A stunning, vibrant fairy tale tinged with suspense and packed with riveting ideas, Alice Waddington’s Paradise Hills is one of the most visually spectacular movies of the year so far. Read More »
In 2018, rapper and actress Awkwafina broke out in a big way, delivering memorable turns in Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. Those two particular performances were indeed enjoyable and fun, but they also bordered on schtick – the actress was very much playing characters; individuals that felt cooked up primarily in the minds of screenwriters. In Lulu Wang‘s lovely, melancholy The Farewell, Awkwafina breaks out in a much bigger way with her first major role, creating a wholly realistic character, and revealing a talent for dramatic acting that you may not have realized she possessed. It’s an incredible performance.
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Jordan Peele may be horror’s new favorite son, but the ever-busy writer/producer/director is finding ways to acknowledge his comedy roots. Jordan Peele and former Key & Peele writer Charlie Sanders teamed up to create the YouTube Premium series Weird City, a sci-fi anthology that brings the funny to futuristic dystopias. Set in a society where classes are starkly divided by the haves and have-nots, labeled in this case as “Above the Line” and “Below the Line,” Weird City stars LeVar Burton as a mad scientist who introduces all kinds of bizarre gadgets to better optimize love and life — to hilarious results according to the Weird City trailer.
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The Jumanji sequel cast is growing. Awkwafina, who had a very good 2018, is set to join Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan in the upcoming follow-up to 2017’s surprise hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The actress’ role is being kept underwraps at the moment, but it’s apparently both “key” and “significant.” So make of that what you will!
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It seems like that 21 Jump Street crossover with Men in Black isn’t happening anytime soon, but Columbia Pictures is still very keen on getting a female-centric spin-off of the Phil Lord & Chris Miller buddy cop comedy franchise off the ground. And they’re trying to line up a couple of promising leading ladies.
A new report says Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish, one of the hottest comedy stars working right now, is in talks to take one of the two lead roles in the female-driven take on 21 Jump Street. However, she’s not exactly the right age to be pretending to be in high school. So how is this going to work? Well, it all makes sense when you hear who they’re trying to land for the second lead. Read More »
Last night, Saturday Night Live made Awkwafina the first Asian woman to host the late night sketch show since Lucy Liu took the stage in 2000. Funnily enough, The Crazy Rich Asians star waiting outside 30 Rock after that show, and it gave her hope that she could one day follow in her footsteps. And here we are.
So how was the Awkwafina hosted Saturday Night Live? Well, the cold open was another home run, but several sketches were a victim of bad timing, so much that the better sketches ended up being the pre-recorded bits. So without further adieu, let’s take a look at the best and worst sketches. Read More »
This weekend, Saturday Night Live returns to NBC with the 44th season premiere. Star Wars: The Last Jedi and BlacKkKlansman star Adam Driver is hosting with Kanye West as musical guest. But as with the beginning of most new seasons of Saturday Night Live, there will be three weeks in a row of new episodes, and the hosts for the two episodes following the season premiere have been announced: one comes from the cast of the runaway hit Crazy Rich Asians while the other comes from SNL‘s past years.
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The Crazy Rich Asians effect is continuing to take over Hollywood. Michelle Yeoh and Awkafina, who both starred in the groundbreaking Asian-led hit, are reuniting in a film that is worlds away from that luxe rom-com. Yeoh and Awkafina are teaming up with Swiss Army Man directing duo Daniels for a sci-fi action film titled Everything Everywhere All At Once.
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(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Crazy Rich Asians.)
“China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world.” That is the rather grandiose Napoleon Bonaparte proverb that Crazy Rich Asians opens with, setting the stage for a wild, escapist fantasy of a film that is both keenly aware and uncaring of the burden it carries. Crazy Rich Asians knows it presents a landmark moment for Asian-Americans in film, and right off the bat, it declares its intentions. It’s a weighty promise for Jon M. Chu’s romantic-comedy to live up to — but does it live up to it? Yes, and no.
On a barebones level, Crazy Rich Asians doesn’t quite shake the world. It’s a romantic-comedy that follows a standard meet-the-parents set-up, with an outrageously wealthy twist. But add in the all-Asian cast and Asian-American heroine, and you’ve got something revolutionary.
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Crazy Rich Asians is helping to bring a so-so summer moviegoing season to an end with a bang. Director Jon M. Chu has not only made a romantic comedy that’s the sort of charming, character-driven studio spectacle we want but rarely see this time of year, but also a movie that’s touching a lot of audiences. For Chu, who previously directed two of the finest Step Up films and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the incredible response to his adaptation of Kevin Kwan‘s bestselling novel has been emotional and surprising.
Chu has made a romantic comedy oozing with charm, genuine romance, and visual splendor. With star-driven romantic comedies seemingly dying out, the electric chemistry between Candace Wu and Henry Golding is a breath of fresh air and makes for some exceptional escapism. It’s a complete and utter joy. Recently, Chu spoke with us about the romance at the center of the story, the response to the film so far, his collaborations with Kevin Kwan and the cast, and some of the movie’s standout scenes.
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