Contagion Box-Office Result: The Help Moves to Second Spot as Contagion Takes the Lead

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Contagion, a new global thriller helmed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh, tops this weekend domestic box-office gross with around $25 million and firing Disney's "The Help", which is now on its 5th week, from its three-week stint at No. 1.

On third spot is Lionsgate's "Warrior" which is likely to close at $10 million in weekend box-office gross.

"The Debt" from Focus Features comes in fourth place with around $7 million. Followed by the Weinstein Co.'s space-age thriller "Apollo 18" in 5th place with around $6 million.

Contagion 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”).

The movie 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”).

Miss Universe 2011 Pageant To Be Aired Live at ABS-CBN on September 13

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More than 80 of the most beautiful and most gorgeous women from around the world will gather in Sao Paolo, Brazil this Tuesday, September 13, as the most beautiful day in the universe happens in the much-awaited coronation night of the “Miss Universe 2011.”

ABS-CBN, the home of Miss Universe in the Philippines, once again brings you the exclusive and live coverage of the Miss Universe pageant for the fifth consecutive year as it airs this highly-anticipated beauty event on Tuesday, 9:30 AM with a primetime telecast on free-to-air TV the same day on Studio 23 at 9:30 PM.

Filipinos are all out in supporting Philippines’ bet Shamcey Supsup especially after last year’s candidate Venus Raj placed 4th runner up. Pageant aficionados have been campaigning to vote for Shamcey in the Miss Universe official online polls since the Miss Universe Organization will be giving a sure semi-finalist slot to the candidate who will top the worldwide fan votes.

Shamcey was crowned Bb. Pilipinas Universe in April 2011 and since then she’s been preparing really hard for the competition. Pageant experts thinks Shamcey has a big chance to win. Shamcey graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines-Diliman with a degree in Architecture and topped the June 2010 Architecture Licensure Examination in July 2010.

Whoever wins the crown this year shall continue what reigning Ximena Navarrete of Mexico has started which includes traveling around the world to help educate students from local schools about HIV/AIDS.

This year’s Miss Universe pageant will be held in Credicard Hall in Brazil, host to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olymic games, and will be hosted by NBC’s “Today” host Natalie Morales and Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live” host Andy Cohen.

Judges, on the other hand, include Philippine’s very own pride Lea Salonga, with Helio Castroneves, Connie Chung, Isabeli Fontana, Vivica Fox, Adrienne Maloof, and Amelia Vega.

Will Shamcey emerge as the universe’s most beautiful woman?

Watch the “Miss Universe 2011” airing via satellite on September 13, Tuesday, 9:30 AM, on ABS-CBN with a primetime telecast the same day on Studio 23 at 9:30 PM.

TV5 Livestreams "Pinoy Explorer" Press Launch Monday Night on

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TV5 is about to launch the biggest edutainment program on Philippine television in a grand press launch to be held at the SM Mall of Asia’s Nido Science Discovery Center on Monday, September 12 - and Filipinos around the world will be able to witness it as it happens via the livestream on

Everyone is excited to see Aga Muhlach as he embarks on a series of adventures in exploring and discovering the world’s greatest wonders in Pinoy Explorer, the award-winning actor’s first foray into hosting which will air every Sunday on TV5 starting on September 18. Catch the live online coverage of the Pinoy Explorer press launch and see and hear Aga share his fun and thrilling experiences during the show’s various trips.

Always at the forefront of bringing everyone closer to their favorite stars, TV5 lets the audience experience the action as it happens through its livestream coverages. Streaming in real-time, the video provides fans around the world front row seats to TV5’s biggest events on, the Kapatid Network’s online news portal.

Other events covered by the network’s livestreams include Mowelfund’s “Pinilakang Tabing,” the 92nd anniversary of the Philippine Film Industry held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the much talked-about Yahoo OMG! Awards held at Resort’s World. TV5 was also there to give live online coverage of the press conference for Superstar Nora Aunor’s much awaited return. And most recently, fans were able to catch the explosive press launch launch of the TV remake to the Pinoy action classic Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum starring JC De Vera and Jasmine Curtis Smith.

Watch the Pinoy Explorer grand press launch live this Monday, September 12, starting at 6:00 p.m. by visiting

Kris Bernal Pregnant?

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Kris Bernal is the next young showbiz star who is reportedly in an interesting stage courtesy of her singer boyfriend Jay Perillo.

But before the rumor blown out of proportion, the "Time of My Life" star immediately refutes the rumor.

"Ano ba, nakakaloka, 'di ba? Taba ko, ha. Hindi po. Hindi ako buntis. Ano ba 'yun!" she said in jest. "Never akong nagsuka or whatever." she added.

However, the Kapuso star mentioned an incident that could have triggered this nasty rumor.

"Siguro nakita nila ako minsan na nahihilo kasi nahihilo talaga ako kasi pagkatapos ng sayaw pagod na pagod ako. Hihingi ako ng tubig, hinihingi ako ng pamunas," she explained.

Regine Velasquez Wins 25 Best Filipina Singers Poll by Female Network

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Regine Velasquez, despite keeping a low profile the past few months due to her pregnancy, proves that she still reigns supreme in the vocal category as she wins Female Network's 25 Best Filipina Singers poll for August.

The Asia's Songbird, who also happens to be the Philippines' Best Selling Artist of All Time according to the Philippine Association of the Record Industry, garnered a total of 144,673 of the 265,909 votes cast (54.40%) after 31 days of voting.

Here is the complete list winner in Female Network's 25 Best Filipina Singers Poll:

1. Regine Velasquez
(54.40 % 144673 / 265909 votes)

2. Charice
(14.83 % 39436 / 265909 votes)

4. Sarah Geronimo
(7.36 % 19579 / 265909 votes)

5. Pops Fernandez
(6.04 % 16084 / 265909 votes)

6. Nina
(1.54 % 4109 / 265909 votes)

7. Agot Isidro
(1.43 % 3826 / 265909 votes)

8. Angeline Quinto
(0.53 % 1433 / 265909 votes)

9. Vina Morales
(0.51 % 1381 / 265909 votes)

10. Kyla
(0.22 % 605 / 265909 votes)

11. Nikki Gil
(0.15 % 414 / 265909 votes)

12. Lea Salonga
(0.09 % 260 / 265909 votes)

13. Rachelle Ann Go
(0.08 % 222 / 265909 votes)

14. Zsa Zsa Padilla
(0.04 % 110 / 265909 votes)

15. Bituin Escalante
(0.03 % 82 / 265909 votes)

16. Juris Fernandez
(0.02 % 62 / 265909 votes)

17. Toni Gonzaga
(0.02 % 63 / 265909 votes)

18. Karylle
(0.01 % 53 / 265909 votes)

19. Sitti
(0.01 % 37 / 265909 votes)

20. Sharon Cuneta
(0.01 % 29 / 265909 votes)

21. Jaya
(0.01 % 29 / 265909 votes)

22. Lani Misalucha
(0.00 % 22 / 265909 votes)

23. Rachel Alejandro
(0.00 % 20 / 265909 votes)

24. Yeng Constantino
(0.00 % 20 / 265909 votes)

25. Kuh Ledesma
(0.00 % 11, 265909 votes)

Shalani Soledad Accidental Meeting with Ex-BF Noynoy Aquino, Awkward!

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Shalani Soledad had an awkward accidental meeting with ex-boyfriend, Philippine President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino, one year after their much-talked-about separation at the Dumaguete airport.

The two were on their way back to Manila when they accidentally bumped into each other. The President who had a series of presidential activities in the area briefly chat with the Valenzuela City Councilor who attended a local festival.

According to the eyewitness, Soledad was already walking towards her plane when Aquino suddenly came out so she decided to wait for him before boarding her plane.

Aquino then approached Soledad at the tarmac, shook her hand and asked, "Kumusta?" which she answered, "Mabuti."

Aquino then said, "Mauna na ako," and left.

When asked, the President said he didn't know what his ex-girlfriend is doing in the same province.

"Malay ko kung ano ang gagawin niya dito." the President replied.

Aquino and Soledad had a two-year romantic relationship before their break-up last year. The President has since been linked to several other women like celebrity stylist Liz Uy, stockbroker Len Lopez, and showbiz personalities like Grace Lee and Iza Calzado.

Soledad, on the other hand, has been linked with "Wil Time, Bigtime host" Willie Revillame and is currently dating Pasig Representative Roman Romulo.

Shamcey Supsup National Costume, Evening Gown and Swimsuit Photos - Miss Universe 2011 Preliminary Competition

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Shamcey Supsup National Costume, Evening Gown and Swimsuit Photos - Miss Universe 2011 Preliminary Competition

Miss Universe Philippines 2011 Shamcey Supsup wears a national costume during a presentation show at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo September 8, 2011. REUTERS/Patrick Prather/Miss Universe Organization, L.P. LLLP./Handout.

Here are the photos of Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup wearing the Philippine national costume in a pre-recorded parade of national costumes and the evening gown and swimsuit in the preliminary competition of the 2011 Miss Universe Pageant held on Thursday, September 8 (Friday, September 9, 8 a.m. Manila time) live from from Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Miss Universe Philippines 2011 Shamcey Supsup competes in the evening gown presentation show at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo September 8, 2011. REUTERS/Patrick Prather/Miss Universe Organization, L.P. LLLP./Handout.

Miss Universe Philippines 2011 Shamcey Supsup wears a swimsuit during a presentation show at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo September 8, 2011. REUTERS/Patrick Prather/Miss Universe Organization, L.P. LLLP./Handout.

Miss Universe 2011 coronation night will be held from Credicard Hall in São Paulo, Brazil on Tuesday, September 13 at 9:30 a.m. and will be aired live via ABS-CBN.

Mariel Rodriguez Confirms Transfer Negotiations with TV5

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Ever wondering why Willie Revillame keeps on greeting Mariel Rodriguez on air during his daily game show "Wil Time Bigtime? Rumor has it that Mariel's Kuya Wil offered her a part on his TV5 primetime show. Quite a reunion since the two worked together in ABS-CBN defunct daily noontime game show Wowowee.

Mariel confirmed the rumor but said she is still in negotiation with TV5 executives and no definite decision yet whether she will be officially a Kapatid very soon.

"Actually there is an offer. I was offered by Kuya Willie." Mariel confirms.

"I think everything is under negotiation. There is no definite answer now, but I already spoke to the management of ABS. They knew about my situation.
"Kasi may mga projects na sa kasamaang-palad, hindi natutuloy, pero napag-usapan.

"E, kasi nga, nagkaroon nga ng certain instances na yung mga napag-usapang gagawin, di natuloy.

"Gusto ko lang naman mag-host, masaya na ako dun.

"Hindi naman ako parang ayoko na, kasi it's not somehting like that at all. Just really business, work lang, di ba?

"Right now, wala pang final decision. Pero hindi ko naman idinedenay na mayroon talagang pag-uusap na nagaganap." she said further.

The "Happy Yipee Yehey!" co-host also revealed that the Kapamilya network made a counter-offer but decline to talk further the details.

"Mayroon naman. Kaya nga sabi ko, nung nag-meeting ako, I love ABS, thank you very much.

"I kept telling them, 'There's nothing personal. Thank you mahal ninyo ako, mahal na mahal ko rin kayo." Mariel revealed.

Isn't she afraid that her decision might ruin her good relationship with ABS-CBN knowing that there is an ongoing legal battle against the network and the Wil Time Bigtime host?

"Sabi ko nga, very grateful ako sa dalawa.

"Very grateful ako sa ABS, grateful din ako kay Kuya Willie. Kasi naging household din ako dahil sa Wowowee, nang dahil sa ABS.

"Sabi ko, it's nothing personal at all. I will always love ABS, I will always love Kuya Willie.

"Nothing personal, trabaho lang. Basta there's nothing personal, saka wala pa naman akong final answer." Mariel said.

ASAP Fever Rise This Sunday

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Temperatures rise as “ASAP Rocks” blazes anew with all the fiercest performances that are too hot to miss this Sunday.

Led by Pop Star Princess Sarah Geronimo, Ultimate Multi Media Star Toni Gonzaga, and ASEAN Icon Vina Morales who is celebrating her 25 years in the business, it’s one hot episode you shouldn’t miss.

Concert fever reaches unbelievable heights with Martin Nievera, Zsazsa Padilla, Jed Madela, Nikki Gil, and Gary Valenciano; Pinoy Champs – Angeline Quinto, Yeng Constantino; ASAP Jammers – Duncan Ramos, Princess Velasco, Robin Nieverra, Sitti, Richard Poon, Zia Quizon; Acoustic Cuties – JM De Guzman, Alex Castro, Bryan Termulo and Markki Stroem spice up your afternoon viewing. Catch the back to back album launch of Prince of Pop Erik Santos and Pilipinas Got Talent 2011 Champion Marcelito Pomoy.

Teleserye fever kicks off with the much talked about newest serye “Nasaan ka, Elisa.” The sensational cast led by Melissa Ricks, Albert Martinez, Mickey Ferriols, Agot Isidro, Franco Daza, Christopher Roxas, Allen Dizon, Aldred Gatchalian, Joem Bascon and many more as they prepare for primetime stardom. Movie fever begins as Star Cinema dishes out its newest film offering “Ikaw ang Pag-ibig” with Marvin Agustin, Ina Feleo, Jomari Yllana plus the whole cast.

Supreme dance fever escalates featuring “severe moves” from Billy Crawford, Kim Chiu, Jake Cuenca, Rayver Cruz, Gabriel Valenciano, Iya Villania, Shaina Magdayao, Empress, Enrique Gil, Sam Concepcion, Jessy Mendiola and Maja Salvador as they hit the ASAP dancefloor.

“ASAP Rocks” fever airs this Sunday, 12:15 high noon. For more updates, photos and to hang out with the stars at ASAP Chill-Out, visit

Party Pilipinas "Ikaw Na!" This Sunday

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Party Pilipinas will be all about YOU, Kapuso this Sunday as GMA-7’s noontime entertainment show presents “Ikaw Na!”

The party begins on a high note – literally and figuratively – as some of the most powerful belters in the music scene gather in the opening number.

Then, as the cast of Sisid bids farewell, stars of the upcoming afternoon drama Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Langit take centerstage to announce the arrival of their new show. The cast of the fantasy-drama Iglot also joins the party as they introduce viewers to the latest dance craze.

A sizzling number from Lovi Poe comes next as she launches her first FHM cover. Meanwhile, Party Pilipinas doubles the intensity by giving rise to never-before-seen pairings such as “LaDTM”, “ShinKyLR8”, “LeArkin” and “Jolieana”.

Finally, this week’s celebrants including the King of Soul Janno Gibbs, talented young singer Leanna, and dance royalties Aira, Mayton and Julioan Trono will be treated to surprise performances.

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Kapuso Stars will entertain YOU, please YOU and celebrate with YOU in Party Pilipinas “Ikaw Na!” this Sunday after Kapuso Movie Festival on GMA-7.

Charice to Sing at 9/11 Tribute Game in Florida, USA

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Charice is scheduled to take part in the National Football League (NFL) 9/11 tribute games that will mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.

The Pinay international singer will perform the "Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" for a match between the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Florida.

The National Football League (NFL) said that the series of tribute games aim to "unite fans to recognize those who lost their lives, honor the families who lost loved ones, and salute the American spirit, the early responders on 9/11, and other heroes that contributed to the nation's recovery."

Diether Ocampo and Glaiza de Castro's "Rakenrol" Finally Coming Out

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Diether Ocampo and Glaiza de Castro's Quark Henares helmed indie film "Rakenrol" is finally coming out after 5 years in the making.

The much-anticipated movie is Henares and co-writer Diego Castillo’s (guitarist of Sandwich and music video director) ode to the Philippine rock music scene, which both consider their home.

In the film, Irene (Glaiza de Castro, Grazilda, Amaya) and Odie (Jason Abalos, Endo, Mara Clara) are outsiders who become best friends because of their common love for Rock n’ Roll. Odie eventually falls in love with Irene, and helps fulfill her dreams of forming a band. They eventually recruit an ex-punk-turned-barista named Mo (Ketchup Eusebio, Guns and Roses, My Amnesia Girl) and the school bully Junfour (Alwyn Uytingco, Imortal, Ang Tanging Ina movies), eventually deciding to call their band HAPIPAKS. In the process, Irene is wooed by her “all-time supercrush”, the famous rockstar Jacci Rocha (Diether Ocampo), and the one thing that brought her and Odie together might end up destroying them. The supporting characters add color and humor to the cast, with Ramon Bautista as the music video director Flame Tigerblüden, Ricardo Cepeda as a samurai marketing guru, Jun Sabayton as Mo’s artist roommate, Hiyasmin Neri as Junfour’s pregnant girlfriend, and Matet de Leon as... Matet de Leon.

"Rakenrol" is Henares’s fifth film, the director having done everything from internationally-acclaimed cult films (Keka) to big-budget Metro Manila Filmfest movies (Super Noypi). This, however, is his most personal film, and he’s glad to collaborate with one of his closest friends on the project. “Diego and I have probably done everything music-wise together,” the young fimmaker says, “we’ve hosted radio shows, co-directed videos, we’ve written articles about music. We were even in a band together once!” Castillo reveals that the film is very autobiographical. “We’re both from and into the local music industry and I guess a lot of our mutual friends started off in the scene and we both thought it would be a good idea to chronicle the things that we’ve seen over the years,” he says.

Rakenrol will come out in theaters on September 21, but even now it’s had its fair share of international critical acclaim. The film has already screened in Italy (Udine Far East Film Festival), Los Angeles (Asia Pacific Film Festival) and San Francisco, and has been invited to international film festivals in Hawaii, Göteborg, San Diego and New York. In LA it won the Audience Choice award, and the top Asian film site Film Business Asia called the film "a lightly comic charmer that's sustained by its likeable leads and easygoing, big-hearted style." (Derek Elley).

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Shamcey Supsup Swimsuit and Evening Gown Video - Miss Universe 2011 Preliminary Competition

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Shamcey Supsup, Philippines' representative to the 2011 Miss Universe pageant, compete in the preliminary Evening gown and Swimsuit competition held at around 8 a.m. (Manita time) live from from Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Scores in both rounds will be added to the contestant's interview scores. The 15 contestants who receive the highest total scores will become semi-finalists and will b e announced during the coronation night on September 12.

Watch the videos below:

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Pilipinas Got Talent 3 - Top 36 Semi-Finalists; Semi-Finals Round Start this Saturday

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The 36 official semi-finalists of the country’s number one talent-reality show “Pilipinas Got Talent” have been chosen and the showdown of world-class Pinoy acts levels up in the semi-finals round beginning this Saturday, September 10.
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1. El Gamma Penumbra, shadow play performers from Batangas City
2. Inner Core Band from Marilao, Bulacan
3. Jet Barrun, 22, singer from Pateros
4. Khalil Joseph Ramos, 15, singer from Paranaque City
5. Kim Tenorio, 35, puppeteer from Liliw, Laguna
6. Kiriko, rappers from Sta. Cruz, Laguna
7. Kristoffer Campos, 22, saxophonist from Baguio City
8. Lyn Del Rosario, 44, singer from Muntinlupa City
9. Marvic Alvarez, 8, from Biñan, Laguna
10. Pauline Agupitan, 11, singer from Lipa City, Batangas
11. Rowell Quizon, 28, singer from Tondo, Manila (Dolphy's grandson)
12. Sandugo Band from San Pablo City, Laguna
13. Techno Jazz, cheerdancers from Sampaloc, Manila
14. Twin Divas (Honey & Mahal), singers and belly dancers from Nueva Ecija
15. Willy Cordovales, 40, singer from Antipolo City
16. Wushu Discovery, martial artists from Project 6, Quezon City


17. Geo Ed Rebucas, 20, singer from Cebu City
18. Jane Ann Arnado, 6, hula hoop tricker from Cebu City
19. Jeziel Dimagna-Ong, 36, singer from Tigbawan, Lazi Siquijor
20. Jive Dancers from Tacloban City
21. Lucky Twins, dancers from Tacloban City
22. Maasinhon Trio, singers from Southern Leyte
23. Muriel Lumadilla, 16, singer from Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
24. Negros Dance Superstar from Negros Occidental
25. Saurog Dance Troupe from Eastern Samar
26. Seedz Band from Escalante City, Negros Occidental
27. Synergy, aerial acrobats from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
28. Triple Sensez, dancers from Cebu City


29. Flip Duo, dancers from Quezon, Bukidnon
30. GenSan Contortionists from General Santos City
31. Jefferson and Kurt Bringas, singers from Bansalan, Davao del Sur
32. Loverkada Kids, gymnasts from Butuan City
33. Philippine Dubstep, beatboxers from Davao del Norte and General Santos City
34. Renagine Pepito, 11, singer from Cagayan De Oro City
35. Rhonsben Jonota, 11, singer from Negros Occidental


36. Rita Paraiso, 39, singer from Hong Kong

First to battle on the PGT stage this weekend are (L-R, clockwise) Rita Paraiso, Lucky Twins, Kristoffer Campos, Seedz Band, El Gamma Penumbra, and Pauline Agupitan. Who among them will top the votes and who among them will be the judges’ choice?

Find out in the first semi-finals performance night of “Pilipinas Got Talent” live at the PAGCOR Grand Theater Airport Casino Filipino Paranaque City this Saturday, September 10, 9:15 PM, on ABS-CBN. The live results night will air on Sunday, September 11, at 8:30 PM.

Jennifer Aniston, a Sex-Crazed Doctor in “Horrible Bosses”

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America’s sweetheart Jennifer Aniston goes against type as she plays certified man-eater Dr. Julia Harris who relentlessly makes X-rated advances to her dental assistant Dale (Charlie Day) in New Line Cinema’s edgy comedy “Horrible Bosses.”

In the film, Dale, who’s engaged to be married to his beloved fiancée, has been struggling to maintain his self-respect against the sexual harassment from Dr. Harris when she suddenly turns up the heat. The only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable for Dale and his two friends Nick (Jason Bateman) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) – who both suffer evil employers, too - would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers...permanently. There's only one problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them.

I’ve never played a character so inexcusably raunchy and there was no way I could resist it — the dialogue and the situations are so outrageous and fun. I jumped at it immediately,” says Aniston, who calls the movie “a guilty pleasure for people unhappy in their jobs, to maybe go and get it out of their system by rooting for these guys.

It really stretches the limits and crosses boundaries and Dr. Harris is way out in front on all counts: guilty as charged,” she adds.

What I love about the character is how masculine she is in her sexual appetite. As Jennifer and I discussed in rehearsals, Dr. Harris is a predator, like a lion. They don’t feel one way or another, they just have to feed,” says director Seth Gordon. “It was really important to find an actress who could play Julia with all the intensity and delicious naughtiness the role deserves, and I thought it would be even better if it was someone audiences wouldn’t expect. This is radically different from any role her fans have ever seen her in before and she just kills; you have to see it to believe it. It’s electrifying to hear her deliver this dialogue. She’s absolutely fearless and hilarious.”

Aniston previously starred with Jason Sudeikis in “The Bounty Hunter” and with Jason Bateman in last year’s romantic comedy “The Switch,” but met Charlie Day for the first time on “Horrible Bosses.” Recalling the potentially awkward scenario of their first scene together, she says, “Within 20 minutes, I was straddling him in lingerie. But Seth never stopped laughing and we were all in perfect sync; if anything, after every take we’d be thinking, ‘let’s push it a little further.’ I was bizarrely comfortable in these scenes, almost more so than I would be playing the normal girl-next-door, and every scene was kind of crazy but that was really the fun of it.”

Opening across the Philippines on September 21, “Horrible Bosses” is a New Line Cinema distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Mark Salling in “Glee The 3D Concert Movie”

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Mark Salling who stars in the hugely popular TV show “Glee” along with all the other familiar young faces from the high-energy series performs in “Glee The 3D Concert Movie,” filmed during their recent tour that filled stadiums.

Glee’s depiction of teenage life and relationships with its leads as flawed and mostly underdogs made strong waves across all ages that one doesn’t have to be skinny or perfect to succeed.

In the following Q&A by Ellaine Lipworth, Mark Salling, a classically trained pianist who also plays the guitar, bass and drums shares about the new film and what makes Glee resonate with audiences of every generation.

Q: How exciting is it making a movie?
A: It is very exciting and special; it’s good to see the world and see so many different fans and different cultures and just spread the joy of GLEE. A lot of people who couldn’t make it to the concerts will be able to see us on the big screen, that’s the main thing, and the movie is in 3D. But we didn’t really feel like we were doing a movie.

Q: How do you keep going and maintain the energy and momentum?
A: You know, you say I’m young and I’ll sleep when I die and keep on trucking. I drink a double dose of vitamin C packets every day and I work out every single day during the show. You keep your body healthy and you keep your mind healthy.

Q: What do you think of the way the show has brought classic music to a younger generation that might not know all these wonderful songs and artists you are covering?
A: It is great and I think the other side of that is that it also brings new music to older people.

Q: Why do you think GLEE has become so popular?
A: It has something for everyone. It is all about embracing what makes each person different and it is about rooting for the underdog and people can relate to that concept.

Q: You are a musician, does music still have the same impact for you now? Does it still feel as fresh and as inspiring to you now it is part of your daily life doing GLEE?
A: You know, it really does. GLEE has actually opened my eyes personally to different horizons of music and dance and writing and acting and there is so much for an artist to take in and learn, so that’s what I’ve been trying to do.

Prior to GLEE, Salling has appeared in commercials and in films, including “Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering.” His television credits include “Walker” and “Texas Ranger.” Salling enjoys playing Frisbee and golf and has a passion for ornithology.

“Glee The 3D Concert Movie” opens September 21 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Ben Affleck Directs and Stars in the Fact-Based Thriller "Argo"

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Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and GK Films’ dramatic thriller “Argo,” directed by and starring Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck (“The Town,” “Good Will Hunting”). The film is being produced by Academy Award® winner George Clooney (“Syriana”), Oscar® nominee Grant Heslov (“Good Night, and Good Luck.”) and Affleck.

Based on true events, “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis - the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.

On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.

“Argo” also stars Oscar® winner Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”), Bryan Cranston (TV’s “Breaking Bad”) and John Goodman (“You Don’t Know Jack”). The main cast also includes Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, Zeljko Ivanek, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina, Michael Parks, and Taylor Schilling.

Affleck is directing the film from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, based on a selection from Master in Disguise by Antonio Mendez. David Klawans, Chris Brigham, Graham King, Tim Headington, Chay Carter and Nina Wolarsky are serving as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar®-nominated director of photography Rodrigo Prieto (“Brokeback Mountain”), production designer Sharon Seymour (“The Town”); Oscar®-nominated editor William Goldenberg (“Seabiscuit,” “The Insider”); and Oscar®-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West (“The Social Network,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”).

Filming on “Argo” began in Los Angeles. Future locations include Washington D.C. and Istanbul.
Slated for release in 2012, “Argo” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with GK Films, a Smoke House Pictures production, to be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Shamcey Supsup National Costume - Miss Universe 2011

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The 89 candidates of the 60th Miss Universe pageant, including Shamcey Supsup, proudly displayed their country's national costume in the pre-recorded parade of national costumes at Credicard Hall in Brazil to be aired during the opening segment of the Miss Universe 2011 coronation night on September 12, 2011 (September 13, 9:30 a.m. Manila time).

Miss Philippines was wearing a modern off-white terno with golden butterflies accentuated the whole trail. A jewelled headdress (tiara) completed her looks.

Photo Credit: Patrick Prather/Miss Universe Organization, L.P. LLLP, Guilherme Lara/Fotoarena

Albie Casiño and His Magical Wallet on “Wansapanataym”

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Join Vincent, played by Albie Casiño, as he learns that true friendship and love cannot be bought.

No matter what Vincent wishes for, his magical wallet provides, from cash to game cards to driver’s license to concert tickets and movie passes.

But it can never grant him true friends nor true love - the things that matter the most to anyone in this world.

Albie Casiño returns to the small screen with Cris Villanueva, Kimberly Diaz, and Miles Ocampo to provide another lesson-filled episode of “Wansapanataym” this Saturday, September 10.

Under the direction of Manny Palo and written by Cris Lim, learn how to gain true friends this Saturday on “Wansapanataym” after “TV Patrol Weekend” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to or follow abscbndotcom on Twitter.

A Dangerous Ocean Adventure on Kap’s Amazing Stories

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Kap’s Amazing Stories dives into the deepest, darkest and unsafe part of the ocean this Sunday give you another mind-blowing episode.

Due to a volcanic mountain chain, which is about 45, 000 miles circling the earth, the Atlantic Ocean’s sea floor is separated into two. On one side is a chain full of cracks that releases water and different chemicals; added with pressure and a temperature of 400 degrees Celsius, many will think that there’s no one who could ever survive the said condition. Surprisingly, many bacteria manage to endure. While on the other side, one can find the Dragon Chimneys, a group of vents in the middle of down under, where Squat Lobsters (a kind of shrimp) and bacteria continue to exist.

Add to that, thirty-thousand volcanoes are said to be under the ocean and some are even taller than the world famous Mt. Everest when measured. Other volcanoes actually reach the water surface and many fishes stay on the area because of the planktons that eat nutrients emitted by the volcanoes.

Frigate birds, the lightest birds in the world in terms of wingspan, choose Ascension Island just to lay eggs. Female green turtles swim a thousand miles just to lay eggs on the said island.

Meanwhile, discover how many Krill, a small invertebrate, makes the big whale survive in its every day life.

All these and more are in store in “Kap’s Amazing Stories” this Sunday. Catch it after Pepito Manaloto only on GMA!

Sneak Peek: “30 Minutes or Less”

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In Columbia Pictures’ new, action-comedy “30 Minutes or Less,” Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wannabe criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). The lowlifes kidnap Nick and strap a time bomb to him – with the promise that they’ll blow him up unless he robs a bank. With only a few hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship.

The movie is an action comedy, but the subject is inherently dark, because of the premise of a guy getting a bomb strapped to his chest,” says director Ruben Fleischer. “The comedy comes in how that situation affects the relationship between Nick and Chet. In turn, the action heightens the circumstances of the comedy. A really funny conversation in the midst of a car chase or a bank robbery takes it up a notch. Funny people elevate the material with everything they bring to the table.”

Opening soon across the Philippines, “30 Minutes or Less” 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. Like us at and join our fan contests.

Toni Gonzaga Celebrates 10th Year Showbiz Anniversary with a Concert Called “TONI G. @ 10”

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Toni Gonzaga dubs her showbiz career as the most fulfilling journey of her life and her concert “TONI G. @ 10” as a celebration of her decade long showbiz journey.

The whole concert is a reflection of Toni’s ten years of showbiz journey, according to her, “The whole idea of the concert becoming a journey is everyone’s idea.”

At the age of thirteen Toni Gonzaga tried to join showbiz via a singing contest but her biggest break was her “I love you, Piolo” soft drinks commercial. She became a main-stay host in the afternoon variety show Eat Bulaga ang transferred to ABS-CBN in 2005 appearing first in “Wazzup Wazzup” before hosting “Pinoy Big Brother,” “The Buzz,” and “Happy Yipee Yehey.”

But Toni refused to stop there, she maximized her abilities with the help of ABS-CBN and earned the title, “ultimate multimedia star” to quote her, “When I transferred to ABS they didn’t just make me host, they also made me sing, they made me dance, and they made me act.”

She became a part of many movies such as “Pakners” in 2003, “D’Anothers” in 2006, “You Are The One” in 2006, “You Got Me” in 2007, “My Big Love” and “My Only You” in 2008, “A Journey” and “Ang Tanging Pamilya: A Marry Go Round” in 2009, “My Amnesia Girl” in 2010, and “Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi” this year, 2011.

Toni is a certified “ultimate multimedia star” with her five-chart topping albums in the past years, “Love Duets,” “Love is,” “Falling In Love,” “You Complete Me,” and her latest self-titled album, “Toni Gonzaga.”

She has earned the right to celebrate her tenth year in show business at the biggest dome in the Philippines-the Araneta Coliseum this coming September 30.

“TONI G. @ 10” is directed by “ASAP Live” director Mr. M (Johnny Manahan) and ex-Neocolor’s Jimmy Antiporda as musical director and is produced by Star Events, Epic Entertainment, and Tag Concept.

Guests of “TONI G. @ 10” namely Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, Vhong Navarro, Pokwang, Alex Gonzaga, and Gary V are people who have contributed to who Toni is and to where she is standing now.

Toni is proof that dreams do come true as long as you don’t stop pursuing it, the “I love you, Piolo girl” on a soft drinks commercial, after ten years, gets to perform on her dream stage and with the people who matter to her the most.

More surprises are in store for those who will watch her concert. No one can deny that Toni Gonzaga, after ten years, is moving forward, stronger and better.

Phil Younghusband Tops Cosmopolitan Philippines Bachelor Bash 2011 Centerfolds

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Phil Younghusband leads this year's Cosmopolitan Philippines Bachelor Bash 2011 centerfolds.

Completing the list are Paulo Avelino, Aly Borromeo, Ahron Villena, Anton del Rosario, Enzo Pineda, Ejay Falcon, Enrique Gil, Hideo Muraoka and James Younghusband.

This year‘s Cosmo Bachelor Bash will take place on September 15, 2011, at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Photos: rddantes

Iza Calzado is President Noynoy's Latest Apple of the Eye?

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After being linked to sylist Liz Uy and Filipino-Korean TV host Grace Lee, President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino is now being linked to another well-known showbiz personality.

It is reported that P-Noy and Kapuso actress Iza Calzado were seen on a date after they were personally introduced during the birthday party of singer Ogie Alcasid last August 23.

However, the actress' manager Noel Ferrer has denied that her talent and the President are seeing each other. The President's camp, meanwhile, keeps mum about the rumor.

Iza, who just came back from Canada, was surprised about the news linking him to P-Noy.

"I was introduced to the President during kuya Ogie Alcasid's birthday party and I conversed with him there. As a matter of fact, I was honored to have had the opportunity to talk to him."

She also said she feels embarrassed that her introduction to the President becomes a big deal.

"The last I checked, there's nothing wrong with (talking to the President), 'di ba? That does not equate to dating the President," she said.

Martin Escudero Gay Revelation in "Zombadings"

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Martin Escudero, now known as Mart Escudero, still couldn't believe the success of his first movie title role “Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington” and the rave reviews his acting in the movie is getting from moviegoers and film critics.

I was shocked but very happy. I didn’t expect that. At first, I was scared because I didn’t know how the viewers would react to it.” Mart said.

To prepare for his role as Remington, Mart said he viewed DVDs of various gay films. “I watched a lot of old Roderick Paulate comedies like ‘Bala at Lipstick.’ I studied Dennis Trillo’s acting in ‘Aishte Masu: 1941’ and Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes in ‘To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar.’

Mart admitted that, more than the slinky baby tees he had to wear and the quirky kissing scenes with another hunk (Kerbie Zamora), mastering “swardspeak” was the bigger challenge.

In a hilarious bathroom scene, he spews out such words as “twaley, fosey, doorlalu, inidora-the-explorer-de-chenebelles and timbaleigh” in machine-gun fashion.

I carefully studied how to deliver those lines,” he said. “I asked help from gay members of the staff. They taught me how to pronounce those words … with conviction.”

Veteran actor Roderick Paulate, who played the aging gay who is responsible for Remington's gay transition (read related article HERE), was a big help, too. “We had worked together in ‘Rosalinda.’ For this one, he gave me tips on moving and talking like a gay man.

This is Mart's first gay role, but he’s not scared of being typecast. “I’d try any character for as long as it is challenging,” he said. “Other actors, like Roderick and Dolphy, ended up specializing in gay roles because they are so good and convincing at it. It would be my honor to be in their company.

Lea Salonga to Sit as Judge in the Miss Universe 2011 Pageant

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Lea Salonga to Sit as Judge in the Miss Universe 2011 Pageant

Miss Universe Organization, spearheaded by its President Paula M. Shugart and NBC Universal head Donald J. Trump, announce this year's list of celebrities and experts who will decide on who should be crowned as Miss Universe 2011.

Amongst the 7 prestigious and well-respected names to sit in the judges panel is Philippines' award-winning international theater actress Lea Salonga.

Lea will be joined by Helio Castroneves, three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500; Connie Chung, US broadcast legend; Isabeli Fontana, Brazilian supermodel; Vivica Fox, actress and television producer; Adrienne Maloof of Bravo's hit series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills; and Amelia Vega, Miss Universe 2003.

Lea, who started her international career when she played Kim in the hit stage musical Miss Saigon in 1989, now becomes the 5th Pinoy to sit as judge in the 60 years history of the most celebrated beauty pageant there is.

Other well-respected Pinoy personalities to sit as Miss Universe judge were former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs Carlos P. Romulo in 1974; International Filipino designer and Founder of The Natori Company Josie Cruz-Natori in 1989; Singer Kuh Ledesma in 1991; and Chinese-Filipino businessman Dr. Emilio T. Yap in 1994.

The 60th Miss Universe pageant will be hosted by Andy Cohen of Bravo's Watch What Happens: Live and Natalie Morales of NBC's The Today Show.

Jeannie Mai of Style Network's How Do I Look and Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessy. will be the anchor hosts.

Expected to performs in the pageant night are Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto and Brazilian native pop singer Claudia Leitte.

Here is the official Press Statement from Miss Universe Organization:



São Paulo, Brazil - September 7, 2011—NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announce today the celebrities and experts who will judge at the 60th Annual “Miss Universe® Pageant,” which will be broadcast live from Credicard Hall in São Paulo, Brazil on Monday, September 12 at 9 p.m. ET. A live Spanish simulcast will air on Telemundo Network.

The list of judges includes:

Helio Castroneves, Three-time Winner of the Indianapolis 500
Connie Chung, U.S. Broadcast Legend
Isabeli Fontana, Brazilian Supermodel
Vivica Fox, Actress & Television Producer
Adrienne Maloof, From Bravo’s hit series “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”
Lea Salonga, Tony Award Winner and Actress
Amelia Vega, Miss Universe 2003

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto, daughter of Brazilian legend Joao Gilberto, will perform her electronic bossa nova single “Close Your Eyes” during the evening gown portion of the competition. Meanwhile, Brazilian native pop singer Claudia Leitte will turn the heat up when she performs her new single “Locomotion” during the swimsuit competition.

As previously announced, Andy Cohen, host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live,” and Natalie Morales, news anchor of NBC’s “Today” will host the “2011 Miss Universe® Pageant.” Joining them will be host of Style Network’s “How Do I Look” Jeannie Mai and Shandi Finnessy, Miss USA 2004, who will provide skybox fashion commentary throughout the LIVE telecast.

For the first time ever, fans in represented countries have been able to vote for their favorite contestant for an automatic spot into the semifinals at the 2011 Miss Universe® Competition. Fans can vote online at or Online voting is taking place now through September 11 (9 p.m. ET).

The 2011 MISS UNIVERSE® Pageant kicks off a series of worldwide events hosted by Brazil. In addition to this global beauty event, Brazil is host to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. With the city of São Paulo at center stage, the pageant will take place at Credicard Hall, a prominent music theater for the city.

The two-hour television event, comprised of contestants representing approximately 90 countries around the world, will compete in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. In past years, worldwide distribution of the competition has topped nearly 190 countries and territories.

Miss Universe 2011 will be held at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 12. And will be telecast live in the Philippines via ABS-CBN.

Miss Universe 2011 Double Primetime Telecast Exclusively on Velvet

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Velvet, home of the biggest red carpet events, cordially invites everyone as it rolls out the red carpet once again for the exclusive double primetime telecast of the 2011 Miss Universe®, straight from Credicard Hall, Sao Paolo, Brazil on September 13, 7p.m. and 10 p.m.

Now on its 6th decade of showcasing the universe’s most regal-looking and intelligent women, this year’s Miss Universe pageant will be hosted by American TV executive Andrew Cohen and news anchor Natalie Morales.

Home to Miss Universe for four years in a row now, Velvet takes pride in setting the spotlight on our very own Binibining-Pilipinas Universe Shamcey Supsup, who’s currently making buzz in the competition and gaining lots of support from her fellow Filipinos. In an interview, Shamcey shares “Thank you for always praying for me and supporting me. It has been a roller-coaster ride and I’m getting my strength from all the Filipinos who kept on sending me messages on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you. I will be doing my best,”

If Shamcey will make it as the third Filipina to be hailed as Miss Universe, her shining moment will even be more illuminated by the intricately designed, diamond-filled crown from renowned jewelry firm Diamond Nexus Labs. The crown, arrayed with over a thousand diamond simulants, is accented by a series of gorgeous, deep red lab-created rubies to represent Miss Universe’s tireless campaign to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and education. The crown’s repeating oval pattern was inspired by the crowns of modern monarchs to reflect the regality and grace of this exquisite woman.

Different multimedia outlets say that among Shamcey’s tough contenders are candidates from Miss Netherlands, France, Nicaragua, Malaysia and Aruba.
In a Q and A challenge video uploaded on Miss U’s official Youtube page, Miss Netherlands Kelly Weekers said that women’s advantage over men is going “all the way in doing hair and makeup… Woman can also give birth to a beautiful baby.” Shamcey’s reply to the same question was “One advantage we have as women is we rely on intuition. Our intuitions are usually right. We know if you’re lying or not. So guys, don’t ever fool us.”

Witness how a Filipina shines brightly once again amid other equally beautiful and talented women representatives from over 80 countries.No one has confirmed on what evening gown will Shamcey wear at the competition, but it’s rumored to be a dashing pink evening gown, which was designed by Alfredo Barraza, a Colombian fashion designer who is the official designer Binibining Pilipinas winners’ wardrobe for the past years. The venue for the 60th installment of the pageant, the 8000-seater Credicard Hall which was named after a Citigroup-owned credit card operator, is considered to be one of the largest entertainment venue in Brazil and one of the largest in Latin America.

Know more interesting facts on the 2011 Miss Universe by always tuning in to Velvet! Viewers also get the chance to win a Velvet Pamper Weekend Promo, where two girlfriends will be treated to a weekend shopping and relaxation spree. Mechanics and other information on the promo will be aired during the telecast.

Kapamilya Stars Turn Boxers in “I Dare You”

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What does it take for someone to be in the spotlight?

Surely a great deal of suffering and discipline for boxers who want to make it big in the arena. This week in “I Dare You,” Kapamilya challengers Bangs Garcia, Jason Francisco, and Paul Jake Castillo pay tribute to boxers who have endured and prevailed over their struggles in and out of the ring.

Paul Jake and Bangs face the hurdles of training. Meanwhile, Melai keeps an eye on Jason Francisco as they help an aspiring boxer, Jesame Dela Cerna and a boxing hotshot with a short-lived fame, Domingo “Pretty Boy” Lucas.

Catch them battle face to face for the benefit of the Bidang Kapamilya boxers in “I Dare You,” on weekday afternoons after “Kapamilya Blockbusters” on ABS-CBN.

Get updates by following it on Twitter via @idareyou2011.

“The Great Gatsby” Begins Production

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BURBANK, CA, September 7, 2011 – Principal photography began this week on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “The Great Gatsby,” the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel from the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann. The filmmaker will create his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the title role.

“The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

Academy Award® nominee DiCaprio (“Blood Diamond,” “Aviator”) plays Jay Gatsby, with Tobey Maguire starring as Nick Carraway; Joel Edgerton and Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan (“An Education”) as Tom and Daisy Buchanan; Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke as Myrtle and George Wilson; and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker. Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan will play the role of Meyer Wolfsheim.

Oscar® nominee Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge!”) directs the film in 3D from a screenplay co-written with frequent collaborator Craig Pearce, based on Fitzgerald’s book. Luhrmann produces, along with Catherine Martin, Catherine Knapman, Lucy Fisher and Academy Award® winner Douglas Wick (“Gladiator”). The executive producers are Barrie M. Osborne and Bruce Berman.

Two-time Academy Award®-winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin (“Moulin Rouge!”) also designs with the director. The editors are Jason Ballantine, Matt Villa and Jonathan Redmond, and the director of photography is Simon Duggan.

Luhrmann said, “Fitzgerald loved the movies and was a passionate believer in the power of cinema. “The Great Gatsby” has been adapted for the screen no less than four times. Fitzgerald’s story defies time and geography. The vision and the goal of our remarkable cast and creatives is to do justice to the deftness of Fitzgerald’s telling, and illuminate its big ideas and humanity. This is our challenge and our adventure.”

“The Great Gatsby” is being shot in Luhrmann’s native Australia. The filmmaker stated, “The opportunity to make the film in Australia with the Bazmark creative team is very important to us; the assistance from Screen Australia and the NSW Government has made that possible.”

The film will be distributed in 3D and 2D by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Tina Monzon-Palma Stands Up for Children Who Shoulder Their Parents'' Responsibilities in "Krusada"

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Veteran broadcast journalist Tina Monzon-Palma returns to “Krusada” to champion the welfare of children who are forced to supervise their own households.

Instead of going to school and playing with their friends, Christian Jay and John Mark are compelled to stay at home and look after their siblings.

As the eldest and second eldest children in their respective families, they assume the roles of their parents, who are too occupied with their jobs to take care of their kids.

This Thursday, September 8, in “Krusada,” join Tina, together with Bantay Bata, as she stands up for the rights of kids who have no choice but have their innocence gobbled up by domestic responsibilities.

As a crusader for children’s well-being, Tina believes that children have the right to an adequate amount of play, and more importantly, the access to schooling.

Because it takes more than words to make a stand, listen, take part, and be one with Tina Monzon-Palma’s cause this Thursday, September 8, in “Krusada,” after “Bandila” on ABS-CBN, or catch it earlier at 9:15 pm on DZMM TeleRadyo (SkyCable channel 26).

“The Gangster Squad” Hits the Streets of Los Angeles

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BURBANK, CA, September 7, 2011 – Principal photography began today on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “The Gangster Squad,” starring Oscar® nominees Josh Brolin (“Milk,” “True Grit”) and Ryan Gosling (“Half Nelson,” “Blue Valentine”), Emma Stone (“The Help”) and Academy Award® winner Sean Penn (“Milk,” “Mystic River”), under the direction of Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”).

Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and - if he has his way - every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop…except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart.

Shooting entirely in and around Los Angeles, including in many of the actual locations featured in the story, “The Gangster Squad” is a colorful retelling of events surrounding the LAPD’s efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time. The screenplay is by Will Beall (TV’s “Castle”), based on Paul Lieberman’s series of articles entitled “Tales From the Gangster Squad.” The film is being produced by Dan Lin (“Sherlock Holmes”), Kevin McCormick (upcoming “The Lucky One”) and Michael Tadross (“Arthur”).

“The Gangster Squad” stars Penn as real-life mobster Mickey Cohen; Brolin and Gosling as the LAPD’s Sgt. John O’Mara and Jerry Wooters; and Stone as Grace Faraday, Cohen’s moll and the object of Wooters’ attention.

The movie also stars Robert Patrick (“Flags of Our Fathers”) as Officer Max Kennard, a deadly cop who patrols the Olvera Street beat; Michael Peña (“Battle Los Angeles”) as Kennard’s over-eager sidekick, Navidad Ramirez; Giovanni Ribisi (“Avatar”) as the force’s Conway Keeler, an electronics expert who takes as much pleasure in fixing his son’s bike as he does tinkering with experimental, military-grade equipment; and Anthony Mackie (“The Adjustment Bureau”) as Coleman Harris, a switchblade-wielding cop who proudly patrols one of the most crime-ridden areas of the city.

Joining Fleischer behind the scenes are the director’s regular collaborators, production designer Maher Ahmad and editor Alan Baumgarten (“30 Minutes or Less,” “Zombieland”), as well as Academy Award®-winning director of photography Dion Beebe (“Memoirs of a Geisha”) and Oscar®-nominated costume designer Mary Zophres (“True Grit”).

“The Gangster Squad” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Eric Bana Mentors Teenage Killing Machine in “Hanna”

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Eric Bana stars in Columbia Pictures' gripping, action-thriller “Hanna” as a former CIA agent who raises his 16-year-old daughter (Saoirsie Ronan) to be a cold-hearted killing machine. Directed by Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice”) and also starring Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan, “Hanna” will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta 4 & Greenbelt 3) starting September 21.

Raised by her father in the wilds of Finland, Hanna's upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own. As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.

At the start of the film, the only person Hanna has in her world is Erik, her widowed father. Actor Eric Bana remembers, “The script reminded me of…nothing; I thought, ‘I haven’t seen this film before.’ I loved that this movie has a teenaged girl as the main character; what an exciting opportunity for Saoirse at this age. Joe’s take on the story fascinated me, so I quickly jumped on board.

Hanna has to grow up and take on responsibilities, as her parent relinquishes control,” continues Bana. “I’m a parent myself, and I saw Hanna as a heightened version of every parent’s nightmare of their child going off for the first time.”

Bana was also drawn to his character’s complexities. He notes, “There are very traditional fatherly qualities to Erik; he’s a protector and a teacher. He’s forever been preparing Hanna to survive battles both mental and physical, so he’s also like a cruel drill sergeant with her. Yet, when a parent has done a great job of protecting their child from the world, the harsh realities out there are that much more shocking for the child, and Hanna is in real danger.”

Director Joe Wright has nothing but compliments for Bana. “Eric is a terrific actor and is lovely to be around. He is like a ray of light on the set. He’s hilarious, and would keep me smiling on the coldest days in Finland.”

For his part, Bana praises Wright as having “a great sense of humanity, as a person and in his work. He is able to communicate what the scene is about and what he sees in his head, but I know I will still be surprised along with audiences when I see the finished film.”

Chistine Bersola-Babao, Chiqui Roa-Puno and Amy Perez Engage and Empower Moms Like Them in TV5’s New Morning Show "Kumare Klub"

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TV5’s newest daily morning magazine offering is a spin-off to Sapul sa Singko’s mommy-centric segment Kumare Tips following a very positive feedback from the then segment hosted by Amy Perez and Chiqui Roa-Puno. Joining the magkumare Amy and Chiqui in the newest program under TV5 News and Information Division is the newest addition to Kapatid Network, Chistine Bersola Babao.

Tintin, as what she’s widely-known, has been one of the most prominent faces of morning shows since she started co-anchoring her very first morning show with her real-life husband, broadcaster Julius Babao 15 years ago. A hands-on mom to her kids Antonia and Antonio Francesco, the radio-TV host and children’s book author has been supporting advocacies that champion women’s and children’s welfare and right parenting for moms.

Ever since we launched the segment on Sapul sa Singko, we’ve seen how the viewers, especially mothers who stay at home, patronized every tips Tiyang Amy and Nyora Chiqui deliver in a very light and easy-to-understand manner. They’re watching real mothers themselves who can relate to their daily dealings as manager of household. This prompted the management to produce a standalone show dedicated to mothers,” said Bing Mallari-Maaño, program manager of NEWS5.

And with Amy, Chiqui and Tintin aboard, we are very hopeful that our viewers will embrace our team’s effort to put up a very informative show for moms,” Bing continued.

Every day, the dynamic trio serves the viewers with exciting dishes of information and solutions that will surely become helpful to every household. Together they solve household concerns with very easy steps and using simple and often-overlooked materials and remedies via “Kumare Tips.” Most of the time, the welfare of their family always comes first for mothers. Through “Kumare Chika,” Ate Tintin, Nyora Chiqui and Tiyang Amy will talk to mothers and look after their personal (and sometimes) relationship problems with light-hearted kwentuhan about domestic trends and bits of showbiz intrigues.

Tiyang Amy talks about potential startup businesses and entrepreneurial activities that mothers can engage in via “NegoTyang; while she gives ideas on what’s good for lunch on “Luto na ba, Tiyang?” Meanwhile, Ate Tin gives a daily dose of parenting tips through “Parentin;” while making sure that moms could stay fab even at home on “Fashionistang Mudra.” Nyora Chiqui, on the other hand, teaches mom to stay fit and live healthy one step at a time via “Chiqui-Chiqui Dance” and “Ok ka lang?” Other must-watch segments are cheap and bargain finds “Pasok sa Budget,” “Pera Pera Lang” with Chinkee Tan and “Palengke Watch” with Rhoda Magnaye.

Don’t miss every episode of Kumare Klub from Monday to Friday, 7am to 8am, after Sapul sa Singko on TV5.

Jasmine Curtis Hearts JC de Vera

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Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Anne Curtis' younger sister and TV5's primetime princess has been vocal about her on JC de Vera, her leading man in the upcoming primetime series "Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum".

So how is JC feeling about this admiration from her leading lady?

"Gaya ng sabi ko, magandang kalalabasan non para sa aming dalawa…ang maging open sa isa’t-isa means walang hesitation even sa work."

However, JC said he has no plans of pursuing any romantic relationship with the 17-year-old Kapatid star since he is currently in a romantic relationship with another TV5 talent, Danita Paner.

Incidentally, JC and Jasmine lead the cast of TV5's upcoming TV adaptation of Robin Padilla blockbuster movie "Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum" which is set to premiere on September 12 right after "Bangis".

"Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum" also stars Jay Manalo, Arci Munoz, Rainier Castillo, Empoy, Carlo Aquino, IC Mendoza, Bella Flores, Flora Gasser, Dennis Padilla, Bau Bollinger, Regine Tolentino, Noel Trinidad and Ara Mina.

Albie Casiño Named by Andi Eigenmann as the Father of Her Unborn Baby

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Andi Eigenmann finally speaks of the obvious.

Two months after her untimely pregnancy came out which started the guessing game on who really is the source of that active gamete, Andi finally named the father of her unborn child. Yes, you're guess is as good as the whole nation - no other than her ex-boyfriend Albie Casiño.


On her personal blog "The Good That Won't Come Out Chapter: Deux" at, the young expectant mom wrote as part of her "#welliwasneverreallytheconventionaltype" post on Sunday, September 4:

Maybe instead of feeling bad that Albie left me to take on this responsibility by myself, I should thank him for giving me the opportunity go out and find genuine happiness once again.I'd obviously love for him to be around eventually. You know, to save myself the struggle to find a good way to explain his absence to his child. At the same time, I'd understand. Cus after all, I have no idea who or what kind of a person all the fame and fortune has turned him into now. All I hope is that he's well."

Furthermore, Andi revealed how the father of his unborn child shattered her dreams of a grand wedding and her almost successful career.

I thought, maybe thinking about how my life should be right now, like the freedom and lightness of dreaming of the next wedding of the century, would readily bring me to tears again," Andi said. "Tears of regret in terms of being fully aware of the greatness and success that should have been."

But despite that, Andi said that she remained strong and optimistic, fully accepting the consequences of her action backed with the full support and understanding of his family members.

As soon as I have learned to embrace the fact that instead of having a child at the age of 29, it was blessed upon me as early as now, all those points that would usually bring me to endless tears, have remained to be dreams, STILL highly possible from coming true. This just goes to show that, yes, amidst the lack of maternal instincts and no ounce of being nurturing or maternal whatsoever, I am now undoubtedly ready to raise a child on my own.

"God didn't create us to be immature spoiled brats who have to get everything as planned. Nothing's perfect, but I can assure you one thing: God is awesome and He knows what's best for us, without a doubt. Though not everything may go our way, things will always end up to be just what would keep us happy and contented,"

One day after that revelation, another intriguing message as part of her "#Warning" entry made headlines when Andi said she edited, particularly deleting Albie's name on her previous post, to stop violent reactions from fans who made a big deal out of her revelations. She wrote:

So again, "fans", this blog wasn't created for you to make a big deal out of. This blog should not at all interest those who know who I am due to the fact that they watch me on tv and nothing more. This blog aims to inspire those who want to be inspired. This blog does not need nor care about the idiosyncratic haters. This blog warmly welcomes people who are educated enough to not idolize someone only for its good good looks."

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