By Rito P. Asilo
The big leap of “Diary ng Panget” from page to screen has something going for it—its appealing cast, led by Nadine Lustre, James Reid, Andre Paras and Yassi Pressman. When we watched the film on its opening day, its “kilig” moments had its followers happily falling into a swoon, as its actors carried the weight of their characters’ woes lightly on their young, still-unaffected shoulders—and it doesn’t hurt that they’re easy on the eye.
By Rito P. Asilo
James Franco’s decision to act in and direct the screen adaptation of William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” is brave. The classic 1930 novel’s stream-of-consciousness style and complex narrative structure provide a challenge that has rekindled the fire in the actor-director’s belly.
By Nestor U. Torre
One of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays, “Romeo and Juliet,” has been performed for centuries all over the world, and has had at least five film versions. George Cukor led off in 1936 with an acclaimed “filmization” that remains viewable despite the passage of many years. In 1954, Renato Castellani directed Laurence Harvey [...]
My father suggested Bo Sanchez’s book “8 Secrets of the Truly Rich” to me. It has taught me that life is not just about becoming wealthy.
I highly recommend William P. Young’s novel “The Shack.”
“Misibis Bay” actress Boots Anson-Roa plans to write a book soon. “(The late photographer) Vic Valenciano, (singer) Gary V.’s dad, had been encouraging me to write it for so long. He even did a mockup, complete with photos. Only the text was missing. I plan to come out with it when I turn 70, a year and a half from now, as tribute to Tito Vic.”
By Sharon Robas-Macawile
The passing of our dear dad months ago has shaken our world in ways we could not imagine. Being a daddy’s girl, I feel a deep sense of loss and sadness every time I realize that I will no longer see him.
Fans of Harry Potter and magic, rejoice: Universal Orlando is expanding its Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a new area based on the books’ fictional scenes in Diagon Alley and London.
Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” was my favorite book back in college. It’s about a shepherd looking for inspiration and the meaning of life. It’s also about a dreamer who discovers that dreams could come true if you have faith in yourself. It’s special to me because I read this at a point in my [...]
Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host” doesn’t have much in common with her Twilight series, except maybe the potential for a franchise.
By Ruben V. Nepales
“I have four wonderful kids,” Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed in a recent interview. He caught himself and quickly added with a smile, “Actually five.” The fifth one, of course, is the child he fathered with the family’s housekeeper, Mildred Baena. “They (his children) have been a great joy. Life couldn’t be better.”
By Nick Perry
Many fans are eagerly anticipating a return to the fictional world of Middle-earth with next week’s general release of the first movie in “The Hobbit” trilogy. Director Peter Jackson and the film’s stars speak to The Associated Press about making “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”: