Why Gabrielle Union didn't want to host a ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ screening

Kris Aquino stuns in 'Crazy Rich Asians' world premiere

Before hitting the jade carpet for the Crazy Rich Asians premiere in a fine Tom Ford suit and riding an Aston Martin, lead actor Henry Golding helped his mother Margaret Golding get ready by styling her hair. What's important to note here is that the previews were paid, not free, thus underscoring moviegoers' want-to-see for the movie based on Kevin Kwan's bestselling book. Which is why, if Crazy Rich Asians is all about money, it was a little surprising for me to burst into tears 10 minutes into the movie.

Crazy Rich Asians is part of a growing trend of seeing inclusion in Hollywood written by, directed by, and starring people of color. The reporting of early sneak previews outside of Thursday night is fairly new for the industry, so there aren't any comps.

In Crazy Rich Asians, Kris plays Princess Intan, a Malay princess. In addition, Crazy Rich Asians on tracking is looking to play beyond its core demo to all female audiences with a 5-day opening between $18M-$21M.

Kris Aquino stuns in 'Crazy Rich Asians' world premiere
'Crazy Rich Asians' looks beyond Asia to break Hollywood mold

Directed by Jon Chu and starring Henry Golding and Constance Wu, the film has yet to hit theaters worldwide ― it's slated for release in the USA on August 15.

While talking to the crowd at She Knows Media's Blogher Creators Summit, the actress recalled why she turned down the opportunity to host a screening of the buzzy upcoming film "Crazy Rich Asians".

If I may draw a connection between "The Meg" and "Crazy Rich Asians", two movies that both deserve to make plenty at the box office this month, it is this: Hollywood rom-coms, like enormous killer sharks, are theoretically extinct - once a staple of every studio's lineup, they've now pretty much vanished. The fact that this is the first Asian-American-centered film since Joy Luck Club shows how we have really allowed ourselves to be comfortable with the status quo, even as it excluded others.

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