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‘Crazy Rich Asians’: Read Jon M. Chu’s Letter To Coldplay Asking For Permission To Use “Yellow”; How Katherine Ho Was Chosen To Sing It
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Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians is truly one of the best films of the year. But you don’t need my review to convince you. The film blew past its box office expectations earning itself a $26.5 million dollar opening weekend, and $35 million dollars overall when it opened last Wednesday. It may have been 25 years since we’ve seen an Asian ensemble of this size in a mainstream rom-com, but it does prove that Asians can lead a film and subvert some of those Hollywood clich├ęs. But that wasn’t the only thing that brought me to tears. Aside from Kina Grannis‘ cover of “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” The Voice season 10 contestant Katherine Ho‘s cover of Coldplay’s “Yellow” left me a sobbing mess. And I don’t even like Coldplay.

So how did director Jon M. Chu get permission to use that song – a song with a title that’s also a derogatory term towards the Asian culture – and how did Ho become the voice of a song that is considered to be an anthem? Check out the full story, Chu’s letter, and the song if you haven’t heard it below. Minor spoilers follow.

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Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asians
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Crazy Rich Asians
Director: Jon M. Chu
Writer: Adele Lim, Peter Chiarelli
Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Kris Aquino, Lisa Lu, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Rated PG-13 | Minutes: 121
Release Date: August 15, 2018

Romantic comedies may be a dime a dozen, but every once in a while there comes one that can change the course of cinema. And in the age of having more representation on the big screen, no film is more important than Crazy Rich Asians. Director Jon M. Chu‘s adaptation of the Kevin Kwan novel of the same name represents that shift. It’s a film that changes the genre by looking at it from a different perspective, one that has been largely ignored for almost an entire generation.

And because of that, Crazy Rich Asians is not only a special film but one that is also highly entertaining and enlightening. Check out my full review below.

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Jon M. Chu Making His Own Thailand Cave Rescue Film In Order To Combat Whitewashing
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The world held their breath as they watched the efforts to rescue the Wild Boars, a youth soccer team composed of 12 boys and their coach. In a united front, nations and the Thai navy risked their lives to ensure that they were able to bring all 13 out of the flooding cave alive.

While one man bravely sacrificed his life, the team and their coach were brought out safely. Of course, such a story would inspire a movie. And that’s what we are getting.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Trailer: Love, Family, and Glorious Wealth
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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Crazy Rich Asians. Directed by Jon M. Chu, the romantic comedy is based on the Kevin Kwan novel of the same name. The story centers on Rachel (Constance Wu), who accompanies her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited that she finally gets to meet his family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. She finds out that he comes from a rich family, and he is one of the most sought-after men in Asia. Check out the full trailer here below.

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‘Jem and The Holograms’ Trailer #2: “Showtime Synergy”
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Well, the first trailer for Jem and the Holograms failed to impress; in fact it got a wave of international negative reaction. The complete opposite of what Universal was looking for in its modern-day reimagining of the ’80s cartoon of the same name. The film will center on a young girl nicknamed Jem (Aubery Peeples) whose amateur music video was uploaded on YouTube and viewed over a million times, turning her and her band (which also happens to be her sisters) into an internet sensation. Having signed on to a major record labor the group goes on tour, but a greedy studio head wants to take Jem on a solo career, which would rip the family apart.

It’s the same old sing-song story about family sticking together kind of film we have seen in the past. But would a pet robot named Synergy who displays holograms of family memories to remind our lead character about the importance of family get you interested in the film? Well if it does, then you might want to check out what director Jon M. Chu had in store for Synergy below.

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‘Jem and The Holograms’ Trailer: Insert “Truly Outrageous” Reference Here
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Jem and the Holograms Movie

If you were a fan of the ’80s animated TV series Jem and the Holograms, you were probably super excited to see the upcoming live-action movie based on it. I say “were” because you’re about to not be anymore. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for the movie, and it’s…well, it’s not going so hot. Response to the trailer has been overwhelmingly negative, largely thanks to the movie based on a show about a music company owner who leads a secret second life as the lead singer of a popular band with the help of holographic technology apparently not having a music company owner who leads a secret second life as the lead singer of a popular band with the help of holographic technology in it. It looks more like a modern-day remake of That Thing You Do! than anything, but not nearly as awesome.

You can read more about Jem and the Holograms and see the trailer for yourself below.

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‘Masters Of The Universe’: Rian Johnson, Joe Cornish On Rumored Shortlist To Direct
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Sony Pictures’ long-in-development live-action reboot of Masters of the Universe recently lost its latest director when Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), who had signed on to the project in the summer of 2012, departed to make the next G.I. Joe sequel. Back in October Pirates of the Caribbean and The Mask of Zorro co-writer Terry Rossio was hired to pen a new draft after a previous effort by Alex Litvak (Predators) and Mike Finch didn’t pass muster with the studio.

This reboot is apparently of great importance to the franchise-famished Sony because they have put together a list of potential directors to take over for Chu, and if this list is genuine, then Masters of the Universe could turn out to be pretty damn great after all.

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‘G.I. Joe 3’ Will Be Penned By ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Writer Evan Daughtery
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Briefly: Since being confirmed to return to direct another installment of the G.I. Joe movie franchise, Jon M. Chu has been hard at work finding a writer to come up with a script for the film. That search has ended with Chu choosing Snow White and the Huntsman writer Evan Daughtery.

Daughtery may not be a household name, but he is climbing up the ranks. Aside from writing Huntsman, the screenwriter has also penned the scripts for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot for Paramount and Platinum Dunes, the upcoming Divergent starring Shailene Woodley, and the De Niro/Travolta starring vehicle Killing Season.

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Jon M. Chu Rumored To Be Directing ‘Star Trek 3’; Karl Urban Wants Sequel To Be Original
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Star Trek Into Darkness: Spock and Kirk

Paramount is eyeing a 2016 release for Star Trek 3, with or without J.J. Abrams at the helm. Most likely it will be the latter — one person from the cast hopes that he will make a return, but more on that later. For obvious reasons, one of them being that Abrams is busy working on Star Wars: Episode VII, the director will be unable to come back for a third helping seeing that there are some major scheduling conflicts. So the studio have their sights set on other names in hopes that they will fill in, now that Abrams has jumped to the other Star franchise.

LatinoReview is reporting that G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu is one of the frontrunners to direct the third Trek movie. Also, Star Trek‘s Karl Urban wants the third film to be more original and go back to basics. Hit the jump for more.

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Movie Review: G.I. Joe: Retaliation
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GI Joe: Retaliation PosterG.I. Joe: Retaliation
Directed by Jon M. Chu
Screenplay by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Ray Park, Bruce Willis
Paramount Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 110 Minutes
Release Date: March 28, 2013

Directed by Jon M. Chu (Step Up 3D), G.I. Joe: Retaliation is the sequel to Stephen Sommers’ instantly forgettable 2009 film, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

At the conclusion of that film, Zartan (Arnold Vosloo), having had his physical appearance altered by nanomites, infiltrates the White House and assumes the identity of the President of the United States of America (Jonathan Pryce).

Chu’s sequel begins with Zartan in control of the United States government. The master of make-up and disguise frames the G.I. Joes as traitors and launches an all-out attack on the Joes, wiping out their ranks (including Channing Tatum‘s Sgt. Duke) in one fell swoop.

Meanwhile, Storm Shadow (Lee Byung-hun) and Firefly (Ray Stevenson) infiltrate a top-secret subterranean prison to free Cobra Commander. Previously portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the supreme leader of COBRA is played by Australian actor Luke Bracey this time around and voiced by Robert Baker.

Cobra Commander’s plan is simple: eliminate the world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons so COBRA can rule the world unopposed by using Zeus, a sub-orbital weapon of mass destruction that’s twice as powerful as a nuclear bomb.

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