Xian Lim Covers Men’s Health Philippines February 2012 Issue

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Xian Lim Covers Men’s Health Philippines February 2012 Issue


The "hottest" male star of the season Xian Lim is on the cover of Men’s Health Philippines February 2012 issue.

Aside from interesting features about Xian, other topics inside this issue include “Build Instant Muscle,” “Flat Belly Super Foods,” “Sculpt Your Core,” “Laugh Away Fear,” “17 Shuteye Solutions,” “Dress Up to Impress Her,” and more!

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

Grace Lee on Date with President Noynoy: "Abangan na lang kung ano ang sasabihin ni President."

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Grace Lee on Date with President Noynoy: "Abangan na lang kung ano ang sasabihin ni President."


He's might not be here physically. But Mo Twister keeps on rockin' the four corners of politics and showbiz world.

His latest revelation? The date between the 29-year-old TV-host Grace Lee and the 51-year-old President Noynoy Aquino.




Asked about the validity of Mo's tweet? Lee said: "You know the president really has my highest respect. I think it's better to let the President speak on the matter. Tapos pag may kailangan ako i-klaro, sasabihin ko rin. Kaya wag po muna kayo manila sa mga nababasa ninyo...pag yung article na iyon ang sinasabi ay si Grace Lee ang nagsabi. Yung, "according to her" or "she said"...because wala pa akong ni-release na statement and I have never spoken of him publicly yet. So, I think that's the best thing to do now...na sana abangan na lang nila kung ano ang sasabihin ni President."

P-Noy and Lee first met Lee in June last year during the inauguration of the Korea Electric Power Corp. power plant in Cebu, where Lee was a co-host. The news about the most sought-after bachelor in the country being smitten with Lee's charm started since then. While Lee keeps on denying, the President or anyone closest to him keep mum on the issue.

Gabby Concepcion Ex-GF Grace Ibuna Might Face the Court Over Iggy Arroyo's Sudden Death

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Gabby Concepcion Ex-GF Grace Ibuna Might Face the Court Over Iggy Arroyo Sudden Death


Grace Ibuna, the common-law wife of the late Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio "Iggy" Tuason Arroyo Jr. may be sued by Alicia Arroyo, the legal wife of the late lawmaker for allegedly claiming she is the spouse and giving the go-signal to remove the life-support system on their clinically-dead husband.

Lorna Kapunan, Alicia's lawyer, said they are planning to file charges against Ibuna for declaring that she is the legal wife of Iggy.

"To misrepresent that you are the spouse, when in fact you are not, to misrepresent or to actually go ahead and pull the plug, these are all multiple criminal offenses," Kapunan said.

'Mundo Man ay Magunaw' to Replace 'Showtime' Beginning Monday, January 30

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'Mundo Man ay Magunaw' to Replace 'Showtime' Beginning Monday, January 30


Eula Valdez, Empress Schuck, Nikki Gil, and Ejay Falcon topbill the newest drama series of ABS-CBN.

ABS-CBN’s newest Kapamilya Gold drama series, “Mundo Man ay Magunaw” sets the bar higher for afternoon soaps this Monday, January 30, as it presents a compelling family drama featuring a formidable ensemble cast of young and seasoned actors that include Empress, Nikki Gil, Ejay Falcon, Sylvia Sanchez, Allan Paule, Pinky Amador, Jason Gainza, Dianne Medina, Alex Castro Tessie Tomas, and Eula Valdes.

According to Valdes, mothers can surely relate to the story of their new series. “I play the character of a loving mother who would sacrifice everything just to be reunited with her daughters,” she said.

Meanwhile, Empress shares her happiness over her new afternoon soap. “I’ll be playing a more mature role here. I’m a good daughter who is driven to fight for her family and who is willing to do anything to keep her mother happy. Viewers should also watch out for Ms. Eula in the soap because this time, she is not the villainess,” said Empress.

Gil, on the other hand, will give life to a power hungry character whose underlying goal is to gain the acceptance and appreciation of the people she loves. She shared, “As Jennifer La Peña, I will fight to prove that I am the rightful heir of my grandmother.

“Mundo Man ay Magunaw” shares the entwined lives of Olivia (Valdes) and her daughters Sheryl (Empress) and Jennifer (Gil). After 20 years of imprisonment, Olivia is off to restart her life and rebuild the family she never had. Brought together by circumstances, the three women will realize that no matter how big their differences and conflicts are, they still have to reunite to save each other.

Will Olivia be willing to sacrifice everything just to win the love and bring her daughters back to her arms? Will Sheryl and Jenny surpass the tests of love and ambition when they finally discover the truth?

Under the direction of Jeffrey Jeturian and Rechie Del Carmen, don’t miss the drama series dedicated for all loving mothers, “Mundo Man ay Magunaw” premieres on January 30, Monday, 11:30 a.m. on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.com, follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter, or ‘like their Facebook fan page http://www.facebook.com/mundomanaymagunaw.

Lea Salongga, Cloie Syquia Concepcion and Iza Calzado - It’s More Fun in ASAP 2012 this Sunday

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Lea Salongga, Cloie Syquia Concepcion and Iza Calzado - It’s More Fun in ASAP 2012 this Sunday


After their successful grand double celebration of the Chinese New Year in Quirino Grandstand that drew in thousands of fans, “ASAP 2012” continues the fun and entertainment this Sunday, January 29.

A string of grand production numbers from the whole ASAP Kapamilya topbilled by mainstays Gary Valenciano, ZsaZsa Padilla, Sarah Geronimo, Billy Crawford, Luis Manzano, KC Concepcion, Kim Chiu, and Gerald Anderson is what televiewers should expect this Sunday.

Prepare for a roster of surprises this Sunday with the unparalleled ‘SOS’ segment of Sarah; collaboration of Philippine rock icon Bamboo and Pinoy Pride Arnel Pineda; concert treat of Yeng Constantino; new single launch of Jed Madela; and the unforgettable musical extravaganza from Angeline Quinto, Karylle, Christian Bautista, Erik Santos, at ASAP Sessionistas.

Making the party more fun and exciting are the special numbers from Ms. Lea Salongga and John Llyod Cruz; “E-Boy” lead star Bugoy Carino; cast of “Oka2Kat;” and the cast of “Mundo Man Ay Magunaw” to be led by Nikki Gil and Empress. Also witness the heartwarming sendoff to one of ASAP’s well-loved Kapamilya, Sam Milby.

Meanwhile, put on your dancing shoes and groove with ASAP Supahdancers Maja Salvador, Rayver Cruz, Gab Valenciano, Iya Villania, Enchong Dee, Enrique Gil, Jessy Mendiola, and Sam Concepcion. Plus, watch out for the introduction of the newest Kapamilya star who will surely capture everyone’s heart.

Don’t dare miss 2011 PMPC Star Awards Best Musical Variety Show and Golden Screen Awards 2011’s Outstanding Musical Program, “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.

Showtime Bids Madlang People Goodbye

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Showtime Bids Madlang People Goodbye


What began as a search for the country’s most entertaining acts two years ago turned out to be a hit variety program that launched a thousand trends for Filipinos here and abroad.

The show has, in its own way, established itself as its own brand of entertainment thriving on spontaneity and animated conversations. It is more fun in “Showtime” as it keeps churning out popular catchphrases and gimmicks, draws people and barangays together to showcase their talents, and finds thrill and joy in the most mundane situations.

Since it went on air in October 2009, it became a source of the phrases ‘may nagtext,’ ‘party-party,’ ‘Baliwag University,’ and even propelled terms like ‘havey’ and ‘waley’ from obscurity into mainstream use.

‘Madlang people’ and ‘unkabogable,’ probably the past year’s biggest and most enduring words, are now infused into Filipinos’ everyday discussions and get-togethers.

Its immensely well-known ‘sample’ segment also drives celebrities like its hosts Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, Vice Ganda, ‘Kuya’ Kim Atienza, Billy Crawford, Karylle, Jugs Jugueta, and Teddy Corpuz and the numerous actors, entrepreneurs, models, and athletes who served as judges in the show and the ‘madlang people’ out of their comfort zones.

When the crowd starts yelling, “Sample! Sample! Sample!” they should pull out all the stops for a talent exhibition that should be as compelling as possible.

A prominent trendsetter, the program also promoted gimmicks such as the ‘face dance,’ ‘nose-to-nose,’ and the ‘take your shirt off’ portion that became instant hits and endeared by audiences.

The much-anticipated ‘word of the day’ segment also challenges not only the hosts and judges but the ‘madlang people’ to formulate puns of strange-sounding English words.

Amidst its successful run, the show’s hosts remain its true assets. There is never a dull moment what with Vice’s offhand observational humor, Vhong and Billy’s refreshing wit, Anne and Karylle’s undeniable charm, Kuya Kim’s characteristic cleverness, and Jugs and Teddy’s comic quips that all make up for the show’s remarkable appeal. Moreover, it was also in the talent-variety show where the public watched the unfolding of Anne’s wacky side through her often amusing opening chant.

True to the slogan ‘magpasikat,’ “Showtime” has become the public arena in which gifted Filipinos showcase their wide-ranging talents and fulfill their simple wish to be seen on television.

Bringing only the best of Filipino talents, the hit show was the launching pad for dance groups XB Gensan, its Season 1 champion, Laoag Gymnastics Group of Season 2, True Colors of Season 3, and Astig Pinoy of Season 4 that brought collective triumph to the barangays they represent.

Through the show’s ‘barangayan’ aspect, the contestants’ struggles and victory become a shared effort that binds their local communities. As long as the “Showtime” stage is set and ready, there is proof that success is always within reach to those who work hard enough to make their dreams come true.

But through it all, like what they always say "Some good things never last" and so with "Showtime". Just this morning, January 28, the "Showtime" family - from host, dancers, past and present hurados, staff and crew and all the guests that made the show number 1 for the past two years bid madlang people a teary yet wacky goodbye. Because it’s your show and your time, it's “Showtime”.





Up and Coming Australian Actor Alex Russell in “Chronicle”

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Up and Coming Australian Actor Alex Russell in “Chronicle”


A young man flies between the buildings, lifting cars into the air with the power of his mind - based on an original story by director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis, “Chronicle” is the tale of three teens who find a power beyond their imagination, and the struggle they face in learning to control it.

Like so many of us, they’re obsessed with chronicling their lives, however mundane – or in their case, however extraordinary. For Andrew, Matt and Steve have stumbled upon something beyond their – or anyone’s – understanding. They’re now capable of, well, almost anything. They can move objects just by thinking about them, crush cars through force of will. They learn to fly…the ultimate wish fulfillment, until things get dark.

As the story opens, Matt is a cynical, know-it-all, too-cool-to-care teen. But like his two new cohorts, Matt undergoes radical changes after an encounter with a mysterious force leaves him with incredible powers. The two other members of the newly empowered high school trio are Matt’s cousin, Andrew (portrayed by Dane Dehaan), and campus king Steve (Michael B. Jordan). Australian actor Alex Russell reflects on playing the all-American high schooler in the following Q&A:

Q: It's not like a traditional Marvel or DC superhero movie. Was that part of the attraction?
A: You get to do all these incredible action sequences. You get to do superhero stuff, but the characters are so layered. Not to say that isn't always the case, but if there's a superhero movie the prime thing is to sell that aspect of it—the superpowers and the function of a superhero. This is more about characters learning about themselves and developing as people. It's interesting to think about what Matt, Andrew and Steve would have been like if they hadn't had superpowers.

Q: Can you introduce us to Matt, your character?
A: Matt Garetty is in his senior year. He's spent much of his high school life with a “screw you” attitude toward everyone and everything around him. He's had this nihilistic approach, up until recently, all through his high school years. He's intelligent, but he doesn't do well in school because at some stage he turned against the system. Now he's in his senior year and while that's a huge part of him, he does have that desire to want to connect with people again. The arc of Matt's character throughout the film is huge.

Q: Will the handheld element bring something different for audiences?
A: That's what is so exciting about it. The illusion is that characters are holding these cameras and you're seeing stuff that's surreal and amazing. I think bringing those two elements together - that raw style of shooting and these incredible effects - is going to be really unique; especially because it's not the shaky handheld approach. You may have whole scenes where the camera is just sitting there and there's no room for cuts. It's very tricky but also very exciting because people get a feel that they're looking in to a world with that kind of shot.

Q: What do you like about your character?
A: I like that he has a thirst for knowledge. I really like that who he is in the beginning is who he is in the end. Even though a lot of his thirst for knowledge is part of his image, he does have a real desire to expand his thinking. I really like that about him.

Alex Russell graduated from the prestigious NIDA acting program in his native Australia in 2009 and became one of the first of his graduating class to book a leading role in a feature film. “Wasted On The Young” was one of the breakout international hits of the 2010 Toronto Film Festival and led to offers in the shape of independent feature ALMOST KINGS and the upcoming Australian action thriller “Bait 3D.”



“Chronicle” opens February 2 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” Rated R-18 Without Cuts by MTRCB

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“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” Rated R-18 Without Cuts by MTRCB


Pictures' critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” has been approved without cuts by the Movies & Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) with an R-18 rating. This means, only audiences 18-years-old and above may be admitted when it opens in selected theaters on February 1.

“Dragon Tattoo” caused a stir when it was released in the US last December, owing to its dark themes and graphic scenes of sexual assault, violence and nudity.

Last Tuesday, the film earned five Academy Award nominations, notably for Best Actress (Rooney Mara), Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing.

Director David Fincher (“The Social Network”) uncoils the world of author Stieg Larsson’s global blockbuster thriller on the screen in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

Within the story’s labyrinth lie murder, corruption, family secrets and the inner demons of the two unexpected partners chasing the truth of a 40-year-old mystery. Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is a financial reporter determined to restore his honor after being convicted of libel. Engaged by one of Sweden’s wealthiest industrialists, Henrik Vanger (Academy Award® nominee Christopher Plummer), to get to the bottom of the long-ago disappearance of his beloved niece, Harriet – murdered, Vanger believes, by a member of his large family – the journalist heads to a remote island on the frozen Swedish coast, unaware of what awaits him.

At the same time, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), an unusual but ingenious investigator with Milton Security, is hired to do a background check on Blomkvist, a job that ultimately leads to her joining Mikael in his investigation of who killed Harriet Vanger. Though Lisbeth shields herself from a world that has repeatedly betrayed her, her hacking skills and single-minded focus become invaluable. While Mikael goes face-to-face with the tight-lipped Vangers, Lisbeth plies the wired shadows. They begin to trace a chain of homicides from the past into the present, forging a fragile strand of trust even as they are pulled into the most savage currents of modern crime.

Opening across the Philippines on Feb. 1, “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.

Bench 2012 Summer Collection Photos Featuring The Biggest and Hottest Kapamilya and Kapuso Stars

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Bench 2012 Summer Collection Photos

Piolo Pascual



Richard Gutierrez



Dingdong Dantes



Coco Martin



Jake Cuenca



Paulo Avelino

Christian Bautista Deported from Indonesia

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Christian Bautista Deported from Indonesia


Pinoy multi-platinum recording artist and actor Christian Bautista, who is also a well-known personality in other countries in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, was reportedly deported from Indonesia Friday afternoon, January 27, after being held in the immigration office of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport for 2 hours.

According to a news posted at Jakarta Post website, the singer was caught violating immigration rules by using his visiting visa to work.

Christian reportedly arrived in Jakarta on Wednesday, January 25, with a 30-day visiting visa but the immigration office found him holding a concert at Lippo Karawaci, Tangerang on that very same day.

However, Christian's talent management agency STAGES denied the report saying whatever immigration problems encountered by the singer were legally settled. And to further disproved the report, they also revealed that Christian is scheduled to return in Indonesia next month for a Valentine show at Hotel Mulia.

'Legacy' Outshines 'Walang Hanggan'

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'Legacy' Outshines 'Walang Hanggan'


Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from January 24 to 26, 2012 among Mega Manila households (People Ratings):

January 24, Tuesday

Daytime:
1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 11.3%
2. Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin (GMA-7) - 9.3%
3. Chef Boy Lagro Kusina Master (GMA-7) / Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Langit (GMA-7) - 8.3%
4. Kokak (GMA-7) - 7.4%
5. Kapuso Movie Festival: Tunay Na Magkaibigan Walang Iwanan...Peksman (GMA-7) - 5.9%
6. Love You (GMA-7) - 4.6%
7. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 4.4%
8. Angelito Batang Ama (ABS-CBN) - 4.3%
9. Knock Out (GMA-7) - 4.2%
10. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (GMA-7) - 4.1%

Primetime:
1. Legacy (GMA-7) - 13.7%
2. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 13.3%
3. Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) - 12.9%
4. Survivor Philippines Celebrity Doubles Showdown (GMA-7) - 12.7%
5. Budoy (ABS-CBN) - 12.5%
6. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 11.4%
7. Ikaw Ay Pag-ibig (ABS-CBN) - 11.2%
8. Dongyi (GMA-7) - 10.3%
9. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 8.2%
10. Pinoy Big Brother Unlinight (ABS-CBN) - 7.2%

January 25, Wednesday

Daytime:
1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 10.4%
2. Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin (GMA-7) - 8.4%
3. Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Langit (GMA-7) - 7.9%
4. Chef Boy Lagro Kusina Master (GMA-7) - 7.2%
5. Kokak (GMA-7) - 6.9%
6. Kapuso Movie Festival: Laban Kung Laban (GMA-7) - 5.5%
7. Love You (GMA-7) - 5%
8. Knock Out (GMA-7) - 4.5%
9. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 4%
10. Bleach (GMA-7) - 3.9%

Primetime:
1. Survivor Philippines Celebrity Doubles Showdown (GMA-7) - 12.3%
2. Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) - 12%
3. Ikaw Ay Pag-ibig (ABS-CBN) / Legacy (GMA-7) - 11.6%
4. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 11.5%
5. Budoy (ABS-CBN) - 11%
6. Dongyi (GMA-7) - 10.3%
7. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 10.2%
8. Pinoy Big Brother Unlinight (ABS-CBN) - 8.5%
9. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 8.4%
10. Daldalita (GMA-7) - 6.8%

January 26, Thursday

Daytime:
1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 10.8%
2. Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin (GMA-7) - 8.8%
3. Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Langit (GMA-7) - 8.6%
4. Kokak (GMA-7) - 7.5%
5. Chef Boy Lagro Kusina Master (GMA-7) - 7%
6. Kapuso Movie Festival: Anak ng Dagat (GMA-7) - 5.7%
7. Sinetanghali: New Police Story (TV5) - 5.4%
8. Love You (GMA-7) - 5.1%
9. Knock Out (GMA-7) - 4.5%
10. Angelito Batang Ama (ABS-CBN) - 4.1%

Primetime:
1. Legacy (GMA-7) - 12.5%
2. Survivor Philippines Celebrity Doubles Showdown (GMA-7) - 11.4%
3. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 11.3%
4. Ikaw Ay Pag-ibig (ABS-CBN) / Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) - 11.1%
5. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 10.9%
6. Budoy (ABS-CBN) - 10.8%
7. Dongyi (GMA-7) - 10%
8. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 8%
9. Pinoy Big Brother Unlinight (ABS-CBN) - 7.4%
10. Daldalita (GMA-7) - 6.6%

Source: AGB Nielsen Phils.

Sam Concepcion and Elmo Magalona Cover GARAGE Magazine February 2011 Issue

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Sam Concepcion and Elmo Magalona Cover GARAGE Magazine February 2011 Issue


Kapamilya and Kapuso teen pop stars Sam Concepcion and Elmo Magalona cover the "Young Talents" issue of Garage Magazine this February 2011.

Learn the secrets to their successful careers at such an early age! Also, this edition puts your Spring wardrobe in order. Find out which wardrobe essentials and trend must-haves you must be trying out this season.

Grab a copy of the newly-revamped and only style guide for the modern Filipino, Garage!

“City Hunter: The Beginning, A Marathon Special” Airs this Sunday

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“City Hunter: The Beginning, A Marathon Special” Airs this Sunday


Find out why ABS-CBN’s latest offering “City Hunter” became a top trending topic in the microblogging site Twitter when it debuted last Monday.

Relive the action, drama, and adventures of Johnny Lee (Lee Min Ho) and reminisce what triggered him to turn into a vengeful assassin as the biggest and most expensive Koreanovela airs its special pilot week marathon “City Hunter: The Beginning, A Marathon Special” this Sunday, January 29, 10:30 p.m. at Sunday’s Best. Even before the show premiered on ABS-CBN, the series topbilled by Asian superstar Lee Min Ho already has a strong following among Filipino.

Get hooked with the latest Koreanovela craze on primetime, “City Hunter,” airing weekday nights after “Pinoy Big Brother Unlinight” on ABS-CBN.

TV5 Introduces the New Generation of Valiente

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TV5 Introduces the New Generation of Valiente


TV5 opens the year with the return of the biggest and the most successful teleserye ever seen on Philippine TV – Valiente. After two decades of unparalleled viewer patronage, Valiente comes back with a grander cast, a more compelling story and impressive production that will hit the primetime scene this February.

Valiente revolves around the remarkable story of two families, Braganza and Valiente, who whose lives are intertwined in their search for truth and genuine love. Portraying the iconic roles of this historic dramaserye are the new generation of Valiente leads: Kapatid stars JC De Vera, Nadine Samonte, Nina Jose and Oyo Sotto.

JC De Vera will play the role of Gardo Valiente, a young but destitute lad who works for Hacienda Braganza and is a loyal friend to Theo Braganza (Oyo Sotto), a rich and stubborn Braganza heir who has special interests in guns. Maila Braganza (Nadine Samonte), the youngest among the Braganza brood, falls in love with Gardo but her scheming sister Leona Braganza (Nina Jose) will do anything to get in the way of Malia and Gardo’s relationship.




Joining the new generation of Valiente cast are the most-respected and highly acclaimed actors in the industry: Gina Alajar, Jaclyn Jose, Mark Gil, and the original Valiente himself, Michael De Mesa (who is already US-based but has returned to the country specifically to be part of the much-anticipated Valiente comeback).



Watch the biggest and the grandest remake of Valiente, airing soon on TV5 primetime this February.


Valiente - Teaser Trailer:



‘E-Boy’ Premieres on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida this Monday, January 30

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‘E-Boy’ Premieres on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida this Monday, January 30


See the world through the eyes of a child and embark on a new adventure this Monday, January 30, as ABS-CBN presents its newest Primetime Bida series, “E-Boy”, starring MMFF 2011 Best Child Performer Bugoy Cariño in the title role.

Follow the heartwarming story of “E-Boy”, a child robot who was given human characteristics that led him to a journey where he will learn what being human is all about. Through his real-life experiences, he will realize that being human isn’t just about having flesh and blood, but more importantly, it is about being part of a family, building friendships, and loving unconditionally.

Joining Cariño in “E-boy” are seasoned actors Ariel Rivera, Jomari Yllana, Agot Isidro, Valerie Concepcion, Jaime Fabregas, Chinggoy Alonzo, and Pen Medina. It will also star Blythe Gorostiza, Arjo Atazde, Carme Sanchez, Akiko Solon, Bryan Santos, and child stars Maliksi Morales and Deydey Amansec.

“E-Boy” will be directed by FM Reyes and Nick Olanka, the makers of the phenomenal hit series “Lobo” and “Imortal”.





Don’t miss “E-Boy’s” premiere episode this Monday, January 30, after “TV Patrol” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log-on to www.abs-cbn.com or follow abscbndotcom on Twitter.

‘Ikaw ay Pag-ibig’ Fulfills Last Mission on Its Finale this Friday

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‘Ikaw ay Pag-ibig’ Fulfills Last Mission on Its Finale this Friday


Join Kapamilya child wonders Zaijan Jaranilla, Xyriel Manabat, Mutya Orquia, and Louise Abuel on their final mission in finale episode of the top-rating Primetime Bida drama series “Ikaw ay Pag-ibig.”

Witness in the story, how the four kids intertwined by fate will touch each other’s lives. What will prevail in the end–justice or forgiveness? Don’t miss the ending of a story filled with love, “Ikaw ay Pag-ibig,” this Friday, January 27, on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida.

For more updates, log-on to www.abs-cbn.com, follow @IkawayPagibig on Twitter, or ‘like’ http://www.facebook.com/IkawayPagibig.

Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja Joins TV5’s Batibot this January 28

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Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja Joins TV5’s Batibot this January 28


Internationally-renowned Filipina prima ballerina and the first non-Soviet soloist to dance with the historic Kirov Ballet, Lisa Macuja, is featured as the guest story teller in TV5’s most-favorite kids’ show Batibot at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday, January 23.

The prima ballerina also reminisced with the Batibot team about that first time 20 years ago, shortly after her homecoming from Russia, when she was featured in Batibot dancing to an original Batibot song “Umihip Tulad ng Hangin.”

This time, Lisa will narrate an original Batibot story about “Hannah Hippo” an eager ballet student and also tells her own story about growing up and learning to be a professional ballet dancer. The Batibot team is confident Lisa Macuja’s story will be an inspiration to children especially those interested in dance.

Watch out for Batibot’s “Matuto tayo Sumayaw!” episode this Saturday which is about learning to dance and working hard to achieve one’s fullest potentials – in dance and in life! This Saturday’s Batibot dance-themed episode will also feature young kids from Pasay City who are learning ballroom dancing after school and hope to achieve competitive levels.

Join Lisa Macuja and the rest of Batibot cast and characters this Saturday for another exciting episode of Batibot. The show airs weekdays at 9:30am and every Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

Boy Abunda Meets Mark Anthony Barriga - The First Filipino to Qualify for 2012 London Olympics

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Boy Abunda Meets Mark Anthony Barriga - The First Filipino to Qualify for 2012 London Olympics


The first Filipino athlete to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, Mark Anthony Barriga, is the featured personality this Saturday, January 28, in “The Bottomline with Boy Abunda

Unravel Barriga’s story of courage, determination, and success as he paved his way to becoming an Olympian at the age of 18. “Boxing is my childhood dream. It has been a part of my life ever since, that is why I am happy that I now got the chance to fulfill it,” he said.

Despite the growing pressure to bring home the gold, Barriga remained optimistic. He quipped, “The pressure to do well only drives me to work harder. Our country deserves a gold medal and I’m hoping I’d be the one to give Philippines that honor.”

Get to know Barriga better as he shares his opinion about the sport he loves, his co-boxers, and his intense preparation for the 2012 London Olympics. Catch Asian TV Awards’ Best Talk Show for 2011, “The Bottomline with Boy Abunda,” this Saturday night, 11:30pm, after “Banana Split” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.com or follow abscbndotcom on Twitter.

The Day After 9/11 in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

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The Day After 9/11 in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”


One of the most definitive novels about 9/11 becomes one of the year’s most cathartic cinematic experiences as Warner Bros. brings to the screen “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. Directed by Stephen Daldry (“The Reader,” “The Hours”), the film has been nominated for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards.

In 2005 the novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, already renowned for his blend of incisive comedy and tragedy in his debut novel “Everything Is Illuminated,” published his follow-up “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” His second novel was, on the one hand, the playful story of an unusually precocious and sensitive boy who invents fantastical devices, dreams about astrophysics, collects a vast assortment of random facts – and is compelled into a quixotic odyssey through the fabric of New York. At the same time, the novel was the first major literary exploration into the grief of 9/11 families, and a study of how a child’s imagination helps him navigate overwhelming fear and unfathomable loss in the wake of events that no logic could possibly reconcile.

When Stephen Daldry read the book, he was struck most of all by Oskar’s subjective point of view. An unusual child with arrestingly high intelligence yet eccentric and obsessive behaviors that might put him on the autistic spectrum, Oskar describes the world around him with his own particular mix of naiveté and insight, nervousness and boldness, incomprehension and a need to understand. Most of all, Daldry was intrigued by how this POV, just like a child’s imagination, combined random thoughts, flashes of memory, lists of ideas and impromptu fantasies with pure emotion – all at a moment when life has irrevocably changed for Oskar’s family and the world around him.

I found it truly compelling that Jonathan Safran Foer told this story not only from the perspective of a boy enduring unimaginable heartbreak, but a boy who has his own singular view of everything,” says Daldry. “It’s a perspective that is engaging, inventive and emotionally rich.”

Oskar’s very personal experience of September 11th, and what came after, was brought to the fore in a screenplay adaptation by Eric Roth, who wanted to be true to the distinctive immediacy of Foer’s novel. “It’s a very emotional book and I hope it is a very emotional movie,” says Roth. “There’s also a real kinetic energy to the book – and the challenge was to translate that into visual imagery.”

The book wove many themes – of individual and national trauma, of childhood’s strangeness, of the nature of tragedy and the endurance of love through family hardship – into its tapestry. Each of those themes was key to the storytelling, but Roth found his way in through one particular element: the relationship between Oskar and his father, Thomas (Hanks), who is seen in the film entirely through Oskar’s subjective memories, which are in turn fueled by a confusing mixture of love, loss and lingering questions.

Oskar deeply misses his father’s so-called “reconnaissance expeditions,” clever puzzles that Thomas created for Oskar to solve, not only as inspired father-son games but also to help him engage with the world despite his social awkwardness. So when he finds the mysterious key in the bottom of a vase hidden in the dark recesses of his father’s closet, Oskar propels himself into a new mission to ferret out the key’s meaning.

His only clue to the key’s potential origins is the name “Black,” written on the envelope in which he found it, so Oskar dutifully makes an ambitious plan to visit all 472 people named Black in the New York City phone books, even though, according to the math, it will take him three years to do so.

Like many kids with gifted intelligence, high sensory sensitivity and impaired social skills, Oskar thrives on schedules, rules and facts yet his search takes him far from the predictable and the comfortable. But no matter what obstacles stand in his way, Oskar is determined to complete his task.

Oskar is a kid who is different, but in a wonderful way,” notes Roth. “He might have a form of Asperger’s but he also has a great imagination and a real sense of curiosity along with his many fears. For a long time, he was kept afloat very much by his father who enjoyed so many similar things. So now, when Oskar finds his father’s key a year after his death, he believes it has to unlock something – a piece of advice, an object, some wisdom that his father left for him. And it leads him on an adventure that is his way of coming to terms with grief and all sorts of other things.”

As Roth began compacting Foer’s wide-ranging plot and finding the cinematic structure, he found Foer to be a supportive resource. “Jonathan is a wonderful novelist but my ability is to be a good dramatist and bring the work alive on the screen. He really trusted me in that process and we developed a very close and collaborative relationship.”

Adds Stephen Daldry: “Jonathan really understands the difference between a book and a script, and was very helpful. He never once uttered the phrase, ‘Well, in the book…’ He was always open to interpretation and reinvention.”



Opening soon across the Philippines, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

World’s Darkest Hero Rides Again in ‘Ghost Rider’ Sequel

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World’s Darkest Hero Rides Again in ‘Ghost Rider’ Sequel


He fought the curse. Now, a new evil will make Johnny Blaze embrace his power.

This February, the world’s darkest hero rides again in Warner Bros.’ supernatural action-thriller “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.”

Starring Nicolas Cage, the film is directed by Neveldine/Taylor – also known as Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor – who have earned a cult following with their stylish and edgy films, including “Crank” and “Gamer.”

Neveldine explains that the directors were excited to approach their new film for two major reasons. “We were thrilled to have the opportunity to direct a franchise film with Nicolas Cage, and, second, to work with this really cool, edgy, comic book series – I mean, this dude has a flaming skull and kicks major ass,” says Neveldine. “I think the studio wanted to do something edgier with this franchise, so our attitude and style of filmmaking fit perfectly with the tone they were hoping to see. We were all on the same page.”

With a free hand to give the film that edgy tone, the directors could let their imaginations run wild. “The only thing we knew we wanted to keep from the first film was Nick Cage. We wanted to change everything else – the way he looks, the way he dresses, the bike. We wanted souls to be burned and dragged to hell. And lucky for us, the studio said, ‘That’s great; that’s what we were hoping you’d say.’ And that became the start of our process. What we were really going for is a mood, a feeling, an aesthetic – to make him badass.”

That process continued all the way through production, as Neveldine and Taylor employ a kinetic style both in front of and behind the camera, as Cage explains. “The energy of making this film was a different experience,” says the actor. “It’s a much more wild, almost daredevil experience – even the way Mark Neveldine shoots. He’s like a stuntman, risking his life hundreds of times, hanging off of wires or shooting while skating on Rollerblades – he’s a very active, macho filmmaker. Fans are going to be blown away by the photography and Mark, Brian and (Director of Photography) Brandon Trost’s daredevil camerawork.”

Describing their intense set experience, Neveldine says, “At the end of the day, we have to get the performance and the shots, and we’ll get them any way we can. You’ll see us hanging off of cars and shooting on Rollerblades to push the cinematic envelope.”

Where other directors might choose to create the Ghost Rider’s world inside a computer, Neveldine/Taylor capture as much as they can practically. “We use real stunt guys and real motorcycle action – though we did set the guy’s head on fire in the computer afterwards,” says Taylor. “We think it makes for a better, more visceral experience for the viewer if they’re seeing something real.

Editor Brian Berdan, who worked with the directors on Crank, says, “They are so creative; it’s all hand-held and intuitive and not totally planned out. That liveliness of a hand-held camera and someone with the sense of what to do with it makes it all really come to life. It can be a challenge to edit, because you get a ton of footage – some of which makes you initially think, ‘I can’t do anything with this,’ and then the camera will come in at just the right point and you grab exactly what you need!

It’s a style that Cage relishes. “They have this gonzo energy, this wild intensity – they’re both really up for anything. I think I fit into that, too.”

We were excited for our tone and dark humor to leak into the project,” says Neveldine. “At the same time, it was important to keep it grounded and hard-hitting.

Opening across the Philippines on February 16, “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Cloie Syquia Concepcion and Mom Jenny Syquia Sign Contract with Viva

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Cloie Syquia Concepcion and Mom Jenny Syquia Sign Contract with Viva


Mother and daughter Jenny Syquia and Cloie Syquia Skarne signed a three-year management contract with Viva Entertainment on Thursday, January 26 at the Viva office in Tektite Building, Pasig City.

They now joined Gabby, Sharon and KC in the Viva family.

Just like her mom, Cloie's, contract stipulates numerous modeling projects and a possible recording album soon.

"It's very, very fun to be back, and I'm always open to new ideas and thinking about it. Just being here these few days, I realized how much I missed it, how many friends that I had in the business. I just didn't realize how much I missed all my friends here. So, yes... I'd like to come back." Jenny told the press.

17-year-old Cloie, Gabby Concepcion's daughter with former wife Jenny, will be using her dad's last name as her showbiz name.

Iggy Arroyo Dead

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Iggy Arroyo Dead


5th district of Negros Occidental Representative Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo Jr., older brother of former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo died on Thursday, January 27 after suffering from cardiac arrest.

According to FG, his brother died in London after the life support systems were removed from his body. Iggy was earlier reported to be clinically dead after suffering cardiac arrest on Wednesday night.

Happy Yipee Yehey Ends on February 4

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Happy Yipee Yehey Ends on February 4


It is confirmed!

ABS-CBN's daily noontime show "Happy Yipee Yehey" hosted by John Estrada, Randy Santiago, Rico J. Puno, Pokwang, John Prats, Matteo Guidicelli, Melai Cantiveros, Bianca Manalo and Toni Gonzaga will air its final episode on February 4.

The long speculations about the end of "Happy Yipee Yehey" was put to and end by the Kapamilya network through their official statement sent to Showbiznest on Thursday, January 26, which reads:

'Happy Yipee Yehey' (HYY) will have its last episode with the grand finals of its "My Girl" search at the AFP Theater on Saturday, February 4, 2012.

ABS-CBN is very grateful to the HYY hosts and production staff for their hard work and contribution in giving our noontime viewers a "happy, yipee, yehey" experience for the past year.

We also extend our deepest gratitude to our viewers, here in the Philippines and in The Filipino Channel (TFC) markets worldwide, for their support to the program.

The HYY hosts will be given new projects that kapamilyas will surely enjoy."

Bong Osorio,
Head of ABS-CBN
Corporate Communications

Coke to Appoint Happiness President on Its 100th Year in the Philippines, Who Might That Be?

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Coke to Appoint Happiness President on Its 100th Year in the Philippines, Who Might That Be?


In celebration of its 100th year in the Philippines, Coca-Cola, Pinoy's most-loved part of everyday feast will be appointing a President for Happiness.

Pretty exciting, huh!

But who would that be? A famous showbiz personality? A well-known musician? Model? Athlete?

Wait no more as Coke (#CokePH100) reveals the identity of Happiness President this Sunday, January 29, on your favorite TV channels.

And not just that! The world's number 1 softdrink company also prepared big surprises for you to watch out in the days to come.

Oka2kat - Full Trailer

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Oka2kat - Full Trailer


Oka2kat is back!

ABS-CBN's hit weekly paranormal drama from 1997 to 2002 is coming back on primetime TV starting February 4, 2012.

It stars Kapamilya's new breed of future stars like Makisig Morales, Paul Salas, Sue Ann Ramirez, Jane Oineza and Joshua Colet.

Watch the trailer below:


Ellen Adarna and Sam Pinto, Who Copied Who?

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Ellen Adarna and Sam Pinto, Who Copied Who?


It seems like Kapuso sexy star Ellen Adarna is keen on following the footsteps of another Kapuso sexy star Sam Pinto - from gracing the cover of local sexy magazines to product endorsement. Or should I say the other way around?

Sam had 2 FHM covers, Ellen now has 2. And both of them also graced the cover of Total Fitness magazine.

Sam endorses San Mig Light and Ellen is the sexy calendar girl of Tanduay Ice.

Though Ellen had Uno magazine, Sam, on the other hand, named as the sexiest women in the world for 2011. Will Ellen follows suit?




Ellen Adarna - FHM Philippines January 2012




Sam Pinto - FHM Philippines December 2011




Ellen Adarna - FHM Philippines December 2010




Sam Pinto - FHM Philippines July 2010




Ellen Adarna - Total Fitness January 2012




Sam Pinto - Total Fitness October 2010

KC Concepcion on Rogue Magazine Cover: "That's feelings. Emotions."

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KC Concepcion on Rogue Magazine Cover: "That's feelings. Emotions."


KC Concepcion again made headlines. Surely not because of her failed relationship but because people are praising her for her fierce-sexy cover shoot for Rogue magazine January - February issue.

Asked about her inspiration for the cover shoot, KC revealed, "Feelings. Emotions."

Did her mom - the Megastar Sharon Cuneta - approved of the new KC? "She's nervous but she thought it's beautiful." says KC.


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Sya na talaga!

After her much-publicized break-up with Piolo Pascual, what's KC Concepcion up to these days? Mmmm...maybe revenge?

She started it with a well-deserved vacation, a shorter hairdo, a hosting stint for a local TV franchise of internationally well-known talent reality show, and now a "to-die-for" brand new sexy image?

KC proves that she has it and therefore she all-out flaunt it! And so, she is now the sexy cover star of Rogue Magazine January - February 2012 issue.

I like the cover shoot concept which could be of a "if it is a butt that her ex wanted, then it is her butt she will use to get back at him" peg.

And btw, was it her ex's head she's holding? Just asking.

‘Legacy’ Defeated Rival Network’s Programs in Mega Manila

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‘Legacy’ Defeated Rival Network’s Programs in Mega Manila


GMA-7’s glossy-drama masterpiece “Legacy” continues to score higher ratings against its contending programs.

With its remarkable scenes and captivating “LEGACY lines”, the series captures the hearts of televiewers and gets them hooked on every episode.

Based on the Mega Manila overnight ratings gathered by the more widely and recognized TV rating supplier, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement, LEGACY ruled over its counterpart programs.

LEGACY marked a household audience share of 37.7% beating the programs of other channels in its timeslot.



Witness the outpouring of beauty, love, drama and how LEGACY raises the bar of primetime series from Monday to Friday only on GMA Telebabad .

Joey Marquez Walks Out as Judge of ‘My Girl’ Pageant on Happy Yipee Yehey

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Joey Marquez Walks Out as Judge of ‘My Girl’ Pageant on Happy Yipee Yehey


There are only a few weeks left before the much-awaited grand finals of the “My Girl” pageant on “Happy Yipee Yehey.”




The competition among its beautiful and lovely contenders gets fiercer and more intense. The pageant’s judges modeling and beauty expert Jonas Gaffud, Joey Marquez and 2005 Miss International are also having a hard time in evaluating the contestants. In one incident during the pre-finals, Joey and Jonas’ opinions clashed and debated with regards to make-up. This prompted Joey to jokingly walk out from the HYY set. However, at the end of the pre-finals segment, the judges hugged. HYY hosts Randy Santiago, John Estrada and Rico J Puno said that judging a contest like “My Girl” is very critical.




That’s why it’s normal for the judges to have colliding views, especially now that the pageant is getting more intense. For more updates, follow HYY on Twitter, http://twitter.com/#!/hyyofficial.

Spy Against Spy in “This Means War”

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Spy Against Spy in “This Means War”


A certified ensemble of hit filmmakers takes the romantic-action genre a notch higher in “This Means War” starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy where best friends CIA agents and best friends discover that they are dating the same woman which ultimately affects both their professional and personal lives.

Filmmakers director McG whose worldwide hits include “Charlie’s Angels,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” and “Terminator Salvation,” screen scribe Simon Kinberg who penned the incredibly thrilling films “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “”X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Jumper” and “Sherlock Holmes,” and Will Smith as the film’s producer lock forces to create another unprecedented romantic-action-comedy movie in “This Means War.”

In “This Means War,” Reese Witherspoon plays Lauren, a very decisive woman, but in her romantic life she's just a disaster. The man she moved from Atlanta with ended up leaving her, shattering her heart and crushing her spirits. Having been unable to date, her best friend Trish (Chelsea Handler) finally decides to help her to enter the dating world again.

Lauren meets Tuck (Tom Hardy), on a dating website and they have an awkward first date that ends up going really well; then she ends up meeting Chris Pine's character, FDR, in a video store. They're both excited about their new relationships, and there's this great reveal where they show each other a picture of their girl, and it's the same girl bringing up all that territorial male dominance stuff.

Director McG shares on working with his three stars – Reese: “It's never an easy sell to get anybody involved in a movie. Reese is very accomplished, both as an actress - she won an Academy Award - but also as a comedienne. She won the Academy Award for her turn in “Walk The Line” and she's very funny in the Legally Blonde movies. She can do a great many things. The one thing she hadn’t done was be a screen siren and I wanted her to bring that energy to the role. I thought Reese had a certain confidence in me, largely because of what I was able to do with the girls in Charlie's Angels. There was never anything misogynistic or mean spirited in that movie but it was decidedly sexy, with all of the women being very intelligent and powerful. I think everybody knows that Reese is an intelligent, powerful, capable woman. Now let's show the world exactly how sultry she can be when she chooses to be.”

Chris Pine was very entertaining and engaging in Star Trek; he was great in Smokin’ Aces; but it was primarily his turn in the Lieutenant of Inishmore, which is a Martin McDonagh play that played here in Los Angeles that I saw two or three times. He was astounding; his accent was spot on, his physicality, his commitment to the role - he’s infinitely more talented than people could ever imagine, and more clever and considerate. Plus he's different to Tom Hardy, which is what I was looking for: two alpha males who are always interested in finishing first, but who do so in an entirely different way,” director McG says of Pine.

On Tom Hardy: “Tom, and of course he's known for Bronson and his character in Warrior and now he's doing Mad Max. He is so physical and powerful and intense... but he's also got a brilliant mind. Just from speaking to him that he's very kinetic, very clever, that his mind is moving at a thousand miles an hour. There's the broad level the film plays on, but also the more subversive level for those who care to look more closely. I think people need to understand his dimensionalized ability and performance range. He was very game and he's great - I can't imagine anyone other than Tom and Chris for these roles,” concludes the director on working with Reese, Chris and Tom.

Reese, on the other hand sums the director’s works as joyful – “He's wonderful: he's enthusiastic, he's decisive, he knows his shots, he knows what he wants, he knows how to create great action sequences, and he's also hysterically funny– he comes up with witty lines off the top of his head. It was great to work with somebody who's so excited to make a movie instead of hand-wringing and miserable. And it comes out in his movies - they're joyful.


“This Means War” opens February 22 in theaters from 20th Century Fox.

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