Lynda Carter (left) as Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot takes over.
Winning Miss Universe is not the destiny of Gal Gadot. But landing the most coveted role of Wonder Woman is.
Ten years after participating in Miss Universe 2004 for Israel, the statuesque lady has achieved what many of her contemporaries have failed to reach. She is all set to become a big Hollywood star by way of Director Zack Snyder’s upcoming blockbuster flick “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”. And she couldn’t be happier that the golden opportunity will drastically change her life in more ways than one.
Truly, this breakthrough role will be worth more than a collection of Mikimoto, Diamond Nexus Lab and DIC crowns all rolled into one.
Congratulations, Gal! -D
It’s no secret that I love local indie movies. That’s why I support Cinemalaya year after year. And for 2014, the eagerly-awaited film festival is turning a decade old – “A Decade of Connecting Dimensions” as the tagline states. And just to widen the reach beyond the Cultural Center of the Philippines, four (4) more cinema venues – Greenbelt 3, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces – have committed to the simultaneous showing of the entries.
Nora Aunor leads the cast of Joel Lamangan’s “Hustisya” (Justice).
The participating movies are worth looking forward to, especially that a number of our mainstream (read: commercial
) actors and actresses have agreed to appear in some of them. For example, there is top comedienne/box-office draw Ai-ai de la Alas who will take her dramatic turn in Nick Olanka’s “Ronda
” (Patrol). Superstar Nora Aunor will share the screen with TV performers Sunshine Dizon and Rocco Nacino in Joel Lamangan’s “Hustisya
” (Justice). Matinee idol Elmo Magalona will star with former Bb. Pilipinas Universe Joyce Ann Burton-Titular and Slater Young in “#Y
” (Hashtag Y) from Gino Santos. Aiko Melendez will topbill Louie Ignacio’s “Asintado
” (Between the Eyes). Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman will be part of the ensemble cast of “Separados” by GB Sampedro. And Dennis Trillo with Derek Ramsay and Richard Gomez will take centerstage in “The Janitor
” from director Mike Tuviera.
There’s definitely more to come. I will keep you updated on more of the details (including screening times) as the festival dates draw near. In the meantime, you can also visit Cinemalaya’s Facebook page to know more about the other movies in the official roster. ;-)
Miss World 1998 Linor Abargil’s “Brave Miss World” docu will premiere on Netflix May 29
“Brave Miss World”
MW1998 Linor Abargil
is the film documentary that tells about the stabbing and rape ordeal Linor Abargil went through six weeks before she was crowned Miss World 1998.
It also tells about her eventual recovery, rise to the throne and conversion to rape-activism. It impresses me to no end how courageously she went through everything and still managed to represent Israel in the pageant with the inhumane events she underwent in the hands of her travel agent (Uri Shlomo Nur) in Milan, Italy.
The documentary will have its world premiere this coming May 29 via Netflix. Know more about the ways you can watch the Cecilia Peck-directed movie by visiting their website.
Watch the theatrical trailer below:
courtesy of Mandell JCC
Excerpt from the article by Daily Nexus about “Brave Miss World”
courtesy of Film Festival and Indie Films
This is the biopic that might really interest you to watch a movie this week (It opened last April 15).
“Yves Saint Laurent” is the movie that traces the personal life of the late French couturier and worldwide Fashion Guru who, despite his professional success, lived a troubled existence. Pierre Niney plays the iconic title role with Guillaume Gallienne taking on the character of Pierre Barge’ – his partner.
The ‘scissor-sharp‘ movie is on a limited US run. In the Philippines, your best bet would be to get a DVD or Blu-Ray copy which should be available in a week or two.
Let’s support Filipino movies. Catch its limited run in select local screens this week.
courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center
Dear readers, consider this post as some sort of a commercial break from Bb. Pilipinas and everything pageant-related.
If you have the time, do watch the latest opus of Lav Diaz, “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” (North, Border of History). The movie was part of the Official Selection of Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section.
While the movie may not be your usual commercial/mainstream flicks like the monster hit “Starting Over Again”, it should also be supported by local film audiences. Let’s show our pride in the work of our kababayan that has reaped praises internationally and considered by many as “One of the Best Films of 2013″.
Take note of the schedules above
There will be a special screening tonight before the commercial run by December 4.
courtesy of Iloilo the Movie
This movie will make you cry. That much I can say.
Iloilo the Movie took part in this year’s Cannes Film Festival and walked away with the Camera D’Or Prize for Best First Feature Film. It also won several awards (including Best New Director and Best Supporting Actress) in the recently-concluded Golden Horse Awards for Chinese-language movies.
Catch a special screening tonight at SM Mall of Asia. If you can’t make it, watch out for the commercial run starting December 4.
You will be proud of the performance of Angeli Bayani. And you will be more touched that she plays the true-to-life role of a Filipina nanny (Teresa Sajunia) who raised the film’s director (Anthony Chen) just like her own.
Watch it. ;-)
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The tagline: No ordinary sleepover.
Slumber Party is a movie about friendship and love. And world peace…
…there is a touch of beauty pageants and ANTM as well. (my own input)
This is one of the reasons why I love indie movies. There’s no commercial formula to follow and no big-name stars to put the budget in peril. Plot-wise, it’s anything goes.
“Slumber Party” may look like your usual beki-filled flick, but this one focuses on the friendship among three gay individuals and what happens when they held hostage a handsome boy from the neighborhood. It’s a comedy alright, but one which touches you in all the right places. And Director Emmanuel dela Cruz made sure that you will come out of the theatre smiling, if not laughing out loud.
From Cinema One Originals, the movie stars Markki Stroem, Archie Alemania, Sef Cadayona and RK Bagatsing with support from Nino Muhlach, Betong Sumaya, Maey Bautista, Joy Viado and Ms. Venus Raj. It will open nationwide on Wednesday, November 27. So do catch it in one of your favorite multiplexes! :-D
The movie stars Megan Young and Bela Padilla among others.
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Guys, did you know that our Megan’s latest indie movie premiered at UP Cine Adarna last Thursday and while she is busy representing us in Miss World 2013? I just found it myself as well and would’ve wanted to watch it if only I had the time this week.
Anyways, “Bang Bang Alley” is a crime anthology made up of three different stories mashed up together. Megan’s character and episode was directed by first-time helmer Ely Buendia (more popularly known as a musician for Pupil and lead singer of the disbanded Eraserheads).
What Director Ely Buendia had to say about Megan Young. (Credits to PEP.ph)
Watch out for it should a limited run be greenlighted in one of the multiplexes! ;-)
Buy your tickets now!
I’ve been reserving this spot for Cinemalaya 2013 for the past two weeks now. And since the festival will commence very soon (as in starting Friday next week), I am strongly recommending all interested cineastes out there to start buying tickets now. You can go online and visit Ticketworld for all the runs at CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines). You can also check the box-office at Trinoma, Alabang Town Center and Greenbelt cinemas for their schedule of screenings.
Below is the trailer of one of the entries in the Directors’ Showcase section – Liars by Gil M. Portes.
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You don’t want to miss your targetted flicks, right? ;-)
Watch out for this one in Cinemalaya 2013!
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I just have to separately blog about this Cinemalaya 2013 movie which has a dear friend from way back – Ces Evangelista (who was part of the now-defunct ‘Mabuhay Beauties’ group) – at the helm. “Amor Y Muerte” (Love and Death) is about “…a bastard Spanish Soldier who falls in love with a mujerindigena –a native tagala. Set in the 16th Century at the Pueblo de Polo, the film examines the sexual and religious subjugation of women during the advent of colonization.” Sure, it is being tagged as an erotic drama (a surefire box-office come-on), but the film is more than just the daring scenes of intimacy among lead stars Althea Vega, Markki Stroem and Adrian Sebastian. You need to see it for yourself.
By the way, the gala premiere of “Amor Y Muerte” is scheduled for July 31, Wednesday, 6 pm at the CCP Main Theater. But if you’d rather catch it in one of the multiplexes, there will be conveniently-set screenings at Alabang Town Center (July 28, August 2 & 3), Trinoma (July 27-29, August 1) and Greenbelt 3 (July 28, August 2-3).
Aside from the three mentioned performers above, it also stars (the late) Amable Quiambao, Kuya Manzano, Mico Palanca and RS Francisco. Cesar Evangelita directs from a script by Jerry Gracio.