Did Cloud Atlas' "Yellowface" problem help to sink it at the box office?

It's official: Cloud Atlas is a flop. At least in the United States. Made for a reported $100 million, the book adaptation barely scratched $10 million in its opening weekend — but some observers say the film could make a tidy profit overseas, where most of its funding came from. Still, it's hard not to ask: Did the… » 10/29/12 3:00pm 10/29/12 3:00pm

More Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies that Hollywood Could…

The Last Airbender wasn't punishment enough. Whatever we did to deserve Hollywood's "racebending" shenanigans, we've still earned more suffering. Tron Legacy's Garrett Hedlund is reportedly starring in Akira. And there's still the Americanized Cowboy Bebop in the pipeline too. And an Americanized Space Battleship… » 10/25/11 12:00pm 10/25/11 12:00pm

George Takei to Warner Bros.: Don't Whitewash Akira

Star Trek legend George Takei is leading the charge against Hollywood's whitewashed version of anime classic Akira. He wants Warner Bros. to do the right thing and cast Asian actors in the saga. But will the studio listen? » 4/22/11 2:31pm 4/22/11 2:31pm

The Imminent Whitewashing Of The Hunger Games’ Heroine

Fans of The Hunger Games - the dark and addictive YA trilogy that is the hottest kid-lit read this side of Twilight - have been avidly following casting rumors for the forthcoming film adaptation. But while director Gary Ross initially told Entertainment Weekly that the actress playing resentful revolutionary heroine… » 3/14/11 10:56am 3/14/11 10:56am

Marvel responds to pressure, says they'll cast Runaways hero Nico as…

Weeks ago, the Racebending folks discovered a casting call for Marvel's upcoming Runaways movie didn't specify they wanted an Asian-American to play Japanese-American character Nico. But after a letter-writing campaign, Marvel promised the character would stay true to the comic. » 8/27/10 12:00pm 8/27/10 12:00pm

Who Sent Out The Last Airbender Casting Call Asking For "Caucasian"…

After fans got a hold of a Last Airbender casting call demanding actors who were "Caucasian and any other ethnicities," the movie's producer, genre legend Frank Marshall was forced to respond, producing his own original casting calls. » 4/08/10 4:47pm 4/08/10 4:47pm

Shyamalan Addresses Airbender's Race Controversy And Answers Your…

We sat down with The Last Airbender's twist-obsessed director, M. Night Shyamalan, and grilled him about everything you wanted to know about. The comedy, the characters, whether Momo's in it — and most importantly, the controversial casting decisions. Spoilers ahead... » 3/30/10 1:05pm 3/30/10 1:05pm

The Live Action Faces Of Avatar: The Last Airbender Surface

Fierce twelve-year-old Noah Ringer sports his best Aang attack in the first ever official pictures from M. Night Shyamalan's Airbender (the name Avatar being taken). » 5/22/09 8:00am 5/22/09 8:00am

Avatar Casting Makes Fans See... White

M. Night Shyamalan's movie version Avatar: The Last Airbender is apparently in danger already, as fans of the original animated series protest seemingly racist casting decisions. Is there nothing the director can do right anymore? » 12/17/08 12:41pm 12/17/08 12:41pm