9 items from 2017
Is the next Doctor going to be a woman? Paul McGann, who played the iconic Dr. Who in 1996, would cast Tilda Swinton as the next Doctor now that Peter Capaldi has left the BBC show. (The Sun) Disney aired the first same-sex cartoon kiss in the network’s history. In the “Just Friends” episode of Disney Xd’s “Star vs. the Forces of Evil,” same-sex cartoon couples got equal billing in a kissing scene. (Mashable) The boy who lived just broke a nomination record.“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”—which will make its way to Broadway in the spring of 2018—just received 11 Olivier Award nominations, making it the most nominated new play in the award’s history. (Backstage) Filmmaker Jon M. Chu will only cast Asian actors in his next movie.The director of the upcoming movie adaptation of “Crazy Rich Asians” says he won’t make the film »
Warner Bros. acquired the movie rights to “Crazy Rich Asians” in October. The story unfolds in a world of opulence, as new and old money collide among a group of Chinese families living in Singapore. It follows a Chinese-American economics professor and her boyfriend — the heir to a massive fortune.
Yeoh will play the boyfriend’s disapproving mother.
Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and partner Brad Simpson came on board the movie project in 2013 when Kevin Kwan’s book of the same name was still in the manuscript stage. Jon M. Chu is directing the adaptation from a screenplay written by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim.
Yeoh was most recently seen in »
- Justin Kroll
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Jon M. Chu is directing the adaptation of Kevin Kwan's New York Times best-selling novel, which centers on the lives of wealthy Chinese families living in Singapore. It follows Rachel Chu (Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick's hometown of Singapore for his best friend's wedding. Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, he's perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly »
- Rebecca Ford,Borys Kit
Back before Hamilton and his brief cameo in Seeso’s My Brother, My Brother And Me show, Lin-Manual Miranda was the man behind the hit Broadway show In The Heights. Back in June, we reported that the Weinstein Company was developing a movie adaptation of that musical, with Jem And The Holograms’ Jon M. Chu possibly set to direct, and now it looks like that project is actually moving forward. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jay Z has just signed on to co-produce the film, so hopefully he’ll be able to make sure it doesn’t turn out as bad as Jem And The Holograms.
It sounds like that news is pretty fresh, though, so the actual In The Heights movie is probably still fairly far off.
- Sam Barsanti
Warner Bros. has reportedly tapped “Fresh Off the Boat” star Constance Wu to play the lead role in the romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians,” according to a report over on Variety. The film is based on Kevin Kwan’s bestselling 2013 novel of the same name, and will be directed by Jon M. Chu (“Now You See Me 2”).
The studio acquired the film rights to Kwan’s book last October. The movie will reportedly feature an all-Asian cast. Kwan has already published a followup to the first novel, entitled “China Rich Girlfriend,” and recently penned a third novel, “Rich People Problems,” which will hit shelves later this year.
The story centers around a young American-born Chinese economics professor named Rachel Chu (Wu). Her boyfriend Nick is from Singapore, where they travel to attend his best friend’s wedding. »
- Yoselin Acevedo
The studio acquired the movie rights to “Crazy Rich Asians” in October and is fast-tracking the project with plans for an exclusively Asian cast. The story unfolds in a world of opulence, as new and old money collide among a group of Chinese families living in Singapore. It follows a Chinese-American economics professor and her boyfriend — the heir to a massive fortune.
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Filmmakers See Breakthrough for Asian Films: ‘People Are Getting It Now’
Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and partner Brad Simpson came on board the movie project in 2013 when Kevin Kwan’s book of the same name was still in the manuscript stage. Jon M. Chu is directing the adaptation from a screenplay written by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim. »
- Dave McNary
The film follows the story of Josh, a part-time autobiographical monologist who has not filed his taxes in seven years; this is despite the fact that his day job is working for a high-profile tax attorney. When his boss convinces him to “join the system” and file his taxes, things start going extremely well for Josh. His stage career starts to take off and he even finds a girlfriend. But then, things take a turn for the worse.
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Written by Josh and directed by Jacob, “Love & Taxes” is a film adaptation of the 2003 stage production from Josh Kornbluth and David Dower.
“We made the film in bits and pieces over eight years. »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Despite G.I. Joe: Retaliation improving on its predecessor in every which way – story-wise and financially – Paramount’s gleefully over-the-top action franchise has since been placed on ice to accommodate Dwayne Johnson’s stacked schedule. xXx: Return of Xander Cage‘s D.J. Caruso was once in negotiations to helm a potential third installment in lieu of Jon M. Chu, who parted ways with the series to direct Jem and the Holograms at Blumhouse – and we all know how that one turned out.
But when G.I. Joe 3 was still in the mix two years ago, Caruso’s original pitch involved a crossover with Michael Bay’s Transformers, another of Paramount’s live-action juggernauts that will return later this year in the form of The Last Knight. Before touching base on that wildly ambitious concept, Caruso reflected on the moment when the G.I. Joe franchise ground to a temporary halt.
- Michael Briers
Let's start with a couple of caveats: 1) Jem and the Holograms, the 2015 adaptation of the Hasbro toy line and cartoon series directed by Jon M. Chu, is terrible; 2) I sort of adore it. I don't like it in any of the "underappreciated good movie" ways or even the "so bad it's good" ways. Honestly: Jem is atrocious filmmaking. It's miscast: Aubrey Peeples can carry most of her scenes but can't cry-act to save her life, and has to cry-act maybe ten times in the needlessly cry-acty motion picture. It's misconceived: the Misfits are left for a Nick Fury stinger in the end credits, leaving Jerrica's crushing self-identity issues as the film's only real "villain." It's also misguided: the film seems underwritten and...
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9 items from 2017
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