Sophia Latjuba’s affair stuns Villareal

In a series of remarkably candid tweets over the social media service Twitter, a devastated Michael Villarreal has described how his beautiful Indonesian wife Sophia Latjuba has done the dirty on him and fallen in love with somebody else.

Michael doesn’t mention who the lucky man is, but speculation abounds that he lives in Indonesia since the lovely Sophia arrived in Indonesia a few weeks ago to start shooting a new film.

So their marriage looks set to end in the same way that it begun.

In some controversy.

All appeared well enough when the two lovebirds got engaged back in 2004, but the media soon got whiff of a juicy scandal that created a public uproar.

Michael was already married!

And his wife at the time (Louisa Ibbotson) was pregnant!

Eventually, though, Michael managed to get divorced and married Sophia just four days later on 30 April 2005 in Jakarta’s Anglican All Saints Church.

But like so many celebrity marriages, there was sadly not to be a happy ending. So they must both move on…

Sophia Latjuba has found a new love

Ayu Ting Ting: Alamat Palsu

Everyone has heard stories of realizing the “American dream” - making it big through hard work and achieving success, fame and wealth.

But things are no longer what they once were and America’s dominant position in the global economy is steadily declining as Asian countries - especially China, India and those in SE Asia – ascend with ambitious intent.

These are the shifting sands of economic progress; the only certainty being uncertainty itself.

For Ayu Ting Ting, she must still be pinching herself to see if it’s real. Or just a dream. An Indonesian Dream.

Hailing from the suburban wastelands of Depok, this teenage dangdut prodigy was only recently on the demeaning dangdut “sawer” circuit.

In these dangdut shows, members of the audience - usually men (and often lecherous men with frisky hands) - pay money to dance with the singer on stage.

And Ayu’s fee at that time? Only a very modest Rp250,000 per show.

But from out of nowhere she was given a song to sing, a very catchy song called Alamat Palsu (“Fake Address”).

It went viral, Ayu’s popularity soared, and she is now pulling in around Rp 30 million for performing six songs.

That’s what you call a dream.

The Indonesian Dream, baby!

New chick on the block: Ayu Ting Ting

Cat fight with Dewi Perssik brings Julia Perez to tears

A tearful Julia Perez has been given a prison sentence of three months for being found guilty of bashing fellow dangdut singer Dewi Perssik.

Luckily for her, she won't actually have to go to prison. The sentence is probationary and as long as she stays out of trouble she should remain a "free" (?) woman.

The verdict was lighter than the prosecutors' demand of six months.

Although the presiding judge for the case said there were a number of alleviating factors that reduced Julia’s sentence, being Indonesia’s number one sexbomb was apparently not one of them.

The rivalry between the two sex symbols intensified in November last year during the filming of “Arwah Goyang Karawang” (“The Dancing Ghost of Karawang”), a typical Indonesian horror cum skin-flick combo, in which they both starred.

The scenes of wild fighting between the two girls, in which they were pulling each other’s hair out and slapping and scratching each other like wild kittens, actually proved to be good promotion for the film and many thought it must have been a publicity stunt put on by the filmmakers.

But apparently not.

Julia Perez, Jupe

If Jupe can stay out of trouble she will remain a free woman

Andhien Carmella wants it so bad

Since making her breakthrough into the Indonesian movie world with her debut performance in “Rumah Hantu Pondok Indah”, Andhien Carmella has found work hard to come by.

But while others might be deterred, not Andhien.

"There’s no way I'm gonna take this lying down", she cries!

Although funnily enough, that’s exactly what she plans to do to get her stalled movie career back on track.

“I feel unlucky as I’ve never done a bedroom scene. Up to now, I’ve never even had a kissing scene – even though I want it real bad. Hopefully, I will receive an offer soon,” the star of Rumah Hantu Pondok Indah lamented.
Source: Rakyat Merdeka

To familiarize herself with the subject material, Andhien has even admitted to watching some of the more “saucier” DVDs you can find up – or should that be “down”? - in Chinatown.

Yep, it’s an ambitious and daring undertaking alright.

With no guarantees that a full frontal strategy of this nature will work in a conventional (non-A/V) movie.

But who knows.

She just might be able to pull it off! Hahaha!!!

Pocong Minta Kawin feat. Julia Perez

A pocong is an Indonesian ghost that is said to be the soul of a dead person trapped in their suit. It looks like this:

Pocong, spotted in Kota, Jakarta

The pocong suit (kain kafan) is used by Muslims to cover the body of the dead person.

They cover the dead body with white fabric and tie the clothing over the head, under the feet, and on the neck.

According to the native beliefs, the soul of a dead person will stay on the earth for 40 days after the death.

If, however, the ties aren't released after 40 days, the body is said to jump out from the grave to warn people that the soul need the bonds to be released. Once this is done, the soul will leave the earth and never show up anymore.

But in Pocong Minta Kawin, a new film set to be released on 13 October 2011, we have an although different proposition.

Set in one of Jakarta’s “projects” (rusun), Ningsih (Chika Waode) is set to marry the man of her dreams even though the two of them have never actually met (they “found” each other through an introduction on Facebook).

But there is good reason for Ningsih’s apparent extreme shyness, however.
And that’s because she is as ugly as a hag.

But secrets like this are hard to keep and, luckily for Ningsih’s prospective husband at least, he learns he’s been tricked just in time to cancel the wedding.
This leaves poor old Ningsih devastated and she decides to jump to her death from her apartment.

Soon after, four young students move into Ningsih’s former apartment and it isn’t long before Ningsih - who has since been transformed into a pocong – starts to give them a hard time.

But like any good Indonesian horror film there is always room for a pretty girl.
In this particular film, Julia Perez.

A much better looker than any ugly pocong!

 Julia perez in Pocong Minta Kawin

Maeeva Amin in “Wild Women” movie

Without the seasons of the year it can be difficult to track the passage of time in Indonesia.

Unlike in temperate climes there are no falling leaves to let you know it’s autumn. And no flower blooms to mark spring.

Yes, we do have Ramadan. But it is not fixed and moves forward by 2 weeks every year.

But perhaps one season is always in vogue in Indonesia.

The silly season. The time after the fasting month – lasting for 50 weeks until the next Ramadan begins – when the most frivolous and incredulous of news stories compete for the attention of the masses.

And like the media world, the silly season also affects the movie business.

It’s like a game.

Now that’s a silly title for a movie. Trump that!

And so we have, just a month after Ramadan, Perempuan Perempuan Liar (Wild Women), a real hodgepodge of a movie which focuses not on the lives of some tribal women living it up in the Kalimantan jungle – as you might have first imagined – but rather on the affairs of Mey and Cindy, a couple of spoilt “conglomerate” kids who live to party, shop, and are crazy about money (naturally).

Like the best Indonesian films, “Wild Women” features “foreign talent”, although what we get here is not just some Japanese nymphomaniac, but instead a far more refined and exquisite creature - the lovely Maeeva Amin.

Maeeva, who hails from just across the Malay Straits, is a delightful blend of French and Malay stock, and got her breakthrough into Indonesia films after her not inconsiderable charms caught the eye of someone from Soraya Intercine Films whilst she was at a friend’s wedding in Jakarta.

But life hasn’t always been a bed of roses for Maeeva, and aged 15, as an anorexic weighing only 30kg, the doctors gave her only four months to live.

Yet after long sessions with her shrink, she managed to pull through and she slowly put on the pounds to flesh out her emaciated body.

The results speak for themselves, and if you look closely at the picture below you can see that this leggy wonder babe even managed to get a tattoo done:

Can you see her tattoo? And wow, isn’t her right knee bruised a bit? Looks like a carpet burn to me…

Perepuan Perempuan Liar stars (sic) Tora Sudiro, Dallas Pratama, Maeeva Amin, Rina Diana and Gary Iskak