ABS-CBN Presents Yearend Special ‘Dos Mil Onse’

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ABS-CBN Presents Yearend Special ‘Dos Mil Onse’


ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs will look back on a year of newsmakers and headliners as it presents the yearend special “Dos Mil Onse” on Saturday, December 31, 10:30 p.m until 11:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 1, 10:15 a.m until 12:15 p.m. on ABS-CBN.

Veteran broadcast journalist Noli de Castro will anchor the rundown, which will tackle events that shook the country and the world in 2011. To be retold are stories about shocking crimes and anomalies and devastating natural calamities like the recent typhoon Sendong, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March, and the series of typhoons in the country. The special will also look into the consequential changes in the local political arena, the PNoy-GMA conflict, financial crises, and as well as the plight of overseas Filipino workers caught in crisis-stricken Middle East.

The yearender will also revisit the heated debates on different social concerns, such as the reproductive health (RH) bill, the divorce bill and the controversial Kulo art exhibit.

But the rundown will not be without lighthearted moments. Also to be featured are inspiring stories such as the Prince William-Kate Middleton wedding, Pope John Paul’s beatification and the legacy of Steve Jobs.

Joining Kabayan Noli de Castro in recapping the biggest news of the year is a roster of esteemed and multi-awarded journalists, which includes Gus Abelgas, Jorge Carino, Dyan Castillejo, Karen Davila, Mario Dumaual, Alvin Elchico, Ted Failon. Lynda Jumilla, Henry Omaga-Diaz, Korina Sanchez, and Anthony Taberna.

Catch “Dos Mil Onse,” the ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs yearend special on ABS-CBN on Saturday, December 31, 10:30 p.m until 11:30 p.m., and on Sunday, January 1, 10:15 p.m until 12:15 p.m.

Sam Milby Covers MEN'S HEALTH Magazine January 2012 Issue

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Sam Milby Covers MEN'S HEALTH Magazine January 2012 Issue


Sam Milby shows off his "to-die-for" abs in the cover of Philippine edition of Men's Health Magazine January 2012 issue.

Aside from Sam, the magazine's first issue in 2012 also features articles like "6 Easy Ways to Look Great," "How to Get Back in Shape: The Head-to-Toe Fitness Plan," "Build ABS that Pop," "Seduce Her in 60 Seconds," and many more.

Men's Health Magazine January 2012 issue is now available at all magazine stands and selected bookstores and supermarkets nationwide.

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Ram Revilla and Janelle Manahan Intimate Video Hits the Web

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Ram Revilla and Janelle Manahan Intimate Video Hits the Web


Murder victim Ram Revilla and his survivor-girlfriend Janelle Manahan has a video scandal that's getting a lot of attention amongst netizens.

The said video which lasted for 1 minute and 37 seconds, showing the two doing their deeds inside a shower room, was personally recorded by Ram as consented by Janelle.

The video which was originally uploaded by unknown source on Facebook and YouTube were deleted for violation of the sites' policies on nudity and sexual content.

However, the said video can still be seen in some other sites. But c'mon, let's better leave the dead rest in peace. And Janelle, let's show her a big of respect and privacy that she truly deserves now.

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Maricel Soriano Snubs MMFF 2011 Best Actress Award

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Maricel Soriano Snubs MMFF 2011 Best Actress Award


Despite its disqualification, Regal Films' entry to this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) "Yesterday Today Tomorrow" brings Maricel Soriano her another Best Actress trophy making her the second actress - next to Superstar Nora Aunor - to received the most number of Best Actress awards in MMFF's 37th year history.

But where is Maria to accept the award?

She and the rest of the movie's cast intentionally snubbed the awards night held on December 28 at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City to show their sympathy to the movie's producer Mother Lily Monteverde who is really disappointed in the MMFF committee's decision to disqualify the movie exactly one day before the awards ceremony.

The family drama movie, as previously reported, was disqualified by the MMFF Executive Committee (Execom) from four major award categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and the Gatpuno Villegas Cultural awards.

The committee ruled that Regal submitted a totally different script and cast as previously approved by the committee compared to the finished product now seen in cinemas.

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MMFF Winners in the Box-Office: Day 3

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MMFF Winners in the Box-Office: Day 3


On the third day of the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Vic Sotto and Ai Ai delas Alas' starrer “Enteng ng Ina Mo” maintains its strong mass appeal as it already raked a total of P91.9-M.

In far second place is Bong Revilla-Marian Rivera's "Panday 2" with P51.5-M, followed by Kris Aquino and Dingdong Dantes' "Segunda Mano" with a gross of P46.9-M.


Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2011
(3rd Day Total Gross Income – Dec. 25 to 27, 2011)

1. Enteng ng Ina Mo – P91.9-M
2. Panday 2 – P51.5-M
3. Segunda Mano – P46.9-M
4. Shake Rattle and Roll 13 – P22.8-M
5. My Househusband – P20.8-M
6. Asiong Salonga – P7.96-M
7. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow – P4.1-M

Total – P245.6 million

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ASAP 2012 Begins this Sunday

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ASAP 2012 Begins this Sunday


Start the new year with the brightest stars of ABS-CBN!

Celebrate the New Year this Sunday, January 1, with the brightest stars of the 2011 PMPC Star Awards Best Musical Variety Show and Golden Screen Awards 2011’s Outstanding Musical Program, “ASAP 2012.”

On its 17th year, “ASAP” welcomes 2012 with a grand showcase of some of the best concert performers in the country namely, Gary Valenciano, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Piolo Pascual, Vina Morales, Christian Bautista, Erik Santos, Angeline Quinto, Jed Madela, Jericho Rosales, Luis Manzano, Toni Gonzaga, Yeng Constantino, Sam Milby, Khalil, Zia Quizon, Kean Cipriano, Bugoy Drilon, Marcelito Pomoy, Jovit Baldivino, ASAP Boys R Boys, Kamikazee; ASAP Supahdancers Maja Salvador, Shaina Magdayao, John Prats, Rayver Cruz, Bugoy Carino, and Georcelle Dapat-Sy.

Find out 2011’s top 10 lists of triumphs, breakthroughs and challenges through the annual “ASAP Diyes is it.’ Get to know the ‘Top 10 Movies of 2011’ from the back-to-back production numbers of box-office royalties Sarah Geronimo, Anne Curtis, Cristine Reyes, and Vice Ganda; ‘Top 10 Pinoy Hits’ with ASAP Sessionistas; and ‘Top 10 Dance Hits of 2011’ with the ASAP Supahdancers.

Also featured this Sunday are “A Mother’s Story” lead stars Pokwang and Xyriel; Kapamilya teen stars Julia Montes, Diego Loyzaga, Kathryn Bernardo, and Enrique Gil; and Primetime Bida teleserye love teams Erich Gonzales and Enchong Dee, Gerald Anderson and Jessy Mendiola, and Kim Chiu and Xian Lim.

Meanwhile, witness another “ASAP” breakthrough with the launch of newest “ASAP 2012” website that presents music and entertainment all in one click!

Don’t dare miss the New Year’s party “ASAP 2012” this Sunday, 12:15nn on ABS-CBN. For updates, photos and to hang out live with the stars at ASAP Chill-Out, simply visit http://asap.abs-cbn.com/, follow @ASAPOFFICIAL on Twitter, or ‘like’ http://facebook.com/asapofficial.

Tyron Perez Death Shocks Showbiz

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Tyron Perez Death Shocks Showbiz


Immediately after it was reported, the death of Kapamilya actor Tyron Perez on Thursday night (read related news HERE) shocks showbiz anew days before the year ends.

As of 11:30 p.m. on the same night, “Tyrone Perez” was the top Twitter trending topic in the Philippines.

The actor's friends from the entertainment industry expressed their grief over his sudden passing.

Here are some of their reactions on Twitter:

Carmela Brosas (@kbrosas): "Oh my....RIP tyrone perez, naka trabaho ko sha sa indie film na metlogs....kami magka eksena lagi kc jowa ko sha sa film. Bait nya! sad :("

Johanna Kiray Celis (@kiraycelis): "Started HAPPY at STAR CITY! But ended SAD, because of the news that TYRONE PEREZ is already DEAD. RIP, TYRONE! We'll miss your kakulitan! :("

Christine Bersola-Babao (@ChristineBBabao): "It's in my timeline: RIP Tyrone Perez. So young,"

Jake Cuenca (@ijakecuenca): "Rip to my old friend tyrone perez... Rest in peace my friend... Condolence to his family."

j aguilar garcia (@chokoleitWITs): "RIP. Had a chance to work with him in the indie film, METLOGS w/ Paolo Ballesteros. Prayers for the eternal peace of his soul."

JM Deguzman (@JM_DeGuzman): "Tyrone ingat."

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Tyrone Perez Dead, Committed Suicide (Updated)

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Tyrone Perez Dead, Committed Suicide (Updated)


Tyrone Perez (or Tyron Perez) is dead. He was 26.

The Kapamilya actor was found lifeless at the back seat of a black Toyota Altis parked along the service road of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Barangay Ugong, Valenzuela on Thursday night, December 29.

According to Senior Superintendent Wilben Mayor of Valenzuela police department, Perez died of a gunshot wound on the right side of his head from a caliber .22 firearm found beside his body.

Although, Perez' gunshot might be self-inflicted, authorities still does not discount the possibility that there is a foul play involved in the actor's death.

However, GMA-7 news reporter Mark Salazar confirmed on his twitter account (@MarkSalazarGMA7) that the actor has indeed committed suicide.

Salazar tweeted:

Young actor Tyrone Perez committed suicide on December 29, 2011. He’s dead. Please pray for his family and friends.”

Perez entered showbiz through the defunct GMA-7 reality-based artista search "Starstruck" in 2003. He also used to be one of German Moreno's co-hosts in Kapuso weekend late night show "Walang Tulugan with the Mastershowman".

Perez, married to a non-showbiz flight attendant, starred in several sexy films like "Pipo: Ang Batang Pro" and "Twilight Dancers".

In 2010, Perez transferred to ABS-CBN and became a member of the station's talent arm Star Magic. He then appeared in several Kapamilya shows like "Momay", "Imortal", Mula Sa Puso" and "Maalaala Mo Kaya".


Just a thought:

Tyrone just like AJ was a Kapamilya actor with the same last name, same year of death, same place where they died (inside a vehicle) and same last TV project - Maaalaala Mo Kaya.

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Tyron Perez Dead - Found Lifeless Inside a Car in Valenzuela

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Tyron Perez Dead - Found Lifeless Inside a Car in Valenzuela


Tyron Perez is dead. He was 26.

The Kapamilya actor was found lifeless at the back seat of a black Toyota Altis parked along the service road of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Barangay Ugong, Valenzuela on Thursday night, December 29.

According to Senior Superintendent Wilben Mayor of Valenzuela police department, Perez died of a gunshot wound on the right side of his head from a caliber .22 firearm found beside his body.

Although, Perez' gunshot might be self-inflicted, authorities still does not discount the possibility that there is a foul play involved in the actor's death.

Tyron

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TV5 Launches the Biggest Reality Programs this 2012

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TV5 Launches the Biggest Reality Programs this 2012


This coming 2012, the Kapatid network is set to turn ‘dreams’ into a ‘reality’ as TV5 ushers the New Year with a formidable line-up of reality programs that promises to shake up Filipinos’ TV viewing experience.

Headlining these new shows is the much awaited and highly anticipated Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Philippines. This touching reality series franchise, originally produced by Endemol, follows the original format of providing home renovations to less fortunate families and communities within the span of seven days. It seems like an impossible task, but with the help of the show’s dedicated design team and kind-hearted volunteers, EM:HE is able to bring a new home and a new hope to the lives of deserving families. For its Philippine debut, the design team will be led and hosted by the country’s “King of Reality TV” Paolo Bediones, who will be joined by Tessa Prieto-Valdez and Divine Lee.

TV5 serves another heartwarming and entertaining reality show in Dancing Nation, a unique and inspiring dance-off competition that unites the whole community toward a common cause. Recognizing the Filipinos’ singing prowess, the network embarks on a nationwide search for true talent in Kanta Pilipinas.

Bringing variety into the mix, TV5 also acquired two big-title reality game shows: The Biggest Game Show in Asia and The Amazing Race Philippines. The Biggest Game Show in Asia will have teams from four South East Asian countries (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Philippines) competing against each other through games and obstacle courses. Hosted by Richard Gomez and Joey de Leon, the show was recently shot at a purpose built production hub in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Fans of The Amazing Race franchise can expect the same level of heart-pumping adventure and thrilling challenges with the all new The Amazing Race Philippines.

Finally, intrigue, drama, and titillating characters will surely spice up your viewing experience with Temptation Island: Dare to Win. Focusing on a group of beautiful young men and women marooned in a beautiful island, this show is inspired by Regal Entertainment’s ‘80s cult classic Temptation Island.

TV5 understands the Filipino viewer and strives to fulfill their aspirations and dreams through this line-up of big reality shows. For 2012, expect only the most amazing and most exciting reality programs that are sure to stir the emotions of Filipinos across the nation.

Vengeance Returns in 3D in “Underworld Awakening”

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Vengeance Returns in 3D in “Underworld Awakening”


For the fourth installment of their mega-hit Underworld franchise, “Underworld Awakening,” the filmmakers have taken the extraordinary risk of reinventing and reinvigorating an already hugely successful, internationally acclaimed property. They have transported their Vampire and Lycan characters into a contemporary, human-dominated world in which they are hunted to near extinction, adding the excitement of cutting edge 3D technology into the mix.

With other commitments pending, including helming the upcoming remake of “Total Recall,” franchise creator Len Wiseman chose not to direct the film, but was on hand as a producer and provided the inspiration for the extraordinary storyline. “Len imagined a scenario where Selene and Michael have created a child,” says Gary Lucchesi, president of Lakeshore Entertainment. “That was the starting point for this movie. It would have been impossible to make such a good movie without Len’s contribution. He was involved in everything from production design to writing the script and casting the film.”

Kate Beckinsale, who starred in the first two installments of the Underworld saga, once again returns as the Vampire Death Dealer Selene, who escapes a lengthy imprisonment to discover that humans have almost successfully eradicated both the Vampire and Lycan clans.

This is a continuation of the story that ended in `Underworld Evolution,'” says David Coatsworth, executive producer of the film. “Putting Selene into the context of a modern world and having her interact with humans is one of the two big new elements. The second is the discovery that she’s the mother of a teenage daughter. It brings a whole new twist to the evolution of Selene and sets up the possibility of continuing on into the future.”




Set 15 years after the conclusion of “Evolution,” “Underworld Awakening” adds new characters and new rules to the story. “I think the hardcore fans are going to find a more action-packed and, to a certain degree, more violent Underworld than they’ve seen before,” says Lucchesi. “Selene’s rougher in this movie than she’s ever been. She’s capable of greater violence. It’s a very strong dramatic story and extremely well-acted. We’ve set a high bar with the earlier films and I think the audience will find this really intriguing.”

The updates take the story out of its mythological past and place it squarely in the world of the science-fiction action thriller. “It doesn’t take place in our past or present or future,” says Richard Wright of Lakeshore. “It takes place in its own version of all three of those temporal periods.

With “Underworld Awakening,” the filmmakers set out to create an all new story that would appeal to both long-time franchise fans and attract the attention of those who have not yet experienced the Underworld saga. “I think that when people who have enjoyed the earlier films come to a new one, there are certain things they expect to see, certain conventions to be adhered to,” says Coatsworth. “But I think they also want something new. That presents a two-fold challenge. We had to be loyal to the rules of the game and also provide a new dimension to the story.

Coatsworth believes the film succeeds on both levels and will be able to stand on its own as an exciting and entertaining film. “You don’t have to have seen any of the other Underworlds to appreciate it. I think a new group of people who enjoy action films and 3D will be a big part of our audience.”

By giving Selene and Michael a daughter, the filmmakers hope to extend the life of the franchise well into the future. “Since both Selene and Eve are immortal, who knows what will happen.” says Wright. “They may be together for a thousand years.”




Opening across the Philippines in January 2012, “Underworld Awakening” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit www.columbiapictures.com.ph to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games.

Fans of Kermit and Gang Unite for Newest “Muppets” Screen Adventure

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Fans of Kermit and Gang Unite for Newest “Muppets” Screen Adventure


Ranging in age from 8 to 80, Muppet fans span the globe. So it makes sense that Disney’s new comedy adventure “The Muppets” was ignited by a Muppet fan. “It started when I was a kid,” says Jason Segel who stars in the film and serves as one of the writers and producers. “The Muppets were my first comic influence and I was in love with puppetry. I just thought it was an amazing art form.

All comedy writers are Muppet fans,” adds co-writer Nicholas Stoller. “It’s the gateway to comedy. It’s like the first thing you try and then you slowly fall down the rabbit hole of comedy.

A film Segel and Stoller previously collaborated on actually set things in motion, says Segel. “We ended ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ with a lavish puppet musical, and The Jim Henson Company designed the puppets. Something started growing in my belly, and Nick and I came up with this idea and pitched it to Disney. Disney liked the idea so we wrote the script.

Enter producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman - each with their own affinity to all things Muppets. “I think there's always been a timeless quality to the Muppets,” says Hoberman, who cites the Muppets’ recent online smash viral video “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “These characters are as contemporary today as they were when Henson first brought them to life. I think people of all ages will respond to them on the big screen.”




Disney’s “The Muppets” will welcome a whole new generation into the world of the Muppets, and director James Bobin can attest to the positive influence these characters can have on young audiences. “I watched the Muppets at a very early age in England, and they have significantly influenced my sense of humor and what I find funny.”

Segel says it’s the Muppets’ sense of humor that differentiates them. “Modern comedy makes jokes at other people’s expense,” he says. “The Muppets never make fun of anybody. They’re all about being good and nice and trying to make the world a better place. It’s easy to get a laugh out of making fun of somebody, but the Muppets never relied on that.”

Influenced by their affinity for Muppet mayhem, filmmakers introduced Walter, a central character who’s driven by his lifelong love of the Muppets. According to Segel, Walter’s wildest fantasy is to meet the Muppets. “Walter is naive, sweet, innocent, wide-eyed—he’s very much like Kermit before Kermit became famous,” says Segel. “But he just wants to belong. He’s looking for a family, really. The Muppets are the only people he’s ever seen who were like him, so his quest is to become one of the Muppets.”

Adds Walter, who is as big a Muppet fan in real life as his character is, “I start out just wanting to meet the Muppets but then have to help Kermit get the gang back together to save Muppet Studios. It’s the role of my lifetime. In fact, it is my life.

Says Kermit, “Walter gets so excited being around the Muppets. I’ve never met anyone like him…except maybe Jason Segel.”




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

Robert Downey Jr. Returns as Sherlock Holmes in “A Game of Shadows”

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Robert Downey Jr. Returns as Sherlock Holmes in “A Game of Shadows”


Robert Downey Jr. returns as the world's smartest detective in Warner Bros.' new action-adventure “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” the highly anticipated sequel to the 2009 hit for which he won a Golden Globe Best Actor Award.

The titular character created by Downey in the first “Sherlock Holmes” had defied convention. Gone were the once-emblematic deerstalker hat, curved pipe and posh British decorum, replaced by a streetwise, bare-knuckled brawler, whose physical prowess was equal to his superlative mind and preternatural powers of perception.

Director Guy Ritchie says, “One of the most important things about the first movie was to get away from the somewhat dustier, if you will, impression of the character that I think many people were expecting. In keeping with Conan Doyle’s original creation, we wanted to access the physicality of Holmes while conveying his intelligence and wit, and Robert brought all that and more to the equation. There were a lot of little nuances going on that added so much to the role. I find it impossible now to imagine anyone else as Sherlock Holmes.”

Downey reciprocates, “I love working with Guy; it’s such a collaborative process and he has a terrific sense of humor that really comes into play here. On this film, there was an element of rediscovering Sherlock Holmes all over again. We wanted to maintain that sense of fun but with even more gravitas.

Robert knew how to get inside Sherlock Holmes’ head—to make him funny and eccentric and yet absolutely believable as the most renowned detective of all time. It was fantastic to watch,” producer Joel Silver remarks.

In the time that has elapsed since the end of the first film, Holmes has been bent on a singular mission, triggered by the revelation that, while he had taken down the evil Lord Blackwood, he had somehow missed an even greater threat. Shrouded in secrecy, Professor James Moriarty (Jared Harris) had been patiently lying in wait to capitalize on Blackwood’s handiwork.

For the sequel, Downey says, “We wanted to maintain the visceral tone that was part of Guy’s original vision, while presenting Holmes with an even more difficult case, one that would challenge his considerable skills.”

Professor Moriarty not only is Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may give him an advantage over the renowned detective.

Downey concludes, “We see the aftereffects of Holmes having been consumed with Moriarty, to the point that he’s clearly kind of ‘nutting up.’ He’s focused on him to the exclusion of everything else, including, quite possibly, his own sanity,” the actor smiles.

Ritchie emphasizes, “Because they are intellectual equals to a degree, there is the sense that this is a game that is stimulating to them both. In this way, they actually need each other, and that idea is authentic to the books. Holmes needs Moriarty as much as Moriarty needs Holmes.”




Opening across the Philippines on Sunday, January 08, 2012, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Dingdong Dantes and Mike Enriquez Hosts "Trending 2011: The GMA News and Public Affairs Yearend Special"

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Dingdong Dantes and Mike Enriquez Hosts "Trending 2011: The GMA News and Public Affairs Yearend Special"


After seven days of online polling through the microsite www.gmanetwork.com/trending2011, this year's top newsmakers are about to be revealed this Saturday, December 31, 2011 in GMA 7's Trending 2011: The GMA News and Public Affairs Yearend Special.

Join veteran journalist Mike Enriquez with special co-host Dingdong Dantes as they host the network's first ever interactive yearend special.

Find out who topped the list according to the public's choice in five different categories: Newsmakers, Shocking Crimes, World News, For the Win (Sports) and Showbiz and the Arts.

In the newsmakers category, the voters chose from six nominees namely: President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Department of Justice Sec. Leila de Lima, Audit Commissioner Heidi Mendoza, former senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and Chief Justice Renato Corona.

On the shocking crimes category, it was the mall shooting incidents and crimes involving celebrities that grabbed headlines in 2011.

Nominees in the world news category include the death of Osama Bin Laden, the execution of Filipinos in China , the Japan tsunami, the Royal Wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William, the death of Muammar Gaddafi and the fall of Hosni Mubarak.

Meanwhile, in the sports category, the public chose among boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, the national football team Philippine Azkals, the courageous Philippine Dragonboat Team or the emerging rugby team Philippine Volcanoes.

In the final category, showbiz and the arts, some of the biggest and hottest news for the year include the controversial "Poleteismo" of Mideo Cruz, Filipina beauties who bagged various beauty titles, the epicserye Amaya, Eat Bulaga's dominance, and Showbiz Breakups are the nominees.

Trending 2011: The GMA News and Public Affairs 2011 Yearend Special will air this Saturday, December 31, 9 p.m., in GMA-7 after Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho.

‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ this 2012!

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‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ this 2012!


The follow-up to the 2008 worldwide hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” New Line Cinema’s “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” takes moviegoers on a fun and fantastic new adventure to parts unknown, a place so remote it has lain hidden for centuries … and, when found, is almost impossible to escape. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Hutcherson and Michael Caine.

A fan of the first film which introduced intrepid young explorer Sean Anderson (Hutcherson) to audiences worldwide, director Brad Peyton says, “I wanted to embrace Sean’s story and advance it, with amazing new landscapes and a fresh set of challenges that will take him further than he’s ever been because he’s not a kid anymore. He’s seventeen now and ready to blaze his own trail in the world. This is his chance to prove he’s not just along for the ride; he’s an explorer in his own right.

Peyton is no stranger to combining action and comedy with a sweep of scale and a dash of the unexpected. Upon seeing the script for “Journey 2,” he says, “I never imagined doing it small. Right away, I knew it had to involve land, sea and air, with creatures, caves, storms, underwater battles and aerial chases, and all of it set against the most incredible, breathtaking terrain. That meant utilizing the latest and best technology, to deliver something special in the 3D realm that ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ helped to establish.”

In 2008 that film broke ground as the first narrative feature to employ the Fusion System, a sophisticated digital 3D camera rig developed by James Cameron and cinematographer Vince Pace, and subsequently used on “Avatar.” Not surprisingly, the “Journey 2” filmmakers returned to the Cameron Pace Group for state-of-the-art strategies and equipment to capture the depth and scope Peyton wanted to achieve in a range of real-world environments.

Dedicated to a full location shoot from the start, the director states, “I felt the actors should have dirt under their feet. I wanted a real jungle, not a green-screen jungle. As the setting for so many spectacular images, it needed that literal grounding.”

The filmmakers also liked the fact that the characters thrown into this tropical paradise-turned-deathtrap must use their wits as well as their reflexes to survive, especially when they discover that plant and animal life there grows by its own rules.

It’s the Island Rule, in fact, also known as Foster’s Rule. Producer Charlotte Huggins explains, “It’s a genuine biogeographic theory, that, over the course of evolution in an isolated environment, large things can become small and small things become large. So a herd of elephants there might look and act exactly like elephants except that they’re miniatures, while butterflies could look and act exactly as butterflies would, except that they’re enormous.”

The downside of such visual wonders would be great carnivorous birds and lizards, some the length of a football field, who see the explorers as their next meal.

Michael Caine, starring as Anderson patriarch Alexander, who made wanderlust the family business and is the catalyst for this latest excursion, acknowledges, “This is no children’s fairy tale. It’s very fast, and the kids are going to have to be smart to keep up.”




Opening in theatres beginning February 2012, “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” is a New Line Cinema presentation, will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Yul Servo on Piolo Pascual and KC Concepcion: Kaya nila yan!

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Yul Servo on Piolo Pascual and KC Concepcion: Kaya nila yan!


Masaya ngayon ang actor-turned-politician na si Yul Servo dahil balik-trabaho siya. Kasama ngayon si Yul sa isang Metro Manila Film Fest entry at aniya, bukod pa rito ay may nakapila siyang acting project sa entablado. “Merong project ngayon sa Tanghalang Pilipino, [isang] stage play naman aarte uli ako sa stage play,” excited niyang sabi. Aniya, magandang pagkakataon ito para muling mahasa ang kanyang acting skill.

Natanong naman si Yul hinggil sa problemang pinagdaraanan ngayon ng kanyang kaibigang si Piolo Pascual. Aniya, umaasa siyang mareresolba ni Piolo ang problema niya with ex-girlfriend KC Concepcion. Nang tanungin siya kung ano ang reaksyon niya nang mabalitaan ang nangyari, ang na sagot ni Yul, “’Di naman natin alam ang [nangyari] eh, sa akin naman, basta ako kayang-kaya nilang dalawa ‘yan.” Kilala rin daw niya si KC dati pa at nababaitan at nagagandahan daw siya sa dalaga.

Sa isyu namang kinukuwestyon ang kasarian ni Piolo, naging prangka ang sagot ni Yul. “Dati na ‘yan eh.” Nang hingan ng mensahe para kay Piolo sa kanyang pinagdadaanan ngayon, anang actor-politician, “Mag-pray lang sila malagpasan nilang dalawa ‘yan.” Dagdag pa ni Yul ang ganitong pangyayari ay hindi maiiwasan at pinagdadaanan talaga ang ganito sa isang relasyon. Inamin din ni Yul na nang malaman niya ang balita ay kinumusta niya ang kaibigang aktor.

Matatandaang dati ay na-link din sina Piolo at Yul pero sa industriya raw ay hindi maiwasan ang mga ganoong pangyayari. “Eh hindi maiiwasang mabigyan ng [kulay] ng iba ‘yan eh. ‘Yun nga magkakaroon ka ng kaibigan, masama pa pala ‘pag ganon. Ganun pa man kayang-kaya niya [ang mga intriga na] ‘yan,” ang positive na sabi ni Yul.

Sa ngayon, bukod sa pagiging konsehal ng Maynila ay binibigyang pansin uli ni Yul ang kanyang pag-aartista at nagpapasalamat siya na may mga offers pa rin sa kanya. Natataon din na ang mga proyekto niya ay mga indie films na magaganda naman ang roles na ibinibigay sa kanya.

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Segunda Mano Movie Fails to Grant Kris Aquino's Christmas Wish

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Segunda Mano Movie Fails to Grant Kris Aquino's Christmas Wish


Kris Aquino, lead star of the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry "Segunda Mano", was very vocal about wishing to get even the second spot in terms of box-office receipt in this year's MMFF.

As early as one week before the film showing, Kris already conceded to Vic Sotto - Ai Ai delas Alas starrer "Enteng ng Ina Mo".

"Aminin na natin, di talaga natin kayang talunin si Bossing at si Friendship. So ang wish ko nalang maging second." as Kris was quoted saying.

But from Day 1 to Day 3 of the official MMFF box office gross receipt as released by MMFF Executive Chairman Francis Tolentino, Kris' movie only fared as third to "Enteng ng Ina Mo" and Bong Revilla's "Panday 2".

1) Enteng ng Ina Mo - P91,892,997.10
2) Ang Panday 2 - P51,527,616.00
3) Segunda Mano - P46,931,780.05
4) Shake Rattle & Roll 13 - P22,756,512.30
5) My Househusband, Ikaw Na! - P20,839,817.10
6) Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story - P7,957,716.50
7) Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow - 4,089,922.50

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From Blockbuster Novel to the Big Screen: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

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From Blockbuster Novel to the Big Screen: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”


Director David Fincher's “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” kicks off the screen adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s blockbuster Millennium Trilogy, the epic series of thrillers that have sold 65,000,000 copies in 46 countries. First published in 2005, shortly after Larsson’s own death, the first novel in the series, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo introduced readers to financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and avenging hacker Lisbeth Salander (played in the film by Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, respectively).

With Salander, Larsson forged a heroine unlike any who had come before in the wide-ranging world of crime thrillers – a punk prodigy whose appearance warns people to stay away, who doesn’t interact “normally” with others, yet whose personal link to those who have been violated lures her into helping Mikael solve the disappearance of young heiress Harriet Vanger. Her pursuit of retribution and her tenuous partnership with Mikael would become the core of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and the two books that followed – The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

Fincher and screenwriter Steven Zaillian aimed at staying true to Larsson’s unflinching focus on the corporate, societal and personal corrosion Mikael and Lisbeth confront as they descend deeper into the question of Harriet Vanger’s vanishing. Zaillian took his inspiration directly from Larsson’s words. “The script was cut whole cloth from the novel,” says Fincher. Faced with the necessity of compacting the first book’s intricate plot, they also honed in on what has made the Millennium novels so alluring to people around the world. “The thing we were interested in most were these two characters, Blomkvist and Salander, who powered the books to be the cultural phenomenon they are,” Fincher says. “There was a lot of juice there, a lot of friction and a lot of dramatic possibility.

Adds Zaillian: “Lisbeth is a great, unusual character, but I think it if the books were only about her, they wouldn’t work as well as they do. It’s the way her story and Blomkvist’s come together, and what they each are going through, that makes the books so resonant.

Fincher and Zaillian had no interest in withholding any grit from the book’s scenes of brutality and revenge. “We were committed to the tack that this is a movie about violence against women, about specific kinds of degradation, and you can’t shy away from that,” Fincher says. “But at the same time you have to walk a razor thin line so that the audience can viscerally feel the need for revenge but also see the power of the ideas being expressed.”

This is precisely what Larsson had achieved with the novels, drawing readers into themes of corrupted power, misogyny, intolerance, fanaticism, globalization, social welfare, justice and judgment through the twists and turns of Mikael and Lisbeth’s renegade investigation. Says Rooney Mara, who won the role of Lisbeth Salander: “I think people are more intrigued by the under-workings of society than they’re willing to admit. They’re interested in the dark secrets people and societies hold. `The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' has that component combined with these two outsider characters people really, really love.

Opening soon across the Philippines, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit http://www.columbiapictures.com.ph for trailers, exclusive content and free downloads. Like us at www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH and join our fan contests.

Sarah Geronimo Dares to be Sexy

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Sarah Geronimo Dares to be Sexy


The new Sarah Geronimo can be seen in the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine Philippines December 2011 issue.

On the cover, Sarah wears a nude stretch dress with black lace overlay by local designer Tina Daniac.

Compared to the "manang" Sarah that we used to know, she now sports a bolder, sexier look.

"We wanted to bring out Sarah's inner Cosmo girl," says editor-in-chief Myrza Sison in an interview with Cosmo TV.

"It's been three years since she was on the cover and she's really grown into a lovely, confident young woman.

"We wanted to capture that."

Fashion director Ana Kalaw figured it would be perfect to show Sarah wearing a variety of sexy dresses, which are also perfect for the month's party-heavy nights.

"We wanted to connote the party atmosphere so we used a lot of fun clothing - a lot of sparkly, colorful, gold, and metallic clothes to bring out that festive feel."

In her magazine interview, Sarah relates, "Gusto ko pong mas maging daring na pero hindi naman yung sobrang skin revealing po. Yung kaya ko lang."

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Asiong Salonga Story Wins Big in MMFF 2011 Awards

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Asiong Salonga Story Wins Big in MMFF 2011 Awards


It might not be as big as "Enteng ng Ina Mo", "Panday 2", "Segunda Mano" and "My Househusband" or not as star-studded as "Yesterday Today Tomorrow" and "Shake Rattle Roll" but "Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story" proved to be the best film in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) when the Jeorge Estregan - Carla Abellana movie brought home most of the awards including Best Picture and Best Director in the recently concluded 37th MMFF Awards night held at Resorts World Manila Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City last night, December 28.

Here is the complete list of winners in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2011:

Best Picture - Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story

2nd Best Picture - Enteng Ng Ina Mo

3rd Best Picture - Shake Rattle & Roll 13

Best Actress - Maricel Soriano (Yesterday Today Tomorrow)

Best Actor - Dingdong Dantes (Segunda Mano)

Best Director - Tikoy Aguiluz (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

Gatpuno Villegas Cultural Award - Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story

Best Screenplay - Roy Iglesias and Ray Ventura (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

Best Story - Chris Martinez and Marlon Rivera ("Rain Rain Go Away," Shake Rattle and Roll 13)

Best Supporting Actress - Eugene Domingo (My Househusband: Ikaw Na!)

Best Supporting Actor - John Regala (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

Best Child Performer - Bugoy Cariño (Shake Rattle and Roll 13)

Gender Sensitivity Award - My Househusband: Ikaw Na!

Best Cinematography - Carlo Mendoza (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

Best Original Theme Song - "La Paloma" by Ely Buendia (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

Best Musical Score - Jerry Lazaten (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

Best Sound Recording - Mike Idioma (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

Best Editing - Jason Canapay and Ryan Orduna (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

Best Production Design - Fritz Siloria, Mona Soriano, and Ronaldo Cadapan (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

Best Visual Effects - Ang Panday 2 (Riot Inc.)

Best Make-Up - Florencia Penero, Niccolo Medina, Jayvee Flores (Enteng Ng Ina Mo)

Best Float - Ang Panday 2


NEW WAVE SECTION

Best Full-Length Film - Pintakasi

Best Actress - Iza Calzado (HIV)

Best Actor - JM de Guzman (Pintakasi)

Gender Sensitivity Award (Full-Length Category) - HIV by Neil Tan

Gender Sensitivity Award (Student Category) - Speechless (Miriam College)

Best Student Film - Payaso

Special Jury Prize - Biyahe Ni Barbie by Kookai Labayen (Dela Salle College of St. Benilde)


SPECIAL AWARDS

Lifetime Achievement Award - Eddie Garcia

Posthumous Award - Lito Calzado

SMDC Most Glamorous Stars - Iza Calzado and Ryan Agoncillo

Male Face of the Night - Richard Gomez

Female Face of the Night - Iza Calzado

Male Celebrity Sexiest Appeal of the Night - Jeorge Estregan, Jr.

Female Celebrity Sexiest Appeal of the Night - Judy Ann Santos

Male Kutis Ganda Award - Ryan Agoncillo

Female Kutis Ganda Award - Ai-Ai delas Alas

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Jason Lee: For the Love of Kids in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked”

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Jason Lee: For the Love of Kids in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked”


Jason Lee reprises his role as Dave Seville with his trademark shout Alviiiin! in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.” In the movie, the beleaguered Dave Seville ( Lee) takes Alvin Simon and Theodore as well as the Chipettes, Brittany Eleanor and Jeanette, on a fabulous vacation via a luxury cruise ship where chaos inevitably ensues.

As the irrepressible Alvin creates mayhem on board, they find themselves ‘chipwrecked’ in a remote island and find themselves embroiled in an exciting and hair-raising adventure.

Lee gained mainstream attention from his string of films starting with “Mallrats” followed by “Chasing Amy,” “Dogma,” “Almost Famous,” “Vanilla Sky,” “Dreamcatcher” and “Enemy of the State” Lee shares in the following q&a on taking the role of Dave Seville for the third time.

Q: Why did you return for a third film?
A: “I am very proud of the franchise and so are my kids. The script was great and this is a fun film. Most of it takes place outside in a jungle, or on a cruise ship, so there’s a lot more scope for exciting things to happen. There is certainly more of a cliffhanger. It is a little bit more mysterious, not scary but more adventurous.”

Q: You look very fit. Have you been working out for the film?
A: “I dropped a lot of weight recently. I started cycling and running and working out a lot and changed my lifestyle and my diet. I quit smoking and started eating well. I turned 40 so I thought it would be a good time to give up all the junk food and get clean and healthy. It feels good; I got into shape after twenty years of smoking and eating whatever I wanted. I have finally become athletic.”

Q: Returning to the film, how has Dave evolved through the films?
A: “I think he’s loosened up a little bit or he likes to think he has. Ultimately he’s a good guy. He still has more to do in terms of becoming a relaxed father, but this time he has to discover what it means to be trusting and know that he does not have to control everything himself. He sees a side of Alvin that he is not expecting. From then on he lightens up quite a bit.”

Q: Would you say Dave is quite a realistic character (although he’s Dad to chipmunks)?
A “He is authentic. Of course in life you sometimes lose your patience to a greater or lesser degree and here we have a little bit of license because of the comedy. Dave is funny. The kids love to see Dave get worked up by these Chipmunks. Though in real life I certainly don’t yell at my kids like he does. But he is constantly being challenged by fatherhood and life. He is trying to be present and trying to be as cool about everything as he can.”

Q: How has your experience as a father contributed to your role as Dave?
A: “Being a dad, I know what it feels like to give lots of love and understanding, but I also know what it feels like to have my buttons pushed. My son is nine now and he’s very mature and intelligent. But there’s a part of me that misses the time when he was a really little kid. So I’m trying to hang on to him being a kid and appreciate the time because it goes by so fast.

Q: How interesting is work for you right now?
A: “I enjoy the variety. I think the idea of being an actor is to work. I used to be really opposed to being on television, but then I did “My Name Is Earl” which was a life changing experience for me. You realize that you’re blessed to be an actor and work and make money so you can support your family and travel and have a good life. I went from being an actor to being a producer too, which involved gaining a lot more knowledge about the filming process; I learned a tremendous amount about acting too. Every time you gain knowledge like that, it creates more confidence. Now I’m here making a film that kids love.”

“Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” opens January 8, Sunday, in Philippine theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

GMA-7 Releases Public Statement on ABS-CBN's False Claims About its Civil Case Against AGB Nielsen, ABS-CBN Answers Back

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GMA-7 Releases Public Statement on ABS-CBN's False Claims About its Civil Case Against AGB Nielsen, ABS-CBN Answers Back


Below public statement received by Showbiznest from GMA Network Corporate Communications Consultant Butch Racquel particularly answers ABS-CBN's false claim about the civil case they filed against AGB Nielsen in which they strongly aims to discredit AGB as a ratings service provider in the media industry.


Read full public statement below:

This refers to the claim perpetually made by ABS-CBN in its ratings press releases regarding the case (docketed as No. Q-07-61665) filed against AGB Nielsen Philippines (AGB) in 2007.

Lifted below is a portion of ABS-CBN’s ratings press release that strongly aims to discredit AGB as a ratings service provider in the media industry.

ABS-CBN shifted to Kantar Media/TNS after filing a case vs. AGB Nielsen Media Research for failing to comply with its request to investigate alleged cheating and data tampering in TV ratings. The case is still pending in court.

This claim was verified to be untrue. The case filed by ABS-CBN against AGB was dismissed by Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Presiding Judge Charito Gonzales on January 7, 2008 for being prematurely filed. The Court likewise denied the Motion for Reconsideration filed by ABS-CBN in an Order dated June 8, 2009.

On January 5, 2010, Atty. Maila Doroteo Santos, Branch Clerk of the Quezon City RTC issued a Certificate of Finality, which confirms the Court’s Decision on the said case as final and executory.

ABS-CBN sought relief from the judgment earlier rendered by filing a Petition on ground that “it did not receive” a copy of the June 8, 2009 Order. RTC Judge Charito Gonzales found the Petition dismissible based on “both substantive and procedural grounds.”

In an Order dated October 27, 2010, Judge Gonzales said that “the ‘incoming pleadings’ document presented by the petitioner’s (ABS-CBN) counsel to prove that it did not receive a copy of the Order dated June 8, 2009, besides being self-serving, cannot be said to faithfully reflect all the pleadings received by petitioner’s counsel.” A return card attached to the records of the case evidenced that the Order was duly received by ABS-CBN’s counsel on June 23, 2009.

Hence, the Court stated that based on procedural ground, it cannot grant ABS-CBN relief from judgment under Rule 38 of the Revised Rules of Court as it was justly given the opportunity to file an appeal but it did not within the prescribed period.

Copies of the Certificate of Finality dated January 5, 2010, and the Orders dated October 27, 2010 and March 21, 2011 are hereby affixed for your further reference.

While ABS-CBN may have business reasons to cite the ratings data of Kantar Media in its ratings releases, we are hoping that you can give credence to the ruling of the Court, which renders the above mentioned civil case as closed/dismissed.

For the interest of your readers, who deserve only truthful information, we request that you reconsider the continued publication of the aforementioned quote lifted from the ABS-CBN releases.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
(Sgd.)
Butch S. Raquel
GMA Consultant for Corporate Communications

Noted by
(Sgd.)
Atty. Lynn P. Delfin
GMA VP for Legal Affairs


When asked for reaction, ABS-CBN Corporate Communications Head Bong Osorio has only this to say:

Why is GMA making a comment when it is not party to this case?"

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‘Velvet Best of 2011 Marathon’ Special Airs on December 31

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‘Velvet Best of 2011 Marathon’ Special Airs on December 31


Velvet (SkyCable Channel 53), the country’s premier general entertainment channel, proudly highlights this year’s best happenings in a marathon special beginning December 31, Saturday, 5:30p.m.

Dubbed as “Velvet Best of 2011 Marathon,” this special block is set to air the grandest red carpet events such as “Will and Kate: Road to the Altar,” “63rd Primetime Emmy Awards,” “2011 Miss Universe Pageant,” “2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” “2011 Teen Choice Awards,” “2011 Elite Model Look: 28th World Finals” and “An Audience with Michael Buble.”

For those who missed the Royal Wedding of the century, TV and radio personality Ryan Seacrest recaps the entire celebration - from the arrivals to the famous guests to the scoop on what’s ahead for the Royal couple - in “Will and Kate: Road To The Altar,” a one-hour post-event special which will be aired once again on December 31, 5:30p.m.

Velvet also looks on its celebration of Primetime TV excellence, as it will air the “63rd Primetime Emmy Awards” also on December 31, 6:30 p.m. Jane Lynch, the woman behind the love-to-be-hated tracksuit-wearing gym teacher Sue Sylvester, hosts the awards night. Also catch some of Velvet’s offerings to be awarded in this event.

Being truly beautiful entails intelligence. This is what Filipina Shamcey Supsup has proven when she was hailed 3rd Runner-up in the 2011 Miss Universe Pageant in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Supsup’s statement in the competition’s Question and Answer portion - that she wouldn’t change her religious beliefs for the sake of romantic love - blew everyone away. Catch this moment again in the much awaited re-airing of the “2011 Miss Universe Pagaent” on December 31, 9p.m.




The landing of the Victoria’s Secret Angels was also a big hit this year. Now, they will sizzle the TV screens again, as Velvet re-airs the “2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” on December 31, 11p.m. This year’s show is a creative interpretation of pure fantasy, divided into five glamorous themes - ballet, superheroes, passion, underwater and turn-of-the-century New Orleans. In each segment, the models emerge with beautiful wings and elaborate costumes to accent the latest collections from Victoria’s Secret. The show will also feature a fun youthful segment highlighting its Club Pink collection, made up of underwear, loungewear and pajamas.

Velvet is also spicing things up with the hippest red carpet Hollywood event of the year. The Teen Choice Awards 2011, which will re-air this January 1, Sunday, 12 a.m. will celebrate the hottest teen icons in film, television, music, sports and fashion. Kaley Cuoco, best known for her starring role in the comedy series “The Big Bang Theory,” rides the surf in to take on hosting duties for this year’s ceremonies. This is the only awards show where the winners - in categories in movies, music and television - are decided based purely on teen votes.

What do Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Gisele Bundchen, Julia Saner and Constance Jablonski have in common? They were all discovered through the Elite Model Look contest! Created in 1983, Elite Model Look is now the most prestigious international modelling contest. A genuine career accelerator, the competition has propelled many aspiring and up-and-coming talents to become international top models. Witness again how models are groomed to be the world’s best in the “2011 Elite Model Look: 28th World Finals” also on January 1, 2 a.m.




Velvet, the home of the biggest red carpet events, is available on SkyCable Platinum, SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and other quality cable operators nationwide. For updates, log-on to http://www.facebook.com/VelvetChannel.

Witness the ‘Miracle’ of Family in ‘Ikaw ay Pag-ibig’

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Witness the ‘Miracle’ of Family in ‘Ikaw ay Pag-ibig’


Top-rating Primetime Bida teleserye of ABS-CBN, “Ikaw ay Pag-ibig” continues to warm the hearts of TV viewers.

“Ikaw ay Pag-ibig” continues to inspires TV viewers with the continuing journey of orphans Nonoy (Zaijan Jaranilla), Angelica (Xyriel Manabat), Edison (Louise Abuel), and Tinay (Mutya Orquia) who are still in search for the parents of the mysterious “Baby Rafa.” After touching the lives of the families they have met, is it now Nonoy’s turn to complete his long lost family? Will Agnes (Dimples Romana) and Mario (Alfred Vargas) finally discover that their missing baby Julius and Nonoy is one and the same child?

Learn the value of sharing, love, and family in “Ikaw ay Pag-ibig,” weeknights on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida after “TV Patrol.” For more updates, log on to https://www.ikawaypagibig.tv/, follow @IkawayPagibig on Twitter, and ‘like’ http://www.facebook.com/IkawayPagibig.

Take a Positive Change this New Year in ‘Wansapanataym’

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Take a Positive Change this New Year in ‘Wansapanataym’


Learn the value of being hardworking and responsible this New Year’s Eve, December 31, via the ‘Happy NEO Year’ episode of “Wansapanataym.”

In the story, a lazy and reckless boy named Janus (Nash Aguas) meets a mysterious old man, ‘Mang Neo’ (Chinggoy Alonzo), who will later be discovered as ‘Year 2011’ personified. Can Janus successfully help Mang Neo reach his destination before New Year comes or will his laziness hinder the ushering of the ‘Happy New Year?’ Sharing the small screen with Aguas and Alonzo are Francis Magundayao, Brenna Pemaflor, Yayo Aguila, Emilio Garcia, and Jojit Lorenzo. It was under the direction of Darnel Joy Villaflor and written by Noreen Capili. Don’t miss another lesson-filled episode of “Wansapanataym” this Saturday night on ABS-CBN after “TV Patrol Weekend.” For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.com or follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter.

MMFF 2011 Awards Winners

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MMFF 2011 Awards Winners


The best of the best in th3 37th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) were recognized in the awards night held on December 28, 2011 at Resorts World Manila Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City.

The only action film entry in this year's MMFF "Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story" received most of the awards. As expected, Regal Entertainment's entry "Yesterday Today Tomorrow" wasn't able to get any of the four major awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, at Gatpuno Villegas Cultural Award) as it gets disqualified as decided by MMFF committee one day before the awards ceremony due to the producer's decision to change the pre-approved cast and storyline of the movie and it is against the rules of the festival.


Here is the complete list of winners in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2011:

Best Picture - Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story

2nd Best Picture - Enteng Ng Ina Mo

3rd Best Picture - Shake Rattle & Roll 13

Best Actress - Maricel Soriano (Yesterday Today Tomorrow)

Best Actor - Dingdong Dantes (Segunda Mano)

Best Director - Tikoy Aguiluz (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

Gatpuno Villegas Cultural Award - Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story

Best Screenplay - Roy Iglesias and Ray Ventura (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

Best Story - Chris Martinez and Marlon Rivera ("Rain Rain Go Away," Shake Rattle and Roll 13)

Best Supporting Actress - Eugene Domingo (My Househusband: Ikaw Na!)

Best Supporting Actor - John Regala (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

Best Child Performer - Bugoy Cariño (Shake Rattle and Roll 13)

Gender Sensitivity Award - My Househusband: Ikaw Na!

Best Cinematography - Carlo Mendoza (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

Best Original Theme Song - "La Paloma" by Ely Buendia (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

Best Musical Score - Jerry Lazaten (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

Best Sound Recording - Mike Idioma (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

Best Editing - Jason Canapay and Ryan Orduna (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

Best Production Design - Fritz Siloria, Mona Soriano, and Ronaldo Cadapan (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

Best Visual Effects - Ang Panday 2 (Riot Inc.)

Best Make-Up - Florencia Penero, Niccolo Medina, Jayvee Flores (Enteng Ng Ina Mo)

Best Float - Ang Panday 2


NEW WAVE SECTION

Best Full-Length Film - Pintakasi

Best Actress - Iza Calzado (HIV)

Best Actor - JM de Guzman (Pintakasi)

Gender Sensitivity Award (Full-Length Category) - HIV by Neil Tan

Gender Sensitivity Award (Student Category) - Speechless (Miriam College)

Best Student Film - Payaso

Special Jury Prize - Biyahe Ni Barbie by Kookai Labayen (Dela Salle College of St. Benilde)


SPECIAL AWARDS

Lifetime Achievement Award - Eddie Garcia

Posthumous Award - Lito Calzado

SMDC Most Glamorous Stars - Iza Calzado and Ryan Agoncillo

Male Face of the Night - Richard Gomez

Female Face of the Night - Iza Calzado

Male Celebrity Sexiest Appeal of the Night - Jeorge Estregan, Jr.

Female Celebrity Sexiest Appeal of the Night - Judy Ann Santos

Male Kutis Ganda Award - Ryan Agoncillo

Female Kutis Ganda Award - Ai-Ai delas Alas

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KC Concepcion to Host "The X Factor Philippines"

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KC Concepcion to Host "The X Factor Philippines"


The search is on for the Philippines' next singing superstar with KC Concepcion hosting the country's biggest and newest singing-reality show "The X Factor Philippines."

Starting January, KC will be visiting different cities like Cebu, Bacolod, Manila, Olongapo, and Batangas for the auditions. "We will start scouting for talented Filipinos who will join and compete to become the next singing superstar. So if you have the X factor or if you believe you have the X factor, then go to the auditions. I will see you there," said KC, who recently renewed her contract with ABS-CBN.

The X Factor Philippines, which will air in the second quarter of 2012, is a singing-reality search open to Filipinos, aged 13 and above, who may audition as solo, duet, or group. KC will be joined by four other judges or mentors in the program. Apart from the show, KC said she is also set to do a drama series, a movie, and join ASAP. She said it is difficult to resist opportunities that come her way and looks forward to her new projects. "I will end this year with a happy heart and start my year with a happy heart," she said.

First introduced in the UK, The X Factor has conquered more than 30 countries as of mid-2011 and produced more than 50 winners around the world, including Melanie Amaro who became the first season winner of The X Factor USA last week.

GMA-7 Releases Statement on Manny V. Pangilinan and GMA Network Buy-Out Negotiation Rumor

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GMA-7 Releases Statement on Manny V. Pangilinan and GMA Network Buy-Out Negotiation Rumor


To refute the rumor going around several social networking sites about TV5 Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan's acquisition of GMA Network (read related article HERE), the Kapuso station releases a statement addressing this concern.

The statement reads:

There is no truth to the rumor going around in social media sites and the internet that Mr. Manny Pangilinan has bought GMA Network. In fact, there is no negotiation going on between GMA and Mr. Pangilinan regarding the latter's acquisition of GMA-7."

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Panday 2 Will be the MMFF 2011 Topgrosser According to Bong Revilla Jr.

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Panday 2 Will be the MMFF 2011 Topgrosser According to Bong Revilla Jr.


Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. is confident that his latest action-fantasy movie "Panday 2," will top the box office at the ongoing 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) according to a report by Crispina Martinez-Belen of Manila Bulletin.

"We outdid 'Panday 1' in all aspects – special effects, animation, casting, location, action," the Senator said.

Carlo J. Caparas, the creator of Panday, likewise sees no reason why it will not attract moviegoers, "I was with them from the day we planned 'Panday 2.' We incorporated with it a sequel, 'Panday 3,'" he said.

The movie, reportedly cost no less than P50 million in production, also stars Marian Rivera, Iza Calzado, Philip Salvador, Eddie Garcia, Alice Dixson, Lucy Torres-Gomez, Rhian Ramos, Kris Bernal, Alden Richards, Barbie Forteza, Joshua Dionisio, Jake Vargas, Bea Binene, Benjie Paras, Robert "Buboy" Villar and Joonee Gamboa.

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Angeline Quinto Joins Pregnant Women in Their Battle Against Unhealthy Pregnancy

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Angeline Quinto Joins Pregnant Women in Their Battle Against Unhealthy Pregnancy


Over 1,500 pregnant women showed up and gained knowledge on reproductive health and pre- and post-natal care at the 9th DZMM Buntis Congress seminars held in different cities in the country this year.

DZMM anchor and OB-gynecologist Dr. Bles Salvador advised the future mothers to undergo a monthly check-up so they can monitor their babies' development and prevent problems during delivery.

Salvador joined experts from the Department of Health (DOH), Commission on Population (COP), Midwives Association of the Philippines (MAP), and National Nutrition Council (NNC) in offering tips and lectures to educate the pregnant women and address the problem of maternal and infant mortality, disability, and complications during pregnancy.

The assembly in Manila held at SM Megamall last May gathered 1,000 pregnant mothers, while the session in Baguio City last October brought together 200 would-be moms. Aside from the 300 pregnant women who attended the congress in Zamboanga City, 150 breastfeeding mothers were also present to support its local government's breastfeeding program.

MAP and DOH-NCR Regional Midwives Supervisor Elizabeth Dumaran, meanwhile, gave guidelines on nutrition and physical activity to ensure the health of the mom and the baby during pregnancy in all areas covered in the Philippines.

City health officers and officials from NNC also taught the participants the importance and fundamentals of breastfeeding, as well as the different techniques they can use.

Meanwhile, Dir. Eric Tayag, assistant secretary of the Department of Health, performed a sample exercise to the tune of "Waka-Waka" in the congress in Manila.

Artists such as "Star Power" grand winner Angeline Quinto, "Pinoy Dream Academy" finalist Liezel Garcia, balladeer Mark Echem, and celebrity mom Christine Bersola-Babao were also present to entertain and encourage the expectant mothers.

Baby bags were given away to all participants, while cash prizes and bedroom, bathroom, and recreation showcases were raffled away in the three assemblies hosted by DZMM anchor Winnie Cordero and the DJs of ABS-CBN's regional radio stations.

DZMM, in partnership with DOH and NNC, has staged the Buntis Congress for the ninth straight year to give guidance to future moms and arm them with knowledge before and after they give birth. It is also the third year that DZMM organized sessions in cities outside Metro Manila.

This year's congress highlighted the importance of breastfeeding as medical studies have proven that it aids the baby's sensory and cognitive development and protects it against infectious and chronic diseases.

Kris Bernal Confirms Breakup with Jay Perillo, Jay Denies Romance with Kris

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Kris Bernal Confirms Breakup with Jay Perillo, Jay Denies Romance with Kris


During the presscon of her MMFF 2011 entry "Panday 2" topbilled by Senator Bong Revilla Jr. and Marian Rivera, Kris Bernal revealed that (although they never admitted that they're in a relationship) she and her now ex-boyfriend Jay Perillo already broken-up.

"We wanted to focus and prioritize our individual careers." was the main reason given by Kris. Adding, "Okay naman, pero nag-decide kami na ngayon siguro, parang lie-low muna. Siguro hindi lang kami nagkakaintindihan kase hindi kami masyadong nagkikita, hindi kami masyadong lumalabas."

Her singer ex-boyfriend Jay, however, denied the split up because they were never together in the first place, but admitted that she and Kris were in a "special relationship".

"I wouldn't say 'break' because there's nothing going on na sinabi namin to begin with. Pero yun nga, since she asked na medyo mag-lie low muna kami. So, yun ang ginawa namin ngayon," Jay said in an interview.

Despite that, Jay wishes to be given another chance with Kris as she sees her as the perfect woman for him.

"Katulad nga nung sinabi ko sa mga past interviews ko, na wala nang ibang magiging perpekto pang babae sa mata ko kundi si Kris. I never loved anybody the way I love her." he said.

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Kim Chiu and Xian Lim Get Married Twice

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Kim Chiu and Xian Lim Get Married Twice


After their secret marriage in China, "My Binondo Girl" characters Jade (Kim Chiu) and Andy (Xian Lim) are forced to get married again in the Philippines to fulfill the condition imposed by Andy's father in order to get Andy's 99% of inheritance and save their business.

Will the fake marriage be a blessing in disguise for Jade and Andy? Don't miss the latest adventures of Jade in "My Binondo Girl," weeknights, after "Budoy" on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on towww.mybinondogirl.abs-cbn.com or follow @my_binondogirl on Twitter and like www.facebook.com/abs.mybinondogirl.

Carmen Soo to Star in HBO Produced Action-Horror Film "Dead Mine"

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Carmen Soo to Star in HBO Produced Action-Horror Film "Dead Mine"


Dead Mine, the landmark co-production by HBO Asia and Infinite Studios, features an international cast and crew.

Directed and co-written by acclaimed British horror director Steven Sheil (Mum & Dad), Dead Mine stars cult Japanese action star Miki Mizuno (Sasori, Guilty of Romance, Bayside Shakedown); British actors Sam Hazeldine (Weekender, BBC's Persuasion); Les Loveday (Mad, Sad & Bad); and Malaysian actress Carmen Soo (Malaysia-Philippines television series A Time for Us, Singapore television series The Pupil).

Further regional cast members include four renowned Indonesian actors Ario Bayu (The Forbidden Door, Rumah Dara (Macabre)); Bang Tigor (Suami Suami Takut Istri, Menculik Miyabi, Lihat Boleh Pegang Jangan); Joe Taslim (Rasa, The Raid); Mike Lewis (Cinta Fitri, Suster Ngesot); and Singapore-based Japanese actor Jimmy T (American Yakuza, Dance Of The Dragon).

Dead Mine also benefits from the involvement of key creative talents such as in-house production designer Ian Bailie, who served as supervising art director on Atonement and Pride and Prejudice; director of photography John Radel ACS, an award-winning Australian cinematographer who has worked on international feature films including Gillian Armstrong's docudrama Unfolding Florence, and The Philosophers; artist Orlando Bassi, who has been based in Bali for fifteen years and has a studio for Prosthetics, Wigmaking and Special Effects, and stunt and action choreography team Action Horizons, who currently operate the WaterWorld show at Universal Studios theme park in Singapore, and have worked on movies such as The Usual Suspects, Air Force One and Killers.


Dead Mine - Synopsis:

The legend of Yamashita's Gold lures a rich amateur treasure hunter and his expert group deep into the Indonesian jungle. Once they find themselves trapped in what is seemingly an abandoned World War II Japanese bunker they face the terrifying reality that the only way out is further in.....

Dead Mine is an English language action-horror feature film shot entirely in Batam, Indonesia, both on location and in Infinite Studios' brand new sound stage facility and is the first-ever original feature film co-production for HBO Asia. It will be given a theatrical release in selected Asian territories followed by exclusive television premieres across the HBO Asia network in 2012.

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