Category Archives: Television

MTV PINOY is HERE!!!

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MTV is back in the Philippines and will now be known as “MTV PINOY”. Look for a fresh new start for the music channel, with the fresh new VJs, Sam Pinto, Yassi Pressman, Andre Paras, and Josh Padilla. The new VJ’s were found in 2013 during the MTV VJ Hunt.

There is already one confirmed show, 100% Pinoy, which will feature and introduce Filipino acts. More shows are yet to be announced before the launch on January 31st, 2014.

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And the winner is…. Rose Fostanes wins Israel’s “X-Factor”

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47-year-old Filipina caregiver, Rose Fostanes has emerged as the newest star of Israeli reality television, winning the singing competition “X-Factor Israel” on Tuesday and establishing herself as something of a national phenomenon.

In an upset victory, Fostanes beat out three other finalists by performing crowd-pleasing renditions of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You,” and ”Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics.

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Fostanes arrived in Israel six years ago to work as a caregiver so, like millions of other Filipino workers around the world, she could send money back home to her family and her girlfriend.

“It’s a big change in my life because before nobody recognized me, nobody knew me. But now everybody, I think everybody in Israel knows my name. And it is very funny,” she said in an interview with AP last week.

Fostanes spends her days caring and cleaning for an ailing woman in her 50s. To save money, she lives in a crowded apartment in south Tel Aviv, a downtrodden area inhabited by foreign laborers, with seven others.

Fostanes, a Filipina caregiver, performs during a rehearsal for Israel's X-Factor talent show in Tel Aviv

Several months ago, a friend encouraged her to enter the “X-Factor” competition, a popular show hosted by Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli.

Standing just 1.50 meters-tall (4-foot-11), Fostanes has captured her audiences’ hearts with a surprisingly strong and soulful voice, belting out such hits as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Lady Gaga’s “You and I.”

Israeli singer Shiri Maimon, a judge on the show and former reality TV contestant herself, has served as Fontanes’ “mentor” throughout the season.

*courtesy of The Times of Israel

Ravenswood Star Nicole Gale Anderson on Playing a Ghost

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By Sona Charaipotra

If you’ve been watching ABC Family’s new certified hit, the Pretty Little Liars spin-off Ravenswood, you know that things are starting to get really creepy in smalltown Pennsylvania for Caleb Rivers and his ragtag band of cursed hotties. His new pal Miranda Collins, in particular, has had it rough—what with dying in the second episode and all.

We caught up with Ravenswood star Nicole Gale Anderson, who plays the newbie ghost (and might look familiar—thanks to stints on Make It Or Break It and JONAS LA), to chat about hauntings, scare tactics, and, of course, whether there’s romance in store!

Miranda died in the second episode—which really sent some fans reeling!
Aw, yeah, it was kind of crazy. It’s a little nuts that they did it so soon in the season, but I think that’s what they were going for—that shock value. You get so attached to the character, starting with the Pretty Little Liars Halloween episode, and now she’s dead! What now?

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Were you worried going in, since Pretty Little Liars has such a huge fan base? That’s a lot of pressure for a new show.
Oh my gosh, yeah! They’re such a successful show and it’s intimidating to follow in their shoes, but we couldn’t ask for a better lead-in. It was really really awesome working with them all. But I hope people are checking on Ravenswood and enjoying it too. It’s definitely very different from Pretty Little Liars. I mean, just with the supernatural elements alone!

How is it on set? Is it really freaky? Or is it all really mechanical and expected, the scare tactics?
Some of it is very mechanical. Especially for my character, since Miranda is a now a ghost and she’s having a lot of interactions with ghosts and other supernatural things. So half the time, I’m playing to nothing. I have to take my own cues of, “Huh! Oh my gosh, what was that?” I have to use my imagination a bit, so it’s definitely sparked the little child inside me. Which has been fun. But there are definitely sometimes where they really try to scare us. Tyler Blackburn and I had this one scene the other day where this ghost is supposed to come through and so they triggered this big gust of wind and we were definitely jumping at that! We weren’t expecting that one at all. We didn’t know that they were going to use a leaf blower!

You guys are shooting in New Orleans. Tyler Blackburn told us the energy there is different. Do you feel the same?
New Orleans is kind of dark in a very beautiful way. The above-ground cemetery we’ve been shooting in, and the old, decrepit mansions—we’ve had such awesome locations, but they’ve definitely been spooky. There’s this one that is this abandoned children’s hospital, a mental institution. So Steven Cabral, who plays my uncle Raymond, had these recordings on his phone of these children’s voices. And he kept playing them in the background when Tyler was shooting. So Tyler kept freaking out, thinking, “Oh my God, I’m hearing these kid ghosts—this place must be haunted.” All week Tyler was thinking he was hearing these ghosts, and then at the end of the week, Steven played the recording in front of him and was like, “Hey Tyler, does this sound familiar?” It was really funny. He totally fell for it! It was hilarious.
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Miranda and Caleb bond on Ravenswood. (ABC Family )

The mid-season finale is coming up next week. What can we expect?
There’s a big surprise coming up at the end of the episode that will be the big cliffhanger, leaving everyone wondering what’s going to happen next. And then they’re going to have to wait over the holidays to see what happens when we return January 7th. By the end of this week’s episode, the other four characters are able to see Miranda. It’s been fun to be able to develop relationships with the other characters—they’re all so different, but we become unexpected friends. But there will be a lot of new ghosts introduced—some of them good, but most of them very bad. And Miranda, being a ghost, has a lot of interaction there.

So far, Miranda’s been a good ghost. If you have to be haunted…
I don’t think haunting is the right word. She’s just always around. It almost feels normal having Miranda there. She’s a part of the pack. She almost feels normal—she just happens to be dead. She’s a strong personality, but then she dies, and she sort of loses herself. She’s trying to figure out who she is and where she fits in, and with those other ghosts, it gets pretty freaky. But in the next few episodes, she’ll get more comfortable in her skin as a ghost and gets her edge back.

Miranda and Caleb have a very When Harry Met Sally vibe—at least according to producer I. Marlene King. What can we expect romance-wise?
We’ve been able to do some really, really awesome flashbacks—and they revolve around the tombstones Miranda and Caleb found of people who looked exactly like us. So we get to flash back to 1917, and those people and what their lives were like back then. And how it relates to us in the modern-day. But romantically, between Miranda and Caleb, the writers are having fun, because it can’t really happen. But they care for each other and depend on each other and they’ve got each other’s back. But he’s with Hanna, and physically, he and Miranda can’t connect anyway. She’s a ghost!

But who knows what we’ll see historically?
Absolutely! There’s an episode where we have a whole slew of flashbacks, so who knows what we’ll learn. We got to dress up in all the period costumes, and that was a lot of fun. But romance-wise, you never know what’s going to happen! And in the mid-season finale, episode five, we learn so much more about the curse and why those tombstones were there and why those people look so much like Miranda and Caleb. So tune in and find out!

Ravenswood airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Finale Spoilers: Marlene King Promises the “Biggest Ending Ever”

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It’s hard to imagine an ending to the Pretty Little Liars Season 4 finale that beats every the Season 3 finale, but that’s what PLL showrunner Marlene King is boldly promising for Season 4B’s climactic episode.

When asked what she could tell us about the Season 4 finale, Marlene tweeted: “It’s all about Answers. And the biggest ending ever.” Good, because we have a lot of questions. We have a feeling that Season 4B’s overarching mystery theme will be exploring why Ezra is stalking Ali, what their connection is in general, and the events leading up to Ali’s fake death. Is it possible we could get all of these questions answered in the Season 4 finale, considering the show will continue into Season 5? We hope so!

And, to be clear, the label “biggest ending ever” is comparing this episode to season-ending moment like Ian’s death after nearly killing Spencer, Mona’s reveal as “A,” Maya’s death, Toby’s redemption, and the Thornhill Lodge Fire — and that’s not even taking into account summer finales, or the game-changing endings of the epic Halloween specials. Basically, we’re totally intrigued by Marlene’s promise for “answers” and big-ness because — so far this season — she’s delivered on both counts. We can only imagine what she has in store for us in the finale.

How do you think Season 4 will end? Share your theories in the comments below!

Catch the Pretty Little Liars Season 4 winter premiere, Tuesday, January 7, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.

*courtesy of Wetpaint

2 Filipino Fashion Designers make it on Rihanna’s produced reality show “STYLED TO ROCK” on Bravo.

Fashion Designers Cecilia Aragon & Andre Soriano are just 2 of the contestants on Rihanna’s new reality show “STYLED TO ROCK” that premieres tonight on Bravo. This show looks good and judging from the sneak peak, Cecilia & Andre will bring the fashions and the DRAMA!!!

Check out the “STYLED TO ROCK”  Sneak Peak: http://www.bravotv.com/styled-to-rock/season-1/videos/this-is-their-moment

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Actor Alec Mapa to be a coach on AMC’s Showville

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”  AMC announced today the lineup of eight towns across the country where talent will be scouted for its newest unscripted series, Showville (formerly titled Road Show). Created and executive produced by Laurie Girion (Cheerleader Nation, Welcome to Sweetie Pies) and distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television, the series organizes competitions in each town, featuring local talent who get the chance of a lifetime to be in the spotlight. Actor Alec Mapa and choreographer Lisette Bustamante were named as the series’ performance coaches, working with the show’s finalists each week to prep them for their performance in front of a live, local audience. Showville consists of eight one-hour episodes and premieres this spring.  ”

”  Mapa got his big show business break when he was cast as the opera diva, Song Liling, in Broadway’s M. Butterfly. He went on to direct the critically acclaimed one-man shows, Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy and I Remember Mapa and is also a renowned director in the comedy circuit. In addition, Mapa has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Marley & Me Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, Seinfeld, and You Don’t Mess With The Zohan.  ”

Read more: http://blogs.amctv.com/movie-blog/2013/01/amc-announces-showville-shooting-locations.php
Alec Mapa AMC bio: http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/meet-the-showville-mentors/alec.php
About the Showville: http://www.amctv.com/shows/showville