EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES is an EXTRAORDINARY MOVIE

This movie is trully remarkable and extra ordinary one.    I could compare this to 90’s movie “The Awakening”  starring Robbin Williams and De Niro.  More than the active and entertainment value, this movie is a reminder that business and innovation exist not just for profit and power, but it has its duty to humanity and the less fortunate.  

I applaude Mr. Harrison Ford as the Executive Producer.   Such kind of film may not be as money making as to his other blockbuster films (Starwars, Indiana Jones, The Patriot Games, The Fugitive, etc.) .   But film as this will make investors and visionaries to think again of their duty to society and the world, above selfish ambision and profiteering.  Beyond entertainment value, this film exhale hope and conscience to viewing public.

More than two thumbs up for the cast and crew!!!

Poster is excerpt from Google Images.
Advertisements

World Class Furniture, et al, Pinoy Style

As to world class furniture design, a Filipino is making waves all over the world these days.   As the world is turning to organic, so as to this young man’s works of art.   His works are a masterpiece.  Let me relay them to you through photos.    Picture paints a thousand words and it can be seen in the works of …

I am pleased and proud to feature some of his classic design collection: 

 

Above framed photos are only some of his chair collections.  More will be featured in the coming days (e.g. dining, sleeping, storage, compliments, etc.).  
 
Photos are mostly excerpt from his site and google images. More to follow soon!
 
Let God be glorified through his works and life testimony!

The man behind.

Kenneth Cobonpue is a Filipino national, a native of Cebu, Philippines.

He got his degree in Industrial Design at Pratt Institute, New York.   

Apprenticed for a leather and wood workshop near Florence, Italy, while completing his studies.

Got his Furniture Marketing and Production exposure at Export Akademie Baden-Württemberg in Reutlingen, Germany (under a private and state scholarship program).  Subsequently worked in Bielefeld and Munich.

Return to Cebu on 1996 to manage his mother’s furniture business (founded 1972).  His mother Betty  Cobonpue is a designer known for creating new techniques in using rattan.  Later he slowly adopt his own style and can be seen from his collections. 

Kenneth is more than his family’s pride.  To Pinoy Espesyal, this man is trully special as he is a national treasure.  Although his works is already known to the architecture and Interior design community, who would have thought that Kenneth’s artistry and global standard are featured and taught at Bread of Life Christian Ministry … having a place in its program for love for nation called the ”Brown Raise.”  This man uplift in his own way the image of Phippines in the global village.

Kenneth’s works are widely published in many nations around the globe (Newsletter, Magazines, Books, Hybrid Living).

Below are some of his projects:

Z-Bar Cebu Philippines

Hotel Taiwana – St. Bart

Maze Restaurant, Marriot Hotel, London, UK

Motif Restaurant, San Jose, CA

Mainalon Resort, Tripoli, Greece

Amirandes, Crete, Greece

Fontana Park Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal

There’s more!

6.6 Earthquake Has Shaken Northern Japan

 

As of Sunday, March 14, 2010, 6.6. Strong Earthquake shaken Northern Japan.   So far, no major damage or casualties were reported.  

As per report, buildings were shaken and was felt as far as Tokyo, 240 mile away. The epicentre was about 40 km (25 miles) beneath the ocean off Honshu, Japan’s main island.  It happened at 5:08 p.m. (0808 GMT).  

There were no Tsunami alerts. 

In spite of the strong quake, Japan’s major firms in the area has assured their citizenry of normal operations.  Nonetheless, Expressway were closed for checking. 

FYI.  Japan is known as one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries in the world.

Manny Pacquiao “The Pacman”

 

He is the toast in the boxing world.  Manny is his nickname.  His real name is Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao.  Also called as the “Pacman.”  Manny Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978 at Kibawe, Bukidnon, Mindanao and currently resides in his home town General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines. He is married to Jinkee Pacquiao  and they have four children.

No other boxer in history whom have won seven world titles in seven different weight divisions. 

In addition, he is the former Ring Magazine featherweight and super featherweight champion.  He is now the, Ring Magazine light welterweight champion, and is rated by Ring Magazine as the number 1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

Who would have thought that this young man from a very poor broken family from General Santos Philippines would even conquer the lineal championship in four different weight classes.  Hew started with only 106 pounds (light flyweight) when he was only 16.  His potentials were first noticed through a boxing show titled, “Blow by Blow” where he fought at small boxing venues.   His professional debut was a four round bout against Edmund “Enting” Ignacio, on January 22, 1995, which Pacquiao won via decision, becoming an instant star of the program. Manny’s boxing career made a drastic turn around after the death of his close friend Mark Penaflorida in 1994.   He was the one who encourage the young Pacquiao to pursue a professional boxing career. 

Manny Pacquiao is no ordinary boxer.  He wins fight not just for the title but also to inspire his nation the Philippines.  Beyond his boxing career achievement is his contribution to Philippine sport, politics, showbiz, donations to the less fortunate, peace advocates, advertising and endoresement, etc.  

Pacquiao’s big break came on when unexpectedly, he was asked as a late replacement on two weeks’ notice against former IBF World super bantamweight champion Lehlohonolo Ledwaba at MGM Grand Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He won!  He became the new IBF World super bantamweight champion (his second major boxing world title).   Pacquiao went on.  Credited to his improvement is his expert low profile trainor Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym. 

Professional boxing record

50 Wins (38 knockouts, 12 decisions), 3 Defeats (2 by knockout, 1 by decision), 2 Draws

Res.

Opponent

Type

Rd., Time

Notes

 Win

Joshua Clottey

 Unanimous Decision  12 (12), WBO Welterweight title on the line.
Win

Miguel Cotto

TKO

12 (12), 0:55 Won WBO Welterweight Title and WBC Diamond Belt.
Win

Ricky Hatton

KO

2 (12), 2:59 Won IBO and Ring Magazine World Light Welterweight Titles.
Win

Oscar De La Hoya

TKO

8 (12), 3:00 A non-title fight, fought at Welterweight.
Win

David Diaz

TKO

9 (12), 2:24 Won WBC World Lightweight Title.
Win

Juan Manuel Marquez

Decision (split)

12 (12) Won WBC and vacant Ring Magazine World Super Featherweight Title.
Win

Marco Antonio Barrera

Decision (unan.)

12 (12) Retained WBC International Super Featherweight Title.
Win

Jose Solis

KO

8 (12), 1:16 Retained WBC International Super Featherweight Title.
Win

Erik Morales

KO

3 (12), 2:57 Retained WBC International Super Featherweight Title.
Win

Oscar Larios

Decision (unan.)

12 (12) Retained WBC International Super Featherweight Title.
Win

Erik Morales

TKO

10 (12), 2:33 Retained WBC International Super Featherweight Title.
Win

Hector Velazquez

TKO

6 (12), 2:59 Won vacant WBC International Super Featherweight Title.
Loss

Erik Morales

Decision (unan.) 12 (12) WBC International Super Featherweight Title on the line.
Win

Fahsan Por Thawatchai

TKO

4 (12), 1:26  
Draw

Juan Manuel Marquez

Draw

12 (12) WBA and IBF World Featherweight Titles on the line.
Win

Marco Antonio Barrera

TKO

11 (12), 2:56 Won Ring Magazine World Featherweight Title.
Win

Emmanuel Lucero

KO

3 (12), 0:48 Retained IBF World Super Bantamweight Title.
Win

Serikzhan Yeshmagambetov

TKO

5 (10), 1:52  
Win

Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym

KO

1 (12), 2:46 Retained IBF World Super Bantamweight Title.
Win

Jorge Eliecer Julio

TKO

2 (12), 1:09 Retained IBF World Super Bantamweight Title.
Draw

Agapito Sanchez

Technical Draw

6 (12), 1:12 WBO and IBF World Super Bantamweight Titles on the line.
Win

Lehlohonolo

TKO

6 (12), 0:59 Won IBF World Super Bantamweight Title.
Win

Wethya Sakmuangklang

TKO

6 (12) Retained WBC International Super Bantamweight Title.
Win

Tetsutora Senrima

TKO

5 (12) Retained WBC International Super Bantamweight Title.
Win

Nedal Hussein

TKO

10 (12), 1:48 Retained WBC International Super Bantamweight Title.
Win

Seung-Kon Chae

TKO

1 (12), 1:42 Retained WBC International Super Bantamweight Title.
Win

Arnel Barotillo

KO

4 (12) Retained WBC International Super Bantamweight Title.
Win

Reynante Jamili

KO

2 (12) Won WBC International Super Bantamweight Title.
Loss

Medgoen Singsurat

KO

3 (12) Lost WBC World Flyweight title.
Win

Gabriel Mira

TKO

4 (12), 2:45 Retained WBC World Flyweight Title.
Win

Todd Makelim

TKO

3 (10)  
Win

Chatchai Sasakul

KO

8 (12) Won WBC World Flyweight Title.
Win

Shin Terao

TKO

1 (10)  
Win

Panomdej Ohyuthanakorn

KO

1 (12) Retained OPBF Flyweight Title.
Win

Melvin Magramo

Decision

10 (10)  
Win

Chokchai Chockvivat

KO

5 (12) Won OPBF Flyweight Title.
Win

Ariel Austria

TKO

6  
Win

Wook-Ki Lee

KO

1 (10), 1:04  
Win

Mike Luna

KO

1 (10)  
Win

Sung-Yul Lee

TKO

2  
Win

Ippo Gala

TKO

2  
Win

Bert Batiller

TKO

4  
Win

John Medina

TKO

4  
Win

Marlon Carillo

Decision

10 (10)  
Loss

Rustico Torrecampo

KO

3  
Win

Lito Torrejos

Decision

(5)  
Win

Rolando Toyogon

Decision

10 (10)  
Win

Rudolfo Fernandez

TKO

3 (10)  
Win

Renato Mendones

TKO

2 (8)  
Win

Lolito Laroa

Decision

8 (8)  
Win

Armando Rocil

KO

3  
Win

Acasio Simbajon

Decision (unan.)

6 (6)  
Win

Dele Decierto

TKO

2  
Win

Rocky Palma

Decision

6 (6)  
Win

Pinoy Montejo

Decision

4 (4)  
Win

Edmund Enting Ignacio

Decision

4 (4)  

Titles 

Major:

  • WBC World flyweight champion
  • IBF World super bantamweight champion
  • WBC World super featherweight champion
  • WBC World lightweight champion
  • WBO World welterweight champion

Minor:

  • IBO World light welterweight champion

Regional:

  • OPBF flyweight champion
  • WBC International super bantamweight champion
  • WBC International super featherweight champion

 The Ring Magazine titles:

  • World featherweight champion
  • World super featherweight champion
  • World light welterweight champion

Lineal Championship titles:

  • World flyweight champion
  • World featherweight champion
  • World junior lightweight champion
  • World junior welterweight champion

Recognitions

  • 2000-09 Boxing Writers Association Of America Fighter of the Decade
  • 2000-09 Philippine Sportswriters Association Athlete of the Decade
  • 2000-09 HBO Fighter of the Decade
  • 2000-09 The SweetScience.com Fighter of the Decade
  • 2006, 2008 and 2009 Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
  • 2006, 2008 and 2009 Boxing Writers Association Of America Fighter of the Year
  • 2006 and 2008 SecondsOut.com Fighter of the Year
  • 2008 and 2009 Ring Magazine number 1 Pound for Pound (year-end)
  • 5-Time PSA Sportsman of the Year
  • 2008 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Honorary Award for Sports Excellence
  • 2008 and 2009 BoxingScene.com Fighter of the Year
  • 2008 Sports Illustrated  Boxer of the Year
  • 2008 and 2009 TheSweetScience.com Boxer of the Year
  • 2008 and 2009 WBC Boxer of the Year
  • 2008 Yahoo Sports Fighter of the Year
  • 2008 and 2009 ESPN Star’s Champion of Champions
  • 2009 ESPN Fighter of the Year
  • 2009 ESPN Knockout of the Year
  • 2009 ESPY Awards Best Fighter
  • 2009 TIME 100 Most Influential People (Heroes & Icons Category)
  • 2009 TIME Magazine cover for November issue
  • 2009 Forbes Magazine Celebrity 100(ranked 57th)
  • 2009 Sports Illustrated Fighter of the Year
  • 2009 The Ring Magazine Knockout of the Year
  • 2009 World’s Greatest Ever Featherweight
  • 2009 World’s Greatest Ever (ranked 2nd)

Other recognition and achievement:

Manny Pacquiao at the cover of TIME Asia Magazine.  He was also included by Time Magazine as one of the world’s most influential people for the year 2009, for his exploits in boxing and his influence among the Filipino people. Pacquiao was also included by Forbes Magazine in its annual Celebrity 100 ist for the year 2009, joining Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and fellow athletes Tiger Woods and Bryant. Forbes also listed Pacquiao as the world’s sixth highest-paid athlete, with a total of $40 million from the second half of 2008 to the first half of 2009. The athletes who ranked ahead of Pacquiao were Woods at number 1 spot ($110 million); Bryant, basketball legend Michael Jordan, and Formula One star Kimi Räikkönen sharing the number 2 rank ($45 million each); and football superstar David Beckham at number 5 ($42 million). Pacquiao had also won the 2009 ESPY Awards  for the Best Fighter category, beating fellow boxer Shane Mosley and Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter Lyoto Machida.

He appeared in TV shows (Philippines).  First he signed with ABS CBN, then later transferred to GMA 7 (not to mention his numerous guestings, interviews and other participation in both local and international shows TV shows).

There were so many to mention (e.g. opening ceremony for sports and various events, commercials, etc.)Many is a superstar to many and he deserve the admiration for all the glory he shared with the Filipino people.  Nonetheless, with all the glitz, boxing belt and glamour… at the end of the day, Manny Pacquiao “the Pacman” is a Filipino that will be remembered from generation to generation because his victory is a victory of his nation the Philippines.  To us, he is the same ordiry person who made his dream into reality through hardwork and love for his country.  His achievement inspires not just the boxing fans but his whole country and the world.  Would you believe that whenever Manny Pacquiao has a boxing match, time stops in the Philippines.  Even  war with the rebels and terorists stops (no crimes as well on every streets and municipalities).  To God be the Glory!!!

Photos are excerpt from Google images

Corey Haim Dead?

As per Police report, 38 year old Hollywood Actor Corey Haim,  was pronounced dead after 3 a.m. at a Burbank hospital.  No further details was mentioned as the case is still under investigation.  Nonetheless, it was told that a police spokesman said more details would be available later.

Records shows that Haim, struggled with drug problems in the past years.

Corey Haim had been living in the San Fernando Valley.   He previously appeared in some popular movies in the 1980s and recently tried to relaunch his career with a reality TV show.

photo is excerpt from Google images

38 Presume Dead in Recent Turkey Earthquake

Per gathered report, a strong earthquake just hit Eastern Turkey with a magnitude of 6 in the ricter scale.   38 people were pressumed dead and  60 people were also injured which occurred at 4:32 a.m. (0232 GMT) in Elazig province.  Most people were sleeping when the earth was shaken. 

As per report, everything has been knocked down, there is not a stone in place.

The quake was felt in neighboring provinces of Tunceli, Bingol and Diyarbakir where residents fled to the streets in panic and spent the night outdoors.

Records shows that Turkey frequently experience earthquake as it lies atop the North Anatolian fault.  In 1999, 18,000 people died when  two powerful earthquakes struck northwestern Turkey.

And the Oscars 2010 Goes To…

Let’s cut the crop, here are they…

BEST PICTURE
The Hurt Locker

BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

BEST ACTRESS
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mo’Nique, Precious

BEST DIRECTOR
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Hurt Locker

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Precious

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
El Secretro de sus Ojo, Argentina

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Up

ART DIRECTION
Avatar

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Avatar

COSTUME DESIGN
The Young Victoria

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
The Cove

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Music by Prudence

FILM EDITING
The Hurt Locker

MAKEUP
Star Trek

ORIGINAL SCORE
Up

ORIGINAL SONG
The Weary Kind, Crazy Heart

ANIMATED SHORT
Logorama

LIVE ACTION SHORT
The New Tenants

SOUND EDITING
The Hurt Locker

SOUND MIXING
The Hurt Locker

VISUAL EFFECTS
Avatar

Congratulations!

Oscars 2010 Nominees Are…

Best actor in a leading role Oscars 2010 nominees
* Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight)
* George Clooney in “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
* Colin Firth in “A Single Man” (The Weinstein Company)
* Morgan Freeman in “Invictus” (Warner Bros.)
* Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)

Best actor in a supporting role Oscars 2010 nominees
* Matt Damon in “Invictus” (Warner Bros.)
* Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger” (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
* Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station” (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones” (DreamWorks in association with Film4, Distributed by Paramount)
* Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company)

Best actress in a leading role Oscars 2010 nominees
* Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side” (Warner Bros.)
* Helen Mirren in “The Last Station” (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Carey Mulligan in “An Education” (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)
* Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia” (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Best actress in a supporting role Oscars 2010 nominees
* Penélope Cruz in “Nine” (The Weinstein Company)
* Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
* Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight)
* Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
* Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

Best animated feature film of the year Oscars 2010 nominees:
*“Coraline” (Focus Features) Henry Selick
*“Fantastic Mr. Fox” (20th Century Fox) Wes Anderson
*“The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney) John Musker and Ron Clements
*“The Secret of Kells” (GKIDS) Tomm Moore
*“Up” (Walt Disney) Pete Docter

Best in art direction Oscars 2010 nominees:
*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg
Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
*“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (Sony Pictures Classics) Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro
Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
*“Nine” (The Weinstein Company) Art Direction: John Myhre
Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
*“Sherlock Holmes” (Warner Bros.) Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood
Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
*“The Young Victoria” (Apparition) Art Direction: Patrice Vermette
Set Decoration: Maggie Gray

Best in cinematography Oscars 2010 nominees:
*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) Mauro Fiore
*“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (Warner Bros.) Bruno Delbonnel
*“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Barry Ackroyd
*“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) Robert Richardson
*“The White Ribbon” (Sony Pictures Classics) Christian Berger

Best in costume design Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Bright Star” (Apparition) Janet Patterson
*“Coco before Chanel” (Sony Pictures Classics) Catherine Leterrier
*“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (Sony Pictures Classics) Monique Prudhomme
*“Nine” (The Weinstein Company) Colleen Atwood
*“The Young Victoria” (Apparition) Sandy Powell

Best Director Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) James Cameron
*“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Kathryn Bigelow
*“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) Quentin Tarantino
*“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate) Lee Daniels
*“Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) Jason Reitman

Best documentary feature film Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Burma VJ” (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
A Magic Hour Films Production Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
*“The Cove” (Roadside Attractions)
An Oceanic Preservation Society Production Nominees to be determined
*“Food, Inc.” (Magnolia Pictures) A Robert Kenner Films Production Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
*“The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers”
A Kovno Communications Production Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
*“Which Way Home” A Mr. Mudd Production Rebecca Cammisa

Best documentary short subject Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province”
A Downtown Community Television Center Production Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
*“The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner”
A Just Media Production Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
*“The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” A Community Media Production Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
*“Music by Prudence” An iThemba Production Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
*“Rabbit à la Berlin” (Deckert Distribution) An MS Films Production Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Best in film editing Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
*“District 9″ (Sony Pictures Releasing) Julian Clarke
*“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
*“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) Sally Menke
*“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate) Joe Klotz

Best foreign language film of the year Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Ajami”(Kino International) An Inosan Production Israel
*“El Secreto de Sus Ojos” (Sony Pictures Classics) A Haddock Films Production Argentina
*“The Milk of Sorrow” A Wanda Visión/Oberon Cinematogràfica/Vela Production Peru
*“Un Prophète” (Sony Pictures Classics) A Why Not/Page 114/Chic Films Production France
*“The White Ribbon” (Sony Pictures Classics) An X Filme Creative Pool/Wega Film/Les Films du Losange/Lucky Red Production Germany

Best in Makeup Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Il Divo” (MPI Media Group through Music Box) Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
*“Star Trek” (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
*“The Young Victoria” (Apparition) Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Best in music written for motion pictures Oscars 2010 Nominees (Original score)
*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) James Horner
*“Fantastic Mr. Fox” (20th Century Fox) Alexandre Desplat
*“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
*“Sherlock Holmes” (Warner Bros.) Hans Zimmer
*“Up” (Walt Disney) Michael Giacchino

Best in music written for motion pictures Oscars 2010 Nominees (Original song)
*“Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney) Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
*“Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney) Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
*“Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36″ (Sony Pictures Classics) Music by Reinhardt Wagner. Lyric by Frank Thomas
*“Take It All” from “Nine” (The Weinstein Company) Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
*“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight) Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Best motion picture of the year Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) A Lightstorm Entertainment Production James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
*“The Blind Side” (Warner Bros.) An Alcon Entertainment Production Nominees to be determined
*“District 9″ (Sony Pictures Releasing) A Block/Hanson Production Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
*“An Education” (Sony Pictures Classics) A Finola Dwyer/Wildgaze Films Production Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
*“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) A Voltage Pictures Production Nominees to be determined
*“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) A Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures/A Band Apart/Zehnte Babelsberg Production Lawrence Bender, Producer
*“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate) A Lee Daniels Entertainment/Smokewood Entertainment Production Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
*“A Serious Man” (Focus Features) A Working Title Films Production Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
*“Up” (Walt Disney)A Pixar Production Jonas Rivera, Producer
*“Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) A Montecito Picture Company Production Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Best animated short film Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“French Roast”A Pumpkin Factory/Bibo Films Production Fabrice O. Joubert
*“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” (Brown Bag Films) A Brown Bag Films Production Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
*“The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” A Kandor Graphics and Green Moon Production Javier Recio Gracia
*“Logorama” (Autour de Minuit) An Autour de Minuit Production Nicolas Schmerkin
*“A Matter of Loaf and Death” (Aardman Animations) An Aardman Animations Production Nick Park

Best live action short film Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“The Door” (Network Ireland Television) An Octagon Films Production Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
*“Instead of Abracadabra” (The Swedish Film Institute) A Directörn & Fabrikörn Production Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
*“Kavi” A Gregg Helvey Production Gregg Helvey
* “Miracle Fish” (Premium Films) A Druid Films Production Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
*“The New Tenants” A Park Pictures and M & M Production Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Best in sound editing Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
*“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Paul N.J. Ottosson
*“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) Wylie Stateman
*“Star Trek” (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
*“Up” (Walt Disney) Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Best in sound mixing Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
*“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
*“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
*“Star Trek” (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
*“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro, Distributed by Paramount) Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Best in visual effects Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
*“District 9″ (Sony Pictures Releasing) Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
*“Star Trek” (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Best in Adapted screenplay Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“District 9″ (Sony Pictures Releasing) Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
*“An Education” (Sony Pictures Classics) Screenplay by Nick Hornby
*“In the Loop” (IFC Films) Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
*“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate) Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
*“Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Best in Original screenplay Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Written by Mark Boal
*“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) Written by Quentin Tarantino
*“The Messenger” (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
*“A Serious Man” (Focus Features) Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
*“Up” (Walt Disney) Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter
Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

Holy Week 2010 for Dummies

Palm Sunday:  March 28, 2010

Holy Thursday:  April 1, 2010.

Easter Sunday:  April 4, 2010.

To know more of the Holy Week on a more graphic way, please do watch the film, “The Passion of Christ” as directed by Mel Gibson.

Please do not think that Holy Week is a time for penitense or inflicting of pain in to your self in remembering Christ suffering.  Biblically, God only desire that you accept His Son Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and repent on your sin through faith and prayer.  Good works and being religious won’t save you as all man have sinned and fallshort in the eyes of God.  Jesus already paid our sins in the first holy week.  We just have to accept him, that’s all. 

Above image is excerpt from Google images.  As it seems to say, better to be of value and support  the less fortunate and the children than be a hipocritical religious.  Jesus already suffered, died and resurrected.  It is enough.  No need to repeat them.

AIG Asia for $35.5B

As per gathered report, Prudential UK is about to enter into a deal to buy AIG Asia for $25.5 Billion in cash and $10.5 Billion in new shares and other securities.

The world awaits of futher development as it will lead life insurer in South East Asia and in China and India when it combine.