Already a success in NYC and LA, Oscar-nominated director Mira Nair’s latest film THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST will be released in several other major U.S. cities this Friday, May 3, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Washington D.C., Dallas, Houston, Boston, Philadelphia, and Seattle.
Nair sat down to give a behind-the-scenes look at her latest film:
Q: Can you tell us about how The Reluctant Fundamentalist portrays Pakistan, America, and the connection between them?
A: The joy of this film is that it reveals Pakistan in a way that one never sees it in the newspapers; with its extraordinary refinement, the searing poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, its heartstopping Sufi music and ancient culture that is confident in fashion, painting and performance. This world is fluidly juxtaposed with the energy of New York, the ruthlessness of corporate America and through our hero Changez’s love for the elegant, artistic Erica, a portrait of Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by Changez’s own family back in Lahore. Over the last few years, we have seen many films about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but always told from the American point of view. In our story, the encounter between the characters of Changez and Bobby mirrors the mutual suspicion with which America and Pakistan (or the Muslim world) look at one another. We learn that as a result of America’s war on terror, Changez experiences a seismic shift in his own attitude, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love.
ISSUE SPRING 2013
One to Watch: Tim Jo
The Neighbors stars embraces his inner boy band heartthrob.
story Ada Tseng
photos Yann Bean
hair & makeup Sydney Zibrak, The Wall Group
stylist Sarah Kinsumba
“For me, acting is putting a mask on and being less like myself,” explains Tim Jo, the Korean American actor best known for his role on ABC’s sci-fi sitcom The Neighbors. “So when Audrey Magazine suggested doing a K-pop look [for the photo shoot], I was like, ‘Yeah!’ I feel more comfortable goofing off and putting that mask on.”
The Walking Dead just had its season three finale and as expected, the fans are already restless to begin the next season. While there is a divide between fans who liked and disliked the final episode, there is one thing we all can agree on – we want more. To say that the show is doing well would be an understatement. After all, it is named the most-watched drama series in basic cable history. A scroll through my facebook newsfeed on a Sunday night is enough for me to know how popular the show is. So if you (like countless others) are worried about withdrawals until the next season comes out, we’re here to help.
Here’s Steven Yeun’s recent appearance on Conan. He talks facial hair, strip clubs, and sports. We’ll let you see for yourself!
Haven’t had enough Steven Yeun in your life? We haven’t either. Lucky for all us, the Korean-American actor was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night! They discussed everything from his choice of wearing no socks to his father’s disapproval of acting (thank goodness Yeun didn’t listen!) We’ll let you see for yourself.
Click on for the interview!
We talk to Everly’s designers – the sisterly duo Adriana and Fabiana – about the line’s latest collection. Read on to find out their inspiration and what’re digging for spring!
Justin Chon made an appearance last night on Conan, promoting his latest film, 21 and Over. Watch on as Justin talks about how much love he gets from Twilight Moms and how he prepared for his nude scenes.
Justin Chon on Twilight Moms
Justin Chon on Picking a Prosthetic Penis
You may know Korean American actor Tim Jo as the sweet, innocent alien teenager Reggie Jackson on the ABC sitcom The Neighbors, but what happens when you switch out his character’s signature polo shirts and khakis… and dress him up like a Korean pop star?
In the meantime, some Audrey Behind-the-Scenes Extras: Tim Jo’s self-described “incredible” story of how he got to Los Angeles.
Celebrity stylist Mitch Stone has a busy year ahead of him. He will be debuting his new line of hair products, Mitch Stone Essentials in the beginning of 2013, as well as styling many celebrities for various movies, music videos, and television shows. We were fortunate enough to interview the amazing stylist, where he dishes on his new line and great hair tips for the Winter and New Year!
Meiko used to live in Roberta, Ga — more than 80 miles south of Atlanta, current population: 1,007. She revisited the small town last winter, then became a vegetarian immediately after. “I was eating all of this pork and fried skin, and I came back to LA and just wanted to get healthier,” she says.
At 18 Meiko had trailed behind her sister to Los Angeles and landed a waitressing gig at Hollywood’s Hotel Cafe. Later, she emerged as one of the venue’s biggest success stories, alongside Rachael Yamagata and Ingrid Michaelson. Her first, self-titled effort — her moniker, by the way, a nod to her one-fourth Japanese heritage — debuted at No. 1 on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart, before Meiko even signed to the now-defunct MySpace Records/DGC.
And in May, Meiko reemerged with her first album in four years — cheerier and bolder sophomore effort The Bright Side, off Concord Music Group offshoot Fantasy. As she finished a bowl of vegetarian ramen in San Francisco, we talked Meiko about other ways she’s changed since her mostly acoustic Hotel Cafe days, thanks to a new label, newfound collaborators and a new boyfriend.
One half of popular Korean hip-hop duo Supreme Team, Simon D (also known as Simon Dominic) has successfully developed a career as a solo artist, releasing his first solo album, Simon Dominic Presents “SNL LEAGUE BEGINS” in 2011. The 28 year old also recently made his debut as an actor in the Korean sitcom “Standby!”. Learn more about Simon D in our exclusive interview!