James Hong becomes oldest actor to receive star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame
‘Mandarin is not an easy language’: Simu Liu explains his criticism of ‘Moon Knight’
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🏆 The Headlines
James Hong becomes oldest actor to receive star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame — James Hong, 93, the barrier-breaking Asian actor, became the oldest person ever to receive a star on Tuesday, KABC-TV reported. The actor accepted his fan-funded star as drums beat, cymbals clanged and Chinese lion dancers celebrated in the street, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“I’m here! I’m alive!” Hong said after receiving the 2,723rd star on the Walk of Fame, according to the newspaper.
Hong has more than 650 film credits, Variety reported. In 2020, actor-producer Daniel Dae Kim started a crowdfunding campaign to raise the $55,000 needed for the star, and the goal was reached within four days, the entertainment website reported.
Hong is the only living actor to have worked with Clark Gable and Groucho Marx, according to The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. He’s also one of just 19 people of Asian descent to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Variety reported. That list includes Anna May Wong, Mako, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu, according to the Times.
‘Mandarin is not an easy language’: Simu Liu explains his criticism of ‘Moon Knight’ — “I think there’s maybe a misconception that Marvel is this kind of monolithic, all-powerful single organism with infinite resources,” Liu told GQ.
“I think there’s maybe a misconception that Marvel is this kind of monolithic, all-powerful single organism with infinite resources,” Liu told GQ earlier this month. “I think that it’s easy to allocate the blame to Marvel as a whole. If you really break it down, there was a translator that probably shouldn’t have been a translator. There were probably a couple of people in the decision-making process that should have raised a flag that didn’t.”
The “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star added, “I have full appreciation for the fact that Mandarin is not an easy language. I didn’t want to make it into a big political thing. I just wanted to make fun of it because the sound that came out of that man’s mouth did not resemble Mandarin in any way, shape or form.”
Liu went viral in April after criticizing the pronunciation in the second episode of “Moon Knight,” in which Hawke’s character, series villain Arthur Harrow, speaks Mandarin to one of his followers.
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‘Squid Game’ Season 2 Won’t Release Until End of 2023 or 2024, Creator Predicts — “Squid Game” is coming back to Netflix for a second season, but fans of the smash hit drama series are going to have to wait well over a year for new episodes.
Series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk told Vanity Fair that he predicts the next batch of episodes won’t be ready for release until the end of 2023 at the earliest. A Season 2 release in 2024 is also in the realm of possibility.
Vanity Fair added in its report: “[Hwang] only has about three pages’ worth of ideas that he plans to turn into a script, so there isn’t much he can say [about Season 2] except that there will be more games.”
“Humanity is going to be put to a test through those games once again,” Hwang vaguely teased of the next season. “I want to ask the question, ‘Is true solidarity between humans possible?’”
“Squid Game” debuted last fall to record-breaking numbers on Netflix. The show’s first season is the most-watched Netflix original in the streamer’s history. After months of speculation over whether or not the show would get a second season, Netflix officially confirmed in January that Season 2 would move forward. Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos told press, “Absolutely. The ‘Squid Game’ universe has just begun.”
🎬 Industry Insider
‘Josep’ Comedy Pilot Not Going Forward, ABC Hopes To Redevelop Project Starring Jo Koy (Deadline)
‘Boo, Bitch' Unveils First Images From Lana Condor-Led Supernatural Comedy Series on Netflix (Collider)
Randall Park’s Imminent Collision Signs First-Look Deal With Universal TV (The Hollywood Reporter)
📢 Casting Calls
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