All (two) Asians look alike on “Orange Is The New Black”?

Angry Asian Man:

On the latest season of Netflix‘s Orange Is The New Black, we got to see a rare bit of backstory for one of the series’ more elusive characters, Chang, played by Lori Tan Chinn. Apparently, she made such an impression on Rolling Stone, they confused her with the show’s other Asian American actress.

The women’s prison dramedy made Rolling Stone’s list of the 25 Best TV Shows of 2015, sitting pretty at the respectable #13 position. But in describing a highlight from the show, the writer mixes up the two Asian American characters, Chang and Soso, played by Kimiko Glenn.

Consider that Lori Tan Chinn is a veteran Chinese American actress in her sixties and Kimiko Glenn is a multiracial Japanese American twentysomething. And they look absolutely nothing alike.

NY Post: Ken Jeong “totally vindicated” by the success of his show Dr. Ken

 

NY Post (by Robert Rorke and Andrea Morabito):

After first exposing himself to audiences as “The Hangover’s” naked gangster Leslie Chow, Ken Jeong is taking on a much more grounded character in “Dr. Ken,” loosely based on his own past as a physician. With the comedy now picked up for a full season, Jeong fielded questions from The Post about turning his life into TV.

“Dr. Ken” got panned by critics — do you feel vindicated, now that ratings have been good?
In a word, yes. I feel totally vindicated because all the reviews were based on a pilot script that was in gestation for a long time, and I knew that the subsequent series episodes are much better in quality and will sustain the show. After the pilot, I knew we had room for improvement, and during the 10 weeks of pre-production, I was in the writers’ room every day, ensuring we would improve every aspect of the show from the writing to the characters to the quality of storylines, and we succeeded.

Dr. Ken air on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC

New “Death Note” film announced for 2016

Otaku USA Magazine (by Matt Schley):

Anime/manga/tv series Death Note will be back with another live-action film in 2016.

The film, which will serve as a sequel to the two 2006 Death Note films, will star characters who “inherited the DNA of Light and L” who are set to battle over the six Death Notes in the world. The plot will also involve cyber-terrorism.

Death Note 2016 will be directed by Shinsuke Sato, who previously directed the live-action Gantz and Library Wars films.

The teaser was first revealed after the final episode of the Death Note TV series Sunday. It’s unclear if any of the cast or crew from that series will be involved in the new film.

“Fast & Furious 6” helmer Justin Lin to direct “Star Trek 3”

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Variety:

Justin Lin is boarding the USS Enterprise and will direct the third installment in Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” franchise.

The hiring of Lin came two weeks after Roberto Orci backed away from the directing gig.

Orci had been hired for the helming job after J.J. Abrams had to exit the sequel due to his commitment to direct Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Abrams directed the first two “Star Trek” reboots in 2009 and 2013.

David Ellison’s Skydance Prods. is producing along with Orci and Abrams. Paramount has not yet set a release date for “Star Trek 3″ but speculation has emerged that the studio will release the film in 2016 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the launch of the original “Star Trek” series on TV.

Patrick McKay and John D. Payne worked on the most recent draft of the script.

Lin directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth installments of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

Last year’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” grossed $467 million worldwide, including $229 million domestically.

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Kimiko Glenn as Brook Soso on ‘Orange is the New Black’

 

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When Netflix released the entire second season of Orange is the New Blacklet’s just say we were more than a little excited. By the third episode, we discovered something to be really excited about– they casted an Asian.

Kimiko Glenn is the actress who plays the prison’s newest inmate, Brook Soso. Another character has described her as a “dirty hippie.” This isn’t completely missing the mark considering everything we’ve learned about her so far. She refuses to shower, goes on hunger strikes for better prison conditions and even rallies her other other inmates. Although at times odd, she’s clearly quite a character.

Of course this isn’t the first Asian character on Orange is the New Black. However, the only other Asian character, Chang, hardly spoke and told us nothing about her personality. Soso is quite the opposite– she can’tstop talking and the other inmates are quick to realize that.

 

Recently, actress Kimiko Glenn opened up to Cosmopolitan.com about her character:

Cosmo: You’re in more than half of the episodes in Season 2. How did you end up on the show?
Glenn: I was doing theater before all this, and I had some experience with film and TV — I filmed a sitcom pilot. When I got the audition, I was actually watching episode 5 of the first season. You know how it kind of snowballs and you’re like, Now I can’t stop, I’m addicted? I was in the middle of that. After I finished, I paused and looked at [my agent’s] email and it said: “Appointment for Orange Is The New Black.” And I said, “Oh my god, wait!” I stared at it for a second because I thought I was seeing things. It was cool because I was watching, like, “I would love to be on this show, but I would never be on this show because what part would there be for me in a prison?”

Cosmo: Orange is a great platform for minorities. How does Brook’s character help as far as Asian American representation, and do you think about it?
Glenn: Absolutely. I think the original vision of the character was a blonde girl, and then they opened it up to Indian, and then it kind of landed on me somehow. But I think that was telling of how open Jenji [Kohan, the creator] is and the way in which we’re thinking about it more. What I love about playing Brook is the fact that this is not an Asian stereotype. This is not like any character I’ve gone in for. I go in for a lot of the typical things you would think: the silly sidekick, the smart one, stuff like that. It is something I think about all the time. It’s a conversation I ask my agents; I ask my managers. It’s always a conversation because I do want to be playing parts that are human parts. And I love that they say that I’m Asian American. I’m not “full Asian.” I think Asians in general are underrepresented.

Cosmo: There isn’t much representation at all, and your character is funny.
Glenn: I get discouraged when I watch films. TV, I think is getting a lot better, but I’ll watch and it’ll be primarily white and then a few African-American actors scattered in. As an Asian woman, I find that it’s pretty difficult to break the boundary, you know, to come in and tell a story that isn’t about being Asian. I think what would be completely ground-breaking is if there was some sort of film or TV show — or maybe there is, I don’t know — where there is an Asian American lead who wasn’t about being Asian American.

 

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Kimiko Glenn as Brook Soso on ‘Orange is the New Black’

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BBC’s Sherlock a big hit in China thanks to blatant sexual tension between Watson and Holmes…

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BBC Television’s Sherlock is, without a doubt, one of the best TV shows of the decade–nearly anyone who’s seen the contemporary re-imagining of the legendary Sir Connan Doyle character is bound to agree. From the mysteries themselves to any of the numerous brilliant aspects of the show, it can be a bit difficult to pin down exactly why it works so well.

Well, unless one you’re one of the many Chinese women totally enthralled with the sexual tension between Sherlock and Watson!

Sherlock‘s popularity is definitively global at this point–we’d bet that the show has fans in every continent, probably even Antarctica! Well, what else are the penguins going to do all winter? And China has its fair share of fans as well–but one of the core groups driving the show’s popularity in the county is the women who revel in the homoerotic undertones between the two main characters, the eponymous Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. John Watson.

While Japan has only just recently finished airing the second season, China has already finished the broadcast of the third, which isn’t set to be seen in Japan until May. The popularity of the show in China has been so intense that it’s even gained the attention of the BBC.

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Like the “rumors” that have long circulated about Captain Kirk and Spock, many fans can’t help noticing the intensity of the relationship between Holmes and Watson, leading to a nearly unending supply of self-published slash fan fiction. “Slash,” for the more innocent of our readers, is fan fiction stories about two characters of the same sex romantically involved with each other–usually called BL, or Boys’ Love, in Japan.

In its native Britain, fans generally seem to love the show for the mysteries, [Spoilers]Sherlock’s apparent demise at the end of the second season enthralled fans as they tried to figure out he pulled it off. In China, however, many female fans welcomed the chance to see Watson’s expression of love for Holmes and delighted at the “couple’s” return in the third season.[/End spoilers]

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Of course, this also means that China–and, indeed, the rest of the world–has an abundance of self-published slash fiction featuring Holmes and Watson, Watson and Holmes, and a female-version of Holmes paired with Watson–a reversal of the American Sherlock Holmes show Elementary. Though we’re pretty sure the Elementary has never shown the characters as romantically or sexually involved–clearly they’re doing something wrong!

Of course, none of this has escaped the attention of the BBC or lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who discussed the prevalence of online slash fan fiction in the English-speaking world in an interview with MTV.

“[Martin Freeman said] ‘Hey, look at this Tumblr.’ And I said, ‘What? Tumblr? What?’ He knows more about it than I do and he was showing me some of them. Some of it is really racy, un-viewable even on MTV. It’s cool.”

We have to say that we really respect and admire his appreciation for the fans’ work. It seems like a very calm response to what could be a very awkward situation. After all, when was the least time legions of strangers drew pictures of you being intimate with…well, anyone? Probably never, unless you happen to be our Mr. Sato!

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All of this, though, has led some Chinese Internet commenters to believe that the BBC isspecifically catering to fans interested in the romance between Sherlock and Watson.

“The slash-fic-loving women are like royalty!”

“I can’t help thinking that they’re trying to appeal to women who love the Holmes-and-Watson slash fic.”

“No matter how many thousands or tens of thousands of times Holmes picks on Watson, the doctor sticks with him like a love-struck puppy. We’ve waited two years for new episodes, and the third season is guaranteed not to disappoint!”

Naturally, there are many types of fans the world over–and that includes in China as well. After all, the show tries to stay faithful to the original stories while masterfully adding in modern embellishments and gadgets. It captures the imagination of mystery fans, adventure fans, and old-school Sherlock Holmes fans! It just so happens that a large number of fans are also captivated by the not-so-subtle romance between the two fetching young men.

So if you’re looking for a bit of fanfic to hold you over until the next season, it’s only a short google search away whether you’re searching in Chinese or English!

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Justin Lin to direct drama pilot “Scorpion”

CBS has given a pilot order to Scorpion, a drama from Nick Santora, Justin Lin, Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci. The project, which had a put pilot commitment, was written by Breakout Kings co-creator Santora and will be directed by Fast & Furious’ Lin, with CBS TV Studios producing. It centers on an eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses who form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age.

Scorpion was inspired by the true story of Walter O’Brien (hacker name “Scorpion”), CEO of global think tank Scorpion Computer Services. A man with one of the world’s highest documented IQs (1 in 1.5B people), O’Brien became a real-life Professor X and recruited and trained other geniuses from around the world to work together to save lives and solve problems from casino security to Military Drone warfare. Executive producing Scorpion are Santora, Lin, O’Brien, K/O Paper Products’ Kurtzman, Orci and Heather Kadin and SB Prods.’ Scooter Braun, with SB’s Danny Rose and Danielle Woodrow of Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment co-exec producing, and SB’s Scott Manson and Perfect Storm’s Troy Craig Poon producing.

This is a second pilot order this season for CBS TV Studios-based K/O, along with terrorism drama Identity at the CW.

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Justin Lin to direct drama pilot “Scorpion”