LGBT Media Convening 2017: Journalists Revisit Their Coverage of the Pulse Shooting in Orlando

June 12 will mark the one year anniversary of the devastating shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. This year’s LGBT Media Convening, which appropriately took place in Orlando.

Jeff Truesdell of People moderated a panel featuring Billy Manes with Watermark, Erik Sandoval with CBS Orlando, Emilie Arnold from the Orange County Regional History Center, and Meredith Talusan.

Talusan, who was covering the shooting for BuzzFeed, points out that there were many articles written by white gay men covered the news in a way that framed Pulse as a sanctuary for the LGBTQ community.

The coverage of the events was immediate for many news outlets, but Talusan was wanted to look at the story from a different angle. She points out how there was a lack of featured coverage of the tragedy by minority voices.

“For me, there was a gap between people directly experiencing an event and those experiencing it metaphorically,” says Talusan.

Her gripping piece, “This Is How Queer People In Orlando Are Mourning After The Pulse Shooting” provided a different point of view of what the public was seeing from major news outlets. The piece gave a candid and intimate look at the memorial for Edward Sotomayor Jr., one of the victims of the shooting.

The article not only takes a deeper dive into the tragedy, but unpacks the news with a perspective that was underrepresented in the mainstream media.

Rinko Kikuchi Talks ‘Pacific Rim’, Working in the Kaiju Genre, and Beating Up Charlie Hunnam

SSD-15272.DNGJapanese actress Rinko Kikuchi successfully crossed over into the American market with The Brothers Bloom and even snagged an Academy Award nomination for her role in Babel. Things hit a little closer to home with her character in the Kaiju-centric Pacific Rim. She plays Mako in a post-apocalyptic world where huge Godzilla-like monsters emerge from the sea and badass soldiers like herself have to pilot huge Jaegers (robots, not the drink) alongside hotties like Charlie Hunnam.

The movie is loud, huge in scale, and it is exploding at the seams with robotic and monster action – it has all the makings of a definitive summer blockbuster.

We had the chance to chat with Rinko about her role in the movie and what it was like battling all those gigantic monsters.

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The Stoker Trailer Brings Park Chan-wook’s Eerie English Language Debut

Without a doubt, Park Chan-wook definitely knows how to tell a good story via stunning and shocking visuals and not just make it look like revenge porn (see Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance). His signature style unpredictable tension and dark characters is about to reach a broader audience with Stoker, his first crack at an English-speaking film.

The movie stars Nicole Kidman as Evelyn and Mia Wasikowska as her daughter, India. Based on the trailer, their relationship isn’t exactly loving. (Actually, I think Evelyn hates her in a Mommie Dearest kind of way, but with a lot more icy disdain.) When Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) pays a visit after the death of her father, things start to travel down that fantastically messed up Chan-wook road that we all know and love.

This movie just looks f*cked up and creepy. I can’t wait!!!

Having an Asian Moment: Hana Mae Lee in ‘Pitch Perfect’

After watching the very first trailer for Pitch Perfect, I’ll admit, I immediately wrote it off as another irritating derivation of Glee. Even though it stars my beloved Anna Kendrick, I couldn’t wrap my head around this movie about university-level a capella competition. The trailer made it look too sanitized and sugary for my taste. I wanted something a bit more ironic, modestly crass, and clever — something that was a happy marriage of Bring it On and Drop Dead Gorgeous. However, the more and more I watched trailers and tidbits of this movie, the more the movie grew on me. Then I finally watched a screening of it and my initial snap judgments were proven wrong. Really wrong.

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Having an Asian Moment: Moon Bloodgood in ‘The Sessions’

I am currently in Toronto for the Toronto International Film Festival (or “TIFF” as they call it in the biz). I have been here for over a week. I have seen almost 30 movies. The stadium-style seating movie chair has become an extension of my body.

Nonetheless, there are plenty of Asian movies and movies of the Asian ilk. There are so many that I should probably write about all of them — including my take on Cloud Atlas. (Yes, I watched that nearly three-hour epic. Yes, I liked it — but probably for the wrong reasons.) But before I begin to ramble about all said movies, I want to talk about Moon Bloodgood. This half-Korean hottie is probably most known for her role in Terminator: Salvation and the TV show Falling Skies. And as said, she is hot. Really hot. Really, really hot. Like Maxim magazine hot. But in the movie The Sessions which played at TIFF, she is Vegan Knitter Montly hot.

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Having an Asian Moment: Karen Maruyama In The Campaign

Here is my brief review of The Campaign: If you like to watch Zach Galifianakis act like Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell act like Will Ferrell AND you are dying to see them do it in a political race, then this is for you. Also, a little boy talks about making his farts glow via inserting a firefly in his butt. So there’s that.

But I am not here to judge the movie (even though I suggest you to wait until it’s on Netflix), I am here to praise the work of Karen Maruyama (who is, like a her costar Ferrell, an alumni of the improv group, The Groundlings). She stars as Mrs. Yao, the maid to Marty’s (Galifianakis) dad, (Brian Cox). Even though she is an English-speaking Asian, she is paid to have a deep Southern accent like an extra from The Help. She takes two political incorrect things (later in the movie, she takes it further with a Spanish accent) and flips it on its head — and it’s funny. Damn funny. And I am sure it will offend many. She essentially just donkey punches the audience with this foul-mouthed character of comedic brilliance.

I think I am in love with her.

Having an Asian Moment: Sullivan and Son On TBS

The new show Sullivan and Son premieres this week on TBS and I am sure everyone is excited about it. I’ve been seeing tons of ads for this show that seems to have appeared out of thin air and I couldn’t be happier that there is a sitcom that not only has an Asian lead but also a very culturally diverse cast.

We are definitely making strides folks.

But the main question is, “Will I watch the premiere?”

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Having an Asian Moment: ‘White Frog’

Please watch this trailer of Quentin Lee’s White Frog…and for the love of God will you please just try to hold back your tears?

The movie looks great. It has a top notch cast including Glee homeboy (Harry Shum Jr.), Asian chick from Twin Peaks (Joan Chen), the go-to Asian dude for everything (B.D. Wong), Lady Deathstrike (Kelly Hu) and the adorable wolf from those low-budget Twilight movies (Booboo Stewart). The story looks heartwarming and, even though Shum’s character dies, we do see him shirtless — so that’s always good.
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Listen to All of The Chinese Spoken in Firefly

Whedonites and Firefly lovers rejoice! The beloved cult TV hit by Joss Whedon celebrates its 10th anniversary and will be doing a special panel at this year’s Comic-Con (which starts today) and I won’t be there (but Moye will)!

I am a huge Joss Whedon fan. I’m mainly a Buffy guy, but that doesn’t mean I don’t support his other fine pieces of work, specifically his recent hits The Avengers and Cabin in the Woods. I have yet to dive into the world of Firefly, but it is on my Netflix to-do list.

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Having An Asian Moment: ‘The Man With the Iron Fists’ Trailer

First and foremost I would like to address the tag line for The Man With the Iron Fists:

They put the F-U in KUNG FU.

Now if that ain’t some cleverness right there, I don’t know what is.

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American Idol Announces Season 11 Winner And It’s Not Jessica Sanchez

I haven’t really cared about American Idol since my homegirl Kelly Clarkson won in the show’s debut season. This season is no different. The contestants were talented, but lacking in charisma. Essentially they are singing robots ready to be programmed by the A.I. machine to represent the show that was once exciting.

Nonetheless, last night marked the finale of season 11. The two finalists were Phillip Phillips, a Dave Matthews clone in training and Jessica Sanchez, a young micro diva who has obviously trained in the timeless art of the Beyonce growl. In the end, Phillip Phillips won the whole ordeal, leaving us on stand-by for the next mediocre season of Idol.

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Having An Asian Moment: Men in Black III, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, And The Rufio prequel

I pride myself in patrolling movie and TV news and finding something relevant for our 8Asians readers — and I find TONS of news. Unfortunately I find SO much news that I get overwhelmed and have a nervous breakdown. I end up on the floor in a fetal position, crying.

I’m totally joking.

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