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The Year of the Rat By Ben Fong-Torres

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres - on Sunday, 11 April 2021

The Year of the Rat By Ben Fong-Torres
By Ben Fong-Torres San Francisco The Year of the Rat Being an older Chinese American, I am no longer, as Roy Orbison sang, “Running Scared.” I am walking scared, constantly looking around and behind me.  Stop AAPI Hate, the advocacy group, knows of nearly 4,000 cases of violence against Asian Americans since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It’s time to stop the beatings and shootings, the blaming and finger-pointing.  For me, it’s also...

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Get Ready for Henry Golding in Snake Eyes! - new release date October 22, 2021

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 14 December 2020

Get Ready for Henry Golding in Snake Eyes! - new release date October 22, 2021

Hollywood

December 15, 2020

Its a spin-off of the G.I. Joe series, with the central character of the masked character Snake Eyes. Henry Golding is playing the leading role of Snake Eyes!

From his breakout role as a romantic lead in "Crazy, Rich Asians" Golding is now starring as an action star in "Snake Eyes." 

Originally scheduled for release on March 27, 2020, the release date has been pushed a few times and is now scheduled for October 22, 2021 due to Covid-19. Fans may have a double treat. It has been reported that there may be a follow on movie in the works, with Henry Golding reprising his lead role as Snake Eyes. Hoping that movie theaters will be open by then, the film is reportedly made for theaters with IMAX, RealD 3D, and Dolby Cinema. 

CRIP CAMP: A Disability Revolution - Documentary

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Tuesday, 15 December 2020

CRIP CAMP: A Disability Revolution - Documentary
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A feature documentary receiving 2021 Oscar buzz is "Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution" from James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham.

An Audience Award winner at Sundance 2020 the documentary follows young campers at a summer camp for teens with disabilities in New York.

The documentary follows several campers who grow up to become leaders in the disability rights movement.

Executive Producers include Barack and Michelle Obama.

https://cripcamp.com

New Diversity Rules for Best Picture Oscar Contenders - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 08 September 2020

New Diversity Rules for Best Picture Oscar Contenders - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

Hollywood

September 8, 2020

Last year we reported the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences push for a more diverse, inclusive and global membership.

This year this push includes films which qualify to be considered for Best Picture.

Its now official - and in writing. New representation and inclusion standards for Oscars® eligibility in the Best Picture category, were announced today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

As part of the Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, a task force led by Academy governors DeVon Franklin and Jim Gianopulos have developed new standards to "encourage equitable representation on and off screen in order to better reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience." 

The standards were created from a template inspired by the British Film Institute (BFI) Diversity Standards used for certain funding eligibility in the UK and eligibility in some categories of the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) Awards, but were adapted to serve the specific needs of the Academy.

The Academy also consulted with the Producers Guild of America (PGA), as it presently does for Oscars eligibility.

Details from Oscars.org:

https://www.oscars.org/about/academy-aperture-2025

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Hollywood

July 1, 2019

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, best known as the organization behind the Oscars is continuing its push during the past few years toward a more diverse, inclusive and global membership.

This is...

"Linsanity"- Jeremy Lin: ESPN fires writer and suspends broadcaster for its racist headline and remarks -New York Knicks Sensation has Captured our Hearts

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 18 February 2012

Update:

July 17, 2012

Goodbye New York, Hello Houston! 

After weeks of speculation, Tuesday night the New York Knicks announced it would not match the Houston Rockets' offer.

Emotions have been running high with Knicks fans. To quote writer Ian O'Connor at ESPNNewYork.com, "Jim Dolan just made one of the dumbest moves of his basketball life"...

Meanwhile, Lin remains a gentleman, thanking the Knicks and showing enthusiasm for Houston. 

Twitter comments: (@JLin7)

"Extremely excited and honored to be a Houston Rocket again!! ‪#RedNation‬" "Much love and thankfulness to the Knicks and New York for your support this past year...easily the best year of my life ‪#ForeverGrateful‬"

For the latest on Jeremy Lin:

ESPN.go.com

July 5, 2012

This afternoon Jeremy Lin agreed to a multi-million dollar offer sheet by the Houston Rockets. Numerous sources say that the Houston Rockets' offer is reportedly a four year $28.8 million deal with Lin. The contract cannot be signed until after the NBA moratorium ends next Wednesday, July 11, 2012, then the New York Knicks have three days to match the Rockets' offer or let him go. 

This story is evolving day by day, and in some cases hour by hour.

(Video image by Suzanne Joe Kai at a press interview with Jeremy Lin in the NY Knicks locker room at Madison Square Garden March 11, 2012)

 

 

 

Update:

February 21, 2012

"Can't escape race, no matter what," says writer William Wong who pens...

Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson Wins Annie Award

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson Wins Annie Award

Jennifer Yuh Nelson was named best director for KUNG FU PANDA 2 by the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA-Hollywood) at the 39th Annual Annie Awards.

Nelson is the first solo woman to win the award for Directing in a Feature Production. KUNG FU PANDA 2 also won an Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production. 

The film is also nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Feature category.

AsianConnections team was at Kung Fu Panda 2's red carpet premiere in Los Angeles in 2011

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