Saturday, August 18, 2012

‘Live Life’ on Party Pilipinas this Sunday

‘Live Life’ on Party Pilipinas this Sunday

Filipinos have been through a lot of tragedy-related ordeals in the past week that’s why this Sunday (August 19), the country’s number one concert party will uplift the heavy spirit and put a smile on everyone’s faces with PARTY PILIPINAS: LIVE LIFE!

Step up to a lively and all-original groove as the Sayaw Pilipinas crew showcase the moves inspired by Street Dancers.

Heat up your cold afternoon with the feisty and alluring moves of the Sexy Hataw Girls headlined by Carla Abellana and Ellen Adarna.

The newly christened Princess of Horror Films, Lovi Poe, exudes her provocative side in a song and dance number with her silver screen leading man Benj Alves.

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Grandest Pinoy Talent Showcase this Sunday on ‘ASAP 2012′

Grandest Pinoy Talent Showcase this Sunday on ‘ASAP 2012′

World-class Filipino talent is set to shine this Sunday (August 19) as “ASAP 2012” raises the bar higher with dazzling treats and nonstop powerful performances led by Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Vina Morales, Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga, Sam Milby, Christian Bautista, Cristine Reyes, and Jericho Rosales.

Celebrate the beauty of OPM as Asian Acoustic Sensation Aiza Seguerra kicks off her 25th showbiz anniversary; Erik Santos receives his newest gold record award; and as Kapamilya teen stars Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla launch the “Princess and I” soundtrack, followed by a special surprise for the primetime prince.

Get ready to dance to the beat with the spectacular show-stopping birthday bash of “Kahit Puso’y Masugatan” lead star Iza Calzado.

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Miss World 2012 Winner is Miss China Wen Xia Yu

Miss World 2012 Winner is Miss China Wen Xia Yu

Here are the winners in the recently concluded Miss World 2012 which held in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China:

Miss World 2012 - Top 15 (according to points they earned in various events):

Miss India Vanya Mishra
Miss Mexico Mariana Berumen
Miss Australia Jessica Kahawaty
Miss Jamaica Deanna Robins
Miss China PR Wen Xia Yu
Miss Wales Sophie Moulds
Miss South Sudan Atong Demach
Miss England Charlotte Holmes
Miss Brazil Mariana Notarangelo
Miss Spain Aránzazu Estévez
Miss Philippines Queenierich Rehman
Miss United States Claudine Book
Miss Netherlands Nathalie den Dekker
Miss Indonesia Ines Putri Tjiptadi Chandra
Miss Kenya Shamim Nabil

Read full list of winners HERE.

Enchong Dee Teams Up with Kean Cipriano in ‘Kapamilya Deal or No Deal’

Enchong Dee Teams Up with Kean Cipriano in ‘Kapamilya Deal or No Deal’

Another wild and riot episode awaits viewers of hit game show “Kapamilya Deal or No Deal” this Saturday (Aug 18) as “The Reunion” lead stars Enchong Dee and Kean Cipriano take their shot in bringing home the P2M jackpot.

Unlike previous contestants, Enchong and Kean left their final decision to fate by playing rock-paper-scissors or popularly known as ‘bato bato pick.’ Will luck play along with them? Will they emerge as the first millionaires for this season?

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Charice and Pilita Corrales Tie in Eliminated Acts in The X Factor Philippines

Charice and Pilita Corrales Tie in Eliminated Acts in The X Factor Philippines

Judge-mentors Charice and Pilita Corrales are now tied in having only two contestants as mentees in the competition as the biggest musical event “The X Factor Philippines” trims down the top 12 finalists every week.

Charice was the first to bid goodbye to her mentee Jerrianne Templo from the Girls and just last Sunday (Aug 12) and Pilita also said farewell to one of her mentee from the Over 25s, Mark Mabasa. Mark and all male group Takeoff were at the bottom two last week and the judges were split on their decisions. Since the judges were at deadlock, the public votes sent Mark home who got 3.72% of votes vs Takeoff’s 3.90%.

Ten remaining acts battle it out this week in another intense musical showdown with the theme rock and roll. Be sure to save your favorites from being in the bottom two and vote for them after they all perform on Saturday (Aug 18) night.

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‘AHA!’ Features Amazing Rainy Day Trivia this Sunday

‘AHA!’ Features Amazing Rainy Day Trivia this Sunday

Is Metro Manila really starting to sink because of the continuous rise in flood water level?

As this once unthinkable scenario slowly becomes a common sight during the rainy season, experts offer a number of ideas to address this. This Sunday morning, on GMA-7’s wacky trivia show, join the entire gang of AHA! and discover the many ways Filipinos can possibly benefit from floodwater. Some people are even considering turning a part of Metro Manila into the country’s very own version of Venice!

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Phil and James Younghusband Take Sarah Out on a ‘Soccer Date’

Phil and James Younghusband Take Sarah Out on a ‘Soccer Date’

Popstar Sarah Geronimo is going to showcase her talent in sports this Sunday (August 19) as she bonds with Philippine Azkals brothers James and Phil Younghusband in her solo musical variety show “Sarah G. Live!

Join Sarah in her first-ever soccer experience as she plays on the field with James and Phil in a special ‘Sige Go’ segment. Aside from James and Phil, watch out also for the breathtaking dance showdown of Sarah and Ultimate Showgirl Vina Morales; hair-raising musical spectacle of ‘80s balladeers Richard Reynoso and Chad Borja; and the return of Kapamilya leading man Enchong Dee as the Popstar’s guest co-host.

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Derrick Monasterio Leads the NYC’s Drug Abuse, Prevention and Control Project

Derrick Monasterio Leads the NYC’s Drug Abuse, Prevention and Control Project

GMA Network Tween star and primetime actor Derrick Monasterio formally signed an agreement with the National Youth Commission to be an advocate of the Youth Drug Abuse, Prevention and Control project of the NYC on August 16, 2012.

The State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well-being. It shall inculcate in the youth patriotism and nationalism; and encourage their involvement in public and civic affairs. – 1987 Philippine Constitution

During the contract signing held at the NYC office, Commissioner Earl P. Saavedra shared that Derrick is the perfect choice to be their youth advocate, “We know that Derrick’s character is definitely a good image of a typical Filipino youth. He is an example of somebody who shows to the young how they must conduct themselves. Magaling si Derrick in terms of talent, magaling siya in terms of pakikipaghalubilo. Yun ang gusto natin sa isang kabataang Filipino. May proper appreciation of values and may proper appreciation of the righteousness that they have to bear within themselves.”

Being chosen as the latest youth advocate of the Commission, Derrick will be joining young leaders in different areas in the country in tapping 27.8M youth to inspire them to move away from dangerous drugs. Derrick feels very honored and humbled to be chosen as the country’s youth ambassador, “Feeling ko po nabigyan ako ng napakalaking responsibility at syempre I will do my best para ma-meet yung expectations nila, gagawin ko po ang lahat para makutulong sa pagpapahinto ng mga paggamit ng mga ipinagbabawal na gamot, lalo na sa kabataan.”

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Friday, August 17, 2012

'The Reunion' Earns P10-M on its Opening Day

'The Reunion' Earns P10-M on its Opening Day

Star Cinema latest barkada movie 'The Reunion' is now a certified blockbuster hit.

The movie, which is still showing in theaters nationwide, earned P10-million in box office returns after its first day in theaters nationwide, according to Star Cinema.

Directed by Frasco Mortiz, "The Reunion" premiered in Philippine theaters on Wednesday.

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AGB TV Ratings August 10-14: '24 Oras' is Now the Most-Watched Weekday Primetime Program

AGB TV Ratings August 10-14: '24 Oras' is Now the Most-Watched Weekday Primetime Program

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from August 10 to 14, 2012 among Mega Manila households (Household Ratings):

August 10, Friday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 21.3%
Faithfully (GMA-7) – 19.3%
Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) – 17.4%
Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka? (GMA-7) – 16.8%
Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa (GMA-7) – 15.2%
It Started With A Kiss 2 (GMA-7) – 14.4%
Chef Boy Logro: Kusina Master (GMA-7) – 12.2%
One Piece (GMA-7) – 11.3%
Two Wives (ABS-CBN) – 10.2%
Inuyasha (GMA-7) – 9.5%

Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) – 26.3%
24 Oras (GMA-7) – 24.6%
Makapiling Kang Muli (GMA-7) – 23.7%
Princess And I (ABS-CBN) – 22.5%
Luna Blanca (GMA-7) – 22.4%
One True Love (GMA-7) – 22.2%
TV Patrol 25 (ABS-CBN) – 20.7%
Lorenzo’s Time (ABS-CBN) – 19.1%
Inside Protégé (GMA-7) – 16.8%
Bubble Gang (GMA-7) – 15.9%

August 11, Saturday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 25.7%
Kapuso Movie Festival: Mama’s Boys (GMA-7) – 12.6%
24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) – 10.3%
Kapamilya Blockbusters: Da Best In Da West 2 (ABS-CBN) – 10.1%
Startalk TX (GMA-7) – 8.7%
Together Forever (GMA-7) – 8.5%
The Adventures of Hello Kitty & Friends (GMA-7) / Young Justice (GMA-7) / Bakugan Gundalian Invaders (GMA-7) – 8.2%
Sabado Sineplex: The Bourne Ultimatum (TV5) – 8%
Maynila (GMA-7) / Ben 10 Ultimate Alien (TV5) – 7.8%
Tropang Potchi (GMA-7) / TV Patrol 25 Weekend (ABS-CBN) – 7.5%

Kapuso Movie Night: Cradle 2 The Grave (GMA-7) – 26.9%
Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (GMA-7) – 25.6%
MMK 20 Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) – 19.2%
Wish Ko Lang! Primetime (GMA-7) –18.8%
The X Factor Philippines (ABS-CBN) – 14%
Wansapanataym: Ang Suyod Ni Suh-Yod (ABS-CBN) – 13.4%
Pinoy Adventures (GMA-7) – 12.9%
Tunay Na Buhay (GMA-7) – 10.7%
Toda Max (ABS-CBN) – 9.3%
Kapamilya Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) – 9%

August 12, Sunday

Kapuso Movie Festival: My Bestfriend’s Girlfriend (GMA-7) – 12.5%
Party Pilipinas (GMA-7) – 11.6%
ASAP 2012 (ABS-CBN) – 9.6%
Sunday Sineplex: Kick-Ass (TV5) – 9%
Doraemon Adventures (GMA-7) – 7.5%
Bakugan Gundalian Invaders (GMA-7) / The Buzz (ABS-CBN) – 7.2%
Teen Titans (TV5) / Ben 10 Ultimate Alien (TV5) – 7%
H.O.T. TV (GMA-7) – 6.8%
Matanglawin (ABS-CBN) – 6.6%
Young Justice (GMA-7) / AHA! (GMA-7) / LUV U (ABS-CBN) – 6.4%

Imbestigador (GMA-7) – 18.1%
Ibilib: The Wonders of Horus (GMA-7) – 18%
Kap’s Amazing Stories (GMA-7) – 16.7%
Tweets For My Sweet (GMA-7) – 15.7%
The X Factor Philippines (ABS-CBN) – 15%
Protégé The Battle For The Big Artista Break (GMA-7) / Gandang Gabi Vice (ABS-CBN) – 14.9%
Sarah G Live (ABS-CBN) – 14.4%
Rated K (ABS-CBN) – 14.3%
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (TV5) – 13.2%
Goin’ Bulilit (ABS-CBN) – 11.5%

August 13, Monday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 22.9%
Faithfully (GMA-7) – 19.4%
Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) – 17.5%
Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka? (GMA-7) – 16.7%
Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa (GMA-7) – 16.2%
My Daddy Dearest (GMA-7) – 14.3%
Chef Boy Logro: Kusina Master (GMA-7) – 13.5%
One Piece (GMA-7) – 12%
Face To Face (TV5) – 11%
Inuyasha (GMA-7) – 9.9%

24 Oras (GMA-7) – 27.2%
Makapiling Kang Muli (GMA-7) – 25.1%
Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) – 24.1%
Luna Blanca (GMA-7) – 22.7%
One True Love (GMA-7) – 22.4%
Princess And I (ABS-CBN) – 21%
Lorenzo’s Time (ABS-CBN) – 20.3%
TV Patrol 25 (ABS-CBN) – 20%
Inside Protégé (GMA-7) – 17.1%
Moon Embracing The Sun (GMA-7) – 16.7%

August 14, Tuesday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 21.6%
Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) – 19.9%
Faithfully (GMA-7) – 18.2%
My Daddy Dearest (GMA-7) – 16%
Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka? (GMA-7) – 15.9%
Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa (GMA-7) – 14.9%
Chef Boy Logro: Kusina Master (GMA-7) – 13.4%
Two Wives (ABS-CBN) – 12%
Kapuso Movie Festival: Biboy Banal (GMA-7) – 10.7%
Inuyasha (GMA-7) / One Piece (GMA-7) – 10.5%

24 Oras (GMA-7) – 27%
Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) – 24.3%
Makapiling Kang Muli (GMA-7) – 23.4%
Luna Blanca (GMA-7) – 22.8%
One True Love (GMA-7) – 22.7%
Princess And I (ABS-CBN) – 22.4%
TV Patrol 25 (ABS-CBN) – 21.7%
Lorenzo’s Time (ABS-CBN) – 18.7%
Moon Embracing The Sun (GMA-7) – 17.8%
Lie To Me (GMA-7) – 16.7%

Source: AGB Nielsen Phils.

'Walang Hanggan Volume 2: The Official Soundtrack' Tops Music Sales Charts

'Walang Hanggan Volume 2: The Official Soundtrack' Tops Music Sales Charts

Philippine’s phenomenal TV drama “Walang Hanggan” remains unstoppable in reaping their achievements.

Recently, the 2nd volume of its official soundtrack zoomed to the no.1 spot of the overall top-selling albums in the Philippines. Based on the latest nationwide sales reports of Odyssey Music and Video from July 30 to August 5, “Walang Hanggan Volume 2: The Official Soundtrack” dominated the music sales chart of both local and foreign albums in the country.

Because of the unwavering support of its huge legion of fans, even the repackaged album of “Walang Hanggan Volume 1” clinched a slot in the sales chart as it ranked 2 in the same list of overall top-selling albums.

“Walang Hanggan Volume 2: The Official Soundtrack” features a compilation of the newest theme songs that entwine the stories of well-loved “Walang Hanggan” characters Emily (Dawn Zulueta), Marco (Richard Gomez), Nathan (Paulo Avelino), Katerina (Julia Montes), and Daniel (Coco Martin).

The tracklist includes “Pangako” by Martin Nievera, “Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan” by Christian Bautista, “Iisa Pa Lamang” by Erik Santos, “Sana Maulit Muli” by Aiza Seguerra, “Kahit Isang Saglit” by Juris, and “Hanggang sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan” by Nina.

Meanwhile, after the recent controversial bloody fight scene between the characters of Coco and Paulo last night which garnered 37.8% nationwide rating, “Walang Hanggan” fans will surely be more thrilled with the shocking explosive revelations of the phenomenal TV drama series. Will Daniel finally win Katerina back from Nathan? Or do the Montenegros have more wicked plans for him and his parents Emily and Marco?

To thank their fans for their continuing support, “Walang Hanggan” stars Coco and Julia are heading to Davao this Saturday, August 18, together with Bryan Termulo to meet and greet their Davaoeño fans in NCCC Mall Activity Center, Davao City at 5pm.

Don’t miss the phenomenal TV drama “Walang Hanggan,” weeknights, after “Princess and I” on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida. For more updates, log-on to, ‘like’, or follow @walanghanggan_ on Twitter.

Shia LaBeouf Stars in True Crime Thriller “Lawless”

Shia LaBeouf Stars in True Crime Thriller “Lawless”

Acclaimed director John Hillcoat (“The Road”) delivers a thrillingly vivid slice of American outlaw history in The Weinstein Company's critically-applauded epic gangster tale, “Lawless.” The film will be shown soon exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma).

An official competition entry in last May's Cannes Film Festival, “Lawless” is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: three bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. Based on author Matt Bondurant’s fictionalized account of his family, The Wettest County in the World, the film gathers an ensemble of gifted, dynamic new-generation stars – Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan – alongside two of the finest actors of their generations, Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman.

A riveting, intense story of crime and corruption, loyalty and love, brutality and tenderness, “Lawless” is a rich addition to the American gangster canon.

In the mountains of Franklin County, Virginia, the Bondurant brothers are the stuff of legend. The eldest, Howard (Clarke), managed to survive the carnage of the Great War, but he returned home unmoored by what he had seen and done. His brother Forrest (Hardy) nearly died from the Spanish Flu that took his parents. He beat back death with a quiet strength and ferocious, visceral invincibility that came to define him. Jack (LaBeouf) is the youngest sibling, impressionable, sensitive, smart.

Times are tough and jobs are scarce, but the Bondurants are entrepreneurs and have built a thriving local business by concocting an intense and popular brand of moonshine. But Franklin County’s bootlegging days are about to end with the arrival of Special Deputy Charlie Rakes (Pearce) from Chicago. The new “law” Rakes brings is lethal and corrupt and will challenge everything the brothers have built and represent. But while the rest of the county gives in to Rakes’ ruthless crackdown, the Bondurants will bow to no one.

As the family rallies to fight Rakes, the fraternal dynamic shifts. Jack’s ambitions and enterprises alter the balance of power between the brothers as he careens into manhood.

The lives of the Bondurants are soon complicated by the appearance of two beautiful women: the exotic, steadfast Maggie (Chastain), who brings a secret past with her and catches the eye of the guarded Forrest - and the quiet, pious Bertha (Wasikowska), who slowly warms to Jack’s charms and channels her own rebellious streak.

Jack’s confidence however soon trumps his good sense, and the consequences will test the brothers’ loyalty and endangers them all. Determined to do whatever is necessary to fight for what is theirs, the Bondurants take up arms and confront the corrupt forces of the law in a faceoff to determine who controls the wettest county in the world.

'Disney Live! Mickey's Rockin' Road Show' Stars Mickey Mouse and Friends in Hilarious, High-Energy Adventure

'Disney Live! Mickey's Rockin' Road Show' Stars Mickey Mouse and Friends in Hilarious, High-Energy Adventure

Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show, Feld Entertainment’s all-new live stage production starring Mickey Mouse in a fun-filled road trip and talent search adventure, performs at Smart Araneta Coliseum from September 15 to 15, 2012!

Spotlighting favorite Disney characters such as the ever-lovable Tigger; Cinderella and her comical stepsisters; and Buzz Lightyear, Woody and friends from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story; Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show unfolds through an original, laugh-out-loud storyline that whisks audiences away on a wacky journey.

Produced by Kenneth Feld and Alana Feld, the show revolves around a one-of-a-kind, unpredictable road trip as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald spontaneously attempt to round up amazing acts for their talent show. Thanks to Mickey’s fantastical bus, they are able to soar over mountains and plunge underwater to complete their search for performers. Through the incorporation of a giant video screen and multiple scenic projection panels, audiences are able to enjoy a truly visual experience as the scenic backdrop takes them through country hillsides, a cactus-filled desert, a royal village and other picturesque locales.

What really sets Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show apart is that it incorporates classic Disney characters into a set of silly ‘cartoon rules’ where anything can happen and fun knows no boundaries,” says Producer Kenneth Feld. “Families get to create lasting memories as they embark on a thrilling, high-energy, theatrical excursion with their favorite Disney friends, right in their hometown.”

Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show spotlights beloved characters performing a variety of talents as they sing and dance to a mix of hip Disney tunes. Audiences can join Cinderella as she performs “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”; hoot and holler at a hoedown with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; and bounce along with Tigger to “The Whoop-De-Dooper Bounce.”

As Mickey and his pals team up to put on their show,” says Producer Alana Feld, “the audience will experience all the excitement, humor, hijinks and spontaneity inherent in both road trips and talent shows. They will be reminded of the fun that ensues when friends work together.”

For more details about Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show, visit or call Vivre Fort Entertainment at (02) 470-6956. Tickets are available in all TicketNet outlets and can also be purchased online at

Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show is presented to you by Vivre Fort Entertainment, Araneta Center, Fox International Channels, Guess Kids and ABS-CBN. In cooperation with Citibank, Smart Araneta Coliseum, Gateway Cineplex 10, Alimall Cineplex 4, Holiday Inn Manila Galleria, Businessworld, Junior Inquirer,, Philippine Star, Mellow 94.7, 97.9 Home Radio and Monster Radio RX 93.1.


Mark Herras Shares Fun with Caritas Manila's Kids Through GMA G.I.V.E.S.

Mark Herras Shares Fun with Caritas Manila's Kids Through GMA G.I.V.E.S.

Kapuso dancing heartthrob, Mark Herras, delights kids at GMA volunteer event.

Kapuso star Mark Herras brightened up the day of Caritas Manila’s beneficiaries when he graced GMA G.I.V.E.S. (Guide, Interact, Volunteer, Educate, Serve) 2nd Salu-Salo Together, a gathering of the Network’s volunteer employees held recently.

The event, spearheaded by GMA Corporate Affairs, aims to strengthen volunteerism among the Network’s employees. GMA G.I.V.E.S. members and GMA Kapuso Foundation donated school bags with school supplies to the kids.

Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz and Other Kapamilya Stars Join Davao in Kadayawan Festival

Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz and Other Kapamilya Stars Join Davao in Kadayawan Festival

ABS-CBN’s biggest stars fly to Davao for the Kadayawan Festival for a 3-day visit beginning August 17 to August 19.

To begin the weekend-long celebration, Kim Chiu and Maja Salvador join the feast at the Gaisano Mall Davao for the “Salamat Kapamilya” on August 17. “To all Davaoeños, we have a lot of surprises in store for you, so please come and join us,” said Kim.

Next stop will be at the SM City Open Parking C in August 18 where the stars of the leading daytime show, “Be Careful With My Heart”, Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap add sweetness to the fun-filled event. Aside from Jodi and Papa Chen, hunk actors Piolo Pascual and Gerald Anderson visit for the “Kapamilya Karavan”.

John Lloyd Cruz won’t miss riding on the Kadayawan Floral Float Parade with Angelica Panganiban and Maja on the third day, August 19. Don’t miss your favorite stars at the Kadayawan Festival this weekend. Keep tuned in on ABS-CBN for details.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Zoren Legaspi Joins Carmina Villaroel in ABS-CBN's Showbiz Inside Report

Zoren Legaspi Joins Carmina Villaroel in ABS-CBN's Showbiz Inside Report

For the first time, Carmina Villarroel’s long-time partner Zoren Legaspi will be seen in ABS-CBN’s trending talkshow Showbiz Inside Report for Carmina’s special birthday interview this Saturday, August 18.

In the said episode, Carmina and Zoren will share the different trials and triumphs when they started their relationship and now as a family with their twins Mavy and Cassy.

Don’t miss the never-before-heard revelations of showbiz’s much-admired celebrity couple and celebrate Carmina’s birthday in Showbiz Inside Report, 2:30pm, after It’s Showtime on ABS-CBN.

GMA Network Wins Six Trophies at NAMIC Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards

GMA Network Wins Six Trophies at NAMIC Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards

GMA Network, Inc. (GMA), through its international business unit, was once again recognized by the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) after winning six EMMAs (Excellence in Multi-Cultural Marketing Awards) for its highly innovative international marketing tactics.

This is by far the most number of awards won by GMA compared to previous years, and the first time that it earned two first place recognitions in its long history of winning in NAMIC.

We have been recognized by NAMIC almost every year since GMA Pinoy TV was launched in 2005,” said GMA International Vice President and Head of Operations Joseph T. Francia. “It is worth noting that the awards we received this year honor different tactics in our integrated marketing mix covering the gamut of our 360-degree approach to reaching our existing and potential subscribers, from our digital initiatives to more traditional schemes."

The “Support Manny Pacquiao” online campaign for the boxing hero’s most recent fight against Juan Manuel Marquez was awarded first place in the Digital Category. The campaign was recognized for effectively engaging Filipinos living in the US, Asia-Pacific and Middle East to send in messages for Pacquiao via GMA’s citizen journalism tool, YouScoop. Highlighting Pinoy pride, these messages were later aired over GMA’s international channels.

The GMA International magazine dubbed as Kapuso Abroad (KA), meanwhile, won first place in the Grassroots category. KA is dedicated to making Filipinos living abroad feel closer to home by providing them with relevant and entertaining information about their favorite Kapuso programs and personalities. The magazine is circulated worldwide and the increasing demand for KA prompted GMA to create a digital version of the magazine in order to reach more Filipinos globally.

Winning third place in the Experiential Marketing category is the Eat Bulaga Live in San Francisco show held last March 30. Being the country’s longest running, most awarded and most influential noontime show, bringing Eat Bulaga to the U.S. allowed Filipino-Americans to experience the classic brand of Pinoy entertainment that only a show like EB can offer. The event gathered over 6,000 attendees from Filipino-American communities in San Francisco and Northern California, and significantly increased the subscription base of GMA Pinoy TV.

GMA also won third place in the Diversity Awareness category for its participation in The Outstanding Filipino Americans (TOFA) awards. TOFA honors Filipino-Americans who have helped uplift the Filipino-American community through their outstanding achievements in their chosen profession. GMA leveraged on this opportunity to celebrate the excellence of the Filipino race by providing media mileage and trophies to all awardees. GMA was able to connect with more than 14,000 voters of TOFA via Facebook and reached out to around 300 attendees from various Filipino-American communities.

Meanwhile, GMA’s environment-friendly non-woven bags won third place in the Premium category. These fully functional, eco-friendly bags represent the Network’s active participation in Corporate Social Responsibility and environmental protection. The bags are always a sought-after premium during events and marketing activities stimulating brand recall. They also resonate well with subscriber cities like San Francisco that aggressively promote the use of reusable shopping bags.

Finally, the one-minute free advertising offering “Pinoy Inbox,” which ran from June 2010 to May 2011, finished third place in the Television category. This marketing tactic was built in the hopes of building affinity with GMA Pinoy TV subscribers. This proved to be successful as subscribers continue to pour in giving birth to its spin-off, “Pinoy Photobox.”

This is a fitting reward for our hard work especially as we celebrate our 7th anniversary this year,” said Francia. “These awards are a validation of our efforts to innovate and be more creative in our marketing efforts, and to be even more relevant in today's highly competitive, fast-evolving pay-television landscape. We are truly honoured to receive these recognitions from a prestigious organization such as NAMIC,” he added.

NAMIC is an international organization that recognizes superior multicultural marketing practices in the cable industry. Established in 1980 as non-profit trade organization, it has over 2,700 professionals belonging to a network of 16 chapters worldwide. The awarding of winners will take place on September 11 and 12 at HiltonNew York.

GMA’s international unit oversees the distribution overseas of flagship channel GMA Pinoy TV, as well as GMA Life TV, GMA News TV International, DZBB and DWLS. To-date, the channels reach over 2 million viewers on various pay-TV platforms in 90 countries worldwide.

Angeline Quinto 'Bakit Ba Minamahal Kita' Music Video Featuring Slater Young

Angeline Quinto 'Bakit Ba Minamahal Kita' Music Video Featuring Slater Young

Here is the music video for Angeline Quinto's song 'Bakit Ba Minamahal Kita' from her sophomore album, Fall In Love Again under Star Records.

The video which already more than 50,000 hits on YouTube features PBB Big Winner Slater Young.

Christian Bautista Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Showbiz with ‘X Class’ Concert

Christian Bautista Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Showbiz with ‘X Class’ Concert

The secret to Christian Bautista’s success is his constant evolution throughout his 10-year-old singing career. From the lanky, Josh Groban-like singing search contestant, he has evolved into the country’s biggest Asiansation.

Christian’s 10th anniversary concert X Class, October 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at the Meralco Theater, spares no cent to ensure that the public experience a totally different musical experience – from changing sets to jaw-dropping technology to beautiful music and amazing performances. This concert also celebrates his birthday month.

This concert will be so different from all the other concerts I’ve done before,” says Christian. “I am so excited for this concert because this will be so big and different.”

For tickets, call Ticketworld at 891-9999.

'Toda Max' Lead Stars Extend Assistance to Flood Victims

'Toda Max' Lead Stars Extend Assistance to Flood Victims

No gust of wind or rainfall is strong and heavy enough for our Kapamilya stars. They went out of their way to help the victims of the calamity that struck the nation last week. Some of these stars were “Toda Max” lead-stars Robin Padilla, Angel Locsin and Pokwang.

While ‘Habagat’ hammered the country, Angel Locsin, with boyfriend Phil Younghusband, rushed to the supermarket to buy goods for the victims. According to the young actress, “I hope that people who have the ability to help will go out and show their care for others,” Angel said.

Robin Padilla didn’t care about the heavy rains. With the help of his wife Mariel Rodriguez, Robin cooked a huge amount of food that was shared to all his neighbors at West Avenue, Quezon City. He even posted a call for help through a micro-blogging site saying “Let us act Kabayani (depicting the words “kababayan” or countrymen, and “bayani” or hero), the rain will last until Friday”. Pokwang extended a helping hand by giving food and clothing to “Sagip Kapamilya”.

Meanwhile, Isabel (Angel Locsin) and Tol (Robin Padilla) will help their families and neighbors in the hit comedy series “Toda Max”. In the midst of the fight between his father Tatay Mac (Al Tantay) and boyfriend Justin (Vhong Navarro), Isabel will try her best to help the two find peace. Tol’s helpfulness, on the other hand, will be put to a test when a series of kidnapping happens at his son’s (Izzy Canillo) school.

Don’t miss “Toda Max”, with guest Cristine Reyes as the teleserye-addict social worker Joy, this Saturday, August 18, after “X Factor Philippines” on ABS-CBN.

Gloc-9 Releases "Sirena" Music Video; to Hold Special Show at Eastwood

Gloc-9 Releases "Sirena" Music Video; to Hold Special Show at Eastwood

Rapper Gloc-9 broke sales records when he launched his newest album Mga Kwento Ng Makata (MKNM) in three different malls. The success of the string of shows fanned out requests for him to do another show, and with the overwhelming support Gloc-9 and his album MKNM are enjoying, this gifted rapper is more than willing to oblige.

This August 17, 7 p.m., Gloc-9 will be having a special MKNM show at the Eastwood Central Plaza featuring Ebe Dancel, Denise Barbacena, Q-York, Mike Swift, Silent Sanctuary, among others.

Fans who will purchase the CD at the venue will have free limited edition MKNM lanyards and poster, on a first come, first served basis.

MKNM, upon its release, immediately topped the albums and singles chart of downloading site,

Gloc-9 adds that he is ultimately satisfied with MKNM, which includes collaborations with some of the biggest names in the industry - Chito Miranda, Bamboo, Ebe Dancel, Jay Durias, Billy Crawford, Maychelle Baay of Moonstar 88, among others.

Gloc-9 admits being super proud of the album’s single Sirena, which talks about the story of a responsible gay man. The song also features Ebe Dancel.

I think this is the first time that a song about a gay man is presented in a first person’s point of view,” explains Gloc-9. “I worked very hard on this song for it not to be offending to anyone.”

The music video of Sirena also boasts of Boy Abunda’s participation. Watch the video below:

The rapper also adds that MKNM: Mga Kwento Ng Makata marks a new chapter in his career as this is his first release under Universal Records, where he joins its elite roster of artists like Gary Valenciano, Jose Mari Chan, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Parokya Ni Edgar, Christian Bautista, Kamikazee, Sam Concepcion, among others.

I am very thankful that Universal welcomed me into their stable,” concludes Gloc-9. “I am looking forward to doing more projects with my new label.

MKNM (Mga Kwento ng Makata) Tracklist:

1. Balak ni Syke
2. Apatnapungbara feat. Ian Tayao
3. Silup feat. Denise Barbacena
4. Alalay ng hari feat. Allan Mitchell Silonga
5. Sirena feat. Ebe Dancel
6. Hindi mo nadinig feat. Jay Durias
7. Sino (interlude)
8. Salarin feat. Bamboo Manalac
9. Inday feat. Cathy Go
10. Bakit hindi feat. Billy Crawford
11. Malakas (interlude)
12. Pison feat. Chito Miranda
13. Thankful feat. Maychelle Baay of Moonstar88 & Bambu
Bonus Tracks
14. Hari ng tondo feat. Denise Barbacena
15. Kung tama Siya feat. Jaq Dionisio of Kissjane

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Mikael Daez and Andrea Torres Topbill GMA-7’s 'Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga' Remake

Mikael Daez and Andrea Torres Topbill GMA-7’s 'Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga' Remake

Following the success of Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin, GMA-7 recreates another one of its very own masterpieces with the upcoming remake of Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga. The original version ran for two successful years, and still remains as one of GMA’s most popular teledramas to this day.

In the modern version, promising Kapuso stars Mikael Daez and Andrea Torres will breathe new life to the roles previously portrayed by Dingdong Dantes and Tanya Garcia.

Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga became very popular when it first aired 10 years ago at time when viewers were starting to notice GMA’s primetime offerings. The show opened many doors for its original lead stars, and we’re hoping that the new version will do the same for Mikael and Andrea,” says SAINN program manager Hazel Abonita.

Mikael, who completed his bachelor’s degree in Business Management at the Ateneo de Manila University, worked as a part-time commercial and print ad model for several prominent local brands before joining showbiz full time.

His first major break as an actor came when he landed the role of Lumad, one of Marian Rivera’s love interests in the epicserye Amaya. He later appeared in the primetime series My Beloved, where he first had the opportunity of working with his new leading lady, Andrea. The two never had scenes together, but everyone, back then, kept teasing Mikael and Andrea to each other. Unknown to both, they will end up as a pair in this GMA afternoon drama.

In the 2012 version of SAINN, Mikael will take on the role of Carlos Miguel Altamonte (originally portrayed by Dingdong).

Meanwhile, Andrea first appeared on television via the former youth oriented show Ka-Blog on GMA. She was later cast in other Kapuso shows including Spooky Nights, Blusang Itim, and My Beloved.

She also starred in movies like Shake Rattle and Roll and You To Me Are Everything. She is taking up Communication Arts at the University of Sto. Tomas.

Andrea will reprise the role of Cecilia Fulgencio (played in the original version by Tanya). She will play both the real and fake Cecilia after her character figured in a bombing incident in the story.

Completing the cast are Ms. Alicia Alonzo, Jan Marini, Ynna Asistio, Jace Flores, Marky Lopez and the team up of Rita Avila and Jestoni Alarcon. Also in the cast is Gabby Engelmann.

SAINN is directed by Roderick Lindayag and written by RJ Nuevas, whose concept gave birth to the original SAINN.

Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga will replace Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka? beginning September 3 on GMA Afternoon Prime.

Hit LIKE: Help Miss Philippines Queneerich Rehman Win the Miss World 2012 Crown

Hit LIKE: Help Miss Philippines Queneerich Rehman Win the Miss World 2012 Crown

Continuing its commitment to showcasing beauty with a purpose, TV5 will broadcast the Miss World 2012 Pageant this Saturday, August 18, after this week’s episode of Untold Stories. The Philippines’ Queneerich Rehman will seek to secure the crown in the only pageant that has yet to see a Filipina title-holder.

Last month, Queneerich left for Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China to attend the pre-pageant activities. She competed in various fast track events, a tradition that evaluates how well rounded the candidates are. She proved to be a strong contender, having been shortlisted for Beach Fashion and Top Model events. Queneerich also emerged as part of the Top Five candidates when it came to the Talent competition. There still remains the Multimedia Award, a new addition to the Miss World pageant. By LIKING her official Facebook Page, she will gain additional points in the Miss World scoreboard that will help her get a step closer to the crown. It's not too late to rally our support behind Queneerich, click and hit LIKE.

After a whirlwind of challenges, the so-called Olympics of Beauty is nearing its finale.

Will a Filipina finally bag the highly-coveted Miss World crown? Tune in to TV5 this Saturday evening to support Queneerich as she vies for one of the most prestigious titles in the beauty pageant world. Miss World 2012 will be shown exclusively on TV5 on August 18 right after Untold Stories.

Ang Pinaka: Patok na Comfort Food on Rainy Season Revealed

Ang Pinaka: Patok na Comfort Food on Rainy Season Revealed

Comfort food is food that is always associated with a sense of home, nostalgia, or sentimental appeal. These are dishes that always give us an ‘Anton Ego moment’ where we are instantly transported back to childhood or to a special feeling of contentment.

This Sunday, ‘Ang Pinaka’ brings you a list of some of the most favorite Pinoy comfort food on a cold, rainy Sunday night in the top ten ‘Ang Pinaka: Patok na Comfort Food sa Tag-ulan.’ Joining host Rovilson Fernandez for the ‘tikiman time’ are field correspondents Maey and Betong and guest correspondent Boobay.

Find out the Top 10 “Ang Pinaka: Patok na Comfort Food sa Tag-ulan” this Sunday, August 19, 6:30 PM on GMA News TV 11.

Chris Brown Stars in the Dance Movie “Battle of the Year”

Chris Brown Stars in the Dance Movie “Battle of the Year”

Take your first look at the teaser trailer for the upcoming Columbia Pictures dance movie “Battle of the Year”. Watch below:

The film stars Josh Holloway (“Lost,” “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”) and recording artist Chris Brown (“Takers”).

With compelling characters and vibrant dance sequences, “Battle of the Year” is set in the international world of B-boying – the urban dance more commonly known as “breakdancing.”

Unforgettable images frame the intimate stories of an all-star American dance crew who, with the help of their tough coach (Josh Holloway), struggle to reach their dreams despite being misunderstood by society and even their own families. Their lives collide in France where their skills are put to the ultimate test: the “Battle of the Year” finals, with crews from 18 nations vying for the title of World Champion.

The film features electrifying dance performances and astonishing displays of power and grace, showing how a street dance from New York has evolved into an inspiring art form for a new generation around the world.

Opening soon across the Philippines, “Battle of the Year” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Colin Farrell Talks About “Total Recall”

Colin Farrell Talks About “Total Recall”

Irish actor Colin Farrell stars in Columbia Pictures' “Total Recall,” an action thriller about reality and memory.

In the film, Rekall is a futuristic company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs.

But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.

Q. What sort of man is your character, Douglas Quaid, in this version of Total Recall?
Colin Farrell: We were following Philip K. Dick's short story, “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale,” and in it Quaid is a working class member of the proletariat, a worker, who is living a life that seems to be mundane enough for him to be having fantasies about, in the short story, going to Mars. In our film it is not necessarily dreams about going to Mars, but he’s having a recurring dream and it has a great significance. So really he’s just a normal man; he’s just an everyman. That’s the construct of the character and in his own life he’s feeling a great disconnect to his wife, to his work, to his friends, and he decides to have a memory of an experience implanted. He goes into this place in the film [Rekall] just looking for something.

Q. Did you feel any pressure stepping into Arnold Schwarzenegger’s shoes?
Farrell: No, honestly, I didn’t feel any pressure. And I’m not trying to give a rehearsed answer, but it really felt like a different film. It really did. And I am a huge fan of the original Total Recall. I was a big fan of Arnie’s stuff as a kid, I’m talking Red Heat, Commando, obviously Terminator, and Predator is still to this day one of the best action films I think I have ever seen. I loved his stuff, and love his stuff, so thank God I didn’t feel pressure to fill those shoes or compete with that ability to throw out a one-liner. Maybe I could do Predator next (laughs)!

Q. Your vision of Total Recall is darker and more serious than Arnie’s, presumably?
Farrell: I wouldn’t like to say the original is cheesy, but it was a bit camp. You put a bullet in your wife’s head and you say [imitates Schwarzenegger]: ‘Consider that a divorce!’ I mean, that was good, that was very good. It’s camp, and it’s not camp because it’s outdated. It was camp at the time; it’s meant to be. It’s intended that way, it’s not an accident, but this film is tonally very different. I really approached it more as a drama, set against the backdrop of these magnificent cityscapes and these really elaborate action scenes.

Q. It’s not your first movie based on a story by Philip K. Dick…
Farrell: No, I did Minority Report. And with Minority Report and Total Recall, they’re not dissimilar visions of the future. They’re both inspired by Philip K. Dick’s work, and while his stories in literary form are open to interpretation and expansion, he inspired a certain world format. Sci-fi generally seems to be a fertile ground for drama. There’s a suspicion among all of us I think that the future is not so bright. Technology is making incredible leaps but what we are doing to ourselves as human beings is quite alarming. So while the vision of the future in Minority Report is not all that dark, it certainly is in Total Recall, Blade Runner, Pitch Black, Alien and the like.

Q. Total Recall looks a physical role so did you work out specifically for the film?
Farrell: I worked out consistently for three or four months, for five or six days a week, with weights. And I ran a lot. There’s a background to the character that is touched upon in the film where he might have had some military training, which I’d need to know about. I knew it was going to be a physical shoot so yes I worked out quite a bit.

Q. You seemed to move away from blockbusters for a while before taking on Total Recall. Was it a conscious decision to stay away from them?
Farrell: I had a few films that were big but that didn’t do so well, and I wasn’t getting offered that many big blockbusters either. Then this came along and I read the script. I was initially dubious when I heard that they were remaking Total Recall. I thought, ‘Is it worth it and what are they going to say about the original?’ But I read it and it was such an excellent script.

Q. Did it feel good then, returning to a huge movie like this?
Farrell: Actually Total Recall genuinely felt more intimate than some of the smaller films I’ve done. It just happens that way and it defies explanation. It was like 100 and whatever million dollars, but I worked really, really closely with [director] Len Wiseman, and with the other actors. The crew was really, really cool and I lived in Toronto for five months. We got to know each other quite well and it felt a lot more intimate than it had any right to feel. There were all these grand action sequences and these beautiful epic worlds, but on the day it was just a bunch of actors on set, trying to figure out what the other person was feeling and doing and thinking, and trying to figure out what you were feeling and doing and thinking. Ideally, I would mix it up, go from one genre to another. I’d love to do big films and small films for the rest of my life.

Q. Your next two films sound interesting as well…
Farrell: I’ve just finished a film, Seven Psychopaths, with Martin McDonagh. Martin’s stuff is always kind of absurd and dark and yet hopeful. This one was set in America and I’m the only Irish character in it. And then I’m just starting on Dead Man Down. It’s written by Joe Wyman and directed by Niels Arden Oplev. It’s about an Hungarian immigrant who loses his family and decides to infiltrate a gang that was responsible for the death of his daughter. That script really is dark.

Opening across the Philippines on August 22, “Total Recall” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Ben Stiller's Latest Comedy Film “The Watch” to Open September 5 in Philippine Cinemas

Ben Stiller's Latest Comedy Film “The Watch” to Open September 5 in Philippine Cinemas

Meet the neighborhood watch: civic-minded Evan (Ben Stiller), fun-loving family guy Bob (Vince Vaughn), tough-talking “wild card” Franklin (Jonah Hill) and the looking-for-love divorcé Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade). In a seemingly serene suburban enclave and safe haven, Evan Bob, Franklin and Jamarcus have decided to join forces to safeguard their community. In addition, they’re enjoying some of the perks that come with being a “Watcher”… like drinking beer and just being guys.

But when the guys’ patrol vehicle hits something that leaves behind a trail of green goo and a tentacle of some sort, and they find a strange, bowling ball-like device that emits a concentrated beam of energy – they realize that their little group has stumbled onto something bigger than a prowler on the loose.

When they formed this ‘band of brothers’, the guys thought, sure, they might encounter some weird neighborhood stuff – maybe a burglar here, or peeping tom there – but suddenly they realize they’ve facing something extraordinary,” says producer Shawn Levy, the director of such hits as “Night at the Museum” and “Real Steel.” “And The Watch is not just unprepared or unqualified, it’s not remotely equipped to deal with this problem; yet it’s all on them to stop it.”

To play the four members of “The Watch,” Levy and director Akiva Schaffer (a creative force on several famed “Saturday Night Live” short films) tapped three comedy icons and a fast-rising talent. “We wanted the best,” says Levy,” and so we went out and got the best – three titans …together in the same movie! And then we threw in the ‘grenade’ of ‘what the hell are you going to get with Richard Ayoade?’”

Beyond the hilarity lies a story about four guys who were not complete, or their best selves, until they joined forces. As Bob admits to Evan: “You took a ragtag group of misfits and taught us there was something bigger than a few beers and some bro-time. You taught us about community and how important it is.”

At its core, “The Watch” is a story with universal appeal, “It’s about four regular guys who might remind you of your brother, dad or husband,” Levy sums up. “Suddenly, they come together to battle something they have absolutely no clue how to deal with.”

And when it comes to friendship, marriage, career, family – or protecting the world – it’s always best to watch out for one another.

“The Watch” opens September 5 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Michelle Pfeiffer Says “People Like Us” Will Make Audiences Laugh and Cry

Michelle Pfeiffer Says “People Like Us” Will Make Audiences Laugh and Cry

Michelle Pfeiffer stars as Lillian, a widowed mother whose estranged son makes a stunning discovery about their family, in DreamWorks Pictures’ critically acclaimed drama comedy “People Like Us.” The film will is currently showing exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta 4 & Trinoma).

In “People Like Us,” street-wise salesman Sam (Chris Pine) finds his latest deal collapsing on the same day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father’s estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father’s last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside-down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie (Elizabeth Banks) whom he never knew about. As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about his family - and re-examine his own life choices in the process.

Pfeiffer describes the film as “Ultimately it’s about family skeletons and forgiveness and healing. It’s a drama but there is a lot of humor in it. In the beginning, Lillian and her son Sam are both just shut down from each other, from themselves and from life. They have both, in very different ways, retreated from really living, feeling, experiencing and interacting.

One of the messages this movie sends is that we’re all running around with secrets, not talking about everything we should be talking about,” Pfeiffer adds.” We all think we are the only ones that go through this, but in reality there are a lot of “people like us.”

The filmmakers were all fans of Michelle Pfeiffer so when she responded positively to the screenplay and the part of Lillian, they were delighted and excited to work with her. Writer-director Alex Kurtzman recalls his first meeting with the famed actress: “I knew after one minute of sitting down with Michelle that we were going to be utterly connected to each other and that she was going to give a performance that was totally unselfconscious and totally true. I walked out of the meeting thinking, I am so lucky to have this woman playing this part. She is so amazing and every day on set together was a gift for me.

Pfeiffer admits that the unique story was a major attraction to the project for her. “They don’t make a lot of movies like this anymore and I think there’s a real appetite for it,” she concludes. “Given the cast and the subject matter, it will appeal to a really wide range. People are always looking for something that moves them in some way, whether you’re making them laugh or you’re making them cry. This one does both.”

Real-Life Sweethearts Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan Tackle Surreal Love in “Ruby Sparks”

Real-Life Sweethearts Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan Tackle Surreal Love in “Ruby Sparks”

Ruby Sparks” is the story of a novelist’s vision who inexplicably comes to life, only to prove far more complicated than even he could have imagined. With a light touch and a dash of magical realism, the first screenplay from actress and playwright Zoe Kazan attracted the attention of Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, the married team who directed the run-away hit “Little Miss Sunshine.” The film takes an unpredictable route into fantasy, identity and the ways we invent love – and how love can re-invent us.

Paul Dano plays Calvin, a celebrated author in his younger years who hasn’t had a follow up novel years after his first breakthrough novel. Struggling with writer’s block, disappointed and unfulfilled, his close relationships are with his dog and his brother. Calvin who is cut off and isolated is constantly being urged by his married brother Harry (Chirs Messina) to get out, live, date and write. Finally finding in his imagination a muse for his novel and with his old typewriter, he creates the perfect girl he named Ruby. Barely done with his first chapter, to his astonishment that his character, Ruby (Zoe Kazan) has magically sprung to life and arrived in his kitchen where she is cooking eggs.

Life changed as Calvin believes that he willed the perfect woman into his life by the sheer power of his imagination. Ruby leaps off the page and into the kitchen of his house, filling it with her warm and joyful personality. Is he hallucinating? Is this a fantasy? Or is the lovely Ruby Sparks a flesh and blood girl: the girl he has been waiting for? Whether real or imaginary the delightful Ruby turns into a muse who helps Calvin rekindle his passion for writing and his passion for life.
Joining the incredibly talented couple Dano (“Little Miss Sunshine,”“There Will Be Blood”) and Kazan (“Revolutionary Road,” “It’s Complicated”) in the movie are Annette Bening who plays Calvin’s free-spirited hippy mother and Antonio Banderas plays her artistic and flamboyant lover.

Find out what will happen to “Ruby Sparks” when it opens September 19 in select theaters from 20th Century Fox (Fox Searchlight Pictures) to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Ruby Sparks - Trailer:

The Expendables 2 - an Explosively Outstanding Action Film with a Stellar Line-up

The Expendables 2 - an Explosively Outstanding Action Film with a Stellar Line-up

If you're expecting some sort of warm-up, forget it. The Expendables 2 drives into explosive action right from the very start, it will take your breath away! The original core team consisting of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, and Randy Couture enters with a bang and continues at such a blistering pace. Hanging by a zipline while being shot at and shooting like crazy...this is just one of the many memorable images in the movie. You better keep your eyes glued to the screen for the revelation of the characters of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Liam Hemsworth, Yu Nan, Chuck Norris, and Jean-Claude Van Damme. When Schwarzenegger quips, "I am back!”, he surely makes his presence felt. Yes, you have every reason to be excited!

The way one Expendable is murdered during a mission assigned by Mr. Church (Willis), there is no question why the rest of The Expendables are propelled to take revenge. They show just how bad their attitude can get. “Track him. Find him. Kill him.” This becomes the mission statement of Barney (Stallone) for the enemy, Jean Vilain (Van Damme), whose mean looks and heavy built, plus his ensemble of thugs, cannot go unnoticed. The other side of the story about how Vilain gets to steal weapons-grade plutonium only shows the extent of his evil deeds, which justifies Church's emphatic urging to Barney: “Tear him apart!

Interspersed with all the high-powered battles is the amusing exchange of banters among the cast. In such scenes, it is apparent that they all enjoyed making the movie just as they have expressed in interviews. Seeing the iconic Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Norris fighting side-by-side is classic! The chops of Jet Li and the killer moves of Statham can easily inspire oohs and aahs. The youth and the pretty boy look of Liam provide a striking contrast to the legends', while his character's backstory gives heart to this flick awash with machismo. Chinese actress Yu Nan is an added asset to the group. Let it be said that Director Simon West (Con Air) knew exactly what he was doing. All in all, The Expendables 2 is made of cool stuff perfect for your chill-out moment.

Watch it as it hits the theaters starting today, August 16. From Viva International Pictures.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Super Junior Members Si Won and Dong Hae in Manila Photos

Super Junior Members Si Won and Dong Hae in Manila Photos

Super Junior members Si Won and Dong Hae are here in Manila courtesy of Bench.

The two famous K-Pop singers arrived in NAIA Terminal 1 via Korean Air flight 621 at 10:54 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14, as part of their endorsement contract with famous clothing brand.

Later this afternoon, the two had a short meet and greet session with fans who joined and won the "Bench SiHae in Manila Promo" at Trinoma Mall Activity Center in Quezon City. See some of the pictures below:

Photos: Chuvaness




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