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Janet Yang is Elected President of Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Sunday, 09 October 2022

Janet Yang is Elected President of Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
August 2, 2022 Hollywood by Suzanne Joe Kai   Janet Yang has been elected President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences by its Board of Governors! This is an epic, historic moment recognizing the first Asian American to become President of the Academy in its 95 year history. She is only the second person of color and the fourth female elected as the Academy's President.  Ms. Yang began her first term as president August 2, 2022, and continues in her second...

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4 Wedding Planners’ Director Michael Kang at Screen Actors Guild panel in New York

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 17 September 2012

4 Wedding Planners Director Michael Kang speaks at Screen Actors Guild panel in New York Photo by Lia Chang


4 Wedding Planners (formerly Knots), written by and starring Kimberly-Rose Wolter, and directed by Michael Kang, has been a fan favorite at film festivals across the country, and is now available on Video on Demand, Digital Download, amazon.com and Itunes. (See below for a full list of providers.)

Island Film Group's 4 Wedding Planners, a charming “UN-romantic comedy”, is a witty take on the lives and loves of a family of Honolulu wedding planners. 

Kimberly-Rose Wolter and Sung Kang in Knots. Photo courtesy of Island Film Group/Knots Production

The film also features Illeana Douglas (Cape Fear, “Entourage”), Sung Kang (The Fast & The FuriousBetter Luck Tomorrow), Mia Riverton (Red Doors), Janel Parrish (Bratz: The Movie, “Pretty Little Liars”), Christopher Taloa, Henry Dittman and Cathy Foy (Battleship, “Lost”, “Hawaii 5-0”).

Cathy Foy-Mahi and Kimberly-Rose Wolter in Knots. Photo courtesy of Island Film Group


In 4 Wedding Planners, Kimberly-Rose Wolter tells the story of thrice divorced matriarch Miriam (Illeana Douglas), with one daughter born from each husband. What ensues is a recipe for comical family strife as the daughters finally reach the breaking point of addressing feelings repressed thanks to mom’s poor choices in men.

Michael Kang, Illeana Douglas, Nick Sakai and Kimberly-Rose Wolter. photo by Lia Chang

When eldest daughter Lily (Kimberly Rose-Wolter) rejects her boyfriend’s...

Oct. 26-Dec. 2: Raul Aranas is in all-star cast for New York Premiere of GIANT at The Public Theater

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 17 September 2012

Raul Aranas is in all-star cast of New York premiere of GIANT Photo by Lia Chang

Raul Aranas is in all-star cast for GIANT at New York's Public TheaterRaul Aranas, Kate Baldwin, Brian d’Arcy James, P.J. Griffith, Bobby Steggert and Michele Pawk are set for the New York Premiere of GIANT, an epic love story with book by Sybille Pearson and music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa.

GIANT is a co-production of The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Patrick Willingham) and the Dallas Theater Center. 

Brian d’Arcy James (Photo by Lia Chang)Directed by Michael Greif, GIANT begins previews Friday, October 26 in The Public’s Newman Theater at its Astor Place home and will run through Sunday, December 2, with an official press opening on Tuesday, November 13. Single tickets, beginning at $75, are on sale now. Click here to purchase tickets.

Directed by Michael Greif, GIANT begins previews Friday, October 26 in The Public’s Newman Theater at its Astor Place home and will run through Sunday, December 2, with an official press opening on Tuesday, November 13. Single tickets, beginning at $75, are on sale now. Click here to purchase tickets.

Two-time Tony Award-nominee Brian d’Arcy James (Sweet Smell of Success, Shrek, “Smash”) stars as Texas cattleman Bick Benedict. Brian d’Arcy James has also appeared on Broadway in Next to Normal, Time Stands Still, The Apple Tree, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Lieutenant of...

Lin is happy with his recovery from his knee surgery - So far so good

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Lin is happy with his recovery from his knee surgery - So far so good

April 10:

So far so good - at least in terms of Jeremy Lin's recovery from his knee surgery last Monday April 2.

Now Lin is in his expected six week recovery period. One week down, five more to go.

Best wishes on a successful and full recovery, Jeremy.

By Suzanne Kai

On Saturday, March 31 at 7:50pm Jeremy Lin tweeted to his 694,889 Twitter followers and the 1,565,809 subscribers to his official website the following message:

"Thx for all the love! I'll return from this surgery stronger/better than before and hopefully in time for the playoffs! Ecclesiastes 3:1&11"

And on that note, Linsanity as we know it has been sidelined - at least for the next six weeks, his expected recovery time from the surgery he will have next week in New York.

An MRI revealed this week that his left knee wasn't just sore, it is actually damaged with a small, chronic meniscus tear.  

New York Times' Howard Beck writes about the Knicks pre-game press conference, "The room filled, the cameras rolled and the shutters clicked, rapid-fire - one last multimedia salute to Jeremy Lin, one noisy farewell to Linsanity."

Lin couldn't hide his disappointment at the pre-game press conference after enduring a painful work-out earlier in the day. While the swelling went down, he said the pain was still there, and on Saturday he decided to have the surgery. ..."I can't really do much. Can't really cut or jump, so it's pretty clear that I won't be able to help the team unless I get this fixed right...

Jeremy Lin - Should he stay with the New York Knicks?

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 25 May 2012

Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is a restricted free agent this off-season. Should he stay with the New York Knicks? Writers from the Tribune Co., which owns the Los Angeles Times offer their opinions.

Oct. 23 - Dec. 2: David Henry Hwang’s award-winning Golden Child to open in New York

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Playwright David Henry Hwang and Actress Jennifer Lim Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang and Jennifer Lim Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang’s 1997 Obie Award-winning and 1998 Tony nominated Golden Child is set to open Off-Broadway in New York City this Fall. 

Leigh Silverman will direct the Tony award-winning playwright's Golden Child, which  is the first show in Signature Theatre’s Residency One: David Henry Hwang Series, with performances from October 23 through December 2, 2012 in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues) in New York.  A new production of his play The Dance and the Railroad, directed by May Adrales, and the new play KUNG FU, directed by Leigh Silverman, will also be part of this series.

Inspired by his own family history, Hwang's Golden Child explores the often-painful process through which change comes to people and cultures.

Greg Watanabe (MyNetworkTv's "Watch Over Me") leads the cast as Eng Tieng Bin, a Chinese businessman, who after three years working abroad, returns home and sets off a dangerous power struggle in his polygamous Chinese household among his three wives.

Greg WatanabeGreg Watanabe (MyNetworkTV’s “Watch Over Me”) leads the cast as Eng Tieng Bin, a Chinese businessman, who after three years working abroad, returns home and sets off a dangerous power struggle in his polygamous Chinese household.

Julyana Soelistyo, a Tony award nominee for her magical turn playing...

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