WARNER BROS. WILL FILM A REMAKE OF ‘WIZARD OF OZ’ IF THE SF GIANTS WIN THE WORLD SERIES

imageHollywood, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Whether or not one is a fan of The Wizard of Oz, the famous line from the 1939 film, ‘Toto, we’re not in Kansas any more’ is all too familiar.

There has never been a remake (other than some adaptations) of the film that made a name for Judy Garland, but now, Warner Bros. has issued  a wager that could bring the most excitement about the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals. The 7-game baseball  championship starts Tuesday, October 21.

The Hollywood production company has just announced that if the SF Giants win what could be their third World Series title in five years, it will film a remake of The Wizard Of Oz with a major re-write of the script.

The ‘new’ story will begin in San Francisco instead of Kansas, with Dorothy gazing at the giant rainbow flag on Market and Castro, singing the classic ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow.’ Then a thick San Francisco fog envelopes her which will eventually bring her to Munchkin Country.

Warner Bros. said that a casting call will be held as soon as the World Series is over and that the role of Dorothy will be reserved for a deserving and talented gay man who must be a San Francisco resident, preferrably the Castro.

So start rooting for the SF Giants!

 

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DEAN RAY FANS DEMAND A RECOUNT OF X FACTOR AUSTRALIA FINAL RESULTS

Dean, left, and Marlisa
Dean, left, and Marlisa

Sydney, Australia (The Adobo Chronicles) – The X Factor Australia’s results night came down to two finalists: Dean Ray and Marlisa Punzalan.  Like the reality show’s counterparts in the U.S., U.K., and elsewhere, the winner is determined exclusively by viewers’ votes.

Then came the announcement: 15-year-old Filipina Australian Marlisa was declared the winner. The show’s host Luke Jacobz revealed that the difference in votes between Dean and Marlisa was an astonishing 0.01 per cent — the closest ever in any reality show viewer voting.

While Dean was gracious in defeat, his fans were not.  They have collected one million signatures asking for a recount of the votes.

In politics, recounts are not uncommon in electoral contests where the difference between the two top candidates is less than one percent of votes cast.

chadMany Americans will recall the 2000 U.S. presidential elections in which a recount was ordered to determine whether George W. Bush or Al Gore won the Florida vote.  In the end, the election was settled in favor of Bush, by a margin of only 537 votes out of almost 6 million cast. That’s when the term “hanging chads” became a household word in America.

The X Factor Australia  producers have not received a copy of the recount petition and they have no clue on how to deal with it.

In political elections, optional recounts are usually paid for by the losing candidate or his or her political party.  Dean’s fans have not said whether they are willing to pay for the recount if the show’s producers decide to do it.

There are no hanging chads to deal with, but a recount in this case would involve a review of all phone calls and text messages, or proof that there was a computer glitch in the final vote tally.

If a recount does happen, an Aussie TV producer has already said he will make an entire reality show out of the recount. Do we hear cash registers going ka-ching?

 

 

 

 

THE X FACTOR REALITY SHOW’S NEW RULES: ONLY NATIVE-BORN CITIZENS ALLOWED

Marlisa, left, and Rose Fostanes
Marlisa, left, and Rose Fostanes

Los Angeles California (The Adobo Chronicles) – The producers of the internationally-syndicated reality show The X Factor have issued new rules on eligibility for contestants. Henceforth, only native-born citizens will be allowed to join the singing contest in the country in which the show is being held. Only native-born U.S. citizens for X Factor America, native-born Australian citizens for X Factor Australia, native-born Israeli citizens for X Factor Israel, and so on.  The rules also state that both parents of the contestants must also be native-born citizens.

The decision came immediately after 15-year-old Marlisa Punzalan won the grand finals in this season’s X Factor Australia, beating fellow Australians Dean Ray and Brothers 3. Although Marlisa was born in Australia, both her parents were born in the Philippines.

Just months ago, a Filipina caregiver in Tel Aviv, Rose Fostanes, won the first X Factor Israel. Other Filipinos have figured prominently and became finalists in other reality singing competitions in the U.S., U.K., Bulgaria and other countries. Many will recall that Pinay singer Jessica Sanchez was runner-up in American Idol.

“We know Filipinos are among the best singers in the world, but we wanted to showcase other world talents and that’s why we have established X Factor in different countries outside of the U.S. or the U.K.,” the producers said.

The Philippines has its own X Factor syndicated show in Manila.

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