Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Trailer!!!

Are you ready muggles?

I got goosebumps after watching this, it's as if I've been hit by a Stupefy + Petrificus Totalus Spells.

Here's the 2-minute Official Trailer of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! On 3D baby! Yahoo! Can't wait for you, November!

Random thoughts on Twilight Saga: Eclipse

I attended a midnight screening of Twilight Saga: Eclipse yesterday.

The constant bickering between Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) made me laugh.

Daddy Swan (Billy Burke) & Jessica (Anna Kendrick) were still the best, hope they had more screen time.

Thought the Jasper and Alice fight practice scene was sexy. Jasper's hot despite his longer blond locks.

The fight vs. Victoria and the proposal scene wasn't as exciting as it was in the book.

A lot of picturesque scenes.

 But still, the movie never got better. I am still frustrated with the acting of the 3 leads.

More about this on my next post.


Friday, June 25, 2010

Philippine Eclipse midnight screening in SM Cinemas

This will psyched you up!

Apart from the Eclipse party and midnight advance screening of the third installment of Twilight Saga: Eclipse which will happen at the Mall of Asia Cinema this June 29, SM Cinema, the largest movie theater company in the country, has announced that they'll also have a midnight screening of Eclipse at all SM Digital Theaters and selected SM Cinemas.

Catch Eclipse midnight screening at the following SM Theaters:

Megamall, North Edsa, Mall of Asia, Manila, Southmall, Marikina, Cebu, Iloilo, Sta. Rosa, Clark, Baguio, San Lazaro, Lipa, Taytay, Naga, Bacolod, Pampanga, Cebu, Davao, Batangas, Dasmarinas, Fairview, and Sucat.

For more details, please refer to www.facebook.com/SMCinema and click on the "NOTES TAB" for the full branch directory or visit http://www.smcinema.com/.

Monday, June 21, 2010

American remake of Let the Right one In: Let me in

I haven't even watched this movie, and it already had an American remake?




Chloe Moretz as Eli
Credit: www.cinematical.com


Let the Right One In, a multi-awarded foreign film about a kid who befriends and soon fell in love with his next door girl neighbor/vampire Eli, is getting an American remake, entitled "Let Me In," starring Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) as Eli. The remake is slated for release this October. Waaah! I need to watch the original film first!


Plot outline:
An alienated 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young newcomer to his small New Mexico town, and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood in Let Me In, a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by filmmaker Matt Reeves (Cloverfield).

Twelve-year old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Oscar®nominee Richard Jenkins). A frail, troubled child about Owens’s age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.

When a string of grisly murders puts the town on high alert, Abby’s father disappears, and the terrified girl is left to fend for herself. Still, she repeatedly rebuffs Owen’s efforts to help her and her increasingly bizarre behavior leads the imaginative Owen to suspect she’s hiding an unthinkable secret.

The gifted cast of Let Me In takes audiences straight to the troubled heart of adolescent longing and loneliness in an astonishing coming-of-age story based on the best-selling Swedish novel Lat den Ratte Komma In (Let the Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

My thoughts on Sex and the City 2, Prince of Persia and Killers

I know these films have opened weeks ago, but forgive me if it took me forever before I can watch them. While the whole country celebrates Independence Day, I spent my whole afternoon watching three films in SM Cinema - Sex and the City 2, Prince of Persia and Killers.

Now my thoughts:

Sex and the City 2


Sex and the City 2 follows after Carrie Bradshaw's marriage with Mr. Big. in SATC 2, she's now dealing with her struggles to deal with issues of living with his husband and completing her new book about New York women settling down. Carrie is known for being the "it single girl" of New York, so despite her love for Mr. Big, she still finds it difficult adjusting to the married life. And then when Samantha got invited to visit Abu Dhabi for a possible PR business client, she and the gang went on a luxurious vacation and there found lots of sand, new experiences, new learnings and of course, men and sex.

What I love about this television-series-turned-to-movie is that it dealt with a lot of issues about women, aging and fashion. Any woman can relate to any of the four characters. And these are not just common issues, but also the challenges women faces whenever she advances to a new stage in her life. And it is a surprise that of all places that they've picked for a location shoot, they picked Abu Dhabi, a country that is quickly progressing but still retains sex as a taboo subject and women are still not at par with men in terms of their role in the society. A country whose values are so different from the four women of New York, especially Samantha's.

And of course, nobody can complain about the clothes and the shoes. They are all beautiful. Sigh.

Prince of Persia


Prince of Persia is based on a popular video game of the same title. It stars a buffed Jake Gyllenhal dressed in an ancient, slightly dirty and yet sexy army costume jumping from building to building and got himself involved in brawls and sword fights with black hooded, weird-looking people.

Despite the fast-paced action, I find the film quite dragging. It took me just minutes to predict what will happen in the movie. But if you're a fan of the game, then this film is a treat for you.

Killers



In Killers, Katherine Heigl, a common and unadventurous woman who is just fresh from a breakup, flies to France with her parents for a vacation. There she met Ashton Kutcher, an assassin disguised as a tourist. And after that, (of course) they went into a date, fell in love, and got married. With marriage as his priority, Ashton left his assassin job and lived in a suburban village with his wife, who still don't know his true identity. One year later, after getting an invitation from his formal boss, his life was put into jeopardy as people around him tries to kill him and his wife. And the ruckus begins.

Killers is a Mr. and Mrs. Smith gone all wrong. I can't say more about this movie. Though Katherine's parents in this movie are so funny. And Mr. Ashton Kutcher is so ripped in this movie. Gotta envy Demi Moore. Yum.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Thoughts on Eclipse soundtrack

I've finally heard the songs included in the Twilight Eclipse Soundtrack.



With Alexandra Patsavas still in charge of compiling the OST, expect a lot of indie but great talents coming on board to lend a song to the album. She was able to mix both new and mainstream talents, thus making it a good listening experience not only to Twilight fans, but to music lovers as well. 

Compared to the previous soundtrack, New Moon, songs in this album are more upbeat, but with a couple of songs giving you a "mood for love" feel. I love Cee Lo Green, The Battles, Fanfarlo, The Bravery, The Black Keys and the Bombay Bicycle Club. The lyrics were heavy and yet the music is positive and upbeat. 

There are also ballad songs in the album which I think will be used to Edward and Bella's cuddle scenes, and my ultimate fave is Sia's My Love. It's so ethereal, listening to the song made me feel like floating. Beck & Bat for lashes' Let's get lost is so suave to my ears.

What I liked about the Twilight albums is that it can stand on its own with its compilation of great talents and songs. It's not only a great relaxing companion, but a learning experience as well for it reorients our taste in music, opening our ears to new sounds and talents out there.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

SM Super Chefs: A Flavor Cook-Off at SM Hypermarket

Filipinos are foodies at heart. Indeed, our love for food permeates the very fabric of our society – and more often than not, it is part of the glue that binds Filipino families together. This is shown when we invite people into our homes, or when we watch our mothers and aunts plan entire events around menus. Entire books have even been written about how much of our history is reflected in our favorite dishes.


Chef Deejay Santos shares his Adobo recipe


Chef Pau Sia shares his Menudo recipe

As a living testament to our country’s past cultural influences, our meals are a merry mix of Chinese, Spanish, and Western influences. Classic Filipino favorites such as Adobo, Menudo, and Kaldereta all draw inspiration, in one way or another, from our colorful past – yet the amalgamation of flavors which never fails to whet our appetites is unmistakably Filipino. Thus, every Filipino household has a favorite version of Adobo, Kaldereta and Menudo, with flavors ranging from sweet to salty and a mix of other ingredients such as green peas, tomatoes, and carrots, all of which make the dishes more enticing to the Filipino palate.

Luxury made affordable by SM Hypermarket
However, in as much as Filipinos love their food, the availability of fresh quality ingredients, coupled with escalating costs, make the preparation process quite frustrating. Surely, fresh beef and pork for Kaldereta, Menudo, and Adobo are non-negotiable staples much like quality collateral ingredients such as fresh potatoes or carrots. Apart from freshness, the ingredients should not only be luxurious in taste but should also be easy on the pocket.

Luckily, SM Hypermarket, one of the largest supermarket chains in the country, has taken it upon itself to make quality ingredients easily available to every Filipino, making it easier for homemakers as well as food establishments to bring genuinely delicious food to Filipinos everywhere. “If there’s anything a good cook knows, it’s that the best ingredients make for the best dishes. So in order to make these mouthwatering delicacies, the average cook has to find and purchase these ingredients at a reasonable price,” says Frances Crisol, SM Hypermarket's Senior Manager for Marketing Communications. “As such, at SM Hypermarket, we’ve made luxury affordable to our shoppers in order for more families to enjoy good food.”

Not your typical ‘talipapa’
“We’ve taken the beloved Filipino wet market and gave it a modern twist, but we don't sacrifice anything for the convenience of shopping in a clean, air-conditioned environment – both the quality of the goods and their affordability are the same as the ones found in your local wet markets. What’s more, we have quite a selection of products you can choose from. Aside from everyday ingredients, we also carry hard to find items such as fresh herbs and imported vegetables.”

In true wet market tradition, SM Hypermarket branches also offer “takal-takal” products, allowing shoppers to buy at preferred quantities and prices. If it’s large quantities a shopper needs, though, the store also offers Big Packs – bulk products such as meats, sauces and condiments at a very affordable price.

A revolutionary competition
Not content with just revolutionizing the way Filipinos shop, SM Hypermarket wants to invigorate the Filipino’s love for Pinoy food, as well.

In 2004, SM Hypermarket introduced SM Super Chefs, which began as a cooking demo featuring some of the nation’s best known celebrity chefs from whom shoppers picked up cooking tips on how to use the vast variety of the fresh ingredients available in SM Hypermarket. In 2009, the concept further evolved into a customer cook-off, where selected participants were able to shop for their quality ingredients at SM Hypermarket and cook them right there in a contest that challenged their creativity and their culinary skills.

This year, SM Super Chefs undergoes an ultimate makeover to make it even bigger, better, and more exciting! The competition will feature more challenging tests of the contestants’ culinary talents. Open to all cooking enthusiasts, from housewives to hobbyists to professional chefs, the competition will be held in several stages, with the elimination and final rounds being televised over the Asian Food Channel starting July 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm.

To participate, interested cooks only need to purchase P500 worth of groceries at SM Hypermarket, either single or accumulated purchase, that includes any product of the contest sponsors – Unilever Foodsolutions, Nestle, San Remo, Purefoods, Selecta, Kraft Miracle Whip, Cheez Whiz, Eden Cheese, Mccormick, Lee Kum Kee, Kikkoman soy sauce, Clara OlĂ©, and San Miguel Foods.


Chefs Pau Sia, Deejay Santos and Tristan Encarnacion

Each participant will then be required to undergo a cooking audition per branch starting on June 15, 2010. The audition will require them to prepare one of the three favorite Filipino dishes – Adobo, Caldereta, and Menudo, and bring them to any of the 20 SM Hypermarket branch on specified dates.

There will be three winners of the audition chosen for each branch. These winners will then face off in live cooking challenges against the winners from other branches until only 12 participants remain. These twelve finalists will then compete in four more rounds.

The show will be hosted by celebrity chef Tristan Encarnacion, and will have the remaining cooks strive to please the discriminating palates of the panel of judges – restaurateur and chef Rolando Laudico, culinary school proprietor chef Reggie Aspiras, and broadcaster and food enthusiast Winnie Cordero.

The cook who bests all his or her competitors and claims the title of SM Super Chef will take home a P100,00 dream kitchen showcase, and go on a four-day all-expense-paid trip to Singapore for a culinary training.

For a copy of the sample recipes, click here:

Chef Pau Sia's Menudo recipe
Caren Bayon-Yrastorza's Kaldereta recipe
Chef Deejay Santos' Adobo recipe

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Breaking Dawn update

Summit Entertainment, the production outfit behind the Twilight movies, has announced that the last installment, Breaking Dawn will be made into two films.



Summit Entertainment confirmed today that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN will be released as two separate films with the first of the two slated to be released in theatres on November 18, 2011. Academy Award® winner Bill Condon will direct both films starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner along with Billy Burke as Charlie Swan as well as returning members of the Cullen Family including Peter Facinelli as Carlisle, Elizabeth Reaser as Esme, Jackson Rathbone as Jasper, Nikki Reed as Rosalie, Ashley Greene as Alice and Kellan Lutz as Emmett.

The project, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, is currently being written by Melissa Rosenberg with Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Stephenie Meyer producing. The TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN will start production in the Fall.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.

Isn't that too long?!?!?! November 18, 2011?!?!?!?!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Listen to Glee: Journey!!!

Listen! I'm so psyched up!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Glee goes funky and sneak peek on season finale episode

Can't believe it.. Time really goes fast. This week's Glee episode is the second to the last episode of the season. They're going to say "Bye bye for now" on June 9. Huhuhu... Enough moping, let's recap what happened.

Photo courtesy of fox.com/glee


  • Jessie St. James has returned to Vocal Adrenaline. They snuck in New Direction's auditorium and sang a song number to intimidate them. As part of their dirty tactics, they trashed their rehearsal room and Jessie broke up with Rachel, hoping this will spoil their chances at regionals.
  • To get revenge, Puck and Finn destroyed Vocal Adrenaline's tires but was caught. Finn told the principal that they'll pay the damages by working part time.
  • Infuriated by Sue, Will decided to get revenge by seducing her then break her heart after. He regretted doing that so he asked for an apology for he did.
  • Depressed and newly divorced Will went to Sam to seek help. Will can't find a way to inspire his glee club after what Vocal Adrenaline did to them. Sam told him that there's weakness, Vocal Adrenaline can't do a Funk number. So he assigned the club to research for funky songs to perform.
  • Jessie called Rachel and asked if they can meet at the parking lot. Rachel went to meet with him, but she later found out that it was a setup. Vocal Adrenaline, including Jessie threw eggs at her.
  • After hearing Rachel's story, Puck and the rest were so angry and wants to get revenge. Will stopped them saying violence isn't the answer. So instead, he borrowed Rachel's phone to call Jessie and told him to gather all the Vocal Adrenaline and meet them at New Directions' auditorium.
  • And now it's New Directions turn to do a number to intimidate the Vocal Adrenaline and sang "Give up the funk" by Parliament. After the number, Jessie and his team were worried because they knew that funk is the only genre that they cannot perform because they're "soulless automatons."
So love the ending! I love Puck's last line, "See you punks at regionals." So cold and ruthless, just the way I like it. Back at you Jessie! Hahaha!

And this is it! The preview of Glee's season finale episode! Can't wait!



Wait there's more! A season finale sneak peek!


 
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