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Academy Apologises For "Tone-Deaf" Asian Jokes During Telecast


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The organisers of The Oscars have apologised for the “tone-deaf” portrayal of Asians in various jokes at this year’s ceremony, after a group of actors and filmmakers of Asian descent complained of being offended.

The Academy was embroiled in a vociferous diversity row in the run-up to the 2016 awards, which were held at the end of February, after all 20 acting nominees were white for the second year in a row. Though it subsequently pledged to double its number of women and minority members by the end of the decade, it has once again found itself at the centre of controversy.

Chris RockSome members of the Asian community were outraged at one of Chris Rock's jokes at the Oscars

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Academy Apologises To Asian Members


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A group of prominent Asians in Hollywood, including director Ang Lee and actors George Takei and Sandra Oh, added their names to a protest letter, which was sent to Academy executives and the awards show producers on Tuesday (15Mar16), and hours later the AMPAS bosses released a statement.

In it they apologised for derogatory jokes made about Asians at the Oscars ceremony last month (Feb16).

One skit that upset the protest group featured three Asian children introduced onstage by host Chris Rock as accountants, while British funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen also made a stereotype joke.

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Ang Lee Joins Asians Protesting Oscars Skit


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The Oscar winner is one of 25 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, of Asian descent, whose names feature on a letter sent to organisation officials, protesting a skit host Chris Rock introduced, during which three Asian children appeared onstage as Academy accountants.

The letter was delivered to the Academy Board of Governors, president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, CEO Dawn Hudson, and Oscar producers Reginald Hudlin and David Hill, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It calls for "concrete steps" to "preclude such unconscious or outright bias and racism toward any group in future Oscars telecasts".

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Ang Lee, John Krasinski And Guillermo Del Toro To Announce Academy Awards Nominations


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A-list stars may still be nursing their hangovers from the Golden Globes on Sunday night, (10Jan16) but Hollywood's players are already looking to the biggest prize of all, the Oscars.

The 88th Academy Awards nominations will take place on Thursday (14Jan16) at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and it has been announced Lee, del Toro and Krasinski will help make the nominations an international affair, when they join Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs for the big reveal.

The nominees in all 24 categories will be announced during a two part-live news conference, beginning at 5.30am in Los Angeles.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Reveals His Acting Regrets


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Jake Gyllenhaal regrets thinking of acting as ''just a job''.

The 34-year-old star, who appears alongside the likes of Josh Brolin and Keira Knightley in 'Everest', has revealed he went through a stage in his career when he took his success and status for granted.

He said: ''I feel I've returned to the emotional place I was in when I was acting as a kid.

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Steve Martin To Join Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk


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Steve Martin is to join the cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk'.

The 'Cheaper By The Dozen' star is set to take a role in the adaptation of the novel of the same time.

Deadline reports that the 69-year-old actor and comedian will start shooting for the flick in April alongside Joe Alwyn.

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Netflix Announces First Original Movie With ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’ Sequel


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Netflix are teaming up with the Weinstein Company to produce the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon titled, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny. For the first time ever, the movie will be released simultaneously online and in IMAX cinemas, next August.

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The film marks Netflix’s first foray into movie making after the success of original series' such as ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’. The sequel to Ang Lee’s 2000 Academy Award nominee will this time see Woo-ping Yuen behind the camera, while former Bond actress Michelle Yeoh return in the role of Yu Shu Lien.

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Angelina Jolie Upsets Chinese Fans With Ang Lee Comments


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Angelina Jolie has become a target for Chinese film fans after questioning director Ang Lee's links to their nation in a media interview.

The actress was promoting her new movie Maleficent, which is set to open in China later this month (Jun14), when she was asked to name her favourite Chinese director.

She chose the Life of Pi filmmaker, and then stated, "I am not sure if you consider Ang Lee Chinese; he's Taiwanese, but he does many Chinese-language films with many Chinese artists and actors, and I think his works and the actors in his films are the ones I am most familiar with and very fond of."

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Angelina Jolie: Cleopatra Might Be Last Film Role


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Angelina Jolie is set to play Cleopatra on the big screen.

The 'Maleficent' actress has revealed she's in line to take on the part of the iconic Egyptian queen in an Eric Roth-scripted movie.

She confessed during a BBC Radio 5 Live interview: ''There's been lots of different ideas of directors and a lot of different discussions. The script has been written by Eric Roth, who is a dear friend and a brilliant writer.''

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Ang Lee Opens Up About Tiger Drama On Life Of Pi Set


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Moviemaker Ang Lee has addressed reports suggesting a tiger almost drowned on the set of Life Of Pi, revealing it was "an accident".

The director agreed to speak with reporters in the Philippines in the wake of The Hollywood Reporter's accusations regarding animal safety on the set of his 2012 hit movie.

As part of an expose in the new issue of the trade publication, reporters obtained a 2011 email from an American Humane Association employee who was tasked with monitoring animal welfare on the project, about an orphaned boy cast away at sea with a tiger following a shipwreck, in which she detailed the animal's near-death.

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Zulu Premiere And Closing Ceremony

Nicole Kidman and Ang Lee - 66th Cannes Film Festival - Zulu premiere and Closing Ceremony - Cannes, France - Sunday 26th May 2013

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66th Cannes Film Festival

Orlando Bloom, Ang Lee, Audrey Tautou and Steven Spielberg - 66th Cannes Film Festival - Inside Closing Ceremony - Cannes, France - Sunday 26th May 2013

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'Nebraska' - Premiere

Nicole Kidman and Ang Lee - 66th Cannes Film Festival - 'Nebraska' - Premiere - Cannes, France - Friday 24th May 2013

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66th Cannes Film Festival - Opening Ceremony

Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, Cristian Mungiu and Ang Lee - 66th Cannes Film Festival - Opening Ceremony - Cannes, France - Wednesday 15th May 2013

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Cannes Jury Photocall

Nicole Kidman, Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee - 66th Cannes Film Festival - Jury photocall - Cannes, France - Wednesday 15th May 2013

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Life of Pi Movie Review

Life of Pi Movie Review

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Movie Review

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