Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Alyssa Milano Dressed in Vegetables for PETA

"Charmed" is one way of putting it. Who would think that lettuce leaves and asparagus would look good on an actress? Well, Alyssa Milano, our famous Charmed witch on television pulls it off in a veggie gown worn for a poster of the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA (Asia-Pacific division). The headline says Gawing gulay ang buhay, which is Tagalog (Filipino) for "Make life vegetarian." But actually, it literally translates to "Make life a vegetable." But in spite of this, it's still a good poster.

So, we've got lettuce on a "nude," Alyssa Milano (ok, she's not exactly nude, but we can imagine that she is underneath that salad), but the one below has got something spicier and it's truly nude, or at least it appears to be. It's actress Maggie Q's take on encouraging people to eat vegetables (specifically chili peppers) which I think most people would really like. ; )

Now which poster do you think would be better at encouraging people to eat vegetables and stay away from meat?

Now, who speaks for the plants?

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

James Cameron's Avatar Promises Surprises

James Cameron's dramatic science-fiction adventure movie, Avatar, will come in 2009 and it promises moviegoers a new visual treat with the use of new techniques developed by Cameron's team and tried and tested Weta visual effects. The movie will be a 3-D showcase. It is about a soldier who gets involved in the struggle for survival of the people of another planet. It stars Sigourney Weaver of Alien fame and Wes Studi, who played Geronimo in the movie of the same title. The cast also includes Giovanni Ribisi and Michelle Rodriguez. The production reportedly to cost more than $200 million.

Jump to i-Mash for an article on the comeback of 3-D movies

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" Gets the Nod for R-18 in Taiwan

Director Ang Lee's full version of his erotic spy thriller Lust, Caution, set in Japanese occupied Shanghai, has been given the go signal for release and viewing with an R-18 rating. Lee has cut out 30 minutes of the film's controversial scenes to please China authorities, but he didn't have to do the same for Taiwan, who's 5-member committee voted unanimously in favor of the unedited version due to its artistic attributes. Lee's winning the Golden Lion in the Cannes Film festival most likely helped in the verdict. It's still not sure if other countries will follow Taiwan's example.

See a video clip on Ang Lee and photos of the female lead star of Lust, Caution, Joan Chen with her director in i-Mash.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Hollywood Goes Googoo over Mecha after Transformers

The blockbuster success of Michael Bay's Transformers has prompted Hollywood to take a deeper dip into the Japanese-inspired mecha anime genre and take on projects like Voltron and Robotech. Hey, if the American and world audience can accept "live action" giant robots on the big screen, then why not giant robots that transform into fighter planes (or feline forms) and fight alien invaders? It's the new thing in science-fiction and I believe old fans of such series have been pining for live versions of the cartoons for years. But of course it had to take that long since it's these same fans (now grown up) that are making their dreams and fantasies into reality.

Now, who would not want to see their favorite mecha heroes as real people, especially Lynn Minmei (two cartoon renditions of her on the left; an artist's portrait below), who's song seem to turn the tides of battle in favor of Earth's robotech warriors. While the details of the movie itself are yet to be laid down. Tobey Maguire of Spider-Man fame will produce and star in Robotech, which will be under Warner Brothers. Which makes me wonder who will be cast as Lynn Minmei and nurse Dana Sterling (below left).
And what about the Voltron movie? This will be from producer Mark Gordon (The Day After Tomorrow). I think this won't make a big splash as Robotech (which has more of a cult following due to several anime movies to its credit) although it will be watched my many who used to follow the cartoon series (with Optimus Prime's voice narrating the intro). In my opinion, they should have went for Voltes V instead, which is more Japanese, "original," and with a kung-fu teacher-student story that can appeal to children and adults alike. And who can forget the timeless line of the Armstrong kids? "Father! Father!"

Well, anyway, you might also be interested to know that there's also a Dragonball Z movie (bottom) in the works. I don't know what to think about this, since it may be a bit difficult to make the animated alien characters believable. I mean, they're all hilarious, serious, and unbelievable at the same time! I can't imagine how they can be the same if they're real people, unless, they make them like the latest movie incarnation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

But these movies only mean one thing in the end, and that's merchandise that will earn more money than the move can ever make in one week!
Watch a video of Tobey Maguire and read more about his Robotech movie here in i-Mash.

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

Destination Truth Unravels the Supernatural

We've been acquainted with shows like The X-Files and the Supernatural. Entertaining, yes, but hardly true. Now, there's a new show on The Sci-Fi Channel that aims to bring out the truth behind most of the supernatural things that you've seen in both shows. Join Josh Gates as he tours the globe in search of the facts behind stories that strike fear in your hearts, boggle the mind, and stir the imagination. Journey with him in Chile in search of the true blood-sucking El Chupacabra; walk with him in South Africa as he finds clues to the dwarf boogeyman with a taste for tobacco snuff users. If you know of a supernatural creature that you would want Josh and his team to investigate, you can contact them to suggest a topic for a future show. Click here.