Top 5 Ways James Wan Has Mastered Scary Films

Don’t know who James Wan is? Well you certainly ought to change that.

Responsible for films such as Insidious, The Conjuring, and the Saw franchise, James Wan has been shaping our nightmares for years now. The 36-year-old Chinese Australian filmmaker is overlooked far more than he should be. Many people know his films and yet they don’t know the man behind them.

At the young age of 11, Wan was already well-aware that he wanted to be a filmmaker. After he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, he instantly went on to make films with a fellow aspiring filmmaker, Leigh Whannell. The two have collaborated with one another for a handful of films which just so happen to be perfect for Halloween.

We encourage you to sit down with some popcorn, a protective blanket, and a James Wan film of your choice.

Still don’t understand why Wan is an Audrey favorite? Check out the Top 5 Ways James Wan Has Mastered Scary Films:

[Warning: Spoiler Alerts]

 

1. He understands that given the right setting, a doll can be our worst nightmare.
No seriously, these things are creepy.

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2. He understands the power of Audio.

Watch a James Wan film at the theaters and you surely won’t be disappointed with the audio. Many scenes use it very tactfully like this one from Insidious:

And lets not forget the way he manages to make a simple title score terrifying as it’s blasted at you at full volume:

 

 

3. Why yes, things popping up at us unexpectedly is frightening. 

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4. He understands that sometimes “less is more.”

Don’t get me wrong. Wan is brilliant at scary images that stay in your head in the worst way possible, but he understands that there needs to be variety.

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He can take a little girl pointing at a wall and horrify you. He can allude to a scary flashback without ever showing what happened, but still give you the creeps. Wan understands that sometimes, our own imagination can be much worse than anything he shows.

5. He makes you care about his characters and his storyline.

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You may have turned away from the stomach-churning gore in Saw, but you have to admit, the movie got you thinking. He made sure you paid attention and ended up questioning whether or not you would be able to do the same thing. Would you make the same mistakes?

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Often times, a flaw within horror films is that we simple don’t care about the characters. We’re afraid for death itself, but we don’t actually know too much about the characters who are about to die. Wan very tastefully avoids this mistake. He makes you actually like his characters. You end up hoping for a happy ending and it very successfully makes you more invested in the film.

So take it from us and make sure Wan is part of your holiday today. Happy Halloween!

 

Jimmy Kimmel Prank Using Peculiar Japanese Phone Device

There’s a new smartphone device from Japan with quite the unexpected ability. A Japanese tech brand named Scentee has released a plug-in accessory which attaches directly to your phone. The device then sprays the fragrance of your choice whenever you receive a message.

Los Angeles Times reports the available scents include  ”rose, mint, curry, jasmine, cinnamon roll, lavender, apple, strawberry, ylang-ylang (a fragrant flower), coconut, and if you remember the fried corn soup fritters at KFC Japan from earlier this year, the corn soup scent should come as no surprise. There’s also a limited-edition Korean BBQ collection with two meat scents and baked potato. A bacon scent is in the works.”

The device carries 100 sprays per capsule and can be refilled for $5. Still not convinced? Check out this (slightly strange) commercial that Scentee has released for this product.

Even if this product isn’t on your wishlist, it certainly caught the attention of Jimmy Kimmel. After learning about this device, Jimmy Kimmel got a new idea for his “Lie Witness News” Prank series.

Kimmel got a crew to go out with a fake Scentee product and interviewed unsuspecting pedestrians. The crew told them that the phone device was capable of smelling like anything they wanted. Of course, the fake device wasn’t actually working, but that didn’t stop the pedestrians from showing their amazement. Watch the hilarious reactions below.

ABC Apologizes For “Kill Everyone In China” Comment

What started off as a light-hearted comedy skit quickly turned into an awkward and offensive ordeal.

The Jimmy Kimmel Show recently had an unscripted skit called “Kid’s Table” where children discussed some of the major political issues such as the government shut down and America’s debt crisis.

When Kimmel asked the children what America should do about the $1.3 trillion that the US owes China, one boy replied: “Kill everyone in China.”

The boy’s unscripted comment sparked heated reactions from many individuals in both China and the US.

Everyone understood that the comment was from a child who may or may not have realized what he said, but many questioned where this response could have come from.

Rocket News 24 described the ordeal by saying “Awkward Jimmy Kimmel segment suggests some kids start being racist jerks at around age six.”

Reactions were so heated that many petitions were made against Kimmel’s decision to air the comment. A White House petition claimed, ”The kids might not know better. However, Jimmy Kimmel and ABC’s management are adults. They had a choice not to air this racist program. It is totally unacceptable and should have been cut. Please cut the show immediately and issue a formal apology.”

A separate petition on Change.org claims “The comment ‘Killing all the Chinese’ is NOT a joke, no matter who says it.  It is totally unacceptable. Jimmy Kimmel and the ABC network should know this “Killing all the Chinese” comment is offensive and racist.”

As a result, ABC issued an apology letter to 80-20, a pan-Asian-American political organization. The apology reads, “We would never purposefully broadcast anything to upset the Chinese community, Asian community, anyone of Chinese descent or any community at large…our objective is to entertain.”

The network says the skit will be edited out of theJimmy Kimmel Live episode for future airings. You can watch the small remark below:

 

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My Melody Pop-Up Cafe in Toyko

There are a number of Hello Kitty cafes worldwide, but what about the other adorable Sanrio characters? Don’t they deserve some pastries in the shape of their face too?

Apparently Japan shared our sentiments. This time around, a My Melody pop up cafe is available for a limited time in Daikanyama.

My Melody is one of Sanrio’s most popular figures after Hello Kitty herself. The rabbit, who covers her ears with a pink or red hood, was released the same year as Hello Kitty. In 2005, an anime series based on My Melody was aired in Japan and My Melody also stars in a number of video games.

Now, My Melody is featured in a popular limited-time only pop-up cafe in Tokyo. The cafe was originally set to begin on October 10th and end on October 31st, but the popularity of My Melody has forced the cafe to extend this date. If you happen to be in Tokyo, you can catch this cafe until November 5th.

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Blind 11-Year-Old Sings Amazing “Wrecking Ball” Cover

It goes without saying that Miley Cyrus has generated quite a bit of attention for herself the past few months. Though some may shake their head at the provocative performances and the minimal amount of clothing, there’s no denying the amount of people who enjoy her music.

That includes 11-year-old Joyce Jimenez from the Philippines. In fact, Jimenez is so passionate about Cyrus’ song “Wrecking Ball” that she has no problem belting out the song for the public to see.

Although Jimenez is blind and must follow along to braille lyrics, nothing seems to stop this talented girl from letting her voice shine.

The video, which was released less than a week ago, has already been going viral and has gathered over 480,000 views. Clearly, it’s for good reason. Check out the cover below and don’t be surprised if you catch yourself with goosebumps.

Catch Booboo Stewart and Fan Bingbing In The New “X-Men: Days of Future Past” Trailer

There are many reasons to be excited about Marvel’s X-Men: Days of Future Past which hits theaters on May 23, 2014.

For one, there’s time travel. We get to see Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart as Magneto and Professor X – the roles they played in the earlier “X-Men” movies  AND we get to see Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, the actors who played the younger versions of  Magneto and Professor X in the 2011 prequel, “X-Men: First Class.”

Secondly, this Marvel film puts together a star-studded cast including Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page and Halle Berry.

And of course, we’re more than excited to see Eurasian actor Booboo Stewart and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing bring life to their much-anticipated characters.

 

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Booboo Stewart plays Warpath, a mutant who posses superhuman speed and strength.

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Fan Bingbing plays Blink, a mutant with the ability to teleport.

Fans have been anticipating the portrayal of these new characters and we’re sure these two actors will do them justice. Catch them both in the new trailer below:

 

 

Korean Contestant Dami Im Becomes Australia’s “X-Factor” Winner

To the delight of her many fans, Korean contestant Dami Im won Australia’s X-Factor last night.

The 25-year-old signer was born in South Korea and moved to Australia at the young age of 9. The Sydney Morning Herald notes that Im was teased because of her accent when she arrived in Australia and now suffers from shyness.

Luckily, her humble personality was loved by many. In fact, The Guardian has named Im “the least annoying winner in Australian reality TV history.”

But before she won the love of the public, Im first won over the judges during her audition piece. Though the judges admit to having low expectations, they were blown away when Im belted out Mariah Carey’s “Hero” and were quick to give her a standing ovation.

At one point during “bootcamp”, Im was sent home for forgetting the lyrics.  However, a contestant dropped out and she was able to return to the show and and gain her victory.

The Guardian explains that Im quickly became a fan favorite and for good reason.

Not only was Dami the season’s strongest singer, most consistently exciting performer and most stylish coathanger, but her quietly confident and reserved personality was a stark rejoinder to the usual excitably hammy reality show contestant. Finally, here’s someone who can belt out Purple Rain while wearing lace dragon wings and getting doused in water, and still casually act like it’s no big thing.

 

Im proved to be quite the entertainer. From crazy outfits to outrageous performances, Im clearly became the one to watch.

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Last night, with a hand over her mouth in shock and joy, Im sank to her knees when she was announced the winner. Of course, her achievement was not without difficulties. Im was immediately met with twitter comments all generated towards her race. News.com.au reports that some claim Im was not worthy of the title because  ”it’s not Australian X Factor if an Asian wins.” Luckily, even more fans rose to her defense.

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And what else can silence the viewers who claim Im was not worthy of the title? Maybe the fact that Im’s song already rose to the number one spot on iTunes in less than 24 hours.

Experts are claiming that Im has a good shot at being the first Asian-Australian popstar and we’re waiting anxiously to see when this happens.

 

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Tiny Korra And Momo: Our Most Favorite Halloween Costumes EVER

In the midst of insensitive, racist Halloween costumes, we shouldn’t forget that good can come out of this holiday too. In fact, today’s Image of The Day is a prime example of that.

We’ve seen our fair share of cute Halloween costumes on children, but we haven’t seen anything as adorably detailed as this. The pair, who happen to be the niece and nephew of Audrey’s Editor-in-chief Anna M. Park, are dressed up as Korra from Avatar: The Legend of Korra and Momo from Avatar: The Last Airbender. 

They have everything down from Korra’s hair to Momo’s adorable expression (we’re not sure if the expression was intentionally there for the costume or not, but it deserves to be pointed out anyway).

I suppose you can expect no less from a parent who is a concept artist. When you create superhero looks for a living, impressive costume ideas and attention to detail are always necessary.

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Just how cute were these costumes? Apparently, it was worthy enough for Bryan Konietzko, co-creator and executive producer of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, to repost on his blog. He writes:

I CAN NOT HANDLE THE CUTE.

NOPE, STILL CAN’T HANDLE IT.

These are the children of a friend of a friend’s friend, an obviously stupendous parent named Ana, who made the Korra costume. I’m not sure where she got the Momo costume, but it is equally and ridiculously fantastic. I love Halloween. Thanks Awesome Family for sharing.

 

 

Racist Halloween Costume Alert: Tragic Flight Crash Turned Into A Joke

Halloween is only a few days away! Of course this means pumpkin-carving, candy overloads, scary movies and, unfortunately, a handful of racist Halloween costumes.

Just the other day, we came across an eyeful of “blackface” when a couple of guys thought dressing up as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman would be a good idea.

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The public exploded with angry comments towards these guys who made light of a very serious issue. Unfortunately, it is clear that there are many more individuals who see no problem with trivializing serious matters.

Our most recent example is this trio:
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Nope, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. These guys actually thought it would be a good idea to dress up as Asiana Airlines flight attendants after crashing the plane.

The costumes reference the crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214 at the San Francisco International Airport. The crash killed two people, injured more than 180 others and left several in critical condition.

The crash itself was pulled into racial controversy when KTVU gave inappropriate nicknames to the pilots on Asiana Flight 214.

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Again, the public exploded with angry reactions and yet people do not seem to care. The men with the pilot costumes made sure to include the racist names in their attire.

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How people can make halloween costumes out of a tragedy is beyond me. In case these guys didn’t irritate you  enough, don’t forget to check out Angry Asian Man‘s list of racist costumes.

Priyanka Chopra Makes History As First Indian ‘Guess Girl’

Priyanka Chopra has continuously made it on our list of the World’s 15 Most Followed Asian Female Celebrities on Twitter. One look at this gorgeous woman and you’ll completely understand why she is adored by fans worldwide.

Chopra, the 31-year-old Bollywood star and former Miss World adds yet another amazing accomplishment to her name. The stunning beauty was hand-selected by Paul Marciano, Guess’ president, to be the new Guess Girl. This would make Chopra the first Indian Guess Girl. In an industry criticized for its lack of diversity, this is huge news.

“I’m like their first brown model,” Chopra tells Women’s Wear Daily. “For a global fashion brand, for them to move their campaign into a global space, for me it’s an honor.”

“Being the next Guess girl was something that I would have never thought of, but when I met Paul [Marciano], he was like, ‘You’re it. It has to be you.’” she adds.

The new Guess campaign will premiere in the December issues of Harper’s BazaarNylon,PaperMarie ClareElle, and WSJ Magazine. 

As we mentioned previously, this is simply adding onto her list of already impressive achievements. For instance, Chopra became the youngest person to ever win Miss World at the age of 17. She has starred in some of the highest grossing Bollywood films of all time, has an album releasing soon, was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child’s Rights in 2010 and wrote for the Times of India. 

Clearly, Chopra is a force to be reckoned with. We can only hope that Chopra continues to shape the face of this industry.