Jennifer Aniston Skin-Care Line Endorsement Announced

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Jennifer Aniston Skin-Care Line Endorsement Announced


Aveeno recently announces its partnership with Jennifer Aniston to endorse its new skin-care line.

Aveeno, in a statement, said: "Jennifer's holistic approach to life and natural beauty are a perfect match for Aveeno skincare."


Sarah Geronimo Renews Solid Kapamilya Status, To Star Soon in a Drama Series

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Sarah Geronimo Renews Solid Kapamilya Status, To Star Soon in a Drama Series


Sarah Geronimo recently revealed that she is happy to remain as a Kapamilya star after signing a one-year exclusive contract under ABS-CBN.

I am very blessed and grateful to ABS-CBN because I remain to be a Kapamilya. There’s nothing I would want more than to stay where I am now,” Sarah said.

According to the Popstar, aside from her hit Sunday musical variety show “Sarah G. Live,” also included in her new contract is a drama series. “Hopefully, my new projects will be able to give excitement to the public and will showcase the new and more mature Sarah,” she shared.

Sarah was particularly thankful to her show “SGL” as it taught her how to be independent and mature as a performer. “I really learned a lot from the show. I’ve learned to stand up for myself and be confident in saying what I want to happen in the show. I became more involved in the song choices and ideas for the segments,” said Sarah

Sarah with ABS-CBN Entertainment Head for TV Production Lauren Dyogi, Channel Head Cory Vidanes,President & CEO Charo Santos-Concio,Viva Entertainment Head Vic del Rosario ,& Business Unit Head Joyce Liqiucia


To thank the TV viewers for their undying support, Sarah is all set to bring total entertainment and world-class production numbers this Sunday (January 20) in “Sarah G. Live!”

Watch out for the return of Kapamilya leading man Jericho Rosales in the “SGL” centerstage; and the ultimate OPM production number of Lolita Carbon of the band Asin. Witness another set of show-stopping performances on the concert stage including the singing extravaganza of “Walang Hanggan” villains Eula Valdes and Nonie Buencamino; smash-up dance number of Kapamilya young stars Nash Aguas, Sharlene San Pedro, Kobe Vidanes, Angel Sy, and Aaron Junatas; and the must-watch swag production number of ASAP Sessionistas member Juris.

Meanwhile, Echo and Sam Concepcion will add more fun this Sunday as the Popstar’s guest co-hosts. Still with Sarah in the upcoming episode are Gab Valenciano, Gollayan Sisters and Luis Manzano.

Don’t miss the trending and top Sunday primetime show of ABS-CBN, “Sarah G. Live!” 8:15pm, after “Rated K.” For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.comor follow @SGLiveOFFICIAL on Twitter and like SarahGLiveOFFICIAL on Facebook.

RESCUE5 to Present Real Rescue Drama Beginning January 26

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RESCUE5 to Present Real Rescue Drama Beginning January 26


Highly-recognized RESCUE5, a public service segment of NEWS5, will present real rescue drama on its solo program beginning January 26 to be hosted by Paolo Bediones.

As a pioneer in the Philippine broadcasting industry, NEWS5 Chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes realized early on that reporters are called upon to serve the public beyond their journalistic responsibilities.

The multi-awarded and seasoned broadcast journalist proposed the idea of having a dedicated news team with the necessary knowledge and training to conduct various types of emergency response and rescue operations. And in February 2011, RESCUE5 was born. Since then, NEWS5’s emergency response unit has received numerous recognitions here and abroad for its efforts during life-threatening incidents and dangerous situations.

Two years after saving countless of lives in distress, RESCUE5 takes public service to the next level as it strengthens its commitment to public service through a weekly reality show that documents the real tension and drama of saving lives hosted by Paolo Bediones every Saturday, 10:30pm starting January 26 on TV5.

For its pilot episode, RESCUE5 presents the coverage of an expectant mother whose early delivery at home had the umbilical cord of the baby left uncut for hours. The episode will also feature the rescue of a man who was believed to be cursed with cryptic bumps. Don’t miss the heart-stopping scenes from real drama on RESCUE5 starting January 26 (Saturday) on TV5.


“Pinoy True Stories: Bistado” to Expose Child Labor Case

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“Pinoy True Stories: Bistado” to Expose Child Labor Case


Julius Babao exposes a child labor case involving a boy named “Liam” and how poverty forced him to work at a very young age this Monday (Jan 21) in “Pinoy True Stories: Bistado.”

The 15-year old boy should’ve already been in his third year in high school if only he could pay the tuition. Instead of studying, he works at a junk shop in Las Pinas City to provide for his needs. Everyday, he would face the dangers in the workplace in exchange for a meager pay.

Don’t miss the full story in “Pinoy True Stories: Bistado” this Monday (Jan 21), 4:45 p.m. after “A Gentleman’s Dignity” on ABS-CBN. For updates on the program, visit www.abs-cbnnews.com/currentaffairs.

Watch the other “Pinoy True Stories” produced by ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, such as “Engkwentro” with Karen Davila every Tuesday, “Saklolo” with Maan Macapagal and Dominic Almelor every Wednesday, “Demandahan” with Anthony Taberna every Thursday, and “Hiwaga” with Atom Araullo every Friday.


Award-Winning Filmmakers, Actors Assembled in “Lincoln”

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Award-Winning Filmmakers, Actors Assembled in “Lincoln”

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg directs “Lincoln,” adapted from the book of Pulitzer Prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner and starring Academy Award-winners Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field - which essays a time in Abraham Lincoln’s life when he is in the most perilous final four months of his presidency.

Master storyteller and filmmaker Steven Spielberg whose works span and engage all ages as seen in “Jurassic Park,” War of the Worlds,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List,” “Empire of the Sun,” “Jaws” and “ET,” creates a never-before-seen perspective of America’s most beloved president in “Lincoln” as played by Daniel Day-Lewis, two-time Academy Award winner and this year’s Best Actor at the Golden Globe Awards for his portrayal of Lincoln.

Spielberg creates a gripping historical thriller during a brief time in history when Abraham Lincoln is at both the pinnacle and bottom of his career as a nation’s leader.   The political genius that is Lincoln is brought to life on the big screen, inviting audiences directly into the heart and soul of Lincoln’s final achievements. The Lincoln who emerges is a man of raw paradoxes: funny and solemn, a playful storyteller and fierce power broker, a shrewd commander and a vulnerable father. But in his nation’s darkest hour, when the times demand the very best of people, he reaches from within himself for something powerful and everlasting.

This compact, immersive concept for the film enlivened Spielberg. It would, when all was said and done, engage his filmmaking instincts on a different level than any film that has come before in his extensively diverse filmography.  Says Spielberg: “We came to focus on the last four months of Lincoln’s life because what he accomplished in that time was truly monumental. However, we wanted to show that he himself was a man, not a monument. We felt our best hope of doing justice to this immensely complicated person was to depict him in the midst of his most complex fight:  to pass the 13th Amendment on the floor of the House of Representatives.

My movies more often are told through pictures, not words. But in this case, the pictures took second position to the incredible words of Abraham Lincoln and his presence,” Spielberg explains. “With ‘Lincoln,’ I was less interested in an outpouring of imagery than in letting the most human moments of this story evolve before us.”




In stripping Lincoln’s final days down to their most electrifying yet stark moments of debate, political machinations, family ties and private fears and hopes, Spielberg and Kushner uncovered the gripping - and unpredictably human - nature of a democracy’s greatest battle in action. “The film does have quite a bit of suspense,” he notes, “and it could, at times, even be seen as a kind of political thriller.”

Longtime Spielberg producing partner Kathleen Kennedy agrees that the film takes an interesting turn in the ongoing evolution of the director’s career. “Steven has always loved history and has made many movies with a historical context - and I think he recognized that some of the most interesting characters came from history,” she observes. “But Steven knew that with ‘Lincoln,’ he wouldn’t create a conventional biopic. Instead, he and Tony attempted to find the most intimate way to show the power of Lincoln’s achievements as President, through the exploration of the end of slavery and other key events that took place during his presidency.”

Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” provides an intimate immersion into the American leader’s most revealing moments, at a time when the dark shadow of slavery lifts and a country torn by war must be made whole.  It is in this final four months the Lincoln’s full measure of the man - his passion and his humanity - came to bear on his defining battle:  to plot a forward path for a shattered nation, against overwhelming odds and extreme public and personal pressure.



“Lincoln” will open February 20 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 


Hugh Jackman and His 'Les Misérables' Experience

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Hugh Jackman and His 'Les Misérables' Experience 



The night before the cameras rolled on Les Misérables, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe presented the BAFTA award for Best Film at a glittering ceremony in London.

Although Jackman and Crowe, both Australians, have been friends for years, it was the first time that they had worked together. Funny, hugely entertaining and with perfect timing, they proved to be a formidable double act and stole the show.

It was, says Jackman, the perfect way to warm up for the main event – filming Les Misérables, the world’s most successful musical, for director Tom Hooper with a stellar all-star cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Russell and I have always got on well but BAFTA was the first time we’ve ever done anything like that,” says Jackman. “And I remember being on stage and he was seriously making me laugh, and I thought, ‘this is really going to work..’

And even though what we’re doing on Les Mis is not comedic, we felt like a team. And I said that to him, ‘man, this feels like a good team…’ And he said, ‘absolutely brother.’ And after the show he gave me a hug and said, ‘I’ll see you at work tomorrow.’ And we were off and running.

That was the night before we started filming so it was kind of cool. And then we got to work on Les Misérables and that teamwork continued. Not just with and Russell and myself, but everyone – Tom, Anne, Amanda, Eddie, everybody. It was a great team.

Jackman plays Jean Valjean, the former prisoner who builds a new life when he is unexpectedly given a second chance, and Crowe plays Inspector Javert, the single minded, ruthless policeman who hunts Valjean down the years after he breaks parole.

Set against the backdrop of violent political unrest in 19th century France, Les Misérables, based on Victor Hugo’s classic 1862 novel, is an epic story of broken dreams and unrequited love. More than 60 million people have watched the musical, at venues all over the world, since it first opened in London in 1985.

Jackman himself is a huge fan of the show and at one point, there was a slim chance that he would appear in the musical – in a different role. Impresario Cameron Mackintosh, who has produced many of the biggest stage hits of the last quarter of a century, including Les Misérables, first met Jackman in 1998 when he starred as Curly in the National Theatre’s acclaimed London production of Oklahoma! for director Trevor Nunn.

For years Cameron had been asking me to do the role of Javert on stage,” Jackman explains. “I wanted to do it but the timings never really worked out. And then I heard about the film from my agent, who is a mad Les Mis fan – he must have watched it 100 times – and we talked about it and obviously I was very interested.

And I’d always been asked to play Javert, but the more I thought about it the more I thought that Valjean would be better for me. I just felt more empathy and closer to that character. And so when they told me that they were thinking of Russell for Javert that made perfect sense to me. So I went in to audition as Valjean.”

Jackman is vastly experienced in musical theatre. He starred in Beauty and the Beast and Sunset Boulevard in Australia and as well as the aforementioned Oklahoma! – which earned him an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical – in the West End. He starred in The Boy From Oz on Broadway where he also played, to rave reviews, in his one-man show, Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, in 2011.

But even so, and just like all the rest of the cast, he had to audition for his role in Les Misérables . “I’d seen the musical three times, I’d listened to the CD a hundred times. I knew those songs,” he says of his audition in New York.

So I went in and there was Stephen Brooker, the musical director, a pianist, the casting director and Tom. And I could see Tom thinking, ‘can this guy do it?’

And we went through the songs again and again. It was like a workshop. And then Tom would say, ‘OK, let’s go back to the beginning, I want to do all of them again..’ I saw him getting enthused.

And I was really into it. And it went on for about four hours and I said, ‘Tom, look mate, I’ve got to get home to get my kids to bed..’ And he was like, ‘oh, OK..’ I could tell he would have kept going. But luckily it worked out.”

It certainly did. On set, Hooper, the Oscar winning director of The King’s Speech, took a radical approach to making Les Misérables  – every actor would sing every take live.

Each of the actors would wear a tiny earpiece – hidden from the camera – and whilst singing they would be accompanied by a pianist, playing live, out of camera shot, that they could hear via the device.

When they were filming in the studio at Pinewood, the pianists, Roger Davison and Douglas Whyte, would be in a room off the main sound stage and only the actors in the scene could hear them.

On location, briefly in France, and in England, the musicians would be in a canvass tent near where the action was taking place. It was, then, a huge challenge and Jackman clearly loved it.

His first scenes, at the very start of the shoot, were filmed in a tiny village in the French Alps. Valjean has just been released from prison. Starving and desperate, he takes refuge in a church. He knew then and there that Hooper’s gamble had paid off.

“I can remember singing at one in the morning inside this beautiful chapel where I literally had steam coming out of my mouth because it was that cold. Singing live for every take is not easy and you have to really look after your voice.

You wake up, say seven in the morning, and you are still singing at one in the morning - that’s a long game. It’s not like a theatre show where you pretty much shut down a little bit during the day, take it easy for a few hours, and then you gear up for your performance. You warm up, bang, you are out on stage for two hours.

This is a long game. And because of the nature of filming, you don’t know exactly when you are on – you prepare for a scene but you might have to wait a few hours before you are called to do it.

So it’s been probably one of the toughest, but most rewarding jobs I’ve ever done. The idea of singing live is daunting but it gives you freedom. I can go out and each and every take is different, you can play it with different emotions, speed it up, slow it down, put different emphasis on certain lines in different takes. It’s been extraordinary.

Jackman underwent an extreme physical transformation to play Valjean. In the first part of the film, Valjean is gaunt and emaciated after just being released from years of hard labour in prison. Jackman shed more than 15lbs and grew a long, shaggy beard to look the part.

Tom said, ‘you need to be line an Ox of a man, very strong, but I also want you worryingly thin…’ I was like, ‘OK..’” he laughs. “It’s not easy to be thin and have muscles.

Basically I was training three times a day but eating very leanly. I was probably seven kilograms (15.7lbs) lighter than I usually am. I was very, very lean and got into a shape that I’ve never really been in before. It was a crazy time.”

With the first section, filmed in France, completed, Jackman then had to rapidly put the weight he’d lost back on. “I had to put on weight as quickly as I could and for about a week I was eating everything that came my way,” he recalls.

Jackman was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth. Immediately on leaving college he landed a role in the popular TV series Correlli.

After more TV work, theatre and films in his native Australia, Jackman was cast as Logan/ Wolverine in X-Men for director Bryan Singer, starring alongside Sir Ian McKellan, Halle Berry and Patrick Stewart. His extraordinarily powerful performance launched his Hollywood career and he went on to star in numerous films including Swordfish, X-Men 2, The Prestige, The Fountain, X-Men: The Last Stand, Australia, Real Steel and many more. He recently finished film The Wolverine for director James Mangold.



Q&A:

Q: You’re attempting something that’s never been done with a musical before, singing live on every take. What’s it been like?

A: You know, the musical director, Stephen Brooker, said it’s even better than being on stage because when you are in the pit the actors are 15, 20 feet away on stage, whereas here, he said, ‘I know exactly when you are going to breathe and when you are moving on and you need to stop.’ It’s quite a production. And it’s never been done this way before. I spoke to Simon Hayes (production sound mixer), who is a really great sound guy, and he said that there really wasn’t the technology to do this until about five years ago with the standard and quality of microphone we needed. It’s as good as being in a recording studio.

Q: Let’s go back to the very start. Didn’t you film for a few days in France before switching to England?

A: Yes, we did. We were in the mountains, the Alps, in the South of France and it was below freezing and just going dark. I could see the steam coming out of my mouth (laughs). I could feel the cold in my voice and I was freezing! And somehow that was perfect for playing this guy, Valjean, who is on this journey of purgatory. And even though he’s just been let out of jail he is still carrying that weight of who he was and not being accepted by society. And I knew then and there that’s Tom’s gamble of singing live was going to pay off in a great way. This is a bold decision but I think it’s absolutely the right decision – once you accept that you have entered a world where everyone is singing, stay with it, and that’s how the musical was written. And the thing is, when you are singing outside – like those first scenes in France where it was freezing cold – it sounds like you are outside, when you are singing in a church it sounds like you are in a church. It doesn’t sound synthetic or like you are in a recording studio where all the rough edges, that immediacy, is taken out.

Q: It must be harder on your voice singing live for multiple takes?

A: I can remember singing at one in the morning inside this beautiful chapel where I literally had steam coming out of my mouth because it was that cold. Singing live for every take is not easy and you have to really look after your voice.

You wake up, say seven in the morning, and you are still singing at one in the morning - that’s a long game. It’s not like a theatre show where you pretty much shut down a little bit during the day, take it easy for a few hours, and then you gear up for your performance. You warm up, bang, you are out on stage for two hours. This is a long game. And because of the nature of filming, you don’t know exactly when you are on – you prepare for a scene but you might have to wait a few hours before you are called to do it. So it’s been probably one of the toughest, but most rewarding jobs I’ve ever done. The idea of singing live is daunting but it gives you freedom. I can go out and each and every take is different, you can play it with different emotions, speed it up, slow it down, put different emphasis on certain lines in different takes. It’s been extraordinary.

Q: You’ve done musical theatre in Australia, the US and in the UK. Had you met Cameron Mackintosh before this project?

A: Trevor Nunn brought me to London to do Oklahoma! and that’s when I first met Cameron. And for years Cameron had been asking me to do the role of Javert on stage.

Q: Javert, not Valjean?

A: Yes. And I’ve always loved the role of Javert. And I haven’t told Russell this, but the very first audition I did, for Beauty and the Beast in Australia when I was straight out of drama school, I sang Stars (one of Javert’s songs) from Les Mis. And at the end, the guys said, ‘why did you sing that song?’ And I said, ‘well it’s the only thing I had music to and I had to learn it in acting school.’ And they said, ‘well I don’t think it really suits you, you should know your voice and it’s really not applicable for this song. Go away and have some singing lessons and come back in a month.’ (laughs) And so when Cameron asked me to play Javert I wanted to ring that guy and say, ‘hey, listen here!’ (laughs)

Q: But what happened?

A: Well, I wanted to do it but the timings never really worked out. And then I heard about the film from my agent, who is a mad Les Mis fan – he must have watched it 100 times – and we talked about it and obviously I was very interested. And I’d always been asked to play Javert, but the more I thought about it the more I thought that Valjean would be better for me.

Q: Why?

A: Because it felt closer to my truth, I suppose. I just felt more empathy and closer to that character, Valjean, and so when they told me that they were thinking of Russell for Javert, that made perfect sense to me. So I went in to audition as Valjean.

Q: Tell me about the audition…

A: It was three hours in New York. Cameron was there, Stephen Brooker, the casting person, a pianist and myself. I’d seen the musical three times; I’d listened to the CD a hundred times. I knew those songs. So I went in and there was Stephen Brooker, the musical director, a pianist, the casting director and Tom. And I could see Tom thinking, ‘can this guy do it?’  And we went through the songs again and again. It was like a workshop. And then Tom would say, ‘OK, let’s go back to the beginning, I want to do all of them again..’ I saw him getting enthused.

Q: And were you getting enthused?

A: Completely. I was really into it. And it went on for about four hours and I said, ‘Tom, look mate, I’ve got to get home to get my kids to bed..’ And he was like, ‘oh, OK..’ I could tell he would have kept going. But luckily it worked out really well.

Q: Tom hadn’t done a musical before. You must have been intrigued to see how he would approach this?

A: Of course. But that’s why auditions are great, particularly a three hour audition, because you get to see exactly what the dynamic is going to be like. And even before that I instinctively felt that Tom was the right choice. I loved his movies and there were elements of Les Misérables that I knew he would be comfortable with – the period aspect of it, the size of the production, the complexity of it. I knew that he had the intellectual capacity to make that work. And there are some parts of the musical where there are holes in the plot and you just let that go because it’s absolutely fine on stage. But you can’t do that with film and I knew that he would plug all of those holes. I knew that he would find a really compelling way to make this movie come to life. I actually think it’s a plus to have a director that’s not steeped in the musical theatre world – it’s a plus to have someone who is more dramatically inclined.

Q: Why?

A: Musicals of a dramatic nature – and I’m not talking about something like Singing In The Rain – have to feel like thought. What is sung has to feel like thought. Trevor Nunn has been incredibly successful with this stuff. I worked with Trevor on Oklahoma! And for the first three weeks we didn’t sing a note so when I did Oh What A Beautiful Morning I had to make it work as a monologue. I said to Trevor, ‘how am I going to make that work as a monologue? I repeat the line of the everything…’  And he said, ‘you’ve got to find a reason to repeat every line. If you don’t have that, then it’s boring.’ The song has to advance character and plot. So for me, having someone like Tom who is dramatically inclined and not just under the spell of the music was a huge plus. Obviously, you don’t want a director who has no musicality would be wrong and Tom has a great ear for the music. He knows it, he loves it. I think it’s the perfect mix. He’s not daunted by the epic nature of a film like this.

Q: What is it about this story that has endured and touched so many people?

A: If I can simplify it, I think it’s about finding the best in the human spirit. Every character in this story has major obstacles to overcome, bigger than the ones that most of us encounter in life, but we relate to that. And time and time again, you see these characters under incredible duress, trying to find the best in themselves. It’s about the best of humanity, the human spirit. And that’s why it’s so uplifting. And they all fail, at times, but they don’t give up. Valjean, who I suppose is the hero, fails at the beginning and gets another chance, and another after that. And when he has those chances he makes the most of them. He battles, all the characters do. And even though it’s called Les Misérables, it’s an incredibly uplifting story.

Q: There’s a new song that was written for the film. Tell us about that?

A:  The thing is, Les Misérables is such an ensemble piece. There are so many beautiful songs and so many different characters and everyone I’ve spoken to; they all remember something different about the musical – their favourite song, their favourite character. And yes, we have a new song, Suddenly, which is lovely. It came out of a discussion that Tom had and it came out of a line in the book that said that there are two lightning bolts of truth that strike Jean Valjean in his lie. One is to do with virtue and the other is to do with love. The first lightning bold is when the Bishop lets him go even thought he knows he’s been stealing. And the second is when he meets Cosette and for the first time in his life he understands love. And Tom pointed out that the musical doesn’t really deal with the second lightning bolt. So the new song deals with that and it’s about that emotion, love, coming into your life when you least expect it. And it really sets up my character for the second half of the movie.

Q: What’s your favourite song that you sing?

A: Who Am I? I love the dramatic set up of it – it’s about a dilemma of conscience and it goes right to the core of who he is. I love the melody and the dramatic drive of that song. It’s always been my favourite.

Q: Did you have to lose weight to play Valjean in the opening sequence of the film, when he’s just been released from prison?

A: Oh yes (laughs). Tom said, ‘you need to be line an Ox of a man, very strong, but I also want you worryingly thin…’ I was like, ‘OK..’ (laughs). It’s not easy to be thin and have muscles. Basically I was training three times a day but eating very leanly. I was probably seven kilograms (15.7lbs) lighter than I usually am. I was very, very lean and got into a shape that I’ve never really been in before. It was a crazy time.

Q: You’ve trained for roles before – I’m thinking of Wolverine – but this was different?

A: Yes, it’s a lot leaner than when I play Wolverine. And it was not fun to do. I really enjoyed the burgers after that (laughs).

Q: Presumably you had to put the weight back on rapidly to play a much healthier Valjean in the later stages of the film?

A: Yes. I had to put on weight as quickly as I could and for about a week I was eating everything that came my way (laughs).

Q: Let’s talk about your fellow cast members…

A: Unbelievable. They’re incredible.

Q: You actually sang with Anne Hathaway at the Oscars…

A: Yes, we did a little bit at the Oscars and Anne sang On My Own, weirdly. I knew she had a great voice and we’d talked a long time about doing stuff together. She’s actually born to do musical theatre. Tom described her as the muse of the Les Misérables  production and I think that’s true. I remember when we were rehearsing and she sang every note in a totally believable way. You could have filmed her when she had a script in her hand because everything was bang on. She is going to blow people away with this performance. And it’s the same with Amanda (Seyfried). She’s done it before with Mama Mia! but this is different. She’s going to blow people away.

Q: And what about Russell? I’m kind of surprised that you two haven’t worked together before…

A: No, we’ve not done anything before this. And it’s been a complete joy to work with him. He’s a leader, he likes to come out and set the tone and I like to approach the work in that way too, and so it’s been great to be together and to finally work with him. It’s just been phenomenal. Everyone has been very team orientated. It’s very much an ensemble cast. It’s been awesome.

Q: And he’s an impressive Javert?

A: Oh yes. I’ve seen many Javerts and I dreamt of playing him myself but I could never play Javert the way that Russell plays him. Javert is often over played, I think, because he’s Valjean’s nemesis, and the temptation is to over play. But Russell walks on set and commands attention, he exudes authority and he has presence and power, all perfect for Javert. So you really believe in the tussle that these two men have down the years, that lasts pretty much a lifetime. And he’s vocally fantastic and committed. He worked so hard and he committed 100 per cent to this.

Q: You presented a BAFTA aware (for Best Film) with Russell just as filming on Les Misérables was about to start. Did that give you a good clue that you would work well together?

A: Russell and I have always got on well, but BAFTA was the first time we’ve ever done anything like that. And I remember being on stage and he was seriously making me laugh, and I thought, ‘this is really going to work..’ And even though what we’re doing on Les Mis is not comedic, we felt like a team. And I said that to him, ‘man, this feels like a good team…’ And he said, ‘absolutely brother.’ And he gave me a hug and said, ‘I’ll see you at work tomorrow.’ And we were off and running.  That was the night before we started filming, so it was kind of cool. And then we got to work on Les Misérables and that team work continued. Not just with me and Russ, but everyone – Tom, Anne, Amanda, Eddie, everybody. It was a great team.

Q: You’ve filmed Les Misérables mostly in England. Was there a part of you that wished you could have filmed some of it in Paris too?

A: Yes, a little part of me was actually hoping to be shooting on the streets of Paris but then again we are singing live so I’m glad to be in a controlled environment a lot of the time and that’s what we had with Pinewood. And the sets are unbelievably good. Eve Stewart has done an extraordinary job. This movie is epic and it’s going to look fantastic. There were times when I was on set when I had to pinch myself.


Viva Entertainment Talks About Sarah Geronimo's Grammy Awards 2012 Invitation

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Viva Entertainment Talks About Sarah Geronimo's Grammy Awards 2012 Invitation


"Not true!" said Viva Entertainment head Vic del Rosario of reported possible Grammy performance of its major talent Sarah Geronimo (read related news HERE).

In a recent interview with Yahoo! Philippines, del Rosario confirmed that there is no invitation yet that comes their way as far as representing Asia and become one of the live performers at the 55th Grammy Awards this February.

"Hindi ko alam kung saan galing yan. Kausap ko nga si Sarah at wala kaming information tungkol diyan,” he said.


Kim Chiu - Xian Lim TV Tandem Scores Its All-Time High Ratings

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Kim Chiu - Xian Lim TV Tandem Scores Its All-Time High Ratings


ABS-CBN’s top caliber family drama series “Ina Kapatid Anak” successfully opened its book 2 on Monday (January 14) after its much-awaited grand reveal episode tagged as ‘Gabi ng Katotohanan’ hit the show’s all-time high national TV ratings and conquered the top-trending topics on Twitter Philippines and worldwide.

Based on the data from Kantar Media, the beginning of book 2 that exposed the truth about the real identity of Kim Chiu’s character Celyn garnered a national TV rating of 36.3%, or almost 14 points higher than the pilot episode of its newest rival program in GMA “Indio,” which only got 22.7%. Also, the ratings earned by “Ina Kapatid Anak” was almost double of another GMA primetime teleserye “Temptation of Wife” that only obtained 19% national TV ratings.

Aside from ruling the ratings game as the no.1 primetime TV series nationwide, “Ina Kapatid Anak” also dominated the popular microblogging site Twitter with the episode’s non-stop revelations and confrontations, especially among the characters of its lead stars Kim Chiu, Maja Salvador, Janice de Belen, Ariel Rivera and Cherry Pie Picache. With the netizens’ overflowing emotions, the title of the teleserye became a national trending topic, while ‘Cherry Pie’ made it on the top trending topics worldwide, with the seasoned actress’ outstanding dramatic performance as Teresa, the mother of Celyn.

To show their appreciation to their loyal viewers, “Ina Kapatid Anak” stars Kim, Xian and Enchong will fly to Cebu to join ABS-CBN Regional Network Group’s Kapamilya Karavan this Saturday (January 19), 4pm, at Ayala Center, Cebu.

Don’t miss the fiercer confrontations and top-caliber dramatic performances in “Ina Kapatid Anak: Book 2,” weeknights after “Princess and I” on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida. For more updates, log on to www.facebook.com/InaKapatidAnak.TV or follow @_InaKapatidAnak on Twitter.


‘Be Careful With My Heart’ Leads Noontime Ratings; ‘Yesterday’s Bride’ Beats ‘MMK Klasiks’

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‘Be Careful With My Heart’ Leads Noontime Ratings; ‘Yesterday’s Bride’ Beats ‘MMK Klasiks’


Even though it was moved to noontime block last Monday (11:45am), “Be Careful With My Heart” continued its reign as the top-rating daytime program nationwide.

ABS-CBN’s hit kilig-serye “Be Careful With My Heart” has recently proven its strong fan base nationwide as it conquered the noontime slot with its astonishing ratings win by scoring a national TV rating of 26.5% last Monday (January 14), beating rival GMA’s “Chef Boy Logro: Kusina Master” and “Eat Bulaga” with only 6.4% and 15.2% national TV ratings, respectively based on the data from Kantar Media.

Continue to spread the good vibes and fall in love with the exciting new-age fairytale of Maya (Jodi Sta. Maria) and Sir Chief (Richard Yap) in “Be Careful With My Heart,” weekdays, 11:45am, after “Minute To Win It” on ABS-CBN Primetanghali. 

Meanwhile, GMA-7 Yesterday’s Bride, topbilled by GMA’s most in-demand actress Lovi Poe with Rocco Nacino consistently outscores the programs of the rival network since it aired last October 29.

Based on National Urban TV Audience Measurement (NUTAM) overnight ratings gathered by the more widely recognized TV ratings supplier, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement, Yesterday’s Bride marked an average household tv rating of 14.8% and ruled over its counterpart program Angelito: Ang Batang Yugto which only garnered an average of 8.6% from October 29 to December 15, 2012.

For the period December 17, 2012 to January 11, 2013, YB beats rival network’s newly aired program MMK Klasiks. YB registered a commanding average tv rating of 14.8% while the competing program only scored an average of 8.1%.

YB was also consistently ahead of competitors in the viewer-rich areas of Mega Manila and Urban Luzon proving that the Kapuso network is undoubtedly the undisputed cradle of superior quality afternoon dramas.

As the story of Yesterday’s Bride progresses, many twists and turns will happen in the life of Andrea. Will she and Justin rekindle their love for one another?

Don’t miss the exciting episodes of Yesterday’s Bride on GMA’s Afternoon Prime block.

Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs Album - Tracklist

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Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs Album - Tracklist 


Star Records has released the list of songs included in its newest album called "Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs," out in major music stores nationwide on January 22. 

"Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs" album which carries all 12 finalists in the upcoming "Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs" to be held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on February 24 are interpreted by your favorite Kapamilya singers like Erik Santos, Yeng Constantino, Toni Gonzaga, Daniel Padilla, Jovit Badivino, KZ Tandingan, Aiza, Seguerra, Angeline Quinto, and many more.

The official music video of each songs, as produced by different universities, will be out on January 26.


Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs - Tracklisting:

1. Alaala - Yeng Constantino (interpreter)
2. Anong Nangyari Sa Ating Dalawa -Aiza Seguerra (interpreter)
3. Hanggang Wakas - Juris (interpreter)
4. If You Ever Changed Your Mind - Marion Aunor (interpreter)
5. Kahit Na - Toni Gonzaga (interpreter)
6. Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat - Daniel Padilla (interpreter)
7. One Day - Angeline Quinto (interpreter)
8. Pwede Bang Ako Na Lang Ulit - Bugoy Drilon (interpreter)
9. Sana'y Magbalik - Jovit Baldivino (interpreter)
10. Scared To Death - KZ Tandingan (interpreter)
11. Tamang Panahon - Wynn Andrada (interpreter)
12. This Song Is For You - Erik Santos (interpreter)


Vhong Navarro, Luis Manzano and Billy Crawford Reveal Why They are so Unli-SMART Lucky (Video)

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Vhong Navarro, Luis Manzano and Billy Crawford Reveal Why They are so Unli-SMART Lucky (Video)


Trapped in an elevator?

Missing someone special?

Caught in a heavy traffic?

In those situation, who would you call or text?

Now, you can call & text like there's no tomorrow with Smart Prepaid Unli Call & Text 25! Watch the video below to know more about this exciting SMART offer:




Just like Vhong, Luis and Billy, be ready for any moment with unlimited calls and texts to Smart, Sun, and Talk N' text, plus 20 off-net texts, valid for one day. http://www.smart.com.ph/unli25



John Lloyd Cruz - Sarah Geronimo Movie "It Takes a Man and a Woman" Postponed or Cancelled?

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John Lloyd Cruz - Sarah Geronimo Movie "It Takes a Man and a Woman" Postponed or Cancelled?


Fans eagerly awaiting the onscreen reunion of Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz would have to wait a little more (or expect nothing at all) as the release of the third installment of Laida Magtalas and Miggy Montenegro love story in the film "It Takes A Man And A Woman" has been moved from February to March this year.

"Medyo nagagahol po kami kasi may teleserye [A Beautiful Affair opposite Bea Alonzo] po si John Lloyd," said Sarah, who plays the role of Laida, in an a taped interview aired on "Umagang Kay Ganda" last  Tuesday, January 15.

She also added, "Tsaka ['yung] health talaga ni Lloydie ang pinag-uusapan dito. Kailangan talaga na i-consider 'yon."

Sarah, however, did not expound on John Lloyd's health issues but reiterated and assured fans that from the slated Valentine's Day showing date, their Star Cinema - Viva Films co-produced film will hit the theaters in March.

Source: Manila Bulletin


Derek Ramsay and Nadine Samonte Romantic Involvement Bared

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Derek Ramsay and Nadine Samonte Romantic Involvement Bared
 

Derek Ramsay and Nadine Samonte’s characters in TV5’s hit series Kidlat seem to be heading for love as next week’s episodes highlight the couple’s blossoming relationship. 

After the accidental death of Dr. Megaton (Christopher de Leon), Voltaire (Ramsay) started to distance himself from his stepbrother Vincent (Baron Geisler) and childhood friend Lara (Samonte). Years later, Voltaire finds himself face-to-face with the beautiful Lara and the two immediately rekindle their lost friendship. But the road to love is not easy for the two, as Vincent also has feelings for Lara whom he considers his only friend.

What would Vincent do if he finds out that Lara is slowly falling for his enemy and stepbrother? What schemes will he conjure up to keep the couple apart?

Stay tuned for exciting new episodes of Kidlat, weeknights at 6:45 p.m. right after Aksyon on TV5.


Vicki Belo, Atom Henares and Cristalle Henares Join Regine Velasquez-Alcasid in Sarap Diva

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Vicki Belo, Atom Henares and Cristalle Henares Join Regine Velasquez-Alcasid in Sarap Diva

This Saturday (January 19) in Sarap Diva, Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid welcomes into her kitchen Dr. Vicki Belo, ex-husband Atom Henares and their daughter Cristalle.

Regine's guilty pleasure is special baked ribs. The Belo's will prepare their special chocolate chip cookies which they share as gifts with celebrity friends. More than the recipes, secrets about their unusual and modern family set-up will be revealed.

How do Vicky and Cristalle bond despite their different views especially on each other's lovelife? How has the former couple Vicky and Atom maintained a special kind of relationship through the years?

It's another Saturday morning filled with good food, talk and music in Sarap Diva, 9:45am on GMA.


'Hayop sa Galing' Premieres January 26 on TV5

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'Hayop sa Galing' Premieres January 26 on TV5


Hosted by seasoned TV host Joey de Leon, “Hayop sa Galing” puts a new to twist on typical video clip shows as celebrity guests will be treated to heart-pounding challenges related to the videos every Saturday at 8:00 p.m. beginning January 26 on TV5.

The multi-talented host admitted that he’s familiar with this show format as he was part of then-ABC-5’s hit program “Wow Mali!” which premiered in 1996. The said show then became Philippine TV’s longest running practical jokes-gag show. But Joey related that he can’t outgrow his passion to throw in a few pranks and his signature humor in every show he hosts.

Six of the most gripping animal videos headline the weekly show. Celebrity guests spice up the viewing as the master prankster dares them to accept certain challenges related to the presented animal. To build the suspense, the celebrities’ heart rates will be monitored to gauge just how excited (or scared) they are while doing the task. After all the videos have been viewed and dares have been completed, Joey will declare which video gets the week’s “Hayop sa Galing!” badge.

For its pilot episode, see the most incredible animal encounters ever caught on tape from Animal Planet’s “Untamed and Uncut” documentary series. “Hayop sa Galing” will premiere on January 26, 6:30pm on TV5.


Cinema One Originals 2013 Deadline for Submission of Entries on February 13

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Cinema One Originals 2013 Deadline for Submission of Entries on February 13


It is not yet too late for directors and writers to submit their original, brave and bold stories to the 9th installment of the Cinema One Originals, one of the country’s biggest and most prestigious film festivals.

Join the likes of internationally-acclaimed films “Confessional”, “Yanggaw”, “Mater Dolorosa”, and “ Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria” and new crowd pleasers such as “Slumber Party”, “Palitan”, “Melodrama Negra” and others by submitting your full screenplay entries on or before the extended deadline – February 13, 2013. Both seasoned and new breed directors are invited to join the festival for a chance to be granted a two million peso production budget (“Cinema One Plus”) or a one million peso production budget (“Cinema One Currents”). 

For more information on application requirements, visit www.facebook.com/CinemaOneOriginals and www.facebook.com/Cinema1channel. This year’s chosen films will be showcased during the festival on November 2013. Submit entries to the Cinema One office, 8th Floor, ELJ Building ABS-CBN, Quezon City.


Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens Movie "Spring Breakers" Trailer Released

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Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens Movie "Spring Breakers" Trailer Released


A blonde Vanessa Hudgens, a gold tooth-capped James Franco, a cover of Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time," coeds in bikinis and women kissing are just some of the highlights of the upcoming raunchy R-rated action film "Spring Breakers," as seen in a trailer released on January 17. Watch below (warning: Explicit language and sexual content):




The movie was directed by Harmony Korine and stars Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, "Pretty Little Liars" star Ashley Benson and the director's wife Rachel as a group of college students who get into more than just your typical spring break hijinks.

The four are sent to jail after a botched attempt to rob a restaurant to try to get some cash in order to fund their school vacation. Franco, who also sports cornrows and a dollar sign tattoo on his neck in addition to his mouth bling, plays Alien (pronounced A-leen), a drug and weapons dealer. He bails the group out and takes them on a spring break they will probably never forget.

"Spring Breakers" is rated R for strong sexual content, language, nudity and drug use and is set to be released later this year.

Justin Timberlake ‘Suit and Tie’ Feat. Jay-Z (Music Video and Lyrics)

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Justin Timberlake ‘Suit and Tie’ Feat. Jay-Z (Music Video and Lyrics)


After 6 years, Justin Timberlake is back in the music scene with a brand new single, “Suit and Tie” featuring rapper Jay-Z.  Watch the music video below:




I be on my suit and tie sh*t, tie sh*t, tie
I be on my suit and tie sh*t, tie sh*t
Can I show you a few things?
A few things, a few things, little baby cause
I be on my suit and tie sh*t, tie sh*t
I be on my suit and tie sh*t, tie sh*t
Let me show you a few things
Let me show you a few things

I can't wait til I get you on the floor, good-looking
Going out so hot, just like an oven
And I'll burn myself, but just had to touch it
It's so fly and it's all mine
Hey baby, we don't mind all the watching
Cause if they study close, real close
They might learn something
She ain't nothing but a little doozy when she does it
She's so fly tonight

And as long as I've got my suit and tie
I'mma leave it all on the floor tonight
And you got fixed up to the nines
Let me show you a few things
All pressed up in black and white
And you're dressed in that dress I like
Love is swinging in the air tonight
Let me show you a few things
Let me show you a few things
Show you a few things about love
While we’re in the swing of love
Let me show you a few things
Show you a few things about love
Hey

Stop, let me get a good look at it
So thick, now I know why they call it a fatty
Sh*t so sick got a hit and picked up a habit
That's alright, cause you're all mine
Go on and show 'em who you call daddy
I guess they're just mad cause girl, they wish they had it
My killer, my filler, yeah you're a classic
And you're all mine tonight

And as long as I've got my suit and tie
I'mma leave it all on the floor tonight
And you got fixed up to the nines
Let me show you a few things
All pressed up in black and white
And you're dressed in that dress I like
Love is swinging in the air tonight
Let me show you a few things
Let me show you a few things
Show you a few things about love
While we’re in the swing of love
Let me show you a few things
Show you a few things about love

All black at the white shows
White shoes at the black shows
Green card for the Cuban linx
Y'all sit back and enjoy the light show
Nothing exceeds like the sex
Style got gout from having the best of the best
Is this what it's all about?
I'm at the restaurant with my rent
Disturbing the guests
Years of distress, tears on the dress
Try to hide her face with some makeup sex
This is trouble season
Tom Ford tuxedos for no reason
All saints for my angel
Alexander Wang too
Ass-tight Denim and some Dunks
I'll show you how to do this young!
No papers, catch favors
Get high, out Vegas
Who says the devils ain't looking for trouble
You just got good genes so a nigga tryna cuff you
Tell your mother that I love her cause I love you
Tell your father we go farther as a couple
They ain't lose a daughter, got a son
I show you how to do this, hun!

And as long as I've got my suit and tie
I'mma leave it all on the floor tonight
And you got fixed up to the nines
Let me show you a few things
All pressed up in black and white
And you're dressed in that dress I like
Love is swinging in the air tonight
Let me show you a few things
Let me show you a few things
Show you a few things about love
While we’re in the swing of love
Let me show you a few things
Show you a few things about love
Hey


TV5 Go5! TV Special Event Airs this Sunday

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TV5 Go5! TV Special Event Airs this Sunday


This Sunday, expect a grand television spectacle as TV5 airs Go5! The TV5 Special Event at 9:30PM. The event was recently held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila for network executives, advertisers and members of the media.

Go5! opened big with a dramatic number headlined by rocker and Kanta Pilipinas host Rico Blanco along with young stars Arci Muñoz, Valeen Montenegro, Eula Caballero, Victor Silayan, Daniel Matsunaga, Malak So Shdifat, Gerard Sison, John James Uy, Ritz Azul, and Kidlat star Derek Ramsay. Viewers will also get to see unforgettable performances from Arnell Ignacio, Tuesday Vargas, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Alex Gonzaga, Danita Paner, JC de Vera, Edgar Allan Guzman, Sophie Albert, Vin Abrenica, Talentadong Pinoy Hall of Famers, GAGA Dancers, and Kanta Pilipinas finalists. The night’s presenters included NEWS 5 chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes , Paolo Bediones, AKTV Ambassadors Phil and James Younghusband, AKTV Center host Benjie Paras, Aga Muhlach, Edu Manzano, Joey de Leon, Alice Dixson, Lucy Torres, Ryan Agoncillo, Marvin Agustin, Alex Gonzaga, Wendell Ramos, Gelli de Belen, Ruffa Gutierrez and Superstar Nora Aunor who shared why she is “Happy Maging Kapatid”.

TV5 chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan (MVP) also gave a rousing speech on the network’s plans, citing how the Kapatid Network has grown significantly in the past three years. He also emphasized that TV5 is going beyond television, as the Network is the best equipped to develop different media platforms that touch the lives of more Filipinos.

Other guests who have special performances on Go5! include The Company, maestro Ryan Cayabyab, the Kilyawan Children’s Choir and the Manila Symphony Orchestra.

Go5! The TV5 Special Event will air on Sunday, January 20 at 9:30PM right after airing this Sunday, January 20 at 9:30pm right after The Million Peso Money Drop.


Nicolas Cage is Dead Report Surfaced

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Nicolas Cage is Dead Report Surfaced


Another one of those internet hoax, definitely.

Luckily, Nicolas Cage is just fine.

Global Associated News claims that the "National Treasure" star died in a snowboarding incident at the Zermatt ski resort in Zermatt, Switzerland.

"Witnesses indicate that Nicholas Cage lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed. Nicholas Cage was air lifted by ski patrol teams to a local hospital, however, it is believed that the actor died instantly from the impact of the crash. The actor was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and drugs and alcohol do not appear to have played any part in his death," the report reads.

 

Six Part Invention Goes 'Stripped and Covered

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Six Part Invention Goes 'Stripped and Covered'


Pop act Six Part Invention opens 2013 with the release of their album Stripped and Covered, under their new label Universal Records. Six Part Invention is composed of Rey, Kaye and Tag Cantong, and Andy Dela Cruz.

Six Part Invention joins the elite roster of Universal Records roster – Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Parokya Ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Spongecola, Christian Bautista, Noel Cabangon, Gloc-9, Richard Poon, Sam Concepcion, JayR, Billy Crawford, Callalily, among others.

To be part of the Universal Records family is really a dream come true for us,” expresses Rey. “This album celebrates many firsts for us – our debut album for Universal and our first time to take on an album concept like this. I hope people can support our album.

Stripped and Covered includes some of the well-loved light rock tunes from the 90’s including Def Leppard’s Two Steps Behind, Bad English’s When I See You Smile, White Lion’s You’re All I Need, Europe’s Carrie, Cheap Trick’s The Flame, among others.

Two Steps Behind is the album’s carrier single, which is now available on www.mymusicstore.com.ph and Itunes.

The production of the album is really a labor of love from all of us in the band,” adds Kaye. “I hope this album takes everyone on a romantic musical journey.”

Six Part Invention is being managed by Orion Entertainment, alongside Noel Cabangon, Kimpoy Feliciano, Malay, Jordan Bautista, Jason Fernandez, Jensen Gomez, Aspen Way, Runmanila, and She’s Only Sixteen. For inquiries, please email olrac1023@gmail.com.

Follow Six Part Invention on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sixpartinventionofficial and on Twitter: @spivocalist








Stripped and Covered Tracklist:

1.     The Flame (popularized by Cheap Trick)
2.     Two Steps Behind (popularized by Def Leppard)
3.     You’re All I Need (popularized by White Lion)
4.     Honestly (popularized by Harem Scarem)
5.     More Than Words Can Say (popularized by Alias)
6.     When I See You Smile (popularized by Bad English)
7.     Is This Love? (popularized by Whitesnake)
8.     Carrie (popularized by Europe)
9.     Heaven (popularized by Warrant)
10. Patience (popularized by Guns N Roses)


Fun Facts You Need to Know About “Oz The Great and Powerful” Movie

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Fun Facts You Need to Know About “Oz The Great and Powerful” Movie


Something wicked and wonderful this way comes as Walt Disney Pictures dishes out the interesting trivia about the making of its highly anticipated 3D fantasy adventure, “Oz the Great and Powerful” starring James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis. Sam Raimi (the “Spider-Man” trilogy) directs.

In the film, when Oscar Diggs (Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot - fame and fortune are his for the taking - that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Kunis), Evanora (Weisz) and Glinda (Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity - and even a bit of wizardry - Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

 
Re-imagining. 

“Oz The Great and Powerful” imagines the origins of the beloved wizard, who debuted in author L. Frank Baum’s first book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Baum, who wrote 14 novels between 1900-1920, all set in the fantasyland he so vividly created, never fully portrayed the wizard’s background. “Oz The Great and Powerful” is a cinematic prequel to Baum’s books, offering a unique movie-going experience. Although some of the characters in “Oz The Great and Powerful” are familiar from L. Frank Baum’s books, they have been reimagined, plus there are many never-seen-before characters in the film, such as China Girl and the Quadlings.

 

Yellow Brick Road. 

The fantasy world of “Oz The Great and Powerful” was brought to life by Academy Award®–winning production designer Robert Stromberg. In all, Stromberg designed 24 full sets plus several partial sets, bringing the total to around 30. Stromberg created such iconic sets as the famed Yellow Brick Road and Emerald City, all freshly designed and imagined, along with such highly anticipated, new designs as the witch’s Throne Room, the Whimsie Woods (where Oz meets Theodora), the Dark Forest, which introduces Glinda the good witch in the story, and China Town, whose inhabitants are made up entirely of porcelain.

 

Magic tricks

James Franco had to learn magic tricks in order to accurately portray his small-time, circus magician character. He came to set two weeks early so he could work with Las Vegas magician Lance Burton. Working every day, Franco learned tricks involving doves and fire as well as how to pull objects out of hats and how to make things levitate.

 
Costumes. 

The production hired German artist and illustrator Michael Kutsche to bring the witches’ looks and worlds, as envisioned by production designer Robert Stromberg, to reality. Kutsche conceptualized the witches’ costumes as well and serves as a costume designer on the film along with Gary Jones. The latter and his team embarked on an ambitious project to clothe over 1500 actors, from the smallest Munchkin to the tallest Winkie, over a 23-week period. For the principal characters alone - Oz, Theodora, Glinda and Evanora - there were well over 200 pieces.

 

Sole suit. 

James Franco has only one costume in the film - the three-piece suit that Oz is wearing when he is hurled away from Kansas. But veteran costume designer Gary Jones carefully researched the era from 1880-1930 to design the perfect suit. He then met with Franco in New York City to show him vintage photos from the turn-of-the-century that ultimately inspired his final design - a black cutaway suit.

 

Gold coins. 

There are over 3,000 props used in “Oz The Great and Powerful,” with 1400 of them manufactured specifically for the film. These do not include the 5000 coins Prop master Russell Bobbitt had made especially to fill Oz’s treasure chest. One side of the coin is stamped with an image of the Yellow Brick Road and on the other side there is an image of author L. Frank Baum.



Dark forest. 

Greensman Dan Gillooly was very resourceful in finding natural elements in the Detroit suburbs that would enhance the sets in “Oz The Great and Powerful.” Scouting the area, he came across an orchard full of dead peach trees and used the limbs to create the spooky Dark Forest. Another find that added to the texture and vibe of the Dark Forest were thistles, which came from a nearby field he found in his countryside ramblings.

Opening across the Philippines on March 7, 2013, “Oz The Great and Powerful” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.


Kapamilya Stars, TFC and COMELEC Unite to Urge Filipinos Abroad to Register for 2013 Election

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Kapamilya Stars, TFC and COMELEC Unite to Urge Filipinos Abroad to Register for 2013 Election


The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs Overseas Absentee Voting secretariat (DFA-OAVs) reported recently that the total number of new overseas absentee voter (OAV) registrants for the 2013 Philippine elections broke several records at the close of registration booths across the world.  According to DFA-OAVs official statement, the total number of OAV registrants reached a record-breaking 988,384 this year.  Of this figure, 398,554 are new registrants while 589,830 are returning registrants.

According to DFA Undersecretary and OAVs Chairman Jose Brillantes, the increase can be attributed to the efforts of embassies, consuls, missions and Muslim Economic and Cultural Offices (MECO) all over the world and the strong support of premier global Filipino media network, The Filipino Channel (TFC).  As early as September 2012, DFA – OAVS has already officially recognized TFC’s pivotal role.  In a press statement, Undersecretary Brillantes said “through the promotion of TFC, voter registration notably increased.  With the efforts of TFC, specifically the voice of iconic celebrities, we saw significant improvements in voter registration through this promotion.”

Record-breaking turn-out

In 2011, overseas absentee registrants only accounted for 12% of the entire population of Filipinos overseas.  Historically, OAV registration peaks prior to presidential elections.  According to the DFA-OAVS secretariat, the registration for the 2013 elections exceeded records for new OAV registrants for three registration periods - the 2004 Senatorial Elections (364,187); the 2007 Senatorial Elections (143,236); and the 2010 Presidential Elections (235, 950).  DFA-OAVs’ partnership with TFC, as well as with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) headed by Chairman Sixto Brillantes, encouraged Filipinos outside the Philippines to register through various avenues and with this, hoped to increase registration turnout.  Supporting the global OAV registration campaign were Kapamilya stars headed by multi-awarded talk show host Boy Abunda, multi-faceted actress Pokwang; Prince of Pop Eric Santos, singer-director Randy Santiago and superstar actor-singer-producer Piolo Pascual.



Piolo Pascual walks the talk

As a true ambassador of overseas absentee voting, Piolo Pascual, took time out from his busy schedule to register last October 12 at the Comelec Satellite Office within District 4 of Quezon City.  District Officer Rosalinda Radin welcomed and praised Piolo for performing his civic duty.

All in all, these top-rate  Filipino Kapamilya entertainers, TFC, DFA – OAV, as well as the Comelec, were one in saying that overseas Filipinos’ votes make up a collective voice that needs to be heard by the government and the motherland.  The stars conveyed this message in a public service announcement (PSA) that was aired on TFC in the Middle East, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Japan, Australia-New Zealand, Canada and the U.S., on print collaterals, on TFC’s Facebook pages across the world, on DFA’s official website, and in some TFC events, all carrying the battle cry “Boto Mo, Kinabukasan ng Bawat Pilipino.” 

Worldwide call for Filipinos to take charge of their future

The on-ground campaign started at the historic Para Sa Inyo Kapamilyan concert in Carson City, California and at One Kapamilya Go! sa in Nice, France, where the Overseas Absentee Voting Act was promoted by Consuls and Consuls General with their staffs in the region.

In the TFCKat auditions of ABS-CBN Japan Inc., the Consulate of Osaka headed by Consul Dominique Imperial reported the successful registration of 50 percent of the overseas Filipinos who lined up to audition in TFC’s first reality singing competition.  After Japan, the ABS-CBN Australia Pty Ltd. Team assisted the nearest consulate by providing an area for the overseas absentee registration during its highly anticipated TFCKat finals in Melbourne, Australia. 



At the sold-out ASAP Rocks in Singapore, TFC and the Philippine Embassy in Singapore represented by Vice Consul and Third Secretary Oliver Delfin scored an above-average turnout of nearly a hundred registrants.  Atty. Delfin was called on stage to promote the PSA and invite concert attendees to register.

In a surprising turn of events, no less than Optical Media Board Chairman Ronnie Ricketts visited the OAV booth set by TFC for the Embassy in Singapore.  Much to the delight of the the Filipinos, Ricketts and his wife – former singer Mariz – and their kids showed how fast and easy it was to register

 


TFC is one with Filipinos’ journey through life overseas

According to ABS-CBN Global Ltd. Chief Operating Officer Raffy Lopez, “By taking part in this endeavor with DFA-OAVs and COMELEC, TFC helps ensure that the voices of overseas Filipinos wherever they may be, are heard by our public officials. Filipinos abroad have the power to impact the future of our nation and even where they reside currently. We at TFC will always be there to help them be heard.” 



At the close of the registration period, final figures showed that a total of 57, 125 Filipinos were registered in the Americas; 58,667 in the Asia and the Pacific; 40,622 in Europe and 71,970 in the Middle East and Africa and 170,170 from local OAV centers.

The registration started in November 2011 and ended in October 31, 2012.  The successful registrants can vote for their chosen senators and party-list representative in the state, city or country where they registered come May 2013. 



For more details, visit TFC facebook pages; www.dfa.gov.ph or www.comelec.gov.ph


Metro Society Magazine Annual Business Issue, Out Now!

Posted by JED on Thursday, January 17, 2013 , under | comments (0)



Metro Society Magazine Annual Business Issue, Out Now!


2013 marks Metro Society’s decade in the industry. With that, we open with a bang with one of our most celebrated issues, the business issue. January is the beginning and marks many things… New Year’s resolutions, fresh starts and brighter tomorrows. Metro Society has a few ideas of its own to welcome 2013. We are especially looking forward to celebrating our 10th year anniversary on October and as a thank you to all our readers, we plan to make every issue leading up to that outdo all issues that have come before. We promise more pages, more people, more in depth pieces and of course, more parties and access to the metro’s hippest events.

We open our January magazine with an exciting new project by Rockwell land, The Proscenium. This development which, in its early stages already promises to set a new standard of modern and efficient living, has been making waves in the real estate development, architectural and interior design scene. The collaboration between international design and architectural genius Manny Ott and the Lopez development group has raised curiosity and excitement for individuals in and out of the industry alike. Whether you are a developer, a buyer or merely a bystander, it is definitely one building to watch out for. This project is set to elevate the market and change the standard in apartment living.

For the business issue, we shifted gears a bit. We usually do stories on upper-crust society and focus on their lifestyles, but now, we took the entrepreneurial world by storm by choosing 10 families who are not only known for being in the highest of castes in Manila Society but are truly considered to be the business elite. The pieces about these families are in-depth and brutally honest. We tell it how it is and show you sides to these powerhouses that have not been brought up before. From the empires they have built to the personal lives they lead, each and every individual included plays a part in these family fortunes. One thread that waves its way into each story is the economic uplifting of the Philippines though these big businesses as well as the charitable endeavours which make them every bit as worthy to hold on to such affluence. These legacies have become a part of our history and it is a privilege to feature these stories in the pages of Metro Society.

Asides from the accepted entrepreneurial minds, we also took the opportunity to introduce 10 fresh business owners who may not have the same experience but definitely have one immense advantage over the old-timers… their youth. These young go getters have all that it takes to run a company; intelligence, business savvy, and drive. Hand-picked by Metro Society, we have no doubt that these young industrialists will make it far and follow in the footsteps of those who came before them to continue paving the way for Philippine economic growth.

This January, we invite you to indulge as we start the New Year with an abundance of interesting individuals and material possessions. Be sure to compare the lifestyles and wardrobes of beauty fiends Trish Xavier and Tsin Pajaro – Inocian. The 2 beautiful women have made it their personal and professional business to beautify all of Manila, one person at a time. Relax at The Spa in Powerplant mall in our spa bonding section or check out fun paper, writing and gift wrapping finds in our shopping section where we feature the one-stop gift shop, Scribe. For those of you who want to start a year in fashion, turn to our Objects of Desire section and feast on the ornate gold clutches of Beatriz accessories, Cocorose London’s intricately designed foldable flats, and the new handbag selections of Hermes and Gucci. Our fashion pages feature the full fall/winter 2012/2013 collection of Louis Vuitton for both, men and women, a perfect opportunity to find extravagant buys for those of you who want to spoil yourself or a loved one. Speaking of loved ones, check out the men in this issue. Both athletes and both in great shape, bachelor Darren Hartman is now with Kaya FC football club and nobleman Paolo Cabalfin shows us a thing or two about building muscle in his newly opened training center, Focus Athletics.

Your invitation to the most happening events has arrived in our socials pages. From fun foodie events such as Spirals second coming, and the opening of TWG, to the hippest parties like Jewelmer’s Joaillerie’s spring/summer 2013 collection launch, PMAP’s 25th year anniversary, Johnny Walker’s trip on the voyager, Hublot’s 30th anniversary, and Hermes’ silk party. We end on a high note with Tessa Prieto Valdes’ big birthday bash wherein she shows us all how to throw one hell of a celebration!

When you grab the latest issue of Metro Society, January 2013, do not forget to read about the life and business of Jesus Amado Araneta of the Araneta Center. This heartwarming tale of business, love, and family will be sure to leave you amazed at such a man and truly proud to call yourself Filipino. Grab a copy now!


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