Celebs React Furiously to the Cancellation of ‘The Interview’

 

Yesterday, December 17th, Sony Pictures announced that they would not only cancel all advance/private screenings of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s The Interview, they have completely pulled the plug and will no longer release the film in theaters on Christmas day. In fact, the studio has no further release plans for the film at all.

As you may already know, all of this is in response to cyber attacks on Sony Pictures which resulted in a leak of countless private emails. The hackers, known only as “Guardians of the Peace,” then threatened to perform an “11th of September”-style attack on all movie theaters showing the film which portrays the assassination of North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Un.

As a result, the nation’s five biggest theater chains (Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Cineplex Entertainment and Carmike Cinemas) all decided to cancel showings of The Interview. Sony Pictures then cancelled the film entirely. Despite our efforts to support talented Asian American actors, even our very own screening of The Interview was cancelled.

Sony released a statement on Wednesday:

In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.

 

Some support this decision and claim that safety must come first. Others shake their heads in disappointment over Sony’s decision and point out that this cowardice gives hackers even more power to control. Many Hollywoods celebs have put in their two cents and it is clear that this news does not sit well with them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Feature photo courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter

 

Indian Comic Book Heroine Speaks Out Against Sexual Violence

 

In recent years, we’ve seen a rise in Asian females entering the comic book world. Marvel, for instance, has created two Asian superheroines: Ms. Marvel and Silk. Well, it looks like there’s a new girl in town and unlike the Marvel super heroes, she’s fighting something much more realistic than mutated super villains. She combats the very real issues of rape, sexual violence and harassment in India and all around the world.

“A beautiful woman, wrapped in a sari, sits calmly on top of a ferocious tiger,” NBC News describes. “This is how much of the world meets Priya, India’s newest superhero and a rape survivor.”

 

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From the talented mind of Indian American filmmaker Ram Devineni, Priya’s Shakti’s tale begins with a violent gang rape. As a result, Priya is ostracized by her family and community out of shame. This is when Priya sends an empowering message for women everywhere by not staying silent on the taboo topic. Under the guidance of the Hindu Goddess Parvati, Priya chooses to speak out against rape and other acts of sexual violence.

Devineni say’s he was first inspired to create this comic book after the infamous 2012 New Delhi gang rape. After speaking to a New Delhi officer, he was shocked to discover that many men thought the victim was the one who provoked the rape by being out so late.

In disbelief over this perspective, Devineni spent the following year traveling around India and Southeast Asia to get a closer look at the true nature of this very serious issue.

 

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“Talking with several rape survivors, I realized how difficult it was for them to seek justice and how much their lives were constantly under threat after they reported the crime,” Devineni. told NBC News.  “Their family, local community, and even the police discouraged them from pursuing criminal action against their attackers. The burden of shame was placed on the victim and not the perpetrators.”

Devineni was motivated by real-life stories to challenge society’s fear of discussing rape. He made the comic book even more accessible by adding another layer to it. Viewers can scan the comic book and the animation comes to life. With the addition of sound and movement, he hopes that people will remember that these sort of violent acts actually happen in real life.

“We want people to tell their friends ‘I stand with Priya,’Devineni explained, “and support women’s equality and the struggles of rape survivors to seek justice.”

The comic will premiere at the Mumbai Film and Comics Convention from December 19th to the 21st.

 

Feature image courtesy of Bitpage

 

Advance Screening of “The Interview” Cancelled

 

Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal will unfortunately be canceling the advanced screening of The Interview, as requested by Sony Pictures. We apologize for the abrupt cancellation and any inconvenience this may have caused. As many of you may know, several major theaters have made the decision to not screen the film for safety concerns. In addition, Sony Pictures has confirmed that it has canceled its Christmas release of The Interview. 

Adding on to KoreAm’s sentiments, it’s unfortunate that this film cannot be shown in theaters at this time. We can only hope that even more films with talented Asian American actors will emerge and they will certainly have our support.

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Angelina Jolie’s WWII Film “Unbroken” Creates Outrage in Japan

The upcoming World War II film Unbroken has not been released internationally yet, but it has already outraged many Japanese nationalists who are attempting to ban the film in Japan. Some are so outraged that they are even extending the ban to the film’s director, Angelina Jolie.

Unbroken tells the shocking and inspiring tale of real-life WWII hero and former Olympic distance runner Louis Zamperini. Inspired by his 2010 biography written by Laura Hillenbrand, the film shows how Zamperini survived 47 days in the Pacific Ocean following a plane crash, only to spend the next two years enduring brutal treatment as a Japanese prisoner of war.

Sadly, Zamperini passed away at the age of 97 on July 2, 2014, but not before creating a strong bond with his neighbor Angelina Jolie.

“I imagine that for the last 10-something years, [Zamperini has] been sitting there having a coffee in the morning and wondering who’s going to make [his story into a] movie,” Jolie told Tom Brokaw on TODAY. “And I’ve been sitting in my room laying there thinking, ‘What am I supposed to be doing with my life? I wanna do something important … I need some help. I need some guidance. Where is it?’ And it was right outside my window.”

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Despite the film’s good intentions, Japan is enraged with the negative portrayal of Japanese prisoner-of-war camps. A particularly gruesome passage in Zamperini’s biography mentions the occurrence of cannibalism.

“There was absolutely no cannibalism,” argues Mutsuhiro Takeuchi, a nationalist-leaning educator. “That is not our custom.”

Although there are many, such as Mindy Kotler of the Washington research center Asia Policy Point, who point out that there is plenty of documentation on the torture and abuse inflicted on Japanese POWs, The Review Journal explains that this is not the first time Japanese nationalists disagree:

“The release of Unbroken comes at a time [where] some in Japan are downplaying the country’s colonization of its Asian neighbors and the aggressive acts carried out by the Imperial Army during World War II.

For example, some politicians dispute the role of Japanese soldiers in the Rape of Nanjing, which began in 1937, in which an estimated 300,000 Chinese were killed. They say that is a vast over count.

Similarly, they reject historical studies that show women from several Asian countries, especially Korea, were forced into prostitution by the Japanese military. Some oppose the term “sex slave,” which the U.N. uses, preferring the euphemistic “comfort women.””

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Despite the controversial reaction, Jolie is moving forward with her film. The world premiere was held in Sydney, Australia last month.

The audience seemed particularly impressed with actor Takamasa Ishihara (more commonly known as Miyavi) who plays “The Bird,” a Japanese prison guard who is especially cruel to Zamperini.

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Don’t be surprised if Miyavi looks familiar. He has been in the limelight as a popular J-pop star since 2002, but decided to put aside his lip rings and intricate hairstyles for this challenging role.

“As a musician, I questioned whether I should take a break from my craft to pursue this role,” Miyavi said in a statement last October. “After meeting Angie, it became clear to me that an underlying theme to this story is forgiveness. This resonated with me because that is exactly what I want express through my music.”

Unbroken will debut in U.S. theaters on Christmas Day. Check out the official trailer below.

 

Feature image courtesy of justjared.com

 

EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to An Advance Screening of ‘The Interview’

 

Do you want to watch an upcoming blockbuster film starring James Franco, Seth Rogen and Randall Park? Feel like watching this comedy in theater filled with celebs and industry insiders?  Here’s your chance!

Sony is teaming up with KoreAm Journal, Audrey Magazine and London Trust Media to present an advance screening of the upcoming blockbuster The Interview.

Join us for an unforgettable and exciting night at the Downtown Independent theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Dec 17th.  Contest winners and a guest of their choice will get passes to the advance screening as well as an exclusive after party! Here’s your chance to rub shoulders with industry insiders while you enjoy free appetizers to celebrate the night.

 


HERE’S HOW TO WIN:

1) Like KoreAm Journal AND Audrey Magazine on Facebook.
2) Sign up on the official contest page.
3) Share the official contest page on Facebook or Twitter. 

That’s it! Contest ends on DEC 15TH so don’t miss your chance!


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014

Downtown Independent
251 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

7:30 PM – Red Carpet
8:00 PM – Advance Screening, Downtown Independent (Seated by 7:50 PM)
10:00 PM – Hosted After Party

This advance screening is strictly 21 & over


DISCLAIMER:
-Contest Winners will be chosen at random.
-You must be at least 21 or older apply.
-The tickets are non-transferrable.
-Transportation will not be provided.
-If selected, please bring your ID to the event.

 

 

For any questions regarding the contest please contact: events@iamkoream.com 

 

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Audrey Magazine Is Looking For An Office Manager

 

KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine, the longest-running independent English-language publication serving the Korean American community and the Asian American community, is looking for an assistant office manager/administrator to begin immediately. The ideal candidate must have at least 2 years of administrative experience.

Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to handling all subscriptions to KoreAm/Audrey, managing the accounts, managing payroll, human resources, involvement in KoreAm/Audrey events and more. The ideal candidate must be tech-savvy and be familiar with programs such as Quick Book, Excel and Word.

If qualified and interested in the position, please send your resume and cover letter to James@iamkoream.com and Michael@iamkoream.com.

No phone calls please. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Salary commensurate with experience.

 

Watch 2NE1 Perform on “America’s Next Top Model”

 

Back in March, the streets of Seoul were filled with excitement as Tyra Banks landed in South Korea to film a segment of Americas’s Next Top Model. We were even more excited when we discovered that ANTM chose popular K-pop group 2NE1 to make an appearance during the highly-anticipated fashion show for designer Lie Sang Bong.

A source revealed, “2NE1 was asked to be on the show because they are a representative K-Pop group and they are also well-known to be fashionistas.”

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After 9 long months, the waiting is finally over. Americas’s Next Top Model aired its final episodes of Cycle 21 this past Friday. The segment included a photo shoot for GUESS at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, as well as Korean barbecue and even more Korean barbecue.

Most exciting of all, 2NE1 went to wish the the remaining contestants good luck before heading out to the runway to perform their popular song, “Crush.”

Check out the performance below as well as the behind-the-scenes footage of the girls interacting with the ANTM contestants.

 

“The Walking Dead” Spinoff Casts Polynesian Actor Cliff Curtis As Lead

 

The Walking Dead fans have been quite irritated lately. [Spoiler Alert] In the recent midseason finale, one of the major characters meets a gruesome death. While we certainly aren’t surprised with shocking character deaths by now, some fans believe this death in particular was poorly executed and unnecessary. Petitions have been created which demand that the show bring back the deceased character or give her a proper ending. To make matters worse, The Walking Dead‘s official Facebook page completely spoiled this major death for many viewers by revealing it on social media almost immediately following the East Coast airing on Sunday.

Luckily for you, this next bit of news may help you lose that bitterness. The Walking Dead spinoff has officially announced that the male lead will be played by Polynesian actor Cliff Curtis.

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According to The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, the spinoff, tentatively titled Cobalt, will show how the zombie apocalypse has affected other parts of the world. This spinoff will focus on a divorced male teacher (Curtis) and a female guidance counselor.

According to Yahoo.com, AMC President Charlie Collier has commented on the series companion:

“Almost from the beginning of ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC, fans have been curious about what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world. In fact, beyond requests for zombie cameos, it’s the question I get asked the most.

Obviously, we all take our stewardship of the original franchise incredibly seriously and we, along with Robert, Gale, David and now Dave, are all proceeding with extreme care in order to ensure that we are offering fans something truly compelling, engaging and distinct. We’re thrilled to be taking this next step with these remarkable partners.”

 

You may recognize Curtis from Fox’s action drama Gang Related and as Fire Lord Ozai in M. Night Shyamalan‘s cinematic adaptation of The Last Airbender.

 

 

Us The Duo Sings Top Hits of 2014 in 2.5 Minutes

 

Didn’t think you could love Us The Duo any more than you already do? Well this talented couple just released a video on their official YouTube channel called “Top Hits of 2014 in 2.5 Minutes.”

While we usually expect one song to fit into two and a half minutes, the duo squeezes in an impressive 12 songs into that time frame. They cover songs by everyone from John Legend to Taylor Swift. The video was only uploaded yesterday, but it already has nearly 500,000 views.

 

Can’t get over how perfect they sound together? Neither can we! In fact, it didn’t take long at all for Carissa Rae and Michael Alvarado to realize that they were made for each other. The two met back in 2011 at a friend’s music video shoot. Apparently, after only three hours of talking and laughing, Alvarado had told his friend he was going to marry her. A year later, he kept his word and the two were married.

And we’re not the only ones who love Us The Duo. Their official YouTube channel has nearly 600,000 followers.

Check out Audrey Magazine‘s exclusive interview with the Filipino American singer Carissa Rae Alvarado and don’t forget to check out Us The Duo’s official website.

 

Image of the Day: Billboard in Korea Encourages You to “Step In” And Stop Child Abuse

 

It’s easy for many of us to say we’re against child abuse, but how willing are we to interfere, step in, and do what we can to stop child abuse? That’s exactly what this billboard in South Korea asks anyone who passes by.

It’s quite difficult to ignore this powerful, interactive ad which shows the silhouette of two people: An angry adult holding a glass bottle over his head and the scared child he is threatening to hurt.

 

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At the top of this upsetting image are the words “Child abuse, you can prevent it” along with an arrow pointing to the blank space in between the abusive adult and the child. This is where passersby are asked to “step in.”

The powerfully symbolic ad truly shows its brilliance when an onlooker steps in between the silhouettes. Suddenly, a superhero logo will pop up on the onlooker’s shadow with an emergency number and the words, “Report to become a hero for children.”

The message is instantly clear. Anyone can become a hero and help prevent child abuse. In fact, simply reporting child abuse can save lives.

 

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All photos courtesy of demilked.com.