Saturday, July 16, 2011

Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison Talk About Their Love Story and Marriage Controversy

Courtney Stodden, 16, and husband Doug Hutchison, 51, shocked everyone when they got married in May.

Although, the couple expresses their (true and sincere) love for each other, that didn't spare them from numerous critcisms and controversies.

Now, the couple sits down with Good Morning America for their very first interview as husband and wife to reveal their love story - how they met, their online relationship, and the beautiful moment when Doug called and explained to Courtney's parents that he was falling in love with their daughter.

Watch the Good Morning American interview HERE.

The newlyweds now live together in Hutchison's Hollywood home along with their pet Chihuahua, Everette.

Simon Atkins Denies Kim Chiu

De La Salle University Green Archers Point Guard Simon Atkins denies reports that he is courting actress Kim Chiu.

According to Simon, he already met Kim's fans but not the actress herself. He also added that they are just friends...for now.

It will be recalled that the cager publicly announced his admiration of the actress (click HERE to read the article) and even accepted the basketball challenge called by Kim's ex-boyfriend Gerald Anderson (check the full article HERE).

Cristine Reyes Approves "Reputasyon" Afternoon Slot

Contrary to reports, Kapamilya sexy actress Cristine Reyes belied rumors saying she got sad and disapproves ABS-CBN management's decision to put her newest teleserye "Reputasyon" in the afternoon slot as part of the station's "Kapamilya Gold" campaign.

During the show's presscon last Tuesday, Cristine said she actually welcomes this decision and treat it in a positive way.

"Hindi po. Actually noong nalaman ko na hapon ito, natuwa pa ako kasi wow gagawin nilang panghatak ang reputasyon para lalong mas lumakas ang panghapon. Hindi iyon para makita ko as negative side. Mas positive iyon para sa akin," she said.

Aiko Melendez Welcomes Suitors But Not Yet Ready for Relationship

Actress-politician Aiko Melendez who is making a showbiz comeback via her very effective kontabida role in ABS-CBN afternoon teleserye "Reputasyon" plans to keep herself busy with work and trying to set aside her lovelife so she can move on from her failed relationship with Bulacan Mayor Patrick Meneses.

"When you're moving on there's so much blessings. I'm so busy with work and ngayon ko napagtutuunan uli na alagaan ang sarili ko and siguro I can say after 'yung bagyong dumating sa akin, ang good riddance ay be busy and beautiful." she said

"Hindi ako 'yung tipo ng tao na kahit hindi maganda ang kinahinatnan nito eh magdu–dwell ako on being negative. I want to be positive and 'yun ang gusto kong pagtuunan ng pansin," she explained.

She added that her past experiences also taught her to deal with breakups better. "Ako ipinapasa-Diyos ko na lang lahat. Ang natutunan ko kapag marami kang baggage sa puso mo at ikaw mismo ang nagdadala non, makikita sa aura ng tao. So ngayon ako natutunan ko na isumbong lahat sa Kanya. Nung isumbong ko lahat sa Kanya, para masaya ako ngayon, hindi ako nasi-stress, wala akong wrinkles 'di ba? Mahal ang pampa-beauty."

Aiko also said that she welcomes suitors but it might take some time before she decides to be in another commitment. "There's nothing wrong kung magpalipad-hangin, pero hanggang dyan muna sila and kung makakaantay sila sa panahon na okay na okay na ako, na fulfill na ako sa career ko, sa mga anak ko, tsaka ulit ako sasabak."

Kiefer Ravena, Arnold Van Opstal, Anthony Semerald and David Semerad Cover CHALK Magazine July 2011 Issue

Get to know the 14 UAAP and 18 NCAA players rocking the court this season in Chalk Magazine July 2011 issue.

If you're a rookie to the sports madness going on in universities this month, cover boys Kiefer Ravena of Ateneo de Manila University and Arnold Van Opstal of De La Salle University and Anthony and David Semerad of San Beda might be able to assist you as they dribble exciting facts about themselves and their most loved game, basketball.

Getting to know the 14 UAAP and 18 NCAA players rocking the court might also encourage you to join the cheering crowd this season. Want to stand out amongst all the fans? Build the chicest sports-inspired wardrobe, which includes mesh tank tops, cropped shirts, drawstring pants, and hoodie dresses, and bring it on during games! This month's issue also serves the 101s on the RH bill, YouTube sensation Marie Digby, breaking out from your "awkward shell," and standing on your own feet at a young age!

Chalk Magazine July 2011 issue is now available at all magazine stands and selected bookstores and supermarkets nationwide.

After Bela Padilla, Why Jason Abalos Remains Loveless?

After ending his 3-year relationship with Kapuso star Bela Padilla last year, why does Kapamilya actor Jason Abalos has not yet found a girl to capture his fancy? Is he still inlove with her?

"Siguro kasi ang hirap din pasukan ng panibago, kasi almost three years din kami," Jason said in an interview during his contract signing for the renewal of his endorsement with Cotton Club.

Jason added that he wants to be sure and ready once he finds a new love. "Iisipin mo, pag ba may panibago ka na ngayon, 'Handa ka na ba?'"

He also wants to analyze what could have gone wrong in his previous relationships and how he can be better. "Mag-iisip ka din, bakit, what went wrong? Bakit kayo naghiwalay?,'" he shared.

Rayver Cruz Launches Debut Album "Rayver"

He is not just a good actor and a vibrant dancer...he can also sing.

Coming from a clan of true versatile artists, Rayver Cruz, no doubt, can do everything.

Recently, the "Reputasyon" star launches his first single “143″ off of his self-titled mini album from Sony Music Philippines.

Check out the official lyric video for “143″ here:

Listen to Rayver’s album snippets here featuring some songs from the album like “Have Fun Go Mad,” “Mahal Ko Siya” “I.O.I.O.,” “Alam Mo Naman,” and carrier single “143″:

"Rayver" album is now available in record bars nationwide.

"Reputasyon: Ang Simula" Marathon to Air this Sunday

Missed the pilot week of Reputasyon, the newest afternoon teleserye on ABS-CBN? Worry no more for ABS-CBN offers its viewers another chance to watch the first few episodes of Reputasyon via a marathon this Sunday, 10:15 a.m. before ASAP Rocks.

Starring Cristine Reyes, Reputasyon's pilot week stirred up the online community as it was highly talked about in popular social networking sites and online forums.

As it steps on its second week this coming Monday, more intense scenes are yet to unfold in the series that banners ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Gold campaign.

Regular airing of Reputasyon is Mondays to Fridays 2 p.m. after Happy Yipee Yehey

GMA Network Launches Third International Channel "GMA News TV International"

Philippine broadcasting industry leader GMA Network answers the need of Filipinos abroad for timely and comprehensive local news right from where and when it happens via the launch of its third international channel: GMA News TV International.

From the men and women of GMA News and Public Affairs—the most trusted broadcast news organization in the Philippines and the only one that has won the most prestigious honor in electronic media, the George Foster Peabody Award - GMA News TV International is in response to the insistent demand from Pinoy Kapuso viewers all over the world for relevant and credible reportage that only the most awarded and the most credible news team can deliver.

This same news organization has been recently awarded with five citations from the Telly Awards and one from the US International Film and Video Festival, the only USIFVF award for a Philippine program this year, for its news and public affairs programs which are seen internationally via GMA Pinoy TV - GMA Network's flagship international channel.

Aside from these, GMA News and Public Affairs also has the New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards and the Asian TV Awards in its roster of honors received.

Bannered by the most respected names in Philippine broadcast journalism - Jessica Soho, Mike Enriquez, Mel Tiangco, Arnold Clavio, Vicky Morales, and Howie Severino - GMA News TV International delivers serbisyong totoo with newscasts and public affairs programs all in Filipino, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Also part of the formidable lineup of names from GMA News TV International are Kara David, Prof. Winnie Monsod, and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) Executive Director Malou Mangahas.

Following the success of GMA Pinoy TV, our first international channel that showcases the best in Filipino entertainment and news programming, and of GMA Life TV, which celebrates the best in Pinoy lifestyle programming, we are pleased to further serve Filipino communities all over the world with our third international channel, GMA News TV International.

At a time of the 24/7 news cycle and new media, GMA News TV International steps up to the challenge of delivering relevant and worthwhile content to Pinoys worldwide through breaking news coverage, top-notch newscasts, in-depth documentaries, investigative news magazines, talk shows, public service programs, and other up-to-date features on Filipino culture," shares Joseph T. Francia, Vice President and Head of Operations for GMA International.

Kapuso viewers abroad who are in need of the day's freshest and hottest news from the Philippines will certainly not be disappointed with GMA News TV's biggest newscasts as they are aired over GMA News TV International - flagship primetime newscast STATE OF THE NATION WITH JESSICA SOHO, which delivers in-depth and comprehensive news reporting; Mike Enriquez's DOBOL B SA NEWS TV, the simulcast of GMA Network's flagship radio station, Super Radyo DZBB; Arnold Clavio's BALITA PILIPINAS, which brings the biggest news from all over the country; Vicky Morales' GOOD NEWS, which highlights the most current, positive news in the land; and Howie Severino and Kara David's NEWS TO GO, an interactive newscast which utilizes the latest technology.

Filipinos worldwide will have a generous helping as well of GMA News TV International's public affairs programs which present the most relevant and pressing issues in the country - Mel Tiangco's POWERHOUSE, which brings to spotlight the most powerful and influential individuals from the Philippines; Jessica Soho's BRIGADA, as inspired by Louie Beltran's acclaimed Brigada Siete in the 90s; Prof. Winnie Monsod's BAWAL ANG PASAWAY KAY MARENG WINNIE!, which scrutinizes government issues and matters of national interest; and Malou Mangahas's INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARIES, which tackles corruption in high places.

GMA News TV International also offers to global Pinoys the newest programs from the local news channel namely Jiggy Manicad's NEWS TV QRT (Quick Response Team), Maki Pulido and Mark Salazar's BALITA PILIPINAS NGAYON, and Jay Taruc's Motorcycle Diaries. Film-like, eye-opening, and thought-provoking documentaries on Philippine society are also in store for them via Front Row and Reel Time.

GMA News TV International has recently launched in several territories. To subscribe, Kapuso viewers worldwide may contact their preferred pay TV operator for more details.

Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes Star in Star Cinema's "You're My Home"

Star Cinema proudly brings on big screen the hit "Mara Clara" tandem of Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes via their latest movie offering titled "You're My Home".

The movie also stars Sam Concepcion, Enrique Gil and Ms. Agot Isidro.

Directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng, "You're My Home" is set to premiere on August 17, 2011.

Sarah Geronimo Leads ASAP's Most Wanted List

Catch the most wanted Supahstars as they break out and headline “ASAP Rocks” most wanted list this Sunday led by Platinum awardees Pop Princess Sarah Geronimo, Richard Poon and Jericho Rosales with the most wanted Pinoy Champs Jovit Baldivino, Angeline Quinto, Marcelito Pomoy and birthday celebrator Jed Madela.

Experience explosive and powerful performances from concert royalties Martin Nievera, Kuh Ledesma, Zsazsa Padilla, Vina Morales, ASAP Sessionistas, newest acoustic heartthrobs Alex Castro, Kenny Padalla, Jem Cubil, Vincent Bueno, Starpower Four and Gary Valenciano.

Witness the most wanted moves from Gerald Anderson, Kim Chiu, Enchong Dee, Empress, Gab Valenciano, Maja Salvador, Shaina Magdayao, Erich Gonzalez, Jessy Mendiola, Bugoy Carino, Rico the Magician, XB Gensan, Freestylers, Kiss, Nielbeth, B4, Amplified Hiphop, Happy Feet, G FORCE, birthday celebrators Jewel Mische and Rayver Cruz.

Don’t miss the most wanted celebration on Philippine Television this Sunday on “ASAP Rocks” 12:15 high noon.

First Look: “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” Trailer

Take your first look at the latest trailer of Warner Bros.' upcoming action-adventure “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” the follow-up to the smash hit “Sherlock Holmes.”

The trailer is now playing in local cinemas as an added attraction to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”.

The sequel reunites director Guy Ritchie, stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, and producers Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin.

In the film, Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large - Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) - and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective.

Jared Harris (TV’s “Mad Men,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) joins the cast as the notorious Professor Moriarty. Also joining the cast, in her first English-speaking role, is Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, who gained international attention in the Swedish film “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Stephen Fry (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”) plays Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s older brother.

Opening across the Philippines in January 2012, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

"Angeline Quinto: Patuloy Ang Pangarap" Concert Photos

Star Power Grand Champion Angeline Quinto staged her first solo concert at SM Skydome in Quezon City last night, July 15, 2011 titled "Angeline Quinto: Patuloy Ang Pangarap".

The highly-successful sold-out concert featured special guests like Piolo Pascual, Richard Poon, Sam Milby, Coco Martin and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid.

Check some of the concert photos below:

"It's her time to shine now... Now it's Angeline's time," Regine Velasquez announces after their duet.

"Pwede ba akong maging Mama A?" the giggling Angeline said to Papa P (Piolo Pascual).

Though they were not able to be with Angeline at SM Skydome, Sharon Cuneta and Sarah Geronimo prepared an AVP (audio visual presentation) to show their support for Angeline.

With Sam Milby. The two sang "Need You Now".

One of the guests, Romantic balladeer Richard Poon.

Coco Martin had a surprise appearance at Angeline's concert. He even gave the singer a gift - necklace.

Photo credit: Darla Sauler on twitter (@darlasauler)

GMA Network Dominates Nationwide TV Ratings; Earned P532-M vs ABS-CBN's P302-M

For the first quarter of 2011, GMA-7 netted P534 million. ABS-CBN’s ordinary businesses, meanwhile, delivered only P302 million.

Fresh from its strong nationwide ratings performance in the first semester of the year, broadcast industry leader GMA Network, Inc. (GMA-7) further expanded its nationwide lead over its closest competitor ABS-CBN this month.

According to Nielsen TV Audience Measurement, the most widely trusted industry ratings service provider, GMA-7 posted a vital margin of 3.1 share points over ABS-CBN this July 1 to 7 (July 3 to 7 based on overnight data).

During this period, GMA-7 garnered 34.5 points while ABS-CBN received 31.4 points.

For the first six months of the year, GMA was the number one channel in the whole Philippines with 33.1 household share points, a point higher than ABS-CBN's 32.1.

GMA-7's lead was attributed to its programming lineup airing across all time blocks, especially on weekday afternoons.

For the covered period, GMA-7 scored a 5.3-percent margin in channel ratings for the block running from noon to 6:00 p.m.

Television’s longest running weekday noontime variety program "Eat Bulaga" continues its overwhelming lead over Kapamilya’s "Happy Yihee Yehey" (HYY), which only managed less than half of its channel ratings performance.

"Eat Bulaga," which ranked 9th in the list of top 10 programs in National Urban Philippines, garnered 22 household rating points against HYY’s 9.8 points.

GMA Entertainment TV’s "Dramarama sa Hapon" — composed of programs "Blusang Itim," "Sinner or Saint," and "Sisid," and hit Koreanovela "Playful Kiss" — has become part of the Filipinos’ afternoon viewing habit.

In Urban Luzon and Mega Manila, which comprise 77% and 58% of total television households nationwide, GMA-7 almost swept the lists of overall top 10 programs with nine entries in respective areas.

GMA-7’s big budgeted epicserye "Amaya" starred by primetime queen Marian Rivera led the lists of most watched programs in both areas.

The other GMA-7 programs that made it to the lists include "Munting Heredera," "Eat Bulaga," "Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho," "Captain Barbell," "24 Oras," "Spooky Nights Presents Nuno sa Feng Shui," "Kap’s Amazing Stories" and "Pepito Manaloto."

GMA-7’s flagship newscast "24 Oras" was notably the only newscast in the top 10 programs for both areas.

For the month of June, "24 Oras" garnered 23.1 household rating points in Urban Luzon beating "TV Patrol's" 20.9 by 2.2 points.

In Mega Manila, the gap was even bigger at 3.1 points with 23.8 versus 20.7 in favor of the Mike Enriquez and Mel Tiangco- anchored "24 Oras" news program.

For partial July, eight GMA-7 entries made it to the list of top 15 programs in National Urban Philippines; and 10 GMA-7 entries in the list of top 15 programs in Urban Luzon.

Both lists were dominated by Kapuso primetime programs, which posted a 6.2-point lead over counterpart Kapamilya programs in Luzon with 36.5 household shares versus ABS-CBN's 30.3; and a 7.9-point margin with 37.3 household shares for GMA-7 as against 29.4 for ABS-CBN in Mega Manila.

The Nielsen TV Audience Measurement used by GMA-7 is used by 21 companies including two other local networks, namely, TV5 and Solar Entertainment; Faulkner Media; CBN Asia; 13 advertising agencies and three regional clients.

On the other hand, ABS-CBN is the only local major TV network reportedly subscribing to Kantar Media, formerly known as TNS.

In Mega Manila alone, the Nielsen TV Audience Measurement has a sample size of 880 homes as compared to Kantar Media's 770 homes. Nationwide, Nielsen has a total sample size of 2,005 homes compared to the lower sample size of 1,370 utilized by Kantar Media.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Severus Snape is the Greatest "Harry Potter" Character Says MTV Poll

Professor Severus Snape, the mysterious potions master at Hogwarts School, played on screen by British actor Alan Rickman was named the greatest "Harry Potter" character of all time in a MTV News Harry Potter World Cup poll of fans.

The poll which was conducted by MTV, also cited the death of Hogwarts headmaster Professor Dumbledore as the most unforgettable moment in the series, winning 51 percent of the almost 36,000 votes cast.

Dumbledore's demise easily outstripped the smooch between Harry Potter and girlfriend Cho Chang in "The Order of the Phoenix".

Hermione Granger's time turner was voted the magical device most fans wish really existed, with Harry's invisibility cloak coming in a close second.

Neville Longbottom topped the poll for the character that fans thought should get a spin-off movie or book, closely followed by Luna Lovegood.

After seven books and with the eighth and final movie, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" closes an era for millions of moviegoers as it opens in theaters worldwide this week.

Sam Pinto, FHM Sexiest Woman 2011 Talks About Being Sexy

Kapuso sexy star Sam Pinto is Sexiest Woman in the World 2011 as officially announced by men's magazine FHM last night at The World Trade Center.

From a far 32nd in 2010, Sam made a huge jump straight to the top spot this year courtesy of text, print and online votes. Pinto consistently dominated the list’s unofficial tally in its final weeks.

For Sam, sexy goes beyond merely having a curvy figure.

A lot of people think being sexy is physical: having big boobs, big butt, curvy. But for me, it's not just that. You can be sexy by being confident, being yourself, being happy for who you are,” Sam said.

Pinto is grateful to all who supported her in grabbing the FHM plum.

Sa lahat talaga ng tao na nag-support, grabe. Grabe. Sobrang... para sa kanila 'to,” she said.

Relating to the manner by which she keeps herself fit, Sam mentioned swimming, boxing and pole dancing among other activities that she has taken up.

Well that pole dancing seems very sexy, no, but it's not bastos. It's also a form of exercise since it's more on you losing your body weight,” she shared.

Sam added that among her body parts, she considers her eyes the sexiest because “very seductive at classy raw kasi ito at kayang-kaya niyang mang-akit ng tao sa katitingin kung nanaisin.

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' Grosses $43M Opening Receipts Worldwide

Los Angeles (AP) — Harry Potter has conjured up a tidy sum from the first overseas debuts of his final film on its way to a potentially record-shattering opening weekend.

Distributor Warner Bros. says "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" took in $43.6 million in 26 countries outside the United States on its first day Wednesday.

Studio executives said Thursday the franchise finale had the biggest opening day ever in several countries, including Australia with $7.5 million, Italy with $4.6 million and Sweden with $2.1 million. In France, the studio said "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" had the biggest Wednesday opening ever at $7.1 million.

In the countries where the film opened Wednesday, total revenues were 82 percent higher than they were on the first day for "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" last November, according to Warner Bros.

The finale got a boost from the franchise's first 3-D installment. Admissions for 3-D screenings, which cost a few dollars more than 2-D showings, accounted for 65 percent of revenues, the studio said.

"Deathly Hallows" continues opening worldwide Thursday and Friday.

In the United States, the film is expected to put up franchise-record numbers as it debuts just after midnight Friday. "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" had the franchise's biggest opening weekend domestically with $125 million.

"The franchise record, you can consider that history. That we're going to do. It's not a question," said Dan Fellman, head of distribution at Warner Bros., which also holds Hollywood's all-time record for domestic debuts with a $158.4 million weekend on 2008's "The Dark Knight."

"The only question is 'Dark Knight,' whether we can put that together. My feeling at this time is that it's very, very do-able."

The 3-D price advantage for the "Harry Potter" finale will help, given that "The Dark Knight" and other top domestic debuts, including "Spider-Man 3" at $151.1 million and "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" at $142.8 million, played only in 2-D.

If fan frenzy is strong enough, "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" could become the first of the eight "Harry Potter" films to top $1 billion at the box office worldwide.

The record-holder remains the franchise's first film, 2001's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," with $974.8 million globally.

By splitting the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's seventh "Harry Potter" adventure into two parts, Warner Bros. essentially is doubling its box-office revenue. The first installment of "Deathly Hallows" pulled in $955.4 million worldwide.

"Deathly Hallows: Part 2" picks up where the first film left off, as young wizards Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) return to Hogwarts school for a final showdown against dark Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes).

The finale generally has earned glowing reviews from critics.

UAAP 2011 Male Hotties

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP ) is a rich source of showbiz material. In case you’ve forgotten or didn’t know, the UAAP was the launching pad to showbiz of, to name some of them, Bobby Jaworski, Freddie Webb, Francis Arnaiz, Joey Marquez, Atoy Co, Benjie Paras, Yoyong Martirez, Jimmy Santos, Jonas Mariano, Jason Webb, James Yap, BJ Manalo, Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codinera, Jojo Lastimosa, JV Gayoso, Bong Alvarez, Iago Raterta, Bruce Cabral, Zanjoe Marudo, Chris Tiu and Xian Lim.

Some of them have quit showbiz after a very brief stay while others are still active,” said Felix Manuel, one of Funfare’s “beauty experts.”

The 2011 UAAP, hosted by Ateneo de Manila University (with six Men’s Seniors titles), opened last Saturday, July 9, at the Marikina Sports Park in Marikina City with the theme All Out, All Heart (the games started last Sunday at the Big Dome). Highlight was the lighting of the torch which has already been making the rounds of the eight UAAP members, also including University of Santo Tomas (18 Men’s Seniors titles and 38 general championships), Far Eastern University (19 Men’s Seniors titles, 16 general championships), University of the Philippines (two Men’s Seniors titles, five general championships), National University (one Men’s Seniors title and three general championships), University of the East (18 Men’s Seniors titles and three general championships), Adamson University (one Men’s Seniors title) and De La Salle University (seven Men’s Seniors titles).

As in past UAAP seasons, Felix has made a roster of “UAAP Hotties,” four from each school. Here they are:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Robin Padilla, Cherry Mobile's Newest Endorser

Cherry Mobile launches new line of rugged, shockproof phones with Robin Padilla as endorser.

To strengthen its position in the local mobile communications industry as the leading value-for-money and feature-packed brand of phone, Cherry Mobile introduces its newest brand ambassador: action movie star and TV personality Robin Padilla.

It was an easy decision to choose Robin as our new brand advocate. Just like Cherry Mobile, Robin has a natural charisma that easily draws the public. He represents the average Cherry Mobile user who lives an active yet practical lifestyle. Robin is the ideal guy to bring us to the next level,” said Maynard Ngu, Chief Executive Officer of Cosmic Technologies, Incorporated.

Robin is undoubtedly one of Philippine showbiz’s most dashing and talented male actors. Dubbed in the ’90s as “The Bad Boy of Philippine Action Movies,” Robin Padilla is now clearly considered the opposite – focused, spiritual, and determined. He has gained and regained, through the years, the kind of credibility and charisma that would make consumers trust in his product choices.

Being a Cherry Mobile endorser is really an honor. Most of the mobile phones in the market today are too expensive for the average Filipino. I admire Cherry Mobile for bringing affordable handsets with dual SIM capabilities and other unique features available to all. With Cherry Mobile, anyone can stay connected.” Robin shared.

Along with the announcement of Robin Padilla as the newest Cherry Mobile endorser, Cosmic Technologies, Inc. also introduces two latest additions to its growing portfolio: Cherry Mobile R7 Vigor and R9 Tough. Both are equipped with an easy-grip, protective rubber casing that can withstand shocks against drop impacts from as high as 1.5 meters and sudden bumps, jolt and blow.

These new niche of stylishly rugged phones also bring together the best features a multimedia phone can have — Dual SIM/ Dual Standby, loudspeaker, camera, FM Radio, Flashlight, MMS/WAP/GPRS, Bluetooth, JAVA/built-in games and an expandable storage up to 4GB. The R7 Vigor is a bar type mobile phone while the R9 Tough features a QWERTY keypad.

Robin is our shockproof mobile phones personified. He is tough and rough to survive all the blows that he has encountered in his life and career,” said Agnes Conopio, Marketing Head.

Robin joins the ranks of other Cherry Mobile endorsers, John Lloyd Cruz and Kim Chiu. With this dream team of brand ambassadors, Cherry Mobile is set to continue to captivate the local mobile communications industry and deliver products that fit everyone’s lifestyle.

For more information about Cherry Mobile’s newest products, services, and promotions, visit

Simon Cowell a Gentle-Turned-Nasty Judge in 'X Factor' Promo

After teasing a kindler, gentler version of himself, Simon Cowell lets his inner nastiness shine in a new extended promo for Fox's highly anticipated singing competition, "The X Factor," which premiered on July 12.

The clip opens with Cowell and the rest of the judges - Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and Antonio "L.A." Reid - judging a young girl singing the "Annie" classic "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow" a little too leniently, with a pink sweater-clad Cowell exclaiming, "I love your spirit!" A voiceover from Cowell continues the loveliest, proclaiming, "I want to make people's dreams come true. I even think about the environment!"

And then Cowell wakes up in bed, rubs his face and says, "Wow, what a horrible nightmare!" Soon, the viewer is watching clips of Cowell calling contestants "absolute rubbish" and "deluded".

"The X Factor" premieres September 21 on Fox.

Charlize Theron, Ryan Reynolds' Newest Lady Love?

After his splitsville with (ex) wife Scarlett Johansson, showbiz watchers have wondered which starlet would snag newly single Ryan Reynolds. Now, the mystery is finally solved!

A source tells the new issue of Us Weekly that the "Green Lantern" star, 34, and Charlize Theron, 35, "have been dating — for months! They're exclusive, and it's very hush-hush."

While the two haven't been photographed together, a witness noticed Reynolds' motorcycle at Theron's home all morning on June 5, then saw the actor exit her house around 3 p.m. - and she left just minutes later.

Has Reynolds found a perfect match?

"They're both career-focused," explains the source, "but not in a crazy way."

For instance, don't expect to see the stars side-by-side on a red carpet. "She won't go to an event with him," the insider says of Theron, who split with love of nine years Stuart Townsend in 2010. "That's not her style."

Meanwhile, Reynolds hasn't completely shut off contact with famous ex Johansson, 26. He and the "Iron Man 2" actress were spotted having a cordial dinner last Friday at Little Dom's in L.A.

- Source

Emma Watson Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 Interview

Emma Watson, who plays Hermione in "Harry Potter" movie series, talks about the much-anticipated finale of the highly successful film who brought her international fame over the last 10 years and what's next for her as an artist. But warning, there are a few spoilers for those who haven't watch the movie yet.

Can you talk about your last scene as Hermione? What was it, and what were you feeling?
The last shot we did was this kind of strange moment when we dive into the fireplace at the Ministry of Magic. It was actually for Part 1, not Part 2. Dan, Rupert, and I one by one jumped onto these blue safety mats basically, and that was the shot. That was it. It seemed like kind of a strange one to go out on, but David made the point that we were like leaping into the unknown. It was kind of a perfect metaphor for what we were about to go into. It's so funny, I can't tell you how I felt when we were shooting it. I was sort of numb.

Were there any other last moments - a last scene at Hogwarts or a last scene filmed with someone - that stick out in your mind?
It's so funny. This film was obviously incredibly challenging for me. It really pushed me as an actress, but at the same time I was able to use a lot of my own genuine emotions I felt about lasts and all of it coming to an end. I was able to bring how I was feeling to the role, so a perfect example of that was the scene where we stand on the bridge after the battle before we flash forward. I remember just feeling exactly how Hermione would be feeling. Just, wow this is all coming to an end, look at everything we've achieved. The set was actually built looking out over Leavesden Studios, which is where I grew up, essentially, and spent the last twelve years. So yeah, not much acting required really, it was all just alive for me.
What character traits do you share with Hermione?
Not so much now, but I guess earnestness, an eagerness to please and to do the right thing—terrified of ever getting into trouble. I'm very heady in the same way that she is; I'm constantly thinking three, four moves ahead. I try to intellectualize a lot, which she does as well, obviously. I'm very determined as well. I like to think that I'm loyal in the same way that she is. I'm a bit of a feminist in the same way that she is. I will speak my mind. It's hard to say, really. I feel so much of me went into her and so much of her went into me. I can't really differentiate too much anymore it's all a bit of a blur.

Did you give much thought into what happened in the 19 years that passed? Because by that point, Jo said Hermione has been working for the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, but she also has two kids. As we know of the wizarding world, most of the moms are stay at home moms. Is Hermione the first one to be a working mom?
Yeah, I think that's so interesting that you brought that up. Gosh, it's so interesting. For my mum, she was the first generation that felt like, "wow, we really can work and we have choice." My mum worked when I was growing up. I feel like for my generation, not only do we have that choice but we also have the choice to stay at home, which is amazing that we do have so much choice. But I also think it's easy to feel a bit lost about what the right thing to do is. I'm going off on a bit of a tangent here, but yeah I can absolutely see Hermione working and trying to juggle kids. She has such a wonderful mind, and she is so caring about the world, and so desperate to set things right. She has a very strong sense of justice, so it makes complete sense that she's in law enforcement, and she would keep going with that part of herself.

What role do you think Hermione has in raising Rosie and Hugo?
Hermione just has so much knowledge. She thirsts for knowledge, and she loves words. I guess just being around someone like Hermione it must be infectious to want to know more and I can't imagine it was difficult to get Rosie and Hugo interested in things. I remember I used to watch my mum read and seeing her face change and all of the expressions she would go through, and seeing her enjoy books so much that you would go, "oh that's interesting, what's that?" And you would want to do the same. So I'm sure just by example.

What are your tastes in music, and now that you know - I assume - American students very well, are American tastes and British tastes very different?
They are and they aren't. I've found so much music that I like that a lot of my American friends know about, and we bridge gaps. I don't think there's too much difference in taste. In terms of my own taste, I'm very influenced by my parents. My dad collects records, and so when I was growing up he would play me Joni Mitchell and Suzanne Vega. He loves blues, so a lot of Chuck Berry. My mum would play The Pretenders, Elvis, Natalie [Merchant] and the 10,000 Maniacs. Then my brother has recently been getting me into a lot of classic rock. I've been listening to Tom Petty, the Cars, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, and White Stripes. I also love to dance, so I'll listen to like Lady Gaga, Rihanna and everyone. I love Lykke Li. I've been listening to her albums recently. Everything, really. I've been listening to a bit more classical music lately. I love music, and I think I drive my friends crazy because I always have to have music playing. My de-stressing thing is to put my iPod headphones in and just go walk and listen to music. That's what I do if I need to zone out or calm down.

Perhaps singing on Broadway?
Yes (laughs) well, I don't know if I'm...Dan is so ballsy. That kid. Amazing. I'd love to do something on Broadway, but I think I need to pluck up some more courage. But I love to sing, yeah.
How do you think you've changed the most, personally, over the last ten years?
It's hard to say, because obviously when you go from the ages of 9 to 21, most of those changes are inevitable, it's just part of growing up. It's hard to say what is part of that natural process, and what else has happened. I went from being a nine year old schoolgirl to having a job, and I've learned how to be an actress, and how films are made, and how to do interviews...hopefully. I guess I always had quite a strong sense of who I am, but it's nice coming through and feeling like I still have managed to maintain my own sense of identity away from something that potentially could have overwhelmed me. So I guess I'm glad that I had that. I was quite a stubborn young girl, so yeah.

Now that the series has ended, do you have a favorite out of all of them?
I mean the last two, Part 1 and Part 2, for me really stand apart from all of the rest. The quality is amazing, and the role and the depth and I guess how much darker they get really gave me a chance to stretch myself as an actress and really feel like I was an actress, and like I was acting. Actually for the first however many years I didn't really feel like I was doing much acting at all. I feel like I can say I'm an actress and really believe in that.

What's next for you?
I'm going to travel this summer, which I'm really excited about. It's obviously scary; change is always scary, but I feel really excited. I feel like I'm opening a new chapter and I have a fresh start. So traveling this summer, I'm going back to school in the fall. I've got two years left until I complete my degree. I have just made a film called Perks of Being a Wallflower which was just the most incredible experience. I had the best six weeks. I'm very excited about that movie. Having an experience like that outside of Harry Potter convince me that acting was what I should be doing and that I was good at it. It really solidified that for me. I guess just now reading, reading, reading, and trying to find the next thing that speaks to me and that I really care about. Also finding great directors hopefully, who will keep teaching me so I can keep learning. But I'm excited about the idea of being an actress now in a way that I wasn't so sure of when I was younger.

When was the moment that you realized you were one of the most recognizable faces in the world?
It was when I was in a shantytown in Bangladesh, and a boy stopped me in the street and said, "You're the girl from Harry Potter!" There's nowhere in the world I can go, it feels, that isn't somehow touched by this franchise. It's absolutely amazing. It reaches the furthest corners of the earth in the least expected places. So that was a moment when it was like, "Wow! You really can't go anywhere."

Now, how do you handle that fame?
It became easy to handle once I accepted it. Once I sort of came to terms with it, definitely. And I feel fortunate in that I've never known what it's like to have total freedom and anonymity. It's not as though I had it then all of a sudden taken away from me. It was something I sort of grew up knowing. I've never known anything else. In a way, I guess that's sort of a blessing.

Throughout this series, all of the characters go through tests of bravery; it's sort of an ongoing thing. What story can you tell us from when you had to put your bravery to the test?
That's a great question. You know, I feel like young girls are told that they have to be this kind of princess and be all delicate and fragile, and it's bullshit. I identified much more with the idea of being a warrior, and being a fighter. If I was going to be a princess, I would be a warrior princess, definitely. I think, I don't know, sorry to ramble on. I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave, and I think that's something they've got to embrace. It's not the absence of fear, it's overcoming it. Sometimes you've got to just blast through. A lot of moments in this last movie I made in Pittsburgh, Perks of Being a Wallflower, I was terrified. On my first day I was so nervous. Doing a different accent, being on a new movie set, in a foreign country with a crew I didn't know and a cast I didn't know. There's a scene where I have to mimic Susan Sarandon in Rocky Horror Picture Show and I'm standing in a corset in front of all of these extras trying to do this dance. I felt ridiculous. It's funny: coming out of this, I'm constantly doing things that are new, and that takes bravery. I think it's just trying to have faith in yourself and believe in yourself and know that it will come right in the end.
You had mentioned that you are doing some traveling and then going to school. Which school are you going to?
I'm going to Oxford in the fall to study English for a year. Just to explain, I haven't left Brown. I'm still enrolled at Brown, but I'm doing my third year abroad, studying at home...abroad for me (laughs). I'll be going back to the states for my last year.

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Angelica Panganiban Secrets Revealed!

She is one of the prettiest and fairest faces in local showbiz. But what really is Angelica Panganiban's secret to her healthy looking-all natural white beauty?

Check out the videos below to know the answer:

Marian Rivera's "Temptation Island" Grosses P27.65M on it's First Week

GMA Films and Regal Entertainment's latest movie offering "Temptation Island" raked a blockbuster amount of P27.65 million pesos on it's first 5 days of showing in more than 100 theaters nationwide.

The remake of Joey Gosiengfiao's 80's hit movie "Temptation Island" stars Marian Rivera, Solenn Heussaff, Lovi Poe, Ruffa Mae Quinto, Heart Evangelista, Aljur Abrenica, Tom Rodriguez, John Lapus and Mikael Daez .

(As of July 10, 2011)

1. Catch Me…I’m In Love – P120.21M
2. In the Name of Love – P117.2M
3. Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! – P72.31M
4. Bulong – P67.27M
5. Who’s That Girl? – P58.31M
6. Forever and a Day – P44.73M
7. My Valentine Girls – P44.26M
8. Temptation Island – P27.65M*
9. Tumbok – P10.53M
10. Tum: My Pledge of Love – P5.16M

* still showing in theaters

After Harry Potter, Tom Felton Stars in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

Harry Potter’s Tom Felton a.k.a. Draco Malfoy will next be seen in his post-Harry role in the upcoming event-movie “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” His work in the “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” marks another inventive villainous turn following his role as the bullying Malfoy for which he was recently awarded an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain.

Will Rodman (James Franco) is a scientist working within a large pharmaceutical corporation conducting genetic research to develop a benign virus that restores damaged human brain tissue. He is committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, a disease that afflicts his father, Charles (John Lithgow). Will’s relentless focus has precluded personal relationships, but the connection between his research and Charles’ illness brings the two together, albeit under difficult heart-rending circumstances. Just prior to the drug company’s commencement of human trials of a promising and potentially lucrative new drug, Will’s simian test subjects suddenly display bizarrely aggressive behavior. Management deems the research a failure and Will must shut down his program.

Amidst the confusion of the study’s sudden termination, Will finds himself charged with an overlooked newborn infant chimpanzee – a male, the newly orphaned offspring of his most promising test subject. That young chimp, destined for greatness, is named Caesar, played by capture-performance actor Andy Serkis, marks his greatest art-rending performance ever in CGI.

Will secretly raises young Caesar as his own, at home, while caring for his ailing father. “Will must now be a caretaker, not only to Charles, but to this baby chimp,” says Franco. “As the story progresses Will becomes more of a person and less of a scientist, and starts to care about Caesar more than the success of the drug.

Over time, with the help of the drug, the chimp exhibits incredible cognitive skills and intellect. At the same time, Charles’ symptoms of Alzheimer’s miraculously go into remission. Will’s bending the rules of laboratory trials seems to have worked beyond his hopes.

However, as Caesar matures, his highly-developed intelligence is countered by the aggressive and dangerous protective instincts typical of adult male apes. Caesar soon becomes too much for Will. Though reluctant to part with Caesar, who has become like a son, Will takes Caesar to live among other apes within the confines of the San Bruno Primate Sanctuary. But unknown to Will, the “sanctuary” is more like a shoddily run prison – a dumping ground for unwanted or abandoned apes. It is run by Landon (Brian Cox, who starred in director Rupert Wyatt’s debut feature, the acclaimed The Escapist), and Landon’s son, Dodge, portrayed by Tom Felton.

In addition to presenting emotionally-engaging photo-realistic apes, the film’s setting is instantly recognizable and relatable. The movie is an origin story in the truest sense of the term. Set in present day San Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

The powerful and emotional battle that streamed out of the sanctuary’s abuses became a platform for the film’s most climactic scenes. Rupert Wyatt shares: “We wanted it be a ‘world-stops-spinning’ moment that plays into the whole idea of evolution and where that can take a species.” That defining instant leads to a daring escape, an epic confrontation at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a wrenching and fateful reunion between Will and Caesar – and a revolution that will forever change the planet.”

In a recent chat with Total Film, Felton revealed he’s keen to further expand his range, to join Serkis in CGI circles. “I bored Andy for hours about how he got into it and how he came to be the godfather of it all,” said Felton “He talked me through a lot of it, and it’s something I’d like to look into.There’s so many scripts that you could have read 20 years ago and you’d have said ‘You can’t physically make that’ but now it’s an option - you can do things that weren’t really achievable.

In this film you’re going to see such advances in the CGI that you’re going to look back at the old apes costumes and really think ‘that’s history’,” Felton shares.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” opens August 4 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Manny Pacquiao Named "Best Fighter" in ESPY Award

This year's Best Fighter in the annual ESPY Award is presented to Pinoy pound-for-pound 8-division world boxing champ Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.

Pacquiao bested other hardcore fellow nominees like future hall of famer Bernard Hopkins - the oldest boxer to win a major world title, middleweight king Sergio Martinez - who successfully defended his crown twice with impressive knockout victories, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

The ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Award is presented by the American cable television network ESPN to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance.

Other winners at the 2011 ESPY Award are:

Best Championship Performance - goalie Tim Thomas of the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.

Best Female Athlete - reigning Olympic downhill champion and three-time overall World Cup ski champion Lindsey Vonn.

Best Male College Athlete - BYU's Jimmer Fredette, who led the nation in scoring as a senior at 28.5 points per game.

• Recipient of the Jimmy V Award - NCAA wrestling champion Anthony Robles of Arizona State.

Best Game - the Philadelphia Eagles' 38-31 victory over the New York Giants.

Best Upset - the VCU men's basketball team.

Best NFL Player - Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.

Best MLB Player - pitcher Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Best Driver - five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.

Best WNBA Player - Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury.

Best Fighter - Manny Pacquiao who scored a unanimous decision victory against Antonio Margarito to win the WBC's 154-pound title, becoming boxing's first eight-division champion and by scoring a unanimous decision over Shane Mosley in May 2011.

Best Male Golfer - U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy.

Best Female Golfer - Cristie Kerr.

Best Male Tennis Player - Rafael Nadal.

Best Female Tennis Player - Serena Williams.

Best Female College Athlete - Maya Moore of Connecticut.

Best Male Action Sport Athlete - Shaun White.

Best Female Action Sport Athlete - Stephanie Gilmore.

Best Jockey - John Velasquez.

Best Male Athlete with a Disability - Arizona State wrestler Anthony Robles.

Best Female Athlete with a Disability - swimmer Mallory Weggemann.

Best Bowler - Jason Belmonte.

Best MLS Player - Landon Donovan.

Best Track and Field Athlete - sprinter Tyson Gay.

Best Comeback - former Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich.

Castrol EDGE NFL Strongest Performance - Arian Foster of the Houston Texans.

Capital One Cup - Stanford women's athletics and Florida men's athletics.

est Sports Movie - "The Fighter".

The awarding ceremony will be held tonight, July 13, at the Nokia Theatre in California and will be hosted by American actor and comedian Seth Meyers.

Bea Alonzo Covers MAVEN Magazine July-August 2011 Issue

Kapamilya dramatic-blockbuster queen Bea Alonzo graces the cover of Maven Magazine on its July-August 2011 issue.

In this issue, Bea shares some of her beauty routines on staying healthy and beautiful - boxing, diet, pills and Zanjoe Marudo.

This issue also features interesting facts like "The Truth About Plastic Surgery," "37 Surprising Reasons Why Men Thinks You're Sexy," "Tips on Make-up for Morenas, 5 Hot Hairstyles, 3 Workouts to Tone Your Body," and many more.

Maven Magazine July-August 2011 issue is now available at all magazine stands, bookstores and selected supermarkets nationwide.

Ellah Joy Pique Kidnap-Slay Case To Be Elevated in Court

The family of slain 6-year-old kidnap victim Ellah Joy Pique was given reason to hope for full resolution of the case after Deputy Provincial Prosecutor England Joseph Berciles said the prosecutors panel found probable cause to indict Bella Ruby Santos and her British partner Ian Charles Griffiths with charges of kidnapping with homicide in relation to Ellah Joy’s death.

Berciles disclosed the findings to reporters yesterday.

He said he will either approve or reverse the recommendation made by the panel sometime this week.

Still, the lawyers of Santos and Griffiths vowed to contest the ruling of the three-member panel of prosecutors.

We respect the ruling of the panel although to our mind they erred (in deciding on the complaint),” said the respondent’s lawyer Rameses Villagonzalo.

Villagonzalo and Makati City-based lawyer Ana Luz Cristal are contemplating whether to seek reconsideration from the Cebu Provincial Prosecutors’ Office or file a petition for review before the Department of Justice.

An arrest will be issued against Santos and Griffiths once the case is elevated to court. The case is nonbailable.

ABS-CBN International TFC Wins 6 Bronze at The 32nd Telly Awards

6 bronze trophies were awarded to TFC - ABS-CBN's International channel in the 32nd Annual Telly Awards in New York City, USA. The 6 recognized programs are:

Live Event - Global P-Noy: Town Hall sa TFC
Information - Adobo Nation: Sari-Sari Etcetera: Filipina Winemakers
Documentary - Bayaning Pilipino: Little Manila Foundation
Social Issues - Streets of My Lolo
Use of graphics - Streets of My Lolo
Editing - Streets of My Lolo

Protege - Audition Dates and Venues

This September, the stars will align for a battle of stellar proportions as 10 legendary icons set out to find the biggest phenomenon of the music industry via GMA Network's Protégé: The Battle for the Big Break.

Anticipation grows for this superstar search that defies the conventions of reality-based genres for its game - changing formula of finding the ultimate protégé from a broader search range for would-be-stars. The competition is open to all music artists - solo performers, duos, trios or groups with a maximum of 5 members—and the search has no age limit!

Singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid is the Journey Host of Protégé while Kapuso Network's Hunk Drama Actor Dingdong Dantes is the Gala Presenter.

This search is said to be the biggest yet as Protégé taps the professional guidance of celebrity mentors who would scour the entire archipelago to find genuine and rare singing aspirants to battle it out for a chance to enter the highly-acclaimed gateway to musical stardom.

The impressive roster of high-profile and formidable mentors who would lead the hunt for their respective Protégés in the key provinces and cities around the country including Naga, Cebu, Iloilo, Batangas, Cabanatuan, Pampanga, Davao, Dagupan, Cagayan de Oro and Manila are Janno Gibbs, Jaya, Jay-R, Rachelle Ann Go, Aiza Seguerra, Joey Generoso of Side A, Imelda Papin, Claire dela Fuente, Rey Valera, and Gloc 9.

The nationwide auditions will be held on the following dates and venues: SM Naga (July 15); SM Cebu (July 17); SM Iloilo (July 22); SM Batangas (July 24); NE Pacific Mall Cabanatuan (July 29); SM Pampanga (July 31); SM Davao (August 5); CSI Mall Dagupan (August 7); SM Cagayan de Oro (August 10); and SM Mall of Asia Music Hall (August 13). Auditions will be from 10am-6pm.

Aspirants need to bring the certified true copy and photocopy of their birth certificate and two photos (1 full body and 1 close-up). Those below 18 years need a written consent from their parents, and original and photocopy of their parent's valid ID in order to qualify for the auditions.

They need to prepare at least two songs for the audition with minus-1 or perform with musical instruments. Applicants are encouraged to be in their most impressive outfits (dress to impress).

Catch this September the unparalleled display of singing sensations in Protégé only here in GMA.

Protégé, The Battle For The Big Break - Teaser:

New Rom-Com Proves People Do “Crazy, Stupid” Things for Love

Whether you're middle-aged married people on the brink of separation, a passionate young couple in your twenties or thirties, or teenagers with your first real crush, love can make you do crazy, stupid things.

Warner Bros. presents “Crazy, Stupid, Love” starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone. Joining them are Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon, Josh Groban and Filipino-American actress Liza Lapira.

Steve Carell says, “Age usually denotes some sort of growth, some sort of leg-up on the learning curve, but that’s not always the case when it comes to love. This is a great story because it involves three different generations of romance. What I found really interesting to explore was the crossover between them and the idea that, even as we get older, we don’t always have all the answers. The lessons we can learn from our kids are sometimes the most surprising.

Carell’s character in “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is Cal Weaver, a man whose life falls apart in the opening scene when, without warning, his wife announces she wants a divorce. Having the rug pulled out from under him, he flails around, trying to find his footing, when he’s offered an unexpected and unusual lifeline in the form of ladies’ man Jacob Palmer, played by Ryan Gosling.
Glenn Ficarra, who directed the film with John Requa, states, “This is a story about a guy who has a mid-life crisis thrust upon him as opposed to coming to it naturally, and the domino effect it has on everyone around him.

In addition to the details of the story and characters, the overarching theme of love, present in so many different forms, was a big draw for the directing duo.

Requa contends, “Love is vital. For most people, it’s really the most important thing, the greatest thing in life worth fighting for. But it can also be a great source of comedy, which is how we felt when we read the script.

The screenplay, written by Dan Fogelman, “was one of the best I’ve ever read,” says producer Denise Di Novi. “It was funny, very witty, very smart. It took a clear look at human relationships - marriage, parenting, first love, long-term love - in a way that was dramatic and edgy and hilarious…an irresistible combination for me.

Fogelman actually wrote the screenplay with Carell in mind for the character of Cal. “I had the initial idea of a guy whose wife leaves him, and he meets another guy in a bar, and that guy trains him to become a sort of older version of himself, to rediscover his manhood and, well, pick up women. I could instantly imagine Steve playing him.

Fogelman’s script became the first project to be produced under Carell’s own Carousel banner, with partners Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartsock serving as executive producers on the project. Both filmmakers saw the story’s appeal right away. “Everything was hidden so nicely inside the script, and every time I turned the page I was excited to find out what would happen,” Hartsock says. “But what really impressed me was that I never felt ahead of the script, I never thought, ‘Oh, I see where this is going.’ That made reading it even better.”

DeGeneres offers, “The humor comes very naturally out of the situation and the character. Cal was very real and his story - his relationship falling apart after years of marriage - was something a lot of people can relate to. It really fit with what Carousel is all about.”

It was also precisely the kind of movie that directing partners Requa and Ficarra, who have previously only directed their own material, couldn’t pass up. Notes Ficarra, “We have a common ear for what we like, and there were issues in this story - mid-life crises, family dynamics - that really rang true and were very tempting to us.”

I liked the way Dan examined how annoying love can be,” Requa says. “The script was just so impressive, and it’s a character-based comedy, which is exactly what we like to do.”

Di Novi states, “Glenn and John have a style that we all felt would match perfectly with this project. They’re really able to access the underlying emotion of a scene, even through the laughter. They bring a real sense of humanity to what they do.”

Opening soon across the Philippines, “Crazy, Stupid Love” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Tony Romo - Candice Crawford Wedding Video

Watch here the wedding video of Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys Quarterback and former Miss Missouri and sports reporter Candice Crawford taken during their grandiose wedding on May 28, 6:30 p.m. at Arlington Hall on Turtle Creek Boulevard.

Candice & Tony's Wedding Trailer from Joe Simon Films on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises Poster Released!

The teaser poster for "The Dark Knight Rises" which is set for July 20, 2012 worldwide release is now out.

The poster bears nothing more than the Batman symbol outlined by buildings set in crumbling Gotham City and the date of its theater release.

Directed by Christopher Nolan, "The Dark Knight Rises" will star Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon, Josh Pence as young Ra's Al Ghul, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake and Tom Hardy as Bane.

Coleen Garcia, Ryan Bang's Future Girlfriend?

Former PBB Teen Housemate Ryan Bang proudly reveals that he is now courting his "Showtime" co-judge, “Good Vibes” star Coleen Garcia.

But despite his intention to seriously pursue a relationship with the young actress, Ryan also believes that he has no chance of winning the Coleen's nod.

"Ako, crush na crush ko si Coleen talaga. Hindi ako nagsisinungaling. Pero si Coleen, ewan ko kung gusto niya ako," Ryan said.

Asked why he feels that way, the comedian said that he thinks that his personality as a comedian could be the reason why Coleen wouldn't believe him.

"Ako, masaya siya kasama sa 'Showtime'. Ako, lagi ko siyang liligawan pero wala siyang reaksyon. Hindi ko alam. Sa tingin niya joke joke ako kasi komedyante ako. Hindi ko alam. Hindi ako guwapo kasi," he said.

Priscilla Meirelles is Pregnant

Five months after they got married, Brazilian beauty queen-model Priscilla Meirelles is confirmed pregnant with her husband, actor-host John Estrada.

The ever happy and proud John announced the good news on Monday, July 11, during the live airing of his ABS-CBN noontime “Happy, Yipee, Yehey!”.

"Masaya, masaya. Actually I'm really excited for her because this is her first baby. I'm excited for her parents kasi first apo nila ito," John said.

"Ako, of course, being the father, I'm so excited na magkaanak kami ni Priscilla. So, it's really a blessing," he added.

If he is to choose, John said he wants to have a baby boy but will still be glad to have otherwise as long as their baby will be healthy.

"Kung tatanungin kami, ako, ang gusto ko sana ay boy. Sana, sana. Kung babae ay okay lang. Papangalanan ko siyang Georgia," he revealed.

John also said that he is inspired to work now that his wife is pregnant.

"Mas lalo akong dapat magtrabaho kasi may panibagong miyembro ng pamilya ko. My wife naman supports me all the way, kaya wala akong problema sa trabaho ko," the actor-host said.

It is Priscilla's first pregnancy while John has 4 children from his previous marriage to Janice de Belen.

Jasmine Curtis and Anne Curtis: Sibling Rivalry on the Dance Floor

Watch here sisters Anne Curtis and Jasmine Curtis-Smith shake their booties on the dance floor during the "Magpasikat" segment of "Showtime" where Anne happens to be one of the main hosts.

Amaya GMA-7's Highest Rated Program Based on AGB May 9 - June 28 TV Ratings

GMA-7 releases a booster plug for their highest rating primetime programs “Amaya” and “Munting Heredera” based on AGB Mega Manila's average rating for May and June 2011 periods.


May 9 to June 28, 2011
(Average People Rating in Mega Manila)

Munting Heredera (GMA-7) – 12.5%
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) – 11.5%

May 30 to June 28, 2011
(Average People Rating in Mega Manila)

Amaya (GMA-7) – 13.9%
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) – 12.1%
Guns and Roses (ABS-CBN) – 11.5%

May 9 to June 28, 2011
(Average Household Rating in Mega Manila)

Munting Heredera (GMA-7) – 24.1%
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) – 22.8%

May 30 to June 28, 2011
(Average Household Rating in Mega Manila)

Amaya (GMA-7) – 26.9%
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) – 23.7%
Guns and Roses (ABS-CBN) – 22.2%




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