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Brenda Song Says She Wasn't "Asian Enough" For Crazy Rich Asians: "Where Do I Fit?"

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While fans may know Brenda Song best for her role as hotel heiress London Tipton on Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, the Dollface actress recently admitted that her time as pop culture's original crazy rich Asian was part of the reason she missed out on joining the 2018 film adaptation of the Crazy Rich Asians book series.

In an interview with Teen Vogue, the 31-year-old actress revealed that she had been denied an opportunity to join the production because of her "image." A fan of the original books, Song, who is half Thai and half Hmong, explained that she sent her managers to arrange an audition or meeting for a possible part in the film. But when her managers returned, they relayed the message that she wasn't right for a role.

Related: Brenda Song Hopes Dollface Will Remind Fans of Their Own "Misadventures" With Girlfriends

"Their
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Denies Brenda Song’s Claim She Was Told She’s ‘Not Asian Enough’ to Audition

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Denies Brenda Song’s Claim She Was Told She’s ‘Not Asian Enough’ to Audition
Jon M. Chu, director of the box office smash “Crazy Rich Asians,” staunchly denied the claim that Brenda Song was told she’s “not Asian enough” to audition for the Golden Globe-nominated romantic comedy.

In response to an Entertainment Weekly tweet about her claims, Chu said he was a fan of Song’s and didn’t need her to audition because he already knew who she was.

would these words ever come out of my mouth? Nope makes no sense. I feel horrible she thinks this is the reason. The fact is I love Brenda Song and am a fan. I didn’t need her to audition because I already knew who she was!

— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) November 20, 2019

“Would these words ever come out of my mouth? Nope makes no sense. I feel horrible she thinks this is the reason,” Chu said in the tweet. “The fact is I
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Responds to Brenda Song’s Claim That She Was ‘Not Asian Enough’ to Audition

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Responds to Brenda Song’s Claim That She Was ‘Not Asian Enough’ to Audition
Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu responded and apologized to actress Brenda Song after she said that she was unable to audition for the romantic comedy because she was “not Asian enough.”

Song did an interview with Teen Vogue addressing an observation from fans that she was the “original Crazy Rich Asian” when she played the wealthy character London on the Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.” She told the magazine that she never got to read for the part and was informed by her managers that she wasn’t right for a role in the film.

“Their reasoning behind that, what they said was that my image was basically not Asian enough, in not so many words. It broke my heart,” she said. “I said, ‘This character is in her late to mid-20s, an Asian American, and I can’t even audition for it?
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Awkwafina on the Personal Tragedy That Connected Her to ‘The Farewell’

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Awkwafina on the Personal Tragedy That Connected Her to ‘The Farewell’
This story about Awkwafina and “The Farewell” first appeared in the Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

For Awkwafina, “The Farewell” was personal. The film follows a family that learns its matriarch has only a short while to live — but rather than break the news to her, they plan a big family wedding so they can all spend time together. It’s loosely based on a personal experience that director Lulu Wang first discussed on the “What You Don’t Know” episode of the radio series “This American Life.”

“It was a story that I felt very deeply connected to — I felt like it was the first story for me as an Asian-American girl that I saw that was genuinely something I could understand and something that really resonated,” said Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum. “I was flabbergasted at how much I related to the material
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Film Review: Repossession (2019) by Goh Ming Siu

Goh Ming Siu is a seasoned TV writer and director with dozens of credits to his name in his own country of Singapore. “Repossession”, a film whose ambiguity in the title is its finest asset, is his feature debut. The film premiered at Cinequest Film Festival and we were able to catch it at Five Flavours Film Festival.

“Repossession” is screening at Five Flavours Asian Film Festival:

When we meet our protagonist, the middle-aged executive Jim, one might argue that his life is about to fall into a downward spiral. After decades of career, he is being fired from work. Or, more precisely, asked to leave because it would look better in his resume. Jim, however, is used to a bourgeois life style (hence his apartment and car) and is too much of an ego-maniac to come clean to his wife Linda (Amy Cheng of “Crazy Rich Asians” fame), his daughter and his friends,
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Brenda Song Was Told She Wasn't "Asian Enough" to Audition for Crazy Rich Asians

Brenda Song Was Told She Wasn't
Brenda Song has been acting in television and films since she was a young girl. Her early career included roles in such popular films as Stuck In the Suburbs, College Road Trip and The Social Network. But her most notable role was as London Tipton on the popular Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Her career making role as a ditsy hotel heiress was a fan favorite. However, in a new in-depth interview with Teen Vogue, Brenda recalled that when it came time for the hit 2018 film Crazy Rich Asians to audition Hollywood's best and brightest Asian-American actors, she was denied an opportunity for an incredibly demeaning reason.  "To be just a part of that...
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‘Bob Hearts Abishola’s’ Gina Yashere on Trump Administration Rhetoric: ‘It’s Helped With Television’

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‘Bob Hearts Abishola’s’ Gina Yashere on Trump Administration Rhetoric: ‘It’s Helped With Television’
During a presidency in which Ice raids are the largest they have been in a decade (one from August resulted in almost 700 arrests), television writers are fighting back by telling more specific immigration stories in their series.

During the Television Academy’s “Immigration on Television: Stories From America” panel held Tuesday in Los Angeles, Calif., “Bob Hearts Abishola” actor, producer and writer Gina Yashere expressed her feeling that the Trump administration’s polarizing stance on immigration has actually “helped with television.

“Because of the horrible rhetoric that is coming out of what is supposed to be the highest office in the land, that has made people much more open to other stories now. The Trump thing has been horrible, but it has also been great in that way,” she said.

Yashere joined Melinna Bobadilla (“Orange is the New Black”), “The Conners” showrunner and executive producer Bruce Helford, “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Superstore” actor Nico Santos,
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‘Sex and the City’ Actor Mario Cantone Joins Cast of Universal’s ‘All My Life’ (Exclusive)

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‘Sex and the City’ Actor Mario Cantone Joins Cast of Universal’s ‘All My Life’ (Exclusive)
Mario Cantone has joined the cast of Universal Pictures’ bittersweet tale “All My Life.”

The film is inspired by the true story of Jenn Carter and her husband, Solomon Chau, a young couple who, as they planned their wedding found out that Chau had liver cancer. In the face of their devastating news, Chau and Carter moved the date up and raised more than $52,000 through a GoFundMe account to ensure they got the wedding of their dreams. They were married four months before he died on the day they were originally supposed to be married.

Cantone’s role was not disclosed, but the leads will be played by “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Glee” star Harry Shum Jr. (Chau) and “Happy Death Day’s” Jessica Rothe (Carter). Chrissie Fit, Jay Pharoah, Marielle Scott and Kyle Allen also recently joined the cast.

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Taron Egerton and Awkwafina Share a Love for Elton John, ‘My Vag’ and Miss Piggy

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Taron Egerton and Awkwafina Share a Love for Elton John, ‘My Vag’ and Miss Piggy
Awkwafina (“The Farewell”) and Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”) sat down for a chat for “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.” For more, click here.

Taron Egerton’s portrayal of Elton John in “Rocketman” is both extravagant and humanizing, as he reinterprets John’s classic songs to tell the iconic singer’s life story. In “The Farewell,” Awkwafina plays Billi, a lost New York hipster who, along with her family, goes to China to see her grandmother for the last time. She infuses her character with nuance, delivering both pathos and laughs. Together, the actors reflect on how they got here.

Taron Egerton: Within the space of a year, you had “Ocean’s 8” and “Crazy Rich Asians” come out, and “The Farewell” premiered at Sundance. That’s a crazy year. How’s it been?

Awkwafina: It’s been good. “The Farewell,” essentially, was my first dramatic role. When approaching it, reading it, there
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Mindy Kaling and Constance Wu on ‘Hustlers,’ ‘Late Night’ and the Importance of Female Directors

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Mindy Kaling and Constance Wu on ‘Hustlers,’ ‘Late Night’ and the Importance of Female Directors
Mindy Kaling (“Late Night”) and Constance Wu (“Hustlers”) sat down for a chat for “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.” For more, click here.

Mindy Kaling hit big screens this year with “Late Night,” a film that played off her winsome ambition. As an aspirant writer lending a new attitude to an aging show, Kaling reinforced the image of the classic-comedy junkie forged on “The Mindy Project.” Fellow TV star Constance Wu made a similar leap in 2019, following “Crazy Rich Asians” with another sensation, “Hustlers.” As Destiny, an ingénue among a band of strippers, Wu transformed herself — but retained the shrewd timing that’s her signature.

Mindy Kaling: I saw “Hustlers” twice opening weekend.

Constance Wu: Two more times than I did.

Kaling: This is insane that you don’t see the movies that you’re in.

Wu: I know what happens.

Kaling: That’s a good point. I’ve seen
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Awkwafina Felt "Imposter Syndrome" Playing Dramatic in 'The Farewell'

Awkwafina Felt
Awkwafina is best known for her comedy, starring in scene-stealing roles in such movies as Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean's 8, but audiences see a different side of the actress in Lulu Wang’s semi-biographical film The Farewell.

She opened up to the Actress Roundtable about the "pressure" she felt taking on her first dramatic role, saying, "I was really, really scared because I think you know what people think about you and stuff like that, but you don't know what you can do."

"I think that you create all these different scenarios in your head about the ...
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‘Last Christmas’ Review: Dir. Paul Feig (2019)

Last Christmas, the iconic Wham! song that has dominated the festive season for 35 years, finally becomes the title and basis for a new London set romantic-comedy. It’s quite rare to see a romantic-Christmas comedy on the big screen these days, as it is a market that Netflix consistently dominates. So with so many cheesy holiday titles at our fingertips, what will convince audiences to flock to Last Christmas? Thankfully the answer comes in the form of some grade-a talent permeates through every pore of this delightful rom-com. There are the songs of George Michael and Wham!, a script by Emma Thompson, the direction of Paul Feig, and a diverse cast headed by Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, off the back of their insanely popular turns in Game of Thrones and Crazy Rich Asians respectively. It’s a winning combination of warmth and cheer that adds life to something that
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Modern Prince Charming: 5 Reasons Why Henry Golding Swept Us Off Our Feet In Last Christmas (& 5 Why He's Better In Crazy Rich Asians)

It's a bit of a rags-to-riches story for Henry Golding, star of Crazy Rich Asians and Last Christmas. Once a travel presenter, he never thought he'd become an actor. When he was approached about a part in Crazy Rich Asians, highlighting the wealthiest families in Southeast Asia, he had no idea he'd land the lead. As Nick Young, the most eligible bachelor in Singapore who takes his American fiancée home to meet his family for the first time, Golding skyrocketed to instant fame. The role garnered him a slew of fans who couldn't get enough of the tall, soft-spoken, and hunky British-Malaysian star.

Related: Mbti® Of Crazy Rich Asians Characters

Last Christmas sees him team up with Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, herself an acting ingenue when she landed the role of Daenerys Targaryen in the popular series. In the film, Golding plays Tom, just another lost soul in
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Streamer Appetite Stokes Hot Material Market: India Mob Saga ‘The Age Of Vice’ Draws 20 Bids As FX, Fox 21 & Color Force Win

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FX, Fox 21 TV Studios, along with Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, won the rights to the Deepti Kapoor India mob saga The Age of Vice. In what seems to be evidence that the rise of streamers, the blurring of lines between films and TV and the fatigue of recycled IP has created a boom market for sticky books with global appeal, a remarkable 20 bids hit the table. That included seven-figure movie offers from major studios.

Sources said FX and Fox 21 won the deal with a bid in the range of high six figures against $2 million, mighty generous for a television project. The track record of Color Force’s Jacobson and Simpson in book adaptations includes Crazy Rich Asians, The Hunger Games films and most recently The Goldfinch. They collaborate with FX and Fox 21 on the series American Crime Story and Pose.

I have covered book to
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‘Charlie’s Angels’ Film Review: Kristen Stewart and Company Make Reboot All About Sisterhood

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‘Charlie’s Angels’ Film Review: Kristen Stewart and Company Make Reboot All About Sisterhood
“I think women can do anything,” an undercover Kristen Stewart purrs in the very first line of “Charlie’s Angels,” thereby setting the tone — and the priority — for Elizabeth Banks’ rousing remake of this long-running franchise.

Gone are the Angels dancing in their underwear, as McG directed Cameron Diaz in the first film. No more ladies doting on an aging Bosley, as they did in every episode of the TV show. Angels 3.0 are doing it for themselves.

Well, not themselves exactly, since Bosley is still their boss. But in Banks’ world, the name is really more of a rank, “like lieutenant,” her character explains. There are many Bosleys now, including ones played by Banks and (an underused) Djimon Hounsou, as well as the Og embodied by Patrick Stewart.

Watch Video: 'Charlie's Angels' Trailer: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska 'Work Outside the Rules'

Stewart’s character expanded
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ABC Cancels Fresh Off the Boat; 6th Season Will End in 2020 With Final 15 Episodes

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After six seasons, ABC is bringing Fresh Off the Boat to an end, Vulture reports. The series, which was originally based on chef Eddie Huang's memoir of the same name and has earned the distinction of being the longest-running sitcom about Asian-Americans in broadcast TV history, will end with a sixth and final season in 2020 consisting of 15 episodes (the 14th and 15th episodes will serve as a two-part series finale).

The show's sixth season renewal back in May got more attention than ABC bargained for when star Constance Wu, who plays Huang family matriarch Jessica, wrote in a now-deleted tweet, "So upset right now that I'm literally crying. Ugh. F*ck." When a fan reached out to congratulate Wu on the "great news," the actress also replied, "No, it's not," followed by, "F*cking hell."

Wu later walked back her angry reaction to the show's renewal in a letter
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HBO Max to Develop Anthology Series Based on ‘Point Horror’ Books (Exclusive)

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HBO Max is developing a series based on Scholastic’s “Point Horror” books by R.L Stine, Variety has learned exclusively.

The project hails from Picturestart and Lionsgate Television. The show, which is currently titled “Point Fear,” is described as an anthology series that exposes the horrors of being a teenager. Each episode of the show will be inspired by one of the books in the series, told for today’s audiences but with a nostalgic nod to the 1990s. Many authors have published books under the “Point Horror” banner, but the series will specifically focus on those written by Stine.

Jon M. Chu is in negotiations to direct and executive produce the series. Stine will also executive produce along with Yvonne M. Bernard. Ryan Lindenberg will oversee the project for Picturestart.

Previous television adaptations of Stine’s work includes the “Goosebumps” series, as well as shows like “The Nightmare Room” and “Eye Candy.
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Official Trailer For ‘Scoob!’ Revealed

The first full-length animated Scooby-Doo adventure for the big screen is the never-before-told stories of Scooby-Doo’s origins and the greatest mystery in the career of Mystery Inc. “Scoob!” reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma, and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this global “dogpocalypse,” the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined. Starring in “Scoob!” are Kiersey Clemons as Dee Dee; Zac Efron as Fred; Will Forte as Scooby-Doo’s best friend, Shaggy; Jason Isaacs as the infamous Dick Dastardly; Ken Jeong as Dynomutt; Tracy Morgan (“What Men Want,” TV’s
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Scooby-Doo’s Origins Are Explored in Teaser Trailer, Poster, and Images for Scoob!

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Scooby-Doo's past could unlock secrets of the present (and help prevent a "dogpocalypse") in the new animated movie Scoob!, and Warner Bros. has provided us with the film's teaser trailer, poster, and images ahead of the movie's May 15th, 2020 release.

In addition to checking out the new trailer below, you can also take a selfie with Scooby-Doo by visiting:

https://www.scoobselfie.com/

"The first full-length animated Scooby-Doo adventure for the big screen is the never-before told stories of Scooby-Doo’s origins and the greatest mystery in the career of Mystery Inc.

“Scoob!” reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world.
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Emilia Clarke wants to be the first female 007

"Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke says she would love to play the iconic fictional British spy James Bond if the producers plan a gender switch in the future. Clarke has put her name out to be the first woman to take on the 007 mantle after Daniel Craig calls it a day.

Daniel is set to create a Bond-shaped vacancy when he leaves the role after 13 years. Work's still going on the next entry of the 25th Bond film into the franchise, No Time To Die, which is set for an April 2020 release.

Also Read:?How GoT inspired Emilia Clarke set up production house

The actress was asked if she would like to essay the role of the spy, to which replied, "Yeah! Of course! Hell to the yeah."

"James Bond is one of those franchises where it's never not cool. You could literally make the naffest James Bond in
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