Filipino Film Wins Big at Soho International Film Festival 

Yay! "Walang Hanggang Paalam," a film from the Philippines, my home country, won the Best World Showcase at the inaugural Soho International Film Festival! The festival "encourages new and seasoned filmmakers to create innovative and thought-provoking pieces."

Directed by Paulo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos, The gay-themed independent film has layers of love, betrayal, and forgiveness. The film stars Jacky Woo, Jake Roxas, Joem Bascon, and Lovi Poe.

Congratulations to everyone! For more on the Soho International Film Festival, click here to visit their official website.

Here's the rest of the press release announcing other winners:

"A Kiss of Chaos" nabbed the Best Showcase Feature Film Award for U.S. Director Ricardo Sean Thompson, with "The Godmother" taking Best Showcase Short Film Award for Director Lior Chefetz. The Best Documentary Award went to the gripping expose, "Burma: An Indictment" by Jeremy Taylor.

Director Fred Carpenter's "Just Like Joe" won the feature film audience award, with Turkish Director Tolga Karacelik's "Rapunzel" taking the audience award for short.

Keeping in the spirit of the festival, Australian Director' Zdenka Simandlova's "Defect" captured the Best Work In Progress Award.

Filmmakers from many other films including "One In The Gun's" Steven Man (lead actor/ executive producer), Rolfe Kanefsky (director/writer), Esther Goodstein (producer); "Throws of Passion's" Todd M. Jones (director), Jeremy Linden (writer/producer) Jonah Cooperman (producer); "Ice Grill, U.S.A.s" Greg Santarsiero, Mark Bernardi (co-director), "Non Con Un Bang's" Mariano Lamberti (director), Roberta Calandra (writer), Carlo Giuliano (actor); "Pastor's Kid" Dale Adriatico (writer/director); "Big League Chew", "A Cry Within's" Frances Lozada (lead actress/producer), Franky G (lead actor/director); "The Lesson Plan's" Eddie Duran (director), "Sunday Morning" John D. Roberts (writer/director) and "Pitik Bulag's" Arnold Vegafria.

Festival founders Jorge Ballos, Luis Pedron and Noli Parumog spoke emotionally at the conclusion of their first year. "To say we are proud of this inaugural group of filmmakers, is an understatement. In our eyes, every film which was selected to participate is a winning film. We are thankful to the filmmakers for trusting us to honor their creative expressions - from the features, to documentaries to shorts... each one brought something outstanding and unique to the festival. We look forward to many returning with their next projects in years to come."

The Festival also announced it's 2011 dates: April 20 - 24, 2011. "We are already open for submissions" say the founders.

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Matt Damon to Play Robert F. Kennedy? is saying that Matt Damon is "thisclose to starring as the nearest thing we've got to American royalty: a Kennedy. Specifically, Robert F. Kennedy."

It's not a done deal yet, but apparently Damon is attached to play RFK but it will all depend on the final script, which has not yet been written. The film will be based on Evan Thomas' Robert Kennedy: His Life.

EOnline is further saying that Damon's "already got the accent down. Not to mention the politics." True that!

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ˇAndale! ˇAndale! ˇArriba! ˇArriba! George Lopez to Voice "Speedy Gonzales" 

New Line Cinema is getting ready to make a big screen version of "Speedy Gonzales" and "Garfield" writers Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen are penning the script.

George Lopez is attached to voice Speedy.

The Hollywood Reporter told us that this will be a live-action/CG hybrid feature.

I used to love this cartoon, but isn't it too politically incorrect for our times, albeit racist? I doubt if Speedy's lazy cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez will be featured.

Apparently, New Line is aware of this, so the producers are updating "the brand with a modernized sensibility (it takes place in present day) under what Anne Lopez calls George's "Latino seal of approval." (No need to throw fuel on the fire that serves as an immigration debate in this country.)"

Anne Lopez, one of the producers, told THR that, "Speedy's going to be a misunderstood boy who comes from a family that works in a very meticulous setting, and he's a little too fast for what they do. He makes a mess of that. So he has to go out in the world to find what he's good at."

So Speedy befriends a race-car driver. Problem solved!

This is kinda, sorta interesting, but I'm afraid that Speedy will now be relegated to the "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" world, no?

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Jennifer Garner, Anna Faris to Attend "The Bachelorette Party" 

Jennifer Garner and Anna Faris are set to party it up "The Hangover" style in "The Bachelorette Party!"

Based on a novel by Karen McCullah Lutz, the premise is described by Booklist as:

Zadie Roberts was literally left standing at the altar by her now famous soap-star fiance. Even though it was more than six months ago, the last thing she wanted was to be associated with anything bridal. So, when her best friend, Grey, announces that he is engaged to Zadie's conservative and beautiful cousin, Helen, Zadie's life hits a new low--he wants Zadie to get Helen to loosen up a little at the bachelorette party. Not even sure if the prim and proper Helen knows how to have fun, Zadie reluctantly promises to show her a good time. But when the posh, sedate party goes off track and Helen throws her good-girl image out the window for a night of drinking, debauchery, and maybe even one last fling, Zadie is sure this wasn't what Grey had in mind and is torn as to what to tell him about Helen's behavior. Don't look for more than an easy read, mindless fun, and proof that women can be just as raunchy as men.

It's unclear which characters Garner and Faris will play, but I'm guessing Zadie will be Faris and the conservative Helen will be Garner.

Our friends at Pajiba told us that the script is written by the author, who was also responsible for writing the screenplay for "The House Bunny" and "The Ugly Truth."

Nicole Kidman was once attached to star, but she's a serious actress now, so pleazzze :happy

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Did You Know That Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal Were Approached for "Avatar?"  

I didn't know this until today that "Avatar" director James Cameron contacted both Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal about starring as Jake Sully in the biggest film in the universe!

Both actors turned the director down so he went with his first choice, then-unknown Sam Worthington, who, The Los Angeles Times told us, "was living in his car before he got the job." Wow! Really?

And apparently, Cameron offered the role to the bigger name stars to pacify studio bosses at Fox, but he really, really wanted Worthington. Good choice!

In true Cameron fashion, the filmmaker, talking about courting Damon and Gyllenhaal, said, “Honestly, did I go out and try to woo them? No. I had my heart set on Sam. Maybe they sensed my lack of 100% commitment from me. Maybe it was the subject matter. This was a big 'Star Wars'-type movie. They’re both serious actors.”

Good for Worthington, he had Cameron supporting him! To read the complete article, click here.

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