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STOMP: The loudest, funniest international physical comedy is coming to Manila. (Page G-2)
The top picks for TV’s latest fall line-up. (Page G-3)
The highs and lows of TV’s most highly-anticipated awards show. (Page G-4)
It’s your season 10 American Idols live in a special 2-night show in Manila. (Page G-5)
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2011
The Philippine Star
Bring in the noise, bring in the ‘Stomp’! This show is all about ‘rubbish’ that you can find and make beautiful music with — it’ll surely make a stamp — and rub off like magic in your life.
The show’s setting is an industrial workyard and is comprised of eight high-energy performers wearing heavy boots made for stomping. The show makes use of “found” objects, like brooms, bins, plungers, plastic bags, matchboxes, pots, pans, garbage bins, and lighters.
Standing on top of rows and rows of seats in the Ambassadors Theatre in London where Stomp is currently being staged Enjoying the privilege of being able to have one-on-one time with one of Stomp’s creators and directors, Steve McNicholas. What makes Stomp different from other theater shows is that there is no story or speech; drama and humor are translated through sound and movement.
ou’ve surely seen them before: in a packed movie house awaiting the opening credits of the latest Hollywood blockbuster, a pack of Stompers come alive on the screen, making rhythms out of “found” objects that remind us of trash — bins, tabloids, buckets, brooms and sticks. This is Stomp, the international phenomenon that blurs the boundaries between theater, dance, music, experimental work and percussive symphony. I am quite attracted to these kinds of “crossover-I-can’t-put-a-finger-on-it” kind of work, so I make sure to watch every Stomp show I am fortunate enough to be able to catch. I saw it on Off-Broadway in New York and in Las Vegas, and very recently, a team of media people, myself included, flew to London to witness and re-experience the show firsthand. Lucky for us, the international sensation of a show will be coming to Manila this October for the first time, brought to us by VISA. Thank you, VISA! I must include that special thanks because I am an avid fan of the theater and the arts, and anything that broadens our horizons when it comes to breakthrough work, the Filipino must be able to experience for himself. Stomp is one rare performance that the Filipino must not miss. I am betting my life and career that everyone will enjoy it. Yes, that is how gung-ho I am about this show. It’s admirable how such works of fringed nature end up being such big global hits. Stomp at first seems so niche, but after you see the show with an audience, you’ll realize how cross-generational it is. Even without a set plot and dialogue, everyone is still able to understand it. From London to New York to Manila In London, we were able to interview, hang out and “stomp” with the Stompers both onstage and behind the scenes. I personally liken the ingenuity of the Stompers to our takatak boys, who are able to make beautiful harmony while selling cigarettes and newspapers. Aside from being exposed to Stomp in our THX movie theaters (as I mentioned earlier, they are the preceding film clip in any THX cinema in the country), we are also somehow exposed to this restlessness turning into a symphony in our daily lives. In my youth there was a daily contest on the longest running noontime show Eat Bulaga! where people from all walks of life would make noise out of anything, from body parts clanking, mouths tsup-
Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, Stomp is a unique percussion and dance show celebrating its 20th year. From humble beginnings in a little-known street theater in Brighton, the show is now a worldwide multimedia sensation.
Chief executive of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions Ltd. James Cundall promotes the one-of-a-kind experimental show.
tsuping (that didn’t sound right) to feet stomping — you get the drift. According to the producers, its birth was in the fringe festivals of Edinburgh, and then it moved to Adelaide even before it premiered at the Wales Theater in London. They had a three-week gap for the said theater and so by chance the company played there for three weeks way back in 1994. It exploded right after, touring London, New York to South America. A fifth company is also touring Asia,
and will perform here from October 18 till the 23rd, just a few weeks from now. “The show is physically hard, it’s like a football match with 12 people in the show. They all (get a) massage every week; we make sure to make them happy,” said one of the producers when one of us asked how the performers are taken care of while on tour. The show is now in its 20th year and the creators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas are so elated that they are playing in a new country. Like
here in ‘Pinas. The producers were also so proud of their Filipina in the company of Stompers. She’s been performing in Australia, and she’s been with the show for quite some time. Her name is Coralisa dela Force, and they even showed me pictures of her baby. The company is run like a family. For this particular tour, Manila will get the first crack of Stomp, then the company will fly to Hong Kong for two weeks before heading to Kuala Lumpur on the first week of December. The show will be at CCP’s Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. For ticket prices, contact Ticketworld at 891-9999 or check out their site at www.ticketworld.com.ph. I guarantee you’ll definitely enjoy this show. I’ve seen it three times and each time it is faster, fresher and funnier. What are you waiting for? Let’s Stomp it! (Stomp it to me at twitter.com/iamtimyap.)
The Philippine Star
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2011
TV or not TV? That is the question TweeV: Fox’s New Girl stars Hannah Simonez, Lamorne Morris, Jake Johnson, Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield, and could be the first break-out hit of the new TV season.
Meanwhile, back in the 1920s...: Downton Abbey, led by Hugh Bonneville and Dame Maggie Smith, is the first British series to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the “most critically acclaimed television show” of 2011.
Deja view: Like the CW’s Ringer, ABC Family’s The Lying Game also features a girl who assumes her twin sister’s identity.
s a selfp r o claimed television lover, there’s nothing I approve o f m o re t h a n a night — or day, whatever — spent basking in the warm, eerie glow of my computer, diligently screening episode after episode of series both new and established. Given the roulette of shows making their fall debuts, it’s tough for both my hard drive and my attention span. But this type of on-demand escapism is also immensely fun and rewarding, especially when a promising pilot rises from the load of crap network execs routinely pummel us with during this time of the year. First off, there’s New Girl. Rolling out online two weeks before airing on old-school TV, the Fox comedy stars alt-avatar Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day, a dorky girl who moves into an apartment with three
How you doin?: The TV industry-skewering comedy has Matt LeBlanc playing himself as an actor miscast in what was originally a high-brow series. Joining him are Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig as the British writer-couple whose lives get turned upside down when they move to Los Angeles.
dudes after catching her boyfriend cheating on her. While I did enjoy the jokes — “tiger boobs,” the fresh Dirty Dancing and LOTR references — I doubt I can drill my molars full of ballerina flats-wearing, Katy Perry-looking indie cuteness every week without eventually wanting to punch the screen. As far as roommate programs are concerned, I see New Girl as an artsy, flaky bookend to ABC’s Happy Endings, which kicks off its second season on September 28. I can only take so much quirk. TWINSIES When it comes to ridiculous twists and turns and
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Casting a spell: Starring Britt Robertson as Cassie Blake, Kevin Williamson’s The Secret Circle looks set to be a great companion piece to his other supernatural show, The Vampire Diaries.
all-around brain-dead fun, nothing beats ABC Family’s The Lying Game and the CW’s Ringer. On paper, the two dramas sound bizarrely alike: Both feature girls who assume their twin sister’s identity. The former, however, takes place in high school and features daytime soap actress Alexandra Chando — a deadringer for The Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev — as Emma and Sutton. (The Lying Game, by the way, is based on a series of novels by Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard.) The latter, meanwhile, boasts Sarah Michelle Gellar (also the show’s executive producer), Fantastic Four’s Ioan Gruffud and Life Unexpected’s Kristoffer Polaha. Having Buffy on board may guarantee a built-in fan base, but Ringer has a long way to go if it wants to slay its competition. A scene in the premiere episode involving a boat — and apparently a blue screen — looked hilariously crude and low-budget. FROM VAMPIRES TO WITCHES To beef up its supernatural block, the CW has paired its successful brand The Vampire Diaries, now on its third season, with newbie The Secret Circle, which follows an orphaned teenager who returns to her mother’s hometown and finds out that she’s from a family of witches. It’s most likely a product of demographics and market research, but so what? The Secret Circle is turning out to be my guiltiest pleasure. Dark like The Craft and sassy like Charmed, the freshman series is familiar yet intriguing in equal turns. The cast, led by Life Unexpected’s Britt Robertson as Cassie Blake, benefits from the show’s excellent photography and the plot, soon to be filled with more magic, stands
to be enhanced by the special effects. After a summer watching werewolves, The Secret Circle might just fill the Teen Wolf-shaped void in my life. BRIT WITS Last, for slightly more sophisticated fare, my money’s on Showtime’s Episodes and ITV’s Downton Abbey. For instance, you’d never think that Matt LeBlanc would be anything other than Joey Tribbiani, but Episodes, his acclaimed comedy shown on both Showtime and the BBC, proves that the former Friends star can do more than “How you doin?” The show’s premise — that successfully translating high-brow British television for American audiences is not without its pitfalls — makes his role playing himself, alongside English actors Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan, even more awkward… and meta. With brilliant characters, most of whom conspire to make a mess of other people’s lives, Episodes has thankfully been renewed for a second season of nine, well, episodes. Told you it was meta. As for Downton Abbey, the UK costume drama not only returned to the small screen for its second “series” (British English for season): It has done so bolstered by its triumph at the 63rd Emmys. Set during the reign of King George V in the 1920s, the tale of the aristocratic Grantham family and their servants has won over both critics and fans with its mix of drama, trickery, romance, and pitch-perfect period detail. In crude American terms, Downton Abbey is a soap, but somehow all that Britishness makes it seem more scholarly. *** ginobambino.tumblr.com
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2011
The Philippine Star
Just put on a good show: The 2011 Emmys By Ramon De Veyra
ith so much quality television being made right now, it shouldn’t be too difficult to have a good Emmys show. You could probably coast by just from keeping the camera trained on all the brilliant comedic talent the medium has to offer. This year’s Emmys had some great moments, and seemed like a genuinely fun time. Maybe they’re taking a cue from the Golden Globes, though that show’s reputation for fun seems based on the fact that alcohol is served during the event. This year’s Emmys’ high points were paired with a couple of expected and earned wins. If a theme did emerge, it felt to me like it was certain shows and talents finally getting their dues. Even host Jane Lynch, long an underappreciated comedienne before getting a breakout turn in Glee, did a good turn as host of the show. Her opening number had the occasional weak spot but it was lovely seeing all the participating celebrities in their shows’ worlds, the Mad Men section a clear winner, showcasing the differences between that show’s era and today’s. Comedians reigned. Lynch’s best joke of the night came when she said, “people ask me why I’m a lesbian,” then proceeding to introduce the cast of Entourage. Ricky Gervais sent in a prerecorded message, which was laughably edited into a comedy of censorship errors. The Lonely Island performed a medley of their nominated hits with assistance from a very willing Michael Bolton (dressed at one point as Jack Sparrow, complete with crooked mustache), Ed Helms, Maya Rudolph, Akon, and John Stamos. They also introduced the phrase “freak Bill Macy” into the lexicon of popular culture. If there was one person who consistently bombed, though, it was the diesmbodied announcer who kept making weak, sometimes off-color remarks at the winners’ expenses as they walked to the stage. They were about as clever as a Kenneth Cole tagline. Which is to say, not at all. Oh, and you could almost feel everyone expectantly holding their breath when Charlie Sheen appeared, but this time there were no shenanigans, no fireworks. I’ve no space to list down every winner here (that’s what the Internet’s for), so I’ll just point out some favorites. Martin Scorsese won for his direction of the Boardwalk Empire pilot, another feather in the cap of the esteemed filmmaker. The criticallyloved Friday Night Lights, which this year ended, finally got some Emmy love when it received awards in Outstanding Writing and Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Character actress Margo Martindale gave
The highlight of the show was when the Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nominees went onstage pageant-style, with Melissa McCarthy winning for Mike & Molly.
The Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev in a heartstopping fire-engine red gown by Donna Karan
A very game Michael Bolton dressed up as Jack Sparrow for his medley with The Lonely Island.
Emmys host Jane Lynch being hoisted up as she performs the opening number of the show. Jaws dropped as Gwyneth Paltrow donned an amazing midriff-baring number by Emilio Pucci.
Past and present: Charlie Sheen and Two and a Peter Dinklage won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Half Men’s replacement lead, Ashton Kutcher, for Game of Thrones. We suspect it’s partly for slapping Joffrey. make nice backstage.
a moving speech when she won for Supporting Actress for Justified. Peter Dinklage won Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his stellar work in Game of Thrones, which made his character one of its breakout stars. While much of the momentum was on HBO’s side (Boardwalk Empire scored technical and creative wins) with the popularity of Game of Thrones, they got a shock when Mad Men again won the Outstanding Drama Series, making it a landmark four-peat for the beloved show. Over on the comedy side, Modern
Family dominated for the second year in a row. The show’s one of those nice confluences of “very very famous” and “actually good.” Though it’s a shame the outstanding Community didn’t even get a nomination, you can’t argue with the charm of the cast. When Ty Burrell won for Outstanding Supprting Actor in a Comedy Series, he was up against three of his co-stars. Onscreen wife Julie Bowen also took an Emmy home for herself, and the show took Outstanding Comedy Series. On stage, there was a touching
bit when co-creator Steven Levitan said, “There were a lot of years when a lot of people on this stage had failed pilots and shows that didn’t go, so we appreciate every single second of this.” The best part of the show, though, was during the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award. The nominees, led by the first-called Amy Poehler, happily bounded up onto the stage and took positions, pageant-style, showing a sweet, supportive solidarity that prompted a standing ovation from the crowd.
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When Melissa McCarthy was announced as the winner (for Mike & Molly) she was visibly shocked and surprised, but it was so sweet to see her fellow nominees around her, all hugs and smiles, as presenters Rob Lowe and Sofia Vergara presented her with a crown and flowers. Reaction shots of the crowd showed how happy and pleased they were at this display of shared pride. It was a moment that made for some damn good television, the kind everyone was there to celebrate in the first place.
By IRVIN CORTEZ
Anti-planking, pro-veganism and Miss World Philippines! Beauty Pageant of the Week: Miss World Philippines
Winner of the Week: Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Boxing’s favorite trash talker won the WBC Welterweight title this week from Victor Ortiz in a controversial match where analysts claim Mayweather threw in a barrage of punches to Ortiz when he wasn’t ready yet. Mayweather answered the allegations of dirty play by saying the rule of boxing is to “protect yourself at all times.” Same goes for casual sex.
Lebanese of the Week: Nora Aunor
In a magazine interview that’s now out in newsstands, returning superstar Nora Aunor reveals she brought archrival Vilma Santos a bouquet of roses during their heyday, hinting she may be bisexual. “Baka nga gano’n ako. Kung gano’n ako, masaya pa rin, di ba?” she tells us. We answer, “Identity crisis at 58, meganon?”
Important Legislation of the Week: The Anti-Planking Act of 2011 Repeal of the Week: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
No, it’s not a showbiz talk show title; it used to be a military policy, and we’re glad that it is no longer in effect. Openly gay men and women can now serve in the US military without any reservations or prohibitions after the DADT law from the Clinton era was finally repealed this week. If the Al Qaeda wants war, American soldiers will give them war, and they’ll be there in their red stilettos.
RH bill and FOI can wait, this is a very important bill that needs to be passed even before the President loses another hair strand. Rep. Winnie Castelo of Quezon City filed this week the AntiPlanking Act of 2011, an act prohibiting and penalizing planking during street rallies. He says it’s the parent in him that prompted him to file the bill, while the plankers in us feel this is crazy. Good thing there’s horsemaning and owling.
The inaugural Miss World Philippines was held this week, and Filipino-French model Gwendolyn Ruais was adjudged as the first title holder. She will be representing the Philippines in the Miss World 2011 pageant in London in November, where former PBB housemate Riza Santos is also competing, representing Canada. According to rumors, Miss Philippines will have an interpreter for the final question, and Shamcey Supsup was offered the position.
Government Agency of the Week: MMDA Gone are the days when MMDA is in equal footing with the images of COA, Customs and BIR. Nowadays, it isn’t corruption that’s attached to MMDA’s image, it’s technology! MMDA has recently released it’s iPhone/iPad app, which gives real time traffic info from the Metro’s main roads, making it a must have app for every commuter. Their next project will be eTickets, apprehending violators via Facebook.
Porn Site of the Week: peta.xxx It’s now all systems go for www.peta.xxx, a porn-cum-vegetarian website created by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA. The website is expected to be replete with sexual content and graphic animal suffering, in an effort to raise awareness on brutality against animals. This move was criticized by anti-sexism groups, calling the strategy desperate and sexist. Asked to comment on this, Melanie Marquez maintains she will still eat meat; hence, “I am a carnival.”
Pambatong Movie of the Week: Ang Babae sa Septic Tank
Fans of the elevator acting style, rejoice! Marlon Rivera’s lol-tastic comedy Ang Babae sa Septic Tank has been chosen to represent the country in the Foreign Language Film category of the 2012 Academy Awards. They need about P30M to get the movie the PR it needs to capture the Oscar audience, or else the movie will just end up in the, err, septic tank.
Word of the Week: “Perjuicio”
To b e totally h o n est, we always thought perjuicio was just plain perwisyo, but since presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda spelled it that way (kung makabeki ng spelling, wagas), we’re taking it as it is. Calling the transport strike this week a perjuicio and the protesters onion-skinned, Lacierda was criticized for his apparent arrogance and his Twitter outbursts, with netizens calling him irresponsible and utak wang-wang. Lito Lapid should’ve been spokesperson instead.
The Philippine Star
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2011
American idol-atry Photos by MAGIC LIWANAG American Idol 2011’s top 11 make it to Manila.
The idols rock it out in red.
AI’s resident Casanova Stefano Langone finally gives up the goods. Talented trio: Casey James, Haley Reinhart and Paul McDonald
Southern sweetheart: Lauren Alaina
By Amanda Lago
The newest American Idol, Scotty McCreery takes the spotlight.
Tribal twist: Naima Adedapo brings color to the stage.
lot of people are saying that American Idol is on its way out, what with its many fans defecting to the fresher formats of The Voice, and even The Glee Project. If that’s true, well, we can’t say that the show that’s kept a worldwide audience hooked for nearly a decade isn’t going down without a fight. Apart from tweaking a weary format and add-
ing J.Lo and Steven Tyler to the judging panel, the franchise also decided this year to send their top 11 finalists on a tour, not just within the United States, but all over Asia. Of course, they had to make the Philippines a stop on their tour, especially since one of the finalists Thia Megia is a Fil-Am herself (this is a fact that rabid Pinoy AI fans can never let go). Joining Thia in their concert last Sept. 20 and 21 at the Araneta Coliseum were
fellow finalists Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, Jacob Lusk, James Durbin, Lauren Alaina, Naima Adedapo, Paul McDonald, Pia Toscano, Stefano Langone, and the season 10 American Idol himself, Scotty McCreery, who didn’t seem to mind sharing the spotlight at all. Many of our own local
Caricatures of prominent media personalities, like Willie Revillame, PhilSTAR Supreme’s Tim Yap, Kris Aquino, Ramon Tulfo, Mo Twister, Carlos Celdran, the CBCP, and Bryanboy for the “Dangerous Minds” story in Rogue magazine’s July issue
celebrities made it to the show, and raved incessantly about the energy that the performers brought on stage. If it is true that American Idol’s glory days are over, then it’s something that the top 11 finalists refused to accept, and just as well, because we got two great shows out of it.
arami nang serious na artists sa mundo. Tama na,” Meneer Marcelo often tells people who ask why he decided to focus on caricature. “Parang ginagamit ko na siya as my art form to make someone laugh without really having political issues. It’s fun, plain fun.” It all started when Meneer, 28, asked a co-faculty member at the Mapua Institute of Technology if he could do a caricature of him. He wasn’t really a caricature artist, but requests soon followed. Favors led to referrals, which in turn, became commissioned work. He started posting his work on his Facebook account and signed up on Tumblr. Then things got really serious when pretty racecar driver Gaby dela Mercedcontactedhimandcommissioned him to draw her. Eventually, high society came a knockin’. Rajo Laurel asked him to do a wall painting for House of Laurel and Miguel Mari, the art director of Rogue magazine, requested a couple of caricatures for their April 2011 issue. When Supreme needed a caricature artist to draw Paris Hilton in honor of her arrival, the first person who came to mind was Meneer. “I never imagined my addiction to faces would take me this far,” he says. Meneer began to breathe new life into an art form that had been relegated to the
By Cai Subijano
oft-overlooked Opinion section of broadsheets, lowly sidewalk professions and novelty wall hangings. “Kapag caricature, usually ang iniisip ng mga tao, malaki ang ulo taposmaliityungkatawan,perohindilangsiya ganoon. Caricature is meant for satire, for comments, usually political,” he explains. Currently, he’s trying to put together a guild for all caricature artists in the country. When they finally form a substantial number, he hopes to start some sort of mentorship program among the young caricatureartistsandthemoreseniorones. There sure is a generation gap to bridge, especially since Meneer relies heavily on CMD+Z (the shortcut for “undo” on a computer) to make his caricatures. Having just started caricature illustrations a little over a year ago, Meneer isn’t at all sure where any of these happy accidents are taking him, but he sure is enjoying the ride. “I believe in art’s lighter side. I want to use it to make people happy,” he says. *** Meneer Marcelo will be holding a “Head Drawings Essentials 2” workshop today, Sept.24, and Oct. 1 at F*art Gallery, 24 J. Erestain cor. K1st, Kamuning, Q.C. Only 20 slots are available at a fee of P3, 000. A one-night exhibit will be held on Oct. 8. For more information, visit meneermarcelo.com or e-mail email@example.com.