Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Anne Curtis and Dingdong Dantes Meet At "Intersection"

DJ Mojo Jojo

Intersection, an adrenaline-fuelled animation that provides a hard-hitting look at human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Asia. The half-hour anime features the voices of Ely Buendia, Dingdong Dantes, Anne Curtis, Epi Quizon and Dolly Anne Carvajal. Intersection premiered yesterday on MTV Philippines but will re-air July 26 at 3pm; July 29 at 5:30pm; August 1 at 9pm; August 3 at 10:30pm; August 13 at 8:30pm.

“We’re using a different medium, animation, to alert young people about the risks of human trafficking,” said Olivier Carduner, USAID’s Mission Director for Asia . “It adds to the body of work – documentaries, music videos, film shorts, concert specials and public service announcements – that MTV and USAID have released to reach potential victims and to promote law enforcement and victim outreach efforts.”

"MTV Philippines is very proud to be contributing its effort to such corporate social responsibility causes. We hope that this campaign provides important information for people to protect themselves as well as inspire our audience to join the fight against trafficking," commented Francis Lumen, CEO of MTV Philippines.

Intersection is MTV EXIT’s first animated film. It is produced by JM Animation, the award-winning Korean studio that created the visually haunting Wonderful Days. Intersection’s soundtrack features music by Radiohead of the UK and Thievery Corporation of the US. MTV EXIT will be releasing Intersection in English and Asian languages featuring the voices of well-known actors from throughout the region. MTV EXIT programming is produced rights-free and is free of charge for all broadcasters & organizations. All the programming can also be streamed and downloaded from www.mtvexit.org.

Richard Gutierrez in controversy once more
Actor Richard Gutierrez was charged with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide by the wife of his bodyguard who died in a car crash with him on May 22 in Silang, Cavite.

The case was filed by Lorayne Pardo, 29, of 1763 F.B. Harrizon Street, Pasay City, who is the wife of Gutierrez’s production assistant, Nomar Pardo. The preliminary hearing is set on August 15 at the Prosecutor’s Office in Imus, Cavite.

According to the Fiscal’s Office in Imus, Lorayne personally filed the criminal charge of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide against Gutierrez, 25, of Mckinley Street, Makati City.

According to records, the car crash happened late morning of May 22 as Gutierrez and Pardo were riding a car (ZTU 775) when it fell from a cliff. The car was a total wreck and Nomar died instantly and Gutierrez was thrown outside the car and escaped serious injuries.

Lorayne said that she has not asked for any monetary consideration from the actor and has not received any amount from him or his family.

This Richard Gutierrez controversy comes on the heels of a recent slew of alleged altercations involving the young star. A few days ago, Boldstar of the influential society blog, www.donavictorina.com posted:

[Last October 17, Richard Gutierrez and Aljur Abrenica had a confrontation at the Fiamma Bar on Jupiter Street in Makati City. PEP reported “according to the stunned customer, he distinctly saw Richard giving Aljur's head a short, quick slap.” A similar incident was again reported by PEP- a scuffle happened between him and Michael Flores. Richard went on to sue PEP - Atty. T. Angelica Y. Santiago, legal counsel for Richard told the media that Richard Gutierrez is seeking P25 million in damages.

When Richard Gutierrez filed a libel case against Joann Maglipon and others (PEP staffer) obviously with the urging of his mother and supported by his sister, I was delirious with contempt. The aforementioned article was uploaded and pulled within 3 hours. For that, the Gutierrez family wanted 25 million pesos. Based on his claim, malice existed on the article with the words “gun toting” creating an implied notion that a “deadly weapon” was used.

Well, first of all a lot of men carry guns in the Philippines. Even the guards of Pizza Hut in SM Cebu had a revolver and a shotgun. Ditto most of the politicians. Secondly, how can one deduce that gun toting is understood by many as “use of a deadly weapon”?

It’s really a case of creating mountains out of a molehill. This is an actor or an entertainment personality who courts the media at every opportunity. To be precise, the family begs the public to watch their movies, short of being a chickenhead in the ghetto.

Lucky for him the article allegedly false was not about him kissing a man. My gash what would that do to his alleged macho reputation? Qui horror!

To save you the legalese, the DOJ dismissed the claim on two grounds. As you might recall Victorina’s post on libel, authored by Atty Trixie, stated that the existence of probable cause depends on satisfying all 4 elements of libel.

a) Imputation of a discreditable act or condition to another

b) Publication of Imputation

c) Identity of the person detained

d) Existence of Malice

Elements A and D according to the DOJ were not sufficiently established. Anyway no one would have known about it if not for the ex Mrs Yilmaz Bektas blabbing to all and sundry of the Philippines through her Ruffa and Ai Show and SNN. Maybe he should sue his own sister for being a blithering blabber mouth. To think that Annabelle hides behind freedom of speech whenever caught with her vitriol towards people who disagrees with her or people she cannot bamboozle.

Carlo Ople wrote that “bloggers and online communities are very particular with their right to free speech. The moment someone attempts to attack that, they will retaliate – and they will do so without mercy. People who comment in posts and bloggers are not covered by ethical codes of conduct and they will do whatever they want to do – which maybe a good and bad thing. My point here is that Rama and her son are both asking for more pain.”]

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Michael Jackson Tribute on MTV

By DJ Mojo Jojo

For the past few weeks, the world has been mourning the loss of one of history’s greatest musicians and performers. With the body of Michael Jackson finally laid to rest, the media is awash with coverage of the celebrated artist as his friends, family and fans continue to pay their last respects. Touching the lives of many generations, Michael Jackson’s legacy lives on through his music and will certainly shape the pop culture of generations to come.

M.J - HIS Story in Music

MTV pays tribute to Michael Jackson as we turn the spotlights high and bright one last time to the King of Pop! The premier Philippine music channel is celebrating the legendary career of this pop icon off by revisiting the influential and monumental career of the Michael Jackson with over 12-hour special programs, showing some of his never before seen footage on July 12 as we switch to an all-Jackson programming from 9am until 12 midnight. This will be a one time opportunity to finally get a run through of the King of Pop’s Life.

Michael Jackson: His Story in Music Parts 1 to 6 - 9am, The Story of Michael Jackson Parts 1 to 6 – 12 noon, Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues – 3pm

Michael Jackson: An Epic Journey – 430 pm, Michael Jackson: Scream – History in the Making – 5pm, Michael Jackson Changes History – 530 pm, Michael Jackson: Moonwalker – 6 pm, Rockumentary: Michael Jackson – 730 pm

A Celebration of Michael Jackson on MTV (new!) – 8pm, MTV News: A Michael Jackson Tribute Special (new!) – 9pm.

Akon Concert Postponed

Akon fans still have something to celebrate. Due to unforeseen events, Akon’s concert at the Araneta Coliseum (which was supposed to be held last week) has been rescheduled to October 23, 2009 at the same venue.

In its letter dated June 28, 2009, Akon’s management outfit, represented by American Talent Agency Inc. President Matthew Mateo, released to this statement: “Due to unforeseen events, Akon’s Asian tour must be rescheduled including the July 4th show which will now be held on October 23, 2009. Akon extends his sincere apologies to his many great fans in the Philippines and assures you that the postponement could not be helped. Akon will put on a great show for everyone in October.”

ALV Events International, which is producing the Akon concert, wishes to assure all ticketholders that all tickets purchased prior to July 4 and from hereon will be honored on October 23.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Pupil to front for N.I.N.

By DJ Mojo Jojo

Manila’s rock-scene is about to go hardcore in just a few weeks! The Philippines’ very own Pupil, the local hit-makers fronted by Ely Buendia, was recently chosen as the opening act by the international rock band, Nine Inch Nails, coming to Araneta Coliseum this August 5, 2009. Out of a possible ten local bands suggested by Splintr.com, the honor ultimately went to Pupil.

Splintr.com recently confirmed that Pupil was chosen as opening act for Nine Inch Nails, coming to Araneta Coliseum on August 5. The band, fronted by Ely Buendia, who gained fame with his former band, The Eraserheads, is a relative newcomer to the local music scene, having been formed in 2005. Despite being new to the scene, Pupil has already made big waves by winning various awards including ‘Artist of the Year 2008’ at the NU107 Rock Awards and Best Rock Band at the Pasiklaband Awards, 2008.

Nine Inch Nails (N.I.N.) personally chose Pupil among the shortlist provided by Splintr.com. Manila represents the first stop on the Asian leg of the NIN world tour, entitled WAVE GOODBYE. It represents what may be the farewell tour, maybe the last. Frontman and driving force behind NIN, Trent Reznor, indicated that after this tour the band would take an indefinite hiatus to focus on other projects. Taken from their official website, Reznor himself broke the news to his legions of fans “In N.I.N. world, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of our first releases," Reznor wrote. "I've been thinking for some time now it's time to make NIN disappear for a while. After some thought, we decided to book a last run of shows across the globe this year."

Catch Nine Inch Nails Live together with Pupil in Manila this August 5 for a one-night only concert at the Araneta Coliseum. For ticket inquiries, please log on to www.ticketnet.com.ph or call 911-5555 or visit www.splintr.com for more details.


Legendary rock band Nine Inch Nails will invade Manila this August

Ely Buendia and his Pupil bandmates hand-picked by N.I.N.