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Fans are upset after Nintendo erases Mario’s butt in Direct announcement

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  • Nintendo fans are livid at a new promotional poster for the Super Mario movie that does not feature the character’s big “thicc” buttocks.
  • The Japanese video game company announced a new Direct for Thursday, focusing on the upcoming Mario movie, starring actor Chris Pratt as the voice of the Italian plumber.
  • Mario’s ass was nowhere to be found on the poster.
  • Social media users took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Mario’s cheeks for the new movie.
  • This isn’t the first time fans were up in arms over Nintendo deflating their characters’ butts. Gamers called out the company in September for erasing Wario’s thickness.

Nintendo fans are livid at an announcement for the new Super Mario adaptation that does not feature the iconic character’s “thicc” buttocks.

The Japanese video game company announced a new Direct for Thursday, focusing on the upcoming Mario movie, starring actor Chris Pratt as the voice of the Italian plumber. 

How the new ‘Minions’ movie scored rare approval to release in China

  • “Minions: The Rise of Gru” is set to be released in Chinese cinemas in less than two weeks, defying a recent trend of major Hollywood blockbusters failing to break into the Chinese moviegoing market.
  • The approval could potentially provide a huge boost in revenue for Universal Pictures as China is currently the world’s largest film market.
  • The China Film Administration (CFA), the agency that grants approvals for foreign films, has been rejecting more and more Hollywood films in recent years.
  • Observers have attributed the Chinese censors’ stricter screening process to the government’s efforts to purify China’s entertainment industry as well as deteriorating political relations between the U.S. and China.
  • Michael Berry, director of the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Fortune that the Chinese censors likely view Minions as “less of a threat, politically…as a film aimed at much younger audiences.”

A new film from Universal Pictures has secured a highly coveted release date in China, defying a recent trend of major Hollywood blockbusters failing to break into the Chinese moviegoing market. 

“Minions: The Rise of Gru” is set to be released in Chinese cinemas in less than two weeks.

Teaser released for upcoming live-action adaptation of Studio Ghibli film ‘Whisper of the Heart’

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  • A teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action adaptation of the 1995 Studio Ghibli film “Whisper of the Heart'' was released on Tuesday.
  • Announced in early 2020 the film is expected to be released on Oct. 14 in Japan.
  • Directed and written by Yuuichirou Hirakawa, who previously directed the live-action adaption of “The Promised Neverland” (2020), the upcoming film also stars actors Runa Yasuhara and Tsubasa Nakagawa.
  • The live-action adaptation will take place 10 years after the original animated film and will continue to follow the characters Seiji and Shizuku through past and future stories

A teaser trailer was released on April 12 for the upcoming live-action adaptation of the 1995 Studio Ghibli film “Whisper of the Heart.”

In addition to the teaser, the studio also revealed visual posters of characters Seiji and Shizuku as adults and as middle-school students.

New York pastor warns parents that Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’ is ‘demonic’ in film review

Founder and lead pastor of V1 Church in New York City Mike Signorelli warned parents of “demonic” content in Disney Pixar’s “Turning Red” in his “Christian review” posted online.

Signorelli’s review of Disney Pixar’s latest animated film, which was uploaded to his YouTube channel and has since been taken down, used his theological perspective to assess the coming-of-age story of a teen who discovers her ability to transform into a giant red panda in the midst of puberty.  

‘Let it rip!’: Live-action ‘Beyblade’ movie to be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Paramount

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  • Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of Disney’s popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, has been tapped to produce a live-action “Beyblade” movie for Paramount.
  • While not much is known yet about the project, screenwriters Neil Widener and Gavin James are reportedly attached to the movie.
  • The first mention of a live-action “Beyblade” movie dates back to 2015 when Paramount Pictures purchased the rights to make the film.
  • The Japanese toy line of spinning tops has inspired a manga and anime series.

The popular spinning top battle toy franchise “Beyblade” is reportedly getting a live-action adaptation for Paramount with “Pirates of the Caribbean” producer Jerry Bruckheimer set to produce.

While details of the project and storyline are still scarce during early development, Neil Widener and Gavin James have been tapped to write the script for “Beyblade,” according to Deadline

Digital artist reimagines Madrigal sisters from Disney film ‘Encanto’ as Filipinas

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  • Junrel Bardon, a digital graphic artist from the Philippines, illustrated Filipino live-action versions of the Madrigal sisters from Disney’s film “Encanto.”
  • His reimagined character illustrations take inspiration from Filipino actresses Nadine Lustre and Maine Mendoza and Olympic gold champion Hidilyn Diaz.

A digital graphic artist reimagined Filipino versions of the Madrigal sisters from the Disney film “Encanto.”

Junrel Bardon, a 24-year-old artist from Negros Occidental, Philippines, created realistic illustrations based on Filipino actresses Nadine Lustre and Maine Mendoza and Olympic weightlifting champion Hidilyn Diaz.

What’s next after ‘Shang-Chi’?: 16 Asian-led movies and shows to look forward to in 2022

The year 2021 was a pivotal one for Asian representation in entertainment.

“Shang-Chi” kicked ass as the first Asian superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Both Laura Jean and Devi discovered young love in the Netflix hits “To All the Boys: Always and Forever” and “Never Have I Ever.” “Squid Game” led just about every viewer across the globe to lose their marbles as they discovered a new appreciation for foreign shows. And every other month, it seemed like a new K-drama was popping up on Netflix’s Top 10 list. 

Activist group calls for awards boycott of ‘Licorice Pizza’ over its ‘egregious mocking of Asians’

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An Asian advocacy group wants to take Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza” out of awards consideration over content it says is racist. 

A call for boycott: Media Action Network for Asian Americans has called for an awards boycott of the comedy-drama film due to specific scenes that it says blatantly ridicules Asians, reported The Wrap.  

Vietnamese Czech director rekindles relationship with her father through his prison letters in ‘Love, Dad’

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  • Nguyen’s short film “Love, Dad” was based on her strained relationship with her father and inspired by his old letters to her from prison.
  • The production of a personal story gave Nguyen a sense of freedom from her suppressed emotions.
  • “Love, Dad” was selected by several festivals and won multiple awards, including “Best Short Film” at the 2021 BFI London Film Festival.

Vietnamese Czech director Diana Cam Van Nguyen talked with NextShark about the inspiration behind the short film “Love, Dad” and how it has helped her own personal journey.

Letters of Love

“Love, Dad” is a short animated film based on Nguyen’s personal relationship with her physically and emotionally distant father.

10 Asian ‘deadly game’ movies and shows to watch while waiting for ‘Squid Game’ Season 2

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How far would you go to win a large sum of money? Would you betray a friend, endanger loved ones, risk everything?

These questions are at the center of “Squid Game,” Netflix’s latest hit and the newest entry to the “deadly game” genre. It’s a compelling theme that stokes audiences’ empathy as they watch protagonists facing overwhelming odds.