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Constance Wu Slams Matt Damon’s ‘The Great Wall’ Over Whitewashing

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fresh off the Boat” star Constance Wu took to Twitter on Friday to call out the upcoming film “The Great Wall” for its white star. The film, shot entirely in China and directed by Zhang Yimou, stars Matt Damon as a dragon slayer who helps to protect China from monsters to the north. Wu took the filmmakers to task for casting Damon as a “white savior” to the Chinese people, which, she said, perpetuates the “racist notion that white people are superior to , and that Poc need salvation from our own color via white strength.” Also Read: John Oliver Skewers Hollywood. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Newswire: Constance Wu has no fucking time for Matt Damon’s China-saving antics

4 hours ago | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

After its trailer popped up online yesterday, it took roughly zero seconds for people to start pointing out the unfortunate implications inherent to Hero director Zhang Yimou’s new movie The Great Wall, which sees an ancient Chinese empire drawing upon its greatest natural resource—whitebread mercenary hero Matt Damon—to protect it from some sort of monster attack. Accusations started flying immediately that Yimou and his American partners at Universal were perpetuating the stale old idea that only a grim-looking white dude can save the foreign peoples of the world. “But,” came the inevitable counter-argument, “The movie is Chinese-financed and Chinese-directed, so—” And that’s when Constance Wu stepped in.

You see, the Fresh Off The Boat star—recently the subject of a hashtag campaign that imagined her as the star of several Hollywood blockbusters in the place of a variety of white actresses—has no time for arguments »

- William Hughes

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Constance Wu on 'The Great Wall': "Our Heroes Don't Look Like Matt Damon"

6 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Constance Wu has a simple, direct response to the upcoming Matt Damon thriller The Great Wall: "We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that only a white man can save the world." The Taiwanese-American actress, known for her role as Jessica Huang on ABC's Fresh Off the Boat, took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the sci-fi co-production between Legendary Entertainment and Chinese companies Le Vision Pictues and China Film Group, which features Damon and Willem Dafoe joining a number of big name actors from Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan to battle an

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- Graeme McMillan

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‘Pitch Perfect’ Director Jason Moore to Helm Fox’s ‘Hair Wars’ Movie

25 July 2016 11:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox 2000 has tapped “Pitch Perfect” director Jason Moore to helm “Hair Wars,” based on a pitch from “Fresh Off the Boat” creator and showrunner Nahnatchka Khan.

Fox 2000 won a bidding war for the project, which will be written by Khan and is based on a competition in which hair salons compete through song and dance numbers.

Moore made his directorial debut with “Pitch Perfect,” which starred Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson and grossed $115 million worldwide. That success has led to a pair of sequels.

Moore also directed last year’s “Sisters,” starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. That comedy grossed $87 million domestically and $105 million worldwide.

Khan’s “Fresh Off the Boat” has been renewed for a third season by ABC. It centers on a Taiwanese family living in the U.S. in the ’90s and stars Randall Park and Constance Wu.

Khan also created comedy “Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23. »

- Dave McNary

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Dimension 404: Hulu Series Casts Lorenza Izzo, Daniel Zovatto, Tom Noonan

21 July 2016 7:37 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Deadline reports Lorenza Izzo, Daniel Zovatto, and Tom Noonan have been cast in the Dimension 404 TV show at Hulu. They join Megan Mullally, Constance Wu, Joel McHale, Sarah Hyland, Lea Michele, Robert Buckley, Ryan Lee, Patton Oswalt, Ashley Rickards, Sterling Beaumon, Matt Lauria, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Malcolm Barrett.Dimension 404 is a six-episode sci-fi/fantasy anthology scripted series, from RocketJump and Lionsgate. Showrunner Dez Dolly and Will Campos created the series with Dan Johnson and David Welch. Freddie Wong executive produces and directs with Matthew Arnold and Dolly. The Dimension 404 series’ title is inspired by the “404” or “not found” internet error code. It is meant to evoke that weird feeling you get when stumbling upon strange bits of the web at 3:00am.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Dan Aykroyd Slams Racist Trolls Who Attacked Leslie Jones: ‘They’re Insignificant Gnats’

21 July 2016 10:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This week, Leslie Jones left Twitter after she was flooded with racist and hateful tweets from users after the release of the “Ghostbusters” reboot. As much as she tried to standup for herself, the hurtful messages were too much and left her feeling like she was in a “personal hell.” Original “Ghostbuster” and producer of the female-led flick Dan Aykroyd called out those Internet trolls and stood up for Jones.

“Well first of all she’s a great writer, great comedian and comes from a real urban background where she had a lot of hardship and she’s channelling that into a great achievement and a great career,” he said in an interview with Et Canada.

Read More: Leslie Jones Flooded With Racist Tweets After ‘Ghostbusters’ Release: ‘I’m in a Personal Hell’

He continued by describing the type of people that he thought these insulters were. “These people, first of all, »

- Liz Calvario

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Leslie Jones Flooded With Racist Tweets After ‘Ghostbusters’ Release: ‘I’m in a Personal Hell’

19 July 2016 10:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ghostbusters” actress and comedian Leslie Jones is taking a break from Twitter after she was flooded with inappropriate, racist and demeaning tweets from various users on the social media site. While the film has received a slew of backlash, Jones never expected to be verbally attacked for just doing her job.

“I’ve never claim[ed] to be better or special,” she tweeted on July 18. “I just try to do my job as best as I can. Isn’t that any of us y’all. So yeah this hurts me! I’m more human and real than you f*****g think. I work my ass off. I’m not different than any of you who has a dream to do what they love.”

Read More: ‘Ghostbusters’ Screenwriter Katie Dippold: Haters, I Feel Your Pain – Girl Talk

The actress retweeted the hurtful messages that she would receive and kept writing back »

- Liz Calvario

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ABC Brings Nostalgic Favorites Like ‘My So-Called Life’ and ‘Trophy Wife’ Back to Life on Relaunched Streaming Site

13 July 2016 1:32 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Thanks to the relatively recent popularity of streaming television, shows that have been off the air for years are getting a second chance at success online — services like Netflix has breathed new life into everything from “Gilmore Girls” to “Twin Peaks” by making all episodes available to new generations, even spurring some upcoming reboots.

Read More: ABC Fall Trailers 2016, Ranked: Kiefer Sutherland and Talking Pets Steal the Show

ABC, who just relaunched their streaming website and app, is taking nostalgia TV to a whole new level by streaming 38 “throwback” ABC shows for free. Whether you’ve been dying to watch teenage Claire Danes swoon over Jared Leto in “My So-Called Life,” or old episodes of “Ellen” are more your speed, the revamped ABC site has something for everyone.

Many of the throwback shows had only had limited streaming availability prior to the ABC relaunch, including shows like “Trophy Wife,” which »

- Kate Halliwell

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ABC Brings Nostalgic Favorites Like ‘My So-Called Life’ and ‘Trophy Wife’ Back to Life on Relaunched Streaming Site

13 July 2016 1:32 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Thanks to the relatively recent popularity of streaming television, shows that have been off the air for years are getting a second chance at success online — services like Netflix has breathed new life into everything from “Gilmore Girls” to “Twin Peaks” by making all episodes available to new generations, even spurring some upcoming reboots.

Read More: ABC Fall Trailers 2016, Ranked: Kiefer Sutherland and Talking Pets Steal the Show

ABC, who just relaunched their streaming website and app, is taking nostalgia TV to a whole new level by streaming 38 “throwback” ABC shows for free. Whether you’ve been dying to watch teenage Claire Danes swoon over Jared Leto in “My So-Called Life,” or old episodes of “Ellen” are more your speed, the revamped ABC site has something for everyone.

Many of the throwback shows had only had limited streaming availability prior to the ABC relaunch, including shows like “Trophy Wife,” which »

- Kate Halliwell

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YouTube’s Dilemma: Why Online Stars Struggle to Make Good Movies

12 July 2016 2:18 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A movie starring two YouTubers will make its money back in iTunes sales, regardless of its quality. That may sound like a good thing, but it’s not if you’re an online content creator looking to transition into traditional Hollywood projects and shake your reputation as a one-trick pony. Speaking from the sixth VidCon, the annual convention for digital content creators and their fans, creator Jimmy Wong is uncertain about his and others’ crossover prospects.

“It’s really hard to transition YouTube stars into traditional acting roles,” says Wong, who rose to YouTube fame with his viral hit “Ching Chong! Asians in the Library Song” — a timely response to an ugly, racist video rant.

Read More: Diversity is Thriving on YouTube and Four More Reasons to Be Excited for VidCon 2016

Wong is a filmmaker at RocketJump, a digital movie studio and YouTube channel that also hosts original content on its website. »

- Jude Dry

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Emmy Nomination Predictions 2016: Who Leads the Comedy, Drama, and Limited Series Races?

11 July 2016 12:46 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With all the talk of Peak TV, it’s possible we’ve reached a turning point for the Emmy Awards. Could this be the year the TV Academy makes some bold out-of-the-box choices and recognizes just how wide-ranging the past season’s TV achievements actually were? We’re not betting on it. When it comes to the Emmy Awards, the tried-and-true typically carry the day — with a modest mix of new faces sprinkled in. That’s why you may get a feeling of deja vu reading our predictions for this year’s nominees. We’ll find out who makes the cut when nominations are announced on Thursday, July 14 at 8:30 a.m. Pt.

Drama Series

Better Call Saul” (AMC)

Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Homeland” (Showtime)

House of Cards” (Netflix)

Mr. Robot” (USA)

Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

For the most competitive of all the categories, all of last year’s nominees are still »

- Geoff Berkshire and Debra Birnbaum

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Dimension 404: Matt Lauria, Utkarsh Ambudkar & Malcolm Barrett Join Hulu Drama

8 July 2016 2:55 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Matt Lauria, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Malcolm Barrett have been cast in the Dimension 404 TV show, Hulu’s scripted sci-fy anthology series from RocketJump and Lionsgate. The series' title is inspired by the “404” or “not found” internet error code and is meant to evoke that weird feeling you get when stumbling upon strange bits of the web at 3:00am.The trio joins Megan Mullally, Constance Wu, Joel McHale, Sarah Hyland, Lea Michele, Robert Buckley, Ryan Lee, Patton Oswalt, Ashley Rickards, and Sterling Beaumon. Showrunner Dez Dolly and Will Campos created Dimension 404 with co-Creators Dan Johnson and David Welch. Freddie Wong executive produces and directs with Matthew Arnold and Dolly.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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The 21 Best TV Episodes of 2016 (So Far)

7 July 2016 1:32 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Warning: Spoilers below for the listed shows.  “The Americans

“The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears” (Episode 8)

Time jumps are a tricky business, especially for a show where every moment matters. And on “The Americans,” you better believe the devil is in the details. So Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields’ choice to jump forward seven months after a particularly tough stretch for everyone’s favorite secret agents was a damn ballsy move — that paid off big time. That being said, the opening of Episode 8 was just as important as its ending, and just as tricky. Told in nearly absolute silence, Phillip’s ride to the airfield with Martha set a stark tone for what was coming, making it all the more believable the Jennings would need a seven-month vacation soon after. A beautiful story told in thrilling, variant rhythms, “The Americans” knows itself so well it »

- Ben Travers, Liz Shannon Miller and Hanh Nguyen

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The 21 Best TV Episodes of 2016 (So Far)

7 July 2016 1:32 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Warning: Spoilers below for the listed shows.  “The Americans

“The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears” (Episode 8)

Time jumps are a tricky business, especially for a show where every moment matters. And on “The Americans,” you better believe the devil is in the details. So Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields’ choice to jump forward seven months after a particularly tough stretch for everyone’s favorite secret agents was a damn ballsy move — that paid off big time. That being said, the opening of Episode 8 was just as important as its ending, and just as tricky. Told in nearly absolute silence, Phillip’s ride to the airfield with Martha set a stark tone for what was coming, making it all the more believable the Jennings would need a seven-month vacation soon after. A beautiful story told in thrilling, variant rhythms, “The Americans” knows itself so well it »

- Ben Travers, Liz Shannon Miller and Hanh Nguyen

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Matt Lauria Joins Hulu's Dimension 404

6 July 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Kingdom‘s Matt Lauria is the latest TV vet to enter a strange new Dimension.

The actor has booked a guest appearance on Hulu’s Twilight Zone-esque anthology series Dimension 404, TVLine has learned.

RelatedFriday Night Lights Reunion Photos: Connie Britton Joins Cast at Atx Fest

Inspired by the Internet’s notorious “404” error code, the mystery thriller — which is comprised of six, self-contained, hour-long episodes (each boasting a twist ending!) — aims to “evoke that 3 a.m. feeling of wandering onto the weird side of the web, stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know. »

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Emmy Dream Ballots: The Most Deserving Comedy Nominees

6 July 2016 7:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

On Thursday, July 14, the Television Academy will announce the nominees for the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and we have all the faith in the world they’ll get every single choice just right.

Ok, maybe they won’t, but only because the 19,000-plus voters literally can’t get every choice right. Unless all the categories squeeze out miraculous ties resulting in extra nominees — similar to last year’s Comedy Supporting Actress category — there are simply too many outstanding series and performers to fit on the overall ballot.

So our choices below not only represent IndieWire’s highest recommendations in the top-line comedy categories, but also some of the shows and performers overlooked thus far in the campaign season. On a related note, category placement is determined, aptly, by our own wishes and not the submission guidelines of the TV Academy. It would be grand to hear their names announced at all come nomination day, »

- Ben Travers

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Emmy Dream Ballots: The Most Deserving Comedy Nominees

6 July 2016 7:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On Thursday, July 14, the Television Academy will announce the nominees for the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and we have all the faith in the world they’ll get every single choice just right.

Ok, maybe they won’t, but only because the 19,000-plus voters literally can’t get every choice right. Unless all the categories squeeze out miraculous ties resulting in extra nominees — similar to last year’s Comedy Supporting Actress category — there are simply too many outstanding series and performers to fit on the overall ballot.

So our choices below not only represent IndieWire’s highest recommendations in the top-line comedy categories, but also some of the shows and performers overlooked thus far in the campaign season. On a related note, category placement is determined, aptly, by our own wishes and not the submission guidelines of the TV Academy. It would be grand to hear their names announced at all come nomination day, »

- Ben Travers

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‘Ghost In The Shell’ Producer Reacts To Casting Backlash

2 July 2016 8:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ever since the first image of Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi in the upcoming “Ghost in the Shell” feature film was released, the live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s manga series has received backlash with fans declaring another Hollywood whitewashing incident.

Now, Steve Paul, a producer on the film has spoken out about the criticism, telling BuzzFeed that he thinks fans will have a change of heart when they see the final product.

“I think everybody is going to end up being really happy with it,” he told the website. “They’re going to be very, very happy with it when they see what we’ve actually done with it, and I don’t think anybody’s going to be disappointed.”

Read More: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Photos: Scarlett Johansson Debuts Controversial Look in Hong Kong

The original “Ghost in the Shell” story follows a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg »

- Liz Calvario

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Dimension 404: Megan Mullally and Constance Wu Join Hulu Series

27 June 2016 9:18 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

More are headed to another dimension. Entertainment Weekly reports Megan Mullally and Constance Wu have joined the cast of Hulu's new series Dimension 404.

From Dez Dolly and Will Campos, the anthology series “aims to evoke that 3 Am feeling of wandering onto the weird side of the web and stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know.”

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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News Roundup: ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ and ‘Will & Grace’ Stars Join Hulu’s ‘Dimension 404’

27 June 2016 2:34 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Will & Grace’s” Megan Mullally and “Fresh off the Boat’s” Constance Wu have been cast in Hulu’s “Dimension 404,” plus more in today’s TV news roundup…

Casting

Megan Mullally and Constance Wu have been cast in Hulu’s upcoming sci-fi anthology series “Dimension 404.”

Inspired by the internet’s “404” error code, “Dimension 404” from RocketJump and Lionsgate aims to evoke that 3 a.m. feeling of wandering onto the weird side of the web, stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know. Each episode will explore a different bizarre mystery, including an obscure cartoon that may hold the secret to time travel or energy drinks perhaps causing a global apocalypse.

Mullally and Wu join previously announced cast members including Lea Michele, Robert Buckley, Ryan Lee, Sarah Hyland, Joel McHale, Ashley Rickards and Patton Oswalt. The growing cast will appear in different episodes with Mullally and Wu starring together.

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- Lamarco McClendon

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