Mao’s Last Dancer isn’t getting mainstream buzz, but it is getting high accolades in the film critics community. The movie has broken out of the film festival circuit and getting a wider release starting this weekend. Here’s more about the film:
From Academy Award nominees Bruce Beresford (director, TENDER MERCIES, DRIVING MISS DAISY), Jane Scott (producer, SHINE) and Jan Sardi (screenwriter, SHINE, THE NOTEBOOK) comes the remarkable true story of ballet dancer Li Cunxin. MAO’S LAST DANCER stars Chi Cao, a gifted dancer and principal at the Birmingham Royal Ballet making his impressive screen debut as Li. The cast is rounded out by Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Chen and Amanda Schull.
Based on Li’s best selling autobiography, MAO’S LAST DANCER is the epic story of a young poverty stricken boy from China and his inspirational journey to international stardom as a world-class dancer. The story begins when a young Li is taken from his peasant home by the Chinese government and chosen to study ballet in Beijing. Separated from his family and enduring countless hours of practice, Li struggles to find his place in the new life he has been given. Gaining confidence from a kind teacher’s encouraging guidance and a chance trip to America, Li finally discovers that his passion has always been dance. MAO’S LAST DANCER weaves a moving tale about the quest for freedom and the courage it takes to live your own life. The film poignantly captures the struggles, triumphs and the intoxicating effects of first love and celebrity amid the pain of exile.
The film showcases ballet sequences from acclaimed choreographer Graeme Murphy. MAO’S LAST DANCER stars Bruce Greenwood (upcoming DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS, STAR TREK, THIRTEEN DAYS), Kyle MacLachlan (upcoming THE SMELL OF SUCCESS, ‘Desperate Housewives’), Joan Chen (LUST, CAUTION, THE LAST EMPEROR,), Amanda Schull (CENTER STAGE, ‘One Tree Hill’) and newcomer Chi Cao as Li Cunxin.
Get tickets to Mao’s Last Dancer at Fandango or movietickets.com.
Mao’s Last Dancer Clip
Joan Chen on Mao’s Last Dancer
Chi Cao on Mao’s Last Dancer
NYC, you’ve got a few more chances to catch Made in Taiwan with Michelle Krusiec in NYC. She’s talked about her show on TV
. In this video, she’s sharing a little more about the characters and the plot of the show. Michelle Krusiec jumps into character while discussing “Made in Taiwan”.
To get tickets, click on one of the shows below:
Friday, August 20th at 9:30PM;
Monday, August 23rd at 9:30PM;
and Tuesday, August 24th at 9:30PM
Made in Taiwan by Michelle Krusiec at Fringe Festival
Golden State Warriors rookie Jeremy Lin was in New York City for the Rookie Transition Program. While out in the Big Apple, he checks out the sights and flavors of the city. He does it all in Time Square from caricatures to eating at Shake Shack to meeting the Naked Cowboy. He also mixes and mingles with friends and fans on the streets of NYC. Finally, Jeremy Lin takes his long awaited rookie pictures in his official uniform. It’s the first time we’ve seen him in a Warriors uniform. Check it out
The photos of Jeremy Lin will be used for publicity shots and trading cards.
Jeremy Lin in NYC
Look for Jeremy Lin on a trading card soon. It’s gonna be his rookie card.
Half of Rin on the Rox, Erin Paula has dropped her first original single, In the Mirror. This song was recorded about a month ago in Atlanta Georgia. Listen to a snippet of the song below. This is the first of two songs she’ll be releasing. The next song “IPod” will be released on her BIRTHDAY September 22, 2010.
“In the Mirror” is available on .
In the Mirror by Erin Paula
Hogoz (pronounced “hoe-goes”), a unique online comedy by J-Powers, begins Monday, September 20, 2010. Each Monday through Friday, a new scene—less than one minute in length—will appear online. The upcoming web series is billed as South Park meets Manzanar. This series takes place in a war-time concentration camp for Japanese American kids and others who have been labeled as troublemakers. Formerly a ramshackle boarding school on Navajo land, Hogoz embraces the ups and downs of teenagers behind barbed wire. While the subject of the forced removal and unjust imprisonment of U.S. citizens during World War II has been treated dramatically, this is the first time it is expressed with satiric humor. Another unique feature is that the series plays like a live-action comic strip—that is, the live actors perform in front of hand-drawn backgrounds. You can see a preview below.
Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, a historian who played a pivotal role in the Redress movement through her research at the National Archives, has said of the series, “Hogoz has captured the many different classes of Nikkei [Japanese Americans]—the confused, the resigned, the superpatriot, the supine/docile, the angry, those who felt betrayed by their own government.” Hogoz also will be uniquely notable for having the greatest number of Asian Americans in a current popular entertainment show. Eleven members of the cast are Asian American actors ranging in age from 14 to 24 including Lawrence Kao of Kaba Modern (ABDC Season 1). These young artists imbue the series with a fresh, funny, and authentic voice. Also, there are experienced and some well-known non-Asian actors portraying the camp’s adult personnel. “After decades of grousing about the injustice of having spent three years in U.S.-style concentration camps,” observes Herzig-Yoshinaga, “I must admit it was a refreshing new experience to find myself laughing over the antics, language, and some of the events that inmates face and how they dealt with them. There are some great lines of humor in the [series].”
The story and characters of Hogoz are fictional creations of J-Powers (a.k.a. John Powers) who writes, produces, and directs the series. J-Powers is a Los Angeles-based creative artist whose education and experience is in theater, film, and video.
Hozog web series preview
Meet the cast of Hozog
Jie-Song Zhang of Stone Forest Ensemble is working on a project for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, on behalf of the USA Pavilion. It is called “Emerging Face of a Nationless World”, and features artists from all over the world (including a handful of Asian countries) who have come to New York and collectively symbolize the possibility of a united world. It’s an inspiring video on hope and solidarity in our multicultural nation. Here’s Jie-Song Zhang’s statement on his work:
I believe the piece will also be an expression of Asian strength and belonging in the United States (as I am Asian, obviously, along with a few other cast members). Furthermore, its greater value, perhaps, is in showing the landscape of not only American immigrants and minorities, but the changing landscape of the world, indirectly identifying the Asian’s place to be alongside that of the African-American, Caribbean-American, Latino-American, European immigrant, etc… in a much bigger global
movement. In this sense, I believe the piece will help bring solidarity between Asians and other minorities, and further contribute to Asian confidence.
We spotted Jack Hsu from Hsu-Nami and Kaoru Watanabe of Kodo in the piece. Can’t wait to see the full video this Fall. Emerging Face of a Nationless World will be part of a video-installation performance with Jie-Song Zhang playing the electric violin live over footage of these artists performing, specially arranged and filmed for this project.
Emerging Face of a Nationless World trailer
Emerging Face of a Nationless World trailer (short version)