Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fil-Am Michael Copon to Star in Twilight’s Sequel

Fil-Am actor Michael Copon is reportedly replacing Taylor Lautner for the role of werewolf Jacob Black in the highly anticipated sequel of the box-office hit Twilight entitled “New Moon.”

The Twilight sequel has a new director following news that 53-year-old Catherine Hardwicke had been axed and replaced by Golden Compass helmsman Chris Weitz for New Moon.

Now, another replacement is about to happen. 15-year-old actor Taylor Lautner won’t be reprising his role as the werewolf Jacob Black in favor of the Filipino-American actor and model Michael Copon.

Michael is probably best known for his role in the tv series One Tree Hill and the movies Scorpion King 2 and Elevator. The Fil-Am actor was also the grand winner of VH1’s reality competition “But Can They Sing?”

Also lobbying for a New Moon role is Spanish actor Ben Barnes, best known for his title role in this year’s Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. The 27-year-old is said to be eye-ing the role of the mind-reading vampire Aro.

Filming on New Moon is scheduled to begin in February 2009.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

“Baler”, big winner at the 34th MMFF-Philippines

The historical film “Baler” is the big winner at the 34th Metro Manila Film Festival
(MMFF) awards night Saturday evening by taking home 10 trophies including Best Picture.

Baler also received the grade of “A” from the Cinema Evaluation Board and a commendation from the Department of Education.

The other MMFF entry that received an A grade from the CEB is Magkaibigan. But the Jinggoy Estrada starrer only managed to win 1 award courtesy of Christopher de Leon as Best Actor. Shake, Rattle and Roll X, Desperadas 2, Iskul Bukol 20 Years After and Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat each won 1 award, too.

Dayo, on the other hand, grabbed 4 trophies while One Night Only won 2 awards coutesy of Manilyn Reynes for Best Supporting Actress and Joey Reyes for Best Story.

For the first time in years, the Best Float was scrapped from the awards line-up.

Here is the complete list of winners:

34th MMFF Award Winners

Best Picture:

Best Director:
Mark Meily (Baler)

Best Actress:
Anne Curtis (Baler)

Best Actor:
Christopher De Leon (Magkaibigan)

Best Screenplay:

Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award:

Best Supporting Actress:
Manilyn Reynes (One Night Only)

Best Supporting Actor:
Philip Salvador (Baler)

2nd Best Festival Picture:
Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat

3rd Best Festival Picture:
Iskul Bukol 20 Years After

Best Cinematography:
Lee Meily (Baler)

Best Production Design:
Aped Santos (Baler)

Best Editing:
Danny Anonuevo (Baler)

Best Visual Effects:
Robert Quilao (Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia)

Best Musical Score:
Jessie Lasaten (Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia)

Best Theme Song:
“Lipad” by Jessie Lasaten and Artemio Abad Jr.,
performed by Lea Salonga (Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia)

Best Sound:
Albert Idioma and Wally Dellosa (Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia)

Best Original Story:
Jose Javier Reyes (One Night Only)

Best Child Performer:
Robert Villar (Shake, Rattle, and Roll X)

Best Make-up:
Noli Villalobos (Desperadas 2)

Pacquiao is Leading on ESPN’s Champion of Champions 2008

Our very own Manny Pacquiao is currently leading in the finals of ESPN and Star Sports’ “Champion of Champions” 2008 online poll.

Pacquiao, who fought in three weight divisions in 2008 and emerged victorious in all of those bouts, could very well be the winner of the online poll contest as he enjoys a huge lead over Malaysian squash player Nicol David.

As of Sunday afternoon, Pacquiao received an astounding 82.4% lead over Nicol. Our Pambansang Kamao amassed 91.20& of votes while the world’s top ranked squash player earned 8.8 percent.

Pacquiao made history in 2008 when he became the first Asian to wear four world titles in three different weight divisions. He is the reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) and The Ring magazine’s super featherweight champion after beating Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez in a split decision on March 15.

He then added the WBC lightweight belt after scoring a ninth-round knockout win over David Diaz last June 28. And his greatest victory so far is his eight-round demolition of future Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya on December 6.

He earned the Ring Magazine’s top pound-for-pound boxer title after then holder Floyd Mayweather Jr. retired this year. Pacquiao is also a former Ring Magazine featherweight champion, once hold the International Boxing Federation bantamweight crown and held the WBC flyweight belt.

Manny Pacquiao and Nicol David are the last 2 standing on the online poll after beating cricket superstars Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly in the semifinals. They also beat NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, Indian cricket sensation MS Dhoni, Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo, reigning world no.1 tennis player Rafael Nadal, Beijing Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra, F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, legendary football manager Sir Alex Ferguson, world 100-meter record holder Usain Bolt, Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, golf’s Tiger Woods and world MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi in the preliminaries.

The final day of voting is on December 30 with the winner to be announced in ESPN Sports Center.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Star Cinema’s 2009 Line-Up

Apparently, this line-up was shown during the premiere screening of Land Down Under in the US. Please take note that titles, cast and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.


Love Me Again (Love Down Under)
Starring Angel Locsin and Piolo Pascual


You Changed My Life
(A Very Special Love Part 2)
Starring John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo


(teen horror movie)
Starring Shaina Magdayao, Maja Salvador, Jake Cuenca, Geoff Eigenmann


And I Love You So
Starring Sam Milby, Bea Alonzo and Derek Ramsay


Starring Bong Revilla and Toni Gonzaga


The Man I Loved
Starring KC Concepcion and Piolo Pascual


Starring Maricel Soriano and Mika dela Cruz


A Mother’s Story
Starring Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano and John Lloyd Cruz


Starring Angel Locsin and Aga Muhlach


A Love Affair
Kristine Hermosa, Jericho Rosales and Carmen Soo

The following projects have no tentative date and/or working title yet:

1. RPG - first 3-D animated movie
2. Claudine Barretto movie
3. Judy Ann Santos romantic drama movie
4. Angelica Panganiban/Gabby Concepcion movie

Ang Tanging Ina Ninyong Lahat, Top MMFF’s 1st Day Earnings

According to the box-office report from the festival insider, Star Cinema’s entry to this year’s MMFF - “Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat” - leads 1st day earnings.

Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat is the sequel to the no. 1 all-time box-office hit “Ang Tanging Ina” which was shown in 2003. The movie is topbilled by Ai Ai delas Alas and Eugene Domingo among others and directed by Wenn de Ramas for Star Cinema.

There are early predictions that the Ai Ai delas Alas-starrer will lead the box-office race and it looks like it’s heading to reality as tickets for the Star Cinema movie were sold out in some SM Cinemas. The said comedy film is rated G by the MTRCB for the whole family to enjoy.

Running in second place is Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After. Tito, Vic and Joey reprises their role in the film adaptation of their hit tv sitcom 20 years ago. Directed by Tony Reyes, expect to catch several stars making a cameo in the movie including Bong Revilla Jr., Manny Pacquiao and Sharon Cuneta.

In 3rd place is the 10th installment of the popular horror franchise Shake, Rattle and Roll. The Regal Films entry is topbilled by Gerald Anderson, Kim Chiu and Marian Rivera.

On the other hand, two entries received the highest grade of “A” for excellence in filmmaking from the Cinema Evaluation Board. The Viva Films entry “Baler” and the Jinggoy Estrada-Christopher de Leon starrer “Magkaibigan” will be exempted from paying amusement tax to the government for receiving the “A” grade. Apparently, “Baler” badly needed the tax exemption because according to reports, it is the highest-budgeted film among the 8 entries of the Metro Manila Film Festival this year.

Obama is TIME’s Person of the Year

The editors at TIME say, “The Person of the Year” is the person who most affected the news for better or worse.” There’s no surprise that this year’s Person of the Year is the president-elect of the USA Barrack Obama.

In naming the President-elect, TIME said Obama, ” … overcame a lack of experience, a funny name, two candidates who are political institutions, and the racial divide to become the 44th President of the United States.”

“It’s unlikely that you were surprised to see Obama’s face on the cover,” writes TIME’s David Von Drehle. “He has come to dominate the public sphere so completely that it beggars belief to recall that half the people in America had never heard of him two years ago — that even his campaign manager, at the outset, wasn’t sure Obama had what it would take to win the election.”

Henry Paulson

When he arrived in Washington as Secretary of the Treasury in the summer of 2006, Henry M. (Hank) Paulson Jr.’s top priority was to make certain that his department would have independence and clout. If he was giving up the top job at Goldman Sachs, he wasn’t doing it for a sinecure.

Nicolas Sarkozy

There are times when Nicolas Sarkozy resembles a force of nature rather than a conventional political leader. He has energy, ideas and vitality in abundance, as he showed in such matters as his handling of the Georgia crisis and the global economic downturn. Of course, as with any new leader, 18 months — Nicolas was elected President of France in May 2007 — is insufficient time to make a final judgment. But certain elements are already clear.

Sarah Palin

In the beginning, she winked. “I was just your average hockey mom,” she told us by way of introduction, which was a charming diversion from the reality of the most astonishing political debut in modern times. Sarah Palin did indeed show she could play politics as a contact sport; her motherhood did become central to her message. But average? Not in your wildest dreams.

Zhang Yimou

On the eighth day of the eighth month of 2008, 2 billion TV viewers and thousands in attendance in the now famous Bird’s Nest were treated to an unforgettable spectacle at the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Chris Tiu reads to kids

Basketball heartthrob Chris Tiu talks about his reading habits with INQUIRER.net multimedia reporter Marjorie Gorospe.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

‘Twilight’ is No. 1 in RP for 2008, will Have Local Remake by ABS-CBN

Twilight, the movie adaptation of the best-selling novel by Stephanie Meyer, has earned more than P180 million to be the no. 1 Hollywood movie at the Philippines Box Office for 2008.

Twilight is a vampire movie starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison. It’s box office gross in the Philippines was a whopping P179,132,250 on its 4th week run. It will end it’s 5th week run today as the Metro Manila Film Festival starts tomorrow at Christmas Day.

To date, it’s the no. 1 top-grossing movie for 2008 in the Philippines both in foreign and local categories outgrossing Iron Man, The Dark Knight and A Very Special Love by surpassing the P180 million mark.

The success of the movie doesn’t end there. ABS-CBN announced recently that it bagged the exclusive rights to make a local television series based on the best-selling vampire novels of Stephanie Meyer.

According to reports, ABS-CBN acquired the rights for 1 million US Dollars, or around P48 million pesos, with co-producer Ignite Media for the local tv version of the series.

Tentatively titled “Takipsilim” (the tagalog word for Twilight), and it will star Rayver Cruz and Shaina Magdayao.

Taping for the series will start February under the direction of Cathy Garcia-Molina.

Monday, December 22, 2008

‘As I Am’ by Alicia Keys is Best Selling Album of 2008

Both Billboard and Nielsen agree, Alicia Keys’ “As I Am” is the top selling album of 2008.

“As I Am” is Alicia Key’s third studio album which was released late last year. It has sold 742,000 copies in its first week. This made Keys’ third consecutive multi-platinum studio album in the U.S. The album spawned four singles; two of them became number-one hits on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, while the others entered the top three and the top fifteen respectively. The album was ranked the best album and also the best R&B album of 2008 by Billboard

Alicia Keys‘ single “No One”, on the other hand, is the most listened-to radio song of the year, “No One,” which drew 3.08 billion radio listeners between November 12, 2007 through November 16, 2008.

“Low,” by Flo Rida, featuring T-Pain, was the most downloaded song of the year, through November 16.

Top 10 Albums

1. As I Am (Alicia Keys)
2. Noel (Josh Groban)
3. Tha Carter III (Lil Wayne)
4. Long Road Out of Eden (Eagles)
5. Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift)
6. Rock N Roll Jesus (Kid Rock)
7. Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends ( Coldplay)
8. NOW 26 (Various Artists)
9. Carnival Ride (Carrie Underwood)
10. The Ultimate Hits (Garth Brooks)

Top 10 Most Digitally-Downloaded Songs

1. Low (Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain)
2. Bleeding Love (Leona Lewis)
3. Lollipop (Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major)
4. I Kissed a Girl (Katy Perry)
5. Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
6. Love Song (Sara Bareilles)
7. Apologize (Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic)
8. No Air (Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown)
9. Disturbia (Rihanna)
10. 4 Minutes (Madonna Feat. Justin Timberlake)

Top 10 Most Listened-To Radio Songs

1. No One (Alicia Keys) 3,084,014,000
2. Low (Flo Rida Feat. T-Pain) 3,025,670,000
3. Bleeding Love (Leona Lewis) 2,754,498,000
4. Apologize (Timbaland Feat. OneRepublic) 2,508,246,000
5. Lollipop (Lil Wayne Feat. Static Major) 2,365,270,000
6. With You (Chris Brown) 2,348,062,000
7. Love in this Club (Usher Feat. Young Jeezy) 2,280,490,000
8. No Air (Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown) 2,170,133,000
9. Sexy Can I (Ray J & Yung Berg) 1,926,995,000
10. Take A Bow (Rihanna) 1,920,855,000

Source: Billboard Hot 100 Airplay / Nielsen Company

The 10 Best Books of 2008

The New York Times have selected the 10 best books, 5 fiction and 5 non-fiction, from the list of 100 notable books of 2008.


Thirteen Stories
By Steven Millhauser.
Alfred A. Knopf, $24.

In his first collection in five years, a master fabulist in the tradition of Poe and Nabo­kov invents spookily plausible parallel universes in which the deepest human emotions and yearnings are transformed into their monstrous opposites. Millhauser is especially attuned to the purgatory of adolescence. In the title story, teenagers attend sinister “laugh parties”; in another, a mysteriously afflicted girl hides in the darkness of her attic bedroom. Time and again these parables revive the possibility that “under this world there is another, waiting to be born.”

By Toni Morrison.
Alfred A. Knopf, $23.95.

The fate of a slave child abandoned by her mother animates this allusive novel — part Faulknerian puzzle, part dream-song — about orphaned women who form an eccentric household in late-17th-century America. Morrison’s farmers and rum traders, masters and slaves, indentured whites and captive Native Americans live side by side, often in violent conflict, in a lawless, ripe American Eden that is both a haven and a prison — an emerging nation whose identity is rooted equally in Old World superstitions and New World appetites and fears.


By Joseph O’Neill.
Pantheon Books, $23.95.

O’Neill’s seductive ode to New York — a city that even in bad times stubbornly clings to its belief “in its salvific worth” — is narrated by a Dutch financier whose privileged Manhattan existence is upended by the events of Sept. 11, 2001. When his wife departs for London with their small son, he stays behind, finding camaraderie in the unexpectedly buoyant world of immigrant cricket players, most of them West Indians and South Asians, including an entrepreneur with Gatsby-size aspirations.

By Roberto Bolaño. Translated by Natasha Wimmer.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, cloth and paper, $30.

Bolaño, the prodigious Chilean writer who died at age 50 in 2003, has posthumously risen, like a figure in one of his own splendid creations, to the summit of modern fiction. This latest work, first published in Spanish in 2004, is a mega- and meta-detective novel with strong hints of apocalyptic foreboding. It contains five separate narratives, each pursuing a different story with a cast of beguiling characters — European literary scholars, an African-American journalist and more — whose lives converge in a Mexican border town where hundreds of young women have been brutally murdered.

By Jhumpa Lahiri.
Alfred A. Knopf, $25.

There is much cultural news in these precisely observed studies of modern-day Bengali-Americans — many of them Ivy-league strivers ensconced in prosperous suburbs who can’t quite overcome the tug of traditions nurtured in Calcutta. With quiet artistry and tender sympathy, Lahiri creates an impressive range of vivid characters — young and old, male and female, self-knowing and self-deluding — in engrossing stories that replenish the classic themes of domestic realism: loneliness, estrangement and family discord. (Excerpt)


The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals
By Jane Mayer.
Doubleday, $27.50.

Mayer’s meticulously reported descent into the depths of President Bush’s anti­terrorist policies peels away the layers of legal and bureaucratic maneuvering that gave us Guantánamo Bay, “extraordinary rendition,” “enhanced” interrogation methods, “black sites,” warrantless domestic surveillance and all the rest. But Mayer also describes the efforts ofunsung heroes, tucked deep inside the administration, who risked their careers in the struggle to balance the rule of law against the need to meet a threat unlike any other in the nation’s history.

By Dexter Filkins.
Alfred A. Knopf, $25.

The New York Times correspondent, whose tours of duty have taken him from Afghanistan in 1998 to Iraq during the American intervention, captures a decade of armed struggle in harrowingly detailed vignettes. Whether interviewing jihadists in Kabul, accompanying marines on risky patrols in Falluja or visiting grieving families in Baghdad, Filkins makes us see, with almost hallucinogenic immediacy, the true human meaning and consequences of the “war on terror.”


By Julian Barnes.
Alfred A. Knopf, $24.95.

This absorbing memoir traces Barnes’s progress from atheism (at age 20) to agnosticism (at 60) and examines the problem of religion not by rehashing the familiar quarrel between science and mystery, but rather by weighing the timeless questions of mortality and aging. Barnes distills his own experiences — and those of his parents and brother — in polished and wise sentences that recall the writing of Montaigne, Flaubert and the other French masters he includes in his discussion.


Death and the American Civil War
By Drew Gilpin Faust.
Alfred A. Knopf, $27.95.

In this powerful book, Faust, the president of Harvard, explores the legacy, or legacies, of the “harvest of death” sown and reaped by the Civil War. In the space of four years, 620,000 Americans died in uniform, roughly the same number as those lost in all the nation’s combined wars from the Revolution through Korea. This doesn’t include the thousands of civilians killed in epidemics, guerrilla raids and draft riots. The collective trauma created “a newly centralized nation-state,” Faust writes, but it also established “sacrifice and its memorialization as the ground on which North and South would ultimately reunite.”

The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul
By Patrick French.
Alfred A. Knopf, $30.

The most surprising word in this biography is “authorized.” Naipaul, the greatest of all postcolonial authors, cooperated fully with French, opening up a huge cache of private letters and diaries and supplementing the revelations they disclosed with remarkably candid interviews. It was a brave, and wise, decision. French, a first-rate biographer, has a novelist’s command of story and character, and he patiently connects his subject’s brilliant oeuvre with the disturbing facts of an unruly life.

Source: NYTimes.com

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Most Awaited Films of 2009

A new online list of the most eagerly awaited films of 2009 is either way off, or its compilers didn't bother to ask genre movie fans what they're waiting for as this year winds down.

Movietickets.com surveyed its readers and came up with "The Top 10 Most Anticipated Films" for next year. The list includes:

1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Warner Bros)
2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Fox)
3. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Paramount)
4. Public Enemies (Universal)
5. Angels & Demons (Sony)
6. Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (Fox)
7. The Informant (Warner Bros)
8. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Fox)
9. The Day the Earth Stood Still (Fox)
10. The Taking of Pelham 123 (Sony)




Regine Velasquez: Low Key Album 2008

The long wait is over! The songbird Ms. Regine Velasquez’s new album entitled “Low Key” is out in stores last November 14!

The new album includes the songs Tell me that you love me, No words, no ceilings, no floors, good friend, I don’t want you to go and many more!

The new album is brought to you by Universal Records. There’s a Free Poster in every CD purchase.

Regine Velasquez Low Key 2008 Album Track Listings:
01 Tell me that you love me
02 And I love you so
03 I’d rather leave while i’m in love
04 I never dreamed someone like u could love someone like me
05 No walls, no ceiling, no floors
06 Good friend
07 How can I tell you
08 Of all the things
09 Longer 10 At seventeen
11 She’s always a woman
12 Never be the same
13 Strawberry fields forever
14 Weeping willows, cattails
15 Leader of the band
16 Walk in love
17 Clouds across the moon
18 Christmas is Feat. Jim Brickman

Beyonce of Rihanna?

For this edition of “Who Owns the Look” we have Beyoncé and Rihanna both rocking the same Armani Privé dress from his Fall 2007 Collection. Rihanna was spotted wearing the dress first on the red carpet of the 2007 American Music Awards, while Beyonce brought it back for an unknown photo shoot from this year.

So I must ask the question … WHO OWNS THE LOOK?

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Meet the new Golden Boy: Pacquiao reigns over de la Hoya

MANILA, Philippines - Oscar de la Hoya threw in the towel before the start of the ninth round, giving the huge upset win to Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao's victory was officially a technical knockout.

Just a year ago, Pacquiao facing de la Hoya appeared an improbable prospect.

Pacquiao's victory over his iconic opponent on Sunday (Saturday, US time) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas could not have been thinkable in a lifetime.

In a virtual passing of the torch, Pacquiao seized the mantle as boxing's top draw away from de la Hoya, the acknowledged king of pay-per-view TV

Now, meet boxing's new Golden Boy.

"He deserves all the credit. He was the better man. He deserves all the accolades," de la Hoya said.

"He's just a great fighter. I have nothing to say bad about him. He prepared well," he added.

"I'm not shocked. At this stage, it's almost expected. I worked hard. I trained hard. But being here and training at the gym is different."

In the eighth round, Pacquiao kept de la Hoya bouncing back against the ropes for much of the round.

As the commentators put it, Pacquiao has been landing more punches than De la Hoya, who seemed reluctant to let go, as if waiting for his opponent to come and in and expose himself.

Both fighters started the World Boxing Council (WBC) bout tentative in their moves as they sized each other up, but De la Hoya was visibly a bit more tense than Pacquiao.

Pacquiao managed to sneak in several punches to De la Hoya's face in the first round, putting his fans into a frenzy of cheers. The Golden Boy had some trouble landing his punches on the visibly quicker Pacman.

The fighters went through the third round with a slightly slower pace, but with Pacquiao keeping his aim at the Golden Boy's face. Pacman landed a solid jab smack into De la Hoya's face at one point.

The fourth to seventh rounds went through in a similar pace, with Pacquiao landing more punches, mostly in De la Hoya's face. Halfway through the round Pacquiao had De la Hoya backed in a corner, attacking him with a flurry of punches.

De la Hoya ended the seventh round with a burst of energy, but as the bell rang he was visibly winded, with a swelling under the left eye. - GMANews.TV

Monday, December 01, 2008

Robert Pattison of Twilight

From wizard to vampire, Robert Pattison became an instant star when his movie “Twilight” exploded at the box-office.

Robert Thomas-Pattinson (born May 13, 1986) is an English actor, model, and musician, whose breakthrough to stardom is for his role as Edward Cullen in the film adaptation of the bestselling book Twilight, based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer. He also played Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Pattison’s first television gig was a supporting role in the telemovie “Ring of the Nibelungs” in 2004, and in director Mira Nair’s Vanity Fair, although his scenes in the latter were deleted, and only appear on the DVD version. In May 2005 he was slated to appear in the UK premiere of The Woman Before at the Royal Court Theatre, but was fired shortly before the opening night and was replaced by Tom Riley.

Later that year he played Cedric Diggory in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Consequently, he was named that year’s British Star of Tomorrow by Times Online. He also has more than once been touted as the next Jude Law.

Pattinson appeared in the advertising campaign for Hackett’s Autumn 2007 collection. Pattinson plays Edward Cullen in the movie Twilight, based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novel of the same name, which was released on November 21, 2008 in North America. According to TV Guide, Pattinson was initially apprehensive about auditioning for the role of Edward Cullen, fearful that he wouldn’t be able to live up to the “perfection” expected from the character.

He has lead roles in the the forthcoming feature films Little Ashes, in which he plays Salvador Dalí, How To Be, a British comedy, and the short film The Summerhouse. In January he will begin filming a project called Parts Per Billion, which he calls “one of the most lyrical scripts that I have ever read in my life”.

After the success of Twilight, Pattison received a number of offers from Hollywood including the role of Gambit in the next X-Men movie but he declined because his priority is the sequel to Twilight called “New Moon.”

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Twilight Fever!

TWILIGHT is an action-packed, modern-day love story between a teenage girl and a vampire. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has always been a little bit different, never caring about fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix high school. When her mother re-marries and sends Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesn't expect much of anything to change. Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a boy unlike any she's ever met. Edward is a vampire, but he doesn't have fangs and his family is unique in that they choose not to drink human blood. Intelligent and witty, Edward sees straight into Bella's soul. Soon, they are swept up in a passionate, thrilling and unorthodox romance. To Edward, Bella is what he has waited 90 years for - a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. But what will Edward & Bella do when a clan of new vampires - James (Cam Gigandet), Laurent (Edi Gathegi) and Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre) - come to town and threaten to disrupt their way of life?

ABOUT TWILIGHT: Based on the #1 New York Times Best-Selling series with over 17 million books in print by Stephenie Meyer, TWILIGHT is a cultural phenomenon, with a dedicated fan base that eagerly awaits this movie. There are over 350 fan sites devoted to TWILIGHT, and it has been chosen as the New York Times Editor's Choice, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, Amazon's "Best Book of the Decade...So Far", Teen People's "Hot List" Pick, and The American Library Association's "Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults" and "Top Ten Books for Reluctant Readers," among others. Critically acclaimed director Catherine Hardwicke brings to life this modern, visual, and visceral Romeo & Juliet story of the ultimate forbidden love affair - between vampire and mortal.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Manuel Chua Sets Fear Factor World Record

Manuel Chua smashed the Fear Factor world record in the slippery car stunt.

The previous record of 3 minutes 7 seconds set by a contestant from Hungary was smashed by the Pinoy participante. Manuel Chua, the very first participante to try the stunt, finished the slippery car stunt by a whopping 44 seconds! The Philippines now holds the record for the said stunt besting contestants from more than 30 countries which also undergone the Fear Factor camp and did the same stunt.

Video Link: Manuel Chua - Slippery Car Stunt

Mariah at the 2008 American Music Awards

Mariah gave a rousing live performance of her new single, "I Stay In Live," at tonight's American Music Awards.

Mariah received the "Honorary Award" for most #1 songs by a solo artist & most weeks at #1 by any artist - her 12th career American Music Award! The inscription on the trophy reads:

"The American Music Awards honors Mariah Carey for surpassing two of the longest standing records in music history, formerly held by Elvis Presley. In 2008, Mariah Carey became the solo artist with the most number one hits of all time. In addition, Mariah has now spent more weeks at number one than any other artist in the history of recorded music. Congratulations!"

Mariah lost in the "Favorite Female Artist - Pop" and the "Favorite Album - R&B" categories. The awards went to Rihanna and Alicia Keys, respectively.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Geoff and Tisha Finished 2nd in Amazing Race Asia Season 3

Dating couple Geoff Rodriguez and Tisha Silang finished second in Amazing Race Asia season 3, the best placement so far by a Philippine team in the Asian version of the award-winning reality show since season 1.

Geoff and Tisha caused trouble to 7 teams by using the yield and u-turn option of the game. This is why they made it to the 11th and final leg of the race from Oman to Phuket, Thailand.

Hong Kong boys Vince and Sam, who started 3rd in the final leg managed to stepped on the mat first winning the 3rd season of Amazing Race Asia and $100,000.00 cash prize. The Malaysian team, who started the final leg with four hours advantage finished third.

Video Link: Amazing Race Asia 3 - Final Episode

Filipino Wins 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize

Filipino writer Miguel Syjuco won the $10,000 Man Asian Literary prize Thursday, a fledgling award launched by the backers of the world-renowned Booker prize to recognize the region's top literary talent.

Manila-born Syjuco won the award for his debut novel Ilustrado which tells the tale of an acolyte of a famous Filipino writer who dies in mysterious circumstances in a family saga spanning four generations of Philippine history.

Syjuco was chosen from a shortlist of five Asian authors including Kavery Nambisan and Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi from India, Yu Hua of China and Alfred A. Yuson of the Philippines.

The judges of the prize were Canada's former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, Australian scholar and writer Nicholas Jose and writer Pankaj Mishra.

"Ilustrado seems to us to possess formal ambition, linguistic inventiveness and sociopolitical insight in the most satisfying measure," the judges said in a statement.

"Brilliantly conceived, and stylishly executed, it covers a large and tumultuous historical period with seemingly effortless skill. It is also ceaselessly entertaining, frequently raunchy, and effervescent with humor."

Chinese writer Jiang Rong won the inaugural prize last year for his autobiographical novel "Wolf Totem" about self-discovery and the relationship between man and wolf on the grasslands of Inner Mongolia during the Cultural Revolution.

Man Group Plc is known for sponsoring the world-renowned Man Booker Prize, which rewards the best novel of the year by a writer from Britain, Ireland or a Commonwealth country. The Booker, founded in 1969, has gone in the past to literary giants such as Salman Rushdie and J.M. Coetzee.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Charice Pempengco Featured on David Foster’s Album ‘Hit Man’

Our very own Charice Pempengco has a track included in the upcoming album “Hit Man: David Foster and Friends” coming out in November 11, 2008 worldwide.

Charice Pempengco’s cut in the album is Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” and “I Will Always Love You”, the same songs she performed in the benefit concert David Foster and Friends which is going to be televised on PBS at the last week of November.

Also featured in the “Hit Man” album are Andrea Bocelli, Katharine McPhee, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Peter Cetera and Brian McKnight among others. Included in the CD are 2 DVD’s covering the David Foster and Friends concert.

Track listing:
Disc 1:
1. Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire (Kenny G.)
2. Home (Michael Buble and Blake Shelton)
3. I Have Nothing/I Will Always Love You (Charice)
4. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Josh Groban and Brian McKnight)
5. Somewhere (Katharine McPhee)
6. Look What You’ve Done To Me (Boz Skaggs)
7. Wildflower (Blake Shelton)
8. Hard To Say I’m Sorry/You’re The Inspiration/Glory Of Love (Peter Cetera)
9. The Prayer (Andrea Bocelli and Katharine McPhee)

DVD content:
Act I
1. Andre Agassi Intro
2. St Elmo’s Love Theme(Kenny G.)
3. Can’t Help Falling In Love(David Foster)
4. Beauty/Man In Motion(Michael Johns)
5. Mornin’/After The Love Has Gone(Brian McKnight)
6. Video(Barbra Streisand)
7. Somewhere(Katharine McPhee)
8. Through The Fire(Renee Olstead)
9. Got To Be Real(Cheryl Lynn)
10. Wildflower(Blake Shelton)
11. Video(Urban Cowboy)
12. Love Look What You’ve Done(Boz Skaggs)
13. Jo Jo(Boz Skaggs)
14. Chocolate Legs(Eric Benet)
15. Hard To Say I’m Sorry/You’re The Inspiration/Glory Of Love(Peter Cetera)
16. Amapola(Andrea Bocelli)
17. Because We Believe(Andrea Bocelli)
18. The Prayer(Andrea Bocelli and Katharine McPhee)

Act II
1. Asturias(William Joseph)
2. Video-Because You Loved Me(Celine Dion and David Foster)
3. I Swear(Babyface and Kevon)
4. Feeling Good(Michael Buble)
5. Home(Michael Buble and Blake Shelton)
6. Save The Last Dance(Michael Buble)
7. Video-Bodyguard w/Kevin Costner
8. I Have Nothing/I Will Always Love You(Charice)
9. Alla Luce del Sole(Josh Groban)
10. Bridge Over Troubled Water(Josh Groban with Brian McKnight)
11. You Raise Me Up(Josh Groban)
12. Got To Be Real(All)

Pre-order the album now! Click the photo below to pre-order the album:

Charice Pempengco Performs at Good Morning America

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Dureza wants GMA to stay beyond 2010

Be careful what you pray for.

President Arroyo was put on the spot yesterday after her press secretary openly sought divine help for her to continue serving the country beyond the end of her term in 2010.

At the start of the Cabinet meeting, Press Secretary Jesus Dureza prayed: “Bless the President so we will have forbearance, good health, and tolerance to lead this nation up to 2010 and perhaps, who knows, even beyond.”

Mrs. Arroyo, with her head bowed in prayer, covered her face with her hands and said under her breath, “Oh my God.” But the microphone in front of her caught her words, and she gave an embarrassed smile as she raised her head.

Dureza also prayed for Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, who recently celebrated his birthday, and for newly installed Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Charice to Perform with Miley Cyrus and David Archuleta

Our very own Charice will join Hannah Montana teen superstar Miley Cyrus and American Idol season 7 runner-up David Archuleta as headliners of this year’s Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Nov. 27, 2008.

According to Funfare’s Big Apple correspondent Edmund Silvestre of the Philippine Star:

“Charice will join Hannah Montana megastar Miley Cyrus and American Idol runner-up David Archuleta as headliners of this year’s Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Nov. 27. The event, presented by Macy’s, the world’s largest retail store, is one of America’s most lavish celebrations seen by over 3.5 million live spectators and over 44 million televiewers across the US. Aside from famed celebrities, the event’s notable attractions are its inflated giant balloons in the shape of well-loved cartoon or comic book characters.”

Charice, Miley and David will ride on different colorful floats and will perform separately along with other notable artists such as James Taylor, Andy Williams, The Cheetah Girls, Broadway superstars Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth, the cast of Broadway musical Hairspray, the muppets cast of Sesame Street

, plus Miss USA Crystle Stewart.

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, Charice will promote David Foster’s album (in which she has 2 tracks) on Good Morning America on ABC, live from the Times Square in Manhattan. According to reports, Charice’s US album is also in the works.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Mariah is Rolling Stone's 79th Greatest Singer

The November issue of Rolling Stone names the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Mariah is ranked at no. 79.

79 | Mariah Carey

March 27th, 1970
Key Tracks:
"One Sweet Day," "Vision of Love," "Fantasy"
Brandy, Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis

"When I was little," Mariah Carey says, "I used to wake up with a really raspy voice and"--she shifts to her signature squeak--"talk in a really high voice. My mother couldn't understand it, and she's an opera singer. But then I started to try to sing using that voice." Carey is famous for her staggering vocal range -- including those ravishing high notes -- and power. Her mastery of melisma, the fluttering strings of notes that decorate songs like "Vision of Love," inspired the entire American Idol vocal school, for better or worse, and virtually every other female R&B singer since the Nineties. But technical skill alone doesn't make for hits, and Carey's radiant, sweetly sexy presence has been knocking them out of the park for two decades. She's scored more Number One singles than any solo artist -- 18 and counting.

For the complete Top 100 list, click here.

Tisha Silang and Geoff Rodriguez Make It to Final 3 of Amazing Race Asia

Dubbed by the viewers as the beauty queen and her rude boyfriend, the Philippine representative–Tisha Silang and Geoff Rodriguez–made it to the final leg of Amazing Race Asia season 3.

Tisha and Geoff cannot explain how they managed to come so far after committing many critical errors that caused them valuable time and put them in danger of elimination. Not to mention the hot-tempered Geoff who is always ready to melt-down in the middle of the race.

But luck favored the dating couple as the other teams got lost going to the roadblock in Muscat, Oman as Geoff and Tisha arrived there the same time as the other teams. They even finished the roadblock easily to come in second behind Ida and Tania from Malaysia. Securing the third and final spot in the finals are buddies Sam and Vince from Hong Kong. A.D. and Fuzzie from Singapore were eliminated.

Tisha and Geoff are now assured of duplicating Rovilson Fernandez and Marc Nelson’s third place finish in season 2 or they can even surpass their feat. In season 1 of the Asian version of the Emmy Award-winning reality show, two teams from the Philippines competed but neither of the 2 make it to the finals. On season 2, the Philippines fielded two teams again with one team making it to the final and ended up 3rd place (Rovilson and Marc). This season, we only have 1 team representing the Philippines and they are now among the top 3 teams who have the chance of winning $100,000.00 cash prize and the title of the first Philippine team to win the Amazing Race Asia.

The finale episode of Amazing Race Asia season 3 will be aired on Thursday, November 20, on AXN.

More about Tisha and Geoff here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Jess Espanola is the First Pinoy to Win an Emmy Award

Jess Espanola, a Filipino American animator, recently won the 2008 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program by the Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences for his work on “The Simpsons- Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind.”

Jess is the Assistant Director for the said Simpson’s episode which was named Outstanding Animated Program (for programming lest than one hour) during the 60th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

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ABS-CBN 2008 Christmas Station ID

ABS-CBN has just launched the official Kapamilya Christmas Station ID for 2008.

This year’s theme is “May Katuparan ang Hiling sa Kapamilyang Kapiling.” Selected Kapamilya stars like Judy Ann Santos, Dolphy, Sharon Cuneta, Gabby Concepcion, Sam Milby, Boy Abunda, Kris Aquino, John Lloyd Cruz, Angel Locsin, Ai Ai delas Alas, KC Concepcion, etc. share what Christmas means to them and how they celebrate the season with their families. The theme song “Kapamilyang Kapiling” is sung by Pop Star Princess Sarah Geronimo.

‘Himala’ is CNN’s Best Film of All Time in Asia Pacific

Pinoy power fueled the country’s bid for Nora Aunor’s movie “Himala” (Miracle) to be the Best Film of All Time in the Asia Pacific via a poll conducted by CNN.

Himala is a 1982 Filipino classic film about a girl who claims to have been chosen by the Virgin Mary as the messenger of good faith in a backward town. It’s a masterpiece of award-winning director Ismael Bernal starring erstwhile superstar Nora Aunor.

During the Asia Pacific Screen Awards on Tuesday in Australia’s Gold Coast, “Himala” was announced as the best film in the region. The film won via online voting through CNN’s website.

Himala bested tough competitors, namely Oscar-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon from China; The Seven Samurai from Japan; Gabbeh from Iran; Gallipoli from Australia; Pather Panchali from India; Oscar-winning Spirited Away from Japan; Oldboy from South Korea; Internal Affairs from Hong Kong/China; and Chungking Express from China.

Himala was the Best Picture in 1982 Metro Manila Film Festival and 1983 Catholic Mass Media Awards. It also raked numerous awards that time from Famas to Urian. It also won the Bronze Hugo Price at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Miss Earth 2008 - Miss Philippines, Karla Paula Henry

Miss Earth Air: TANZANIA, Miriam Odemba
Miss Earth Water: MEXICO, Abigail Elizalde
Miss Earth Fire: BRAZIL, Tatiane Alves


Top 16 Semi Finalists


Special Awards

Miss Photogenic - Miss Philippines
Best in National Costume - Miss Panama
Best in Swimsuit - Miss Mexico
Miss Talent - Miss Australia
Best in Long Gown - Miss Venezuela
Miss Friendship - Ecuador

Winning Answer

Final Question in Miss Earth 2008: "What would you tell US president-elect Barack Obama about the state of the global environment if ever you were to meet him?"

Answer of Miss Earth 2008: “Environmental knowledge is something that all of us must share, but most importantly we must teach the youth that this is something that we should instill in them so that in the near future they will be the ones to take care of our mother Earth."

- Karla Paula Henry, represented Philippines

Monday, November 03, 2008

'High School Musical 3' remains top box office earner

"High School Musical 3: Senior Year" hauled in $15 million to remain the top box office earner.

Hollywood made audiences repeat senior year.

Disney's "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" hauled in $15 million to remain the top movie for the second straight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens in a big-screen sequel to the Disney Channel TV movies, "High School Musical 3" raised its 10-day total to $61.8 million.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is Currently No. 1 in the New 7 Wonders of Nature

New7Wonders of Nature is a contemporary effort to create a list of seven natural wonders chosen by people through a global poll. It is being organized by a Swiss-based New Open World Corporation (NOWC), after its success in organizing the New Seven Wonders of the World, which where chosen by more than 100 million votes in the first-ever global campaign.

Stages of the campaign

The project is still in its initial stage, and is open to nominations until 31st December 2008. Voting for nominees will continue through July 7, 2009. Then the New7Wonders of Nature Panel of Experts, under the leadership of Prof. Federico Mayor, the longest-standing former Director-General of UNESCO, will review the top 77 nominees and choose the 21 finalists, to be announced on 21 July 2009. The 21 finalists will then be put to popular vote. The final declaration of the New7Wonders of Nature will be in 2010.

National qualification

On 1 January 2009, only one national nominee per country will be allowed to proceed: the highest ranked in the voting on 31 December 2008. Therefore until the end of 2008, countries with more than one national nominee will be racing to choose the national representative that is allowed to continue into 2009. Nominees shared by more than one country will remain and continue into 2009.

Official supporting committees

In this campaign, it is important that people from the nominee's countries form Official Supporting Committees (OSC) since New7Wonders must obviously have people to work on behalf of a natural site. A nominee cannot be considered for selection as one of the 21 finalists without an OSC.

Last update 28-OCT-2008 10:25 GMT

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Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National ParkPHILIPPINES - Asia

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Ha Long BayVIET NAM - Asia

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Cox's Bazar, BeachBANGLADESH - Asia
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Chocolate HillsPHILIPPINES - Asia
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Tubbataha ReefPHILIPPINES - Asia
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Al-hasa OasisSAUDI ARABIA - Asia
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Ganges, RiverBANGLADESH/ INDIA - Asia
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Ali Sadr CaveIRAN - Asia

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Sundarbans, ForestBANGLADESH/ INDIA - Asia
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Phong Nha - Ke Bang, National ParkVIET NAM - Asia
Fansipan, MountainVIET NAM - Asia
Mayon VolcanoPHILIPPINES - Asia
Lake Saiful MalukPAKISTAN - Asia
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Mount EverestCHINA/ NEPAL - Asia
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Mount DamavandIRAN - Asia
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