D é N O U E M E N T S

Smashing Pumpkins Live in Manila (Tickets + Venue)

It is Smashing Pumpkins without the rest of the band. The missing names of course made their name as resonant as the teenage angst designed in the 90’s fashion of alternative culture and MTV. Much has been written about the past legacy of that era so I leave it at that. For now, we have Billy Corgan, that’s for sure, as the last man standing in the pit of rats in a cage while the other three are worthy of their contribution being in the game since 2009. For someone stuck in the 90’s, it is a dead man’s wish to see the original line-up on the stage again. The fantasy might happen in the far-off Coachella 2030 or in the recent trend of a hologram gig. I certainly do not know how to feel on this but still seeing the name next to Live in Manila is somehow a good thing.

So it happens, Billy Corgan, Jeff Schroeder, Mike Byrnen and Nicole Fiorentino, the new Smashing Pumpkins are coming to Philippine shores. We can expect the Rotten Apples: Greatest Hits be played or get Zeitgeist onward. For what it’s worth, they are coming in the wake of promoting the latest record Oceania. Dubbed as Smashing Pumpkins Oceania Global Tour, the concert will be on August 7, 2012 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Check out the ticket + prices below.

Ticket Prices:
VIP (Limited standing) – better call Charlemagne to get a slot at +639178334223
Patron (Standing) – P4,783
Lowe Box (Reserved Seating) – P3,733
Upper Box A (Free Seating) – P1,843
Upper Box B (Free Seating) – P1,045
General Ad – P583

Visit Ticketnet  to keep posted about the regular selling of the tickets.

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French Film Festival 2012 in Manila (Films + Schedule)

Which film could be the champion torchbearer for French cinema today than Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist?  Sweeping both the major awards at Cannes and the Oscars, the black and white silent movie that gloriously celebrates the love for films has made moviegoers swoon over its sterling quality of entertainment and old-fashioned romantic comedy.

In Manila, what A. O. Scott called a “dazzling cinematic objet d’art” is now headlining the 2012 French Film Festival. One can say that this is the most anticipated showing in this year’s line-up, more like 2011’s The Tree of Life by Terrence Malick.

This year’s program includes two major highlights, the June 12 Philippine Independence Day commemoration which features all- Filipino world-class cinematic works by already festival circuit players Auraeus Solito , Raya Martin, Adolfo Alix, Jr. and Ralstom Jover (a separate attention will be given to 2009 Cannes’ Best Director Brilliante Mendoza’s latest work Captive). Another one is the presence of Olivier Assayas, one of the most revered French directors,  who will give a talk at a Master Class at the UP Film Institute on June 7.

The 17th French Film Cinema is made possible by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the French Embassy with sponsorship of Citibank and Rustan’s. The run will be from  June 8 to 17 at the Shang Cineplex of the Shangri-La Plaza.

DOWNLOAD the schedule (right-click, save as): French Film Festival 2012.

(Special thanks to Cinephile Arsenio Tan Liao for the schedule.)

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