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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 28, 2013

Ekstra Earns Well In Its U.S. Release/Oscar Academy Asks For A Copy Of 'Ekstra' Script

CONGRATS to producer Joji Alonso, Direk Jeffrey Jeturian and Gov. Vilma Santos. Their movie “Ekstra” is now showing in the U.S. and Leonard Klady in his Box Office Estimates in Movie City News USA says it earned $43,400 in its first week of showing. In pesos, it’s roughly equivalent to P1,800,00. It bested out at the box office other films of its kind that opened at the same time with it in the U.S., like “Mademoiselle C”, “The Investigator”, “Blue Caprice” and the acclaimed film “Wadjda, Kid without a Bike”, which is Saudi Arabia’s entry to the Oscars. Congratulations! See my Ekstra Movie Review.

Also, Ferdinand Lapuz, one of the producers of “Ekstra”, just got this letter from Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS, which hands out the Oscars) which is self-explanatory:

“The Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is interested in acquiring a copy of the screenplay for ‘EKSTRA’ for our permanent Core Collection. The scripts in our collection are made accessible for research purposes only. Students, filmmakers, writers and actors are among our regular patrons. As a research library, we do not allow materials to circulate; they may only be studied inside the reading room. Also, we forbid any photocopying of screenplays.
If you can donate a copy to the collection please send it to the address below or email it to gwalsh@oscars.org. Please contact me with any questions at (310) 247-3036 x2209. You may also visit our website at www.oscars.org/library.”

The co-writers of “Ekstra” are Jeffrey Jeturian, Zig Dulay and Antoinette Jadaone.