Jackie Chan advises to flush, but flush not too much
Keeping up with the stars in H-town
Last updated 2-5-09 at 2:01 p.m.
By Ninette Cheng
Northwest Asian Weekly
This month, a notable film featuring Asians was nominated for prestigious
awards, a Korean Canadian actress was awarded, and a fashion designer
got his big break. Meanwhile, two actors were caught in a scandal and
another designer got thrifty. Plus Jackie Chan offered a strange tip
on how to conserve water.
Oh, oh, Oh!
Korean Canadian actress Sandra Oh was honored at
the Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) Awards on Jan. 21. The Canadian
award panel recognizes the achievements and contributions recipients
make to the Canadian entertainment industry. Oh is best known for
her role as Dr. Christina Yang on “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Cho back to acting, not reality-ing
Margaret Cho and Brooke Elliot will be starring
in the Lifetime series,“Drop Dead Diva,” which tells the
story of a shallow model-in-training who dies in a sudden accident
only to find that her soul has resurfaced in the body of a “brilliant,
thoughtful, and plus-size attorney,” according to the Lifetime
press release. Cho will play the loyal assistant to Brooke Elliot’s
attorney character. The series will be released
NBC’s “Lipstick Jungle” continues to hang onto its
existence by a thread. NBC reports it will consider continuing to run
the show if it can work out a cost-sharing finance model. The comedy-drama
stars Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, and half-Korean actress Lindsay Price
as three high-powered career women who are best friends in Manhattan.
The show has finally decided to recognize Price as half-Asian in the
season finale — it only took two seasons!
Caught with the top down
Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi caused a stir this week
when photographs of her nude on a beach were exposed to the media.
More than 80 photographs were released of the actress with her Israeli
boyfriend, Vivi Nevo. Zhang’s manager did not deny the photos,
but respected the actress’ private life from being invaded.
Many Chinese netizens were outraged, and some even claimed that Zhang
has brought shame to the Chinese people.
The scandal that won’t go away
Zhang’s scandal comes one year after Edison Chen’s sex photo
scandal in Hong Kong. Chen, who is presently in Vancouver, Canada, has
refused to return to Hong Kong to testify against Sze Ho-chun, the man
accused of stealing the photos. Chen is now set to testify on Feb. 23
in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Since the scandal, Chen has
retired from the show business and has yet to return to Hong Kong. Edison,
head to Hollywood. Sex photo scandals can make your career even bigger
Underdog movie to sweep awards?
The awards season is once again in full swing in
Hollywood, and the surprise hit of the year is
the India-based film “Slumdog
Millionaire.” The film, about a young Indian boy who is a contestant
on an Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” was
nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best
Picture and Best Director. The British film is
directed by Danny Boyle and stars British-Indian actor Dev Patel and
Indian model-actress Freida Pinto. The Academy Awards will be held
on Feb. 22.
Taiwanese Jason Wu, 26, got his big break when
Michelle Obama wore his designs on the election trail. However, it
was his inauguration dress for the first lady on Jan. 20 that made
him a household name. Wu’s white asymmetrical chiffon gown,
embellished with silver thread embroidery and Swarovski crystal rhinestones,
was well received by the public and fashion critics. Wu’s spring
2009 collection will be featured in Nordstrom stores. Best of luck
to this young up-and-coming designer!
Even Vera Wang feels the crunch
Celebrated wedding gown designer Vera Wang felt
the pressure of her pocketbook due to the gloomy economy and as a
result, she has decided to cancel her New York Fashion Week show next
month. Wang was the first of many designers to drop out; she has saved
$50,000 in rental fees for the largest tent, The New York Times reports.
Wang will show her fall 2009 collection at her Mercer Street boutique
in downtown New York City.
If it’s yellow, let it mellow
Finally, Jackie Chan offers some strange tips for
saving the environment. While speaking at a Go
Green initiative for Segway (the two-wheeled
transporter) in Singapore, Chan talked about
how much water is wasted from using the restroom
each day. He said he urges the cast and crew
on his film sets to flush the toilet once a day
at the end of the day. Apparently, it’s
his small contribution to saving the environment.
Note to self: To conserve sense of smell, stay
away from bathrooms on Jackie Chan’s
movie sets. (end)
Check back next month to see how Slumdog Millionaire performs and for
updates on your favorite (and least favorite) Asian and Asian American
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