"Ded Na Si Lolo" ("Grandpa is Dead") is the entry of the Philippines to the 82nd Annual Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Film category. The dramedy is written and directed by Soxy Topacio starring Gina Alajar, Elizabeth Oropesa, Dick Israel, Roderick Paulate, Perla Bautista, and Manilyn Reynes.
I'm proud of this movie! It blends comedy and drama well to tell the story of a death in a family told through the eyes of a child, Bobet (BJ Forbes). When his grandpa dies, Bobet learns our steep superstitious beliefs involving death.
Good luck to Topacio and company, I hope the Academy chooses this film, but for now, take a look at my movie review of "Ded Na Si Lolo" as seen on Balitang America in The Filipino Channel.
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Hold on "Entourage" fans, don't get excited yet! But it seems plausible and possible. After all, HBO gave us "Sex and the City the Movie," and the upcoming sequel, so the cable network may also produce "Entourage" the movie.
Executive Producer Mark Wahlberg revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that there are two seasons left of the show, and yes, a movie!
"We'll see; there could be more," he said at the premiere of his latest film, "The Lovely Bones." "But then, a movie."
HBO seems on board with the idea.
"It is not out of the realm of possibility," an HBO spokeswoman said about the prospect of an "Entourage" movie. "Right now, the creators are concentrating on the new season."
So there you have it, "Entourage" fans, start bombarding HBO with emails requesting a film version!
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Leonardo DiCaprio is getting 'toon up for the very first time! He'll make his cartoon debut in "The Guardians" from DreamWorks Animations. DiCaprio is set to voice the Jack Frost character with a twist!
Variety told us that "The Guardians" reimagines five popular childhood heroes -- Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost -- as members of an elite superhero squad who join forces to fight an evil spirit named Pitch (which suggests there are at least five more juicy voice parts yet to be filled).
The film is based on an upcoming series of books by William Joyce called "The Guardians of Childhood." Peter Ramsey, who directed the DreamWorks Animation special "Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space," is set to helm.
"The Guardians" is targeted for release on Nov. 2, 2012.
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Yay! "Up in the Air" Named Best Film of 2009 By the National Board of Review! George Clooney, Morgan Freeman Tied for Best Actor
Director Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air" won big at the 2009 National Board of Review Awards. The movie, based on Walter Kirn's novel, won the Best Film of the Year, while its star, George Clooney, won Best Actor tied with Morgan Freeman for "Invictus."
"Up in the Air" also won Best Supporting Actress for Anna Kendrick, and Reitman and Sheldon Turner won Best Adapted Screenplay.
(Check out my interview with Jason Reitman, Anna Kendrick, and Vera Farmiga for "Up in the Air")
And the winners of the 2009 National Board of Review Awards are:
Film: "Up in the Air"
Director: Clint Eastwood, "Invictus"
Actor: George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"
Actress: Carey Mulligan, "An Education"
Supporting Actor: Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"
Supporting Actress: Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"
Foreign Language Film: "A Prophet"
Animated Feature: "Up"
Ensemble Cast: "It's Complicated" (Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin)
Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"
Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious"
Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut: Duncan Jones, "Moon"
Oren Moverman, "The Messenger"
Marc Webb, "(500) Days Of Summer"
Original Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
Adapted Screenplay: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
Special Filmmaking Achievement Award: Wes Anderson, the Fantastic Mr. Fox
William K. Everson Film History Award:Jean Picker Firstenberg
NBR Freedom Of Expression: "Burma Vj: Reporting From A Closed Country"
"The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellseberg and the Pentagon Papers"
Ten Best Films (in alphabetical order)
* "An Education"
* "(500) Days Of Summer"
* "The Hurt Locker"
* "Inglourious Basterds"
* "The Messenger"
* "A Serious Man"
* "Star Trek"
* "Where the Wild Things Are"
Five Best Foreign-Language Films (in alphabetical order)
* "The Maid"
* "Song Of Sparrows"
* "Three Monkeys"
* "The White Ribbon"
Five Best Documentaries (in alphabetical order)
* "Burma VJ: Reporting From A Closed Country"
* "Food, Inc."
* "Good Hair"
* "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers"
Top Ten Independent Films (in alphabetical order)
* "District 9"
* "Goodbye Solo"
* "In the Loop"
* "Me and Orson Welles"
* "Two Lovers"
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Johnny Depp is in negotiations to play Pancho Villa, the Mexican revolutionary hero, for director Emir Kusturica. The film is going to be called "Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Six Fingers."
Kusturica co-wrote the script with Gordan Mihic, but production is not set to start until 2011 because of Depp's busy schedule.
Salma Hayek is also in talks to co-star.
Variety told us that "the Spanish-language biopic is to be shot partly in Mexico, where Villa -- an early 20th-century bandit who became a guerilla fighter and a hero to the poor -- is an iconic historical figure. Depp will act in Spanish, Kusturica said."
Depp previously worked with Kusturica in the 1993 flick "Arizona Dream."
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