Diane Paragas' Yellow Rose starring Eva Noblezada, Princess Punzalan, Dale Watson, Liam Booth and Lea Salonga is available On Demand and Digital today! See the film now on Amazon, Apple, Google, Vudu, and Fandango!
EXCUSE ME, MISS, MISS, MISS is a part of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival (January 28-February 3, 2021).
It is also one of the only two short films from Asia in this edition and probably, based on the festival’s website, the first-ever short film entry from the Philippines. It is competing in the International Fiction category.
Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss / Philippines (Director: Sonny Calvento, Screenwriter: Arden Rod Condez) — Vangie, a miserable contractual sales lady, is about to lose her job. But in her desperate attempt to convince her boss not to sack her, Vangie uncovers the ultimate jaw-dropping secret to regularization."
The Grammy-nominated British electronic music duo Disclosure featuring Kelis has released their new music video for the song, "Watch Your Step" from their latest album, 'Energy.'
It features Jethro, Rhandy Torres and Kiana Monique. It was directed by Glenn Michael and Christo Anesti.
Dante Basco makes a cameo in this fun and eclectic filled Filipino family party music video.
This year's recent Filipino Hollywood Actors Panel Special Guest Panelist Tamlyn Tomita will reprise her role as Kumiko ("The Karate Kid, Part II") in Season 3 of Cobra Kai.
The new season will return to Netflix on Friday, January 8, 2021.
NASHVILLE — For Immediate Release — When rising music star Layne Price heads home to Nashville for New Year’s Eve to break her writer’s block, she discovers that sometimes you find inspiration--and love, with a little mystical intervention--where you least expect it, in the charming, holiday RomCom, I Hate New Year’s.
Available for streaming Friday, December 4, I Hate New Year’s will be available on demand (cable, DIRECTV, iTunes, Amazon VOD, Google Play, etc.) everywhere, as well as on the Tello Network.
Filmed in Nashville, I Hate New Year’s stars actress/singers Dia Frampton (runner up in the inaugural season of The Voice and lead singer of the band Meg & Dia) and Ashley Argota (The Fosters, Lab Rats, Broadway’s The Lion King), as well as groundbreaking actress Candis Cayne (The Magicians, Grey's Anatomy, I Am Cait, Elementary, Dirty Sexy Money) in a magical, dual role.
Featuring a soulful, high-energy, original soundtrack from award-winning composer Emer Kinsella, with five songs penned by Billy Steinberg and Josh Alexander, also known for their collaborations on Jojo’s “Too Little Too Late” and Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart a Break.” Steinberg is among the most successful songwriters of the past 35 years, co- writing five #1 singles on Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart, including Madonna’s “Like A Virgin,” Cyndi Lauper’s "True Colors,” Whiney Houston’s “So Emotional,” The Bangles’ “Eternal Flame” and Heart’s “Alone.”
I Hate New Year’s features electric music performances by Frampton (“Flatline,” “Better in the Dark,” “North Star”), Argota (“Hours of the Night”), Frampton and Argota in a duet (“Our One Heart”) and bluesy, Nashville artist and 2015 American Idol competitor Gina Venier (“Radio Silence,” “If I Was Your Girl”).
In I Hate New Year’s ... Experiencing writer’s block, rising music star Layne Price (Dia Frampton), at her Los Angeles manager’s insistence, reluctantly visits mysterious fortune teller Zelena (Candis Cayne), whose flamboyant advice she misconstrues. Heading home to Nashville for New Year’s Eve, a holiday she hates, Layne hits the town with BFF Cassie Holmes (Ashley Argota). While Cassie plans to finally confess that her feelings have evolved into more than friendship, Layne is too focused on “bumping into” her elusive ex to notice. But sometimes you find inspiration and love--with a little mystical intervention--where you least expect it.
From Tello Films and DASH Productions, I Hate New Year’s was directed by Christin Baker from a screenplay by Kathryn Trammell, based on a story by Christin Baker, Ashely Arnold, Danielle Jablonski and Kathryn Trammell. Produced by Christin Baker, Ashely Arnold and Danielle Jablonski. Executive producers are Danielle Thoeni and Jim Thoeni. Co-producer is Stephanie Herman. Director of Photography is Micah Ellars. Music composed by Emer Kinsella.
New Blue’s Clues & You! Episodes Filled with Family Fun, introduces Fil-Can Guest Star, Carolyn Fe as Josh’s Grandma
New Blue’s Clues & You! Episodes Filled with Family Fun, introduces Fil-Can Guest Star, Carolyn Fe as Josh’s Grandma
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BURBANK, Calif.–Nov. 10, 2020 – Nickelodeon is partnering with national nonprofit organization Baby2Baby this holiday season for the first-ever Blue’s Clues & You! “Blue Friday,” dedicated to celebrating families, on Friday, November 20, 2020. In honor of “Blue Friday,” Nickelodeon will make a donation to Baby2Baby to support their mission of helping kids and families who need it most.
The net will also premiere all-new Blue’s Clues & You! episodes filled with family fun, One in particular will feature Josh’s (Josh Dela Cruz) “Lola” his grandmother, Filipino-Canadian actress, Carolyn Fe.
Carolyn Fe is a dual-city-citizen of Toronto and Montreal, Canada and is an award winning trilingual Actress (Fluent in English, French, Tagalog) having worked in theatre and on screen in movies, TV and various web series. She has also worked on the music stages across the country as an award winning Blues Singer-Songwriter performing original material from her four albums.
Viewers can get into the holiday spirit with Josh and his family with the brand-new Blue’s Clues & You! premiere on Friday, November 20, at 11 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon, fans will meet Josh’s “Lola” in “Blue’s Big Baking Show,” as Josh and Blue spend the day making “bibingka”, a cake from the Philippines that is “masarap” (delicious)!
A remake of the groundbreaking, curriculum-driven interactive series Blue’s Clues, Blue’s Clues & You! has a new generation of preschoolers searching for clues with beloved puppy Blue and new live-action host Josh (Josh Dela Cruz). The series features new CG-animation for Blue and Magenta, brand-new elements and refreshed iconic items from the original series including an updated Handy Dandy Notebook equipped with smartphone technology and the return of fan-favorite characters. The current second season of Blue’s Clues & You! will explore Josh’s Filipino-American heritage by incorporating traditional foods and Tagalog language, and continue to introduce kids to advanced subject matter such as sign language, geography, climate, science and emotions. The series airs regularly weekdays at 11 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.
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2019 was noted as the Centennial Celebration of Philippine Cinema with the theatrical release of Jose Nepomuceno's "Dalagang Bukid” on September 12, 1919 in the Philippines. Based on a popular and critically raved musical play by Hemogenes Ilagan and Leon Ignacio, “Dalagang Bukid” is the first Filipino albeit, silent film produced in the Philippines, and Nepomuceno became known as the Father of Philippine Cinema.
The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has been designated as the lead agency for the celebration of the Centennial Year of Philippine Cinema from September 12, 2019 to September 11, 2020.
Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 622 Series of 2018, the Centennial Year of Philippine Cinema was declared in honor of “Dalagang Bukid” by Jose Nepomuceno, considered the first Filipino-produced and directed feature film when it was released in September 12, 1919. The One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration in honor of the journey of this incredible art form and cultural marker. Film is a part of every Filipino as one of the most accessible and affective mediums that tell our stories, struggles, victories, and our growth as a people.
Just one month shy after celebrating the Philippines' film industry's Centennial Year, YELLOW ROSE written and directed by Diane Paragas will open this Friday, October 9, 2020 and release nationwide in U.S theaters. It is one of the first Filipino-lead films to be released by a major U.S. studio - Sony Pictures.
In an interview with Deadline, Paragas said, “I am so humbled that our film has been chosen for this honor.” She continues, “Yellow Rose” has taken over fifteen years to make and it couldn’t come at a more important time when anti-immigrant sentiment is at an all-time high. This is a story for everyone facing challenges in finding their voice, their dreams and, more importantly, their home.”
Along with Tony Award-winning actress and Broadway icon Lea Salonga, Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada (Hadestown, Miss Saigon) in the lead role (her feature film debut) about a headstrong Filipino girl from a small Texas town who fights to pursue her dreams as a country music star while facing the threat of deportation.
From a Teen Vogue interview, "Yellow Rose" has a special place in Eva Noblezada's heart for being able to be that Filipino representation she craved for. “It's also a great way for Filipino-Americans to have representation in America right now because I didn't have that sh*t growing up,” Eva says, “For me, it was finally a chance, where I felt like this made sense. This is my story, this is the girl next door's story. This is the girl in the Philippines' story. This is a Filipino story.”
Joining Salonga and Noblezada in the film are country music star Dale Watson, Liam Booth, Gustavo Gomez (“The Walking Dead”), Libby Villari (“Boyhood”) and Princess Punzalan (“Mula Sa Puso”). The film features original songs written by Watson, Paragas, Noblezada and the cast.
Paragas also serves as producer alongside Cecilia Mejia, Orian Williams, Rey Cuerdo (“Ulam: Main Dish,” “Motherland”) and co- producer Jeremiah Abraham. “Yellow Rose” is supported by New York-based Asian CineVision, Cinematografo Originals (ABS-CBN Global), and was awarded the Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant last year by the New York Women in Film & Television.
As a Community Partner, members of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood were in attendance at the film's Opening Night Premiere at the 35th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in May, 2019.. The Aratani Theater was packed and sold out. Everyone, especially Filipino Americans, young and old, eagerly waited for the film to begin.
At the Closing Night Ceremonies, "Yellow Rose" won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Film while its lead actress, Eva Noblezada won the Breakthrough Performance Award ... and deservingly so.
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Be part of an exclusive Gold Open Q&A featuring Yellow Rose's director Diane Paragas and stars Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga, and Dale Watson, and moderated by Jazz Tangcay (Variety) on Facebook Live presented by Gold House and the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE). It will be held Friday evening, October 9 from 7pm (PDT) to 8pm (PDT). - www.facebook.com/events/3143019192474714/
This Thursday night, tonight, September 26 are the returns of three television shows with Filipino actors in lead casts. Yet, two of them will be their Series Final runs.
There was a time last season on a Thursday night where four TV shows played almost back-to-back of each other, if memory serves me right. But, it may have been an interchange between two NBC shows because of the premiere of a mid-season replacement.
8:00pm (NBC): "Superstore" starring Nico Santos
8:30pm (NBC): "A.P. Bio" starring Sari Arambulo
9:00pm (NBC): "The Good Place" starring Manny Jacinto
10:00pm (ABC): "How To Get Away With Murder" starring Conrad Ricamora
Let's see where these shows are now on this 2019-2020 primetime season.
"Superstore" with Nico Santos.
Thursday, September 26 at 8/7c on NBC
Former executive story editor & writer of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," Rene Gube joined the show.
"A.P. Bio" with Sari Arambulo.
January, 2020 on NBC's streaming network, Peacock.
(Below is a clip from Season 2)
"The Good Place" with Manny Jacinto.
(Season 4 and Final Season)
Thursday, September 26 at 9/8c on NBC
"How To Get Away With Murder" with Conrad Ricamora.
(Season 6 and Final Season)
Thursday, September 26 at 10/9c on ABC
Check your local listings.
When it was announced last season that the fourth season of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" starring Vincent Rodriguez III was going to be its final season, the horns were heard that Filipino representation in U.S. commercial broadcast primetime television was going to experience a loss. Wondering, but not expecting that this announcement was not going to be the last.
Just this past summer, five TV shows made major surprising moves. The upcoming seventh season of the CW's "The 100" starring Bob Morley, the upcoming sixth season of ABC's "How To Get Away With Murder" starring Conrad Ricamora and the upcoming fourth seasons of both NBC's "The Good Place" starring Manny Jacinto and Amazon Prime's "The Man In The High Castle" starring Joel de la Fuente will all be their final seasons. Netflix abruptly cancelled its two seasoned critically-raved drama, "The OA" starring Brandon Perea. And, while NBC cancelled their two seasoned comedy, "A.P. Bio" starring Sari Arambulo, the show is currently in production for its binge-watching third season to premiere on NBC's new streamer, the Peacock, in January, 2020.
However, on the horizon of the new 2019-2020 TV season starting this Monday night this week, September 23rd are both returning shows and new series premieres! Check your local listings.
NEW SERIES PREMIERES:
"Prodigal Son" starring Lou Diamond Phillips
Monday, September 23 at 9/8c on FOX
"All Rise" with Reggie Lee.
Monday, September 23 at 9/8c on CBS
"The Good Doctor" with Tamlyn Tomita.
Monday, September 23 at 10/9c on ABC
It was the 50th Anniversary of the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) five day event from July 18 - 22, 2019 where fans, collectors, binge watchers, smarks, Bible thumpers, consumers and Hollywood professionals convene every year for the sights and sounds of nerdtastic nerdom.
With the announcement of Marvel's Shang-Chi set to make his live-action debut in the upcoming film "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the news has been celebrated in many nerdoms everywhere -- especially Asian Americans who has read his journey since 1973 as well to new fans when he appeared in Greg Pak's "War Of The Realms" comic book event. Shortly after that, he joined the New Agents of Atlas in 2019. The team made up of Asian and Asian American superheroes including Marvel's first Filipina superhero, Wave.
More on her later.
Southeast Asians including Filipino Americans have announced feature film projects before and during SDCC.
Filipinos are going where no Filipino as gone before. On Saturday, July 20 inside the always packed Hall H, the Star Trek Panel covered both CBS' "Star Trek: Discovery" (2017-present) where CHARLES COLLYER is the Lead VFX Artist. He is nominated for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in the Season 2 Finale episode, 'Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2'.
And of, course the already announced Sir Patrick Stewart's return as Jean-Luc Picard in "Star Trek: Picard" (2020) with ISA BRIONES (last seen in FX's "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story") in a recurring role as Dahj.
Joining her on the panel were the rest of the cast of "Star Trek: Picard" including Brent Spiner who starred as Lt. Cmdr. Data on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987-1994) and its subsequent motion pictures, Jonathan Del Arco who guest starred as Hugh, formerly Third of Five, a former Borg drone who was rescued by Picard and rejoined the Borg Collective to influence them a sense of individuality and self in an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and Jeri Ryan who starred as Seven of Nine, also a former Borg drone who joined the crew of the Federation vessel, USS Voyager lost in the Gamma Quadrant in "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995-2001) to regain her human existence. Watch the new trailer below.
Also announced during their Comic Con panel, CBS All Access revealed the "Star Trek: Lower Decks" cast and first look images from the animated sci-fi series. EUGENE CORDERO ("Tacoma FD," "Kong: Skull Island") will be voicing 'Ensign Rutherford.' It takes place after "Star Trek: Nemesis" (2002), the feature film that starred the bridge crew of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" with Patrick Stewart. It was the tenth film in the Star Trek motion picture series, as well as the fourth and final film to star the cast of TNG. "Star Trek: Lower Decks" will begin streaming at CBS All Access in 2020.
The recently retired WWE professional wrestler DAVE BAUTISTA is best known as Drax in Marvel's two "Guardians Of The Galaxy" (2014 and 2017) movies as well as appearing in "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018) and "Avengers: Endgame" (2019). He was not at SDCC this year as he was on-location acting in Zack Snyder's "Army Of The Dead" for Netflix. The zombie action picture is set amid an outbreak in Las Vegas where a man assembles a group of mercenaries to gamble their lives and pull off the greatest heist ever.
Meanwhile, director James Gunn announced there will be a "Guardians Of The Galaxy, Volume 3," but he is currently finishing up the DC Comics property, "The Suicide Squad" for a 2021 theatrical release. That is the sequel to 2016's "Suicide Squad" that starred Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and she will be returning in the sequel along with part-time WWE professional wrestler John Cena.
ELLA JAY BASCO is currently filming as Cassandra Cain (a.k.a. the fourth Batgirl) in the upcoming "Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn)" directed by Cathy Yan and starring Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn from 2016's "Suicide Squad." Set to be released by Warner Brothers Studios on February 7, 2020, the film also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Ewan McGregor as Black Mask. A far cry from the first Batgirl who is Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon on the 1966 television movie and its episodic TV series "Batman" (1966-1968) played by the late Yvonne Craig and, in the Joel Schumaker film, "Batman & Robin" (1997) played by Alicia Silverstone. In DC Comics lore, Basco's Batgirl is Cassandra Cain, the daughter of assassins David Cain and Sandra Wu-Cain (best known as Lady Shiva).
Deprived of speech and human contact during her childhood as conditioning, Cassandra Cain becomes the world's greatest assassin and later as bodyguard for Ra's Al Ghul. After saving Commissioner Gordon's life, she is given the Batgirl costume with the approval from both Batman and Barbara Gordon, now Oracle who becomes her ward. Academy Award nominated cinematographer MATTHEW LIBATIQUE, ASC ("Venom," "A Star Is Born") along with stunt and fight coordinators JONATHAN EUSEBIO and JON VALERA ("Black Panther," "John Wick") are the other Filipinos working on the film.
Lastly, California's award-winning science fiction, fantasy, horror author and writer ALYSSA WONG (whose mother is Filipina) will co-write along with Greg Pak, the origin story of Marvel Comics' first Filipina superhero of Cebu, Philippines named Wave (aka Pearl Pangan). The news was announced at Racebending's Super Asian America Panel on the last day (Sunday, July 21) of SDCC. Her stories have won the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Locus Award. And, she was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and Shirley Jackson Awards. Wave made her debut in the comic book, "War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #1" and subsequent issues afterwards.
If Shang-Chi is Marvel Studios' first Asian American comic book superhero to be seen in a live Phase 4 action movie for generations to come, then it should be a no brainer for a live action movie of the New Agents of Atlas with Wave.
Edwin Santos began blogging in 1995 when he was hired as Editor for the award-winning fansite, The Towne Cryer News on Renée Zellweger. He wrote about the entertainment business and film reviews of Zellweger's films until 2000.