Jennifer Aniston in Versace
Lupita Nyong'o (left) in Calvin Klein and Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford
Rosamund Pike (left) in Givenchy and Emma Stone in Elie Saab
Just like an avid bird watcher, I would always look forward to checking out the gowns that Hollywood celebrities will end up wearing on the red carpet during the Annual Academy Awards. And this year is no exception.
Instead of putting down the creations that did not sit well with me, I opted to focus on the five (5) numbers that made me sit still and be awe-inspired by the execution poured into each one.
Without a doubt, my #1 favorite is Jennifer Aniston’s nude Versace gown. This one is something that makes me want to walk the hundred meters or so while garbed in a formal attire that would bring out the sexiness without crossing the borders of poor taste. The color reminds me of a richly-textured, coffee-flavored Italian gelato that looks deceivingly simple at first glance, but with enough details to make people talk about the same throughout the proceedings.
Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein is another favorite. It can make any wearer feel extra beautiful. The top is simply fab, and her short hair made the whole ensemble stand out even more. On the other hand, the very classic Tom Ford worn by Reese Witherspoon is something I would want to wear with Prince Charming beside me. It is clean and uber elegant. Not a show-stopper, but a definite A-list qualifier.
If red is my mood for the night, then the Givenchy original on Rosamund Pike’s body is something that would literally bring out the fire in me, but in a very classy way. It can make a bold statement but with refinement sewn all over. And last but not the least, Emma Stone’s lime green Elie Saab is a definite eye-catcher. The details are a sight to behold from a distance and amazingly intricate up close. Love it.
How about you, dear readers? Who are your picks? :-)
Actress Mila Kunis wears a Michael 5inco creation in the movie “Jupiter Ascending”
Michael’s original sketch of what Mila Kunis wore in the movie
Here’s another proof of the world-class Filipino talent.
International designer Michael Cinco (or 5inco if you will) has started conquering Hollywood. And his first big break in Tinseltown will be seen via the blockbuster flick “Jupiter Ascending” starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. In the movie, Mila wears an original creation that is both jaw-droppingly ethereal and avant-garde in design.
Quoting Michael’s Facebook update: “My first ever project in a big Hollywood movie…MILA KUNIS wears MICHAEL CINCO in the movie JUPITER ASCENDING which also stars Channing Tatum…directed by Wachowski Brothers…finally it will be shown this week…special thanks to SWAROVSKI and to the movie costume designer Kym B. for the opportunity…Thank you LORD..”
Congratulations, Michael, for the big feather in your cap! :-D
P.S. “Jupiter Ascending” will be opening simultaneously in the US and Asia (including Manila) starting this week. Do watch the movie, not only to see Michael’s creation but to enjoy the film from the creators of the Matrix trilogy. Watch the trailer below to see a quick glimpse of the gown.
courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
The movie that launched Miss Universe 1969 to movie stardom and which started the “wet look” in Philippine cinema.
It took Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz five years to finally splash her way from pageantry to movies (Photo credit: Tony Paat)
It’s not unusual in Philippine Cinema to find beauty titleholders find opportunities to enter showbusiness after their reigns and achieve good measures of success as film actresses. The list is long and varied in impact. Most of them ended up doing roles in comedy and action movies as leading ladies with no major demands in acting and/or internalization of character. But not Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz.
When she finally decided to make her first appearance on the big screen, the project was for a major production that would have her doing the big lead and directed by the respected Celso Ad. Castillo. And if that’s not enough, she agreed to do a daring turn that was considered eye-poppingly trend-setting. While the “wet look” was considered tamer at a time when softcore bold movies were still at its peak, “Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa” (The Most Beautiful Animal on the Face of the Earth) successfully combined the elements of a serious/artistic masterpiece with the commercial formula that insured box-office success. And the rest is history, so to speak.
From 1974 up to the present, Gloria parlayed her worldwide beauty title into a successful career in film and television where she has also been honored with acting awards and the respect of colleagues in the industry.
Watch a 15-minute clip from the said movie now.
courtesy of gobitz69
Do you have a favorite Gloria Diaz movie? Mine would be this one. But my guiltiest pleasure of a performance from her was a relatively obscure (read: forgotten) one from 1983 titled “Hayop Sa Ganda” which she did with Miss Universe 1974 Amparo Munoz. Their scenes together were too delightful to pass up on. ;-)
Former Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Official Candidate Hannah Mariz dela Guerra has now invaded the movies with a new screen name – Hanna Ledesma.
Hanna Ledesma (wearing blue) is the new leading lady of Dingdong Dantes (leftmost) in Kubot: Aswang Chronicles. Erik Matti (third from left) directs this MMFF 2014 entry that also stars Joey Marquez (fourth from left). Photo from Instagram account of Erik Matti
Remember Hannah Mariz dela Guerra, Binibini 5 during the 2014 Bb. Pilipinas batch and who I had a crush on? Well, the pretty girl has resurfaced and in the movies at that.
She landed the role playing the wife of lead actor Dingdong Dantes in “Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles” which is the sequel of the box-office hit “Tiktik”. Actually, she took over the role originally played by actress Lovi Poe (who dropped out of the cast).
Hanna with Director Erik Matti
I can’t tell you how happy I am with the career shift of dear Hannah because she so deserves to be in the spotlight. After the Bb. Pilipinas experience, she went on to become Miss Sophie Paris PH and also acted in her first play “The Missing Peace” during Virgin Labfest: The Harvest at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
“Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles” will be part of the December-scheduled Metro Manila Film Festival. Watch the teaser below.
courtesy of official dongyanatics
Good luck in your new endeavors, Hanna! And may your star shine bright in showbiz! :-D
This movie should be on your must-watch list!
I seldom recommend movies to watch. After all, this is a pageant blog so any other subject matter would come in a poor second or third. So for me to make a dedicated post about this new David Fincher movie says a lot. And it adds more premium that author Gillian Flynn is a favorite.
“Gone Girl” goes deep into the secrets and mystery behind a modern marriage when the wife goes missing under strange circumstances. I won’t go beyond this description. Suffice it to say that the plot will keep you glued from beginning to end. Watch the full HD trailer below.
courtesy of 20th Century Fox
The more jaded of moviegoers might pre-conclude that they have seen this plot before. But it’s the unraveling that will make the whole experience worth watching.
“Gone Girl” stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris. It will open in Manila next week (October 8). Try catching a screening once it opens soon. ;-)
Please watch "Barber's Tales" and support the local indie movie industry. It deserves a commercial audience and that includes you, dear readers!
courtesy of octobertrain
“Barber’s Tales” opens today in SM, Ayala and Robinson Cinemas nationwide. So I encourage you to go out and watch it. The movie deserves a big audience.
Set in the 1970s, the movie revolves around a widow who decided to run her deceased husband’s barber shop inspite of the resistance and mockery from a male-dominated community. She slowly discovers the true meaning of freedom and liberation in the process of doing so.
The Jun Robles Lana-directed movie has already won for him the Best Director Award in the 2014 Madrid International Film Festival and the Best Actess Award in the 2013 Tokyo Film Festival for lead performer Eugene Domingo. It also got the Audience Award at the Udine (Italy) Film Festival, plus the Arri and Technicolor Asia Awards from the Hongkong-Asia Film Financing Forum.
The producers made it easy for you. Above are the screens where you can catch the movie.
Your patronage of “Barber’s Tales” will be most appreciated. Please find time to catch one of its screenings so that the theater owners will be encouraged to extend the film’s very limited run.
See you at the movies! :-)
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