Sunday, February 28, 2010

8.8 Magnitude Earthquake struck Chile


After Haiti, Chile was the next victim of Earthquake. And it's not yet over. Chile is still experiencing aftershocks and countries in the Pacific are raising alerts for possible tsunamis.


MY PRAYERS...

Coffee + Friends = ♥

When I was in highschool, my favorite hangouts are billiards and bars. I think when you're that young, you'll need a place where there is an opportunity to stand out, feel free to be loud because of the upbeat music, and just be, hmmmm, drunk.

But when you're in a working age, you tend to be choosy because you don't want to go to work the next day feeling tipsy and dehydrated. So if you want to hangout with friends til 2 AM but wants to go home without a beer smell, coffee shops are the place to be.

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Since my work is at the Ortigas Center, Starbucks is the common hangout place for us.

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I admit, the coffee and the pastries are a bit pricey, but part of the package is the ambiance and cozy chairs - just right for friends who wants to just relax and talk after an 8-hour work.

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My fave drink - Chocolate Cream Chip Frappe.

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North Edsa buses...

Coming from someone who lives in Pasay, going to North Edsa, Quezon City is a feat for me. It's the farthest station if you'll ride the MRT and a 2-hour ride if you opted to ride the bus instead.

Thanks to MRT, I don't need to wait for two hours just to get there. It's not really a problem anymore...

But what bugs me is the bus ride from North Edsa going back to Pasay.

Imagine, it took me 30 minutes before I can ride a bus going to Pasay! Where are the Pasay-bound buses?

Get ready to meet the White Queen on March 4

From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure ALICE IN WONDERLAND, a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. JOHNNY DEPP stars as the Mad Hatter and MIA WASIKOWSKA as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. The all-star cast also includes ANNE HATHAWAY, HELENA BONHAM CARTER and CRISPIN GLOVER. The screenplay is by Linda Woolverton.




Capturing the wonder of Lewis Carroll’s beloved “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1865) and “Through the Looking-Glass” (1871) with stunning, avant-garde visuals and the most charismatic characters in literary history, ALICE IN WONDERLAND opens on March 4, Thursday, at SM Cinemas and in Disney Digital 3D™ at SM Digital Theaters (The Block - SM City North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Southmall, SM Manila, SM Marikina, SM Sta. Rosa, SM Clark, SM Baguio, SM Iloilo and SM Cebu) and SM North Edsa IMAX Theater. Log on to www.smcinema.com for more details.

If you're hungry for more 3Ds, get ready for these movies!

How to Train Your Dragon 3D – March 2010

From the studio that brought you “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda” comes “How To Train Your Dragon” -- an adventure comedy set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, based on the book by Cressida Cowell. The story centers around a Viking teenager, who lives on the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. Initiation is coming, and this is his one chance to prove his worthiness to his tribe and father. But when he encounters, and ultimately befriends, an injured dragon, his world is turned upside down.

Clash of the Titans 3D- April 2010

Action fantasy. In “Clash of the Titans,” the ultimate struggle for power pits man against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthingon) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennces), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Pereus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.


More in the pipeline:
Piranha 3D- April 2010
Ironman 2- April 2010
Shrek: Happily Ever After 3D- April 2010
Toy Story 3 3D- June 2010
The Last Airbender- July 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Timbaland, Jojo and freaking JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE coming to Manila!

Two words and three exclamation points. - - -

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE!!!

He's not really the headliner, it's actually Timbaland who will hold a concert here in Manila (SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds) on March 27, 2010. His special guests are Justin Timberlake and Jojo. 



Here's Timbaland's latest single (feat. his sexiness, Justin Timberlake)


Actually I really don't care if he's only a guest, it's freaking Justin, OMG! Can't wait! 

Start saving people! Coz the ticket prices are:
VVIP (Dance Pit): Php 8,000

Platinum: Php 4,500
Gold: Php 3,000
Silver: Php 1,500
Bronze: Php 300

The Timbaland Shock Value II Manila Tour is made possible by Smart Buddy. For inquiries and ticket reservations, call Ticketworld at 891-9999.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Not enough love for Valentine's Day

I celebrated my Valentine's Day by watching Gary Marshall's Valentine's Day at SM Megamall (could it be more cliche?!). It was really a depressing day for me because everywhere I look, there were couples holding either a bouquet or a carrying romantically-wrapped package and it really made me feel alone.. Well back to the movie - - -

Valentine's Day... It's a movie about love and the intricacies of entering into a relationship. It showed love in different personas facing pressures and expectations brought out by Valentine's Day - puppy love, love between old couples, love between a mistress and a married guy, love between a newly-engaged couple, love between people who hates Valentine's Day, love between a gay couple, etc. These people's lives and their complex relationships were all put together to come up with a collective thought towards the true meaning of Valentine's Day which is, well, ahem, LOVE. That's it. Nothing more, nothing less.

What made me watch this movie in the first place is because I initially thought that it would be as good as Love Actually, but it wasn't. It's not that I hated the movie, but despite the number of great talents in this movie, I felt that there's still something lacking in the story. That's it. That's the problem. The actors were great but the story wasn't that interesting. Too many stories, too many characters, for a 2-hour film reel. The actors outshone the story. There were so many characters that it was difficult to maximize each character's story. I did not pay to see a great movie for my lonely Valentine's Day, I just paid to see these actors in their lovey-dovey, teeny bopper roles.

The character that made me say "Aaaaaaw..." = Bryce Robinson.

 
  

He's the sweetest character ever! I really fell in love with this guy! He's so thoughtful! And everytime he made a move towards Jennifer Garner, it made me say "Aaaaaaw..."
Comedy-wise, the movie has its high moments. What can you expect? It's a Gary Marshall movie. The guy has almost perfected the formula for a romantic comedy movie. I gotta say, Taylor Swift's character is funny! I love the pinatta scene, it's so funny! Bradley Cooper's character is the greatest surprise of all. I never thought that he would be Eric Dane's partner! All along, I thought he's flirting with Julia Roberts. Those are my faves.

Friday, February 19, 2010

AVATAR... Gotta admire James Cameron. Great! Great! Great!

I'm a loser.

I just watched James Cameron's AVATAR last weekend.

It is true. All the waiting, the hype, the positive reviews about it.. It's all true. It's really a good movie.


Despite having a 30-minute extension, it was able to capture my interest all throughout with its pacing and perfect graphic effects. There was so much to take in, to understand, that I got tired after watching. But don't get me wrong, it's really a good movie, but since I focused all my concentration on the 2 and a half hour movie, it's really normal for me to get tired after watching.



 James Cameron's Avatar, for me, is one of those movies that has successfully infused reality and animation. I was really in awe. Now I really understood why it took him years to complete. This kind of perfection can be achieved in years.

Actually, this movie made me think a lot about things.
  • I think companies and countries, especially those belonging to the First World, should watch this movie. I think you'll learn a lot of things and maybe this will become some sort of "divine intervention" to make you realize the consequences of what you are doing to this world. (I don't want to elaborate)
  • I think there will come a time that the small countries, those that are underdeveloped, those that have been conquered, will be the ones that will lead the world in the future.
  • Despite our continuous technological development, there will come a time, that these will render useless once nature has taken its toll upon us.
  • And also, because of this technology, it may be possible for mankind to come up with an invention that could imitate God's abilities. 
By the way, AVATAR is still showing at IMAX at SM Mall of Asia and at SM North Edsa. =)

    Another set of Eclipse stills







    Credit: http://eclipse-movie-trailer.blogspot.com/

    Sunday, February 14, 2010

    NEW! Eclipse stills!

    I can feel it.. 

    It's getting nearer... 

    Be still, my beating heart... 

    New Eclipse Movie stills!






    Source: Robpattinson.blogspot.com

    Saturday, February 13, 2010

    Somebody give me water, these photos are hot!

    It's been weeks since I posted Robert Pattinson's photos in my site.


    But with his latest movie, Remember Me, coming into theaters this March, expect a lot of photoshoots and interviews of him these coming weeks..


    First set of photos - Details Magazine photoshoot. Is he hot or what?


    These photos shout S-E-X-Y!!!








    Credit: robertpattinson.blogspot.com

    Friday, February 12, 2010

    Batman 3 on 2011

    Batman director Christopher Nolan has announced that Batman 3 is a GO.
    He said that they are already on the planning stage of the movie and it might be released on 2011.



    Who will be the villains this time? Will it still be Christian Bale?



    I'll miss Heath Ledger's performance on the Dark Knight.

    Thursday, February 11, 2010

    Challenge yourself, join the Merrell Adventure Run

    Are you bored? Want a new challenge? Try this - - - Merrell Adventure Run.

    Experience a different kind of adrenaline high because this is not your typical highway run. You will run through dirt trails, steep climbs, boulder and a flowing river. This is not the race for the faint-hearted. But if you have the guts, then what are you waiting for? Join the Merrell Adventure Run on April 17, 2010 at Wawa Dam, Montalban, Rizal.


    Wednesday, February 10, 2010

    Ellen DeGeneres today in American Idol!

    The contestants has finally passed the auditions. Now, the judges will be more strict and expect a lot of drama as the judges will put more pressure on their auditions.

    Hollywood week. The second stage of the grueling auditions in American Idol.

     
    Credit: ellendegeneresworld.com


    Another reason to be excited about this is ELLEN DEGENERES! She'll finally appear on tonight's episode of American Idol. I love Ellen. I can't wait to see her at the judges table beside the cynical but lovable Simon Cowell.


    Can't wait!

    Monday, February 8, 2010

    Valentine's Day Movie spin-off, "New Year's Eve," to be shown in 2011

    It's not even showing yet, but there are now plans to shoot New Year's Eve - a spin-off of the upcoming Valentine's Day movie starring an ensemble of Hollywood's IT celebrities - Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Ashton Kutcher, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, Queen Latifah, Julia Roberts and Emma Roberts.



    With Gary Marshall returning as the director, they are planning to shoot New Year's Eve by the end of this year and it is slated for a late 2011 release. Some of the characters in Valentine's Day will return to the spin-off and the setting will be at New York City on New Year's Eve.

    Valentine's Day will be shown this Friday, February 12.

    Friday, February 5, 2010

    Musicfest presscon with Boyce Avenue, Jabbawockeez and Kris Allen

    I went to the Musicfest presscon last Wednesday, February 3 at the Eastwood Mall. Mo Twister and Georgina Wilson were the hosts of the event and was organized by Channel V Philippines and Fearless Productions. The order of the interviewees were Boyce Avenue, the Jabbawockeez and Kris Allen.

    Boyce Avenue:

     
     "Our Pinoy fans are better than in other countries..."

    Jabbawockeez:


     
     
     
     
    Cris: "Rainen and I used to work as telemarketers. I used to work at the Palengke with my nanay when I was living here in the Philippines."

    Kev: "We want to work with Will Smith!" 
     
     
    Q: Have you developed any particular interest in Filipina actresses?
    Jabbawockeez: "Secreeeeet!"
    (Duh! Some of them were already married! Of course this is an awkward question!)

    Kris Allen:

    Actually, he sounded drunk (or lazy?) during the presscon. Was he really or that's just really the way he is during a presscon?

    "I'm a huge fan of Paul McCartney. I hope I can work with him.."

     
    "Performing live on TV was the worst.."

     Whoa. I can't believe their concert's tomorrow! It's so fast!

    Enchanted 2, Fast and Furious 5, Director Johnny Depp...


    Variety.com reports that Disney is planning to shoot the sequel of Enchanted by next year. The first Enchanted which starred Amy Adams, McDreamy Patrick Dempsey and James Marsden, revolves around the character of Giselle, a damsel from fairytale-land, which was thrown to the real world by an evil witch-queen. Then together with her chipmunk, she tries to survive Manhattan while waiting for her prince charming to rescue her and marry her, and live happily ever after. (haaaay...Now I miss singing the Happy Working Song! Haha!)



    Another returnee is Vin Diesel, who together with Paul Walker, will return to star in the fifth installment of the popular racing franchise, The Fast and the Furious. The fifth movie is being referred to as "Fast Five."




    Now for my fave, sexy, pirate Johnny Depp, by next week, he'll start working on directing a documentary about Rolling Stone's Keith Richards. Keith Richards starred as Jack Sparrow's father in the Pirates of the Carribbean: At World's End.

    Wednesday, February 3, 2010

    82nd Academy Awards nominees!

    The Academy Awards, one of the most prestigious film awards in the whole world, has finally announced this years' Oscars Nominations.



    Who are your bets?



    Best Picture
    • “Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
    • “The Blind Side” Nominees to be determined
    • “District 9” Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
    • “An Education” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
    • “The Hurt Locker” Nominees to be determined
    • “Inglourious Basterds” Lawrence Bender, Producer
    • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
    • “A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
    • “Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer
    • “Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

    Actor in a Leading Role
    • Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
    • George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
    • Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
    • Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
    • Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

    Actor in a Supporting Role
    • Matt Damon in “Invictus”
    • Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
    • Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
    • Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
    • Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

    Actress in a Leading Role
    • Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
    • Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
    • Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
    • Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
    • Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

    Actress in a Supporting Role
    • Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
    • Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
    • Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
    • Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
    • Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

    Animated Feature Film
    • “Coraline” Henry Selick
    • “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Wes Anderson
    • “The Princess and the Frog” John Musker and Ron Clements
    • “The Secret of Kells” Tomm Moore
    • “Up” Pete Docter

    Art Direction
    • “Avatar” Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
    • “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
    • “Nine” Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
    • “Sherlock Holmes” Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
    • “The Young Victoria” Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray

    Cinematography
    • “Avatar” Mauro Fiore
    • “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” Bruno Delbonnel
    • “The Hurt Locker” Barry Ackroyd
    • “Inglourious Basterds” Robert Richardson
    • “The White Ribbon” Christian Berger

    Costume Design
    • “Bright Star” Janet Patterson
    • “Coco before Chanel” Catherine Leterrier
    • “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Monique Prudhomme
    • “Nine” Colleen Atwood
    • “The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell

    Directing
    • “Avatar” James Cameron
    • “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow
    • “Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino
    • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels
    • “Up in the Air” Jason Reitman

    Documentary (Feature)
    • “Burma VJ” Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
    • “The Cove” Nominees to be determined
    • “Food, Inc.” Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
    • “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
    • “Which Way Home” Rebecca Cammisa

    Documentary (Short Subject)
    • “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
    • “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
    • “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
    • “Music by Prudence” Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
    • “Rabbit à la Berlin” Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

    Film Editing
    • “Avatar” Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
    • “District 9” Julian Clarke
    • “The Hurt Locker” Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
    • “Inglourious Basterds” Sally Menke
    • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Joe Klotz

    Foreign Language Film
    • “Ajami” Israel
    • “El Secreto de Sus Ojos” Argentina
    • “The Milk of Sorrow” Peru
    • “Un Prophète” France
    • “The White Ribbon” Germany

    Makeup
    • “Il Divo” Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
    • “Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
    • “The Young Victoria” Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

    Music (Original Score)
    • “Avatar” James Horner
    • “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Alexandre Desplat
    • “The Hurt Locker” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
    • “Sherlock Holmes” Hans Zimmer
    • “Up” Michael Giacchino

    Music (Original Song)
    • “Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
    • “Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
    • “Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas
    • “Take It All” from “Nine” Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
    • “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

    Short Film (Animated)
    • “French Roast” Fabrice O. Joubert
    • “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
    • “The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” Javier Recio Gracia
    • “Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin
    • “A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park

    Short Film (Live Action)
    • “The Door” Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
    • “Instead of Abracadabra” Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
    • “Kavi” Gregg Helvey
    • “Miracle Fish” Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
    • “The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

    Sound Editing
    • “Avatar” Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
    • “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson
    • “Inglourious Basterds” Wylie Stateman
    • “Star Trek” Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
    • “Up” Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

    Sound Mixing
    • “Avatar” Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
    • “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
    • “Inglourious Basterds” Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
    • “Star Trek” Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
    • “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

    Visual Effects
    • “Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
    • “District 9” Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
    • “Star Trek” Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

    Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
    • “District 9” Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
    • “An Education” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
    • “In the Loop” Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
    • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
    • “Up in the Air” Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

    Writing (Original Screenplay)
    • “The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal
    • “Inglourious Basterds” Written by Quentin Tarantino
    • “The Messenger” Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
    • “A Serious Man” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
    • “Up” Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy
     
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