Jeff Ma Fails to Boycott ‘21’
San Francisco resident Jeff Ma, an MIT graduate and the inspiration for the recently opened film 21, addressed the audience at a screening at the Balboa Theater on April 6. Of course, the most obvious question of the evening was: “What does it feel like to be a white man named Jim Sturgess?” Aaron Yoo had to wait three years to land a non-speaking role in the film, which is fine considering critics compared watching the film to drinking room temperature dishwater with moldy ramen bits.
Naomi Campbell Saves Big on Cell Phone Bill
Maybe supermodel Naomi Campbell learned her lesson after serving five days of community service in 2007, or perhaps she’s just being practical and trying not to max out her cell phone insurance. Either way, the toothy tigress showed that she can still improvise by allegedly hocking a loogie at an airline officer when she was forcibly removed from an airplane mid-tantrum. After she was released on bail, she alleged the incident was prompted by racism.
Real Blonde From ‘21’ Confirms: All White Cast wanted
Jane Willis, the real “Jill Taylor” played by Kate Bosworth in 21, said in an interview that it was obvious early on that the studio wasn’t interested in staying true to Ben Mezrich’s original book, Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Las Vegas for Millions. Although race and gender were key to the dynamic of the MIT group, and Ma recruited her to “give the team, which was mostly Asian and male, a little diversity,” the studios originally wanted her out: They wanted an all white male cast with one Asian girl as a love interest.
Will Yun Lee Loses Mind in Linkin Park Movie
San Francisco-native actor Will Yun Lee goes AWOL as Sung in The Seed, the new movie by Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn, which chronicles Sung’s descent into madness as a homeless war veteran suffering shell shock and possibly sun stroke. Lee’s pretty convincing as a paranoid loner who basically goes nuts — maybe he was just channeling some of that madness from news that NBC hated his show Bionic Woman and is putting it out of its misery for good. In the meantime, support The Seed on iTunes, and help artists pay the rent!
Dick Ho Taps Into Good Vibrations
No, Jeff Lei hasn’t hit the special koolaid. Turns out the “Dick Ho” director was recently hit up by a queer porn star “concerned about the non-representation of Asian male heterosexuality in the biz,” Lei wrote. The irony was that Good Vibrations’ queen bee herself, Carol Queen, had given Lei the cold should a few years ago while he was still working on filming the underground cult favorite. So, just like in real life, now that “Dick Ho” is getting noticed the girls and the guys, everybody wants a piece of his uncut footage of Asian America’s long-lost meat puppet — even yesterday’s ice queens. Diggity.
Lee Hom Wang, Art School Liar?
Lee Hom Wang advocates going green in his latest album, but completely contradicts himself by holding up a perfectly healthy plant which has been obviously torn from the roots. Maybe he didn’t get the whole environmentalism angle? Looks like contradicting himself comes easily, when you consider that Lee Hom “Alexander” Wang has been repeatedly noted in the media as a Julliard graduate — but my sources contest that he never even attended the school. Instead, critics say he attended the Berklee Schoool of Music in Boston, Massachusetss, and “is not as cool as he seems”.
Asian Atheletes Mark 10th Anniv. ESPN Mag
Ichiro. Tiger. Yao. Bartman. Few people can say that they’re known only by their first name (unlike that joke about Cher, Madonna, and the Pope), but now Asia America’s favorite atheletes — minus Bartman, who’s only yellow by color swatch — are decorating ESPN magazine’s 10th Anniversary editon. For those of you who’ve only gone to baseball games for the garlic fries and all-you-can-eat hot dog aisle, Ichiro’s bringing sexy back to the sport where smacking balls and playing the field is really fine with the ladies.
From Chaos to Caring: Seriously’s Bone Marrow Drive Hits Stanford
The Cammie Lee Foundation and Asian American Donor Program is looking for bone marrow donors, and Stanford will host the Seriously’s “Heart” Tour on April 12 at Manzanita Dining Hall. The Santa Monica-based Korean American boy band premiered their music video at the 2008 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival for “Music Video Asia,” and their sound will turn your knees into mushy oatmeal. Especially if you liked Tal Bachman’s “She’s So High” and the sort of secretary-rock that whiles the time in waiting rooms or standing in line at the DMV.
’21’ not the first film to ‘whitewash’ our history