Manny Pacquiao - MTV Crib: Pacman's Luxury Los Angeles Mansion Featured on MTV Cribs

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Ever wonder how Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao's Los Angeles, USA mansion looks like? How he spends time there with his? His other sports aside from boxing? Then, watch the video here.

Aside from America's Best Dance Crew, Pacman's L.A. mansion was also featured in one of MTV produced shows - MTV Cribs.

Pacman's Los Angeles mansion is the first Filipino house ever featured in MTV Cribs.





Video courtesy of bhopisback on youtube


Jericho Rosales “And I Love Her” Valentine Concert at Teatrino

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Jericho Rosales will croon his way into the hearts of concertgoers through an intimate Valentine’s performance titled “And I Love Her” to be held on February 11 and 12 at Teatrino, Promande, Greenhills.

Jericho, who’s carved a name for himself as a powerful dramatic actor, has gained both fame and respect from the entertainment industry as well as his peers for his award-winning performances in both movies and television, a distinction that only very few actors have achieved. But Jericho has also found another medium with which to showcase his versatility: singing and songwriting. And this new chosen medium has yielded unexpected but astounding results.

His album under Star Records titled “Change” has received commercial and critical success. Affirmation for his talent came when he received Song of the Year honors for his self-penned song “Pusong Ligaw” in the 2nd PMPC Star Awards for Music 2010. The industry is buzzing about his recent accomplishment and a new album is currently in the works, not to mention more offers for more concert performances.

This Valentine season, fans and music lovers can look forward to two unforgettable and intimate evenings with Jericho as he serenades them with an impressive repertoire of beautiful and romantic love songs. Jericho will also dish out his own interpretation of some of today’s hottest chart-toppers, homegrown favorites, and party anthems. Joining Jericho in this concert series are surprise special guests that will surely excite and delight audiences.

Jericho Rosales and Paolo Valenciano direct the show under the musical direction of Dohn Cerenado. The show’s beneficiaries are Shining Light Foundation and National Children’s Hospital.

“And I Love Her” is supported by ASAP Rocks, Music Uplate, Chowking, Mint, Tambayan 101.9, DZMM, ABS-CBN, Studio V, Star Records, and Music Museum Group. For inquiries call Ticket World, Music Museum and Manila Genesis.


Wake Up to a More Beautiful Umagang Kay Ganda

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Weekday mornings get more beautiful as two of the industry’s most beautiful faces wake you up in the new “Umagang Kay Ganda.”

Beginning Monday, February 7, Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up and newest Kapamilya Venus Raj formally joins your favorite UKG barkada to give your mornings a new twist.

Venus, who is a Journalism graduate from Bicol University, said it is a “dream come true” to be part of “Umagang Kay Ganda,” where she delivers the latest showbiz news and features as well as public service.

She is also one of the anchors to watch out for in the new segment Barangay Bida, which airs every Friday. In Barangay Bida, Raj and the UKG crew will visit a model community to highlight its inspiring success story as well as the talents of the residents there.

Another UKG newcomer is sexy half-Aussie host-actress Iya Villania, who will give you a free playback of the videos that are creating a buzz online in the segment “Youth Tube.”

Viewers can now also get a chance to be part of the show by interacting online using their social networking accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Our viewers are always on-the-go. Most of them are either going to school or to work thus, we want UKG to still be with them wherever they may be. With the use of technology particularly the famous social networking sites, our viewers can still get information and even give information to our show as well,” said Cheryl Favila, Supervising Producer of ABS-CBN News.

Just tweet the information you want to share to UKG’s official Twitter account at http://twitter.com/ukgdos and anchors will read it live on air. You can also send your comments and feedback on issues by posting on UKG’s official Facebook account at http://www.facebook.com/umagangkayganda2.

Alongside the new hosts, new segments will also be introduced which will surely bring you more information and fun every morning.

Pinky Webb brings you videos from concerned citizens in “Webb Report.”

Donita Rose, on the other hand, will teach young moms practical art works and crafts they can do right at their very homes in “Do It Youself.”

Meanwhile, Winnie Cordero and Alex Santos guide consumers and parents in the Consumer, Parenting, and Relationship segment.

In 2010, UKG received recognitions from several prestigious award giving bodies. It won Best Morning Show and Best Morning Show Hosts in the 24th PMPC Star Awards and 8th Gawad Tanglaw. It bagged the Best Morning Show in the UP Gandingan and won an Anak TV Seal for Most Admired Program.

Be sure to wake up early starting Monday, February 7, for the new “Umagang Kay Ganda,” also with Anthony Taberna, Alex Santos, Winnie Cordero, Phoemela Barranda, and Andrei Felix, 5:00 AM on ABS-CBN.


Charice: Home for Valentine's - Charice Kapuso TV Special

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Charice Pempengco is back and is preparing for quite a treat for us. She’s busy preparing for a TV special for GMA-7 in time for month of love. Her special has been in preparation for a few months as the international singer was supposed to shoot “Charice: Home for Christmas” last November but it had to be postponed because she was sick, a case of stomach flu. Ogie Alcasid, Rachelle Ann Go and Elmo Magalona are some of the performers in the GMA-7 special titled “Charice: Home for Valentine’s,” which will be aired on February 13. With her lovely voice, she will have us falling in love all over again. As excited as we are to such an entertainment treat, Charice seems to be elated about her first TV special as well. Charice told the press, “Very excited po ako at very thankful. Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng sumuporta sa akin… Dapat Christmas pa po ’to pero unfortunately, nagkasakit ako. May lumalabas kasi na sinadya ko raw i-cancel pero hindi naman nila alam kung ano talaga ang nangyari. Ngayon na bumalik ako, ito ang patunay na gagawin ko naman talaga [ang special].”

Since she is all geared up to make us swoon this Valentine’s, we can’t help but wonder if this young talent has a certain Valentine this year. When asked who her Valentine date is this year, the young singer said, “Family ko po!” But she admitted that there is young new foreign singer who has expressed a romantic interest in her. Although it has only gone as far as leaving messages, she has finally gotten permission from her mom to start dating. “Si Mommy po, sabi niya pwede na po but I think hindi pa talaga. Minsan naiisip ko nga na i-try pero hindi pa talaga ako ready.

Charice’s mom is definitely a big part of her Valentine’s. She is not only her mother but also mentor, friend, supporter and definitely biggest fan. As she was watching her daughter rehearse, she couldn’t help but cry. We all know that the mom-daughter tandem struggled through real tough times. One of the songs she will be performing in the GMA special is the song they apparently comforted themselves with when Charice felt like giving up after losing in singing competitions. “Nang time na natalo siya, depress na depress siya nun… tingnan mo ’tong kanta na ’to, pakinggan mo ’to. Ito ang magbibigay sa’yo ng inspirasyon. Kasi ayaw na niyang sumali sa singing contest,” shared Mommy Rachel to “Chika Minute” of GMA news “24 Oras.”

It makes us contemplate on who our Valentines are. We do get caught up racking our brains on how to impress our boyfriends and girlfriends. But when you think of the kind of love and sacrifice our parents has bestowed in our lives, it’s a no brainer.





“Charice: Home for Valentine’s” will air on February 13, 8:30 p.m., under the direction of Louie Ignacio on GMA-7.


AGB Mega Manila People's Ratings February 1 - 3: 'Temptation of Wife' is Unbeatable Leader on Daytime

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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 February 1 - 3, 2011:

February 1, Tuesday

Daytime:
1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 12%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 10.2%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 8.4%
4. Alakdana (GMA-7) / Little Star (GMA-7) - 7.3%
5. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Ikaw Pa...Eh Love Kita (ABS-CBN) - 5%
6. Kapuso Movie Festival: Wala Na Bang Pag-ibig? (GMA-7) - 4.5%
7. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 3.9%
8. Bianong Bulag (ABS-CBN) / Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 3.8%
9. Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 3.7%
10. Face To Face (TV5) / I Love You So: Autumn's Concerto (ABS-CBN) - 3.5%

Primetime:
1. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 14.8%
2. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 12.1%
3. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 11.7%
4. Bantatay (GMA-7) / Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 11.5%
5. The Baker King (GMA-7) - 11.1%
6. Mutya (ABS-CBN) / Machete (GMA-7) / Beauty Queen (GMA-7) - 10.8%
7. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 9.3%
8. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 9.1%
9. Willing Willie (TV5) - 8.3%
10. Kristine (ABS-CBN) - 6.5%

February 2, Wednesday

Daytime:
1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 13.2%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 11.2%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 9.1%
4. Alakdana (GMA-7) - 7.4%
5. Little Star (GMA-7) - 7.2%
6. Kapuso Movie Festival: Ober Da Bakod Da Movie (GMA-7) - 5.1%
7. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Hostage (ABS-CBN) - 4.7%
8. Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 4.4%
9. One Piece (GMA-7) / Showtime (ABS-CBN) / Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 3.9%
10. Face To Face (TV5) - 3.5%

Primetime:
1. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 14.8%
2. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 13.7%
3. Bantatay (GMA-7) - 12.3%
4. Dwarfina (GMA-7) / Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 11.8%
5. Beauty Queen (GMA-7) - 11.5%
6. The Baker King (GMA-7) - 11.1%
7. Mutya (ABS-CBN) - 11%
8. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 10.8%
9. Machete (GMA-7) - 10.7%
10. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 9.3%

February 3, Thursday

Daytime:
1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 11.9%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 11.3%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 8.5%
4. Alakdana (GMA-7) - 7.9%
5. Little Star (GMA-7) - 7.5%
6. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Eto Na Naman Ako (ABS-CBN) - 5.1%
7. Kapuso Movie Festival: Ikaw Lamang (GMA-7) - 4.3%
8. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 4.2%
9. Jackie Chan Adventures (GMA-7) / Bianong Bulag (ABS-CBN) - 3.9%
10. One Piece (GMA-7) - 3.8%

Primetime:
1. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 14.1%
2. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 12.6%
3. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 12.1%
4. Beauty Queen (GMA-7) - 11.9%
5. Mutya (ABS-CBN) - 11.7%
6. The Baker King (GMA-7) - 11.6%
7. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 11%
8. Bantatay (GMA-7) / Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 10.9%
9. Machete (GMA-7) - 10.7%
10. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 9.2%

Source: AGB Nielsen Phils.


Kantar Media/TNS National Household TV Ratings February 1 - 3: GMA-7 Leads Daytime, ABS-CBN Tops Primetime

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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 February 1 - 3, 2011:

February 1, Tuesday

Daytime:
1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 23.8%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 18.3%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 16.4%
4. I Love You So: Autumn's Concerto (ABS-CBN) - 14.8%
5. Little Star (GMA-7) - 13.1%
6. Showtime (ABS-CBN) / Alakdana (GMA-7) / Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 12.2%
7. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Ikaw Pa...Eh Love Kita (ABS-CBN) / Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 11.9%
8. Alyna (ABS-CBN) - 11.1%
9. Bianong Bulag (ABS-CBN) - 10.6%
10. Kapuso Movie Festival: Wala Na Bang Pag-ibig? (GMA-7) - 10%

Primetime:
1. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 36.3%
2. Mutya (ABS-CBN) 30.9%
3. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 29.7%
4. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 26.8%
5. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 26%
6. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 21.9%
7. Sabel (ABS-CBN) - 21.7%
8. Bantatay (GMA-7) - 19.4%
9. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 17.8%
10. Machete (GMA-7) - 16.3%

February 2, Wednesday

Daytime:
1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 22.1%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 19.9%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 16.4%
4. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Hostage (ABS-CBN) - 14%
5. Little Star (GMA-7) - 13.2%
6. Showtime (ABS-CBN) / I Love You So: Autumn's Concerto (ABS-CBN) - 12.6%
7. Alakdana (GMA-7) - 12.4%
8. Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 11.7%
9. Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 11.1%
10. Bianong Bulag (ABS-CBN) - 10.6%

Primetime:
1. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 34.6%
2. Mutya (ABS-CBN) - 29.9%
3. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 29.8%
4. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 26.4%
5. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 24.4%
6. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 22.1%
7. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 19.8%
8. Bantatay (GMA-7) - 19.5%
9. Sabel (ABS-CBN) - 19.1%
10. Beauty Queen (GMA-7) - 18.6%

February 3, Thursday

Daytime:
1. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 21.3%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 18.7%
3. Koreana (GMA-7) - 14%
4. I Love You So: Autumn's Concerto (ABS-CBN) - 13.6%
5. Kapamilya Blockbusters: 'Eto Na Naman Ako (ABS-CBN) - 12.5%
6. Juanita Banana (ABS-CBN) - 11.9%
7. Malparida (ABS-CBN) - 11.6%
8. Little Star (GMA-7) - 11.3%
9. Alakdana (GMA-7) - 11.2%
10. Alyna (ABS-CBN) - 11.1%

Primetime:
1. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 36.8%
2. Mutya (ABS-CBN) - 31.9%
3. Noah (ABS-CBN) - 30%
4. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 26.6%
5. Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 24.8%
6. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 21.5%
7. Sabel (ABS-CBN) - 20.5%
8. Beauty Queen (GMA-7) - 19.9%
9. Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 19.5%
10. The Baker King (GMA-7) - 19%

Source: Kantar Media / TNS


Happy Yipee Yehey - ABS CBN's Newest Daily Noontime Show

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On February 12, Friday, ABS-CBN will launch its newest noontime show titled "Happy Yipee Yehey."

Randy Santiago and John Estrada will lead the roster of wackiest and wittiest game show hosts to grace our daily noontime TV habit composed of Mariel Rodriguez, Toni Gonzaga, Bentong, YouTube star Jober, Bianca Manalo, and Pinoy Big Brother winner Melai Cantiveros.

The show promises to offer exciting games, surprise numbers, and big-time prizes.


Kim Chiu, Two-Timer?

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ABS-CBN starts the love month right. As an early Valentine treat, “Your Song” reunites Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson this Sunday, February.

After the success of their last movie together “Till my Heartaches End”, Kim and Gerald are back in each other’s arms just for “Your Song.”

The story revolves around Kim and the dilemma she’s about to face concerning her best friend and soon-to-be-lover. A gay friend convinces Kim to act as his wife in front of his friend’s dying father. Kim, knowing that it is her best friend asking for help, says yes. However, little did she know that Gerald, who is her suitor and soon-to-be-lover, is the brother of her gay friend. Gerald, clueless of Kim’s intention, assumed that Kim is a two-timer. How will Kim manage to get out of these troubles?

Find out on “Your Song Presents Kim” this Sunday, February 6 after ASAP Rocks on ABS-CBN.


Get Ready For a Fiercer ‘Imortal’ Season 2

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The phenomenal primetime series on ABS-CBN, ‘Imortal,’ sinks its fangs to a fiercer plot in the coming weeks.

Viewers are in for a more raging story as ‘Imortal’ sets on its new chapter. Directors Jerry Lopez-Sineneng, Richard V. Somes and Trina Dayrit promised in an interview that the tale between the Sangres (vampires) and the Wayas (werewolves) will definitely intensify. “Mas dapat abangan ng mga manonood yung mga darating na mga eksena. Ibang klase na ang takbo ng kwento,” Direk Jerry shared. “Mas titindi pa ang labanang pangil sa pangil,” Direk Richard said. Direk Trina whole-heartedly agreed to what her co-directors have expressed.

‘Imortal’ stars John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin are both preparing for their heaped on fight scenes. “Patuloy pa rin kaming nagtetraining para sa mga fight scenes namin. Lalo na ako na hindi naman talaga ako action star,” John Lloyd expressed. On the other hand, Angel shared, “Syempre araw-araw kami naghahanda. Ayaw naman namin mapahiya sa mga tumututok sa Imortal gabi-gabi. Mula sa mga dialogues hanggang sa mga palaban na eksena, pinaghahandaan talaga namin yan.”

Season two of Imortal tackles the changes between the lives of Lia (Angel) and Mateo (John Lloyd). Mateo’s “death” alters everything. Lia runs away from the taong lobos, heartbroken that her kind was responsible for the death of the man she loved. She tries to start a new life using a different name, a different personality but, she cannot run away from the painful memories of Mateo.

To her ignorance, Mateo is alive, saved by Samantha’s bite. Now a powerful vampire, Mateo seeks revenge against the taong lobos who persecuted him and killed his father. He wants revenge against Lia - the woman he loved more than life itself but who also betrayed him. How will the two bring back the love they once had for each other if circumstances tell them otherwise?

Meanwhile, ‘Imortal’ continues to garner high ratings. Based on Kantar Media’s nationwide ratings result, Imortal averaged a high of 26.2% for the month of January. It is consistently included in the top five programs nationwide for the past months.

Along with its fierce plot is Imortal’s web-counterpart which already earned 12 million hits. The website offers the hair-raising hidden chapters of the mentioned series, Anino’t Panaginip, accessible via http://imortal.abs-cbn.com. Log on to the official website of your favorite suspense-drama series and open the unseen world of the Sangres and the Wayas which also showcases a role-playing game called ‘Pangil.’ Also, watch out for the more exciting features on the website.

Brace yourself for the upcoming heart-pumping episodes of Imortal as ABS-CBN gives you Imortal’s new chapter, weeknights after ‘Mara Clara.’ For updates log on to www.abs-cbn.com and follow abscbndotcom on Twitter.


Rima Ostwani Will Be Paired With Jolo Revilla in 'Kapitan Inggo'

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The real heir of the 'Agimat' is back on the boob tube starting February 7 as Jolo Revilla breathes life to Kapitan Inggo, the newest offering of ABS-CBN's "Agimat presents Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla".

After giving life to the TV version of Pepeng Agimat more than a year ago, Jolo is back to reprise once again a character that his grandfather, Ramon Revilla Sr., portrayed during the '80s. "This will be the second time that I will be giving life to a classic character originally played by my grandfather. Siyempre the pressure is there, but full support naman ang family ko sa akin. Ayoko naman sila pahiyain siyempre po," Jolo shared.

As Jolo sets on with his new adventure as Kapitan Inggo, he will be supported by a list of veteran and highly-admired stars: Gary Estrada, Jomari Yllana, Ana Capri, Liza Lorena, Timmy Cruz, Jay-R Siaboc, Maurice Mabutas of Star Circle Quest and Rima Ostwani as Jolo's leading lady.

Kapitan Inggo is originally a 1984 film starred by Ramon Revilla Sr. The story revolves around Kapitan Inggo and how his amulet helps him become invincible.

Get ready for a whole new voyage as Jolo Revilla takes you to a action/adventure-filled afternoon starting February 7 for Agimat presents Kapitan Inggo, weekdays after Showtime on ABS-CBN.


'Mutya' Debuts Strongly!

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“Mutya,” the newest series to join the primetime race, swam its way to a strong debut as it garnered a 32.6% national rating according to Kantar Media last Monday, January 31.

Beating the rival network’s show who only earned a 19.6% national rating, “Mutya” landed on the second spot of the top 20 programs with its pilot episode.




The whole cast, staff and crew celebrated the success of their show’s premiere right after learning the good news via a thanksgiving party. Directors Erick Salud and Jojo Saguin are very happy with how the viewers embraced their first episode. “Masaya siyempre. All the preparations for the pilot ay naging worth it,” Direk Erick expressed. “This serves as a push for us, the whole team, to do better sa mga susunod na episodes,” Direk Jojo said.

Meanwhile, for those who missed the pilot episode of the newest primetime delight, no need to worry for a “Mutya” marathon will happen this Saturday after E-Live, 4pm to 5:45pm.

Join “Mutya” in her undersea adventure, Mondays to Fridays, after ‘Noah’ on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.


Rich Herrera and Rich Hardin Join Kris Aquino in 'The Price is Right'

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The Queen of All Media Kris Aquino will start taping "The Price Is Right", ABS-CBN's version of the U.S. game show of the same title, tomorrow, February 5.

Joining Kris are Amazing Race Asia winners Rich Herrera and Rich Hardin to do on cam product description and "come on down" voicing.

According to Kris, "Tomorrow we start taping Price Is Right, Rich Herrera & Rich Hardin (fr Amazing Race) r joining me to do on cam product description/"come on down" voicing."

The Philippine version of "The Price is Right" was first aired on ABC5 (now known as TV5) and is hosted by Dawn Zulueta. The ABS-CBN version of the show is said to be put on primetime and will go head to head with Willie Revillame's "Willing Willie" on TV5. And just like Willie's game-variety show, "The Prize is Right" will also give away a brand new car, condominium and millions of Pesos to all the winners.

"The Price is Right" will be aired daily starting this month.


Kapamilya Network Leads Nationwide TV Ratings in January 2011, According To Kantar Media

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ABS-CBN Corporation, the country's largest Filipino-owned multimedia conglomerate, opened the year 2011 on top as its programs continue to dominate the national TV ratings, according to the latest report of Kantar Media.

For the month of January, ABS-CBN garnered a 40% audience share or nine points higher than GMA-7's 31% on primetime despite the Kapuso Channel's two new nightly offerings.

ABS-CBN's primetime series Noah starring Piolo Pascual and Zaijian Jaranilla got a 27.6% rating or 4.6 points higher than Dwarfina when GMA-7 launched it last January 10.

More Filipinos preferred the remake of Mara Clara on ABS-CBN, which rated even higher with 29.6% or 10.6 points more than the remake of Machete when it debuted on GMA-7 last January 24 with only 19%.

On the other hand, ABS-CBN's own new offering, the fantaserye Mutya, instantly made a splash with a rating of 32.6% during its maiden episode last January 31.

Overall, nine ABS-CBN programs made it to the country's top 10 most-watched programs in January topped by Mutya.

In close second was Mara Clara with an average rating of 30% and followed by Noah with 27.7%.

TV Patrol, the most-viewed primetime newscast in the country, obtained 27.2% national ratings and placed third in the top 10 list.

For its timeslot, TV Patrol has been consistently beating 24 Oras (20.8%) and TV5's Willing-Willie (12.8%), contrary to the impression being claimed by other sources.

The other ABS-CBN programs in the top 10 include Imortal (26.3%) in 5th place, followed by weekend top-raters Wansapanataym (24.3%) and Maalaala Mo Kaya (23.4%).

Korina Sanchez's Rated K (21.6%) topped all current affairs programs and placed eighth overall in the top 10 list, while Goin Bulilit (21.2%) placed 10th.

The Kapamilya Network remains number one nationwide with the highest overall audience share of 36% over GMA-7's audience share of 34% for the month of January.

ABS-CBN generated net income of P2.9 billion for the first nine months of 2010, as it sustained into the third quarter the strong growth momentum in regular advertising revenues in the first semester. This profit level is more than double the net income of P1.3 billion in the first nine months of 2009.

Kantar Media, a global market research group, offers audience research measurement systems in 32 countries. It started releasing its Philippine television audience measurement data in February 2009 with panels composed of 1,370 representative households covering urban Philippines and reporting on seven [sic] sectors - National Capital Region, North Luzon, Central Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

ABS-CBN shifted to Kantar Media/TNS after filing a case vs. AGB Nielsen Media Research for failing to comply with its request to investigate alleged cheating and data tampering in TV ratings. The case is still pending in court.


Kapuso Network Snags Top Spot Nationwide

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ABS-CBN may soon lose its claim as the national ratings leader. If it doesn’t shape up. The Kapuso network sealed its leadership in Mega Manila last January and in the recent NUTAM data that covers the entire Philippines, GMA Network showed upward ratings trend, and in fact, displaced ABS-CBN in both audience share and people rating.

As a matter of fact, GMA Network has become the no.1 network, according to data supplied by the independent research group AGB Nielsen, with 33.4 average audience share, 0.7 higher than the Kapamilya’s 32.7. In the people rating category, the Kapuso network soared slightly, 0.1 higher than ABS-CBN. GMA Network scored 6.6 versus ABS-CBN’s 6.5.

The data cover the period Jan. 10 to 25.

From September 2003, the Kapuso station has become th favorite network among TV households in Mega Manila, giving the Kapamilya difficult time to regain its lead held in 16 years.

Can the Kapuso network finally claim it’s the no. 1 network in the entire archipelago?

If the figures we have right now continue in the coming months, the Kapamilya network might just settle in the second spot.

The Kapamilya network’s bosses could be in panic mode these days. Last Monday, it piloted Mutya, a material based upon Pablo S. Gomez’s komiks serial. It’s fantasy, and the reading that launch is giving us is the network is going back to a format that once gave it considerable lead in the ratings race not too long ago.

But these days, the Kapuso network seems to have refined the format and is winning new audiences with its two new series launched this month—Dwarfina and Machete.

How about the Pangilinan-led TV5? Despite the recent multi-million investment to push the channel, TV5 remains a far third. It was 17.6 points behind GMA in audience share with only 15.8 points; and 3.5 points behind GMA in people rating with only 3.1.

Not even the romance between Willie Revillame and Shalani Soledad being cooked up by the Revillame spinners can give the fledgling network enough teeth to bite ABS-CBN, more so GMA Network.


'Alakdana' Pulled High Ratings on Its Pilot Airing

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GMA Network’s afternoon drama series "Alakdana" easily strikes its magic among viewers after it pulled in high pilot rating last Jan. 24 based on people data from the more widely recognized ratings service Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.

Alakdana has outranked its competition on its debut with a rating of 8.1 percent, almost double the 3.9 percent of its counterpart program on the rival channel. This impressive lead continued on the Tuesday and Wednesday after it posted 6.7 percent on Jan. 25 and 6.8 percent on Jan. 26.

Under the direction of Mac Alejandre, Alakdana is headlined by promising Tween star Louise de los Reyes who quickly captivates audiences with her striking charisma and sheer talent. Direk Mac has only good words for Louise who is touted to become one of the network’s prized leading ladies in the years to come.

The series is expected to set even higher ratings on the coming days especially when Adana (Louise) gets to confront her dark secret of having a scorpion tail on her back. She’ll meet Billy (Paulo Avelino) who will capture her heart and become her confidant when people mock her for having an unusual feature.

Moreover, Adana ’s life turns upside down when she heads out to Manila together with her mother Teresa (Jean Garcia) and crosses path with the family of Zoila (Jobelle Salvador), the woman responsible for her cursed tail.

Could there still be hope for Adana, who yearns to grow up like a normal girl and lead a normal life? Will true love be enough to end the curse on Adana?

Viewers will get another chance to watch in full swing the beginning of the story of Adana as GMA airs the pilot week episodes of the afternoon series this Saturday, Jan. 29 before Eat Bulaga.

Expect more revelations and twists as the drama continues in Alakdana weekdays after Eat Bulaga on GMA’s Dramarama sa Hapon block.


Clara is a David… Mara is The Real Del Valle

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A grand celebration is in store for the real Del Valle, Mara (Kathryn Bernardo) as she turns 16 in the coming episodes of the top-rating primetime series, “Mara Clara.”

After the unexpected reversal of fortune, Mara will be given a huge party for her 16th birthday as insisted by her parents Amante (Bobby Andrews) and Alvira (Dimples Romana). Mara will shine as she dances with more than 16 guys.

Makaksama ko po dito mahigit na labing-anim na Kapamilya male stars. Kung sino sila, yun ang dapat abangan ng mga taga-subaybay,” Kathryn expressed.

On the other hand, Clara, will also be celebrating her birthday but without a luxurious bash. Clara will be spending it with her real father Gary (Jhong Hilario).With grief and envy, Clara gatecrashes on Mara’s birthday party. Is she planning something bad against Mara?

Meanwhile, “Mara Clara” continues to boom in ratings. According to Kantar Media’s national ratings result for the month of January, they gained a 29.9% average rating, maintaining the top spot in the most watched shows in the country. Last Monday, January 31, Mara Clara earned its highest national rating to date, 34.6%, against its rival program 17.3%.

Expect the unexpected on Mara Clara as the girls turn 16 and open another chapter of their life, weeknights on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida after “Mutya.”

For more updates, log-on to www.abs-cbn.com or http://teamkapamilya.multiply.com or follow us at abscbndotcom on Twitter.


Jasmine Curtis-Smith Plays Mermaid in 'Pidol’s Wonderland' This Sunday

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Jasmine Curtis-Smith topbills a two-part Valentine special of Pidol’s Wonderland titled “Jesebilbil” for two Sundays of the month, February 6 and 13, at 5:30-6:30pm.

The popular teen star plays a mermaid-turned-human with Cai Cortez, Karel Marquez and Martin Escudero on the cast.




In a world found at the bottom of the sea, a mermaid is miserable with her weight problem. Aghast with her flabs, Jesebilbil (Cai Cortez) will try to solve her heavy problem by making a pact with Aruana (Karel Marquez) to turn her into a gorgeous human. It’s goodbye fats for Jesebilbil and hello to a stunningly beautiful transformation as Jessa (Jasmine Curtis-Smith). Just when she’s about to enjoy her new life and the affection she’s getting from Ronaldo (Martin Escudero), the consequence of the pact has yet to take a toll on her. Will Jessa end up with the man she loves?




Dive into Jasmine’s special under the sea adventure on February 6 and 13 , Sunday, 5:30pm on TV5.


Sneak Peek - "World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles"

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For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world - Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces, in Columbia Pictures' new sci-fi action-thriller “World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles.”

As people everywhere watch the world’s great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It’s up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered before.

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, “World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles” stars Aaron Eckhart (“The Dark Knight”), Michelle Rodriguez (“The Fast and the Furious”) and Bridget Moynahan (“The Recruit”).




A film like “World Invasion” defies genres - it has elements of action, science fiction and war thrown into one. And that's exactly what attracted most of the cast and crew to the project.

"I grew up on these types of movies," director Jonathan Liebesman shares. "War movies and science-fiction films are my favorite. Whether it's `Braveheart' or `Alien', or `Terminator.' And here you get to meld the two."

But Liebesman is very specific about which genre comes first: "It's not an alien movie that happens to have soldiers. It's a war movie with aliens."

That spirit is also what drew Aaron Eckhart, who plays Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz in the film. Sgt. Nantz leads a platoon of marines into the City of Angels after it comes under attack by invading aliens. "I did this because of director, Jonathan Liebesman," Eckhart says. "I felt that he wanted to make a realistic war movie, and that's what I wanted to do."

Opening soon across the Philippines, “World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit http://www.columbiapictures.com.ph for trailers, exclusive content and free downloads. Like us at www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH and join our fan contests.


"I Am Number Four" - New Sci-Fi Thriller From "Transformers" Producer

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From the director of the No. 1 box-office hit “Eagle Eye” and the producer of the blockbuster “Transformers” series comes DreamWorks Pictures' “I Am Number Four,” a suspense-filled action-thriller featuring relatable, engaging characters grounded in the familiar realm of high school but caught up in a deadly manhunt.

Based on the best-selling book by Pittacus Lore, “I Am Number Four” revolves about an extraordinary young man, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), who is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events - his first love (Dianna Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.

The film’s classic dramatic elements are set to draw the audience into the thriller from the opening scene to the climax. The lead character, John Smith, is struggling with the realization that who he always thought he was and who he really is are polar opposites, and he must make up his mind whether or not to accept his destiny - and the sacrifices it entails.



As producer Michael Bay says, “John aka Number Four has a destiny that’s going to catch up to him whether he wants to face it or not. That’s where the drama of this movie comes from. This teenager finally finds what he’s looking for, but he can’t have it because he has to save the world first.

At the same time, John is a typical teen, pushing boundaries, challenging his guardian Henri at every turn, but not fully realizing the consequences. It is real-life drama with high stakes.

The character-driven suspense will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. As director D.J. Caruso explains, “The more you care about a character on a real level, when you put him or her in suspenseful situations, the more real and the more terrifying the suspense is going to be because you really feel for that character.

Caruso found that combining the real-life drama the characters experience in “I Am Number Four” with their otherworldly abilities and keeping it “real” was both an enjoyable experience and a challenge for him as a filmmaker. “The thing I enjoyed the most was keeping the drama incredibly real so that when the fantastical kicked in, you were relating to it on a human level,” he says.

“I Am Number Four” is the biggest effects movie Caruso has ever done and he is finding Michael Bay’s experience as a director of such mega-hits as “Transformers” and “Armageddon” an invaluable help. “Michael has been very helpful with the physicality of what needs to happen on set when you are dealing with a CG character,” explains Caruso.

Michael Bay equally admires his director, “D.J. has an incredible ability to get in touch with the reality of his young characters’ lives. It’s not easy to make an alien kid with super powers feel real - an authentic hero that audiences could relate to.”

Caruso was immediately captivated by the story of “I Am Number Four,” particularly the character of John Smith, played by Alex Pettyfer. “I was really attracted to it from the character standpoint - this disenfranchised teenager who keeps moving around, not really putting down roots, and trying to figure out who he is. At the same time, he’s got this hidden destiny. I thought it was a really cool story.

Caruso admits that he is interested in characters who are going through a dark period. “Through that darkness they figure out where the light is, and they find something good. What I enjoy exploring is the notion that you have to experience some bad things in order to grow up, and to find out who you are. Thematically, that happens in this movie as well.”

Opening soon across the Philippines, “I Am Number Four” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.


Adventure-Filled Animes Premiere on 'Hero' This February

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Hero TV, the most-wanted anime channel in the Philippines, proudly brings four new heart-hitting animated series that are sure to jazz-up and satisfy everyone’s daily anime cravings. Catch the explosion of heart academy in Code-E, Huntik, Familiar of Zero and Yugi Oh GX III premiering on Hero this February.


CODE E


Code E’s story revolves around witty high school girl Chinami Ebihara, who’s gifted with a special power. Being able to produce electromagnetic waves by means of her emotion, Chinami can affect any electric material. In one fateful day, a boy named Kotaro Kannagi witnessed her electromagnetic ability and became interested to study her. Catch Code E premiering on February 15, Tuesday, 4:00p.m. and 12:00 a.m. with replays at 8:00 a.m.


HUNTIK


Travel the most remote and unknown places around the globe and uncover the legendary creatures buried for centuries called the Titans with the help of the Huntik Foundation - a loosely organized confederation of philanthropists, adventurers and historians. Watch Huntik beginning February 15, Tuesday, fresh episodes at 2:30p.m. and 10:30 p.m. with replays at 6:30 a.m.


FAMILIAR OF ZERO


Zero success in everything doesn’t always mean losing all the chances. This is what “Zero Louise” is in Familiar of Zero. She continues to strive hard and prove to her schoolmates at Tristein Academy of Magic that she can be also good with magic. Familiar of Zero premiers on February 17, Thursday,fresh episode at 3:30 p.m. and and 11:30p.m. with replays at 7:30 a.m.


YUGIOH GX III


Judei Yuki’s card game adventures continue on the third installment of Yugi Oh GX III. With more exciting winning tactics and more duelers to battle, Judei and his friends were even more ready to win every battle on their third year at the Duel Academy. Don’t miss this amazing third season of Yugi Oh GX III beginning on February 28, Monday,fresh episodes at 1:00 p.m. and 9:00p.m. with replays at 5:00 a.m.


MAJOR 5


Also catch the much-awaited return of Major 5 on Hero this month. Pursuing his dream of becoming a professional baseball player like his father, Goro is now even more determined to face the different challenges on the field.

So join in and get inspired by our new and seasoned Hero TV champions and fulfill your destiny of becoming the hero that you always aspire to be.

Hero TV (Channel 44) is available on Sky Cable Gold, SkyCable Silver and other quality cable operators nationwide.


‘I Heart You Pare’ Premieres This February 7 on GMA-7

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Philippine primetime’s most awaited romantic-comedy series is set to air its pilot episode this Monday night!

Beginning February 7, GMA Network takes a bold step towards revolutionizing the landscape of local TV programming this year by introducing a refreshingly out-of-the-ordinary primetime offering that will definitely leave audiences in awe of its wildly inventive and amusing storyline. Viewers will be delighted to watch their favorite stars playing unusual roles in the romantic-comedy series, I ♥ You Pare (I Heart You Pare).

Starring the blockbuster leads of Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and 2010 Star Awards for TV Best Actor Dingdong Dantes, this lighthearted Telebabad series features Regine in an offbeat role as Tonya/Tonette, a conservative, old-fashioned probinsyana who crosses paths with the carefree, impulsive guy Kenneth played by Dingdong.




I ♥ You Pare is the first primetime team up of both stars, who underwent major makeovers not just with their looks but also in the characters they portray, something that their fans and supporters should watch out for. Regine has been the reigning queen of the romantic comedy genre, with her star power expected to shine ever more as she reinvents herself with an entirely new role in the series. Dingdong, who was recently nominated as Best Actor at the 15th Asian Television Awards, displays his versatility as he dabbles in comedy for the very first time.

Leading the grand ensemble of cast is a pool of talented actors whose characters are very close to Tonya’s heart: witness a surprising performance from veteran actor Tirso Cruz III who plays a gay role for the first time, as Uncle Cesar, Tonya’s protective uncle ; comebacking actors Boy Alano as Coka and Joel Saracho as Pepsi, the close friends of Uncle Cesar known as Soft Drink Beauties; heartthrob Marc Abaya, who won the Best Supporting Actor Award for his latest indie film, makes hearts flutter as he assumes the character of Joel, a friendly and flirtatious hunk who would fall in love with Tonya; and theater actress Via Antonio unleashes her comedic genius and acting prowess as Polly, Tonya’s queer bestfriend.





Playing equally vital roles are the characters associated with Kenneth including Ian Veneracion as Ramon, Kenneth’s “perfect brother”; Luz Valdez as Charito; Kenneth’s religious Tita; Butz Aquino as Henry, Kenneth’s domineering father; and Luane Dy as Nikki, the woman torn between brothers Kenneth and Ramon.

Spicing up Kenneth and Tonya’s lives are Ehra Madrigal as Mandy, Kenneth’s obsessive lover; Antonio Aquitania as Sonny Boy, Mandy’s gangster brother; Kevin Santos as Joni, Kenneth’s homophobic bestfriend; and Carlo Gonzales as Caloy, Sonny Boy’s henchman who is in love with Mandy.

Making I ♥ You Pare even grander are the scene-stealing actors and actresses who join Tonette and Kenneth in Club Love: Paolo Ballesteros as Vodka, Club Love’s star performer and Tonette’s fiercest rival; Joey Paras as Serbeza, Tonette’s friend in Club Love; Peter Serrano as Brandy, Vodka’s partner in crime; and Miss Celia Rodriguez as Mama Marita, Kenneth’s aunt who owns Club Love.

During one fateful night, Tonya and Kenneth meet in a bar in Vigan. As they spend time at the bar drinking and getting acquainted, Tonya and Kenneth share an accidental kiss. After this unexpected encounter, Tonya and Kenneth part ways and lead separate lives. By some weird twist of fate, Tonya and Kenneth meet again, this time with Tonya posing as the gay Tonette in the bar that Kenneth manages.

While both Tonette and Kenneth share not just the same fate of hiding from their misfortunes but also each other’s secrets and inhibitions, will the truth find a way to spark romance between the unlikely lovers? Will there be a happily ever after ending for the conservative Tonya and the happy-go-lucky Kenneth, or will it be a crazy love story between the flamboyant Tonette and the alpha male Kenneth?

Directed by Andoy Ranay and Bb. Joyce Bernal together with Denoy Navarro-Punio as headwriter, I ♥ You Pare also showcases special musical and production numbers from Regine as she struts on stage with 15 professional drag performers known as Club Love Gays who were scrupulously selected from more than 200 professional impersonators and entertainers who auditioned to be part of the series.

I ♥ You Pare’s theme songs, True Romance from Regine’s latest album Fantasy and This Guy’s In Love With You Pare, which was originally sung by Parokya ni Edgar, gets a new interpretation from Regine and Dingdong.

Join the fresh tandem of Regine and Dingdong as they give the performance of their lives in I ♥ YOU PARE beginning Monday, February 7 right after Machete on GMA Telebabad.

Viewers worldwide can also catch the much anticipated premiere of I ♥ YOU PARE beginning February 9 only on GMA Pinoy TV.


Angel Locsin and Charice Are Nominated in the 2011 Shorty Awards

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For two years in a row, Angel Locsin (@143redangel) is again nominated in the Actress Shorty Award Leaders category of the 3rd Shorty Awards - a competition for best producers of real-time content.

The "Imortal" star who is currently on third place is competing against Stana Katic of American TV series Castle who is now on top spot and Vampire Diaries lead female star Nina Dobrev on second place.




When asked about her nomination, the 25-year-old Kapamilya actress said, "Alam mo, I really have the best followers talaga. Sila kasi ang nagboboto. Wala akong idea. Siguro dahil 'yon ang paniniwala nila kaya ni-nominate nila ako sa Shorty.

"Nakakatuwa lang kasi kapag nakikita mo, mga taga-ibang bansa daw. Ako lang daw 'yong Pilipinong nakapasok do'n. Sana pumasok ako." she added.

There are 30 official categories for the 3rd Shorty Awards. Some of the categories include Actor, Actress, Customer Service, Design, Music, Entertainment, Health, News, Politics, Humor, Literature, Televison, Social Media, etc.

Meanwhile, Pinay international singing sensation Charice (@OfficialCharice) is vying for Celebrity Shorty Award Leaders category and is now on 17th spot following Britney Spears (@britneyspears) who is in 16th place.




To vote for Angel Locsin and Charice, visit the Shorty website, click on Actress category for Angel and Celebrity category for Charice, type in their twitter handle and the reason why do you think they deserve to win the award, and finally, "click tweet you vote!" button.

Dubbed as the Oscars and Tonys for Twitter writers, the Shorty Awards honor the best people and organizations on Twitter and social media.



Lindsay Lohan Suspect in Jewelry Theft

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Lindsay Lohan, who recently finished a 90-day rehab program at a Rancho Mirage, California due to DUI conviction in 2007, is again facing another possible criminal charges - this time, theft.

According to a report by radaronline on Tuesday, Lohan is reportedly being considered a suspect in the theft of a high end piece of jewelry.

Cops have asked a Los Angeles court for a search warrant for Lohan’s Venice Beach home, explaining that they have possession of a photograph and video in which Lohan is seen wearing the missing piece of jewelry which includes a necklace with $ 5,000 value.

But it is still unclear whether the judge approved the search warrant.


Careless Lies Go Awry in “Just Go With It”

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In Columbia Pictures' new romantic comedy “Just Go With It,” a plastic surgeon (Adam Sandler), romancing a much younger schoolteacher, enlists his loyal assistant (Jennifer Aniston) to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie. When more lies backfire, the assistant's kids become involved, and everyone heads off for a weekend in Hawaii that will change all their lives.

At the center of “Just Go With It” is an everyday guy who has let a careless lie get away from him. “At the beginning of the movie, my character, Danny, was going to get married, but he gets his heart broken,” says Adam Sandler. “The night of his heartbreak he happens to have the ring on and a young lady is nice to him, because she thinks he’s married and thinks he’s harmless and won’t do anything that other guys were trying to do. A light goes off in his head.

The ring becomes his scheme to avoid getting his heart broken: the ladies think he’s off the table, and with no strings attached, no one gets hurt - especially not Danny. But when he meets Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), the girl of his dreams, his lies come back to haunt him - she thinks he’s married. Instead of coming clean, he chooses to weave an even more tangled web: he invents a fake wife - to be played by his long-suffering assistant, Katherine (Aniston) - from whom he can get a fake divorce, clearing the way for smooth sailing with Palmer.




But that’s just the start - as Danny and Katherine attempt to keep up the charade, the lie keeps getting bigger and bigger. “Every lie has a domino effect,” says director Dennis Dugan who most recently directed Sandler in “Grown Ups,” the star’s biggest worldwide hit to date, taking in more than $260 million.

Before Katherine knows it, her kids, Maggie and Michael, have been looped into the lie, but they’ll need a little more convincing…especially when Michael sees a way to turn the tables on Danny. Before he knows it, Danny is on his way to Hawaii with a fake wife, fake kids, his real cousin (who’s playing the fake wife’s fake boyfriend) - all in an effort to convince Palmer that he’s a stand-up guy.

Overseeing the production is director Dennis Dugan, whose films have taken in more than a billion dollars worldwide. Dugan marks his sixth collaboration with Sandler on “Just Go With It” (and recently wrapped production on their seventh, the comedy “Jack and Jill,” in theaters this fall). The director says that he has enjoyed his fifteen-year relationship with Sandler. “We have a great way of working together,” he says. “I try to figure out what he wants to see, what he wants, what he’s picturing in his head, and then I try to put my spin on it and see how magnificent we can make it.





There's a specific way that we work together,” Dugan adds. “Adam and I have a similar approach to comedy. As crazy as it gets, we try to base it in reality. We tell all the actors who work with us that everybody can get as crazy as they want, but we try to keep it all in the same style.

Opening across the Philippines on February 16, “Just Go With It” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit http://www.columbiapictures.com.ph for trailers, exclusive content and free downloads. Like us at www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH and join our fan contests.


Liam Neeson Must Take Back His Life in “Unknown”

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What if you knew, deep down, who you really were, but couldn’t prove it? And what if someone else - someone you didn’t know - claimed to be you, and everyone believed him?

That is the dilemma at the center of Warner Bros.' new suspense-thriller “Unknown.”

Who or what determines who we are? Is it our friends…our memories…where we come from…a piece of paper…? Where is the proof? Based on the novel by Didier van Cauwelaert, “Unknown” explores exactly that as Dr. Martin Harris, played by Liam Neeson, races through the cold streets of Berlin in order to take back his life, while dodging the men who are hot on his trail and trying to kill him. Though he has no idea why.

The star of “Unknown” was pulled into the story from the start. “For me, it’s always the script, and this was a real page-turner,” Neeson asserts. “My litmus test is this: if I can get to page 50 without stopping for a tea break, then it’s a very good sign. This was such good material that I had to read it all in one sitting.

Liam Neeson plays Dr. Martin Harris, a botanist, who arrives with his wife, Liz, at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin for a biotechnology summit. When Martin realizes that his briefcase didn’t make it into the taxi with them, he grabs another cab to rush back to the airport. But en route, they are in a terrible accident. The driver, Gina, bravely saves Martin’s life but then mysteriously disappears. After lying in a coma for four days, he awakens; with no identification, Martin struggles to remember who he is.

Once he remembers his identity, he urgently tries to locate his wife, assuming she must be frantic with worry,” Neeson relates. But when he finds Liz back at the hotel, she doesn’t know him, and worse, another man is claiming to be him - and Liz believes this “other” Martin.

It’s like reverse amnesia,” director Jaume Collet-Serra reveals. “It’s as if the world has amnesia about him—he absolutely knows who he is, but everyone else has forgotten him.”

The filmmakers all agreed that Neeson was the perfect actor for the role because he has such tremendous screen presence. “I’ve always admired Liam’s work,” Collet-Serra says, “and for a director, he is a generous actor that keeps on giving, on set and on screen. He can be very intense and very subtle at the same time.”

Both would be required; it was essential that the character draw the audience into his psyche, so they would be trying to decipher why all this is happening, right along with him.

The director continues, “One of my concerns was that the viewer has so little time to get to know Martin before everything goes awry. But with Liam, there’s an instant connection. You like him, you believe in him.”

We wanted somebody people would root for,” producer Joel Silver adds. “Liam has great charisma, and is also totally accessible, and those are exactly the traits we needed for Martin Harris.

To the audience, Martin Harris seems to have the perfect marriage and an interesting life,” Neeson explains, “but it’s all suddenly shattered in an instant. He is alone and not just abandoned, but rejected by everyone he thinks he knows. And his every impulse makes him more determined to find out the truth and, more importantly, prove he is who he says he is.

Neeson was attracted to the idea of exploring lost identity. “I totally locked in to what Martin was going through,” he says. “I was an amateur boxer as a kid, and I got my bell rung a few times. It’s always stayed with me, that memory of not having a memory, even for a short time. It was an interesting life experience to draw on for this role.”

Opening across the Philippines on Feb. 16, “Unknown” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


Slow Justice is No Justice in “Faster”

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Columbia Pictures gathers a powerhouse cast for its new action-thriller “Faster” lead by Dwayne Johnson (“The Rundown,” “The Scorpion King”), Billy Bob Thornton (“Eagle Eye”) and newcomer Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Carla Gugino (“Watchmen”), Maggie Grace (“Taken”) and Moon Bloodgood (“Terminator Salvation”).

After 10 years in prison, Driver (Johnson) has a singular focus - to avenge the murder of his brother during the botched bank robbery that led to his imprisonment. Now a free man with a deadly to-do list in hand, he’s finally on his mission…but with two men on his trail - a veteran cop (Thornton) just days from retirement, and a young egocentric hitman (Jackson-Cohen) with a flair for the art of killing and a newfound worthy opponent. The hunter is also the hunted. It’s a do or die race to the list’s finish as the mystery surrounding his brother’s murder deepens, and new details emerge along the way hinting that Driver’s list may be incomplete.

It was a fateful day a few years ago when writer/producer Tony Gayton approached his brother, and "Faster" co-writer, Joe Gayton with the thread of an idea. “I remember imagining a guy in prison on the day of his release getting a speech from the warden then just breaking into a sprint out of the prison gates and going straight to kill someone,” recalls Tony Gayton. “I liked the idea of this introduction where you have no idea who this guy is. He turns out to be the hero out to get revenge for his brother’s murder but he could very well have turned out to be the bad guy.” On that day, the character that would come to be known simply as ‘Driver’ was born.




“(Driver) is like a shark - he has a clear mission,” notes Joe Gayton who also serves as Executive Producer on the film. “It was apparent at this early stage that his determination would provide for a true, high-octane adventure.” As the screenplay evolved, what emerged was not just an action film but also a character study and exploration into the minds of three men - the other two main characters known simply by the monikers ‘Cop’ and ‘Killer.’ But Driver’s mission was at the story’s core and finding the right actor to portray him would be the first target.

Director George Tillman, Jr. responded to the material as a throwback to action films of the 70s. “70s action films have cool heroes but those same heroes also have a dramatic essence; they are complicated characters. I think audiences today yearn for a more sophisticated action film where they can relate to the characters since people are by nature complicated.

Producer Bob Teitel had a similar reaction to the material’s nostalgic factor. “It felt like a movie you don’t really see these days - where the lead character has a presence that immediately commands the audience’s attention and they instantly follow him on his journey. It’s only along that journey that the audience learns more about the character.”

Opening soon across the Philippines, “Faster” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit http://www.columbiapictures.com.ph for trailers, exclusive content and free downloads. Like us at www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH and join our fan contests.


SS501 Hearthrobs To Visit Manila

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K-Pop fans will have an advanced Valentine treat as Kim Kyu Jong and Heo Young Saeng of popular Korean boyband SS501 visit Manila for a one-night-only concert dubbed as “Kyu Jong and Young Saeng and Story In Manila” this Saturday, February 5, 6:30 PM at the PICC.


SS501 - Kim Kyu Jong


SS501 is one of Asia’s most beloved boyband which skyrocketed to fame after their song “Because I’m Stupid” was featured all throughout the series “Boys Over Flower” where their leader Kim Hyun Joong played the role of Ji Hoo.


SS501 - Heo Young Saeng


For more details, visit www.kyusaengstoryinmanila.com. This event was made possible by Greenlight Productions with ABS-CBN as exclusive media partner.


INTRIGA EXPRESS: Marian Rivera "Ang Spooky Mo Presents Bampirella" Soon on GMA-7

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AGB: Mara Clara Tops February 1 Mega Manila Ratings. The "revelation" episode received 14.8% audience share.


GMA-7: Marian Rivera will star in 4-episode a horror-comedy series "Ang Spooky Mo Presents Bampirella" to be directed by Dominic Zapata. The series will be released prior to Marian's epicserye "Amaya".


TV5: Kapatid network's Sunday noontime variety show P.O.5 will be transformed to a new exciting game and musical-variety show. Half of its airtime will be allotted to a game show which will be hosted by husband and wife Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres, while the other half is for a new musical-variety show featuring TV5's biggest contract stars.


@iamtimyap: Actor TJ Trinidad is now engaged to Marga Valdes, sister of bag designer Bea Valdes.


ABS-CBN: Angel Locsin and Bea Alonzo will star in "Maalaala Mo Kaya The Movie", in celebration of its 20th anniversary. The movie will be directed by Laurenti Dyogi under Star Cinema.




@djmotwister: u want 'MO? We give u MO! TGIF welcomes its newest endorser MO TWISTER! Visit TGIF's fan page regularly and catch up with the latest and the hottest proMOs only from TGIF!


Sam Milby Covers CELEBRITY LIVING Magazine February/March 2011 Issue

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Sam Milby in his home is the featured artist in the February-March 2011 issue of Celebrity Living Magazine.

The kapamilya heartthrob shares with Celebrity Living magazine why he doesn’t mind living along in his modern home.

Aside from Sam, three other celebrities also showcased their homes for the magazine: Yeng Constantino, Princess Ryan and Michael Cacnio.

Celebrity Living Magazine February 2011 - March 2011 issue is now available at all magazine stands, bookstores and selected supermarkets nationwide.


Rihanna ‘S&M’ Music Video Released

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Check out the music video of Rihanna‘s “S&M”, a track from her fifth studio album "Loud" which premiered at no. 53 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was written by Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Sandy Wilhelm, and Ester Dean, and produced by Stargate and Sandy Vee.



Na-na-na, come on
Na-na-na, come on
Na-na-na, na-na come on
Na-na-na, come on, come on

Come on, Na-na-na-na come on
Na-na-na, come on
Na-na-na, na-na, come on
Na-na-na, come on, come on
Come on, Na-na-na-na

Feels so good being bad
There's no way I'm turning back
Now the pain is for pleasure, 'cause nothing can measure
Love is great, love is fine
Out the box, out of line
The affliction of the feeling leaves me wanting more.

'Cause I may be bad, but I'm perfectly good at it
Sex in the air, I don't care, I love the smell of it
Stickss and stones may break my bones,
But chains and whips excite me.

'Cause I may be bad, but I'm perfectly good at it
Sex in the air, I don't care, I love the smell of it
Stickss and stones may break my bones,
But chains and whips excite me.

Na-na-na come on, come on
Come on, I like it, like it
Come on, come on, come on
I like it, like it [Na-na-na] come on
Come on, I like it, like it
Come on, come on, come on
I like it, like it.

Love is great, love is fine
Out the box, out of line
The affliction of the feeling leaves me wanting more, oh-uhh.

Na-na-na come on, come on
Come on, I like it, like it
Come on, come on, come on
I like it, like it [Na-na-na] come on
Come on, I like it, like it
Come on, come on, come on
I like it, like it.

S, S, S & M, M, M
S, S, S & M, M, M

Oh, I love the feeling you bring to me
Oh, you turn me on
It's exactly what I've been yearning for
Give it to me strong
And meet me in my boudoir
Give my body some AHH, AHH, AHHHH,
I like it, like it

Na-na-na come on, come on
Come on, I like it, like it
Come on, come on, come on
I like it, like it [Na-na-na] come on
Come on, I like it, like it
Come on, come on, come on
I like it, like it.

S, S, S & M, M, M
S, S, S & M, M, M
S, S, S & M, M, M
S, S, S & M, M, M


Join Sapul Sa Singko's "Santong Paspasan" Speed-Dating Game

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TV5's morning show 'Sapul sa Singko' hosted by Erwin Tulfo, Martin Andanar, Chiqui Roa-Puno, Cheri Mercado, Lourd de Veyra, Shawn Yao, and Atty. Mike Templo offers an exciting activity-game this Valentine season.

Napapadalas ba ang panunuod mo ng chick flicks? Napapakapit ka na lang ba ng mahigpit sa unan habang tinitiis ang lamig ng gabi? Iniiwasan makasalubong ng mga HHWW (holding hands while walking) couple? Puwes, mga sintomas 'yan na kailangan mo na ng significant other sa buhay.

Kaya naman if you're 18 and up, eligible ka to join TV5's Sapul sa Singko speed dating game this Valentine's Day! Live na live ang 'Santong Paspasan' sa February 14 on the show. Email ka lang ng kwento kung bakit karapat-dapat ka mapasama sa game sa lovehurts@tv5.com.ph. Attach mo na rin ang contact number at latest profile photo mo. Open ang game to everyone kahit ano pang sexual orientation mo.

Na-conceptualize ang speed dating game from the show's popular segment 'Love Hurts' kung saan idinudulog ng letter senders ang problema nila sa pag-ibig kina Martin Andanar, Amy Perez and Erwin Tulfo. You should watch the segment para makita niyo ang bagong kinalolokohang segment ngayon sa umaga. Till February 11 na lang ang deadline for joining so sa mga single diyan, kilos na!


Glee Fans Can Look Forward to "Thriller" and Pre-Valentine's Day Episodes This Week

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Now halfway through Season 2, Glee continues to attract viewers with its mix of humor, drama and covers of numerous catchy songs. Returning from its mid-season break, fans will be treated to two new episodes in one week as Glee premieres a special episode after this year's Super Bowl as well as their Valentine's episode this February on ETC and Jack TV.

It will be one "Thriller" of an episode on Monday, February 7, as Glee serves up a special episode called "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle" via satellite at 4 PM with a prime time telecast at 9 PM. Glee takes on the iconic song of Michael Jackson. This football themed episode will see Coach Bieste (Dot-Marie Jones) and Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) plot to bring the warring McKinley High football team and glee club together as well as Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) push her Cheerios to win the cheerleading Nationals.




Meanwhile, on February 9, via satellite at 4PM with a prime time telecast at 9PM, love is in the air as Glee offers a pre-Valentines day episode entitled "Silly Love Songs" that is bound to put you in the mood for love with your significant other.

Glee Season 2 also stars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Dianna Agron, Heather Morris and Naya Rivera. Filipino fans of Glee will also be excited to tune in for the much-awaited return of Sunshine Corazon, the lead singer of rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline as played by our very own Charice.

Second times a charm! Glee took home the Golden Globe for Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical for the second year in a row at the recently concluded awards show. Glee, which is seen first in the Philippines on ETC and Jack TV, also scored big wins for actors Jane Lynch who won Best Performance by an Actress and Chris Colfer for Best Performance by an Actor in a supporting role.

Glee - The Super Bowl Episode airs this Monday, February 7, via satellite at 4PM with a primetime telecast at 9 PM on ETC and Jack TV.


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