Friday, January 19, 2018

Monique Lhuillier Designs Anastacia Steele’s Wedding Gown in “Fifty Shades Freed”


Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele dons a custom-lace wedding gown and veil by Monique Lhuillier, renowned bridal, ready-to-wear and accessories designer, in Fifty Shades Freed, the all-new installment of the Fifty Shades of Grey series.


Known for her romantic glamour and modern elegance, Monique Lhuillier brilliantly captures Anastasia's alluring beauty and vulnerability in this design. The long sleeve, off-the-shoulder, dégradé Chantilly-lace tulle-sheath gown—with open illusion back and trail of lace covered buttons—exudes femininity and sophistication. A Cathedral-length tulle veil with appliqués of Chantilly lace adds astonishing glamour for Anastasia's grand entrance.


In keeping with the essence of her brand, Monique's design evokes an enchanting and whimsical, yet sophisticated vision by weaving together sensuous and modern elements. The classic, ethereal and effortless silhouette of the dress—topped with the elegantly embellished veil—is distinctly Monique Lhuillier.


"I was so delighted to be asked to design an iconic wedding dress for the character of Anastasia Steele for this climactic chapter of the Fifty Shades of Grey series," said Monique. "Further building on the success of the show-stopping look I designed for the masquerade ball in Fifty Shades Darker, it was a wonderful experience to be involved in this production. Once the wedding gown hits the big screen, I know this timeless design will live forever."


The Monique Lhuillier wedding gown and veil designed for Anastasia and Christian's wedding can now be seen in the trailer for Fifty Shades Freed. The feature film will be released in Philippine cinemas February 7, 2018


For more information and a first look at the design, please preview the trailer at https://youtu.be/9Pb-CElhGu8.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Steve Austin’s “Broken Skull Challenge” Returns on KIX! with a Tougher Ranch

If you're a fan of Steve "Ice Cold" Austin and his killer challenges, then you're in luck! KIX, the ultimate destination for action entertainment in Asia, proudly brings you the fifth season of the action packed show, Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge.

 

Each episode of Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge brings a group of eight contestants, four men and four women, to the "Broken Skull Ranch" to compete in a series of physical challenges, unlike any other.  

 

This season, a new set of America's toughest individuals get ready to face an even tougher ranch. Each week, world-renowned athletes and everyday heroes battle against each other — and the desert heat — in a series of intense challenges.   After the elimination rounds, the two of the toughest challengers will take on each other in "The Pit."  Only one will advance to the dreaded "Skullbuster," personally designed by Austin.   In the "Skullbuster," the challenger goes head to head with the Broken Skull Challenge defending champion in the hopes of winning $10,000.

 

Witness the epic showdowns and the unwavering determinations of the challengers.  Who will make it to the Skullbuster?  Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge premiers January 26, with new episodes every Friday at 9 PM only at your ultimate action destination, KIX!

 

KIX is available on (Cablelink Ch. 31, Cignal TV Ch. 264, Destiny Cable Ch. 10, Gsat Ch. 117, and SKYcable SD Ch. 63 and HD Ch. 242).  For more information, you can log on to www.KIX-TV.com.

Olivia De Jesus Named as New ABS-CBN Global COO

ABS-CBN Corporation, the Philippines' largest media and entertainment network, has named Olivia De Jesus as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) of ABS-CBN Global Ltd., the organization that oversees all international subsidiaries of ABS-CBN and manages its global flagship brand, TFC (The Filipino Channel).

 

De Jesus takes over her position from Rafael Lopez who has retired.  Lopez will continue to be engaged by the company as Executive Adviser to the President and CEO of ABS-CBN Corporation.

 

As COO, De Jesus will provide the leadership and vision necessary to grow the Global business. She will drive strategy formulation and establish initiatives to expand the company's product lines and markets. She will effectively manage the company's regional business operations, product management, content creation, support functions and corporate services to ensure that financial strength and operating efficiencies are achieved.

 

Prior to her appointment, De Jesus held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in ABS-CBN.

 

As Managing Director of North America since 2007, De Jesus effectively managed a diverse content, experience and service portfolio, making the region the consistent dominant contributor to ABS-CBN Global's consolidated growth.  Under her leadership, cross-functional teams launched successful initiatives that have been adopted global-wide such as TFC@theMovies, One Kapamilya Go event, Lifestyle Network Global, Myx TV, Adobo Nation among others.  These led to new revenue streams, garnered industry awards and solidified ABS-CBN's position as a leading and thriving global brand. 

 

Most recently, De Jesus also spearheaded the development of innovative content for the emerging global Filipino millennial market through projects such as TFCU Talks, the reality travel show, "Discovering Routes", and the very successful 1st Cinematografo International Film Festival in San Francisco.

 

Since joining ABS-CBN in 1996, De Jesus has held other positions such as Director for Marketing Communications at the International Division, Head of Manila Operations at ABS-CBN Global, Managing Director at Creative Programs Inc. and 
Global Head of Content Strategy.  Prior to joining ABS-CBN, De Jesus was an award-winning senior creative at McCann-Erickson and Saatchi & Saatchi in the Philippines.

 

De Jesus has been very active in the community as Managing Director of ABS-CBN North America.  She served as Board Director and Treasurer for the Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF) from 2008 to 2011. She was named among the Filipina Women's Network's (FWN) 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the U.S. in 2012. She still serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for ABS-CBN Foundation International, the non-profit philanthropic arm of ABS-CBN.

 

De Jesus completed an Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School in 2015.  She graduated from the University of the Philippines, Diliman with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.

Korean Idols Yoona and Siwan Topbill ABS-CBN’s “The King is in Love”

Korean idols Yoona of Girls Generation and Siwan of ZE:A, together with Korean model-actor Hong Jong Hyun, make love reign on afternoon television beginning Monday (Jan 22) as newest Asianovela "The King is in Love" premieres on ABS-CBN.

 

Set in Goryeo dynasty, the show follows the story of crown prince Won (Siwan), his best friend Wang Rin (Jong Hyun), and the love of his life, So-Hwa (Yoona).

 

Prince Won and Wang Rin have been friends since they were young. As the heir to the throne, Won is forbidden from having friends, yet Wang Rin remains by his side and even shows him what life is like outside the big walls of his palace. 

 

The two grow up together and have each other's backs no matter what, until the captivating So-Hwa enters the picture.

 

Won falls in love with So-Hwa so much to the point that he loves her more than himself, while Wang Rin loves the young lady in secret so as not to hurt his best friend's feelings.

 

How will So Hwa get in the way of Won and Wang Rin's friendship? Who will win her heart?

 

The show's theme song titled "Tunay na Pag-ibig" was sung by Sam Milby. 

 

Don't miss the premiere of "The King is in Love" this Monday (Jan 22), after "Hanggang Saan" only on the first and true home of Asianovelas, ABS-CBN. For updates, like https://www.facebook.com/abscbnkapamilyanovelas/ on Facebook or follow @KapamilyaNovela on Twitter. You can also watch past episodes of the program via www.iWanTV.com.ph.

Welcome 2018 with Star Cinema’s Hit Movies on Sky Pay-Per-View

Start the new year with a movie about bonds between people in the hit family drama starring Aga Muhlach and Dingdong Dantes, "Seven Sundays," and the Piolo-Toni reunion movie, "Last Night" on SKY Pay-Per-View this month.

Follow the story of the Bonifacio family and how its patriarch sees his illness as a way to reconnect with his four adult children and bring their family back together in "Seven Sundays."

See how Piolo Pascual's character cope with a dark period in his life and "find love" in Toni Gonzaga in 2017's "Last Night." The two stars were last seen in the hit movie "Starting Over Again" in 2014.

The two movies will be offered until February 2. Watch them in high definition by subscribing to Star Cinema on SKY PPV for P199 with unlimited access.

Meanwhile, SKY Movies PPV will show two love stories, one headlined by Empoy Marquez, and the other by his "Kita Kita" partner, Alessandra de Rossi.

"The Barker," written and directed by veteran comedian Dennis Padilla, stars Empoy as a jeepney barker who will find himself in unusual, action-filled situations to save the woman he loves.

Next up is "12," written and starred in by the other half of #AlEmpoy, Alessandra de Rossi. In the movie she plays a woman in the middle of a life-changing dilemma of what kind of happiness to pursue, the one found in a relationship or the one found in independence.

These movies are available on SKY Movies PPV for P99 with seven day access until February 2.

One SKY, SKYcable, and SKYdirect subscribers can call 418-0000, or their local SKY office to subscribe, or subscribe online via www.mysky.com.ph/ppv. SKYbroadband subscribers can watch through SKY on Demand starting January 13.

Subscribers who are also Kapamilya Thank You members may earn Kapamilya Thank You points when they avail of these PPV offerings. Kapamilya Thank You points may be used to get bill rebates, pay for pay-per-view offers, buy tickets to Kapamilya events, and more.  In addition, SKY has also made it easier for subscribers to pay their bills online.  More information available viawww.mysky.com.ph

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

“Wildflower” Hints Upcoming Finale

ABS-CBN's hit primetime series "Wildflower" finally revealed that TEN stands for "the end is near," giving viewers a hint that the show's finale is just around the corner.

A new video that aired after the program's episode Friday (January 12) night featured the cast and Wendell Ramos' photo vanishing, following his character Raul's death. 

The cast was next seen carrying invisible weapons and firing at different directions that ended with lead star Maja Salvador declaring "Giyera na 'to."

Fans were quick to react on social media and expressed how much they will miss "Wildflower," even though the show did not mention a definite date for the finale.

"I can't imagine life without Wildflower. Whyyy. #WildflowerTEN," said Twitter @yourmajestyivy.

"I can't accept the fact that 'The End is Near.' My most loved drama is on its way to the end. I'll also miss the everyday outfit of @dprincessmaja I kennat." shared @ownlydyanri_.

"I can' take #WildflowerTEN I don't want 'Wildflower' to end. I am not ready yet!" expressed @iammarifhelts.

"Please extend the show. Make it reach even until August please #WildflowerTEN," pleaded @maxwellchan4.

After Raul's death, Emilia is fired up to kill Camia and Lily. Next week, Emilia and Lily will face off and try to outsmart each other after having respectively held each other's mothers captive.

Don't miss "Wildflower," weeknights before "TV Patrol" on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For updates, follow @wildflowerabscbn on Instagram, @RSBDramaUnitNew on Twitter and like the show's official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wildflowerchannel2/. Catch its latest episodes on iwantv.com.ph or skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Robin Padilla, Richard Yap, and Jodi Sta. Maria Make TV Comeback in “Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko”

Three of the biggest stars in the industry today - Robin Padilla, Richard Yap, and Jodi Sta. Maria - stage one of the biggest comebacks on PH television as they team up for the first time and star in ABS-CBN's newest teleserye, "Sana Dalawa Ang Puso."

 

From their hit morning series "Be Careful with my Heart" that aired back in 2012, Daytime Queen and King, Jodi and Richard reunite on television with new roles that will again endear viewers. In an interview with "TV Patrol," Richard shared that he was thrilled when he found out that he will be working with Jodi again for another project.

 

"I've always wanted to do another show with Jodi because she is fun to be with and she is a great actress," Richard said.

 

Jodi, on the other hand, is just as thrilled since she is playing dual roles for the first time.

 

"It was not an easy task for me, but at the same time I'm excited to do this. This is one of the challenging roles I have ever done in my career," Jodi stated.

 

Meanwhile, fresh from the success of his blockbuster movie "Unexpectedly Yours," Robin finally stages his soap opera comeback after his last stint in "Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw" in 2013. Familiar with the massive following of the JoChard loveteam, the idol ng bayan opted to formalize things between him and Richard.

 

"I went to Papa Chen (Richard) and asked permission if I can join them," Robin revealed.

 

He also jested, " I have been watching them since I was a kid and I'm amazed by Jodi Sta Maria's beauty."

 

"Sana Dalawa ang Puso" follows the story of Lisa and Mona, two different people with identical faces but are both facing big ordeals in their lives.

 

Lisa is known to be a strict and hardworking boss in their family business, the Laureano Group of Companies. However, her world suddenly turns upside down when her father, Juancho Laureano (Christopher de Leon), betrothed  her to their rival's son, Martin Co (Richard). In order for her to run away from the responsibility, she decides to hide and live with one of their workers, Leo Tabayoyong (Robin).

 

Her doppelganger Mona, on the other hand, who works as a collector of bets in cockfights, is struggling to save his father from peril after the later got involved in a networking scam.

 

What will happen when the two cross paths? Will they be able to solve each other's problems?

 

"Sana Dalawa Ang Puso" is produced by Star Creatives, the production group behind successful series "Lobo," "Imortal," "Got to Believe," "Pangako Sa Yo," "Forevermore," "Dolce Amore," "Pusong Ligaw," and "A Love to Last," and "La Luna Sangre."


Don't forget to watch the newest series "Sana Dalawa ang Puso" on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167).


Catch up on the show's latest episodes on iWanTV or skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers. For more updates, follow @starcreatives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

ABS-CBN Journo Chiara Zambrano Named TOYM Awardee for 2017

ABS-CBN News broadcast journalist Chiara Zambrano brings honor to the Kapamilya network after being named by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines as one of the The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in the Philippines for 2017. 


Chiara, who is currently in the United Kingdom pursuing her studies as a British Chevening scholar, is the TOYM awardee in the field of Journalism and Mass Communication. She was cited for her work including the "Di Ka Pasisiil" documentary on the Marawi siege, which she covered from the war zone last year, and "Spratlys, Mga Isla ng Kalayaan," another ABS-CBN News documentary.


In an interview with TJ Manotoc on ANC's "Early Edition," the journalist revealed her passion for storytelling, which has kept her coming back to doing documentaries, her first love. 


"There's really something about documentaries that makes me happy while I'm doing it. Of course, news reporting is a different beast in itself. It has its own sense of fulfillment. But you know it's just a matter of preference, and that's why I decided this year to kind of take a break from all the chaos that we involved ourselves in and to revert to my first love. So, I'm out here now studying to do better documentaries and it's been a great experience so far," she shared.

 

Before becoming an ABS-CBN News reporter covering the defense beat, Chiara was working behind the scenes as part of the network's iconic investigative program "The Correspondents." She said shifting to news was a big leap for her but she is grateful now that she is able to do both news reporting and documentaries. 


"Our bosses are kind enough and they trust me enough to give me the chance to do both. So, most of the time I do news I still give the space to do documentaries like "'Di Ka Pasisiil" about Marawi, the one I did with Jeff Canoy and the Spratlys documentary," she said. 


Chiara earned praises last year for her courageous coverage from the battle lines in Marawi. She shared her insights from her experience there. "Reporting about wars isn't so much about the weapons and the war. The clash and the bang. It's really I think one of the most human beats that you can tell, because you are literally talking about lives lost. And lives saved. And lies shattered by war. That's why it works for me."


Chiara follows ABS-CBN broadcast journalist and news anchor Karen Davila as TOYM awardee from ABS-CBN News. Karen won in 2009. 


Joining Chiara in the TOYM for 2017 are P/Supt. Byron F. Allatog for Government Service and Law Enforcement, Cirilo Joseph Javier for Arts and Music, Eugenio P. Mende for Veterinary Medicine, Ronaldo C. Reyes for Education, Jason Roy T. Sibug for Community Development, Mark Anthony J. Torres for Government Service Education, and Hidilyn F. Diaz for Sports. 

The TOYM award is conferred by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines on individuals who have demonstrated "outstanding leadership and excellence" and contributed to "the cause of humanity" in his or her field. 

Fans Welcomed to the Set of “Venom” in New Featurette

Tom Hardy and Director Ruben Fleischer welcome you to the set of Columbia Pictures' upcoming super hero movie, Venom.


The Studio has just released new footage from the Brazil Comic-Con panel last month, showing Fleischer and Hardy from the Venom set in Atlanta.


Check out the newly released featurette at https://youtu.be/3B-fiIh5miU and watch Venom in Philippine cinemas this 2018.


One of Marvel's most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.


Venom will be the first film out of the gate from Sony's Marvel Universe after Spider-Man: Homecoming. The film will be released worldwide on October 5, 2018 and is now in post- production.

Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower) wrote the script for Venom, with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal as producers. Palak Patel and Eric Fineman oversaw the production for Columbia Pictures.


Venom is one of the most popular superheroes in the Marvel Universe and is unique because Eddie Brock is able to converse and have a relationship with the symbiote, which culminates to him becoming Venom.


Throughout the history of Marvel Comics, Venom has appeared alongside Spider-Man, Iron Man, Deadpool, Hulk, and many other Marvel Comics characters.


Venom is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Kim Atienza Challenges Kisses Delavin and McLisse Anew on “Matanglawin”

Kisses Delavin and the McLisse loveteam of McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson will take on anothermind-boggling test from Kuya Kim Atienza on "Matanglawin" this Sunday (January 14), 9:45 am on ABS-CBN.

Watch the Kapamilya young stars as they figure out the King of Trivia's numbers challenge that will get them counting and re-counting.

Also get to see Pinoy urban vinyl toy artist Quiccs Maiquez's creations, meet Pinoy sharpshooter Jayvee Baylon, and join child star Awra Briguela  as he puts his own dash of creativity while making himself a bento box.

Catch all these and more on "Matanglawin," which was recently named as "Hall of Famer" at the 3rd Global Innovative College (GCIC) Awards, this Sunday (January 14), 9:45 am on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. Watch online via iwantv.com.ph and skyondemand.com.ph.

For updates on the program, follow @MatanglawinTV on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Jollibee Celebrates milestone 40th Year with Anniversary Anthem featuring Gary Valenciano and Sarah Geronimo


 

Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano and Popstar Royalty Sarah Geronimo join forces for a one-of-a-kind collaboration that capture the joy-filled stories of Filipinos to mark the 40th anniversary of the country's number one fast food chain.

 

Entitled 'Apat na Dekada', the upbeat and heart-warming song encapsulates four decades of joyful moments shared with generations of Filipinos who have made Jollibee a part of their lives. The song was composed by Thyro Alfaro in collaboration with Jollibee's creative agency, McCann World Group Philippines.

 

For the past 40 years, Jollibee has been a home to stars who have served as their brand ambassadors. The stellar list includes Sarah and Gary who headlined some of the most memorable Jollibee campaigns but none quite as special as the 40thanniversary anthem.

 

One of the brand's first endorsers, Gary shared how it feels to have reached full circle, "I was happy then, overjoyed now because it is 40 years later and I'm doing something with them again."

 

For her part, Sarah has been a part of the Jollibee family since 2005 and has since become one of the country's biggest superstars, growing a wider audience in the same way that Jollibee has continued to spread its reach in the country and across the globe. 

 

While recording the song, the two artists felt waves of nostalgia as they looked back at their own Jollibee moments with their loved ones. 

 

"'Yung entirety nung message nung kanta, inisa-isa niya 'yung simple joys of life, 'yung simple pero masagana, sincere at totoong-totoo kasi ako mismo nakita ko 'yun, naranasan ko 'yun, at naramdaman ko 'yun," shared Sarah.

 

Because the song struck a chord in both singers, they agreed it would also easily resonate among many Filipinos. The Popstar Royalty added, "Kasi 'yung Jollibee it's not just a brand. Pinapahalagahan talaga 'yung values ng pamilyang Pilipino, at saka yung importansya ng saya ng pagiging isang buong pamilya. Iyon 'yung dahilan kung bakit naging malapit sa puso nating mga Pilipino 'yung Jollibee."

 

According to Gary, he was very happy that the brand had gone global. "I think that they've really been able to master that touch of going out of their way, maybe even bending backwards, to stick to what is Filipino, through and through, and it's now creating an impact. Now people are seeing the consistency and I think that's something I commend them for. So I think expanding into other countries is not only going to bring a piece of the product to them but it's also going to bring a piece of the Filipino heart to people all over the world," he shared.      

 

This is the first taste of many surprises in store for Jollibee's 40th anniversary year-long celebration. Be part of this special milestone by watching the special music video (LINK) and relive your very own jolly moments!


Janella Salvador and Heaven Peralejo Unite to Save their Mother from Being Cursed in “Wansapanataym”

Hope arises for Jasmin (Janella Salvador) in saving her mother from being cursed as she finally tells Daisy (Heaven Peralejo) that they are twin sisters in the last two weeks of "Wansapanataym Presents: Jasmin's Flower Powers."

After Daisy's attempt to steal her twin's flora majika, Jasmin finally decides to confront Daisy and admit that they are sisters. This also forces her to reveal that their mother's life is in great danger and that she needs to be released from a magical flower chamber, which can only be done once the flora majika turns into white.

Determined to accomplish their mission, Jasmin will join Daisy in doing good deeds to other people and help her obtain a pure and genuine heart, in hopes of turning the magical pendant into its original color.

But their plans of saving their mother is on the verge of getting destroyed as Florita (Rufa Mae Quinto) instills into Daisy's mind how unlucky they are to have her in their life, causing her to grow hatred and jealousy against Jasmin, who lives a happy life with her adoptive family.

Will Daisy and Jasmin still finish their mission? Will they still have time to rescue their mother?

Catch the magical stories filled with valuable lessons in "Wansapanataym Presents: Jasmin's Flower Powers" this Sunday on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For more information, go to fb.com/dreamscapeph and follow @dreamscapeph on Twitter and Instagram.

Forgiveness Finds its Way to the Finale of ABS-CBN’S Hit Series “Pusong Ligaw”

Will love be enough to lead lost hearts back to their rightful paths?

 

Hold on to the thrilling and must-see finale week of ABS-CBN's hit series  "Pusong Ligaw", and find out what happens to the lives of Tessa(Beauty Gonzales), Marga (Bianca King), Caloy(Joem Bascon), Ira (Diego Loyzaga) and Vida(Sofia Andres) in the finale of the show on January 12 (Manila time), which can be seen in the Philippines via ABS-CBN and outside the country via The Filipino Channel (TFC), with streaming simulcast its Philippine airing via TFC online (www.TFC.tv) in key countries worldwide.

 

Tessa and Caloy's hunt for truth continues after it was revealed that Marga and Leon (Albie Casino) were allegedly the ones behind the death of Rafa (Enzo Pineda) and Tessa's mother (Maureen Maricio). Marga, however, decided to run away from all the accusations against her, making everyone more puzzled, that is until she falls into Jaime's lair.

 

Despite the fact that she is torn between keeping or revealing the truth, Vida chose to admit the truth to Caloy and Tessa that Jaime(Raymond Bagatsing) is the mastermind and how he only manipulated Marga and Leon for his evil schemes. 

 

Ira, on the other hand, starts to see the goodness in Tessa and slowly opens his heart to his biological mother. He even agreed to finally talk to her and patch things up personally.  However, this did not happened as Jaimekidnapped Tessa on her way to meeting Ira.  In captivity, Tessa and Marga reconcile after all these years. 

 

How far will Jaime go to ruin the lives of TessaCaloy and Marga?

Don't miss the final episode of "Pusong Ligaw" which can be seen outside the country via TFC, with its final episode streaming via TFC online (www.TFC.tvon January 12 at 3:20 (Manila time), in key countries worldwide. Catch-up episodes are available via TFC online (www.TFC.tv) and TFC IPTV, in key countries worldwide. 

 

For more updates about the show, visit TFC's Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas andfollow @KapamilyaTFC and KapamilyaGlobalPRon Twitter and Instagram.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Returns to Philippine Cinemas Starting January 8


The Force makes a spectacular return as Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi finds its way back to Philippine cinemas starting Monday, January 8.


The film bounces back after a two-week hiatus, giving fans and moviegoers an opportunity to catch the action-adventure again or for the first time.


In Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.


The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman.


The Last Jedi has surpassed 2008's The Dark Knight and 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to become America's sixth-highest domestic grosser of all time, with $539.4 million after 19 days.


The film has also become the 17th-largest global release of all time with over $1.1 billion, passing Transformers: Age of Extinction and Skyfall.


Now playing in Philippine cinemas, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is distributed by the Walt Disney Company (Philippines).

UAAP Hunk Ricci Rivero Bares It All on “Sports U”


The name "Ricci Rivero" rose to fame in UAAP Season 80 thanks to the Green Archer's flashy moves and dunks, as well as his incredible charm with women. Catch the 2017 Most Tweeted Athlete in the Philippines as he bares his fitness routine with his brother Prince and their dad this Thursday (January 11) on "Sports U."

Aside from Ricci, get to know marathoner Richard Salano and find out why he is called the "Kenyan Slayer." Also get a peek at the grueling but fun training of UAAP Cheerdance champions, the Adamson Pep Squad with host Dyan Castillejo on "Sports U," this Thursday (January 11), 9:30 pm on DZMM TeleRadyo and after "Bandila" on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD.

Watch online on iwantv.com.ph orskyondemand.com.ph and stay updated by following @SportsUtv on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Daniel Padilla and Angelica Panganiban Win Best Actor and Actress at FAMAS 2017


Here are the winners in the 65th annual FAMAS awards held Thursday, December 28, at Philippine Social Science Center Auditorium, Quezon City.

Best Picture - "Barcelona: A Love Untold"
Best Actor - Daniel Padilla, "Barcelona: A Love Untold"
Best Actress - Angelica Panganiban, "The Unmarried Wife"
Best Director - Olivia M. Lamasan, "Barcelona: A Love Untold"
Best Supporting Actress - Liza Diño, "Ringgo"
Best Supporting Actor - Ricky Davao, "Iadya Mo Kami"
Best Production Design - Shari Marie Montiague, "Barcelona: A Love Untold"
Best Sound Design - Aurel Claro Bilbao, "Everything About Her"
Best Screenplay - Vanessa Valdez, "The Unmarried Wife"
Best Editing - Beng Bandong, "Vince & Kath & James"

Special Awards:
German Moreno Youth Achievement Award - Maine Mendoza and Ivan Dorschner
FPJ Memorial Award - Dingdong Dantes
Lifetime Achievement Award - Susan Roces and Amalia Fuentes
Arturo M. Padua Memorial Award - Ronald King Constantino
Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Award - Dolly Ann Carvajal
Outstanding Producer - Donna Sanchez

Thursday, December 28, 2017

(Trailer) Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Enter a universe where more than one wears the mask. Watch the Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse trailer now at https://youtu.be/OtKJAYJcvk8.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that's the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Coming soon to Philippine cinemas, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

“Pitch Perfect 3” Soundtrack Out Now, Boasts All-New Mix of Mash-ups


Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series.

Featuring a cappella mash-ups and medleys from the upcoming Universal Pictures' film, the soundtrack from UMe/Republic is now available on all formats. Pitch Perfect 3 hits Philippine cinemas nationwide on Monday, January 08, 2018.

Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson headline the returning cast of Pitch Perfect 3, the follow-up to summer 2015's blockbuster hit that took the honor of highest-grossing live-action movie-musical opening of all time and a #1 soundtrack debut. The eagerly awaited next chapter is led by series producers Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Entertainment and Max Handelman & Elizabeth Banks of Brownstone Productions. The film is directed by Trish Sie (Step Up All In).

Combined, the albums for Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 have sold more than 4 million worldwide. The hit single, "Cups" has sold more than 4.6 million downloads, received 751 million streams and has been viewed more than 376 million times worldwide on VEVO.

Album producers include Julianne Jordan, Julia Michels, and Harvey Mason Jr., with Jordan and Michels serving as executive music producers on the film. Alana Da Fonseca (Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), serves as one of the movie's vocal arrangers/producers, along with Ed Boyer (The Sing Off) and Deke Sharon (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella co-founder).

NBC's The Voice Top-12 Artists and the stars of Pitch Perfect 3 debuted the first-ever full-length music video in the history of The Voice during the November 21 episode, highlighting the signature styles of each vocalist. Pitch Perfect's franchise building song "Cups" and George Michael's "Freedom! '90," the anthem of this January's Pitch Perfect 3, are seamlessly mashed-up in the video. Find the full-length music video on YouTube.

TRACKLISTING:

Universal Fanfare – The Bellas
Toxic – The Bellas
Sit Still, Look Pretty – The New Barden Bellas
Riff Off – The Bellas, Evermoist, Saddle Up, Young Sparrow and DJ Drago Nutz, & Soldiers
You Got It – Young Sparrow and DJ Dragon Nutz
Ex's And Oh's – Saddle Up
How A Heart Unbreaks – Evermoist
Cheap Thrills – The Bellas
I Don't Like It, I Love It – The Bellas
Cake By The Ocean – The Bellas
Freedom! '90 – Beca & The Bellas
Soy Yo – Bomba Estéreo
Boom Boom – Iggy Azalea feat. Zedd
Tribe – Kim Viera
Score Suite from Pitch Perfect 3
Silent Night – Hana Mae Lee featuring 80Fitz*
Baby, It's Cold Outside – Kelley Jakle & Shelley Regner*
Feliz Navidad – Chrissie Fit*
Freedom! '90 x Cups – The Bellas & The Voice Season 13 Top 12 Contestants*

*Bonus Tracks

Pitch Perfect 3 is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Nick Jonas’ “Home,” an OST of “Ferdinand” Scores Golden Globes 2018 Nomination


Set in Spain, the delightful movie "Ferdinand" tells the remarkable story of a gentle bull, voiced by John Cena, a gentle giant who prefers flowers to fighting and has no desire to face off against matadors in the bullring. It follows Ferdinand as he embarks on a thrilling, dangerous and fun-filled journey to find love, acceptance and a real home. 'Home' is also the title of the new song from Jonas, about the place where people (and bulls) can relax and be themselves.
               
From the award-winning Blue Sky Studios, "Ferdinand" was directed by Carlos Saldanha. Based on the classic 1936 children's book of the same name, by author Munro Leaf and illustrator Robert Lawson, the film also stars Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon as the voice of Lupe the goat.

We join Ferdinand as he sets off on an adventure looking for somewhere he can call home. He comes across an idyllic farm, befriends the kind farmer and his little girl, Nina, and finds happiness and peace in the flower-filled countryside. But Ferdinand is torn apart from his adoptive family after he's mistaken for a vicious beast and he ends up in a bull training camp, the last place he wants to be! Developing a friendship with a quirky and hilarious 'calming' goat called Lupe (Kate McKinnon) Ferdinand has one goal - to get back home to Nina's farm.
               
It is a theme that resonates strongly with Nick Jonas who wrote and performed the song 'Home' for the film. He collaborated with acclaimed musician Justin Tranter and songwriter/producer, Nick Monson. According to Carlos Saldanha, 'Home' captures the spirit of Ferdinand. "I wanted a song to reflect the lightness and the power of the film, and I wanted it to feel emotional and fun, just like the movie. Nick wrote brand new lyrics and a brand new melody for us and it was perfect. 'Home' plays in the film at a very empowering moment for Ferdinand, when he finds a place where he's accepted. The song is wonderful and reflects the idea that home is a place where your heart is and where you can be your true self."

Jonas shares that, "I've used the word 'home' in songs before but this was the first time that I really sat and thought about what it meant to me, what I was saying with that word and the significance of that message. For me, it's all about my family. Any time I think about the moments of my life that are really hectic and insane, I think about home. If I look back at the 12 or 13 years of my career so far, it is family that has been the constant in my life. So I wrote this song about my family and the importance of that grounding factor in life. That is what home is all about."

"I think the beauty of Ferdinand as a whole, is that it is highly relatable, no matter what your journey in life is all about, or what your circumstances are. It is about acceptance and it definitely relates to me. I went to regular school in my early life, when I was seven, eight and nine years old. At the same time, I was also doing Broadway shows in New York City. So during my school hours, I was spending time with other kids who didn't share the same interests as me. But when I was working, I'd be around adults who loved musical theatre and telling stories and singing and dancing. That was where I felt more accepted than when I was around kids my own age," concludes Jonas.

"Ferdinand" opens January 8 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Matt Damon’s “Downsizing” Thinks Big for its New Poster


Matt Damon is meant for something bigger in the new poster for Paramount Pictures' new quirky comedy Downsizing directed by two-time Oscar-winner Alexander Payne.

Check out the poster below and watch Downsizing in Philippine cinemas January 24.

Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small.

People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world. With the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha for a new downsized community, taking the irreversible leap that will trigger life-changing adventures when they become small.

Directed by Alexander Payne from a screenplay by Payne and Jim Taylor, Downsizing stars Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau and Kristen Wiig.

Downsizing is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

ABS-CBN News Ushers in 2018 with #Ganap2017 and “Paglayang Minamahal: The 2017 ABS-CBN News Yearender” Specials

Before the curtain closes for 2017, ABS-CBN News looks back at the biggest stories, issues, and newsmakers in the year with the"#GANAP2017" DZMM Yearend report airing on DZMM TeleRadyo on December 29 and the "Paglayang Minamahal" special documentary on Marawi airing on ABS-CBN on December 31.

Anchored by Vic De Leon Lima and Zen Hernandez, "#GANAP2017" counts down the ten hot news topics this year that Filipinos tuned into for updates and information. This includes hard news such as the government's war on drugs, the Marawi crisis and other terror attacks, disasters, and changes in the economy and new laws that affect the society, as well as entertainment and sports news that aroused the interest and inspired Filipinos.

On December 31st, meanwhile, Jeff Canoy, Raphael Bosano, and Kori Quintos zero in on the the heroic stories from Marawi in as they take on 2017's biggest news story in "Paglayang Minamahal: The 2017 ABS-CBN News Yearender." 

To remind us how Filipinos exhibit their finest and shining moments in the darkest days, the three journalists will tell the story of a soldier who put everything second, including his own life, to save others; a mother who was held hostage for five months but never gave up hope for her children; an evacuee who lost her child to the squalor of the evacuation center; and brave stories of soldiers that gave up their lives to free Marawi as told by those who lived.

More than the accounts of the war, the documentary also shows the herculean task now upon the Maranaos as they pick up the pieces and start rebuilding the city that was reduced to rubble when the military pursued the Maute forces.

After revisiting the year's top stories, ABS-CBN News heads directly to a multiplatform coverage of the country's celebration to welcome 2018. There will be a New Year countdown dubbed "Salubong 2018" on Channel 2 on Sunday (December 31) at 11:30pm anchored by Adrian Ayalin and Pia Gutierrez. Meanwhile, on DZMM, Noel Alamar and Jeff Hernandez will also be on board from 10 pm to 1 am to be one with Kapamilyas in ushering the new year, followed Carl Balita and Stargazer from 1 pm to 4 am on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 and DZMM TeleRadyo.

Viewers can also catch updates on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel while netizens may also get breaking news and information on news.abs-cbn.com or by following @ABSCBNNews, @DZMMTeleRadyo, and @ANCalerts on Facebook and Twitter. 

Don't miss "#GANAP2017" anchored by Vic De Leon Lima and Zen Hernandez on Friday (December 29) after "TV Patrol" on DZMM TeleRadyo, and "Paglayang Minamahal: The 2017 ABS-CBN News Yearender" anchored by Jeff Canoy, Raphael Bosano, and Quintos on Sunday's Best (December 31) after "Gandang Gabi Vice" at 10:30pm on ABS-CBN. Tune into ABS-CBN News' coverage of New Year's Eve festivities across the country on ABS-CBN, ANC, DZMM Radyo 630, DZMM TeleRadyo, and news.abs-cbn.com. Watch online via iwantv.com.ph or skyondemand.com.ph.

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