie is assigned to become a villain, chaos ensues as the lines between good and evil begin to blur.

Actors Michelle Yeoh and Brendan Fraser reunite after 14 years

  • Former co-stars Brendan Fraser and Michelle Yeoh reunited 14 years after the filming of “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.”
  • The two were seated next to each other at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday.
  • Fraser was recognized for his performance in “The Whale” while Yeoh received an award for her decades-long career as an actor.

At the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival Awards (TIFF) on Sunday, former co-stars Michelle Yeoh and Brendan Fraser reunited after 14 years.

The two last crossed paths during the third film in the action-adventure “Mummy” franchise, 2008’s “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” where Yeoh played sorceress Zi Yuan and Fraser played Rick O’Connell. 

Michelle Yeoh is the deity of compassion in ‘American Born Chinese’ first look

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  • Disney released the first-look trailer for “American Born Chinese,” a TV adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name by Gene Luen Yang, at the D23 Expo on Saturday.
  • The trailer features action-packed scenes from the show and offers glimpses of several familiar faces from Chinese mythology, including the Monkey King Sun Wukong and Guanyin, a Bodhisattva associated with compassion, played by Michelle Yeoh.
  • “It’s a lot of fun. It’s a lot of magic. There’s a lot of badass action,” the “Everything Everywhere All At Once” star says in the featurette. “It is a magical ride and that is what Disney Plus is about, isn’t it?”
  • Disney has yet to announce the release date for “American Born Chinese.”

The first-look trailer for “American Born Chinese” was released at the D23 Expo on Saturday  and features  brief glimpses of action-packed scenes, mythology and Michelle Yeoh as the Chinese deity of compassion.

The trailer for the upcoming Disney Plus series, a live-action adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name by Gene Luen Yang, features several familiar faces from Chinese mythology, such as the Monkey King Sun Wukong and Guanyin, a Bodhisattva associated with compassion, played by Yeoh.

Video: Michelle Yeoh calls magic trick ‘boring’ … until a ‘bleeding’ card blows her mind

  • Legendary actor Michelle Yeoh freaked out over a bloody magic card trick performed by Asian American magician Kevin Li.
  • Initially unimpressed with Li’s card trick, Yeoh says, “This is getting boring,” before the magician stabs the five of hearts card with a needle and turns it into Yeoh’s card, the four of hearts.
  • The moment took place at 88rising’s Head In The Clouds music festival last month.
  • As seen in older Instagram posts, Li has also performed tricks for headlining artists Jay Park and Jackson Wang.

It is a tall order to impress film icon Michelle Yeoh, but Asian American magician Kevin Li literally did the trick.

In a clip posted by Li on his Instagram account on Wednesday, the magician tries to flex his skills for Yeoh.

Michelle Yeoh to receive the Toronto International Film Festival’s Groundbreaker Award

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  • Michelle Yeoh will receive the inaugural TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11 at Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
  • “Michelle Yeoh is the definition of groundbreaking. Her screen work has spanned continents, genres and decades. This year she delivered a performance in ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ that shows her limitless abilities,” TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey said in a statement.
  • The award goes to women leaders within the film industry who have made a positive impact for other women throughout their career.
  • Earlier this month, Yeoh became the first Asian artist to receive an honorary doctorate of fine arts degree from the American Film Institute (AFI)
  • Yeoh will also receive the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film from the Santa Barbara Film Festival on Dec. 9.

Michelle Yeoh will receive the inaugural TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. 

The “Everything Everywhere All at Once” star will be honored during the TIFF Tribute Awards, presented by BVLGARI, on Sept. 11 at Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The event serves as a fundraising gala to support TIFF’s Every Story fund, which aims to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in film.

Netflix reveals first look at Michelle Yeoh’s character in new fantasy film ‘The School for Good and Evil’

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  • Netflix unveiled a first look at the upcoming fantasy film “The School for Good and Evil,” featuring Michelle Yeoh.
  • The streaming service shared a photo from the movie to Twitter, writing, "Here is your #GoldenFirstLook at Michelle Yeoh as Professor Emma Anemone in The School for Good and Evil coming to Netflix this October! Because there truly is no one better suited to teach beautification."
  • “The School for Good and Evil” will be released on Netflix on Oct. 21.

Netflix has given viewers a first look at the upcoming fantasy film “The School for Good and Evil,” starring “Everything Everywhere All at Once” star Michelle Yeoh. 

The streaming service shared a photo from the movie to Twitter, featuring Yeoh as the School for Good’s beautification professor Emma Anemone. 

Michelle Yeoh reveals why Quentin Tarantino didn’t cast her in ‘Kill Bill’

  • During Michelle Yeoh’s recent cover interview with Town & Country, she revealed that she asked director Quentin Tarantino why she was not cast in his movie “Kill Bill.”
  • The filmmaker previously shared that the international superstar was a major influence behind the film’s protagonist Beatrix “The Bride” Kiddo, played by Uma Thurman.
  • “I asked Quentin the same question,” the Chinese Malaysian actor said. “He’s very smart. He said, ‘Who would believe that Uma Thurman could kick your ass?'”
  • Yeoh went on to share that her friendship with Tarantino goes way back as he convinced her to continue acting after she sustained a spinal injury on the set of her 1996 movie “The Stunt Woman.”
  • “I must say, Quentin, he’s persistent,” Yeoh continued. “He is who he is today because he’s full of passion and love, so he wore me down. Suddenly we became animated. So then I thought, ‘Maybe I’m not ready to give up on this.'”
  • Tarantino admitted that he was “a huge, huge fan of hers” as “there was always a twinkle in her eye.”

International superstar Michelle Yeoh recently revealed why she was not cast in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill,” despite the filmmaker previously sharing that she was a major influence behind the film’s protagonist.

During her recent cover interview with Town & Country, Yeoh shared that she had the same question for Tarantino after she watched the film.

Michelle Yeoh receives honorary doctorate from AFI: ‘After I learned how to fall, I could learn how to fly’

  • Malaysian actor Michelle Yeoh accepted her honorary doctorate of fine arts from the American Film Institute (AFI) and delivered a speech during AFI’s 2022 commencement ceremony on Saturday. 
  • Addressing this year’s graduating class, the legendary 60-year-old actor imparted lessons she learned early on in her career.
  • According to Yeoh, the stunt performers she met at a gym taught her important life lessons in addition to how to do stunts.
  • Yeoh shared one lesson that has stayed with her: “I had to learn how to fall. Well, you could say I learned it in my bones, literally.”
  • She also reminded the graduating class that while there is now “greater inclusion” and “more diverse stories,” there is always more that can be done to “improve our storytelling” since sharing stories is a “privilege none of us should take for granted.” 

Legendary actor Michelle Yeoh imparted lessons from her youth during a speech at the American Film Institute’s 2022 commencement ceremony on Saturday. 

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert introduced Yeoh, who addressed this year’s graduating class as she accepted an honorary doctorate of fine arts at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.