You really can’t drag me to a scary movie.
But on the other hand, I can’t stop my eyeballs from watching one romantic comedy after the other.
So when I heard that the Korean flick, Spellbound contained both genres, I was intrigued. After all, a scary movie with romance in it can’t be that scary, can it? After all, how can mixing ghouls and spirits, blood and blood-pounding music with flowers and cute fashion, funny one-liners and sweet kisses leave me with nightmares? It can’t, right?
Spellbound was able to give me both. Continue Reading »
Just in time for the season of giving and charitable events comes the 10th annual Unforgettable Gala. The gala will be hosted by the creators of KoreAm, the oldest and most widely circulated English-language monthly magazine for the Asian American community. Unforgettable is set to benefit the Mixed Roots foundation, an organization that serves as a resource to the adoptee community aiming to create more awareness of the adoption experience.
The event will take place on Saturday, December 3 at the legendary Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles; and hosted by actor/comedian Randall Park.
KoreAm is set to honor four individuals with achievement awards, including football player Hines Ward, Chef Roy Choi, actor Sung Kang, and director Jennifer Yuh Nelson. The evening will include performances by: Ameriie, Dia Frampton, Jay Park, I.AM.ME, and KINJAZ. An after party presented by Hite/Jinro will follow immediately after the gala with an open bar and Kogi BBQ Truck tacos.
This star-studded affair promises to be one of the premiere entertainment events of the year in the Korean American community.
The event is SOLD OUT, but we still have tickets for the after-party! For tickets and more even information, visit: http://www.iamkoream.com/unforgettable2011/
“I’m very blessed. “I think that’s what people’s goals in life should be. Do what you love and get paid for it.” — Jared Eng
ISSUE: Summer 2011
STORY: Janice Jann
The face and brains behind the beloved Hollywood gossip blog is anything but Just Jared.
Jared Eng doesn’t sleep much. “Hollywood is 24/7. There’s always something going on,” says the 28-year-old Chinese American. “So I go with the flow.” It’s that mentality that earned Eng’s popular celebrity gossip blog, Just Jared, millions of devoted readers, top- ping Yahoo!’s Blogger List.
What sets Just Jared apart is that, in an increasingly mean-spirited Internet age where every celebrity humiliation is documented, Eng refuses to say anything but exuberantly positive things about his site’s subjects. “I don’t really diss people,” says Eng. “I’m just presenting news.” The news may be light fare like Cameron Diaz grabbing Starbucks or Zac Efron’s mustache, but the site is influential enough for shows like Entourage to reference and for publications like The New York Times to profile.
Eng’s ascent as the blogosphere’s King of Nice took time. “Growing up, there weren’t any aspirations to be a blogger,” he says. His strict upbringing didn’t help — he wasn’t exposed to pop culture until he entered Columbia University. “I fell in love with stars,” Eng remembers. “Jennifer Garner from Alias. Britney Spears. I would watch her video frame by frame so I could learn her choreography.” Eng started Just Jared simply to share his interests. The blog didn’t have the same initial take-off as some of Just Jared’s more sardonic counterparts, but that didn’t bother Eng. “Personally, I have a very apathetic personality,” Eng laughs. “I don’t really get mad at things. I liked what I was putting out. In the long run, it’s paying off.”
It sure is. Just Jared is now developing a younger sister site, Just Jared Jr., and with more than five full-time staff, including Eng’s older brother who runs the business side, Eng is working on expanding the JJ brand. Though that means even less sleep, you won’t find Eng complaining. “I’m very blessed,” he says. “I think that’s what people’s goals in life should be. Do what you love and get paid for it.”
— Janice Jann
Fall to me is TV season.
Sure, I like the leaves changing colors and the fresh feeling of returning to school/work/normalcy and all but what I REALLY like is being able to snuggle up to Hulu (can you even do that?) in the coziness of the evening.
Audrey Magazine already highlighted Glee star Jenna Ushkowitz in our Fall issue but this TV season seems promising, with plenty of Asian American actors making waves across the tube.
Some show developments that have caught my eye.
-Tamlin Tomita plays Harry Shum, Jr.‘s mom on Glee!
-Nicole Sherzinger tearing up contestants on The X Factor (but in actuality, she seems like a sweetheart so maybe not.)
-Mindy Kaling got promoted to executive producer on The Office! She’s always been hugely praised for her storytelling skills on the show so excited to see what fresh eye she can bring to the sitcom while wearing the bigger hat.
-Rex Lee‘s unforgettable role on The Entourage may be ending but he’s found another one on Suburgatory.
-Charlyne Yi drops the funny and picks up a stethoscope playing a doctor on House.
-Reggie Lee in Grimm.
- Joy Osmanski brings the adorable to animated series Allen Gregory.
- Matthew Moy‘s obviously fake Asian accent on 2 Broke Girls is a bit jarring but in a series where stereotypes are not what they seem to be, I’m hopeful his character will also break out of the racial shell.
-Kal Penn charms Colbie Smulders in How I Met Your Mother! SO EXCITED FOR THIS.
-Lucy Liu in Southland. Lucy Liu in anything, I’ll pretty much watch. Except for those Tinker Bell movies.
What are you looking forward to watching on TV this Fall?
Awesome news of the week: Kal Penn will be returning to Hollywood to play Cobie Smulder‘s love interest in How I Met Your Mother!
The Washington Post has reported that Kal will be leaving his position as associate director in the Office of Public Engagement at the White House for a role on the hit CBS sitcom.
I love Kal in anything he does, whether it’s as an actor or as a government official. But I’m especially excited because I love Kal Penn and I love How I Met Your Mother!
It’s also exciting to hear that one of the lead females on prime time television will have an Asian American love interest. We’re already familiar with Asian Female – Caucasian Male relationships in Hollywood. It’s about time we show some love to our Asian American men out there!
How do you feel about Kal Penn on How I Met Your Mother?
Troves of star power trekked out to the Snow Flower and the Secret Fan screening at the Tribeca Grand Hotel last week. And the fashion, though tamer than, say, the Cannes Film Fest or NY fashion week, was still something to be noted.
Now that The Voice fever has officially swept the nation, my Facebook news feed, and the Audrey office, I can finally voice (heh heh) my love for the top 4 finalists.
Beverly McClellan, Vicci Martinez, and Javier Colon are all freakin’ telegenic mofos who have more talent in their pinky finger than my whole 5’7″ frame so forgive me for being a little jealous. However, the one I’m rooting for will definitely have to be the soft-spoken folksy half-Korean Dia Frampton.
Teen shows seem to offer richer opportunities for young Asian American actors these days. But what’s it like actually being “that Asian on that show”? We find out from actresses Ashley Argota, Jolene Purdy and Nikki Soohoo.
ISSUE: Spring 2011
STORY: Janice Jann
PHOTOS: Audrey Cho
Check out the official trailer for director Wayne Wang‘s (The Joy Luck Club) Snow Flower and the Secret Fan featuring Li Bing Bing (The Forbidden Kingdom), Gianna Jun (My Sassy Girl), and Hugh Jackman.
This year’s Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival was bigger and better than ever before.
I know people use that phrase to advertise things all the time but in this circumstance, it was actually true!
I’ve attended this film fest for a couple of years in a row. Supporting my fellow Asian American artists and filmmakers, some whom I have the honor of calling friends now.
This year, I’m able to truly reflect how far we’ve come as Asian Americans working in the film and entertainment industry. And we’ve come far. Just take a look at these two AA institutions: Wong Fu Productions and Angry Asian Man.