The Taiwanese-American says she’s proud of the way the show portrays the cast, adding that the fashion and fights are really just a front for deeper conversations. “I think that while the show leads with glitz and glamor, and that is maybe the clickbait or hook, it really retains [the audience] with heart and laughter,” says Chiu, who also serves as a producer on the series. “I’ve taken a couple of hits, as you can see on the show [and] it certainly pushed my personality in a way that, you know, creates more entertainment value, but it was both a necessary evil and also a fun and wild adventure for a greater purpose. I wanted to incorporate more voices and faces that represent Asian perspectives, values, morals, traditions [and] pressures into pop culture, and into the pop-culture discussion in America.” … [Read more...] about Netflix’s ‘Bling Empire’ Is a Celebration of Culture — Clad in Couture
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Monsters at Work is set six months after the events of Monsters, Inc. and follows Tylor Tuskmon, a recent Scare Major graduate from Monsters University, who now works as a mechanic in the Facilities Team with dreams of one day working alongside Mike and Sulley. As for exactly how long the episodes will be, Crystal says that it's "hard to tell when you're just reading," but that the episodes have full scripts and are part of a continuing story, adding that it's "really gonna be fun." … [Read more...] about Monsters at Work Disney+ Series Is a True Sequel to Monsters, Inc. Confirms Billy Crystal
Monsters at Work is produced by Bobs Gannaway and Ferrell Barron, with Kat Good and Rob Gibbs set to direct. Pixar produced a prequel titled Monsters University in 2013, but it's been nearly two decades since we left off with Mike and Sully after their adventure with Boo. Disney streaming is set to launch later this year, but no price point or official launch date has been set. The company will present its plans for the service at an investor conference on Thursday, at which point we'll surely learn a lot more about what's to come. This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter. … [Read more...] about Monsters, Inc. Cast Returns for Monsters at Work Disney+ Animated Series
The reports of a live-action Harry Potter TV show also lined up with some other recent news. The studio promoted executive Tom Ascheim to oversee the entire Wizarding World, which was created by author J.K. Rowling. It is said that part of his job will be expanding the franchise to the studio's other various platforms, such as HBO Max. Rowling, it is worth noting, has a lot of control over the franchise and gets a say in every project that is put forth. She is a major driving force in the Fantastic Beasts spin-offs. Rowling has also come under fire recently for her public comments regarding transgender people. … [Read more...] about Warner Bros. Denies Harry Potter TV Series Is Actually Happening
Tom Ascheim, in his new role, will be the chief representative of WarnerMedia in its dealings with author J.K. Rowling, who penned the beloved Harry Potter books, as well as her reps, agent Neil Blair and Blair Partnership Chief Creative Officer James McKnight. Ascheim will report directly to WarnerMedia chief Ann Sarnoff. It also noted that his new responsibilities will include expanding the Wizarding World "property for the studio's various outlets and platform partners." Sarnoff had this to say about it in a statement. … [Read more...] about Harry Potter and the Wizarding World Franchise Is Expanding at Warner Bros.