[MOVIE TRAILER] Mockingjay Part 1

Finally! The first full trailer for the latest movie adaptation of “The Hunger Games” book series is already out. I must say, I was sort of disheartened after I read the final book because I expected so much more,  and that affected how I felt about the teaser trailers and promotional posters. But this trailer made me excited to see the film.

Mockingjay: Part 1 will open in Philippine cinemas on November 21, 2014.

Were you excited after watching the trailer?

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Apple Reveals iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch

I’ve had this feeling for a long time now that the industry has reached its plateau in introducing real innovations on smartphones. That’s why I’m not surprised when Apple revealed iPhone 6 (4.7 inches) and iPhone 6 Plus (5.5 inches) and just boasted its bigger size (compared to previous iPhone models, of course. Other flagship phones have long reached that screen size range) and better internal specs.

Suddenly, a landscap mode for the phone’s homescreen became one of its notable features. I’m not a tech person and I fully trust Apple when they said that the new iPhone models will be faster and smoother. What I’m happy about is that they did not try to put any gimmick on the phone just so they have something to boast about. (I still don’t get the logic of having a hear rate monitor on your phone.)

Of course, there are other new features as well. There’s the Apple Pay, which can only be used by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. Taking advantage of the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, the new iPhones can now be used as a payment method. I’m 101% sure that this will initially be available in the U.S.

I was not all that excited about iPhone 6. Basically because I just had my iPhone 5S, under 2-year contract with Globe, this January and I don’t plan on wasting more than PhP40,000 to buy a new phone. I’m just happy that I won’t be that jealous of people who will get the iPhone 6. So Yay for me! :D

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Photo by Danielle Levitt. Grabbd from E Online

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Secret Wedding in Italy

Neil Patrick Harris (41), whose most memorable TV roles include Dr. Doogie Houser and Barney Stinson, surprised the online world when he announced that he and long-time partner actor and chef David Burtka (39) got married last Saturday in Italy.

Harris posted this on his Twitter account Monday, two days after their wedding:

Legendary singer Elton John sang on their wedding.

The couple announced their engagement, also on Twitter on June 2011 after the passage of the Marriage Equality Act in New York.

Just last month, several articles were published saying that the two have split. Harris answered the rumors by posting a photo of his family, B and their children, on Instagram with the caption : I couldn’t be more in love with my family,” Harris wrote. “Any reports to the contrary are woefully mistaken. #grateful.

This is such great news. The couple has been an inspiration to same-sex couples longing for a lasting relationship. We know that their relationship is very far from perfect, but it looks like they go through it with all smiles.

Congratulations to the newly weds! And may you spread more smiles and inspiration to the whole world. You are both LEGEN-wait for it-DARY! :)

Feature photo by Danielle Levitt, grabbed from E Online

BOOK REVIEW: Sidney Sheldon’s “Morning, Noon & Night”

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I love Sidney Sheldon. I don’t necessarily love all his works (The Naked Face was dragging, The Master of the Game too long), but he is one of the very few authors who I can just rely on when I can’t decide which book to buy or read.

“Morning, Noon & Night” is probably the fifth book of his that I’ve read.

And because I don’t have the book with me, I’m copying the novel’s plot as told by Wikipedia:

“The Stanford family is one of the most respected in America – but behind the facade of fame and glamour lies a hidden web of blackmail, drugs and murder. When Harry Stanford, one of the wealthiest men in the world,mysteriously drowns while cruising on his yacht off the rugged coast of Corsica, it sets off a chain of events that reverberates around the globe. At the family gathering following the funeral in Boston, a strikingly beautiful young woman appears. She claims to be Stanford’s daughter and entitled to a share of the tycoon’s estate. Is she genuine, or is she an impostor? Sweeping from the splendors of the Italian Riviera, to the fashion salons of Paris and New York, and the opulence of Boston and Florida, Morning, Noon & Night twists and turns its way through intrigue, smoke and mirrors to a surprise ending you’ll never forget.”

The story is easy enough to read. There’s no flashback or vague clues that you have to tie together. It’s a typical story about siblings about to inherit the estate of America’s richest, and most influential man.

I’ve seen so many films about the topic already, and the novel does not add something new to the mix. There’s deception and betrayal.

Halfway through the novel, I already thought of a possible finish to the story and was constantly hoping that it was not the book’s ending. Unfortunately, my guess was correct. And it was the perfect anti-climax for a novel that tried to build up to such an enormous ending. There was a twist, alright. But somehow, it was too corny or cheesy for my taste.

Still, nothing topples “Nothing Lasts Forever” as my favorite Sheldon book. But I still have a lot left to read so, who knows?