ENTERTAINMENT RE-ORIENTED: #Thiswas2016

“When the house is going up in flames, does what’s on the TV matter?” That’s the question I kept asking myself as I sat down to write this year-end column. In October, Michael Luo, then an editor for The New York Times, was accosted on the street by a woman yelling, “Go back to China!” […]

‘Lone Wolf and Cub’ must show sensitivity toward casting

I have utter disdain for the whole whitewashing affair with “Ghost in the Shell.” Now I hear that the film’s producer has also gained the rights to remake yet another Japanese property, and I wanted to warn him before he tries anything foolish. Variety reported June 27, that Steven Paul’s SP International Pictures will produce […]

APA Media Coalition condemns Hollywood’s use of whitewashing and yellowface

LOS ANGELES — The Asian Pacific American Media Coalition issued a statement condemning recent decisions to select two white actresses to play the roles of Asian characters in forthcoming films. “Scarlett Johansson will play a Japanese cyborg whose name has been changed from Major Motoko Kusanagi to simply ‘The Major’ in the new DreamWorks film […]

Backlash as Scarlett Johansson cast in ‘Ghost in the Shell’ role

LOS ANGELES — Scarlett Johansson has signed as the lead role in DreamWorks’ live action adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell,” Variety reported Jan. 5. Johansson, who is most recently known for her role starring in “Lucy” and as the Black Widow in Disney’s Marvel Studios films, will play the lead role in the film, […]

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