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Two Filipino-American contestants, Bryant Tadeo and Bridget “Jett” Hermano, were eliminated during the Las Vegas sudden-death round of the reality talent search “American Idol.” Tadeo and Hermano failed to impress the judges. But last week, another Fil-Am, Adriana Latonio, made it to the Top 10 girls, who will compete with the Top 10 boys for [...]
The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has summoned “ASAP 18” representatives to attend a gender-sensitivity investigation over the “provocative outfit” of Anne Curtis—a long gown with a slit that bared the top of her thigh last Sunday. An ABS-CBN official said they will attend today’s MTRCB investigation.
Filipino-American rapper apl.de.ap is said to be the fourth coach-judge of the coming ABS-CBN reality show “The Voice of the Philippines.” A Kapamilya blog site quoted apl.de.ap.’s Huffington Post interview in which he said he had received an offer for a TV show. A highly placed source said the fourth coach is “a music industry bigwig…as in hebigats.
“I do Bidoo Bidoo” will compete at the Far East Film Festival to be held in Udine, Italy from April 19 to 27. The movie musical, directed by Chris Martinez, is also vying for top honors at the Osaka Asian Film Festival, set in Japan next month. The Osaka website described “I Do Bidoo” as “exuberant.” “With pleasant pop tunes (of the Apo Hiking Society), the film colorfully depicts the families’ mixed feelings” over the impending marriage of teeners.
“Seoul Invasion,” the K-pop concert set yesterday (Saturday) at the Aliw Theater has been moved to March 22. The promoters, CNI Productions, are finalizing negotiations for another group to join the concert. All purchased tickets will be honored on the new date. Tickets on special promo rates are available at all SM Ticket outlets. For detailed inquiries and reservations, call 470-2222.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chair Francis Tolentino and the executive committee (Execom) of the Metro Manila Film Festival announced that the New Wave section has been extended untilDec. 24 at Glorietta 4.
LAWYER Eugenio “Toto” Villareal is the new chair of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). In an interview with the Inquirer on Wednesday, Villareal said his mission is to make the board more relevant and responsive. Bayani San Diego Jr.
Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” is now an official entry in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, Wilson Tieng, head of Solar, the film’s distributor, told the Inquirer.
From among 70 entries, indie films have been selected as official entries in the Quezon City Film Festival. The three finalists are: Alvin Yapan and Alemberg Ang’s romantic-comedy “Gaydar”; John Torres’ haunting tale “Lukas Niño”; and Joel Ferrer’s coming-of-age dramedy “Hello, World.” The three films are set to premiere at the QCinema fest, scheduled by the QC Film Development Commission in the first quarter of 2013.
US trade paper Variety has published a rave review of Filipino-American Vincent Sandoval’s “Aparisyon.” Critic Richard Kuipers called the Cinemalaya entry an “intelligently scripted and deeply moving mood piece
Director Sacha Gervasi brings iconic and beloved filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock back to life in “Hitchcock,” featuring an all-star ensemble led by Anthony Hopkins in the title role. Other big names in the cast are Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, James D’Arcy and Toni Collette.
Indie actor Ping Medina invites friends and fans on Twitter: “Guys, watch out for ‘CNNGo,’ showing next week. The Manila episode will be running until November. I’m one of the segment hosts.”