When I joined the HFPA in 2010, I noticed that it had only one Chinese member and one white Subsaharan African. So I decided to recruit more African and Chinese members. On March, 5th 2014, I received a call from a woman named Ting Ting. She introduced herself as a Chinese journalist and asked me … Continue reading Beware of Ting Ting Xu
In 2020, I established a kindergarten for orphans at the Shatila Refugee Camp in South Beirut, Lebanon. So far, it serves 80 children. Hopefully, we will expand it in the near future in order to serve more children in need. https://youtu.be/I4WYnI9mCFQ
Last month, “La La Land” broke the record for most Golden Globes won by a single film after snagging 7 trophies out of 7 nominations. Two weeks later, it made history again when it collected 14 Academy Awards nominations, record-tying with “All About Eve (1951)” and “Titanic (1997)”. It followed them with 8 accolades from … Continue reading Behind The Scene Of LA LA Land Awards Campaign
The visage of Tilda Swinton in Marvel’s recently released “Doctor Strange”, in which the English actress plays the Asian Ancient one, has yet again highlighted one of Hollywood’s most criticized habits: Whitewashing, namely casting white actors in non-white roles, particularly the lead ones. And it seems that Hollywood is not planning on fixing it. Next … Continue reading Is Green Truly Hollywood’s Favorite Color?
While the region around it has descended in political chaos and religious strife, Dubai continues to flourish and prosper, becoming an oasis of harmony and progress, where the natives constitute less than 12% of its multinational inhabitants. Its international film festival (DIFF), which was launched 12 years ago, in order to enhance understanding and form … Continue reading Dubai International Film Festival empowers female directors in the Middle East
When Australian director, George Miller, embarked in 1979 on making the futuristic action thriller “Mad Max” with an unknown actor in the lead, Mel Gibson, and with less than a $1 million budget and with the help of his friends, he didn’t expect the phenomenal critical and commercial success that ensued. In spite of the … Continue reading How Did New Technology Impact The Making of The New “Mad Max”?
Since its release 3 weeks ago, Furious 7, has been breaking one record after another at the box office, scoring the second-biggest worldwide opening of all time ($397.2 million) behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and recently has become the fastest to reach the $1 billion at the global box office. … Continue reading Is Cinema dying?
Pop stars are not known for being punctilious particularly when it comes to press interviews, so I was not surprised when Rihanna's assistant announced that her boss was going to be late to our rendezvous, ostensibly because she was not feeling well. Most likely though, she was finessing her make up. After a two-hour wait … Continue reading Rihanna is too busy to have a man in her life – interview