Even if you're not in town to catch the New York Asian Film Festival coming up on June 28th (they've got a cool Jackie Chan Retrospective during the fest!), you'll still be able to experience a part of the festival from your home computer with the Korean Short Film Madness. NYAFF and Dramafever have partnered together to release a collection of short films from Korea's Mise-en-Scène Film Festival (it's all shown exclusively on DramaFever!). The short films and talented new directors are: “The Visitor” by Kim Bo-young “Poison Frog” by Koh Jung-wook “Cheong” by Kim...
We've all seen the endless jokes about Asians who work in nail salons, massage parlors, and donut shops. This is often an easy target for stand-up comedians such as Anjelah Johnson and her popular skit mimicking the Vietnamese nail salon workers: Why is it such as easy target? Primarily because such businesses are in fact heavily intertwined in the Asian American community. Its easy for people to make fun of this and yet they don't take the time to understand that this is a deeply rooted issue for Asian Americans that stems from early immigration into the U.S. These comedians don't...
What I love about summer is heading out to a lot of outdoor music festivals - and being able to dress up in some quirky fashion - whether it's rocking the latest trendy accessory off the runway, or wearing a vintage piece from my closet. I recently came across these cute little accessories for my shoes: Shwings! They're definitely not for the conservative, but they do make quite the statement on your feet if you're wearing plain sneakers (I've been wearing them with my sneaker wedges!). Check them out here. Click below for some of our favorites.
While there are a good number of unusual sexual fetishes out there - this by far, is probably one of the more unusual I've discovered: eyeball licking. Yes, you're reading that right: eyeball licking. The sexual fetish came to light when a middle school teacher had written a post on the Japanese site Naver Maotome about an unusual trend amongst her students: eye patches. The teacher also had a described an incident between two students in the gymnasium: After class one day, I went into the equipment store in the gymnasium to tidy up. The door had been left open, and when I looked...
Marc Jacobs, who's renowned for his own line, as well as his work with fashion house Louis Vuitton, will soon be coming out with a beauty line in collaboration with beauty retailer Sephora. The 122-piece collection will be Sephora's first global launch and will include concealers, color correctors, and lacquers, among some other products. You can get your hands on the goods this summer on August 9th! Click on more for more pictures of the line!
Would you dare to try on that bold eyeshadow trend for this summer?
What do you get when you have three best friends from high school celebrating a 21st birthday, a charging buffalo and a vindictive latina sorority? Just another day for the cast of characters in 21 and Over starring Justin Chon (Twilight), Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) and Miles Teller (Project X). Written and directed by the same duo Jon Lucas and Scott Moore who were the masterminds behind The Hangover films, this film is the sophmore version of The Hangover with a splash of Weekend at Bernie’s.
Meet Jeff Chang, who is paid a surprise visit by his best friends from high school Casey and Miller, the day before a critical medical school interview. After a little bit of peer pressure, Jeff Chang succumbs and decides “one drink” won’t kill him but when one drink turns into a hundred drinks and bar hopping, the adventure begins. With a passed out Jeff Chang, Casey and Miller embark on a journey to find the one most wanted question – where does he live? After infiltrating a latina sorority, dodging a buffalo on the loose at a pep rally and rescuing Jeff Chang from the cops, these events create an even more special bond between the three of them with a touching moment spliced in between all the other misadventures and mayhem.
This film hits theaters on March 1st.
The “Queen of Disney” is headed to Fox.
Actress, singer, film producer, and model Brenda Song has been casted as a re-occuring character on the television sitcom, New Girl. Brenda Song plays the new love interest of Winston (Lamorne Morris) and is described as an intense and competitive character.
Song was the first actor to be casted on FOX’s comedy series “Wellesley Wild”. Created by Ted co-writers Alec Sulkin and Seth McFarlane, the project “centers on two successful guys in their 30s who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them.” Song will play their odd (and very entitled) assistant.
Be sure to keep up to date with all the new episodes of New Girl here
The Asian Film Awards, presented by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, occur annually to celebrate film professionals and film industries responsible for Asian Cinema. This year the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award will go to Malaysian superstar, Michelle Yeoh. With over 30 movies in her name, Yeoh has received nothing but compliments and approval from the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Executive director, Roger Garcia, stated:
“Her work in Chinese language cinema has helped promote it to an international audience and the global film industry. Michelle has excelled as both an action star and a serious actress – a very rare combination in this business, and practically unique. She is the perfect choice to be awarded with this prestigious honour.”
Michelle Yeoh will be presented her prize at the Asian Film Awards Ceremony on March 18th in Hong Kong.
H&M has just announced Minju Kim as the winner for the H&M Design Award 2013. The award supports emerging European talent by funding and collaborating with one design student chosen from 19 fashion academies in European countries. Minju Kim’s “Dear My Friend” Collection was made this years winner.
Learn more about her collection here.
The 11th annual Stardust Awards honored Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan, and numerous others for their achievements in Hindi film this year. But who were the winners on the red carpet?
Check out what some of your favorite Asian Celebs wore during this years Screen Actors Guild Award Ceremony!
Named one of the best known ethnic pageants in the world, the Miss Los Angeles Chinatown pageant judges its contestants on their beauty, character, ability to answer questions concerning society, and their portrayal of Chinese women living in America. Yours Truly, Miss Chinatown dives deeply into the personal lives of two young women competing in the Miss Los Angeles Chinatown pageant as well as a Miss Chinatown “imposter”. While the pageant insists that it celebrates old Chinese traditions and embraces the modern Chinese woman, this is not necessarily the case in the lives of Celeste, Priscilla, and Kristina.
Although the film documents the pageant experience, it takes a more intimate turn into the much more difficult obstacles of self-acceptance, family traditions, and a lost identity. The film follows Celeste as she battles with the troubles of being both Chinese and Caucasian while never being fully accepted by either culture. Priscilla struggles through her father’s very strict and traditional Chinese views while living in a very modern world. Kristina, believing that she will never be cut out to be the picture-perfect Miss Chinatown, lives a life of performance (even portraying the character of an over-the-top, awkward Miss Chinatown) in an effort to hide her self esteem issues.
What begins as a mere pageant documentary turns into a very intimate look into the lives of Chinese women dealing with the pressures of their society. The film takes us behind the scenes of not only the pageant, but also of a girl competing simply to feel more Chinese, a family refusing to accept a daughters marriage because of the husbands race, and the pressure thrust upon Chinese women to be beautiful. The film gives audiences a more honest look into the modern Chinese woman- more honest than any pageant alone could have achieved.
“Yours Truly, Miss Chinatown” by Daisy Lin premiered at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival and won the Fox Studio Diversity Award at the Downtown Film Fest LA. You can watch the entire documentary here.
3 lives and 3 destinies are connected by 1 name – DAVID – releasing only in theaters this Friday, February 1. The stellar cast includes Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vikram, and Canadian actor Vinay Virmani as 3 men, from 3 parts of the world, in 3 different eras. Lara Dutta and Tabu co-star with Bejoy Nambiar directing in his follow-up to the acclaimed film Shaitan which was nominated for 14 Screen Awards including Best Film and Best Director of 2011.
Beginning March 1st, 2013, Kevin Tsujihara will take on the role of CEO for Warner Bros. and will become the first Asian American to run a major Hollywood studio. Warner Bros. expressed their faith in the decision and highlighted his very successful achievements and positions thus far. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California and his MBA from Stanford University, Tsujihara entered Warner Bros. in 1994 as Director- Special Projects- Finance. He then became Executive Vice President- New Media, Executive Vice President- Corporate Business Development & Strategy, and President of Warner Bros.’ home entertainment unit. Warner Bros. expressed,
“Beyond his business successes, those of you who have had the pleasure of working with Kevin know of his integrity, his good nature, his clear and understated management style, and his unabashed love of compelling storytelling. His dedication to the company, and his industry expertise have also earned him the respect and admiration of people across Time Warner and throughout the larger business community.”
We are excited to see what he has in store for us.