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February 2011

A Hot Preview

Twitter was abuzz today as fashion magazine Preview released their cover for the March issue featuring hot couple Georgina Wilson and Borgy Manotoc in animal print accessories. Wowsa!

Number Four could’ve been cooler if he wasn’t in high school

They should’ve cut that part: new kid in school, falls in love with the prettiest girl, gets on the bad side of the jock. You know, teenagers. The problem is that took up most of the movie. I guess its imperative to feature a love story but it just gets in the way of excitement. At least it wasn’t (that) cheesy. But wait, he’s not just some other kid. He’s an alien. But he looks human though, a really hot human. 😉 He’s 4th of the 9 left of his kind and they’re being hunted in order. He’s next. When Number 6 came to the picture (love her, she’s awesome) and Number 4 started discovering his abilities, that’s when the fun begins. Both their ultra cool powers really made the fight sequences more awesome. The villains were alright, typical scary-looking aliens but the monsters added extra thrill. Judging by how it went, there should be a sequel. I hope next time they show more ass-kicking and less smooching.

Azkals Face-off

Phil Younghusband or Neil Etheridge? Its as simple as that.

More? Okay here you go.

Have you made a decision yet? 😉

Mockingjay Marks the Last of the Games

I’m awestruck at the turn of events as the story of The Hunger Games trilogy came to a close. Lost for words; not due to lack of it but of over pouring. Wow, I can’t imagine how it must’ve felt to live in a world like theirs. It is a terrifying feeling reading towards the end as one by one, things go wrong, characters die then something surprises you and throws you off-balance. Read on if you want to find out.

Part I, The Ashes, centres on the aftermath of the Quarter Quell and the stirring of the revolution. I was a bit shaken when I finished Catching Fire, everything was open-ended. And as the story materialized about how it was planned all along, how District 13 was just not a mere remnant of the Dark Days, how Katniss will be the face of the rebellion (whether she likes it or not). Things seem hopeful – difficult but determined. I was scared mostly for Peeta who was left in the Capitol and suddenly was asking for a ceasefire. It was obvious things were wrong if not worse. But by the time Part II, The Assault, came and his rescue successful, I thought the situation will be steady to say the least. But we all know what happened, Peeta’s not himself anymore which is a downplay. But more importantly, in this final battle both sides lose.

In the chaos that followed, it all resulted to one thing: more lives lost. Prim, Finnick, Boggs, the list goes on and on. Every one of those deaths was abrupt but it certainly leaves a blow. Whether it’s more fuel to continue the force or a question of conscience, I sympathize with Katniss for every decision she had to make. But I guess the biggest shock of all is Katniss releasing her bow on Coin rather than on Snow. But wrong as it may seem, I’m with her. Coin was not much different to Snow, after all it’s her ‘hunger games’ that’s everyone is playing this time around and Katniss is just a piece in it. I don’t think she even decided up until she was aiming for the rose on Snow’s heart. What I don’t get is why she said yes to the Hunger Games involving the children of Capitol as suggested by Coin just because of some twisted sense of principle to preserve more lives. I know she said because of Prim but is it? But since Coin is dead, I’m glad it didn’t push through.

And after all the confusion, we get to the heart of the story. Gale or Peeta? Gale managed to get a job in District 2, while Peeta alongside Katniss and Haymitch went back home to District 12. Team Peeta won if you want me to be straightforward. Of course I’m happy but I don’t think it’s even about winning. I agree to what Katniss said that she doesn’t need more fire like Gale, she needs the dandelion in the spring and only Peeta can give that. I’m in love with those last lines when Peeta asked: “You love me. Real or not real?” And Katniss said: “Real.” They had kids by the way.

Hats off to Suzanne Collins for the gripping finale and for the trilogy that captured many, including me.

Loud: I Like It Like It C’mon!

First CD I bought this year is RiRi’s 5th studio album, LOUD. When I heard Only Girl (In The World) back in October I couldn’t stop listening and up until now I’m still not tired of it. It wasn’t one of those songs you needed time to like. Especially with the release of her succeeding hits like What’s My Name?, Love The Way You Lie (Part II) and S&M, it set the tone on what I expected the record will be like. And it was every bit of what I expected, it was more fun and light than Rated R but more edgy than Good Girl Gone Bad based on the released singles alone since this is my first of hers. From the other tracks, I really loved California King Bed and Fading. Both slow songs make for a good balance of the overall sound. But I think Only Girl and What’s My Name? are really the best tracks. I love playing all 11 songs over and over! And loud for that matter. Don’t you think that cover art is so sexy cool?

Whether Its Lady Gaga or Lady Antebellum, The Grammys Got You Covered

Let’s start with the most important: the awardees. Lady Antebellum took home 2 of the most coveted awards of the night: Record of the Year and Song of the Year for ‘Need You Now’. I’m personally excited for them! Album of the Year and Best New Artist went to Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding, respectively. Don’t ask, I don’t know anything about them. But I don’t think Bieber should win the latter neither, if anything, it should’ve gone to Drake. Good thing Eminem, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Cee-lo Green, Usher, Train, Rihanna & Lady Gaga didn’t leave the show empty handed. Head to grammy.com for the full list.

Speaking of the crazy, I think you already heard or seen the gigantic egg that arrived at the show carrying the pop phenom. Not even Nicki Minaj’s outrageous hair nor RiRi’s revealing dress nor Ricky Martin’s distracting tight silver jeans nor Katy’s angel wings could upstage Gaga’s antics. Sorry, wrong night girls.

The night’s performers were enough to keep you glued to the screen. Lady Gaga’s anticipated ‘Born This Way’ first live debut proved to be too hyped out (like the song still). Bruno Mars sang a 50s throwback version of Grenade. Gwyneth Paltrow joined Cee-lo and his over-the-top, almost Gaga-like costume in performing ‘Forget You’. Rihanna was also amazing in both her performances, ‘Love The Way You Lie (Part II)’ with Eminem and ‘What’s My Name’ with Drake. A skinny Jennifer Hudson and Christina Aguilera (did you see her fall?) lead the Aretha Franklin tribute opening number. “That was a real sexy ending”, she jokingly said after.

Another great night in music. What do y’all think?

Tangled: Classic Disney But More Entertaining

Yes, it started with ‘once upon a time’ and ended with ‘happily ever after’, after all its a classic old tale. But more than that they made it more enjoyable and at par with modern animations like Shrek or Toy Story. And this time without the help of Pixar, Disney came up with this on their own and it was good… for a kid movie. I still don’t get the trademark singing part though, but the chameleon and the horse characters were a blast (sorry i didn’t remember their names). Flynn/Eugene is probably the handsomest prince charming ever! That smoulder would work on me every time. Rapunzel was quite a sweet, likeable princess and less Disney-fied too, Mandy Moore’s voice suits her. The movie is light and short enough not to bore you but you need not watch it in 3D. Overall, it is anything but tangled.

Summer Heat Courtesy of Bench

Once again Bench kicks off summer early with their Return To Temptation campaign. Headlined by their biggest celebrity endorsers, of course I’m posting only the 3 I found the hottest: Piolo, Jake & Aljur.

Piolo’s abs are so perfect. You can tell they’re hard just by looking at it (hehe), then again so as Aljur’s. Jake Cuenca is always hot and we got extra since he endorses Bench Body, the underwear line. Bring on the heat!

Love & Other Drugs: You’ll love the actors but not the movie.

I’m a little unenthusiastic to write a review about Love & Other Drugs but I love Anne Hathaway enough not to issue a no comment. Let me see, I think the movie is more Sex & a little drug called Viagra. I don’t understand why the setting has to be that time when viagra was introduced by Pfizer. It sure doesn’t have anything to do with Anne’s character’s parkinsons.


Usually, the sex is something to look forward to in a movie but since the good parts were mostly edited out (FU censors in this country!), its anti-climactic. And halfway through the film it was more like “ugh, they’re having sex again?” Of course, I enjoyed seeing Jake Gyllenhaal sans his clothes with those big…. puppy eyes. At one point even I couldn’t hold back on Anne’s nakedness and said “Ooh, I love her ass.” But then when the love part came, it started to get boring. I mean ya sure the chemistry was there, you can’t deny it, and there were select ‘aww’ moments but overall it didn’t deliver. The movie was kind of saved by that brother of Jake’s character: typical douche fat guy. So yeah, I just wish that it had more love and less sex.

Chinito Cutie

Here’s model hottie Jiro Shirakawa turned actor and now known as Kenji. Apparently, he was on ABS-CBN’s Gimik 2010 and the winner of Mossimo Bikini Summit 2009. Here’s some shirtless proof of his chinito goodness:

If Super Bowl was a delicious meal then I’d be interested.

For a non-sports fan, I really can’t say anything much about the Super Bowl besides the huge advertisements. Since the airtime during the games is the most expensive all year round, companies go all out and hire celebrities to promote their brand. The half-time shows also feature the biggest music acts, remember Janet and Justin? Yeah, I think I said enough. Coincidentally, Xtina will be singing the national anthem this year. Will be watching out for that.

The only other Super Bowl related news that I’m excited about is Glee! They’ll be back tomorrow already (2 episodes within the week alone) and they’ll be performing a mash-up of Thriller and Heads Will Roll, Puck and Rachel sing Need You Now by Lady Antebellum and the Warblers sing Bills, Bills, Bills, a Destiny’s Child classic. Watch below:

Superheroes Dominate 2011

My inner geek is happy like when I get new comics for my birthday as a kid. DC and Marvel are going all out in 2011 bringing into the big screen their biggest characters. Which superhero are you most excited to see?

Chris Evans is not new to the superhero universe playing The Human Torch on the Fantastic Four movies, but now he’s portraying an even bigger character as Captain America “The First Avenger”.

Although the Justice League of America has been cast already for its big screen premiere, famous member Green Lantern finally gets his own spotlight as Ryan Reynolds brings him to life.

New actor Chris Hemsworth plays one of the classic superheroes in America. Thor, though I’m not much aware of his story, is a huge character for Marvel as well.

Though the Spider-man reboot is already in the works, I don’t think it will be ready til next year. So this X-Men prequel is the one I’m most gearing up to see. I hope the characters will be equally exciting as the earlier movies.

Burlesque: Better Than Most Movies Featuring Singers

At long last, Christina’s acting début via the musical Burlesque is already screening in Manila.  And I enjoyed it – the music was great, the acting was not Oscar-worthy but who cares, the writing though cliché in parts is fun and engaging. But I guess that’s what the movie is aiming for: to entertain and they succeeded. Obviously, the next step is to compare and I understood why the critics were harsh. We have all these hit musicals like Moulin Rouge, Chicago and Dreamgirls and we also have the ‘singers-trying-to-act’ type of films that were hardly anything good. Since Burlesque falls on both categories, it’s like double jeopardy. I have to say, I think Burlesque fades in comparison to the musicals mentioned in context of depth and relevance, the movie is quite simple. Small-town girl with incredible talent pursues her career in the land of dreams aka L.A. and ends up on an intriguing burlesque lounge. Add the charming, not to mention attractive, bartender and we have an instant love story. But for the 2nd category, Burlesque shines. Christina delivers a believable performance and you know what she really looks good on screen. She appears younger and thinner as compared to when you see her lately. The production value is incredible and the music is enticing and feel-good, I want to buy the soundtrack! It doesn’t suck at all which is saying something. And can I just say, I never heard singing like that in a long time, her vocals are at its peak. For the rest of the cast, surprisingly I was not bothered much by Cher (sorry I don’t get her), Kristen Bell and Julianne Hough were great additions to the performers, Stanley Tucci always impresses me and Cam Gigandet, your body is to die for – I love you already. I want to give a huge shout out to your perfect ass, by the way.

“I’m John Duran and I wish I was an actor”

The 2011 SAG Awards has just concluded and like they always do, the ceremony starts with random actors from the audience stating those lines – minus the ‘wish’ part of course. That one’s mine. Unlike other award shows, since it’s the Screen Actors Guild, the honours are awarded to the actors and the cast only for movies and television. So don’t expect any writing and directing nods. The list of winners is below, and they are as expected. I guess now it’s safe to predict that Colin Firth and Natalie Portman will win the acting trophies on the Oscars as well as Melissa Leo and Christian Bale. On TV, Boardwalk Empire and Modern Family won top honours and Betty White got a surprise win too. I guess the SAG is not much Gleeks since the cast went home empty-handed.

MOVIES

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The King’s Speech

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale, The Fighter

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Melissa Leo, The Fighter

TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin

Screen Actors Guild Awards 47th Annual Life Achievement Award
Ernest Borgnine

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