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MISS UNIVERSE HOSTING TO PUSH THRU DESPITE CANCELATION RUMORS

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OCTOBER 5 -FILE: The final five contestants, including Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, center, react on stage at the Miss Universe pageant Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. AP/John Locher The Philippines will push through with hosting the Miss Universe pageant early next year, a Department of Tourism official said on Tuesday.Rumors surfaced last week that the beauty pageant will no longer be held in the Philippines. Tourism Undersecretary Katherine de Castro denied the rumors which sparked from a status she posted on her Facebook account last Thursday which read, "Naiyak si Pia [Wurtzbach]. Naiyak ako. Sana nandito ka Jonas para 3 na tayong umiyak." On her Twitter account, De Castro clarified that the cancelation rumors are not true. READ MORE...RELATED, The first (1952) Miss U pageant...

ALSO Divorce Negotiations Have ‘Intensified:’ Brad Pitt ‘Will Do Whatever It Takes’ to Be with Kids, Sources Say


OCTOBER 4 -Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2014 © People magazine
“The divorce negotiations have intensified, with the focus being on custody,” a source close to the situation tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. And Pitt vows to do whatever he needs to do to spend time with his children amid an investigation by L.A.’s Department of Children and Family Services following allegations he was verbally abusive and got physical with their oldest son, Maddox, during a fight on the family’s private plane. “Brad loves his children more than anything in this world, and they matter more than anything else to him,” a Pitt source tells PEOPLE. “He will do whatever it takes to be with them, now and always.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Why Sharon Cuneta performed inside Bilibid


SEPTEMBER 30 -Sharon Cuneta performed inside the correctional facility for an outreach program of a volunteer group. ABS-CBN PR Sharon Cuneta performed inside the correctional facility for an outreach program of a volunteer group. ABS-CBN PR
 Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, the husband of Sharon Cuneta, released a statement explaining the veteran star’s decision to perform inside the New Bilibid Prison back in 2012, as spotlighted in a congressional hearing Tuesday. “On July 10, 2012, Sharon went to the New Bilibid Prison for the taping of her talk show, ‘Kasama Mo Kapatid,’ which had an episode featuring the life of inmates,” Pangilinan said. “She sang four songs for the closing portion, which is the customary format of the show. She sang ‘Maging Sino Ka Man,’ ‘Tubig at Langis,’ ‘Kahit Konting Pagtingin,’ and ‘Kahit Maputi Na ang Buhok Ko’ but only to support RockEd’s outreach program for prisoners.” READ MORE...

ALSO: 9 Pinoy delegates off to Busan, S. Korea film fest


OCTOBER 6 -Aljur Abrenica and Alvin Anson in 'Expressway' by Ato Bautista
The nine Filipino delegates to the 21st Busan International Film Festival (IFF), the first recipients of the new travel assistance program of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), will fly to South Korea today. FDCP Chair Liza Diño said the council shouldered the airfare of all the delegates and would host a Philippine Night there on Oct. 10. “This is to celebrate the Filipino films and to introduce them and their directors to the other attendees of the filmfest. We shall also be inviting guests from other countries to the dinner,” she added. The 2016 Busan IFF will be held starting today up to Oct. 15. READ MORE...

 ALSO: CONVERSATIONS By Ricky Lo - Tom Hanks uncensored


OCTOBER 9 -Tom having selfie with fans during the Sony Summit in Singapore.
SINGAPORE — During the Sony Summit in this city several weeks ago, Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard represented Inferno, one of the three movies showcased (including Ghostbusters: Answer The Call and The Magnificent Seven, already shown in Manila). Tom reprises his role as symbologist Robert Langdon in the third of Dan Brown’s best-seller trilogy (The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons). Showing nationwide starting on Wednesday, Oct. 12 (released by Columbia Pictures), Inferno touches on topics that are highly relevant to today’s world (population explosion, etc.). Said Tom, “Hell for Langdon is both a state of mind and a very physical experience because he is wracked with pain in his head and he is tortured by the fact that he is ignorant of the reasons why.” Joining Tom and Ron during the interview was Indian actor Irrfan Khan who plays Harry Sims, Provost of the Command Risk Consortium that is looking after the interests of Zobrist (played by Ben Foster) who is suspected by the World Health Organization (WHO) as trying to develop a virus that can reduce the world’s population by half. READ MORE...


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Miss Universe hosting to push through despite cancelation rumors


OCTOBER 5 -FILE: The final five contestants, including Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, center, react on stage at the Miss Universe pageant Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas.

MANILA, OCTOBER 10, 2016 (PHILSTAR) October 5, 2016 - The Philippines will push through with hosting the Miss Universe pageant early next year, a Department of Tourism official said on Tuesday.

Rumors surfaced last week that the beauty pageant will no longer be held in the Philippines.

Tourism Undersecretary Katherine de Castro denied the rumors which sparked from a status she posted on her Facebook account last Thursday which read, "Naiyak si Pia [Wurtzbach]. Naiyak ako. Sana nandito ka Jonas para 3 na tayong umiyak."

On her Twitter account, De Castro clarified that the cancelation rumors are not true.

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Follow Kat De Castro @KatDeCastro Those cancellation rumors on Miss Universe, are simply just that... rumors. Please wait for official announcements soon from MUO. Thank you. 3:36 AM - 1 Oct 2016 24 24 Retweets 56 56 likes Follow Kat De Castro @KatDeCastro Some are citing my post last Thursday BEFORE the Hitler issue. Pia & I had dinner. We were reminiscing. Hence, the "iyak" part. Chill lang. 3:41 AM - 1 Oct 2016 3 3 Retweets 15 15 likes

"Meeting with the Miss Universe Organization is still ongoing and official announcements will be made in the next few days," De Castro said on her Facebook account.

Last week, Miss Universe officials conducted ocular inspections on possible venues for the competition including Manila, Vigan and Cebu.

RELATED: Tourism slogan to be launched during Miss U pageant

The Miss Universe coronation night is set to be held at the Mall of Asia Arena on January 30, 2017. — Patricia Lourdes Viray

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The first (1952) Miss U pageant FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 30, 2016 - 12:00am 0 5 googleplus0 0


Finland’s Armi Helena Kuusela and her court consisting of delegates from Hawaii, Greece, Hong Kong and Germany.

As beauty-pageant fans wait (with bated breath!) for the official announcement (that is, from Malacañang) of the staging of the Miss Universe pageant in the Philippines for the third time (after 1974 won by the late Amparo Muñoz of Spain and 1994 by Sushmita Sen of India), said to be on Jan. 30, 2017, all they can do is dream.

It helps if we take a misty-eyed flashback on the very first Miss Universe pageant in 1952 held in Long Beach, California, won by Finland’s Armi Helena Kuusela who married a Filipino, the late Virgilio Hilario, with their beautiful love story made into a movie. Like Armi, the first (1962) Miss International Stella Marquez of Colombia, also got hitched to a Filipino, Jorge Araneta, making Filipino men the world’s greatest lovers. While Madame Stella has stayed in the country for good, Armi, after Virgilio’s death, found a new love in the person of a brilliant politician from whom she eventually separated and, when last heard from, settled happily ever after in San Diego, California.

According to Funfare’s “other beauty expert” Celso de Guzman Caparas, “The Miss Universe pageant, along with the Miss USA pageant, was established in 1952 when Catalina withdrew its swimsuit sponsorship from Miss America pageant after 1951 winner Yolande Margaret Betbeze, a convent-bred contestant, refused to pose in swimsuit for publicity pictures. The coronation night was held on June 28, 1952 at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium with 30 in competition.”


Actress Piper Laurie who crowned Armi.

Runners-up to Armi Helena Kuusela were: Elza Kananionapua Edsman of Hawaii; Daisi Mavraki, Greece; Judy Dan, Hong Kong; and Renate Hoy, Germany. The semi-finalists were: Olga Llorens Pérez Castillo, Mexico; Catherine Edwina Higgins, South Africa; Anne Marie Tistler, Sweden; Gladys Rubio Fajardo, Uruguay; and Jacqueleen Loughery, USA.

Named Miss Friendship was Valerie Johnson of Montana and Miss Welcome to Long Beach was Jeri Miller.

 “Blue-eyed, 18-year-old Armi from Muhos (above the Arctic circle) was crowned by actress Piper Laurie who also graced the cover of the souvenir program and print ads (Piper co-starred with Ronald Reagan in her first movie Louisa in 1950),” according to Celso’s research.


The Philippine candidate, Teresita Torralba Sanchez (center), with Misses Hong Kong, Hawaii, Australia and Japan.

“Worn by the last of the three Czarinas of Imperial Russia, the priceless Romanoff crown contained 1,529 flawless diamonds with a combined weight of 300 karats and was insured at that time for half a million dollars. Armi’s prize package included a seven-year motion picture contract that would pay her $250 per week (which she never accepted), $3,000 worth of a brand-new British automobile, a $2,500 diamond wristwatch and a 100-pound, three-and-a-half-foot trophy.”


The 1952 Miss Universe souvenir program.

A few weeks after she was crowned, Armi flew to Helsinki for the 1952 Summer Olympics (Games of the XV Olympiad) where she was one of the official greeters.

Armi failed to finish her reign when she opted to marry Filipino businessman Virgilio Hilario. Instead, actress Julie Adams crowned Armi’s successor, Christiane Martel of France, on July 17, 1953.

“The Philippine delegate was Teresita Torralba Sanchez from Malolos, Bulacan,” Celso wrote. “Her Miss Universe stint opened some job opportunities but Teresita declined all offers including modeling in an art academy in New York and from business firms in San Francisco. One of Teresita’s co-candidates in the 1952 Miss Philippines was the late Nida Blanca.”


A vintage maiden print ad for the 1952 pageant.

The other candidates in that memorable first Miss U pageant were Shirley Burnett, Alaska; Leah MacCartney, Australia; Myriam Lynn, Belgium; Ruth Carrier, Canada; Esther Saavedra Yoacham, Chile; Gladys López, Cuba; Hanne Sorensen, Denmark; Claude Goddart, France; Aileen Chase, Great Britain; Indrani Rahman, India; Ora Vered, Israel; Giovanna Mazzotti, Italy; Himeko Kojimal, Japan; Eva Roine, Norway; Elzibir Gisela Malek, Panama; Ada Gabriela Bueno, Peru; Marilia Levy, Puerto Rico; Gelengul Tayfuroglu, Turkey and Sofia Silva Inserri, Venezuela.


Nida Blanca competed in the 1952 Miss Philippines contest (the winner represented the country in that year’s Miss Universe Pageant) where she finished one of the 12 semi-finalists FROM WIKIPILIPINAS

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Photos from the collection of Celso de Guzman Caparas


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Divorce Negotiations Have ‘Intensified:’ Brad Pitt ‘Will Do Whatever It Takes’ to Be with Kids, Sources Say 5/13 People People JODI GUGLIELMI 7 hrs ago


Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2014 © People magazine

“The divorce negotiations have intensified, with the focus being on custody,” a source close to the situation tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.

And Pitt vows to do whatever he needs to do to spend time with his children amid an investigation by L.A.’s Department of Children and Family Services following allegations he was verbally abusive and got physical with their oldest son, Maddox, during a fight on the family’s private plane.

“Brad loves his children more than anything in this world, and they matter more than anything else to him,” a Pitt source tells PEOPLE. “He will do whatever it takes to be with them, now and always.”

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On Sept. 30, Jolie, 41, and Pitt, 52, agreed to a temporary plan recommended by DCFS: Until Oct. 20 the children will remain with Jolie, while Pitt is getting visitation with a therapist present for the first meeting.

Along with family therapy, both Jolie and Pitt will undergo individual counseling, and Pitt will continue voluntary drug and alcohol testing.

Jolie requested sole physical custody of their six children in her divorce filing with visitation for Pitt, while Pitt wants shared custody.

A source has said Pitt was drunk on the plane, and as an argument spun out of control, the actor ““made contact” with Maddox “in the shoulder area” but didn’t hurt him.

But those close to the actress say her concerns go beyond just a drunken outburst.

“This was more serious than that,” says a source. “She did what she felt she had to do to protect the safety of the kids.”

Angelina and Brad: The Way They Were ...


© Provided by TIME Inc. UNSCRIPTED MOMENT It wasn't all work on the set of The Tourist. During a break in shooting in February 2010, Jolie left Johnny Depp's side to sneak a smooch with her real-life leading man. "We tell the kids, 'Mom and Dad are going off to kiss.' They go, 'Eww, gross!'" Pitt said of how they squeezed in alone time.

Seven months after the birth of daughter Shiloh, now 10, Brad and Angelina Jolie Pitt shared a tender moment on the red carpet during a parents-only date night at the New York City premiere of The Good Shepherd on Dec. 11, 2006.

After losing out on a Golden Globe for his role in Babel, Pitt found solace in the arms of Jolie, whom he sweetly kissed during the awards show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 15, 2007.

Proving they had each other's backs, the couple stuck close together while premiering Pitt's film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2007.

Whispering sweet nothings? The actress affectionately cradled Pitt's face as he leaned in for a cuddle during the Critics' Choice Awards on Jan. 7, 2008.

The romance looked alive at the 2015 premiere of By the Sea, in which Pitt and Jolie portrayed a troubled married couple. Previous SlideNext Slide 1/12 SLIDES © Jennifer Mitchell/Splash News Online HEAD-TO-HEAD Seven months after the birth of daughter Shiloh, now 10, Brad and Angelina Jolie Pitt shared a tender moment on the red carpet during a parents-only date night at the New York City premiere of The Good Shepherd on Dec. 11, 2006.

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Why Sharon Cuneta performed inside Bilibid September 20, 2016


Sharon Cuneta performed inside the correctional facility for an outreach program of a volunteer group. ABS-CBN PR Sharon Cuneta performed inside the correctional facility for an outreach program of a volunteer group. ABS-CBN PR

MANILA – Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, the husband of Sharon Cuneta, released a statement explaining the veteran star’s decision to perform inside the New Bilibid Prison back in 2012, as spotlighted in a congressional hearing Tuesday.

“On July 10, 2012, Sharon went to the New Bilibid Prison for the taping of her talk show, ‘Kasama Mo Kapatid,’ which had an episode featuring the life of inmates,” Pangilinan said.

“She sang four songs for the closing portion, which is the customary format of the show. She sang ‘Maging Sino Ka Man,’ ‘Tubig at Langis,’ ‘Kahit Konting Pagtingin,’ and ‘Kahit Maputi Na ang Buhok Ko’ but only to support RockEd’s outreach program for prisoners.”

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Pangilinan’s statement came after one of the witnesses, Bilibid inmate Rodolfo Magleo, said that the national penitentiary became known as “Little Las Vegas” for hosting “known singers and celebrities,” which, according to him included Cuneta, Mocha Girls, Freddie Aguilar, Ethel Booba, and Ruffa Mae Quinto. He made this testimony during the House inquiry into the alleged proliferation of drugs in the Bilibid on Tuesday, September 20.

RockEd Philippines founder Gang Badoy earlier confirmed Cuneta’s performance, adding that her volunteer group has been organizing concerts at the correctional facility since 2007.

“Sharon was so kind and generous to the inmates,” said Badoy on her Twitter account.

In Tuesday’s house probe into the alleged proliferation of drugs at the national penitentiary during the stint of Senator Leila de Lima as Justice secretary, one of the six witnesses bared names of celebrities, which included Cuneta, who performed for drug lords and inmates.

The witness claimed that these drug lords and inmates at the maximum security enjoyed various perks and privileges supposedly due to lax supervision from De Lima and the Bureau of Corrections. —ABSCBN News


INQUIRER

9 Pinoy delegates off to Busan film fest By: Marinel R. Cruz / inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 02:39 AM October 06, 2016


Aljur Abrenica and Alvin Anson in 'Expressway' by Ato Bautista

The nine Filipino delegates to the 21st Busan International Film Festival (IFF), the first recipients of the new travel assistance program of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), will fly to South Korea today.

FDCP Chair Liza Diño said the council shouldered the airfare of all the delegates and would host a Philippine Night there on Oct. 10.

“This is to celebrate the Filipino films and to introduce them and their directors to the other attendees of the filmfest. We shall also be inviting guests from other countries to the dinner,” she added.

The 2016 Busan IFF will be held starting today up to Oct. 15.

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The FDCP will participate in the 2016 Asian Film Market from Oct. 8 to 11, also in Busan. “We will have a booth to showcase the films, and also do a kickoff of the ‘Shoot in the Philippines’ campaign,” said Diño.

The council will distribute a catalogue of the films released from 2015 to 2016, and it will include pertinent information of each film’s production company. “We have also asked the Animation Council of the Philippines to send their demos so we could market them there,” she added.

Diño said the council would likewise host “A Celebration of Philippine Cinema” in Manila on Oct. 18 “to pay tribute to winners of various festivals in 2016. It will be a homecoming for the Busan delegates and a send-off party for those who will participate at the Tokyo IFF.”

To coincide with the event, which will be held at the Cinematheque Center on T. M. Kalaw in Ermita, Manila, is the official launch of the new travel assistance program. “We are currently fine-tuning its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) because the board members want to give importance to those who would be representing the country to the Big Three festivals,” Diño explained, referring to the Cannes, Venice and Berlin film fests.

Scene from “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis”
“Expressway” (above); scene from “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis”

The five Filipino films included in the “A Window on Asian Cinema” section of the 2016 Busan IFF are: Lav Diaz’s “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis,” Anton Juan’s “Woven Wings of Our Children,” Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa,” Ato Bautista’s “Expressway” and Bradley Liew’s “Singing in Graveyards.”

For the Wide Angle section, which features short films, animation, documentaries and experimental films, the Philippine representatives are: Baby Ruth Villarama’s “Sunday Beauty Queen,” Sheron Dayoc’s “The Crescent Rising,” Phil Giordano’s “Supot,” Raymund Gutierrez’s “Imago” and Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Amorsolo’s Dream,” which is part of the omnibus film “Art Through Our Eyes.”


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Tom Hanks uncensored CONVERSATIONS By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 9, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Tom having selfie with fans during the Sony Summit in Singapore.

SINGAPORE — During the Sony Summit in this city several weeks ago, Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard represented Inferno, one of the three movies showcased (including Ghostbusters: Answer The Call and The Magnificent Seven, already shown in Manila). Tom reprises his role as symbologist Robert Langdon in the third of Dan Brown’s best-seller trilogy (The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons).

Showing nationwide starting on Wednesday, Oct. 12 (released by Columbia Pictures), Inferno touches on topics that are highly relevant to today’s world (population explosion, etc.). Said Tom, “Hell for Langdon is both a state of mind and a very physical experience because he is wracked with pain in his head and he is tortured by the fact that he is ignorant of the reasons why.”

Joining Tom and Ron during the interview was Indian actor Irrfan Khan who plays Harry Sims, Provost of the Command Risk Consortium that is looking after the interests of Zobrist (played by Ben Foster) who is suspected by the World Health Organization (WHO) as trying to develop a virus that can reduce the world’s population by half.

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You’re back as Robert Langdon. This time, your greatest asset, which is his knowledge, is impaired because he suffers from amnesia. Can you tell us more about that?

“Well, amnesia can be a scriptwriter’s, you know, a cloying device that is just like, ‘Well, what do we do here on the third one? I know, let’s give him an evil twin. No, that won’t work.’ And amnesia always works. You want to go with that? But it ties into the intricacy of the conspiracy of the thing. There’s so many different, disparate elements that are trying to gain the secret; there’s like four different circles as opposed to one versus the other, as has been the case with the first two.”

There’s a chapter in the novel which refers to Manila as “Gateway to Hell.” How come it isn’t in the movie?

Tom: Are you disappointed?

Not really. Just curious.

Ron: We decided to stay with Langdon, what’s inside his mind, what he is going through. The three books are huge, so obviously you can’t tell the whole story because we wanted to keep the movie in the range of two hours. But Inferno, more than the first two movies, is paced very quickly and has a more modern cinematic feel to it. It can be frustrating that within two hours you can’t really, as I was saying, tell the entire story. We have to make some tough choices.

Tom: There was no need for the explanations that lead to the flashbacks.

I suppose you could have hired Filipino actors if the “Gateway to Hell” was included in the movie.

Tom: We would have loved to work with a Filipino actor if we needed one in the cast.

Ron: But I did work with Filipinos in some of my previous movies.

Tom: I grew up in Alameda in Northern California and I’ve gone to school with all sorts of guys from the Philippines but I haven’t worked with any Filipino actor. I don’t really know any Filipino actor but I would love to meet some of them.

What’s been going on in your mind while making the Dan Brown trilogy over the past 15 years as far as belief in God and human relations were concerned?

“Well, the thing about the Da Vinci Code itself was this worldwide phenomenon that got everybody involved in a very, very interesting and yet obtuse theological question, the divinity of Jesus. And everybody could have an opinion of that, but by and large it’s not going to weigh hugely outside of what your own opinion is. And the movie was fun and brought forward some interesting ideas, some of which were rooted very much in fact and others that are rooted totally in theology.

“The second one, Angels & Demons, dealing with the selection of the Pope, is also of a very much theological question, which is interesting in its self-contained context but doesn’t really have a true purchase outside of the people who are interested in the cause and effect or the dynamics of something as specific as the choosing of the Pope. But there’s no reason to go back necessarily and just do a third version of a self-contained theme or story like those two.

“And when Dan Brown came up with Inferno and tied it into something that we can all recognize with our own eyes as the question of overpopulation, I think the themes of the movies have moved from the supernatural and theological, to the practical and to the shared amongst all cultures. You know, on Da Vinci Code we learned all about the Council of Nicaea in the year 900. Not exactly on everybody’s lips right now.

“In Angels & Demons, we learned about the selection of the Pope that goes back to everything that’s happened since the Catholic Church broke off from the Orthodox. Inferno is actually about our present as in tomorrow, in the future. What is the status of the world going to become? And what are we going to do with the reality of what can in some languages be called ‘triage’ and in other languages is called just overpopulation.”

Irrfan, what is your take on that?

Irrfan: For me, it’s a very interesting thing — I call this ‘the film by Tom Rondan.’ It’s Tom and Ron and Dan has created the film. So it’s a film by Tom Rondan. For me, you know, the way Dante’s conception of Hell and the way it keeps appearing in Langdon’s visions, the way it is tied to the present inevitable problem of population…and, by the way, Ron is not asking me because I’m from India, he’s asking because I was concerned by this problem. It’s so compelling in the book, in the script, that it’s difficult to really refute that the compulsion, the way Zobrist put it, it’s so volatile that it’s difficult to deal with it. And it’s difficult to really counter it and that I’ve been always, you know, discussing how Langdon is going to, as a hero of the film, as a protagonist of the film – how he is going to counter this argument. And still I don’t have any answer. I hope you will have some answers when you watch the film.”

(To Tom and Irrfan) You are both big stars in Hollywood and Asia. What do you like or hate about working with each other. Southeast Asia has very exotic landscape and a friendly environment of filmmaking. Can you see coming to Southeast Asia to make films?

Tom: Here’s what I hate about Irrfan. (Laughter) I always think I’m the coolest guy in the room, and everybody’s hanging on every word I say and everybody’s a little bit intimidated to be in my presence. And then Irrfan Khan walks into the room, and he’s the coolest guy in the room, and everybody’s intimidated to be in his presence and everybody’s hanging on his every word.

The worst thing about Inferno is that I am only in a couple of scenes with Irrfan. It was heartbreaking because I will tell you this. We saw the movie yesterday. He had already seen it. He was all tight-lipped about it. And as soon as I walked up to him, I said, “Irrfan Khan, I’m going to steal from you everything I possibly can. I’m going to start speaking very quietly in films. I’m going to wear very nice suits. And I will draw out the last sound of every sentence that I say.” And by doing that I will be doing a very pale imitation of the coolest guy in the room.

Irrfan: The only problem is the film will be much lengthier than what it is now. For me, I am very fortunate that we are at this time where Hollywood is opening up. And they are looking for talent…they have been looking for talent all over the world. But now it’s India’s turn. Our talent has been coveted in Hollywood. It’s a dichotomy, you know. The way Hollywood films are getting popular in India, it’s kind of – the Indian film industry is really getting a kind of threat – and every week it’s difficult for an Indian film to compete with Hollywood.

But the other thing is our new generation, which has grown up on Hollywood, they are bringing a new element into Indian cinema. And they are making the new cinema which is coming now from India, is relevant for today’s audience. So it’s working both ways that we are taking something and we are getting threatened and, you know, and that should happen.

And that’s why this is a very interesting period in Indian cinema which is seeing a new way to connect with the audience. This new cinema in India is bringing a new audience. What I hate about it? To travel so long. When I have to go out for two, three months…going to the airport, that’s the only part that makes me really, really curse myself. I’m angry, I’m irritated. But once I’m on the plane, once I’m on the set, I’m okay.

(To Tom and Ron) You are a successful tandem. Do you always agree on what movies to do and how they should be done?

Ron: The movie that we decide to do? Yes, we always agree on that. Sometimes we talk to each other about idea and one of us would say, “I don’t think that’s the kind of movie that I would fit in.” You’ve seen the movies that we do together and the result is satisfactory to us.

Tom: In the course of making these movies, we always help each other in solving problems and seeking solutions. I’ve never said to Ron, “No, I’m not gonna do that! What if we did something like this.” We always try together to seek a way that is going to have as quick and as visual as the story-telling plot that he needs, that will always stay true to the characters.

So what do you enjoy most about working with Ron?

Tom: I like the work ethic. We don’t mess around. There’s no waste of time with Ron. We are on the same level. We are going at the same pace and we are going at the same thing. We are well-prepared because we do the work privately.

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Far left: With Indian actor Iffran Khan (left) and director Ron Howard. Left: Tom and Ron with Felicity Jones as Dr. Sienna Brooks, the environmentalist who gets involved in a mystery relating to finding a deadly virus.


Tom on working with Ron: I like the work ethic. We don’t mess around. There’s no waste of time with Ron. We are on the same level. We are going at the same pace and we are going at the same thing. We are well-prepared because we do the work privately.


Your Conversationalist during the interview with Ron and Tom


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