‘A Very Special Love’ is Now the All-Time No. 1 Pinoy Box-office Hit

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Viva Films and Star Cinema’s “A Very Special Love” starring John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo surpassed the P200 million mark according to reports.

Although Star Cinema and Viva Films has yet to release an official final gross of the said romantic comedy, Box Office Mojo reported that “A Very Special Love” raked in a whopping P148,272,178.3 on its 3rd week of showing. It only needed P4.5 million to break last year’s record of “One More Chance” which is most-likely to happen because its 4th-8th week gross are not yet reported.

Our All-Time Pinoy Top-Grossing Films will change significantly to:

1. A VERY SPECIAL LOVE
(Star Cinema/Viva Films, 2008) P200 Million+*

2. SUKOB
(Star Cinema, 2006) P186.41 million

3. ANG TANGING INA
(Star Cinema, 2003) P177.82 million

4. ANG CUTE NG INA MO
(Star Cinema, 2007) P165.99 million

5. KASAL,KASALI,KASALO
(Star Cinema, 2006) P162.37million

6. ANAK
(Star Cinema, 2000) P159.31million

7. ONE MORE CHANCE
(Star Cinema, 2007) P152.79 million

8. CAREGIVER
(Star Cinema, 2008) 140 million+*

9. A LOVE STORY
(Star Cinema, 2007) P139.61million

10. DON’T GIVE UP ON US
(Star Cinema) P129.06million

11. ENTENG KABISOTE 3
(OctoArts, 2006) P128 million

12. SAKAL, SAKALI, SAKLOLO
(Star Cinema,2007) P122.90 million

13. YOU ARE THE ONE
(Star Cinema) P113.73 million

14. ISUSUMBONG KITA SA TATAY KO
(Star Cinema, 1994) P104 million

15. MY BESTFRIEND’S GIRLFRIEND
(GMA Films/Regal Films) P 101.24million

Take note that those marked with asterisk (*) are not yet official. Star Cinema’s “For the First Time” is not yet included in the tally as there’s no approximate yet for its current gross.

Article source: Starmometer

September 22 - 25 TV Ratings: GMA-7's Dramarama Sa Hapon Performs like Telebabad

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GMA daytime soaps “Una Kang Naging Akin” and “Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan” registered remarkable ratings at par with other primetime programs.

The two ABS-CBN games shows, Kapamilya Deal or No Deal and Pilipinas Game KNB? are the only two kapamilya programs that were able to beat it’s rival shows from time to time.

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from September 22 to 25 based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households:

September 22 (Monday)
Daytime:
Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (GMA-7) - 22.5%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 20.7%
Una Kang Naging Akin (GMA-7) - 20.5%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 18.6%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 17.8%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 16.9%
El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) - 15.3%
Ligaw Na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) - 15%
Marimar (GMA-7) - 13.4%
SiS (GMA-7) - 9.9%

Primetime:
Dyesebel (GMA-7) - 37.3%
Codename: Asero (GMA-7) - 35.8%
Ako Si Kim Samsoon (GMA-7) - 29.4%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 29.2%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 26.4%
I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) / Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 26%
Survivor Philippines (GMA-7) - 25.7%
Dyosa (ABS-CBN) - 24.8%
Kahit Isang Saglit (ABS-CBN) - 21%
My Husband's Woman (GMA-7) - 19.4%

September 23 (Tuesday)
Daytime:
Una Kang Naging Akin (GMA-7) - 25.7%
Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (GMA-7) - 25%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 20.5%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 19.1%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 18.2%
Marimar (GMA-7) - 17.5%
El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) - 15.4%
Ligaw Na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) - 14.8%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 14.3%
SiS (GMA-7) - 11.2%

Primetime:
Dyesebel (GMA-7) - 37.6%
Codename: Asero (GMA-7) - 36.2%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 34%
Ako Si Kim Samsoon (GMA-7) - 30.5%
Survivor Philippines (GMA-7) - 27.2%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 26.5%
I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) - 25.4%
Dyosa (ABS-CBN) - 25.2%
Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 23.8%
My Husband's Woman (GMA-7) - 22.4%

September 24 (Wednesday)
Daytime:
Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (GMA-7) - 25.9%
Una Kang Naging Akin (GMA-7) - 23.9%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 23%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 19.2%
Marimar (GMA-7) - 19.1%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 18.2%
Ligaw Na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) - 15.1%
El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) - 14.7%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 14.3%
SiS (GMA-7) - 13.3%

Primetime:
Dyesebel (GMA-7) - 37.7%
Codename: Asero (GMA-7) - 35.2%
Ako Si Kim Samsoon (GMA-7) - 33.1%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 32.7%
Survivor Philippines (GMA-7) - 31.9%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) / I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) - 26%
My Husband's Woman (GMA-7) - 25.3%
Dyosa (ABS-CBN) - 24.1%
Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 22.9%
Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) - 19.2%

September 25 (Thursday)
Daytime:
Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (GMA-7) - 22.3%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 21.8%
Una Kang Naging Akin (GMA-7) - 21%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 18.4%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 17.4%
Marimar (GMA-7) - 17.2%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 14.6%
El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) - 14.3%
Ligaw Na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) - 13.7%
SiS (GMA-7) - 11%

Primetime:
Dyesebel (GMA-7) - 41.3%
Codename: Asero (GMA-7) - 38.2%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 33.5%
Ako Si Kim Samsoon (GMA-7) - 33%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 28.2%
Survivor Philippines (GMA-7) - 27.9%
Dyosa (ABS-CBN) - 26.9%
I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) - 24.4%
Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 23%
My Husband's Woman (GMA-7) - 21.8%

Survivor Philippines Update: Castaways Voted Out Emerson Dino




It was an emotional Tribal Council for the Naak tribe as they faced host Paolo Bediones in the second elimination of Survivor Philippines. In the end, they decided to vote out sewing machine technician Emerson Dino.

Emerson became the target of his tribemates after his behavior during the first immunity challenge and his conflict with farmer's daughter Vevherly Gador. But it was not easy for the rest of the Naak tribe to send him packing.

Basketball player JC Tiuseco cried upon realizing that Survivor Philippines is more than just a game and it became so hard to eat one of their own. Although they've been together in the island for only six days, they already managed to develop close ties with each other.

In the end, they had no choice but to say goodbye to one of them. Emerson became the second castaway to be voted out after receiving five of the eight votes.

In his exit interview, Emerson defended his actions. He said that the people should not judge him on what he did during his short stint in Survivor Philippines because it's different when you're actually playing the game.

Next week, the remaining 16 castaways will engage in another set of challenges to determine who will be voted off next.

Jean Garcia Covers FHM Philippines October 2008 Issue

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39 year old dramatic actress Jean Garcia is on the cover of FHM Philippines October 2008 issue.

Jean said she was very nervous at first of the photoshoot but get to like it in the end, "Ang feeling ko that time nung shoot namin na I'm in good hands, so ayun na-relax ako," she said. "Nung una nervous talaga pero after mga 15-30 minutes okey na ako."

According to FHM Philippines Editor-in-Chief Allan Madrilejos, they have long been eyeing the actress to pose for their magazine.

FHM Philippines October 2008 issue is now available in leading magazine stands nationwide.

GMA-7 Executives Reveal Upcoming TV Shows




Few members of the entertainment press had an intimate lunch with the lady executives of GMA-7 earlier today, September 26, at the 17th floor of GMA Network Center in Quezon City. The five Kapuso lady executives present were Ms. Wilma Galvante, SVP for Entertainment TV; Ms. Marivin Arayata, VP for Entertainment TV; Ms. Lilybeth Rasonable, AVP for Drama; Ms. Darling de Jesus, AVP for Musical & Variety, and Ms. Janine Piad-Nacar, AVP for Games & Talk.

They shared to the press their plans for the rest of the year and the first quarter of 2009. Before 2008 ends, six new shows will premiere and a new season of a game show will begin.

PRIMETIME TELEBABAD SHOWS:

La Lola - A hit comedy series that originated in Argentina. This Rhian Ramos-JC de Vera starrer will premiere on October 13 replacing Regine Velasquez's Ako Si Kim Samsoon.

Gagambino - Another Carlo Caparas classic featuring Dennis Trillo in the title role. It will premiere on October 20 replacing Dyesebel starring Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera.

Luna Mystica - Mark Anthony Fernandez and Heart Evangelista will team up for the first time in this romance-fantasy series. This is scheduled to premiere on November 17 and will replace Richard Gutierrez's Codename: Asero, in which Heart is also the leading lady.

DRAMARAMA SA HAPON:

Saan Darating Ang Umaga - Based on a 1983 Viva films movie directed by Maryo J. de los Reyes, the TV version will star Lani Mercado in the role of Nida Blanca and Yasmien Kurdi playing the role originally portrayed by Maricel Soriano. It will replace Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan in mid-November.

GAME SHOWS:

Family Feud - One of the longest-running game shows around the world. The game show's return to the Philippines will be hosted by Richard Gomez. This will premiere on October 13. Family Feud will occupy the timeslot of Arnell Ignacio's Gobingo.

Kakasa Ka Ba Sa Grade 5? - This Janno Gibbs's educational game show will be back for its second season on November 15. It will take over the timeslot of Celebrity Duets, which will have its finals on November 8.

My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad - A franchise of the reality TV sports show created by Survivor's Mark Burnett. In this show, a number of dads will be paired with their kids and they will compete in each episode playing stunts and answering questions. GMA-7 is still on the lookout for the show's host, but it is already set to premiere on November 23 after the second season of Tok! Tok! Tok! Isang Milyon Pasok ends.

FUTURE PROJECTS:

Year 2009 promises to be a bigger year for the Kapuso network because of the gigantic projects lined up in the first quarter alone.

First, Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera will still be paired together in their next primetime series. Ms. Lilybeth Rasonable revealed that Dingdong and Marian will star in the TV adaptation of the 1980 drama movie Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang, which starred Vivian Velez and the late Eddie Rodriguez.

The lady executives of GMA-7 also confirmed the reports that Richard Gutierrez will don the mask of Zorro as his next project after Codename: Asero.

Another exciting project of the Kapuso network next year is the TV adaptation of Totoy Bato, which starred the King of Philippine Movies Fernando Poe, Jr. In the new version, the title role will be portrayed by action superstar Robin Padilla with possibly boxing champ Manny Pacquiao in the cast. But what's so surprising about Totoy Bato is Robin's leading lady—Regine Velasquez. This will be the follow-up project of the Asia's Songbird after the highly-successful Ako Si Kim Samsoon.

Another Koreanovela will be adapted for Philippine TV next year—the hit drama All About Eve. A story of two rival journalists, All About Eve will star Sunshine Dizon and Iza Calzado, who have worked together before in Impostora.

Aside from All About Eve, GMA-7 has also bought the rights of two other Koreanovelas: the romantic comedies Full House and Coffee Prince.

Ms. Wilma Galvante revealed that Full House is really intended for Richard Gutierrez and Marian Rivera, but the casting might change depending on the availability of the two major Kapuso stars. As for Coffee Prince, GMA-7 has yet to decide who will play the lead roles.

As for the highly-anticipated Captain Barbell Meets Darna, Ms. Galvante assured that it will finally push through next year; although she did not disclose whether Richard will reprise his role as Captain Barbell or who will play Darna.

"Walang Papalit sa Naging Pagsasama Namin ni Bea." - John Lloyd Cruz

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The John Lloyd Cruz - Bea Alonzo tandem is considered one of the strongest and most successful loveteam not just in the history of Philippine TV but in the movie as well. Many said that it was a big risk on the part of their home studio to pair them with different showbiz personalities.

But the movie "A Very Special Love" which paired John Lloyd to young actress Sarah Geronimo proved a lot of showbiz followers wrong. And due to the movie's highly successful turn-out in the box-office, John Lloyd announces after the press who attended the pizza party sponsored by Greenwich at the Rufino Plaza in Makati City that their follow-up movie is now in the works.

"I think it's safe to say na susundan namin ang A Very Special Love. As of today, it's been confirmed. I'm very happy to announce na magkakaroon ng sequel ang A Very Special Love," told John about his next movie with Sarah.

But this doesn't mean that it will be the end of John Lloyd-Bea loveteam. According to John Lloyd, "Hindi naman mapapalitan 'yon ever, eh. Walang papalit sa naging pagsasama namin ni Bea, the same way na walang pwedeng makapagpahinto sa nagiging pagsasama namin ni Sarah.
"I mean, the more, the merrier...parang, sa mas marami kang babae na puwedeng maiparehas, mas maganda. Sa tingin ko naman, wala namang magdi-disagree doon. Ako, I'm thankful lang na nai-partner ako kay Bea, nai-partner ako kay Sarah, nag-work pareho." added John Lloyd.

Angelina Jolie Doll

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The Angelina Jolie lifelike painted dolls were created by a man named Noel Cruz.

Noel didn't mold the dolls, he just "removed the factory paint" and recreated the image of Angie.

Not yet sure if the dolls will be available in the market or will he also be making a Brad Pitt hand painted doll version.

I only have two words for this guy...Absolutely Amazing. Calling Mattel, you better hire this guy now or else.

David Blaine's Lame Magical "Dive of Death"

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David Blaine finished his latest stunt last night, and in case you were wondering, it was lame. Blaine claimed he was going to hang upside down 44 feet in the air over the Wollmann ice rink for 60 hours before taking a "dive of death" and disappearing into thin air (he was often seen taking breaks on his feet to drink, take a piss and undergo medical check ups after telling people he would drink through a straw and use a catheter). I had to look up if "dive of death" and "disappearing into thin air" still meant what I thought it did, because being lowered by a safety harness and pulled awkwardly by a crane didn't seem to be how I remembered it in the dictionary.



2008 Yes! Magazine Top 20 Celebrity Endorsers - Complete List




Yes! Magazine, one of the leading entertainment news magazines in the Philippines, came up with its list of Top 20 Local Celebrity Product Endorsers based on their estimated total income for 2008....and yes, Showbiznest got the complete list.

According to YES! Editor-in-Chief Jo-Ann Maglipon, this list is not written in stone. It’s an independent ranking using multiple sources, pursued fairly, and computed with disinterest since this is a topic wrapped with strict confidentiality.

And how Yes! staff headed by Ms. Maglipon computed the results?

They counted the celebrity's number of endorsements and then asked around the industry about the talent fee. The YES! team then multiplied the number of endorsements versus the rate card in order to come out with an annual number.

Please take note that the ranking wasn’t based on the number of endorsements but on the total (approximate) amount paid to the celebrity for billboard, television, and print advertisements.

Here are the Top 20 Celebrity Endorsers of 2008:

1. Kris Aquino - 22 tri-media endorsements

2. Sharon Cuneta - 5 tri-media endorsements

3. Marian Rivera - 25 tri-media endorsements (tied with) KC Concepcion - 9 tri-media endorsements

4. Aga Muhlach - 6 tri-media endorsements

5. Piolo Pascual - 15 tri-media endorsements

6. Judy Ann Santos - 24 tri-media endorsements

7. Vilma Santos - 4 tri-media endorsements

8. Robin Padilla - 5 tri-media endorsements

9. Richard Gutierrez - 9 tri-media endorsements (tied with) Maricel Soriano - 7 tri-media endorsements

10. Dingdong Dantes - 9 tri-media endorsements

11. Dawn Zulueta - 7 tri-media endorsements

12. Lucy Torres-Gomez - 10 tri-media endorsements (tied with) Angel Locsin - 11 tri-media endorsements

13. Manny Pacquiao - 9 tri-media endorsements

14. Sarah Geronimo - 10 tri-media endorsements

15. Lea Salonga - 4 tri-media endorsements

16. Edu Manzano - 10 tri-media endorsements

17. John Lloyd Cruz - 8 tri-media endorsements

18. Toni Gonzaga - 8 tri-media endorsements

19. Anne Curtis - 5 tri-media endorsements

20. Ruffa Gutierrez - 7 tri-media endorsements

Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera's Next TV Project

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Dingdong Dantes accidentally revealed that his next GMA-7 primetime soap is still with Marian Rivera.

Invited press on the first shooting day of their movie "One True Love" from GMA Films and Regal Entertainment yesterday, September 24, asked Dingdong about his next project with GMA-7 in which Dingdong quickly replied, "Meron na, kami ulit ni Marian."


"Pero di ko naman sasabihin kung ano. Pero nakausap na kami tungkol dito. And it will be a comedy series," Dingdong added.

This is contrary to what Marian said earlier that day that she still don't know her next Kapuso project but she thinks it will be a primetime drama series.

But one thing is for sure, Dingdong's next TV project is still with his Marimar and Dyesebel partner Marian Rivera.

Dennis Trillo Met an Accident While Shooting Gagambino




Actor Dennis Trillo was rushed to Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City on Thursday to get immediate medical attention due to an accident while he was shooting a scene for his upcoming fantaserye series “Gagambino.” abs-cbnnews reported.

According to report, Dennis suffered trauma to his lower body, particularly his legs. He is currently being treated by the hospital's emergency room doctors.

Sarah Geronimo Meets Backstreet Boys Howie Dorough




Popular young singer Sarah Geronimo met one of her idols Howie Dorough of the US boy band Backstreet Boys who arrived in Manila, Tuesday, September 23rd. He is in town to record a music video with her and promote her newest album entitled "Just Me."

In an
abs-cbnnews interview with the two, Geronimo and Dorough revealed that it was their first time to meet since they recorded their song “I'll Be There” separately.

"Actually this is the first time I got to meet Howie. We didn't record together," Geronimo said.

"Unfortunately that time I was in between Backstreet Boys tours and I had a very short time to do it. So, Christian de Walden actually came to me in Orlando where I was back home with my family for a couple days off and I recorded my vocals there. I already heard her sing on it and I was already singing with her on the demo," Dorough said.

Dorough said that he is very happy to do a project with Geronimo.

"She's a lovely lady. When I was asked about doing a project with her about four or five months ago by Christian de Walden I was very honored. I went online and I checked out on the internet and realized that she's a huge superstar here and around the world," he said.

"I was in Canada for Backstreet Boys on tour just a month ago in two different areas. I was at a different place where I bumped into some people from the Philippines and I said I was going to the Philippines they said 'ah for vacation' and I said 'I'm actually working with a girl name Sarah Geronimno' and they said 'Oh Sarah Geronimo!'. She's very popular, very, very famous around the world," said Dorough.

The male singer said that he finds Geronimo to be a very humble and sweet girl, while Geronimo confirmed her admiration for the Backstreet Boy.

"I'm a big, big fan super. Very happy. Isn't it obvious that I'm very happy. Happy and honored to work with you Howie Dorough," said Geronimo.

She said that it's actually another dream come true for her to be working with Dorough.

"I can't believe before I'm just listening to my walkman.... 'I want it that way'. Another dream comes true. I've only daydreamed about this and I never thought this would happen," Geronimo said.

Geronimo asked Dorough to try and eat the best Filipino dishes like chicken adobo, pork adobo, sinigang and kare-kare.

Dorough who just got married said that he will take time to try the dishes with his lovely wife. He said he hopes that he could go back to the country for another project.

"You have beautiful islands and people. We're here last time for our tour two or three years ago. I would love to come here and do more projects in the future," he said.

Before the interview ended Geronimo and Dorough invited the people to grab a copy of "Just Me."

"I think this album is a great album. It has original songs and I'm hoping everybody will get a copy of 'Just me,'" Geronimo said.

Geronimo and Dorough will have a music video of their song "I'll Be There."

On Sunday they will be together for autograph signing and a show at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Alma Moreno Faces Estafa Charge

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Actress and Parañaque City councilor Alma Moreno faces estafa case filed against her by an advertising company on Monday, September 22, at the Parañaque Prosecutor's Office.

Based on the report of GMANews.TV, an advertising firm called Media Arts Yielding Ads, Inc. (MAYA) accused Alma, or Vanessa Lacsamana-Marquez in real life, of violating the Anti-Bouncing Check Law (Batas Pambansa 22).

MAYA, through its legal counsel Benedicto Malcontento, said that Alma used the agency's services to do her campaign material for the 2007 elections, which cost more than P.3 million. Alma allegedly issued MAYA a bouncing check amounting to P390,000.

Alma admitted that she issued the said check as her payment for the services rendered by MAYA. However, in an interview with the tabloid Balita the actress-politician said that her campaign representative, named Lilibeth Peña, mismanaged the releasing of checks and failed to deposit the necessary amount to her bank account.

Meanwhile, Balita further reported that Parañaque City Assistant City Prosecutor Sheilaine Baes recommended Alma to post bail, which amounts to P30,000, for her temporary liberty.


Richard Gutierrez to Play "Zorro" on His Next TV Project

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GMA-7 has bought the rights to televised the local version of Zorro, the fictional Mexican character written by Johnston McCulley in 1919.

According to source, Richard Gutierrez was chosen by GMA-7 management to play the lead role and is now attending a fencing lesson.

This will be Richard's next Kapuso project after Codename: Asero.

There is no report yet on who will play the love interest of the local Zorro.

Mag-Ingat Ka Sa Kulam - Full Trailer

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On their year-long 48th year anniversary celebration, Regal Films is offering their pre-halloween movie "Mag-Ingat Ka Sa...Kulam".

Mag-ingat Ka Sa...Kulam is about a married woman (Judy Ann Santos) who starts behaving unpredictably as she recovers from a terrible car accident. Terrible things start to happen in her life and her husband (Dennis Trillo) must figure out whether she is kinukulam or if she comes from a family of mangkukulam.

This is a homecoming film of Regal baby Judy Ann who started out with her Regal movie Sana Naman (1989) and is her reunion project with Dennis Trillo. Their previous project, Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita, earned for Dennis a breakthrough performance awards for his role as a homosexual who disguised himself as a woman during World War II.

Aside from Judy Ann Santos and Dennis Trillo, Mag-ingat ka sa...Kulam stars TJ Trinidad, Mart Escudero, Kris Bernal, and Sharlene San Pedro (the daughter of Dennis and Judy Ann in the movie). Written and directed by Jun Lana.

Mag-ingat Ka Sa Kulam opens in theaters nationwide on October 1, 2008.




Josef Elizalde Denies Gay Issue

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Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Teen Housemate Josef Elizalde denies accusation he is gay. The intrigue started when a video showing Josef kissing another guy on the lips leaked the internet.


"I wouldn't kiss a guy. That is kinda weird," Josef quickly replied.

The teenager clarified that the video was edited to appear that he and a guy friend kissed. The event in the video took place at a house of his friend during Christmas break last year. "We played the spin-the-bottle game," Josef began. "Sumakto sa akin yung bote, at sumakto rin sa isang friend ko. And then they dared us to take a shot of tequila with the lemon on my mouth. And after the shot he was supposed to get it from my mouth. Eh, pinuputol agad 'yung video tuwing magkadikit kami, they edited it."

Nonetheless, he said that he is not bothered by the video at all as he is secured with his sexuality.




Vina Morales is Pregnant

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Follow-up to my article yesterday about Vina Morales' "expecting" condition. Yes, it is confirmed. Vina is two months pregnant. And the father is no other than her non-showbiz boyfriend businessman Cedric Lee.

In an exclusive interview with Cristy Fermin, Vina publicly admitted that she is indeed pregnant and very happy with it. She also said that unlike other pregnant women she is not experiencing morning sickness like nausea.

You can watch Vina's full exclusive interview this Sunday, September 28, on The Buzz.

David Cook - Light On Music and Lyrics

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American Idol champion David Cook has just released his first official single “Light On” off of his unnamed album. The tune was produced by Grammy-winning producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock) and is scheduled for iTunes release on Sept. 30.

Meanwhile, Cook's as-yet-untitled debut album will be released on Nov. 18.

Listen to David Cook’s single “Light On” at Popeater.com. And see lyrics below:

David Cook - “Light On

Never really said too much
Afraid it wouldn’t be enough
Just try to keep my spirits up
When there’s no point in grieving
Doesn’t matter anyway
Words could never make me stay
Words will never take my place
When you know I’m leaving

(Chorus)
Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Something I rely on to get home
One I can feel at night
A naked light, a fire to keep me warm
Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it’s late at night you can look inside
You won’t feel so alone

You know we’ve been down that road
What seems a thousand times before
My back to a closing door and my eyes to the seasons
That roll out underneath my heels
And you don’t know how bad it feels
To leave the only one that I have ever believed in

[Chorus]

Sometimes it feels like we’ve run out of luck
When the signal keeps on breaking up
When the wires cross in my brain
You’ll start my heart again
When I come along

Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera in GMA Films "One True Love"




They are the leading loveteam on primetime television nationwide. Now, you will get to see them in the big screen via GMA Films' One True Love.

“One True Love” is the working title of the upcoming romantic movie topbilled by Marimar and Dyesebel love team, Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera. The movie, which was formerly called “Amnesia”, was supposed to be shown last August but due to some schedule problems with its stars, it was moved to a November 2008 playdate.

Iza Calzado is also starring in “One True Love”. It is a joint venture of GMA Films and Regal Films and to be helmed by Mac Alejandre, the director of Joaquin Bordado. Today is the first day of shooting of the said romantic movie.

There is a possibility that One True Love will clash with the Star Cinema movie “Land Down Under” starring Piolo Pascual and Angel Locsin. In earlier reports, Piolo already made a statement that he is hoping their movie will not be pitted against “One True Love.”

Star Magic 2009 Catalogue Out on Sept 28

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In celebration of Star Magic's 16th year anniversary, they will be launching on September 28, 4pm, at SM Megamall and EDSA Shangrila lobby its 2009 Star Magic Catalogue.

Big stars like Piolo Pascual, Diether Ocampo, Jake Cuenca, Matt Evans, Melissa Ricks, and PBB Teens are expected to grace the event.

This year's Star Magic Catalogue theme is Beauty and Fashion Shots of the Star Magic Stars with Paolo Pineda as the photographer and Luis Espiritu as the stylist.

2009 Star Magic Catalogue will be sold in the event for only 130 pesos and the first 250 buyers will get the chance to meet and greet and have their copies signed by the Star Magic stars.

2008 Yes! Magazine List of Top 20 Celebrity Endorsers




Yes! Magazine, one of the leading entertainment news magazines in the Philippines, came up with its list of Top 20 Local Celebrity Product Endorsers based on their estimated total income for 2008.

In the magazine's October 2008 issue, executives from the advertising industry were interviewed to describe how they choose a certain celebrity, and to explain why consumers oftentimes believe in the statements of these stars in their commercials.

According to YES! Editor-in-Chief Jo-Ann Maglipon, "The list you see here is our own. Our list is not write in stone. This is, after all, a topic wrapped in some pretty serious secrecy—but it is one we stand by. With good reason: ours is an independent list using multiple sources, pursued fairly, and computed with disinterest."

Sharon Cuneta, Aga Muhlach, Kris Aquino, Piolo Pascual, Marian Rivera, and Dawn Zulueta are among some of those who made it to the list.

Who else made it? Grab a copy of the October 2008 issue, with Dawn Zulueta on the main cover, in magazine stands and bookstores.

Vina Morales, Pregnant?

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Vina Morales continues to keep her fans guessing: Is she or is she not pregnant with her first child?

According to the report, the actress-singer is two months pregnant but until now there is still no confirmation from Vina's camp.

Vina is currently in Japan for a TFC (The Filipino Channel) engagement. Ogie Diaz of DZMM's new talk show Talakan said that Vina is really pregnant and very excited to announce it to the media.

However, Star Magic vehemently denied the rumor.

Blind Item: Is That You, Marian Rivera?

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Kahit pala ang mga dating kasa-kasama ng isang young actress noon ay hindi na sumasama sa kanya ngayon. Kusa nang dumidistansiya ang mga taong yun dahil nakikita na nila kung paano naglulunoy sa isang basong tubig ang young actress, humiwalay na raw ang magkabila niyang paa sa lupa, inapuntahan na raw siya ng kayabangan.

Laging nagdedenay ang young actress tungkol sa mga kuwento ng kayabangan na ikinakabit sa kanya, gawa-gawa lang daw yun ng kampo ng kanyang mga kalaban, hanggang ngayon daw ay tulad pa rin siya ng dati.

Pero hindi ganun ang nakikita ng mga dati niyang nakakasama, talagang lumobo na ang kanyang ulo, maangas na raw talaga ngayon ang batang aktres na ito.

Kahit naman hindi siya magsalita, malalaman mo na agad na maldita siya. Sa pagtingin-tingin pa lang niya, alam mo nang nagbago siya, ibang-iba na talaga siya ngayon.

Kung dati, e, parati lang siyang nakayuko, sumobra naman ang confidence niya ngayon, talagang ang feeling niya, e, sikat na sikat na siya at ang galing-galing na niyang artista,” sabi ng aming source.

Nung minsan palang puntahan ng kanyang mga dating kaklase sa set ng kanyang tele-serye ang babaeng ito ay umiral na naman ang kanyang kamalditahan nung mag-alisan na ang mga dumalaw sa kanya.

Sabi raw ng young actress, “Anong reunion? Bakit, kaya ba nilang bayaran ang talent fee ko? Alam ba nila kung magkano ang TF ko sa bawat appearance ko?

Appearance lang yun, ha? Wala pa akong gagawin nun, hi and hello lang yun sa mga fans! Sinabihan ko na sila, sobrang busy ako, sinabi ko rin sa kanila na pati ang pagtulog ko ngayon, by appointment na!” pagmamalaki pa ng young actress sa mga tao sa dressing room niya.

Sosyal! Ganun na ba talaga kabilib sa kanyang sarili ang young actress na ito? Pumasok na ba talaga sa utak niya ang mga naririnig niyang tili at palakpak ngayon?

Ang sarap-sarap niyang lunurin sa dagat, dapat siyang tampalin ng mga siyokoy at sirena, sa totoo lang,” napapailing pang komento ng aming impormanteng tumiwalag na sa grupo ng young actress.

Source: SHOWBIZ MISMO Ni Cristy Fermin

Rollie Concepcion Passed Away at 72




Rollie Concepcion, father of actor Gabby Concepcion, has passed away. Gabby's father died at around 8:30 p.m. last night, September 23, in Lourdes Hospital. He was 72.

The Concepcion patriarch had been sick for a few years now because of an enlarged heart. In an interview, Gabby said that his father cannot be operated anymore because almost all of his arteries are clogged.

One of the reasons Gabby returned to the Philippines after 13 years of living in the United States was to see his father again. Mr. Concepcion had been known to be the driving force of his son's showbiz career.

Mr. Rollie Concepcion's remains lie at the Montessori Chapel on P. Guevarra St., San Juan City.

Source: Bandila, ABS-CBN 2

Mariah Carey Will Be Acting Again in the Movie "Push"

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Have you seen her movie "Glitter?" I guess not everybody hated it.


Mariah Carey has landed another big acting role in a film called Push. A director saw her in her most recent movie, Tennessee and cast her for Push right away.

Director Lee Daniels was so impressed with her grit that he's cast her in "Push," in which she plays a Harlem social worker ministering to an obese, HIV-positive woman impregnated twice by her father.

That's not all. Mariah is also doing a Christmas musical.

It's about a town outside a city - perhaps not unlike Mariah's hometown of Huntington, L.I. - where a ruthless developer wants to turn it into one big mall.

"Mariah doesn't want to let that happen," says her producing partner Benny Medina. "Her character uses song and love to keep the Christmas spirit alive."

Selena Gomez - Fly To Your Heart Music Video




Check out Selena Gomez' new music video “Fly To Your Heart”.

Fly To Your Heart is one of the many songs in the soundtrack of the upcoming computer-animated film Tinker Bell.

The movie’s soundtrack will be released October 14, a week before the DVD release and will contain songs from and inspired by the film. Tinker Bell will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 28.


Michael Phelps as Dr. McSwimmy on Grey’s Anatomy

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There’s a new doctor at Seattle Grace! Shirtless swimming champ Michael Phelps will play a cameo role as Dr. McSwimmy in the season primiere of Grey's Anatomy.

Series regular Eric Dane, aka Dr. Mark Sloane, also made an appearance in the Grey’s scenes with Phelps. Watch the video below!

The 2-hour premiere of the Grey’s Anatomy airs this Thursday, Sept. 25 @ 9PM on ABC.


Source: Jared

Demi Lovato on Disney Channel's "Sonny With a Chance"




Demi Lovato’s upcoming Disney Channel TV show is called Sonny With A Chance, reports Spanish magazine Para Todos.

It’s about a girl named Sonny having a chance to make it in [show] business,” the 16-year-old Camp Rock star tells the mag. “We filmed the first episode and we will continue to film the series through the next few months.”

Sonny With a Chance is set to air in February or March 2009.

A "Journey" (Not) To Remember by Arnel Pineda

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Rolling Stone’s October 2008 issue features Arnel Pineda’s unhappy journey.

Two minutes before Journey kicked off their world tour in February, with new singer Arnel Pineda, the whole thing nearly fell apart. “I told them I wanted to back out,” says the 41-year-old Filipino vocalist, whom the band discovered on YouTube. “[Journey guitarist] Neal Schon told me, ‘It’s too late now.’ He pushed me a little and said, ‘Go. Go sing for us.’” Pineda overcame his butterflies and took the stage in front of 20,000 fans in Chile, singing an hour of hits in a soaring voice incredibly similar to former Journey frontman Steve Perry. Since then, Pineda has played more than 63 concerts with Journey, including a current three-month trip through American amphitheaters, which has been averaging 13,000 people a night. The tour is the sixth-highest-grossing of the summer, and the band’s performances are as high-energy as they were during Journey’s heyday.

Unfortunately, Pineda isn’t finding the tour nearly as fulfilling as his bandmates are. He misses his girlfriend and son, and the grueling pace is grinding him down. “It’s very, very sad,” he says. “There are days I just break down and cry. This is a job I’m doing for my family. That’s all the consolation I’m getting.” Traveling around America isn’t what he expected. “It’s all buses, stage, microphone,” he says. “I never really get to go around and walk. They wake me up for soundcheck, then I wait until the show at nine. It’s a fantastic job, but at the same time it’s a curse. . . . I told Neal that the only thing that will make me quit this is if I get sick. I guess that’s the same reason Steve Perry bailed out.”

Just last summer, Pineda was fronting the Zoo, a band specializing in Eighties rock covers. YouTube clips of Pineda singing “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” and “Faithfully” came to the attention of Schon, who had recently parted ways with Journey’s fourth lead singer, Jeff Scott Soto. “I told him, ‘You have to show your face so I can believe you,’ ” Pineda recalls of his first conversation with Schon. “I challenged him to talk to me on a Webcam.”

Within weeks, Pineda took his first trip to the U.S. and auditioned for the band in San Francisco. A few days later, he was hired. “Mr. Neal Schon picked me up and told me, ‘You got the job,’ ” Pineda says. “For a guy like me, it’s surreal — like some sort of miracle.” Quickly, the band cut two discs worth of material: one of new songs and another of rerecorded hits. “It was spooky, sitting behind the desk watching Arnel record these songs,” says keyboardist Jonathan Cain. “It was like going back in a time machine.” Since coming out in June, the album has sold 441,000 copies; it’s the band’s biggest hit since Perry left the group.

This all comes at a time when Journey’s work has re-entered the pop-culture landscape in surprising ways: Their 1981 smash “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” has made memorable appearances on The Sopranos and Laguna Beach, and Kanye West performed it nightly on his 2008 tour. “When you work at something long enough, things just sort of turn around,” Schon says. “I’m ear-to-ear smile every night.” But is he worried about his frontman? “He’s missing his family, missing his homeland, you know?” says Schon. “But he’s having a lot of fun, too.”

[From Rolling Stone Issue 1062 — October 2, 2008]

Mark Anthony Fernandez and Heart Evangelista on GMA-7's Luna Mystica




Mark Anthony Fernandez will start shooting his new primetime series on GMA-7 entitled Luna Mystica. A telefantasya which will pair him to actress Heart Evangelista for the first time.

"Ang susunod kong soap, Luna Mystica," Mark said in an interview. "Ang alam ko, it's a telefantasya with Heart Evangelista. Hindi ko pa nga lang masyadong alam kung remake ba yung Luna Mystica or bago, kasi title pa lang ang nasabi sa akin. Hindi ko pa rin alam yung story.

According to Mark he is excited about this new fantaseries because he really wanted to try doing a project similar to Narnia.

"Naiisip ko nga yung fantasy, kasi yung Narnia napanood ko. Sabi ko talaga, sana makagawa ako ng telefantasya. Tamang-tama naman, ‘eto may gagawin nga ako. Hindi ko nga lang alam kung gaano siya ka-fantasy," he added.

Is he excited working with Heart Evangelista?

"Ang alam ko, magaling naman na artista si Heart and ine-expect ko na isang magaling na artistang Heart ang makakasama ko. At saka siyempre, yung makakakita ka ng isang magandang Heart Evangelista," Mark quickly replied.

September 20 - 21 TV Ratings: GMA 7's Kap’s Amazing Stories and Bitoy Funniest Videos Back on Top

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Now that Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 is over, GMA’s Bitoy’s Funniest Videos and Kap’s Amazing Stories are back on top of the ratings game last Saturday and Sunday respectively.

PDA season 2 timeslot was occupied by PDA Little Dreamers.

John Lloyd Cruz’s Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode registered a higher-than-usual rating of 24.6% which is good in 3rd place overall last Saturday. MMK has beaten 5 shows on earlier timeslot.

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from September 20 to 21 based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households:

September 20 (Saturday)
Daytime:

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 20.8%
Pinoy Records (GMA-7) – 17.6%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) – 17.2%
Wish Ko Lang (GMA-7) / Cinema FPJ: Da King on ABS-CBN (ABS-CBN) – 15.3%
Takeshi’s Castle (GMA-7) – 13.7%
Startalk (GMA-7) – 12.1%
That's My Doc (ABS-CBN) - 11.8%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) – 10.9%
Entertainment Live (ABS-CBN) - 10.1%

Primetime:
Bitoy's Funniest Videos (GMA-7) – 30.2%
Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (GMA-7) – 27.2%
Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) – 24.6%
Celebrity Duets (GMA-7) – 23.7%
Imbestigador (GMA-7) – 23.2%
XXX (ABS-CBN) – 20.5%
Pinoy Dream Academy Little Dreamers (ABS-CBN) - 18.8%
Varga (ABS-CBN) – 16.1%
Nuts Entertainment (GMA-7) – 12.6%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) – 8.7%

September 21 (Sunday)
Daytime:
SOP (GMA-7) - 16.9%
Showbiz Central (GMA-7) - 15.5%
ASAP ‘08 (ABS-CBN) 14.1%
Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) – 11.2%
Matanglawin (ABS-CBN) / Dear Friend (GMA-7) - 10%
The Buzz (ABS-CBN) - 9.7%
Your Song (ABS-CBN) - 9.1%

Primetime:
Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA-7) – 30.9%
Tok! Tok! Tok! Isang Milyon Pasok (GMA-7) - 30.6%
Mel & Joey (GMA-7) – 27.7%
Pinoy Dream Academy Little Dreamers (ABS-CBN) – 24.4%
Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CBN) – 22.9%
Rated K (ABS-CBN) – 21.3%
All Star K (GMA-7) – 19.5%
Mega Tatlong Dekada (ABS-CBN) – 14.2%
SNBO: The Punisher (GMA-7) – 14.1%
Ful Haus (GMA-7) – 13.1%

Source: AGB Nielsen via Starmometer

GMA Films Denies Sending Text Message About First-Day Gross of "I.T.A.L.Y."

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Pinabulaanan ng GMA Films ang lumabas na balita tungkol sa isang text message na galing daw mismo sa presidente ng film company na si Ms. Annette Gozon-Abrogar tungkol sa first-day gross ng pelikulang I.T.A.L.Y (I Trust And Love You).

Ayon sa ulat, nakalagay raw sa kumakalat na text message mula kay Ms. Annette na naka-P17 million diumano ang pelikula na tinatampukan nina Jolina Magdangal, Dennis Trillo, Eugene Domingo, Mark Herras, Rhian Ramos, at Rufa Mae Quinto; at na-surprass pa nga raw nito ang kinita ng Star Cinema movie na A Very Special Love.

Ayon sa GMA Films hindi kailanman nagti-text si Ms. Annette directly sa mga manunulat. Dumadaan ang lahat ng official statements ng GMA Films President sa dalawang top men ng film arm ng Kapuso network na sina Joey Abacan at Noel Ferrer. Walang ipinadalang ganitong text message either si Joey o si Noel.

Hindi rin daw naging ugali ng GMA Films na maglabas ng first-day gross. Ang mga pinakahuling pelikula nito na My Best Friend's Girlfriend at My Monster Mom, halos one week bago inilabas ang official box-office results.

Ayon sa GMA Films, maayos ang naging box-office gross ng I.T.A.L.Y. Hindi ito ang magiging pinakamalakas na pelikula ng GMA Films ngunit hindi ito ituturing ng kumpanya na isang flop. Maganda rin daw ang word of mouth ng pelikula kung kaya't magtatagal pa ito ng ilang linggo sa sinehan.

Source: PEP

60th Primetime Emmy Awards - List of Winners




The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards was held on Sunday, September 21, at the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles. Check out this year’s honorees.

2008 Emmy Nominees & Winners

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Mad Men - winner
Boston Legal
Damages
Dexter
House
Lost

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
30 Rock - Winner
Curb your Enthusiasm
The Office
Entourage
Two and a Half Men

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock - Winner
Steve Carell, The Office
Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies
Tony Shaloub, Monk
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Tina Fey, 30 Rock - Winner
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Julie Louis-Dreyfuss, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Mary Louise Parker, Weeds

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad - Winner
Gabrielle Byrne, In Treatment
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
James Spader, Boston Legal

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Glenn Close, Damages - Winner
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Zeljko Ivanek, Damages - Winner
William Shatner, Boston Legal
Ted Danson, Damaged
Michael Emerson, Lost
John Slattery, Mad Men

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment - Winner
Candice Bergen, Boston Legal
Rachel Griffiths, Brother & Sisters
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Jean Smart, Samantha Who - Winner
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jeremy Piven, Entourage - Winner
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Rainn Wilson, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

OUTSTANDING REALITY COMPETITION
Amazing Race - Winner
American Idol
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef

OUTSTANDING HOST, REALITY SERIES
Jeff Probst, Survivor - Winner
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Heidi Klum, Project Runway
Howie Mandel, Deal or No Deal
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart - Winner
Late Show With David Letterman
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Colbert Report

Star Studio Magazine - 12 Hotties of 2008




Star Studio Magazine is giving away girls and girl-alike an early Christmas present by unwrapping their list of showbiz' "12 Hotties - The Young and The Beautiful".

Find out who made it to the list of the most sizzling guys under 23 or I better called SSM's "Sexy Dozen".

1. Gerald Anderson



2. JC De Vera


3. Enchong Dee


4. Robi Domingo


5. Jake Cuenca


6. Aljur Abrenica


7. Carlo Guevarra


8. Joem Bascon


9. Marvin Raymundo


10. Rayver Cruz


11. Jason Abalos


12. Matt Evans


Photos courtesy of Star Studio Magazine

Star Cinema's My Only U - Teaser Trailer

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Toni Gonzaga reunites withVhong Navarro, this time...in a serious love story?

Nope. It’s a romantic comedy. About 30% romance and 70% comedy that will make you fall in love and laugh out loud at the same time! And it is directed by no less than the box-office director Cathy Garcia-Molina. Only from Star Cinema.

See My Only U teaser trailer below:



Richard Gutierrez and Gabby Concepcion is Philippine's Ambassadors for Peace

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Actors Gabby Concepcion and Richard Gutierrez were both offered to become the country's Ambassadors for Peace.


According to TV Patrol World's report on September 20, Presidential Peace Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. issued the invitation to the two actors during the ‘Run for Peace' activity, which was part of the nationwide observance of peace month held every September.

Gabby and Richard joined more than 4,000 participants of the 10-kilometer fun run from Quirino Grandstand in Manila to the Cultural Center in Pasay City and back to the grandstand.

Gabby was amenable to the idea of being the country's peace ambassador. Likewise, Richard stated his desire to end the armed conflicts in the country so we can move forward.

The two actors are now in the same league as Robin Padilla and Manny Pacquiao, who were recognized as Ambassadors of Peace during the Global Peace Festival in 2007.

Serbis Wins Best Director and Best Actress Awards in Pacific Meredian International Film Festival

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Indie film Serbis won the Best Director Award for Brillante Mendoza and Best Actress Award for Gina Pareño in the Pacific Meredian International Film Festival of Asian-Pacific Countries held in Vladivostok, Russia last Sept. 13 to 19. Director Mendoza attended the festival to accept the awards.

Serbis which premiered to mixed reviews in Cannes main competition last May had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Regent Entertainment has acquired the US distribution Regent Entertainment and they have confirmed that Serbis will open theatrically in select cities in the US in November. It will have its US premiere as an official selection in the New York Film Festival next month.

Regent said with the release of Serbis this year, it is possible that it will qualify for the Best Foreign Language Film category in the Golden Globes awards and critics awards like the Los Angeles and New York Film Critics Awards.

Fortissimo executives Michael Werner and Wouter Barendrecht announced that they have finalized the Canadian deal of Serbis for Maximum Distribution for English Canada and Seville Pictures for French Canada.

French co-producer Dider Costet is also releasing Serbis in France in November. Equation (the distributing arm of Swift Productions) is handling the French distribution of the film.

Thailand’s Sahamongko Films plans to release Serbis later this year. Other territories which acquired Serbis so far are Benelux with Paradiso Entertainment, Singapore and Brunei with Cathay, Portugal with Lusomundo, Greece with Seven Films and in Israel with United King.

Brillante will attend the New York screening of Serbis on Oct. 12. He will also serve as instructor at the Asian Film Academy (Sept. 25 to Oct. 12) in Pusan, Korea. Director Hou Hsiao Hsien will be this year’s Dean of the AFA.

In November, Brillante will sit as a member of the jury in the international competition section of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece where Serbis will be screened in the Independence Days section with Francis Pasion’s Jay. Paolo Villlaluna and Ellen Ramos’ Selda is in the main competition section.

Serbis - Movie Trailer:


Ryan Agoncillo Can't Wait to Marry Judy Ann Santos

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Now that he's back in town after a month-long taping of Pinoy Fear Factor in Argentina, Ryan Agoncillo is set to spend much of his time promoting the reality show, taping for his new action-packed teleserye Pieta and, of course, being with his lady love Judy Ann Santos.

"I'm so excited to be back," the TV host-actor said in an interview with Bianca Gonzales for Entertainment Live.

Ryan also told Bianca about his pasalubong for Judy Ann, "I bought her something like a shawl na ginamit ng mga Argentinians na balabal... Puwede niyang gamitin ‘pag giniginaw siya sa tapings."

When told about Judy Ann's revelation to the media that she wanted an intimate island wedding and, she hoped, a family by 2010, Ryan remarked, "Whatever she wants, it has to be her day. I mean, I'm not surprised na sinabi na pala niya... It's something that's playing around our heads but we never got down to planning it. There's no specific date yet."

"Kung pagpapalain ng Diyos, sana mapadali," Ryan said, expressing his excitement to marry his fiancée, Judy Ann.

Addressing the issues hounding Judy Ann, like the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) case filed against the actress, Ryan said, "Even when we were starting to get to know each other, now we're together, we're gonna get married... I'm always there, she always consults me... I'm no expert about taxes, but I try as much possible to be just there whenever kailangan niya ng mahihingahan."

He expressed his wish that the case ends soon so that the two of them would have other important matters to focus on, including their plans to settle down.

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