Star Rose Byrne talks about the shift in focus of the story from book to movie with IndieWire.
More on the music created for the soundtrack, this time with a focus on former Lemonheads member Jesse Peretz.
A clip showing the interplay between Byrne and Hawke was released to help keep some positive word of mouth going.
More from the real Ron Stallworth on how he helped John David Washington prepare to play him. There’s also this additional interview with screenwriter Kevin Willmott.
Spike Lee shared a music video for the previously-unreleased Prince song he managed to secure for the movie.
Crazy Rich Asians
Just in the first early screenings the movie reportedly recouped what Warner Bros. had spent on TV advertising.
Yes, Michelle Yeoh has a long history of being incredible on film.
Quartz has some additional details on how Singapore’s tourism bureau, an official partner for the movie, is using it to draw more travelers there.
Constance Wu spoke here about how she and other Asian actors are becoming more bold in their choices. And Jimmy O. Yang appeared on “The Daily Show.”
There’s a cottage industry that’s sprung up in the last week devoted to producing stories like this about how the movie differs the book. Similarly, quite a few guest essays such as this have been published to various culture sites making it clear the movie does not represent all Asian people.
Director Jon M. Chu is ready for the movie’s success to open up some doors for him. Chu’s letter to the band Coldplay asking permission to use their song “Yellow” also garnered several thousand headlines.
This is one of a few profiles I’ve seen focusing on the movie’s costume designer, which makes sense given the attention people are paying to the wardrobe sported by the characters.
One more business-oriented story that’s been approached from various angles is the makeup of the audience itself. Asian-Americans turned out in much larger numbers for this movie than others (unsurprising). That was powered by Asian-American artists who helped get the word out for opening weekend, throwing off a tracking system that not only doesn’t do well with non-white audiences but which isn’t engineered for celebrity-driven efforts that mimic “get out the vote” campaigns more than those for other movies. Both of those, as this story points out, should get the studios’ attention.
Representation is again the theme of this interview with the film’s producers.
Another profile of star Glenn Close and her impressive career here.
A few days before the movie hit theaters I started to see promoted Tweets like this and others.
A new interview here with stars Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek about the bond they forged during production.
As part of the #GoldOpen campaign – meant to encourage Asian-American audiences to turn out for movies featuring people like them – the star and director of Crazy Rich Asians bought out a showing of this movie.
Director Aneesh Chaganty hits on an important point here regarding representation, that volume and the freedom to be mediocre without negative repercussions is what truly marks progress on that front. He also talks about making the movie on iMacs and other tools.
Support the Girls
Given the movie’s working class themes, it’s refreshing to see director Andrew Bujalski talk about how in reality not everyone who he’d like to see the movie can afford to go to the movies.
Nine years after the movie came out, a VR experience is opening in a new entertainment venue in Orange County, CA.
Chris Thilk is a freelance writer and content strategist who lives in the Chicago suburbs.