Sandra Oh and Ken Jeong among vocal cast of animated musical Over The Moon

Sandra Oh and Ken Jeong are among the star-studded vocal cast of upcoming animated musical Over The Moon.The movie, directed by former Disney animator Glen Keane, is a retelling of the Chinese myth, and follows a bright young girl who builds a rocket s…

Sandra Oh and Ken Jeong are among the star-studded vocal cast of upcoming animated musical Over The Moon.

The movie, directed by former Disney animator Glen Keane, is a retelling of the Chinese myth, and follows a bright young girl who builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess. There she ends up on an unexpected quest, and discovers a whimsical land of fantastical creatures.

Phillipa Soo, best known for her role as Eliza in Broadway musical Hamilton, is also among the vocal cast, alongside John Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles, and Margaret Cho.

The movie will debut on Netflix later this year, and the streaming giant released a trailer on Tuesday.

Newcomer Cathy Ang will voice the curious and bright Fei Fei, Soo lends her voice to the moon goddess Chang’e​, and Jeong is Gobi, a Lunarian who becomes an unexpected companion for the young girl on her adventure.

Killing Eve star Oh is Mrs Zhong,​ Fei Fei’s future stepmother, John Cho and Miles voice the girl’s parents, and veteran Margaret Cho voices Auntie Ling.

John Kahrs will serve as co-directer, alongside Keane, from a screenplay penned by The Hate U Give writer Audrey Wells.

And Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield, and Helen Park are writing the songs, with a score from Oscar-winning composer Steven Price.

Former animator Keane spent almost 40 years at Disney, and is best known for his work on classic ’90s Disney movies such as The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and Tarzan.

In 2018, he won an Academy Award for his animated short Dear Basketball, which he directed in collaboration with the late basketball star Kobe Bryant and composer John Williams.

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Viola Davis and Lin Manuel-Miranda sign letter calling for diversity in theatre

Viola Davis and Lin Manuel-Miranda have signed a letter calling for more diversity in theatre.The Oscar-winning actress is among the Hollywood stars leading the call for change in the industry and has signed an open letter addressed to ‘White American …

Viola Davis and Lin Manuel-Miranda have signed a letter calling for more diversity in theatre.

The Oscar-winning actress is among the Hollywood stars leading the call for change in the industry and has signed an open letter addressed to ‘White American Theater’.

Sandra Oh, Uzo Aduba, Sterling K. Brown, Cynthia Erivo, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Danai Gurira, Andre Holland, and Leslie Odom Jr. also signed the letter, which emphasised the systemic racism against black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) in the business.

“We see you. We have always seen you. We have watched you pretend not to see us,” the message began, before going on to detail incidents of racism and exploitation. “We have watched you exploit us, shame us, diminish us, and exclude us. We see you. We have always seen you. And now you will see us. We have watched you amplify our voices when we are heralded by the press, but refuse to defend our aesthetic when we are not, allowing our livelihoods to be destroyed by a monolithic and racist culture.”

Hamilton creator Miranda shared the open letter on Twitter and asked for his followers to join the We See You movement.

“Join us in demanding change for BIPOC theater artists at http://weseeyouWAT.com. #WeSeeYou #TomorrowTherellBeMoreOfUs,” he wrote, alongside a link to the petition.

The letter comes amid racial inequality and injustice protests in the U.S. and around the world following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minnesota last month.

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Sandra Oh envious of Jodie Comer’s glamorous Killing Eve wardrobe

Sandra Oh gets a little envious of the chic outfits Jodie Comer wears on Killing Eve.In the hit spy-thriller TV series, the Canadian actress portrays Eve Polastri, a British intelligence investigator tasked with capturing psychopathic assassin Villanel…

Sandra Oh gets a little envious of the chic outfits Jodie Comer wears on Killing Eve.

In the hit spy-thriller TV series, the Canadian actress portrays Eve Polastri, a British intelligence investigator tasked with capturing psychopathic assassin Villanelle, as played by Comer.

Fashion critics have given a lot of praise to the designer outfits from the likes of Molly Goddard, Alexander McQueen, and The Vampire’s Wife that have been donned by Villanelle, but in an interview for the June 2020 issue of Elle Canada, Oh admitted she sometimes wishes Polastri had more interesting outfits.

“It kills me!” she joked to the publication. “I go into wardrobe and see that b**ch’s clothing, and I’m just like, ‘Can I get something above Uniqlo? No?'”

Oh then went on to explain that she’s actually fine with Polastri’s utilitarian parkas and high-neck tops as the clothing choices really help to distinguish the characters.

“What are you saying about a character’s mindset when she dresses over-the-top? Eve is always in neutral, basic tones, right? She’s always earthy, in a lot of turtlenecks. The beauty is in how she changes. She changes in fabric. She changes in line, in shape,” the 48-year-old stated, before noting how Polastri’s clothing is subtly altered whenever she gets close to Villanelle. “But it’s all still in her colour palette, so you still keep the character.”

The third series of Killing Eve premiered in April, with a fourth season already greenlit.

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Olivia Munn thanks Sandra Oh and Lucy Liu for representing Asian women in movies

Olivia Munn has praised Sandra Oh and Lucy Liu for making her realise it was possible for Asian women to land good film roles.The 39-year-old actress, who has Vietnamese and Chinese heritage, shared that was inspired to push for leading roles after see…

Olivia Munn has praised Sandra Oh and Lucy Liu for making her realise it was possible for Asian women to land good film roles.

The 39-year-old actress, who has Vietnamese and Chinese heritage, shared that was inspired to push for leading roles after seeing the likes of Lucy in Charlie’s Angels and Sandra in Sideways.

“You don’t know if things are possible until you see other people doing it,” she told Variety. “I grew up, and I watched Lucy Liu. And Sandra Oh, when she was doing Sideways, it meant so much to me to be able to see that.

“The more people we get into positions of power who recognise themselves and other people who don’t look like the norm – i.e., minorities and women – then that’s how it will shift.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Olivia revealed her excitement about her new drama Violet, which follows the story of a female film executive who stops listening the ‘The Voice’ inside her head and vows to make decisions that make her happy, and gushed about its director Justine Bateman.

“Justine is one of my favourite, if not my favourite, directors that I’ve worked with so far,” she praised. “She’s definitely somebody who’s a cinephile, who really loves so much about film and is pulling from different places. I’m like, ‘I see what you’re doing and I see how f**king cool it is, and I’ll follow you.’”

Violet, which also stars Justin Theroux and Luke Bracey, was due to have its world premiere at the South by Southwest festival in March, but the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Timothee Chalamet makes sartorial statement in Prada suit at 2020 Oscars

Timothee Chalamet divided fans with his understated suit at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday night.The Little Women actor stepped out at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles for the star-studded ceremony, where he served as a presenter. Timothee selecte…

Timothee Chalamet divided fans with his understated suit at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday night.

The Little Women actor stepped out at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles for the star-studded ceremony, where he served as a presenter.

Timothee selected a Prada zip-up blazer and matching trousers made of recycled nylon, which he topped off with a vintage Cartier brooch, for the night. However, many of his online followers were unimpressed, with some claiming the outfit and his slicked-bask hairstyle made him resemble a “gas station manager”.

“Congrats Timothee Chalamet for his promotion to gas station manager,” one user wrote, while another commented, “This is so insulting. I know Timothee Chalamet is not nominated but it is wrong to make him do valet parking.”

A third added: “I’m sorry but Timothee Chalamet looks like a security guard on the red carpet tonight. Man wore a zip-up jacket.”

Yet, other fans praised the 24-year-old for rejecting the classic tuxedo.

“Timothee Chalamet is literally an icon, because (who else can) go to the red carpet wearing a jacket and still look stunning?” they asked.

And in spite of the response to his attire, Timothee ended up having one of the most memorable moments on the red carpet, with the cameras capturing the moment he photobombed Margot Robbie’s entrance to the event.

Meanwhile, other celebrities to hit headlines with their controversial style choices included Blac Chyna, who sported a revealing Dona Matoshi number, Sandra Oh, who opted for an Elie Saab gown with huge sleeves, and Kristen Wiig, who chose a bright red Valentino dress with ruffles down the sides.

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Hollywood stars celebrate Parasite’s historic Best Picture win at 2020 Oscars

Celebrities including Ava DuVernay, Sandra Oh, and Priyanka Chopra took to social media on Sunday night to celebrate Parasite becoming the first foreign language film to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Bong Joon Ho’s South Korean thriller was the under…

Celebrities including Ava DuVernay, Sandra Oh, and Priyanka Chopra took to social media on Sunday night to celebrate Parasite becoming the first foreign language film to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

Bong Joon Ho’s South Korean thriller was the underdog going into the ceremony and wasn’t expected to win much more than the Best International Feature Film category, but ended up sweeping the event with four wins, also including Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and the night’s coveted Best Picture prize, which had been widely expected to go to 1917.

Social media users and celebrities alike were thrilled with the surprising and historic wins, with director DuVernay tweeting, “MASSIVE! HISTORIC! LANDMARK! PARASITE! The world is big and it is beautiful and films from everywhere deserve to be on that stage winning @TheAcademy’s highest honour. This is wonderful and right. #Oscars.”

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu wrote, “Parasite Parasite Parasite Parasite!!!! Oh my gawwwdddd Parasite did it (sic)!!!! Director Bong did it!! The whole insanely talented cast did it!! South Korea did it. History made. Heading out to celebrate all night!!!” while Killing Eve star Oh posted, “Congratulations @ParasiteMovie So so proud to be Korean.”

Indian actress Chopra added, “Wow! It’s so emotional to see an international film like Parasite, in Korean with English subtitles, not only receive such a warm embrace from audiences around the world, but also this kind of recognition from one of the most prestigious film academy’s (sic) in the world… Congratulations to the entire film for shattering the glass ceiling and making history as the first non-English film to win Best Picture.”

South Korean President Moon Jae-in also offered up his congratulations on social media, thanking Joon Ho for giving “pride and courage” to the country’s people.

Earlier in the night, as the filmmaker accepted the Best Director prize, he told the audience, “After winning Best International Feature, I thought I was done for the day and was ready to relax. Thank you so much… I never thought I would win.”

He let other members of the Parasite team speak following the Best Picture win but told reporters backstage that the film’s Oscars haul was “really f**king crazy”.

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Awkwafina makes history with Golden Globes win

Awkwafina made history when she won the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy prize at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night. The Crazy Rich Asians actress, real name Nora Lum, beat Knives Out’s Ana de Armas, Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstein, Late Night’s …

Awkwafina made history when she won the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy prize at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night.

The Crazy Rich Asians actress, real name Nora Lum, beat Knives Out’s Ana de Armas, Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstein, Late Night’s Emma Thompson, and Cate Blanchett for Where’d You Go, Bernadette to win the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical prize for her role in The Farewell.

With her win, the 31-year-old became the first person of Asian descent to win that category and win a lead actress Golden Globe for a film.

No Asian woman had ever been nominated in the category until last year, when her Crazy Rich Asians co-star Constance Wu landed on the shortlist and was subsequently beaten by Olivia Colman for The Favourite. At the 2019 awards ceremony, Sandra Oh became the first Asian to win Best Actress in a TV show for Killing Eve.

First-time nominee Awkwafina, whose father is Chinese-American and late mother was South Korean, acknowledged her historic win backstage by saying, “I just heard that fact and it was pretty mind-blowing. There’s also this other feeling that you want there to be more, and I hope this is just the beginning.”

In her acceptance speech, Awkwafina joked to the star-studded audience at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, “This is great. If I ever fall on hard times, I’m gonna sell this, so that’s great.

“I’ve never been to the Golden Globes, so I’m here now and it’s this and it’s great. Most importantly, to Lulu Wang, our incredible director. You gave me this chance, this chance of a lifetime and taught me so much.”

She dedicated the award to her father, praised her paternal grandmother, whom she described as her “best friend”, and thanked her late mum, commenting that she “always hoped was watching from somewhere above and I hope she’s watching now.”

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Jodie Comer was precious about Killing Eve dresses

Jodie Comer was distraught when her Killing Eve character’s designer outfits were destroyed during a scene. The British actress has won huge plaudits as the mysterious and deadly Villanelle in the BBC spy drama, and loved the assassin’s wardrobe so mu…

Jodie Comer was distraught when her Killing Eve character’s designer outfits were destroyed during a scene.

The British actress has won huge plaudits as the mysterious and deadly Villanelle in the BBC spy drama, and loved the assassin’s wardrobe so much that she refused to let them go, even buying some of the outfits when filming finished.

However, she was devastated when during one scene, Sandra Oh’s character MI5 agent Eve discovers Villanelle’s apartment at the end of the first season, and ransacks her wardrobe – tearing outfits out and throwing them to the floor.

Jodie watched in horror, as she already owned half of them.

“So I was being really precious about them getting dirty on the floor. I was like, ‘No!’” she told GQ Hype.

However, she’s yet to dare wear the outfits out in public, for fear of being associated with her deadly on-screen alter-ego.

“They had too much of a connection with the character,” she explained.

And Liverpool-born Jodie credits Phoebe Waller-Bridge for the huge success of Killing Eve, which the Fleabag star wrote.

“I love her so much. I’ve said to her she has to cast me on every single thing she makes from now on. Otherwise, I’ll send Villanelle!” she laughed.

The 26-year-old almost didn’t take the part, as she thought a young, female assassin would be too much of a sexualised role.

“I was like, ‘Oh, f**k no’,” she explained. “Because (thinking of an assassin) I always think of someone in a leather catsuit and six-inch heels scaling walls. Also, ‘How naked is she going to be?'”

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Jodie Comer’s Killing Eve looks offer plot secrets

Hints of the murderous plot twists on Killing Eve can be found in star Jodie Comer’s hairstyles. The actress, who portrays Villanelle on the hit series, began sporting pink hair in episode six of the show’s second season and the on set hair and makeup…

Hints of the murderous plot twists on Killing Eve can be found in star Jodie Comer’s hairstyles.

The actress, who portrays Villanelle on the hit series, began sporting pink hair in episode six of the show’s second season and the on set hair and makeup designer, Lucy Cain, has revealed the new look was created to signify the gruesome plot details to come.

“When you see her in a wig, like the pink wig in episode six, it’s a flag to the audience that she’s about to commit a murder,” Cain tells Refinery 29. “It always helps build the ‘oh, here we go’ feeling on the show. The pink wig came from seeing people with that washed-out hair look on Instagram.”

The colour, which was a last minute change, took hours to perfect.

“Two or three days before we started filming, that was an ashy blonde wig and then we decided to change it to pink,” she adds. “It was really difficult to get the colour. I spent 16 hours lifting the original blonde colour and doing tests and putting different colours on. I had to go through it inch by inch.”

Cain also uses makeup as an extension of the character’s traits.

“With Villanelle, she’s quite childlike,” she tells the publication. “So the makeup is a bit more uniform for her, unless she is playing a character, meaning that she’s about to commit a murder. Then we fill in her eyebrows a bit darker, throw on a smudged eyeliner, and maybe even play with a lip.”

When it comes to the drama’s leading lady, Sandra Oh, Cain has relied on hair and makeup to reflect Eve’s transformation.

“I would say that with Sandra, I really wanted to play on the feeling that she’s just rushed out the door,” she notes. “When we’re establishing her character, she’s in a comfortable marriage, just pulling through life. Then, when she starts to notice her appearance or consider what she was doing with her hair, it helped show a development of the relationship she was building with Villanelle. If she’s unraveling a little bit, perhaps her hair isn’t as neat. When she’s frustrated, she’ll take her hair down and rub her head. It’s a real character mark for her.”

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Clare Waight Keller and Pierpaolo Piccioli named on Time 100 list

Top fashion designers Clare Waight Keller and Pierpaolo Piccioli have made the Time 100 list.Each year, editors at Time magazine compile a list of the most influential people in the world, with the 2019 announcement including celebrities such as Taylor…

Top fashion designers Clare Waight Keller and Pierpaolo Piccioli have made the Time 100 list.

Each year, editors at Time magazine compile a list of the most influential people in the world, with the 2019 announcement including celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Sandra Oh, Chrissy Teigen, Dwayne Johnson, and Regina King, as well as political figures like U.S. President Donald Trump and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Members of the fashion and beauty industries were honoured too, such as Givenchy creative director Waight Keller, who is known for making Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress.

“We are drawn to Clare’s work because she doesn’t design from the outside in, she designs from the inside out. From the place of pinning clothes on a body,” commented actress Julianne Moore in a statement for Time regarding the fashion star.

While Piccioli, who has headed up Valentino since 2008, was toasted by Frances McDormand. The Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star wore custom Valentino numbers to the 2018 Met Gala and the 2019 Oscars.

“His reign in the House of Valentino has been a lesson in grace,” she gushed of the Italian designer. “He feels no need to erase the past but builds on its foundation and by doing so makes the future of the house stronger, braver. His inclusionary vision is evidenced by the way he honours the craftspeople in his atelier and shares a meal with them after the couture events. And he is a great dancer!”

In addition, Rent the Runway co-founder Jennifer Hyman was included in the list, and received an admiring essay from fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg, while make-up maven Pat McGrath was feted by ‘70s supermodel Beverly Johnson, who she described as a “legend”.

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