Saturday, June 25, 2011

Marian Rivera Becomes Emotional as She Confirms Rift with Heart Evangelista

Kapuso's primetime queen Marian Rivera got emotional as she detailed feud with Heart Evangelista during the "Temptation Island" press conference on Thursday, June 23 at Imperial Palace Suite.

A cheerful Marian came in the presscon but she suddenly burst into tears when the press started to ask her about her alleged fight with her "Temptation Island" co-star and fellow Kapuso actress Heart Evangelista who was absent in the presscon as she and her boyfriend Daniel Matsunaga are currently vacationing in Brazil.

Marian said that there were really disagreements between them but they already cleared them up when they were filming in Laoag, Ilocos. But to her surprised, Heart's mother, Cecile Ongpauco, who reportedly brought along team of bodyguards when they arrived in Manila airport, yelled at her and asked to stay away from her daughter (read related post HERE).

"Kaibigan mo, nagsusumbong sa'yo, ipinagtatanggol mo, alam mo yung gano'n. Tapos biglang gaganituhin ka na hindi mo alam kung anong dahilan na gusto niyang gawin sa akin. Pinalaki ako ng lola ko na may respeto sa mas nakatatanda sa akin pero next time mag-ha-hire na rin ako next time ng isang dosenang bakla na magiging bodyguards ko para magbantay sa akin. Magiging masaya pa.” " Marian said while crying.

Meanwhile, Heart posted series of messages in her twitter account () today in response to fans and friends who seek for her reactions on Marian's admission of their feud. To quote:

so much fun here:)I feel free from all the negativity:) so peaceful:)when your here you can laugh at anything instead of crying:)

someone ...please do something if not i will have no choice.

i may not be on the same page with mom 90% of the time but she is my mother so stop bashing her.if any lie is said...

...with your info displayed then you will get what you deserve.sobra na po talaga.totally not fair anymore.this will be the last time...

..i will tweet about this negative vibe.iam on vacation and having a nice time and all i ever wanted was to finally laugh since...

...all i did was be silent and cry.tama na po.lets not be unfair.god bless and peace to all."

Osama Bin Laden Cell phone Confirms His Link to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Agency

Islamabad, June 24 (ANI): The cell phone recovered in the site where Osama bin Laden was killed and suspected to be owned by his courier contained contacts to a militant group with ties to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.
This may be proved that Bin Laden used the Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen group as a support network inside Pakistan. Questions are now being asked about whether the group and others like it helped shelter and support Bin Laden on behalf of the ISI, given that it had mentored Harakat and allowed it to operate in Pakistan for at least 20 years.
In tracing the calls on the cell phone, American analysts have determined that Harakat commanders had called Pakistani intelligence officials.
According to the New York Times, the cell phone numbers provide leads in the hunt for an answer to the vexed question-How was Bin Laden able to live comfortably for years in Abbottabad, a town dominated by the Pakistani military and only a three-hour drive from Islamabad?
The paper quoted an American official, as saying that it was a serious lead that was worth investigating.
The revelation provides a potentially critical piece of the puzzle about Bin Laden's secret odyssey after he slipped away from American forces in the Tora Bora region of Afghanistan nearly 10 years ago.
It may help answer how and why Bin Laden or his protectors chose Abbottabad, where he was killed in a raid by a Navy Seals team on May 2.
The Harakat reportedly has deep roots in areas in and around Abbottabad, and according to the NYT, the network provided by the group would have enhanced Bin Laden's ability to live and function in Pakistan.
Senior American officials have not named the commanders whose numbers were in the courier's cell phone but said that the militants were in South Waziristan, where Al Qaeda and other groups had been based for years.
The Harakat is one of a host of militant groups set up in the 1980s and early '90s with the approval and assistance of the ISI, to fight as proxies in Afghanistan, initially against the Soviets, or against India in the disputed territory of Kashmir.
Like many groups, it has splintered and renamed itself over the years, and because of their overlapping nature, other groups could have been involved in supporting Bin Laden, too, officials and analysts said. But Harakat, they said, has been a favored tool of the ISI.
It "is one of the oldest and closest allies of Al Qaeda, and they are very, very close to the ISI," the NYT quoted Bruce O. Riedel, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer and the author of "Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad", as saying.
"The question of ISI and Pakistani Army complicity in Bin Laden's hide-out now hangs like a dark cloud over the entire relationship"between Pakistan and the United States, Riedel added.
This fresh disclosure could have an impact in deciding future flow of American aid to Pakistan.
Both the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Mike Rogers, and the panel's ranking Democrat, C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, said this month that they believed that some members of the ISI or the Pakistani Army, either retired or on active duty, were involved in harboring Bin Laden.
Bin Laden's relationship with the ISI dates back to the Mujahedeen insurgency that the Americans and Pakistanis supported against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
Two former militant commanders and one senior fighter were convinced that the ISI played a part in sheltering Bin Laden. Because of their covert existence, they spoke on condition of anonymity.
One of the commanders belonged to Harakat. The other said he had fought as a guerrilla and trained others for 15 years while on the payroll of the Pakistani military, until he quit a few years ago. He said that he had met Bin Laden twice.
Art Keller, a former C.I.A. officer who worked in Pakistan in 2006, said he had heard rumors after he left Pakistan in 2007 that Harakat was providing "background" assistance with logistics in moving and maintaining the Qaeda leader in Pakistan.
It still remains unclear how Bin Laden arrived in Abbottabad, where American officials say he and his family lived for five years, beginning in 2006. The city is home to one of the nation's top military academies, which sits less than a mile from the compound where Bin Laden was killed.
It is also a transit point for militants moving between Kashmir and the tribal areas. The region is the prime recruitment base of Harakat, whose training camps and other facilities still exist nearby in Mansehra. (ANI)

Miranda Lambert to Perform with Dia Frampton on "The Voice" Finale

Dia Frampton of "Team Blake" in NBC's hit singing reality talent show "The Voice" will not also had the opportunity to be handled by hit American country music artist but also the chance to sing with his mentor's wife Miranda Lambert on June 29 finale night.
Lambert, who publicly expresses her "jealousy" over the fact that her husband is a coach on the show and she isn't, said: "I am thrilled to perform on my favorite new show. It's been a joy watching my husband grow so attached to his team. Truthfully, I am a little jealous that I am not a coach myself. I can't wait to be a part of it."
Photo source: Hollywoodlife

"Futbolilits" Full Trailer Starring Raymart Santiago and Jennylyn Mercado

GMA-7 turns the football fever into a drama-fantasy series titled "Futbolilits".

Raymart Santiago teams up with Jennylyn Mercado in this upcoming Kapuso "sportserye".

Also in the cast are Paolo Contis, Angelika dela Cruz, Benjie Paras, Mosang and Miss Nova Villa with Yogo Singh, Renz Valerio, Isabel Frial, Julian Trono, Iking Magundayao, JM Reyes and Gabriel Roxas.

Futbolilits - Trailer:

Directed by Mike Tuviera and written by Aloy Adlawan, Kit Villanueva-Langit, AA Nadela and Maribel Ilag, “Futbolilits” is set to replace “Magic Palayok” starting July 4 on GMA Telebabad.

Melai Cantiveros, Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Montes and Kris Bernal for HerBench Knitwaist OJ TVC

GMA-7′s primetime star Kris Bernal is joined by ABS-CBN's young drama actresses Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes and hit comedienne Melai Cantiveros in this funny new TV commercial for Bench Knitwaist OJ.

Watch the TVC below:

Rocco Nacino, Steven Silva, Paul Jake Castillo and Joseph Marco for Bench Twisted OJ TVC

Kapuso and Kapamilya's most promising actors worked together for this wacky new Bench Twisted OJ TV commercial.

Watch the TVC below featuring StarStruck alum Rocco Nacino and Steven Silva, former PBB housemate Paul Jake Castillo and Kapamilya commercial-ramp model Joseph Marco:

Kantar Media/TNS National Household TV Ratings June 20-23: ABS-CBN Shows Dominate Primetime Viewing

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 June 20 - 23, 2011:

June 20, Monday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 21.8%
2. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 17.2%
3. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 16.6%
4. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 15.7%
5. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Crazy Little Thing Called Love (ABS-CBN) - 15.4%
6. Flame of Recca (GMA-7) - 14.6%
7. Playful Kiss (GMA-7) - 12.8%
8. Sisid (GMA-7) - 12.6%
9. Family Feud (GMA-7) - 12%
10. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 11.9%

1. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 36.1%
2. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 28.7%
3. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 27.9%
4. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 24.3%
5. 24 Oras (GMA-7) / Amaya (GMA-7) - 20.6%
6. Mula Sa Puso (ABS-CBN) - 19.3%
7. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 18.5%
8. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 16.2%
9. Magic Palayok (GMA-7) - 15.8%
10. Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 15.4%

June 21, Tuesday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 19%
2. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 13.5%
3. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 12.9%
4. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 12.4%
5. Marry Me Mary (ABS-CBN) - 12.1%
6. Playful Kiss (GMA-7) - 11.6%
7. Sisid (GMA-7) - 11.3%
8. Flame of Recca (GMA-7) - 11.1%
9. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 10.5%
10. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 10.2%

1. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 35.2%
2. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 29.2%
3. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 28%
4. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 26.4%
5. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 21.4%
6. Amaya (GMA-7) - 20.5%
7. Mula Sa Puso (ABS-CBN) - 19.9%
8. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 19.6%
9. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 16.7%
10. The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition (ABS-CBN) - 15.8%
June 22, Wednesday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 21%
2. Playful Kiss (GMA-7) - 13.6%
3. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 13.3%
4. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) / Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 12.8%
5. Showtime (ABS-CBN) / Marry Me Mary (ABS-CBN) - 12.5%
6. Sisid (GMA-7) - 12.4%
7. Flame of Recca (GMA-7) - 12.1%
8. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 12%
9. Kapamilya Blockbusters: 200 Pound Beauty (ABS-CBN) - 10.3%
10. Kitchen Superstar (GMA-7) - 9.9%

1. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 35.5%
2. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) / Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 27.9%
3. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 25.4%
4. Amaya (GMA-7) - 21.4%
5. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 21.3%
6. Mula Sa Puso (ABS-CBN) - 20.1%
7. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 18.3%
8. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 17.7%
9. The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition (ABS-CBN) - 16.6%
10. Magic Palayok (GMA-7) - 16.3%
June 23, Thursday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 22.9%
2. Playful Kiss (GMA-7) - 16.3%
3. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 15.8%
4. Sisid (GMA-7) - 15.1%
5. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 14.9%
6. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 14.1%
7. Marry Me Mary (ABS-CBN) - 13.3%
8. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 12.9%
9. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 12.3%
10. Flame of Recca (GMA-7) - 11.8%
1. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 36.6%
2. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 31.8%
3. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 29%
4. Amaya (GMA-7) - 23.9%
5. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 23.4%
6. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 22.7%
7. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 21.1%
8. Mula Sa Puso (ABS-CBN) - 20.9%
9. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 20.4%
10. Magic Palayok (GMA-7) - 17.9%

Source: Kantar Media/TNS

Party Pilipinas Presents "Tibok" this Sunday, June 26

The country's premiere Sunday noontime program is all set to give you a heart stopping opening as someone bids a last goodbye with Party Pilipinas "Tibok."

Stunned by Diamond Star Maricel Soriano's surprise appearance last time? Expect to be starstruck once more because not only one but two legends will make a big comeback on the dance floor.

Richard Gutierrez and the cast of Captain Barbell will also make a special appearance as the action-packed adventures of our favorite Pinoy Super Hero and his friends intensify.

Pulsating beat. Party Pilipinas rolls the red carpet out for the arrival of a new phenomenon set to satisfy the young viewers clamor for more K-Pop action on stage. Are they as chinito-cute and as crazy talented as XLR8 and Down to Mars? Find out!

Youngblood. See the latest groove, hear the best kilig music from your favorite Tween love teams with singing tandem Julie Anne San Jose and Elmo Magalona. This Sunday also marks the birth of a new star, as it paves the way for the television debut of a young member of a famous showbiz clan.

It's all about your heart's desire. Want to be heard on the show? Our new segment is for you! Ask for your song, share us your story, and watch your favorite artists play it live!

Watch out for performances from mainstays Ogie Alcasid, Janno Gibbs, Jaya, Kyla, and Rachelle Ann Go, and show stoppers Glaiza de Castro, Mark Herras, Kris Bernal, Rochelle Pangilinan, Jump In winners, and the whole Sayaw Pilipinas Crew.

You'll see all these plus more! The pulse, the beat, the rush...Party Pilipinas Tibok is the show to watch out for this Sunday at 12 noon on GMA-7.

Angel Locsin and Piolo Pascual To Star in a New Film Together

Aside from Maalaala Mo Kaya: The Movie" Angel Locsin is set to do another movie opposite her "Lobo" leading man Piolo Pascual.

The news was revealed by Piolo himself on SNN (Showbiz News Ngayon) earlier this week.

"There is a project and hopefully sometime soon ay magawa na namin. She’s also doing some project with another leading man pero even while we were doing ‘Lobo’ mayroon ng project na gagawin namin together....I hope it will happen soon.” the hottest Kapamilya actor said.

Jersey Shore Update: Jersey Shore Cast To Be Replaced After Season Five Says MTV

Two months before the Season 4 airing, MTV reportedly announces that the original cast of Jersey Shore will bid goodbye after the show's Season five due to their pricey salaries.

According to reports, the Jersey Shore stars already demands an estimated $100,000 per episode.

That means that Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jennifer “JWOWW” Farley and Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio will be missed unless MTV has a new plans....better plans for them. Maybe a spin-off or a new show of their own.

But MTV representative vehemently denied such claims: “We love the present cast, and their summer adventures have just begun. We currently have no plans to recast the show.”

Jersey Shore Season 4 which was filmed in Florence, Italy, will premiere on MTV on August 4, 2011.

LA Lakers To Trade Lamar Odom With Minnesota Timberwolves on NBA Draft Night

Lamar Odom's NBA career is in a complicated situation now that there are multiple reports about Lakers actively trying to trade him to Minnesota for the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday's draft.

However, there are talks that Minnesota asked instead for Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum. Report also revealed that Bynum is untradeable, per Jim Buss' orders.

Sports Illustrated, meanwhile, reported that a deal could happen between L.A. and Philadelphia, with Odom going east and Andre Igoudala heading to the Lakers.

"It's unclear whether the deal has real potential or is still alive," wrote Sam Amick, who added that Ron Artest could potentially be packaged with Odom.

Yet, another report says the Lakers discussed a potential deal with the Golden State Warriors that would send Odom and Shannon Brown to Oakland and have Monta Ellis joining the Lakers.

Odom, who spent almost all of his NBA career with Los Angeles (four with the Clippers, seven with the Lakers) married LA native Khloe Kardashian in September 2009 and gets to star in his own reality show.

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Peter Falk is Dead

"Columbo" star Peter Falk is dead. He was 83.

According to his family members, the actor died peacefully in the evening of June 23, Thursday, at his Beverly Hills home.

Falk is survived by his wife of 34 years, Shera, and two daughters from his previous marriage.

Dia Frampton "Losing My Religion" Performance on "The Voice" Puts Her on Finals; Dia Frampton to Sing with Miranda Lambert on "The Voice" Finale

Dia Frampton of "Team Blake" in NBC's hit singing reality talent show "The Voice" performed a version of "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M. that puts her one step closer from getting what he long wanted - stardom!

"I'm feeling a lot more comfortable," the 23-year-old St. George singer said of her sudden fame.

Her wondrous performance earned her a deserving comments from the coaches. "What's so interesting about you is that in the beginning I'm all like 'she's cuddly, soft'. But I've seen you grow so much on the show. You kind of made this an interesting game." said Christina Aguilera.

Her mentor Blake Shelton, meanwhile, said: "This show just did what it was supposed to do. A girl just stood out there and left her heart and soul laying there on the stage. Gosh dang it; I'm glad to know you."

"We're all thinking the same thing, because it's so obvious. One day, when I'm done with this show and I'm back in Oklahoma driving my truck, I know I'm going to hear Xenia's voice on the radio... I'm glad that I knew you when." Shelton added.

Watch Dia Frampton's "Losing My Religion" performance below:

On June 29 finale night, Dia is expected to perform with Miranda Lambert, Shelton's wife.

"I am thrilled to perform on my favorite new show. It's been a joy watching my husband grow so attached to his team. Truthfully, I am a little jealous that I am not a coach myself. I can't wait to be a part of it." Lambert said.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Patricia Kluge Bankruptcy: The 'Wealthiest Divorcee in the World' Now Drowned with Debts

Patricia Kluge, the socialite who was once tagged as the "the wealthiest divorcee in history" filed for personal bankruptcy protection citing debts somewhere between $10 million and $50 million and assets between $1 million and $10 million.

Kermit Rosenberg, Kluge and her husband William Moses' lawyer says, "They're getting on with their lives, trying to discharge their debts and start over."

Kluge, who had formerly been married to media mogul John W. Kluge, acquired the 23,000 square-foot Albermarle House plus 3000 acres of rural Virginia land and a reported settlement of a billion dollars from his late billionaire husband in 1990 - the biggest divorce settlement in history at that time.

Reports said that Kluge hosted parties for royalty, corporate chieftains, celebrities, and literary figures. She also lived in a 23,500-square-foot mansion, owned a winery and, by all accounts, lived the good life.

Kluge financial problems reportedly started during the economic downturn. Creditors started seizing her assets. Kluge and her husband also allegedly defaulted on three loans on the Albemarle House that total roughly $23 million and loans for a winery that totaled roughly $35 million. It was reported that they had attempted to renegotiate their loans with various banks, but failed.

Kluge tried to save the struggling winery by having an on-site auction hosted by Sotheby's and liquidating much of her jewelry. But both were unsuccessful, the AP reports.

In April, Donald Trump bought most of Kluge's winery and vineyard from Farm Credit Bank for $6.21 million.

Jennylyn Mercado's "Rosario" Receives Good Reviews at 2011 Shanghai International Film Festival

"Rosario", Cinemabuhay and Studio 5's movie entry to last year Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) got a good reviews and recognitions in the recently concluded 14th Shanghai International Film Festival.

The Jennylyn Mercado starrer was one of the nine finalists from amongst the 1,000 submitted film entries all over Asia in the filmfest's Asian New Talent Award Competition Film.

Although the award went to China's entry "Return Ticket", Rosario's director Albert Martinez who attended the festival said he also felt like a winner when he received good reviews and praises from other filmmakers and movie watchers who attended and watched his first directorial movie. One of whom is Maggie Lee, program director of the Tokyo International Film Festival, who invited Albert to enter his film in competition at the Tokyo film festival in October. Lee is also a columnist for Hollywood Reporter and promised Martinez that she's going to write a review of "Rosario".

Kris Aquino Adds Spice to Morning Viewing via "Kris TV"

ABS-CBN proudly brings back Queen of all Media Kris Aquino doing what she does best, hosting a talk show.

Watch Kris bring out the “bida” in everyone – celebrities or non-celebrities starting Monday, June 27, on “Kris TV.”

“Kris TV” is a daily open format morning program that showcases hot topics, Pinoy trends, practical home solutions, celebrity conversations, music, family and relationship stories done the fun and engaging “Kris Aquino” way.

The program will address the basic needs of our morning viewers from affordable beauty and fashion tips, cooking, business, relationship and love advice’s, family and parenting, homemaking, health and fitness tips. And as each episode will be focused on one topic, viewers can expect a different experience everyday.

For its pilot episode, Kris will conduct a no-holds-barred interview with Senator Chiz Escudero, where all issues regarding their personal connections and the senator’s marriage life will finally be discussed. Chiz will also reveal the man behind his “heartthrob sa Senado” image. Who would have thought that this no-nonsense senator knows so much about household? He is a very good cook and will share to Kris and the viewers his special adobo rice recipe. He will also show his “nature lover” side as he teaches Kris how to plant tree-bearing trees.

Join Queen of all Media Kris Aquino on “Kris TV” starting June 27, 9:30am Monday to Friday before “Showtime.”

First Look: Ed Westwick - Penshoppe 2011 Ad Campaign

Check here Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl) ad campaign for local clothing brand "Penshoppe" as photographed by Darren Tieste.

Penshoppe Brand Manager Alex Mendoza said: “Westwick represents Penshoppe’s new and revitalized image. His charisma will definitely prove that what is originally a Philippine-made product can also be worn proudly by an internationally-famous icon as well as other people around the world. He will embody the free and easy sophisticated casual style that Penshoppe is known for.”

Ritz Azul is Amazing Female Newcomer and Aljur Abrenica's New Apple of the Eyes

Talent5 muse Ritz Azul made an impact when she was tapped to topbill TV5’s Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak, and she has an award to prove it – Yahoo OMG’s Female Amazing Newcomer.

The awarding was made last Tuesday night, June 21, at the Republiq Bar in Resorts World.

Asked what she feels about the award, Ritz said: "Amazing! Amazing talaga! Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Yahoo! OMG!, at sa mga supporters na bumoto sa akin. Sobrang blessed ako. I want to thank God of course.

"Kanina nung tinanggap ko yung award na 'to sobrang nanginginig yung tuhod ko, nanginginig yung kamay ko, sobrang lamig!," she added

Supporting Ritz in this momentous event are her TV5 and Talent5 families represented by Perci Intalan and Audie Gemora, respectively.

I am very proud of Ritz,” says Audie. “This lady (Ritz) will go a long, long way pa. This award is very inspiring not just to Ritz, but also to the whole Talent5 and TV5 family.”

Ritz bested talents from rival networks by topping the online poll in the category.

With her pretty face and refreshing demeanor, the young TV actress and commercial model easily grabbed the attention of people present, including Aljur Abrenica, who became Ritz’ instant companion for the evening.

Meanwhile, everyone in the venue noticed that she and Kapuso hunk Aljur Abrenica were inseparable that night. Does this mean that there's something good brewing between them and she is now Aljur's special someone?

"Sobra naman yung apple of the eye. Hindi naman ganun. He was very nice to me. And being a newcomer na hindi pa sanay sa mga showbiz events, I am happy na parang inalalayan din ako ni Aljur," she said.

Derek Ramsay Reportedly Married to a Fil-Indian Girl; Threatens to Leave ABS-CBN

Is it true that Derek Ramsay was once a married guy?

According to PEP scoopbox, Derek is supposedly Vice Ganda's special guest this coming week in "Gandang Gabi, Vice" but the actor cancels his appearance and a no-show in the taping scheduled last Wednesday, June 22. The reason? He reportedly learned that "TV Patrol", the primetime news program of his mother network, will feature a shocking revelations about his marriage 9 years ago in the U.S. to a Fil-Indian model. The two may be separated now but not legally separated.

The actor, who is very mad and hurt, allegedly threatens to leave the Kapamilya network if they pursue to broadcast the news on TV.

“Wansapanataym” Offers a Story About True Friendship This Saturday

A dog is a man’s best friend. But what if it’s the other way around?

This Saturday, Basty Alcanses, Carlos Agassi and Daisy Reyes grace ‘Wansapanataym’s magical episode on true friendship.

Billy is a selfish kid who doesn’t have friends. His dad decides to give Billy a dog named Pluto hoping that Billy will learn how to be responsible and at least get an idea of what true friendship is. Billy is resistant about this and so he maltreats Pluto. With Pluto’s magical bracelet and collar, a big swap happens. Billy becomes the dog and Pluto transforms into a real kid. How will Billy realize the true sense of friendship?’

Meanwhile, “Wansapanataym” continue to maintain its high ratings. According to Kantar Media, “Wansapanataym is included in the top 12 regular programs for the month of May because of its average national rating of 23%.

Catch “Wansapantaym” this Saturday on ABS-CBN after “TV Patrol Weekend.” For more updates, log on to or follow abscbndotcom on Twitter.

NEWS5 Debates to Tackle Divorce in ‘Hamon sa Pagbabago’ this Sunday, June 26

In a historic referendum last May, the people of Malta - a predominantly Catholic country like the Philippines - have voted to legalize divorce, leaving the Philippines the only country in the world that continues to ban it. Amidst parliamentary debates on the reproductive health bill and other polarizing issues that affect Filipino families in particular, a women’s sectoral group revived House Bill 1799 that proposes divorce in the Philippines, leaving a hanging question if the Philippines is indeed ready for it.

Take part as NEWS5 Debates trails the road to clear the air and bring pressing issues to the fore. For its premier clash of opinions, ‘Hamon sa Pagbabago’ will challenge the Filipinos to stand up and be informed about the latest issue that could possibly change the lives of many families - divorce. Hosted by two of the most recognized and veteran pillars of broadcasting, Atty. Dong Puno and NEWS5 head Luchi Cruz-Valdes, the special debate will provide two opposing panels a venue to present the pros and cons of the issue.

In a no-holds-barred one-hour debate, the panel will attempt to out-reason each other to advance their beliefs and possibly influence the undecided group in the audience. As it aims to engage and inform the randomly selected undecided audience representing mainly those in the studio straddling on both sides of the issue, ‘Hamon sa Pagbabago’ presents an audience response system (ARS) that will help the audience arrive at an informed and specific decision at the end of the episode - Panahon na ba ang divorce sa Pilipinas: Oo o hindi? During the episode, netizens can also take part and vote online via TV5 online news portal,

Luchi Cruz-Valdes relates that NEWS5 Debates was born out of the need to discuss issues that matter to Filipinos. “NEWS5 always takes every issue to a whole new level by following it through positive action. Filipinos should always take a stand on the issue. ‘Hamon sa Pagbabago’ will offer viewers two viewpoints and hopefully, after the program, a clearer perspective,” the TV5 News and Information chief shared.

NEWS5 Debates theme song was performed by three-time Palanca awardee and Radioactive Sago Project vocalist Lourd de Veyra. The lyrics of the song resonates a call to action and challenge every Filipino: makialam, huwag maging mangmang (take part and be informed).

Do you think the Philippines is now ready for divorce? Tune in to TV5 this Sunday, June 26, at 10:45pm as ‘Hamon sa Pagbabago’ weighs in on today’s hottest issue.

Sneak Peek: “Final Destination 5”

No matter where you run, no matter where you hide…you can’t cheat death.

In New Line Cinema’s “Final Destination 5,” Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man’s premonition saves a group of co-workers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.

The second of the Final Destination films to be shot in 3D, “Final Destination 5” is directed by Steve Quale, marking his major feature film directorial debut. The film brings together an ensemble cast led by Emma Bell (“Frozen,” TV’s “The Walking Dead”) and Nicholas D’Agosto (TV’s “Heroes”), along with Miles Fisher (TV’s “Mad Men” and “Gossip Girl”), Arlen Escarpeta (“Friday the 13th”), Jacqueline MacInnes-Wood (TV’s “The Bold and the Beautiful”), P.J. Byrne (“Dinner for Schmucks”) and Ellen Wroe (TV’s “Huge”).

Rounding out the rest of the cast are Courtney B. Vance (TV’s “Flash Forward,” “ER”), David Koechner (“The Office,” “Anchorman”) and “Final Destination” franchise icon Tony Todd.

Collaborating with Steve Quale behind the scenes are director of photography Brian Pearson (“Drive Angry 3D,” “My Bloody Valentine 3D”); production designer David R. Sandefur (“Repo Men,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth”); editor Eric Sears (“Shooter”) and costume designer Jori Woodman (“Eight Below”).

Opening soon across the Philippines in 3D and regular format, “Final Destination 5” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Leighton Meester Stars with Selena Gomez in “Monte Carlo”

‘Gossip Girl’ star Leighton Meester takes us on a trip out with the girls en route to Europe in the romantic comedy “Monte Carlo” with Selena Gomez, Katie Cassidy and Cory Monteith (Glee).

Grace (Gomez) is an ordinary girl who becomes an accidental princess when a summer trip to Paris turns into the fantasy of a lifetime. But Grace’s killjoy stepsister Meg (Leighton Meester) is involuntarily installed as chaperone by Grace’s mother. Grace and Emma, however, will not be deterred, and soon enough, the two friends, with Megan in tow, arrive in France. Scurried past famed landmarks by a hyperactive tour guide, and discouraged by their “luxury” accommodations and frequent tiffs, the trio’s spirits sag like the behinds of knit-panted American tourists.

Fortunes change, however, when Grace is mistaken for British socialite Cordelia Winthrop Scott. When the girls inadvertently take possession of Cordelia’s invitation to a ritzy charity ball in Monte Carlo, they seize the moment, they embark on a romantic adventure of yacht parties, polo matches and highly eligible bachelors

Both girls see the presence of Meg (Meester) as an unwelcome intrusion – a fly in their sparkling glass of bubbly. Simply put, she’s never been known as the life of the party. “Meg recently lost her mother, and is still a bit traumatized over it. She’s somewhat excited to visit France, but not under these circumstances, and certainly not with these two girls,” explains Leighton Meester.

Q. You play Meg, Grace’s stepsister. What’s that character like?
A. Meg starts off very differently from the way she ends up. She’s kind of a dork, and she’s a little bit uptight. She recently lost her mother, which is a really difficult thing to go through and Meg’s finding it hard. Meg only goes on trip because her father pretty much forces her to.

Q. Could you relate to her?
A. Definitely! I hope I’m able to be a little more adventurous than she is at the start, but at least she’s willing and she has the potential inside her. Meg is a very practical character, and I’m totally impractical, but I admire that about her.

Q. What was the hardest scene to film?
A. Honestly, the only hard part has been the long days and the early starts. Everything else has been fun. When we were in Paris we had to start filming at 3AM so we could shoot on the Eiffel Tower when no one else was there. So although getting up that day was hard, having the whole of the Eiffel Tower to ourselves was an incredible experience! We also got to be in the Louvre by ourselves, which was amazing.

Q. Meg doesn’t get on with Grace and Emma straight away. How long did it take you to get to know Selena and Katie?
A. Those two girls have been awesome. It’s been wonderful working with them. I knew Katie a little before, and she’s coming on Gossip Girl, which I’m so excited about. Because we’ve seen each other every day, we’ve become like a family. I think it says a lot if you can see the same people all the time and not get sick of them. I feel very protective of them both, and I think they feel the same about me.

Q. Is there any romantic gossip from the set?
A. There are some very, very cute boys in this movie, but as far as I know there isn’t any gossip. I’m really pleased with how they got cast - cute and talented is a great combination. I like them all.

Q. How do Meg’s outfits compare to those of the other characters you’ve played?
A. Honestly, I don’t think it matters if a character has high end or low end clothes as long as you feel like they’re definitely a part of that character’s wardrobe. In the film we’re all whisked away to Monte Carlo by accident, and we don’t get to bring many clothes with us. I’m in the same outfit for most of the film. There’s a fabulous gown I get to wear at the end. It’s beautiful, but it’s couture and really heavy. When we started filming the scene, I was so excited to wear it, but by the end my body was aching so much I would have been happy never to see it again!
Q. Have you had any time to go shopping?
A. Walking down the street here is like walking through a fashion magazine! It’s tricky to make the time, but I have gone to Gucci. I bought a really cute little purse, and a sweater from Celine as well. I’ve got some great souvenirs from this trip!

“Monte Carlo” opens July 1 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Kim Kardashian's Clone Melissa Molinaro is Reggie Bush's New Girlfriend

For Reggie Bush, Kim Kardashian's ex-boyfriend, the best way to move on from past relationship is to....find someone who looks exactly like your ex-girlfriend?

Yes, New Orleans Saints halfback Reggie Bush is seen dating the singer/model/actress Melissa Molinaro (born as Melissa Ann smith) who has a passing resemblance with Bush's ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian.

The two reportedly met about two years ago and now dating for months.

"To me, it's extremely flattering," Molinaro told E! News about the Kardashian comparisons. "She is a beautiful woman in her own right. You know, I'm flattered. That's an amazing compliment." she added.

Photo credit: OMG

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Star Magic 19th Anniversary Celebration This Sunday on ASAP Rocks; Launches "Ikaw ang Magic ng Buhay Ko" Music Video

A music video. A fashion show. A new website.

These are only a few of the highlights of the 19th anniversary celebration of the country's premiere stable of talents, Star Magic.

Preparations for this grand event started two months in advance, with Yeng Constantino taking on the songwriting task, which she easily accomplished in two days.

Titled "Ikaw ang Magic ng Buhay Ko," the concept for the fun music video soon followed, and was shot under the direction of Paul Soriano.

The 10-minute material, featuring over 300 of Star Magic's brightest stars, is a way of saying thank you to those who have been supporting the Kapamilya's homegrown and honed talents.

Meanwhile, the mini-fashion show will also be staged alongside a Full Circle production number in ASAP Rocks, where Star Magic's prime artists John Lloyd Cruz, Piolo Pascual, Bea Alonzo, Sam Milby, Diether Ocampo, KC Concepcion, Angelica Panganiban, Kim Chiu, and Gerald Anderson will be clad in dress-up-your-own-shirts.

Styled by the country's known designers, the shirts will also be available at ABS-CBN's Studio Store as a unique commemorative item for the 19th anniversary.

And last but not the least, Star Magic is launching its official website, where avid fans can view artists' pages, behind-the-scenes photos of events, updates on their favorite stars and even audition online!

The site will also feature the different versions of the Star Magic music video which supporters can watch over and over again, to their heart's delight.

Get updates on Star Magic artists, events and a lot more by visiting Star Magic's website,

Don't miss the chance to be part of this exciting Star Magic Celebration in ASAP Rocks this Sunday, June 26.

Angeline Quinto Proves Star Power Via First Major Concert “Angeline Quinto: Patuloy Ang Pangarap”

From a magnanimous victory, first Star Power Female Grand Superstar Angeline Quinto shines in full brilliance with her first major concert on July 15, 8pm at SM Sky Dome entitled “Angeline Quinto: Patuloy Ang Pangarap.”

Fresh from a momentous triumph, Angeline is starting to carve her own name in the music industry. From back to back guestings, chart-topping hits from her debut album under Star Records – “Patuloy Ang Pangarap,” “Wag Mo Kong Iwan Magisa,” and “Muling Magmamahal,” and being the voice behind the high-rating series “100 Days to Heaven” and “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin’s” theme songs, she is indeed one of the newest Kapamilya assets; adding up to the well-acclaimed roster of talents of Star Magic.

As she steps on to a bigger stage, Angeline’s dreams are indeed slowly becoming a reality. Her masa appeal and her being naive set her apart from the other singers.

Eto na po talaga yun”, said the Female Pop Superstar. “Isa po talaga ito sa mga fulfillment ng pangarap ko. This really means a lot to me”, added by the young artist.

Produced by ASAP Live and Star Events, the much-awaited concert is musically directed by Marvin Querido with the over-all direction of Johnny Manahan. The creative manager of this event is Dido Camara. Featuring the soothing voice of “Star Power’s” 1st female champion, the concert will not only highlight Angeline’s singing prowess but also aims to make the audience feel the sincerity of Angeline’s soul through her performances along with her surprise guests.

Hear her distinct voice as she proves her star power. Witness how Angeline embarks on her first solo major concert “Angeline Quinto: Patuloy Ang Pangarap” on July 15. For tickets call 470-2222.

Elijah Wood Stars in FX Comedy Series "Wilfred"

Elijah Wood stars with Jason Gann in FX’s new comedy series “Wilfred”.

The "Lord of The Rings" star takes the role of Ryan, a suicidal lawyer who sees his neighbor’s pet as a man in a shaggy-dog outfit.

It’s extremely funny but it’s also coming out of a very real place.” Wood told The Hollywood Reporter, adding “It made me laugh and also presented the opportunity to do comedy, which I’d never really done before. You’re always looking for a challenge and something different and new, so it was just an avenue that I’d never traveled down. I think I was just excited to see what would become of that.”

The series is based on 2002 short film and subsequent Australian hit series by the same name and topbilled by co- creator/actor Jason Gann as Wilfred.

Wilfred is a foul-mouthed, chain-smoking, bong-loving flea bag who decides to be Ryan’s life coach — possibly to keep him away from his owner, the beautiful Jenna (Fiona Gubelmann).

He aims to awaken Ryan’s animal instincts, but his schemes invariably get Ryan into trouble with the law.

He coerces him into breaking into the neighborhood bully’s (Ethan Suplee, “My Name is Earl”) home and stealing his pot plants.

Then each of them takes a dump in his boot.

"Wilfred" premieres Thursday at 10 p.m. on FX.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, In! Megan Fox, Out in "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon"

After the world's famous director-producer Steven Spielberg demanded Michael Bay tokicked-out Megan Fox in the next "Transformer" sequel due to the starlet's Hitler comments, that paved way for Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to be included in the cast as Fox's better replacement.

The 24-year-old stunner makes her acting debut as Shia Labeouf's new screen partner in "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon" who reportedly warned his on-screen love interest not to let the fame go to her head.

"Shia made it clear this wasn’t just about becoming a movie star. The shooting schedule was going to be grueling," Huntington-Whiteley told Women's Health magazine. "You're in the sun all day long - dirty and smelly. It was like boot camp."

Incidentally, Huntington-Whiteley is on the cover of Women’s Health Magazine US Edition July/August issue, out now!

Cirque du Soleil ‘Varekai’ Circus Act in Manila Schedules and Ticket Prices

BDO Unibank, Inc. will co-present the staging of Canada’s world famous circus act Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai in Manila that will run from June 22 to July 24, 2011 at the Cirque’s Big Top Tent at Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park in Manila.

BDO and Cirque du Soleil share common denominators - creativity, strength and flexibility. We provide the best products and services to our clients, and Cirque always gives the audience the best performance there is. The combination is indeed a great fit,” the Bank said.

Varekai,” (pronounced ver-ay-kie which means wherever in the Romany language of the gypsies), tells a captivating story that tells the adventures of a young man who descended from the sky into the world searching for a place or realm called Varekai and will feature 13 magical and heart-stopping acts to be performed by the 130-strong Cirque du Soleil.

Valued BDO clients will get the chance to enjoy the top-notch show during the “Special BDO Night.”

And throughout Varekai’s month-long run, special door prizes will be exclusively given to BDO customers.

Each show is a fusion of circus styles from around the world, with its own central theme and storyline. Over the years it has expanded, going from one show to 19 shows in over 271 cities on every continent except Antarctica.

According to Hoopla, Inc., the show's local promoter,the cast and crew of Cirque du Soleil represents 23 nationalities: Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States.

Ticket prices cost P2,700 to P7,600. Tapis Rouge tickets (P8,500 to P10,500) are also available for those who want access to the VIP hospitality tent.

The Philippines is the third Asian country to host the show, following Taipei and Seoul.

Japan Earthquake June 23: Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake Hits Japan; Tsunami Warning Issued

U.S. Geological Survey earthquake map
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Another earthquake shakes Japan at around 6:50 a.m. today, June 23.

According to U.S. Geological Survey, the 6.7 magnitude earthquake centered at about 40 kilometers from Northern Iwate Prefecture on the Honshu Island, around 530 kilometers to the northeast of Tokyo - the same area where the 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan last March 11.

A tsunami warning was issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency for the Iwate Prefecture but was canceled after about one hour.

Alden Richards - Yahoo! OMG's "Amazing Male Newcomer" on Spotlight

GMA-7's new and interesting young male star Alden Richards has been awarded with "Amazing Male Newcomer" award in the first ever Yahoo! OMG Awards held at the Republiq Bar in Resorts World, Pasay City on Tuesday, June 21.

Richard Faulkerson, Jr. in real life, Alden is a 19-year-old commercial model from Sta. Rosa, Laguna. He is taking up Business Administration in De La Salle Canlubang.

Prior to his appearance in some tv commercials, Alden joined and won some pageants like Ginoong Sta. Rosa in 2009 and Ginoong Laguna in 2010.

He auditioned in GMA-7’s reality artista search StarStruck V and ABS-CBN’s reality program Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash of 2010 but only made it to the initial cut.

Despite that, Alden did not lose hope. He auditioned and got the role of Joma, one of Louise delos Reyes‘ leading men in GMA-7's noontime fantaserye “Alakdana.”

He now belongs to GMA Artist Center's roster of talents.

Scarlet Fever Causes Death of Two Kids in Hong Kong; DOH Issued Alert in PH

Two kids in Hong Kong, a 5-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl are believed to be died from a mutated form of scarlet fever - a streptococcal disease characterized by sore throat, fever, bright red tongue with a “strawberry” appearance and a rash that generally starts on the chest, armpits, and behind the ears. It's most common in children under 10.

Medical authorities in Hong Kong are now investigating whether the two cases had the same strains of scarlet fever that is more resistant to antibiotics.

Hong Kong has had 466 reported cases of scarlet fever so far this year, about double the annual total.

The Hong Kong government has already declared an outbreak of the disease called “Scarlet Fever.” The said illness usually afffects children 10 years old and below.

In the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) is now reminding pediatricians in the country to be on alert for scarlet fever.

Para sa mga pedia, inaabisuhan namin sila na mag-report agad kung kayo po ay tumitingin ng 10 taong gulang pababa na may sintomas ng scarlet fever,” said Dr. Eric Tayag, director of the DOH’s National Epidemiology Center.

No case of Scarlet Fever has yet to be reported in the country.

Shalani Soledad Wins Celebrity of the Year in Yahoo! OMG Awards

Shalani Soledad wins this year's OMG! Celebrity of the Year award during the first Yahoo! OMG Awards night held on Tuesday, June 21, at the Republiq Bar in Resorts World, Pasay City.

Unlike the other categories where winners were judged based on poll results, the OMG! Celebrity of the Year is given to the most searched showbiz celebrity this year.

For the complete list of winners for the 1st Yahoo! OMG! Awards in the country, click HERE.

Angelica Panganiban, Gretchen Barretto and KC Concepcion Star in "Muling Buksan ang Puso"

Kapamilya's prime actresses Angelica Panganiban, KC Concepcion and Gretchen Barretto will soon work together in ABS-CBN's much-anticipated drama series "Muling Buksan ang Puso."

The three big stars already started with their acting workshop under the supervision of award-winning director Laurice Guillen and talk how excited they are to work together for the first time in this project.

"Exciting kasi marami kaming nalalaman sa isa't isa. Step-by-step nakikilala mo sila ng deeper," Angelica said.

"Exhausting 'yong workshop. Medyo nahirapan. The good thing is nagkakakilanlan na kami. I think we are ready to work," Gretched revealed.

"This is it! Nararamdaman na namin na talagang may project kami together kasi matagal na kaming naghihintay." KC shared.

Playing their love interests are actors Luis Manzano, Sam Milby and Zanjoe Marudo.

The series which will air soon on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida is under the direction of Ruel Naval.

Ryan Murphy Confirms Lea Michele and Cory Monteith Will Leave "Glee"

Glee creator Ryan Murphy finally speak to put an end to all the rumor surrounding the Glee cast’s departure next year.

"There’s no dodging the issue — all of the Glee characters who were juniors this past season will graduate from McKinley High in May 2012, with their portrayers presumably leaving the show." he told Ryan Seacrest.

Murphy held firm to his previously revealed transition plan, saying that for original characters such as Rachel (Lea Michele), Finn (Cory Monteith), Quinn (Diana Agron) and Puck (Mark Salling), “This next season will be their senior year, and then that they will graduate.”

Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch will be staying on the show to teach the kids that are left behind that we probably won’t love as much.

Princess Diana's Dresses Up for Auction

On June 25, 1997, just eight weeks before she died, Princess Diana auctioned off 79 of her most-famous dresses in order to raise money for charity. "The inspiration for this wonderful sale comes from just one person... our son William," she wrote at the time.

The auction, held at Christie's New York, drew 1,100 bidders (and 220 journalists) and, in just two and a half hours, all of the dresses were sold, bringing in more than $3.6 million.

Fourteen of those iconic dresses went to Maureen Rorech Dunkel, a Florida businesswoman who paid $670,000 for them, including a record $225,000 for the midnight-blue velvet stunner that Princess Diana wore when she danced with John Travolta at the White House in 1985. She intended to turn the dresses into a traveling collection meant to inspire young girls and keep the memory of Princess Diana alive. But bankruptcy has forced Dunkel to put the priceless fashion finds up for auction again, this time to pay off her massive debts, estimated at more than $2.5 million.

In a note published by Waddington's, the Canadian auction house that's organizing the sale, Dunkel writes that she originally bought the dresses "strictly with the eye of an investor."

"The strategy I determined would be most valuable was to collect an array of important dresses, which visually depicted the style transformation of the Princess who was claimed to be the most notable style icon of the century," she wrote. "I methodically chose pieces, which represented Diana's 'look' as the future Queen of England... from the early '80s through the late '90s."

"Selling the collection is a poignant and personal event to me," she added. "My only hope is that the new owners of the dresses, whoever they may be, enjoy them as I have and in some way use them to assist those in need. After all, that is the reason Princess Diana put them up for sale to begin with."

Most of the dresses in Dunkel's collection were designed by Catherine Walker; the others are by Bruce Oldfield, Victor Edelstein, Zandra Rhodes White, and Jacob Schaepfer - all British designers.

Though the dresses did tour the world for a while, spending time back in Kensington Palace as part of a royal ceremonial dress collection, they also ended up at Disney World and on display in a furniture shop in Tampa, Florida. They were also used to secure a $1.5 million loan for a real estate deal that collapsed. "She worked out a plan to pay all her creditors in full. After these dresses are sold, her creditors will be paid first," Dunkel's attorney, Jeffrey Warren, told the St. Petersburg Times. "And the dresses are far more valuable than what she owes."

The 14 gowns are expected to bring in about $4 million; the one Diana wore to the White House may bring in $1 million on its own. While we wait to find out how much money they fetch, let's take a look the dresses themselves.

Check out the list of Princess Diana's famous dresses for auction HERE.

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Jennifer Lopez Nominated for Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Jennifer Lopez is nominated to get her star on Hollywood's storied Walk of Fame next year.

Aside from J.Lo, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson and Malcolm McDowell can also get their names on the Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk in 2012, while actor Richard Burton along with soul legend Barry White will get posthumous stars.

"Simpsons" creator Matt Groening was also nominated, along with John Lasseter and Sumner Redstone from the film world, and musicians Boyz II Men and Ann and Nancy Wilson of the band Heart.

"The committee has selected a fabulous slate of stars to add sparkle and luster to the Hollywood Walk of Fame over the next year," announces John Pavlik, chairman of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Selection Committee on Tuesday.

The selection committee is part of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the golden stars on the stretch of Hollywood Boulevard near Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Kodak Theatre, home to the Oscars.

The nominees were chosen from hundreds of applicants considered at a June 17 meeting of the committee, whose decision was ratified by the Chamber's board of directors.

While the nominations are for 2012, those chosen have up to five years to schedule ceremonies to unveil their stars, after which their selection will expire. (AP)

Sam Concepcion Directs "Face Off" Concert by Tippy Dos Santos and Morissette Amon

Stages’ Tippy Dos Santos eclipsed her contemporaries in the ABS-CBN youth show "Shoutout." Talent5’s Morissette Amon snatched the second top plum in the Kapatid Network’s talent search "Star Factor."

Now think: What if the two are "pitted" against each other?

The answer will be revealed on July 2, 5:30 p.m., at the Entertainment Hall of Robinsons Midtown Ermita, when they battle it out in the concert aptly titled "Face Off."

Will Tippy’s theater background, World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) title, and her mestiza features propel her to be hailed the better performer? Or, will Morissette’s Sarah Geronimo-like charm, strong pipes, and experiences as singing search contestant be enough for her to emerge on top?

At her young age, Tippy may well be considered stage veteran having been part of musical productions like "Children’s Letters To God" and "Beauty and the Beast." She is slated to be Sam Concepcion’s partner in STAGES’ production of "Peter Pan."

More than the duel between me and Morissette, I think this concert would showcase the talent of the Filipino youth,” says Tippy. “It will be a fun show. I hope everyone can watch.”

Morissette, on the other hand, started singing at a very young age, trooping to various singing contests in her native Cebu. She had just finished waxing her debut album.

"Face Off" is ABS-CBN teen star Sam Concepcion's directorial debut. It will serve as a prelude to Sam’s major concert set for 2010, which he also plans to direct.

This is my way of supporting my friends in this endeavor,” Sam says humbly of his participation in "Face Off."

In "Face Off," Tippy and Morissette will belt out tunes from their favorite divas like Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Beyonce, among others. The two singers will also pay tribute to megastar Sharon Cuneta, one of the most successful singers in local entertainment history.

"Face Off," presented by STAGES, Talent5, and Hype Cologne, in cooperation with TV5 and "ASAP Rocks," will have Talent5 artists as guests. Admission to the concert is free.

“Cars 2” Marks Pixar Animation Studio’s 25th Anniversary

The release of “Cars 2,” Pixar Animation Studio’s 12th full-length animated feature, coincides with the 25th anniversary of the celebrated studio.

With 12 incredible films and a wide variety of innovative and imaginative shorts and commercials over the course of 25 years, Pixar had an enviable and unmatched track record at the box office, revolutionized the way movies are made and entertained audiences all over the world.

I just can’t believe it’s been 25 years and we’ve completed our 12th movie,” says Oscar-winning fillmaker John Lasseter, the creative leader of Pixar since its inception and chief creative officer Walt Disney Studios.

It’s kind of neat — ‘Cars’ came out on the 20th anniversary, and ‘Cars 2’ is coming out on the 25th. But I’m very, very proud of Pixar — very proud of all our films and all the characters,” adds Lasseter. “What means the most to me are the people — all the families, all the moviegoers that we’ve entertained. That is why we do what we do, pure and simple. It’s about making the highest-quality films. Not just animated films, but films that truly, deeply entertain audiences of all ages, of all genders, of all nationalities. That’s what we set out to do. We just make movies, the kind of movies we like to watch.”

Pixar has come a long way since its 1986 beginning, when Steve Jobs purchased the computer-graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd. for $10 million and the new studio was christened “Pixar.” Under the guidance of Ed Catmull, John Lasseter and an incredibly talented group of storytellers, animators and technical geniuses, the studio continues to raise the bar for great filmmaking.

The studio's roster of full-length animation features have redefined the genre, and have remained everyone's all-time favorites: “Toy Story” (1995), “A Bug's Life” (1998), “Toy Story 2” (1999), “Monster's Inc.” (2001), “Finding Nemo” (2003), “The Incredibles” (2004), “Cars” (2006), “Ratatouille” (2007), “WALL-E” (2008), “Up” (2009) and “Toy Story 3” (2010). Six of these films have won the coveted Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

The global love affair with Pixar films continues, and “Cars 2” represents one of Pixar’s proudest achievements to date. In the film, star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car.

John Lasseter returns to the driver’s seat as director of this latest “Cars” adventure. The film is co-directed by Brad Lewis (producer of Oscar®-winning “Ratatouille”), who spearheaded the intense research and initial story development until Lasseter was able to slip back into the director’s chair.

“Cars 2” is presented where available in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX 3D and uses the latest technical advances to maximum advantage in giving audiences a front-row seat (as well as a car’s eye view) for all the racing action, and stunning global settings. Pixar’s phenomenal technical team also takes the medium to exciting new heights, utilizing state-of-the-art tools for modeling, lighting, shading and rendering.

Opening soon across the Philippines, “Cars 2” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.




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