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we the hustlers – the film’s producer on lopez, wu and company

[edited re-post from a previously premature published draft] asienne recently sat down with HUSTLERS producer, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas at the LA screening of the film. In this Q and A, we’re talking about: how Constance Wu was and is the “gold standard” pick for the role of Destiny, producing female-led and female-driven films with the one and only Jenny from the Block, and the fun (and groundbreaking) that is this HUSTLERS movie out today nationwide. Here is on-site reporter Justine Saldaña with the scoop:

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Grandma’s On The Roof and She Won’t Come Down

NOTE: We usually have a resident film reviewer, the ever-lovely Cher, but this time around, I decided on writing this up to tell you a story – my story. Anna here, founder of asienne and here’s my personal take on The Farewell. More on expanded author’s notes below. WARNING: A FEW MINOR SPOILERS (not a sponsored post) Continue reading “Grandma’s On The Roof and She Won’t Come Down”

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in conversation with writer and director lulu wang

It was only last summer when theaters nationwide were hit with a phenomena #AsianTwitter had famously dubbed as #AsianAugust. With that, came the new era of Asian American cinema with the release of films such as Crazy Rich Asians, Searching and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

This summer, another film to add to the list is writer and director Lulu Wang‘s second feature and Sundance darling that is The Farewell;  based on a true story and, as its tagline says, based on an actual lie, the film tackles the difficult decision of concealing the grandmother’s impending passing from herself. What happens during this time? How does this family – based on Wang’s own – cope? You’ll have to see the movie this summer to find out.

asienne recently sat down with Lulu Wang to chat about: identity, beginnings, inspirations, her creative vision, The Farewell and what she’s got coming up next.

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vanessa hudgens is a #twinning royal this holiday szn

When High School Musical 2 first came out, I vividly remember the moment I found out that Vanessa Hudgens was half-Filipino and ran up to my mother, almost beaming. It was the first moment I saw someone who looked exactly like me in popular American culture.

–(this review is written by Cher who wants you to connect with her on letterboxd)

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