Fil-Am playwright-actor tackles fatherhood, politics-in a bathroom

The work depicts the story of a teenaged Filipino boy who locks himself in the bathroom after having seen an excerpt of Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar' on a television show. The boy�.....»»

Category: newsSource: philippinetimes philippinetimesOct 12th, 2018

Robin Padilla explains decision not to join politics

Kapamilya actor Robin Padilla cited his godmother, former Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, as his reason for not pursuing a senate bid in the upcoming midterm elections.  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

Enchong Dee and the phenomenon of entertainers ‘leading’ a nation explained

Social media users admired Enchong Dee’s insight on Philippine politics being filled with a considerable amount of former entertainers and how he lamented the situation. The actor shared a news article on Vice Ganda suggesting new songs to be revised by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III after he proposed to have the last line […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 25th, 2018

WATCH: Marian Rivera confirms Dingdong Dantes’ plan to join politics

Kapuso actress Marian Rivera confirmed that her husband, actor Dingdong Dantes, will run at the upcoming 2019 elections.  Source link link: WATCH: Marian Rivera confirms Dingdong Dantes’ plan to join politics.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

Benicio del Toro: Sex is more powerful than politics

LOS ANGELES ---"We can't talk about the sex in this movie," Benicio del Toro said about "Sicario: Day of the Soldado," the sequel to the acclaimed "Sicario" in 2015. "There's nothing," the actor, one of the finest of his generation, added with a laugh. "And there's also no politics in this movie, in my opinion." "Sex is more powerful than politics," Benicio affirmed his answer when asked the same which-is-more-powerful question several years ago. "You show me sex, and I'm going to look at it. You show me politics, and I'm not going to look at it (laughs). I'm not even going to listen to it." Nevertheless, "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" is still a worthy follow-up. And it's also ...Keep on reading: Benicio del Toro: Sex is more powerful than politics.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Eventful fusion of politics, personal triumphs at Urian

If hip-hop artist Abra would do another movie, he said it would be "either sci-fi or fantasy, and with another badass director." Abra recently bagged the Gawad Urian best actor trophy for his performance in Treb Monteras II's "Respeto." He added that the time he spent off music while working on his first big-screen project "was all worth it. The film made me discover my love and respect for acting ... Yes, I'd love to do another one if the concept fits me." He said it would have been impossible for him to finish "Respeto" if not for the help of his colleagues in the hip-hop community. "We represent a culture that was once ignored by many, but is now being recognized on the silv...Keep on reading: Eventful fusion of politics, personal triumphs at Urian.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Ma-Yi wins Obie Award for innovative theater

  NEW YORK --- Ma-Yi Theater Company has won the Ross Wetzsteon Award from the 63rd annual Obie Awards.   The group was recognized at a ceremonyheld at Terminal 5, a music venue in Hell's Kitchen, along with this year's other winners for excellence in Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater work.   Ma-Yi's artistic director and co-founder, Filipino American director, playwright and actor Ralph Pea, accepted the award.   The Wetzsteon Award is given to a theater company that demonstrates exceptional enterprise in its approach to classics or nurtures innovative new work. The award comes with a grant, with this year's amount at $3,000. The awar...Keep on reading: Ma-Yi wins Obie Award for innovative theater.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Playwright alleges misconduct by Hoffman when she was 16

ROME, Italy --- A playwright who says Dustin Hoffman exposed himself to her and had her massage his feet in a hotel room when she was 16 said Friday that she spent years in guilty silence and took pains to not dress suggestively in professional contexts because she assumed the incident was her fault. Playwright Cori Thomas was a classmate of Hoffman's daughter in 1980 when she says she met the actor, who invited her to his New York hotel room to wait for her mother after dinner with the teenagers. After his daughter left, Hoffman went to take a shower, Thomas said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I was just sitting there waiting for my parents. He came out of the bat...Keep on reading: Playwright alleges misconduct by Hoffman when she was 16.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

An immigrant’s ‘radical life’

  In the Philippines, she was Ma. Socorro Paulin Ballesteros or Soki (Suki ng Bayan). She wrote about the struggles of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and dramatized these in DZRH and DZMM radio stations. She was Teatrong Walang Bakod's (Theater Without Border's) acclaimed actor and playwright, a Catholic Mass Media Awardee '98 for Best Radio Program, an advocate against sex trafficking and activist. She survived the Marcos Dictatorship as the leader of the International Women's League, and the Mendiola Massacre under Cory Aquino. She knew immigrant and labor rights like the back of her hand having worked in various non-profit organizations. Later, when she decided to i...Keep on reading: An immigrant’s ‘radical life’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Trump's comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press br /> TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press br /> SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump sharply criticized protests by NFL players for a second straight day and rescinded NBA star Stephen Curry's White House invitation on Saturday in a series of tweets that outraged football and basketball stars and even prompted LeBron James to call the president a 'bum.' Trump started by announcing that Curry, the immensely popular two-time MVP for the Golden State Warriors, would not be welcome at the White House for the commemorative visit traditionally made by championship teams. Later, Trump reiterated what he said at a rally in Alabama the previous night that NFL players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired, prompting immediate condemnation from a handful of team executives, the league commissioner and its players' union. The Warriors said it was made clear to them that they were not welcome at the White House. They said that when they go to Washington this season they will instead 'celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.' Curry had said he did not want to go to the White House anyway, but the Warriors had not made a collective decision before Saturday. 'U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going!' James tweeted in a clear message to the president — a post that Twitter officials said was quickly shared many more times than any other he's sent. 'So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!' James also released a video Saturday, saying Trump has tried to divide the country. 'He's now using sports as the platform to try to divide us,' James said. 'We all know how much sports brings us together. ... It's not something I can be quiet about.' Warriors general manager Bob Myers said he was surprised by the invitation being pulled. 'The White House visit should be something that is celebrated,' Myers said. 'So we want to go to Washington, D.C., and do something to commemorate kind of who we are as an organization, what we feel, what we represent and at the same time spend our energy on that. Instead of looking backward, we want to look forward.' Added Warriors coach Steve Kerr, after his team's first practice of the season: 'These are not normal times.' As a candidate and as president, Trump's approach has at times seemed to inflame racial tensions in a deeply divided country while emboldening groups long in the shadows. The latest sports comments come a little over a month after Trump came under fire for his response to a white supremacists' protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump later pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, who had been found guilty of defying a judge's order to stop racially profiling Latinos. Trump's latest entry into the intersection of sports and politics started in Alabama on Friday night, when he said NFL players who refused to stand for 'The Star-Spangled Banner' are exhibiting a 'total disrespect of our heritage.' Several NFL players, starting last season with then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have either knelt, sat or raised fists during the anthem to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice. Last week at NFL games, four players sat or knelt during the anthem, and two raised fists while others stood by the protesters in support. Other players have protested in different ways over the past season since Kaepernick began sitting during the 2016 preseason. 'That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,' Trump said, encouraging owners to act. He added, 'Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired.' On Saturday, Trump echoed his stance. 'If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem,' Trump wrote in an afternoon pair of tweets. 'If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!' Trump has enjoyed strong support from NFL owners, with at least seven of them donating $1 million each to Trump's inaugural committee. They include New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who Trump considers a friend. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell strongly backed the players while New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said the president's comments were inappropriate and offensive. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who has supported the players who have knelt, said the country 'needs unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness,' and San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York ripped Trump's comments as 'callous.' 'Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities,' Goodell said in a statement. Plenty of other current and former stars from across sports weighed in Saturday. Richard Sherman of Seattle Seahawks said the president's behavior is 'unacceptable and needs to be addressed.' In his Friday remarks, Trump also bemoaned what he called a decline in violence in football, noting that it's 'not the same game' because players are now either penalized or thrown out of games for aggressive tackles. 'No man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights,' DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association executive director, said Saturday. 'No worker nor any athlete, professional or not, should be forced to become less than human when it comes to protecting their basic health and safety.' Trump has met with some championship teams already in his first year in office. Clemson visited the White House this year after winning the College Football Playoff, some members of the New England Patriots went after the Super Bowl victory and the Chicago Cubs went to the Oval Office in June to commemorate their World Series title. The Cubs also had the larger and more traditional visit with President Barack Obama in January, four days before the Trump inauguration. North Carolina, the reigning NCAA men's basketball champion, said Saturday it will not visit the White House this season. The Tar Heels cited scheduling conflicts. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, said Trump has 'taken indecency to a new low.' 'I think that the president has forgotten that he is the standard bearer for our country, that little boys and little girls look up to the president,' he said. 'Little boys and little girls want to be like the president. They want to talk like the president. I think that the president has insulted the American people with this low level of verbiage.' Warriors forward Draymond Green said the good news was that Golden State won't have to talk about going to the White House again — unless they win another title during the Trump presidency. 'Michelle Obama said it best,' Green said. 'She said it best. They go low. We go high. He beat us to the punch. Happy the game is over.' ___ Reynolds reported from Miami. AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in Oakland, California, and AP writer Corey Williams in Detroit contributed to this story. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2017

US actor, playwright Sam Shepard dead at 73

NEW YORK: Sam Shepard, the preeminent US playwright of his generation celebrated for depicting a darkness to contemporary American life and Oscar-nominated actor, has died. He was 73. The actor, director and writer passed away Thursday at home in Kentucky of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, a family spokesman confirmed to [...].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 1st, 2017

US actor, playwright Sam Shepard dead at 73

NEW YORK: Sam Shepard, the preeminent US playwright of his generation celebrated for depicting a darkness to contemporary American life and Oscar-nominated actor, has died. He was 73. The actor, director and writer passed away Thursday at home in Kentucky of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, a family spokesman confirmed to [...].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 1st, 2017

Hugh Grant on fatherhood and working with Meryl Streep

Los Angeles – Hugh Grant, still looking boyish at 55, met us at The Conrad hotel in New York to talk about his latest comedy-drama, “Florence Foster Jenkins.” Witty, charming and always quotable, the award-winning actor was fun, candid .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 14th, 2016

Aga Muhlach’s love advice to kids: ‘Don’t look at whether a person is rich or poor’

Aga Muhlach advised his children to not look at wealth and social status when choosing the person they'll love. Fresh from his latest romantic film "First Love," which earned P6.4 million on its first day, the actor and father of three was asked about his opinions when it came to the love life of his children in the Sept. 18 episode of "Tonight with Boy Abunda." Specifically, host Abunda asked how Muhlach would react if his daughter Atasha finally fell in love. The actor confidently replied, "I'm okay. Na-practice ko na yan. Life has a way of teaching you these things." Muchlach also shared the advice he gave Atasha and son Andres when it came to choosing their future mates:...Keep on reading: Aga Muhlach’s love advice to kids: ‘Don’t look at whether a person is rich or poor’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News32 min. ago

To ‘feed at the public trough’

The election fever is heating up, and it is time for a reality check. We need to know where we are in our electoral politics today. Most Filipino politicians have...READ MORE The post To ‘feed at the public trough’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News7 hr. 5 min. ago

LOOK: Ninong Duterte in Koko Pimentel, Kathryna Yu wedding

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, 54, married partner Kathryna Yu, 36, in a civil wedding ceremony on Thursday, October 18, at the Coconut Palace. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio officiated the wedding, which was attended by big names in politics and showbiz. President Rodrigo Duterte and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News8 hr. 32 min. ago

Sebastian ‘Baste’ Duterte’s change of heart about politics

Presidential son Sebastian “Baste” Duterte filed his certificate of candidacy for vice mayor of Davao city at the last minute after previously saying he has no political plans. On October 17, the last day of the filing period, Baste filed his certificate of candidacy as the running mate of Sara Duterte, his sister, in the […] The post Sebastian ‘Baste’ Duterte’s change of heart about politics appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated News11 hr. 32 min. ago

Erotic thriller zeroes in on mental illness

The erotic film "Double Twisting Double Back" tackles how sex could affect a person's athletic performance, explained director Joseph Abello.   Joseph cites as an example boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. "I heard that he doesn't have sex months before a fight; that's why his wife Jinky gets pregnant after every fight," he said.   Another interesting topic being tackled by the Cinema One entry, which stars Tony Labrusca and Joem Bascon and is being shown till Oct. 21, is the mental disorder called dissociation. "It's a medical term for people with a split personality," explained producer Shandii Bacolod. "However, there's much more to the film than the illness." &n...Keep on reading: Erotic thriller zeroes in on mental illness.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News12 hr. 32 min. ago

WATCH: Police find marijuana growing in hemp nursery under toilet bowl

Dutch police posted a video on Tuesday night, Oct. 16, showing the entrance to a cannabis grow room which they discovered beneath a toilet bowl in a Rotterdam, Netherlands bathroom in 2017. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News17 hr. 6 min. ago

Is Quezon City Mayor Bautista leaving politics?

THE question surfaced after Bautista failed to file his certificate of candidacy (CoC) at the local office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as he was expected to run either...READ MORE The post Is Quezon City Mayor Bautista leaving politics? appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News19 hr. 19 min. ago

Jason Abalos throws back to first meeting with GF Vickie Rushton 8 years ago

Actor Jason Abalos and beauty queen girlfriend Vickie Rushton were both in a reminiscing mood when they marked their "friendversary" recently on social media. Their relationshiphas stayed strong through the years, but before they became a couple, it appears that the two first met during a Kapamilya Karavan in Bacolod. Abalos took to his Instagram yesterday, Oct. 17, and shared a throwback photo of him and Rushton taken eight years ago. In the picture, Abalos can be seen on stage during the "karavan" with Rushton, who was wearing her University of St. La Salle uniform. "8 years ago fan na fan lang kita tapos umakyat ka pa sa stage para ikaw kantahan ko,"Abalos narrated. "Kilig n...Keep on reading: Jason Abalos throws back to first meeting with GF Vickie Rushton 8 years ago.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018