Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Janet Jackson Goes Deep in Manila

Can't wait to finally watch and hear her live next Friday!

Janet Jackson will start her Number Ones World Tour here in Manila, Philippines on February 4 at the Plenary Hall, PICC.

You can buy your tickets via

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From her site:
Janet Jackson has chosen “Go Deep” as the song dedicated for the city of Manila on her largest ever world tour celebrating 35 number ones hits. Janet has chosen to dedicate her hit song “Go Deep” from the hit album Velvet Rope to the fans and city of Manila. Part of Janet’s "Janet Number Ones, Up Close and Personal" tour will be the dedication of a number one song to each city.

“I dedicate ‘Go Deep’ to all my fans in Manila. It was a dream for me to start my Number Ones Up Close and Personal tour in your magical city and country. There is a truth in the Philippines that enchants people all over the world. I can't wait to get there and be with you,” said Janet.

The Manila performance will take place at the Philippine International Convention Center on February 4th.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Academy Awards 2011 list of nominees

This year's Oscars will be on February 27, 2011.

Wait. How come Nolan's not nominated on the Best Director Category? Just wondering.

Anyway, here are the nominees...

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

Achievement in Directing
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David O. Russell, The Fighter
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
David Fincher, The Social Network
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, True Grit

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale, The Fighter
John Hawkes, Winter's Bone
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Wiliams, Blue Valentine

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

Original Screenplay
Another Year, Written by Mike Leigh
The Fighter, Screenplay by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson. Story by Keith Dorrington, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson
Inception, Written by Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right, Written by Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
The King's Speech, Screenplay by David Seidler

Adapted Screenplay
127 Hours, Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
The Social Network, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3, Screenplay by Michael Arndt. Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
True Grit, Written for the screen by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Winter's Bone, Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Biutiful (Mexico)
Dogtooth (Greece)
In a Better World (Denmark)
Incendies (Canada)
Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi, Algeria)

Original Score
John Powell, How to Train Your Dragon
Hans Zimmer, Inception
Alexandre Desplat, The King's Speech
A.R. Rahman, 127 Hours
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network

Original Song
"Coming Home," Music and Lyrics by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey (Country Strong)
"I See the Light," Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Glenn Slater (Tangled)
"If I Rise," Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyrics by Dido and Rollo Armstrong (127 Hours)
"We Belong Together," Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman (Toy Story 3)

Achievement in Art Direction
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
The King's Speech
True Grit

Achievement in Cinematography
Black Swan, Matthew Libatique
Inception, Wally Pfister
The King's Speech, Danny Cohen
The Social Network, Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit, Roger Deakins

Achievement in Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood
I Am Love, Antonella Cannarozzi
The King's Speech, Jenny Beavan
The Tempest, Sandy Powell
True Grit, Mary Zophres

Lauren Kate's Passion to be released on June 2011

Whoa. She writes fast!

After releasing her second book from the Fallen series, Torment, Lauren Kate has announced that the third book, entitled, Passion will be released on June 14, 2011.

Here's the cover of the third book.

If you asked I'm kinda not liking it. I'd rather that they didn't reveal the face of the woman on the cover..

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wal-Mart pushes for healthier food

Hope every grocer will follow their lead.

According to Time Magazine (Healthland), the world's biggest grocer, Wal-Mart, plans to revamp its store brands by reducing their sodium and sugar content and encourage suppliers to do the same.

Part of their plans also is to reduce prices of produce and build stores in poor areas who still don't have access to grocery stores.

"This is a game changer," said Michael Hicks, associate professor of economics at Ball State University and author of a book on Wal-Mart's economic impact. "If Wal-Mart could reduce the prices on healthy food and provide access to them in more places, you could have a measurable effect on incidences of diabetes and heart-related ailments."

US First Lady Michelle Obama was impressed with this bold move by Wal-Mart and said Wal-Mart's plans have "the potential to transform the marketplace and help Americans put healthier foods on their tables every single day." She lent star power to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executives as they announced the effort in Washington as part of her campaign against obesity.

To start, the company plans to concentrate on products like lunch meats, fruit juices and salad dressings that are high in sugar or sodium that consumers don't realize they're consuming.

Besides the changes to its products, Wal-Mart said it would reduce prices on fruits and vegetables by $1 billion a year by attempting to cut unnecessary costs from the supply chain. The company also said it would work to reduce prices on healthier items made with more expensive ingredients.

"Our customers often ask us why whole wheat pasta sometimes costs more than regular pasta made by the same manufacturer," said Andrea Thomas, Wal-Mart's senior vice president of sustainability.

Wal-Mart officials acknowledged that it will take time for suppliers to reformulate some of the foods and make sure they still taste good.

Wal-Mart said it plans to track its suppliers' improvements in making food more healthy, using the year 2008 as a baseline. Vendors that have already made some inroads will get credit for their work, but the objective is to meet the target reductions in what people are buying.

Less clear is whether the food initiative will help Wal-Mart persuade reluctant cities to let it expand. Wal-Mart executives have noted that city officials have seemed more willing in recent months as they look for ways to create jobs.

Leslie Dach, executive vice president for corporate affairs and government relations, told the group that Wal-Mart's commitment to healthier food will be another asset the retailer can bring to the table.

But Brian Sozzi, an analyst with Wall Street Strategies, isn't sure.

"This can't hurt them, but Wal-Mart still has a stigma," he said. Lowering prices on whole wheat pizza, he says, is "not going to put them over the edge in New York."


Monday, January 10, 2011

Welcome 2011 with Star Movies’ Sunday night highlights

Taking down those Christmas decors and replacing the calendar on your desk mean only one thing—January has come to mark the start of a fresh new year. While the tradition is out with the old and in with the new, Star Movies pays homage to some of the best flicks of 2010.

So start the year right with a family habit and tune in to Star Movies at 9 p.m. every Sunday night. Catch the latest blockbusters, heartwarming romantic comedies, and exciting thrillers as they premiere on your TV screens this January, only at Star Movies.

Shanghai (January 9). John Cusack and Chow Yun-Fat star in this mystery thriller set in Shanghai. As the American intelligence official Paul Soames (Cusack) investigates his friend’s death, he crosses paths with local gangster Anthony Lan-Ting (Chow) and his beautiful wife Anna (Gong Li). He will have to find a way through the web of lies, deception, and mystery to uncover a secret more dangerous that he ever imagined.

When in Rome (January 16). Overly romantic but embittered Elizabeth Martin (Kristin Bell) goes to Rome on an impulsive trip and falls in love with reporter Nick Beamon (Josh Duhamel). But then she accidentally ignites the passions of a handful of suitors after picking magic coins from a fountain of love. Street magician Lance (Jon Heder), sausage magnate Al Ruso (Danny DeVito), narcissistic model Gale (Dax Shepard), and painter Antonio (Will Arnett) all fall under the spell. While trying to break the spell, she realizes that one of the coins belongs to Nick. How will she know which love is the real thing?

Everybody’s Fine (January 23). What happens when a father tries to reconnect bonds with his children? Frank (Robert de Niro) has been the perfect family man—working hard for his family and being a caring husband to his wife. But when his wife dies, his main point of contact with his kids also disappears. Now that he tries to reconnect with his kids by going on a cross-country trip to surprise each of his three kids, he discovers that he may never have known his family at all.

Alice in Wonderland (January 30). The age-old classic gets a makeover with Tim Burton’s take on Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. Now a 19-year-old young lady, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the wonderworld and reunites with her childhood friends and creatures, including the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). Now, she has to embark on a quest to team up with the White Queen (Anne Hathaway) and end the Red Queen’s (Helena Bonham Carter) reign of darkness.
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