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Naughty Ricky Gervais goes all the way with Globes

Published มกราคม 13, 2016 by SoClaimon

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A handout picture provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) on 10 January 2016 shows Ricky Gervais hosting the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards/EPA

Ricky Gervais returned as host of the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday with what can only be described as a vengeance.

He’d been eased out of the job after three years because of the sheer volume of people he’d offended. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the awards, simply ran out of defences.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did a decent tag-team turn hosting subsequent editions, but the show was missing the edge that only Gervais’ razor tongue could wield, and he arrived onstage this time with a fine greeting for the crowd: “Shut up, you disgusting, pill-popping deviant scum!”

Offence intended, and that was only the opening serve. He promptly ridiculed an unnamed Hollywood publication for predicting that his presence would keep some stars away “for fear of being made fun of”. “As if film stars would stay away from the chance of winning a Golden Globe – particularly if their film company has already paid for it,” he said, alluding to suspicions that the studios can control voting on the winners.

The British comic’s first individual target was Caitlyn Jenner, the American Olympic decathlon hero who had a sex change and is now a TV celebrity by dint of membership in the Kardashian clan. Then Jenner was involved in a car crash that left another person dead.

“What a year she’s had,” Gervais said. “She became a role model for trans people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes. She didn’t do a lot for women drivers, but you can’t have everything, can you?”

Well, a lot of people hate reality TV, so he was safe with that gag. The laughter was noticeably less when he joked about “Spotlight”, a nominated movie about a probe into child abuse by Catholic priests. He said Roman Polanski – who can’t visit the US because for his alleged 1977 statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl – “called it the best date movie ever”.

Was that going too far, or merely an unfunny joke?

The bigoted frontrunner in the Republican race for the presidency was a fish in a barrel. It was Gervais’ job to introduce two Hispanic stars to present an award. “Eva Longoria and America Ferrera aren’t just beautiful, talented actresses. They are also two people who your future president, Donald Trump, can’t wait to deport.”

Matt Damon was welcomed to the stage as “the only person Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to”.

Mel Gibson, whom Gervais had gleefully mocked during the 2010 show for his drunken racist tirades, decided on Sunday that “Mel’s forgotten all about it, apparently. That’s what drinking does.”

Then, with Gibson about to take the stage, Gervais added, “I’d rather have a drink with him in his hotel room tonight than Bill Cosby.” The host had been sipping beer throughout the show but theatrically whisked his pint glass away as Gibson approached the podium.

To his credit, Gibson remained calm, or at least seemingly so. “I love seeing Ricky once every three years because it reminds me to get a colonoscopy,” he quipped.

Agence France-Presse reports that early reviews of the awards gala didn’t take offence with anything Gervais said. Instead they took offence that the joy he takes in being offensive has become so formulaic. It’s okay to be rude as long as you mix it up.

Paddling back to nobler, simpler (and poorer) times

Published มกราคม 11, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Nattwut Chopchoo and Napapon 'Noon' Kliengmon went retro for their prewedding pictures, photographed by Thongtod Rodwan.

Nattwut Chopchoo and Napapon ‘Noon’ Kliengmon went retro for their prewedding pictures, photographed by Thongtod Rodwan.

Nattwut Chopchoo and Napapon 'Noon' Kliengmon went retro for their prewedding pictures, photographed by Thongtod Rodwan.

Nattwut Chopchoo and Napapon ‘Noon’ Kliengmon went retro for their prewedding pictures, photographed by Thongtod Rodwan.


In game-changing news for the designers of fancy wedding gowns, a Thai couple has become an Internet sensation by dressing in centuryold peasant togs for their prenuptial photos.

Nattawut Chopchoo and Napapon “Noon” Kliengmon dressed up like common folk of the early Rattanakosin Era and climbed into a rowboat on a small khlong with lush green orchard in the background.

Nattawut is shirtless and around his lower body wears a wrap-around chong kraben. Noon has the same trouser-like wrap plus a pha taap covering her upper torso. Neither one of them appears to be wearing much makeup as they strike vintage poses and classical stances.

You can see why wedding photos like this would go viral online in an age when the groom typically gets done up like Prince Charming and the bride is engulfed in layers of sumptuous silk and chiffon. Usually both of them are painted to perfection, posing woodenly or whimsically and reeking of too much money (or at least too large an expenditure).

What we’re talking about is Prince Charming versus authentic charm, pretend nobility versus honest humility, and snooty excess versus plain good humour. There is the allure of nostalgia, to be sure, that harking back to simpler times, a rustic boat paddling down a quaint canal. You can see an old wooden pier and a timber bridge that the commuters of old had to duck beneath.

“These photos reminds us of the classic love story of Kwan and Riam in the movie ‘Plae Kao’,” someone commented after seeing the pictures on

The nearly-weds aren’t actually poor, in case you were wondering. Nattawut Chopchoo, 25, is an engineer and also a musician in Ratchaburi. His aim was to have pre-wedding photos that didn’t appear all rigid and boring. He says he looks forward to smiling every time he revisits the pictures in the future.

He picked the location, a spot he knows well because that’s his grandfather’s orchard in the background, where he grew up. “I’m really glad people love the photos,” Nattawut says. “We only intended to share them with friends on Facebook – we never thought they’d become such a big hit.”

“It was my fiance’s idea to have the pre-wedding photos done like this,” Noon adds. “He wanted to do something unconventional, so he came up with the retro, rustic idea. My parents are delighted that we’ve become the talk of the town.”

It was the photographer, Thongtod Rodwan, who posted the pictures at Pantip, but even so he didn’t expect them to garner rave reviews from the online community. His reward, as well as a measure of fame, is that a lot of people who saw the images at Pantip send him Facebook friend requests.

“Nattawut and Noon decided what they wanted to do before they talked to me,” Thongtod says. “We discussed it and planned it for a month and then did the location shoot in just one day. It was a lot of fun!”

And there’ll be much more fun when the lovebirds – who’ve been a couple for 14 years – finally tie the knot later this month. We somehow doubt they’ll be floating down a khlong for the wedding ceremony, but, hey, that would be nice too.


Thai films lured to Holland by scent of tulips

Published มกราคม 7, 2016 by SoClaimon

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TWO THAI MOVIES are off to see the world and find out what the world thinks of them.

TWO THAI MOVIES are off to see the world and find out what the world thinks of them.

Pimpaka Towira’s second feature, “Maha Samut Lae Susaan” (“The Island Funeral”), already the winner of the very optimistic-sounding Asian Future Film Award at last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival, is next testing the waters in Europe. Tokyo’s rosy assessment earned it a place in the Bright Future programme at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

And the event in the Netherlands will also have “Motel Mist”, the directorial debut of renowned writer Prabda Yoon, in its Hivos Tiger Awards competition. Perhaps in a lucky break for Prabda, another Thai movie director, Anocha Suwichakornpong, is on the jury this year. Anocha won the Tiger Award in 2010 with her first effort, “Mundane History”.

The Rotterdam festival has long been an important stepping stone for Thai independent cinema. Aditya Assarat brought home the Tiger in 2008 for “Wonderful Town”, Anocha in 2010 and Sivaroj Kongsakul in 2011 with “Eternity”. And last year Jakrawal Nilthamrong’s “Vanishing Point” shared the Tiger with two other entries.

Interestingly, Pimpaka and Prabda have collaborated in the past, hammering out the script for her first movie as a director, 2003’s “One Night Husband”.

GDH 559 is in a hurry

Having announced the birth of their new company, GDH 559, on December 29, the proud parents – comprising 99 per cent of the crew from GTH – were already hard at work nurturing it on Tuesday.

They pretty much had to: That day, January 5, is basically part of the company’s name. The “559” comes from January 5 BE2559. The “GDH”, by the way, stands for “Gross Domestic Happiness”, they explained. That’s the index by which they measure their joy about working together.

If it all sounds like they’re having way too much fun, keep in mind that this is a pretty serious crowd. They emerge from GTH, which derived two-thirds of its acronym from GMM Grammy and Hub Ho Hin and Tai Entertainment, founded by Visute Poolvoralaks. GTH shut down at year’s end and Visute has gone off to do other things, leaving the rest of the team to try something fresh of their own.

GDH 559 will generate films, TV specials and series. In fact the gang announced their first two movie projects on Tuesday.

The first one will see “Pee Mak Phra Khanong” director Banjong Pisanthanakun resume his collaboration with his friend, actor-scriptwriter Chanthavit Dhanasevi, in a romantic drama. There’s no title as yet, but the director has said Chanthavit will co-star with Nittha “Mew” Jirayangyuen of TV soap fame, and that the film will be partially shot abroad. He expects to have it in theatres in August.

The other movie marks a return to full-length cinema for Parkpoom Wonphoom, who co-directed “Shutter” and “Faed” (“Alone”) with Banjong. Parkpoom has made no features since “Alone”, but did help on the omnibus films “See Prang” and “Ha Phraeng” and directed “Falling Rain”, a segment of “Kitarajanipon”, which told the story of the late conservationist Seub Nakhasathien.

The details of his new project have yet to be revealed, except that it’ll be billed as a thriller.


And a special thank you to “all the little awards”

Published มกราคม 6, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Cate Blanchett meant well, she really did. But organisers of Saturday’s Palm Springs International Film Festival must have cringed when she thanked them for her feel-good Desert Palm Achievement Award.

Cate Blanchett meant well, she really did. But organisers of Saturday’s Palm Springs International Film Festival must have cringed when she thanked them for her feel-good Desert Palm Achievement Award. “Thank you for reminding all of us honoured tonight that, if we’re not nominated for any other award, not to feel like losers – we had a moment of glory.”

That is to say it ain’t the Oscars, but a nice little pat on the back anyway. These awards, handed out at the southern California desert resort on Saturday, are among the little-league multitudes wishing they were Oscars, nominees for which won’t even be announced until January 14.

They’re not Oscars, these little awards, but the dream of making a difference anyway. Harold Matzner of the Palm Springs International Film Society pointed out that, in the past three years, 28 of the Palm Springs honourees grabbed Oscar nominations. He didn’t say how many actually won an Oscar. Emcee Mary Hart surely didn’t help matters by referring to the Palm Spring bash as “ground zero for awards season”, invoking a nuclear wilderness.

Blanchett got her trophy for “Carol” and he co-star, Rooney Mara, received a Spotlight Award. They might well both be nominated for the best-actress Oscar.

In Palm Springs they and the other honourees at least had a chance to practise speeches that might be delivered to the Oscar crowd. Matt Damon, winner of the Chairman’s Award for “The Martian”, instead put in an early pitch for his director on that movie, Ridley Scott. Scott has been nominated for an Oscar three times yet never won.

Johnny Depp also got an Achievement Award, his for “Black Mass”, and thanked his wife, Amber Heard, “for living with all these characters”.

The cast of “The Big Short” won the prize for ensemble acting. Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Jeremy Strong and Finn Wittrock were there. Carell explained, “Ryan Gosling is not here this evening, and as an ensemble we can all agree that we all hated Ryan Gosling.”

Kate Winslet handed a trophy to her “Steve Jobs” co-star to Michael Fassbender, who dutifully thanked screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle for the frenzied work. “I believe you have a movie that will stand the test of time,” he told them. “Unfortunate about the box-office figures, but thank god for ‘Jurassic World’!”

“Thrones” scribe bewitched

No pressure or anything, but George RR Martin, author of the books on which the massive hit TV series “Game of Thrones” is based, has missed the deadline for completing his latest novel, “The Winds of Winter”. It was supposed to be finished by Halloween, and then it was due on December 31.

Agence France-Presse reports that Martin admitted his fumble on his blog shortly after midnight on Friday. “You’re disappointed, and you’re not alone,” he typed, overcoming his writer’s block for at least a few moments. “But no one could possibly be more disappointed than me”.

“Winds of Winter” is the sixth volume in the series “A Song of Ice and Fire”. Now that he’s blown the deadline for the second time, it will “most certainly” not be published before the sixth season of “Games of Thrones” airs on HBO in April, so there’s a chance, he acknowledged, that the show could get ahead of the novel. “How you want to handle that – hey, that’s up to you.”

It’s like a spear through the heart.


No crown for French Fries, just a great new friend

Published ธันวาคม 27, 2015 by SoClaimon

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Thanyachanok “French Fries” Moonnin (left) and  Khin Yadanar Thein Myint, Miss Myanmar World.

Thanyachanok “French Fries” Moonnin (left) and Khin Yadanar Thein Myint, Miss Myanmar World.

Thanyachanok “French Fries” Moonninta came away empty-handed from the Miss World pageant on the weekend, but the way she belted out that tune to cruise through the talent segment has us thinking she’s got a great future ahead in showbiz.

The judges were impressed enough with the 22-year-old Thai’s rendition of “The Moon Represents My Heart” – in Mandarin, no less, wowing the mostly Chinese audience in Sanya on Hainan Island on the sultry south coast. But they decided in the end to award the crown to Spanish professional model Mireia Lalaguna Royo.

“Thank you for all the support,” French Fries says to her fans in an interview with The Nation. “I did my best and had a great experience and made some wonderful friends among the contestants.”

One of her new pals is Khin Yadanar Thein Myint, Miss Myanmar World, her roommate and another fluent speaker of Mandarin. “We hadn’t talked at all until our airport transfer in Guangdong, when I heard her speaking Mandarin,” says Miss Fries. “So we started chatting in Mandarin and then the contest organiser put us in the same room at the hotel.

“She’s fluent because her dad runs a jade business in Yangon and has a lot of Chinese customers,” says French Fries, who only recently scored a bachelor’s degree at Thammasat University’s Pridi Banomyong Institute, where Chinese studies were part of her curriculum.

So she and Khin got to spend almost three weeks together in Sanya and became quite close. “We shared everything. She tried my tom yam noodles and I tried her herbal candies. We’d only just met be we got along like old friends.”

French Fries is planning to improve her Mandarin further and pursue a master’s degree in international relations. And we’ll almost definitely be hearing her sing again – she’s in talks with Channel 3 about showcasing her talent.

It’s not farm labour

Published ธันวาคม 27, 2015 by SoClaimon

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Krissada 'Por' Sriphurichanya shows how to get work done while doing a work-out.

Krissada ‘Por’ Sriphurichanya shows how to get work done while doing a work-out.

Scientists have determined that farmers and gym rats come from two different planets that aren’t even in the same solar system, but an advertisement video that’s gone viral somehow blends the species.

It’s called “Fit and Farm” and promotes the Khon Gla Kheun Tin project (The Brave Ones Return Home). It has a personal trainer coaching two other guys on basic agricultural skills – digging up dirt, watering plants and sawing wood – using the same kind of movements common to weightlifting and cardiopulmonary workouts.

And that’s actually a professional trainer, Krissada “Por” Sriphurichanya, putting the blokes through their paces.

Posted on YouTube on October 8, the video has thus far scored more than 800,000 views and 15,000 shares.

Khon Gla Kheun Tin urges fresh university graduates and other young people who’ve left their rural hometowns to study or work in the cities to come back and rediscover their roots, as it were. It says sustainable farming is a fine and noble way to support their families.

Backed by a network of 20-odd organisations, the project aims to repair a perceived structural weakness among rural communities through workshops on farm planning and organic farming.

“The idea is to encourage everybody, even people in the cities, to produce their own food so they can be self-reliant,” says Phairat Uaphadunglert, a co-founder of Choojai Ka Kalayanamitr, the advertising agency that created the spot.

“For people in the big cities, exercising at the gym is part of their lifestyle, so I used that to appeal to viewers. I wanted to get across the message that doing farm work can make us healthy. If we do it right, we can have beautiful six-pack abs just like people who go to the gym regularly!”

Phairat also points out that modern fitness clubs aren’t the most environmentally friendly places.

“Personally I think burning off your calories at the gym is wasteful in some ways. Exercising might be good for your health, but it’s not really good for the ecosystem when you use loads of electricity for the air-conditioning and the exercise equipment. It’s better to have a way to burn calories and stay healthy and at the same time benefit the ecosystem.”

Farmers tend to be as strong as buffalo, of course, so they must be doing something right.

“Many of the fitness routines we do in the gym are basically the same movements farm workers use,” Phairat says. “If you have vegetable garden at home, you can get just as good a workout as you have at the gym, and you’re not just burning calories, you’re also growing your own safe food.”

Meanwhile the humble farmer does occasionally over-stretch, so he might gain from some gym-style coaching too.

“Farm workers often suffer muscle and ligament strain if they don’t move correctly when doing their chores,” Phairat says. “It would be better if they used the proper exercise patterns when working in the field, and the routines seen in my ad might give them an idea of how to do it right.”

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Thai architects earn praise in London

Published ธันวาคม 27, 2015 by SoClaimon

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Sanitas, judge Christine Murray, and Pitupong, from left. Photo courtesy of AR Magazine

Sanitas, judge Christine Murray, and Pitupong, from left. Photo courtesy of AR Magazine

Pitupong Chaowakul just loves an architectural challenge.

Pitupong Chaowakul just loves an architectural challenge. The man behind the building-design firm Supermachine happened to be on the same plane as Soopsip flying from London, where he’d claimed the Grand Prize in the Architectural Review Emerging Awards. (Soopsip had other reasons for being in being in Britain, but that’s literally another story.)

Also aboard was another architect, Sanitas Pradittasnee of Sanitas Studio, who’d picked up a “Commended with Merit” prize. So there was a lot of talk about steel, concrete and the art of putting them together aesthetically.

Pitupong won his award for 10 Cal Tower, the striking red-concrete labyrinth of a playground on Bangsaen

Beach in Chonburi. Evidently the folks in the coastal town – both the residents and the tourists – love climbing the 8.5-metre tower, which you ascend easily, like a staircase, but it meanders all over the place, so it’s a lot of fun.

Well, the playful project also won the hearts of judges at the London-based Architectural Review, the magazine that’s been handing out the Emerging Award for 17 years. It’s the world’s most prestigious prize for up-and-coming practitioners of the craft, giving them a goose toward wider recognition and success.

More than 300 architectural projects in Japan, the UK, France, Vietnam, the Philippines, China and Jordan were submitted for appraisal, and Pitupong brought the trophy home to Thailand. Previous winners have all gone on to great things, including Sou Fujimoto of Japan, Briton Thomas Heatherwick, Australian Sean Godsell, German Jurgen Mayer H and Li Xiaodong of China.

“The winner of the 2015 Award for Emerging Architecture reinterprets the traditional playground in a vertical labyrinth that brings children and adults together in a game of hide-and-seek with a difference,” the magazine judges declared in a statement.

Pitupong Chaowakul shares the credit with his skilled team – Sujinda Khawkam, Kasidis Peuktes and Mint Mintly – and with the project owner, Siam Cement Group, which provided “considerable technical and material support”. Their collaboration was part of a broader “community architecture” undertaking to mark the group’s 100th anniversary last year. Siam Cement has also invited two renowned Thai architecture firms to submit designs for Bangsaen Beach.

Architecture Preview noted “strong echoes of Escher’s 1953 lithograph ‘Relativity'”, referring to the great Dutch artist MC Escher and his impossibly twisting construction. “Indeed, Supermachine used Escher’s print to represent the idea of the tower’s complex circulation and also to make the prototype model.

“The challenge was to fit 10 complex paths into a compact construction site of 7.8×10.3 square metres on the public park’s existing lawn. The main load-bearing construction is located at the middle of the tower and it holds these 10 concrete paths, which are cantilevered and widen in the air. The width of the paths varies from 0.6 to one metre, so when you walk along them, you might touch someone or be touched by them. A new relationship could begin.”

Sanitas Pradittasnee was recognised for her project called “Khao Mo” (“Mythical Escapism”). The term khao mo literary means “a small hill”, and hers is a mountain of stacked mirrored cubes that reflect the surroundings. Passers-by never fail to spot themselves when strolling around Park@Siam between Chulalongkorn University and Siam Square. It’s like a giant mosaic selfie.

Disabled-parking row boils up into war on jerkism

Published ธันวาคม 27, 2015 by SoClaimon

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Inconsiderate leave Saba disabled in the parking lot.

Inconsiderate leave Saba disabled in the parking lot.

YouTube and the social media it feeds are glowing red with fury over the abuse of blue parking spaces reserved for the handicapped.

A wheelchair-bound man calling himself Saba ignited the latest round of anger at inconsiderate motorists when he posted a two-minute “Don’t Take My Space” video showing two cars jammed into the disable parking area where he’d left his own vehicle at Makkasan Station on the Airport Rail Link.

Saba says he’s grateful to the authorities for providing two parking bays for disabled drivers, but he was incensed one recent day to discover that a Toyota Yaris and a Honda Jazz had been parked tightly side by side next to his own Toyota. One idiot parking in a space reserved for the handicapped is bad enough, but this confederacy of dunces meant that Saba could barely get into his car.

It appears that the Yaris driver arrived first and tucked into the open spot, and then the Jazz owner squeezed in between. There’s hardly any room left for Saba to wheel his chair up to his car door. He manages to slide in far enough, but then, “I can’t open the door!” he says. Finally, he manages to get in without slamming his door into the Jazz, as one might well be inclined to do.

Saba’s plight generated a great deal of sympathy and a lot of comparisons. Many people have commented on idiot motorists taking advantage of disabled parking areas at shopping malls and airports. When Mega Bangna opened a couple of years ago, it made sure there was ample parking for the handicapped near the entrances, clearly marked with wheelchair signs and blue paint on the asphalt, but far too often they’re gobbled up by insensitive jerks.

These morons are now the subjects of follow-up videos and mobile-phone snapshots submitted by irate witnesses, some of whom wait for the car owners to return so they can be identified. One clip shows two women in their 30s evidently late arriving for a party. The driver grabs a blue parking space, thrilled to be so “lucky”, and they jump out and fly inside. You see everyone from college students to businessmen in Mercedes doing the same.

In Brazil a fuming crowd covered an entire car parked in a disabled bay with blue Post-it notes and used white ones to form the wheelchair-symbol outline. In England an inconsiderate BMW owner returned to find the word “wanker” spray-painted on the side.

Saba wasn’t trying to start a revolution. At the end of his video, after he’s squeezed into his car and has hoisted the folded wheelchair into place, he declares, “I’m strong and healthy. I don’t need your help.”

Then he starts the car and pulls away, adding in the caption, “But don’t take my space!”

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Por gets started on his long road back to recovery

Published ธันวาคม 27, 2015 by SoClaimon

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THE WISHES of tens of thousands of fans are coming true as actor Tridsadee “Por” Sahawong ever so gradually works his way back to recovery from a life-threatening struggle with dengue fever.

Por’s been in intensive care at Ramathibodhi Hospital for more than a month and during that time had to have his left foot amputated, but last week his condition was upgraded from “critical” and he’s looking forward to going home again.

It will be a while yet before he gets to do that. While’s he’s fully conscious now and communicating with relative ease with family and the doctors, his voice is in rough shape and the staff is carefully monitoring his kidneys, liver and pulmonary system.

Por’s uncle and manager, Sornmontree Pichaisornphlaeng, continues to update the press and says Por’s wife Vanda visits regularly and daughter Phakhwan (Mali) gets to see him occasionally, though the little girl can’t stay long since her dad needs his rest.

Everyone was worried about having to break the news to Por about losing his foot. They waited for what was considered the right time and had a psychologist standing by. That happened on Wednesday night, and Sornmontra says Por took it well, stayed calm and seemed neither shocked nor sorrowful.

The family was quite relieved that he handled the news better than they expected, says the uncle, and they’re now more assured than ever that Por is strong enough to get through this ordeal.

Funny gay guy gets serious

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IF YOU’RE one of the many fans of the TV travel show “Toey Tiew Thai”, producer Niti “Pompam” Chaichitatorn wants you to know that it might be a lot of fun to watch, but behind the camera it’s all hard work.

Pompam, who’s also one of the show’s openly gay hosts, tells A Day magazine there’s a lot of stress involved before they actually get out on the road, “especially when we have nothing in mind as to what we’re going to do”.

“Toey Tiew Thai” began as a bit of a lark on the Internet before GMM One Channel picked it up for broadcast. Much of the hilarity comes from the chatter among the three hosts and the way they describe the places they visit.

They’re all funny guys, but Pompam says it’s a common misconception among straight folks that all gays are tua talok (comedians). That’s just one more stereotype, he says. “We’re funny [talok], but we’re not comedians! So when we have a moment that’s not funny, you should understand and let me have that right,” he laughs.

As popular as the show is, they’re considering packing it in. “It’s so tiring and time-consuming and we’re getting older, so maybe it would be best to stop now while people still love us,” Pompam says.

He wants to get on with other things, too. He recently produced the gay-oriented “Toey Fair Festival Carnival Show” and is hosting the new TV show “Talk-ka-Toey Tonight” on GMM Channel 25. His ambition is to be Thailand’s Jerry Bruckheimer, the Hollywood producer behind “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Flashdance”. “He’s very talented. I dream of being credited something like ‘from the creator of Toey Tiew Thai’ – as a name that people will recognise and trust.”

Mai steps out on her own

Published ธันวาคม 27, 2015 by SoClaimon

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A month after word got out that the TV reality show “The Star” was losing its three original judge-commentators, their replacements have been formally named.

A month after word got out that the TV reality show “The Star” was losing its three original judge-commentators, their replacements have been formally named.

Stepping into the shoes of Phech Mar, Sutheesak “Jo” Padkeetewa and Ornapha “Mah” Krisadee for the show’s 12th season will be TV host-model Metthinee “Look Ked” Kingpayom, singer Pongsak “Aof” Rattanapong and Yutthana “Ted” Boonorm, the guy who puts on the annual Big Mountain music festival.

This is the first time there’s been a changing of the guard at “The Star”. That news broke when Jo and Mah posted it on the social media. “We’re fired!” Mah announced on Instagram, while Jo added that the show would also undergo a format change.

“It’s been 11 years and, yes, we have somehow become like a logo of the show,” Jo wrote. “We do feel an attachment to the show and all the past contestants.” He explained that the producer had summoned the three of them and then declared that he’d never be summoning them again, but Jo was big-hearted about it. “We understand – we’re ‘old’ and they might need someone ‘young’ and fresh.”

The rumour was that the producer wanted a major revamp to boost ratings in the heat of digital-TV competition.

The three new judges are indeed a bit younger. Yutthana is well known in music industry and has been referred to as “Chaopor Indie”, meaning the godfather of Thai independent music. Look Ked is very much a TV insider as a star of “The Face Thailand”, where she’s got a huge fan following. And Aof is a popular singer who got his start on another tuneful reality show, “Academy Fantasia”.

Feedback is expected from “Star” fans momentarily, but we expect them to give the newcomers the benefit of the doubt and a chance to prove themselves. The commentators know they’ve got big shoes to fill. Yutthana tells Soopsip he’s very excited. “How do I feel? I feel like a student wizard attending Hogwarts for the first day!”

Mai steps out on her own

Change is normal in showbiz, of course. Even as “The Star” swaps out its judges after more than a decade, superstar Davika “Mai” Hoorne has officially parted ways with Channel 7.

She can do anything she wants now, having risen from modest income from various TV series to become Nang-ake pan larn – the billion-baht actress – and “queen of the presenters”, referring to her commercial endorsements.

Speculation is rife that she’s gone from Channel 7 for good, since her 10-year contract expires on December 31. She’s decided to shun all future long-term contracts and remain independent, according to her manager, Wikorm “Klao” Photrakul. “There’s no misunderstanding between Mai and the TV station,” he says. “Mai will be back in TV series, but right now she just doesn’t want to sign up with anyone.”

Mai made her debut on Channel 7 as the star of the series “Ngao Kammathep”, only for her popularity to spike with the blockbuster horror movie “Pee Mak”. She’s also a favourite face for glossy magazines.

There is some “drama” in her departure from Channel 7, though. Several fans have accused her of being “ungrateful”. Klao says Mai doesn’t take such criticism seriously. Asked where Mai is headed next, Klao says Channel 3 producer Pongpat Wachirabanjong has approached her with a proposal, but jumping to another channel isn’t in the cards. “Right now she doesn’t want to sign any contract with anyone!”

Is the goddess going to double her acting fee? Klao wouldn’t say yes or no. “She’s been in the business for 10 years and whatever fee she charges will be in accordance with that period of experience.”


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