Hollywood, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – It’s official. Filming for Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ begins in April next year and is expected to hit the theaters in December, 2015, according to an announcement by Sony Pictures.
Actor Tom Hanks will be reunited with director Ron Howard in this movie version of the fourth installment of Brown’s blockbuster novel. David Koepp has been tapped to pen the script.
Hanks will reprise his role as Professor Robert Langdon, a role he played in the ‘The Da Vinci Code.’
Most of the new film will be shot in Italy, except for a few scenes which, in the book version, happens in Manila where the crowded metropolis was tagged by Brown as “the gates of hell.” He described Manila as a city riddled with poverty, crime and prostitution. And traffic.
But there is a big problem. The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has said that it has refused to issue a permit to Sony Films to shoot scenes in Manila or its neighboring cities. “How can anyone expect us to be hospitable to a film crew of a movie that denigrates our reputation,” an MMDA spokesperson said.
MMDA said that it will grant the filming permit only if scriptwriter Koepp will change the line “gates of hell” to “stairway to heaven.”
Sony pictures has not returned calls from The Adobo Chronicles seeking comment on the MMDA statement.
Washington, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – In a speech before the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas last Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) delivered a couple of punch lines that many consider to be racist and insensitive to Asian Americans.
“One problem I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight,” Reid said with a chamber officer, Terry Wong, standing by his side. It was Reid’s take off from the often-quoted racist remark, “Two Wongs don’t make a Right.”
Earlier in his speech, Reid also admonished his predominantly Asian American audience by saying, “I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are.”
Very few of the mainstream media and Asian American advocacy groups called him out on his remarks, but realizing he had offended many Asian Americans, Reid issued this apology:
“I realize I may have offended a lot of people with my remarks. I should have known better. I now realize I’m no smarter than Asian Americans. In fact, I’m no smarter than a 5th grader.” (It was a take off from the popular TV show)
San Jose, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – There have been over 2.5 Million videos of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge uploaded on the Internet and there is little sign that the viral campaign is letting up anytime soon.
We’ve seen the best and the worst; but regardless, close to $80 Million has been raised so far to benefit the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) cause. If you still don’t know what ALS is, you can get information from alsa.org.
The publisher, editors and staff writers of The Adobo Chronicles have put their heads together to come up with the top three best Ice Bucket Challenge videos to date.
Now it’s time for our readers and viewers to pick their top choice from our list.:
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After viewing the videos below, you can vote for your top favorite. You can vote as many times as you wish and you can see the results in real time.