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Audio Book Review: Solo Leveling by Chugong, Narrated by Ki Hong Lee

Audio Book Review: Solo Leveling by Chugong, Narrated by Ki Hong Lee
“E-rank hunter Jinwoo Sung has no money, no talent, and no prospects to speak of—and apparently, no luck, either! When he enters a hidden double dungeon one fateful day, he’s abandoned by his party and left to die at the hands of some of the most horrific monsters he’s ever encountered. But just before the last, fatal blow…” (Hachette Audio)

Establishing itself as an immensely popular title within manhwa, through both original novel series and webtoon adaptation, it is no surprise that “Solo Leveling” was chosen as one of the inaugural series to be released by Yen Audio (partnership between Yen press and Hachette Audio). In addition, the project marks the second audio book narrated by Korean-American actor Ki Hong Lee (“Maze Runner” series) putting a recognizable face that aptly falls in line with the targeted audience (Young Adult). So, How does Yen Audio
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Yen Press Announces Narrators for Yen Audio Launch Titles

Yen Press Announces Narrators for Yen Audio Launch Titles
New York, NY (7/16/21) – Following the June 2021 announcement of actor Ki Hong Lee narrating the Solo Leveling, Vol. 1 audiobook, Yen Press, LLC announced the narrators for the remaining launch series of Yen Audio, a newly created imprint dedicated to audiobook adaptations of light novels. These series include adaptations of some of the most popular light novels from Yen On—Sword Art Online, Overlord, and The Saga of Tanya the Evil.

Sword Art Online, Vol. 1 will be narrated by Bryce Papenbrook. Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice-over artist since the age of eight and has since starred in numerous roles, including Kirito from the Sword Art Online anime. Additional noteworthy roles include Inosuke Hashibira from Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and Eren Yeager from Attack on Titan. The Sword Art Online, Vol. 1 audiobook is scheduled for an August 2021 release.

Overlord, Vol. 1 will be narrated by Christopher Guerrero. Christopher Guerrero is
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Dave Season 2 Premiere Recap: An International Incident — Grade It!

Dave Season 2 Premiere Recap: An International Incident — Grade It!
Dave is back on Fxx, and yes, he’s still embarrassing himself. But now, he’s doing it on a whole new continent! And in front of mega-famous supermodels!

The first half of Wednesday’s Season 2 premiere finds the aspiring rapper in Korea with manager Mike and hype man GaTa, presenting a Korean music award — he tries to point out BTS in the crowd, but oof, it’s not them — and getting ready for his first big music video shoot. He’s lined up Korean pop star Cl to appear on the track, and he even has a Korean intern
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Kristin Chenoweth, Jane Lynch & Heather Morris To Star in Dark Comedy Podcast ‘The Bystanders’ For Black Label Media and the Bleav Podcast Network

Kristin Chenoweth, Jane Lynch & Heather Morris To Star in Dark Comedy Podcast ‘The Bystanders’ For Black Label Media and the Bleav Podcast Network
Exclusive: The Bleav Podcast Network is launching the new dark comedy podcast The Bystanders starring Jane Lynch and Emmy and Tony Winner Kristin Chenoweth. It will also mark the first scripted podcast from Black Label Media. Heather Morris will also co-star and produce the show with Jaclyn Hales and Ash Lendzion writing, directing and producing the show.

The star-studded cast also includes Oscar Nunez, Ed Westwick, Ki Hong Lee, Michael Hitchcock, Karen Huie, Matt Mattson and Jim Lau.

The Bystanders is the twisted tale about a group of neighbors who witness one of their own get brutally murdered in the courtyard of their apartment complex and do absolutely nothing to stop it, or so we think. As the tenants become suspects themselves, the whodunnit will keep audiences guessing the identity of the real murderer until the very end.

The series also takes a closer look at The Bystander Effect, which
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HBO Names Finalists for 4th Annual Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition (Exclusive)

HBO Names Finalists for 4th Annual Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition (Exclusive)
HBO on Wednesday announced the three finalists of the fourth annual Asian Pacific American Visionaries, a short film competition that showcases cinematic storytellers of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.

The finalists were selected from hundreds of submissions and were judged by a distinguished panel of HBO executives, industry leaders and fellow APA filmmakers. The three winning films exemplified this year’s competition theme: “Breaking Barriers.” Filmmakers Johnson Cheng (“Lonely Blue Night”), Thomas Percy Kim (“Si”), and Tiffany So (“Fine China”), will premiere their films during the virtual 2020 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, on September 25th at 5 p.m. Pt/8 p.m. Et via HBOVisionaries.com.

Below is a description of the finalists and their films:

Johnson Cheng (“Lonely Blue Night”) is a Chinese American filmmaker whose films have screened at over 100 international film festivals, including Tribeca, TIFF Kids, Atlanta, and Palm Springs (Best Student Film Award). He is a
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Brandon Flynn Has a Killer Face in Trailer for Comedy 'Looks That Kill'

Brandon Flynn Has a Killer Face in Trailer for Comedy 'Looks That Kill'
"When people see me, they..." "Die?" Gravitas Ventures has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie dark comedy called Looks That Kill, which is landing on VOD soon. The film stars Brandon Flynn as a teenage boy dealing with the ups and downs of being lethally attractive. His face kills - literally! Of course, since this is a teenage story, he meets a girl with her own bizarre ailment, who aids him on his self-discovery quest. Julia Goldani Telles co-stars, with Ki Hong Lee, Annie Mumolo, and Tom Proctor. This doesn't look that cheesy, I have to say, there's an earnestness to it that gives it an edge. Though it's still yet another film about beautiful teens. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Kellen Moore's Looks That Kill, direct from YouTube: Looks That Kill is a dark comedy about Max Richards (Brandon Flynn), a teenage boy
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Gravitas Ventures Buys Worldwide Rights to ‘Looks That Kill’ With ’13 Reasons Why’ Star Brandon Flynn’

Gravitas Ventures Buys Worldwide Rights to ‘Looks That Kill’ With ’13 Reasons Why’ Star Brandon Flynn’
Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide distribution rights to “Looks That Kill,” a black comedy starring “13 Reasons Why” actor Brandon Flynn.

Produced by American High, the film stars Flynn, Julia Goldani Telles, Ki Hong Lee (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), and Annie Mumolo.

The project comes from debut writer-director Kellen Moore, and will be available for digital purchase on June 19.

Flynn plays Max Richards, described as a “teenage boy born with a medical condition of being lethally attractive.” After meeting a young woman named Alex with a similar bizarre ailment, Max goes on a journey of self-discovery while attempting to avoid mass casualties.

American High’s Jeremy Garelick, Will Phelps, Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Glen Trotiner, and Austin Sepulveda are producers on the film. Ryan Bennett and Michael Glassman serve as executive producers.

“Through every step of the filmmaking process it is vital to find partners that believe in your movie as much as you do.
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Gravitas Nabs ‘Looks That Kill’ Comedy Starring ’13 Reasons Why’s Brandon Flynn & ‘The Affair’ Actress Julia Goldani Telles

Gravitas Nabs ‘Looks That Kill’ Comedy Starring ’13 Reasons Why’s Brandon Flynn & ‘The Affair’ Actress Julia Goldani Telles
Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to Looks That Kill, a dark comedy from American High and writer/director Kellen Moore. Set for an on-demand release June 19, the film stars Brandon Flynn, best known from the Netflix teen drama, 13 Reasons Why, Julia Goldani Telles from Showtime’s The Affair, Ki Hong Lee (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), and Annie Mumolo (Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar).

The plot tracks Max Richards (Flynn), a teenage boy born with a medical condition of being lethally attractive, who is changed forever when he meets Alex, a girl with her own bizarre ailment, who aids him on his quest of self-discovery… without accidentally killing someone.

American High’s Jeremy Garelick, Will Phelps, Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Glen Trotiner, and Austin Sepulveda produced the pic with Ryan Bennett and Michael Glassman serving as executive producers.

Tony Piantedosi, Vice President of Acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures, negotiated
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Gravitas Ventures Acquires 'Looks That Kill'

Gravitas Ventures Acquires 'Looks That Kill'
Gravitas Ventures has acquired the worldwide rights to Looks that Kill, setting a June 19 digital release for the high school dark comedy.

The feature follows Max Richards (13 Reasons Why star Brandon Flynn), a teenager born with a medical condition of being lethally attractive, who is changed forever when he meets Alex, a girl with her own bizarre ailment who aids him on his quest of self-discovery — without accidentally killing anyone.

Kellen Moore directed the movie, which also stars Julia Goldani Telles, Ki Hong Lee and Annie Mumolo.

American High’s Jeremy Garelick and Will Phelps produced along with Mickey ...
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Maze Runner Cast Has Video Chat Reunion While Social Distancing During Coronavirus: 'We Got This'

Maze Runner Cast Has Video Chat Reunion While Social Distancing During Coronavirus: 'We Got This'
If there’s anyone that’s used to difficult circumstances, it’s the Maze Runner stars.

On Tuesday, several of the cast members from the science-fiction film series, including Kaya Scodelario (Teresa), Dylan O’Brien (Thomas), Will Poulter (Gally), Ki Hong Lee (Minho), Dexter Draden (Frypan) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Newt) reunited over video chat amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Scodelario, 28, shared a screenshot from the cast reunion on Instagram. In her caption, the actress threw some slight shade at the third film, which debuted in 2018 to less-than favorable reviews.

“We survived the Glade, the Scorch & whatever the third one was about.
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Movie in the Works Based on Sci-Fi Comic Book ‘Blink’ (Exclusive)

Movie in the Works Based on Sci-Fi Comic Book ‘Blink’ (Exclusive)
Russell Sanzgiri’s Counterpart Pictures has optioned the film rights to Tapas Media’s digital comic book “Blink,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The comic, written by former DC Comics editor Rex Ogle and drawn by Eduardo Francisco, focuses on a young African-American girl pushed to the brink — until she screams at the top of her lungs, seemingly causing anything and everything to freeze indefinitely. Alone and afraid, she wanders around New York City while being stalked by an ancient evil entity.

Sanzgiri will executive produce. His credits include Netflix’s “Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special” and the Fullscreen series “Guilty Party: History of Lying.” Sanzgiri broke into the business assisting on Spike Jonze’s short films, such as “I’m Here,” starring Andrew Garfield, and “We Were Once a Fairytale,” with Kanye West. Most recently, Sanzgiri served as an executive producer on the documentary “Changing the Game,
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TV Pilot Season 2019: TheWrap’s Complete Guide

It’s pilot season — when broadcast networks decide which of dozens of prospective shows should become full-fledged series.

TheWrap’s complete network pilot guide will keep you up to speed on the status of every project under consideration by ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. In cases where they’ve already ordered a show to series, we’ll say so.

Check back often for regular updates.

ABC: Comedy / Drama

CBS: Comedy / Drama

The CW: Drama

Fox: Comedy / Drama

NBC: Comedy / Drama

ABC Comedy

Happy Accident

Writer(s): Jon Pollack, Abraham Higginbotham

Director: Kat Coiro

Studio: 20th Century Fox Television/ABC Studios

Logline: Two Pittsburgh families — a father with three adult daughters, and a hotel lounge singer with her med student son — are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed. (Single camera)

Cast: Matt Walsh, Joanna Garcia Swisher, Vanessa Williams, Elliot Knight, Kether Donohue, Jessie Pinnick, Robert Smith
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Holly Chou, Cindy Cheung, Stephen Park Among 8 Cast In ABC’s Jessica Gao Comedy Pilot

Holly Chou, Cindy Cheung, Stephen Park Among 8 Cast In ABC’s Jessica Gao Comedy Pilot
Holly Chou (The Big Sick) is set as the lead, and Cindy Cheung (13 Reasons Why), Stephen Park (In Living Color), Kelly Hu (Arrow), Helen Hong (The Thundermans), Ki Hong Lee (The Maze Runner franchise), Ashley Park (Tales of the City) and John Gemberling (Broad City) round out the series-regular cast of ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot from Emmy-winning Rick & Morty writer Jessica Gao, Imagine Television Studios, ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios.

Written by Gao, who is of Chinese descent, the untitled series is about Janet Zhao (Chou), a first generation Chinese-American woman who struggles to set healthy boundaries with her crazy, exhausting family. When her wealthy grandmother dies and names Janet the sole inheritor, she suddenly finds herself the unwilling new matriarch of the family she’s spent her life trying to keep at arm’s length.

In addition to Chou as Janet, Cheung is Kathy, Park plays Robert,
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Another Official Trailer for Emilio Estevez's Library Drama 'The Public'

"They're not coming out of there unless we make them." Universal has released a new official trailer for the indie drama The Public, the latest film written & directed by Emilio Estevez. This played at the Toronto Film Festival and is finally getting a release in April, even though the first trailer debuted more than a year ago. The title is a reference to a public library in Cincinnati. When an Arctic cold freezes the city, a group of homeless people decide to hold an "occupy" movement and camp out in the library. On top of writing and directing, Estevez also stars as one of the managers. The ensemble cast features Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Gabrielle Union, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Ki Hong Lee, Richard T. Jones, and Jacob Vargas. From the early festival reviews, I've heard this is a very moving, captivating film about modern society,
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Christian Slater, Alec Baldwin & more on the importance of Emilio Estevez’s The Public

The Public, Emilio Estevez’s latest film as writer, actor and director premiered at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival in Canada. The film stars Christian Slater, Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Gabrielle Union, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Kenneth Williams, Ki Hong Lee and Jacob Vargas.

The Public is set to be released in 2019. Dave Sztypuljak was on the carpet talking to the director and his actors, here’s how he got on.

The Public Tiff Press Conference

Plot:

In “the public” an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalized, as well as an exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who often build emotional connections and a sense of obligation to care for those regular patrons.
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What has Ki Hong Lee Been Up to Since “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt?”

It’s only been a couple of years since his stint on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt but Ki Hong Lee hasn’t been resting on his laurels since then. In fact he’s been pretty busy even during his run on the show and has been racking up credits in a fairly steady fashion. You won’t find his name appearing like a rash over the internet or on TV or in films, but he’s been plenty busy since assuming the role on Kimmy Schmidt and after. His acting career seems to have slowed down just for the moment but it’s still very much

What has Ki Hong Lee Been Up to Since “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt?”
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‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ DVD Review

Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Giancarlo Esposito, Rosa Salazar, Aidan Gillen, Walton Goggins, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson | Written by T.S. Nowlin | Directed by Wes Ball

This third and final entry in the Maze Runner franchise gives the Ya series a rousing send-off, stream-lining the books’ overly complex plot in favour of a succession of exciting action set-pieces. It might be a little too long at a posterior-troubling two hours and twenty minutes, but better that than splitting the third part of the trilogy into two movies, like certain other dystopian teen movies we could mention.

To its credit, Maze Runner: The Death Cure assumes audiences are already familiar with the events of 2014′s The Maze Runner and 2015′s The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, because otherwise, what are you doing here in the first place? To that end, the film opens in rip-roaring fashion,
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‘Maze Runner’ Star Dexter Darden Talks the Initial Negative Response to His Casting, and Surviving Trump’s America

‘Maze Runner’ Star Dexter Darden Talks the Initial Negative Response to His Casting, and Surviving Trump’s America
If you’ve watched the “Maze Runner” movies, you know who Dexter Darden is — he plays the ever-present Frypan, a character who, while not quite at the forefront, is always a major player in whatever is going on. And Darden told TheWrap that fans of the book series were not always happy with his involvement with the films.

“Originally, they weren’t very happy, because Frypan in the books wasn’t necessarily a man of color,” Darded explained, describing a phenomenon that has occurred fairly often when a black actor is cast as a character who is not black in the source material. See, for example, Idris Elba in the “Thor” films, which was met with a similarly irrational outcry from some fans at first. But as is usually the case with these sorts of “controversies,” the situation calmed down once the first movie came out.

“So they weren’t really the most excited about that, but Wes Ball and James Dashner had kinda come to the conclusion that, look, in the book it just says that he’s a chubby guy with nappy hair, so it’s like, if Dexter gains 15 pounds he could really be any ethnicity. Although it does say he has red hair. So it was a little bit mixed in the beginning, but since then the fans have literally been the most amazing. Like literally the most amazing, incredible support.”

Also Read: Watch 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' Cast Honor Trilogy Director Wes Ball (Exclusive Video)

Darden said the eventual positive response only grew when Frypan got into more of the action in “The Death Cure,” which lands on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K today.

“In the third one I think fans are really happy to see me kinda come to the forefront and step up to the plate and really showcase what my abilities are and what I can provide to the character and what I can provide to the team,” Darden said. “And so the outcry on social media, and fan mail as well, has just been incredible and this has been something I’ve been very fortunate to experience.”

Darden told me that earlier in his budding career, the types of roles he was able to audition for and would be offered seemed to, as the story in Hollywood so often goes, be dictated by racial stereotypes — but he seemed to think the situation is improving somewhat.

” ‘Rush Hour’ is my favorite movie of all time, so that’s kind of where I was aspiring to be — in a movie where a black guy can play opposite of an Asian man, and then it becomes one of the biggest franchises in the world. That’s what I love, and I feel like we’ve kinda gotten away from that a little bit, and it became a bit scary, And I was just getting roles and auditions for guys who are just a gangbanger on the corner, or the guy whose father or mother’s abandoned them and they don’t really have a life to look forward to,” Darden said. “But now I think with the cultural diversity and what movies like ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise are doing and ‘Get Out’ and the opportunities that they’re allowing are making that more popular again and giving us the opportunity to play roles outside of the basic stereotype that the black male is categorized in.”

Also Read: Will 'Black Panther' Finally Open Hollywood's Floodgates for More Diverse Studio Movies?

We also discussed the significance of Darden, as a black man, simply existing in Hollywood and as a key part of this film franchise in Donald Trump’s America — a time in which profound political and cultural divides that many had thought, or at least pretended to think, were fading have reasserted themselves in force.

“It’s always been apparent. It’s always been something that’s overwhelming and one of those things that you just kind of have to come to grips with and operate through. I think with the way our country is going now, and that cultural divide being so prevalent, people are becoming a little bit more bold in their beliefs and their racism,” Darden said, before describing how this new “family” he’s developed with his “Maze Runner” castmates has certainly been a boon though all this.

“What I do know is I’m fortunate now to have a platform to keep developing and building myself as an individual to the point where I have a voice, in the sense of speaking out on certain matters — whether the president of the United States is being racist and sexist in this specific moment,” Darden said. “And I have the opportunity to stand up for like a sister like a Rosa Salazar or Kaya Scodelario, or have the bravado to speak up for my brother like a Ki Hong Lee, who is an Asian-American male, and not necessarily feeling like he has to be outcast because of his ethnic and historical or cultural background.

Also Read: Oscars: Jordan Peele Becomes First African-American Winner for Best Original Screenplay

“While also standing alongside a brother like a Dylan O’Brien, who you know is a caucasian male, grew up in the States, who doesn’t believe in those kinds of things. We can stand by each other and have each other’s support. And that’s one of the things that’s so beautiful about “Maze Runner” and my castmates, who I love and who will be my family for the rest of my life, is that we always will have each other’s backs, regardless of the color of our skin or where we come from.”

Read original story ‘Maze Runner’ Star Dexter Darden Talks the Initial Negative Response to His Casting, and Surviving Trump’s America At TheWrap
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Brandon Flynn, Julia Goldani Telles & Ki Hong Lee To Topline Dark Comedy ‘Looks That Kill’ For American High

Brandon Flynn, Julia Goldani Telles & Ki Hong Lee To Topline Dark Comedy ‘Looks That Kill’ For American High
Exclusive: Brandon Flynn (13 Reasons Why), Julia Goldani Telles (The Affair), and Ki Hong Lee (Maze Runner franchise) are set to lead the American High’s third feature, Looks The Kill, the feature directorial debut from Kellen Moore, who also penned the screenplay. Will Phelps, Glen Trotiner, Austin Sepulveda, and Jeremy Garelick are producing the pic, which will go before cameras this month. The film tells the story of sixteen-year-old Max Richards who is forced to live…
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‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Dates and Details

Maze Runner: The Death Cure will wrap up the trilogy on home video this April when it arrives next month.

Fox has announced an April 10th Digital HD and Movies Anywhere release date with the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD editions slotted for two weeks later on April 24th.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure stars Dylan O'BrienKaya ScodelarioThomas Brodie-SangsterNathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo EspositoAidan GillenWalton Goggins, and Ki Hong Lee.

Pre-order Maze Runner: The Death Cure on 4K or other formats for a substantially discounted price at Amazon.

All physical disc versions include a 24-page prequel origins comic book written by screenwriter T.S. Nowlin. Other bonus features with format exclusives include:

Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Wes Ball, T.S. Nowlin, and Joe Hartwick Jr. (Bd and Digital Only)

4 Featurettes: The Final Run, Dystopia, Allies Reunited, A Look Back, Going Out on
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