Filipino Peeps! I Love "Balitang America" from The Filipino Channel (ABS-CBN)! They Gave Me Emmy Love! 

As some of you may know, I'm not really Dutch but I'm a proud Filipino/American :happy

And as some of you may know, I'm on "Balitang America" every Friday. The show is the 30-minute nightly news program of ABS-CBN International. Aired at 5:05 PM PT / 8:05 PM ET on The Filipino Channel Mondays thru Fridays, Balitang America is the reliable resource of Filipinos in the United States and Canada for news stories, events, special reports and in-depth interviews. And the main anchor, Gel Santos-Relos is a super-sweet angel who's great on-camera and equally great off-camera.

"Balitang America" is nationwide and worldwide y'all! So all my cousins and families and friends from all over the world can see me. Check out their website right here.

But I'm sharing this news with you today because I didn't know that last week, when I reviewed "A Nightmare on Elm Street," Miss Santos-Relos gave me love. I'm one of the nominees for Best On-Cam Talent for our Regional Emmy (Pacific Southwest), so yay! I know it's cliche, but just to be nominated is truly an honor! (Check the complete list of nominees right here)

So thank you Miss Gel and Balitang America for being so sweet and nice to me, and please keep your fingers crossed that I get that darn Emmy when the awards are given out June 26th.

Marami pong salamat!

Check out the video below:

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My Return to the Midwest! My Fun Debut at KMTV in Omaha, Nebraska! 

I spent the better part of my life in Northwest Indiana, so when our sister station in Omaha, Nebraska asked me if they can include my Manny the Movie Guy segment in their Morning Blend show, I said why not? I love the Midwest!

So now, I can be seen on Action 3 News/KMTV, a CBS affiliate, every Friday on their Morning Blend show at 9 a.m.

Check out KMTV's site by clicking here, and my Morning Blend debut right here. Of course, I kicked off my appearance there with one of the biggest movies this summer season, "Iron Man 2!" Watch me transform :happy

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Dwayne Johnson to Join "Fast and Furious 5?" 

"Fast & Furious 4" made $155 million at the box-office, that a fifth installment is in order. But here's the interesting part, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson may join forces with Vin Diesel in "Fast & Furious 5." Although our friends at Deadline Hollywood is saying it's not a done deal yet, this is quite intriguing. Is The Rock going to join Diesel or is he replacing him? Hhhmmmmm...

For more on "Fast & Furious 5," click here

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Toby Jones to Play Big Bad Scientist in "Captain America" 

He starred as Truman Capote in "Infamous" (I enjoyed his performance in that film, too bad Phillip Seymour Hoffman's Academy Award-winning portrayal in "Capote" was more widely received) and now, Toby Jones is getting ready to star in his first comic book movie with "Captain America" from Marvel Studios.

Jones is in final negotiations to play the Big Bad Scientist named Arnim Zola. The actor will be sharing villainous credits with Hugo Weaving who's set to play the Red Skull.

According to a Wikipedia entry:

Arnim Zola was a biochemist during World War II who became one of the first human genetic engineers in history after finding papers and equipment used by the offshoot race of humanity, the Deviants. He found a ready home among the Nazi party, who saw his actions as the ability to ensure the existence of a master race.

One of his first accomplishments was the creation of a brain pattern imprinting device, which would allow someone's mental essence to be projected into a cloned brain. Zola presented such a gift to Adolf Hitler, creating the Hate-Monger.[volume & issue needed] Zola also used these skills to form a new body for himself, surviving through the war and into modern times.

The Red Skull also financed some of Zola's experiments, allowing Zola to produce such creations as Primus, Doughboy, and Man-Fish. This association led to Zola's first confrontation with Captain America in the jungles of Central America.

So both the Red Skull and Arnim Zola are in cahoots to topple down Captain America to be played by Chris Evans. Sebastian Stan is playing sidekick Bucky Barnes, while Hayley Atwell is the hero’s love interest, Peggy Carter.

Joe Johnston is directing the production which will begin shooting in England this summer. "Captain America" is set to wield its shield in theaters July 22, 2011.

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"Planet of the Apes" Prequel Set to Invade Theaters 

20th Century Fox has announced that the "Planet of the Apes" prequel will be released on June 24, 2011. This one will be called "Rise of the Apes."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "the production will use CGI apes to be created by WETA Digital, rather than using costumed actors as in past installments of the sci-fi action franchise."

Hhmmm, intriguing. So the apes will be like multiple Gollums from "The Lord of the Rings" films instead of the costumed/made-up actors.

Rupert Wyatt ("The Escapist") is set to direct a script written by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa.

I like that the film's logline follows the cautionary mood of its predecessors. This one will be set in San Francisco and will feature how "man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy."


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