I Fell in Love with "Breakaway (Alagwa)" and star Jericho Rosales, director Ian Lorenos! Check Out My Fun "Breakaway" Piece! 


Director Ian Lorenos and actor Jericho Rosales visited the Southern California desert for the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. I'm proud to say that the city I live in hosts one of the most prominent film festivals in the world!

Lorenos and Rosales were in town for their fantastic indie, "Breakaway (Alagwa)." The film has been getting major awards buzz for its indelible performances (both Rosales and the child actor who plays his son, Bugoy Carino), well-written script (Lorenos wrote and directed the film), and intriguing plotline.

It was a pleasure meeting both star and director for one-on-one interviews. They both consider "Breakaway" an important film in their respective careers.

So how many kisses does "Breakaway" get? Find out below (this is the piece that appeared on TFC's Balitang America):



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Jessica Chastain Beat Herself, Everybody at Box-Office! "Mama" Scares Away Competition! 


Jessica Chastain, considered an Oscar-frontrunner for Best Actress ("Zero Dark Thirty") this awards season, can now add the title Box-Office Queen. Her Universal horror flick, "Mama," topped the box-office weekend with $28.1 million, and blasted Arnold Schwarzenegger's "The Last Stand" which flopped at No. 10 with, gasp, $6.3 million! ("Mama" and "The Last Stand" movie reviews)

Even the lukewarm actioner, "Broken City," starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe easily beat Schwarzenegger and debuted at No. 6 with $9 million.

Previous weekend's box-office champ, Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" also starring Chastain, fell to No.2 with $17.6 million.

In the international market, "Django Unchained" was the leader of the pack with $48.1 million, followed by "Life of Pi" with $20.7 million, and then "Les Miserables" at No. 3 with $19.4 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office films in the U.S. market for weekend of January 18:

1. "Mama," $28.1 million.

2. "Zero Dark Thirty," $17.6 million. ($770,000 international.)

3. "Silver Linings Playbook," $11.4 million. ($700,000 international.)


4. "Gangster Squad," $9.1 million. ($5.7 million international.)

5. "Broken City," $9 million.

6. "A Haunted House," $8.3 million. ($1.6 million international.)

7. "Django Unchained," $8.2 million. ($48.1 million international.)

8. "Les Miserables," $7.8 million. ($19.4 million international.)


9. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," $6.4 million. ($13.2 million international.)

10. "The Last Stand," $6.3 million. ($1.3 million international.)

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London Critics Hail "Amour," "Rust and Bone," Anne Hathaway 


Sure, the Academy Awards is just a few sleeps away but many award-giving bodies are still handing out trophies. Most recently, the London Critics' Circle gave out their kudos with "Amour," "Rust and Bone," and "The Imposter" taking home the major awards.

In the acting categories, Joaquin Phoenix beat out rival Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln") for his brave performance in "The Master." Philip Seymour Hoffman was also honored from the movie with a Best Supporting Actor win, while Emmanuelle Riva took home the Best Actress award for her memorable performance in "Amour."

The only one constant winner during our trek to the Oscars is Anne Hathaway, also taking home the Best Supporting Actress trophy for "Les Miserables."

Here's the full list of nominees. For winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

FILM OF THE YEAR

*** Amour (Artificial Eye)

Argo (Warners)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (StudioCanal)

Life of Pi (Fox)

The Master (Entertainment)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR

Amour (Artificial Eye)

Holy Motors (Artificial Eye)

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (New Wave)

*** Rust and Bone (StudioCanal)

Tabu (New Wave)

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

*** The Imposter (Picturehouse/Revolver)

London: The Modern Babylon (BFI)

Nostalgia for the Light (New Wave)

The Queen of Versailles (Dogwoof)

Searching for Sugar Man (StudioCanal)

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR

*** Berberian Sound Studio (Artificial Eye)

The Imposter (Picturehouse/Revolver)

Les Miserables (Universal)

Sightseers (StudioCanal)

Skyfall (Sony)

ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln (Fox)

Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables (Universal)

Mads Mikkelsen – The Hunt (Arrow)

*** Joaquin Phoenix – The Master (Entertainment)

Jean-Louis Trintignant – Amour (Artificial Eye)

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty (Universal)

Marion Cotillard - Rust and Bone (StudioCanal)

Helen Hunt - The Sessions (Fox)

Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook (Entertainment)

*** Emmanuelle Riva – Amour (Artificial Eye)

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Alan Arkin – Argo (Warners)

Javier Bardem – Skyfall (Sony)

Michael Fassbender – Prometheus (Fox)

*** Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master (Entertainment)

Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln (Fox)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Amy Adams – The Master (Entertainment)

Judi Dench – Skyfall (Sony)

Sally Field – Lincoln (Fox)

*** Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables (Universal)

Isabelle Huppert – Amour (Artificial Eye)

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Daniel Craig – Skyfall (Sony)

Charlie Creed-Miles - Wild Bill (The Works/Universal)

Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln (Fox)

*** Toby Jones – Berberian Sound Studio (Artificial Eye)

Steve Oram – Sightseers (StudioCanal)

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Emily Blunt – Looper (eOne) and Your Sister's Sister (StudioCanal)

Judi Dench – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox) and Skyfall (Sony)

Alice Lowe – Sightseers (StudioCanal)

Helen Mirren – Hitchcock (Fox)

*** Andrea Riseborough – Shadow Dancer (Paramount)

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Samantha Barks – Les Miserables (Universal)

Fady Elsayed – My Brother the Devil (Verve)

*** Tom Holland – The Impossible (eOne)

Will Poulter – Wild Bill (The Works/Universal)

Jack Reynor – What Richard Did (Artificial Eye)

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master (Entertainment)

Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty (Universal)

Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (New Wave)

Michael Haneke – Amour (Artificial Eye)

*** Ang Lee – Life of Pi (Fox)

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR

Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master (Entertainment)

Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty (Universal)

*** Michael Haneke – Amour (Artificial Eye)

Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained (Sony)

Chris Terrio – Argo (Warners)

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER

Ben Drew, writer/director – Ill Manors (Revolver)

Sally El Hosaini, writer/director – My Brother the Devil (Verve)

Dexter Fletcher, co-writer/director – Wild Bill (The Works/Universal)

Bart Layton, writer/director – The Imposter (Picturehouse/Revolver)

*** Alice Lowe & Steve Oram, writers – Sightseers (StudioCanal)

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran, costumes (Universal)

Argo – William Goldenberg, film editing (Warners)

Beasts of the Southern Wild – Ben Richardson, cinematography (StudioCanal)

Berberian Sound Studio – Joakim Sundstrom & Stevie Haywood, sound design (Artificial Eye)

Holy Motors – Bernard Floch, makeup (Artificial Eye)

Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda, cinematography (Fox)

*** Life of Pi – Bill Westenhofer, visual effects (Fox)

The Master – Jack Fisk & David Crank, production design (Entertainment)

My Brother the Devil – David Raedeker, cinematography (Verve)

Rust and Bone – Alexandre Desplat, music (StudioCanal)

DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM

Helena Bonham Carter

Top 10 Films

Amour (Artificial Eye)

The Master (Entertainment)

Life of Pi (Fox)

Argo (Warners)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (StudioCanal)

Zero Dark Thirty (Universal)

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (New Wave)

Django Unchained (Sony)

Tabu (New Wave)

Rust and Bone (StudioCanal)

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"Les Miserables" Among Costume Designer Guild Award Nominee, See Full List! 


The Costume Designer Guild has announced the nominees for the 15th annual Costume Designer Guild Awards and the usual suspects have been rounded up -- "Anna Karenina," "Les Miserables," "Lincoln," "Mirror Mirror," and "Snow White and the Huntsman" will all duke it out in their respective categories.

Here's the complete list of nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

EXCELLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FILM

Beasts of the Southern Wild – Stephani Lewis

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Louise Stjernsward

Silver Linings Playbook – Mark Bridges

Skyfall – Jany Temime

Zero Dark Thirty – George L. Little


EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD FILM

Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran

Argo – Jacqueline West

Les Misérables – Paco Delgado

Lincoln - Joanna Johnston

Moonrise Kingdom – Kasia Walicka-Maimone


EXCELLENCE IN FANTASY FILM

Cloud Atlas – Kym Barrett, Pierre-Yves Gayraud

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor, Bob Buck

The Hunger Games – Judianna Makovsky

Mirror Mirror – Eiko Ishioka

Snow White and the Huntsman – Colleen Atwood


OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION SERIES

Girls – Jennifer Rogien

Nashville – Susie DeSanto

Revenge – Jill Ohanneson

Smash – Molly Maginnis

Treme – Alonzo Wilson, Costume Designer. Ann Walters, co-Costume Designer


OUTSTANDING PERIOD/FANTASY TELEVISION SERIES

Boardwalk Empire – John Dunn, Lisa Padovani

Downton Abbey – Caroline McCall

Game of Thrones – Michele Clapton


OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI SERIES

American Horror Story: Asylum, Season 2 – Lou Eyrich

Hatfields & McCoys – Karri Hutchinson

Hemingway & Gellhorn – Ruth Myers


EXCELLENCE IN COMMERCIAL COSTUME DESIGN

Capital One: Couture – Roseanne Fiedler

Captain Morgan Black – Judianna Makovsky

Dos Equis: Most Interesting Man in the World – Julie Vogel

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"Mama" VS. "The Last Stand" -- Which One is My Pick of the Week? Watch My Movie Reviews! 


Two big films this weekend, we have the horror flick, “Mama” and “The Last Stand.” In Universal’s “Mama,” Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) stars as Annabel. She and her boyfriend, Lucas (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) have been frantically searching for his nieces, Victoria and Lilly, who vanished from their suburban neighborhood without a trace. They find them alive, living in a cabin, but when they take them home, they may have taken an unwelcome presence the kids call Mama.

In “The Last Stand,” Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in full leading man role as a Sheriff of a small border town. He will soon meet his match with the fiery, dangerous drug kingpin, Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega).

So which one is my pick of the week? Take a look:



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