Watch My Brand New Promo on ANC Philippines! It's Fun! 


I’m proud to be a part of the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC). It’s a cable television network in the Philippines and the country’s only English language and the first 24-hour news organization. I appear on Mornings @ ANC at 9 am and ANC Alerts @ 4:30 pm. I provide entertaining movie reviews, and fun celebrity interviews! They made a promo for me and I love it! So I’m sharing it with you. It’s a hodge podge of my interviews this year including Lea Salonga, Woody Harrelson, Henry Cavill, Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco and much, much more! Take a look and you’ll understand why I’m proud to be an ANC correspondent!

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Why Ben Stiller Made "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty!" See His Open Letter! 


So this morning, I was very happy to receive a signed open letter from Ben Stiller and a thumb drive full of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" photos from Fox. The remake of the 1947 Danny Kay comedy based on the 1941 short story by James Thurber will not be released until Christmas Day, but so far, the Oscar machine at Fox has been cranking.

But I loved reading Stiller's note. It's full of interesting anecdotes (he doesn't reveal his real age, really Ben Stiller?), and he reveals why he made the remake.

So without further adieu, I transcribed the letter for you, then watch "Walter Mitty" trailer below. I also posted all the pics I received!



Thanks for your interest in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Some thoughts as to why I made this movie…

I remember reading James Thurber’s short story as a kid in school and liking it. It was cool hearing this guy’s inner thoughts, and how he transported himself into an alternate reality, and became different heroic people. It’s kind of amazing that the story is only two pages long, but Mitty has become an iconic character, synonymous with daydreaming in our culture.



Over the years people talked about remaking the Danny Kaye comedy, but it wasn’t until Steve Conrad wrote what I think is an extraordinary script that I got intrigued with the possibility of what this movie could be. He made the story relevant, and offered a funny and emotional tone that while challenging to descript, is to me the reason I like to go to the movies.

As I have gotten older (I have kept my age off IMDB but let’s say I am “over 30”), I’ve really gotten in touch with the idea that the life you lead often becomes the one you end up living, as opposed to what you imagined life would be like when you’re young.

That idea was fascinating to me. When I started acting, I wanted to be like Al Pacino. I use this as a point of illustration as to how far one’s reality can drift from one’s initial life plan.



When you reach a certain age, you realize that the window of opportunity to have the life you’d imagined for yourself is shrinking. This story examines how you get to a certain point in your life and think, “Oh, wait. This is kind of it.” We keep thinking and reaming things will happen, but often times they don’t. We meet Walter Mitty as this crossroads.

Steve’s script gave a context for why someone is a daydreamer, and while his potential to imagine is amazing, it also holds Walter back. Walter is always thinking about what he wants to do or what he wants to be, but he’s not there in the moment. Steve took the fantastical notion of James Thurber’s story, of the ordinary man consumed by his extraordinary daydreams, and gave it a relatibility that I hope audiences will feel and get lost in.



Also, we have an incredible cast (Kristen Wiig, Shirley Maclaine, Sean Penn, Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt and many others). Working with them, and a very dedicated crew both in Iceland and New York, everyone was really committed to the aesthetic of the movie.



My wish is that we made a movie that people have a hard time categorizing. I hope it is funny and serious, epic and intimate, realistic while also being sort of fantasy too. Mainly I hope it connects with the idea that we all have something inside of us waiting to get out, and all it takes is the courage to stop dreaming and start living.

I’ve enclosed some visuals from the film that may help. Thanks for getting the word out.



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See Woody Allen as a Pimp in John Turturro's "Fading Gigolo!" 


The last time Woody Allen appeared in a movie not written or directed by him, it was for 2000's "Picking Up the Pieces" for director Alfonso Arau. The prolific writer/director had said he's open to acting in "other people's films" but no one has ever asked him except for a few movies in the last 30 years.

So now, enter John Turturro. His film "Fading Gigolo" has Allen playing a pimp with witty one-liners of course! Allen is co-starring with Sofia Vergara, Sharon Stone, and Turturro himself. "Fading Gigolo" will make its world debut at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Check out the trailer below:



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My Fun Visit to The Filipino Channel's Balitang America 


I visited one of my favorite outlets, The Filipino Channel and its award-winning newscast, Balitang America. Gel Santos Relos, the lovely anchor of Balitang America, and I talked about the big blockbusters and the overcrowded box-office weekend. From "Planes," to "We're the Millers," here's my take on the new movies...Filipino Channel style.



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Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad Interview for "Jobs!" Why the Movie is a Labor of Love! 


"Jobs," one of the most anticipated movies this year, is making its debut in theaters on Aug. 16th. Ashton Kutcher channels the iconic Steve Jobs in this well-made film about the life and times of the man who started Apple and the digital revolution.

Kutcher is a revelation as Jobs in the film. The first you see him as the Apple founder, you will think it's real footage. Josh Gad, fresh from the success of Broadway's "The Book of Mormon," stars as Jobs' friend and sidekick, Steve Wozniak. He will simultaneously make you laugh and break your heart. And he has nothing but great words for Kutcher.

How a film about a start-up company is made by a non-Hollywood start-up company! How cool is that?

I sat down with the actors in New York for this one-on-one interview. We talked about:

*** Ashton's emotional connection to the character and icon, Steve Jobs
*** Josh Gad's interest in the film
*** How Josh met Ashton for the first time
*** The vocal intonations of the character
*** "Jobs" is a labor of love!
*** Their favorite Apple product!



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