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Cote de Pable headed for the big screen

Posted: 14 Jan 2014 09:25 PM PST

The Chilean-American actress will co-star with Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Martin Sheen and Juliette Binoche in a new movie.

Cote de Pablo, best known for her portrayal of Ziva David on NCIS from 2005 to 2013, has joined the cast of The 33, a drama based on the plight of the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days. Journalists and camera crews from around the globe came to the site of the collapsed mine to inform the world of the workers' distress and ultimately document their rescue.

Born in Santiago, Chile, De Pablo will play the wife of one of the trapped miners in The 33. The role will be her first since leaving the CBS procedural drama, which is the most watched series on US TV.

The 33 is currently being filmed in Chile and Colombia by Mexican-American filmmaker Patricia Riggen, hailed by critics in 2007 for her film Under The Same Moon. — AFP Relaxnews

After leaving "NCIS," Cote de Pablo is headed for the big screen in "The 33."

Heading stateside for more fun

Posted: 14 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

The cast of Oh My English! take their English lessons way out of the classroom in its latest telemovie.

HELLO America!" Azlin (played by actress Izara Aishah) shouts at the top of her lungs with her arms stretched out, in a promotional video of Oh My English!.

In its latest telemovie – Oh My English! Hello America the students of SMK Ayer Dalam head to New York City for a spell.

"This was our first time going to the United States, except for Aaron (Aziz). It was very fun!" enthused Kaameshaa Ravindran, who portrays Anusha in Astro's hit comedy and educational series, in a press conference.

Joined by Zain Saidin (Henry Middleton), Tiz Zaqyah (Cikgu Ayu), Aaron Aziz (Cikgu Malik), Harun Salim Bachik (Encik Mohd Salleh), Izara, Roax Tan (See Yew Soon), Akhmal Nazri (Jibam), Zhafir Muzani (Mazlee) and guest stars Nadia Aqila and Kuah Jenhan, the cast spent 12 days shooting the special telemovie in the US, in cities like New York and Washington.

The show kicks off with the students of 3 Merah getting the opportunity of a lifetime to visit the US after winning a short film competition.

The kids get a feel of what it's like to study at an American high school, plus travel around New York to visit famous landmarks like the Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

But of course, what's Oh My English! without its share of drama?

In the middle of it all, two students find themselves separated from the group, stranded hundreds of kilometres away in Washington!

Hello America is Oh My English!'s second telemovie, following the success of Oh My Ganu (set in Terengganu), which garnered a viewership of 1.1 million on its premiere telecast last November. It is also Astro's most watched HD movie in 2013.

However, vice president of Astro's GenNext business Putri Yasmin Megat Zaharuddin said viewers can expect something different this time round in Hello America.

"A lot of Oh My Ganu was in Bahasa Malaysia but with this telemovie, 70% will be in English. We hope it gets positive reviews from our fans."

Putri Yasmin also said that there were a few challenges to shooting the telemovie in the US, thanks mostly to cultural barriers, though language was also a bit of a problem.

"On the first day of shooting, Akhmal got really sick so we went to the doctor. Going to the clinic in the US is such a different experience. The words and terminology they use are completely different. We spent more than half an hour just trying to understand what the doctor was saying."

She added that some of these colloquial American-English terms will be addressed in the telemovie.

"When we say football in Malaysia, we mean bolasepak ... There's a scene in the show where Cikgu Malik says he plays football and was sent to play American football instead. It's hilarious," she offered.

The cast said they thoroughly enjoyed their experience overseas, despite the strenuous work schedule and having to wake up at 4am each day. Zhafir said he loved visiting Times Square the most, being the home to Broadway, while Akhmal was most taken by the sight of Lady Liberty.

Oh My English! received a grant from the United States Department of State and the Embassy of the United States of America in Malaysia to film the telemovie in the US.

Asked if there will be other international editions of the telemovie, the cast cheekily responded, "We hope so."

*Oh My English! Hello America premieres tonight at 9pm on Astro TVIQ (Astro Ch 610) and Astro Maya HD (Astro Ch 135).

'Justified' to end after S6

Posted: 14 Jan 2014 09:25 PM PST

The TV drama, currently in its fifth season, will end its run sometime next year.

FX's Justified will end after its sixth season, network chief John Landgraf announced at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Los Angeles.

Landgraf said the decision was made by showrunner Graham Yost and lead actor Timothy Olyphant, and that he would have loved for the show to continue. "It's one of my favourite shows," Landgraf said.

"We talked about it a year ago and they felt that the arc of the show and what they had to say would be best served by six years, six seasons ... and so I accepted their decision. We try as much as we can not to make business drive creative."

Season Five of the cop show premiered on Jan 7 in the US. The series, based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, follows a lawman in rural Kentucky bending rules as he takes on colourful adversaries. Leonard later wrote the novel Raylan about the show's title character.

Justified has been one of FX's most acclaimed shows, earning acting nominations for Olyphant. Margo Martindale won an Emmy in 2011 for her portrayal of criminal matriarch Mags Bennett. — Reuters

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