Hollywood actor-producer Mark Wahlberg will be hosting this year’s Nickelodeon 27th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards.
Wahlberg earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his performance in “The Fighter” and Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed drama “The Departed.” Most recently, he played Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in “Lone Survivor,” which he also produced. He will also be seen in Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” He also produced the HBO shows “Entourage,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “In Treatment.”
A committed philanthropist, Wahlberg started the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation in 2001 to benefit inner city children and teens.
Dubbed the ultimate kid experience, Nickelodeon 27th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards will be held at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center on April 2.
“We are thrilled to welcome a superstar like Mark Wahlberg as he takes the helm as our master of ceremonies at the biggest kid event of the year,” said Russell Hicks, Nickelodeon’s President of Content Development and Production. “We can’t wait for him to take the stage and have lots of slime-filled fun with Hollywood’s biggest stars and our audience.”
Fans will be able to get on the slime as they get to vote for their favorite actors, shows, movies and musicians online. Voting for the 2014 KCAs span six continents, across 17 localized voting sites.
Viewers can also log on to kca.nick-asia.com to know more about Wahlberg.
Starting last month, the full “Kids’ Choice Awards” digital experience was launched across desktop and mobile devices. Leading up to the March event, kids can watch wacky videos, play funny KCA-themed games, and get constant updates on the slime feast to come.
The 2014 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards will be seen in more than 375 million households around the world.
Nickelodeon, now on its 35th year globally and 16th year in Asia, is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family.
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Another Promising Year For Jodi Sta. Maria
The year of the horse is looking very promising indeed for Jodi Sta. Maria.
“Be Careful With My Heart,” her show with Richard Yap, continues to be among TV top-raters. Viewers just couldn’t get enough of Ser Chief and Maya, especially now that they are expecting twins.
The teleserye may continue the whole of 2014, and so, the movie version may not materialize any sooner. “We just don’t have the time to shoot the movie at this time,” a production insider said.
Going back to Jodi, the actress recently signed another endorsement deal, this time with Flawless.
Jodi said, “I’m so happy to be the newest member of the Flawless family. Of course I’ve been hearing about Flawless for years now at nakikita ko rin ’yun mga clinics nila sa malls at mga ads nila, but it was only late last year when I actually started going to their clinic.”
The award-winning actress thanks the brand for taking care of her skin and helping her maintain a fresh appearance despite her demanding schedule.
“Siyempre sa trabaho natin, madalas puyatan talaga tapos madalas pa nakatapat ka sa maraming ilaw or naarawan ka,” Jodi added. “Eh, ‘di lang naman ’yun ginagawa ko. Aside from my work, I take care of Thirdy rin tapos I’m studying pa and running my own business, so really, my schedule can sometimes get the best of me talaga. In other words, malakas maka-haggard.”
Among her favorites is Flawless’ Cell Booster Infusion Mask.
“You really look and feel very fresh after the treatment. Perfect siya sa mga super hectic na tao na naghahanap ng treatment na instant ’yung effect,” she said.
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‘When The Love Is Gone’ Now On Video
Viva Films’ “When the Love is Gone,” directed by Andoy Ranay and starring Gabby Concepcion, Alice Dixson, Andi Eigenmann, Jake Cuenca and Cristine Reyes, depicts the grave consequences of being involved in an illicit affair.
A remake of the 1983 classic film “Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi,” “When The Love is Gone” grossed R32-million when it was shown in November last year.
The story has Gabby playing the role of Emman, a family man left wanting for intimacy from his wife Audrey (Alice). He meets Cassie (Cristine), a troubled wife seeking solace at a beach, away from her gay husband (Jake). Their meeting progresses into an illicit affair.
“When the Love is Gone” is now on video, available at leading video stores nationwide.
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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, March 4, go to Dawn Zulueta, Carol Banawa, Ella Reyes-Choy, Wilma Redler, Joanne Ramirez, Krystle Yambot, David S. Flores, Joan Camille Tisoy, Hattie H. Pili, Ruby Co, Mary Anne Tolentino, Michael Tan Defensor, Chicago-based Gerry Crisostomo, Judith A. Los Baños and congressional spouse Sandra Estrella…
Richard Yap does not compete with other actors.
“Hindi ganoon ang perception ko,” he said in an interview. “As long as I feel that tama ‘yung ginagawa ko sa role o sa project ko ay okay na sa akin ‘yon. I don’t want to be competing with other kasi iba naman tayong shows, iba ng roles.”
Assured of work for the whole year with ABS-CBN deciding to extend “Be Careful With My Heart,” Richard says, “Hopefully we will try our best to do the best in everything that we’re asked to do. We just try to work harder and we try to do our best in everything. Kung anuman ang makuha natin that’s bonus na rin.”
Asked if he knows of actors who are insecure of his popularity, Richard says, “I can’t speak for them. Hindi mo ma-avoid ‘yon. Wala naman tayong inaagawan ng eksena. Sana maging friends lahat.”
As for Richard, he maintains “Pumasok ako dito baguhan ako. I was given the right break. Wala na akong hinahangad o hinihingi pa. Contented lang ako. I think contentment is the key. You have to be contented with what you have.”
Citing a line from the “Desiderata” he adds, “Sabi nga there will (people) greater than you are, who will be lesser o greater than you are so if you are comparing yourself you will never be happy.”
Richard noted several things that he thinks needs improvement in the current showbiz system.
“It has to be the system wherein hindi masyadong…para kasing nagmamadali when it comes to doing shows. I think it would be better kung mas prepared para hindi ngarag ‘yung everybody working in a project,” he says.
Not that this is what they do for “Be Careful With My Heart,” which is done on a thrice-a-week basis.
Still, Richard insists “meron pa ring shows na ganoon. Sinasalang sila na hindi pa ready so medyo nahihirapan ang mga tao.”
Although quite straight-laced as ser chief, Richard loves big bikes, Harley Davidsons in particular.
“Naka-big bike ako dati pero binenta ko na. before pumasok ako sa “Binondo Girl” ay nagmo-motor talaga ako, mga barkada-barkada lang. Nagku-cruising kami,” he shares.
Now that he’s busy, “wala akong oras para mag-big bike. Actually, gusto kong magka-Harley Davidson kahit na nasa garahe lang.”
Excited nang makatambal ni Coco Martin si Kim Chiu sa isang teleserye. Nagpasalamat naman si Richard "Sir Chief" Yap sa takbo ng kanyang karir.
Our very own Brillante “Dante” Mendoza was recently conferred with the title Chevalier (Knight) in the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters), during a reception led by French Ambassador Gilles Garachon at his residence in North Forbes Park.
With cultural diplomacy at the forefront of France’s relations with the Philippines, it is but fitting for the country considered as the birthplace of cinema to honor one of today’s most prolific storytellers in film.
“Perhaps thanks to the digital revolution, a nouvelle vague (new wave) of Filipino filmmakers are coming out with beautiful movies about their country, sharing Philippine stories to the whole world through the silver screen. Brillante, or Dante to his friends, is obviously leading this new generation of talented directors,” said Ambassador Garachon in his speech.
Mendoza’s nomination came following his films’ success in the different sections of the Cannes and, notably, for being the first and only Filipino to receive the award of Best Director for his 2009 entry, “Kinatay.”
Mendoza first caught the attention of French moviegoers with the well-received commercial release of “Foster Child” in 2007. His success paved the way for him to co-produce four films with Swift Productions of France: “Serbis” (2008), “Kinatay” (2009), “Lola” (2009), and “Captive” (2012), which starred Isabelle Huppert, one of France’s most accomplished actresses.
In his acceptance speech, Mendoza expressed his gratitude for the recognition “from the country that gave us the earliest filmmakers in history, Auguste and Louis Lumière.”
“Although I was acknowledged in Europe in 2005 with my first feature, it was Cannes that gave me the major recognition as a filmmaker, which inspires me with the responsibility to pursue my advocacy and continue the task of filming the stories of ordinary people in extraordinary situations,” Mendoza explained.
Created in 1957, the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres is one of France’s highest awards in recognition of men and women, both French citizens and foreigners, for their significant achievements in the field of arts or literature, or for their contribution to the promotion of French arts and literature in the world.
The Order has three grades: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), and Commandeur (Commander) as the highest honor.
Notable Filipino recipients include Jaime Zobel de Ayala, Chevalier, 1979; Napoleon Abueva, Chevalier, 1984; Arturo Luz, Officier, 1987; Rosalinda Orosa, Officier, 1993; F. Sionil Jose, Chevalier, 2001; Corazon Alvina, Chevalier, 2002; Allan Cosio, Chevalier, 2002; Lulu Tan-Gan, Chevalier, 2003; Tikoy Aguiluz, Chevalier, 2003; Lourdes Montinola, Officier, 2008 ; Ambeth Ocampo, Officier, 2008 ; Deanna Ongpin-Recto, Officier, 2008; Juvenal Sanso, Officier, 2008; and Augusto Villalon, Chevalier, 2012.
Also recognized for their contributions to the arts were Clint Eastwood, Chevalier, 1985; Bob Dylan, Commandeur, 1990; Sharon Stone, Chevalier, 1995; Meryl Streep, Officier, 2000; Uma Thurman, Commandeur, 2006; George Clooney, Chevalier, 2007; Leonardo DiCaprio, Chevalier, 2007; and Kylie Minogue, Chevalier, 2008.
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‘Otso’ Begins Route To International Filmfests
Atty. Vincent Tañada (Vince), the lead actor in the highly-acclaimed Elwood Perez-directed “Otso,” revealed before its recent screening at the UP Cine Adarna in UP Diliman that the movie would be exhibited at the Hong Kong International Film Festival on March 24, prior to being brought to other film festivals.
Vince is the founder and president of the Philippine Stagers Foundation, of which he is also the artistic director, scriptwriter and CEO. “I have been directing and writing stage plays for more than 10 years. I also appear in them as one of the lead actors,” he said.
Some critics, he revealed, said that his appearance in “Otso” was stagy, and even histrionics. While the movie was praised, there are those who said they did not understand it.
Perhaps the beauty of the movie was that it was not fully understood. Well, it could have been an in-depth poetry in the form of a movie.
“Otso” was screened nationwide during Sineng Pambansa along with several other films. It rated high in the box office, landing either first or second in various regions.
Vince is now doing another Elwood Perez movie, “Erotica Manila.” This, however, will be his last acting job, preferring to direct and write stage plays instead. “I want to serve the arts,” he added.
Now that he has proven his acting prowess even with just one film, we hope he decides to continue acting in movies whenever he has the time.
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Eight Sumptuous Dishes For Good Luck
Who doesn’t want to be lucky, especially this Year of the Wooden Horse?
Well, Wangfu Chinese Bistro, the restaurant partly owned by Richard Yap a.k.a. Ser Chief of “Be Careful with My Heart” with friends Lester Pimentel Ong, Ace Wang, Des Tanwangco and Kate Valenzuela, offers eight sumptuous dishes that will not only keep your stomach full but attract good luck as well.
The eight appetizing lucky dishes include Cereal Prawns, Salted Egg Fried Chicken, Seafood Tofu with Cheese (newest dish), Patatim, Abalone Mushroom with Broccoli, Mango Lapu Lapu, Wangfu Seafood Noodle and Prawn with Bacon Roll, all for only P3,800 and good for eight to 10 persons.
Wangfu Chinese Bistro is located at the intersection of Tomas Morato and Don. A. Roces Avenues in Quezon City.
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