Archive for June, 2011
What does it take to be a movie star? Who is the biggest star? How do you become one? Of course it takes an Hollywood outsider like Bill Simmons – a sports journalists who tweets as @sportsguy33 – to break it down in such a detailed and convincing manner. In discussing the relative star power of actors like Ryan Reynolds, Jim Carrey and Will Smith, he applies the same kind of analysis as he might when breaking down why the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA crown and why the Heat, Laker and Celtic didn’t. Having worked with Carrey and Smith, I was curious to find out what the article had to say. I’m a huge fan of Bill Simmons and think he’s the smartest guy in sports. After reading, I might have to add the entertainment business to his areas of expertise. Here’s what he had to say in his Grantland site:
There’s a lot of buzz around the launch of the invite only Google+. Given the sad demise of MySpace – News Corp. paid $580 million in 2005 and sold it this week for $35 million – can Google challenge the social media might of Facebook? Only time will tell. If you haven’t been one of the privileged few to sample Google+, you can read Silicon Valley’s Bernard Moon‘s impressions of the new social media service:
It’s fun talking about how Asian Americans are portrayed in the media and debating the merits of the roles actors choose. While performers might not choose to be our community’s most visible role models, it’s something they just can’t escape. So when prominent API role models from the fields of business, politics, law, and non-profits commit to serve as mentors, it’s definitely worth noting.
Saturday, July 9 marks the kickoff of the 2011 – 2012 Southern California Region Committee of 100 Leadership and Mentoring Program featuring a panel discussion with California State Controller John Chiang, Hollywood producer Julie Fong, CEO of Mega Toys and Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment Board Chair Charlie Woo, and President of Asian Pacific American Legal Center Stewart Kwoh.
C100 is a non-profit group composed of about 160 members drawn from the Chinese American community who have achieved a level of prominence in their respective fields. The organization’s mission is to encourage constructive relations between the people of the US and Greater China as well as promote the full participation of Chinese Americans in all fields of American life. Read More >
I finally got to see HANGOVER 2 this weekend. In some parts of the Asian American community, the film generated a bit of controversy. “Looking for a Hangover Cure,” an article from “Asian Pop” writer Jeff Yang really stirred the pot. I posted a link to the San Francisco Chronicle on my Facebook wall and Twitter page as “interesting reading” without having seen the movie.
Bluntly and inexplicably offensive…
In summary, Jeff said “As an Asian American who enjoyed the first film, I found the sequel bluntly and inexplicably offensive — with the fact that the movie opened in the waning days of May being soy sauce in the wound”… “I can’t believe this is happening again.” But the bulk of the article goes on to vent frustrations about the state of Asian Americans in Hollywood (painful, despite the large pool of available talent) and summed up by one veteran film producer who was quoted as saying “For a group of people that are supposed to be good at math, you guys must be retarded to keep making Asian American films”. Read More >