Tuesday, December 30, 2008
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
(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
Mark Meily (Baler)
Anne Curtis (Baler)
Christopher De Leon (Magkaibigan)
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
Lee Meily (Baler)
Best Production Design:
Aped Santos (Baler)
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)
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)
Noli Villalobos (Desperadas 2)
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
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
Wednesday, December 24, 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” 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
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 DARK SIDE
The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals
By Jane Mayer.
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.
THE FOREVER WAR
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.”
NOTHING TO BE FRIGHTENED OF
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.
THIS REPUBLIC OF SUFFERING
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 WORLD IS WHAT IT IS
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.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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)
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
ANGELS & DEMONS
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE HD
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
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
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 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.”