Japanese-American actor Mako, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work in the 1966 film The Sand Pebbles, has died from esophageal cancer, the spokesman for a theater company he cofounded said Tuesday.
Mako, 72, whose birth name was Makoto Iwamatsu, died this past Friday at his home in Somis, California, northwest of Los Angeles, said Jay Africa, marketing director of the East West Players theater company Mako cofounded.
Mako enjoyed a long career on Broadway and in Hollywood. He was nominated for a best supporting actor Academy Award for playing a Chinese laborer in The Sand Pebbles, which was set during the US military presence in China in 1926 and looked at the uneasy relationship between villagers and foreigners.
His leading role as the reciter in Stephen Sondheim's Pacific Overtures earned him a 1976 Tony Award nomination, the ...Read more
Nick is opening the door for more Air.
When Avatar: The Last Airbender returns to the network on Friday, September 25, kids will be able to get five times their previous dosage. Nickelodeon will beging airing the show weeknights at 6:30 p.m. instead of once a week, on Friday nights.
Avatar premiered in February of 2005 and became an instant hit. The show averaged almost 8 million viewwers an episode, putting it in the top 10 animated programs on TV and making it Nick's top-rated show on Friday nights.
Nickelodeon has also expanded the Avatar Web site to include more online games, deeper character bios, and more bonus material to keep fans satisfied and to appeal to new seekers of animated action. The network is also using the Avatar revamp to beef up the content of its ...Read more
As you may recall, M. Night Shyamalan’s film adaptation of the animated series “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” has been embroiled in controversy due to its casting, that is that the cast is primarily white while the characters are supposed to be Asian.
Well, now steps have been taken to remedy that as “Slumdog Millionaire” star Dev Patel has taken over the role of Zuko. Previously (and ludicrously) Jesse McCartney was supposed to play the part, but according to the MTV Movies Blog, dropped out because of conflicts with his touring schedule. Yes, we’re all surprised he’s touring. Read more