Saturday, July 30, 2011

Fil-Am Marko Germar Made Lady Gaga Cry

Filipino-American contemporary dancer Marko Germar who is currently in the Top 6 spot of America’s top-rated dance show “So You Think You Can Dance” made Lady Gaga, who sat as guest judge on the show's July 27 episode, so emotional after his breathtaking performance of Jeff Buckley's "I Know Its Over".

Not just that! The said performance also received a standing ovation from 4 judges and the crowd including Germar's mom and brought an emotional confessions from both Lady Gaga and Germar.

Watch the video below:

When asked about her comment, the Gaga said:

I’m just so proud of you … you really love to dance and I know your mom’s here. There were so, so many things I did wrong when I was younger, and so many things I wish I could take back. And I felt every moment of that through your dance tonight. You are absolutely incredible, and congratulations.”

Which Germar later affirms:

I actually dedicated that piece to her. I wasn’t the best kid — I was a bit of a brat — I said some things and I wanted to make sure, you know, I’m sorry, I love you.”

The show's executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe, meanwhile, summed it up by saying that that moment has extended past the parameters of just a TV show, a competition:

I’m sorry Cat I can’t be quick about this because I think we’ve just seen a moment here that is more than the competition. This isn’t now about coming first, second or third. Just watching this and seeing how he danced and how he’s taken this opportunity of speaking to his mother who I know supported him throughout his dancing. I think it’s an absolute remarkable moment that a son can turn around and say, “I love you,” because so many of us didn’t do that and so many of us now don’t have the opportunity of doing it and I do hope that other people watching this show tonight turn around to their mothers and say what they want to say while they have the opportunity of doing so.”

I'm so effin' proud!

Anton del Rosario Smart C+ TVC

Smart C+ has handpicked a set of endorsers from the multi-hyphenated crowd whose active lifestyles portray the juice brand's thrust for adopting a well-balanced, multi-faceted way of life.

The brand's newest endorsers have all been known to do their fair share of multi-tasking: celebrity stylist Liz Uy is Preview magazine's editor-at-large and one of the most recognized names in the fashion industry; RJ Ledesma is a magazine editor, TV host, Yoga Manila co-founder, and one of the masterminds behind Mercato Centrale and Midnight Mercato Weekend Markets; model and real estate executive Divine Lee also manages a fashion line; model-teacher Rissa Mananquil is a full-time mom who juggles modeling, teaching and writing a beauty column, and Philippine National Football Team (Azkals) Center-Back Anton del Rosario, one of the young movers and shakers in the local sports arena who's responsible for the country's newfound obsession with football.

Anton del Rosario, Divine Lee, RJ Ledesma, Liz Uy, and Rissa Mananquil tell us who they choose to be. Find out below how Smart C+ fuels their passion:

Smart C+ comes in three flavors—Lemon Squeeze, Orange Crush, and Pomelo-Grapefruit—with the benefits of 500 mg of Vitamin C to strengthen the immune system.

Photo courtesy of Smart C+

Gloria Arroyo Surgery Successful

Manila, Philippines - Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo underwent a successful 5-hour surgical operation on her neck Friday at the St. Luke's Medical Center – Taguig City, her doctors said.

Arroyo's attending physician, Dr. Juliet Cervantes, said the Pampanga lawmaker is now recuperating in the hospital's intensive care unit.

She decribed the procedure as "5 hours of uneventful surgery."

"There was no untoward incident," Cervantes said in the medical bulletin issued Friday night.

She added that Arroyo is now awake and can stand up and talk.

Her cervical spine surgery started at around 7 a.m.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mario Ver recommended a 3-week rest for Arroyo before she returns to work.

Party Pilipinas‘Sayaw Mo, Awit Ko’ this Sunday, July 31

Get ready to sing along and dance to the beat this Sunday as Party Pilipinas presents SMAK (Sayaw Mo, Awit Ko).

This Sunday, July 31, kicks-off with a grand opening as the whole Party Pilipinas community joins in a non-stop parade of singing and dancing.

Party Pilipinas launches Time of My Life, the new and first dance-serye on GMA-7. Join in the cast as they move their way to the stage in a dance fusion. Groove with Kris Bernal, Rocco Nacino, Mark Herras, Jean Garcia, Cherie Gil, Emilio Garcia, Joshua Zamora, Ronnie Henares and Geleen Eugenio together with the Sayaw Pilipinas crew, Tweens and Jump-in winners.

Plus, it’s the final dance-off. Who among the dancing partners, Sef Cadayona-Ruby Rodriguez and Kris Bernal-John Feir will win the ultimate Celebrity Dance Match? Vote for your favourite pair this Sunday. And feast your eyes as the sexy ladies of Party Pilipinas–Solenn, Lovi, Iza, Glaiza, Isabelle and Heart–show it all in a sizzling dance number.

Party Pilipinas gives way to the stage comeback of an OPM artist as she joins in the roster of the Party Pilipinas OPM musical ensemble. And be awed as the pride “birit” singers of Party Pilipinas belt out classic movie dance themes that will bring you back down memory lane.

The showbiz heirs are back and they will be singing their way to your hearts with Ynna, Ysa, Janine and Kylie. And join in the cast of Tweens led by love team of Julie Ann and Elmo as they showcase their singing talents, launch their album and finally, celebrate the birthdays of Barbie and Derrick.

Get ready to SMAK this Sunday, July 31, with Party Pilipinas.

ASAP Rocks Favorites this Sunday, July 31

The country’s favorite and “numero uno” Sunday musical variety show, “ASAP Rocks,” goes all-out with only the most thrilling treats from the most desired kapamilya superstars!

Led by Piolo Pascual, Sarah Geronimo, Billy Crawford, KC Concepcion, Sam Milby,Toni Gonzaga, Luis Manzano, Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, Cristine Reyes, Gerald Anderson, Kim Chiu, Julia Montes, Kathryn Bernardo, Nikki Gil and Coco Martin.

Ultimate world-class performances from your favorite music icons Gary Valenciano, Vina Morales and Zsazsa Padilla plus sensational singing favorites The ASAP Sessionistas, ASAP Champions, ASAP Pinoy Champs – Jovit Baldivino, Yeng Constantino, Angeline Quinto and Marcelito Pomoy reign supreme on the ASAP centerstage.

Awesome dance routines from the most wanted ASAP Supahdance stars John Prats, Rayver Cruz, Gab Valenciano, Maja Salvador, Karylle, Shaina Magdayao, Iya Villania, Empress, Jessy Mendiola, Enchong Dee, Sam Concepcion, Bugoy Carino with the Supahkids and “Maria la del Barrio” star Erich Gonzales.

Don’t miss out your favorite Sunday musical party, “ASAP Rocks” 12:15 high noon. For updates, photos and to hang out live with the stars at ASAP Chill-Out, visit

James Younghusband: 10 Things He Loves About Pinays

We already know more than a few things about half-British, half-Filipino football player James Younghusband. We know that he’s a serious Bond fan like most Brits, he’s a good bowler, he’s scared to death of dancing in public, and he’s got equally hot Phil Younghusband for a brother.

But if there’s anything else we still want to know about James, it’s his view of Pinays. Since James has lived in England for most of his life, isn't it good to know what a half-blood hottie like him thinks of Pinays?

Read on and you will surely love it!

- As compiled by

Yes! 100 Most Beautiful Stars 2011

Yes! Magazine unveiled its list of Philippine showbiz' 100 Most Beautiful Stars of 2011. And for the first time, a male star is chosen to be the cover star of YES! Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful special edition 2011.

It was Judy Ann Santos in 2007, KC Concepcion in 2008, Marian Rivera in 2009, Kim Chiu in 2010. Now, 3-time blockbuster King and one of the most beautiful faces in local showbiz industry - John Lloyd Cruz - is the first male chosen to be on the cover of YES! Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful special edition 2011.

Here are some of the most beautiful stars included in this year's list:


Albie Casiño
Andi Eigenmann
Angel Locsin
Angelica Panganiban
Anne Curtis
Bea Alonzo
Bianca Gonzalez
Bianca Manalo
Coco Martin
Derek Ramsay
Ejay Falcon
Empress Schuck
Engchong Dee
Enrique Gil
Erich Gonzales
Gerald Anderson
Gretchen Barretto
Jake Cuenca
Jericho Rosales
Jessy Mendiola
Jewel Mische
JM de Guzman
John Estrada
John Lloyd Cruz
John Manalo
Joseph Marco
Julia Montes
Kathryn Bernardo
KC Concepcion
Kim Chiu
Kris Aquino
Kristine Hermosa
Lauren Young
Maricar Reyes
Martin del Rosario
Matteo Guidicelli
Piolo Pascual
Priscilla Meirelles
Rayver Cruz
Sam Milby
Sarah Geronimo
Toni Gonzaga
Vice Ganda
Xyriel Manabat
Yen Santos
Zsa Zsa Padilla


Alex Gonzaga
Jasmine Curtis
JC de Vera
Lucy Torres-Gomez
Oyo Sotto
Richard Gomez
Ruffa Gutierrez
Shalani Soledad


Alden Richards
Aljur Abrenica
Barbie Forteza
Bea Binene
Bela Padilla
Belle Daza
Carl Guevarra
Carla Abellana
Chris Tiu
Dingdong Dantes
Elmo Magalona
Ellen Adarna
Eugene Domingo
Francheska Farr
Geoff Eigenmann
Glaiza de Castro
Gwen Zamora
Heart Evangelista
Iza Calzado
Jackie Rice
Jennylyn Mercado
Jhake Vargas
Jillian Ward
John Lapuz
Joshua Dionisio
Kris Bernal
Kristofer Martin
Kylie Padilla
Louise delos Reyes
Lovi Poe
Marian Rivera
Mark Herras
Mikael Daez
Ogie Alcasid
Paolo Contis
Paulo Avelino
Regine Velasquez
Richard Gutierrez
Rocco Nacino
Ryan Eigenmann
Sam Pinto
Sid Lucero
Solenn Heussaff


James Yap
Philippine Azkals

Kathryn, Julia, Kiray, EJ, Daniel and Diego on "Growing Up" - Teasers

Watch here the teasers of ABS-CBN's upcoming teen drama show "Growing Up".

Topbilled by this generation's teen sensations Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes with their love interests Daniel Padilla and Diego Loyzaga.

Joining them are Yen Santos, Kiray Celis, Neil Coleta, EJ Jallorina and Piero Vergara under the direction of Lino Cayetano.

Kathryn Bernardo on "Growing Up":

Julia Montes on "Growing Up":

Kiray Celis on "Growing Up":

EJ Jallorina on "Growing Up":

Daniel Padilla on "Growing Up":

Diego Loyzaga on "Growing Up":

"Munting Heredera" Continues to Lead the Mega Manila Ratings; "Amaya" Places Third

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from July 26 to 28, 2011 among Mega Manila households (People Ratings):

July 26, Tuesday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 12.9%
2. Sisid (GMA-7) - 7.1%
3. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 7%
4. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) / Super Sine 5: Payback (TV5) - 6.8%
5. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 6.7%
6. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 6.2%
7. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) / Kapuso Movie Festival: Desperadas 2 (GMA-7) / Gourmet (GMA-7) - 6.1%
8. I Dare You (ABS-CBN) - 5.7%
9. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 5.1%
10. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Ayos Na... Ang Kasunod (ABS-CBN) / Ben 10 (TV5) - 4.6%

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 15.9%
2. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 15.3%
3. Amaya (GMA-7) - 14.9%
4. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 14.2%
5. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 13.1%
6. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 12.4%
7. Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 11.6%
8. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 11%
9. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 10%
10. Futbolilits (GMA-7) - 9%

July 27, Wednesday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 15.4%
2. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 8.5%
3. Super Sine 5: Ruslan (GMA-7) - 8.2%
4. Sisid (GMA-7) - 8%
5. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 7.8%
6. Kapuso Movie Festival: Ang Titser Kong Pogi (GMA-7) - 7.7%
7. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 7.3%
8. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 7.2%
9. Gourmet (GMA-7) - 7%
10. Detective Conan (GMA-7) / Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 6.2%

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 16%
2. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 15.5%
3. Amaya (GMA-7) - 15.3%
4. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 14.5%
5. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 12.9%
6. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 12.6%
7. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 10.9%
8. Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 10.3%
9. Futbolilits (GMA-7) - 10.2%
10. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 9.2%

July 28, Thursday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 13.5%
2. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 7.4%
3. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 6.6%
4. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 6.3%
5. Super Sine 5: Transporter 2 (TV5) - 6.2%
6. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 6.1%
7. Sisid (GMA-7) - 5.7%
8. Kapuso Movie Festival: Batanes (GMA-7) - 5.6%
9. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 5.1%
10. Gourmet (GMA-7) - 4.6%

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 16.1%
2. Amaya (GMA-7) - 15%
3. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 12.2%
4. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 11.7%
5. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 11.1%
6. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) / Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 10.6%
7. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 9.9%
8. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 8.7%
9. Futbolilits (GMA-7) - 8.4%
10. Mula Sa Puso (ABS-CBN) - 6.5%

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from July 26 to 28, 2011 among Mega Manila households (Household Ratings):

July 26, Tuesday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 29.6%
2. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 17.2%
3. Sisid (GMA-7) - 17%
4. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 16.9%
5. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 16.1%
6. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 14.9%
7. Kapuso Movie Festival: Desperadas 2 (GMA-7) - 14.8%
8. Gourmet (GMA-7) - 14.1%
9. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 14%
10. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 12.1%

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 31.7%
2. Amaya (GMA-7) - 30.5%
3. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 29.7%
4. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 26.7%
5. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 26.5%
6. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 25.6%
7. Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 23.9%
8. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 21.4%
9. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 20.1%
10. Futbolilits (GMA-7) - 19.4%

July 27, Wednesday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 32.7%
2. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 18.8%
3. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 17.8%
4. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) / Sisid (GMA-7) - 16.9%
5. Kapuso Movie Festival: Lovestruck (GMA-7) / Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 16.7%
6. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 15.2%
7. Gourmet (GMA-7) - 14.7%
8. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 13.8%
9. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Ang Titser Kong Pogi (ABS-CBN) - 13%
10. I Dare You (ABS-CBN) - 12.5%

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 30.7%
2. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 30.6%
3. Amaya (GMA-7) - 29.4%
4. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 26.5%
5. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 25.5%
6. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 24.5%
7. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 20.8%
8. Futbolilits (GMA-7) - 20.5%
9. Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 20.1%
10. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 18.6%

July 28, Thursday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 30.8%
2. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 18.5%
3. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 16.3%
4. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) / Sisid (GMA-7) - 15.3%
5. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 14.6%
6. Kapuso Movie Festival: Batanes (GMA-7) - 12.3%
7. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 11.9%
8. Showtime (ABS-CBN) / Gourmet (GMA-7) - 11.7%
9. I Dare You (ABS-CBN) - 9.7%
10. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Type Kita... Walang Kokontra (ABS-CBN) - 9%

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 31.2%
2. Amaya (GMA-7) - 29.3%
3. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 24.1%
4. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 23.1%
5. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 22.7%
6. Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 21.8%
7. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 21.1%
8. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 19.2%
9. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 19.1%
10. Futbolilits (GMA-7) - 18.1%

Source: AGB Nielsen Phils.

Nora Aunor Set to Return in Manila on August 2

Nora Aunor, Philippine showbiz' only one Superstar, is returning to the Philippines on August 2 not just to visit her family, meet her fans but also to do a TV comeback via TV5.

Nora confirmed the news, saying: "Nakaempake na po ako. Naka-ready na lahat. Excited na rin po ako makabalik matapos ang walong taon. Sa wakas makakabalik na rin. Nagpapasalamat ako sa inyo sa pakikapag-usap sa mga tao para matupad 'to at sa TV5."

Nora is said to be doing a TV series on the Kapatid network.

Pakyaw’s First Black Bag Winner Revealed

Would you spend P2,000 for an item you didn’t know?

Well, that’s what risk-taking shopper Richard Benson Co did when he won the chance to buy Pakyaw’s first Black Bag last Friday! Here’s a clip of his experience as Pakyaw’s first winner!

Click HERE to Watch the Video

I’m speechless. I wasn’t expecting this. I thought it’s an iPod Touch or something. Thank you very much, Pakyaw!” Mr. Co said, feeling very excited about his purchase.

Congrats to Richard Benson Co for winning an awesome 32” Samsung LCD TV!

Since Pakyaw, an online group-buying site, came out with this thrilling promo, hundreds of users have been signing up for a chance to buy the mysterious contents of Pakyaw’s Black Bag. If you missed out on joining the first Black Bag, now is the perfect chance to sign up! You could be the next winner of the biggest thing to ever hit Pakyaw!

Visit the Pakyaw Facebook page or for more details!

- Pakyaw Press Statement

Friday, July 29, 2011

Enrique Gil Topbills "Diego and His Brothers" Indie Movie

Kapamilya young actor Enrique Gil leads the cast of upcoming indie film “Diego and His Brothers”.

The film deals about a story of brotherhood, as well as a coming of age tale that follows the young protagonist, Diego.

Starring in the short film are Julijo Pisk as Diego, Pica Lozano as Tomas and Good Vibes star Enrique Gil as Anton, under the direction of Marty Lopez.

This film was made possible through the Russell Hexter Filmmaker Grant, produced at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Maurice Kanabar Institute of Film and Television.

Synopsis: “Diego and His Brothers” is a story loosely based on events surrounding three brothers during World War II in the Philippines. The film tells the story of Diego (Julijo Pisk), a young boy on a journey with his brothers to find an aircraft to take them away from the Japanese invasion. As the story unfolds, so too does the relationship between the brothers, as they try to overcome their own interior and exterior factors that keep them from getting to their destination.

Diego and His Brothers - Trailer:

Ogie Alcasid Reveals Name of First Baby with Regine Velasquez

Award-winning singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid shared with the press the name of his and wife Regine Velasquez's soon-to-be-born first child during yesterday's signing of memorandum of agreement between OPM officers and Sen. Francis Pangilinan for the OPM summit and fair in October.

Although, their choice of name is not yet final, but he said they wanted a name Nathaniel James for a good reason.

Mukhang nasa Nathaniel James kami. Nathaniel kasi means ‘gift of God.’ Ang naiisip naming nickname is Nate. Parang ang pogi, ano, Nate.” Ogie revealed.

The OPM President also shared how happy Regine when she learned that she'll give birth to a baby boy in November.

Noong nalaman niyang lalaki, talagang wow, iba ‘yung saya niya. Meron pang… in-encircle pa nu’ng OB namin... ‘yung alam mo na....’yung putotoy niya.” he shared.

30 Seconds to Mars Live in Manila Concert Tonight

"Enjoyment, excitement, escape, connection and some kind of relief from the monotony of music that is out there." This is what 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto hopes people can get from their music.

Once you hear the band's name, you would think they got it in connection with the planet Mars or the galaxies, but it is apparently in no way related to the planet. The band came across a thesis with a subtitle "30 Seconds to Mars," which talks about the fast-paced world and where technology takes humans. 30 Seconds to Mars is actually how band members Jared Leto (vocalist and rhythm guitarist), Shannon Leto (drummer) and Tomo Miličević see how their music is presented.

"Most importantly, it is a good representation of our sound. It's a phrase that is lyrical, suggestive, cinematic, and filled with immediacy. It has some sense of otherness to it. The concept of space is so overwhelming and all encompassing I doubt there is a song written that doesn't fall within it," Jared said in an interview with Shoutweb.

Held as 'Best Rock Band' by MTV Europe Awards in 2010, 30 Seconds to Mars has sold millions of records worldwide and is behind the hit songs 'Kings and Queens,' 'From Yesterday' and 'Closer to the Edge.' 30 Seconds to Mars have three albums so far, 'Thirty Seconds to Mars,' 'A Beautiful Lie' and 'This is War.' Some of their music videos were directed by Jared himself, such as The Kill,' 'From Yesterday,' 'Closer to the Edge,' 'Kings and Queens' and 'Hurricane.' 'Kings and Queens' was MTV Video Music Award's 'Best Rock Video' for 2010.

Formed by the Leto brothers in 1995, 30 Seconds to Mars has already performed in nearly 500 sold-out shows worldwide since 2005, including festival performances such as Lollapalooza in the US, Pinkpop in the Netherlands and Summer Sonic in Japan. Filipino fans will get a chance to rock out with 30 Seconds to Mars as they come here for a one-night only concert 'Thirty Seconds to Mars Live in Manila' tonight at the Trinoma Open Parking. 'Thirty Seconds to Mars Live in Manila' concert is brought by Futuretainment Inc.

The band members may all have different jobs outside the band, but Jared, Shannon and Tomo come together to create music, which encompasses their life.

"For some of us in the band, our involvement with 30 Seconds to Mars borders on obsessive-compulsive territory. It can be kind of an all-encompassing thing. It is a very necessary part, not just of our expression, but our lives," Jared further said in the Shoutweb interview.

Being a musician and an actor, as well, Jared sees film and music two different things, but agrees that both have unique ways in enabling to express one's self. Jared sees music as a different process as of working on a character in a film. "With music, we dictate the story, character, mood and everything else. We create the world rather than just support it," Jared said.

Neil Etheridge Hit by Kuwaiti Fan with a Laser Pointer

Philippine Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge was reportedly hit directed to his eyes using a laser pointer by a Kuwaiti fan to distract him during the first leg of the 2nd round in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match last July 23 in Kuwait.

An Azkals source said Etheridge had difficulty focusing and rubbed his eyes because of the beam. A Filipino cameraman noticed the red track and reported it to FIFA officials.

The players were all talking about it,” said the source. “Neil was bothered by the light in his eyes but didn’t know what it was. Fans try to distract the goalkeeper by training a laser light on his eyes but it’s banned and European football officials are very strict about it. Those found beaming laser lights are brought out of the stadium. I don’t know if anyone was taken out in Kuwait. Someone joked that if they used laser lights in Kuwait, we’ll use flash lights in Manila.”

Incubus Concert in Manila

Incubus staged a very successful sold-out concert at the Araneta Coliseum called “If Not Now, When?” - also the title of their newly released album.

This is the third time that the American Rock played in Manila — the first was in 2004 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) open field, and then in 2008 at the Araneta Coliseum.

A multi-platinum selling act, Incubus already released successful albums such as "Make Yourself" (1999), "Morning View" (2001), with their last studio album, “Light Grenades” (2006), debuting at Number One on Billboard’s Top 200. They've had such hits as "Nice to Know You," "Pardon Me," "Drive," "Megalomaniac," "Love Hurts" and many others.

K-La Rivera, Joyce Pring and Mike Advincula are the Newest MYX VJs

A singer, a swimmer and a fine arts student are MYX VJ Search 2011 winners.

MYX, the country’s No.1 music channel, proudly named RnB sweetheart K-La Rivera, swimming hottie Mike Advincula and quirky Fine Arts student Joyce Pring as its newest music video ambassadors in the MYX VJ Search 2011 finals night held Wednesday, July 27, at The Block activity center, SM City North Edsa.

Despite the heavy rains brought by typhoon “Juaning,” fans filled the venue to witness this historic announcement and the performances of the MYX VJ finalists themselves, Chavacano band Maldita, Callalily lead vocalist Kean Cipriano and electronica music-artist Somedaydream.

VJ K-La, the Filipina-Canadian who first started her stardom journey via ABS-CBN’s hit singing competition “Star Power,” said becoming a MYX VJ was really “a dream come true.” Now she’s excited with her new stint, and she looks forward to just having fun.

I would love to balance both singing and being a MYX VJ. But right now, I’m really focused on developing myself as a VJ. I’m working on my Tagalog,” said VJ K-La.

When asked how she will feel if she’ll be introducing her own music video as a MYX VJ, she said: “That’s another level. What more can I ask for?

VJ Mike, the captain of the De La Salle University swimming team, on the other hand, believes his “unpredictable” personality have encouraged MYX fans to vote for him. He was also surprised with the outpouring of support his family gave during the finals night.

I started out as a quiet guy, then unti-unti kong inilabas ang tunay na kulay ko and it really worked out. So, I’m really excited to live a new life, because ever since I’ve been living a life as a student athlete,” he said.

In joining this year’s MYX VJ Search, the 6’1” swimmer actually sought the advice of his team mate Enchong Dee, who is also one of Kapamilya network’s brightest leading men. Enchong’s advice seems to have brought Mike to victory.

When I entered the competition, I asked Enchong right away. What shall I do? Then he advised me to just be myself,” VJ Mike shared.

For University of the Philippines Fine Arts student VJ Joyce, spontaneity and her quirky character are just some of what she can offer. She thanked her fans, who call themselves the “Pringles” for believing in her.

I am beyond ecstatic and blessed to have this opportunity. I never expected to win this competition because my co-finalists are very talented and charming.”

Her win may be unexpected for her, but VJ Joyce never considered herself as a small fry. “I don’t think you should enter into a competition when you think you’re an underdog. So you really have to believe in yourself. No one will believe in you, unless you believe in yourself.”

Filipino-American stunner Drew was also a big winner of the night, as he received two special awards - as winner of SM Accessories challenge together with VJ Joyce, and as Coca-Cola Happiness VJ together with Cara.

Members of the audience kept on screaming as Kean, who will be the MYX Celebrity VJ for the month of August, sang “Wala Na Tayo.” While Somedaydream, the Philippines’ answer to American electronica act Owl City and Zamboanga-based band Maldita drew cheers and applause from the very appreciative teen crowd.

The MYX VJ Search finalists also showed off their confidence on the catwalk in a mini fashion show showcasing SM Accessories. They also enthralled everyone with their dance number.

Now on its fifth year, the MYX VJ Search has produced well-loved hosts like sophomore VJs Chino Lui Pio, Bianca Roque and Janine Ramirez, and freshman Robin Nievera. Senior VJs Luis Manzano, Nikki Gil and Iya Villania are now well-recognized as hosts and are busy hosting more than one show on MYX and ABS-CBN.

Always tune-in to MYX (SkyCable Channel 23) for the hottest news on this year’s MYX VJ Search.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Azkals vs Kuwait Game 2 Result

Final Result: Philippine Azkals lose to Kuwait Al-Azraq, 1-2 (1-5 on aggregate).

Game Highlights: The Philippine Azkals bid goodbye to its World Cup qualifying campaign after losing to a 10-man Kuwait Al-Azraq in the second leg of their tie at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Thursday night.

The Kuwaitis, who were enjoying a 3-goal lead from the first leg, went on the attack right at the opening whistle as they funneled passes to the left wing.

The Azkals, after being pinned back for several minutes, launched counterattacks with Phil Younghusband at the receiving end of long balls.

Kuwait had 2 golden opportunities to increase their aggregate lead over the Philippines.

Two Kuwati strikes hit the upright, while another forced a flying save from Neil Etheridge.

The second-leg deadlock was broken by a stunning long-range screamer from Azkals midfielder Stephan Schrock.

The Filipino German, who missed the first leg because of suspension, connected on a thunderbolt from 30 yards that found its way past the outstreched arms of the Kuwaiti goalkeeper.

Kuwait were reduced to 10 men after Fahad Al Ebrahim was given his second yellow card for a bookable offense.

However, they quickly recovered through a long-range goal by Yousef Nasser in the 61st minute.

A breakaway run by Waleed Ali in the 83rd minute resulted in an own goal by Rob Gier.

It silenced the Azkals, who failed to capitalize on having an extra man.

- Jojo Malig, ABS-CBN

John Lloyd Cruz Covers YES! Magazine 100 Most Beautiful 2011

Yes! Magazine unveiled its list of Philippine showbiz' 100 Most Beautiful Stars of 2011. And for the first time, a male star is chosen to be the cover star of YES! Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful special edition 2011.

It was Judy Ann Santos in 2007, KC Concepcion in 2008, Marian Rivera in 2009, Kim Chiu in 2010. Now, 3-time blockbuster King and one of the most beautiful faces in local showbiz industry - John Lloyd Cruz - is the first male chosen to be on the cover of YES! Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful special edition 2011.

During the presscon-launching held earlier today, July 28, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, John Lloyd said that this was an interesting recognition.

"Hindi ako makapaniwala. Tinatanong ko sila noon, sigurado ba kayo? Wala ba kayong ibang mapili? Totoo talaga, I find it hard to believe na ako ang nasa top, eh 100 'yan at ako ang nakakuha ng number one spot, 'di ko talaga maintindihan bakit." Lloydie said.

"It's a very intriguing and interesting recognition but I'm hoping na there's more to this handsome face and godly body kaya niyo ako pinili," he added.

Lloydie also revealed that he thought Mylene Dizon, Isabelle Daza, and Jericho Rosales are of the most beautiful faces in showbiz but considers his girlfriend Shaina Magdayao as the most beautiful woman in his life, "She’s the number one most beautiful woman for me." he said.

Azkals Dog Tags, Caps, Watches, Men's Padded Shirts Now Available!

“We Believe,” goes the campaign of the Philippine National Football team, or the Azkals, which aims to bring the team closer to the fans and make the public aware that the team’s victory is also the nation’s triumph.

Now that the Azkals is about to face team Kuwait, they’re once again calling for our countrymen’s support by wearing Azkals merchandise such dog tags, emblem and logo caps, watches, and men's padded shirts, which are now available in the ABS-CBN Store, Reservations and bulk orders can also be made through

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN Sports airs live the leg two of Philippines versus Kuwait match on Studio 23 at 5:30pm, with replays on July 29, 3p.m. on Balls Channel and on July 30, 7a.m. on ABS-CBN Channel 2.

Sneak Peek: “New Year's Eve” Trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures debuted the teaser trailer of “New Year's Eve,” a new romantic comedy from director Garry Marshall (“Valentine's Day”) and a stellar ensemble cast. Check out the film's trailer below:

“New Year’s Eve” celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

The film stars Academy Award® winner Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, two-time Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Academy Award® nominee Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Ryan Seacrest, two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Sofia Vergara.

New Year’s Eve” opens across the Philippines in December this year.

Sneak Peek: “Happy Feet Two” Poster

Warner Bros. has just unveiled the new poster of its upcoming holiday presentation “Happy Feet Two.

The sequel to “Happy Feet,” the Academy Award®-winning animated smash hit, “Happy Feet Two” returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica in superb 3D.

“Happy Feet Two” is directed by George Miller, who won an Oscar® as the creator of the original “Happy Feet.” The film features the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Alecia Moore (P!nk), Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Sofia Vergara, Common, Hugo Weaving, Magda Szubanski, Anthony LaPaglia, Richard Carter and Benjamin “Lil P-Nut” Flores, Jr.

Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, “Happy Feet Two” opens across the Philippines in November this year.

Philippine Azkals vs Kuwait and MLS All-Star Game Air on Studio 23

The football fever in the country peaks today as ABS-CBN Sports brings viewers two world-class matches on Studio 23, featuring football superstars David Beckham and Thierry Henry and our very own Philippine Azkals football team.

Before Phil Younghusband, Chieffy Caligdong, and Neil Etheridge lead the Azkals against Kuwait, watch Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Stars Beckham, Henry, and Donovan face-off with English Premier League’s Manchester United for this year’s much-anticipated MLS All-Star game.

This is the second time the Manchester United Red Devils, led by Wayne Rooney, was invited to play against the loaded MLS selection in the annual event. Last year, the Reds beat the All-Stars with a score of 5-2.

Catch the MLS All-Stars’ quest for retribution via satellite from the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, USA on Studio 23 at 8:30am.

Meanwhile, it’s now or never for the Philippine Azkals football team as they face Kuwait again for the second leg of their World Cup Qualifying match this afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Team Azkals, the underdog after a 0-3 loss in the first leg held in Kuwait, is gearing up for a mighty return as it welcomes back suspended midfielder Stephan Schrock and team captain Aly Borromeo in the lineup.

Watch the continuation of the Azkals’ historic run as ABS-CBN Sports airs the match live on Studio 23 at 5:30pm with replays on Friday, July 29, 3pm on Balls Channel and on Saturday, July 30, 7am on ABS-CBN Channel 2.

Get all the football you can handle today starting with the MLS All-Stars vs. Manchester United match at 8:30am followed by the Azkals vs. Kuwait match at 5:30pm, only on Studio 23.

Julia Roberts Ad Banned

L'Oreal ads featuring Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington have been pulled from circulation in the United Kingdom "for being overly-airbrushed."

The decision was made after Jo Swinson, a Liberal Democrat member of Parliament "who has waged a long-running campaign against 'overly perfected and unrealistic images' of women in adverts, lodged complaints with the Advertising Standards Authority" about the images.

The ASA ruled the ads "breached the advertising standards code for exaggeration and being misleading and banned them from future publication."

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

‘Maria La Del Barrio’ Heats Up the Rainy Season

ABS-CBN and Televisa proudly present a captivating tale of love that is sure to engage the hearts of every Kapamilya viewer this season!

Maria La Del Barrio” will feature two of the hottest stars in the industry today, Erich Gonzales and Enchong Dee, as they give life to the characters of Maria Hernandez and Luis Dela Vega.

Under the direction of Rory B. Quintos and Richard Somes, “Maria La Del Barrio” delve into the lives of Maria and Luis as they search for true love, even amidst their pasts and their conflicting present lives.

Sharing the limelight is Angel Aquino, who was part of the hit soap opera “Magkaribal. She will portray the role of Victoria Montenegro-Dela Vega, mother of Luis Fernando. Ian Veneracion plays as her husband who has a past with Assunta de Rossi who plays Maria’s mother.

Comedy Queen Aiai delas Alas takes on a very special role as Casilda, Maria’s adoptive mother.

“Maria La Del Barrio” also serves as a comeback for Paw Diaz on the television scene. Paw, a batchmate of Erich and Arron Villaflor in Star Circle Quest, will portray Soraya’s character, the woman who will stand between Maria and Luis’ romance. Arron, on the other hand, plays the role of Vladimir who has a soft spot in Maria’s heart.

Other cast members include Jake Roxas, Katya Santos, Gio Alvarez, Atoy Co, Jane Oineza, Badjie Mortiz and K Brosas.

Shot in scenic Tagaytay and Cavite, and with a script led by Denise O’Hara and Henry Quitain’s team, “Maria La Del Barrio” promises a whole new viewing experience. “Pinaghirapan po namin ang bawat eksena at mas pinaganda pa para mas lalo ninyong ma-enjoy ang panonood,” Erich expressed.

When I learned that I’ll be working with Erich again, sobrang natuwa ako siyempre. Masarap siyang katrabaho,” Enchong shared.

Witness how fate and love twist the life of Maria and Luis in “Maria La Del Barrio,” premiering on August 15 on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.

‘Captain Barbell’ Reveals Biggest Twist in the Show’s Finale this Friday

GMA-7′s action-adventure series, Captain Barbell, promises a “heart-stopping finale” this Friday, July 29.

In the upcoming finale, tension reignites between Teng (Richard Gutierrez) and Gregor (TJ Trinidad) with Althea (Lovi Poe) caught in the middle of their dispute. Upon unleashing his rage at Captain Barbell, Gregor unexpectedly hurts his wife and risks the life of one of his colleagues. Captain Barbell, on the other hand, arrives at an important realization.

Captain Barbell also sets out to face another villain, Nero (Christopher de Leon), who has grown more powerful and evil than ever. Nero has transformed his entire body into iron and has added a cape to his armor. Will CB finally take down his strongest opponent and restore peace and order on earth?

Apart from living out his superhero duties, Captain Barbell faces a difficult decision as he tries to sort out his feelings for Althea and Anita (Michelle Madrigal). But just as he is about to make his choice, a starling twist suddenly unravels forcing him to choose between the woman he loves, and his responsibilities as a superhero.

Directed by Dominic Zapata, Captain Barbell reveals its biggest twist in the show’s finale on Friday, July 29, after 24 Oras on GMA Telebabad.

NASCAR Prayer by Pastor Joe Nelms: Smokin Hot Wife, Goodyear Tires, Boogity Amen!

Baptist Pastor Joe Nelms lead the prayer during Saturday's Nationwide Federated Auto Parts 300 NASCAR race in Nashville, Tennessee.

He began his prayer as one might expect any Pastor to begin a benediction, "Heavenly Father we thank you tonight for all your blessings," but then the prayer took a turn for the abnormal. "We want to thank you this night for these mighty machines that you've brought before us. Thank you for the Dodges and the Toyotas and thank you for the Fords."

Nelms went on to thank his Heavenly Father for, among other things, "Goodyear tires that bring performance and power to the track," and Sunoco for its racing fuel.

Yet, the prayer didn't end there. The Pastor made sure to also thank God for his family, starting with, "my smokin' hot wife ... Lisa," and don't forget, "my two children, Eli and Emma, or as we like to call the, 'The Little E's.'"

Nelms ended the prayer with a bang, shouting, "Boogity, boogity, boogity. Amen!"

Watch the video below:

Nelms, who became an overnight internet sensation because of the said invocation, also received a negative attention from those who witnessed the event. But the Pastor stood by his actions.

In an interview on Sirius Satellite's radio show "Tradin' Paint," Nelms defended the invocation he gave:

"I don't want to do the cookie-cutter prayer. Not that we don't need to thank God for our military men and women … not that we don't desire safety for all of the of the officials, workers and drivers, we certainly don't want anything to happen to anybody out there. We need a safe race. But it's the same prayer week in and week out and I'm not sure anybody is even listening to it anymore. So I said, I want to get somebody's attention, so that's been our desire every time we've been up there, to try to make an impact on the fans and give them something they'll remember and maybe they'll go home on a Friday night or a Saturday night and say, 'Maybe I ought to get up and go to church in the morning.'" Nelms said.

Erich Gonzales Talks About Movie Project with Mario Maurer

Kapamilya sought-after leading lady Erich Gonzales speaks on the rumored movie project with Thai heartthrob Mario Maurer when the latter arrives in Manila for an endorsement project.

The "Maria la del Barrio" star said she is overwhelmed by the idea of working with the "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" actor in a movie. Although there is still no confirmation on the said project, Erich still thanked her fans and all those who are looking forward to the project.

"Sa ngayon po ay hindi pa napag-uusapan pero happy ako na matuloy 'yan, 'yung ma-consider lang sobrang happy ako.

"Masaya po ako at salamat po sa mga fans. Tingnan po natin kung matutuloy po." Erich said.

David Guetta Dead?

There is a report circulating in several blogs and social networking sites that singer-music producer David Guetta is dead.

According to, Guetta dies in tragic car crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the single vehicle accident.

Highway Safety Investigators have told reporters that David Guetta was driving a friend’s vehicle and during driving Guetta lost control and rolled the vehicle several times killing him instantly. It was reported that the car was traveling at a speed of 95 miles per hour in a 55mph zone at the time of the accident.

But upon further checking, the news turned out to be a hoax. Yes, it maybe true that David Guetta got into a car accident, but he is very much alive. Thanks Heaven for that!

Teen Wolf Season 1 Finale - Trailer

Catch here the sneak peek of the final episodes of the first season of "Teen Wolf."

Watch the video here:

Teen Wolf stars Tyler Posey (Lincoln Heights, Brothers and Sisters), Stiles Stilinski (Dylan O’Brien, High Road), Colton Haynes (The Gates), Lydia Martin (Holland Roden, Lost), Crystal Reed (Skyline), Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin, Road to Perdition, 7th Heaven).

Catch "Teen Wolf" only on AXN Beyond.

Honoring the Heritage of Luxury Brands in ‘VAULT’ Magazine’s Latest Issue

Vault’s latest issue explores the timeless appeal of heritage brands like renowned Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe. We uncover the process of buying their coveted minute repeaters—considered heirloom timepieces to be passed down to the next generation.

We scour the metro for the best vintage sports car collectibles from the 1950’s to 1970’s—considered the golden era of the sports car—and feature classics from Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Dino (part of the Ferrari brand), and Toyota. We retrace the history of 1960’s California dreaming with the arrival of the vintage Chevrolet Camaro in the Philippines.

We traverse the magnificent gorges of the Yangtze River on a luxury cruise, ride in style on the Eastern & Oriental Express from Singapore to Bangkok, and tour fabled temples and ancient monasteries in Bhutan on foot, taking readers on a slow journey through Asia’s finest scenery.

We search for the perfect combination of peat, grains, and barley found in independent whiskey distilleries along The Speyside Trail in Scotland. In Manila, we sample premium Philippine cigars and reveal how a fine cigar is made.

Vault is a modern, sophisticated man’s lifestyle magazine featuring global luxury brands, unique experiences, and fine products that represent the best achievements of the human hand. Our approach to luxury is informed by creativity, craftsmanship, passion, and heritage.

In every issue you will find exceptional people and brands, which draw from the past to create the new icons of our age. Published quarterly by ABS-CBN Publishing, each issue has sections dedicated to automobiles, aviation, new establishments, equipment, travel, timepieces, art, style, grooming, property, and fine dining.

Vault is sold at all major bookstores in Metro Manila and is available for download on Zinio.

Action-Packed Tale of Espionage in “Cars 2”

International espionage. Global racing. Friendship. Each theme was to play a role in Disney/Pixar's new animated adventure “Cars 2,” and co-director Brad Lewis, screenwriter Ben Queen and the Pixar story team, were charged with finding just the right mix for the story.

In the film, star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and his best friend, the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy), jump-start a new adventure to exotic new lands stretching across the globe.

The duo are joined by a hometown pit crew from Radiator Springs when they head overseas to support Lightning as he competes in the first-ever World Grand Prix, a race created to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the finish line is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and bombshells when Mater is mistakenly ensnared in an intriguing escapade of his own: international espionage.

Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and “towing” the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British spy Finn McMissile (voice of Michael Caine) and the stunning rookie field spy Holley Shiftwell (voice of Emily Mortimer). Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan, Italy, France and England, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. The fast-paced fun includes a colorful new cast of cars, boats, trains and airplanes — complete with menacing villains and international racing competitors.

This is not a parody of a spy movie,” says co-director John Lasseter. “This is a spy movie, but with cars as characters. It’s a different genre that gives us an opportunity to play with so many gadgets. The little boy in me came out in this movie more than any other movie. Let’s have fun with this world. Let’s have fun with these gadgets.”

Says Queen, “When you see that opening sequence with Finn McMissile, it’s played totally straight and serious, with real jeopardy in the scene. And then the very next scene is in Radiator Springs, and it plays as comedy. What works beautifully is that the juxtaposition of those two things immediately sets up the tone of the movie. It’s a spy thriller, but with emotion and comedic undertones. For the rest of the movie, we thrust you into this mile-a-minute story and genre.”

For Queen, who had coincidentally written and produced a television series for Fox called “Drive” about an illegal cross-country road race with characters that were externalized by their cars, “Cars 2” was his first writing assignment for animation. “The first ‘Cars’ movie solidified the friendship between Mater and Lightning, which was something that audiences really related to,” says Queen. “What we wanted to do was take that out of Radiator Springs and put it into an environment where they were both fish out of water. It’s a real test of the strength of this relationship.”

We came to the conclusion that their friendship is really the crux of the movie,” says story supervisor Nathan Stanton. “We figured it’s about four or five years after the first movie, so Lightning and Mater’s bond is firmly established. Here you have this very well-known, famous racecar, whose best friend is sheltered and naive to the world outside of his small town. While they’re best friends in the safety net of Radiator Springs, that friendship hasn’t truly been tested yet. We loved the idea of exploring what happens when there’s a fracture of their friendship.”

Lewis recalls, “I think from the very beginning, people were excited about the movie. But they were wondering, ‘Can you really pull all that off? Can you have a large-scale international-spy and conspiracy movie that’s also a racing movie? We bit off a huge story, and the fantastic thing is that everyone at Pixar poured their heart and soul into making it. And I think the result is one of the most beautiful films that’s ever been made.”

Opening across the Philippines August 24 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and regular format, “Cars 2” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes - 90" Latest Clips

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” introduces the latest in capture performance technology creating unprecedented CGI apes with a compelling cautionary tale starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, Andy Serkis, John Lithgow and Tom Felton.

James Franco plays brilliant scientist Will Rodman who inadvertently creates a chimp with human-like characteristics and intelligence. He falls in love with a primatologist played by Freida Pinto and the couple raise Caesar the chimp, as their child. Big problems set in when Caesar grows up and realizes that the primates are being dominated by humans. Pitting apes against mankind, Caesar along with the other chimps seek to gain power as the end of civilization approaches.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” opens August 4 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox.

Watch the clip HERE.


Oscar-winner and controversial actor Mel Gibson stars in Summit Entertainment's “The Beaver” – an emotional story about a man on a journey to re-discover his family and re-start his life. The critically acclaimed film will be shown exclusively at Ayala Mall Cinemas (Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma) starting August 10.

Plagued by his own demons, Walter Black (Gibson) was once a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can’t seem to get himself back on track…until a beaver hand puppet enters his life.

Producer Steve Golin knew that it would take a star to play Walter, not just because of the depth and complexity of the role, which could be a tour de force for any actor, but for logistical reasons as well. “These kinds of pictures that fall beyond the realm of conventional storytelling are very, very difficult to get going,” Golin says. “They’re difficult to get made even with stars but almost impossible without them.”

Director (and co-star) Jodie Foster sent the screenplay to Mel Gibson, hoping he'd take on the role of Walter. Foster was very much aware of what a terrific actor Gibson is, and knew that he had a great comic sense. “Walter Black and the beaver had to be somebody who could fully understand and communicate comedy and tragedy at the same time,” says Foster. “I’ve been friends with Mel for over 15 years and we’ve had many, many long discussions about life and so it was a natural place to go.”

Jodie called me up and asked if I would help her out,” shares Gibson. “And of course, I love her to death and I wanted to work with her again and I liked the material so off we went.”

Walter finds the beaver puppet in a dumpster outside a liquor store where he usually tanks up on booze and winds up wearing it on his left arm. Emerging from what had seemed like a terminal stupor, he begins speaking through the hand puppet, at first to himself, then to everyone else. Through the beaver, Walter begins to turn his life around. He reconnects with his family, and revives the fortunes of his ailing toy company. But it all comes at a price.

I thought casting Mel Gibson was a great idea but a long shot,” Golin says, ‘because Mel hadn’t done this kind of film before. But Jodie submitted the script, and two or three days later he told her he wanted to do it. And at first I thought he was kidding, it was just one of those things I didn’t think was possible.

But it was. In fact, it was a perfect match.

Foster says, “He’s such a talented actor. I feel amazingly blessed to have somebody like that who really took on the character, brought so much to it and no muss, no fuss. You know, he came in and it was two takes he left. That’s who Mel is. I think probably the most light of foot actor I’ve ever worked with in some ways.”

Gibson has this unusual ability to be really funny in a serious situation,’ Golin says, “and he has a tremendous amount of energy as an actor. I think that’s important because, despite its comic elements, the nature of the script is dramatic and dark. But I think the humor he brings is a perfect balance.

Because of her deep connection to the material Foster realized that she wanted to play the role of Meredith, Walter's wife. She was, however, unsure of Mel’s reaction. So she went in person to his house to break the news and see if he was comfortable with it. Gibson was delighted.

It’s always great,” he says. “I worked with her once before and I really dug it. She’s always in, she’s always on the phone, even if you don’t talk to her very often, she’s always there if you need a friend. So I was happy to work closely with her again.

Emma Stone Ready for Something Wild in “Crazy, Stupid, Love”

Honesty was never the best policy for serial ladies' man Jacob (Ryan Gosling), until he meets Hannah, played by Emma Stone in Warner Bros.' new, delightful romantic comedy “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” Unlike all other women, she is somehow immune to his charm and his best pick-up lines, and has no trouble resisting Jacob’s full court press…for a while, anyway.

She is studying for the bar exam and has a boyfriend, Richard, who’s also a lawyer,” describes Emma Stone. Multi-platinum-selling recording artist Josh Groban makes his feature film acting debut as Richard.

But,” Stone acknowledges, “as a suitor, Richard is kind of boring, and Hannah’s approaching a crossroads in her life, trying to figure out whether to stay with the safe guy or go a little wild. She does see that Richard’s very sweet, and that there are probably a lot of girls who would be all about Richard.

Even as she’s hoping for something more with him, Hannah’s realizing that she is indeed perhaps a little wilder than she’s really allowed herself to be, that maybe she’s too young to settle for someone so…settled.

It’s possible that she needs someone a little spicier—and if you’re looking for spice, Jacob’s got it. He’s the whole rack,” Stone laughs.

Emma is one in a million,” producer Denise Di Novi states. “She brought so much energy and curiosity and intelligence to Hannah, and those are precisely the qualities which spark Jacob’s feelings for the character.”

They just have some kind of unavoidable chemistry, even though she tries hard to avoid him,” Stone adds. “Of course, every girl has had some flutters for the Jacob-type at least once in her life, so Hannah figures, ‘What harm is there in indulging that, just once?’

And what was it like working with Ryan Gosling? Answers Stone, “I want to work with him in every movie. [Laughs] I’m very fond of him. What a find! That was such a discovery in my own life. I feel like I’m so appreciative of meeting Ryan. We had so much fun together.

Glenn [Ficarra] and John [Requa], the directors, were really open and incredible. They let us explore and do a lot of improv and find things in each other on camera and off. It was a really incredible work environment just because the lines were kind of blurred. It was just so much fun between takes and we were able to hopefully keep that alive in the movie.”

Emma Stone is one of Hollywood’s most sought-out young actresses, having garnered both critical and audience acclaim for her starring role as Olive in Will Gluck’s comedy “Easy A.” Her performance also earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, as well as an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance and a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. She can be seen next month in director Gluck’s “Friends with Benefits,” alongside Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, followed by “The Help,” an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s New York Times best-selling novel. She will also appear as Gwen Stacy in director Marc Webb’s highly anticipated “The Amazing Spider-Man,” opposite Andrew Garfield in the title role.

Opening across the Philippines on August 17, “Crazy, Stupid Love” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"Munting Heredera" Overpowers "Amaya" in Mega Manila Primetime Ratings

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from July 22 to 25, 2011 among Mega Manila households (People Ratings):

July 22, Friday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 11.7%
2. Kapuso Movie Festival: Ober Da Bakod The Movie (GMA-7) / Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 6.1%
3. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) / Sisid (GMA-7) - 5.7%
4. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 5.4%
5. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) / Gourmet (GMA-7) - 4.5%
6. Super Sine 5: Lethal Weapon (TV5) - 4.4%
7. Face To Face (TV5) - 4.1%
8. Kapamilya Blockbusters: White Lady (ABS-CBN) - 3.9%
9. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 3.8%
10. Detective Conan (GMA-7) / Kris TV (ABS-CBN) / Frijolito (ABS-CBN) - 3.6%

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 15.3%
2. Amaya (GMA-7) - 14.2%
3. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 12.4%
4. Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 11.8%
5. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 10.9%
6. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 10.8%
7. 24 Oras (GMA-7) / Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 10%
8. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 9.5%
9. Bubble Gang (GMA-7) - 8.1%
10. Wil Time Bigtime (TV5) - 6.8%

July 23, Saturday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 13.3%
2. Sabado Sineplex: Superman Returns (TV5) - 6.8%
3. Mistaken Identity (GMA-7) - 6.4%
4. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 6.2%
5. 24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) - 4.9%
6. Wish Ko Lang! (GMA-7) - 4.5%
7. Maynila (GMA-7) - 4.3%
8. Ripley's Believe It Or Not! (GMA-7) - 4.1%
9. Startalk (GMA-7) - 3.6%
10. The Price Is Right (ABS-CBN) - 3.5%

1. Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) - 10.6%
2. Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (GMA-7) - 10.4%
3. Imbestigador (GMA-7) - 10.1%
4. Pilipinas Got Talent (ABS-CBN) - 9.2%
5. Spooky Nights: Manananggala The Battle of the Half-Sisters (GMA-7) - 7.7%
6. Wansapantaym: Sabay Pasaway (ABS-CBN) - 6.6%
7. Talentadong Pinoy (TV5) - 6.3%
8. Manny Many Prizes (GMA-7) - 6.2%
9. Comedy Bar (GMA-7) - 6%
10. Banana Split Extra Scoop (ABS-CBN) - 5.9%

July 24, Sunday

1. Kapuso Movie Festival: Ang Panday (GMA-7) - 8.2%
2. Sunday Sineplex: The Spiderwick Chronicles (TV5) - 5.6%
3. ASAP Rocks (ABS-CBN) / Party Pilipinas (GMA-7) - 5.3%
4. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 4.9%
5. Aha! (GMA-7) - 4.7%
6. The Buzz (ABS-CBN) - 4.6%
7. Pokemon Battle Frontier (GMA-7) - 4.5%
8. 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Philippines vs. Kuwait (ABS-CBN) - 3.9%
9. Tween Hearts (GMA-7) - 3.8%
10. Showbiz Central (GMA-7) - 3.6%

1. Pilipinas Got Talent (ABS-CBN) - 10.8%
2. Gandang Gabi Vice (ABS-CBN) - 10.4%
3. Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA-7) - 9.9%
4. Mind Master (GMA-7) - 9.3%
5. Pepito Manaloto (GMA-7) / Rated K (ABS-CBN) - 8.6%
6. Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CBN) - 7.1%
7. 24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) / Andres De Saya (GMA-7) - 6.9%
8. TV Patrol Weekend (ABS-CBN) - 6.5%
9. Talentadong Pinoy (TV5) - 5.5%
10. Anatomy of A Disaster (GMA-7) - 5.4%

July 25, Monday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 12.4%
2. SONA 2011 State of the Nation Address: The GMA News Coverage (GMA-7) - 7.5%
3. Kapuso Movie Festival: Ober Da Bakod The Movie 2 (GMA-7) - 6.4%
4. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 6.3%
5. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 6%
6. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 5.5%
7. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 5.1%
8. I Dare You (ABS-CBN) - 5%
9. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 4.8%
10. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 4.7%

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 15.2%
2. Amaya (GMA-7) - 14.6%
3. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 11.7%
4. Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 11.1%
5. 24 Oras (GMA-7) / Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 11%
6. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 10.1%
7. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 9.9%
8. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 9%
9. Wil Time Bigtime (TV5) - 7.8%
10. The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition (ABS-CBN) - 6.9%

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from July 22 to 25, 2011 among Mega Manila households (Household Ratings):

July 22, Friday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 28.4%
2. Kapuso Movie Festival: Ober Da Bakod The Movie (GMA-7) - 15.7%
3. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 15.4%
4. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 14.9%
5. Sisid (GMA-7) - 14.7%
6. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 14.4%
7. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 11.9%
8. Gourmet (GMA-7) - 10.5%
9. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 10.1%
10. Kris TV (ABS-CBN) / Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 9.5%

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 29%
2. Amaya (GMA-7) - 26.8%
3. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 24.9%
4. Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 22.8%
5. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 22%
6. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 21.8%
7. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 21.2%
8. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 20.5%
9. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 19.8%
10. Bubble Gang (GMA-7) - 16.9%

July 23, Saturday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 29.1%
2. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 14.4%
3. Mistaken Identity (GMA-7) - 14.2%
4. 24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) - 12.5%
5. Maynila (GMA-7) - 12.4%
6. Ripley's Believe It Or Not! (GMA-7) - 12.1%
7. Wish Ko Lang! (GMA-7) - 12%
8. Startalk TX (GMA-7) - 9%
9. Tropang Potchi (GMA-7) / Spongebob Squarepants (ABS-CBN) - 8.1%
10. Dragon Ball (GMA-7) - 7.9%

1. Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) / Imbestigador (GMA-7) - 20.9%
2. Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (GMA-7) - 20.5%
3. Pilipinas Got Talent (ABS-CBN) - 18.4%
4. Spooky Nights: Manananggala Battle of the Half-Sisters (GMA-7) - 15%
5. Manny Many Prizes (GMA-7) - 13.8%
6. Wansapantaym: Sabay Pasaway (ABS-CBN) - 13.7%
7. Comedy Bar (GMA-7) - 13.1%
8. Banana Split Extra Scoop (ABS-CBN) - 12.5%
9. TV Patrol Weekend (ABS-CBN) - 11.6%
10. 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Philippines vs. Kuwait (ABS-CBN) - 5.7%

July 24, Sunday

1. Kapuso Movie Festival: Ang Panday (GMA-7) - 17.6%
2. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 12.4%
3. Party Pilipinas (GMA-7) - 11.9%
4. ASAP Rocks (ABS-CBN) / Pokemon Battle Frontier (GMA-7) - 11.4%
5. AHA! (GMA-7) / The Buzz (ABS-CBN) - 10.7%
6. Tween Hearts (GMA-7) - 9%
7. 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Philippines vs. Kuwait (ABS-CBN) / Showbiz Central (GMA-7) - 8.7%
8. Dragon Ball (GMA-7) - 8.5%
9. Good Vibes (ABS-CBN) - 7.2%
10. Jollitown (ABS-CBN) - 6.9%

1. Pilipinas Got Talent (ABS-CBN) - 22.1%
2. Gandang Gabi Vice (ABS-CBN) - 21.5%
3. Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA-7) - 19.1%
4. Rated K (ABS-CBN) - 17.7%
5. Mind Master (GMA-7) - 17.6%
6. Pepito Manaloto (GMA-7) - 17.3%
7. Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CBN) - 14.8%
8. TV Patrol Weekend (ABS-CBN) - 14.5%
9. 24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) - 14.2%
10. Andres De Saya (GMA-7) - 12.4%

July 25, Monday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 29.4%
2. SONA 2011: State of the Nation Address: The GMA News Coverage (GMA-7) - 17.8%
3. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 16.2%
4. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 15.4%
5. Kapuso Movie Festival: Ober Da Bakod The Movie 2 (GMA-7) - 14.7%
6. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 12.9%
7. I Dare You (ABS-CBN) - 12.3%
8. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 11.9%
9. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 11.6%
10. Ulat Sa Bayan: SONA 2011 (ABS-CBN) - 11.1%

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 29.5%
2. Amaya (GMA-7) - 29.1%
3. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 25.7%
4. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 23.8%
5. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 22.7%
6. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) / Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 21.8%
7. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 21.5%
8. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 21.4%
9. Mula Sa Puso (ABS-CBN) - 15.6%
10. The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition (ABS-CBN) - 14.9%

Source: AGB Nielsen Phils.




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