Miss Universe-Jamaica 2010 Yendi Phillips
Yendi Phillips was Jamaica’s representative in the 2007 Miss World competition where she placed prominently all throughout the fast-track events and went on to grab a Top 16 slot during the finals held in Sanya, China. The 24-year old dance major, who is of black and partial Indo-Jamaican descent, is back with the Miss Universe-Jamaica 2010 crown tucked in her belt.
Yendi flashes a beautiful smile. She is more than ready to make her mark in Las Vegas during Miss Universe 2010.
Trust Yendi to pull out all stops as she vies for the Miss Universe 2010 crown. I do.
Yendi has exotica spelled all over her shapely body. To say that she has smoldering presence would be an understatement.
Good luck, Yendi!
Just follow the step-by-step instructions above (courtesy of OPMB Worldwide) and you're all set to show your support for Miss Philippines Venus Raj in Miss Universe 2010.
While writing this blog, Miss Philippines Venus Raj is in the lead with 3.36 stars, followed by Miss Venezuela Marelisa Gibson with 2.90 stars. The other ladies tallying in the Top 5 are Miss Mexico Ximena Navarrete (2.89 stars), Miss Colombia Natalia Navarro (2.88 stars) and Miss Indonesia Qory Sandioriva (2.84 stars.)
Miss Philippines Venus Raj is currently in the lead for Miss Universe 2010 online voting.
Let’s keep Venus in the lead!
Miss Universe-Malaysia 2010 Nadine Ann Thomas
23 year-old Nadine Ann Thomas is Malaysia’s entry to the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas. Can this Talent & Event Coordinator make history and be crowned as Malaysia’s very first titleholder? You see, there has never been a Miss Universe from this Southeast Asian country, but made their presence felt in a couple of editions, like in 1970 when Josephine Lena Wong Jaw Leng finished in the Top 15.
Nadine Ann Thomas in her Miss Universe-Malaysia 2010 glamour shot.
I can say that Southeast Asia has a pretty strong bunch of contenders this year and half-Indian Nadine Ann joins the fray in full force. How will she fare side-by-side with the thoroughbreds from Latin America? Good, if you ask me. This despite her 1.69m height which will get dwarfed by the taller beauties.
Nadine Ann Thomas in her Miss Universe Malaysia 2010 swimsuit shot.
Good luck, Nadine Ann!
Miss Universe-Ireland 2010 Rozanna Purcell
Ireland’s good luck with the Miss Universe pageant has been few and far between. Roberta Brown almost made it in 1983 when she placed 2nd Runner-Up to New Zealand’s Lorraine Downes. Adding up the semifinal finishes of Andrea Roche in 1997, Olivia Tracey in 1985, Loraine Bernadette Enriquez in 1977 and Julie Ann Farnham in 1975, Irish contenders have almost always been shut out in competition. So unlike the Miss World where their performance continues to maintain a relatively healthy record.
Rozzana Purcell wants to have the honor of being Ireland's first Miss Universe winner.
Will Rozanna Purcell change all that and boost Ireland’s record with a Miss Universe win? She placed 1st Runner-Up to Diana Donnelly in the Miss Universe-Ireland 2009 edition and re-joined this year to become her country’s bet in the Miss Universe 2010 in Las Vegas next month.
Rozanna Purcell...does she have IT?
The road will be rocky and challenging. But if she has the luck of the Irish to guide her along the way, then big things could be in store for this blue-eyed stunner.
Miss Universe-Dominican Republic 2010 Eva Arias
Eva Arias may have lost to Mia Taveras during the 2006 finals of Miss Republica Dominicana Universo, but she never lost hope. Instead of re-joining the national pageant the following year, she trained harder to make sure that she doesn’t fail once she makes another attempt. Last April, she decided it best to enlist for the same. At 24, she doesn’t have much time (a couple of years at the most) left on her hands. Fortunately, she came out victorious.
At 24, Eva Arias has beautifully matured since 2006 when she joined and lost the Miss Republica Dominicana Universo competition. She re-joined this year and won. Now, she is out to show her fiercest gameface in Miss Universe 2010.
The face of Eva Arias reminds me of Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock from some angles.
Eva is now considered a favorite for the Miss Universe 2010 in Las Vegas next month and she heats up the already flaming competition even more. Will she keep up with the tradition set by Amelia Vega in 2003? Your guess is as good as mine.
I’m this close to having a Zach Galifianakis-overload……what with blogging yesterday about a (still-unreleased) movie featuring him and posting another one today with him as one of the leads.
Anyways, the Ned Vizzini novel “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” is all about 16-year-old Craig (to be played by Keir Gilchrist) who, stressed out from the demands of being a teenager, checks himself into a mental health clinic. There, he meets another patient, Bobby (to be played by Zach Galifianakis), who becomes both his mentor and protege’.
I haven’t read the book so I asked my niece who happens to have finished the same way back and is quite thrilled that the novel is now a film. She’s a bit iffy about Julia Roberts’ niece, Emma, playing the role of Noelle, but hopes that this is a faithful adaptation nonetheless.
Keir Gilchrist (L) and Zach Galifianakis star in the movie adaptation of Ned Vizzini's young adult novel "Its Kind of a Funny Story"
Watch the HD trailer below first and tell me if you’re cool with how the movie looks like compared to the book…at least with what the preview shows:
video courtesy of YouTube/HDTrailerMan
It’s Kind of a Funny Story is presented by Focus Features and co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck based on Ned Vizzini’s book of the same title. It stars Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham, Zoe Kravitz and Viola Davis. It opens in the US (most likely on limited release) on September 24, 2010. I doubt if it will see the light of day in the Philippines soon after but it will eventually find a space in my dvd case.
I personally find watching comedy films somewhat cathartic. Most everytime a genuinely funny one comes along, I would mark my calendar for a weekend date when I can catch a screening.”Dinner for Schmucks looks like a laugh-out-loud trip that will veer me away from the stress of the workplace even for at least 90 minutes or so.
Dinner for Schmucks is actually a remake of the 1988 French film ‘The Dinner Game.’ Quoting IMDB, it is about a rising executive (Paul Rudd) who “succeeds” in finding the perfect guest, IRS employee Barry (Steve Carell), for his boss’s monthly event, a so-called “dinner for idiots,” which offers certain advantages to the exec who shows up with the biggest buffoon. After watching the hilarious trailer, I simply can’t miss it. What’s more, the director is Jay Roach who helmed “Meet the Parents”, “Meet the Fockers” and all of “Austin Powers”.
Check out the HD trailer below:
video courtesy of YouTube/hollywoodstreams
Some people say that remaking the original is an outright pillaging of a classic, moreso that it was done in an hysterically funny and commercial way. I don’t mind. As long as it makes me laugh a lot, I’ve already gotten back the value of the ticket price fair and square.
The movie opens in the US on July 30. It should follow here in the Philippines by mid-August.
Dinner for Schmucks is from Paramount Pictures, Dreamworks SKG and Spyglass Entertainment. Directed by Jay Roach with screenplay co-written by David Guion and Michael Handelman. It stars Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Stephanie Szostak, Bruce Greenwood, and Zach Galifianakis.
One of the world’s most loved Broadway musicals will be having its Manila premiere tonight. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats Now and Forever will run until August 15 (update: one final extension up to August 22 as the venue won’t be available for the show after this date) at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. I do have my tickets (4 of them since I will be bringing my mom, sister and niece) for tomorrow’s matinee and am excited to watch!
Our very own Lea Salonga will be playing the role of Grizabella, and if that won’t be strong a reason for Filipinos to watch the show, I don’t know what will. Well, probably the fact that it is a world-class production with the talents and production team from Australia coming in to stage the same. That should do it.
Lea Salonga as Grizabella
I don’t know if there are still good seats available for the succeeding show skeds, but you can still try your luck by visiting Ticketworld.
And for those who have already seen Cats in Broadway or in other parts of the world, a repeat viewing won’t bore you because it’s just a fun show to watch.
Pretty Danish 2010 (or Miss Universe-Denmark 2010) ENA SANDRA CAUSEVIC
Out of nowhere, Denmark produced their most gorgeous “Pretty Danish” winner and the girl is headed to Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant next month.
Ena Sandra Causevic, 20, is that representative and I can safely state that Denmark has a very strong Miss Universe contender in her! This fashion model – with her non-traditional Danish looks – is an absolute headturner. The camera loves her to the max and there is just no way that her presence can be easily ignored.
Ena Sandra Causevic is just too beautiful for words!
Ena Sandra suddenly surged to the top of many pageant followers’ list of favorites. I am one of them and I can clearly see why. As of this writing, she is officially part of my shortlist for the Miss Universe 2010 competition. Standing at 5’8″, this Danish model will be a force to reckon with, especially when pitted against the onslaught of equally fabulous Latinas.
The Latinas should get ready for this Danish delight. This early, Ena Sandra Causevic is starting to become a hot favorite for the crown.
Watch out for Ena Sandra as she vies for the Miss Universe 2010 crown next month!
Mariana Vicente: aiming for a 6th Miss Universe win for Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico holds the distinction of having five (5) Miss Universe titleholders to date. Starting with Marisol Malaret in 1970, she was followed by Deborah Carthy-Deu in 1985, Dayanara Torres in 1993, Denise Quinones in 2001 and Zuleyka Rivera in 2006. Aside from these achievements, several representatives placed in the Top 5, Top 10 and Top 15 through he years.
This year, the small Carribean island is placing its bets on Mariana Paola Vicente, a 21-year old beauty who is acknowledged as one of Puerto Rico’s top models. She won the prestigious “La Cara de Imagen L’Oreal” competition in 2005 and is a student at the University of Puerto Rico.
Sans heavy make-up and hairstyling, Mariana is actually a sweetly sensuous girl who looks younger than her actual age.
What kind of fate awaits Mariana in Las Vegas? Very bright, if you ask me. Her handlers know how to hype up her pre-arrival coverage. This early, she is doing a Dayana Mendoza by posing in her birthday suit in photos that are all over the net by now. The only difference is that Dayana did hers after winning the Miss Universe crown and shortly before relinquishing the same to fellow Venezuelan Stefania Fernandez last year. I’m sure Donald Trump must have already seen the same and hastily tagged the Puerto Rican as a favorite.
But will the ploy really work in Mariana’s favor? See for yourself below and state your opinion.
Mariana's controversial photos drumbeating her image as a Miss Universe pre-arrival favorite.