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In Support of a Newt of Color: Diversity in the Wizarding World

In Support of a Newt of Color: Diversity in the Wizarding World

Who will play Newton Scamander? The most recent rumors suggest that Doctor Who star Matt Smith is Warner Bros’ top pick for the role.  Plenty of Harry Potter fan sites—MuggleNet included—have speculated on the young actor who would end up taking the role of the wizard zoologist living in New York in the 1920s.  One common thread?   Nearly all of the proposed potential actors have been wh...
“Bullet to the Head” Brings Diverse Casting to a Familiar Story

“Bullet to the Head” Brings Diverse Casting to a Familiar Story

Racebending.com was invited to attend a red carpet screening of the new Warner Bros film, Bullet to the Head. The screening was sponsored by Warner Bros, KoreAm Journal, and Audrey Magazine in Koreatown in Los Angeles for the Asian American publicity and blogger community. Bullet to the Head stars Sylvester Stallone as a New Orleans-based hitman who decides to aid a straight-laced young cop from...
Jim Sturgess is a Tool

Jim Sturgess is a Tool

Image: Verified twitter post from actor Jim Sturgess, who is white and appears in yellowface in the upcoming film Cloud Atlas. Sturgess writes: “Yellowface? Blackface? Pinkface? Pinkberry? Blackberry? Crackberry? Blueberry? Strawberry? Bananas? Frozen Yogurt? All the toppings?.Lovely! After Phil Yu posted this, I spent a couple hours stewing in a pit of rage. I’m still angry. And I...
The Cloud Atlas Conversation: Yellowface, Prejudice, and Artistic License

The Cloud Atlas Conversation: Yellowface, Prejudice, and Artistic License

The shock of watching the Cloud Atlas trailer, and witnessing white actors portray Asian characters, is that there is no shock. Because it is absolutely nothing new. It was part of the tradition of American entertainment long before Luise Rainer won the Oscar for The Good Earth in 1937. It was a torch passed on through the decades, from Charlie Chan to Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Unlike b...
CNN explores “whitewashing,” interviews Racebending.com

CNN explores “whitewashing,” interviews Racebending.com

On January 13th, 2012, CNN’s In America blog published a feature story by Stephanie Siek: “Is Hollywood ‘whitewashing’ Asian roles?”. Racebending.com is quoted and interviewed. Racebending.com, an international grassroots organization founded in 2009, protests what it sees as the “whitewashing” of film roles and pushes for the fair representation of minorities i...
WB taps Tom Cruise to play Billy Cage–née Keiji Kiriya

WB taps Tom Cruise to play Billy Cage–née Keiji Kiriya

Warner Bros has finally glommed onto a lead actor for its adaptation of the Japanese science fiction novel All You Need is Kill. Set in a post apocalyptic future, All You Need is Kill is about a young Japanese soldier, Keiji Kiriya, who serves on an international fighting force fighting an alien invasion. Keiji gets stuck in a “Groundhog’s Day” scenario where he keeps reliving t...
“Kung Fu” Remake in the Works Again

“Kung Fu” Remake in the Works Again

The gears are spinning again for a “Kung Fu” remake. Yes, that Kung Fu, the same television show from the 1970s that rejected Bruce Lee, cast a white actor instead, and infuriated a famous Avatar: The Last Airbender actor… On October 31st Deadline reported that actor Bill Paxton is in negotiations to direct a remake of the 1970s television series Kung Fu for Legendary Pictures...
The Woman is Red – The Racebending of Billie Frechette

The Woman is Red – The Racebending of Billie Frechette

Under happier circumstances, Billie Frechette would have been my great aunt. She toured around the country for five years with my great uncles as part of the “Crime Doesn’t Pay” stage show. There, she recounted her six months with their son and brother John Dillinger–and her own two years in jail that came as a result of her fateful romance with him. Billy Frechette bookin...
Warner Bros greenlights “Akira” adaptation

Warner Bros greenlights “Akira” adaptation

On October 19th, Variety reported that Warner Bros has moved to greenlight their adaptation of the Japanese manga and anime AKIRA, with a reduced budget of $90 million to be directed by Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra. In July 2011, Racebending.com and other Asian American groups met with executives at Warner Bros film division, where we were able to clearly articulate our concerns in a collab...
Tetsu-whoa!  Akira Rumor Round-Up

Tetsu-whoa! Akira Rumor Round-Up

A lot of casting and financing rumors about Akira have been bubbling up in the big online entertainment rags, so we’ve compiled them in this article. Warner Bros. seems to be stubbornly moving forward with the project even though A-listers and financiers are running away. Casting Squabbles between the Director and the Brass According to Vulture, Warner Bros. new President, Jeff Robinov, has...
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