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Olivia Wilde, Taylor Russell, & More Celebrate Their Spirit Awards Nominations at Brunch Event!

Olivia Wilde and Taylor Russell walk the carpet while attending the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Brunch on Saturday (January 4) at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood, Calif.

The ladies are both nominated at the upcoming awards show – Olivia for Best First Feature for Booksmart and Taylor for Best Supporting Female for Waves.

Olivia was joined on the carpet by her film’s screenwriter, Katie Silberman.

More stars in attendance included Best Female Lead nominees Alfre Woodard (Clemency) and Mary Kay Place (Diane), Best Director nominee Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Best Supporting Female nominee Shuzhen Zhao with her The Farewell director Lulu Wang, and In The Heights director Jon M. Chu.

Parasite is nominated for Best International Film and the movie’s director Bong Joon-Ho and stars Song Kang-Ho and Lee Jeong-eun were all there.

READ MORE: See the full list of Spirit Awards nominees!

FYI: Olivia is wearing rings by Toni + Chloë Goutal and Retrouvai. Taylor is wearing Chanel.

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Director Jon M. Chu Wants to Make a Rose Tico Series for Disney+ Starring Kelly Marie Tran

There has been a lot of discussion about Kelly Marie Tran‘s Star Wars character Rose Tico lately as fans believe she wasn’t treated well in The Rise of Skywalker.

Rose, who is a member of the resistance, barely had any screen time in the new movie. She was the first woman of color to have a significant role in the franchise and Kelly received so much online bullying that she eventually quit social media.

Now, director Jon M. Chu has publicly revealed that he wants to make a Rose Tico series for Disney+, the new streaming service from Disney.

“Ok @disneyplus . Put me in coach. Let’s make this series happen. #RoseTicoDeservedBetter @starwars,” he tweeted.

READ MORE: Kelly Marie Tran’s Screen Time in ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Was Timed & It’s Quite Shocking

'Crazy Rich Asians' Director Responds to Brenda Song Saying She Wasn't 'Asian Enough' to Audition

Jon M. Chu, the director of Crazy Rich Asians, is setting the record straight on Brenda Song‘s comments about his movie.

In a newly released interview with Teen Vogue, the 31-year-old actress claimed that she wasn’t allowed to audition for the movie because they said she wasn’t “Asian enough” for a role.

Now Jon is responding on Twitter to Brenda‘s comments saying he feels “horrible” that she would think that.

“🤷🏻‍♂️would these words ever come out of my mouth? Nope makes no sense,” John tweeted. “I feel horrible she thinks this is the reason. The fact is I love Brenda Song and am a fan. I didn’t need her to audition because I already knew who she was!”

Brenda has not yet responded to Jon‘s response.

'Crazy Rich Asians' Director Jon M. Chu Breaks Silence on Writer Adele Lim's Salary Dispute

Jon M. Chu, the director of the hit film Crazy Rich Asians and its upcoming sequel, is breaking his silence on screenwriter Adele Lim‘s salary dispute with the studio.

Adele, who co-wrote the first film, has decided not to participate in the sequel after she was offered significantly less money than her co-writer Peter Chiarelli.

THR reportedly that the offers were $800,000 to $1 million for Peter and $110,000+ for Adele.

“When I discovered she was unhappy with the initial offer, the producers, myself and studio executives leapt into action to ensure we got to a place of parity between the two writers at a significant number. It was both educational and powerful to hear all facets of the debate. Unfortunately by the time we came up with several different ways to satisfy everyone’s needs, a lot of time had passed and she declined the offer,” Jon wrote in an open letter posted on his Twitter account. “These things happen in negotiations, and I’m proud that she was able to stand up for her own measure of worth and walk away when she felt like she was being undervalued.”

Jon says he will definitely work with Adele in the future and he’s still leaving the door open for her to rejoin the Crazy Rich Asians sequel. He also asked fans to not attack Peter Chiarelli.

“The door is always open for Adele and if there’s another shot at making it work I know we are all for it but that’s a personal and private conversation between ourselves,” he wrote.

Click inside to read the full open letter from Jon M. Chu… More Here! »

Director Jon M. Chu Welcomes Baby Boy, Names Son After Upcoming Movie 'In The Heights'

Jon M. Chu and his wife Kristin Hodge have welcomed their second child into the world!

The 38-year-old director took to social media on Saturday morning (July 27) to announce the birth of his son Jonathan Heights Chu.

“I took the day off yesterday from shooting @Lin_Manuel’s #InTheHeightsMovie so I could witness my beautiful wife give birth to our first son… Introducing Jonathan Heights Chu (aka Heights). May your hands always be connected to others but your view be towards the skies,” Jon wrote on Twitter.

Jon and Kristin are also the parents of a two-year-old daughter named Willow.

On Instagram he wrote, “At 12:02 PM on Friday July 26th 2019 he landed onto our planet by way of New York City. With a backpack full of bravery and rockets fueled by resilience strapped onto his sneakers, Willow’s little rebel brother knows no limits and only looks in one direction: UP. One day, he will show us the way to the stars and beyond. In the meantime he’s our little astronomer. Introducing Jonathan Heights Chu. The second member of the Chuniverse Space Academy. Oh, and I’m exhausted… but not half as exhausted as my wife Kristin who deserves a damn award for her achievements today!!! 🥇🏆🎰

Jon is currently directing the In the Heights movie and he previously directed Crazy Rich Asians, Now You See Me 2, and several Step Up movies.

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Leslie Grace & Corey Hawkins Film 'When You're Home' Scene for 'In The Heights' Movie!

Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins and Jon M. Chu are filming scenes for In The Heights!

The co-stars and director were spotted filming the “When You’re Home” scene from Act I of the musical on Wednesday (June 5) in New York City.

The upcoming film feature version of the Broadway musical follows a bodega owner who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.

Jon is directing the film, which features Leslie as Nina and Corey as Benny.

The show was nominated for 13 Tony Awards, and won four of them, including Best Musical in 2008.

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Leslie Grace Films 'Breathe' Scene for 'In the Heights' Movie!

Leslie Grace walks the streets while filming a scene for the upcoming film adaptation of the musical In the Heights on Tuesday (June 4) in New York City.

The 24-year-old singer is playing the lead role of Nina and she was spotted filming the “Breathe” scene. This is Nina’s big solo song in act one of the musical!

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Leslie Grace

Jon M. Chu, who is directing the movie, was seen on set with Leslie.

Make sure to check out photos of Melissa Barrera working on her first scenes as well!

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