SUNSHINE Dizon’s character, Adhara, in “Encantadia” was killed so she can devote her time to her new afternoon soap, “Ika-6 na Utos”, which will replace “Oh My Mama” in GMA’s Afternoon Prime starting this Monday. At the presscon, she admits she can relate to her role as Emma, the wife deserted by Gabby Concepcion for his mistress, Ryza Cenon. “Siyempre, sabi nga nila, kung ano ang mga pinagdaanan niya, napagdaanan ko rin in real life so totoong marami akong paghuhugutan in interpreting my role in the series,” she says.
How is it working with Gabby Concepcion who she first worked with when she was still a child star in the horror movie, “Huwag kang Hahalik sa Diablo” in 1989? “Nakakatuwa kasi sobrang guwapo pa rin niya. He hasn’t aged a bit and very cool lang sa set kaya magaan katrabaho.”
She clarified reports that she’s no longer pursuing the case against her husband and his mistress as they’re in good terms again. “Hindi po kami nagkabalikan gaya ng pinalalabas ng iba. Binigyan daw kasi ako ng bahay. We’re just being civil with each other for the sake of our children and the house is from my father-in-law with whom I remain to be in good terms. Itutuloy ko pa rin ang kaso kasi gusto kong maintindihan ng babae niya ang meaning ng ika-6 na utos, na huwag kang makiapid sa hindi mo asawa. But I’m moving on. The pain will always be there, but you can do other things to ease the pain. I’m thankful to GMA for giving me this project kasi maraming maituturo sa mga mag-asawa. As for my ex-husband, we’re trying to be good parents to our two kids so I allow him to take the kids to and from school. We want to show na no matter what happened, our children will still have a family at ayokong ma-feel nilang napapabayaan namin sila.”
DONITA LEARNS TO COOK WELL AFTER DUMPING HUSBAND FOR GOOD
DONITA Rose is back in town after a short stay in the U.S. where she has called it quits with her husband for good. And she’s glad to be hosting a new cooking show that is a collaboration between GMA News TV and CDO Foodsphere Inc. Titled “Everyday Sarap with CDO Christmas Edition”, the show is really right up her alley as she has a passion for cooking ever since she became a wife and mother.
Donita will have celebrity guests in each episode who will help her prepare special dishes perfect for the Yuletide season, with CDO products as ingredients, like Danes Classic Cheese, CDO Nata de Coco, CDO Kaong and the very special Christmas CDO Holiday Whole Meat Ham made without any preservatives.
Directed by Rico Gutierrez, feel the invigorating whiff of Christmas in the air with “Everyday Sarap with CDO Christmas Edition” now airing from Mondays to Fridays at 8:20-8:30 a.m., 3-3:10 p.m. and 7-7:10p.m.; on Saturdays at 8:20-8:30 a.m., 3-3:10 p.m. and 4:50-5 p.m.; and on Sundays at 12:25-12:55p.m., 4:50 to 5 p.m. and 5:40-5:50 p.m. on GMA News TV. Get the latest updates about Everyday Sarap with CDO from their official Facebook page facebook.com/everydaysarapwithCDO.
MOTHER LILY SETS ASIDE NEGATIVITY
WE had dinner with Mother Lily Monteverde and we asked her what can she say about actress Mercedes Cabral’s rant against her, even calling her a f_cking idiot. “Hindi naman ako papatol dun,” she says. “Hayaan na lang natin.”
But what can she say about the various directors, scriptwriters and actors who defended her and censured Mercedes for vilifying someone who’s considered an institution in the local film industry. “I love them all,” she says. “Alam naman nila, kahit postdated noon ang checks namin sa Regal, never tumalbog ito. Naku, tama na ‘yang mga negative. Gusto ko positive na lang tayo para panoorin ng tao ang ‘Mano Po 7: Chinoy’ na opening na sa December 14 at may parade and big show sa SM Megamall on December 9.”
MOVIE REVIEW: ALLIED
TOO bad for “Allied” that it was not promoted well locally so it came and went very quickly. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, who made the hit “Back to the Future” franchise and gave Tom Hanks his second Oscar in “Forrest Gump”, the film is a wartime romance-espionage thriller that starts in 1942 when an intelligence officer, Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), parachutes into French Morocco for a mission in Casablanca.
This is to kill the German ambassador with the help of Marian Beausejour (Marion Cotillard, Oscar winner for “La Vie en Rose”), a French resistance fighter who pretends to be his wife and his connection to local Nazis in the area. While preparing for their mission, they fall in love and have an unconventional love scene inside their small car while a sandstorm is swirling all around them.
They succeed in accomplishing their mission in a well-staged action sequence and they move to London, where they get married and have a daughter. But their happy life as a married couple is only very brief as Max’s superiors tell him that his wife is, in truth, a German spy. It appears that the real Marianne is already long dead and his wife now transmits messages gotten from him to the enemy.
Max is tasked to kill her but first, he makes his own investigation. He even flies a plane to France to verify the identity of his wife and later gets into a street battle with some Germans. The viewer has to keep guessing the truth about Marianne and, of course, we can’t reveal to you how to the story goes. Suffice it to say that Zemeckis manages to indulge in some good storytelling that generates a lot of suspense and in constructing spectacular scenes like an air raid that takes place while a party is going on and culminates in a fiery plane crash.
He also gets superb performances from the two leads, particularly Brad Pitt who’s persuasively anguished as the loving husband who believes or accepts that the woman he loves is a traitor who has betrayed him. The film is a portrait of stylish film making with great period production and costume design, fine cinematography and great musical score.
It’s actually a nostalgic tribute to old style Hollywood film making and great romances, though still not on the same level as the classic that “Casablanca” is, although Pitt is handsomer than Bogart, but Bergman remains to be more luminous and ravishing than Cotillard. But Pitt and Cotillard do have some hot chemistry. No wonder it’s during the making of this movie that Angelina Jolie allegedly got jealous, leading to their eventual break up. But that’s another story.