Get animated with Wes Anderson Isle of Dogs

Wes Anderson the Academy Award nominee is working on a new animated film with Indian Paintbrush called ‘Isle of Dogs’ currently filming in London.

This will be Wes Anderson’s second animated film after the Academy Award Nominated ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’. 

The film will be set in Japan and follows a boy’s search for his dog. The voice cast includes F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bud Cort, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Kunichi Nomura, Edward Norton, Yoko Ono, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton, Akira Takayama and Frank Wood and will be released in 2018 by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

“Wes Anderson is one of the most talented filmmakers of his, or any other, generation. His ability to write smart and unconventional screenplays and then translate them into unique experiences on screen makes him not only a unique voice in film, but one who can truly bridge the gap between independent films and cross-over hits,” say Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula, Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents.  “We are thrilled to be going on a journey into the newest world from the distinctive imagination of Wes Anderson.”

You can learn how to enter special contest on Crowdrise where some lucky fan will get ‘animated’ in the new film!

www.crowdrise.com/wesanderson 

 

ONE LUCKY WINNER will win a trip for 2 to London for two nights to…
• Meet Wes
• Get a tour of the Isle of Dogs sets and production to see how the film is being made
• Record the ‘voice’ of a dog in the film, directed by Wes (barking, howling & whimpering may be required)
• Receive one of the puppet miniatures of a dog from the film, after production has wrapped

50 LUCKY WINNERS will receive a Criterion collection DVD signed by Wes
and 25 LUCKY WINNERS will receive a signed DVD and signed copy of “The Wes Anderson Collection” book

Every $10 is an entry to win.

 

The Cause:

 

Proceeds from Wes’s raffle will go to the Film Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Martin Scorsese dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. By working in partnership with archives and studios, the foundation has helped to restore nearly 700 films, which are made accessible to the public through programming at festivals, museums, and educational institutions around the world. The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project has restored 25 films from 19 different countries representing the rich diversity of world cinema. The foundation’s free educational curriculum, The Story of Movies, teaches young people – over 10 million to date – about film language and history.
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Leave a comment about your favorite Wes Anderson film!

Holiday cheer with Godzilla on El Rey Network

El Rey is warming my frozen heart with the 3rd annual Kaiju Christmas marathon! 

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It’s 96 hours of classic Godzilla films beginning Friday, December 23rd at 6am or as I say all the easier to park in front of the TV and not talk to anyone <guffaw> 

El Rey Network’s “Kaiju Christmas” Godzilla Marathon Film Schedule 

 
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23RD 
6:00 AM ET/PT           “GOJIRA”
8:00 AM ET/PT           “GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS”
9:30 AM ET/PT           “GHIDORRAH: THE THREE HEADED MONSTER”
11:30 AM ET/PT         “GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE”
1:30 PM ET/PT           “GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN”
3:00 PM ET/PT           “GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO”
5:00 PM ET/PT           “MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA”
7:00 PM ET/PT           “GODZILLAS REVENGE”
8:30 PM ET/PT           “TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA”
10:30 PM ET/PT         “GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II”
1:00 AM ET/PT           “GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA”
3:00 AM ET/PT           “GODZILLAS REVENGE”
4:30AM ET/PT            “RODAN”
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24th
6:00 AM ET/PT           “GODZILLA VS. DESTOROYAH”
8:00 AM ET/PT           “GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH
10:00 AM ET/ PT        “GODZILLA VS. MEGAGUIRUS: THE G ANNIHILATION STRATEGY”
12:00 PM ET/PT         “GODZILLA, MOTHRA, AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK
2:00 PM ET/PT           “GODZILLA VS. DETOROYAH”
4:00 PM ET/PT           “GODZILLA: FINAL WARS”
6:30 PM ET/PT           “GODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S.”
8:30 PM ET/ PT          “GHIDORRAH: THE THREE HEADED MONSTER”
10:30 PM ET/ PT        “GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS”
12:30 AM ET/PT         “GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN”
1:30 AM ET/PT           “GODZILLA: FINAL WARS”
4:00 AM ET/PT           “GODZILLA, MOTHRA, AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25th
6:00 AM ET/PT           “MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA”
8:00 AM ET/PT           “TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA”
10:00 AM ET/PT         “GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II”
12:30 PM ET/PT         “GODZILLA: FINAL WARS”
3:00 PM ET/PT           “GODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S.”
5:00 PM ET/PT           “GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA”
7:00 PM ET/PT           “GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA”
9:30 PM ET/PT           “GODZILLA VS. DESTOROYAH”
11:30 PM ET/PT         “GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH”
1:30 AM ET/PT           “GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE”
4:00 AM ET/PT           “GODZILLA VS. MEGAGUIRUS: THE G ANNIHILATION STRATEGY”
MONDAY, DECEMBER 26th
6:00 AM ET/PT           “RODAN”
7:30 AM ET/PT           “GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA”
10:00 AM ET/PT         “GODZILLAS REVENGE”
11:30 AM ET/PT         “GHIDORRAH: THE THREE HEADED MONSTER”
1:30 PM ET/PT           “GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II”
4:00 PM ET/PT           “GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH”
6:00 PM ET/PT           “GODZILLA VS. MEGAGUIRUS: THE G ANNIHILATION STRATEGY”
8:00 PM ET/PT           “GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA”
10:00 PM ET/PT         “GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA
12:00 AM ET/PT         “GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA”
2:30 AM ET/PT           “GODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S.”
4:30 AM ET/ PT          “GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN”

 

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About El Rey Network

El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network targeting “Strivers,” working and middle class male viewers who hold strong core beliefs about the importance of family, independence, hard work, craftsmanship, and legacy.   Founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network features action-packed programming, relatable heroes and aspirational stories that embrace today’s America.  El Rey’s slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” the one-on-one interview program “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair,” and “Lucha Underground,” a lucha libre wrestling series produced by Mark Burnett.  El Rey Network’s lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and television series including genre, action, and sci-fi/ horror.  El Rey Network LLC is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures, with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.

 

 

Neeson and Weaver answers ‘A Monster Calls’

 

 

 

Focus Features’ A Monster Calls premier in NY was Wednesday, December 7th at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square with a party at the Plaza Hotel’s Palm Court.

Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Critics’ Choice 2017 Nominee Lewis MacDougall, director J.A. Bayona, screenwriter/author Patrick Ness and producer Belén Atienza, with additional guests Margaret Colin and Colby Minifie attended the premier and party.

 

Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson at the NY premiere of A MONSTER CALLS Credit: Focus Features / Dave Allocca for Starpix

L-R: Screenwriter & Author Patrick Ness, Sigourney Weaver, Liam Neeson, Lewis MacDougall, Director J.A. Bayona and Producer Belén Atienza at the NY premiere of A MONSTER CALLS Credit: Focus Features / Dave Allocca for Starpix

 

L-R: Director J.A. Bayona, Lewis MacDougall and Sigourney Weaver at the after party for A MONSTER CALLS Credit: Focus Features / Dave Allocca for Starpix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 23rd (It’s a Holiday Season gift from Focus Features for those celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa) and nationwide January 6, 2017.

A visually spectacular and unabashedly emotional drama from director J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”). 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother (Felicity Jones) is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). His father (Toby Kebbell) has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster (portrayed by Liam Neeson in performance-capture and voiceover) appears at his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.

 

For more info, please follow the film on social:

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#AMonsterCalls

 

Rating: PG-13 | Running Time: 108 Minutes

 

 

 

 

Marvel’s Doctor Strange Blerd Chick Review

I saw the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie aka MCU: 14 Doctor Strange. I must admit when Marvel announced they were making the film I got SO excited. I’ve been a fan of the character since I was a kid and would read the comics.

I must admit I was over the moon imagining whom they would cast as this character that I had loved as a little black girl in Iowa that scoured the comic book shop for characters of color (COC). I decided a long time ago that my Doctor wasn’t black but he wasn’t white either I always thought he was Indian or from Asian country that after his injuries decided to explore the medicine of his ancestors (who he had turned away from as he completely assimilated to American culture) so when they announced they had cast Benedict Cumberbatch I was very upset. Disappointed that once again a character that could have no SHOULD have been a man of color was instead cast with one of the whitest men on the screen. Now in his defense he’s a great actor and I’m a huge fan of Benedict. So I weakly decided to forgive Marvel for that choice since I was sure the Ancient One would be an Asian actor either someone US audiences know already like Jet Li or Daniel Dae Kim or Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa but instead they cast Tilda Swinton freaking TILDA SWINTON the whitest woman in the entire world. mind blown I got so mad that I pledged to not see the film EVER! I was done DONE with the two leads. Even after they cast Chiwetel Ejiofor I was no. But than my friends insisted we see the Suicide Squad and I saw Benedict in the cape I started to yearn for the movie. Despite my pledge to stand strong with my Asian Brothers and Sisters against the whitewashing of the first superhero film that SHOULD have been predominately Asian but I still thought I will not see the film BUT will watch it on HBO or DVD.

But happily I’m on a screening list and got to see a sneak preview of the film with a good blerd chick friend. So lucky you get a review of the film.

So I’m going to go on and say one of the things that I found strange ABOUT Dr. Strange. How the holy freck is a movie that takes place in a mythical Asian country that all of the supporting stars are either WHITE or a Black guy (notice I say GUY as in the ONE). Now they do have two supporting Asian actors one is Wong (Benedict Wong) the librarian and an actor who I can’t even find listed on IMDB <URGH>.

 

But it’s a solid MCU origin story where you get to know Dr. Strange (and yes you will call him DOCTOR) a hotshot surgeon who’s a bit of a talented douche who likes to take high profile cases that will go in his ‘win’ column so that he can keep collecting awards and money to fund a very expensive Manhattan lifestyle. All that changes when he gets in car accident in his BMW (should have sprung for the self driving) where he mangles his precious surgeon hands but no his mind . This starts him on a path to fix his hands so he can get back to his life as a world class surgeon and so be first tries Western medicine (the best money can buy) before finally deciding that he wants to figure out how a former patient of his rehabilitation nurse was able to get back on his feet (I think releasing personal medical records to prove your right is illegal but let’s just go all in and ignore that too). This path takes him half way across the world to and he begins a journey that eventually leads him to Kamar-Taj (Tibet to everyone else). Once he meets the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) or The White Ghost the story picks up the pace and careens to the final showdown with the big bad. Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) is an OK villain seduced by power but despite his being a solid actor I don’t think the part was as fleshed out as I’d have liked and it just felt like so many other villains that he didn’t make that big of an impression. But of course as a nod to diversity he gets a black bestie Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and enigmatic Asian guy Wong (Benedict Wong) who seems to a stick in the mud ‘follow the rules’ type of guy both characters seem to be all about making Dr. Strange a better white superior to all . Did I mention that they justified the Ancient One with a throwaway line of how she’s Gaelic and doesn’t talk about how she got to be the leader .

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I don’t want to throw shade but Benedict get a major tan because he’s not as pearly as he normally looks!

At least we have the Black Panther … but my Asian Brothers and Sisters get bupkis with this film. I felt like a kid when I’d watch TV or movies desperately looking for someone who looked like me that were always either in the background or were the hooker or drug dealer. Things have changed but comic book movies still aren’t moving fast enough for me.

Expanding the Conversation: Asian Americans in Media Forum 2016

The Forum, “Expanding the Conversation: Asian Americans in Media,” is Designed to be a Solutions-Oriented Conversation

About the Status of Asian Americans Moving the Needle on Diversity and Inclusion in Hollywood is taking place on November 2nd. I’m very excited about this panel talking about the lack of diversity for Asian actors sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal and the Center for Asian American Media.

 

Image result for Center for Asian American Media “People are hungry for authentic representations of Asian Americans,” Stephen Gong, CAAM’s Executive Director, said. “CAAM is extremely proud to present this forum during a pivotal time in our nation. We believe that positive social change takes place not from above, but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously. We hope this conversation will spark real change within the media industry.”

 

Panelists for This Forum Include Sandra Oh (Sideways, Grey’s Anatomy), Grace Lee (Peabody Award-winning director of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs), Karen Horne (SVP, Talent Development & Inclusion, NBCUniversal) and the moderator Richard Lui (MSNBC Anchor). This panel of talent from in front and behind the camera will offer will have a conversation about working in Hollywood.

 

It’s an important topic as our nation becomes more diverse and entertainment has to appeal to a global market. I strongly disagree with the belief that everyone’s default is a white man/woman. I enjoy seeing people of not only diverse backgrounds but telling stories from their point of view. It’s been over twenty years since an Asian American had a series on network TV and with the success of Fresh Off the Boat, Dr. Ken and Quantico hopefully will encourage Hollywood to not whitewash stories. If you look at the demographics Asians make up the largest growing ethnic group in the United States and more than half of the nation’s children under 18 are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group by 2020 (US Census). This is why Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are insisting on having a conversation about why their voices should be heard and seen!

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Karen Horne is the Senior Vice President, Programming Talent Development and Inclusion for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Studios. Horne oversees in-front-of and behind-the-camera diversity efforts for NBC and Universal Television. NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program, the Emerging Directors Program, nationwide talent search StandUp NBC, NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop and the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival are among the more than 20 programs she heads while also overseeing NBC’s Diversity Staffing Initiative and working with the creative programming team to identify diverse development.

 

Image result for Grace Lee directed the Peabody award-winning documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGSGrace Lee directed the Peabody award-winning documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS that was broadcast on the PBS series POV. Her other documentaries include THE GRACE LEE PROJECT, MAKERS: WOMEN IN POLITICS and OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA. Her other directing credits include the feature film JANEANE FROM DES MOINES, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival as well as AMERICAN ZOMBIE which premiered at Slamdance and is distributed by Cinema Libre. She is currently a Women at Sundance Fellow.

 

Image result for Sandra Oh 2016Sandra Oh was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Sandra Oh moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to begin the first of seven seasons as Rita Wu, the smart and sassy assistant on the HBO comedy series, Arli$$, for which she won a Cable Ace Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy. She has been nominated for five Emmy Awards and won a Golden Globe Award (Best Actress in a Supporting Role), a Screen Actors Guild Awards (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor/ Cast in a Drama Series) and a Diversity Award (2005 Creative Liberty Award) for her portrayal of Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy. Ms. Oh jumped the pond for SKY1’s Thorne: Scaredy Cat, which aired in the US on Starz Encore. Sandra is currently guest starring on ABC’s American Crime. Ms. Oh’s recent theatre work includes Julia Cho’s Office Hour, which premiered at SCR this spring and will be at the Public in 2018. As well as an upcoming production of Hansol Jung’s Wild Goose Dreams at La Jolla 2017. She has starred in productions of Death and the Maiden at Victory Gardens in Chicago, Diana Son’s Stop Kiss and Satellites at the Public in NYC, Jessica Hagedorn’s “Dogeaters” at La Jolla Playhouse and Oleanna at the Grand theatre and National Arts Centre in Canada.

 

Image result for Richard Lui msnbcRichard Lui is a journalist and news anchor for MSNBC. Before in 2007 at CNN Worldwide, he became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily, national cable news show.

 

 

 

 

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. To learn more, visit www.caamedia.org. #storiestolight

 

NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. To learn more visit: www.nbcuniversal.com

 

About the NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs (NBCUNI TIPS)   Since 2000, NBCUniversal has been dedicated to discovering and nurturing on screen and behind-the-camera talent of diverse and inclusive backgrounds through the NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs (NBCUNI TIPS). NBCUNI TIPS are amongst the most extensive and robust diversity and inclusion programs in the television industry. They feature 21 programs including the Writer’s on the Verge Program, Diverse Staff Writer Initiative, Emerging Director Program, StandUp NBC nationwide search for stand-up comedians and the NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL that celebrates diverse stories. Program alumni are celebrated producers, writers, directors and actors in the entertainment industry who have gone on to win Academy Awards®, Emmys, Golden Globes and SAG Awards. For more information, visit NBCUniTIPS.com. #nbcunitips