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Eugene Domingo, star of “Status: It’s Complicated” and best actress in the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (for Jun Robles Lana’s “Barber’s Tales”), talks about the art of acting: “I make sure that the roles and characters I take on are something I haven’t done before, or something I haven’t done recently. I avoid being in the same genre over and over again… If I feel that the timing is right, and the role is something new for me, I’ll do it.”
Erik Matti’s “On the Job,” which premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, received a favorable review from trade mag Variety.
By Jose Javier Reyes
Mothers have a very special place in Philippine show business. There’s this love-hate thing for Mommies Dearest that makes them—to both fans and keen observers—likable, laughable, even entertaining, though occasionally infuriating.
Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero wears a “commitment” bracelet with the name of his girlfriend, Heart Evangelista. Escudero claims the actress wears her own, with his name on it.
At press time we are still wondering what biz talk shows today will tackle. Inquirer Entertainment has long suspected that Tinseltown events of nose-bleed proportions have to happen on Thursday, so Sunday gabfests will have compelling banner stories to anchor their latest episodes on. This translates to one “pasabog” each, ideally, for ABS-CBN and GMA 7. TV5 has not caught on, but it’s never too late; they have Derek Ramsay now.
By Bayani San Diego Jr.
Believe it or not, the hosts of the new TV5 game show “Jeepney Jackpot: Pera o Para” have actually tried riding the ubiquitous public transport in the past. “When I was a student and, even after graduation, when I started working as a news reporter (on RPN 9), I often took the jeepney,” Mr. Fu [...]
Filipino-AMERICAN Adriana Latonio breezed through the Las Vegas round, earning her a spot in the girls’ Top 10. Latonio got a standing ovation from judges Keith Urban and Randy Jackson. Judge Mariah Carey gave Latonio an A+. Judge Nicki Minaj asked Latonio, who was shown in a video as an Alaska resident, if she’s Filipino. Latonio quipped: “Yes, ma’am!” Two more Fil-Ams, Bryant Tadeo and Bridget “Jett” Hermano, will vie for slots in the Top 10 boys and girls next week.
Lino Brocka’s “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag” (1975) will be restored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines in a landmark partnership with the World Cinema Foundation, chaired by Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese. The film’s cinematographer and producer Mike de Leon envisions the restoration project as a “tribute to Brocka.” The World Cinema Foundation was “created to help developing countries preserve their cinematic treasures.” Bayani San Diego Jr.
Today Britney Spears turns 31; Nelly Furtado, 34; Lucy Liu, 44; Julie Harris, 87; Cathy Lee Crosby, 68. Tomorrow: Daryl Hannah turns 52; Julianne Moore, 52; Brendan Fraser, 44; Amanda Seyfried, 27.
Jolly Feliciano’s “A Life in a Day (Aliad)” won an outstanding award in the Digicon6 tilt held in Tokyo, Japan. It was one of only three entries cited by Tokyo Broadcasting Company. Combining live action and shadow animation, “A Life in a Day” is one of the films included in the Sun Shorts collection, a [...]
The third season of “Project Runway Philippines” (Solar Entertainment) has been nominated for best adaptation of an existing format at the 17th Asian Television Awards. The awards rites will be held December 6, at Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore. Hosted by Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, the show featured Jojie Lloren as mentor, and Rajo Laurel and Apples [...]
The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has announced the names of the 12 filmmakers included in next year’s Sineng Pambansa: Master Directors’edition.