MANILA, Philippines (Manila Bureau ) – Multi-awarded Filipino film director Brillante Mendoza has been chosen to direct a new superhero film, “Digong,” based on the true-to-life story of new Philippine President Rod Duterte and his family.
Mendoza, the only Filipino that has won a directing award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival for his 2009 film, “Kinatay,” was Duterte’s one and only choice to direct the superhero flick.
Mendoza’s Ma’Rosa” was also critically acclaimed at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and won the Best Actress award for Jaclyn Jose, another first for a Filipino.
In addition to directing the superhero film, Mendoza has also been chosen to direct President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) scheduled for July 25 this year.
Aside from the president, others in the cast of “Digong” include his children Sara, Paulo, Sebastian and Kitty; as well as his right-hand man Bong Go and new Philippine National Police Chief General Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa.
“Digong” is a about a superhero family and their allies out to stamp out drugs, corruption and criminality in the fantasyland Pinas.
Mendoza hopes that this new film will finally earn for the Philippines a Best Picture award in Cannes next year.
HOLLYWOOD, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Beginning in 2017, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) will add a third category to its annual Golden Globe Awards.
HFPA announced the new category after being deluged with criticism about tonight’s Golden Globe award for ‘The Martian’ and Matt Damon for Best Picture and Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.
The new category will be ‘Motion Picture That’s Neither Drama Nor Musical or Comedy.’
Film producers and actors applauded the HFPA announcement because it would increase their chances of getting nominated or awarded for the Golden Globes.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – The National Aeoronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is expected to announce on Monday that scientists have discovered on the surface of the red planet what appears to be debris from earth.
NASA is preparing to reveal the “major science finding” in a special news conferencethat will take place at 11.30 a.m. EDT (4.30 p.m. BST) on Monday to be broadcast live on NASA TV. Reporters will be onsite and asking questions by phone, while the public can get involved via #AskNASA.
Because of the ground-breaking discovery, scientists are now speculating that human life could exist in Mars.
The debris consist of rusty man-made equipment which resemble those of film cameras, recorders and lighting paraphernalia.
In advance of the news conference, The Adobo Chronicles® interviewed key inside sources at NASA who spoke on the condition of anonymity. They confirmed that the debris were, indeed, equipment recently left behind by a film crew from earth.
We contacted 20th Century Fox, distributors of the upcoming Matt Damon starrer, ‘The Martian,’ but executives refused to confirm or deny that the debris found in Mars had anything to do with their movie which is set to be released worldwide next week.
We’ll just have to wait for the official NASA announcement on Monday.