Crazy Rich Asians

Fashion, Food, Fun and Romance

Crazy Rich Asians BookCrazy Rich Asians based on Kevin Kwan’s novel is the romantic comedy of 2018 that is winning the hearts of audiences worldwide and critics as well. Director John Chu takes us vicariously on a sumptuous tour of the beautiful sights, scents and lifestyle of the affluent in Malaysia and Singapore.  This richly created world helps set the contrast between Constance Wu’s character’s Rachel Chu’s life and Henry Golding as Nick Young’s upbringing.

Each member of the cast is brilliant in their role in serving up the laughs, heartwarming moments and drama.  I love how Constance show’s Rachel’s lovable vulnerability combined with fiery strength.

The film has all the elements of a romantic comedy we love including a satisfying Cinderella ending and characters we adore.

I am so proud and inspired by this movie’s representation and story that has resonated with so many people. It is exciting to know that due to the overwhelming positive box office response the second book in the series China Rich Girlfriend has been approved as the next film sequel.

Courtney Kato Crazy Rich Asians Fashion
This year fashion continues to be filled with many Asian influences that are staples in everyday life. I love wearing kimono styled sleeves and jackets.

 

Christopher Robin: Film and Walking in the Woods

The movie Christopher Robin is a heartwarming film that reminded me of the many reasons I love being a creative.  There is something so special about being in the moment, taking in people and environments with an open heart and slowing down to be grounded.  The film reminds a grown up Christopher Robin played by Ewan McGregor what it was like to be loved and give love. He is also reminded of the importance of playfulness in discovering new ideas with a fresh perspective.

Some of my favorite quotes from the stories on Winnie the Pooh:

“You’re braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think.” —Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie The Pooh: What day is it?
Christopher Robin: It’s today.
Winnie The Pooh: My favorite day.

“There’s always time for a smackeral of wonder.” —Winnie-the-Pooh

I have been enjoying reading the book “A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh” by Joseph Parent.  The book brings up the point of being grounded and connected to the earth.  One of my favorite expeditions to take is to go grounding where your bare feet can touch the ground.  I have come away with a clearer mind, sense of calm and inspiration to do something new.  

 

Star Trek and TV Connections/New Shows

The networks have been announcing their television show lineups for 2013-2014.  Many shows sound interesting like “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” on ABC.

It is nice to see some Asian faces cast whether that be John Cho in Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow,” Kenneth Choi in NBC’s “Ironside,” Kelly Hu in CW’s “The Hundred”, Aaron Yoo in CW’s “The Tomorrow People,” Jamie Chung in NBC’s “Believe,” and Ming-Na Wen in ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” to name a few.

John Cho can be recognized by many to be the character Sulu in Star Trek movies.  The latest “Star Trek Into Darkness” can be now seen in theaters.

For fans of the Star Trek series, it may be interesting to know many of the shows for 2013-2014 has a Star Trek connection.  For instance, “Sleepy Hollow” not only has John Cho but is from the writers and executive producers of Star Trek.  John Billingsley from “Star Trek: Enterprise” is in CBS’s show titled “Intelligence,” Karl Urban known as Bones in Star Trek stars in Fox’s show titled “Almost Human.”

“Star Trek Into Darkness” director J.J. Abrams is the Executive Producer behind NBC’s mid-season “Believe” along with Bryan Burke who serves as a producer on Star Trek.  J.J. Abrams is also the Executive Producer behind Fox’s “Almost Human.”  The Executive Producer behind the new show “Intelligence” is Rene Echevarria known for the involvement in the Star Trek television series.

The connections between these mentioned new series are indicative of the type of stories, tone and audience that the new television shows will attract.  Therefore, if you are a Star Trek fan you might just like “Almost Human,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Believe,” or “Intelligence.”  The show descriptions lead me to put them in the drama, sci-fi, action, fantasy, thriller, good vs evil category which can relate to Star Trek.

Descriptions below are taken directly from buddytv.com

Almost Human: Premise: In 2048, cops are partnered with humanoid robots. This futuristic buddy cop show centers on an out-of-control human and his slightly crazy robot partner.   (Late Fall on Fox, Mondays at 8pm)

Sleepy Hollow: Premise: Retelling of the classic tale with Ichabod Crane transported 250 years to the future to prevent the destruction of the world by solving a mystery that goes back to the Founding Fathers.   (Fox, Mondays at 9pm)

Believe: Premise: A little girl with special powers is protected by an ex-con from people who would use her abilities for evil.    (NBC, Sundays at 9pm mid-season)

Intelligence: Premise: A federal agent has a microchip implanted in his head that allows him to access phone records, the Internet and all electronic frequencies to fight crime.   (CBS Mondays at 10pm mid-season)

“24” fans might be thrilled knowing that the series is being brought back for 12 episodes airing in May 2014.  Brannon Braga (creator of “Star Trek: Enterprise”) and Manny Coto (“Star Trek: First Contact”) wrote many episodes of “24.”

For people in the industry castingabout.com has a nice list of the network up-fronts. Get deadline’s TV grid with the new shows in red-here.

In the meantime, while you are waiting to see the new television shows, check out “Star Trek Into Darkness”  in theaters officially opening tomorrow.