Collin Chou, best known for his role as Seraph from The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, will play Edwin Chiu in the Netflix film, The Half of It, written and directed by Alice Wu. The project, the follow up to Wus 2004 film, Saving Face, the pic navigates the struggles of an immigrant family against the backdrop of an Americana teenage angst romantic comedy. The plot is said to be a modern day Cyrano-meets-Pygmalion centered on a shy, introverted, Chinese-American, straight-A student who finds herself helping the school jock woo the girl they both secretly love. In the process, each teaches the other about the nature of love as they find a connection in the most unlikely of places. Chous Edwin Chiu is struggling immigrant father of Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) who was a highly educated engineer whose promising career was derailed by his poor English skills when he moved to America. Now Edwin acts as station manager of the local train depot, a poorly paying job that lacks the upward mobility he once hoped it would provide. Anthony Bregman of Likely Story, M. Blair Breard, and Wu are producing the pic with executive producers Erica Matlin and Greg Zuk. Chou is repped by Global Artists Agency and Convergence Entertainment.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actress Abigail Cowen has booked supporting role in Lionsgate and Kingdom Studios faith-based film, I Still Believe, joining K.J. Apa, who will play Christian music megastar Jeremy Camp, as well as Gary Sinise, Shania Twain, Britt Robertson, Melissa Roxburgh, and Nathan Dean Parsons. Terry Serpico (Army Wives) has also joined the cast. Jon Erwin and Andrew Erwin are directing the pic, which is based on the true-life story of Camp and his remarkable journey through love and loss. Jon Erwin and Jon Gunn penned the screenplay. Kevin Downes is producing the pic along with the Erwins under their Kingdom banner. Cowen, who currently co-stars as Weird Sister Dorcas in the Netflix Sabrina series, is repped by Paradigm and Link Entertainment. Serpico, repped by Buchwald, has appeared on shows like Law & Order, Rescue Me, and CBS The Inspectors.
Green Book actor Jim Klock has been added to the cast of The 24th, a historical drama, which is currently being directed by Kevin Willmott in North Carolina. The film stars Empires Trai Byers, who also co-wroRead More – Source
James Bonds still got the moves as Daniel Craig plants kiss on Lea Seydoux in intimate No Time To Die scene
Well this is all very g-rated (Picture: The Mega Agency)
In what is expected to be his final outing ..
In what is expected to be his final outing at 007, Daniel Craig has been seen planting a rather polite kiss on co-star Lea Seydoux as they continue filming the latest James Bond film, No Time To Die.
Polite for James Bond, anyway – but wheres the passion weve come to love?
As production steamrolls ahead in Italy on the 25th offering of the titular character – directed by Cary Fukunaga – the actors were seen getting to grips with one another in an intimate scene shot over the weekend.
Dressed casually, Lea (who plays Dr Madeleine Swann) wore a red and white sundress, while Daniel went cool and collected in a blue jacket and trousers, as they kissed on stone steps.
The 007 actor placed a hand on his co-stars shoulders, as they locked lips.
But with the character known for his passion and steamy embraces with the women of Bond, its a little G-rated, we have to say.
While many have been left wondering whether the hiring of Fleabags Phoebe-Waller Bridge might bring an end to the arguably womanising ways of the spy, shes insisted thats not the case.
Hes just evolving.
It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesnt have to, she previously said of the character, after being hired to work on the script.
He needs to be true to this character.
Last week Daniel was seen on set sporting a blood-splattered face, hinting old mate Bond is still getting himself into the wars, despite retiring to Jamaica at the end of the last film, Spectre. Hes definitely not living the quieter life, by the look of things.
The 51-year-old is helming the flick and looked cool as a cucumber as he emerged on set, with a pair of black sunglasses and his hands on his hips.
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He was later seen blowing up graves in further explosive scenes, only piquing our interest to the next instalment even more.
Bring on next year, we say!
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Jojo Rabbits Taika Waititi & Cast On Making An Anti-Hate Satire In Current Political Climate – Toronto Studio
“Nazis werent cool when I wrote it,” joked Jojo Rabbit filmmaker Taika Waititi about making and rele..
“Nazis werent cool when I wrote it,” joked Jojo Rabbit filmmaker Taika Waititi about making and releasing his Adolf Hitler comedy in the current divided political climate, one where white supremacists have become some of President Donald Trumps more ardent supporters.
“People werent into this sh*t when I wrote it, and now its just developed and suddenly weirdly relevant,” says Waititi, who was first turned on to Christine Leunens novel Caging Skies by his mother some years ago.
The film follows a young German boy, Jojo Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis), who is a devotee of the Hitler youth, so much that his imaginary friend is a funny Fuhrer (Waititi). Jojos mother, Rosie (Scarlett Johansson), is harboring a Jewish fugitive (Thomasin McKenzie) which challenges the boys brainwashed beliefs.
No, Jojo Rabbit isnt Oliver Hirschbiegels Downfall. Its a movie about finding humanity in chaos, and the decimation of stereotypes, with Waititis sense of humor woven in. Critics were divided coming out of TIFF, believing that Waititi was joking too close to the fire, but festival audiences disagreed today, bestowing their Oscar Best Picture bellwether, the Grolsch Peoples Choice Award, upon Jojo Rabbit; an award won by such films as Green Book, The Kings Speech, 12 Years a Slave and American Beauty which found themselves months later with awards seasons top prize.
As Deadlines awards guru Pete Hammond reported, the reception for Jojo Rabbit at it TIFF world premiere was rapturous. Word of mouth will be this pics best friend when it opens limited from Fox Searchlight (under its new parent Disney) on October 18.
Says McKenzie on how Jojo Rabbit organically wags a finger at the current climate, “That happens quite a lot, I find, where films come out and they weirdly reflect or are like a mirror to whats actually going on in the real world. Which is why, for me, film is such an important medium. Because people are able to see things from a different perspective, and think about them in a different way. So in that kind of way, film is such an amazing piece of magic or treasure that is really valuable.”
When it comes to playing Hitler, Waititi says, “I didnt feel that uncomfortable, other than having to see myself in a mirror. But apart from that, I donRead More – Source
Phyllis Newman Dies: Tony-Winning Broadway Legend Was 86
Phyllis Newman, known for her Tony Award-winning role as the bath towel-clad Martha Vail in the musi..
Phyllis Newman, known for her Tony Award-winning role as the bath towel-clad Martha Vail in the musical Subways Are for Sleeping, has died. The star of stage and screen was 86.
The news was announced by her son Adam Green, a theater critic for Vogue, via Twitter. “My sister @amanda_green and I had to say goodbye to our beautiful mother today,” he tweeted. “Ill miss her more than I can say.”
In addition to Subways Are for Sleeping, Newman appeared in numerous Broadway productions including Bells Are Ringing, The Apple Tree, On the Town, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Awake and Sing, Wish You Were Here and First Impressions. She also had her one-woman musical The Madwoman of Central Park West which was co-written by her and Arthur Laurents. She also received a Tony nom for her performance in Neil Simons Broadway Bound.
She received a Drama Desk nomination for her starring performance in the Off Broadway production of James Lapines The Moment When… Her other Off Broadway credits include Nicky Silvers The Food Chain, the Naked Angels production of Shyster as well as the revival of A Majority of One.
She had multiple appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and was the first woman to host The Johnny Carson Show. Her other TV credits include 100 Centre Street, Oz, Murder, She Wrote, thirtysomething and The Jury.
On the film side, she appeared in numerous features including The Human Stain, It Had To Be You, For the Time Being, Fish in the Bathtub, A Price Above Rubies, The Beautician and the Beast, Only You, ManneqRead More – Source
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