Shrek, Princess Fiona and Donkey Arrive in Manila for 'Shrek The Musical'

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Manila, Philippines - Everyone’s favorite big green Ogre and his funny friends are on their way to Manila! 

'Shrek The Musical' with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori, will play the Meralco Theatre for four weeks only, September 19 - October 12, 2014. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketworld at 891-9999 or

The hit Broadway and West End musical Shrek is a slightly fractured fairytale that’s big on laughs with a tender heart at it’s core. Audiences will delight in joining Shrek, the unlikely hero, and his wisecracking loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful, albeit slightly neurotic, Princess Fiona from her tower guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add to the mix Lord Farquaad, a bad guy with a short temper, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a cookie with an attitude and you’ve got a must see musical comedy for the whole family – Shrek the Musical.

The world of fairy tales collides and is turned upside down in an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance. Featuring all new songs, as well as the popular Shrek anthem, "I’m a Believer," Shrek, the Musical brings the well-loved characters to life in a hilarious and spectacular production based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and the Oscar-winning Dreamworks animated film which opened on Broadway in December 2008 and was followed by a revamped production in London’s West End in 2011. 'Shrek The Musical' was initiated when Sam Mendes, a big fan of the first Shrek film, suggested the idea of creating a musical to DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg around the time the second film was in production.

Get your tickets now to 'Shrek The Musical', the must see family musical comedy of the year!

Mark Gil is Dead

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Mark Gil passed away at around 8 in the morning today, September 1, 24 days before his 53rd birthday.

Raphael Joseph De Mesa in real life, the veteran actor died of cirrhosis or advance liver disease.

Gil was last seen playing Maja Salvador's estranged father is ABS-CBN toprating primetime series "The Legal Wife."

He was survived by his wife and children including actors Andi Eigenmann, Gabby Eigenmann and Sid Lucero.

ABS-CBN Named Company of The Year at the 2014 International Business Awards in Paris, France

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After winning at the Asia Pacific Stevie Awards, ABS-CBN Corporation won the Gold Stevie Award in the Company of the Year – Media & Entertainment category at the 11th Annual International Business Awards. The awards night will be held in Paris, France on October 10.

Because of this win, ABS-CBN, carrying the name of the Philippines, will compete in the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies in the Media & Entertainment category. It will be competing against the silver and the bronze Stevie winners from the UK and the US in the said category. The company that will garner the most number of votes will win a People’s Choice Stevie Award.

To vote for the only Philippine media company in the running, just go to, click the Media & Entertainment category, and choose ABS-CBN Corporation. Voting ends on September 12.

The International Business Awards (IBAs) is the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations. The 2014 IBAs received entries from more than 60 nations and territories including the Philippines.

The Gold Stevie Award recognized ABS-CBN’s business achievements in the past year for its supremacy in terms of TV ratings and box office sales for Star Cinema movies, increase in revenue, groundbreaking business ventures such as ABS-CBNmobile, theme park Kidzania Manila, and TV home shopping channel O Shopping, its public service initiatives such as the “Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na” campaign and relief and rehabilitation efforts for the victims of disasters, and the success of its Philippine TV’s 60th anniversary celebration.

More than 3,500 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Company of the Year, Website of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.
Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 250 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from May through early August.

Last May, ABS-CBN bagged a Grand Stevie Award at the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards and was the only Filipino company to receive the highest honor given to five companies in the region. It also won a Gold Stevie Award in the Services Company of the Year category, while ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio won a Gold Stevie in the Woman of the Year for all Asia-Pacific nations (except Australia and South Korea) category.

Jennifer Lawrence Photos Leak Online

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"The Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence allegedly have a very explicit photos surfaced online.

The actress' over 60 selfie photos (mostly undress), reportedly stolen from her Apple iCloud account, were posted by a hacker on 4chan.

The hacker also reportedly got hold of nude photos of well-known singer-celebrities such as Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, and Kate Upton.

J.Law's representatives, in a statement, said: "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”

ABS-CBN Releases New Shows for 3Q 2014: Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita, Nathaniel and Forevermore

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The Kapamilya network, on its “Kapamilya: All Out” trade concert for advertisers on Thursday, August 28 gave a sneak peek of its new set of upcoming programs showcasing its new talents and fresh stories - something that you have never watched before.

Among the must-watch shows announced were ABS-CBN’s original reality show “I Do,” hosted by Judy Ann Santos. The show had its Twitter-trending #IDoJourneyBegins pilot episode on Saturday night, August 30.

Another show to watch-out for it the drama series “Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita (NKNKK).”

“NKNKK” will star Vina Morales, Denise Laurel, and “Pinoy Big Brother: All In” ex-housemates Jane Oineza, Joshua Garcia, and Loisa Andalio.

The pairing of Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano will also get its first boob tube break on “Forevermore.” Watch the trailer HERE.

“Nathaniel,” a new child-centric series will also premiere on the Kapamilya network which will introduce a still-unnamed new young actor. The show will also feature “The Voice Kids” champ Lyca Gairanod along with Gerald Anderson, Shaina Magdayao, Pokwang, Benjie Paras, Jairus Aquino, Sharlene San Pedro, Jayson Gainza, and “PBB” twins Fourth and Fifth Pagotan.

TFC Worldwide Welcomes 9 "I Do" Couples this Sunday, August 31

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Manila, Philippines - Nine couples are about to face a whole new chapter that will change their lives forever. But before they take the big plunge to married life, the couples will embark on a journey that will test their relationships and discover new things about their significant others.  Will it be an “I Do” or an “I Don’t” for the couples?  Join them as they march down the aisle of challenges in the newest reali-serye “I Do,” which premiered on August 30, Saturday (August 31, Sunday in the U.S. [Eastern Time], Australia or Australian Eastern Standard Time [AEST], New Zealand or New Zealand Eastern Standard Time [NZST], and Guam) on The Filipino Channel (TFC) worldwide.

Throughout the competition, the couples will be tested and guided by host Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, along with other council members: life coach Pia Acevedo and psychologist and marriage counselor Dr. Julian Montano.  Co-host Jason Gainza will be joining Santos-Agoncillo in giving out the challenges.

Santos-Agoncillo, who is a well-respected and multi-awarded actress and who has been married for five years to husband Ryan Agoncillo and has two kids, said she will give advice to the couples based on her personal experiences as a wife and a mother.  She revealed: “The most challenging thing I do in the show is giving the couples pieces of advice that they can live by.  When I accepted to be on this show, I didn’t really know what I was getting in to.  I was just excited because it’s an original concept.  Along the way, I became sort of a life coach.  It just feels great to be a part of a couple’s journey to getting married.”

The nine couples will live in three houses inside the “I Do” village, but the women will sleep separately from the men.  Santos-Agoncillo shared that the program made her realize that the strength of a relationship does not depend on how long a couple has been together.   She said: “What’s important to me is that viewers will get inspiration from the show.  We made this program to inspire people not to jump into certain situations.  Lahat ng bagay ngayon dapat pinag-iisipan ng mabuti.
(Everything should be well-thought-out).”

In the program, the couples will be tested through cycles, with a theme each week and sessions based on real-life marriage and relationship situations.  Each week, the council will decide which couple leaves the “I Do” village.

Acevedo shared: “My favorite part about being part of the council is when the contestants ask for help and admit their weaknesses as a couple.  It is not about the show anymore.  I admire them because they let their vulnerability show.  I hope viewers learn from that and face their own barriers when it comes to love.”

Montano, meanwhile, shared that he is amazed by the production staff for conceptualizing creative activities which have started using professional counseling.  He said: “I learned a lot not just about delivering the topics and lines, but also in seeing the couples.  My one big learning in my experience is focusing on ethical responsibilities.  There should always be balance.  We open up their emotions and make them realize something.  My responsibility is to see to it that we bring them closure.”

The pilot of “I Do” unveiled the love stories of the nine couples, who are composed of the following: business partners who have become a romantic couple, a Korean-Pinay pair who showcase a fusion of their cultures, an engaged couple ready to settle, high-school sweethearts who have a long romantic history, a couple struggling to confront their haunting past, a couple who have been together for just three months, neighbors who have become lovers, a couple with a 19-year age gap, and a young pair who are already parents.

In the end, the winning couple will bring home P1 million, house and lot, and their dream grand wedding.

Whose love story is about to get a happy ending? Do not miss the much-anticipated love-filled reali-serye, “I Do” premiering on August 31, Sunday in the U.S. [Eastern Time], Australia or Australian Eastern Standard Time [AEST], New Zealand or New Zealand Eastern Standard Time [NZST]) on The Filipino Channel (TFC) worldwide.  Catch the couples’ journey to a possible ‘happy ever after’ via TFC’s official online service, right after its Philippine airing, and revisit each episode on TFC’s video-on-demand service via its internet protocol television (IPTV) service available in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

For more updates, connect with fellow global Filipinos and visit or follow @KapamilyaTFC on twitter and instagram.

Pokwang vs. Cristy Fermin in Court

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It all started with a news that came from TV5 showbiz news anchor Cristy Fermin and tabloid entertainment reporter Richard Pinlac on their daily radio show "Cristy Ferminute". 

According to the radio hosts, Pokwang brought so much emotional pain to her former employer Wowie de Dios of comedy bar Music Box where she started as a stand-up comedian and to some relatives who used to help her survived during her struggling days. 

Watch below:

The Kapamilya comedienne is reportedly fuming mad over the allegations.

On her Instagram account @pokie827, Pokwang express her anger to Fermin, who according to her is constantly bad-mouthing her. She also posted a photo of a check deposit slip which is evidence of how she was deceived by Fermin when the latter was still connected with ABS-CBN.

"Isa lang ito sa nakatagong ebidensya ng pang uuto mo sa kin ng panahon na nasa abs cbn ka pa at may bulaklak ka sa dila! Marami pa ako nito nakatago lang! ayaw mo akong tantanan sa programa mong anim lang ang nakikinig tapos puro pa imbento at chika nyo! mga sugarol kasi kayo!!" Pokwang posted.

Pokwang remarked that she decided now to speak up and might opted to file a case against Fermin as she also has heard that her daughter is now being attacked on her radio show. 

"after 4years na halos araw araw mo akong tinitira ngayon lang ako sasabog dahil balita ko pati anak ko na pinaghirapan kong buhayin mag isa at lahat ng dagok sa buhay ay pinag daanan ko maitaguyod ko lang sya! kapag napatunayan ko na tinawag mo nga siyang malandi sa programa mo o sa tabloid magkaka demandahan tayo! See you soon!" Pokwang posted.

Toni Gonzaga Faced Tons of Rejections Before Making It Big in PHL Showbiz

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Toni Gonzaga recalls the struggles and difficulties she has been through to get to what she is right now - one of Philippine showbiz' most important stars.

The Ultimate Multimedia Star, in her interview with Anthony Taberna in August 28 episode of “Tapatan ni Tunying,” said she banks on her talent and personality to stand out in the overly competitive world of showbiz.

Toni started auditioning for entertainment projects since age nine. She was a “singing sensation” in her hometown in Taytay, Rizal, sweeping grand prizes in barangay competitions.Yet it took her eight years to get her lucky break - a soft drink commercial with Piolo Pascual.

She said, “Every rejection became my motivation. Mahusay din ‘yung support system ko, ‘yung mommy’t daddy ko, na [nagsabing] ‘O sige, susuportahan ka namin sa pangarap mo.’

Talagang lahat pinasok ko. Kumanta ako sa mga hotel lounge, nag-talent, talagang all around,” the box office actress relates. “Kumbaga sa kasambahay, luto, linis, laba, yaya. Kaya kong lahat. Para ‘pag tinanong ako ‘pag nago-audition ako nu’n, ‘Ano’ng kaya mong gawin?’ Ang isasagot ko, ‘Lahat po.’” she added.

Eventually, Toni became an in-demand host and recording artist. She also proved her acting mettle especially in the movies. 

She has landed major roles in Star Cinema's “D' Anothers,”  “You Are The One,” “You Got Me,” “My Big Love,” “My Only U,” “Ang Tanging Pamilya,” “My Amnesia Girl,” “Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi,” “This Guy's In Love With You Mare,” “Four Sisters and A Wedding,” and “Starting Over Again.”

Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano ‘Forevermore’ Trailer

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ABS-CBN and Star Creatives has released the teaser trailer of its newest primetime offering titled "Forevermore" featuring two of this season's hottest teen stars Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano.

Watch below:

Enrique plays the role of a rich teen named Alexander while Liza portrays the role of a farm girl named Tessa in this series which will remind you what if feels like to fall in love for the very first time.

Directed by Rory Quintos, Forevermore premieres soon on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.

‘Hawak Kamay’ Named Dramang Pantelebisyon at Parangal Paulinian 2014

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ABS-CBN’s newest family drama, “Hawak Kamay,” led by Piolo Pascual, Iza Calzado, and Nikki Gil; along with child superstars Zaijian Jaranilla, Andrea Brillantes, Xyriel Manabat, and Yesha Camile was recently named this year’s Dramang Pantelebisyon at the Parangal Paulinian 2014 at St. Paul College, Pasig.

“Hawak Kamay” topped the list among other local drama programs through garnering the most student votes among the population of St. Paul College. The show was nominated as its messages were in line with the institution’s mission and vision, and was deemed apt for the growth of the youth. “Hawak Kamay” extends its gratitude to St. Paul Pasig for the recognition it was given. 

Catch “Hawak Kamay” on weekdays after “TV Patrol” on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida. 

For updates, visit and like “Hawak Kamay’s” official Facebook page ( and follow the program on Twitter and Instagram (@HawakKamayTV).

ABS-CBN Opens Search for Super Kasambahays in ‘Mutya of the Universe’

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In its objective to pay tribute to talented and dedicated ‘super kasambahays” and make them happy, ABS-CBN News and Current affairs program “Mutya ng Masa” will hold a search for the “Best Kasambahay”.

Exciting prizes await the “Mutya of the Universe,” who will be selected from the 30 candidates who will fight for the title.

“Mutya ng Masa” is inviting female housemaids who are 18 to 45 years old, single or married, and are living in Metro Manila and nearby provinces to join the auditions on Sunday (August 31) at the ABS-CBN Center Road from 8AM to 2PM.

Aspiring candidates should bring their bio data, any kind of photo, barangay certificate attesting their employment, letter of consent from their employer, and a photocopy of their employer’s ID.

The 30 kasambahays will compete in two legs: the talent competition on September 6 and the finals day featuring the long gown competition and question-and-answer portion on September 13.

Catch “Mutya ng Masa,” anchored by Doris Bigornia every Tuesday, 4PM on ABS-CBN. For updates, follow @MutyaNgMasa on Twitter or like

TV5 Releases Statement on Sharon Cuneta's Termination of Contract

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To shed light to Sharon Cuneta's sudden termination of her contract, the Kapatid network officially releases the following statements: 

"TV5 wishes to extend its gratitude to Ms. Sharon Cuneta for being part of the Kapatid network for almost three years. The network wishes her well in all her future endeavors."

Sharon Cuneta Terminates Her TV5 Contract

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Megastar Sharon Cuneta announces she is no longer with TV5.

Just days after putting her sentiments online regarding her long battle against obesity which put her to so much stressed and depression, Sharon, on Friday night, made a big announcement on her Twitter @sharon_cuneta12 that she is no longer in contract with the Kapatid network.

What happens to the remaining two years of her P1-B contract? Her supposed team-up with former screen and real-life partner Richard Gomez? Is she set to return as Kapamilya?

The Best of Entertainment Happens at Resorts World Manila's 5th Anniversary Festivities Called 'Give Me 5'

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Resorts World Manila (RWM), the country’s first entertainment and tourism destination in the Philippines continue its trend to provide an ultimate non-stop thrills as it hosts a festive 5th anniversary party dubbed “Give Me 5”.

To celebrate the festivities, RWM offers guests of all ages with a bevy of the best concerts, parties, movies, shows, exhibits, big promos, and exclusive events that promises to deliver loads of fun for the next five weeks.

To kick-off the celebration, top Pinoy acts perform in a show called Rockin 5 on August 28 at The Plaza in RWM’s plush Newport Mall. Guests were treated with a free concert headlined by X Factor finalist Mark Mabasa and Friends, acoustic princess Princess Velasco, pop-rock diva Yeng Constantino, and The Voice Kids finalists Darren Espanto, Juan Karlos Labajo, Darlene Vibares, and grand champion Lyca Gairanod.

World-class events follow suit come September as RWM mounts shows and affairs that keep the thrills coming. From September 11 to 28, the grand Newport Performing Arts Theaters (NPAT) stage is set to host a re-telling of Dr. Jose Rizal’s historic novel. “Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not): The Opera” features music and libretto by Philippine National Artists Felipe De Leon and Guillermo Tolentino brought to life under the helm of acclaimed director Freddie Santos.

Entertainment at RWM is complemented by indulgence of the sweetest kind as the integrated resort mounts its second Chocolate Festival. Go ‘cocoa-loco’ once again as RWM hosts the second installment of this sinfully sweet affair from September 15 to 28 at the Newport Mall. Catch a unique exhibit that showcasing anything and everything chocolate highlighted by a weekend chocolate fair at The Plaza from September 19 to 21.

More thrills await valued members throughout the month-long anniversary celebration as RWM serves great rewards such as dining discounts (Give Me 5 50% Off) and freebies (Foodie 5), special cinema deals, and other surprises (Pick 5). Shoppers also get a piece of the action with a mall-wide sale happening at the Newport Mall with great deals on exclusive services and premium brands.

Don’t miss out on the latest promotions and events happening throughout the “Give Me 5” anniversary party by using the new RWM Mobile Companion App. It’s the ultimate guide in and around the integrated hub offering real-time information, movie schedules, and RWM Exclusives Rewards Program packages at your fingertips. The RWM Mobile Companion app is now available on Android at the Google Play Store and soon for the iPhone at the Apple App Store.

Dish out some big ‘high fives’ as RWM celebrates half a decade of setting the benchmark in the integrated entertainment and tourism industry. Experience non-stop thrills at every turn only at Resorts World Manila, where nothing compares.

Meanwhile, watch this RWM-produced video that encapsulates the brand essence of RWM – ‘thrill like no other’ featuring RWM employees, talents and executives including its President, COO and Chairman:

For more information and complete schedule of events for RWM’s “Give Me 5” anniversary celebrations visit or call the Tourist/Visitor Hotline at (632) 908-8833.

Watch Gilas Pilipinas FIBA World Cup 2014 Games Live and Free via Smart Viewstream app!

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Smart, the leading wireless network in the country, recently launched a new mobile app called Viewstream.

Viewstream is a mobile app that delivers video content that both Prepaid and Postpaid Smart, Sun Cellular, and Talk ‘N Text subscribers can purchase and stream on their mobile devices at their own convenience.

Available to Android users, Viewstream can be downloaded for FREE on the Google Play Store (, and currently has three channels offering live TV5 and Aksyon TV (live TV feed) special events.

So whether you're on the road stuck in traffic, or out with friends, enjoying a "me time" moment away from TV, you can still watch your favorite TV shows live and free using Viewstream.

Good news! You can now stream LIVE on your mobile phone the Gilas Pilipinas' battle against the world's basketball giants in the FIBA World Cup 2014 exclusively with Viewstream Viewstream with no commerical break for only Php15/day. To know more, visit

Star Magic Ball 2014 Kapamilya Heartthrobs: Who's Wearing Who

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With the much-anticipated Star Magic Ball coming next month, few of Kapamilya heartthrobs let the public take a peek of the one-of-a kind suits and tuxedos they'll be wearing on the grandest annual Kapamilya event.

Ever wonder what they'll be wearing? Find out in the video below:


Liam Neeson Plays a Notorious Outlaw in “A Million Ways to Die in the West”

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Undisputed blockbuster action hero Liam Neeson stars as notorious outlaw Clinch Leatherwood in Universal Pictures' new comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West” (opening exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide on Sept 3.)

In the film, after sheep farmer Albert (Seth MacFarlane) backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman named Anna (Charlize Theron) rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband (Liam Neeson), a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.

Producer Scott Stuber recalls how Neeson's casting came about: "For our ultimate foil, we sat around like little kids saying, 'I hope we can get someone like Liam Neeson. Wouldn't that be amazing?'" Turns out that they didn't have to dream. "I've been lucky enough to have worked with him before, and he was a fan of Seth's, so it was a terrific get."

Actor-writer-director Seth MacFarlane knew that Clinch was pivotal to “A Million Ways to Die in the West” because the character had to be believable. He explains that Neeson was the man for the job: "Clinch is a character that has to seem like he is in a drama for everything to work. He is a bad guy who has to be dealt with: a real situation. That's an anchor that you have to have in a comedy like this. You have to believe that the bad guy's a legitimate threat, and Liam did that masterfully."

Prior to meeting with Neeson, MacFarlane had an idea of what kind of accent he wanted Clinch to possess. The Irish-born actor had similar thoughts. MacFarlane says: "I love Liam's speaking voice, so when he came in I thought, 'God, I hope he doesn't do a Western accent.' He just has such a resonant, powerful speaking voice. The guy can read the phone book, and you sit up and take a listen."


Recalling his rationale for playing Clinch as a Northern Irishman, Neeson offers: "A few years ago, my kids came home from school and said, 'Dad, you're on Family Guy!' So I watch, and Seth lampooned me as Liam Neeson doing a Western, strangely enough, and what my accent would be like. So, when we agreed to do this, I said, 'I'll only do it, Seth, if I can play it in my Northern Irish homage to Family Guy.' So he agreed."

Neeson discusses how he brought his background to the story: "Clinch is a classic baddie in the Western tradition; he's a gunslinger. I'm from the north of Ireland originally, and I've made him very pure and broad Northern Irish. I imagine his real name was probably Trevor McBraid, but he changed his name to Clinch Leatherwood when he came to the Wild West."

The performer found working with MacFarlane to be an enjoyable experience, commending: "Seth's quite a remarkable Renaissance young man. He's always up and breezy, and open to suggestions and ideas. If he doesn't like them, he'll say so, and if he does then he'll incorporate them. He's very acute at giving you a note. If a beat isn't working in a scene, he'll change a line or suggest something for you to try."

“A Million Ways to Die in the West” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Philippines Top 50 Richest 2014

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Manila, Philippines - Forbes magazine has released its list of the 50 richest Filipinos for 2014.

According to the latest Forbes Philippines rich list, the country's 50 wealthiest are worth a combined $74 billion, up 12% from $65.8 billion in 2013.

Here's the list of the richest Filipinos and their estimated net worth:

1. Henry Sy; US$12.7 billion (SM Prime Holdings)
2. Lucio Tan; $6.1 billion (LT Group)
3. Enrique Razon Jr.; $5.2 billion (International Container Terminal Services Inc.)
4. Andrew Tan; $5.1 billion (Alliance Global)
5. John Gokongwei Jr.; $4.9 billion (JG Summit Holdings)
6. David Consunji; $3.9 billion (DMCI Holdings)
7. George Ty; $3.7 billion (Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.)
8. Aboitiz Family; $3.6 billion (Aboitiz Equity Ventures)
9. Jaime Zobel de Ayala & family; $3.4 billion (Ayala Corp.)
10. Tony Tan Caktiong; $2 billion (Jollibee Foods Corp.)
11. Robert Coyiuto Jr., $1.8 billion (National Grid)
12. Lucio & Susan Co, $1.7 billion (Puregold Price Club)
13. Yap family, $1.475 billion (Philtrust Bank)
14. Manuel Villar, $1.460 billion (Starmalls; Vista Land & Landscapes)
15. Inigo & Mercedes Zobel,$1.2 billion (Ayala Corp.)
16. Alfredo Yao, $1 billion (Macay Holdings; Zest-O)
17. Andrew Gotianun $955 million (Filinvest Development)
18. Vivian Que Azcona $935 million (Mercury Drug)
19. Eduardo Cojuangco $870 million (San Miguel Corp.)
20. Beatrice Campos $825 million (Unilab)
21. Po family $770 million (Century Canning)
22. Oscar Lopez $700 million (Lopez Holdings)
23. Alfonso Yuchengco $685 million (Rizal Commercial Bank Corp.)
24. Roberto Ongpin $680 million (Alphaland)
25. Betty Ang $670 million (Monde Nissin)
26. Dean Lao $625 million (D&L Industries)
27. Manuel Zamora $620 million (Nickel Asia)
28. Carlos Chan $550 million (Liwayway)
29. Jorge Araneta $510 million (Araneta Complex)
30. Mariano Tan Jr. $445 million (Unilab)
31. Edgar Sia $390 million (DoubleDragon)
32. Ramon Ang $380 million (San Miguel Corp.)
33. Michael Romero $375 million (Harbour Centre Port)
34. Concepcion Family $320 million (Concepcion Industrial)
35. Philip Ang $315 million (Nickel Asia)
36. Frederick Dy $310 million (Security Bank)
37. Luis Virata $300 million (Nickel Asia)
38. Alfredo Ramos $260 million (Atlas Consolidated Resources)
39. Wilfred Steven Uytengsu Jr. $255 million (Alaska Milk Corp.)
40. Tomas Alcantara $250 million (Alsons Consolidated Resources)
41. Jose Antonio $240 million (Century Properties)
42. Bienvenido Tantoco Sr. $235 million (Rustan’s)
43. Jacinto Ng $230 million (Asia United Bank)
44. Gilberto Duavit $200 million (GMA Network)
45. Menardo Jimenez $195 million (GMA Network)
46. Eric Recto $190 million (Alphaland)
47. Walter Brown $183 million (Atok-Big Wedge)
48. Felipe Gozon $182 million (GMA Network)
49. P.J. Lhuillier $180 million (Cebuana Lhuillier)
50. Juliette Romualdez $170 million (Banco de Oro; Benguet)

Forbes said the minimum amount required to make this year's list was $170 million, up from $105 million last year.

The list was compiled using shareholding and financial information obtained from the families and individuals, stock exchanges, analysts and other sources. Net worths are based on stock prices and exchange rates as of close of markets on August 18.

The complete list is available at as well as in the latest issue of Forbes Asia.

MTRCB Cites Vice Ganda, ABS-CBN Concerning the Insulting Words, Scenes on GGV and It's Showtime

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Manila, Philippines - The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has ordered ABS-CBN to undergo "remedial and self-regulatory measures" for three months after it received complaints against two programs hosted by comedian Vice Ganda.

The regulatory agency said the complaints were in relation to insulting scenes and words with double meaning on both the noontime program "It's Showtime" and the late-night talk show "Gandang Gabi Vice."

In connection with this, the MTRCB has ordered ABS-CBN to no longer accommodate minors in the audience of "Gandang Gabi Vice," which airs taped episodes on Sundays.

The MTRCB also recommended that Vice Ganda, whose real name is Jose Marie Viceral, and the staff of both programs should undergo a seminar about audience and child sensitivity.

ABS-CBN, which assured MTRCB of its cooperation for the benefit of its audience, is set to submit its self-regulatory recommendations on September 1.

The MTRCB earlier had Vice Ganda and ABS-CBN staff attend a dialogue with the Ateneo Human Rights Center and the National Counfil for Children's Television.

Alex Gonzaga Beats Bea Alonzo in Primetime TV Standing

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"Pure Love", the local adaptation of the Korean drama "49 Days", hit a new milestone in nationwide viewership early this week, producer ABS-CBN said.

The Primetime Bida series starring Alex Gonzaga registered a national TV rating of 23.5% last Tuesday, according to Kantar Media. Its competing program, on the other hand, only got 10% audience share on the same day.

The August 26 viewership of "Pure Love" was its highest since it debuted last July 7, according to ABS-CBN in a press statement on Thursday.

The number also ranked it fourth in the list of the most watched programs in the Philippines for the day, trailing "TV Patrol", "Hawak Kamay" and "Ikaw Lamang", in that order.

"Pure Love" centers on optimistic bride-to-be Diane (Gonzaga), who ends up comatose after a car accident. In her state of coma, Diane is told by the mysterious "Scheduler" (Matt Evans) that it is not yet her time to die, and that she will wake up again if she fulfills her mission - to gather three teardrops shed out of pure love by three people within the next 40 days.

Diane possesses the body of Ysabel (Yen Santos), a depressed woman whose attempt to kill herself triggered the car accident, in order to carry out her task.

The original SBS series aired on ABS-CBN in 2011, the same year it premiered in South Korea. In this version, Diane (originally Ji-Hyun) had 49 days to fulfill her mission, hence its title.

"Pure Love", which is under the direction of Veronica Velasco and Mikey del Rosario, also stars John Arcilla, Sunshine Cruz, Arjo Atayde, Yam Concepcion, Anna Luna, and Joseph Marco.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Wedding Details, Photos

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Hollywood's most-admired couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt married via civil rights in a small chapel at Chateau Miraval in Southeastern France on Saturday, August 23, following a two-year engagement.

The power couple's six children took part in the ceremony, according to a statement provided by publicist Martin Torres on Thursday.

Jolie, 39, was escorted up the aisle by her eldest son Maddox, 13, while Pax, 10. Zahara, 9,  and Vivienne, 6, threw petals. Shiloh, 8, and Knox, 6, were the ring bearers.

The private ceremony was also attended by only a small number of friends and family.

Jolie and Pitt, who had said they hoped to wed once same-sex marriage was legal throughout the United States, were married under California law by a judge who traveled to France for the ceremony.

Jolie's father, actor Jon Voight, told U.S. TV entertainment program "Inside Edition," "That's nice," when informed about his daughter's wedding. Jolie and Voight were estranged for years but have reconciled.

The "Brangelina" couple announced their engagement in April 2012, seven years after their relationship caught fire on the set of 2005 film "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."

Pitt, 50, has said they considered marriage because it meant a lot to their children.

It is the third marriage for Jolie who was previously married to actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton. Pitt, however, is divorced from actress Jennifer Aniston.

The couple met and began dating in 2005 while working on the action film Mr & Mrs Smith.

Video: Pinay Singing Group Wows Korean Stars in Superstar K6

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Siblings Mylene, Irene, Celina and Almira, collectively known as the Gollayan Sisters from Santiago City, Isabela conquers Korea.

There is no stopping a singing group who once conquered the hearts of the "madlang people" when they won the grand prize on the noontime show, It's Showtime back in 2012. After representing the Philippines and brought home the title of Senior Grand Champion Vocal Group of the World at the 17th Annual World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in the US, they are set to conquer South Korea when they made it to the audition of Superstar K6, a reality talent show contest in Korea.

"When we were little we were just watching videos of KPop. After school, we go straight to the house and form our dances, form our vocals by our own. We thought this was just our bonding moment," the group said in a video interview on their flight to South Korea.

Now called MICA, which stands for the first letters of their names, the siblings described themselves as KPop and Korean drama fanatics.

Their favorite performer is Korean-American singer Ailee, who happened to one of the judges in the competition.

"For us she's like the Beyonce of Korea. We idolize her. We didn't know that she's one of the judges. We've been watching her videos on YouTube and now were here," the sisters said.

They performed one of Ailee's hits to the delight of the Korean singer.

"I'm really impressed that you guys harmonized everything. Had everything on point, it really, really moved me. By far the most amazing rendition I've ever heard. Thank you so much," Ailee said.

Aside from Ailee’s song, the group also performed their rendition of ‘Let It Go’ from the popular Disney movie Frozen.

The sisters said joining Superstar K is not a joke for them.

"It's like a very huge competition in Asia. Being part of this is like a dream come true. we can share our talents to the whole world," they said.

Promo: Win Gold Tickets to 'One Direction: On The Road Again' Manila Concert

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Smart, the country's largest network, is giving away Gold tickets to One Direction’s concert: On the Road Again Tour.

Open to all Smart Prepaid subscriber. To join:

1. Register for free by texting REG and send to 316.

2. Load up/subscribe to a Smart Prepaid promo to earn a raffle entry.

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Hi-5 Returns to Manila with Its Biggest Concert Called “Hi-5 House Hits!”

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After 2 sold out shows, Hi-5 Operations and Vivre Fort Entertainment is proud to bring back Hi-5 in Manila with a brand new live stage show entitled “Hi-5 House Hits!”. Presented by HSBC and Magnolia Chocolait, Hi-5 House Hits! will be held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila from December 19 to 21, 2014, with 8 performances currently on sale.

Hi-5 is a world renowned Children’s Television Program & Pop Music Group. It’s for today’s media-literate children between 1-8 years old. It’s a vibrant mix of stories, investigations, imagination and adventure, inviting children to actively share the excitement of exploring the world through movement, lots of catchy music and laughter. In the Philippines, Hi-5 airs everyday on Disney Junior.

Hi-5 House Hits! features all of Hi-5's favorite and best loved songs for kids to sing and dance to. These songs have been chosen by some very special people...the Hi-5 audience! Fans were asked what their favorite Hi-5 hits are and these songs were put all together to create a sing-a-long, dance-a-long concert that the whole family can join in with.

Kids will learn how to do the coolest Hi-5 dance moves and every song has special interactive elements which make the audience the stars of the show! From big classic hits like L.O.V.E and Making Music with the whole Hi-5 gang to sweet solos, duets and trios from Mary, Stevie, Dayen, Ainsley and newest member Tanika. Of course Chats and Jup Jup will be joining in on the fun and plenty of other surprises!


Tickets for Hi-5 House Hits! are available in all TicketWorld outlets and at Resorts World Manila Box Office. Use your HSBC Credit Card or Debit Card and SAVE 10% on tickets. For more information, visit or call 891 9999. Only limited seats are now available so make sure to get your tickets now.

See you at Hi-5 House Hits!- a show where YOU become the star!

Hayden Kho "Face The People" Tell-All Interview Airs August 29 on TV5

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High-profile doctor Hayden Kho who got famous for the private video scandals that shook the nation gives an exclusive tell-all on TV5's social reality talk show Face The People this Friday (August 29).

People first took notice of him as a promising young cosmetic surgeon known to be in a relationship with celebrity doctor Vicki Belo and part of her clinic, the Belo Medical Group.

Hayden's world took an unexpected turn after a series of private video scandals involving him and numerous partners surfaced. On his exclusive tell-all on Face The People, Hayden is almost in-tears as he confess on the many things that he's been through: his drug dependence for almost seven years, abandonment of people we once called friends, and his two failed attempts to end his life.

He also shares how Dr. Vicki Belo has been generous in helping him go through his ordeals. Vicki, whom Hayden admits as "the woman who loved me [Hayden] the most" has been instrumental to his renewal. It was also Belo who announced that Hayden got his license back.

But not everyone is convinced by Hayden's change of heart. For entertainment columnists Ismaelli Favatini and Ruel Villacorta, it would be very difficult for Hayden to get back the trust of the people especially because Hayden was the first celebrity who got involved in a private video scandal. They also speculate that Hayden's issue became controversial because people who envied the doctor took the opportunity to bring him down.

Meanwhile, Hayden's long time friend Dr. Karen Lipana testifies that Hayden is now a changed man. Knowing Hayden since their medical school years in UST, Dra. Karen claims that the controversial doctor is different from the man he knew before and has fully committed himself to living the word of God.

Will the people accept Hayden again? Or will it take more time for them to give him a second chance? Find out this Friday, 10:15AM on Face The People before Let's Ask Pilipinas on TV5.

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