May 26 TV Ratings: KIM CHIU's "My Girl" Leads Kapamilya's Primetime Programs; Placed 5th in the Ratings
Although My Girl's debut performance in the ratings game is quite astonishing, GMA-7's formidable quartet—Dyesebel, Joaquin Bordado, Babangon Ako't Dudurgin Kita, and 24 Oras—remained strong in the Top 4 positions. The new Kimerald primetime series, which replaced Claudine Barretto's Maligno, went up against the latter part of Dyesebel (39.8 percent) and most part of Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita (31.3 percent).
ABS-CBN's reality program Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus also benefited from My Girl's strong showing as it posted a high 26.4 percent, which is good for sixth place. Former top Kapamilya show The Singing Bee dropped to seventh place with 25.8 percent.
Completing the Top 10 are TV Patrol World, Lobo, and The Legend.
In the daytime race, ABS-CBN's new afternoon soap Ligaw Na Bulaklak starring Roxanne Guinoo also had its debut Monday. The replacement show of Prinsesa ng Banyera got 15.6 percent to take the seventh place.
Kaputol ng Isang Awit posted the highest rating of the day with 20.5 percent; followed by Daisy Siete, Eat Bulaga, Magdusa Ka, and El Cuerpo Deseo.
SiS (GMA-7) 9.3%; Boy & Kris (ABS-CBN) 5.6%
Da Big Show (GMA-7) 12.8%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 13.3%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 19.3%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 17.2%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 19.9%; Magdusa Ka (GMA-7) 18.4%; Ligaw na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) 15.6%
Kaputol ng Isang Awit (GMA-7) 20.5%; El Cuerpo Deseo (ABS-CBN) 17.6 %
Gobingo (GMA-7) 15.8%; Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) 15.9%
24 Oras (GMA-7) 31.3%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 23%
Joaquin Bordado (GMA-7) 34.8%; The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) 25.8%
Dyesebel (GMA-7) 39.8%; Lobo (ABS-CBN) 22.9%
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita (GMA-7) 31.6%; My Girl (ABS-CBN) 28%
The Legend (GMA-7) 21.9%; Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus (ABS-CBN) 26.4%
Pinoy Idol Extra (GMA-7) 12.9%; Lovers (ABS-CBN) 16.6%
Kung Ako Ikaw (GMA-7) 10.5%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 8.3%
In his 12-page feature, Gabby talks about his return to Philippine showbiz, his problem with his contracts (which his current manager Rose Flaminiano helps to explain), his anger and disappointments in the business, his life in the U.S., wife Ginbee Gonzales, his plans for the future, KC, and of course—hesitant at first and very cautious in discussing—Sharon Cuneta.
Gabby is careful in his words on revealing why their marriage did not work, but points to "outside influence" as one of the reasons.
He also says, "We did not live in a normal environment. Sharon is not a normal, ordinary person because, remember, she is a daughter of a mayor. She is rich... Not everybody is like that. And the same in my situation. I was barely 21, and I was in show business, and we were making one hit after another. Both of our lives were abnormal. We didn't see it that way back then, that's why we can't say who made a mistake or what went wrong. The whole thing was a disaster."
Sharon, on the other hand, for the first—and probably last—time, shares select stories about their break-up in her 10-page interview. To put a stop, as she says, to people talking "about things they really they don't know anything about."
Sharon did not reveal all there is to know about her separation with Gabby, but gave statements that would lead one to guess on what triggered Sharon to leave Gabby.
She says, "He's one of the most good-looking men in this business! In this country! So I could not have expected somebody that good-looking, that young and popular, to be very far away from temptations. Siguro, at that time, I just could not believe it because it was really the last thing I want. So, marami nang nangyayari, I don't want to get into details. Up to this day, I remind everyone nobody knows exactly why we separated. Truth be told, once we were married, he really was not the husband that I'd dreamt of."
More exclusives in the June issue of YES!—a 10-page photo gallery of the movie Caregiver, with 40 pictures provided by Sharon herself, with her own captions; a sentimental look-back at Sharon's pregnancy and birth to daughter KC, and the court documents declaring Gabby and Sharon's marriage null and void.
These and more in the June issue of YES! which is now available in all magazine outlets.
After Kamandag and Joaquin Bordado, GMA-7 will again re-live one of Carlo J. Caparas' masterpiece - Gagambino.
GMA-7 has bought the rights to Gagambino, the local counterpart of Spiderman, which is set to premiere on September 2008.
GMA-7 is already preparing the female artists who will star in Gagamboy in various fields like equestrian, underwater, martial arts and harness.
And who will be the lead star of Gagambino? It will be Dennis Trillo according to source.
Charice met with the famous composer/producer in Los Angeles last year before she taped her Ellen guesting. They flew together to Las Vegas on a private jet to watch the farewell show of Celine Dion at the Caesar’s Palace Colosseum.
All these seem to be happening so fast for the diminutive diva, after her ground-breaking guestings on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Paul O’Grady Show in London, and just recently, Oprah.
Last Saturday, Charice shared the spotlight with Josh Groban, John Mayer and Alicia Keys in a show organized by Foster at the grand opening of the MGM Grand Casino-Hotel at Foxwoods in Connecticut.
Noted immigration lawyer Michael Gurfinkel and his wife Millie were with Charice and her mom Raquel in Connecticut and they shared their story with the Asian Journal. Atty. Gurfinkel helped expedite the issuance of US visas to Charice and her mom.
Charice received a standing ovation, the only performer to receive one that night, and ovation, the only performer to receive one that night, and Foster asked the crowd after Charice finished her rousing rendition, "Would you like one more song?"
The audience cheered and shouted an enthusiastic "Yes!" The crowd’s request for an encore led David and Charice to do an unrehearsed performance of And I’m Telling You.
After they performed, the audience once again gave Charice yet another standing ovation.
Among those in the audience were Quincy Jones, and Michael Douglas with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Backstage, David, Alicia and Josh congratulated Charice for her "phenomenal performance." For her part, the young diva was just so happy to be a representative of the Philippines on such an important world stage, with some of the biggest names in entertainment. "I hope I make my kababayans proud," Charice said.
Paupahan (international title: Crossroads)—directed by Joven Tan, with cinematography by top lensman Romy Vitug—is scheduled to have its theatrical run starting July 2. This movie features a powerhouse cast composed of Ms. Gloria Romero, Jay Manalo, Snooky Serna, Angelu de Leon, German Moreno, Krista Ranillo, Joseph Bitangcol, Kirby de Jesus and Allen himself.
Paupahan is graded "B" by the Cinema Evaluation Board. The film received R-13 classification from the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) without cuts.
Premiere nights are scheduled at SM Megamall on June 22 (Sunday) and SM Pampanga on June 30 (Monday).
Written by Dennis Evangelista, Paupahan is set in a slum area located next to a cemetery. Three seemingly unrelated but intertwining stories about the "living dead," marginal characters whose lives have hit a dead end, unravel the film's message.
According to producer Allen Dizon, "When it comes to logistics, production value and cast, our movie is close to mainstream independent films. Pinaghirapan talaga namin siya. As in best effort to come up with a quality film. We are eyeing international markets and festivals abroad for this film."
In an interview with Boy Abunda on the Buzz Sunday afternoon, Precious admitted that she indeed brought her boyfriend in Hawaii last week when the noontime program held a special show in the island. But it’s not only her boyfriend that she brought with her but also her mom.
She said, “I was pulled out…siguro axed talaga is the term. I’ll tell you the story talaga… Nagalit si Kuya, Kuya Willie [Revillame]. There was a rule daw that I was not allowed to bring a boyfriend, which is very unclear to me. I did not know. I wasn’t told very clearly. The only time I was told was parang it was like a joke and I even… I’m not gonna even say that anymore. “Pero there was no rule to me. I didn’t understand that. And I knew naman talaga that if I was going to bring my boyfriend and my mom, dapat hindi maapektuhan ang work, which is what happened.
“I’m sure that the people from Wowowe who came with us, they can attest to it na hindi ko naman napabayaan ang work ko. I was never late. I was never absent for any rehearsal, for any TV guesting, for the show itself. I did my best. I gave my best. So, surprise lang talaga ako doon sa reason nila sa pagtanggal sa akin because I brought my boyfriend and my mom along,” Lara added.
Boy Abunda clarified with Lara that the rule forbidding any of its stars to bring their girlfriend or boyfriend to work is not a company rule of ABS-CBN. But each program of the kapamilya network has its own “house rules” and unfortunately in Wowowee, this is one of them.
Lara further explains, “The only time they saw my mom and my boyfriend was at the last day ng stay namin sa Hawaii. Only in the airport na nga lang, tapos nung nasa airport. My mom didn’t even watch the show para lang wala silang masabi. Kasi I was told, okay if they are coming, kung sasama sila, huwag na lang silang magpakita. Don’t let them come with you in the rehearsal or anything like that. And that was they did.”
Lara firmly declared that she will no longer return in Wowowee even if Willie Revillame and the rest of the staff will ask her back. She added that despite of the matter, she will still be a kapamilya and her fans can still watch her in “That’s My Doc.”
Charice sang a medley of Whitney Houston’s hits- “I Will Always Love You” and “I Have Nothing” infront of an audience of almost 10,000.
"Oh my gosh! A Star is born tonight." Foster said referring to Pinoy pride Charice.
Piolo received the invitation from Paris Mayor Delanoe and actress Charlotte Rampling as early as March of this year.
Some 40 Filipino films will be shown at the filmfest, with Star Cinema’s Caregiver (starring Sharon Cuneta) and Ploning (Judy Ann Santos) as possible opening films.
The festival will run from July 1 - 12, 2008.
According to the official website of the French Government Tourist Office, since it started last 2007, the festival gets stronger each year. Last year, 247 films from over 35 countries were shown to the public, with 150 celebrities from all over the world in attendance.
The likes of Juliette Binoche, Orlando Bloom, Jackie Chan, Johnny Depp, Jean Rochefort, Tim Roth, Oliver Stone, at Robin Wright Penn were some of the well-known celebrities who have graced the occassion since it was established.
This year, after honoring South Korea in 2006 and Lebanon in 2007, the Paris Cinema IFF will be honoring the Philippines.
Dahil sa report ni Korina Sanchez sa The World Tonight, ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel), Bandila, at TV Patrol na nandaya diumano ng sangkap na glutathione ang mga produkto ng United Shelter Health Products na Lucida DS Glutathione (na ini-endorse nina Gabby Concepcion at Sen. Loren Legarda) at Vaniderm (na ini-endorso naman nina Toni Gonzaga at Maui Taylor)—nagbabanta ang Senior Vice President ng naturang kumpanya na si Ms. Maribel Galindez na magdedemanda sila ng kasong libel laban kay Korina sa susunod na linggo.
Ayon sa report ni Korina, sa halip na 500 mg, diumano'y 4.4 mg lang ang glutathione content ng Lucida DS at 5.4 mg naman ang sa Vaniderm. Pinasinungalingan ito ni Ms. Galindez.
Ayon pa kay Ms. Galindez, hindi lang sa iisang lugar nila balak magsampa ng demanda. Sasama rin sa pagdedemanda ang kanyang business partners. "Sasampahan namin next week si Korina sa Polomolok, Davao. Ganoon din ang mga business partner ko sa Iloilo, GenSan [General Santos City], Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Iligan, Koronadal, Zamboanga. Lahat po nationwide."
Balak din daw nilang sampahan ng demanda si Korina sa Malaysia, Dubai at sa U.S. kung saan may mga distributors ang United Shelter Health Products.
Naglabas na nga ng official statement ang nasabing kumpanya sa ilang broadsheets at tabloids hinggil sa anila'y maling report ni Korina.
Balak din nilang gumawa ng posters na nakalagay ang official statement ng kanilang paglilinaw at larawan ni Gabby na ididikit sa mga botika para mabasa rin ng mga tao.
Dahil dito, mukhang hindi na rin itutuloy ng naturang kumpanya na maglagay ng commercial ng kanilang mga produkto sa ABS-CBN 2.
Kung hindi mareresolba ang gusot na ito, apektado rin ang ipalalabas na serye si Gabby with Claudine Barretto na Iisa Pa Lamang dahil malaking bagay ang TV commercial ng Lucida para sa programa.
Next week, may surprise visit din sa isang ahensya si Ms. Galindez at si Gabby para kumuha ng document support na hindi peke ang naturang produkto.
Tonight’s nomination ceremony was again done face to face, but this time without blindfolds!
Both Nikki and Valerie received 5 nomination points while Robi received 4.
When asked why they should be saved from evictions, Nikki said, “Marami pa akong kayang patunayan. Marami pa akong dapat gawin. At nandito pa si Beauty.” Robi said “marami na akong napatunayan at kaya pang patunayan”. Valerie said “I want to mag-aral ng tagalog more and enjoy my time more.”
Dio Paolo, Elliot Andal, Bev Ejercito & Drizzle Muniz were eliminated on Pinoy Idol's first elimination night.
Twenty Pinoy Idol hopefuls are left and will move on to the next round.
Long time Twitch readers may well remember us talking about Filipino horror film Sigaw a couple years back. Written and directed by Yam Laranas it came late enough in the run of Asian horror films – and in some ways played to the standard conventions of the genre enough - that many overlooked it but Sigaw was such a well crafted little gem of a film that introduced some subtle changes to the genre that I truly believe it is one of the last truly important films to come out of that initial Asian horror boom.
And so I have been tracking with great interest the development of the English language version of the film. Titled The Echo it again puts Laranas at the controls shooting a script adapted from his own by the writing duo of Eric Bernt and Shintaro Shimosawa. The result feels more like a riff on the themes that drove the original film than a straight up remake and it is arguably the most art house oriented picture to come out of Roy Lee’s very commercially minded – in a good way – Vertigo Entertainment.
Jesse Bradford (Flags Of Our Fathers) stars as Bobby, a young man freshly released from prison after serving several years for killing a man who was trying to rape Bobby’s girlfriend (Amelia Warner). Bobby is looking to build a fresh life but where to begin? His old friends have either moved away or won’t return his calls, his girl has moved along with her life without him, he has no job, the only home available to him the shabby apartment left vacant when Bobby’s mother died alone and terrified of unseen voices while Bobby was in prison. Despite being constantly surrounded by the noise and bustle of New York City Bobby is isolated and alone.
But Bobby perseveres. His parole officer finds an employer will to take a risk on him, he slowly begins to reconnect with his girl, and he slowly begins to clear the signs of his mother’s descent into madness from the apartment. What could have happened to her? Why didn’t anyone help? And did the blame lie partially on Bobby himself for leaving her unsupported while in prison?
As the signs of his mother’s paranoia become more clear – a closet with interior deadbolts stocked with tin cans and an accumulation of garbage that makes it clear she locked herself into the confined space for days at a time – Bobby’s guilt begins to grow and become more forceful until his memories and shame begin to take physical shape. He sees her in the mess left behind and begins to be plagued by strange noises coming from the walls and floor of his apartment. But those noises are nothing compared to the sounds of violence coming regularly from the apartment next door, sounds of a young wife and her little girl being beaten by the husband. It’s a horrific situation but one that Bobby feels powerless to do anything about: after all, he’s a freshly paroled convict and the man is a cop.
For fans of the original the point of similarity is obvious: young man in new apartment has to cope with domestic violence next door. And anyone who has ever been in this situation – which I have – can tell you how truly debilitating and horrifying it is before you add the additional supernatural layer that the film(s) bring in. The changes are also quite obvious. In the original film the young man was simply striking out on his own, moving into his first apartment in a bid for independence. Bobby’s criminal history, the death of his mother, and the collapse of his relationship with his girlfriend are all new devices for this version and all add layers of depth that make Bobby a more difficult and rewarding character. That strength does come with a cost in the early going as Bobby is so isolated that a healthy percentage of the film is Bobby on his own with minimal dialogue but Bradford is up to the challenge. Some of the other characters could have used a little bit more work but this is Bobby’s film all the way through and Bradford delivers.
On the technical end both films are far more about building mood and tone than piling on shock after shock and again, Laranas applies his considerable technical skills to that end. The man is a hugely accomplished cinematographer, reluctant to use digital tricks of any sort, and while he has an outside director of photography on The Echo - as opposed to Sigaw, which he shot himself – his fingerprints are all over the visuals and shooting style. Helping greatly in building the tone of the piece is the stellar sound design work that makes it clear throughout that while Bobby may be isolated he can never, ever be truly alone when living in the big city.
The Echo is a moody piece of work, a slow burner rather than a big shocker, and one that will likely prove a little bit difficult to market as a result. Just like its predecessor was not one of the big dogs in the original Asian horror boom this one arrives late enough in the remake game that some of the images have become a little overly familiar but also just like the original it shows that there is still some life in these bones and still stories worth telling.
1. Regene Ong - Fever by Elvis Presley (Watch here)
Wyngard Tracy: “Your are very sexy, full of character, really daring and i really like your style.”
Ogie Alcasid: “I like your name. You’re very edgy.”
2. Gretchen Espina - Neither One of Us By Lani Misalucha (Watch here)
Ogie Alcasid: “Your tones were really good, really strong, it’s just that ang dumi ng konti. Next time mas linisin mo pa.”
Wygard Tracy: “Kontrolin mo yung facial expression mo, nalulukot ang mukha mo.”
3. Bev Ejercito - Crazy by Norah Jones (Watch here)
Ogie Alcasid: “You have a great sexy husky voice.”
4. Carol Leus - I Believe in You and Me by Whitney Houston (Watch here)
Wyngard Tracy: “Carol it wasn’t bad kaya lang i expect more.”
5. Drizzle Muniz - My Immortal by Evanessence (Watch here)
Jolina Magdangal: “Gusto ko ang energy mo pero kailangan mong magingat sa notes mo.”
Ogie Alcasid: “Medyo nag-false note ka.”
6. Jeni Rawolle - For Once in My Life by Vonda Shephard (Watch here)
Wyngard Tracy: "That’s the look of the star but in singing, mas magaling ka before.”
Ogie Alcasid: “Dati parang nasal ka. Ngayon i like it. I think your performance was good. I disagree with Wyngard.”
7. Sue Ellen Cubing - Love Thang by Michelle Williams (Watch here)
Ogie Alcasid: “Alam mo Sue i’ve always been a fan of yours. Next time walk the stage, enjoy it!”
8. Vren Villaflor - Fame by Irene Cara (Watch here)
Jolina Magdangal: “Gusto ko yung energy mo. Kahit sumasayaw ko o gumagalaw ka hindi nagbabago ang force nung boses na binibigay mo but kailangan mo pa siguro mag-practice ng dance steps.”
Wyngard Tracy: “I wanna hear her sing a more challenging song kasi kaya mo e.”
9. Penelope - Wild Horses by Natasha Beddingfield (Watch here)
Wyngard Tracy: “You improved so much! You’re a revelation.”
10. Mae Flores - Love Will Show You Everything by Jennifer Love Hewitt (Watch here)
Jolina Magdangal: “Dun sa level ng pagkanta parang hindi ko nakikitaan ng iba’t-ibang attack. Mas maganda kung mabibigyan mo ng iba’t-ibang feelings at saka hina buga hina buga.”
Ogie Alcasid: “Ang ganda mo.”
11. Jayann Bautista - Secret by Heart (Watch here)
Ogie Alcasid: “Nawala na yung hysterics. Dati para kang sinasaniban.”
12. Meryl David - You Mean The World To Me by Toni Braxton (Watch here)
Jolina Magdangal: “Merong mga notes na medyo alanganin pero performance-wise nag-improve ka.”
In celebration of Star Cinema's 15th anniversary and Ms. Sharon Cuneta's 30 years in showbusiness, Filipinos all over the world will be given a gift of opportunity to watch a world-class Filipino movie with the showing of Caregiver in various countries and continents.
International Premiere with Ms. Sharon Cuneta and the Cast
May 31 - Los Angeles - Alex Theater
June 1 - Honolulu - Hawaii Theater
June 6 - London - Prince Charles Theater
June 7 - Rome - Warner Theater
International Regular Screenings (only)
May 30-June 6 - Guam - Micronesia Mall
June 6-12 - Los Angeles - Cerritos Stadium Cinema
June 13-19 - Seattle - Regal Cinema East Valley
June 13-19 - Las Vegas - Regal Village Square Stadium
June 13-19 - San Diego - UA Horton Plaza
June 13-19 - Hawaii - Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18
June 13-19 - San Francisco - UA Stonestown Twin
June 16 - Japan - venue to follow
June 19-21 - Qatar - Grand Pine Center
June 19-21 - Bahrain - Seef Cineplex
June 26-28 - Dubai - Al Ghurair Cinecity
June 26-28 - Abu Dhabi - Grand Al Mariah Cinema
July 3-4 - Sharjah (UAE) - Grand Megamall