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Keo Woolford, ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Actor, Dies At 49

30 November 2016 9:53 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Keo Woolford, best known for his role as Detective James Chang on the CBS crime-drama “Hawaii Five-0,” died on Monday following complications from a stroke. He was 49.

Woolford died at an Oahu, Hawaii hospital after suffering a stroke three days prior, according to his publicist Tracy Larrua.

Born in Honolulu, the late actor was also known for writing, directing and producing his 2013 independent drama “The Haumana,” which centers around the host of a failing Waikiki lūʻau who goes on to teach a high school boy’s hula class. The film earned him special jury prize at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival that year.

In addition, his other credits as an actor include small roles in “Happy, Texas,” “Falling for Grace” and “Godzilla” (2014). He also appeared in the stage production of “The King and I.”

Friends and colleagues of Woolford were quick to pay tribute via Twitter, including his “Hawaii Five-0” co-star Daniel Dae Kim.

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- Arya Roshanian

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Asian Actors in Comic Book Films Respond to ‘Doctor Strange’ Whitewashing Controversy

4 November 2016 5:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With “Doctor Strange” opening this weekend, the “whitewashing” controversy surrounding the casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in “Doctor Strange” has resurfaced.

Both director Scott Derrickson and writer Jon Spaihts have defended Swinton, rationalizing that casting a woman in the role of a man was already a diversity choice.

But some Asian visibility groups, notably the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (Manaa), have rejected these rationalizations, arguing that an Asian woman could have been cast instead of the British actress. As Manaa’s former president Guy Aoki noted, “whitewashing” of Asian comic book characters has happened before, citing The Mandarin (Guy Pearce) in “Iron Man” and Talia al Ghul (Marion Cotillard) in “The Dark Knight Rises” as examples.

Variety spoke to several Asian actors who have appeared in comic book films and TV shows to discuss “whitewashing” in the genre.

Benedict Wong, who plays Wong in “Doctor Strange, »

- Lawrence Yee

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New Photo Reveals Villain To Be Featured In Logan

10 October 2016 9:49 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With the third Wolverine movie having recently been revealed as being simply titled Logan, one would only surmise that Hugh Jackman’s swan song as the iconic mutant will be deeply personal and get to the heart of the character. But, as with any superhero movie, one of the biggest questions on peoples’ minds is in regard to which villain(s) he will battle.

Over the past few days, several mysterious teaser photos have been shared via social media, the latest showing Boyd Holbrook with the caption “Pierce.” Now, this is most likely Donald Pierce who has some colorful history with the X-Men, to say the least. His involvement with the cyborg gang known at The Reavers – who were already heavily rumored to be appearing in the film – does nothing but allow more pieces of the puzzle to fall into place.

It’s also worth noting that Pierce has history with the Hellfire Club, »

- Eric Joseph

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"The Vampire Diaries: Fool Me Once"

5 October 2016 7:51 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek footage, images and synopsis from "The Vampire Diaries" episode "Fool Me Once", written by Brett Conrad and directed by Marcos Siega, that aired February 11, 2010 on The CW:

"...'Elena' (Nina Dobrev) wakes up and finds herself in a strange hotel room. She sees 'Ben' (Sean Faris) sleeping and tries to slowly sneak out but Ben wakes up. 'Anna' (Malese Jow) arrives and drags Elena to the bathroom locking her in. Elena finds 'Bonnie' (Kat Graham) lying unconscious in the bathtub. She tries to help Bonnie and Elena informs her that Ben is with Anna and they want to open the tomb but they need a witch to do that.

"Meanwhile, 'Stefan' (Paul Wesley) looks for Elena but cannot find her. He goes to 'Damon' (Ian Somerhalder) asking for his help but Damon, who is still mad at him, does not want to help. Damon leaves Stefan alone and goes to Bonnie's grandmother, »

- Michael Stevens

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Steven Yeun, Randall Park, Constance Wu to Attend Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment Anniversary Gala

30 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Advocacy group Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (Cape) will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a gala on Saturday, Oct. 22 at The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.

The evening will include remarks by Twitch.tv co-founder Justin Kan and COO Kevin Lin, and a look at the history and future of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Additionally, magician David Kwong will perform.

“For a quarter of a century, Cape has promoted and nurtured Asian American and Pacific Islanders who are among the most creative and influential change-makers in Hollywood,” said Michelle K. Sugihara, executive director of Cape. “In a time when diversity and inclusion are finally more than buzz words, and as the entertainment industry scrambles for more inclusive leaders and stories, Cape looks forward to cultivating the rich talent pool within our community and to becoming an effective resource of Aapi talent for the industry.”

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- Tim Gray

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Sammo Hung: The Man, The Legend

2 February 2016 8:50 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Sammo Hung is regarded as one of the greatest Kung Fu performers of his generation. His high tempo, hard htting fight sequences have captured audiences all over the world. Future generations will look back and watch in amazement, witnessing one of the very best in world cinema.

Peking Opera Days

The Peking Opera school was run from a small theatre by Master Yu Jim Yuen, this was where Sammo Hung would begin his journey. In them days, the stundents would normally enroll for around 10 years, each day performing gruelling tasks for up to 18 hours a day which included training in the Martial Arts, weapons training, acrobatics, acting and singing. The Peking opera of course brought together Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah, Corey Yuen, Yuen Tak and Yuen Mo, who would eventually be known as the 7 Little Fortunes. They took the first name “Yuen” in a sign of »

- kingofkungfu

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New trailer for The 100 season 3

13 January 2016 9:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With a week to go until its season 3 premiere, The CW has released a new trailer for the post-apocalyptic drama series The 100. Take a look below after the official synopsis…

For two seasons, the refugees of The 100 sent to Earth have been at war. First with themselves, then with the Grounders, and finally with Mount Weather. Many have lost their lives along the way. All have lost their innocence. They have learned the hard way that in the fight for survival, there are no heroes and no villains. There is only the living and the dead. But now the war is over. The battle against Mount Weather has been won. The prisoners have returned home to a world seemingly at peace, but can they find peace within themselves after what they had to do to escape? And is there more to life than just surviving? Unfortunately, their newfound »

- Amie Cranswick

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