Casting for New Star Trek Movie

http://badassdigest.com/2012/04/30/reports-confirm-star-trek-2-has-the-safest-possible-villain/

So Bennedict Cumberbatch is playing Khan? Strange. Love Cumberbatch but why's he playing an Indian guy (yes, same can be asked about Ricardo Malteban, but you'd think they'd want to cast better than the old show, not worse)? The Star Trek movies are one of the only major series in Hollywood any racial diversity at all, so whitewashing this role confuses me.
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Ted Talks

"TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader."

I love TED talks. Speakers have a time limit so they have to get right to the point of their speech. I don't agree with all of them. But I they have helped me grow as a person.

These are two of my favorites, that I pull out to explain racism to people who don't understand, they changed me and they change the people I share them with:
Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story
TEDxHampshireCollege - Jay Smooth - How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race

TED has long had a problem with recruiting women speakers. They recently authorized an independently organized TEDxWomen spinoff to speak specifically about women's issues around the world. The TEDx videos are posted on youtube. And they are under attack.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxkxcsrveLw&feature=g-u-u&context=G224bf27FUAAAAAAAAAA

This is a Nobel Peace Prize winner speaking about her efforts to help women in her own country. And it's bombarded with trolls claiming that it's sexist because women initiate 90% of divorces (Who knows which country he's referring too - but this is a video about Africa! What does divorce rates in the Western world have to do with Africa?).

While this is pretty obvious trolling, it's pretty heavy trolling. Each time TED uploads a video with a woman speaker, it's immediately getting 100 down votes. Many subscribers don't watch the videos if they are heavily down voted. So these videos are getting less views, and women's voices are being silenced.

I know this is a bit off topic for Racebending, but, if you are interested in TedTalks and have a youtube channel, would you subscribe? Ignore the trolls - but like the videos under attack and up vote the useful comments.

I don't want users being pushed away from such an amazing and inspiring speeches as TedxTalks provides because of trolls.
thelma - 2

Kung Fu movie: Caine has to be "Chinese-something"

One of Bill Paxton's upcoming projects is a Kung Fu movie (based on the Carradine series), per this source.

Considering that the tv show is a notorious example of whitewashing, this is something to keep an eye on. However, Paxton's remarks in the linked article are somewhat promising:

To take that a step further, I think the character of Caine, whoever this actor this is, and we're going to have to do a big search, he has to be Chinese-something... Chinese-Irish, Chinese-Israeli, Chinese-American, Chinese-Canadian... He's probably going to have to be a pretty skilled martial artist.


Of course, this is still all very preliminary, but hopefully this comment pans out.
Mulan
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Korra Premieres on April 14

Courtesy of Market Watch:

The Legend of Korra, in which the mythology of the beloved animated franchise from Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko continues. The series centers around a new Avatar named Korra, a 17-year-old headstrong and rebellious girl who continually challenges and bucks tradition on her quest to become a fully realized Avatar in a world where benders are under attack. The half-hour series will debut on Saturday, April 14, at 11:00 a.m. (all times ET/PT), as part of Nickelodeon's Saturday morning block (8AM-Noon), which has been the number-one destination for Kids 2-11 for 12 consecutive years and currently delivers more than three million total viewers each week. The Legend of Korra will air regularly on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.


HIP HIP HOORAY
Katara is pissed

Tite Kubo's BLEACH has been picked up by Warner Bros.

Worst nightmare has come true it seems...

Just a heads up, because I just found out about this today:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-02-22/warner-develops-live-action-film-of-tite-kubo-bleach-manga

After Akira failed to get people, it looks like Warner Bros. is aiming at Shonen Jump's popular flagship titles to make a movie out of it.
I see Masi Oka in there, though like the other anime-Hollywood adaptions, I'm not giving much hope that they will do this justice.
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Casting for The Great Wall

I came across an article yesterday, on comingsoon.net, about a new movie - The Great Wall, - which "looks at the mystery behind how China's Great Wall was constructed from a story conceived by Legendary Pictures chairman Thomas Tull and Max Brooks."

Exciting, yes? A great opportunity for Chinese actors?

In negotiations to star is Man of Steel actor Henry Cavill. Now I'm not saying this will necessarily be a racist movie where the Mighty Whitey helps the natives build something beyond their architectural/scientific comprehension, given the scarcity of information and how it's still in pre-production, but this casting, imho, does not bode well, and it looks like something to keep an eye on, y/y?

Read more: Superman Star Henry Cavill to Build The Great Wall - ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=86864#ixzz1m1ech1kx
Wolfie-Pup

Racebending in 'Big Miracle'?

Perpetual lurker, first-time poster, delurking for hopes for more info on the new film 'Big Miracle'. Saw a commercial for it earlier today, and as 'based on a true story' always sends my alarms ringing, I wiki'd it. It appears that the cast is predominantly white, but the only individual mentioned on the page for 'Operation Breakthrough' (the 'true story') is an Inupiaq Inuit named Roy Ahmaogak. In fact, the Wikipedia page really emphasises that the local community was Inuit and they're the ones who got the whole thing rolling. So now I'm really giving the film a side-eye, and wanted to know: does anyone know anything more?


Wikipedia links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Miracle and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Breakthrough
jedi

Early Review of Gene Yang's "The Promise" Part 1

Hi guys. Racebending.com was sent an early review copy of "The Promise." We put up our review, which you can read here.

I also included some of the history behind how Gene Yang got the job. Did you know that he came to the attention of the publishers when they saw his comics protesting the whitewashing of "The Last Airbender" movie?



There are minor spoilers based on the preview pages and the back cover, but I'd be happy to answer more spoiler questions in the comments here if anyone has questions.