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Hollywood, California – James Franco in 127 Hours. Sandra Bullock in Gravity. Robert Redford in All Is Lost. They have one thing in common: being the only (or mostly the only) actor in a full-feature movie. Hollywood appears to be picking up more and more on this trend because of, among other reasons, financial benefits — having to pay only one actor instead of multiple actors and extras.

Recognizing the trend, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced a major change in its Oscar nomination rules, effective with the 2013 acting awards.

Actors and actresses featured in single actor films, or being the only one in at least 50% of the entire film, can now be nominated for BOTH best actor/actress and supporting actor/actress. With the new rules, it is now possible for an actor or actress to win two awards in any given Oscar season — both as best actor/actress and best supporting actor/actress.

In justifying the new rules, the Academy said that in films with single actors or actresses,
“they are basically interacting with themselves and that takes some acting ablity; so they need to be recognized for such great skill.”

Will we see Sandra  Bullock nominated for Best Actress and Supporting Actress, and Robert Redford for Best Actor and Supporting Actor?



imageManila, Philippines – In a television interview prior to her departure for Moscow, Russia to compete in this year’s Miss Universe Pageant, Miss Philippines Ariella Arida tried to address criticism about her English language skills. Unfortunately, her response to the interview question put her in hot water, when she said that Latina candidates in the pageant can’t even speak a complete English sentence. Her comment drew protests from citizens of Latin countries who described her response as offensive.

Miss Arida has since apologized for her comment. But that hasn’t stopped her fans and supporters from petitioning the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, franchise holder of the Miss Philippines Universe Pageant, to allow Miss Arida to answer the final question in her native Tagalog tongue should she be selected as one of the top five finalists in the Miss Universe Pageant. Miss Arida is among the early favorites to win the crown.

Past Philippine bets in this most prestigious beauty pageant have done very well in the competition, reaching the finals only to lose the crown because of their not-so-smart response to the final question, in English.

Fans and supporters believe that it would be best for Miss Arida to answer the final question in Tagalog and avail the services of an interpreter so that she can better express herself and avoid a potential blunder response that has  cost past Philippine candidates the much-coveted crown.

Binibining Pilipinas Charities founder and chairperson Stella Marquez-Araneta has not responded to the fans’ request.


imageMcLean,  Virginia- At its prime, UNITY: Journalists of Color was the world’s largest organization of ethnic journalists, drawing its members from four national journalism organizations in the U.S. – the National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association and Native American Journalists Association.  UNITY held conventions once every four years, attracting as many as 9,000 attendees beginning in 1994.

Two years ago, however, the black journalists left the coalition over disagreement on UNITY financial and organizational issues. Soon thereafter, the predominantly white National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association was admitted to the coalition and the name was changed to UNITY: Journalists for Diversity.  This week, the Hispanic Journalists voted to leave the coalition as well over similar issues, leaving just two journalists of color organizations and the lesbian and gay journalists.

Acknowledging that the name “UNITY: Journalists of Color” will never again apply to the crumbling UNITY organization, the board of directors of UNITY voted unanimously to auction off the old name on eBay. The starting bid is $1,000 dollars with a “buy it now” price of $3,000.  A UNITY board member who spoke to The Adobo Chronicles on condition of anonymity, said that if the auction raises the full $3,000, the amount will be divided equally among the remaining member organizations, each receiving $1,000.

Rumors are spreading on social media that some black and Latino journalists are pitching in to raise the $3,000 to buy  the UNITY: Journalists of Color name so that they can start a new organization that is truly representative of an ethnically-diverse coalition of journalists.  The smaller Native American Journalists Association and the usually quiet Asian American Journalists  Association will be invited to join the new organization but it remains unclear if the lesbian and gay journalists will be invited as well.

At last check on eBay, the auction has not generated a single bid.