By Oliver Carnay
'The Great Raid' Moved (Again) to December
Originally expected a Fall 2003 release, the
movie 'The Great Raid', from Miramax Films, has been plagued with slot-release
changes. This time, the latest is that it will be moved (again) to a pre-holiday
spot, December 2, 2005 release date. Last week, I ran a release that it had
finally settled for February 18th slate, competing with 'Constantine' and
'Son of the Mask' until the latest announcement arrived right after I released
The movie previously titled 'Ghost Soldiers'
(but then later changed to
'The Great Raid' because a similar Tom
Cruise/Steven Spielberg project was also said to be in the can) stars Fil-Am
actors Cesar Montano (as Captain Pajota), and Paolo Montalban (as Sgt. Valera),
together with mainstream actors Benjamin Bratt, (as Lt. Colonel Henry Mucci),
James Franco (Capt. Prince), James Carpinello (Colporal Aliteri), Clayne
Crawford (Pfc. Aldrige), Mark Consuelos (Cpl. Gutierrez), Connie Nielsen
(nurse - Margaret Utinsky), Joseph Fiennes (Major Gibson), Eugenia Yuan (Cora,
the Manileña Nurse), and many others.
Among other Filipino actors included in the
film are Bembol Roco, Alvin Anson, Ryan Eigenmann, Rez Cortez, Chito Sayo,
Nor Domingo, Alfred Nicdao, Den Patricio, Len Cruz, Noel Trinidad, Jr., Ebong
Joson, Rommel Montano, R.J. Leyran, and many others.
The movie, directed by John Dahl (Rounders,
The Last Seduction, Unforgettable), shot in southeast and far north of
Queensland, Australia and partly in Shanghai, China, is based upon the book
'Cabanatuan: Rescuing the Doomed Ghosts of Bataan and Corregidor' by William
'The Great Raid' is a gripping chronicle of
one of the most harrowing rescue missions ever undertaken as told in all
its gritty detail by the heroes who made it happen. The movie tells the true
story of Colonel Henry Mucci (played by Bratt) and the raid on a notorious
Japanese death camp in the Philippines. Forced to retreat from the Philippines,
General Douglas MacArthur promised to return. Three years later, January
1945, MacArthur chose Army Ranger Lt. Colonel Mucci (Benjamin Bratt) to lead
an effort to liberate more than 500 American prisoners of war from the Japanese
camp, Cabanatuan, part of the bloody and infamous Bataan Death March. Col.
Mucci had to undergo a vigorous guerrilla warfare-training program, before
leading his men, the 6th Ranger Battallion, on a hazardous rescue mission,
thirty miles behind enemy lines.
Holiday Thoughts from
I received an e-mail from Ruffa a few days
before Christmas, and here is what she has to say:
is right around the corner and all my friends are wondering where I'll be
for the holidays. No I won't be flying back to Manila this year. For a change,
I'd like to experience the entire holiday season in Turkey with my immediate
family. We do things a little different here like opening the gifts on New
Year's Eve rather than on Christmas Eve. This just gives me more time to
shop for loved ones!
We will still be having
a sumptuous Noche Buena feast of stuffed Turkey, cranberry sauce, Christmas
pudding and roasted chestnuts. Of course we can't do without a fresh pine
tree with all the trimmings!
Four stockings are up
on the fireplace for Yilmaz, Lorin, Venice and myself. I
can't wait to see the look on Lorin's face as she
sees what Santa has stuffed in her multicolored stocking. Last year she was
only 4 months old...too young to enjoy the spirit of Christmas.
After getting married
and being a young mother, my life has changed tremendously! More than ever
it's clearer to me that family comes first before anything else. I've made
a lot of wonderful friends in Istanbul and I'm beginning to enjoy my time
here more and more. With coffee mornings, dedicating my time to volunteer
in the different orphanages & charitable institutions, playgroups, barbecues,
premieres and galas, my social calendar gets filled up so quickly! Most of
the time I go on my own or bring Yilmaz with me. Lorin is also starting to
tag along when she can. I've decided that it's best to leave Venice at home
till she's at least 6 months old. The last time I took her out, she got the
My health regimen still
consists of working out 3-4 times a week with my personal trainer who always
pushes me to the limit until I cry in pain! Tomorrow I start private Turkish
lessons! I finally want to make the effort to
learn my husband's native language. Since moving
my bags to Istanbul, I've been speaking in what you call Turklish (a combination
of Turkish mixed with English) sorta like Taglish back home. My favorite
is "That's so cok guzel!" ...meaning "That's so beautiful!".
During this holiday season
I choose to engulf myself in prayer. Prayer for my country, my family, and
those who lost their lives in the typhoon. Most especially for the souls
of Ninong Fernando Poe, Jr. and KC de Venecia that they may rest in eternal
peace in the arms of our Creator. This Christmas, may we all know and realize
the true meaning of Christ's birth.
Here's wishing for Peace
on Earth and may you all have a meaningful Christmas and a most prosperous
With love from me and my
Yilmaz, Venice and Lorin
Piolo rocks Hollywood
Piolo Pascual took the Hollywood
Palladium center-stage Saturday, December 11, his third leg of a four-city
U.S. tour (Washington, D.C., San Francisco, L.A. and Chicago).
The concert, produced by Wil Pasco of Pasco
Productions and line-producer Reyza Roxas-Villarica, opened with Piolo singing
fast songs before launching into a melody of fan favorites. He included
popular mainstream pop before switching to his own selected faves and sang
Kailangan Kita (first hit from his first album) as the finale.
From melodramatic repertoires and mellow
rock, to addressing personal thoughts (and opening himself up), the
night belonged to one man. Piolo proved he is not only a certified recording
artist but a better solo performer.
His guest, artist Ai Ai de las Alas, also
brought the house down with antics that never fail to cheer up her audience.
More pics from the concert at
With more than a decade of experience in
the entertainment industry OLIVER CARNAY is an accomplished international
Fil-Am writer, Publicist, Talent Manager, Project Consultant, Booking Agent,
Event Organzer, Photographer, Concert Line-Producer, movie associate producer,
and Concert Booking Agent.
Oliver has written for major publications,
domestic and international, including Asian Journal Publications
BALITA MEDIA, INC. ("Balita USA", "Weekend Balita" and "Go4Women
Magazine," available online at
ASIAN-AMERICAN PEOPLE'S JOURNAL (circulated in northern and southern
part of California), Philippine and other Asian Headline newspaper
- circulated in Sacramento, San Francisco and its vicinities) also published
in northern and southern parts of California.
In San Diego: FAME Magazine and
PHILIPPINES TODAY. In New York / New Jersey he writes an entertainment
column for CAROUSEL PINOY ENTERTAINMENT
He is a contributor for BUZZINE Magazine
www.siklab.com, PARA TODOS
Magazine, and other L.A. based publications.
He is the Los Angeles correspondent of
Global Pinoy Entertainment Corporation (GPEC) which publishes S Magazine
(circulated in Manila, all over the United States and Europe) and PINOY
GAZETTE (published in Hong Kong and Japan.
He is an active member of the National
Press Photography Association (N.P.P.A.), Press Photography Association
of Greater Los Angeles (P.P.A.G.L.A.-see
www.ppagla.org for member
listings), and is under the directory list of the Motion Picture Association
of America (M.P.A.A.) covering movie Premieres, junkets, and other major
Oliver is the Publisher of
an online entertainment newswire magazine. Always a pioneer in bringing first
rate news about Fil-Am talents in Hollywood as well as introducing them to
the Filipinos and Fil-Am communities in the U.S. and in the Philippines.
Oliver Carnay is the proprietor of
International Artists Production Company established in 1995 where
he had produced, directed concerts and stage plays.
Oliver Carnay is in full blast as a Talent
Manager and Publicist. He is the proprietor of International Artists PR
& Talent Management
full-service publicity and talent marketing company, which represents a roster
of multi-ethnic actors, musicians, directors, writers, and other celebrated
artists in Hollywood. Oliver Carnay takes pride in being a member of the
Talent Managers Association