David Chang Launches ‘Lucky Peach’
The Momofuku chef known for his exquisite ramen recently launched a new quarterly magazine for foodies and the early reviews of the publication, which hit newsstands yesterday, were largely positive.
The Chicago Tribune published an extensive review of the new venture, calling it “a powerhouse lineup of food porn.”
It’s part-literary magazine, part-conversation between friends and a whole lot of attitude about the state of noodles and cooking, the first of what will be a sprawling quarterly mix of ideas, art and recipes in exploration of a single topic.
LA Weekly called it “an enormous amount of fun.”
Yes, recipes. 22 recipes. David Chang recipes, mostly. Worth the price of admission themselves. So that you can make your own tonkotsu broth to spill on the journal’s pages. Or make cacio e pepe from instant ramen. Or instant ramen gnocchi. Or bacon dashi. And if that isn’t highbrow enough, Chang provides a recipe for Alain Passard’s famous egg, called here the Arpege egg, too. Knock yourself out.
‘Lost’ Star Daniel Dae Kim Was Going To Be Comic Relief In ‘The Adjustment Bureau’
Kim had a part that was ultimately cut from the sci-fi thriller starring Matt Damon, a “blackly humorous” role, according to an IndieWire interview with director George Nolfi.
“[Kim] did a great job—just two scenes—and they’re in there so people can see what it would have looked like if we had gone that direction. I ultimately decided that the Bureau needed to be a little more dark or it would risk being silly. It’s already such a difficult concept to kind of sell in a realistic way, so that’s why it’s out.”
In other DDK news, veteran actor Terry O’Quinn will join the cast of “Hawaii Five-0,” reuniting the two former “Lost” cast members.
Kim said the show is lucky to have the actor on board.
“He’s a great actor who brings a sense of professionalism to every project he works on and I’m excited to work with him again,” Kim said in a release.
O’Quinn, 58, played the mysterious and obsessive character John Locke on “Lost.”
Asian New Yorkers Surpass a Million, and Band Together
New York Times
Asians, a group more commonly associated with the West Coast, are surging in New York, where they have long been eclipsed in the city’s kaleidoscopic racial and ethnic mix. For the first time, according to census figures released in April, their numbers have topped one million — nearly 1 in 8 New Yorkers — which is more than the Asian population in the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles combined.
That milestone, in turn, has become a rallying cry for Asian New Yorkers who have been working for years to win more political representation, government assistance and public recognition. Many leaders have seized on the one-million figure as a fresh reason for immigrants and their descendants who hail from across the Asian continent to think of themselves as one people with a common cause — in the same way that many people from Spanish-speaking cultures have come to embrace the broad terms Latino and Hispanic.
Check out the cool interactive map to see where Asian American New Yorkers live. Chinatown? Obviously. Flushing? Check. Jackson Heights? Yes. Bay Ridge, Brooklyn? Didn’t know that.
My Life As An Undocumented Immigrant
New York Times
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas wrote a stunning first-person piece for the New York Times Magazine which revealed that he is an undocumented immigrant. Vargas came to the U.S. from the Philippines when he was 12 years old.
At 16, he tried to get his driver’s license and was hit with a bombshell.
When I handed the clerk my green card as proof of U.S. residency, she flipped it around, examining it. “This is fake,” she whispered. “Don’t come back here again.”
Vargas’ story is engaging, in-depth and thought-provoking and is sure to spark heated discussion on the highly-sensitive issue of immigration.
There are believed to be 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. We’re not always who you think we are. Some pick your strawberries or care for your children. Some are in high school or college. And some, it turns out, write news articles you might read. I grew up here. This is my home. Yet even though I think of myself as an American and consider America my country, my country doesn’t think of me as one of its own.
Director Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow, Fast & Furious) and YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily.com are bringing the INTERPRETATIONS filmmaking panel to New York this Saturday, July 17 at 5 PM as part of the Asian American Int’l Film Festival. Our panel is FREE but reserve your tickets here before they’re all gone. We’ve commissioned actor Ken Leung (Miles on TV’s Lost) to make his own INTERPRETATIONS sample short and we’ll be world premiering his film/Valentine to the Big Apple entitled Rumble at our panel so come out and be the first to see Ken’s directorial debut. Ken will be in attendance to discuss his short and participate in our filmmakers’ panel following a screening of our commissioned shorts.
Check out all the updates on our INTERPRETATIONS website–this is our brand-new effort to support our community of aspiring filmmakers. We’re starting to receive your submissions and will start posting those films throughout the week and rest of the summer so check back often. We’re also starting a new feature entitled ONE ON ONE where we’ll be interviewing some of our jurors and other industry professionals about the craft and business of movies. Our first interview with hapa CAA agent Rowena Arguelles (whose clients include Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke and Justin Lin) is posted now (click here to read). Next up is producer Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes, Terminator Salvation) so if you have a question you’d like to ask Dan, submit it by this Sunday, July 18 to: Jerome@yomyomf.com
Remember you have until September 1 to submit your short film (of 3 minutes or less) to INTERPRETATIONS using the four-line script we provide. This is your chance not only to win some cash toward your next project (five filmmakers will win $3,000), but get your work seen by industry professionals. And a very special thanks to MTV who have just come on board as our Media Partner for INTERPRETATIONS!
Film director Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow, Fast & Furious) and YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily.com have launched a new film initiative entitled INTERPRETATIONS to support aspiring filmmakers. In a nutshell, you make a short film of no more than 3 minutes using the same script we provide (get all the info here). We’re encouraging all you aspiring Asian American filmmakers out there to enter for a chance to win a cash prize and get your work seen by industry professions. To help us do this, we’re bringing our FREE INTERPRETATIONS filmmaking panel to New York on July 17 as part of the Asian American Int’l Film Festival.
Join us as we screen our commissioned shorts on the big screen and engage in a lively discussion about INTERPRETATIONS and the general state of Asian American film with our distinguished panel (see below). We’ve also commissioned a brand-new INTERPRETATIONS short film from actor Ken Leung (Lost) specifically for our NY event so come out and be the first to see that. Ken will also be in attendance.
The event will be on Saturday, July 17, 5 PM at the Clearview Chelsea Cinema. Tickets are FREE and available now along with all the other info you need here.
The panel will consist of:
For twenty years, from fleeting roles on film and TV, to Lost, to his new show, Hawaii Five-0, Daniel Dae Kim has meticulously mapped out his rise to stardom
By Helin Jung
I. The Mistake
You remember the mugshot, don’t you? White polo shirt, slightly wrinkled at the collar, open at the neck. Furrowed eyebrows, ambiguously pursed lips, but most of all, that crazy hair, like someone took a crimping iron and had at it with the dude.
“It’s really a quality mugshot, isn’t it?” he says. “How does one exactly pose for a mugshot? I remember thinking that, at the moment before it was taken.”
Of all the lasting images Daniel Dae Kim wanted to leave behind, this wasn’t it. He can joke about it now, but the time around the 2007 DUI was a rough patch for the 41-year-old Lost actor. A particularly humiliating year, especially within that small town called Hawaii. He was caught weaving erratically through Oahu streets late at night, with twice the amount of alcohol in his system than was legal. It was the first time that the outcome hadn’t been intended, the first huge mistake in decades of careful, careful planning.
“I try to live my life in a particular way, and that was a very serious mistake. There are always extenuating circumstances, but the bottom line is, it’s something that I wish I could take back.” Continue Reading »