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Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Andy Poe is the real Fernando Poe, Jr. He was third of six siblings, born after Elizabeth, Ronald Allan and after Genevieve (or Jenny), Frederick and Evangeline. He had to assume another screen name when his real name was used by his brother, Ronald Allan Poe. He was introduced as Andy Poe in the 1967 western movie, Alamat ng 7 Kilabot, starred in by top action stars that time. In his second movie, Matimbang ang Dugo sa Tubig, he shared top billing with his brother, Da King himself, FPJ. He gained full stardom in Jingy and El Nino, both released in 1968.
Matimbang ang Dugo sa Tubig (1967)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Andy Poe, Perla Bautista, Lito Anzures, Victor Bravo and Quiel Segovia/ Directed by D'Lanor
Jingy (1968)- Stars Andy Poe, Paquito Diaz, Alicia Alonzo, Lito Anzures, Victor Bravo, Pablo Virtuoso, Dencio Padilla/ Directed by Efren Reyes
The Alvarados (1970)- Stars Andy Poe, George Estregan, Angelito Marquez and Leopoldo Salcedo/ with Rosanna Ortiz, Anita Linda, Berting Labra, Boy ALano/ Directed by Artemio Marquez
Bugoy (1971)- Stars Andy Poe, Paquito Diaz, Robert Jaworski, Rebecca, Lito Anzures, Victor Bravo, Nello Nayo/ Featuring Romy Diaz and Zernan Manahan/ Directed by D'Lanor
Dimasupil Brothers (1971)- Stars Andy Poe, Paquito Diaz, Robert Jaworski, Romy Diaz, Jumbo, Alberto 'Big Boy' Reynoso Freddie Webb and Lou Salvador, Sr./ Directed by Manuel Cinco
Bank Robbery (1971)- Stars Tony Ferrer, Andy Poe, Nick Romano and Rosanna Ortiz/ with Leopoldo Salcedo, Martin Marfil, Bruno Punzalan, Jose Vilafranca/ Directed by Armando de Guzman
Friday, October 10, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
RITA GOMEZ AS FRANCISCO V. COCHING'S "MALDITA" (1953) AND "TALIPANDAS" (1958): KOMIKS SERIAL AND MOVIE ADAPTATION
When Sampaguita was in the process of scouting for an actress to play the role of Maldita, another popular F.V. Coching character in Pilipino Komiks, Coching insisted on Rita Gomez, whom he had seen in the Gerry de Leon film, Ang Sawa sa Lumang Simboryo (based on Amado Yasona komiks serial). His choice could not have been more apt as the film went on to become one of the top moneymakers in 1953. Gomez was herself on her way to becoming a fine performer, as attested to by her Famas Best Actress award in the 1958 adaptation of another Coching komiks serial Talipandas, playing the character of the bar girl with a heart of gold, which was also one of the country’s official entries to the Asian Film Festival that year.Maldita (1953)- Stars Rita Gomez, Pancho Magalona, Boy Alano, Tony Cayado, Bella Flores, Aruray, Martin Marfil/ Directed by Enrique Moreno (or Eddie Romero)
Maldita- Story and penned by Franscico V. Coching/ serialized in Pilipino Komiks/ 1953
Left- Talipandas (1958)- Stars Rita Gomez, Luis Gonzales, Van de Leon, Carlos Salazar, Bella Flores, Zeny Zabala, Pacita Arana, Ely Roque/ Directed by Conrado Conde
Right- Talipandas- Story and penned by Fransciso V. Coching/ serialized in Espesyal Komiks/ 1958
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Hagibis (1947)- Stars Fernando Poe, Sr., Erlinda Cortez, Pacita del Rio, Rolando Liwanag, Rosa Mia/ Music by Lucio San Pedro/ Directed by Lamberto Avellana
Coching’s first serialized novel and probably the first in the history of Philippine comics to be filmed was Hagibis in 1947, starring Fernando Poe, Sr. Hagibis, which ran in the pages of Liwayway magazine from 1947 to 1950 was to become a big hit at the tills. Inspired by the characters of Kulafu by Francisco and Pedrino Reyes and Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan, Hagibis proved to be so popular that it was followed by five adventure-filled sequels. With the phenomenal success of Hagibis, Coching’s fame was secured.
Also adapted into the big screen was the 1950 movie, Bertong Balutan, another Fernando Poe starrer. But Coching’s more successful early film venture was Satur, an LVN production directed by National Artist Lamberto Avellana. With Manuel Conde playing Satur, the devil incarnate and masquerading as a handsome dapper young man in cape, the film further made Coching novels an excellent source of film material.
Source: A Filmic Flight by Justino M. Dormiendo
Satur (1951)- Stars Jaime de la Rosa, Delia Razon and Manuel Conde/ with Alfonso Carvajal, Rosa Aguirre, Jose de Cordova/ Directed by Lamberto Avellana
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Filmmaker and producer Cirio Santiago died Friday night, September 26, of complications from lung cancer. He was 72.
Santiago was born on January 18, 1936. His parents were Dr. Ciriaco Santiago and the former Adela Hermoso, who established Premiere Productions and later, People’s Pictures after the Second World War. Probinsiyana (1946), directed by Susana de Guzman was their first production.
He also did a lot of co-production ventures with other countries, among them, Day of the Trumpet (1957), Man on the Run (1958),
Cirio also directed some of FPJ memorable movies--- Laban sa Lahat (1958), Pepeng Kaliwete (1958), Hawaiian Boy (1959), Leon Marahas (1962), Masikip ang Daigdig (1962) and Sa Pagitan ng Dalawang Mata (1963).
For more on Cirio H. Santiago, follow these links
andrewleavold.blogspot.com- Cirio H. Santiago Filmography
Paul Newman one of the last of the great 20th-century movie stars, died Friday at his home in
If Marlon Brando and James Dean defined the defiant American male as a sullen rebel, Paul Newman recreated him as a likable renegade, a strikingly handsome figure of animal high spirits and blue-eyed candor whose magnetism was almost impossible to resist, whether the character was Hud, Cool Hand Luke or Butch Cassidy.
He acted in more than 65 movies over more than 50 years, drawing on a physical grace, unassuming intelligence and good humor that made it all seem effortless.
Yet he was also an ambitious, intellectual actor and a passionate student of his craft, and he achieved what most of his peers find impossible: remaining a major star into a craggy, charismatic old age even as he redefined himself as more than
Mr. Newman made his
Mr. Newman’s filmography was a cavalcade of flawed heroes and winning antiheroes stretching over decades. In 1958 he was a drifting confidence man determined to marry a Southern belle in an adaptation of “The Long, Hot Summer.” In 1982, in “The Verdict,” he was a washed-up alcoholic lawyer who finds a chance to redeem himself in a medical malpractice case.
And in 2002, at 77, having lost none of his charm, he was affably deadly as Tom Hanks’ gangster boss in “Road to Perdition.” It was his last onscreen role in a major theatrical release. (He supplied the voice of the veteran race car Doc in the Pixar animated film “Cars” in 2006.)
Few major American stars have chosen to play so many imperfect men.
As Hud Bannon in “Hud” (1963) Mr. Newman was a heel on the
As the self-destructive convict in “Cool Hand Luke” (1967) Mr. Newman was too rebellious to be broken by a brutal prison system. As Butch Cassidy in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969) he was the most amiable and antic of bank robbers, memorably paired with Robert Redford. And in “The Hustler” (1961) he was the small-time pool shark Fast Eddie, a role he recreated 25 years later, now as a well-heeled middle-aged liquor salesman, in “The Color of Money” (1986).
That performance, alongside Tom Cruise, brought Mr. Newman his sole Academy Award, for best actor, after he had been nominated for that prize six times. In all he received eight Oscar nominations for best actor and one for best supporting actor, in “Road to Perdition.” “Rachel, Rachel,” which he directed, was nominated for best picture.
The New York Times/
September 27, 2008