The Long Beach native, Anthony Keyvan stole hearts onscreen as Q on Netflix’s newest hit XO, Kitty. If you haven’t caught the series yet, it’s your time to binge. Q is a star athlete and Kitty’s newest friend played by To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before alumni Anna Cathcart. He’s the person she turns to when moving half way across the world gets tough.
Anthony has a Filipino mother and Iranian father where he remembers growing up always around music and food. According to Preview PH, he “raved about his multicultural family, calling the food and music “magical,” and cited karaoke as his family’s go-to pastime.” He’s also not shy saying that he has the pipes to nail it on karaoke, but he also has the acting bug. Anthony began acting at 8 years old with booking a Disneyland commercial and a guest role on Lost.
His breakout role in Love, Simon as Rahim, a Muslim student who struggles with coming out to his religious family. His character Q is also part of the LGBTQ+ community and we see him grow his relationship with another student, Florian. Anthony also worked with the writers of the series to develop his character and add bits of his personality. Personally, Anthony also is an advocate for mental health and the environment. “I just feel that, as someone with a platform that can reach a lot of people, it’s important to use that influence for good and raise awareness for topics that need attention.”
Catch Anthony now on XO, Kitty only on Netflix.
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Keanu Reeves is back with another John Wick film with its fourth installment coming March 24th. The film also stars Donnie Yen, Rina Sawayama, Shamier Anderson, and Hiroyuki Sanada and is action packed! This latest installment picks up right where the last film left off. Movie goers can expect to see all the craziness the previous films have brought and the trailer doesn’t disappoint.
According to GQ, get a glimpse of the action as Wick using a flamethrower, shooting opponents in the midst of heavy Paris traffic, and even getting help from his beloved pooch. We’re introduced to Donnie Yen’s character Caine, a blind assassin who is quite handy with a sword. In a perfectly tailored suit, watch as he dispatches a number of would-be assailants with sword tricks so quick they need to be watched at half-speed.
Get ready for the drama and action coming this month.
Get the first look on Lionsgate’s next comedy film that will have you going on a ride. From the producers of Neighbors and the co-screenwriter of Crazy Rich Asians, JOY RIDE stars Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Oscar® nominee Stephanie Hsu, and Sabrina Wu. The hilarious and unapologetically explicit story of identity and self-discovery centers on four unlikely friends who embark on a once-in-a-lifetime international adventure.
When Audrey’s (Ashley Park) business trip to Asia goes sideways, she enlists the aid of Lolo (Sherry Cola), her irreverent, childhood best friend who also happens to be a hot mess; Kat (Stephanie Hsu), her college friend turned Chinese soap star; and Deadeye (Sabrina Wu), Lolo’s eccentric cousin. Their no-holds-barred, epic experience becomes a journey of bonding, friendship, belonging, and wild debauchery that reveals the universal truth of what it means to know and love who you are.
Also starring Ronny Chieng (Crazy Rich Asians), Desmond Chiam (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier), Alexander Hodge (Insecure), and Chris Pang (Crazy Rich Asians). Stay tuned for more info on release dates or when it hits a theater near you!
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It’s time to head back to the town of Wellsbury in the Netflix original as Ginny and Georgia navigate through their new life in the small town. Last season left off on a cliff hanger with Ginny running away after learning about secrets her mom, Georgia kept from her. Private investigator, Gabriel Cordova played by Fil-Canadian Alex Mallari Jr. is out to uncover the truth about Georgia’s past.
The actor continues his guest role from Season 1 and as the Texan PI inches closer to finding out the truth about the mysterious deaths from Georgia’s younger years, the more we see him interact with the people in town. He’s starting to piece together his suspicions, but can’t quite find the evidence he needs. Will he finally close the case and solve what kind of dangerous game Georgia Miller is playing? Tune in on Netflix for Season 2 for another wild ride.
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Are you still on vacation mode and looking for something to watch? There’s a few films and series to with that have you covered if you’re looking to see a few Fil-Am actors in the craft. Actors like Dave Bautista, Paris Berlec, and Evan Mock all had recent work released on Netflix and HBO Max.
Look no further because you can add these to your Watch List: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Do Revenge, and Gossip Girl Season 2. Check out the trailers below!
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Looking for a singalong that will have the entire hooked? H.E.R. recently stared as the Disney princess, Belle in the live version of “Beauty and the Beast” live on ABC. She is the first Filipina to take on the role and along with Josh Groban who played The Beast. The duo sang the classic tune, ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ but gave a unique twist to the ballad.
H.E.R. had a special guitar solo that added a modern sound to the well-known track and Josh Groban’s rich vocals gave it depth to mesh perfectly with H.E.R.’s voice. Catch the performance below!
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December 15 is almost here! H.E.R. is set to star as Belle on ABC’s “Beauty And The Beast” 30th anniversary special, and the singer is also poised to represent her Filipino-American roots. In one of the costumes for the live-action segment, H.E.R. pays homage to her Filipino roots by wearing a dress that features baybayin.
The way @HERMusicx is honoring her Filipino heritage in her Belle costume. 😍😭🙌🏽— Krystle Piamonte (she/her) (@kryspia) December 8, 2022
The writing says “Bela” (“Bella”) in baybayin. A pre-colonial script that was almost taken from us, but we are reviving it.
Proud of this Bay Area Pinay and excited to see HER in BATB!
Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration premieres on ABC on December 15 at 8 p.m. and will go live on Disney+ the following day! We’re excited to see a Filipino Disney princess!
Photo Courtesy of H.E.R.’s Instagram
If you’re looking for your next holiday watch, look no further for a family-fun movie, Blue’s Big City Adventure on Paramount+. Josh Dela Cruz takes on the Big City with his friend, Blue but also see a couple more familiar faces like Steve and Joe. The musical spectacular is fun for all ages to enjoy!
When Josh gets the opportunity of a lifetime to audition for Rainbow Puppy’s Broadway musical, Josh and Blue skidoo to NYC for the very first time where they meet new friends and discover the magic of music, dance, and following one’s dreams! The entire Blue’s Clues crew is reunited for this special movie musical event, with the beloved animated friends and all three hosts – Josh, Steve, and Joe – together for the first time in the Big Apple like fans have never seen them before!
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This summer is about to be epic with the Guardians back protecting the galaxy. Dave Bautista is back with friends as they debuted the trailer in Brazil at the Comic-Con Experience (CCXP).
According to Collider.com, “we see that Gamora (Zoe Saldaña) is now working with the Ravagers and is attempting to explain to Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) that the Gamora he’s in love with is no longer here. Like the two before, music holds a special place in Star-Lord’s heart, and the soundtrack will no doubt reflect that.” The group set off for the final adventure to close out this trilogy in the MCU.
Catch Drax back in action! Watch the trailer below and wait until the very end.
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Bailey Munoz aka Bailrok is having an eventful holiday season! The SYTYCD winner is taking his moves to Disney+ on the new holiday special, The Hip Hop Nutcracker. He along with a handful of other talented artists and dancers like D-Trix took the stage and put a modern twist to the favorite classic. Make sure to tune in and get your holiday spirit going!
RUN DMC’s Rev Run brings us along for a hip-hop reimagining of The Nutcracker ballet set in New York City. It’s the night of the annual New Year’s Eve Block Party and Maria-Clara’s (Caché Melvin) Mom and Pop (Allison Holker Boss and Stephen “tWitch” Boss) aren’t getting along — and it’s bringing her down. Maria-Clara embarks on a holiday adventure to bring her parents back together, finding help along the way from the magical toymaker, Drosselmeyer (Comfort Fedoke), and the Nutcracker (Du-Shant “Fik-shun” Stegall) who she brings to life. Maria-Clara’s journey takes her from the streets of New York to fantasy worlds where she battles with Mice and Toy Soldiers (Viktor White, BDash, Kevin “Konkrete” Davis), and back in time to the Land of Sweets in order to find the key to unlock her holiday wish. Will it be enough to rekindle her parents’ lost love before the clock strikes midnight? Featuring best-in-class dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tiler Peck, KidaTheGreat AKA Kida Burns, the Jabbawockeez as magical snowflakes, and more. The Disney+ Original special “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” is inspired by the live stage phenomenon, created by Jennifer Weber, touring America this holiday season.
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The animated series on Disney Junior, Firebuds premiered this year and highlights the role of first responders and their families. The young friends of first responders come from all walks of life, but the exciting aspect of the show is the spotlight of Filipino families. One of the main characters, Bo Bayani from Gearbox Grove connects with his family who are all first responders.
This is the first time a Disney kids animation features a Filipino lead. However, Bo isn’t the only Fil-Am character on the series. One of his best friends, Violet, is also of Japanese and Filipino background. She was adopted by her two moms making it one of the few times a same-sex couple is featured on a children’s show.
Bo’s family are all part of the first responder family. His dad is Fire Chief Bill Bayani voiced by Fil-Am actor Lou Diamond Philips. It also features his grandpa and retired fire chief, Lolo Ben and Lola Belen where they make the Filipino dish, lumpia together. A fun aspect of the show are the tributes to Filipino culture like having a talking truck called, Jipney that has a disco ball and karaoke machine. Catch all it all on Disney+
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Want to learn more about the richness of the Filipino culture? MYX’s newest Made For Youtube series, Monster Makeup follows three mythical creatures popularized in Philippine folklore and urban legends. Be prepared to look good getting scared as the series banks on engaging storytelling through make-up.
Mysterious and horrific encounters are told by digital content creator, John Fedellaga as he transforms into the featured mythical creature. It’s a creative spin on telling stories about Philippine mythical creatures through beauty and art. Dive deep into the stories you’ve heard as John takes it to the next level.
Catch the episodes below!