Category Archives: International


Thor the U.S. version, left; Chinese version, right
Thor the U.S. version, left; Chinese version, right

Shanghai, China –  “Thor: The Dark World,” is the latest of an American superhero film based on the comic book character of the same name published by Marvel Comics.  The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.  In this latest series directed by Alan Taylor, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must face the enemy and embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and force him to sacrifice everything to save the earth.

But that is the film’s U.S. version.

An international version, in Chinese with English subtitles, has a slightly different plot.  Jane Foster is the enemy and Thor’s journey reunites him with Loki (Tom Hiddleston), his long-lost romantic interest.  The international version opened to rave reviews in Shanghai, China.  Since it opened last weekend, theaters have seen long lines of fans braving the cold weather and willing to fork out 40 Yuan to be among the first to see the film.

Critics just love the the Chinese version of the character of Loki, the master of illusion. The New York Times says that Loki’s romantic link to Thor could only “help the medicine go down.” Whatever that means.

Meanwhile, the newly-renovated Embarcadero theater in Dan Francisco, which features reclining lounge seats in several of its screening rooms, has reportedly bought the exclusive rights to show the Chinese version in city. “With its juicy gay theme, the film’s international version would definitely be a blockbuster in the gayest city in the world,” a spokesperson for the Embarcadero theater told The Adobo Chronicles.



Miss U.S.A.  Erin Brady
Miss U.S.A. Erin Brady

Moscow, Russia – The preliminary competition for the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant unfolded today at  the Vegas Mall in Moscow, as contestants from 86 countries paraded in their “national costumes.”

The Huffington Post  reports:  “Alexandra Fribourg of Sweden honored her country’s Viking past in a metallic bustier and a sword. Miss Belgium Noémie Happart looked like she was dressed as the Devil complete a spiky red spear, and Miss Great Britain Amy Willerton wore royal robes so sexy we bet even Prince Philip would have a thing or two to say.”

But when all was said and done, Miss USA Erin Brady brought home the bacon by winning the best national costume award.  She wore a red, white and blue robot attire that would make American fans of “The Transformers” proud and ecstatic. “The Transformers” is a blockbuster Hollywood movie directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg.

As in any competition, there are winners and there are sore losers. Many contestants — especially those who remained faithful to their authentic cultural tradition — questioned whether Miss Brady was even a real person, or a robot. Others came to the defense of Miss U.S.A., saying that she was an epitome of what the United States of America is all about. “Everything in America revolves around comic strips, Hollywood and Las Vegas-style circus,” they said, “so Ms. Brady’s costume accurately represents the good old US of A .”

The Adobo Chronicles learned from reliable sources that Ms. Brady almost didn’t make it in time for the competition because she was held for days at the Moscow airport, while security and customs officers inspected her unusually huge luggage which contained boxes and boxes of unassembled parts of her robot costume.

The finals of the Miss Universe Pageant will be held November 9 at the Crocus City Hall.


L-R: Misses Philippines, Canada, Guam, Gabon
L-R: Misses Philippines, Canada, Guam, Gabon

Moscow, Russia – With  just nine days before the next Miss Universe is to be chosen in Moscow, Miss Philippines is attracting all the attention. And she is among the top favorites to win the prestigious beauty pageant.  Will it be  a grand slam this year for the Philippines after earlier bagging the Miss World and Miss Supranational crowns ?

But wait, which Miss Philippines? Miss Philippines, Ariella Arida? Miss Canada, Riza Santos? Miss Gabon, Jennifer Ondo? Miss Guam, Alixes Scott? Filipinas all!

Should any of these ladies win the crown, will the Philippines lay claim over her, just like the U.S. laid claim on Miss World Megan Young who was born in the U.S. with an American father and Filipina mother?

Stay tuned.