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Awkwafina Addresses Blaccent, AAVE and Cultural Appropriation Criticisms

Awkwafina returned to Twitter after a two-year absence on Saturday to address longstanding criticism over her use of a blaccent and appropriation of Black culture. In a statement that also indicated she would be “retiring from Twitter,” the Crazy Rich Asians and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star denied that her use […]

Awkwafina Joins Nicolas Cage, Nicholas Hoult in Universal’s ‘Renfield’

Awkwafina, coming off a leading turn in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, is joining Nicholas Hoult and Nicolas Cage in Universal Pictures’ monster movie Renfield. Chris McKay, the helmer behind Amazon’s The Tomorrow War and The Lego Batman Movie, is directing the feature project, which is due to begin shooting early next year in […]

Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards Honor ‘Spencer,’ ‘The Harder They Fall’ and ‘The Lost Daughter’

Kristen Stewart, Regina King, Maggie Gyllenhaal and more kicked off award season Saturday night by honoring those who work behind the camera during the 11th annual Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards, presented by Los Angeles Confidential magazine. Sponsored by Hamilton watches and Los Angeles Confidential magazine, the event, held at the Avalon Hollywood, honors those who […]

Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris in Apple TV+’s ‘Swan Song’: Film Review | AFI 2021

Glenn Close and Awkwafina also star in Benjamin Cleary’s sci-fi drama about a man with a terminal illness who turns to an experimental solution to shield his family from grief.

Inside LACMA’s Art+Film Gala as Honoree Steven Spielberg Says: “I Don’t Think I’ve Referred to Myself in Public” as an Artist

The star-studded annual affair is often affectionately referred to as the Met Gala of the West as it features well-heeled, A-list guests from fashion, film, music, philanthropy, business and tech gathered to raise funds for a museum. But this year’s LACMA Art+Film Gala, a milestone 10th-anniversary event, shimmered in its own, brighter light on Saturday […]

Behind the Camera Awards Announces Honorees, Presenters Including Kristen Stewart, Regina King

Watch brand Hamilton is once again teaming with Los Angeles Confidential magazine on the Behind the Camera Awards to honor filmmaking talent. The 11th annual event is set for Nov. 13 at Hollywood’s Avalon events space with Insecure star Yvonne Orji on board to host the festivities. Per today’s announcement, honorees and presenters are “selected […]

Mahershala Ali Is a Dying Man Considering Cloning in Apple’s ‘Swan Song’ Trailer

Apple released the first full trailer for Swan Song on Thursday, its emotional sci-fi epic starring Mahershala Ali. Set in the near future, where human cloning is accessible, Ali stars as Cameron, a husband and father diagnosed with a terminal illness who finds himself deciding whether he wants to live or die in the minds […]

Events of the Week: ‘The Tender Bar,’ Women in Film Honors and More

As Hollywood events return to full force in New York and Los Angeles amid the coronavirus pandemic, here’s a look at the week’s biggest premieres, parties and openings, including The Tender Bar, Dopesick, Women in Film Honors and the New York Film Festival. The Tender Bar Ben Affleck and George Clooney reunited at Sunday’s L.A. […]

Fall’s Hot Trends, From Body-Baring Cut-Outs to Elevated Denim, Seen on Hollywood’s Red Carpets

BODY-BARING CUTOUTS After debuting just two years ago at Paris Fashion Week, Lebanese American designer Eli Mizrahi’s Mônot label seems to be showing up on nearly every star in recent months, riding high amid a craze for dresses with intricate and revealing cutouts. Mizrahi tells THR that his aim was to “create a sophisticated label […]

Box Office: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Sings Off-Key With $7.5M Debut; ‘Shang-Chi’ Stays No. 1

Universal’s Dear Evan Hansen sang off-key in its big-screen debut with a $7.5 million second-place finish as superhero sensation Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings continued to top the domestic chart in its fourth weekend upon earning another $13.3 million. Additionally, Shang-Chi became the top-grossing pic of the pandemic era in North America, […]

How “Grandma” Became the “Subversive” Style Star of ‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’

On Comedy Central’s Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, loving, foul-mouthed Grandma (Lori Tan Chinn) ups her delightfully audacious style on season two, which premiered Aug. 18, thanks to the joint effort of costume designer Staci Greenbaum and the actress. “Lori and I talk about what we want Grandma to maybe be saying. Oftentimes, it’s subversive,” […]

‘Shang-Chi’ Star Awkwafina on Her Key Role During Casting of Simu Liu’s Superhero

While Awkwafina is certainly no stranger to franchise movies, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings provided the New York-born multi-hyphenate with the rare opportunity to lead a chemistry read. And it wasn’t just any chemistry read as the proceeding would ultimately cast the star of Marvel Studios’ first Asian-led superhero movie. Director Destin […]