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Benjamin Bratt the Maverick Spirit Award


“La MISSION” observes a father’s unwillingness to accept his son’s choices, and how the importance of ‘La Familia’ ultimately keeps them together.

The audience’s reaction to “La MISSION” indicated that the film would do well in distribution. “La MISSION” will be shown locally in San Jose and San Francisco in mid-April.

I commend Cinequest for presenting Benjamin Bratt with the Maverick Spirit Award. As co-producer and an actor in “La MISSION” he proved once again to have the spirit of a true Maverick.

La MISSION facebook

Jess Is Not Crusing

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5 Stick Films

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Nancy Kwan to Attend Cinequest 20!

On hearing the name Nancy Kwan the adjectives to follow will include sexy, beautiful and graceful. Miss Kwan’s debut in “The World of Suzie Wong” (1960) caught moviegoers’ attention, and “Flower Drum Song” (1961) made her a Hollywood darling. “To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey” will explore why her next films would not see the same success, and how she has endured a heart-wrenching tragedy.

‘Ka Shen’s Journey’ has been called inspiring.

Kwan Ka Shen – her name in Cantonese (?)

She was born to her Cantonese father, architect Kwan Wing Hong and Scottish mother, model Marquita Scott.

Halfdan Hussey, Director & Co-Founder Cinequest, has just announced that Nancy Kwan will attend the world premier screening of “To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey”.

Saturday Feb. 27 6:45PM – The Repertory Theatre
Sunday Feb. 28 7:00PM – The Repertory Theatre
General Admission -$10

Nancy Kwan

YouTube Nancy Kwan I Enjoy Being a Girl

Diners Drive Ins’ and Dives into San Jose

Guy Fieri (the Food Network) traveled to San Jose in search of some comfort food. He found what he was looking for at the “Naglee Park Garage” located at 505 East Santa Clara Street.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Thursday: 5pm to 9:30pm
Friday and Saturday (Dinner): 5pm to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday (Breakfast): 9am to 1pm.

408 286-1100

The episode  “Comfort Food Classics” will air Monday Feb. 22, 2010.

On Comcast that would be Channel 747 @ 7pm – and -Channel 35 @ 10pm.

On DirecTV Channel 231 @ 7pm.

Mavericks Surf Contest

Jeff Clark

After much waiting it looks as though the waves are finally cooking! The “24” (finest surfers on the planet) should all be in town this morning for the Mavericks Surf Contest 2010. The action happens off of Pillar Point. It is an ordeal to get a spot to see much, but to hang out with the other fans take Hwy 1 north from Half Moon Bay – take the South Capistrano Rd exit near the Half Moon Bay Airport. Turn left on Prospect Way and west onto Harvard Avenue – it merges with West Point Avenue. Trudge up the hill to the Pillar Point Marsh lot and hike about one mile uphill, along the path to the viewing area on the bluffs.

Ugh! I’m too old for that. I’ll put on my now vintage madras shirt, round toe blue Keds, and view it here.

Follow it on twitter and facebook.

I do have mixed feelings about the contest. It is not the same with out Mavericks founder Jeff Clark. I first met Jeff in 2007 out in front of his surf shop.


Counting down to Cinequest 20


It’s that time of year again, when you see red banners flying from the street poles, hoards of student interns running wild-eyed around the streets of San Jose, and your local film loving friends are suddenly speaking another language that sounds to your untrained ears like “Independent Halfdan forums the Maverick worldwide scheduling Babnik parties.”

What does it all mean?

It means there are less than four weeks until the Cinequest Film Festival hits San Jose. This will be the 20th year of our beloved festival, and if you live in the area without ever having attended, it might be time to start venturing out of your cave. Cinequest is one of the top ten film festivals in the world, and each year filmmakers from around the globe come to our beautiful city to take part in the fun and excitement.

World Premiere of Hell Is Other People

World Premiere of Hell Is Other People

This year the festivities running between February 23 and March 7 will include writer and filmmaking forums, a 3D Showcase, silent films from the 1920s, special visits and discussions with actor Benjamin Bratt and writer Deepak Chopra, over twenty different parties, and the premieres of 76 films from around the world.

Metblogs plans to give full coverage to the festival this year and you should make every effort to participate in this yearly event. Last year Cinequest pulled out all the stops to put on the biggest, most fun festival that our city could hold, but with this year’s 20th anniversary you can be assured that founders Halfdan Hussey and Kathleen Powell will guarantee an experience you’ll never forget.

You can buy a pass that will give you access to all the films and various forums and parties, depending on the level purchased. Or you can buy individual tickets ranging from $10 each, $7 for matinee, $5 student, or up to $12 for special screenings. From experience, Metblogs recommends purchasing some sort of pass which will help you avoid ticket lines the day of the desired show or will allow you to change your mind and see a different film instead.

North American premiere of Life in One Day

North American premiere of Life in One Day

You should definitely mark off the dates on your calendar and try to attend the festival for at least one showing. Last year the films were outstanding and they are sure to be even better this year. You have the chance to meet many talented independent filmmakers and actors, and also many established, well known names, as well as see outstanding film that much of the world will never get a chance to see.

Keep your eye on Metblogs for up to date information, and check out the film line-up at the Cinequest website.

You can also follow Cinequest on Facebook or Twitter.

A “Luann” Trick-or-Treat in San Jose



Open the San Jose Mercury News Thursday morning and go straight to the comics.

Greg Evans has created a special “Luann” about “Books For Treats“.

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Comics – “Luann”

Cinequest Film Festival: Mackenzie Phillips

Mackenzie Phillips

Mackenzie Phillips

It was the opening night of Cinequest-19 where I spotted Mackenzie Phillips (American Graffiti, One Day at a Time) at the California Theatre. I told her that it was nice to see her. To which she replied, “Nice to be seen.” I asked, “Did she had something to share with San Jose Metblogs?” Yes, she told me about her tell-all book that should be out in the spring. It took a bit longer than spring, but her controversial memoir “High on Arrival” is now out. Mackenzie is making the talk show rounds and, this evening she will be on with Larry King @ 6:00 PM.

Yes, I enjoy the films of Cinequest, but part of the lure is meeting the producers, directors, actors, TV and movie stars. I’m looking forward to Cinequest Film Festival 20 next February.

The Tech Awards 2009 Gala & Al Gore

Al Gore: Global Humanitarian Award

Al Gore: Global Humanitarian Award

This year 15 Laureates, who were selected from 650 world wide nominations, are vying for recognition. Laureates in five categories: environment, economic development, education, equality, and health will be rewarded for their efforts to improve lives around the world. One Laureate in each category will receive a $50,000 cash prize.

“The global challenges of the day have become increasingly strident, more deeply rooted,” said Peter Friess, president of The Tech Museum. “Still, there is hope. These incredibly impressive Laureates have all proven to be equal to, or better than, the challenge to make the world a better place.”

To make the evening even more special, this year’s recipient of The Global Humanitarian Award is Al Gore.

“With all that is going on in the United States it is easy to forget that much of the world is still without power, lighting and access to quality, or sometimes to any, health care and education.” said Mike Splinter, Chairman and CEO of Applied Materials. “This year’s laureates remind us that through creativity, entrepreneurship and determination, individuals and small groups can have a powerful impact and bring innovative solutions to the world’s most immediate problems. We salute all of The Tech Awards Laureates for their amazing work to benefit humanity and thank Vice President Gore for his tireless work to inspire action to save the planet.”

The Tech Awards Gala: Information & Tickets (buy now – tickets are going fast)

Thursday, November 19, 2009
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
150 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, California, 95113

Alejandro Adams Film: Extras Needed

Steve Voldseth

Steve Voldseth

It was during Cinequest 18 that I first met Steve Voldseth. He was starring in the Alejandro Adams film, Around the Bay. I am so pleased to report that Steve and Alejandro are once again teaming up. And to top it off, extras are needed!!!

Date: Saturday, June 27th. Location: West San Jose. Time: 3:30 – 5:00 PM. All ages welcome.

Contact Alejandro – for the, location, wardrobe and scene details.

See Variety

Britney Spears: Less exciting than a Cadbury Egg, more so than plastic green grass

If you don’t live in close proximity to any teenage girls you may not realize that Britney Spears was at the HP Pavilion Sunday night. Britney herself thought she was in Sacramento, but I’ll save that story for later. The Pussy Cat Dolls joined her for an Easter night concert that was not as great as it should have been but still left the audience screaming in delight.

I brought three 17 year old girls with me, and they were out of their minds with excitement to see Britney and the Pussy Cat Dolls. We arrived extra early so we would have time to buy some T-shirts ($40), a Britney mug ($10), a large bag of “Britney Pop Corn” ($4.50) and a soda in the Commemorative Britney Cup, a large orange plastic thing that will last approximately three runs in the dishwasher and cost $7.50. Then we took our Britney Pop Corn and our shirts and went to sit down.

The stage was set up like a three-ring circus with a cylindrical film screen hanging over the center ring. There was also a cylindrical curtain in the center ring allowing for entrances and exits through the middle. It was a nice set up that allowed the entire pavilion access to views of the stage and made every seat at the HPP a good one.

The Pussy Cat Dolls took the stage at 7pm, and although the Pavilion was barely half full at this time, the screams were deafening. My three guests were out of their minds with excitement as I nonchalantly sat in my seat updating my Twitter account about the concert – I’ll be honest, the PCD are not my thing, but I do enjoy some of their songs. There was a spiral staircase in the center ring which they used to dance on, and they also ran back and forth between the three rings. They had some great dance numbers and the audience loved them. Pussy Cat Doll lead singer Nicole Scherzinger gave a shout out to San Jose what seemed like 30 times in their 45 minute set; I suppose Britney wasn’t paying attention – but again, that’s for later in the story. The crowd went wild when they started up “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire, and again I give them props for their dance numbers, they definitely brought their skills with them. There were only five Pussy Cat Dolls on a huge three ring stage, but they made use of all three rings and really gave their all in the dance numbers. They closed their act with “When I Grow Up”, a song to which not even I am immune. I sang and danced with the rest of the audience, we shouted our applause as they ran off stage, and we sat back down to wait for Britney.
Britney Spears review after the jump

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