IYA Villania and husband Drew Arellano are hosting the original GMA game show, “People vs. the Stars”. At its presscon, they brought their 4-month old son, Primo, with them. “Kasi I’m breastfeeding him at ayokong masanay siya sa bottle kaya isinasama ko, pati sa taping. I want him to need me. Ayokong ma-feel na hindi na niya ako kailangan,” Iya laughs.
Drew says he’s hats off to Iya when it comes to being a good mom. “She’s a first time mother but she’s very phenomenal in doing her job. She’s a working mom but, at night, she still wakes up to feed our son without kicking me on the bed to help her. I think everyday is a Mother’s Day for her.”
“In fairness to Drew, he’s also a hands on dad. When he’s not working, he just stays home helps me in changing Primo’s diapers. He even carries our baby at isinasayaw niya to put him to sleep, until someone warned him na huwag sanayin at baka maghanap,” says Iya.
It’s a lot of fun for them to be working together in one show. “We hosted a cooking show last year, ‘Home Foodie’, pero ten minutes lang 'yun, unlike this one that runs for one hour. It’s nice kasi we can leave home together and sabay rin kaming umuwi,” says Drew.
“People vs. the Stars” will feature three guest stars each week. They will be asked 8 questions with a corresponding cash value. If they’d give the correct answers in all the 8 questions, they can win as much as P200,000. In the presscon, some press people acted as contestants and they got only one correct answer. It’s because most of the questions are trick questions so you have to really think carefully first before giving an answer. If the stars fail to give a correct answer, the question’s cash prize goes to the televiewers who can text their answer to the People Question of the Week.
In the first episode they taped, the guests are Kapuso Heartthrobs Alden Richards, Derrick Monasterio and Kristoffer Martin. Featured in the second episode are Kapuso actresses Rhian Ramos, Solenn Heussaff and Carla Abellana. “They are such good contestants,” says Drew. “They made our job as hosts easier, lalo na sina Alden kasi barkada talaga sila at sila mismo, maraming punchlines, lalo na si Kristoffer who’s so kulit and is the clown in their group. Never a dull moment at laugh trip talaga. With this type of game show format, it’s not only the viewers who’ll enjoy but also the guests themselves.”
“People vs. the Stars” will start airing this coming Sunday from 5 to 6 p.m. on GMA7.
IVAN EXPECTS COMPARISON WITH JAMES
IVAN Dorschner belongs to the same batch of PBB Clash of 2010 where James Reid emerged as the winner. Both of them were given supporting roles in ABS-CBN but their careers didn’t really prosper. James hit it big when he moved to Viva while Ivan decided to just go back to California. Now, he’s back in circulation and has moved to GMA7, given his biggest break so far as one of the four leading men of Barbie Forteza in “Meant to Be”, now being shown after “Alyas Robin Hood”.
“It was James who convinced me to return to Manila and make a showbiz comeback when we saw each other in L.A.,” says Ivan who’s now 26.
So does he expect that what happened to James’ career will also happen to him? “For sure, people would compare me to him, but between us, there’s no competition. We’re good friends and he’s very supportive of me. But I’ll just do my best on my own.”
They’re so close folks say they have a bromance. “Well, bahala na ang mga tao kung gusto nilang lagyan ng malice ang friendship namin. Go ahead, it’s fine. Actually, James is also close to Bret Jackson, na kasama rin namin noon sa PBB. Kasi nawala ako, di ba? At sila, naging magkasama sa Viva. But we’re all just good friends.”
So is he happy now with GMA? “Sobra. They gave me a really warm welcome at lahat kami ng cast ng ‘Meant to Be’, nagkakasundo. I gained new friends here.”
So is he going sexy this time? “May ganun daw mga eksena, magpapakita kami ng katawan. Pampakilig sa viewers. Okay lang naman. So abangan na lang nila sa ‘Meant to Be’ Monday to Friday night.”
The show’s very fashionable program manager Hazel Abonita says they’re very happy with the high ratings and very positive feedback that the show got in its pilot telecast. Congratulations!
MOVIE REVIEW: SAVING SALLY
WE read that “Saving Sally” took more than 10 years to complete and it shows. They reportedly started filming in 2005 and the hairline of TJ Trinidad has since receded. Enzo Marcos, who plays the lead role of Marty, has long hair in the movie, but his latest photos show him now as a skinhead.
There have been attempts to do local films that combines live action and animation (“Isko: Adventures in Animasia” starring Ogie Alcasid, for instance) but the results are not really that satisfactory. The same can be said of “Saving Sally”, where the quality of the animation is quite amateurish. We don’t want to go into technical matters. Suffice it to say that the 2D animation technique used here might have been fine years ago, but it’s hardly suitable now and certainly leaves a lot to be desired compared to the 3D and computer generated animated movies currently spawned by Hollywood or even Japan.
This is not to denigrate “Saving Sally”, which is, by local standards, quite above par and we’re glad that a lot of people like and appreciate it more than we did. But even the groundbreaking Hollywood movie in this genre, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, made in 1988, is way ahead of this in terms of technical expertise. We know local artists have lesser budgets and resources than their foreign counterparts, so maybe we should not expect more from them and just be more accepting and forgiving.
We have no doubt that if Director Avid Liongoren and his co-workers were given more financial resources in crafting “Saving Sally”, they could also have come up with an animated film that is of true world class quality to rival Disney or Pixar.
The story concerns an aspiring comic book artist, Marty, who’s secretly in love with Rhian Ramos as Sally. For Marty, other people around him are ugly monsters and that’s how they’re illustrated in the movie. The geeky hero is the knight in distress here and it is Rhian who becomes his smart damsel in shining armor who