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Things We Saw Today: Crazy Rich Asians’ Star & Director Bought Out a Theater for John Cho’s Searching

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Between Crazy Rich Asians and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, it’s been a hell of a month for Asian representation in Hollywood. (And someday, two movies with Asian leads/casts won’t add up to “a hell of a month.”) Still to come is the limited release of Searching, the John Cho thriller told entirely through the POV of smartphones and computer screens. To celebrate, Crazy Rich Asians‘ star, Henry Golding, and director, Jon M. Chu, bought out a theater showing the movie.

That #GoldOpen hashtag references the recent trend of buying out theaters to ensure that movies with non-white leads/casts/creators get substantial opening weekend box office receipts, as well as making sure audiences have access to those films.

If Searching is opening near you this weekend, make sure to see it and let us know what you thought!

What did you all see out there today?

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.