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It is hard to believe it has been twenty-five years since we have seen a movie with an all-Asian cast. There are so many talented Asian actors that it seems rather absurd. Then, usually when we think of Asian dominated films we think of period pieces like The Joy Luck Club or Memoirs of a Geisha. However, one new movie, based off the best-selling novel, Crazy Rich Asians, is making waves with critics everywhere and we are here for it!

Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding & Constance Wu as "Eleanor Young," "Nick Young" and "Rachel Chu" in "Crazy Rich Asians"

(l-r) Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding & Constance Wu as “Eleanor Young,” “Nick Young” and “Rachel Chu” in “Crazy Rich Asians”

Crazy Rich Asians centers on Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) a gifted economics professor at New York University who unbeknownst to her lands millionaire playboy, Nick Young (Henry Golding), as her boyfriend. Rachel soon learns of what it means to be in Henry’s world when she travels to Singapore with him to attend his best friend’s wedding and meet his family. She soon learns the intricacies, relationships, forged by Nick’s family are not only steeped in tradition, but at times hostile; especially when it comes to his mother Eleanor Young (Michelle Yeoh) of her.

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Henry Golding & Constance Wu as “Nick Young” and “Rachel Chu” in “Crazy Rich Asians”

This film truly had something for everyone. We love the romance, drama, comedy, and sense of family we got from it. The cast was stellar and we were introduced to some pretty amazing actors. Constance and Henry have natural, believable chemistry as Rachel and Nick. We are not sure if they are dating in real life, but we would love it if they were.

Jemma Chan as "Astrid Leong" in "Crazy Rich Asians" movie

Jemma Chan as “Astrid Leong” in “Crazy Rich Asians” movie

Our two other favorite characters are none other than “Astrid Leong” and “Goh Peik Lin” played by Jemma Chan and Awkwafina, respectively. Jemma is BEAUTIFUL! As Astrid she is classic, regal, and well put together–the epitome of poise. Her character’s development is nothing short of moving. Meanwhile Awkwafina’s character can definitely be described as an “Asian Tiffany Haddish, (Girls Trip style)!”

awkwafina as goh peik lin in crazy rich asians

Awkwafina as “Goh Peik Lin” in “Crazy Rich Asians” movie

This movie is definitely one to support. As minorities representation and inclusion are very important. We definitely recognized this with Marvel’s Black Panther earlier this year and now it is time to show our Asian brothers and sisters the same love. We did it and they will too!

We are definitely going to see Crazy Rich Asians again and this time we are bringing ALL our friends. Singapore trip, anyone? Catch this movie in theaters everywhere, Wednesday, August 15th!

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Sheer DYNAMITE! Eddie Murphy Shines in “DOLEMITE!”

Dynamite and out of sight! Look out world! Eddie Murphy is “Dolemite!” Netflix has outdone itself once again with surprisingly great biopic of Rudy Ray Moore, the comedian behind the character of Dolemite, a fan favorite of the seventies when Blaxploitation ruled Black Cinema and being fly with an even flier rap game was the way to gather the crowds. The dramatic comedy, Dolemite Is My Name, is so much more than that. In fact its a true story of how Rudy ever gave up on his dreams no matter what anyone said or did. To many, Rudy was too corny, to poor, too Black, too fat, or not charming enough. However, what he was, was FUNNY and relatable.

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Dynamite and out of sight! Look out world! Eddie Murphy is “Dolemite!” Netflix has outdone itself once again with surprisingly great biopic of Rudy Ray Moore, the comedian behind the character of Dolemite, a fan favorite of the seventies when Blaxploitation ruled Black Cinema and being fly with an even flier rap game was the way to gather the crowds. The dramatic comedy, Dolemite Is My Name, is so much more than that. In fact its a true story of how Rudy ever gave up on his dreams no matter what anyone said or did. To many, Rudy was too corny, to poor, too Black, too fat, or not charming enough. However, what he was, was FUNNY and relatable.

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Eddie Murphy has starred in a number of films, but very few have used his natural comedic talent to tell a real story. Seeing him star as Dolemite takes us back to when he was “Jimmy Early'” in “Dreamgirls” (2006).  Both characters are charismatic and hungry for fame and success, but only one of them–Rudy–was a real person. When you watch the film you will get a real sense of who he was and not simply a hustler, but a dreamer. Someone most of us millennials can identify with. Also, Rudy did not just make it on his own. He used the technique Issa Rae coined so famously last year of “reaching across the table,”  using his family, friends, and cohorts (hilariously portrayed by the likes of Wesley Snipes, Mike Epps,  Keegan-Michael Key, Tituss Burgess, Luenell,  and Da’Vine Joy Randolph) to create his own film, get the funding, and amass a following.

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We may catch some heat for this, but Eddie deserves some kind of reward for his portrayal of Rudy Ray Moore. He did an amazing job, showing his acting skills are nothing to shrug at.  You can catch Dolemite Is My Name in limited theatrical release October 4th, and streaming on Netflix beginning October 25th! Happy Viewing!

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YES! Zoe Kravitz (@ZoeKravitz) Cast as “Catwoman” in Matt Reeves’ “The Batman!”

“The Bat” has found its “Cat!” It is being reported that actress, Zoe Kravitz has been cast as Batman’s cat burgler/love interest/sometimes ally, Selina Kyle, better known as “Catwoman” in the upcoming Batman film by Matt Reeves. The film, starring Twilight’s Robert Pattinson, will showcase Bruce Wayne’s early years as The Caped Crusader.

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“The Bat” has found its “Cat!” It is being reported that actress, Zoe Kravitz has been cast as Batman’s cat burgler/love interest/sometimes ally, Selina Kyle, better known as “Catwoman” in the upcoming Batman film by Matt Reeves. The film, starring Twilight’s Robert Pattinson, will showcase Bruce Wayne’s early years as The Caped Crusader.

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Zoe’s casting does not come at a complete surprise. The producers of the film announced they were looking for a woman of color to portray Catwoman and she among others like Sanaa Lathan, Keke Palmer, and even former Star cast members, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady were on the shortlist for the highly sought after role. Zoe is a great choice as she exudes the mystique and sex appeal of the character, and she is no stranger to comic book roles or action movies. As you may recall she was Angel Salvadore in X-Men: First Class and Christina in the Divergent films.

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Catwoman is an important part of the Batman mythos, and is easily one of comic’s most layered characters. She may very well be the epitome of a woman who has her own, on her own, and is only on her own side. Being an Olympic level athlete armed with advanced thieving skills, martial arts, razor sharp claws, and a cat o’ nine tails whip she is a true “Feline Fatale!” Congrats Zoe we cannot wait to watch you kill this role!

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Disney & Pixar’s “Onward” (@PixarsOnward) Debuts New Trailer, Poster, & Images!

Disney and Pixar’s Onward, which hits theaters March 6, 2020, unveiled a new trailer, poster and images this morning. Set in a suburban fantasy world, “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot (voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt), who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. Also featuring the voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Ian and Barley’s mom, Laurel Lightfoot, and Octavia Spencer as the voice of the Manticore, Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new original feature film is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae—the team behind “Monsters University.”

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Disney and Pixar’s Onward, which hits theaters March 6, 2020, unveiled a new trailer, poster and images this morning. Set in a suburban fantasy world, “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot (voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt), who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. Also featuring the voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Ian and Barley’s mom, Laurel Lightfoot, and Octavia Spencer as the voice of the Manticore, Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new original feature film is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae—the team behind “Monsters University.”

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We cannot wait for Onward! It, like, any other Disney and Pixar film will be a certified hit! The movie looks so magical and heartwarming. Anything dealing with monsters, magic, and quests on an alien world definitely has our attention.

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What do you guys think of the trailer? Sound off in the comments section below! Happy viewing!

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