‘Cowardly and unconscionable’: Olivia Munn and Asian American women speak out after racist Zoombombing
An online gathering of Asian American women and allies, including actress Olivia Munn, aimed to tackle anti-Asian hate but was interrupted by racist Zoombombing. The “Newsroom” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” star posted on Instagram that she and a group of Asian American women were hosting a virtual Lunar New Year event on Monday about “how to stop anti-Asian hate” when the gathering was “targeted by a zoom bombing of horrific, violent, racially charged images and audio.” The gathering was shut down after the Zoombomber shared vulgar images and anti-Asian hate speech, but the discussion resumed 15 minutes later with attendees rejoining the conversation, a National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum spokesperson told NextShark.news.yahoo.com
Toronto Film Festival to open with ‘Dear Evan Hansen’
The adaptation of the Broadway hit and Tony-winner “Dear Evan Hansen,” Edgar Wright’s ’60s London themed “Last Night in Soho,” and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” are just a few of the major films coming to the Toronto International Film Festival this September.
The daily gossip: Olivia Munn apparently had a John Mulaney obsession for years, Target will no longer sell Chrissy Teigen's cookware, and more
1. "My girlfriend" just doesn't have the same ring to it, but comedian John Mulaney is reportedly dating actress Olivia Munn — news that broke shortly after Page Six revealed he's divorcing his wife of six years, Anna Marie Tendler. Munn and Mulaney supposedly met at church, though Munn's had her eye on Mulaney for years: in a 2015 HuffPost Live interview, she revealed, "We were at a wedding together and I was like 'Oh my gosh, do you and your fiancé want to go have dinner or something and go hang out?'" She added that "I was just so obsessed with hanging out with and talking with him," but afterwards, when Munn emailed Mulaney, he never wrote her back. "I might've got the wrong email — probably. That's what I tell myself," she joked. [Page Six]2. Today's suspicious timing involves Target, which will no longer carry Chrissy Teigen's cookware line — a decision that was supposedly "mutual and amicable" and reached "way back in December," according to sources who spoke with TMZ. That is to say, it apparently predates more recent concerns that have resurfaced about Teigen's allegedly abusive behavior, including that the model both publicly and privately told Courtney Stodden to kill themself when they made headlines for being a teen bride back in 2011. While Teigen publicly apologized to Stodden, Stodden wrote on Instagram on Thursday that "all of me wants to believe this is a sincere apology, but it feels like a public attempt to save her partnerships with Target and other brands who are realizing her 'wokeness' is a broken record." Hmm! [TMZ, CNN]3. In January, The Pokémon Company announced that it was teaming up with Universal Music Group artists to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Though nobody knew exactly what that meant at the time, the hope was obviously for either "new pocket monster-inspired tunes" or a Lavender Town theme exercise remix — but instead we got Post Malone singing about his favorite NFL team? On Friday, Katy Perry shared her own contribution to the anniversary celebrations: a video for her new single "Electric," in which she travels back in time with her Pikachu to make her younger self enter a talent show. Though the song sounds like it belongs on a TJ Maxx playlist ("there's no reason that this life can't be electric!"), it's at least more on-brand for Pokémon than Hootie and the Blowfish. [Kotaku]4. Nicolas Cage put on an ill-advised fake Jamaican accent in order to audition for 2011's The Green Hornet, according to Seth Rogen, who went on The Howard Stern Show earlier this week. Rogen recalled how Cage said he wanted his character to be a "white Bahamian man," which "set off a lot of alarms." Rogen explained, "I remember … just being like, 'I just don't want him to do it in front of us. I'll just be so uncomfortable.' And I remember Evan [Goldberg, Rogen's partner] being like, 'He's not going to do it … That would be too much.'" But then Cage showed up "and literally within 60 seconds … he stands in front of us reciting a monologue, talking in a Jamaican accent," Rogen said. "And we were just like, 'It's happening.'" [The Hollywood Reporter]5. Could this be the best unexpected friendship since Legolas and Gimli? Speaking on the Armchair Expert podcast, Prince Harry explained that he keeps in touch with actor Orlando Bloom, who lives just down the road from the Sussexes, "because of the paparazzi." Said Harry, "He sent me a photograph which his security got of this long-haired guy with a beanie on, with his ear pods in, with his massive camera lying in the back of his 4x4 truck. A woman driving who did the peace sign sitting there as a distraction, and he is laid down in the back of this truck taking photographs of them out with their kid and whoever else is in that area." Good catch, Bloom, but that still only counts as one. [People]More stories from theweek.comRepublicans' dishonest war against 'critical race theory'There's growing speculation that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will name their daughter 'Philippa'Biden reportedly has a 'short fuse'news.yahoo.com
Asian Americans Battling Bias: Continuing Crisis
Asian Americans Battling Bias: Continuing Crisis CBSN's Elaine Quijano hosts a one-hour special on bias against Asian Americans, featuring roundtable discussions with Olivia Munn, Daniel Dae Kim, Cheryl Burke and other Asian American celebrities and thought leaders.cbsnews.com
Olivia Munn, Daniel Dae Kim on anti-Asian bias
Olivia Munn, Daniel Dae Kim on anti-Asian bias CBSN's Elaine Quijano discusses bias against Asian Americans with actors Olivia Munn and Daniel Dae Kim, Stop AAPI Hate co-founder Russell Jeung, Rise founder and CEO Amanda Nguyen, and chef Melissa King.cbsnews.com
Doc films about Demi Lovato, Tom Petty headline SXSW 2021
This combination photo shows Demi Lovato performing at the o2 in east London, on June 25, 2018, left, and Tom Petty performing during the Vegoose music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 28, 2006. Documentaries about Lovato and Petty are among the films set to premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival this year. (AP Photo)Documentaries about Demi Lovato, Tom Petty, Selma Blair and Charli XCX are among the films set to premiere at next month's South by Southwest Film Festival. They held a makeshift virtual festival later that spring in collaboration with Amazon Prime Video, although some opted out. The Sundance Film Festival on Monday said that its virtual festival reached an audience about 2.7 times larger than its typical in-person gathering.