Monday, August 8, 2011

Philippine Dragon Boat Team Win 5 Gold, 2 Silver Medals in International Dragon Boat Federation World Championships

Manila, Philippines – The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation team triumphed once more in the International Dragon Boat Federation World Championships in Tampa Bay, Florida.

The 'Dragon Warriors' won the last event of the world championships, the 500-m event in the men’s small boat division.

Their latest victory gave the Dragon Warriors their 5th gold medal, bringing their total haul to 7 medals – 5 golds and 2 silvers.

In heat 1 of the event, the Dragon Warriors defeated Japan and Trinidad and Tobago with a time of 2:38 to advance to the finals.

In the finals, the Filipino paddlers once again stamped their class, smoking Australia, Japan, Italy and Puerto Rico to take the gold.

Australia placed second in the event while Japan came in third.

The Dragon Warriors also set new world records in all of the events that they won: the 1000-m men's event, the 200-m men's event, the 500-m men's event, the 200-m mixed event, and the 500-m mixed event.

Photo Credit: Ellen Tordesillas

Justin Timberlake, The Object of “Bad Teacher’s” Affection

Hot off the smash success of “The Social Network,” Justin Timberlake now stars in Columbia Pictures’ acclaimed rowdy comedy “Bad Teacher” which also stars Cameron Diaz in the title role.

In the film, Elizabeth Halsey (Diaz) is a teacher who just doesn’t give an F. She’s foul-mouthed, ruthless, and wildly inappropriate. She drinks, she gets high, and she can’t wait to marry her meal ticket and walk away from her day job teaching middle school. When she’s dumped by her fiancĂ©, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute Scott Delacorte (Timberlake) – competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch). Elizabeth’s outrageous schemes and their wild consequences will shock her students, her co-workers, and even herself.

On paper, Scott is very, very nice,” says Timberlake. “He seems like your average, rich, blue-blooded guy, and very non-confrontational. That’s actually fun to play, because as Lucy’s and Cameron’s characters get more and more petty, he gets more and more awkward.”

Timberlake says that with the writers on set and a director who encourages collaboration, “Bad Teacher” was a fantastic experience. “The role, as it was written on the page, was really funny. Then, when we were in the middle of a scene, Jake would have great instincts, adding a layer each time we did it. The writers would have very funny alternate lines to build on. All of this helped make the character more and more specific, and, I think, funnier and funnier.”

I like it best when the comedy is based around character, not gags,” he says. “In drama, if there’s an emotional moment in a movie, it’s because the viewer has followed the character through the journey and it means something to them. Comedy is the same way – if you’ve followed the characters, it makes it even funnier.

Surrounded by such a funny cast, he says, was a blast. “I’m just a fan, I really am,” he says. “It’s great to play in the sandbox with these brilliant comedic minds.”

Timberlake, of course, has achieved great heights as a recording artist and songwriter, and he gets to parody his persona in “Bad Teacher.” “Scott is asked to join the teachers’ band, Period 5,” he explains. “Scott is everyone’s favorite – sort of the guy that the teachers wish the students were like – so of course they ask him to join. The writers came to me – they thought it would be really funny if there was an actual song Scott had written for Amy. We wanted to see how simple, and bad, we could make it,” says Timberlake.

Inspired by his budding romance with Amy, Scott pens a truly horrible love song: “Simpatico.” “We sat in Justin’s trailer and he played guitar and we started writing lyrics – it was an amazing experience,” says co-screenwriter Lee Eisenberg. “Of course, ‘Simpatico’ is the worst song ever. Justin sings the song in this weird falsetto and he’s looking down at his hands as he’s playing the chords – in the movie, Justin really looks like he just learned how to play the guitar.”

Opening across the Philippines in August, “Bad Teacher” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games.

Smart Gilas vs Iran Game Result in Jones Cup 2011

The Smart Gilas Pilipinas basketball team outclassed their Iranian rival, 73-59 at the start of the William Jones Cup 2011 at the Hsinjhuang Stadium in Chinese Taipei.

Marcus Douthit led the Philippine team with 24 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Marc Barroca with 13 and JV Casio with 11. Iranian NBA player Hamed Haddadi, on the other hand, led his team with 25 points.

The quarterscores:

17-12; 37-30; 54-38; 73-59

Sneak Peek: “Contagion”

Academy Award® winner Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic,” “Ocean's Eleven”) directs Warner Bros.' new global thriller “Contagion.”

The film brings together a stellar international ensemble cast, including Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard (“Inception”); Academy Award® winner Matt Damon (the “Bourne” films); Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“The Matrix”); Oscar® nominee Jude Law (“Sherlock Holmes”); Academy Award® winner Gwyneth Paltrow (“Iron Man”); and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet (“Titanic”).

“Contagion” follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh from an original screenplay by Scott Z. Burns (“The Bourne Ultimatum”), “Contagion” also stars Bryan Cranston (AMC’s “Breaking Bad”) and Sanaa Lathan (“Alien Versus Predator”).

Soderbergh’s creative team includes production designer Howard Cummings (“Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”), Oscar®-winning editor Stephen Mirrione (“Traffic”) and costume designer Louise Frogley (“Quantum of Solace,” “Ocean’s Thirteen”). Cliff Martinez (“Traffic”) will compose the score.

“Contagion” was filmed on locations around the world, including sites in Hong Kong, Macao, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Abu Dhabi, London and Geneva.

Opening across the Philippines in September, “Contagion” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

- Warner Bros. Pictures PR

Alden Richards and Sam Pinto Cruise Date

Alden Richards and her crush Sam Pinto's date has finally happened.

Last August 4 Sam was in awe when Alden brought her to the Prestige Cruises in Manila Bay. She thought they were just having a simple dinner and she has no idea that the date will become extraordinary.

Actually, sabi ko sa kanya [Alden], ‘Surprise me,’ and na-surprise nga ako,” the sexy Kapuso star said. “Kasi ine-expect ko mga dinner-dinner lang talaga na ordinary, e, ito extraordinary. I’m happy naman. Very happy.

Alden wanted the date to be very special and romantic so he asked for help from his manager.

Tinulungan ako ng manager ko to tap Sweet Deals website na nag-organize ng dinner cruise na ‘to for us,” the Tween Hearts star said. “It’s actually more of [spending] quality time, more of getting to know each other, kasi we don’t know much about each other pa naman, e,” he added.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Supeman: Man of Steel New Look Released

Superman: Man of Steel new look have recently provided by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary, revealing star Henry Cavill as Superman in the film from director Zack Snyder.

The film also stars three-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Fighter”) as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”) and Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”).

Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”), and Faora, Zod’s evil partner, played by Antje Traue. Also from Superman’s native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s mother, played by Julia Ormond, and Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”).

Rounding out the cast are Harry Lennix as U.S. military man General Swanwick, as well as Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy.

“Man of Steel” is being produced by Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer, from a story by Goyer and Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.

Currently in production, “Man of Steel” is slated for a Philippine release on June 14, 2013 and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

-Warner Bros. Pictures PR

Desperate Housewives Ends on May 2012

Desperate Housewives, who became part of our lives, is coming to an end.

According to reports, the series' upcoming 8th season will be the last for the long-running ABC show

Key castmembers are starting to be told, and we hear that Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria are shocked and saddened since the show was expected to continue until 2013 after series creator Marc Cherry said that he wanted the show to go for nine seasons,TV Line reports.

The show’s final season will premiere on September 25 and will end May next year.

GMA-7 is the Undisputed TV Network According to AGB Mega Manila Daytime and Primetime TV Ratings

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from August 2 to 4, 2011 among Mega Manila households (People Ratings):

August 2, Tuesday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 16.2%
2. Kapuso Movie Festival: Hari ng Yabang (GMA-7) - 8.9%
3. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 7.8%
4. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 7.4%
5. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) / Sisid (GMA-7) - 6.9%
6. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 6.6%
7. One Piece (GMA-7) - 6.5%
8. Super Sine 5: My Super Ex-Girlfriend (TV5) - 5.9%
9. Pokemon (GMA-7) - 5.4%
10. Gourmet (GMA-7) - 5.3%

1. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 14.3%
2. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 14.1%
3. Amaya (GMA-7) - 13.5%
4. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 12.2%
5. Time of My Life (GMA-7) - 12.1%
6. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 10.7%
7. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 10.4%
8. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 10%
9. Futbolilits (GMA-7) - 8.6%
10. The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition (ABS-CBN) - 8.4%

August 3, Wednesday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 13%
2. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 6.6%
3. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 6.2%
4. Sisid (GMA-7) - 6.1%
5. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 6%
6. Super Sine 5: The Dukes of Hazzard (GMA-7) - 5.8%
7. Kapuso Movie Festival: Silaw (GMA-7) - 5.6%
8. One Piece (GMA-7) - 5.5%
9. Gourmet (GMA-7) - 5.2%
10. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 4.9%

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 13.4%
2. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 13%
3. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 12.2%
4. Amaya (GMA-7) - 12.1%
5. Time of My Life (GMA-7) - 12%
6. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 10.3%
7. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 9.9%
8. Futbolilits (GMA-7) - 9.1%
9. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 8.6%
10. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 7.6%

August 4, Thursday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 12.7%
2. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 5.9%
3. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 5.7%
4. Kapuso Movie Festival: Once Upon A Time In Manila (GMA-7) / Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - .3%
5. Sisid (GMA-7) - 5.1%
6. Super Sine 5: Get Smart (TV5) - 4.9%
7. One Piece (GMA-7) - 4.6%
8. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 4.1%
9. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 3.6%
10. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Minsan Ko Lang Sasabihin (ABS-CBN) - 3.4%

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 13.1%
2. Amaya (GMA-7) - 12.9%
3. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 11.3%
4. Time of My Life (GMA-7) - 12.5%
5. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 10.8%
6. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 10.6%
7. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 10.2%
8. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 8.3%
9. The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition (ABS-CBN) - 7.6%
10. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 7.3%

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from August 2 to 4, 2011 among Mega Manila households (Household Ratings):

August 2, Tuesday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 32.5%
2. Kapuso Movie Festival: Hari ng Yabang (GMA-7) - 19.5%
3. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 16.7%
4. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) / Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 16%
5. Sisid (GMA-7) - 15.5%
6. One Piece (GMA-7) - 15%
7. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 14.6%
8. Gourmet (GMA-7) - 12.6%
9. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 12.1%
10. Pokemon (GMA-7) - 11.8%

1. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 29.8%
2. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 28.5%
3. Amaya (GMA-7) - 26.3%
4. Time of My Life (GMA-7) - 23.7%
5. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 23.6%
6. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 22.1%
7. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) / Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 20%
8. Futbolilits (GMA-7) - 18.2%
9. The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition (ABS-CBN) - 16.4%
10. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 14.7%

August 3, Wednesday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 31.5%
2. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 16.7%
3. Sisid (GMA-7) - 16%
4. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 15.7%
5. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 14.7%
6. Kapuso Movie Festival: Silaw (GMA-7) - 14.2%
7. One Piece (GMA-7) - 13.2%
8. Gourmet (GMA-7) - 12.8%
9. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 12.4%
10. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 10.6%

1. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 28.3%
2. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 26.9%
3. Amaya (GMA-7) - 24.8%
4. Time of My Life (GMA-7) - 24.2%
5. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 23.1%
6. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 20.8%
7. Futbolilits (GMA-7) - 19.2%
8. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) / Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 19%
9. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) / The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition (ABS-CBN) - 15.6%
10. Mula Sa Puso (ABS-CBN) / Pure Love (ABS-CBN) - 12.2%

August 4, Thursday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 30.4%
2. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 15.3%
3. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 14%
4. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 13.6%
5. Kapuso Movie Festival: Once Upon A Time in Manila (GMA-7) - 13.3%
6. One Piece (GMA-7) - 13%
7. Sisid (GMA-7) - 12.4%
8. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 10.2%
9. Showtime (ABS-CBN) / Gourmet (GMA-7) - 9.4%
10. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Minsan Ko Lang Sasabihin (ABS-CBN) - 8.2%

1. Amaya (GMA-7) / Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 26.5%
2. Time of My Life (GMA-7) - 24.8%
3. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 24.1%
4. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 23.4%
5. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 22.8%
6. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 20.9%
7. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 18.9%
8. The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition (ABS-CBN) - 16%
9. Futbolilits (GMA-7) - 14.3%
10. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 13.7%

Source: AGB Nielsen Phils.

Redmond O'Neal Arrested for Possession of Illegal Drugs

Redmond O'Neal, son of actor Ryan O’Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett, was charged of illegal possession of heroine and marijuana and violating probation.

He got arrested after a Santa Monica police officer stopped him for a traffic violation at Lincoln and Olympic boulevards after he ran a red light and discovered drugs in his car on Tuesday at about 8:15 a.m.

The 26-year-old now faces charges on red light infraction, violating felony drug probation and possession of a controlled substance. He's now is jail without bail pending court order.

O’Neal has battled addiction since his teens and has been in and out of jail and rehabilitation centers for crimes related to substance abuse.

Cha Cha in 'Grease' Movie is Dead

Annette Charles who played Cha Cha DiGregorio in the hit movie "Grease" is dead. She was 63.

According to the actress' longtime friend Tom LaBonge, Annette died Wednesday night after her long years of battle with cancer.

Aside from Grease, Annette also appeared on many television shows during the 1970s and early 1980s, including "Barnaby Jones," "The Bionic Woman," "Magnum, P.I.," "Bonanza," "The Mod Squad," "Gunsmoke" and "The Flying Nun." She later became a speech professor under her birth name, Annette Cardona, at California State University, Northridge.

Angeline Quinto - You're My Home (Music Video)

Catch here the music video of Angeline Quinto's version of the song "You're My Home" originally sung by Odette Quesada and Lea Salonga.

You're My Home is the official theme song of Star Cinema movie "Way Back Home" starring Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes showing nationwide on August 17, 2011.

James Yap Former Schoolmate Shows Off Talent to Kris Aquino in ‘Pilipinas Got Talent’

Queen of All Media Kris Aquino was surprised by “Pilipinas Got Talent” hopeful Ramul Lopez and Seedz band front man, who revealed that he was a former schoolmate of Kris’ ex-husband James Yap.

The crowd went rowdy and waited for Kris’ reaction.

What will Kris say?

Will she call James to confirm if the young vocalist is telling the truth?

Will this bit of information help his band make it through the next round of the competition?

This season, PGT went to almost 80 cities and municipalities in search for distinct, world-class Pinoy acts. Get to Kris’ reaction this Sunday, August 7, in “Pilipinas Got Talent,” with Luis Manzano and Billy Crawford as hosts, airing every Saturday, 9PM, and Sunday, 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN.


My Binondo Girl - Full Cast Trailers

ABS-CBN releases the cast trailers of its upcoming primetime series "My Binondo Girl" featuring Kapamilya primetime princess Kim Chiu in the title role.

Kim Chiu with leading men Jolo Revilla, Matteo Guidicello and Xian Lim:

Kim Chiu with supporting cast Ai Ai delas Alas, Cherry Pie Picache, Glydel Mercado, Richard Yap, Laureen Uy and Ms. Gina Pareno:

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