Thursday, January 05, 2012

The Sound of Wuthering Music

ABS-CBS (Philippines) confirms that the series Walang Hanggan will premiere next January 16:

ABS-CBN's most-awaited series "Walang Hanggan" will finally premiere on January 16 (Monday).
Topbilled by Coco Martin and Julia Montes, "Walang Hanggan" tells the story of true love bound to last forever.
Included in the powerhouse cast are the queens of Philippine cinema Susan Roces and Helen Gamboa and former sweethearts Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta.
Rita Avila, Melissa Ricks, Joem Bascon and Paulo Avelino are also part of the show.
"Walang Hanggan" is a love story that spans three generations. Inspired by the classic "Wuthering Heights," the series is directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng and Trina Dayrit.
The show's original soundtrack, which features the theme song sung by Gary Valenciano, will soon be available in the market. The album also features classic OPM love songs interpreted by Angeline Quinto, Bugoy Drilon and Liezel Garcia.
Philippine Entertainment Portal gives moredetails:
Released in 1991, Hihintayin Kita sa Langit is a local adaptation of an Emily Jane Brontë classic novel titled Wuthering Heights. The romance drama film was originally shot in scenic Batanes and starred Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta.  (...)
Walang Hanggan marks the return of Coco to the small screen after playing the dual roles of Alexander and Javier del Tierro in Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin. Meanwhile, Julia gained fame as the kontrabida Clara in Kapamilya show, Mara Clara. This TV series will also mark the return of Richard Gomez to ABS-CBN and the first time that former Kapuso star Paulo Avelino will be seen on a Kapamilya teleserye.  (...)
In a separate interview with ABS-CBN News, Coco admitted that he is a huge fan of the original movie starring Richard and Dawn. "Inspired ito sa Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit. Noong bata ako isa iyon sa mga pelikulang pinanood ko. Hanggang ngayon kapag pinapalabas siya sa TV, talagang pinapanood ko pa rin." (Lyn Luna Montealegre)

Judy Finningan from the Richard and Judy Book Club is interviewed on the Daily Express:
I adore the novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by the British writer Susanna Clarke and I still reread Jane Eyre every couple of years. For me, it is the perfectly told story. (Olivia Buxton)
The absurd cliché that assimilates the Brontës to romantic (no capital R) stuff (what we can call the pink Brontës effect) is behind this comment on Gapers Block listing "Five R. Kelly Songs with Raindrop Sound FX I Discovered in 2011":
The Pied Piper lifts the melody to the childhood classic "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head" to morph it into a sex positive ballad about encounters in rain soaked flowerbeds. In a passage the Brontë sisters would approve of Kells promises to make love that will ring wedding bells and conduct symphonies in your head. (Jason Olexa)
The Manitoban reviews Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant:
There are, for instance, segments of the book dedicated to the French Revolution, Dracula, the Great Gatsby, Jane Eyre, Canadian stereotypes and Hamlet, among others. (Ryan Harby)
The Duluth News Tribune talks about a local reciting poetry contest:
Laurel Eyer recite[d] “No Coward Soul is Mine,” by Emily Brontë, during the Poetry Out Loud contest at the Marshall School on Wednesday night in Duluth. Each student had the chance to recite two poems from memory in the competition. (Mike Creger)
Michael Fassbender's busy year deserves all kind of comments which concerning Jane Eyre 2011 say:
[A] smolderingly Byronic Rochester (Kristian Lin in Forth-Wayne Weekly)
Michael Fassbender's trio of 2011 specialty titles -- Cary Fukunaga's "Jane Eyre," Steve McQueen's "Shame" and David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" -- have all performed quite well considering expectations. "Jane Eyre" is by far the highest of grossing of the three, taking in a robust $11,242,660 for Focus Features back in the spring.  (Peter Knegt on IndieWire)
As the year progressed, we got to see Fassbender deliver good performances as Mr. Rochester in “Jane Eyre” and a young and vengeful Magneto in “X-Men: First Class”.   (Steve Mesa in Hialeah Movie Examiner)

The Virginian-Pilot 'nominates' the film to Best "Masterpiece Theater" Imitation and Breakthrough Actor of the Year to  Michael Fassbender in "Shame" as well as "Jane Eyre," "X-Men: First Class," and the upcoming "A Dangerous Method." The Chicago Journal Topics enters the film in 2011's top 20.


The Sun Star Davao (Philippines) describes Batanes like:
Batanes. If not in any of its ten islands, Basco will do. It's our smallest province (in land area and population) and the northernmost. The place is so Wuthering Heights or Hihintayin Kita sa Langit, if you prefer, and at the same time very Sound of Music with its hills and mountains. (Jinggoy I. Salvador)
We cannot imagine anything more opposed to The Sound of Music than Wuthering Heights.... but if the writer says so.

Sinéad O'Connor's love life is the subject of an article in The Insider:
Like Heathcliff and Catherine, Romeo and Juliet, Miss Piggy and Kermie -- this mortal coil can not part these two great paramours! (Meg Swertlow)
Did the journalist know that Sinéad played Emily Brontë in Wuthering Heights 1992?

Variety mentions the Varese Sarabande's 14-CD Bernard Herrmann at 20th Century Fox which includes Jane Eyre 1944;  A Child Grows in Brooklyn recommends (for ages 13 to adult) the Artemis Theater production of Wuthering Heights in New York (by the way, The American Book Center Blog is giving away tickets to the English performance in The Hague, Netherlands); PharaohHazard (YouTube), Books Everyone Can Read, everypassingcar, Ryder Islington's Blog review on YouTube Jane Eyre; Can I Bee posts a nice picture inspired by the novel; Katelyn Snyder's Blog, Renee's Reads post about Wuthering Heights; Parisville posts about Jane Eyre 2011.

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