Fans share excitement over first Last Christmas trailer

Film fans have taken to social media to share their excitement over the first official trailer for Last Christmas. Directed by Paul Feig from a script co-written by Bryony Kimmings and Emma Thompson, the upcoming romantic comedy is loosely inspire…

Film fans have taken to social media to share their excitement over the first official trailer for Last Christmas. 

Directed by Paul Feig from a script co-written by Bryony Kimmings and Emma Thompson, the upcoming romantic comedy is loosely inspired by the music of George Michael, especially his 1984 Wham! hit Last Christmas, and stars Emilia Clarke as Kate and Henry Golding in the role of Tom.  

Producers at Universal Pictures posted the three-minute trailer for Last Christmas online on Tuesday, with the YouTube clip already racking up more than 100,000 views and garnering a largely positive reaction on social media.  

“The Last Christmas movie is a big chunk of fan service ALL FOR ME. It combines all of my favourite things, Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Christmas and GEORGE MICHAEL. It’s just perfect. I’m so excited although I feel like it’ll break my heart,” one user wrote on Twitter, while another commented, “Last Christmas is about to become a classic holiday movie. I’m already excited to watch this every year.” 

And a third added: “I love everything about this already. George Michael’s tunes, Emilia Clark (sic), Henry Golding, the cheesy Christmas romance of it all. Just take my money now, please and thank you!”  

However, one fan was pleased to see that the narrative of the film was different from what they had anticipated.  

“I was worried for a second there that this would be a movie where she’s the only person who remembers George Michael,” they wrote, poking fun at Danny Boyle’s The Beatles-inspired movie Yesterday.

Last Christmas, also starring Thompson and Michelle Yeoh, is set to hit cinemas in November. It will also premiere previously unreleased material by Grammy Award-winning artist Michael, who died at the age of 53 on Christmas Day in 2016.  

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Michelle Yeoh keeps fit with intense shadowboxing training

Michelle Yeoh keeps fit with intense two-hour shadowboxing training every day.The Crazy Rich Asians star performed her own stunts when appearing in action movies alongside Jackie Chan in the ’90s, leaping from helicopters and riding motorcycles. “We ha…

Michelle Yeoh keeps fit with intense two-hour shadowboxing training every day.

The Crazy Rich Asians star performed her own stunts when appearing in action movies alongside Jackie Chan in the ’90s, leaping from helicopters and riding motorcycles.

“We had wild times,” the Malaysian actress told InStyle. “People thought we were using green screens. Jackie and I would look at each other, like, ‘What green screen?'”

Yeoh was inspired to keep that level of high-intensity training going, and began shadowboxing to keep herself in shape.

“The biggest respect you pay to the people you’re fighting is being accurate. So when they say to punch the person in the sternum, you don’t end up punching them in the throat,” she explained. “I practice every day.”

Yeoh never restricts herself, and confessed she loves to eat and has a very healthy appetite.

“I eat everything,” the 56-year-old laughed. “I like to dine well. But I can hang out, man. I can’t live without red wine. And I love frozen yoghurt.”

She starts her day with a blast of cold water at the end of her morning shower, but hasn’t managed to pluck up the courage to have an icy shower every day.

“I swear, if you get warmed up enough then turn on the cold, it actually feels really refreshing,” she shared. “Some of my friends go straight to cold. I’m still a little bit of a wimp.”

Her luminous skin at the Oscars caused the hashtag #MichelleYeohGlow to go viral on the Chinese social site Weibo, and Yeoh spares no expense in keeping her skin in tip-top condition.

Hers is a multistep skin-care routine, which includes Augustinus Bader’s The Rich Cream, $265 (£210), and Tatcha’s The Essence smoothing balm, $95 (£75).

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Michelle Yeoh celebrates Earth Day with charity bracelet launch

Actress Michelle Yeoh marked Earth Day on Monday (22Apr19) by launching a new eco-friendly bracelet for charity. The Crazy Rich Asians star, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has unveiled the #TOGETHERBAND Life o…

Actress Michelle Yeoh marked Earth Day on Monday (22Apr19) by launching a new eco-friendly bracelet for charity.

The Crazy Rich Asians star, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has unveiled the #TOGETHERBAND Life on Land bracelet, the first in a series of 17 sustainable accessories to raise awareness about eco-friendly fashion.

The bands were made by designers at British brand Bottletop, with each new colour, set to drop monthly, promoting a different environmental cause so fashion-forward activists can show their support to sustainability goals close to their hearts.

“It’s about taking urgent action to prevent deforestation and reduce the loss of natural habitats and biodiversity, which are a part of our common heritage and are critical for our future,” Michelle explained to The Hollywood Reporter of the Life on Land bracelet, which is crafted by women saved from human trafficking and made from materials such as recovered ocean plastic and metal melted down from illegal firearms.

“Seriously, because they are made from special material, which otherwise would be really detrimental to our oceans, to our land,” she shared. “We are helping to make a difference.”

Working with officials at the U.N. has made the 56 year old more aware of the impact her own fashion choices will have on Earth, and as a result, her clothing preferences have changed.

“Eco-consciousness and fashion are subjects close to my heart, and in fact I have recently – with UNDP – explored how the marriage of sustainability and fashion can lead to better outcomes for our planet,” she said.

And Michelle insists going green doesn’t mean having to sacrifice style: “I’ve even had a bespoke dress made from a fashion house in Italy (Tiziano Guardini) that specialises in smart renewable production choices, lowering water and carbon output,” she added, “and the dress looked absolutely fantastic.”

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Michelle Yeoh brought passion for jewellery to Crazy Rich Asians role

Actress Michelle Yeoh brought her love of fine jewellery to her role in Crazy Rich Asians. The star, who features as family matriarch Eleanor in the hit comedy, has been passionate about collecting accessories since spending time in Hong Kong. “I lov…

Actress Michelle Yeoh brought her love of fine jewellery to her role in Crazy Rich Asians.

The star, who features as family matriarch Eleanor in the hit comedy, has been passionate about collecting accessories since spending time in Hong Kong.

“I love my jewels,” she tells Elle. “When I used to live in Hong Kong, my friends and I would play Mahjong (the Chinese table game that factors into a crucial scene during the film’s climax) and we would wear all our rings, all our bracelets.”

Yeoh even lent a stone from her own collection to serve as her character’s engagement ring, despite director Jon M. Chu initially setting his sights on another gem. The filmmaker had chosen a ring inspired by one specially designed by U.S. President John F. Kennedy for First Lady Jackie Kennedy, but Yeoh had ideas of her own.

“She just took two seconds,” Chu tells the publication. “And she said, ‘No, that’s not the ring.'”

The 56 year old provided Chu with a treasured large emerald ring of her own, which she has since worn to several events to promote the ensemble film, including the Golden Globe awards earlier this year (19).

“I felt like this was the Eleanor piece,” Yeoh says. “It’s recognisable, but it’s so simple. It’s not a big name, it doesn’t come from a particular brand.”

“I believe in treating yourself,” she adds. “I believe that things should speak to you, and when I saw that stone, it was like love at first sight.”

The fact that the piece had such sentimental value made those on set extra cautious.

“The producers were more worried than I was,” she recalls. “I said, ‘It’s already insured, don’t worry.'”

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Michelle Yeoh filmed Crouching Tiger after knee surgery

Michelle Yeoh had to work through the pain while filming Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon after undergoing knee surgery following her first action sequence. The actress reveals she spent much of Ang Lee’s movie in a leg brace, and filming never stopped. …

Michelle Yeoh had to work through the pain while filming Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon after undergoing knee surgery following her first action sequence.

The actress reveals she spent much of Ang Lee’s movie in a leg brace, and filming never stopped.

“I was working with a brace until I was fit enough to do the final action sequence,” the Crazy Rich Asians star said during a recent SAG Conversations interview. “I would have my leg up on a wooden stool so you couldn’t see it but you would see all my upper hand movements.”

And Michelle fears her dedication made it tough for Lee’s leading ladies that followed her: “I remember Ang Lee moved onto Brokeback Mountain and they were doing the sledding scene and poor Michelle Williams tore her ACL,” she explained. “He turned around to her and said, ‘Yeah, Michelle did an action sequence after she got hurt. Why are you not?'”

The former Bond girl has been carrying out her own stunts for years, crediting her dedication to ballet as a child for allowing her to take on roles even stunt doubles struggled with, but she admits one on the movie Supercop, opposite Jackie Chan, almost ended her life.

“I had to roll over the van and hit the car that Jackie is going to pull up on and then just hold on…,” she recalled. “It was a six or seven-foot drop from the van to Jackie’s car.

“Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong – I land on the car and the glass that was supposed to crack so Jackie could get me did not crack, so I’m sliding off the car. There was another stuntman who jumped off the truck to try and catch me but at the speed we were going he landed and had a concussion (and went) straight to the hospital.

“Nobody thought to say cut; we just kept going along. I could hear Jackie, who is very protective of me because I’m like his sister saying, ‘Cut! Cut! Finish for the day!’ I was so lucky that I landed on my butt, sliding off the car onto the tarmac instead of my head because that would’ve been the end.”

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Michelle Yeoh: ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon cast were not celebrated by Hollywood’

Michelle Yeoh is pleased to see the Crazy Rich Asians cast being included in the awards conversation this year (18).The Malaysian actress starred in her first film in 1984 and went on to bag roles in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies alongside Pi…

Michelle Yeoh is pleased to see the Crazy Rich Asians cast being included in the awards conversation this year (18).

The Malaysian actress starred in her first film in 1984 and went on to bag roles in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies alongside Pierce Brosnan, and most notably, Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

The 2000 Chinese language martial arts film became an international success and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, taking home a total of four gongs. However, Michelle was hurt that none of the film’s cast received any individual nominations of their own.

“In Crouching Tiger, we as actors were not involved in the conversation,” she explained to Entertainment Weekly. “It does hurt inside, because you feel you are not validated as an actor. Your peers did not think your acting should be considered, even though your movie is considered for all these things.”

However, the 56-year-old believes that the reception to Crazy Rich Asians “feels different”.

Lead actress Constance Wu has already received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, while the entire cast is up for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

“It feels like you’re being embraced,” said Michelle, who plays Eleanor Sung-Young in the film. “I think (that) embrace is not just for us alone. It’s almost for all the Asian actors that came before us and pushed us forwards.”

Crazy Rich Asians is the first film by a major Hollywood studio to feature a majority Asian-American cast in a modern setting since The Joy Luck Club in 1993. Two sequels are currently in development.

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Crazy Rich Asians bank big bucks to top North American box office

Crazy Rich Asians have struck gold at the North American box office with a record-setting $25.3 million (£19.8 million) weekend launch. The movie adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s bestselling book of the same name is already the first major Hollywood produc…

Crazy Rich Asians have struck gold at the North American box office with a record-setting $25.3 million (£19.8 million) weekend launch.

The movie adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s bestselling book of the same name is already the first major Hollywood production to boast an almost all-Asian line-up in 25 years, since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club, and now the Warner Bros. production is making box office history, too, after beating industry expectations.

Its impressive haul is the biggest debut for a romantic comedy since Amy Schumer’s 2015 release Trainwreck, which grossed $30.1 million (£23.6 million) in its opening weekend.

The film stars Constance Wu as an Asian-American woman who experiences a huge culture shock as she travels to Singapore with her boyfriend and meets his incredibly wealthy family for the first time.

BBC travel presenter Henry Golding makes his acting debut portraying her love interest, while Michelle Yeoh plays his overbearing mother. Ken Jeong, Awkwafina, and Gemma Chan also feature in the cast.

Crazy Rich Asians was released in North America on Wednesday (16Aug18) – giving the project a five-day tally of $34 million (£26.7 million) – in the hopes of benefitting from word of mouth, and director Jon M. Chu is encouraging film fans to continue spreading the word so Hollywood bosses will be more inclined to finance more diverse movies going forward.

“We still have a long run to go but our message to the world has been heard. We have arrived,” Chu declared on Twitter on Sunday (19Aug18), as he celebrated the box office news.

“Now let’s go tell more of our stories! We have a lot more to say. And I don’t want to wait another 25 years to see them. This is only the beginning.”

Crazy Rich Asians bumps last week’s top film, The Meg, down to second place with $21.6 million (£16.9 million), while Mark Wahlberg’s latest action movie, Mile 22, falls short of expectations to enter at three, grossing $13.6 million (£10.7 million).

Meanwhile, The Meg is still making waves outside North America, chasing down another $67 million (£52.5 million) to hold on to the top spot in the international box office, helping the Jason Statham shark thriller swim past the $300 million (£235 million) milestone worldwide.

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