Jordan Peele is set to make his directorial debut with his horror film “Get Out” starring Daniel Kaluuya. In this film, which he also wrote and produced, Jordan Peele takes a bold move to address race with a horror twist. In his fearless manner, Peele sets up a story with an African-American man who’s meeting his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time, but she has not told them he’s black. The film proceeds to take a horror twist, as the main character encounters other African-American people who work at his girlfriend’s parents estate and seem a little off.
The cast and executive producers of HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ hit up South by Southwest (SXSW) to promote the show’s upcoming Season 3 premiere. During the panel discussion, exec producer Alec Berg tackled the criticism directed at the show regarding the lack of diversity happening on screen.
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There is no doubt that African American actors have been getting the shorter end of the stick when it comes to the Oscars. Unfortunately, this is also the case for Latino, Asian and Native American actors as well. Only five Latino actors have ever won an Oscar. Only one Asian woman has ever won an acting Oscar. Click here to read more.
Lots has been said in regards to the lack of diversity issue with the Oscars. However, Spike Lee thinks that people are looking at it the wrong way. “We’re chasing a guy down the field when he doesn’t even have the ball,” Lee said using a football analogy. Lee feels the attention should be focused on the powers that be who green light projects. Click here to read more.
As TV networks bring in the new season with new shows, CBS is hoping for a win with a TV adaptation of the popular and successful Rush Hour movie franchise. A large part of Rush Hour movies’ success comes from the dynamic chemistry between the characters played by Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Will Justin Hires (Detective Carter) and Jon Foo (Detective Lee) be able to fill these shoes? A few of us in the office watched the trailer and are concerned about how viewers will perceive Detective Lee’s character. Click here to watch trailer.
The 14th annual Unforgettable Awards happened on Saturday, highlighting the achievements Asians have made in today’s media. It recognized “The Walking Dead” veteran Steven Yeun, “Fresh Off the Boat” actors Randall Park and Constance Wu, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star Chloe Bennet, CNN’s Lisa Ling and BuzzFeed’s Try Guys web sensation Eugene Lee Yang.
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If you didn’t score your Ava DuVernay Barbie on the day of release, expect to pay a hefty premium over the $65 MSRP. Despite all the fanfare and attention, DuVernay has been able to keep things in perspective. “People have really been kind talking about why they are embracing this doll, but it’s certainly not about me. It’s about the image. That’s what they’re responding to,” DuVernay said in a phone interview on Monday morning with BuzzFeed News. “It’s about balance. It’s about the full spectrum of who we are. It’s not enough even to have one black Barbie … because black women are not a monolith. We have all different kinds of hair, all different kinds of occupations, all different kinds of passions, so I think what folks might be responding to is the variance.” On top of her level head, DuVernay will be donating all her proceeds from the doll to civil rights advocacy group ColorOfChange.org and human rights nonprofit Witness. Click here to read more.
With successful diverse shows such as “Sense8″ and “Master of None” under its belt, Netflix is taking on a greater challenge. Oscar-winning Ang Lee-helmed film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is finally getting a sequel after 16 years. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny,” produced by Harvey Weinstein and directed by martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping (who worked on the original “Crouching Tiger”), follows “Iron Knight, Silver Vase” of the “Crane Iron” series by Chinese wuxia writer, Wang Dulu.
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The new Netflix show “Master of None” has been repeatedly praised for its authenticity and tremendous impact in bringing minority representation to light in Hollywood. Its star, Aziz Ansari, has also been more outspoken about the issues surrounding the “still kind of unbalanced” realm both in front of and behind the camera. With diversification expanding around the globe, it is surprising to find that people are more fascinated than they should be by the amount of diversity there is on the show.
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You have probably seen the Tweets, Facebook posts, and articles raving about Netflix’s original series Master Of None starring Aziz Ansari. Metacritic gave it a 91/100 and IMDB gave it a 8.7/10 so it’s definitely worth your time based on that alone. But what’s really grabbing our attention isn’t the jokes (although they are hilarious) but the social commentary and what it means to be an immigrant or child of an immigrant in this country.