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Epiphany from Manay Po (Part 1)

The last premiere I attended was The Da Vinci Code (courtesy of the lovely Camille) and, as with all the premieres I've attended, it was a by-the-numbers affair. People queued at the theater entrance, swarmed in, submitted their ears to a few minutes of sponsor messages, and often got the chance to bag a few goodies, all before the lights dimmed and the projector rattled to life. Standard movie premiere fare.

So I expected pretty much the same ritual when I was invited by the Regal camp to attend the red carpet premiere of Joel Lamangan's latest film and Regal's "Mother's Gay" presentation Manay Po!

I asked Gwyn to accompany me to the event and we managed to leave work early since there wasn't anything urgent to do. When we arrived at the SM Megamall Cinemas just before 7:30pm, there were about a dozen guards and a milling crowd in front of the Cinema 7-12 lobby. A large, circular red doorway, reminiscent of those sci-fi porta…
Need for X-tension

Suffice to say, I liked X-Men: The Last Stand, though I wish the running time could've been a little longer so that character relationships and dynamics could be threshed out more. While Brett Ratner's X3 has those moments that fulfill the comic-book action to-do list, I missed Bryan Singer's little dramatic touches. The third movie is about 20 minutes shorter than its predecessor, so there should've been a lot more room to work in the emotions department, an aspect that many consider to be the X-Men's ace in the superhero world.

I'd joke to friends that Brett Ratner must be straight with all the testosterone curdling in the film. That steamy scene between Jean Grey and Wolverine was a surprise, plus how the camera lingered a bit in that shot of the transformed Mystique on the floor. Oh, and Wolvie's pants never get shredded in the climax. (Heheh.) But when it came to what could have been charged exchanges about the mutant cure, the conflic…
Sony buys US rights to Iranian comic-book 'Persepolis'

CANNES, France -- Sony Pictures has bought the North American film rights to Persepolis, a comic book about growing up in Iran during its Islamic revolution, the British movie magazine Screen International reported on Wednesday.

The production, to be co-directed by the comic's author, Marjane Satrapi, will be voiced by Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve and Simon Abkarian in the French version. An English-language version is also to be recorded.

Persepolis was a hit in France - where Satrapi now lives - when it was first published, with many critics praising the artistry of its black-and-white images.

The book tells the story of Satrapi's childhood in Tehran during the overthrow of the Shah, the Islamic revolution and the Iran-Iraq war through strips that recounted episodes in her life and her changing society.

Lifted from the Middle East Times

The Faith of Heroes (Superhero Religious Trivia)

What do Havok, Polaris an…
My Height

I'm 5 feet, 9.5 inches tall. According to Size Matcher, I'm as tall as...

Casper Van Dien, Colin Farrell, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter, Lenny Kravitz, Robert De Niro, Stephen Baldwin, Charlie Sheen, DMX, Gary Sinise, Gerard Depardieu, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Kenneth Branagh, M. Night Shyamalan, Mase, Meat Loaf, Michael Landon, Richard Burton, Slash, Steven Tyler

Something to check out yourself if you're bored. :-)
I took my niece out this afternoon for some bonding time. After shopping for multivitamins and a few veggies, having a quick dinner at Star Carrots and burning money in Timezone, we caught Dreamworks Animation's Over the Hedge, a really satisfying piece despite its ho-hum trailer. While a lot of current computer-generated flicks screamed of merchandising opportunities, Over the Hedge can be forgiven with its decent story, interesting characters, and a balance of sequences that kids and adults would enjoy. There are moments I found truly touching, and the climactic sequence involving the hyper Hammie the squirrel is a stroke of genius. Avril Lavigne lends her voice here, perhaps as a way to attract her demographic.

After the movie, I checked my phone for messages. I got five, and all of them referred to the Rated K segment that featured Eula Valdez and Zsazsa Zaturnnah. The show even flashed my picture, the messages said. First thing on my mind was...which picture, and how did the p…
Da Vinci Cold

So I got a free ticket to a screening of Ron Howard's The Da Vinci Code. (Thanks much, Cams!) The film isn't very impressive--though it's got a very few interesting qualities--so I suggest you wait for the cable release.

The Roman Catholic higher-ups may be delighted to note that most critics had lukewarm to outright negative reviews of the film. For sure, box office returns will surely spike during the first couple of weeks because of the controversy surrounding this Tom Hanks starrer, but I'd like to think that thereafter ticket buyers will quickly go for more engaging fare. (Especially with X-Men: The Last Stand around the corner...Yay!!)

The Da Vinci Code combines elements of a conspiracy thriller, a murder mystery, and a family drama, with loads of "religious history" iced on. The irony of it all, in my book, is that you have all these elements coming at you over the span of two-and-a-half hours, and none ever reach a satisfying level. There a…
Regal Films submits seven entries to the Executive Committee of the Metro Manila Film Festival for consideration:

1) Mano Po 5
2) Shake, Rattle & Roll 6
3) Kahapon Lamang
4) No Other Love
5) Magic Kamison
6) Zsazsa Zaturnnah
7) White Lady

To quote Nitz Mirallez of the Journal, "Abangan na lang natin kung alin sa pito ang mapipili at kung sino ang mga magrereklamo sa rami ng entries na isinabmit ng Regal."

'Nuff said.
Award-Winning

Some of you may have already seen this, but what the hey... priceless.

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Trabaho Muna: Real Living

In the May issue of Real Living, we show you the different ways you can arrange furniture in your living room and give you the lowdown on home fragrances. For the green thumb, we have a listing of over 30 garden shops and a primer on garden design. Then there's our regular--and highly-anticipated--makeover feature, where we transform a lanai for less than P35,000. All these and more home decor and design ideas for only P125.

Great Mom's Day Gift: If you're looking to snag a great gift for mom this coming Mother's Day, do get her a copy of Real Home Ideas: 21 homes and 101 tips. Compact enough to carry around, this 150-page full-color book puts together some of the best homes ever featured in Real Living magazine into one volume. Apart from showcasing great homes of varied styles, we've added 101 design and decor tips that can easily be applied to one's own living space. Available at bookstores and magazine shops, Real Home Ideas: 21 home…
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As if 26 shows weren't enough, Zsazsa Zaturnnah: Ze Muzikal leaps back to its homebase--CCP's Tanghalang Huseng Batute--for five more shows this June 16 to 18, as part of the International Theater Festival to be hosted this year by the Philippines. The festival will stage productions from the Asia-Pacific and ASEAN regions.

Then there's rumors a-buzzing that the musical will make overseas curtain calls in Japan and the US. Again, these are still rumors. For the past how many weeks, I've been getting texts asking me to confirm a few rumors to which I'm near-oblivious to, but I guess that's all part of the deal.

One of those rumors involves Jennylyn Mercado playing Zaturnnah in the film adaptation. However, the most recent development has Rufa Mae Quinto and Ogie Alcasid as all-systems-go to play Zaturnnah and Ada, respectively. In a television interview, Zsazsa Padilla had expressed desire to play Zaturnnah, though I'm not privy to the whole casting background…