Maja Salvador is Not Closing Her Door to Jon Avila

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During the farewell press conference of Kapitan Boom last Monday, July 28, the press couldn’t help but notice Maja Salvador’s pretty glow. However, the actress quickly denied that a “special someone” was responsible for her radiant appearance. “Sawi pa rin po [ako],” she admitted with a laugh.

Her co-stars Jon Avila and Jay-R Siaboc who are being romantically linked to her are not the reason behind her glowing aura as well. “Alam naman natin na si Jay-R masaya,” said Maja, referring to Jay-R’s relationship with long-time girlfriend Irish Fullerton. But will Kapitan Boom mean the end of her hilarious tandem with Jay-R? “Mami-miss kong talakan si Jay-R kasi para kaming aso’t pusa. Siyempre po [pati na rin] yung cast dito kasi parang sobrang family na yung turingan namin. Kapag hindi kami nagte-take, kwentuhan, tawanan… Ganun,” the young actress enthused.

As for Jon, Maja is fully aware that some people are misunderstanding their closeness on the set. “Sa totoong buhay wala naman po talagang ligawan. Yung lumalabas na issue na kami daw, wala po talaga yun.” She further stressed her point, “Mahilig kasi siyang magbasa ng diyaro. So next taping day po namin uupo siya sa tabi ko tapos pag-uusapan namin kung anong lumabas sa diyaryo. Tapos sasabihin niya, 'Uy Maj sorry ha. Nabasa mo ba yung ganito sa diyaryo? Sabi nililigawan daw kita. Sorry ha.’ Ganun.” Maja added that they would simply laugh over the rumors.

When prodded about Jon’s “attraction” to her, Maja comically exclaimed to him, “Wow! Crush ka diyan! Sapukin kita eh!” Seriously though, she’s not closing her doors if Jon intends to pursue her for real. “Tignan po natin kung manliligaw nga po. Kasi depende po yun sa pagpupursige ng mga lalake. Depende po yan sa ipapakita.” But it seems that Jon has a good chance in light of Maja’s revelation that she was a Coverboys fan. “Nanood po ako ng Coverboys. Sinuportahan ko po sila. Okay naman po,” she shyly gushed.

But what about Geoff Eigenmann who escorted her down the red carpet during the Star Magic Ball last June 29? “Last year magkasama na rin kami [umattend ng Star Magic ball] kaya lang with a group kami. Pero this year, since may gagawin kami [na project] soon [kami ang magka-partner).” However, Maja refrained from giving details of the project so as not to jinx the plans for their team-up. “Surprise muna. Kailangang itago muna para hindi maudlot.”

In the meantime, Maja disclosed that an upcoming TV project is the one thing which is keeping her happy these days. “Siguro masaya lang po talaga ako kasi hindi ako pinapabayaan ng ABS-CBN. May mga projects talaga na magagandang binibigay po sa akin so sinusuklian ko lang. Siyempre kapag maraming projects kailangang magpaganda ‘di ba?” Then she hesitantly revealed that she already had a story conference for a soap where she’ll be playing the lead.

Source: ABS-CBN

MTV Asia Awards 2008 to be Held in Malaysia

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MTV Networks Asia's flagship show, MTV Asia Awards (MAA) 2008, is all set to take place in Malaysia this Saturday, August 2 at the Arena of Stars in Genting. Now on its sixth year, the pan-regional music event is expected to bring excitement to music fans in over nine countries in Asia.

The Awards show that celebrates and pays tribute to regional and international music talents will be hosted by Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars. The 2008 MAA will be broadcasted to over 291 million homes across the region.

MTV will be presenting a total of 16 awards during the show to honor and promote the icons of youth culture and music. There will be nine regional favorite artist awards and seven international awards which include exciting additions such as The Video Star Award, Breakthrough Artist, The Innovation Award, Best Hook-Up, Bring Da House Down Award and edc Style Award.

The Grammy-nominated sexy group The Pussycat Dolls will perform their latest hit single, "When I Grow Up" for the first time in the MTV Asia Awards. After making it big in the pop music scene in 2005 with their song "Don't Cha," the group has been consistently on top of America's hits. This year, the posse will join the array of well-known personalities in the field of music for a night of exhilarating performances.

Philippines - MTV Favorite Artist

Among hundreds of bands and music groups in the Philippines, only four Filipino pop and rock groups are nominated and vying for the MTV Favorite Artist Philippines 2008.

Chicosci - From an after school activity to a full-time passion and profession in 2000, this Filipino pop rock group has gone a long way for being nominated by an international award-giving body such as MTV. The band released their first and sophomore albums Revenge of the Giant Robot in 2000 and Method of Breathing in 2002. Their first single "Sink or Swim" established the band's reputation as one of the forerunners of the new generation of rock.

Method of Breathing further cemented that reputation as the single "Paris" dominated the charts for over a year, ultimately winning NU 107's Song of the Year award in 2002, as well as Best Produced Album.

Sandwich - Being in the music industry for a decade proves that Sandwich is deserving of this nomination. Considered to be a "barkada" band, the group has come a long way from releasing their first album Grip Stand Throw in 1998. Sandwich survived when Marc Abaya left the group to form his own band. In fact, Sandwich won Album of the Year in NU 107 Rock Awards in 1999, another Album of the Year award in 2001, and a slew of other awards honoring their musicality.

Sandwich ushered their tenth anniversary with their latest album, Marks the Spot.

Spongecola - Officially launched in 2002, Spongecola is a youthful four-member rock outfit hailing from the Philippines. They released a self-titled EP in 2003, containing songs that received substantial airplay on local pop and rock radio stations. The group released their debut album, Palabas, in 2004 under Sony BMG Philippines. Their second album Transit (2006) was launched under Universal Records. Within three months of it release, the album struck gold due to the massive radio success of the single "Bitiw."

Spongecola released a repackaged Transit Deluxe this year, featuring five new tracks, and selected music videos. It hit platinum a week after its release.

Urbandub - This indie quartet made an astounding breakthrough in 2000 when their debut album titled Birth became a goldmine even without support from major record companies. This was followed by three more albums: Influence (2003), Embrace (2005), and Under Southern Lights (2007). Urbandub's song, "Soul Searching" won the award for best Song of the Year in the NU107 Rock Awards 2003. Influence also bagged the Album of the Year in the 2004 NU107 Rock Awards.

Their latest album Under Southern Lights pays homage to the queen city of the South, Cebu.

The 2008 MTV Asia Awards will be aired in the Philippines on the following dates: Sunday, August 10 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, August 13 at 6:30pm; Saturday, August 16 at 4:30 pm; Thursday, August 21 at 9:30am; Sunday, August 24 at 11:00am; Wednesday, August 27 at 10:00pm; and Tuesday, September 2 at 1:30 pm.

Catch these episodes on MTV Philippines (Sky Cable channel 57).

Ogie Alcasid's "Kung Sakali" Music Video Feat. Marian Rivera

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“Kung Sakali” is Ogie Alcasid’s first single off his new album The Great Filipino Song Book. The music video features Marian Rivera, Philippines Primetime TV Queen.

The song was originally sung by Pabs Dadivas during the late 70’s and was written by Vic Sotto. Lyrics and chords included.



Kung Sakali
(Ogie Alcasid)

Intro: A-F#m-A-D-E
Asus-A

A E
Buhay ko ay sayo lamang,
Bm C#7 F#m
hindi-hindi magbabago ang isip ko
B7 D E
Tunay ang pagtingin, sana’y ganon ka rin giliw

Chorus:
A
At kung sakali man ikaw ay,
F#m Bm E
Mayroon ng ibang minamahal, minamahal,
A
At kung sakali man tuluyan
F#m Bm E
Nang mawalay ang pag-ibig mo sa piling ko

D E A F#m
At kung sakali man magdusa,
Bm7 E
ito’y aking matitiis…

C#m F#7
Maghirap man o maghinagpis
Bm E
Baka sakaling mahal mo pa ako

A E
Di mo ba mauunawaan
Bm C#7 F#m
Pag-ibig na inalay ko sayo’y tapat
B7
Pagkat ako ngayo’y
D E
Nangangamba sa’yo giliw

(repeat chorus)

B
At kung sakali man ikaw ay
G#m C#m F#
Mayroon ng ibang minamahal, minanamhal

B
At kung sakali mang tuluyan
G#m C#m F#
Nang mawalay ang pag-ibig mo sa piling ko

B G#m
At kung sakali man
E F#-B-E-F#-B
At kung sakali man….

Chords courtesy of Ultimate Guitar

Marian Rivera is The New Endorser of Facial Care Center

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Marian Rivera's status as the country's top young star of today was confirmed by the different recognition and endorsements the young actress is continuously getting.

She is this year's FHM Philippines Most Sexiest, the success of her fantaseryes (Marimar, Dyesebel), she covers almost all local magazines, and a proven effective product endorser.

And just recently, the 23-year-old actress also jumped into the ever-growing list of celebrities who are endorsing firms in the beauty and cosmetics business.

Marian signed up as the new face of Facial Care Centre, endorsing its LaserLight hair removal procedure. The beauty-cosmetic firm previously had Cherie Gil, Carmi Martin, Cristina Gonzales, and Kris Aquino as endorsers.

In a previous interview, the Marian said that her decision to sign up and avail of the service was largely because of her problem with unwanted hair.

"Balbon talaga ako," she shared smiling. She used to shave and apply wax to remove the unwanted fuzz but totally gave up on the two methods that were painful and inconvenient. The LaserLight method, according to Marian, is more practical, effective, and totally painless.

Showbiz' Best @ ShowbizNest This Week

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:: Zanjoe Marudo's Birthday Wish

:: Armando Role in Betty La Fea Down to Piolo, John Lloyd and Gabby

:: A Very Special Love’ Gross P9M on its First Day!

:: GMA-7 showbiz crew invited to the presscon of Star Cinema's "For The First Time"

:: Enchong Dee still prioritizes competitive swimming over acting

:: Kristin Kreuk of Smallville Has Short Hair

:: Antonio Sabato Jr Can't Decide if He'd Choose To Be Gay or Stupid

:: What's Wrong With Me?

:: X-Men Origins: Wolverine Movie Trailer Revealed

:: Jamie Lynn Spears' Wedding Plans

:: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actress Zhang Ziyi has told Vogue that she is puzzled by the protests against China’s human rights record before the Beijing Olympics. “I don’t see why people are so negative. The games are about friendship,” Zhang was quoted. “I’m Chinese and I’m proud of my country.”

:: Alicia Keys and Jack White of the rock band The White (Stripes) are recording "Another Way to Die" which will be the official theme song of the new James Bond 007 thriller Quantum of Solace.

:: GMA-7's Kung Ako Ikaw (KAI) will have its curtain closed two weeks from now. They just shoot their final episode featuring Arnell Ignacio, John Lapus, and Teri Onor with the special participation of Paolo Serrano.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Photos and Teaser Trailer

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Check out the just-released promotional photos and trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth installment of the film franchise. (The seventh and last book in the series is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.)

FYI: Young Voldemort is played by Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, the 10-year-old nephew of Ralph Fiennes, who has played Lord Voldemort throughout most of the film franchise. The new Harry Potter film opens on Friday, November 21.


David Cook Live in Manila!

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David Cook, grand winner of American Idol Season 7 is coming to Manila for a concert tentatively set on January 27, 2009.

This was announced by Cook himself in an interview with DJ Richie of CHUMFM, a radio station in Canada, "we just booked my first show, post Idol, January 27, 2009 in the Philippines....a one off show and then we start the tour in the States..."

Ryan Agoncillo To Host ABS-CBN's Pinoy Fear Factor

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It is confirmed! Ryan Agoncillo will be hosting ABS-CBN's Pinoy Fear Factor.

Ryan and the crew are set to leave the country on the first week of August for the show's month long taping at South America.

Aside from that, Ryan will lead lead the cast of Kapamilya network's TV remake of Pieta.

He is also the host of TV5 (formerly ABC-5) new reality game show Talentadong Pinoy, a Filipino adaptation of 30 Seconds to Fame which is set to launch via TV5's musical extravaganza on August 9.

"A Very Special Love" Received "A" Rating from CEB and "GP" Rating from MTRCB

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There is enough reason for people behind the movie "A Very Special Love" to celebrate. The Star Cinema film was given an "A" Rating from the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB). This means that the movie will get a 100% amusement tax exemption and gives moviegoer an assurance of good quality movie in terms of story and technical aspects.

Not only that, the movie also received a General Patronage (GP) Rating from the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

A Very Special Love is a romantic comedy movie of John Lloyd Cruz at Sarah Geronimo. John Lloyd plays the owner-boss of a publishing company while Sarah works as his personal assistant. In one instance, John Lloyd asks her to pretend she's his girlfriend in an event. This is where the romance started and blossomed into a happy ending love affair between the two.

Also stars in the movie are Joross Gamboa, Matet de Leon, Gio Alvarez, Marianna del Rio, Al Tantay, Irma Adlawan, at Miles Ocampo. A Very Special Love is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina.

A Very Special Love is showing in 100 theaters nationwide starting tomorrow, July 30.

Angel Locsin and Claudine Barretto Feud, Far From Over

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Both ABS-CBN Star Magic and Star Cinema issued official statements about the reconciliation of Angel Locsin and Claudine Barretto, saying all is well now between them after they met on July 23 at the Star Cinema office.

The Star Magic version of Rikka Dylim is more detailed: “Pagkatapos ng ilang oras na pag-uusap sa pagitan ng dalawa sa harap ng ilang ABS-CBN executives at ng mga Kapamilya at malalapit na kaibigan, nilatag nina Claudine at Angel ang kani-kanilang mga panig at damdamin tungkol sa naganap. At sa pag-uusap na ito, nabigyang-linaw ang mga sumusunod:

Walang sigawang nangyari, walang nanipa ng kahit anumang gamit. Walang nagtaas ng boses, walang sigawan. Naging seryoso ang pag-uusap at nagkaroon ng kaunting tensyon. At dahil dito, napatunayang parehong walang kasalanan ang dalawa. Nagkaroon lang ng miscommunication at napalaki ng mga intriga.

Pagkatapos ng pag-uusap ay natuwa ang mga kasama sa meeting dahil sa pagkakasundo ng dalawa at ang commitment na magsimula muli bilang magkapamilya. “Ipinagdasal ko ito na maayos ang gusot na sa pagitan namin ni Angel. Matagal akong nanahimik pagkatapos nang pagkikita noon sa salon dahil ayokong lumaki ang issue. Aaminin kong naging masakit sa akin ang mga nabasa ko sa mga dyaryo na hinusgahan na ako. Noong isa-isa na naming nilatag ni Angel ang mga isyu at saloobin namin, dito na nabigyang linaw ang lahat. At sa pagkakataong iyon, naging madali sa amin ang magpatawad, anuman ang nangyari,” Claudine said.

If Star Magic looks more biased to Claudine, it’s because she’s their talent and Angel is managed by someone else. Inspite of this, though, we heard that two days after the reconciliation, Claudine got annoyed again when she heard something about Angel and asked that her taping of “Iisa Pa Lamang” be packed up, a clear indication that she’s still at odds with Angel despite efforts of ABS management to patch things up between them. Also, we heard that in the actual meeting between them, they didn’t agree to reconcile right away as there was an angry exchange of words, making the proceedings drag on until way past midnight. “Matigas ang bawat isa kaya natagalan bago sila napagbati,” says an insider. “At mukhang kahit napagbati na sila, hindi pa rin talaga ayos ang lahat.”

MARIO E. BAUTISTA
Journal Online

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Luis Manzano Doesn't Mind Angel Locsin Doing Sexy Scenes with Her Screen Partners

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Luis Manzano is indeed a very good subject to interview. He’s always quick to answer with a smile and doesn’t play coy with questions that would have other stars blurting “no comment” in the blink of an eye especially if it concerns his current flame with actress Angel Locsin.

It is no secret that he and Angel have been seeing each other for close to a year now. Angel has even the won the approval of Luis’s parents. Mom Vilma likes Angel’s “love for her craft at ‘yong pagmamahal niya sa pamilya.” Ate Vi has even given Angel one of her signature handkerchiefs. Meanwhile, dad Edu is all praises for Angel’s influence on his son. “Mabait siya and I like her influence on him. I like her effect on him. There is a tremendous change in how I see him now and he is more responsible.

As for the controversy between Angel and Claudine Barretto, Luis chooses to steer clear of the issue. “I would prefer to keep quiet. I don’t think there is something I can say about it.” But he does clarify that Angel is not the type to throw a hissy fit and pick a fight. “In the length of time we have been together, I have [gotten to] know her a lot. ‘Di siya ‘yong tipong nagtatantrums. She is not capable of doing it.” Luis went so far as giving a tongue-in-cheek reply. “Ah, oo nga. May ginilitan na nga siya ng leeg, may sinaksak ng dalawang tao ‘yan. Sa awa ng Diyos mga buhay pa naman sila ngayon.

When asked how he felt about Angel doing kissing and love scenes. “Pareho kaming hindi nagpapakialaman. It’s Angel’s profession. Should I worry about it? Just think of my mom. How many guys has she kissed or had a bed scene with? Mga 30 ba? I just couldn’t be so shallow about these things. We have both grown up a lot.”

TV Ratings: July 25 - 27

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Here are the comparative TV ratings from July 25 - 27 based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households:

Friday (Hulyo 25)
Daytime:
SiS 11% vs. Boy and Kris 10%;
Marimar 14.6% vs. Game Ka Na Ba 14.8%;
Eat Bulaga 19.8% vs. Wowowee 15.8%;
Daisy Siete 17.7% at Magdusa Ka 19.8% vs. Ligaw na Bulaklak 13.4%;
Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan 18.3% vs. El Cuer­po del Deseo 17.3% at Las Tontas 13.3%;

Primetime:
Gobingo 12.8% vs. Wheel of Fortune 16.3%;
24 Oras 26.4% vs. TV Patrol 22.5%;
Asero 35.1% vs. The Singing Bee 22.9%;
Dyesebel 39.1% vs. Iisa Pa Lamang 22%;
Kim Samsoon 31.6% vs. My Girl 21.9%;
Dalja’s Spring 20.2% vs. Pinoy Dream Academy 19%;
Pinoy Idol Extra 16.9% at Bubble Gang 15.8% vs. Daboy sa ABS CBN 10.8%;
Saksi 9.9% vs. Bandila 5.2%.

Saturday (Hul­yo 26)
Daytime:

Takeshi’s Castle 12.6% vs. Game Ka Na Ba 9.1%;
Eat Bulaga 21.6% vs. Wowo­wee 16.6%;
Startalk 11.1% vs. Entertainment Live 11.2%;
Wish Ko Lang 17.6% vs. Cinema FPJ 14.9%;

Primetime:
Pinoy Records 19.7% vs. That’s My Doc 14.3%;
Pinoy Idol 23.4% vs. Komiks 18.7%;
Bitoy’s Funniest Video 26.1% vs. Pinoy Dream Academy 23.9%; Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho 25.5% vs. Maalaala Mo Kaya 21.4%;
Imbestigador 19.4% vs. XXX 15.9%;
Songbird 8.1% vs. TV Patrol 10.1%;
Sine Totoo 6.9% vs. Sports Unlimited 3.6%.

Sunday (Hulyo 27)
Daytime:
Takeshi’s Castle 12.6% at SOP 16.2% vs. ASAP 14.1%;
Pinoy Idol Extra 12.4% at Dear Friend 13.9% vs. Your Song 14%;
Showbiz Central 14.1% vs. The Buzz 12.1%;

Primetime:
Kap’s Amazing Stories 24.5% vs. Rated K 19%;
Pinoy Idol 24.1% vs. Goin’ Bulilit 23.8%;
Mel & Joey 23.9% vs PDA 22.1%;
All Star ‘K’ 21.7% vs. Sharon 16.4%;
Ful Haus 12.9% vs. TV Patrol 17.7%;
Sunday Night’s Box Office 11.9% vs. Sunday’s Best 10.3%.

ABS-CBN to Get Dingdong Dantes at All Cost?

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There are reports that ABS-CBN is giving Dingdong Dantes an offer that he can’t refuse.

Dingdong Dantes is very visible nowadays on various tv commercials, billboards and magazine covers. His fantaserye on GMA opposite Marian Rivera is still the no. 1 tv program nationwide. He is also busy doing a movie with Marian and Iza Calzado. To top it all, he is now one of the hottest properties of GMA 7.

Earlier this year, Richard Gutierrez was rumored of having offered by ABS-CBN a “sky-high” amount just to be a kapamilya. Although Richard had a misunderstanding with GMA at that time, he sealed his loyalty to the kapuso network.

Now, it’s Dingdong’s turn to have the same issue. Dingdong can be considered as one of the top 3 leading men of the Kapuso network together with Richard Gutierrez and Dennis Trillo. His love team with Marian Rivera became a sensation that dominated the tv ratings game. If Dingdong will leave GMA, “mapipilayan” ang network.

If ever the reports are true, the question “loyalty or money” will be put on spotlight once again. Will another bite the dust?

Source: starmometer

Ben Chan Denies Favoritism in the Bench Blackout Event

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"Walang sapawan. Lahat sila bida!" says Ben Chan, owner of the world famous clothing line Bench, on the issue of favoritism in the just concluded Bench Blackout denim and underwear show.

In an interview by GMA News, Ben explained that they don’t take side with anybody and that they are a family.

All of them have done a moment of their own,” he added.

The favoritism issue started when Annabelle Rama complaint that his son Richard [Gutierrez] made no impact with the impact because there has been no proper introduction when the latter entered the ramp compared to other stars like Sam Milby, Rafael Rosell and Dingdong Dantes. Furthermore, she did not like the dark make up that they put on Richard that is why the actor turned out to be just one of those models and did not receive louder cheers than Dingdong Dantes and other stars.

Dingdong had a special moment last Saturday wherein he stripped-off his pants exposing a lot of skin to the delight of the audience.

And what is Ben’s explanation to “Dingdong’s moment”? He’s the newest underwear endorser of Bench, no more no less.



Ryan Agoncilla To Host a New Game Show on ABC-5

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TV host-actor Ryan Agoncillo is back on ABC-5. He is set to host a new game show called 50 Seconds to Fame.

Although there is no definite date yet on when the new game show will start airing, but, Ryan already taped a few episodes of the show.

Report says that Ryan will also host a reality talent show in the restructured Cojuangco TV station.

Would this mean that Ryan is no longer a Kapamilya?

Kapamilya fans has no reason to worry about, according to Ryan "Hindi ko iiwan ang ABS-CBN. Kumbaga, may dumating na offer at wala pa naman akong ginagawa sa Channel 2. Nagpaalam naman ako ng maayos at pinayagan, kaya walang isyu at walang problema rito."

It will be remembered that Ryan used to host ABC-5's Philippine Idol in 2006.

John Lloyd, Walang Balak Mag-Renew sa Bench!

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Walang balak mag-renew ng kontrata si John Lloyd Cruz sa Bench kaya hindi na siya rumampa sa katatapos Bench event na Blackout.

Pero hindi nawawalan ng pag-asa ang Bench.

Balita namin ay hu­mingi ng personal meeting si Mr. Ben Chan (may-ari ng Bench) kay John Lloyd para mapag-usapan kung ano ang problema ni John Lloyd sa Bench. Balita namin ay sa linggong ito mag-uusap ang dalawa. Alam ng Bench na walang John Lloyd na rarampa noong Biyernes.

Besides may shooting si John Lloyd sa araw na iyon para sa pelikula nila ni Sarah Geronimo na A Very Special Love na malapit nang ipalabas.

Source: Joe Barrameda

A Very Special Love International Screening Dates and Venues

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Here is 'A Very Special Love' schedule of international screenings that Pinoys abroad can look forward to:

Aug 1 - 7: San Francisco, USA UA Stonestown Twin

Aug 1 - 7: Guam Micronesia Mall

Aug 8 - 14: Seattle, USA Regal Cinema East Valley

Aug 15 - 21: Las Vegas, USA Regal Village Square Stadium

Aug 15 - 21: San Diego, USA UA Horton Plaza

Aug 16: Vallejo, USA Empress Theatre

Aug 23: San Jose, USA California Theatre

Aug 29 – Sept 4: Los Angeles, Pasadena, USA Laemmle One Colorado Theatre

Sept 5 - 11: Hawaii Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18

Aug 14 - 16: Dubai Al Ghurair Cinecity

Aug 14 - 16: Sharjah Grand Megamall

Aug 21 - 23: Abu Dhabi Grand Al Mariah

Aug 28 - 30: Qatar Grand Cine Center

Aug 28 - 30: Bahrain Seef Cineplex

Aug 31: Vienna, Austria TBA

Richard Gutierrez Will No Longer Renew Contract with Bench; Annabelle Cries "Unfair" about Richard's Exposure in Bench "Blackout" Event

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Annabelle Rama is seriously considering not to renew Richard Gutierrez's contract with Bench.

According to her, Richard was given an unfair exposure in the Blackout event of Bench last Friday, July 25, at the Araneta Coliseum.

Somehow, those who witnessed the event were given the signal that it would be Sam Milby, Rafael Rosell, and Dingdong Dantes who will be approaching the ramp. These three actors got the biggest applause compared to what Richard got from the crowd.

"'Eto sinabi na sa akin ni Richard [Gomez] na nag-meeting na sila bago pa lang ang event, dapat huwag lagyan ng make-up ang mga artista para makilala sila. O kaya, lagyan ng pangalan sa screen na si ano na o si ano ang lalabas para handa ang mga tao.

"Hindi nila ginawa. Hindi lang ito para sa anak ko, para na rin sa lahat ng mga artista. Sana naglagay sila ng mga names na lumalabas para alam ng tao.

"Tanungan nang tanungan, ‘Sino ‘yan?' sabi ni Dr. [Vicky] Belo, ‘she's pretty.' Si Bubbles Paraiso na pala yung tinatanong niya. Si Nitz [Miralles, PEP contributor] nagtanong pa sa kasamahan niya kung si Richard na ba yun. Nasa malapit na sila ng stage ha, paano pa yung nasa bleacher?" said Annabelle in an interview.

It was explained to Annabelle that it never happened to any Bench event that they announced the name of stars who will be doing the ramp.

"Wala na kung wala, pero bakit yung iba, ipinakita muna ang posters bago lumabas?Hindi naman ito kailangan ng anak ko. Sabi niya nga sa akin na huwag na lang akong magsalita, pero unfair talaga ang ginawa sa kanya.

"Paano mo naman makuku-compare si Richard sa iba? Hindi naman siya naghubad, hindi nagpakita ng briefs? Hindi niya ito kailangan. Pati ba naman kasi ito pag-uusapan pa?

"Si Richard, pagod na pagod, galing pa sa Greece pero nagpunta ng rehearsal nang walang reklamo at nag-stay siya talaga doon ng apat na oras. Wala naman siyang bayad dito. Wala namang bayad ang mga artista pero ginawa pa rin nila, sana binigyan na lang sila ng konting importansiya, hindi lang si Richard."

It was later learned that Dingdong was given a separate time for rehearsal because nobody sees him doing the rehearsals.

"Hindi kami humingi ng ganito," Nag-stay si Chard ng apat na oras kahit pagod na siya. Kung may gusto silang i-promote o i-launch, sige walang kaso sa akin. Nagsabi na nga ako na huwag nang isama si Chard sa show, pero pinilit pa rin. Sige, di gawin. Pero sana nga respeto naman na lang sa anak ko.

"Si Richard dapat ang sa Jag. Hinihingi siya noon, dapat siya ang makaka-partner ni Angel [Locsin]. Nagpaalam na ako kay Dougs [Douglas Quijano], pero sabi huwag daw umalis sa Bench kasi dito siya nagsimula. Loyalty na lang daw. Sige stay kami, pero tingnan mo naman ang ginawa sa kanya?"

In this line, someone asked if he'll put again Richard in the next event of Bench which will happen two years from now.

"Ay hindi na, tatanggalin ko na siya sa Bench!" answered a very disappointed Annabelle.

Angel Locsin and Claudine Barretto on the Buzz' "Intriga Uncensored"

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Boy Abunda drilled down on The Buzz the reported rift between the Kapamilya actresses Angel Locsin and Claudine Barretto.

According to report, Angel and Claudine settled their misunderstanding face to face last July 23 together with some ABS-CBN executives, Beck Aguila (Angel's manager) and Raymart Santiago (Claudine's husband) .

Watch Boy Abunda's report below:


PINOY IDOL Update: Penelope Was Kicked Off of Pinoy Idol Top 7

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16 year old Pinoy Idol hopeful Penelope was kicked off of the competition on Sunday night, July 27. She was joined by Kid Camaya and Warren Antig in the bottom three.

Next week, the Top 6 will be mentored by Basil Valdez. And there are reports that GMA-7 is cooking a “twist” in the Pinoy franchise of the famous American Idol. Is this twist some sort of a move from GMA management to save the deteriorating show from getting "The Worst Local Franchise Ever" Award? Is it a “wildcard” that could bring back talent and not just the face in the show?

Let us wait and see.

PDA Season 2 Update: Christian Alvear Expelled from the Academy

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The 25 year old "Small Boy Wonder of Taguig" Christian Alvear is the third expelled scholar from ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2.

Christian got 43.99% of the total text votes while fellow probationary scholar IƱaki Salvador got 56.01%.

Natalie Portman is a Bollywood Princess

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Natalie Portman dressed up as a Bollywood princess for her boyfriend's new video, “Carmensita." Natalie and folk singer Devendra Banhart have been boinking for about 4 months now.



So, what do you think of this video?

Claudine Barretto and Angel Locsin Enemies No More?

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For the past weeks Claudine Barretto and Angel Locsin are heading the local entertainment headlines, but not in a good way. The two are reported to have a chanced encounter at Pin Antonio salon and that incident ended in to a word ward between the two Kapamilya actresses.

And on July 23, the two together with some ABS-CBN executive met in an exclusive closed-door meeting to finally settle their rift.

Here is the official statement issued by ABS-CBN regarding the misunderstanding between the two stars:

“Marami na ang nasabi tungkol sa pagkikita nina Ms. Claudine Barretto at Ms. Angel Locsin nung July 4, 2008.

“Dahil dito, nagkaroon na ng meeting noong Miyerkyules, July 23, sa pagitan nina Claudine at Angel kasama ang ilang ABS-CBN executives na sina Ms. Malou Santos, Ms. Cory Vidanes, Mr. Roxy Liquigan, Ms. Mariole Alberto ng Star Magic, ang manager ni Angel na si Ms. Becky Aguila, si Mr. Raymart Santiago [mister ni Claudine], at ilan pang malalapit sa kanila.


“Sa naganap na pagkikita noong July 4, nagkausap sina Claudine at Angel tungkol sa ilang mga isyu na sa kasamaang palad ay napalaki at naging eksaherado base sa kuwento ng ibang kampo.

“Sa naganap na meeting, nilinaw ang mga isyung ito, kinilala at naintindihan ang nararamdaman at emosyon ng bawat isa. Naging malinaw ang lahat at nagkaroon ng kapatwaran.


“Natapos ng maganda at positibo ang meeting at naniniwala ang mga nakasaksi na ito ang magiging simula ng pagkakaibigan ng dalawa. Naniniwala ang ABS-CBN sa maayos na dayalogo at paglilinaw ng mga issues sa mga talent ng kumpanya.”

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