GABY RUSLI WRITES— Do you have what it takes to become the next big thing? If so, would you do anything to have your shot at stardom? Translated into English, Siren Queen (2022) by Nghi Vo chronicles Luli Wei – a girl born and raised in a stereotypical traditional Chinese laundromat family in the pre-Code…Full Article BOOK REVIEW: SIREN QUEEN (2022) BY NGHI VO — IN THE LAND OF STARLETS AND MONSTERS
RIP DOBIE, LMU ’56: CELEBRATING A TV ICON
ANDREA PLATE WRITES – The outpouring of grief that followed the death this week of actor Dwayne Hickman at age 87, star of the smash 1959-1963 CBS TV series “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” came as no surprise. Yes, he was just an actor in a role: a clean-cut,…Full Article RIP DOBIE, LMU ’56: CELEBRATING A TV ICON
AROUND THE PACIFIC RIM: FAUX ANIME IN THE SHADOWS OF THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN
NATHAN RIVAS WRITES – Once again, anime has come to Tinsel Town. Sort of. A few weeks ago, Warner Bros. announced that Lana Wachowski will write and direct a fourth Matrix film, with actors Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity. Never mind that the…Full Article AROUND THE PACIFIC RIM: FAUX ANIME IN THE SHADOWS OF THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN
Los Angeles: Why Didn’t Crazy Rich Asians Get Nominated?
Chantal Nong talks about her experiences with Crazy Rich Asians and the movie’s impact on film awards. Nong is an executive producer at Warner Brothers. She recently oversaw the production of Crazy Rich Asians. She has now moved over to DC to be the VP of Production. She attended USC…Full Article Los Angeles: Why Didn’t Crazy Rich Asians Get Nominated?
Profiles: Video Editor Clark Zhu’s Path to Film
JENICA ROSE GARCIA WRITES — Every December, the internet excitedly awaits the acclaimed “Moving Pictures” mashup, which strings multiple pieces of footage from disparate movie trailers into a whole new trailer. The creative genius behind “Moving Pictures” is Clark Zhu, who has accumulated millions of fans and has been featured…Full Article Profiles: Video Editor Clark Zhu’s Path to Film
Film: Celebrating Diversity and Resilience through Cinematic Arts
IMMANUEL PORTUS WRITES- Purple and scarlet lights illuminated Stage 4’s facade at Sunset Las Palmas Studios during the event of New Filmmakers Los Angeles on October 6th, a film festival that aims to celebrate LA’s heritage and identity. Emerging creative voices such as LA filmmakers Rona Par and Mengfang Yang drew…Full Article Film: Celebrating Diversity and Resilience through Cinematic Arts
FILM: BLACK PANTHER GRASPS HEARTS IN ASIA
FASSA SAR WRITES – “Black Panther” tops box offices, at this point running ahead of “Avatar,” the Star Wars franchise, “Jumanji” and countless other titles in sales. There is an old standing conception that mass audiences do not want to see black narratives with a majority black cast. In order…Full Article FILM: BLACK PANTHER GRASPS HEARTS IN ASIA
HOLLYWOOD: THE SICK ‘GAME OF MOANS’ GOES INTERNATIONAL
FASSA SAR WRITES – This is a story of how the mighty have fallen. It has been about a month since a myriad of actresses confronted Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein on how he raped, sexually assaulted, and harassed them for decades. Over 78 courageous women, including Angelina Jolie, Rose Mcgowan,…Full Article HOLLYWOOD: THE SICK ‘GAME OF MOANS’ GOES INTERNATIONAL
CHINA: PROPOSED LAW TAMES FILM INDUSTRY
FASSA SAR WRITES – Chinese officials say that despite the country’s current prosperity, there’s trouble brewing: commercial films just aren’t socialist enough. China’s legislature, National People’s of Congress, revisited a draft of a film law proposed in 2015 that attempts to regulate its domestic film Industry and Chinese-owned Hollywood studios.…Full Article CHINA: PROPOSED LAW TAMES FILM INDUSTRY
NORTH KOREA: Like Father, Like Son?
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – Published earlier this month, Paul Fischer’s “A Kim Jong-il Production” explores the late North Korean president’s zeal for film and his attempts to make his country’s film industry the best in the world. After the controversy surrounding the release of “The Interview,” Fischer’s book could not…Full Article NORTH KOREA: Like Father, Like Son?
LOS ANGELES: EigaFest Gives Hollywood a Taste of Japan
DYLAN FIELDS WRITES – L.A. EigaFest 2014 hit the town last month, bringing fans of Japanese cinema from East to West to Hollywood’s main drag. A mash-up of the Japanese word for film, eiga, and ‘festival,’ the annual gathering, now in its fourth year, showcases Japanese and Japanese-influenced films for American…Full Article LOS ANGELES: EigaFest Gives Hollywood a Taste of Japan
LOS ANGELES: Up Close and Personal with the Biggies of L.A. EigaFest 2014
Mataichiro “Mata” Yamamoto & Ryuhei Kitamura After his directorial debut with his cult hit action/horror flick Versus, Ryuhei Kitamura received both domestic and international fame among filmmakers. He went on to make a number of exciting films including his first Hollywood movie, Clive Barker’s The Midnight Meat Train, starring Bradley…Full Article LOS ANGELES: Up Close and Personal with the Biggies of L.A. EigaFest 2014
LOS ANGELES: Hollywood Gearing-up for LA EigaFest
DYLAN FIELDS WRITES – This weekend the Japan Film Society hosts the 4th annual Los Angeles EigaFest, showcasing contemporary Japanese cinema in the US. A portmanteau of the Japanese word for film (eiga) and ‘festival,’ the name signifies its objectives to “showcase Japanese and Japanese-influenced films that appeal to the…Full Article LOS ANGELES: Hollywood Gearing-up for LA EigaFest