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Awkwafina Reflects on ‘Progress’ Being Made for Asian-Americans on TV: ‘It’s Been Incredible’

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Awkwafina Reflects on ‘Progress’ Being Made for Asian-Americans on TV: ‘It’s Been Incredible’
Awkwafina is enjoying a hell of an 18-month run, as are film and TV projects with Asian-American leads and creators. The rapper/actor was asked Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour to reflect on the previously marginalized group’s recent progress, which includes projects like her new Comedy Central series “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens.”

Now 31, Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum, remembered being school-aged when Margaret Cho’s groundbreaking sitcom “All-American Girl” came out in 1994.

“I remember that being an event,” Awkwafina said. “That was the representation that I had — and it was a big moment.”

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“When you look at the progress we’ve made since then, it’s been incredible, but I think that these shows still kind of stick out as very genre-specific Asian-American shows,
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‘Fresh Off the Boat’ to End With Season 6 on ABC

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‘Fresh Off the Boat’ to End With Season 6 on ABC
Fresh Off the Boat” has been canceled by ABC after six seasons.

The show will end with an hour-long finale on Friday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt.

“We couldn’t be prouder of this game-changing show and the impact it has had on our cultural landscape. The success of ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ has helped pave the way for inclusion throughout the industry,” said ABC entertainment president Karey Burke. “Nahnatchka Khan and her brilliant creative team have created an unforgettable series with an Asian-American family front and center, something that hadn’t been done in two decades. The cast, led by Randall Park and Constance Wu, is one of the finest and funniest on television. We’ll miss the Huang family and are eternally grateful for the incredibly heartfelt stories they have told these past six seasons.”

Fresh Off the Boat,” which debuted in 2015, is loosely based on Eddie Huang
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Svu: Margaret Cho to Guest-Star — Will She Rub Benson & Co. the Wrong Way?

Svu: Margaret Cho to Guest-Star — Will She Rub Benson & Co. the Wrong Way?
Margaret Cho is going from Poodle to perp.

The comedian and Masked Singer Season 1 contestant will guest-star on a future episode of Law & Order: Svu, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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Cho will play a massage-parlor manager who’s swept up in a sex-trafficking sting operation. The episode is titled “Counselor, It’s Chinatown,” and it is slated to air in November.

In addition to her stint as a crooning canine
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Quentin Tarantino's Becoming a Dad! All About His Past Romances from Mira Sorvino to Margaret Cho

Quentin Tarantino's Becoming a Dad! All About His Past Romances from Mira Sorvino to Margaret Cho
Quentin Tarantino is entering the next stage of his life: fatherhood.

The acclaimed director, 56, is expecting his first child with wife Daniella, People confirmed on Thursday.

“Daniella and Quentin Tarantino are very delighted to announce that they are expecting a baby,” the couple said in an exclusive statement to People.

The writer-director met Daniella, who is the daughter of Israeli singer and songwriter Tzvika Pick, in 2009 while promoting his film Inglorious Basterds. The pair got engaged in June 2017, after dating for about a year. Tarantino and Daniella tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Los Angeles on November 2018.

While
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'Fresh Off the Boat' Creator on Breaking Diversity Rules on Broadcast TV: "Everything Has Changed"

'Fresh Off the Boat' Creator on Breaking Diversity Rules on Broadcast TV:
When Nahnatchka Khan set out to adapt Eddie Huang's memoir for television, she had no plans of shifting any industry narratives. The veteran scribe just wanted her pilot, which focused on the famous Taiwanese-American chef's childhood in 1990s Florida, to be seen by more than a test audience and a handful of executives.

But four years after Fresh Off the Boat made its way onto ABC as broadcast's first series to be fronted by an Asian-American cast in two decades — since Margaret Cho's mid-'90s sitcom All-American Girl — the family comedy now airs in a very ...
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Asian Pacific Film Festival Spotlights Women Filmmakers

  • Variety
The 35th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, running May 2 to May 10, will screen 200 films, including eight world premieres and a number of works by women filmmakers. For the first time in its history, the fest will open and close with feature films written and directed by Asian Pacific American women.

The festival, presented by Visual Communications, will be held at a number of venues in Los Angeles.

Opening night will be the world premiere of “Yellow Rose,” written and directed by Diane Paragas, and starring Lea Salonga and Eva Noblezada. The fest will close with “Empty by Design,” written and directed by Andrea A. Walter, and starring Rhian Ramos and Osric Chau.

Special programs include Spotlight on Taiwan, featuring Golden Horse Award winners “Long Time No Sea” and “Cities of Last Things,” and a 25th-anniversary salute to the 1994 TV series “All-American Girl,” with Margaret Cho and other cast members in discussion.
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How “Fresh Off the Boat” Has Evolved Since Season 1

Fresh Off the Boat is the first American sitcom starring an Asian-American family since the one-season All-American Girl in 1994. As a result, while it can be considered a landmark of sorts, particularly since it has been broadcast for five seasons and counting. With that said, Fresh Off the Boat has seen some serious changes over the course of its existence, meaning that what is now being broadcast can be very different from what was broadcast for Season 1 of the show. How Has Fresh Off the Boat Changed Since Season 1? In short, Fresh Off the Boat is based

How “Fresh Off the Boat” Has Evolved Since Season 1
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Constance Wu Posts Tweet On “Historic” Representation Of Asian Americans In ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ & ‘Fresh Off The Boat’

  • Deadline
Constance Wu Posts Tweet On “Historic” Representation Of Asian Americans In ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ & ‘Fresh Off The Boat’
With the release of Crazy Rich Asians right around the corner (Aug. 15 to be exact), the film’s star Constance Wu sent out a heartfelt and inspirational message about her journey to Hollywood and how the Jon M. Chu-directed romantic comedy, like ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, is breaking ground and blazing trails when it comes to inclusion of Asian Americans in film and TV.

Wu took to Twitter with a detailed post about how she went from waiting tables to starring in Fresh Off the Boat, which is heading to a fifth season, and playing the leading lady in Crazy Rich Asians. The two projects are a significant milestone for Asian American representation. Fresh Off the Boat is the first network TV show spotlighting Asian Americans since Margaret Cho’s sitcom All-American Girl in 1994 while Crazy Rich Asians is the first Hollywood studio film in over 25 years
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Sandra Oh’s ‘Killing Eve’ Emmy Nod Isn’t the Only Important Asian Nomination to Celebrate

Because of ingrained racism, Sandra Oh didn’t even initially think she was being offered the lead role on BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” but on Thursday, she earned herself an Emmy nomination for it. On the show, the actress plays security operative Eve Polastri, who is hunting down an elusive but flamboyant international assassin.

Oh’s nomination is significant on a number of levels, since she has been overdue for good roles after playing Cristina Yang on “Grey’s Anatomy.” “Killing Eve” has been worth the wait because it showcases her dramatic and comedic talents in equal measure: IndieWire has made no secret that “Killing Eve” is a favorite for its killer performances, dialogue, action, and style. Much credit goes to “Fleabag” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who was also nominated for writing the first episode of “Killing Eve,” for the show’s unique point of view and tone.

Beyond just a personal victory though,
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Emmys: ‘Dear White People,’ ‘One Day At A Time’ Lead List of Inclusive Comedy Contenders

  • Variety
Emmys: ‘Dear White People,’ ‘One Day At A Time’ Lead List of Inclusive Comedy Contenders
Ten years ago the TV landscape didn’t much lend itself to diversity. Straight, white, able-bodied men dominated the medium. Today, however, the TV terrain is slowly diversifying with women of color, people with disabilities and queer characters — and in the comedy genre especially, stories are becoming more inclusive.

“Any kind of storytelling that seeks to tell fundamental truths about the human condition can be inclusive,” says Justin Simien, who executive produces “Dear White People” for Netflix. “Comedy does have a unique power, however, in that laughter can be so seductive. It allows us to think about and explore those forbidden and difficult little topics that we might not otherwise, by taking the pressure off a bit.”

While “Dear White People” explores racial relations and political activism in a college campus setting, Kenya BarrisABC comedy “Black-ish” takes on the topics of slavery, police shootings and the general black experience
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Dancing With The Stars: Athletes Compete for the Mirrorball!

  • TVfanatic
Turn in those uniforms and break out the sequins!

Dancing With The the Stars Season 26 has ten star athletes headlining a phenomenal four week event in the ultimate dance contest for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy.

Can figure skating's bad girl, Tonya Harding, out shine six time NBA champion, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the dance floor?

Will NFL cornerback Josh Norman have the fancy footwork needed to out score Norte Dame's basketball star, Arike Ogunbowale?

And with 15 X Games medals, will snowboarder Jamie Anderson score enough points to slide past Chris Mazdzer who won and Olympic medal for Men's Single Luge.

Major League baseball star, Johnny Damon will have to out rhumba Olympic winning softball player Jennie Finch Daigle.

And when Olympic medal winning figure skaters Mirai Nagasu and Adam Rippon go head to head on the dance floor instead of the ice, who will slip first?

These athletes take off their
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Hammer Vol. 1 – Fear Warning!

Starting out in 1939 as the little studio that could, Hammer would finally make their reputation in the late fifties reimagining Universal’s black and white horrors as eye-popping Technicolor gothics – their pictorial beauty, thanks to cameramen like Jack Asher and Arthur Ibbetson, was fundamental to the studio’s legacy. So it’s been more than a little frustrating to see such disrespect visited upon these films by home video companies happy to smother the market with grainy prints, incoherent cropping and under-saturated colors. The House of Hammer and the film community in general deserve far better than that.

Thanks to Indicator, the home video arm of Powerhouse films based in the UK, those wrongs are beginning to be righted, starting with their impressive new release of Hammer shockers, Fear Warning! Even better news for stateside fans; the set is region-free, ready to be relished the world over.

Hammer Vol. 1 – Fear Warning!
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Mary Kay Letourneau and Husband/Former Student, Vili Fualaau, Separate

  • TMZ
Mary Kay Letourneau -- the teacher who served more than 7 years in prison for having sex with her student, who she later married -- is about to be single again ... TMZ has learned. Vili Fualaau filed for legal separation earlier this month. Mary Kay was 34 years old in 1996 when she began having sex with her sixth grade student. They married in 2005. At the time Mary Kay started the affair, she was married with 4 children.   Her story
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Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

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The Criterion Collection 860

1945 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 111 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date , 2017 /

Starring Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth, Bruce Bennett, Lee Patrick, Moroni Olsen, Veda Ann Borg, Jo Ann Marlowe, Butterfly McQueen.

Cinematography: Ernest Haller

Art Direction: Anton Grot

Film Editor: David Weisbart

Original Music: Max Steiner

Written by: Ranald MacDougall from the novel by James M. Cain

Produced by: Jerry Wald, Jack L. Warner

Directed by Michael Curtiz

James M. Cain’s 1941 novel Mildred Pierce offers a venal and self-destructive view of America not with a story of respectable bourgeois society, not the criminal underworld. A de-classed, suburb-dwelling nobody fights her way onto the social register by using men and by hard work… and then watches as her obsessive goals blow up in her face In Cain’s worldview it’s every woman for herself. He drags in an odd personal theme,
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Gigi Hadid Got Stuck in a Poncho for Being ‘Not Quite As Thin’ as the Other Tommy Hilfiger Models

Gigi Hadid Got Stuck in a Poncho for Being ‘Not Quite As Thin’ as the Other Tommy Hilfiger Models
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Gigi Hadid seems to have it all: more magazine covers than any other model this year, every major catwalk under her belt, a standing invitation to walk the Victoria’s Secret runway and pose for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, a killer squad of fellow models, a cute boyfriend who lets her wear his shoes … we could go on. She’s even moved into the role of muse for Tommy Hilfilger, collaborating with him on a clothing line and serving as the face of his fragrance. But things weren’t always so golden for the model and the designer.
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Clowntown: Where is Little Ricky in This Exclusive Clip?

Tom Nagel's horror flick Clowntown will open in select cinemas across the U.S. on September 30th. After a quick stint in the cinemas it is off to VOD and DVD on October 4th. For now, we have an exclusive clip to share with you from the flick.    A group of friends get stranded in a seemingly abandoned town and find themselves stalked by a gang of violent psychopaths dressed as clowns.   In the clip All-American girl, Sarah (you can tell from the standard uniform, cut off jeans and a white tank top), looks for little Ricky. Where oh where could he be? ...

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Showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna Brings Logic to ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ (Emmy Watch)

Showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna Brings Logic to ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ (Emmy Watch)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is an odd TV series. A comedy with dramatic elements, it’s a musical that expresses the feelings of its lead character, Rebecca Bunch (YouTube star Rachel Bloom), via original songs. The ratings aren’t amazing and the show is an Emmy longshot, but people are finding it, and the fans are passionate. It’s unlike anything you’ve seen before; the question is, how many Emmy voters will see it.

At a recent Fyc Emmy event, Bloom bounded out in bra and Spanx to perform an opening number and then returned dressed for an informative Q & A panel. The audience, packed with fans, whooped and hollered; everyone on stage enjoyed playing to the room. That’s the feeling you get from the CW show itself: as hard as it is to pull off, everyone is having a blast.

So how did this crazy show come about? While
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How Fresh off the Boat Celebrated TV's First Chinese New Year

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How Fresh off the Boat Celebrated TV's First Chinese New Year
It was just one year ago that Fresh off the Boat premiered on ABC, becoming the first sitcom about an Asian-American family to air on broadcast television since Margaret Cho’s All-American Girl in 1994. And while this achievement is bewildering in its simplicity, so is the next one: Last night, during its midseason return, Fresh off the Boat become the first show to celebrate Chinese New Year. “Obviously every holiday has been done a thousand times. There’s been a million Christmases, a million Thanksgivings, a million Halloweens,” showrunner Nahnatchka Khan said. “But I’d be surprised if there was a show that has ever done Chinese New Year because there just hasn’t been the opportunity or awareness that we have on our show.” Khan knew she wanted to do Chinese New Year when they they got a second season order. At the time, ABC had only ordered 13 episodes,
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Margaret Cho’s New TV Show Highland Hopefully Means She’ll Get Stoned With Her Mom

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Margaret Cho’s New TV Show Highland Hopefully Means She’ll Get Stoned With Her Mom
It's been over 20 years since Margaret Cho starred in the first Asian-American family sitcom on network television, All-American Girl, but it looks like she might be coming back with her own show on Amazon. Deadline reports that Cho has an hour-long dramedy in the works at the streaming/selling-you-everything giant called Highland, where her character must attend court-ordered rehab and move in with her family, which now runs a pot dispensary. Unlike All-American Girl, Cho will have some creative control: She'll be executive-producing the show alongside the writer Liz Sarnoff. It's a long way from the bookstore in San Francisco, but hopefully there are still copies of Ass Master lying around.
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In 'Pin-Up: The Movie!' Documentary, Women Recapture the Power of the Iconic Style

In 'Pin-Up: The Movie!' Documentary, Women Recapture the Power of the Iconic Style
Here's your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. Pin-Up: The Movie! Logline: Dangerous. Sexy. All-American Girl. You know the look. Now meet the women who are making retro style modern. Elevator Pitch: "Pin Up! The Movie" follows a group of women through their everyday lives, showing why they’re drawn to the retro style. There are two interrelated stories. In one, a group of women compete for the title of Miss 1940s White Christmas Ball. In the other, an established pin up photographer and her crew seek a fresh face for a magazine spread. Production Team: Director/Producer: Kathleen M. Ryan About the Film: People think that the pin up
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