29.11.06

Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros nominated in Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Nominations for the 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards were announced this morning, including nominations for Best Feature, which are American Gun; The Dead Girl; Half Nelson; Little Miss Sunshine; and Pan's Labyrinth.

Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives, TransAmerica) and Don Cheadle (Crash) served as nomination presenters.

The 2007 Spirit Awards ceremony airs live on February 24, Sarah Silverman will serve as Master of Ceremonies for a second time.

And a proud achievement for Philippine Indie film makers:

BEST FOREIGN FILM (Award given to the director)

12:08 East of Bucharest Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
(Romania)

The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros Director: Auraeus Solito
(Philippines)


Chronicle of an Escape Director: Israel Adrian Caetano
(Argentina)

Days of Glory Director: Rachid Bouchareb
(France/Morocco/Algeria/Belgium)

The Lives of Others Director: Florian Henckel von
(Germany) Donnersmarck


Film Independent's Spirit Awards is a celebration honoring films made by filmmakers who embody independence and who dare to challenge the status quo. Televised in millions of homes and covered internationally by the press, the Spirit Awards has become the vanguard event in independent film, recognizing the achievements of independent filmmakers and promoting independent film to a wider audience.

Last year's Spirit Award winners included Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Crash, Transamerica, and Junebug.

Complete List Of Nominees

24.11.06

Ala Paredes, Jim Paredes Daughter's Blog and About Panky Trinidad of Pinoy Dream Academy



After my post listing Celebrity Blogs where i mentioned Ala Paredes Blog, Ala Paredes being the daughter of APO Hiking Society's Jim Paredes and headmaster of ABS-CBN's Pinoy Dream Academy, so that rubbed off some celebrity, i got some comments here, to which i did not publish, it being nasty, of why is she in the celebs list.

For me she is a celeb in her own right and is sensible in her postings in her blog. I enjoy reading it.

I got a spike of sort in traffic coming from Google, from people searching for Ala's blog, particularly when Jim Paredes mentioned in PDA of what Ala said about Panky, (whom personally i despise totally(lol)..)....

Excerpts from that particular entry on Ala's blog.

because i'm a fan

I am a Panky Trinidad fan. I've been so since the moment I I first saw her step out onstage during the very first episode of Pinoy Dream Academy, the eliminations night. She caught my eye even before she opened her mouth to sing. How can you not notice her? Unlike the other female contestants who were all skinny, dressed in trendy clothes, had cookie-cutter haircuts, and who fit the female norm for what is 'pleasing' and 'acceptable', Panky was androgynous, larger than life, and sported a mullet. I remember asking my brother (who was watching beside me), "Babae ba iyan or lalaki (Is that a man or a woman)?"


6.11.06

Alvin Alfonso, is he or is he not?


Alvin Alfonso is a familiar face on tv, to date he has appeared in a lot of commercials for PLDT DSL, Colgate, Master Facial Wash, Ponds, and the dangerous for women driver, his billboards' of the Bench b/low ads (if it was not taken down by MMDA yet), among others.

His fave book is..tadaa..The DICTIONARY, in case your wondering who is its author, look up Websters..lol....He loves independent movies and thinks that any film over $40million usually sucks and is heading straight to cinematic wasteland.......TV.

He loves listening to Old school Hip Hop(Tupac, Biggie, Tribe called Quest, Run DMC, E-40, KRS-1, Paris, Special Ed, DIGITAL UNDERGROUND!) Ja Rule, 50, BLINK 182, Black Eyed Peas, Smashing Pumpkins, Julie Plug, Groove Armada, Chicane, "FREAKS OF THE INDUSTRY" & "HIT EM' UP!" (the 2 greatest rap singles), that's in his own words, all culled from apparently his Friendster page. You can check it for yourself if it is real..and who knows you might get lucky and be his friend.

But...what's this i've heard!! "Alvin Alfonso daw(?) is gay, and his boyfriend is Jake Cuenca, according to my cousin who is an executive at ABS-CBN", someone said from a forum. Hmm...



3.11.06

America’s Next Top Model newest international version: Philippines’ Next Top Model


You’ve all seen America’s best bet in the runway in America’s Next Top Model and witnessed how the Aussies measure up to international standards of beauty in Australia’s Next Top Model. Now it’s our turn.

With the success of Tyra Banks’ top-rating reality series, America’s Next Top Model, Solar Entertainment's Philippines’ Next Top Model is aiming to redefine Filipino fashion and showcase local talent as the next biggest and hottest supermodel in the international scene.

Headlining this electrifying new reality-competition is none other than acclaimed actress/model and former Miss World 2nd Princess Ms. Ruffa Gutierrez, the picture-perfect image of the modern-day Filipino woman.

Aspiring young girls who virtually have no professional modeling experience will soon have a chance to learn the joys and pains of becoming the next top model through a series of grueling and exciting photo shoots, the art of catwalks and studying with the best of fashion industry’s experts all captured 24/7 on camera.

Registration is now ongoing until Nov. 30,2006 only here.

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