My Fun Adventures at Balitang America! I Love Giving Love to My Filipino Channel Folks Worldwide! 

I love The Filipino Channel! I found long-lost friends through my appearances at Balitang America every Friday with their well-loved anchor, Gel Santos Relos. Not only that, my mom who lives in the Midwest can also watch me on TV, or my relatives from all across the world can see my latest movie reviews just by subscribing to TFC (The Filipino Channel).

But most importantly, I love being on The Filipino Channel because it allows me to give my review in my native tongue of Tagalog, and so, I love keeping it real y'all :happy

So it was a lovefest when I visited the station, based in San Francisco, last week! I was live with Miss Gel (video below) talking about "Footloose" and my past life as a dancer, millions of pounds ago!

Their production crew also shot a bunch of upcoming promos with yours truly, so I can't wait to see the footage!

So my Filipino friends, please subscribe to The Filipino Channel, and find me there every Friday with Gel for Balitang America. I promise you it will be a treat, and all my reviews are made with extra love!

Watch the video below and MARAMING SALAMAT!

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"Real Steel" vs. "Footloose" -- the Final Tally! 

It was a fight to the finish between box-office champ "Real Steel" and new contender "Footloose." Over the weekend, the two movies were only separated by $200,000 but today, based on the box-office weekend actuals from BoxOfficeMojo, "Real Steel" gets to keep its crown.

The Hugh Jackman film featuring the fantastic Dakota Goyo as his son reclaimed the top spot with $16.3 million.


"Real Steel" interview with Dakota Goyo
"Real Steel" world premiere
"Real Steel" movie review

Meanwhile, "Footloose" must settle for the No. 2 spot with $15.6 million. I enjoyed this remake, and I still stand by my claim that the remake was actually better than the first one!


Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald interview
Miles Teller and Ziah Colon interview
Writer-director Craig Brewer interview
"Footloose" movie review

"Footloose" was only made for $24 million so Paramount will be able to get its money back and much more within the next few weeks.

A remake that did not do as well was "The Thing." Well, it's more of a prequel, but still, the film only sold $8.5 million worth of tickets to debut at No. 3.

But the flop of the week belonged to Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson of the bird-watching comedy "The Big Year." The film earned $3.3 million to debut at No. 9...ouch!

Here's the Top 10 Box Office Films for weekend of Oct. 14th:

1. "Real Steel," $16.3 million
2. "Footloose," $15.6 million
3. "The Thing," $8.5 million
4. "The Ides of March," $7.1 million
5. "Dolphin Tale," $6.2 million
6. "Moneyball," $5.5 million
7. "50/50," $4.2 million
8. "Courageous," $3.3 million
9. "The Big Year," $3.3 million
10. "The Lion King," $2.8 million

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Who is the Chosen One to Direct "The Twilight Zone?" 

No other than Matt Reeves, the guy who gave us "Let Me In" and "Cloverfield!" The script is written by Jason Rothenberg based on the classic Rod Serling TV series. Deadline tells us that negotiations will get underway next week and this is a much coveted job among top directors.

But unlike the 1983 "Twilight Zone: The Movie," this new adaptation will not feature different stories but a big science fiction action movie of which the story is linked to the original series. As long as it's not "The Box," I'm there!

Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way is producing the project for Warner Bros. The studio is hoping to sign Reeves quickly so he can work on the script and go into production by next summer.

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Aaron Eckhart to Star as Beach Boy Dennis Wilson in "The Drummer" 

Aaron Eckhart will star as the legendary Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson in Randall Miller & Jody Savin's "The Drummer" according to Deadline.

The biopic will concentrate on the last six years of Wilson's life which, according to many, he created some of the best music of his career. Right now, Eckhart is training for the role such as learning to play drums and piano as well as training vocally to sing. Known as the only Beach Boy who surfed, Wilson tragically drowned in Marina Del Rey in 1983 after drinking all day and diving all afternoon.

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And So the Oscar Hype Begins! Silent Film "The Artist" Wins Big at 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival  

I am very intrigued by "The Artist." It's a silent film after all (which is pretty cool!), but it's generating enough Oscar buzz that I cannot simply ignore it! But the road to the Oscars is still quite long and tumultuous even though the preeminent Academy Awards vote-getter, the Weinstein company, is behind the Michel Hazanavicius movie. Still, it would be awesome for "The Artist" to score a Best Picture Nomination! The last time a silent film scored a victory was in 1929 with "The Patriot."

The French film (or does language even matter since it's silent?) stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo and takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1931. It has "A Star is Born" story, if you may, that talks about a relationship between a declining male star and a rising actress. It also talks about the end of the silent film era and the beginning of the talkies.

Dujardin won the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and heck, even the dog actor in the movie, Uggy, won the Palm Dog Award for best performance by a canine! (Trailer below)

Only time will tell if the interesting albeit gimmicky aspect of "The Artist" will hold Academy Award members' interest all the way to Oscar night on Sunday, Feb. 26th.

In the recently concluded Hamptons International Film Festival, "The Artist" won the Audience Award Narrative. Take a look at the complete list of winners below:



Audience Award Narrative

Directed by Michel Hazanavicius


Audience Award Documentary

Directed by Marc Levin


Audience Award Winner for Best Short

Directed by Jim Isler and Tom Isler


Narrative Jury Winner

Directed by Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon & Bruno Romy


Documentary Jury Winner

Directed by Fellipe Barbosa


Short Documentary Jury Winner

Directed by Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein


The Kodak Award for Best Cinematography.

The Wouter Barendrecht Pioneering Vision Award

Directed by Mark Jackson.


Winner of the Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice

Director Anthony Baxter



Directed by Joshua Marston


Directed by Jerzy Sladkowski



The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Feature Film Prize

Directed by Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson


The Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of

Conflict and Resolution

Directed By Lee Hirsch

2011 Breakthrough Performer Recipients

Emily Browning – SLEEPING BEAUTY

Alexander Skarsgard- MELONCHOLIA

Stine Fischer Christensen – CRACKS IN THE SHELL


Shailene Woodley – THE DESCENDANTS

Anton Yelchin – LIKE CRAZY

And here's the trailer for "The Artist," admit it, you're curious about the movie aren't you?

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