'Squid Game’ is SAG Awards First-Ever Foreign-Language TV Show Nominee
And a reminder that ‘Asian men are valid and beautiful’
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🏆 The Headlines
The Netflix original series “Squid Game” Jan. 12 made history as the first-ever foreign-language TV show nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award.
The South Korean dystopian gameshow thriller “Squid Game” generated four nominations, including Best Drama Series Ensemble, Best Drama Series Actor (Lee Jung-jae), Best Drama Series Actress (Jung Ho-yeon) and Best TV Series Stunt Ensemble.
Since its debut last September, “Squid Game” has become Netflix’s most-watched original program with more than 1.6 billion hours streamed in the first 28 days globally. The tally is nearly bigger than Netflix’s next four most-streamed episodic programs combined: Three seasons of Spain’s “Money Heist,” and the first season of French thriller “Lupin.”
“Squid Game” earned three Golden Globe Awards, including Best TV drama, and Best TV Supporting Actor (O Yeong-su). The series also has three Critics Choice Awards nominations and a win at The Gotham Awards last year for Best Breakthrough Series.
‘Asian men are valid and beautiful’: 2022 BAM! Calendar celebrates sexy Asian men of Broadway. In collaboration with photographer Mari Uchida, Unapologetically Asian released a 2022 calendar featuring Broadway Asian men, including Zachary Noah Piser from the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen.”
The Asian empowerment brand action campaign partnered with Japanese photographer Mari Uchida to create the calendar as a way to dispel the negative stereotypes that Asian men face in America.
“I think something I’ve seen time and time again is an assumption that Asian men cannot be the leading man and lead complex, nuanced lives,” Uchida told NextShark. “I want those looking at this calendar to feel that each guy on there is a hero to his own story and is an attractive, sexy, multi-dimensional being.”
‘Heartbreaking and enraging’: Gemma Chan calls for an official UK apology to Chinese seamen. British Asian actor Gemma Chan recently penned an essay about her father’s life as a Chinese seaman working for the British merchant navy.
The 39-year-old actor touched on the hardships her father experienced, drawing comparisons to the abuse other Chinese seafarers endured under the British in the 1940s.
Chan learned that her father was instrumental in fighting for his fellow crew members’ rights during his maiden voyage as a seaman.
🎬 Industry Insider
‘Shadow and Bone’ Season 2 Adds Lewis Tan and Three More to Cast (Variety)
Lionsgate Boards ‘Loveboat, Taipei’ From Arvin Chen and Abigail Hing Wen (Variety)
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‘National Treasure’: Lyndon Smith, Zuri Reed, Jake Austin Walker, Antonio Cipriano & Jordan Rodrigues Join Disney+ Series (Deadline)
Geraldine Viswanathan joins the cast of Apple’s THE BEANIE BUBBLE. (Deadline)
📢 Entertainment Programs
CAPE And Janet Yang Productions Set Julia S. Gouw Short Film Challenge For AAPI Women & Non-Binary Filmmakers (More information: Deadline)
Yes, And... Laughter Lab is in its search for comedians creating comedy that can make a difference. Comedians creating project about social issues should apply to their 2022 program here: yesandlaughterlab.com
💼 Industry Job Board (Posted this Week)
Associate, Digital Platforms | NBCUniversal | Apply here
Junior Manager, Entertainment Manager | PUMA Group | Apply here
Editor Entertainment | WarnerMedia | Apply here
Measurement Lead, Consumer Groups and Entertainment | Google | Apply here
👀 Watch List (Celeb Interview Edition)
Now that the recap’s over, let me go back to processing how fast 2022 is passing by.
👋, Lea @ Crushing the Myth