ANDREA Torres feels honored to be one of the leading ladies of Dingdong Dantes in “Alyas Robin Hood” that starts airing on Monday after “Encantadia”. “I’ve worked with him before in ‘My Beloved’ and ‘Pari Koy’ pero suporta lang ako,” she says. “Now, I play Venus, isa sa mga kapareha niya and I will help train him sa pakikipaglaban in preparation sa pagiging crimefighter niya in the story. Very challenging 'yung role ko kasi marami akong action scenes so pinaghandaan ko rin physically kasi dapat fit ka talaga.”
How is it working with Dingdong? “Wala akong mairereklamo. Gentleman siya, very supportive. Enjoy rin ako with Director Dominic Zapata who knows how to get the best from his actors. I feel so blessed being given the chance to work with them. Napi-feel ko talagang naggo-grow ang career ko working with the best.”
Looks like her loveteam with Mikael Daez, with whom she did three well received soaps, are temporarily on hold. Mikael has just been paired with Regine Velasquez in “Poor Señorita” while she’s now with Dingdong. “Siyempre, we have to explore new teams up for the growth of our respective careers. Malay natin, baka ibalik din ang team up namin balang araw.”
In real life, folks say she has romantically teamed up with Sef Cadayona but it seems they’re very secretive about the real score between them. “Wala namang dapat isikreto. Inaamin naman naming we’re friends, close friends. Matagal na kaming magkasama sa ‘Bubble Gang’ and doon kami unang naging magkaibigan. If ever magka-boyfriend ko, ise-share ko naman 'yun, e.”
FIL-ITALIAN ACTOR-DIRECTOR GETS NOTICED IN LOCAL CINEMA
FIL-Italian actor-director Ruben Maria Soriquez won the best actor award in the World Premieres Filipino Filmfest last year for “Of Sinners and Saints”, which he also directed. He played Fr. Rosellini, an Italian priest serving the poor people in Payatas. The film has since been shown in other international festivals like the Honolulu filmfest where it won best picture, International Filmfest Awards Berlin (where it got honorable mention), Terra di Sienna Filmfest in Italy, New Delhi Filmfest and the Indie Filmfest in Encino, California. It’s now being shown in the Cine Europa Filmfest currently being held at Shangri-La Cinema where it was the opening film.
“The European Union delegation chose it as a symbol of friendship bridging Europe and the Philippines,” he says. “It has had three screenings and they’re all full packed. I’m so happy because the audience is so appreciative. It’ll have its last screening on Saturday, September 17 (today) at 1 p.m. in Shangri-La.”
The film opened the doors for him to have an acting career on local TV. He just played the role of Liza Soberano’s adoptive dad in the recently concluded “Dolce Amore” of ABS-CBN. “I was so surprised when I got a call from them to play Cherie Gil’s Italian husband. We taped several scenes in Italy right in the city where I grew up, Bologna. I had a great time doing that show because everyone is so mabait. From directors Mae Cruz Alviar and Richard Arellano to my co-stars Cherie, Direk Bobot Mortiz, and Matteo Guidicelli who’s Fil-Italian like me. I told him I’ll get him in a movie I’ll do next year. And of course, I loved working with Liza Soberano who’s not only so beautiful but also intelligent, talented and so humble. When we started last December, they told me my character will be killed by March, but they seem to like my role so it got extended and extended. I was with the show until it ended 8 months later last August. In the show’s last week, I was there every night and they gave me a lot of Tagalog
lines. Because of my exposure there, people now recognize me in public and have their pictures taken with me.”
He’s now also talking with Star Music for a possible musical career. “I started as a singer in Italy. I was a member of a band at 16, singing in clubs in Bologna and Milan. I also composed my own songs. I’ve just sent three of my songs to Star. Then I tried theatre acting but my American teacher told me: ‘I see a director in you’. So I enrolled in a filmmaking course in New York and started directing short films and documentaries. I edit my own films and sometimes, I’m also the DOP.”
For his next film project, he wants to do a comedy-fantasy about a wizard, to be played by him, incorporating local fantasy elements like aswangs and manananggal. “I’m now doing the teaser trailer and I intend to partner with a local film company then start casting it with local actors, among them Leo Martinez and Isabel Lopez. I also hope to get more acting assignments here in the future.”
BOLLYWOOD GOES TO MANILA
BOLLYWOOD is known worldwide for its big-budget films with eye-popping musical numbers similar to the superb song and dance sequence “Jai Ho” from the Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire”. You now have the chance to watch them locally through Zee Sine over Cignal TV.
Cignal is now home to the first 24/7 Tagalized Bollywood Movie Channel in the Philippines available on Channel 19 with Cignal Postpaid plan 290 and up and Cignal Prepaid Premium 300 and up. Zee Sine promises to provide an all new TV viewing experience that will treat Filipino viewers with fabulous Bollywood films that are sure to lift up and entertain the hearts and souls of Pinoys everywhere.
Mumbai, formerly Bombay, India is one of the world’s biggest entertainment capitals in terms of movies produced and ticket sales and its global brand, Bollywood, is well known for its outstanding films. Zee Sine Bollywood Na Tayo! is Cignal TV’s attempt to bring to Filipino viewers the best flicks that the world can offer. It is backed by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd, one of Asia’s leading media and entertainment companies, whose film vault contains the world’s largest Bollywood movie library of more than 3,500 titles topbilled by some of the biggest and brightest Bollywood stars like Kunal Kapoor and Amyra Dastur.
According to Cignal VP/Head of Channels Management, Sienna Olaso, “Cignal is happy with this partnership with Zee Entertainment. It is a strong affirmation of Cignal’s commitment to provide the best Pay TV service to our loyal subscribers by providing them with world class shows and channels that cater to their diverse tastes in TV viewing.”
MTRCB DISAPPROVES TRAILER OF CONTROVERSIAL SHORT FILM
CHERIE Gil is back as a Kapuso in “Alyas Robin Hood” after she did “Dolce Amore” with ABS-CBN that ended last month. She also stars in the short film “TheRapist” (a play on the words therapist and rapist), whose trailer has been disapproved by the MTRCB for public exhibition.
Directed by Diane Ventura, “TheRapist” is scheduled for commercial release on Nov. 2, in tandem with the commercial run of Ventura’s first full-length feature film, the award-winning “Mulat (Awaken)” starring Jake Cuenca, Ryan Eigenmann and newcomer Loren Burgos. In a letter sent to Solar Films, the local distributor of both films by Ventura, MTRCB chief Eugenio Villareal ruled that the trailer is “not for public exhibition”, citing “language and scenes depicting sexual activity” as the reason for the disapproval.
Director Diane Ventura, defends her short film: “I understand how this movie could be misconstrued as condoning the vile act of rape. But in this film, I’m not talking about the jump-out-of-the-bushes assault of a helpless victim. I’m talking about certain situations wherein a girl actually has the power and capability to get herself out of a possibly precarious situation where she feels uncomfortable and unsettled.“
Diane adds: “It’s about female empowerment and not allowing yourself to be put in situations that you do not want to be in, or get yourself in a position where your decision-making capabilities are vitiated. Rape is a detestable crime. That is why this film is important. It tells us that though we have no control over other people's actions and moral values, we do have control of ourselves and having awareness of this fact helps us in becoming more pro-active. This way, we have the power not to put ourselves in a helpless predicament.”
Ventura’s “TheRapist” was the official selection in the following film festivals Cinemanila, World Cinema Festival in Brazil, Luang Prabang Festival in Laos and the International Film Festival Manhattan in New York. The public may yet have a chance to see “TheRapist” should MTRCB give it the go signal to be featured side-by-side “Mulat (Awaken)” on Nov. 2 at your favorite theaters.
In “Mulat”, Ventura won best director while Jake Cuenca won best actor at the International Film Festival Manhattan in New York; and Best Narrative Feature and Best Actor for Jake Cuenca again from the recent Brazil World Cinema Festival.