Saturday, January 22, 2011

Aljur Abrenica Named 2011 Asia Model Festival Awards' (AMFA) Best Asian Model

Aljur Abrenica’s dedication to achieve his hunky physique looks to have paid off as evidenced by his being named “Best Asian Model” at the 2011 Asia Model Festival Awards (AMFA).

The young actor beamed with pride while relating his excitement over receiving the honor.

Hindi po lahat nabibigyan ng pagkakataon na ganyan eh. Marami pong artista dito sa industriya natin pero para mapansin ka sa ibang bansa, iba pong kategorya ‘yon, iba pong dating ‘yon,” the “StarStruck” winner related in an interview with GMA-7’s “24 Oras”.

Even with his busy schedule, Aljur managed to attend the event, which was held at the JW Marriott Hotel in Seoul, South Korea last January 21. The Kapuso actor left the country last January 20 and will return on the 22nd.

Apart from the international recognition, Aljur seems to have become a local icon in his own right since he bagged the role of the new “Machete.” His well-publicized preparations for his dream role seemed to have earned a following that even Aljur’s diet was dubbed as “Machete Diet,” and his body, the “Machete Body.”

Labis ko pong ikinatutuwa ‘yan kapag naririnig ko na po sa iba-ibang tao na nagtatanong at tumatangkilik po sa ‘Machete Diet’ at ‘Machete Body,’” Aljur enthused.

The 20-year-old Aljur related how he attained his well-toned bod.

"Dala po ng diet. Kung magda-diet po kayo, lahat po rito, eh, magli-lean. Wala pong binago or ipinagawa sa akin. Kumbaga, mas naging healthy lang ako. Regular workout lang po 'yan at saka diet. Nag-take din po ako ng isa pang activity. Nag-swimming na rin po ako," he said during Machete's press conference.

Aljur is not the sole Filipino representative to the event. According to a report on Abante Online, singer-actress Frencheska Farr, star of the musical film “Emir,” will be handed the Female Model Award.

Suzuki Sadatsugu of Survivor Philippines is said to be competing in that festival as well.

Last year, their fellow Kapuso stars Rhian Ramos and Victor Aliwalas received the Model Star awards.

As stated in the festival’s official website, the AMFA, an annual event participated by 13 countries, aims “to establish the role of models and promote harmony and exchange between Asian models.

A Different Vaness Wu Returns in ‘I Love You So (Autumn's Concerto)’

A different and more mature Vanness Wu returns on Philippine television beginning Monday, January 24, as ABS-CBN premieres Taiwan’s highest rating romantic drama for 2009-2010, “I Love You So (Autumn’s Concerto).”

From his unforgettable portrayal of Mei Zuo in the phenomenal hit Idol drama “Meteor Garden,” Vanness takes on one of his most challenging role to date in this highly anticipated series opposite actress Ady An.

Asianovela fans online are very excited that the show will finally air on Philippine TV airwaves and even Vanness himself expressed his excitement via his Twitter account.

Just heard Autumn’s Concerto will be aired in the Philippines… Ma HaLa Kita- Ma Bu Hai!!!” tweeted Vanness.

Follow the story of arrogant law student Stanley Ren who will fall in love Michelle, the new bento seller at his school canteen, all because of a simple bet.

Their love will instantly be put to test as Stanley discovers he has brain tumor and undergoes a major brain surgery which causes him to lose his memory.

Since she doesn’t approve of Michelle for her son, Stanley’s mother took the opportunity to ask the poor girl and blackmail her to stay away from Stanley for good. Michelle has no choice but to obey but little did she know that she already has Stanley’s child.

Six years later, the two will meet again. Will Stanley be able to recognize the girl he once loved and the kid who is a living proof of the love they used to share? Can the mind remember what the heart has already forgotten?

Don’t miss the much awaited premiere of “I Love You So (Autumn’s Concerto) this Monday (January 24) before “Sabel” on the first and true home of Asianovelas, ABS-CBN.

GMA-7 Stars Troop to Iloilo This Weekend To Join The Dinagyang Festival

Yesterday, the Kapuso network staged a fun-filled show at the Ledesma Wing Carpark of Robinson’s Place Iloilo for the Kapuso Fiesta Mall Show featuring Regine Velasquez with Dingdong Dantes.

Regine and Dingdong banner the upcoming GMA romantic-comedy I Heart You Pare.

We are really very excited, coz we have the lead stars of our upcoming major program coming in full force to promote and at the same time, personally invite all of our Kapuso to support our shows and programs. It’s a great start for the year,” said Jocelyn Bautista, program manager of Entertainment TV for Regional ETV.

Today, January 22, it’s the cast of Dwarfina that will be in town for Kapuso activities. Heart Evangelista will lead the line-up of GMA stars. Joining her are Dennis Trillo, Vaness del Moral, and Will Devaughn. They will be present for the Kapuso Fiesta Mall Show at the Event Centre of SM City Iloilo.

Highlight of the on-ground activities which will start at 12 noon is a special screening of Dwarfina's pilot episode.

Every year, we bring our artists in the regions as part of our commitment to bring entertainment and quality programs. And our Kapuso can only expect more surprises that GMA has prepared and planned for them this year,” Oliver Amoroso, AVP for marketing and sales, RTV-IMS Regional.

AGB Mega Manila People's Ratings January 18 - 20: GMA-7 Dominates Mega Manila Viewing

Here are the Top 10 Daytime and Primetime TV ratings of ABS-CBN, TV5 and GMA-7 programs on the People/Individual Ratings of AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila Households on January 18 - 20, 2011:

January 18, Tuesday


1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 11%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 10.4%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 7%
4. Little Star (GMA-7) - 5.6%
5. Kapuso Movie Festival: The Promise (GMA-7) - 4.9%
6. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum (ABS-CBN) - 4.5%
7. Showtime (ABS-CBN) / Alyna (ABS-CBN) - 3.9%
8. One Piece (GMA-7) / Face To Face (TV5) / Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 3.4%
9. Jackie Chan Adventures (GMA-7) - 3.3%
10. Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 3.2%

1. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 13.3%
2. The Baker King (GMA-7) - 11.4%
3. 24 Oras (GMA-7) / Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 11.2%
4. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 10.8%
5. Bantatay (GMA-7) - 10.6%
6. Willing Willie (TV5) - 10.4%
7. Beauty Queen (GMA-7) - 10.2%
8. Jillian: Namamasko Po! (GMA-7) - 9.4%
9. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) / Kristine (ABS-CBN) - 9.3%
10. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 8.8%

January 19, Wednesday

1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 12%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 10.5%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 7.4%
4. Little Star (GMA-7) - 5.8%
5. Kapamilya Blockbusters: D' Sisters Nuns of the Above (ABS-CBN) / Kapuso Movie Festival: Gabriel Lorenzo Berdugo (GMA-7) / Alyna (ABS-CBN) - 4.3%
6. Ben 10 (TV5) - 4%
7. Showtime (ABS-CBN) / Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 3.9%
8. Shaman King (GMA-7) - 3.8%
9. One Piece (GMA-7) - 3.7%
10. Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 3.6%

1. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 14.3%
2. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 12.9%
3. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 12.7%
4. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) / Jillian: Namamasko Po! (GMA-7) - 12.6%
5. Beauty Queen (GMA-7) - 12%
6. The Baker King (GMA-7) - 11.7%
7. Bantatay (GMA-7) - 11.6%
8. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) / Noah (ABS-CBN) - 9.8%
9. Willing Willie (TV5) - 9.1%
10. Kristine (ABS-CBN) - 8.7%

January 20, Thursday

1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 12.2%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 11.1%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 7.6%
4. Little Star (GMA-7) - 6.5%
5. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Asero (ABS-CBN) - 4.7%
6. Kapuso Movie Festival: Lovestruck (GMA-7) - 4.6%
7. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 4.3%
8. Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 4.1%
9. Face To Face (TV5) / Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 3.5%
10. Ben 10 (TV5) - 3.2%

1. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 14.5%
2. The Baker King (GMA-7) - 12.6%
3. Beauty Queen (GMA-7) - 12.5%
4. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 12.4%
5. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 11.5%
6. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 11.4%
7. Jillian: Namamasko Po! (GMA-7) - 11%
8. Bantatay (GMA-7) - 10.4%
9. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 9.5%
10. Willing Willie (TV5) - 9.4%

Source: AGB Nielsen Phils.

Kantar Media/TNS National Household TV Ratings January 18 - 20: GMA-7 Leads Daytime; ABS-CBN Tops Primetime

Here are the Top 10 Daytime and Primetime TV ratings of ABS-CBN, TV5 and GMA-7 programs on the overnight survey of Kantar Media (formerly TNS) among National households on January 18 - 20, 2011:
January 18, Tuesday

1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 21.2%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 19.4%
3. Alyna (ABS-CBN) - 13.2%
4. Koreana (GMA-7) - 12.3%
5. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 11.7%
6. Little Star (GMA-7) - 11.3%
7. Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 11.2%
8. Kapuso Movie Festival: The Promise (GMA-7) - 11%
9. Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 10.9%
10. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum (ABS-CBN) - 10.8%

1. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 28.9%
2. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 28.2%
3. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 27.2%
4. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 24.3%
5. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 22.8%
6. Sabel (ABS-CBN) - 22.2%
7. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 21.8%
8. Kristine (ABS-CBN) - 18.8%
9. Bantatay (GMA-7) - 18.2%
10. Jillian: Namamasko Po! (GMA-7) - 17.3%

January 19, Wednesday

1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 24%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 19.7%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 14.2%
4. Alyna (ABS-CBN) - 13.2%
5. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 12.5%
6. Little Star (GMA-7) - 11.9%
7. Kapuso Movie Festival: Gabriel Lorenzo Berdugo (GMA-7) / Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 11.8%
8. Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 11.1%
9. Kapamilya Blockbusters: D' Sisters Nuns of the Above (ABS-CBN) - 10.6%
10. One Piece (GMA-7) - 10.3%

1. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 30.4%
2. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 27.7%
3. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 26.3%
4. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 25.7%
5. Sabel (ABS-CBN) - 22.3%
6. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 22.1%
7. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 21.2%
8. Bantatay (GMA-7) - 21.1%
9. Jillian: Namamasko Po! (GMA-7) - 19.7%
10. Kristine (ABS-CBN) - 18.9%

January 20, Thursday

1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 24.2%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 19.1%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 15.6%
4. Little Star (GMA-7) - 13.2%
5. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 12.9%
6. Alyna (ABS-CBN) - 12.1%
7. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Asero (ABS-CBN) - 11.6%
8. Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 11.1%
9. Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 10.8%
10. Kapuso Movie Festival: Lovestruck (GMA-7) - 10.7%

1. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 29.8%
2. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 26.8%
3. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 26.7%
4. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 26.3%
5. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 22.5%
6. Sabel (ABS-CBN) - 21.5%
7. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 21%
8. Bantatay (GMA-7) - 20.6%
9. Kristine (ABS-CBN) - 18.3%
10. Jillian: Namamasko Po! (GMA-7) - 18.2%

Source: Kantar Media / TNS

First Photo of Andrew Garfield as 'SpiderMan' Revealed!

Sony Pictures has released an early look at the upcoming legendary flick "Spider-Man".

The photo, which is the first ever promotional released from the movie, shows Peter Parker in Spider-Man's iconic red and blue suit sans mask. His face has been scuffed up and his suit, which is more textured and less sculpted than the first three Spiderman incarnations.

Andrew Garfield, who now plays Peter Parker admits to being daunted playing the legendary web-slinger.

"I see it as a massive challenge in many ways," he told Details magazine. "To make it authentic. To make the character live and breathe in a new way. The audience already has a relationship with many different incarnations of the character. I do, as well. I'm probably going to be the guy in the movie theater shouting abuse at myself. But I have to let that go. No turning back. And I wouldn't want to."

SpiderMan The Reboot is scheduled to be released in 3-D on July 3, 2012.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Mo Twister's "Good Times with Mo" Podcasts Penetrate The US iTunes Chart

DJ Mo Twister has another reason to celebrate.


His podcast "Good Times with Mo" (GTWM) on Magic 89.9 has break into the US iTunes chart even with barely five episodes in.

On January 18, two episodes of “Good Times with Mo” palced the most downloaded podcast and vodcast in US iTunes Top 10 chart. The podcast entered 10th the Health/Sexuality category while the vodcast of the said episode ranked 7th. Also on the same day, the show was featured among the "New and Noteworthy" podcasts in the aforementioned category.

Just last week, "GWTM" was the 4th most downloaded podcast in Singapore which placed behind National Geographic, Time Magazine and even above CNN Daily.

On January 13, "GTWM"'s pilot episode became the 1st and 2nd most downloaded podcast in the Philippines and the 37th and 38th globally within 2 hours of its release.

Good Times With Mo podcasts can be downloaded at Magic 89.9‘s website and at

‘Alakdana’ Begins on January 24

GMA-7 is set to even heighten the network's domination in the Mega Manila and Nationwide afternoon block by bringing it’s newest drama-fantasy series “Alakdana” starting Monday, January 24.

Former Kapatid youngstar Louise delos Reyes will be launched by Kapuso in her first title role as Adana in the new drama-fantasy “Alakdana.” Her leading men consists of Paulo Avelino and newcomers Alden Richards and Ritchie Paul Gutierrez.

Completing the cast are Matthew Mendoza, Jobelle Salvador, Joonee Gamboa, Joanna Marie Tan, Ian de Leon, Karla Estrada and Jean Garcia under the direction of Mac Alejandre.

Alakdana - Teaser Trailers:

KC Concepcion Re-opens KC's Closet For UN World Food Program

Last January 14, KC Concepcion left for Uganda, Africa as part of her duties as ambassador to the United Nation’s World Food Program. The actress-singer was looking forward to helping out the UN’s efforts in the country, after her own learning experience in our country’s impoverished areas.

"As a National Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nation World Food Program, I represent the UN not only here in the Philippines but also wherever they think I should go, in this case Africa. I've gone to Mindanao several times and so this for me is also a learning experience never having been to Africa. Conflicts all over the world result in the same kind of suffering and pain for the affected populations. We share a common predicament as human beings whether in Mindanao or Uganda, We go all over to draw as much attention to the problem of hunger in these areas. I’m just glad that I can help out in whatever capacity. So this month, nasa Africa ako and in the next few months I'm sure nasa Mindanao ulit ako at kung saan man ako makakatulong,” she shared before her flight last Friday.

To give updates on KC’s activities in Uganda, Ms. Mei Nebreja of the UN WFP communicated with ABS-CBN Star Magic and said that KC is doing quite well with her mission.

Last January 16, KC embarked on a 10-hour road trip to reach some remote areas in Uganda where the UN extends their helping hand. Here she experienced communicating with the locals and understand their culture. KC had the chance to play with the children of a local settlement and some of whom were HIV positive.

KC helped in distributing formulated meals in UN centers and she hopes the kids will be good as new in six weeks. She thought how funny it was that local showbiz also armed her with useful tools for the mission such as ducking behind a tree when nature calls and sleeping in small spaces.

UN Representative Ms. Nebreja also shared to Star Magic that KC was definitely in awe of Uganda and that she immediately remembered the Lion King OST when she saw the patches of land and grass.

KC is excited to share more of her experiences in Africa when she returns on January 20.

KC’s Closet, the actress’s fundraising campaign online, is still ongoing. She has already raised half a million pesos by selling some of her and her friends signature fashion items. A new batch of second hand items are recently uploaded and interested buyers can log on to to bid. All proceeds goes directly to the UN World Food Program.

Mega 2011: The Biggest, Brightest, Most Spectacular Birthday Concert of The Year

Thousands of never-say-die “Sharonians” filled the big dome (Araneta Coliseum) recently to witness the Mega 2011, much-awaited birthday concert of the one-and-only Megastar Sharon Cuneta.

Mega 2011 once again enthralls everyone as it airs this January 23, Sunday, after Rated K on ABS-CBN. Featuring her highly celebrated family and showbiz friends, Mega 2011 is undeniably a night to remember. Humorous comedienne K Brosas, Pop Prince Erik Santos and Kapamilya Hunk Zanjoe Marudo are hosts for Mega’s big offering.

Mega will astonish the audience with her blazing opening dance number. Together with the acclaimed G-Force dancers, Mega will showcase her best moves and ageless vocal prowess. Sitting with the audience is her husband Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, together children Frankie, Miel, who are very supportive of their Mega mom.

The most-talked-about Mega daughter KC Concepcion will leave everyone in awe, as she does a breathtaking acrobatic dance number with acoustic heartthrob Sam Milby. KC will be more daring this year. Swinging and flipping in the blanket-like cloth hung in the coliseum’s trusses, the Mega daughter will perform her difficult stunts with flawless precision.

Big surprises will also shock Mega. She didn’t expect some of her closest friends in the industry to make it to her Mega concert. Mega’s friend, showbiz radio commentator Manny Castañeda and comedian Chokoleit will do a classy yet still funny jazz performance. Actors Roderick Paulate and Bayani Agbayani, directors Jose Javier Reyes and John Lazatin, and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista will deliver their heartwarming birthday messages for the Megastar.

Another number which will astound Mega is the hot and sexy performance of OPM queens Pilita Corales and Mitch Valdes, and Randy Santiago. Mega’s “BFF” Comedy Concert Queen Aiai delas Alas will also surprise Mega. Just like KC, Aiai swung and flipped. But this time, she was accompanied with sizzling hot men and sexy back-up ladies.

Asia’s Nightingale Lani Misalucha makes a comeback in the Mega concert. Together with the Megastar, Lani will sing Mega’s timeless hits such as “Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas,” “Bituing Walang Ningning” and “Pangarap na Bituin.”

The Megastar’s movie themes will also be remembered through sweet duets. by Piolo Pascual and KC in their rendition of “Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?” , Sam Milby and Toni Gonzaga sings Pagdating ng Panahon” while Jericho Rosales and Karylle will do an inspiring version of “Kahit Wala Ka Na.”

Today’s most-talked-about Star Power Final 5 Akiko Solon, Monica Sacay, Angeline Quinto, K-La Rivera and Krissel Valdez will also sing with their ultimate mentor, the Megastar.

Never miss Mega 2011, the biggest, brightest and most spectacular birthday concert of the year this January 23, after Rated K on ABS-CBN.

Warner Bros. Pictures Announces Anne Hathaway as Catwoman For Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises"

BURBANK, CA, January 19, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” She will be starring alongside Christian Bale, who returns in the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Christopher Nolan stated, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.”

In addition, Tom Hardy has been set to play Bane. Nolan said, “I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies.

Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is slated for release beginning July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Keeping the festival spirit alive... Kapamilya Karavan Rocks IloIlo's Dinagyang Festival

The spirit of fiestas will always be on as the Kapamilya Karavan of ABS-CBN Regional Network Group (RNG) once again rocks the much-anticipated Dinagyang 2011 festival in Iloilo City on January 22, Saturday, 3 p.m. at Robinson’s Place Iloilo Ledesma Carpark.

Kapamilya Karavan in Dinagyang 2011 features today’s most-talked-about Kapamilya artists Gerald Anderson of Buhawi Jack, Coco Martin of Minsan Lang Kita IIbigin, Maricar Reyes of Imortal , Ron Morales of Sabel, and the much-awaited tandem of Vhong Navarro and Angelica Panganiban in the latest Star Cinema offering Bulong.

Jazzing up this joyous festivity is the grand finals of the Dinagyang Kapamilya Dance Showdown Year 4. Matt Evans of Juanita Banana dance with Iloilo’s best dance crew on January 21, Friday, 5 p.m. at SM City Iloilo Parking Lot.

On January 23, 2011 ASAP Rocks hits the Dinagyang festival, as it flies all its maintstays and crew and airs live from Iloilo Sports Complex beginning at 12:15 p.m!

Do not miss the unending surprises only ABS-CBN Regional Network can bring!

'Tangled' Hold Sneak Previews on January 24 and 25

Walt Disney Pictures' “Tangled,” one of the most hilarious, hair-raising tales ever told, will have whole-day sneak previews on Monday and Tuesday, January 24 & 25, at regular admission prices, in selected theaters everywhere.

In the film, when the kingdom’s most wanted - and most charming - bandit, Flynn Rider (voice of Zachary Levi), hides out in a mysterious tower, he’s taken hostage by Rapunzel (voice of Mandy Moore), a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn’s curious captor, who’s looking for her ticket out of the tower where she’s been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief, and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse (named Maximus), an over-protective chameleon (named Pascal), and a gruff gang of pub thugs.

Says producer Roy Conli, “'Tangled' is a wonderful story of two people who don’t really know who they are yet, and in the course of the film, they both discover their destiny. We wanted to break some of the stereotypes that had been done before. Flynn is a guy who’s been there, done that, and seen it all. Rapunzel is a sheltered, naïve-but-smart girl who hasn’t been there, hasn’t done that, and hasn’t seen anything! He helps bring her to a place where she can see herself more clearly, and she helps bring him to a place where he can change some of the mistakes he’s made in life. Together, they fill in what’s missing in each other.

It looks like a classic Disney animated film, but it’s also in 3D CG animation,” adds John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, “so it’s really unlike anything we’ve ever done before.”

Opening across the Philippines on Feb. 2 in Digital 3D and regular format, “Tangled” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

Sneak Peek: Mars Needs Moms

Take out the trash, eat your vegetable—who needs moms, anyway?

In Walt Disney Animation Studios' upcoming “Mars Needs Moms,” nine-year-old Milo (voice of Seth Green) finds out just how much he needs his mom (voice of Joan Cusack) when she’s nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young.

Produced by the team behind “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” and “The Polar Express,” “Mars Needs Moms” showcases Milo’s quest to save his mom—a wild adventure in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader (voice of Mindy Sterling).

With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble (voice of Dan Fogler) and a rebel Martian girl called Ki (voice of Elisabeth Harnois), Milo just might find his way back to his mom—in more ways than one.

Produced by Robert Zemeckis, the film is based on the children's book Mars Needs Moms by author and illustrator Berkeley Breathed, a Pulitzer-Prize winner for his comic strip “Bloom County.” The story was inspired by a particular moment of disagreement that took place between his son Milo and his wife.

Opening soon across the Philippines in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and regular format, “Mars Needs Moms” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

Kuya Kim Atienza Celebrates Birthday With a Sumatran Tiger

Instead of blowing a candle on top of a birthday cake, Kim Atienza will compete with a Sumatran Tiger in swimming to celebrate his special day.

A unique birthday bash awaits Kuya Kim this Sunday, January 23 in “Matanglawin” as man once again battles animals in this special episode.

His sidekick Ryan Bang is also up for the challenge as he puts his strength and agility to test going against a Macaque o Rhesus Monkey in an obstacle course.
The talented kids of “Star Circle Quest” also join the fun as they challenge an alpaca in a race.

Will Kuya Kim and the rest of the gang win over these animals?

Find out in this special episode in celebration of Kuya Kim’s birthday this Sunday, January 23, in “Matanglawin,” 9:30 AM on ABS-CBN.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

American Idol Season 10 2-Hour Premiere Recap

American Idol - the biggest, most influential talent show in the world is back on its 10th Season!

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, American Idol Season 10 welcomes a brand-new judges, positive changes, lots of surprises and some red-hot talent.

The Emmy-Award winning show added two new judges to join resident judge Randy Jackson this season: recording superstars Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, frontman of rock band Aerosmith. Highly regarded record producer Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, also debuts as the new season's in-house mentor.

Actress and platinum-selling singer Lopez, or J. Lo, is quite impressed with many of new IDOL hopefuls. She told the L.A. Times, "We've put a bunch of people through - probably more than they have in the past. We have about 15-20 real superstars... people who could be recording artists."

Rock icon Tyler is similarly impressed. But the Grammy winning recording artist also promises to be as straightforward as possible.

For Season 10, a number of positive changes are set to make the show even bigger and brighter. The audition episodes will kick off with New York/New Jersey, followed by New Orleans. Those who make it during the auditions will go on to the Hollywood Rounds.

The hopefuls who survive the Hollywood round go on to the next round, where, for the first time ever on IDOL, contestants will get to perform in Las Vegas, on the Cirque du Soleil LOVE stage no less. More twists, surprises and shockers are ahead, including a change in the selection of finalists.

Will the "Wild Card" - the option of the judges to add one more contestant - return this season? Will the judges get along? What outfits will J. Lo - the woman who wore the green Versace dress with the infamous plunging neckline - have on IDOL? And, of course, will another Fil-Am make it to the finals?

Here's what the netizens have to say about the two-hour first of two-episode premiere of American Idol Season 10 last January 20:

American Idol feels the Jersey Shore effect (PopDust) – Maura Johnston: “There was also a bit where Steven Tyler seemed like he was morphing into the Black Swan.

New Jersey Auditions – I Had This Disease When I Was 5, But I’m Fine Now… Love Me Anyway (Vote for the Worst) – Dave Della Terza: “So what did we learn tonight? The new judges feel bad for all of the contestants so they let anyone through to Hollywood who cries.

‘American Idol’ New Jersey auditions: The recap (Joe’s Place Blog) – Mila: “It almost looked like the show had remade the judges’ panel in the image of Paula Abdul.

American Idol Season 10 Premiere: What Did You Think? (TV Line) – Michael Slezak: “Admittedly, night one of Idol 10.0 wasn’t its most thrilling installment of all-time ever, but the show’s increased emphasis on truly talented singers — and its decision not to belabor audition packages from the talentless, the deluded, and the attention-craving - made for a zippy, feel-good 120 minutes.

‘American Idol’ Episode 1 Recap: Steven Tyler Steals–And Maybe Saves–The Show (Reality Rocks) – Lyndsey Parker: “Steven had me at “hello”–or more specifically, he had me the first time he let a curse word slip during the show’s cold open. And the second time. And the third. And that was just, like, the first 10 minutes.

Renewed Idol Washes Up on Jersey Shore (Tubular) – Joey Guerra: “Simon Cowell is gone. Deal with it. I have. This is essentially a new show. And all in all, it worked. I honestly didn’t find myself missing him almost at all.

American Idol 10: New judges, new life for 10th season premiere (Idol Watch) – Howard Cohen: “Steven Tyler’s unpredictable nature and oft-bleeped comments could be a source of fun this season.”

‘American Idol’ finally has a grown-ups table (L.A. Times) – Mary McNamara: “… it was gratifyingly clear that for the first time in a long time the fumblings and flailings of contestants fighting to find their feet on stage will not be mirrored by the judges table.”

American Idol 10 – New York/New Jersey Recap Live Blog (MJ’s Big Blog) – MJ Santilli: “Steven Tyler is going to be the BREAKOUT STAR of American Idol Season 10. Tonight, I was so enamored with the Aerosmith frontman-he managed to balance eloquence and heart with balls-to-the-walls crazy–that I didn’t give Simon Cowell a second thought.”

‘American Idol’ Premiere Plays Nice with Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler (Billboard) – “There are no more mean judges, and Jennifer Lopez might be the nicest one of all.”

Tiffany Rios American Idol Audition

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Robbie Rosen American Idol Audition

In the Philippines, American Idol Season 10 kicks off with a two-episode premiere on January 20 and 21, 6pm via satellite (with same day replays at 7:45 for January 20 and 8 pm for January 21) on Q Channel 11.

ABS-CBN Wins 5 Araw Awards

ABS-CBN Corporation bagged a total of five awards at the recent Araw Values Advertising Awards, including the highest Platinum award for its Boto Mo, i-Patrol Mo "Instrumento" advertising campaign.

The "Instrumento" ad, which was created to encourage Filipinos to get involved in the 2010 presidential elections, features ordinary citizens closely monitoring their surroundings, and reporting election anomalies. It was recognized for encouraging people to do their share in ensuring a clean and honest election.

Apart from winning the top award, ABS-CBN also won four out of the six gold Araw Awards. The 2009 Christmas station ID, "Bro Ikaw ang Star ng Pasko," won for instilling the value of love of God, and recognizing Him as the true source of blessings. The ad featured Filipinos helping each other recover from the devastation of the storm Ondoy.

"Bagong Simula," which was created for the company's advocacy campaign BayaniJuan, was recognized for encouraging Filipinos to help each other towards a fresh start for the country. The "Tipid Tubig" radio ad and "Pawikan" TV ad were recognized for promoting the preservation of the environment.

ABS-CBN winning entries bested close to a hundred entries in the Advocacy Communication category.

A biennial awards program of the Advertising Foundation of the Philippines, the Araw Awards centered on the seven cornerstone values: love of God and respect for religious beliefs; commitment to truth, honesty and justice; love of country and respect for national customs and traditions; reverence for family, unity and inviolability of marriage; respect and care for human life and dignity and the rights of all; respect for law and authority and the promotion of self discipline; and concern and preservation of the environment.

GMA News and Public Affairs' "Tunay na Buhay" Will Feature Inspiring Biographies Starting January 21

Fascinating, inspiring, astonishing--all of them with a lesson to impart. These are the stories that Tunay na Buhay, a 30-minute profile magazine program that features compelling stories of people, will share.

Hosted by Rhea Santos, Tunay na Buhay goes beyond biographies by searching far and wide for the most riveting life stories. These are stories of people who have gone through some of the most unforgettable, amazing experiences, life events that are sometimes beyond belief but are always engaging and thought-provoking.

"Tunay na Buhay is different because our subjects are the storytellers themselves," Rhea says. "They will share their lives and the lessons they have learned that will make us appreciate life more. These are life stories that will make us cry. Or will make us smile. Or maybe both. And this is really OUR show because each of us has a story to tell."

The program will feature three stories each episode, each with a different feel or tone. "For me, it's important that I connect with my interview subjects," Rhea says. "I have to share their laughter, feel their pain and, in a small way, be part of their dreams."

For its pilot episode, Tunay na Buhay tells the inspiring love story of Wawel and Mila who have been married for 15 years despite Mila's condition. After their wedding day, tragedy struck, and from then on, Mila has been wheelchair bound.

The next story talks about a mother's unconditional love for her children, twins who are conjoined at the head. These two kids share one body but they have very different personalities.

Finally, there is the story of success of a multi-millionaire at the age of 26. This man was only 20 years old when he earned his first million. What could be the secret to his success?

"Tunay na Buhay will touch the hearts of viewers by presenting real stories of everyday people. These are stories that will inspire, amaze and will make you aspire to live life more," Rhea adds.

Tunay na Buhay starts this Friday, January 21, after Saksi, only on GMA-7.

Tunay na Buhay - Teaser:

Solenn Heusaff Signs Three-Year, Three-Album Contract with MCA Music

It's a fresh year for the local music industry and a time to find new voices. Beauty, brains, and a heavy dosage of talent seem to be a tall order for aspiring artists wanting to get their mainstream break. But amazingly, all three are given for the newest toast of town: Solenn Heusaff.

Already known in showbiz circles as a model, fashion designer, and make-up artist, Solenn now enters the music scene after premier label MCA Music signed her to a three-year, three-album contract. She may have not yet proven her true worth as a singer. But raise your eyebrow not, for MCA, highly reputed for guiding the careers of trend-setters like Sabrina, Richard Poon, and Tanya Markova, found confidence in her voice—reminiscent of easy-listening star Norah Jones (according to a noted music critic)—and of course, that obvious charm that has made audiences, regardless of gender and gender preferences, awestruck.

"I'm an artist by heart and I always want to try things out. I hope they listen to my voice," says the half-French, half-Filipina in an interview after rehearsing for Party Pilipinas, GMA-7's Sunday noon show she regularly appears in as a performer.

The 25-year old stunner recently did her first professional gig as a singer (at the launch for Hayden Kho's perfume line) and surprised spectators considering that the newly crowned 'goddess of beauty' can actually sing. Expressing her goal to take voice lessons for as long as her hectic schedule permits, she humbly admits she only gets to exercise her vocal cords while in shower. That's not very technical, but sounds still effective and obviously sexy, especially that it's her.

Yet, technical training is always not the key to fine artistry. More important is that 'it factor' separating the idols from the merely talented. Solenn certainly has it and no less than MCA A&R executive Francis Guevarra, a proven artist-scouting agent vouches for that. "We believe in her and she will be one of the artists to watch in 2011," he noted.

With her breakthrough that was her final four finish at the Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Showdown aired on the Kapuso network last year, the versatile Solenn is poised to conquer 2011 with, among other ventures, her upcoming album set for release come summer.

Doing movies, filling up the EDSA billboards, and appearing in stylish TV commercials, Solenn has still found a secure place for a musical career to thrive in. She said, "I do prefer singing originals, though I'm open for anything, even singing French songs."

Time flies and in no time the whole country will be gifted with an album featuring Solenn's jazzy, soulful timbre. She mentioned the late Michael Jackson as among her influences among the male icons. For the opposite sex, she name-dropped the one that hit the very right note, who else, but Norah Jones.

Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano Lead the List of Valentine Couples in StarStudio Magazine February 2011 Issue

Kapamilya actress Toni Gonzaga and her director boyfriend Paul Soriano lead the long list of celebrity couples who talk about their love stories in the Valentines issue of StarStudio magazine.

On this issue, Toni and Paul who are now in their 3rd year talks about the difficulty they have gone through the first year in their relationship, their private quarrels and how they find joy in their being so different from each other!

Also featured on this issue are couples Gretchen Barretto and TonyBoy Cojuangco, Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes, Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo, Jake Cuenca and Melissa Ricks, Rayver Cruz and Cristine Reyes, Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez, newly-wed couple Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez and Willie Revillame and Shalani Soledad.

StarStudio Magazine February 2011 issue is now available at all magazine stands, bookstores and selected supermarkets nationwide.

YES! Magazine Celebrates Valentines Featuring The Ogie Alcasid - Regine Velasquez Wedding

Celebrate the month of love with YES! magazine as the much-awaited union of Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez headlines its February issue. Over 200 photos of the star-studded wedding are spread across 40 pages, where Ogie and Regine talk about the beginnings of their romance, their dark years, and their family.

"To marry her was a dream," Ogie tells YES!, "There was a part of me that thought it would never happen." After nearly two years since he filed a petition for the annulment of his marriage to former beauty queen Michelle Van Eimeren, the annulment was finally granted last June 21, 2010.

Upon learning that Ogie's marriage was annulled, Regine became emotional despite the fact that she was no longer hoping for a marriage and was simply content to be with him.

"Of course, it'd be nice, you know, kung maging asawa talaga ako. Siyempre, dream naman ng lahat ng babae 'yon," she tells YES!. "So no'ng nakuha na niya [Ogie] finally, naiyak ako, kasi parang feeling ko, parang he can now start his life with me and, you know, he doesn't have to think about it anymore, he doesn't have to keep fighting for me, you know. That's how I felt."

With the court's decision, the two-year wait finally came to an end as the singer-songwriter finally wed Asia's Songbird last December 22, 2010 at The Peak in Terrazas de Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Batangas.

The wedding would not have been complete without the people that Ogie and Regine consider their family: Ogie's ex-wife Michelle Van Eimeren and her husband Mark Morrow—who flew in from Australia a few days before the ceremony together with Ogie and Michelle's daughters, Leila and Sarah.

Spotted at the Alcasid-Velasquez nuptials were President Noynoy Aquino with his sister Kris Aquino (who also happens to be Regine's best friend); Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres-Gomez, Senator Bong Revilla, Gloria Diaz, Michael V, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, fashion designer Rajo Laurel, network bigwigs Manny Pangilinan of TV5 and Atty. Felipe Gozon of GMA-7, and other showbiz personalities and friends of the couple.

YES! also gives a sneak peak into the couple's wedding preparations, the venue and the wedding decor, Ogie and Regine's weddings rings, and a copy of their wedding vows. Relive the wedding with photos of the wedding ceremony, the reception at the Terrazas de Punta Fuego Beach Club and the wedding concert with the country's top musicians Sarah Geronimo, Lea Salonga, Janno Gibbs and Gary Valenciano.

The February issue of YES! also tours you around the Asian-inspired abode of Survivor Philippines castaway Solenn Heussaff, and features the launch of Piolo Pascual's new coffee-table book titled Piolo Revealed, and the inspiring story of Raissa Laurel, who survived the La Salle bombing.

Yes! Magazine February 2011 issue is now available at all magazine stands, bookstores and selected supermarkets nationwide.

AGB Mega Manila People's Ratings January 10 - 17: "Dwarfina Maintains Tallest Spot on Primetime"

Here are the Top 10 Daytime and Primetime TV ratings of ABS-CBN, TV5 and GMA-7 programs on the People/Individual Ratings of AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila Households on January 10 - 17, 2011:

January 10, Monday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 10.6%
2. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 10.1%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 6.4%
4. Little Star (GMA-7) - 5.7%
5. Kapamilya Blockbusters: 'Till There Was You (ABS-CBN) - 5.5%
6. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 4.2%
7. Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 4.1%
8. Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 3.9%
9. Kapuso Movie Festival: Silang Mga Sisiw Sa Lansangan (GMA-7) - 3.7%
10. Doraemon (GMA-7) - 3.5%

1. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 15.4%
2. Jillian: Namamasko Po! (GMA-7) - 13.5%
3. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 12.7%
4. Beauty Queen (GMA-7) - 12.4%
5. Imortal (ABS-CBN) / The Baker King (GMA-7) - 11.6%
6. Bantatay (GMA-7) - 11.3%
7. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 10.5%
8. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 9.3%
9. Willing Willie (TV5) / Noah (ABS-CBN) - 9.1%
10. Kristine (ABS-CBN) - 8.3%

January 11, Tuesday

1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 11.7%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 10.6%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 7.2%
4. Little Star (GMA-7) - 5.6%
5. Kapuso Movie Festival: Desperadas (GMA-7) - 5%
6. Kapamilya Blockbusters: You Are The One (ABS-CBN) - 4%
7. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 3.6%
8. Jackie Chan Adventures (GMA-7) / Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 3.3%
9. Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 3.2%
10. Shaman King (GMA-7) / One Piece (GMA-7) / Alyna (GMA-7) - 3%

1. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 14%
2. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 12.3%
3. The Baker King (GMA-7) - 11.9%
4. Bantatay (GMA-7) - 11.2%
5. Jillian: Namamasko Po! (GMA-7) - 10.6%
6. Beauty Queen (GMA-7) - 10.1%
7. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 9.7%
8. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 9.3%
9. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 9.2%
10. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 8.9%

January 12, Wednesday

1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 10.4%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 8.7%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 7%
4. Little Star (GMA-7) - 5.7%
5. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Pasukob (ABS-CBN) - 4.3%
6. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 3.8%
7. Kapuso Movie Festival: Sa Kabila ng Lahat (GMA-7) / Malparida (ABS-CBN) / Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 3.4%
8. One Piece (GMA-7) - 3%
9. Shaman King (GMA-7) - 2.5%
10. Alyna (ABS-CBN) - 2.4%

1. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 13%
2. The Baker King (GMA-7) - 12%
3. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 11%
4. 24 Oras (GMA-7) / Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 10.8%
5. Jillian: Namamasko Po! (GMA-7) - 10.6%
6. Bantatay (GMA-7) - 10%
7. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 9.3%
8. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 8.2%
9. Beauty Queen (GMA-7) - 8.1%
10. Kristine (ABS-CBN) - 7.6%

January 13, Thursday

1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 11.2%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 9.1%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 7.5%
4. Little Star (GMA-7) - 6.3%
5. Kapuso Movie Festival: I.T.A.L.Y. (GMA-7) - 4.8%
6. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 4.1%
7. Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 4%
8. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Now That I Have You (ABS-CBN) - 3.9%
9. Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 3.6%
10. One Piece (GMA-7) - 3.5%

1. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 13.4%
2. The Baker King (GMA-7) - 12.1%
3. Jillian: Namamasko Po! (GMA-7) - 11.1%
4. Beauty Queen (GMA-7) - 10.6%
5. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 10.4%
6. Willing Willie (TV5) - 10.2%
7. Bantatay (GMA-7) - 10.1%
8. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 10%
9. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 9.7%
10. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 8.8%

Justify FullJanuary 14, Friday

1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 10.7%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 9.9%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 7.5%
4. Little Star (GMA-7) - 5.8%
5. Kapuso Movie Festival: Banal (GMA-7) - 4.9%
6. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 4.7%
7. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Dobol Trobol (ABS-CBN) - 4.1%
8. One Piece (GMA-7) - 3.9%
9. Shaman King (GMA-7) - 3.6%
10. Malparida (ABS-CBN) / Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 3.5%

1. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 13.2%
2. The Baker King (GMA-7) - 12.3%
3. Beauty Queen (GMA-7) - 11.7%
4. Jillian: Namamasko Po! (GMA-7) - 11.5%
5. 24 Oras (GMA-7) / Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 11%
6. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 10.3%
7. Bantatay (GMA-7) - 9.8%
8. Willing Willie (TV5) - 9.3%
9. Bubble Gang (GMA-7) - 9%
10. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 8.8%

January 15, Saturday
1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 12.2%
2. Wish Ko Lang (GMA-7) - 8.2%
3. Kapuso Megahit Festival: Superman III (GMA-7) - 5.5%
4. Misteryo (GMA-7) - 5.1%
5. Startalk (GMA-7) - 4.5%
6. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Shutter (ABS-CBN) - 4.3%
7. Kapamilya Kiddie Blockbusters: Hercules (ABS-CBN) / Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 3.7%
8. Ed, Edd, Eddy (TV5) / Sabado Sineplex: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (TV5) - 2.9%
9. One Piece (GMA-7) / Johnny Bravo (TV5) / Batman The Brave and the Bold (TV5) - 2.8%
10. Ben 10 (TV5) - 2.6%

1. Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (GMA-7) - 11.3%
2. Dwarfina: Ang Higanteng Simula (GMA-7) - 11.1%
3. 24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) - 10.7%
4. Wansapantaym: Ulo (ABS-CBN) / Imbestigador (GMA-7) - 10.3%
5. Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) - 9.8%
6. Willing Willie (TV5) - 9.1%
7. Talentadong Pinoy (TV5) - 8.6%
8. LOL: Laugh Or Lose (TV5) - 7.2%
9. TV Patrol Weekend (ABS-CBN) - 7%
10. Failon Ngayon (ABS-CBN) - 6.2%

January 16, Sunday

1. Party Pilipinas (GMA-7) / Reel Love Presents Tween Hearts (ABS-CBN) - 5.2%
2. Kapuso Movie Festival: Halik ng Vampira (GMA-7) - 4.8%
3. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Around the World in 80 Days (ABS-CBN) / ASAP XV (ABS-CBN) - 4.4%
4. Showbiz Central (GMA-7) - 4%
5. The Buzz (ABS-CBN) - 3.9%
6. Your Song Presents Kim (ABS-CBN) - 3.7%
7. Ben 10 (TV5) - 3.3%
8. Batman: The Brave and the Bold (TV5) - 3%
9. Matanglawin (ABS-CBN) / The Powerpuff Girls (TV5) / Johnny Bravo (TV5) - 2.7%
10. House Or Not (TV5) - 2.6%

1. Pepito Manaloto (GMA-7) / Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA-7) - 9.3%
2. Talentadong Pinoy (TV5) / Mel & Joey (GMA-7) - 8.8%
3. Show Me Da Manny (GMA-7) - 8.1%
4. Rated K (ABS-CBN) - 7.3%
5. Magic? Gimik! (TV5) - 7%
6. 24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) / Star Power: Sharon's Search for the Next Female Superstar (ABS-CBN) - 8%
7. Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CBN) - 6.1%
8. My Darling Aswang (TV5) - 5.9%
9. TV Patrol Weekend (ABS-CBN) - 5.5%
10. SNBO: Hell Phone (GMA-7) - 5.2%

January 17, Monday

1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 11.8%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 9.9%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 7.4%
4. Little Star (GMA-7) - 5.8%
5. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Pustahan Tayo Mahal Mo Ako (ABS-CBN) - 4.7%
6. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 4.3%
7. Kapuso Movie Festival: Magdusa Ka (GMA-7) - 3.8%
8. Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 3.7%
9. Face To Face (TV5) / Alyna (ABS-CBN) - 3.5%
10. Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 3.3%

1. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 12%
2. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 11.7%
3. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 11.4%
4. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 11.3%
5. Bantatay (GMA-7) / Jillian: Namamasko Po! (GMA-7) - 11%
6. The Baker King (GMA-7) - 10.4%
7. Beauty Queen (GMA-7) - 9.7%
8. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) / Noah (ABS-CBN) - 9.3%
9. Willing Willie (TV5) - 8.9%
10. Kristine (ABS-CBN) - 7.5%

Source: AGB Nielsen Phils.

'Noy' Failed to Enter the Oscars Best Foreign Language Film Category

Philippines has once again failed to penetrate the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category.

Its entry, the indie film "Noy" starring Coco Martin, is not included in the nine shortlisted films to enter the second round of selection.

The 9 films which will have the chance to become the 5 finalists in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 83rd Oscar awards are:

"Hors la Loi" - Algeria

"Incendies" - Canada

"In a Better World" - Denmark

"Dogtooth" - Greece

"Confessions" - Japan

"Biutiful" - Mexico

"Life Above All" - South Africa

"Tambien la Lluvia" - Spain

"Simple Simon" - Sweden

"Noy" features Coco Martin playing the role of Noy, an ordinary Filipino who pretended to be a journalist in order to fulfill his obligations to his family. Interestingly, he was commissioned to come up with a documentary following the campaign trail of his namesake and top presidential bet, Sen. “NOYNOY” Aquino for the 2010 Philippine National Elections.

The film, infused with actual documentary footages, inter-cut with dramatic scenes deals with poverty, survival, and hope for the Filipino family.

Cherry Pie Picache Accused Baron Geisler of Lascivious Act; PAMI Asked Baron To Apologize

Despite his constant denial on the accusations being thrown to him by Cherry Pie Picache and the staff of Noah, the Professional Artists Managers Inc. (PAMI) still decided to request Baron to make a public apology.

It will be remembered that last week, actress Cherry Pie Picache accused Baron of grabbing her breast while shooting an abduction scene in ABS-CBN's primetime series Noah. According to the program staff, Baron also reported to the shoot intoxicated. On January 17, Cherry Pie and her manager Ed Instrella filed a formal complaint to ABS-CBN and PAMI "with the hope that similar incident will not happen again." ABS-CBN immediately killed the "Caleb" character being played by Baron in the series.

But aside from public apology, it was also decided on last night's PAMI members' meeting that all stars whose talent managers are member of PAMI will be inhibited to work with Baron until such time that the actor will be "fully rehabilitated".

Here is the full statement released by PAMI President June Torrejon regarding this case:

PAMI just concluded an emergency meeting in response to the letter of complaint received from Mr. Ed Instrella (manager of Cherry Pie Picache) against Actor Baron Geisler.

Ed Instrella related the unfortunate incident involving Cherry Pie and Baron during the taping of Noah last Friday January 14, 2011. Arnold Vegafria in behalf of Baron expressed his sincere apology. He is in agreement that Baron needs professional and medical help and has expressed to PAMI that Baron is willing to undergo treatment. We are supporting Arnold in his efforts to help his artist.

After hearing both sides from the two PAMI Members, Ed and Arnold, the PAMI has decided on the following:

1) That all PAMI managed artists should not be exposed to incidents like this again for their safety and security

2) We are requesting the assurance from all networks and movie producers to ensure that any actor in an intoxicated state should not be allowed on the set

3) That Baron should publicly apologize to Cherry Pie Picache

4) To inhibit all PAMI managed artists from working with Baron until such time that PAMI believes Baron Geisler is fully rehabilitated."

This is the third time Baron receives the same accusation. Last May 2008, Patrizha Martinez, daughter of William Martinez and Yayo Aguila, filed an acts of lasciviousness case against Baron.

After exactly one year, Kapuso actress Yasmien Kurdi filed an acts of lasciviousness and unjust vexation against the actor.

The Mystery Deepens as the Plot Unravels in ‘Unknown’

From Jaume Collet-Serra, the director of the critically acclaimed thriller “Orphan,” comes Warner Bros.’ suspense-filled mystery “Unknown” starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger and January Jones.

The work of cinema’s undisputed master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock has loomed large in Collet-Serrat’s thoughts since he first read the screenplay of “Unknown.” “I’ve always liked Hitchcockian thrillers—`North by Northwest,’ `The Wrong Man,’ or Polanski’s `Frantic’—and I felt this was a great opportunity to jump into that genre, as well as a chance to do a movie in that classic mold, and with a great cast.”

Collet-Serra recalls that the concept that intrigued him in the early version of the “Unknown” script by Oliver Butcher & Stephen Cornwell (based upon the novel Out of My Head by Didier van Cauwelaert), “was that of someone waking up one day and realizing that he’s been completely replaced in the world. The writers had done a marvelous job of expanding that concept into a feature film, incorporating the surreal and the crazy aspects of learning that someone has taken your place in the world, with the added drama that, while they can prove their identity—as you—you can prove nothing.”

In the film, Martin Harris (Neeson) is a botanist who arrives in Berlin for a conference, along with his wife (Jones). “They arrive at their hotel when he realizes he’s left a bag at the airport,” the director details. “He jumps into a taxi and, on the way back to the airport, he has a horrible accident in which he suffers severe head trauma. He wakes up four days later in a hospital, having been in a coma. The doctor comes in and, in the course of their first conversation, asks him who he is. He says, ‘I’m Martin Harris, an American doctor here for a conference.’ When he’s released, Martin goes back to the hotel to look for his wife. He easily finds her, but she shows no reaction to her missing husband, just ‘Who are you?’ Martin answers, ‘I’m your husband.’ And she responds ‘No, this is my husband;’ and we meet the other Martin. And our Martin is run out of the hotel. He is now a man who has lost everything. He’s in a strange city, a world away from all that he knows, and he must figure out what has happened to his life.

Every door he knocks on is slammed shut on him; it’s the other guy who has Martin Harris’s identification,” continues Collet-Serra. “You look online for Martin Harris, and there’s the other guy’s picture. You go to a scheduled meeting, and this other guy is already there. And, at a certain point, Martin is asking himself whether he’s crazy or not.”

Collet-Serra sees this process of systematically painting his protagonist into a corner as his greatest debt to Hitchcock. “Though it’s twenty years after his death, Hitchcock still remains the master of suspense,” the director remarks, “and what he did so very well was to make you care about his central character. He’d put a character that you can relate to in a set of extraordinary circumstances, then systematically synchronize the actions of that character to exactly what the audience believes that character should do, and yet each such action would only further isolate him. As the noose tightens, so the viewer grows increasingly invested into this character’s journey.

Unknown - Movie Trailer:

Opening soon across the Philippines, “Unknown” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Kantar Media/TNS National Household TV Ratings January 10 - 17: ‘Temptation of Wife’ & ‘Mara Clara’ Maintain Their Lead

Here are the Top 10 Daytime and Primetime TV ratings of ABS-CBN, TV5 and GMA-7 programs on the overnight survey of Kantar Media (formerly TNS) among National households on January 10 - 17, 2011:

January 10, Monday

1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 19.6%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 18.7%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 13.5%
4. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 12.9%
5. One Piece (GMA-7) - 11.4%
6. Kapuso Movie Festival: Silang Mga Sisiw Sa Lansangan (GMA-7) - 11.2%
7. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Till There Was You (ABS-CBN) - 10.9%
8. Shaman King (GMA-7) - 10.8%
9. Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 10.6%
10. Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 10.4%

1. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 30.3%
2. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 28.1%
3. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 27.6%
4. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 27.1%
5. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 23%
6. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 22%
7. Sabel (ABS-CBN) - 21%
8. Bantatay (GMA-7) - 20.4%
9. Jillian: Namamasko Po! (GMA-7) - 19.3%
10. Kristine (ABS-CBN) - 17.6%

January 11, Tuesday

1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 21.9%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 19.3%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 13.7%
4. Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 12.4%
5. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 12%
6. Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 11.8%
7. Alyna (ABS-CBN) - 11.6%
8. Kapuso Movie Festival: Desperadas (GMA-7) - 11.3%
9. One Piece (GMA-7) - 10.6%
10. Little Star (GMA-7) - 10.2%

1. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 28.9%
2. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 28.3%
3. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 28%
4. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 25.3%
5. Sabel (ABS-CBN) - 22.4%
6. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 21.9%
7. Bantatay (GMA-7) - 21.2%
8. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 21%
9. Jillian: Namamasko Po! (GMA-7) - 18%
10. The Baker King (GMA-7) - 17.2%

January 12, Wednesday

1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 19.8%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 17.3%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 13.2%
4. Little Star (GMA-7) - 11.4%
5. Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 11%
6. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 10.9%
7. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Pasukob (ABS-CBN) - 10.6%
8. Alyna (ABS-CBN) - 10.2%
9. Kapuso Movie Festival: Sa Kabila ng Lahat (GMA-7) - 10%
10. Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 9.6%

1. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 32.3%
2. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 29.5%
3. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 26.1%
4. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 24.5%
5. Sabel (ABS-CBN) - 20.7%
6. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 20.1%
7. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 18.6%
8. Bantatay (GMA-7) / The Baker King (GMA-7) - 17.6%
9. Jillian: Namamasko Po! (GMA-7) - 17%
10. Kristine (ABS-CBN) - 15.9%

January 13, Thursday

1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 21.4%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 17.7%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 13.1%
4. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 11.5%
5. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Now That I Have You (ABS-CBN) / Little Star (GMA-7) - 10.5%
6. Kapuso Movie Festival: I.T.A.L.Y. (GMA-7) / Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 10.4%
7. Alyna (ABS-CBN) - 10.3%
8. Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 10%
9. One Piece (GMA-7) - 9.3%
10. Shaman King (GMA-7) - 9.1%

1. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 30.6%
2. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 27.5%
3. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 27.1%
4. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 27%
5. Sabel (ABS-CBN) - 21.7%
6. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 21.4%
7. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 19.5%
8. Bantatay (GMA-7) - 18.9%
9. Jillian: Namamasko Po! (GMA-7) - 18.7%
10. The Baker King (GMA-7) - 17.5%

January 14, Friday

1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 21.2%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 16.5%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 13.9%
4. Little Star (GMA-7) - 11.6%
5. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 10.9%
6. Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 10.8%
7. Kapuso Movie Festival: Banal (GMA-7) - 10.7%
8. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Dobol Trobol (ABS-CBN) - 10.5%
9. Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 10%
10. One Piece (GMA-7) - 9.4%

1. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 30.3%
2. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 28.9%
3. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 28.5%
4. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 25.8%
5. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 21.9%
6. Jillian: Namamasko Po! (GMA-7) - 19.4%
7. Bantatay (GMA-7) / 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 19.3%
8. Kristine (ABS-CBN) / The Baker King (GMA-7) - 19%
9. Sabel (ABS-CBN) - 18.9%
10. Beauty Queen (GMA-7) - 18%

January 15, Saturday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 19.9%
2. Wish Ko Lang (GMA-7) - 14.4%
3. Kapamilya Holiday Blockbusters: Hercules (ABS-CBN) - 12.3%
4. Kapuso Megahit Festival: Superman III (GMA-7) - 11.5%
5. Kapamilya Saturday Blockbusters: Shutter (ABS-CBN) - 11.3%
6. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 10.4%
7. Misteryo (GMA-7) - 9.5%
8. Maynila (GMA-7) - 7.7%
9. One Piece (GMA-7) - 7.6%
10. Boys Over Flowers Forever (ABS-CBN) - 7.4%

1. Wansapanataym (ABS-CBN) - 26.8%
2. Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) - 23.8%
3. Dwarfina: Ang Higanteng Simula (GMA-7) - 20.4%
4. TV Patrol Weekend (ABS-CBN) - 20.3%
5. 24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) - 18.8%
6. Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (GMA-7) - 18%
7. Star Circle Quest for the Next Kiddie Superstars (ABS-CBN) - 17.4%
8. Failon Ngayon (ABS-CBN) - 16.9%
9. Imbestigador (GMA-7) - 13.8%
10. Laugh Out Loud (ABS-CBN) - 13.4%

January 16, Sunday

1. ASAP Rocks (ABS-CBN) - 11.6%
2. Kapamilya Sunday Blockbusters: Around the World in 80 Days (ABS-CBN) - 11.5%
3. The Buzz (ABS-CBN) - 11.1%
4. Kapuso Movie Festival: Halik ng Vampira (GMA-7) - 10.6%
5. Your Song Presents Kim (ABS-CBN) - 10.2%
6. Party Pilipinas (GMA-7) - 9.9%
7. Reel Love Presents Tween Hearts (GMA-7) - 9.4%
8. Matanglawin (ABS-CBN) - 7.5%
9. Showbiz Central (GMA-7) - 7.1%
10. Bakugan Battle Brawlers (GMA-7) - 6.5%

1. Rated K (ABS-CBN) - 21.6%
2. Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CBN) - 19.4%
3. TV Patrol Weekend (ABS-CBN) - 18.5%
4. Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA-7) - 17.5%
5. Pepito Manaloto (GMA-7) - 17.2%
6. Star Power: Sharon's Search for the Next Female Superstar (ABS-CBN) - 16.2%
7. Mel & Joey (GMA-7) - 15.1%
8. 24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) - 13.6%
9. Show Me Da Manny (GMA-7) - 12.3%
10. SNBO: Hell Phone (GMA-7) - 7.4%

January 17, Monday

1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 21.4%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 18.9%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 13.9%
4. Alyna (ABS-CBN) - 13.2%
5. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 12%
6. Little Star (GMA-7) - 11.2%
7. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Pustahan Mahal Mo Ako (ABS-CBN) / Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 10.8%
8. One Piece (GMA-7) / Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 10.1%
9. Kapuso Movie Festival: Magdusa Ka (GMA-7) - 10%
10. Jackie Chan Adventures (GMA-7) / Shaman King (GMA-7) - 9.3%

1. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 29.9%
2. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 26.8%
3. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 26.7%
4. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 23.5%
5. Sabel (ABS-CBN) - 21.8%
6. Bantatay (GMA-7) - 21.2%
7. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 21.1%
8. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 20.6%
9. Jillian: Namamasko Po! (GMA-7) - 17.9%
10. Kristine (ABS-CBN) - 16.4%

Source: Kantar Media / TNS

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Charice Returns to ‘Glee’ Post-Super Bowl Episode

Pinoy International singing sensation Charice is scheduled to appear for the second time in Fox's hit TV show “Glee” on its post-Super Bowl episode.

Online reports reveal that Charice, who plays Filipino exchange student named Sunshine Corazon, will return to the show and will perform with the rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline.

She is set to perform “Meet Me Halfway” by the Black Eyed Peas.

The February 6 episode, which follows Super Bowl XLV, is reported to be the most expensive post-Bowl show in history.

The episode will also feature cover of songs by Michael Jackson, Katy Perry, Lady Antebellum, and Destiny’s Child.

Watch Charice' Glee audition video here:

Cartoon Network’s Scooby-Doo and Teen Titans Join TV5 Kids League

Kids have more reasons to tune in to TV5 as two Cartoon Network titles land on the Happy Network starting January 24, Monday.

Mystery, Inc.’s notorious talking dog Scooby Doo—together with Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Norville—lead the road as the “Mystery Machine” circles the globe to expose the secrets of the world. Join the Great Dane dog and his mystery-solving crew on weekday mornings in Scooby-Doo at 9:00 am.

Meanwhile, the crime-fighting squad of Teen Titans invade your afternoons as Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy and Raven volt in for 30 minutes of action at 4:45 pm.

Get into the league for an every day, all-day adventure only on TV5 Kids!

'Buhawi Jack' Kicks Off This Saturday, January 22

The new adventure of “Action Drama Prince” Gerald Anderson is finally on its way as he gears up for Wansapanataym’s Rod Santiago’s ‘Buhawi Jack’ starting this Saturday, January 22 on ABS-CBN.

Buhawi Jack is the comeback adventure for Gerald Anderson as he portrays another important role after his first action series “Agimat Presents Tiagong Akyat.” Gerald underwent daily training of “Arnis” (a Pinoy martial art) as his preparation for his role.

Arnis kasi yung martial art dito and the cast members really need to learn the basics para we can do our fight scenes well,” Gerald states in one of his interviews.

Coming from a clan of showbiz royalties, Rap Fernandez will also be gracing the mentioned series. He will give life to Buhawi Jack’s nemesis, Rex Vergara. This will be Rap’s first break in showbusiness and also his first appearance as a Kapamilya. In an interview where he was asked how he will be rated as villain in the series, Rap said “Sana wag naman masyado, maganda naman kasi yung kontrabidang meron paring puso, may pinanggagalingan hindi lang parang sa cartoons, ganun diba”.

Together with Gerald and Rap is one of the newest Kapamilya stars, Jewel Mische who will portray a challenging role, Vera, which serves as her first major project in the Kapamilya Network after her appearance in Maalaala Mo Kaya. Jewel also underwent a special training for arnis for the said series.

Bugoy Carino will also be spicing up the series as he proves that he is indeed part of the league of young child superstars.

The powerhouse cast of ‘Buhawi Jack’ will surely spice up your Saturday night as A-list stars Philip Salvador (as Jaime Isidro), Joel Torre (as Manuel Miranda), Mark Gil (as Roger Vergara), and Tetchie Agbayani (as Mildred Vergara) play an important part in this much awaited action-adventure series.

From the creator of Agua Bendita, Nato de Coco and Bandanang Itim, Rod Santiago’s ‘Buhawi Jack’ is an action-adventure series that paints the country’s historical backdrops of people, places and things. The story revolves around the adventures of Jack, Vera, Rex and their quest to solve puzzles from the past that will greatly affect the future. It was first seen as a movie in 1998 with Monsour Del Rosario as Jack Isidro and Ara Mina, Carmina Villaroel and Niño Muhlach.

Catch “Wansapanataym’s Rod Santiago’s Buhawi Jack” directed by Dondon Santos, on ABS-CBN’s primetime this Saturday, January 22 after TV Patrol Sabado.




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