Monday, 13 August, 2018
I LOVE the book (part 2 China Rich Girlfriend, part 3 Rich People Problems) so I’m thrilled & excited to watch Crazy Rich Asians on its opening day this Wednesday (Aug 15th, 2018). (Aug 15th night update: Just watched the movie and LOVED it!) (Note: May add more to this post later.)
CRAZY RICH ASIANS – Official Trailer 1
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Cast & Director Share Crazy Stories | THR
NBC Nightly News Extended Interview: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Actors And Director Discuss Film’s Impact
LA Times, The Crazy Road to “Crazy Rich Asians”
Awkwafina on Her Family, Her Name & Crazy Rich Asians
At press time the film has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 97% fresh (when the review count is 39). Some extra info and film reviews:
– Kevin Kwan’s Instagram post, “[my dear friend Vivian’s] stories inspired me when I created the character of Rachel Chu and her family. Jon M. Chu, the director of “Crazy Rich Asians,” was one of the cousins Vivian had been talking about for so many years. I never dreamed that he would one day direct the film based on my book, a film with a heroine who is inspired by the women in his own family. Last night, it all came full circle in this photo – the first time Vivian, Jon, and I were all together in one place.”
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More than ten years ago, my dear friend Vivian in New York started telling me stories about how she grew up in Northern California amongst all her cousins and how close knit they all were. As I moved to the US when I was eleven and had to leave behind my closest cousins, I was fascinated by the stories of her cool American-Born Chinese family, so different from my own, and her stories inspired me when I created the character of Rachel Chu and her family. Jon M. Chu, the director of "Crazy Rich Asians," was one of the cousins Vivian had been talking about for so many years. I never dreamed that he would one day direct the film based on my book, a film with a heroine who is inspired by the women in his own family. Last night, it all came full circle in this photo – the first time Vivian, Jon, and I were all together in one place.
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Monday, 30 July, 2018
You may or may not like Tom Cruise for whatever reasons but he does have impeccable work ethics as I’ve heard from other producers. Have a watch and listen to this! Footage of how Tom Cruise broke his ankle while filming his latest movie – The Graham Norton Show In particular, this part is “Why is why Tom Cruise gets paid the big bucks!”
See how Tom works and his focus. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 6 Fallout BEHIND THE SCENES Movie B-Roll & Bloopers
To promote the film and it is a lot of fun to watch. Tom Cruise Forces James Corden to Skydive
Monday, 23 July, 2018
2018 Nov 13 update: ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL | OFFICIAL HD TRAILER #3 | 2019
(Note: I just asked/begged Nick to do another one of his commentary! :) )
Just watched the fascinating new trailer of “Alita: Battle Angel”. The purpose of this post is to collect some info that I find interesting. I hope to add more later.
Alita: Battle Angel | Official Trailer (July 23)
Live Q&A (July 23) with James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez, Jon Landau & Rosa Salazar
I LOVE this Alita manga created chat, have a watch for sure!
Alita- Battle Angel is More Important Than You Think [HT NickOnRipple]
Some extra info
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Sunday, 7 January, 2018
I really enjoyed Aaron Sorkin‘s Molly’s Game (starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera). Love how Sorkin saw and got more out of Molly Bloom‘s stories than just those in her book “Molly’s Game: The True Story of the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High-Stakes Underground Poker Game in the World”. (note: this Vanity Fair article is worth reading, “Inside the Viper Room: Hollywood’s Most Exclusive Poker Game“) Here is a trailer and then a ton of in-depth interviews, TIFF Q&A, and other insightful clips that I have or plan to watch. Enjoy!
MOLLY’S GAME – OFFICIAL TRAILER [HD]
DP/30: Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin
DP/30: Molly’s Game, Jessica Chastain
DP/30 Abbreviated Chat: Molly’s Game, Idris Elba
Molly’s Game – TIFF World Premiere Q&A – Aaron Sorkin and Jessica Chastain Read the rest of this entry »
Wednesday, 1 November, 2017
* CBC News, 2017 Nov 7, “Party crasher – Donald Trump delivered Republicans the presidency and both houses of Congress. That gift may prove fatal to the GOP” (very insightful and worth a read)
* Say this often and with love: “DRIVE CAREFULLY ME.” – Joanne Woodward (1930 -) (ref: 2017 Oct WaPo, “Paul Newman’s Rolex — with a telling message from his wife — fetches record $17.8 million“) (Just added this to my long list of Quotes I Love as we need a good dose of love in our crazy world.)
“DRIVE CAREFULLY ME.”
P.S. No idea Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward would get married later in life when I watched “The Long, Hot Summer” (trailer) but I thought their chemistry in the film were awesome!
* The Life and Legacy of Chief Justice Earl Warren (Earl Warren)
Sunday, 29 October, 2017
* Phantom Thread is “reportedly Daniel Day-Lewis’s final performance in a film”. (Trailer)
* Iris Gaines: You know, I believe we have two lives.
Roy Hobbs: How… what do you mean?
Iris Gaines: The life we learn with and the life we live with after that.
– from The Natural (1984) (from my collection of Quotes I LOVE)
* Happy birthday Bill Gates! Future generations may remember you for your charitable work and your technical contributions as a footnote.
* A picture is worth 1.4 billion words. #china (Note: Trump craves absolute power so much that he sees no problem saying this: ‘He’s a powerful man… a very good person’)
* (with video) Lovely panel. Got me thinking of the old days of my friend Sarb (who has a Phd in neural networks (NN)) and I chatted about NN over our many lunch time walks in the late 90s. Cutting edge computer science remains fun for me.
The Deep Learning Summit took place in Montreal on 10-11 October 2017 and brought together global AI pioneers including: Yoshua Bengio, Yann LeCun, and Geoffrey Hinton, as well as experts from companies including Intel, NVIDIA, Twenty Billion Neurons and Apple.
We’re currently working on the videos for the summit so please fill in the form below and we’ll email you when they’re ready.//
* Good interview/chat. 92nd Street Y Live chat (video) — with Whoopi Goldberg and Melissa Rivers.
* Highly recommended documentary viewing Abacus: Small Enough to Jail via @frontlinepbs #inspirational #國寶銀行
* Worth a watch. //It’s a fact: Supreme Court errors aren’t hard to find.//
Friday, 5 May, 2017
If you haven’t seen Amy Adams & Jeremy Renner‘s Sci-Fi film Arrival directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners (2013) and Sicario (2015)), go watch! I’ve written an extensive post with many video links here.
Here are my random thoughts: