Here Comes September

September 10, 2010 at 6:56 PM | Posted in TV | Leave a comment
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Thank goodness it’s September already. For me, September can only mean one thing: the start of the new season of US TV shows. And there are two shows I am most looking forward to watch this month – the sixth season of Bones and the second season of Glee. I’m so excited to watch these two shows for a number of reasons. For one, I’m totally crazy about Bones and I just can’t wait to watch the new season when Brennan comes back from Indonesia and Agent Booth returns from Afghanistan. Ever since that season five cliffhanger, I am so eager to see how Brennan and Booth’s working relationship changes after a year apart. I waited for two months for this and now that it’s September, I can’t really wait! I’ve read a few spoilers of the show’s sixth season and learned something surprising. I am a shipper by heart and this piece of news doesn’t sit well with me. I just hope it won’t be too long before us shippers get to see what we’ve been waiting to happen. And this time it should be for real, not in a dream sequence.

As for Glee, I got hooked on this show the minute I saw the Pilot episode. Glee is not just all about being happy with who you are no matter what other people think but more. Every episode teems with positivism and is very uplifting. But perhaps what makes the show’s second season special and a must-see is that Charice Pempengco will appear in it. Practically every Filipino Gleek anticipates her appearance on the show including me. I found a promotional trailer of Glee on You Tube, which to my delightful surprise features Emily Deschanel and Tamara Taylor from Bones. The video has poor audio quality, though (as I can’t find one with good audio). Bones season 6 premieres on September 23 while Glee season 2 starts on September 22 (US time).

Kicked It in the Ass

March 10, 2009 at 1:45 PM | Posted in Fandom, Lifestyle, TV | Leave a comment
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It has been months since the last TV marathon and I’m so glad that my social group, the Pinoy X-Philes, held another one last weekend. When we heard the sad news several weeks ago that Kim Manners had passed away, it was decided that we hold the next marathon in his honor. Kim Manners did an amazing and extensive work on The X-Files as director and/or producer. Most of my well-loved episodes were either directed or produced by him.  So we picked selected episodes directed by him to be shown at the marathon.

Pinoy X-Philes marathon

Pinoy X-Philes marathon

One of our members, Sam volunteered to hold the marathon at his place, which was in Malate. We set up his place to look like Mulder’s apartment/X-Files basement office. And for the first time in PXP history, we used a projector and a white screen for viewing instead of the regular large-screen TV. There were X-Files posters and fan art placed on the walls too. We also brought food and ordered takeout pizza for everyone. Sam invited some friends from his other group, Arkham Philippines, to join us and we were happy to share with them our love for the show.

As always, the Pinoy X-Philes marathon was fun and memorable. We started it by watching the Pilot episode even though it was not directed/produced by Kim Manners as some non-members who were only casual viewers of The X-Files requested to watch the show from its early beginnings. We were glad to do so since we also wanted to introduce them to the basic plot of the show and how the story started.  It was a different experience using a projector during the marathon. It felt like we were watching a drive-in movie because of the width of the screen.

Watching the episode "The Rain King"

Watching the episode "The Rain King"

We managed to watch at least four episodes through the night — “Humbug, “Home,” “Folie a Deux,” and the Pilot as most of my groupmates and Sam’s friends left early (around 11:30 p.m.). But I was pleased to see that most of the non-members who joined us enjoyed watching the episodes. Sometime after they left, only a few us remained to watch more episodes. In the wee hours of the next morning, Lily, Sam and I were the only ones left still standing. We later retired and dozed off on the couch for a few hours after which Lily and I left Sam’s place.

I didn’t get enough sleep that night (or should I say morning) but it was all right. Marathons in our group don’t happen often and staying up late til morning was all worth it. I got to spend a great time with friends watching the episodes we love.

XOXO, Gossip Girl

February 13, 2008 at 11:48 AM | Posted in Books, TV | Leave a comment
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The local airing of Gossip Girl finally premiered last night on ETC channel. I must admit I was curious about this show so I tuned in last night to see if it’s any good. I’ve never ready any book of the Gossip Girl series so I had no idea how the story goes. But according to the fans of the book series, the TV version of Gossip Girl still has the same characters but the stories have changed — to what extent I really don’t know.

 

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Photo courtesy of television.aol.com

Anyway, I found the show entertaining. It reminded me a bit of Sex and the City (the book not the TV show) as it has a narrator who gives the low-down on the latest juicy gossip about the well-known characters (in the case of Gossip Girl, the narrator is an anonymous blogger who dishes out rumors about the prominent students of an exclusive prep school on her blog aptly named Gossip Girl).

The show’s two lead stars, Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, fit the the roles perfectly — with Blake playing the “it” girl Serena and Leighton as her best friend (more like frenemy) Blair. I love the classic, elegant beauty of Leighton. I like watching her face, especially the way she talks. Blake, though beautiful, looks like the typical blonde.

Gossip Girl is a promising new show and from the looks of it, I predict it will stay longer on air than the short-lived The OC.

The Truth is Finally Here

January 21, 2008 at 10:31 AM | Posted in Movies, TV | Leave a comment
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At last! After six years since the show ended, The X-Files movie sequel is underway. Shooting for the movie sequel started last December 10, 2007 but photos of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny together in the scene did not surface until now. It’s so thrilling to see Mulder and Scully together again. And Gillian went back to being a redhead, hehe. Nice! She looked sort of different in these photos. Her hair is longer and straighter — not the usual Scully look that we fans were used to. And David looked older. But no matter. I’m just so excited to watch this movie sequel. I can’t wait to see it! I just hope that since this is a stand-alone movie and will not touch up on the TV show’s mythology, they will be able to pull it off and make it a box office hit.

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Photo courtesy of comingsoon.net

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

The Power of Writers

November 8, 2007 at 12:15 PM | Posted in Current Events, Movies, TV | Leave a comment
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It’s now Day 3 of the ongoing writers’ strike in the US involving the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. From what I’ve seen in the news, it seems like it won’t be over soon.

Members of the Writers Guild of America — a union that represents TV and film writers in the US — walked out and started picketing last November 1 after their contract with the said alliance expired. According to reports, the writers (some of which are actors themselves like Tina Fey) are demanding shares of revenues from DVD sales and Internet downloading of the TV shows and movies that they’ve written scripts for.

In my opinion, these writers deserve to receive additional revenues for profits made from DVDs and the Internet. As a writer myself, I can empathize with what they are going through. In fact I’m amazed how very well writers are represented in the US. They can easily cause an uproar among TV executives and producers and put a stop to productions of major TV shows. Just last night, I saw Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the news picketing outside an ongoing shooting of Desperate Housewives. And The Tonight Show with Jay Leno didn’t show a fresh episode this week and instead showed a rerun.

Watching these writers picketing outside studio lots made me think how different things go for writers here in the Philippines. How I wish Filipino writers are also well represented and protected by such organizations. Generally speaking, as far as Filipino writers are concerned, we have always been underpaid and at times underappreciated for our efforts, especially when it comes to writing for magazine and book publications (as I have no idea if Filipino screenwriters are paid well). It’s a fairly common story among magazine writers that there are times when we don’t get paid for the articles we write. If we ever get paid, we would receive a very minimal fee. Most payments are even delayed for several months.

In certain cases, when a magazine publication decided not to publish the article, writers are not even paid a kill fee. Or if there is ever a kill fee, it’s a very small amount. It’s really unfair how writers are sometimes treated by these big magazine publications. And sometimes the editors themselves are such pain in the ass. They don’t treat their writers very well and don’t care if they get paid or not. Writers are a major force in this industry. Without us, there would be no magazines and books out there. And the entertainment industry would be nothing without the screenwriters. If only there is such a union for writers here…

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