Friday, September 16, 2011

JayR and Krista Kleiner are Newest Members of STAGES

Prince of Soul JayR and beauty queen Krista Kleiner are the newest members of the growing STAGES family.

The two were formally launched as STAGES artists in a press conference held last September 16, Thaipan Restaurant, Quezon City.

JayR and Krista join Christian Bautista, Karylle, Sam Concepcion, Enrique Gil, Zia Quizon, among others in the stable of stars of STAGES, headed by Carlo Orosa.

Aside from being a respectable company, I believe that STAGES has this vision for me and my music,� says JayR. �With their experience as a management company, I believe they are knowledgeable enough to market me, as a singer, and my music.�

JayR adds that with this new partnership, he hopes to take his music into new levels and territories.

He is currently seen in two GMA 7 shows Prot�g� and Party Pilipinas. Soon, he will have an international tour for Universal Records, his music label.

On the other hand, Krista will be launched as an ultimate performer. This former beauty queen, after all, sings, dances, acts, and hosts. She is set to release her new album, produced by real life sweetheart JayR.

I expect STAGES to help further and develop my career,� declares Krista. �Their (STAGES) trust, understanding, support and guidance will help me become a better artist, and will give me opportunities to show it.�

Head of STAGES Talent Group Carlo Orosa expressed that he is impressed by the artistry of JayR as a music person and Krista�s love and dedication for performing.

To partner with both JayR and Krista, who are both very talented, is a great honor and privilege for our humble agency, � says Carlo. �STAGES is proud to have them in our stable of stars.

Not everybody knows that JayR is the star of STAGES� very first musical production Footloose, so this partnership is sort of a homecoming for the Prince of Soul also.

Erik Santos Sings the Music of Our Lives Through 'Awit Para Sa 'Yo'

From the platinum recording artist who brought us his soulful rendition of the OPM classics �My Bukas Pa� and �Lupa� comes another theme song that will surely serenade our human souls, a Basil Valdez original, entitled �Muling Buksan Ang Puso� which will be used in the upcoming teleserye of ABS-CBN starring Gretchen Barretto, Angelica Panganiban, KC Concepcion and Derek Ramsay.

Having proven his charm in singing the theme songs of top-rating TV series and blockbuster movies like �I�ll Never Go� for the Star Cinema movie �One More Chance�, the �Prince of Pop� is now set to sing the songs of our lives being launched by Star Records as �The Ultimate Serenader� with his new album entitled �Awit Para Sa �Yo.� The album consists of fourteen (14) tracks including nine (9) original and five (5) cover songs, all are OPM love songs composed by renowned composers in the local music scene.

Track list includes: his version of the hit song ��Di Lang Ikaw� (composed by Aiza Seguerra and written and sung by Juris Fernandez) � theme song for �Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Hiyas�; his powerful interpretation of �Muling Buksan Ang Puso� (composed by George Canseco); �Kulang Ako Kung Wala Ka� (from the composer of the hit song �Kung Ako Na Lang Sana,� Soc Villanueva); �Sa Iyong Paglisan� (composed by Arnold Reyes); �If You Have To� (composed by Jude Gitamondoc);�Langit� (from the composer of the hit song �Pagbigyang Muli,� Jonathan Manalo); �Kailan Ka Magiging Akin� (from the ultimate singer-songwriter, Mr. Ogie Alcasid); ��Di Na Magbabago� (composed by Christian Martinez); �Sana Ikaw� (a Piolo Pascual original, composed by Lucien Letaba and Rommel Tuico) � sub theme for �Guns and Roses�; �Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin� (composed by Mr. Gary Valenciano and written by Erik Santos); �Paminsan-minsan� (composed by Aaron Paul Del Rosario) and his unique rendition of �Pangarap Ko Ang Ibigin Ka� (a Regine Velasquez original, composed by Mr. Ogie Alcasid).

The carrier single �Kulang Ako Kung Wala Ka� chosen by Erik�s fans through online polling is now airing on your favorite radio stations nationwide. The album is set to be released this August 2011. Erik will also have celebrity voice clinics via Center for Pop Music Philippines this September and October 2011.

Grab your own copy of Erik Santos� �Awit Para Sa �Yo� under Star Records on your favorite record bars nationwide. The songs can also be downloaded online via, i-Tunes, Napster, Spotify, YouTube music, Amazon Digital Services, Amazon DOD, AT&T Mobility, MySpace.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

�Glee The 3D Concert Movie� Employs 3D Tech Used in Avatar

Glee The 3D Concert Movie� employed unparalleled 3D technology used in �Avatar� to bring the audience right in the middle of a premium 3D experience rooting for their idols from the immensely popular �Glee� television series.

�Glee The 3D Concert Movie� director Kevin Tancharoen closely collaborated with 3D pioneers and �Avatar� makers James Cameron and Vincent Pace to bring 3D into fruition while filming the concert during their sold out tours. Taking into consideration the waves of 3D movies that came out after �Avatar,� Tancharoen made sure that the 3D experience will be worth the audience will pay for in watching �Glee The 3D Concert Movie.�

Tancharoen, whose roster of clients include Britney Spears and the Pussycat Dolls further shares in a stream of live chats over the internet how the film is entirely different from his previous works on music videos and films. �This is different from the other works I�ve because this is completely live. We had to set up all the cameras in various places, and that they all have to be on their mark. So there�s a whole another technical hurdle you had to overcome with that.�

The 3D aspect lets you feel just how big the show is. Vincent Pace was the guy who created the technology that we used. There�s a huge truck that him and James Cameron designed and used for Avatar. So it�s like a mother ship of electronics, there were so many monitors in there and a bunch of people doing different 3D convergence monitors. And so it felt like you were running a space ship and there was a lot to handle, and that will be the biggest difference since you had to keep all the technical things in mind while making sure the show is moving along and everyone in the right place,� Tancharoen enthuses on filming the movie in 3D.

Concluding fans� speculations on what to expect on the film, the director notes that all the spectacle that is Glee is totally tied with the overwhelming support by the fans. With this, the film is infused with testimonials from fans whose lives had been touched and changed by Glee and its characters.

For two weeks only - �Glee The 3D Concert Movie� opens on September 21 nationwide in 3D digital screens from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

American Idol Season 10 Finalists Will Guest Live in 'Manny Many Prizes'

American Idol fever hits the Kapuso Network as the Season 10 finalists of the hit reality show appear in Manny Many Prizes on Saturday, September 17.

Filipino-American singer Thia Megia, who returns to Manila for the first time following her stint in American Idol, will be joined by her fellow finalists Pia Toscano, Stefano Langone and Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery.

All four will give their Pinoy fans a peak into their American Idol Live Tour in Manila happening on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Manny Many Prizes hosted by the ultimate Pinoy boxing idol Manny Pacquiao continues its early Christmas celebration. MMP is set to give away bigger prizes and rewarding opportunities to deserving audience members and even homeviewers. Young divas Kyla and Rachelle Ann Go will also do live performances on the show.

Manny Many Prizes airs another surprise-filled episode this Saturday after 24 Oras Weekend on GMA-7.

- GMA-7 PR

Marian Rivera Redeems Throne as Philippine Primetime TV Queen

Marian Rivera's GMA-7 epicserye "Amaya" is again leading in AGB Nielsen's Household and People ratings in Mega Manila. A solid proof that Marian is Kapuso network's only primetime queen.

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from September 9 to 12, 2011 among Mega Manila households (People Ratings):

September 9, Friday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 12.2%
2. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 7.8%
3. Sisid (GMA-7) - 7.5%
4. Pahiram ng Isang Ina (GMA-7) - 6.1%
5. Gourmet (GMA-7) - 5.9%
6. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 5.2%
7. Super Sine 5: Die Hard With A Vengeance (TV5) - 5.1%
8. Kapuso Movie Festival: D Survivors (GMA-7) - 4.8%
9. T3 Kapatid Sagot Kita! (TV5) - 4.5%
10. The Fierce Wife (ABS-CBN) - 4.4%

1. Amaya (GMA-7) - 14.1%
2. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 13.3%
3. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 12.8%
4. Iglot (GMA-7) - 12.5%
5. Time of My Life (GMA-7) - 11.3%
6. My Binondo Girl (ABS-CBN) - 10.3%
7. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 10.2%
8. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 9.6%
9. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 9.5%
10. Bubble Gang (GMA-7) - 9.1%

September 10, Saturday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 15.3%
2. Kapuso Movie Festival: My Bestfriend's Girlfriend (GMA-7) - 6.3%
3. Sabado Sineplex: Tomorrow Never Dies (TV5) - 5.8%
4. 24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) - 5.5%
5. Wish Ko Lang! (GMA-7) - 4.8%
6. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 4.6%
7. Maynila (GMA-7) - 4.5%
8. Startalk TX (GMA-7) / TV Patrol Weekend (ABS-CBN) - 4.3%
9. Ripley's Believe It Or Not! (GMA-7) - 3.3%
10. Tropang Potchi (GMA-7) - 3.2%

1. Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) - 12.7%
2. Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (GMA-7) - 12.3%
3. Imbestigador (GMA-7) - 10%
4. Spooky Nights Presents Ang Munting Mahadera (GMA-7) - 9.9%
5. Junior Masterchef Pinoy Edition (ABS-CBN) - 9%
6. Wil Time Bigtime (TV5) - 8.6%
7. Pilipinas Got Talent (ABS-CBN) - 8%
8. Wansapantaym: Wallet(ABS-CBN) - 6.7%
9. Manny Many Prizes (GMA-7) - 6.1%
10. R U Kidding Me? Owws? Hindi Nga? (TV5) / Talentadong Pinoy (TV5) - 5.3%

September 11, Sunday

1. Party Pilipinas (GMA-7) - 5.8%
2. Kapuso Movie Festival: When I Met U (GMA-7) - 5.6%
3. ASAP Rocks (ABS-CBN) - 4.9%
4. Sunday Sineplex: Journey To The Center of the Earth (TV5) - 4.5%
5. The Buzz (ABS-CBN) - 4.3%
6. Tween Hearts (GMA-7) - 4.2%
7. Matanglawin (ABS-CBN) - 4.1%
8. Dragon Ball (GMA-7) - 4%
9. One Piece (GMA-7) / My Neighbor's Wife The Making (GMA-7) - 3.9%
10. AHA! (GMA-7) / Pinoy Pride VIII: Philippines vs Mexico (ABS-CBN) / Showbiz Central (GMA-7) - 3.7%

1. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (TV5) - 9.8%
2. Pepito Manaloto (GMA-7) - 8.5%
3. Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA-7) - 8.2%
4. Pilipinas Got Talent (ABS-CBN) - 7.9%
5. Prot�g� (GMA-7) - 7.5%
6. Gandang Gabi Vice (ABS-CBN) - 7.4%
7. TV Patrol Weekend (ABS-CBN) / Rated K (ABS-CBN) / Talentadong Pinoy (TV5) - 7.2%
8. Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CBN) - 6.9%
9. Sunday Night Box Office: The Prodigal Son (GMA-7) - 6.5%
10. 24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) - 6.1%

September 12, Monday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 11.5%
2. Sisid (GMA-7) - 6.1%
3. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 6%
4. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) / Pahiram ng Isang Ina (GMA-7) - 5.3%
5. Kapuso Movie Festival: Bratpack Mga Pambayad Atraso (GMA-7) - 4.7%
6. One Piece (GMA-7) / Gourmet (GMA-7) - 4.4%
7. Showtime (ABS-CBN) / The Fierce Wife (ABS-CBN) - 4.2%
8. Face To Face (TV5) - 3.9%
9. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Mamarazzi (ABS-CBN) - 3.8%
10. Hunter X Hunter (ABS-CBN) - 3.4%

1. Amaya (GMA-7) - 15.9%
2. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 13.8%
3. Iglot (GMA-7) - 13%
4. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 11.9%
5. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 10.9%
6. Time of My Life (GMA-7) - 10.3%
7. Nasaan Si Elisa? (ABS-CBN) - 10%
8. My Binondo Girl (ABS-CBN) - 9.7%
9. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 9.2%
10. Wil Time Bigtime (TV5) - 8.6%

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from September 9 to 12, 2011 among Mega Manila households (Household Ratings):

September 9, Friday
1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 28.3%
2. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 19.6%
3. Sisid (GMA-7) - 19.5%
4. Pahiram Ng Isang Ina (GMA-7) - 16.2%
5. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) / Gourmet (GMA-7) - 13.7%
6. Kapuso Movie Festival: D Survivors (GMA-7) - 11.7%
7. One Piece (GMA-7) - 11.3%
8. The Fierce Wife (ABS-CBN) - 11.1%
9. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 9.3%
10. Team Galaxy (GMA-7) - 8.3%

1. Amaya (GMA-7) - 25%
2. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 24.5%
3. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 24.3%
4. Iglot (GMA-7) - 22.4%
5. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 21.8%
6. Time of My Life (GMA-7) - 21.7%
7. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 20.6%
8. My Binondo Girl (ABS-CBN) - 19.7%
9. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 18.6%
10. Bubble Gang (GMA-7) - 17.9%

September 10, Saturday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 34.2%
2. Kapuso Movie Festival: My Bestfriend's Girlfriend (GMA-7) - 15.9%
3. 24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) - 12.4%
4. Maynila (GMA-7) - 11.3%
5. Showtime (ABS-CBN) / Wish Ko Lang! (GMA-7) - 10.9%
6. Startalk TX (GMA-7) - 10.4%
7. TV Patrol Weekend (ABS-CBN) - 10%
8. Ripley's Believe It Or Not! (GMA-7) - 7.4%
9. Spongebob Squarepants (ABS-CBN) - 7%
10. Boys Over Flowers Forever (ABS-CBN) - 6.4%

1. Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) / Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (GMA-7) - 24.4%
2. Imbestigador (GMA-7) - 21.4%
3. Junior Masterchef Pinoy Edition (ABS-CBN) - 17.9%
4. Spooky Nights Presents Ang Munting Mahadera (GMA-7) - 17.3%
5. Pilipinas Got Talent (ABS-CBN) - 16.1%
6. Wansapantaym: Wallet (ABS-CBN) - 14.9%
7. Inside Prot�g� (GMA-7) - 13.3%
8. Manny Many Prizes (GMA-7) - 12.4%
9. Banana Split Extra Scoop (ABS-CBN) - 10%
10. Comedy Bar (GMA-7) - 8.6%

September 11, Sunday

1. Kapuso Movie Festival: When I Met U (GMA-7) - 14.1%
2. Party Pilipinas (GMA-7) - 13.8%
3. Tween Hearts (GMA-7) - 11.2%
4. ASAP Rocks (ABS-CBN) - 10.3%
5. Dragon Ball (GMA-7) - 10%
6. One Piece (GMA-7) - 9.9%
7. The Buzz (ABS-CBN) - 9.7%
8. Showbiz Central (GMA-7) - 9.4%
9. My Neighbor's Wife The Making (GMA-7) - 8.7%
10. Matanglawin (ABS-CBN) - 8.5%

1. Pepito Manaloto (GMA-7) - 17.4%
2. Pilipinas Got Talent (ABS-CBN) - 16.8%
3. Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA-7) - 16.7%
4. Gandang Gabi Vice (ABS-CBN) - 16.5%
5. Rated K (ABS-CBN) - 16.4%
6. TV Patrol Weekend (ABS-CBN) - 16%
7. Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CBN) - 15.7%
8. 24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) - 15.3%
9. Prot�g� (GMA-7) - 14.8%
10. Sunday Night Box Office: The Prodigal Son (GMA-7) - 13.9%

September 12, Monday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 28.5%
2. Sisid (GMA-7) - 15.8%
3. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 15.2%
4. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 14.2%
5. Pahiram ng Isang Ina (GMA-7) - 13.2%
6. The Fierce Wife (GMA-7) - 12%
7. Gourmet (GMA-7) - 11.5%
8. One Piece (GMA-7) - 11.4%
9. Kapuso Movie Festival: Bratpack Mga Pambayad Atraso (GMA-7) - 11.3%
10. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Mamarazzi (ABS-CBN) - 10.2%

1. Amaya (GMA-7) - 29.3%
2. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 26%
3. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 25.7%
4. Iglot (GMA-7) - 24.4%
5. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 21.6%
6. My Binondo Girl (ABS-CBN) - 21%
7. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 20.7%
8. Nasaan Ka Elisa? (ABS-CBN) - 19.9%
9. Time of My Life (GMA-7) - 18.8%
10. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 16.1%

Source: AGB Nielsen Phils.

Scarlett Johansson Nude Pics Hacker Faces Legal Threat

Scarlett Johansson, her legal team and FBI are about to hunt and sue several websites that published the actress' nude photos allegedly hacked from her cell phone.

The said pictures, surfaced on the internet last Wednesday, shows the actress taking a snap shots of herself using a cell phone draped in nothing but a towel, an exposed mirror reflection of her backside and a topless self-portrait.

Johansson's lawyer, Marty Singer, issued letters to websites that run the photos, including famous showbiz blogger Perez Hilton, demanding that he remove the "stolen copyright protected private photographs."

The letter reads:

Scarlett Johansson and her team are not denying that the nude photos that leaked onto the web on Wednesday are in fact of her. Instead, The Avengers actress is trying to snatch them off the web as quickly as possible.

Johansson�s lawyer, Marty Singer, issued letters to websites that are running the photos. Blogger Perez Hilton confirmed on the AMP radio show with Carson Daly on Thursday morning that he had received one of these letters.

The letters state that the images are �stolen copyright protected private photographs� and should be removed from the sites."

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A Two-Headed Robot and Other �Real Steel� Fun Facts

As the opening of the action-adventure �Real Steel� approaches, DreamWorks Pictures shares some interesting fun trivia surrounding the film and its creation.

Set in the near future, where robots have replaced boxers in the ring, �Real Steel� stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a financially strapped, risk-taking former boxer who now makes his living on an underworld robot boxing circuit, operating the metal pugilists that made his human profession obsolete.
  • The robots each have a distinctive look, personality and color scheme and range in size from 7�6� to 8�5� in height. Based on human form, they each have two legs, two arms, a torso and a head�with the exception of a two-headed bot aptly named �Twin Cities.�
  • In addition to their distinctive personas, every robot has a specific sound personality. When a robot lands a punch there�s a sound specific to his skeletal material, his mechanisms, his bulk and his mass and there�s also an aura sound so that just merely by being turned on every robot has a whir or a whoosh or an engine hum or the sound or a computer.
  • Evangeline Lilly (�Lost�), who plays Bailey, never saw herself making a boxing film, but when she read the heartfelt script she was won over.
  • Toronto-native Dakota Goyo was chosen from thousands of 10-year-old boys who auditioned for the role of Max, Hugh Jackman�s on-screen son, as part of an international casting search.
  • Filming the robot boxing scenes was done with both motion-capture technology and practical-built, full-scale robots. The motion-capture elements were performed and shot months earlier on a stage in Los Angeles. Fighters were put in the ring wearing data-capturing jumpsuits and as they fought, their motions were converted into robot avatars in the computer and instantaneously appeared on the monitors on set. Then, during principal photography, the filmmakers lined up their cameras on an empty ring and the motion-capture data streamed through their cameras, allowing them to watch and frame the robot fighting in the ring in real time.
  • Sugar Ray Leonard was hired by the filmmakers to serve as the film�s boxing consultant and to train Hugh Jackman for his appearance in the ring.
  • �Real Steel� costume designer Marlene Stewart created a wardrobe for Hugh Jackman�s character Charlie that was inspired by looks from the 1960s, drawing from rugged Americana styles. Even his sunglasses are retro.
  • In �Real Steel� there is a clear delineation between the two worlds of robot boxing. There is the official league (the WRB); it�s corporate sponsored, with big money, sanctioned venues and strict rules. Then there is the underworld, which has unsanctioned venues, with no rules, no restrictions - the robots fight to the death.
Opening soon across the Philippines in IMAX and regular theaters, �Real Steel� is a DreamWorks Picture to be distributed locally by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

Last Ford Crown Victoria Ends Production

Last Ford Crown Victoria Ends Production

After a run of more than 30 years, the Crown Victoria - best known as Ford's durable, iconic police car - is retiring.

It marks an end for the era of big American cars with family-friendly bench seating and gearshifts on the steering column.

"They offer a glimpse into a bygone era of Detroit boulevardiers, with their front bench seats, soft suspensions and awkward, space-robbing proportions," Andrew Ganz, senior editor of the Web site , wrote of the Crown Vic.

Ford dealers stopped selling Crown Vics to consumers in 2008, but sales to police departments have been strong as Ford prepares to launch new police vehicles based on the Taurus large sedan and Explorer SUV.

Introduced as a police car in 1983, the Crown Vic was the top choice of law enforcement in 1996-2010. But the market has gotten more competitive, with the return of the Chevrolet Caprice police car and an improved Dodge Charger now on the market.

In the meantime, many police departments have decided to load up on the Crown Vic they know. Through the first seven months of the year, Crown Vic sales are up 64% to 35,203.

"We're kind of stocking up," said Sgt. Larry Poleski of the Grand Rapids Police Department, which bought about 28 Crown Vics earlier this year.

Click HERE to read further this news.

No Other Woman - Movie Poster and Trailer

Here is the official movie poster and trailer of Star Cinema and Viva Films' upcoming sexy-drama movie "No Other Woman".

Topbilled by Anne Curtis, Derek Ramsay and Cristine Reyes, the movie also stars Matt Evans, Tirso Cruz III, John Arcilla, Ricci Chan, Nina Dolino, Ron Morales, Kat Alano, Kitkat, Peter Serrano, Marlann Flores, Fred Payawan, Melvin Lee and Carmi Martin.

Under the direction of Ruel S. Bayani, "No Other Woman" opens in theaters nationwide on September 28, 2011.

No Other Woman - Trailer:

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Cosmo Bachelor Bash 2011 Photos

Cosmo Bachelor Bash 2011 Photos

It rained men, again, at the World Trade Center last night, September 15, as the hottest, sexiest and wildest bachelors in the country gathered together to bring one hell of a show at this year's Cosmo Bachelor Bash party.

Thousand of screaming girls and girls alike witnessed the most anticipated party of the season - the nautical-themed Cosmo Bachelor Bash 2011 featuring the Bachelors and Centerfolds who graced the pages of this year's Cosmo Men supplement.

Present to heat up the night were Enrique Gil, Paulo Avelino, Anton del Rosario, Fabio Ide, Daniel Matsunaga, Mike Tan, Mark Herras, Aljur Abrenica, Kean Cipriano, Rafael Rosell, Rocco Nacino, Lucky Mercado, Rodjun Cruz, Felix and Dominic Roco, Jaco Benin, Manuel Chua, Ahron Villena, Ejay Falcon, Geoff Taylor and Jake Cuenca.

Brothers Phil and James Younghusband, who are still mourning for the loss of their mother Susan Younghusband, were obviously a no-show on the event.

To show you a little of what happened during the event, check several pics below:

Photos courtersy of PinkJadedKnight and lobster_tony on Twitter

'Zombadings' Earns P19.48-Million; 'Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi' Grosses P30.478-Million in 2 Weeks

Star Cinema and Octo Arts Films joint movie venture " Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi" is a disappointment at the box-office considering it stars two of the biggest names in Philippine movie industry - Toni Gonzaga and Eugene Domingo.

The movie, which is still showing in selected theaters nationwide, raked a measly amount of P30.478 million in box-office returns on its first two weeks of showing.

On the other hand, the gay-inspired indie film "Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington, earned a considerable amount of P19.48 million on its first two weeks considering its theme and lead cast.

(as of September 13, 2011)

1. Transformers: Dark of Moon � P415.74-M
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 � P295.96-M
3. Kung Fu Panda 2 � P198.24M
4. Thor � P173.98M
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides � P155.32M
6. X-Men: First Class � P154.92M
7. Captain America � P153.3
8. Green Lantern � P132.3M
9. Fast Five � P126.8M
10. Catch Me�I�m In Love � P120.21M

(as of September 13, 2011)

1. Catch Me�I�m In Love � P120.21M
2. In the Name of Love � P117.2M
3. Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! � P72.31M
4. Bulong � P67.27M
5. Temptation Island � P60-M
6. Who�s That Girl? � P58.31M
7. Forever and a Day � P44.73M
8. My Valentine Girls � P44.26M
9. Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi � P16.34-M *
10. Ang Babae sa Septic Tank � P30.26M
11. Tween Academy: Class of 2012 � P29.88M
12. Way Back Home � P25.78-M
13. The Adventures of Pureza: Queen of the Riles � P19.84-M
14. Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington � P19.48-M *
15. Tumbok � P10.53M
16. Tum: My Pledge of Love � P5.16M

* still showing in theaters
Figures are estimates from third party tabulator Box Office Mojo

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�Zombieland� Director Now Offers �30 Minutes or Less�

From the director of the acclaimed 2009 hip comedy �Zombieland� comes Columbia Pictures� new quirky, action comedy �30 Minutes or Less� starring Jesse Eisenberg and Danny McBride.

In the film, Nick (Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wannabe criminal masterminds (McBride and Nick Swardson). The lowlifes kidnap Nick and strap a time bomb to him � with the promise that they�ll blow him up unless he robs a bank. With only a few hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship.

�30 Minutes or Less� began the road to the screen when the original action-comedy screenplay landed on the prestigious Black List, an inside-Hollywood tally of the best unproduced screenplays. Director Ruben Fleischer says that everyone involved with the project was first lured by the inventive spark of the screenplay and story. �It had a really original voice,� says the director. �I was excited to read a movie that wasn�t a straightforward, predictable comedy � it was hard to know where this movie was going when I was reading it.

The movie is an action comedy, but the subject is inherently dark, because of the premise of a guy getting a bomb strapped to his chest,� says Fleischer. �The comedy comes in how that situation affects the relationship between Nick and Chet. In turn, the action heightens the circumstances of the comedy. A really funny conversation in the midst of a car chase or a bank robbery takes it up a notch. Funny people elevate the material with everything they bring to the table.

For the writers, the chance to find the humor in a very dark situation was irresistible. �It�s a life-or-death situation � these guys could get blown up,� says Michael Diliberti. �And into that, we put in our characters, two guys who really haven�t been living their lives to the fullest. What if two guys who really have nothing to live for had to put their lives on the line? We thought that idea was really ripe for comedy.�

For his part, Fleischer says he was attracted to the project by a unique combination of factors � not least of which are the story and the characters. �I hadn�t ever seen a story like this before, but more importantly, the characters were very specific � I�d never seen characters like Nick or Chet or Dwayne or Travis before,� Fleischer continues. �I thought these were the kind of roles that actors would love to play, and that proved to be true � Danny and Jesse and Nick and Aziz were all really excited about it.

For Fleischer, casting those four main roles was key. �I feel like I have a good sense of casting, of finding the right people for the parts, then letting them shine and do what they do,� he says. When the cameras began to roll, playing the �double buddy� comedy roles would be Jesse Eisenberg as Nick, the pizza guy; Aziz Ansari as Chet, his estranged best friend; Danny McBride as Dwayne, a lowlife with big dreams and a poorly hatched plan; and Nick Swardson as Travis, the beta male to Dwayne�s alpha.

Opening soon across the Philippines, �30 Minutes or Less� is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Gerald Anderson Stars in Advocacy-Serye �Budoy� - Full Trailer

Gerald Anderson is back on television as he stars in ABS-CBN�s first advocacy serye, �Budoy� where he will play the role of a boy suffering from a delay in mental development.

First introduced to the Philippine audience via hit reality TV show �Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition,� Gerald worked his way up to become one of this generation�s most sought after dramatic actors and leading men with his remarkable hit teleseryes �Sana Maulit Muli,� �My Girl,� Tayong Dalawa,� and �Kung Tayo�y Magkakalayo.�

As Gerald returns on primetime, he will be joined by promising young stars of this generation, Jessy Mendiola and Enrique Gil.

Rising primetime princess Jessy will play the role of Jackie, Budoy�s childhood friend who dreams of becoming a teacher while rising dramatic heartthrob Enrique Gil will play the role of Benjamin, Budoy�s rival in love and the boy who has everything except his mother�s warmth and his father�s approval.

The advocacy serye marks the return of Janice de Belen to the Kapamilya network. She will play the role of Bebang, Budoy�s caretaker who adopted him after he was disowned by his real family.

Budoy, played by Gerald, is the son of Dr. Gregor Maniego (Tirso Cruz III), the top ob-gynecologist in the Philippines and Luisa Maniego (Zsa zsa Padilla), Dr. Maniego�s secretary who he chose to marry despite his mother�s disapproval.

Dr. Maniego came from a family of doctors - his mother Dr. Alberta Maniego (Barbara Perez) is a brilliant oncologist while his brother Dr. Isaac Maniego (Christian Vasquez) is a famous brain surgeon.

Budoy�s birth is a family blessing that later on turned into a family shame when they discovered that Budoy is suffering from Angel Syndrome, which delays the intellectual development of a child.

The family decided to hide their �dishonor� - their abnormal son Budoy - and replace him with a normal child.

�Budoy�s� power cast will be joined by veteran stars Gloria Sevilla, Dante Rivero, and Mylene Dizon.

ABS-CBN is proud to present �Budoy,� the newest primetime drama which is set to inspire the whole country. Watch the full trailer below:

Falling Skies, S Cable TV�s No. 1 New Drama Series of the Year Descends upon Asia on AXN Beyond

Executive produced by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler�s List) and co-created with Oscar nominated screenwriter Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan), Falling Skies, US cable TV�s top new series of 2011 is set to unleash an extraterrestrial invasion of apocalyptic proportions upon Asia�s audiences.

The riveting new blockbuster science fiction TV series premieres 3 October and airs on Mondays at 8.20pm in 14 markets across the region, first and exclusively on pay-TV channel AXN Beyond.

With Steven Spielberg himself involved in shaping the script, cast, edits, post production to even the aliens and spaceships, AXN Beyond viewers can expect a world class production in Falling Skies. The series hails from the TV production and distribution division of Hollywood studio DreamWorks Pictures, DreamWorks Television, which has been responsible for global hit shows such as The Pacific and Band of Brothers.

Falling Skies is an epic saga in the aftermath of an all-out invasion of Earth by aliens. Set in the chaotic world left completely devastated by the extraterrestrial attack, Falling Skies picks up six months into the alien occupation where the few survivors have come together outside what is left of key cities in an attempt to fight back.

Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers scavenge for supplies, protect the people in their care, and embark on a guerrilla campaign against the enigmatic and deadly alien force. Humans live in the hope of taking back their home one day and rebuilding their lives.

Falling Skies stars Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Noah Wyle (E.R.) as Tom Mason, a Boston history professor whose wife was killed in the invasion and the second of his three sons was captured by aliens. Determined to rescue his son and safeguard his two other boys, Tom must put his extensive knowledge of military history and strategies to the test as the second-in-command of �2nd Mass.�, a resistance force named after their base in Boston, Massachusetts. However, Tom�s lack of battlefield experience leaves him at odds with his commander, the no-nonsense, formerly retired military captain Weaver (Will Patton, Armageddon).

Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) co-stars as Anne Glass, a paediatrician helping children among the survivors cope with the traumatic upheaval. Anne lost her only son and husband during the invasion. Yet to face up to her loss, Anne is pouring herself into work for 2nd Mass. The tragedy she shares with Tom pulls them close in a unique relationship.

Tom's eldest son, Hal (Drew Roy, Secretariat), has to grow up overnight to fight alongside his father, while youngest child Matt, (Maxim Knight, Brothers & Sisters) remains deeply traumatised from the experience.

Mighty, mysterious and merciless, the extraterrestrial conquerors are highly intelligent and are able to fight using military-like tactics. Combining live-action and visual effects, aliens named �Skitters� are six-legged spider-like monsters with incredible strength and agility. Bipedal, robotic �Mechs� walk upright and fire deadly projectiles from their arms. The �Skitters� and �Mechs� serve even more powerful extraterrestrials that will be unveiled in the series. Captive children such as Tom's son, Ben (Connor Jessup, The Saddle Club), are controlled through bio-mechanical harnesses fused to their spines which change them to their very core�

Falling Skies premiered in the US to 8 million �live� and time-shifted (digital video recorders) viewers, which made it cable TV�s top new series launch of 2011 to date. In addition to viewership, the series earned wide acclaim from critics. American daily �The Los Angeles Times� commended, �Serious without being grim, uplifting without being saccharine, �Falling Skies� dares to image what feature films will not � a world in which Will Smith (Independence Day) or Aaron Eckhart (Battle: Los Angeles) did not bring down the mother ship in time.� Media trade publication �The Hollywood Reporter� unequivocally deemed Falling Skies as being �really good�.

Beyond the US, Falling Skies is being rolled out internationally in a total of 75 markets across Europe, South America and Asia. The series� popularity has already ensured a second season is confirmed and will premiere in the US in the summer of 2012.

A tale of endurance, commitment and courage in which ordinary people are called upon to become heroes, Falling Skies � with the off- and on-screen magic of Spielberg, Rodat, Wyle and more � will unfold as a blockbuster saga of human�s last stand this October, only on AXN Beyond!

Falling Skies premieres 3 October, airing Mondays at 8.20pm in commercial-free double episodes, first & exclusively on AXN Beyond

Gumby Robber and Accomplice Surrender

Gumby robber Jacob Kiss and his accomplice Jason Giramma surrendered to San Diego police on Tuesday, September 13, 8 days after they attempted to rob a clerk at a 7-Eleven in Rancho Penasquitos in San Diego, California.

The incident was caught on tape where it shows that the robber dressed as gumby walked into a 7-Eleven convenience store, claiming to have a gun and demands a pack of cigarettes and cash from a store clerk who thought the incident was just a joke.

The 19-year-old suspect then tried to pull out what he said was a gun from his costume but instead dropped 27 cents on the floor and left the convenience store empty-handed.

The store clerk didn't report the crime to police until his boss saw the footage hours later.

A $1,000 reward was offered through Crime Stoppers about information related to the attempted robbery.

The two men, who brought the Gumby suit with them, voluntarily submitted themselves at San Diego robbery detectives and admitted to have had attempted to rob 7-Eleven.

The San Diego District Attorney's Office has not said whether they will file charges.

Rachel Zoe Terrified to Showcase Her Line at New York Fashion Week

Rachel Zoe Terrified to Showcase Her Line at New York Fashion Week

Rachel Zoe is 'terrified' about showing at New York Fashion Week.

The celebrity stylist is to showcase her debut fashion collection at the prestigious event this month and admits she's getting rather nervous.

She told website FabSugar:

Nervous, excited, petrified, anxious, terrified . did I mention terrified? I'm terrified."

However, she is excited about her upcoming spring 2012 runway show and can't wait to see the reaction it gets. She said:

I think becoming a designer was that sort of thing that was inevitable on some level, and then also something that I really waited a long time to do because the timing had to be right. I just felt this was the time I was ready to do it.

It is one of the scariest and most challenging things I've ever done, but also kind of the most exciting."

Rachel, who welcomed son Skyler into the world five months ago, recently compared her debut fashion range to 'giving birth'. She said:

Being a designer was the thing that I always said, 'I'm never going to do this, because I'm too scared to do this.

All of sudden during my presentation this season, I was like 'Oh my god, why am I doing this, I'm too scared to do this. Then it was like, it was almost like giving birth.

When it was over, I was like, 'This is the most exciting, most challenging adventure. This is new, and this is fun."

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Conjoined Twins Separated Through 13-Hour Surgery (Video)

Conjoined twins separated through medical surgery video

Conjoined twins Joshua and Jacob Spates, born attached at the pelvis and lower spine, survived the most complex surgery ever performed in Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.

Born January of this year, 34-week-old conjoined twins Joshua and Jacob undergone a 13 hours surgery on August 29 to detach their spinal cord column and muscles.

The two are expected to remain at the hospital where they will receive critical care and rehabilitation therapy.

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Video: ABC News

Nora Aunor's TV5 Mini-Serye "Sa Ngalan ng Ina" Premieres October 3

Nora Aunor�s comeback TV vehicle titled �Sa Ngalan ng Ina� will start airing on October 3 - with no commercial breaks.

According to TV5, a big company has bought the pilot and succeeding four episodes of �Sa Ngalan ng Ina� which means the entire show will run uninterrupted by commercial breaks

Joining the Superstar in this mini-serye are Christopher de Leon, Eugene Domingo, Rosanna Roces, Bembol Roco, Nadine Samonte, Raquel Villavicencio, Alwyn Uytingco, Karel Marquez and Edgar Allan Guzman.

Sa Ngalan ng Ina - Teaser Trailer:

Photo: Sa Ngalan ng Ina FB Fan Page
Video: ekol1980 on YouTube

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Star Magic Ball Fashion Hits and Misses in �Us Girls�

ABS-CBN�s celebrities graced the Star Magic Ball in their glamorous designer gowns and dapper suits. Who among them wowed the red carpet watchers?

Tonight in �Us Girls,� Fab trio Iya Villania, Angel Aquino, and Chesca Garcia-Kramer turn to Fashionazzi experts to check out the night�s fashion high's and low's. They will also report on who wore what at this season�s star-studded event.

Don�t miss the adventures of Angel and two of our lucky Kabarkadas as they scour the stores of Hong Kong for a shopping and fashion challenge.

Meanwhile, do you think moving on from a recent break-up seems impossible? The girls will provide you with practical and surefire tips on how to deal with heartache.

All these and more in the country�s lifestyle magazine show authority, �Us Girls,� 9:30 PM on Studio 23, or watch it online on

'Public Atorni' Settles Cases for Cebuanos in Celebration of First Anniversary

They say godparents are handpicked by parents to support a child�s upbringing and personal development. And so Chona Martinez, godmother of Jessica, did just that. She was always ready to care for her goddaughter whenever her parents were not around. That�s why it breaks the doting ninang�s heart when a tearful Jessica confided that she was being abused by different men - sold by her own mother no less. Public Attorney�s Office (PAO) chief and people�s attorney, Persida Acosta, flies to Cebu to look after the potential violation of Child Abuse Act and let the Justify Fullcomplainant and respondent face mediation in the anniversary special of Public Atorni this Thursday after AKSYON JournalisMO on TV5.

After settling more than 100 cases mostly concentrated in Mega Manila, NEWS5�s reality-based on-air mediation program Public Atorni goes to Cebu to be of help to Kapatids in need of legal aid services. The show lets the wheels of justice get unclogged by settling claims and disputes through the mediation of Atty. Acosta.

I�m personally very happy with this program because this is consistent with the mandate of PAO to encourage battling parties to reconcile through alternative means such as mediation, conciliation and arbitration. The options are clear for them: asunto o areglo (to sue or to settle),� says Atty. Acosta.

Aside from the child abuse case, Public Atorni will also look into three other issues from Cebu, including a theft case involving best buds �Ruffa� and �Angel.� The two are so well-bonded that they almost share the same misfortune, passion and likes. But that passion had created a vacuum - all because of a missing make-up kit.

The mediation on-air show has also conducted a free legal clinic to hear local cases there with the assistance of NEWS5 senior reporter Ina Zara and AKSYON Bisaya co-anchor Lanne Sino Cruz.

Be informed about legal rights. Watch the two-part anniversary special of Public Atorni on September 15 and 22 after AKSYON JournalisMO on TV5. Catch the full and earlier episodes of NEWS5�s public affairs programs from Monday to Friday, 8:30-9:30pm, on TV5�s 24/7 news channel Aksyon TV (Channel 41 in Mega Manila, Channel 29 in Metro Cebu and Davao, Channel 1 on Cignal Digital TV and Channel 59 on Sky Cable).

TV5 Partners with Regal Multimedia Inc.

TV5 and Regal Multimedia Inc. (RMMI) recently inked a deal signifying their partnership for a number of TV and movie projects, including a new version of Regal's hit TV show "Regal Shocker" which will be line produced by RMMI for TV5.

For movies, RMMI and TV5's movie arm Studio 5 are partnering to co-produce six movies, starting with the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry "Hototay". Apart from this, there is an output deal with RMMI for the airing of their movies on TV5. The Kapatid Network has also licensed from RMMI the story rights for some of Regal's hit movies that will be turned into TV series.

Present at the contract signing were (L-R) TV5 President Atty. Ray C. Espinosa, Regal Multimedia Inc. Vice President Roselle Monteverde, and TV5 Head of Creatives and Entertainmen Production Perci M. Intalan.

�Friends With Benefits� Holds Sneak Previews on September 19 and 20

Acclaimed as one of the year's best romantic comedies, Columbia Pictures' �Friends with Benefits� will have whole-day sneak previews on Monday and Tuesday, Sept.ember 19 and 20, in selected theaters everywhere.

From the director of �Easy A,� the film stars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis as liberal singles Dylan and Jamie, respectively, who think it will be easy to add sex to their friendship, but they discover that getting physical always leads to complications.

Timberlake notes, �Our characters meet each other in that time where they�ve both recently split up from other relationships and we�re both in that headspace where we kind of want to just be single.

Mila Kunis saw her character Jamie as someone who �believes in true love and believes that Prince Charming is out there and is desperately seeking that.� Jamie doesn�t wear her heart on her sleeve, though. �She�s a typical New Yorker,� laughs Kunis.

With Dylan working hard to establish himself at a new job in a new city and no time to pursue life�s more frivolous aspects, and Kunis� Jamie meeting too many �nice� guys who turn out to be not-so-nice, the two come to an agreement asserting mutual benefits without the emotional complications of dating. �Cause after all, everyone has physical needs, they convince themselves. What could possibly go wrong?

Opening across the Philippines on September 28, �Friends with Benefits� is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games. Like us at and join our fan contests.

Westlife Returns to Manila for 'Westlife: Gravity Tour 2011'

The long-awaited return of Westlife to the Philippines happens on September 29 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. You ready?

Westlife members Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Kian Egan and Nicky Byrne debuted in 1998 when they opened for Boyzone and the Backstreet Boys in Ireland. Since then they have received many awards and broke numerous records worldwide. In the UK alone, they�ve had 14 number one hits. Westlife is the fourth biggest selling boyband in the world with over 44 million albums sold.

�Gravity Tour� is Westlife�s 11th concert tour to date. Known for their impressive concerts, for this tour, the group collaborated with creative director William Baker, known for his work with Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis and Bjork. The group has stated this tour to be �bigger and better�, and is expected to perform their biggest hits and more, including �Flying Without Wings�, �Swear It Again�, �You Raise Me Up�, �World of Our Own�, �Uptown Girl�, �When You�re Looking Like That,� and �Safe.�

Although five years have passed since the group�s last appearance in the Philippines, the return of Westlife has been greatly anticipated by their longtime fans. Westlife�s local fanbase has been active throughout the years, especially the members of Official Westlife Fan Club Philippines and Westlife Philippines who have joined forces to support their favorite group. Fans from all over the country will also be making their way to Manila so as not to miss their beloved Irish superstars.

Westlife Live in Manila is brought to you by DAYLY Entertainment in cooperation with the following major sponsors: SMART, FOX, Star World, Sleepasil, Accessorize, Calliope, Mossimo Music, Skin Food and Terranova, and Official Residence-Edsa Shangri-La Hotel. This is also supported by the following media partners, Official TV Network-ABS-CBN, Official Music Channel-MYX, Asap Rocks, The Manila Bulletin, Bands, Official Radio Partner-Love Radio 90.7, Magic 89.9, Baranggay LS FM 97.1, Yes FM 101.1, Tambayan 101.9, Energy FM 106.7, Manila Concert Scene,,,, and Digipost. Special thanks to Le Ching Tea House, Astro Plus and Odyssey.

Tickets are available at all Ticketnet outlets and Smart Araneta Coliseum Box Office.

Jamie Foxx, The Murder Consultant in �Horrible Bosses�

Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx stars as MF Jones, just your average, neighborhood murder consultant, in New Line Cinema's dark comedy �Horrible Bosses.� Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell also star.

In the film, the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable for Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers...permanently. There's only one problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them.

Can the three friends pull it off? As Charlie Day points out, �These three aren�t exactly criminal masterminds.� But at least they�re smart enough to know they need help. Enter �MF� Jones, an ex-con with a one-of-a-kind moniker, a flair for the dramatic and a special expertise he�s willing to share for the right price� as soon as he decides what that might be.

Jones is kind of a self-described murder consultant, the killer confidante,� Jamie Foxx reveals. �These guys come into a bar, looking for a hit man. He overhears their conversation and, knowing that they�re gullible dumbasses, sees an opportunity to make some money. So he scares them a little and tells them what they want to hear.�

Calling Jones �an entrepreneur,� director Seth Gordon says, �Jamie puts some amazing details and gestures into his performance. He�s a real master.�

Foxx worked with the director, and costume designer Carol Ramsey, to perfect Jones� look, starting at the top. It was his idea to go with full-scalp tattoos as something, he notes, �not a lot of people have seen and not a lot of people are doing. Then we got retro with the clothes, the pointy-toe boots and things like that, because this is a guy who maybe went to jail for a minute and now he�s living in his own time capsule. When he got out he went right back to the clothes he thought were hot when he went in.

The tattoos took an hour and a half to apply. Foxx recalls, �I went out once and people took a couple of pictures and it was all over the Internet, like �Jamie Foxx has lost his mind.� But it really serves the character and that�s the kind of reaction you want.�

Opening across the Philippines on September 21, �Horrible Bosses� is a New Line Cinema distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Conjoined Twins Separated: Twins Jacob and Joshua Spates Separated at Memphis Hospital

Conjoined Twins Separated: Jacob and Joshua Spates Successfully Separated

Conjoined twins Joshua and Jacob Spates, born attached at the pelvis and lower spine, have been successfully separated at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.

Hospital surgeons operated for 13 hours to separate the twins in what hospital officials called the most complex procedure every performed in the history of the facility.

Joshua and Jacob Spates of Memphis, though joined at the lower spine and pelvis, have separate hearts, heads and limbs.

Doctors said the twins have health problems that will require ongoing treatment, but said they hope both will be able to walk with braces.

Photo: AP/Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Lisa Waddell Buser

Shalani Soledad and Roman Romulo Engaged

Shalani Soledad is now engaged to Roman Romulo, 2 weeks after their relationship made open to the public (click HERE to read related post).

The Pasig City representative personally made the announcement that he and the Valenzuela City councilor is engaged through a taped interview on TV Patrol earlier tonight.

Rep. Romulo also revealed that he first asked for Mrs. Evelyn Soledad's permission to marry her daughter Shalani three weeks ago before she proposed to the lady Councilo at Our Lady of Fatima church in Valenzuela City. He said they plan to get married next year.

On a separate interview, Rep. Romulo's sister, Agriculture Undersecretary Berna Romulo-Puyat, disclosed that her 44-year-old brother gave the 31-year-old Councilor a diamond ring - a heirloom given by their mom, Rosie Lovely Tecson Romulo.

Usec. Puyat also mentioned that his brother has already introduced Shalani to his family in a family dinner 2 weeks ago, an act his brother will not most likely to do unless he takes a lady seriously. She recalled that the last time her brother introduced a lady to their family was 4 years ago.

"He doesn't bring women to the house unless he is serious," she said.

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Oprah Winfrey Statement Favoring Shamcey Supsup in Miss Universe 2011 Pageant, Not True

Oprah Winfrey's statement about how the Miss Universe 2011 winner was selected and favoring instead Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup to be the most deserving candidate for the title, is not true according to a statement released by website moderator.

The said Oprah Winfrey statement, which started to make rounds on different social networking sites and several blogs right after Miss Angola Leila Lopes crowned as Miss Universe 2011, reads:

I have reservations with the results. If the only basis is the Q and A portion, after having been trimmed down to 5, Ms. Philippines deserved to win. What made her different from the rest is that she had no seconds to rethink of her answer as she had no interpreter to break the ice. The rest had their interpreters and having breaks on seconds to think about their answers. Hands down, Ms. Philippines answered straight to the point."

The clarification was made in response to inquiry made by Oprah's fan josephteodoro on the said website. The press release states:

There is no truth to the statement. Ms. Winfrey has not made any comments of this nature. Thank you for asking.

Please note that there are many rumors circulating on the internet. For this reason we encourage our members to visit the Press Room on to get the latest updates and news:


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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

NFL Power Rankings 2011 - Week 2

NFL Power Rankings as of Week 2 (Week 1 ranking in parenthesis):

32. (25) Cleveland Browns

31. (32) Cincinnati Bengals

30. (26) Denver Broncos

29. (21) Minnesota Vikings

28. (27) Seattle Seahawks

27. (31) Washington Redskins

26. (30) Carolina Panthers

25. (28) Oakland Raiders

24. (29) Buffalo Bills

23. (24) San Francisco 49ers

22. (23) Miami Dolphins

21. (20) Tennessee Titans

20. (10) Indianapolis Colts

19. (22) Jacksonville Jaguars

18. (19) St. Louis Rams

17. (17) Kansas City Chiefs

16. (14) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

15. (13) New York Giants

14. (12) Dallas Cowboys

13. (18) Chicago Bears

12. (16) Detroit Lions

11. (15) Arizona Cardinals

10. (9) Atlanta Falcons

9. (5) Pittsburgh Steelers

8. (6) New Orleans Saints

7. (11) Houston Texans

6. (8) San Diego Chargers

5. (7) Baltimore Ravens

4. (4) New York Jets

3. (3) Philadelphia Eagles

2. (2) New England Patriots

1. (1) Green Bay Packers

Lea Salonga Talks About Shamcey Supsup: "She's smart, spirited, gorgeous. I ranked her second."

Lea Salonga, on her Philippine Daily Inquirer column, talked about her journey as Miss Universe 2011 judge, Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup, the Q&A portion, and Miss Universe 2011 winner Leila Lopes of Angola.

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S�O PAULO, Brazil - Hello, Universe!

It's Sept. 12. Today is the day� tonight is the night� the destiny of one young woman will be changed forever, when she becomes the newest Miss Universe.

I'm going to write this as a journal entry. Perhaps it's the best way to chronicle my brief stay here, one of the biggest cities in the world.

1:09 p.m., Grand Hyatt Hotel

I've now settled quite nicely in my hotel suite. This is the official hotel of the Miss Universe judges. Our call time to meet in the lobby (well, for those requiring full hair and makeup anyway) is at 3:15 p.m., so I'm expecting to meet the other ladies on the panel. The gentlemen, I expect, will not need anything more than a touch-up.

My Monique Lhuillier gown has probably had a much more exciting trip on its way to Los Angeles� when the bright idea came up to wear this beautiful taffeta gown, my mother had the task of making sure that it was transported to me safely.

I have to say, she practically moved heaven and earth on my behalf, making phone calls, finding resources and then finally sending off my gown (plus a Gabriel Barredo purse) via a passenger on Philippine Airlines. So, to everyone that helped in getting my gown to me, a huge, huge THANK YOU!!! You know who you are.

My schedule also had to be similarly cranked around to accommodate this wonderful opportunity. Thankfully, my management team was on hand to facilitate the schedule changes, moving a few planets as well to get this done.

So, I'd like to give a huge THANK YOU to the kind and understanding folks at Catalina Bar & Grill and Barnes & Noble at The Grove. My performances have been officially moved to Oct. 24 and Oct. 27, respectively.

Concerts, sendoff

The flight from San Diego to Atlanta to S�o Paulo went uneventfully. I had finished a couple of concerts the night before at Sycuan, after which my band, cousin and friends sent me off with an impromptu despedida in our hotel.

After grabbing a few hours of sleep, a waiting car brought me to the San Diego airport to check in for my flight.

And now, here I am, with some traditional Brazilian food by me as I type this entry. I'd better stock up on energy, as I have a long day ahead.

2:52 a.m., post-pageant

At 3:15 p.m., the judges who needed makeup and hair all met in the lobby to be transported to the venue. I was the first one downstairs, followed by Connie Chung, Adrienne Maloof, and finally Amelia Vega.

All of us had garment bags in tow plus small pieces of luggage for the rest of our stuff. I brought along copies of my new CD to give to them.

We arrived at Credicard Hall before 4 p.m. and headed straight to our green-room area where a team of Kryolan makeup artists and Chi hairdressers were waiting for us.

My makeup guy was a man named Matias who hailed from Argentina, while the man that did my hair was Arturo from Atlanta. Once 6 p.m. hit, all the other judges had arrived (save for Isabelli Fontana who was stuck in traffic), so it was time for us to be briefed.

Look for that 'it'

We were told to be objective, to look for that "it" factor and physical health (the young woman chosen would have a whirlwind of a life following her win, so she needed to be strong). We were then shown a video of the 16 semi-finalists who were chosen during the preliminary competition.

Many of us kept this group in mind as we headed downstairs to the theater to learn how to use the computers. A representative from Ernst and Young gave us another briefing on how to score and use the consoles.

Red carpet

Immediately after our final briefing, it was time for us to walk the red carpet. I spied some members of the press from home and did a few interviews with them before heading back to the green room for dinner.

After a quick bite, the judges were then called to head back downstairs for the telecast. I took my seat (I was Judge No. 7), got settled and started focusing.

I would only begin my job at the swimsuit competition. As each contestant came out, we had to rank them. I took each candidate as a separate entity, not comparing one girl to another. At the evening gown competition, I did the same, looking to see which girls wore their gowns, and which gowns wore the girls.

Final 5

My stomach started to turn when the Final 5 were called, as this would mean it was time for the final question. Contrary to popular belief, we as judges don't come up with the questions; they are assigned to us. Although I got some amazing suggestions on Facebook and Twitter (thank you all, by the way), I couldn't use them.

As far as the runners-up were concerned, I think each judge had a different ranking, depending on how each girl came across to which judge. I had no idea how anyone else scored. I might have ranked one girl high while someone else ranked that same girl low.


Except of course for the eventual winner, Miss Angola Leila Lopes. I think we were all unanimous in our decision. She radiated grace and elegance from the moment she stepped on stage, and gave a great answer to her final question (which I happened to ask her; she picked my name out of the fishbowl. And that is all, lest anyone think that I made luto that process. No way.)

I ranked Shamcey Supsup second, if I'm being honest. What the TV audience saw could have been different from what we saw. And although Miss Philippines ranked highly up until the final question, we had to consider every single part of the competition. I really liked her answer as she displayed conviction and honesty. But there are nine of us judging.

Gorgeous Shamcey
I thought Shamcey represented our country very well. Smart, spirited, gorgeous. I wasn't at all disappointed because she displayed what is so great about Filipino women: strength, beauty, intelligence. She should be very happy.

First thing I said to her was congratulations! I then asked if I could have a photo taken with her.

I don't know what others thought of Shamcey, all our moves were being monitored and any sort of serious discussion might be misconstrued.

Right after the pageant's conclusion, security whisked us back to the green room. There were a couple of parties that followed, but I didn't stay long at either of them. I had a looming deadline and I've found myself disdainful at loud music and way too many strobe lights.

I'm now back in my hotel room with a snack and soothing music playing. A peaceful end to a very exciting night. To the new Miss Universe, congratulations on a marvelous competition. Enjoy your whirlwind year!

- Taken from Lea Salonga's PDI column titled "Backstory"

Monday, September 12, 2011

Shamcey Supsup is Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-up

Shamcey Supsup is Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-up

Shamcey Supsup, Philippines representative to the 2011 Miss Universe pageant, places 4th amongst the 89 countries and territories participated in the recently concluded coronation night held at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

During the Q&A portion, American actress Vivica A. Fox asked Supsup, "Would you change your religious beliefs to marry the person you love? Why or why not?"

Supsup, the only one among the Top 5 finalists who answered the judge's question in English, said: "If I would have to change my religious beliefs, I would not marry the person that I love. Because the first person that I love is God, who created me.I have my faith and my principles, and this is what makes me who I am. If the person loves me, he'll love my God, too."

Supsup was also a consistent fan favorite during the pageant. She topped the Q&A online fan votes with a ratings of 7.5 and second highest in the swimsuit and evening gown votes.

To view the official list of winners in Miss Universe 2011, click HERE.

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Leila Lopes from Angola is Miss Universe 2011 Winner

Leila Lopes from Angola is Miss Universe 2011 Winner

Miss Angola Leila Lopes (Leila Luliana da Costa Vieira Lopes) named the 60th Miss Universe titleholder in the recently concluded Miss Universe 2011 pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Born in Benguela, Angola on February 26, 1986, Lopes is a business management student in Great Britain where she was crowned Miss Angola UK on October 8, 2010 and became the official representative of the Angolan community in the United Kingdom to the 2011 Miss Angola pageant.

Lopes, who stands 1.79 m (5 ft 10.5 in) tall, competed as one of 21 finalists in her country's national beauty pageant, Miss Angola, held in Luanda on December 18, 2010. Aside from the Miss Angola crown, she also received the Miss Photogenic Award and the right to represent Angola in Miss Universe 2011 where she recently declared as the winner.

This is the first Miss Universe crown for Angola since they joined the beauty pageant in 1998.

Miss Angola Leila Lopes - Swimsuit:

Miss Angola Leila Lopes - Evening Gown:

Miss Angola Leila Lopes - Web Interview:

For Miss Universe 2011 winners official rankings, click HERE.

Source: Wikipedia
Photos: REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker,
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